Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Not a fan by any far reaching thought of Odrama and his dog and pony show, however there is material to be used on his behalf. With the current extremely racist president at the nation's helm, we have yet one more clear example of just how racial he really is. Below is his "apology" to the police officer in Cambridge, MA, along with my opinion of his comment in bold.
The White House released the official transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks this afternoon on the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 24, 2009
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
2:33 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, it’s a cameo appearance. Sit down, sit down. I need to help Gibbs out a little bit here.
He thinks he's so cool, he isn't very formal and smart as he talks this way in public. No one respects him, he doesn't command respect by the way he acts....Mr. Cool!
Q Are you the new press secretary?
THE PRESIDENT: If you got to do a job, do it yourself. (Laughter.)
I wanted to address you guys directly because over the last day and a half obviously there’s been all sorts of controversy around the incident that happened in Cambridge with Professor Gates and the police department there.
His continued informal speak (You guys)is very Unpresidential and immature for this office.
I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation — and I told him that.
And because this has been ratcheting up — and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up — I want to make clear that in my choice of words I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically — and I could have calibrated those words differently. And I told this to Sergeant Crowley.
"I think I....gave an impression that I was maligning with CPD..and should have calibrated those words differently!!!" You are the freaken President of the US! You think you should choose your words more carefully!!! Holy Cow, what a revelation!
I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.
You continue to think?? That's not what you said originally! You blamed it on the officer!
The fact that it has garnered so much attention I think is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America. So to the extent that my choice of words didn’t illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate.
You THINK it's a testimony that we still have sensitivity in the area of racial issues?? You THINK!! You THINK your words...ILLUMINATING the issue was unfortunate!?? Really!!
What I’d like to do then I make sure that everybody steps back for a moment, recognizes that these are two decent people, not extrapolate too much from the facts — but as I said at the press conference, be mindful of the fact that because of our history, because of the difficulties of the past, you know, African Americans are sensitive to these issues. And even when you’ve got a police officer who has a fine track record on racial sensitivity, interactions between police officers and the African American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.
JUST African-Americans!!!??? Just African-Americans??
My hope is, is that as a consequence of this event this ends up being what’s called a “teachable moment,” where all of us instead of pumping up the volume spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities, and that instead of flinging accusations we can all be a little more reflective in terms of what we can do to contribute to more unity. Lord knows we need it right now — because over the last two days as we’ve discussed this issue, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nobody has been paying much attention to health care. (Laughter.)
"A teachable moment" for whom? The people of the US? African-Americans? Us white-folk? or you, Mr. POTUS with the big, stupid mouth who threw the biggest accusation of all toward the police officer? By the way, why don't you talk to your press and see if possibly they could stop covering this stuff so one-sidedly, if at all making it bigger than it ought to be in the first place?
I will not use this time to spend more words on health care, although I can’t guarantee that that will be true next week. I just wanted to emphasize that — one last point I guess I would make. There are some who say that as President I shouldn’t have stepped into this at all because it’s a local issue. I have to tell you that that part of it I disagree with. The fact that this has become such a big issue I think is indicative of the fact that race is still a troubling aspect of our society. Whether I were black or white, I think that me commenting on this and hopefully contributing to constructive — as opposed to negative — understandings about the issue, is part of my portfolio.
The only reason this has become a big issue is because YOU STEPPED INTO IT!!! This is a local issue and your narcissist personality seems to prevent you from thinking you can do wrong local, state, corporate, or Federal...and the WORLD!!! You had no business in this local issue, much less in foreign, corporate, and financial, but hey...you are narcisstic and the 'Chosen One'
So at the end of the conversation there was a discussion about — my conversation with Sergeant Crowley, there was discussion about he and I and Professor Gates having a beer here in the White House. We don’t know if that’s scheduled yet — (laughter) — but we may put that together.
Sheesh! Yea, right...you just needed another laugh didn't you. We won't be holding our breath for this meeting any more than we would hold our breath for your appearance with Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh!!
He also did say he wanted to find out if there was a way of getting the press off his lawn. (Laughter.) I informed him that I can’t get the press off my lawn. (Laughter.) He pointed out that my lawn is bigger than his lawn. (Laughter.) But if anybody has any connections to the Boston press, as well as national press, Sergeant Crowley would be happy for you to stop trampling his grass.
Ok some clarification here, the Washington, DC lawn is NOT YOUR lawn it's our lawn! and yes, you DO have pull to get the press off his lawn....you just refuse to do it since you want this to continue to fester, don't you?
All right. Thank you, guys.
Again with the "guys" thing.....Odrama, you are way too immature for this position.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
House Passes Granger IMF Amendment07/09/09
Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee for State-Foreign Operations, reinforced the will of Congress today with an amendment to prohibit funds in the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill from being used by the Secretary of the Treasury to negotiate any agreement in breach of enacted provisions in the War Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 that was signed into law in June.
The Granger amendment reaffirms Congress' role in controlling the Administration as it spends hundreds of billions of dollars in multilateral foreign assistance. In a show of bipartisan support, the House passed the Granger amendment by an overwhelming vote of 429-2. Granger released the following statement after the passage of the amendment:
“I appreciate the bipartisan support for my amendment. I think we can all agree that now more than ever we need to keep a watchful eye on how we spend money – regardless of whether it’s spent domestically or overseas.
“Sending money overseas, and to an organization such as the IMF with no commitment from the Administration to ensure the funds are used properly or will not be given to any state sponsor of terrorism is completely unacceptable,” said Granger.
Last month, the Democrat majority in Congress provided President Obama with $108 billion in new funding for the International Monetary Fund as well as approved for the IMF to sell 13 million ounces of gold with proceeds providing a cushion for their internal operating expenses. In doing so, Congress provided for an unprecedented expansion of IMF resources and powers.
On June 24, when President Obama signed the fiscal year 2009 supplemental into law, he issued a signing statement saying he would ignore guidelines put in place by Congress when the IMF funding was approved. The very provisions ignored by President Obama provide some of the only oversight that the United States exercises over the IMF – an organization that will triple in size this year because of the supplemental allocation.
On June 23 during the markup of the State-Foreign Operations bill, the full Committee accepted an amendment by Congresswoman Granger that severely limited the IMF’s authority, including a requirement that the US contribute no more than 20% of the total to the IMF’s emergency loans and a requirement that the U.S. contribution to the IMF emergency credit line expire after 5 years.