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  • ABC’s Jake Tapper: The Sam Donaldson of the Obamanation

    02/21/2009 5:59:54 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 622+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 2/21/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Is it Jake Tapper or Jake Scrapper? I am beginning to think the later as amongst the Obamagobbed media, ABC News' senior White House correspondent Tapper is emerging as the man ever ready with the pointed question for Obama and his administration. We may even call Tapper the Sam Donaldson of the Obama era. We all remember the many long years when Sam Donaldson would stand before Republican presidents (oh, and Clinton, too) and their press secretaries and, in that accusing monotone, ask the the most pointed question of the day, don't we? Of course, we also remember the less...
  • ABC News' Jake Tapper Nails Obama Press Secretary on Caterpillar Contradiction - Video 2/13/09

    02/13/2009 1:55:03 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 27 replies · 1,654+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 13, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of ABC News' Jake Tapper nailing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to the wall today on President Obama's statement yesterday, directly contradicted by Caterpillar's CEO, that passage of the Stimulus Plan would lead Caterpillar to rehire laid off workers. He also asked Gibbs what it says about Obama that no Caterpillar workers lobbied Rep. Aaron Schock to vote for the Stimulus Bill despite Obama putting him on the spot yesterday to do so in front of the workers. In both cases, Gibbs refused to really address the questions. Jake Tapper is showing himself to be a...
  • Who's Afraid of Jake Tapper?

    02/10/2009 9:32:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 977+ views ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Rachel Sklar
    ABC's tenacious reporter is already proving to be the new star of the White House press pack. Last night’s prime-time presidential address may have been like prom to the White House press corps, but every high-schooler knows that reputations are made in the schoolyard. And for the freshman class of 44, the first skirmish happened last Thursday in the White House briefing room between presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and ABC’s Jake Tapper. Tapper, the network’s ambitious, telegenic Senior White House Correspondent, has made a name for himself as a tough questioner, but last Thursday, Tapper’s tenacity didn’t just get...
  • Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Gets Irritated at ABC News' Jake Tapper - Video 2/5/09

    02/05/2009 8:07:40 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 41 replies · 1,709+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs getting irritated with ABC News Reporter Jake Tapper. Tapper was pressing Gibbs on making documents available on whether Obama nominees have paid taxes. Gibbs was flippant with Tapper and eventually completely ignored a second question asked by Tapper. It's still early, but it seems to me that Robert Gibbs is a total bust as Press Secretary. He is very poor at the give and take with the press corps on camera. He made a fool of himself today, and showed himself to be as thin-skinned as the President he serves....
  • President Obama Likely to Order Military Commission Charges Dropped Against Terrorist Suspect

    02/05/2009 3:24:14 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 121 replies · 6,530+ views
    ABC Political Punch ^ | February 05, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that on Friday, President Obama will likely order the Department of Defense's Military Commission to withdraw charges against terrorist suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. The charges may later be reinstated in a military commission or pursued in a civilian court. Al-Nashiri will remain in custody. The announcement will not be made until after President Obama meets with the families of victims of terrorist attacks on 9/11 and on the U.S.S. Cole, where he will assure them that this step is not being done to be lenient towards al-Nashiri. The move is being done to stop the continued...
  • Tapper Tweaks Administration With Obamicon Of Lobbyist Appointee Lynn

    01/25/2009 10:25:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 612+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My item of earlier this afternoon notwithstanding, not everyone at ABC is in the Obama tank. During the course of the campaign, Jake Tapper distinguished himself among his MSM colleagues by asking tough questions regarding candidate Obama. He did so both on the air, and notably in postings at his Political Punch blog. Recently named ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent, Tapper has served notice that he hasn’t lost his fastball. Readers will recall my item of yesterday describing how CBS’s Early Show weekend anchors apparently thought it was a good idea to have themselves posterized in the iconic Obama style...
  • Obama Visits Marine Corps Base for Christmas

    12/26/2008 7:27:02 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 137 replies · 4,235+ views
    ABC ^ | December 26 | Jake Tapper
    ...As Obama entered the room it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite; staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the President-elect to come to them to stand up...
  • Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship

