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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Morning Bits

The Cairo Effect? Not what President Obama had in mind: “First the good news: U.S. President Barack Obama is more than twice as popular in Egypt as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad. Now, the bad news: the American president’s standing has never been worse in Egypt, plummeting since 2008, when he received a 25 percent favorability rating, to 12 percent in 2011. Even Osama Bin Laden, the late al Qaeda leader, was more popular this year, with a 21 percent favorability ranking. The Iranian leader fared worse, dropping from 21 percent favorability rating in 2008 to a miserable 5 percent.” It’s better than it is in Israel.

Not what a viable campaign looks like. “Two top fundraisers for Newt Gingrich have quit, the latest in a series of staff departures that have badly hamstrung the former House Speaker’s 2012 presidential bid.”

Not what Jon Huntsman needed right now. “Huntsman gets high-profile endorsement — from Harry Reid.”

Not what is going to make her or her mom look good. “Bristol Palin trashes the McCain clan in her new upcoming memoir.” You do sense the Palin clan is increasingly desperate for attention.

Not what Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) may want to hear, but excellent advice from Rich Lowry: “If Rick Perry thinks the 10th Amendment is going to have cachet with voters worried about their jobs, their wages, and the value of their homes, he’s been spending too much time at Federalist Society seminars.”

Not what the Obama reelection committee wants to hear. “The risks of the U.S. losing its prized triple-A rating over the medium term have increased as the country faces a political impasse and nears its debt ceiling, Standard and Poor’s said on Tuesday.”

Not what you’ll ever hear from the Obama administration, but Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) tells it like it is: “Hamas’ stooges can say whatever they want about this blood-soaked bunch of terrorists, but their behavior, in the form of unrelenting violence against Israeli civilians and the disgusting anti-Semitism they spew, shows their true beliefs and their real values. These are not partners for any kind of peace. These are thugs hiding an agenda of hate behind a facade of religious devotion.” Whoa!

Not what you’d expect of a candidate lauded for his brilliance. “‘There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,” he said. ‘You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.’ The president calls this a structural issue — we usually call it progress. And it isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. It’s been going on for centuries, and its pace has accelerated over the past 50 years. Businesses relentlessly look for ways to replace workers with machines. The machines get better and smarter.” Imagine if Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had said that.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/22/2011

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