Inside the Beltway: Anticipation

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Embattled and belittled in recent days, the U.S. Postal Service is fighting back with news of “record-breaking package forecasts, important mail-by and ship-by dates and plans for the largest consumer door-to-door mailing in Postal history,” the self-supporting government agency declares.

Indeed, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and his chief management officer Nagisa Manabe will face journalists Thursday, tempering the reporters’ habitual ire with coffee and cookies served at a neighborhood post office in the nation’s capital — and news that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, the Postal Service will process nearly 600 million pieces of mail. A day.

“It’s the best time of year,” the pair insist, and they are poised to explain kinder and gentler services that include lobby assistants and a new holiday website.

RECRUITING MOMENT

CIA officers greeted attendees at recent Arab American Day Festivals in Garden Grove, Calif., and Phoenix, the agency. The CIA booth, tucked amid food tables and vendors, drew curious crowds. The officers spoke to festival guests in Arabic, Armenian, Punjabi and Urdu. A CIA historian also gave “a spirited talk about myths and realities of the CIA” to audiences at local community centers. Such is life in the agency.

‘The CIA is committed to attracting talented Americans of all cultural backgrounds because the agency needs their experience, knowledge and skills,” explains CIA Director David H. Petraeus. “The agency cannot succeed without diversity. It is crucial to our intelligence mission to have people who understand the nuances about the world we operate in.”

HISTERIA

“We are looking for OUTRAGEOUS personalities for a new game show for the History Channel! Don’t worry, you do not have to be a history buff! The game is a ton of fun, so we need energetic people who are used to thinking on their toes! We will be shooting two days in December, and will be giving out $75 per day to each contestant.”

(Casting call from the aforementioned cable network, supplying more proof that what is past may not be prologue anymore.)

POLL DU JOUR

• 58 percent of Americans are satisfied with how President Obama’s 2012 campaign was conducted. 21 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents agree.

• 66 percent of Americans overall were satisfied with Mr. Obama’s campaign in 2008.

• 54 percent are satisfied with how Mitt Romney’s campaign was conducted this year. 89 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents agree.

• 40 percent of Americans overall were satisfied with then-presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain’s campaign in 2008.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,063 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 27-28 and released Tuesday.

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