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Someone, please explain: That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell

https://twitter.com/DaniellaMicaela/status/919993572283129856

Obama visited wounded troops at Walter Reed so often-Hawks worried it was making him too anti-war!

Obama’s Sacred Duty: Visiting the Wounded at Walter Reed
By GARDINER HARRISNOV. 29, 2016




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“Every time I visit Walter Reed, every time I visit Bethesda, I’m reminded of the wages of war,” Mr. Obama said at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2011.


Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, wrote in his memoir “Duty” that seeing the wounded and attending funerals took such an emotional toll that he had to resign. Critics see another effect. Over the course of his presidency, Mr. Obama has become increasingly unwilling to commit troops to wars in places like Libya, Syria and Iraq.

Eliot A. Cohen, an official in the George W. Bush administration who is now a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, said that Mr. Obama’s trips to Walter Reed may have been the reason, and that future presidents should avoid such visits.

“A president has to be psychologically prepared to send people into harm’s way and to get a good night’s sleep,”
Mr. Cohen said. “And anything they do that might cripple them that way means they’re not doing their job.”

Mr. Obama has rejected such criticism, saying his rounds at Walter Reed have highlighted the risks of war but have not stopped him from ordering troops into battle when needed.




MORE!:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/us/politics/obama-walter-reed-military.html

Proof you CAN'T kiss the president's ass and tweet at the same time:





https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/920003670728638464
https://twitter.com/newtgingrich/status/920000475885338624
https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/920004656239128579

"You shouldn't even mention it"





https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/919999728263270400

The more I learn about Ivanka.....




https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/the-danger-of-president-pence

Charles Blow/NYT: "Trump can't hold a candle to Obama-so he's taking a tiki torch to Obamas legacy"

Trump, Chieftain of Spite
Charles M. Blow OCT. 15, 2017




It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired. It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem or efficacy — when you sit where that person once sat.

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This is the existence of Donald Trump in the wake of President Barack Obama. Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama, so he’s taking a tiki torch to Obama’s legacy. Trump can’t get his bad ideas through Congress, but he can use the power of the presidency to sabotage or even sink Obama’s signature deeds.

In fact, if there’s a defining feature of Trump as “president,” is that in all ways he is the anti-Obama — not only on policy but also on matters of propriety and polish. While Obama was erudite, Trump is ignorant. Obama was civil, Trump is churlish. Obama was tactful, Trump is tacky.

There is a thing present in Obama and absent from Trump that no amount of money or power can alter: a sense of elegant intellectualism and taste.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/opinion/columnists/trump-spite-obama-legacy.html?_r=0

SF Chronicle: Devastated California awaits your leadership, Mr. President. Tweet up, if you care.

As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis: President Trump.

This is not a man who is reticent to let Americans know what is foremost on his mind.

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Yet Trump has offered no more than a few perfunctory words about the Wine Country fires that have left at least 40 dead, consumed thousands of structures and stretched the physical and mental mettle of the dedicated firefighters and medical professionals to the edge of exhaustion.

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That’s it? No talk of visiting California? No expressions of appreciation for the first responders? No condolences for those who lost their lives, or the many more who lost their homes? No recognition or pledges of federal support for the monumental task of rebuilding the neighborhoods and business that were devoured in the fire?

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So how can it be that the loss of 40 human beings on American soil did not merit a single tweet? The most forgiving interpretation would be that Trump, along with the cable networks that seem to attract his laser focus and have not made this a huge story, have a case of disaster fatigue. Perhaps the problem is that he hasn’t been blasted for his underwhelming response:There is no surer way to provoke him to his phone. The most cynical speculation would be that he could not care less about a state that despises him like no other.

Devastated California awaits your leadership, Mr. President. Tweet up, if you care.

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-California-burns-Where-s-the-12278654.php

Colin Kaepernick has reportedly filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion.

After remaining unsigned through six weeks of the 2017 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick claims the league is participating in collusion.

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the owners for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.

Per Freeman, Kaepernick has hired attorney Mark Geragos to help him in the legal situation.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also reported the quarterback's plan to file a grievance.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract at the conclusion of last season with the expectation he would find a new landing spot but has not gotten a new deal and has received surprisingly little interest compared to how well he played last season. He finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.


MORE:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2738805-colin-kaepernick-reportedly-files-grievance-against-nfl-owners-for-collusion
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21035352/colin-kaepernick-filing-grievance-nfl-owners-collusion?sf122262788=1
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/919670261384925185
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/919688223999381504

Trump proclaims October 15-21 National Character Counts Week.








https://twitter.com/TheDailyEdge/status/919625391534374913

Joshua Boyle's captors told him Trump was the president but he thought they were obviously lying.

Joshua Boyle's captors told him Donald Trump was the president but he thought they were obviously lying.

Details about the rescue are still unconfirmed, but Boyle said all five family members were in the trunk of a vehicle to be transferred to another location when shots were fired. Some of the kidnappers were killed and others fled.

On Saturday he described some of their darkest moments while being held hostage: cells that were no bigger than a bathtub, or underground; his wife’s rape and forced abortion; the daily cruelty of the kidnappers.

And then there was the devastating boredom during five years spent almost entirely without books, newspapers or movies — allowed only a slate and a piece of chalk. Boyle said that when they once asked for something to read or anything to relieve the tedium, the kidnappers returned with a pile of dirty dishes to wash.

They didn’t know Justin Trudeau was Canada’s prime minister until after they were rescued. One of the captors told Boyle the new U.S. president was Donald Trump before he was forced to make a “proof-of-life” video. “It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” he said.


MORE:
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/14/after-a-lifetime-in-captivity-the-children-of-joshua-boyle-and-caitlan-coleman-begin-to-heal.html
https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/919578487467286529
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