A website is claiming to have hacked into first lady Michelle Obama’s accounts and posted her personal and financial information online.
The website claims to have posted the first lady’s Social Security number, credit reports, former addresses and personal banking information, although the veracity of the information has not been confirmed, and some are speculating that the claims are a hoax.
It lists three phone numbers for Michelle Obama. The first belongs to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Obama used to work. The second was disconnected and the third had a generic answering machine.
Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said it is investigating the matter but would not comment further.
The website has also recently claimed to have posted sensitive information for Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and a handful of celebrities, such as Jay-Z and Kim Kardashian.
The phone number listed for Biden on the site now belongs to Delaware Seed and Garden Supply, a small business in Wilmington. The owner, Tam Downs, said they obtained the phone number about two years ago. She said when they first got the phone line, they received occasional calls from news organizations and others looking to contact Biden.
She said those calls had died down until Monday when the website posted the alleged personal information, and they are now inundated by pranksters and people looking to speak to the vice president.
Sara Faden, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed that the information posted on the site about Police Chief Charles Beck was accurate.
President Obama appointed Vice President Biden on Wednesday to lead an effort to develop new policies to combat gun violence.
“We have a deep obligation — all of us — to try” and end gun violence, Obama said at the White House. “This time, the words need to lead to action.”
He added: “It won’t be easy, but that can’t be an excuse not to try.”
This is not “your typical Washington commission,” the president said. He said Biden will complete his work in a month, and that the horror of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting should remain vivid in so short a time.
Obama picked Biden, he said, because of his experience in the Senate, including a major role in the 1994 crime bill that included an assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004.
Vice President Biden, a man with nearly four decades of experience in politics, has not been taking lightly his preparations for his debate against Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), holding practice sessions and perusing briefing books in recent months.
Now, in the wake of President Obama’s widely panned performance last week in his first debate against Mitt Romney, the stakes for Biden are suddenly higher than ever. In the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate he must not only avoid making any gaffes but also try to puncture his Republican opponent’s arguments on taxes, entitlement reform and deficit reduction, something Obama was criticized for failing to do last week.
The pressure on Ryan has risen as well. Romney greatly exceeded expectations, appearing both presidential and in command of the debate stage. Ryan, who has never before debated at the national level, must prove that he is potential presidential material — while also defending the numbers that Romney put forth last week, especially on tax cuts.
Both sides are offering sky-high predictions for the other team. “There’s a lot on the line,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a chief Romney-Ryan ally. “President Obama failed to defend his record and could not articulate a vision for the future. So I think that challenge now falls to Vice President Biden.”
If Vice President Biden continues to make public appearances during this campaign, White House press secretary Jay Carney should be offered a membership in the janitors’ union.
As things stand, the spokesman does not have the supplies necessary to clean up the mess Biden made in his appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Biden gave his full support to same-sex marriage — a position conspicuously at odds with the public stance of his boss, President Obama, who is widely assumed to share Biden’s views but who says that his own thinking is “evolving.”
The vice president said he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, committing the classic Washington gaffe of accidentally speaking the truth. This bit of straight talk made Obama’s position — neither for nor against such unions but in an evolutionary state, not unlike the Galapagos finch — all the more untenable. On Monday, Biden took off for a campaign event in Tennessee, leaving Carney on cleanup duty. But the more Carney swabbed the mess, the more it spread.
CNN’s Jessica Yellin asked whether Obama was trying to “have it both ways before an election” and whether he should “stop dancing around the issue.”
Two prominent politicos went on television today to offer very different frames for the 2012 president election,
For Vice President Biden, voters next year will have “a clear choice” between a president who has improved a bad economy and Republicans who try to block him at every stop.
“Here is what we’re for and here’s what they’re getting in the way of us being able to do,” Biden said on CNN’s State of the Union. “And if we continue to do what we’re doing, it will continue to get better.”
For Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the election will be a referendum on Obama’s performance in office, amid a slowing economy and an unemployment rate that has hit 9.1%.
The Democrats “got everything they wanted from Congress the first two years,” McConnell said, also on CNN. “Their policies are in place. And they are demonstrably not working.”
Biden said the Obama administration inherited a collapsing economy from the George W. Bush presidency and rescued it from a potential depression. The vice president said that without the 2009 stimulus bill, “we would be in a position now where we would be in a double dip recession some time ago.”
Yet the Republicans are now blocking the Obama jobs bill, just as they blocked a major debt reduction effort over the summer, Biden said, referring specifically to the Tea Party Republicans.
“This is not your normal Republican Party,” Biden said. “It doesn’t mean it’s good or bad. It’s a different Republican Party in the House of Representatives … And until we get a Republican Party, it’s going to be hard to figure out who can we compromise with.”