President Obama Enjoys Light Moment During Early Voting in Chicago

President Obama has had a rough 2014, if it’s not Republicans, Syria, Putin, Russia, ISIS (ISIL), the Secret Service and Ebola; the president has not had many funny moments.

In a rare moment Pres Obama was able to enjoy a lil humor while early voting in Chicago.

With the mid-terms looming and Republicans poised to take-over the Senate, there may not be many more funny moments for Obama in his remaining years as president.

By the way, props to Mike Jones for cracking the joke with president. I mean when will you ever have another chance to have a moment with the President of the United States.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

President Obama Seeking Congressional Approval for Military Action

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When I wrote that President Obama had to speak to the American people about Syria; I never thought he would announce that he will be working with Congress. Obama announced today the he wants military action against Syria, but he will seek congressional approval for that action.

Ummm, ok….

Obama on several occasions has made it clear that any action against Syria would focus on their use of chemical weapons. He has also stated that it would not be an “open-ended” scenario as there will be no “boots on the ground”. And inaction would threaten the security of not only our allies (Turkey, Israel etc) but it would threaten U.S. security as well.

So why seek any approval?

I believe the president is being partly political in seeking approval. Many Republicans and Democrats have publicly stated a need for the president to present his case for military action against Syria along with thorough debate. The flip side is that many of those requesting debate are also reluctant to vote on authorization (I know shocker congress not willing to do something). With the president seeking approval he’s basically telling congress you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Seeking approval from congress in my opinion is unnecessary and this is potentially setting a bad precedent for future presidents. Obama is also basically saying his decision for military action in Libya without authorization from Congress was wrong!

How is Libya different Syria?

And what if congress says no to military action in Syria? What will Obama’s next move be?

He’s on record saying he wants military action against Syria; will he ignore congress?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

President Obama Must Speak on Syria….

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President Obama must speak on Syria and the reason why the United States has to act against Syria’s use of chemical weapons; and he must speak directly to the people.  Today the president once again briefly commented on Syria and this is just not enough, it’s not enough when you are talking about taking military action that would impact the US not only in the international community but also domestically.

Polls show the American people want to know more before any action is taken, but in all honesty I don’t know if that is going to happen.  The plans are already set with 5 destroyers loaded with more than 200 cruise missiles ready to launch, and action can happen as soon as Saturday with the last of the UN Inspectors leaving Syria.

IMO, the president should wait for the UN Inspectors’ final report and then address the nation presenting what the inspectors discovered.  I fully support military action (limited with no boots on the ground) but no more sending out Secretary of State John Kerry, it’s time for the president to tell us what’s next!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Pres Obama on Syria: “Must Be Held Accountable”

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Tonight (Wednesday August 28th) in an interview on ‘PBS News HourPresident Obama spoke about Syria (Assad Regime) and how they “Must Be Held Accountable” for using chemical weapons against the opposition and civilian population.  The president made it clear that it is not acceptable for any nation to use chemical weapons, it goes against “international norms”.

He also stated that no final decision has been made on what type of action will be taken against Syria, but he let it be known that he is not interested in any kind of “open-minded” conflict.

“I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons, like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable”President Obama

As Pres Obama meets with his advisers you would have to believe (or hope) that they are not only discussing military targets in Syria but that they are also talking about what type of retaliation could result in launching missiles at Assad.

With the president setting a “red line” for Syria and Syria now crossing that line the United States has to send Assad a message with force behind it.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!