Category Archives: President & VP
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee slammed President Obama for ‘pretending to be president for just a few brief minutes’ in between rounds of golf, when the president gave a brief statement about the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
“Between rounds of golf and yukking it up with his well-heeled wealthy pals on Martha’s Vineyard, the president slipped on a blazer and pretended to be president for just a few brief minutes,” Huckabee said Saturday night during his opening remarks on his Fox News show ‘Huckabee.’ Read more »
(AP). U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP’s former nominee at one point that the “third time’s the charm.”
Appearing with Mr. Ryan at a public event for the first time since their ticket lost two years ago, Mr. Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan “wouldn’t be a bad president” himself. Read more »
Rep. Darrell Issa who’s currently visiting Israel, met on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu told Issa that it’s time to realize that Radical Islamist terrorism threatens the entire world.
“It threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, it threatens the moderate Arab regimes, it threatens Europe, everybody,” Netanyahu told the California Congressman. “I think we face the same Islamist terrorist network, I think we have to fight it together.” Read more »
A CBS News / NY Times poll has shown that in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri and the consequent area unrest, less than half of Americans are satisfied with President Obama’s response, but overall assessments are more positive than negative.
According to the poll results, forty-one percent of Americans say they are satisfied with how the president has been responding to the racially charged situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent report feeling dissatisfied with his response. Twenty-five percent of poll respondents said they did not have an opinion on the matter.
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(AP) - Calling for a sharp separation between the nation’s armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with military gear from the Pentagon.
The transfers have come under public scrutiny after the forceful police response to racially charged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more »
(AP) - President Barack Obama is getting off the island.
In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers.
The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back in Washington for those discussions. Read more »
President Obama’s approval rating among the American public is in the tank, especially on Foreign Policy issues as the the US loses more influence as the World’s superpower, a new Fox News poll shows.
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only 30 percent approve Obama’s handling of the situation, while 54 percent disapprove.
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‘Oy’ is by far the only word to describe the new low reached in the relationship between the Israeli government and the US administration.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration halted a transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel after the Netanyahu government bypassed Obama and Secretary John Kerry and turned straight to the Pentagon to secure $3 million worth of lethal munitions, including 120-mm mortar shells and 40-mm illuminating rounds, at the start of the Gaza operation.
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(AP) - In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split.
Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while Clinton joked she was planning to hug off the public dispute with her former boss at a party on the upscale island getaway where the president was vacationing. Read more »
A new Fox News poll reveals that more American voters think Obama has “not been supportive enough” of Israel (38 percent), than those who think he’s “about right” in his support (33 percent), or “too supportive” (18 percent).
According to the poll, a majority of Americans disapprove of Obama’s foreign policy, specifically when asked in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 54 percent disapprove and 30 percent approve of the job Obama is doing in that region. Read more »
President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting his fellow Democrats heading into the midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll published on Monday.
Just 40 percent of registered voters approve his job performance as president and only 33 percent approve of how he’s dealing with foreign policy issues. Read more »
(AP). President Barack Obama will spend a bit of his summer vacation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a get-together that comes amid signs that the former secretary of state is seeking to distance herself from Obama’s foreign policy ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.
The White House said the president, along with first lady Michelle Obama, planned to see Clinton Wednesday at a party on Martha’s Vineyard for Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan. Clinton is on the Massachusetts island for a memoir-signing session at a bookstore, while the Obamas are in the midst of a two-week vacation. Read more »
The UJO of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn thanks and applauds President Obama for signing in into law “The Protect Cemeteries Act” (H.R. 4208) which amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the desecration of cemeteries among the many forms of violations of the right to religious freedom.
Special credit goes to Congresswoman Grace Meng, who spearheaded this law in Congress, and Senator Ben Cardin, the Sponsor of an identical Senate version. Read more »
(AP). President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as “a promising step forward” Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government.
Obama did not mention Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki but clearly was addressing the embattled incumbent as he called for Iraqi political leaders to work peacefully through a political transition. Read more »
(AP). Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard vacations.
Obama’s last three summer sojourns to this Massachusetts island have coincided with tumult primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as elsewhere around the world. Read more »
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Congressman Peter King (R-NY) appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning, told host David Gregory that ISIS now is more powerful than al-Qaeda was on 9-11.
“ISIS is a direct threat to the United States of America,” King said, responding to what Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said moments earlier, that he supports President Obama that the attacks should stay as airstrikes. Read more »
Addressing the turmoil in Iraq, President Obama said on Thursday night that he has authorized ‘targeted airstrikes’ in Iraq against Islamic militants, along with airdrops.
“When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” Obama said. Read more »
(AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that U.S. sanctions levied against Russia over its actions in Ukraine are working but that Washington would face a much different set of questions about how to respond if Moscow invaded eastern Ukraine.
Western officials warn that a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border could herald a major incursion to protect the pro-Moscow separatists fighting Ukrainian forces. Despite bipartisan pressure from lawmakers to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine, however, the Obama administration thus far has said it doesn’t believe U.S. military assistance is needed. Read more »
President Obama, speaking to reporters at the State Department at the close of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, reiterated his steady support of “Israel’s right to defend itself,” which includes “preventing rockets from landing on population centers and more recently as we learnt, preventing tunnels from being dug under their territories, that can be used to launch terrorist attacks.”
The president also said that “Hamas acts extraordinarily irresponsibly when it’s deliberately siting rocket launchers in population centers.” Read more »
(AP) – A new Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how nine potential 2016 presidential candidates appeal to the public.
Though the 2016 presidential campaign remains distant, Americans are getting to know those most likely to run. Hillary Clinton is best known; 9 in 10 offer an opinion about her. On the GOP side, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is best known, with nearly three-quarters offering an opinion on him. Read more »
After a month-long violent round between Hamas and Israel, more Americans blame Hamas than Israel for the recent fighting, according to a new CBS News poll. Thirty-four percent think Hamas is most to blame, while just 6 percent lay most of the blame on Israel. However, 47 percent think both sides are equally to blame.
Most Republicans (54%) lay the blame on Hamas, compared to only 24% of Democrats and 32% of independents. 55 percent of Democrats and 48% of independents blame both sides equally, compared to only 35% of Republicans. Read more »
Appearing Tuesday on MSNBC with Ronan Farrow, White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe sought ot minimize the significance of the latest rift between Isralei Prime minister Benjamin Netanayhu and the obama administration.
“The partnership and relationship with Israel remains rock solid,” Plouffe said. “We are going to continue being Israel’s indispensable ally on security issues. Iron Dome was a great example of the two countries working together, and the results speak for themselves.” Read more »
Former President Jimmy Carter co-authored an oped article for Foreign Policy, where he calls on the United Sates to change course and recognize Hamas — currently a terrorist organization — as a legitimate “political force.”
The article which Carter wrote together with Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson, focuses mainly on Israel, and what it calls “war crimes” committed by both sides, Israel and Hamas. “However, three Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets, while an overwhelming majority of the 1,600 Palestinians killed have been civilians, including more than 330 children,” they note. Read more »
(AP). President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday granting an additional $225 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
The defense system has been highly effective in the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. It allows Israel’s military to shoot down incoming rockets or mortars headed toward major population centers in Israel.
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As reported by the AP on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily told the White House “not to ever second-guess me again” on matters involving Hamas — and followed up by vowing that Israel will handle Palestinian terrorists on its own terms.
During the call, Netanyahu reportedly insisted that he must be “trusted” in his handling of the crisis and that he “expected” the U.S. and other countries to completely support Israel’s Gaza incursion. Read more »