Aw….Obama May Have To Postpone His Birthday Party If Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised

Earlier today,  White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler noted that it would be extremely bad optics for Obama to throw a lavish birthday bash for himself so soon after a government default….

…the president is planning an extravagant fundraising bash Aug. 3 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, including a birthday concert teeming with celebrities and – for couples contributing $35,800 – a private dinner with the president. All this just one day after the government is scheduled to run out of cash!

Undoubtedly, the sight of so much money getting thrown around and dissolute stars crooning to Obama will make a stirring contrast with a federal government bankruptcy featuring unpaid government workers, seniors and soldiers wondering how they’ll afford the groceries, shuttered national parks, and angry investors trying to cash out their Treasury Bills.

If the government defaults, you can be sure the birthday bacchanal will do much more to harm Obama’s reelection prospects than help them.***

The excitement kicks off at 4 pm with a concert that may feature singer Jennifer Hudson and other A-List stars, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

To show that hope and change is for everyone, a pauper section will be included for those contributing a measly $50. But the general admission ticket is $200, and the more you give, the more you get.

For $1,000, you can sit in the rich people’s area with easy access to alcohol. And for $10,000 you not only get a great seat, but a photo with The Birthday Boy.

At some point later in the day, it must have dawned on the White House that this wouldn’t look too good for the Birthday Boy.

(ABC News) — August 2 is the date the US risks defaulting on its good faith and credit. August 4 is President Obama’s landmark 50th birthday.

And August 3 is on hold for Presidential travel.

It is the night that the Obama 2012 campaign has planned a splashy fundraising celebration in the President’s hometown Chicago. The historic Aragon ballroom on the north side of the city is booked for a concert and party. The Chicago Sun Times, which was the first to report on the event, says Jennifer Hudson may be lined up to perform.

But senior White House officials tell ABC News the party would go forward only if the deficit negotiations and deadline to raise the debt limit ceiling have been resolved.

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The White House seems confident a deal will be made  because if one isn’t, we all know that would be a catastrophe of epic proportions – or at least as bad as the Republicans’ short term deal.

Say WHAT?

… is there any policy reason why Obama won’t agree to a short-term deal or is this really as horribly cynical as it looks — that he simply refuses to do anything that might complicate his reelection campaign, even if that means a default by the United States? Jake Tapper pressed Carney about that in today’s briefing — which is worse, default or a short-term deal? — and Carney actually said, no joke, “Both are bad; I can’t choose which is worse for you.”

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…there’s no reason to think Debt Ceiling II would necessarily be bloodier than Debt Ceiling I. The only sure thing is that it would take away time from Obama to fundraise and campaign, which, I guess, is worth gambling the full faith and credit of the U.S. government on.

Verum Serum, Ace, and Charles Krauthammer have been making the same case.

See if you can detect a note of disgust in Charles Krauthammer’s tone as he asks, what in the heck took Obama so long:

President Barack Obama is demanding a big long-term budget deal. He won’t sign anything less, he warns, asking, “If not now, when?”

How about last December, when he ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations? How about February, when he presented a budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade? How about April, when he sought a debt-ceiling increase with zero debt reduction attached?

All of a sudden he’s a born-again budget balancer prepared to bravely take on his party by making deep cuts in entitlements. Really? Name one. He’s been saying forever that he’s prepared to discuss, engage, converse about entitlement cuts. But never once has he publicly proposed a single structural change to any entitlement.

Hasn’t the White House leaked that he’s prepared to raise the Medicare age or change the cost-of-living calculation?

Anonymous talk is cheap. Leaks are designed to manipulate. Offers are floated and disappear.

Say it, Mr. President. Give us one single structural change in entitlements. In public.

As part of the pose as the forward-looking grown-up rising above all the others who play politics, Obama insists upon a long-term deal. And what is Obama’s definition of long-term? Surprise: An agreement that gets him past Nov. 6, 2012.

Nothing could be more political. It’s like his Afghan surge wind-down date. September 2012 has no relation to any military reality on the ground. It is designed solely to position Obama favorably going into the last weeks of his re-election campaign.

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A long-term deal or nothing? The Republican House should immediately pass a short-term debt-ceiling hike of $500 billion containing $500 billion in budget cuts. That would give us about five months to work on something larger.

The fat-cat tax breaks (those corporate jets) that Obama’s talking points endlessly recycle? Republicans should call for urgent negotiations on tax reform along the lines of Simpson-Bowles that, in one option, strips out annually $1.1 trillion of deductions, credits and loopholes while lowering tax rates across the board to a top rate of 23 percent.

The president says he wants tax reform, doesn’t he? Well, Mr. President, here are five months to do so.

Dare him to veto — or the Democratic Senate to block — a short-term debt-limit increase.

This is certainly better than the McConnell plan, which would simply throw debt reduction back to the president. But if the House cannot do Plan A, McConnell is the fallback Plan B.

The narcissist-in-chief has so much  confidence in his own communication skills, he told (threatened?) Cantor that he would take his case to the American people before he stomped out of that meeting, last night.

