White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama

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White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama (Credit: Getty Images via Twitter)

Trouble for Samsung over the David Ortiz selfie with President Obama. Last week, the White House warned warned Samsung against using the president’s likeness for commercial gain, after baseball star David Ortiz used one of its cell phones to snap a photo of himself and Obama.

The picture shows President Obama smiling broadly and holding a Red Sox jersey as he stood next to Ortiz. The White House was peeved after Samsung tweeted the shot and it went viral. Now White House lawyers are now pursuing the matter.

Here’s Samsung’s retweet:

 White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz Selfie with President Obama

Ex-FLOTUS Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

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Ex-White House Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

Not only are the right wing throwing shade on First Lady Michelle Obama for her China trip (#FLOTUSinChina), a former aide is also throwing shade on FLOTUS.

Reid Cherlin, a former assistant press secretary to Mrs. Obama, wrote in The New Republic that working in the East Wing of the White House has become the “worst wing.” Oh my.

Cherlin wrote, “Perhaps no first lady in recent memory has entered the stately recesses of the East Wing under a higher burden of expectation than Michelle Obama.” He also noted that the strains on the first lady placed great burdens on her communications staff. He said he and his co-workers were unprepared for how hard the work would become and that FLOTUS’ office had evolved into a “confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work.”

Cherlin wrote that staffers were able to gauge their value to the office based on how often they were granted access to meet with her directly. He said, when a staffer was invited to attend a meeting with Michelle Obama, it became a “vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth.”

Um, so I am guessing Reid Cherlin wasn’t one of those staffers who got one-on-one meetings with Michelle Obama, hence the shade being thrown, right?

[H/T NY Daily News]

 

SMH: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Asks Who Paid for Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Party

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SMH: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Asks Who Paid for Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Party

The fascination by some in the media with everything Michelle Obama does, including her 50th birthday party, is just sickening. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for an estimate of the party’s cost and if President Obama covered the costs.

The First Lady’s birthday party, which took placeSaturday night at the White House, was hotly anticipated by the mainstream press, but was also the subject of criticism from some quarters. Her birthday also raised questions from Fox News’Ed Henry a few weeks ago, when he wondered if taxpayers would be footing the bill for the First Lady’s extended vacation in Hawaii. At Wednesday’s daily briefing, Jon Karl picked up that thread, asking Carney “The first lady had her 50th birthday party, and I believe you said the president picks up the cost for that party?”

“I think we put out information — I don’t have it here — I would refer you to the East Wing,” Carney replied.

“I was just wondering if you have an estimate on what the cost was,” Karl followed up.

“I don’t,” Carney replied, “but I would refer you.”

A White House official tells Mediaite that “The President threw the First Lady a dance party last Saturday for her 50th birthday. It was a private gathering of family and friends and was paid for by the President.” Source: Mediaite

I can’t recall hearing any journalists asking press secretaries about Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan or Roslyn Carter’s birthday parties at the White House. When will the witch hunt against Michelle Obama end?

Did the House GOP Just Hand Hillary Clinton White House in 2016?

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Did the House GOP Just Hand Hillary Clinton White House in 2016? (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Bill Clinton must be salivating at the prospects of his wife becoming the next president of the United States. The stunning implosion of the Republican Party and the inability of the Teahadists to recognize that they literally brought this country to its knees over a law, plus shaved billions off the economy and caused real hardship in many homes across the country for 16 days, is enough to have a real impact at the polls come 2014 and 2016.

Michael Hirsh: “In the innermost sanctum of Clintonland, it is difficult to imagine that Hillary and Bill, two of the savviest politicians in the country, are not pinching themselves to make sure that it’s all real. Perhaps they’re dancing a jig together, or knocking back shots and howling at the moon out of sheer, giddy joy at their good luck. (OK, Hillary’s not howling, but Bill might be.) Or maybe they are just quietly kvelling over the latest turn of events.”

“Because the trend lines are unmistakable, and they’re looking better all the time: If she wants to run in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton could have the easiest walk into the White House of any candidate in either party since, well, one has to go back a very long way. Maybe to Reagan in ’84. LBJ in ’64, or Eisenhower in ’52, or even FDR in 1932, 1936 and 1940. The presidency is looking like it’s hers to lose, more than ever.”

 Did the House GOP Just Hand Hillary Clinton White House in 2016?

