Romney Surrogate John Sununu Apologizes for Saying He Wishes “Obama Would Learn to Be an American”

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John Sununu Apologizes for Saying He Wishes “Obama Would Learn to Be an American” (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Mitt Romney campaign high-profile surrogate John Sununu apologizes today for saying earlier in the day Tuesday that he wishes President Obama “would learn how to be an American.” It should be noted that it’s hypocritical on so many levels for John Sununu to attack Obama’s “American-ness” because he was born in Cuba of Palestinian and Greek descent.

NY Daily News:  Sununu said Obama’s rhetoric “clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea” how the American economy functions.“The men and women all over America who — who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world,” he went on.“It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” When questioned about the comment, Sununu backtracked — instead saying that Obama “has to learn the American formula for creating businesses,” ABC reported.

Um, who’s doing the apologizing? Not the Obama campaign as Mitt Romney demanded for blasting him over his tax returns and his departure date at Bain Capital. Another bad day for Mitt Romney. John Sununu went to Def-Con 1 with his slam on President Obama’s patriotism. This didn’t help the Republicans in 2008 and it won’t help them in 2012. Sununu left his term on the national stage in disgrace. He was caught using military jets for personal travel, including ski trips and dental appointments, and was pushed out of the White House. In fact, he stole $635,000 from American taxpayers like you and I. I’m sure President Obama doesn’t envy Mitt Romney’s  friends.

On MSNBC’s “Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell, Charles Blow said the Romney campaign sends Sununu, everybody’s favorite drunk uncle to attack President Obama and show the public he’s different.

Here’s the reaction to John Sununu’s comments on Twitter:

Watch John Sununu and Romney campaign echo Rush Limbaugh sentiments:

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CO National Guardsman Airline Pilot Brian Hedglin Steals Plane, Commits Suicide After Killing Ex-Girlfriend

Brian Hedglin Christina Cornejo

CO National Guardsman Airline Pilot Brian Hedglin Steals Plane, Commits Suicide After Killing Ex-Girlfriend

Skywest airline captain Brian Hedglin killed his girlfriend Christina Cornejo and stole a passenger jet in an apparent attempt to escape but crashed the jet into a terminal building and then committed suicide at the St. George Municipal Airport in Utah.

According to media reports, Brian Hedglin rode his motorcycle to the airport, scaled a razor wire fence (using a rug for protection) while the airport was closed. He then boarded a Skywest jet and drove it past a terminal building, clipping the wing, before crashing into cars in one of the parking lots. He then shot himself in the cockpit.

The body of Christina Cornejo, 39, was found by police on Friday after her family requested a welfare check. Her death was ruled as a homicide. Hedglin and Cornejo dated for four years and he was arrested in March for allegedly harassing her. Both were members of the Colorado National Guard, though Hedglin, who served part-time since 2008 as a chef, was never deployed.

15 Prominent Republicans Who Want Romney To Release More Tax Returns Now

More and more Republicans are coming out and urging Mitt Romney to release his tax returns and whether whatever firestorm will erupt now rather than closer to the elections.

Mitt Romney continues to resist pressure to turn over more tax returns. In an interview today he said he is “simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.”

The call for more information about Romney’s financial past, however, is bipartisan. A poll released today found fifty six percent of all voters, including sixty one percent of independents, think that Romney should release twelve years of returns.

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Lumberton NC Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson Fatally Shot Trying to Arrest Homicide Suspect

FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER:  Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest a homicide suspect at a local gas station in the 5000 block of Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, NC.

Officer Goodson, who was off duty, was at the gas station and recognized the subject as being wanted for homicide. He called the police department and notified other officers of the subject’s location. Another officer arrived and the two began to approach the car the subject was sitting in. The man opened fire from inside the vehicle, striking Officer Goodson in the chest. The second officer and other responding units took the man into custody. Source

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Goodson, who served with the Lumberton Police Department for six years. He is survived by his expectant wife and one child.

Bill O’Reilly: Democrats Made Black Americans ‘Dependent’ On Government for Entitlements

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is trying to sound smart again, saying the Democratic Party has made black Americans “dependent” on government entitlements. Um, remember Newt Gingrich called President Obama the “Welfare President.” Yeah, that’s Bill O’Reilly’s code word for calling Barack Obama the same thing.

