Michelle Obama is sharing a special message for her husband on Twitter.
"Hey Barack, I'll always be your valentine! #HappyValentinesDay –mo," she tweeted on Valentine's Day.
The Obamas have never shied away from sharing the love that has kept their marriage strong for almost 22 years. In the "Nightline" interview that aired two years ago, interviewer Barbara Walters questioned the First Family about how the pair keep the fire in their marriage alive. more >>
Once again, bitter feelings are being cast in the direction of Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
With the House passing the "clean" debt ceiling bill and sending it to the Democrat controlled Senate, it was clear that this was the bill that was going to get passed and sent to the president.
But Cruz didn't want to let Senate Republicans, including Minority leader Mitch McConnell, off the hook and give President Obama a blank check to once again increase the debt ceiling as we are drowning in red ink. He didn't want Republicans to simply vote against the bill, hiding behind the Democrat majority who were sure to pass it. more >>
Where do I start?
I remember when I first laid eyes on you. Everyone thought you were just like the rest of them, but beneath that political exterior, I had a feeling you could be so much more. You were different. You cared. I really should have seen it coming. more >>
Settled law. That's what we were told Obamacare was. But there's nothing settled about it, which is what makes it so unsettling-from the Supreme Court's ruling that the government can compel citizens to engage in commerce (thereby delegitimizing the people's liberty), to the amateurish rollout of the health care website, to Congress excusing themselves from the law, to the (thus far) twenty-nine changes, exemptions, and cut outs President Obama has implemented without congressional approval. It makes one ask: Mr. President, if you like your health care law why don't you keep your health care law? Which might be humorous if it wasn't so serious.
Each change in the law disrupts lives and burdens businesses with additional expenses. In a constricted economy, many businesses, which are already struggling to make profits, are finding their very survival dependent upon on either cutting staff, cutting hours, or cutting insurance benefits.
Of course the changes shouldn't come as a surprise. The President warned the American people he would act alone if need be. "One of the things that I'll be emphasizing," he said at a press conference on January 14, 2014, "is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen and I've got a phone." And then, at the State of the Union, he defiantly waved his pen and phone under the nose of Congress. Never mind the fact that leading constitutional scholars deem the unilateral exercise of the president's pen and phone as unconstitutional. more >>
President Barack Obama is under fire from some of his liberal friends after nominating Georgia state Judge Michael Boggs, who has a pro-life and pro-traditional marriage voting record as a state representative, for a federal court judgeship.
"President Obama has asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme," NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a message to supporters.
NARAL will launch a campaign to oppose the nomination, the message said. The group is asking supporters to contact their senators to pressure them to oppose the nomination. more >>
Over on the Campaign Spot Jim Geraghty highlights an issue that's bothered me ever since I first began to meet our "elite" up-close and personal 23 years ago this fall. Simply put, we celebrate and elevate people who just don't know much (but think they do). Here's Mr. Geraghty discussing one of the keynote speakers at this year's South by Southwest festival - a leading-edge technology, film, and music event: drum roll, please - Chelsea Clinton! After decrying our obsession with celebrity politicians, Geraghty rightly says this:
If you are a key Democratic-party figure, you will be saluted and celebrated relentlessly, even in ways that are so off base they're ridiculous. Men's Fitness named Barack Obama one of the 25 fittest men in America twice . . . while he was still a smoker. Hillary Clinton received 19 awards in the year after she left the State Department, including the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award, The Elton John Foundation's Founders' Award, and the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service. From 2005 to 2008, the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album went to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama again. Really? Those were the single-best spoken word performances in the country four years running? Better than all those other nominees, like George Carlin, Steve Martin, Maya Angelou, Bob Newhart, David Sedaris?
But it gets worse than salutes and celebrations. If you've got the right politics, you can play an expert on, well, almost anything. One of the more eye-opening aspects of my time in "elite" academia (attending Harvard Law School, teaching at Cornell Law School) was the extent to which leftists pontificated at length - and were taken seriously - on matters far, far outside their areas of expertise or even knowledge. A contemporary example that would be hilarious if it weren't so bigoted is the insistence of humanities academics in the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association to weigh in on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. "Professor Jones, I know your expertise is the gendered "othering" inherent in fast food commercials, but please do tell me about the international law of armed conflict and how it relates to Operation Cast Lead. I can't wait to hear your thoughts." more >>