Quote of the Day || October 21, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 11:10 pm

“Okay, so if it’s a virus, can’t we just like use Symantec or McAfee?”

- “Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain

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

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Obama Schedule || Tuesday, October 21, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 10:05 pm

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:55 am || Meets with Treasury Secretary Lew
12:30 pm || Lunch with Biden
4:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel

All times Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing at 12:30 pm

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Obama Just Shakes it Off!

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 6:43 pm

The latest from Remy and ReasonTV. Though you might enjoy. Based on the Taylor Swift hit “Shake it Off.”

Here’s the original, in case you’d like to see. It’s also provocative, in its own way. Now you’re not going to watch the original first, are you?

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Obama Takes Like Forever to Vote

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 6:29 pm

What’s he doing? It took him six minutes. Looks like he got a little confused. Were there popup ads?

I mean, when you’re ruling by decree, voting doesn’t matter as much. So let’s move it along, please.

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Barack Cracks a Michelle Joke

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 1:26 pm

President Obama this morning early-voted in Chicago, Illinois – where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is running for reelection – and then headed over a Quinn campaign office carrying three boxes of donuts and pastries.

“Michelle sent these. We got broccoli, carrots.”

Uh oh. Trouble when he gets home. But well played . . .

Obama, in a politically incorrect mood, also made a comment when voting about the machines being made for short people as he bent over to make his selection. Okay, his exact words were, “folks who are a little short.”

Obama refused to say whom he voted for, citing his role representing all the people. “I can’t say that . . . this is the most important office of democracy, the office of citizenry.”

Not sure if this was some kind of shout out to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate who has refused to say if she voted for Obama, citing her duties as an officer of the state.

I doubt it, though. I think they’re nauseated by her at the White House. Just my feeling.

Over at campaign headquarters, Obama, whose commitment to his job has been questioned of late, seemed rejuvenated.

“This is me 30 years ago. All energetic. That’s great,” he told volunteers as he worked his way around the room. “Nothing like campaign fever,” he said.

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Make Romney the Ebola Czar

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 11:49 am

The appointment of Ron Klain to save us from Ebola is another one of President Obama’s specialities: Pasta Fiasco. Klain is a Democratic operative. His major life’s work has been protecting, promoting and serving the White House as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore. How are we going to trust what he says and does?

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And who’s ever heard of him outside of Washington? And where is he, anyway? The White House hasn’t even introduced him to us.

Give me a break.

If Mitt Romney really isn’t serious about running for president, and if President Obama was ever serious about his post-2008 election idea of giving Romney something important to do, let’s make Romney the Ebola Czar.

Here are five reasons why he would be a better Ebola czar than what’s-his-name:

1. He has a commanding presence and reassuring way about him. Americans need that in a crisis.

2. Everyone knows him. A familiar face is helpful in leading Americans through a time of peril.

4. He has significant executive experience through his work at Bain Capital and through other endeavors, like steering the 2002 Winter Olympics away from financial disaster.

4. He’s run a huge government agency before – AKA the State of Massachusetts.

5. Unlike even Obama himself, Romney knows how to work with members of the opposite party, having pushed his Romneycare legislation through the Massachusetts legislature. His choice would be a signal, unlike Ron Klain, that Obama isn’t going to worry about the politics of Ebola.

We all know Romney. He has his flaws, including an insufficient commitment to conservative ideology. But does anyone doubt that Romney would knock heads, make decisions, keep the public informed, and cut through the bureaucracy?

And I’m sure there are plenty on either side of the aisle who at this point wouldn’t mind if Obama lent him the Oval Office to work out of.

H/T to Aaron Goldstein at the American Spectator who first came up with the idea of Romney as Ebola Czar. Photo credit: Greg Skidmore.

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Tina Brown: Obama Makes Women Feel Unsafe

by Keith Koffler on October 20, 2014, 9:40 am

Veteran liberal editor Tina Brown explains Obama’s declining fortune with women, which threatens to sink Democrats on Election Day.

Women, she said this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, don’t feel safe with Obama at the helm. A sense among of insecurity is a big political problem, because it strikes at a visceral need for women.

The politically correct would be offended by the suggestion women in particular need to feel secure, but it happens to be true, and no Democratic political operative worth their pay would ignore the issue of safety and women – though of course they might attack Republicans for bringing it up.

Fortunately, Tina Brown brought it up. She said:

For women, I don’t think he makes them feel unsafe. They feel unsafe economically, they’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS, they’re feeling unsafe about Ebola . . .

I think they’re beginning to feel a bit like Obama’s that guy in the corner office who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says “This has to change,” doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change. Then it goes wrong, and he’s blaming everybody.

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The Obama Morning News || October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Obama would bypass Congress on Iran deal . . . No one knows if the Obama administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consider the most important foreign policy deal of his presidency: an accord with Iran that would forestall its ability to make a nuclear weapon. […]

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Obama Schedule || Monday, October 20, 2014

October 19, 2014

5:00 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Chicago 6:30 pm CT || Departs Chicago 9:25 pm ET || Arrives White House Don’t forget to share

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Open Thread || October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

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Video || An Ebola Update from President Obama

October 18, 2014

Released Saturday by the White House: Today, President Obama spoke to the nation about Ebola — how the Administration is responding, and what you should know. The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government. […]

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Obama on the Fairways

October 18, 2014

President Obama is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. His partners are two of the usual junior White House aides, Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, and sportswriter Tony Kornheiser. It’s the 44th time the 44th president has played this year and outing #201 of his presidency. Don’t forget to share

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