As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

93 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || March 29, 2015

  1. 7 young “folks” shot at spring break party in Panama City, Florida. All could be the Presidents “children”. Will the President take a hiatus from his golf to go across the state to comfort the victims? Its his kind of community issue,

    Bet not.

  2. Following along with Denise’s Obama disrespects us once again link:
    My Sunday JGlobe column on how respect is earned and in one day last week Obama showed he disrespected the office more than any President in history:
    And yes, the local lefties are already going nuts!
    Another topic worth noting is all the hate spewing out on Twitter last couple days over Indiana passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Seems a Christian not willing to back a cake for a gay wedding is somehow now the Rosa Parks moment for some in the LGBT community. And now struggling Angie’s List getting miles of free publicity by announcing it will not expand on college campuses in Indiana because of the law?
    For 40 years we let the water warm gradually and now Christians across the land are finding themselves in a boiling pot with no way out.
    Now according to Yahoo I need to updgrade the Corner to the latest version of WordPress. Wish me luck! lol
    Have a great Sunday all.

  3. Recently most all our focus has been on the Middle East and Iran. We might take notice of what is happening down South.

    Venezuela is in the process of going belly up. She has reduced oil shipments to her Petrocaribe friends. Also,there are reports Russia plans to supply Nicaragua with some MIGs.

    Coming up April 10 there will be the Summit of Americas in Panama. Obama is scheduled to visit with Raul Castro. Obama is throwing a life line to Cuba now that Venezuela has run out of money to support Cuba.

    And there are reports there is a new wave of children from El Salvador and Honduras coming to the US.

  4. ……………………………………………………

    Hillary Clinton’s Email Server “Wiped Clean”


    The recent scandal

    continues to grow bigger and

    impair ever more the already
    frail credibility and decision-making skills

    of the former first lady and
    democratic presidential hopeful.


    Hillary Clinton unilaterally decided to

    wipe her server clean and permanently
    delete all emails from her personal server

    What difference does it make
    if she deleted all her emails?

    Apparently a lot. The evidence destroyed
    officially is USA government property.


    How A Romanian Hacker
    Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Secret Email Life


    Hillary Clinton wiped private email server ‘clean’

    ‘Email Scandal Taking A Toll On Hillary Clinton’


    Financial Documentaries

    Money, Power & Wall Street


    • And this Hillary Clinton wants to be President of the United States of America? She doesn’t have the decency? or knowledge? to know that those e-mails are not hers they belong to the American people. How dumb is this woman? Or how dead inside is she, that she has the nerve or lack of respect, thinks who she is? to delete everything and act so superior about it? She said in her speech about the e-mails from the UN yet? “I followed aaall the rules”?? in that ugly monotone nasty righteous voice of hers?? And she’s not being prosecuted yet? She’s running for President and she couldn’t even comply with the State’s rules?? Anyone who votes for her is an idiot and thats who she’s counting on, the idiots! Like last election.


    Since this is an open thread, I thought it was interesting that long-term care ins has finally proved to be exorb. And with CD making 3/4ths of a percent and the stock market about to do something unattractive, we better get ready for the old ice floe. I was so bored the other day I actually read the pharmacy statement for the month–three mos worth of BP meds–and my
    “plan” paid–wait for it–15 cents of it! Cents!

  6. Thank you AFVet!
    A wonderful video.
    I must be getting old, had to brush away a tear or two.
    The sight of the majestic eagle soaring above the cheering crowd with the National Anthem in the background was spectacularly awesome.

    • No man,…no matter how many times I watch that, I still get a tear.
      Patriotism is powerful, and when you combine a man with a great voice, a Flag on the field, and an Eagle flying above a stadium filled with people cheering for America, it doesn’t get any better than that.

      Obama thinks he has us in his grasp.
      He is a fool.

  7. An article from a few days ago; not sure whether it was posted here or not:

    Michelle Obama travel expense update: Your tax dollars at work


    03/25/2015 09:24 AM ET

    Just a quick update, as you organize to file your income taxes, on the Obama family’s lavish travel expenses that your money is underwriting. Financing might be a better word.

    Barack and Michelle Obama have traveled more than any other first couple — doing Spain, Africa, China, South America, among other distant spots. Often they’re accompanied by friends and Michelle Obama’s Mom, Marian Robinson, who’s been living in the White House at taxpayer expense since her son-in-law’s inauguration. And in some cases, Mrs. Robinson’s friends tag along.

    By one accounting, as of last July the Obamas had spent more than $44.4 million in taxpayer money on travel for 31 international trips lasting 119 days. For comparison, at the same point in his presidency Ronald Reagan had made 14 trips lasting 73 days.

