Dec 312009

The President offers his best wishes for the New Year, recorded on December 22nd before he left Washington:

Hello everybody. Tonight, as Americans across the country gather with family and friends, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And while 2009 was difficult for many Americans, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are great, each of us has the courage and determination to rise up and meet them.

It is that spirit that has kept the American Dream alive for generations, and it is that spirit that will keep it alive for generations to come. Happy New Year, everybody.

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Happy 2010

 Posted by at 11:00  General
Dec 312009

I googled this just for you…


Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous new decade. May it be all you want it to be and may all your wishes come true. (Unless you’re one of those hateful extremist conservative Republican types, because I really, really, really do not want to live in your world. Sorry.)

P.S. Please don’t be drinking and driving. It’s really your business if you want to splatter yourself all over the road, but me and mine will be out and about tonight. We’d really rather you not splatter us. Thanks.

Double standard

 Posted by at 14:57  Politics
Dec 302009

More Republican hypocrisy…

President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.

That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans and some in the press for his reaction to Friday’s incident on a Northwest Airlines flight heading for Detroit.

Democrats have seized on the disparity and are making it a centerpiece of their efforts to counter GOP attacks on the White House. “This hypocrisy demonstrates Republicans are playing politics with issues of national security and terrorism,” DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. “That they would use this incident as an opportunity to fan partisan flames … tells you all you need to know about how far the Republican Party has fallen and how out of step with the American people they have become.”

The Democrats’ counterattack is aimed largely at two Republican congressmen who have been particularly critical of Obama, Reps. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.). But neither GOP lawmaker concedes applying a double standard to Obama.

But the similarities between last Friday’s incident and the attempted shoe bombing in 2001 are striking.

This year’s attack came on Christmas. The attempt eight years ago took place on Dec. 22. Obama was on vacation in Hawaii when the suspect, Omar Abdulmutallab, allegedly used plastic explosives in his try to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight. Bush was at Camp David when Reid used similar plastic explosives to try to blow up his Paris-to-Miami flight, which diverted to Boston after the incident.

Like the Obama White House, the Bush White House told reporters the president had been briefed on the incident and was following it closely. While the Obama White House issued a background statement through a senior administration official calling the incident an “attempted terrorist attack” on the same day it took place, the early official statements from Bush aides did not make the same explicit statement.

Bush did not address reporters about the Reid episode until December 28, after he had traveled from Camp David to his ranch in Texas.

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The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2009.

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NW 253

 Posted by at 16:54  Politics
Dec 282009

President Obama took time away from his holiday vacation in Hawaii to make the following statement on the failed Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253:

The transcript of the President’s remarks follow the break. My thoughts on the matter may be found in the previous post.

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They win

 Posted by at 11:13  Politics, Republicans
Dec 272009

They have won.

I haven’t had anything to say about the idiot who set his legs on fire on that Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit because everybody else has.

These idiots do these things for two reasons.

First, they want to disrupt our way of life. Their goal is not, as the Republicans would have you believe, to kill us or to wipe us off the face of the planet. Their goal is to destroy our freedoms and our way of life, both of which they are extremely jealous and envious. Since we so eagerly become more paranoid and so willingly give up more of our freedoms each time one of them pulls one of these stunts, in this they are definitely succeeding.

Second, they want attention. With hysterical Republicans running around crying “The terrorists are coming! The terrorists are coming!” every time one of them sneezes and our media so jauntily reporting their every move, they are also succeeding brilliantly on this score.

I am in no way diminishing the importance of what happened on that flight on Christmas Day. I don’t think we should be exaggerating it, either. Think for a moment about the tens of thousands of commercial airline flights that land and take off every single day… all without incident. Now think about the millions of airline passengers who are going to be very inconvenienced due to the actions of one bumbling idiot on one of them.

Lock him up. Throw away the key. Then let’s get on with our lives.

Don’t let them win.

UPDATE: Another incident on the same Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit today. A guy spent an hour in the bathroom. Ouch.

You realize, of course, that this is all somehow President Obama’s fault. You do realize that, don’t you? Really. He got that memo and went on vacation anyway. Right?

(See also: “Why The President Went Golfing Today.”)


UPDATE #2: Check the numbers. “You could board 20 flights per year and still be less likely to be the subject of an attempted terrorist attack than to be struck by lightning.” Would the Republicans have President Obama declare war on lightning? (Come to think of it, yes, they likely would.)

Weekly Address 12-24-09

 Posted by at 10:07  Politics
Dec 252009

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offered their best Christmas wishes to families across the country, and expressed their gratitude to the men and women of the American military and their families for their service to the country. The First Couple encouraged Americans to visit to learn how they can show their support to our soldiers and their loved ones.

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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Senate passes health care

 Posted by at 09:25  Politics
Dec 242009

The United States Senate passed their version of health care reform this morning by a vote of 60 to 39. The 60 yes votes were from 58 Democrats and two Independents. All 39 no votes were from Republicans. I applaud the Senate for getting 99 of their number to come out at 7:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve morning. A simple majority (51) is all that was required to pass the bill this morning and the Republicans knew beforehand that they had no chance of defeating the bill. A little contempt goes a long way, I guess.

President Obama stopped by the State Dining Room in the White House this morning to laud the work of the Senators in passing this historic legislation before he left with the family for their Christmas vacation in Hawaii. He stated that “brings us toward the end of a nearly century-long struggle to reform America’s health care system.” This is only the beginning. There is still a lot of work to do.

A transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.

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