(Video) Infamous Don’t Tase Me Bro Video – Why John Kerry Didn’t Get Elected

(Video) Why John Kerry Didn’t Get Elected – Don’t Tase Me Bro

It never ceases to amaze me how old white guys can be so clueless. Dumbfounded and speechless, John Kerry stands by in awkward silence and disbelief as he allows some University of Florida student to get tased just because he doesn’t want to answer his question. We originally did a story on the tasing that you can read, but every time I see this I am more and more amazed at how out of touch politicians are.

Suffice it to say, it’s probably a good thing you didn’t get elected John.

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See How Obama Slaps Syria Around

Obama Gives Syria A Smackdown – See How

With the expiration date of the national emergency with Syria coming up, President Obama is forced to continue to block exports to Syria based on their actions in the international community. Although the Whitehouse seems to concede that Syria has done some work in trying to stem the flow of terrorists into Iraq, more needs to be done. See the President’s executive order below which describes the details.

Notice Continuing the National Emergency with Respect to Syria.

NOTICE

– – – – – – –

CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT

TO THE ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA

On May 11, 2004, pursuant to his authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C.

1701-1706, and the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Public Law 108-175, the President issued Executive Order 13338, in which he declared a national emergency with respect to the actions of the Government of Syria. To deal with this national emergency, Executive Order 13338 authorized the blocking of property of certain persons and prohibited the exportation or re-exportation of certain goods to Syria. On April 25, 2006, and February 13, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13399 and Executive Order 13460, respectively, to take additional steps with respect to this national emergency.

The President took these actions to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions of the Government of Syria in supporting

terrorism, maintaining its then existing occupation of Lebanon, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining U.S. and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.

While the Syrian government has made some progress in suppressing networks of foreign fighters bound for Iraq, its actions and policies, including continuing support for terrorist organizations and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. As a result, the national emergency declared on May 11, 2004, and the measures adopted on that date, on April 25, 2006, in Executive Order 13399, and on February 13, 2008, in Executive Order 13460, to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond May 11, 2010. Therefore, in

accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared with respect to certain actions of the Government of Syria. The United States will consider changes in the policies and actions of the Government of Syria in determining whether to continue or terminate this national emergency in the future and would welcome progress by the Government of Syria on these matters.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,

May 3, 2010.

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Does Obama Really Follow Justin Bieber on Twitter?

Hmm, I Wonder Who Obama Follows On Twitter-Justin Bieber Maybe?

Yesterday we ran a story about how you could follow the Whitehouse and Obama on Twitter. Today we’re going to take that one step further. Did you ever wonder who Obama follows on Twitter? You would think that would be a good list to get on. Well, as you’d expect, he follows groups like the IRS, the U.S. Embassy, the Secretary of the Navy, the Army, Veteran Affairs. But there are also a few individuals he follows. Like who?

Well, as you would expect, he Obama follows his right hand man Press Secretary Bobby Gibbs. I still don’t get why people call him Robert Gibbs because he definitely strikes me as a Bobby. He also follows a guy by the name of BillBurton44 who is some sort of deputy secretary that likes to get on John McCain for not being more fluent with computers. Reading Burton’s tweets was kind of like watching paint dry so I wouldn’t recommend following him. However, something on his Twitter account said it was an official Whitehouse Twitter page and as such, the tweets could be officially archived. So that might be kind of cool if you could get one of your tweets officially archived. Wait, doesn’t Google archive all your information anyway? Oh well…

And if that isn’t weird enough, he also follows KateatState i.e. Kate Jacobs Stanton. Exactly, that’s what I was thinking–who is she? Well, get this–she used to work for Google as a moderator, whatever that is–yes you read that correctly. Obama appointed her to a newly created position–one of those 4 million jobs created–of Director of Citizen Participation. What, are your serious? Are you kidding me? I’m betting she makes over 6 figures a year and I’m not sure that’s the best use of taxpayer money. Actually, don’t worry about your tax dollars being wasted here. Katie is busy tweeting about important political stuff like Maddow attending bar at the Washing correspondent get together after party termed “nedrprom”. Do I detect a secret crush here? I know aman crush is a bromance–what’s a woman crush–a worance? That kinda sounds like Scooby Doo–but I digress. Katie Stanton was so busy doing her new government job tweeting all day long she forgot to attend her son’s play at school–imagine that. Twitter followers were asked if she should buy him ice cream or Bakugan (video game). Yah, that’s a no brainer. She further mused that missing the play was OK if she could get Justin Bieber’s autograph at the nerdprom–I’m seriously not kidding here–these are your hard-earned tax dollars at work.

