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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obama believes so completely that it makes me nervous

'It's not bragging if you can back it up," Muhammad Ali once said. To judge from his untroubled air of confidence, President Obama agrees.

Obama Outsources His Presidency

He may come to regret letting Congress write his major legislation. Mr. Obama is enormously deferential to Democrats in Congress and has outsourced formulation of key policies to them. He appears largely ambivalent about the contents of important legislation, satisfied to simply sign someone else's bill.

CURL: Obama looks back in anger

President Obama said his prime-time press conference on Day 100 of his presidency was intended as a "look forward to ... all of the hundreds of days to follow," but it turned into more of a look back in anger, complete with finger-pointing.

Obama, on 100th Day, Says He Is ‘Remaking America’

President Barack Obama marked his 100th day in office by telling Americans that “we’ve begun the work of remaking America.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UAW to get 39% of GM, Obama administration 50% …

Imagine you’re one of the bondholders of GM, the people who bought the automaker’s debt in order to invest in the company and keep it running over the last several years. Even though you own $27 billion in GM bonds, you’d get 10% of the company.

100 Days of Reckless Photo-Op Hubris

Come on, who's surprised? The White House-engineered photo-op of low-flying Air Force aircraft that caused terror in New York City this week epitomizes the Age of Obama. What better way to mark 100 days in office than with an appalling exercise in pointless taxpayer-funded stagecraft?

Obama's first 100 days 'blank' on Eastern Europe

As US President Barack Obama marks his 100th day in office on Wednesday, several blanks in his policies towards eastern Europe and Russia still need to be filled

Say It's Osama. What If He Won't Talk?

Michael Scheuer, the chief of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999, goes thermonuclear on Obama over torture.

You, cannot say you were not warned.

President Obama to spend 100th day in spotlight

The White House wants you to know that Wednesday is just like any other day. But for those who insist on highlighting President Barack Obama's 100th day in office, the White House will play along.

Obama Marks 100th Day in Office Amid Outbreak

Presidential milestone to be marked with two high-profile events in Missouri and Washington, but is partly overshadowed by a major domestic emergency -- the rapid spread of swine flu.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Obama Tackles Range of Issues in First 100 Days

In that time, Mr. Obama has tackled a range of issues - taking steps to reverse the global economic crisis, changing the U.S. approach to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, modifying detention and interrogation policies and working to improve U.S relations with the rest of the world.

Obama's First 100 Days Disappoints Women, Minorities and Small Businesses

President Obama's first 100 days in office have failed to live up to his campaign promises, and the expectations of millions of women, minorities and other small business owners who enthusiastically supported his campaign.

EPA fulfills Obama’s promise on coal

The EPA has issued an unprecedented order to renege on a permit already granted to open a coal-generator plant in a Navajo reservation in New Mexico that has the tribe and its supporters steaming.

Moving Towards Europe -- but Do Americans Want to Go?

Ninety-nine days in, with 1,362 days to go, and we can see with some clarity the trajectory on which Barack Obama wants to take the United States. To put it in geographical terms, he wants to move us some considerable distance toward Europe.

Obama Seeks to Reverse Mountaintop-Mining Rule

The Obama administration on Monday sought to reverse a last-minute Bush administration rule that made it easier for companies that mine for coal by shearing off mountaintops to dump waste near rivers and streams.

Evening Newscasts Have Covered Obama More Than Bush & Clinton Combined

A study that found the nightly newscasts devoted 27 hours, 44 minutes to Pres. Obama's presidency in his first 50 days. That compares to 7 hours, 42 minutes for Pres. George W. Bush and 15 hours, 2 minutes for Pres. Bill Clinton during the first 50 days of their first terms.

Fox sticking with schedule instead of Obama

The network is turning down the president's request to show his prime-time news conference on Wednesday. The news conference marks Obama's 100th day in office.

Budget resolution 'a major accomplishment,' negotiators say

House and Senate Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a budget resolution for 2010, which includes key spending priorities for the young Obama administration.

Obama Says Swine Flu is Cause for Concern, Not Panic

U.S. President Barack Obama says the threat of a swine flu epidemic is cause for concern, but not alarm. There have been 149 suspected swine flu deaths in Mexico but none in the United States.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Obama administration concerned about growing shortage of primary-care doctors

Obama administration officials, alarmed at doctor shortages, are looking for ways to increase the number of physicians to meet the needs of an aging population and millions of uninsured people who would gain coverage under legislation championed by the president.

