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  • US 'preparing shift in Iraq policy'

    06/09/2015 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Raf Sanchez
    The White House is reportedly planning a shift in strategy in Iraq that would see hundreds of American military trainers deployed to help retake Ramadi and the delay of long-held plans to drive the Islamic State from Mosul. Six months after US forces began training Iraqi troops to take on the jihadist fighters, a string of defeats on the battlefield has prompted the Obama administration into a recalibration of its plans. The American military hopes to build up enough well-trained and well-equipped Iraqi forces to retake the city of Ramadi, which fell to Isil in mid-May. The plan would see...
  • Obama under fire for saying no ‘complete strategy’ yet for training Iraqis

    06/08/2015 2:11:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | June 8, 2015
    resident Obama took heat Monday for admitting he doesn't yet have a "complete strategy" in hand for training Iraqis to fight the Islamic State -- months into the coordinated campaign to defeat the deadly terrorist network. "When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people," Obama said, adding, "We don't yet have a complete strategy." House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said in a statement: "It is no surprise this administration does not have a 'complete strategy' for training Iraqis to fight ISIS. What is surprising is that...
  • Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

    04/25/2015 4:28:37 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies
    New Yoirk Times ^ | APril 25, 2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and DAVID E. SANGE
    WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.
  • Miklaszewski's 'Damning' Description of Obama Admin Micromanagement of Pentagon

    11/25/2014 4:57:53 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jim Miklaszewski kept it relatively diplomatic, declaring "there's something amiss here." But Joe Scarborough was blunt: "boy, that's damning," said the Morning Joe host. They were characterizing Miklaszewski's description of the Obama administration's "micromanagement" of the Department of Defense in which communication flows only in one direction: from the White House to the Pentagon. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's Pentagon correspondent reported that former SecDefs Robert Gates and Leon Panetta had recently "lambaste[d]" that micromanagement. View the video here.
  • Obama: You Can't Get Ebola 'Sitting Next to Someone on a Bus;' CDC: 'Avoid Public Transportation'

    10/10/2014 9:34:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 49 replies ^ | 10/9/14 | Brittany M. Hughes
    ( - Speaking in a video message to residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents can avoid the disease, including:"You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus." At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans who travel to the Ebola-stricken nations to "avoid public transportation."

    08/28/2014 6:39:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/27/14 | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
    ....Obama wants to decide by the end of the week whether or not his war in Iraq against the Islamic State will expand to the group’s haven in eastern Syria. But nearly everything about the potential military campaign is still in flux, administration officials tell The Daily Beast—from the goals of the effort to the intelligence needed to carry it out.....
  • U.S. military mulls sending about 300 more troops to Iraq as airstrikes continue

    08/20/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 44 replies
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad. A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders. The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.
  • White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson

    08/18/2014 9:11:38 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | 8/18/14 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    WASHINGTON — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the National Guard to Ferguson late Sunday without letting the White House know first. “Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.” Nixon gave “no heads up,” the official said.
  • Uproar over DC’s ‘selfie’ support for Ukraine

    03/28/2014 6:23:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/28/14 | Carl Campanile and Post Wires
    Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with . . . selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.” Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo. But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. “Presenting...
  • Obama Laughs Off Negative Poll Numbers to Barbara Walters: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’ (Video)

    11/30/2013 7:03:24 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 45 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 29th, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Barbara Walters for a wide-ranging interview that aired Friday night, and the first issue Walters brought up was the president’s record low approval numbers. But Obama just shrugged them aside as the hazards of the job, joking, “The good thing about when you’re down is that usually, you’ve got nowhere to go but up.” Walters brought up Obama getting booed at a basketball game. The First Lady said, “It’s part of the job,” and said she’s gotten booed as well, though Walters did point out her numbers have always been...
  • U.S. Advises Commercial Jets to Honor China’s Rules

    11/29/2013 5:00:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Peter Baker and Jane Perlez
    After an internal debate, the Obama administration has decided to tell American commercial airlines to comply with China's demands to be notified of any flights through a broad swath of international airspace that it has claimed as an air defense zone, officials said Friday. Even as the United States continued to send military planes into the zone in defiance of China's declaration, officials said they expected civilian planes to go along with Beijing's new demands out of an abundance of caution. Officials said they were worried about an accident or unintended confrontation that could endanger civilian passengers. The administration’s decision...
  • Obama: We "Underestimated The Complexities Of Building A Website"

