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HUD Secretary Named

President Elect Obama has announced the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development….Shaun Donovan.  My initial thoughts were, who the Hell is that?  Well, Mr. Donovan comes to us via New York, where he served as New York City’s Housing Commissioner.  This job may wield more press and power than ever before though, with Americans in serious economic troubles.  The CNN article states 1 in 10 home owners is in trouble!  Yikes. 

A more exciting announcement for me came earlier this week, with was the new Secretary of Energy.  Steven Chu is a Nobel Prize winning experimental physicist with no political history!  I love it! 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/13/hud.donovan/index.html



Complete Crazy Unleashed…

Apparently there are a number of groups who are challenging whether President Elect Obama is a natural US citizen.  Huh?  Yeah, exactly.  This seems to be pretty ridiculous to me.  However, they are getting some media traction, as the Politico ran the article I’ve pasted below today. 

There are two lawsuits challenging Obama’s legitimacy of citizenship. 

     1.  One such lawsuit alleges that because his father was Kenyan and under British rule, he’d have been born with dual citizenship. 

     2.  The other contends that he wasn’t born on American soil at all.  Philip J. Berg has filed suit claiming Barack Obama was really born in Kenya, not Hawaii.  He also claims his Hawaiian birth certificate looks fake.  So being the super slueth that I am, I pulled out my daughter’s birth certificate.  See, she was born in Hawaii.  Looks the same to me…so I’m not sure what Mr. Berg is trying to pull.  Now the birth certificate definitely looks different from mine, I was born in Iowa…but again I want to stress it looks exactly like my daughters.  So I’m a little unclear as to what is fake about it!  However Justice Clarence Thomas has passed this already reject suit around the court, so we’ll see if this goes any further.  You really gotta hand it to Clarence Thomas. 

Well this should be a good time for all I’m sure.  I would also like to point out one of the crazies promoting this is a former Swift Boater…and boy we know how honest they were now don’t we?!

 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16257.html



Ring. Ring. Ring.

I’ll admit, while I found this story to be a little amusing I can’t say I blame her.  Apparently Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) took a call from President Elect Obama, thought it was a prank and promptly hung up the phone.  Then she took a call from his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, and hung up on him too.  It took a call from the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Howard Berman, and a test to make it happen.

Now we all had a good laugh at Sarah Palin when she took a call from a Canadian radio station pretending to be the French President…so I can’t say I blame Representative Ros-Lehtinen!

http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/1208/RosLehtinen_Hanging_up_on_Obama_pretty_embarrassing.html



We’re In a Recession
December 1, 2008, 1:52 pm
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Uh…no kidding?  I find this to be a little amusing.  Not that we are in a recession, but that it’s been going on since December 2007, most Americans have been feeling the strain since before that, and now we finally admit it’s a recession.

According to Wikipedia, “In macreoeconomics, a recession is a decline in a country’s real gross domestic product (GDP), or negative real economic growth for four or more successive quarters of a year.”

The Bush White House is hoping to focus on the fix rather than the problem.  I’m not sure I disagree.  Although, I’m not sure what their plan really is at this point.  Hell, for how long did the Republicans in office chose to stick their heads the sand hoping if you didn’t see it or speak it, it wasn’t true.  The bailout isn’t working.  Paulson is a disgrace.  And they’re outta there in less than 2 months.

The new President Elect has his work cut out for him.   

http://money.cnn.com/2008/12/01/news/economy/recession/index.htm?postversion=2008120112



Good Reading…

So I mentioned earlier that I bought Obama’s book, “The Audacityof Hope”.  I am really enjoying it.  I chuckled to myself reading about the clipped conversations between him and his wife.  Not that I enjoyed their troubles, but the fact that they seemed to have had some of the same issues my family has had.  My husband works in politics, and is gone what seems to be ALL the time!  We do pretty good for a while, and then whammo it really hits the fan.  I’ll admit I get tired of being a single working housekeeping married woman!  Then I become short tempered and bitter.  I begin to rail at a husband I truly love.  It begins a game of listing everything the other person has ever done wrong.  We all know where that leads…no where good!  Apparently Michelle Obama had some frustration with that as well, and it made the soon to be First Couple a little more real to me!  All I could think of was, take that frustration, add two lawyers to the mix, and imagine what their arguments must have been like!

As I read on, I came to this great quote.  It is something I’ve thought about or complained about a million times these last 8 years. 

“I imagine they (the American people) are waiting for a politcs with the maturity to balance idealism and realism, to distinguish between what can and cannot be compromised, to admit the possibility that the other side may sometimes have a point.  They don’t always understand the arguments between the right and left, conservative and liberal, but they recognize the difference between dogma and common sense, responsibility and irresponsibility, between those things that last and those that are fleeting.”

“They are out there, waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.”

How many of us have felt that way?  How many of us are so frustrated with the political system and sniping we either find ourselves incredibly angry or have just completely disengaged?  Too many of us, for sure.  I myself am guilty of being angry and hateful at times.

I am hoping he leads with the thoughtfulness of the beginning of his book.  We can only wait and see.



Obamania

Interestingly enough I just bought Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope”.  I’m about 15 pages in, and it’s a pretty good read so far.  I would also recommend Joe Biden’s as well.  I read that about a year ago. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/16011.html



You Want a Shield? I’ll Raise You a Nuke.

It appears Russia is back to resorting to Cold War tactics.  Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s President, has warned President Elect Obama that if the US and NATO continue working towards building a missile shield Russia will move nuclear weapons into Kaliningrad.  Kaliningrad borders Poland and Lithuania, and does not connect with the rest of Russia. 

For some reason I doubt NATO and the European Union will be thrilled with that idea.

As we all know Dmitry Medvedev is Russia’s President in name only.  It is pretty clear that Vladimir Putin is calling the shots. 

My only question of President Elect Obama is:  And can you tell me again why on earth you wanted this job???

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15674.html




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