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October 1, 2013
I shouldn’t have to offer [the Republicans] anything. They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.

President Obama to NPR’s Steve Inskeep  [full transcript here] (via npr)

President Obama spoke to Inskeep yesterday, hours prior to the government shutdown. The above passage isn’t a departure from what he’s said so far — he’s been openly critical of ‘hostage-taking’ behavior by the House GOP. But the above statement represents the core standoff the President finds himself in, one that the GOP may suspect, rightly or wrongly, they can find some leverage on. Given Obama’s past willingness to wheel and deal in situations when his side can claim a high-ground of responsibility and adulthood, even liberal supporters do have feasible, credible reasons to fear an extracted compromise on delaying or weakening the ACA. If you’re taking him at his word, though, and the words are stern enough to stake his authority on, no such negotiation seems pending.

20:22 // 12 months ago
September 25, 2013

The irony of Ted Cruz reading “Green Eggs and Ham”

pol102 says: Isn’t Green Eggs and Ham a book about a cranky curmudgeon who says he hates something until he tries it—and then discovers that he actually likes it?

» SFB says: I haven’t checked it lately using an in-depth analysis, but I think it is. — Ernie @ SFB


12:17 // 1 year ago
September 22, 2013
We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.
Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself. 


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August 31, 2013

Obama on Syria: Not him, the U.S.


Obama’s argument is the Rwanda one: Who punishes and prevents crimes against humanity? But he knows his legacy demands it be the US, not him, that acts.

No matter what he does, it will be second-guessed. By doing it this way, he takes some of the second-guessing off of his shoulders, at the least.

14:15 // 1 year ago
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August 30, 2013
The American people are tired of war. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Making a case for some sort of military action in Syria. With 1,429 people (including at least 426 children) reportedly killed in last week’s chemical attacks according to the U.S. government, President Obama laid out the possibility of a “limited, narrow act” to help in the region. Around 80 percent of Americans believe Obama needs Congressional approval before taking such an action.
18:53 // 1 year ago
July 19, 2013

But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.

What a country.

Obama Mistaken For Waiter, Asked To Fetch Drink At 2003 Party

White people.

(via waitingonoblivion)

Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.

(via waitingonoblivion)

20:20 // 1 year ago