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Barack Obama bombs in Berlin:
a weak, underwhelming address
from a floundering president

Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/20/2013 12:45:16 AM

When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. [Snip] JFK had a clear message when he came to Berlin a half century ago – the free world must stand up to Communist tyranny. 24 years later, President Reagan stood in the same spot famously calling on the Soviets to “tear down this wall.” Reagan’s speech was a

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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 6/20/2013 1:19:16 AM     (No. 9384722)

Ich bin ein Tea Partier.
Mr. America, tear down this Obama.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rtwngprof, 6/20/2013 1:36:31 AM     (No. 9384731)

Only 4500 people? Wait, we were assured that the rest of the world would love us if only we made Obama president. What´s up?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: bobgray2, 6/20/2013 1:38:45 AM     (No. 9384732)

Underwhelming - Good word to describe a president who´s favorite catch-phrase is "Let me be perfectly clear" always spoken just before he is anything but clear.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 6/20/2013 2:02:34 AM     (No. 9384738)

The KoolAid is getting thin.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jl80863, 6/20/2013 2:08:07 AM     (No. 9384740)

Bravo #1, Bravo.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 6/20/2013 2:09:47 AM     (No. 9384742)

"Hey, its great to be Hamburg! Ich bin ein choomer!"

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 6/20/2013 2:32:33 AM     (No. 9384745)

Ich bin ein Dummschwätzer!"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: david kahane, 6/20/2013 2:46:39 AM     (No. 9384749)

One of the worst speeches in the history of the American presidency. Plus his moron staff had him facing west, right into the (rare) Berlin sunlight, behind a glass wall, forgetting that in northern Europe right about now, the sun stays up until about 10 p.m. Nice work all around, Team Barry!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 6/20/2013 3:40:23 AM     (No. 9384751)

...no JFK, Ronald Reagan or George W...

...it´s an old act and doesn´t "sell" any longer. The man is "checking out" and ramifications of his bubble bursting is yet to be felt...

...he´s in a "lame duck" state of mind and we haven´t even reached the mid-term elections...

...actually when I saw 5000 on Drudge this AM, it kinda brought a smile to my face...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 6/20/2013 3:50:35 AM     (No. 9384754)

In ´08, he had a big crowd mainly because a rock concert was featured. No rock concert this time, not even an oom-pah band

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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 6/20/2013 3:55:12 AM     (No. 9384756)

The people are slowly catching on to the truth, the teleprompter is losing it´s mind.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 6/20/2013 4:13:06 AM     (No. 9384764)

The NSA spying thing is probably hurting Obama more worldwide than it is here. That´s because we´ve become conditioned to believe anything nefarious about him. The rest of the world still had a wide eyed fascination with him,still rubbing their eye a black guy got elected president here.

Obama did a poor or even non existent job of putting the NSA fire out,choosing instead to simply let it blow over while taking whacks as a continuation of what Bush started.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: beamer, 6/20/2013 4:42:20 AM     (No. 9384772)

Hooray for #1!! I fully support your views.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: uno, 6/20/2013 6:28:32 AM     (No. 9384818)

Once again the Obamboozler demonstrates his "transparency" and the world sees right through him!
He is the Saran™ Rap President!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 6/20/2013 7:18:06 AM     (No. 9384872)

"Look! the King has no clothes!"

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bubby, 6/20/2013 7:30:53 AM     (No. 9384888)

FTA "It is never a good sign when a US president parrots the language of a Brussels bureaucrat when he is supposed to be a champion of freedom. Obama’s distinctly unimpressive speech in Berlin was another dud from a floundering president whose leadership abroad is just as weak as it is at home." Nothing to add to what Nile said.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: M2, 6/20/2013 7:36:38 AM     (No. 9384900)

The naivete` is surreal:

It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.

After a point, one begins looking for the hook to yank him off the stage.

There was little in this speech that advances US interests, or makes the world a safer place. Completely missing from Obama’s address was a call for the West to stand up to the rising threat of Islamist militancy,...

He dare not. He promised that in any conflict, he would "stand with the Muslims".

...the defence of Christians facing huge levels of persecution and intimidation in the Middle East,...

Why should he defend a religion he abhors? After all, just yesterday, he berated Irish Catholics for creating "division" through their Catholic schools.

...[no] strong condemnation of Iran and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and any criticism of growing authoritarianism in Russia.

"Authoritarianism" is a club he enjoys and is desperately trying to wield over the American people. Why would he condemn it?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 6/20/2013 7:46:48 AM     (No. 9384919)

German-speaking press (usually they are lapdogs of Obama) said "Poised but not memorable". I am not sure about poised, either.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 6/20/2013 7:54:56 AM     (No. 9384933)

"... pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance."

Well, what else would you expect from a dolt who was always unqualified and morally unfit to be President of the United States and who is obviously too intellectually stunted to ever grow into the job? And once again he proved that when the TelePrompter goes down, he´s dead in the water.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Felixcat, 6/20/2013 8:12:49 AM     (No. 9384962)

Outstanding #1.

