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On Pirates, Puppies and the Presidency

By Ben Pershing
In the last 48 hours, the crucial story of President Obama's new puppy finally broke wide. The first family's choice of which church to attend, for Easter services and beyond, received breathless attention. Today, the Obamas and 30,000 of their closest friends (including Fergie and Ziggy Marley!) will attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

But in between all those pressing matters, the president authorized a military operation to rescue the American captain being held hostage by Somali pirates. He called for a global effort to fight challenges like the financial crisis and nuclear proliferation. And after this morning's egg roll, Obama will spend the afternoon getting his daily briefing on the state of the economy and meeting with the Defense secretary.

Every president plays these two roles -- celebrity and commander-in-chief -- and finding the right balance between the two will be key to Obama's long-term success. lf Obama's administration so far were a magazine, it would be half People, half The Economist, and it would sell really well (because Obama would always be on the cover). Obama has already exhibited a deft touch with the symbolic part of his job, and his advisers are keen to ensure he appears just as comfortable ordering a military strike as he does picking a puppy or filling out his NCAA bracket. That's why the White House released a detailed tick-tock of the hours and days leading up to yesterday's successful rescue operation, showing Obama to be heavily engaged in managing the crisis.

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By Ben Pershing  |  April 13, 2009; 8:24 AM ET
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All's well that ends well. But now Team Obama should come up with a defense plan for the international waters off Somalia.

This is one case where the U.S. can and should assume the role of the world's policeman, because no other nation has the capability or, apparently, the will.


Homeland Security Fusion Center CENSORSHIP?

SPECIAL TO: DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (staff, please forward)

Ms. Napolitano:

There is strong evidence that the regional "fusion centers" administered by your department are using surveillance of telecommunications as a pretext to harass and censor American citizens.

Are you aware of this? Please see the following article, which also contains a political essay written for a Washington Post political blog -- but which elicits a "held for blog owner" message each time I attempt to post it.

The evidence seems clear that this message is being generated NOT by The Washington Post, but by censors operating under your agency. The Washington Post could confirm this -- if your internal affairs unit would investigate. Thank you.

OR (in link is corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 13, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Legally, Obama is not President if he is not a "natural born" citizen. BTW: didn't he promise to get a shelter dog?

Posted by: JakeD | April 13, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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