The first presidential debate opened with a stark contrast: A blue tie on President Barack Obama and a red tie on Gov. Mitt Romney. (snip) By about the 15 minute mark, President Obama appeared to be annoyed. That came after an exchange in which Gov. Romney interrupted moderator Jim Lehrer to deconstruct a misleading Obama charge that Romney plans to raise taxes on the middle class and cut taxes on the rich. Gov. Romney consistently delivered piles of facts, combined with stories about American workers and businesses that put flesh on those facts. It was an extremely effective strategy, showing
Comments: I watched it on CSpan. Before the debate began, Jim Lehrer repeatedly emphasized to the audience the importance of their silence. And so when the Entertainer in Chief made his sappy "Sweetie" comment and when he brought in Donald Trump, etc., he was met with silence. No doubt this had to have shook him up. He's used to being the adored, applauded, aggrandized one. Not tonight. Now the next Pres debate will be in a Townhall format. I suspect the Pres. will feel a little more in his league there.
At last Obama was put in a situation where he didn't have someone running cover and of course sans teleprompter. Mr. Smartest Man In The Room was upstaged x2. Makes me wonder who would be President today had Mr. Obama not had the advantage of a teleprompter during his 2004 Dem Con speech. Great orator, indeed. I'm stoked. Hopefully the Great Uninformed watched and knew what they were seeing.....
The Dims know Obama can't defend his record, but they, in fact, don't even want him to. They want him to lie. They want him to fool more and more people. For them, the only problem last night was that Obama lied with less energy and passion, risking an exposure of The Empty Chair.
As Sarah Palin pointed out, this will only increase the chances of foul play and dirty tricks from the DNC, the Oval Office, and the Court Eunuchs, all of whom are now nothing more than Chicago gangsters. Romney will have to deal with this election corruption on a far more serious level than debate points on a stage, I fear.
Lots of lefty criticism of Lehrer. Bull. He did what a good moderator should do. He let the candidates go at it, expand on their differences, challenge each other. He did try to stop the fireworks a few times to keep to his plan, but couldn't manage it. Good.
Be assured that in the next debate, the lib moderator will be much more aggressive to prevent Romney from getting on a roll. He has to be ready for that.
Mitt exposed Obama as the poser that he is and has been. People who haven't been really paying attention saw it last night.
Mitt's intelligence and confidence ran rings around this guy. I was stunned at Obama's total unpreparedness. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
It was an insult to his supporters just how little he cares about them that he couldn't take some time out to prepare for this debate. He has absolutely no work ethic. No wonder he can't run the country.
Mitt gave the best presidential debate performance since Reagan reducing Obama to looking like a smarmy, sarcastic, rude and unlikeable individual who sounded more like Kermit the Frog the longer the debate progressed.
Obama should not play poker. Each time Mitt hit him, you could read it on his face. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the bastions of liberal land. I just bet there were a lot of wet pillow cases as they saw their demi god go down in flames.
''And, I'd stop funding PBS. Don't get me wrong. I love PBS. I love Big Bird. I love you, Jim, but I'm not borrowing from China to pay for it. I'd examine all federal programs with that guide in mind.''
Turned it off when they started on Social Security. I couldn't stomach the little creep another minute.
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Bad Dog, 10/4/2012 4:32:01 AM (No. 8908496)
Romney absolutely ROCKED IT last night! I loved how the DemocRat/Obama LIES were actually repeated - Obama is 'THAT SMART' (/s) - and each one REFUTED by Romney himself! Outstanding!
Obama likes to think of himself as a professor, schooling everybody on what he wants them to know, and how magnificent he is. Last night it was ROMNEY who schooled HIM on everything, and Obama looked smaller and smaller by debate end. He reminded me very much of a little kid put in a situation way beyond his years and experience, and he seemed to be thinking, 'How do I get out of this?'
