President Obama's Second Inauguration was only yesterday, but gearing up for the 2016 election has already begun. Vice President Joe Biden is today meeting with the Democratic National Committee in Washington.
Charlotte DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has caused some headaches for President Obama this week. First, she falsely claimed the Israeli ambassador told her Republicans are "dangerous" for Israel, and then she dishonestly claimed that Philip Klein, that the journalist who had accurately reported her statement, had "deliberately" misquoted her. And, of course, there was also the embarrassing debacle over removing and reinstating the words "God" and "Jerusalem" in the party platform.
Rabbi David Wolpe offered the benediction last night at the Democratic convention and made sure to emphasize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. "[Y]ou have taught us that we must count on one another; that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem, that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone," said Wolpe.
Here's video of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose ability to tell the truth has been challenged in recent days, being interviewed by CNN. She insists that "there wasn't any discord" during the now infamous voice vote at the convention today over whether the platform language would include the words "God" and "Jerusalem".
There is much to admire in Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention: the admirable delivery, the praise of her husband’s virtues was sincere and moving, and the rags-to-riches tale avoided seeming stale after so many others.
Todd Akin, a six-term congressman and Senate nominee from Missouri, said something stupid and offensive a couple weeks ago. Akin apologized for the comment, and was nonetheless promptly rebuked by every leading Republican, including the presidential nominee. GOP leaders announced they were cutting off support for his Senate race and launched a concerted effort to persuade him to withdraw.
A promotional video played this afternoon at the Democratic convention in Charlotte states, "Government is the only thing that we all belong to."
"Government is the only thing that we all belong to," the man in the video says. "We're in different churches, different clubs. But we're together as a part of our city, or our county, or our state. And our nation."