President Obama Tips Taylor Gourmet Deli Staff 85% During Unscheduled Visit

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President Obama Tips Taylor Gourmet Deli Staff 85% During Unscheduled Visit (Photo credit: Open Places)

President Obama made an unscheduled trip to Washington DC’s Taylor Gourmet deli, where he left a hefty tip for the staff and also criticized Republicans who shut down the government:

Obama and Vice President Biden left the White House at lunchtime and walked one block down Pennsylvania Ave. to Taylor Gourmet, a Philadelphia-style sandwich shop that was offering furloughed federal employees a 10% discount.

Obama ordered a turkey and prosciutto hoagie — Biden had salami and provolone — and sought to douse a controversy created when The Wall Street Journal quoted an unnamed White House official as saying it doesn’t matter to the administration how long the shutdown lasts because Democrats are “winning.”

“As long as they’re off the job, nobody’s winning,” Obama said, in response to a question from one of the reporters who had followed him.

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Obama — who paid $21.56 for lunch and left a tip of $18.44 — urged Boehner to place a bill funding the government without conditions on the House floor, where it could pass with Democratic support.

 President Obama Tips Taylor Gourmet Deli Staff 85% During Unscheduled Visit

White House Issues Statement on President Obama’s Diplomatic Rebuke of Vladimir Putin

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White House Issues Statement on President Obama’s Diplomatic Rebuke of Vladimir Putin

The White House issued a statement on President Obama’s diplomatic rebuke of President Vladimir Putin. The reasons for President Obama canceling his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, include, Edward Snowden asylum, a lack of progress on missile defense, arms control, trade, global security issues and human rights:

Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September.  We value the achievements made with Russia in the President’s first term, including the New START Treaty, and cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea.

However, given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda.  Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship.

Our cooperation on these issues remains a priority for the United States, so on Friday, August 9, Secretaries Hagel and Kerry will meet with their Russian counterparts in a 2+2 format in Washington to discuss how we can best make progress moving forward on the full range of issues in our bilateral relationship.

The President still looks forward to traveling to St. Petersburg on September 5-6 to attend the G-20 Summit. Source: White House Press Secretary

[UPDATE]:  Kremlin says Obama’s decision not to meet with Putin is linked to Snowden dispute, which it says is not Russia’s fault - @RT_com

Right Wing Freak-Out: Michelle Obama Says Living In White House Like Living In ‘Really Nice Prison’

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Right Wing Freak-Out: Michelle Obama Compares White House to Living in a ‘Really Nice Prison’

The usual chorus of right wing haters are singing today, loudly, over First Lady Michelle Obama’s comments that living in the White House is like living in a ‘really nice prison.’ The Drudge Report is even leading with that story, linking to the Washington Examiner. Of course, they never consider the full context of what Mrs. Obama was trying to say, just sprinting off with just a snippet.

In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the “prison-like elements” of being first lady. “[B]ut it’s a really nice prison,” she said. “You can’t complain.”

Seat with Laura Bush, Michelle Obama said that wives of presidents “have probably the best job in the world, because while our husbands … have to react and respond to crises on a minute-to-minute basis, we got to work on what we’re passionate about. … I have just found it a very freeing and liberating opportunity. … [Laughing] There are prison-like elements, but it’s a really nice prison. You can’t complain. There are confining elements … While people are sorting through our shoes and our hair … whether we cut it or not … We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see. And eventually people stop looking at the bangs, and start looking at the things we’re standing in front of. That’s the power of our role,” according to quotations provided by Mike Allen. Source: Weekly Standard

White House Admits Asking News Media to Pull Stories on Malia Obama Mexican Vacation

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White House Admits Asking News Media to Pull Stories on Malia Obama Mexican Vacation

URGENT:  The White House has admitted to telling news agencies to pull stories on Malia Obama visiting the Mexico for spring break, Politico reports.  Rick Santorum is weighing in, saying that President Obama should “set an example.” Personally, I would not have sent my 14 year old son on spring break in any foreign country, unless I was going to be right there with him.  But that’s my right and choice as a parent. Rick Santorum giving his two cents is laughable. He was upset when people questioned why he and his wife took their dead baby home, supposedly for closure. Well, the Obamas have a right to send their daughter to Mexico on vacation on a school trip. You may not agree with it, but don’t cry foul when you are attacked in the media for your actions.

Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, sent the following email to Dylan Byers:

From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.

