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  • Obama to go it alone vs. ISIL in Syria; won’t seek congressional approval

    08/25/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT · by sunmars · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Monday that President Obama won’t necessarily seek congressional approval if he decides to order airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama, who is meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday afternoon, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria.” But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago, when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons. “That was a...
  • Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers

    03/29/2014 8:35:31 PM PDT · by gooblah · 17 replies
    Chicago- Sun Times ^ | Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:14pm | Lynn Sweet
    President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee. Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.
  • Live Thread: President Obama's State of the Union Address 9 p.m. EST

    01/28/2014 4:09:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 1,252 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    Tuesday night live on C-SPAN, President Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year when he delivers his fifth State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress. Leading up to the President's speech, C-SPAN sets the scene from the White House and Capitol Hill with perspectives from Former Speechwriter to President Obama Jon Lovett, Senate Historian Don Ritchie, and Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport. Following the State of the Union, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivers the Republican response. McMorris Rodgers is in her fifth term representing Washington’s Fifth District. C-SPAN's live coverage...
  • Obama Weekly Address: 'I'll Act On My Own'

    01/18/2014 9:56:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/14 | breitbart
    Where Congress isn’t acting, I’ll act on my own to put opportunity within reach for anyone who’s willing to work for it. That’s what I did in Raleigh by launching America’s second “manufacturing innovation institute.” It’s a partnership between companies, colleges, and the federal government focused on making sure American businesses and American workers win the race for high-tech manufacturing and the jobs that come with it – jobs that can help people and communities willing to work hard punch their ticket into the middle class.
  • OBAMA: "Not Going To Be Waiting For Legislation... I Can Use That Pen To Sign Executive Orders"

    01/14/2014 2:31:19 PM PST · by Third Person · 36 replies
    RCP ^ | January 14th,2014 | None
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: So Congress is going to be busy, and I’m looking forward to working with Democrats and Republicans, House members and Senate members, to try to continue to advance the economic recovery and to provide additional ladders of opportunity for everybody. But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that...
  • White House photographer Pete Souza snaps, defends against critics calling his work 'propaganda'

    12/18/2013 5:54:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/16/13 | LESLIE LARSON
    Official White House photographer Pete Souza shot back at critics this weekend, insisting he is not hogging coverage of President Obama. -snip- Souza's unfettered access to Obama has made him an object of scorn among the White House press corps, who are angry that photojournalists are systematically blocked from covering the President at events. The head of photography for The Associated Press has likened Souza's "visual news releases" to propaganda. Santiago Lyon accused Obama of trying to "bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos at the expense of independent journalistic...
  • President Obama to jet off this week for 17-day vacation in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year

    12/15/2013 9:33:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/13 | David McCormac
    President Obama and his family are expected to leave Washington later this week for a 17-day vacation in Hawaii. This will be the First Family´s sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and in keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it on the island of Kailua. The White House announced on Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington.The president and his family traditionally spend their Christmas break in a rented private beach front residence with spectacular ocean views.
  • Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments

    11/13/2013 4:33:54 AM PST · by bestintxas · 47 replies
    los angeles times ^ | November 11, 2013 | j cart
    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills. Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act. "The president will not hesitate," Jewell said in an interview in San Francisco last week. "I can tell you that there are places that are ripe for setting aside, with a tremendous groundswell of public...
  • Unreal: Obamas' Dog Arrives on Own Flight for Martha's Vineyard Vacation

    08/12/2013 6:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 114 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama is officially on vacation with his family in Martha's Vineyard but apparently, there just wasn't enough room on 4,000 square feet of Air Force One for their dog Bo. Naturally, the dog was put on a separate flight. Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his...
  • First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home

    08/11/2013 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Jean S · 127 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/11/13 | Nick Allen
    Bo, the president's Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
  • White House presses for team of ‘nudge’ experts to sway American behavior

    07/30/2013 9:49:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/30/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit behavior experts to join a British-style “Behavioral Insights Team” to help nudge voters into accepting key political programs. “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less and help people to achieve their goals,” a document on the government program states, Fox News reported. The document, emailed by White House senior adviser Maya Shankar and obtained by Fox News, also seeks applicants to join the federal government’s behavior modification...
  • First family returns to Martha's Vineyard for summer vacation, while furloughs kick in

