President Obama Calls John Boehner’s Threatened Lawsuit a “Stunt”

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President Obama Calls John Boehner’s Threatened Lawsuit a “Stunt”

President Obama isn’t caving in to the latest Republican Party sideshow of a threatened lawsuit over his executive orders. He called House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit threat a “stunt” and said he’s not going to apologize for being the president. It’s a sad day when even a Fox News host finds the threatened lawsuit a waste of time. Yeah, Neil Cavuto got in a shoutfest with wingnut Rep. Michele Bachmann earlier in the week.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Thursday, President Obama tossed the ball right back in John Boehner’s lap, saying he refuses to apologize for trying to get something done while they do nothing. I think Boehner and his colleagues fail to realize that the president has tools at his disposal, such as executive orders, that he can use in his authority as president.

Watch the interview:

John Boehner says, “We elected a President we didn’t elect a monarch or a king.” President Obama’s response to that comment was simply, “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing.” In short, Barack Obama is legally able to take some actions in his capacity as president and he’s not going to run from that just because Republicans are playing politics.

Obama  added, “You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to.”

The fact is, John Boehner is certainly not credible, since he couldn’t even get his own bill passed in the House. So, threatening to sue the president for using executive orders is laughable and asinine, at best. This was nothing more than an attempt to intimidate Obama and he’s fighting back.

Obama was told John Boehner claimed the lawsuit was over him not faithfully executing the law. President Obama emphatically said, “the suit is a stunt.”

The Republican Party has spent the last six years trying to derail every move President Obama makes, no matter how small and trying to make it seem that the George W. Bush presidency was great for the country, with Iraq and Afghanistan now blamed on Obama. You know, Obama’s Iraq, Obama’s Afghanistan, Obama’s NSA, Obama’s IRS, Obama’s VA, Obama’s Monarchy, etc….

I guess the lawsuit stunt has started to backfire, thanks to a Do-Nothing Congress presided over by a Do-Nothing House Speaker.  It has given the Democrats their biggest fundraising day of 2014.

 

John Feehery: Barack Obama is the “Velcro President”

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John Feehery: Barack Obama is the “Velcro President” (Credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama has been dubbed the “Velcro President” because everything seems to stick to him — IRS scandal, Benghazi, VA, Gitmo prisoner swap, etc. Is this a fair assessment, considering the Republican Party made it their mission to derail him on every move?

John Feehery: “They said that Ronald Reagan was the Teflon President. Nothing, not even Iran-Contra, could stick to him. Barack Obama is the Velcro President. Everything is sticking to him.”

“He probably thought he could get some major political mileage out of bringing home the only prisoner of war held by the Taliban. He even did a Rose Garden ceremony to announce the deal. Boy, was he wrong.”

This comes as the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap continues to dog Obama, who seems to have either miscalculated the reaction to deal which included five senior Taliban detainees being set free.

Marc Ambinder: “There’s no bones about it: in trading five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama willfully broke a law. And this wasn’t an old law, or a law that was passed before he became president. It was his law — or more accurately, successive versions of the military budget bill called the National Defense Authorization Act.”

“Now, Obama did not like the provision that required him to give Congress 30 days of notice before transferring detainees out of Guantanamo. And in a signing statement, he said as much: the executive branch’s ability to defend the country shouldn’t be constrained by the notification period. But the law’s language was clear, as was Congress’s intent.”

The Hill: “A special briefing by senior administration officials Wednesday evening failed to sell skeptical senators concerned about President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.”

 John Feehery: Barack Obama is the Velcro President

Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

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Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

(OPINION) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl needed to come home from captivity in Afghanistan, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of swapping some brutal thugs at Guantanamo Bay. It sets a dangerous precedent and it’s a page from the George W. Bush playbook — act now, worry later.  Still, as a mother, I can’t help but feel some sympathy to his parents for the five years of anguish they have had to live through. In short, I am very conflicted about the prisoner swap deal

I have had some time to think about the turn of events that led to Bergdahl’s release from captivity in Afghanistan where he was held as a prisoner of war for five years. After learning that several soldiers died trying to find him, my heart breaks for the families of those fallen soldiers. To make it worse, Bergdahl is being called a deserter by many because he walked off the base. In their minds, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no hero. Still, that’s no reason to leave one of our own behind. One of our own — how about bringing home the thousands President Obama intends to leave behind to help stabilize a country led by an ungrateful leader such as President Hamid Karzai?

