I got this in my inbox this morning – a pool report on what Joe Biden’s said yesterday at a fundraiser:
… With former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D- Md) in attendance, he said, “I would have never made the faux pas I made the other day if you [Sarbanes] were still around.” He said all he could think after he learned the comment had been picked up was “Thank God my mom’s not …”; the rest of comment was drowned out by laughter.
He said Obama said at the morning presidential briefing: “You know what the best thing about yesterday was? Joe’s comment.” He also said Obama told him that he attempted to have a t-shirt made with his remark emblazoned on it but couldn’t get it in time. Read More…
In America an historical moment is treated as a mad left-wing socialist plot by mad right-wingers. Days after the house of representatives voted in favour of the Senate-passed bill, and after Obama signed off the bill, which will see to it that most Americans will be covered by health insurance, some house Democrats are receiving death threats.
Decent affordable health care for everyone is something developing and third world countries can only dream off… Why the resistance? Government too big for America? I think in this instance, health care, big government isn’t a bad thing. And this is possibly the first time that economic inequality in the US is being addressed in a very long time. Obama said as he signed that this bill enshrines “the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.” The New York Times said that the bill …is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.
Biden captured what a momentous occasion this was when he said: “Mr. President, this is a big f#$%*&^ deal.” After this whispered comment was spread across the internet, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, sent out a message over Twitter: “And yes, Mr. Vice President, you’re right.”
Yesterday it was hard to leave the television. I watched the news channels as President Obama implemented change in the US. Change that will affect the world. The most significant changes were the closing down of Guantanamo Bay, and the new signals sent to the world about the war on terror, and how these signals were delivered. Did you notice how his first stop was the State Department and not the Department of Defense? Did you watch him and Hillary Clinton address the State Department?
Obama will address the economy today.It’s hard to imagine how they are going to solve this one. Will trillions and trillions of dollars save the US.? It’s going to be something like an $8.5 trillion bailout eventually. How many 0′s is that?
Here is the President’s schedule for today:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend the presidential daily briefing tomorrow morning. The meeting is closed press. Read More…
Joe Biden is well-known for blabbing. His wife, Jill Biden, too suffers from the same probem. Did you see her on Oprah Winfrey last week?
This little snippet, about Jill, must be one of the funniest things I’ve heard this week. I found this on Vogue.com:
“She tells a funny story about a day when a bunch of Democratic Party bigwigs had planted themselves in her living room to try to convince Joe Biden that 2004 was his year to unseat George Bush. Jill was sitting out by the pool in a bikini—fuming. Unable to stand it any longer, she got up, found a Magic Marker, and wrote the word no across her stomach and then paraded through the meeting. “They got the message,” she says with a laugh.”
Today ‘That One’ ‘That Won’ Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. Of the millions who watched him being inaugurated he has already asked that from now,” we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done”.
He comes into office with high expectations and many challenges. But the man arrived at the inauguration looking sure, solemn, and prepared for the hard work that lies ahead.
The wait had been long and cold but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the moment when Obama appeared on the big screens walking slowly through Capitol Hill. The wave of O’ba’ma chanting could be heard far back in the crowd, possibly from as far as the monument and beyond. Upfront the Marine Band kept the mood ceremonial. Read More…
Barack Obama announced today the formation of a new institution to help his economic team accomplish their goals:
It has become increasingly clear in recent months that we are facing an economic crisis of historic proportions. At this defining moment for our nation, the old ways of thinking and acting just won’t do. We are called to seek fresh thinking and bold new ideas from the leading minds across America. And as we chart a course to economic recovery, we must ensure that our government – your government – is held accountable for delivering results.
Today, I’m pleased to announce the formation of a new institution to help our economic team accomplish these goals: the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. This Board is modeled on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board created by President Eisenhower to provide rigorous analysis and vigorous oversight of our intelligence community by individuals outside of government – individuals who would be candid and unsparing in their assessment. This new board will perform a similar function for my Administration as we formulate our economic policy. Read More…
It’s Joe Biden’s 66th birthday today.
Yesterday after their weekly lunch, Obama gave him cupcakes, got his staff to sing to him and handed him a White Sox cap, a Bears cap and a bucket of Garrett’s popcorn, a hometown favorite according to the Huffingtonpost.
When the staff presented Biden with the dozen decorated cupcakes, they joked: ”You’re 12 years old!”
His smart response was: “Maybe in dog years!”
Last week McCain aides told Fox news a few things about Sarah Palin’s campaign. She was emotionally difficult. Didn’t want to take advice before the Katie Couric interviews. Didn’t know which countries belonged to NAFTA. But the most stunning revelation was that she didn’t know that Africa is a continent.
Palin has hit back at the McCain sources.
CNN reported yesterday that Palin called former aides of John McCain “jerks” for circulating these unflattering stories about her. Palin thought the stories may have come from the people who helped her prepare for her debate with Joe Biden. “Those were taken out of context and that’s cruel,” Palin said. “It’s mean-spirited. It’s immature. It’s unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news.” She added that it was “cowardly” for staffers to make claims about her anonymously.
“It’s not fair and it’s not right.”
Yesterday the Times of London ran an article on Michelle Obama, the love of Barack’s life. The writer described her as a “modern, post-feminist woman: she is manifestly clever, independently minded, attractive in a normal, accessible way (and not in a scary, plastic-fantastic Cindy way). Her demeanour is a reassuring mixture of sassy and self-deprecating; her easy, confident dress sense neither too sexy nor too self-conscious. Most of all, however, she appears to be the personification of sanity…”
Today they publish a piece written by Michelle. She describes how her daughters snapped her out of speech mode after addressing the Denver Convention by asking for a sleep-over. Read More…
After meeting with 17 economic advisers, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will hold a press conference today probably focusing on the worsening financial crisis. The press conference is expected to start at 1:30 p.m. (central time) at the Hilton Chicago. Attending the earlier meeting are billionaire businessman, Warren Buffet, and former Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers.
BBC reported today that The US Labor Department’s monthly jobs report this morning showed that “the economy shed 240,000 jobs in October, bringing the year’s total job losses to 1.2 million. The unemployment rate climbed from 6.1 percent to 6.5 percent, the highest it has been since March 1994″.
Obama won’t make any more personnel announcements. Yesterday he announced the appointment of Rahm Emmanual as Chief of Staff. In his statement, Obama said “I announce this appointment first because the chief of staff is central to the ability of a president and administration to accomplish an agenda. And no one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel.” Read More…