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:
After receiving a short tour here at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, POTUS spoke for several minutes about the strength of the economy and the importance of millennials to future growth. (See previous pool report for background on Cross Campus.) The crowd applauded after POTUS talked about the need to raise the minimum wage. "Despite some of the gridlock in Washington, we are making progress, and when I come to places like this, it inspires me and reminds me why I'm chronically optimistic about America," he said. He then took questions for an hour from the crowd of roughly 100. He was asked about healthcare, transportation and net neutrality. POTUS reaffirmed his commitment to net neutrality, saying he was "unequivocally committed" to it. "It has unleashed the power of the Internet and we don’t want to lose that," he said. In regards to immigration, he said that the Republicans would be committing "suicide" long term if they didn't act. 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. The Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and the mayor of Santa Monica Pam O'Connor were in attendance. As of 4:10 p.m., the pool is holding at the back of Cross Campus as we prepare to leave for our next event. For color, Cross Campus is in a warehouse like building that has a high ceiling. There are many large flat screen monitors, and the exposed brick on the walls is painted light blue. There are several bookcases, but there aren't many books in them.
Here's more on the event from the White House:
The President is visiting Cross Campus, a collaborative workspace and business event venue that brings together a diverse community of freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and Venture Capitalist-funded startup teams. Before delivering remarks and answering questions in a town hall, the President will tour the co-working space and interact with the employees and founders of three startups working out of the Cross Campus facilities, including:
· *newzcard, a startup that hosts a 24/7 continually-updated photo stream featuring professional news, entertainment, sports and fashion photojournalism from more than 25,000 photographers around the globe.
· Enervee, the first energy efficiency data and marketing platform.
· thrdPlace, an online platform for urban planning, design and development by stimulating energy and investment for community development.
The President will be introduced at the town hall by DeKoven Ashley, the co-founder and COO of thrdPlace, an online platform for community planning and development. Prior to founding thrdPlace, DeKoven worked in federal and municipal policy, built environment design and community organization. He was a first-responder on the ground in post-Katrina New Orleans where he witnessed the difficulty of the city to bring diverse community stakeholders together to build their shared communities. He brings those insights to thrdPlace. DeKoven, a serial entrepreneur, is a graduate of Tulane University and received his master’s degree in urban planning from University of California, Los Angeles.
Town Hall Audience
The crowd at today’s town hall is made up primarily of members of the Cross Campus community as well as innovators from local tech incubators like Science Inc. and other local startups.
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’.
1:43 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Ann Curry donned a head scarf to interview Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, according to a picture released by the Iranian leader:
Not the qualities one looks for in a war president.Sep 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
War presidents don’t quibble. They don’t leak. They don’t go AWOL. They aren’t dispirited or downbeat. They aren’t ambivalent about the mission. And most important of all, war presidents are never irresolute.
These are a few of the rules for presidents before, during, and after the country goes to war. On Syria, President Obama disregards all of them. This should mean one of two things. Either Obama is a poor war president, at least in the current pre-war stage, or he’s an altogether different kind of war president.