It's pretty crazy for Obama to accuse Romney of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class,when Obamacare is the biggest tax increase in history that will hit the middle class between the eyes.It's ridiculous for the free lunch crowd to not even chip in a lousy 10 buck copay when accessing the system.
Obama didn't do himself any favors using John Kerry as his practice dummy debate opponent.He's probably as far removed as anybody on what a republican might say.
Obama had a mini teleprompter of some sort on that podium,even if it was a texting devise. Obama couldn't keep up with reading them while trying to respond to Romney.It's a lot harder for the brain to do 2 things at once than people think.
We got the lethargic, prickly Obama tonight. Perhaps fortified with a couple bottles of energy drink, we may well get the intenser gloves-off Obama next debate. Kind of the reverse of algore 2000, where algore was a roaming bully in the first debate, and after much resulting criticism, a sedated pansy in the second debate.
Obama is so brainwashed into his own falsehoods and lies that he's not able to understand rational explanations and basic facts. You had the feeling all he did was memorize his talking points. He not only sounded unprepared and inept, he also looked pathetically small. Last night the world saw the empty chair...the real Obama.
On the stump, Obama the propagandist peppers his speeches with his favorite devices: straw men, false choices, gross exaggerations and the Big Lie. I think one of the reasons for his flatness tonight is that he recognized immediately that any time he employed these devices Romney was going to swat them back at him twice as hard. For example, when Obama carped about the two billion dollar oil tax breaks, Romney hit back with Obama's 90 billion dollar green energy tax breaks and made it sting. A couple experiences like that and you'd get more tentative like Obama as well.
Last night the world finally met the empty chair. Not only did he sound unprepared and inept, but also, looked uncomfortable and pathetically small. It was quite astounding to see but no complaints from me. I am truly grateful for prayers being answered.
Honestly, I was amazed that he actually thought he could get away with spewing the campaign talking points over and over again, such as, Romney raising taxes on the middle class and think that the American people would buy this pap. He seemed not to understand basic facts about the economy and made some very inaccurate and stupid statements. It will be interesting to see how the Dems spin it and how he does on the campaign trail.
I was really hoping for a good old fashioned narcissistic meltdown. Unfortunately, Obama mostly maintained his composure. But did anyone else notice about a 1/3 of the way in, Romney said something that Made Bambie's jaw get tight. I could clearly see a lump develop on the corner of his left jaw for a moment.
I can't stop dancing! Yes, I know there are two more debates, but I am going to enjoy every minute of today. I will keep praying for the Romney team. I am confident Mitt will continue with his excellent prep until they are all over. I am also very confident about Ryan's abilities after watching him take on Obama during the Obamacare debates. OTOH I would hate to be on O's drone list. He is going to take his anger out on someone ( beside himself). It is not a good time to be on the drone list. Payback for the murders in Libya should not be used as a "wag the dog" moment by Obama, although I am sure it will be very tempting for him.
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lil dotty, 10/4/2012 5:13:08 AM (No. 8908568)
Wow Just wow baroke hussain obama asking the mod....can we move on to another subject? oh dark won stood there looking down and puffed up his lips. He was unable to step from behind the podium....he had a dark wet stain on his sharply creased trousers; pampers full. His head bowed, his lips puffed out He was pssed he was lost. What happened to his fairy dust? He snorted it.
two thumbs up and a high five. Better than a Cowboy game Mitt Romney = Mr. Excitment
So many exciting articles posted here--this is awesome! Just watched John McCain on F&F (only watching because last night was so good) and he said we should not underestimate obama roaring back. That's because he got his butt spanked 4 years ago by an empty suit. JM should be ashamed to be on tv today but he's on F&F and will be on Greta tonight. He doesn't have sense enough to realize that he should be embarrassed to show his face and he thinks we don't remember his lame campaign. Romney just spanked the empty suit that beat JM with fluff and stuff. We don't celebrate our losers like the other side. Go away JM.