    (snip) – more at the link above

    • Their brunch protests have become quite annoying. Wherever they were last weekend they antagonized diners to the point that the police were called.

  8. Some of Moochelle’s comments from last night’s taping of the “Black Girls Rock!” event:

    Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

    “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.

    “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”

    Obama was not among the honorees at Saturday night’s festivities, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. That distinction went to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization.

    However, Obama was the most celebrated participant. Wearing a form-fitting white dress, she jammed to performances from the likes of Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E!, Estelle and others and applauded the honorees.

    But Obama got among the night’s loudest ovations as she came on stage and declared “Black girls rock!” — the slogan and name of the organization founded by Beverly Bond, which is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.

    Obama acknowledged as much in her speech to celebrate three young honorees.

    “I know there are voices that you are not good enough,” she said, acknowledging that she often lacked self-confidence growing up despite encouraging parents.

    “Each of those doubts was like a test,” she said, “that I either shrink away from or rise to meet. And I decided to rise.”

    Obama, who recently completed a trip to Japan and Cambodia as part of her worldwide push for better educational opportunities for girls, lauded the young honorees for excelling in their studies.

    “There is nothing more important than being serious about your education,” the Ivy League-educated Obama said. “That’s why I am able to stand here tonight. … I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”

    Obama’s speech was just one of many highlights of the nearly four-hour event, which will be shown Saturday, April 5, on BET.


    • The fact that the Moochettes weren’t at that event leads me to believe that they’ve been away alone on a spring break vacation for the last week or so. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve had a vacation without either parent. Who needs parents when you have tons of WH staffers/babysitters as well as a team of Secret Service agents?

      Also, I’m going to start preparing now for a “White Girls Rock!” annual celebration so that our next FLOTUS can make an appearance there in 2017. I’m sure everyone will be very supportive of that.

    • Moocow seems to think black girls are self-conscious that she has to tell them they are beautiful, like they don’t know it themselves, like other people are still holding them down? like in the 50’s? The Obamas love to cause trouble. They are not helping, they are hindering. And boring too! Meanwhile, they love to spend our money that is paying for these biased events.
      So many problems with death and destruction and bombs and he’s golfing in paradise and she’s talking trash instead of helping all Americans in this bad time in America and Israel which Obama has himself caused! It must give him a thrill to know that he is causing so much middle east fire and terror!

      • Who is picking on “black girls”? They get tons of scholarships, have special organizations helping them in the STEM area, they have black coding groups, Big Sisters, mentors, on and on.

  9. It’s interesting how the WH press pool clearly does not trust Obummer and his staffers even about something as simple as playing golf and calling a “lid” for the day. They’ve been burned before, (two years ago when they were “dismissed” but then Obummer played golf with Tiger Woods), so this weekend they opted not to go back to their hotel 15 miles away even though they were “dismissed” and told that they would not be seeing him at all on Saturday or Sunday:

    Reporters refuse Obama’s dismissal from golf course, are sent to the ‘shed’

    By Paul Bedard | March 28, 2015 | 4:45 pm

    In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news “lid” even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.

    After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.

    At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to other correspondents, “The White House has called a lid. Pool does not anticipate news or POTUS sightings until tomorrow’s departure of Air Force One.”

    With a lid, the reporters in the “travel pool” would typically return to their hotel. But with Obama still in public golfing, though at a very exclusive club, something could happen. So the pool voted to stay in the area just in case.

    “However, the pool will hold on the grounds of the golf course until the early evening. This was the a result of a democratic vote by the pool to hold as close as possible to POTUS. (The other option was a hotel about 15 miles away.) Despite the lid, pool voted to stay on site.

    “Pool is holding in a maintenance shed,” Tau reported.

    Obama’s golf pools are regularly frustrated by never even seeing him. Some previous presidents, notably George H.W. Bush, would allow reporters to watch his play on one or two greens. Sometimes he answered questions.

    Obama has golfed at the club before, with Tiger Woods.

    The trip will cost taxpayers $843,508 in airfare alone.

  10. Also, from this afternoon:

    Staying: Press refuses to leave Obama, golfing for 223rd time

    By Paul Bedard | March 29, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    For a second day, the “pool” of reporters in Florida to cover President Obama’s golfing weekend refused to be dismissed by the White House, stationing in a maintenance shed near the super exclusive course the president is golfing at for his 223rd round of golf since taking office.

    The first “pool report” of the day said that the president’s team said he wouldn’t be making news or appearing in public, thus declaring a news “lid” and allowing the media to stay at their hotel 15 miles away.

    But as they did Saturday the reporters opted to stay close to Obama in case something happened during his golf outing in Palm City.

