Let’s get one thing clear: President Barack Obama’s upcoming media blitz, to include interviews on six television networks and a primetime Oval Office address, is not going to rally the public behind U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. It’s hard to fault Obama for trying. The belief in the dominant president who moves the country and the government through strong leadership has deep roots in American political culture. We frequently attribute extraordinary persuasiveness to the chief executives Americans revere most — from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. These past masters of the bully pulpit moved the
This is the man who told us obamacare was a gift from heaven and that it would save us all thousands of dollars a year. This is the same man who told us he was pivoting to jobs for the 10th time. He also told us that the economy was improving, he would make the world (the middle east in particular) love us again and millions of illegal aliens were a good thing. We have been told by the msm obama is a genius that we simply cannot appreciate. If this is genius I would prefer Forest Gump in office. At least he understood his limitations.
I would like to hear him say, " If Congress does not support my plan to use military force in Syria, I will step down ". That´s what happens in other Democratic Countries when the so-called leader has no support for his policies.
His sing-songy ghetto preacher cadence is wearing thin on everyone, and his incessant snake-like, sybilant hissing is almost as annoying as what he is blabbering. The bloom is definitely off this rose.
Maui—“Anybody you see around here dressed in a Tyvek suit will be someone from Greenpeace,” David Stoltzfus joked as we surveyed the thousands of carefully numbered corn plants growing in the stony rust-colored soil of a former sugar cane plantation. Stoltzfus, the head of Monsanto’s Piilani seed production farm on Maui, was referring to the white disposable coveralls that anti-biotech protesters wear for the television cameras when “decontaminating” biotech crop fields. Hawaii is the epicenter of a ferocious anti-biotech campaign that aims to shut down such biotech seed production farms. I was there to see for myself the Frankencorn that
The early impressions are undeniable. ObamaCare is struggling mightily to overcome the severe technical failures of its insurance websites that were expected, in fact fully predicted. The weekend news shows and the nation’s news outlets occupy themselves with technical flaws of the government websites. Interviews concentrate on whether these so-called glitches were foreseeable, if they could have been avoided, and how soon they will be solved. But understand one thing – despite the headlines decrying serious fumbling of the initial implementation, no doubt the Obama administration must be somewhat relieved. The mantra repeated by the mainstream media characterizing the Affordable
It seems higher education is going to the dogs. In just four days, a dog named Pete earned an MBA from the American University of London. He had the help of the BBC’s Newsnight team, which worked up a one-page resume and filled in the dog’s application form. Pete was tagged as a 36-year-old management consultant with 15 years of work experience and a degree from a U.K. university. After handing over a $7,278 fee, Pete joined the ranks of AUOL’s more than 110,000 alumni—without ever sending in any proof of his work. On its website, the university claims to
Discussing the Obamacare disaster in the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama led with a phrase to which we have become accustomed: “Nobody,” the president emoted, “is madder than me” about this mess. Along with “let me be clear” and “make no mistake,” this is a favorite construction. Obama, you see, is more concerned for and correct about everything than everybody else at all times. “Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do,” he told WABC earlier this month; “nobody is more frustrated” than he about the IRS scandal; “no person,” the president affirmed during the election,
Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2010, has a new ad that looks a lot like a campaign ad. Watch the video below:(Snip for video)"I´m an optimist, but let´s face it: The last few years have been tough," says Crist. "Government on the fringes, donors and politics above you the people." Crist says politicians have been attacking against "full-time working people and their health care", "women and their doctors", "teachers, public schools, and college affordability", and "the simple act of casting your vote." "Tell me how I can help," he adds. Elected governor
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to sell his D.C. townhouse to help pay for a $750,000 forfeiture he owes, according to court filings released Friday. The former congressman “has been unsuccessful in his attempts to satisfy his forfeiture money judgment, and thus has agreed to sell the O Street property, and to use the proceeds of the sale” towards that sum, the filing says. The filing also states that Jackson has agreed to pay $200,000 towards the forfeiture by Nov. 1. The Dupont Circle property was previously listed on the market in September 2012 for $2.5 million. Citing
Oh, it’s on: Movement-conservative icon, author, and direct-market pioneer Richard Viguerie threw down the gauntlet to establishment Republicans and the GOP leadership Tuesday, charging that conservatives “have been betrayed, abandoned by our leaders, and that includes Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, [and] Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee.” (Snip) RINO hunt! This is astonishing, and can only be driven by an ideological mindset so impervious to reality that it would rather destroy political conservatism’s chances of actually running the country than succumb to the least impurity in the ranks.
