The Obama administration is having a banner week.
First up,LA Times: Former President Clinton, two journalists welcomed back from North Korea. Here's a great clip of Hillary Clinton being asked about John Bolton's criticism of the humanitarian mission, in which she addresses the remarks by pointing out that if President Obama walked on water "he'd say he couldn't swim." Priceless.
From North Korea we move on to the historic confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina and only the third woman to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court. The official vote was 68-31, with all Senators present except Edward Kennedy (D) - Mass.
Nine Republicans voted to confirm Sotomayor- Susan Collins, Me., Olympia Snowe, Me., Judd Gregg, NH, George V. Voinovich, OH, Mel Martinez, FL, Dick Lugar, IN, Christopher Bond, Mo., Lindsey Graham, SC, and Lamar Alexander, TN.
Judd Gregg said it best, "Although Judge Sotomayor and I may not see eye-to-eye on all issues or share the same political ideologies, our democratic system should allow for such differences. Judge Sotomayor is President Obama's choice, and she is obviously well qualified to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her views and decisions, although strongly stated, are certainly not out of the mainstream of American jurisprudence or political thought."
In what is quite possibly the most underreported story of the year,Pakistan's most notorious Taliban leader was killed in an attack this week. Sources say he was killed by unmanned CIA drones. Now, the name Baitullah Mehsud isn't as well-known as Osama Bin Laden, but his death is quite possibly the biggest victory we've had since the capture of Saddam Hussein. According to the Financial Times, Mehsud was a top Pakistani Taliban operative and linked to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. This guy was kind of a big deal in Taliban circles, and they will suffer his loss.
To end the week, we received news that the unemployment rate dropped from 9.5 to 9.4%. One-tenth of a percent might not seem like much, but combined with the UK's Financial Times prediction thatUS gross domestic product growth may have turned positive in July and rises in the Dow Jones and NASDAQ - it must be getting harder and harder for the GOP to continue to blame Obama for the mess that they created.
Need further proof that this has been a great week? When's the last time you heard anyone talking about the beer summit?