I got a phone call last night from a friend telling me about a helium balloon carrying a six-year-old which was floating high up in the American skies. A huge rescue operation was underway. That was the story for a few hours last night. And the story in our paper this morning.
It transpired a few short hours after the balloon hit the airwaves that Falcon Heene was in fact not in the balloon. He was hiding in a box in the attic.
Now, it’s not clear whether the boy had let the balloon loose and hid away to avoid the consequences, or whether it was a hoax. Why the speculation of it being a hoax? Apparently in an interview with CNN, Falcon said he had heard his family calling his name.
“Why didn’t you come out?” his father, Richard, asked.
Falcon answered: “You had said that we did this for a show.”
Will the family be billed for the expensive rescue operation that followed the balloons high flying escape? I wonder.
I don’t often wish for DSTV and all it’s programming. But today I wish for at least a few of its news channels. Last night I missed Gaddafi’s performance at the UN General Assembly. And tonight I’m missing Robert Mugabe on the AMANPOUR show for a rare interview.
It’s on CNN at 9pm tonight. On Christiane Amanpour’s show. I am sure it will be very entertaining.
I mentioned in a post this weekend that the American “Birthers” are on the loose with their mad bad conspiracy about Obama’s illegitimacy as president of America. Because, they say, he was born in Kenya and not in Hawaii.
Huffington Post today posted this ad made by Media Matters which targets Lou Dobbs over his promotion of the “birthers” movement. It’s scheduled to appear on CNN during Dobbs’ program tomorrow, and will appear on Fox News and MSNBC as well. How fabulously cheeky. (Dobbs is a CNN on-air personality, an editorial columnist and syndicated radio show host, among other things.)
Read here for more.
Barack Obama had lined up interviews with various television channels to promote his economic package yesterday. But the PR blitz turned into an apology for screwing up. After Daschle withdrew his nomination for health secretary over tax irregularities yesterday the White House appeared shaken.
Obama admitted that “ultimately it’s important for this administration to send a message that there aren’t two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes.”
Maureen Dowd went as far as saying that “It took Daschle’s resignation to shake the president out of his arrogant attitude that his charmed circle doesn’t have to abide by the lofty standards he lectured the rest of us about for two years.”
Here is a clip from the interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN:
While I was hit sidewards, flattened, knocked out by an attack of hayfever and the accompanying antihistamine, I see that a photograph of Michael Phelps smoking a huge marijuana pipe was published in the UK. On Sunday morning the US woke up to an apology from 23 year-old Phelps. His statement read: “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
I think the key here is that he acted in a ‘youthful’ way.
This is the picture News of the World published:
And I read today that all charges against George Obama in Kenya were dropped. He was arrested on Saturday for possession of marijuana but CNN reports that he was released hours later.
See the Time’s list of top 10 athlete drug busts.
Why not, dear Mr Rock? “It’s like “Ooh, you’re young and virile and you’ve got a beautiful wife and kids. You’re the first African-American president.” You know, what do you say?”, he said.
“He’s just one of those guys, you know, like Will Smith. There’s no Will Smith jokes. There’s no Brad Pitt jokes. You know, what are you going to say? “Ooh, you used to have sex with Jennifer Anniston. Now you have sex with Angelina Jolie. You’re such a loser.” What do you say? “Ooh, your movies are big. You make $20 million.” There’s nothing to say about Brad Pitt.” This is his explaination to CNN.
Ted Kennedy collapsed at the inaugural lunch celebration today and was taken out of the room on a stretcher. He will spend the night in Washington hospital and is expected to leave tomorrow.
CNN reports that:
“After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue,” said Dr. Edward Aulisi, chairman of Neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center, in a statement.
“Sen. Kennedy is awake, talking with family and friends, and feeling well. Read More…
The long journey ends on Tuesday.
Barack Obama will be sworn-in by midday tomorrow. The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America will mark the end of one long two-year journey for Obama, his family and his team. Tomorrow will mark the beginning of another journey for the new American government. Obama and his team are taking on difficult challenges: a deepening economic crisis and wars in the middle east. On Saturday he spoke of these challenges and asked for patience. Read More…
In an interview last night on CNN Bill Clinton said that he didn’t think that he’d be more involved with Obama’s administration than the husband of Hillary – ‘”a helpful sounding board”. Unless, he said, Obama asks for something specific, “which I’m neither looking for nor opposed to.”
Interesting. Bill back in the White House. I don’t think so.