Following the release of a new book about the Presidential family, The Obamas, first lady Michelle Obama is upset that she has been portrayed as an “angry black woman.”
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Obama said, “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”
New York Times reporter and author of The Obamas, Jodi Cantor, re-touched the “angry black woman” theme in her book, writing that there was tension between the First Lady and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and with former Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Obama denies the reports.
“Rahm is, and Amy, his wife, are some of our dearest friends,” Obama said. “Rahm and I have never had a cross word. He’s a funny guy.”
The first lady said in the interview that she did not understand how a book like Cantor’s could be written, because it does not represent how she really feels.
“Who can write about how I feel? Who? What third person can tell me how I feel, or anybody for that matter?” she asked.
The mayor who said he did not need to run for President because he already has “his own army” and vast power in his current position in New York is again acting as the city’s nanny.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to limit the sale of alcohol in his city after already successfully banning guns, public smoking, trans fats, salt and sugary drinks, according to The New York Post.
The New York Health Department’s Partnership for a Healthier New York City initiative proposes to slash the number of establishments in the city that sell booze through community “transformation” grants to be provided under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
One of the goals listed in the “request for proposal” document to community groups is “reducing alcohol retail outlet (e.g. bar, corner store) density and illegal alcohol,” a planning document obtained by the Post states.
There have also been discussions of banning liquor advertising seen by millions of passengers in the city’s massive public transit system.
On Tuesday, as voters in New Hampshire were getting ready to make their choice for the Republican Presidential nominee, candidate Ron Paul set his sights on a familiar foe.
In a USA Today op-ed, Paul showed that the constant campaigning has not taken his mind off of one issue he has spoken about for years: the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of financial markets.
“Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913, the dollar has lost over 95% of its purchasing power, aided and abetted by the Fed’s loose monetary policy,” Paul writes.
Along with Paul’s piece the newspaper ran an editorial calling the candidate’s wishes to audit and end the Fed “19th century economic ideas.”
The editorial calls the Federal Reserve vital to the U.S. economy:
“The value of a politically independent central bank has been proven repeatedly since then. When Lehman Bros. failed in September 2008, it was Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who played a key role in preventing the other investment banks from collapsing like a row of dominoes. By late 2008 and early 2009, banks had become so averse to lending that even blue-chip industrial companies such as General Electric, Caterpillar, Verizon and Harley Davidson relied on the Fed to finance their day-to-day operations.”
But Paul, in his writing, disagrees: “To say that auditing or ending the Federal Reserve reflects ‘19th century thinking’ is to propose that economic responsibility and transparency in government are ideas whose time has passed.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Cuba Wednesday as tension between the United States and Iran continue to grow.
The killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran further strained relations between the two countries with Iranians blaming Israel, the CIA and Britain’s intelligence agency for the killing.
“Iran’s enemies should know they cannot prevent Iran’s progress by carrying out such terrorist acts,” IRNA quoted First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi saying.
Despite the controversy over the killing, Ahmadinejad is completing his five-day trip to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.
Some foreign policy experts believe the trip is part of an Iranian effort to build a network of operatives in Latin America to strike back at U.S. and Israeli targets in the region should there be a military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Ahmadinejad will visit Ecuador next.
Most of the news coming from Greece over the past year has been related to economic collapse, but the bureaucrats running that country have found a way to enrage its citizens without relying on its failed economic policy.
According to International Business Times, many people in Greece are furious about a plan by the government to categorize pedophiles, pyromaniacs, fetishists, exhibitionists, compulsive gamblers, kleptomaniacs, sadomasochists and others as “disabled.” The move suggests that such groups may also be eligible to receive state benefits.
The country’s Labor Ministry reportedly said that the decision to reclassify the word “disabled” to include these groups came after consultation with a panel of medical professionals — and that people newly covered under the phrase would not necessarily be entitled to benefits.
