Initial reaction on ruling from Obama: 'Historic step forward'
June 26th, 2013
10:29 AM ET
10 months ago

Initial reaction on ruling from Obama: 'Historic step forward'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's Twitter account offered an initial reaction to Wednesday's ruling deeming a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

His communications director previewed further reaction later today.


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  1. Peoples State of Illinois

    Their let-'em-eat-cake lifestyle is even more contemptible, however, when one considers that it comes at the expense of those whom they purport to represent.
    For all the references to "fat cats," it turns out the fattest cats of all now occupy the White House, and much like their record accumulation of national debt, their unmitigated arrogance and bloated hypocrisy exceeds all that of previous executive administrations combined

    June 26, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Peoples State of Illinois

    Perhaps there are no better cases in point than the Obamas' exotic resort vacations and golf junkets whilst the rest of the nation exercises austerity measures necessitated by the regime's failed economic policies.

    This week, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha hitched a ride on Air Force One to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. Then MO requisitioned Air Force Two so that she and her entourage could spend two days touring Dublin and the surrounding area. Once there, MO, her 11- and 14-year-old kids, and 30 members of her retinue set up shop in the lavish 5-star Shelbourne Hotel, where she booked the $3,300-per-night Princess Grace Suite.

    By day, they hobnobbed with glitterati, lunching over Dalkey Lobster and Crab Salad or Road Rack of Wicklow Spring Lamb with such notables as U2 singer Bono. By night they were treated to royal boxes at theater performances such as "Riverdance," where Michelle told an adoring crowd, "It is good to be home."

    June 26, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Peoples State of Illinois

    Michelle's two-day $5.2 million side trip, however, was a mere slum tour compared to the Obamas' next taxpayer funded junket - a "heritage tour" of three nations in southern Africa the week of June 26 to July 3, with an estimated cost between $80 and $100 million.

    Beyond the five-star accommodations, this Africa tour will put an enormous burden on the Air Force. In addition to the already-huge operational cost of Air Force One, USAF cargo planes will airlift 14 limousines and 42 support vehicles, including three trucks with sheets of ballistic glass for the royal family's hotel windows. Helicopters will be ferried in along with the largest Secret Service team and support network ever. The entire trip will be under 24-hour cover of Air Force fighter jets, and a large Navy presence will be maintained off the east coast of Africa in case of any security or medical emergencies.

    June 26, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Peoples State of Illinois

    Only an archetypal case study of Narcissistic Personality Disorder would commute on Air Force One to Kansas for a socialist stump speech, at a cost to taxpayers of $181,757 per flight-hour, not including the enormous cost of support personnel, facilities, and additional support aircraft, and lecture laid-off aircraft workers about why private-sector companies shouldn't receive the same write-off for an aircraft that they do for other business equipment.

    Need I also mention the enormous cost to states and local government treasuries, and the significant inconvenience to other air travelers and local commuters every time Obama comes to town for a fundraiser?

    Writing about the opulence of this administration in "Presidential Perks Gone Royal," author Robert Keith Gray notes that $1.4 billion in taxpayer funds was spent on the Obamas last year, including "the biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever" and Air Force One "running with the frequency of a scheduled air line."

    Not only does Obama have the audacity to chastise corporate use of aircraft, but among the high profile sequester cuts Obama demanded was the cancelation of traditional flyovers at the Air Force and Naval Academy graduations two weeks ago.

    June 26, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Dr Phil

    Dr. Greg
    Please tell me what same sex marriage has to do with "morality"?

    A: You can't even define morality with a secular humanist worldview...so your question makes no sense.

    June 26, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Looks like your stance on the issue "evolved" just in time, eh Obama? Flip-flop, flip-flop...

    June 26, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This week, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha hitched a ride on Air Force One
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    Hitched a ride??
    Dude THAT IS THEIR RIDE!!!!!
    Hate it dontcha? Try not to choke...or go ahead and choke.

    June 26, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Peoples State of Illinois

    Michelle's two-day $5.2 million side trip, however, was a mere slum tour compared to the Obamas' next taxpayer funded junket – a "heritage tour" of three nations in southern Africa the week of June 26 to July 3, with an estimated cost between $80 and $100 million.
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    Bait and Switch. This is what people do when they know that they've lost the argument: change the subject.

    June 26, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This week, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha hitched a ride on Air Force One
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    Hitched a ride??
    Dude THAT IS THEIR RIDE!!!!!
    Hate it dontcha? Try not to choke...or go ahead and choke.
    -------–
    When commentary is necessary from you, I'll let you know, by yanking your chain.

    June 26, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Looks like your stance on the issue "evolved" just in time, eh Obama? Flip-flop, flip-flop...
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    So will yours once you realize that DOMA tramples all over states rights.

    June 26, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Peoples State of Illinois

    So here's the question nobody has asked Obama spokesman Jay Carney: How does Obama justify the cancelation of flyovers to honor the commitment and sacrifice of our next generation of young military officers taking their oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution with their blood and lives, while their commander in chief is using Air Force One to ferry him and his adoring entourage around the nation to political fundraisers, and around the world on vacation junkets, at colossal expense to the defense budget and American taxpayers?

