Cartoon of the Day || September 2, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 5:34 pm

Lester Isis

Published by permission of Mike Lester, award winning cartoonist and WHD reader. Mike draws the comic strip Mike Du Jour, as well as editorial cartoons which can be found here


ISIS Claims to have Beheaded a Second American

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 1:16 pm

ISIS has reportedly claimed to have beheaded another American journalist. The action may increase pressure on President Obama to take stronger action against the terrorist group.

White House press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the incident today but had no information about it.

An internet video posted today purports to show the beheading of U.S. reporter Steven Sotloff.

In the video, Sotloff reportedly addresses the camera, saying:

I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.

Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?

The video then cuts to the militant who makes a statement saying that as long as U.S. missiles “continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

The group threatened to execute a British captive next.


Live Stream || White House Briefing – September 2, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 12:25 pm

The briefing has concluded.


Obama “Enraged” at Israel

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 10:28 am

The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens reports that President Obama is “enraged” at the Israeli government:

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ”

So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.

Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

And Mr. Obama—No Drama Obama, the president who prides himself on his cool, a man whose emotional detachment is said to explain his intellectual strength—is enraged.

With Israel. Which has just been hit by several thousand unguided rockets and 30-odd terror tunnels, a 50-day war, the forced closure of its one major airport, accusations of “genocide” by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, anti-Semitic protests throughout Europe, general condemnation across the world. This is the country that is the object of the president’s rage.

Well, so much for patching up relations.

I’m wondering if, given that Hamas was dropping bombs on his peoples’ heads, whether Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu had much time for golf and lobster this August.

Our president did, even though the same types of people will soon be dropping bombs on our heads too.


Video || Obama Serves Up Some Class Warfare for Labor Day

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 9:21 am

I mean, what better day for it?

That was President Obama Monday in Milwaukee.

Here’s some footage of Obama later in the day during stop in Louisiana.


The Obama Morning News || September 2, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 2, 2014, 8:34 am

Biden: Union workers deserve “fair share” . . . Associated Press
Vice President Biden told hundreds of Detroit-area union members that they deserve a “fair share” of any improvement in corporate profits.

Obama touts economic gains . . . Fox News
President Obama used Labor Day to tout the country’s economic gains under his leadership and make an election-year case that higher wages and other progress for workers can only be achieved through a Democrat-controlled Congress.

While Obama thinks, Cameron takes charge . . . Newsmax
While Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short to deal with ISIS, President Obama was golfing on Martha’s Vineyard. While Cameron took action, raising Britain’s terror threat to “severe,” Obama told Americans “We don’t have a strategy, yet.”

Feinstein: Obama too cautious on ISIS . . . Politico
The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says Obama might be taking too long to respond to the growing threat from Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Right fumes as business backs Obama . . . Examiner
Some of the nation’s largest business groups say they are likely to back Obama’s plans to take executive action on a new comprehensive immigration policy, a further sign of the widening fracture between the Republican Party and one of its biggest groups of supporters.

GOP has new strategy for Obama . . . Newsmax
With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate, GOP lawmakers are developing a legislative strategy to pass key bills, while steering clear of negative atmospherics that could damage their chances of capturing the presidency in 2016.

The summer of Obama’s disconnect . . . Ron Fournier
Hawkish or weakish? Americans don’t like either in a president.

U.S. attacks al-Shabab in Somalia . . . Associated Press
U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group’s leader.

Cantor’s cushy landing . . . Politico
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the Wall Street firm Moelis & Co., the firm announced on Tuesday.

Government: How to roast marshmallows . . . The Blaze
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which was National Roasted Marshmallow Day.


Obama Schedule || Tuesday, September 2, 2014

by Keith Koffler on September 1, 2014, 10:03 pm

11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
3:15 pm || Departs the White House for Estonia

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


Labor Day Open Thread || September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

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Obama Playing Golf

August 31, 2014

President Obama is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The president is playing with junior White House aides Joe Paulsen, Luke Rosa, and Mike Brush. It’s his 37th time playing this year and the 194th time of his presidency. Don’t forget to share

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Sunday Open Thread || August 31, 2014

August 31, 2014

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Obama Parties Into the Wee Hours at Kass Wedding

August 31, 2014

President Obama and his family stayed on at the wedding celebration of White House chef Sam Kass until 1:05 am Sunday morning, after six and a half hours of wedding festivities. The wedding of Kass, a longtime aide to both Obamas, and MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner, was held at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The […]

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Obama Leaves Washington to Attend Sam Kass Wedding

August 30, 2014

President Obama is headed right back to Westchester County, New York, today where he will attend the wedding of his longtime chef, golf partner, and Michelle Obama food policy advisor Sam Kass. Obama departed the White House late this afternoon along with his family and Valerie Jarrett.  He was in Westchester Friday raising money. Obama was […]

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