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Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Fighting Mad!
Speaking in Ohio today, President Obama gave his most extensive comments about the election fiasco in Massachusetts. Acknowledging he’s “taken some lumps” recently, Obama vowed to “never stop fighting.” Sean noticed Obama seemed incensed and irritated. “You hear the anger? He sounds ticked off,” said Sean. “Do you not hear the defiance, the arrogance?” In a speech in Elyria, Ohio, Obama hit upon the same stale talking points about his health care bill. Obama’s persistence in pushing his health care reform bill has taken a severe toll on his popularity. In fact, according to Public Policy Polling, for the first time ever in the 2012 election poll Barack Obama trails one of the match ups, Mike Huckabee, by a single point. With Democrats continuing to fall out of favor with the American public, it will be interesting to see what form “Obama Care” morphs into next.

Bloomberg News: Obama Seen As Anti-Business
U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a new Bloomberg survey. The quarterly poll of investors found that 77 percent of U.S. respondents believe Obama is too anti-capitalism and four out of five are only "somewhat confident" or "not confident" in his ability to handle a financial emergency. Additionally, the stock market extended its losing streak for a third day Friday, dropping the Dow into negative territory for the year. It seems as thought President Obama's proposed new restrictions on the financial industry continue to ripple through the market.

New York Jets Placekicker Jay Feely
Jay Feely, place-kicker for the NY Jets spoke to Sean on the NewsMaker hotline before his big game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Feely told Sean that he thrives on the pressure of the game. Focusing on fundamentals is critical in his position as place-kicker, Feely explained. Missing a kick or going through adversity is difficult on anyone's ego, but the Jet kicker believes those struggles have made him a stronger person. “The fear of failure is what makes you perform in those critical moments,” Feely remarked. “I feel there are a lot of politicians that could learn a lot from that lesson. They fear failure, they fear they’re going to lose their jobs and not get reelected. So instead they don’t make the decision they know they should make,” he concluded. Sounds like once Feely’s done winning games for Gang Green he may have a future in politics!

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Jay Feely

Thomas "Jay" Feely (born May 23, 1976 in New Prague, Minnesota) is an American football placekicker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the Florida Bobcats, of the Arena Football League, as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He played college football at Michigan. Feely has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Storm, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team with the Falcons in 2001 and was a Pro Bowl alternate with the Giants in 2005.