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Rahm Emanuel Reads to Small Children, Ad Libbing All the Way

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The White House played it straight, because really, what else could it do? But a blog item that went up on the White House blog this afternoon hardly did justice to its material, above:

On August 10, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the Department of Education's summer reading initiative, "Read to the Top!" During the event, Barnes read "10 Things I Can Do to Help My World" to encourage students to take practical steps to save our planet. Rahm Emanuel read "Duck for President," a story about a duck who overcomes the odds to take the highest office in the country. After the event, the students snacked on popsicles and read their own books in the shade - a welcomed break from the summer heat.

What that description fails to cover is Emanuel's ad-libbed political commentary on the strategy of the duck, Barnes's heroic but failing attempt to not totally crack up as Emanuel read the book aloud and the incredibly cheesy music to which the video excerpts are set. But really, it's the kind of thing you just have to watch.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 17, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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I wrote below, "depend upon." Now it reads "demand upon."

Malicious manipulation of telecommunications by surveillance operatives? It has happened many times, as memorialized at this ACLU blog thread:

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 18, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

PERSONAL TO RAHM EMANUEL (Staff, please forward):

The lives of many thousands of unjustly targeted Americans demand upon your careful reading and follow-up to the following urgent message from a longtime mainstream journalist:

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GOV'T HEALTH CARE REFORM RINGS HOLLOW...

WHEN COVERT GOV'T PROGRAMS DESTROY THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF THOUSANDS OF UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.


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URGENT: President Obama, WH staff, members of Congress, cabinet secretaries

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS WEAPONIZED THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM.

MICROWAVE / LASER 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON' SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO DEGRADE THE LIVES OF UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

A GOV'T-OVERSEEN VIGILANTE GESTAPO USES COVERTLY PLACED GPS DEVICES AND CELL PHONES TO STALK AND HARASS THOUSANDS OF UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS...

...IN EVERY COUNTY IN THE COUNTRY.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DEPLOYMENT OF DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS...

...AND WHEN WILL YOU BAN THEIR USE ON U.S. CITIZENS?

...AND BAN THE WARRANTLESS GPS / CELL PHONE TRACKING OF INDIVIDUALS...

...THE ELECTRONIC BACKBONE OF AN AMERICAN GESTAPO THAT IS OPERATING ON YOUR WATCH.


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" ("stream" or "stories" list).

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BOB DYLAN'S 'W.W.I.' (WALKING WITHOUT I.D.): THE JOHN LENNON TREATMENT?

http://nowpublic.com/world/dylans-w-w-i-walking-without-id-john-lennon-treatment

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 17, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

he cheats on his taxes. he cant tell a story without adding his own narrow mined spin. and as a child, he cheated on board games.

Posted by: getsix1 | August 17, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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