"So, this is not really celebrity gossip per se, but it is tabloid fodder, so I think it works. There is a Republican out there who is in the top three or four potential candidates for President. He wants to desperately run, but is trying to come up with a payoff for his mistress. Cheating is not unusual for him considering he even married a mistress in the past."
Obama, who is biracial, showed his black side following a tense interview with Dallas TV reporter Brad Watson. Mr. Obama unclipped his mic before glaring at the reporter and saying, "Let me finish my answers next time we do an interview, all right?"
Obama might have been ticked off at Watson for asking such leading questions as, "Why do you think you are so unpopular in Texas?"
The president, who is obviously feeling the heat, is under pressure to box out the GOP's leading frontrunner, Donald Trump, in the 2012 elections.
This story received extensive coverage in both the right and left wing media last week because it illustrated U.S. President Obama's apparent unwillingness to abide by Congress.
Like every other new president before him, Obama hand picked a special cabinet of unelected officials who must be vetted (or approved) by Congress in confirmation hearings before they can begin working for the president in sensitive government positions.
Obama then selectively chose a side group of people to do his bidding (or to give him advice) who are not vetted by Congress in confirmation hearings. These people (or henchmen) are called "Czars" and the president uses a loophole in the law to hire them almost in secret.
Czars don't have to be vetted or approved by Congress -- even though you, the taxpayer pay their salaries.
If you recall, Obama's former green jobs "czar" Van Jones was not vetted by Congress. He ended up causing all kinds of trouble before he was given the boot in 2009.
So last week Congress inserted an anti-czar rider (provision) into the new 2011 spending bill that would de-fund or limit the budget that taxpayers pay these czars -- since we don't know what the czars do anyway!
The Republicans considered the proviso to be a major victory because, according to Politico.com, Republicans had "accused the administration of giving unelected bureaucrats too much power within the White House.
But Mr. Obama took it upon himself to issue a "signing statement" ignoring the language in the new spending bill to continue paying these czars enormous salaries!
Never mind that as a candidate in 2008 Obama had promised that he would not abuse signing statements for his own personal benefit.
Naturally, the right wing media jumped all over this newest display of Obama's arrogance.
In a column he wrote for right wing political blog Hotair.com, writer AllahPundit half-joked, "You didn’t seriously think [Obama] was going to abide by the will of Congress, did you? Surely he wasn’t about to be tripped up by a duly enacted bill that dares to cut off the money he uses for his auxiliary cabinet."
The left wing media rushed to Obama's defense, saying the Republicans created Obama's 'czar problem.'
And in a statement issued last week, Mr. Obama insisted upon his right to use signing statements "to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities...."
U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off his 2012 re-election bid with a DNC fundraiser rally at the Grand Ballroom of the Navy Pier in Chicago last night.
In a sobering statement that sets the tone of his re-election bid, Obama conceded to the well-heeled crowd, "Some of the excitement is not going to be there."
Obama was referring to the polls that reflect a declining support of his base: the millions of kool aid drinkers -- mostly disillusioned blacks -- who hosted Obama on their shoulders and carried him to a historic victory as the first biracial president of the United States in 2008.
Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose, 22, attended the rally. And Grammy Award-winner Colbie Caillat performed. As Rose took the stage, the crowd chanted "MVP, MVP."
Rose, the favorite for the 2011 MVP trophy, cracked jokes, saying he was sorry to see Obama running again because "the Bulls need a starting two-guard."
The well-to-do audience paid upwards of $100 to the legal maximum of $35,800 for their tickets. There were reports that the kickoff rally netted Obama another $2 million for his already swollen campaign coffers.
Meanwhile, in an effort to humanize Mr. Obama and soften his public image, the White House released candid photos taken by Obama's personal photographer over the past 2 years. The photos portray Obama as a doting father and statesman at work and at play.
U.S. President Barack Obama is targeting the wealthy with planned tax hikes aimed at stabilizing the economy. The only problem is the tax hikes will ultimately affect the rest of us working stiffs who live from paycheck to paycheck.
In typical reproaching style, Obama blamed Americans for the state of the economy, saying years of overspending means every American has to make sacrifices.
