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Obama calls for 'widespread movement' for immigration reform

Obama calls for 'widespread movement' for immigration reform

By Alan Silverleib, CNN

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama continued his push for immigration reform Thursday, calling the need for change an economic, security and moral imperative both for "millions of people who live in the shadows" and for the country as a whole.

This is a subject that can "expose our raw feelings," Obama told an audience at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. But we need to "show empathy to our brothers and sisters and try to recognize ourselves in one another."

"Our heritage as a nation of immigrants is part of what has always made America strong," he said.

Obama renewed debate on the perennial hot-button political issue during a speech earlier in the week in El Paso, Texas. Liberals and conservatives are at sharp odds over how to deal with the country's roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants.

It is time to "make comprehensive immigration reform the law of the land," the president declared Friday. "I'll keep pushing and working with Congress," he promised, but there needs to be a "widespread movement" for change.

Republicans remain largely opposed to any comprehensive reform until there is tighter border security. Administration officials insist they have made major strides in securing the country's southern border.

While few observers expect congressional movement on the issue -- particularly in light of the GOP capture of the House of Representatives -- it remains politically powerful. Obama won several Western states in 2008 -- including Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada -- partly on the rising power of the Latino vote. Democrats believe Hispanic voters might put traditionally Republican Arizona in play next year.

In the long run, Democrats are also hoping to use their advantage among Hispanics to make inroads in core GOP states such as Texas.

For their part, Republicans have depended on the immigration issue in the past to fire up conservative voters. Some analysts also believe that if Democrats push too hard, too fast on immigration, particularly in tough economic times, it could push swing voters toward the GOP.



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GALLUP: Obama slips back to 48/45...

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GREEN: Obama hits the links rather than honor police dead

Anneke E. Green
May 15, 2011
    President Obama left the White House this morning a little after 9:30 am. He wasn’t on his way to the Capitol building, where grieving friends and families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty hold a yearly commemorative service.    Though he was invited to recognize the fallen and offer condolences by speaking at the annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, he instead spent this fine Sunday playing a round of golf with aide Ben Finkenbinder, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

      Every president deserves down time. But after offending police earlier this week by hosting a rapper at the White House whose corpus includes a song lauding a convicted cop-killer, blowing off their service in order to golf seems tone-deaf, if not outright callous. Badly done, Mr. President.


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So much for the Marxist struggle against the bourgeois class.

Weasel Zippers ^ | July 14, 2011


(Chicago Sun-Times) — President Obama returns to Chicago on Aug. 3 to mark his 50th birthday with fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom, with tickets ranging from $50 a person to $35,800per couple, which includes VIP seating at a “Birthday Concert” where celebs will be performing and a dinner with the president.

The fundraiser at the Aragon, the historic ballroom in Uptown, will be one of the biggest third quarter events, expected to draw in national supporters. Obama’s 50th birthday is Aug. 4.

The Obama team on Wednesday reported collecting more than $86 million in second quarter fund-raising over $47 million directly for the Obama 2012 campaign and more than $38 million for the Democratic National Committee. . . .

Obama’s birthday bash at the Aragon was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times Stella Foster.

The event is multi-tiered: There is a concert at 4 p.m. — Foster said songstress Jennifer Hudson may perform — for the basic $50 contribution, of which there is supposed to be “limited availability.”

For $10,000, a person gets a souvenir photo with Obama at a reception and preferred seating at the concert. For $1,000 a person gets seated in a “premium section” with a “hosted bar.” A general admission ticket is $200.



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Michelle Obama "Really" Hates America
| 9/15/2011 | Jerry Kane at ELVISNIXON.com

"America is a Nation of Broken Souls"
Michelle Obama

Jerry Kane at TheMillstoneDiaries.com reports on more antics by First "Lady" Obama:

The :26 video below shows Michelle Obama's obvious disdain for the "Stars and Stripes" as it's being folded by police and firefighters during a recent ceremony honoring those murdered on 9/11.

