Friday, August 13, 2010

Keep on shoppin' in the free world 

That was then, this is now.

Then, Time Magazine can snark a bit about a line in President Bush's speech of September 20, 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, and other critics pile on later:
And for God's sake keep shopping — "I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy" — and keep praying...
Now, the first lady can make essentially the same request with respect to the Gulf economy, albeit in a much more inviting way:
This weekend's jaunt was announced after first lady Michelle Obama said during a recent trip to Panama City Beach, Florida that, "One of the best ways that fellow Americans can help is to come on down here and spend some money," She's expected to be joined by the president and 9-year old Sasha.
It's nice to know that a current and a recent occupant of the White House agree on a form of economic stimulation.


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