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John Boehner didn't visit Rep. Gabby Giffords after shooting


If you missed last night's interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, you can see some of it here. It was bittersweet, terrifying, sad, joyous, thought-provoking, and mandatory viewing.

How anyone wouldn't open their heart to such a brave, strong, spirited woman is beyond me, yet Mr. Sensitivity, Mr. Family Values Guy, Mr. I Know What's Right For America, Mr. Speaker of the House of all Representatives-- even Dems-- John Boehner, has managed to keep his distance. I'm sure that made Gabby feel like a million bucks.

Via The Hill:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) husband scolded House Speaker John Boehner for failing to visit his wounded wife while she was recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting in his and Giffords' new book.

Mark Kelly writes that Boehner (R-Ohio) didn't take an opportunity to visit Giffords when he was in Houston for a basketball game [...]

"Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he'd ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing," Kelly writes in "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope." "Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he'd sent a few days after Gabby was injured."

But they didn't hear from the speaker.

The Boehner's gone from obstruction to desertion. What a pal.


Hypocrisy Watch: Where are the GOP presidential candidates visiting Gulf oil disaster area?


Why not just call the GOP the Party of Hypocrites? "The Party of No" label needs a break. They bash Obama (regardless of what he does or how well he does it), then proceed to make idiots of themselves by living down to their own insults:

Few potential Republican presidential candidates have visited the Gulf Coast to assess the damage themselves.

But... but... they were railing against the president for his so-called tardiness. If he's slow, then they're immobile.

So who are these stuck-in-the-mudders?

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)...

Oh, now, that's not so bad. It's not as if Former Half-Gov Hypo McCritical hasn't popped in for a quick look-see:

Two other would-be GOP contenders — former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — also appear to have stayed away, though their political action committees did not return multiple requests for comment.


Per the Hill, Willard Romney said Obama is “totally out of his depth.”  Pretty ironic from someone so shallow. By the by, President Obama has visited the area four times. Willard? Zero. Goose egg. Never. Allegedly.

McCritical's comments about Obama included that he needed to “get involved, sir.”

At least he's not DEvolved, ma'am.


President Obama to return to Louisiana Friday to view Gulf oil disaster work


President Barack Obama addresses the federal response to the BP oil spill disaster during a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Venice on May 2.

Just a quick FYI:

A White House source said today that President Barack Obama will travel to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast on Friday to to assess efforts to halt the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.