7:15 AM, Jan 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Did Michelle Obama attend an encore presentation of a classified Presidential Daily Briefing this past December? According to the official White House schedule, it would appear so. The schedule for December 18, in addition to listing the Presidential Daily Briefing at 9:45, includes a 2:05 PM entry that reads, "The President and the First Lady receives the Presidential Daily Briefing":
Michelle Obama's publicly released schedule says the same thing--that she attended, with her husband, the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office:
A closer examination of the public record of that day, however, would suggest that the schedule entry was more likely the result of an inadvertent copy-paste error. Rather than a daily briefing, the president and first lady hosted a group of moms at the White House that afternoon to discuss the Affordable Care Act. But almost a month later, the apparently inaccurate entry remains on the White House schedule.
6:39 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington, D.C. EMS ambulance that accompanies the presidential motorcade, Medic 1, ran out of gas last week, just as President Obama was pulling away from the White House August 8 on his way to a family birthday celebration at a local Indian restaurant:
11:55 AM, Feb 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The headline on Ron Fournier's National Journal story warns us to be alert for a "pivot" by the president in his State of the Union address. It seems that regarding the president's Inaugural Address “the perception remains that Obama lost focus on the economy -- the top issue in the minds of most voters. So look for an address Tuesday tilted heavily toward policies pledging action on joblessness, growing the economy and expanding the middle class, White House officials said Friday.”
The PRI is about to regain power. Should we be worried?8:05 AM, Jun 28, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Assuming the polls are correct, Mexico’s notorious Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will cruise to victory in Sunday’s presidential election and also win at least one chamber of the national legislature. Will this mean a return to the bad old days of authoritarian politics and corrupt deals with drug cartels, as many PRI critics fear? Or will it affirm the strength of Mexico’s young democracy and create a golden opportunity for economic reform?
1:41 PM, Feb 8, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
When Mitt Romney won the Florida primary last Tuesday by 14 percentage points, how many people in America imagined that when Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota were contested just seven days later, he would fail to win in any of them?
12:15 AM, Jan 22, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
One South Carolina factoid I haven't seen commented on elsewhere: Rick Santorum ran closer to Mitt Romney than Romney did to Newt Gingrich. Romney and Gingrich are the front-runners, but any of the three could be the nominee.
Or it could be someone not yet in the race.
Constant campaign mode. 12:00 AM, Sep 2, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
Last week House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio delivered a stinging critique of the Obama administration’s economic policies. But the White House’s swift and tart reaction to Boehner was both illuminating and sadly predictable.
Everything you needed to know about Obama could have been learned from his campaign.Aug 2, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43 • By PETER WEHNER
During the 2008 campaign, it was clear that Barack Obama would govern as a liberal on several important issues. But it seemed possible that, at least in other areas, he might govern as what he insisted he was: something of a centrist, pragmatic and reasonable, nonideological and relatively bipartisan.
Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature. Aug 2, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43 • By JAMES W. CEASER
From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years. In June 2008, Obama the candidate described his nomination as “the moment when . . . our planet began to heal.” In June 2010, Obama the president promised his partisans he would find an “ass to kick.”
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