Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction.”
Update: Plenty of Bill Clinton videos in the comments. Bill Clinton after the planes hit:
New Yorkers sought his solace as one after another approached him, some in tears, showing him copies of photos of loved ones or friends who are among the missing. In the Clinton style, he responded with hugs for some, and reassurances, telling one woman who weeped on his shoulder, “They’re still finding people. Don’t give up hope.”
Imagine a world without Bill Clinton!
Recently a billboard appeared in Minnesota with a picture of George W. Bush and the question “Miss Me Yet?” To be polite we thought George W. Bush was the worst president ever, but compared to Barack H. Obama we can easily understand why many would miss George W. Indeed when we saw a picture of that billboard we thought of our article from March 2009 called Obama and the Tiberius Lesson:
“Inexperienced, unqualified, treacherous, and incompetent, Barack Obama might perform an impossible Herculean task: Make George W. Bush not be the “Worst President Ever”. “Worst President Ever” is a moniker with a tag that says “temporarily occupied – reserved for Barack Obama”.[snip]
Tiberius knew he was the “Worst Emperor Ever” but he had a plan to make himself look good: make his successor so bad that the epithet “Worst Emperor Ever” would be handed over to the new guy.
At first the new guy, the new Emperor, was loved by the people and hailed as a savior (especially by himself). Eventually the Tiberius legacy scheme succeeded beyond expectation.
The Emperor inaugurated after Tiberius was none other than Caligula. Caligula, who thought himself a Messiah. Caligula eventually relieved Tiberius of the moniker “Worst Emperor Ever”.”
Poor George W. Bush had to follow Bill Clinton. Lucky George W. Bush followed by Barack Obama.
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The news about Bill Clinton:
Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a Manhattan hospital late this afternoon and two stents were installed in one of his coronary arteries, his office said.
Clinton, 63, was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan for a condition related to his heart.
The former president’s counselor Douglas Band released a statement saying that Clinton is in “good spirits.”
We’re not surprised at all that Bill is in “good spirits” but he has us worried. We cannot afford to lose him.
Bill Clinton, you must take care of yourself. We need you now more than ever (especially with you know who in the White House).
“President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” Band said.
ABC News’ chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos reports that sources tell him “this is not life-threatening.”
Stephanopoulos, commenting on Clinton’s non-stop work ethic, said the former president has worked “20 hours a day for the last 20 years.”
Bill, you must get some rest. We need you (especially with you know who in the White House).
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Secretary Clinton was scheduled to leave for an overseas trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia Friday. It wasn’t immediately known whether the trip would still take place, and Secretary Clinton headed for New York this evening to be with her husband.
Hillary was holding a tutorial for bumbling Obama at the White House when she heard the news.
“She left the White House after her meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, and is now headed to New York City. If we have anything to add beyond that, we will, including any changes to her schedule in the coming days,” the State Department said in a statement.
One source told ABC News, however, that Secretary Clinton is still planning to head to Middle East on Friday. One source said that should “speak volumes” about the ex-president’s condition.
Imagine a world without Bill Clinton!
We can’t afford to lose Bill Clinton.
Clinton underwent a quadruple coronary artery bypass operation at the same hospital in September 2004. Clinton had the surgery after experiencing mild chest pain and shortness of breath days before.
Clinton did not have a heart attack at that time, but what appeared to be unstable angina, which is a muscle pain that indicates the heart may be starved of oxygen. In other words, he did not sustain heart damage back then, although indicated a developing health problem.
There was a subsequent operation about four months later to correct a complication, but all indications are he tolerated the procedure well.
Horrible, horrible, horrible (especially with you know who in the White House).