I was struck by these two headline stories:
U.S. officials huddled with Pakistani leaders Saturday to defuse new tensions spawned by an attack that led Islamabad to shut down routes used to move supplies to American forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.
In a statement issued late Saturday, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton express their “deepest condolences for the loss of life.” The strike killed between two dozen and 28 Pakistani soldiers, according to media reports.
Obama promotes shops on “Small Business Saturday”
President Barack Obama, eager to spur growth and hiring, took his daughters on an early Christmas shopping trip on Saturday in Washington as the U.S. retail sector got its vital holiday season underway.
Promoting “Small Business Saturday”, the second annual event to help Main Street merchants in a tough U.S. economy, Obama visited a local bookstore with Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, in the diverse, upscale Du Pont Circle area of downtown Washington.
“This is Small Business Saturday so we’re out here supporting small businesses,” said Obama, standing next to Malia who was hugging an armful of books to her chest.
To help merchants at the start of the most important shopping season of the year, Obama signed a message of support on Wednesday that noted small businesses “are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our nation’s promise.”
Obama traveled to Pakistan when he was in college. He speaks some Arabic and was raised as a Muslim when he was a child. He is the Commander in Chief of our military. Pakistan is a nuclear power.
We have a 3 am moment and he’s out shopping.
Thank Jeebus the grown-ups are in charge.