Rich Galen

Don't believe me? The next time you are trying to get through the security check point at an airport, try getting into a shouting match with one of those TSA geniuses and see how quickly they smile, nod, and happily escort you to your plane.

Wait! There's more about Obama's bad week.

He introduced his nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. According to the Washington Post she is "a smart, accomplished person, a caring and skilled physician and a real go-getter."

Unfortunately, she is also about 40 pounds overweight. One of the most significant health problems facing the United States is obesity which is defined by the American Heart Association as being "30 pounds of more over ideal body weight."

I am willing to accept the notion that the Surgeon General can be the poster-woman for a national effort to lose weight. That would be swell. But, if we accept that theory, then Obama should appoint:

- a junkie as Drug Czar,

- a person whose license has been suspended as Secretary of Transportation,

- a deserter as Secretary of Defense,

- a slum lord heading HUD and,

- Bernie Madoff as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

I was going to add "tax cheats in the U.S. Treasury" but Obama has already done that.

FINALLY, yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) announced he would not be bringing Obama's health reform bill to the Senate floor before the August recess, meaning it will not be voted on in the Senate until at least September.

So, while Obama was schvitzing in a high school gym in Ohio on his Sell the Health Care Tour, Harry Reid was being honest about what he could and couldn't get done.

All in all not one of Obama's better weeks in the White House.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at