The Obama Presidency

Note:  You might want to start at the Barack Obama Index Page, especially if you arrived here by using a search engine.

During the seemingly endless 'transition" period between election day and Obama's inauguration, I composed another page called, What can we expect from the Obama administration?

This page, on the other hand, is for commentary about the Obama presidency as it unfolds on and after January 20, 2009.

On this page:

Commentary on the inauguration itself

        An inauguration is not an emergency

        Reaction to Obama's inaugural address

All this adulation is a bit much

        President for life?

Obama shows great potential — as a Marxist dictator!

        Homeland Security vs. the Right Wingers

        Using public schools as indoctrination centers

        Obama's stealthy moves toward gun control

        Apparently Obama hates America.

        He's no friend of Israel, either.

Disillusionment sets in:  the wheels are already coming off.

Obama and his team are incompetent.

        Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment

Obama is helpless without a teleprompter.

This is "hope"?

This is "change"?

Obama's narcissism

Smoke and mirrors

        Lies

              Lies about "stimulus" money

              Dishonesty and prevarication related to Obamacare

        General disingenuousness

        Flip-flops and broken promises

        Bait and switch

        The Obama team manipulates the news media

        Outright hypocrisy

The media favoritism continues

Tampering with the Census

President Obama is the stock market's worst nightmare

Massive spending and the fast track to socialism

Obamacare:  Mandatory socialized medicine.

Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment

        Obama demeans and degrades the Marine Corps

        Obama degrades the office of the President

        Obama accepts the Nobel Prize

        Obama puts the Nobel Prize money in his pocket

        Here a czar, there a czar, everywhere a czar czar.

        Obama spends our money on himself

        Obama's multi-million-dollar Indian junket

        The New York City Flyover

        Weakening America's defenses

        Civilian trials and incarceration for terrorists

        Obama and the Muslims

        Obama and Abortion

        Obama vs the Catholic Church

        Gun control

        Rabid environmentalism

        Socialized medicine

        A rapidly expanding welfare state

        Nationalizing the banks

        Nationalizing General Motors and Chrysler

        Dealergate

        Cash for Clunkers

        A Congressman for the District of Columbia

Obama's Culture of Corruption

The So-Called Stimulus Bill

Obama the gas-guzzling limousine liberal

Overviews of Obama's first year as president

The Clamor for Obama's Impeachment


Related topics:

Who's really happy about Obama's presidency?

Obama's cabinet, staff and other associates.

Notre Dame sells out.




Commentary on the inauguration itself

President Looter.  Obama has been on a depraved personal spending spree throughout the presidency, but never a critical word is uttered by his big media propaganda arm.  The worse the economy has gotten, the more obscene Obama and Michelle's spending has gotten.  Where is the outcry?  I, for one, as an overtaxed American, am sick of it.  It kicked off as early as his inauguration.  Obama spent an obscene 150 million dollars on his inauguration.  The media rejoiced in his decadence.  Bush, OTOH, was raked over the coals for spending a fraction of what Obama spent on his inauguration.

Obama 'Whistle Stop' train ride:  The whistle stop tour ... is meant to consciously evoke images of the Lincoln inaugural. ... The entire inaugural has been one long ad campaign to try and get people to believe that the new president is some kind of Abraham Lincoln character.

The Editor says...
Obama's triumphal entry on the train also served as a publicity stunt for Amtrak.

Classless to the last.  Obama's intent to remake American politics got a jolt of reality yesterday [1/20/2009] when thousands of his supporters booed and mocked George Bush as he stepped on to the platform ... The louts were disrespecting Obama as much as Bush, of course.  On such a solemn, civic occasion where a new president was promising a new era of bi-partisanship, the lefty loons couldn't grasp the fact that their despicable actions were giving a lie to what their hero was saying a short time later on that same platform.

Bush Mocked As He Arrives on Inauguration Dais.  The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.  "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye," a section of the crowd chanted.  The crowd packed immediately below the podium received Bush in stony silence when he took his seat on the stage surrounding the podium where Barack Obama was scheduled to take the oath office to become the 44th president of the United States.

They're Poor Winners, Too.  If you aren't convinced of the left's nonpareil arrogance and nastiness from observing their behavior toward President Bush and Vice President Cheney for the past eight years, then contrast the behavior of Mr. Bush's staff leaving office and that of Mr. Clinton's, who literally trashed the White House like juvenile delinquents.  Fast-forwarding to this week, did you see Obama supporters booing President Bush at the inauguration, singing, "Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye"?  Pure class.

Inaugurations Gone Wild.  In 1801, Thomas Jefferson strolled on foot from his Washington, DC, boarding house to the Capitol, where he was sworn in as president and offered a rousing address to his "friends and fellow-citizens" before returning home in time for dinner.  As inaugurations go, it was simplicity itself — and the sort of ceremony of which future presidents could only dream.

