Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Who want to applaud Mutombo?!?!?

Anyone catch the State of the Union address last night? Anyone? Crickets? Crickets?

Well, you didn't miss a whole lot. Although the geek in me says this is an interesting time to be in Washington, the biggest part of the evening came at the end of the speech. Literally. (Thank you! Hey, try the salmon.)


As for the politics, Bush took a defensive crouch this time around, unmemorably rehashing all his usual talking points, only this time, he was holding this
beaten-up hobo hat. Kind of a nice touch. He asked for people to give his Iraq plan a chance, which, if public opinion is any indication, he will not get. A showdown will be brewing over this all year, probably coming to a head in the fall.

The only other thing he said that was of any interest was his energy proposal - using a variety of means to cut gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next decade. Seems decent enough. Congress could use this as a basis for legislation, pass a few other related measures, then just continue to amass evidence of climate change, let
other groups take the lead, and wait for a more eco-friendly president to try and pass sweeping reforms.

But in the end, NBA baller Dikembe Mutombo stole the show,
being honored for his humanitarian efforts in his native Congo, where brutal war and gorilla eating are rampant. Way to go, Dikembe. It was actually a pretty nice moment. Now if only you could get people to stop making age jokes and sex you. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Bush Urges Congress, Nation To Give His Iraq Plan a Chance [Washington Post]
Bush Seeks To Revise Legacy [Washington Post]
CEOs Urge Bush to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions [Washington Post]
California Climate Change Portal [State of California]
Mutombo Stands Tall with Bush [Houston Chronicle]
Rebels Kill, Eat Endangered Mountain Gorillas [CNN]
Same Old Story: Mutombo Tired of Age Jokes [ESPN]

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(Photo credit: Linda Davidson, Washington Post)

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