So while originally I planned on just writing about Whitehouse followers, this whole nerdprom thing has me a little upset. Among the invitees to nerprom were Jon Bon Jovi and Jay Leno as well as the aforementioned teen throb Justin Bieber. At this point now, I don’t think anything would surprise me. You have to give Obama credit though, he is definitely catering to pop stars and Hollywood. He knows that by getting their support, you get the support of the masses that follow them.

I just hope the next time we come under terrorist attack that the counsel of such wise strategists like Leno and Bieber will prove to have been productive.

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(Video) Ron Paul Gives Ben Bernanke A Smackdown

(Video) Ron Paul Makes Outrageous Allegations About the Fed to Bernanke

Ron Paul taking questions in Manchester, NH
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A few days ago America’s News Now ran a story on how Wall Street reform is really just a political concept to appease voters. In this video, Ron Paul questions Ben Bernanke on some of the Fed’s decisions and raises some odd allegations. Nonetheless, this underscores the cozy relation ship between those in power in Washington and Wall Street.

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Why is the Senate Putting the Breaks On Wall Street Reform? The Answer May Surprise You

Why Is The Senate Putting The Brakes On Wall Street Reform?

Statement by the President on Financial Reform

“I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans voted in a block against allowing a public debate on Wall Street reform to begin. Some of these Senators may believe that this obstruction is a good political strategy, and others may see delay as an opportunity to take this debate behind closed doors, where financial industry lobbyists can water down reform or kill it altogether. But the American people can’t afford that. A lack of consumer protections and a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly brought our economy to its knees, and helped cause the pain that has left millions of Americans without jobs and without homes. The reform that both parties have been working on for a year would prevent a crisis like this from happening again, and I urge the Senate to get back to work and put the interests of the country ahead of party.”

So what do you think the solution is to Wall Street reform? Put your comments below…

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(Video) Senator Lindsey Graham Gets Outed By Alipac William Gheen

(Video) Is Senator Lindsey Graham Gay?

The Republican Operative reports on Lindsey Graham

Anti Illegals group wants Graham to come out of the closet:

The national border security organization known as Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is officially calling for US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to make his homosexual lifestyle public knowledge in the interest of political integrity and national security.

ALIPAC’s President, William Gheen, addressed Graham’s homosexuality in a speech before thousands of Tea Party supporters on Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Greenville South Carolina where Lindsey Graham has offices. A brief clip of Gheen’s speech, which is out of proper context, has already gone viral on YouTube and been reported by Keith Olberman on MSNBC, Metro Weekly, The Guardian, and Metro Weeklywithout proper permissions or attributions.

‘US Senator Lindsey Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington DC know that, the general public and Graham’s constituents do not,’ said William Gheen President of ALIPAC. ‘I personally do not care about Graham’s private life, but in this situation his desire to keep this a secret may explain why he is doing a lot of political dirty work for others who have the power to reveal his secrets. Senator Graham needs to come out of the closet inside that log cabin so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret.’

Senator Lindsey Graham is the lone Republican in the US Senate trying to lobby other Republicans to sponsor a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty bill, which would legalize millions of illegal immigrants and turn them into competitive workers and voters, when the United States has over 25 million under or unemployed workers. ALIPAC considers Graham’s support for Comprehensive Amnesty legislation to be against the wishes of 80% of his constituents and against the best interests of the American people.

Senator Graham served in the US Military, which adopted a policy of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ regarding homosexuality during the Clinton administration. Prior to the policy change, homosexuality was considered a vulnerability to our national security because those with access to classified information and strategic resources were often blackmailed by foreign powers.

