Rep. Steve Stockman, who recently threatened President Obama with impeachment over his executive orders regarding guns, is allowed to bring one guest to the State of the Union Address. He plans on bringing Ted Nugent who sits on the Board of Directors at the NRA. That would be fine except for the fact that the Secret Service had to pay Mr. Nugent a little visit about a year and a half ago over his mouth flashing at an NRA convention. Mr. Nugent told a crowd that he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
The Secret Service and probably the Capitol Police should deny admission to Ted Nugent. His comments were taken seriously enough that the Secret Service paid him a visit. He can just sit out the State of the Union Address. There are too many important people all under one roof to allow someone who has shown as little good judgement as Nugent to have access.
The President responds to the public petition to deport British citizen Piers Morgan for his outspokenness on gun control. The petition was sponsored by conservative talk radio host Alex Jones in favor of the 2nd Amendment.
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Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.
President Barack Obama will make a last-minute campaign stop in Prince William County on Saturday, along with the musician Dave Matthews and former president Bill Clinton, several news outlets reported Wednesday evening.
Fired up! Ready to Go! He’s coming back. Even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t keep President Obama out of Prince William County, even though he had to cancel last Monday night. He will bring Bill Clinton and the Dave Matthews Band with him.
The rally is in the evening and will be at Jiffy Lube Pavilion.
President Obama’s latest accomplishment has been to get FEMA right where help was needed. He was fired up before hand, and ready to go as soon as the storm passed. That is the secret of FEMA’s success….to be fired up and ready to go before the event, rather than trying to play catch up. 78% of those polled were very pleased with how the President handled the aftermath of the storm. I wonder who those other trolls are? That 22%?
Tickets are at Obama Headquarters over in the City of Manassas. You will have to supply information before getting the tickets.
Fired up!! Ready to Go!!! From Sat. Night at Juffy Lube–insidenova.com
Much is being made on TV this morning about how Mitt Romney really just doesn’t relate to the average Joe. He makes awkward remarks about his wife’s Cadillacs, fakes a southern accent and makes references to grits. It just makes you wince. Comparisons are made to Bill Clinton and George Bush. Does it matter?
People seem to want a president who is just like them. To wit, look at the wild popularity of George Bush and Bill Clinton. Those who liked both of these men, really liked them and overlooked some glaring character flaws and glaring mistakes made while in office. Both Bush and Clinton could connect with others and make them feel like they were just like them.
Contrast the Bush/Clinton phenomena to others who have run for office. Gore, the wooden candidate. John Kerry? Would you really want to have to go drink a beer with him? He just wasn’t like us. Daddy Bush? His wife, yes. Him? Not so much. Nice guy. Bubba gets along with him but Bubba gets along with everyone. Mitt Romney seems to suffer the same fate. He isn’t like us. He knows he isn’t like us and he tries to fake it. It isn’t working.
For all we laughed at George Bush’s inability to publicly speak and called Clinton Bubba, these were endearing traits. These traits made us over-look a lot. Both Clinton and Bush know how to do people-speak and they know how to work a crowd.
Does it really matter? In the long run, no. What are our chances of having to relate to Bush or Clinton? They could both have the personality of a stump but its the impression they leave. And its what gets them elected. Getting elected is the hard part. The rest is easier. Presidents are removed from the masses. I am not sure Mitt is ever going to connect. He just isn’t one of the masses.
The Mimi Alford interview was very credible and candid–very candid in places. She was a 19 year old intern who got a job she did not ask for. He was the most powerful man in the world. He was sophisticated, good looking, and by all accounts charismatic and playful.
Most of that JFK Kennedys are deceased. Caroline and her children remain. What has she done to steel herself from these kinds of stories? Does she deserve to hear this kind of story about her father? Is that just one of the side effects of fame and fortune and politics? Both Johnson girls as well as the Nixon ladies have had to endure their fair share of negativity involving their father. Then there is Chelsea Clinton.
Is Mimi Alford a scarlet woman at age 19 or was she the victim of a man who had a sexual predator side to his nature? Mimi was a fairly innocent girl at the time her affair began, unlike other young women who set their eyes on the president.
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona apparently forgot her manners, again, and pointed her finger in the face of the President of the United States on the tarmac during President Obama’s latest trip to Arizona. Governor Brewer later told the press that she felt threatened by the President. A picture speaks a thousand words.
I don’t know what Governor Brewer thought the President was going to do to her. They were in plain view and the secret service security team was right there.
Sadly, this encounter is just another example of the breakdown of protocol and manners in the country. Pointing or wagging one’s finger in the face of the President of the United States, regardless of who he is is simply not acceptable. I feel certain that Brewer is now the darling of those Obama haters who feel she ‘told him off good.’
