Bill eases transfer of Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries

Bill eases transfer of Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries

http://twitter.com/#!/WestWingReport/status/416342014612217856 Thursday in Hawaii, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law for fiscal year 2014. He also added a signing statement in which he reiterated his desire to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. It was a goal he mentioned often during the 2008 campaign, and in the first days of his presidency he issued an executive order to close the Cuba-based detention facility. “Since taking office,” the president wrote, “I have repeatedly called upon the Congress to work with my Administration to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The continued operation of the facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists.” The president singled out two sections of the Act for criticism, including Section 1034, which “renews the bar against using appropriated funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees in the United States for any purpose,” such as for trial. http://twitter.com/#!/ZekeJMiller/status/416311617215672320 […]

‘Unbelievable!’ White House says no Ebola-related travel restrictions

‘Unbelievable!’ White House says no Ebola-related travel restrictions

http://twitter.com/#!/NiceDeb/status/517359765660237824 The first ever case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States was a man who flew to the country from Liberia. So you might be wondering… Just spitballing here, but shouldn't travel restrictions be in place right now for people coming from Ebola afflicted countries? — RB (@RBPundit) October 1, 2014 In response to similar questions, Josh Earnest said today that there would be no travel bans from countries with Ebola epidemics: Good freaking grief "White House: No Ebola travel restrictions" http://t.co/hAuGT6SchV — Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) October 1, 2014 Earnest said the chances of an epidemic in the U.S. are “incredibly low.” President Obama said previously that the possibility someone with Ebola would reach U.S. shores was “unlikely.” And yet it happened. @HeyTammyBruce Unbelievable!!! — mary christie (@peaceischrist) October 1, 2014 @HeyTammyBruce sounding a little like a Virus-Phobic anti science racist war on germs RW talk show host. — […]

Where’s Ronald Klain? Has ‘Where’s Waldo’ of czars been quarantined?

Where’s Ronald Klain? Has ‘Where’s Waldo’ of czars been quarantined?

http://twitter.com/#!/HeyTammyBruce/status/527175665234112513 After delivering those reassuring remarks to the press and public on the White House lawn Tuesday afternoon, President Obama announced that he’d have more to add Wednesday afternoon after meeting with his Ebola response team. Tomorrow at the WH. Pres Obama meets again with his Ebola response team. Then delivers another Ebola statement to reporters at 340pm/ET. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 29, 2014 @markknoller Where's @RonaldKlain? — DC Dude (@DCDude1776) October 29, 2014 Will this be the event where Ebola czar Ronald Klain comes out of hiding at last and announces a comprehensive plan to battle the spread of the disease? @markknoller whatever happened to "the Ebola Czar?" shouldn't he be giving all these statements? — jacqs (@heyjdey) October 29, 2014 @markknoller Do you know if the 'Eboli' czar is quarantined or something? We are getting worried about him. Where is he??? — Ihab Botros (@BotrosIhab) October 29, […]

‘Unloved and unwanted’ president earns a ‘D’ from pollster John Zogby

‘Unloved and unwanted’ president earns a ‘D’ from pollster John Zogby

http://twitter.com/#!/LadyGoodman3/status/528617413042925571 Does anyone else remember President Obama’s Dec. 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he graded his first year in office as “a good solid B-plus”? That was a good laugh even at the time, but the laughs are far fewer now six years into his presidency. As the Washington Examiner reports today, respected pollster John Zogby awards Obama a “D” for the week before critical midterm elections, down from a “C” last week. Zogby Report Card: Obama is 'alone and unloved' http://t.co/l6un4TOD5w pic.twitter.com/AV5dcXzb5M — Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 1, 2014 Writes Zogby, “Nationwide, Mr. Obama’s approval is at 45 percent. But competitive candidates for the Senate don’t want him anywhere near them, and that has to stink. Alone and unloved as the election approaches.” Alone and unloved? That’s harsh. But even the president has publicly addressed his unpopularity on the campaign trail, bravely keeping a stiff upper lip and telling […]

Bam! Sen. Mike Lee nails Obamacare with bumper sticker-worthy quote

Bam! Sen. Mike Lee nails Obamacare with bumper sticker-worthy quote

http://twitter.com/#!/cpdavis4/status/428378392317423616 Heh. Twitter users were buzzing about “inequality Godzilla” on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. http://twitter.com/#!/The_real_MattS/status/428560599824728065 So do we! But what is “inequality Godzilla” and how did it come about? http://twitter.com/#!/SenMikeLee/status/428411075084972032 Bam! Sen. Lee always cuts right to the chase with no craven equivocating. His Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address was no exception and is a must-watch: http://twitter.com/#!/charliespiering/status/428374068904341504 Bingo. No caving! Americans can count on Sen. Lee to stand strong with a firm spine. http://twitter.com/#!/SenMikeLee/status/428380733334634496 You can read the whole text here (and you really must), but here is a quick fist pump-inducing snippet: And of course, Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs. Many Americans are now seeing why some of us fought so hard to stop this train-wreck over the last four years. Government-driven […]