‘Barney Frank has more integrity and bravery than Senator Lindsey Graham right now,’ said William Gheen of ALIPAC. ‘When you are a US Senator, the public deserves to know what might influence your decisions. Obama and Napolitano know about Senator Graham, now it is time for the rest of the country to know.’

ALIPAC, one of America’s largest groups fighting against illegal immigration and amnesty, is releasing this full version of William Gheen’s speech containing the request for Senator Graham to confess his homosexuality to the public at this link….

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It’s Your Turn To Grade Obama

What Grade Would You Give Obama?

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Everyone likes to criticize and play armchair President, so here’s your chance to be the teacher and grade the President. On a scale of A-F, what grade would you give Obama overall? Vote then view the results.

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Bill Clinton Warns of Extremist Movement in U.S.

Bill Clinton Warns Americans of Extremist Mood

Bill Clinton’s warning on extremist mood in US:

Can’t we all just get along……………………

We are not unhinged, we’re PI$%^&ED

Bill Clinton’s warning on extremist mood in US | World news | The Guardian

Bill Clinton today warned politicians and commentators to tone down their rhetoric for fear of inflaming hate groups and provoking violence, as a poll suggested that public trust in the US government is at its lowest point for half a century.

Amid growing concern in the White House about the anti-government mood and a marked rise in radical fringe groups, Clinton said the internet made it easier to spread ideas to reach “the unhinged”. The worry is not so much over populist movements such as the Tea Party but the revival of extreme groups that have been encouraged by general anti-government sentiment.

On the 15th anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, the worst terrorist attack in the US before 9/11, Clinton wrote in the New York Times: “We are again dealing with difficulties in a contentious, partisan time … As we exercise the right to advocate our views, and as we animate our supporters, we must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged.”

Clinton said it should not be forgotten what drove the Oklahoma bombers. “They took to the ultimate extreme an idea advocated in the months and years before the bombing by an increasingly vocal minority: the belief that the greatest threat to American freedom is our government and that public servants do not protect our freedoms but abuse them.”
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Michelle Obama Fires Up River Terrace Elementary Students

First Lady Michelle Obama Fires Up River Terrace Elementary Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 20:  WASHINGTON, D....
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Remarks by the First Lady at “Let’s Move” School Visit with Olympians: ”

River Terrace Elementary School

Washington, D.C.

11:3 A.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA: Well, this is pretty cool, don’t you think?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: I mean, right here in your school, in your Multipurpose Room, you’ve got Olympians and Paralympians and reporters and teachers. And everybody is here because of you. Isn’t that pretty nice?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: But, you know, one thing I want you all to know about these magnificent men and women that I’m standing up with is that, you know, if you heard in their story, each of them had to work hard and overcome something to get where they are. It wasn’t easy.

With Hannah, she fell the first time out, as she said; had a very — finished almost last. Can you imagine that? Has anybody ever finished last in something and really felt like, “I just am not good at this and I never want to do it again”? Right? Well, just imagine, what if Hannah had said that after her first efforts at the Olympics? She wouldn’t be here today with a Gold Medal. But instead of feeling defeated by that, she just worked a little harder, and now she’s a Gold Medalist.

Alana was a skier before she lost the use of her legs, and lost the use of her legs while skiing, right? She had a bad accident and lost the use of her legs. Now, she could have just said, “You know what, I’m just done.” Right? But instead, she not only kept doing her sport, but she got so strong that she can compete and win a medal.

And Shani — you know, Shani didn’t grow up in a neighborhood where anybody talked about speed skating, because we’re both South Side Chicago, right, Shani? (Laughter.) South Side, South Side. (Laughter.) But we didn’t grow up with speed skating. How did you even know about speed skating? We had ice, but we didn’t have speed skating. So there was nothing in his life’s path that would have predicted that he could take up a sport that he didn’t grow up watching, right, and then become the best in the world at it. The best in the world.

And then Heath, as he told you, he is a true hero. He went off to war to fight for our country, and lost his legs as a result. Now, as he said, he didn’t win a Gold Medal in the Paralympic Games, but he’s got the best metal in the room. And we have to be really proud of what these men and women have done and the fact that they care so much about you all and your health that they wanted to take the time out to come here today to River Terrace.

