Having watched the Grammys Sunday night, buying his "Genius of Soul Live" CD Monday night, and re-watching his biographical movie Ray over the past two evenings, I think that there should be a Ray Charles Day. It wouldn't have to be an every-year event, just one year. Ray Charles was one of the most recognizable faces in history. I rank him right along with Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and, for better or for worse, George W. Bush as one of the most widely recognized people ever. Just my opinion. Now, here's my update..
Rumors have been flying all over Washington that if and when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigns (expect that within 6 months, by the way), President Bush will name Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to replace him. Lieberman is a moderate, and disagrees with the President on several key issues, including abortion, Social Security, and the Iraqi War. Of course, there were previoudly rumors that Lieberman would be Education Secretary, Energy Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, etc. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
WHITE HOUSE NEWS
President Bush nominated U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte to be his new National Intelligence Director today, coming only one day after leading Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller (WV) criticized the President for not making an appointment.
I don't know what to think about the reporter scandal that has been dogging the White House. This guy, who works for a pro-Republican news website, got a press pass to the Press Core under an assumed name...AN ASSUMED NAME...and asked the President only softball questions to make him look good. Now it comes out that the reporter is some kind of gay porn star on the internet. Talk about those Republican moral values.
The President's approval ratings have fallen to 46%, a low he hadn't attained since before 9-11. He has an even lower approval rating among those 65+. The president reportedly has a 39% approval rating with them. Not good, Dubya. Not good.
That's it for now. Out to lunch. Smells like...pizza? I hope not..