Just as a reminder of what's at stake here in the last 20 days of the 2012 presidential campaign: Gov. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama faced off in their second debate last night, a contentious 90 minutes of to-ing and fro-ing in a stilted townhall format before seven dozen allegedly undecided New Yawk votahs. Yes, it seemed more like two hours. But during those 90 minutes, the pair of would-be presidents uttered about 18,000 words.
Why did Candy Crowley lie last night?~~~ here are her words on Sept 30th~~~On CNN's "State of the Union" on September 30, Candy Crowley insisted David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's chief strategist, was wrong when Axelrod tried to claim President Barack Obama called the Benghazi attack "an act of terror" on the day after.
We will not hear again from Obama that Romney has investments in China, off shore, etc. Romney asked him, "have you looked at your pension plan? Obama said, well no, I have not. Romney: You have investments in China (some off shore island, etc.) and Obama shut right up. Romney also prefaced his zinger by explaining that his assets are in a blind trust.
Obama stayed with the same liberal flapdoodle and treaded water at best. He even mentioned Big Bird, a proven winner (not). Flexibility and agility do not seem to be the empty suit/chair's strength.
Romney did not hurt himself, but it was a somewhat weaker performance than the first, with Benghazi, with immigration, with assault rifles... he did raise Fast & Furious but didn't tie it to issue in a clever way as he might have, or tie immigration to unemployment, or focus on the utter confusion, contradictions, backtracking, and ultimate incompetence surrounding Benghazi in an effective way.
Perhaps it was the viewing screen I was watching, but, to maintain the Sesame Street theme, O appeared like Kermit the Frog with a hangover - a little green with some dark patches under the eyes. Really, he shouldn't self-medicate the night before a debate...
Not only is Obama shocked that someone would go toe to toe with him . . . . he's stunned that someone would actually stand up and B**ch slap him on TV. John McCain was the political equivalent of a washed up punch drunk fighter who didn't even need to be paid to fold up. He was just a hapless schlep and a bad example of debate prowess. Obama was about as surprised as Ali was when Joe Bugner went toe to toe with him and nearly blasted his lights out.
Hello. I’m Dan Coats and I have the honor of representing the people of Indiana in the U.S. Senate. It’s been one month since the launch of the health care law’s website, and many Americans across the country still cannot enroll. The White House and congressional Democrats have insisted time and again that the ObamaCare insurance exchanges would be tested, secure and ready to go on Oct. 1. The President even told the American public that signing up online would be as easy as a few simple keystrokes. Perhaps the President hasn’t tried logging onto the website himself.
Hi, everybody. On Thursday, I addressed a conference for business leaders from around the world. And my pitch was simple: Choose America. Invest in America. Create jobs in America. It speaks to my top priority as President: growing our economy, creating good jobs, strengthening security and opportunity for the middle class. Over the past three and a half years, our businesses have created over seven and a half million new jobs. [Snip] We need to grow and create more good jobs faster. That’s my driving focus.
President Obama was in Boston yesterday to raise more Democrat campaign money and screw up fan travel to the final World Series game. He tacked on another empty, but official ObamaCare speech to save his party half the trip cost. Employing his characteristic combativeness, the Chicagoan asked Republicans to implement the crippled law. Then to ensure that they don´t, the ex-great uniter called them "so locked in politics that they won´t lift a finger to help their own people." [Snip] Then out pops a Wall Street Journal Poll showing a precipitous plunge in his job approval.
Conan: Obama says Americans who are having trouble signing up on the broken ObamaCare website should call 1-800-We-Didn’t-Think-This-Through. Fallon: The economy gained 148,000 jobs last month. Of course, they were all hired to fix Obama´s ObamaCare website. Conan: The other day many people were unable to update their Facebook status for a few hours. For those few hours we were actually competitive with China.
You know how under ObamaCare, if you like your health plan, you´ll be able to keep it? That´s the swell-sounding promise President Obama has made scores of times since signing into law his grandiose transformation of American healthcare 43 months ago. Turns out, like so many Obama promises, it´s not true. [Snip] Now, NBC News is reporting that Obama and his healthcare sales team knew all along that would happen.
Conventional political wisdom in America holds that as commander-in-chief, the president of the United States knows all and sees all. Barack Obama´s press office constantly announces his briefings on everything from global threats to hurricane preparations, wildfires and floods. But over recent months the Obama administration has developed a peculiar pattern of behavior. Obama himself and unidentified aides have boasted of the president´s ignorance of things that an ordinary person would think a chief executive should know. [Snip] Now, his team claims Obama knew nothing of NSA spying on allies.
Hey there. I’m Michigan Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Our panel has been active in crafting solutions to improve health care for the American people, as well as conducting thoughtful oversight of the president’s health care law. Over the last year, we have become all too familiar with the troubled roll-out of the law with its broken promises, missed deadlines, delays, special waivers, and now website crashes.
Hi, everybody. A few weeks ago, we launched an important new part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Marketplace. And for Americans without health insurance, and Americans who buy insurance on their own because they can’t get it at work, it’s a very big deal. If you’re one of those people, the Affordable Care Act makes you part of a big group plan for the first time. The Marketplace is where you can apply and shop for affordable new health insurance choices. It gathers insurers under one system to compete for your business.
