Lost in the shuffle from Friday was Obama’s speech before the National Women’s Leadership Forum. His comments about how the GOP see women were pointed, NBC’s Shawna Thomas reports. Obama started off talking about his mother and the women in his life and then ended by seriously attacking the GOP.
“The days of male politicians controlling the health care decisions of our wives and our mothers and our daughters and our sisters, that needs to come to an end,” Obama said. He added, “This contraception fight, in particular, was illuminating. It was like being in a time machine. … I'm always puzzled by this. This is a party that says it prides itself on being rabidly anti-regulation. These are folks who claim to believe in freedom from government interference and meddling, but it doesn't seem to bother them when it comes to women's health.
“A lot of them seem like they want to turn back the clock to the '50s or the '40s or the '30s or maybe further back than that and close doors of opportunity that we thought we kicked open a long time ago, doors of opportunity to people who haven't made it quite yet.”
Politico: “A year after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s team is launching another precision operation: a full-scale public relations offensive aimed at using the bin Laden mission to boost the president’s reelection bid.”
The New York Times: “Back then the Democratic president refused to do a victory dance, saying Americans didn’t ‘need to spike the football.’ But that was a year ago. Facing an onslaught of criticism from Republican rivals who try to paint him as a lightweight celebrity, the Obama White House and campaign are engaging in a media blitz meant to remind everyone who has been calling the shots on foreign policy.”
AP: “The killing of Osama bin Laden, first presented as a moment of national unity by President Barack Obama, has become something else: a political weapon.” More: “The broader goal for Obama, whether through campaign web videos or the trappings of the White House, is not to just to remind voters of an enormous victory on his watch. It is to maximize a political narrative that he has the courage to make tough calls that his opponent might not.”
“The Obama administration rushed to contain a growing diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, sending a senior diplomat to Beijing to discuss the fate of a blind dissident who fled house arrest last week,” the New York Times writes.
McCain on Obama: “Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.’ This is the same President who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected. No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.”
The RNC notes that Obama’s done 128 fundraisers, more than George W. Bush at this time in 2004 when he was running for reelection.