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|(courtesy Scooter Van Neuter at (Big Hairy News)|
First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana last week cost taxpayers well over half a million dollars, possibly in the range of $700,000 or $800,000, according to an analysis by White House Dossier.
Many of the trip’s expenses cannot be obtained with specificity, including the cost of local transportation for the first lady, Secret Service protection, the care and feeding of staffers, and pre-trip advance work done by administration officials in South Africa.
While the goals of her journey – “youth leadership, education, health and wellness” in southern Africa, according to the White House – are laudable, many may question whether such an expensive outreach overseas by the president’s wife is worthwhile given the threat of the ballooning federal debt to the economy.
This is particularly true given that the trip, while featuring many official events, also included tourist components such as visits to historical landmarks and museums, a nonworking chance to meet Nelson Mandela that Mrs. Obama described as “surreal,” and a safari. Mrs. Obama also brought along her mother, her daughters and two of their cousins – the children of her brother Craig Robinson.
This feels like the punchline to a joke. “First prize is dinner with the president. Second prize is dinner with the president and Joe Biden.” Is there any American anywhere — Dover and Wilmington included — who was planning to pass on this contest but, now that Biden’s in the mix, is ready to pop for five bucks to enter?
NIGGER! NIGGER! HE'S A NIGGGGGGGGGAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Goddamn Nigger-rigged the economy! It was perfect when Bush (A WHITE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!) and now thanks to his niggernomics the USA is all niggered-up!
I suppose it's a mark of progress that morons like you hide your racism but it still smack of cowardliness.
|Tub of Goo with The Castro Brothers|
Hugo Chávez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.
The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.
During the call Chávez said that medical tests showed no sign of any "malignant" illness.
But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in "critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation."
|"I'm so-o-o-o-o wasted!"|
The president’s whirlwind visit lasted all of four hours, during which he spoke in broad and sweeping platitudes, claiming that “the aspirations and struggles of this island mirror those of the United States” and promising “we are going to put people back to work here in Puerto Rico and all across America.”
Obama further attempted to ingratiate himself with the crowd by exhausting his meager inventory of phrasebook Spanish. In so doing he used the same exaggerated Spanish accent he invoked when he famously uttered the nonsense phrase cinco de cuatro in 2009, providing even the usually sympathetic comedian Jon Stewart with ammunition.
Leaders of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party noticed the stark absence of any concrete offers of help or solutions with these pressing issues—and they were resentful. Local Sen. Melinda Romero, a delegate of the island’s chapter of the Democratic Party, has demanded an apology from Obama and asked that he return the money raised during the brief stopover.
Adding to the resentment of the ruling New Progressives, led by Republican Gov. Luis Fortuno, is the unscheduled lunch that Obama had with opposition gubernatorial candidate Alejandro Garcia, a photo op from which now appears on the White House website.
Leaders of a national Hispanic organization are criticizing President Barack Obama for skipping their annual conference for the third consecutive year after he promised as a candidate in 2008 that he would return as president.
Some members of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials also are questioning Obama’s commitment to immigration reform, noting that deportations have increased under his watch — even as the administration intensifies its outreach for Hispanic votes. NALEO, which includes more than 6,000 Latino leaders who represent major blocs of voters in key electoral states, opens its annual conference Thursday in San Antonio.
The rift is noteworthy — and even a little puzzling — because of the administration’s aggressive push for Hispanic support ahead of 2012. Obama’s campaign team is trying to raise historically low rates of Hispanic registration and voter turnout in at least a half-dozen swing states, and one Obama adviser involved in his reelection effort recently told POLITICO, “Hispanics could very well decide this election.”
The Democrats' headline-grabbing promotion to offer a chance at a private dinner date with President Obama is reportedly drawing little money, but a great deal of press. Republican strategists looked at the program and asked if there might be a way to capitalize on it for their own financial gain, and the result is the "No Dinner, No Obama" raffle, where for ten dollars every entrant is guaranteed to not have dinner with the President.