The soldiers we lost in the hunt for Bowe Bergdahl have been identified as  Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, and Private First Class Morris Walker, 23, who were killed in an IED explosion on August 18, 2009. Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, on August 26, 2009. Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, and Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20, died after a rocket-propelled grenade ambush on September 4, 2009. Lastly,  Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, was killed in an IED blast on September 5, 2009.

President Obama’s intentions may have been honorable, but you can’t deny, it’s a game changer in rules of engagement, when dealing with extremist groups like the Taliban. The idea that we don’t negotiate with terrorists was just stomped on, particularly since Bergdahl deliberately wandered away from his base in Paktika province five years ago.

The Taliban is celebrating the release of five of its senior members while we are left in the throes of confusion and anger at the White House. How could the president swap a murderous thug named Mohammad Fazl, who is closely associated with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s commander? He is wanted by the United Nations as a potential war criminal for the murders of thousands of Shiites. His Gitmo case file says it all….”detainee is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and its allies.” There are no guarantees that the five prisoners won’t revert to their old ways and engage in terroristic behavior.

The Republicans are losing no time in their “outrage,” oblivious to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney releasing 500 Gitmo inmates and Ronald Reagan selling missiles to Iran in exchange for the hostages being freed. It’s laughable that Fox News should trot out Dick Cheney of all people to give his two cents about Obama failing, saying those terrorists will come back and attack America. He should know since one of the prisoners’ released on his watch, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, is suspected of playing a role in the Benghazi consulate attack.

Again, I am not justifying what President Obama did. I am very concerned about the precedent this will set. CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said President Obama broke the law. Um, isn’t he the Commander-in-Chief, or is it that he’s being a bit too uppity for his critics? The fact is, this is not the time for partisan posturing, but a time to reassess American policy where this matter is concerned. We have been down this road before and Americans shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips. That goes for when Ronald Reagan did it and now with Obama.

 Swapping Five Thugs for American POW Bowe Bergdahl Sets Dangerous Precedent

Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime

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Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

LOL: Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Obama as a weak president after the president delivered a foreign policy speech that was a rebuke of the Bush administration, The Hill reports.

Dick Cheney: “He is a very, very weak president. Maybe the weakest — certainly in my lifetime.” 

Cheney went on to say that during a recent trip to the Middle East, allies he had “dealt with all the way back to Desert Storm” expressed alarm at the president’s handling of foreign policy.

“They all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president,” Cheney said. “We’ve got a problem with weakness, and it’s centered right in the White House.”

In his speech, Obama said that those who “suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away, are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics.”

In an implicit rebuke of the foreign policy practiced in the Bush Administration, Obama said he would betray his duty to the troops if he dispatched them every time somewhere in the world “needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak.”

Oh, the irony of that comment….I’m just saying. Consider the source of this rebuke. Dick Cheney, really? A man who is a proven liar, not once, but many, many times.

This comes as applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 300,000 last week, near a seven-year low. Let me also add that Vladimir Putin blinked in the Ukraine standoff as well, but the right will never admit Obama achieved anything.

 Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime

‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is set to speak at the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday. Um, so much for that more inclusive GOP that RNC chief Reince Priebus talked about.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to speak at the conference as well, but don’t bet on him being insulted to be on the same stage with Robertson.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he said in the interview. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

 Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

Right Wing Hatefest: Obama Presidential Library Sign Atop Outhouse in Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Right Wing Hatefest: Obama Presidential Library Sign Atop Outhouse in New Mexico

More right wing lunacy — an Obama Presidential Library sign sitting atop an outhouse. Wow. The usual right wing hatefest.

A New Mexico man who put a sign reading “Obama’s Presidential Library” on an outhouse said he’s not sure the president “even deserves that level of respect.”

The Tucumcari man, who did not want to give his name, said he constructed the outhouse and put up the sign a few weeks ago and he has no intention of taking it down, even if some people find it offensive, KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, reported Thursday.

“It’s like watching TV. If you don’t like what the hell you’re watching, turn the channel,” the man said. “I’m not even certain he even deserves that level of respect, but that’s my opinion.

“That’s my opinion … and fortunately, that’s one thing they haven’t taken away from us … is our right to our opinion,” he said.

