In my last post I said that six months from now I'd look back and better understand why President Obama released his long-form birth certificate when he did. (Go ahead and check - I'll wait.)
Six months? It wasn't even six half-days. As he released his birth certificate, toured storm-ravaged areas in the south and cracked wise at the Whitehouse Correspondent's Dinner he knew there'd be the mother of all news stories coming in a few days that would wipe everything else off the front page for weeks. Imagine the thoughts running through his head during those events!
So after demonstrating what a publicity-hounding jackass The Donald (who the hell gives themselves such a pompous nickname??) really is, and making sure the birthers looked as stupid as humanly possible President Obama grabbed the headlines with both hands and made sure that their 15 minutes was over. Birthers and Trump's presidential ambitions: relegated to already-forgotten footnotes. If we see either again it will be purely for comic relief.
The entire choreography was nothing short of brilliant. As I've said, this is easily the smartest man we've had in the Whitehouse during my lifetime and I'm proud to have helped put him there in my own, small way.
Absurd? Naaa. Not this time.
PS: Camera in-hand, I went down to the World Trade Center Monday night after the announcement of Bin Laden's death. If you'd like to see the pictures I took you'll find them here. If you'd like a higher resolution shot just e-mail me.