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Let’s Stay Sequestered: Obama Hosts Soul Show

With a really late budget due and cloture filed on gun bill, the president declared "Green Onions" his new anthem.

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Bridget Johnson

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April 9, 2013 - 6:27 pm
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President Obama kicked off the week in Connecticut with a rallying cry for new gun control measures hand-in-hand with Sandy Hook parents.

This afternoon, Obama sat down in the Oval Office with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — who, with a military, civilian, and contractor work force on edge about their jobs, is tasked with unveiling what could be a punishing presidential budget for the Pentagon tomorrow.

Over at the Senate tonight, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the gun-control package, which means the first vote to end debate and proceed to a vote on the bill will happen one hour after the upper chamber convenes Thursday.

This evening, just hours after Obama’s chef Sam Kass told reporters he would be furloughed because of sequestration cuts, the White House rolled out the red carpet for a celebration of Memphis soul.

The White House that’s still closed to public tours because of sequestration cuts.

The unveiling of Obama’s severely tardy budget seemed to be the last thing on the mind of the president as he took a front-row seat in the East Room with his daughters and the first lady to toe-tap and finger-snap his way through a star-studded set.

Unfortunately, Al Green had to drop out of the “In Performance at the White House” installment. The “Let’s Stay Together” singer previously couldn’t make it to the inauguration because of scheduling conflicts.

“Al Green has suffered a back injury that will prevent him from traveling. It is an injury he has experienced before and a full recovery is expected,” said JR Rich, senior vice-president for publicity at Blue Note Records. “He regrets he will not be able to perform before the president and first lady at this esteemed event.”

That left the first family with Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake to perform at the fiesta, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.

“Tonight, I am speaking not just as a president, but as one of America’s best-known Al Green impersonators,” Obama said. “…All I know is I’ve been looking forward to tonight because, let’s face it, who does not love this music? These songs get us on the dance floor. Even the governor of Tennessee said he’s going to dance tonight.”

The president said soul music “is about the pain of being alone, the power of human connection, and the importance of treating each other right.”

“After all, this is the music that asked us to try a little tenderness. It’s the music that put Mr. Big Stuff in his place. And it’s the music that challenged us to accept new ways of thinking with four timeless words: ‘Can you dig it?’”

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Obama should have played a fiddle for his guests while the country is on economic fire.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST

Sequestration Forces Cancer Clinic Patients To Travel Thousands Of Miles For Treatment

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Sam Stein

"WASHINGTON -- Some cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials in rural areas will have to travel thousands of miles to continue their treatments as a byproduct of spending cuts brought on by the sequester.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that cancer clinics were starting to turn away Medicare patients because the cost of administering chemotherapy drugs had risen significantly under sequestration. Those patients were left seeking treatments at local hospitals that still had the capacity to provide care."

But the situation is much more complicated and dire when it comes to cancer patients taking part in clinical trials. Because those patients are part of small groups involved in drug development research, their options for supplemental care are limited. In some cases, cancer patients in rural areas may be forced to travel all the way across the country to get the treatment they need. "

OH MY GOD

It just keeps getting worse. Obama won reelection in 2012 by running on the message "I suck but the other guy's worse." But now it's not so clear if that's true. For now we learn that Obama's dumb, stupid, cruel and unusual, meat cleaver sequestration cuts (which is killing the recovery) may end up killing cancer victims like Romney's corporate raiding did. How could such a thing happen in the era of ObamaCare? Surely in those 20,000 pages of enlightened regulations, and the $713 billion he stole from Medicare, Obama can find a way to help these people get local treatment (sarc).
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When I was in high school I played in a band, your standard '60s high school practice in the garage and play high school dances and such "rock and roll" band. Since it was in The South, you had to do a LOT of soul music and for awhile, later, we even had horns until we figured out that caused you to split the money too many ways.

Anyway, a couple of us were in 4-H Club, two of us actually went on to be state winners in our projects, and through our 4-H associations were asked to play for dances and other events during the summer 4-H Camp. So, we'd played a couple of evening dances when one morning we were asked to play for a half hour or so just to fill the time as the auditorium filled before the governor came to address all the attendees and we were to play something somewhat quiet and instrumental as the governor walked in from the back of the hall to the lectern. Well, we didn't know many instrumentals and "Wipe Out" or "Pipeline" didn't seem appropriate, so we played the only other instrumental we all knew and at the appointed time, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox of axe handle fame walked down the aisle towards the stage to Booker T and the MG's "Green Onions." I love irony!
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It's nice that the Vacationer in Chief can still find time to rub elbows with the glitterati. He's lucky to have a constituency that is too stupid to realize he is laughing his a$$ off at them. Foward-to the next vacation!
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Not to insult anyone's intelligence, but a mere reminder that "moving off your absolutist positions" - is Obamaspeak for, "trashing the Constitution and the rule of law". "Compromise" of course, is Obamaspeak for replecing our current Constitution and rule of law with a maleable and relative constitution that be "interpreted" to suit the needs of those that mean to rule us. That is ... until such time that "rulers" can dictate what we can do and think; having discarded any form of representative government.
This year alone ... the WH has spent at least a billion dollars of taxpayers money on its own entertainment; without so much as a quiet protest!!!!!!!!!! THAT is absolutely pathetic and very very SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The democrats party while they shutdown combat air operations.
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Great lampoon Bridget. For a minute there I thought all of this was really happening.
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