"After seeing the recent photo of Obama stuffing a chili dog into his pie-hole, it was obvious most normal Americans would pay to not eat with him. We're pulling in huge bucks," said a GOP spokesman.
|"Don't you be dissin' my creased-faced man that way, ya'all heah?"|
However, this coming week she is taking her mother and two daughters on a week-long visit to Africa, with stops and public events in South Africa and Botswana and including a private safari experience.
For her second solo international trip, the first lady has scheduled stops in South Africa and Botswana, two growing democracies, where she'll continue her work encouraging young people to get involved in national affairs. She'll also promote education, health and wellness.
The previously announced June 20-26 trip begins Monday in Johannesburg. Mrs. Obama will also stop in Pretoria and Cape Town in South Africa before moving on to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The trip ends with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the return to Washington on June 27.
White House officials said Wednesday that the trip will help advance the administration's agenda in Africa.
Air Force One has landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first time it has done so in an official capacity since JFK’s island visit 50 years ago. While in Puerto Rico, President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks on the island’s status (the hottest of local hot-button topics), tout a Stimulus-funded project (time permitting), and (of course!) host a pair of fund raising events.
|"Here's my resume; you can use it for toilet paper if you need to.."|
As part of the Obama administration’s campaign to promote transparency, the White House announced today it intends to eliminate the public’s access to half of the federal government’s websites within the next year.
The White House said there are nearly 2,000 websites operated by the federal government, which it said confuses people.
“With so many separate sites, Americans often do not know where to turn for information,” the office of Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. said in a statement. “The administration will immediately put a halt to the creation of new websites. The administration will also shut down or consolidate 25% of the 2,000 sites over the next few months and set a goal of cutting the number of separate, standalone sites in half over the next year.”
|"..and my trunk used to be THIIIISSSSS big. Now it's bigger!"|
"I see the sadness and worry that's creasing his face," she said to a crowd of about 500 at the Pasadena luncheon organized by the Southern California Women For Obama. She described his worth ethic as “tireless,” according to pool reports.
"He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him," she said. "This man doesn't take a day off."
She said the next two years of campaigning would be difficult for the Obamas and their supporters. "It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long," she said. "Now more than ever we need your help to finish what we started."
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I would have finished it off by having the people mowed down by a speeding purple bus while the driver (who looks suspiciously like PBHO) tosses out a slurpee cup to bounce off the bodies.
Bishop on June 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM
|"He is risen?"|
Osama bin Laden, alive and well, decided to send President Obama a note in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.
Obama opened the note, which appeared to contain a single line of coded message: 370HSSV-0773H.
Obama was baffled, so he E-mailed it to James Clapper. Clapper and his Department of National Intelligence had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve it at the FBI, so it went to the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, and then to the NSA. With no clue as to its meaning, the FBI finally asked Marine Corps Intelligence for help.
Within a few seconds, the Marines cabled back with this reply: "Tell Obama he is holding the message upside down."
|"Mirror, Mirror on the wall.."|
For a man so eager to push his colleagues under the bus, Weiner seems awfully reluctant to apply the same standards to himself. No wonder his colleagues are so eager to get him to quit.
Stick it out, Weiner.
artist on June 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM
|"..oh, nothin' much, just playing POTUS here. How about you?"|
Hello, everyone. I want to spend a couple minutes talking with you about our economy. We’ve just come through the worst recession since the Great Depression, and while our economy as a whole has been growing and adding private sector jobs, too many folks are still struggling to get back on their feet.Huh? Just come through the worst recession? Try the fact that we are still in the worst recession and probably going to end up in the first depression since the Great Depression if you keep screwing things up like you have been doing.
I wish I could tell you there was a quick fix to our economic problems. But the truth is, we didn’t get into this mess overnight, and we won’t get out of it overnight. It’s going to take time.
The good news is, when it comes to job-creation and economic growth, there are certain things we know we can do. Now, government is not – and should not be – the main engine of job-creation in. ...this country. That’s the role of the private sector. But one thing government can do is partner with the private sector to make sure that every worker has the necessary skills for the jobs they’re applying for.
