Do we need a space force? How the hell should I know? But it’s pretty cool.
I say we let William Shatner command the first fighting spacecraft. That will scare the crap out of the Russians.
Here’s a highly produced video from the White House showing Vice President Pence making the announcement.
What’s interesting to me here is that Pence seems to be given a lot more latitude by President Trump for self-glorification than Barack Obama ever granted Joe Biden. He gets his own videos and plenty of solo photo shots by White House photographers. Clearly setting himself up for Pence 2024. Or Pence 2020, whichever comes first.
Biden almost never appeared on his own in anything. The Obama White House photos and videos were all about Obama. But of course.
Good video. Pence is on his game. You know, to the extent you can make two-percent milk exciting, Pence can be a thrill.
Okay, that’s not true. Now we know North Korea is filled with liars.
Mike Pence, then the governor of Indiana, said in 2016 he was going to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz during the state’s primary, and then reluctantly decided to endorse the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
And then somehow he wound up Trump’s running mate! Sorry North Korea, Mike Pence is no political dummy.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
North Korea’s senior envoy for U.S. affairs renewed a threat to call off a planned summit with President Donald Trump and warned that Pyongyang could “make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined.”
In its most direct language aimed at Washington following a recent rapprochement between the two countries, Choe Son Hui, the North’s vice minister of foreign affairs, said if the June 12 talks were called off, the U.S. could instead face off with North Korea in a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.”
Ms. Choe’s statement, issued through official state media, called out Vice President Mike Pence, to whom she referred as “a political dummy.”
The Choe also called Pence “ignorant and stupid.”
Don’t get me wrong, I like Mike Pence. A lot. I’m just saying, you know, he worked this VP angle pretty well.
North Korea is mad that Pence brought up Libya in the context of nuclear negotations.
Libya under Muammar Qaddafi, as you are probably aware, had given up its nuclear weapons and wasn’t bothering us. And then Barack Obama, with Hillary’s urging, destroyed his regime. Which serves as a lesson that if you want to stay in power, don’t give up your nukes at the urging of the United States.
Another Obama administration mistake we continue to live with today.
Vice President Mike Pence, normally viewed as a kind of bland character with strong moral principles, is now the target of an effort to turn him into the Nancy Pelosi of the Republican Party, a person to be demonized and used to raise money off of while their effectiveness as a leader is undermined.
According to Politico:
The Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT rights organization, is launching a sustained attack against Pence, with a website, videos and a lengthy report to be released on Thursday. The materials were shown to POLITICO early.
The attack from a key player in the Democratic base comes as Pence is campaigning heavily for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms. And as Trump’s legal troubles expand, from the special counsel probe to a federal investigation of his personal attorney, some Democrats are beginning to train their fire on Pence in case the president doesn’t run for re-election in 2020 or gets removed from office.
“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities,” Chad Griffin, the president of HRC, said in a statement. “Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long. He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized.”
“This is just another politically-motivated attack on the VP by a left-wing organization closely aligned with the Democratic Party,” said Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah.
Well, I’ll tell you what else this is. It’s part of a sustained effort to criminalize Christianity, the religion upon whose principles this country was founded.
Vice President Pence’s 24-year-old daughter Charlotte Pence, who wrote a children’s book about the family’s pet bunny, decided to be above the vicious attacks on her father and praise John Oliver’s parody of her book by noting the proceeds go to charity.
In the parody, written by a staffer for his weekly HBO show, the bunny is gay. Vice President Pence has become a hated and vilified symbol among liberals like Oliver for his support of traditional values.
“His book is contributing to charities that I believe we can all get behind,” she said. “So we have two books that are giving to charities.” Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, illustrated the book.
Oliver’s book donates to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, which supports suicidal LGBTQ young people. He announced the book in a profanity-laced tirade against Pence Sunday night.
The HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has written a spoof of the Pence family’s book about its pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, ridiculing the Pences by describing the rabbit as gay.
The Pence book, “A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” was written by Vice President Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by Second Lady Karen Pence. The Oliver-produced book, written by one of his show’s writers, was released Sunday and announced on his program Sunday night. It already appears to be #1 on Amazon in books and had somehow garnered more than 650 reviews by Monday morning, almost all of them five stars.
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit that has also been published,” Oliver said on his show. “In fact, while his is out tomorrow, ours is released right now. Now, there are a few small differences between the two books . . . our Marlon Bundo is gay.”
From the description on Amazon:
HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.
Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever…
With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.
100% of Last Week Tonight‘s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
And from the description of the Pence family’s book, which is also doing well at #15 on Amazon:
From the moment he hopped into the home of America’s “Second Family,” black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn’t just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! With his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2, and his popular Instagram account, Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration.
So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after “Grampa” (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the “Second Lady” herself, Karen Pence.
I imagine this will actually goose sales for the Pence book, which is published by Regnery, which also published my biography of Stephen Bannon. People already get John Oliver, but they might not know the Pences have produced a book about their rabbit. I didn’t, or if I did, I had forgotten.
Below is a 20-minute tirade about Pence delivered Sunday night by Oliver. The part about the rabbit book begins at about the 14:00 mark. Having John Oliver rant and rave about him will also help boost Pence’s profile and his reputation with the GOP base.
Vice President Pence looks a lot like President Pence in these White House videos out of Asia, comforting victims, meeting world leaders, and even reviewing troops.
I don’t remember Vice President Biden ever getting such prominent treatment from White House videographers. Pence also often plays a big role in White stuill photos, sometimes dominating the shots posted on Flickr.
I’m not saying there’s anything nefarious going on, although I’d be surprised if there isn’t a conscious effort by the vice president’s team to promote him. Why wouldn’t they?
And I guess it’s a credit to Trump that he shares the spotlight. White House photographers were obsessively focused on Barack Obama, but there is a far greater diversity of photos and videos produced by the Trump White House.
Then again, Trump is not well-known for sharing the spotlight, so one wonders if he is aware that he is doing it.
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