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Obama in Savannah: ‘It’s hard to import windows from China’

Updated at 12:52 a.m. And it’s over. A 16-minute speech, by the clock. I’ll generate more details on the speech itself in a bit.

Updated at 12:40 p.m.: President Barack Obama was bang on time. He waited through a small portion of the crowd – then singled out Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is a Republican, and Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, who is not.

No mention of the Senate filibuster, and he’s deep into energy details, so it won’t happen here. On why energy refurbishing of homes is a good area for producing jobs: “It’s very hard to ship windows from China,” Obama said.

Obama noted that Georgia’s 10 percent unemployment rate doesn’t include those who have been reduced to part-time jobs.

The most ironic note so far: Obama noted that he’s sending a record amount of federal cash to community colleges, such as Savannah Tech. But up in Atlanta, lawmakers are about to slash spending at the same Georgia institutions.

Updated at 12:05 p.m.: We are in a quiet mode. Unusual for a crowd of 300. …

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UGA’s next basketball coach: What can it hurt to consider Obama’s brother-in-law?

We’re entering dangerous territory this evening, that gray area where sports and politics mix, and speculation has no basis whatsoever in fact.

Possibly you have heard of Kudzu Vine, a Democratic experiment in blog talk radio.

Athleticism rarely works itself into the format. But it did on Sunday, when host David McLaughlin, who operates out of Rome, raised the topic the University of Georgia’s next basketball coach.

Why not consider, McLaughlin said, Craig Robinson, the current coach of the Oregon State Beavers — and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama? Bobby Knight be damned.

Oregon's Craig Robinson/AP

Oregon’s Craig Robinson/AP

Listen to a brief clip here.

“We might see a little more of Michelle and the girls — maybe [they’d] come to visit their uncle,” said Catherine Smith, a contributor to Blog for Democracy, asked to gauge the political upside.

Tim Shiflett, chairman of the Chattooga County Democratic party, served up the reality check:

“I’m going to vote no to this. His big season so far was …

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