10:16 AM, Nov 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:
When George W. Bush was president, his communications with his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, rarely involved national policy. Instead, his father liked to send corny jokes to buoy his son’s spirits. But he couldn’t send them by computer. His son, while president, didn’t use email. So his father would email the jokes to a White House aide, who would bring them to the Oval Office.
In 2007, one of the emails related the tale of an 80-year-old man who had been arrested for shoplifting. Asked by the judge what he had stolen, the man said, “a can of peaches.” How many peaches were in the can? the judge asked. Told there were six, the judge sentenced the man to six days in jail. Then the man’s wife spoke up: “He stole a can of peas, too.”
This episode tells you more than you might suspect about the senior Bush, America’s 41st president—about, for instance, his self-deprecating sense of himself in his ninth decade. And it’s an example of why the book about him by his son, the 43rd president, is such a joy to read.
Not that “41: A Portrait of My Father” fails to discuss presidential matters. As his son’s narrative shows, Bush senior emphasized personal relations with foreign leaders. In 1989, he invited French President François Mitterrand to the Bush family retreat at Kennebunkport, Maine. His “cultivation” of Mitterrand “paid off,” Mr. Bush says, when France supported the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein ’s army from Kuwait in 1991. As President Reagan’s vice president, Bush senior was an early advocate of negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. After meeting Mr. Gorbachev, he “reported back that he felt the President could forge a unique working relationship with Mr. Gorbachev,” the son writes. His father was “a master of personal diplomacy.”
Whole thing here.
Admits he lives in a "bubble."7:45 AM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States.
8:36 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a stop today in Santa Monica, President Obama was offered a job at a start-up. From the pool report:
The last person to ask a question offered POTUS a job at his start-up. POTUS said that he would have to look at what the company had to offer, like sushi lunches. "While being in sweatpants and a baseball cap sounds pretty attractive, but I’d have to check out your perks," he said.
Obama hosted a town hall style event, according to the pool report:
12:12 PM, Oct 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal reports that the president will be turning his attention back (“pivoting,” it is called) to the economy in an effort to get Democrats elected next month.
"I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at."12:26 PM, Sep 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he'll be delaying executive action on immigration until after the mid-term election. He told reporters he was still reviewing options but that he's going to act "within the legal constraints of my office."
After a disastrous 2012, he’s alive and kicking. But will voters give him a second chance? Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By FRED BARNES
Google has not been kind to Rick Perry. Type in “Rick Perry gaffe” and you get 111,000 results. Google also offers “searches related to Rick Perry gaffe.” These include “Rick Perry drunk speech, Rick Perry oops, Rick Perry gaffe YouTube, Rick Perry gaffe debate . . . Rick Perry video, Rick Perry forgets department, Rick Perry debate gaffe.”
'Do you want to hit this?'6:15 AM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he wanted to smoke marijuana by a fellow patron of a Denver bar last night. The offer came from Instagram user manton89, who posted video of the ask on his Instagram account. "Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" writes manton89 .
A voice can be heard asking President Obama, as he glad hands his way through the establishment: "Do you want to hit this?"
10:05 AM, Jun 27, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Two and a half years ago, President Obama tired of the Senate's refusal to confirm several of his nominations. Dissatisfied with the Constitution's general requirement that the president make appointments only after receiving the Senate's "advice and consent," he chose a more direct route.
Plus a $1 million car rental tab.11:20 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In late March of this year, President Obama stayed in Brussels, Belgium for about 24 hours on a weeklong trip through Europe. Lodging at The Hotel in Brussels cost $1.5 million, as we reported in April, including rooms for the president and his entourage, as well as for the advance team in the weeks preceding the visit.
5:29 PM, Feb 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama "quipped" today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, "That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."
Via the pool report:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his recent piece Schweitzer Takes Aim, and how the populist former Democratic governor of Montana might challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A progressive populist has Hillary in his sightsDec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.
Bring the ‘clerkship’ back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09 • By JAY COST
At the start of last month’s government shutdown, a mostly overlooked message emanated from the Twitter account of Michelle Obama, informing her followers: “Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited.” The conventions of American governance typically exclude the first lady from the rough-and-tumble of politics, yet it does raise an important question: Why is America paying a staffer good money to publish Tweets under Michelle Obama’s name?
3:54 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama announced today that he talked on the phone with Iranian president Rouhani:
"Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. "The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program."
The Texas governor’s new national campaign.Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.