President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama will make his first official trip to Kenya in July. The White House said he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by business leaders, governments and international organizations.

Obama visited Kenya as a senator but never as the president.

President Obama’s father was born in Kenya and had returned there shortly after his birth. He died more than 30 years ago.

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

President Obama is set to visit Jamaica in April, the Jamaica Observer reports. The newspaper reports, “Obama is scheduled to attend a meeting in Kingston on April 9, after which he will leave for Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas that will be held over April 10 – 11.”

Rudy Giuliani Playing Victim After Getting Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

The right wing can dish it but they can’t take it. Rudy Giuliani is now playing the victim after his office allegedly received death threats over the despicable comments he made about President Obama not loving America and not being raised the same way as he and others. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

Giuliani doubled down, well, more like flailing to stay afloat. The latest is that he is saying Obama was introduced to communism at age nine. I didn’t realize Rudy Giuliani grew up with the president. So much for Giuliani’s reputation as “America’s Mayor.” That legacy is now in tatters.

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn't Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

Rudy Giuliani is using that old, tired and failed line that President Obama doesn’t love America. Yes, we see where that got the Republican Party in 2012 — Obama beat Mitt Romney by a landslide.

Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Republicans Upset Over Obama’s Slavery Comments at Prayer Breakfast

Republicans Upset Over President Obama's Slavery Comments

Republicans Upset Over President Obama’s Slavery Comments (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Republicans are upset over President Obama’s slavery comments during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Um, what’s new?

President Obama said:  “Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Maybe President Obama’s comments are a little over the top when taken in the context of the ISIS atrocities, but America still cannot just ignore the darkest period in its history.

Did President Obama Really Snub France by Being a No-Show at Rally?

Did President Obama Really Snub France by Being a No-Show at Rally?

Did President Obama Really Snub France by Being a No-Show at Rally? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Did President Obama really snub France by being a no-show at the Paris peace march in response to the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket? The freak-out is hitting a fever pitch. I will admit, it looks bad. Really bad. Considering the French are our allies. I don’t understand why Attorney General Eric Holder chose to skip the rally even though he was in Paris? Viens mec!

Vice President Joe Biden, at the very least, should have been dispatched to Paris. He showed up for the funeral of fallen NYPD police officer Rafael Ramos, to show that the Obama administration stands with the NYPD. Why not show that the Obama Administration stands with France? I won’t go as far as to say President Obama should have gone because there could have been some real security concerns. But he could have dispatched Eric Holder, Secretary of State John Kerry and VP Joe Biden to stand in for the U.S.

The Obama Administration opted instead to send US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley. No disrespect to Ms. Hartley, but she was an Obama campaign bundler, which isn’t akin to a high level diplomat. Collecting $800,000 in campaign donations doesn’t make her an expert on foreign affairs.

Here’s another take from Politico:

Indeed, Obama’s public reactions to the attacks in Paris last week have been muted. His initial response Wednesday to the killing of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices was delivered as he sat calmly in an armchair in the Oval Office speaking about the “cowardly” acts and defending freedom of the press. Two days later, as a gunman took hostages and went on to kill four people in a kosher grocery, Obama took a few seconds away from a community college proposal rollout in Tennessee because he said with events unfolding, “I wanted to make sure to comment on them” — but neither then nor afterward specifically condemned that attack.

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Miller said he could see only two explanations for not sending the president, vice president or even first lady Michelle Obama to Paris: either that there was a deep terror threat, or that Obama might be secretly planning a larger event with NATO allies — bigger than the visit that British Prime Minister David Cameron (who was in Paris Sunday) will be making to the White House at the end of the week. But there’s no sign of such an event being organized, and Miller said there’s no reason to believe one is coming.

Hilarious: President Obama Wears a Tiara While Posing with Girl Scouts

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara (Photo Credit: White House.gov)

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara in a photograph snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Don’t go nuts. Here’s the explanation Souza also posted:

This is from the annual White House Science Fair. The kids from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, convinced the President to wear a tiara with them for their group photo. The girls had exhibited a Lego flood proof bridge project.

President Obama’s Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Action

President Obama's Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Actions

President Obama’s Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Actions (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

CNN/ORC Poll:  President Obama’s approval rating jumps to 48% after unilateral actions to restart diplomatic relations with Cuba and on his immigration reform plan.

Improving views of the economy have helped hike President Barack Obama’s approval rating to a 20-month high, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Tuesday, as markets climbed to record levels at news of an economy in overdrive.

More Americans still disapprove of the job Obama is doing as President. But at 48%, Obama’s approval rating is at its highest point in CNN polling since May 2013.

The gains were driven by newfound backing among women, independents and millennials — groups where Obama’s approval numbers jumped 10 percentage points from a month ago.

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The approval jump follows a late-quarter jolt in Obama’s governing agenda, which gained momentum after unilateral actions on immigration and relations with Cuba. Separate surveys have showed those moves popular among the American people.

BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again

BLINDSIDED:  President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again

BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — President Obama has outplayed the Republicans once again. They were blindsided with the announcement Wednesday morning that the U.S. was moving forward to improve relations with Cuba after an ineffective embargo. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were blindsided. Say what ever you want, Cuba will be as much on the ballot in 2016 as immigration reform.

The usual chorus of Republican naysayers were livid. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is expected to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election, blasted President Obama as the “worst negotiator in modern U.S. history.” He’s even challenging Pope Francis on Obama’s new Cuba policy. I am sure Rubio can walk in the shoes of the pontiff, right?

Marco Rubio:  “I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican’s its own state, but very nearby.” “My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy. The Cuban people are the only people in this hemisphere that have not been able to elect a leader in more than 55 or 60 years. That’s outrageous.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, “First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba — this is one more very, very bad deal brokered by the Obama Administration” (check out his Fox News interview: youtu.be/Rkoa3y8Kr-c). It’s comical to hear he and Rubio rant over Obama’s Cuba policy considering their fathers and Rubio’ s mother, hail from the Communist country. Gee, I wonder if Ted Cruz thinks we don’t know how his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, engaged in bribery to leave Cuba and came to the U.S.? He and Rubio have a lot of chutzpa. He must be besides himself since he got a double whammy — his birth country, Canada, played a role in brokering the deal, along with Pope Francis.

First President Obama out-maneuvered the Republicans with the executive order for his immigration plan, then they had no choice but to pass the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus, leaving Obamacare and his immigration plan in tact (well, until February 2015), confirmed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, as well as a slew of other nominees, including 12 district court judges, cementing his judicial legacy. Days later, wham, the new Cuba policy. O-man is on a roll.

House Speaker John Boehner had a lot to say: “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner. There is no ‘new course’ here, only another in a long line of mindless concessions to a dictatorship that brutalizes its people and schemes with our enemies. If anything, this emboldens all state sponsors of terrorism, as they now have an even better idea of what the president meant when he once told Russian leaders he would have ‘more flexibility’ after his re-election. We have seen this before, and I fear we will see it again. Despite these reservations about the president’s changes in our policy toward this communist regime, we all feel great joy and relief for Alan Gross and his family. Americans do not forget our own, and we speak out today because we have a moral responsibility not to forget anyone anywhere who longs for liberty and dignity.” Um, can you say “Oh China?”

Sen. Mitch McConnell had even less to say, echoing Marco Rubio’s talking points:  “Sounds like the correct response to me. I think he knows more about this than almost anybody in the Senate if not everybody in the Senate and I wouldn’t differ with his characterization.”

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge those Republicans who are receptive to thawing relations with Cuba. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “was on the plane back from Cuba with Alan Gross  and said he’ll sponsor legislation to “vastly expand American travel to Cuba,” MSNBC reports.  Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) also said he will introduce a similar bill in the House. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is the incoming House Oversight Committee chairman, “publicly expressed support” for President Obama’s Cuba policy.

Of course, the new policy doesn’t signal a close relationship akin to the U.S. and Great Britain, but it does signal a new start. Technically, Congress would need to lift the embargo on Cuba, but President Obama has some latitude to “chip away at at the effectiveness of the sanctions, making it easier for people to travel or trade with Cuba,” The Hill reports. The reality is that the majority of Americans want to reestablish relations with Cuba, but lawmakers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz can’t seem to understand that. Besides, it will be a boon for baseball and business interests, including technology companies and the travel industry.

The reality is President Obama is causing chaos in the Republican Party, right in time for the 2016 presidential election. I can’t wait to see the GOP clown car pull up for the presidential debates. It promises to be quite funny. Get the popcorn ready. Obama isn’t going out with a whimper. Just ask Russia President Vladimir Putin, his country is feeling the effects of the sanctions imposed by Obama, which many Republicans claimed were weak. Um, the ruble is in a freefall….

Sony Lawyer Demands Media Stop Posting Data Leaked By Hackers

Sony Lawyer Demands Media Stop Posting Data Leaked By Hackers

Sony Lawyer Demands Media Stop Posting Data Leaked By Hackers

SONY EMAIL SCANDAL:  Newly hired Sony Entertainment lawyer David Boies is demanding that news organizations stop running stories on “stolen” data released by hackers.

In a letter to media outlets, Boies asked that the “stolen information” be destroyed.

Sony has suffered a PR nightmare after racist emails about President Obama were exchanged by co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. TriStar executive Tom Rothman also sent an email blasting Will Smith’s children, Willow and Jaden, over an interview they gave the New York Times. Angelina Jolie was also called a “spoiled brat” in one of the emails.

In the sharply worded letter, Boies wrote the studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use” of the information. The letter was sent to the legal department of media organizations.