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.
The Turkeygate video, which has been viewed on YouTube by more than 2 million people, has been a real Alaskan news item over the last few days.
Apparently when she was interviewed, Palin knew that turkeys were being slaugthered behind her. An Alaskan blogger wrote that when the governor chose the spot, the photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.”
But now she’s denying knowing anything about the slaughter behind her:
“The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her,” Palin’s spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird’s feathered friends in the background.
Palin’s spokesperson tells ET the bird butchering wasn’t going on when the shot was set up, and a cameraman “ignored” the governor’s staff’s request to remove the graphic sight once cameras were rolling.
“We’re unhappy about it and the station is not happy either,” Palin’s rep tells ET, adding, “this was an attempt to lighten up and do something non-controversial.”
Thank god she’s staying in Alaska and is not anywhere near the White House for now.
The New York Times reports that Bill Clinton has agreed to the conditions set by Obama’s transition team to avoid ‘potential conflicts of interest’ if Hillary Clinton is secretary of state. He will ‘restrict his business and philanthropic activities to remove any obstacle to his wife’s nomination if the cabinet job is formally offered and accepted’.
Yesterday he said: “I’ll do whatever they want.” He also said that his daughter, Chelsea, is the best politician in their family.
While we wait to hear about this Secretary of State announcement, other appointments have been made, Obama has nominated the rather dashing Tom Daschle, former Senate Democratic leader, as secretary of health and human services.
David Axelrod will most probably be senior adviser to the president, and Gregory B. Craig will serve as White House counsel.
The Bush twins, Barbara and Jenna, gave the Obama girls a tour of their bedrooms in the White House this week. Apparently Sasha and Malia have been in Washington with their mother and grandmother since Sunday. They’ve been checking out the schools and went to see their new home on Tuesday.
Ugly??? No, just very different, and beautiful in spirit. I own one of this breed, and once you are used to their different feel, the smooth skin, the texture and warmth, they feel completely normal. They also have a wonderfully intelligent and sensitive personality, and have a silly sense of humor.
However, they are NOT for all people. They are very intuitive, sensitive and loyal. They desire a LOT of physical contact (as do other hairless breeds like the Xoloitzquintle), and their intelligence means that they need a GENTLE hand. They have a very “sighthound” temperament, much like greyhounds or Salukis.
If you want a dog who wants to be constantly by your side, then you may be happy with a PIO (aka Viringo, Perro Sin Pelo). If you want a dog that is simpler, pick a more domesticated, European breed.
After taking their girls to school on Monday morning, Barack and Michelle Obama flew to Washington:
In Washington, they dropped in at the White House, where they were greeted by Laura and George Bush:
After dropping their daughters, Malia and Sasha, off at school this morning, Michelle and Barack Obama flew to Washington to visit their soon-to-be-new home, the White House. While, Laura Bush showed Michelle Obama around the 132-room mansion, Bush and Obama met in the Oval office. The two men walked down the colannade together towards the Oval office, waving occassionally at curious members of the press.
CNN reported that White House press secretary Dana Perino said earlier today that Bush and Obama ” they’ll have a private conversation. I’m sure they’ll talk about a range of issues.” The big issues discussed no doubt are the financial crisis, national security and the war in Iraq.
On Friday Obama told the press that he was “sure that, in addition to taking a tour of the White House, there’s going to be a substantive conversation between myself and the president. I’m going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders in Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done”.
I love this bit of news. Barack Obama has apparently asked his mother-in-law, Marain Robinson, to move in to the White House with him, Michelle and her granddaughters.
The Daily Mail says that:
Michelle Obama’s mother has reluctantly agreed to move from Chicago to Washington to take care of her granddaughters as they adjust to their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Marian Robinson, 71, was an indispensable part of the Obama campaign as babysitter for Malia, ten, and seven-year-old Sasha.
The move could signal the first time in living memory that three generations of a family have moved into the White House.
But the fiercely independent Mrs Robinson has suggested she could take a flat nearby because she doesn’t want to ‘intrude.’
Michelle, 44, has insisted that with 132 rooms, there will be no shortage of space.
Barack and Michelle Obama will visit the White House today – at 2pm (ET) or 9pm (GMT + 2). First couple Bush will give the Obamas a tour of the White House before the president-elect and George Bush meet to discuss governing business. Michelle and Laura will then have their own meeting. This will be a historically symbolic visit: not so long ago, blacks were not welcome in the White House.
George Bush graciously said that Obama’s “journey represents a triumph of the American story,” and added that “it will be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House.”
The Times of London noted that “There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of blacks even crossing the threshold of the White House as anything other than servants scandalised much of America.”
After meeting with 17 economic advisers, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will hold a press conference today probably focusing on the worsening financial crisis. The press conference is expected to start at 1:30 p.m. (central time) at the Hilton Chicago. Attending the earlier meeting are billionaire businessman, Warren Buffet, and former Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers.
BBC reported today that The US Labor Department’s monthly jobs report this morning showed that “the economy shed 240,000 jobs in October, bringing the year’s total job losses to 1.2 million. The unemployment rate climbed from 6.1 percent to 6.5 percent, the highest it has been since March 1994″.
Obama won’t make any more personnel announcements. Yesterday he announced the appointment of Rahm Emmanual as Chief of Staff. In his statement, Obama said “I announce this appointment first because the chief of staff is central to the ability of a president and administration to accomplish an agenda. And no one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel.” Read More…