Archive for the ‘WhiteHouse’ Category

The Swaggies: White House “correspondents” dinner

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The 20-lb. swag bag

The celebrities: Psy and Barbra Streisand are the latest additions to the list of stars attending D.C.’s “nerd prom” as guests of the media.

The triumph of fluff over substance.

Up to now, performers had the Oscars, the Grammys, the Tonys.

The White House Correspondents now have theirs: The Swaggies: all the swag & swagger they can fit under one roof in one night.

But! But!
Leave The White House Whorespondents’ Dinner And Integrity Yard Sale Alone!

Today’s buzz:

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Fly:

Temperatures in Washington, DC, have been in the 20s this week.



Obama: Latinos in, utensils out!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

President Obama Can’t Be in the Same Room As Forks Anymore?

Just a few days after announcing that his administration would no longer deport about 800,000 young illegal immigrants, you would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn’t taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney’s Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for “a reason.”

Is Obama Afraid Latinos Will Attack Him With Forks At Luncheon? Or does he think we eat with our hands because we don’t know how to use utensils?

Forkless Friday at Politico,

But let’s put Ruprecht in charge of the forks and take away the tridents,

White House Actors’ Dinner?

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

One question:
If it’s called the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why is Politico featuring actors in nearly all their photos? Even Bob Schieffer had to have an actress by his side.


Send @icaito to @lacasablanca!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Tonight Pres. Obama will give a speech on education on Univision at 7PM Eastern, so the White House tweeted this in Spanish,

Es El Momento: Presidente Obama habla directamente al comunidad Hispana sobre el futuro de educaction. 7pm en Univision.

There are a couple of things wrong with this:
For starters, if you insist on using that statement, which is not a good translation, it should read,

Es El Momento: Presidente Obama habla directamente a la comunidad hispana sobre el futuro de la educación

The correct statement, however, would have been what @icaito tweeted,

@lacasablanca El Presidente Obama hablará directamente con la población hispana sobre el futuro de la educación. 7pm EST, en Univisión.

@Icaito followed up with,

@lacasablanca Really, who does the Spanish translation for you? Just wondering. :) I’m Active Duty Navy, willing to lend a hand if needed.

The White House ought to take him up on his offer.

Cross-posted at The Green Room.


VIDEO Obama locked out of the White House

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Who’s in charge? Part 2,

President Barack Obama gets locked out of White House

White House staff was apparently not informed that the President was coming back to work before his arrival.

Just another day at the empty office presidency (h/t Betsy).

A: A good start.


Call the Rockettes! WH looking for “fresh legs”

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

First time I hear the phrase “fresh legs” in this context:
Spokesman: Obama may get chance to add more ‘fresh legs’ at White House

“At the end of a president’s first two years in office, there are often changes that occur,” Burton explained on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “There’s going to be a lot of different things the president will have the opportunity to inject some fresh legs and ideas.”

Did the phrase “fresh legs” come up because of former ballet dancer Rahm Emanuel’s upcoming departure?

Is it to avert voters’ voting with their feet?

Or is Obama starting a new stimulus by bringing in great legs to help him tap dance on the issues?

Here’s a pair of “fresh legs and ideas” sure to get the Dems in a huff:


Raiders of the lost arc of history

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

On the Oval Office rug:

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Oval Office rug gets history wrong

President Obama’s new presidential rug seemed beyond reproach, with quotations from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. woven along its curved edge.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” According media reports, this quote keeping Obama company on his wheat-colored carpet is from King.

Except it’s not a King quote. The words belong to a long-gone Bostonian champion of social progress. His roots in the republic ran so deep that his grandfather commanded the Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington.

For the record, Theodore Parker is your man, President Obama.

Parker said in 1853: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one. . . . But from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.”

Please, No More “Arc of History” (h/t Just One Minute)

It’s not the long arc/arch of history that protects and engenders freedom — it is the hard work, wisdom and courage of individuals, of which there has been precious little on display in the Oval Office this past year. Enough with the arc, already.

Then there’s the other quote:
The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally on the welfare of all of us.”

Obama’s rug gets Roosevelt wrong

Over at the Huffington Post, the quote is considered an endorsement of socialism.

But Susan Shelley at America Wants To Know said the quote is taken out of context. Great detective work by a great thinking American.

