Showing posts with label First Lady. Show all posts
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February 9, 2017

Kellyanne Conway Plugs Ivanka’s Business Regardless of Ethics



 Kellyanne Conway says she buys her outfits from I.Trump

I know what you are thinking but still one should know when one is driving without brakes on Ethics.


The Trump administration faced continued criticism over possible ethics violations Thursday after a White House official promoted Ivanka Trump's clothing line in a television interview. 
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff," Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy. 
Ivanka Trump has a "wonderful line," Conway added. "I own some of it. I fully, I'm gonna just going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today everybody. You can find it online." 
 Critics accused Conway of breaking federal ethics rules. 
They included Public Citizen, a watchdog group that said it was going to file a formal complaint with the Office of Government Ethics. 
The group's president, Robert Weissman, said Conway's remarks could not be misinterpreted as anything but a violation. 
"Since she said it was an advertisement, that both eliminates any question about whether outsiders are unfairly reading into what's being said, and two, it makes clear that wasn't an inadvertent remark," Weissman said. 
Weissman said Conway's remark was "yet more evidence" that Trump's earlier assertion that he'd separate his family's business interests from White House activities "was untrue." 
Chris Lu, a former Obama White House aide and deputy labor secretary, tweeted a section of federal ethics regulations that he said Conway had broken. 
The regulations say: "An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives."  Conway was responding to the outcry over Trump's criticism of Nordstrom for dropping his daughter's line. In a tweet on Wednesday, the president accused the retailer of treating his daughter "unfairly."  A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump has told NBC News that the brand had been selling well and that the move was in response to pressure from advocacy groups. Nordstrom has denied that. 
Nordstrom stock ticked up a bit on Wednesday and Thursday. 
Norm Eisen, former special counsel on ethics for Obama, told MSNBC that Trump's tweet was an abuse of power. 
"He's putting the bully in the bully pulpit to attack this company on dubious factual assertions in order to promote his daughter," Eisen said. 
Eisen pointed out that it remains unclear if the president has any financial stake in his daughter's business, and that there are a number of questions about his links to other parts of his family's empire. 
"Literally everything he does has this miasma of conflict around it," Eisen said. 
 Eisen also said Trump's tweet gave Nordstrom grounds to sue. 
"This is unfair business practices," he said. "There's a serious legal question. There are statutes across the country, including a very tough one in California." 
But lawyer Maxwell Blecher, who specializes in unfair competition and antitrust cases, said Nordstrom did not have basis to sue under the California law
"It's an expression of opinion," Blecher said. "It is not defamatory and it is not an unfair business act." 



Image: Ivanka Trump listens at the beginning of a policy and strategy forum with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 3, 2017.



Ivanka Trump listens at the beginning of a policy and strategy forum
 with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 3, 2017. 
Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

Then came Conway's Thursday morning plug on Fox. 
Eisen returned to MSNBC to echo Lu's accusation of an ethical breach. 
"It is not allowed for a government employee to use your public office for private gain," he said. "And by doing this ad, I have never seen anything like it. It's a violation of the rule. Pure and simple.”

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February 7, 2017

Melania Trump Explains Why She Would Want to be First lady$$$$





 published on Salon what we suspected about the first couple and the reason a man and a woman intense in making a profit on everything they do wether is a photo shoot to drying out a casino of cash. Why would they be interested in living in the White House? As nice and historic as the white house is, it does not compare to the luxury on Trump Plaza and history is never been something that appealed to The Donald. The answer is cash but in light to Melania’s lawsuit in which she explains to the court on her own words(and her lawyers) that she lost the opportunity to make more money as first lady once people thought she was an escort before. We can deduct anything we want from a actions but when the subject tells why, then there should be no remaining doubts.

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First Lady Melania Trump seems to have unintentionally tipped her hand on how she plans on using her tenure as First Lady — namely, to cash in.


The lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan against Mail Media, owner of the British tabloid the Daily Mail, made references to the “multimillion dollar business relationships” that Melania Trump lost due to an article which incorrectly claimed she had worked for an escort service. The lawsuit’s argument? That as First Lady she would be “one of the most photographed women in the world” and thus possessed a “unique, once in a lifetime opportunity” to “launch a broad-based commercial brand.”
According to Richard W. Painter, who served as White House ethics counsel under President George W. Bush, Trump’s lawsuit revealed a troubling attitude toward her public role.

“There has never been a first lady of the United States who insinuated that she intended to make a lot of money because of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity of being first lady,” Painter told The Washington Post. Although Melania Trump’s legal team is not wrong in pointing out that the Daily Mail’s article was baseless, Mail Media claims that it wasn’t defamatory because it “discussed allegations that had been disseminated about the then-potential first lady, and the impact even false rumors could have on the presidential race.”

