RUSH: To Raleigh, North Carolina. Hi, Michael. You´re next, and it´s great to have you here. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. I hope you and Kathryn have a wonderful Valentine´s Day. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very, very much. CALLER: You´re very welcome. I listened to your whole show yesterday and heard you very well describe Obama as the crusader and the warrior, but I´d like to add, what helps him with the low-information voters is he plays the victim very well. RUSH: Well, of course.
Michelle Obama on Wednesday will urge companies to stop marketing unhealthy food choices to children. The first lady will ask food and media executives to promote healthy choices while decreasing the marketing of unhealthy products to kids, according to a White House notice about the event. The move could prove politically controversial, as Obama has come under fire from conservatives who charge the first lady is trying to dictate what people eat and drink. The event on Wednesday, which will also feature government leaders, researchers and parents, is part of Obama´s Let´s Move! anti-obesity initiative and comes on the heels of her "Drink
Before we knew the names of the victims, the motive behind the attack, or even how many shooters there were, some conspiracy theorists thought they figured out what had happened at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. Alex Jones, the antigovernment broadcaster who reaches millions every day through his syndicated radio show and Infowars Web empire, speculated the shooting may be a "false flag" operation intended to distract Americans from Syria, as well as the anniversary of the Benghazi attack and the simmering IRS scandal. "You´ve got all the other scandals, so this is a great way to change the subject,"
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented "yet another mass shooting," this time in the nation´s capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws has stalled amid opposition from gun-rights advocates. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard came a week after voters recalled two Colorado legislators who supported tougher gun measures, illustrating the strong political headwinds faced by lawmakers seeking to respond to the violence. Obama, for one, has been powerless to get legislation passed despite a string of mass shootings during his presidency. In the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obama
It´s a sad celebrity ritual. Tragedy strikes somewhere in the U.S., and a star uses Twitter to politicize it for their pet cause. Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame joined the club earlier today. The actor rushed to Twitter today after news broke that a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. left several people dead. Many details are still unknown, but that didn´t prevent Winkler from assuming gun control would have prevented the shooting. ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other
President Obama took a swipe at the Hard Right on Monday, accusing tea-party-aligned House Republicans of gambling with the nation´s economy by threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded. In a sprawling economic speech, Obama called on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing a budget, and he insisted he would brook no wrangling over a raise in the debt ceiling. Obama said such a shutdown, or even the possibility of default, would damage the still-fragile economic recovery. Specifically, the president went after Republicans who say they won´t vote for any budget deal that does not nullify the
Leadership: In another sign of how enfeebled Barack Obama´s presidency has become, his choice for chairman of the Federal Reserve, Larry Summers, has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration. Summers, an old political hand with bureaucratic in-fighting skills, knew his chance of getting through a grueling nomination process were nil. Extremely smart and brash to the point of offensiveness, he´s become one of the most hated people in Washington politics — within his own party. A clique of powerful Democratic "progressives" on the Senate Banking Committee — including Montana´s Jon Tester, Ohio´s Sherrod Brown, Oregon´s Jeff Merkley and Massachusetts´ Elizabeth Warren —
Perhaps the only war strategizing more inept than President Obama´s on Syria are GOP plans for the budget hostilities this autumn. Republicans are fracturing over tactics, and even over the nature of political reality, which may let Mr. Obama outwit them like a domestic Vladimir Putin. In our view the GOP would be less confused if more House Members appreciated the power of 218. That´s the number of votes that makes a majority and it is the only true "leverage" Republicans have while Democrats hold the Senate and a Presidential veto. The latest GOP internal dispute is over a continuing resolution to
What happened to the leader of the free world? As President Obama pontificates and Congress equivocates, Vladimir Putin commands global attention while Syria reels and Al-Qaida bides its time. Unlike death and taxes, fortitude in foreign policy and good governance are not certain. Nor is the long-term survival of our res publica. Indeed, as we celebrate Tuesday the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, all Americans ought to reflect on Benjamin Franklin´s reply on being asked, regarding the miracle in Philadelphia, "What have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic," he declared, "if you can keep it." In fact,
Economy: After his embarrassing failure on the foreign policy front, President Obama decided to tout his success managing the U.S. economy — just as the historically weak recovery shows fresh signs of weakening further. In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Bros. collapse, Obama ticked off a laundry list of alleged accomplishments since taking office: I stopped another Great Depression, saved the auto industry, put people to work, etc. "We cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis," he said, "and we´ve begun to lay a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity." Unfortunately, it´s a foundation built on quicksand. Just
Just minutes after the Washington DC police chief said that two shooters might still be on the loose in the Navy Yard mass murders, President Obama held a previously scheduled event to defend his economic record. The president opened his remarks by condemning a shooting that has reportedly left six dead and as many as 10 injured. President Barack Obama is mourning what he called "yet another mass shooting" in the United States that he says took the life of American patriots. Obama promised to make sure, quote, "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible." The president then went into a lengthy
