How the Heck do any of you know what Obama is doing....

Behind the scenes on the Gaza nightmare?  

I keep hearing this "Obama needs to do something" "Obama needs to make a statement"

What the Heck are you all thinking?  

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Rank the President's of Your Lifetime

I read a great article in HuffPo about W's legacy (or lack thereof), that some in the media are claiming that he "kept us safe", (so that is his legacy), but many are failing to mention that 9/11 happened on HIS watch in spite of all the warning signs.

The article by Paul Abrams can be read here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-abram s/george-bush-claims-he-kep_b_154100.htm l

So, looking back over the President's in MY lifetime, I thought I'd rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = horrible, 10 = perfect). Kind of a fun Year End game that you might want to do too.....

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Gallup: Obama, Hillary share "Most Admired" Billing

Gallup released it's annual "Most Admired" List for the year.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113572/Obama- Hillary-Clinton-Share-Most-Admired-Billi ng.aspx

No surprise here:

Obama was #1 at 32% the Most Admired Man

Hillary was #2 at 20% and the Most Admired Woman

Strange to see that George W was #2 in the Man column along with Sarah Palin.

This is Hillary's 7th consecutive year as the Most Admired Woman and the 13th Year she has been in the Top Ten.

Obama is the first President-elect since Eisenhower to make the Most Admired Man list.

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Cuomo for Senate

As a source of speculation the NY-Senate seat to be vacated by Hillary Clinton, provides a whole range of entertaining angles. I find it a bit of a shame that Caroline Kennedy has apparently wrapped up the appointment. This not because she wouldn't be good in the job, I have great respect for her uncles and her father and some of her cousins, and I think perhaps like Ted she could parlay her famous name and connections and good intentions into a wonderfully successful senatorship. She did make a nice speech for Obama. The Senate was never intended to be strictly democratic. The Democrats should not shoot themselves in the foot by being overly "fair" (the Republicans never would), and should set themselves up to win elections (incumbency, fundraising, name-recognition etc.). However, I have a bit of hesitation over the extent to which our politics is hereditary, the undemocratic nature of gubernatorial appointments to otherwise elected office, and Ms. Kennedy's mostly mysterious positions, qualifications, and intentions.

This is not to say that Caroline Kennedy shouldn't be Senator, and if she is I will be a strong supporter, but I'd be a bit easier about it, if she had to prove herself through an election. And I'm a little sorry that Gov. Patterson seems to have begun to be boxed in. I also think this is a critical moment in US History and it would pay to have somewhat experienced, competent senators dealing with stimuli, climate change, health care, judicial appointments and the like. I think one of the NY House members, perhaps Jerrold Nadler or Nydia Velazquez would have the legislative expertise (and established positions) to be effective right away. However, appointing one of the dozen house members who wants the spot, would create a lot of animosity for Patterson. Appointing Kennedy avoids that. But even with borrowed staff and a protective wing from her uncle, I worry that she would have to take a year or two of watching carefully before being an effective senator.

Appointing Andrew Cuomo would also supercede the congressionals by being a statewide official, with a strong name who could be the strong favorite in 2010. However Patterson might be perceived as simply trying to eliminate a competitor for his reelection, you still have the heredity issues, and it would probably be a pretty big slap in the face for Kennedy.

My alternative is to appoint Mario Cuomo.

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Media unfairly bashing Bill Clinton

Bashing Bill Clinton has become a very lucrative media Industry. To some extent we are responsible for this. During the primary battles our passionate defense of our candidate has emboldened the media to launch its attacks on Bill.

I am not against criticism but I am definitely against extremely unbalanced attacks like these from Associated press: Some one needs to tell Beth Fouhy that primaries are over.


The foundation's donor list is heavy with overseas business interests.

Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid gave $1 million to $5 million. Friends of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai Foundation each gave $1 million to $5 million, as did the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office. The Confederation of Indian Industry and the Swedish Postcode Lottery gave $500,000 to $1 million each. China Overseas Real Estate Development and the U.S. Islamic World Conference gave $250,000 to $500,000 apiece.

The No. 4 person on the Forbes billionaire list, Lakshmi Mittal, the chief executive of international steel company ArcelorMittal, gave $1 million to $5 million. Mittal is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, Goldman Sachs' board of directors and the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, according to the biography on his corporate Web site.

Among other $1 million to $5 million donors:

_Harold Snyder, director for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest drug company in Israel. His son, Jay T. Snyder, serves on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which oversees State Department activities, and served as a senior U.S. adviser to the United Nations, where he worked on international trade and poverty.

_No. 97 on the Forbes billionaire list, Ethiopian-Saudi business tycoon Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi.

_Issam Fares, a former deputy prime minister of Lebanon.

_Mala Gaonkar Haarman, a partner and managing director at the private investment partnership Lone Pine Capital.

_Lukas Lundin, chairman of oil, gas and mining businesses including Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Syria, and Vostok Nafta Investment Ltd., an investment company that focuses on Russia and other former Soviet republics.

_Victor Pinchuk, son-in-law of the former president of Ukraine. Clinton spoke in 2007 at an annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy, a group Pinchuk founded to promote Ukraine joining the European Union.

Except for a passing reference there is very little if any explanation about the scope of the foundation and what good it has accomplished.

Don't we really want our ex-presidents to be advocates for good causes?

Don't you think articles like this would deter charitable donations?

I have no problem with taking charitable donations from homophobes for Aids causes. I say it with the same spirit of supporting Obama talking to our so called enemies in the world.

The purpose of these media  articles is to box Hillary and hamstrung our administration. The media is very much interested in driving a wedge and thriving on the discord.

Here is the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_campaignplus/20081218/ap_ca/clinton_foundation_donors

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