Why Did UVa Cancel Classes Only This Time?  On Jan. 20, 2005, George Bush was sworn in as president of the United States.  On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama [was] sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.  The University of Virginia decided to suspend classes on only one of these important days.  Can you guess which one?

Sorry to be a party pooper, but I can't share this swooning Obama hysteria.  Has everyone lost their marbles?  The inauguration of President Obama is being treated like the Second Coming.  The coverage is so gushing we might all drown. ... There's no doubt that Obama is a highly charismatic and attractive personality.  But what's more than a wee bit troubling is that the swooning hysteria reflects the fact that people appear to believe that as of today the world will be saved.

This Emperor has no clothes, it will all end in tears.  The burnt child, contrary to conventional wisdom, does not fear the fire.  After the Blair experience there is no excuse for anybody in Britain falling for Obama.  Yet today, in this country, even some of those who remained sane during the emotional spasm of the Diana aberration are pumping the air for Princess Barack.  At a time of gross economic and geopolitical instability throughout the Western world, this is beyond irresponsibility.

Is This How the Post-Racial Obama Administration Begins?  [Scroll down]  However, it was another minister — Reverend Joseph Lowery — who used his benediction, to ask God for this:  "We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."  Is this how the post-racial Obama administration begins?  That someday the brown can stick around, the yellow can remain mellow, and the white will embrace what's right?  Even at the inauguration of a black president, we are being called racist.

Hating Whitey.  Prejudice is much like the wind:  Its direction changes, and the sheltered and well-situated may not sense it, but it's always blowing on some people somewhere.  Put literally, every age has its fashionable biases — and unfashionable people.  This was obvious during the presidential inauguration benediction, given by the Reverend Joseph Lowery.  While making a supplication to the Lord, he made the following anachronistic plea:  "... help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right [emphasis mine]."  Well, I wonder if the reverend has ever asked the Lord why He scourged the world with white people in the first place.

Gipper 1, Race-baiters 0.  After the cultural explosion in America that celebrated this week's presidential inauguration, could there be any doubt that this would have been the most-watched inaugural ceremony in history?  It wasn't.

The musical interlude was a sham.
The Fingers Were Live but the Music Wasn't.  It was not precisely lip-synching, but pretty close.  The somber, elegiac tones before President Obama's oath of office at the inauguration on Tuesday came from the instruments of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and two colleagues.  But what the millions on the Mall and watching on television heard was in fact a recording, made two days earlier by the quartet and matched tone for tone by the musicians playing along.

Obama quartet admits faking performance at inauguration.  It's not exactly Watergate but Barack Obama's inauguration was back in the dock today after it emerged that the quartet of classical musicians who ushered him on to the steps of the Capitol were faking it.

Obama's illegal alien aunt dances the night away.  One of the happy ladies dancing the inaugural night away at the Ohio ball was an illegal alien — President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) aunt. ... Despite ignoring a deportation order and illegally collecting welfare Ms. Onyango now has a lawyer fighting for her "rights."

Why Can't 'Eco-Conscious' Liberals Clean Up After Themselves?  For decades, a consistent media theme has been that liberals are far more concerned about the environment than conservatives.  If such is the case, why did the folks attending Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday treat our nation's capital like a toilet?

What Recession?  The $170 Million Inauguration.  The country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, which isn't stopping rich donors and the government from spending $170 million, or more, on the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Missteps in a Majestic Week:  I tuned in to Wednesday's National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral, a historic event that marks the end of the president's inauguration.  Sitting in the front pew after a day of ceremonies and a night of partying was our new president, flanked by his wife, Michelle, and by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.  But wait!  Also seated in the front pew was Hillary Clinton, who was still only Obama's secretary of state nominee.  How did she rate that, while the rest of Obama's team was seated among the 3,200 invited guests?

Inaugural Missteps And Miscalculations.  This much is clear:  The Capitol Police and other officials underestimated the turnout among ticket holders.  They turned down advance offers of help from volunteers and the National Guard, officials say.  And police failed to respond adequately when trouble arose.  As a result, thousands of people with precious tickets to the swearing-in didn't get anywhere near it in time for the historic moment.

Obama's first week:  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  The entire inaugural was a disaster area.  The program was marked by a poem that some consider to have been the worst in inaugural history.  A flat, strangely subdued (almost dirge-like) performance by some of the world's greatest musicians turned out to be taped.  A hugely inappropriate benediction was given by the Reverend Joseph Lowrey.  The huge crowd booed and mocked the outgoing president thus insulting not only Bush but Obama.  And, after a flubbed oath of office that forced him to take it over again, a strangely uninspiring and forgettable address by the President himself.

