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The Obama Morning News || June 27, 2011

President Obama appears to be relying more on his own instincts and less on those of his advisers, marking a shift in his style of governance. But his instincts often seem to lead him away from the actual issues facing the country, such as his decision to discuss clean energy in his speech on Afghanistan.

Obama is permitting his commanders to decide critical details of the Afghan pullout, including the number of troops to depart first and whether any of those will be combat forces. Obama’s Afghan withdrawal plan divides one Army base.

The president will meet with Senate leaders today to try to keep the debt talks alive.

Michele Bachmann, who will announce today, has already broken into the top tier of GOP presidential candidates. Bachmann is zeroing in on Iowa, her birthplace. Bachmann slammed “scare tactics’ on the debt, saying the U.S. could avoid default by paying just the interest on obligations while pols work on deal

Jon Huntsman fever has broken out, but up close, his flaws as the “electable” candidate for the GOP nomination are unmistakable.

Michelle Obama called her meeting with Nelson Mandela “surreal.”

Eastern Europe is taking time out to observe Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

And Helen Thomas claims she has reapplied for a White House press pass.

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15 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 27, 2011

  1. I’m, not sure how to take the “appears to be relying more on his own instincts and less on those of his advisers, marking a shift in his style of governance” statement.
    I’ve always felt that he tought that he was the smartest person in the room (except for Biden who has said that much) and thus, why would he need ‘advisers’? I’m also wondering how much Soro’s has been calling the WH? His golden boy (no pun intended) seems to have drifted off of the reservation.

    • Russell, Last week his wife was telling a story about how he hunches over papers all night long so when he goes to briefings he knows more than his advisers. That statement was very telling…he’s not listening to any of his advisers. Would be interesting to see the phone log of that Blackberry of his. Would wager a bet that Soros or his stooges are prominent names on the log.

  2. The “fever” for MrHuntsman seems to come only from the MSM and the Obama supporters. He appears to be a stealth candidate whose purpose is to deflect voters from MrRomney, the current Repub frontrunner..

    MrsO is afflicted with the same inability to speak off-the-cuff as her husband; both sound like high school dropouts who have trouble assembling a complete sentence. She uses the “you, know”, “stuff” and “you guys”in her public speaking to the extent that it’s embarrassing to listen to her.

    MrCurl (WashTimes) makes some excellent points about the Prez’s disconnect with the American public. The unspoken question is who is running the show at the WhiteHouse and what role does MrO play in the important decisions there.

    Ah, MsThomas, our former unofficial WhiteHouse bigot and hater, wishes to regain her seat in the front row of the pressers now that she sees the anti-Israel attitude exposed in the WhiteHouse.

    • yes srdem65, From day one Mr.o &Mrs.o are nothing but” texas new money” (on paper only since the $$ isn’t theirs) … their love for plane rides, fawning over the royal crowd such as oprah … I love her statement about “balance” for the children when she and hubby show little self discipline..Funny, a “state visit” turned safari on our borrowed $$ ..now thats what I call balance

  3. Without reading a single line of the WaPo story on Ft. Campbell, I already know it’s slanted to make the Soldiers interviewed look like ignorant, uneducated, self-absorbed fools. How can I tell? look at the picture they chose for the story.

    • Absolutely William. No wonder the MSM is so reviled. When they post a picture obviously taken in a tattoo parlor and call our soldiers “grunts” you know the story will be biased. These people are despicable.

  4. Reagan was a man who said what he meant and meant what he said. The Velvet Revolution was successful primarily because the people of Eastern Europe could trust the United States to have their back when things got rough.
    “This opposition was fueled by the fact that in the West, there was truth, political leaders who don’t compromise and turn upside down what was true,” Németh said in an interview. “Reagan was that type of politician.”

    One of the biggest problems we face in this country is the fact that we no longer trust the politicians to tell the truth and not compromise. This lack of trust is a great contributor to the turmoil we are experiencing today. The debt ceiling debate is the last chance politicians will have to prove themselves trustworthy to the American people. We will accept no compromise and no surrender.

    • Apropos of nothing, I was watching the blabs yesterday and had a thought. “Self,” I said, “you could live very nicely for the rest of your days without EVER hearing another syllable from David Brooks.”