We know the speech today as the The Square Deal speech. Readers may decide for themselves:

Unfortunately, in this world the innocent frequently find themselves obliged to pay some of the penalty for the misdeeds of the guilty; and so if hard times come, whether they be due to our own fault or to our misfortune, whether they be due to some burst of speculative frenzy that has caused a portion of the business world to lose its head -a loss which no legislation can possibly supply– or whether they be due to any lack of wisdom in a portion of the world of labor — in each case, the trouble once started is felt more or less in every walk of life.

It is all-essential to the continuance of our healthy national life that we should recognize this community of interest among our people. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us, and therefore in public life that man is the best representative of each of us who seeks to do good to each by doing good to all; in other words, whose endeavor it is not to represent any special class and promote merely that class’s selfish interests, but to represent all true and honest men of all sections and all classes and to work for their interests by working for our common country.

We can keep our government on a sane and healthy basis, we can make and keep our social system what it should be, only on condition of judging each man, not as a member of a class, but on his worth as a man. It is an infamous thing in our American life, and fundamentally treacherous to our institutions, to apply to any man any test save that of his personal worth, or to draw between two sets of men any distinction save the distinction of conduct, the distinction that marks off those who do well and wisely from those who do ill and foolishly. There are good citizens and bad citizens in every class as in every locality, and the attitude of decent people toward great public and social questions should be determined, not by the accidental questions of employment or locality, but by those deep-set principles which represent the innermost souls of men.

The failure in public and in private life thus to treat each man on his own merits, the recognition of this government as being either for the poor as such or for the rich as such, would prove fatal to our Republic, as such failure and such recognition have always proved fatal in the past to other republics. A healthy republican government must rest upon individuals, not upon classes or sections. As soon as it becomes government by a class or by a section, it departs from the old American ideal.

More at Don Surber’s post, who concludes,

It is that last line, “The death-knell of the Republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others,” that should be on the rug.

Sadly, TR’s words have proved prophetic.

The entire speech is here.

Odd how a president whose supporters decry quotes as being “out of context” would miss something like this. Far from an endorsement of having El Presidente take over industry upon industry. TR called for self-government, the antithesis of Obamacare

What I want to know, why bother put quotes on beige carpeting anyway?

(h/t Larwyn)


Who do you believe?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

The Hill:
White House rules out sequel to stimulus bill

resident Obama’s economic team is looking for ways to accelerate the agonizingly slow economic recovery, but the top White House spokesman on Thursday said a large spending measure is not being considered.

Some big, new stimulus plan is not in the offing,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The WaPo:
Obama’s economic team considering new stimulus package

With the recovery faltering less than two months before the November congressional elections, President Obama’s economic team is considering another big dose of stimulus in the form of tax breaks for businesses – potentially worth hundreds of billions of dollars, according to two people familiar with the talks.

Either a. someone’s keeping Gibbs out of the loop,
b. depends on what the meaning of “stimulus” is,
c. we’re being taken for a ride.

Your pick.

Ace lets it rip while Steve Hayes is twittering Gibbs.


VIDEO Really lost in translation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Here’s what we heard:

“We can do so with a community that will promote a dignified life and an orderly way for both our countries, who are, some of them, still living here in the shadows with such laws as the Arizona law that is placing our people to face discrimination.”

But that’s not what he meant:
Mexican President Calderon Visit Marred By Terrible Translation. What he meant was this:

“I know that we share the interest in promoting dignified, legal and orderly living conditions to all migrant workers. Many of them, despite their significant contribution to the economy and to the society of the United States, still live in the shadows and, occasionally, as in Arizona, they even face discrimination.”

Either way, we have a foreign president freely criticizing the US while on an official visit, turning a blind eye to his country’s disgraceful treatment of illegal immigrants.

The mistranslation was from Calderón’s own delegation:

An official with the Mexican delegation said the translator came with the Mexican delegation but apparently was not someone who regularly translates for Calderon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue and because details of the situation remained unclear.

The mistranslation sounds as bad as tonight’s menu:

Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple

Citrus Vinaigrette
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”

Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Sesame-Cilantro Cracker

Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”

Chocolate-Cajeta Tart
Toasted Homemade Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V

Alka Seltzer!