Barack Obama

White House Lowers Flags to Half Staff for Chattanooga Victims

By on 7.21.15 | 1:32PM

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. 

After Chattanooga Shooting, Obama Hits Links, NYC

By on 7.20.15 | 1:17PM

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

Major Garrett: ‘It Struck a Nerve.”

By on 7.16.15 | 11:50AM

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.

Barack Obama’s Weekend Was Better Than Yours

By on 6.15.15 | 3:03PM

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.

Obama Admin Still Working on ISIS Strategy

By on 6.8.15 | 3:21PM

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.

 

Kid Cuts Off Barack Obama, Says He’s Heard Enough

By on 4.30.15 | 3:33PM

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.

Barack Obama Thanks Japan for Anime, Emoji in Preparation for State Dinner

By on 4.28.15 | 4:32PM

Although we may be still considering what impact today's events in the waters just off of Iran will have on our larger foreign policy agenda, the White House is continuing its hapless diplomatic strategy unabated.

Today, as the White House prepares for the Obamas' eighth state dinner - a soire in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - the President had some kind words at a joing press conference, thanking Japan for all of its important contributions to world culture, including Karate, anime, emoji and karaoke.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that, among other things, the arrival of Japan’s official delegation is an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural contributions to the United States, like karaoke and emojis.

“Today is also a chance for Americans, especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan. Like karate and karaoke,” Obama said to laughter during remarks at an arrival ceremony with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis,” he added.

President Obama Speaks on Baltimore, Blames…Republicans?

By on 4.28.15 | 4:12PM

I'm honestly surprised it took 72 hours for the narrative to play out this way. That seems like an inordinantly long time for this particular President to take to blame the opposing party - which has been doing an excellent job, of late, proving that it was Harry Reid who was the cornerstone of the do-nothing Congress - for the systemic violence that has plaugued the city of Baltimore since late last week. Of course, we do have to give him a slight berth; after all, Saturday was the White House Correspondents Dinner, Sunday was the first real "golf outside" day of the year, and he's got a very special State Dinner tonight to prepare for.

Thankfully, though, he hadn't forgotten his one official obligation. And today, in his speech, he made clear that the reason the citizens of Baltimore are rioting out of control is - wait for it - because Republicans have failed to pass his legislative agenda.

The Obamas Might Abandon Chicago for New York

By on 3.27.15 | 12:13PM

Although Rahm Emanuel has pulled well ahead of challenger Chuy Garcia in the Chicago mayoral race (the last poll had him with a comfortable 15 point lead, but still without the 50% necessary to win), with a whopping 18% still undecided and a quesstionable debate performance last night, nothing is guaranteed - which might explain why the President seems less sure about his post-tenure plans. Without his former advisor in charge, there's no guarantee he'll be showered by the love and affection he expects from his waiting public.

According to reports, the fact that the Obama library still hasn't landed a permanent location points to an unsettling rumor that the Obamas will be trading their precious palace in Chicago for a home in midtown Manhattan.

Obama Might Have Purchased the House from Magnum P.I.

By on 3.20.15 | 11:52AM

Now, obviously, you're all going to whine "why am I covering something so dumb? Aren't children starving in Asia? Isn't Katy Perry probably pregnant? Why aren't you devoting your precious time and energy to these world-altering things?" Besides having been a political gossip blogger for five years, this issue, America, is really important to me.

I love Magnum P.I. and Barack Obama is about to ruin it for me. And frankly, it is an insult to everything I hold dear, including but not limited to, Mr. Tom Selleck's glorious 1980s mustache, which he wore with great aplomb as he tooled around Hawaii solving mysteries and generally just making hot pants on dudes a thing. Magnum, P.I. set the standard in my life for all men to live up to. Which is why I married a guy with a huge collection of Aloha shirts. Just short of a year ago, I completed one of my bucket list missions and saw T.C.'s chopper in action, taking off across the beach at Turtle Bay and it was possibly the greatest moment of my life.

So you will understand why this is personal.

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