Homeland Security of the Day

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Deviant Artist SharpWriter proposes a few cost-cutting measures for the defense budget.

[thanks, kiki!]

Reverse Birther of the Day

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President Barack Obama visited Gator's Dockside, an Orlando sports bar, Saturday night as part of a bus tour of Florida. One young boy in the crowded restaurant, Andre Wupperman, hails from Hawaii, which led Obama to flash him a shaka hand sign -- the Hawaiian "hello".

Wupperman responded in kind, to which Obama playfully replied: "You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?"

We'll just assume Obama didn't make young Andre produce documentation.


Golden Girl Presidential Endorsement of the Day

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Betty White got a nice little tribute from President Obama for her 90th birthday, so it's no surprise that she's publicly endorsing him, though it's hard to think that America's Sweetheart (other than Justin Bieber) would give her vote to a guy whose name is the same as a baseball glove. Hopefully, this isn't just some well-orchestrated joke for her prank show.


Presidential Plans of the Day

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On his weekly address today, President Obama outlined some of his plans with a continued effort in Afghanistan, as well as how to bring the U.S. debt down to soften the currently economic climate. To wit:

Because of their bravery and dedication, the tide of war has turned in Afghanistan. The goal that I set - to defeat al Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild - is within reach.

When addressing domestic plans, Obama said:

I've called on Congress to take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the other half to rebuild America.

With summer on the horizon, the president's reelection bid will go into hyperdrive, with a rally today and stops in Seattle and Los Angeles.


President Stand Up of the Day

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The real genius behind the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is the fact that it has been President Obama's chance at doing a somewhat well-written, if not slightly rough, open mic stand up routine. Like in past years, Obama doesn't really pull any punches and makes a nice reference to Hilary Clinton's celebrity meme status.


Irresponsible Response of the Day

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Asked at a press conference today in Louisiana about the persistent belief among many Americans that President Obama is a Muslim, Newt Gingrich said he personally takes the commander-in-chief "at his word" concerning his Christianity, but understands why some do not.

"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?" Gingrich told reporters. "You have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not cause they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you."

According to Politico, those "things" included the president's "excessive sensitivity" toward non-Judeo-Christian faiths. Gingrich has also accused the Obama administration of "anti-religious bigotry" and slammed the president for "apologizing" to Muslims.

"The fact is I take him at his word," Gingrich is quoted as saying, "but I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country. I just think it's a very strange value system."

Maggie Haberman notes that, in a radio interview yesterday, Gingrich admonished the media for "going easy on coverage of Obama's 'Muslim friends'."

[politico / photo: tpm.]

In Case You Missed It of the Day

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In Case You Missed It of the Day: President Obama roasts Donald Trump and burns the birther movement at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Below: Host Seth Meyers does more of the same.