I like a lot of things Barack Obama has done as President the last 6 1/2 years, and in hindsight I’m glad I worked so hard for him as a campaign volunteer in ’08 and ’12.
But there are two major promises he’s broken that still anger me all these years later: He has never come close to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, which is a permanent stain on America, and he absolutely contradicted himself when he promised his administration would be the most transparent in history.
What Obama and his Justice Dept. officials have done to journalists over the past six years is unconscionable: More reporters and government leakers have been subpoenaed and prosecuted for writing stories about classified government information during the Obama adminstration than all previous Presidents combined. Combined!
The Justice Dept.has routinely harassed reporters, seizing records of phone calls and even charging another journalist under the Espionage Act.
The James Risen case might be the most egregious; the “60 Minutes” piece above does an excellent job of summarizing the case, and how ridiculous it is that Risen is being prosecuted for not revealing his confidential sources on the explosive NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal.
Hell, the former NSA chief himself, Michael Hayden, doesn’t think Risen should be prosecuted, yet the Justice Dept. charges ahead, and Risen could find himself in jail come January.
It’s disgraceful how much this President’s administration has tried to squelch the freedom of the press, and along with the wonderful Affordable Care Act, ought to be a major historical part of his record as well.
**Next up, this was a brilliant story idea by the New York Times Magazine staff. They decided to invite a group of second-graders from an elementary school in Brooklyn to one of the fanciest restaurants in New York City and serve them a 7-course tasting menu that usually costs $220 per person.
The reactions, noises and faces of the kids as they try caviar, Japanese snapper and other delicacies are hilarious.
“Why am I eating soap right now?” one kid exclaims.
**Finally, I’m a pretty big Pink fan, as I’ve expressed here on the blog a few times before. Seen her in concert twice and love her attitude, her music, and her general bad-ass-ness, if that’s a word. She’s never seemed like a typical rock star, and she always seems to be willing to take chances with her music and lyrics.
So I was really excited when I heard she made a folk album with a guy named Dallas Green. First single off it is really good (above), and I’m sure the rest of the album is fantastic, too.
I know they get mercilessly ripped for it sometimes, but I for one love it when successful singers completely go into another genre and try something new.
Though it is a little jarring to see a woman who wrote “You and Your Hand Tonight” doing soft folk music.