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YAHOO! NEWS: Bush spokesman David Sherzer tells iWatch News that Bush has earned at least $15 million for nearly 140 paid speeches since he left office in Jan. 2009. That’s an average of about $110,000 per speech. (iWatch News reports that his average fee is pegged between $100,000 and $150,000.)
Todd Beamer’s dad not impressed with Obama’s clownish, pathetic search for Bush’s Ground Zero magic
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Marking Osama bin Laden’s death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York’s ground zero and declared to the city and the world, “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”
The president closed his eyes and clasped his hands at the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden’s followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.
The president met privately at the memorial site with about 60 family members from various 9/11 organizations.
Earlier, the president visited the firefighters and police officers whose response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, turned them into heroes and symbols of national resolve, but also cost them heavy casualties on that horrific day.
“This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day,” the president said Thursday at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9. The firehouse in New York’s theater district lost 15 firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
Todd Beamer’s father says Obama putting too much spotlight on himself
FROM REAL CLEAR POLITICS: David Beamer, father of 9/11 hero Todd Beamer, had this to say of Obama’s publicity-seeking antics on FOX News: “I feel some chagrin now, though, about how the rest of it has been handle. And frankly it started May Day, 2011 when the president announced what had happened. The excessive use of the personal pronoun that he used in his remarks, I really felt that was the beginning of the Commander-in-Chief putting too much spotlight on himself, taking too much credit for what the remarkable Americans had done. And of course it’s only now accelerated to a greater degree in the media.”
Todd Beamer is the brave passenger on flight 93 who rush the 9/11 hijackers and crashed the jet into an empty field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011, thwarting the plan by the hijackers to crash the plane into the White House or other high-value target.
His dad is not impressed with Obama taking victory lap after victory lap in a clown car, when Obama had almost nothing to do with the finding and killing of bin Laden.
BEN SAYS: Doesn’t Obama realize that people would like and respect him more if he would give others the credit they deserve, especially since even the most casual observer can see that Obama had almost nothing to do with the capture of bin Laden?
He agonized for 16 hours before agreeing to give the Navy SEALs the green light to go into the compound. He had to sleep on it, and actually had to be talked into allowing the mission to proceed.
It was actually Hillary and his national security team who overcame the dithering Obama to allow the Navy SEALs to do what they are trained to do. The SEALs killed bin Laden despite Obama.
Obama almost said let’s not do it. That was his first instinct, but then figured that would be politically disastrous for him. There would be no chance of his reelection in 2012 if he had done that.
TOBY HARNDEN-U.K. TELEGRAPH: The past few days have seemed like an extended amateur hour in the White House as unforced error after unforced error has been made in the handling of the US Government’s message about the killing of bin Laden.
We should not forget the bottom line in this: bin Laden was justifiably and legally killed by brave and skilled US Navy SEALs. The operation was audacious and meticulous in its planning and execution. President Barack Obama made the call to carry out the raid and his decision was vindicated in spades.
Having said that, the messiness since then has taken much of the sheen off this success, temporarily at least. Here’s a summary of what went wrong once the most difficult bit had been achieved:
1. It took nearly three days to decide not to release the photographs. I think there was a case for not releasing the pictures, though on balance I think disclosure would have been best. But whichever way Obama went on this, the decision should have been made quickly, on Monday. By letting the world and his dog debate the issue for so long and then say no made the administration look indecisive and appear that it had something to hide. It will fuel the conspiracy theories. And the pictures will surely be leaked anyway.
2. To say that bin Laden was armed and hiding behind a wife being used as a human shield was an unforgiveable embellishment. The way it was expressed by John Brennan was to mock bin Laden as being unmanly and cowardly. It turned out to be incorrect and gave fuel, again, to conspiracy theories as well as accusations of cover-ups and illegality. Of all the mistakes of the week, this was by far the biggest.
POLITICO: Former President George W. Bush has turned down President Barack Obama’s invitation to join him at ground zero on Thursday, citing his desire to avoid the media glare.
“President Bush appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” Bush spokesman David Sherzer told POLITICO in an email Tuesday night. “He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
Obama — who has sharply criticized Bush for neglecting the hunt for bin Laden by invading Iraq — made the offer to Bush shortly after he decided on his New York trip, according to two people familiar with the situation.
