Breaking News: Obama Shuffles Morning Routine
For those following the president-elect's exercise, dining and grooming schedule, the morning pool report from Chicago has a shocker: He dropped the girls at school this morning BEFORE going to the gym.
"President-elect Barack Obama's motorcade left his Kenwood home at 7:51 a.m. and headed directly to drop off his daughters, Sasha and Malia, at their school -- the University of Chicago Lab school," the Chicago Sun-Times's Natasha Korecki, today's pool representative, reported. "The motorcade arrived at the school at 8 a.m. The girls exited an SUV but their father did not. Sasha wore a colorful green backpack while Malia was dressed in darker clothes. Obama's motorcade then headed to his normal morning workout at the Regents Park apartments, arriving at 8:08 a.m. The pool could only catch a glimpse of Obama from the back as he entered the building. He wore a dark jogging suit and dark baseball cap."
This raises many questions about the next president. Was he not feeling well enough to help his girls out of the SUV, as he did the last time he took them to school? Does his dark attire reflect his mood?
But there is no time to ponder this right now. We must return to Washington, where the gloating is underway.
On Capitol Hill this morning, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has summoned five hedge-fund chiefs to testify about the billions they make. And the chairman, never one to shy from partisan combat, had a Joe the Plumber reference in his opening statement:
"The five witnesses we will hear from today earned on average over $1 billion last year, yet the tax law allows them to treat the vast majority of their earnings as capital gains," Waxman said this morning. "That means that at least some portions of their earnings could be taxed at rates as low as 15 percent. That's a lower tax rate than many school teachers, firefighters or even plumbers pay."
Take that, Mr. Wurzelbacher.
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