10:27 AM, Jan 11, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
A 2008 documentary reveals that Terry McAuliffe, who is being sworn in today as governor of Virginia, thinks that members of the Bush family “should all have been put away in jail.”
The documentary, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, features a clip of President George H.W. Bush’s 1989 Inaugural Address, where Bush discusses the need to “make kinder the face of the nation” with regard to "those who cannot free themselves of enslavement to whatever addiction—drugs, welfare, the demoralization that rules the slums.”
The film cuts from the inaugural footage to novelist Ishmael Reed, who thinks it’s hypocritical for Bush to talk about “demoralization” since his son, future President George W. Bush, had his own struggles with addiction. Then former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe weighs in:
“These folks should all have been put away in jail. But you know what? Because of their power, and because George [H.W.] Bush went into office and he got to pick the attorney general, the U.S. attorneys, it all got hushed up. And George [W.] Bush—he’s now the president of the United States of America. Chief law enforcement officer!” McAuliffe then laughs.
6:07 PM, Jan 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama's speechwriter, John Favreau, takes credit for the president's Second Inaugural Address in an interview with the Huffington Post.
"It was one of the hardest speeches I've written," Favreau tells the left-leaning website.
Sam Stein of Huffington Post reports:
8:40 AM, Jan 23, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In his second inaugural address, President Obama made every effort to tie his political philosophy to the ideals and principles of the American Founding, even as he made clear how little he understands those ideals and principles. The gist of Obama’s speech was that only government can grant freedom. Or as he put it, “[W]e have always understood…that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:20 PM, Jan 22, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:
1:01 PM, Jan 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan knocked President Barack Obama for "shadowbox[ing] a straw man" in his inaugural address. Speaking Tuesday morning on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show to guest host Raymond Arroyo, Ryan responded to Obama's statement that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great."
Ryan called Obama's insinuation that he and other reform-minded Republicans consider recipients of these benefits "takers" a "switcheroo."
11:45 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At 10:12 p.m. last night, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle returned to the White House after a long day of inaugural festivities. Twenty minutes later, aides to the president relieved the on-duty pool reporter, who was sent home as the president would no longer be leaving the White House or appearing publicly.
But was there a party going on there, a private bash to celebrate Obama's Second Inaugural? It seems like it. San Antonio mayor Julián Castro tweeted this picture of himself and his twin brother Joaquin:
9:06 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes writes:
President Obama wants more government. In his second inaugural address, he masked the message with phrases like "collective action" and doing "things together." But these were stand-ins—euphemisms, really—for a bigger and more ambitious federal government. That's the unmistakable goal of his second term, and his inaugural address was devoted to his determination to achieve it.
To those Americans serving in Afghanistan.7:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama gave a shout out last night at an Inaugural ball to our "comrades in arms" in Afghanistan. After hearing from troops in Afghanistan through a video a satellite, the commander in chief said, "I can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here. And although I've got to admit that they're a little spiffied up right now -- their heart and soul, their dedication, their sense of duty is at one with every single one of the folks who are in Kandahar right now."
Ignores debt and deficits. 6:30 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address Monday to offer an aggressive, unapologetic defense of activist government and to call for a new spirit of unity even as he seeks to move the country even further left.
6:06 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In an otherwise unmemorable second inaugural speech, I was struck by one sentence: "But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well."
5:53 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times, which endorsed President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, offers "condensed" Inaugural Address on its website. Titled, "The Eight-Minute Inaugural Address," the "condensed" version whacks off 60 percent of the speech, which the Times suggests is not worth reading.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:45 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Jim Swift, hosted by Michael Graham:
4:55 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The speech has been subjected to instant analysis and placed in proper historical context by, among others, Andrea Mitchell who thought it recalled Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" masterpiece. Others saw it as a call to arms for the progressive agenda. And so forth.
4:32 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The vice president stole NBC's show of the Inaugural parade when he ran over to shake weatherman Al Roker's hand:
2:46 PM, Jan 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in the last election, was booed at President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration today in Washington, D.C.