I think that protocol needs to be taught in every classroom across America. Obviously much has been forgotten or in Brewer’s case, never learned. There are just certain behaviors one upholds when speaking to the President of the United States. We use terms like’ Mr. President’ when addressing him. We even do that if he is our best friend when in public. (or her if that should ever come to pass)
Brewer set a bad example for everyone who sees this picture and is an embarrassment to our country. The eyes of the world are on us. What must they be thinking?
Yesterday, President Obama made 4 recess appointments. He appointed 3 people to the Board of Labor Relations and 1 to the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB appointment is the most contentious.
The new head, Richard Cordray, received an appointment even though the chamber was technically only in session every few days. Technically seems to be the big IF. The senate technically did not recess over the holiday, so there was no precedent for what President Obama did.
When Republicans took control of the House, going into pro forma sessions became the norm since neither chamber can recess for longer than three days without the consent of the other.
But now that Obama has decided that pro forma sessions don’t matter much, Republicans warn there is no stopping presidents from undermining the Senate’s traditional advise-and-consent role.
Senators who live close by in Maryland and Virginia are usually the ones who come in and gavel a session into formal existence and then close the session. The pro forma sessions only last minutes.
We shall see if the Obama maneuver works. The objection apparently wasn’t over Richard Cordray but rather the agency he is now the head of. I simply do not understand why anyone would be against consumer protection. People get scammed all the time and there is very little out there to protect the consumer. I welcome someone out there looking out for the little guy in a world that allows him to be continually screwed by banks, loan sharks, payday loan outfits, student loans, etc.
Why are conservatives against the average Joe getting protection from those who prey on others? We haven’t heard the end of this one.
Joe Scarborough is a guest columnist for Politico.
Republicans spent the past decade being shocked and stunned by Democrats who dared to question their president’s motives for going to war in Iraq.
The late liberal lion, Sen. Ted Kennedy, took an extra large heaping of abuse from the right for his constant attacks on George W. Bush’s character as commander in chief. One low point for political civility was when Kennedy said the war in Iraq was “made up in Texas” for political purposes.
The House Republican leader at the time called the remarks “hateful,” “disgusting” and attacked the Massachusetts senator for “insulting the president’s patriotism.”
Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, characterized this and other similar Kennedy comments as “paranoid lunacy.”
And they were.
Can you imagine any United States senator stooping so low as to suggest that our commander in chief would risk the safety of American troops for political purposes?
This dude’s name is Ryan Rhodes. He’s lucky he didn’t find himself face down on the hay bale, sucking straw, with a secret service officer on either side.
He was rude. There is a protocol for speaking to the president. It is based on years of tradition and custom. The woman on Ryan’s left was just as bad. Real patriots honor our traditions.
Additionally, they were stretching the truth. Saying that someone took something hostage is not calling them a terrorist. There is too much of that illogical thinking going around these days. Vice President Biden was not the offending party. Bottom line, it was wrong. It was the equivalent of the reporter throwing the shoe at President Bush. Totally unacceptable. This might be 15 minutes of fame he does not want.
The Newster has bristled at questions over his Tiffany account. I rarely support Newt on much of anything. I think he is king of the hypocrites. However, do we have the right to know about his jewelry purchases?
Obviously, most of us don’t have a half-million dollar line of credit with the most recognizable jewelry store in America. What kind of special accounts do they have? Newt said it was a regular Tiffany non-interest account. Hmmmm…do I want one of those? Yes!!! Should I have one? Probably not. I could do real damage and those who know me know I love my jewelry almost to the point of gaudiness.
Should the Newster have answered the questions about his purchases? I say no. Is it any our our business? Not really. There have to be some secrets and privacy. There is enough out there to go after Newt for. Leave his diamond studded naval rings out of the mix. [Just kidding, Newt.]
Stephen Colbert probably said it best. He buys his engagement rings in bulk. Seriously though, I think we are overly snooping on this one. He is a grown man, his wife is a grown woman. As long as they aren’t cheating their other creditors, they can buy as much at Tiffany as they want, in my book. We need to allow some privacy to all presidential candidates.
“I am a conservative but I am not mad at anyone.” That statement is a paraphrase of Mike Huckabee’s most famous statement and one that describes what is so likable to many about the ex-governor of Arkansas.
Mike Huckabee announced over the weekend that he would NOT be running for president. In many polls, Huckabee was the front-runner. Some analysts believe he is the only Republican who can beat Obama. So why did Huckabee decide not to run? Some folks say he lacked the fire in the belly to do what it takes to run for president.
That’s OK. Huckabee has a pretty decent show on Fox News. (one of the few I will call FOX rather than Faux.) He gets to play music with his band and be a nice guy. He is making good money and he might not want to give it all up. That’s OK too. I still like and respect him. He isn’t a guy I could ever vote for. But I can watch him on TV and listen to his ideas. He isn’t beating me over the head with them.
After this announcement, Mike Huckabee is now a true Freebird!
Mrs. Huckabee says that the Governor will never have too many guitars in his own mind. One gets the impression she would tote half of them off to the dump if his back is turned.