Day: August 25, 2012

Politico’s Week in one liners: Yoder, Rubio

Politico

The top quotes in politics …

“Regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit.” — Rep. Kevin Yoder describing his late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee.

“Don’t be a stranger!” — ABC’s Jake Tapper encouraging President Obama to make more appearances in the White House briefing room.

“…then you are what we would call in Britain, a gutless little twerp.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan  lashing out at Rep. Todd Akin for backing out of an interview.

“This is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class.” — President Barack Obama mocking Akin.

“I’m vice president, and let me tell you, I’d trade it all to go back and play my senior year again.” Vice President Joe Biden recalling his football days.

“Gov. Romney’s just sort of a guy that you never want to play pick-up basketball with.” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley criticizing the GOP presidential candidate.

“That’s really good news because I just bought a four-day cruise.” — Sen. Marco Rubio recalling his reaction to not being selected as Romney’s running mate.

West Wing Week 08/24/12 or “The Historic, First-Ever Kids’ State Dinner Edition!”

The White House

This week, The White House held an historic, first-ever Kids’ State Dinner; hosted Americorps, School Improvement Grantees, and Presidential Innovation Fellows.

The President held a news conference and spoke with regional reporters about the need for Congress to agree on a balanced deficit reduction plan; and the First Lady made a major veterans hiring announcement in Jacksonville, Florida.

That’s August 17th to 24th or, “The Historic, First-Ever Kids’ State Dinner Edition!”

7 Birthers Speaking At The Republican Convention

Speechless…

Think Progress

Mitt Romney’s invocation of birtherism on Friday took his campaign to a new level of involvement with the bogus idea that President Obama is actually Kenyan-born and therefore ineligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief. But that dog-whistle theory has already been embraced by many major Republicans with whom Romney has long been happy to consort.

Indeed, as Republicans head down to Tampa for their convention next week, they are preparing to see a veritable festival of politicians who have dabbled in — or fully embraced — birtherism.

Here are the members of the birther bunch who will be speaking in Tampa next week:

1. Donald Trump. The famed billionaire/birther king Donald Trump has been the most vociferous — and most closely connected to Romney — person alleging that the President wasn’t born in the United States.

2. Actress Janine Turner. The Northern Exposure star who has her own conservative radio show wrote a long screed titled “Reasoning ‘Kenyan Born.’” In it, she complains that anyone who questions the president’s citizenship is deemed a racist: “If this were a legal case in court, [Obama’s] book bio stating that Obama was ‘born in Kenya’ would be taken into consideration.”

3. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. During a town hall captured on video  (at 3:5), Olens said, “You know the state of Hawaii says he’s produced a certified birth certificate… so on one hand I have to trust the state of Hawaii follows the laws. On the other hand it would be nice for the President to say, here it is, I have a copy.”

4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. On one radio appearance during Huckabee’s bid for president, the former governor said, “I would love to know more [about where Obama was born]. What I know is troubling enough.” He later walked back the statement.

5. Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In 2010, the Orlando Sentinel reported than an audience member at one of Scott’s campaign events asked “what he would do about President Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ and whether he could legally appear on the 2012 ballot in Florida.” Scott responded, “I’ll have to look into it.”

6. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Conference once told reporters “Oh, I’d like to see the documents.”

7. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal was willing to sign a “birther” bill into law. It would have required all presidential candidates to release their birth certificate in order to qualify for a spot on the state’s ballot.

Steve King: Multicultural Groups Are ‘People That Feel Sorry For Themselves’

English: US Rep. Steve King

Rep. Steve King 

I have a headache…

Think Progress

At a recent town hall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explained his concern over discovering that Iowa State University has multicultural groups. King characterized minority students as people “who feel sorry for themselves,” and worried about impressionable students being “brought into a group that have a grievance against society.” King said:

I went to the Iowa State website and […] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate on campus at Iowa State. It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups, victimology, people that feel sorry for themselves and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves. […]

And then, you’re brought into a group of people that are–have a grievance against society rather than understand there’s a tremendous blessing in this society.

Watch the video from CREDO Action:

King has a long history of controversial remarks. The Iowa congressman has compared immigrants to dogs, sponsored legislation that designates English as the national language, and wanted to sue the government to deport children. Yesterday, he came to Rep Todd Akin’s (R-MO) defense over his “legitimate rape” comments.