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Obama Thanks the Troops

In this morning’s weekly address, President Obama offered an eloquent tribute to our fighting men and women, praising their sacrifice and reminding that our freedom rests with them.

From the remarks:

As we go about our days, as we gather with loved ones and friends, it’s important to remember: our way of life—the freedom, prosperity and security that we enjoy as Americans—is not a gift that is simply handed to us. It has to be earned—by every generation. And no one sacrifices more to preserve our blessings than our extraordinary men and women in uniform.

Obama also mentions Michelle Obama’s commendable “Joining Forces” initiative that has sought to honor and help our veterans. It is a great thing she has done as first lady, and it wasn’t just for PR – she and Jill Biden have worked consistently to maintain the effort even after Obama’s reelection.

Obama in his remarks also references his trip Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, where he will talk about the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, which comes to a close this month. Unlike in Iraq, a substantial number of troops will remain in the country – some 13,000 foreign fighters total – following the official end of “combat.”

Video || Obama Weekly Address – July 4, 2014

An eloquent and almost completely apolitical July 4th weekly address from President Obama. The political touch is subtle enough to be ignored, and couched in a way that’s hard to disagree with. See if you notice it.

Whatever your feelings about Obama, he is the president of all of us. And I felt his July 4th tribute to our nation and our armed forces was a good one.

Obamas Mark Newtown in Peculiar Style

The Obamas marked the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings Saturday with an odd little ceremony in which the two of them dressed up in dark outfits, entered the White House Map Room at exactly 9:29 – about the moment the shootings began – lit some candles, bowed their heads and then . . . left.

Honestly, this seemed a little thrown together. Have a look.

Better planned was President Obama’s weekly address, in which he used the tragedy to promote gun control and lecture Americans, declaring, “we must change.”

From the very beginning, our efforts were led by the parents of Newtown . . . their example has inspired us – to be better parents and better neighbors; to give our children everything they need to face the world without fear; to meet our responsibilities not just to our own families, but to our communities.

Really? What does this mean, exactly? Did this barbaric murder happen because we’re not good enough parents and neighbors? Why are we all responsible for one deluded, sick individual?

Obama continues:

We haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer.  We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily.  We have to do more to heal troubled minds.  We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for.

Obama is not going to get any major new gun control legislation out of this Congress. Why not just just use the anniversary of Newtown to promote healing instead of lecturing and pressing an agenda?

Can’t our president unite us and salute the brave people of Newtown instead of hectoring us to do better when the only one who did anything wrong is currently rotting in Hell?

Obama: Libya Action has Saved Thousands

Obama’s weekly video previews his defense Monday night of the war with Libya.

In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Qaddafi threatened to show “no mercy,” his forces have been pushed back.  So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians—innocent men, women and children—have been saved.

This is true. But he’ll have to offer some reasons why this is in the U.S. national security interest if he wants to keep the public with him for an operation that will involve the United States more intensely and for a longer period of time than he thinks.

Obama’s Weekly Assault on the GOP

This week’s weekly address by President Obama amounts to – I know this will surprise you – “Me and Democrats good, Republicans really bad.”

Is it really appropriate to, week after week, use the weekly address to the American people for purely partisan purposes?

I assume the legal sharks in the White House Counsel’s Office have approved all of this. Presidents do bash the other Party from the White House.

But as is so often the case these days, the Man of Hope and Change is politicizing his government duties to an extent I can’t really remember other holders of the office doing.

Obama Launches Another Partisan Fusillade

Obama’s weekly address is about efforts to address the Supreme Court decision that weakened the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

Listen to the shrill sound of a man who went from purveyor of  “hope” to reciter of the most pedestrian partisan patter imaginable. From the video:

You would think that making these reforms would be a matter of common sense.  You’d think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections wouldn’t be a partisan issue.

But the Republican leaders in Congress said no.  In fact, they used their power to block the issue from even coming up for a vote.

This can only mean that the leaders of the other party want to keep the public in the dark.  They don’t want you to know which interests are paying for the ads.  The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.

Well, we cannot allow the corporate takeover of our democracy.

Here’s the actual video if you can stand it.

Obama Scares Seniors on Social Security

President Obama this week decided to scare the crap out of seniors for political purposes, warning in his weekly address that Republicans are plotting to “privatize” Social Security by reviving the failed Bush idea of letting people use a portion of their payroll taxes to create individual accounts.

Obama’s politics-as-usual-or-worse remarks are currently permitted under the rules, since he last week announced that he was suspending Hope and Change until Election Day.

Are you aware of any Republican leaders who are seriously contemplating resurrecting this proposal if they are returned to power? I think it might be part the economic blueprint by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), but he’s not in the leadership, and I don’t thing any other top Republicans take the notion seriously.

That’s because it makes absolutely no sense, and they would be sued for political malpractice, possibly even imprisoned for criminal political incompetence. If they couldn’t get this passed with control of both Houses of Congress and Bush as President, how could they possibly get it through with Obama in charge?

So, seniors and soon-to-be retirees, hold onto your seats, here is your president trying to frighten you into supporting Democrats in November. I ask any readers with severe cardiac conditions to please skip the following video.

Obama’s Weekly Address

Kind of scary, this. At a time when the only way to really tackle the deficit and save Medicare is to cut entitlement benefits, Obama is offering happy talk about we can do it by rooting out “waste” and “fraud” and how pleased he is that seniors’ benefits are not being touched. A sure signal… Continue Reading