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April 1, 2013

laughterkey:

So the White House released their April Fool’s joke, a video with a kid president, which would be pretty unremarkable except this kid KILLS IT. It’s like a minute long, just watch it.

“I think I’m stuck.”

Today in the only April Fool’s joke we’ll post on this blog (well, barring this one, probably).

10:32 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013
mediaite:

Obama’s Trip To Israel Summed Up As An Episode Of Arrested Development

So how many more episodes of this series are we gonna get, anyway? (Side note: This is awesome.)

mediaite:

Obama’s Trip To Israel Summed Up As An Episode Of Arrested Development

So how many more episodes of this series are we gonna get, anyway? (Side note: This is awesome.)

12:32 // 1 year ago
March 21, 2013
nbcnews:

Obama, Netanyahu address Iran, Syria threats
(Photo: Larry Downing / Reuters)
During a wide-ranging press conference in Jerusalem, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed Middle East conflicts and a potential two-state solution.
Read the complete story.

“Whatever time is left, there’s not a lot of time.” — Netanyahu on figuring out a solution to the nuclear-enrichment issue in Iran, in direct response to Obama’s comment that “there is still time” to find a diplomatic solution.

nbcnews:

Obama, Netanyahu address Iran, Syria threats

(Photo: Larry Downing / Reuters)

During a wide-ranging press conference in Jerusalem, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed Middle East conflicts and a potential two-state solution.

Read the complete story.

“Whatever time is left, there’s not a lot of time.” — Netanyahu on figuring out a solution to the nuclear-enrichment issue in Iran, in direct response to Obama’s comment that “there is still time” to find a diplomatic solution.

(via reuterspictures)

9:31 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2013
By choosing not to ask for a single dime of deficit reduction from closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and well-connected, this budget identifies deep cuts to investments like education and research – investments critical to creating jobs and growing the middle class. And to save money, this budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program—undercutting the guaranteed benefits that seniors have earned and forcing them to pay thousands more out of their own pockets. We’ve tried this top-down approach before. The President still believes it is the wrong course for America.
The White House’s take on Paul Ryan’s latest plan sounds like the same kind of statement they’ve made about everything Paul Ryan’s done since the beginning of time.
9:07 // 1 year ago
March 1, 2013
perzadook:

popculturebrain:

We must bring balance to the Force. #Sequester #JediMindMeld pic.twitter.com/lIZlgavhuR - @WhiteHouse
http://wh.gov/jedimindmeld

The White House twitter guy/gal might be drunk.

The Obama administration is messing with its key audience and getting away with it.

perzadook:

popculturebrain:

We must bring balance to the Force. #Sequester #JediMindMeld pic.twitter.com/lIZlgavhuR - @WhiteHouse

http://wh.gov/jedimindmeld

The White House twitter guy/gal might be drunk.

The Obama administration is messing with its key audience and getting away with it.

15:26 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Obama calls automatic spending cuts ‘dumb’; blames GOP
NBC News: President Barack Obama said the “dumb” automatic across-the-board cuts going into effect today are the fault of Republican resistance to a reasonable deal to avert the sequestration’s budget reductions.

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington,” Obama told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders. “Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I am presenting a fair deal —  the fact that [Republicans] don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he said. 

Earlier, Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a brief statement to reporters after the meeting, Boehner reiterated that Republicans will continue to oppose Democratic proposals to raise new revenues to offset the cuts. 

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Doesn’t sound like anyone’s in a compromisin’ mood.

breakingnews:

Obama calls automatic spending cuts ‘dumb’; blames GOP

NBC NewsPresident Barack Obama said the “dumb” automatic across-the-board cuts going into effect today are the fault of Republican resistance to a reasonable deal to avert the sequestration’s budget reductions.

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington,” Obama told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders. “Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I am presenting a fair deal —  the fact that [Republicans] don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he said. 

Earlier, Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a brief statement to reporters after the meeting, Boehner reiterated that Republicans will continue to oppose Democratic proposals to raise new revenues to offset the cuts. 

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Doesn’t sound like anyone’s in a compromisin’ mood.

12:53 // 1 year ago
Instead of directing his cabinet secretaries to trim waste in their departments, he’s going to go after first responders. And teachers. And almost any other sympathetic constituency you can think of. And he’ll arbitrarily close parks and monuments too – all to force Americans to accept higher taxes. He’ll claim his hands are tied.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell • Throwing tough words at President Obama regarding the sequestration deadline, which passed at midnight without a deal in sight. House Speaker John Boehner, while calling the cuts “not smart,” instead pointed out that his own party was on the hook to find a solution … but it hadn’t.
7:33 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013
Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.
Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward • Making a veiled comparison of Obama to Nixon on “Morning Joe” this morning — specifically in regards to Obama’s decision to announce an aircraft carrier could not go to the Persian Gulf due to the budget issues. This is a new approach for Woodward, we’ll give him that.
9:14 // 1 year ago
With one newspaper cover, The Washington Post Express wins sequestration. (via Newseum)

With one newspaper cover, The Washington Post Express wins sequestration. (via Newseum)

8:50 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us  — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

15:19 // 1 year ago