"Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."

— White House Spokesperson Jay Carney - Commenting on a new political ad, released by the National Rifle Association, which calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for opposing the stationing of armed guards in every school. We’re inclined to agree with Carney on this one. Say what you will about the man’s legislative agenda, but reasonable human beings should be able to agree that children aren’t acceptable targets for political attacks. source (via shortformblog)

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shortformblog:

Presented without comment because we’re confident that there will be more than a couple of strong opinions about this one. source

shortformblog:

Presented without comment because we’re confident that there will be more than a couple of strong opinions about this one. source

barackobama:

Well, if this isn’t the best thing we’ve ever seen. (via esus4)

Actual source is Artemis_J_Hughes’ comment in this reddit topic.

barackobama:

Well, if this isn’t the best thing we’ve ever seen. (via esus4)

Actual source is Artemis_J_Hughes’ comment in this reddit topic.

"We could call it the Reagan Rule instead of the Buffett Rule. I’m not the first president to call for this idea that everyone has to do their fair share."

— President Barack Obama • During a speech before a group of executives at the White House, the second pitch he’s made for the policy in as many days. The President said he agreed with critics who claim the policy doesn’t put a large enough dent in our debt, saying that the absence of a complete fix was not an excuse for inaction, and that it would be “something that will get us moving in the right direction.” Obama also took aim at Republican opposition, saying, “If Republicans in Congress were truly concerned with deficits and debt, then I’m assuming they wouldn’t have just proposed to spend an additional $4.6 trillion on lower tax rates….for every millionaire in America.”source (viafollow)

shortformblog:

  • then On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act which, amongst other things, allowed for the indefinite detention of US citizens suspected of terrorism.
  • now Obama signed a policy directive today that exempts US citizens from that provision in the bill (Section 1022, if you’re keeping track). Here’s the fact sheet released by the White House. source

» Some nuance: Although the language in the bill as signed did permit for US citizens to be indefinitely detained, it did not mandate this. Obama actually said at the time that he wouldn’t implement the law such that US citizens would face this possibility, so his signing today of this directive is in line with what he’d pledged. Our take: While this development will surely please Obama’s base, we’re scratching our heads as to why the White House announced it on the day of what’s become the most important primary in the Republican nominating contest so far (Michigan). It’ll likely get completely lost in the news cycle amidst all the primary coverage, which would seem to blunt its political utility. Color us baffled.

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barackobama:

POTUS was fired up at the UAW today.

barackobama:

Aaaand there’s video.

shortformblog:

pantslessprogressive:

Because ShortFormBlog asked, so I answered. 

You’re the Man Now, Dog.

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barackobama:

Three years ago today, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Where were you on Inauguration Day?

See the red arrow? I was there.

This was my view:

shortformblog:

joshsternberg:

Bill Keller distills President Obama’s ‘issues’ to these four main points. 

Great column. This is what Keller talks about when he doesn’t snark on Twitter.

This is a must read.

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producermatthew:

Faking it: Reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump has accused President Barack Obama of releasing a doctored birth certificate. Trump claims to have hired a computer forensic expert who determined the certificate was not authentic.

What in the fucking fuck.

producermatthew:

Faking it: Reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump has accused President Barack Obama of releasing a doctored birth certificate. Trump claims to have hired a computer forensic expert who determined the certificate was not authentic.

What in the fucking fuck.

(Source: matthewkeys)

evilteabagger:

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who is suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks on the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.

The drone strike comes less than a week after a U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan. Had the drone strike in Yemen been successful, the U.S. would have killed two of the top three most-wanted terrorists in a single week.

A liberal democrat president campaigned on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bringing the troops home “first thing”. Since then, 30k more troops have gone to Afghanistan and drone strikes in countries we haven’t even declared war with have tripled under his administration. To top it all off, this same liberal democrat is signing off on targeted killings of American citizens without due process.

Get your facts right before you start calling him a liar. President Obama said often during the campaign that he would refocus our efforts in Afghanistan.

On July 20, 2008, then-Senator Obama spoke with CBS’ Lara Logan and discussed his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are some quotes:

"For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three. I think it’s very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. But military alone is not going to be enough.

The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism.

[…]

And despite what the Bush Administration has argued, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we were distracted from our efforts not only to hunt down al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but also to rebuild this country so that people have confidence that we were to here to stay over the long haul, that we were going to rebuild roads, provide electricity, improve the quality of life for people. And now we have a chance, I think, to correct some of those areas.

There’s starting to be a broad consensus that it’s time for us to withdraw some of our combat troops out of Iraq, deploy them here in Afghanistan. And I think we have to seize that opportunity. Now’s the time for us to do it.

He even discusses his plans regarding Pakistan:

What I’ve said is that if we had actionable intelligence against high-value al-Qaeda targets, and the Pakistani government was unwilling to go after those targets, that we should. My hope is that it doesn’t come to that - that in fact, the Pakistan government would recognize that if we had Osama bin Laden in our sights that we should fire or we should capture him.

Here’s then-Senator Obama’s plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which he calls for two additional brigades to be sent to Afghanistan, that is, 7,000 troops.

Seems to me he’s doing exactly what he said he would. And when and where did he sign off on killing American citizens without due process? Provide some evidence for your claims. Oh, what’s that? You can’t? Because it’s not true? Then stop lying.

Kind of sucks when facts get in the way of your ranting, doesn’t it?

(Source: antigovernmentextremist)

"The United States never is and never has been at war with Islam."

— President Obama

Rick Santorum: Wisconsin Union Members Are Drug Addicts

Wonkette:

Rick Santorum is not exactly creating a lot of buzz or momentum in the early stages of his attempt to run for president, so he’s just going to throw some metaphors out there and see if they stick. “What these folks are in Washington is no better than a drug dealer,” he said. And the Wisconsin unions? “They are acting like their drug is being taken away from them.” So how does Dr. Santorum know so much about drugs and drug dealers? Certainly he wasn’t a user. So he must run a rehab clinic for addicted youths he was too modest to tell us about. Or maybe one of those kids in the Santorum litter is a drug addict, because going through life high makes more sense than the reality of having Rick Santorum as your dad. Anyway, yes, Rick Santorum, people do get addicted to having a good job and being able to provide for their families. Being addicted to survival is sort of part of what it means to be a living being.

Santorum also devoted substantial attention Monday night to unrest in the Middle East, what he described as kowtowing to dictators by President Obama […] and a national security policy that does not adequately address emerging threats.

Wait, an AMERICAN PRESIDENT is dealing with dictators? Surely President Rick Santorum would bring a machine gun to his first UN assembly and murder them all right there. Problem solved. Rick Santorum always seemed like an action hero. And then Santorum will dig up Ronald Reagan’s corpse and punch him in the face, because that guy REALLY liked to support dictators.

Truth.