Saturday, April 14, 2012
The gesture came as Mr Cameron became the first Western leader to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy campaigner held under house arrest for 22 years by the military regime, and invited her to visit London in her first trip abroad for 24 years.
"Sometimes societies become too stupid to survive. A nation that takes Barack Obama’s current rhetorical flourishes seriously is certainly well advanced along that dismal path. The current federal debt burden works out at about $140,000 per federal taxpayer, and President Obama is proposing to increase both debt and taxes. Are you one of those taxpayers? How much more do you want added to your $140,000 debt burden? As the Great Magician would say, pick a number, any number. Sorry, you’re wrong. Whatever you’re willing to bear, he’s got more lined up for you".
A dozen Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Barack Obama
at an international summit in Colombia have been sent home over allegations
that at least one of them was found to be cavorting with prostitutes. A source
within the Secret Service has been quoted as saying at least one of the officers
had been involved with prostitutes and there may have been a dispute
over payment leading one of the prostitutes to go to the police, who alerted
the State Department.
Amie Parnes writing at The Hill:
President Obama in recent days has provided a taste of the sharp tone he will use in the general election against Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.
Obama has emerged this year with sharper elbows than the “no-drama" candidate had in 2008. He is injecting drama, cranking up the rhetoric, for example by chiding Romney and congressional Republicans as being "radical" and “members of the flat Earth society.”
Obama, as one former aide put it, "is putting the bully in bully pulpit."
He is deploying mockery, swiping at Romney for not supporting the Buffett Rule and for using the word ‘marvelous,’ which Obama himself has repeatedly used without irony.
Obama took aim at Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan, calling it a "Trojan horse" for "social Darwinism," and he wagged his finger at the Supreme Court as it decides the legality of healthcare reform, his administration’s signature legislation.
“They’ve definitely cranked it up a notch because it’s a tougher race,” said Steve Elmendorf, the Washington lobbyist who served as deputy campaign manager for John Kerry’s presidential race in 2004. “Four years ago, [Obama] was new and different and his opponent was weak. Mitt Romney is a stronger candidate than McCain. He’s got a record he’s got to defend.