“ Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are looking at an extended vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this summer, according to a report in The Boston Globe. The Globe might have something here – it’s almost a local Vineyard paper, after all.
According to The Globe the First Couple is looking at a house near Farm Neck, in Oak Bluffs, which they’ve visited in the past. The particular house they’ve stayed in previously, Blue Heron Farm, “Up Island” in Chilmark, has since been sold. So that piece of real estate is probably out.
If Michelle and the kids do opt for a lengthy Vineyard stay it could become fodder for critics. First Family vacations are a fraught issue, as it’s easy to portray them as insensitive in some manner. The Vineyard is an expensive and exclusive area (as well as kind of Democratic – didn’t the Clintons go there?) so it’s likely that at some point some talk radio host will go after this plan as demeaning to US workers still suffering in a slowly recovering economy.”
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” PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. – The U.S. Navy has canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team’s 2013 season because of federal cuts.
The commander of Naval air forces announced the decision on Tuesday.
The Blue Angels have performed at air shows around the world for more than 60 years. The fighter pilots selected to serve a two-year tour with the team are among the world’s best and are often graduates of the Navy’s famed Top Gun air tactics school.
A spokesman for the Navy said team members would be allowed to fly minimal hours to maintain flight proficiency in the F/A 18 fighter jets, but the six-jet squadron would discontinue group practices for the remainder of the season.”
No money for entertaining the masses , but plenty of coin for partying at the White House …
” Obama Gets Down With Memphis Music
Memphis music created ‘harmony with harmony,’ Obama says
The new sound out of Memphis in the 1960s and 70s wasn’t just catchy, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Soul music was a way to unite people through common human emotions — love, heartbreak and tenderness.
Speaking at a White House celebration of the genre, Obama said those common themes made Memphis soul almost universally popular.
“Who does not love this music?” he asked to applause. The event featured a slew of hit-makers, both past (Mavis Staples, Eddie Floyd, William Bell) and present (Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, and Justin Timberlake, singing “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” alongside Steve Cropper).
“These songs get us on the dance floor…They get stuck in our heads,” Obama said. “We go back over them again and again. And they’ve played an important part in our history.”
When Memphis was a segregated city in the 1960s, musicians formed integrated bands that helped to “bridge those divides – to create a little harmony with harmony,” Obama said.
“That was the spirit of their music – the sound of Soulsville, U.S.A., a music that, at its core, is about the pain of being alone, the power of human connection, and the importance of treating each other right,” Obama said.
During the concert, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama danced in their seats alongside daughters Malia and Sasha.
The concert was part of the PBS series “In Performance at the White House,” which began in 1978.”
- It’s official: Navy grounds Blue Angels for 2013 (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Blue Angels Cancel Season (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Obama’s Sequester kills the US Navy Blue Angels. Doesn’t slow the partying, though. (erickbrockway.com)
- No Blue Angels at This Year’s Fleet Week. Savings? About $1 Million (blogs.kqed.org)
- ‘Memphis Soul’ Concert Rocks Fiscal Doomsayer White House (breitbart.com)
- King Obama Issues More Sequester Punishment: Justin Timberlake Concerts For Me… But No Blue Angels For Thee (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Budget cuts end Blue Angels’ 2013 season (thenewstribune.com)
- Automatic federal budget cuts ground Navy’s Blue Angels, about a third of Air Force warplanes (timescolonist.com)
” A very courageous fifth (grade) teacher in the Chicago Public Schools has written a scathing critique of the almost comical misery she and her students endured when they participated in a massive February 28 event kicking off Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools campaign.
“If you are a parent, imagine that you take your child on a trip and they are very excited,” writes Putnam. “Now imagine they have to wait on a bus and stand in straight lines for three hours straight. Then imagine after one hour of ‘fun’ that they have to sit around and wait for three more hours that bus to pick them up. Oh, did I mention that are not allowed to have a morsel of food the entire time?”
Michelle Obama, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Bob Harper, Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Rodriguez, Serena Williams, Ashton Eaton dance with Chicago kids at the launch of Let’s Move Active Schools at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Lovely , an all day field trip with nothing to eat … that’s one way to get the kids to lose some weight . And who was the genius that chose to supply XL sized T-shirts to 10 year olds ?
- Michelle Obama in Chicago: Stayed at Kenwood home, hit River North last night (blogs.suntimes.com)
- Michelle Obama draws flak for Oscars appearance (rappler.com)
- First lady announces effort to help kids exercise (newsok.com)
- 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick joins first lady to help students get daily exercise (mercurynews.com)
- Michelle Obama: Kids need to be more active (wgntv.com)
- Pastor Manning GOES IN!!! “Michelle Obama Wants To Be Loved” “…Dresses Like a Slut!” (shabooty.com)
- Michelle Obama coming to Chicago to celebrate ‘Let’s Move’ program (wgntv.com)
- Michelle Obama’s Oscars Moment Was Pretty Controversial, Actually (theatlanticwire.com)
” In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C.
