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President Pelosi?

March 7, 2009

America has never had a woman President or Vice President but then again America has never had a woman Speaker of the House before either.

And Nancy Pelosi is unlike previous women to seek one of the nation’s top two spots, Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin: Pelosi already has a mega-job that could easily catapault her into the White House.

Sarah Palin
Palin

Pelosi is feared by Republicans and Democrats alike.  Even Barack Obam has deferred to her twice already during his brief presidency.  Obama gave Pelosi and her team the job of crafting the economic stimulus package and now he has said she will spearhead creation of the health care reform measure.

Pelosi has also revised the rules of the House to preserve her clout and control.

So Pelosi is doing much of the heavy lifting in the Obama Administration; arguably more than Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner, Hillary Clinton or any of Obama’s many other czars and assistants….

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By Andrew S. Ross
San Francisco Chronicle

When San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce-led delegation meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during its stimulus-dollarhunting expedition in D.C. next week, members might want to ascertain whether the hometown Democrat is rowing in the same direction as President Obama. Recent media reports suggest not. Pelosi’s “snubbing” of Republicans as she fast-tracked the stimulus package, according to a Newsweek story last week, denied the president some measure of the bipartisan support he sought. “Pelosi was very publicly undercutting the president,” an administration official is quoted as saying. “Obama wants that to stop.”

Pelosi says the story “couldn’t be further from the truth.” “The speaker agrees with him on almost every issue, although there will be disagreements on some things,” Brendan Daly, Pelosi’s communications director, told me. But the story did leave some bruised feelings. “Some of the Obama people said things they shouldn’t be saying,” said another Pelosi supporter.

And the speaker did halt another Obama initiative in its tracks – the establishment of a blue ribbon-style Social Security panel to figure out how to keep the program from going bankrupt. “The speaker thinks a new commission isn’t necessary,” said Daly. “This can be done in Congress.” Pelosi has told House committee chairs to include Social Security reform in federal spending hearings she wants held.

One suspects the necessary changes to Social Security won’t be fast-tracked any time soon.

US President Barack Obama (R) sits with House Speaker Nancy ... 
US President Barack Obama (R) sits with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) at a dinner for congressional committee chairmen at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Obama Shares Lighter Moment With Washington Elite; Kids Swearing Chief Emanuel

February 1, 2009

President Obama joked, “For Rahm [Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff], every day is a swearing-in ceremony.”

That joke referred to the preident’s second swearing in ceremony and Emanuael’s notorious swearing on a daily basis.

“Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the community. Just last week he was at a local school, teaching profanity to poor children,” according to Obama. Excerpts of Obama’s remarks were released by the White House.

President Obama attened the Alfalfa Club dinner last night in Washington DC.

The Alfalfa Club was started by four Southerners in Washington’s Willard Hotel in 1913. Its sole purpose was an annual night out for the boys, and it took its name from a thirsty plant that sends its roots deep down looking for liquid refreshment.

Read about the dinner from CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC
S/02/01/alfalfa.obama/index.html

Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
201/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_alfalfa_4

Read some history on the Williard Hotel:
Willard Hotel’s Historic Civil War Role

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill

January 31, 2009

Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama‘s economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors would welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama’s spending priorities.

Related:
Obama Week 3: Senate Poised to Defeat Stimulus?

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, planned to meet in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state’s share of the package.

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones last week with members of his state’s congressional delegation, including House Republicans. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, planned to be in Washington on Monday to urge the Senate to approve the plan.

“As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans,” said Douglas’ deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey.

Not a single Republican voted with the majority last week when the House approved Obama’s $819 billion combination of tax cuts and new spending. The president’s goal is to create or preserve 3 million to 4 million jobs.

Republicans led by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio complained that the plan is laden with pet projects and will not yield the jobs or stimulate the economy in the way Obama has promised.

The measure faces GOP opposition in the Senate, where it will be up for a vote in the week ahead.

But states are coping with severe budget shortfalls and mounting costs for Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. So governors, including most Republicans, are counting on the spending to help keep their states afloat.

This past week the bipartisan National Governors Association called on Congress to quickly pass the plan.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200901
31/ap_on_go_co/stimulus_gop_governors

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http://nobamablog.wordpress.com/200
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“Caroline Kennedy Got Breaks We Didn’t,” You Know?

January 8, 2009

Growing up in the White House the daughter of a respected President of the United States just might have its up side…

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By Andy Barr, Politico

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy’s social class.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler during an interview Monday for his upcoming documentary film, “How Obama Got Elected.” Excerpts from the interview were posted on YouTube Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Palin said she remains subject to unfair press coverage of her and her family.

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Caroline with her Dad, JFK

“Is it political? Is it sexism?” she asked. “What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst in terms of gossip and lies?”

She observed that Katie Couric and Tina Fey have been “capitalizing on” and “exploiting” her.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen,” she said. “And I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration. That’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

Sarah Palin

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090
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Related:
Caroline Kennedy Has “Nothing to Say” (And Says It Badly)

The Woman Unafraid to Rip Into Other Women (Like Caroline Kennedy, Sarah Palin….)

January 5, 2009

“Obama emerged from the clouds, and at long last, liberals were finished with the Clintons … It took a decade but journalists finally noticed that Clinton getting serviced by a White House intern whose name he couldn’t recall may not have been the equivalent of the Gettysburg Address.”

