12:03 PM, Dec 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Walter Shapiro, writing in the The American Prospect, makes the case for second term agenda of jobs and economic growth. Not exactly original but, certainly, passionately argued.
Whatever the president’s frustrations, too many Americans are suffering right now for Obama to abandon the effort to create jobs. Thirty-seven months is longer than the fabled one thousand days granted to John Kennedy. Thirty-seven months was enough to carry America from Pearl Harbor to the cusp of victory over Germany and Japan.
Even if the political pundits busily handicapping 2016 would love to resurrect Samuel Beckett to write a sequel called Waiting for Hillary, we still have a long arc of the Obama presidency. And after five years mired in the economic doldrums, the president should know what Job One has to be for the remainder of his tenure in the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, the president appears to be pivoting to “income inequality,” which Ezra Klein sees as a mistake and, even, a cop-out:
I find that people in politics simply find joblessness, at this point, frustrating and sad. They want to move on from it because they don’t see worrying about it further to be either politically advantageous or obviously productive. Most voters are employed, and there aren’t the votes to do something new about joblessness anyway.
The president has, meanwhile, hired a new (sort of) consigliore, John Podesta, and as Glenn Thrush of Politico writes,
According to interviews in recent weeks with an array of Obama insiders and a dozen current and former senior aides, Podesta’s hire is explicitly meant to shake things up inside the White House. In effect, I was told, it represents the clearest sign to date of the administration’s interest in shifting the paradigm of Obama’s presidency through the forceful, unapologetic and occasionally provocative application of White House power.
Leaving in the dust Shapiro’s naive suggestion that:
What Obama needs to find are Republicans that he can work with on a three-year crusade to create jobs.
Mr. Podesta, you see, doesn’t have much use for Republicans and believes, as he told Thrush, that the Obama team needs:
“… to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”
Gonna be a long three years.
5:25 PM, Dec 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be skipping the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. So will Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden.
7:29 PM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obama administration is bringing in the "Sexiest Man Alive" to help "boost" Obamacare enrollment numbers.
"The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare," Bloomberg reports.
"Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow.
9:12 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The White House has not even officially introduced the 2013 White House Holiday Card yet and already Monday night copies were listed for sale on eBay for as much as $200. The card is quite elaborate based on the standards of previous years.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:03 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Nelson Mandela, young voters, and more.
6:53 AM, Nov 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Beverly Hills estate last night, President Obama heard a complaint from a major donor: There's no valet parking at the White House. The complaint was made by Haim Saban, who hosted a fundraiser with the president last night.
Via the pool report:
9:00 AM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On Thursday, a scathing article by Ron Fournier titled, "Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You, at National Journal, took the White House to task for shutting out press photographers from presidential events in favor of official White House photos taken by White House photographer Pete Souza.
3:15 PM, Nov 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The White House will not be dismayed. In the wake of yesterday’s Obamacare enrollment numbers, it Tweeted out a song of joy.
1:11 PM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean questioned whether President Obama has the "legal authority" to carry out the Obamacare fix the White House outlined today:
“I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this, since this was a congressional bill that set this up,” said Dean of Obama's proposed fix.
The former Vermont governor suggested that since the Obamacare website isn't working, the president's signature legislation might fail
3:27 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A friend re-writes the White House's readout of President Obama's call today with President Hollande of France (the actual White House readout is at the end of this post) to include the "thoughts behind the president's call" with his French counterpart:
THE WHITE HOUSE
8:53 AM, Nov 6, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The White House is ramping up a new push for the president's version of comprehensive immigration reform. In an opening salvo, White House advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal wrote a blog entry titled, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Survivors Can’t Afford to Wait," saying that "it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide whether to move forward with immigration reform." Ms.
The fear of White House retribution.7:00 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN reports that the White House is intimidating insurance companies not to publicly criticize Obamacare:
"What is going on is, behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurerers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you're going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet," reports CNN.
2:16 PM, Oct 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney explained at today's briefing that "it's true" some Americans will not be able to keep their health care plan under Obamacare:
1:35 PM, Oct 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On national television today, President Obama hawked Obamacare as the event turned into one big infomercial: