And why is this lady happy?
Yeah – You know you did it!
See the rest here. Benetton better have some serious insurance on their stores…
There’s no doubt that these are the pictures of the day. U.S. President Barack Obama kissing his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Abbas embracing Benjamin Netanyahu, and Germany’s Angela Merkel locking lips with Nicolas Sarkozy. Is this bad fan fiction? A new approach to international diplomacy?
The stunning (albeit photoshopped) images are part of a new campaign by the United Colors of Benetton. Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman, who presented the ads in Paris on Wednesday, said they were meant to promote the idea of “unhate,” The Times Of India writes. “The images are very strong, but we have to send a strong message. We are not wanting to be disrespectful of the leaders … we consider them “conception figures” making a statement of brotherhood with a kiss,” he reportedly said.
Benetton hopes the campaign will contribute to the creation of a culture of tolerance and combat hatred, the group writes. It plans a series of live actions in which young people will post the images of the smooching world leaders “on the walls of locations symbolic of the desperately-needed peace process: Tel Aviv, New York, Rome, Milan, Paris.”
There have already been fierce reactions to the controversial shots. According to the Belgian news channel RTL, President of the Italian Association for Catholic Viewers Luca Borgomeo asked for the immediate withdrawal of the campaign. “Is it possible that RTL can’t think of anything better?” he said, according to a HuffPost translation.
“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told The Huffington Post.
Benetton is known for its controversial ads, including one of a young nun kissing a priest.
This one starts with Malcom X’s talk on the “House Negro” and the “Field Negro”…
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Seems that some folks in the US, as well as in China have hit upon the idea using “Obama” name recognition to peddle fried chicken…
Two city fast-food joints are calling themselves Obama Fried Chicken – and the new names are ruffling some feathers.
Eateries in Brooklyn and Manhattan plastered the new President’s last name on their awnings recently.
And some passersby are cringing, saying the name change plays into old racial stereotypes.
“Why name it that? Just because Obama is black, they’re going to put his name on a fried chicken place in a black neighborhood?” said Akilah Nassy, 16, outside the Brooklyn store.
And here, in China -
For all the grief the Obama administration is getting from China for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization about Chinese tariffs on American chicken exports, perhaps the president should be suing China for royalties instead.
We’ve seen Obama peddle chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hong Kong, so it was just a matter of time before he broke loose and got his own franchise here in the mainland.
Obama Fried Chicken, or at least what we assume OFC stands for, was found earlier this week in Beijing and comes with the slogan written underneath in Chinese: “We’re so cool, aren’t we?”
It’s all about selling product.
Turns out the First Lady loves to slip out of the White House bubble and do things normal folks do…
The first lady shops at Target — just like us!
An Associated Press photographer on Thursday snapped some choice photos of Michelle Obama in the checkout line of a Target store just outside Washington for what her office says was a “routine errand,” the likes of which she does often.
The first lady appears to have been trying to pick up some items incognito. She is seen sporting a Nike cap and large, dark sunglasses.
“It is not uncommon for the first lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications director for the first lady.
It’s unclear how the photo came about; her office said the photographer, Charles Dharapak, “caught her” at the store.
President Obama has often mused about how he wishes he could break outside the “bubble” he has to travel in. The first lady does not have the same full-time entourage of reporters as her husband.
But she, too, has spoken of some frustration about how living in the White House has changed her routine.
“Before we lived here, we were normal people. I had a job, I drove my own car, I took my kids to school every day. I went to Target and shopped for my groceries,” she said at an April event for children of White House staff.
Don’t think this is any surprise – Obama would wipe the floor with Rick Perry, and put a serious whuppin’ on any of the Republican candidates…
His pick as the best matchup? Neut Gingrich!
Just a little more than a year from the 2012 election, President Obama’s strapped with a wrecked economy, an uncooperative Congress and plenty of competition from the GOP. But when it comes to good old campaigning, communication expert Peter Meyers says Obama still has the golden touch.
“We can focus on the message all we want, the election doesn’t go to the candidate who’s the smartest or even the most experienced,” said Meyers, who has advised world leaders and politicians on how to use body language to influence their message. “It goes to the best communicator. Right now, in the White House, we’ve got a world class communicator. He is going to have to draw upon all of his skills, but he’d clock Rick Perry in a race.”
Meyers compares Obama to former Presidents Clinton and Reagan as speakers, both of whom won re-election after a stumbling start.
