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bigdarryl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:10 PM
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David Shulster:The President is losing weight over being stressed about the Presidency
WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is he talking about he just made this statement on MSNBC with that fine co-host lady
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:12 PM
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1. There is an article in the WP today on it and I've heard it mentioned a couple of times over the
last week or so that he is losing weight supposedly.

I'll find the article.
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bigdarryl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:14 PM
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2. The man works out EVERY MORNING!!!! as far as I can see he's the same size the only thing I notice
is he's a little grayer
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:17 PM
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5. Here is the article.
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 03:21 PM by Pirate Smile
Feeling the weight of war
From Fort Hood to Afghanistan, trying times for the commander in chief


By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 12, 2009

War and tragedy are putting President Obama through the most wrenching period of his young administration. Visibly thinner, admittedly skipping meals, he is learning every day the challenges of a wartime presidency. Health-care reform, climate-change legislation, the broken economy -- all are cerebral exercises compared with the grim responsibility of being the commander in chief.

Two weeks ago, Obama flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a surprise middle-of-the-night salute to the fallen as their bodies were unloaded from a military transport plane. He met with grieving families.

Then, last week, a gunman went on a rampage at Fort Hood, and Obama made his first trip as president to visit wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Tuesday he flew to Texas to speak at the memorial service. More families. More hurt soldiers. More grief.

Wednesday the president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and walked the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery, talking to families who were there to visit loved ones who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There are many honors and responsibilities that come with this job. But none is more profound than serving as commander in chief," Obama said in a speech in the cemetery's auditorium. He then mentioned the title of commander in chief a second time, and a third ("As long as I am commander in chief . . .").

Then he returned to the White House, to the Situation Room, for another Afghanistan war council, another session to contemplate sending more young men and women to war.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:15 PM
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3. He is skinny. Always been, always will be
What garbage.
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bigdarryl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:17 PM
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6. I think Drudge started this rumor last week but what else is new with him
his website should be called the Obama bashing report
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:27 PM
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38. And, we have posters on here agreeing with
drudge bc he bashes Pres Obama.
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spiritual_gunfighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:02 AM
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50. You are everywhere n/t
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:16 PM
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4. I don't know if he's been losing weight, but he's definitely got more gray.
Looks fit as a fiddle as far as I can tell.

Bush looked like a shrunken prune by the end of his 8 years.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:46 PM
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22. His hair's going to look like Desmond Tutu's before too long
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:11 PM
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27. oh my god...
:rofl:
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:19 PM
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29. Personally, I'd prefer the classic Fredrick Douglas look
but I'm not sure Obama could do the beard....

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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:33 PM
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35. You want me to pee on myself don't you!?
:rofl:
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:12 PM
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43. I've noticed the gray too - kinda makes you sad
that this job ages a person really fast.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:42 AM
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49. FWIW
I am about 6 months older than the President. Lately, I have been noticing more and more gray hairs, too. I'm sure some of it is stress. (For me, it's this damn, never-ending unemployment thing.) But, he is 48 years old, after all.

What really makes me sad is realizing that it's already the middle of November, and he's almost a year into his first term. How time flies. If only the Bush years had gone by this rapidly. They were so slow, it was like torture. The period between the 2008 election and Inauguration Day, was especially long. These past 9 months breezed by in comparison.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:28 PM
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7. It wouldn't surprise me if he's losing weight.
It's the most stressful job in the world.

He looks thinner, but not frail.

He's probably going to age far quicker over the next few years, as well.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:31 PM
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9. They all age. Even the chimp. That was only thing that was sad about having Obama win,
how much older he'd look in 8 years. I just hope he's well. If I had that job, I wouldn't be able to eat or sleep.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:37 PM
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16. Bush said he and Laura were having the time of their lives while he was POTUS
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 04:37 PM by Proud Liberal Dem
:eyes:

Hard to believe given the carnage he helped create. :puke:

Comments like this are what compelled Vincent Bugliosi to write his book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder". He said that he just couldn't believe that Bush would be so "at ease" with what he did in Iraq and the fact that American men and women (and Iraqi citizens) died in the carnage.


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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:39 PM
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17. Not just that...
But 2001 was a fabulous year for them and this was only a couple months after the 9/11 attacks. :eyes:
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:47 PM
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18. Blows your mind, doesn't it?
I still can't get over the fact that 3K people perished while he was asleep at the wheel (although it took awhile for all of the embarrassing facts to come out about his inattention) and he and the Republican Party were seemingly rewarded with sky-high approval numbers and all the political capital they could ever ask for. Of course, it WAS a *fabulous* year (or at least it ended fabulously for them). :eyes:
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:11 PM
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34. And don't forget
Bush said he and Laura had a false alarm the night of 9/11 which had them running around in the WH in their jammies. It was funny said Bush. So it's nice to know he was able to laugh and sleep after everything that happened that day.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:08 PM
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41. I didn't hear about that
not that my opinion of him can really sink much lower, though.
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ej510 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:01 PM
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19. Bush lost sleep if he went to bed without someone dying.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:13 PM
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20. Beer goggles
:shrug:
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:40 PM
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21. But look at his before & after photos. He aged. Or maybe it was the booze he was sneakin'.
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NatBurner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:28 PM
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8. that fine co-host lady = tamron hall
aka my future pseudo-celebrity babyboo