During a segment on his Fox News show last night about African-American support for the Republican Party, host Bill O’Reilly asserted that the roughly 85-90 percent of African-Americans who regularly vote for Democrats only do so because Democrats have made them “dependent” on government “entitlements”:

WILLIE BROWN [FORMER SF MAYOR]: [Democrats] moved in and offered programs and policies that allowed African Americans to become incredibly dedicated and the anchor in many Democratic elections.

O’REILLY: Alright, but that’s a nice view if you’re a Democrat. But someone else would say the Democrats moved in and gave them all kinds of entitlements,making them dependent on the Democratic party and the state, which is not a good thing.

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John McCain Says Sarah Palin Was Better Vice Presidential Candidate Than Mitt Romney

More Republican Party infighting — Sen. John McCain says Sarah Palin was a better candidate than Sarah Palin and that’s why he picked her instead of Mitt Romney as his running mate in 2008. Um, that is so not true. But it’s entertaining nonetheless to see the Republicans grovel on this one.

Politico:  But on Tuesday, McCain flatly rejected that assertion [that he saw something untoward with Mitt Romney’s tax returns] and grew angry at questions over his decision to choose Palin over Romney.

“Of course not,” McCain told POLITICO when asked if the contents of Romney’s tax returns disqualified him from the selection process. “I don’t know what depths these people won’t reach. Obviously, it’s just outrageous. That’s just outrageous. It shows the – it’s so disgraceful for them to allege something that they have absolutely no knowledge of.”

Asked why he chose not to go with Romney, McCain said: “Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”

Um, this sheds light on the fact that Mitt Romney still isn’t qualified to be president since he wasn’t qualified in 2008 to be a vice presidential candidate.  John Sununu is whining that President Obama needs to learn to be an American (code word for n*gger). If this isn’t desperation then I don’t know what is. Questioning Obama’s patriotism got them nowhere in 2008 and here we go again.  I hope Mitt Romney and his surrogates keep talking and digging a deeper hole for themselves. Stay tuned, more controversy to come……

 

Ron Paul Tells Mitt Romney “Release Tax Returns”

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Ron Paul Tells Mitt Romney “Release Tax Returns” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has joined the steadily increasing drip-drip from the right calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, saying “Politically, I think that would help him. In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want,” Politico reports.

“It’s a shame. The important issue is [what] the two candidates seem to agree on. They don’t really disagree with militarism overseas, they don’t disagree with the Federal Reserve system and the bailouts, and they don’t disagree on basically whether the role of federal government is wealth redistribution through welfare. So instead, they’re talking about tax returns and that to me is so disappointing,” he said. “It’s all a charade, I think it’s all contrived to not have a debate.” Source: Politico

It’s time for Mitt Romney to just man up and release those tax returns. I don’t believe he broke the law, but he’s making it seem that he has something to hide by dancing around the issue and whining.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson Believes “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius Has ‘Unfair Advantage’

Oscar Pistorius blade runner

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson Believes “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius Has ‘Unfair Advantage’ (Drudge Report)

Is it fair that a “blade runner” is allowed to compete in the upcoming Olympics with able-bodied runners? Well, former Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson is crying foul.  South African “runner” Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete with able-bodied runners in the 400m even though he will be using “blades” to do so. Johnson said he considers the principle of disabled competitors lining up alongside those without specially developed limbs flawed.

When asked at a Times+ event whether he thought Pistorius’s inclusion was political correctness gone mad or an inspiring human story, the 44 year-old said: “I think it is both. I know Oscar well, and he knows my position; my position is that because we don’t know for sure whether he gets an advantage from the prosthetics that he wears it is unfair to the able-bodied competitors.

“That is hard for a lot of people to take and to understand when you are talking about an athlete and an individual who has a disability.”It is a great story, he is a great individual and he has been a great ambassador for athletes with a disability and for people, and how to overcome [that] and continue to strive.

“Oscar sees no limits; he has no fear when competing against able-bodied athletes. So it is hard for people to understand and to accept when you start to talk about whether or not he may have the advantage.” Source:  Telegraph

Some may call it political correctness on steroids. This will be a first and will be interesting to see how it plays out. It’s not fair to able-bodied runners and if Oscar Pretorius medals, we won’t hear the last of this debate.

Mitt Romney’s Retroactive Retirement Fallout Lives Another Day

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Mitt Romney’s Retroactive Retirement Fallout Lives Another Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney’s retroactive retirement is still creating buzz despite being first uttered on Sunday TV talk shows. I know Ed Gillespie wishes he could retroactively take those words back. Dana Milbank has a great piece on Mitt Romney and his time machine:

Retroactive retirement! It was a brilliant formulation, perhaps the greatest addition to the political lexicon since “no controlling legal authority.” And it raised tantalizing possibilities: If Romney can do it, perhaps others can go back in time to rearrange events.