    07/22/2013 5:52:05 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/22/2013 | Fox News
    The first family is returning this summer to Martha’s Vineyard, the third time the Obamas have vacationed on the exclusive Massachusetts island in the past four years. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will arrive August 10 and stay through August 18, the White House said earlier this month. The vacation is drawing some criticism about the president relaxing among the rich and famous while drastic cuts to the federal budget known as sequester kick in with full force, including the start this month of furloughs for 85 percent of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce.
  • After re-election, Obama asked aides how to govern without Congress

    07/17/2013 6:09:52 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 75 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | JULY 17, 2013 | BY CHARLIE SPIERING
    Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that after President Obama won re-election, he tried to find out ways of pushing his second term agenda without the Republican-led Congress. “Guys, I don’t want politics to be a limit of what you recommend to me,” Obama told senior aides David Plouffe, Lew, Dan Pfeiffer and Pete Rouse a couple of weeks after his reelection, according to a White House aide with direct knowledge of the meeting. “Let’s come up with an agenda, then let’s figure it out from there as best we can,” he said, prodding them to adopt a more muscular approach to...
  • White House defends high bills for Africa trip

    06/17/2013 8:28:29 AM PDT · by Justaham · 49 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/15/13 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is under fire for the price of the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers as much as $100 million at a time of federal budget cuts and furloughs. The Obamas’ trip will take them to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa from June 26 to July 3. The excursion will involve military cargo planes airlifting 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and three trucks to carry bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the family is set to stay. One estimate of the cost has pegged the bill to U.S. taxpayers at somewhere...
  • Obama taking action on gun background check system

    04/19/2013 4:55:24 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 23 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 4/19/13 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.
  • All Hail: Sharpton's Creepy Obama Image

    02/06/2013 6:30:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Have a look at the image of President Obama that Al Sharpton repeatedly displayed during a segment of his MSNBC show this evening on the theme that the Obama agenda on immigration and gun control is gaining traction. It shows a stern-faced President Obama superimposed against the backdrop of a massive crowd. At one point, Sharpton displayed a graphic reading "Taking Control."
  • W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun

    02/02/2013 8:09:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 156 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun: http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/images/8436110735_5ec05750a2_b.preview.jpg "President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)," the caption reads.
  • Live Thread: Media Worship Obama, Masquerading as "News Conference" at 11:15

    01/14/2013 7:11:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 167 replies
    Cable news everywhere
    Obama the Anointed will perform what used to be called a "news conference" today at the house he is currently occupying. Various worshipers of BO will be in attendance, bowing their knees, folding their hands, and obediently repeating every lie he utters.
  • NBC benefit concert on Friday to aid Sandy victims [Telethon OBAMA COMMERCIAL]

    11/01/2012 8:29:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 1, 2012
    NBC will air a concert featuring singers Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Christina Aguilera on Friday to benefit victims of monster storm Sandy, which devastated parts of the U.S. Northeast with flooding and winds this week. The special will be broadcast on the networks of NBC Universal, and money collected from the program will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts, NBC said on its website. The benefit concert, titled "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will be hosted by Today show anchor Matt Lauer, the TV network said. Along with Springsteen, whose songs often center on his upbringing...
  • Labor Department May Delay Jobs Report (COVERUP!!!)

    10/29/2012 8:52:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/29/12 | Eric Morath
    The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to delay Friday’s October jobs report, the final reading on the labor market before next week’s federal elections. A Labor official said the agency will assess the schedule for all its data releases this week when the “weather emergency” is over.
  • Our tough Commander-in-Chief, breaking into TV shows over Hurricane Sanday

    10/28/2012 11:59:09 AM PDT · by RushIsTheMan · 11 replies
    10/28/2012 | Me
    He's trying to come off as so in charge. The fool can't find his way to a microphone to explain why four Americans died under his watch, yet for Sandy, he's saying, "No red tape. Whatever the states need, just let us know, blah, blah, blah..." Too bad he didn't show this kind of leadership back on 9/11. He cut into Chris Wallace's show too, jerk.
  • Gallup: R51/045

    10/17/2012 10:06:03 AM PDT · by tatown · 137 replies
    Gallup ^ | 10/17 | Gallup
    R-51%, O-45%
  • Air Force One Aborts Landing, Second Try Successful [En Route To Campaign Stop]

