For Obama, MLK’s shadow looms large ahead of speech

10. (Photo: Jameson Hsieh, AP) SHARE 73 CONNECT 29 TWEET 15 COMMENTEMAILMORE The rodeo clown who sparked controversy earlier this month when he mockingly wore a President Obama Obama loan forgiveness mask as part of his act says he has received five death threats, had a lady spit in his face, and suggested he wouldn’t mind shaking the president’s hand. In an interview with KCTV in Sedalia, Mo., Tuffy Gessling said the stunt at the Missouri State Fair was comparable to jokes that rodeos have pulled off at the expense of past presidents. “I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” Gessling said. Gessling donned an Obama mask, and the announcer asked a crowd if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” Another clown played with the lips of the Obama mask, and the act drew the ire of politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/08/26/rodeo-clown-wants-to-shake-obamas-hand/2700889/

And so has European approval for his administration’s international policies. A Pew Research Center poll conducted this spring, before the NSA programs were revealed, showed that support for his foreign policies was down in most of the countries surveyed, including a 14 point drop in Britain and a 12 point drop in France. Photo: Michael Sohn FILE – In this June 19, 2013, file photo U.S. President Barack… FILE – In this June 4, 2009, file photo U.S.
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/For-Obama-world-looks-far-different-than-expected-4760632.php

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Ty Carter

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner had “preliminary communication” with the White House about the situation in Syria on Monday afternoon, said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the Republican leader. “The Speaker made clear that before any action is taken there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability,” Buck said in a statement. Republican Representative Howard McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Obama must act “decisively” on Syria and that U.S. credibility is on the line. But he said Congress must be involved in any decision. “I expect the Commander in Chief would consult with Congress in the days ahead as he considers the options available to him,” he said in a statement after Kerry’s remarks.
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/26/us-syria-crisis-usa-congress-idUKBRE97P0XF20130826

U.S. lawmakers call on Obama to consult them on Syria

EDT August 26, 2013 The president will deliver a major address Wednesday to commemorate the March on Washington. President Obama and his aides are keeping quiet on the details of his speech. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP) Story Highlights President has often declared his story would not have been possible if it weren’t for King Obama likely to use speech to mark the progress in the fight against prejudice Jesse Jackson: It’s “unfair” to compare Obama to King SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON When President Obama steps to the podium at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it will mark a signal moment in his presidency. In telling his own story to Americans over the years, Obama has shied away from declaring his own political rise as some sort of bookend to Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech. But he has constantly underscored that his story would not have been possible were it not for King and others who sacrificed during the civil rights movement.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/08/26/obama-speech-preview-march-on-washington/2703197/

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

When the moment was right, Ty stepped out again and ran to Stephan, and applying a tourniquet to one of his legs, bandaging the other, tending to his wounds, grabbing a tree branch to splint his ankle. And if you are left with just one image from that day, let it be this: Ty Carter bending over, picking up Stephan Mace, cradling him in his arms, and carrying him — through all those bullets — and getting him back to that Humvee. And then Ty stepped out again — recovering a radio, finally making contact with the rest of the troop, and they came up with a plan. As Clint Romesha and his team provided cover, these three soldiers made their escape — Ty, Brad carrying Stephan on a stretcher, through the chaos, delivering Stephan to the medics. And the battle was still not over, so Ty returned to the fight. With much of the outpost on fire, the flames bearing down on the aid station, with so many wounded inside, Ty stepped out, one last time, exposing himself to enemy fire; grabbed a chainsaw, cut down a burning tree, saved the aid station, and helped to rally his troop as they fought, yard by yard. They pushed the enemy back. Our soldiers retook their camp. President Obama also recognized Carter’s courage off the battlefield in speaking openly and honestly about his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress. “At first, like a lot of troops, Ty resisted seeking help,” President Obama said. But with the support of the Army, his commanders, and his family, he reached out.
Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/26/president-obama-awards-medal-honor-ty-carter

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