Budget Plan Adds to Avalanche of News
By Ben Pershing
Another day, another massive, agenda-setting announcement from President Obama. Look back at all the front pages since Obama was sworn in Jan. 20, and count how many days there have been when the president didn't dominate the news cycle with something he did or was about to do.
It's called the bully pulpit, and Obama is using it to maximum advantage. Tuesday night was his joint address, with its pledges to fix the economy, cure cancer and restore hope to a world in darkness. (As Joel Achenbach wrote, "I kept waiting for him to declare that, before his term is out, we will have colonized Mars.") Today is the unveiling of Obama's budget, with its $634 billion for health care and, we're learning this morning, another $250 billion for bailing out banks. On Friday, Obama will deliver a major speech on "the way forward" in Iraq, including a timetable for bringing troops home. When will there be a "slow news day"? Things have been so busy that People magazine broke the Holy Grail of human-interest stories -- the Obama's are getting a Portuguese water dog! -- on Wednesday and it barely caused a ripple.
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