BEN’S COMMENT: In his speech after the Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, Obama did not give so much as a hat-tip to George W. Bush for setting up the “War on Terror” system that made the tacking and killing of bin Laden happen.
The courier that led the SEALs to bin Laden was identified and started being tracked years before Obama become President. The identify of the courier and info about him was gleaned from harsh interrogations at secret CIA prisons and Gitmo, set up by Bush.
But all Obama has done is trash Bush, even while reversing course and adopting all Bush’s “War on Terror” policies. Now he want’s Bush’s stamp of approval, even while Obama continues to give himself all the credit. Bush is wise to have nothing to do with this truly awful person.
Killing of bin Laden is result of Obama keeping secret CIA prisons, enhanced interrogations and following Bush policies
Obama reversed course and did the right thing because reality slapped him upside the head. Code Pink and Michael Moore not happy.
By Ben Hart
We have to give President Obama a certain amount of credit for the killing of Obama bin Laden.
He did it by keeping in place virtually all of George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” policies.
For example, much of the intelligence required to kill bin Laden was gathered from those “enhanced interrogations” at secret CIA prisons for capture terrorists in Guantanamo and elsewhere.
Here’s Obama signing the order to close Gitmo to much fanfare and applause — an order he then rescinded once reality slapped him upside the head.
Here’s what the Obama Administration now admits, in the words of the Associated Press:
Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.
Quite the turnaround.
President Obama, in his speech last night, and in his usual full narcissistic fashion, took full credit for killing bin Laden.
Listening to Obama, you’d think he planned the attack on bin Laden on his own and carried out the attack on his own. There was a passing mention of the Navy SEALs and intelligence operatives who made it happen. But mostly Obama’s speech was all about Obama.
Naturally, he neglected to thank George W. Bush for the wisdom of Bush’s tough “War on Terror” strategy, and lighting the way for Obama.
Let’s review what George W. Bush had to say at Ground Zero right after the 9-11-2001 attack:
Let’s also review President Bush’s speech to the nation from the Oval Office after the 9-11 attack
Obama won the Presidency in 2011, in part, by attacking President Bush’s “War on Terror” polices.
Obama’s most memorable promise was that he would shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists captured overseas.
He would shut down the secret CIA prisons.
He told us over and over again that these methods of fighting bin Laden and al Qaeda just are not in keeping with “our values.”
But there’s not a single Bush policy in the War on Terror or even on Iraq that Obama has discontinued.
If anything, he’s stepped up the “War on Terror.”
We still have more than 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
And Obama’s not batting an eye when one of our predator drones misfires and kills innocent civilians.
We hear no more references to these activities being not in keeping with “our values.”
Obama is now using the “War on Terror” label. He’s even calling these terrorists evil.
Gone are phrases like “man made disasters” and “overseas contingency operations” to describe terrorist attacks.
A brand new tune is being played by Obama. And it sounds very much like George W. Bush’s tune.
Wouldn’t Obama gain in stature if he just admitted George W. Bush actually had it right?
Wouldn’t Obama actually gain stature by admitting he was naive early in his Presidency and that Bush and Cheney understood some things about how to deal with this enemy that Obama overlooked?
Wouldn’t he gain an instant 10 points in the polls if he did exactly this — give credit to George W. Bush?
Some have said that the definition of a neoconservative is “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”
This may have happened to Obama.
It’s unclear whether his shift toward the Bush Doctrine in the War on Terror is the result of a genuine change of mind, or whether it’s a shift brought on by the reality of the 2012 Election.
Perhaps it’s a combination of both.
He’s even saying “God bless America” now at the end of his speeches . . . a stark contrast to his old habit of omitting God when misquoting America’s Declaration of Independence.
It’s fun to see what happens when an Ivy League liberal meets reality . . . or faces an election.
Rodney King’s “Can’t we all just get along?” question is a nice sentiment, but doesn’t work so well when confronting al Qaeda, Kim Jong Il, or Iran.
