*(Via Reuters/MSN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said. Continue reading
President Obama talks on the phone from the Oval Office with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, about Ukraine.
*GOP leaders took giddy delight in mocking President Obama’s ninety minute phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This was Obama’s frontal effort to get Putin to stand down from his assault on the Ukraine. They called his talk with Putin weak, soft, and even cowardly.
The GOP smears of Obama on his handling of the Ukrainian crisis are a virtual repeat of the same smears it has repeated time and again against him on the issues of national security and foreign policy.
*President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress.
*President Barack Obama has established a tradition of opening the White House on Super Bowl Sunday to friends, supporters and the press—the highlight that of which has become an annual on-air interview just prior to the Super Bowl. Part of being “the people’s” President.
It’s a gamble. To his credit, the Prez takes all comers—liberal and conservative interviewers. Even some of the ideologues who are bent on trying to embarrass him at every turn.
Even those stuck on stupid.
*If you missed it, on Sunday before the big game, President Obama sat down with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
We guess you could call it a reprise of the time they got together in before the 2011 Super Bowl. It was also Obama’s sixth straight pre-Super Bowl interview. Who knows, maybe he’s started a tradition that will last even when he leaves office.
*(Via LA Times) – President Obama‘s 2014 State of the Union address drew an average of 33.3 million viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen.
That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton’s speech averaged 31.5 million viewers.
Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year’s. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people.
The rest of this story at the LA Times.