It Isn't Easy Being a Saint.  I suppose Barack Obama made the nation giddy when he proclaimed there were no red and blue states, just Americans.  He promised to unite us across political, racial, and religious lines. ... So we overlooked the racialist sermonizing from Michelle Obama, Barack's occasional promises for reparations in deed not mere word, and the odd things that a Joseph Lowery said on Inauguration Day that were acceptable for a Civil Rights veteran but would have sent a white professor, journalist, or politician into the Don Imus stocks for a week or two.

Purple Heart:  The inaugural-ticket victims who won't go quietly.  It was only a few hours after his swearing-in that the first great grassroots campaign of the Obama presidency commenced — only it turned out to be something slightly less exalted than originally predicted: getting justice for the Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom.

Obama inauguration crowds overwhelmed police, panel told.  Members of Congress scolded federal law enforcement officials Wednesday [3/25/2009] over why thousands of their constituents didn't get to see Barack Obama sworn in as president in January despite holding coveted tickets to the ceremony.

DC gets $43M in federal cash for inaugural costs.  D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the federal government has reimbursed the city for all costs related to President Barack Obama's inauguration, totaling nearly $43 million.  Fenty said Monday [6/8/2009] that the city was paid back for all costs related to the 240 inaugural-related events hosted by the city from Jan. 16 to Jan. 21.  He also released a report on the city's handling of the inauguration.

How Big Was the Crowd?  After the Million Man March in 1995, Congress restricted the National Park Service from even making estimates — a restriction that was maintained for 14 years and then quietly rescinded this January for the Obama inauguration.




An inauguration is not an emergency

The word "emergency" is not in the Constitution, partly because the founders of this country intentionally designed a system that reacts slowly to passing fads.  Over the last several decades, the Constitution has become more of a technicality than anything else, and the result is the massive and ill-advised spending we see every day.  If the Obama inauguration is going to be costly, let Mr. Obama pay for it from his own very deep pockets.

Inauguration declared 'emergency'.  President Bush on Tuesday declared the District a federal emergency area, clearing the way for the city to receive federal money to help cover the overwhelming cost of providing security for official inauguration events.  Officials said it was the first time the designation had ever been used for anything other than a national disaster, such as a hurricane or widespread flooding.

Obama's inauguration set to be the most expensive in US history.  President Barack Obama's inauguration next week is set to be the most expensive ever, predicted to reach over $150m (£102m).  This dwarfs the $42.3m spent on George Bush's inauguration in 2005 and the $33m spent on Bill Clinton's in 1993.  Part of the spending includes emergency funding announced by the White House on Tuesday [1/13/2009] to help with the soaring costs.  Most of this new federal funding will be to deal with the huge influx of people, estimated 1.5 million to 2 million.

Price Tag of Obama's Inauguration:  It is believed President-elect Obama's inauguration will be the costliest in history — around $50 million — despite the recession.  President Bush has declared a state of emergency to free up federal funds to help the district cope with the soaring cost of the event.




Reaction to Obama's inaugural address

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Obama's narcissism

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Smoke and mirrors:  An atmosphere of disingenuousness.

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The media favoritism continues

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Tampering with the Census

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Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment

One good example can be found here.

Intervention in Syria Is a Very Bad Idea.  Syria is turning out to be a sort of Spanish Civil War of our age, with Hezbollah and Iran playing the role of fascist Italy and Germany, and the Islamic nations and jihadists that of Stalin's Russia, as the moderates disappear and the messy conflict becomes a proxy war for greater powers, with worse to come.

The Bunker-Barry Mentality of Today's White House.  The White House is under siege, and has been so since the 2013 sequestration.  America's top tourist draw continues to be held under siege by a malcontent community organizer who claimed the presidency in 2008, and his chip-on-the-shoulder wife.  Under sequestration even school children cannot get into their White House.  You can no longer get into the White House unless you're a Hollywood star, a favored world leader, a union boss or activist, unless allowed entry at the express invitation of a covetous Barack and Michelle Obama.

Barack Obama treats Britain with sneering contempt.  The Obama presidency has treated Britain on numerous occasions with extraordinary contempt, from the removal of the Churchill bust and the "boot on the throat" of BP, to the appeasement of Moscow over the NEW START Treaty, and the disgraceful decision to side with Argentina's calls for a negotiated settlement over the Falklands.

Obama makes rare use of autopen to sign highway funding bill.  President Obama signed a two-week extension of highway funding Friday [11/20/2015] using a so-called autopen, controversial technology that reproduces the president's signature.  The White House said Obama, who is in Malaysia, authorized his signature to be placed on the measure "given the need for this extension and given the fact that the president is on the other side of the Pacific Ocean."

