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From the 03.28.2014 edition of Liberty Counsel’s Faith and Freedom:

Typical sore losers on the right. 

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Happy 50th Birthday, Michelle Obama!

(via GOP Freaks Out Over Obama’s 8-Day Vacation. Here’s A Reality Check For Them (Video) | Progressive Populist)

Every time President Obama and his family take a vacation, the hypocrites on the right whine and complain about it. They typically gripe about how much it costs taxpayers, or how terrible it looks in light of all the people struggling economically in this country.

Here are some of the complaints this time, as President Obama and his family enjoy an8-day vacation at Martha’s Vinyard.

Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart: “Most of the people in my district could never afford to visit Martha’s Vineyard, and those who could would feel uncomfortable vacationing in a place that has a reputation for being for the elite.”

Maryland Republican Party chairman Diana Waterman: “When there are so many people out there looking for jobs and Americans are struggling to make ends meet, this sends the wrong message to people who are struggling to survive.”

Here’s a couple of reality checks for those critics: At the same point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 399 days of vacation, much of it spent at his Crawford, Texas ranch. President Obama, meanwhile, has taken just 87 days of vacation.

Does ANYONE remember Republicans bashing George W. Bush over his excessive vacation days? Didn’t think so. Did the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck take President Obama’s predecessor to task for having taken over a full years worth of vacation time, or roughly 20% of the total time he had spent in office? Nope. They did not.


“The girls got to go out to the Bahamas *and* all the way out to Idaho for skiing … Do they have to take two [vacations]?”

Kirsten Powers responds: “The idea that you’re getting upset with the girls, I have a real problem with. I really think you should leave them out of it … I think this is the most mean-spirited thing I’ve ever seen you do.”

Typical from Fixed “News.”

This week, Breitbart News broke a long-standing security protocol and published a story detailing the precise location where President Obama’s daughters are vacationing this week. On Wednesday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) used the report to attack the First Daughters for taking a vacation.

King’s comments came during an appearance on Mickelson in the Morning, an Iowa-based radio show. A caller, Carla, brought up sequestration and proceeded to criticize the Michelle Obama and her daughters for taking a vacation in the Bahamas. King agreed — “Carla, you’re on point and on the mark all the way through” — before criticizing them for also taking a vacation last year in Mexico. “That was at our expense, too,” King bemoaned.

CALLER: When I see the First Lady and the beautiful girls going off to the Bahamas waving goodbye to us, it’s really hard to stomach. When we’re tightening our belts, either all of us should do it or none of us should do it. This, I am pretty tolerant, I always have been, I usually shut my mouth. This is not acceptable.

KING: Carla, you’re on point and on the mark all the way through. […] You’re right on the president. He needs to show some austerity himself. Instead he wanted to tell America how bad it was going to be. […] We’ve got the president doing these things. He sent the daughters to spring break in Mexico a year ago. That was at our expense, too. And now to the Bahamas at one of the most expensive places there. That is the wrong image to be coming out of the White House.

Listen to it:

This notion that the Obamas are living a life of excess is beginning to take hold among conservative members of Congress.

H/T: Think Progress

Tuesday and Wednesday: big days for the fate of marriage equality.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)


White House releases new official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama

The National Rifle Association is amping up the political rhetoric in advance of President Obama’s gun violence prevention announcement scheduled for Wednesday. On Tuesday, the NRA posted a video on its website accusing the president of being “an elitist hypocrite” because his daughters have armed guards at school. CNN reported Tuesday night that the video “is running on the Sportsman Channel, a cable network focused on outdoors programming such as hunting and fishing.”

The NRA has called on Congress to put armed police in every public school in the nation following the Newtown shooting, a move rejected by many teacher groups. 

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?” the NRA ad’s narration reads. “Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”

The post-1977 NRA = demented psychos.

H/T: Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM


Happy holidays, everybody.

Merry Christmas to Bo and the Obama Family.


More First Family festivities @ National Christmas Tree Lighting — the “Oh Dad” version :-)

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

The next four years for Sasha and Malia Obama will likely be marked by many teenage milestones, including dates, proms and college. But the Obama girls have former first daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Chelsea Clinton, before them to look up to for guidance.

When Sasha and Malia entered the White House in 2009, they were 7 and 11. Now, at 11 and 14, their lives are set to change as they enter their later teenage years during their father’s second term.

Chelsea Clinton was 12 when her father, Bill Clinton, became the 42nd president. Her first four years as first daughter were very similar to the Obamas’. Clinton rarely gave interviews and glimpses into her childhood in the White House by the public were few.

After a “Saturday Night Live” skit mocked Clinton, then 12, for her awkward appearance, her parents and their aides declined to respond to inquiries into Clinton’s young life.

With Sasha and Malia still at a young age, they have remained relatively off limits to the public as well except for public appearances with their parents.

"It’s a tough issue," Bob Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University told "There is a sense that if a president has young children, those children didn’t sign on to be president. Even though he is the ultimate in public figures, the kids are in a difficult territory."

Before public events, Obama tells his girls, “Just look like you’re listening to me,” while their mother, Michelle Obama, reminds them to smile, she told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel , adding that they don’t have a “poker face.”

But as Chelsea Clinton entered her father’s second term, she was 16, just two years older than Malia is now. Clinton made more public appearances including a 12 day trip to South Asia with her mother, during which Clinton made her first public statement to the media.

As the Obama girls get older during their father’s second term, they may become more involved in his public life as well. The girls have already started making public appearances with their mother, including a six-day trip to South Africa and Botswana last year, during which they met Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"If you’re the child of somebody who is the president of the United States, you’re going to have opportunities and have doors open to you that you otherwise would never have," Thompson said.

Malia will be 18 at the end of her father’s second term. She will likely be filling out college applications just like Clinton, who chose Stanford University while her parents were in the White House. Clinton arrived at the university in a motorcade with her parents—and the Secret Service, who dressed as students and lived in her dorm throughout her four years.

"If Malia Obama sends her resume to some place or applies to college, people are going to pay attention in a way that they wouldn’t with anyone else," Thompson said.

The Obama girls, like other first children before them, may also have to explore young love in the public eye. During Clinton’s life as the president’s daughter, her relationships with fellow Stanford student Matthew Pierce and White House intern Jeremy Kane, were watched closely by the media.

"I have men with guns that surround them [Sasha and Malia] — often," Obama, laughing, told "Good Morning America’s" Robin Roberts earlier this year. "And a great incentive for running for re-election is that it means they never get in the car with a boy who had a beer. And that’s a pretty good thing!"

"I think they are…the first kids in the White House growing up where everybody’s got a cellphone and everybody’s watching," the first lady told iVillage last month. “You may be having a moment, but somebody could use that moment and try to define you forever.”

When Chelsea Clinton entered the White House, she was an awkward tween with big, curly hair and the style of a young teen. But as she matured during her father’s second term, Clinton showed off a sleeker hairdo and a fashionable sense of a style.


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