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The Obama Morning News || January 8, 2013

Gates critical of Obama in memoir . . . Washington Post
Excerpt from Gates book . . . Wall Street Journal
Gates’ top ten revelations . . . Wall Street Journal
Gates: Obama, Hillary political on Iraq surge . . . Daily Mail
Gates book slams Biden on foreign policy . . . Time
White House responds . . . Wall Street Journal
Biden 2016 bid seems untenable . . . Washington Post
Poor losing ground under Obama . . . Washington Times
New federal regs cost $112 billion . . . Examiner

Questions raised on Boehner and Benghazi . . . Fox News
Immigration reform’s narrow window . . . Politico
Christie signs, lauds NJ DREAM Act . . . Politico
Hillary PAC takes in $4 million . . . Politico
Obamacare ads during the Olympics . . . Politico

65 Responses to The Obama Morning News || January 8, 2013

  1. I will be turning off the ads about the Obamacare, while watching the Olympics.
    Everyone will be watching the Olympics for enjoyment and to see the
    world come together. I do not appreciate the ads.

        • Gates didn’t have any brass when Preezy was taking victory laps over the death of OBL. Gates was full of praise for the petty tyrant and his “gutsy call”. Try not to lose your lunch with Katie Couric breathlessly asking Gates what it was like being near the fraud in the Situation Room. Little did we know at the time, he wasn’t even in the room until it was time for the photo op. He was playing spades with Reggie.

          • One thing that makes his criticism of FCMABBHO valid in the eyes of many who don’t hate the president is that he also has some good things to say about him. This is not just some smear job by a former employee.

          • My husband has read as many excerpts as he could so far, and he said that the only criticism Gates really made of Hillary Clinton was her politicizing the Iraq surge. Otherwise, he praised her intelligence and humor and said that she was the best representative the US could have had in the world. He also praised Obama, get this, for his integrity. The person he goes after the most is VP Biden. Ergo, my husband thinks Gates is helping Clinton to nail the nails in Biden’s presidential aspirations.

          • I agree with your husband. However, I will also take gladly all the damage that it might inflict on the Obama Administration.

            His ambivalence to Afghanistan and his political use of it that resulted in the high rate of US dead and wounded is unconscionable. Like any good socialist he doesn’t give a damn about the cost of war as long as it furthers a political goal.

            That goes for Benghazi as well. And for that Hillary Clinton is responsible as well. If you remember her made up drama about being in danger landing I think in Bosnia (I could

  2. Amazing. Well, maybe not. Fox and CNN are discussing Gates’ attacks against FCMABBHO, but MSNBC has said diddly-squat about them.

    • Actually,, Morning Joe opened with talking about the book. Mika was absent today so we didn’t get to see her scowl. Darn. The panel all decided that it was inappropriate for Gates to write the book while Obama is still a sitting president. They refused, like true liberals, to discuss the merits of the comments Gates made, rather they chose to discredit Gates. Ah yes, the rationalizing mind of the liberal.

      • I think that the better percentage of what that News station states: Is Inappropriate. Therefore I think they should not make comment on any news.
        I appreciate the book by Gates, however most people have kept up with the news an can see straight though.
        That is what the administration is trying to overcome. They are unable to fool everyone.

      • Attacking a sitting President? How about Obama’s whole first term was blaming Bush for everyTHING ? Didn’t BO say he needed 2 terms to fix everyTHING Bush screwed up in his 2 terms ? How’s that working out for us ;)

        • Meanwhile, GW has taken the high road and not said much of anything against the sitting president. As much as I was surprised what Gates has written so far concerning his working for BO & company, it has answered some of the questions or thoughts I had on just how much they really didn’t get along (WH staff vs DOD or CIA or … you get the picture). I so loved the comments about Cutter, as well as a couple of other “advisors” who thought they ran DOD. Including the VP.

  3. I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations. His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.


    Most of my conflicts with the Obama administration during the first two years weren’t over policy initiatives from the White House but rather the NSS’s micromanagement and operational meddling, which I routinely resisted. For an NSS staff member to call a four-star combatant commander or field commander would have been unthinkable when I worked at the White House—and probably cause for dismissal. It became routine under Obama. I directed commanders to refer such calls to my office. The controlling nature of the Obama White House, and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the career folks in the trenches who had actually done the work, offended Secretary Clinton as much as it did me.


  4. The other important morning news headline that should be added to this list is Holder requiring schools to be less zealous in punishing black and Hispanic students. Breitbart has the story.

    Holder says that zero tolerance laws are well-intentioned but discriminate against the black and Hispanic students disproportionately. Of course, zero tolerance works for Holder when a white student comes in with a pretzel shaped like a gun.

    This law is about the stupidest one known to mankind.

    • When I saw that article first kid that came to my mind was Trayvon Martin and the Miami schools failure to have punished him appropriately in the beginning. The kid should have been sent to juvie, BUT that would not have been fair, so a slap on the wrist and toss him out of school ? How did that work out for him?

    • I see this reflected in the media already. The NYT and others have downplayed the knockdown ‘fad’ although the first person Holder found it convenient to charge was an isolated case of a white man doing the knocking down. The NYT’s coverage of the carjacked and murdered slum landlord in NYC who was an ultraorthodox Jew made certain to ask, “Who didn’t want him dead?” thereby implying that there could be some sort of rough justice there even though kidnapping and murder are serious crimes. I know these are examples from the older population and not of children and youth, but I think they illustrate the mood in the justice department that it’s o.k. and understandable for blacks and Mexicans to ‘misbehave’. Very disturbing and leading to anarchy.

  5. Oh my, the White House response to Gates was pathetic ! Best they had no response at all.

    “the President welcomes differences of opinion” ? No he doesn’t, or he’d be meeting and compromising with Repbulican leaders and not shutting the country down everytime he doesn’t get his way. Ugh, his stompy feet.

    Can’t wait for the Michelle books to come out. If I were a publisher I’d be hunting down all her former handmaidens and retired butlers with a HUGE 7-digit offer :D

    • Whenever you bring up Mark Levin, I am reminded how the MSM made sure his last book didn’t go anywhere and how they made certain that Krauthammer’s book, and now the one by Gates, do. Mark Levin is a wonderful example to us all to never, never give up.

  6. The morning blabs are all over the Gates book. Is it me or is this sort of old news? Finally, Scarborough said maybe they should read it first. Aw, Joe, you’re no fun.

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