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Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington this morning for a meeting with President Barack Obama. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
- 1. Apparently, McChrystal didn’t listen to his mama when she said, “Always tell the truth. Just not to Rolling Stone — Cindy.
- 2. In the inevitable Hollywood movie version of BHO’s time in office, Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be played by Kevin Bacon — Nic.
- 3. “I’m sorry sir, but you’re not on my list. Nobody gets in if there name isn’t on the list” — Sisyphus
- HM: JohnA
A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has decided to oust Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal over inflammatory remarks he made about Obama and other high administration officials.
Question: Did Obama have any other choice in this situation, other than to relieve McChrystal of his command? Or is he being thin-skinned?
President Barack Obama, joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at right, tells reporters during a Cabinet meeting that he thinks Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, used “poor judgement” in speaking candidly during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday. Christian Science Monitor story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
- Breaking: McChrystal tenders resignation/Toby Harden, UK Telegraph
Question: What do you make of this flap?
It was such a nice rumor while it lasted: President Barack Obama, on his way back from campaigning in Seattle for Patty Murray, would stop in Spokane on Sunday to pay tribute to the founder of Father’s Day on the centennial celebration of the holiday, and highlight the importance of dads.
Alas, none of it is true. First, Obama is not campaigning with Murray this weekend in Seattle, or anywhere else, said a campaign spokeswoman who noted that she’d have been told by now if that was the case.
He’s not doing anything anywhere in the state, as far as the state Democratic Committee knows, a party spokeswoman said.
So Spokane isn’t on the way to or from anything this weekend for the prez.
Helping to fuel the rumor, apparently, is some practice that local law enforcement types are doing on staging motorcades. Whatever they’re practicing for, it ain’t a Sunday drop-in from Obama. Maybe he’s highlighting the importance of dads by spending Father’s Day with Sasha and Malia.
Speaking for myself and for our oddly serene president, we kids who were brought up by Midwesterners tend, when outraged, to smolder deep underneath rather than to erupt publicly in loud, snarling hissy fits. We aren’t like some Easterners, who erupt in transparent anger at the slightest provocation. That may explain some of the bizarre misunderstandings between Barack Obama and media critics who don’t comprehend his failure to jump up and down and shriek like a little talking head when crossed by political adversaries or by oil company scoundrels. Easterners and Westerners seem to have evolved socially with different nervous systems/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Do you show anger easily?
Monday Poll: By two-to-one, you Merry Hucksters gave the Obama administration more F’s than A’s and B’s combined for its response to the BP oil spill. 104 of 229 respondents (45%) gave the president an F for his response to the oil spill, compared to 15 of 229 (7%) who gave him A’s and 37 of 229 (16%) who gave him B’s. 32 of 229 (14%) gave him C’s; 18 (8%) gave him D’s; and 23 (10%) gave him incompletes.
Today’s Poll (in lefthand rail): Did the vote in favor of Monday morning collaboration cause you to lose some faith in Superintendent Bauman & Cda school trustees?
President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. The moves come as chances for action on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s long-stated goal, look increasingly small in this election year. But Obama is under pressure to do something with the issue front and center after Arizona’s passage of a tough crackdown law/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Do you support this action by President Obama?
Did Vaughn Ward crib Barack Obama’s speech, too? Listen for yourself.
I wasn’t surprised while reading a book on the last presidential election to learn that the three leading contenders - Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain - resorted in moments of anger and frustration to the use of the F-bomb. Politicians can be hot-headed in their language. Of course, most people resort to strong, heartfelt exclamations ranging from “Drat!” to hissy-fit outbursts of the coarsest kind when they hit their thumbs with a hammer or are infuriated by something. Few painkillers are as instantly effective as wallowing in the crude words once used mostly by sailors. But I was surprised how frequently in the book “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin the three major candidates chose the favorite Anglo-Saxon obscenity to alleviate their many moments of distress/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Whose use of the F-bomb surprises you most — Barack Obama’s, Hillary Clinton’s, or John McCain’s?
