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Via Caro:

HONOLULU – President-elect Barack Obama’s Hawaiian vacation was darkened for 11 hours Friday night and early Saturday when a power outage enveloped the island of Oahu…

I’ll bet it was intentionally darkened by Hillary Clinton!

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Submitted by Caro on

It HAD to be one or the other.

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Submitted by anniethena on

Heck, maybe it was Chelsea, in the power station basement, with a pimppe.

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Submitted by Damon on

Am I the only one that thinks coverage of everywhere he goes is a bit Hollywoodish? Forget that the entire island of Oahu lost power, what we really want to know is how Obama's doing, right? It's not simply that they ask the question, but the entire coverage seems to be built around how he's holding up. You know what? Obama's going to be fine in his upscale, beach-side villa; I'm worried about the rest of the island if worried, at all.

BTW, anyone see on the CNN news story where the reporter went to the gym to see how he could "get a body like Obama's"? Yeah, we get a whole four and probably eight years of this.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Seriously though, I'm not sure if its Obama love so much as the inability to discuss the complexity and depth of the country's current woes.

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Submitted by Damon on

Well, they could always cover the current war in Palestine. There are plenty of sensational explosion shots that'll keep attention, or do another inane "Best of 2008" New Years story. There's enough to keep them occupied without having to go back to Barack, to be honest.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

exposes how bad they have been in the past. They are largely to blame for most of the problems facing our country. They are largely to blame for Obama, but due to his historic historiocity, he's a feel good story for otherwise somber news.

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Submitted by Salmo on

I don't understand how they could have no power for 11 hours. While it's not a big deal if I lose power for a while, I keep a couple of generators around and gassed up. Power loss has been known to last for weeks around here. So, having a generator around just seems like a normal part of being secure. I would imagine that power is part of normal security for the president-elect too, and that someone would have procured a generator relatively quickly if there wasn't one around to begin with. How is a little thing like a generator too big a problem to solve?

I also agree that the coverage of Obama's vacation was just embarrassing, and more than a little juvenile. The possibility that this really is the best our press corps can do, and that they will do this for four more years instead of addressing the real problems and choices we face, is not comforting.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

I think this *is* the best they can do. If not it is the best they are *willing* to do.

Neither is comforting.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

Something like "I have BEEN to the Oahu and I have SEEN the darkness! Yes we CAN overcome it!", although I think I have heard something like that somewhere before.... Hopefully our good progressive friend JonThe Groper, uh, what management problem? Favreau will tie that in to the failing electrical grid, global warming and alternative energy. Yes he can!

In all fairness to the most history-making, history-breaking, historically historical President-Elect Evah, I was rather pleased by this little piece of actual reporting on his proposed foreign policy agenda and approach which actually heartened me quite a bit (you know, the whole boring "policy" thing rather than exciting "pectoral" thing), I found Trudy Rubin's comments very interesting and "hopeful". An excerpt:

"RAY SUAREZ: Just in the past few days, Trudy, it emerged in one national paper that Obama administration was considering a rebalancing of America's approach to the rest of the world: less military, more diplomats, more aid workers. Are you hearing that from this new team?

TRUDY RUBIN: I think that's been clear from the beginning, even during his campaign, there will be a shift in emphasis to more multilateralism, more diplomacy, and possibly more aid.

But I don't think it's enough to stop there with that formulation, because, even if there is a more intense diplomatic effort, it will take U.S. leadership. We're now in a non-polar world. The U.S. power may be diminished, but there is no other leader to take our place, certainly not China, not the E.U. And so it will take very strong U.S. leadership.

And in places like Afghanistan, there will have to be some military activity, but the diplomatic front will have to be more intense and more visible. It doesn't mean that the military will go away.

However, I think there's no question that he will be looking at more regional approaches. For example, when you talk about Afghanistan now, it's not just Afghanistan. It's Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. It involves an intense effort to behind the scenes encourage some talks over Kashmir.

I would believe it also involves looking at the neighbors of Afghanistan, which includes Iran, it includes getting Russia and China into the mix, and I think that's the kind of approach that he will take."

I view this as meaning the State Department is going to be a expanded as the instrument of foreign policy (NO! GET OUTA HERE!), with Hillary walking point.