Law & Order
John Yoo, a former Department of Justice attorney in the administration of George W. Bush who wrote the so-called “torture memos” that provided the legal rationale for the government to use “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation is not pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Mr. Yoo, who is now a professor at Berkeley law school, penned an editorial in which appeared in Saturday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal in which he speculated the healthcare ruling may allow the government to “force us to buy electric cars, eat organic kale, or replace oil heaters with solar panels.”
Newly elected French President Francois Hollande had his first meeting with President Barack Obama today. In a press conference with reporters after their conversation, President Obama said he was eager to hear Monsieur Hollande’s assessment of American cuisine after the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago.
“I was reading the President’s biography … he actually spent some time in the United States in his youth, studying American fast food.” President Obama said. “Although he decided to go into politics, we’ll be interested in his opinions of cheeseburgers in Chicago.”
Monsieur Hollande responded with a promise to never besmirch burgers.
“I would like to thank President Obama for the knowledge he has of my life before I took office,” he said, according to an interpreter. “I will say nothing against cheeseburgers, of course.”
Mr. Obama replied diplomatically.
“I just want to remember that cheeseburgers go very well with French fries,” he said.
While campaigning in Ohio last night, Joe Biden stopped at the Naples Spaghetti House where he crossed paths with a Romney campaign spokesman, Ryan Williams, who questioned him about his policies on coal. Mr. Williams discussed his run-in with Mr. Biden with The Politicker.
“I was sitting at a table next to him. One of his staffers seemed to inform the Vice President that I was a spokesperson for the Romney campaign,” Mr. Williams said. “The Vice President mentioned me by name, asked me to come over. I walked over, I shook his hand, he introduced me to his dinner companions, asked me to sit down. I didn’t sit down. … I asked him, I said, you know, Mr. Vice President, it’s interesting that you’re here in coal country today given your staunch opposition to coal. Do you disagree with that?”
Let Them Eat Subs
Today, President Barack Obama is pushing his economic “To Do List”for Congress. President Obama will be meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell later today to encourage them to act on the proposals in his list. He started the morning at a Washington D.C. deli, Taylor Gourmet, where he had a roundtable discussion with the deli’s owners and other small business people that he claims would benefit from the new hire tax credit that is one of the five items on his list. While appearing at the deli, President Obama was asked by reporters about his plans for his meeting with the Congressional leadership.
“I’m going to offer them some hoagies,” he said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has another critic over his administration’s decision to ban food from homeless shelters, because, as CBS reported, the city “can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced his opposition while challenging the basic rationality of the plan in a statement this evening.
“While I generally give this Administration high marks on protecting public health, the decision to ban food donations from shelters defies common sense,” said Mr. de Blasio, who’s a leading contender for the mayor’s office himself in 2013.
In a web video released last week, Senator Greg Ball takes a walk on on his farm, feeding the pigs and nursing a calf by hand accompanied by rocking ’80′s style electric guitars. Senator Ball’s video is designed to promote him as a defender of family farms. “We’re losing our family farms,” Senator Ball said in the ad. “We got to stop that, we’ve got to fix it.”
Jon Huntsman made a date to win Ben Stein’s money on Park Avenue next week.
Congressman Peter King voiced his displeasure with Newt Gingrich.
NYPD officers ate Occupy Wall Street’s pizza.