President Trump has been beset by allegations of conflicts of interest since before even taking office. These include his refusal to divest himself from his real estate empire, his potential violation of the emoluments clause by accepting money from foreign governments at businesses like the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, and increasing the initiation fee at his Mar-a-Lago resort after becoming president.


Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

January 24, 2017

Melania is Only Allowed Her Son The Spot Light Goes to Trump



Sometimes you see a posting and you say gosh I feel just like that, wish it could have been me the person that wrote it. I feel like that many times and in fairness to the writer I post it here just the way it was written and give credit to the author and the media that published it. 

This particular posting made me feel just like that except I’m not into writing stories that are too sentimental. Contrary to the success Melania Trump has had in marrying a tycoon, I don’t  feel sorry for her nor do I have contempt either. In my book, that is the bed she made for herself and let her lie on it or underneath it as long as she wishes and it has nothing to do with me nor do I think it ever will (explanation on next paragraph).

 I have plenty of opinions about her husband who I consider a dishonest, bullying, narcissist and I actually feel sorry for the man because he has been given many opportunities to change people’s lives for the better but he has taken those opportunities as another chance to make more for himself so he can be number one. No narcissist would like to be number two on anything. I also feel sorry because at his age he should have learnt already this is a short journey(life) and besides, we know we are either going to get sick, or sick and dying or just don’t get to see the next sunrise. Maybe once he should ask himself why He’s been given so much and how come he has given so little. 

Now as a President he could do so much good but he wont. He can’t change what he has been all his life, a Trump supporter and none else.  His wife I see as a bystander on the union instead of being what other first ladies have been because she is married to a guy that wont let her get any of the spot light. A narcissist is not good sharing and he certainly doesn’t. He can give but he can’t share. 
The only thing she allow to do is be with her son. That is her only initiative, job, etc. 

The posting by Stassa Edwards on Jezebel  puts out a message that should be read.

Here it is:
A few hours after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a photograph circulated of Melania Trump sitting next to husband at a luncheon, eyes down and face unsmiling. The photograph went viral, often accompanied on social media with the expression, “I feel sorry for Melania Trump.”
It was just one of many pieces of evidence that Melania Trump deserves sympathy; that she is unhappy, that her husband treats her poorly or, more hopefully, that she hates her husband. In addition to the photograph, other evidence was offered: a video of the couple dancing at the inaugural ball and a side-by-side comparison of former President Obama accompanying Michelle during the 2009 White House transition. Obama is thoughtful, he waits for Michelle before he walks up the steps of their new home to greet then-President George W. Bush. In contrast, Donald Trump greets the Obamas without his wife and she hurries to make her way up the stairs alone, accompanied into the house by the Obamas who are more considerate—more respectful—than her own husband. The images, particularly the comparison to President Obama, reinforce a narrative that is easy enough to believe (likely because it’s true): that Obama is a better man than Trump and thus treats women accordingly. The Obamas, in turn, express their sympathy for Melania, a poor woman married to a tyrant, by showing their graciousness, a hallmark of the Obama White House, actions that speak volumes about their humanity and morality. Here, Melania is a victim of her husband’s brutishness; she is passive and silent, has no political opinions but instead is a sort of tabula rasa for America’s women, on which her treatment is proof of President Trump’s innate misogyny. President Trump’s casual misuse of his wife is a domestic tragedy with national implications. But that narrative only works if, in fact, you believe that Melania is a blank slate or, at least, a woman simply acted on rather than a woman actively collaborating with her husband’s ideologies. 
If the past is any indication, Melania is no passive victim. Recently a 2011 interview with Melania on the Joy Behar Show went viral on Twitter. In the interview, Melania defends her husband’s adamant commitment to the birther conspiracy born of the Tea Party—his belief that President Obama is not an American citizen, that he was born in Kenya and that his Hawaii-issued birth certificate was, in fact, a forgery. “Do you want to see President Obama’s birth certificate or not?” Melania asks Behar. “I’ve seen it,” Behar responds. “It’s not a birth certificate,” Melania says as she shakes her head. Here, Melania recites her husband’s conspiratorial and fictitious claims, ones Donald Trump repeated for five years until, in September 2016, he “conceded” that they were untrue. Melania has never indicated whether or not she agrees with that concession. 
But Melania has always been willing to defend her husband and to employ tactics that typify the Trump approach to the world. After journalist Julia Ioffe published a profile of Melania in GQ, Melania denounced the piece, calling it “yet another example of the dishonest media and their disingenuous reporting.” When Ioffe received a barrage of anti-Semitic messages and threats, Melania said, that Ioffe “provoked them.” Later, Melania almost trollishly announced that, as First Lady, she would launch a campaign to prevent bullying on the internet, denouncing social media’s “mean and rough” culture.
Social media aside, she’s proven that she’s a willing scribe of the Trump hagiography. In October, Melania sat down with CNN to defend her husband after a leaked tape caught her husband bragging about sexually assaulting women. She called his language “boy talk” and blamed the tape’s release on the conspiratorial “left-wing media.” When asked about the sizable number of women who have accused her husband of sexual assault, she demonstrated that she was no listless vessel, but in full possession of autonomy: “I know he respects women but he is defending himself because they are all lies,” she told CNN.
Like Ivanka Trump, whose brand and subsequent media narratives have worked to distance her from her father’s repugnant ideologies from racist birtherism to sexual assault, Melania is no innocent. She’s willing to vocally defend her husband—not only to stand next to him for the sake of political spectacle or personal gain, but to do the obligatory media tours and, like her step-daughter, insist that he respects women.
Melania Trump is hardly a stand-in for American women, she is neither a victim nor is she lacking agency. Rather she’s an active participant working to construct Donald Trump’s narrative, readily available to put a gauzy domestic veil on his racism and misogyny. Melania Trump doesn’t deserve your sympathy.
Stassa Edwards

