The finishing touches are being applied to the long-anticipated formal announcement that Caroline Kennedy will be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. Word is that Japan has given its formal diplomatic agreement to accept her as the U.S. envoy -- a move that comes in the last stages of the lengthy nomination process. Kennedy´s strong support for President Obama was seen as crucial in his 2008 battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. An official White House announcement, which is probably forthcoming shortly, is expected to thrill the Japanese public
Comments: It´s probably about all she could handle and even then it will be a stretch.
Japanese may launch mock attack on Pearl Harbor so that US recalls its ambassador. Would use miniature planes and toy subs so that nothing is damaged save for US pride. Obama would declare "August 7th, 2013 will live in infantry" as he misreads TelePrompTer.
Japan´s representative to UN will plead with Security Council that it must pass resolution demanding US recall Ambassador Kennedy until all US hostility towards Japan ceases, or 2017, whichever comes first.
I don´t know what an ambassador´s life is like, but I do know that this Kennedy princess has been shielded from all of life´s troubles, other than natural ones. She probably has had private security details forever, lived among a select cocktail circuit group, been sheltered in the bosom of her famous family, and lived in a gated community.
Wonder how she will enjoy life among real people who don´t speak her language but do have manners and class.
Maybe the State Department could appoint Ichiro Suzuki (LF New York Yankees) Ambassador. They could give him US citizenship (he may already have dual citizenship), they could give him a super-securitized cell phone, and whaddaya know, he already speaks the language and is a national hero in Japan.
Despite being one of the bluest states in the country and one of the first to implement state based Obamacare exchanges, doctors in California are boycotting Obamacare...a whopping 70 percent of them. An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state´s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won´t participate, the head of the state´s largest medical association said. “It doesn´t surprise me that there´s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association. Thorp has been a primary care doctor for 38 years in a small town 90 miles north of
President Obama, former president George W. Bush and their wives departed Washington Monday morning on Air Force One on their way to a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are being accompanied by Mr. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the flight to Johannesburg. A four-hour memorial service will be held on Tuesday for South Africa’s first black president. Mr. Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are traveling separately to South Africa. Former President
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
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