Obama Apologizes To Art Teacher For Mocking Art-history Degrees

Reid (D-Nev.) has said he will not bring a fast-track bill to the floor. Without that power, Obamas push for approval of the TPP, which he hoped to complete last year, could be delayed significantly. White House officials said Obama would continue to emphasize the benefits of the Asian trade deal in his meetings with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I think when people have the ability to review what will be an agreement that is profoundly in our national interests, that well be confident that we can gain the support of members of Congress, said one senior administration official, who was not authorized to talk on the record before Obamas trip and so spoke on the condition of anonymity. But we understand that the onus is on us.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-obama-heads-to-meeting-with-canada-and-mexico-several-agenda-items-are-stalled/2014/02/18/4ca569ce-98bc-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html

Where is my True Detective and Game of Thrones? Obama asked HBOs Richard Plepler, according to The New York Times. RELATED: WHAT DOES OBAMA WATCH? Melinda Sue Gordon/AP Kevin Spacey plays Congressman Frank Underwood in Netflix series ‘House of Cards,’ whose new season President Obama tweeted about Thursday. Obama has previously said he enjoyed shows including AMCs Breaking Bad and HBOs The Wire. Obama apparently wasnt kidding around with Plepler. The President, who wanted the shows for his three-day weekend at the Sunnylands estate in Southern California, waved over an aide to make sure the executive knew where to send the DVDs. Pool/Getty Images HBO CEO Richard Plepler, left, got some extra attention from President Obama at the Feb.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-seeks-game-thrones-dvd-holiday-article-1.1617755

Im just saying, you can make a really good living and have a great career without getting a four-year college education, as long as you get the skills and training that you need. Obamas backtracking didnt satisfy Ann Collins Johns, an art professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who fired off a letter through the White House Web site. Johns told the art website Hyperallergic that she wrote Obama to point out that her courses challenge students to think, read and write critically, as well as educate them about art history. Johns, who runs UTs program in Tuscany, was stunned to get a handwritten apology from the president himself on White House stationery. Ann let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history, he wrote.
Source: http://nypost.com/2014/02/18/obama-apologizes-to-art-teacher-for-mocking-art-history-degrees/

She left after a report by the Office of Inspector General found that she was gone from Nassau 276 days and displayed dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement. Another bundler, Cynthia Stroum , sent by Obama to Luxembourg, resigned after a report exposed irregularities, including spending an inordinate amount of time renovating the ambassador’s residence and large purchases of alcohol. Obama comes in for particular criticism given that he promised to end the practice of appointing ambassadors with no background in foreign policy. The State Department is filled with potential nominees who have graduate degrees in foreign affairs, speak multiple languages, have served abroad and have deep expertise in the politics of various countries. The diplomats of other countries are usually professionals who know a region, its politics, culture and language. Take the Hungarian ambassador to the U.S., an economist who worked at the International Monetary Fund for 27 years. Compare that to Colleen Bell, Obamas nominee to Budapest.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-18/obama-scrapes-barrel-s-bottom-for-ambassadors.html

Obama to take next step in fuel efficiency for trucks

_______________________ Quite so, and the side benefit would be more federal funding (and state and county if those rates also rise) for roads. Meanwhile though, remember during the late 1970s American manufacturers were say the maximum efficiency one could get fro a mid-sized car was about 20 mpg. Today, not only do mid-sized more information cars get around 35 mpg, the technology has raised the efficiency of even egregiously-powered modern muscle cars and sports cars to the mid 20s or higher. No one would have bet on 400-500 hp yielding 25mpg in the 70s. The point is, the government though the EPA created those regulations in partnership with industry- and we see the results today.
Source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/18/obama-to-take-next-step-in-fuel-efficiency-for-trucks/comment-page-6/

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