U.S. Politics

President Barack Obama Writes Fifth-Grader An Awesome Absence Note

Now honestly, how cool is that?


President Barack Obama hosted six separate fundraisers in Minnesota and Chicago on Friday. But before he counted his new-found cash, Obama made an official presidential visit to a Honeywell factory in a Minneapolis suburb.

There, he was introduced by Ryan Sullivan, a new employee at the factory. Ryan’s son Tyler missed school to see his dad introduce the president, so Obama wrote him what just may be the best absence note ever collected by a 5th grader. Try punishing the kid for truancy now.


FOX Nation must be positively freaking out about that Big Government Liberal interfering with our children’s education.

The text, if you prefer non-cursive:

Mr. Ackerson-
Please Excuse Tyler … he was with me!
Barack Obama

Look at how perfect that ellipsis is! That’s why he’s the president.

[Image via AP]

Florida Election

All 67 Florida Election Supervisors Suspend Governor Rick Scott’s Voter Purge

This is what DEMOCRACY looks like!

The Obamacrat

On Thursday, the Justice Department demanded Florida Governor Rick Scott end his extensive purge of registered voters from the rolls because it was in violation offederal law. Scott still hasn’t formally responded but his county election supervisors have already taken action.

The Palm Beach Post reports:

Florida elections supervisors said Friday they will discontinue a state-directed effort to remove names from county voter rolls because they believe the state data is flawed and because the U.S. Department of Justice has said the process violates federal voting laws...

The Justice Department letter and mistakes that the 67 county elections supervisors have found in the state list make the scrub undoable, saidMartin County Elections Supervisor Vicki Davis, president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections…

Ron Labasky, the association’s general counsel, sent a memo to the 67 supervisors Friday telling them to stop processing the list.

“I recommend that Supervisors of Elections cease any further action until the issues raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court,” Labasky wrote.

H/t: Jueseppi B.

Politico top quotes of the week

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Wolf, FLOTUS, Newt


The top quotes in politics …

“I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong.”  — Former Sen. John Edwards speaking after a mistrial was declared in his federal campaign finance trial.

“He’s slightly wacked.” — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich zinging MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer addressing  Donald Trump.

“What ever happened to hope and change?” — CBS’s Bob Schieffer putting Robert Gibbs on the spot about President Obama’s attack ads.

“You’ll be able gaze at this portrait and ask, ‘What would George do?’” — Former President George W. Bush talking about his new White House portrait.

“You also left me a really good TV sports package, I use it.” — President Barack Obama  thanking  Bush.

“I don’t wield it over him.” — First lady Michelle Obama on having an approval rating that’s higher than her husband’s.

West Wing Week

West Wing Week: 06/01/12 or “Each of Them Loved This Country . . . More Than Life Itself.”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

This week, the President honored Memorial Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, signed bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, and welcomed former President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush for the official unveiling of their portraits.

That’s May 25th to May 31st, or “Each of them loved this country . . . more than life itself.”