‘Debbie’s always Debbie-ing': DNC chair still can’t pull it together [video]

‘Debbie’s always Debbie-ing’: DNC chair still can’t pull it together [video]

http://twitter.com/#!/Johngoolsby12/status/525393268872601601 That’s a tall order: The latest awkward moment between President Obama and Democrats has arrived http://t.co/6drjZtbDli https://t.co/YfG4iPVvRH — Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 23, 2014 Isn’t it about time for Little Debbie to retire? Debbie's always Debbie-ing @DWStweets cant name a senate race where @BarackObama is campaigning (hint: there isnt 1) http://t.co/SjpoNC4chq — Joe Carruth (@JoeCarruth) October 23, 2014 @bpolitics @BloombergNews LOL @DividendMaster — Trill Trades (@TrillTrades) October 23, 2014 *** Related: Twitchy coverage of Debbie Wasserman Schultz Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/23/debbies-always-debbie-ing-dnc-chair-still-cant-pull-it-together-video/

Obama demands flexibility in transferring Gitmo detainees

Obama demands flexibility in transferring Gitmo detainees

President Obama was highly visible today, issuing a questionable national security statementfrom the White Houses Roosevelt Roomand participating in the traditional presidential pardon of the White House turkey. CBS News’ Mark Knoller notes that the president also quietly signed theNational Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, along with a signing statement. As Twitchy reported, the president earlier this month said he’d announce his latest plan to close Guantanamo Bay “soon,” and a Pentagon team has scouted out possible homes for the Guantanamo Baydetainees in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado. Of course, one of the first things President Obama signed as president in January 2009 was a demandthat the detention center at Gitmo be closed within one year. It’s no surprise, then, that his signing statement repeatedly states his disappointment in Congress for impeding his progress. “I amdeeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action toward […]

‘Look at meee!’ Obama again makes himself easy to spot in a group photo

‘Look at meee!’ Obama again makes himself easy to spot in a group photo

http://twitter.com/#!/SeanMilkshake/status/507749662624079873 In 2011, during a United Nations group photo, President Obama waved to the camera and blocked out a man’s face: Oops! Lesson learned? Maybe not. Here’s a picture from the NATO summit this week: http://twitter.com/#!/USNATO/status/507561613936033793 Caption this pic “a show of hand”: http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/507737024166903808 Say “cheese”! The helpful president again makes himself easy to find in a group photo. http://twitter.com/#!/Txsleuth/status/507750211561598976 Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/05/look-at-meee-obama-again-makes-himself-easy-to-spot-in-a-group-photo/

Mark Knoller: No press coverage at president’s DNC fundraiser Thursday night

Mark Knoller: No press coverage at president’s DNC fundraiser Thursday night

http://twitter.com/#!/MoralsToFreedom/status/527931595324665856 We at Twitchy enjoy the tweets of CBS News’ Mark Knoller for two reasons in particular. First, Knoller knows his stats; the Washingtonian named him “the unofficial records keeper of the presidency, the statistics savant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Ask him how many times Obama has played golf during his term, and Knoller will answer — leading to cries of partisan bias and reminders that George W. Bush golfed too. Second, Knoller is a master of subtle snark: just check out this tweet about Thursday night’s DNC fundraiser at a private home. Pres Obama now at DNC fundraiser at a private home. 25 donors paying at least $16,200 to attend. No press coverage. But you knew that. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 30, 2014 @markknoller Big surprise. — Holly (@HollyASwanson) October 30, 2014 Of course the press isn’t allowed. Even ABC’s former White House correspondent, Ann Compton, told members […]

Dana Perino notes a ‘heckuva correction’ regarding Bush’s Iraq war coalition

Dana Perino notes a ‘heckuva correction’ regarding Bush’s Iraq war coalition

http://twitter.com/#!/dzielinski/status/514486123285209088 The myth that President Bush “went it alone” against Iraq refuses to die. It took the New York Times 12 days to issue a correction to its Sept. 11 claim that “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners.” Dana Perino provided a shot of the “heckuva” correction, published today. Heckuva correction. pic.twitter.com/xqgUidR61C — Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) September 23, 2014 As the National Review points out: While similar, President Bush’s 2003 Iraq coalition actually dwarfed President Obama’s alliance against the Islamic State – at least in its current iteration. Bush’s international coalition to depose Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein involved over three dozen nations and tens of thousands of ground troops, including 46,000 from the United Kingdom, 2,000 from Australia, and thousands from Poland, Ukraine, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Georgia. Countries from Europe, East Asia, and Latin America all participated. @DanaPerino […]

You’ll love this adorable hand turkey drawing someone made for Obama!

