Thinking squarely outside the box for solutions to heal the economy, a college student had a rather innovative and unorthodox idea idea for the president at his Friday jobs speech in Allentown, PA.
Following the speech, a second-year student asked Obama: “I was wondering if, maybe if, you checked out some of the statistics about legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and non-violent crime in order to stimulate some of the economy?”
The crowd chuckled and Obama smiled. “I have to say this, I appreciate the boldness of your question,” he replied.
Not leaving anyone hanging, he quickly declared: “That will not be my job strategy,” to laughs and applause from the attendees at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
“Part of what you’re supposed to do in college is question conventional wisdom,” the president jested. “And so you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, which is thinking in new ways about things.”
Reports today revealed that November job-losses were the lowest in over a year at 11,000 — unemployment fell for first time in the Obama presidency, albeit marginally, from 10.2 to 10 percent. Obama deemed it a “hopeful sign” Friday.
Later in the session, Obama expressed frustration at Congress’ often-sluggish pace on legislation, and slammed the GOP for what he deemed its over-usage of the filibuster.
“Congress works incredibly hard, but moves, well, deliberately,” he said, to laughter. “It takes time to get things done… The public thinks, What are these folks doing? Sometimes it gives you a headache, but that’s democracy. It’s not easy to get anything done, but it keeps us stable. But it’s frustrating.”
Hitting Senate Republicans for frequently using traditionally rare moves to slow down his agenda, he said: “You need 60 votes for everything, because now the opposition evokes the filibuster for everything.”
Watch the video of Obama’s exchange with the college student:
Additional reporting by David Edwards
Anthony Scaramucci: ‘Trump is really losing it psychologically’
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on Tuesday suggested that President Donald Trump is suffering mental problems after losing the 2020 election.
"Trump is really losing it, psychologically," Scaramucci wrote on Twitter. "His followers don’t get that being a 'loser' is just about as bad as actual death to him."
"He is now a 'loser' in his daddy’s eyes," he added. "All he can do is act out. I wonder how it will end."
Trump is really losing it, psychologically. His followers don’t get that being a “loser” is just about as bad as actual death to him. He is now a “loser” in his daddy’s eyes. All he can do is act out. I wonder how it will end.
Rick Wilson and George Conway hilariously ridicule the GOP’s attempt to save Georgia’s Senate seats as Trump implodes
Conservative attorney George Conway -- who is married to former Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway -- made an appearance on GOP consultant Rick Wilson's "The New Abnormal" podcast on Tuesday, where the two Lincoln Project founders wondered whether the president really wants the Republican Party to hang onto the two Georgia Senate seats headed for a run-off in January after he went down to defeat in the state.
The trio started off the Daily Beast podcast with a hilarious dramatic reading of the Washington Post's bombshell report about the president's inability to comprehend how he lost the election, with Conway laughing at the mention of Trump's "fragile mental state."
‘Checkmate’: Legal experts agree remaining Trump election challenges won’t ‘amount to anything’
President Donald Trump has exhausted nearly all of his options for overturning his election loss to Joe Biden, legal experts agree.
Trump continues flinging lies about voter fraud from his Twitter account, and only a few highly improbable options remain before Biden is inaugurated next month, reported Bloomberg.
“It’s checkmate in terms of the various chess moves on the board, but they could try go for other moves anyway,” said Edward Foley, director of an election-law program at Ohio State University. “Normally when you see that it’s going to be checkmate, you sort of concede.”