Mr. Sandoval’s resolution, condemning Mr. Savage’s comments as “symbolic of hatred and racism,” is s cheduled for a vote tomorrow by the city’s Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The resolution also expresses support for a protest planned Wednesday outside a San Francisco radio station “urging the termination” of Mr. Savage’s show.
Mr. Savage, a longtime San Francisco area resident known for his bombastic style, responded by calling Mr. Sandoval a “shmuck,” and denounced the proposed resolution as “something out of Kafka and the ex-Soviet Union.”
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton last week scolded a conservative freelance writer and offered to re-educate him about the differences between socialized medicine and her health care plans, reporter Brian DeBose writes in his “On Politics” blog at www. washington times.com.
During a session at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention in Las Vegas, blogger Kiara Ashanti asked Mrs. Clinton why she was advocating to “bring socialized medicine” to the U.S. when “reports from Canada and the U.K. show that is has been harmful to their citizens’ level of care and that the countries are pulling back from it?”
The New York Democrat said the question posed “too many distortions” for her to address in 30 seconds. “I have never called for socialized health care. That is an old right-wing distortion,” she told Mr. Ashanti.
She went on to say that she wanted Mr. Ashanti to come backstage and speak with her staff so that he could be “educated on the topic so you can speak intelligently about the topic, instead of just being rhetorical.”
Out for a walk
Cecilia Sarkozy, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was seen yesterday taking a stroll in Wolfeboro, N.H., where the couple has been vacationing, a day after she claimed illness in declining lunch with President Bush.
Mrs. Sarkozy was photographed walking with two friends in town, after turning down an invitation for a hot dog and hamburger picnic with the president and his family at the Bush retreat in nearby Kennebunkport, Maine. Mrs. Sarkozy telephonedLaura Bush about an hour before lunch to explain she had a throat ailment and she and her children would not be able to make the gathering, touted as a rapport-building casual lunch between the two presidents.
Mr. Bush said he was “disappointed” by her absence but understood. Mr. Sarkozy expressed regret for having passed the illness to his wife, Agence France-Presse reports.
Mr. Sarkozy, meanwhile, was seen wearing earphones and jogging on a lakeside path with a seven-strong entourage. The couple and their children have been vacationing in New Hampshire since late July.
Frustration over illegal aliens followed Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain on Saturday as he finished a three-day campaign trip to eastern New Hampshire.
At a VFW hall in Conway, a woman who had questioned the Arizona senator the night before in Wolfeboro confronted him again, pushing him to support making English the nation’s official language.