And today, a creepily sycophantic Nancy Pelosi claimed with a straight face, that “nobody can out-debate” Barack Obama. Which is a pretty amazing thing to say because he couldn’t even out-debate a 73 year old  RINO has-been in 2008.

Apparently, Pelosi is unaware that a much sharper mind recently challenged Obama to a debate on the budget.

Will it happen? The MBM ignored Ryan’s challenge, last week.

As Ace says: Gotta keep Precious safe from discomfit.

Meanwhile….

Dems: If Debt Ceiling Deal Isn’t Reached By Friday, “We’ll Have No Choice But Some Other Option”…

Well, that other option had better not include some kind of 14th Amendment end-run around congress because the CRS says that won’t fly:

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has issued a new report saying that if Congress refuses to raise the government’s borrowing limit, the White House cannot do so unilaterally under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

“It does not appear that the executive has the constitutional authority to borrow funds, even if they are for the express purpose of preventing a default on the debt,” said CRS, which is the non-partisan advisory research arm of Congress.

Some commenters have argued that the 14th Amendment means the government cannot suspend payments and that President Obama can act to keep funding government even without congressional authorization.

Clause four of the amendment, which was passed after the end of the Civil War, reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payments of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

CRS’s experts said that language doesn’t convey any new powers on the president to circumvent Congress when it comes to borrowing or spending.

Obama plans to “take his case to the American people”,  tomorrow morning.

Cahn’t wait.

UPDATE:

Ed Morrissey made Obama’s temper tantrum Wednesday, the Obamateurism of the Day:

Yesterday, Barack Obama issued one of the emptiest political threat in modern American history when he stomped out of the debt-ceiling negotiations yesterdayin a fit of pique:

“Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.”

Really?  Then Obama will be in for a very rude awakening when he finally meets the American people:

Seriously, the American people have had it with this corrupt, lying, pompous windbag.

UPDATE II:

Erick Erickson tweets that this epic post of his is  being passed around in a closed door meeting with House Republicans:

Red State: Dear House Republicans, This is Your “Time For Choosing”

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, Hillary Is 44, and Doug Ross, Larwyn’s Links, thanks!

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Video: ATF Official in Mexico Says Heads of ATF and DOJ Knew About Fast and Furious

This stunning CBS exclusive from last March deserves more attention, I think. At that time, the ATF Attache in Mexico,  Darren Gil told reporter, Sharyl Attkisson that the heads of the ATF, and the DOJ  had authorized Fast and Furious. He says specifically that “The Director” knew about it. As you may know,   ATF Director Melson recently told congressional investigators that he knew nothing about the gun walking operation until the controversy erupted. And obviously, Holder has denied ordering the ATF to take “inappropriate steps, (as the President put it.)

Gil’s first inkling that something was amiss was when his ATF analyst informed him that an abnormal number of weapons  were being traced back to Phoenix, “seizure after seizure after seizure” and then he came to find out that he and his ATF cohorts were not allowed access to any information pertaining to the investigation.

In confronting this lack of transparency, he told his supervisor at ATF headquarters in Washington D.C.,  “You are sworn to the Constitution, not sworn the DOJ. You can come out and do the right thing”, and got into shouting matches with him over the phone:

“At some point these guns are going to end up killing either a government of Mexico official, a police officer, or military folks, and then what are we going to do? There was complete silence on the other end of the phone…”

He would ask repeatedly:

“When is this case going to shut down? The Mexicans are going to have a fit when they find out about it. You’re (speaking of himself, here) in Mexico… have limited diplomatic immunity…and the government is looking at you as potentially bringing weapons into their country (which in many cases is an act of war!), and  they’re already very worried about their sovereignty down there, and the ATF agents let this happen. There are agents all across Mexico, and their safety should be the number one priority, and these folks are in that much more danger, now.”

“You have guns going into a foreign country knowingly, a foreign, sovereign land…”

Indeed, now that the truth has come out, Mexico Wants to Prosecute Obama Officials.

“You would think the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee would be interested in this. And the Judiciary Committee….”

“The fact that a law enforcement agency allowed this to happen….we’re supposed to be in the business of interdicting weapons, not putting weapons out there for criminals to use, and that’s what happened in this case.”

I am starting to fear that this heinous operation was about more than just making a case for stricter gun laws…..

There are much easier ways to pass gun laws. Especially since Obama has a tendency to go around the legislative process when he doesn’t get his way. This whole thing just reeks….

UPDATE:

Sipsey Street Irregulars with corroborating information:

Dave Workman: “‘Fast and Furious’ not a ‘renegade operation,’ sources say.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ botched Operation Fast and Furious was not a “renegade operation” but a coordinated effort “from the top down,” congressional sources and ATF insiders told the Seattle Gun Rights Examiner today. . .

According to sources close to the on-going investigations conducted by Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa, every piece of evidence unearthed so far reinforces the belief that this was a “coordinated effort” that involved individuals high up in the Obama administration. That’s why Grassley and Issa want e-mails and other materials involving a dozen current and former Justice Department officials, as this column reported.

