Sen Bob Menendez D-NJ) Slams Naive Barack Obama on Cuba … “Fallacy to Believe Cuba Will Reform Because an American President Opens His Hands & the Castro Brothers Will Suddenly Unclench Their Fists”
BARACK OBAMA: THE NAIVE, UNICORN RIDING COMMANDER IN CHIEF
Democrat New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, a Cuban-American whose parents immigrated to Union City, NJ in the 1950s, blasted President Barack Obama’s motions toward normalization of relations with Raul and Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba. Menedez saidhe was disappointed in the president and “I think it stinks”.Menedez was also none too happy that the Obama administration had been negotiating with Cuba for more than a year and he was never consulted.
“I think it stinks,” Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants and the outgoing Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said at a press conference on new financial help for Hurricane Sandy residents. “I think it’s wrong. I am deeply disappointed in the president.”
Angry over Obama’s failure to consult him on the talks involving Cuba, which lasted more than a year, Menendez said he would not approve easing the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which can only be done by Congress, and called on the incoming chairman of the committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to hold hearings when the new Congress convenes in January.
By releasing Mr. Gross in exchange for three convicted Cuban spies who conspired to commit espionage against our nation, this administration has wrongly rewarded a totalitarian regime and thrown the Cuban regime an economic lifeline.
For compromising on bedrock U.S. values, we received zero commitments from the regime to change its ways, to hold free elections, permit dissent, halt censorship and free all political prisoners. We abandoned U.S. policy, while the Castro brothers’ stranglehold on power just got tighter.
This swap sets an extremely dangerous precedent and invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.
Most concerning is that the decision to open relations with Cuba fails to understand the nature of the Castro regime that has exerted its authoritarian control over the Cuban people for 55 years.
There is no reason that Cuba will reform just because the American president believes that, if he extends his hand in peace, the Castro brothers will suddenly unclench their fists.
Bipartisan Blasting of Barack Obama’s Change in Policy on Cuba … Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) & Marco Rubio (R-FL) Rip Obama, “Worst Negotiator in Modern US History
FINALLY WE HAVE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT IN THE SENATE … AGAINST OBAMA’S CHANGE IN RELATIONS WITH CASTRO’S CUBA …
Following Barack Obama’s change in foreign relations with Communist Cuba, Obama feels the bipartisan backlash of politicians. Republicans and Democrats alike both question the purpose and the wisdom behind Obama’s actions. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) both blasted Obama’s ill-advised, naive and foolish changes in relations with Cuba.
Marco Rubio went on to say, “the Cubans have agreed to release political prisoners and allow more internet access; however, they are creating no economic openings, no concessions on freedom of speech, no concessions on elections, no concession on freedom to have alternate political parties, no concessions on having elections.” Where are the democratic concessions from Communist Cuba? But this is Obama’s MO, giving away the farm unilaterally, ,”in exchange for nothing”. Rubio stated that Barack Obama … he is the worst negotiator in modern US history.
“My interest in Cuba has been the furthering of democracy and freedom,” Rubio said. “Nothing the president will announce today will further that goal…It’s part of long record of coddling dictators and tyrants this administration has.”
“They’ve created no economic openings, no concessions on freedom of speech, no concessions on elections, no alternative political parties. …The idea that this leads to democratic opening is absurd, but it is par for the course for an administration possibly giving away unilateral concessions for Iran or Cuba in exchange for nothing.”
RUBIO RIPS OBAMA … “Nothing the president will do will further that goal” of Democracy and freedom
But wait, it is not just Republicans that are livid with Barack Obama’s actions. Democrat Senator Bob Menendez condemned Obama’s Cuban prisoner swap today after it was announced. Menendez said the deal, “vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”
Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is slamming President Obama over the deal to release an American held in Cuba.
“President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” Menendez, known for his tough stance on Cuba, said in a statement.
“There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation.”
American aid worker Alan Gross, who was held in Cuba for five years for trying to set up Internet for a small Jewish community, was released on Wednesday as the U.S. released three Cuban agents convicted of spying.
Menendez said the move “sets an extremely dangerous precedent.”
“It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”
UNREAL … THE AGITATOR AND CHIEF IS AT IT AGAIN.
President Barack Obama announced that the United States will normalize relations with Communist Cuba. As the WAPO writes, Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout. What would you expect from a man who blames America for everything bad in the world. Note to Obama, Cuba is run by Communist dictators, or don’t you care?
Obama & Raul Castro, Bosom Buddies
After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.
President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana — was accompanied by a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies and the celebratory release of American Alan Gross, a government contract worker who had been held in Cuba for five years.
