http://twitter.com/#!/piersmorgan/status/523124837120610304

As Twitchy has been reporting over the past few days, Piers Morgan has become a vocal critic of the Obama administration and we must say, it’s been delightful to watch. Morgan continues that onslaught with this zinger aimed at President Obama and CDC Director Dr. Frieden and their happy-talk on Ebola:

Best way for Pres Obama & Dr Frieden to reinforce their claim it's very hard to catch Ebola is for them to be pictured hugging a patient.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

Boom! Yeah, go hug it out guys.

And a double-boom from Morgan and his readers:

@piersmorgan Can't transfer bodily fluids by hugging

— Andrew Miles (@Manwithaview1) October 17, 2014

Want to test that theory? > RT @Manwithaview1 @piersmorgan Can't transfer bodily fluids by hugging

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

@piersmorgan @Manwithaview1 Ebola in patients with high viral loads has been found in sweat in levels high enough to infect. #NoHandshakes

— Frank Fisher (@frank_fisher) October 17, 2014

@Manwithaview1 @piersmorgan Spanish nurse contracted it wiping face of one of the priests who had ebola…..

— Peter Wheaton (@PeteWheat0204) October 17, 2014

Of course, we are talking about Piers Morgan, and he really can’t help himself at times. Here he is back to talking about guns:

REMINDER: Republicans have blocked Pres Obama's nominee for Surgeon-General, Dr Vivek Murthy, because he backs gun control. #ebola

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

So Americans have no Surgeon-General during a public health crisis because the nominee believes guns are not conducive to public health.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

One person has died of Ebola in America so far. 30,000 will die from gun violence this year alone.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

Well, Piers, for starters, there is an “acting” Surgeon General, but he’s actually not at any of the Ebola meetings:

#WOW Acting Surgeon General #NOT in @WhiteHouse #Ebola meetings #reiders #1Voter #RonanFarrow

— Joy Reid Fan Club (@club_reid) October 17, 2014

REMINDER: There is currently an acting Surgeon General. ALSO: The Surgeon General has ZERO role in containing Ebola. @piersmorgan

— RB (@RBPundit) October 17, 2014

And secondly, Harry Reid changed the rules in the Senate so that the president’s nominees can be approved with a simple majority:

Where and who is the Surgeon General? Reid stops vote on SG. Seems the SG should be our Czar! Media, do your job. #Ebola #czar #obama

— Rich Kelsey (@RichKelsey) October 17, 2014

How about asking the Majority Leader to schedule a vote, heh?

Morgan ended with this:

There is no gun czar in America.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 17, 2014

He’s wrong, again! Joe Biden is the “gun czar,” from CBS News:

Obama tapping Biden to lead multi-agency gun violence policy review

Well, at least the vice president wasn’t named “drug czar” because that might be awkward now that it’s surfaced that Biden’s son, Hunter, was kicked out of the Navy for abusing cocaine.

Related:

Full Twitchy coverage of Ebola here.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/17/boom-piers-morgan-has-the-perfect-idea-for-president-obama-to-reassure-the-nation-on-ebola/

Michael Boggs tries to keep his personal opinions to himself at confirmation hearing. Video available at: http://buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com/video/2014/05/13/CSPAN3_05-13-2014_103721-502×376.mp4.

WASHINGTON — Confronted with strongly anti-same-sex marriage statements he made on the Georgia state House floor in 2004, one of President Obama’s nominees for the federal bench would not say if his views had changed or not since then.

“My personal opinion was, at the time, over a decade ago, that I was in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage,” said Georgia state judge Michael Boggs, whose nomination to the federal bench has created an open war between Obama and progressives. “My position on that, senator, may or may not have changed since that time, as many people’s have over the last decade.”

In the opening round of questions at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Boggs declined to state his personal views on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, saying it would not be “appropriate” to do so, but was quick to distance himself from controversial votes as a lawmaker.

Concerning his vote in favor of a law that would have required a state registry of doctors who perform abortions, Boggs said the vote was a “mistake” because the registry could have put doctors in danger. Boggs said he didn’t understand that dynamic when he cast his vote.

Abortion-rights groups say Boggs’ past show him to be anti-choice. Boggs said his personal views on the matter — whatever they are — aren’t reflective of how he’ll rule.

