One of our regular contributors around here, musician Ron Tankersley, has penned a great new song I thought you’d like to hear. It’s called “American Strong,” and it’s out today, just in time for the Fourth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
You probably are aware of Ron from the satirical videos he does as theronniebuss.
The Obamas hosted a group of Girl Scouts for a campout at the White House Tuesday night, singing songs, drinking bug juice, and promoting outdoor activity at the National Parks, of which the White House is one.
And the president was very funny and cuddly with them. He’s used to dealing with girls.
Unfortunately, it rained overnight in the Washington area as if the Chinese air force had arrived, and the girls were forced to run for their lives in the middle of the night, settling in a conference room in an office building near the White House.
The White House videotaped the rainbow as it descended the night of Friday’s Supreme Court gay marriage decision.
What I’m wondering is, how were they so sure? By their comments before these decisions are announced, it seems to me they know what’s coming, because they appear to be trying to influence the justices, either to change their vote – which John Roberts seems to have done during the first case involving Obamacare, as Obama menaced the Court – or to try to make sure they don’t change their votes.
My guess is that Elena Kagan, who is close to many people around the president and in fact served in the White House herself under Bill Clinton, rings someone up to make sure the White House is aware of what’s up.
But that’s just a guess. And I don’t think it would be against the law, although it would probably a breach of protocol. But protocol is a very quaint notion for this White House and its allies.
Of course, he hates speaking to the press. George W. Bush, whom I also covered, didn’t like it either, and stayed away as often as he could.
Bill Clinton, whose last few years I covered, loved press conferences – except during the Lewinsky scandal, when he stopped talking to the free press – and was really good at them.
Because he loves attention. In fact, during the last years of his presidency, in the post-Monica era, I heard reporters complain that they couldn’t get away from Bill Clinton. He took questions every time he appeared in public. He’d drop by the press cabin during Air Force One flights and wear everyone out. There were times I was afraid people were going to run out of things to ask him.
And then there was George H.W. Bush, whom I didn’t cover. He held 56 solo press conferences in the first two years of his presidency alone, nearly three times as many as Obama during the same period and eight times as many as his son.
Um, is the right Cruz running? Because Ted Cruz’s dad is on fire. Here he is speaking at the Western Conservative Summit a few days ago. He gets a special push of the Like button from me because somehow this Cuban émigré’s accent sounds a lot like my Polish Jewish immigrant grandfather’s did. Continue Reading
Wait. Sorry, wrong one. The correct one is below. Here’s some verbiage from it: After the dust has settled, there can be no doubt that this law is working . . . After multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. This morning, the court upheld… Continue Reading
I’m not really sure I’ve ever seen a president heckled in the White House. And President Obama, quite properly, was having none of it. Obama was speaking during a White House LGBT event when someone from the LGBTQ group Get Equal named Jennicet Gutierrez began interrupting him. Q, um, is for “questioning.” She is described by ABC… Continue Reading