Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry says he was offered the job by President Obama a week before UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from contention, an indication Rice was probably dumped from consideration and then permitted to make it seem like it was her choice to withdraw.
Obama offered Kerry the job as controversy raged over Rice’s false insistence that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was in response to an anti-Islamic film, even as evidence was available that it was a well-planned act of terrorism. Republicans were calling for her head even before Obama had offered her the job.
While it’s quite possible he would have chosen Kerry anyway, it’s hard to imagine that the storm around Rice did not affect Obama’s thinking.
So why did Kerry reveal that he was tapped before Rice stood down, something so obviously injurious to Rice? I can only imagine that he was sick of being perceived as Obama’s second choice, the poor man’s Secretary of State.
I’ve always noticed that Kerry physically has the biggest head I’ve ever seen in my life. But it’s not very gracious to start his new job acting big-headed as well.
The economy registered more sluggish job growth in January as employers added 157,000 positions and the unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point to 7.9 percent.
Looks to me like the numbers came just a little too late to save Romney. If the economy had contracted just before election day, as it did the last quarter of 2012, along with an increase in unemployment, the result on November 7 might have been different.
Maybe not, but maybe.
As you may be aware, 157,000 jobs is about what’s needed to keep pace with population growth. It does nothing to lower unemployment. The figures for last year were revised upward to show an average monthly increase of 181,000, but that’s still not enough to do much about unemployment or begin to start recapturing the millions of jobs lost since 2008.
In short, this is more lousy Obamanomics. And many of the regulations Obama is imposing and will impose on the economy, whether related to health, the financial sector, or the environment, haven’t even really started kicking in.
What’s more, the economy just got hit with massive tax increases at the beginning of last month – including a rise in payroll taxes – and the effects of that are just starting to be felt. More tax increases are on the way.
White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Alan Krueger this morning released the following bit of propaganda:
While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.
Continuing to heal? For five years? Is this the hemophilia economy?
Americans will now have to live with the choice they made. Elections, as they say, have consequences. That’s how the system was set up, and in that sense, everything is working perfectly.
A new White House petition that is rapidly gaining signatures seeks to make the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday.
The petition, created by fantasy football company 4for4.com, suggests that a holiday would help remove beer-soaked and sleep-deprived drivers from the roads Sunday night and Monday morning. And it indicates that by letting fans sleep off their hangovers on Monday, they’ll be more productive on Tuesday.
The petition reads:
In 2012, an estimated 111 million American citizens watched the Super Bowl, making it the most-viewed television broadcast in history and one of the largest location-independent gatherings of American people to date.
We at 4for4.com Fantasy Football petition the Obama Administration to consider declaring the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday. By doing so, the Obama Administration can promote camaraderie among the American people, keep the streets safer for our children on Sunday night and Monday morning, promote a productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday, and honor the most popular event in modern American culture.
The petition as of 8:45 am ET Friday morning had 12,204 signatures. It needs 100,000 signatures by February 23 to elicit a response from the White House.