    11/20/2013 7:59:36 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 67 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 11-19-2013
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: "The challenge has been just making sure that consumers are actually able to get on a website, see those choices, and shop. And I think that we probably underestimated the complexities of building out a website that needed to work the way it should. ....." (Wall Street Journal CEO Council, November 19, 2013)
  • Obama was briefed in spring on widespread website problems

    11/19/2013 2:19:31 PM PST · by stocksthatgoup · 19 replies
    Rueters ^ | Nov 19,2014 | ROBERTA RAMPTON AND DAVID MORGAN
    President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government's new health care website, was briefed last spring on a detailed consultant's report that warned of system failure, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
  • Obamacare Architect: 'Could Be the Beginning of a Death Spiral'

    11/15/2013 7:10:40 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Harvard professor David Cutler, a so-called architect of Obamacare, says we "could be" witnessing "the beginning of a death spiral" for the unpopular health care bill. Cutler made the comments last night on Fox News: "So when you were on last week I asked you, if they don't get enough people in the exchanges, then what happens?" said host Megyn Kelly. "And you said then the premiums go up very, very high. Now, was that ball put in motion today?" "We don't know yet," said Cutler. "So what the president is trying to do is to say the website is...
  • Obamacare website to go offline daily, during early hours

    11/04/2013 1:44:12 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 32 replies
    Washington TImes ^ | November 4 2013 | Tom Howell Jr
    A Federal website tied to Obamacare has suffered from unexpected network outages and other hiccups, but at least one recurring problem will be intentional. A message on says the online application function for those seeking health coverage will not be available each night from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST, when officials conduct maintenance. “Additional down times may be possible as we work to make things better,” it said.
  • President was told healthcare website would work, official says

    11/03/2013 2:16:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 91 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama was assured that the healthcare insurance website was ready to launch on Oct. 1, even as private contractors and some administration officials knew the site had failed in early testing, a senior White House advisor said Sunday. Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer said the president repeatedly asked about the website, a key piece of his 2010 healthcare overhaul legislation, and was told it would meet his expectations. Along with the president, Pfeiffer hyped the website in the weeks before the troubled launch, promising it would “be a consumer experience unmatched by anything in government, but also...
  • ‘ is in de facto shutdown’

    10/23/2013 12:19:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm that has him working closely with many in the heath industry as they try to navigate the Affordable Care Act, as well as the author of the excellent Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review blog. As such, he has a unique view on how the rollout looks from the industry side. We spoke on Wednesday. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows. Ezra Klein: We last talked about 10 days ago. So in the interim, what are your insurance industry sources saying has...
  • House Republicans to receive briefing on Obamacare website (excluded from earlier dem meeting)

    10/23/2013 10:11:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 23, 2013 | BRIAN HUGHES with Steve Contorno
    House Republicans will receive a briefing from Health and Human Services officials about the glitch-filled Obamacare website after being excluded from a meeting in which Democrats were given details about the troubled launch. “It’s not clear why Republicans were excluded in the first place, but we look forward to getting answers to how the administration botched this enormous use of taxpayer dollars so badly,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Gary Cohen, who handles insurance oversight for HHS, briefed House Democrats earlier Wednesday. Buck said he would announce details of the Republican meeting when they become...
  • Senior HHS official to brief Democratic lawmakers Wednesday on Obamacare (GOP excluded)

    10/23/2013 10:07:33 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1.
  • Sebelius: Obamacare website problems blindsided the President

    10/23/2013 7:05:30 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/23/13 | Greg Botelho and Holly Yan
    Before it even launched, red flags went up about the Obamacare website. Health insurance companies complained about it, and the site crashed during a test run. But nobody told the President of any of it, the nation's health chief told CNN. Kathleen Sebelius said President Barack Obama didn't hear that there may be problems with the sign-up portal for his signature health care law until it went live on October 1. That's when the site nosedived into a technical abyss.
  • Report: US sends back antique artifact to Iran

    09/28/2013 11:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The United States returned to Iran a 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by US Customs officials a decade ago, NBC news reported. The cup is valued at a million dollars at least. … The cup, cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been stored in a New York warehouse, since authorities seized it from an art dealer who was arrested trying to sell it. For years, US officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until diplomatic ties with Tehran were normalized. …
  • Panetta Rebukes Obama’s Handling of Shutdown