December 13, 2016

Bigot Who Called First Lady “Ape”Ok to Come Back to Work in Non Profit




The head of a West Virginia nonprofit whose racist social media post about first lady Michelle Obama drew demands that she be fired is expected to return to work next week. 
Pamela Taylor, the director of the nonprofit Clay County Development Corp., was suspended after her Facebook post last month was screenshotted and went viral: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House," she wrote. "I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels." 
 FROM NOV. 15: Officials Feel Heat For Obama 'Ape in Heels' Remark 1:50
The controversial message also ensnared Clay County's mayor, Beverly Whaling, when she replied, "Just made my day Pam" — a comment that led her to resign. 
But Taylor is set to return on Dec. 23, according to a letter from the agency's acting director sent to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and obtained by the Charleston Gazette-Mail
The Clay County Development Corp. is the county's second-largest employer and provides services to seniors and low-income residents. While it receives funding from state and federal agencies, that money could be in jeopardy if the state determines there is any type of discrimination at the facility. 
Neither the agency nor Taylor could immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, and Taylor has not publicly commented about the post. 
 Hate Speech Is On the Rise Following U.S. Presidential Election 2:03
NBC affiliate WSAZ said workers were unaware that Taylor would be returning. 
In a previous statement to NBC News, West Virginia NAACP President Owens Brown condemned the post and said he was worried about a growing rise in hate speech following the election of Donald Trump as president. 
“This type of attitude cannot be tolerated in this racially charged atmosphere," Brown said.
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October 14, 2016

Michelle’s Speech: “These Allegations Have shaken Me to my Core”






First Lady Michelle Obama starred in a defining moment of the presidential race Thursday, delivering a stinging and emotional condemnation of Donald Trump’s behavior toward women that framed the election as no longer about ideology, but human decency.

Obama put aside her standard stump speech to express disgust and outrage with Trump’s lewd boasts about forcing himself on women, which multiple women accuse him of acting on. She said Trump’s behavior “has shaken me to my core.”

“I can’t believe I am saying that a candidate for president of the United States has actually bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama told the crowd. “I cannot stop thinking about this.” She spoke forcefully about the hurtful impact the GOP nominee’s talk has generally on American women, who still find themselves regularly subjected to humiliating and unwanted advances.

During the address, Obama distinguished herself as perhaps the most effective voice at this moment on Hillary Clinton’s deep bench of surrogates. The speech from the popular first lady underscored her mastery of the bully pulpit, even as she nears the end of two terms in an administration where she often avoided the rough and tumble of politics to focus her efforts on less controversial policy issues such as healthy eating. 

“This is not normal,” Obama said, without once naming Trump, as is her usual practice. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable."

In the New Hampshire address, Obama framed the election as a crucial moment for the history of women – not only because the first female nominee of a major party is on the ballot, but also because they can send a message that Trump’s attitudes and behavior toward woman are unacceptable in modern society.

"The men in my life do not talk about women like this,” Obama said. “Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women for themselves to feel powerful."

“This is not something we can sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election,” she said. “This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior. … We cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.

“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say, enough is enough. This has got to stop right now.”
 
The framing of Obama’s speech added to the political challenges Trump already faced. Clinton’s Twitter account was abuzz with quotes from it while Obama spoke, and Clinton herself mentioned the address during a brief exchange with volunteers in San Francisco that was opened to the news media.

