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We wanted to share a heartfelt video from George W. Bush.
Filed Under Latest News on Sep 11
Thirteen years later, the former White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, shared his day on 9/11/01 that began in a motorcade with President Bush to an elementary school. Where he initially planned to discuss education with a small group of folks which turned into a speech that America was under attach by terrorists.
Fleischer addresses a moment that Democrat film maker, Michael Moore, initiated a controversy that the President continued reading to a class knowing America was under attack. He tweeted, “Bush said later he stayed 2collect his thoughts and send a signal of calm. He said he didn’t want 2bolt from his chair and alarm the nation.”
“Bush also told VP – and I quote – ‘We’re at war Dick and we’re going to find out who did this and we’re going to kick their ass.'”
Fleischer concluded this live 9/11 timeline on Twitter saying, “I don’t remember what time I got home that night. It was a long day – and its ramifications, as world events today show, still haven’t ended,” and, “That’s what I did September 11, 2001. Thanks for listening. God Bless America.”
Check out Ari Fleischer on Twitter @AriFleischer to read the entire timeline. It’s pretty remarkable.
Filed Under Latest News on Aug 22
Of the latest participants, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has “broken the ice” into politics. Former President George W. Bush intended to “simply write a check,” but his wife Laura decided it were better for him to be doused in ice water.
In a statement on Facebook, Bush said, “Thanks to Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Coach Jim Harbaugh for the#IceBucketChallenge — and to Laura W. Bush for the check. Next up: President Bill Clinton. Help#StrikeOutALS at www.alsa.org.”
In a political atmosphere of perpetual finger pointing, it is refreshing to see some sort of bi-partisanship for such a deserving cause. President Bush concludes the video saying, “Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton.” Watch the video below.
The former excentric NBA star, Dennis Rodman, has returned to North Korea for a visit with “friend” Kim Jong Un. This time, Rodman has brought ten basketball players along with him as a gift to the leader of the country.
Rodman has lashed out at news outlet CNN for the general disproval he’s received from the media for his decision to befriend the North Korean leader and travel to the country. Rodman explains the trip was for the sole purpose of his friendship and asked, “You know, you got 10 guys here. Ten guys here that left their families to help this country in the sports nature. Does anyone understand that?”
With the recent events of the imprisonment of American Kenneth Bae and the execution of Un’s uncle Jang Song-taek, Rodman was challenged for his decision to bring other Americans with him to North Korea. At the bottom line, Rodman truly believes that ultimately he can “open the door a little bit,” and “Guess what? One day, one day this door is going to open,” so people can go to North Korea.
On a scale of 1-10 how far from reality has Dennis Rodman reached?
Generally speaking, there are certain social etiquette rules that aren’t to be broken. When you’re POTUS, there are even higher social standards. Unless you’re as arrogant and egotistical as Barack Obama.
In this photo you our shamless President taking a “selfie” with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. You don’t take photos at a funeral, nonetheless a selfie. I don’t care who you are.
If this were a video Obama would be saying, “Awesome! Make sure you tag me on Facebook, and check us in at Mandela’s funeral!” Right when you think our President couldn’t be any more pretentious … he goes and does this to totally redeem himself!
This just in. At no fault to the politics involved, Obamacare is extended once again because, in a nutshell, they have too many mistakes to “learn from.” The claim is they’re giving more time to insurers to set their rates for 2015, but it’s more like they’re letting Michelle Obama’s Canadian college friend figure out how they’re going to construct a functioning website.
The underlying agenda is the disappointing numbers of applications when the website initially launched. This buys them time to relaunch and hope for a spike in applications. This is a prologue to next year, when employers will have to deal with Obamacare. I imagine more “delays” are inevitable at no fault to the objective GOP.
“Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. Let us pause from our many activities to give thanks to almighty God for our bountiful harvests and abundant freedoms. Let us call upon Him for continued guidance and assistance in all our endeavors.”
President Ronald Reagan, Oct. 13, 1986Thanksgiving Day, 1986
Today, we honor all who have served this country and protected our freedom. We’re forever grateful.
Republicans are really digging a grave here. I understand the rejection and condemnation for Obamacare, but it doesn’t appear the President is willing to negotiate. If he was willing to negotiate the government wouldn’t have shut down.
When Obama spoke yesterday, he placed every ounce of blame on Republicans, and a lot of people understand that this wouldn’t have happened if both sides weren’t at fault. However, the President takes zero accountability for this government shutdown and just keeps shaming and pointing his finger at the GOP.
This leaves the GOP in a worst spot than they were in before. Now, millions of people have listened to the propaganda of our President who 100% blames the Republican Party for the government shutdown. If…and this is a very big “if”… the President does agree to a negotiation, say of the medical device tax, and they approve a budget and everyone goes back to work, Obama is going to appear to be the hero. Which is utter garbage because that tax is garbage and never should’ve existed anyway.
The Senate’s rejection of two House bills; one delaying the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and another offering a negotiation. Who called whose bluff? While the government has shut down, Obamacare still went into full effect October 1.
