Obama The Oblivious

Charles Krauthammer RSS Gallery The Rights 25 most influential, from Townhall.com: The conservative Web sites latest listing of the most prominent voices on the right, with a few names you may not know. Gallery Raise the minimum wage? Nifty Most people become aware of the hopeless inefficiency of sclerotic government by, oh, age 17 at the department of motor vehicles. Obamas late discovery is especially remarkable considering that he built his entire political philosophy on the rock of Big Government, on the fervent belief in the state as the very engine of collective action and the ultimate source of national greatness. (Indeed, of individual success as well, as in If youve got a business you didnt build that.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-obama-the-oblivious/2013/12/12/67acc91c-6363-11e3-a373-0f9f2d1c2b61_story.html

Obama’s “keep your plan” promise labeled “Lie of the Year”

The infamous selfie of President Obama from Nelson Mandela’s memorial service is not going to be shared, the Danish prime minister who snapped the shot says, since its not a very good picture. RELATED: PRESIDENT OBAMA POSES FOR A FUNERAL SELFIE The little lady who started selfie-gate, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, dashed the hopes of those wanting a peek at the pic when she revealed to the Danish press that the image won’t be seeing the light of day. The blond beauty says she has no regrets instigating the photograph with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama at Nelson Mandelas memorial service Tuesday. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images President Obama posed for a selfie with UK PM David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The photo of the incident went viralgarnering considerable attention. RELATED: DAVID CAMERON EXPLAINS ROLE IN SELFIE PIC The Dane sat between the American and British leaders at the affair and held out her phone to capture the moment, while Cameron and Obama leaned in and flashed cheesy grins.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-funeral-selfie-won-shared-article-1.1545388

Obama’s funeral selfie won’t be shared, as Danish PM says it didn’t turn out to be a good picture

And I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. Still, the administration has insisted that nothing in the health care law explicitly forces insurance companies to cancel plans or shift customers to a new plan. But the laws stringent grandfather clause, intended to preserve existing insurance plans, only applied to plans that were in place before the law was passed and received only minimal changes since then. Any substantial alteration to a grandfathered plan would subject that plan would to the minimum coverage requirements stipulated by Obamacare. If a more? info… plan did not meet those requirements, it would be canceled. Those complicated policy mechanics, PolitiFact argued, were not adequately captured by the presidents glib declaration, which he repeated throughout the 2012 presidential election.
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamas-keep-your-plan-promise-labeled-lie-of-the-year/

Fallon named Obama legislative affairs director

Former President Viktor Yushchenko, for example, was poisoned, and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko , the opposition leader, has been jailed on what many believe are trumped-up corruption charges. Today’s conflict erupted after incumbent President Viktor Yanukovich declined to enter a long-expected economic deal with the European Union , either beguiled or coerced by Putin’s threats of economic reprisal by Russia. Given the EU’s ongoing difficulties, Kiev might well want to avoid trading one set of problems for another, but the real issue is not whether the EU or Russia should be its preferred economic partner. The real issue for Ukraine (and the United States) is security. What the Baltic republics and the former Warsaw Pact members really wanted, after shedding the Soviet Union’s chains, was to join NATO, to prevent being reshackled. The EU certainly seems desirable one more Western club to join but it is decidedly secondary compared with avoiding being chained again by Moscow.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-bolton-ukraine-obama-security-20131212,0,2182232.story

De Blasio, Obama Meet

13, 2013 5:40 p.m. ET WASHINGTONNew York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio traveled to the White House Friday for the first time since winning election in November, signaling that, like Mayor Bloomberg, he’ll advocate for issues on the national stage. Mr. de Blasio and mayors and mayor-elects from cities such as Boston, Charlotte and Jersey City huddled with President Obama and Vice President Biden for more than an hour. Much of their discussion focused on…
Source: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304477704579256612974492576

Ukraine’s drama, Obama’s weakness

Deputy communications director Katie Fallon, formerly a senior Senate aide, will take over as legislative affairs director in January. She will replace Miguel Rodriguez, a former aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who says he is leaving to work in the private sector. The change is a recognition that the White House needs to improve relations with lawmakers, after bruising battles over health care and the budget. Congressional Democrats are concerned that the troubled rollout of Obama’s health care law could impact their chances in the 2014 midterms. Obama needs the lawmakers’ help to get any of his agenda passed, after few accomplishments the first year of his second term. With polls showing a majority of Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, outsiders have been calling on the president to make changes to a team made up largely of long-time confidants.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/13/fallon-named-obama-legislative-affairs-director/

Obama’s Decision Point

It is, as Wyden told Lizza, “a very, very significant moment in the debate,” the point at which the president might have used skeptical court rulings as a natural excuse to end the collection of every American’s phone records. Obama doesn’t. In February of 2009, days after Obama was sworn in, Olsen and Benjamin Powell, a Bush holdover and the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, went to the White House to brief the new President and Eric Holder, the new Attorney General, on the N.S.A.’s programs. There was no way to know how Obama would react. During the campaign, Holder, who was serving as a top legal adviser to Obama, had said that Bush’s original surveillance program operated in “direct defiance of federal law.” Obama had sponsored the legislation curbing the authority of the business-records provision, which was now crucial to the N.S.A.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-sledge/obamas-decision-point_b_4434862.html

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