President Barack Obama gives Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a kiss as Vice President Joe Biden stands at left, during an announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
- The daily Political wild card is now in play …
It’s Kagan! Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court? By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts. Regardless of how strong a liberal Kagan would prove to be, as a former dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan practically defines legal gravitas. She’s also a female, which adds to the court’s gender diversity. She’s young, at 50, which means she could be on the court for a quarter century. And she’s never been a judge, which gives her a quality that Obama is known to have been seeking: someone to bring a different sensibility to a court that’s currently dominated by judges/Michael D. Shear, Washington Post. More here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh: Barack Obama and Elena Kagan)
Question: Are you comfortable with President Obama’s choice of a person for the U.S. Supreme Court who has never been a judge?
President Barack Obama shakes hands with the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2009 football team as they are honored with the Commander In Chief Trophy for victories over academies, in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. The Midshipmen have won a record 15-straight service academy games dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
- You can talk about Navy dominance in service academy football games during the past decade. Or any political issue you want by climbing into today’s Sandbox …
President Obama jokes around at the Washington Correspondents dinner, gets some laugh, could use a bit of work on delivery in spots.
Itron CEO Malcolm Unsworth, along with other representatives of U.S. energy companies, met with President Barack Obama today (April 30) at the White House. (Associated Press photo found on www.whitehouse.gov)
Unsworth, who became CEO last year of metering-system powerhouse Itron last year, stands to the left of the president in this shot from a meeting in the Rose Garden. With Unsworth were two Itron manufacturing workers at the event, James Morris and Carla Reysack (far left).
The event saluted companies using federal stimulus money to help improve the country’s energy infrastructure. A transcript of the proceedings is here.
President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza) Wild Card: You can discuss evangelist Billy Graham’s amazing ability to be a spiritual adviser to decades of presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, or any political topic you’d like in today’s Political Sandbox …
President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)
Wild Card: You can discuss evangelist Billy Graham’s amazing ability to be a spiritual adviser to decades of presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, or any political topic you’d like in today’s Political Sandbox …
Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and Warde Nichols, R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren’t convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state’s 2012 ballot. “We’re becoming a national joke,” Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat who opposes the measure, said today. (AP Photo/Matt York) Question: Forget about the Birther claim re: President Barack Obama for a minute. Is this legislation that a state should pursue?
Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and Warde Nichols, R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren’t convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state’s 2012 ballot. “We’re becoming a national joke,” Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat who opposes the measure, said today. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Question: Forget about the Birther claim re: President Barack Obama for a minute. Is this legislation that a state should pursue?
Item: Obama limits when U.S. would use nuclear arms/New York Times
More Info: Under the new plan, the U.S. promises not to use nuclear weapons against countries that don’t have them. The policy would not apply to states like North Korea and Iran, however, because of their refusal to cooperate with the international community on nonproliferation standards. Obama’s plan would lessen the role nuclear weapons play in America’s defense planning.
Question: Is Obama disarming America, as conservative critics claim? Or is he trying to lead the world away from nuclear confrontation?
President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.
He says Kansas will beat Kentucky in the National Championship game.
A group calling itself One Term President (because that’s what it wants Obama to be) has a music video making the rounds on YouTube and other sites.
After watching it, please talk among yourselves to decide:
1) The words aren’t much but it’s got a good beat, I can dance to it. I give it an 89, Mr. Clark.
B) Powerful message, let’s play it at the next Tea Party gathering or
Third) Perhaps the sequel to White Men Can’t Jump will be White Folks Can’t Rap.
The Daily Show had its take on the Health Care Summit last night. It’s worth watching, particularly for those who OD’d on C-Span Thursday.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Bipartisan Health Care Reform Summit 2010|
If you think Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread or sign that the Apocalyps is near, theres’s a video for you.
Think it’s a disaster? You’ll like this clip:
Think he’s great? This one’s for you.
With the president and leaders of both house of Congress from both parties at the Summit on Health Care, you had to know there would be filibustering with claims being made.
So how to determine who’s telling the truth? PolitiFact has an ongoing tally of claims from all sides. You can see how they keep score by clicking here.