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Mulligans: Obama's 50-Cent tour of India; Netanyahu's noisy tour of New Orleans

By Dana Milbank

After 95 weekly addresses, President Obama has earned himself a mulligan. His first weekly address, from Jan. 24, 2009, has logged 1.2 million views on YouTube, but, according to Congress.org, viewership of most of the others has "been closer to 20,000."

Maybe he should try dancing. In Mumbai over the weekend, Obama danced with Indian children as part of a Diwali celebration. An Internet prankster set the footage to 50 Cent's "In Da Club," and the video went as viral as bird flu before it was removed Monday night.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs a mulligan after his speech to the Jewish Federation in New Orleans on Monday. He was interrupted by the heckling of Jewish peace activists. But the problem was his response: Instead of brushing it off, he said the accusers believed that "Israel is guilty until proven guilty," adding: "The greatest success of our detractors is when Jews start believing that themselves. We've seen that today."

On the positive side, one audience member distinguished himself by picking up a protest banner left behind by the demonstrators and ripping it with his teeth.

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The vile members of the Westboro Baptist Church -- the ones who picket the funerals of fallen soldiers -- will never get a tee time here, much less a mulligan. But let's have some applause for a fine round played by a bikers group called the Patriot Guard, which has been holding counter-protests, blocking the hateful Westboro signs with American flags.

By Dana Milbank  | November 8, 2010; 8:47 PM ET
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Comments

Dana gets the mulligan (Milbankagain) for posting a dead video link. This one is worth 50-Cent more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g9bylA5v9o

And your "failure to brush-off" mulligan missed the mark (another MMM). It should have been a MFFSJSWB (Mulligan For Failure to Stop Jewish Settlements on the West Bank - what the protesters call a MF).

Like muslims, motorcycle riders often get (sore) bum mulligans because a few of them call themselves "Angels" but aren't. But when it comes to honoring our fallen soldiers, we are all "Patriot Guards."

Here's a link to an even more touching video about a whole town protecting the funeral of another soldier:
http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-cjsadell-funeral-westboro-church-protest-110610,0,3649584.story

Posted by: divtune | November 9, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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