Ugh.“Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index was -26 for the week ending June 24, down slightly from -24 the week before. Americans’ confidence has now receded for four straight weeks, and is at the lowest point since late January.”
Oops. Losing his edge.“Presidential candidate Barack Obama, his Blackberry always close at hand, was the darling of the technology world and it rewarded him with generous donations to his 2008 campaign. Although he is still raising far more money there than current Republican rival Mitt Romney, Obama in 2012 is finding Silicon Valley to be tougher terrain.”
Uh-oh. “For the past 18 months, pundits across the globe have been saying that the outcome of the Arab revolutions ‘remains to be seen.’ (Far be it from me to boast, but some of us could tell from the outset that these were not cries on the part of Muslim masses to be free to enjoy democracy.) When Egypt held its parliamentary elections, and the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists won a majority of the seats, these same pundits continued to say that the outcome ‘remains to be seen.’ When the Egyptian military said it would not abdicate its power to the Muslim Brotherhood, again we heard that the outcome ‘remains to be seen.’ . . . At what point will everyone finally acknowledge that the outcome has been apparent all along?”
Huh?! “Four years after he tapped into a deep longing for change, President Obama is shifting back to the message that got him elected, running against Washington Gridlock and promising that his reelection can ‘break the stalemate’ that has at times paralyzed the government over which he presides.” Hasn’t he been in some important office for a while now?
Grrr. “Among the promises of the health reform law — now in the hands of the Supreme Court — is affordable insurance for millions of low- and middle-income Americans. But delivering on that promise won’t be free. The federal government is set to spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to subsidize coverage and to expand eligibility for Medicaid. And to pay for it, the law imposes a slew of cuts in federal health care spending, as well as a number of taxes, fees and penalties.” If only we knew what was in it when Congress passed it.
Oof. Jimmy Kimmel on Obama horning in on wedding-gift giving. “On the campaign Web site, it says, ‘a campaign donation goes a lot farther than a gravy bowl,’ Kimmel said. ‘Not if you like gravy it doesn’t. Without a gravy bowl where else am I going to keep my gravy?’”
Whew. At last NATO is being led. But by Turkey?! “Turkey said its army would now view any threat from Syrian forces along their border as a military target, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization condemned Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military jet last week.”