Let’s Move! FLOTUS Promotes Health in Africa By Ridding the Continent of Fat Cakes & French Fries

Comedian Ron White has a joke about cows causing global warming, and that he’s doing his part by “eating the cows as fast as I can.” I’m starting to think that’s how Michelle Obama plans to protect the world from fatty foods.

The First Lady has been promoting good health in Africa. She kicked off “operation eat your veggies” in Botswana by buying some fat cakes and fries at a local eatery:

The other day FLOTUS admitted to South Africa that she can’t stop eating French fries, but also reminded them to make sure to eat their vegetables. They’ll have to — the French fries are all gone.

I’d join Michelle O on her global crusade for healthy eating, but I’m afraid I’d gain 50 pounds.

(h/t The Blaze)

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

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If George W. Bush would have made a monumental gaffe like this, it would have been the top story on every network nightly newscast for probably more than just a day. But when Barack Obama does those things, as far as CBS, NBC and ABC are concerned, it’s as if they never happened:

Barack Obama’s confusing one living American war hero with a fallen one he honored in 2009, has been completely ignored by the Big Three Networks shows, including the same NBC Nightly News that threw a fit over Sarah Palin’s recent recounting of an event over 200 years ago, Paul Revere’s ride.

President Obama has apologized to the family of a Medal of Honor winner for his gaffe, but I don’t think we’ll ever see the network media apologize to America for being so laughably one-sided.

Where Was Nancy Pelosi During Obama’s Afghanistan Speech?

While President Obama was outlining his plan for the future of the US military involvement in Afghanistan — an issue about which Nancy Pelosi, aka Botoxi the Clown, says she cares about deeply — Pelosi was at a U2 concert in Baltimore:

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I’ve never been any particular U2 fan, but the band has never seemed less cool than it does now. That’s okay though — America is at its most secure when Nancy Pelosi isn’t in Washington.

I wrote to Bono and asked him to dedicate “One” to Nancy’s national favorability rating, but he didn’t.

Update: Ah-haaa… this would explain why Nancy’s been following Bono around like Michael Moore behind the pizza delivery guy.

Retro-gag from 2007:

But, at Friday night’s YouthAIDS benefit in Virginia, Bono let gala attendees know which politician he loves AP above all others: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who was being honored by both Bono and actress Ashley Judd for the speaker’s efforts on behalf of AIDS relief.

“I don’t wear ties for presidents or prime ministers,” the necktie-adorned singer said. “I only wear a tie for Madam Speaker.”

But, that wasn’t Bono’s biggest — or most personal —compliment of the night for Pelosi. After telling the crowd about a particular Pelosi motto that resonated with him — “Inside maneuvering with outside mobilization” — Bono said that he has considered getting the phrase tattooed on his derriere (which would clearly give new meaning to the phrase “bumper sticker politics”).

More Bono-to-Pelosi fawning:

“You’ve given safe sex, sex appeal! How’d you do that?”

“‘Madame Speaker’… it just sounds so good, even one year later.”

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Weiner Delivers FTD I-Pulled-My-Pants-Up Bouquet to Wife

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The dandelions he picked for her a couple of days ago must have died.

NY Post:

Anthony Weiner thinks 23 bucks’ worth of bodega blossoms will make love bloom again for his humiliated wife.

The disgraced former congressman was spotted outside his Queens home yesterday toting a bouquet of cheap flowers for Huma Abedin, his pregnant spouse who endured weeks of lurid revelations about her husband’s sexting. He spent a whopping $22.97 on them at a bodega, according to the iPad publication The Daily.

But the gesture won’t work, experts told The Post.

“It’s ridiculous, and it could make her angrier,” said Elayne Rapping, a professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo. “He knows there are photographers and reporters outside of his house. He could have easily called up a florist and had flowers delivered to her — this seems to be more of a gesture for the press than for her. A way of him saying, ‘I’m being a good husband.'”

If he was using taxpayer money, you’d be looking at a few dozen casablanca lilies.

(h/t JWF)

Obama Offers Soldiers Reassuring Reminder Along With an Embarrassing Off-Prompter Gaffe

If I was a battle hardened soldier, this would certainly make me sleep better:

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“Did I say back? I meant wallet…”

Fear not, 10th Mountain Division… if the s*#t comes down, you know who to call!

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Oops… wait, wrong picture. Let’s try that again…

10th Mountain Division, you know who to call!

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On a more serious note, Obama also had an unfortunate gaffe in Thursday’s remarks to the 10th Mountain Division. Press Secretary Jay Carney said the gaffe was because the president didn’t have prepared remarks (read: wasn’t using a teleprompter). “Memory like a steel trap.” Really?

The MSM might have noticed this if they weren’t fixated on the Sarah Palin/Paul Revere thing. And I’m certain that if Bush or Palin would have made the “mistake” Obama did that the media wouldn’t be dismissing it as a “senior moment.”