    12/09/2008 2:50:52 PM PST · by Soliton · 29 replies · 2,267+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 09, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house. That 2002 endorsement came at the same time that Axelrod had such serious concerns about whether Blagojevich was ready for governing he refused to work for his one-time client. According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and Blagojevich's campaign co-chair, David Wilhelm,...
  • Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship

    12/09/2008 2:16:06 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 52 replies · 2,244+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec.9, 2008 | Jack Tapper
    "Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today," said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. "But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time." Asked what contact he'd had with the governor's office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said "I had no contact with the governor or his...
  • Anti-Obama Fringe to Descend Upon Supreme Court Tomorrow (Libtards in Denial)

    12/04/2008 2:50:11 PM PST · by pissant · 175 replies · 4,172+ views
    ABC ^ | 12/4/08 | Jake Tapper
    The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will tomorrow discuss whether or not it should take up the case of Leo C. Donofrio, Applicant, v. Nina Mitchell Wells, New Jersey Secretary of State, a case that challenges the citizenship of President-elect Obama. After the Justices meet -- and assuredly decline to hear the matter -- the anti-Obama activists supporting the case will hold a vigil near the steps of the highest Court in the land. The theory -- which is without evidence -- is that Mr. Obama's birth certificate is faked, and that he was not born in Hawaii but...
  • Election Over, Ayers, Wright & Farrakhan Emerge

    11/10/2008 1:20:49 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies · 392+ views
    ABC News ^ | November 09, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    In case you care… "For nine months, I kept quiet," Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said today at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, "because I saw that the good words that I spoke about this beautiful young man" -- President-elect Obama -- "at our Saviours' Day convention and the way they were misused. I decided it would be better for me to just be quiet rather than be drawn into the controversy that was swirling around his pastor, Father Pfleger, and others." "I feel freer today to say the things that are in my heart," said the controversial religious leader....
  • Obama to Dance on "Ellen" Tomorrow

    10/21/2008 5:40:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 967+ views ^ | October 21, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    This evening in Miami, Sen. Barack Obama taped an interview with Ellen DeGeneres for a piece that will air tomorrow on her show -- a surprise appearance. I regret to inform you that he did, indeed, dance.
  • "Whistleblower" Civil Suit Filed Against Bank in Rezko Land Deal (Obama's Illegal Home Purchase??)

    10/18/2008 2:20:23 PM PDT · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,367+ views
    Political Punch ^ | 101808 | Jake Tapper
    A civil suit was filed against Mutual Bank Corporation this week regarding the Rezko-Obama land deal that has called the Democratic candidate so many headaches. Kenneth J. Conner filed a $4.2 million suit against his former employer this week in Cook County Civil Court (see the suit HERE) alleging the bank was engaged in systematic fraud. Conner used to perform real estate review and analysis for the bank and he says that in June 2005 Amrish Mahajam, the president and CEO of Mutual, approved a loan to Rita Malki Rezko so she could purchase a 9,090 square foot vacant parcel...
  • Obama to Pre-emptively Attack McCain

    10/05/2008 7:10:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies · 1,326+ views
    ABC ^ | 10/5/2008 | Jake Tapper
    With the news that the McCain campaign is launching a full assault on Obama's associates, preparedness, and judgment in a TV ad campaign to start Wednesday -- as detailed in this morning's Washington Post -- the Obama campaign is planning a pre-emptive assault on the TV airwaves to start Monday. Gov. Sarah Palin got the ball rolling this morning, going after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for his association with Professor William Ayers, a former member of the radical group the Weather Underground, saying Obama "is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he’s palling...
  • apper: McCain 'About to Open Up a Can of Whoop-ass on Obama'

    10/04/2008 7:14:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 2,635+ views ^ | October 4, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    UPDATE at end of post: the can has already been opened!Without question, ABC's Jake Tapper is one of the few members of the mainstream media who's actually willing to publish less than favorable reports about Barack Obama.In a "Political Punch" blog posting Saturday about new revelations involving indicted fundraiser Tony Rezko, Tapper deliciously summed up a Washington Post piece as claiming that "Sen. John McCain's about to open up a can of whoop-ass on Obama with a focus on his personal associations." I kid you not (emphasis added, photo courtesy ABC): Story Continues Below Ad ↓ The Chicago Sun-Times...
  • Motorsports Racetrack Property Aid? Puerto Rico Rum Taxes? In the Economic Rescue Bill?

