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  • Obama, first lady flew on separate planes to L.A. on same day

    03/13/2015 1:19:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Taxpayers paid for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to fly separately Thursday to Los Angeles, where they appeared on separate TV talk shows on the same day. Mr. Obama flew on Air Force One, which costs about $228,000 per hour of flight time, to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama flew on a different plane Thursday across country to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ show. That show will be broadcast on Monday. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Friday that the president and...
  • Obama to be guest of honour at India's Republic Day parade

    01/25/2015 3:54:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Claire Cozens
    Barack Obama will become the first US president to be chief guest at India's Republic Day parade on Monday, a day after hailing a new era of friendship between the world's biggest democracies. The invitation to the annual celebration of the birth of modern India is one of the biggest honours the country can bestow on a foreign leader and underscores the growing closeness between Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Security will be tight for the parade, a colourful display of India's military might and cultural diversity showcasing everything from tanks and state-of-the-art weaponry to camels and traditional...
  • Taxpayers charged $1.1 million for Obama to visit Gwyneth Paltrow

    12/22/2014 11:33:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 12/22/14 | Andrew Malcolm
    As usual in December, President Obama and family and staff and their families and Secret Service and armored motorcade vehicles and the family dogs flew out to Hawaii this past weekend for a couple weeks of golf and dining out. [Snip] That luxury 747 alone costs $182,000 per hour to operate. It´s a nine-hour flight from Washington to one of the farthest reaches of the 50 states -- each way. How about Obama´s other discretionary trips? How much are taxpayers billed for those?
  • Is This The Real Reason Obama Announced the Order in Vegas?

    11/22/2014 10:39:33 AM PST · by Hoodat · 15 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 22 Nov 2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama today is playing golf at the Shadow Creek golf club in North Las Vegas, reputed to be the nicest golf course in Vegas. It’s 55 degrees and mostly sunny. At 44 degrees, it’s a little too cold today in the Washington area for a comfortable round. This is the 47th time he’s played this year and the 204th outing of his presidency.
  • Obama Interrupted By Hecklers During Amnesty Speech In Las Vegas

    11/21/2014 2:32:05 PM PST · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Charles Spiering
    President Obama was interrupted by hecklers during his speech in Las Vegas on Friday, as he tried to explain why he chose to act on his own to offer amnesty to illegal immigrants.
  • Just discovered the Latin Grammys are being held in Las Vegas...

    11/20/2014 3:26:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    11/20/14
    So I just looked up the Latin Grammys on news...Obamugabe is supposedly going to announce unconstitutional, unlawful amnesty before the show on the spanish language networks. Then, tomorrow, Obamugabe goes to a rally in Las Vegas. Guess where the Latin Grammys are being held tonight?
  • Obama says ‘Rohingya,’ displeasing Myanmar hosts (name of Burmese Muslims)

    11/14/2014 8:37:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST | Todd Pitman and Julie Pace
    Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week—they were hoping he would simply say their name. On Friday, the last day of his trip, he finally did—uttering the word publicly for the first time on his three-day visit at a news conference with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Discrimination against the Rohingya or any other religious minority does not express the kind of country that Burma over the long term wants to be,” Obama...
  • Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

    11/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 9, 2014 | BY GEORGE E. CONDON JR
    The president will spend 10 days in Asia, where leaders know all about his domestic political weakness. No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the next two years. So it is perhaps serendipitous that the president left Saturday for the longest foreign trip of his presidency, a 24,000-mile trek through three countries and two continents that will have...
  • Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out

    11/08/2014 11:59:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/06/2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than 60 years and qualify for second-class citizenship, or be placed in camps and face deportation. The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest flow of Rohingya refugees since a major exodus two years ago. The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit...
  • Obama getting cold shoulder in Colorado

    07/08/2014 7:49:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | July 8, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    If President Obama is as thin-skinned as his critics say then his ego is in for a bruising in Colorado today. Obama will be campaigning in the Centennial State – one of the key battlegrounds in his bid to hold the Senate for his party – but neither the incumbent senator he is trying to save nor other top-tier Democratic candidates will appear in public with the president.
  • President Obama to Fundraise in Austin TX with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration "Machete" Films

    07/07/2014 7:51:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | July 7, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Obama Skips Border Chaos, Will Fundraise in Austin with Director of Pro-Illegal Immigration Film President Barack Obama is refusing to visit the turbulent U.S.-Mexican border, where a flood of illegal immigrants continues to overwhelm the region. Instead, Obama will visit the home of Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez this week as part of a trio of Texas fundraisers. The Austin visit features tickets ranging in price from $5,000 to $32,400. The July 9 fundraiser also will feature actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Both Trejo and Alba star in Rodriguez's ultra-violent Machete franchise. The first film in the series...
  • Did Barack Obama Wear Women's Shoes in Minnesota?