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen.  Yesterday [8/28/2012], Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa.  Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son's death.  It's a form letter.  It was signed by an electric pen.  That's not all.  Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash.  Their letters were all the same.

White House Disputes Charge President Uses "Auto-pen" for Letters to Lost Soldiers' Grieving Families.  The White House today [8/30/2012] disputed the suggestion that the president had used an auto-pen to sign condolence letters to the families of Navy SEALs killed in a Chinook crash in Afghanistan last year.

Form Letters For Navy SEALs, Personal Note For A Rapper.  The lack of respect our commander in chief has for our fallen heroes was shown by the sending of a form letter signed by auto-pen to the families of 17 Navy SEALs killed in a crash in Afghanistan. [...] The "Preezy of the United Steezy," as late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon refers to him, felt the death of rapper Heavy D last November warranted a personal letter rather than the form letter sent to the families of those who died in battle for their country.

Veterans group vows to get to the bottom of 'autopen-gate'.  A veterans group is vowing to get a handwriting expert to determine if the letters sent to parents of Navy SEALs killed in Afghanistan were signed by President Obama himself or an electronic autopen that can replicate his signature.  Karen and Billy Vaughn, whose son Aaron Vaughn was one of 17 SEALs and 13 other Americans killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6, 2011, raised the issue at a Tea Party rally in Tampa during the Republican National Convention.

Obama Will Have Made 7 Campaign Stops Before Visiting Where Hurricane Hit.  By the time Barack Obama visits the place in Louisiana where Hurricane Isaac hit on September 3, he will have made seven campaign stops and held eight campaign events since the storm first made landfall.  The storm, Hurricane Isaac, first made landfall on August 28, 2012, at about 6:45 p.m.  Since that time, here's what Obama has done...

Typhoid Barry.  He's just Barry, an orphan with no country, the perennial outsider.  A loner who prefers his own company or the anonymity of crowds.  In clinical terms, he may be a "secret schizoid" — outwardly engaged but, in actuality, uneasy around people.  Obama comforts himself with pleasures — parties, golf, vacations.  He's easily tempted by the allure of wealth and power.  Through his affiliation with the slumlord, Tony Rezko, he and Michelle acquired a mansion.  Where was Obama's righteous indignation when black tenants endured rat-infested, unheated apartments?  Where was Obama's towering passion when he cavalierly eliminated the D.C. school voucher program?  As for his father, if Obama is ablaze with Barack Sr.'s spirit, why did Junior skip the man's funeral, and why did he allow Dad's family to live in squalor?

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner.  Last week, an open letter came from public policy scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins, who gave it to Obama with the bark on.  Black unemployment last month hit 16.7 percent.  Among black teenagers, it is 45 percent.  Blacks, wrote Watkins, "bear the brunt of this economic crisis in ways that are unimaginable to other Americans.  Our homes are being foreclosed on more often, and we are less able to rely on a source of background wealth to help us get through."  Yet as this crisis deepens for black America, Obama and Sen. Harry Reid are pursuing an amnesty called the DREAM Act for 2 million illegal aliens, as a prelude to full amnesty for 12 to 20 million.  Yet, these illegals hold 8 million jobs that would otherwise be available to black Americans.

Obama Missing Historic Boy Scout Jamboree for Fundraisers, 'View' Taping.  President Obama will make history as the first sitting president on a daytime talk show when he visits with the ladies of "The View."  But he'll be missing out on another historic occasion — the Boy Scouts' Jamboree marking the group's 100th anniversary, right in the president's backyard.

Obama's Push for Copenhagen Deal Could Violate Constitution, Critics Say.  President Obama's mission to save the planet from global warming could end up trampling on the U.S. Constitution, critics say.  When Obama arrives in Copenhagen Friday, he is hoping to cut a deal on a new global-warming agreement.  Even though the conference is not likely to produce a legally binding deal, critics say if the president signs an international climate treaty pledging reductions in carbon emissions, he will violate the Constitution. ... The Constitution states that the president cannot sign treaties without the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.

Did someone mention Copenhagen?

Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama's Decisions 'Bad for America'.  A majority of Americans believe an increased government role in health care would lead to more government corruption, while a plurality of Americans think that scientific data supporting man-made global warming is "mostly falsified."  That is what a new poll by Survey USA reveals.  The poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been "bad for America," as opposed to 37 percent who think Obama's decisions have been "good for America."

Obama's Political Oil Fund.  The BP oil spill is already a calamity for the Gulf Coast ecosystem and economy, but now that Washington is looking to deflect all political blame it could also became a disaster for the rule of law.  Exhibit C, or perhaps it's now D, is the new White House demand that BP pay into an escrow account controlled by government to pay for the economic costs of the spill.  Exhibit A was the public announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that his Department had opened a criminal probe of the spill, a fact usually kept under wraps to protect the innocent.