The shift in U.S.-Cuba policy was the culmination of 18 months of secret talks between the longtime foes that included a series of meetings in Canada and the personal involvement of Pope Francis at the Vatican. It also marked an extraordinary undertaking by Obama without Congress’ authorization as he charts the waning years of his presidency.
“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” Obama declared at the White House. “It’s time for a new approach.”
Obama spoke as Castro was addressing his nation in Havana, where church bells rang and school teachers paused lessons to mark the news. Castro said that while the U.S. and Cuba remain at odds on many matters, “we should learn the art of living together in a civilized manner in spite of our differences.”
Obama’s plans for remaking U.S. relations with Cuba are sweeping: He aims to expand economic ties, open an embassy in Havana, send high-ranking U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry to visit and review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The U.S. also is easing restrictions on travel to Cuba, including for family visits, official government business and educational activities. But tourist travel remains banned.
Hmm,an embassy in Cuba eh? Who is going to approve the funding for that or vote for the approval of an ambassador?
Federal Court in Pennsylvania Declared President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Policy Unconstitutional
IMAGINE THAT, A FEDERAL COURT RULES THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR OBAMA TO BE AN EMPEROR …
U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab has ruled that parts of Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional. It’s a start, even though any one with any common sense or grasp of the Constitution knows Obama’s executive order was Unconstitutional. Although this decision was part of a criminal case, look for this case to make it’s way through the federal court system and ultimately to the Supreme Court.
Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.
According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.
The full opinion can be read HERE.
Judge Arthur Schwab stated that Obama’s executive order violated separation of powers.
“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” Schwab wrote in his 38-page opinion (posted here). “President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Action goes beyond prosecutorial discretion because: (a) it provides for a systematic and rigid process by which a broad group of individuals will be treated differently than others based upon arbitrary classifications, rather than case-by-case examination; and (b) it allows undocumented immigrants, who fall within these broad categories, to obtain substantive rights.”
The Pittsburgh-based judge rejected a Justice Department legal opinion arguing that Obama’s actions fall within the traditional realm of the executive’s discretion about which cases to pursue and which to overlook. Schwab, a George W. Bush appointee, also quoted in detail from a series of public statements Obama made in recent years about the limits on his executive authority to make sweeping changes in immigration enforcement.
As Q and A opines, if this case goes to the SCOTUS, will the “ObamaCare is a tax” court manage to actually rule as this judge has, that the executive has unconstitutionally exceeded his power? Who knows anymore at this point. After Justice Roberts bent over backwards for Obamacare, one can only wonder whether the SCOTUS will get this one right.
Retired ABC News Journalist Ann Compton Discussing Barack Obama: He Launches ‘Profanity-Laced’ Tirades Against Press
Imagine how Barack Obama would have acted and dealt with the press if they were not carrying the water for his administration? It is hard to believe that Obama had an adversarial role with the media when it was basically the MSM and their lack of vetting or asking any sort of investigative questions that got him elected and reelected.
Transcripts below from Newsbusters - C-SPAN, 38:05:
ANN COMPTON: Before I walked out the door on September 10, I was a strong voice for complaining that this particular administration has been more opaque than any I have covered about what the President does in the Oval Office everyday. He is far less accessible on photo-ops with meetings. Even some meetings on the record, meeting in the Roosevelt room with financial leaders from, from Wall Street or on issues with environmental groups, or with issues with environmental groups, with public opinion leaders, I think most presidents have been far more forthcoming than the second Obama term, in terms of what the President is doing every day and we almost never get photo-ops.
LAMB: So, off of that experience, how many other presidents were that aware of what they said to you and how many just did not pay attention at all and you had no personal reaction from them?
COMPTON: I think most presidents realize – had a personal connection. I don’t think they ever — we were ever in a confrontation-type moment where they felt the need to apologize. I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off-the-record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals. Another where he took us to task for not understanding the limits he has with foreign policy and the way he’s dealing with the Middle East and Iraq, and Afghanistan. And I don’t find him apologetic. But I find him willing to stand up to the press and look them in the eye, even though it was off the record and just give us hell.
LAMB: Does he have a point?
COMPTON: From his point of view, he may. But we cover what we are allowed to cover. And when policy decisions and presidents are inaccessible and don’t take questions from the press on a regular basis, I think they get — they reap what they sow.
Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday On Obama,”I Think for the President to Promote this Division … It Didn’t Happen. And that’s Tearing This Country Apart & On Hillary Clinton, “She Can’t Sell a Book. She Can’t Sell an Auditorium. The Hype Finally is Over.”
Rush Limbaugh speaks the truth on the Divider in Chief Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton 2016 chances and Republicans knowing how to lose the White House.