    09/26/2012 9:33:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2012
    Air Force One Aborts Landing, Second Try Successful By CNN September 26, 2012 President Barack Obama exits Air Force One in Ohio Wednesday after an initial landing attempt was aborted. (CNN) -- Air Force One, flying President Barack Obama to a campaign event, aborted an initial landing attempt in Ohio on Wednesday due to weather conditions. The jumbo jet experienced turbulence on approach to Toledo and was within sight of the runway when the pilot pulled the plane up and circled the airport, according to reporters on board. "Air Force One, missed approach," the pilot announced to air traffic controllers,...
  • 'Innocence of Muslims' Shot on Hollywood-Built Set - production worker talking to FBI

    09/14/2012 6:02:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 85 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 14, 2012 | Paul Bond
    The Innocence of Muslims, a movie that has enraged radical Islamists who have rioted and committed murders in the Middle East this week, was partially shot on a set that Paramount's TV unit helped to build for its TV show JAG, and a man with five decades of movie and television experience is helping the FBI figure out who is behind the controversial film. Portions of the infamous, micro-budget movie were filmed in Saugus, about 30 miles north of Hollywood, on a portion of Blue Cloud Film Ranch called “Baghdad Square,” which is often used for TV and film productions...
  • White House Mocks Issa Fast & Furious Investigation as "Political Theater"

    06/20/2012 10:03:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 129 replies
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | Mark Knoller
    WH Comms Dir @pfeiffer44 slams Oversight Cmte for pursuing "a politically-motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition."In written statement, @pfeiffer44 says House GOP should work with Presd Obama "to create more jobs, not more political theater.”
  • Obama Drops His Name Into the Other Presidential Biographies

    05/15/2012 7:35:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Many of President Obama’s fervent devotees are young enough not to have much memory of the political world before the arrival of The One. Coincidentally, Obama himself feels the same way—and the White House’s official website reflects that. The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to...
  • Render Unto Caesar: Troops Fight On Obama's Behalf?

    05/11/2012 2:11:27 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | May 10, 2012 | Editor
    Leadership: Lost in his gay marriage flip-flop was the president's claim that our armed forces fight for him, not their country. It was like following his spiking of the football over the Osama bin Laden kill with an end-zone dance. Few caught the revealing Freudian slip during President Obama's interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News in which he said he no longer considered what he described to evangelist Rick Warren in the election year of 2008 as the "sacred union" of marriage to be just between one man and one woman. But there it was, from the lips of...
  • Obama campaign slams Romney for not paying "fair share" of taxes

    04/10/2012 11:48:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2012 | Steve Holland
    BOCA RATON, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's campaign blasted Mitt Romney on Tuesday for not paying his "fair share" of taxes, escalating the rhetoric against the leading Republican presidential contender to try to paint him as an elitist who is out of touch with ordinary Americans. Obama has made tax fairness a key part of his re-election message and he piled on the pressure by urging support for the "Buffett Rule" during a speech in Florida, which is likely to be a key battleground state in the November 6 general election. Named after billionaire investor and Obama supporter Warren...
  • Obama joins Jagger, B.B. King, to belt out blues

    02/21/2012 8:08:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president just couldn't say no: Mick Jagger held out a mic almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them. The East Room of the White House was transformed into an intimate blues club on Tuesday night for a concert featuring blues all-stars of the past, present and future - and the president himself.
  • Obama Tells Woman It Is "Interesting" Her Unemployed Husband Can't Find Job

    01/30/2012 7:23:08 PM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | January 30, 2012
    During his Google+ hangout Pres. Obama tells a woman that her husband shouldn't be unemployed from the growth he has seen in the economy. Obama said he finds it "interesting" because he is getting "the word" that someone in her husband's job field "should be able to find something right away." Obama offered to do something if she would just send him her husband's resume. The woman wants to know why Obama is extending visas for foreigners when there is tons of demand for American jobs by Americans. "I don't know what your husband's speciality [is], but I can tell...
  • Showtime at the Apollo [MoDo critiques the Obama hauteur]

    01/22/2012 5:33:54 PM PST · by oblomov · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    FOR eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected. “I, I’m so in love with you,” Barack Obama crooned to a thrilled crowd at a fund-raiser at the Apollo in Harlem on Thursday night, doing a seductive imitation as Al Green himself looked on. The song would make a good campaign anthem: “Let’s stay together, lovin’ you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Don’t break up, turn around and make up. Times have been bad and sad, and The One did not turn out to be a messiah,...
  • President Obama, family to attend Towson-Oregon State game (Late Alert For MD Freepers)

