Associated Press figures out that Obama really is a mere mortal

LOL. This is an about face from their pre-(and for that matter, much of their post-) election reporting on The One:

WASHINGTON – Two weeks into his presidency, Barack Obama proved that even a clearly gifted politician cannot escape the gravitational pull of Washington forces that have humbled many of his predecessors.

The new president, seen by some as arrogant, was anything but on Tuesday.

“I screwed up,” Obama said repeatedly during a series of TV interviews. “I take responsibility for this mistake.”

It was a frank admission from an Oval Office where “mistakes were made” has often been the preferred dodge.

An old story, with new actors, played out Tuesday: A new president’s team imperfectly vetted top nominees. The nominees, it turns out, had not paid taxes for household help or other services when they were private citizens. The news media and political adversaries bored in. And rather than spend more valuable time and political capital defending the appointees, the administration dropped them and moved on.

In other words, Obama may be more ordinary than some admirers would like to admit. He will surely struggle, over the coming weeks and months, with the economy, health care, military matters and Congress, much as other presidents have.

That’s hardly an indictment. But Obama’s rocket ride to the White House, his extraordinary speaking skills, and his smooth, I-don’t-sweat style had some people calling him “the one,” a once-in-a-generation political leader who could rise above his predecessors’ foibles.

“Some”? That’s an understatement if I’ve ever heard one.

In related news, the NYT reported today on the fact that several of their mainstream media colleagues have left their jobs in the newsroom in order to work for the Obama administration, which you would think they’d note gave credence to the belief by conservatives that the mainstream media is biased towards the left. Not so, says the NYT. It has more to do with … the economy (via Deborah Corey at Newsbusters):

Administration officials report they have had discussions with other print journalists looking for work as their news organizations begin to shed jobs.


Show of hands how many of you think we’d see the same influx of journalists to a McCain/Palin admin as we have with Obama/Biden’s due to the economy?

I didn’t think so :))

Well, uh, thanks!

joyI just discovered that I rank 81st out of 100 on Wikio’s Top Political blogs list. That link currently takes you to the January list, but Robert Spencer has a sneak peek at the February list (so far – I guess?) and I’ve moved up three spots to 81. I had no idea such a list existed, but there are some damn fine blogs out there who are also on the list and I feel honored to be among them. So, if you’re a blogger/writer who has been linking to me, thank you! And, of course, if you’re a regular reader, thank you as well :) Traffic’s been up lately. That’s always a good thing!

Update – 6:43 PM: I meant to note that late last night I added an “Obama Links” section on the far left column right underneath the “Audacity of Truth” section. The links are to mostly media sites that are tracking Obama’s first 100 days in office. I figured it’d be a useful tool to aid in tracking the daily actions of our 44th President.

Senate Republicans stand up against pork in stimulus bill


WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democrats from adding $25 billion for highways, mass transit, and water projects to President Barack Obama’s economic recovery program.

Already unhappy over the size of the measure, Republicans insisted additional infrastructure projects be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the bill.

But the Democratic amendment garnered 58 votes, just shy of the supermajority needed under Senate budget rules, and many more efforts to increase the measure’s size are sure to follow.

“We can’t add to the size of this bill,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. “The amount is just inconceivable to most people.”

At issue was a plan by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to increase the highway funding in the bill to $40 billion, which reflected complaints from lawmakers in both parties that Obama’s plan doesn’t do enough to relieve a backlog of unfinished projects. The duo also wanted to increase mass transit programs by $5 billion boost and water projects by $7 billion.

“Our highways are jammed. People go to work in gridlock,” Feinstein said Tuesday.

Just two Republicans supported the move, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Christopher Bond of Missouri. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Judd Gregg, R-N.H., named Tuesday morning to become Commerce secretary, did not vote.

What other pork is shoved into this bill that hasn’t been taken out? Senator Tom Coburn’s got the list posted on his website, along with a list of amendments he’d like to add to the stimulus bill.

Good to see that some in the Senate GOP are still looking out for the American taxpayer. Even Mac’s speaking out against it.

DeMint, NYT: Daschle’s nomination should be withdrawn (MORE: DASCHLE WITHDRAWS)

In light of reports of Tom Daschle’s numerous tax issues (the failure to pay them, to be exact, not to mention the lobbyist angle), the heat is intensifying on President Obama to withdraw the former Senate leader’s nomination for HHS. Leading Republican Senator Jim DeMint called for it today, and even the NYT – known propaganda rag for the Obama administration – is calling for a withdraw as well, citing Daschle’s tax issues.

Will the President continue to stand by his man and the Senate roll over and confirm Daschle with little to no questions as they did Eric Holder and Tim Geithner? Or will sanity prevail?

Stay tuned …

Via MM, who has much more.

PM Update – 1:35 PM: CNN is reporting that Daschle has withdrawn his nomination.