It's the gushing geyser of Obama's animus that needs to be capped.  When an accident on an oil rig results in an environmental catastrophe, it surely takes a particular genius to turn the oil company involved into the victim.  Yet, remarkably, that is precisely what President Barack Obama appears to have achieved.

Has the President Lost His Bearings?  [Scroll down]  The affair?  Another in-poor-taste White House gala, which ought to, by now, be billed by the press as tawdry let-them-eat-cake displays of President Obama's royal-laden, out-of-touch disposition towards all things real-life.  The president's Hey Jude moment occurred on June 3, day 44 of the man-caused catastrophe in the Gulf. ... What was he thinking? This seems too mild a question for the enormity of the statement Barack Obama made about his own transparently disordered character.  Any president who fails to see the vulgar implications of partying hearty while millions of American citizens are seeing their already-imperiled livelihoods go completely kaput with every day of gushing crude has lost touch with reality.

Paying Off 'La Raza'.  If you were president of the United States, would you hire an alleged former spy for Fidel Castro to be ambassador to El Salvador, a country teetering on the brink of hard-core socialism?  President Obama just did.

President Obama's many shticks.  American presidents are best remembered for what happened to the nation while they were at the helm, and the important decisions they made.  One can only shudder at how history will one day judge the Obama years.  Will these years be the years that Iran and N. Korea develop nuclear weapons and use them?  Will these be the years of record unemployment, government run everything, and federal bankruptcy?  What about individual liberty?

Top Twenty Things Obama Doesn't Say:
[#1]  Not everything is a federal issue; some things are for the states to decide.
[#8]  I heard a great message Sunday morning at church.
[#10]  I didn't realize a communist was part of my administration.  It won't happen again.

Fall Of The Wall?  U.S. Sends Regrets.  The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland.

Obama's Berlin snub in focus.  The President of leisure has a pretty slow day Monday [11/9/2009], highlighting the point that no pressing business kept him from celebrating the fall of communism 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell.

Obama can't be bothered by Islamic terrorism.  In the wake of the terrorist strike on our soldiers at Fort Hood, one individual's still missing in action:  Our commander in chief.  The massacre's 51 casualties, including 13 dead, were insufficient to drag President Obama away from the White House Happy Hour.  We just saw the worst terror attack on America since 9/11.  And Obama couldn't adjust his schedule to support our grieving troops.

The Editor wonders...
He "can't be bothered" by terrorism, or he is not bothered by terrorism?

Skewed Priorities.  What are we to make of a White House visitors list that includes 22 swiftly scheduled appointments with a union boss at a time when Gen. Stanley McChrystal can't get face time with the commander in chief?

Why is Obama going to Copenhagen?  I think I speak not only for myself but for the 295 million Americans who don't live in the Chicago area when I say that President Obama has about as much business going to Copenhagen to push the city's Olympic bid as he does taking up the violin.

Obama's Olympic Spirit.  It would seem the Obama administration, which hasn't had time to hold conversations with senior military officials involved in such a critical national security issue as the war in Afghanistan, has been spending far more time assisting President Barack Obama's adopted hometown, Chicago, than the White House has previously divulged, using the President's and White House senior staff's presence at global policy meetings to lobby foreign ministers, diplomats and members of the International Olympic Committee.

The President as Pitchman:  It Isn't Pretty.  Politically, economically and historically it makes no sense for the president to travel to Denmark to sell Chicago to the Olympic committee.

Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes.  The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening — The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball.  The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration.  The event recognized recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award.

A Fast One On An Ally.  Should the U.S. scrap its special relationship with the U.K. to fulfill an ill-considered campaign vow?  That's the trade-off the Obama administration made by secretly foisting terrorists onto Bermuda.  It's wrong.

Obama White House Calls for Repealing Defense of Marriage Act.  President Barack H. Obama is poised to be the most pro-homosexual chief executive in history.  Unveiling his agenda Tuesday on the newly refurbished version of the White House Web site, Obama called for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as the extension of more than 1,000 federal marriage benefits and of adoption rights to homosexual couples.

The honeymoon ends promptly at noon.  So far [the Obama] administration looks more like a Clinton Restoration than anything anticipated by the embittered cult on the far fringes of the nutcake left.  That's better than some of us expected.  But Nancy Pelosi, the dowager queen of the San Francisco Democrats, and some of her congressional acolytes still dream of resurrecting Nuremberg and putting George W. and Dick Cheney in the dock, like Hermann Goering.

Obama lifts Bush's veil of secrecy.  Moving quickly to undo the Bush administration's regime of secrecy, President Obama on Wednesday repealed a 2001 executive order granting former presidents, and even vice presidents, the ability to keep documents secret long past the 12 years allowed by law.  It was one of Mr. Obama's first official acts, and was hailed as a rebuke of the past eight years.  In announcing the order, Mr. Obama said it will even tie his own hands.

