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Standing O for Clinton at Yale Graduation Ceremony

26 May

Hillary Clinton picked up another degree (honorary) and a standing ovation at Yale University’s graduation ceremony. Hooray for Hillary!

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Yale University commencement in New Haven yesterday. (Douglas Healey/ Associated Press)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Yale University commencement in New Haven yesterday. (Douglas Healey/ Associated Press)

NEW HAVEN – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got a standing ovation as well as an honorary degree at Yale University’s 308th graduation ceremony yesterday.

Clinton, all smiles, was given the ovation when called to receive her Doctor of Laws honorary degree.

Clinton, who earned her Yale law degree in 1973, was first lady during her husband’s presidency, was elected to the US Senate from New York in 2000, reelected in 2006, and sought the Democratic party’s presidential nomination in 2008. She became a diplomat in President Obama’s Cabinet in January.

University president Richard Levin praised Clinton for bringing attention to healthcare, education, and women’s and children’s rights throughout her career.

Clinton raised the degree in her hand, waved, and mouthed “thank you” to the cheering crowd.

Robert Nelb, 23, appreciated Clinton’s presence.

“She’s a true public servant,” said Nelb, who graduated with a master’s in public health. He will begin a two-year fellowship working for the Obama administration’s health initiatives.

“It’s tough to find a job, so it’s nice to have gotten a good one,” Nelb said.


A White House Blog Czar

12 Feb

Doesn’t it feel like the Obama administration has more czars than Russia has had in its entire history!?

With the hiring of Jesse Lee as the new White House ‘blog czar’, the Obama administration is one job closer to its stated goal of creating 4 million new jobs.

Oh, and keep watching the video below to see how you can create your very own Obama valentine card. What a special treat for the super Kool Aid drinkers in your life!

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If you are looking for a new job and have czar potential, experience creating faux presidential seals, or just love creating websites, then perhaps the Obama administration might be your key to a new gig. Why just this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced a new website: They love building these things and don’t seem likely to stop. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time until we’re all working for the Obama web corps.

Oprah House Hunting in Washington?

19 Dec
The NY Post  has this item about Oprah possibly purchasing a home in Washington:

OPRAH Winfrey wants to be as close to Barack Obama as possible. Insiders say Winfrey has started a preliminary search for a home in Washington, DC. A nine-bedroom Georgetown mansion she’s said to have asked about is listed at $50 million, but another source said, “She has never personally been to see it.” We’re sure Winfrey will try to swing by during Inauguration week. Her rep didn’t return calls.

Oprah’s 42 acre Montecito CA estate, which she named “Promised Land“, cost her a cool $52 million a few years back. If she were to buy a home in Washington, I wonder what she would name it. Perhaps ‘Hope Manor’?

The Promised Land- Oprah's Montecito CA Estate has researched listings in the area and found a single house that fits that description: a $49 million, nine-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion on three-and-a-half acres with parking for 100 cars, a gatehouse, and an additional building overlooking the Washington monument.

In case Oprah has any very special guests.

Possible new mansion for Oprah in Washington

Possible new mansion for Oprah in Washington



Has Obama ‘Punked’ Hillary?

29 Nov

tear_hillary_obama_080731_mnOne aspect of the likely nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State has been completely overlooked: at a stroke, it removes Barack Obama’s only serious, high-powered opposition within the party.

Consider the murmurings during late summer and early fall: that Hillary, if Obama didn’t make it, or even if he did, could engage in another run for the top job next time around. That’s not going to happen now. By offering her the senior cabinet office, Obama has effectively neutralized his main intra-party rival.

Or consider the question of money. As a Senator, Hillary could raise money to pay off her 2008 campaign debt; as a cabinet officer, she can’t.

Then, look at the fate of Secretaries of State going back to Reagan: they get replaced after a single term. Bill Clinton, for example, replaced Warren Christopher with Madeline Albright.

If Hillary takes the job, she’s going to wake up one morning in 2013 with no Senate seat, no power base, a big pile of debt, no Secretaryship, in short, nothing at all. Her big issue of healthcare reform, which she could have shaped from the Senate? Somebody else is going to take care of that.

You have to wonder if that’s the point.


Iowa Cafe Swamped With Orders For ‘Obama cookie’

29 Nov

DES MOINES, Iowa – Want an example of the change Barack Obama is bringing to the country? Check out cookie sales at Baby Boomers Cafe in Des Moines.

Ever since word spread about the president-elect and his family’s fondness for Baby Boomers’ chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown restaurant can’t bake them fast enough.

“Two months ago I was giving these cookies away,” said co-owner Rodney Maxfield. “Now, it’s like, ‘I need two dozen cookies. I need four-dozen cookies.'”

