A Petty Barack Obama Refuses to Participate in Unveiling of Official White House Portrait

The unveiling of presidents’ official White House portraits by their successor has been a long-held tradition—until now. Barack Obama is refusing to participate in the ceremony for the unveiling of his portrait, NBC News has learned.

“Republican presidents have done it for Democratic presidents, and vice versa,” noted NBC News. “Even when one of them ascended to the White House by defeating or sharply criticizing the other.”

True enough—Barack Obama hosted the ceremony of the unveiling of George W. Bush’s official White House portrait, despite Obama ascending to the office by being a harsh critic of the 43rd president. George W. Bush similarly hosted the ceremony of Clinton’s portrait unveiling. Bush had been a critic of Clinton’s during the 2000 campaign, promising to restore honor and dignity to the office, sullied by Clinton’s sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky. Bill Clinton hosted the ceremony for George H.W. Bush, whom he’d defeated in the 1992 election.

Obama has also broken the custom of refusing to criticize his successor publicly. His pride, however, is too big for him to participate in the ceremony during Trump’s tenure in the White House—a continuation of the rank partisanship espoused by Obama during his presidency.

Barack Obama has “no interest in participating in the post-presidency rite of passage” as Trump is in office, according to people familiar with the matter.

Obama’s involvement in the spying on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has recently come under intense scrutiny after it was revealed that he was personally aware of wiretaps of General Mike Flynn’s phone conversations. The Obama administration also initiated an investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion despite not having any empirical evidence that any collusion existed.

President Trump has been harshly critical of Obama, most recently calling for him to testify about his involvement is Spygate. On Monday, Trump called Obama “one of the worst Presidents in the history of our country,” an assessment that fact-checks as true.



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Exclusive NRSC Shatters April Fundraising Record with 122M Haul

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) posted a huge fundraising haul in April, nearly doubling the previous record. The GOP’s Senate arm brought in $12.2 million in the month of April alone; this figure brings the committee’s total fundraising this year to $41.8 million, and leaves the NRSC with $37.8 million in cash-on-hand. This haul represents the NRSC’s best April fundraising month to date; the previous record was $6 million, set in April of 2014.

To give context to this fundraising haul, the NRSC also outraised both House fundraising committees, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC); the House committees raised $11.4 and $11.3 million in April, respectively. 

Led by Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), the NRSC hopes to keep Leader McConnell’s Senate majority in November, with competitive seats in Arizona, Maine, North Carolina and Colorado to defend. Democrats need to flip three or four Senate seats, depending upon which party controls the White House; Republicans can also flip the vulnerable seats of Democratic Sens. Doug Jones (AL) and Gary Peters (MI). 

The NRSC has outraised its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), consistently during this cycle while bringing in no debt. The GOP's Senate arm managed to break fundraising records during the partisan impeachment trial for President Trump, and now during COVID-19.

“These are incredibly challenging times for everyone, but our team at the NRSC hasn’t allowed it to deter our efforts to make sure Republican senators have the necessary resources to compete in important elections this fall,” NRSC communications director Jesse Hunt told Townhall.

Record-breaking fundraising, coupled with a message that resonates with the American people, positions the NRSC to successfully defend the GOP Senate majority in November.



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Cmon man Biden rips Trump for taking unproven drug

Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking publicly for the first time about President Trump’s controversial announcement Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection reacted, as many Americans did, with bafflement.

"It's like saying maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may cure you,” Biden said at a Yahoo News town hall on COVID-19 and food insecurity, where he was joined by celebrity chef and anti-hunger activist Jose Andres. “C'mon, man! What is he doing? What in God's name is he doing?”

Slideshow preview image  At the White House on Monday, Trump surprised reporters by announcing that he was taking the drug despite the absence of proof that it is useful in treating or preventing infection with coronvirus.

“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yeah,” Trump said. “Couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. Because I think it’s good, I hear a lot of good stories. And if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right. I’m not going to get hurt by it.”

Hydroxychloroquine, taken together with the antibiotic azithromycin, appeared to show promise in a limited, non-peer-reviewed study conducted in France on patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The regimen has been regularly promoted on Fox News and Trump himself spoke about it as a “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus, But subsequent trials showed that the drug offered no benefits to patients, and posed potentially serious health risks.

Biden painted the decision to take the drug, which the FDA has approved to treat lupus and as a prophylactic for malaria, but can be prescribed “off-label” for COVID-19, as irresponsible.

“The words of a president matter,” Bide

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Livid Trump says he’s done with Fox News ‘Looking for a new outlet’

Fox News' Neil Cavuto shocked by Trump hydroxychloroquine ...

President Donald Trump says he’s had it with Fox News after host Neil Cavuto criticized him for taking the drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent becoming infected with the coronavirus. 

The anti-malaria drug has not been approved for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but it has become a favorite talking-point in conservative media. 

Trump on Monday claimed he has been taking it after at least two people in the White House were diagnosed with the coronavirus infection. 

But Cavuto warned viewers not to emulate the president. 

“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus ... it will kill you,” Cavuto said. “I cannot stress this enough: This will kill you.”

While many Fox News hosts routinely lavish praise on the president ― and host Laura Ingraham has been one of the biggest media proponents of taking hydroxychloroquine ― the comments from Cavuto set Trump off.

He claimed on Twitter that he was ready to change the channel:

Trump’s comments also included praise for Roger Ailes, the late Fox News CEO who left the network after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

Despite that history, Ailes served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Trump’s anger at the network drew a sharp response from his critics:

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