There are many pictures like this, of President Obama looking all statesperson-like and warm and serious and intelligent, and after seeing about twelve jillion of them, all I could think was how totally fucking awesome it is to have once again a president who isn't an international embarrassment. Despite the fact that I have both domestic and foreign policy differences with President Obama, and am often aggravated by his administration as a result, I am proud that he's my president. I am proud to be represented abroad by him.
Which, by the way, makes the Secret Service's lack of ethical and responsible conduct before the President's arrival even more disgraceful. All of our presidents are, of course, worth protecting—but some earn it merely by virtue of the office, and some earn it by elevating the office. President Obama is in the latter category, meriting solemn fealty by both position and principle.
Anyway! In election news...
Reuters—Obama Easily Beating Romney Among U.S. Women: "American women favor Barack Obama by a 14-point margin over Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday... Fifty-one percent of registered women voters support the Democratic president, according to the poll, compared with 37 percent who favor Romney." Ha ha WHAT A SURPRISE! I am so surprised! (I am not surprised.)
On the one hand, this poll is happy-making because it underlines how truly important women and women's issues are. On the other hand, this poll is totally fucking depressing because women are breaking big for a candidate who doesn't personally seem to give too much of a shit about women's issues, and doesn't have to, because his opponent is SO TERRIBLE. Sigh etc.
Think Progress—Catholic Bishop Claims Obama Is 'Following a Similar Path' to Hitler:
In a mass proceeding a Catholic men's march this weekend, Bishop Daniel Jenky delivered a homily that appears better suited to an episode of the Glenn Beck Show than to a celebration of religious faith. As part of a lengthy historical lecture on past attacks on the Catholic church, Jenky claimed that President Obama is following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler:Emphasis original. Ian at TP wryly notes: "For the record, Hitler tried to systematically exterminate the members of faiths that he did not approve of. Obama, by contrast, wants all working women to have access to contraception, regardless of whether they work for a religious employer."
The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate....
Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
I love the smell of hyperbole in the morning! Speaking of which...
CNN—Romney Cites 'Vast Left Wing Conspiracy': "Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a 'vast left wing conspiracy' brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign." Ha ha yes, that's true. I am part of the vast left-wing conspiracy to derail Mitt Romney's campaign, by pointing out on a regular basis that his policies are a garbage disaster and he is terrible.
And finally! Because you can never poll TOO EARLY (lulz): Clinton and Christie have early 2016 leads. OMG. I need a nap.
Talk about these things! Or don't. Whatever makes you happy. Life is short.