    10/02/2008 11:53:38 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 11 replies · 1,266+ views
    ABC News Political Punch ^ | 10/2/08 | Jake Tapper
    The Senate Finance Committee has published a summary of some of the additions to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. There are many provisions in the bill that will directly benefit millions of Americans -- what's called the "AMT patch," for instance, which will protect 20 million middle class Americans from seeing a tax increase in 2009. Or tax deductions for tuition, and for teacher expenses. Corporations will see extensions of popular tax cuts -- for research and development, or renewable energies. But there's also some other stuff. My colleague Z. Bryon Wolf points out that it bears mentioning that all...
  • Staffers for negotiators of bailout bill asked to turn over their BlackBerries

    09/27/2008 2:50:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies · 1,878+ views ^ | 9/27/2008 | Jake Tapper
    Saturday afternoon so as to prevent leaks, as members of Congress and the Bush administration rolled up their sleeves to try to hammer out a compromise bill. The BlackBerries, with Post-It notes identifying their owners, vibrated away in a small trash can, and later were spread out on a table for later retrieval, as their owners tried to help their bosses resolve the legislative logjam in one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's offices on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol building. House Republicans, who had not been meaningfully involved in the process until Thursday, when they announced they would...
  • President Bush Pushes Bailout Plan; House Republicans Resist

    09/26/2008 11:59:42 AM PDT · by dlt · 168 replies · 4,914+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2008 | JAKE TAPPER and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    President Bush and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain pleaded with GOP members of the House to end their party rebellion and quickly approve a Wall Street bailout plan.
  • Bush Invites Obama to DC to Work on Bailout Bill; Obama Accepts

    09/24/2008 5:23:59 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 138 replies · 3,171+ views
    ABC Blog ^ | 9/24/08 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Bush called Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., this evening and invited him to participate in a meeting about the Wall Street bailout bill tomorrow afternoon in Washington, DC, with other congressional leaders, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Obama accepted the president's invitation, a source tells ABC News. The invitation comes at an interesting time. The President has not been in the middle of negotiations with Congress, leaving that task to his Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. McCain earlier today announced he was suspending his campaign -- and his participation in the first presidential debate Friday night...
  • Oh, That Joe! (No. 14 in a Series) - Biden Says Obama Won't Take His Beretta

    09/20/2008 2:35:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 75 replies · 215+ views ^ | September 20, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Sen. Barack Obama better not mess with his running mate Joe Biden's guns...or else. In an out-of-nowhere attempt to re-assure a southwestern Virginia labor crowd about gun owners' rights, Biden -- who regularly scores "F" ratings from the National Rifle Association -- warned Obama that if "he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem."
  • Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama‘s Version of Meeting

    09/20/2008 2:29:14 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 65 replies · 378+ views
    ABC news ^ | 8/19/2008 | Jake Tapper and Kirit Radia
    Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting to delay coming to an agreement with the Bush administration on the status of U.S. troops. "Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a drawdown of the American military presence," Post columnist Amir Taheri wrote, quoting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who told the Post that Obama, during his meeting with Iraqi leaders in July, "asked why we were...
  • Despite Claims Today He Warned of Crisis, McCain in 2007 Said He Didn't See Crisis Coming

    09/17/2008 9:41:56 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 18 replies · 283+ views
    ABC News Political Punch ^ | 9/17/08 | Jake Tapper
    "Two years ago, I warned that the oversight of Fannie and Freddie was terrible, that we were facing a crisis because of it, or certainly serious problems," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS this morning. "The influence that Fannie and Freddie had in the inside the Beltway, old boy network, which led to this kind of corruption is unacceptable and I warned about it a couple of years ago.” How does this claim of foresight square with this interview that McCain gave to the Keene (NH) Sentinel, discussing the subprime mortgage crisis, in December 2007? Q: “Well the dimension of...
  • Obama's Guns and Constitution Problem

