White House Correspondents’ Association

Week in one-liners: FLOTUS, Flake, Palin

Michelle Obama, Jeff Flake and Sarah Palin are shown. | AP Photos

Michelle Obama, Jeff Flake and Sarah Palin are shown. | AP Photos


The top quotes in politics…

“… I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.” — PresidentBarack Obama joking around at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“Fox is the jocks, MSNBC is the nerds…NPR is the table for kids with peanut allergies.” —Conan O’Brien jabbing the media during his routine.

“That #WHCD was pathetic.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bashing the dinner.

“We’ve got your back!” — First lady Michelle Obama tweeting her support to NBA center Jason Collins.

“I’m looking forward to personally congratulating America’s great sex pioneer.” — Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt endorsing Mark Sanford.

“She went there.” — A debate moderator noting Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s reference to Sanford’s affair.

“That probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum.” — Sen. Jeff Flake commenting ona poll of his political popularity.


Watch: White House Correspondents Dinner Awesome Spoof Of ‘House of Cards’

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The New Civil Rights Movement

The White House Correspondents Dinner featured an awesome spoof of the Netflix series, “House of Cards,” which features Kevin Spacey as the House Majority Whip, but also, cameos of John McCain, Valerie Jarrett, BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith, Steny Hoyer, Kevin McCarthy, New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Politico’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Rush Limbaugh Smears President Obama by Suggesting He is Cheating on His Wife


Rush Limbaugh smeared President Obama [yesterday] by suggesting that the president was cheating on his wife while playing golf with Tiger Woods.


Posted 2-18-2013

Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:

By the way, there are some in the Drive-Bys (and we have the evidence coming up) who are not happy that Obama invited Tiger while Moochelle is half a continent away with the children. It’s a guy’s weekend, and there’s Tiger in there, and there are no cameras. So there are some people in the media, particularly over at CNN, who are very, very worried about this.

Not us here at the EIB Network. It never crossed our minds. I saw a busload of women when I was out yesterday on 95. I was up as far as Jupiter, and I did see a busload of women heading north on 95. Now, I had no idea where it was going. It was the afternoon. It was after, like, three o’clock. (interruption) No, no, no, Snerdley! I’m not leveling any accusations, but I did see a busload of women. (interruption) No, Clinton’s not there. Well, that’s a good question. I don’t think Clinton’s in town. Anyway, hee-hee, we have the evidence coming up.

But the way the sports media treats these guys is that they’re gods, in essence. Of course that veil was lifted on Tiger. Before we get to that, I had a bunch of people e-mail me during the break here. “Rush, come on! Obama’s a very loyal and devoted husband. He doesn’t care about women.” Maybe not, but who else was up there? That’s what the media’s concerned about at CNN, which you will hear in mere moments.

RUSH ARCHIVE: [T]he parallels between Barack Obama and Tiger Woods are stunning. We don’t know if there’s rampant sex romps going on with Obama. We doubt that. But everything else, they created for us a puff piece image of Obama, starting with his speech at the 2004 Democrat convention. We don’t know who he is. We don’t know anything about the man other than his years agitating the community in Chicago, the things he’s written about in his books. But there’s this image of “we’ve never had someone like this before, there’s never been a man like this. He transcends normal people.” Remember all these people gushing over him. Mark my words. At some point the same unmasking that has happened to Tiger Woods will happen to Barack Obama.

RUSH: Well, it hasn’t happened yet. I predicted that, at some point, the veil would be lifted on Obama. I still say this. I thought it would happen by now, but it hasn’t yet. But it has been on Tiger. You know, Tiger created this image, along with his sports-marketing people and his corporate partners. They created this image of Mr. Perfect: Perfect husband, perfect golfer, perfect workout guy, more disciplined than you, devoted, committed — and that was all done in the media. Of course, then it all blew up. When the media makes you, the media can break you — and that is going to be true of Obama at some point. It may be too late to matter when it does, but it will.

George W. and Laura Bush took a separate vacation in each year of his presidency. Was the media concerned about the impression that this sent then? Was Rush Limbaugh speculating that Bush was cheating on his wife? Of course, he wasn’t. This was a non-story when the previous president did it, but the Obamas take one separate vacation and right wing turns it into a big Obama secret. To be fair, when some liberal message boards noticed that the Bushs took separate vacations in 2006, they speculated too, but the story wasn’t on CNN.

Besides Limbaugh’s daily agenda of Obama hate, the media is making an issue out of this because the president wouldn’t let them tag along while he golfed with Tiger Woods.  Ed Henry of Fox News and president of the White House Correspondents Association, filed a complaint about the the White House’s lack of golf outing transparency.  Henry wrote, “Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”

Of all the transparency issues to be concerned about, Henry is most outraged because he didn’t to cover Obama playing golf. When things like this happen, it is easy to see why the mainstream media is held in such low regard.

