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President On Holiday: Congress Couldn’t Read Stimulus in the Rush; But….

February 15, 2009

After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.

Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine’s Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.

By Brendan Scott and Ana Maria Alaya 
The New York Post

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart “Table 52” restaurant after enjoying a Valentine’s Day dinner together in Chicago February 14, 2009.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

The president plans to spend the Presidents’ Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.

Both the House and Senate passed the bill Friday night.

The push to get the bill through before the holiday weekend was so frantic, members of Congress didn’t have a chance to read all 1,071 pages of the document before they could vote.

“In a perfect world it would have been nice to have had more time to process it,” said Ilan Kayatsky, a spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

Meanwhile, Gov. Paterson called yesterday for fiscal restraint with the massive influx of federal aid. His budget office estimated that New York will receive $24.6 billion over the next two years, $4 billion more than first believed.


Why The Rush, Really?

“The longer a piece of garbage lays out in the sun the worse it stinks,” said Republican Representative John Culberson (R-TX), refeering to the Obama stimulus.  “That’s why the bill was hidden and  kept off the Internet.”

“This is a crime of deceit put upon the American people,” he said.

“This bill was intentionally hidden from lawmakers and the public.”

“This is one of the largest outrages ever committed,” said.

“Nobody read this bill before it was passed,” he said.

Obama Shares Lighter Moment With Washington Elite; Kids Swearing Chief Emanuel

February 1, 2009

President Obama joked, “For Rahm [Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff], every day is a swearing-in ceremony.”

That joke referred to the preident’s second swearing in ceremony and Emanuael’s notorious swearing on a daily basis.

“Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the community. Just last week he was at a local school, teaching profanity to poor children,” according to Obama. Excerpts of Obama’s remarks were released by the White House.

President Obama attened the Alfalfa Club dinner last night in Washington DC.

The Alfalfa Club was started by four Southerners in Washington’s Willard Hotel in 1913. Its sole purpose was an annual night out for the boys, and it took its name from a thirsty plant that sends its roots deep down looking for liquid refreshment.

Read about the dinner from CNN:

Associated Press:

Read some history on the Williard Hotel:
Willard Hotel’s Historic Civil War Role

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Paparazzi Presidency?

January 29, 2009

As reporters and the media waited for President Obama to make an appearance at the White House yesterday, soft piano music wafted through the room.

I thought for a second I was in a Hollywood hotel bar.

And tonight CBS News delved into the possibilities that Sasha and Malia might be the nation’s new fashion and trend setters. Tween idols.

Malia Obama, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, (R) arrive at the Capitol ... 
Malia Obama, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, (R) arrive at the Capitol to see their father, Barack Obama, swear-in as the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to lead the nation in Washington January 20, 2009. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Reuters)

The President is young, hip, articulate and pleasant to look at.  Ditto his bride and children.

So there will be a natural trend by some to move the serious business of government closer to the frivolous business of making money with trends, fashion, sex, and what’s cool.

Hollywood and the trend setters of the nation and the world need to show some caution and respect: and the Obama family itself needs to take the lead.  Mrs. Obama and her Mom sure seem to have the strength to nip this in the bud and make it go away….  If that is what they want….


(CBS) Call it Sasha and Malia Mania.

The Obama girls are getting a lot of attention these days, creating a global sensation with their smiles and styles, observes CBS News correspondent Bianca Solorzano.. American tweens, in particular, seem fascinated with Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10.

From inauguration eve, dancing to their idols the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, to the next day, when they officially became the first children, photographers caught their every move.

“They’re still into wanting to perform,” first lady Michelle Obama told CBS News. “I’m trying to get them focused on like law or something like that. But right now, they love the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. So I think they see themselves as Disney potential!”

But now, Solorzano notes, marketing experts say they have the potential to be real pop culture trendsetters.

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