President Barack Obama’s dance skills will be on display this evening, according to his wife. First lady Michelle Obama said that the president “will shake his groove thing” at a Latin music concert being held at White House on Monday. Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and Romeo Santos are among the artists lined up to perform. The first lady made the prediction this morning during a Latin music workshop for students, according to a White House transcript. “Now, the percussive beats and the buoyant melodies from these songs come just -- from just about everywhere,” Obama told the students. “You´ll learn they come
RUSH: Now, let´s grab sound bites 15 and 16, ´cause I mentioned earlier that there´s an all-out effort now, an all-out assault on Ted Cruz and others like him. There is an all out effort within the Republican Party, within the Republican establishment to deal with Ted Cruz and his attempted takeover of the Republican Party. On The NewsHour on Friday night on PBS, David Brooks, the supposed conservative columnist for the New York Times, warned that Ted Cruz and similar legislators´ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. Brooks insists that Ted Cruz´s motives are less about legislation and
On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. (Snip) “What’s going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to Monday’s tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard with another plea for Congress to take action against gun violence. “This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?” asked Feinstein. “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless
The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.
Cher has turned down the chance to open next year´s Winter Olympics in Russia as a protest to the country´s new anti-gay laws. (Snip) The 67-year-old, whose son Chaz underwent gender transition surgery in 2010, is the latest celebrity to react against the laws brought in by Vladimir Putin´s government in June. She said: ‘I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. ‘I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate
This report is coming from The Hill and relies pretty much on “Republican lawmakers” and staffers “speaking on condition of anonymity” so factor that in. But given what we’ve heard from some other members over the last couple of months, I wouldn’t find it terribly surprising if this were true. Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders. Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party’s effort to defund
My friend and colleague Steve Grammatico is out with his new book, “You Hear Me, Barack?” a collection of his mordant, satirical takes on President Obama and his extended family of zany, lovable characters, including the First Lady, the vice president and a host of other comic-opera Public Enemies currently adored by the collection of circus clowns known as the White House Press Corps. Please enjoy my introduction and the following excerpts and remember: this is no dream, this is really happening.When the late Andrew Breitbart asked me in the fall of 2009 to start a new website called Big
WASHINGTON- The White House said Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama will speak next week about economic growth following the worst recession since the Great Depression. In a statement, the White House said the president will speak Monday in the Rose Garden to discuss "the progress we have made to grow the economy and create 7.5 million private sector jobs, and highlight the work we still need to do to strengthen the middle class and those fighting to get into it." The statement said Obama will "highlight his better bargain for the middle class, and warn against more self-inflicted wounds from
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the New York Times ran an article on what psychologists call the "impostor phenomenon." To measure it, they ask test subjects questions like, "At times, I feel my success has been due to some kind of luck" or "I can give the impression that I´m more competent than I really am." Although the article had nothing to do with Barack Obama, he would surely have scored off the charts had he answered those questions honestly. He was a reasonably bright guy but not the "brilliant" author and savant white liberals thought him to be. His "luck"
Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The government in Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles. The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that Syrian President Bashar Assad´s regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did
On Sunday, President Obama joined ABC’s This Week to discuss the threat of Iranian nuclear development, and emphasized that he had not taken force off the table: “I think what the Iranians understand is that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue, that the threat…against Israel that a nuclear Iran poses is much closer to our core interests. My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria] to think we won’t strike Iran.” Obama added that Iran should learn from Syria that diplomatic solutions
A video (from the Daily Caller) reveals the Republican Party´s real angst about the Tea Party. David Brooks (the Gray Lady´s idea of a housebroken conservative) laments, to PBS´s Judy Woodruff that Republican legislators like Ted Cruz aren´t "normal members. . . going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances and . . . pass a lot of legislation" while interesting themselves in "the perks . . . the leadership has to offer." Indeed, Brooks asserts, "They´re not [real] legislators" at all -- just obstructionists "who want to stop things." All of which conversely implies Brooks believes real legislators are ones who
SEATTLE - A local man has died and a woman is in serious condition after they were stabbed repeatedly by a stranger who confronted them Friday night as they were walking in Pioneer Square after the Seattle Sounders game, police said. Friends identified the man who died as Troy Wolff, 46, who was chairman of the English Department at Shoreline Community College and had taught there for 17 years. He was walking with his girlfriend near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when she was suddenly confronted by a man who pulled out a small knife and