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Going the Distance:
On and off the road with Barack Obama

New Yorker Magazine, by David Remnick

Original Article

Posted By:Honeybadger, 1/19/2014 7:14:28 AM

On the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, Barack Obama sat in the office cabin of Air Force One wearing a look of heavy-lidded annoyance. The Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic achievement and, for all its limitations, the most ambitious social legislation since the Great Society, half a century ago, was in jeopardy. His approval rating was down to forty per cent—lower than George W. Bush’s in December of 2005, when Bush admitted that the decision to invade Iraq had been based on intelligence that “turned out to be wrong.” Also, Obama said thickly, “I’ve got a fat lip.” That morning,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/19/2014 7:27:20 AM     (No. 9697602)

Poor, put-upon spoiled little boy. It´s all just so sad./s

FTA: ´ “Even if you never met him, you know this guy,” Karl Rove said, in 2008. “He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a Martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.” ´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/19/2014 7:37:57 AM     (No. 9697609)

Basketball, my foot. Mooch decked him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/19/2014 7:47:14 AM     (No. 9697616)

I amazed myself by making it through two of the eighteen pages of this twaddle. One can hope that the following , a gratuitous slap at the tea party, holds up over time.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/19/2014 7:48:59 AM     (No. 9697617)

ooops- clipped of the following:
The moderate Republican tradition is all but gone, ...."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickeymat, 1/19/2014 7:58:22 AM     (No. 9697627)


The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country.

Right. There is, after all, no reason to be opposed to this guy and his policies and ideology.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 1/19/2014 8:02:39 AM     (No. 9697631)

Summary in four words: "it´s not his fault".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Poobah, 1/19/2014 8:04:33 AM     (No. 9697632)

What on earth was Lucianne thinking in making this mess a Must Read? It isn’t like we don’t have a fawning media that dwells on every scrap of Obama-favorable footage. Do we really need 18 pages of New Yorker drivel to add to the pile of liberals-are-wonderful propaganda that we wade through on a daily basis?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 1/19/2014 8:07:42 AM     (No. 9697634)

18 pages? Seriously? Can someone post the Cliff Notes version?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/19/2014 8:24:00 AM     (No. 9697649)

#9, a quick scan reveals Remnick and Obama both talking about how special Obama is.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/19/2014 8:24:01 AM     (No. 9697650)

Amazing alternate universe of the legend of Barry Dunham.
Remnick mentions " no major scandals" -
Fast and Furious
" bumps in the Road"???

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Reply 11 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/19/2014 8:42:08 AM     (No. 9697664)

This is all we need to know:
FTA: Obama’s best friend, Marty Nesbitt said, “He was a local community organizer when he was young, At the back end of his career, I see him as an international and national community organizer.”
When they tell us up front what´s about to happen, we´ve gotta pay attention. Nesbitt has just spelled it out: Now that Obama has fundamentally changed America, he will move on to the grander scheme of ordering the US into it´s "rightful place" in the international community. Josef Joffe, the hawkish editor of Die Zeit says: "If you want to be harsh about it, he wants to turn the U.S. into a very large medium power, into an XXL France or Germany.”
There it is. Clear as day. Secretary General of the UN…or Emperor of The New World Order. Take your pick.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/19/2014 8:44:57 AM     (No. 9697667)

Wusses! I read it all.

I suspect our hostess made it a Must Read in order to get our adrenaline pumping early. She doesn´t choose Must Reads frivolously.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/19/2014 8:47:22 AM     (No. 9697671)

I made it to page two, then gave up. I really don´t like reading about poor little Barack and how badly he was treated by the mean old Republicans....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/19/2014 9:11:29 AM     (No. 9697697)

Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear program? I did not know that.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/19/2014 9:18:09 AM     (No. 9697708)

Way too much saliva to wade through here.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: sooznews, 1/19/2014 9:32:03 AM     (No. 9697716)

