GOP Senator Ted Cruz slammed President Obama‘s gun control proposals on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday and said he didn’t think it was constructive for the president to try to “exploit” the Newtown tragedy “within minutes” of it occurring. Cruz said the “gun control agenda” backed by Obama is “designed to appeal to partisans.” Cruz explained why he didn’t believe any of the gun control measures outlined by Obama last week would work: “Number one, it would have done zero to prevent the crime in Newtown. Number two, many of the provisions are contrary to
TIME Magazine reporter Jon Meacham joined MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Monday for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Both Meacham and Matthews compared Obama to President Ronald Reagan and asked if he can achieve a lasting legacy in his second term through compromise with his opponents. Meacham said that he thought so because, like Reagan whose formative experience in life came from being a labor organizer and an actor, Obama’s background is that of a college professor. Professors, Meacham said, are able to ‘think in more complex terms’ and ‘reach more nuanced positions.’
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd spoke in such illustrious language about the "brilliant" president and his "super-brain" that she even bowled over Obama fan Mika Brzezinski who exclaimed: "Now that´s love!" Appearing on the Monday edition of MSNBC´s Morning Joe, Dowd predicted that "five years from now" the Morning Joe crew will be gushing about Obama´s "brilliant political memoir" but then lamented that they would look back and ask: "Why couldn´t he have applied that super-brain to Washington and gotten it to work better?" (video after the jump)
In a short speech at the National Building Museum on Sunday night, President Obama thanked his supporters and said his second inauguration was a chance to celebrate “this incredible nation.” “What we are celebrating is not just the election or swearing-in of a president; what we are doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation we call home,” said Obama at a reception for campaign donors and backers of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “And after we celebrate, let´s be sure to work as hard as we can to pass on an America that is worthy
A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws. Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day´s session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber´s gallery. Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey´s speech to ask him to take his finger out of the trigger guard and later said that taking guns from citizens is what led to the Holocaust and mass killings under the Soviet Gulag.
As President Barack Obama prepares for his inauguration, Breitbart News sat down with radio talk show host Mark Levin, the bestselling author of the blockbusters Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia, Men in Black, and Rescuing Sprite. Levin painted a stark picture of the reality facing the country – the rise of tyranny – but he also offered hope in one word: “fight.” “I don’t think Obama knows exactly what he’s going to go for in his second term,” Levin said, "as he will look for opportunities to exploit as events unfold.
Have we, as a nation, reached the point at which we judge our leaders not “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous words? We would wish it to be so, but judging from Juan Williams’s recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, we are not there yet. Williams, himself a victim of false accusations of prejudice, recycles the old charge that critics of President Barack Obama are racist. Williams is careful not to put the point quite so bluntly.
The real oath of office was administered yesterday, as per the Constitution of course, so the polite term for today´s TV event is "ceremonial," a pleasant euphemism for "let´s pretend." Today´s fake taking of the oath of office by President Obama is the perfect metaphor for the Potemkin nature of his political movement. His impressive resume in 2008 was comprised of positions in which nobody could remember any particular work or accomplishments of anything useful.(snip) Fake, fake, fake.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with VIN ending in #0001 has sold at auction for an incredible $1.1 million, more than 20 times the expected cost of the latest ‘Vette. Of course, getting to own the very first example to be sold to the public has its premium, and all proceeds from the sale will be going to benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Nevertheless, the amount paid is still staggering. The final bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auction held yesterday in Scottsdale, Arizona, was NASCAR team owner and avid Corvette collector Rick Hendrick.
Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) said on Monday that many of the policy issues that President Obama has faced while in office were "forecast" by Martin Luther King Jr. "I believe that so much of what President Obama has confronted was sort of forecast by Martin Luther King Jr.," said Clyburn on CNN´s "Starting Point." Clyburn, speaking on the morning or Obama´s second inauguration — which for the second time coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day — told CNN that the first-term healthcare legislation was an example of King´s foresight.
Thirty-seven foreign hostages were killed during the four-day-long standoff at a natural gas plant in Algeria, including two more Americans, the country´s prime minister and a U.S. official said Monday. Three Islamist militants were said to be captured alive and at least two Canadians were among the terrorist group that took hundreds hostage. Seven Americans made it out of the gas plant safely, but three had died, the U.S. official said, on condition of anonymity because he wasn´t authorized to speak publicly on the matter The official said Monday that the FBI had recovered the bodies of the Americans
On this weekend’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” Washington Post columnist George Will raised doubts as to whether President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals will ever become law, even though chief White House adviser David Plouffe vowed legislative reform on the same program. According to Will, Obama’s persuasive abilities have been overrated for several years. “Well, are they?” Will said, questioning the likelihood that Obama’s proposals are viable in Congress. “A durable myth of the Obama presidency, to which Mr. Obama subscribes, is that he’s tremendously persuasive. I don’t think his advocacy of Obamacare and the health care
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) predicted Monday that with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) working to unify the Republican caucus after the divisive “fiscal cliff” fight, House leaders would avoid offering votes on legislation driven by Democratic support. "John Boehner´s tone and his body language … was all about how we pull our conference together and work together," King told CNN. "I don´t think you´ll see another bill that comes to the floor that´s got that large a number of Democrat votes." "It´s going to be a Republican agenda that he drives, and I think he´s about unifying our conference," he added.