There’s nothing wrong with a retraction of a news story, but this could have been handled a lot better. The sudden disappearance of the story only added fuel to the fire of controversy and public interest. This would have been a non-story in the past. How many times did we read about where George W. Bush’s children or Chelsea Clinton spent their spring break vacations?  Politicians’ kids should be off-limits, unless they break the law.  I said it when one of George Bush’s daughters were caught using a fake ID. That was a private matter for the parents to deal with. Not the general public.

AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Sinks to New Low, Points Finger in President Obama’s Face During Heated Exchange Over Book

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AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Sinks to New Low, Points Finger in President Obama's Face During Heated Exchange Over Book (AP)

No matter how much you despise or disagree with President Obama, it is very disrespectful to point your finger in his face. That’s what Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did and she has come off looking like a beeyotch more than anything. Brewer was on hand to greet President Obama when he landed at the Phoenix airport this evening. Well, let’s just say things got pretty ugly:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer traded words with President Obama after she greeted him at a Phoenix airport Wednesday.

Brewer and Obama “spoke intensely for a few minutes” after he landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, according to a White House pool report. At one point, the GOP governor shook her finger at the president.

“He was a little disturbed about my book,” Brewer told a reporter after the incident, referring to her political memoir, “Scorpions for Breakfast.” In the book, Brewer depicted Obama as “patronizing” during an earlier meeting.

“I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president,” Brewer said. “The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So.”

Brewer said Obama told her “that he didn’t feel I had treated him cordially.”

“I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn’t get my sentence finished,” Brewer said. “Anyway, we’re glad he’s here. I’ll regroup.”

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During Wednesday’s encounter, Brewer handed Obama a handwritten letter asking him to sit down with her to discuss the “Arizona comeback.”

“I thought we probably would’ve talked about the things that were important to him and important to me, helping one another,” Brewer said of a potential meeting with the president. “Our country is upside down. Arizona was upside down. But we have turned it around. I know again that he loves this country and I love this country.”

More info on the hot mess from Politico:

The pool reporter, POLITICO’s Carrie Budoff Brown, said the scene was far from the norm. Aside from the pointing, they appeared to talk over each other and he appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking.

Brewer said the president brought up the book.

“I thought we probably would’ve talked about the things that were important to him and important to me, helping one another,” she said, appearing flustered. “Our country is upside down. Arizona was upside down. But we have turned it around. I know again that he loves this country and I love this country.”

As I said before, no matter what you think of the president, it’s just plain disrespectful to point a finger in his face. Regardless of what the two actually said to each other, there’s just no way Jan Brewer is  going to come off looking good when the White House Pool Photographer takes a picture of her pointing her finger at the President of the United States. She owes him an apology.

UPDATE#1 (01/27/12): Jan Brewer is now saying President Obama was “disrespectful” for walking away from her as they spoke. She is such an egomaniac that she is defending pointing her finger in his face. That’s equally disrespectful. I would have walked away too. She has now released the letter she had given to President Obama. One thing that was lost on her two days ago was that the letter was a public document and not a private one. This was nothing more than political theatrics on the part of Jan Brewer. Why give the president a letter asking to discuss the border and other issues? Why not just tell him, since you are there face to face? I don’t care how she spins this, she was out of place and wrong to point her finger in his face. 

Sen. John McCain also sunk low by defending Jan Brewer’s actions by saying Obama is “prickly.” Um, he’s still the president and should be given the respect due. When an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at former president George W. Bush, most Americans were upset that he was disrespected on the world stage. The same standard applies to President Obama.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez Wanted by US Park Police After Bullet Found Lodged in White House Window

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez wanted by US Park Police after bullet found lodged in White House window & AK-47 rifle, additional bullets found on property.

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Oscar Ortega-Hernandez Wanted by US Park Police for White House Window Bullet (US Park Police)

Have you seen Oscar Ortega-Hernandez? He is wanted by the U.S. Park Service Police after a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and additional ammunition was found on the exterior of the structure Tuesday. There’s more — an AK-47 rifle was also recovered, the U. S. Secret Service said.  According to media reports, witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area Friday.

U.S. Park Police have an arrest warrant out for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, who is believed to be connected to the earlier incident. He is described as a 21-year-old Hispanic man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair. Source

So, if you see Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, please contact the police. We need to get this man off the street before he causes any harm to President Obama.

UPDATE:  The Secret Service said Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a hotel near Indiana, Pa.