This may seem petty, but I don’t like Obama’s changes to the Oval Office. While the family was on vacation, the oval office was getting a makeover. The new carpet features quotes from Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Kennedy, and MLK.
The carpet isn’t what bothers me. It’s the couches and pillows, which make the room look more like a living room than an office.
The happiest person in all of this is probably Fmr. Pres. Bush, who now gets the old carpet that Laura designed for the room. It will probably find its way into his Presidential Library.
The environmentalist wackos who fill the offices at the EPA have come up with a better way to rate automotive fuel economy and emissions. Believing that Americans are too stupid to realize that large trucks get worse fuel mileage and emit more carbon dioxide than smaller cars, the EPA has constructed a way to give vehicles a “report card” of sorts. From the Wall Street Journal:
The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the familiar price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars at dealerships.
Currently, the labels must show how many miles per gallon a car gets and its estimated annual fuel cost. Under the proposed changes, a new label design would carry a large letter grade assigned by regulators.
Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.
Many compact and midsize vehicles would get Bs, while bigger and more powerful models such as sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks would get Cs or C-minuses because they burn more petroleum and pump out more carbon dioxide, officials said.
Robert Gibbs is Obama’s Press Secretary. In that role, he answers questions from the media during weekday press briefings. He also goes on morning news programs every so often to reach a larger audience. The conventional wisdom in Washington is that Mr. Gibbs is a very smart man and the most influential Press Secretary in recent memory (in the sense that he, unlike many Press Secretaries, also has a larger role as a policy adviser).
However, I think he sucks at his job. His briefings are boring, he allows the front rows of the briefing room to dominate the briefings (as opposed to allowing other news organizations, which sit farther back, to ask more questions), and he is incredibly arrogant.
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