Trial lawyers want a lawsuit czar.  One thing the Obama White House doesn't lack is czars.  So far, there are or soon will be an energy czar, an economy czar, a health care czar and an urban affairs czar.  There may yet be a White House car czar, and, if the class-action trial lawyers have their way — which they almost always do when the Democrats they bought and paid for are in power — there will soon be a lawsuit czar, too.

Lawsuit Czar Proposed.  The Moonbat Messiah will bring change, all right.  As it stands, America's economy has been crushed beneath a thousand tons of regulation and litigation.  With Obama, it will be crushed beneath a million tons of regulation and litigation.  The next nugget of hopey change:  enshrining an official lawsuit czar, who will preside over the looting of the productive by the verminous locust swarm known as trial lawyers.

Coming Soon:  Amnesty.  If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and thirteen other senators achieve what appears to be their goal — what amounts to amnesty is coming soon.  On January 6, the "Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009," S.9, was introduced as "among the legislative priorities for the new Congress."  But thus far, the content of this bill does not reflect what its bold, tough title implies.  Rather, using Vermont's Senator Patrick Leahy's introduction of S.9 as the barometer, the precise opposite will occur.  It is a bill which would weaken America's border with Mexico and legalize illegal aliens.

Dangers of high-speed governing:  "The days of Washington dragging its heels are over," said President Barack Obama the other day as he hastened to destroy the auto industry, eliminate jobs, render Americans less safe when they drive and gouge more dollars out of them.  When you are president, such things can be easy, a virtual snap of the fingers, simply a matter of issuing a couple of executive orders, one of which says the following in so many words:  The administration is going to go through some motions with EPA and then let California and other states set their own tailpipe emission standards even though they are much tougher than national standards.

Obama's lethal game of beggar-thy-neighbour:  when you are the newly elected US President and the money you are preparing to print runs into the trillions, the queue at the trough is bound to form pretty fast.  But the scale of the temptation is precisely what makes Congress's populist "Buy America" rider an irresponsible, innumerate, pernicious bit of political and economic folly.  If Mr Obama blocks this clause, he will anger the Left.  If he does not, retaliation is inevitable.  That will shut American workers out of "hundreds of billions of dollars of new business".  Caterpillar, to take just one example, is actively bidding for big infrastructure projects in China; it reckons that "Buy America" would kill its prospects there.

The Card Check "Compromise".  Using words like "bipartisanship" and "compromise" President Obama may attempt a clever move to get controversial legislation passed to increase Big Labor's control over the U.S. workforce.  It's no secret the Orwellian-titled Employee Free Choice Act is one of the Democrats' top priority legislative items to tackle after work on the economic stimulus bill is completed.

Obama:  Building a Monument to Tolerance on the Rubble of Religious Freedom.  No sooner had he finished speaking of his fellow Americans in his inaugural address as a people who "have chosen hope over fear [and] unity of purpose over conflict and discord" than his staff posted, on the White House Web site, a virtual declaration of war against those who oppose the demands for special rights and privileges by those who engage in homosexual behavior.

Prepare now for huge battles.  I predict ... 2nd Amendment rights will continue to be attacked and legal contortionists will continue trying to position those rights as collective, militia rights, not individual rights.  Beware!  It will be precious!  We will see, adjusting, manipulating, regulating, taxing ... ok, simply taking the gun rights of gun store owners and gun shows; attacking, then seizing certain types of guns, voting into law certain "safety" features which would have to be put on guns to have them in homes, thus rendering them useless for protection.

O Goes Unilateral.  President Obama spent his first week in office dismantling a number of Bush policies.  Demanding reports on a faster Iraq withdrawal or closing Gitmo amount to no more than political sleight of hand.  But Obama's actions on the Middle East may substantially alter US strategy.

Alinski's Rules:  Must Reading In Obama Era.  [Saul Alinsky] wanted a radical change of America's social and economic structure, and he planned to achieve that through creating public discontent and moral confusion.  Alinsky developed strategies to achieve power through mass organization, and organizing was his word for revolution.  He wanted to move the U.S. from capitalism to socialism, where the means of production would be owned by all the people (i.e., the government).  A believer in economic determinism, he viewed unemployment, disease, crime and bigotry as byproducts of capitalism.  "Change" was Alinsky's favorite word, used on page after page.

Informality Excess:  Obama Replacing 'Hail to the Chief'.  Veteran CBS Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that President Obama is relaxing more than the dress code at the presidential mansion.  Pomp is giving way to piano-bar pop ... To many Americans, this excessive informality suggests a real distaste for "official" or "patriotic" music, not to mention the Marine band that plays it.