    06/28/2014 7:27:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Barack “Yes we can” Obama has already proven that he’s big on slogans. Leaving behind FORWARD, and of course ‘Hope and Change…We Can Believe In,’ the president’s newest catchphrase is “In the shoes,” which describes loafer-lover Barack Obama attempting to reconnect with everyday Americans by metaphorically slipping into other people’s shoes. To infuse added relatability into his plans to do future ‘in the shoes’ walkabouts, the White House is officially calling Obama’s planned encounters with the unwashed masses a “day-in-the-life” series, wherein the POTUS leaves his billionaire friends and devoted low-maintenance wife behind to venture forth onto the highways and...
  • Obama Hitting the Road on Female-Voter Empathy Tour

    06/27/2014 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/26/2014 | By Alexis Simendinger
    ~snip~ In Minneapolis, Obama will meet with “Rebekah,” one such letter-writer. And in other cities and towns, the president will doff his suit jackets, roll up his sleeves, lead town-hall discussions, and press the flesh during “impromptu” stops at local eateries, where he’s guaranteed to favor pie. Message: I care. Postscript: Unmarried Women, Please Vote in November for Democrats. With his job approval drifting to a near-record low of 41 percent, Obama is a drag on his party, even as he raises millions of dollars for Democrats at fundraisers around the country. His aides say he doesn’t plan to stump...
  • Obama pitches economic priorities in Minnesota

    06/27/2014 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Chron ^ | 6-27-2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama says Republican obstructionism in Congress is keeping intact a system that is "rigged" against average people who are trying to do the right thing. Obama is telling a crowd in Minneapolis that Republicans have blocked or voted down "every single serious idea" to help the middle class, including raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. He says he's been taking steps on his own to help because he can't allow "indifference or greed" to threaten hard-working families.
  • Obama Feels Your Pain Because He And Michelle Once Lost Their Nanny

    06/27/2014 7:49:27 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/27/14 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama channeled Hillary Clinton’s recent “dead broke” complaints Thursday, when he told a hard-hit Minnesota woman that Michelle Obama’s difficultly with a nanny in Chicago echoed her family’s history of repeated layoffs and wage cuts. Minnesota resident “Rebekah [Erier] sent me this letter, and it moved me,” Obama told his donors at an evening fund-raiser in Minneapolis, Minn, as he tried to show he is in touch with ordinary people’s concerns.
  • Obama Skipping Out of WH to Spend a Day With 'Hardworking Mom'

    06/24/2014 1:18:02 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 42 replies
    CNSNews. ^ | June 24, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Apparently because he doesn't get out of the White House enough (?) -- or have enough to do? -- President Obama will travel to Minnesota on Thursday to "spend a day with Rebekah," described by the White House as a "hardworking mom from Minneapolis," who wrote to the president to tell him "how much harder it's become to get ahead and do right by her family." When the president receives letters like Rebekah's, he "makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally," the White House said. This time, he's made plans to meet with Rebekah...
  • President Obama returning to Silicon Valley in July for House fundraising

    06/10/2014 2:57:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    President Obama plans to make his 18th trip to the Bay Area in July for another round of campaign fundraising on behalf of Democratic Congressional candidates — returning to again Los Altos, according to an invite obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. All this POTUS attention has bulked up the DCCC’s bottom line: Dems may be in the minority in the House, they have outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) by $20.8 million this cycle. Bottom line: DCCC now has $43.5 million in the bank — which, according to its figures is $18 million more cash than at this...
  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 6:24:32 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/02/2014 | Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati
    The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source at President Hamid Karzai's palace in Kabul, who declined to be identified. The palace official also said Karzai was worried about further deals being cut without his knowledge Karzai's press office said in a statement that the U.S....
  • Behind the White House Leak of the CIA Agent’s Name Is a Real Story

    05/28/2014 9:45:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    independent sentinel ^ | May 27, 2014 | Sara Noble and Gary Spina
    According to the AP, a CIA agent’s name was leaked by the White House . The AP calls it an “embarrassing flub” even though it was a crime when an aide in the Bush administration leaked the name of part-time agent Valerie Plame. What’s given little attention in the story is the fact that the Washington Post reporter who wrote the story sent his copy to the White House to be checked for “accuracy.” ... First of all, any reporter worth his salt would not depend on the subject he’s reporting on to verify accuracy. That’s just crazy. He’d make...
  • How Low Can the President Stoop?

