Thursday, February 18, 2010

Presidents' Business...

Normally in these posts we check out what former presidents are doing after their time in office. Much of their doings are pretty mundane and of course nobel at times. But sometimes we get a few gems from post presidents' antics that make us proud to be Americans. In this post, however, we'll take a look at what past presidents did as entrepreneurs before and after their tours in the White House.

• We all know Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer.
• Many of us know Harry Truman tried his hand at running a clothing store.
• You'd have to be living under a rock if you didn't know Ronald Reagan was an actor.
• A few of us many know that George W. Bush actually owned the Texas Rangers (MLB team) for a while.
• And the Father of our Country, George Washington, was a fantastic farmer. Just go visit Mt. Vernon, his home, and you'll see.

In a story in USA Today, we can see more of what some of our dignitaries did to make a few bucks in our great land of opportunity. Here's the link to the story. Enjoy...


Thursday, November 5, 2009

They Love Him In ... Kosovo?

Just spied this pic of a Bill Clinton statue erected in his honor in ... Kosovo? A bit odd, but Bill loves it! Check out the story below seen in Russia Today:

Clinton unveils statue to (guess who?) in Kosovo
November 4, 2009

Albanians on Sunday jammed into Pristina’s main square to welcome Bill Clinton, the guest of honor at his statue-unveiling ceremony commemorating the former US president's role in the Yugoslavian war of 1999.

“I never expected that anywhere, someone would make such a big statue of me,” Clinton told the cheering crowd after removing a red cover over the monument, revealing a bronze likeness of himself, thus proving that not all commissioned works of art are awarded posthumously.

Just goes to show you that life is indeed stranger than fiction.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Al and Tipper Cook Up Good Vittles...

From the For all you starving environmentalists out there, here's a fine recipe to pack you belly full from Al and Tipper Gore...

Al & Tipper Gore's Chinese Chicken With Walnuts
SERVES 6 (change servings and units)
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into one-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons chinese rice wine or sherry wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 medium green peppers, chopped in 3/4-inch pieces
4 scallions, sliced in 1-inch lengths
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1Mix the soy sauce with the water, then blend in the cornstarch. Stir in the wine, sugar, ginger, red pepper and salt.
2Preheat a wok or large fry pan over high head. Add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Stir-fry the green peppers and onions for 2 minutes and remove. Add the walnuts and stir fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove.
3Add the rest of the oil and stir fry the chicken. (You may need to add more oil or some stock if the pan is dry.)
4Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the soy sauce mixture. Then stir in the vegetables and walnuts, cover and cook until heated through.

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Powell Out of Retirement?, Bill and Obama Do Lunch, ATG Welcomes Palin...

Word has it that President Obama will be meeting with Former Secretary of State, Colin Powell. The two dignitaries will meet for 2.5 hours Wednesday afternoon at the White House. Following that meeting, Obama will meet with the current Secretary of Defense, William Gates. Let the rumor mill rumble pointing to Powell coming out of retirement to replace Gates. We'll see!

Obama met with another retired politician today - former President Bill Clinton. The two met for lunch in New York City at Mulino's to gab over hot topics, while wolfing down hot fish and pasta.

And if you haven't heard it by now, former President Jimmy Carter has called the recent Republican attacks on Obama - especially Joe Wilson's "You're a liar!" outburst - all racially motivated. He believes the Republicans are uncomfortable having an African-American president.

And ATG welcomes its newest retired politician, former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin. According to numerous news sources, Palin has officially signed on with the lucrative Washington Speakers' Bureau. Start rakin' it in, Sarah!

That's all for now.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bill Can't Fill the Seats, Cheney Returns for 2012?, Red Sox Pitcher Guns for Kennedy's Seat...

ATG is back with a few juicy nuggets of post-presidential news...

Seems former President Bill Clinton isn't much of a draw in Canada these days. After two weeks of sluggish ticket sales to hear Bill Clinton speak, the Canadian National Exhibition has slashed prices from $20 to five dollars plus admission. Organizers were hoping to fill the 25,000-seat BMO Field, but to-date have only sold 7,000. Check out the full report video below...

Just when we thought he was done crafty Dick Cheney is back -- and looking to run in 2012? Check out the rough draft of his first campaign video...

Word has it that former Boston Red Sox ace, Curt Schilling is mulling the idea to run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. Schilling has not decided either way, but he hasn't ruled anything out. Check out this video interview...

And last but not least, former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will make his first appearance on Dave Letterman's "Late Show" tonight. It's rumored he will discuss his current projects, including pushing for peace with Palestinians and seeking a climate change agreement. A little-known factoid about Mr. Blair: He's hopped the pond to teach at Yale University.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Barack Extends Cheney Protection...

According to the DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU, President Barack Obama has extended Secret Service guard for former VP Dick Cheney -- for at least six months. Normally, ex-VPs only receive six months of protection at taxpayer expense. But Cheney asked for an extension, and President Obama - whom Cheney has criticized in several interviews since leaving office - recently signed off on his request. With all the controversy for Cheney as of late and what he could expect in the near future, this was probably a wise move.

Good luck, Dick!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gore riddle..

Al Gore is stranded on a cubic iceberg that measures 100 miles on a side.
To pass the time until his rescue, he recites from memory all his speeches on Global Warming.
The hot air he produces melts the iceberg.

What is the resulting rise in sea level world wide?

You may assume:
Water expands 10% when it freezes.
The earth has a 4000 mile radius.
Three quarters of the earth's surface is covered by connected oceans.