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  • The Age of the Un-Serious Presidency

    07/30/2010 8:21:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 30, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Dear Leader's appearance on The View this week (a TV equivalent of chewing-gum for the mind) has more than a few people scratching their head as they face the dawning realization that this president really doesn't seem very serious about addressing the towering challenges the rest of us face everyday... at all. In a fluff interview that would be an embarrassment to any normal person, the show's boring, knee-jerk-liberal yentas predictably insulted your intelligence by lining-up to lick his posterior... but were topped by the grandstanding Babah Wahwah gushing how "sexy" Obama is- prompting even Democratic Pennsylvania Gov Ed Rendell...
  • Caption this just released photo of Obama when he was briefed about the oil spill on May 2nd

    06/08/2010 5:44:16 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 102 replies · 189+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 6/7/10 | staff
    "U.S. President Barack Obama (C) listens during a briefing about the situation along the Gulf Coast following the BP oil spill, at the Coast Guard Venice Center, in Venice, Louisiana, in this White House handout photo taken on May 2, 2010 and released on June 7, 2010."
  • Obama's teleprompter crashes–literally [shattered into pieces.....]

    07/13/2009 4:58:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,757+ views
    See video...
  • White House claims N. Korea sanctions are working [After test-firing four short-range missiles.....]

    07/02/2009 1:04:35 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,504+ views
    White House claims N. Korea sanctions are working By Sam Youngman Posted: 07/02/09 03:54 PM [ET] Even as the North Koreans tested four more missiles this week, the White House said Thursday that tough new United Nations sanctions are showing signs of working. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to say what evidence the administration has that the most recent round of sanctions were effectively tightening the noose on North Korea, and he warned that they will likely continue with provocative behavior. "I think it is clear the sanctions are having an impact," Gibbs said. When asked what the...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad compares Obama to Bush

    06/25/2009 7:58:32 AM PDT · by justlurking · 36 replies · 1,088+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-06-25 | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl Parisa Hafezi And Fredrik Dahl
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Barack Obama on Thursday of behaving like his predecessor toward Iran and said there was not much point in talking to Washington unless the U.S. president apologized. Obama said on Tuesday he was "appalled and outraged" by a post-election crackdown and Washington withdrew invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Independence Day celebrations on July 4 -- stalling efforts to improve ties with Tehran. "Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things ... our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (former president George W.) Bush used...
  • Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4 invitations to Iran

    06/24/2009 10:06:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 1,689+ views
    Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4 invitations to Iran Posted: 12:23 PM ET From CNN State Department Producer Elise Labott WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration is seriously considering not extending invitations to Iranian diplomats for July 4 celebrations overseas, senior administration officials tell CNN. The officials said intense discussions on the issue were taking place, but the final decision had not been made. Late last month the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates worldwide informing them they "may invite representatives from the government of Iran" to their July 4th celebrations. The U.S. receptions marking Independence...
  • Obama’s economy ?

    06/22/2009 10:14:32 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 734+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 21, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barack Obama has managed to ride out his first five months in office by blaming his predecessor for the economic tribulations he “inherited”, but new polling shows that excuse running out of steam. Although a majority still give George Bush more blame than Obama, those numbers have fallen quickly as Obama’s stimulus spending fails to stop runaway unemployment, according to Rasmussen: While most U.S. voters still blame the Bush Administration for the nation’s economic problems, a growing number are inclined to blame President Barack Obama.
  • Obama Smacks Down Pesky Fly

    06/17/2009 9:12:19 AM PDT · by traumer · 76 replies · 2,032+ views
    - see the video - The president proved yesterday he will not tolerate distractions from his hefty political agenda -- at least not those coming from pesky insects. President Obama addressed issues ranging from health care to financial industry reform in a lengthy interview on CNBC on Tuesday, but he was interrupted by a fly persistently buzzing around his head. "Hey! Get out of here," Mr. Obama said. After a few irritated swats, the president zeroed in on the pest and patiently waited for it to land on his hand. He gave it a quick smack and watched it fall...
  • Is It Obama's Economy Now?

