The great Russian democrat’s proposal of a negotiated deal to have Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad give up his arsenal of poison gas not only pulled Obama from the political abyss but also even gave him an opening to claim that his saber rattling somehow contributed to a possible deal.
The Longworth cafeteria, like many others, often features a bit of foreign food at its counters for those who might like something besides burgers. And the featured country on Wednesday? Russia!
Yes, the “Global” food counter featured “Beef Stroganoff, Thyme Egg Noodles, Roast Root Vegetable” and “Sweet and Sour Cabbage.” Yummy. Just 55 cents an ounce.
Far as we can tell, there doesn’t appear to be a political motivation at work here, though. The weekly menus are planned in advance. (Thursday’s featured food was from Argentina. Tuesday was the Philippines.)
Meanwhile, some Loop Fans have wondered why Congress didn’t engage in cafeteria retaliation against the British for not backing Obama’s threatened use of force against Damascus.
After all, outraged lawmakers wisely demanded that government cafeterias drop mentions of French cuisine — french fries were renamed “freedom fries” — when Paris didn’t back George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.
There’s been no menu action this time, perhaps because Congress was on vacation — and understandably confused by Obama’s constant shifts.
The greater problem in this instance may have been that no one particularly likes English food, so there weren’t many options. Fish and chips to “fish and fries”? English muffins to “cowardly crumpets”?
In any event, Obama should be grateful that the Great Sloucher has stepped in. Beats eating crow.
Bueller? . . . Anyone?
Former D.C. police chief Isaac Fulwood Jr., who’s now chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission at the Justice Department, was struck by President Obama’s speech in July offering reflections on race in the wake of the jury verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing.
So he sent a letter to Obama, whom he’s never really talked to, shortly after that, suggesting that the Justice Department “lead a dialogue with law enforcement about racial profiling.”
He got no response. Not even a robo-signed “thanks for your letter.”
Fulwood wrote a similar letter to Attorney General Eric Holder via Deputy Attorney General James Cole (his point person at Justice) with a similar suggestion, adding: “I look forward to discussing this issue in more depth.”
He wrote another letter Aug. 21 to Cole, amplifying his proposal and adding that he had “reached out to police chiefs around the country” and listed 10 “who have shown a keen interest in a meeting,” including Raymond Kelly in New York, Robert White in Denver, Washington’s Cathy Lanier and Philadelphia’s Charles Ramsey, Lanier’s predecessor.