Friday, August 5, 2011
If the article itself weren't ridiculous enough (largely focused on the fact that Barack Obama enjoys some cultural elements that some African-Americans also enjoy), the URL is really charming: "obama-parties-chris-rock-jay-z-and-whoopi-while-rome-burns". For some reason, noted urban celebrities Tom Hanks, DNC Chair Tim Kaine, and Chief of Staff Pete Rouse aren't mentioned in that list, but maybe the web guy over at Fox ran out of room. Anyone know what John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell were doing last night? I imagine staying up all night fixing the economy. No reason to believe otherwise.
Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Opposition[Update: It would make the quite persistent people at Fox News happy if we included a link to a story on Yahoo!, where the guy in charge of programming for Fox Nation defends the headline by mentioning that there were some kids doing a hip-hop dance routing at the party. No explanation for the choice of URLs, photos accompanying the piece, or if one hip-hop dance routine turns a function largely attended by Caucasian rich folk into a "hip hop BBQ", but whatever. This isn't a correction or a clarification or anything, because I still believe the blog post is correct, but an attempt to make one Fox employee's day a bit easier.]
WASHINGTON—After months of heated negotiations and failed attempts to achieve any kind of consensus, President Obama turned 50 years old Thursday, drawing strong criticism from Republicans in Congress. "With the host of problems this country is currently facing, the fact that our president is devoting time to the human process of aging is an affront to Americans everywhere," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who advocated a provision to keep Obama 49 at least through the fall of 2013.