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Whistling Dixie in Riyadh



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Hhhmmm. I wonder why the Dixie Chicks don’t tour in Saudi Arabia. An Arab Newser defends them. Oh, the ironies….

No!!!



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Touchy-feely trauma therapy goes to Iraq. Sally Satel on the army of therapists the Iraqis now have to deal with. You can guess WHO sent ‘em.

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I See...



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…a John J. Miller in the Wall Street Journal today.

Web Briefing: January 29, 2015

News and Sports



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As for the baseball game: Sadly, the Frederick Keys defeated the Potomac Cannons. (We live close to the Cannons’ home field.) My kids didn’t really notice, though. They spent most of the time goofing around with the creature seen in these pictures.

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Cool Prez



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The Miller family went to a minor-league baseball game last night, so we missed the president’s speech. Saw a few clips on the late-night news, though. My wife had a great comment about Bush flying the plane: “Bill Clinton never could have done that.” She’s right, of course. (You’re always right, honey.) With Clinton, it would have been one of those Dukakis-in-a-tank moments. GWB in a flight suit? Looked perfectly natural.

Bombers as Peace Activists



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Commies in Iraq...



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Think Nro Is Studly?



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The Text



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The ever-cool White House website has the audio and video and photos, too.

Howard Fineman



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For tomorrow’s Hotline: On Hardball, he just called the Lincoln speech, the “strong horse” speech. (Recall: Osama bin Laden, c. Dec. 2001, “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”)

Kathryn’s Corner



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Some of my Corner colleague guys are getting old and going to sleep earlier or something. Jeepers. Readers are getting really bored of me, guys. Save us.

I Sat in Bush’s Seat Guy:



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Another e-mail worth sharing:


All these people accusing Bush of grandstanding are know-nothing schlubs. Most of what they know about the military they got from watching J.A.G. on TV. I was in the Navy and had occasion to land on the U.S.S. Kennedy once. It was one of the most frightening things I ever did. The pilot literally crashes the plane intentionally on the deck and at the point of impact jams the throttle to full power. A hook grabs a steel cable stretched across the deck and slams the plane down hard stopping it in about 60 feet from a speed of over 120mph. There is this tremendous impact and a huge metallic KA-BLAM!! as the plane comes down. At the same instant your spine is decompressing from hitting the deck the deceleration clobbers you too. The four point restraints cut into your shoulders so hard you wince in pain. As your forehead comes to rest on your chest if feels like your head is going to pop off your shoulders. You then slam back into the seat and immediately look out the window hoping your don’t see fire and the flight deck crew running away.
You then say to yourself or out loud, “HOLY-_____!!” and then, depending upon your upbringing, add a religious reference or a profanity to it.
I recall being very happy to get back to my “safe” job; jumping out of helicopters into storm tossed seas at night as a rescue swimmer.
The Secret Service must have gone bananas over this idea and the poor flight crew that flew with the POTUS must have been a nervous wreck knowing that the life of the President was in their hands while they crashed/landed on the carrier. You see, most of the aircraft and crews we lose in the Navy are during carrier take-offs and landings. Here is what the President probably did not know. The very best pilots in flight training get to fly combat jets. The guys who do not finish at the top have to take the remaining flight assignments in the order of their academic standing in flight school. In all likelyhood, the plane he flew in was piloted by a flight crew that did not graduate flight training at the top of their class. Not in the middle of their class either.
Everybody on that carrier gets what the President did. Everybody who ever experienced a carrier landing knows what he did…..What he did was this; He exposed himself to a very dangerous experience to show the troops that he was willing to take risks that they take everyday for low pay. Everybody on that ship got that message. It was meant for them, not us. It was by my measure a damned brave thing to do.

Greenpeace Is Messed Up



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They have their own deck of cards. Suffice it to say, they definitely do not see a stud when they see da prez.

Mrs. Madison



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I can’t help but wonder: when feminists are putting together their lists of great chick moments in history, does Rick’s Dolley Madison story make it? I’m skeptical. Washington was a white male and all.

West Wing



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The inevitable end of West Wing story, which has not been buried, despite the real president’s domination of the news today, reminds me of the best line from it last night. (I hadn’t seen it for awhile and tuned in late last night–but not too late.) SPOILERS (SORTA) AHEAD. The veep is found out to be having an affair with a socialite, to whom he leaked classified documents. The chief of state winds up telling him–without knowledge of the specifics of how bad her coming book will be–”this is grounds for divorce, not for resignation.” Though the vice president wound up resigning, it was the perfect Clinton/Bartlet response…

The Museum Scandal



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170,000 artifacts stolen? Well, maybe the estimate was a little high: It’s down to 25 items now.

Co-Pilot Bush: Straight and Steady



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I hadn’t noted until now: From AP:

Bush emerged in a green flight suit, carrying his helmet, and shouted to reporters, “Yes, I flew it!” He said he had only steered the plane “straight ahead” and wasn’t tempted to try to land it.

Wmds, Wmds, Etc. Earlier in The Night



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A media watcher tells me: John “King was also asked about WMDs just BEFORE the speech by Paula Zahn. But think of it this way, as a disclaimer that says, see we’re not just Ari Fleischer’s little action figures.”

Mrs. Greenspan



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A reader tells me:

Andrea Mitchell commented that the President’s connection between an
Al-Qaeda cell in Baghdad and the Iraqi regime is shaky at best.

Wmds. Wmds. Wmds. Where Are They? Wmds. Wmds. Wmds!!!!!



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Aaron Brown Immediately just asked John King “how sensitive” the White House must be to the fact that WMDs have not been found. About all he got out of the speech.

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