What with the invitation only audience?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Felixcat, 6/20/2013 8:14:00 AM     (No. 9384964)

That should be: What is with....

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Reply 22 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 6/20/2013 8:19:33 AM     (No. 9384973)

#6 you owe me a keyboard!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LZK, 6/20/2013 8:36:59 AM     (No. 9385001)

Oh how wonderful poster #1.....

Exactly on point!!

Ich bin ein American!!

LZK

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MassJim, 6/20/2013 8:56:54 AM     (No. 9385048)

Hey, if you put a hollow man in an expensive suit you still end up with an empty suit. We have a real live Chauncey Gardiner as president. Little did Jerzy Kosinski realize that his great novel would become reality.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: cake crumb, 6/20/2013 8:58:27 AM     (No. 9385052)

ROFLOL, #1, well said! Post of the day there.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: scurfie, 6/20/2013 9:13:25 AM     (No. 9385076)

I´m confused by the bullet proof glass. Who is the treat to Obama in Germany?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ocjim, 6/20/2013 9:28:34 AM     (No. 9385101)

Chauncey Obama barely brought off Being There in Germany. And what newsreaders --- even Wallace on FoxNews Sunday --- consistently +fail to state is that when Obama spoke to 200K in Berlin 2008 his speech was sandwiched between two free rock concerts with major acts. Without the free music, open air concert thing going on, he would have been lucky to draw 10 or 20 thousand that day. Obama´s entire career has been one con job after another from the college grades we´ll never see to the books he did not write to that huge Berlin crowd that he did not draw. A con, all of it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: larryp, 6/20/2013 9:32:15 AM     (No. 9385111)

Recall the old ad showing 2 eggs. The announcer says "this is your brain";
Then picure two eggs frying in a pan. The announcers intones "This is yr brain on drugs"...
Nuff said...A case of trying to run the Presidency with one lobe.
His staff are bad too, just following a recipe of leftist ideas set up in the 1920´s and 30s. The only thing missing are millions starving or imprisoned. Hmmm.
Easy to tear things down, but hard to be creative and make success out of nothing.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/20/2013 9:34:12 AM     (No. 9385114)

RE #8, I don´t remember seeing Kennedy or Reagan surrounded by protective glass. That struck me as odd, having all that glass in front of him. Reagan may have had glass in the back of him. If Obama´s audience was invited, why did they need all the glass? It makes him look like such a wuss. If it was all that dangerous, he should not have staged the event.

RE #18, I agree that he did not appear poised. Why couldn´t the man keep on his jacket? It was only 85 degrees. The troops in Iraq had to wear long-sleeved uniforms, body armor, helmets and carry 25 - 50 lbs of equipment in temps well over 100 degrees.

I noted that Angela Merkel was still wearing her jacket.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Sherlock1, 6/20/2013 9:38:51 AM     (No. 9385124)

As usual we have to read foreign newspapers to find anything beyond fawning propaganda about our Dear Reader.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 6/20/2013 9:43:27 AM     (No. 9385136)

Ich bin ein dunkauf Motormouth.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 6/20/2013 9:48:16 AM     (No. 9385149)

Probably asked atendees if they could "understand" English, if they said "nein" they were invited to hear the Panderer-in-Chief. Germans can see thru all the "fluff-stuff".

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Reply 33 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 6/20/2013 9:51:03 AM     (No. 9385158)

The Won is so isolated by his Praetorian Guard of sycophants, he probably thinks he was a rousing success.

It is nice to consider that Karma is finally getting around to The Won: Remember how the media mocked Romney on his European trip? What goes around comes around.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 6/20/2013 9:58:05 AM     (No. 9385170)

Ich bin ein Dummkopf.

Don´t blame me; #1 started it!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 6/20/2013 9:58:17 AM     (No. 9385171)

Kennedy, 1963: Ich bin ein Berliner.
0, 2013: Ich bin ein bee-yotch.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: berlin, 6/20/2013 10:45:56 AM     (No. 9385255)

Just to set the record straight: JFK spoke in front of the Schoeneberg City Hall in Berlin-Schoeneberg (where the Freedom Bell is located) and not in front of the Brandenburg Gate. He visited the Gate area but did not speak there. Gardiner should read Daum´s book ´Kennedy in Berlin´

And 0´s speech in Berlin: Ich bin ein Quatschkopf

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Reply 37 - Posted by: nevernaught, 6/20/2013 10:58:00 AM     (No. 9385281)

When der fuehrer says we ain´t de master race
We heil heil right in der fueher´s face
Not to love der fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we heil heil right in der fuehrer´s face.

Well at least 4500 Nazi´s still love the incompetent fop in Germany.

With apologies to Spike Jones.



