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November 26, 2013 - 2:15 pm

President Obama told major studio representatives assembled at DreamWorks today that Hollywood has made the world a better place even people know nothing else about the U.S.:

Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. It’s part of what makes us exceptional; part of what makes us such a world power.

You can go anywhere on the planet and you’ll see a kid wearing a “Madagascar” T-shirt. You can say, “May the force be with you,” they know what you’re talking about. Hundreds of millions of people may never set foot in the United States, but thanks to you, they’ve experienced a small part of what makes our country special. They’ve learned something about our values.

We have shaped a world’s culture through you. The stories that we tell transmit values and ideals about tolerance and diversity and overcoming adversity, and creativity that are part of our DNA. And as a consequence of what you’ve done, you helped shape the world’s culture in a way that has made the world better.

They might not know the Gettysburg Address, but if they’re watching some old movie, maybe Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner or The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Will and Grace and Modern Family, they’ve had a front row seat to our march towards progress.

Obama did gently chide industry folks about gun violence on screen:

When it comes to issues like gun violence, we’ve got to make sure that we’re not glorifying it because the stories you tell shape our children’s outlook and their lives. Now, earlier this year, leaders from this town sat down with Vice President Biden to talk about what Hollywood could do to help keep our kids safe. This was in the wake of Sandy Hook. And those conversations need to continue. The stories we tell matter. And you tell stories more powerfully than anybody else on the earth.

But I want to make clear, even as we think long and hard about the messages we send, we should never waver from our commitment to the freedom that allows us to tell those stories so well. Protecting our First Amendment rights are vital to who we are and it’s also good business. Because in the global race for jobs and industries, the thing we do better than anybody else is creativity.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $84 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for eight months but last month her pay check was $12581 just working on the computer for a few hours. straight from the source........... http://www.Bay95.com
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Beginning with Vietnam, the Army/Marines have been plagued by something called “Spray-‘n’-Pray,” shooters spraying bullets on full automatic with the M16s. The shooters pump out 300 rounds per minute. On full-auto, because of the laws of physics applied to the floppy human body, the bullets go high and to the right, usually hitting nothing but making spectacular noise.

The riflemen have been sufficiently trained. In the extreme stress of live-fire, the military training flakes off and is replaced with the earlier and more completely presented Hollywood Firearms Training, consisting of seeing maybe 10,000 firearms conflict incidents, most in Living Color. The shooter knows it works. They start spraying.

In Vietnam, line-troopers back for R & R were tested for target-hitting proficiency. They proved to have 0.25 the hit capacity of the Mid-Atlantic rustics from the frontier who General Washington called to join the newly-formed Revolutionary army, and will they please bring their flintlock rifles with them. (There rifles in settled areas of the Colonies were very few to none; everyone had smoothbores.) The M16 shooters had 75 times the firepower of the flintlock rustics with their rifles (Muzzle Statistics), but had 0.25 the hit capability (Target Statistics) at 50 meters.

Study of “meeting engagements” in the jungle in Vietnam where there is an unanticipated seeing of an enemy at 6 feet to 40 meters and the American fires first, the enemy is hit in only 1 out of 6 instances. The frontier flintlock rustic would not fire a miss, but for various reasons they average 1.5 shots per hit/kill.

Thank you, Hollywood, for your accidental Hollywood Firearms Training. What is the difference between the skills of the frontier flintlock rustic and the person trained by the US military (or any military)?
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My buddy's mother makes $78/hour on the laptop. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her income was $17819 just working on the laptop for a few hours. site here...>>>..>>> WWW.JOBS37.COM
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B.O. spoke at Dreamworks, a company that oursourced their new studio, and all those jobs to China, while praising them for creating jobs.

Too bad that BO didn't have the news about this story, and how studios like to out source to Canada because TAXES are less in other countries, and heck, many studios outsource to other states for favorable tax treatments.

Wonder why BO didn't comment on that.

DreamWorks Plans Studio in Shanghai
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443659204577574030231052246.html
SHANGHAI—DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Tuesday signed plans with Chinese partners to build a $350 million movie studio in Shanghai to capitalize on the success of its Kung Fu Panda film franchise as the studio looks to build up its presence in a fast-growing Chinese movie market.
The studio will be 45% owned by the California animation company, with the remainder held by media-related companies controlled by the Shanghai government. The partners also plan an entertainment zone that could bring the total investment to 20 billion yuan (US$3.14 billion) to be largely funded in China.
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The idiot plagiarist Joe Biden is now an advisor to the entertainment industry. How low can the American government go. The Obama/Biden administration is the most demonic and the least intelligent of all former governments put together.
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This is certainly not a novel observation, but Obama is a vacuous, stupid, embarrassingly ignorant buffoon.
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Yes, but don't that make you think he's incompetent. He's doing very good job of achieving his objective, which is the Marxizing of America.
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Ugh ... Obama, a walking desert of masculinity, to borrow from another story about life in the UK.
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"The stories that we tell transmit values and ideals about tolerance and diversity..."

Uhmm....somehow, I don't think the muslims got that memo, Kemosabe.
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Yes, I agree.

After Benghazi and this Iran deal and the Syrian evaporating red line ...it is clear that the Obama administration has no will.

And, the way they treat Americans who dissent, it is quite evident they have no grace.


Might as well export them both, we have no use for them in this government until at least 2016
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We are in an unwinding of Christian Civilization and we will become more and or like Rome.
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"...now, if you will line up and bend over, I will kiss each and every one of your rarefied behinds." -- B'Rack Obama
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