      Good morning, all!

    • The lack of trust comes from the public statements of our Prez and other prominent Dems when the truth is right in front of us and belies everything they’re saying.
      The Dems seem to think that their ‘base’ will not accept any reduction in spending, but are wanting more deficit spending and it’s not true. While there are special intrests (unions) who are demanding spending on their behalf at all costs, the majority of Dems are just as concerned as the conservative Repubs. The political upheaval last year that changed the makeup of Congress proves that most voting Americans want our elected officials to put our country back in order.
      The current polling shows that a majority don’t want Congress changing the way that Medicare is implemented and the Dems use this as an excuse not to do what is necessary to keep the program solvent, but they ignored all the polls that said a majority didn’t want the Federal government to take over the whole healthcare system.

      They can’t have it both ways.
      We want our fiscal house in order or else.

  5. I spent the evening of 20 May 2011 with Ms. Thomas and some of our conversation follows:

    During my conversation with Ms. Thomas I filled her in on my distress over Amy Goodman’s failure to follow up on her 2004 interview with Mordechai Vanunu which resulted in his being sentenced to 6 months in jail in 2007 and then enduring 78 days back in solitary in 2010, just because he dared to speak to foreign media after he was released from 18 years in jail for telling the truth and providing the photographic proof of Israel’s WMD Program.

    In April 2007, I had lunch with Amy Goodman-not because we have ever been friends, but only because I had once been a generous donor to Democracy NOW! was I invited to have lunch with Amy.

    I accepted the invitation only so I could fill Amy in on the fact that her 2004 interview with Vanunu was major testimony against him in his FREEDOM of SPEECH trial-which began the same day Hamas was democratically elected on 25 January 2006- and also to ask her to follow up asap!

    Amy acted interested and jotted down notes in her Blackberry, but she didn’t bother to call Vanunu until July 2007 after he was sentenced to 6 more months in jail essentially for speaking to foreign media in 2004!

    Vanunu refused to speak to Amy because she –like all THE MEDIA-hadn’t done anything to raise awareness about Israel’s continuing persecution of him and to this day Vanunu is still waiting for his inalienable right to leave Tel Aviv and fly to freedom.

    After I filled Ms. Thomas in on my anger with Amy she replied, “She used to be better.”

    I then brought up Ms. Thomas’s first and last question to President Obama regarding Middle East nuclear weapons when he blew her off claiming he didn’t want to ‘speculate’ and her ‘peers’ remained mute, although the State Department has reams of documentation about Israel’s WMD.

    Ms. Thomas replied, “They have no conscience.”

    I also claim their lack of integrity borders on treason!

    I was not a reporter when I met Vanunu for the first time in June 2005, but I knew I had to become one when he told me:

    “Did you know that President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

    “Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection.

    “The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then, the Dimona descended seven floors underground.

    “In 1955, Perez and Guirion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai, but the reactor plant deal continued on.

    “When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

    “Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.”

    After cheese cake for desert I asked Ms. Thomas what she would advise anyone who wanted to go into the field of journalism and she stated:

    “Go for it! It’s the greatest profession in the world because you are always learning and you are aware of the world, so you just might be able to affect change.

    “You cannot have a democracy without an informed people.

    “Information is everything; it enlarges your intellect and that guides you.

    “The job is to follow the truth and report where it leads you!

    “Right and wrong is not relative. Empathy is fine but kindness and sympathy do not change the facts and conscience is everything!

    “Leaders are suppose to do the right thing and we should back up the president when he does the right thing; but drop him when he doesn’t.

    “The WHY is the most important question-not that something happened- but WHY did it happen?

    “Somewhere along the way America lost its soul.

    “People have to rise up but Americans have become so passive and power overwhelmingly abusive.”

    I responded, “So how do we fix this situation?”

    Ms. Thomas replied, “It’s being done!”

    excerpted from “An Evening with Helen Thomas and Flashback to John Lennon and Vanunu Mordechai” by eileen fleming

  6. I think that it would be a shame if Helen Thomas was allowed to be in the press room again. Not knowing the protocal here, and maybe Keith can enlighten us, but how many others have been allowed back in after being fired from a media outlet? If she comes back, I think it will speak volumes of theis WH.