Obama Handles First Natural Disaster from Afar.  President Barack Obama is handling the first natural disaster of his presidency from the White House — an ice storm that has claimed the lives of at least 59 people — and so far has not visited the affected region.

How Obama Stimulates Feminists.  Obama's other acts are even more troubling.  Our president appears to believe every lie that feminists utter.  Nine days after the inauguration he signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill as "a simple fix to ensure fundamental fairness for American workers."  His description of it was totally fallacious.  The bill makes a mockery out of the original statute of limitations and could result in employees suing over supposed discrimination emanating from supervisors who, in the case of Ledbetter, are long dead.  The law is a disgrace and allows women, via phantom evidence, to break companies.

Obama turns WH site into Gay Clearinghouse.  As thousands waited along the parade route, the official White House website became the Obama Gay Rights Channel.  Within an hour of his swearing-in, the following was posted on the official White House website, as Obama's immediate "civil rights" goals.  Protect cross-dressing and transgenderism in workplace (including schools) through federal law:  Pass "Employment non-discrimination Act" [EDNA] to prohibit "discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression".

Putting the mice in charge of the cheese:
Pornography Advocate at DOJ?  It's been a taxing two weeks for President Obama and his nominees.  And there's another nominee with bigger disqualifiers than unpaid taxes.  Imagine.  A veteran pornography defense attorney takes a top spot at the agency charged with enforcing the nation's child pornography and obscenity laws.

Obama's porn king at Justice.  Under President Obama, it was expected that porn pushers might find a sympathetic ear, given the smut industry's generous support of liberal politicians and causes.  But the fox is no longer circling the henhouse.  He's made it inside.

So far, it's been Obamateur Hour.  The hideous drooling blob of toxic pustules dignified as the "stimulus" bill is something the incoming Obama had months to prepare for and oodles of bipartisan goodwill and fawning press coverage to waft him along on.  Instead, he chose to outsource it to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank and the rest of the congressional pork barons.  So that, too, is not an "event" but merely, like his Cabinet picks, a matter of judgment and executive competence.

Get Ready for the Robert Reich Workfare State.  We're going to pay poor people to inflate our tires and tell us how to save energy.  Yes, really.

Obama plots huge railroad expansion.  Railroads made Chicago, and now a Chicago-rich White House wants to return the favor:  remaking rail with a huge new federal investment in high-speed passenger trains.  The $787.2 billion economic recovery bill — to be signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday — dedicates $8 billion to high-speed rail, most of which was added in the final closed-door bargaining at the instigation of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

The Editor's advice to Mr. Emanuel:
Passenger trains were really big back in the 1930s, along with newpapers and AM radio.  Today they are all archaic, un-economical and passé.  Obviously the only reason to invest in high speed rail is to give the rapidly expanding federal government something to do.  We can see right through you.

Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain.  A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.  The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.  But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said:  "Thanks, but no thanks."

King Barry's Big Adventure.  England has been our staunchest ally for over a century.  Our United States Constitution is based on the Magna Carta and English common law.  There is no other country with which we have a more profound shared history.  Enter King Barry, the Progressive Marxist avenger, attempting to equalize British Colonial misdeeds against his paternal African ancestors, by administrating a well-placed slap across the face of English royalty specifically, and the English people in general.  For the most powerful political figure on the global stage and supposed leader of the "free world", that's not exactly keeping the big picture in perspective.

Has Obama killed nuclear power?  It looks like Obama's budget intends to give up on implementing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.  (Congratulations, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV).  So, nuclear waste would continue to sit around nuclear power plants.  Which means nobody is going to build anymore nuclear power plants in the U.S. ever.

Second Liens Forgiven:  Are You Kidding Me?  Amid the dozens of pages of details of the Obama mortgage modification plan, one new element will likely not make it into the headlines because it's something of an afterthought.  It has to do with second liens, that is piggy back loans or home equity lines of credit. ... Why stop there?  What about car loans?  Student loans??  The second liens, in general, were used by borrowers to either buy more home than they could really afford or to use their homes as ATM machines.  Yes, some people use home equity lines of credit to pay college tuition.

Scrimpers and Savers Being Played for Suckers.  President Obama's mortgage "rescue" initia tive gets only four things wrong.  But those flaws are so major, they negate any good that the plan would do.  Here's what's wrong:  The plan requires homeowners who have scrimped and sacrificed to pay their mortgages to bail out their less responsible neighbors.

