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I don’t get overtly political on this blog very often, but the Obama foreign tour is sticking in my craw. Consider this morning’s AP story about visiting Europe:

Obama said he and [Prime Minister] Brown discussed a wide range of issues, such as climate change, terrorism and financial markets.

“The prime minister’s emphasis — like mine — is on how we can strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship to solve problems that can’t be solved by any single country individually,” he said.

The Democratic hopeful seemed relaxed as he strolled down to the prime minister’s office at 10 Downing St., pausing briefly to shake the hands of two somewhat startled police officers standing near the door.

Forget about the fawning reporting (He “seemed relax.” Come on!). I’m more annoyed with the pride. I don’t recall seeing a presidential candidate carrying on talks and negotiations with foreign dignitaries while he’s, you know, a candidate. It strikes me as the height of hubris, and, quite frankly, the more I see and hear of him, the less I like him. Don’t get me wrong, I was never going to vote for him, but I was going to throw my vote away or just enjoy that Tuesday in November by staying away from the polls. The more whiffs I get of Obama’s blithe arrogance, though, the more I’m galvanized to vote for McCain. Whatta rotten year.

So, it looks like John Edwards is a sleaze bag. Who would’ve thought. You’d think a guy who spends that much time caring for his hair would have better character.

Word of the Month: sempiternal \sem-pih-TUR-nuhl\, adjective: Of never ending duration; having beginning but no end; everlasting; endless. I’m surprised I’d never heard that one.

Happy birthday to my father. I was at his house last night with two of my brothers. He and my mom confirmed details of their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration next year: They’re taking all of us (including my wife and seven children) on an Alaskan cruise. Blows me away. I haven’t flown anywhere since 1991 and I’ve never been on a cruise. My children are beside themselves with excitement.


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