A Gallup poll released on the morning of Barack Obama’s second public presidential inauguration shows that his first term was marked by a level of public disapproval exceeded in the modern era only by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Obama “averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents,” Gallup said Monday. “Obama’s first-term average is most similar to Bill Clinton’s. Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower were the most popular first-term presidents.”
According to Tom Ricks at Foreign Policy, the Obama administration is pushing out celebrated Marine General Mattis from CENTCOM early because of internal battles over the White House’s Middle East strategy: Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable.
Self-described Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell marked the second swearing-in of President Obama Monday with more harsh words for his fellow party members, during separate appearances on MSNBC and ABC. To Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” report, Mr. Powell criticized the GOP’s immigration platform, and questioned why the party has shifted so far right. “The Republican Party should be a party that says, ‘We want everybody to vote,’ and make it easier to vote and give them a reason to vote for the party,” he said, according to Politico. “The [GOP] has shifted dramatically
Film director and national treasure Michael Winner has died aged 77, it was revealed today. His wife Geraldine confirmed that he had passed away at his home in Kensington, west London, after a long battle with liver disease. He made more than 30 films over a career which spanned seven decades, including the blockbuster Death Wish series. As well as his films, he was known for his witty restaurant reviews and larger-than-life personality. (Snip) Winner revealed in the summer that he was researching the possibility of assisted suicide after doctors told him he had less than two years to live.
Sounding the same themes of class warfare that propelled his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama devoted his second inaugural address to laying out his second term agenda: a struggle to undo the seeming injustices of America´s past, and to overcome the army of straw men that stand in opposition to progress. In the process, President Obama attempted nothing less than an assault on the timeless notion of liberty itself: Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society´s ills can be cured through government alone.
Talking about whether the Republican party needs to broaden its appeal among minorities, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice urged Republicans to pay more attention to immigration reform. “The Republican party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population,” Rice said on Face the Nation to laughter. “It’s not a strategy to keep hoping that parts of the population don’t turn out. You’ve got to simply broaden.” Immigration, Rice added, was the “big issue.”
Here´s the text of President Barack Obama´s Second Inaugural Address, as prepared for delivery: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets
When former New Mexican Governor Bill Richardson made yet another of his many trips to North Korea, bringing with him Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, I was skeptical than anything good would come of it. (Snip)Google’s Schmidt brought with him his teenage daughter, Sophie. She turns out to be a worldly young woman with a flair for photography, keen observation, and wry humor. She has now posted a travelogue, sophieinnorthkorea, which with photos and commentary, under the caption “It might not get weirder than this,”
They have sleepovers. They go to the movies and to the mall with friends. They get embarrassed by their dad when he dances. They have to make their beds. Sasha and Malia Obama, just 7 and 10 when they moved from Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. four years ago, are the youngest children to live in the White House since Caroline and John-John romped in the Oval Office a half-century ago. Now 11 and 14, the “smart and steady” Obama girls, as the proud President describes them, are growing up before the nation’s eyes, filling out the First Family portrait
Barack Obama made clear in his Second Inaugural Address that responding to "climate change" will be a priority in the president´s second term. "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity," Obama declared. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."
Hundreds of thousands of elated supporters have swarmed outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C. to witness the grand public swearing-in ceremony of President Barack Obama at his second inauguration. Crowds cheered and waved American flags in the nation´s sunlit capitol as the grinning president took to the stage on Monday morning, following his wife Michelle, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators and other officials. Canons fired after Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was sworn into office by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, using two bibles -
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