The past week has not been kind to Obama. But could it be a turning point for his presidency?
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.
- House Of Cards Spoof Featuring Dem And GOP Lawmakers Mocks WH Correspondents Dinner (mediaite.com)
- Video: ‘House Of Nerds’ White House Correspondents’ Dinner Spoof (deadline.com)
- A-list comes to Washington for White House Correspondents Dinner (upi.com)
- Kevin Spacey Spoofs White House Correspondents’ Dinner With House of Nerds [Video] (geekosystem.com)
Some people just don’t know when to go home after the party is over. Joe Walsh is one of them…
Making good on his threat promise that he’s not going away, ex-Congressman Joe Walsh reared his head Friday morning to blast the first lady for traveling to her hometown of Chicago to attend slain 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral.
In a series of tweets first reported by DNAinfo Chicago, Walsh ripped Michelle Obama’s attendance at the funeral of the teen-aged inaugural performer as “political.”
“Heartbroken” Michelle Obama attending funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. I guess the other 553 murder victims didn’t break her heart. (1/2)
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 8, 2013
Most of the 553 Chicago murder victims in 2012 & 2013 were young black males. Is she attending this funeral to make a political point? (2/2)
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 8, 2013
After the King College Prep student was shot by a still at-large perp while standing under a park canopy to escape the rain, a petition was started urging President Obama to attend the teen’s funeral.
Thursday, a White House official said Michelle Obama would attend the funeral, along with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will also attend the funeral.
“As a mother and Chicagoan, the first lady was heartbroken to learn of the tragic lossof Hadiya Pendleton due to senseless gun violence,” Kristina Schake, Michelle Obama communications director, told the Tribune Thursday.
According to WGN, a Friday visitation for Pendleton will be held at Calahan Funeral Home, 7030 S. Halsted St., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The wake and funeral follow on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church at 5141 S. State St.
Walsh’s criticism of the first lady attending the Pendleton service is not the first time the Tea Party favorite has lashed out on the topic of Chicago violence following a headline-grabbing tragedy. Last spring, after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin inspired Walsh’s then-congressional colleague Bobby Rush to don a hoodie on the House floor, Walsh said he hoped Rush would “be as outraged with all of the black on black crime going on in the city of Chicago weekend after weekend” as he was with Martin’s death.
- Michelle Obama to attend Hadiya Pendleton funeral in Chicago (wgntv.com)
- Joe Walsh criticizes Michelle Obama’s plan to come to Hadiya Pendleton funeral (blogs.suntimes.com)
- Michelle Obama to Chicago for Hadiya Pendleton funeral (politico.com)
- Michelle Obama to attend Hadiya Pendleton funeral (thegrio.com)
- Former Illinois Congressman Slams Michelle Obama For Attending Hadiya Pendelton’s Funeral (hiphopwired.com)
- Michelle Obama Skips Grammy’s To Attend Saturday Funeral Of Slain Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton (bossip.com)
- ‘Heartbroken’ Michelle Obama to attend Saturday funeral of Hadiya Pendleton (suntimes.com)
- Michelle Obama to attend Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral (tv.msnbc.com)
- Another Tea-party Asshole-no Dollars=no Sense (therealwithdarylanddevon.wordpress.com)
- Source: First lady to attend Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral (usnews.nbcnews.com)
One week from today, the GOP dominated 112th Congress begins it’s two year run. What will be different, what will remain status quo?
A new political reality hits Washington next week, with the first split Congress since 2004 raising questions about whether the bipartisan cooperation of the recently concluded lame-duck session can continue.
Conventional wisdom says the shift from one party controlling both chambers, as Democrats have done since 2006, to the GOP taking over the House and holding a stronger minority stake in the Senate should mean increased partisan impasse over the next two years.
But that same conventional wisdom got turned on its head after November 2, when the electoral “shellacking” delivered to President Barack Obama and the Democrats was followed by one of the most productive post-election congressional conclusions in history.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs attributed the new bipartisanship of the post-election period to the Republican gains in the November vote.
“There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame-duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so,” Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Republicans can no longer afford to “simply sit and say no,” Gibbs said, referring to the obstructive posture that GOP leaders generally struck in Obama’s first two years in office. Instead, he called for Republicans to be part of a constructive conversation, at least in 2011 before the presidential campaign of 2012 really heats up.
Some liberals accused Obama of giving in too easily to Republican demands on some issues, particularly in cutting a deal that extended Bush-era tax cuts to everyone after Obama had campaigned on allowing tax rates of the wealthy to return to higher levels.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told the NBC program “Meet the Press” that the new reality in Washington requires such compromise in order to do what’s best for the American people, rather than one political party or another
“There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame-duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so,” Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” More…
- White House, Congress brace for new reality (nowpublic.com)
- Robert Gibbs Happy That Republicans Now Understand “A Responsibility Of Government” (mediaite.com)
- Don’t expect ‘big changes’ at White House, says Gibbs (thehill.com)
- Quote of the Day: On Barack Obama’s “Comeback” and its Impact on GOP Power (themoderatevoice.com)
- Obama 2011: Same Cabinet, more travel (politico.com)
- White House Expects Stable Cabinet (online.wsj.com)
- Robert Gibbs: Obama’s cabinet likely to stay mostly the same (shortformblog.com)
Rep. Steven King is by far one of the more way “out there” people in congress, ala Michele Bachmann, Virginia Fox and a few other looney toons…
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), one of the right wing’s most shameless hate-mongers, has propagated all sorts of baseless attacks on Obama. For example, he has said Obama will make America a “totalitarian dictatorship,” that Obama was raised by polygamists, and that “radical Islamists” would be “dancing in the streets” if Obama was elected. In an interview with the Washington News Observer, King offered his latest diatribe, calling Obama’s team of advisers the “gangster government”:
Valerie Jarrett is a product of Chicago politics. This is power politics through Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama, son and daughter of Saul Alinsky, linked up with Mayor Daley, the one that actually hired Michelle Obama and put her into that link, which may have well been the link that put Barack Obama into that machine. The Chicago Machine, we know what it is. Someone called it gangster government. In Chicago, you have gangster government and Valerie Jarrett’s been in the middle of that. She’s been brokering power for a long time.
- Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff Susan Sher Leaving White House (politicsdaily.com)