It is worth reading. If we don´t read the other side, we are as bad as those people who damn Fox and never watch it.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 1/19/2014 9:42:16 AM     (No. 9697728)

Tried to read it, then tried just skimming through it. My apologies to Miss Lucianne, but I am a wuss, just couldn´t get through this. The one thing I did take away from it is that the executive order will be playing a bigger part in his kingdom.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 1/19/2014 9:48:12 AM     (No. 9697733)

Thanks Ms. Lucianne, it is a great insight on the pure elitism that this creature embellishes...the fawning masses , the money, the cronyism...all wrapped up in a man who is a creation of the media...nothing more...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/19/2014 9:54:39 AM     (No. 9697741)

No need to read past the lie that the Republicans shut down the government for 16 days. Apparently Remnick doesn´t know the difference between a lie and a damned lie.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NYBruin, 1/19/2014 10:22:06 AM     (No. 9697758)

Worth a read (but it is 25 degrees outside this morning!)

I was particularly appalled at the brief description of the meals served on Air Force One - especially since we are paying for them!!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: M2, 1/19/2014 11:07:09 AM     (No. 9697807)

A veneer of polished sophistication painted over an historically-ignorant Chicago doper with a Napoleonic complex won´t hide the flaws.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 1/19/2014 11:13:36 AM     (No. 9697815)

David Remnick must have scraped his tongue off to get enough material for this piece of....! Like some of the others I could not get pasty page #2.. The following was the only thignclose to the truth(for me ) in this collection of Fawning slobber :"...hen Obama leaves the White House, on January 20, 2017, he will write a memoir. “Now, that’s a slam dunk,” the former Obama adviser David Axelrod told me. Andrew Wylie, a leading literary agent, said he thought that publishers would pay between seventeen and twenty million dollars for the book—the most ever for a work of nonfiction—and around twelve million for Michelle Obama’s memoirs. (The First Lady has already started work on hers.) Obama’s best friend, Marty Nesbitt, a Chicago businessman, told me that, important as the memoir might be to Obama’s legacy and to his finances, “I don’t see him locked up in a room writing all the time..." Sounds as if Bill Ayres is already signed to "Ghost" another piece of fiction. Looks lie the only winner here will be the Charmin Toilet Paper factory. They´ll need a lot for this wipe-out.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: guybee, 1/19/2014 11:29:43 AM     (No. 9697829)

Remick almost makes you like him - almost - too bad the fiction doesn´t line up with the reality. What a whitewash.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/19/2014 11:39:34 AM     (No. 9697843)

FTA: "The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn´t make them Kobe Bryant." (Page 14)

Right Barry---And if you should ever invite "Sarah Barracuda," Wasilla High School´s All-Star Point Guard on their 1982 Alaska State Championship Girls Basketball Team, over for a friendly game of one-on-one hoops, she would "smoke" your skinny ass!---Bank on it!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: farmwife, 1/19/2014 11:48:54 AM     (No. 9697853)

I read it because I often say I can´t understand how liberals think. It was interesting insight into how they can believe anything this man says. They are convinced he is a ´deep thinker´ way above the mere mortals. As are they.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/19/2014 12:19:37 PM     (No. 9697876)

Yes, I waded through all of it too (wearing a hazmat suit over my Cabella waders), so I´ll summarize for those of you not similarly equipped...

Obama awesome. He so awesome that his awesomeness not appreciated by those who are, unlike us New Yorkers, awesomeness-challenged. You know...barely stifled snicker...like Republicans and assorted old white people. So, embrace the suck. Appreciate the suckee.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/19/2014 12:30:38 PM     (No. 9697887)

November 2013 ,
Obama is annoyed and pouting on Air Force One because he has to waste his day
going to fundraisers for Democrats .
Plus, he has an " owie " on his lip from morning playtime-poor baby.
Does he spend this time studying military strategy or reading history or briefing papers ?
Of course not.
He watches football and chomps Nicorette .
The Nicorette habit strikes Remnick as odd and undisciplined , so long after BO has allegedly quit smoking.
Apparently the pouty Commander in Chief spending his day like a 15 yr old slacker
doesn´t also strike Remnick as undisciplined.
He describes Barry as " slender as a switch ", which at first glance I read as swish ...
Will read more later after the threat of reflux has passed.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: IdahoGal, 1/19/2014 12:57:10 PM     (No. 9697923)

