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May 18, 2008

ONYD: Why the President Gave Up Golf

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 12:01 am
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I’m going to hopefully blog some tomorrow morning while I watch the political shows. I’ve got some movie reviews and a few other things that I’ve been holding onto, but it’s kinda late tonight to get into it.

I do want to offer an ONYDer to President Bush, who, while participating in an interview with and users of Yahoo earlier this week, was asked what sort of sacrifices he’s made to honor the brave men and women who have given their lives and limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. The President’s response?

He’s given up golf.

The fact that he’s had meniscus problems and has had to stop running as well is simply a coincidence, evidently. The real reason he’s given up golf is to honor the troops. He even sites a specific day when the realization that “this just isn’t worth it” came to him, following the assassination of a U.N. representative in Iraq. Of course, there are at least two documented occurrences of the President golfing following that date, but, again, those must’ve just been coincidence, and I’m sure he wasn’t enjoying himself.

Video of the ONYD moment is at Yahoo News.

People who are familiar with him tend to love Keith Olbermann and his (week)nightly Countdown show on MSNBC. I enjoy Keith and his guests. Usually, he keeps the tone fairly light and sarcastic, but every now and then something really hits him the wrong way, and his head practically explodes.

Click on the video below to see Olbermann’s highly charged response to the President’s latest ONYDer. Olbermann actually touches on a couple of different points from the Politico/Yahoo interview. The piece is about 10 minutes long, and every time I watch it, I expect Keith’s head to explode.

(If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the transcript is available at Scroll to the bottom, then back up to the last long monologue.

The 300 Project: 22/97


May 4, 2008

ONYD – Who’s Visiting The White House?

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 7:26 pm
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Do you think it’s important that there be transparency with regard to who’s having influence on the President and Vice President? I’m not advocating releasing transcripts of White House conversations here, though it sure would be nice to know what the Vice President discussed with energy company executives back in 2000, prior to a run of record-breaking profits for oil companies.

No, what I’m talking about is knowing who’s going in and out the doors at the White House. The Bush Administration is claiming that the list of visitor’s logs to the White House and the Vice President’s residence, are not public documents, even though they’re Secret Service logs, not White House documents. Remember, this is the same administration that said that the Vice President’s office is not part of the Executive Branch of government.

They’re saying that releasing the names of visitors to the President and the Vice President would somehow discourage people from meeting with the President or VP, and giving them candid advice. I certainly don’t understand this, since just knowing that someone is meeting with the President doesn’t give any information with regard to what was said.

Are Bush and Cheney meeting with people whose mere presence in the White House is so scandalous that they can’t be disclosed? I doubt it. But in an Administration that claims that even the most routine data is a matter of grave national security, this is one more instance of their secrecy casting the illusion of something fishy going on.

And of course, the Republicans had no problem accessing the same information when they were going after then-President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

The 300 Project: 12/87

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