DAVID AXELROD: One thing that gives me hope is that I see 85, 90% of Americans saying, yes, we should have universal background checks for anyone who buys a gun. That would be an enormous step forward. And frankly, I don´t think even the NRA can defeat that. because I think that there´s such a consensus among the American people for that. 65% of Americans think we ought to limit the size of these magazines to a reasonable number of rounds so that we don´t have situations where people can open fire on a crowd
Four years ago during his inaugural address, Barack Obama said America’s politics and policies could bring the country together. At the moment he took the oath, he was convinced he was the president to do it. He saw himself as an emblem of healing, a leader with ambitions to tackle neglected problems head on, and an orator who could use words to inspire change. “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics,” he said at the
Keeping with her navy theme from yesterday, Michelle Obama once again stepped out in a tailored navy coat this morning by Thom Browne. The First Lady arrived at St. John´s Episcopal Church across from the White House this morning with daughters Malia and Sasha, her mother Marian Robinson and the President, keeping pre-inaguguration tradition. According to NBC News´ White House Correspondent, Kristen Welker, Mrs Obama´s Thom Browne coat was made from fabric specifically developed to mimic the style of a man’s silk tie. Thom Browne is still best known as a menswear designer, and he often channels
The ennui that hangs over the second inauguration of President Obama like a thick blanket of fog is not simply a function of Republican weariness and wariness after four years of fights with the president. Democrats too are less than thrilled on this august occasion. As my colleague Dana Milbank put it, Obama’s agenda looks “little.” The certitude that he will accomplish significant things is nowhere to be found. Those who made the case for his reelection seem almost wistful. The Post editorial board writes,
Former Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was among his own on Sunday night, as a guest at a coalition of environmental advocates´ Green Inaugural Ball. Held at the Newseum on Capitol Hill, the event featured leaders of the green movement; a perfunctory, one-song performance by will.i.am, who sang "I´ve Got a Feeling" and left the stage; actors Jeffrey Wright, Tate Donovan and musician Mayer Hawthorne; and a surprise, fired-up speech by Vice President Joe Biden.Retiring from the House of Representatives after 15 years, Kucinich, who has been one of Congress´ most outspoken liberals, an anti-war activist and social justice crusader.
Proof of Heaven is the sort of book I almost never read, but I’m glad I made an exception. I don’t really follow the whole Near Death Experience, is-there-or-isn’t-there-an-afterlife debate. I’ve come to believe there is more to life than life, but I don’t think about it much. Life itself seems a pretty urgent business and I want to pay attention to it before it’s gone. If there’s nothing afterwards, I’ll never know. If there is, I’ve got an excellent lawyer. But a friend gave me the book for Christmas. I started it, and found it weirdly compelling.
The President has found a winning formula to push through his extreme policy views: campaign, grow support, give the appearance of action and fund raise off pseudo-action. The President is now applying this campaign tactic to gun control, giving the appearance to America that he is taking action to protect children from madmen. The President held a press conference on January 16th explaining 23 executive orders that he was to sign in relation to gun control measures. President Obama, surrounded by children, concluded his press conference by sitting at a desk and signing several papers
Is the Washington National Cathedral the spiritual center of the nation? In the mind of the liberal Episcopal cathedral’s new dean, it should be. Such an assertion would surprise many of America’s churchgoers, the vast majority of whom are not even Oldline Protestants, let alone Episcopalians. But since assuming leadership of the Cathedral in October, Dean Gary R. Hall has frequently spoken of the church’s role as being “at the center” of American public life.
Algeria´s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 foreigners, seven of whom remain unidentified, died during the four-day siege of a natural-gas complex deep in the Sahara desert. In his first public comments on the deadly standoff, Mr. Sellal said 32 "terrorists" from Northern Mali conducted the attack and that the Algerian authorities tried to negotiate with them. He said three militants were captured alive. "The primary target for those terrorist groups was to take over a bus carrying foreign workers including a BP BP.LN +0.20% director that was heading to an airport
Most things that we read in the popular media about radical Islam are fantasies. They are promulgated in the mistaken belief that such dogmas will appease terrorists, or at least direct their ire elsewhere. But given the recent news — murdering in Algeria, war in Mali, the Syrian mess, and Libyan chaos — let us reexamine some of these more common heresies. Such a review is especially timely, given that Mr. Brennan believed that jihad is largely a personal quest for spiritual perfection; Mr. Kerry believed that Bashar Assad was a potentially moderating reformer;
Glory be, it’s Obama’s inauguration day! And for some of his followers, it´s nothing less than a religious event. Fox News (who else?) reports that mega Obamaphiles are handing out posters in the streets of DC that claim Obama’s coming was predicted by the Bible. The proclamation says that “Barack” is a Hebrew word that means “flash of lightning” and Hussein means “good and handsome.” Put ‘em together and what have you got? “Barack was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds.”
Janey Daley had an interesting piece in yesterday´s paper, in which she looked forward to a new era of American isolationism: On his triumphal tour of Eastern Europe, he greeted the rapturous crowds with a bluntly uncompromising message. Announcing the withdrawal of the US missile shield from Poland and the Czech Republic, he made it brutally clear how things were going to be from now on.[Snip]How ironic that Barack Obama should follow an almost Pat Buchanan-like foreign policy, though for different motives. Buchanan wanted America to be “A Republic, Not an Empire”, and feared (correctly, as it turned out)
At an inaugural reception last night, Vice President Joe Biden praised President Obama for his first term and welcomed America to his second. “This man has already done an absolutely remarkable job,” Biden explained praising Obama for passing his healthcare initiative, ending the war in Iraq and supporting gay marriage. “I want you to know something else about this guy Barack Obama — he’s just getting started,” Biden added. “He’s just getting started.” Biden promised to reduce gun violence, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and help put the economy “on a sustainable path to the future.”