May 2012

Bill Clinton’s Rhetorical Switcheroo

May 25, 2012
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“We’re facing a tidal wave of anonymous, unlimited spending,” the e-mail read. “It’s unprecedented.” But this message wasn’t about Obama racking up $5 trillion in new debt. And it wasn’t from another Romney CPAC hoping to raise money for the Republican challenger. The missive came straight from former president Bill Clinton warning that the GOP was [...]

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Obama’s Football Photo-Op

May 22, 2012
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Team Obama tweeted this photo of the president tossing a football in Chicago’s Soldier Field above the words “clear eyes, full hearts” on Monday. The tweet was a reference to the now defunct television show Friday Night Lights. On the show, a Texas high school football team routinely cheered “clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose!” [...]

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Just Your Average Joe-bama

May 21, 2012
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The kitchen table chat is a staple visual metaphor for politicians. In this photo, President Obama appears to be making a point to Val and Paul Keller. The couple recently refinanced their underwater mortgage under a federal program. The Kellers remain undecided about who to vote for—unlike their fruit basket forming Obama’s “O” logo in the background. NBC [...]

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Axelrod’s “Black Jesus”

May 19, 2012
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President Obama was nicknamed “Black Jesus” by his former senior campaign adviser David Axelrod, according to Edward Klein’s new book, The Amateur (p. 59). The Obama painting above—entitled “The Truth” by Michael D’Antuono—was scheduled to go on view in New York’s Union Station on the president’s 100th day in office in 2009, but the artist [...]

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Barack Gump (aka Forrest Obama)

May 18, 2012
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President Obama has routinely assumed the personas of former U.S. presidents. In this photo, Obama is channeling an iconic image of John F. Kennedy known as “The Loneliest Job.” Now the Obama White House has “amended” JFK’s online biography—and the bios of many other of the past century’s U.S. presidents—with a closing “Did You Know?” section in [...]

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Inside Rev. Wright’s “Cardboard Box”

May 17, 2012
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Edward Klein’s new book about Barack Obama, The Amateur, takes its title from an alleged quote by former President Bill Clinton. Calling Obama an “amateur” is only one of many stunning claims offered in Klein’s unauthorized biography. But Clinton’s criticism of his wife’s earlier presidential rival is minor compared to allegations made by Rev. Jeremiah [...]

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