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On a Brit equivalent closing for campaign speeches

For those in the mood for Brit humor, see some of the answers to her tweet:

French politicians end speeches with "Long live the Republic, long live France". Yanks do "God bless America". What is the Brit equivalent?

— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) April 23, 2017

 

 

The Melania Trump in hiding mystery solved?

I am watching her speak Live on CNN right now, on a serious topic. As it says at the bottom of the screen "Melania Trump Makes Rare Appearance at State Dept./First lady presenting International Women of Courage Awards".

Though she is clearly using a prepared script, she is stumbling on some words and her accent has never sounded so heavy. Yet there is a sincerity to her delivery that it comes across that this is one issue she cares about.

Obama's current thoughts about the Mideast region

are on pages 11 through 15 of Dave Remnick's article in the Jan. 27 The New Yorker (free online access): Annals of the Presidency: Going the Distance; On and off the road with Barack Obama. The article is the result of a lengthy "embed" with the president and ranges over the problems, both domestic and foreign, of his so-called "annus horribilus."

Proof that Jay Carney et. al. rarely talks to the president but

just puts on a useless dog and pony show every day, riffing off of and babbling general talking points, or what his staff can find in books and on the internet if there are no applicable talking points:

White House corrects record, says Obama did live with uncle briefly in 1980s
By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2013

Hello, it's me

 

 

Excellent diagnosis, doc

In response to the New York Times' “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill” (“Paying Till It Hurts” series, front page, June 2,)

Kenneth Prager, a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, wrote the following short Letter to the Editor, which was published June 3 along with several others:

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