    05/28/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5-27-14 | Gary Schmitt
    Today in the Rose Garden, President Obama announced that he’s going to keep a little under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2014, half that number by the end of 2015, and will have all those forces out by the end of 2016. Putting aside the fact that this is the lowest number military advisors estimated was necessary to maintain training and some counterterrorism capability in country over not just one year but several, the decision to halve and then zero out those forces by 2016 is a reminder not only of how seriously unserious this president on strategic matters can...
  • Exposure of CIA Station Chief Spotlights Administration’s Immaturity

    05/27/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Anybody can make a mistake, and that certainly appears to be what led to the Obama White House’s exposure of the top CIA official in Afghanistan this weekend. Unfortunately, as Roger Kimball details , this is not an isolated incident. In year six of the Obama administration, it speaks volumes about not just incompetence but immaturity and the skewed priorities that come with it. Exactly because anyone can make a mistake, large organizations — presidential administrations included — build layers of vetting into the disclosure of information to the public. In this instance, because the commander-in-chief made a surprise visit...
  • Obama to Announce Plans to Seek to Leave 9,800 US Troops in Afghanistan (Live 2:45 p.m. EDT)

    05/27/2014 8:34:16 AM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Steve Holland
    U.S. President Barack Obama will announce plans on Tuesday to seek to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year, a senior administration official said.
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • White House Makes Big Mistake Involving Secret Identity of CIA Chief in Afghanistan

    05/26/2014 3:00:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 26, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    The White House made a big mistake over the weekend, accidentally revealing the name of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul in a prepared list of U.S. officials who were taking part in a briefing related to President Barack Obama‘s surprise visit to Afghanistan. After the White House caught the error, which named the individual as the “Chief of Station” — a label given to the CIA’s top spy in any given country — the agent was removed from the email and a revised list was distributed, the Washington Post reported. But before making the change, the official’s identity was...
  • Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Visit with U.S. Troops

    05/25/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT · by kristinn · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Steve Holland
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to meet with U.S. troops who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war. Spirited out of Washington aboard Air Force One, Obama flew for more than 13 hours for the brief visit to Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in the country. The trip comes as Obama is buffeted by criticism at home that his handling of U.S. foreign policy has been too passive in dealing with crises from Syria to Ukraine...
  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit troops

    05/25/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fox News
    President Obama has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, Fox News has learned.
  • Obama is in AFGHANISTAN

    05/25/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 72 replies
    5/26/14
    ok
  • Saudi Arabia woos Pakistan with $1.5 billion grant. Why now?

    03/30/2014 7:01:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 28, 2014 | Taha Siddiqui
    As US president Barack Obama looks to mend ties with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh today, the Saudis hope to shore up regional support. Their $1.5 billion gift has raised suspicions among Pakistanis. Pakistan announced last week that it received a $1.5 billion grant from Saudi Arabia, which it termed a “friendly gift” and an “unconditional grant.” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long had warm ties, but the no-strings-attached gift sparked immediate concern from Pakistani journalists, security experts, and opposition politicians, who question whether the grant is part of a behind-the-scenes deal for Pakistan to provide weapons for Syrian rebels. “There...
  • Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

    03/28/2014 9:38:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/28/14 | Assad ABBOUD
    Riyadh (AFP) - US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama, who is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia late in the afternoon on a flight from Italy, is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.
  • Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

    03/28/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/27/14 | David K Kirkpatrick
    Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil. But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. “Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire...
  • Obama Makes Two Major Foreign Policy Gaffes on Europe Trip

    03/27/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/27/14 | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership". In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008. At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that they will become members of NATO." Former Georgian Ambassador to London Giorgi Badridze, told Breitbart London: "President Obama's remarks could hardly have come at a worse time –...
  • Hilarious: Only one person slow claps after Obama speaks in Netherlands

