IF THE MUSICAL BARRY O HAD EVER HAD AN OUT OF TOWN TRY OUT, IT NEVER WOULD HAVE OPENED IN DC.
IT'S WOBBLED AND BOBBLED, SCRAPED AND BOWED, SINCE OPENING AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN JANUARY 2009 AND STILL THE REVIEWS CONTINUE TO BE BRUTAL.
OF YESTERDAY'S PERFORMANCE, THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES SAYS:
President Barack Obama has run away from so many of his initial principled stands in his first term that it is hard to tell at times what he will run on to win a second. The latest disappointment came Friday, as many Americans checked out and headed off to enjoy Labor Day, when Obama abruptly reversed the administration's plans to tighten controls over smog.
THE NEW YORK TIMES FINDS THE PERFORMANCE SUPERFICIAL AT BEST:
Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.
THE TELEGRAPH OF LONDON FINDS THE LEAD ACTOR'S PERFORMANCE UNCONVINCING:
Obama, who declined even to comment on the latest jobless figures on Friday, is like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O INSISTED, "SPIDERMAN THE MUSICAL'S STILL PLAYING! I'M JUST TOO GOOD FOR MY AUDIENCES!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Meanwhile, a US military attack in the Iraqi town of Balad is being blamed for the deaths of at least a dozen members of the same family. The dead include five children and six women. The Associated Press is reporting the family's house was flattened by an airstrike from a US helicopter. The victims were wrapped in blankets and driven to the Tikrit General Hospital. Ahmed Khalaf, the brother of one of the victims, said: "The dead family was not part of the resistance, they were women and children. The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death."
Meanwhile, Iraq's Prime Minister has lashed out at the US military over what he has called the "daily phenomenon" of US attacks on Iraqi civilians. In an interview with the New York Times, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said many troops "do not respect the Iraqi people." Maliki went on to say: "They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion. This is completely unacceptable."
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