He’s not the only political adviser to suggest Obama’s got it in the bag. Whispers recently reported that Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Reagan’s 1984 re-election, has Obama taking a second term.
Meyers doesn’t totally discount the other candidates, but doesn’t believe they have what it takes.
He admires Perry’s presidential look, his ability to deliver memorable zingers like “Ponzi scheme” and his clear, simple answers to tough questions. Meyers even finds his deep voice appealing. Yet, he admonishes Perry’s fashion sense and lack of poise when forced to speak off the cuff.
“He meanders mid-sentence and loses his way when someone kicks him off his talking points,” Meyers says. “His collars are way to high on his neck; he looks like Catholic school boy, whose mother dressed him for church.”
[See a collection of political cartoons about the GOP contenders.]
Mitt Romney doesn’t fare much better. “He can obviously stay on point and hold his own with Rick Perry, but his voice gets stuck in his throat instead of coming from his chest, and he tends to sound like a 1970s game show host; it’s inauthentic,” says Meyers.
Meyers also points to Romney’s stammer and rushed cadence as evidence of why he’d likely get trampled in a race against Obama. “He’s a fair fighter, and he is polished, but he’s almost like a community theater actor. When he makes a good point, you can see in his face that he’s very pleased with himself.”
Who does Meyers thinks might be able to knock Obama from his oratory pedestal?
“Newt Gingrich comes across as the best communicator the Republicans have got,” he says, “It’s a shame he doesn’t get mentioned more. When Gingrich speaks you can hear the tone of both his intellect and his heart; it’s like listening to a sleigh ride — very pleasant.”
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I think this sums up the “problem” with President Obama. His first mistake was to throw Wright under the bus. Then he threw Sherrod under the bus so fast, the whole hot lie about her, which took two days to unravel… Hadn’t even got cold yet.
Coldest place in the world is being a black person in the Obama Administration.
Barack Obama’s politically expedient decision to betray and abandon his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, exposed his cowardice and moral bankruptcy. In that moment, playing the part of Judas, he surrendered the last shreds of his integrity. He became nothing more than a pawn of power, or asCornel West says, “a black mascot for Wall Street.” Obama, once the glitter of power fades, will have to grapple with the fact that he was a traitor not only to his pastor, the man who married him and Michelle, who baptized his children and who kept him spiritually and morally grounded, but to himself. Wright retains what is most precious in life and what Obama has squandered—his soul.
The health of a nation is measured by how it treats its prophets. When these prophets are ignored and reviled, when they become figures of ridicule, when they are labeled by the chattering classes and power elite as fools, then there is no check left on moral decay and the degeneration of the state. Wright, who spent 36 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side, since the 2008 presidential campaign has enduredslander and calumny and weathered character assassination, misinterpretation and abuse, and yet he doggedly continues Sunday after Sunday to thunder the word of God from pulpits across the country.
I grew up as a Christian. My father was a pastor. I graduated from a seminary. I can distinguish a Christian pastor from the slick imposters and charlatans, from T.D. Jakes to Joel Osteen. Wright preaches the radical and unsettling message of the Christian Gospel. He calls us to live the moral life. He knows that the measure of our lives as individuals and as a nation is reflected in how we treat our most vulnerable. And he knows on whose side he stands. Obama, who like Judas took his 30 pieces of silver and betrayed someone who loved him, withers into moral insignificance in Wright’s presence. Continue reading
You would think that, with the country in it’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, millions of Americans out of work losing their homes and falling into poverty…
That Congress could find something better to do with their time than spend millions of taxpayer dollars investigating Obama’s Uncle for his DWIs.
Obama’s Uncle is an alcoholic… Big freakin’ deal. Most families, if you dig deep enough have one or more members with “problems”. Nobody is going to deport a sitting President’s relative. Bush’s felonious brother Neal was made to “disappear” during his term – despite a number of questionable business dealings with folks who wound up in jail. In this country, sans capital murder or some other violent crime – the President’s family is pretty much immune in this country from persecution for petty crime or stupidity…
And especially Congress using them as a political weapon. Obama’s Uncle needs to be taken care of by local authorities by being sentenced to a rehab facility or jail – just like any other miscreant.
The real question is why does Congress let a racist Piece of Shit like King continue to serve?
President Obama has nominated a much more diverse set of judges to the Federal Courts than any of his predecessors. Of course, that has resulted in Republicans fillebustering a higher percentage of his nominees and preventing the confirmation of qualified nominees. Obama has had fewer nominees confirmed than any recent President.