    10/14/2013 7:22:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Ruth Marcus
    Leon Panetta served in Washington with nine presidents, starting with Lyndon Johnson. He has been a member of Congress, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense — the last two under President Obama. He is a man who knows Washington and knows how to choose his words. So Panetta’s implicit rebuke of the president’s hands-off approach to the budget crisis at a breakfast Monday was striking. Indeed, implicit may be an understatement. Asked repeatedly whether he was being correctly understood as critical of President Obama, Panetta...
  • Obama Rejects Criticism of Shifting Syria Policy: 'I'm Less Concerned About Style Points'

    09/15/2013 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/15/13 | Devin Dwyer - abc news
    WASHINGTON - President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked "smooth and disciplined and linear," but it's working. "I'm less concerned about style points. I'm much more concerned with getting the policy right," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week." Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the...
  • Syria crisis: US 'to drop military threat'

    09/14/2013 2:18:41 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Sep 13 | BBC
    The US will drop its insistence that a UN resolution on Syria must be backed by military force, officials say, after strong objections from Russia. US and Russian diplomats say the two sides are edging closer to a deal on Syria's chemical arsenal, as talks in Geneva enter a third day. They are thrashing out the technical details of the disarmament process.
  • Reviews in for Obama speech: “Incoherent,” “disingenuous,” “nothing new”

    09/11/2013 7:44:39 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, I wrote a review of President Obama’s speech, which was hardly complimentary. Other reviews make it look positively warm in comparison. Take for instance this long and pointed criticism from John Harris at Politico, which frames the speech as coming from two different Obamas and then concludes with by calling the entire effort “disingenuous”:
  • Obama hints he may abandon Syria strike

    09/07/2013 12:34:23 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6 Sep 13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama hinted Friday that he might not strike Syria if Congress rejects his authorization request. “I’m not itching for military action… and if there are good ideas that are worth pursuing, then I’m going to be open to them,” he told one reporter who asked if he was seeking alternatives to a missile strike. “Are we on a fast track to military action as soon as Congress renders its judgment one way or the other?” the reporter asked Obama, during his morning press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Historians claim Obama's 'Door of No Return' which he visited to highlight the evils of slavery

    06/29/2013 10:13:31 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies ^ | 6/28/13 | Daily Mail reporter/ AP
    full title....Historians claim Obama's 'Door of No Return' which he visited to highlight the evils of slavery is a 'scam' and was actually used as a garbage dumpWhen President Barack Obama visited the 'Door of No Return' on a Senegalese island on Thursday, he believed he was looking at where Africans were shipped across the Atlantic into slavery. But not all may be as it first seemed. Historians claim that the entrance of Slave House on Goree Island where Obama posed for a photo opportunity was most likely only used for disposing of garbage. As reported by the Telegraph, Professor...
  • Obama's Fishy Explanation for Calling Britain's Finance Minister the Wrong Name

    06/19/2013 7:07:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer
    The president, it seems, committed a minor gaffe during this week's G-8 meetings in Northern Ireland. According to the Financial Times, the stumble came during a discussion of tax avoidance issues, when Barack Obama thrice interrupted the British chancellor of the exchequer in order to say he agreed with "Jeffrey." The chancellor's name is George Osborne. Obama later apologized, saying, "I'm sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favorite R&B singer." The U.S. leader was referring to Jeffrey Osborne, the soulful crooner responsible for "On the Wings of Love." But is Osborne really the favorite that Obama claims?...
  • A Reluctant Warrior Tiptoes to War (Buchanan on Obama & Syria)

    06/18/2013 6:40:43 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 15 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | June 18, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    Barack Obama has just taken his first baby steps into a war in Syria that may define and destroy his presidency. Thursday, while he was ringing in Gay Pride Month with LGBT revelers, a staffer, Ben Rhodes, informed the White House press that U.S. weapons will be going to the Syrian rebels. For two years Obama has stayed out of this sectarian-civil war that has consumed 90,000 lives. Why is he going in now? The White House claims it now has proof Bashar Assad used sarin gas to kill 100-150 people, thus crossing a “red line” Obama had set down...
  • Obama: If People 'Can't Trust' Government, 'We're Going to Have Some Problems Here'

