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Quote of the Day || January 15, 2013

“Mr. President, we’ve completed our review of France’s operation in Mali, and we’ve decided to ask the French to stick to their core competencies: wine, lovemaking, and cheese.”

– Hillary Clinton

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

The Feel-Good Anti-Gun Campaign

I thought this cartoon from our friends at Terrell AfterMath was pithy:

guns out the door

This is why you heard President Obama today repeating what will be the slogan for the White House gun control effort: “If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.”

That has to be the theme, because whatever steps are taken to control guns won’t save many more than one child, and they might end up getting more than one child killed.

Guns are already prolific in this society, and gun control is often little more than closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. But it will sure does make left-wing politicians feel good, and it gives them a chance to stick it to those who cling to their guns.

If we are really going to make policy based on whether it might save one child, here are some ideas for the White House:

1. Mandatory jail sentences for drunk driving.

2. Mandatory jail sentences for texting while driving.

3. Mandatory jail sentences for driving.

4. A no-fly zone over Syria

5. A ban on backyard pools

6. A ban on monkey bars.

7. A ban on baby walkers – yes, they can kill. About one child per year.

8. Cut ethanol and other farm subsidies that raise the price of food and increase the chances of starvation.

9. Outlaw the use of bicycles by children.

10. Invade North Korea, where millions have died because of government policies.

See? Now we’re talking.

Obama: Just Wait, the Ladies are on the Way

President Obama today sought to rebuff criticism that he doesn’t have enough women working for him, insisting women had played key roles in his administration and suggesting that more appointments of women are in the works.

“I would suggest that everybody kind of wait until they’ve seem all my appointments . . . before they rush to judgement,” Obama said during an East Room press conference.

Obama’s initial major appointments were all men – Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary, John Kerry to be Secretary of State, Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary and John Brennan to lead the CIA – and he is beginning to incur criticism even from allies for the lack of women in the White House and in his administration.

The president defended his record of appointing women, alluding to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as key players in his first term. Clinton is leaving, while Napolitano and Sebelius are not.

“I think people should expect that that record will be built on in the next four years,” Obama said. “It’s premature to assume that we’re somehow going backwards.”

Obama: “I’m a Pretty Friendly Guy”

President Obama today denied that his lack of sociability was responsible for failures to strike deals in Washington, insisting he liked to meet with Republicans even as he nevertheless diminished the value of personal contact.

“I’m a pretty friendly guy, and I like a good party,” Obama said during an East Room press conference today. “I like Speaker Boehner personally. When we went out and played golf, we had a great time.”

But Obama nevertheless indicated he is personally affronted by Republicans on occasion, noting that even though he shows them hospitality at events like a White House picnic, “It doesn’t prevent them from going on the floor of the House and blasting me for being a big spending Socialist.”

He even suggested some Republicans were avoiding him, charging they were worried about how it would look if they got too chummy with him. “They don’t consider the optics good for them personally.”

Obama instead attributed stalemate in Washington to “very sharp differences in terms of policy” that could only be resolved through negotiation.

“That will be true whether I’m the life of the party or a stick in the mud,” he said.

Obama: I Want More Tax Increases

President Obama today made clear that he plans to pocket tax increases he extracted from Congress earlier this month and double down for more, asserting that further deficit reduction must include a “balanced” approach that raises taxes by closing “loopholes.”

Obama, who spoke today during an East Room press conference, minimized the need to reduce spending on entitlements, saying that he would consider “modest” changes to Medicare. And he vowed to continue spending, suggesting that getting control of the deficit is necessary to maintain funding for priorities like education and worker training.

Obama said a combination of tax increases and cuts to health spending could achieve sufficient deficit reduction.

The president was adamant that he would not negotiate with Congress over an increase in the debt ceiling, characterizing a failure to raise the spending limit as neglecting to “pay for spending that we have already incurred,” not future spending.

“We’re not going to do that,” Obama said.

The president appeared to rule out – though he didn’t absolutely do so – taking for himself the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling, saying Congress would have to grant him that authority.’

Democratic leaders in Congress have been urging Obama to raise the debt ceiling on his own, saying the Constitution allows it even though Congress is responsible for spending.

Let’s Hear Your Questions!

Okay, what would you ask President Obama if you were at the press conference this morning? No, I’m not going to pretend to you that he might call on me and, if so, I might ask one of your questions. He ain’t calling on me. And I have a sick kid at home, so I’m… Continue Reading

Obama to Hold a News Conference Today

President Obama will hold a news conference at 11:15 am this morning, the White House just announced. I will live stream it for you. Announcing a press conference just a couple of hours before it hits is an old tactic of George W. Bush’s, giving the press a little less time to prepare and increasing… Continue Reading