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Obama’s Priorities: Immigration, the Economy, Energy, Taxes; Hagel Still Front Runner for Defense (Video)

Last week, Miami Beach's Jewish elderly population's favorite presidential candidate Pat Buchanan endorsed Hagel’s nomination.
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“So the question is: are we going to be able to have a national conversation and move something through Congress? I’d like to get it done in the first year. I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden’s task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off. … And, yes, it’s going to be hard.”

GREGORY: “Do we have an armed guard at every school in the country?”

OBAMA: “I am not going to prejudge the recommendations that are given to me. I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools.”

GREGORY: “do you feel like you let your friend Susan Rice hang out there to dry a little bit?”

OBAMA: “No. … Why she was targeted individually, for the kind of attacks that she was subjected to, … was puzzling to me.”

* * * OBAMA: “I remain optimistic, I’m just a congenital optimist, that eventually people kind of see the light. Winston Churchill used to say that we Americans, we try every other option before we finally do the right thing. … And I think that that’s true for Congress as well. And I think it’s also important for Americans to remember that politics has always been messy. People have been asking me a lot about the film ‘Lincoln’ and — ”

GREGORY: “Is this your Lincoln moment?”

OBAMA: “Well, no. Look, A, I never compare myself to Lincoln and, B, obviously the magnitude of the issues are quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The point, though, is democracy’s always been messy. And we’re a big, diverse country that is constantly sort of arguing about all kinds of stuff. But eventually we do the right thing. … So one way or another, we’ll get through this. Do I wish that things were more orderly in Washington and rational and people listened to the best arguments and compromised and operated in a more thoughtful and organized fashion? Absolutely. But when you look at history, that’s been the exception rather than the norm.”

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Obama’s Priorities: Immigration, the Economy, Energy, Taxes; Hagel Still Front Runner for Defense (Video)”

  1. It looks like President Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel on Monday.

    A Hagel win makes a nuclear armed Iran more likely.

    It will certainly harm any chance of a negotiated settlement. Why would you buy the cow if you can drink the milk for free?

    Please contact your Senator to ask them to vote no on Hagel.

    Here are some contacts.

    Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY) Class I.
    478 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510.
    (202) 224-4451
    Web Form: http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/.

    Schumer, Charles E. – (D – NY) Class III.
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    Web Form: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm.

    Lautenberg, Frank R. – (D – NJ) Class II.
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    Web Form: http://www.lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/routing.cfm.

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  2. jakesarna says:

    Wow, Obama really thinks everyone else is a sucker. Obama says Hagel “apologized” for that comment. Yeah, it’s a little too convenient that hagel apologizes 1 day before this interview, and that his apology was only directed to the gay community. Wouldn’t you think that if there’s 2 major comments that Hagel said that offended 2 different groups he would have killed 2 birds with one stone? Why didn’t he apologize to the Jews for that comment also? And now we get back to Obama and everyone else a sucker. He told Hagel to apologize for the gay comment and I wouldn’t be surprised if he told him that he didn’t have to for the Jewish lobby comment. We all can see where this is going. Obama swore he would handle Iran if it continued enrichment. And Obama loves to play dumb when there’s an issue he wants to duck. And Hagel will be handling Iran the exact same way Obama wants it handled, but we’re now all of a sudden going to be hearing that Obama is only “listening to his peers”. Let’s get one thing straight, whenever Obama wants something done, he’ll do it regardless of everyone else’s opinion except (valerie jarret). While Obama says wonderful things about Israel (as talking points only ie unshakable), I have no doubt Obama is secretly/privately isolating Israel more and more. He never stands up to Erdogan when he threatens Israel thus enabling Turkey to embrace radical islamafacation, he secretly helped the Muslim brotherhood take control of Egypt and across the ME. You see what Obama is doing is building houses of cards all over the world. The shift is happening at such a rapid pace, but it’s like a Booby trap. When Obama is out of the office, and let’s say a republican wins 2016. And don’t appease like Obama, the cards start crumbling and all of a sudden we find ourselves with a middle east that looks like those protests on 9/11/12 24 hours a day, but with a difference, the radical Muslim brotherhood in power (and getting US taxpayer money).

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