It’s Official: The President of the United States is a Machine

August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm (Capital University, Cleveland, Ohio, President Obama, Reuters, Teleprompter, TOTUS)

You know how when you hang out with a person so often, and you develop a special relationship with that special someone you truly, truly love and rely on, that you start to inherit some of their traits?

Bam!

Caption reads:

A teleprompter obscures U.S. President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Cleveland, Ohio August 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

It was bound to happen at some point.  The greatest orator of our time has turned out to be a bumbling dolt without his beloved teleprompter.

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Report: Gillibrand’s Claim That Her Website Serves as an Independent Organization is a Sham

August 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm (Alex Wagner, Campaign, Democrat, Kirsten Gillibrand, MSNBC, New York, Off the Sidelines, Republican, Weekly Standard, Women)

Today, NYGOP  spokeswoman Becky Miller released the following statement regarding Senator Gillibrand’s stint yesterday on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner:”

“On MSNBC yesterday, Kirsten Gillibrand touted ‘OffTheSidelines.org’, a website she’s running to get ‘more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to hopefully run for office.’

But according to an exposé by the Weekly Standard, OffTheSidelines.org is:

“nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to ‘Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,’ and another link to simply ‘contribute’ leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.”

“During her interview, Gillibrand referenced the 11 women who are running for US Senate this year.  Indeed there are 11 female Democrats running for Senate – but there are also seven female Republicans, which New York’s Junior Senator didn’t deign to mention.

“Kirsten Gillibrand’s career in the Senate is built on a foundation of lies and deceit, from touring New York touting new ‘jobs bills’ that never get passed to lying about her role helping women participate in politics.

“We call on Kirsten Gillibrand to name the Republican women that her organization helps – or admit that OffTheSidelines.org is a sham: just another way to funnel money to her reelection campaign.”

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Obama Regulatory Chief’s Resume Mentions Bain, His White House Bio Doesn’t

August 21, 2012 at 11:45 am (Bain and Company, Bain Capital, Boris Bershteyn, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Regulatory Affairs, White House)

Now, why would the White House not want the American public to know that the new head of Regulatory Affairs had an early stint at Bain?  Probably because they’ve been working overtime in trying to portray the company as an evil, capitalist corporation with no regards to the feelings of employees.

President Obama’s campaign just loves to refer to rival Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. They’ve made plenty of hay out of his time with the company (“home of the vulture capitalists!”), bringing it up at every turn possible.

But in one context, the White House dared not utter the B-word. President Obama named Boris Bershteyn to step in to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs after the departure of Cass Sunstein, but his official bio makes no mention of Bershteyn’s time at consulting firm Bain & Co. (that’s where Romney worked before founding the spinoff private equity firm Bain Capital).

According to his profile in LinkedIn, Bershteyn was an associate consultant at Bain & Co. in the early 2000s, before he got his Yale Law degree.

Does this mean that Bershteyn was also a big fan of ‘outsourcing’ jobs?  Was he a co-conspirator in the murder of Joe Soptic’s wife?  Or does this simply undermine the Obama campaign’s messaging about the evil that is Bain Capital and Mitt Romney?

Either way, the White House apparently had a reason for keeping this information from the public’s eyes.

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Albright: Bush Derangement Syndrome Will Never End

August 21, 2012 at 10:58 am (Bush Derangement Syndrome, Bush's Fault, Economy, George W. Bush, Madeline Albright, President Obama, Secretary of State)

It’s been a common question amongst critics of President Obama – When will you start taking credit for what ails the country, and when will you stop blaming Bush?

If former Secretary of State and current Obama surrogate, Madeline Albright is to be believed, you can stop holding your breath.

The Bush Derangement Syndrome will never end.

Obama surrogate and Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright has finally revealed when they’ll stop blaming current conditions on Former President Bush. Never. At a campaign rally in Highlands Ranch, Colorado last week Albright told an anecdote: “All of a sudden this man gets up and says, ‘How long are you people going to blame the previous administration?’ and I said, ‘Forever.’”

