On Friday, President Obama spoke at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration being held at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. While wearing a yarmulke, Obama cited his two Jewish former chiefs of staff, saying he has been called America’s “first Jewish president” by Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently interviewed him for The Atlantic.
Earlier this week, I was actually interviewed by one of your members, Jeff Goldberg. Jeff reminded me he once called me the first Jewish president. Now, since some people still seem to be wondering about my faith, I should make clear this is an honorary title, but I was flattered. And as an honorary member of the tribe not to mention somebody who has hosted 7 White House seders and has been advised by [applause] — and been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff, I can also say that I am probably getting a little bit of the hang of the lingo.
Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor this afternoon to blast the Trans-Pacific trade agreement (TPP) and the Obama administration for keeping it so secretive. According to Warren, “members of Congress, as Senator Manchin said, can read it so long as they go into a secret room and don’t leave with any notes. But even members of Congress are prohibited from talking about the details in public or discussing the details with the people that they were sent to Washington to represent. And yet in the next day or two the Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to grease the skids to make that secret trade deal, the TPP, the law of the land. This isn’t how democracy is supposed to work.” Warren explained there are those that believe, “we should keep the deal secret because if the details were made public now, the public would oppose it.”
After an event in Cedar Falls, Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on the pending State Department release of her private emails. Clinton responded to a question on the missing emails saying, “nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do. I respect the State Department, they have their process that they do for everyone, not just me, but anything they might do to expedite the process, I heartily support. I want the American people to learn as much as we can about the work that I did with our diplomats and our development experts because I think it will show how hard we worked and what we did for our country during the time when I was Secretary of State.” When pressed further on the emails Clinton claimed they weren’t hers, instead “they belong to the State Department.” So it’s not her fault they have not been released yet.
Elizabeth Warren was a guest speaker at the California Democratic convention. The Chairman of California Democrats John Burton introduces Senator Warren at the party’s yearly convention as “the fucking champion for the American people.”
“Our founders never intended for us to have a professional political class,” Carly Fiorina says as she turns away from an image of Hilary Clinton. “We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it… If you’re tired of the sound bites, the vitriol, the pettiness, the egos, the corruption. If you believe it is time to declare the end of identity politics… the end of lowered expectations… then join us.”
Bernie Sanders was asked how could he compete with George Soros and the Koch brothers since he was against PAC monies. Sanders responded saying, “Maybe it is over with. Maybe it can’t happen. Maybe we have moved so far towards an oligarchic form of society, where the big money has so much power, that there may not be candidates who can win elections, because of the power of big money… But let me tell you, I’m going to do my best to see that is not true.”
Senator Bernie Sanders held a press conference on April 30th to officially announce his 2016 run for the White House. Sanders spent a great deal of his announcement taking questions from reporters and laying out his agenda for the country, focusing on the wealth gap and the billionaire class that is “literally able to buy elections.”