Michelle Obama’s TMI moment

Michelle Obama hosted the first Fashion Education Workshop at the White House on Oct. 8, during which she took the “lady” out of “first lady.” She proudly announced to the assembled crowd that she is a Spanx devotee.

Just in case you haven’t heard of that beloved item of clothing, here’s an explanation for you. Back in the day, such undergarments were called “girdles.”

Here’s how the first lady intimated her affinity for the brand while lauding the Spanx success story:

Just take Sara Blakely, for example. After she graduated from college, Sara worked at Disney World, buckling in people into their seats for the rides — dag, Sara. (Laughter.) Sara did that for a while, and then she went on to sell fax machines for an office supply company. And then she got this idea, and she took a risk — she devoted her entire savings, $5,000, to start her own company.

She spent two years planning and researching her new business ideas in the nights while she was still selling fax machines. She pitched her idea to factories and mills, asking them to help her make the product a reality, and of course, she was turned down again and again and again. But finally, a manager at a factory liked her idea, and today, 14 years later, Sara’s idea, Spanx, is a multibillion-dollar company with products selling in more than 50 countries. (Applause.) And we all wear them with pride. (Laughter.)

If words aren’t enough, here’s a way-too-long video of Michelle Obama’s remarks in front of the friendly crowd.

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Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons

This week, an Ebola patient died on American soil and it was the death heard ’round the world. Suddenly, President Barack Obama and the bumbling fools who make up his administration decided they needed a plan to deal with the deadly disease. Heaven forbid they should have already developed a plan, what with Americans traveling to and from the countries where Ebola was already an issue! Foresight? What’s that?

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
Marian Kemensky, Slovakia
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons
John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

White House says Obama held off on immigration orders to keep them out of GOP’s midterm campaign rhetoric

President Barack Obama has delayed action on a set of executive actions he plans to take on immigration in order to keep GOP lawmakers from using them as a campaign issue in the 2014 midterms, the White House admitted this week.

In September, Obama denied that politics had anything to do with his decision to hold off on the immigration edicts, which include a plan to grant nearly 6 million illegal immigrants amnesty.

“Why does the White House believe that these immigration reforms after November are going to be more sustainable than they are now while Democrats who are representing the American people and who have voted for immigration reform are in office,” asked a reporter, noting that executive actions have been pegged as bad news for Democrats in vulnerable districts.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he expects that Democrats’ values and priorities will resonate with voters during the midterms… but: “The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event that they were successful in their campaign, the concern would be that they would cite their opposition to immigration reform as a reason to their success. That is not a storyline that the president, or that anybody here, wanted to contribute to.”

H/T: National Review 

Panetta continues Obama criticism, talks Benghazi

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta continued his criticisms of the Obama administration Tuesday night during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The former top administration official said that he told President Barack Obama that the Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism from the beginning.

“We told the president that there’s an attack that’s going on, that terrorists are involved in the attack, and, as a result, we have to respond to it,” Panetta said.

Panetta also said that Ambassador Susan Rice’s infamous talking points “were not on point.”

“She was working from the talking points that the CIA provided…,” Panetta said.

“My view was, with the kind of weapons that showed up, there was no question in my mind that it was a terrorist attack,” Panetta also said.

During an earlier interview Tuesday with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Panetta offered this on the Benghazi topic: “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was that when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, something else is going on. From the very beginning I sensed that this was an attack, a terrorist attack on the compound. I remember saying look, based on the ones I see and the nature of the attack, I think this was a terrorist attack. He said look, the information we are getting from intelligence sources is that it really was a demonstration. I said you know, David, I don’t see it that way.”

Seattle school officials want Columbus Day replaced with ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

School board officials in Seattle, Washington, recently decided that celebrating the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus is racist. So on Oct. 13, they want area students to honor “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Via Q13Fox:

The resolution, in part, said the board “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”

The resolution also says the board “has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.”

It urges district staff to “include the teaching of the history, culture and government of the indigenous peoples of our state.”

The Seattle City Council is slated to vote on the resolution today.

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Apparently, the Obama administration cannot get even the simplest things right. Take protecting the president, for example. The Secret Service’s mission is clear: Keep the bad guys away from the president and his family. Period. But as so many of the agencies under Obama’s control have done, it failed. Here’s hoping it gets its act together before the next president moves into the White House.

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant

Reporter covering Michelle Obama speech told not to interview attendees

A veteran newspaper journalist reported this week that Michelle Obama’s lackeys attempted to keep her from interviewing members of the crowd following a stump speech the first lady gave in Wisconsin.

Obama was in Milwaukee on Monday stumping for former Wisconsin commerce secretary Mary Burke’s gubernatorial bid.

Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the attempt to stifle the media via Facebook: “[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people.
At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”

Kissinger added of the event organizers’ attempts to separate the press from attendees:

“Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables. Several people in the crowd asked if they could have extra chairs reserved for the media — but reporters were initially forbidden from handing them over. Eventually, some of the Burke staff gave the extra chairs to attendees,” she reported.

Leading a high school football team in an on-field prayer got an Arizona coach suspended from his coaching job

After the Tempe Preparatory Academy won a recent football game, Tom Brittain, the team’s coach, told one of his players to lead the squad in an on-field prayer. It’s a scene you’ve likely witnessed in person many times.

Now Brittain has been benched from coaching for two weeks, after the school’s director told Brittain he had strayed too close to the line that divides church and state.

Tempe Prep isn’t a private school — it’s a public charter school that receives funds from the government.

The Christian News Network reported last week the community has since stepped in to support Britain’s role in the on-field prayer tradition – but school administrators nevertheless held firm on the two-week suspension.

“[Resident Keith] Wibel was among those who wore a t-shirt and/or brought signs to last week’s homecoming game to show their support for the coach. Wibel’s shirt read ‘Let Tom Coach,’” Christian News reported. “Students also tied a poster to the stands during the game, which read, ‘We believe in Coach Brittain.’ Personal messages were also written on the poster, such as ‘I love you. God bless you, coach,’ and ‘Thank you.’ Some students drew a cross or shared Scripture.

School headmaster David Baum told a local station he respected Brittain’s devotion, but could not allow him to join with students in expressing it. “He is a man who likes to pray and I don’t object to that,” he said. “Just, he can’t do that with our students. That’s the only prohibition.”

Getting uncomfortable with Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.)

PJ Media sent spot reporter Michelle Fields to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, which kicked off Wednesday in Washington, D.C. She got a free moment with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and used it to grill him about the relationship between decades of progressive rule and the myriad economic and social problems current afflicting some of America’s most blighted cities.

Lewis retreated pretty quickly, after being challenged for saying he believes “most of the people in those cities [Detroit, Chicago, etc.], in spite of what it may appear — that they’re not doing well… They’re doing pretty well.”

D’oh! Facts!

A roundup of this week’s political cartoons

Well, this week really started with a bang! President Barack Obama finally got to blow up stuff in Syria. And he did it with “allies” most Americans could’ve sworn were enemies. All in the name of fighting the war on terror. Hope? Change? Hardly.

Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
Olle Johansson, Sweden
Tom Janssen, The Netherlands
John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
September 24, 2014
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
RJ Matson, Roll Call
Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cam Cardow, Cagle Cartoons
September 28, 2014
Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com