At a White House press conference this afternoon, President Obama was asked by a reporter if he would revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom over the comedian’s ongoing rape allegations. The President shared that there’s no precedent for revoking the honor, and he declined to address the Cosby situation specifically. But he did have this to say:
“If you give a woman — or a man for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
In other D.C.-related Cosby news, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it will “post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby’s art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian,” according to a report. The Smithsonian houses the Cosby collection which features dozens of artists “under appreciated” by other museums.
Gov. Tom Wolfannounced last month that he was going to post his full work calendar online starting in February. It sounded all good and transparent, but, we pointed out, the devil’s in the details:
Whether Wolf is truly taking a bold step won’t be known until he releases the first data set. He could redact a lot of useful information — or he could provide enough details to make every open-record advocate in the state happy. We’ll know soon enough.
President Obama barely made mention of cities or urban affairs in last night’s State of the Union. But his agenda did include four big initiatives that, if enacted (a big if), would have huge impacts on Philadelphia and other big cities. Read more »
If you’re one of the ones who stayed up watching President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, you witnessed history in the making. The speech included the word “transgender” for the first time in our nation’s history. If you missed it, here’s how it went:
Last Wednesday, members of The University of Pennsylvania Shabbatones, a Jewish a cappella group, sang for the president and first lady at the White House’s annual Chanukah Party.
The Penn Shabbatones were chosen after the White House conducted a talent search looking for groups to sing at the affair. The group’s president Sarah Beckoff tells me that they even had a chance to do a private performance for President and First Lady Obama. She breaks down how the evening went in an email she sent me this afternoon:
You’re staying at a hotel. You get online. When you log in, you’re given a choice: You can use the free Internet service that the hotel provides or you can pay extra for “faster downloads.” Like me, you’re a cheapskate, so you choose free. And it works fine … most of the time. But how about first thing in the morning when you’re checking your email? Or maybe right after dinner? Notice something? Yeah, you did — it’s slower. Much slower. And I’m sure you can guess why. Every user of the free service who’s waking up or getting back to their rooms from the conference you’re attending are all complaining about the boring keynote speaker … .and checking their email. And because you’re all sharing the same, free service you’re all suffering from slower performance.
President Obama was at Temple University yesterday stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. While backstage in the green room, the President was treated to a ditty from Philly soul group Brotherly Love, who sang a five-song set at the rally. According to NBC 10, group members asked Obama if they could sing him a song and he not only said yes but he bopped and clapped right along with them, telling the group that they’ve “got a really great single there.”
“He was stoked,” 21-year-old group member King Kasheef told NBC 10. “He’s a genuine guy. Exactly the same as you hear him speak. He’s definitely a stand-up guy.”
Check out the video above, and read more about the group’s experience here.
When President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night, on the event of the 13th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, the country faces its greatest threat from a terrorist organization since that fateful day.
After a long, sleepy summer of inaction by the President as ISIS grew and seized land, arms and treasure, the President finally does have a strategy and is ready to share it with the country. The President will look for national support in the face of his lowest approval numbers since he was first sworn in to office in 2008.
The Chuck Todd era on Meet The Press has officially begun. How did he do in the debut show? It really depends on who you ask.
First a little background. Meet The Press, a perennial Sunday morning ratings powerhouse with the late Tim Russert as its host, has fallen to third place. Deborah Turness, from ITV news in Great Britain, was brought in as the new president of NBC News. She fired David Gregory, replaced him with Chuck Todd and announced that she wanted the show to be “edgier.”
President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del. Photo | Patrick Semansky, AP
Philadelphia and the entire tri-state area is so dyed-in-the-wool Democrat blue that it is difficult sometimes to have a conversation about national politics, especially about President Obama. It is fascinating to watch the conflict in thought as the topics of the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Israel, the border children, immigration or the Affordable Health Care Act come up. On topic after topic, the blue-as-Smurfs party loyalists will complain, but somehow the President gets a pass.