To no one’s surprise, really, President-elect Barack Obama was named “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year — the editorial boardclaiming he is “sketching an ambitious future” for the nation. Not to mention he beat the heavily favored and well-oiled Clinton machine in the primaries (not an easy feat) and trounced the distinguised senator from Arizona in the general election (surprisingly an easier accomplishment.)
And of course there’s the history Obama made being the first African-American elected president. Obama was probably his general cool self when hearing of the honor. But it would be nice if he lightened up some and maybe say something like it was an honor being selected “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year. However, I won’t be satisfied until I’m named “People” magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Placing second on the list behind Barack was Hank “more bang for your buck” Paulson, President Bush’s treasury secretary. The magazine maintains it was because of the way Paulson stepped up during the financial crisis. What he was doing before then is anybody’s guess. The Obama selection was obvious and deserved. The Paulson choice as runner-up was anything but right on the money.
Coming in third as person of the year was French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The magazine backs this selection up by calling him Europe’s Obama — a face of change. The fact that he’s got a hot wife probably didn’t even come into play with those serious-minded journalists at “Time.” That would be sexist — kind of like a magazine only naming the sexiest man alive and never the sexiest woman.
And now for the fourth place selection. Drum roll. Sarah Palin? You bet’cha! The Thrilla from Wasilla was selected for changing the face of presidential campaigns. And wardrobe changes too, apparently. “Time” selected Palin, who couldn’t name the newspapers or periodicals she reads when Katie Couric asked her. In fact, when Palin was told she came in fourth as person of the year by the editors of “Time” magazine, Palin was overheard saying: “Hokey-smokes. They must have notice the “My Kitty” watch I wear.”
Completely ignored on the list was Hillary Clinton — who could’ve easily been named instead of Palin. Hillary came close to becoming the first woman to lead a major political party as candidate for president. Guess those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling only proves close but no cigar (one thing Bill’s familiar with.) Guess it’s another case of it not being Hillary’s “Time.”
Preaching to the choir
President Bush was in familiar, less hostile territory on Wednesday when he spoke at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. W. told the patriots that after the attacks on 9-11, he set up an elaborate plan to reorganize our potential, weaponry-wise, and confront any more threats.
W., you did that? Whatta guy. Bush, making all he can of his Farewell Tour, told the crowd of mostly young servicepeople that one of the things he’ll miss most of all about being their commander is meetin’ people like them who “stand up and step forward to defend freedom and democracy.” You know, like W. did in the 1960s.
The president was at the War College — they send people to colleges to learn how to fight wars? Oh, that’s right, there’s no draft anymore. W. was among friends — but the Secret Service wasn’t taking any chances: everybody had to check their shoes at the door.