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Obama gut-busting lunch
menu tops 3,000 calories
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 1:37:38 PM     Post Reply
The ceremonial lunch President Obama and his former congressional colleagues are eating Monday tops out at 3,000 calories, according to a website that has tallied up the luxurious menu of lobster, bison and apple pie. HealthyFoodRecipe.net posted the full menu, complete with its calorie count, and said it was “unsatisfactory” to see such an unhealthy spread, given first lady Michelle Obama’s push for healthier eating. She has come under fire for the high-calorie counts of some of the state dinners she’s hosted at the White House, but other nutritionists have given her a pass,

Prepare for a long,
nasty four years
Fox News, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 1:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Though the public inauguration ceremony takes place Monday, President Barack Obama’s new term began Sunday, with his official swearing-in held in the White House’s Blue Room. Many of us hope his second term will be better than his first. To understand why, consider his record so far. Fewer Americas are working today than when Mr. Obama took the oath of office four years ago. The unemployment rate is higher. He’s the first president to preside over a decline in median household income during a recovery. Nearly half as many more people receive food stamps than when

Chris Matthews: Obama
2nd Inaugural Akin to
Gettysburg Address
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 1:23:25 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is perhaps the only modern president who has had the burden of swatting away comparisons between his own soaring rhetoric and that of our 16th president. You may recall that, in the wake of the Newtown massacre, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Maraniss gushed over the president’s remarks, writing, “People will long remember what Barack Obama said in Newtown,” and calling the speech “[Obama´s] Gettysburg address.” Today, thanks to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, it took less than five minutes for the comparison to be drawn between President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural address



Anna Wintour Drops Out
of Ambassadorship Race
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 1:17:48 PM     Post Reply
Anna Wintour, Vogue editor, has withdrawn her name from the cadre of hopefuls pining for ambassadorships. Over 300 ambassador wannabees are being considered for roughly 30 openings, but Wintour, who had hotly desired the ambassadorship to Great Britain, found out that her multiyear contract with the publisher of Vogue, Conde Nast, would penalize her financially if she left her job before her contract was up. Wintour was a major fundraiser for Obama in 2012, but once it leaked out that Obama’s top fundraiser, Matthew Barzun, would get the British post, Wintour withdrew her name

Gallup: Obama average first-
term approval ratings among
lowest in modern history
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 12:55:05 PM     Post Reply
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.”

White House Forcing Out
Celebrated Marine General
National Review Online, by Nathaniel Botwinick    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 12:51:50 PM     Post Reply
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.

Colin Powell (again)
condemns Republicans
Washington Times [DC], by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 12:50:09 PM     Post Reply
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, national treasure
(and no mean restaurant critic)
Michael Winner dies aged 77
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye & Larisa Brown    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/21/2013 12:50:03 PM     Post Reply
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.

Second Inaugural Address:
Obama Declares War on
Liberty As We Know It
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 12:40:04 PM     Post Reply
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.

Condi Rice: GOP ‘Has to
Stop Turning Off Large
Segments of the Population’
National Review Online, by Katrina Trinko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 12:31:51 PM     Post Reply
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.”

Text of Obama´s Second
Inaugural Address
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 12:20:15 PM     Post Reply
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



Best Thing Ever To Emerge from
a Celebrity Trip to North Korea
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/21/2013 12:18:49 PM     Post Reply
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,”

Four more years: As President
Barack Obama readies the
First Family for another term
in the White House, he and
wife Michelle are likely to
continue making sure their daughters´
lives are kept normal ... and private
New York Daily News, by Heidi Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 12:18:22 PM     Post Reply
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

Obama: ´We Will Respond to
the Threat of Climate Change´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 12:15:25 PM     Post Reply
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 supporters
gather in Washington D.C.
as President Obama arrives at
the Capitol for his second inauguration
Daily Mail (UK), by Louise Boyle & Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 11:59:27 AM     Post Reply
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: Obama Tried
To ‘Exploit’ Newtown
Tragedy ‘Within Minutes’
Mediaite, by Anjali Sareen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:50:15 AM     Post Reply
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 Reporter: Obama’s Background
Lets Him ‘Think In More Complex
Terms,’ ‘Reach More Nuanced Positions’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:39:06 AM     Post Reply
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.’

On Morning Joe: Why Can´t
Obama Use His ´Super-Brain´
to Make Washington Work?
NewsBusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:29:04 AM     Post Reply
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)

Obama: Inauguration a chance to
celebrate ‘this incredible nation’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:24:48 AM     Post Reply
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

Virginia lawmaker´s AK-47 sparks
gun debate on House floor
Washington Examiner, by Steve Contorno    Original Article
Posted By: ArtieC- 1/21/2013 11:12:44 AM     Post Reply
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.


Exclusive: Mark Levin´s
Inaugural Day Message— Fight!
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:12:38 AM     Post Reply
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.

MLK Jr. Day: Juan Williams
Can´t Let Go of Racism Charge
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 11:01:51 AM     Post Reply
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.

Obama´s Perfect Second Inauguration
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/21/2013 10:58:24 AM     Post Reply
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.

First 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
sells for $1.1 million
Fox News, by Viknesh Vijayenthiran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 10:54:34 AM     Post Reply
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. Clyburn: MLK ´forecast´
issues Obama would face
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Geneva Sands    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/21/2013 10:54:15 AM     Post Reply
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.

37 foreigners killed during
gas plant standoff, including
two Americans, Algerian PM
and US official say
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2013 10:49:25 AM     Post Reply
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

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