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Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse write in the New York Times: “President Obama and his advisers have approached Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, about becoming commerce secretary, a step that could open the way to significant shift in the balance of power in Congress.”

The Associated Press reports: “He won the fight to keep it. Now, Barack Obama is putting his beloved BlackBerry to work. Upon returning to the White House on Thursday morning after a trip to his younger daughter’s school for a class presentation, the president walked along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office while looking down at the electronic communicating device he held in both hands.”

The BBC reports: “A sculpture of an enormous bronze-coloured shoe has been erected in Iraq to honour the journalist who threw his shoes at ex-US President George W Bush.”

Frank James reports for Tribune that Bush “made his first public appearance Wednesday night, attending a Baylor versus Oklahoma women’s basketball game. The ex-president got a warm reception.”

Kathleen Parker writes in her Washington Post opinion column that “the new president is sounding an awful lot like the old one.” How exactly? “Obama and Bush each mistakenly assumed that his election was a national mandate for his policies, rather than a rejection of alternatives.”

By Dan Froomkin  |  January 30, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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Re: Ms. Parker's offering...

I had to check my calendar when I read this; I thought I had overslept and it was April Fools Day. Obama is to Bush as day is to night.

The scars from that lathering up you got during the election for veering off the plantation and speaking an obvious truth about Bible Spice from Alaska must be healing up nicely, since this is an obvious attempt to be let back in the House of Wingnuttery.

Posted by: STTPinOhio | January 30, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It is true that each of them claims a mandate for his actions.

Still, George most certainly lost the 2000 election outright, so his only mandate was the 5 to 4 majority that gave him a Presidency that belonged to Al Gore, and his 2004 election is more than a bit tainted by the suspicion that Diebold had rigged its voting machines to insure a Bush win in Ohio.

Whereas, it is undoubtedly true that the American people voted for change, period, and Barack is giving them that change in a totally consistent with his campaign promises about the war, the economy, foreign relations, and all the rest.

Of course, the Republicans in Congress are dead set on insuring that Barack's mandate is whatever he says it is, BECAUSE the intend to keep insisting on doing things exactly the way they did them when they were in charge.

Posted by: ceflynline | January 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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