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As they say on Bret Baier’s “Special Report” program, “here are a few pickings from the political grapevine”:

*It appears that the media is finally beginning to turn and get tough on President Obama. Last week the Washington Post – liberal bastion and investigator of all things Republican – chose to run an article that chronicles how many hours Mr. Obama has been late this year for official public scheduled events. The short answer is just over 35 hours (further detailed as 2,121 minutes). The long answer is detailed in the article.

Undoubtedly, WP reporters and/or employees were kept waiting for a significant number of these events, giving rise to the fervor of the article. The article even has bar charts showing the “The cumulative number of minutes late President Obama has been to events, by month" and "Lateness by day of the week," as well as monthly "circle diagrams" which display "how early or late President Obama has been to his appointments on any given day." It's really quite a detailed article. The author(s) must have been REALLY cranked up to spend the time working up the numbers.

You might expect this kind of an article from a conservative publication – but the Washington Post?

See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/07/in-2014-obama-has-been-late-by-more-than-35-hours/

*In a somewhat related story, there was also an article titled: Rift grows between Obama, media as press groups blast administration ‘spin’”posted online yesterday which states in part:

“(A) coalition of free press groups is escalating an already-aggressive campaign against the Obama administration for allegedly freezing out the press and cracking down on reporters.

The flood of critical letters and petitions and statements from First Amendment groups marks a new level of tension in a relationship that for years has been deteriorating. Though Obama, as a candidate in 2008, was widely seen to enjoy favorable media treatment, his administration now is fielding accusations that it's one of the least transparent in history.

Society of Professional Journalists President David Cuillier, in a statement earlier this week, blasted the administration for what he called "excessive message management and preventing journalists from getting information on behalf of citizens."

SPJ is among the groups that's been leading the charge on the issue. Last month, more than three dozen groups, including SPJ, wrote to the White House about what they described as growing censorship throughout federal agencies.”

See: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/13/rift-grows-between-obama-media-as-press-groups-blast-administration-spin/

*In the polls, NBC News reported that “America's Fed Up: Obama Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low.”

See: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/americas-fed-obama-approval-rating-hits-all-time-low-poll-n173271

While this is not new “news” to anyone watching the polls over the past 8 months or so, the way that NBC News did their headline banner trumpeting the poll IS new “news.” It wasn’t too long ago that you’d expect to have this story only reported by conservative news outlets – and buried by the mainstream media if they even reported it at all. The fact that NBC News is now keeping score of Obama’s record low poll numbers is significant.

*Just a few short weeks ago, President Obama’s new press secretary proclaimed that the President and his administration have “substantially improved the tranquility of the global community.” See:


It appears that Mr. Obama’s Secretary of Defense didn’t get that memo. While addressing a group of U.S. Marines yesterday in San Diego, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked the following questions:

“…(G)iven that the administration's primary focus is on the Pacific theater, how has all of the issues popping up in the world today, Russia, Iraq, Africa, the rest of the theaters pretty much affected that current mission? And how do you foresee that affecting the mission in the future? “

Hagel’s reponse began (and stated the obvious known by everyone not blind, not tone-deaf to world events, and not buying the Democrats' spin);

“The world is exploding all over.”

See: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/defense-secretary-world-exploding-all-over_802893.html

It will be interesting to see how the Obama administration contorts Roget’s Thesaurus to make synonyms of the words “exploding” and “tranquility”.”

*The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that more Hispanics are telling the Census Bureau that they're “white.” To wit:

“Over the past 10 years, a growing number of Hispanics have changed their race and origin to “white,” according to top Census officials.

While whites, blacks and Asians generally kept their status between the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census review of the population, Hispanics, especially among younger immigrants, were quicker to change.”

See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/more-hispanics-tell-census-bureau-theyre-white/article/2551889

Hmmmmm…..I wonder what this means in the context of the Democrats’ efforts to build their Hispanic electoral constituency? And if any of these new “white Hispanics” who are male get angry, does that qualify them as Republicans?

*Finally, it appears that citizens of Cormorant, Minnesota, have the right idea when it comes to politicians. Voters there recently elected Duke, a 7-year old dog, as their new Mayor. According to the news report:

“Duke will be sworn in on Sunday. He won't be getting a salary, but a pet store has agreed to donate a year's supply of food to reward Duke for his service.”

See: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/26269397/dog-elected-mayor-in-minnesota

(Check out some of the comments posted below this article – they are priceless.)

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shannalat commented on Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I read a really interesting study on punctuality. The New York Times also did a pretty good spread on the study as well. I say pretty good because, they are no Coastal Courier.

Basically, the study says, well it says a lot but, basically it says late people are usually late because of their egos. To make themselves seem more important they over book themselves.

No matter what the reason I have never been a fan of tardiness. There are few things you can control but being late is usually one of them. The chronically late should reevaluate their schedules and consider others.
Having seen the lack of diplomacy in DC by the president I have a feeling he will not do either of these things and will continue to be late.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I agree. While I was on active duty, I was involved in preparing and executing schedules and itineraries for various Army dignitaries (both visitors and my bosses). Sometimes schedules tend to be "ambitious," but after awhile someone who really cares about keeping an audience waiting just simply allows more time for the events themselves or to get there. I have no idea whether this was Obama's normal routine pre-2008, but he's had five years to fix this particular problem. And he's certainly been in an audience pre-2008 where he was "kept waiting" by someone, so he knows how it feels personally.

I think your "ego" point is spot on.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 14:04 PM

.....and speaking of studies, here's one from a more predictable source which contends that President Obama's "one achievement" is"

Outgolfing Tiger Woods

(As of next spring, that is.....)

See: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2...

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