President Obama returned to the U.S. on Saturday from a six-day European tour of Ireland, Britain, France, Poland; and also the G-8 Summit. After days of focusing on the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, or as Republicans called it, a vacation; he went to Joplin, Missouri. He visited survivors and the bereaved from the worst tornado in decades, which tore through Joplin a week ago leaving more than 120 dead and hundreds more injured. At least 40 remain unaccounted for, and the damage is massive – or, in the words of A.P. reporter Erica Werner, “apocalyptic“.
“This is not just your tragedy. This is a national tragedy, and that means there will be a national response,” Obama said. He also vowed: “We are going to be here long after the cameras leave. We’re not going to stop `til Joplin’s back on its feet.”
While the President received a heavy dose of criticism for spending hours hugging and consoling survivors, every news agency on the planet was chasing motorcycles.
Yep, that’s right: Momma Grizzly on a hog!
Palin participated in the annual “Rolling Thunder” Memorial Day holiday weekend rally in which tens of thousands of motorcyclists, many driving iconic Harley-Davidsons, ride through the nation’s capital to honor US war veterans. Asked if her upcoming events would be as loud as the eardrum splitting Rolling Thunder rally, Palin responded: “It would be a blast if they were this loud – if they smelled this good. I love that smell of the emissions!”
A massive throng showed up in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Sarah, or by the grace of God, to touch the hem of her garment…