Obama unveiled a plan to raise taxes and reduce borrowing over the next 12 years by $4 trillion. His cost-cutting measures included slashing the domestic budget -- and cutting politically sensitive medicare programs, as well as cutting defense spending.
Naturally, his friends and banker buddies will be spared the sharpest cuts.
But Obama insisted the rich should shoulder more of the burden to prevent the mushrooming national deficit from spinning out of control.
Defending his plan, Obama said in a speech at George Washington University today: "We have to live within our means, we have to reduce our deficit, and we have to get back on a path that will allow us to pay down our debt."
He added: "It's an approach that puts every kind of spending on the table, but one that protects the middle-class, our promise to seniors, and our investments in the future."
U.S. President Barack Obama finally has something to smile about.
In his weekly radio address to the nation today, Obama praised both parties for their "cooperation" in sealing a deal to avert a shutdown of the federal government last night.
"The entire federal government will be open for business tomorrow—and that's because Americans of different beliefs came together today," Obama victoriously tweeted to his 7.4 million followers moments after reaching a last-minute budget deal last night.
Congress managed to avert a government shutdown at midnight that would have thrown about 800,000 federal employees out of work. A stopgap funding measure was hammered out an hour before the deadline. Both the House and Senate approved the measure and Obama signed it.
“This is good news for the American people,” Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday morning. “It means that small businesses can get the loans they need, our families can get the mortgages they applied for, folks can visit our national parks and museums, and hundreds of thousands of Americans will get their paychecks on time – including our brave men and women in uniform.”
Warning of more "painful" cuts yet to come, Obama praised lawmakers for "keeping politics and social issues from overtaking the budget talks," referring to the GOP's Planned Parenthood standoff. Obama warned that many federal programs that people depend on would be terminated or delayed due to budget cuts. “I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances,” he said.
Political analysts agreed that a government shutdown would have caused more damage to the Republicans than to Obama. Even though Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid put off approving a fiscal 2011 budget in 2010 -- when they controlled both the House and the Senate -- to avoid a battle with the Republicans before the midterm elections, which ended badly for the Democrats.
Still, Obama stood firm -- and even sounded presidential -- when emphasizing the importance of living within one’s means. “Reducing spending while still investing in the future is just common sense,” he said during his weekly address to the nation. “That’s what families do in tough times. They sacrifice where they can, even if it’s hard, to afford what’s really important.”
U.S. President Barack Obama looked like a beaten man after emerging from a White House budget meeting with GOP members last night. The budget talks between the White House and the Republicans have failed, and now the government shutdown that everyone is dreading looms large.
All nonessential government services -- including the processing of IRS refund checks - will cease at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government shutdown will throw millions of people out of work temporarily.
Troops who protect our homeland will not get paid; social security checks will not go out libraries, museums, courthouses, city parks and recreational centers will all be shut down. Edit: According to loyal reader keiond23, who works for the SSA, social security checks will go out.
The trickle down theory will go into effect as most major cities are cut off from government funding.
The shutdown could affect city nonessential services such as garbage collection and even MARTA transit service might roll to a halt.
Americans are venting their frustration on networking websites. A facebook group is organizing an event to dump garbage on House Speaker John Beohner's front lawn. Boehner is a Republican.
Former civil rights leader Jesse Jackson compared the government shutdown to civil war.
Meanwhile, Obama, 49, and his family will travel to Williamsburg, VA today to unwind and get in a little rest and relaxation.
According to the LA Times, a planned vacation by the Obamas to Williamsburg, VA today has been canceled. The White House and Congress remain committed to resolving the budget dispute to avert a government shutdown tonight at midnight.
Honolulu police have announced the arrest of U.S. President Barack Obama's best golfing buddy for prostitution.
Police say Robert "Bobby" Titcomb, was arrested Monday, April 4, and charged with solicitation after he approached an undercover police officer who was posing as a prostitute. Titcomb, who is married, was released on $500 bond.
When this news first broke yesterday, I said to myself, "there's no way Obama will be re-elected."
Why would they arrest the best friend of the sitting president of the United States for prostitution now when you know it's not his first time soliciting prostitutes?
The timing is very suspect. Obama announced his bid for re-election on Monday.
Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation in Honolulu. But it's clear that they were only after one man. The question is, who ordered the undercover sting operation?
It looks like the impending government shutdown will indeed occur on Friday (April 8) if the White House and the GOP don't resolve their budget dispute. The problem is U.S. President Barack Obama's refusal to approve the budget cuts that the Republicans want.
The government shutdown won't affect U.S. President Barack Obama or anyone in Congress because they will still get paid.
But it will affect thousands of good people who go to work every day in non-essential services such as parks, museums, etc.
Naturally, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans for being stubborn.
Cynthia Tucker, the esteemed syndicated political writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says if the shutdown occurs, blame House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP -- not Obama.
But we would expect her to say that since she's a Democrat. The Pulitzer prize winner in political commentary says the Dems are holding their ground. "Here’s how we got into this mess: Republican leaders didn’t keep their word," Tucker wrote on her blog this morning.
More specifically, she points the finger of blame at "the entire far right wing of the Republican Party" for demanding more than the $33 billion in cuts handed to them by the Democrats.
Tucker didn't mention that it was the Democrats who failed to pass a 2011 budget last year when they controlled Obama, the House and the Senate.
In the meantime, black people will have to scramble to make ends meet while these political millionaires take their vacations and toil in the hot sun practicing their golf swings during the shutdown.
Is this what you voted for when you elected Obama as president? Please vote responsibly when you go to the polls in 2012.
Even the most staunchest supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama can tell things are not the same as they were back in 2008 when Obama was Winning.
Over the weekend, Obama posted a campaign Launch video on his website announcing his $1 billion 2012 election bid. The video was replete with bucolic scenes of middle America and the rural countryside. Somber white people reminisced over the "underdog senator" and the "changes that we've seen in the last two and a half years."
What changes, you ask?
Well, I did note one major change from the first time Obama ran for president. That change is seen at the 1-minute mark of the video when a black woman appears onscreen and parrots the same tired excuse we've heard over and over again since Obama was sworn in as president.
"Alice" from Michigan reminds us that "President Obama is one person." Her appearance in the video is in stark contrast to Obama's past campaign videos where there was nary a black face to be found.
Alice might as well have said, 'Obama desperately needs us blacks this time around.'
Obama's arrogance allowed him to largely ignore the black community in 2008. But expect to see a lot more black faces in Obama's $1 billion campaign bid to keep his job. In coining the election phrase, "It Begins With Us" -- Obama knows that in 2012, he won't win reelection without at least acknowledging black people.
U..S. President Barack Obama faces possible impeachment for not obtaining Congress' approval prior to launching military attacks on Libya.
Members of the GOP and others are calling for Obama's impeachment on the grounds that he abused his power as Commander-in-Chief by violating the Constitution. Obama's critics are even using Obama's own words against him.
This is what Obama said on December 20, 2007 when he was a senator running for president:
"The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
Obama was referring to the section in the Constitution that clearly states only Congress shall have power to... declare War on another country.
I never imagined that Obama's term as president would end like this.
Not long after news broke early Saturday that Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean had been shot in Haiti, Twitter.com users began expressing doubts about the story.
Details were sketchy at first, but then Wyclef released photos of himself reclining on a bed in a Haiti clinic, his left hand resting dramatically on his forehead while his right hand was wrapped in a bandage.
Another photo shows Jean sitting on the side of a bed, a blood soaked gauze covers his right palm -- hardly a spot that is normally grazed by a bullet.
Always the attention whore, Wyclef spoke to the AP and other media outlets before casting his vote in the presidential election. He said he was stepping out of a car with his entourage, which included the rapper Busta Rhymes, when suddenly a shooter opened fire on him.
He said: "The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand. I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand."
But Haitian police accuse Wyclef of fabricating his story to bering attention to his candidate.
"We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass," said Vanel Lacroix, police chief in Petionville where Jean is staying.
Jean has been in his native Haiti campaigning with his friend and musician, Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly. Some insiders say Jean personally financed the political new-comer's campaign since his own bid for president was denied when it was determined that he wasn't a full-time resident of the island.
Many in the industry know that Wyclef is the worst type of narcissist -- one who has shamelessly taken millions in past donations meant for the needy and pocketed the cash for himself -- all the while taking credit for his false benevolence.
