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Friday's sketchiest moments

Updated: 12:20 p.m.
Alert! "Kenneth Starr Charged With Running $30 Million Ponzi Scheme."

Daniel Indiviglio, a blogger for the Atlantic, had a heckuva scoop for 10 minutes on Thursday. At 3:08 p.m., he reported that the "special prosecutor who uncovered the dirty details of the former president's affair" had been charged by the Justice Department and SEC. Then came a correction:

"Apparently there are two famous Kenneth Starrs. The one charged is an investment advisor . . ."

Good thing the other Ken Starr is still a free man. We may need him to look into Bill Clinton's latest peregrinations. He'll be in Little Rock Friday doing a campaign event for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) at Philander Smith
College, often called "Philander College" (Web site:
Next stop: Strayer University?


In other news about the 42nd president, Ed Rendell has forced upon the nation a disturbing mental image: Bill Clinton in a wetsuit.

The Pennsylvania governor, contrasting Clinton's style with that of President Obama, said that if "Clinton was president, he'd have been in a wetsuit, you know, trying to get down to see the spill."

If Clinton does choose to don tight-fitting garments, at least he'll have less of an inner tube. He reports that he has dropped 13 of 15 pounds that daughter Chelsea has ordered him to lose before her wedding this summer.


Obama and his aides might wish to follow Clinton's lead and slim down a bit. Seems the president's entourage is so heavy that on a visit to
Massachusetts last month, they wrecked an airport. The owner of a
1920s-era airfield in Marlborough, Mass., said Obama's motorcade ruined his runway -- not with the helicopters that landed there but with all the
armored limos and security vehicles. Fixing the place would reportedly
cost $90,000.

This all could have been avoided if members of Obama's entourage had earlier in their lives had the benefit of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity program.


Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is the sort who likes his name in lights. He's the one who caused a stir for saying the Republican health-care plan is "die quickly." Now he's in a fight with his office's landlord in Florida because he's not being allowed to spell his name in four-foot-high red neon letters in the office windows.

If Grayson's problem is too much wattage, the Virginia GOP's problem is too little. Some dim bulb put together an ad attacking Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello for standing and applauding when Mexican President Felipe Calderon called on Congress last week to reinstate the assault weapons ban.

Turns out neither man was at the speech.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has professed his understanding of those who favor secession, is out with a new book about how much he hates the federal government. Writing a book is widely seen as a precursor to a presidential run, although this would become complicated for Perry if Texas secedes.

Then again, maybe instead of seceding, Texas can just take over the rest of the country. There's already evidence of this process in Warwick, R.I., where a large man in a cowboy hat was caught on film robbing a credit union. He may not be a real Texan, though: He was wearing sneakers, not boots.

Staff writers Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

By Dana Milbank  | May 28, 2010; 4:47 AM ET
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If the governor of the state of Texas isn't the one to make the most case that the federal government is overreaching its constitutional limits, I don't know who is. Amazing that the Bill of Rights is seen as a radical documentary today. Let the revolution begin!

Posted by: quizzicalone | May 28, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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