    11/25/2011 7:25:01 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 24 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11-25-11 | Baltimore Sun staff
    President Barack Obama and the First Family will attend Towson University's men's basketball game against Oregon State Saturday afternoon at the Towson Center, the school announced today. A capacity crowd is expected for the game, scheduled for 2 p.m. tip-off. To accommodate expected delays entering the Towson Center, the ticket office, will call windows and gates will open at noon. All fans must be in the arena by 1:45 p.m., according to the school.
  • White House Correspondent Gushes Over Obama's Blood Pressure: It's 'Superhuman'

    You would think that with all the scrutiny Politico is getting as a result of its hit piece on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the employees might want to hide their love for Barack Obama for the time being. Not White House correspondent Glenn Thrush who actually tweeted to his followers Monday evening about the President's "superhuman" blood pressure: "Obama's bp is like 107 over 71, which is superhuman..."
  • Mystery of the West Wing hole: Is Obama building a super-bunker under the White House?

    10/18/2011 10:57:48 AM PDT · by yorkie · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/11 | Daniel Bates
    It is a huge hole in one of the world's most famous gardens - but nobody knows what it is for. Workmen have torn up an enormous section of the lawn in front of the White House for a mysterious, top secret project. Official explanations have ranged from an update of the air conditioning system to something 'security' related. But that has not stopped speculation that the President is installing something else entirely - from a swimming pool to a spa.
  • Giuliani assails Obama on terrorism [Republican Response 9/10/11]

    09/10/2011 10:16:25 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 60 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking for his fellow Republicans ten years after the September 11th attacks, denounced President Barack Obama's handling of national security on Saturday. Giuliani, giving the party's weekly address, notably blasted Obama's decision to withdraw some 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by September 2012 and bring home all combat forces by 2014. "Perhaps the most dangerous impulse we've developed since September 11 is impatience demonstrated by the calls to put our armed forces on timetables," said the former mayor, hailed for his take-charge response to the attacks. ...And he blasted "the inappropriate decision-making and...
  • Carney grants NBC permission to reschedule debate

    08/31/2011 10:57:02 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 111 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/31/2011 | Hayley Peterson
    President Obama plans to lay out his long-awaited jobs speech before a joint session of Congress next Wednesday evening -- which happens to be the same night of a Republican presidential debate. "I respectfully request the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, 2011 at 8 p.m.," Obama wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the timing of the speech is not aimed at overshadowing the next Republican debate, which is cosponsored by NBC News and Politico,...
  • Obama's vacation style: dad jeans and over-sized blazers (while the country's falling apart)

    08/24/2011 5:46:07 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 15 replies
    Shine from Yahoo ^ | 8/24/11 | Piper Weiss
    <p>Not surprisingly, all eyes have been on Barack Obama during his 9-day family respite in Martha's Vineyard this week.</p>
  • Obama May Summon Lawmakers to Camp David (TARP-era end of world scare tactic rhetoric)

    07/14/2011 1:00:18 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 85 replies
    BN | July 14, 2011 | Heidi & Hans (Przybyla and Nichols)
    Bloomberg: link only! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-14/obama-said-to-consider-camp-david-summit-this-weekend-for-deficit-talks.html
  • No yelling at Obama today

    07/13/2011 12:28:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | July 13, 2011 | GLENN THRUSH & MATT NEGRIN
    A long-running tiff between the White House press corps and the West Wing over presidential access flared anew today when press secretary Jay Carney faced off with reporters over the right to shout questions at the president during debt talks. Obama chafes at the time-honored practice of answering questions shouted at him during pooled, non-press conference events — and his staff has often opted for “stills sprays,” excluding print reporters or TV cameras who might capture Obama in the less than flattering non-act of snubbing a query. When asked today why TV crews and print reporters were barred from the...
  • Shout of bounds? No yelling at Obama today

    07/13/2011 12:46:53 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | July 13, 2011 | GLENN THRUSH & MATT NEGRIN
    A long-running tiff between the White House press corps and the West Wing over presidential access flared anew today when press secretary Jay Carney faced off with reporters over the right to shout questions at the president during debt talks. Obama chafes at the time-honored practice of answering questions shouted at him during pooled, non-press conference events — and his staff has often opted for “stills sprays,” excluding print reporters or TV cameras who might capture Obama in the less than flattering non-act of snubbing a query. When asked today why TV crews and print reporters were barred from the...
  • ATF to Require Information on Frequent Gunbuyers in Border States

