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February 12, 2013
I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.
President Obama, rejecting the notion of cutting Social Security to balance the deficit
21:29 // 1 year ago
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.
President Obama, touting a balanced approach to deficit reduction
21:26 // 1 year ago

President Obama is expected to announce a major draw-down of U.S. forces in Afghanistan during tonight’s State of the Union.

  • 34k U.S. military members are expected to be coming home from Afghanistan by early next year, according to new reports about tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama. The President isn’t expected to discuss the topic extensively, and no plans have been announced for withdrawing the 32,000 U.S. military personnel that will remain. source
15:14 // 1 year ago
February 8, 2013
10:12 // 1 year ago
February 7, 2013
You’d like to think the shelf life wasn’t so short. I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it’s like we didn’t pray.
President Barack Obama • Making a pitch for cooperation, rather than angry, frustrated discourse, at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. That should last about 20 minutes. He kept away from more controversial issues in his speech, choosing to focus on the faith of noted leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
11:09 // 1 year ago
February 2, 2013
Recently, President Obama was quoted as saying, in response to a question as to whether or not he has ever shot a gun, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” So as to allay the controversy and curiosity the comment drew, the White House has released an image of the president skeet-shooting. So, there you go internet.

Recently, President Obama was quoted as saying, in response to a question as to whether or not he has ever shot a gun, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” So as to allay the controversy and curiosity the comment drew, the White House has released an image of the president skeet-shooting. So, there you go internet.

12:38 // 1 year ago
January 22, 2013
There are a lot of Democrats who agree with the need to deal with this. It’s a mathematical thing, it’s not an ideological thing. But he basically said we’re not going to change these programs, we’re not going to reform these programs to prevent this. He basically said we will not fix this debt crisis.
Rep. Paul Ryan • Expressing his disappointment with President Obama’s inauguration speech, widely viewed as a staunch defense of liberal policy, during an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show. Many Republicans have spoken out against the remarks, saying President Obama did not sufficiently reach across the aisle with his speech. source
16:57 // 1 year ago
January 19, 2013

election:

The Inaugural Committee just released a video of President Obama talking about what Monday’s inauguration means to him.

“Two figures that I admire probably more than anybody in American history are Dr. King and President Lincoln,” Obama says. “So for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles of these two men that I admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is, I think, fitting. Because their actions — the movements they represented — are the only reason that it’s possible for me to be inaugurated.”

via The Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013.

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So, will you all be watching the inauguration live on Monday, or are there other, more pressing things on the schedule?

17:14 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013

President Obama faces gun control pushback from Blue Dog Democrats, others

  • Sen. Begich "I think they’ve got a long haul here … There are some of us who just fundamentally believe in a Second Amendment right. To be frank, I feel like it’s going to be hard for any of these pieces of legislation to pass at this point."
  • Sen. Pryor ”While I appreciate the president’s efforts to keep Americans safe, I believe the place to start is to enforce the laws on the books. That being said, I will continue to look for areas of common ground, including funding for law enforcement in schools, implementing tracking systems for the mentally ill and criminals, and addressing violence in the media.”
  • Sen. Johnson ”We in South Dakota have far fewer problems with guns than they do in New York or New Jersey, and it makes common sense to not have one size fits all.”
  • Sen. Baucus Enforcing the laws we already have on the books is good first step, and it’s clear more needs to be done to address access to mental health care. Before passing new laws, we need a thoughtful debate that respects responsible, law-abiding gun owners in Montana instead of a one-size-fits all directives from Washington.” source
15:34 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.
White House Spokesperson Jay Carney - Commenting on a new political ad, released by the National Rifle Association, which calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for opposing the stationing of armed guards in every school. We’re inclined to agree with Carney on this one. Say what you will about the man’s legislative agenda, but reasonable human beings should be able to agree that children aren’t acceptable targets for political attacks. source
15:35 // 1 year ago