The Obamas were frequent visitors to the cafe in the summer of 2007 when the Illinois senator devoted much of his time to Iowa, where the state’s precinct caucuses kick off the presidential nominating process. Obama’s main office was next door to Boomers, and his staff made the cafe a second home.

His daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, would stop by with their mother, Michelle, and Maxfield said they loved the cookies. During a stop in Iowa last month, Obama’s staff ordered about a dozen cookies for the family. That’s when word got out about their affection for the confection.

Suddenly, sales of 400 cookies in a good week soared to more than 1,000 a week, with requests coming from as far away as Mexico. Alas, the price is going up, from 50 cents to 75 cents a cookie to make up for the time it takes to make more each day.

“I think everybody just … thought, ‘Oh, great cookie, great president — the world is a happy place. Barack’s going to fix all the problems and if I have a bite of this cookie it’s going to make me feel good,'” Maxfield

‘Disgusting’ Pro-Obama Media Bias in Election Coverage

24 Nov

At least some in the media are willing to speak about the blatant media bias that favored Obama this election cycle. Better late then never I guess.


From Jake Tapper at Political Punch:

Via Politico we hear that at a recent conference, Mark Halperin — of Time and ABC News — decried the media coverage of the 2008 race.

“It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war,” Halperin said. “It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

“The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies,” Halperin said. “The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn’t talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that’s ever been written about her.”

The Michelle Obama profile, however, was “like a front-page endorsement of what a great person Michelle Obama is.”

Halperin said that obviously some of the positive coverage was for fair reasons. “You do have to take into account the fact that this was a remarkable candidacy,” Halperin said. “There were a lot of good stories. He was new.”

But that said, Halperin believes that the coverage was way too slanted.

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that I too wonder just how fair the media coverage of this campaign was.

Case in point: perhaps the most unfair and negative TV ad run during the entire campaign, by either side, was the Spanish-language TV ad Obama ran against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, that got very little media coverage.

Why didn’t it get more coverage? If McCain had run a comparable ad — with unfair charges, trying to exploit racial tensions — would it have been as under-covered?

In any case, Obama won for any number of reasons, not the least of which were the modern Gold Standard in presidential campaigns and a nation that wanted a dramatic change.

But I believe Halperin’s larger point — since he brought in the media’s rather wanting coverage of the build-up to the war in Iraq as well — is the fact that reporters have an obligation to be better.



Obama Builds Economic Team, Disappoints Progressives

24 Nov

I wonder if Obama has any regrets about this whole president position now that he’s in the middle of the worst economic crisis the country has faced since the 1930s. He certainly has his work cut out for him. Many future presidents have enjoyed a post election vacation and rested up a bit before taking over as President. Obama does not have the luxury of resting. He’s already filled several key roles including announcing today that he has formed an economic team with the appointments of:

  • Timothy Geithner, president of the New York Federal Reserve, as Treasury secretary
  • Larry Summers, a former Treasury secretary, as head of the National Economic Council
  • Christina Romer, an economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, to chair his Council of Economic Advisers
  • Melody Barnes, of the Center for American Progress, as director the Domestic Policy Council

In reading an article about Obama’s new economic team, I found this last bit worth noting:

How long a honeymoon?

The economic crisis has affected not only the speed with which Obama has moved but also the people he has chosen. The leaders of the economic team, the prospective attorney general and secretary of State and even the new White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, all are veterans of the Clinton administration.

That has prompted some dismay and unease on left-leaning websites such as, who note Obama ran on a platform of bringing “change” to Washington. Blogger Chris Bowers, for one, calls the lack of “progressives” on the Obama team “extremely disappointing.”

Reischauer, on the other hand, calls it “comforting, in the sense that this is the pool of individuals that has substantial experience” who can help get policies implemented and legislation enacted in short order. The new president won’t have much time to show progress, he cautions.

“On Jan. 21st, everybody might say, ‘Oh, he inherited a mess.’ Nonetheless, it will be viewed as his mess to deal with and if things don’t turn around, the criticism will begin.”

To read about ‘extremely disappointed’ lefty progressives crying over how there is no real change is just so infuriating.

The hope and change myth has always been a ‘pretty fairy story’ meant to lure away support from Hillary. Once Obama became ‘the guy’ he began to move quickly to take Hillary’s place at the center. Progressives act as if this was just simply ‘a political move’ from Obama to win the election by appealing to middle Americans.

Ha! Who is fooling who here? Obama is not a progressive!

The election is over and Obama has yet to pull off the moderate mask and reveal this supposed progressive underneath.

If he were serious about bringing change to Washington, he would not have picked good ole Joe Biden for VP. That to me signalled his willingness to adhere to the old guard because he lacks the experience necessary to get the job done without them. How progressive can he be when he voted the absolute wrong way on FISA!?

Wake up people. Obama is the Clinton administration all over again just without a Clinton at the top of the org chart.

Let’s at least be honest about what he truly is and has always really been.