    06/15/2009 7:32:58 AM PDT · by FromLori · 29 replies · 1,105+ views
    Forbes ^ | 6/15/09
    ecent polls show Americans aren't as optimistic about the administration's ability to lead economic recovery. In a carefully choreographed Cabinet meeting last Monday, Vice President Joe Biden began by touting the administration's economic accomplishments. President Obama responded by reminding his audience that "we're still in the middle of a very deep recession that was years in the making." The president then described the next phases of stimulus spending, being careful to say he "wasn't satisfied" with progress thus far. This is pretty familiar stuff. Politicians point with pride, as Biden did, and point fingers, as Obama did by reminding his...
  • Biden Teases Obama Over Teleprompter Dependence, After Mishap

    05/27/2009 8:31:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 1,289+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-27-09
    Vice President Biden is about to find out how well his boss can take a joke. The vice president razzed the commander-in-chief Wednesday while speaking at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado, poking fun at President Obama's known affinity for his Teleprompter. Biden made the crack about Obama's crutch after a strong gust of wind blew over one of the vice president's Teleprompters. Biden was talking about Colorado's thin air at the time and when he heard the crash, he added, "and the strong winds." Then he said: "What am I gonna tell the president when I tell...
  • White House downplays North Korea's threats

    05/27/2009 11:50:43 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 46 replies · 1,750+ views
    AP/ ^ | May 27, 2009 | AP/
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says North Korea's threats against South Korea will not give it the attention Pyongyang wants and will only add to its isolation. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that North Korea should live up to its promises and stop its provocations against the South. Pyongyang says Seoul's decision to join an international nuclear anti-proliferation program is tantamount to a declaration of war. The North warned of military strikes and declared their 1953 armistice null and void.
  • Why Liberals NEVER Lie

    05/18/2009 9:18:07 PM PDT · by jodiluvshoes · 25 replies · 1,941+ views ^ | 05.18.09 | Kevin McCullough
    "Nancy Pelosi has more integrity in her pinky than Dick Cheney and Karl Rove have in their whole bodies combined." Some congressional idiot made that claim to a bevy of media cameras gathered for a press conference designed to help the flailing Speaker of the House try to save face. Of course the Congressional idiot wishes he never had said it now, following the release of President Obama's Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta that put forward in no uncertain terms that Ms. Pelosi was the one lying to Congress, the administration, the media, and "We the People."...
  • Obama at Notre Dame: It’s About Lives not Opinions

    05/18/2009 10:17:36 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 19 replies · 697+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 5-18-09 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    The administrators at Notre Dame had it in mind to foster tolerance and diversity with those of differing opinions. Among the graduating class a few students had Obama’s circle logo pasted on their caps leaving no doubt what was in their minds. Outside in protest chanting, Benedict’s flock No you can’t, no you can’t Inside Obama’s friends chant and mock Yes we can, yes we can
  • Obama asks for the fair minded in order to put an end to abortion debates

    05/18/2009 10:45:49 AM PDT · by texasdoesitbetter · 31 replies · 1,136+ views
    Obama calls for 'fair-minded' abortion debate The president is greeted by cheers, protests at University of Notre Dame The Associated Press updated 4:18 p.m. PT, Sun., May 17, 2009 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another. Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." But he still implored the University of Notre Dame's graduating class and all...
  • Gibbs, White House Respond To Wanda Sykes Rush "20th Hijacker" Limbaugh Joke (Video)

    05/11/2009 11:54:30 AM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 14 replies · 1,022+ views
    Gibbs doing what he does best; passing the buck and rambling in a "non-answer". What's the deal, Gibbs? It was an inappropriate joke on several levels! Condemn it and move on!
  • Iran Launches Airstrikes Into Iraq

    05/06/2009 6:20:13 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 189 replies · 11,833+ views
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | May 4, 2009 | Weekly Standard
    (snip) "To say this complicates the Obama administration's diplomatic outreach is to put it mildly. This administration -- in fairness, not unlike the last few years of the Bush administration -- seems prepared to make an endless series of concessions to Tehran in order to secure a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue. Yet despite these repeated overtures, the Iranians refuse to budge even an inch and instead make announcements of more centrifuges and new missiles. Now they're launching airstrikes in Iraq."
  • Obama the Untested

    05/05/2009 6:30:29 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 12 replies · 790+ views ^ | 5/5/2009 | Robert D. Kaplan
    The American media has just released an avalanche of reports assessing President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. Ignore it all. It doesn’t matter. The revealing part of his presidency hasn’t begun yet. At about this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had, with the help of his secretary of state, Colin Powell, just won the release of the crew of a U.S. spy plane from China, leading the world media elite to declare Bush a pragmatic president in foreign affairs, and Powell his most important advisor. As for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it was said that he...
  • I Have Figured Out One Thing About The President

