Obama Latest Viral Sensation Thanks To Tonight Show Spoof


Posted by Regina Avalos

President Barack Obama has gone viral with a new web video this week. The video comes from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and it is a spoof of an announcement made by Obama just last week that tax cuts for the rich would be extended. These tax cuts are left over from the Bush administration, and one of Obama’s promises when he took office was that these tax cuts would become a thing of the past.

That is no longer the case, and it is bringing Obama under fire by those in the Democratic Party. During his speech, he said the following: “Not everybody agrees with us. I know that shocks people…. It’s a big, diverse country and people have a lot of complicated positions, [that] means that in order to get stuff done, we’re going to compromise.”

This extension in regard to tax cuts is not something Barack Obama is happy about, but he is compromising. He doesn’t appreciate having to go back on his word, and The Tonight Show and Jay Leno decided to help our country’s leader vent his frustration over this political matter.

In this short fifteen-second clip that aired on The Tonight Show earlier this week, Obama is seen kicking in a door on his way out of the press conference. It illustrates his frustration with the moment perfectly, but it didn’t happen. The Tonight Show doctored the video for air on NBC.

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A G.O.P. Leader Tightly Bound to Lobbyists

Representative John A. Boehner arriving for a fund-raiser for Ann Marie Buerkle, a House candidate from New York.

The bill’s passage in the House already seemed inevitable. But Mr. Boehner and his deputies told the Wall Street lobbyists and trade association leaders that by teaming up, they could still perhaps block its final passage or at least water it down.

“We need you to get out there and speak up against this,” Mr. Boehner said that December afternoon, according to three people familiar with his remarks, while also warning against cutting side deals with Democrats.

That sort of alliance — they won a few skirmishes, though they lost the war on the regulatory bill — is business as usual for Mr. Boehner, the House minority leader and would-be speaker if Republicans win the House in November. He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.

They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.

Some of the lobbyists readily acknowledge routinely seeking his office’s help — calling the congressman and his aides as often as several times a week — to advance their agenda in Washington. And in many cases, Mr. Boehner has helped them out.


David Lassman/ Post-Standard

Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, center, has used his business ties to become a leading fund-raiser for Republicans.

By ERIC LIPTON

WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists and conservative political activists to Capitol Hill for a private strategy session.

Representative John A. Boehner arriving for a fund-raiser for Ann Marie Buerkle, a House candidate from New York.

The bill’s passage in the House already seemed inevitable. But Mr. Boehner and his deputies told the Wall Street lobbyists and trade association leaders that by teaming up, they could still perhaps block its final passage or at least water it down.

“We need you to get out there and speak up against this,” Mr. Boehner said that December afternoon, according to three people familiar with his remarks, while also warning against cutting side deals with Democrats.

That sort of alliance — they won a few skirmishes, though they lost the war on the regulatory bill — is business as usual for Mr. Boehner, the House minority leader and would-be speaker if Republicans win the House in November. He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.

They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed. Leer más “A G.O.P. Leader Tightly Bound to Lobbyists”