Friday, September 24, 2010

Obama Fineman

“Chicken or fish for lunch? Man, that’s a tough one.”

EDITORIAL CARTOONS

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QUOTES

“If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public. But I also know that anybody — anybody — can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track. And that’s where I am now.” – Sarah Palin responding to Greta Van Susteren’s question about the possibility of a presidential run.

“Bill, Fox is so far right, you’re left-wing [there].” – Daily Show host Jon Stewart to Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday’s The O’Reilly Factor”. O’Reilly will be Stewart’s guest on Monday.

 NEWS

 GOP ready to make ‘Pledge to America’

House Minority Leader John Boehner unveils the GOPs "A Pledge to America"

House Minority Leader John Boehner unveils “A Pledge to America,” a new Republican governing agenda for Congress, at Tart Lumber Co., a family-owned small business in Sterling, Va. “You can tell how serious we are by the fact that we’re not wearing ties and except for the one idiot who apparently didn’t read  the entire memo, or jackets and our sleeves are rolled up.”

PLEDGE” – THE SHIRT-SLEEVED ROLLOUT: Dan Balz on A1, “THE TAKE: From ‘party of no’ to ‘party of ‘stop’?”: “[T]he Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ represents a promise to stop Obama in his tracks — stop the economic stimulus, stop the financial bailout program, repeal and (try to) replace the health-care law, stop other spending and stop the elimination of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. GOP leaders hope their proposal will show voters that they have plenty of ideas. … House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders, in shirt sleeves and open collars, traveled 40 miles outside Washington to a hardware store to avoid any association with the Capitol.” http://bit.ly/9RSF5S

As staff exodus begins, Obama faces a season of transition  

N.Y. POST PAGE SIX: “It’s not business, it’s personal. Don’t expect senior White House advisers David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel at former Obama budget director Peter Orszag’s wedding this weekend at Capitale on the Bowery. … ‘Basically they want to show a unified front, that they are not hanging out with the enemy,’ a source told The Post’s Mark DeCambre. Orszag … is tying the knot with stunning ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryga.”

PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: Valerie Jarrett is going to Attorney General Eric Holder’s mom’s memorial service tomorrow, then spending the day with him and his family. Valerie did not know what time Mrs. Holder’s service would be, and did not want to cancel on Peter at the last minute if the events overlapped. So she cancelled weeks ago. The attorney general is a dear friend, and Valerie adored his mom. Valerie had to choose between the two, and chose the one that she thought needed her more. She had no idea whether Axe or Rahm planned to go.

But the snub is pretty Captain Obvious. Orszag was already hated (suspected of leaking to Jackie Calmes and others). Then the inner circle was livid at his debut N.Y. Times column, which they thought undermined the president’s position on a middle-class tax cut. A top official even asked us to run a contest: “Who is the more disloyal former staffer: Peter Orszag or Steven Rattner?” The correct answer was (a).

BEHIND THE CURTAIN — “Bill Clinton: The sequel,” by John F. Harris: “This week’s New York extravaganza was a reminder that the widely written Clinton obituaries of two years ago were not merely premature but divorced from history: Clinton’s life for decades has been marked by familiar cycles of victory, disaster and recovery. ‘There will be good times and not-so-good times,’ Clinton said Wednesday in a wide-ranging POLITICO interview. ‘I have loved the life I’ve had since I left the White House.’ … Over 10 years, Clinton and Douglas J. Band, 37, the man who has become by far his most powerful aide and among his closest confidants, have succeeded in turning the 42nd president into a global brand – one that at times seems to operate as a kind of free-floating mini-state. The brand resides partly in the realm of good deeds, as in Clinton’s earthquake relief work in Haiti or his foundation’s efforts against AIDS in Africa. It resides in the realm of money, specifically his success in making himself worth at least tens of millions of dollars through speeches and investments after leaving the presidency deep in debt from legal bills. The brand resides partly in the realm of celebrity, as when Clinton and Band watch the World Cup in South Africa with Mick Jagger and Katie Couric in their suite. And, it goes without saying, it resides in the realm of politics, as Clinton jets off to far corners of the country to raise money and stump for Democrats.

