Posts tagged Obama
Posts tagged Obama
Will Smith discusses his family’s visit to the White House (x)
A message to
Planned Parenthoodwomen’s rights supporters from President Obama.
Oh he is so getting re-elected
Rick Santorum seems to catch himself right before calling President Barack Obama a nigger at about 15 seconds into the video.
Glen Coco at Vice has the scoop:
This is presidential candidate Rick Santorum (holy shit does that look scary written down) delivering a speech in Janesville, Wisconsin a couple of days ago. And, as you can see in the above video, it seems like he might have been on the verge of calling Obama a “nigger”… Santorum’s rolling out the racist gaffes about once a quarter so far in 2012, after this slip of the tongue back in January. (He was actually saying “blah people”, guys! Duhhh.)
Wow. I’m really not sure how he could walk this back, but honestly, with today’s GOP migrating backwards in time, I’m not sure he needs to walk it back.
And that is so very depressing.
I SPY… A TOTALITARIAN REGIME President Obama looked through binoculars toward North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette while touring the demilitarized zone on the border between North and South Korea on Sunday. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty via the New York Times)
President Obama looking at things?
The likelihood of Obama’s reelection rises in direct proportion to Newt’s popularity. Mathematics, y’all.
History lesson time!
Today, the GOP is losing its collective shit over President Obama making a recess appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He chose former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray. Cordray, besides being a five-time Jeopardy champ, took on Bank of America and AIG as Ohio’s attorney general, and was endorsed by Elizabeth Warren to lead the CFPB. The attorneys general of other states also support his nomination.
As with anything else Obama wishes to put forth (besides kicking the door open to indefinite detention of Americans), the GOP said no. Since July, Republicans in the Senate have refused to consider his nomination because they hate Dodd-Frank. Seriously.
But Obama kicked a hornet’s nest by appointing Cordray during the Senate’s recess that is not technically, actually a recess. By holding pro-forma sessions, Senate Republicans allege the Senate has not recessed, thereby circumventing the requirement that the Senate approve nominations by the president. A pro-forma session does not require the Senate to meet in any meaningful way - essentially, one senator can bang the gavel, call the Senate to order, and then declare it in recess.
Brian Beutler has an interesting take on why Obama chose to challenge this at Talking Points Memo:
It’s customary for Presidents to heed this defensive tactic. But there’s nothing that says they have to. And Obama concluded he could move ahead. According to the Wall Street Journal the administration’s own attorneys don’t think they do — the Senate’s “pro forma” sessions are meaningless and Obama retains the Constitutional right to recess appoint whomever he wants until session begins in earnest.
This creates a significant new precedent — a bold power play in the face of an unprecedented act of GOP obstruction, but also something to which Obama (and Democrats more generally) have been pretty averse. Given that aversion, it’s hard to figure why Obama would choose to create a new precedent rather than avail himself of an existing one — unless you imagine he’s daring the GOP to make a big stink about it, and thus loudly side with Wall Street against him and middle-class consumers. It’s a safe bet that’s part of his thinking.
Because of GOP obstructionism, Obama has made a paltry 28 recess appointments in his entire term. Compare that with President Ronald Reagan’s 240 recess appointments, President George H. W. Bush’s 77 recess appointments, President Bill Clinton’s 140 recess appointments, and George W. Bush’s 171 appointments. So recess appointments have been done.
Former legal advisers to President George W. Bush agree Obama is in the right, and wrote of pro-forma sessions in 2010:
“The Senate cannot constitutionally thwart the president’s recess appointment power through pro forma sessions. Historically, the recess appointments clause has been given a practical interpretation. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 67, the clause enables the president to keep the government fully staffed when the Senate is not ‘in session for the appointment of officers.’
The Senate Judiciary Committee recognized that a “Recess of the Senate” occurs whenever the Senate is not sitting for the discharge of its functions and when it cannot ‘participate as a body in making appointments.’
This practice will inevitably become the standard operating procedure, and the recess appointment power could become a virtual dead letter - undermining what the Founders viewed as an essential tool for the effective functioning of our government.”
In summary, there’s nothing that says Obama can’t do it, and precedent appears to suggest he can make the appointment since the Senate cannot meet to confirm an appointment. He’s only made 28 appointments in recess. He appointed someone who was blocked from taking office for several months because Republicans want to eliminate the office he would assume. And yet, Mitch McConnell calls the president arrogant, and Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation issues this (metaphorical) call to arms:
Obama is acting like a dictator because he is not getting his way. The danger for the country is that no one is standing up to him. The one thing we have always learned about dictators and bullies is that someone must stand up to them and must do it early. When people do not stand up to dictators they keep grabbing more and more power until it is too late and impossible to stand up to them. We must stand up, while we still can.
No one is standing up to him?! Have you seen the gridlock in Washington DC? When the GOP demands something, Obama has bent over backwards time and time again to “negotiate” - invariably crumbling in the process. Debt ceiling and health care reform anyone? If Obama were a dictator, Cordray would have been appointed, we might have had a public option, he wouldn’t have cared what the GOP thought about the debt ceiling or tax cuts, etc…
Remember this whole repeal tax cuts for the rich thing that happened this summer? You know, that didn’t happen? I’ll break it down for you:
If Obama’s a dictator, then what the hell does that make the reactionaries in the GOP?
A bewildered JON STEWART, on Republican critics such as John McCain, Michele Bachmann and Lindsey Graham being critical of president Obama’s recent foreign policy triumphs in Libya and Iraq, on The Daily Show.
Obama was born in America.
Anyone saying otherwise is racist.
Why is it racist? Because the implications are:
- American = white
- not white = not American
- a person of color could only be elected President through fraud
Birthers and racists need to STFU.
You would think this is a re-blog from one of last year’s posts.
Nope. Today is Sunday, October 23, 2011, and Rick Perry is still challenging the legitimacy of the birth certificate.
(image via Gawker)
what a pig
A child calls it hate. The Republican and Tea Parties call it fair game.
Despite what the child sees.
Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
Bolded our favorite line from this. (Thanks Matt for sending this along)
Just another way in which Ronald Reagan was a horrible President.
Go get ‘em, Mr. President. But know that we’re holding you to that last promise.
Warren Buffett is a tough negotiator, which is one reason why he’s the second-wealthiest person in America.
So when the President refers to his new initiative to raise taxes on millionaires as the “Buffett rule” we might expect he’d start the bargaining from a tough position.
But this is…
US Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) was ordered by a Chicago judge to prove he doesn’t owe more than $100,000 in back child support.
The Tea Party spokesman and alleged fiscal conservative’s ex-wife, Laura Walsh sued the Congressman once she heard that he had loaned his own campaign $35,000, despite claiming that he was too broke to pay child support.
Much to the dismay of Cook County Circuit Judge Raul Vega, Welsh didn’t show up for court during Wednesday’s hearing.
In court, Walsh’s attorney, Janet Boyle, asked Vega “for what purpose” he wanted the congressman in court.
Vega gave her a puzzled look — to which Boyle responded: “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”
“Well, he’s no different than anyone else,” the judge replied.
Walsh famously made a video asking President Obama to stop putting debt on the backs of his children. It wasn’t because he’s a fiscal conservative. I’ll bet it was because he saw Obama as intruding on his family and that it’s his job to place debt on their backs.