Friday, November 25, 2011

American's Loathe Congress

 Chris Cillizza's The Fix Blog posted the following post along with the chart above:
It’s no secret that people don’t like — ok, loathe — Congress.
The latest Gallup monthly survey pegged Congressional approval at just 13 percent, the second straight month it has hit that all-time low.
“The 2011 average is on track to be the lowest annual rating of Congress in Gallup’s history,” wrote Gallup’s Frank Newport in a memo on the results.

Just in case you missed it, take a look at the chart that quantifies the American public's opinion of Congress.  It's a sad state of affairs when the popularity of Congress fails below the idea of the U. S. going Communist and ties with the popularity of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan president.  I wonder why Congress doesn't do something different.  Doesn't the poll indicate a lack of confidence in their ability to govern? I guess they think they'll be re-elected anyway, but time will tell.

Source: The Fix Blog; Washington Post; Ezra Klein's Wonkbook

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

I'm Not Disappointed in President Obama

This 6-minute video is a MUST-SEE! This gentleman quietly, decisively, and succinctly sums up why President Barack Obama is the epitome of "Promises Made and Promises Kept" and why some progressives and liberals are misguided in their expectations and criticisms of the POTUS.

Thanks to BlackLiberalBoomer for sharing the information about the clip.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A "Lazy" Lie From Romney and Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry
Devin Dwyer, ABC News calls out Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry for his ad that distorts President Obama's comments:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes President Obama to task in a new TV ad for recently suggesting — in Perry’s words — that “Americans are lazy.”
“Can you believe that? That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That’s pathetic,” Perry says in the spot that’s airing in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The only problem: the full context of Obama’s remarks made Saturday during a meeting of CEOs in Honolulu indicates he wasn’t suggesting that at all.
Boeing CEO James McNerney asked Obama about his thinking on the perception by some countries of “impediments to investment” in the U.S.
Obama replied that “we’ve been a little bit lazy” about actively trying to attract private foreign investors to U.S. soil — referring broadly to American government and business sectors, not the American people themselves.

Obama’s comments in full:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Loose Lips Sink Ships-Sarkozy/Obama Quips

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and US President Barack Obama walk together during arrivals for the G20 summit in Cannes, France on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Yann Le Guernigou, Reuters, reports on the following incident from the G-20 Summit:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes.
"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.
"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Herman Cain-Another "High Tech Lynching" ???

Sharon Bialek and Atty. Gloria Allred
ZerIina Mawell offered an interesting perspective in The Grio about the Herman Cain sexual allegations,  his accusers, and history.
Four women have accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment but this is the first one to show her face publicly since Politico broke the story in October.
And her face is white.

Fourth Woman Accuses Herman Cain

Cain 's Fourth Accuser Sharon Bialek
A fourth woman has accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment--this time in public.
Holly Bailey, The Ticket, reported the details related by Sharon Bialek:
Sharon Bialek told reporters in a press conference Monday that Cain groped her and exhibited "sexually inappropriate" behavior toward her when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.
Bialek, a former NRA employee who worked for the association in between 1996 and 1997, said the encounter occurred shortly after she was laid off from the group's education fund in July 1997.
She said she had approached Cain for help in looking for a new job and had traveled to Washington, D.C., where she had dinner with the then-NRA head. She told reporters that upon her arrival in D.C. she discovered that Cain had secretly upgraded her hotel room to a suite.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Clinton's New Book-Messages to President Obama

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton laugh together at the Kennedy Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

The 42nd president offers his observations on the state of the country in his new book “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.”
In addition, Clinton shares his views on the pluses and minuses of Obama's presidency to date.
The short version follows:
  • Clinton criticises Obama for the debt ceiling crisis indicating Obama should have raises the debt ceiling during his first two years when the Democrats had control of Congress.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Republicans Say No to Infrastructure Bill...Again

Democrats have been trying to move Obama’s American Jobs Act forward plank by plank, without much success, since the Senate blocked the package in its entirety last month.
The Senate shot down another piece of President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill Thursday, as a stalemated Congress goes through the motions of attempting legislation to spur economic growth largely as a mechanism to allow each party to blame the other for the failure to act.
The chamber failed to advance a measure to spend $50 billion on highway, rail, transit and airport improvements and another $10 billion as seed money for an infrastructure bank designed to spark private investment in construction. The vote was 51 to 49 in favor, but the measure needed 60 votes to proceed to a full debate.
All 47 Senate Republicans joined Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) in opposing the Obama infrastructure measure, which would have been funded with a 0.7 percent surtax on those making more than a million dollars a year.
“It makes no sense when you consider that this bill was made up of the same kinds of common-sense proposals that many of these Senators have fought for in the past. It was fully paid for,” Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.
The Senate had already blocked another element of the plan that would have provided $35 billion in aid to states to hire teachers and first responders. Democrats have indicated they will ask the Senate to vote on other pieces of the plan, including extending a payroll tax holiday for workers and benefits for the unemployed, and offering new tax incentives to businesses to hire veterans and the long-term unemployed.
Also Thursday, Democrats joined to block a separate Republican proposal to extend the government’s highway spending authority for the next two years and roll back some environmental regulations. A procedural motion to advance the measure was rejected 53 to 47. The current highway spending authority will lapse in February.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween at the White House


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offer treats to trick-or-treaters October 29, 2011 to celebrate Halloween on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC.
Trick-or-treaters from capital area elementary schools and children of military families enjoyed the Halloween decorations and festivities.Treats include White House M&Ms, sweet dough butter cookies baked by White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and a serving of dried fruit.

Children from military families also have been invited to attend a special Halloween party inside the White House on Saturday evening.

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Ann Coulter: "Our Blacks Are Better Than Their Blacks"

Politico drew swift right-wing fire for its Sunday article on Cain, which alleged that two female employees had accused him of sexual harassment in the 1990s. Ann Coulter continued the conservative criticism of Politico for its article on Herman Cain during an appearance on Monday's "Hannity."

Coulter brought things back to race, saying that some women had been quick to forgive Bill Clinton for his sexual transgressions, but were attacking Herman Cain. "If you are a conservative black, they will believe the most horrible sexualized fantasies of these uptight white feminists," she said.

Hannity wondered why liberals were, in his words, so "threatened" by Cain. Coulter was blunt in her response.

Outrage Over Republican Email With Obama Zombie Graphic

Top Republicans in Virginia are strongly condemning a Halloween-themed graphic circulated by a local GOP committee Monday that depicted President Obama as a zombie with a gunshot wound to his head.
The depiction of President Obama as a "zombie" with a bullet hole in his forehead was part of the illustration in email sent to members of the Loudoun County Republican committee asking them to help decorate a float for the Halloween parade in Leesburg. The image, featured on the email header, included photos of a disfigured House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a throng of flesh-hungry zombie Obama supporters.