“On Second Thought” for Jan. 28, 2013

So far, President Obama has filled up his second-term cabinet mostly with white men. He would pick some women, but they’re all still in Mitt Romney’s binders.

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Meanwhile, during last week’s inaugural address, someone apparently accidentally loaded the president’s teleprompter with an old campaign speech given in Ohio.

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President Obama’s speech echoed the inaugurations of great past presidents, with only slight variations. “With malice toward none,” for instance, became, “With malice toward none except those who want to cut entitlements.”

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President Kennedy’s words were modified to, “Ask not what your country can do for you. If you’re rich, here’s what you can do for your country.”

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Later, controversy erupted when critics accused the president of having lip-synced his speech.

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Last week, the government announced it was lifting the ban on women soldiers serving in combat roles. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated by lobbing grenades at Republicans in Congress.

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When asked by Congress to explain her role in the tragic attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Mrs. Clinton explained in detail that she had never heard of the place.

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Utahns everywhere are marking an annual event filled with drama, suspense and frequent comedic relief. No, not the Sundance Film Festival. I’m talking about the annual session of the state Legislature.

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State lawmakers are licking their chops at the chance to pass bills that send a message to those scoundrels in Washington. Back in Washington, meanwhile, some low-level bureaucrat is preparing room for these messages in a warehouse near the Postal Service’s dead letter collection.

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In an interview with Katie Couric last week, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o assured Americans that from now on he will date only real girls, as approved by his 6-foot rabbit friend, Harvey.

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Northern Utahns learned last week that nature has a sense of humor. Why else would people look forward to relief from a relentless choking fog and then get hit with freezing rain?

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I don’t know whether Utah will ever host another Olympics, but during Thursday’s storm I saw a sedan do a triple Salchow on the freeway.

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Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.

 

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Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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