Category Archives: Barack Obama

President Obama Should Reject the Nobel Prize

Over the past two decades, the Nobel Peace Prize committee has become an anti-American organization that has sought to use its awards to influence world opinion and American policy to its own ends.

In 1994, one of the three recipients to whom it awarded the Peace Prize was Yasser Arafat, for his “efforts to promote peace in the Middle East “- peace through the promotion of terrorism?  Through the encouragement of the Intifada?  Through his corruption and theft of Palestinian assets for his own personal benefit?

In 2002, one year after 9/11, it awarded the laureate to Jimmy Carter, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy [never mind about his love affair with Cuba] and human rights and to promote economic and social development.”  Efforts that have never borne any fruit!  Now where have his affections gone?  To NORTH KOREA!

In 2005, the committee awarded the laureate to Mohammed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Commission for their work in preventing the development of nuclear arms.  Since then, North Korea has developed and tested nuclear weapons and Iran is much farther along in its nuclear weapons program.

My opinion is that this award is a political move to encourage Obama along the line of thinking like Neville Chamberlain rather than Winston Churchill in dealing with the world’s tyrannical and terrorist states.  I encourage President Obama to REJECT this award.

As the mother of a young man who has joined the Army to defend our country against our enemies, I am alarmed at any form of encouragement of our government to soften its stance against the world’s tyrannical and terrorist states.  Mr. President, turn down that award!

“Impressions” of President Obama

I just turned 62.  In my life, I have seen blacks go from the back of the bus to the White House.  I have seen women gain respect in the workplace.

But I have also seen an explosion in divorces.  Abortions.  Out-of-wedlock kids…on purpose.

I have seen a collapse of the values that made and can still make America great.  I have seen an abdication of personal responsibility in favor of the adoption of victimhood and situational ethics. 

There are many things that concern me about our new president.  Many policies that frankly, make me nervous.  But there are some things that I am impressed by, and hope he will set a tone and become a role model for our society.

I am impressed by President Obama’s work ethic.  I am impressed by his clear love for his wife and family.

I am impressed that during the campaign, Michelle Obama made sure she was home with her daughters 5 days a week.

I am impressed that they have invited the children’s grandmother to live with them in the White House.

I am impressed that the first black president got there through his own hard work and not because of affirmative action programs.

I am impressed that President Obama took the time to visit with some of our wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan the day before he took office as Commander-in-Chief.

Now, I hope that through these actions, our new president will serve as a role model for all Americans – to take their vows and responsibilities as seriously as the day they made them.

And that’s my take on today.

 

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Recently, I received an email from one of my listeners.  I thought it was so funny I had to share it with you.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

SARAH PALIN:  Before it got to the other side, I shot the chicken, cleaned and dressed it, and had chicken burgers for lunch.

BARACK OBAMA:  The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN:  My friends that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON:  When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road.  But then, this really isn’t about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH:  We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY:  Where’s my gun?

COLIN POWELL:  Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON:  I did not cross the road with that chicken.  What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE:  I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY:  Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions.  I am not for it now and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON:  Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL:  The problem we have here is that this chicken doesn’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH:  Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE:  That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN:  To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART:  No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going.  I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level.  No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS:  Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA:  In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS:  Isn’t that interesting?  In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE:  It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON:  Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES:  I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook.  Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash or need to be rebooted.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:  Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS:  Did I miss one?

Sarah Palin’s Newsweek Cover Photo

Enough already with the over-reaction to the Sarah Palin cover picture on Newsweek.

I first learned of this so-called serious issue watching Fox News in the morning.  One of their hosts, a gorgeous blonde, was holding up the magazine and the camera zoomed in on the cover, and I thought it was…fine.  It shows Mrs. Palin close up, with about 60% of her face exposed.  Frankly, I think it’s a nice shot. 

The complaints from the news hosts were that it wasn’t retouched to take away the deepness of the marionette lines between nose and mouth and the slight creping around her eyes.

My first reaction was, “Give me a break…that’s what she looks like at her age with her facial contours.  It’s real and she doesn’t look bad at all – she happens to be a pretty woman.”

The hosts then flashed a prior Newsweek cover with Obama…at more of a distance without one obvious facial flaw and a light diffusing from the top of his head, which made him look like a moment in the movie The Ten Commandments — the halo effect told a lot about the “messiah-like” impression that this publication was attempting to create to influence the readership.

While I am not supportive of Mrs. Palin for the Vice-Presidency, as I have made clear in a previous blog, I am also not supportive of media manipulation to subliminally impact the populace to vote for the party of the media’s choice.  That said, it is the Obama cover that should be criticized, not Palin’s…hers is at least a real rendition of a real human being.

I recently took a new set of head shots and publicity photos for an upcoming book (“In Praise of At-Home Moms“) and other promotional purposes.  When I first saw them, I just about cried.  Where did all those crow’s feet, laugh lines, and creping of neck skin come from?  I work out hard most days of the week so my muscles and flexibility are amazing.  Working out and eating correctly are under my control.  Getting weekly facials to keep my skin clear and hydrated is under my control.  The changes one has through maturation (aka “aging”) are not under my control.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that seeing those photos ruined my afternoon as I have never in my life before felt so womanly, sexy, and feminine!  The photos did not seem to match my inner image.

The next day I looked at the photos again and – after sleeping on it and talking about it with my dearest friends – I just absolutely love them and told my business partner to make sure they were not air-brushed.  I never liked my current photos because they touched them up to remove all lines…making me, in my opinion, look absolutely bionic.  I love my new ones now because they are real and show me mature, attractive, happy, and, untouched, and make a statement about pride in oneself even with imperfections.

So, to summarize, I like the Palin Newsweek photo. I disdain the liberal media’s manipulations of Obama photos to further their political agenda.  And I love my new photos…you’ll see ‘em soon!

Personal Responsibility and the Presidential Election

I am watching TV news early this morning and hear that Senator McCain is suspending his campaign for President of the United States to stay in Washington, D.C. to actually do the job he’s been elected to and getting a salary for.  I also hear that whether or not a plan is agreed upon to deal with the financial crisis of the United States, that Senator Obama will leave Washington D.C. early this morning to continue his campaign for President.

After talking to one of my friends who quipped: “McCain is using this opportunity as a campaign maneuver.”  I said, “Hey, he’s actually doing the job he’s being paid for.”  I am always impressed when a politician takes personal responsibility to actually do their job.

Unfortunately, by noontime, Senator McCain apparently had decided that he had completed the job and decided to call it a day and head off to join Senator Obama for a long weekend of campaigning.

What other job is there in the known universe where you can get elected, have a nice title, get paid a really good salary, have fabulous job security for two to six years, and then spend most of your time working towards another job?  Only the job in Congress!  We have Senators from Arizona and Illinois who are spending just about every waking hour vying for the Oval Office, and a Governor from Alaska together with a Senator from Delaware who are trying to get second dibs on Air Force One.

I, for one, believe that they all should have resigned to run for further office, and left the support of their constituents to someone who’s doing the job full time.