... from across the 'sphere.
First up, Jon Bershad at MediaIte:
Obama suddenly announced that he was leaving for a Christmas party and vanished, letting Clinton talk for 25 more minutes as if it was 1996! I guess it could have been worse. Obama could have left to go play hoops.
Seriously, what was the thinking here? This has to be one of the worst PR moves in the entirety of the administration.
Why did Obama leave himself vulnerable to this grotesque upstaging, and why did Clinton do it? Was Clinton unaware of how this looked? Was Obama? Maybe Obama realized he'd made a mistake sharing the stage with Clinton without any ground rules, and walking out on Clinton was the best idea he had at that point. And maybe Clinton decided to deliberately show off the way a real President talks to the press because he actually wants to weaken Obama and create an opening for Hillary to challenge him in 2012.
Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government's executive branch.
"I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration," said Obama. "He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet."
Clinton said he was "excited and honored" by the appointment, and would work "day and night" to defeat all the key policy objectives proposed by Mr. Obama during the campaign.
Are the wheels coming off the bus, or are we witnessing the most brilliant, and dangerous, political theater in our life times?
We may be counting our chickens far in advance of their hatching if we blithely assume that Obama is giving up. He's a dirty fighter, but he's definitely a fighter.
Bill Clinton appears to have taken over the presidency from a
weary boredin over his head Barack Obama, who said, "bite me, this job is hard; you take over! I'm gonna go shoot hoops with Reggie!"
The spectacle of the president bugging out of his own press conference to go to a Christmas party is weird enough, but having Clinton back at the White House podium fielding questions on the hottest domestic issue of the day shoots past deja vu and lands firmly in "am I hallucinating?" territory.
And we'll end with our very own Jay Tea:
After meeting with former President Clinton about how to push the tax compromise through Congress, the two men decided to hold a joint news conference -- and halfway through, Obama cut out to go to a Christmas party. That left Bill Clinton back where he most wanted to be, where he had been truly great and happy -- in the White House, at the podium, talking policy and fielding questions from the press. The only thing he was missing was a cigar and an intern.
Hillary could not be reached for comment... but was rumored to be last seen rubbing her hands together gleefully and salivating like a rabid pavlovian poodle.
The only thought that comes to my mind is how weak this President has become and how it'll be only a matter of time before our enemies attempt to take full advantage of that weakness.
We're in deep kimchee.