Category Archives: President & VP

Passover Greetings By President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama

obama sederMichelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy. Read more »

Obama To Host WH Seder On 2nd Night of Passover

obama sederPresident Barack Obama will continue his tradition of celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover next week when he hosts a seder for family, friends and staff on Tuesday evening, April 15th, the White House announced today.

“On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff,” the White House said. Read more »

Dem Strategist Sheinkopf: ‘Naive’ Obama Helpless On Iranian Nuclear Threat

Obama CryingPresident Barack Obama’s negotiated deal with Iran cannot work, according to NY Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “He’s not thinking. He actually believes that if you talk nicely to people who want to kill you, they will stop,” Sheinkopf, who worked with president Clinton, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“The problem is when a man has a gun, you use a gun. And I’m not suggesting you go to war, what I am suggesting is that you do the duty that you swore to do, which is to protect the citizens of this nation from external and internal threat. He’s not done that,” Sheinkopf said. Read more »

Rubio: Obama’s Foreign Policy Standing Has Made America ‘Less Safe’ [Video]

rubio-waterSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned Wednesday that the United States is less safe today than when President Obama took office. “I think on the issues of national security around the world, we are less safe today than we were when President Obama took office,” Rubio told Fox News Wednesday.

“In Asia our allies are increasingly unsure about our ability to counter both North Korea and Chinese expansionism. In Europe you’ve begun to see real tests of the NATO alliance given Russia’s aggressiveness. In Latin America you’ve seen the retreat of Democratic order,” Rubio noted. Read more »

Israel ‘Deeply Disappointed’ By Kerry’s ‘Poof’ Remarks

In an unusually direct rebuke of the United States administration, Israel’s government said on Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks on Tuesday, laying the blame on Israel for the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry suggested that Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units in East Jerusalem was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”

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President Obama’s Famous Aunt Dies At The Age Of 61

Obama auntPresident Obama’s aunt – who lived in the U.S. illegally for years after being denied asylum and fighting deportation – has died at the age of 61.

Zeituni Onyango, the President’s late father, Barack Obama’s (sr.) half-sister, passed away Monday night at a Boston rehabilitation center where she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems, her immigration lawyer Margaret Wong said. Read more »

Kerry: Administration Would Need Congressional Approval of Iran Deal [Video]

2009-09-01-johnkerrybeardSecretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday that the Obama administration is “obligated under the law” to earn congressional approval of any nuclear deal with Iran in order for congressionally-imposed economic sanctions to be lifted.

“Does the administration intend to come back to the congress, if you have a final deal [with Iran], for ultimately lifting some of the [sanctions] elements that would be needed to be lifted under law?” Senator Rob Menendez (D-NJ) asked Sec. Kerry during the hearing. Read more »

Report: Networks Denied Obama’s Request to Share Obamacare Success in Primetime

Obama Rose Garden ACA, ObamaCareOn Tuesday, the day Obamacare hit the 7 million mark, President Obama wanted to share the success on network TV and they apparently refused to comply and give the president a slot, sources familiar with the matter told BuzzFeed.

The president instead delivered a speech from the Rose garden with VP Biden by his side, where he lauded the success of the law and warned Republicans to stay away from a repeal. Read more »

Report: Israel Has Already Spent All U.S. Military Aid Through 2018

obama in Israel #1Israel has already used up its annual $3.1 billion in this year’s US military aid, and has committed all the aid through 2018, when the current aid package expires. The funding has been allocated for the procurement of F-35I stealth fighters, transport aircraft, heavy troop carriers, and other equipment.

According to a “Defense News” report, under a US-approved deferred payment plan (DPP), Israel would pay only interest and fees over the course of the current agreement set to expire in September 2018. Principal will be covered by the new Obama-pledged package that would extend annual foreign military financing (FMF) aid through 2028.” Read more »

Obama: Debate Over Repealing Obamacare Is Over, ACA Here to Stay

Obama Rose Garden ACA, ObamaCarePresident Obama sent a direct message to Republicans earlier today at a press conference touting the success of getting 7 million to sign-up for Obamacare: Get over it.

“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama said Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden, TPM reported. “In the end, history is not kind to those who deny Americans basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. That’s what the Affordable Care Act represents.” Read more »

Poll: Obamacare Hits News High With 49% Support

healthcare-gov-website-problemsPublic support for Obamacare reached a new high in the latest ABC News/WaPo poll.

With the year’s sign-up deadline upon us, Americans are split on Obamacare, 49 percent in support, 48 percent opposed. But that compares with a 40-57 percent negative rating after the initial failure of the federal enrollment website last November. Read more »

Poll: A Majority Believe America Weaker Under Obama; Not Tough Enough on Russia

Obama PutinBy a widening margin, more voters think the United States is weaker since Barack Obama became president. And the highest number in a decade feel the country is less safe than it was before 9/11, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

The poll also finds most voters think President Obama has not been tough enough on Russia, although a majority still say the U.S. should stay out of the situation in Ukraine. Read more »

Obama on Russia: ‘This Is Not Another Cold War’

Obama speaking in Brussels BelgiumTime reports: Delivering remarks on the U.S.-European relationship at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, the third day of the President’s international trip, Obama framed the Ukraine crisis as a conflict between self-determination and might. But he rejected the notion that recent events are the beginning of another global struggle. Read more »

Biden in New Hampshire: ‘I’m Here About Jobs, Not 2016.’

Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden avoided talk about his political future during a stop Tuesday in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

Asked about his future plans, the Vice President, who’s seriously considering a run for president in 2016, said “I’m here about jobs, not mine,” according to CNN. Biden was in New Hampshire to tout the White House’s job creation efforts.  Read more »

Obama: I’m More Concerned About a Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan Than Russia (Video)

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 5.25.25 PMSpeaking at a brief news conference in the Hague, President Obama said he’s more worried about a nuke being detonated in Manhattan than he is about Russia.

Responding to ABC’s Jon Karl’s question, if President Obama now thinks Mitt Romney had a point when he said at the 2012 debate that he thinks Russia is America’s biggest geo-political foe, Obama said: “With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that America has a whole lot of challenges.”

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Study: Obama Most Traveled President, With 31 Costly Trips Abroad

obama JFK 1US President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other modern president — at a skyrocketing cost to taxpayers, according to a study by a watchdog group, Newsmax reports.

The survey by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) was released Monday as the president started a five-day, five-country trip to Europe and the Middle East. Read more »

Abbas Pledges ‘No Compromise’ In Welcome Rally After Meeting W/ Obama

abbas ramallahPresident Mahmoud Abbas pledged Thursday to commit to Palestinian fixed principles in a speech he delivered to thousands of supporters at a welcome rally at the Presidential compound (al-Muqataʻa) in Ramallah.

Abbas stressed that he will not give up the Palestinians’ rights or betray their trust. “I will not give away the Palestinian rights,” Abbas told hundreds of loyalists upon his arrival in Ramallah after a four-day visit to Washington to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations with US President Barack Obama. Read more »

Russia’s Dep. Prime Minister Laughs Off Obama’s Sanctions

Russia’s outspoken deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanctions against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.

In a tweet addressed to “Comrade @BarackObama,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin asked, “what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn’t think about it?”

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Poll: 2/3 of Israeli Jews Don’t Trust Kerry On The Peace Process

Sixty-six percent of Israeli Jews and 53% of Israeli Arabs do not trust US Secretary of State John Kerry to take Israel’s security into account in the American framework agreement he intends to reveal next month, according to the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, which was published Tuesday afternoon.

Only a mere 31% of Israeli Jews and 32% of Arab Israelis do trust Kerry to take into account Israel’s security. Among Israelis who consider themselves left-wing, the number was 79%.
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CPAC2014 – Bolton: Biggest Threat To US National Security Is Barack Obama

“The biggest threat to our national security is Barack Obama,” former ambassador John Bolton told Republican and Conservative activists at CPAC annual conference in DC. “The Democrat Party no longer has a national security plan .. ignoring threats to our national security is the Obama Doctrine.”

Bolton honed in on the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which he described as paradigm of President Obama’s foreign-policy failures because the president “has done nothing to avenge Chris Stevens’s death.”

“That is a terrible lesson for our adversaries,” Bolton said. “Under Barack Obama you can murder his personal representative and get away scot-free.”

Obama Sending Susan Rice To Israel In May

National Security Advisor Susan Rice will make her first visit to Israel since resuming her post in June 2013, The Jerusalem Post reports. Rice will visit in May for the US-Israel Consultative Group, leading the US team.

The National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden said Wednesday President Obama asked Rice to make the trip after “very productive consultations” between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

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Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten — 38 percent — approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved.

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OU Criticizes Obama’s Budget Proposal to Reduce Charitable Contributions Tax Break

Obama Jewish PrezThe Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed concern Wednesday about the impact President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal could have on the level of charitable giving in America.

As in past budgets, the President once again proposed that higher earning taxpayers (those making more than $250,000 for a married couple and $200,000 for an individual tax filer) will have their tax deduction for contributions to charities reduced to a maximum rate of 28 percent of their donations. Thus, for example, a person who is taxed at a rate of 35 percent making a $10,000 contribution to a charity would have his/her deduction reduced from $3,500 to $2,800 under the President’s proposal. Read more »

Iranian General: ‘Low-IQ’ Obama’s Statements On Iran – ‘Joke of The Year’

US President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose military threat has become a joke among children in the Islamic Republic, a senior Iranian general was quoted on Tuesday.

“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, specially the children,” said General Jazzayeri, according to Fars News Agency.

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VIDEO: Obama and Biden Jog Around the White House

In the Latest ‘Let’s Move’ campaign by First Lady Michelle Obama, a video of President Obama and VP Biden jogging around the White House has been released. The video is one in a series of videos that show how the country is being influenced by the First Lady’s campaign to get Americans to do exercise. See video here.
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