Earth calling the Obamas: Presidency isn’t a pageant or a popularity contest! Fortunately for me, I was on an international flight (watching Argo) while The Academy Awards were on. I didn’t have to see “First Lady” Michelle Obama tune in via satellite to the biggest celebrity convention in Hollywood to issue the most prestigious award (of course). I’m thankful I didn’t see it live, because I’d probably be out buying a new television.

As First Lady (hard to call her that as she doesn’t uphold the title), Michelle Obama has absolutely no place being involved in the Hollywood spotlight in any regard! It makes me sick that they pry their way into celebrity in any way they possibly can. Anyone who thinks this is okay in the current situation in America should have their right to vote revoked. They’ve been interviewed on almost every daytime/late night show there is, in addition to reality TV appearances. They will be exploiting Malia and Sasha on American Idol within the next few years as their ages are eligible, and you can can bet your bottom dollar, they’ll have a reality TV show when his presidency is over. This is their master plan.

Sadly, the President’s job is to govern and lead, not dabble in celebrity, and it’s blatantly obvious that his celebrity and popularity status are more important than the success or survival of The United States. Their list of celebrity appearances and events far exceed their list of political accomplishments. It’s insulting to the American people.

The irony of the Oscars situation is, Michelle Obama announced Argo as the winner of Best Picture. Ben Affleck, the director of Argo, has been a supporter of the Obamas in the past, but confessed his disappointment and frustration with the President in the recent election. Affleck told the Associated Press, “I voted for Obama last time although he got to be all things to all people then,” adding, “And now he’s got a record which makes it really different … I obviously have more complicated feelings.” Take a hint Obamas! It’s probably things like dishing out Academy Awards that are upsetting people. Go back to the Oval Office and do your job! [End rant]

Silver lining: Argo is excellent if you have not seen it.

Well, Dear Reader, this coming Thursday marks the end of the world. Forget the phony Mayan Apocalypse. Sequestration is coming. Yeah, that’s a big word and nobody seems to actually know what it means. I’d say its unprecedented when truthfully it’s really inconceivable.

The One refers to the “sequestration” cuts as a “meat cleaver”   approach to trimming the budget. While this may be true, let’s also remember that this whole meat cleaver idea was hatched in The One’s brainpan. It was his dizzying intellect that came up with this idea. Had he not put his pen to paper on the bill that became law with his signature, his government would not be in this situation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this country has operated without an annual budget for the entire administration of Barack Obama. His government has run TRILLION dollar deficits every single day of its existence and projects to run those same deficits for as far as futurists care to predict. Here’s the biggest joke: even with the “sequestration” meat cleaver, the Federal Government will spend more money this year than it did last year. Don’t take my word for it, the big brained people over at George Mason University have run the numbers.

But, never mind the facts and figures. At midnight on Thursday the world will stop spinning on its axis and everything and everyone will be hurled into space. Mayan Apocalypse? Hell, ancient predictions of fire and brimstone ain’t got nothin’ on big bad Sequestration.  Here’s a preview of The One’s upcoming press conference:

The aftermath of a resounding political defeat is usually a time for introspection and recalibration on the part of the defeated. Now that the parade confetti and inaugural ball party streamers have made their way to beltway area landfills, what’s left of the Republican party has drawn their six-shooters and begun to engage in the traditional post-election circular firing squad.

The most recent entry into this circle exercise is none other than former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (hereafter referred to as Mr. Newt). His current target is none other than the Sith Lord Karl Rove and his Conservative Victory Project (CVC). Evidently Mr. Newt is upset at Rove’s attempt to “bounce” GOP candidates who don’t have a prayer of winning a general election.

Having said that, I feel the need to bring up the fact that Mr. Newt left electoral politics when he resigned the Speakership in 1998 and unceremoniously exited the House of Representatives in 1999. His performance in the 2012 Race for the Oval is memorable only for his discussion of Moon bases. Were it not for his billionaire bankroller, it’s doubtful he would have survived past his first primary defeat.

Love him or hate him, Sith Lord Rove has a pretty good track record when it comes to engineering electoral victory on a national stage. He is largely credited as “the architect” of W’s 2004 presidential victory over the current Secretary of State, John “Lurch” Kerry. 

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So other than (over) reaction to Water(bottle)-gate, did anything Earth-shattering occur last night?

Many seem to want to make an issue over Rubio slip-up – or is that sip-up?. Did his case of cotton mouth impact on his performance?

Any surprises from the President?

Even though he’d be 74 when he’d take office, Vice President Joe Biden is showing signs that he intends to make a run at the Oval Office in 2016.

Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph — but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night.

“I took a look at who was there,” said longtime New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, “and said to myself, ‘There’s no question he’s thinking about the future.’ ”

He’s right. Biden, according to a number of advisers and Democrats who have spoken to him in recent months, wants to run, or at least be well positioned to run, if and when he decides to pull the trigger. Biden has expressed a clear sense of urgency, convinced the Democratic field will be defined quickly — and that it might very well come down to a private chat with Hillary Clinton about who should finish what Barack Obama started.

There are, of course, a lot of reasons to think there is no chance Joe will go in 2016. There’s the obvious age issue. His deserved reputation as a gaffe machine will give his opponents major ammunition. If Hillary runs, he knows he has no shot.

But he certainly appears to be considering it, and The Daily Caller gives five hints to prove that.

Biden 2016 may not result in victory, but it should give political junkies like myself plenty of material to write about.

Florida Senator and GOP rising star Marco Rubio will deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week.

The response is a chance for Rubio to assert his brand on a national stage, a chance to show that he’s ready for prime-time – or is that primary time?

The last time a young, star-in-the-making Republican gave the opposition response to Obama’s SOTU after election was in 2009, when Louisiana Bobby Jindal gave a performance that set back his reputation by years.

So will Rubio succeed, or will he Jindal?

Bobby Jindal thinks that prospective Republican candidates for 2016 should “get their head examined” and said that Republicans should “stop being the stupid party,” in recent comments.

Jindal, who has long been rumored to have national ambitions, appears to believe the GOP has been goaded into fights with President Obama and the Democrats on issues they can’t seem to win on:

A majority of American voters think that the government is trying to do too much. They want smaller government yet they still voted for President Obama — that means we’re not winning the conversation. We’re not presenting our ideas. We’re not in that debate as well as we should be,” Jindal said on Fox News.

Does Jindal have a point here? Are Republicans being maneuvered into fighting Democrats over issues that Democrats can win elections on?