"If you haven't seen it, I hope you will,” Clinton said. “She not only made a compelling and strong case about the stakes in the election, but about who we are as Americans.”

Trump, taking the stage at a rally in Florida moments after Obama finished her address, argued he is the victim.  

“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said, suggesting the Clinton campaign was involved in orchestrating the allegations. “The Clintons know it, and they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They're pure fiction, and they're outright lies.”
 
Trump then attacked his accusers. “These events never, ever happened and the people who said them meekly fully understand,” he said, vowing that he will publicly present “substantial evidence” that refutes the accusations. “You take a look at these people, you study these people, and you'll understand also.”

Trump appeared to allude to the looks of one of his accusers. “Take a look at her. Take a look at her words. You tell me what you think,” Trump said. “I don’t think so.”

Trump also lit into the media outlets that published the stories of his accusers.

But Trump’s attacking of several the women who say he groped or kissed them against their could prove a tough sell with voters. It risked amplifying Michelle Obama’s central point: that Trump is a candidate who belittles real concerns women have about sexual assault.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz argued that Trump faces a conundrum as the GOP nominee tries to dispute the portrait of him Michelle Obama is presenting on the campaign trail.

Lashing out at her, Schultz predicted, would only hurt Trump more.

“I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has,” Schultz said.
 

June 5, 2013

Mrs Obama Eyed The Heckler & Said "You Take the Mic and I Leave Do You Understand?"



The Best Defense is a good Offense in the Case of a Heckler without manners.


White House spokesman Jay Carney said Michelle Obama responded "brilliantly" to a heckler who interrupted her speech at private fundraiser 
Carney was asked if he talked to President Obama about the incident on Tuesday night, in which the first lady threatened to leave a Washington, D.C., event after a tense verbal exchange with a gay rights activist.

"I haven't asked the president that, but it's my personal opinion that she handled it brilliantly," Carney said.
The first lady was attending a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at a private home when she responded curtly to a protester identified as Ellen Sturtz, with the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL. 
 The first lady then threatened to leave, according to the White House press pool report. The report said Obama left the lecturn and approached Sturtz, saying people in attendance could "listen to me, or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”  
"One of the things that I don’t do well is this," Obama said in response to the heckling, according to an official White House transcript. "Do you understand?”

The first lady's threat to leave was not in the official White House transcript of her remarks, which only listed an "Inaudible audience interruption."
Sturtz was escorted out. She was protesting a proposed executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Watch video of Obama's encounter here:

February 21, 2013

Laura Bush Good Luck! but I want No Part of Your Gay Ad Campaign


Former First Lady Laura Bush wants herself removed from marriage equality ad campaign that debuted this week.
The ad, paid for by the TheRespect for MarriageCoalition, features the past words of such prominent Republicans as Bush, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell who have all spoken out in favor of marriage equality in the past.
Bush can be seen saying: 'When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.'
Bush made the remarks during a 2010 appearance on CNN's Larry King Live.
But earlier today (21 February) the former first lady's spokeswoman Anne MacDonald told theDallas Morning News that Bush 'did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way. When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it.'
The spot is the first in a series in a $1 million marriage equality ad campaign timed to coincide with marriage legislation pending in a number of US states, and with two landmark marriage cases set to be argued before the Supreme Court this spring.
The Respect for Marriage Coalition, comprised of 80 organizations supporting the freedom to marry, said in a statement: 'We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage. We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad. The ad launched a public education campaign that will now move to new and different voices that reflect the depth and breadth of our support.’
posted at Gay Star News

September 4, 2012

The Fist Lady, Michelle Obama

                               
Michelle Obama. what a First Lady, mom and wife. As a mother she reminds me of mine. As a wife, I wish I ever had  partner with so much love, support and admiration for me as she has for her husband. Her speech is been simple but so human and full of love. What a family!! Interestingly that she says she loves her husband now more than four years ago or ever before. She said that being president does not changes the person but it simply shows who the person really is.  This was a very human speech, making Obama very human instead of the monster that the GOP as made him to be.
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March 12, 2012

The First Lady Will Appear at The Letterman Show


Michelle ObamaWASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is returning to the late-night stage.
The first lady will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on March 19. Mrs. Obama will discuss her Joining Forces initiative, which supports military families, and her plans for the program’s one-year anniversary.
CBS, which airs Letterman’s show, says this will be Mrs. Obama’s first appearance on the program. But she has made other stops on the late-night talk show circuit to promote her initiatives and stump for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Her recent appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” program. Both shows are on NBC.

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