    06/07/2013 11:50:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Obama: If People 'Can't Trust' Government, 'We're Going to Have Some Problems Here' by Ben Shapiro 7 Jun 2013, 11:11 AM PDT 32 post a comment During his speech in San Jose, California on Friday, President Obama took one question from the press on national security monitoring of Americans. Without any sense of irony whatsoever in the aftermath of the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, the administration’s stonewalling on Benghazi, the Department of Justice’s targeting of reporters, the Department of Health and Human Services’ leveraging of private organizations for Obamacare public relations cash, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s secret email addresses,...
  • Obama's Blink on Syria Could Bring Peril to Allies

    05/02/2013 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | May 2, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked," Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. Barack Obama has been doing a lot of blinking lately. On Syria especially. "There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movements on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons," he said back in August 2012. Chemical weapons were a "red line." Presumably the president hoped that his statement would deter Bashar Assad's embattled regime from using chemical weapons. And presumably he hoped that his demand in 2011 for Assad to relinquish...
  • Obama: I 'Anticipate That North Korea Will Probably Make More Provocative Moves' "You don't get to

    04/16/2013 6:59:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama shared his thoughts on North Korea in an interview that aired this morning on NBC: (video)
  • Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do (O Blinks)

    04/04/2013 8:36:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2013 | AllahPundit
    This isn't merely a failure of nerve, it's a failure of intelligence and a failure to keep operational secrets. The White House had a "playbook," agreed to by O, Hagel, and John Kerry, on how to rattle its saber at North Korea during the next crisis without rattling it so much that NK would get spooked and do something rash. E.g., first comes some B-52 flights over South Korea, then the B-2s make a cameo, then the F-22s, and so forth. Problem one: Kim's gone further in his bellicosity than U.S. analysts expected and now they’re unsure if they know...
  • The State Of The Union Is... Dumber (Obama gave the second dumbest speech)

    02/16/2013 9:10:37 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Since James Madison's 1815 Address, the 'linguistic standard' of the State of the Union speech has plunged. As The Guardian notes, the lowest on record was George H.W. Bush's 1992 address - only just beating Obama's 2011 address for 'dumbest' speech ever. Whether this is representative of the American people as a whole or the lowest common denominator is unclear but one thing in this evening's speech comes to mind; if you were the President, would you invite, as your personal guest, a CEO who 1) has overseen massive wealth destruction in the last six months, 2) refuses to spend...
  • Smart Power: Obama Repeatedly Botches Dignitaries' Names on Foreign Trip

    11/19/2012 7:53:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | November 19, 2012 | Guy Benson
    President "Smart Power" at work.  Oops:   As Obama stood next to the world's most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting. Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate's name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee. The meeting came after Obama met with Myanmar's reformist new President Thein Sein - a name he also botched. As the two addressed the media, Obama called his counterpart "President Sein," an awkward, slightly affectionate reference that would...
  • NY Times: How Bill Clinton May Have Hurt the Obama Campaign (let the recriminations begin)

    10/25/2012 11:43:38 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | Matt Bai
    When the histories of the 2012 campaign are written, much will be made of Bill Clinton’s re-emergence. His convention speech may well have marked the finest moment of President Obama’s re-election campaign, and his ads on the president’s behalf were memorable. But there is one crucial way in which the 42nd president may not have served the 44th quite as well. In these final weeks before the election, Mr. Clinton’s expert advice about how to beat Mitt Romney is starting to look suspect. You may recall that last spring, just after Mr. Romney locked up the Republican nomination, Mr. Obama’s...
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    10/24/2012 12:11:17 PM PDT · by justlurking · 26 replies ^ | 2012-10-24 | Staff
    This weekend is your last chance to get this yard sign, this customized shirt, these buttons, this magnet, and this mug before election night. All that and more is 30% off right now at the Obama 2012 store—get ’em before they’re gone!
  • White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails

    10/23/2012 6:40:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 311 replies
    Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show. The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.
  • Twitter Explodes - Criticism of Obama After He Called Four Dead Americans in Benghazi ‘Not Optimal'

    10/18/2012 5:26:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/18/12 | Jason Howerton
    Almost immediately after pool reports indicated that President Barack Obama called the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi “not optimal” during the taping of “The Daily Show,” social media exploded with outrage over the president’s remarks. The backlash was almost instantaneous — and it was brutal. The clumsy phrase from Obama gave birth to the #NotOptimal hashtag on Twitter, which was trending nationwide as of 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • Gallup: R51/045

    10/17/2012 10:06:03 AM PDT · by tatown · 137 replies
    Gallup ^ | 10/17 | Gallup
    R-51%, O-45%
  • Obama 'believed he had BEATEN Romney' in Denver debate - after ignoring advice

