Wrong foot

So I started my day on the wrong foot this morning. After getting called out for not doing my reading in my government class this past Monday I emailed the professor last night letting him know that I had caught up on the reading that I had missed because of the marathon and looked forward to participating in class this morning. Well, wouldn’t you know that my phone apparently froze as I set the alarm and didn’t go off this morning at 7:30 like it was supposed to. So, I embarrassingly missed the very class I had told the professor I was so much looking forward to this morning.

It’s probably a bit too ridiculous to email him once again explaining my situation. I tried stopping by his office later in the day to no avail. At this point it’s probably best to just move on...
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Sky Blogging

I’m currently blogging from 30,000 feet up. Pretty cool! Flying back to school after being home in Boston for the weekend. AirTran has free wireless through December from Boston to Baltimore BWI.
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Nobel? No way!

I must admit: news that President Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize made my morning. Initially I was dreading my Elements of Political Theory midterm, but after reading the headlines on my phone in between brushing my teeth and showering I was all smiles. I can’t help but laugh when I think of the absurdity of the situation. To think that Obama had made enough change in the world to warrant a Nobel nomination a mere two weeks into his presidency should astound me. But, in fact, it doesn’t. Of course Norway and the rest of Europe has been drooling over Obama since his controversial tour during the campaign. While Obama’s ratings have fallen back home, he remains ever-popular with his European friends.

I can almost imagine the looks of awe on the faces of Obama and his staffers this morning. Surely this is attention that no one expected, no more wanted. At a time when the President is attempting to keep a consistent message and push through unpopular health care reform, the last thing he needs is a distracted media. Even more importantly, perhaps, it opens him up once again to the charge that he’s more liked in Europe than the United States and playing politics with our sovereignty. I particularly liked GOP chairman Michael Steele’s quote: “One thing is certain- President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action”. I personally wish Obama had declined the “prize”. Time to stop caring so much about what liberal Europe thinks and focus on the U.S. and its interests.
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