Rich Galen

In our "Keep Your Enemies Close, but Keep Your Friends Closer" segment, this morning we turn to President Barack Obama who called in the biggest, baddest bus he could find so he could throw Charlie Rangel under it.

Obama said, in response to a question on CBS about Rangel's impending Ethics Committee trial after the August Work Period:

"I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well, but these allegations are very troubling, and, you know, he's somebody who is at the end of his career, 80 years old.

"I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity, and my hope is that happens."

Thanks for the support, Bar.

Not to be outdone, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was seen signaling for a bus under which to throw Obama when said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

"that Mr. Obama could face a challenge from within his own party if he were to escalate U.S. involvement in Afghanistan."

That quote is from I couldn't find it on the MSNBC site.

A free subscription to MULLINGS for the first person who can use the same Scrabble tiles to spell both "Barack Obama" and "Lyndon Johnson."

Finally, Matt DeLong, writing in the Washington Post, gives Sarah Palin credit for her use of the word "cajones" (describing Obama's lack of, on immigration) for the first time by a high-profile American woman since U.N. Ambassador, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used it to similar depiction of Fidel Castro's deficiency when he ordered the "shooting down of planes flown by anti-Castro exiles" in 1996.

Madeline Albright, for those who may have forgotten, was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

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