Chrissy Matthews was frankly devastated last night. It was as if the leg that once thrilled and tingled had developed gangrene. He and other dems were apoplectic that Obama hadn't hammered Romney on the 47% comment or on his tax returns. Personally, I think Valerie and other Bamster handlers feared that bringing up those matters might give Romney a perfect chance to explain away and turn the issues in his favor.
Hoards of dems are upset with Jim Lehrer's moderating. For a dyed-in-the-wool lefty like Lehrer, that's gotta hurt.
Coming up next: the biggest attempt at election fraud in history (aka October Surprise) brought to you by George Soros, ACORN, Occupy Wall Street, The DNC, our enemies abroad (with their vested interest in a 2nd Obama term), and disguised as "news" by a complicit MFM. Can't wait to see what they're concocting this time... but I bet it will make pregnant chads blush.
Liberals are liberals, they'll lie and say Obama did great and really touched their female parts
I wonder, though, how Kristol, Brooks, Scarborough and Noonan are going to spill Romney's blood over this one? Or will they take this as an opportunity to dodge any more questions about their loyalty and suddenly jump behind Romney proclaiming that this is the Romney they've been waiting for and that their criticism worked?
Last night was so good.. I ventured over to MSNBC just to see how they could possibly be calling this a win for the One... and Rachael Maddow was asking David Plouffe if they had coached Obama to be low key so as to not look intimidating! I thought Id lose it! We didn't see any comments on the 47%, or Bain because after the first 10 minutes he knew there was nothing he could say that Romney wouldnt have a rebutal. And it would cost him the chance to keep using it in the ads.
One can see, just from the glare in Obama's eyes, when strafed on policy, he is a no compromise ideologue. Bipartisan isn't in his dictionary. How dare someone challenge his policy, his genius!
Bamster sure did change the subject a lot. Trying to throw Romney off his message maybe? No counter to the significant food stamp increase, said twice. Good job Mitt. What could bamster say in defense?
If it comes out for sure Obama was receiving text support, while Romney was not, his Zeppelin is going down in flames.
Whew! Massive relief on our side, obviously. Romney did a fine job. Romney showed that when the pressure is on, he can pull it off, admittedly a concern of mine. Obama was Obama, but when contrasted with Romney, his title as The Great Lightweight was ensured.
A little late in posting. Got indigestion from eating my words last night. A bit tough to swallow, but the aftertaste is oh, so sweet! The ambush didn't happen last night.
Mitt had his "A" game, and NerØbama tried to "phone it in", as Michelle Malkin aptly pointed out this morning. What a pleasant surprise!
Not only has my confidence in Mitt gone way up, but Rob Portman and his "team" also deserve mega-kudos. They obviously did a wonderful job in prepping Mitt for last night. Keep it up.
"It ain't over", however, so hopefully Mitt, Rob, and company will not back off. NerØbama has been "wounded", so expect a much more aggressive and engaged performance in the next debate. The left will be out for revenge. Remember that it's not about me, the pundits, or even Mitt or NerØbama - it's about the country and our children and grandchildren. We simply cannot afford to lose this election.
Gov. Romney did a sterling job last night. Ann Romney was right when she said this man will not fail. Last night Americans caught a glimpse of how a real president conducts himself which has been sorely lacking these past few years. It was so refreshing to watch someone put Obama on the hot seat regarding his failed economic policies.
I also agree with the posters who believe that Team Romney had better be prepared for trouble. The flying monkeys, aka MSM, will be doing the bidding of Axelrod and Jarrett by creating whatever scenario that will harm Gov. Romney. Heads up, we all know they will play dirty.
I don't have time to adequately tell you --here from behind enemy lines--how bad the LEFTIES ARE IMPLODING! They are beside themselves. Plus, best tweet of the night goes to Mark Hemingway-"This wasn't so much a debate as Romney just took Obama for a drive strapped to the hood of his car." I am so tickled I can't stand it...Finally, finally, for the first time in his life, as Clarice Feldman says, "...[Obama's] jive ass act isn't working....."
