News Roundup for 1/1/09

Bush golfing
President George, hard at work

-Headline of the day-
"Bush vows to keep working hard until Jan. 20."

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's hard work. We know. This is one of those good news/bad news things. First, the bad news -- Bush vows to keep screwing things up until the very last second. The good news?

Bush made his vow "to keep working hard" from his play-ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he's on vacation. The only way to take this less seriously would be if he'd sent out a press release from Disneyland. (The Hill)

-Give the gift of crack-
An unnamed Athens, Alabama man has been arrested "for allegedly accepting gift cards for payment for crack cocaine and prescription drugs." According to the report, "[Police Captain Marty Bruce] said officers executed a search warrant at the man's house and seized crack cocaine, Xanax pills, $899 cash and $175 in gift cards."

No word on where the gift cards were from, but you've got to wonder what sort of stores a crack dealer would shop at. I'm guessing the vast majority were from Wal-Mart. Really, what's he going to need from Home Depot or Barnes & Noble?

Still, it's some sort of measure of the state of the economy that crack dealers are basically bartering now. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but I'm sure it means something. (Associated Press)

-Bonus HotD-
"Poll: Obama's Leadership Rating As High As Bush After 9/11."

There's one important distinction to be made here, though. Where Bush needed 3,000 people to die in order to enjoy some respect, all Obama needed was almost 70 million votes.

Of the two methods of gaining that rep for leadership, I know which one I prefer. (TPM Election Central)

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