On Wednesday, I announced commitments by the private sector, colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers that will make it possible for 500,000 community college students to get a manufacturing credential that has the industry’s stamp of approval.Obama watches a Chrysler worker in Toledo 6-3-11
If you’re a company that’s hiring, you’ll know that anyone who has this degree has the skills you’re looking for. If you’re a student considering community college, you’ll know that your diploma will give you a leg up in the job market.
On Monday, I’ll travel to North Carolina, where I’ll meet with my Jobs Council and talk about additional steps we can take to spur private sector hiring in the short-term and ensure our workers have the skills and training they need in this economy.
|All this pulchritude and tats too!|
A liberal actress and comedian is strongly defending embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), saying “everyone lies about sex” and expressing hope he becomes the mayor of New York City.
During an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Janeane Garofalo said, “Anthony Weiner deserves to be supported and hopefully he will be mayor of New York one day. I’m serious. He is a Democrat [who] actually fights for the things liberals and progressive and rational people care about.
“I don’t know why he’s being thrown under the bus. He hasn’t done any — he hasn’t broke any laws,” she said.
The Saturday Night Live alum, who has appeared in the television shows “24,” “The West Wing” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” added, “Everyone lies about sex. [Weiner's controversy] has not impacted anyone’s life negatively.”
She blamed the media for being ”overly obsessed” with the Weiner story.
During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" last weekend, Palin said that she's not concerned that the emails being released could produce any damaging revelations.
"I think every rock in the Palin household that could ever be kicked over and uncovered anything, it's already been kicked over," she explained. "I don't think there's anything private in our family now. A lot of those emails obviously weren't meant for public consumption. They are between staff members. They're probably between family members."
Click here to read the emails released by the state of Alaska. See anything interesting related to the 2008 campaign? Todd Palin? Tell us what you find right here or by emailing us at email@example.com.
“One embarrassing aspect of this episode, among several, is that major newspapers like the Times and the Post don’t seem to have the resources to review a few boxes of emails to determine whether there is anything there of interest. Otherwise, why would they solicit help from hundreds of readers? In my business, litigation, it is not unusual for parties to produce tens of millions of documents. A production of 13,000 emails would be considered miniscule. [sic] That our major newspapers evidently don’t have staff to do this minimal amount of work speaks volumes about their decline.”
Mark Adams · Top Commenter · London, United Kingdom
These images of liberals scuttling around with boxes of Palin's emails will stick. The left is melting down. Its central sustaining memes are a bust:
Obama is the promised one - not so much.
Palin is finished - she's the brightest star in US politics.
The msm resemble a pig in shit with these emails. They'll look up and see the electorate aghast at the squalor. Add Weiner's flasherism and lies to change the image to a pack of sewer rats. 'Vote sewer rat' isn't a winning slogan.
|"Can't I just finish my chili dogs, sweetie?"|
Yesterday she unveiled the USDA's new healthy-eating guide, which replaces the famous 'My Pyramid' with a plate divided into four nutritional quadrants: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins.
But as her husband chowed down at the famous Rudy's Hot Dog with Toledo's mayor, the only sign of 'vegetables' appeared to be some fried onions.
He ordered the house speciality chili dog, which comes with mustard, onion, chili sauce and cheese, and topped it up with a bowl of chili and a portion of fries on
As he entered the restaurant, which claims to sell 8,000 dogs a week, he told the restaurant owners: 'These guys, whatever they want; I'm buying.'
And he teased one of the cooks, USA Today reports, telling the owners: 'She says she's worked here 30 years. That means she was under-age when you hired her.'
Both Mr Obama and his wife Michelle have made healthy eating a focal point of their time at the White House.
Wow, what a breakthrough! And if the food pyramid had any relevance to diet selection for Americans, it might even have been worth the two million dollars the USDA spent just to design the logo. Yes, that’s right, it cost taxpayers $2 million for someone to draw a circle, cut it into four quadrants, and then attach labels like FRUITS and VEGETABLES. The $2 million didn’t just go into the logo design, though. According to the New York Times, they spent part of that money doing focus-group testing on circles with two lines, and on a Web site, too — as if millions of people will thunder to it to plan their dinners.