First draft: Ghost town

April 17, 2009

OBAMA/It’s Friday morning. Do you know where your leaders are?

They’re certainly not in Washington. President Obama leaves Mexico City for Trinidad and Tobago, where he will participate in the Summit of the Americas.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Dominican Republic, on her way to the summit as well.

Vice President Joe Biden is in Missouri to discuss making college more affordable.

And Congress is still out of town.

But that doesn’t mean nothing’s cooking in our nation’s capital.

Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and other Republican heavyweights address the Republican National Lawyers Association, starting at 8:45 a.m.

The Log Cabin Republicans hear from Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s failed presidential bid. The group of gay GOPers will doubtless offer a hearty welcome to one of the few members of their party who support gay marriage.

And out in suburban Gaithersburg, the Paradigm Research Group holds a conference to discuss UFOs, crop circles and other subjects that They don’t want you to know about. With America’s pirate obsession on the wane, could aliens be the next hot topic?

Or is that just what They want you to believe?

photo credit: Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon are pictured at an official dinner in in Mexico City April 16, 2009 in this official photo.

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