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No Respect: Fox News Anchors Mock Desiline Victor, The 102-Year-Old Woman Who Waited In Line Three Hours To Vote
A couple of days ago, we told you about Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old woman who received a standing ovation during President Obama’s State of the Union address for her admirable decision to wait in line three long hours so that she could vote in the 2012 election. Most considered her deed to be admirable, as such an extended wait-time would’ve deterred many. Most except Fox News Radio anchors, Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer, who expressed that they couldn’t understand what the “big deal” was during an episode of Kilmeade & Friends.
“How long was she on line?” Hemmer questioned.
“What’s the big deal? She was happy. She waited on line, she was happy that she voted. This is such a non-issue.” MacCallum interjected.
“They held her up as a victim!” Hemmer joked. “What was she the victim of? Rashes on the bottom of her feet?”
Jason Linkins, reporter for HuffPost Politics spoke out against the inappropriate statements made by the hosts during an interview with HuffPost Live.
“It’s weird to mock an 102-year-old woman for the long line she had to wait in. I think generally it’s ideal for 102-year-old women to not have to stand outside in the elements voting. The fact of the matter is this, lines were very much longer in districts where there were a higher percentage of Black and/or Hispanic voters. That is a fact. Another thing is that something on the order of a few hundred thousand voters in Florida just gave up on voting because the lines were so long. “
I hate to be the one who throws race into everything, but I wonder if those same jokes would’ve been thrown around by Kilmeade and his pals if Desiline was of another race.
You can listen to the comments made by the Fox hosts on the following page. Were their jokes inappropriate or are people being sensitive?
Following his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama will be hosting a Google+ Hangout this afternoon to take questions from ordinary Americans.
The event will take place at 4:50 p.m. ET and will be live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse, and the White House Google+ page. The White House webpage has a link for submitting questions to this latest “Fireside Hangout.”
This hangout will take place after the President’s visit to Decatur, GA to talk about education issues. This is the second of three SOTU follow-up trips Obama has scheduled to discuss issues brought up during the speech. He’ll be speaking today at a preschool center; he’s proposing a Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program.
Universal preschool was one of many areas that President Obama discussed the other day. We round up nine of them here. He was in Asheville, NC yesterday to talk about jobs.
Separately but related, Deadline Hollywood reports that the ratings for the State of the Union address were down 11.3 percent from 2012 to 37.3 million viewers. The all-time low was President Clinton’s 1993 address, which had about 31.5 million viewers.
Last night, President Obama gave the first State of the Union address of his second term (we live tweeted it here) and he raced through a number of big issues that he’d like to see Congress act on in the coming months. One of those issues, and possibly most unexpected, was a higher minimum wage.
But there were others that will be up for debate — among Congresspeople and voters alike. Here, we outline nine of the big ones. And in the comments, feel free to chime in with your thoughts and debate. That’s democracy at work!
House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Obama to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on February 12, which also happens to be President Lincoln’s birthday.
The invitation came with a short note saying, in part, “Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions… For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges.”
As Marketwatch reporter Polya Lesova notes, the address will be delivered amid continued fiscal cliff discussion about entitlements and spending. Though the fiscal cliff fight was only resolved a couple of weeks ago, there are still lots to disagree about, and we’ll be touching the debt ceiling again in a few short weeks.
The inauguration is happening on January 21. Beyonce, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend are among those scheduled to perform.
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Of course last night was about President Obama and the words he had for the nation; but honestly, we couldn’t help but notice how stunning Mrs. Obama looked.
She was on point from head to…mid torso (I didn’t get a clear shot of her shoes.) Her hair was luscious and full of body, her makeup was flawless and she just had an overall glow about her.
The sapphire dress she wore that evening was from Barbara Tfank’s spring collection.
And we were feeling the brooch as well.
Did you think Michelle looked particularly dazzling last night?
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(Fast Company) — Dambisa Moyo is out with a new book, titled How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly–and the Stark Choices Ahead, following her bestselling Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa. In the earlier effort, the economist critiqued a well-intentioned but inefficient aid system, and called for celebrities like Bono to quickly remove themselves from the charity ballgame, generally, and to specifically get out of Africa before they do more damage. Moyo’s new book takes the same tone of calling into question well-meaning intentions and pushing us to think about better implementation of policies; she also spends significant real estate detailing how some of America’s most pressing challenges–in education, energy, and health care, for example–are structural issues that need long-term foresight, instead of a quick fix.