    07/11/2011 2:40:53 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 119 replies
    AP ^ | July 11, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced Monday that all gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. The new policy comes amid criticism of a failed federal probe aimed at dismantling large-scale arms trafficking networks along the Arizona border with Mexico. In the probe, called Operation Fast and Furious, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say they were inexplicably ordered by superiors to stop tracking some small-time "straw" buyers who...
  • Could Obama Just Ignore the Debt Ceiling? (NYT trial balloon)

    06/28/2011 2:52:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 28, 2011 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    In the ongoing debate over raising the debt ceiling, one option has not had much prominence: whether the Obama administration could ignore it altogether, and just spend the money it owes anyway. Would that be legal? Matthew Zeitlin at The New Republic spoke with a few political scientists, budget wonks and constitutional scholars who argue that it would be. An excerpt: Garrett Epps, a legal journalist and professor at University of Baltimore School of Law, has made an even broader argument in a pair of articles for The Atlantic’s website. In an interview, Epps told me that there was a...
  • Obama Brags 'I Have Better Plane' And 'Bigger Entourage' Than Three Years Ago

    06/13/2011 2:30:50 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Speaking at a plant in North Carolina about the tough economic times, PBO claimed that "what drives me every day as I walk down to the Oval Office" is the need to find jobs and economic security for everyone. But Obama opened his speech by bragging that "I have a better plane" than when he visited the same plant three years ago as a presidential candidate. Later, in explaining that he had brought the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness with him to North Carolina, Obama boasted "I travel with a bigger entourage" than he did as a candidate. View video...
  • In Speech On Tough Times For Americans, Obama Brags 'I Have Better Plane' And 'Bigger Entourage'

    06/13/2011 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine a Republican president, giving a speech on tough economic times in which he claimed that the plight of Americans who are hurting is what is on his mind every day as he walks to the Oval Office. Imagine that same Republican president, in that same speech, bragging that he has "a better plane" and "a bigger entourage" than when he was a candidate. Now imagine the howls from the MSM about such president's vainglory and insensitivity. President Obama gave just such a speech today.
  • Obama going to Missouri to offer help in healing

    05/29/2011 9:28:05 AM PDT · by upchuck · 77 replies
    Ass Press/Yahuh ^ | May 29,2011 | Erica Werner
    President Barack Obama is pivoting from diplomacy on the world stage to the intimate and delicate domestic task of acting as healer-in-chief to a devastated community. The president travels to tornado-wrecked Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, a day after returning from a six-day European tour of Ireland, England, France and Poland. After days of focusing on the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, he'll turn to an even more critical connection: his own, with the American people. The president will visit with survivors and family members of the worst tornado in decades, a monster storm that tore through Joplin...
  • White House shuts out (Boston) Herald scribe

    05/18/2011 3:28:46 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 64 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 18, 2011 | Hillary Chabot
    The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.” “I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit. “My point about the op-ed was not that you ran...
  • White House: No More Photo Re-Enactments

    05/12/2011 12:55:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies · 1+ views
    AP/ABC ^ | 5/12/11 | David Bauder
    The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having presidents re-enact televised speeches for news photographers following major addresses to the country, a little-known arrangement that fed suggestions of fakery when Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. After Obama's live, late-evening address from the East Room of the White House on May 1, five photographers were ushered in to shoot pictures as the president stood at the podium and re-read a few lines of his speech — a practice that news organizations have protested for years. Even though The Associated Press and other news...
  • Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile

    05/05/2011 5:42:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 348 replies
    Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/05/11 07:45 AM ET The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive. The plan is a part of the administration's "Transportation Opportunities Act," an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. This follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven. Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT)...
  • Not 2 Be Missed | Presidential dream: long walk in the park (Playing golf is a curse!!!))

    04/10/2011 5:13:24 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 37 replies
    Columbus Dispatch/Houston Chronicle ^ | April 9 | Richard S. Dunham
    "I just miss - I miss being anonymous," he said at the meeting in the White House. "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk." He says he enjoys golf but is not the fanatic that some have portrayed. "It's the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch," he said. His impossible dream: "I just want to go through Central Park (in New York) and watch folks...
  • FAA sets up no-fly zone for Obama's planned trip to Williamsburg

    04/07/2011 6:19:01 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 36 replies
    dailypress.com ^ | April 7 2011 | Austin Bogues
    The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget. President Obama and the First Family are planning to visit the area this weekend in what the White House described Wednesday as a "long-planned family trip to Colonial Williamsburg." But the trip might get grounded if a government shutdown can't be averted by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. On Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration established a no-fly zone over Williamsburg that will be in place from Friday through Monday. Jessica Wharton, spokeswoman...