“What I really want right now is to get a debt-ceiling deal for my birthday … I feel real good about 5-0. I’ve got a little greyer since I took this job, but otherwise, I feel pretty good. Michelle still thinks I’m cute. And I guess that’s, that’s all that matters, isn’t?”
—Barack Obama talks to NPR about his 50th birthday, which is coming up on Thursday. We’re with Michelle on this one—we think the grey just makes you look more distinguished, Barack. And we guess it’s up to Congress whether he’ll get the birthday present of his choice. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
Guys, we are obviously in the midst of a liberal conspiracy. A Nevada man named James Linlor is suing his state’s Department of Motor Vehicles because they refused to issue him a vanity plate for his car that reads “GOPALIN.” As in, Sarah Palin. Apparently, the Nevada DMV dictates that when it comes to vanity plates, “No combination of letters, numbers or spaces is allowed if it … (e)xpresses contempt, ridicule or superiority of … political affiliation.” Linlor and his lawyer claim that the DMV unconstitutionally applied this stipulation. They gave as proof the fact that the DMV had issued plates that read “DMOCRAT” and “AL GORE.” Linlor also put in an application for the plate “GOOBAMA,” and said that was approved, no problem.
It almost sounds like this guy has a point … except that, after being initially denied, he was issued a “GOPALIN” plate. More than six months ago. Keep reading »
“I believe too many women are sitting on the sidelines and aren’t engaged in the issues that affect them. I’m particularly concerned about younger women — women 40 and under who are not engaged at all. Some of it has to do with the fact that women are busy; they’re focused on their careers; they’re focused on raising children. But a lot of women also believe that their voice doesn’t matter, that their views are not important, and that their vote doesn’t make a difference. And that’s really what I want to challenge with American women.
Right now, less than one percent of women in Congress are under 40. I want to really work over the next few years to bring more women off the sidelines and get them engaged. To care about the policies and decisions that are being made because I don’t want them waking up a year from now, two years from now, 10 years from now, and realizing that they don’t agree with the laws that are being written and the agenda of this country because they didn’t participate.”
—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is my number one favorite politician right now, precisely because she utters quotes like this. Instead of being preachy about why we need more women in politics “just because” (which is how we could end up with President Michele Bachmann), Sen. Gillibrand is simply and succinctly pointing out that legislation is passed by those who care enough to make it work. Horrified that your state doesn’t recognize gay marriage or de-funded Planned Parenthood? Do something about it — run for office. If you don’t, someone else will! [Marie Claire] Keep reading »
Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.
After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »
“I believe that I can win a national election. The people of America are desperate for positive change, and deserving of positive change, to get us off of this wrong track. I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around, but I do believe that I can win. If it came down to the family just saying, ‘Please, Mom, don’t do this,’ then that would be the deal-killer for me, because your family’s gotta be in it with you … I think Bristol has made up her mind, and Bristol wants me to run for president. But we’re still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it.”
—Sarah Palin keeps the will-she-or-won’t-she rhetoric going in the latest issue of Newsweek while simultaneously making it pretty clear that, duh, she will. Shall we start taking bets on when she’ll making the official announcement of her entry into the race? [Newsweek] Keep reading »