“She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.”
Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with a handgun before fleeing in a waiting car” according to the Associated Press.
For the broadcast, ABC’s Good Morning America producers edited out the First Lady’s “automatic weapon” line.
She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids grow – grew – up, where our house is.
She had just taken a chemistry test.And she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.”
- Why Did ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Edit Out Michelle Obama’s Automatic Weapons Comment? Megyn Kelly Debates With Lars Larson (foxnewsinsider.com)
- ABC Defends Editing Michelle Obama’s ‘Automatic Weapon’ Claim (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- ABC News Admits Editing Out FLOTUS Gun Gaffe (breitbart.com)
- ABC News Memory-Holes First Lady Gun Gaffe (breitbart.com)
- Michelle Obama’s Comments on ‘Automatic Weapons’ Edited Out by ABC (VIDEO) (guns.com)
- Did ABC News Edit Michelle Obama’s Claim An ‘Automatic Weapon’ Killed Chicago Teen? ABC Responds To Charge (mediaite.com)
- Fox Guest Slams ABC For ‘Carrying Water’ By Editing Michelle Obama’s ‘Ignorant’ Gun Control Comments (mediaite.com)
” The lawsuit noted that unpaid internships have proliferated among many white-collar professions, including film, journalism, fashion and book publishing. As more interns have complained and the Labor Department has threatened taking action, some companies have changed their compensation policy. Fox Entertainment started paying its interns in July 2010 — most were unpaid before that — and Condé Nast adopted a policy of giving its interns a $550 stipend per semester.
Although more private sector businesses are now paying their interns, the federal government continues to offer unpaid internships. The White House internship program is an unpaid internship. Each semester, 100 interns are selected from 6,000 applicants to work at the White House. Politics Daily reported in 2010 about a happy White House intern who worked for First Lady Michelle Obama:
For the 100 interns selected every term out of a pool of 6,000, menial work like being “the bag girl” is accompanied by unique opportunities and an experience of a lifetime.
Dorsainvil, a 2009 women’s studies graduate of Emory University, was placed in the Office of the First Lady last fall. Her primary task was to read, sort, process and respond to constituent letters — hundreds of them every week. She also worked with the office’s deputy director to coordinate volunteer work and assisted with the First Lady Social Office on such events as the RFK Human Rights Awards and the state dinner for India’s prime minister.”
- Gender And Unpaid Internships (lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com)
- Four Easy Steps to Landing Your First Internship (umd.uloop.com)
- The Paradox of the Unpaid Internship (theatlantic.com)
- ‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns’ Lawsuit (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Internship Confessions: Despite Recent Labor Reform, Condé Nast Still Breaks the Rules (nyulocal.com)
- Internships: the good, bad and ugly (nzmuse.com)
CLINT ROMESHA, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT, DECLINES INVITATION BY MICHELLE OBAMA TO THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH
” The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady’s invitation to be her guest at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families.
“It’s such a great honor to be invited to the State of the Union,” Romesha, 31, told CNN. “I really feel bad about not being able to go. But a lot of these guys I haven’t seen a really long time and I’d like to hang with them just a little bit more.”
Romesha said he also wants “to be there with the family, especially on the 13th wedding anniversary of me and Tammy,” his high school sweetheart.”
- Romesha chooses family, friends over president (gazette.com)
- Live Now: President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Clint Romesha (wtkr.com)
- Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Top News: Hero of ferocious Afghanistan battle to get Medal of Honor (cnn.com)
- Army Vet Receiving Medal of Honor (abcnews.go.com)
- Former Fort Carson soldier Clint Romesha receives Medal of Honor (denverpost.com)
” Anyway, those two headlines reminded me of this one: Washington’s Economic Boom Financed by You
So, if the educated, literate and monied people are all going to be congregating around the “Capital City” and illiteracy (and the eventual poverty it will bring) are to be acceptable alternatives for some of us, then we are well on our way to living out The Hunger Games in all of its blithe vulgarity and hardscrabble pain.
The other thing that crossed my twitter timeline concerned the Killer Cop story about a Los Angeles police officer who is rampaging and murdering, and whose pro-gun control 21 page manifesto gives pally shout outs to Hillary Clinton, Chris Matthews, Barack Obama, (the cop loves Michelle Obama’s new bangs!) Charlie Sheen, and others. The manifesto and his bizarre addresses to public figures in news, entertainment and politics gives a sense that he’s lost touch with reality, of course, but so many of his references were television-related that I couldn’t help thinking, “this is your brain on non-stop pop-culture/political news.” I can imagine his ideological mirror writing similar praises to Limbaugh or Krauthammer. Madness precipitated by too much fantasy, too much glam-lionization of drug-addled, doltish celebrities, too much reality-obfuscating propaganda disguised as news.
