Obama to stake out US leadership role
Wall Street Journal:
President Barack Obama will appear before the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, where he is expected to make a broad appeal for other nations to follow America’s lead in tackling mounting security and health crises around the globe.
“He speaks at a time when there is clearly unease over a range of challenges,” a White House official said.
“The president’s remarks at 10 a.m. Eastern time follow the launch this week of U.S. and allied airstrikes against the Islamic State group and al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria, which opened a new front in what appears to be an open-ended conflict in the Middle East. Mr. Obama is expected to press other nations to join the effort to defeat the Sunni militant group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, as well as the deeper challenge of rooting out the forces that give rise to extremism and sectarian conflict, a White House official said Wednesday.
“But Mr. Obama is also expected to try to enlist the world to join the U.S. on other matters that threaten regional and global security, including efforts to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and a campaign of economic isolation against Russia after its incursion into neighboring Ukraine.”
“Five rings” of White House protection failed
“As an intruder sprinted for the White House door Friday, a Secret Service officer ran to get in his way – but the intruder barreled past the officer and kept going, officials familiar with the incident said Tuesday.
“A few yards farther on, the intruder, Omar Jose Gonzalez, reached the White House door. A guard was supposed to be posted directly in front, but no one was blocking the door at that moment.
“Those new details help explain how the Secret Service’s plan for guarding the White House – which envisioned five different rings of protection between the public sidewalk and the president’s front door – failed so completely.”
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will testify before Congress about the security lapse Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
Obama and Hillary: It’s complicated
“Hillary Clinton needs to keep Obama’s supporters behind her if she runs for president in 2016. After Clinton was quoted in The Atlantic last month knocking Obama’s foreign policy mantra – “‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” she said – a few days later she issued a statement declaring her deep support for the president and insisting she wasn’t trying to attack him.
Some Obama advisers, meanwhile, see Clinton as a lifeline – the best chance the lame-duck Democrat has to preserve his legacy, particularly Obamacare, after the open-seat election in 2016.
Obama planning limited campaign schedule
They’re pulling him back both because Democratic campaigns DON’T WANT HIM AROUND and and they are worried about the optics of ordering bombing runs and then going out to campaign, according to Politico.
Obama offered a very pregnant Chelsea Clinton his motorcade in case she went into labor. Yes, he was kidding.
“I was just discussing with President Clinton — if Chelsea begins delivery while I am speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” Obama said, drawing chuckles at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
“Actually, it’s pretty smooth for me during the week. I don’t know what the problem is — everybody hypes the traffic …. I haven’t noticed.” AFP
Obama demanded that a “global compact” on climate change include developing countries. Reuters
Obama’s secret campaign cash . . . Democrats love to talk about Republican fundraising. But they won’t talk about Obamas. Unlike the GOP under Bush, Democrats do not reveal how much Obama is raising for them, National Journal reports. Meanwhile, Obama is spending far more time than Bush at fundraising events.
Conservatives are plotting to dump Boehner, but it doesn’t look like a very organized revolution at this point.
For months, several clusters of conservative lawmakers have been secretly huddling inside and outside the Capitol, plotting to oust John Boehner from the Speaker’s office when House Republicans regroup after the November elections.
The strategy – for now – seems disorganized and fluid: Find a way to push the Speaker’s race to a second ballot, create turmoil in the conference, portray Boehner as highly vulnerable and offer up an alternative.
ANN ROMNEY: “Well, we’ll see”
Speaking with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, Ann Romney opened the door a little more on a Mitt Romney candidacy, responding to a question about the propsect with. “Well, we will see, won’t we Neil?” She then added that Mitt has no plans “at this point” to run.
Jim Webb, former Senator and Reagan-era Secretary of the Navy is thinking of running against Hillary for the Democratic nomination. He’d run to her left as an anti-war candidate with the tough-guy image to possibly make it work.
“I’m seriously looking at the possibility of running for president, but we want to see if there is a support base for people who would support the programs that we’re interested in pursuing,” Webb said Tuesday at the National Press Club. “We’re taking a hard look and we’ll get back to you in a few months.”
I think he has a real shot, but he hates politics, and his weariness with the process will show through.
Jeb Bush is headed to South Carolina next month, another sign he’s running. He’ raise money for Republicans.