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from DealZone:

‘New GM’ Gets a Visit from a Shareholder

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obamalordstown1 GM's Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant has become a symbol of both GM's hard times and its best hopes for a turnaround after a $50 billion federal investment. A recent bump in sales because of the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program has allowed GM to call back more than 1,000 workers from layoff.   So it was a natural backdrop for a return visit by President Obama, who held a roundtable with workers and then gave a stump speech from the factory floor for his economic policies and health care reform.   But this is not your father's GM anymore and nothing about it as clear-cut as it seems -- even if you are the leader of the free world and head of the government that holds a controlling stake in the automaker.     At one point, Obama -- veering from his prepared remarks -- suggested that health-care reform would allow the UAW-represented workers in the audience to negotiate better wages.

“Think about it. If you are a member of the union right now, you’re spending all your time negotiating about health care. You need to be spending some time negotiating about wages, but you can’t do it," he said.

 

In fact, the UAW locked itself into a contract limiting wages and changes to health care, without the ability to negotiate with a threat of strike, until 2015. These stands were agreed to by the union at the prodding of the Obama administration, which demanded that union autoworkers accept lower wages -- as a condition to the bailout that saved Lordstown -- to match non-union workers at Toyota plants in Kentucky and Honda plants in Ohio.

 

Even so, Lordstown is something of a success story for both the UAW and GM, and Obama's remarks were punctuated with enthusiastic applause.  After winning deep concessions from the UAW in 2007, GM agreed to invest $500 million to retool the plant to make a new fuel-efficient small sedan, the Chevy Cruze.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

I hope you don’t paint for a living, Slick!

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Readers have asked what I thought of Friday's national Day of Service, in which President Barack Obama helped paint a house to show his strong support for volunteer work.

It's great that the first family set such a fine example, but I noticed all these people standing outside the house where the president was working, holding signs saying how much they love Obama...

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You caught some frozen fish sticks, Mr. President!

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Blog Guy, you've got great sources for news of President Obama. Is it true he loves to fish?

Yeah. He did some trout fishing in Montana recently, but he confided that his true passion is Office Fishing.  In the Oval Office he loves to pull out the old fishin' poll and see what he can reel in. Of course, lots of it has to be thrown back.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

So then Bill says to Barack…

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Quick quiz: Former president Bill Clinton is saying to President Barack Obama...

a) I'm not kidding you, Barack, at Quiznos they've got a Primo Meatball sub THIS long, full of seasoned meatballs and zesty marinara!

b) PLEASE act like you're listening to me, Barack! I don't wanna have to talk to Hillary and George!

from Africa News blog:

How will South Africa reward Caster’s triumph???

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South Africa ’s  Caster Semenya returned home today following her 800m gold medal-win at the  World Athletics Championships in Berlin .

She was greeted by headlines from the country’s newspapers, expressing collective  national pride for her achievement.  “Welcome home, Caster, our champ. Caster, this nation is proud of you and we stand behind you, from Cape Town to Musina.”, screamed  the Johannesburg-based The Times Newspaper.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Point that finger once more and see what happens!

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Okay, here is a remarkable shot of Barack and Michelle Obama together.

I mean, to me it looks like all of a sudden he shifted from being the president into some kind of Rodney Dangerfield stand-up routine, and Michelle is horrified and doesn't know how to react.

"I tell ya, my wife, she can't cook.  At my house, we pray AFTER we eat!"

"Barack, what are you doing? You're supposed to be talking about U.S.-China relations..."

from Oddly Enough Blog:

My fellow citizens… Blammo! Kapow!

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Blog Guy, I see footage of the Secret Service guarding President Obama. It looks like a HUGE task. Has any country found a better way to protect its leaders?

A good question. Yes, of all places, Russia has. Their President, Dmitry Medvadev, protects himself.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Make it a snappy one, Mr. President!

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Blog Guy, I know you've written books about presidential protocol and tradition, and I want to make sure I have this right. President Barack Obama is the commander-in-chief, so everybody has to salute him and he doesn't have to salute anyone, right?

No, that's a common misconception.

Really! Who does he have to salute?

For starters, anyone who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, as you can see here.

I didn't know! Who else?

All Heisman Trophy winners, as long as they're not in prison.

And?

The Maitre d' at Citronelle restaurant in DC, and Ms. Doris Johnson of 2268 Elm Street in Muncie, plus the  original members of The Eagles when they're on tour, and the...

from Oddly Enough Blog:

He’s pickin’ his nose in every shot!

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Hey, Barack, you see what I deed when they took that group peeksure?

No Dimitry, I guess I missed that.

Heh heh heh... I poot my finger like thees, so it looks like I am peeking my nose! Watch for eeet when the drugstore sends us the prints.

Dimitry, you're a rascal! Are G8 summits always this goofy?

Sure, Barack! I've got a meelion novelty gags. Here, let me show you - shake my hand!

from Oddly Enough Blog:

That’s really subtle, dudes!

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It's time once again for an episode of our popular feature, Stuff Maybe We Should Have Mentioned in the Caption, But Didn't.

Yesterday they shot the group photo of the world leaders who participated in a summit in L'Aquila, Italy.

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