Live Stream || Obama Statement – September 23, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 23, 2014, 8:34 am

The White House has just announced that President Obama will make a statement this morning at 10:00 am ET on the South Lawn. I will live stream it here.

It’s about ISIS, I assume with a focus on the strikes in Syria.

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The Obama Morning News || September 23, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 23, 2014, 9:08 am

WH vulnerable to group fence jump . . . Washington Post
A classified mock attack two decades ago found an easy way to pierce the White House security zone: Overwhelm Secret Service officers on the compound with six to eight attackers climbing over the fence at the same time. That vulnerability remains

WH intruder not the first . . . National Journal
Tourists, “cranks,” and other eccentrics in the past made it unscathed into the executive mansion.

Meet the White House guard dog . . . Washington Post
It is driven to hunt and capture prey. It looks like a leaner, more agile German Shepherd. It has a 270-degree field of vision and the force of its bite equals 1,400 pounds per square inch. It can run 30 miles per hour.

WH: ISIS Americans have returned . . . Breitbart
Intelligence estimates puts the number of American citizens with valid passports fighting with ISIS at  over a 100. Some are already back inside America.

Strikes target al Qaeda too . . . Washington Post
In addition to a broader campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets across Syria, the United States also pounded a little known, but well-resourced al-Qaeda cell that some American officials fear could pose a direct threat to the United States.

McCain: Obama worst president I’ve seen . . . The Blaze
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blamed President Obama for creating the conditions that allowed the Islamic State to flourish in the Middle East, and declared that in his long life, he’s never seen a worse administration.

Obamacare enrollees dropping . . . Fox News
Obama’s claim last spring that 8 million people had enrolled in ObamaCare recently got a significant downgrade – to 7.3 million – from the head of the agency overseeing the plan.

Biden: Big immigration moves coming . . . Washington Times
Obama is preparing to do “an awful lot” on immigration when he issues an executive order later this year, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told supporters Monday night.

Treasury moves against inversions . . . Reuters
The Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb “inversion” deals that allow companies to escape high U.S. taxes by reincorporating abroad.

Republicans fume over Lerner remarks . . . Politico
House Republicans are steaming that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner decided to talk to Politico for a profile on her life after twice taking the Fifth before Congress.

Obama: Programs must consider warming . . . Examiner
Federal agencies will need to factor how the effects of climate change would affect international development programs and investments under a new executive order Obama will issue Tuesday.

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Carson: “Likelihood is Strong” I will Run

by Keith Koffler on September 23, 2014, 8:06 am

Neurosurgeon and conservative star Dr. Ben Carson said Monday that “the likelihood is strong” that he will run for president in 2016, saying he will decide by May of next year

But Carson offered up a strange caveat, suggesting that voters would have to prove they are supportive of his ideas in the upcoming November elections before he would take the plunge.

Carson was asked twice by radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt if he is going to run. Here are the two separate answers, the first less certain than the second.

I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening. I want to make sure that it’s clearly something my fellow Americans want me to do. And I’m also waiting to see what the results are in November, because if the people indicate that they truly do want a nation that is for, of and by the people, then I, along with I hope many other people, would be willing to give it everything we possibly have . . .

Unless the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong.

It’s the wrong approach for a potential presidential candidate and movement leader to precondition a run with the desire for a show of support for his ideas. A conservative presidential candidacy should be about bringing conservatism to the nation, not requesting it in advance.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

by Keith Koffler on September 22, 2014, 11:20 pm

The United States, accompanied by at least a few allies, began its bombing campaign Monday against ISIS targets in Syria.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Using Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles and Air Force fighter planes, including stealthy F-22s, the U.S. carried out plans for strikes against more than a dozen targets inside portions of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, officials said.

Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed the strikes Monday night.

Four or more Arab countries, including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, signed up to take part in strikes in Syria, with some flying alongside the U.S. warplanes, according to an allied official. Their participation was seen as critical to the success and credibility of the mission, helping avoid the appearance of a unilateral U.S. attack on Syrian territory.

The targets included buildings used as supply depots and logistics hubs near the Syria-Iraq border. But the U.S. also struck deeper into Syria, at Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, according to U.S. officials.

The expanded war against Islamic State forces propelled the U.S. military into an uncharted involvement in Syria, where it has little intelligence and virtually no ground support.

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Quote of the Day || September 23, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 22, 2014, 10:28 pm

“Dammit, Barack, how many times do I have to ask you to lock the front door?”

