Thursday's sketchiest moments
George W. Bush to Social Media: Bring 'em on.
First came the Google. Now the Facebook and the Twitter.
George W. Bush signed up for Facebook, and somebody claiming to be Bush (and using the same photo of him that appears on his Facebook page) has opened a Twitter account. His second Tweet was in the third person: "Since leaving office, President Bush has remained active. He has visited 20 states and 8 countries."
But the 43rd president's numbers are not quite so impressive in his new sphere. So far, Bush has 60,353 "likes." Sarah Palin's count: 1,599,981.
As he works out the Twitter and the Facebook, Bush probably shouldn't ask advice of the Speaker. Nancy Pelosi started Tweeting over the weekend, kicking things off with a "Twitpic." It came out sideways.
Feds approve new oil well off coastal Louisiana
Maybe it's a relief well?
Tone-deaf officials at the Minerals Management Service, who evidently have been subjecting themselves to a news blackout for the last 44 days, just awarded a new drilling permit for a well in the Gulf of Mexico. This one is in "shallow" water of just 115 feet. Seems the MMS is operating under a faith-based initiative.
One man who certainly has faith in oil drilling is Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla). He has declared that the oil spill was an "act of God," much like hurricane or an earthquake. No doubt beleaguered BP CEO Tony Hayward will be pleased to know he has been elevated to godliness.
Whatever the cause, the oil spill seems to be having an ominous new effect on residents of the Gulf Coast: Apparently the toxicity is making them crazy. How else to explain the words of Mississippi state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, a GOP gubernatorial candidate? He says the Democratic polices of the last 16 months have been "more dangerous" than Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks.
President Obama doesn't get much credit for his economic stimulus package, but there can be no doubt that he has boosted employment in the legal profession economy.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, about to go on trial for trying to sell Obama's Senate seat, has been a great help to the Chicago legal community. The latest person to need a lawyer is White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who joined collegue Valerie Jarrett on Blago's subpoena list.
Also benefiting from the Obama legal stimulus is Arizona, where Gov. Jan Brewer has welcomed the administration's rumblings about mounting a legal challenge to the state's new immigration law. "We'll meet you in court," she responded.
That famous beach bum Joe Biden is having a "Biden Beach Boardwalk" party on Saturday at his residence in the landlocked Naval Observatory. The invite doesn't say whether the vice president will be in his Speedo.
It will be an outdoors event, so attendees may need to worry about the weather. They shouldn't tell Carly Fiorina about their weather worries, however. A Republican challenger to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Fiorina put out an ad proclaiming "Terrorism kills -- and Barbara Boxer's worried about the weather." The "weather" Boxer is worried about is global warming.
-- Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez
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