obamas skipped shrub's speech
i mean, how many more lies can you cram into 8 years? besides, despite my dislike for the arrogant, ignorant, incurious shrub- this was particularly tasteless
"Despite Bush's rhetoric, his Administration hasn't appeared to be as welcoming. Thursday was the first night the Obamas were allowed to spend in the president-elect's temporary residence.
The first family requested an early move-in in December but were rebuffed. The Bush Administration said that the reason was that the residence had already been booked -- it later emerged, to the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard.
Bloomberg journalist Margaret Carlson told MSNBC that the White House hadn't extended the invitation to Howard until after Obama's request, lending credence to a notion that "they asked him [Howard] to come and stay so that there might be some plausible reason for not letting the Obamas stay there," and adding that the house had 119 rooms -- meaning Howard "wouldn't even have to share a sink with the Obamas."
probably the best summary i have seen of 'w'- juan cole:
"W. is a frightful combination of ignorant, dull, and pigheaded when to succeed in the Middle East he needed to be well-informed, bright and intellectually agile. "
do read the whole article. it will make you smile and sigh at the same time.