Daily Archives: July 17, 2009

Obama talks tough on health care – we will get this done and “I mean it”

Sounding a lot like my dad, Obama says, “we will reform health care THIS YEAR and not add to the deficit, and I mean it.”

My goodness.  Slow down, Mr. President.  I don’t think we HAVE to do anything.

“That is why those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken,” Obama said. “We are going to get this done. We will reform health care. It will happen this year. I’m absolutely convinced of that.”

Obama was stern about his insistence that any legislation he signs must rein in health care costs a direct rebuttal to comments this week from Congressional Budget Director Doug Elmendorf that the House and Senate health committee bills could add to the federal deficit instead of reducing it.

“I’ve said that health insurance reform cannot add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it,” Obama said. “Let me repeat: Health insurance reform cannot add to our deficit over the next decade and I mean it.”

Do you feel something being forced down your throat?  I sure do.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25091.html#ixzz0LYbfhnop

Posted:  07.17.09

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Fendi shoes link Serena Williams, Obama, and Sotomayor

In the District on Tuesday to play for the Washington Kastles in a World Team Tennis match, Serena Williams paid a visit to the White House.

“It was amazing,” the reigning Wimbledon champ effused during a news conference before her match. “I loved President Obama! He has such an unbelievable presence yet seems to be so normal. He noticed my shoes! I think that was the highlight of my whole day! He liked my shoes.”

Noting her Fendis “were like 5 inches,” she continued: “He asked me should I be wearing high heels, so I thought that was kind of funny. He may have been right. It is a job hazard for me, but I insist on wearing them.”

She was asked if she was following the hearings being held on Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor and she replied, nah.

But Sotomayor had a slight connection with Fendi as a New York litigator at Pavia & Harcourt, where she worked with Fendi on issues involving counterfeit goods.  Back in 1992, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sotomayor as saying: “There will always be people who will run the risk of breaking the law. The only thing companies like Fendi can do is contain the problem as much as is humanly possible.”

I would love to see a picture of the exact shoes Serena was wearing to the White House, but no picture can be found.  I wonder if this could be them?  This photo was taken in late June at a pre-Wimbledon party.

serena williams wta

H/T: Washington Post.

Posted:  07.17.09

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