The small group were reported to have dined at The Inn at Little Washington, an exclusive restaurant in rural Virginia not far from Washington DC, on Friday evening despite the headlines rolling across US television screens.
How quickly they became aware of Gen Petraeus' resignation and reports of Mrs Broadwell's involvement in the scandal is unclear. But a bigger party the next day which had journalists and military figures on the guestlist was cancelled by email.
On Sunday, no one was home at the family address in the upmarket area of Dilworth, Charlotte, North Carolina. The only message readily available had been etched with chalk in the driveway 'Dad hearts' Mom'.
According to the Left’s twisted logic, because “the majority” voted for him, Obamanow has a eat-the-rich mandate on behalf of the 99% and he must use it to help steer America over the Fiscal Cliff by raising taxes on upper-middle class Americans and the wealthy.
An economic calamity looming, President Barack Obama on Friday signaled willingness to compromise with Republicans, declaring he was not “wedded to every detail” of his tax-and-spending approach to prevent deep and widespread pain in the new year. But he insisted his re-election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on wealthier Americans.
“The majority of Americans agree with my approach,” said Obama, brimming with apparent confidence in his first White House statement since securing a second term. [Emphasis added.]
Well, actually, Mr. President, 47.9 percent don’t agree with your approach. However, because a “majority” voted for you, you and your backers apparently feel entitled to plunder from the minority.
Like some modern-day Robin Hood wannabe, Mr. President, you believe that American businessmen did not really build their businesses or, apparently, earn their money. So, therefore, you will confiscate it to help offset the spending, entitlements, and (especially) the unfunded liabilities that you and your fellow Washington windbags (in both parties) have saddled America with.
Where are the tears for the 23 million Americans out of work who worry about putting food on the table, the Hurricane Sandy victims who are still without power or without a home, and where were the tears as the four flag-draped coffins returned from Benghazi?
Our leader is able to witness the country’s worst heartbreak without a tear, yet when he experiences personal victory, he weeps.
We have people crying out for jobs and a better life. The president’s answer is to redistribute the wealth and provide the poor a subsistence-level income.
We have storm victims wading through sewage on the East Coast to find the smallest possession, and our president dons his Barack O’Bomber jacket for a photo op and jets off to the campaign trail.
We have a terror attack on 9-11 in Benghazi, and our leader hops on a plane to Vegas to fill his campaign coffers.
Obunga appears stoic through America’s worst pain, yet can’t keep his composure when his own job is saved. That’s enough to make a grown man cry.
This weekend, the Wall Street Journal documented the promise, made in 2006 to Frank Almquist, an Illinois constituent who had served in the Army in the 1980s. A medal for Cold War veterans seemed "appropriate," Obama wrote, and wrote that he hoped "this impasse can be broken soon." He never took up the task.
The U.S. has thus far failed to honor those who served in the long struggle against communism, which began almost as soon as the Second World War had ended. Though communist regimes--especially Stalin's Soviet Union and Mao's China, and satellites such as Pol Pot's Cambodia--committed more murders than the Nazis, few Americans are aware of the absolute moral evil that communism represents, or the sacrifices made to stop it.
The fact that the U.S. government has never formally recognized Cold War veterans has meant they have been excluded from veterans' groups such as the American Legion, which only includes veterans from periods of "hot" wars, regardless of where or how the veterans served. The U-2 pilots who provided essential intelligence; the soldiers who kept watch in Berlin; the sailors who were silent sentinels aboard submarines, tracking Soviet movements, ready to strike--all have gone unheralded, and largely uncelebrated, even on Veterans Day.
It is possible that the reluctance to honor Cold War veterans springs from a political motive. Many on the left opposed the tough line taken against communism by Presidents from Truman to Reagan; many still think of communism as a legitimate alternative economic model that was never given a real chance at success due to western opposition and political failures in implementation. An
“It is high noon for America,” Glazov claimed in an interview with Josh Brewster of The Glazov Gang. “There’s a jihadist enemy that’s coming at the West and at America and at Israel. There’s the threat of stealth jihad and also violent, physical jihad. And … political correctness and the leftist ideology has completely blinded the West and handcuffed us behind our back, and we’ve got a media as well as people in our White House that are sabotaging us from within.”
To my dismay, not only did the usual suspects, like George Stephanopoulos, promote this old propaganda line, but many “conservative” analysts fell into the trap on the day after.
The George Soros-funded site AlterNet celebrated with an article titled “What Propelled Obama to Victory and Sent the Plutocrats and Racists to a Brutal Defeat”:
The diverse, creative, younger coalition that propelled the first black president — a guy whose middle name is Hussein — to the presidency, beat back what may well have been the last stand of Ronald Reagan’s coalition of plutocrats, white working-class men and religious conservatives.
The GOP’s most reliable supporters remain white, married couples who identify themselves as Christians, a group that continues its sharp decline in numbers.
The same site fulminates at the large size of Christian families, and hyperventilates about overpopulation. But the celebration over a “sharp decline in numbers” reveals an ideological callousness. I think of Bill Ayers’ plans to eliminate about 25 million Americans who would refuse to be reeducated after the revolution.
But celebration over changes in ethnic and racial makeup happens in more respectable venues. Back in September, at the last Decatur, Georgia, Labor Day Book Festival, a political science professor and author of The Polarized Public? Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional predicted to the almost all-white audience that Democrats would prevail this election season. Political polarization was attributed to “extremism” on the part of conservatives, w
Farah wrote that Obama's re-election represents, at least to him, "God’s judgment on a people who have turned away from Him and His ways and from everything for which our founders sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor."
He went on to say, "things are going to get very tough in America over the next four years."
Republican voters, shell-shocked by the Democratic wave that swept over the country Tuesday, are not ready to give up the ship. Instead, they want GOP lawmakers to fight President Obama even harder.
While many voters want the dueling political parties to break bread and solve issues in a bipartisan way, Rasmussen Reports revealed in a new poll that a whopping 79% of Republicans think their party should stand up for principles and not cave in to compromise.
"Republicans are even more emphatic that the GOP should stick to its principles than they were four years ago," said Rasmussen.
That result is likely to bolster Tea Party members re-elected to the House, which remained firmly in Republican control and opposed to tax increases in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, a position reaffirmed by GOP House and Senate leaders Thursday.
The poll found that the election did not heal the deep partisanship in the country. For example, 86 percent of Democratic voters said it is time for the GOP to work with Obama.
And it also indicated that Republican voters want party leaders to fight harder, believing that GOP lawmakers aren't doing a good job representing them in Congress.
Rasmussen said that 55 percent believe Republicans in Congress have lost touch with the party's voters throughout the nation. "Still," said Rasmussen, "this is more faith than Republicans had four years ago when 68% felt their congressional representatives were out of touch with the party's base. But then Republican have taken control of the House of Representatives since then."