During the inauguration ceremony today, NBC’s Brian Williams declared that Michelle Obama was the most fascinating First Lady since Jackie Kennedy. “We can say without hesitation there has not been this much fascination with a First Lady easily since Jackie Kennedy,” he said. Williams added that there was “about as much talk about her new haircut on her 49th birthday this past week as much as any other aspect of this inauguration.”
The add-on fee trend among the nation´s airlines continues as Southwest Airlines announced Monday a new $40 fee to let passengers board early. Southwest, the nation´s most popular domestic carrier, already charges $10 for its Early Bird Check-In service, which improves a passenger´s position in the boarding queue. But the new $40 fee guarantees that passengers get to be among the first 15 in line, letting them stow away carry-on bags in the overhead bin and pick seats with more legroom. The new boarding option can be purchased at the gate, up to 45 minutes before boarding
France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said. After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights. However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally´s growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission.
CHICAGO - While delivering mail on Chicago´s North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear. "These jobs are the middle class ..." said Dortch-Hardy, a tall, energetic 38-year-old, who took long strides as she wheeled her cart along a row of two- and three-story brick apartment houses. "Without this job, I don´t know where I´d be right now." The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result
President Barack H. Obama took the oath office and delivered a forgettable, partisan address to the nation. He offered no solutions to the nation’s pressing debt problem, because he does not have one. Instead, he offered an MC Hammer take on entitlement spending: You can’t touch this. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
Fox News Channel contributor Brit Hume weighed in with his thoughts on the major themes of President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. Hume said that Obama’s speech should “put to rest” the notion spread by some of the president’s supporters that he is a moderate. “He’s an out and out liberal,” Hume said. He went on to predict that Obama’s speech heralds a new era of contentiousness in Washington that some hoped would abate in the president’s second term. (Snip) “I think we had a clarifying moment today in that the president’s speech served
The Spaniards already boast some of the weirdest festivals in the world, such as the bull running of Pamplona and the world’s biggest tomato fight, but this one definitely tops the list. The annual Jarramplas Festival in Piornal involves hundreds of villagers attacking a man dressed in a devils mask with 15,000 turnips. The best part? No-one really knows why. A young man from the village is selected to be the 'Jarramplas' - the scape goat - and dresses up in a costume made from colourful strips of fabric, donning a devil-like mask with great horns and nose. Content added by staff.
Following President Obama’s second inaugural address, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer called the speech an “amazing” one which rebuked the limited government beliefs of the Reagan era and served as the president’s “ode to big government.” “I thought it was an amazing speech, and historically very important,” Krauthammer began. “This this was really Obama unbound. And I think what’s most interesting is that Obama basically is declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech.” During his 1981 inaugural speech, President Ronald Reagan famously declared that government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem. “
Figure-skating sensation Michelle Kwan and the scion of a Rhode Island political family have married in Rhode Island. Kwan - a two-time Olympic medalist - and Clay Pell exchanged vows at the First Unitarian Church in Providence on Saturday. About 250 guests attended the ceremony, including Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his wife, Stephani, as well as Olympic champions Brian Boitano, Dick Button and Dorothy Hamill, according to People Magazine. ´You could feel the love Michelle and Clay have for each other, a guest told the magazine´s website. ´They are truly a perfect match.´
Why is it a crime for a bloke (and an older bloke) to have an opinion these days which isn´t consistent with the noisy social media brigade? Particularly if it is regarding a subject which dares to broach family issues. The venom associated with my comments on breastfeeding has been extraordinary. From being called a buffoon with discriminatory views by the Fairfax Media critic Michael Idato, to being accused of hating kids, being jealous of babies and having a boob fetish. But maybe my views are more representative than the social media critics would have you believe.
Following President Obama‘s inauguration ceremony, Fox News’ panel of Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Brit Hume reacted largely by pointing out the president’s outward stating of left-leaning goals for a second term, calling the speech a “call to arms for the liberal agenda.” Hume began by noting that the president largely avoided the issues that determined the re-election campaign, and took special notice of how the president claimed “a recovery has begun” four years after first taking office. “What did he say in the speech today that said ‘I have a plan or new ideas
It´s not exactly the Red Carpet ceremony, but the President´s second-term inauguration had an unmistakable Hollywood feel. Beyonce and Jay-Z led the way as the stars turned out in force to support President Barack Obama at his inauguration on Monday. A loud cheer welcomed the 31-year-old singer and her rapper husband as they made a grand entrance at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Scroll Down for Video...The pair both wore grey and had matching fur coats for the occasion and stopped to chat with Rev. Al Sharpton. After watching Obama´s second inauguration, Headline resplit by staff.
It’s chilly on the Capitol steps today, but that’s no problem for Mitt Romney. The former Republican presidential contender is spending Inauguration Day at his home in La Jolla, Calif., where it’s sunny with a forecasted high of 73 degrees. An aide told NBC News that the former Massachusetts governor and his wife have "no big plans." Asked if the governor was likely to watch the inaugural ceremonies today, the aide said, "Doubtful." It’s not surprising that Romney is keeping himself far from the fanfare and tri-color bunting; he’s kept a low profile since losing the election in November.
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, David Gergen, etc. not only couldn’t bring themselves to criticize anything in Barack Obama´s Inaugural speech (really, he´s going to make hard choices to reduce the deficit and health care costs?), but after a good half-hour of post-speech analysis, the gushing became nauseating. And what won CNN´s hearts? Well, what always and so easily wins over this simplistic crowd: identity politics. It doesn’t matter to the media that during Obama´s first term, eight million people have given up looking for work, unemployment´s still as high as it was before we wasted
No word from Mitt Romney, but his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan sent out congrats to President Obama. Paul Ryan ?@RepPaulRyan ”I congratulate President Obama on his inauguration, and I join the country in celebrating this American tradition,” he tweeted. (Snip)“The president and I were political opponents. We had strong disagreements over the direction of the country—as we still do now. But today, we put those disagreements aside. Today, we remember what we share in common. (Snip)“We serve the same country, one that is still in need of repair—and is still the freest on earth. Snip added by staff.
Tens of thousands of people who flocked to the Mall to watch Monday´s inaugural ceremony will have to watch a replay to hear what President Obama said. A television set up just north of the Washington Monument was streaming terribly, sending a garbled signal — both audial and visual — that left observers west of 15th Street having to guess half of what Obama was saying. Many in the crowd – perhaps thinking there was another big screen on the south side of the monument – trudged that way only to find nothing,
During his inauguration speech, President Obama spoke of the class divide in the nation, saying: “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into
Rev. Luis Leon is the guy who replaced Louie Giglio, who was ironically axed for embracing the same biblical positions on homosexuality as MLK himself. Although he never mentioned Jesus, the good Rev--to no one´s surprise--did not fail to mention gays and race. MATTHEW 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it:
LOS ANGELES — A joke about God says that he created the world in six days, and spent the seventh say wondering how he did it. President Barack Obama reached godlike status for saving the world, yet those worshiping him still cannot articulate what he actually did or how he did it. On January 21st, 2013, Obama celebrates his second inauguration. Based on his behavior, this is day 1,461 of his first inauguration. His entire life is a celebration of himself. Nevertheless, he somehow found the will to take time out from relaxing to praise himself publicly
It was like watching the woman you love marrying the wrong man. Obama’s second inaugural was far from the unifying speech that we were promised but instead a declaration of (continued) war on the conservative movement and a rallying cry for liberals. Does the President not realise that he won the 2012 election and doesn’t have to carry on campaigning? Or did someone load up an old draft of his convention speech in to the autocue by mistake?[Snip] You can see where all this is leading. It begins with an "s" and ends with "ism".
The number of automatic weapons in New Hampshire increased dramatically after 2010, according to federal firearms records, although it remains unclear whether the growth is being driven by civilians, law enforcement or the military. The number of registered machine guns in New Hampshire spiked 80 percent between the end of 2010 and March 2012, according to the most current data available from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). (Snip) ATF data indicates there were 9,863 registered machine guns in New Hampshire as of last March, up from 5,479 in December 2010.
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,
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
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, 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
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.”