Thursday, July 17, 2008

AP: Headlines 4 The World

On sale now.
Animal rights group targets

Name thought to be too long
Birmingham votes to rename

Like trying to catch a refrigerator
NASA moon capsule running

Not according to him
Obama's trip: 1st high

No kidding, they're all in the US
Mexican capital to reduce

Pick on somebody your own size Harry
Senate knocks down Argentine

Networks Anchor Drifting Obama Campaign In Unknown Waters

Obama, whose ever changing veneer that hides who he really is, has completed his presidential PR team for his Grand Tour of Europe and the Middle East. It is unclear what role the networks will fulfill. Questions concerning whether they will be tag team nannies for Obama or whether they will shape Obama's message for general consumption or whether they will wet nurse the candidate have gone unanswered.

3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad
The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.

Lured by an offer of interviews with the Democratic presidential candidate, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric will make the overseas trek, meaning that the NBC, ABC and CBS evening newscasts will originate from stops along the route and undoubtedly give it big play.

John McCain has taken three foreign trips in the past four months, all unaccompanied by a single network anchor.

The Grand Tour is a time honored tradition for debutantes, privileged young men, newlyweds and those who need to obscure unseemly deeds here in America. The Grand Tour is also an essential educational tool, especially for the upwardly mobile nouveau Riche , to appear to be worldly and sophisticated. A necessary expense for those wishing to enter the salons of power in the New World.

Sometimes those on the Grand Tour bring knick-knacks back for the family to exhibit to those they wish to impress. Other times the Grand Tour unfortunately provides the opportunity for a public faux pax, helping to cement in foreign minds the image of the American rube. The most famous being a peanut farmer who meddled in the never ending Middle East peace negotiations who offered the Pax Fauxmana creating decades of death and suffering, but, for a short period, offered the false hope of a political solution.