Obama promises major investment in science

President Barack Obama on Monday promised a major investment in research and development for scientific innovation, saying the United States has fallen behind others.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ahmadinejad: US not sending clear signals to Iran

Washington has not sent Iran sufficient signals on whether the U.S. wants warmer relations and President Barack Obama's support for Israel during its offensive in Gaza was "a major mistake," Iran's president said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Why Obama Shook Chávez's Hand

Candidate Barack Obama message could not have been clearer. He was going to talk to foreign leaders directly whether the United States agreed with their policies or not. And the purpose of this new diplomacy, Mr. Obama emphasized, was not to change regimes around the world but to advance American interests.

Obama shines bright in first 100 days

he unprecedented blizzard of policy initiatives could have canceled each other out and diluted the Obama message.

But somehow this hasn't happened. What has emerged from the 100 days is not confusion, but rather a clear presidential presence -- one of focus and intelligence -- buttressed by some shrewd media manipulation and fierce online initiatives.

Obama, Democrats Eye Tactic to Shield Health Care Plan From GOP Opposition

President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are poised to trample Republican opposition to his health care bill with a controversial legislative tactic known as reconciliation.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Obama Calls for Return of 'PAYGO' Rule to Reduce Federal Deficits

In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama called on Congress to pass a pay-as-you-go legislation, known as PAYGO, that would require new federal spending to be offset by budgetary cuts or tax hikes.

Schneider: Is Obama the superpresident?

How does President Obama compare with his predecessors after nearly 100 days in office? On his job rating, Obama comes out just a little better. But he really stands out on personal qualities.

Steady descent into third world

Opening a can of worms always tempts a mischief-maker, but it's risky business. That can of worms might turn out to be a can of snakes, like Barack Obama's latest gift to the nation.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Obama Resisting Push for Interrogation Panel

The White House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate signaled on Thursday that they would block for now any effort to establish an independent commission to investigate the Bush administration’s approval of harsh interrogation techniques.

58% Say Release of CIA Memos Endangers National Security

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the Obama administration’s recent release of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects endangers the national security of the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 28% believe the release of the memos helps America’s image abroad.

Obama warned at Holocaust memorial

President Barack Obama’s visit to Capitol Hill for the Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony turned into more than just a solemn memorial event Thursday morning. As the president sat waiting for his turn at the podium, a series of speakers admonished him, in terms both veiled and direct, to confront Iran’s government as a threat to Jews and to Israel.

Netanyahu to Obama: You take care of Iran, and then we’ll talk

The new Israeli Prime Minister has watched Barack Obama get pushed around on the international stage for the past 100 days, and figures that he can redefine a relationship, too. more

U.S. Democrats split on Bush-era interrogation probe

A debate over how to investigate Bush-era officials who authorized harsh interrogation tactics of terrorism suspects split Washington on Thursday, and Democrats squabbled over how to proceed. The top Democrats in Congress differed over the creation of a special "truth commission" to investigate whether laws were violated...

Obama bipartisanship push has mixed success

Barack Obama swept into office with a lofty promise to bridge the capital's fierce partisan divide. Easier said than done.
The White House also has engaged at times in the divisive politics Obama himself has condemned, for instance mocking commentator Rush Limbaugh as the GOP's titular head.

White House: No independent interrogations probe

The White House on Thursday said it did not support creation of an independent panel to investigate the Bush administration's harsh interrogations of terror suspects. "Something like this would likely just become a political back-and-forth," presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. "We're all best suited looking forward."

U.S. to release photos from other probes in Afghanistan, Iraq

The Obama administration agreed late Thursday to release dozens of photographs depicting alleged abuses at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush years.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama pushing Colombia, S. Korea trade pacts

President Obama wants to conclude a global trade deal and move forward with free-trade agreements with Colombia and South Korea opposed by many congressional Democrats.

Presidential Poison

Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.

Obama’s leap to socialism

President Obama showed his hand this week when The New York Times wrote that he is considering converting the stock the government owns in our country’s banks from preferred stock, which it now holds, to common stock.

AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.

100 days: What Obama wants you to read

The early-verdict stories are going to be written, creating both a challenge and opportunity for the new president. So senior White House aides are playing the game with relish, doling out made-to-order anecdotes and what-it-means analytical insights to help reporters write their 100 days pieces. You can already see the results in a spate of stories that — thanks to competitive pressures — editors are deciding to publish before the actual 100th day.

Obama waffled on torture -- and looks weak

Like so many politicians I have known, the man we elected president wants to be loved... The real example of searching for love in all the wrong places was last week's lovefest south of the border when, in effect, he appeared to be hugging Castro, Ortega and Chavez who have spent their lives fighting everything the United States stands for.

Obama to meet credit card executives

A top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said the president would press the case for credit card reforms in a meeting with executives from 14 companies.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama calls for new era of energy exploration

President Barack Obama, standing Wednesday in the shell of a once-giant Maytag appliance factory that now houses a wind energy company, declared that a "new era of energy exploration in America" would be a crucial to leading the nation out of an economic crisis.

Chavez Handshake May Cost U.S. Billions

How much will President Obama’s handshake with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez cost the U.S.? Despite Chavez’ bombastic rhetoric about his socialist revolution, the reality is that Venezuela is going broke. While the president’s overtures to Chavez at the recent Summit of the Americas have been greeted ecstatically by many in the media, there has been little attention as to why Chavez may so desperately crave rapprochement.

How’s the stimulus working out for Caterpillar?

You’ll remember President Obama’s aggressive lobbying for the porkulus package at a Caterpillar plant in February. Obama grandly promised that if the stimulus passed, Caterpillar would rehire laid-off workers — a claim that was refuted by Caterpillar’s CEO. How’s it all working out for Caterpillar? Not so well...

Obama open to prosecution, probe of interrogations

President Barack Obama left the door open Tuesday to prosecuting Bush administration officials who devised the legal authority for gruesome terror-suspect interrogations, saying the United States lost "our moral bearings" with use of the tactics.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Obama signs service bill, says volunteers needed

Calling on Americans to volunteer, President Barack Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and expands ways for students to earn money for college.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama and black farmers

As a senator, Barack Obama led the charge last year to pass a bill allowing black farmers to seek new discrimination claims against the Agriculture Department. Now he is president, and his administration so far is acting like it wants the potentially budget-busting lawsuits to go away.

The insults were only for America

The president's excellent adventure in Trinidad and Tobago began when he accepted a book from Senor Chavez, "Open Veins of Latin America," a Marxist screed meant to insult and offend. Mr. Obama did not seem affronted, and let pass the opportunity to rebuke Senor Chavez for his manifold sins and abuses of his own people.

The Apologists

For 50 minutes, Obama sat mute, as a Marxist thug from Nicaragua delivered his diatribe, charging America with a century of terrorist aggression in Central America.

After Daniel Ortega finished spitting in our face, accusing us of inhumanity toward Fidel Castro's Cuba, Obama was asked his thoughts.

"I thought it was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought."

Obama Visits CIA, Promises Support

U.S. President Barack Obama paid his first visit to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency on Monday. Visit was part of an effort to boost agency morale only days after the release of once-secret memos that outlined the legal justification for harsh interrogation techniques used on terror suspects.

Obama Cabinet Spending Cuts Ridiculed

Yesterday, President Obama ordered his cabinet to identify $100 million in budget cuts. The CBS Evening News reported that "critics say the amounts are so small," that "it's nothing more than a publicity stunt." CBS added that the President "admitted $100 million is a drop in the budget bucket, but insisted there's a lot more cutting to come." The New York Times says "budget analysts promptly burst out laughing.

Obama proposes $100 billion U.S. loan for IMF

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $100 billion U.S. loan to the International Monetary Fund to boost the IMF's resources and urged a bigger stake in the IMF for emerging powers.

In a letter to U.S. congressional leaders, Obama said the U.S. funding "does not represent a budgetary expenditure or any increase in the deficit since it effectively represents an exchange of assets."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rendell says Obama should read book, respond

President Obama should read the book that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave him last week and respond in writing with his thoughts, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said today.

Obama Defends Reaching Out to Political Enemies

Obama got a smile, handshakes and even a gift from incendiary leftist leader Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and embraced overtures of new relations from isolated Cuban President Raul Castro.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Obama aims to cut wasteful spending

In his weekly address, the president vows to eliminate 'dozens of government programs' and says he'll ask Cabinet secretaries to slash department budgets as part of an efficiency campaign.

Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe

President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that lashed out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America and included a rambling denunciation of the U.S.-imposed isolation of Cuba's Communist government.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Obama Disappointed by Iran's Treatment of US Journalist

The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama is deeply disappointed that Iran has sentenced an Iranian-American journalist to prison on spying charges.

Obama Picks Technology And Performance Officers

President Obama has named Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh P. Chopra to be the nation's first chief technology officer.

Rising Expectations on Cuba Follow Obama

A day after President Obama pledged a new future in Washington’s relations with Cuba, Latin American leaders insisted at a summit meeting in Trinidad that the future is now.

Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit

Presidents Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's socialist leader, met Friday and shook hands on the sidelines of a summit of their hemisphere's democracies. Obama walked across a hotel meeting room to meet Chavez for the first time, said a senior U.S. administration official who witnessed it and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the details of the event. The official said Obama initiated the encounter.

Obama's stance worries Israelis

Can Israel still call the United States its best international friend? Apparently not, if you believe the tone of the local media. Watching the drama unfold inside Israel, the increasingly tense dialogue between US President Barack Obama and new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking on all the trappings of a duel.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama admits shared responsibility for Mexican drug war

US President Barack Obama has admitted that America shares responsibility for Mexico's violent struggle against its drug cartels.

Obama heads to Americas summit with Cuba focus

After backing Mexico's ongoing battle against drug cartels, President Barack Obama is heading to a Western Hemisphere summit with a sudden spotlight on Cuba.

Obama wants Israel to hold parallel talks with Palestinians and Syria

The Obama administration is preparing a Middle East peace process that will include simultaneous bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and Syria. The plan is based on the Arab peace initiative that offers establishing normal relations between Israel and Arab League states in exchange for withdrawing from the occupied territories and establishing a Palestinian state.

No plans for Obama meeting with Chavez-White House

U.S. President Barack Obama does not plan to have a one-on-one meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at an upcoming summit of leaders, the White House said on Thursday.

Obama Backs Away From Assault Gun Ban in Push to Stop Flow to Mexico

The president, after meeting with Mexico's president, said he preferred to focus on enforcing existing laws to keep assault weapons out of Mexico, rather than trying to renew the U.S. ban on the weapons.

Ex-CIA Chief Criticizes Release of Interrogation Memos

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says release of the memos will give terrorists a precise guide for what to expect in a CIA interrogation if those methods are ever approved for use again.

Liberals Angered by Obama's Opposition to Judicial Review for Bagram Detainees

Three months into the detainee review, Obama finds himself the unexpected target of fresh criticism from liberals over his handling of what they consider the new Guantanamo Bay: the military detention facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Obama Appointee Suggests Radical Plan for Newspaper Bailout

Rosa Brooks, who has moved from the L.A. Times to the Pentagon, called for more "direct government support for public media" and government licensing of the news, which critics say would destroy the independent media.

Palin Takes Obama to Task for Stance on Abortion

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, criticized Obama's positions during a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life's annual dinner Thursday night in Evansville, Ind.

University pays Michelle Obama $63k for… nothing?

Maybe it was a deferred bonus? Michelle Obama was paid $62,709 in 2008 by the University of Chicago Hospitals as vice president of community and external affairs. The information that is causing a small stir today is that she has not worked for the University since May of 2007.

Obama includes Buffalo in high-speed train match

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it is proceeding with plans to allow 10 rail corridors — including one linking Buffalo and Albany —to compete for up to $13 billion in federal high-speed rail funding.

Obama exempts CIA 'torture' staff

CIA agents who used harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects during the Bush era will not be prosecuted, US President Barack Obama has said.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obama Unveils High-Speed Rail Plan

President Barack Obama on Thursday highlighted his ambition for the development of high-speed passenger rail lines in at least 10 regions, expressing confidence in the future of train travel even as he acknowledged that the American rail network, compared to the rest of the world’s, remains a caboose.

Obama Travels to Mexico

U.S. President Barack Obama is on his way to Mexico for talks likely to be dominated by border security and Mexico's growing drug war.

Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request

Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”--symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

White House Releases Tax Returns of Obama, Biden

It's tax day at the White House and both President Obama and Vice President Biden have filed their tax returns. Tax returns released by the White House show Obama and his wife, Michelle, together made $2.7 million last year.

Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse

France has been cooing along with everyone else over the arrival of Bo Obama at the White House, but the master of America's new First Dog is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy. Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama's efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Obama Administration Withholds Criticism of China for Currency Manipulation

The Obama administration on Wednesday declined to cite China as a country that is manipulating its currency to gain unfair trade advantages.

ABC: Obama 'Unaware of Tea Parties'

White House out of touch with 'cultural phenomenon' of tax day protests.
Maybe he just doesn’t know that there are people who disagree with his massive tax and spend agenda. Perhaps the network media’s near silence on the “tea party” phenomenon has kept President Obama from realizing that hundreds of tax day protests will happen today?

Here Comes the Tax Man. Obama's empty tax cut pledges.

Last Election Day, Barack Obama had most Americans convinced they could trust him as much as anybody with their taxes. Today, we know better. The president and his allies have postponed or altogether abandoned his promised tax cuts, and are instead laying the groundwork to raise taxes on everybody.

Anti-Tax 'Tea Parties' Protest President Obama's Spending Policies

In President Obama's hometown of Chicago, organizers are expecting at least several thousand people outside the Federal Building. Or maybe it will be a bust.

Trillions for pork but nothing for the Raptors?

Trillions for pork but not even millions for the greatest fighter plane in history? Congress needs to step in and step up production of the F-22 and of the components of missile defense. We already have too many reminders of the ‘30s. A unilateral disarmament in air power is an unnecessary and dangerous addition to them.

Federal agency warns of radicals on right

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," saying the economic recession, the election of America's first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

Homeland Security document targets most conservatives and libertarians in the country

Remember that now-retracted Missouri Information Analysis Center report which stated that small-government types (specifically Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin supporters) were potential terrorist threats? According to this new Homeland Security report, all it takes to fit the terrorist profile is to have general anti-government feelings or prefer local/state government to federal control over everything.

Tax Day Becomes Protest Day

Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies -- dubbed "tea parties" -- to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.

Letter from American Legion to Napolitano

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

April 13, 2009

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, “…we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law…”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical “disgruntled military veteran” is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.

Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?

In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.


David K. Rehbein
National Commander
The American Legion
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Vatican 'vetoes' US envoy names

The Vatican has rejected at least three possible candidates proposed by Barack Obama to serve as US ambassador to the Holy See, say reliable sources in Rome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Obama pledges entitlement reform, recovery fight 'on all fronts'

Here's our liveblog of highlights from President Obama's economic speech at Georgetown University.

Obama sees economic progress, but "not out of woods yet"

U.S. President Barack Obama gave a spirited defense of his economic strategy on Tuesday, saying there were signs of progress in battling the recession, but "by no means are we out of the woods just yet."

Obama Auto Team Considers Swapping Loans to GM for Equity Stake

The U.S. government is considering swapping some of the $13.4 billion General Motors Corp. owes it for an equity stake in a stripped-down version of the carmaker, people familiar with the matter said.

President Obama and family host 'green' Easter fest - and make it gay

You might call this green eggs and Bam, after President Obama hatched a whole new style of White House Easter celebration on Monday. Among the innovations: The White House rolled out new "green," environmentally friendly souvenir eggs and invited gay parents.

Monday, April 13, 2009

U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran

The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

Obama to Discuss U.S. Plan For Engagement With Cuba

President Barack Obama plans to tell Latin American leaders later this week that the U.S. is willing to discuss how to improve relations with Havana, but wants Cuba to take steps toward democracy before it is reintegrated into the Western hemisphere's economic and political institutions.

Americans Most Confident in Obama on Economy

Over two-thirds of Americans -- 71% -- have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in President Obama to do or recommend the right thing for the economy, a much higher level of confidence than is given to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, or the Democratic or Republican leaders in Congress.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

ASU Faculty Receive Threats; Pres. Michael Crow Says ASU "Will Honor Obama"

Arizona State University President Michael Crow is saying that ASU will "honor President Obama in every way" just two days after student journalist Adam Sneed broke the story that Arizona State University (ASU) would not be conferring the customary honorary degree on President Barack Obama when he gives the commencement speech in May.

Our Reprimitivized Future

The Reuters headline put it this way: “Pirates Pose Annoying Distraction For Obama.” So many distractions, aren’t there? Only a week ago, the North Korean missile test was an “annoying distraction” from Barack Obama’s call for a world without nuclear weapons and his pledge that America would lead the way in disarming. And only a couple of days earlier the president insisted Iraq was a “distraction” — from what, I forget.

Obama Reiterates Call for Cooperation

President Obama, speaking days after returning from his first overseas trip since taking office, said the most critical problems confronting the nation and the world can be solved only through international cooperation.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Obama Team Mulls Aims Of Somali Extremists

Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps. But many officials maintain that uncertainty about the intentions of the al-Shabab organization dictates a more patient, nonmilitary approach.

Catholic Democrats: Is Their Support for Obama Fraying?

Barack Obama won the White House in November with the help of a majority of Catholic voters, but it didn't mean that Catholics, who in recent years had mostly sided with the GOP because of social issues, had any illusions about Obama's stance on such sensitive matters.

North Korea Crisis Tests Obama Administration's Reliance on U.N.

The Security Council stalemate over North Korea's rocket launch is turning into an early test of the Obama administration's U.N.-focused multilateralism.

President Obama sounds optimistic note on economy, citing 'glimmers of hope'

President Obama took heart Friday from "glimmers of hope" in the U.S. economy, but lamented that too many Americans are still feeling extreme financial hardship.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jeb Bush: Obama 'pushing down' brother

Count Jeb Bush, the former president's younger brother, as among those who want to see President Barack Obama "succeed." But also count the former Florida governor as among those tired of hearing the new president say that he inherited a mess in the White House.

Catholics Take Offense to Obama Naming Critic of Pope Benedict to Faith-Based Panel

A representative of a national gay rights group who was appointed by President Obama to a White House advisory council this week once described Pope Benedict XVI and some Catholic bishops as "discredited leaders" because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Pirates pose annoying distraction for Obama

Ragtag teams of modern-day Blackbeards are posing an annoying distraction for Barack Obama, forcing him to add Somalia to an already long list of foreign policy challenges.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Obama seeks extra funds for wars

US President Barack Obama has asked Congress for an extra $83.4bn (£56.7bn) to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.

Obama wins praise from many Muslims

President Barack Obama is winning praise from many Muslims across the Mideast and elsewhere for his outreach to their religion and its people.

A suboptimal showing abroad

President Obama returns this week from his whirlwind "It's good to be me" tour through continental Europe and Asia. Many here stateside are beginning to whisper that Mr. Obama is the most arrogant leader this country has seen in a generation. He holds Americans and the Constitution in utter contempt.

Obama to Push Immigration Bill Despite the Risks

While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering

The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.

White House: No bow to Saudi

The White House is denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London, a scene that drew criticism on the right and praise from some Arab outlets.


THE real climax of President Obama's Spring Apologies Tour wasn't his photo op with our troops in Baghdad or even his "American Guilt" concerts in Western Europe.

While fans in the press cheered wildly at every venue, the real performance came in Turkey. And it was a turkey.

No, We Can't

The government has created a proposed list of offshore leasing sites, including off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and California.


The government that has pledged itself to “unprecedented openness” and “collaboration” with the American people has refused to provide a government email address to forward public comments to.


Obama Bashing in Bavaria and Paris

US President Barack Obama says Turkey's future is in the European Union. Not everyone agrees. Numerous politicians in Germany have gone on the attack, and even French President Sarkozy is unimpressed. Turkey's role at the NATO summit has soured the mood.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Obama pledges new US engagement

US President Barack Obama has ended his European tour by saying he is committed to opening a "new chapter in American engagement" with the Muslim world.

Obama makes unannounced stop in Baghdad

The main purpose of Obama's stop was to visit U.S. troops, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted. Among other things, Obama will participate in the awarding of 10 medals of valor while in Baghdad.

Obama set to finish European tour

US President Barack Obama is set to end his tour of Europe, during which he has held talks on the economic crisis and sought better relations with Muslims.

Is Obama the Divider-In-Chief?

The gap between Democrats and Republicans who say President Obama is succeeding is wider than it has been for any modern president in the first few months on the job.

A Pew Research poll indicates 88 percent of Democrats approve of the president's job performance, while just 27 percent of Republicans say the same thing. That's a 61-point difference.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Obama declares US not at war with Islam

Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam." Calling for a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important U.S. ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism.

Obama brings hopes for warmer relations to Turkey

President Barack Obama said Monday he stood by his 2008 assertion that Ottoman Turks carried out widespread killings of Armenians early in the 20th century, finessing the sensitive issue by stopping short of repeating the word "genocide."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Obama and the Confidence Game

As he cashiered the head of one of America’s storied automakers last week, President Obama declared that he remained “confident that G.M. can rise again.” Then he flew to London to meet with counterparts to try to turn the world economy around, vowing once again to restore “confidence in the financial markets.”