That’s Ann Coulter, the slender, leggy, some say sexy, liberals say horible and conservatives say smart conservative opinion hawker.

She selling that book and you can find it for yourself.

We did think many of her quotes were intersting including:

“I loved Sarah Palin. The media went after her so viciously and it was all about class,” she says. “She is a real middle-class woman, just the sort of woman that Democrats are always pretending they represent, and they attacked her relentlessly. I am not saying she was ready to be president this year, but with McCain running, she wasn’t going to get anywhere near being president. If she goes back to Alaska and is a good governor and studies and learns, she may be a presidential candidate a couple elections from now. Maybe she could be another Reagan. Remember, Reagan didn’t run for president at forty-four. She has things she needs to learn. But she has heart and soul and you can’t learn that from a book.”

As for Caroline Kennedy’s bid to be named senator, Coulter snorted, “I am indignant! In New York and Massachusetts people act as if the rest of the country is primitive, but they are the ones who are so primitive and nepotistic to even consider her. Fortunately, I think that may be headed for a crash landing. Every time she opens her mouth it gets worse.”

Related:
http://www.wowowow.com/books/ann-coulter-caroli
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Pop Culture’s Ingenues: Really What Feminism Wants?

December 17, 2008

They may not follow their grandmother’s brand of feminism, but it’s empowering nonetheless. By going their own way, ingénue  made it the year of the young and female in pop music.

By Ann Powers
The Los Angeles Times
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Young women are often treated like the empty calories of American culture – they’re as hard to resist as a forbidden sweet, as guiltily denied and as easily forgotten.

This truism applies to this suddenly very serious year as much as it did in the teeny-bopper-dominated 1950s and the flapper-fueled 1920s. As the more significant stories of a historic election and disastrous economic collapse unfolded, the buzz in the background was often generated by undone ingénues and excitable tweens, from Lindsay Lohan and the Spears sisters to the fans behind the Jonas Brothers and “Twilight.” (And then there’s pregnant Bristol Palin, now out of sight but not forgotten.)

Lohan at the Calvin Klein Spring 2007 Fashion Show Afterparty
Lohan

The pop history now being recorded in year-in-review essays and lists are mostly focused on other forces: rock’s commercial savior, Coldplay; hip-hop’s new jack king, Lil Wayne; indie’s sensitive souls, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. But in a moribund year for pop, young women provided much of the spark.

Katy Perry released the most talked-about single, the bi-lascivious “I Kissed a Girl.” Jordin Sparks had the sleeper with her Chris Brown duet, “No Air.” Miley Cyrus transcended her Hannah Montana character with her summer debut, “Breakaway.” Taylor Swift crossed genres with “Fearless,” the album of the winter. In R&B, 20-year-old Rihanna was unstoppable, and 21-year-old Jazmine Sullivan emerged as the genre’s hottest new voice.

Cyrus with her dog, Roadie
Miley Cyrus

Among critical favorites, retro-soul singers Adele and Duffy both got major Grammy nods, while teen singer-songwriter Laura Marling won blogger hearts. Bassist Esperanza Spalding, 23, made waves in the jazz world, and hard country warmed to Ashton Shepherd, who’s 22 and already a married mom.

More than just ‘it’

Pop culture has never wanted for “it” girls, but the authority these fledgling artists claim is a great sign of feminism’s ripple effects. Swift might play a princess in many of her songs – in fact, the best parts of “Fearless” meditate on the princess myth and how reality subverts it – but in the studio she’s her own boss, writing and producing those fairy tales.

Swift is exceptionally precocious, but cowriting credits are the rule in this bunch, and Svengalis are rare. Whether they’ve actually spent time listening to the Ronettes, the Runaways or Lauryn Hill or not, these women have benefited from their elders’ hard-won lessons.

Yet if empowerment is a given for this new generation, it’s also a hotly debated concept. Women born after 1984 are not only young enough to be the granddaughters of second-wave feminists, their mothers are the ones who took sides in the “culture wars” of the 1980s and, as Sarah Palin and Hillary Rodham Clinton so aptly demonstrated, are still fighting about what it means for a woman to be truly on top.

Read the rest:
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/12/14/calendar/ca-girl14

Sarah Palin’s Church Set Ablaze: Arson

December 14, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s home church was badly damaged by arson, leading the governor to apologize Saturday if the fire was connected to “undeserved negative attention” from her campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated at $1 million, authorities said. No one was injured in the fire, which was set Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, according to James Steele, the Central Mat-Su fire chief.

A snow covered tree sits outside of the fire damaged Wasilla ... 
A snow covered tree sits outside of the fire damaged Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska Saturday Dec. 13, 2008. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s home church was badly damaged in an arson fire. No one was injured in the fire, which was intentionally set while people, including two children, were inside.(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

He said the blaze was being investigated as an arson. Steele said he didn’t know of any recent threats to the church, and authorities did not know whether Palin’s connection to the church was relevant to the fire.

“It’s hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation,” he said.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the church had received any recent threats.

Palin was not at the church at the time of the fire. She stopped by Saturday, and her spokesman Bill McAllister said in a statement that the governor told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the “undeserved negative attention” the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin answers questions from the media ... 

“Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good,” McAllister said.

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named Sen. John McCain ‘s running mate. Early in Palin’s campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Love Won Out conference in Anchorage sponsored by Focus on the Family.  The conference promised to “help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.”

The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women worked on crafts, Steele said. The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.