    10/09/2012 1:58:02 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 39 replies
    dailymail ^ | 10-9-12
    When President Barack Obama stepped off the stage in Denver last week the 60 million Americans watching the debate against Mitt Romney already knew it had been a disaster for him. But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won. In an extraordinary insight into the events leading up to the 90 minute showdown which changed the face of the election, a Democrat close to the Obama campaign today reveals that the President also did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and ignored one-liners that had been prepared to...
  • Fighter Jets shown in Democratic Convention's Military Montage,Were Turkish Not American

    09/17/2012 11:33:32 AM PDT · by tapatio · 44 replies
    The Democratic Party’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C. may have doubled down on insulting the U.S. military community.
  • Obama nomination speech moved indoors to smaller venue, thousands left out

    09/05/2012 7:07:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 124 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 5, 2012 | Fox News
    <p>The obvious comment is that they couldn't fill the outdoor stadium.</p> <p>Fox is discussing all those planners, volunteers, etc. whose hours of labor have been futile.</p>

    06/26/2012 1:24:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies ^ | June 26,2012 | GUY CABALLERO
    Apparently, those “win a dinner with Obama” contests are taking a toll on Team Obama’s finances. The “donate $3 for a chance to get a seat at the table with President Obama and (fill in the name of annoying celebrity)” offers just aren’t paying off. On Monday, Obama for America Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw sent an email to prospective entrants which outlined the difficulties of managing those “Dinner with Barack” events (the next contest, in which several $3 donors will win a dinner with the president and the first lady, has a deadline of Tuesday night). According to...
  • Obama: Greek results 'positive prospect'

    06/18/2012 9:35:02 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 6/18/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    LOS CABOS, Mexico -- President Barack Obama on Monday called the results of Greece's election a "positive prospect" with the potential to form a government "I think the election in Greece yesterday indicates a positive prospect for not only them forming a government, but also them working constructively with their international partners in order that they can continue on the path of reform and do so in a way that also offers the prospects for the Greek people to succeed and prosper," Obama said after a meeting with the G-20 Summit's host, Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
  • White House official says Obama ‘misspoke’ of Polish death camp

    05/30/2012 7:17:40 AM PDT · by Justaham · 67 replies ^ | 5/30/12 | Ron Recinto
    President Barack Obama "misspoke" when he called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a "Polish death camp," a White House official told the news agency AFP. The verbal gaffe came as the president was honoring to a famous Pole, Jan Karski, posthumously awarding him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award. Karski was a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to witness the atrocities being committed against Jews. Obama referred to him being smuggled "into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself," ABC OTUS News reported. National...
  • Bob Schieffer Laughs Out Loud After Playing Video of Obama Bragging About His Accomplishments

    05/27/2012 5:28:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies
    News ^ | May 27, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    CBS's Bob Schieffer certainly wasn't in an Obama-loving mood Sunday. CBS's Bob Schieffer certainly wasn't in an Obama-loving mood Sunday. Having asked the President's senior campaign adviser "Whatever happened to hope and change" early in the program, the Face the Nation host in a subsequent segment laughed out loud after playing a clip of Obama bragging about his accomplishments on 60 Minutes last year (video follows with transcript and commentary):MRC TV video playerBOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: I want to play a little something for you. I think one of the lessons that probably all of us recognize is that if you--...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/06/2012 7:51:59 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | kevin Sieff
    The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.
  • At 39 Percent, Obama's Reminded the Worst Could Lie Ahead

    08/15/2011 6:49:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Rea Clear Politics ^ | August 15,2011 | David Paul Kuhn
    The Carter-Obama comparison is as cliché as it is disconcerting (for Democrats). Carter’s undoing can be cast as rare. Lyndon Johnson would surely have lost in 1968. But he did not run. Carter was the first Democratic president defeated since . . . 1888. Every presidential campaign is a rerun of the past. Just as every re-election campaign is a referendum on the present. In 1888, the Republicans’ previous nominee, James Blaine, aided the current GOP nominee, Benjamin Harrison. Blaine hit hard: “The Democratic Party in power is a standing menace to the prosperity of the country.” Today’s messages are...
  • Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen

    05/24/2011 5:00:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 182 replies · 1+ views
    Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen May 24, 2011 5:32 PM The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch. When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing. “Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.” The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared...