Photo || Obama Hugs Cured Ebola Victim

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 5:08 pm

President Obama today met with Nurse Nina Pham, who survived Ebola and was declared free of the virus today. In a symbolically important gesture, he hugged her for the cameras.

Obama hugs Nurse Pham

Several White House reporters protested the failure of the White House to allow either video cameras or print reporters to cover the event. Only still photographers were permitted to attend.

A tweet by CBS White House report Mark Knoller suggested the hug photo – a huggie? –  was effectively staged: “Still photographers said they heard Pres Obama tell Nurse Nina Pham words to the effect of: let’s give a hug for the cameras,” Knoller tweeted.

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Live Stream || White House Briefing – October 24, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 12:53 pm

The briefing has concluded.

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Obama to Meet with Nurse Who Recovered from Ebola

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 12:43 pm

President Obama today will meet in the Oval Office with Dallas nurse Nina Pham. Pham was one of the brave nurses who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, who was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States.

At a news conference this morning, Pham was declared free of the virus by NIH Director Anthony Fauci. She was treated at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

I think this is a nice gesture by Obama, and one that will help provide some comfort to the many Americans frightened by Ebola.

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No Strategy to Counter ISIS Propaganda in the U.S.

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 12:38 pm

Always a day late and a buck short with this White House. And the buck is always getting passed to someone else.

Obama talks on the phone

Okay, sure, maybe I'm a dollar short, but I'm actually a day early.

Once again, the president who promised to fundamentally transform America into a land more reliant than ever on government has done more than any previous president to prove government’s shortcomings.

This White House at its highest levels has been incompetent, too busy paying attention to politics, or just not paying attention at all.

The latest bureaucracy failure is a project that, say, compared to making sure everyone from college gals to 86-year old male lepers has access to free birth control, should have been a relatively easy task.

According to an article today by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing at Americans in order to mint new, home-grown terrorists here in the United States.

Even though a strategy has been promised for years. From the piece:

In December 2011, the Obama administration said it would develop such a strategy. The White House rolled out the Strategic Implementation Plan for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), which promised that the administration “will develop a separate strategy focused on CVE online.”

In 2012, administration officials told Congress on several occasions that they were on the case. In April 2012, then-White House Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan sent a letter to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (one of the authors here), noting that “this issue is of such importance that it warrants a ‘separate, more comprehensive strategy,’ which we are developing.”

In September 2012, Janet Napolitano, DHS secretary at the time, said that “interagency partners are currently developing a strategy around countering violent extremism online” and that the “strategy focuses on leveraging Internet safety principles to protect communities from violent extremist propaganda.”

Two years, later, no strategy.

In February 2013, the White House did a blog post trumpeting the establishment of a new “Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence” that would address the issue. Sounds like just the type of thing that really gets stuff done!

“There is no evidence that this new Interagency Working Group has done anything since the release of the blog post,” write Lieberman and Beckner.

Hopefully there will be another blog post. I mean, it’s time to start getting serious.

Maybe a Tweet? #dontgoislamist.

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Michelle Messes Up Again

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 11:34 am

On the campaign trail Thursday in Colorado, First Lady Michelle Obama touted the credentials of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, calling him a “fifth generation Coloradan,” who, as such, “understands what makes this state special.”

Well, Udall may or may not understand what makes Colorado special.

Wait a second, isn’t every state special?? Doesn’t everyone get a prize?

But to the extent Udall is acquainted with Colorado’s particular specialness, it can’t be because he’s a fifth generation Colorado, since HE WAS BORN IN ARIZONA.

The only one who on this basis can perceive the specialness of Colorado is in fact his opponent, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who is a fifth generation Coloradan.

How’d they get that one wrong?

This follows another Michelle gaffe a few days ago in which she repeatedly urged voters to support Rep. Bruce Bailey, D-Iowa, in his quest for Senate, which was perhaps confusing for people since his name is Bruce Braley.

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Meet the White House Canine Heroes

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 10:58 am

Here they are, the Secret Service agents who take down White House intruders and protect your president, regardless of Party.

The Secret Service tweeted out their photos Thursday.

Secret Service dog Hurricane  Secret Service dog Jordan

I see them around the grounds. Definitely two of my favorite White House employees.

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The Obama Morning News || October 24, 2014

by Keith Koffler on October 24, 2014, 9:40 am

Obama uses executive privilege to shield Holder . . . President Obama used executive privilege to withhold the contents of more than 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder, his wife and his mother that a conservative watchdog group sought in connection with the federal government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation. Examiner

IRS notches victory in Tea Party case . . . The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS. Politico

Barack Obama, bystander . . . He’s president. Has been for almost six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration. Charles Krauthammer

Et tu, Axe? . . . Former senior White House adviser David Axelrod in a Thursday report said President Barack Obama is sometimes “negligent” in the more symbolic elements of the presidency. Politico

Obama: If Nunn wins, we keep the Senate . . . Said Obama, “… if Michelle Nunn Wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the senate…,” going on to make it clear he sees control of the senate as critical in terms of continuing to advance his own agenda. Breitbart

Obama administration to transfer Afghan detainee . . . The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday. The move would mark the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan was brought to the U.S. for trial, and it represents the Obama administration’s latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. Fox News

Iranian: Obama the weakest of presidents . . . The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating.” Free Beacon

CNN anchor apologizes for mocking Palin family . . . Carol Costello played a police recording of the Palin party brawl, saying it was ”quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” Costello also notes after the audio finishes that “I think that long bleep was my favorite part” and finishes by adding “you can thank me later.”Daily Caller

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Obama Schedule || Friday, October 24, 2014

October 23, 2014

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 2:15 pm || Meets with members of his National Security Council; State Department All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 12:45 pm Don’t forget to share

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Lerner Lost Email Witness Held from Congress Until After Election

October 23, 2014

A Treasury official who may have knowledge of how IRS official Lois Lerner’s lost emails got lost won’t be available to testify to Congress until after the voting is done. According to The Furnace blog over at the Blaze: House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of […]

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Live Stream || White House Briefing – October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

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Sharpton Battling His Teleprompter Again

October 23, 2014

Activist/unbiased news host/Obama advisor Al Sharpton last night was once again engaged in a life-or-death struggle with his teleprompter. The results were not good for Sharpton. Also this . . . Don’t forget to share

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The Obama Morning News || October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014

Senate Dems start lashing out at White House . . . The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration’s press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of […]

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