I got this in my inbox this morning – a pool report on what Joe Biden’s said yesterday at a fundraiser:
… With former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D- Md) in attendance, he said, “I would have never made the faux pas I made the other day if you [Sarbanes] were still around.” He said all he could think after he learned the comment had been picked up was “Thank God my mom’s not …”; the rest of comment was drowned out by laughter.
He said Obama said at the morning presidential briefing: “You know what the best thing about yesterday was? Joe’s comment.” He also said Obama told him that he attempted to have a t-shirt made with his remark emblazoned on it but couldn’t get it in time. Read More…
Media Matters for America has said that Murdoch needs to be held accountable for remarks he made in a television interview (see clip below) about Obama and race. He should apologise too.
In July, Glenn Beck infamously stated that he believes President Obama is “a racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” These comments played a major role in at least 80 advertisers dropping their support of Beck’s television program. Numerous media outlets and personalities rebuked the comments, but Fox News gave Beck a free pass. Why?
Well, the reason is now clear: Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, agrees that President Obama is a racist. This is a new low even for Fox, and one we cannot let stand.
Since Murdoch refuses to rebuke Glenn Beck – we need to hold him accountable and demand that he apologize for his own hateful remarks.
Here are the remarks of both presidents after their bilateral meeting in Washington yesterday. Obama used three times the word “extraordinary” to describe the relationship between the United States and Botswana. The two met to discuss regional issues including the spread of HIV/AIDS across Africa.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. I just want to welcome President Khama to the Oval Office and to make a brief statement about Botswana and its relationship to the United States.
Although Botswana is not a large country, it is truly one of the extraordinary success stories in Africa. Since the mid-’60s it has moved on a path of good economic management and outstanding political governance. And as a consequence you have seen extraordinary improvements in living standards over the last 40 years in Botswana that really are an envy for much of the rest of the continent. Read More…
It’s been a year since I was completely obsessed with the American general election. A year ago tomorrow Americans voted Obama to be their next president. Remember? The anticipation, then the parties here, the parties there, the hype, the excitement. The joy.
U2′s Bono today wrote in the New York Times why he believed that Obama deserves the Nobel peace prize. For rebranding America, he says. Which he argues is a necessary thing, because “The world wants to believe in America again because the world needs to believe in America again. We need your ideas — your idea — at a time when the rest of the world is running out of them.”
I loved Alan Dye’s illustration for the op-ed piece…
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner called the detention of 76-year-old Polanski who is a French citizen in Switzerland a “bit sinister”. And, Frédéric Mitterrand, the culture minister, said the arrest was proof of the “frightening” side of America. He said, “In the same way as there is a generous America which we love, there is also a certain kind of America which is frightening, and it is this America which has now shown us its face”.
The only sinister bit about this is that it’s taken 31 years to find an opportunity to arrest the man.
In 1977 Polanski had sex with a 13-year-old girl, Samantha Gailey, at Jack Nicholson’s home in Los Angeles. He was 44.
It can’t be OK.
Just as I was relaxing about the flu, and Mexico was getting back to normal life, I read that Judy Trunnell had died and that more deaths in Mexico had been confirmed as swine flu deaths. The figure jumped from 29 to 42. The American woman had just given birth to a child. Apparently her health was not good, and after giving birth, she must have been exhausted and weak. She died on Tuesday. Here is an extract from an AP story.
Texas health officials on Tuesday announced the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu, and said she was a 33-year-old schoolteacher who had recently given birth to a healthy baby.
The woman died early Tuesday and had been hospitalized since April 19, said Leonel Lopez, Cameron County epidemiologist.
Health officials stopped short of saying that swine flu caused the woman’s death. State health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the woman had «chronic underlying health conditions” but wouldn’t give any more details.
Lopez said the flu exacerbated the woman’s condition. «The swine flu is very benign by itself,” Lopez said. But «by the time she came to see us it was already too late.” Read More…