Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Motives”

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: "I Didn't Intend to Question Obama's Heart"

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Heart” (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Rudy Giuliani is now sort of backtracking after being blasted for saying President Obama doesn’t love America and questioning the way he was raised. He is now saying “I didn’t intend to question” Obama’s heart. Um, you think?

Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America, nothwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart.” He added, “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how the effect may damage his performance.”

The fact is, Giuliani did attempt to question the president’s motives and the content of his heart. He said of the president, “I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.” A sincere apology would include the words, “I did not mean to say he doesn’t love America.”

“Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention … I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great,” Giuliani added.

Giuliani won’t put the outrage to bed with this op-ed. In fact, he continued to punch Obama, saying he doesn’t praise America, when in fact he has done that on many occasions. Paul Waldman notes that President Obama praises America on a regular basis. I guess that’s not enough for Giuliani, who was widely reviled by many constituents in New York City.  Here’s an excerpt from Obama’s State of the Union address in January:

… I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home.

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

By the way, the Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler collected more examples of the president expressing his love for America and praising its exceptionalism.

Ronald Reagan, who Giuliani cited in his “take-down” of Obama, also criticized America, but I guess that’s fine since he’s white and Obama is black. Paul Waldman quoted a speech Reagan delivered on in 1980 on the eve of the election:

Many of us are unhappy about our worsening economic problems, about the constant crisis atmosphere in our foreign policy, about our diminishing prestige around the globe, about the weakness in our economy and national security that jeopardizes world peace, about our lack of strong, straight-forward leadership.

The damage has already been done and Rudy Giuliani should slither back under that rock from whence he came. It’s clear that America doesn’t take him seriously. His failed presidential campaign is proof nobody really wants to hear from a serial cheater. A cheater is always a liar.

Um, I certainly hope Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had his own shady past, will read this op-ed, since he said we should thank Giuliani for saying Obama doesn’t love America. I am not one who uses profanity, but Giuliani deserves a f*ck you for his op-ed.

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting "Food Stamps" and "Welfare Crazy Checks" in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls (Photo Credit: Mississippi State Legislature)

Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday has come under fire for racist comments about black residents in his hometown of Walls. He said he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call “welfare crazy checks,” the Clarion Ledger reports. Um, so much for the minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus envisions to get more black voters. It’s scary to think that Gene Alday once served in law enforcement.

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

Since then, people around the state have condemned the remarks with some calling for his resignation.

[…]

Mitchell said he contacted Alday about education funding last week and that the legislator steered the discussion toward race. The comments appeared as they were given and within the context of the discussion, Mitchell said.

But Alday said the reporter failed to write about the numerous times Alday has helped people of all races in his community, whether that meant giving them rides to the doctor or providing credit on merchandise at the store run by his family.

“Yes, it’s true that most of the blacks in my hometown are on welfare,” Alday said. “But they’re good people. I don’t have anything against anybody. I’m a straight-up guy. In my little town they had little civil rights walks and I was with them. I’m with everybody.”

Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Sam Hall called on Alday to retire following the remarks, saying the lawmaker should step down at the end of this term without seeking re-election. Source: Clarion Ledger

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Adviser Benjamin Cole Quits Over Racist Facebook Posts (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Benjamin Cole, a senior adviser to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) resigned after a series of racially charged Facebook posts, including one comparing blacks to “zoo animals.” Yep, so much for that minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus is dreaming about.

Rep. Schock issued a statement saying, “I am extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff.” “I would expect better from any member of my team. Upon learning about them I met with Mr. Cole and he offered his resignation which I have expected.”

Buzzfeed posted several screenshots of the Facebook posts Cole posted. He served as Rep. Schock’s senior adviser for policy and communications.

The website Think Progress reported Thursday on other racially charged comments from Cole.

The website in one instance showed a Facebook post from Cole, which had a video allegedly showing a black woman arguing with someone off the screen.

“So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street. #gentrifytoday Pt. 1,” Cole wrote in that post in 2013.

Here’s his most recent racially-charged Facebook post:

Benjamin Cole resigns over racially-charged Facebook posts

Benjamin Cole resigns over racially-charged Facebook posts (Photo Credit: Facebook)

 

Mike Huckabee: Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking

Mike Huckabee:  Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking

Mike Huckabee: Being Gay is a Lifestyle Choice Like Using Profanity, Drinking (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Self-righteous Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says being gay is part of a lifestyle, like drinking and swearing, CNN reports. Um, we know who won’t be the GOP presidential nominee for the 2016 elections.

