This is anything but a slow news day — But I think that things are really starting to get a little crazy
"... Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."The Northeast is going to get belted by lots of snow and high winds and who knows what else; so what more needs to be said about that ? ( See any news or social medium in the NYC metropolitan area).
“Our” naughty President caught chewing gum againPresident Obama, who has been caught munching on gum during high-profile political events before, was taken to task by the India’s largest newspaper after the U.S. President was spotted taking a piece of gum out of his mouth during a formal appearance at India’s annual Republic Day parade ( See “ GUMMING UP THE WORKS: Obama blasted for chewing gum during visit with Indian prime minister” by Adam Edelman, 1/26/15, NY Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-blasted-chewing-gum-visit-indian-pm-article-1.2092456]).
The News coverage goes on like this: “Obama, currently in the country meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was spotted at India’s annual Republic Day parade, sitting among his fellow dignitaries, removing a piece of chewing gum from his mouth. *** The President, who has been known to chew Nicorette nicotine replacement gum, was blasted by Indian media for the act. *** ‘'In an ungainly sight, cameras caught U.S. President Barack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday,’ The Times of India wrote. ‘In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the U.S. President.’
Shocking ! Just, shocking !
Meanwhile back home, supposedly, some not so very “guided stuff” is landing on the White House lawn in the middle of the nightThis from the New York Times: “WASHINGTON — The small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday morning was operated by a government employee who has told the Secret Service that he did not mean to fly it over the White House fence and near the president’s residence, according to law enforcement officials. *** The employee — who does not work for the White House — has told the Secret Service that he was flying the drone for recreational purposes at about 3 a.m. in the area around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when he lost control of it. *** So far, the Secret Service said it believed the man’s account....” (See “Government Employee Flies Small Drone Over White House Fence” by Michael D. Shear & Michael S. Schmidt, 1/26/15, NY Times/ U.S. [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/white-house-drone.html]).
For now, most news people and officials seem agree that the pre-dawn incident triggered a lockdown of the White House perimeter. Also obvious, is that this drone occurrence has pretty much revived concerns and inquiries about the security of the White House. Not only because, this is the second reported drone incident since last summer, but because of other recent breaches of White House security..
Other news outlets have indicated that the man who says it was his drone has been "been fully cooperative" (See “ [http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/26/obama-white-house-device-josh-earnest/22338781/]). Among other matters, that story went on to say, “The Secret Service said ‘an individual called the Secret Service this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. to self-report that they had been in control of the quad copter device that crashed on the White House grounds early this morning’ *** Investigators believe the man was flying the drone — a 2-foot ‘quad copter,’ weighing only a few pounds — for recreational purposes, but may refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney's Office, said a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter is still under investigation....”
Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t that all a bit too easy ?