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Summers Exhausted by Credit Crisis

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Summers nods off while President Obama talks to the press after a meeting with officials from the credit card industry at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Al Kamen
No one ever said that being the point man in the White House on efforts to turn the economy around would be easy. And no one said President Obama's meeting today with credit card executives would be an exciting event. But the combination quickly proved too much for economy czar Lawrence Summers, who runs the National Economic Council.

Summers appeared to be nodding off near the beginning of Obama's remarks, according to a press pool report. And then he did nod off, "doing the head on the hand and then head falling off the hand thing." The clicking of all the cameras apparently roused him. We're told all the other officials in the room appeared fully awake.

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"100 days" press conference question for POTUS

Mr. President:

The Senate Armed Services Committee report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" used at Guantanamo stated at least twice that detainees were subject to "induced physical weakness and exhaustion."

The report also stated that detainees were subject to "physiological and psychological pressures" and "environmental manipulation."

Has your administration inquired as to what "induced" these effects...

...and whether detainees were exposed to microwave radiation devices such as so-called "directed energy weapon" discharges... or any other type of radiation, including X-rays, gamma rays, sonic waves, or laser "dazzlers"?

If detainees were exposed to radiation, does that not constitute "torture" and "cruel and unusual punishment" in and of itself?

OR (if links are corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 24, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

As me, and millions of other Americans who were caught by this without the ability to get Un-Employment, and earned too much for Welfare;

STRUGGLE FIVE F'ing MONTHS after the Election with NO RELIEF in Sight;


It CONFIRMS our suspicions, and beliefs;

That O'Bomba-Nation's Administration is SLEEPING on the Job!

Oh, and this Guy has an opinion too!:


Posted by: SAINT---The | April 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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