So let’s give them all a big round of applause. (Applause.)

But another one of the reasons we’re here today is because I got to meet your principal, Principal Foster, a few months ago, actually, when we started talking about exercise and nutrition. We went to another school in the area, and she was there. We talked about planting a garden and improving our schools so that all of our kids were eating healthier and getting more exercise. And I was so impressed at the work that she has been doing here with you all — the innovation and the work that she’s doing with all the other teachers and all the parents — that I wanted to make sure we came to see you all.

I love kids, as your principal said, and I care a lot about kids. I’ve got two little girls of my own. And everyday I am worrying about whether they’re going to grow up healthy and happy and smart and whether they’re going to have a good life, right? And all of us, all of us grown-ups, we feel the same way about you.

And one of the things I did — the very first — one of the very first things I did when I became First Lady and we moved into the White House was that we planted this wonderful garden. I don’t know if you guys have heard about our Kitchen Garden, and hopefully one day you’ll come to the White House and visit it, but we worked with a bunch of kids in the area, and we saw how enthusiastic they became over the notion of planting their own fruits and vegetables and then eating it, right?

And we sort of got this idea that maybe if these kids were excited about it and would change the way they eat because they were more involved and we were all working together, then maybe we could do it for every kid in the country.

So we started this program, this campaign, called “Let’s Move,” and that’s what the t-shirts that some of your classmates are wearing are about. And hopefully you all will get t-shirts. But “Let’s Move” is a campaign to try to make sure that kids grow up eating healthy, getting enough exercise so that you all are strong enough to be Olympians or to go to college or do whatever you want in life.

And our campaign is trying to get everybody to do a few things. We want your parents to have better information about the food you need. We want to make sure that your schools are serving healthier food. We want to make sure that you live in communities where your parents have access to really healthy foods that they can afford. And the last and most important thing is that we want you all to do what — what’s the name of the campaign? Let’s –

AUDIENCE: Move!

MRS. OBAMA: So we want you all to move, because as all of the Paralympic and Olympic athletes have said, is that eating right and moving your bodies is the beginning of everything for you all, because if you’re not healthy and you can’t run and you can’t move, what can you do, right?

But you need good habits now, right? You need to know that you’ve got to eat vegetables, even though some vegetables don’t taste good. You’ve got to drink lots of water and not a whole lot of soda. You can’t have snacks all of the time. They’re good sometimes, but you can’t eat them all the time.

That’s what “Let’s Move” is all about. The whole country is working for you all so that you’re learning different habits. Right?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: So one of the big things we’re doing on the “Let’s Move” part is that the President — you know this guy, the President of the United States?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, well, he’s going to be issuing some really cool awards for kids. And they’re new awards as part of his Fitness Challenge. And what he wants to see you all do is commit to doing exercise everyday five days a week. And if you can do that and move your bodies for about 60 minutes or so, you’re going to get an award. Maybe you get to come to the White House.

And I hope that you all are all competing for this award, right, because we’re going to do stuff on the South Lawn, we’re going to have fun all summer, all throughout the year, but we need you guys to move, and we’re going to need you to get your parents to help you move, too. Right?

You know how with the — what’s your minute called –

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: The “Jamming Minute.”

MRS. OBAMA: — the “Jamming Minute” we’re getting ready to do — the most fun is watching your teachers do it, too. Isn’t that fun watching them jam — we’re all going to jam together? Well, we want you to get your parents helping you get these awards. Can you all promise me that?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: And I need you to promise me a few things, because we can’t get this “Let’s Move” campaign going without you all. We need you all. You all are at the center of everything. So we’re going to need you to make some promises. Will you make some promises for me?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Will you promise to try to eat as healthy as you can all the time?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Will you promise me that you will eat fruits and vegetables everyday?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: And that you’ll try new foods? Even if you don’t like them, you’ll try them?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: And that you won’t eat as much sweets and chips? Will you not eat so many of them; eat less of those?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Yes, yes. (Laughter.) That’s always the tough one. Tough for us, too.

