I know the presser is a 100-day marker. But the WHCD was such a stark contrast. It’s definitely back to the somber stuff today. Brief mention of the WHCD at the start, but Syria is the lead. Obama still unclear on what the U.S. should do. And even support efforts announced today seem to be a token gesture. A delicate fluid situation.
President was more clear on the sequester and defining the dysfunctional government and putting blame on Congress and its failure to do its job.
“It’s not my job to get them to behave,” said the president.
Obama’s example of the FAA instance exposed the short-sighted nature of the GOP. All it’s done is borrow money from airport improvements in the future, which hurts the U.S. long term. Obama said the best strategy is to address issues through a broader deal.
Obama mentioned a “permission structure,” that may allow those scared of their political base to reach compromise on budget issues.
It was as blunt and detailed an answer, of the conseqeunces of sequester and how it has hurt the country. No pussyfooting here.
“We are using our seed corn, short term.And the only reason we’re doing it is because right now we have some folks unwilling to make some simple changes to our tax code, for example to close loopholes that aren’t adding to our competitiveness and aren’t helping middle-class families,” said the president. “There are common sense solutions to our problems right now. I cannot force Republicans to embrace those common sense solutions. I can urge them to, I can put pressure on them, I can rally the American people around those common sense solutions. But ultimately they themselves are going to have to say we want to do the right thing.”
The president indicated he understood Congress’ political dilemma. “It’s tough,” he said. “Their base thinks that compromise with me is somehow a betrayal. They’re worried about primaries. And I understand all that, and we’re going to do everything we can to create a permission structure for them to do what’s best for the country. But it’s going to take some time.”
Permission structure? Does he mean political cover so that conservatives can hide behind a tough vote?
The president also weighed in on what is could be the signature accomplishment of this term: Immigration.
The president praised the Gang of Eight’s efforts, saying it may not have been what he would have done, but it did meet the criteria: Border safety, strong employer provisions, improvements to the current bureaucracy, and that pathway to citizenship.
Obama praised the pathway as one where people can earn the right to legalize their status over time.
But that’s one of the contentious issues in the plan.
Obama said he’s open-minded. He’ll need to be. Already some House members have said they don’t want a big package but would rather take up the issue piece meal.
Sound precarious? It is. And this is the President’s best issue going forward.
Obama was almost out the door when he came back to the podium to discuss Jason Collins’ coming out statement.
Said the President:
“Yeah, I’ll say something about Jason Collins. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man, and, you know, I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him. You know, one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.
And, you know, given the importance of sports in our society, for an individual who’s excelled at the highest levels in one of major sports go ahead and say, this is who I am, I’m proud of it, I’m still a great competitor, I’m still seven feet tall and can bang with Shaq and, you know, deliver a hard foul — and for, you know, a lot of young people out there who, you know, are — are — are, you know, gay or lesbian, who are struggling with these issues, to see a role model like that who’s unafraid, I think it’s a great thing. And I think America should be proud that this is just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly. And everybody’s part of a — part of a family, and we judge people on the basis of their character and their performance, and not their sexual orientation.”
That was a question the president was glad to answer.
See my latest at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.
Maybe Mitt Romney was scared that the campaign had gone all foreign policy-oriented because of that anti-Arab internet video that he secretly was yearning for some other video to change the dynamics of the campaign.
But the video he had in mind was something like the polished one he did that aired this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
At one point on this tape, Romney responded to a question about his ability, or lack thereof, of being empathetic with the American people.
On tape, Romney is like his hair. Perfect. He brings up being pastor of his church. And then he mentions his wife’s MS, implying how it shows his compassion. Ann talked earlier about Mitt’s “good heart.”
That’s the Romney message.
Instead Romney has to deal with that “other tape,” the “47 percent” tape secretly recorded at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser in Boca Raton. It’s got the political class buzzing. And you should be buzzing about it too.
It shows the real Romney as he dishes the high rollers some GOP red-meat.
Said Romney on THAT tape:
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
Did he just throw more than half the American public under the food truck?
Later in California yesterday after Romney’s 47 percent comments were leaked, Romney appeared with hairs out-of-place, at a media opportunity where he tried to explain the remarks away saying he was just “speaking off the cuff.”
Sort of like Clint Eastwood at the RNC?