    09/16/2008 3:53:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 182+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/16/08 | Hugh Hewitt
    Jake Tapper catches up with Obama's gun problem, and correctly notes that Obama's bizarre, rambling answer on guns to a friendly Pennsylvania audience on Friday September 5th has "ricocheted around the country," but Jake doesn't tell you why. In a nutshell: Obama concluded his curiously defensive answer that day with a hypothetical: ---------------- "The bottom line is this. If you’ve got a rifle, you’ve got a shotgun, you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it away. Alright? So they can keep on talking about it but this is just not true. And by the way, here’s another...
  • How Transparent Will Palin Be?

    09/16/2008 1:21:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 132+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/16/2008 | Jake Tapper
    GOLDEN, COLO. -- "We're going to make everything more open," Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said here yesterday, "and more accountable, and more attractive to those who want to serve." Good government groups have told me that in general, when it comes to transparency issues, they're very happy with both candidates on the top of the ticket. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., are both seen as "reformers" by these groups. Sure, there have been glitches here and there (Obama's broken promises on public financing comes to mind) but in general they see both men as allies. Enter Gov...
  • Why Doesn't McCain Use a Computer? [Explains McCain's War Injuries]

    09/14/2008 10:56:55 AM PDT · by flyfree · 35 replies · 197+ views
    abcnews ^ | Jake Tapper
    Assuredly McCain isn't comfortable talking about this -- and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this -- but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn't use a computer or send email is because of his war wounds. I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again "playing the POW card," but it's simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically. He can type, he occasionally does type, but in general the injuries he sustained as a POW -- ones that make it...
  • Who is the mole in the Obama campaign?

    09/13/2008 5:37:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 85 replies · 504+ views ^ | September 13th, 2008 | Roger Kimball
    Well, who is it? I am surprised that the brave, independent-thinking members of the Fourth Estate haven’t given full rein to the terrier instinct on this question. Obviously, someone inside the Obama campaign is out to sabotage The Chosen One’s credibility and, just as obviously, the journalistic profession speaks with a single voice when it comes to favoring The Obama over every other candidate. So where are the investigative reporters when we–or, rather, when they–need ‘em? Wouldn’t the cause of electing Obama come hell or high water be better served by suspending inquiries in to Todd Palin’s 1986 DUI citations...
  • Life of Obama's Childhood Friend Takes Drastically Different Path

    09/13/2008 3:36:16 PM PDT · by pjsbro · 46 replies · 882+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 3, 2007 | Jake Tapper
    In his best-selling autobiography, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., writes movingly about his high school best friend, whom he calls "Ray." Ray's real name is Keith Kakugawa. And Kakugawa's life could not have veered more starkly from that of his old friend, the presidential candidate. Kakugawa is currently homeless in Los Angeles, sleeping in the beat-up Mazda of his friend Jason Myles. He has been in and out of prison for the past few decades, mostly on charges related to cocaine possession and dealing. "To be honest with you,...
  • Alaska Dems Credit Palin with Killing Bridge to Nowhere

    09/08/2008 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 49 replies · 206+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jake Tapper
    Fighting a Different Alaska Republican, Alaska Dems Credit Palin with Killing Bridge to Nowhere September 08, 2008 4:38 PM Conservative bloggers point out that in their campaign against Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Alaska Democrats gave credit to Gov. Palin for helping to kill the Bridge to Nowhere. “Gov. Sarah Palin said the $398 million bridge was $329 million short of full funding, and only $36 million in federal funds were set aside for it," the Democrats say. "She said it was clear Congress had little interest in spending any more money for it and that the state had higher priorities."...
  • Diddy Weighs in on Sarah Palin; Meghan McCain on Bristol (Here's Obama's "youth" vote)

    09/02/2008 1:39:17 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 63 replies · 451+ views
    abc ^ | 9/2/2008 | jake tapper
    Says Diddy: "Attention John McCain, attention John McCain, my name is Diddy…I had to check in with you to tell you that you are bugging the f--- out. I don't even understand what planet you're on right now.! This is the job to be the leader of the free world. "Ok," Diddy continues, "No disrespect. I love you. I want you to live to be 110, but things happen. What if, God forbid, you got a running mate, you become president -- Alaska? Alaska? Alaska? Alaska? Come on, man. I don’t know if there's any black people in Alaska. "John,...
  • McCain Camp Denies that Sarah Palin was a Member of the Buchanan Brigades in the 1990s

