The Obama administration is considering a change in the law to deal with calls for war crime trials that would clear the way for Bush Administration officials that could be facing the death penalty to plead guilty without a full trial.
The provision could permit prosecutors to avoid airing the details of brutal interrogation techniques as well as the embarrassing takeover of the Bush administration by Vice President Read more
Click here: Reading from a teleprompter? Laughing in times of national peril? Removing (gasp!) his jacket? The horror.
The writing should have been on the wall…and the teleprompter.
You know how the con works. The candidate ad-libs debate answers, dons a jacket and keeps laughter to a minimum. Then he gets elected president and BAM, he’s revealed for what he is…a teleprompter reading, jacketless, laugher..guy. And therefore someone we cannot trust. Or at least so says the Republican attack machine. This new president who promised us change, reads from a teleprompter. A fancy dan teleprompter nearly invisible to the TV viewers’ eyes. Thank God for mssrs Limbaugh and Hannity pointing it out for us…over and over. Do you call that change? Is it that much of a leap to believe he had to write much of what he read? What an insult to the nation. Reading what is wrote. Does my car mechanic read his repair instructions off a teleprompter? No. He left the plug off my oil pan, seizing up my engine all on his very own. If we have a president who can’t memorize his speeches how can we expect him to right the economy?
What’s next…laughing during Read more
Every time a leading sports figure gets caught up in some questionable circumstance, there is instant talk-show clamor over the dearth of role models. If there is one person outside the family who is well-positioned to give children a standard of proper behavior, it would have to be the president of the United States.
Unfortunately, for most of his eight years in office, George W. Bush set a poor example in that he would not - or could not - comprehend the possibility of his making a mistake. If President Obama wants change, he can ensure it by continuing to take direct responsibility for things that go wrong.
And they certainly will, as this week’s botched nominations showed. No one’s perfect. Not every decision is the right one. Far from being an indication of weakness, though, conceding a mistake can be a powerful move toward proficiency.
You can’t begin to learn from Read more
The helicopter lifted off - along with my heart - carrying off into the past a comedy writer’s life’s dream; leaving behind a new day, a new administration, a new colorful target with heartfelt hopes of providing a daily menu from which we writers are able to select the laugh du jour.
Note to self: Watch the “color” references…unless it’s really clever.
So long W, you’ve been a great sport. Flying off into presidential comedy history along with Nixon, Reagan, Carter, Bush, Clinton. I wasn’t around for Taft, but granddad could peel off the President is so fat jokes like there was no tomorrow. Some were better than others. Some needed a perfectly timed ingenue or a well-placed cigar (or both), but really, they were all setting ‘em up for us to knock ‘em down. ‘Course, W, the grandest punchline of them all, left them all in the dust. The Wayne Gretzky of Presidential hi-jinks and just- stunning failure, he could score unintended laughs from Read more