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Spicer suggests we thank the Trump admin’s billionaires because they’ve “given up a lot”

Spicer suggests we thank the Trump admin's billionaires because they've

Source: AP

MIC Daily

Members of President Donald Trump’s administration will release their personal financial disclosures on Friday afternoon, a public disclosure that is mandated by law.

And so, White House press secretary Sean Spicer took the opportunity at Friday’s press briefing to urge the American people to thank the many millionaires and billionaires in the administration for undergoing this “public scrutiny.” Their disclosures, he insisted, will show they have “set aside a lot” to serve the public.

“One of the really interesting things that people are going to see today, and I think it’s something that should be celebrated, is that the president has brought a lot of people into this administration, into this White House in particular, who have been very blessed and very successful by this country, and have given up a lot to come into government,” Spicer told reporters.

Americans, he continued, should thank the very rich members of Trump’s administration — one of the richest and least qualified in modern history — because they’ve sacrificed lots of wealth to enter public service.

“You’ll see that people are often told that they have to sell an asset or get rid of something to come serve in the government,” Spicer said. “But there’s a lot of people that have done a lot to come into this administration to give back.”

During the briefing, Spicer also dodged a question about whether the president will release his latest tax returns, due on April 18.

One reporter pointed out that there’s no way Trump’s newest returns could possibly be under audit yet — Trump’s current reasoning for not releasing his returns — and asked whether that means Trump will release his 2016 tax documents.

“I don’t know,” Spicer said, joking that he’s more concerned with filing his own taxes at the moment.

Emily C. Singer

Fox News · GOP Folly

Fox News’ Ed Henry walks out after snub at White House press conference

What’s with those childish temper tantrums from Republicans lately?

The Raw Story

Call it a shot across the bow, perhaps. But White House press secretary Jay Carney pointedly left Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry out of the queue at a Friday press conference, leaving Henry sputtering.

Henry left before the end of the meeting after trying unsuccessfully to ask a question several times, according to Mediaite.

The exchange, or lack of one, followed a contentious session on Wednesday in which Henry essentially accused the president of being indifferent to the families of servicemembers killed in action. The Wednesday exchange between Carney and Henry over the restoration of military death benefits centered on Henry repeatedly asking when Obama “learn[ed] specifically that the military death benefits would not be paid,” the tone becoming more confrontational with each back and forth between Henry and Carney.

Carney described Henry as a partisan opponent during that exchange. This wasn’t the first contentious exchange between the two. Henry badgered Carney last month about whether or not the White House staffer would sign up for Obamacare. Though Henry meant it as a gotcha-type accusation, Carney replied “If I did not have employer provided health insurance, like I’m sure you do, unless there’s something about Fox I don’t know, then I would absolutely enroll and it would be more affordable.”

At the impromptu Friday press conference, Carney called on no television reporters, and ignored Henry’s attempts to ask a question.

Watch the end of the press conference below.

Jay Carney

Jay Carney smacks down ABC’s Jonathan Karl: ‘I’m sure you’ll represent’ GOP talking points

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (C-SPAN)

Good for Mr. Carney.  Most reporters respect his position but some reporters sympathetic to TeaPublicans really give him a hard time on a regular basis…

The Raw Story

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took a jab at ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Monday and suggested that he was little more than a Republican Party stenographer who would “represent” House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) point of view.

During Monday’s White House briefing, Carney was telling Reuters correspondent Mark Felsenthal about Boehner’s insistence over the weekend that Republicans would not pass a clean bill to raise the debt ceiling when Karl broken decorum and interrupted.

“That’s not what he said, Jay,” Karl objected. “I’m telling you that’s not what he said.”

“I’m having a conversation here,” Carney shot back. “I’m sure you’ll represent what the Speaker’s saying in a minute.”

And when the ABC reporter’s turn came, he did exactly that.

“What the Speaker said is they are not going to pass a clean debt limit increase,” Karl explained. “He didn’t give a specific set of demands. He said he’s not going to have a clean debt limit increase. If the Speaker of the House sticks to the position, are we going to default?”

“If you’re saying, if the Speaker attaches to the debt ceiling increase a recognition of, you know, the importance of motherhood, we might accept that… I’m trying to be funny, but nobody laughed so I apologize. It’s been a long shutdown already.”

“We’re not going to negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to raise the debt ceiling,” the press secretary added.

