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Secret Service gaffes draw public attention, criticism

October 22, 2014 at 3:05 am 0 comments

Though the White House is among the most heavily guarded buildings in the world, a Sept. 18 security breach and the United States Secret Service’s response to it have prompted concern and outrage from politicians and the public. Controversies surrounding the Sept. 18 incident, in addition to concerns pertaining to White House and presidential security lapses earlier in the Obama administration, resulted in a turbulent week in Washington as embattled Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned her post on Oct. 1 amidst further pledges of reviews of agency practices by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security. The recent string of White House incursions has raised questions about the Secret Service’s readiness and ability to effectively protect the President. On Sept. 18, Omar Gonzalez, a veteran of the Iraq War, scaled and jumped over the fence on the north side of the White House, sprinted across the lawn to theRead More

OBAMA CALLS 2014 “BREAKTHROUGH YEAR FOR AMERICA” IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

February 4, 2014 at 2:07 am 0 comments

On the evening of January 28, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address on Capitol Hill to the members of Congress and his “fellow Americans.” Obama was introduced by Speaker of the House John Boehner. With Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden behind him, the president addressed Congress and the rest of the nation. He told stories of a teacher who went the extra mile to assist a student that day, helping America’s graduation rate rise to the highest it has been in three decades, and of an autoworker who built one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars, helping America to use less foreign oil. Obama then listed stories of American citizens who “make the state of our union strong.” The results of these efforts, according to Obama, are all positive. The president claimed that we are witnessing the lowest rate of unemployment in over five years,Read More

POLITICS AND TENSION PREFACE THE SOCHI OLYMPICS

February 4, 2014 at 2:06 am 0 comments

Openly gay athletes serve as US delegation to Olympics The XXII Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia. In December, President Obama announced that he would not be attending the Olympics. Instead, he assembled a delegation that does not include his vice president or even a cabinet secretary. Some tension with host Russia has characterized the anticipation of the games. The Washington Times reported that State Department officials said that Russia has repeatedly violated the terms of an arms treaty that has been in place since Ronald Reagan was in office. There has also been increased tension from both Russia harboring Edward Snowden, who leaked confidential NSA information, and disagreements over the situation in Syria. Obama has stated that he is not attending because of a busy schedule in Washington, but his absence from the Olympics is likely meant to send a message toRead More