If only we had this 4 years ago instead of the Senate Gentleman John Mc Cain.
One thing I notice is that the leftys are all trying to say Romney bullied the moderator, yet I have heard that Obama actually spoke anywhere from 4-10 minutes LONGER than Romney in the debate. So if it wasn't to talk more, what exactly was Romney gaining by bullying Jim Lehrer?
My question: Is 0bama throwing the election so he can go off to the $35 million mansion in Hawaii and the massive speaking fees with none of the work or constraints of living in the White House bubble?
Agree with #44 about the losers zinger. I jumped out of my chair, scared the cats. As for Jim Lehrer, at one point after Romney spoke (I forget the exact topic) Lehrer looked to Obama and said - paraphrasing here - "you're for a more balanced approach". He was obviously trying to help Obama. Unfortunately he was beyond help. No teleprompter = nothingburger.
While talking about Dodd and Frank, didn't a Democrat Congress prevent President Bush's repeated attempts to oversee the out-of-control bank loans to people with no way to repay them? This mess belongs squarely in the lap of Obama, Harry and Nancy.
Re #60 -- Here's one story from behind enemy lines, namely Massachusetts. My wife has been mentioning for weeks that she keeps spotting on her morning commute this distracting red car carrying two bumper stickers, one touting Obama and the other for Lieawatha Warren. She knows she spotted the car with its stickers again as recently as two days ago.
About an hour ago, my wife called to let me know that as of this morning Lieawatha is still in place on the red car, but the Obama sticker has been removed – torn off more likely, with a corner remnant still visible.
It was like watching a man vs boy up there. The president was exposed for the lightweight he is. Romney is awesome! I am so proud that we FINALLY have a candidate who can articulate, speak and fight back with tact! I really felt like I was watching the next great president up there.
If challenged, Obama will cave. This is the first time anybody has seriously challenged this condescending, egotistical liar and the media was unable to cover for him. Now, exploit the advantage . . . no break and no quarter.
I usually don't say up this late as I have to get up way to early to go to my under paid job but boy I'm so happy I did. It was wouderbar!!!
I feel the Won was so confident that he is soooo good, he didn't even spend much time in practice. After all, whatever he says is the absolute truth. I love the way the LSM is spinning to make it sound like he did a fabulous job but the stats don't lie. The focus groups I saw didn't much care for his performance. Hope this wakes many up to the TRUTH that has been so sorely missing.
As an above poster predicted, the next moderator won't allow Romney to get a word in edgewise. He'll be cut off at every turn.
Hopefully he'll be prepared for that. Also, let's hope the folks watching see the blatant unfairness of it and get even more ticked off at the Democrats. We need people willing to crawl over broken glass to get get these parasites out of there.
#22 is on to something. Of course Obama has been schooled in Socialist/Marxist dogma and every lackey around him pats him on the back and tells him he is the greatest. Of course he isn't, he's just a second rate orator who gets along because of tele-prompters and an out of control liberal media.
I was discussing an upcoming municipal election once with a city official and basically it was the city against the residents. I told him they were elected to represent the voters, not to implement plans that citizens didn't approve of nor want. He gave me the usual city line and I told him that they needed to get out more and talk to voters. I told him they were starting to believe their own propaganda and they needed to take a step back and realize who they worked for.
In the election they lost big and lost control of the City Council. Served them right. They had lost touch and people responded.
The MSM will not give up. Their gloom over the first debate merely sets up their glee at Obama's big turnaround in the second debate -- the best comback ever!
Don't you know, the MSM is just getting started: Roll back expectations pre-debate; post-debate, say Obama was rusty and off-his-game. Come the second debate, they will be back to their leg tingling mantras.