And will you all promise me that you’ll make sure that when you’re at home that you turn off the TV every now and then and just move, right?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Dance? Jump rope?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: How many people have a dog, a pet? Run around with your dog. How many people can hula hoop? Do the hula hoop. How many people can shoot a basket? Shoot a basket. How many people can do a push-up? Try a push-up. How many people can do jumping jacks? Jumping jacks.

So that means when you go home, right, after you finish your homework, before you turn on the TV, turn on the radio and move. Will you promise me that? Everyday. Everyday. Will you all promise?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: All right, well, then, let’s get moving. Let’s do our “Jamming Minute.” Are we ready to go?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: All right.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: First Lady, Mrs. Obama, in the back of the room we have our nurse and we have our office staff –

MRS. OBAMA: What, you think we need a nurse? (Laughter.)

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Well, she –

MRS. OBAMA: What’s going on with the “Jamming Minute” — (laughter) — that we need medical assistance? (Laughter.)

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: She leads the “Jamming Minute” every day.

MRS. OBAMA: All right, all right.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: So I will turn the floor over to her. We’ll listen.

MRS. OBAMA: We’re ready. We’re ready to jam.

(The students participate in the “Jamming Minute.”)

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Thank you, boys and girls. Let’s give them a hand. (Applause.)

MRS. OBAMA: All right, so are we going to do some — are the kids going to do some –

MS. NICHOLS: So now, you guys, I loved all those exercises. Those are fun, huh?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MS. NICHOLS: I think my favorite was cross the bridge. So now what we’re going to do is us Olympic and Paralympic athletes are going to run you through one of our favorite exercises. So Hannah is going to pick her favorite, Shani will pick his, Heath will pick his favorite, and I’ll do mine, okay?

MRS. OBAMA: All right.

MS. NICHOLS: You guys ready?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MS. NICHOLS: Who do you guys want to start?

AUDIENCE: Hannah!

MS. NICHOLS: Hannah!

MR. DAVIS: I heard Hannah.

MRS. OBAMA: Wasn’t clear. (Laughter.)

(The Olympians and Paralympians lead exercises.)

MRS. OBAMA: Let’s see if the kids have any questions for the Olympians before we go. Sorry — off-script. (Laughter.) You guys — what, are you guys up for taking some questions from the little people?

All right, Principal Foster, you’re in charge.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Okay, Samson Bell (ph), please stand up. Speak loud and proud and ask the First Lady your question.

MRS. OBAMA: Or any of the Olympians.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Or any of the Olympians.

Q What was it like when you first started to speed skate?

MR. FITTS: Would you mind repeating the question?

Q What was it like when you first started to speed skate?

MRS. OBAMA: You got that, Alan? (Laughter.)

MR. DAVIS: Well, that’s a good question. When I first started speed skating, it was — I had to start kind of from the ground up. I saw everyone around me, all the older skaters, so fast, and the only thing I wanted to do was try to be like them some day, so I had to work very hard the days that I had practice, which was on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then of course all those miles I ran before school. So got the endurance right.

But it was very challenging. It didn’t come as easy as it may seem now if you watched speed skating on TV. I’ve been skating for over 21 years of my life. I started when I was six years old, so it was a long time — that it took a lot of dedication and hard work, as well as a lot of focus, to get to where I’m at now. But it was not easy. Very difficult.

MRS. OBAMA: There’s a mic. Get the mic!

Q Shani Davis, have you ever had a TV show on speed skating?

MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, Shani. (Laughter.)

MR. DAVIS: Speed skating has a big audience in Europe, and I actually had some documentaries made on me a few years back and even before these Olympics. And actually I think 800,000 people watched it. So the answer of your question is kind of yes and kind of no. But maybe some day. You just got to ask for it, and maybe people will get the good idea and make that happen. Good job. Would you watch it if I had a speed skating TV show?

Q Yes.

MR. DAVIS: Okay, that’s good. Thank you.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Christian Davis Gooding, Jr. (ph), what’s your question?

Q Michelle Obama, what do you think you would do to get everybody in the “Let’s Move” program?