Got through page 8 - decided to take a break. I´ll try to read the rest later today while hubby is watching football. But the most galling thing was reading that the reason I don´t like Obama is because he´s black. I am so stinkin´ sick of that meme. No, Mr. President, I don´t like you. Period. Has nothing to do with what color you are. I don´t like you.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nigella, 1/19/2014 12:59:02 PM     (No. 9697927)

Seems to me the Libs are trying much to hard to puff up their Messiah. Do they long for those nostalgic days when their hero could no wrong with the adoring public? Maybe they sense the blood in the water and the soon to happen downward spiral coming his way?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/19/2014 1:07:30 PM     (No. 9697934)

Pardon the second post , but, Obama´s sullen attitude actually makes him the POUTUS.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Distorted, 1/19/2014 1:12:19 PM     (No. 9697941)

The tingle in this writer´s leg reached into his typing fingers.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/19/2014 2:30:24 PM     (No. 9698008)

If Barry the Liar, or any of his Marxist cabal secretly write "his" book, it will be fraudulent to represent it in the non fiction category, and because the names and some of the dates are real, it will not be acquired and marketed as fiction either.
No problem, it will be the first presidential book in history that will be labeled, A DOCUDRAMA, where the writers make up so much of the material out of thin air (like the Fed prints fiat money out of thin air), and the addicted Lo-Fos, who don´t know the difference, don´t read, and certainly don´t buy, books, will buy thousands of them, will not read them, and won´t give a hoot that it´s all made up lies to merely entertain the ignorant. The comic book version will be the best seller!

This was the best example yet of the relevance of all Ldotters and also the irrelevance of The New Yorker. This calls for a celebration and a major salute and toast to Ms Lucianne, for her virtual test pronouncement that the New Yorker is dead! The New Yorker killed its own humor.

For many years, one fan has been thinking that the best fascination and excitement of the sophisticated New York frame of mind, is to be found in the intelligence and humor off our, loving, exemplary, Lucianne Goldberg !

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/19/2014 3:48:05 PM     (No. 9698053)

Remnick notes Barry read on the return flight but omits what was reading. He writes about Barry meeting with authors but doesn´t say if Barry read any of their books other than those of the rampant self promoter and fellow shallow thinker, Fareed Zakaria.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Honeybadger, 1/19/2014 4:13:05 PM     (No. 9698060)

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article by David Remnick, appearing in the magazine’s Jan. 27 edition.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Write2Right, 1/19/2014 4:20:05 PM     (No. 9698062)

I´m thrill Ms. Lucianne called this to our attention. If you don´t know the drivel the left MSM shovels you aren´t armed against them. This piece is dreadful but I´m so happy I made it through.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: grounded, 1/19/2014 5:08:20 PM     (No. 9698082)

Epic Fail, but it´s all Bush´s fault.

There ya go, Zippy, I ghost wrote your memoir of your 8 years in office. You won´t have to take any time off from your golfing, hoops and skeet shooting.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/19/2014 8:33:50 PM     (No. 9698181)

FTA: "...like a normal human being and unlike the near-pathological personalities who have so often held the office, he is depleted by the act of schmoozing a group of a hundred as if it were an intimate gathering."

That´s it. I will not read any more of this delusional crap.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/19/2014 10:23:23 PM     (No. 9698260)

Looks like they got a good jump on this fakes´ fictional memoirs.

What a load of elephant dung.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: dodge boy, 1/20/2014 5:55:07 PM     (No. 9699301)

I couldn´t read this piece. Had people over for the nfl championship games. Priorities I guess.

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
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Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
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If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

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