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October 2nd, 2014
thesmithian
July 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama.

As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.

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July 10th, 2014
thesmithian
Nothing has taken place down there [at the border] that I’m not intimately aware of…this is not theater.

President Obama 

in Dallas yesterday, when asked about visiting the borderlands.

…during a hastily arranged news conference…where he began a two-day visit to the state for Democratic fundraising and an economic event.

he also said

he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenged Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

June 16th, 2014
thesmithian
…much of the commentary on the Obama administration—and a lot of the reporting—emphasizes the negative: the contrast between the extravagant hopes of 2008 and the prosaic realities of political trench warfare, the troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the mess in Iraq, and so on. The accepted thing, it seems, is to portray Mr. Obama as floundering, his presidency as troubled if not failed. But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year. In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.
June 10th, 2014
thesmithian
…here is an impending threat requiring leadership and Obama, finally, is providing it. Anyone hear applause from the right? Not at all, because the shrinking climate deniers on the right are confused by this new kind of 21st century leadership. It responds to a threat that cannot be seen and that does not bear military weapons.
June 8th, 2014
thesmithian
We’re obviously concerned about drought in California or hurricanes and floods along our coastlines…All of those things are bread-and-butter issues that touch on American families. But when you start seeing how these shifts can displace people—entire countries can be finding themselves unable to feed themselves and the potential incidence of conflict that arises out of that—that gets your attention. There’s a reason why the quadrennial defense review…identified climate change as one of our most significant national security problems. It’s not just the actual disasters that might arise, it is the accumulating stresses that are placed on a lot of different countries and the possibility of war, conflict, refugees, displacement that arise from a changing climate.
May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

…the Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, will be nominated [by President Obama] to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development…

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…the Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, will be nominated [by President Obama] to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development…

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

'…as Obama has seen, there is a limit to what the White House can achieve on its own. But most of the obstacles in the President’s path today were not simply placed there by the framers of the Constitution; they are being deployed, destructively, as part of a Republican assault on governance.'

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

White House lawyers have spoken with officials at Samsung about the selfie that Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped this past week with President Obama…

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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
mlb:

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President. But first, let me take a selfie."

[look of the hour]

mlb:

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President. But first, let me take a selfie."

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Drawn to MLB
March 26th, 2014
thesmithian
There are some things too touchy to joke about…We have apologized a hundred times. What more can we do? We screwed up.

Yves Desmet, editor in chief of De Morgen

the left-leaning Flemish daily that published…

"satirical"

images of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, digitally altered to look like apes…which published them days before the president’s visit to Brussels this week.

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