I would assume that, if by some miracle the economy does start to improve despite the President’s best efforts to destroy it, that the good fortune will also have to be blamed on Bush, correct?

Won’t hold my breath on that either.

Watch Albright’s statements below…

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Bloomberg Claims ‘Nobody has Come Across the US-Mexican Border In a Long Time’

August 21, 2012 at 9:00 am (Border, Border Security, Immigration, Mayor Bloomberg, Mexico, Michael Bloomberg, New York, US, Welfare)

Speaking at a forum on immigration last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a series of statements that came across as … well … untrue.

Bloomberg answered a question from a Wall Street Journal reporter who also served as moderator of the event, and the response was rather jaw-dropping.

Reporter:  “… My sister lives in Amarillo, Texas, and they’re very worried about waves coming up north over the border there. What are you going to tell them?”

Bloomberg:  “Number one nobody has come across the border in a long time.  I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don’t waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It’s dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back.”

That notion only rings true if you consider the concept of time span as arbitrary, and assume that the Mayor was thinking of time in small, hour-long segments.  Then one could say that a ‘long time’ in Bloomberg’s head may simply be the last hour or so.

Or you can just accept that the Mayor is lying.

While illegals crossing the border have been on the decline, the statement that nobody has crossed in a long time is absurd.

Bloomberg added:

“The total number of undocumented in this country has been going down for a long time. How do we solve the problem? We solved the problem by having our economy crater.  People don’t come here to put their feet up and collect welfare. They come here to work, and if there’s no jobs, they don’t come here, and if they’re here and they can’t find a job, they go back home, because America is not a very good place to sit around and think the state is going to support you.”

Actually, a recent report shows that illegal immigrants do indeed come here to put up their feet and collect welfare.  That report indicated that “43 percent of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who have been residing in the U.S. for at least 20 years were on welfare.”

Bloomberg should stick to regulating everybody’s diet as opposed to wading into immigration policy, a platform in which he clearly knows very little.

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GOP Calling Gillibrand’s Bluff, Demand Proof That Her Independent Organization Has Benefited Republican Women

August 21, 2012 at 7:00 am (Alex Wagner, Buffalo News, Congress, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, MSNBC, New York, NY-20, Off the Sidelines, Women)

Yesterday, the New York GOP released the following statement in response to Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) appearance on MSNBC, where she claimed her “independent” organization helps women of both parties get elected:

Yesterday, on MSNBC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proudly touted her organization “Off the Sidelines.org” as one that works with both Democrat and Republican women alike, when in fact all proceeds of her seemingly independent organization go directly to her campaign war chest.

Last year, the Buffalo News reported on Senator Gillibrand’s “independent organization” as nothing more than a distraction.  The website encouraged people to donate to her re-election campaign by leading them to believe they were supporting women’s rights.  It was a duplicitous cash grab and a total misrepresentation of the group’s efforts and under pressure Senator Gillibrand admitted as much.

One year later, Senator Gillibrand is back at it, telling Alex Wagner of MSNBC that Off the Sidelines is helping both Republican and Democrat women get elected.

We call on Senator Gillibrand to identify those Republican women whom benefit, or have benefitted, from Off the Sidelines.org, or simply admit that contributions to the organization go directly to her reelection campaign, rather than to getting both Republican and Democrat women involved in the issues, as she claimed on Alex Wagner’s show yesterday.

Instead of touting bogus bipartisanship, Senator Gillibrand should focus on getting co-sponsors for any one of her stalled jobs bills or sponsor legislation to repeal Obamacare, which has raided $741 Billion from Medicare, putting our seniors at risk.

Here’s the video of Senator Gillibrand on the Alex Wagner show…

This report from the Weekly Standard seems to indicate that Gillibrand isn’t exactly being honest when she said Off the Sidelines benefits women of both party…

But OffTheSidelines appears to be nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to “Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,” and another link to simply “contribute” leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.

Seems Gillibrand is all for supporting women’s rights – if that means sending money to one woman in particular.

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