With the government shutdown out of the way for a few months, intense media and public focus has turned to the fizzled launch of ObamaScare, the new healthcare system that will be doing hardly any of the grand things Obama promised at the start. Anyway now President Obama is also in a lot of hot water abroad for embarrassing revelations about ubiquitous American intelligence-gathering operations disclosed by Edward "I´m Just Trying to Help" Snowden. Snowden´s disclosures include allegations that the U.S. spies on friendly allied governments and sometimes the actual heads of their government. So, Obama telephoned one to explain.
According to Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about the fundamental problems with the Oct. 1 roll-out of his namesake legislation. He didn´t know about the last-minute test of the website and how it crashed with only a few hundred samplers. He had no idea IT people had expressed deep concerns the site costing hundreds of millions was being constructed like an "Our Gang" clubhouse. According to former Gov. Sebelius, the president of the United States was totally unaware that anything was wrong with ObamaCare for "a couple of days" after the bungled launch.
While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what ‘s regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.
We´re afraid that you, like us, may have missed a couple of important things. So much was going on last week what with the looming end of the financial world, as Barack Obama described it. Having presided over a pioneering credit downgrade, he didn´t want to also preside over the United States´ first partial default. [Snip] While we were obsessing over the debt limit/government closure last week, the Washington Post published another Edward Snowden revelation to little alarm. The NSA is now collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email accounts and IM accounts all over the world,
I´m reading a terribly sad book these days. It´s a book that I thought would uplift me during the doldrums of second-year medical school, and renew in me a sense of hope. It´s called "The Audacity to Win," and it´s a memoir of Barack Obama´s 2008 presidential campaign. When I´m finished with my patient write-ups at night and get into bed, the book returns me to a time when politics inspired millions and speeches could take your breath away. The election turned out to be a landslide, and news anchors paused to reflect on the historic nature of the hour. My classmates
The firestorm over President Obama´s "you can keep your plan" lie now threatens to singe vulnerable Democrats next year, so they´re springing into action to try to force the administration to keep its word. Louisiana´s Mary Landrieu -- an ardent Obamacare supporter -- is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she´s voted to pass, fund, and retain: Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
We are only three and a quarter years away from transforming the United States of America. We may never get back to where we once were, but we can sure roll back much of the mess Barack Obama has created through his misguided policies and serial incompetence. With ObamaCare´s ascendancy and impending crash, America will be on the cusp of transformational action. The misery the ACA will bring to almost every American cannot be overestimated in its ability to incite anger -- and, anger has consequences and repercussions. The failure of the ACA has the potential to make 2014 a wave
President Obama used his executive powers on Friday to create a ´Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.´ Obama´s plan would be put in place through executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over climate legislation in recent years. A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, the President signed the order which is designed to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters. The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of
The latest NBC/WSJ poll finds that more Americans would vote for a third party candidate for Congress than a Republican. 35% of voters prefer a Democrat, which has been steady for three years. Republicans, however, have experienced an 8-point swing against them since they took control of the House. Today, just 28% of voters say they would vote for a Republican for Congress, while 30% would opt for a third party. The GOP Establishment, engaged in open war against the Tea Party and conservatives, is simply committing political suicide. Listening to the consultant and pundit class who inhabit the "Acela line"
In one of the few political jokes attributed to a physicist, Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being “like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude.” With a change of pronoun, he could have been describing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who ignored internal warnings about flaws in HealthCare.gov, botched its rollout, minimized her involvement and blamed her contractors. Now, in congressional testimony, she has accepted responsibility without the inconvenience of accountability or the demonstration of competence. Administration incompetence is not the final word on Obamacare, but it is the initial impression.
Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim
CNN´s senior legal analyst thinks that any further investigation into Benghazi is looking at a "non-story" since "there is nothing there, in terms of a scandal." On Thursday´s AC360 Later, Jeffrey Toobin scoffed at Republican efforts to gain access to more Benghazi witnesses and CIA operatives. "This is a non-story. Benghazi was a tragedy. It´s not a scandal. Republicans are going to investigate this until the end of the Obama administration. They will find nothing, because there´s nothing to be found there," he insisted. [Video below the break. Audio here.]"We don´t know all the facts about the Civil War. If
A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that "healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian" men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called "White Male Club." “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The manual, which was obtained by Fox News, also instructs troops to “support the leadership of
When Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, decided to run against a sitting Republican senator in Wyoming, her target, Mike Enzi, pleaded, “I thought we were friends.” But if Enzi thought his long relationship with the Cheneys might ensure a gentle, collegial contest of ideas, it’s increasingly clear he thought wrong. The Cheney clan has undertaken a scorched-earth campaign against the well-liked, low-key conservative and his allies, demonstrating a seemingly limitless appetite for conflict—and leaving innocent bystanders as stunned casualties in their wake. Dick Cheney, who has been giving media interviews to promote his new memoir, spent part of
Food stamp benefits will be cut to more than 47 million Americans starting Friday as a temporary boost to the federal program comes to an end without a new budget from a deadlocked Congress to replace it. Under the program, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, a family of four who get $668 per month in benefits will find that amount cut by $36. SNAP, which benefits 1 in 7 Americans, is administered by the department of Agriculture and is authorized in a five-year omnibus farm bill covering all agricultural programs. Vulnerable populations will be hardest hit by
President Obama just issued an executive order “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.” “The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures.