Obama: Let them eat cake! Media: Okay.
It’s Friday. It’s Halloween. It also happens to be four days before the midterm elections, but that didn’t stop the White House Press Corps from reportedly agreeing to give Press Secretary Josh Earnest a day off from the usual road press gaggle in exchange for a delicious-looking “Death by Chocolate” cake from President Barack Obama.
Later, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller revealed that Obama traded the cake to the media on Air Force One in exchange for them forgoing the scheduled press gaggle with Earnest.
This is how Dem presidents always run (and lose) military campaigns, the Vietnam war under LBJ was the classic example of this.
Via Daily Beast:
The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on.
Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.
As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters will do when they return to Syria. Most of the rebels to be trained by the U.S. will never be sent to fight against ISIS.
Making matters worse, military officers and civilian Pentagon leaders tell The Daily Beast, is the ISIS war’s decision-making process, run by National Security Advisor Susan Rice. It’s been manic and obsessed with the tiniest of details. Officials talk of sudden and frequent meetings of the National Security Council and the so-called “Principals Committee” of top defense, intelligence, and foreign policy officials (an NSC and three PCs in one week this month); a barrage of questions from the NSC to the agencies that create mountains of paperwork for overworked staffers; and NSC insistence on deciding minor issues even at the operational level.
“We are getting a lot of micromanagement from the White House. Basic decisions that should take hours are taking days sometimes,” one senior defense official told The Daily Beast.
It appears the Pelosi-led DCCC has hired a monkey to bang on the keyboard to come up with their always amusing email titles.
And no, it wasn’t me.
With statements like this (and many others) I swear he’s intentionally trying to sabotage the Dems chances in the midterms.
During a speech in Rhode Island today, President Obama stressed the importance of public pre-school in America, pointing out that the cost of daycare was getting too high.
“Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” Obama stated. “We need better child care, day care, early child education policies.”
Obama explained that in many states it cost parents more money to put their kids in day care than it cost to put them in a public university.
“Too often parents have no choice but to put their kids in cheaper day care that maybe doesn’t have the kinds of programming that makes a big difference in a child’sdevelopment,” he said.
Because America lacks public pre-school, Obama said, women often earned less money than men.
“Sometimes, someone, usually Mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result,” he said. “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”
No warning, cop was sitting in police car and man just ran up to the police car and started attacking. By the way, that’s not a stock photo, that’s the actual ax and police car.
Via NY Post (click on for video):
WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say attacked a police officer with an ax.
The officer was not hit by the ax, but was being treated at a hospital for hurting his shoulder during a scuffle with the man who attacked him early Friday morning.
Police say the officer was attacked in the 3800 block of 13th Street in the city’s Northeast, near the Catholic University campus.
Police recovered the ax.
The officer was ambushed in an alley, if he had been on foot and not in a car, he might be dead.
Specific to this attack, the Fifth District officer was on patrol when he noted a suspicious person and went to investigate the situation. The suspicious person avoided the officer by entering an alley. The officer then entered the alley in his marked car and was ambushed by the person with the axe. The axe shattered the window, but did not strike the officer. The officer gave chase and caught up with the suspect, but after a brief struggle, he was able to escape.
As of now we have a general lookout for a black male, 6′-1″ to 6′-2″ with a stocky build. We have several leads that we are following up on at this point, but the investigation continues.”
PC crowd gets uncovered as the really crude crew they are. An apology that really isn’t an apology, just a “sorry, we got caught”.
Via Arutz Sheva:
The White House has apologized for comments attributed to officials in the Obama administration earlier this week and which referred to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “Aspergery”, the Jewish Daily Forward reported on Thursday.
The Ruderman Family Foundation, an American charity which advocates for and the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Jewish community, condemned the insult – a reference to Asperger Syndrome – as “derogatory,” and called for an official denouncement of its use by the White House.
The “Aspergery” insult was part of a series of derogatory terms – including “chickens**t – used to describe Netanyahu by unnamed officials who were quoted by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg earlier this week.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, who heads RespectAbility, an organization devoted to helping people with disabilities, wrote to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough also complaining about the use of Aspergers as a slur, according to the Jewish Daily Forward.
“I was really stunned that the insults from the White House used a derogatory term connected to Autism Spectrum Disorder as a way to insult PM Netanyahu,” she wrote, according to the report.
Your taxpayer dollars hard at work.
Via NBC Washington:
The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.
The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public.
A series of other recent purchases, reviewed by internal government auditors, include wasteful and inappropriate purchases by government employees — including a gym membership and JC Penney clothing — that were not detected or stopped until after the purchase was completed.
Later on he remembered who he was married to and tried to throw the Air Force One crew under the bus.
Pic via NYT’s Doug Mills
Can’t really say he’s wrong…
Jon Stewart kicked off The Daily Show‘s last night in Texas by addressing Democratic hopes that the red state is turning blue, which, well not to give anything away, but that’s probably not gonna happen. As Stewart put it, “Texas has been a conservative state since dinosaurs roamed it 6000 years ago.”
Stewart examined all the Republican candidates running for office who have proven to be solidly conservative, even gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, who wants both Bibles and guns taught in schools. Stewart proposed the Greg Abbott “Howdy Jesus Bang Bang Bible Academy” if he’s really serious about that.
Nice try, but no. You voted for his agenda, now it’s time to pay the price.
Via Daily Caller:
REPORTER: The Democratic incumbent, Senator Mark Pryor making a last push to hang on to his seat, meeting with Republicans in Fort Smith, Arkansas supporting him. Pryor going farther than he ever has distancing himself with President Obama, telling me yesterday the biggest drag on his re-election bid is the president.
PRYOR: Well, you know, he has been a drag. I’m just going to be honest about that. People here know that I have had my fair share of disagreements with him and you can look at, you know, gun control issues. You can look at Keystone pipeline. You know, I never supported one of his budgets.
So quit being so selfish and look out for the village!
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told students at Georgetown University on Thursday that they should believe in not only their own potential but of those who may not have a high school diploma who are part of “our web of responsibility.”
Clinton told the students that she and former President Bill Clinton always believed in “an unlimited potential out there.”
“And that’s what I want you to believe,” Clinton said. “But not just you.
“People your age, not very far from here,” Clinton said. “Maybe didn’t finish high school. Maybe are in the workforce.”
“Could not dream of being in this magnificent Gaston Hall,” Clinton said, referencing the historic college’s ornate meeting hall. “But who are part of our larger community; our web of responsibility.”
“We will do so much better if we remember that we should find a way to help everybody,” Clinton said.
We know, kid, we know.
Lunchtime bump: Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads get some much needed mocking (HT: Paul).
Because government knows best, right?
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – EPA Director Gina McCarthy has praised environmental lawyers for their work, telling them “enforcement really is democracy in action.”
“When I think about how effective we’ve been I keep coming back to the same reason for that effectiveness, it’s because our laws have teeth, it’s because EPA is empowered to enforce them,” McCarthy told attendees at the American Bar Association Fall Conference.
“And its because of your work, your hard work to uphold the integrity of those environmental statutes. Enforcement really is democracy in action.”
When the leader of your party is at historic lows and you’ve got nothing to run on, simply stir up some racial tension…
Via Daily Caller:
ATLANTA — “We are indeed the swing vote,” says the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
It’s Wednesday night, less than a week before the election here that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate, and nearly a hundred people have poured into a small gathering room at the historic church made famous by its former pastors, Martin Luther King Jr. and his father.
After singing and dancing to praise and worship music, the energetic, sharply-dressed Warnock preaches about Ephesians 3:20 and Matthew 19:20. Then he gets to politics.
“We’ve been talking about all the power that’s been sitting on the sidelines of our electoral system, as the demographics of our state are changing,” he tells his congregation, who are sitting on plastic chairs and taking notes in their Bibles. “Everybody’s talking about all the power voters of color have.”
“That’s right,” someone in the congregation shouts out loud.
“Amen,” a few other people say in agreement. One woman in attendance has with her a campaign sign for Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor.
Landrieu is trailing her GOP opponent (Bill Cassidy) by seven points, calling her constituents racists isn’t going to help.
Via NBC News:
Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday that the issue of race is a major reason that President Barack Obama has struggled politically in Southern states.
“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu told NBC News in an interview. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”
The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it “remarkably divisive.”
“She appears to be living in a different century,” he said in a statement. “Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it.”
No seriously, this is what they came up with to deal with the situation.
Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.
Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and has no symptoms, maintains that her rights are being violated by restrictions imposed by Maine authorities. She took a defiant bike ride on Thursday morning.
In a court order issued late Thursday, Hickox was instructed to stay away from public transit and workplaces, and not to leave the town of Fort Kent, where she has mostly been holed up in a house, without consulting with public health authorities.
The order applies “until further order of this court” on Friday. The order said that Hickox’s lawyers had agreed that she would follow the instructions until the court weighs in again.