“What’s happened is incomprehensible,” Yannis Vardakastanis, head of Greece’s National Confederation of Disabled People, told The Associated Press. “I think there is some big mistake. The [Labor] ministry should have a different policy on disability. The list contains major changes to disability quotients, which could effectively remove many people from access to benefits. It’s really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20-30 percent disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day.”
This week, President Barack Obama said that donors to his Presidential campaign were like the modern-day equivalent of the colonists who fought the British for American independence during the Revolutionary War.
“It takes you, ordinary citizens committed to fighting and pushing, inching this country forward bit by bit so we get closer to our highest ideals,” The Daily Caller reported Obama said in a campaign speech to 700 donors seated at white-linen tables in Washington’s Capital Hilton hotel. “That’s how this country was built. That’s how we freed ourselves from an empire.”
Obama reportedly did not stop with the Revolutionary comparison, but went on liken his aspirations to the accomplishments of those of the members of what is often referred to as the “greatest generation” and of the Civil Rights movement that followed.
Does Google know something that the American public does not? Or did the search engine simply botch an election results test-run?
According to National Journal, an apparent Google glitch displayed the “results” of the New Hampshire primary early this morning, hours before polls close.
Sourced to The Associated Press and displayed alongside searches for GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney and Buddy Roemer, the “results” showed front-runner Romney coming in sixth place behind Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann, who ended her campaign.
The apparent error was reportedly fixed at about 7:05 a.m.
The mainstream media continue to express surprise that the Ron Paul campaign stands firm as today’s first-in-the-Nation primary gets underway.
The final University of New Hampshire survey before the contest put Mitt Romney in a position of favor among voters in the State, leading with 41 percent. The second place spot is taken by Paul, with 17 percent, followed by Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman who are tied for third with 11 percent.
Another poll from Suffolk University/7 News illustrates a smaller gap between the leaders with Romney polling at 35 percent and Paul at 20 percent.
An article published in The Washington Times on Monday points out that Paul’s popularity is shaping up to be a major force to be reckoned with within a fractured Republican establishment, and that the devotion of the candidate’s “never-say-die” supporters should not be marginalized. In his work, the author, William Kelly, offers one main reason for Paul’s popularity, “freedom is popular.”
Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said Monday that he believes his father has a remote chance of pulling an upset in New Hampshire today if there is a large showing of independent voters, according to POLITICO.
Popular conservative radio host Michael Savage said recently that he does not believe that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has what it takes to beat Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
Savage was apparently outraged by Romney’s lackluster response to Obama’s decision to make recess appointments while Congress is in session, and said that if the candidate is incapable of real criticism against the President he is also incapable of leading the Nation.
“If the best Mitt Romney is going to say is that [Obama's] just a nice guy, but he’s just in over his head, then Mitt Romney is a putz,” Savage said. “He is a bad guy. And he is not over his head,” Savage said. “Barack Hussein Obama is 10 times smarter than Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is way over his head.”
The host of the highly-rated conservative radio show said that he is now eyeing Rick Santorum as the most capable GOP candidate.
Savage, who previously “jokingly” offered Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race, is still calling for the former House Speaker to bow out because “of the damage he is doing to the other candidates.”
“Gingrich needs to be put into a barrel, stripped naked and made to run around the country like the figure he is,” Savage said on his show Friday. “This man is a rolling embarrassment and a threat to the survival not of the Republican Party but of the United States of America.”
The author of the new book The Obamas, New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor, said in a recent interview that First Lady Michelle Obama was the real politician.
“Michelle Obama is the real politician in the family in the sense she is more effusive, better at connecting instantly with people,” Kantor said. “A good source of mine once said to me, ‘Here’s what you have to remember: She is Bill Clinton, and he is Hillary.'”
Kantor’s book, which is to be published Jan. 10, is described as a “penetrating, gossipy page-turner of a biography” about the Obamas’ time in the White House.
In an interview with Chicago Magazine Kantor described the occupants of the White House as Washington introverts who did not have a clear idea of what the Presidency would be like when Obama was elected.
The author conducted interviews with White House staffers, the President and the First Lady in the writing of the biography.