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May 23, 2013
President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

15:35 // 10 months ago
May 16, 2013
22:30 // 11 months ago
nedhepburn:

Can we make ‘Go Bulworth’ a thing, you guys? #GoBulworth on Twitter and everything? 

Obama would make a really good Bulworth.

nedhepburn:

Can we make ‘Go Bulworth’ a thing, you guys? #GoBulworth on Twitter and everything? 

Obama would make a really good Bulworth.

11:10 // 11 months ago
May 14, 2013
12:44 // 11 months ago
May 1, 2013
20:31 // 11 months ago
April 28, 2013
I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate.

That’s what Obama said about CNN at last night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.

Let me explain why that is such a great line. CNN sees itself as “in the middle” between left and right, MSNBC and Fox. Just recently, in fact, CNN president Jeff Zucker praised the middle as the place to be. But CNN also sees itself as a great newsgathering organization that is all about truthtelling rather than ideology. “Keeping them honest,” as Anderson Cooper, face of the brand, likes to say. 

Put them together and what do you have? Keep ‘em honest, but stay in the middle. Which doesn’t work. For what happens when one side is BS-ing us more than the other? What happens when independent and honest reporting shows that these people on this side are mostly right in what they’re saying, and those people on that side are distorting the case?

CNN wants to believe, tries to believe and I think does believe that this problem does not exist. Therefore we have to remind them about it, because it does exist. And that’s what Obama did: “cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate” is saying to CNN: Accuracy and truthtelling will be sacrificed to your ideology— the middle, no matter what it takes.

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The sad part is, they had all these problems before they hired Jeff Zucker. And then they hired Jeff Zucker, a man whose entire recent career has been built on tone-deaf failures to understand his network’s audience, whatever that network might have been.

(via notemily)

13:58 // 11 months ago
April 24, 2013
What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.’ And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.
President Obama • Kiboshing his daughters’ future attempts to rebel against him and Michelle.
9:53 // 11 months ago
April 17, 2013

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: Letter with suspicious substance sent to President Obama; intercepted at off-site facility, Secret Service says

Details: http://nbcnews.to/10gt75J

Yikes. Not again.

(via bobbycaputo)

11:38 // 1 year ago
April 15, 2013
Boston is a resilient town; so it its people. …We’re still in the investigative stage at this point, but I want to assure you that we’ll find out who did this, and hold them accountable.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)

An effort to calm the country.
18:28 // 1 year ago
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From the White House Flickr: 

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller to receive an update on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the Oval Office, April 15, 2013. Seated with the President are Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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From the White House Flickr: 

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller to receive an update on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the Oval Office, April 15, 2013. Seated with the President are Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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17:28 // 1 year ago