Get your face on TV and write a book: Check. Start meeting the big money people: Check. Visit Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina - Israel, too: Check.
Deny any of this has to do with running for president: Check.
For politicians planning or tempted to run for the presidency in 2016, the to-do list is formidable. What’s striking is how methodically most of them are plowing through it while they pretend nothing of the sort is going on.
Somehow, it has been decreed that politicians who fancy themselves presidential timber must wear a veil concealing the nakedness of their ambition. They must let the contours show through, however - more and more over time - while hoping everyone doesn’t tire of the tease.
Can we take just a short break from the good fun we’re all having trying to guess where Edward Snowden will land, and about how much of self-promoting show pony he may be, and return, however briefly, to the very serious argument within our democracy that his revelations have set off?
Esquire Endorses Barack Obama for President - 2008
“We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country, but only one candidate showed up.”
President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he’d consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war.
At a White House news conference, the president also defended the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.
Asked about Syria, the president said that while there is evidence that chemical weapons were used inside the country, “we don’t know when they were used, how they were used. We don’t know who used them. We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes” exactly what happened.
If it can be established that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, he added, “we would have to rethink the range of options that are available to us.”
“Obviously there are options to me that are on the shelf right now that we have not deployed,” he said, noting that he had asked Pentagon planners last year for additional possibilities.
On another topic, Obama responded with slight ridicule and humor when he was asked if he still had the political juice to push his agenda through Congress after an early second-term defeat on gun control legislation.
“Golly, I might just as well pack up and go home,” he parried his questioner. Paraphrasing Mark Twain, he said, “Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.” And he expressed confidence that Congress would approve sweeping immigration legislation that he is seeking.
He also renewed his call for lawmakers to replace across-the-board federal spending cuts. The administration favors a comprehensive plan to reduce deficits through targeted spending cuts and higher taxes.
Asked about the FBI’s investigation into a possible terrorist threat posed in the past by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings who died in an escape attempt, the president said, “Based on what I’ve seen so far, the FBI performed its duties , the Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing.”
“But this is hard stuff,” he said of the work needed to ferret out security threats at home.
He also said that “Russians have been very cooperative with us since the Boston bombing.”
Chained CPI is on the table, the most likely scenario with this congress is that we get cuts to benefits and no revenue through taxes, and the GOP will balance the budget on the backs of seniors.
President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security.
The president’s proposal being unveiled Wednesday includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, bringing total deficit savings to $4.3 trillion, based on the administration’s calculations.
Actually going up to Oyster Bay and resurrecting this President is more costly than I’d like. (Live chicken, on a train, do the math.)
I’m pretty sure I can make the statue on TR Island into a golem, though.
It’s interesting how common herbs are shared in common between Qabbalists and Voodoonistas.
Hm. I wonder.
* (For 27% info, please see kfmonkey.blogspot.com )
I’m pretty sure most of my fellow American citizens of my age slept through Civics class. Remember, C is average, so (and I know I’m distorting average/mean/median, so shut up for a sec, math pedants) half of my senior Civics class did worse than that.
And they can all vote.
Ponder that, for just a second.
Add into the mix that, at least in my school district, Civics classes (like Health classes) were handed out to sports coaches as a sinecure. (Strangely, most of my History classes from junior high to senior high were taught by veterans, but not Civics. Weird.)
I’m pretty sure that some of the wild insanity about President Obama’s gun control suggestions and Executive Orders are based on the (wrong) idea that the President has Ultimate Power to Ordain and Establish Stuff. Like an absolute monarch. Like a king.
I really wish these crazy people had watched more Schoolhouse Rock. (Maybe we can set up a Kickstarter to send them copies of the DVDs? Nah.)
I also wish that they had an actual understanding of the following words: Marxist, socialist, fascist, Nazi, Muslim, communist, atheist, Keynesian, and fishpickle.
(Ok, that last one is a favorite word of mine, and if anyone has a definition for me, I’d be grateful.)
I guess the overarching question is how to deal with a society that is 27% crazy? Any ideas are welcome!
The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules. The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership on the issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.
The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay. The President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.
The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.
George Entwistle, director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, said Saturday that he would step down amid controversy over the broadcasting of false claims by a sex abuse victim.
“When appointed to the role, with 23 years experience as a producer and leader of the BBC, I was confident the trustees had chosen the best candidate for the post,” he said. “However, the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader.”
The BBC has issued a formal apology for broadcasting false claims by a sex abuse victim that a senior political figure of the 1980s had abused him, in the latest in a series of painful missteps by the UK public broadcaster.