MRS. OBAMA: Okay, that’s a good question: What would I do to get everybody involved in the “Let’s Move” program? I’d do sort of what I’m doing now. I’d ask everybody to help, because it’s going to take everybody. It’s going to take parents, it’s going to take teachers and principals, it’s going to take the people who make the food that you all eat to make it healthier, it’s going to take all our athletes — because it’s not just the Paralympians and the Olympians here who are helping. These guys have committed to go help us spread the word, along with a lot of athletes from Major League Baseball and National Basketball League and folks who play professional soccer.

But the most important people that we need are all of you all, because ultimately, as all the athletes said, these decisions are yours to make, right? I mean, you make the decision about what you eat and how you move, right? So ultimately it’s going to be up to all of you all to make good decisions that will help you for the rest of your lives. Okay?

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Okay, Karan Foster (ph). No relation, just saying. Karan Foster back here.

Q Alana Nichols, what did it feel like to ski without your legs?

MS. NICHOLS: That’s a good question. As Michelle told you guys, I was a snowboarder before my accident. And when I lost my legs, what happened was I broke my back, and my back — the bones in my back went through my spinal chord, which is the way that your brain communicates with your legs. So when my bones went through that spinal chord, my brain couldn’t tell my legs how to work anymore, and that’s why I’m in a chair.

And the first time I went skiing was really frustrating. I fell down every time. I stood back up — I sat back up, rather; fell down; and I struggled to get back up; and I fell down again. And I just kept wanting to get better. And every time I was doing it, I got just a little bit better. And so I thought, well, maybe if I just keep doing it, I’ll get really good. And that’s exactly what happened.

So the first time I tried skiing, it wasn’t very easy, but it got better. And eventually I was able to get really good, and then it was a lot of fun because I quit falling. And now I get to do what I love and I get to go to the Paralympics and win medals sometimes.

So whatever you want to do, just keeping working at it and you’ll get better at it.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Amber Brown (ph).

Q Michelle Obama, do you think you can get a TV show called “Let’s Move” so people could move with you on TV?

MRS. OBAMA: Let me ask another: Do you think if you saw it on TV, you guys would do it more?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: Well, there you go. TV show it is. Katie? (Laughter.)

How much more time? How are we doing on time? Okay, we got one more, Principal.

PRINCIPAL FOSTER: Okay, I don’t want to ignore the kids on stage. Tayana (ph)? Make it a good one.

Q Mrs. Obama, what kind of sport are you engaged in?

MRS. OBAMA: Oh, I love sports. I love sports. Okay, so right now I love to play tennis. I try to play it as much as I can. I work out every day. Every day. Every single day. I run on the treadmill. I lift weights. The President loves basketball. And sometimes I play, but I don’t know about basketball.

And I like to ski. We did some skiing this year. I’m getting a little bit better. Can do some green slopes and blue slopes.

Q (Inaudible.)

MRS. OBAMA: Maybe next year. (Laughter.) So I like all kinds of sports. But tennis is probably one of my favorite sports.

All right, you guys. Thank you.

END

12:00 P.M. EDT

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Do You Really Think Obama Can Lower The Hammer On Wall Street?

Obama Cracking Down On Wall Street Is Like The Fox Cracking Down On The Hen House: ”

Despite Goldman Sachs Troubles, Wall St Reflects Financial Sector Recovery

With President Obama promising to crackdown on Wall Street recently, the only metaphor I can think of is putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Although Tim Geithner seems somewhat less tainted than his predecessor Hank Paulson, I just don’t believe government has the scruples or cajones to catch up to, let alone stay ahead of, Wall street. Given the recent news surrounding Goldman Sachs, is it a surprise to anyone that the former head of the treasury, Hank Paulson, used to work for them? Not only that, but if you delve deep enough, back in 1972-73 during the Watergate scandal, Paulson used to work under John Erhichlman of the Nixon administration, who was later convicted and went to prison for his role in the matter. If anyone had their hands in the cookie jar, it was Hank Paulson.

Ben Bernanke, head of the Federal Reserve? Don’t get me started on him. Just watch Jim Cramer’s rant from CNBC:

Chris Cox of the SEC? He sat on his rear end taking home his big government paycheck while whistleblowers tried to get him to look at Bernie Madoff but he just ignored them. My point is, until Obama cleans house and puts people in charge that want to get the job done rather than just sit back and collect a fat government paycheck, nothing will change.

WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Says We Must Move Forward on Wall Street Reform: ”

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said that in the wake of the economic crisis Wall Street reform is too important an issue for inaction. The plan moving through Congress will end bailouts, hold Wall Street accountable, and protect consumers, taxpayers and the economy from the kind of abuses that helped bring about the economic crisis. Every day without reform, those abuses, and the system which allowed them, remain in place. It is time to move forward with real reforms for Wall Street.

The audio and video will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 am ET, Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Remarks of President Barack Obama

As Prepared for Delivery

The White House

April 17, 2010

There were many causes of the turmoil that ripped through our economy over the past two years. But above all, this crisis was caused by failures in the financial industry. What is clear is that this crisis could have been avoided if Wall Street firms were more accountable, if financial dealings were more transparent, and if consumers and shareholders were given more information and authority to make decisions.

But that did not happen. And that’s because special interests have waged a relentless campaign to thwart even basic, common-sense rules – rules to prevent abuse and protect consumers. In fact, the financial industry and its powerful lobby have opposed modest safeguards against the kinds of reckless risks and bad practices that led to this very crisis.

The consequences of this failure of responsibility – from Wall Street to Washington – are all around us: 8 million jobs lost, trillions in savings erased, countless dreams diminished or denied. I believe we have to do everything we can to ensure that no crisis like this ever happens again. That’s why I’m fighting so hard to pass a set of Wall Street reforms and consumer protections. A plan for reform is currently moving through Congress.

Here’s what this plan would do. First, it would enact the strongest consumer financial protections ever. It would put consumers back in the driver’s seat by forcing big banks and credit card companies to provide clear, understandable information so that Americans can make financial decisions that work best for them.

Next, these reforms would bring new transparency to financial dealings. Part of what led to this crisis was firms like AIG and others making huge and risky bets – using things like derivatives – without accountability. Warren Buffett himself once described derivatives bought and sold with little oversight as “financial weapons of mass destruction.” That’s why through reform we’d help ensure that these kinds of complicated financial transactions take place on an open market. Because, ultimately, it is a marketplace that is open, free, and fair that will allow our economy to flourish.

We would also close loopholes to stop the kind of recklessness and irresponsibility we’ve seen. It’s these loopholes that allowed executives to take risks that not only endangered their companies, but also our entire economy. And we’re going to put in place new rules so that big banks and financial institutions will pay for the bad decisions they make – not taxpayers. Simply put, this means no more taxpayer bailouts. Never again will taxpayers be on the hook because a financial company is deemed “too big to fail.”

Finally, these reforms hold Wall Street accountable by giving shareholders new power in the financial system. They’ll get a say on pay: a vote on the salaries and bonuses awarded to top executives. And the SEC will ensure that shareholders have more power in corporate elections, so that investors and pension holders have a stronger voice in determining what happens with their life savings.

Now, unsurprisingly, these reforms have not exactly been welcomed by the people who profit from the status quo – as well their allies in Washington. This is probably why the special interests have spent a lot of time and money lobbying to kill or weaken the bill. Just the other day, in fact, the Leader of the Senate Republicans and the Chair of the Republican Senate campaign committee met with two dozen top Wall Street executives to talk about how to block progress on this issue.

Lo and behold, when he returned to Washington, the Senate Republican Leader came out against the common-sense reforms we’ve proposed. In doing so, he made the cynical and deceptive assertion that reform would somehow enable future bailouts – when he knows that it would do just the opposite. Every day we don’t act, the same system that led to bailouts remains in place – with the exact same loopholes and the exact same liabilities. And if we don’t change what led to the crisis, we’ll doom ourselves to repeat it. That’s the truth. Opposing reform will leave taxpayers on the hook if a crisis like this ever happens again.

So my hope is that we can put this kind of politics aside. My hope is that Democrats and Republicans can find common ground and move forward together. But this is certain: one way or another, we will move forward. This issue is too important. The costs of inaction are too great. We will hold Wall Street accountable. We will protect and empower consumers in our financial system. That’s what reform is all about. That’s what we’re fighting for. And that’s exactly what we’re going to achieve.

Thank you.

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