Earlier this year, media observers called Karl’s reporting “highly problematic ethically” after he claimed that emails showed that the Obama administration had edited references to terrorism out of talking points about attacks in Benghazi for political purposes. Even after CBS News and others revealed that those emails had been doctored by Republicans, Karl continued to stand by his reporting

According to the media watchdog group FAIR, Karl’s “high profile at ABC demonstrates that conservative messages can find a comfortable home inside the so-called ‘liberal’ media.’”

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Oct. 7, 2013.


Ari Fleischer

Ari Fleischer’s Attack on the Might of Obama’s Twitter Account Hilariously Backfires



The nice thing about Twitter is that it’s a platform where people, no matter who they are or how famous they are, can interact as equals. Well, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer was pretty convinced today that President Obama either struck a deal with Twitter or somehow has a super-feed, because one of Obama’s tweets today… had over 140 characters! Gasp!

Except it didn’t. The tweet was less than 140 characters.

Fleischer was referring to this tweet, promoting President Obama’s appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative talking about health care.

There are exactly 136 characters in that tweet. Here is what Fleischer tweeted out next:

WELL?! Why isn’t Obama using Twitlonger like the rest of us?

Fleischer got mocked (to put it lightly) for his miscounting, and eventually retracted the tweet.

But it was too late, the damage was done, and Fleischer was barraged by a storm of tweet-mockery.

And retracting it didn’t exactly make anyone ease up.

[photo via screengrab]

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Rep. Darrell Issa

John McCain Disagrees With Darrell Issa’s ‘Liar’ Charge

Sen. John McCain says: “Let the facts come out.”

Facts?  That word does not exist  to those pursuing every political option to oust Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama from office.

The Huffington Post

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back Monday on comments by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who said that White House press secretary Jay Carney lied about the IRS controversy.

“I never like to use that word,” McCain said on CBS’ “This Morning.” “I think that we should let these investigations take their course, let the facts come out.”

Issa charged Sunday that the IRS agents who targeted tea party groups had been following orders from the White House. “Their paid liar, their spokesperson — picture behind — he’s still making up things about what happens and calling this a local rogue,” Issa said Sunday on CNN’s “State of The Union.”

On May 22, Carney pointed to a Treasury Department Inspector General report finding no evidence of influence or pressure from higher-ups. Issa has released excerpts — but not the full transcript — of an interview with a Cincinnati IRS employee saying that directions for more tea party scrutiny came from Washington.

McCain, nevertheless, criticized the IRS for its response to the targeting. “They’re not covering themselves with distinction here. But I think these hearings are what we should rely on to a significant degree,” he said.

He also said that the president’s credibility was “at stake” over the IRS targeting.


Obama Derangement Syndrome

Was President’s Remark ‘Sexist’ or Just a Compliment

Was President’s Remark ‘Sexist’ or Just a Compliment

I  thought it was simply a nice statement.  After all, he was touting her accomplishments first and at the end he simply topped it off with a compliment.

I can’t speak for all women, but I love compliments.  I think the press is making way too much out of this…

Proud To Be An American

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize.

Obama made waves during a fundraiser in which he referred to Harris’ looks.

“You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake,” Obama said according to The Washington Post.  “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.”

As soon as the comments became public, they were dissected everywhere.  There was a quick reaction on social media sites, with some people accusing Mr. Obama of being sexist and others defending his comment as harmless.  But the president’s aides apparently knew the potential for political damage.

Carney said Obama called Harris last night right after the trip.

“He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments,” Carney said.

Was it ‘Sexist’ or just an over-reaction by the public?  What are your thoughts?

Obama Policy · Robert Gibbs

Gibbs: I was ordered not to acknowledge drone program existed

Robert Gibbs Drones

I was listening to Up Withe Chris Hayes yesterday morning  while doing some things around the house.  When Robert Gibbs made the above statement, I actually stopped what I was doing to hear Gibb’s revelation about White House policy on the use of drones (starting at 3:30…)

I’ve been opposed to the use of drones since I learned of speculation that he Bush administration had implemented the program and was disappointed to hear that President Obama was continuing the program.

The Hill

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that he and other administration spokesmen often seem evasive about the government’s drone program because they are told not to acknowledge the secret strikes.

“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary,” Gibbs told MSNBC, “one of the things, one of the first things they told me was, ‘You’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists.'”

