On behalf of the Obama family — Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo — I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap — at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.
In his Thanksgiving message to Americans, Obama still couldn´t resist the temptation to mention the campaign and other self-aggrandizing comments.
His obligatory mention of God was in the form of giving thanks that bad things were not happening to HIM: "Because there but for the grace of God go I."
This whole message missed the point: When you "give thanks", you thank someone, not simply circumstances. Obama´s message was full of circumstances but no recognition that all our blessings come from God and it is to Him we should be thankful.
" a nap"... the people in Israel are not napping today, the men and women in our military are not napping today...
We have the best, most free (still as of this moment) country... we have worked hard for this freedom with blood sweat and tears. The men and women that travelled to this country for freedom to worship were grateful to God for the blessings of home, food, and family- and the ability to pray.
a nap... that is the best this Occupant could come up with?
Not being a real American, the Turkey-in-Chief has no understanding of the meaning of Thanksgiving, therefore I can not return the sentiment. Any words I have for him at this point must remain unprinted.
Trite...pithy...shallow...lacking in substance. How true, MMC . . . even his speech writers can´t come up with a single profound remark. As I´ve said before, a middle-schooler writing such tripe would get nothing better than a C (for trying)
And maybe Rep. Clymer, the self-appointed de-coder of every utterence by a white person as racist, can splain ´A day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap´ for us. Couldn´t be a vague reference to laziness, could it? Nah, the person saying it is the wrong - er - right color.
It’s hard to believe that not one speech writer could come up with a heartfelt-sounding pronouncement. It would be interesting to see Obama’s blue-lined drafts to see what sort of things he refused to utter.
It looks like we won´t have much to write for the next three years. The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democrat nominee. Who can argue? Joe the Delaware Gaffer? Nah? Clinton had breakfast with Biden this week to break the news. And lunch with Obama to get their stories straight about the lethal Benghazi screw-up. She assured him she won´t critically distance herself from him for another two years. Some of his campaigners signed on to the Clinton campaign-that´s-pretending-not-to-be--yet. And some senators profess adoration.
Montana´s Attorney General Tim Fox has taken a stand against revealing the identities of concealed weapon permit holders. All 50 states now have laws permitting qualified individuals to own and carry concealed firearms. But emotions have flared over identifying all those as a class. A firestorm of controversy erupted last winter when a suburban New York newspaper, citing the public´s right to know, published the names and addresses of all licensed handgun owners in two counties.
Letterman: So, Anthony Weiner has apologized for this new scandal. He also apologized for the next one. And the next one after that. Fallon: British Royal Birth: Kate Middleton´s baby weighs about eight pounds. Americans asked, ´How much is that in dollars?´ Conan: At their press conference, Anthony Weiner’s wife said she will stand by her husband. Especially when he goes on the computer. Leno: In a GQ interview, VP Joe Biden says he can die a happy man never having been president. You know what? So can we!
Tonight, millions of middle class Americans will go to sleep worried - worried about a job, worried about health care, worried about whether they can ever get ahead. While the bills stack up, many middle class families wonder whether there’s ever going to be enough money left over at the end of the month to save for retirement or college tuition. All the while, an out-of-touch government in Washington continues to abuse its power and put special interests first while hard working Americans are left to pay the bill.
Hi everybody. On Wednesday, I spoke about what we need to do as a country to build a better bargain for the middle class — to make sure everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead in the 21st century economy. You see, over the past four and a half years, America has fought its way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. We saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system and invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil.
What a difference 18,262 days makes. President Obama interrupted his campaign for somebody to do something about the nation´s economy to meet in the Oval Office with Truong Tan Sang Thursday. He´s the president of Vietnam, the country whose name is seared into the American psyche from the lost war. You may recall the U.S. and Communists argued over what shape their peace-talk table would be in 1968. The two presidents solved that problem yesterday; they didn´t have one. Obama was an infant an that time. So, he´s losing his own guerrilla war now much the same way in Afghanistan.
See anyone you know in that photo above? Maybe the old guy in the blue shirt front row? Notice anything else about this gang? Yup, no hair on any of them. Heads shaved shiny bald. Almost all these guys are Secret Service agents. They´re on the full-time protection detail for former President George H.W. Bush. One of these agents, first name Jon last name withheld, has a two-year-old son named Patrick. He’s in a tough struggle right now with leukemia.
One way to look at President Obama´s speech tour today: President Obama takes his firm commitment to grow the American economy on the road to urge creation of thousands of new jobs to expand the middle-class. [Snip] Another way to look at Obama´s tour: Lord spare us, the nation´s most addicted campaigner begins -- what? -- the 84th call on somebody to do something about the stubbornly stagnant economy to finally create hundreds of thousands of new jobs he promised four years ago. Obama has pivoted to the jobs meme so often he needs new soles on his shoes.
Conan: A sports medicine college has released its annual list of the fittest cities in America. For the fourth year in a row, there aren’t any. Leno: President Obama tells school children his favorite food is broccoli. Hey, it’s one thing to lie to voters. But now kids? C’mon, Mr. President! Letterman: Edward Snowden still living in the Moscow Airport. Workers there are treating him well. Every night they leave a mint on his neck pillow.
Just as the plentiful polemics about the emotional Zimmerman-Martin case began to wane, President Obama re-inserted himself. His 2,156 words were both admirable and puzzling, promising and empty. In terms of his over-promising in 2007-08, Obama´s remarks were wan. almost gratuitous. To the minor extent that Obama’s been a leader, he´s a reluctant one. He´s an exhorter, full of "you-should´s" and infrequent "I will´s." Lots of "I´s" in Obama talk. Not many "We´s." For the first time in our memory Obama´s words seemed heartfelt. We say "seemed" because like many Americans we´ve grown suspicious.
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Get out your cellphone. Set the alarm for 58 minutes from now. When it sounds, you´ll know how long it takes Detroit police to answer an emergency 911-call. That once bustling place has the highest violent crime rate of major American cities. Detroit has about 700,000 people, more than 80% black. In the 1950´s it had nearly two million as the nation´s fourth-largest city. Thursday, their city became the largest US municipality to declare bankruptcy. Others will likely follow. And in a disturbing way those festering financial problems locally are likely precursors of a similar simmering national debt dilemma.
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It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
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