December 2009 Archives
Here's today's Washington update: it's cold and we're not going outside.
Now here's your Daily Polichicks:
* President Obama is hot under the collar over security failures that allowed a terrorist to board a plane with a bomb on Christamas day. "These ass clowns in national security effed up, and they better get it together," the president said in a speech. Maybe that's not an exact quote, but whatever, close enough.
Okay, Fine! Be sticklers about it. Here's what he said exactly: "It now appears that, weeks ago, this information [about a terrorist plan] was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect's name on a no-fly list. . . Had this critical information been shared . . . the suspect would have never been allowed to board that plane for America... A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable." [The Washington Post]
* Welcome home, big boy! Operation Bombshell teaches military wives to strip for their returning soldier husbands. Talk about military benefits... [The New York Times]
* Military sex lives aren't all that's getting hot. The custody battle between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson heats up as an Alaska judge rules that court proceedings will remain public. Our inquiring minds say thank you, Alaska judge. Thank you. [The Washington Post]
* U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor maintains close ties to her old neighborhood and the Latino community. "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got," Sotomayor told C-SPAN. "I'm still
Jenny Sonny from the block. Used to have a little, now I have a lot. No matter where I go, I know where I came from." That's not an exact quote, but you know how we roll, close enough.
Fine! Fine! Be all nit picky again. (Geez. Give us a freakin' break.) Here's what she actually said: "[When President Obama offered me the nomination, he asked me to make two promises.] The first was to remain the person I was, and the second was to stay connected to my community. I said to him that those were two easy promises to make, because those two things I could not change." [USA Today]
* If you're nobody, you can be somebody. [USA Today]
That's all. Bundle up, everybody!
Actor Charlie Sheen threatened (and may have even cut) his wife, Brooke Mueller, with a knife during a Christmas argument. Reprehensible.
Mueller reportedly has taken her husband back and the couple plans to get counseling. Can't say we agree with that solution, but to each her own. Hopefully, Mueller finds the strength to leave if she determines that's best for her and her children.
Domestic violence is not cool. If you or someone you know suffers from domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) for help.
Now here's your Daily Polichicks:
* The U.S. Senate passed a healthcare reform bill on Christmas eve.
* John "have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire" Edwards is building houses for impoverished families in El Salvador.
* Do other women think you're beautiful? If so, they're not trying to vote for you. Washington Post reporter and author Anne Kornblut speaks on the hurdles a woman will have to jump to be the first woman president. She also examines three themes that commonly emerge when talking about women in politics over here. Kornblut's book, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and What It Will Take for A Woman to Win, comes out on Tuesday.
* As Ambassador for Save the Children, Jennifer Garner lobbies on Capitol Hill for children's education. The actress supports legislation that would provide $1 billion in support for "full service community schools" (schools that, in addition to education, provide services such as dental care and nutrition classes). Garner is a mother of two and wife of actor Ben Affleck. She starred in the popular TV series Alias and the movies "Juno" and "13 going on 30."
Peace out. xo xo
First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Daughters, Sasha And Malia, paid a visit to children at Children's National Medical Center (known locally as Children's Hospital) the day before Christmas Eve. First Pup Bo Obama came along too.
Mrs. Obama and the girls read Christmas books to the children. When While Mrs. Obama was reading, Bo spied a suspicious, bearded white guy in a red suit and hat lurking around the Christmas tree behind Sasha and Malia and began to bark. Even Santa can't pass Bo's security check. Perhap the First Pup should keep watch at state dinners, so gate crashers a la the Salahis don't slip in for a free meal.
After the book reading, Mrs. Obama and her girls answered children's questions about their holiday plans and what they got the president for Christmas. Watch above.
We're late posting the Daily Polichicks today, because we've been busy having sex with Tiger Woods.
Oh sure, pretend like you haven't!
Anyway, we told ourselves that we wouldn't talk about our shared lovah in today's Daily Polichicks, because we really should focus on more political and newsworthy topics. This was a painful decision for us, because we just can't get enough of Tiger's scandal. You know how we love drama! So note below how we found an excuse to work him in anyway. LOL.
Moving right along, here's your Daily Polichicks:
* President Obama and his family are in Norway today, where the president accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Award ceremony attendees included the royal family of Norway, actor Will Smith and recording artist Wyclef Jean.
* Barbara Walters names Michelle Obama the most fascinating person of 2009.
* Tiger Woods will not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award Congress gives to civilians. Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) proposed legislation in March that would give the golfer the honor for good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in golf. Rep. Baca said in a statement Wednesday that he will no longer pursue the legislation "in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family."
* And on that note, searching for lipstick on your man's collar is so 1950. The "in" method of investigation, according to the New York Times, is going through his phone to find incriminating text messages.
Hmmm, now that we think about it, breaking into his voicemail is also quite effective... um, so we heard... not that we're confessing anything....
Few will argue that Tiger Woods and his multimillion dollar PR team have totally botched the public handling of what was at first just a minor fender bender incident and now is a multimistress sex scandal.
Ashley Dupre, the paid sex worker whose "professional relationship" with New York Governor Ellot Spitzer led to his resignation, has some advice for Elin and Tiger Woods.