“They knew what they were doing,” said one Grassley staffer to this column Thursday. “When we started looking into this in January, little did we know when we started what this would lead to. At first, it was too unbelievable to believe, but when you start looking into things…” . . .

Beth Levine, spokeswoman for Senator Grassley, noted via telephone this morning that the investigation is nowhere near the proverbial “bottom of this.” Grassley and Issa, with their concurrent investigations, are determined to get there.

MORE from Sipsey Street Irregulars:  Media & Congress Still Missing the Big Legal Point of the Gunwalker Scandal: it was a conspiracy to illegally export weapons to a foreign country.”

The very latest from the “WH Insider” via  Ulster Man:

‎”WH actively preparing for possible EH resignation. Tied in w/GG. JC set up to keep firewall in place. SIGNIFICANT details to break soon. Obama openly accuses senior cabinet official of acting against him on this. Another outburst. “Screaming at adviser” Critical help from media paying dividends. This WH in very serious trouble. More to come next week. You can share this if you like – want some to know. -INSIDER

Help from media? Seriously?

JC would be James Cole, who happens to be one of Gunwalker’s “Dirty Dozen”.

Previously:

Gunwalker’s “Dirty Dozen”

A Horrifying Thought That Crossed My Mind, Too

Friday Free-For-All Operation Fast and Furious Edition

Report: ATF’s Melson Tells Congressional Investigators He Knew Nothing About Gun-Walking Until the Controversy Erupted

Video: Obama Asked About Operation Fast and Furious At Presser – Says “My” Att. General Has Made Clear He would Not Have Ordered “Inappropriate” Steps By ATF

Fall Guy In Operation Fast and Furious Goes Down (One of the ATF Whistleblowers) UPDATE: ATF Chief, Melson Will Testify

Issa: Washington Post Report an “Outright Lie”

Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

Gallup: Only 16% Of Americans Are Satisfied With Direction Country Headed In

Lowest Since Obama Took Office…says Weasel Zippers:

The glorious socialist revolution of 2009 down in flames.

I can understand why 11% would think things are going swimmingly….but who are these remaining 5%?

And why-o-why does Obama still have an approval rating in the 40s when he’s screwed things up so badly?

UPDATE:

Of course, the only poll that matters is the one on election day, and damn, if things aren’t looking too good for the “Lightworker” on that front:

Gallup’s poll of registered voters: Obama 39 Generic R 47

Keep in mind, since our first Community Activist President is going to have nearly a billion dollars to demagogue his opponent with, the conventional wisdom is: 2012 Will Be “The Dirtiest Campaign You Have Ever Seen”:

Charles Krauthammer argues that President Obama’s campaign money will have “no effect” on getting him “out of the box on explaining high unemployment.” Instead, he says it will “be used on negative advertising. It’s going to be the dirtiest campaign you have ever seen. It’s going to be almost a billion dollars of sheer attacks because it’s essentially a referendum on Obama. Unless the Democrats can make the personality or the baggage or the history of the Republican the issue, and that’s what you do if you’re an incumbent. You have a lot of money, it’s going to be an incredibly negative campaign.”

RCP video at link.

More bad news for Bam:

Poll: Only 34% Are In Favor Of Obama’s Plans For Tax Hikes In Debt Deal, 55% Opposed…

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Congressman: Obama “Sick, Twisted”, “Despicable”, “Morally Wrong” For Holding Social Security Hostage

A habitual practitioner of classic left-wing projection,  Obama, likes to accuse Republicans of holding things hostage, when it is he who engages in the loathsome practice.

Congressman John Sullivan told radio host, Pat Campbell that Obama was sick, twisted, morally wrong, and despicable for behaving this way. Tell us what you really think, Congressman:

By the way, (not that there was ever any doubt):

Confirmed: Chief Actuary Says Obama Could Pay Social Security Checks During a Shutdown (Obama Caught Playing Politics)

UPDATE:

Via Moonbattery:

Cartoon courtesy of Jim Lavery

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Project Valour IT- Last Day Push (With Updates)

If you’ve been procrastinating on this, today is the last day to help a wounded warrior through Project Valour-IT.

Although donations have been trickling in slowly, today, some big guns are helping out, and the possibility of reaching the halfway mark is now in sight.

138 Wounded American Heroes Need Your Help

That’s the number of requests Project Valour-It has they can’t afford to fulfill at the moment.

Howling at the Moon has the numbers:

Updates on fundraiser last day, from Chuck : 0700: $39,564
0800: $40,664
0900: $42,309 ….all Eastern Time..

The goal is 100,000 ($25,000 per branch of the Military)

You can donate to the Marines, here.

UPDATE:

9:07 (ct): $48,664 total

Team army: $23, 003

Team USMC: $10,553

Team USN: $5,931

Team Air Force: $2,881

Okay, halfway is already a lock…..How about 3/4s?

UPDATE II:

Whoa! We are moving the needle quickly, now…

10:08 CT: USMC: $12,273

55,753 total donations!

UPDATE III:

3/4s now very much in play: $61,603

USMC: $15,358

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