“My record [as a state judge] is the best evidence that i can separate any political or partisan or public policy position i have from my role as a decision maker,” Boggs said. Later he said, “My personal opinion is irrelevant.”

LGBT rights groups have also condemned Boggs’ 2004 statements, which were specifically aimed at what he called “activist judges” who forced marriage for same-sex couples on states that tried to ban it. At a Senate confirmation hearing for the federal bench, Boggs refused to state his personal opinion on marriage or other matters, saying it wouldn’t be “appropriate” for him to discuss them.

Regardless of where he stands personally, Boggs said, his views will not influence the way he rules on matters of law.

“My position on that, as reflected by those personal comments in 2004, have never had any import whatsoever in how I decided cases or how I analyzed issues both as a trial court judge an an appellate court judge,” he said.

Throughout the early rounds of questioning Tuesday, Boggs distanced himself from his past positions as a state lawmaker. Stances in favor of abortion restrictions, the Confederate flag and opposition to same sex marriage have raised alarm among progressives hoping to scuttle Boggs nomination, which came as part of a White House deal with Georgia’s Republican senators to prevent them from blocking a slate of judicial nominees.

Boggs said the controversial positions, such as the votes in favor of the Confederate flag, were a matter of him voting the conscience of his conservative Georgia district, rather than his personal views. When it came to the flag, Boggs said choosing between his own distaste for the Confederate symbol and his district’s support for it was “agonizing.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/obama-judicial-nominee-my-views-on-same-sex-marriage-may-or

President says he’s “still weighing the options” about how America will assist the Iraqi regime, says solving the problem is “up to the Iraqis.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes comments on accepting the resignation of Eric Shenseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Friday, May 30, 2014. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT

WASHINGTON — American ground troops are not headed back to Iraq to rescue that country’s regime from a growing threat from “vicious terrorist group” ISIS, President Obama said Friday.

But the rapidly degrading situation in Iraq may require some U.S. military intervention, Obama said, though what exactly it might entail, even if it will happen at all, remains open questions. In a brief statement and Q&A with reporters on the south lawn of the White House, Obama repeatedly condemned ISIS as “terrorists” and also chastised the Iraqi regime for not standing strong in the face of ISIS forces.

“Unfortunately, Iraqi leaders have been unable to overcome, too often, the mistrust and sectarian differences that have long been simmering there. And that’s created vulnerabilities within the Iraqi government, as well as their security forces,” he said, noting that many Iraqi soldiers have abandoned their posts and refused to fight as ISIS has moved into cities across the country.

“So any action that we make take to provide assistance to Iraqi security forces has to be joined by a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability and account for the legitimate interests of all of Iraq’s communities, and to continue to build the capacity of an effective security force. We can’t do it for them,” Obama added.

Obama said ISIS gains in Iraq “could pose a threat eventually to American interests,” and so his team will be talking with the Iraqi regime over the weekend to determine what, if anything, the U.S. does to help. But the president insisted action will come only if disparate Iraqi groups present a unified plan to move forward.

“I want to make sure that everybody understands this message — the United States is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together,” Obama said. “We’re not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which while we’re there we’re keeping a lid on things, and, after enormous sacrifices by us, as soon as we’re not there, suddenly people end up acting in ways that are not conductive to the long-term stability and prosperity of the country.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/obama-we-will-not-be-sending-us-combat-troops-back-into-iraq

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/517742507354906624

Speaking at Northwestern University today about jobs, President Obama continued the “broken record” approach of economic planning:

POTUS calls for new investments in energy and technology to make America "a magnet for good, middle-class jobs."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 2, 2014

Hey, that sounds familiar!

.@JohnEkdahl Today – https://t.co/PVZyEXxdK3 December 2013 – https://t.co/Sxrpr1pand May 2013 – https://t.co/wWM1ROTCjl

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 2, 2014

Yeah, but “magnets” — that’s got to do something, right?

@redsteeze MAGNETS, FTW!!!! @JammieWF @JohnEkdahl

— Gaytriot (@GayPatriot) October 2, 2014

How original RT @markknoller POTUS calls for new investments in energy and technology to make America "a magnet for good, middle-class jobs"

— Brent Munlin (@Bmunlin) October 2, 2014

@markknoller Wait, what does "magnet" mean? We've magnet-ed more than enough. No more magnet.

— Alexis Metro (@Mrs__Met) October 2, 2014

.@markknoller New investments in energy and technology. Wow, what a brilliant, novel idea. I've never heard of such a "plan".