You’ll love this adorable hand turkey drawing someone made for Obama!

http://twitter.com/#!/JavaJoeX/status/406072912819396608 We here at Twitchy don’t usually devote time to fans of Obama who do nice things for him. But this Thanksgiving “turkey hand” drawing was so well done, we just had to remark on it. Note the subtle balance of the colors, a gentle reminder of Thanksgivings past. The turkey is so lifelike as it happily looks ahead, “forward” if you will, into the future. Really, it’s masterful. We especially like the subtle textures created by the gentle marker strokes. We hope you appreciated this short break from politics, in order to delve into a truly special work of art! Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/28/youll-love-this-adorable-hand-turkey-drawing-someone-made-for-president-obama/

Hey moms! Journo mocks ‘faux outrage’ over Dems saying you don’t have real job

Hey moms! Journo mocks ‘faux outrage’ over Dems saying you don’t have real job

http://twitter.com/#!/JanineTurner/status/504257612733767681 We are too. Sounds familiar though, doesn’t it? Democrat John Foust’s appalling remark about Republican Barbara Comstock is only the latest example. http://twitter.com/#!/Katrina_hod87/status/504313589826875392 http://twitter.com/#!/Raffiwilliams/status/502814078956752896 Yep, again. But why so upset people? Clearly, it’s just “faux outrage,” according to New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin. http://twitter.com/#!/NRCC/status/503978970086658048 Faux, Mr. Martin? Really? http://twitter.com/#!/Fountainviewkid/status/504393132130058240 Boy, is he letting his lapdog show. http://twitter.com/#!/instapundit/status/504399264202493952 http://twitter.com/#!/bimbim1/status/504403518933835777 We have a winner! But wait, there’s more. Check out Martin’s pitiful argument for calling it “faux.” http://twitter.com/#!/jmartNYT/status/504393792292532225 Bless your heart, you are so blinded by bias. So your oh-so-smart reasoning is that Ann Romney (and other moms) couldn’t possibly be both outraged and pleased at the same time to see Democrats finally exposed for their outrageous, offensive and deplorable belief that moms don’t have “real jobs”? It might be hard for you to believe, Mr. Smarty Pants, but “just moms” can think of several things at one time. […]

Donald Trump calls for immediate halt to flights to stop Ebola plague

Donald Trump calls for immediate halt to flights to stop Ebola plague

http://twitter.com/#!/realDonaldTrump/status/517103975263662081 Do we really want to be put in a position where we have to wonder if President Obama should start taking advice from Donald Trump? Don’t answer that before being reminded that this is the same president who said sending troops to West Africa to combat Ebola there was “what the stars and stripes are all about.” How dumb is our president to send thousands of poorly trained and ill-equipped soldiers over to West Africa to fight Ebola. Stop all flights — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2014 Hey, leave the troops and their training out of this mess. .@realDonaldTrump None of our soldiers are poorly trained. Amazingly offensive and dumb, sir! — Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) October 1, 2014 @CDuplessis22 Most of the troops are building out hospitals, and these troops were trained in construction. They are more than able — Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) October 1, 2014 @Read_N_Learn @realDonaldTrump […]

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

http://twitter.com/#!/MetricButtload/status/435859481423908864 Well, shoot. This doesn’t sound like what the White House said would happen: http://twitter.com/#!/jamiedupree/status/435853641162166272 According to the CBO’s report, an estimated 16.5 million workers would see higher earnings if the minimum hourly wage were raised to $10.10. But there are some important stipulations: The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates. Moreover, the increased earnings for some workers would be accompanied by reductions in real (inflation-adjusted) income for the people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, for business owners, and for consumers […]

Jon Lovitz has had it with people bringing up Richard Sherman & Obama’s race

Jon Lovitz has had it with people bringing up Richard Sherman & Obama’s race

http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/428980210004811776 Tell us how you really feel, Mr. Lovitz! http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/428980834633138176 Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t just successful. He’s pretty darn likable. The SNL alum also retweeted and replied to this. http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/429012932987326464 http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/429012913899057152 Think it’s odd that Lovitz is bringing this up now? It’s been nearly two weeks since Sherman cut his viral WWE-style promo and ended up on the receiving end of some foul racial hatred on Twitter. But Lovitz notes that they’re still “talking about it on CNN.” http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/429013375650000896 In 2012, Lovitz was attacked for criticizing Obama. He called out liberals’ race card obsession and noted that it’s the Left that reduces the president to the color of his skin. Just for fun, we’ll leave you with an unrelated bonus exchange between Lovitz and fellow SNL alum Dana Carvey. http://twitter.com/#!/realjonlovitz/status/428722402361491456 You know @danacarvey as a very funny man… I know him as my very funny student! #deedle -eee- doo!!!— Jon Lovitz […]

