Mark Knoller recounts president’s year on the links

Before jumping on CBS News’ Mark Knoller for trying to embarrass the president by reporting how many times he hit the golf course this year, keep in mind that Washington’s unofficial statistician has kept track of all sorts of White House activities.

It’s amazing that the president found time to golf at all, but he did. This summer, he even took the rare step of inviting along three Democrat holdouts from Congresswhose votes he needed to secure the Iran nuclear deal.

It would be nice if the president’s head-clearing rounds weren’t quite so pricey. Investor’s Business Daily reportedthat a weekend golf trip to Palm Springs in February cost$1.03 million, while flight costs for a long golf weekend with friends in Palm City, Fla., in March ran$805,000, or$20,406 per hole.

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‘Thanks, Obama’! POTUS’ efforts backfire; Smith & Wesson’s business is BOOMING

Interesting … and perfect:

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Management just announced it was raising its guidance because sales have been so strong.

For the three months ending January 31, it estimates it had $175 million to $180 million in sales, up from its earlier guidance of $150 million to $155 million. This new guidance is much higher than the $155 million expected by analysts.

Earnings per share are estimated to come in at $0.39 to $0.41 per share, which is way above the $0.27 to $0.29 it previously saw. Analysts were only expecting $0.29.

So at least one area of the economy is doing well!

No, really. Thank you. You’ve done more to boost gun sales than anyone.

By all means, Mr. President. Keep railing against guns and lawful gun owners. We love watching Smith & Wesson succeed.

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Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky explains why conservative women are so dumb!/hboulware/status/453915496396488705

That’s the least he could do.

Yesterday, Kirsten Kukowski, an RNC press secretary, appeared on MSNBC to discuss the so-called gender wage gap. The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky got a big kick out of it, because conservative woman:!/kakukowski/status/453909933810270208

According to Tomasky, conservative women are better off being seen and not heard:!/mtomasky/status/453863661233135617

Here are some highlights:

OK, on reflection, I do feel a little sorry for her. That she had only gibberish to spout in response to that question isn’t really her fault. It’s the fault of her party, all those men in her party, all those Southern men and their Southern beliefs and ways. One is tempted to believe that Republicans vote against things like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because of the demands of their corporate contributors, and that’s undoubtedly true, to some extent. But it isn’t corporate benefactors who make Todd Akin and some of these other men say the batshit crazy things about women they say. That’s culture.

Kukowski had nothing to say because George W. Bush sat in the White House for eight years, six of them with a compliant Republican Congress, and never passed or that I can recall even introduced or even talked about one bill aimed at workplace gender fairness. She had nothing to say because since Barack Obama became president, the Republicans have voted no no no on any measure of this sort. Four Senate Republicans did vote aye on Lilly Ledbetter back in 2009. Yep, you guessed it: the “girls”—Collins, Hutchison, Murkowski, Snowe. Not a single man. In the House, Ledbetter got three.

It’s partly a corporate thing, a business thing. But mostly it’s cultural. Women just aren’t supposed to be that pushy. “All Republicans support equal pay for equal work,” claimed the first sentence of the memo Kukowski and two colleagues released Tuesday. Of course, they have to say that. But obviously, all Republicans do not, or they’d have done something, on their terms, during those six years Bush and Denny Hastert and Bill Frist were running things. Very few Republicans do. Especially the Southern ones, who by and large run the party, or at least provide its cultural ballast. It isn’t how they were raised, and it doesn’t feel right to them. They think the Paycheck Fairness Act has its origins in that night when a likkered-up Mickey Gilley slashed Johnny Paycheck’s tires.

Shorter Tomasky: Damn sexist southern Republicans … Also, can you believe conservative women are so stupid?!/hboulware/status/453915024948330496

Very impressive.!/whignewtons/status/453876103929921536!/seanspicer/status/453906953786626048!/whignewtons/status/453874420361482241!/KatiePavlich/status/453891304217665536!/KatiePavlich/status/453891606320803840!/hboulware/status/453916263186571264!/hboulware/status/453916976125992961!/hboulware/status/453917683025580032!/hboulware/status/453918390600482816!/hboulware/status/453919461838290944!/jones4440/status/453918521966096384!/EllieWallace/status/453914196900872192

Michael’s quite a catch.!/DLoesch/status/453918946136059904

Guess he got shot down one too many times. Color us surprised.

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Some things NEVER change! CBS News’ Mark Knoller calls Obama event ‘campaign style’

President Obama is in Omaha today on very important business:

And while his White House tenure isnearly over, he’s still living each day like he wants to win Americans’ hearts all over again:

“Campaign style”? You don’t say!


Sounds like Knoller was on to something:

Of course.

But don’t worry:

Oh, OK.

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‘It’s official, he’s checked out': Obama can’t talk anymore, he’s ‘got to get to Star Wars’ [video]

And we’re sure he’ll get right on that … just as soon as he finishes up with more important business:

His presidency in a nutshell.

Oh, and P.S.:

Great. Just great.

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Business trip: President to designate national monument between fundraisers!/markknoller/status/520383618238406656

CBS News’ Mark Knoller reports that President Obama will take a brief break from fundraising in California Friday in order to designate 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

@markknoller A national monument to Obama in the San Gabriel Mountains?

— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) October 10, 2014

Possibly. Hey, wouldn’t this official action make at least part of this trip reimbursable by taxpayers?

@markknoller @mrzmazz .His lame excuse to charge this fundraising trip off as official business.

— 4chunat1 (@4chunat1) October 10, 2014

@markknoller Now taxpayers can pay for all expenses since he is going to visit national park. DNC shld pay for his fundraising expenses

— menunu (@barbszoo22) October 10, 2014

That fact doesn’t seem to have slipped past Knoller, either.

The monument designation is political outreach to conservationists and also offsets some of the DNC's political costs of his trip.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 10, 2014

@markknoller Not necessarily in that order

— Uncle Billy (@FOWfan01) October 10, 2014

@markknoller The latter reason is the ONLY reason he did it, Mark. You should be journalist enough to report it as such. @HarrietBaldwin

— America's Tears (@AnnKateri04) October 10, 2014

Well, it’s pretty.

Photo gallery: the sights of our next national monument in Southern California

— Wilderness Society (@Wilderness) October 10, 2014

Sunset in the San Gabriel Mountains of #California. Photo by Mike Hathenbruck.

— Beautiful Pictures (@BEAUTIFULPlCS) October 10, 2014


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