— Dostoevsky's Shade (@DostoevskyShade) October 2, 2014

@markknoller Isn't that what the old investments were supposed to do?

— Klown 2.0 (@realmyiq2xu2) October 2, 2014

@markknoller Hopefully it works out better this time!

— mateo (@stfuworld) October 2, 2014

@DostoevskyShade @markknoller You mean like wind & solar? #BeenThere #nobama #fail

— Nancy (@nancyruta) October 2, 2014

Obama should tell his ideas to the person in charge, if there is one:

Gee whiz! Whoever is in charge should get on that! RT @BarackObama: "We have to make our economy work for every working American." —Obama

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) October 2, 2014

I must say, I especially like it when President Obama talks about America as if he hasn’t been anywhere near power for the last decade.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 2, 2014

@charlescwcooke Obama vows to spend the rest of his life finding out who the real President was from 1/09-1/17.

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) October 2, 2014

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/02/how-original-meet-the-new-obama-jobs-speech-same-as-the-old-obama-jobs-speech/

http://twitter.com/#!/DrewMTips/status/507244236027486208

As Twitchy reported, President Obama revealed his super-strategic strategy for dealing with ISIS: Shrinking ISIS down “to the point where it is a manageable problem.” Because terrorists are people to be “managed.”

This afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel went on CNN, where he attempted to, uh, clarify the White House’s position:

http://twitter.com/#!/NoahCRothman/status/507243026410766336
http://twitter.com/#!/jaketapper/status/507243455111000064

Let’s just go to the videotape, shall we?

Transcript:

Hagel: The president’s point being to degrade and destroy their capability, so that it doesn’t get to [the point where ISIS is a threat to the U.S. homeland]. We know they’re a threat, we know they’re brutal. We know that they are — as I’ve said, as others have said — something that we’ve never seen before. They’re better organized, they’re better funded, they have more capability, they’re better structured. There’s a dangerous, dangerous ideology of a brutality, a barbaric nature that we’ve not seen before, so my job as secretary of defense is not to second-guess what may be, or what’s going to be, but we’ve got to protect, do everything we can to protect our country, protect our interests at the command of our commander in chief.

For the record, he’s referring to the same commander in chief who thinks “brutal,” “barbaric” terrorists with a network unlike anything we’ve ever seen before can be made “manageable.”

http://twitter.com/#!/NoahCRothman/status/507243056219697152

No kidding.

http://twitter.com/#!/NatSecCNN/status/507243899761754113

That? That was clear? Could’ve fooled us.

http://twitter.com/#!/NoahCRothman/status/507244073099341824
http://twitter.com/#!/Doc_0/status/507244568329211904

Exit question:

http://twitter.com/#!/DrewMTips/status/507248180904611841

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Related:

‘WTF?!’ Hey guys, it’s all good! Obama says we can shrink ISIS to a ‘manageable problem’

‘GREAT POINT!’ Dana Loesch skewers Obama’s ISIS ‘no strategy’ with shattering perspective

‘IRS email backups’: Obama has PLENTY of #ManageableProblems

Fired up? It takes just 112 characters to sum up Obama, ISIS response with one question

Twitchy coverage of Chuck Hagel

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/03/i-wasnt-aware-of-that-chuck-hagel-tries-fails-to-clean-up-obamas-manageable-mess/

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News President Obama should be partially blamed for this weekend’s murder of two NYPD officers.

He said Sunday that Obama’s refusal to condemn the police protests triggered by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner perpetuated the widely-held belief that police are predominantly racist, despite how much they sacrifice for the community.

While Giuliani has disagreed with attaching responsibility to Bill de Blasio, the New York Mayor is also being viciously lambasted for previously expressing fears of his black son being discriminated against by the police.

Giuliani also said earlier that day that it’s a “ridiculous myth” that police are inciting violence in black neighborhoods, reiterating that it’s only the residents of such areas who are committing careless murders.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/giuliani-blames-obama-shootings-video/888980/

“Hee hee. That tickles.”

President Obama met a giant talking robot giraffe on Wednesday. The president got the chance to interact with giraffe at the “White House Maker Faire” an event that “celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing.”

“Look at this! I like those ears,” Obama said. “Secret Service may not like that,” he said when giraffe maker Lindsay Lawlor of San Diego said that it can carry 30 people.