Actually, one of two things happen to liberal Presidents. They fail, like Jimmy Carter. Or they adjust their policies to succeed, as Bill Clinton did.
Obama appears to want success, at least when it comes to the War on Terror.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if he also does a similar 180 degree spin-around on economic policy, admits the errors of his ways, adopts Paul Ryan’s budget, repudiates socialism, and calls for the repeal of ObamaCare?
Silly thought. But he would gain at least another 10 points in the polls if he did exactly that.
Americans love it when someone admits they were wrong . . . because it shows they can learn.
And isn’t that what we really want in a leader?
After listening to this, it’s tough to see how it’s possible to trust Donald Trump. It’s certainly understandable to be disappointed in Bush. Spending went through the roof. We got into one war of questionable merit (Iraq).
But the “worst President in history”?
Worse than Jimmy Carter?
Worse than James Buchanan?
Worse than Richard Nixon?
Compared to Obama, W’s starting to look like George Washington.
How can we take anything Trump says seriously when he makes a statement like that?
And what are Donald’s policy positions? We really have no idea, except that he wants a trade war with China.
“Bimbo Eruptions” will also likely be a problem. Not that he’s ever claimed to be running for sainthood. Still, it will be interesting to see what comes bouncing out of the closet, Tiger Woods-style.
And let’s not forget the $50,000 he gave to Rahm Emanuel for his Chicago Mayor race. Trump just built a Trump Tower in Chicago.
His big issue on that is he doesn’t want the Chicago Spire to be built and wreck the view of the lake for residents of the Trump Tower.
So Trump will do whatever Trump thinks is best for Trump.
He’s a great marketer. This run President is probably just a marketing gimmick to help further build the Trump brand.
He did endorse John McCain over Obama in 2008. So we at least know he’s a Republican of some kind.
I do like Trump’s questions about Obama’s birth and background. Can’t wait to see what his team of investigators in Hawaii turn up on Obama’s origins. Should be fun. Keep that up Donald.
But I’m not seeing much else that I like about Trump for POTUS.
Here Trump says he’s always said Carter ‘worst President in history.’ Now Trump says Obama is ‘worst President in history.’
Trump’s good for entertainment. That’s about it.
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The average price for a gallon of gas nationally was $1.61 a gallon when George W. Bush left office. The average price per gallon is now $3.73.
But in many states, the price for a gallon of gas has smashed through the $4 barrier.
I just paid $4.25 today for gas here in La Grange, Illinois. It’s now $4.57 per gallon in Chicago. In California, the price is approaching $5 a gallon.
Experts believe the average national price for a gallon of gas could hit $5 by Memorial Day.
Here Obama tells us high gas prices are good, but says he would have “preferred a gradual adjustment.”
Here Obama explains his transportation plan. It involves phasing out cars.
Here’s another pillar of the Obama energy production plan
Obama thinks inflating your tires will cushion the blow at the pump.
Obama Thinks $4 for a Gallon of Gas is Funny
JAMES TARANTO-WALL STREET JOURNAL: At a town-hall meeting yesterday in Fairless Hills, Pa., a man in the audience asked Obama about gasoline prices, which are currently in the range of $4 a gallon. According to the Associated Press, Obama responded “laughingly” and “needled” the questioner. The president’s sarcasm comes through in the White House transcript:
I know some of these big guys, they’re all still driving their big SUVs. You know, they got their big monster trucks and everything. You’re one of them? Well, now, here’s my point. If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon–(laughter)–you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big. How many you have? Ten kids, you say? Ten kids? (Laughter.) Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then. (Laughter.) . . .
So, like I said, if you’re getting eight miles a gallon you may want to think about a trade-in. You can get a great deal. I promise you, GM or Ford or Chrysler, they’re going to be happy to give you a deal on something that gets you better gas mileage.
But you have to actually watch the video clip to get the full flavor
FOX NEWS: Obama closed Friday’s remarks by saying, “I’ve taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong.” Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said: “To all the men and women in our military … I say this: Your mission is defined. Your objectives are clear. Your goal is just.” Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.
Also on Friday, Obama said, “The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi’s refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians.”
On Oct. 7, 2001, Bush said of operations in Afghanistan, “We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. … We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear.”