POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 4/30
President Obama’s re-election campaign “has put Bill Clinton on notice that he will be used as a top surrogate, further evidence of how far the two camps have come since the bitter days of the 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton, now his secretary of state, the AP reports.
Tonight, the current and former president “planned to make the first of three joint appearances at fundraisers for Obama’s campaign.”
“I’ve been called a RINO… I don’t think I’ve changed at all. I think the party has moved.”
— Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, quoted on CNN.
“The president is getting…some bad advice. Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would.
— House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), in an interview on CNN, explaining his “amped-up rhetoric” toward President Obama in recent days.
President Obama was very funny at the White House Correspondents Associates dinner last night.
On Mitt Romney: “He and I actually have a lot in common. We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one. He has two. What a snob.”
On Hillary Clinton: “Four years ago I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.”
The president ended his speech saying, “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein: “We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
“The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”
“When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.”
In just 16 months in office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has claimed to do something “historic” more than 80 times, the New York Times reports.
“His frequent citation of his place in history, according to rhetoricians, provides a frame for how he hopes the public in New York and across the country will view him — as someone who turned a dysfunctional state capital from a place of corruption to competence.”
New York Times: “Presidents running for re-election typically boast of programs they created, people they helped or laws they signed. They talk about rising test scores or falling deficits or expanding job rolls. President Obama is increasingly taking the unusual route of bragging about how he killed a man.”
“To be sure, that man was Osama bin Laden, and he is not mourned among either the president’s supporters or detractors. But in the days leading up to the first anniversary of the raid that finally caught up to the Qaeda mastermind, Mr. Obama has made a concerted, if to some indecorous, effort to trumpet the killing as perhaps the central accomplishment of his presidency.”
Mitt Romney had some advice for students at Ohio’s Otterbein University, telling them that if they want to start a business or pay for their education, they should just borrow from their parents.
Said Romney: “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”