Calling In Sick

From Holden:

When I first read this I thought, “Damn, that’s too bad.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow, who has a chest cold, will not attend a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in London this weekend, a U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday.

“The secretary has a bad chest cold,” Treasury spokesman Rob Nichols told reporters. “He will not be traveling to London for the G7.”

Nichols said John Taylor, the Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs, will represent the United States in Snow’s stead.

Treasury officials were still working on the possibility of rescheduling an extensive series of bilateral meetings Snow had been set to hold in London on Friday and Saturday, Nichols said.

Snow will be resting at his home in Richmond, Virginia, over the weekend, Nichols said.

Between budget deficits, trade deficits and Chimpy’s general mismanagement of the economy we need to carry out an effective dialog with out trade partners. I don’t for a moment think Snow’s presence would be the magic ingredient for successful talks, but they are considering cancelling the whole shebang because of Snow’s illness.

Then I clicked on over to the White House web site o’lies where I was surprised to find this new post.

John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury, will answer your questions about the President’s State of the Union Address Today at 2:00pm (ET). You can submit your question now.

So, Snow is too sick to do his job but healthy enough to shill the Bushboy’s plans to demolish Social Security, eh?

I realize that someone who is too ill to fly to London can certainly answer a few e-mail questions. But the timing of the two announcements is certainly symbolic of this administration’s philosophy – the government exists in order to push Chimpy’s political agenda, all other concerns are secondary.