    05/04/2009 7:17:32 AM PDT · by ignorancerunsrampant · 21 replies · 989+ views
    5/4/2009 | me
    I believe that today is something like day 104 and Barack Obama has had 320 news conferences. This guy loves to hear himself talk. But it is more than that. The president is doing one of two things. First, he is either getting things done, or second, he is telling you what he is going to get done. The 320 news conferences are to tell you what he is going to get done because he is getting nothing done. If we are not feeling good about the state of the economy maybe constantly hearing how he is going to make...
  • Obama’s First 100 Days Just Flu By, Didn’t They? -- He really has no idea what the hell he's doing

    05/04/2009 5:48:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,296+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 3, 2009 | Jayme Evans
    Barack Obama’s first 100 days just flu by, didn’t they? About the only thing to pass over the heads of Americans faster than the first three months of Obama’s first (and hopefully only) term was that Top-Secret, but apparently “routine” photo-op flight, where Air Force One, shadowed by F-16s, flew nearly nap-of-the-Earth and buzzed the tourists and office buildings in lower Manhattan. The only significance to Barack Obama’s first 100 days is that there are only 1,360 left, assuming he only serves one term. But since we have to live with Democrats and since Janet Napolitano and the Obama Administration...
  • Video of Obama Mocking Tea Party Protesters (Obama Acts Out Waving Tea Bag)

    04/29/2009 11:35:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 195 replies · 6,904+ views
    CNN via and YouTube ^ | Wednesday, Aparil 29, 2009
    Click the source link to see our four-year-old-in-chief making fun of the tea party protesters. Obama should be grateful folks were just holding tea bags, signs and flags instead of what most of them felt like holding.Obama was at a town hall appearance in Missouri today when he made fun of Americans.
  • White House Deflects Questions on NYC Plane Incident [“I was working on other things,” he said....]

    04/27/2009 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 1,620+ views
    White House Deflects Questions on NYC Plane Incident Susan Davis reports on the White House. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs offered little clarity on this morning’s incident in New York City in which Air Force One—escorted by a military jet—flew over Manhattan this morning for a photo op, prompting evacuations and other concerns. The president was not on board. (For more on the incident, read this Wall Street Journal story.) New York City police said the flight was authorized by the Federal Aviation Authority. The Air Force is directing media inquiries to the White House. But asked at the podium...
  • Obama 100 days prime time press conference

    04/23/2009 11:51:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 105 replies · 4,923+ views
    Twitter ^ | 4/23/2009 | Christina Bellatoni
    Christina Bellatoni reports Zero's 100 day press conference next Wednesday at 8 PM.
  • Somali pirates hijack 4 ships, take 60 hostages

    04/14/2009 10:58:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 4,502+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/09 | Elizabeth B. Kennedy - ap
    MOMBASA, Kenya – Somali pirates captured four ships and took more than 60 crew members hostage in a brazen hijacking spree, while the American captain freed from their grip planned to reunite with his crew and fly home Wednesday to the United States. Capt. Richard Phillips and his 19-man crew will reunite in the Kenyan port of Mombasa on Wednesday and fly from there to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on a chartered flight, according to the shipping company Maersk... ... Pirates have vowed to retaliate for those deaths and two others slain by French forces in a separate...
  • Obamas spend Saturday evening at friend's house ("out about town")

    04/11/2009 5:04:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 104 replies · 3,469+ views
    AP ^ | 04/11/09 | CHRISTINE SIMMONS
    EXCERPT President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama left the White House in a motorcade to travel to a home in Georgetown. Their daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, traveled in a separate vehicle in the motorcade and also arrived in Georgetown. It was unclear the identity of the friend.
  • Obama's out at home (No First Pitch at Nationals Home Opener)

    04/10/2009 12:16:06 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 115 replies · 2,688+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | Mark Zuckerman and Christina Bellantoni
    President Obama won't throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals' home opener Monday. According to a White House aide, Obama will decline the team's invitation to throw the pitch before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies, brushing back a presidential tradition that dates to 1910.
  • Pirates Foil U.S. Captain's Escape Attempt

    04/10/2009 8:29:18 AM PDT · by Raster Man · 20 replies · 814+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2009
    Defense Department officials said the American sea captain held by Somali pirates made a desperate escape attempt but was recaptured, escalating a dramatic Indian Ocean standoff.
  • Obama Risks Liberal Backlash on War Funding (John Conyers: Obama's plans "embarrassingly naive")

