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Amateur Hour

Reprinted from Mullings.com

Quick! What’s the name of the White House Chief of Staff?

I didn’t know, either. It’s Denis McDonough.

He was only appointed to the post by President Barack Obama January 25, meaning he has been on the job for less than a month. Yesterday he showed being a foreign policy expert does not a political expert make when he got himself involved in immigration reform. Continue reading

Obama’s Real Re-election Problem

Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

The Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet picked out an interesting morsel in Jodi Cantor’s book about the Obama family:

“When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley’s City Hall in the early 1990s, she was “distressed” by how a small group of “white Irish Catholic” families — the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans — “locked up” power in Illinois.

She particularly resented the way power in Illinois was locked up generation after generation by a small group of families, all white Irish Catholic — the Daleys in Chicago, the Hynes and Madigans statewide.”

Obama White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, one of those hated white Irish Catholics, resigned the same weekend that the book’s juiciest tidbits leaked out.

It is probably all just a coincidence, but sometimes coincidences reveal bigger truths.

And the bigger truth is that Bill Daley left the White House because he lost to Valerie Jarrett and to the President’s wife in the battle for the philosophical direction of the Obama White House. Continue reading

The Goodness of a Guy Named Gribbin


 At lunch last week I asked a friend if he knew Dave Gribbin.  He didn’t.  Dave was before his time on the Hill.  I said I asked because Dave had just passed away.

 I was saddened just talking about his death, but I found it sadder still that my friend had never known him. He really missed out on someone special.

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