Churchill ‘Tortured’ Obama’s Grandfather

During his press conference last night, Mr. Obama cited Winston Churchill as a man who would not countenance ‘torture,’ even when Britain’s very existence as a nation was at stake:

Churchill said ‘we don’t torture’ when the entire, all the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat. And the reason was that Churchill understood if you start taking shortcuts over time that corrodes what’s best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country.

Alas, that is not quite the case with Mr. Churchill. At least in his later years.

From archives of the UK’s Times:

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loathe the British

December 3, 2008

Ben Macintyre and Paul Orengoh

The President-elect’s relatives have told how the family was a victim of the Mau Mau revolt

Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan family of the US President-elect.

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Taliban Holding Pakistan Town Hostage

From an elated Associated Press:

Pakistan army: Taliban holding town hostage

By Munir Ahmad, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD – Troops sent to repel a Taliban advance toward the Pakistani capital killed 14 suspected militants, the army said Thursday, and accused insurgents of holding an entire town hostage.

In another development that sent a shudder through Pakistan, officials said gun attacks in the mega-city of Karachi killed at least 34 people and threatened to ignite ethnic tension

On Thursday, troops ousted militants from the Ambela Pass leading over the mountains into Buner and were inching toward the north, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said…

Abbas also said militants, who have kidnapped dozens of lightly armed police and paramilitary troops, had burned a police station farther north and sealed off the town of Sultanwas.

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Panicked Biden: Avoid Planes, Subways

From NBC’s Today Show, via YouTube:

Is this his contribution to stimulating the economy?

Or is he watching out for the middle class?

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Chrysler Will File For Bankruptcy After All

From an outraged Associated Press:

Officials tell AP Chrysler will file Chapter 11

By Tom Krisher And Ben Feller, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON – Officials tell the AP that Chrysler will file for bankrutpcy [sic] as talks with creditors fail.

The No. 3 U.S. automaker faces a government deadline of 11:59 p.m. Thursday to have deals in place with labor, creditors and Italian automaker Fiat. Two of the three pieces appeared to be in place. A small group of debtholders were the remaining obstacle, as they hold out for a better deal from the U.S. government.

Talks between Chrysler LLC’s lenders and the Treasury Department to reduce the automaker’s secured debt and keep it out of bankruptcy protection broke down early this morning, a person familiar with the talks said.

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Obama Disowns Deficit He Helped Make

What’s this? Some actual real life fact checking from the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer – Wed Apr 29

WASHINGTON – "That wasn’t me," President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One. It actually was him — and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years — who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

Obama met citizens at an Arnold, Mo., high school Wednesday in advance of his prime-time news conference…

A look at some of his claims Wednesday:

OBAMA: "Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit….

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Remember The Title Of Obama’s Budget?

Or at least the title of the “overview” of his record $3.6 trillion budget.

Somehow it is even more ironic now that we know more about what is actually in it, than it was when it was first published back in February:

Copies of an overview of U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal 2010 are lined up on a table at the U.S. General Printing Office in Washington, February 26, 2009.

This is from the same man who assured us that ‘words have meaning.’

Here is what greets a reader of ‘A New Era of Responsibility’:

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Throughout America’s history, there have been some years that appeared to roll into the next without much notice or fanfare. Budgets are proposed that offer some new programs or eliminate an initiative, but by and large continuity reigns.

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WHO: Only 7 Flu Deaths – All In Mexico

From the Australian Associated Press:

WHO says only seven confirmed swine flu deaths

April 29, 2009

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Reports have put the likely death toll from the virus at 152, with Mexican officials confirming 20 deaths.

Fears grow over the economic impact of the swine flu outbreak with renewed concerns in the banking sector.

The number of cases under observation in Mexico alone has reportedly reached 1,614.

But Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths – all in Mexico – and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.

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Watch Obama Mock Tea Party Protesters

From YouTube:

Obama on Tea Party Protesters

He is so bipartisan.

Such a unifier.

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Greg Craig Is Investigating AF1 Flyover?

