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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday morning news dump: Obama day edition

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM

While you're waiting for President Barack Obama to arrive (Air Force One touches down at MSY at 11:20, unless he pulls a switcheroo and comes in on JetBlue), here's some background reading...

The New York Times and The Washington Post both report on the duration of the visit and the contretemps over whether it's long enough....

• Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao is still disappointed in Gov. Bobby Jindal for not getting in on the funding for the proposed high-speed rail line between here and Baton Rouge....

• On the HuffPo, Harry Shearer examines Obama's to-do list, and weighs in on what's been checked off and what's overdue....

Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle interviews Leah Chase, who will be packing up a takeout lunch for the president today. (Hail to the chef!) Then the topic of another president arose:

In another photo, President George W. Bush was seated at a table with other dignitaries, and he was grasping her hand as she posed behind him.

At the end of the meal I asked about Obama and her eyes took on a joyous sheen as she practically sang his praises in her deep, rich voice.

I couldn't resist: "So you seem to be an equal opportunity cook," I said, as I drew attention to the other President. Her twinkle shifted a bit.

"He's a lovely man," she said. "He's invited me to the White House twice and he's such a gentleman." After a short pause she said: "However some men just find themselves in the wrong job."

That ought to keep you occupied. Meanwhile, Clancy DuBos will be on CNN at some point this morning, and we have reporters at both the UNO town hall and the Crescent City Recovery protest on the river. We'll also be Twittering Obama's speech, as well as all the bloviating from the punditocracy. Later.

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