Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Assignments for Strom Thurmond's Love Child
Obama named to key panels
Looks like it's Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Veterans Affairs:
For Obama, the seat on the environment and public works panel will give him a strong hand in negotiating the state's share of federal dollars in the massive highway bill expected to pass next session. Illinois, and Chicago in particular, lost considerable influence in terms of transportation funding when U.S. Rep. Bill Lipinski (D-Ill.), an influential member of the House Transportation Committee, retired this summer.Also good training for a president, unlike George's early training in Mixology. Needless to say, El Presidente is creating a lot of gravely injured veterans who will come home to no jobs and no health care by the time the repubs dig up another Bush to run in '08.
On foreign relations, Obama will have a voice on policy initiatives ranging from nuclear proliferation to the war on terror.
Democratic leaders are keen to use Obama's rising profile as a public face for their foreign-policy positions, Democratic congressional aides said.
And we're reminded how funny he can be. I don't know who writes his material, but I hope they aren't too eager to leave Washington.
In the same self-deprecating vein, he also raised up a mock National Enquirer headline declaring: "Obama's shocking secret. He's Strom Thurmond's Love Child."...Tons more. Check it out, even though it is the Tribune and I'm still miffed that they supported Bush. They did support Obama, so they have an investment to protect.
He said he and President Bush have a lot in common--they both graduated from Ivy League schools, married above their station and beat Alan Keyes.
The senator-elect teased about his big victory over Keyes, saying that he received 70 percent of the vote statewide "and 102 percent in Chicago. Our voting system is so advanced that the folks in Florida are coming up to study it and see what they can learn."
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