President Barack Obama made history here Monday by becoming the first U.S. president to visit Burma, giving the once-reclusive regime a highly coveted seal of international approval and gambling that the significant reforms the nation’s leaders have undertaken in recent months won’t be abruptly reversed.
“Over the last year and a half, a dramatic transition has begun, as a dictatorship of five decades has loosened its grip; a civilian now leads the government, and a parliament is asserting itself. … Hundreds of prisoners of conscience have been released, and forced labor has been banned.”
Obama also plans to urge the Burmese to adopt some of American democracy’s central safeguards. “America may have the strongest military in the world — but it must submit to civilian control, as President and Commander-in-Chief, I cannot just impose my will on our Congress – even though sometimes I wish I could. I appoint some of our judges, but I cannot tell them how to rule – because every person in America, from a child living in poverty to the President – is equal under the law. That is how you must reach for the future you deserve.”
Miitt Romney’s comments to donors about the “gifts” that President Barack Obama gave to constituents to win the election continue to cause members of his party to run away from the former candidate. Despite their insistence during the election that Romney’s position on entitlement in America was accurate, the new consensus among the GOP politicians, if not their pundits, is that Romney’s statements could not be more wrong.
After several prominent Republican governors expressed their disagreement with Romney’s statements, the hits have continued coming. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, considered at one point by the Romney campaign as a possible running mate, said on Friday, “You can’t expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive. You have to talk about themes, policies that unite people, and play to their aspirations and their goals and their hopes for their family and their neighbors.”
Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and another potential running mate for Romney, though silent on Romney’s 47% comments, likewise shot-down Romney’s “gifts” theory.
Did you know that…People who laugh more are better able to tolerate pain – Both physical and emotional.
Using your smartphone to photograph your ballot? Well, that all depends on where you’re voting. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Texas, “expressly prohibit the use of photographic and recording equipment inside polling places.”