Bambi just didn't expect Romney to actually challenge him on anything - no one else ever does! So he's not used to that and has no idea what to do. Also, he kept trying to bloviate and selfishly used up more time, but it still didn't matter. I was so proud of our next President, Mitt Romney. Finally we can feel proud again knowing that we'll have a grownup in the Whitehouse who shows up for work early and gets down to business.
I have been a Romney supporter since the 2008 primaries, and there is no doubt that, based on what I saw, he had the better performance by far. I need to preface this next remark by stating that I only watched about a half hour, after the fact, online - 3 subjects. Obama's performance was quite good, not nearly as good as Romney's, but as strong as it could possibly be, given his performance as President.
Okay, prayed all day yesterday for Mitt to speak truth to lies. I also prayed that Obama's true character would show through, not his ability to act. God answered both of these prayers last night.
But, friends, this is not over by a long shot. We must not be prideful or arrogant, like the other side has been. Elections can turn on one story, true or not; remember the DUI and Rather stories for GWB. Romney is, without a doubt, the stronger and more experienced (than Obama, even after four years with his feet up on the Oval Office desk). But, folks, there's still a month to go fighting the ugliest and meanest of Chicago politics when it's on the ropes. Beware of cockiness!
Not familiar with the Herman Caine quote, but I certainly do have the same feeling as at the end of the Klintoon administration -- the kids have had their fun, it's time to put them to bed, it's time for the adults.
WHAT a relief!!! I have to admit that, like Pat Caudell, I was getting very worried, as Romney's campaign was horrewndous in putting out quick ads denouncing Obama statements that were lies, wrong, etc. I now have every faith that Romney (and Ryan) will continue to speak like competent grown ups re: how they can turn this ship around. He bet the farm on the debates and it has paid off. This a.m. I watched "Morning Joe" and was thrilled to hear the complaint that R. was just a good showman (!), that he wasn't specific (while Obama has said NOTHING specific--that makes sense anyhow), that he shades the truth (!!!!!!!!) and that Obama's biggest problem is that he has lived in a cocoon for four years with nobody to contradict him---this from the likes of Heileman and John Meachem, who have done nothing but genuflect, shade the truth, obfuscate in Obama's aid for 5 years! The Press has bloodied itself to a point from which it can't come back! They are not trusted, not believed, by anyone with half a brain. I hope THEY get that.
I also prayed the rosary yesterday for Mitt. I asked that all the angels in heaven along with all of the founding fathers of this great nation would be on that stage with Romney last night. I got the sign when Romney pointed to the Constitution and the Declaration behind him!!!! Thank you Lord!
And I agree with #45------if you think there was corruption before in how Obama's campaign was playing out, just wait! Dead mean voting, smears, you name it! And I am sure the "Town Hall" will be stacked with fake Independents!!!!!!! BEWEAR and be aware!
It can't be emphasized too strongly that pResident Polly Parrot wasn't the only categorical loser last night. What about PPP's practice debate stand in for Romney: the equine-faced, faux stentorian-voiced traitor JF'nK, who is the Ted Baxter of the Democrats (minus the humor)?
Afterwards I flipped over to MSNBC and was greeted by a shellshocked Chris "Tweety" Matthews who looked like he'd been woken up at 4AM from a dead sleep with a hard whack on the head. The results of this debate were unspinnable, and the incumbent was revealed as an incompetent and a serial liar. The election isn't over yet, but Romney turned the corner and is on the path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Well done, Mitt!
With Obozo being bloodied so badly in this first debate, I wouldn't put it past the Obozo team to cancel the rest of the debates. Obozo is much too busy with critically important matters, don't cha know.
Kudos to Romney for applying a much needed butt kicking.
My guess is Obama will call in sick minutes before the next debate and Romney will have to debate a real empty chair, or podium if you will. Or perhaps some empty shoes sitting on top of a historic desk with a rumpled suit hanging in the background.
