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(Not so hard) Press Conference March 25, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Animal Videos, Jewish Stuff, Links, Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
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bruxoLast night’s prime time Obama Press Conference seemed like a rerun to me. Did anyone hear any mention of the word torture last night? The major newspapers were shut out from question time. There were no questions from the NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Maybe they need to start waving their hands furiously so that the teacher will call on them? So who did get called upon? The Washington Times, Stars and Stripes, and POLITICO as well as reporters Jennifer Loven (AP), Chuck Todd (NBC), Jake Tapper (ABC), Chip Reid (CBS), Lourdes Meluza (Univision), Kevin Baron (Stars and Stripes), Ed Henry (CNN), Major Garrett (Fox News), Mike Allen (POLITICO), Kevin Chappell (Ebony), Ann Compton (ABC Radio), Jon Ward (Washington Times) and Stephen Collinson (AFP). It seemed to me that the press corps does not have a focus and that last night’s event simply allowed Obama to keep spreading the word about his mission. I like his overall mission so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I am just pissed about the lack of action, or interest, on the issue of torture. My favorite exchange was when CNN’s Ed Henry pressed him on the speed of his response to the AIG bonus issue, Obama snapped back, “It took me a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.” For the record, it’s worth noting that in their eight years, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each held just four prime time press conferences.

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–  Amy Yang, a former Central Park Zoo keeper, who was responsible for building my original website has moved on to many other creative avenues. Her latest project is a little shop called Brooklyn Design Lab which offers design and art classes for children ages 2-12 year round (summers are 9am-3pm for 9-12 yr olds).   There is a description below and please visit the website for full info. Brooklyn Design Lab offers design and art classes in a studio environment for early childhood (ages 2-4) and grade school (grades K-6) students.  All of our classes are hands-on, process-driven and focused.  Students of all ages explore a set of materials, a theme, or an area of study in depth.  Class sizes are strictly limited so that students can get the most out of each course, the time spent with their teachers, and their fellow students.  BDL values process over product and the fun of creating over all. Brooklyn Design Lab is located steps from many Park Slope public schools (7th ave bt 13/14th sts).  Classes run throughout the year and are held during the day, after-school, Saturdays, and in the summer.  Early registration is recommended. The Brooklyn Design Lab studio window showcases a selection of student work in rotating mini exhibitions.
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1. Bonnie Luria - March 25, 2009

Winner by a tiny nose? ELKE the Leaf Monkey!!!!!

I heard Obama’s comment to the reporter and thought ” yes, finally a position of thought before blurt.
Good for him.
I’m hopeful that he’s thinking about your favorite topic along with war crimes and that’s torture. And that once he’s finished thinking about it, he’ll move on it.

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