Some reading while I’m away making money and becoming a celebrity in Los Angeles. From Michael Ian Black:
It’s the late show on a Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. I’m halfway through my set and I mention Barack Obama. Some scattered boos. Which is normal. Somebody always hates the president, no matter who that president might be. In this case, the president is Obama and I am a fan, so I always ask…
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin underscored that point by taking to the skies to serve as co-pilot of an amphibious firefighting jet, the Be-200, on a dive-bombing run over a burning forest in central Russia, though he has no known pilot training.
The prime minister was shown on state television pressing a button to release tons of water, and asking, “Was that O.K.?”
Wow. Putin. Being awesome and making me ignore what a weirdo pseudo-personality cult leader he is.
Is this the kind of thing that people wanted to see Obama doing in the gulf two months ago? Releasing dispersant from a plane or piloting a oil sweeper? Well he’s damned if he does damned if he doesn’t with everything, so I’m glad he errs on the side of dignity.
“Freelancing is that remarkable stretch from February to December 2009, where I wrote entire features… using only my phone, a first-generation iPhone jailbroken for T-mobile, bought for $100 from a friend atMac Week. That was because my computer had broken and I couldn’t afford a replacement.”