    08/31/2008 3:17:01 PM PDT · by BGHater · 53 replies · 175+ views
    Political Punch ^ | 30 Aug 2008 | Jake Tapper
    A meme is developing out there among liberals that Gov. Sarah Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan in the 1990s, a charge that the McCain-Palin campaign strongly denies. The evidence is the following, as first noticed by "The Nation": in an Associated Press story from July 17, 1999, titled, "Buchanan takes conservative message to Fairbanks." "Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska….In Wasilla, Buchanan took some shots at the "Republican establishment," saying it was willing to...
  • Angry Democrats Distracted DNC Attendees in Denver (Democrats can't unite having shafted Hillary)

    08/26/2008 6:08:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 146+ views
    abc ^ | 8/26/2008 | JAKE TAPPER
    As he watched the first night of his Democratic National Convention from the cozy living room of local supporters Jim and Alicia Girardeau, Sen. Barack Obama undoubtedly wanted his wife, Michelle Obama, the headline speaker Monday, to be the news-making highlight of the day. But vocal protestors, the media and a few complicated egos directed the public's attention earlier in the day to his primary rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. As frustrated Democrats converged on Denver yesterday, some began chanting "caucus fraud," while others shouted the word "sweetie," a reference to the time Obama called a female reporter by the...
  • Angry Democrats Distracted DNC Attendees in Denver

    08/26/2008 8:05:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies · 175+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 26, 2008 | JAKE TAPPER
    As frustrated Democrats converged on Denver yesterday, some began chanting "caucus fraud," while others shouted the word "sweetie," a reference to the time Obama called a female reporter by the same name. One Clinton supporter who spoke to ABC News said Obama couldn't be trusted. Another said, "He's shifty and untrustworthy." It was assuredly not the kind of message Obama and his diligently image-conscious team were counting on at the Democratic National Convention. "I'm thoroughly disgusted with the Democratic Party. I believe the magic of Barack Obama was his ability to turn lifelong Democrats like us into McCain supporters overnight,"...
  • More on the Cone of Not-So-Silence

    08/18/2008 12:28:43 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 95 replies · 680+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/18/08 | Jack Tapper
    UPDATE: ABC News' Ron Claiborne, traveling with the McCain campaign, reports that McCain senior adviser Charlie Black would not say whether people around McCain while he was en route to Rick Warren's forum had access to blackberries and cell phones from which they could have tipped off Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., about the questions. "There's no reason we would do that," was all Black would say, though quite obviously there is a reason.
  • Obama could not bring himself to state that a baby's human rights begin at birth!

    08/16/2008 9:44:19 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 64 replies · 395+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 16, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    “At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?” Obama said that “whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade. “
  • The Obama Overreach: Refuting A Few of Corsi’s Smears By Re-Writing History

    08/16/2008 2:19:10 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 45 replies · 103+ views
    ABC ^ | August 15, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Don’t get me wrong – I half expected to see anti-Obama author Jerome Corsi at today’s Bigfoot press conference. But not everything in the Obama campaign’s 40-page refutation of Corsi’s shoddy and dishonest book “Obama Nation” is fair. Much of what Corsi writes in his book is demonstrably false, irresponsible, and feverishly conjured. The book is indefensible, as are Corsi’s many bigoted remarks about Arabs, the Pope and others. But the Obama campaign got a little greedy in their refutations. First of all, on the front of the response, is a labeled stamped “Brought to you by Bush/Cheney Attack Machine.”...
  • Kaine Gives Obama Credit for Russian Ceasefire

    08/13/2008 1:21:01 PM PDT · by freespirited · 56 replies · 187+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 08/13/08 | Don Irvine
      Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine who is under consideration as a possible running mate for Barack Obama gave the Senator credit for the Russian ceasefire in Georgia.From ABC News' Jake Tapper."The Senator's goal was to be tough and smart," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, "and so when the action (in Georgia) happened on Thursday, he immediately called for a ceasefire, condemned the unwarranted use of force by Russia.  It was a bad crisis for the world.  It required tough words, but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in --...
  • Today's Campaign Contest: Count the Young White Women in McCain's Anti-Obama Video