Now, Bush stacked the court with 322 far right wing sycophants, reactionary ideologues, and extremist right wing appointments, resulting in a Federal Judicial System and Supreme Court more hostile to minorities and Civil Rights than at any time since Dred Scott. Indeed, the financial association between Bush Supreme Court appointments and right wing financiers such as the Koch brothers have led many to believe the Supreme Court of the United States has been corrupted, by corrupt right wing judges. Of course an Obama Administration too cowardly to prosecute Dick Cheney’s war profiteers and torturers, isn’t likely to take on the job of prosecuting a corrupt Supreme Court judge – even if he is caught red-handed taking a $500,000 bribe through his wife.
Undeniably, the fact that President Obama has nominated more women and minorities is also difficult for Republicans to swallow, with the confirmation of minorities taking nearly twice as long as their white, male counterparts.
I think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is fully justified in exercising “the Nuclear Option”, and should do so ASAP.
President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn’t selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.
More than 70 percent of Obama’s confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were “non-traditional,” or nominees who were not white males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent), according to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book “Picking Federal Judges.”
“It is an absolutely remarkable diversity achievement,” said Goldman, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who is only counting judges once, even if they fit more than one category.
The White House recently has been touting its efforts to diversify the federal bench during Obama’s tenure, now approaching three years in office.
The president won Senate confirmation of the first Latina to the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. And with the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan, he increased the number of women on the high court to three for the first time. The Obama administration also nominated and won confirmation of the first openly gay man to a federal judgeship: former Clinton administration official J. Paul Oetken, to an opening in New York City.
“All of us can be proud of President Obama for taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity in the federal judiciary,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said upon Oetken’s confirmation. Continue reading
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Well, the first of the Credit Ratings Companies has stepped in with basically an AAA rating…
My only real complaint about the speech is WTF is it proposed to spend $140 Billion in putting construction workers to work?
Seems to me that money would be better spent on putting unemployed college grads back to work on something like the Kennedy Space Program, which drove economic growth in the world based on technological advances for 40 years.
President Barack Obama’s $447 billion job-creation plan would likely add 1.9 million payroll jobs and grow the U.S. economy 2 percent, a leading economist said.
The plan, which Obama outlined before a joint session of Congress Thursday, would likely cut the unemployment rate by a percentage point, Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said as Obama prepared to tout the plan at Virginia’s University of Richmond.
Obama is scheduled to speak at the university’s 9,000-seat Robins Center arena, home to the university’s Spiders basketball, at 11:35 a.m. EDT, the White House said.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. — who criticized the tone of Obama’s Thursday address but told CNBC he applauded some proposals, including “business tax relief, reducing red tape, working to try and streamline the infrastructure spending in this country” — will be in Richmond Friday holding his own jobs event.
More than half of Obama’s proposal consists of payroll-tax cuts for employees and employers — an idea the White House said it hoped would appeal to Republican lawmakers.
Advisers told The Washington Post Obama would blame Republicans for the jobs crisis if they don’t accept his proposal.
The proposal would cut in half the employers’ payroll tax for businesses’ first $5 million of wages. Businesses adding new workers or increasing wages up to $50 million would have payroll taxes completely eliminated.
The plan would expand the payroll tax cut passed last year to cut workers’ payroll taxes in half in 2012 — a tax cut of $1,500 to the typical family earning $50,000 a year. This would not hurt Social Security funding, Obama said.
The plan further calls for more than $62 billion in spending to extend unemployment insurance benefits through 2012 and let people unemployed for six months or more work for up to eight weeks while also receiving unemployment benefits.
About 14 million Americans are unemployed and the jobless rate, currently 9.1 percent, is widely expected to be above 8 percent in late 2012.
Obama also proposed $140 billion in infrastructure spending and aid to states — including cash for hiring teachers and refurbishing schools — as well as a $10 billion infrastructure bank and $50 billion for transportation projects.
White House officials said the proposed plan, known as the American Jobs Act, was deliberately constructed from policies that previously won bipartisan support.
“The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple — to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working,” Obama said in his 32-minute speech.
“It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans and more jobs for long-term unemployed,” he said.
Great speech as usual last night by the President. Once again he is trying to thread a path though a minefield by appeasing Republicans, and trying to shame them into doing something positive for the country.
He still doesn’t “Get It”.
