Weekly Political Roundup: Obama Didn’t Get Support From His Boys

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

Obama wants to trade in the East, and the Republicans were like “yeah!” but the Democrats were like “nahh”

You would never think that there would be more Republicans supporting an Obama-backed legislation than Democrats. But in a rare turn of events, that’s exactly what happened this week when House Democrats would not support legislation that the President wanted to pass to allow for better trade deals with Pacific Ocean countries – basically giving him ‘fast track’ access to trade in the East. It means that he would be able to expedite deals.

This matters to President Obama because of the amount of effort and capital he’s put into the agreement, and because it was one of the major points he wanted to tackle while he was president.

Despite all of that, he lost, and it shows how the Democrats did not put their trust in Obama before this bill was up for a vote. He [Obama] also made an appearance at the congressional baseball game in an attempt to save the deal and get some last minute supporters. However, it still wasn’t enough.

When it came down to it, many Democrats and unions (even though they didn’t vote) said no.

This could also potentially be in the news in coming weeks as it is more than likely that a compromise will be made since Obama will likely refuse taking no for an answer.


Hillary Clinton starts kissing hands and shaking babies 

Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign yesterday in New York City.

** Interesting note: it was held on Roosevelt Island, which is named after a former president and famous first lady.

Hillary is going to try to accomplish a lot of firsts: first female president, first husband and wife duo to become president, etc.

Why does Hillary want to run for president? Well, in yesterday’s speech, according to CNN, she previewed several issues that she will address in regards to her policy stance a little later in the summer. However, she focused on who she is and what her vision is.

According to several sources, a popular line in her campaign will be “It is your time.” As she kicks off her campaign, everyone should remember that this is her second time attempting to run for president. She needs to address what went wrong the first time, how things have changed since 2008, and what she is going to do differently to ensure a strong America.


The Bush family is tryna get a Dynasty going

It is expected that Jeb Bush will announce his presidential candidacy for the Republicans very soon (originally reported for June 15th, aka tomorrow). Advisors to Bush are saying that patience is needed in times like these. According to CNN, a Bush advisor and friend was quoted saying, “It doesn’t happen in a day.”

The Bush family basically has a chance of creating a dynasty – the Bush trifecta. George H.W. (dubya) was president for one term from 1989-1993. 8 years later, George became president, NOT by popular vote, for two terms from 2001-2009. Will Jeb Bush take the presidential seat 8 years later in January 2017? Impossible to know this early, but it is expected that he will run a steady race when he does enter.

As more information comes out about his political strategy and campaign platform, it’s important for us, as voters, and him, as a politician, to separate himself from his family. The Bush name may get him some votes, but the American people want to see what he will bring to the table on his own and why he would make be a solid candidate as the Republican nominee.