George W. Bush could retroactively end his presidency on Sept. 1, 2008, before the financial collapse. Donald Rumsfeld could retroactively pull out of Iraq before the insurgency. President Obama could retroactively deny government funding for Solyndra.

Beyond politics, the Chicago Cubs could retroactively end their 2003 season before they squandered a three-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series. Disney could save $200 million by retroactively canceling production of the movie “John Carter.” Investors could retroactively skip Facebook’s IPO. Kim Kardashian could retroactively undo her wedding — or, better still, we could undo the Kardashians entirely.

In practice, retroactivity is not quite so simple. If it were, Sarah Palin would still be an obscure governor, Anthony Weiner wouldn’t have had a Twitter account, and John Edwards wouldn’t have hired a campaign videographer. Source: Washington Post

I would imagine there are a lot of things I would have liked to do retroactively such as launching this blog on WordPress instead of Blogger. Putting all jokes aside, the Romney team, including the nominee himself, need to stop squawking about being the victims of the “Chicago-style” politics. Stop whining. It’s clear Mitt Romney has been defined by the Democrats and that’s the first no-no in politics. He carpet-bombed Newt Gingrich and the Democrats are showing him the same love — “The Dark Knight Rises” to stomp on villain Bane.

From around the Internet:

Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal Constitution had this to say:

In the ’50s and ’60s, a period considered the economic heyday of a free and capitalist post-war America, George Romney paid 37 percent of his income in federal taxes.By 2010, Romney’s son paid a total of 13.9 percent of his income in federal taxes, this in an America that is supposedly well on its way to becoming a socialist state, with a confiscatory federal government intent on stealing the wealth of its highest earners.

Andrea Stone at The Huffington Post takes it from the McCain campaign perspective:

John McCain’s top campaign strategist in 2008 says that Mitt Romney’s much-discussed tax returns were not the reason that the Republican candidate chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, but he did acknowledge that Romney’s wealth played a factor in the decision.”I get the political hyperbole and all, but that’s not the way the decision was made,” Steve Schmidt told The Huffington Post. “We never sat around having a discussion about Mitt Romney’s taxes through the prism of a liability if he were chosen” for the ticket.

But he added that Romney’s wealth was seen as a liability – “Sen. McCain got caught flat-footed answering a question about how many houses he owned. In fact, they were Cindy McCain’s properties but that distinction was lost in the political optics and we knew it would be a big liability that the presidential and the vice presidential candidates together owned more than a dozen homes. It was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit. I mean, come on.”

The Dallas Morning News editorial board slams Mitt Romney:

In modern presidential politics, any candidate who doesn’t release several years of income tax returns is foolishly swimming upstream against public opinion and political common sense. Extensive disclosure of tax information is a rite of passage all candidates accept the moment they declare for the presidency.

William D. Cohen at Bloomberg raises a question few are talking about  Mitt Romney’s “magical” IRA and how it came to be bursting at seams with millions:

The most mysterious of the unexplained mysteries about Mitt Romney’s considerable wealth is how he was able to amass between $21 million and $102 million in his individual retirement account during the 15 years he was at Bain Capital LLC.How did he do it, given the relatively small amounts that the law permits to be contributed to such a plan on an annual basis? Romney has not explained this conundrum, and seeing as he wants to become president, he would be wise to start talking — if for no other reason than there might be many Americans who would like to emulate what he did.

Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post talks about the Romney train wreck:

Mitt Romney has every right to cloak his personal and professional finances in secrecy — and voters have every right to assume he has something embarrassing to hide. If this seems unfair, Romney has only himself to blame.Through a series of miscalculations, Romney has managed to turn what should have been a minor hiccup into what may be a defining moment, and not in a good way. Attacks by President Obama’s campaign serve mainly to draw attention to the train wreck.

Last night on CNN Erin Burnett hit it out of the ball park:

“It’s time, Mitt. Time to put them on the table. We all know what it is. Your taxes.”

Obama Campaign Releases New Ad, “Makes You Wonder” About Romney’s Tax Returns

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Obama Campaign Releases New Ad, “Makes You Wonder” About Romney’s Tax Returns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Obama campaign has released a new ad, “Makes You Wonder,” slamming Mitt Romney for not releasing his tax returns and asking whether he’s “paid any taxes at all” in some years:

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