Here is complete video of President Barack Obama’s remarks at the White House this afternoon about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that has left at least 20 children and 6 adults dead.
Here is the photo released this afternoon by the White House showing Gov. Mitt Romney in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama today. The two had a private lunch together that lasted about an hour:
CNN: Mitt Romney’s lunch at the White House Thursday was not how the former GOP nominee would have imagined it a month ago, but it did provide a postscript to this year’s punishing presidential battle.
The former candidate, whose motorcade during the campaign could shut down streets and stretch entire city blocks, arrived at a side entrance of the executive mansion in a single black Lincoln SUV. He sat in the front passenger seat.
The defeated Republican presidential candidate lunched on white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad with President Barack Obama in the private dining room, where their discussion centered on “America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future,” according to a description of the lunch from the White House.
“They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future,” read the statement from the White House, which also released a photo of the two men in the Oval Office. . . . Read More
Here is raw video of Gov. Mitt Romney arriving at the White House for his private lunch today with President Obama. Romney arrives in a single vehicle (no entourage) and gets out of the passenger side, visible only momentarily as he walks into the White House, it appears.
NOTE: Fox News’ Ed Henry just said Romney had “about a 4-second walk” into the White House from his SUV.
News is out this morning that Mitt Romney will have a private lunch with President Obama tomorrow at the White House:
WEEKLY STANDARD: The White House announces that Governor Mitt Romney will meet tomorrow with President Barack Obama for lunch.
“On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room,” says White House press secretary Jay Carney. “It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election. There will be no press coverage of the meeting.” . . . .Read More
Here is video of the official portraits of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush being unveiled in a White House Ceremony today.
UPDATE: Added Complete Video of the Ceremony Below:
Some levity at the White House as President Obama welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron with a “huge ceremony.”
Obama brought up the British burning of the White House 200 years ago in the War of 1812, and Cameron responded in his remarks:
“Though I am a little embarrassed as I stand here to think that 200 years ago my ancestors tried to burn this place down. Now, looking around me, I can see you’ve got the place a little better defended today.”
Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez is arrested outside of the White House during a Dream Act rally after he refused to move when asked to by authorities. Gutierrez was attending the rally urging Obama to use his “broad discretionary power” to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants.
H/t: The Blaze
Increasing scrutiny is being paid to President Obama’s fundraising activities – particularly his use of the White House to host big donors and bundlers for his 2012 Re-Election Campaign. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa is looking into it. While Obama may be talking about his focus on the economy and a Debt Limit Deal, his real focus, as always, is himself – and his drive to raise $1 Billion to keep his job despite the disastrous U.S. Economy:
DAILY CALLER: President Barack Obama’s controversial meeting with supporters in the White House’s Blue Room on March 7 included 16 attendees who collected at least $3.95 million for his 2012 election race.
Sixteen of the meeting’s attendees are listed as wealthy donors in a report posted at Obama’s campaign’s website on July 15. One of the attendees raised between $50,000 and $100,000, six attendees raised between $50,000 and $100,000, four raised between $200,000 and $500,000 and five raised more than $500,000. These donors are called “bundlers” because they amass donations from friends for the campaign.
The March 7 meeting is being criticized by Republicans as possibly violating campaign-finance laws that bar the use of government property for political fundraising.
On July 11, for example, California Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, called for an investigation into the meeting, asked for information from the White House, and called for the preservation of documents related to any campaign-related events hosted by administration officials. . . . Read More
Here is audio of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) describing President Barack Obama’s angry walkout on the Debt Limit Talks at the White House. Cantor said Obama got “very agitated,” and told him that “Ronald Reagan” would not sit here like this. Obama then told Cantor, “Eric, Don’t call my bluff,” that he was “going to the American people on this.” Obama then “shoved back from the table,” said “see you tomorrow,” and “walked out.”
Obama is not getting his way on raising taxes, and he’s acting like a petulant child. Republicans must not give in to his tantrum-throwing, not matter how bad it gets.
THE DAILY CALLER: Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, became only the second living combat veteran to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. The last was Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, also of the Army, who received the nation’s highest military honor in 2010. . . . .
Petry received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat in Paktya, Afghanistan in May 2008.
Petry, who threw a live hand grenade away from his fellow Army Rangers, lost his right hand and was shot in both legs. The 28-year-old has been on a total of eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . Read More
What a hero. America is blessed to have people like him defending this country.
Here is the U.S. Army’s page honoring SFC Petry.
Here is video of Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday interviewing President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon about the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama Bin Laden last week, and the broader War on Terror.
I thought Donilon was an outstanding interview. He’s more impressive than just about anybody I’ve seen working for Obama. He gave a rundown on the mission and how it came together. He said President Obama had met with the actual “operators” of the raid – meaning the SEALs and others directly involved in the mission – and received a “minute by minute” account of what happened.
On the treasure trove of information captured form the Bin Laden compound, Donilon said it is the largest amount of information ever obtained from an anti-terrorist capture or raid. To give an idea of the size, Donilon said it is the size of a “small college library.” But he would not say whether there have been any capture of terrorists or other hits since obtaining the information. “We’re still going through it,” he said.
Donilon hedged on whether any of the intelligence obtained following “enhanced interrogation” was a part of leading us to Bin Laden. He spoke of it being a “mosaic” of intelligence rather than one piece of information.
Chris Wallace asked a brilliant question in the middle of the interview, after first stipulating that Osama Bin Laden “was a monster”:
“Why is shooting an unarmed man in the face legal and proper, while enhanced interrogation – including waterboarding of a detainee under very strict controls and limits – why is that over the line?”
Wallace was not criticizing the killing of Bin Laden – he made that clear. But he was asking about the inconsistency of President Obama opposing enhanced interrogations when he approves of “shooting Bin Laden in the head.” Donilon said enhanced interrogations are “not consistent with our values,” and pointed out “we were at war with Osama Bin Laden.” Wallace responded with, “but we are at war with Khalid Sheikh Muhammed.” Donilon would only continue to repeat that enhanced interrogations are “against our values.”
He refused to comment on the Obama Justice Department pursuing the possibility of prosecutions against CIA operatives who conducted enhanced interrogations.
Too good for words. Just watch! Let’s hope voters do this for good in November 2012.