Cineastes will recognize the title of this post as the line repeatedly shouted out by Cary Grant in that screwiest of screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby, as he chases Katherine Hepburn and a leopard around a country estate. Mr. Peabody is the potential donor to Grant’s paleontological studies, but poor Cary can barely catch his breath, let alone his quarry, the eponymous Baby the leopard.
President Obama can relate. Can’t a man take a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation—interrupted by a bachelor party—followed by a weekend wedding and several fundraising appearances without the world falling apart? To quote from another great film, The Incredibles, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved, you know?”
So I just have to ask, do we have a strategy for this?
Ukraine’s president has said his country is “close to a point of no return – full scale-war”.
Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Brussels, where he said a meeting of EU leaders had agreed to prepare more sanctions against Russia.
Outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton earlier accused Russia of “direct aggression” in east Ukraine.
Russia denies that its forces are backing rebels, who have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces.
Mr Poroshenko said Ukraine was a victim of “military aggression and terror”.
He said: “I think that we are very close to the point of no return. Point of no return is full-scale war.
Because it would appear this is Putin’s strategy:
Ukraine military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kiev that Russian tanks had entered the small Ukrainian town of Novosvitlivka on the border with Russia and fired on every house.
“We have information that virtually every house has been destroyed.”
That strategy would appear to be: first they came for Crimea, but we did not speak up because we were not Crimean; then they came for Donetsk, but we did not speak up because we were not Donetskan; then they came for Novosvitlivka, but we did not speak up because we were not Novosvitlivkan.
That strategy appears to be working so far.
Our strategy…well, maybe we’re playing the long game:
President Obama was among the guests at the wedding of White House chef Sam Kass late Saturday, according to a White House pool report.
Obama, the first lady and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, attended the ceremony at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, New York.
The first family departed Blue Hill at Stone Barns at 1:05 a.m. Sunday morning after spending six-and-a-half hours at the wedding festivities, according to a reporter traveling with the president.
The Obamas returned to the White House shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, approximately two-and-a-half hours behind schedule.
You say two and a half hours, I say two and a half years. But we can all agree that this sort of behavior has no place in the 21st century. Okay, Vlad? So, just cool it.