1:34 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama spent two days in Ethiopia on his recent four-day trip to Africa. To house the president and his entourage during their stay, the government required four hotels costing over $1.3 million.
Initially, only a single hotel contract totaling $412,390 was reported, but two others were posted as well, adding another $425,000 to the total. The fourth contract, for the Sheraton in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, totaled an estimated $488,141 for 1,236 sleeping room nights:
A Florida-based businessman who was in Addis Ababa during the president's visit told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, "The U.S. locals I was working with told me that the U.S. Government had bought out the entire Sheraton while Obama was in Addis." A Medium post by White House photographer confirmed that the president stayed in the Sheraton. That same hotel also hosted two meetings during the president's visit.
The other hotels secured for the visit were the Elilly Hotel for $246,877:
The Capital Hotel and Spa for $178,433:
And the Hilton for $412,390:
The grand total for the four hotel contracts is $1,325,841.
Kenya was the other stop on President Obama's Africa trip. He spent two days in that country as well, but contracts for lodging covering that leg of the trip have yet to be posted.
4:02 PM, Aug 25, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
President Obama once made promises about changing the “tone” in Washington. But when the spirit moves him, he can get down with the condescending name-calling, though he can’t compete with Trump in that league. (But who could?)
Our unpopular president.Aug 3, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 44 • By JAY COST
Barack Obama is not popular. This plain and simple fact may surprise those who read only legacy journalists, who often elide this inconvenient truth. A recent Associated Press write-up is illustrative:
Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him and his policies.
12:01 AM, Jul 11, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Pope, President, Prices and Paris. That covers just about everything you need to know about the next step in the battle to prevent what has come to be called climate change, the title now preferred to “global warming” by those who worry that CO2 emissions are causing, er, global warming.
12:34 PM, May 6, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican, has written a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the request that Congress "fast-track" legislation on Trade Promotion Authority. Sessions says he has a number of questions Congress should expect answers to before the body agrees to "yield its institutional powers." Read the full letter below:
Dear Mr. President:
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:10 PM, Feb 16, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
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Liberals make excuses for ObamaSep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By NOEMIE EMERY
All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause.
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Obama from bad to worse. Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By FRED BARNES
In his second term, President Obama won’t lead or compromise. But he still manages to find ways to keep the country divided.
Obama’s presidency, Politico said last week, “is in a dead zone.” But it’s worse than that. In Congress, most Republicans and a good number of Democrats distrust Obama’s motives. More often than not, it’s unclear whether he wants to enact legislation or exploit an issue to blame Republicans as obstructionists and improve Democratic chances of winning the House in the 2014 midterm elections.
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Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Harry Truman famously kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office, “The Buck Stops Here.” Sixty years later, President Obama hangs a sign on the door to the Oval Office, “Do Not Disturb.” In 1978, about halfway between the two liberal presidents, Harvey Mansfield, as we’ve noted before, diagnosed the decline: “From having been the aggressive doctrine of vigorous, spirited men, liberalism has become hardly more than a trembling in the presence of illiberalism. . . . Who today is called a liberal for strength and confidence in defense of liberty?”