The Reentry: Monday, August 1st 2011
Mondays seem to sting a bit more in August.
Maybe it’s the sunburn on the back of your calves. Maybe it’s the stack of work you “took home over the weekend” in order to “leave a little early” on Friday. Or maybe it’s the lingering effects of yesterday’s boozy brunch, which led to yesterday’s boozy BBQ.
At least you’re not the lead singer of King’s of Leon who, in the middle of a show in Dallas on Friday night, said "I'm gonna go back stage for a second, I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs." Three out of four ain’t bad, pal.
Point is, every weekend’s a long weekend in August. Which is why you feel a bit like this yawning sloth right now. It’s also why we’re here to help with The Reentry.
We Raised the (Debt) Roof. Last night, President Obama announced that an agreement has been struck to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. $2.4 trillion in federal spending will be cut over the next ten years, no taxes will be raised, unemployment insurance will not be extended, and this whole issue won’t rear its gnarly head until after the 2012 elections. Here’s what it all looked like.
Opinions: Liberals were pissed off, but not at Republicans. Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner in the field of economics, called the debt-ceiling agreement a ‘catastrophe on multiple levels.’ He also essentially called President Obama a bitch. So did Maureen Dowd, and so did Andrew Sullivan, and so did Ross Douthat, and so did The New York Times, and so did this Gallup Poll which put Obama’s approval rating at 40%, an all-time low.
Plax became a Jet. Plaxico Burress will once again call Giants Stadium his home field, but he’ll be wearing green and white. The Giants did make Burress an offer, but it guaranteed only a third of the $3 million offered by the Jets.
The Smurfs Embarrassed Cowboys & Aliens. $163 million was spent in the making of Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Harrison Ford. But you can’t put a price tag on Americans’ nostalgia for diminutive blue forest dwellers.