Before he was tapped as Donald Trump’s new communications director, hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci tried—and failed—to take on then-president Barack Obama over his Wall Street policies.
At a town hall in 2010, Obama took a question from Scaramucci, who at the time worked at the hedge fund management company SkyBridge. The exchange starts out amicably, with Scaramucci reminding the president they went to law school together.
“You’ve done very well, congratulations,” Obama slyly replied, prompting the audience to laugh and applaud.
“I represent the Wall Street community, we have felt like a pinata,” Scaramucci began, asking Obama what his plans were to “heal” Wall Street. This question—just two years after one of the biggest recessions in our nation’s history—appeared to strike a cord with Obama.
“I have been amused over the past couple of years, this sense somehow of me beating up Wall Street,” Obama said. “I think most folks on Main Street feel like they got beat up on.”
“And I’ll be honest with you, there’s a big chunk of the country that thinks I’ve been to soft on Wall Street,” he added. That’s probably the majority, not the minority.”
Obama went on to argue Scaramucci and his Wall Street pals “shouldn’t be feeling put upon.”
“The question should be how can we work with you to continue growing the economy.” Obama said.
“The notion that somehow me saying maybe you should be taxed more … I don’t think that’s me being extremist or being anti-business,” he added.
House Judiciary received classified evidence from House Intel just prior to impeachment markup
Hours before the House Judiciary Committee began debating the articles of impeachment into President Donald Trump, the committee received new, classified evidence.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) had given the administration a Wednesday deadline to declassify the evidence, but Vice President Mike Pence's office ignored the deadline, so Schiff sent the evidence anyway.
At issue is a "supplemental submission" from Jennifer Williams, the special advisor for Europe and Russia in Pence's office.
The document contains information about a Sept. 18, 2019 phone call between pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Here’s how Mike Pence could step in to sabotage the impeachment trial in the Senate
Vice President Mike Pence could ultimately end up playing a significant role in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial — and ensure that the case against the president isn't even properly presented.
Pence, being the vice president, is also president of the Senate. And as such, he has the power to resolve ties when senators deadlock. In terms of the final vote to convict, Pence will not need to break any ties, because 67 votes are required. But many other aspects of the Senate trial will be decided by a simple majority, including the rules package, and whether to override Chief Justice John Roberts' decisions on what evidence and testimony is admissible. And so even if a few Republicans break with their party on these issues, Pence may be able to step in and ensure the trial is conducted the way Trump wants it to be.
Trump complained about Obama’s Hanukkah party — yet did it even worse himself
President Donald Trump held the official White House Hanukkah party weeks before the holiday was slated to begin on Dec. 22.
Ironically, however, in 2011, Trump attacked President Barack Obama for holding an early Hanukkah party because he would be in Hawaii for the family's annual Christmas celebration.
"Why was the Hanukah celebration held in the White House two weeks early? @BarackObama wants to vacation in Hawaii in late December. Sad," Trump tweeted.
Just a few years later when it was his turn to hold a White House Hanukkah party, the goy-in-chief did it even earlier than Obama. In 2011, Obama held his party one week before the "eight crazy nights" began. Trump's party is 11 days out from Hanukkah. Trump lit the candles anyway.