This morning, Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, appeared before a Democratic business group for what was billed as a speech about the economy after the shutdown, followed by a Q&A session. The White House didn’t push this as a newsmaking event, so it didn’t get much billing. But I went anyway, and I was struck by what Sperling had to say, especially about the upcoming budget negotiations that are a product of the deal to reopen the government. In his usual elliptical and prolix way, Sperling seemed to be laying out the contours of a bargain
As most of the world now knows, Saudi Arabia is the only country which still forbids women to legally drive. But honestly, most Saudi women didn’t think to change that until the last decade or so. Growing up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in the 1990s, I never thought that we females should drive. It wasn’t that I was conservative; the answer was much simpler: we never talked about it seriously back then. But people are talking about it now. On Saturday, Oct. 26—coincidentally, my 30th birthday—Saudi women are gearing up to take to the streets in protest, and drive. If the
One year from today — and perhaps much sooner — Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and other Republican “extremists” will look like heroes. For trying recently to defund the (un)Affordable Care Act, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid smeared them as “anarchists,” and both liberals and some weak-kneed Republicans have offered their own denunciations. But as the SS ObamaCare traverses dangerous seas, these brave conservatives will look increasingly like dockhands who begged passengers to avoid a reputedly invincible craft. “Stay off the ship,” they shouted before it embarked. “It’s going to sink!” While the GOP’s role in this month’s
LOS ANGELES — Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson´s estate claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar´s greatest hits. Jones´ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer´s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film "This Is It" and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop´s songs, the lawsuit states. Jones also claims that he should have received a producer´s credit on the music in "This Is
We love our 18th-century New England house the way we love our children. Love can never be fully explained. But the kids are cute and do what they´re supposed to do most of the time. The house is completely inexplicable. It´s roomy and has a magnificent view. "Roomy," when describing an 18th-century house, means there are all sorts of rooms nobody uses because they´re freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer, too far away up creepy old staircases and harbor mice. These are the rooms with the magnificent view. We live in the kitchen and the back parlor where the
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the
Just how bad was the shutdown for America´s image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are all sizing us up every day," Kerry said at an event hosted by Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "What we do in Washington matters deeply…that´s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown can never happen again." Kerry added that the shutdown delayed security aid to Israel. "The dysfunction and
HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
We´re hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex. In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission. He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn´t allow his guards to carry guns. As the
You know what´s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what´s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let´s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform -- a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving. Less than 17 days into the signup period, the State of Oregon had already enrolled 56,000 people under the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare -- and reduced the state´s percentage of uninsured by 10%. In
WASHINGTON — Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States’ closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don’t widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record is seen in many quarters at home and abroad as reactive and lacking direction. In Europe and the Middle East, rifts that once would’ve been quietly smoothed
If House lawmakers wanted a clear admission of guilt during today’s testimony from four government contractors behind the botched healthcare.gov launch, they must have been sorely disappointed. Instead, the committee hearing offered a daisy chain of blame and interconnected responsibilities—a reflection of just how convoluted the massive effort became. An official from CGI Group (GIB/A:CN), the main contractor for the Obamacare health exchanges, described 55 different subcontractors who worked on the site, which consisted of six main “complicated systems” and interacted with numerous