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Obama Weekly Address Slams Banks For Selfishness: ‘It’s A Sight To See’ (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01-16-10 08:05 AM   |   Updated: 01-16-10 09:42 AM


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Saturday pitched his proposed tax on banks to recover the cost of bailing them out during the financial crisis, saying if they can afford billions more in bonuses, they can pay back the taxpayers, too.

The banks and Republican lawmakers oppose the tax, which Obama announced this week.

“We’re going to pass this fee into law,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Congress must approve the tax and that was not assured, given the immediate opposition from Republicans. Democrats also appeared in jeopardy of losing their 60-vote majority in the Senate, with Democrat Martha Coakley in an unexpectedly close race against Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts to fill the seat held for decades by the late Democrat Edward M. Kennedy.

Brown opposes Obama’s bank tax. Obama was heading to Massachusetts on Sunday to campaign for Coakley.

The White House’s decision to use the weekly address to speak about the proposed tax instead of the U.S. response to the suffering and devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti suggested one line of attack Obama would use against Brown on Sunday.


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Thousands protest sheriff’s immigration efforts

Via Raw Story- By The Associated Press
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 — 10:31 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration efforts and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.

Organizers say the protest was meant to show officials in Washington that Arpaio shouldn’t handle immigration enforcement, and that Congress and the Obama administration need to come up with a way for immigrant workers to come to the country legally.

The three-mile walk that started in a west Phoenix park ended by afternoon at the Durango Jail Complex, a collection of five jails, where officials played music, including a record by singer Linda Ronstadt, to drown out noise made by protesters. Ronstadt took part in Saturday’s protest.

Protesters chanted “Joe must go” as they approached the jail complex. One person carried a sign that said “We are human” and bore a picture of a lawman with a wolf’s face. A family of five wore T-shirts saying “Who would Jesus deport?”

For his part, Arpaio said he wasn’t bothered by the protesters and that they should be directing their frustrations at Congress because it has the power to change America’s immigration laws.


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Bush Pushes Back Against Limbaugh’s Obama-Haiti Remark

Huffington Post- Sam Stein

First Posted: 01-17-10 10:27 AM   |   Updated: 01-17-10 10:55 AM

Former President George W. Bush pushed back Sunday against criticism — levied most prominently by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh — that his successor, President Barack Obama, was somehow politicizing the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.

“I don’t know if– what they’re talking about,” Bush declared during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I– I– I’ve been briefed by the President about the response. And as I said in my opening comment, I– I appreciate the President’s quick response to this disaster.”

This past week, Limbaugh insisted that the Obama White House would use the catastrophe in Haiti to “burnish” the president’s standing and credibility “with the black community, in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community, in this country.”

“It’s made-to-order for ’em,” Limbaugh said. “That’s why he couldn’t wait to get out there. Could not wait to get out there.”

Joined by former President Bill Clinton during a series of interviews on the Sunday shows, Bush also touted the need to get relief to the Haitian people, in both a streamlined and responsible way. Asked by host David Gregory if he drew any lessons from the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina (widely regarded as tragically bungled), Bush replied:

“First of all, it takes time to get the supplies in place. That–shouldn’t deter them. In other words, there– there’s an expectation– amongst people that things are gonna happen quickly. And– and sometimes it’s hard to make things happen quickly. Secondly, there is a great reservoir of good will that– wants to help. And– and that’s why he asked us to help, and we’re glad to do it.”

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