Hopefully, when the truth comes out people will see Wyclef for the sleaze ball that he is.
Remember when you and your friends rushed to the polls in 2008 in hopes of electing the first biracial president to the White House? You had high expectations that this president would do more for black people than any other president (except for Abe Lincoln, Kennedy and Clinton).
Well, a controversial decision by the Obama administration has just set black people back a hundred years in Dayton, Ohio.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (under Obama's orders) put pressure on Dayton's Civil Service Board to lower the police recruit exam's passing test scores because too many black recruits were failing the test.
The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other. Source
Naturally, the citizens of Dayton (whose taxes will pay the salaries of these unintelligent officers) are outraged at the rule change.
Who wants to live in a city where certain members of the police force (regardless of their skin color) can't pass a basic competency exam by at least a C minus? If a D is all that is required to pass the exam, why give the exam at all?
Zachary Williams is among those who are outraged.
Williams, 21, is one of 225 black applicants who took the November police entrance exam. He doesn't know if he passed because the test scores were rejected by Obama and the Justice department due to the large number of black applicants failing the test.
Once the scores were lowered, Williams (pictured above) and the other black applicants were given a 2nd chance to take the exam. But Williams thinks lowering the test scores so that more blacks can pass is the wrong method.
“This isn’t your normal 9 to 5 job," Williams said. "I don’t want to be in a department where I was hired because of my skin color. I want it because I earned it.”
Community leaders agree with Williams and said the Justice Department’s method stigmatizes blacks.
Keith Lander, chairman of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the lowering of the test score “is a slap in the face to black people.
Occasionally I publish emails from readers who offer opposing views to the ones I express here on Sandrarose.com about U.S. President Barack Obama and his policies. I publish these emails in the interest of fairness, not because I am in agreement with the opinions of the email author. So don't get it twisted.
Loyal reader Roz B. writes:
I respect your work as a blogger, but I have to ask: have you personally researched the Healthcare law, and all that it entails? It is obvious that you aren't a "fan" of President Obama, and even his most ardent supporters cannot co-sign everything he does, but this latest Healthcare issue does not mean that Obama doesn't care about people.
Look - whether we like it, one way or another, we are going to end up paying for somebody else's healthcare. The crux of the law is to give people some options other than the local emergency room to get care by a doctor instead of letting health issues just ferment. Is it perfect? Of course not! But the fact there are compromises that had to be made shows there are lots of improvements needed on both sides of the aisle. If you look closer, there is no simplistic, one-horse solution. Until Americans stop killing themselves with their addictions, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise and self-care, the price is high all-around.
Big insurance companies do not support the healthcare law, and yet folks earning low wages also don't: they are fearing death panels and having to deal with socialized medicine, items NOT in the healthcare law. A health insurance company makes its money off of premiums paid in, but denial of coverage going out. This law is trying in some way to hold these companies accountable and making an affordable option that you can have access to, whether you want it or not.
I have only gotten through about 400 pages of the new law, but from what I see, something to start with is better than nothing to begin with, right? Improvements can happen over time, but right now, there are bigger fish to fry. And I wouldn't be so skeptical of Republican opposition to the law if one of their own didn't have one almost exactly like it in his state - talking about Mitt Romney.
BTW - I do read your blog every day. Keep it up - we need voices out there!
Sometimes a man has to do what a man has to do to keep his job -- especially if that man is the president of the United States.
It's too bad Barack Obama didn't see the writing on the wall when he signed his healthcare bill into law despite the widespread protests from millions of Americans who were against it.
With his job approval ratings hitting an all-time low in 2011 -- 46% -- Obama is feeling the pressure to correct his error in judgment by quietly approving waivers for customers of his rich insurance buddies so they don't have to participate in ObamaCare.
According to Hot Air, the entire state of Maine will be given waivers to exempt them from participating in ObamaCare -- that's 1,328,381 people.
Maine isn't alone, New Hampshire, Nebraska, and Kentucky have requested waivers as well. That would add another 3,912,691 waivers to the growing list.
It seems that the same people who protested so vigorously against ObamaCare are now being issued waivers to opt out of participating in it.
You're probably asking yourself, 'why would Obama sign a health care bill into law and then allow millions of people in certain states to quietly opt out of it?'
Good question. But here's a better one: guess who's going to end up getting stuck with the massive fees for health insurance in the coming years? You get what you ask for.
First it was black people, and now the fawning celebrities have turned their backs on U.S. President Barack Obama. Actor Matt Damon is at the forefront of celebrities voicing their opinions on Obama's dismal track record of keeping his promises.
"I no longer hope for audacity," said Damon, who was one of the President's earliest and best-known celebrity supporters during his 2008 campaign. Damon expressed his disappointment in the way the country was being run on CNN's Piers Morgan Show on Mar. 3.
He also slammed the President for failing to follow through on many of his campaign promises, particularly on education.
"I really think he misinterpreted his mandate and has doubled down on a lot of things. The idea that we're testing kids and we're tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We're training them, not teaching them."
Other A-list celebs who threw their full support behind Obama in 2008 are now speaking out against his policies.
Barbra Streisand told Larry King last year that she thought the President should have been more aggressive on certain issues, like overturning the 'don't ask, don't tell' ban on gay people serving in the military.
Even though the measure was eventually overturned, Glee's Jane Lynch criticised Obama's handling of gay rights issues in general, calling him a "huge disappointment".
"We thought the great hope of Obama was going to magically change all that," she said. "He's just nicely walking the middle."
Obama can't please everyone, but he should at least try and appease the people who helped him win the election.
This is the most sense I've heard U.S. President Barack Obama make since he was elected. While I empathize with the little people who will be affected if the NFL lockout occurs today, Obama was right when he said, "the fans" are the ones who allow for all that money they're making. And it's the fans who are worrying "about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education."
Why should the president of the United States intervene when greedy people can't decide how to divvy up millions of dollars between them?
Here's the full text of Obama's statement:
We’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to $1 billion; you’ve got players who are making millions of dollars. My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise, and worry about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education, is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening.
I’m a big football fan, but I also think that for an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. And be true to their fans, who are the ones who, obviously, allow for all the money that they’re making. So my expectation and hope is that they’ll resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do.
Remember that $63 BILLION in federal aid that U.S. President Barack Obama generously gave to Africa after his historic election? Well, now we know where some of it went.
According to London's Daily Mail, the son of an African dictator plans to build one of the most expensive luxury yachts in the world -- with your tax dollars.
Teodorin Obiang, 41, already owns a fleet of luxury automobiles and homes and now he plans to splash out another $380 million for the yacht, which when completed will boast a movie theater, restaurant, bar and Olympic sized swimming pool.
The yacht, which hasn't been built yet, will cost nearly three times what his country spends on healthcare and education for its impoverished citizens each year.
Critics wonder how Obiang is able to afford such extravagances on his $6,799 per month salary as agriculture minister of the tiny, oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea.
The most expensive luxury yacht in the world is a $740 million floating beast owned by a Russian billionaire. It is believed that Obiang used that yacht as the blueprint for his own.
Gavin Hayman of corruption watchdog Global Witness renewed calls for sanctions against Obiang.
He said: "That a president’s son from such a poor country has ordered this yacht is outrageous extravagance."
U.S. President Barack Obama, who calls himself a Christian when it benefits him to do so, has come under attack from the most unlikeliest of foes: the black church.
The Rev. Anthony Evans, who heads the National Black Church Initiative -- a coalition of 34,000 black churches -- is blasting President Barack Obama’s decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The Rev. notes that Obama "has violated the Christian faith" by failing to uphold Jesus’ teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.
DOMA was signed into law in September, 1996 by then President Bill Clinton. The law is intended to uphold and preserve the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
Gays, (and other special interest groups) who make up a substantial portion of the left-wing voting bloc, say the law is unconstitutional. Not surprisingly Obama, who was opposed to gay marriage until it came time for him to seek reelection, agrees with them.
Obama's new stance has angered the Rev. Evans who says black churches must "reassess their extraordinary support for him."
34,000 black churches probably won't put a dent in Obama's chances to win reelection. Not unless Rev. Evans and his coalition of churches are able to rally the millions of black, non-churchgoing Kool Aid drinkers to join their protest.
