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limited political benefits from the death of Osama bin Laden, some say, though the timing and tone of his surprise announcement had plenty of firepower. Indeed, Mr. Obama’s statement provided a dramatic finale to his birth-certificate duel with Donald Trump and temporarily quelled criticism of recent heavy-handed fundraising.
“He was matter-of-fact, he was perfunctory in his delivery of very serious news, and that worked for him,” Bruce Buchanan, a University of Texas presidential historian, tells Inside the Beltway.
“Mr. Obama was the one who got to pull the trigger on this rather than President George W. Bush, though there is a certain luck of the draw involved. Still, Mr. Obama gets only a shortterm political boost,” Mr. Buchanan says. “We are still far, far away from the 2012 election, and those public passions can fade very quickly.” “Will I have to live with a gay Marine?”After the repeal, billeting assignments will made without regard to sexual orientation.
“You can live with somebody in the barracks. You don’t have to be their friend,” the officer told the class, adding that commanders may elect to reassign roommates on a case-by-case basis if it poses “too much of a disruption for the unit.”
Meanwhile, Marines with religious concerns about their homosexual comrades were told that they “retain the right to their religious beliefs, but their conduct must remain professional and they must treat fellow Marines with dignity and respect.” The CBS Evening News anchor chair shuffle: It’s one liberal making way for another, says Media Research Center researcher Geoffrey Dickens.
“CBS News officially announced that longtime correspondent Scott Pelley will take the reins from departing anchor Katie Couric. A review of our archive reveals Pelley will most likely continue the long tradition of liberal bias advanced by his anchor predecessors Couric, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite.”