    June 26, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. ST

    What a day! I do not know whether I should jump up and down or shade tears of joy on behalf of my gay friends. They have been suffering a lot from those who pretended they want a small gov. and yet they want to control others not to live their own life the way they wish to. Each and every individual has to care their own business. If you do not like gay way of living, then go to your church, sing the way you want, and you will not see any gay coming there to disturb you and vice versa.

    June 26, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Debbie in Arizona

    Peoples of Illinois – Good Grief. What is your problem? Sounds like a very large case of envy to me. This is the President and his family we are talking about . How do you think they should travel?

    June 26, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Beyond the five-star accommodations, this Africa tour will put an enormous burden on the Air Force. In addition to the already-huge operational cost of Air Force One, USAF cargo planes will airlift 14 limousines and 42 support vehicles, including three trucks with sheets of ballistic glass for the royal family's hotel windows. Helicopters will be ferried in along with the largest Secret Service team and support network ever. The entire trip will be under 24-hour cover of Air Force fighter jets, and a large Navy presence will be maintained off the east coast of Africa in case of any security or medical emergencies
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    Yes. He is beloved, he is popular, he is a FIRST, he is our President, he must travel in a manner befitting our President and he must be protected against people like you at all costs, WHATEVER the cost.
    And no, they are not royalty.
    At least not yet.....

    June 26, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Sniffit

    My schadenfreude meter is in the red...think I'm setting a new personal record for it with every new conservative post I read...it's almost a physical feeling at this point....sort of a cross between nausea and vibrating in my chair....boy are their tears delicious.

    June 26, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "Beyond the five-star accommodations, this Africa tour will put an enormous burden on the Air Force. In addition to the already-huge operational cost of Air Force One, USAF cargo planes will airlift 14 limousines and 42 support vehicles, including three trucks with sheets of ballistic glass for the royal family's hotel windows. Helicopters will be ferried in along with the largest Secret Service team and support network ever. The entire trip will be under 24-hour cover of Air Force fighter jets, and a large Navy presence will be maintained off the east coast of Africa in case of any security or medical emergencies"
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    Standard operating procedures. They've been doing it for decades. Reagan started the practice of a decoy Air Force One.

    June 26, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Looks like your stance on the issue "evolved" just in time, eh Obama? Flip-flop, flip-flop...
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    So will yours once you realize that DOMA tramples all over states rights.
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    An odd comment from someone who has absolutely no idea on what my stance on the issue is. Oh wait... silly me... I forgot to consider the source.

    June 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    All of you referencing God blah blah blah are a bunch of hypocrites!!! What's Christian-like about protesting at a soldiers funeral(Westboro Baptist Church)? What's Christian-like about stripping aid/food stamps from the less fortunate? What's Christian-like about send a country to war based on a lie? Please tell all you holier than thou hypocrites.

    June 26, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Peoples State of Illinois

    USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said this week that Obama's sequester has grounded 33 squadrons, and many pilots are losing their proficiency. "If we were ordered to go do" a no-fly zone over Syria, "we'd go do it," but we would be "accepting the risk of those people not being as current. For me, that's a risk we don't want to be accepting."

    June 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Peoples State of Illinois

    Perhaps we should sequester the use of Air Force exec jets, including Air Force One, and also sequester $100 million royal family vacations.

    Perhaps these savings could offset the $70 million in IRS bonuses to be paid this year - to administrators who have benignly supported the harassment of Obama's "Enemies List." The Africa heritage tour funds alone would be sufficient to reopen public White House tours for the next 25 years.

    June 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Peoples State of Illinois

    Indeed, if it weren't for double standards, BO and MO wouldn't have any. If there's one defining characteristic of Leftist protagonists that is universally true, it is their consummate hypocrisy.

    P.S.: Don't worry, BO and MO will be back from Africa in time for their annual Martha's Vineyard vacation, where they hobnob around with that clan of rich liberals.

    June 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This week, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha hitched a ride on Air Force One
    -----–
    Hitched a ride??
    Dude THAT IS THEIR RIDE!!!!!
    Hate it dontcha? Try not to choke...or go ahead and choke.
    ---–
    When commentary is necessary from you, I'll let you know, by yanking your chain.
    _____________________
    I'll give it to you PSI- having the SC deliver some semblence of Civil Rights sure makes you cranky!

    June 26, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. rs

    Peoples State of Illinois

    So here's the question nobody has asked Obama spokesman Jay Carney: How does Obama justify the cancelation of flyovers to honor the commitment and sacrifice of our next generation of young military officers taking their oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution with their blood and lives, while their commander in chief is using Air Force One to ferry him and his adoring entourage around the nation to political fundraisers, and around the world on vacation junkets, at colossal expense to the defense budget and American taxpayers?
    ____________________________
    How did Cheney and Bush commit our bright young soldiers to two stupid wars, when they themselves failed to serve? Are you so clueless that you see all presidential travel as "vacation" (something Bush spent 3.6 years at)? Ever even hear of the G8?

    June 26, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Denise

    Meanwhile, poor Romneys must resort to riding in their cars from floor to floor on the elevator!

    June 26, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Denise

    Jesus, save me from your followers!

    June 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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