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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Capitol comments

Three quick observations about President Bush’s State of the Union address:

* The camera catching Rep. Charles Rangel giggling after Bush said “nucular” (again!), instead of nuclear, during a passage about alternative energies was one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen in more than 30 years of watching these speeches.

* Sen. John McCain’s decision to stay on the campaign trail in Florida rather than fly back to Washington to see the speech in person was a tremendous P.R. blunder. Being in the House chamber would have guaranteed him tons of face time on national television – did you notice how often the cameras showed Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? -- but instead, he was conspicuous by his absence.

* As Bush was signing booklet copies of his speech during his slow walk out of the chamber, I couldn’t help but wonder how many of them would wind up on eBay by the end of the night.



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