The younger crowd has always been one of the key demographics that has supported our wonderful community organizer. In fact, the so-called Millennials came out in droves during both of Obama’s presidential elections, with the vast majority casting their vote for ‘hope and change.’
Things may well be turning now. After the ObamaCare debacle, it’s pretty easy to see why the younger generation is not so enthusiastic about our Liar in Chief. I suppose the fact that he wanted to push them into a very poorly conceived national healthcare plan was part of it. Another fact was that they were going to be expected to pay through the nose for coverage that many (if not most) younger people would simply not use. Perhaps the fact that they had all kinds of ridiculous ads and PR campaigns aimed at their generation might have been just a bit offensive as well.
All of this anger and these sentiments were on display Wednesday when Obama was speaking at the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The community organizer in chief tried his hardest to reach the crowd of students, even touting his new spending program. Still, most of the audience seemed a bit, well, unresponsive. Listen to this report from The Daily Caller:
“At the end, when the president walked back from the podium to smile and wave at the roughly 60 people in the bleachers 20 feet behind him, he faced a unfriendly wall of faces. The White House video of the bleacher’s front rank shows three men with their hands crossed, one with his hands stuck in his pockets and one who let his arms fall by his sides.”
It seemed like Obama didn’t get the reception he was hoping for. This is clearly much different than things back in 2008, or even 2012. Even the main crowd was padded with a number of Obama political supporters in order to make it at least seem like the president was getting through to some of the people. Still, even the lines that were written in order to generate or solicit applause seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Not only that, but a number of Obama’s punch lines fell very flat as well. Take a look at the video on the linked page to see for yourself. You will find that what little response he received was very scattered and muted. Certainly a very, very disappointing result for a president going somewhere that he should have received a lot of love among his political base.
Here’s an idea: maybe the White House will consider adding a laugh track to future Obama speeches? It will certainly be better for him than just hearing silence as he talks.
Poor Obama, but this is what happens when you are a terrible president who continues destroying the economy and pushing through ill-conceived social programs like ObamaCare. This is just an early preview of what the Obama legacy will ultimately be.
What do YOU think? Is it surprising that Obama received such a cold response at a community college? Is it even more surprising that was in a state where he has received strong support in the past? If he is having this much trouble right now, what does this mean for his party in the fall midterms?
A previously unreleased White House document among the 7,500 published by the Clinton presidential library Friday warns that the burgeoning Internet of 1995 is being “seized” by the “right wing” and turned into a “communication stream of conspiracy commerce.”
The 1995 report, titled “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” describes the Internet as a new method of communication ”employed by the right wing” and used to “convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by the mainstream media.”
Among those “fringe stories” were the now-infamous reports and lawsuits alleging extra-martial affairs with the president, including accusations from model and actress Gennifer Flowers, and murmurings about former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, Mashable reports.
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The White House counsel’s office and Democratic National Committee produced the report, which explains how “Republican staffers surf the Internet,” and describes it as “one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication.”
“The Internet can link people, groups and organizations together instantly,” the report reads. “Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all. The right wing has seized upon the internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people. Moreover, evidence exists that Republican staffers surf the internet, interacting with extremists in order to exchange ideas and information.”
Knoxville, Tenn. (CBS DC) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.”
Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”
The justice was invited by the UT law school to present its annual “Rose Lecture,” and discussed events throughout his career such as his 1989 decision to rule with the majority that flag-burning was constitutionally protected speech. Scalia was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
“You’re entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag,” Scalia told the standing-room-only crowd, according to the News Sentinel.
Scalia said that the justices aren’t swayed by partisan political spats, and that he doesn’t care which party controls the White House. He also expressed his theory of originalism, or that the U.S. Constitution is a fixed law and is not open to evolution or change over time.
“The Constitution is not a living organism for Pete’s sake,” the justice said, according to the report. “It’s a law. It means what it meant when it was adopted.”
Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip.
And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases.
Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation’s fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an ongoing water crisis
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That could have “large and lasting effects on fruit, vegetable, dairy and egg prices,” according to a recent USDA report, which said the full impact has yet to be felt.
Smaller cattle herds have forced meat prices higher in March—up more than 5 percent from a year ago, as demand remained strong despite tightener supplies. Ranchers are getting higher prices for cattle and food companies are able to pass them along.
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Pork prices also have been rising after higher feed costs last year forced hog farmers to cut production. The upward price pressure on pork intensified this winter when a deadly virus thinned pig herds. That’s expected to bring even higher prices for this summer’s grilling season, when demand typically picks up.
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“I think consumer should expect record high meat prices his year,” Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith told CNBC last month. “You should expect to see very high prices for your ground beef, your other meat cuts, all the pork cuts will be higher this year.”
Food prices are notoriously volatile, subject to short term spikes and drops based on weather-related shortages and surpluses. But the forces at work this year are longer-lasting.
An ongoing contraction in the U.S. dairy herd, for example, is pushing up retail prices of cheese, ice cream, and other processed dairy foods.
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Farm egg prices have been among the most volatile, jumping by 20 percent in February after dropping by 28 percent in January.
U.S. farmers aren’t the only ones facing a production squeeze. A drought in coffee growing regions of southern Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, has pushed up the cost of a cup of Java worldwide. Coffee futures have surged 57 percent this year and rose above $2 a pound last month for the first time in two years.
With bacon and coffee prices surging, breakfast is becoming more expensive—especially if you include a glass of orange juice. Future prices are up 12 percent this year, hitting two-year highs, after Florida’s orange crop was hit by an insect-borne disease that’s expected to cut yields to the lowest levels in nearly a quarter century. Production could fall by about 15 percent to 114 million boxes this year, according to government forecasts, the lowest level since 1990.The recent series of food price hikes follow a relatively long stretch of stable consumer prices. Since 1990, retail food prices have risen by an average of 2.8 percent a year, according to USDA. From February through December of last year, average supermarket prices fell by 0.2 percent.
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Consumers are also coping with higher costs beyond their supermarket shopping cart. After a brutal winter in much of the country kept shoppers home, a pickup in demand has sent clothing and used car prices higher in March.
Rents are also going up in most of the country, up 2.7 percent in the latest 12-months, a pace not seen since the housing market collapsed in 2007. Medical costs are also rising.
Because food prices are typically more volatile than other consumer costs, economists and policy makers at the Federal Reserve usually ignore them when looking at the so-called “core rate” of inflation. But after a long period of inflation running less than 2 percent a year, the latest surge in prices bears closer watching, according to Capital Insight senior economist Paul Dales.
“We suspect that core inflation will rise to 2 percent this year and beyond it next year, which would catch the Fed off guard,” he wrote in a recent note to clients..