BA DA BOOM! Can't WAIT for November 6th my fellow Americans. Actually I can't WAIT to see Paul Ryan take on the Gaftastic Plugs Bidden! I do not eat carbs but a week from tonight....I am going to make Mr. Proud & myself a very large bowl of popcorn with butter and imbibe in many Sam Adams Ales!
Hi folks. Debate winner Romney 95%-- Debate loser Zero 0% -- Undecided 5%. Any perceptive person watching the debate had no problem with above tally, simply by observing the "teleprompter" kid totally lost without same. Hardly ever had the nerve to look at his rival, rambled on randomly, and had a please someone help me expression on his face much of the time that was pathetic to see. End of story.
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rock n robin, 10/4/2012 7:26:01 AM (No. 8908995)
My first Lucianne article of the day. What a welcome surprise!! I must admit I was too unwilling to expose myself to what I expected to be the usual disappointing debate, not to mention O's nails-on-a-blackboard visage, voice, and demeanor. Thanks to all who watched and all the comments that have made me laugh and made my day! I can't scroll back to get the comment #, but I liked the "Face of Easter Island" = J. "I've been to Vietnam" Kerry. Kerry v Christie as debate trainer. What were they smoking?
Right on, Romney! Zero looked and acted like a spoiled child being scolded. Never dared to look at Romney. He was simply yacking out words that were meaningless lies, and Romney called him on the lies. And his repeated hand movements... as though he were preparing a huge meatloaf to pop in a large pan. What a jerk.
Nov. 22 falls on the Friday before Thanksgiving this year, just as it did 50 years ago. And that extraordinary day in 1963 began on the Hill in ways that would seem familiar to the congressional denizens of today. (Snip) As was the custom, then as now, the chore of acting as presiding officer had been parceled out to several of the freshmen with the lunchtime slot assigned to the youngest in the class, 31-year-old Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. He was in the chair when his brother was killed. And from that instant, the scene at the Capitol unfolded
Before President Obama was elected, the United States was known as one nation under God — but the Obama Administration seems to think otherwise. Organizing For America published an email Sunday suggesting the greatest nation on the face of the Earth owes its allegiance to another deity. David Axelrod write that “we’ve made serious progress as a nation under President Obama.” You can read his edict in its entirety below. No wonder the Democratic National Committee voted to remove the Almighty from their party in 2012. They only have room for one God.
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with coercive power alone can solve problems better left to the states, civil society, and the free market. In reality, such programs relentlessly metastasize, increasing as well fraud, waste, abuse, and costs. One such program is SNAP, the kinder and gentler name for what we used to call food stamps. Apparently the
While Barack Obama’s grotesque lie, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!” haunts millions of Americans who are learning first-hand that the exact opposite is true, The One, in concert with corrupt RINOS and Democrats (whom are automatically understood to be universally corrupt), is counting on another WHOPPER to codify his amnesty nightmare into federal law. With respect to amnesty, the equivalent Obama lie is, “Once we pass reform (AKA, Amnesty), we will secure the borders!) Translated: If you like American sovereignty, language, and culture you CAN KEEP IT——if you pass amnesty!