    04/09/2009 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,706+ views ^ | April 9, 2009 | GREG HITT
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to request new funding from Congress for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he risks a backlash from antiwar lawmakers. Mr. Obama is expected to seek congressional approval of $75.5 billion for the wars, perhaps as soon as Thursday. The issue is already raising tensions on Capitol Hill, especially among liberals who are sympathetic to the president's broader agenda but voice concerns about his timeline for withdrawal of troops from Iraq and his plans to beef up forces in Afghanistan. "I can't imagine any way I'd vote for it," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey,...
  • Obama's TV: sports and a few surprises (Never misses "Entourage")

    04/08/2009 7:31:21 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 1,778+ views
    The Politico ^ | Wed Apr 8, 2009 | Amie Parnes
    President Barack Obama can’t stand to be without his “Entourage.” Call it a guilty pleasure, or maybe it just rings familiar to him. The HBO series about an aspiring actor features a fast-talking agent named Ari, based on the real-life brother of Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. For less R-rated fare, he tunes into “Hannah Montana” or “SpongeBob SquarePants” in the White House with his daughters. Aides said he would have watched Monday night’s NCAA championship on TiVo on his way home from Iraq Tuesday night. Jon Stewart’s smackdown of CNBC’s Jim Cramer? Obama was eager to see it....
  • Obama’s Childish Vision of Politics

    04/02/2009 8:04:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | April 1, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    “In the words of Scripture,” Barack Obama announced at his inauguration, “the time has come to set aside childish things.” So why does the President of the United States embrace the most childish interpretation of political discourse ever put forward on a national stage? Politics is about making choices. We either cut spending or we grow spending. We either have less regulation or more regulation. We either strengthen defense or we weaken it. Obama seemingly understands this. He has repeatedly referred to the “hard choices” we face as a nation. Yet despite his “hard choices” rhetoric, Barack Obama’s favorite political...
  • Is Obama Too Bright To Be President? (LOL Alert)

    03/31/2009 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies · 1,292+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2009 | By John Tantillo
    More Roosevelt… Less Jimmy Carter… that’s what this brand needs! Folks, there’s been a lot of scrutiny of President Obama in these first 100 days. It goes with the territory. The attention is brutal no matter who’s in the Oval Office and it always will be. Exposure is something most marketers covet . . .but over-exposure especially of the wrong features can be deadly for a personal brand. That is why, Barack Obama –whom I’ve called a first-rate poli-marketer (see the past few weeks FOX Forum posts here)– had better stop behaving like Jimmy Carter and start emulating Roosevelt. In...
  • Four months and $25 billion taxpayer dollars later

    03/31/2009 11:32:26 AM PDT · by cc2k · 11 replies · 702+ views
    The Office of Senator Mitch McConnell ^ | Tuesday, March 31, 2009
    Four months and $25 billion taxpayer dollars later from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell Tuesday, March 31, 2009 ‘Those of us who oppose unlimited bailouts for struggling automakers don’t want these companies to fail. We want them to succeed’ WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the administration’s auto bailout plan: “The significance of the U.S. auto industry as a symbol of American creativity, industriousness, and prosperity is hard to overstate. So is the importance of its continued survival to the millions of American workers who design,...
  • Caption This: Obama's European Vacation... (G-20 Summit)

    03/31/2009 9:46:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies · 1,671+ views
    yahoo ^ | 3/31/2009 | see byline
  • On European trip, rock-star Obama faces skeptical allies

    03/31/2009 8:01:09 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies · 1,160+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | from the March 31, 2009 edition | Howard LaFranchi
    While his popularity is astronomical, American policies are not. He will be hard-pressed to win concessions on his plans for the economy or Afghanistan... The new American president's debut on the world stage, beginning Tuesday in London in advance of the Group of 20 meeting, is sure to have its share of "Hello!" magazine moments and glamour. He will, after all, meet with Queen Elizabeth II... But President Obama may be speaking sotto voce and out of the spotlight while in the company of presidents and prime ministers. That's because he is expected to articulate positions and prescriptions that are...
  • Prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks (Staff of 500 for G20 Conference)

    03/29/2009 4:03:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies · 1,269+ views
    Guardian.Co UK/The Observer ^ | Sunday 29 March 2009 | Paul Harris in New York and Robin McKie
    With an entourage of 500 staff, an armour-plated limousine and a fleet of decoy helicopters, America's new president will arrive for his first visit to Britain amid huge razzmatazz on Tuesday for the G20 summit.
  • $$$$ThE oFfIcIaL fRiDaY sIlLiNeSs ThReAd$$$$

