The Keys and Obamas

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with T.R.H. John Key, M.P. Prime Minister of New Zealand and his wife Mrs. Bronagh Key, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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The Obama presidency and health care

Andrew Sullivan

A masterful speech, somehow a blend of governance and also campaigning. But above all, it is a reprise of the core reason for his candidacy and presidency: to get past the abstractions of ideology and the easy scorn of the cable circus and the cynicism that has thereby infected this country’s ability to tackle pressing problems. This was why he was elected, and we should not be swayed by the old Washington and the old ideologies and the old politics. He stands at the center urging a small shift to more government because the times demand it.

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A Mad Tea-Party

There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; `only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Chapter VII  2009 Tea Party protests

Update 14:44 13/04/2009: Russell offers a whole feast of oddness.

And Jon Stewart.

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