Day: March 19, 2011

Rudy Giuliani: Time to bury the birthers

I’m definitely NOT a Rudy Giuliani fan, but in this rare instance, he is correct…

Politico

A day after Donald Trump raised questions about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Rudy Giuliani on Friday swatted down the “birthers” as a waste of time, saying it’s “clear” the president was born in America.

The former New York City mayor — making his first trip to New Hampshire of the 2012 presidential cycle as he weighs another run for the White House — made the comments to POLITICO just before he spoke at the Manchester GOP Lincoln Day dinner here.

“He’s born in the United States, I don’t see any real question about that,” Giuliani said. “And even if some people have some doubts in the back of their minds it’s really too late and futile. … We have so many more important things to talk about.”

Trump, who is also considering a campaign for president, waded into the “birther” debate on Thursday by suggesting he himself has doubts about the president’s citizenship and that “no one” knew Obama when he was growing up.

The president on Thursday made light of the lingering controversy by making a joke about it, the second time he has done so this month after a long period of remaining silent on the topic.

Jan Brewer’s ‘painfully awkward’ broken-teleprompter pause

We’ve seen this ghastly pause before…at a debate last fall where Brewer forgot her talking points and fell dumfounded for more than 20-30 seconds.   If she only had a brain!

The Week

The video: Politically speaking, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is best known for advocating her state’s notoriously strict immigration law. But as an orator, she is beginning to develop a reputation for clamming up at public events. At a speech in Mesa this week, Brewer was delivering a pre-written address when her teleprompter malfunctioned, leaving her silent for about seven seconds. “As we limit the growth of the public sector and restrain unnecessary regulation, stimulate the engine of free enterprise,” Brewer began, before breaking off and anxiously looking around the room. She finally continued by remarking, “Well, it looks like my teleprompter broke,” which drew chuckles from the crowd. (See the video below.) She was then handed a printed copy of her speech. The silence recalled Brewer’s infamous performance at a gubernatorial debate last year, in which she nervously struggled to speak during her opening statement. (She won the race by 12 percentage points anyway.)

The reaction: Wow, says Justin Elliott at Salon. “Painfully awkward.” Indeed, this was “yet another embarrassing moment” for the governor, says My Fox. But this time, unlike her performance last year, she “laughed it off and recovered.” This incident just underscores the ridiculousness of conservatives attacking President Obama for using a teleprompter, says Hypervocal. It’s “funny to see members of the right-wing echo chamber fall victim to their own attacks .” Watch Brewer’s gaffe:

West Wing Week: “Punching Above Your Weight”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, Education Month continued, with President Obama asking Congress to fix No Child Left Behind before the beginning of the coming school year. The President also updates the American people on relief efforts in Japan and pledges continued support. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Taoiseach of Ireland, and the Chicago Blackhawks also stopped by.

Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners

The week’s top 10 quotes in politics

“I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for president of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate, so we can get that off the table.” – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, laying out her priorities. 

“This is President Obama’s hometown, and, I just figured, ‘when in Rome…’” – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in Chicago, dinging the president’s occasional teleprompter use as Barbour used one himself. 

“I believe in the Democratic process, but I don’t believe in craziness.” – D.C. Councilmember (and former Mayor) Marion Barry, opposing a proposal to change the District’s primary calendar. 

“You know, the First Amendment cuts both ways.” – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, explaining why he occasionally blocks journalists on Twitter. 

“God forbid I quote Charlie Sheen.” – Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, after coming close to quoting the infamous “winning” Sheen-ism. 

“I don’t like the crying. … I don’t understand it.” – Donald Trump, zinging House Speaker John Boehner for his flowing aqueducts. 

“He was campaigning with his five perfect sons, Dip, Chip, Rip, Zip, Lip, and Dip … and he goes to the diner, introduces himself to a family, and says, ‘What village are you from in New Hampshire?’ and then he describes the home he owns in their village.” – New York Times columnist David Brooks, poking fun at Mitt Romney. 

“I mean, what do you want him to do, stay in his house and be on the phone with the ambassador to Japan all the time?” – Former VP and avid golfer Dan Quayle, defending President Obama from charges that he plays too much golf. 

“[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction. … Power over the White House, power over Congress. … Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies.” – Helen Thomas, in an interview for Playboy, remaining consistent in her views. 

“With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.” – Ann Coulter, providing an up side to the bad news from Japan by citing reports that some radiation exposure can be beneficial.

Some Idiot Actually Got a Charlie Sheen Tiger Blood Tattoo

This should be filed under idiotic and insane ideas!

Gawker

 Toronto tattoo artist Andrew Ottenhof got a tattoo of Charlie Sheen wearing a tiger head. It also has the Twitter bird and a couple of hash tags. One of these days, Andrew is going to wish he could chop this off with a machete. Oh, and next time someone asks if there’s anyone stupider and crazier than Charlie Sheen, point them toward Canada.