With unemployment still hovering above 8 percent, it's a pretty rough job market out there. Sometimes it feels like the President himself couldn't find you a job.
As one Texas man discovered, that's actually kind of true…
More than two months after President Barack Obama asked for Darin Wedel's résumé [during a Google Plus "hangout"], the phone is quiet, e-mails are no longer flooding in and the long-sought-after job interviews — which had begun to be scheduled — have petered out.
"Not even recruiting companies are calling anymore," said Jennifer Wedel, the Fort Worth mother of two who chatted online this year with Obama about her out-of-work husband. She says his job search has been hurt by a program to hire skilled foreign workers.
Or, you know, because he refuses to relocate or get the necessary training to switch careers…
For weeks after [the Google Plus event], the family's telephone rang constantly… Many calls came from out-of-state companies, as well as companies throughout Texas. But Darin's work choices are limited to North Texas because of a custody agreement for one of his two daughters that prevents him from moving away.
You can't really blame the President for not trying harder to get this guy a job. Obama's too busy trying to make sure he'll still have one after November.
Perhaps Wedel would have better luck with a different administration. If elected, I'm sure Mitt Romney would personally guarantee to hire (and then fire) him.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, Google, Immigration, Science & Technology, Texas, Unemployment
* So the president walks into a press conference, mistakes it for a House O' Yuks open mic night, proceeds to insult women and comedy fans of both genders.
* Clarence Thomas just wants everyone to shut up.
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* Google Googled the White House.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Clarence Thomas, Google, Men and Women, Pork Barrel, White House
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I guess all that sucking up to God paid off. After enduring years of taunts for his so-called Google problem, Rick Santorum can finally unclench his, um, fists.
Spreading Santorum, the website Dan Savage created to smear Santorum's name as the "frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes a byproduct of anal sex," has faded to the second page of the candidate's Google search results…
As SearchEngineLand.com editor Danny Sullivan points out, the page… no longer appears on the first Google search results page; it's behind Wikipedia pages for Santorum and his campaign's official website. However, the blog it links to — blog.spreadingsantorum.com — is sixth. And the Urban Dictionary definition of "santorum," which mimics Savage's definition, along with the anti-Santorum site SantorumExposed.com, remain in the top five.
Savage's site has also been dropped from the first page of searches for "Rick Santorum."
It's unclear why the results fell back to page 2. It probably has something to do with Santorum's newfound popularity and Google's mysterious, ever-changing algorithms, which are some unholy mixture of newsworthiness, probability and cute kittens.
Now that Santorum's Google problem has almost disappeared, he just has to deal with his Everything Else problem. Which, in addition to birth control, higher education and gays, now includes Democratic robocalling. Apparently, Rick Santorum's Michigan robocall plan was a big flop. Up until now, the only failed robot in the GOP race was Mitt Romney.
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Tags: Dan Savage, Google, Internet, LGBT, Primaries, Rick Santorum