Jan Brewer Brings A Earful Obama In Ariz

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Jan Brewer Brings A Earful Obama In Ariz: MESA, Ariz. – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came to greet President Obama upon his arrival outside Phoenix Wednesday. What she got was a critique. Of her book.

The two leaders could be seen engaged in an intense conversation at the base of Air Force One’s steps. Both could be seen smiling, but speaking at the same time.

Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said, “He was a little disturbed about my book.”

Brewer recently published a book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” something of a memoir of her years growing up, and defends her signing of Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes.

Obama was objecting to Brewer’s description of a meeting he and Brewer had at the White House, where she described Obama as lecturing her. In an interview in November Brewer described two tense meetings. The first took place before his commencement address at Arizona State University. “He did blow me off at ASU,” she said in the television interview in November. Continue Reading…

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Mitch Daniels Can’t Save The Republican Party

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Mitch Daniels Can’t Save The Republican Party: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) gave a perfectly serviceable speech last night. It was a bit dull, maybe, but it wasn’t a wrenching exercise in self-humiliation. Which is to say, by the standards of post-SOTU responses, it was a stunning, historic success. But it was also a reminder of the difficulties Daniels, a fantasy-draft presidential pick for many Republicans, would face if he entered the campaign.“When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave,” Daniels said, “he must know in his heart that this is not true.” And the reason for Daniels’ gloom was debt. We have too much of it. Much too much of it. And over and again, Daniels signaled that Republicans were not blameless in the rise of red ink. “The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight,” he said. “To make such action happen, we also must work, in ways we Republicans have not always practiced, to bring Americans together,” he admitted. Continue Reading…

Obama Pledges Economic Equality In SOTU Speech

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Obama Pledges Economic Equality In SOTU Speech: US President Barack Obama has used his last State of the Union speech before the November election to paint himself as the champion of the middle class, by demanding higher taxes for millionaires and tight reins on Wall Street.

Taking advantage of the huge national platform of his annual speech to Congress, Mr Obama defiantly defended his record after three years in office and laid blame for many of the country’s woes at the feet of banks and an out-of-touch Congress.

He proposed sweeping changes in the tax code and new remedies for the US housing crisis as he made the case for reducing income inequality in America.

While the biggest proposals in Mr Obama’s election-year speech are considered unlikely to gain traction in a divided Congress, the White House believes the president can tap into voters’ resentment over the financial industry’s abuses and Washington’s dysfunction. Continue Reading…

The Economy And Politics To Dominate State Of The Union Address

The Economy And Politics To Dominate State Of The Union Address: President Barack Obama will make the domestic economy the centerpiece of his last State of the Union address before he seeks re-election in November.

The speech is expected to call for sweeping initiatives to bolster the U.S. manufacturing sector and the labor and housing markets, and seek broad reform of the tax code.

At the same time, Obama will undoubtedly be making a case that his shepherding of the economy for the past three years warrants another four-year term.

That case was made slightly easier for the president in recent months as the unemployment rate has unexpectedly dropped to its lowest level — 8.5% — since early in Obama’s term.

The economy — and the unemployment rate as its most widely watched gauge — is certain to be the central focus of the presidential campaign.

It’s unlikely any large initiatives will be approved by Congress in an election year, a point certainly not lost on the president. That should open the door for him to call for an array of big picture reforms without any realistic belief of their passage.

The speech will be delivered before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. EST. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels will give the Republican response. (Watch it live on the FOX Business Network.)

Analysts believe Obama set the tone for tonight’s speech during an address in Kansas in December in which he described America being divided by economic inequalities.

Using populist themes that closely echoed the rallying cries of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Obama has suggested the U.S. economic playing field has grown uneven. In effect, the president has complained that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Continue Reading…

President Obama Sings Al Green’s song Let’s Stay Together

President Obama Sings Al Green’s song Let’s Stay Together: Here we are with a brand new article from the category “some politicians would do just about anything to get popular”. This time President Obama was in the center of attention when he sang Al Green’s song: “Let’s Stay Together,” says the Associated Press. The event took place at a New York fundraiser which was held at Manhattan’s Apollo Theater on Thursday night.The President was supposed to deliver a speech in honor of the event when he unexpectedly veered from his prepared remarks to thank Green for having warmed the crowd. As if simply naming the classic was not enough, Obama wanted to make sure the public was aware of his appreciation for Al Green, so he started crooning the famous song, “Let’s stay Together”. Continue Reading…

President Obama Sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ At Apollo

President Obama Sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ At Apollo: President Barack Obama pulled out some unexpected singing chops during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York City on Thursday night (January 19). The President belted out a line of Rev. Al Green’s soul staple “Let’s Stay Together”–Rev. Al Green was also in the audience–and joked about not being ushered off stage by the notorious Apollo Theater Sandman. “Don’t worry Rev I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation”, the President said lightheartedly. Can a sing-off against Mitt Romney be that far off?

Earlier in the evening, Obama kept the fundraising alive by noshing at an intimate dinner of 45 guests at director Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lee Lewis’ home. The $35,800 per ticket dinner included notables Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and former Knicks player Allan Houston. Continue Reading…