Bill Maher: Tea Party Won’t Love Obama for Syria Decision Because “President Blackenstein Did It”

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Bill Maher: Tea Party Won’t Love Obama for Syria Decision Because “President Blackenstein Did It” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama is being raked over hot coals for his decision to seek Congressional approval for any military strikes against Syria over Bashar Al Assad allegedly use of neurotoxin sarin on his people. Comedian Bill Maher weighed in on Twitter, saying, “Kudos to Barry for restoring constitution re war powers. Tea People shld luv it but of course wont cuz President Blackenstein did it.”

Others aren’t embracing President Obama’s decision to punt to Congress on a possible military offensive. The Washington Post reports that Syrian state-run newspaper Al-Thawra published a front-page article boldly predicting that President Obama’s decision was the beginning of American “retreat:”

“Whether the Congress lights the red or green light for an aggression, and whether the prospects of war have been enhanced or faded, President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat.”

Syrian opposition activist Tariq al-Dimashqi also weighed in saying “We are so deeply disappointed.” “This is all just another political game. If they wanted to hit Assad, they would attack immediately, no delay, no warning.”

GOP Rep. Tom Marino: President Obama “Raised by Federal Government His Entire Life”

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GOP Rep. Tom Marino: President Obama “Raised by Federal Government His Entire Life”

Right-wing hatemongering:  Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tom Marino said President Obama was “raised by the federal government his entire life.” Marino made the comments during an appearance on “The John Fredericks Show” Thursday. He also said President Obama wants to implement “socialist programs.” Um, if you call living in Indonesia and being raised by white grandparents being “raised by the federal government” then Rep. Marino has one up on all of us. It’s laughable that Rep. Tom Marino would take this position, since he has been living off either the state or federal government since 1992 to the present.

“He doesn’t know what it’s like to run a business. He doesn’t know what it’s like to have a bottom line,” Marino said. “I worked in a factory until I was thirty years old, put myself through college and law school. I know what it’s like to stretch a paycheck. He’s been raised by the federal government his entire life and he wants to implement his socialist programs and that’s all he knows.”

“He can’t lead, he can not come up with ideas. I’ve never seen a situation where a president can’t even suggest an idea other than cause a wider gap between classes and between people. As I said he’s doing the only thing he knows how to do which is go out and campaign and community organize, cause he has no concept of what else to do.” Source:  Buzzfeed

The Republican Party leadership tries to paint the party is inclusive while you have members race-baiting every chance they get. Rep. Tom Marino is trying to imply President Obama got by on government assistance. You know what that means…..

Rep. Tom Marino on The John Fredericks Show:

CO Sen. Vicki Marble: Fried Chicken Partly to Blame for Black, Hispanic Poverty

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CO Sen. Vicki Marble: Fried Chicken Partly to Blame for Black, Hispanic Poverty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus take the wheel: Sen. Vicki Marble (R-CO) delivered a “long soliloquy explaining that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken,” during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday.

This racial slight occurred as lawmakers on the committee were “presented with a number of statistics highlighting racial disparities in the poverty rate,” KDVR reports.

“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race: sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up, diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup and you just can’t help it,” Marble said. “Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you — I love it.”

Marble went on to mention how Mexicans eat vegetables in Mexico but stop eating healthily when they immigrate to the United States.

“These things aren’t good for you,” she continued. “There’s so many attributing factors as to why these graphs look the way they do.”

Listen to the hearing:

Wow, I have no words for this ignorance. How can so many morons manage to con their way into elected office?

Winston-Salem GOP Mayoral Candidate Drops Out After N-Word Admission

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Winston-Salem GOP Mayoral Candidate Drops Out After N-Word Admission

North Carolina is taking a scary turn to the far right and it should be enough to spark concern among the electorate. James Lee Knox, a Republican mayoral candidate in Winston-Salem, has pulled out of the race after admitting to using the n-word to describe a black county elections worker:

The Republican mayoral candidate in Winston-Salem, N.C., has dropped out after local party leaders withdrew their support when he admitted using a racial slur and derogatory term in describing a black county elections worker.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that James Lee Knox issued a statement Tuesday saying the decision by county Republican leaders makes his mayoral bid impossible.

Knox, who is white, acknowledged using the racial slur after the 2012 election as he was trying to find out the name of a black elections employee with whom he had exchanged words during early voting. He said that while talking to another county worker, he referred to the woman using derogatory terms, including the n-word.

The withdrawal means the winner of the Democratic primary between incumbent Allen Joines and Gardenia Henley won’t face opposition in November.