The NY Post reports that at the same time President Obama was pushing to get the stimulus passed by the end of the week last week – which meant that not one member of Congress had the time to fully read the bill they were voting on – he was planning a three day Valentine’s Day getaway from DC with the First Lady, a getaway that started on Friday:
After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.
Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine’s Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.
The president plans to spend the Presidents’ Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.
Well you know what they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Show of hands how many of you believe that any media outlet besides the NYP and perhaps Fox will report on how Obama’s “fierce urgency of now” tone on the passage of the stimulus bill was put on hold so he and the Mrs. could get away from Washington, DC for three days – three days that Congress could have used to thoroughly read this monstrosity of a bill before voting on it?
I didn’t think so.
Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.
Not only has our President authorized the dropping of sanctions against Syria in order to allow “aircraft servicing,” but according to one report, The Smartest Man in America is about to drop sanctions against ….
DOSSIER: Ehud Barak
‘Change’ the mullahs can believe in: Obama to drop sanctions on Iran
TEL AVIV — Israelis may have gone to the polls hoping for “Change” but the status quo is all any of the candidates could look forward to whatever the outcome. Defense Minister Ehud Barack, has already glimpsed the future and has warned about what it holds.
Meanwhile, the status quo means continued rocket and missile attacks while international aid pours into the Gaza Strip and bolsters a regime run by Hamas, which is still considered by the United States to be a terrorist organization.
But “Change” is taking place, Barak has intimated, originating not in the Mideast but in Washington, D.C. in the form of a U.S. reconciliation with Iran.
Such a process could result in U.S. acceptance of Teheran’s nuclear weapons program and the downplaying of its threats against Israel.
Just as Barack Obama entered office facing a massive economic crisis beyond the scope of his experience, likewise the new Israeli leader will have to make or delay making difficult strategic decisions from the minute he or she enters office.
Barak has already signaled what the new government can expect, officials here said.
The United States has abandoned its policy of sanctioning companies that aid Iran’s nuclear and missile program, they said.
The officials said the new Obama administration of has decided to end sanctions against Iranian government agencies or companies that aid Teheran’s missile and nuclear program. The officials said Israel has been informed of the new U.S. policy.
“We were told that sanctions do not help the new U.S. policy of dialogue with Iran,” an official said.
Barak confirmed the new U.S. policy. In an address to the Herzliya Conference on Feb. 3, Barak said Washington did not say whether it would resume sanctions against Iran.
“We must arrive at a strategic understanding with the United States over Iran’s military nuclear program and ensure that even if at this time they opt for the diplomatic option, it will only last a short time before harsh and necessary sanctions are imposed,” Barak said.
Obama decided to end sanctions against Iran after determining that the U.S. measures had failed to block Teheran’s missile or nuclear weapons program, officials said. Under the administration of former President George Bush, the United States accelerated sanctions on Iran in 2008.
In his address, the Israeli defense minister indicated that Obama had forged an entirely new approach toward Iran. He said the Israeli government has sought a briefing from the new U.S. administration.
A U.S. defense source said the White House would no longer enforce sanctions imposed by the Bush administration. The source said the decision has already been relayed to Iran.
“The administration has abandoned sanctions entirely,” the U.S. source said. “It is a completely new ballgame.”
He’s really batting 1000% in forging “new relationships” with two countries who have aided and abetted terrorists and terrorist “trainers” who have murdered American and coalition troops, as well as civilians in Iraq.
“Change” you can believe in – and dread.