Love him or hate him, El Rushbo speaks the truth, it’s just a matter of whether you can handle the truth. Rush appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and discussed a litany of issues from Barack Obama embracing division with regards to race relations in the United States to police arresting people to collect taxes on cigarettes to Republicans cowardice over government shutdown to Hillary Clinton’s presidential chances in 2016, Jeb Bush’s chances for 2016 and the GOP knowing how to lose presidential elections.
Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday
LIMBAUGH: I don’t think that things are rosy and perfect in America, but to say that they’re no better, as the mayor of New York said, that’s absurd. We’ve made all kinds of efforts to improve race relations in this country. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, affirmative action, we have bent over backwards.
Is it all perfect? No, it’s not. But there’s no acknowledgment of any progress, Chris. If you listen to these people, the president, the mayor of New York, you would think it’s 200 years ago. You would think we haven’t even started working on these problems, and that’s not true.
And I think for the president to promote this division as he just did in that clip that you said, and mischaracterize what happened here — he’s talking in large part about Ferguson and what he described did not happen in Ferguson, and what most of the media is describing did not happen in Ferguson, Missouri. There was no “hands up, don’t shoot.” It didn’t happen. And that’s tearing this country apart.
We have people to whom the truth is relative. And they’re using whatever power they have to try to redefine the truth for the advance of their own political agenda. And it’s just not productive. And the president taking sides in this in a way that further divides the country I find reprehensible and very unfortunate.
CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Hillary Clinton. How worried should Republicans be about Hillary Clinton as the Democratic potential Democratic nominee in 2016?
On the Republican side for 2016 presidential chances:
I think Jeb — the Republican Party is totally absorbed in this comprehensive immigration business, and Jeb is out there claiming the only way he can get nominations is somehow run against the base in the primaries. I think the Republicans have demonstrated they know how to lose the White House, and it’s time to change direction, change strategy. They’ve got that down path. And it’s not — they’re not going to win by continuing to do the same thing over and over again.
Imagine that, race relations are worse under the reign of a community agitator?
A new Bloomberg Politics poll shows that 53% of Americans say that race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama was elected present, while only 9% believe that they have got better. Wasn’t Barack Obama supposed to be the first post-racial president that was supposed to bring the races together and bridge the divide? What a joke that was. Who could not have seen this coming with Barack Obama as a hindrance to racial harmony when one considers he was a community organizer and a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ that taught Black liberation theology under the guidance of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “God Damn America”.
How many people foolishly voted for Barack Obama thinking that he would take leadership in being a bridge, not a wedge to race relationships?
Obama Speaks Of Rev. Wright In This 1995 Interview … “He is a wonderful man.”
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Full poll results HERE.
President Barack Obama had hoped his historic election would ease race relations, yet a majority of Americans, 53 percent, say the interactions between the white and black communities have deteriorated since he took office, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll. Those divisions are laid bare in the split reactions to the decisions by two grand juries not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.
Both times, protesters responded with outrage and politicians called for federal investigations. Yet Americans don’t think of the cases as a matched set of injustices, the poll found. A majority agreed with the Ferguson decision, while most objected to the conclusion in the Staten Island death, which was captured on video. The divergent opinions—52 percent agreed on Ferguson compared with 25 percent who approved of the Staten Island outcome—add to an ongoing discussion that was inflamed when Officer Daniel Pantaleo was seen in the July video putting what appeared to be a chokehold on Eric Garner, a 43-year-old man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” and died of a heart attack in what a medical examiner ruled a homicide. The grand jury decision not to charge Pantaleo came just 12 days after a similar panel in Ferguson declined to charge Officer Darren Wilson, who in August shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown. That altercation was not captured on video, and the prosecutor presented evidence of a physical confrontation between the two men before the fatal shots were fired.
Yup, for Barack Obama Rev. Jeremiah Wright was a wonderful man until his pastor became a political liability for him and Obama threw Wright under the bus.
Jon Stewart Mocks Obama’s New Ambassadors to Argentina and Hungary (Colleen Bell) … Then Shreds WH Spox Josh Earnest’s Lame Comments
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has been on a roll lately ripping the Obama administration. Then again, he has had so much material. What is sad, all he is doing is repeating what happened. Two new ambassadors, hand picked by Barack Obama,have been approved by the Senate. Their credentials you ask? None. America’s new ambassador to Argentina doesn’t even speak Spanish and the new ambassador to Hungary is a former soap opera producer, who has admitted not knowing what the US interests are in that region of the world. Because she did so well during the confirmation hearing. But they certainly bundled campaign cash for Obama.
