February 13, 2013
Food Stamp Rolls in America Now Surpass the Population of Spain
(CNSNews.com) – Since taking office in 2009, food stamp rolls under President Barack Obama have risen to more than 47 million people in America, exceeding the population of Spain.
“Now is the time to act boldly and wisely – to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity,” said Obama during his first joint session address to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009.
Since then, the number of participants enrolled in food stamps, known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), has risen substantially.
In fact, between January 2009 and November 2012 the food stamp program added approximately an average 11,269 recipients per day.
When Obama entered office in January 2009 there were 31,939,110 Americans receiving food stamps. As of November 2012—the most recent data available—there were 47,692,896 Americans enrolled, an increase of 49.3 percent.
According to the 2011 census, Spain had a population of 46,815,916. So there are now more food stamp recipients in the U.S. than the total population of Spain.
February 5, 2013
Not even the Secret Service could keep the fly away from Barack Obama’s furrowed brow.
The buzzing insect stole the show as the President announced two new members of his second administration, cutting wild loops around the leader of the free world before landing squarely on his forehead.
The official White House transcript simply reads: “This guy is bothering me here – (swatting at a fly.)”
Meanwhile, the pool report which describes the President’s movements throughout the day noted that “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly”.
It wasn’t the first time Mr Obama has shared camera time with a fly. In June 2009, the newly-elected president dealt some tough justice to one which interrupted an interview.
And during a 2010 announcement on healthcare reform, Mr Obama cut off an emotional story about an American struggling without health insurance as a fly zipped around him.
In that instance, the fly did manage to land briefly on his face, providing an unsightly addition to the mole on the left side of his nose.
His skill has improved dramatically since his time as a candidate, when he halted a local news interview because of a swarm gathering around him.