    “Pool again opted to hold in the maintenance shed and/or our bus starting around 9 A.M.,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau, the print pooler in his morning report. On Saturday, the media also refused to be dismissed and voted to stay in the shed, though nothing happened to Obama — as far as the pool knows.

    The press corps traveled with Obama on Air Force One to the exclusive Floridian National Golf Course. It had no expectation of seeing Obama, since the media very rarely is allowed to get near him on golf courses, but they pledged to carry out their pool duties and stay nearby as long as he was in public. Obama also stayed overnight at the course.

    The local Treasure Coast Palm news website,, ran a blog on the trip but no pictures of the president from the golf course. Two reporters joked about praying for an interview.

    The last time Obama played at the course, the press was dismissed then later found out that the president had played with Tiger Woods, a big story that angered the media. On Saturday, he played with former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning and former NFL player and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad.

    For this trip, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the White House worked up a contingency plan if the media decided to stay near Obama, as they have done.

    The White House preferred to call an early news lid, but a deal was cut to set up the work shed and bus if the reporters on the scene decided to stay close.

    • I just checked Twitter and Malia was touring east coats colleges all last week: Princeton, Yale, Tufts, Harvard, Brown

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Malia Obama visited Brown University Wednesday as part of a college tour of the Northeast this week that included Princeton and Yale.

      A high school junior at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Malia, 16, the daughter of President Obama, visited Princeton and Yale Tuesday. Last month, the Washington Post reported she had visited Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Barnard and NYU. The president did his undergraduate work at Columbia University while the first lady went to Princeton.

      Brown students are on spring break this week, so many have left campus. One Brown student said in an email that he spotted Malia about 10 a.m. Wednesday outside the Brown Center for Students of Color.

      Brown spokesman Mark Nickel referred all media inquiries about her visit to the White House press officers, who declined comment.


      Malia Obama’s college search continues at Brown, Princeton, Harvard

      First Daughter Malia Obama isn’t just any high-school junior on the college-tour circuit. That Secret Service entourage, for one, heralded her arrival to Harvard’s campus on Wednesday for a visit that’s apparently one on a swing of East Coast Ivies.

      Social media was abuzz with Malia sightings this week. And unlike your average teen, local media certainly takes note of her campus comings and goings, with the Providence Journal reporting that not only did the eldest Obama daughter tour Brown on Tuesday, she dined that night at a local hangout. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet tweeted on Tuesday that Obama was seen visiting Yale and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. And the Daily Princetonian, the student newspaper at her mother’s undergraduate alma mater, cited “multiple eyewitnesses” who spied Obama around campus on Monday.

      At all the schools she visited this week, which is spring break for students at Sidwell Friends, where she’s a student, Obama appeared to be without her parents. And she’s certainly doing her due diligence when it comes to picking a school — Obama toured UC Berkeley and Stanford last summer and NYU and Columbia (where her dad did undergrad) in February.


      Malia Obama spotted at Tufts and Harvard

      If you’re wondering why Malia Obama was in Medford Wednesday, it wasn’t to get a meatball sub at Bob’s. The daughter of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is touring colleges, and she took a stroll on the Tufts campus. We’re told her presence, while not exactly unnoticed, did not cause much of a commotion. According to Twitter, the Obamas’s eldest daughter — and her Secret Service detail — were also seen at Harvard Wednesday. (Both of Malia’s parents attended Harvard Law School.) Earlier this week, Malia was in Providence, where she took a look at Brown and afterward, according to the Providence Journal, dined at XO Cafe. In recent weeks, she’s also visited Yale and Princeton.

    • Eleven college tours seems like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s interesting that Moochelle only went on the NYC visit with her in February (Columbia, NYU, and Barnard). Most parents would want to go visit all the colleges with their kid. But, they probably already know she’s going to school in NY, and the other trips are just for fun.

      Last summer: Stanford, UC Berkeley

      February: Columbia, NYU, Barnard (with Mooch)

      Tuesday: Princeton, Yale, Wesleyan

      Wednesday: Brown, Tufts, Harvard

      • Thanks for all those reports! I wondered where the girls were and now we know where Malia’s been. I find it odd that Malia would tour colleges without her parents. The Secret Service may be along to protect her but surely they’re not her chaperone too. Wonder where Sasha is hiding out?

  11. Is it just me, or do the 3 comments before this one seem to be coming from, oh I don’t know, Macedonia? Or maybe a country ending in “stan”? Of course, no offense intended!!

    • I couldn’t figure it out either? Macedonia, ha, ha, I’m laughing, your post struck me funny about Macedonia. I re-read the three posts and still don’t get it? I mean, I get it, but I don’t get it, maybe two of them are out of order. Mine was about the beautiful Eagle.