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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A 10% cut at the Pentagon

HotAir.com: The Obama administration has asked the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon’s budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent — about $55 billion — a senior U.S. defense official tells FOX News.

White House Lawyers Look to Limit Commercial Use of President

Barack Obama’s popularity makes him a marketer’s dream. Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal.
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Obama Will Review Buy American Provision in Stimulus

President Barack Obama’s administration will examine a “buy American” requirement in economic stimulus legislation that has raised concern among U.S. trading partners, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

It is not clear whether the administration supported or opposed keeping that part of the legislation intact. Canada, the top U.S. trade partner, is criticizing a part of legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives that requires the use of U.S.-made iron and steel in infrastructure projects.


President Barack Obama promised on Saturday to help lower Americans' mortgage costs with a new plan, coming soon, that would revive the financial system and "get credit flowing again."

Friday, January 30, 2009

Are you with Obama or Rush?

While the president and his top aides are using all the trappings of the office, courting members through phone calls, cocktail parties, West Wing sit-downs and even a politically mixed Super Bowl party, liberal groups are dispensing with the niceties and seeking to drive a wedge between Republicans and one of the right’s most influential leaders, Rush Limbaugh.

You can't keep your termostat at 72 degrees all the time...

Hotair.com: The Age of Obama: Heat for me, but not for thee

Last week, Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he allowed himself to be photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a suit jacket, ending the Bush tradition of coat-and-tie for the West Wing.

NYT: White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat. “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

GOP defies Obama overtures

House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion. "What Member can't go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, ... I voted for an alternative that would create twice the jobs at half the cost, and faster?" a House Republican leadership aide said. "That's why we didn't lose a single Republican and picked up 11 Democrats."

Obama’s Open Records Pledge Tested Over Citigroup Guarantees

U.S. government guarantees on securities totaling $419 billion for bank bailouts provide an early test of President Barack Obama’s pledge to be open with taxpayers about what they have at risk in the credit crisis.

Bloomberg News is trying to find out what securities the Treasury backed over the past two.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama open to compromise on $825B stimulus bill

On the eve of a key vote, President Barack Obama privately promised Republicans he stands ready to accept changes in the $825 billion economic stimulus legislation, invoked Ronald Reagan to rebut conservative critics and urged lawmakers to "put politics aside" in the interest of creating jobs.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama chooses Arab network for first TV interview

President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that "Americans are not your enemy."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Backing Away from Pelosi, White House Says Birth Control Funding in Stimulus Bill Was Not Obama's Idea

The Obama White House on Monday backed away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s support for increased federal funding of contraception in the $825-billion stimulus bill now under consideration by Congress.

The White House spokesman says that adding contraception to stimulus bill was not President Obama’s idea. Pelosi defended the funding saying, “the family planning services reduce cost.”

Challenges loom as Obama seeks space weapons ban

President Barack Obama's pledges to seek a worldwide ban on weapons. White House website now includes a pledge to restore U.S. leadership on space issues and seek a worldwide ban on weapons that interfere with military and commercial satellites.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vatican official accuses Obama of 'arrogance'

A senior Vatican official on Saturday attacked US President Barack Obama for "arrogance" for overturning a ban on state funding for family-planning groups that carry out or facilitate abortions overseas. It is "the arrogance of someone who believes they are right, in signing a decree which will open the door to abortion and thus to the destruction of human life."

The "global gag rule" cut off US funding to overseas family planning clinics which provide any abortion services whatsoever. "If this is one of the first acts of President Obama, with all due respect, it seems to me that the path towards disappointment will have been very short," the official said.

Vatican criticizes Obama on abortion issue

Vatican officials said Saturday they were disappointed by President Barack Obama's decision to end a ban on federal funding for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on them.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009


President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

Also, in an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president said: "I won, I will trump you on that."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama flashes irritation in press room

President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.

He was asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a deputy defense secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama urges Israel to open Gaza borders

President Barack Obama urged Israel on Thursday to open its borders with Gaza. The plea came in a speech that signalled the new US administration’s shift from Bush-era policy on the Middle East and the world as a whole.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average’s Worst Inauguration Day Drop

U.S. stocks sank, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst Inauguration Day decline, as speculation banks must raise more capital sent financial shares to an almost 14-year low.

January 20:
Dow Jones Industrial Average Open: 8,279.63
Dow Jones Industrial Average Close: 7,949.09

Obama repudiates Bush era in address

"Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed," he said as the now-gray-haired Mr. Bush looked on.

Obama takes power, urges unity vs. 'raging storms'

Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president Tuesday, summoning a dispirited and divided nation to unite in hope against the "gathering clouds and raging storms" of unfinished war and grave economic woe.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day One

Historic moment as Obama sworn in

BBC NEWS reports on Barack Obama's inauguration.

More than one million people gathered in the National Mall.
Veteran Senator Ted Kennedy collapsed during the inaugural lunch.

Obama said: "The challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America - they will be met."

Obama to Call for a New Era of Responsibility

...with the U.S. in its worst economic crisis since the Depression and at war on two fronts, Barack Obama was expected to call on the country to embrace a new culture of responsibility when he takes office at noon.

Monday, January 19, 2009

What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration

Obama's Inauguration Has Been Financed Partially by Bailed-Out Wall Street Executives.

While the country is in the middle of the economic downturn, some people even claim that it is the worst since the Great Depression, yet rich donors and the government are spending $170 million, or more, on the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama supporters desecrate American Flag in Baltimore

Obama supporters desecrate American Flag in Baltimore.
US Flag Code says: “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”
Photo source: Baltimore Sun

Obama rolls into Washington, sees challenges ahead

Barack Obama warned Americans on Saturday of the vast challenges ahead as he rolled by train into Washington, kicking off three days of celebration of his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States.