I'm not surprised that black people have soured on Obama after years of drinking the Kool aid. Would it be appropriate for me to pause here and say that I told you so?
Remember when embattled dictator Muammar Gaddafi confirmed his tight friendship with Barack Obama, the president of the free world who is up for reelection next year?
In a speech published in London-based al-Hayat newspaper in May, 2010, Gaddafi expressed his love and admiration for Obama, whom he described as a fellow Muslim.
At the time, he said: "Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama."
Gaddafi referred to his friend Obama's election as "a major historical gain."
"He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace."
But Obama's handlers, who continue to insist he is not in any way a Muslim, must have reached out to Muammar, because he never described Obama as a Muslim again -- at least not in public.
According to the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama is "grappling" with his feelings on the whole gay marriage issue even as he orders the Justice Department to stop defending the defense of marriage act (DOMA) in an ongoing court case.
The dictionary defines the word grapple as "engaging in a close fight or struggle without weapons" ie, wrestling with his thoughts.
What this really means is Obama is about to flip flop once again in order to appease the gays so he has a better chance of being reelected in 2012.
Expect gay marriage to be legalized in every state of the Union by the time 2012 rolls around.
Every special interest group knows that this is the best time to squeeze whatever bill they want out of Obama because all he cares about is getting reelected. Obama is so predictable.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that, at Obama's direction, it would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in a court case where it's being challenged.
Spokesman Jay Carney said Obama has always opposed the Defense of Marriage Act as "unnecessary and unfair." But Carney said there's no change to how Obama views gay marriage itself.
Obama said in January that he is still wrestling with whether gay couples should have the right to marry. He said his feelings on the issue continue to evolve but he still believes in allowing strong civil unions.
U.S. President Barack Obama dropped the 's' bomb during an afternoon press conference today. Obama was discussing his latest budget proposal, which was released yesterday. He inadvertently flubbed the words "lowest sh*t" when he meant to say "lowest share."
OBAMA: ".. bring annual domestic spending to its lowest sh*t -- lowest share to the economy since Dwight Eisenhower."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Barack Obama's legislative agenda is "over."
If you recall, McConnell drew fire for his remarks following the midterm elections, by saying his No. 1 goal was to make Obama "a one-term president." McConell has since backtracked from that statement. He now says Republican lawmakers will work together with Obama and the Dems to do what they "think is right for America."
The Kentucky Republican criticized Obama for performing "Clintonian back flips" to portray himself as a moderate now that he's running for re-election. But McConnell said it's yet to be seen whether Obama's new tone is "rhetoric or reality."
But McConnell said that congressional Republicans - who took control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate following last year's election - are "prepared to do business" with Obama.
"And to the extent that the president wants to do what we think is right for America, we won't say 'no' simply because there's an election coming along," said McConnell.
According to online reports, U.S. President Barack Obama has seized 10 websites that streamed free live sporting events just days before the biggest sporting event of the year is set to air.
The U. S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, working in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized the Web addresses Tuesday. The seizure affidavit was unsealed Wednesday, according to Politico.com.
The sports websites that were shut down include channelsurfing.net and Spain-based rojadirecta.org, the latter of which is back online today and live streaming sporting events under several different domain names.
Government officials argue that the sites are not only distributing pirated content illegally, but in the process, are also denting the revenues of the professional sports leagues and broadcasters as well as negatively impacting viewers. READ MORE
In taking this action, Obama seems to be protecting the financial interests of the NFL, NBA and the major television networks that spend millions on licensing for the rights to broadcast live sporting events.
Not to mention, these same major TV networks provide invaluable tickets and other perks to members of the federal government and their families who wish to attend games where tickets would normally be sold out.
The latest domain seizures follow on the heels of the government shut down of rap and urban websites that the feds say were illegally pirating in stolen music, such as Onsmash.com and RapGodfather.com.
Is this what Mr. Obama was elected for?
Why is Obama and the US Customs office so focused on shutting down sporting websites that most of the country has never heard of when the Mexican border is still porous and providing easy access to millions of illegal immigrants who come into this country and drain government resources?