Paradox of the Day: New US Government Initiative Designed to Protect US Economy From US Government Initiatives

This is classic. President Obama recently signed another Executive Order, this time to create an initiative called “SelectUSA.” Here’s what it’s all about:

WASHINGTON — With the U.S. unemployment rate stubbornly above 9%, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke unveiled an initiative Wednesday to encourage U.S. and foreign companies to create more jobs in the United States.

Building on previous U.S. government efforts to attract foreign investment, the SelectUSA initiative will help U.S. states deal with federal regulations that may discourage an overseas company from investing in the United States or prompt a U.S. firm to look abroad, senior Commerce Department officials said.

Let me get this straight… the US government is creating maddening rules & regs that chase away business, which costs the US economy countless jobs and hammers GDP. So instead of simply not doing the things that are chasing off business and investment in the US, the government is going to spend taxpayer money to beg these companies to return to the US — apparently by granting waivers from federal regulations via some expensive and probably red-tape entangled “initiative”? I guess the message is clear: If you currently operate a business in the US, threaten to leave or actually leave and maybe you’ll be offered some relief from the idiocy. But first I’m sure they’ll want to see your track record on political donations.

The Obama administration recently said they were going to stop wasting so much money on website design and upkeep, so naturally SelectUSA has a brand new website.

The Scariest Line From Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

Did you watch President Obama’s speech last night on the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan? I found the following line particularly troubling considering it came from the person whose own party’s brand of “nation building” has tanked the economy:

“America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home,” Obama declared.

Er, we already had a nation built here at home — at least until Obama and the Democrats started dismantling it brick by brick — but I guess he’s still in that “fundamental transformation” mode.

Glenn Reynolds:

Well, coming after two years of nation-wrecking, it would be a nice change. Though I’m afraid Obama will do for America what he’s done for Afghanistan — massive corruption and no rule of law. Come to think of it, maybe it was the other way around…”

My own take on Obama’s decision is that he’s simply looking at the Afghanistan opinion polls and knows he needs every last approval point he can muster heading into 2012.

In 2008, “candidate” Obama said “we have to finish the fight in Afghanistan, the central front on terror.”

Huntsman Backpedals on Calling Obama a ‘Remarkable Leader’

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Is there anything more pathetic than a suck-up trying to recant?

Washington (CNN) – In an interview after his presidential announcement Tuesday, former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman tried to downplay a letter he wrote to President Barack Obama in August 2009 calling him a “remarkable leader.”

Huntsman told Fox News that he was only alluding to the fact that the president would appoint a Republican to “a position as important and sensitive as the U.S. ambassadorship to China.”

“You are a remarkable leader,” Huntsman wrote in the note, which was leaked to reporters earlier this year. He underlined the word “remarkable.”

Asked if he was referring to the president’s policies with those kind words, Huntsman claimed that he wrote the letter “early in his administration.”

“There was nothing to comment on at that point,” Huntsman said.

So Huntsman decided to go full-blown Eddie Haskell on Obama for no reason at all? He stopped just short of saying “you certainly look lovely this afternoon,” but that’s only because there was nothing to comment on.

We’ll be seeing this letter in some of Huntsman’s GOP opponents ads… if his campaign is still alive when we get to primary season:

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To make matters worse for Huntsman, he’s adopting the John McCain approach to campaign civility — and you know how well that worked to defeat Obama.

Of Course: Al Gore, Father of 4, Wants People to Have Fewer Children

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This story is the eco-wacko equivalent of “you darn kids get offa my lawn!”

Here’s Al Gore, who rode a bike from California to New York City for a conference Monday night, on what will help save the planet:

“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,” Gore said. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he said. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

If you have fewer children, not only will you be saving the earth, but you’ll have lots more room and less noise in your mansion and limo. It just makes good sense.

Gore had four children, which is good because no story about Gore and global warming would be complete without an obligatory measure of hypocrisy.

Did Gore think of the “empowering women will save the world from global warming” thing before Sigourney Weaver did? Just wondering.

The Goracle is also frustrated with President Obama. This from a Rolling Stone piece that must have required the slaughter of a couple dozen trees just to publish:

“President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore writes in the 7,000-word essay. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

Al’s carbon credit bank balance must be drying up — he’s starting to sound desperate — which is a sign that societies are starting to make better choices, as he requested.

South Africa President Sends Prisons Minister to Greet FLOTUS

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Do you think this was done to send a strong message to Washington over Libya? In international politics there are few accidents, but whatever it was, this one takes the cake — er, I mean arugula:

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has snubbed the visiting Michelle Obama by sending his prisons minister to meet the first lady at the airport and failing to see her during her three-day stay.

Mr Zuma was out of the country for the first day of Mrs Obama’s second solo trip abroad on Tuesday and although he returned on Monday night, aides said he was “not available” to meet her.

Instead, he arranged for Corrective Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to greet her on her arrival in Pretoria on Monday night, and one of his three wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, to meet her briefly on Tuesday.

He didn’t even send all three wives… just one. And probably the least attractive one.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, President Obama was all pouty about not being able to go on the Africa trip. He really wanted to meet that Prisons Minister.