Early this morning – 6.15am – Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich was arrested. He was charged with corruption, and for trying to sell Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. AP reports that ‘he was also charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune daily, in the sale of Chicago’s Wrigley Field baseball stadium. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the newspaper’s editorial board who had been critical of him fired.’
Apparently he said ‘he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”‘
Today, the US Supreme Court turned down the appeal to hear a case on Obama’s eligibility to become president. Leo Donofrio, of New Jersey, claimed that Obama is not a ‘natural born citizen’ because he must have had dual nationality at birth: his father was from Kenya with British citizenship at the time of his birth and his mother American.
There have been other lawsuits about Obama’s nationality. Some claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii but in Kenya. Over the past 8 years 842 such cases have been considered. Only 60 were heard, the rest were thrown out.
And eventhough the evidence clearly states that Obama is a US citizen and thus eligible to be president, the conspiracy of his birth is not expected to go away. The more strongly people believe in the conspiracy, the less likely they will change their minds.
Read more in Slate.com about these mad claims that Obama should not be president.
The US political establishment, the neo-cons and Republicans are delighted with Barack Obama and his appointees. The progressive left are not so delighted. When Karl Rove says it’s good that there will be conintuity, the left worry.
Today in the Huffingtonpost, Steve Hildebrand, Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager defends the president-elect with a message to the progressive critics. Here is an extract:
I could go on and on (listing the problems he faces). The point I’m making here is that our new president, the Congress and all Americans must come together to solve these problems. This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that President-Elect Obama is making. Some believe the appointments generally aren’t progressive enough. Having worked with former Senator Obama for the last two years, I can tell you, that isn’t the way he thinks and it’s not likely the way he will lead. The problems I mentioned above and the many I didn’t, suggest that our president surround himself with the most qualified people to address these challenges. After all, he was elected to be the president of all the people – not just those on the left.
As a liberal member of our Party, I hope and expect our new president to address those issues that will benefit the vast majority of Americans first and foremost. That’s his job. Over time, there will be many, many issues that come before him. But first let’s get our economy moving, bring our troops home safely, fix health care, end climate change and restore our place in the world. What a great president Barack Obama will be if he can work with Congress and the American people to make great strides in these very difficult times.
Obama said today in a televised interview that the economy will get worse before it will get better.
Here is an AP report:
President-elect Barack Obama said the U.S. economy seems destined to get worse before it gets better and he pledged a recovery plan «that is equal to the task ahead.”
Obama also said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the survival of the domestic car-making capacity is important, yet any bailout must be “conditioned on an auto industry emerging at the end of the process that actually works.”
Less than six weeks before he takes office, Obama said that help for homeowners facing foreclosure is an option as part of his plan. He sidestepped a question about when he plans to raise taxes on wealthy Americans. Read More…
Ron Howard, director of Frost/Nixon says he voted for the Republican president Nixon in 1972. But this year he voted for Barack Obama. He made this video earlier which has gone viral – and is still being watched. So if you missed it then, like I did, watch in now.
The US Supreme Court will consider today whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship. The Chicago Tribune says that ‘legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court’s schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama’s election over accusations that he either wasn’t born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia.’
Also this week, Robert L. Schulz spent a fortune on ads in the Chicago Tribune this week questioning Obama’s citizenship.
Yesterday I got this which is quite sweet. For those who care, Obama is a Leo.
So my husband was right. We must spend. This was confirmed by Bill Gates.
Last night Gates in an address at George Washington University urged Barack Obama to increase spending. The Washington Post reported that he said ‘the federal government must increase deficit spending to stimulate the economy and help the country’s most vulnerable residents…new investments are critical to building on recent improvements in U.S. public education and fighting disease abroad, which he said could be reversed if spending dries up.’
Gates also said that his foundation will increase the amount of its grants next year and he said that Obama ‘follow through on his campaign commitment to double U.S. foreign assistance to $50 billion by the end of his first term.’
Just before the elections, french-speaking Canadian comedians made a prank call to Sarah Palin. She made real right fool of herself and told the pranksters that she could be president “maybe in eight years”.
So, yesterday when Ileana Ros-Lehtinen picked up her phone and a man sounding like Barack Obama greeted her, she assumed it was a hoax call and hung up. But it wasn’t a prank! The president-elect wanted to speak to the Republican representative of the congress and congratulate her on her re-election.
“I thought it was one of the radio stations in South Florida playing an incredible, elaborate, terrific prank on me,” Ros-Lehtinen told the Miami Herald. “They got Fidel Castro to go along. They’ve gotten Hugo Chavez and others to fall for their tricks. I said, ‘Oh, no, I won’t be punked.”‘ Read More…
KARL Rove, commonly known as Bush’s Brain, is not a nice man.
As President George Bush’s top aide, he ran Bush’s election campaigns using dirty tricks and disinformation. US liberals hate him.
This week, Rove said that Barack Obama’s national security team “represents, to a substantial degree, continuity”. He has also given Obama’s economic team the thumbs up. US liberals are incensed.
When one of the archetypal US neo-cons says that things will stay the same, it’s time to ask whether we can really believe in the president-elect’s campaign promise of change.
John Nichols asks, in the left wing publication, The Nation: “Is this ‘change we can believe in’?”
“Not by any reasonable measure of the word,” he says.
Liberals, or left-progressives, are uncomfortable and disappointed with the appointment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and Robert Gates as defence secretary. Obama is clearly not the radical John McCain warned he would be. Clinton, as a senator, voted to authorise the Iraq war. She has also said that the US should “obliterate” Iran if it uses nuclear weapons against Israel.
When Obama announced his appointment of Clinton he said: “We share a view that America has to be safe and secure, and in order to do that we have to combine military power with strength and diplomacy. Read More…
In an interview last night on CNN Bill Clinton said that he didn’t think that he’d be more involved with Obama’s administration than the husband of Hillary – ‘”a helpful sounding board”. Unless, he said, Obama asks for something specific, “which I’m neither looking for nor opposed to.”
Interesting. Bill back in the White House. I don’t think so.