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Obama Schedule || Tuesday, December 1, 2015

From the White House:

President Obama is in Paris. In the morning, Obama will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Later in the morning, the President will meet with Embassy personnel and families.

In the afternoon, the president will hold a multilateral meeting with heads of state from small island nations. Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a press conference. This press conference will be live streamed at 8:40 am ET. Afterward, the Obama will depart France for Washington.

Obama Schedule || Monday, November 30, 2015

From the White House:

President Obama is in Paris for the climate accord treaty talks. In the morning, the president will participate in a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Later in the morning, the President will participate in the “COP21” climate change talks opening ceremony.

In the afternoon, Obama will attend a lunch hosted by President Francois Hollande of France. This lunch will be closed press. Afterward, Obama will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

Later in the afternoon, the president will participate in an event with Hollande, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, other leaders and members of the private sector. In the evening, Obama will attend a working dinner with Hollande.

NYTs: Obama Curbing Power of Watchdogs

The openness administration is curbing the ability of agency inspectors general to investigate Obama officials, writes the right wing, rabidly anti-Obama, pro-Ted Cruz New York Times.

According to the Times:

“The bottom line is that we’re no longer independent,” Michael E. Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, said in an interview.

The restrictions reflect a broader effort by the Obama administration to prevent unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information — at the expense, some watchdogs insist, of government oversight.

Justice Department lawyers concluded in a legal opinion this summer that some protected records, like grand jury transcripts, wiretap intercepts and financial credit reports, could be kept off limits to government investigators. The administration insists there is no intention of curtailing investigations, but both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have expressed alarm and are promising to restore full access to the watchdogs.

I’m sure the press will be just as outraged as it would have been had the nefarious George W. Bush done the same thing.

White House Thanksgiving Fence Jumper Arrested

Well, on Thanksgiving, your White House correspondent was strolling by the White House and ran into this:

White House Secret Service
Photo by Keith Koffler

Someone had jumped the White House fence, I found out. The front of the White House – the north side – was on lockdown. Hazmat trucks were brought in. And these guys above had their fingers on the triggers of their weapons in case the kooky fence jumper was just the vanguard of a far more aggressive effort to ruin the Obamas’ Thanksgiving.

Turned out not.

fence jumper

According to the Washington Post, 22-year-old Joseph Caputo of Stamford, Connecticut, scaled the north fence on and gained access to the north grounds but was immediately arrested. Caputo was charged with unlawful entry.

Obama’s Thanksgiving Menu

From a White House official. The 2015 First Family Thanksgiving Dinner: Thyme Roasted Turkey Garlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange Relish Honey-Baked Ham with Apricot-Mustard Glaze Prime Rib and Creamed Horseradish Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers Oyster Stuffing Braised Winter Greens (Collards, Kale, and Turnip Greens) Macaroni and Cheese Sweet Potato Gratin Yukon Gold Mashed… Continue Reading

Video || Obama Compares Syrian Refugees to The Pilgrims

President Obama Thursday used his Thanksgiving address to lecture Americans about generosity, suggesting opposition to admitting Syrian refugees stems from a lack of it and comparing the Syrians to the Pilgrims. From the address: On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity . . . I’ve been… Continue Reading

Video || Obama Statement on National Security

President Obama tries to get it straight about how threatened we are, now that the government has issued contradictory statements about how imperiled to feel. What this included was a big recitation of all the wonderful things Obama is doing. Meantime, ISIS gets stronger and stronger. Hope you’re feeling safe. Don’t forget to share Continue Reading