Of all the people I would have expected to speak out on the subject of campus coddling — that new trend of protecting our precious little butterflies, who are legally adults but psychologically stunted, from any opinion that dares to disagree with their own — it would not have been President Obama.
After all, campus coddling favors liberals by insisting that nothing that so much as tarnishes the closed, American, college student mind with potential disagreement, and that anything that prevents a competing worldview to the progressive is systematically eliminated from public discourse, thus rendering every last rising adult a ward of the public university they pay thousands to for education.
"It’s not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side. And that’s a problem, too," Obama said during a town hall on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.
While in Alaska, President Obama caught up with survivalist Bear Grylls, because why not.
Although the President did not undergo Grylls's typical hazing maneuver, forcing his companions to drink their own urine (though, to be fair, there was a WeThePeople.gov petition that got almost the required threshold number of signatures to require a White House response), he did manage to learn at least one survival skill during his short time fifty feet away from his handlers under the watchful eye of the Presidential doctor and the Secret Service: how to turn bear leftovers into a decent wilderness meal.
You really do need to see it to believe it.
Technically, summer's over. I mean, my Facebook timeline is packed to the gills with "back to school" photos that children clearly don't want to take but their parents see as necessary to catalogue, lest the kids one day require proof they went to third grade. But the boundaries of reality are never enough to stop President Obama from doing things like, inking nuclear deals with Iran or buying high-waisted denim, so why shouldn't the President's Spotfiy playlist be released on the last full weekend of beach season?
President Obama has finally ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff in memory and honor of the five servicemen killed last week in Chattanooga. The U.S. Capitol flags were lowered earlier this morning.
The President also issued a statement:
Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.
The move comes after much criticism over the past five days, noting that the White House had lowered the flags for other shooting victims, including those who perished at Ft. Hood, and for a number of celebrities, including Whitney Houston.
Last Thursday, four Marines and a US Navy Petty Officer were murdered in a shocking attack of domestic terrorism, when a gunman opened fire first on a military recruitment center and then at a military base, where he was shot dead in a firefight with police. Authorities have released the name of the shooter, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, but have yet to formally determine a motive. They are focusing on Abdulazeez's diary, a text message he sent to a friend before he began his shooting spree, and a trip that Abdulazeez took to Jordan last year, as well as Abdulazeez's history with depression and alleged physical abuse.
Somehow, the American contingent negotiating with the Iranians missed a very important aspect of America's interest in recreating Iran as a friend: getting four Americans, held by the Iranians on trumped-up charges, including one WaPo reporter, the hell out of the country before they're "convicted." Yesterday, when Major Garrett dared to ask the President why he'd managed to eek out a terrible deal with the Iranians while ignoring his own countrymen, President Obama threw a small, public tantrum, like a two year old who has just been told he can't have an entire box of Swedish Fish for dinner, claiming that he couldn't negotiate for prisoners while also negotiating over nukes.
Not really true, but okay.
It was wheels up this morning for Michelle Obama as she undertakes a First Lady goodwill mission to Europe with her two daughters and her mother. The White House has not provided an agenda for the trip, which will take the group through the UK and Italy, but will include the 2015 Expo Milano, an international Worlds Fair of food centered around Italian products that is basically the best thing anyone has encountered in the history of ever. If you're keeping count, this is vacation number 40 for the First Lady.
Before she took off, however, she got quite the send-off from her husband and 499 of her closest friends. This weekend, as you were slogging out your storm drains and mowing the lawn down to a manageable level, the Obamas were enjoying a private concert and event featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and Prince.
Almost a year ago, the President stood in front of America following a breakdown of strategy in Syria, dressed in a tan suit - even though tan suits are reserved only for tropical climates and men with cell phone holsters and yellow Corvettes - and assured us that he was working on a way to upend ISIS. He had a couple of rounds of golf to get off his plate and then he was going to get right to it.
Here we are a year later and the G7 has made handling the threat of ISIS a hot topic - especially now that Europe has felt the sting of terrorist attacks. The President, speaking on the subject this morning, wanted to make sure everyone knows that he's, well...he's still working on it.
This afternoon, President Obama participated in a Discovery Education "virtual field trip," where he discussed current events with middle school students in person and via livestream from a middle school in Washington, D.C.
He found out the hard way that, while the media may tolerate his long-winded answers that say quite a bit while also saying basically nothing, ten to 12 year olds are not as forgiving. The panel's middle school moderator, Osman Yahya, an adorable, bespectacled kid whose achievements earned him the right to question the President, was a more professional political moderator than almost anyone who's hosted the President in the past.
Behold, the deft with which young Osman tells the President, as politely as possible, to please wrap it up after the Commander in Chief had rambled on for several minutes about his approach to writer's block, something a man with a team of speechwriters wouldn't be very familiar with.