Romney didn’t apologize but clarified that he was showing the difference between those who want a “government centered society” vs. the one he wants –“a free enterprise, free individual society, where people pursuing their dreams are able to employ one another, build enterprises, build the strongest economy in the world.”
The tape really is Romney.
Romney is the guy who says no to you at the bank.
He’s the guy who gets his by living off others’ misery.
He’s the guy who makes conservatives yearn for a Bush. Any Bush. For cover.
What should be abundantly clear by now is that Romney’s perfect for a private corporation.
Just not for a United States that’s struggling to get back on its feet.
This is the man who wants to be the nation’s top public servant?
At one point in the secret tape, he attempts to show humor as he mentions his father being born to American parents in Mexico:
“Had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better chance of winning this, but he was not,” Romney said.
Too bad. Then Democrats could be birthers too.
Romney finished off wistfully, saying “It would be helful to be Latino.”
Maybe. But then as the polls show, he would probably be voting for Obama.
Ann Romney never worked a day in her life.
Let me rectify that.
Ann, I ‘ve got some light filing you can do. And I can pay you the San Francisco living minimum wage even (much higher than what they pay in Utah, or Massachusetts, or Michigan, or wherever you domicile these days). You’ll get the experience you need to counteract all those mean Democrats who’ve gone over your resume and don’t think you can survive a finger nail break.
I think my job would be a better defense for you than your current surrogates. Like last night, there was Sarah Palin defending you on Hannity’s show, saying how you did have a job—raising five children.
Come on, Ann. I know you contracted out some of that job. I’ve met one of your nannies (on a plane in buisness class) and she said you were a nice employer. But I think she did all the heavy lifting in that job.
That’s all right. You can start for me hourly.
Call it my attempt at some affirmative action for rich, white women who just can’t seem to catch a break these days.
I’ve got your back!
Super Tuesday means we’ll get a taste of what real red-meat Americans think politically.
And it’s likely to be scary.
After Michigan, where Romney barely won his home state, there’s less passion for the GOP, and more passion to get the president. In other words, it’s less about Mitt, not at all about Santorum, but all about “Getting Obama.”
It’s not exactly civil.
You don’t think birthers in the Super Tuesday states just packed up their tents and went away, did you?
Bet you didn’t know some of the biggest supporters of illegal immigration are conservatives.
Well, of course, they hire them. But check out my blog at www.aaldef.org/blog and see how Perry has divided his party.
He’s his own wedge issue.
On election night, John Boehner gave his speech assuming his new role as majority leader. He was talking about working in his dad’s tavern, and his lousy jobs through college. And he cried.
Me, I wanted to laugh. But censored myself.
Cut to CNN, and Anderson Cooper who asked rightward Mary Matalin what she thought of Boehner. She hesitated, then said something indicating her approval, something like “it was fabulous,” to which all the panelists LAUGHED.
Even late in the night they could spot a phony.
And then I started to cry. No tears of joy, just sadness that this country was at a unique position these last two years and failed. And was going back in reverse.
Boehner talked about working in his dad’s tavern. I remembered standing in 15 degree cold two years ago observing the Obama Inaugural at the Washington Mall. What a feeling of potential. I saw people of all stripes, standing together, hopeful that a new leader would take us in the right direction. In his address, Obama did talk about creating a new politics that would end the divisiveness and bring Americans together in a time of crisis. As I stood in the cold as if arctic camping, his words gave warmth.
But as we found it’s tough to right a fallen war ship. Obama tried. Health care reform was historic. But there was still too many people out of work. Indeed, the poor were getting poorer and the rich were getting richer. Somewhat of an anomaly, no?
So now the GOP will have its time to move us in a different direction and everything will seem a little logical. It will be totally understandable how the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer, unable even to get the lousy jobs Boehner cried over in his election night speech.
Get me to the Giants parade in San Francisco. I need a shot of positivity.
In California, things are happier. Brown is governor again. Boxer fended off Fiorina. And Meg Whitman is probably wondering if she could have built a domed stadium for the 49ers in her name with that $160 million cash she burned up in a vanity run for governor.
At least it didn’t go up in smoke like George Soros’ cash that helped fuel Prop.19, the marijuana initiative. The billions in potential revenue not enough to sway a majority. Prohibition is here to stay.
Besides, if it passed, what would the drug dealers do? Apply for government jobs?