Haiti Brings Former Adversaries Together…


…to work for healing and reconstruction.

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WASHINGTON – JANUARY 16: US President Barack Obama (L) former President Bill Clinton (C) and former President George W. Bush (R) walk to the Rose Garden to speak about relief for Haiti on January 16, 2010 in Washington DC. President Obama spoke about how the American people can help in the recovery and rebuilding effort going forward in Haiti. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

I’m sure Rush, Beck, et al, will find a way to demean this humane gesture.

Ex-President Clinton is Not Afraid

to Visit The Axis of Evil.

Former President Bill Clinton went to North Korea on Monday to negotiate the release of two American television journalists who were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for illegally entering North Korean territory, a person who was briefed on the mission said.

Mr. Clinton landed in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, early Tuesday morning local time, Central TV, a North Korean station, reported. The White House declined to comment.

Will he offer Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh in a prisoner exchange for real U. S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee? A majority of Americans might be Ok with that.

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Thank God for emptywheel…

…and her frank use of the English language!

She said “blow job” on MSNBC. I first read about this on TeddySanFran’s diary at dKos. I immediately went to her blog to see if this had been a slip or an intentional pronouncement. I was relieved to find that, not only was she talking about it herself, but she was giving a little context.

As she tells it, Joe Lockhart Wanted to Say Blow Job at a 2007 panel that included Todd Purdum:

At one point I said, sort of in Lockhart’s direction, that they should have just said, “It was a consensual blow job, let’s move on” and that might have ended the issue.

Marcy Wheeler: So, finally you get to the point where, yes, Clinton did not, was not completely forthcoming about a consensual blow job. The other thing that I think could have happened is that a lot of people said but, fundamentally what happened was a consensual blow job between consenting adults. I think it’s between Bill and Hillary and Monica Lewinsky. And again, that didn’t happen. So those are three things that might have short-circuited the story.

Joe Lockhart: I will say this. I spent two and a half years with great discipline not once using that phrase, and you won’t get it out of me today. I think it, I agree with you, but it’s just, it’s a mental block. You have no idea how many times I wanted to say exactly that from behind the podium. It’s just a goddamn [grimaces face]. I completely agree with that.

I wasn’t really imagining the White House Spokesman saying blow job when I said this–just someone. Some prominent surrogate to go out there to say blow job blow job blow job.

It never happened.

Until today. Amazing “reality” TV.

I have great hope for the new media. These are the things that fill me with blogger pride. And also what makes me a regular reader of FDL.

Go, Marcy!