Obama Inaugural Strains Lincoln Comparisons While Inviting Them

In ways big and small, Obama is trying to summon Abraham Lincoln’s spirit to the proceedings. Obama will roll into Washington’s Union Station today by train, duplicating part of Lincoln’s railroad journey from Illinois for his swearing in.

Appearance at the Lincoln Memorial and using the Bible that Lincoln used in 1861 draw so many ties between the presidents from Illinois that Obama risks straining the comparison.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Obama team weighs government bank to ease crisis

The incoming Obama administration is considering setting up a government-run bank to acquire bad assets clogging the financial system, a person familiar with the Obama team's thinking said on Saturday.
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Obama named gun salesman of the year

“Mr. Obama has consistently voted against individual rights to firearms, appointed a re-tread Clinton administration full of gun banners, and made it plain to anti-gun groups that despite what he might say to the contrary, he’s on their side.”

Obama’s unquestioned support of anti-gun organizations has spooked consumers into a buying frenzy for firearms. Sales are so good that ATF run out of Form 4473.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Obama: Geithner situation an 'embarrassment'

President-elect Barack Obama called disclosures about Treasury choice Timothy Geithner's tax problems an embarrassment Wednesday but said Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't keep him from confirmation as the new administration's top official in urgent efforts to revive the economy.

The president-elect insists, “…it was an innocent mistake. It is a mistake that is commonly made for people who are working internationally or for international institutions. It has been corrected. He paid the penalties."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bush declares a 'state of emergency' as cost of Obama's swearing-in ceremony soars to £110m

Barack Obama's inauguration is set to cost more than £100m making it the most expensive swearing-in ceremony in US history.

Reported cost of over $100 million is much higher then for previous inaugurations and while Obama has managed to raise around $30m towards the cost of the event the US taxpayer who picks up the main part of the bill.

Obama attends conservative dinner party

This could ruin their reputation: President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday evening attending a dinner party at the home of conservative columnist George Will, attended by fellow conservatives William Kristol and David Brooks.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Obama Increase likely for low-income elderly

More than 7 million poor people who are elderly, blind or disabled and receive cash benefits averaging $477 a month could get an extra monthly payment as part of President-elect Barack Obama's $800 billion economic recovery plan.
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AP source: Obama to tap former Internet executive and FCC official Genachowski to be FCC chair

President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate a key technology advisor to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, according to a person who has worked with the transition team on technology issues.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Obama climate czar has socialist ties

Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed on Socialist International's Web page as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

Socialist International, an umbrella group for many of the world's social democratic or socialist political parties such as Britain's Labor Party, Nicaraguan Sandinista National Liberation Front, Puerto Rican Independence Party, as well as the ex-Communist parties says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies. (Former members include Soviet Communist Party.)

Mr. Obama's transition team said Mrs. Browner's membership in the organization is not a problem and that it brings experience in U.S. policymaking to her new role.

Poland hopes Obama will back missile shield

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Monday he hoped the administration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will press ahead with plans to install elements of a missile shield on Polish soil.

Some time ago Obama said that he wants to be sure any missile defense system has been proven to work before it is deployed.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Obama Calls for 'Grand Bargain' on Economy: 'Everybody's Going to Have to Give'

In an exclusive interview Barack Obama said that fixing our economy over the long term will require sacrifice from every American and scaling back some of his campaign promises.

"Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game," Obama said.

Let's hope that government officials will not spend our tax money on useless oversea trips, concerts, paid weekend meetings (conventions) in holiday resorts.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Obama Uses Poll, Focus Groups to Sell Stimulus Plan to Congress

President-elect Barack Obama’s top political aides are transplanting their campaign tactics to the policy arena, using data from polls and focus groups to shape the debate over a stimulus plan that may cost at least $775 billion.

Obama’s advisers are encouraging lawmakers to use the word “recovery” instead of recession, and “investment” instead of “infrastructure” because focus-group research indicates that would make the package more appealing to voters.

Obama warns of dire consequences without stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama warned of dire and long-lasting consequences if Congress doesn't pump unprecedented dollars into the national economy, making an urgent pitch Thursday for his mammoth spending proposal in his first speech since the election.

Obama asked Congress to work with him "day and night, on weekends if necessary" to a plan that can be ready after he takes office on Jan. 20.
The president-elect blamed "an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to the halls of power in Washington." He laid out goals of doubling the production of alternative energy over three years; improving energy efficiency in federal buildings; making medical records electronic; expanding broadband networks and updating schools and universities.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Obama taps spending watchdog, eyes Social Security

Pointing with concern to "red ink as far as the eye can see," President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to tackle out-of-control Social Security and Medicare spending
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Obama: Financial Markets Face 'Substantial Overhaul'

President-elect Barack Obama told CNBC he plans "a substantial overhaul" of financial markets in the coming months, including a major restructuring of regulatory agencies.

Obama believes that "Wall Street has not worked" and it needs a substantial overhaul, better enforcement, better oversight, better disclosure, increased transparency. Obama also plans new economic stimulus plan which ranges from $800 (billion) to $1.3 trillion.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Obama keeps silent on explosive Gaza conflict

[breitbart.com] As the clock ticks down to Barack Obama's inauguration, the US president-elect has kept silent on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its latest deadly turn in the Gaza Strip.
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Now in a book format

Yes, this blog was converted to the book format and published on Amazon.
100 Days of Obama Presidency (Kindle edition)

100 Days of Obama Presidency (Soft cover)