For the president to deliberately choose a woman for the sake of choosing a woman, one with no judicial pedigree or outstanding credentials (other than that she’s a friend of the president), to actually have the fact that she’s not an outstanding jurist be a point in her favor in the public square _ isn’t a “step forward” for anyone.
What a comic treasure the president has become. He is the gift that keeps on giving for cartoonists, comedians, observers of the swiftly passing scene. Garry Trudeau, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart — all must look skyward now and then to say, “Thank you, Mr. President.”
Once they tap out their FEMA debit cards and abandon their temporary shelters, Gulf Coast residents who were living in poverty before Hurricane Katrina obliterated their homes and livelihoods face a daunting challenge: starting over with even less.