Live Stream || White House Briefing – January 30, 2015

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2015, 12:20 pm


Romney Not Running for President

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2015, 11:14 am

Mitt Romney announced Friday morning that he will not run for president in 2016.

220px-Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_7Romney, who made the announcement in a during a statement by phone to supporters, withdrew from consideration even though he tops polls of potential candidates for the Republican nomination. His decision would most obviously seem to benefit Jeb Bush, who is seen as the other most palatable choice for moderates and establishment Republicans.

A copy of the statement was obtained by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

It what is being interpreted as a dig at Bush, Romney said he was ceding the stage to “the next generation” of GOP leaders:

I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.

I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.

But Romney’s statement was not entirely Shermanesque. Romney said he thought he could win, though he noted it would be difficult. And in response to the hypothetical question of whether “there are any circumstances whatsoever” might develop that would get him to change his mind, he said, “that seems unlikely.”

But alas, not impossible.


More Obama-Style Economic Growth

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2015, 9:27 am

Ahh, the Summer of Recovery. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was 2009, and we danced, we sang, and we toasted the stimulus, which was going to pull us off the sickbed and out of the doldrums. And then, the summer went by, and there was no recovery.

For years, we waited. Occasionally, we danced yet again, thinking, at last, this was it, the summer of recovery. But still, it never came.

And then there was 2014. Now, it seemed, the Sumer of Recovery was upon us, despite the fact that the economy actually contracted in the first quarter and never mind that because it was due to the cold weather which BTW was because of global warming you global warming deniers.

And then there was indeed, recovery in the summer. The economy grew at a rate of five percent as the hot months floated by. But then, the Summer of Recovery, as it has done year after year, faded into the Winter of Relapse.

The economy expanded during the last three months of 2014 at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent, the Commerce Department announced today, a middling performance that is the rule, not the exception, for the Obama years. Even with the high growth rates of the second and third quarters, economic expansion for the year is 2.4 percent, just slightly better than the 2.2 percent growth of the previous four years of Obama’s reign.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The report portrayed a persistently uneven recovery that has yet to fire on all cylinders. Consumers—buoyed by surging job growth and a dive in gasoline prices—boosted spending in late 2014 at the fastest pace in almost nine years. But business investment slowed to a paltry pace, government outlays fell and export growth eased.

What’s more, things aren’t expected to be any better during the first quarter of 2015, the Journal reports.

The White House will make the excuse that we’re doing better than Europe. But Europe is mired in Socialism and has little chance of strong growth. That is, they’ve already achieved the goals Obama is seeking for us. But of course Obama hasn’t yet completely delivered us to our Worker’s Paradise, so we at least, with the right policies, have a shot a doing better. And with gas prices plunging, things should be better.

We should be toasting our Summer of Recovery. If only we could get out of the intensive care unit.


Obama Schedule || Friday, January 30, 2015

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2015, 1:37 am

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:10 am || Delivers remarks on health care; East Room

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


One of the five Taliban released in exchange for Sgt. Bow Bergdahl appears to have returned to militant activity, according to CNN.

I thought the honorable Qataris were supposed to be watching these slime balls like hawks surveying a summer camp for rodents? Oh well, so much for iron-clad deals the Obama White House makes with repressive Middle Eastern regimes. Are you watching Iran?

The Bergdahl release was, in my view, a real twofer for President Obama. Not only did he get Bergdahl back, but he took advantage of a great opportunity to move toward emptying Guantanamo Bay by getting rid of five bad guys all at once. What he actually did was undermine U.S. security in exchange for a deserter.


McCain: “Get out of here, you low-life scum”

by Keith Koffler on January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Look, John McCain wouldn’t have been a great president either. But at least he doesn’t suffer fools.


Drive By Moral Rectitude

by Keith Koffler on January 29, 2015, 6:37 pm

A tribute from Reason’s Remy to all those who stood for principle. For a day.


Live Stream || White House Briefing – January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

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Obama “Keep Your Insurance” Estimate Off by 10 million

January 29, 2015

Under Obamacare, 10 million people will lose their employer-provided insurance by 2021 – or one out of sixteen workers – a number that is ten times the original estimate, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO also estimates that 31 million people will remain uninsured despite a price tag of $2 trillion, begging the […]

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The Obama Morning News || January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

Obama wants to bust the caps . . . President Barack Obama’s budget will call for an increase in domestic and military spending that would end spending caps known as “sequestration,” a White House official said, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress. Obama intends to announce his plans during a meeting with […]

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Rampant Obamaphone Phraud

January 29, 2015

As many as four out of ten phones are given out fraudulently. And you’re paying for it. Check the subsidy on your phone bill. People are using their friends’ food stamps to prove they qualify! And who knows if their friends even qualify for food stamps. That’s what I’m gonna do. Maybe I have some friends […]

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Obama Schedule || Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 28, 2015

11:00 am || Receives the Daily Briefing 3:20 pm || Meets with Secretary of State Kerry 5:05 pm || Departs White House 7:10 pm || Delivers remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference; Philadelphia, PA 9:00 pm || Departs Philadelphia 10:00 pm || Arrives White House All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 12:30 pm Don’t forget […]

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