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August 29, 2010

Sunday Fuggin Funday

President Obama and New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, enjoyed a game of golf in Martha's Vineyard this past Friday.  The two discussed the economy and possible plans for short and long term economic growth (and likely had some discussion regarding the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy and 9/11 Worker's Health Bill).  The discussions may have inspired the President as it was announced today that the Obama administration plans to set up an emergency loan program for the unemployed and a government refinancing effort in the next few weeks to help homeowners pay their mortgages.  That doesn't sound like much of a "magic bullet," Mr. President. 
Mayor Bloomberg was not the President's only esteemed guest while on his 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard.  The President met with other big wigs which included Robert Wolf, chairman and chief executive officer of UBS,  Vernon Jordan, Lazard Ltd. senior managing director and a longtime Democratic Party supporter, and South Carolina Democratic Representative James Clyburn, also a Washington power player.

President Obama's vacation ended today, as he made his way down to Louisiana to speak at Xavier University on the fifth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina made its way to the shores of New Orleans.  The President reassured the congregation that government efforts to rebuild New Orleans and establish means to protect the city from further disaster were far from over.   For all you inquiring minds, yes, he ate the seafood again

The President also found time to do an interview with NBC Nightly News, where he dismissed a recent poll showing that a third of Americans don’t know he’s a Christian , and even discussed the controversy regarding his birthplace, stating, "I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

The President is also set to address the nation this Tuesday, as that day will mark the end of the "combat mission in Iraq."  Hopefully the President accounts for the billions in taxpayer dollars wasted in Iraq, including a $40 million prison that sits empty, a $165 million children's hospital that goes unused, and a $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah that cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.  Maybe he'll explain how the remaining 50,000 U.S. troops will train the new Iraqi government and army how to stop the escalating violence, like the coordinated bombings that occured across Iraq this past Wednesday, killing 62.  I also hope he clarifies to the families of the 4,408 U.S. troops who have died since 2003 how our world is better off and safer now than it was before the war, or why many people are saying that the biggest winner of the 2003 Iraq war is neighboring Iran.  I'm sure he will merely reiterate what Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, that Iraq in 10 years could rank among the world's biggest oil producers, making it fabulously rich and — by implication — a potential success story.  What the President really should do is blast Cheney in the face with a shotgun at close range.  That may make everyone feel better about "Operation Iraqi Freedom."  No, no, no - let's make peace, not war.

Also in the news, 7 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan this weekend, and for what?  I hope the President tackles the reason for the Afghanistan War on Tuesday too.

On an unrelated note, 18,000 people have been evacuated following the eruption of Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  This is the first time this volcano has been active in an estimated 400 years.

Love life, it's a beautiful day after all.