Barack Obama: 'arrogant US has been dismissive' to allies

President Barack Obama has offered an apology for the Bush era, declaring that America had “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” towards its allies.

Obama: US to pursue missile shield plan

US President Barack Obama said Sunday he would move forward with a plan to base a missile defence shield in central Europe despite Russian objections, saying the threat posed by Iran remained real.

Many obstacles to Obama nuclear dream

President Obama's hopes for a world free of nuclear weapons may just be a dream. Despite his rousing rhetoric in Prague that "we can do it", huge obstacles are in the way and even he gave himself two escape clauses.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Obama Wants to Control the Banks

There's a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money. ...If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash -- which was often forced on them in the first place -- the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That's what's happening right now.

That Big Moment for Czechs? Not So Big

When President Obama arrives here on Saturday for a meeting aimed at forging closer trans-Atlantic relations, aides say he has opted for a romantic private dinner with the first lady. That, rather than a glass of Czech beer with Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who last week invoked Satan’s lair to characterize the American president’s economic policies.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan

Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America’s allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.
Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama’s host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request.

Cuts That Obama Sought in Farm Subsidies Meet Stiff Resistance

Among the audacious proposals in President Obama’s budget was a plan to save more than $9.7 billion over a decade by putting strict limits on farm subsidies that are disbursed regardless of market conditions or even whether the land is actively farmed.

The question that flummoxed the great orator

Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes.

In France, Obama takes no questions from French

President Obama held a much ballyhooed town hall in Strasbourg, France, on Friday, touted by the White House as an outreach to Europeans on the second leg of the president's "listening" tour. By the end of the hourlong session, not a single French citizen got to ask the U.S. president a question.

Obama's $163,000 Tax Bomb

The House and Senate are preparing to pass President Barack Obama's radical budget blueprint, with only minor modifications, by using (abusing would be more accurate) the budget "reconciliation" process.
Every income-tax paying family would get a tax bill for $163,000. If paid annually over the succeeding ten years, the tax hike per year would average almost $26,000.

Congress passes Obama's $3.5 trillion budget along party lines

The House and Senate Thursday night passed a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint tailored largely to President Obama's specifications. While the legislation isn't binding, it sets a framework for taxing and spending discussions to take place later this year on Capitol Hill.

Russia's Medvedev hails 'comrade' Obama

Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks, saying the US president "can listen" -- even if little progress was made on substance.
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Obama plays up role as consensus builder at G20

Obama won no new promises of spending when the summit of the Group of 20 major economic powers wrapped up on Thursday, but put a positive spin on the outcome, calling it a "turning point" as he welcomed agreements on financial regulation and new cash for the International Monetary Fund.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Obama: G-20 Agreement a Turning Point

U.S. President Barack Obama says the G-20 summit in London marks a turning point in efforts to heal the global economy.

The latest victims of Obama’s “realism”: Afghanistan’s women

Afghanistan's women are, apparently, the latest casualty of the Obama administration's tilt toward realpolitik: ignore human rights violations -- whether they're in China, Russia or in the quiet misery of an Afghan villager's home -- in pursuit of larger foreign policy goals.

The President Is 'Keeping Score'

"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Obama gives the Queen of England an iPod

Well, it’s better than giving her a bunch of DVDs that don’t work. President Obama went to the Buckingham Palace today in London where he and first lady Michelle had a lovely tea with the Queen of England.

Obama's Poor Tax

"I can make a firm pledge . . . no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase." Remember that? It was Barack Obama, campaigning to become president last Sept. 12 in Dover, N.H. Indeed, he promised repeatedly that 95% of American families would get a tax cut. So it's especially fitting that he chose April Fools Day to implement his first tax increase -- which will fall mostly on individuals and families who do not make anywhere near $250,000 per year.

Obama tries to rally world to cope with downturn

President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to rally the world's top and emerging powers to help cope with a global economic downturn, saying, "We can only meet this challenge together."

Obama faces high-stakes China, Russia meetings

Stepping onto the world stage for the first time in his two-month presidency, Barack Obama is holding face-to-face talks with the leaders of the two nations—Russia and China—most aggressively challenging the U.S. position atop the global order.

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)