Denver Post writer sees racism in the renovation of Union Station

Denver Post writer sees racism in the renovation of Union Station

http://twitter.com/#!/bobolson8/status/524915082720206848 Can architecture be racist? Well, according to the Denver Post’s Ray Mark Rinaldi, YES IT CAN! Here’s his piece from October 19: #Denver Union Station's race problem. Read: http://t.co/Fd7ix2gRoH @denverpost @historycolorado @iknowdenver @AIAColorado — Ray Rinaldi (@rayrinaldi) October 19, 2014 And his headline: Did diversity miss the train in Union Station’s architecture? The urban playground at Union Station isn’t drawing people of color and it may be the building’s fault People of color don’t like the way the building is constructed so they’re avoiding it? That’s kind of a racist thing to say. And tweeters were quick to point out the inherent racism in Rinaldi’s claim: If you want to know what REAL racism looks like, this ridiculous Denver Post story is a perfect example. http://t.co/FNnSJpHrPq — Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) October 22, 2014 Um, speechless. Denver Post says non-whites don’t like buildings with symmetry, arched windows, stone walls. SIGH. http://t.co/u5JTjTyNFO […]

‘What does that even mean?’ Obama’s ready to ‘bend the arc of the moral universe’

‘What does that even mean?’ Obama’s ready to ‘bend the arc of the moral universe’

http://twitter.com/#!/GaltsGirl/status/491231706964574208 Feeling rested and refreshed after yesterday’s golf outing, President Obama is back at the White House to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination of LGBT employees. http://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama/status/491230685055553538 So, what does this mean for us as a society? http://twitter.com/#!/WhiteHouse/status/491231263479435264 Huh. Well, that’s … that sure is something. http://twitter.com/#!/michelelfrost/status/491231928927125505 http://twitter.com/#!/GaltsGirl/status/491231976767369216 http://twitter.com/#!/GaltsGirl/status/491232541744308224 http://twitter.com/#!/RightGlockMom/status/491232167603621890 Ooo … we see what you did there! http://twitter.com/#!/RickSheridan/status/491232880316542976 http://twitter.com/#!/VodkaPundit/status/491232392217366528 Hate it when that happens. Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/07/21/what-does-that-even-mean-obamas-ready-to-bend-the-arc-of-the-moral-universe/

Photoshops ridicule State Department’s impotent hashtag diplomacy [pics]

Photoshops ridicule State Department’s impotent hashtag diplomacy [pics]

http://twitter.com/#!/BenHowe/status/459525523996434433 The State Department made social media history on Thursday night — embarrassing, cringeworthy history — with ridiculous hashtag diplomacy. http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/459532151768117251 If only. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken to using the Obama admin’s #UnitedForUkraine hashtag. http://twitter.com/#!/mfa_russia/status/459397721674489856 When State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki responded with her worthless “hope” that the Kremlin “will live by the promise of hashtag,” the Twitterverse fulfilled its standing promise of ridicule by Photoshop. http://twitter.com/#!/JonJayGroden/status/459537492539346944 Yes. Evidently the plan is to bring Putin to his knees with weapons-grade idiocy, selfies and hashtag sorcery. http://twitter.com/#!/Slublog/status/459538108082823169 http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/459555502867767296 http://twitter.com/#!/The_J_Team/status/459580615176622080 http://twitter.com/#!/AmyOtto8/status/459546276657262592 http://twitter.com/#!/Coondawg68/status/459674263427903489 http://twitter.com/#!/Coondawg68/status/459653636734189568 http://twitter.com/#!/ScottLofquist/status/459546774185578496 http://twitter.com/#!/BlueShiftBlog/status/459696633182453760 http://twitter.com/#!/deppisch/status/459741720297492480 Is it possible Psaki’s Twitter account was hacked? Unlikely. As John Hayward notes at Human Events, Psaki said something similar at a press briefing: “I don’t think they’re living by their hashtag.” It’s a clown admin, bro. http://twitter.com/#!/ChrisBarnhart/status/459536844430909440 Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets. Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/25/hashtag-for-our-time-merciless-mockery-of-state-departments-impotent-hashtag-diplomacy-photoshops/