Something mentioned in passing by the great ‘Prowler’ at The American Spectator:

Flyover Launcher

The Prowler, 4.29.09

This morning, at least one news organization and one citizen advocacy group was mulling filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the release of the manifest for the Air Force One New York flyover to determine if any Obama donors or other interested parties were on board the flight…

According to White House sources, while Caldera has apologized, and Rahm Emanuel’s office has launched an "investigation" into the use of Air Force One for publicity purposes and a low flyover, the investigation’s instigation began in the White House Counsel’s Office, run by Gregory Craig

Yes, between Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Craig we will surely get the truth about this.

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Obama To Aid Spanish Inquisition Of Bush

Buried in this other joyous news from the Associated Press:

30 Gitmo Detainees To Be Released

April 29, 2009

About 30 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he tried to persuade European allies to take some of them.

Meeting with reporters in Germany, Holder also signaled the Obama administration might cooperate with a Spanish investigation of former Bush administration officials over the treatment of terror suspects

In his comments Wednesday, Holder also said it is possible the U.S. could cooperate with a foreign court’s investigation of Bush administration officials.

Speaking before it had been announced that a Spanish magistrate had opened an investigation of Bush officials on harsh interrogation methods, Holder didn’t rule out cooperating in such a probe.

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Obama Recession Deepens ‘Unexpectedly’

From a walking on air Associated Press:

Economy shrinks at 6.1 percent pace in 1Q

By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON – The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

The Commerce Department’s report, released Wednesday, dashed hopes that the recession’s grip on the country loosened in the first quarter. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected a 5 percent annualized decline.

Instead, the economy ended up performing nearly as bad as it had in the final three months of last year when it logged the worst slide in a quarter-century, contracting at a 6.3 percent pace.

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WP Finds ‘Historians’ To Praise Obama

From the ever objective and unbiased Washington Post:

What Historians Say

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We surveyed an assortment of presidential historians, who arrived at the same conclusion: President Obama, in both the scope of his legislative achievements and the groundwork he has set for future policy changes, has done more in his first 100 days in the White House than any commander in chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who entered office in 1933 amid the throes of the nation’s last major economic upheaval. Here are selected quotations from historians and other observers.

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL "I think he’s the global president. People all over the world just want to shake his hand, they want to have a photo op with him. There’s a sense that he’s a historic figure, not just a one-termer.

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NYT Praises Obama’s Gifts To The UAW

From an awe-struck New York Times:

Obama’s Stand in Auto Crisis Shows Early Resolve

By JIM RUTENBERG, PETER BAKER and BILL VLASIC

April 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — By the time he sat down in the Oval Office to brief Michigan’s Congressional delegation, President Obama had made up his mind. Days earlier, he had decided to oust the head of General Motors and give it and Chrysler weeks to fix themselves. If they could not, he was prepared to let them go bankrupt, a prospect fraught with economic and political repercussions…

For a new president, the automobile industry crisis has tested the boundaries of his activist approach and the acuity of his political instincts. As with so many issues in his action-packed 100 days in office, Mr.

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Citi Seeks Obama Approval For Bonuses

From the Wall Street Journal:

Citi Seeks Approval to Pay Out Bonuses

By DAVID ENRICH and ANN DAVIS

APRIL 29, 2009

Citigroup Inc., soon to be one-third owned by the U.S. government, is asking the Treasury for permission to pay special bonuses to many key employees, according to people familiar with the matter.

The request comes as Citigroup is grappling with broad government pay restrictions that could break apart its legendary energy-trading unit. People at that unit, Phibro, are threatening to leave because of pay caps tied to the U.S. bailout of Citigroup. Phibro has been the source of hundreds of millions of dollars in profits for the bank, and has paid out hefty compensation, including a roughly $100 million windfall last year for the unit’s leader, Andrew Hall.

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Americans Thank Obama For His Mercies

From the website of Mr. Obama’s endless campaign, Organizing for America:

Foundation For Change

PHIL

Cathedral City, CA

I was laid off in mid-January from a job I had for 12 years. It’s really getting hard to make ends meet, but this month I got some great news. This week I received in the mail official notification that my COBRA monthly payments for medical, dental and vision insurance will decrease from $468 to only $163, all due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This is a $305 in savings a month!

I can’t tell you how much of a weight off my shoulders this is. I am living proof of how the President’s bold initiatives are beginning to work!

DONNA

Upper Marlboro, MD

I’ve seen the Recovery Act work around me — simple things, but they have affected peoples lives.

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