Obama labeled ‘entertainer-in-chief,’ gets weird endorsement
by Don McKee
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September 28, 2012 01:30 AM | 1296 views | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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President Obama garnered a new title this week: “entertainer-in-chief,” handed out by Newt Gingrich after Obama’s trip to New York.

The president went to Gotham to speak at the annual meeting of the United Nations. During his 24-hour visit to New York, Obama appeared with First Lady Michelle on ABC’s “The View” to banter with the women, making the point that he was there as “eye candy” – for them to drool over. He also made a quick stop at NBC’s “Today” show.

But with one exception Obama flat out avoided meeting with foreign heads of state in New York, notably Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, according to CNN, Obama did drop in on a meeting between President Hadi of Yemen and John Brennan, Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Obama’s preference for frivolous TV over foreign affairs prompted Gingrich to observe on Fox News: “It just tells you this is almost like a vaudeville act. This is the presidency as entertainment. It’s not the presidency as leadership. It’s not the presidency as commander-in-chief. And I’m not sure that entertainer-in-chief is a very comforting concept, given the level of danger we now see in the world.”

Newt pegged it in this “American Idol” era when it seems sometimes that celebrity and stardom trump all. And that brings us to the weirdest celebrity twist so far in this campaign season: Obama’s endorsement by the vulgar-mouthed performer who calls herself Madonna. She told a concert crowd in the nation’s capital, “So y’all better vote for (deleted) Obama.” She said, “for better or for worse, all right, we have a black Muslim in the White House, OK?” Later she said she was being “ironic” and knew Obama was not a Muslim. Still, it could feed doubts harbored by some people about Obama’s religion although he reiterated before the UN that he’s a Christian.

Recent polls showing Obama ahead in some swing states apparently prompted the left-wing billionaire George Soros to pump $1 million into Priorities USA Action, a super political action committee (PAC) supporting Obama. The New York Times called it “a significant donation that could help spur further contributions to the group in the closing weeks of the election.” Soros also is giving an additional $500,000 to two super PACs supporting congressional Democrats. Incidentally, the luncheon headliner was Bill Clinton. Also there were other usual suspects including Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer.

Meanwhile, the respected Rasmussen daily tracking poll for Thursday showed Obama and Romney tied at 46 percent nationwide. There were four percent undecided and four percent preferring some other candidate. Including the leaners, it was still tied – 48 percent apiece.

The picture is the same in 11 swing states, Rasmussen found, with each candidate at 46 percent. But get this: “when leaners are factored in, Romney leads Obama 48 percent to 47 percent.” In 2008 Obama carried the swing states by a combined 53-46 percent margin – meaning that Romney can win this election.

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otter357
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September 29, 2012
Yes I'm sorry, not your best column. The thing about the View is transparent false outrage...Obama didn't want to meet with Netanyahu, and you know this, and even why. it wasn't because he was too busy with the View.

Romney's going to get thrashed in the electoral college. And Dream on Donnie is right, the repubs will have their house majority cut sincerely, though I think they can hold it. Just barely.

Rasmussen is a republican leaning pool, and this column doesn't mention that all the other polls differ. Nor does it sneer at the Koch brothers for donating to superpacs, just Soros.

Clinton, Pelosi and Schumer are "the usual suspects".

Do you really think Romney is winning this election, or are you just carrying out partisan duties of spin?
Maatf
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September 29, 2012
Romney has had a disasterous few weeks. When he should have been able to talk about his message, he has repeatedly stuck his foot in his mouth. The guy doesn't have what it takes.

In addition, I have a hard time voting for someone as president of the United States, who keeps his millions in foreign accounts. In addition to thinking he needs to release 10 years of tax returns, he needs to let us know how much he really does have invested in China. Seems he is creating jobs - just not here.
Dream on Donnie
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September 28, 2012
Yes, dream on Donnie...you may doubt Obama has earned a 2nd term but this Romney character and his disaster of a campaign (along with absurdly amorphous positions on issues) is not only going to get taken to the woodshed in the electoral college count but is creating such a mess that the GOP is now at a real risk of losing both houses.

You guys really need to take a long hard look in the mirror this time around. After Bush, very few (except the terminally brainwashed wingnuts) trust the GOP with the keys to the car.

Anyway, hope you like The View and the Today Show because you're about to get force-fed another 4 years of it, ha!
anonymous
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September 28, 2012
If Obama's a vaudville act, then Gingrich is a freak show.
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