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Not Bloomberg though. The idiotic Caroline Kennedy cheerleader went on a televised press conference and showed what an imbecile he was. At one point, he lists a few parks that serve hot chocolate today. He then adds
If you didn’t catch my list, call “311”
In the next sentence he adds that 311 handled over 100,000 calls this morning and additional people have been hired.
So, why direct people who want to ask about the free hot chocolate to the Parks department website when 311 is here? It’s not like hey don’t have people with cars sruck in snow or wondering about school closures to deal with. His Honor wants them to deal with the hot chocolate freebies now
In a little covered speech at a military base last Friday, Obama announced
plans for the continued US military occupation of Iraq on Friday, in remarks delivered at the Camp Lejeune marine base in North Carolina. Far from bringing the war to an end, the plans will maintain present troop levels for one year and ensure a substantial military presence for at least three years, through the end of 2011.
AT LEAST THREE YEARS.
And the withdrawal?For starters, the much debated 16 months for withdrawal get increased to 19
As leaked to the press earlier this week, Obama’s plan calls for the withdrawal of all “combat troops” by August 31, 2010, 19 months after his inauguration.
And in the true spirit of postpartisanship, this plan is endorsed by the GOP
While some Democrats voiced mild concerns that the 50,000-strong residual force was too high a figure, the plan also won the quick support of major figures in the Republican Party, including former presidential candidate John McCain, who said on Friday that the plan was “reasonable.
House Republican leader John Boehner also endorsed the plan.
But you won’t guess which Republican was happiest of all:
The Wall Street Journal quoted Gordon Johndroe, the last national security spokesman for Bush, saying that Obama’s plan was not in conflict with that of his former boss.
Few remember, W came up with a withdrawal plan too
The result: When he leaves office, Bush will hand over to his successor an Iraq scenario in which the troop levels are headed downward, and, he says, if current trends on the ground continue, further reductions will be possible in 2009.
In 2009? Wow! Right on schedule! I am not saying W didn’t earn the right of being mistrusted and ridiculed for that one, but in the 20/20 hindsight – it seems to me it really is just one plan. As devised by the military
The main concern of the military was to ensure that any partial drawdown was delayed until after the Iraqi elections, and Obama’s plan was adapted to meet these concerns. In his remarks on Friday, Gates said that it was critical to “get through this year and all of the elections that will take place” and “have a period of adjustment after those national elections to make sure people are accepting the results.”
What a good laugh Jr and Jr.Jr must have had at all they had taken!
According to media reports, Obama telephoned Bush immediately before beginning his speech at Camp Lejeune, though there was no indication as to what the two discussed.
Oh, they discussed all right! Paging madamab for the complete transcript. All i had is in the illustration.
“And then, I told them: :”I made a speech”
Would it be too crazy to imagine that the pact had been sealed at the time Bush was defending Obama on Iraqgate?
Mr. Obama’s conversations with the Iraqi leaders, …. began just two weeks after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in June and stirred controversy over the appropriateness of a White House candidate’s contacts with foreign governments while the sitting president is conducting a war.
Silly us, thinking the Democratic convention had any role in counting the delegates to determine the winner. It has been decided at a whole different level way before then.
I would be the first to cheer the end of the war/occupation of Iraq. But with Obama, I’ll believe it when I see it.