The media is grumpy because that they didn’t get to play TMZ.  Rush Limbaugh, who has cheated on a few of his wives, is perpetuating the stereotype that the nation’s first African-American president is cheating on his wife, and nobody gave a damn when George W. and Laura Bush took separate vacations every year.


Fox News and Matt Drudge turn ‘pirate’ gag into international incident

"Fox & Friends" attempts to turn a Twitter prank into an international incident. Photo: Screenshot via FoxNews.com.


Anything Fox News or Drudge Report can find to negatively portray President Obama, they will jump on it and repeat it over and over again.

However, there’s just one problem…

The Raw Story

If you were watching Fox News or reading The Drudge Report on Thursday morning, you might mistakenly believe that President Barack Obama blew off the prime minister of Israel this week to chat up a colorfully costumed man who looks more like “Captain Morgan” than any government leader.

“TOO BUSY FOR ISRAEL,” a “Fox & Friends” kicker headline read in all-caps, stamped below a photo of Obama sitting next to man dressed like a pirate. “PRESIDENT FINDS TIME FOR PIRATE, LETTERMAN.” Hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy piled on, attributing the photo to “International Talk Like A Pirate Day,” an unofficial holiday marked every year on Sept. 19.

Co-host Gretchen Carlson added: “I’m going to have to see more on that story because it doesn’t totally seem to gel.” Still, the show went on, with the “Fox & Friends” production team repeatedly displaying the pirate photo and even cuing up pirate music. Doocy later said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “getting the Clint Eastwood treatment” from Obama, and showed a photo of the Israeli president cross-cut with an image of an empty chair.

Matt Drudge, the conservative media aggregator behind The Drudge Report, took the bait. “BUT NO TIME FOR NETANYAHU…” a headline on his popular conservative website declared, according to a record of the post captured by liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America.

It didn’t take long for savvy web users to point out that the pirate photo not is new. It turns out the image was taken as part of a Twitter joke for the White House Correspondents Association dinner, which typically features a night of political comedy and a satirical speech by the president. It has been available online since May 2009.

Reacting to the obvious blunder, a Twitter account for “Fox & Friends” corrected the repeat error. “The picture we aired this morning of the President & the pirate was from 2009,” they explained. Drudge, however, did not offer a correction.

This video is from “Fox & Friends,” broadcast Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, as snipped by Talking Points Memo.


Politico’s: Week in one-liners: Kimmel, Christie, Newt


The top quotes in politics …

“Mr. President, Salaam.” — Comedian Jimmy Kimmel addressing POTUS at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“As my stepfather always told me, ‘It’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.'” — President Barack Obama joking at the dinner.

“There’s a wild and crazy man inside of there just waiting to come out.” — Ann Romneydescribing her husband.

“He might be able to convince me.”  — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Romney veepstakes.

“America may not forgive you for it, but God will.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on “oops moments.”

“An absolute manic rampage.” — Meghan McCain on how commentator Michelle Malkin reacted after she complimented Sandra Fluke.

“A truly wild ride.” — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich describing his presidential run.

Donald Trump Says Public Scorn Greater Than He Expected

What the heck did Donald Trump think, that his “poll numbers” which he referred to at every opportunity, would stay high after:

1) The POTUS revealed his long form birth certificate?

2) After the smack down that President  Obama and Seth Meyer gave him at the WHCD?

3) After the POTUS’ spectacular announcement about capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?

Huffington Post

NASHUA, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Real estate magnate Donald Trump suggested Wednesday it’s not much fun flirting with the idea of running for president in the face of relentless attacks and ridicule.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy, but I had no idea I would get hammered in the way I’ve been hammered the past few weeks,” Trump said in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The billionaire host of NBC-TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has hinted for months that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination for a chance to take on President Barack Obama.

But Trump has slipped badly in surveys taken since Obama released his birth certificate confirming he was born in the United States.

The so-called “birther” issue had been a major issue of Trump’s nascent campaign.

Public Policy Polling, which in April showed Trump leading the Republican field with 26 percent support, this week showed him with just 8 percent support.

Still, 700 businesspeople turned out for a sold-out Nashua Chamber of Commerce event. Trump delivered a speech heavy on his post-birther themes: high gas prices, Obama’s healthcare reforms, and U.S. dealings with China and OPEC.

“If Obama gets re-elected, I think your taxes are going to go through the roof,” Trump warned.

Still no word on whether a White House bid is for real, especially now that The Donald’s political star is dimming.

“I’m thinking about running,” he said.

Trump referred to the April 30 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, during which Obama and comedian Seth Myers mocked the tycoon mercilessly while Trump sat in the audience, stone-faced.

Even Republicans have been taking shots, he noted.

“I haven’t done anything, in all fairness,” he said. “I haven’t even announced whether or not I’m running.”

Obama’s Incredible Poker Face

If you saw the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last Saturday evening, you may have noticed the president’s demeanor.  He appeared calm and collected and ready to have a great time.  His jokes were well timed and he laughed at himself as well as others.  Yet, underneath the cool, calm demeanor, the President’s day had included giving the go ahead to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. 

