Politics In The Blink Of An EYE….

The new administration’s been in office about a week now—and there’s already a lot of things to look at…

So, EYE will focus on on a couple of the more interesting tid-bits that have surfaced.


The festive sounds of Barack Obama’s inaugural had hardly died out in Washington, when word began to surface that all was not as it appeared that day.

Seems the string quartet  that included such world-famous talents such  as violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma wasn’t really playing for  the crowd at all..

In a move worthy of the fake singing 1980’s pop group Milli Vanilli, Ashlee Simpson on SNL, and The Chinese Government  decision to use Lin Miaokel  lip-syncing that country’s national anthem during the Olympics— the musicians playing at the Inauguration were just faking it.

Claiming it was too cold for their instruments to sound right— the group pre-recorded their music two days beforehand.

Carole Florman, a spokeswoman for the committee putting on the event defended the fakery saying, “It’s not something we would announce, but it’s not something we would try to hide.”

C’mon Carol— if you weren’t trying to HIDE IT— why wasn’t it made public knowledge?

Remember— the new president promised a lot more transparency, so you oughta try and FOLLOW that example…

The TV networks were alerted to the use of the pre-recorded music—but no one said anything about it at the time.

EYE think people would have understood if an announcement was made at the time explaining what was going on.

And politicians wonder why no one trusts ANYTHING that comes out of Washington !


A New York City baker may have bitten off  more than he can chew after creating a so-called “tribute” cookie to the new president.

Ted Kefalinos, proprietor of Lafayette French Pastry shop in trendy Greenwich Village created  the NOT so trendy “Drunken Negro-Face Cookie”

As you can see in this video, the guy doesn’t seem to “get it” that  there might be a problem with this racially insensitive pastry.

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Since that piece aired on TV, the baker has cooked up an apology—as you can read here.

But—somehow—unlike his cookies—his apology just seems half-baked.


While New Yorkers may be shying away from those commemorative Obama Cookies—the Japanese are eating up all of  Barack Obama’s speeches.

Seems his words are not only inspirational to the Japanese—but are proving an easy way to learning English.

As you can read here, one book— “The Speeches of Barack Obama,” has sold more than 400,000 copies in two months.

When you consider that sales of a million  units in a year are considered best-sellers in Japan, nearly half a million on two months is phenomenal.

According Japan’s Asahi Press, speeches by presidential candidates make excellent tools to teach English—and apparently President Obama’s are “so moving” that they outsell everything else.


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