Over the weekend Barnard College bumped New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson from her spot as 2012 commencement speaker for a better offer—the trump card in the commencement bookings game, some might say: President Barack Obama.
It’s surprised no one that President Obama had zeroed in on the Manhattan women’s college for a spring speech. Facing a slate of pro-life GOP rivals and a Congress thrown into old school culture wars over his contraception-mandating health care bill, the President has publicly allied himself with women’s interests groups.
Before he was leader of the free world cruising around in armor-plated vehicles with a Secret Service retinue, then-legislator Barack Obama allegedly tooled around in this tasteful gray Chrysler sedan. This is apparently a legitimate auction for the 2005 Chrysler 300C the President used while he was an Illinois State senator. Lisa Czibor, who has told reporters that she is holding the auction for someone else, says the first 19,000 miles were all [future] presidential powered.
The auction holders are also a little defensive about the $1,000,000 asking price:
Occupy Wall Street
We’ve been alerted by a tipster that Occupy Wall Street protesters (who still exist, even if their movement has become decentralized) will be gathering at Bryant Park at 6:00 p.m. tonight to march to the Sheraton where President Barack Obama is holding a fundraising dinner.
Earlier this week, both of New York’s senators took the impending visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao as an opportunity to air their grievances with China, and to recommend that President Obama take a harsh tone with regard to human rights abuses and economic inequity.
Obama walked a fine line during the visit, mostly Read More
The Last Critic
No one cares to make the connection, but it’s a glaring fact: Our most recent two presidents have whopping daddy problems. All men have some kind of daddy problem, but not all men have a whopping daddy problem. The Oedipal difference between George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama Jr. is that the former’s father was Read More
If the right-wing chorus insists that the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is “Obama’s Katrina,” then let us hope the president will make the most of that slogan. The comparison between the utter failure of the Bush administration and the missteps and errors of the Obama White House is fundamentally Read More
A few weeks after Bill Clinton laughed off a question about his wife’s future presidential ambitions, Hillary Clinton answered the question definitively in an interview with The Today Show.
“Will you ever run for president again? Yes or no,” Today‘s Ann Curry wondered.
“No,” Ms. Clinton replied.
“No?” Ms. Curry asked again.
“No. Read More
The first interview with Sonia Sotomayor since her confirmation is up on CSPAN, and–with the interviewer prodding her to describe how she received news of her nomination, “for history”–Sotomayor says, basically, that she sat around her office in New York all day, waiting for the White House to call and then they never did. Read More
“I guess in some strange way its flattering,” Rudy Giuliani told reporters this afternoon, when asked about reports President Obama had discouraged David Paterson from seeking the Democratic nomination in 2010. Mr. Giuliani currently polls much higher than the only Republican to declare so far–former congressman Rick Lazio.
The rest of New York Read More
Fire up the Firefox! Beginning Monday, July 13, at 10 a.m., Judge Sonia Sotomayor is expected to give opening statements and face questioning from senators at her Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Yankees and Mets pitcher and the Manhattan district attorney are set to testify on her Read More