Insofar as creating jobs, the payroll tax reduction is a joke. The Bush tax giveaways got us into this mess in the first place.
You raise taxes, including on the wealthy. You raise taxes on companies offshoring. And you eliminate loopholes which allow corporations and over half the American public to avoid paying any tax – especially any loophole that allows corporations not to invest in American job growth. That is the prescription Reagan followed to get the country back on its feet.
We are a tech and services economy. While the country’s infrastructure is crumbling and needs a serious repair -more construction jobs don’t either build or help the economy. What I had hoped for as a bold vision like Kennedy’s “put a man on the moon” which would drive tech and scientific development for the next 30 years and put our economic core back to work.
This image, done by famous American Painter, Norman Rockwell remains as one of the most poignant and powerful pieces done about the Civil Rights struggle in America.
Not sure why so many are trying to make a big deal out of this, other than the fact it demonstrates how far backward we, as a country, have slid since Raygun.
Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting “The Problem We All Live With” is hanging temporarily in the White House at the request of President Barack Obama. Executives from the Norman Rockwell Museum, where the painting is usually displayed, visited the White House and Obama last week to view the painting in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office.
Obama requested the painting, which depicts a black child being escorted to school by U.S. marshals, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges’ historic walk Nov. 14, 1960, integrating the William Frantz public school in New Orleans. It inspired Rockwell’s bold illustration for the Jan. 14, 1964, issue of “Look” magazine.
Rudy Bridges Hall, who serves on the board of the Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Mass., also visited the White House, met Obama and stood before the painting.
“I was about 18 or 19 years old the first time that I actually saw it,” she said. “It confirmed what I had been thinking all along — that this was very important, and you did this, and it should be talked about.
“At that point in time that’s what the country was going through, and here was a man who had been doing lots of work — painting family images — and all of the sudden decided, ‘This is what I am going to do. It’s wrong, and I’m going to say that it’s wrong.'”
“The Problem We All Live With” was the first painting purchased by the Rockwell museum in 1975. Support by the Henry Luce Foundation made the White House loan possible.
Black folks have about had t with Obama’s “Cowardly Lion” trick with Republicans…
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), responding to the high unemployment rates in the black community, said that African-Americans feel President Barack Obama “needs to fight, and fight harder.”
“We are totally frustrated, and people need to know that the president feels their pain,” Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, toldCNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“Almost every African-American person I spoke to said he needs to fight, and fight harder,” Cummings said.
Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted Obama for ignoring the black community during his bus tour through the midwest.
At last – a clear answer to “Who made this mess.”
It was Bush, and the Bush Tax cuts for the wealthy. Republicans trashed America’s economy, and conservative policies have been a disaster since Raygun.
With President Obama and Republican leaders calling for cutting the budget by trillions over the next 10 years, it is worth asking how we got here — from healthy surpluses at the end of the Clinton era, and the promise of future surpluses, to nine straight years of deficits, including the $1.3 trillion shortfall in 2010. The answer is largely the Bush-era tax cuts, war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recessions.
Despite what antigovernment conservatives say, non-defense discretionary spending on areas like foreign aid, education and food safety was not a driving factor in creating the deficits. In fact, such spending, accounting for only 15 percent of the budget, has been basically flat as a share of the economy for decades. Cutting it simply will not fill the deficit hole….
First, the Bush tax cuts have had a huge damaging effect. If all of them expired as scheduled at the end of 2012, future deficits would be cut by about half, to sustainable levels. Second, a healthy budget requires a healthy economy; recessions wreak havoc by reducing tax revenue. Government has to spur demand and create jobs in a deep downturn, even though doing so worsens the deficit in the short run. Third, spending cuts alone will not close the gap. The chronic revenue shortfalls from serial tax cuts are simply too deep to fill with spending cuts alone. Taxes have to go up.
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This one is kinda fun. Very few non-techies really understand what the Internet is – and how it actually works.
President Obama in his “Twitter Town Hall” yesterday said this -
To which right wingers, searching for ANYTHING with which to criticize President Obama came up with this screed:
When President Bush made the same mistake during his campaign for President in 2000, he was roundly criticized as unintelligent.
“We do have to make sure that there are computers in a computer age inside classrooms and that they work and that there’s internets that are actually — there are Internet connections that actually function. And I think that those states that are going to do well and those countries that do well are the ones that are going to continue to be committed to making education a priority.”
What Bush actually said was this -
“I hear there’s rumors on the Internets that we’re going to have a draft.”