    03/27/2014 6:41:17 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The magic is gone, and the adoring crowds in Berlin 2008 must seem only a distant memory. While spring has arrived for everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere, Barack Obama is entering his winter. As his presidency implodes in a cloud of Obamacare incompetence and foreign policy blunders, even the Europeans who once adored him have caught on to what an empty suit Barack Obama is.
  • “Wonderful meeting you,” Obama tells Francis

    03/27/2014 5:56:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 27, 2014
    The 50 minute meeting between Pope Francis and Barack Obama has ended. The President commented on how wonderful it was to be in the Vatican again “It is a great honour. I'm a great admirer. Thank you so much for receiving me,” the US President, Barack Obama said at the start of his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The meeting lasted just under one hour (from 10:28 to 11:20). After this, the Pope was introduced to the President’s entourage and gifts were exchanged between the two leaders. The two were then photographed as per custom and...
  • Obama Tells Pope Francis He is a 'Great Admirer'

    03/27/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/27/14 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House. Although Obama and the church remain deeply split over abortion and contraception, Obama considers the pontiff a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, and their private meeting in the Papal Library ran longer than scheduled. After they emerged to cameras, Francis presented Obama with a copy of his papal mission statement decrying a global economic system that excludes the poor. Obama...
  • Obama Gives Pope Chest of 'Fruit and Vegetable Seeds Used in the White House Garden'

    03/27/2014 5:41:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama has just concluded his meeting with the pope today in the Vatican. The White House sent details of the gift President Obama delivered to the pope. "President Barack Obama presented His Holiness Pope Francis with a custom-made seed chest featuring a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House Garden. Earlier this month, Pope Francis made the historic announcement that he would open to the public the gardens of the papal summer residence, the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo," writes the White House in an email to reporters. "The chest is made from American leather,...
  • Obama: Well, that's embarrasing.

    03/25/2014 9:00:33 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/25/2014 | Mary Greeley
    Holy cow, folks! SMH!!!!!! This is sooooo unbelieavable. He has NO credibility!!
  • Merkel miffed at Barack Obama and David Cameron 'nuclear war game'

    03/25/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Bruno Waterfield, and Peter Dominiczak in The Hague and Nick Squires in Rome
    World leaders played an interactive nuclear war game designed to test their responses to a terrorist atomic "dirty bomb" attack that threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. David Cameron joined Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping and other world leaders to play a "nukes on the loose" war game to see how they would cope with a terrorist nuclear attack. The German chancellor grumbled at being asked to play games and take tests with the Prime Minister, US and Chinese presidents around a table with dozens of heads of state at a nuclear summit in The...
  • Obama: I'm Concerned About a Loose Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan

    03/25/2014 9:23:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 229 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Daniel Halper
    Romney still wrong about Russia, says Obama. Speaking at a brief news conference in the Hague, President Obama said he's more worried about a loose nuke being detonated in Manhattan than he is about Russia: "With respect to Mr. Romney's assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that America has a whole lot of challenges," said the president. "Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neigbors, not out of strength, but out weakness. "Ukraine has been a country which Russia had enormous influence for decades, since the...
  • Obama Flies to A Europe Shaken by Putin's Bold Strategy

    03/23/2014 1:33:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 122 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Tom Curry
    resident Barack Obama flies Sunday to a Europe shaken by Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea and his threats against eastern parts of Ukraine. At a summit conference at The Hague on preventing nuclear terrorism – scheduled long before the Ukraine crisis – Obama will confer with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders. On Monday afternoon Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping of China, Russia’s neighbor and sometime rival. Putin has forced the United States and Europe to refocus on the origins of the modern transatlantic alliance -- the 1949 NATO defense partnership designed to prevent a Russian invasion...
  • Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions Over Iran, Syria: Report

    01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST · by kristinn · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Writing by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing Ken Wills
    President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington's main Arab ally over U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported. Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings. "This is about a deteriorating relationship" and declining trust, said a senior Arab official in discussing the need for the summit, which was pulled together in recent days, the newspaper reported. A White House spokeswoman declined...
  • Obama’s 2013 Hawaiian vacation -- what's wrong with Dollywood?

