President Obama: “Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong”

President Obama:  "Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong"

President Obama: “Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong” (Photo Credit: RT Video Screengrab)

President Obama delivers his seventh State of the Union address and wasted no time in highlighting the falling unemployment rates, falling gas prices and the end of combat in Afghanistan. President Obama said, “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

He unveiled a new initiative:  “I’m launching a new nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes.”

Here’s an excerpt of the SOTU speech:

At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?

Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?

Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another — or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?

In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. And in the months ahead, I’ll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas.

So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us.

It begins with our economy.

Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way.

They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

“If only we had known,” Rebekah wrote to me last spring, “what was about to happen to the housing and construction market.” As the crisis worsened, Ben’s business dried up, so he took what jobs he could find, even if they kept him on the road for long stretches of time. Rebekah took out student loans, enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed for each other. And slowly, it paid off. They bought their first home. They had a second son, Henry. Rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. Ben is back in construction — and home for dinner every night.

“It is amazing,” Rebekah wrote, “what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.”

We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. America, Rebekah and Ben’s story is our story. They represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped, and sacrificed, and retooled. You are the reason I ran for this office. You’re the people I was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when I stood on the steps of this Capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. And it’s been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger.

We believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. And over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce

Mike Huckabee Blasts Obamas for Allowing Daughters to Listen to Beyonce (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is up to his self-righteous ranting against. He blasted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for allowing their daughters, Sasha and Malia, to listen to Beyonce.

Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things — and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyonce.”

 

With all the atrocities taking place in the world, it speaks volumes that Mike Huckabee could go after the First Family for something so ridiculous. I guess former president George W. Bush’s daughters’ barhopping ways were A-OK for Mike Huckabee. It’s just the uppity black family that’s the problem

As much as one can’t stand Beyonce and others, like Justin Bieber, they are afforded the right to freedom of expression. Huckabee is promoting his book “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” in which he blasted Jay Z for going from a husband to a pimp in making his wife a sex object.

 

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

BOOM…

Once again President Obama caught Congressional Republicans off-guard with yet another plan — two years of free community college education for “anybody who’s willing to work for it.”

President Obama said, “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.”

Of course, the usual chorus of do-nothing Republicans will call Obama an “elitist” and a “Socialist” for wanting the best for Americans.  The proposal will need to be approved by Congress, so we will see how this plays out. All I can say is President Obama has the Republicans on offensive once again. Um, so much for their victory lap, which has been mired by Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s connection with ex-KKK grand wizard David Duke.

Here’s more from the White House:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President’s new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama’s new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce — all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

 

Rudy Giuliani to Obama: Rev. Al Sharpton “Poster Boy for Hating the Police”

Rudy Giuliani to Obama: Rev. Al Sharpton Poster Boy for Hating the Police

Rudy Giuliani to Obama: Rev. Al Sharpton Poster Boy for Hating the Police

Ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani tells President Obama: “You make Reverend Al Sharpton a close adviser, you are going to turn the police in America against you.”

Giuliani, who appeared on “Face the Nation,” dismissed Al Sharpton as a “poster boy for hating the police.”

Major Garrett, who sat in as host of FTN, confronted Giuliani about the Washington Post fact check that his recent comments about President Obama’s suppossed anti-police propaganda got four Pinocchios. Instead of manning up and taking his comments back, Giuliani doubled down and blamed Al Sharpton.

Giuliani suggested that Al Sharpton has visited the White House “80-85 times” and is often “sitting next to him” when he discussses police issues. He said “actions speak louder than words” and that Sharpton’s relationship with President Obama is part of that rhetoric.

Wow, old habits die hard. Rudy Giuliani was never one to admit that he’s wrong. Kinda hypocritical of him to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio apologize to the cops.

After North Korea Called Obama a “Monkey” Their Internet, Mobile Networks Were Shut Down

After North Korea Calls Obama a "Monkey" Their Internet, Mobile Networks Were Shut Down

After North Korea Called Obama a “Monkey” Their Internet, Mobile Networks Were Shut Down (Photo Credit: White House.gov/Pete Souza)

After North Korea called President Obama a “monkey” and blamed him for Sony releasing “The Interview,” their Internet and mobile networks went down. That’s instant service. Here’s more on North Korea’s racist attack on President Obama from BBC:

In a statement issued on Saturday, North Korea’s NDC spokesman denounced the US for screening the “dishonest and reactionary movie hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [North Korea] and agitating terrorism”.

President Obama, the statement said, “is the chief culprit who forced the Sony Pictures Entertainment to indiscriminately distribute the movie”, blackmailing cinemas in the US.

NBC News reports “Analysts at global Internet performance firm Dyn Research also reported that North Korea appeared to be suffering another countrywide online blackout. ‘This time, there wasn’t the hours of routing instability that presaged the outage like last time,” said Doug Madory, Dyn’s director of Internet analysis. “If an outside force took it down again, it did it more efficiently than the previous incident.’”

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.

[…]

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.

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama's Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is there trouble ahead for President Obama’s immigration action? A federal court in Pennsylvania has declared aspects of his executive order unconstitutional.

Washington Post:  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals.  As a consequence,  Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.

This is the first judicial opinion to address Obama’s decision to expand deferred action for some individuals unlawfully present in the United States. [I’ve now posted the opinion here.]

Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

Scott Rudin Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Emails About President Obama

SONY EMAIL SCANDAL: Producer Scott Rudin issued an apology for his racist emails that surfaced last night after a trove of hacked private emails between he and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairwoman Amy Pascal were released. They named black-themed films that President Obama might like.

 Rudin made the point in this morning’s New York Times about this hacking breach was a criminal act, when he was asked about other hacked e-mails between the producer and Pascal referencing the movie on Apple’s Steve Jobs. Here, Rudin said he simply wanted to apologize.

“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told Deadline. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.” Source: Deadline

The racially insensitive emails about President Obama prove one thing — no matter how far we have come as a country, we still haven’t overcome.

Here’s some of what Scott Rudin said about President Obama:

On the eve of a fundraising breakfast being attended by the President at the home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Pascal and Rudin went over things she could discuss with Obama while at the event in October 2013.

‘Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?’ Pascal asks Rudin, a reference to the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained that dealt with the subject of slavery in the antebellum South.

’12 years,’ responds Rudin, referencing another slavery film, this time Steve McQueen’s 2013 Academy Award-winning work 12 Years a Slave, a very violent and brutal look at the injustice and abuse endured by the millions forced into slavery in America.

The pair then keep going, listing as many current films starring black actors as they can name, including Lee Daniels’ The Butler and two Kevin Hart movies, Think Like a Man and Ride Along.

‘I bet he likes Kevin Hart,’ says Rudin at one point.  Source: Daily Mail

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama's Daughters Dressed for "Bar"

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) apologized for attacking Sasha and Malia Obama for not “showing a little class” and not dressing “like you deserve respect and not a spot at the bar” during their appearance at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony.

Here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant which was later deleted [H/T The Root’s Yesha Callahan]:

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama's Daughters Dressed for "Bar"

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Lauten later issued a fake apology:

I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart. Furthermore, I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience. Source: Gawker

Um, she didn’t need advice from her parents and prayers to figure out that you don’t pick on kids, ages 13 and 16, who are just being who they truly are — TEENAGERS. Shameful to try to attack them as bar slags particularly since George W. Bush’s daughters’ numerous bar trips.