A woman gives President Obama a hug following his speech on the health care reform package at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri on March 10, 2010
11:15 EST: President Obama participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony
5:0 EST: Hosts 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions; South Lawn
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) March 9, 2014
ThinkProgress: Uninsurance Rate Falls As Millions Sign Up For Obamacare, Survey Finds
The U.S. uninsurance rate has hit another five-year low as Americans continue enrolling in health coverage during Obamacare’s first open enrollment period, according to a new Gallup survey. All told, the uninsurance rate in the first three months of 2014 stood at 15.9 percent, compared to 17.1 percent in the last quarter of 2013 — and the largest drops in uninsurance occurred among African Americans and lower-income people, who are among the most likely to benefit from the ACA’s financial assistance.
“The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far,” wrote the Gallup researchers. “The percentage of uninsured Americans with an annual household income of less than $36,000 has dropped the most — by 2.8 percentage points — to 27.9% since the fourth quarter of 2013, while the percentage of uninsured blacks has fallen 2.6 points to 18.3%.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 9, 2014
ThinkProgress: Bush’s Defense Secretary Destroys GOP Talking Points Against Obama’s Handling Of Crimea
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back on Sunday against conservatives who’ve blamed President Obama’s “weak” foreign policy for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Crimea.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gates dismissed arguments that Obama’s handling of the conflict in Syria or his efforts to trim the defense budget emboldened Putin, arguing that the Russian president also invaded Georgia during the George W. Bush administration.
“My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force”….
— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) March 8, 2014
Steve Benen: Presidential breaks aren’t ‘startling’
President Obama occasionally takes a breather because, well, humans in stressful jobs sometimes need a break. For some reason, Republicans seem to find this fascinating….
…. all of this handwringing wouldn’t be quite so annoying if Republicans weren’t conveniently ignoring the president’s immediate predecessor.
Every president chooses to spend some time away from the White House, but some take more time than others. Ronald Reagan, for example, set the record for most vacation days for a sitting president – a record that stood until George W. Bush shattered Reagan’s seemingly unbreakable benchmark.
Obama practically lives in the Oval Office compared to the last couple of two-term Republican presidents.
Indeed, Bush at times seemed preoccupied with not going to work…..
Why the neocons “get” Putin but not Obama => 21st Century Obama vs 19th/20th Century Putin http://t.co/eD4RtXKYfO
— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) March 8, 2014
TPM: Ouch! Kerry Roasts CNN With Brutal Joke
It seems everyone is having fun at CNN’s expense these days. On Saturday, it was John Kerry’s turn.
Yes, the secretary of state couldn’t resist poking fun at CNN’s ratings woes when he delivered remarks at the annual Gridiron Club dinner.
The set-up for Kerry’s punch line: an allusion to a pretty ridiculous question about his 2016 ambitions that came up during an interview with the cable news channel last month.
“I am out of politics — and based on the ratings, so is CNN,” Kerry said….
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) March 10, 2014
Michael Hiltzik: Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study
Robert Proctor doesn’t think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don’t know can hurt you. And that there’s more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense.
Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world’s leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. It’s a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities.
The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease …. It’s also echoed by vaccination opponents and by climate change deniers.
And all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform…
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 10, 2014
Five years in, I’m still pinching myself every time I see the Obamas in the White House. I’ll never get tired of seeing them there.
— skeptical brotha (@skepticalbrotha) March 9, 2014
On This Day:
President Obama listens to remarks as he waits to go on stage to discuss education issues at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gathering Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Washington at the Washington Marriott Metro Center’s Grand Ballroom (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and President Rene Preval of Haiti meet in the Oval Office, March 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Mrs. Elizabeth Preval, the First Lady of Haiti, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, March 10, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with parents Sirdeaner Walker and Kirk Smalley in the Blue Room of the White House before the start of the Conference on Bullying Prevention, March 10, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with members of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks following a ceremony to honor the team’s 2009-10 championship season on the South Lawn of the White House, March 11, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the East Room of the White House, March 10, 2011