A federal judge today struck down U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial ObamaCare law, declaring parts of the health care bill unconstitutional. More specifically, the judge sided with 20 states - including Georgia - in ruling that Obama can't force Americans to buy health insurance if they don't want it.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson agreed with the states that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. He went a step further than a previous ruling against the law, declaring the entire thing unconstitutional if the insurance requirement does not hold up.
Attorneys for the administration had argued that the states did not have standing to challenge the law and that the case should be dismissed.
Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Monday the department strongly disagrees with Vinson's ruling and intends to appeal.
"There is clear and well-established legal precedent that Congress acted within its constitutional authority in passing this law and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail on appeal," she said in a statement.
A celebrity journalist apologized yesterday for alleging that Hawaii's new governor told him he couldn't find U.S. President Barack Obama's birth certificate on file.
Mike Evans told FoxNews.com on Wednesday he was remorseful and embarrassed that he appeared to have given the impression that he had discussed the search for Obama’s birth certificate with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Evans, who says he has been a close friend of Abercrombie since the 1980s, appeared on Minnesota’s KQRS radio last week and said he’d been told by the governor himself that Obama’s birth certificate was nowhere to be found. Evans told KQRS on Jan. 20:
The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.
Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed "we redouble these efforts." He coupled this with a call to "freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years."
But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.
For example, he said he wants to eliminate "billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies." Yet he made a similar proposal last year that went nowhere. He sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request, even though Democrats were then in charge of both houses of Congress.
There was one debate that I never engaged in when it came to U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama: his birth status or whether he's eligible to be president. As far as I was concerned, Obama is an American because his birth certificate is on file in Hawaii.
But now comes word that there may not be an original birth certificate on file in Hawaii for Obama after all.
According to online reports, new Hawaii governor Neil Abercombie admits that there is no original birth document with Obama's name on it in Hawaii. This shocking news comes on the heels of Obama's lukewarm State of the Union Address last night, in which he said basically nothing that we haven't already heard.
Hawaii’s communications officer, Janice Okubo, confirmed Abercrombie’s statement by saying that the Registrar's Office maintains a public collection of birth registrations and Obama’s name appears in them. However, it has long since been proven that Hawaii’s birth registration process includes foreign births when the parents claim a Hawaiian residence. A record of registration is not necessarily an indication of a Hawaiian birth under the provisions of HRS 338-17.7 and 17.8. READ MORE
U.S. President Barack Obama's back is against the wall now that the shine has worn off his historic presidential election. After suffering a humiliating loss in the November primaries last year, Obama is gearing up to spend $1 billion -- yes, that's $1 billion -- on his reelection campaign.
That reelection campaign will commence in earnest tonight when Obama takes the podium to give his nationally televised State of the Union Address.
According to ABC News, Obama "will more or less agree with Republicans" on limiting government spending. He is also expected to propose an earmark ban and a budget freeze tonight.
Those proposals are laughable when you consider the fact that Obama's first bill was stuffed full of earmarks and political favors to his friends. Not to mention that the federal deficit has ballooned to $3.8 TRILLION under Obama's watch.
Hotair.com points out that Obama has made the promise to cut earmarks "repeatedly since starting his presidential campaign in 2007."
How many times do we have to be lied to before we give a man the boot?
The 2011 State of the Union Address begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and 6 p.m. Pacific Time. It is expected to last one hour.
Music mogul Sean Combs, 42, is featured on the Source magazine's Feb/March 2011 cover. Normally, I wouldn't waste your time with this, but what "Puffy" had to say about the United State's first biracial president (that we know of) piqued my interest.
Like most Kool Aid drinkers who voted for Barack Obama because he was half black, Sean has become disillusioned with the president and his administration's policies so far. “I love the president like most of us. [But] I just want the president to do better," he said.
Source: What’s your assessment of President Obama thus far? Diddy: “I love the president like most of us. I just want the president to do better. There’s a difference between us voting for somebody and us believing in somebody. He’s the person that we believed in so I pray night and day that he understands how God ordained his presidency. I feel there was a promise made to God to look after people that was less fortunate, and [many] of those people are African-American…”
Wow. That's deep. One African American narcissist going after the throat of another narcissist in such a public manner is unprecedented. The issue hits newsstands January 25th.