Yesterday, we showed you Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s lackluster response to being grilled on the matter by ABC’s Jon Karl. But just how confounding was that response? On Wednesday’s “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, the host stopped everything to scream out his disapproval.
To recap, when Karl pushed on the pair’s credentials and how it seems their greatest skill is their ability to raise funds for Obama, Earnest responded, “Frankly, I was not part of this decision-making process.”
Stewart was dumbfounded.
“What?! You can’t do that!” he yelled. “That is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen the president’s press secretary do. His entire job — his only job — is built around trying not to go, ‘Hey, look, I just fu***ng work here.’ But that’s what he did! ‘Take it up with my supervisor! Earnest, out.’”
IRSGATE: TIGTA Tells Watchdog Group ‘Cause of Action’ 2,509 Pages of IRS Documents Were Given to the Obama White House … But TIGTA Wont Release Docs Citing Tax Code Privacy
WHERE IS THE MSM TALKING ABOUT THIS STORY … THE GREATEST WHITE HOUSE SCANDAL EVER!!!
Guess what America, the IRS scandal that was first said was only two rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio, then went to the stonewalling on Lois Lerner‘s missing emails, has now gone all the way to the Barack Obama White House and the MSM is no where to be found in reporting the story. The IRS watchdog group, Cause of Action, through the Freedom of Information (FOIA) got the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to admit that there are 2509 pages of IRS documents that the Internal Revenue Service gave to the Obama White House in unauthorized requests. It does not get any more illegal than this.
However, the IRS watch watchdog (TIGTA) is refusing to abide by a judges ruling compelling them to turn over the documents. This might be the most incredible and audacious excuse ever from the Obama administration. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is stating that they are not providing the documents to ‘Cause of Action’ because of tax codes and privacy concerns. Are you kidding me? PRIVACY CONCERNS!!! You certainly had no problem violating these individuals and companies privacy by giving them illegally to the Obama White House. UNREAL.
An IRS watchdog is acknowledging that thousands of documents related to requests between the White House and the tax agency for unauthorized tax information exist — but says it must withhold them all due to privacy concerns.
The revelation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) came as part of a lawsuit filed by non-profit group Cause of Action, which began investigating whether the IRS was improperly sharing taxpayer information with the White House in 2012.
Cause of Action originally filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the IRS to turn over any documents, if they existed, related to correspondence between the IRS and the White House about requests for tax returns for individuals or businesses.
When the IRS said it was unable to do so because of constraints in the Internal Revenue Code, the group filed the lawsuit. A judge ruled that the IRS must turn over any relevant documents to Cause of Action by Dec. 1 to comply with the FOIA request.
On Tuesday, an attorney with TIGTA wrote a letter to Cause of Action, and acknowledged that the watchdog had located “2,509 pages of documents potentially responsive to your request.” Of those, TIGTA confirmed that 2,043 were in fact responsive to the request.
However, TIGTA said it could not release the documents to the group, citing the tax code.
This is the greatest scandal in American government and the media is no where to be found because the president is a Democrat and the first black elected president.
Following the NYC Grand Jury Decision on Eric Garner, Barack Obama Fans the Flames … “When Anybody in This Country Is Not Being Treated Equally Under the Law, that’s a Problem”
Following today’s grand jury decision in NYC not to indict NYPD officer President Obama weighed in on a grand jury’s decision Wednesday not to indict a New York City Police Department officer in the choke-hold death of an unarmed black man, calling the episode an “American problem, not just a black problem.” Hmm, an American problem, eh?
Earlier Wednesday, a grand jury opted not to bring charges against the officer for his role in the death of Eric Garner, which was captured on video. It represented the second racially-charged case in recent weeks that required the president’s attention, following the lack of an indictment against Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.
“We’re seeing too many incidences where people do not have confidence that folks are being treated fairly,” Obama said. “This is an issue we’ve been dealing with for too long, and it’s time for us to make more progress than we’ve made.”
Obama declined to comment directly on the grand jury’s decision, saying only that Attorney General Eric Holder would address the matter more extensively.
The WAPO has an interesting take on the NYC grand jury no indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo … ‘With Eric Garner, Obama’s body camera argument just took a big hit.’
President Obama announced this week that, in response to Ferguson and other cases of cops killing unarmed black men, the White House would call for $75 million to make 50,000 body cameras available to police departments across the country.
But on Wednesday, a grand jury declined to indict New York police officers in the choking death of Eric Garner — a case in which there was footage. And the timing couldn’t really be worse for the White House.
One activist who attended a White House meeting with Obama on Monday and talked with NBC News suggested that cameras weren’t exactly a cure-all: