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So was he joking according to Jake Taper as they were both signing the book with the previous recipients – aparently Michelle got the prize too.
As for Jr.jr, he shows again how his sense of humor is like Jr
She may have held her sarcasm, but the Norwegian press certainly declared them arrogant for their general behavior including snubbing the king.
The king must master a special way of sarcasm, because On facebook Taper writes
at photo op, Norwegian royals express surprise at press scrum. Queen Sonia: “Are you used to this?” POTUS: “Unfortunately. “
Obviously, went over Obama’s head. In the Guardian version of the story
44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.
Which proves Norwegians are way more tolerant than Americans. According to a CNN poll, 80% think he doesn’t deserve the prize. Of course, this being CNN, one has to go to the PDF to get that number. They fudge answers to different questions in one sentence to avoid saying 80%
Nineteen percent of people questioned in the poll released Wednesday afternoon say Obama currently deserves the prize, with another 35 percent saying that it’s likely he will eventually accomplish enough in office to deserve the award
The Daily Beast coverage, not unlike Wanda Sykes contains a Clinton comparison
Obama is the second sitting American president to visit Norway. Ten years ago, President Clinton traveled to the country at the invitation of King Harald. “When Clinton was here he was walking into cafes in downtown Oslo, shaking hands with Norwegians on the street,” said Simonsen. “It doesn’t seem as if we are going to experience something similar with President Obama.”
To which a B0bot immediately replies, Giuliani style
Ten years ago, there was no 9/11, no global war on terror – as such Clinton could move about freely – walk the streets of Oslo and do what not. Today, the situation is different as the security imperatives of being a US president are vast…”
Niceties and protocol aside, the Guardian reports that
Peace activists opposed to the Afghanistan war are planning a 5,000-strong protest in Oslo.
Which should be the center of the event considering Obama already has more troops deployed than Bush ever did
Obama has now escalated deployments in the Af-Pak region to 98,000 US troops. So in Af-Pak and Iraq, he will now have a total of 222,000 US troops deployed, 36,000 more than Bush ever had – 186,000 was Bush’s highest total.
Those numbers do not include the private contractors
The Pentagon released a report showing that Obama already had a total of 242,657 private contractors in action, as of June 30th.
In other Jr-jr.jr news, Bush is catching up in popularity to Obama
Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor.
Either that, or Obama is catching to W’s “legacy”
So, once again, who is entitled to sarcasm again? Not Michelle.
having the Olympics in Chicago would be important to “let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey,”
United States Olympic Committee leaders appeared stunned by the news and had no comment as they left the voting hall. Mr. Obama was flying back to Washington at the time of the vote.
Smiling and waving as he left the convention center to fly home, Mr. Obama said: “The only thing I’m upset about is that they arranged for me to follow Michelle. That’s always bad.”
Politico goes out of their way to explain how Michelle’s advocating for healthcare reform is so much better than Hillary’s (h/t cj)
She won’t get into the weeds on health care, pushing specific details or plans as Clinton did. Instead, she’ll make the soft, soccer-mom sell, highlighting the need to eat healthy, exercise and get preventive care.
because the woman whom the handlers silenced and reinvented can be now be use as bait for women – as – you know – this is the First Lady the world was waiting for:
You know, the same women who are OK not having a woman president, since their choice rights are so very protected…oops!
The irony here is that Michelle – who probably has no idea what a soccer mom is, is no stranger to thorny aspects of healthcare. In her last job she was dealing with them, and not for the benefit of the patients. At least, not the poor ones
Backed by a federal grant, Michelle Obama in 2005 launched the South Side Health Collaborative, under which counselors advise patients with noncritical needs that they can receive care elsewhere at a reduced cost
The hospital report quotes Michelle Obama as saying, “The world is seeping in, and our salvation will be the success of our partners” at local clinics
Now she’ll have the opportunity to make sure “the world is not seeping in” on behalf on the insurers. hence, the media just loves her
Some past White House veterans agree and say there is no comparison.
Dee Dee Myers, press secretary for former President Bill Clinton, said the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of selling health care and the controversy that ensued is “very, very different than the circumstances that Michelle Obama finds herself in.”
Right. Because Hillary was trying to get insurance for us, the people
The preamble of Clinton’s Health Security Act promises to protect the health security of every American and provide them the highest quality care while at the same time controls the growth of health care spending.
eeeeew! Thank God we stopped her! Or we would have to deal with stuff like that
In full self-congratulatory mode, the media covered this inaugural 35 times more than the last
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack Obama‘s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in — a monitoring group said on Wednesday.
And how did the teevee watchers react to all the hoopla? Well, in prime time that night,the
biggest story of the century so far.”
according to Reuters came in after American Idol . MediaWeek
Led by American Idol, Fox got over the “hump” in winning fashion, with 5.72 million more viewers the second most-watched network, ABC. American Idol, of course, stood well above anything else on the evening, with 22.42 million viewers and an 8.9 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 from 8-9 p.m.
ABC was on the map care of two-hour special Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration, which averaged a healthy 12.58 million viewers (#2) and a 3.7/ 9 among adults 18-49 (#3) from 8-10 p.m.
I guess for the TV watchers it was the second biggest story of the century
As a bonus, Politico has a list of 10 Democrats Obama should watch out for
Some are there because they are really progressive – such as Barbara Lee or Henry Waxman – and therefore dangerous to Teh One.
Some, because their penchant for gaffes – such as Biden and…Michelle
She’s glamorous, she’s on message, she’s the nation’s favorite mom — and now she has nowhere to go but down. The press, which helped savage Michelle Obama for her “proud of my country” remark during the campaign, has since built her into a 21st century Jackie O. With the spotlight shining so brightly on her now, any misstep by the first lady — a slip of the tongue, a too-frank statement, any disagreement with the administration’s positions — could reflect harshly on her husband.
In other words, the media teases : “we made her, we can take her down”.
Yup. Unless they find another woman to deride.