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Hang on, this isn’t Yangon?


Blog Guy, I read that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Myanmar. That’s amazing! Have you been there?

Not to Myanmar, but I was there when they called it Burma.

Oh. Were you in Yangon?

Yes, but they called it Rangoon then.

But it’s the same city, right, the capital?

Rangoon was the capital when I was there, but now the capital is Naypyitaw.

I’m totally confused. Rangoon became Yangon which became Naypyitaw?

No, Yangon is still Yangon, it’s just not the capital any longer.

This is too bizarre. Can you at least confirm that Clinton made it out of the airport safely?

Of course. Otherwise that dog wouldn’t be walking behind her motorcade.

What kind of dog is that?

Probably a Burmese.

Wait. I thought a Burmese was a cat.

Sure, dogs used to be called cats back when it was Burma…

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Top: U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton smiles inside her car after landing in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw November 30, 2011. Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching a historic mission to press the reclusive country’s new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Right: A dog crosses the road after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade passes upon her arrival in Naypyidaw, Myanmar November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Do we get a snack on this flight, or what?


Quick quiz: You realize your job may sort of suck if you…

a) find yourself on a flight from Malta to Tripoli

b) notice the card by your seat describes you only as the “Senior Leader-in-Transit”

c) are trying to read your PDA with your sunglasses on

d) are trying to study a briefing book and can’t recall if your eyes are open or shut

Is everybody happy? Louder!


Blog Guy, I know you keep up with the various charities of the power elite. Somebody told me about a youth program Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports, and I don’t think they got it quite right.

I imagine you’re talking about Sullen Young Ballplayers.

Yeah, that was the name of it alright. Tell me about it.

Not much to tell. Once a week her staff brings her a bunch of unhappy young people who would rather be somewhere else, and forces them to meet with her.

I guess it must be Sunday again?


Lamar, come to my office for a minute.

Yeah Boss?

What’s this big stack of goofy photos I found in the wastebasket?

That’s just overflow, Boss. You know, we bought ‘em for the blog but then the writers couldn’t come up with anything clever.

So it’s the fault of the writers?

Of course, Boss. Isn’t everything?

Lamar, we can’t afford this kind of waste! What have I told you to do with leftover goofy photos?

Up high, down low, too slow…


Blog Guy, have you ever thought of running for national office? I mean, you live in DC anyway, so it’s not like you’d have to move very far.

Thanks for asking, but I just couldn’t handle that much compromise.

Ah, I hear you. You mean the hypocrisy, the back-room deals, the corruption?

Nah, I mean all the high-fives. I can stand that other stuff, but I will not high five, even if it means my political career.



sunglasses biden 490

Blog Guy, I know you’re a Washington insider. Can you tell me what, more than anything else, President Obama respects in other people?

sunglasses obama 200I mean, is it honesty, loyalty, intelligence, empathy, the ability to communicate?

I want to propose a….yikes!


officials booze combo 490

Blog Guy, I have a question about politicians and alcohol. It seems like officials in other countries have a lot more freedom to drink than ours in the U.S. do.

Yes, it’s just an odd fact of life. Citizens elsewhere seem to be more comfortable seeing their leaders drink.

“I thought I’d die laughing!”


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Quick quiz: These photos show President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laughing their butts off at…

laughs obama clintons 320a) Former President George W. Bush doing a dramatic live reading from his new book, “Decision Points”

Have you had the meatloaf here, Hillary?


quiz show combo 490

Blog Guy, I read that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to a NATO summit in Portugal. What the heck do they do at a thing like that?

lunch 300The first item of business at those major international summits is to put in their lunch order.

THAT’S my security guy?



Quick quiz: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen here in New Zealand…

NEW-ZEALAND/a) Watching a local baseball game.

b) Thinking maybe she should have gone to a better college.

c) Wondering, “Why can’t they do anything about the streakers down here?”