    03/27/2009 5:45:50 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 146 replies · 6,724+ views
    The following symbol can be used nationwide by drivers... whenever they see someone with an Obama bumper sticker. As you pass the other vehicle, make the following motion to the driver to express your support. The circle stands for Obama, our president. The back and forth motion reflects the inevitable progress -- like the tide itself -- of his Marxist agenda. Messiah In TrainingSeveral Democrat political consultants say that Barack Obama spent part of his vacation in Hawaii working on weaning himself off his heavy dependence on teleprompters. Apparently, even at events that are considered "town hall" events, Obama's remarks...
  • Triumph of the Geeks and Tough Guys (Tina Brown compares Obama to Paris Hilton)

    03/24/2009 12:37:01 PM PDT · by earlJam · 13 replies · 1,097+ views
    Triumph of the Geeks and Tough Guys by Tina Brown Obama is the only person walking around with a big smile on his face. That onset of wild laughter on 60 Minutes about how humorous it is that no one in America, I mean no one, wants a bailout for the auto companies was one of the more surreal presidential performances lately. Why has Obama suddenly turned into the Paris Hilton of teachable moments? We realize he’s just trying to shore up his poll ratings so he can distance himself from Pelosi’s pitchfork mob, but a 60 Minutes sitdown right...
  • Simon Cowell Tells Leno: Too Busy to Dine w/ Obama & Blasts Obama by Saying Washington Getting...

    03/24/2009 9:39:00 AM PDT · by wrrock · 28 replies · 3,957+ views
    BAFM ^ | 03/24/2009 | BAFM
    Video Here: Simon Cowell Tells Jay Leno He Turned Down Obama’s Invitation to Have Dinner in LA — Says Washington Finally Getting Smarter for Criticizing Obama the Simon Cowell Way
  • Bush said “nu-cu-lar,” Obama says “de-fib-ulator,” we say, “Hah!”

    03/23/2009 10:20:44 AM PDT · by slomark · 23 replies · 977+ views
    [Video, photo, definitions] According to the media we hate, George Bush was a moron for saying, “Nu-cu-lar” (despite the fact that he captained a nu-cu-lar submarine, Jimmy Carter said it the same way). We’re still waiting to hear how stupid Barack Obama is for mispronouncing “defibrillator” on the Tonight Show. Guess the story was simply lost in the flood of mainstream reportage of the President’s “Special Olympics” quip. Oddly enough, ...
  • VIDEO: Obama 'Very Confident' Bank Plan Will Work

    The Obama administration on Monday launched its much-awaited assault on the worst U.S. banking crisis in 70 years, billions of federal dollars to thaw the nation's frozen credit markets and ease the economy out of recession. So far, the markets like the plan. I'm still skeptical of the long term success. Another $1 Trillion? Where is this going to leave us in the long run? Bankrupt?
  • Caption the First Couple on St. Patty's Day

    03/18/2009 5:28:56 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 18 replies · 1,964+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 3/17/09 | staff
  • Mark Hillman: 'Big Boy Britches' For Obama

    03/16/2009 10:46:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,167+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 16, 2009 | Mark Hillman
    "The country looks to the President on occasions like this to be reassuring to the nation. Some Presidents do it well, some Presidents don't." That's how ABC's Peter Jennings assessed President George W. Bush's performance on Sept. 11, 2001. The criticism was superficial, shortsighted and unfair, given that President Bush's finest moments came in rallying the country after 9/11 - not scapegoating the previous administration. Bush didn't spend the next few months claiming that he "inherited" a national security mess, nor did he complain about the economy which faltered in two of the final three quarters under President Clinton before...
  • White House Misspells Brazilian Leader’s Name, Bumps Visit With Obama to Saturday

    03/13/2009 10:25:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 94 replies · 3,690+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13 2009 | Bradley Brooks
    Rio de Janeiro (AP) - His meet-and-greet with the U.S. president was bumped to Saturday, and when the White House announced his official visit, they misspelled his name. But when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva becomes the first Latin American leader to sit down with President Barack Obama this weekend, he brings undisputed clout. Silva runs the world's fifth-most-populous nation and ninth-largest economy and has close ties with leaders across the political spectrum. He's been asked to lobby Obama for free trade on behalf of conservatives in Colombia and for dropping the U.S. embargo against communist Cuba. Even...
  • Obama adviser says 'excess of fear' must be broken

