Compared to how tame and uneventful most political rallies are, the rally held by President Obama in Philadelphia yesterday was like the Gathering of the Juggalos. Not only did one guy streak naked for a million dollars, but Obama became the latest in a long and illustrious line of American politicians who have had things thrown at them when someone flung a book his way. Obama didn’t seem to notice, but the moment was captured on video (at the :23 mark).
Obviously it’s dangerous anytime someone is able to throw something at the president. If you really wanted to harm the president, though, would you throw a book? Perhaps as with the naked guy, then, this was yet another publicity stunt. Once we find out the name of the book that was thrown at Obama people are already scrutinizing the back cover it’ll immediately become a runaway best-seller among the tea partiers.
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You didn’t think Trump would let us have a relaxing holiday weekend, did you?
Things are going well for the president
“This election was lost by the Democrats,” he says.
Some bad news for everyone looking forward to a repeat of Giuliani’s “meltdown” last week
President Trump on Wednesday canceled his trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was scheduled to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on alleged election irregularities.
… The cancellation comes after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s unclear if that’s the reason the trip was cancelled.
He says the city was trying to avert hitting 3 percent threshold. “In retrospect, clearly it would’ve been better” to have a Plan B.
This does not bode well for Biden’s dreams of returning to the days of Senate bipartisanship
Some Republican senators have publicly acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect. Others have moved straight to criticizing his early Cabinet picks, even as President Trump continues to dispute the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), three weeks after Election Day, has still not said much of anything at all.
McConnell’s ongoing silence, even as the Trump administration moves to allow Biden to start his transition, leaves a question mark over what could be the most important Washington relationship of the next two years — between an incoming president who promised to tackle the nation’s most pressing concerns and the win-at-all-costs Capitol Hill operator who may well serve as his legislative gatekeeper.
The two men — Senate colleagues for 24 years and sparring partners in several high-stakes negotiations during Biden’s time as vice president — still have not spoken since the election, according to a GOP aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly.
Trump was reportedly dissuaded in recent weeks from striking Iran, but Israel still wants to be prepared
The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.
… The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
The wheels are in motion
But what about alienating our allies for no good reason?
Wall Street does not exactly seem upset about Biden’s victory
Another state down
That’s a lot of people
Biden 80,033,996 (51.0%)
Trump 73,878,907 (47.1%)
Prior to 2020, no ticket had ever hit 70 million.