The First Draft: the Supreme Court and the Spelling Bee

May 28, 2009

SPELLING BEE/KIDSWith Congress gone this week and President Barack Obama out of town for most of today, Washington turns to its two traditional inside-the-Beltway sporting events: handicapping a Supreme Court nominee’s chances of confirmation, and watching the nerve-wracking finals of the National Spelling Bee.

Sonia Sotomayor, picked by Obama on Tuesday, is already being praised in an ad by liberal groups and vilified as a racist by conservatives, including radio talk jock Rush Limbaugh, whom the White House has tried to style as the de facto head of the Republican Party. Obama himself stumped for his choice on a Western swing yesterday to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The president returns to Washington for a late afternoon meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Vice President Joe Biden was also out West yesterday too, giving a commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy. When wind blew down the teleprompter, Biden told the crowd: “What am I going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken? What will he do then?”

U.S. initial jobless claims fell for the second week in a row, but the total number of people who get unemployment insurance benefits hit a new record.

A few blocks from the White House, school children are gathered with their families and fans in a hotel basement for the final rounds of the National Spelling Bee. Formerly a curiosity followed mostly by the students’ parents and friends, this event is now a big media deal. Semifinals are shown on ESPN, with the finals broadcast on ABC this evening. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will be there.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Students from Missouri participate in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC, May 27, 2009)


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What is the United States coming to when A national spelling bee takes precedence over matters of the economy and healthcare? When will the real tough issues facing todays families in America be addressed. And how about instead of talking about something you just get it done. The government today reminds me of my town here in South Berwick Maine. If you go to a town meeting and have not lived here your whole life, your opinions are unwanted and the ruling elite(who have been here forever if you ask them) feel that they should make the laws of the town because they have been here the longest. Not who is the most qualified or who has the best idea. If the government continues to waste the time of the American people and continues to kowtow to big business our way of life here is done. To me it doesnt matter Republican -democrat whatever!! Hw about you run for office based on your strengths as an individual and what skills you bring to the table instead of how big you war chest is to run for office and which party is backing you so that you can decide what you want to say on your commercials. The american system is broken and we need to fix it, who cannot agree with that statement?

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people in califoria need not get to concerned about the budget deficit,the mandate obama give the terminator,when arnold decided to reduce the wages of unionized government workers was direct, reinstate or else.the major of LA and his colleagues know that obama will bail them out,everyone here in CA are rubbing their hands “pennies from heaven”closing the prisons,laying off policemen and firemen just a ruse.

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