A little fun-night in Washington and President Obama thanked lawmakers who “took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight.”
In the basement ballroom of the Washington Hilton, more than 2,000 politicians, celebrities, journalists and hangers-on gathered for the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner. The arrangements created a muddled tableau of elites from different industries, with Kate Hudson paired with Colin Powell and Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and her attorney seated at the table with Fox News pundits.
“It’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom,” Obama said, “or what Mitt Romney would call ‘a little fixer-upper.’”
President Obama also remembered Republican criticism of him for eating dog meat while a boy in Indonesia. “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?” Mr. Obama asked and answered – “A pit bull is delicious.” Dear Sarah Palin – here you have it – and remember that your candidate for Presidency traveled in a car with his dog strapped in a cage to the roof top. What about strapping Bo to the top of US One and sprint him out of China?
President Obama teased Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was photographed dancing and drinking a beer at a club during a visit to Colombia. “She won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena,” he said. He also said that he had to leave early because “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
The President was followed by Mr. Jimmy Kimmel as official entertainer at last night’s White House Press dinner who said that “I do have a lot of jokes about the Secret Service,” - “You know, I told them – for $800 - I wouldn’t tell them – but they only offered 30.”
Last night’s dinner was also a commemoration at another level – just think – last year the dinner played a cameo role in the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. When the President showed up at the dinner a year ago, Mr. Obama had just given the order for the helicopter incursion into Pakistan to burst into a compound where the Al Qaeda leader was suspected of living, but the President smiled and joked his way through that dinner, and a ballroom full of journalists had no clue what was about to happen. One Bravo! or rise-a-glass! – for this President.
“Last year at this time — in fact, on this very weekend — we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” Obama said during his after-dinner speech, seeming to allude to the killing of Osama bin Laden. But then a photo of an orange-faced Donald Trump — who spent much of last spring questioning Obama’s citizenship — flashed on giant screens in the ballroom. Punch line delivered.
and something else – an opinion piece in the New York Times makes it crystal clear – “THE president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.” So what are the Republicans hollering about?
See please – OPINION
Warrior in Chief
By PETER L. BERGEN, Published: April 28, 2012
at - www.nytimes.com
The president used the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as an occasion to articulate his philosophy of war. He made it very clear that his opposition to the Iraq war didn’t mean that he embraced pacifism — not at all.
“I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people,” the president told the Nobel committee — and the world. “For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince Al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man, and the limits of reason.”
Mr. Obama’s readiness to use force — and his military record — have won him little support from the right. Despite countervailing evidence, most conservatives view the president as some kind of peacenik. From both the right and left, there has been a continuing, dramatic cognitive disconnect between Mr. Obama’s record and the public perception of his leadership: despite his demonstrated willingness to use force, neither side regards him as the warrior president he is.
But Mr. Obama decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership. He overthrew the Libyan dictator. He ramped up drone attacks in Pakistan, waged effective covert wars in Yemen and Somalia and authorized a threefold increase in the number of American troops in Afghanistan. He became the first president to authorize the assassination of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico and played an operational role in Al Qaeda, and was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen. And, of course, Mr. Obama ordered and oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.