Ms Obama appears to say, "All this for a flag," before pursing her lips and shaking her head from side to side as the Ruler nods.

In the run-up to the 2008 elections, the Ruler's wife expressed her personal dislike for the country on the campaign trail in Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, Ms Obama said, "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

Then later in Madison she said, "And let me tell you something—for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

Democrats and media spin misters tried to qualify her remarks emphasizing the word "really" in the Madison clip and saying that what she meant was that she's really proud of the country at the moment because of the "thousands of Americans coming out in record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change who've never participated in politics before."

Ms Obama's self-alienation from her fellow Americans was also evident in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University:

"My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my 'Blackness' than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong."

In truth, both the Ruler and his rancorous wife are embittered leftist outsiders who really hate America and want to fundamentally transform the Republic into a democratic socialist state.

I.M. Kane @ ELVISNIXON.com



Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them, like this quote from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out - we have a lot of work to do.
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.  The Republic can survive a Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."


My other personal concern is the evil entities behind the fool

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The Obama's 17-Day Vacation to Hawaii Costs Taxpayers $4,135,038

You Tube ^ | 12/18/11 | RobtKraft/Granny Jan


Having a great time on your dime.


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Michelle Obama’s spending ‘spiralling out of control’

First Lady ‘insisted on $4m trip to Hawaii when her husband wanted local vacation’

Barack Obama ‘wanted trip to Camp David, Maryland’ But his wife ‘didn’t want to disappoint their daughters’ ‘Had a pre-holiday shopping spree’: National Enquirer

President flying separately on Friday afternoon

By Mark Duell


Michelle Obama insisted on a pricey holiday to Hawaii when her husband would have rather gone to a presidential retreat, according to reports.

She allegedly wanted the taxpayer-funded $4million trip when Barack Obama sought instead to make the short trip to Camp David in Maryland. Political sources told the National Enquirer that the 47-year-old’s spending is rocketing and she even went on a shopping spree before the Hawaii trip.

Disagreement? Michelle Obama, left, reportedly wanted the $4million Hawaii trip when Barack Obama sought instead to go to Camp David in Maryland ‘The President’s advisers have told him that Michelle’s spending has spiralled “completely out of control”,’ one source told the National Enquirer. ‘Barack read his wife the riot act, but his words fell on deaf ears. Michelle said there was “no way” she was going to disappoint her daughters.’

   More...When the wife’s away... Obama goes Christmas shopping at PetSmart and Best Buy (with only dog Bo for company)

Was Bo flown back from Hawaii to Washington for Obama photo op? Mystery over dog ‘spotted on holiday with First Family’

The First Family has already attracted criticism as their annual vacation in Hawaii this year is likely to be their most expensive ever. The President will travel separately from his family this time because he wanted resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington.

First Class: Did Bo the Dog Fly Home Alone...On Your Dime?

Kate Hicks Web Editor, Townhall.com

Dec 22, 2011

Last week, Bo Obama allegedly landed in Hawaii with the First Lady and the Obama daughters for their Christmas break. But curiously, he appeared beside the President, choosing treats at a PetSmart yesterday...in Washington, D.C.

Did Bo fly home for a photo op with his master? It seems he may have:

According to Michelle Obama’s press office, the first dog to go to Hawaii with the first lady and the Obama daughters. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that he in fact had gone there. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted an eyewitness who said he had seen the Portuguese Water Dog having his walk.

Either these reports are mistaken, or Bo was told his vacation was over and that he had to return to the White House to keep a lonely president company – and participate in a silly photo op presenting Obama as an average guy who likes to head out to the PetSmart.

If Bo returned from Hawaii, who paid for his flight?

It’s possible he hitched a ride on a return flight of the Air Force plane that brought Michelle to Hawaii, which wouldn’t have really added much to Michelle’s more than $100,000 price tag for her solo trip.

Bo certainly wants for nothing. Frequent vacations, treats galore — even the First Lady has “Bo Envy.” Of course, they’re free to manage and spend their money as they will — but it does reveal how out-of-touch they really are from the effects of sluggish economy. Three days before Christmas, there are people who don’t have $40 to spend on their children. And for the President to go out for a photo op buying dog treats?


