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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Pete Rouse, Obama’s Interim Chief Of Staff

October 4th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana




Name: Peter Mikami Rouse

Age: 64

Occupation: Interim White House Chief Of Staff (previously Senior Advisor to President Obama)

Known for: Calm, assertive energy. The man who has, as of October 1, signed on as Rahm Emanuel’s interim replacement as the White House Chief of Staff is no stranger to President Obama, members of the Obama administration, the House or Senate. Pete Rouse, a third-generation sansei son of a Japanese American mother, is a 4-decade veteran of Capitol Hill once known as the “101st senator“–working notably for eighteen years as Tom Daschle’s Chief of Staff (before the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader was ejected from his seat in ’04). The quiet, private “pragmatist” is often hailed as the man who gave lift to Obama’s meteoric rise to President, and joined the administration as one of three senior advisors, alongside David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.

Oh, and Rouse is the kind of man that makes Sarah Palin nuts, which is always a good sign (or at least a sign of intelligence).

Despite his long career and ever-evolving sphere of influence, Rouse is known as a behind-the-scenes guy who is honest and effective. Couldn’t we use a little bit of that in our political environment today?

[Washington Post: Obama Staffer Pete Rouse Hailed As The 'Ultimate Pragmatist']
[HuffPo: Pete Rouse And The Lies Of Sarah Palin]

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Obama’s First State Of The Union: We Kinda Wanna Kowtow

January 28th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Did y’all watch President Obama’s entire State of the Union speech last night?

Mad Daddy

Was it just us, or did Father sound MAAAAAAAAD? I damn near jumped out of my skin when he belted “I DON’T QUIT” from those mighty, Hardass Daddy lungs. While I shivered with fear, I felt good and right, hopeful and safe. And glad, so glad.

(Man, we had fucked up childhoods.)

If you missed last night’s speech [shrugs] because you were busy doing something else, watch all 70 minutes or so below:

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BABEWATCH: Ehren Watada

October 6th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Ehren Watada is a beautiful, beautiful (Did we mention beautiful?) Hawaii native who graduated magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University in 2003, and was subsequently commissioned by the Army’s Officer Candidate School–ultimately rising to the high military rank of First Lieutenant. His motivation to serve arose from a reaction to the September 11 attacks and his resulting “desire to protect our country.

Last Friday, he resigned from the Army, having been granted a discharge under “other-than-honorable conditions.”

What happened in between? When Watada learned that his unit would be deploying to Iraq, he did some real homework on the conflict. Ultimately convinced that the war he was being asked to lead troops into was illegal, he attempted to resign his commission–this was refused. He offered to instead serve in the “unambigious war linked to the September 11 attacks” in Afghanistan. The Army–and then-President of the United States–did not budge.

And so a different war began as a result of Watada’s stand, with the Army proffering multiple charges against him under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including that of “Conduct Unbecoming of Officer and Gentleman” (for denouncing President Bush and the war) and “Missing Movement” (for not deploying). For these charges he faced a court martial, as well as potential (dishonorable) Dismissal and years of prison time. But Watada did not back down.

On September 26, under the Obama administration, the Army agreed to allow his resignation.

So why is Watada such a babe? Well, look at him, for crying out loud. And then take into account that he’s a man willing to think rather than blindly follow, to stand up for what he feels is right even when the scariest and strongest machine is out to silence him.

Asked by TruthOut in ’06 how he felt facing the serious consequences for his controversial stand, Watada said plainly:

“When you are looking your children in the eye in the future, or when you are at the end of your life, you want to look back on your life and know that at a very important moment, when I had the opportunity to make the right decisions, I did so, even knowing there were negative consequences.

He may no longer be an officer, but if you ask us, his conduct certainly is one of a gentleman. And, for that matter, a total babe.

[NYT: Army Officer Who Refused Iraq Duty Is Allowed to Resign]

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Kalpenny for Your Thoughts

July 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Is it wrong that I kinda don’t mind if Kal Penn ever returns to acting?

You’re the liaison to Asians? Call us! We’re Asian!

Cuz he looks DAMN GOOD in that suit, baby. DAMN GOOD.

[E! Online: Kal Penn Reports for D.C. Duty]

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Secretary of Stasia

February 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Many of you were probably pleased to see that Hillary Clinton bucked tradition and made Asia her first overseas trip as Secretary of State.

CNN reports:

Speaking at the New York-based Asia Society last week, Clinton said the Obama administration wants to “develop a broader and deeper” relationship with Asia, a region that has felt overlooked by the United States despite its growing global importance.

Talk about reprzentasian! We’re glad to see that this administration doesn’t have their head up their collective asses, and realizes that Asia is currently world’s top contender–if they’re taking over everything, we better be on the inside (or at least real close) when it happens.

Moreover, we’re just pleased as punched to see yet another sign that weird phrases/words like “rational thought” and “common sense” and “diplomacy” might actually getting utilized again in Washington. We are psyched! And Hills…

Clinton speaking at the Asia Society in NY on Friday

… seems… thrilled…about it all, um, too.

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Thanks, Dave!

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