“It was during [the aimless first days of the post-presidency] that Band was enlisted to help Clinton. The University of Florida graduate … was the last of four personal aides … to work with Clinton at the White House. … The Clintons prevailed on Band to give up a job offer at Goldman Sachs to stay with the former president. Recalling that period now, Band said in a POLITICO interview that he is shocked to think of how threadbare Clinton’s operation was: ‘He has this whole new life, but the apparatus of the presidency is completely gone.’ Band said it took time for Clinton and the people around him to conceive a strategy for leveraging an ex-president’s assets – mainly fame and the ability to command an audience with virtually anyone on the planet – into a formal operation. ‘He’s one of the most recognizable and important people alive,’ Band said, adding that while this creates opportunity, ‘the burden and the challenge of it is significant. … You have to create the organization, you have to raise the money, and you have to build that enterprise from scratch.’ … A series of rivals to be Clinton’s top staff aide gradually fell by the wayside. In practice, if not title, Band became something like the chief operating officer of Clinton’s life. These days, Band is sometimes treated as a principal rather than a staff man. He sits on Coca-Cola’s international advisory board and is involved in efforts to recruit the World Cup and America’s Cup to the United States. He was invited to Vernon Jordan’s birthday party this summer as a guest.” http://bit.ly/dmCPLp

How Palin Is Challenging the Republican Establishment  

Sarah Palin: I’ll run if nobody else steps up  

Flat-screen TV Prices to Plunge for Holiday Season  

JAY Z The Business Side, With Forbes

Boris Kodjoe’s ‘Undercovers’ to Test NBC’s Investment in Black Lead Roles   

Blacks on Fall TV Lineup 2010

Houston Texans overtake Dallas Cowboys as best in state  

Texans vs Cowboys

Bud Selig’s stance on expanding replay and adding more teams to the postseason mix  

Smart move for Warriors to replace Nelson  

 PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Gop Pledge  “And, as a bonus, the first 250 callers who order a copy of our pledge, will get my super, duper, top-secret ‘Tanning For Dummies” tips.”

Sarah Palin President 2012  “And then, Todd did this thing with his tongue that he learned from watching our Huskies, and let me tell you girlfriend…”

John Boehner Social Security  “Is Michael Steele hitting on my wife?”

Rep Shelley Berkley Speaks At The Nnss Ceremony  “I’m Congresswoman Shelley Berman of Las Vegas, Nevada. I just happen to look like an aging cross dresser.”

Al Sharpton  “Damn! She’s not wearing any panties!”

Frank McCourt attorney's admission sets the stage for a possible settlement  “I just hope the judge leaves me enough money to hire a killer to take care of that dumba** attorney who screwed up everything.”

Sean Rodriguez, B.J. Upton  “Yeah baby yeah!”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Okay, we now know where the GOP stands on things and what they want to do if they regain control of Congress in November. It will be interesting to see how Democrats respond on the Sunday news shows.

When GOP leaders held their Pledge To America press conference at a hardware store in Virginia on Thursday, there wasn’t a single person of color among them, not even party token MC Michael Steele.

I don’t care why Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to donate $100 million of his personal fortune to the Newark public schools system, I’m just glad he did. Here’s hoping other billionaires will do the same in other cities across the country, like Los Angeles where the LA Unified School District is an abject failure in many parts of the city.

Jerry Brown’s probably telling the truth in his “At this stage of my life…” TV spot but, it’s so damn depressing compared to Meg Whitman’s, “Hell, I ran eBay, surely I can run a state!” spots.

I have no idea if he’s guilty of the things he’s been accused of but, to paraphrase the late, great Desi Arnaz, “Eddie [Long], you got some ‘splaining to do!”

Are Indians (from India) the new “blacks?”

The new Cash Call ad with the white woman “dancing” is the worst thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s so bad, I hear she’s being considered by the folks at BarelyEntertainingTelevision as the host for their new show, White People Still Can’t Dance.

The world’s oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday earlier this week. I’m guessing that we’ll have a new titleholder before too long.

I haven’t heard one single child – not that I know that many – complaining about Katy Perry’s cleavage in her now canceled Sesame Street appearance. In fact, now that’s it on her website and other Internet sites, I’m sure more little boys have already drooled over Katy’s “girls” than would have ever done so on the show itself.

Say what you will about him as a person, but R. Kelly is one hell of a singer.

Here’s hoping Week 3 of the NFL season is as good to and for Michael Vick as Week 2 was.

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