I suppose liberal politicians have to operate by the philosophy that if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. But 15.8 million of them? That´s a lot of broken eggs - even through the White House spin masters don´t want you to look at it that way. During the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans have been notified that they are being dropped from the health insurance coverages they have now. Some may remember President Barack Obama´s promises, made over and over again, that if you like the insurance you have, Obamacare
Cairo, Egypt--Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trial begins on Monday November 4th, (Valentine’s day in Egypt), and intel rumors are rife that the trial will prove President Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. If former Chief of Egyptian Intelligence Murad Muwafi, can prove Morsi’s agreement to the presence of terrorists in Egypt and providing them with protection, he will be executed for the crime of high treason. (Snip) These are the facts Muwafi will present to the trial: The Muslim Brotherhood was linked directly with the CIA—before the massive Peoples’ Revolution of January 25th—and the Barack Obama Administration kept inciting the
President Barack Obama personally authorised the phone tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile because he wanted to ´know everything´ about the world’s most powerful woman, it was claimed on Sunday. (Snip) ‘Obama did not stop the action at that time but allowed it to continue,’ said an intelligence official familiar with the NSA operation against Merkel image on Sunday. ´Obama did not stop the action but rather furthered it,´ said the Bild informant. ´The reason for the action?´ said Bild. ´Obama wanted to know exactly who this woman was.´ German handling of the eurozone crisis and its refusal to get involved
US President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit the Church of Our Lady cathedral in Dresden during a June 2009 whistle-stop visit to Germany. (Snip) On this day, at the latest, it must have dawned on diplomats that this US president was different from his predecessors. He was someone who did not attach value to diplomatic niceties nor to the sensitivities of his close friends, which he already had proven as a presidential candidate. At that time he put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position by wanting to make a campaign speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate. This site
While Washington, and the press, have been in an uproar over the government shutdown and the debt-limit negotiations, the debt itself has continued to climb. (Snip) The big lesson of the shutdown is that -- in a time when so-called "draconian cuts" usually refer to mere decreases in the rate of growth of spending on programs -- America was able to do without all the "non-essential" government workers just fine. (The same AP poll cited above says that 80% have felt no impact from the shutdown; a majority also oppose increasing the debt limit.) Turns out that most of those
Sir Elton John has honoured Hillary Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV/AIDS, at an annual event for his foundation. She was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation last night in New York City. The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani´s restaurant that "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV/AIDS. Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also attended the black tie event. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart performed a dozen
A sharp public backlash against the political logjam in Washington has pushed Republicans to moderate their hardline stance on the budget, raising hopes of a deal with the White House ahead next week’s deadline to approve new government borrowings. Senior Republicans were galvanised by an NBC/Wall St Journal poll showing the lowest ratings for the party since the survey started in 1989, prompting them to submit plans to jumpstart talks with Barack Obama and the Democrats. (Snip) Republican demands that Barack Obama cut funding for or delay his healthcare law – a deal-breaker for Democrats – now appear to be off
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
Barack Obama is the coolest president we’ve had since John F. Kennedy, at least according to conventional standards for such things. Obama has always been a brand as much as a politician, one that has been perceived as sleek, smart, and up to date. Then along came HealthCare.gov. Its failure to launch is a signal event in the long political battle over Obamacare and perhaps an inflection point in the president’s image. It’s hard to maintain a sense of truly being on the cutting edge of change when you can’t build a website. Obama’s cool was, in part, an artifact of world-class
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was really little and then I wasn´t that great at math and science so I switched to law because my mother told me that I like to argue a lot. But I realized in high school and in college that you don´t have to exactly know, you´re kind of always discovering yourself. So I studied law, I went to law to school, but was pretty clear I just wanted to be a good student. I wanted to know how to read and write and communicate, be able to
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
A downbeat President Barack Obama repeatedly asked his worried supporters Monday night to help resurrect his spirits, following weeks of political disasters and personal humiliations caused by the cascading collapse of Obamacare. The distracted president railed against opponents and at one point appeared to forget the number of people in the Obamacare system during the rambling quarter-hour address. “My main message is I’m going to need your help, your energy, your faith, your ability to reach out to neighbors, kids and friends [and] co-workers,” he told listeners to the Internet broadcast arranged by his grass-roots group, Organizing for Action. But his worried
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he´s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he´s going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn´t use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times. "So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed," Obama told the Wall Street Journal´s CEO Council Annual Meeting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says although some Democrats may be voting politically to distance themselves from Obamacare, they were still supporting the law and working in their districts to implement it. "This is history and the future and progress," she stated emphatically, "It stands right there as Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, as a right, not a privilege for the few, but a right for the many." She was speaking Tuesday at an event sponsored by BuzzFeed. Pelosi acknowledged she was "really disappointed" that the technology behind the website failed, but said she was excited to see the program fully