    08/12/2008 7:08:28 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 47 replies · 90+ views
    ABC News Political Punch ^ | August 12, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    How many young white women professing adoration for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, can you count in this anti-Obama web video that the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, was sending out yesterday? One...two...three...four...sure are a lot of young white women in this thing.... Why do you think they put so many young white women professing their love for Obama in what is clearly an anti-Obama video? What would possibly be negative about young white women liking Sen. Obama?
  • Exxon [Hearts] Obama

    08/08/2008 7:27:37 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 11 replies · 159+ views ^ | August 07, 2008 | J.Tapper
    As we close up a week wherein Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on the stump and in a TV ad accused rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of being "in the pocket of big oil," and doing the industry's bidding -- not to mention a week during which the Democratic National Committee launched an Exxon-McCain '08 website to drive home this Democratic talking point -- the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics points out that the issue is a bit more complicated than it first would appear. McCain has received three times more money from the oil industry in general -- $1.3 million...
  • Obama Pushes Back on GOP Tire Pressure Attack: "It's Like These Guys Take Pride in Being IGNORANT"

    08/05/2008 7:09:26 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 151 replies · 478+ views
    ABC Political Punch ^ | 08/05/08 | Jake Tapper
    "So I told them something simple," Obama said. "I said, 'You know what? You can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we'd get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.'" (Note: that's not accurate, as we fact-checked last week. But the larger point about energy savings is correct.) "So now the Republicans are going around - this is the kind of thing they do. I don't...
  • Obama to House Dems: If Sanctions Fail, Israel Will Likely Strike Iran

    07/30/2008 7:21:27 AM PDT · by antivenom · 91 replies · 391+ views ^ | July 30, 2008 9:30 AM | Jake Tapper
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, met with House Democrats yesterday, talking about his trip abroad and his observations. Obama told the caucus, according to an attendee, "Nobody said this to me directly but I get the feeling from my talks that if the sanctions don’t work Israel is going to strike Iran." The notion that Israel is preparing for such an action against Iran's myriad nuclear facilities is not new, with conjecture heating up in May after an Israeli military exercise featuring 150 aircraft flying almost a thousand miles over the Mediterranean Sea in what was seen as a dress rehearsal...
  • Obama Explains Scrubbed Visit with Wounded Troops in Germany

    07/26/2008 7:48:10 AM PDT · by kristinn · 100 replies · 283+ views
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, July 26, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    After meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, came before the microphones... SNIP But the Pentagon said that wasn't true, that Obama was more than welcome to come, it was just that he couldn't bring the media or campaign staff. So here's what Obama said about it all: "The staff was working this so I don’t know each and every detail but here is what I understand happened," Obama said. "We had scheduled to go, we had no problem at all in leaving, we always leave press and staff off -- that is why we...
  • ABC News' Jake Tapper Pulls Back the Curtain on Obama's Enormous Ego - Video 7/24/08

    07/25/2008 7:36:58 AM PDT · by · 96 replies · 132+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | July 25, 2008 | brianinmo
    I think America may soon learn that "the Emperor has no clothes." The protective press veil around Barack Obama may be about to be torn away. This is video (see video) of ABC News' Jake Tapper reporting from Berlin yesterday on Good Morning America. In his report, Tapper reveals the truth about Barack Obama's excessive ego by showing that Obama has replaced the U.S. Flag that was on the tail of his airplane "with an enormous Obama "O". He also describes how Obama has redesigned the airplane to separate Obama and his staff "from us lowly reporters," and he shows...
  • ABC's Jake Tapper: Obama Thinks He's President; Denies Media Access

