Memo to the President of the United States: don’t miss the next putt. Fox News host Greta Van — Scowl — Susteren thinks that a photo of President Obama whiffing a putt while golfing on Martha’s Vineyard was “staged” and took him to task for vacationing while Americans are “out of work”.
“What was he thinking? You know photographers don’t have an open door to take pictures of the president any time they want,” Van Susteren asked. “It’s all staged and choreographed with secret service standing by. So this was not spontaneous.”
“So why would the president do this for the cameras?” Van Susteren continued. “It’s one thing to take a vacation, but is this pose shoving it down the throats of the American people? Many of them are out of work. They can’t afford to spend the day working on their golf game in one of the most expenses places in America to vacation.”
Here’s the segment, courtesy of Fox News:
And here’s the actual video of the missed putt:
I’m sure the hawks over at Fox News devoted similar segments to the last president, since George W. Bush spent about a third — 32% — of his presidency on vacation.
But hey, the black dude who has taken less vacation days than the last three Republican presidents is characteristically lazy. Fox News hosts like Van Susteren can be counted on to call out such things when they see it in action.
If Republicans have any hope of winning the Latino vote (they don’t), having a bonafide racist as one of their members is surely doing some damage to the cause. But if you’re Representative Steve King, and you’ve already likened Hispanic immigrants to drug mules, you may as well keep digging:
“Now think what that is,” King said to the 60 or so attendees at the rally. “If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”
The rest of his party is justifiably horrified, even if some of them agree with the sentiment. Like it or not, Steve King has emerged as the voice of the right on immigration reform, and he’s doing his very best to make sure it dies.
(Photo: flickr user Mark Taylor)
I think it’s fair to say Bob Filner thinks that given enough time and enough creepy smiles, everyone will forget that 14 women (so far) have come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. In his formal response to the people’s of San Diego trying to recall him from office, Filner wrote, “Now is not the time to go backwards — back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to Downtown special interests. We need to continue to move forward!”
The rest of the letter consists of Filner highlighitng his accomplishments over the 8 months he’s been in office, making zero references to the sexual harrassment allegations — the very basis of the recall effort.
Apart from his tendency to make sexual advancements on every single woman he sees, Filner is also being investigated for allegedly taking women to a popular downtown hotel, on the taxpayers dime.
But not to worry folks, Bob Filner knows he has a problem. He recently undertook a two-week intensive therapy session meant to curb his sexual appetite. The program was so effective that he left it a week early, cured and ready to mayor the city once more.
A part of me wants him to stick around for a while. I haven’t seen this level of crazy-denial since Karl Rove found out that Romney lost Ohio.
Nobel winning economist Paul Krugman wanted to know how much voters knew about the plunging federal deficit, so the good folks at Google put together a Consumer Survey to find out:
And here’s what it really looks like:
It’s not a Gallup Poll or anything, but I imagine if the survey was expanded to cover the whole of the country the results would either be really close, or a lot worse. Part of it has to do with misinformation, of course, but the other sad truth is that most Americans don’t know that much about public policy, and even less about the country’s economic status. When I post something about some weird Republican gaff by some nobody congressperson from some small state, the traffic is astounding. Posts like this, not so much.