“Space Oddity,” Darrell Issa, “shameful,” Kermit Gosnell, double mastectomy, rain, Bill Hader, Benghazi, “Stefan,” IRS, Chris Hadfield, “talk to the hand,” Brad Pitt’s wife and St. Tropez. They all made their way into the national discourse this week. But how?
1.) “Wish I were golfing”: At the start of President Obama’s no-good week, he had to endure one multipronged question involving Benghazi and the IRS at a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. The look on President Obama’s face says it all. And that was before the stuff about the Justice Department spying on the phone records of Associated Press reporters added to this week of woe.
2.) Team Angelina: Brad Pitt’s wife, the actress Angelina Jolie, announced that she had a double mastectomy after discovering she had the gene that leads to higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It was a shocking and powerful revelation from a woman whose strength is as famous as her beauty.
3.) Later Hader: The announcement had everything: Saturday Night Live, a famous sketch comedian and his flamboyant character with a penchant for covering his face with his hands after describing the outrageous goings-on at New York City clubs. The announcement was the departure of Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live. “Stefan” and all of his other hilarious characters will be missed.
4.) GUILTY!: Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three counts of murder in connection with the house of horrors masquerading as an illegal abortion mill in Philadelphia. What he did was abominable and he will be held accountable.
5.) Diddy redux: As if putting an exclamation point on his bad week, Mother Nature rained on President Obama during his press conference yesterday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. So, the president called for help. Not since an umbrella was used to protect P. Diddy from the oppressive St. Tropez sun in 2001 has a black man received so much attention for standing under one. Whereas Diddy had a valet named Farnsworth Bentley decked out in linen, the president had a Marine decked out in dress uniform.
6.) Space cadet: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield spent his last hours aboard the International Space Station making a music video. The song was a reworked version of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” with ISS-specific lyrics. Beautifully done. Really. All that guitar playing and floating around captured from different camera angles. But you wanna impress me? Do Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” in outer space.
7.) Quote of the week: In a back-and-forth with his congressional nemesis on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder shouted some truth to Rep. Darrell Issa as the California Republican talked over him: “No, I’m not going to stop talking now….The way you conduct yourself as a member of Congress is unacceptable and shameful.” Translation: Talk to the hand.
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