- Michelle Obama

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

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Obama Schedule || Tuesday, September 23, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 22, 2014, 9:12 pm

10:20 am || Departs White House
11:30 am || Arrives New York City
12:50 pm || Delivers remarks at the Climate Summit 2014; United Nations Building
2:00 pm || Delivers remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative; New York City
4:20 pm || Meets with USUN Mission employees and their families; New York City
5:15 pm || Delivers remarks at a fundrasier for Senate Democrats; private residency, New York City
9:00 pm || Attends a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government; New York City

All times Eastern

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Fence Jumper Had 800 Rounds of Ammo in Car

by Keith Koffler on September 22, 2014, 5:39 pm

The man who jumped the White House fence Friday night and made it into the executive mansion had 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had previously been arrested with a variety of firearms and a map with the White House circled.

Far from being the innocuous fence jumper initially portrayed, Omar Jose Gonzales of Texas, an Iraq war veteran, in fact now appears to perhaps have had some bad things in mind for the president or his family.

Gonzales had a three and a half inch serrated knife on his person when he was stopped, a minor weapon compared to others he’d been keeping in his car, but one that could still inflict lethal damage.

Gonzales appeared in court today in Washington. From the Washington Post:

After a 15-minute hearing, (Judge) Facciola ordered Gonzalez held until Oct. 1, pending revocation of bond by authorities in an unrelated July 19 incident in Wythe County, Va. In that case, he was arrested while allegedly carrying a sawed-off shotgun, two sniper rifles and several other firearms, as well as a map of the Washington area with the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Va., circled and a line pointed toward the White House, a local prosecutor said.

Earlier, on Aug. 25, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd said, U.S. Secret Service officers saw Gonzalez carrying a hatchet in the back waistband of his pants along the south fence of the White House and questioned him. Gonzalez agreed to let them search his vehicle, parked nearby on New York Avenue NW, but at that time they found only camping gear and two dogs, and released him.

Gonzalez’s “preoccupation with the White House and accumulation of a large amount of ammunition in apparently a short period of time represented a danger to the president,” Mudd said.

Asked if he had confidence in the Secret Service, Obama said today, “The Secret Service does a great job. I’m grateful for all the sacrifices they make on my behalf and on my family’s behalf.”

Maybe so, but this is an astounding security breach that surely is going to give more serious bad guys some ideas. The area where Gonzalez was apprehended is right downstairs from the Obama family living quarters.

It’s incredible that with all the supposedly elaborate security, the White House didn’t simply have a human being in front of the building who could get in the way of an intruder. The questions just multiply from there.

What if a dozen people went over the wall? What’s the plan for that? Is there a plan for that?

Why wasn’t the dog who usually takes down such intruders released? Why is there only a dog between the fence and someone gaining access to the residence? Why wasn’t Gonzales shot by a sniper? How did they know for sure he wasn’t loaded up with explosives?

This either a failure of planning, a failure of the Secret Service officers on the ground, or most likely, both.

Meantime, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said the White House had taken a significant step toward preventing further such intrusions. It will lock the front door.

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Live Stream || White House Briefing – September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

The briefing has concluded. Don’t forget to share

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Government Trying to Silence Private Citizen’s Speech

September 22, 2014

The Democratic Party, in its quest for money and politically correct purity, has reached a new low. A private citizen made a statement that some would find offensive. Democrats in Congress are trying to put that citizen out of business. The citizen in question often makes controversial statements. He draws calumny from his opponents. And […]

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Obama’s Sunday Golf

September 22, 2014

President Obama played about four hours of golf Sunday with his usual group of junior White House aides. The president touched down at Joint Base Andrews after spending Saturday at Camp David. It was his 40th outing of the year and the 197th of his presidency. Don’t forget to share

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Overheats at Climate Change March

September 22, 2014

The last thing a really wealthy liberal wants is to be taunted about the energy use – and the resulting costs to the environment – required to support their lavish lifestyles. But that’s what Michelle Fields of PJTV did to Robert Kennedy Sunday at the climate change march in Manhattan. And Kennedy, who must be far […]

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Dear Saul . . . Love, Hillary

September 22, 2014

Newly obtained letters between the young Hillary Clinton and Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky show that Hillary had a years-long and even personally close relationship with the leftist organizer that lasted right through and beyond Yale Law School. According to the Washington Free Beacon: Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing […]

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