Fox News, Rush Limbaugh say Obama watched doc about himself on election night; Rush says HBO doc’s butt-kissing could cause ‘anal poisoning’
ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper is disputing a Fox News report that President Barack Obama spent Tuesday evening watching a documentary about himself instead of incoming election results.
“Gibbs did NOT say that POTUS [President Obama] watched the HBO film last night,” Tapper wrote on his Twitter account. “I think someone must have misunderstood.”
On Wednesday, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum reported that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters off-camera that the president “was actually watching the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went” as election results came in.
The documentary By The People premiered on HBO Tuesday night at 9 pm ET, just as election results were coming in. The doc follows Obama around for the two years leading up to his election as president. And the film itself seems to contradict the White House’s assertion yesterday that President Obama doesn’t watch election returns. As the New York Times reported:
The film begins the night of the 2006 midterm elections — a glowing time for Democrats — when Mr. Obama watched as results came in from House, Senate and governors’ races across the country.
With a smile, he looked directly into the camera and said: “I love elections! It’s so much fun. It’s even more fun when you’re not on the ballot.”
CBS News reported Wednesday that the president “might” have watched the documentary:
By habit, Mr. Obama didn’t watch the election returns on TV last night. He never does, says Gibbs. Not even when he’s on the ballot. He might have watched an HBO documentary on his own triumphant two-year quest for the presidency, but Gibbs said Mr. Obama had already seen it on DVD.
Tapper states in another Tweet that he “doesn’t know” what Obama watched, but that “all Gibbs said is he didn’t watch election returns, got [election] info emailed to him.”
If Gibbs had suggested that Obama was watching HBO instead of election results, it was likely as part of an effort to downplay last night’s election returns, in which two high-profile governors’ races, in New Jersey and Virginia, were won by the GOP.
Gibbs said Republicans should not presume Tuesday’s triumphs will translate into victory in 2010 midterm polls when all the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate is up for election.
“The data from the gubernatorial races demonstrates that voters went to the polls in those two contests and talked about, and worked through very local issues that didn’t involve the president,” Gibbs said Wednesday.
“If you look at the exit polling, which is pretty clear on this, people went to the polls and voted on local issues not to even register support for or opposition to the president.”
Exit polls conducted by television networks backed the White House argument, with 55 percent of Virginia voters and 60 percent of New Jersey voters saying Obama did not factor into their decision.
LIMBAUGH: DOC’S BUTT-KISSING COULD CAUSE ‘ANAL POISONING’
On his radio show Wednesday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh repeated the claim that Obama spent election night watching By The People, but expressed incredulity at the notion.
“Do you mean to tell me that they didn’t send him a screener copy?” Linbaugh asked. “He had to wait to see this thing? I, frankly folks, can’t believe he hadn’t seen and hadn’t helped to put it together.”
Limbaugh said of the documentary: “I would be embarrassed if somebody put together a documentary about me the way this has been put together. I mean it is God-like. … If a documentary could get anal poisoning, this one could. I mean, it’s just kiss butt, kiss butt, kiss butt, and here he’s watching it.”
— With Agence France-Presse
The following audio was broadcast on the Rush Limbaugh Show Nov. 4, 2009, and uploaded by MediaMatters.
Melania Trump brags her husband ‘sees potential’ in the gays
In a bizarre moment, the first lady announced that President Donald Trump is all for gay people.
Speaking to a crowd in Atglen, Pennsylvania, Melania Trump described the president as someone “who sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
She didn't use the typical term LGBTQ or even mention transgender people. But mentioning LGBTQ voters likely isn't a good idea in the Trump administration because of the laundry list of things they've done to hurt the community.
“Donald loves helping people and he loves seeing those around him and his country succeed,” Mrs. Trump added, claiming he has a “very big heart and a great sense of humor.”
The New Yorker lampoons Republicans who are turning on Trump
Writing in the New Yorker this Thursday, Mike Gillis took a satirical swipe at anti-Trump PACs formed by career Republicans. While not calling out the Lincoln Project by name, it's clear they're the inspiration for the piece.
"For decades, I have been known as one of the most significant voices in the Republican Party. I have advised the Bushes. I’ve aided the Quayles. I’ve tenderly kissed the Cheneys. But today I come to you to reveal that I am leaving this beloved party of mine—the party that educated me, housed me, tickled me, and dressed me up as a donkey and forced me to run drunkenly through the streets of Iowa to scare voters in the 1984 Presidential election," Gillis writes.
‘Reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty’: House issues scathing report on Trump migrant family separation policy
The Trump administration knew it would not be able to reunite refugee and other migrant families as it ripped children—including infants—from the arms of their parents but did so anyway, according to a congressional report released Thursday on the U.S. government's family separation policy.
"The Trump administration's family separation policy lasted far longer than is commonly known and was marked by reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty."—House Judiciary Committee reportThe House Judiciary Committee spent 21 months investigating the planning and execution of the administration's policy, which resulted in the seizure of more than 2,500 migrant children—including some with physical and mental disabilities—from their parents. Its report (pdf) is the "first complete narrative of the inhumane family separation policy in the administration's own words."