The ongoing scandal over former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair and the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya were two of the main topics when President Barack Obama had his first post-election White House press conference this afternoon. President Obama promised thorough investigations would be done to uncover details about the FBI investigation that unearthed the Petraeus scandal and the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack. He also had high praise for Mr. Petraeus and harsh words for anyone who might attempt to block him from nominating diplomat Susan Rice as secretary of state because her role in the widely-criticized shifting explanations for the Libyan embassy attack.
Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain blasted President Barack Obama in an appearance on “Michigan’s Morning Show” on WJIM radio today in which he criticized the president’s performance on the economy, described the process that led to “Obamacare” as “the sleaziest” and complained about the lobbyists’ proximity to the White House.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever observed and the American people obviously deserved a lot better than what we got today,” Mr. McCain said.
President Barack Obama explained told an audience at a fundraiser in Philadelphia last night that he has much less in common with Mitt Romney than he did with his opponent in 2008, John McCain.
“The choices in this election could not be starker,” President Obama said. “Back in 2008, I had some strong disagreements with John McCain, but there were certain baselines that we both agreed on. We both agreed on things like immigration reform. We agreed on the existence of climate change. We agreed on the need to control campaign finance spending. This time out, across the board, there is just a fundamental disagreement, a difference of vision in terms of where we want to go.”
Today, political types experienced déja vu and marveled at Al Sharpton’s weight loss. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Mitt Romney marked the Memorial Day holiday today with the release of a new web video entitled “Thank You” in which he praises veterans and pledges to “keep America strong, and worthy of the great sacrifice of America’s veterans.”
“We rightly call our fathers and mothers the greatest generation, but every woman and every man who has or now defends amer liberty share in their heritage of greatness every veteran is the greatest of his generation,” Mr. Romney says in the video. “It’s time for us to come together and to carry our message across this country, we’re restoring those principles that made America the great nation that it is.”
It’s college graduation season, which means we get to enjoy the sight of politicians are donning robes to make speeches at commencement ceremonies across the country. In the past few days, President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, Mitt Romney and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all suited up for commencement speeches. Read on to see our Read More
A few days ago, the New York Post reported John McCain visited City Hall in an attempt to woo Mayor Michael Bloomberg into supporting Mitt Romney for president, but asked about it this morning on Gambling’s radio show, Mr. Bloomberg played down the politics of the visit.
“John McCain did not talk to me about supporting Mitt Romney,” he said, quietly laughing before transitioning to explain what he felt was the true purpose of the visit.
HBO has released a trailer for their upcoming cable movie “Game Change,” based on John Heileman and Mark Halperin’s 2008 campaign tome of the same name. “Game Change” features Ed Harris as John McCain, Woody Harrelson as Senator McCain’s advisor Steve Schmidt and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. The clip is quite brief, but it’s clear Ms. Moore does a mean Palin impression.
State Senator Carl Kruger will appear in Manhattan Federal Court tomorrow to discuss making a plea in the bribery case against him.
Someone is making mysterious robocalls in support of an effort to draft Hillary Clinton to enter the presidential race.
Councilwoman Tish James knew the woman who was burned alive in Brooklyn this weekend and has set up a fund to help her family afford a funeral.
A New York political operative fired off this missive about the Obama-inspired movie whose trailer was posted on Hulu last night, which I grabbed this morning.
President Obama’s election was a profound moment of history being made in front of our eyes. Some people got excited about it – many took time away from work to volunteer for a campaign and a cause that inspired them for the first time. But then others saw that and decided to try and use this piece of history as an opportunity to make money from some really dumb ideas. Any guesses about which category the people who made this movie fall into?
The only exception perhaps is that this film is coming out about two years too late. Seriously, what was the hold up on fast tracking this thing?