a little respect for our pending nuptials, please :)

ps:

i only added the smileyface cuz tamron likes smileyfaces (hayboo)
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:31 PM
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10. Is she the one that talks like she has marbles in her moutn? nt
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 03:32 PM by goclark
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:33 PM
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12. Oh, you like that sassy thang, uhn?
She is very purdy, I must say. I was glad when she covered for Rachel one time because then I knew she wasn't one of those black Republicans who make me wanna tear my hair out. Where do they find them? They're so beautiful but they talk so CA-RAZY!
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:32 PM
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11. No, David....
Y'all are just getting fatter, so he only looks thinner in comparison.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:34 PM
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13. Presidents have always aged in dog-years.
It's like Dorian Gray in reverse!

Seriously. Look at before and after pictures of any president!
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Hawaii Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:53 PM
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26. I have an old book about US presidents (only goes up to Carter)
And they have a picture in it of FDR in 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944....And you should see how he aged each 4 years....When you see the picture of him in 1944, you'd think he was 105 years old....He died in 1945 I think at age 63..


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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:28 PM
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31. Yep, take a look


1932 vs 1944
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:17 PM
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39. Lincoln aged so badly there is speculation he had a wasting disease
Life masks of Abraham Lincoln

Early spring of 1860


February 11, 1865


http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/travpres/lincs.htm
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:35 PM
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14. Good thing George W. Bush didn't worry that much ...
I mean, it didn't seem like HE lost weight during the presidency ...
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:36 PM
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15. It doesn't look like he's lost much weight to me
.
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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:47 PM
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23. People who are skinny tend to get skinnier when they get more focused in their work
I've noticed that people who are naturally skinny tend to get skinnier when they start getting more involved in their work. Food isnt a priority when they get more into their work. Obama might be this kind of person. It doesnt mean he is stressed out...it just might mean this is how he perfers to work.
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:52 PM
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25. That's what happened to me when I was working on the campaign last year.
I was so busy I wound up skipping a lot of meals.
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:50 PM
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24. He is still too hot for this job :)
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:12 PM
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28. Girlfriend...that deserves a high-five!!!
By the way I love your posts..welcome to DU.
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elizm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:38 PM
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32. Damn straight!
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:26 PM
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30. Well.... I guess that's one way to avoid the ex-smoker's 15 nt
:shrug:
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:51 PM
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33. Skinny runs in my family too - very easy to lose too much when you're busy...
...and this president is BUSY!

Just hope he's staying healthy and keeping his immune system strong.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:48 PM
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36. The White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, needs to called on the carpet
Obama loves pie! Banana cream pie. Huckleberry pie. Fruit pies of all sorts.

Pies need to be stashed all over the place. One, two, in the Oval office, two or three in the Map Room. Dozens laid out at the basketball court. Pies need to be everywhere. Pies will put on weight.

I like pie too, and should be appointed the official pie taster for my President.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:46 PM
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40. That is what I thought. I've heard him say he has to keep himself from having too much pie. Eat up,
Mr. President. Consider it a luxury of being Prez. You have to do so much of the extremely stressful work, please, at least have some extra pie.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:40 PM
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45. Some people don't have an appetite when
stressing about heavyweight decisions..but, when things are more on an even keel I hope you get your official pie taster's wish :9
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:02 PM
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37. He probably is
soooooooooo he takes the job seriously. Why do people want to argue about it and take offense. :shrug: Shuster is only making it a statement, he's on our side, it's not like Rush said it. :wtf:
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:12 PM
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42. Side by Side Photos.....
One of these photos is from February, one from last week. I'm not seeing the difference and see if you can guess which one is which...


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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 12:12 AM
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47. Well, both photos indicate he can eat more pie with little effect
My President and I both love pie, unfortunately he can eat more that I can afford to. :(
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 12:47 PM
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52. The top photo shows more gray in his hair, but that could be the lighting
No weight difference that I can tell.
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 01:01 PM
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53. To my eye our President looks
thinner, grimmer, and grayer in the first photo. I think it's the later photo.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:26 PM
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44. My theory is much more simple...more Michelle=less "man" food
Less burgers, less pizza, less fried stuff, less hotdogs, etc and more from the garden.

Also, more regimented meals with the family and less late night carry-out containers.
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:21 PM
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46. Doubt he can do that with all the hours he's putting in. He's a BUSY President.
Unlike W was
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 01:09 AM
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48. They claim they make a point of family time and are really living together
for the 1st time in years.
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watercolors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:07 AM
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51.  The president is doing his job, it is stressfull!
He is not clearing brush on a ranch , or on endless vacations. WTF is the matter with the media. He has a huge weight upon him with endless problems that he did not create. Why can't the MSM give the man some credit and praise for the hard job he has, or talk about acomplishments.?
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