Monday, April 21, 2008

Obama: “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

A reporter today was unfortunate enough to get between Barack Obama and his waffle:

SCRANTON, Pa. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama kicked off a day of campaigning in Pennsylvania by dropping by a Scranton diner for a breakfast of waffles, sausage and orange juice.

But the press corps went hungry — hungry for an answer that is.

The Illinois senator brushed aside a question from one reporter on his reaction to former President Jimmy Carter’s description of a positive meeting with leaders of the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” Obama replied.

Republicans, long known for their opposition to waffles, jumped at the chance to blame the breakfast food for aiding Obama's evasion of the foreign policy question.

“Today, Obama continued to dodge questions from the media, responding that he just wanted to eat his waffle,” the Republican National Committee said in an email sent to reporters that included press accounts of the waffle incident at the Glider diner.

Student Loans are Beginning to Bounce

Norton thought he was set when he deposited a $16,000 student-loan check to pay for summer classes and the fall semester. But when he started to pay bills for classes, rent, and other expenses last week, his checks bounced.
Jefferson warned us against spending money we don't have. Now, the effects of a debt-based society are beginning to show.
More than 50 firms have abandoned or cut back their federal or private student loan programs this year, unable to raise money in the financial markets. Yesterday, Citigroup, one of the largest private lenders, said it would stop lending at some schools and end its federal loan consolidations.
How this will affect UW-Parkside? Well, considering the fact that 40% of us are in the lowest economic echelons, our students are in trouble. Couple that with an increasing lack of funding for WHEG and Lawton grants, as well as increasing tuition and SEG fees, and you can see that the future is not bright for young people in Southeastern Wisconsin. Time will tell.