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White House threw secret ‘Alice in Wonderland’ bash during recession

January 8, 2012


It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist.

A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all.

“The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with invited guests.

The book reveals how any official announcement of the glittering affair — coming at a time when Tea Party activists and voters furious over the lagging economy, 10-percent unemployment rate, bank bailouts and Obama’s health-care plan were staging protests — quickly vanished down the rabbit hole.

“White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged,” the book says.

However, the White House made certain that more humble Halloween festivities earlier that day — for thousands of Washington-area schoolkids — were well reported by the press corps.

Then the Obamas went inside, where an invitation-only affair for children of military personnel and White House administrators unfolded in the East Room.

Unbeknownst to reporters, the State Dining Room had also been transformed into a secretive White House Wonderland.

Tim Burton decorated it “in his signature creepy-comic sstyle. His film version was about to be released, and he had turned the room into the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with a long table set with antique-looking linens, enormous stuffed animals in chairs, and tiered serving plates with treats like bone-shaped meringue cookies,” reports the book, which The Post purchased.

“Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar. Burton’s own Mad Hatter, the actor Johnny Depp, presided over the scene in full costume, standing up on a table to welcome everyone in character.”

The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, then 11 and 8 respectively, “sat at the table, surrounded by a gaggle of their friends, and then proceeded to the next delight, a magic show in the East Room.”

Kantor’s book details more personal aspects of the Obama White House, serving up glimpses of the first couple’s marriage, parenting, sometimes tense handling of staff issues and even the president’s sly sense of humor when it comes to race.

One morning during his Senate campaign, Obama didn’t show up to a meeting with donors. “After a frantic search, a white staffer named Peter Coffey called Obama’s barbershop to find that, yes, he was there.”

The president confronted Coffey about the call later that day.

“ ‘The relationship between a black man and his barber is sacred,’ Obama bellowed . . . ‘For failing to understand this truth, your punishment is to watch the movie “Barbershop.” And for further punishment, you will then watch the sequel, “Barbershop 2.” ’ ”

Often White House staffers found themselves in the middle of husband-and-wife quarrels.

“The advisors could feel hopelessly caught between husband and wife,” Kantor writes. “The Obama marriage was awkward for everyone: for the aides, for the president . . . and for the first lady.”

Post photo composite TEA PARTY! Johnny Depp played host, as the Mad Hatter, at a 2009 White House bash, but a new book says it was kept quiet from the press for fear of backlash amid the recession.

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PIT BULL Behind Attack on Ann Romney

National Enquirer: Michelle Obama Behind Attack on Ann Romney


Enquiring minds want to know!


Political sources revealed to The ENQUIRER that MICHELLE OBAMA brain-stormed the scheme to sic a pit bull strategist on the GOP contender’s wife ANN ROMNEY and it backfired!

Talking head Hilary Rosen set off a firestorm when she mocked Mitt Romney for relying on his wife for advice on the economy, sniping that Ann – who raised five sons, has battled breast cancer and suffers from mul­tiple sclerosis – “never worked a day in her life!”

Rosen was forced to apologize, say­ing her words were “poorly chosen.” Even President Obama got into the act, saying there’s “no tougher job than being a mom.”

A publicly sympathetic Michelle, 48, tapped out a message on Twitter, writing: “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be re­spected.” But behind the scenes, her fingerprints were all over the scandal, said an inside source.

Michelle had her claws out to get Ann, but it quickly backfired and Barack was livid when he heard she had secretly directed the attack,” said the source.

“What Michelle didn’t remember was that when Barack was running for president, he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that it was unfair to attack Michelle, saying his wife was off limits. Here they were, however, doing the same thing to Romney’s wife four years later.

“But even though Michelle was the instigator, the political grenade blew up in the president’s face.”

The White House also caught heat when it was revealed Rosen had been a guest there 35 times – three times more often than Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.