    Not every reporter covering Barack Obama's world tour is entranced by the words and imagery of the Democratic candidate. On Thursday's "Good Morning America," political correspondent Jake Tapper jabbed at Obama's overconfidence, describing the senator's July 24 speech in Berlin as "one the Obama campaign is billing at almost presidential. Even though he is not the president." Regarding the Obama plane, the ABC journalist also pointed out: "The American flag on the tail wing has been replaced by an enormous Obama O."
  • ABC News' Jake Tapper: Obama Won't Answer Holocaust Question

    07/24/2008 10:30:49 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 139+ views ^ | July 24, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    On the heels of John McCain's strong statement to Israel and the Jews that he would "not allow a second Holocaust" to happen, Barack Hussein Obama was asked whether he'd prevent a second Holocaust by reporters during his trip to Israel. The setting for the question is notable. It was just before he made a photo op visit to "Yad VaShem," the Holocaust museum in Israel. What is also notable was Obama's "response" and how it was "covered" by the Mainstream media. While the Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Cam Simpson noted the question, they did not note the...
  • Obama Wants To Be Absolutely Clear on Who Is Israel's Friend(Quote of the Day)

    07/22/2008 2:45:02 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 95 replies · 306+ views ^ | July 22, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    "Let me be absolutely clear," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said today at a press conference in Amman, Jordan. "Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain...administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change."
  • The Success of the Surge Seemingly Puts Obama on the Defensive

    07/15/2008 3:26:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 106+ views ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Though a majority of the American people support ending the war in Iraq and think the invasion was a mistake, Republicans have tried to put Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, into a box as he prepares for his first trip to Iraq since securing his party's presidential nomination. Weeks ago, after Obama said he would be willing to listen to commanders in the ground to "refine" his policy, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Republicans said Obama was flip-flopping. Then after Obama clarified that he is sticking by his plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months, McCain and Republicans...
  • Obama Camp Hammers New 'Ironic' New Yorker Cover Depicting Conspiracists' Nightmare of Real Obamas

    07/13/2008 5:46:55 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 34 replies · 271+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | 07/13/08 | Jake Tapper
    The sophisticates at The New Yorker have come up with a cover that is sure to get the magazine a lot of attention. Negative attention. From their friends. An illustration by Barry Blitt depicts Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle in the Oval Office, revealing their "true" selves: Michelle is in full revolutionary garb, an enormous afro making her look like a millennial Angela Davis, holding an automatic weapon and wearing military pants. In the cartoon Michelle is giving dap, or fist-bumping, with her husband who is wearing a turban and is dressed in garb perhaps more appropriate...
  • Green Party Taps McKinney (Cynthia McKinney nominated for US President)

    07/13/2008 9:38:08 AM PDT · by XR7 · 58 replies · 265+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/13/08 | Jake Tapper
    For those voters who think Ralph Nader and Bob Barr are too conventional, the Green Party this weekend named former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Georgia, its 2008 presidential nominee. At the Green Party's nominating convention Saturday in at the Chicago Symphony Center, McKinney received 313 out of 532 votes cast in the first round of balloting. "I am asking you to vote your conscience, vote your dreams, vote your future, vote Green," McKinney told the convention's 800 or so attendees. "A vote for the Green Party is a vote for the movement that will turn this country right-side-up again." McKinney, a...
  • McCain Tells a New Version of Heroic P.O.W. Story [No FR mention]

    07/13/2008 12:17:15 AM PDT · by Plutarch · 32 replies · 146+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 10, 2008 | Jake Tapper
    In Pennsylvania, McCain Tells a New Version of Heroic P.O.W. Story -- Subbing the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Green Bay Packers July 10, 2008 5:37 PMYesterday in Pittsburgh, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., professed his love for the Steelers to KDKA-TV. Watch HERE. Asked what first comes to his mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh, McCain chuckled, "the Steelers.  I was a mediocre high school athlete but I loved and adored the sports but the Steelers really made a huge impression on me particularly in my early years." And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a...
  • Obama's FISA Shift (Obama continues to CHANGE)

    07/09/2008 8:33:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies · 114+ views
    ABC ^ | 7/9/2008 | Jake Tapper
    "To be clear," Sen. Barack Obama. D-Illinois, spox Bill Burton told Talking Points Memo last October about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, "Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." Reaffirmed Obama's Senate office in December: “Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd's efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same...Senator Obama will...