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Huckabee said expecting Christians to accept same sex marriage is “like asking someone who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”

On the issue of being gay a lifestyle choice, Mike Huckabee said, “People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle. I don’t shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don’t drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don’t use profanity, but believe me, I’ve got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it’s not my cup of tea.”

So much for the party of inclusiveness. Mike Huckabee has insulted yet another important group of voters, in additions to black, Hispanic and young voters. No word yet from RNC chief Reince Priebus on Huckabee’s comments.

Just to put this all in context, Mike Huckabee also blamed the Newtown school shooting massacre on taking God out of schools.

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

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.

 

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection (Photo Credit: ABC News Video Screengrab)

Hypocrite is the only word that comes to mind with regard to Rep.-elect Mia Love (R-UT), the GOP’s first black female lawmaker, backing incoming House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise keeping his leadership position after David Duke connection came to light. Would she feel the same way about giving then-candidate Barack Obama a pass when Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ugly rhetoric was disclosed?

I guess Mia Love is okay with waving the Confederate flag….

Mia Love backs Steve Scalise

Mia Love backs Rep. Steve Scalise amid uproar over David Duke connection (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Love told ABC News Sunday morning that she stands behind Scalise, who has been under fire for speaking at an event in 2002 that was affiliated with ex-KKK grand dragon David Duke.

Rep. Love said, “I believe he should remain in leadership.” She added, “There is one quality that he has that is very important in leadership, and that’s humility. He’s actually shown that in this case. He’s apologized, and I think we need to move on and get the work of the American people done.”

“This was twelve years ago,” Love said. “It’s interesting that it’s coming out now.”

Love continued, “These groups are awful.” “The last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility. As far as I’m concerned with Representative Scalise, he has been absolutely wonderful to work with, he’s been very helpful for me, and he has had the support of his colleagues.”

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will announce the end of his Fox News show as he considers a 2016 presidential run.

Huckabee wrote in a letter to his supporters, “I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them.”

“The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support,” he added.

Mike Huckabee is expected to say “goodbye” on “Huckabee” on Saturday night. He was a longshot for the nomination when he first ran in 2008 and he’s still a long shot in 2016.

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Edward Brooke, the first black elected U.S. senator, dies at age 95. He was the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate.

Brooke, who was a Republican in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts, died from natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla., home on Saturday, said Ralph Neas, his former aide.

Edward Brooke, who was elected to the Senate in 1966, was the first black to win a Senate seat from any state since Reconstruction.

He told the Associated Press that he was “thankful to God” to live to see Barack Obama win the presidency. He served in the Senate for 12 years.

GOP Arizona Schools Chief Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes

AZ State Superintendent Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes

GOP AZ Schools Chief Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Arizona state superintendent John Huppenthal (R) threatens to pull school funding for hip-hop themed classes, saying they violate state’s ban on ethnic studies.

Here’s more from RawStory

On his last day in office, Arizona state superintendent John Huppenthal (R) threatened to pursue sanctions against a school district for offering classes featuring artists like rapper KRS-One and hard rock group Rage Against the Machine, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Huppenthal said in a letter released on Friday that the Tucson Unified School District has until March 4 to remove the courses, along with other “culturally relevant” classes, or risk losing 10 percent of its funding.

In the letter, Huppenthal criticizes Cholla Magnet High School for including a history class, “Culturally Relevant Mexican American Perspective,” which includes lyrics from the Rage Against The Machine song “Take The Power Back.” An English class at the same school, “Culturally Relevant African American Perspective,” allegedly includes an essay by KRS-One, “An Introduction to Hip-Hop.”

“According to the Hip Hoptionary: The Dictionary Of Hip Hop Terminology by Alonso Westbrook, Hip Hop is defined as the artistic response to oppression,” the essay reads in part. “A way of expression in dance, music, word/song. A culture that thrives on creativity and nostalgia. As a musical art form it is the stories of inner-city life, often with a message, spoken over beats of music. The culture includes Rap and any other venture spawned from the Hip Hop style and culture.”

“Culturally relevant” courses like the district’s Mexican-American Studies program were scuttled in 2010 after Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a state law into effect banning classes that were found to “promote resentment toward any race or class” and “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of being individuals.”

According to the Associated Press, the district’s governing board agreed to do away with Mexican-American Studies courses two years later amid a similar risk of losing funding.

“I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective,” Huppenthal wrote on Friday.