Who would have known?

The Daily Beast

The president roasted Donald Trump in Washington, toured tornado devastation in Alabama, and gave a commencement speech in Miami—while directing the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Lloyd Grove on Obama’s uncanny ability to compartmentalize.

Presidents are different from you and me. Certainly Barack Obama is.

On Saturday night, he was joking, laughing, and chitchatting at the head table of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Dapper in his tux, he looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. On Sunday morning he slipped away to Andrews Air Force Base for his regular golf foursome. The round was abbreviated to nine holes by chilly, rainy weather, but that didn’t stop him from practicing drives and spending four hours and 22 minutes outside the White House grounds.

Gallery: Osama Bin Laden’s Death: The World Reacts

When he returned to the West Wing at 2:04 p.m., he and his national-security team put the finishing touches on the secret mission to take out Osama bin Laden. By 3 p.m. the helicopters were in the air. But one would never have suspected, from outward appearances, that Obama was preparing to roll the dice on a risky military operation half a world away that would define—and maybe even destroy—his entire presidency.

On Monday, as the international community was absorbing the news that the planet’s most-wanted terrorist had just been terminated with extreme prejudice, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to explain Obama’s uncanny, one might say eerie, ability to green-light the most momentous mission of his presidency while touring tornado devastation in Alabama, traveling to Cape Canaveral for an abortive space shuttle launch, delivering a commencement speech at Miami Dade College, skewering Donald Trump at the correspondents’ dinner and playing a friendly golf game with aides. “Compartmentalization,” Carney summed up.

C-SPAN political editor Steven Scully, who (as a member of the WHCA board) schmoozed with the president at cocktails and dinner at the Washington Hilton on the eve of the operation, marveled at Obama’s sang-froid.

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David Frum: Now, stop questioning Obama’s legitimacy

I like this guy, even if he IS a Republican.  Like writechic says, he’s not one of the crazies in the GOP.  Perhaps he’s the ONLY sane one in the bunch!

H/t: writechic


Editor’s note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, he is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” and is the editor of FrumForum.

(CNN) — So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.

But there’s one effect on U.S. domestic politics that deserves a thought:

Here’s hoping that we have at last seen the end of this ugly insinuation that there is something less than fully American about the black president with the exotic name.

On Friday came the release of the long-form birth certificate that provided the final decisive refutation of the birther lie that the President Obama was born elsewhere than the United States.

On Saturday at the White House Correspondents Dinner, the most visible proponent of that lie, the blowhard TV tycoon Donald Trump, was publicly ridiculed in front of an audience of 3,000 people, without a voice to excuse or defend him.

And then late Sunday, the president told the nation of the execution of his order to shoot and kill bin Laden.

The success of the bin Laden operation is a great moment for the United States — and not only for the United States.

But it is also a deservedly bad moment for some of the destructive forces in American public life, for those who have substituted for ordinary politics a sustained campaign to brand Obama as an outsider, as un-American, as non-American.

Those of us who oppose this administration’s economic and foreign policies have had so many valid points to make.

Yet some have insisted on traveling beyond those valid points. They have called the president “post American.” A “Third-world dictator.” An individual whose behavior could only be interpreted as “Kenyan post-colonial.” A “thug in chief.”

They have tried to present U.S. politics not as a choice between liberal and conservative but as a choice between American and non-American, between real Americans and between a dangerous dark-skinned intruder. They have sought to portray the president as a man who could not be trusted to lead the country because he owed no loyalty to the country, because he did not belong in the country.

After the events of the past 72 hours, those kinds of attacks should be finished now. It’s a cleaner world without bin Laden soiling it. And American politics will be cleaner for the expunging of the malicious fantasy of the president’s non-Americanness.

Obama has performed the first job of an American president: He has used the power of the nation well to defeat the nation’s enemies and defend the nation’s people. After an interval for celebration of yesterday’s accomplishment, it will be back to politics as usual. But let’s hope that this time, the usual will include this difference: that the administration can be criticized as “liberal” without being libeled as “alien.”

Like Clockwork, Trump Goes Crying To Fox News (Video)

Donald “The Clown” Trump went over to Fox News to complain that President Obama and Seth Meyers were inappropriate!  What the hell does he think his comments were,Valentine’s Day greetings? 

The man is nuts!

Don in Mass

At the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Donald Trump told Fox and Friends that the jokes that President Obama and comedian Seth Meyers, were “inappropriate in certain respects.”

So Trump can harp about Obama’s birth certificate, then says he wants to see his transcripts and records concerning Barack’s time at Columbia and Harvard, and he Trump thinks that fine. But when the shoe is on the other foot, he goes to Fox News and cries foul. Just a typical Republican, who can dish it out, but can’t take it.

Well Donald, Payback is a Bitch!

Read it at The Hill:  Trump says jokes about him by Obama, Meyers were ‘inappropriate’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.