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Thursday, August 18, 2005
As several sources are reporting this morning, an event unrelated to the loss of life in Iraq can motivate the President to hurl “balance” and “getting on with my life” into the vacation wind.
The event?
Terri Schiavo.

The President arriving in Washington after interrupting his vacation in March, 2005

According to a New York Times report from this past March 21st:

Mr. Bush made the rare decision to interrupt his Texas vacation and rush back to Washington…the White House said that the issue had become one of "defending life," and that time was of the essence…White House officials acknowledged that the final bill could have been flown to Mr. Bush in Texas.

A CNN report from the same date quotes Mr. Bush as saying:

Cases like this one…should have a presumption in favor of life.

Gosh, if only Cindy Sheehan’s current vacation-complicating issue involved “defending life”…er, wait a minute.

Elsewhere, WikiNews, this morning, reports Iraqis are currently paying $.05 per gallon of gasoline:

This contrasts to averages of $2.55 in America, $6.24 in Great Britian. Even neighboring Iran pays more at the pump that Iraq; 38 cents a gallon…Meanwhile, Iraqi oil output continues to recover. Prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq's daily output of crude was 2.5 million barrels a day. This week, oil production is 1.6 million barrels per day.

Images: Google, Reuters
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