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Statuary Undrape

From the Chicago Tribune:

WASHINGTON—After 78 years of standing in the Capitol, Thomas Starr King is on his way out, ousted by a better-known Californian —Ronald Reagan.

A bronze statue of Reagan, who was born and raised in Illinois, will soon replace that of the relatively obscure King as one of California’s two representatives in Washington’s version of a national hall of fame. The Reagan likeness will be unveiled in a June ceremony to be attended by former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Well, thanks to your intrepid investigative reporter (that would be me, if you were wondering), we don’t have to wait until June! I have located the sculptor’s studio, and armed with my trust digital camera, I have recorded the statues he has been working on. Fittingly, that which Ronnie loved most is reflected in the artwork. No, not Nancy! Corporations!

I like this one! It was during Ronnie’s time in office that the Clara Peller Where’s the beef? advertising campaign premiered. Perhaps, though, the question should be What the hell’s in the beef? after staff cutbacks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service!
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Forget Pennsylvania Avenue, Think *Madison* Avenue!

From CBS News:

[…] President Obama has been playing the role of bipartisan salesman in chief as he has lobbied night and day to sell his economic stimulus plan. He has staked his first 100 days in office on the stimulus bill, and he will make the sale.

Last night, during his first prime time press conference, Mr. Obama aimed his stimulus rhetoric at his predecessor and Congress.

He told the American people, “I can’t afford to see Congress play the usual political games. What we have to do right now is deliver for the American people. So my bottom line when it comes to the recovery package is: Send me a bill that creates or saves 4 million jobs.”

And he warned, “If you delay acting on an economy of this severity, then you potentially create a negative spiral that becomes much more difficult for us to get out of.”

I hate to interrupt, but that fancy talk is all well and good, but you have to remember who you’re talking to, Mr. President. The American consumer doesn’t respond to logic and common sense. We like slogans and flashy spokespeople. But don’t worry, Mr. Prez, I’m here to help! The first thing I would suggest is that you use a snappy nickname for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, and I don’t mean Stimulus! I think this will work much better:

I bet not even the staunchest Rethuglican will be able to resist Stimwow!
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