*Taking “running mates” to a whole new level, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden go for a quick run around the White House in a new video for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.
“Mr. President, are you ready to move?” Biden asks as he arrives in the Oval Office. “Absolutely. Let’s do this thing. Let’s move!” Obama replies.
Apparently there’s no time to change into workout gear, as the pair cruise around the White House in their dress shirts, ties and slacks – leaving first dogs Bo and Sunny wondering…wtf?
Vice President Joe Biden applauds as US President Barack Obama arrives at the microphone to speak during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Oct. 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
*Nearly half a century after Martin Luther King, Jr. led the historic March on Washington for equality, tens of thousands came to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication.
The memorial to Dr. King has been open since August, but the dedication was delayed due to Hurricane Irene. As President Obama said, though delayed, “this is a day that would not be denied.”
President Barack Obama reaches out to his family members as they arrive for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial on the National Mall Oct. 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
The First Family toured the memorial and then the patriarch spoke at the dedication ceremony in honor of Dr. King’s work to make his dream a reality for all.
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) accepts applause as she finishes her performance with U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the MLK National Memorial Project Fund (L) .
(l-r) First Lady Michelle Obama, US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden sing "We Shall Overcome" at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Oct. 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
During his speech, Obama stressed that progress towards Dr. King’s vision has not come easily and there is still more to do to expand opportunity and make our nation more just.
Ryan Rhodes, right, and another member of the Iowa Tea Party Revolution, speak to President Barack Obama at a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour.
*With an assist from Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh, 29-year-old Tea Party member Ryan Rhodes is enjoying his 5 minutes of fame, making TV appearances on CNN and Fox News Channel , after video of him challenging President Obama on civility and financial policy went viral.
His road to celebrity began Monday as Obama signed autographs after a townhall meeting. With patriotic music blaring in the background and surrounded by supporters of the president, Rhodes asked Obama how he can call for “civility” when Vice President Joe Biden is calling Tea Partiers “terrorists” and “hostage takers.” Obama denied Biden used such language.
Rhodes next asked Obama about the weak economy and whether it was “reasonable” to expect a balanced budget from lawmakers.
“It doesn’t sound like you’re interested in listening,” Obama told him.
“You haven’t listened either,” Rhodes shot back. “You’re blaming it on everyone but yourself” (video below).
The Drudge Report on Tuesday posted a photo of Rhodes talking to Obama accompanied by the headline: “Tea Partiers In His Face,” then Rhodes appeared on Limbaugh’s national radio show.
Limbaugh asked if CNN had reached out to Rhodes, and he told them it had. “About every station pretty much contacted me,” Rhodes said.
“Opportunities galore are going to present themselves to you as a result of this instance,” Limbaugh said. Then Limbaugh promised to send Rhodes a free iPad, Macbook and samples of his new iced tea line, Two If By Tea.
The next stop for Rhodes was an interview with Sean Hannity on his Hannity TV show. The Fox News host not only chatted with the newly minted media personality, but also enlisted the help of a couple more Fox stars to dissect the video.
Rhodes’ sudden fame is similar to the way Joe Wurzelbacher shot to prominence after Obama, while campaigning, talked to the Ohio plumber about his desire to “spread the wealth around” if he were elected president.
The media dubbed him Joe the Plumber and he quickly appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News and a dozen more TV shows after the exchange. Later, he became a motivational speaker and wrote a book.
President Barack Obama (C) meets with (L-R), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. in hopes of coming to an agreement on raising the nations debt limit. (July 13, 2011)
*Lawmakers and the White House had what nearly every party is describing as a “tough” and “testy” meeting on the debt ceiling Wednesday afternoon, culminating in a stormy exchange between President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), reports the Huffington Post.
It was the fifth straight day of talks, but the first in which attendees, speaking on background, were willing to admit that steps were taken backwards. According to multiple sources, disagreements surfaced early, in the middle and at the end of the nearly two-hour talks. At issue was Cantor’s repeated push to do a short-term resolution and Obama’s insistence that he would not accept one.
“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people on this,” the president said, according to both Cantor and another attendee. “This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington: that everyone is more interested in posturing, political positioning, and protecting their base, than in resolving real problems.”
In the foreground, Vice President Joe Biden (R) talks with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley (L)
Cantor, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said that the president “abruptly” walked off after offering his scolding.
“I know why he lost his temper. He’s frustrated. We’re all frustrated,” the Virginia Republican said.
Democratic officials had a different interpretation. “The meeting ended with Cantor being dressed down while sitting in silence,” one official said in an email. “[The president] said Cantor could not have it both ways of insisting on dollar-for-dollar and still not being open to revenues.”
Lost in the rush to frame the dramatic conclusion of Wednesday meetings was word of the actual substance of the talks. According to several attendees, negotiations stalled from the onset over the same issues that have proved irresolvable. Working off of talks that had been spearheaded by Vice President Joseph Biden, the president said he would be comfortable signing off on northward of $1.5 trillion in discretionary spending and mandatory spending cuts. With additional negotiations, he added, he could move that figure up to $1.7 trillion, and with a willingness to consider revenue increases and tax loophole closures, lawmakers could get to over $2 trillion. His preference, he said, was to continue to push for the biggest package possible, so long as it was balanced.
*The foursome is set for President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner’s first golf outing together, reports the AP.
Boehner tweeted Friday that GOP Gov. John Kasich of Ohio will join the group, which also includes Vice President Joe Biden. Obama campaigned for Kasich’s Democratic opponent in last fall’s election, former Gov. Ted Strickland.
The outing, set for June 18, is expected to be in the Washington area, but the golf course hasn’t been named.
Obama and Boehner, who’s also from Ohio, share a passion for golf. Their time on the course could give them a chance to hash out their differences over the deficit ceiling and other topics.