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Reply 38 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/20/2013 10:58:39 AM     (No. 9385285)

I remember at other times, in other places, that there was a lot of fainting/swooning going on, and the President very solicitously would say, "give that person some water" or something like that.

Wonder if the swooners/fainters were plants? Because yesterday it obviously was pretty hot.

Nah, couldn´t be.............

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Reply 39 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 6/20/2013 11:03:07 AM     (No. 9385302)

I would think that if the 2008 speech was so great people would show if only for another great speech. Maybe I was right and all his speeches are very underwhelming at best.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Butch59, 6/20/2013 11:31:04 AM     (No. 9385368)

I wonder is the rest of the world is beginning to understand that Obozo really doesn´t have any American values. He was never raised or taught any as a child growing up. The only thing he learned was how great the communist form of government/economy is. And to hate American for all of it´s successes.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: chicodon, 6/20/2013 11:41:39 AM     (No. 9385383)

This was carefully choreographed by an increasingly paranoid Presidential security team. However, when the light´s just right he almost looks Presidential.
So our Commander in Chief prances out and promises to cut our nuclear deterrence... and mere feet from the formerly bullet riddled Berlin Wall. What a guy. My fellow Americans, we have "arrove".

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Reply 42 - Posted by: penelopewaits, 6/20/2013 12:01:09 PM     (No. 9385428)

I know why people used to faint at Obama events. To get in, you had to arrive two hours ahead, stand in line for an hour, go into an enclosed space where people were tightly packed, even if there was plenty of room, and then continue to stand. By the time Obama started droning on, everyone had been standing for two hours. No chairs, no movement, just standing. It was physically difficult and if it was sunny, it was unbearable.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: wexfordcounty, 6/20/2013 12:46:40 PM     (No. 9385539)

"Out of the mouths of Brits....."

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Reply 44 - Posted by: perryscave, 6/20/2013 1:43:42 PM     (No. 9385643)

For JFK it was his “ich bin ein Berliner” speech in front of a crowd of 450,000.

For Obama it was his “ich bin ein feigling” speech behind panels of of two and a half inch thick bullet proof glass while facing a crowd of only 6,000 - some holding signs saying “MLK had a dream - Obama has a drone”

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Reply 45 - Posted by: cadillaqjaq, 6/20/2013 3:23:51 PM     (No. 9385781)

O.K. article, but ´´floundering?´´

Where I grew up a ´´flounder´´ was a bottom feeding fish. I guess in today´s over-reaching PC world, ´´flounder´´ has replaced ´´founder.´´

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Reply 46 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/20/2013 3:59:40 PM     (No. 9385845)

#8. I think that his staff had him facing East and away from the Sun, but that the sunlight bouncing and glaring off his heavyweight bullet proof glass shields wiped out his ability to read his teleprompter.

All that sunlight ricocheting off all those bulletproof glass shields are also what made it so hot on the stage, as when you look at the crowd of nearby Germans they did not look hot at all.

As for the goofy speech, you can bet that probably only about 10% of the people there could understand what he was saying.

All in all, his crew has to chalk it up as a missed opportunity.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/20/2013 5:12:35 PM     (No. 9385937)

The last time an American president bombed Berlin, they weren´t too happy about it.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: rocco49, 6/20/2013 6:38:53 PM     (No. 9386019)

The greatest nation in the world and we have an asshat Marxist Kenyan liberal representing us abroad.....Surely we are a joke to the rest of the world.

And the corrupt asshats in the enemedia who swab his rump and sit in his lap are just as despicable as the two grifters in our White House. God help us all....

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Cedar, 6/20/2013 8:49:28 PM     (No. 9386151)

Obama´s teleprompter: "Ich bin ein muslim idiot."

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Reply 50 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/20/2013 10:16:16 PM     (No. 9386254)

Traveling with all of those teleprompters and staff and he still can´t get it right.
Sooner or later Affirmative Action meets the Peter Principle.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: artlover, 6/20/2013 10:43:53 PM     (No. 9386307)

In the days of Reagan and JFK, this was a proud nation. Now, we hang our head in shame, knowing that our country is no longer a free country and half of the voting people of this country are now very, very low information voters. They would not even know who the Vice President of this country is. The only think they know is how to sign up for food stamps and welfare -----and how to vote for the person who will give that to them. That is their only interest in their existence. We have no country anymore -- it is a slum bed for people who care for nothing except how to beg for handouts. The sad thing is, there is NO going back. We can never change them to think otherwise. We are doomed......

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Ronaldus Magnus, 6/21/2013 6:21:55 AM     (No. 9386556)

Bush!

Tea Party!!

Halliburton!!!

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 6/21/2013 9:59:46 AM     (No. 9386837)

#45, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/flounder

1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.

2. to struggle clumsily or helplessly: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.


And a most interesting bit of info:

Origin: 1570–80; perhaps blend of flounce1 and founder2

O does tend to flounce a lot, doesn´t he? I believe he gets it from the missus.

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President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.


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