    03/13/2009 10:48:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 904+ views
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | Jim Kuhnhenn and Tom Raum
    President Barack Obama's top economic adviser said Friday the nation's economic crisis has led to an "excess of fear" among Americans that must be broken to reverse the downturn. National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers said consumer spending seems to have stabilized in an encouraging sign, but he also suggested it was still too early to predict the timing of an economic turnaround. In the meantime, he told a forum, a problem has been that "fear begets fear."
  • Unprecedented Level of Tax Evasion Among Obama Appointees

    03/11/2009 1:59:08 PM PDT · by Fenix Guy · 12 replies · 1,759+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | March 10, 2009 | Rachel Alexander
    A list of Obama's potential high-level appointees who have withdrawn from consideration - mostly for failure to pay taxes - since Obama took office in January.One of the most interesting phenomenons of the Obama administration so far is the difficulty he has had finding honest people to fill top-level positions. Every few days since he has been in office, another potential cabinet appointee is in the news for tax evasion or other financial corruption.Let's rehash the list so far.New Mexico Democratic Governor Bill Richardson, nominated for Commerce Department Secretary. He withdrew on January 4 after it emerged that he was...
  • Obama administration: Only 5 percent of the Taliban is incorrigible (I wish this were satire...)

    03/10/2009 2:09:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,449+ views
    The London Spectator ^ | March 10, 2009 | James Forsyth
    Chuck Todd at First Read flags up some fascinating comments from Vice-President Biden on his visit to Nato: “5 percent of the Taliban is incorrigible, not susceptible to anything other than being defeated. Another 25 percent or so are not quite sure, in my view, the intensity of their commitment to the insurgency. And roughly 70 percent are involved because of the money, because of them being -- getting paid.” Biden goes onto say that the “idea of what concessions would be made is well beyond the scope of my being able to answer, except to say that whatever is...
  • OBAMA: "You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system."

    03/10/2009 5:49:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 279 replies · 14,516+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 3/09/09 | The Maha
    Tired, Frustrated Obama Inspires Zero Confidence, Scares MillionsMarch 9, 2009 **SNIP** OBAMA: By the time we got here, there already had been an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system, and the thing I constantly try to emphasize to people is that if coming in the market was doing fine, nobody would be happier than me to stay out of it. REPORTER: Right. OBAMA: You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system. RUSH: Now, that's an inspiring thing to say. I have more than enough to do without having...
  • Obama the Puppet? Obama's Crutch: the TelePrompter

    03/09/2009 8:50:38 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 18 replies · 1,127+ views ^ | 03 08 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    (Video on site of an embarrassing Obama teleprompter moment) Politico: Obama Doesn't Go Anywhere Without His Teleprompter... President Barack Obama doesn’t go anywhere without his TelePrompter.The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president’s prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks...Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual — not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small.After the teleprompter malfunctioned a few times last summer and Obama delivered some less-than-soaring speeches, reports surfaced that he was training to wean himself off of the...
  • President Barack Obama declares America should be ready to talk to the Taliban

    03/08/2009 11:30:23 PM PDT · by FBD · 167 replies · 6,456+ views ^ | 7:39PM GMT 08 Mar 2009 | By Ben Farmer in Kabul
    President Obama said the military was not winning the counter insurgency war in Afghanistan as he opened the door for peace negotiations. By persuading Iraqi Sunni insurgents to turn on al-Qaeda extremists, US commanders engineered a sharply drop in violence in Iraq. President Obama said deals similar to those implemented by General David Petraeus in Iraq could be cut in Afghanistan and Pakistan. "If you talk to General Petraeus, I think he would argue that part of the success in Iraq involved reaching out to people that we would consider to be Islamic fundamentalists, but who were willing to work...
  • Poor Baby Obama: I Have To Make The ‘Really Hard’ Decisions

    03/08/2009 6:30:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 288 replies · 9,023+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two big stories emerged from Pres. Obama’s interview with New York Times reporters aboard Air Force One yesterday: 1. we have a whining, self-pitying president. 2. The Times scrubbed from its article the worst of the president’s comments, the ones that revealed him in that self-pitying light. Fortunately, the Today show had the tapes, and played them this morning. According to Today, when President Obama met with reporters from the New York Times yesterday aboard Air Force One, his goal was “trying to sound hopeful and reassuring.” Mission not accomplished. As ambivalent as were the president’s putatively reassuring words on...
  • 'Obama is overwhelmed.' (Obama ally says he's "too tired")

    03/08/2009 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 329 replies · 12,623+ views
    National Review ^ | Sunday, March 08, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Perhaps it's just some Obama ally speaking out of school. But these are probably some of the most terrifying words to come from an unidentified source in some time: Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest. Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.A well-connected Washington figure,...