Honestly, it wasn’t worth delaying Obamacare because the President has already delayed many parts of the law. Which is exactly what it is … it’s a law. It was passed by the House and Senate and is now in effect. Whether or not we like or agree with everything in it (i.e. medical device tax), it doesn’t and shouldn’t affect funding our government.
The last time this happened was in 1995 when Bill Clinton was President. This shutdown isn’t anything like that because Obama’s approval rating are way down and these days his affability is nothing like Clinton’s was.
Only time will tell where this goes from here…
There has to be something said for Senator Ted Cruz and the uproar he has ignited in the House. It has been a long time since we’ve witnessed a Republican vs. Republican scene. However, I can’t be mad. Defunding Obamacare has been the objective for quite some time, but somehow we keep finding our country at the mercy of a small group of people and time is always of the essence.
For far too long, the anti-partisanship has slowly and steadily lowered the standard of this nation, and it’s to the point that any type of agreement is celebrated no matter how poor or inadequate the decision is. In the greater picture, this is essentially part of Cruz’s agenda. For the first time in a long time, we’re witnessing a politician have a back bone about something. This has been killing Republicans for years, so our nation has settled for a lower standard time and time again. That’s not going to lead us to anything prosperous. Will a government shutdown lead to prosperity? Not exactly, but with the way things have been shaping up over the years, a lot of things don’t look like they lead to prosperity in our nation. In a way, Ted Cruz is somewhat refreshing because he’s not like the others.
There is no explanation for a senseless act of violence that occurred last Friday in Duncan, Oklahoma. An Australian baseball player, Chris Lane, was gunned down by three teenagers while on an afternoon jog. Lane was shot in the back and left to die as the teens sped off in their car.
Fortunately, authorities quickly caught up to the teens and arrested them. After interrogations, one of the suspects admitted to pulling the trigger and explained that they were just “bored,” and saw Lane running by and decided he would be their first target. This just absolutely blows my mind. The two teens charged with first degree murder are African-American. Could they have been your son Mr. Obama? I mean this is just a perfect explanation as to how ignorant it was for the President to make that remark in regards to the Zimmerman case.
An Australian family’s son is dead because of these thugs who were on a killing spree. The senseless violence has affected a foreign family and the chances of the President responding or marginal. However, if he’s going to say something ridiculously stupid again, we’re better off not hearing a word out of his mouth.
This story is plastered all over Australian media, and the first reaction is about our gun control. This goes far deeper than gun control, but it tarnishes the reputation we have in Australia, and it’s devastating that this is the effect that our nation has had on this Australian family and community.
Today, President Obama reacted to the incredibly violent protests in Egypt, from vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and said, “America cannot determine the future of Egypt.” Yet, because of him, Egypt receives nearly $1.5 billion in annual aid for their military.
Obviously, this isn’t settling so well with Americans across our homeland, and many are pushing for Obama to put his foot down and withdraw aid to this “ally.” Also, rememeber last year when Hillary Clinton went to Egypt, and the crowd chanted “Monica!” at her? That’s like a real life SNL skit.
While awaiting asylum, Snowden has spent the past 6 weeks in an airport cell, and to him that is better than returning to the United States. Snowden has requested asylum in Russia because he fears being tortured in the United States. That’s fair enough.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that Snowden will not face the death penalty for the crimes he’s been charged with, including espionage, and that he will have a civilian trial.
Honestly, I would do everything in my power to stay away also. However, there’s also a gut feeling that there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye.
President Obama found it necessary to put in his two cents on the topic that is draining the intelligence of our nation this week. Obama made the statement, “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” First of all, I completely disagree with this statement. Coming from a public figure who has consistently charging others with racial profiling, simply profiled himself, and quite publicly. After the President spoke about the Martin verdict, it didn’t seem to pacify the anger in the country at all, rather add fuel to a fire of racism.
On the morning before President Obama made his speech, an African American Hollywood actor, Romany Malco, wrote a brilliant post shared on Huffington Post. It was thoughtful, educated, and insightful. Then you have Obama later profiling himself and saying this “could’ve been me.” That is so far from the truth, it makes my head spin. That’s like saying it could’ve been Tiger Woods because of the color of his skin. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I’m not buying anything the President is trying to sell.
Anthony Weiner, a candidate for New York City Mayor, admitted that he had continued his digital transgressions after he resigned from Congress as the result of a sexting scandal. His wife is still by his side.
Between Weiner and Spitzer, this is the best they could come up with in New York? That’s sad.
Indeed. Right when they were about to move on from the previous scandal, they’ve dug the IRS grave a little deeper. This time it is a leak of thousands of social security numbers. This information comes from a recent audit by Public.Resource.org. It was disclosed that thousands of social security numbers had been leaked by the IRS for almost a whole day, until the mistake was noticed.
The database involved in the exposure of these social security numbers were those who filed 527s, filed by nonprofit political groups. The chances of IRS trying to cover up this “oopsie” are about as good as the exposed social security numbers being from nonprofit Republican groups. The IRS has created quite the track record lately.