We’re in a lot of trouble. The Washington Post wonders, Are we in the End Times of Trust in Government?
Oh, yes. But I think we’re also in the End Times of being able to rescue ourselves from this headlong tumble we’re taking as a nation willing to be lied to, comfortable with fakery and content to caricature and sneer at the people trying to preserve basic freedoms.”
This brings to mind our old standby video by the Rainmakers …
They’ll Turn Us All Into Beggars …
“The President cannot afford to have his wife flaunting her guns at this critical point,” said one White House staffer. “He knows Michelle can’t stop flexing for the cameras, it’s all she’s got going for herself.”
“We have over 2,630 Christmas trees this
year,” exclaimed a jubilant Mrs. Obama,
“that’s thousands more than last year -
it’s like a forest in here!”
A central theme this year was first dog
Bo, and his own unique decorations are
everywhere. “I had to help him a little,
as he has no hands,” said the first lady. “
” GQ ruffled the feathers of Michelle Obama fans yesterday by naming the first lady to its list of “25 Least Influential People Alive,” but her influence looms large in the nation’s school cafeterias. Voters turned out in force to demand a second helping of Barack Obama, but Michelle’s signature effort, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, has left a lot of hungry kids hoping for a change back to larger lunches.”
Twitchy Has The Whole Story
- GQ “Least Influential People of 2012″ Lists Michelle Obama & Others (iamdomo.com)
- Michelle Obama: ‘We’re ready to get to work’ (itv.com)
- Hungry kids revolt against Michelle Obama’s tiny school lunches (paulmarsic.wordpress.com)
” A Washington, D.C., hip-hop station host asked Michelle to “in your words, tell us what you think the state of the union is in right now?” “
Her answer: “I mean, we are seeing right now that we are in the midst of a huge recovery. Right? Because of what this president has done.”
We wholeheartedly agree with the first lady that the current state of the economy is the result of “what this president has done.”
But to call Obama’s recovery — which started just five months after he took office and is now in its 40th month — “huge” shows just how detached from reality the White House has become. “
“MICHELLE: When Barack was a senator and presidential candidate, to me he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. He was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was a half size too small.
RUSH: Oh, gee, poor guy. And his brother in the hut is still living that way. I wonder if Michelle’s ever seen his college transcripts. Do you think she has? Do you think she knows about his college transcripts or anything that he wrote, Law Review, Harvard. Her parents actually let her get in a car that had rusted out holes in the passenger side door? Do we really believe that Obama’s proudest possession was a coffee table extricated from a dumpster dive? Sorry, folks, I just wasn’t buying.
RUSH: Why were Obama’s shoes a half size too small? We’re supposed to conclude from that: The guy was so poor, had so little, and was barely surviving! His most-prized possession was a coffee table from a garbage Dumpster, and his shoes that were a half size too small. (interruption) He didn’t care about material things? (interruption) So he goes in to buy a pair of shoes and buys them a half size too small because he doesn’t care to buy a pair that fit?
You’re telling me that he didn’t buy the shoes? He had to get those out of the Dumpster, too? Obama was working for a law firm when he started dating Michelle! He wasn’t wearing shoes a half size too small when he was dating Michelle Obama. He was working at a law firm! I don’t care. The point is, it’s tugging at our heart strings. Obama did not grow up in poverty. His grandmother, the “typical white woman,” worked in a bank! (interruption)”
“I love that for Barack, there’s no such thing as us & them—he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above.”
”The First Lady managed to deliver that line with a straight face, but conservatives who have watched four years of White House division and demonization of the Right weren’t having it:”
“”For Barack there’s no such thing as us or them” – MO || except in every single class warfare laden speech he gives. #DNC2012“
“Michelle: “For Barack, there is no Dem or GOP, no us or them.” GOP donors attacked by name on Obama’s website: “Uh….” “
“If I hear one more story of people walking eight miles in the snow, without shoes walking uphill both ways, I’m going start longing for Clint Eastwood spontaneity out here,” Krauthammer said. “And I mean it’s not only scripted in the sense of how the speeches are arranged, having the video but the stories are the same except that sometimes it has a Hispanic tinge, African-American tinge and a slant to it. But that is what everybody suspects that and that is what you get.”
Yes , only four . If you read about anymore in one sitting you might become violently ill .
Here are a few samples to whet your appetite :
Jenny Erikson @
If public school is so great, why do your daughters go to private school? #AskMichelle
David Burge @
#AskMichelle so who succeeded you at that critical, highly important $300k/year
community outreach job at UC hospital?
Velvet Hammer @
#AskMichelle Speaking of Clintons, will u on ur way out, trash the WhiteHouse & steal everything that’s not nailed down like they did?
Have at it and enjoy a Happy Mother’s Day on Michelle .