President Barack Obama´s second inaugural address has been described as one of the most partisan ever given, heralding a sweeping left-wing agenda and demonizing his opponents. But President Obama´s target is not simply the Republican Party: it is the Constitution itself, and the values of liberty that it enshrines. In the address itself, President Obama made the case that liberty is not timeless; that it must adjust to the times, and that "preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action"--not to defend those freedoms from infringement, but to
BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith is just one of many journalists ready to canonize President Obama as one of the greatest presidents today despite the fact that Obama hasn’t even completed a single week of his second term. Smith writes: Now we are in Reagan territory, and in the hall of statues in the American imagination that includes, this century, probably only FDR and maybe JFK and Teddy besides. Obama’s best interpreter, Andrew Sullivan, made that case last fall: “If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself.
During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329. That means the food stamp program grew by an of approximately 11,133 recipients per day from January 2009 to October 2012. CNSNews.com reported earlier this month that the federal government spent a record $80.4 billion on the food stamp program
Today in his second inaugural address, President Obama became the progressive leader that many liberals thought they were getting when they voted him into office four years ago. Couched in rhetoric about the need to come together as a country was a strong — and surprisingly pointed — invocation of a laundry list of progressive principles: gay rights, voting rights, climate change and the inherent value of entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts got it right this time—but President Barack Obama appeared to stumble over the word ‘‘states’’ during his ceremonial swearing in. In front of hundreds of thousands gathered to watch, Obama stammered briefly over ‘‘states’’ as he repeated back the words ‘‘the office of president of the United States.’’ Obama had already been officially sworn in for a second term on Sunday, in accordance with the Constitution, which requires presidential terms to begin on Jan. 20.
I’m getting sick and tired of the Obama administration using children selectively in order to help the president advocate his public policy positions. As I sat and watched his recent press conference, I finally understood his opposition to the Iraq War. It seems he and the late President Hussein are kindred spirits who share more than just a name. They share a sick penchant for using children as human shields in the middle of war. And make no mistake about it; America is currently at war with itself on many different fronts.
The Washington Post reports today that al Qaeda’s successful attack on the Algerian natural gas plant has greatly boosted al Qaeda’s prestige in Africa. Along the way, the Post notes rather casually: The assailants were well-trained and armed with what appear to have been weapons from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s arsenal. The overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has turned out to be a terrible blunder. It has empowered radical Muslims, led directly to the Benghazi debacle, and scattered Gaddafi’s armory among terrorist elements, including al Qaeda. There has been, of course, no accountability for the Libya decision,
WASHINGTON — Even though much has changed the past four years, President Barack Obama begins his second term with one thing that hasn’t: the unemployment rate. When Obama first took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent. Today the unemployment rate is once again at 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate rose as high as 10 percent during Obama’s first term before falling back down to 7.8 percent last November.
Have House Republicans come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts? Or at least a viable one? Maybe so. They certainly need the latter, if not the former. Barack Obama is up in the polls since the election, as most reelected presidents have been. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him with 52 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval.(Snip)If Boehner can get a Republican majority for a short-term debt-limit increase, the spotlight falls on Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Reid has been blocking budgets because he can’t get a majority of 50 Democrats.
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