Agence France-Presse @AFP

Barack Obama and Lindsay Lawlor view Lawlor's robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House

Here is a Vine of Obama tickling the giraffe:

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And here’s a longer video of Obama with the giraffe:

Video available at: http://buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com/video/2014/06/18/FinderScreenSnapz001-444×244.mp4.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/president-obama-tickles-giant-talking-robot-giraffe

Obama also says lethal aid to Kiev is not on the table.

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Joshua Roberts / Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday in retaliation for Moscow’s role in arming the separatists in eastern Ukraine who shot down a civilian aircraft earlier this month, killing nearly 300 people.

Obama announced sanctions against major players in Russia’s energy, defense, and finance sectors, which, according to a Treasury Department list, include major state-owned banks like Bank of Moscow, the Russia Agricultural Bank, and VTB. The U.S. Export-Import Bank has put on hold all new transactions with Russia, a senior administration official said. The U.S. has also taken action against the United Shipbuilding Corporation, a Russian defense firm. The Commerce Department will also enact export license requirements for energy-related technologies for certain oil-drilling projects, an official said.

“Today is a reminder that the U.S. means what it says,” Obama said.

But Obama also said, “It’s not a new Cold War,” in response to a reporter’s question. “It’s a very specific issue related to Russia’s unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path.”

“These are the very powerful sectoral sanctions that you’ve heard us describe for a number of months now,” a senior administration official said. “This is the very significant step that you’ve heard us describe as the U.S. and Europe moving into sectoral sanctions together.”

The punitive measures are being introduced in concert with Europe, which announced its own sanctions Tuesday that are much heavier than what it had previously announced.

“These decisions will limit access to EU capital markets for Russian State-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual use goods for military end users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies particularly in the field of the oil sector,” read an EU release about its sanctions on Tuesday.

“The EU steps are strong, they are significant, they represent a new step for Europe and one that we and the Europeans have taken together,” a senior administration official said.

On a call with reporters, an official said that the U.S. has now targeted five of the six largest state-owned banks in Russia.

However, the U.S. is still not planning lethal aid to the embattled Ukrainian military, officials said.

“The issue at this point is not the Ukrainian capacity to outfight the separatists, they are better armed than the separatists,” Obama said.

A U.S. official said that non-lethal support to the Ukrainian military had been “ramped up.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/obama-announces-new-sanctions-against-russia-but-its-still-n

http://twitter.com/#!/troodler/status/496435433681993728

President Obama on Monday signed a bill that will provide an additional $225 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

http://twitter.com/#!/ZekeJMiller/status/496415952377249793
http://twitter.com/#!/joevaid/status/496419975784304640

It wasn’t a one-man effort.

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/496413334262927360

Congress might have approved the bill last week, but as much as people say they want Obama and Congress to work together, plenty weren’t happy to see the president put his pen to work, though many seemed to have missed that Iron Dome is a defense system.

http://twitter.com/#!/fawzy_alkhaldi/status/496447753766322176
http://twitter.com/#!/ChadHale2/status/496448394877882368
http://twitter.com/#!/RapingBabyPanda/status/496447371123777537
http://twitter.com/#!/joevaid/status/496418765555646464
http://twitter.com/#!/papicek/status/496419060843044864
http://twitter.com/#!/AnTiZiO_/status/496435646664544257
http://twitter.com/#!/youresus/status/496437163043860480
http://twitter.com/#!/cat951c/status/496420317758492672
http://twitter.com/#!/DavidPoehlman1/status/496416322654203904

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/04/president-obama-signs-iron-dome-aid-package-agrees-to-murder-innocent-kids/

http://twitter.com/#!/CuffyMeh/status/446261506100178944

#Baracketology? Embarrassing indeed. Criminy. It just gets more and more humiliating.

On the plus side, there is Twitter to keep us laughing instead of crying. Today is no exception. NCAA brackets? President Obama’s Final Four bracket has been revealed in this Twitter “exclusive.”

http://twitter.com/#!/CuffyMeh/status/446260805756268544

It’s funny and terrifying, because it seems to be true.

And an exit alternate:

http://twitter.com/#!/heavyhokie/status/446261877241159680

Forward!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/03/19/laugh-or-cry-exclusive-obamas-march-madness-final-four-bracket-revealed-pic/