Archive for November, 2011


Chris Matthews hit the nail on the head regarding the main problem with the President. He doesn’t do the hard work of being President – making phone calls, massaging egos, issuing threats, making things HAPPEN. It’s like he honestly thought speeches alone would move the nation. Anyone who has been in politics for awhile knows that private meetings are where a lot of change occurs – people talking face-to-face and hammering out compromises. Legislators HATE it when the chief executive won’t talk to them. I understand that the Republicans aren’t an easy dance partner for him, but he didn’t try very hard to work with them on the things they could have worked together on – financial reform (including Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac), trade deals (which he demanded be passed even though he hadn’t sent them to the Senate yet) and reasonable immigration reform (so states didn’t feel compelled to pass controversial bills of their own) among them. It’s frustrating to see. This isn’t a partisan criticism. I was once close to a Republican officeholder who was similar in this way. He wanted to have the job he did, but didn’t want to do the time-consuming, frustrating, but essential little things that went along with the job. The same is true here. (By the way, I’ll bet my last nickel that the most damning, vitriolic criticisms of the President come from within his own party; it’s often that way.) Mr. Obama wants to BE President, but doesn’t appear to want to DO the job of being President. The endless meetings and phone calls come with the house and the plane, Mr. President. It’s a package deal.


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Smokin’ Joe, RIP

Joe Frazier was one of the great warriors in as competitive time as heavyweight boxing ever saw. With his bob-and-weave style, he sought to overcome the height and reach disadvantages he carried into virtually every fight. While he lacked Foreman’s power, and Ali’s speed and charisma, he made the very most of the power that he did have (especially with that hook), mixing it with a relentlessness that wore his opponents down. He finished with a record of 32-4-1, an Olympic gold medal, a world heavyweight championship and the admiration and respect of millions of boxing fans. From the beginning to the end of his career and beyond, he was a consummate gentleman.

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