On the occasion of the Obamas' first Christmas at The White House, lets have a look at the Kennedys' first Washington Christmas in 1961.
This one is for you political techies out there.
Here is a panel discussion about how celebs use (and could use) Twitter to promote political causes and otherwise engage in the political process.
Featured panelists are Ted Johnson (Managing Editor, Variety), James Sutyando (Strategic Development, CauseCast), Jacob Soboroff (Reporter AMC News and Founder Why Tuesday?), and Wendy Cohen (TakePart.com, Participant Media).
I get the deeper happiness of knowing the lucky streak I've had in my life will benefit tons of people - not just me.
I get the pride of knowing I did something irreversibly smart before I could change my mind.
I get the safety of knowing I won't be the target of a frivolous lawsuit, since I have very little net worth.
I get the unburdened freedom of having it out of my hands so I can't do something stupid.
But most of all, I get the constant priceless reminder that I have enough.
- Derek Sivers on why he gave his company away to charity
Hat tip: Nonsociety
Meghan McCain is not one of the - well, some would say crazies, but we try to remain impartial here so we'll say people - who thinks that Barack Obama is lying about having been born in the United States.
"Those asking, yes I believe Obama was born in this country and I think concentrating on that belittles the real problems we need to concentrate on concerning him as a President, and his administration," Meghan said on her Twitter page Friday. "I have real concerns about him as Prez but it doesnt include his birth."
The president and his family light the National Chritmas Tree on December 3, 2009. Photo Credit: The Washington Post
Across the nation, stores have had holiday decorations up since summer, holiday sales since September, and spirited customers buying "gifts" for themselves since the day after Turkey day.
But here in Washington, the holiday season doesn't really start until the President lights the National Christmas Tree. Thursday night he did just that.
So it's on now.
Happy Holidays and here's your Daily Polichicks:
* It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...and Hannukah and Kwanzaa and so forth. The Obama family lights the National Christmas Tree Thursday evening, following a star studded tree lighting ceremony with Jordin Sparks, Cheryl Crow, Common, Randy Jackson and the First Couple of Christmas: Santa and Mrs. Claus.
* Now here's a nice early holiday present: the national unemployment rate unexpectedly falls from 10.2% in October to "just" 10% in November. Then again, maybe that's not much of a gift.
* Newsweek names Obama Girl one of the Top 10 Internet Memes of the Decade. (If you haven't seen the Obama Girl videos, created by former ad exec Ben Relles, you must do that over here. They are hilarious.)
* Jasmina, a 6 year old girl fighting leukemia, meets President Obama at the White House. She tells the President that she would like a violin for Christmas. We hope she gets it.
That's all for now. We've got shopping to do!
Obama ups our military presence in Afghanistan, but Pakistan ain't happy about it; The White House gets a frugal but fashionable holiday makeover; and Tiger Woods and his harem join the trainwreck ranks of John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and Jon Gosselin.
But that's not all. There's more in your Daily Polichicks:
* Pakistan isn't too crazy about Obama's new Afghanistan plan. Pakistan fears that a U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan will lead to the presence of more Afghan guerrilla fighters and terrorist attacks in Pakistan. They also think that the problems in Afghanistan are America's fault.
* Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barneys New York, is playing frugal fashionista at the White House. He's using recycled ornaments to help decorate the White House for the holidays.
* White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers won't testify before Congress about the party crashing crisis. The White House is playing the "she's our peeps" card. "I think you know that, based on separation of powers, staff here don't go to testify in front of Congress,''explained White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
* Now this is hilarious. White House party crasher, Michaele Salahi, also crashed the Redskins Alumni Cheerleader Squad. She is a dues paying member and performs with the squad, but - get this - was never a Redskins cheerleader.
* DC sportswriter Michael Wilbon says Tiger may not be best husband in the world, but he's not the first great athlete to get a little sumpin' sumpin' on the side either.
* It's holiday party time! Here's how to know if you are being effing boring at an otherwise festive shindig.
* The battle of the bulge is hard to win indeed - even if you are Jared The Subway Guy.
That's all for now. Have a great day everybody!
So imaginine our sheer joy when we heard that a pair of White House party crashers and Tiger Woods decided to dish us some real reality TV. Sweet!
Get full scoop in your Daily Polichicks. Right here:
* Chelsea Clinton is engaged!!!! You know we love any excuse to start posting wedding dresses and rings on this site. Chelsea will marry boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky sometime next year. It should be noted that papa Bill is cool with the dude.
* French Elle thinks Michelle Obama is tres chic. The mag gave the First Lady top honors in the category of "Politique Chic" on their annual Best Dressed List.
* A day in the life of Tiger Woods is better than any episode of Cheaters. After a car crash and alleged whack-a-mole incident at his home, confession of a mistress, and public release of a voicemail he left her, Tiger finally comes clean about his cheating ways.
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves," the golfer said in a statement on his website. Let's just hope he didn't pull a John Edwards.
* Washington Post writer Robin Givhan looks at whether White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers should spend more time guarding the velvet rope than partying behind it.
* And last but not least, Sexism and the City: a little diddy by Rachel Sklar.