    12/18/2013 6:15:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama is packing his bags for a 17-day, taxpayer-funded Christmas vacation to Hawaii, The Washington Times reported. The vacation begins on Friday, December 20. The first family will reportedly be shacking up at a palatial ocean-front home that rents for $24,500 a week. When you toss in the shaved ice, greens fees, and gas for Air Force One, the American taxpayers could be on the hook for one mighty expensive Hawaiian holiday. The Hawaii Reporter ran the numbers on last year’s trip and found that it cost taxpayers more than $4 million. That’s some pricy poi. And while the...
  • Figures. Obama Flies to Texas to Thank Alinsky Group For Their Support

    11/07/2013 2:27:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/7/13 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama flew to Dallas, Texas on Wednesday to promote his troubled Obamacare program. He also wanted to defend the Obamacare navigators who work on Obamacare in Dallas.Barack Obama flew to Texas to thank members of an Alinsky-founded group for their support. (Yahoo)During his visit Barack Obama thanked members of the Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) a group professing to be an interdenominational Christian group. DAI is actually a front group for the Industrial Areas Foundation, which was founded by Saul Alinsky.  The group plans on distributing 100,000 copies of the DAI health care booklet in the Dallas area.DAI purports to be a...
  • Obama says Perry’s opposition to Medicaid expansion is “bullheadedness”

    11/06/2013 8:49:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 46 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | November 06, 2013 | Anna M. Tinsley
    President Barack Obama traveled to North Texas Wednesday to thank those working to help Texans sign up for coverage through the nation’s new healthcare plan — and to call on Republican Gov. Rick Perry to do more to help those without insurance. He brought his defense of the controversial healthcare law to Texas, the largest Republican state where officials oppose the program as well as any expansion of Medicaid. “There’s no state that actually needs this more than Texas,” Obama told a crowd of about 150 gathered at Temple Emanu-El, where volunteers work to enroll others in the healthcare program,...
  • Perry: Don't blame Texas for the failure of ObamaCare

    11/06/2013 7:57:29 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    NEWS4 San Antonio ^ | 11-6-2013 | NEWS4 San Antonio
    Perry: Don't blame Texas for the failure of ObamaCare Updated: Wednesday, November 6 2013, 09:32 PM CST DALLAS, Texas -- President Barack Obama stopped by the Lone Star State Wednesday. He spoke to volunteers in Dallas about the Affordable Care Act, encouraging Texas to participate in the federal health insurance marketplace created under the law."I know that sometimes this task is especially challenging here in the great Lone Star State," Obama said to laughter. "But I think all of you understand that there's no state that actually needs this more than Texas."Perry shot back, accusing Obama in a statement of...
  • Obama shortens Asia trip because of shutdown [Not cancels]

    10/02/2013 4:54:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    AP ^ | October 2, 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has canceled two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday.
  • mid government shutdown, Obama under pressure to cancel week-long Asia trip [Clown Cancels]

    10/02/2013 3:46:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/2/13 | David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin
    ... Obama’s overtures to Asia have been built on the twin premises that the United States will be a reliable partner and that its democratic values are to be emulated. But Obama now finds himself preparing to leave for a week-long trip to the region amid the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years —and facing political pressure to remain in Washington during the crisis. It marks a potential embarrassment for a president who has expressed a personal interest in strengthening the United States’ position in Asia.
  • Obama Pivots to Asia, Announces Trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines

    09/13/2013 12:05:27 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 13, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will be traveling to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines, at the beginning of next, the White House announced today. "The President will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from October 6 – 12 as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific," reads the press secretary's announcement.
  • Obama's $2.5M Hotel and 'Vehicle Rental' Tab on Last Mexico Trip

    05/01/2013 11:51:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/1/13 | Jeryl Bier
    As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week. But the trip won’t exactly be cheap for taxpayers, assuming the costs mirror those incurred by the American taxpayers for President Obama's last trip to Mexico,...
  • Obama Daughters are Michelle’s ‘Senior Staffers’

    03/31/2013 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    GOP the daily dose ^ | 3/3/13 | Amy
    Michelle was caught cheating on her expense report. What a show of arrogance! This information was obtained by Judicial Watch March, 2012. The administration had to be sued to get this through the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. Michelle Obama listed daughters as ‘Senior Staffers’ to justify her expensive African vacation and safari. October 5, 2011, Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 ( a Boeing 757 ), modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world, to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa , at a cost of...
  • 'Palestinians' seethe over Romney fundraiser comments

    07/30/2012 1:21:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/30/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    At a Jerusalem fundraiser on Monday, Republican candidate Mitt Romney told his Jewish donors exactly what he thinks of the 'Palestinians' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). "As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality," the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel. Romney said some economic histories...