The former press secretary said that instruction led to a sort of “Wizard of Oz” phenomenon when he was asked about drone operations in the press briefing.

“Here’s what’s inherently crazy about that proposition,” Gibbs said. “You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists. So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program — pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

Current White House press secretary Jay Carney has acknowledged the drone program in recent weeks, as questions have swirled over a leaked Justice Department white paper that outlines the legal justifications that the government claims enable it to carry out drone strikes against terrorist-affiliated American citizens abroad. But President Obama had previously spoken publicly about the drone program, freeing the current press secretary in some regards.

Carney said the strikes were “necessary to mitigate ongoing attacks” and argued “they are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise.”

On Sunday, Gibbs said he had not discussed transparency over the program with the president, but believed Obama saw an advantage in discussing the drone strikes more openly.

Gibbs said attempting to ignore the strikes “when it’s obviously happening, undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes.”

Lawmakers have called for greater scrutiny of the drone program, with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) intending to hold hearings on a federal court to oversee the strikes.

During the State of the Union address earlier this month, Obama pledged greater transparency in the program.

“In the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world,” Obama said.


Politico’s: Week in one-liners: Palin, Rahm, McCaskill

Sarah Palin, Rahm Emanuel and Claire McCaskill are shown. | AP Photos


The top quotes in politics …

“Obama lies; freedom dies.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeting about the Supreme Court’s health care decision.

“Sweetie, we won!” —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi breaking the news to her husband.

“It’s constitutional. Bitches.” —  Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, rejoicing.

“Thank God for the country, he didn’t listen to me.” —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  commending President Obama.

“He’s going to have to change the color of his ‘sox.'” — President Barack Obama joking about the White Sox’s acquisition of Kevin Youkilis

“They were saying ‘Yoooook and not booo’ for God’s sake.” — White House press secretaryJay Carney defending Obama.

“It’s just stupid.” —  Sen. Claire McCaskill on buzz about her skipping the Democratic National Convention.

“I never say never.” — Former White House hopeful Herman Cain not ruling out a 2016 presidential run.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama asked to Marine Corps Ball

This has got to be one for the history books.  Also, it’s not that the POTUS might say “no”, I doubt he’d do that because he ernestly cares about the troops and their morale.

I believe both the POTUS and FLOTUS will be hearing from their protocol liaisons to see if this is allowed.

Still,  it’s such an adorable story!


First lady Michelle Obama has a date, and it’s not with her husband, CNN reports:

20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. “With your husband’s permission of course,” said Leeks.

The first lady responded, “I’d love to” and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the invitation in Friday’s briefing and responded, “If the president’s watching this, this may be the first he’s heard of it.”

Carney couldn’t confirm that FLOTUS will definitely attend but said, “The first lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed.  So I’m sure she was flattered by the invitation.”

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Politico · Politico Top 10 Quotes of the Week

Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners


“New York is the city that is open to everyone from everywhere. … Greeks, Geeks, Gleeks. We love them all.” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg, upon meeting the cast of “Glee.” 

“I’m glad you’re asking these key, important questions, guys.” – White House press secretary Jay Carney, mocking reporters for pressing him on why the White House did not release a statement marking Easter Sunday.

“Karl Rove is a loser.” – Donald Trump, making friends with the GOP establishment.

“Don can be a grumpy guy. We all know that.” – Condoleezza Rice, reacting to some jabs that one-time colleague Donald Rumsfeld took at her in a recent interview. 

“I’ve had lot of Qs abt my “Z” tweet yestrday. It is as simple as a mistake. Evrybody: get a goodnite sleep” – Sen. Chuck Grassley, explaining a tweet he sent by accident. (The tweet simply read “Z.”) 

“Fox News can confirm the president of the United States is a citizen of the United States. Period.” – Fox News’s Shepherd Smith, clarifying and mocking at the same time. http://mediaite.com/a/rgbhv 

“I’ve come to New Hampshire today because I’m very concerned. I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump’s Republican registration.” – Sen. Rand Paul, turning the tables on The Donald. 

“I’m really pissed!” – Whoopi Goldberg, railing against gas prices.

“I do chase women, like the prime minister of Italy, but that’s about it.” – Arne Moltis, a candidate for West Virginia governor, confessing.

“Obama watched some television coverage of the royal wedding.” – White House press secretary Jay Carney, telling reporters that the president is just like us.