Citizen-Defendants of the World.  The global citizenship "burdens" the President has in mind are significant and numerous, judging by the nature of the various treaties he and his representatives are seeking to advance.  For instance, the Law of the Sea Treaty would severely constrain America's ability to protect its security and economic interests by establishing a new global bureaucracy to oversee territorial disputes, free passage, and exploitation of seabed resources.  The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would effectively cripple our nuclear deterrent capability by prohibiting any explosive nuclear testing.  And the yet-to-be-named post-Kyoto agreement on climate change would likely hinder our economic development through regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Report calls for new food safety oversight.  The food safety system 'is plagued with problems,' an advocacy group says.  It favors naming an FDA official to oversee the food supply and eventually creating a Food Safety Administration.

The Editor says...
This is a particularly bad idea, since there is already a Food and Drug Administration, and if the FDA is ineffective, expanding it won't help.

Obama Soaks the Rich:  Churches, Day Care, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens.  President Obama's glib assertion that his reduction in tax deductions will not reduce donations is absurd.  His pathetic defense at his press conference — that he would still give a $100 dollar check even if he got $11 less of tax deduction from it was both disingenuous and beside the point.  And his comment that his reduced deduction would only affect 1 percent or 2 percent of the nation misses the point that it is these folks who are doing almost half of the donating.

Unseen Enemy.  Besides sending more troops to Afghanistan, President Obama plans to send billions more in aid to Pakistan, despite evidence that our money is used to kill troops in Afghanistan.

Obama's Unholy War Against Christianity, Not Islam.  As Obama gears up to abolish the conscience rights of Christian pro-lifers at American hospitals, as he uses executive orders to force Christians to finance abortions at home and abroad, as he places Christian opponents of gay marriage in the moral category of racists, he tells Turkey that "America is not and never will be at war with Islam" and accepts the moderation of Muslims without question.

Obama Administration Wants to Be Your Conscience.  The "conscience clause" was put in place by President Bush in his final days in office.  According to LifeNews.com under this rule "workers in health-care settings — from doctors to janitors — can refuse to provide services, information or advice to patients on subjects such as contraception, family planning, blood transfusions and even vaccine counseling if they are morally against it."

White House Invites Gay Families to Easter Event.  The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian families as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.

All the News That's Fit to Ridicule.  It is my belief that by a huge margin independents and moderates go along with Obama's plan to eliminate charitable deductions from the tax code.  It isn't that these people are necessarily opposed to charities, they are merely opposed to individuals, particularly those of a religious bent, deciding for themselves which ones to support.  They prefer that the decisions be made by left-wing politicians.  So, while they would be happy to see hundreds of millions of dollars going to ACORN, abortion clinics, the National Endowment of the Arts, National Public Radio and AmeriCorps, they hate to see a dime go to churches, the Boy Scouts or the Salvation Army.

His invitation to indict Bush officials will haunt Obama's Presidency.
Presidential Poison.  Mark down the date.  Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended.  By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret.

Steady descent into third world.  No president before has sought to punish his predecessor for policy decisions, no matter how wrong or wrong-headed.  Lyndon B. Johnson's management of the Vietnam War was often ham-handed, as anyone who was there could tell you, and his policy makers sometimes verged on criminal incompetence.  But Richard Nixon was never tempted to send LBJ or any of those presidential acolytes to prison.

'Green' Obama wants us to pay.  For all Barack Obama's talk about rejecting new trade barriers, there is an increasing awareness around the world that the United States is planning to introduce climate-change legislation that amounts to little more than green protectionism.

100 Days, 100 Mistakes.  [For example]
 59.  Firing Rick Wagoner as president of GM.
 60. Threatening to fire Vikram Pandit as CEO of Citigroup.
 61. Threatening to fire anyone the administration doesn't like from any company.

Deserting Dissidents:  Obama's Dangerous Silence.  One of the world's most courageous women is locked away in a miserable rat-hole in Rangoon.  Her "crime"? Demanding freedom for her people. ... Voices from Congress to the European Union have demanded Suu Kyi's release.  And the Leader of the Free World?  Silence.

The Obama-Wanda Sykes Chilling Laugh Fest.  Last Saturday [5/9/2009], at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, she wished an American citizen to die because this citizen disagrees with the politics of the American president.  Wanda Sykes isn't of any interest to me.  The fact that the American president was five feet away from her and had to laugh about her joke was of interest.  A comedian wishes a citizen dead and the president laughs?

Criminally useful idiocy.  On Friday [6/12/2009], President Obama had this to say about the election in Iran:  "We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran.  Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways."  This was an extremely foolish comment for at least two reasons.

A most unusual Fourth of July.  While we, the American people, were celebrating the passage of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, 1776, our only nationally-elected leaders, the President and Vice-President, seem to have forgotten its meaning. ... With both the federal deficit and domestic unemployment rates soaring, the President of the United States was headed to Moscow where he was ready to announce billions of dollars of investments — in Russia.

Spread Freedom?  Not So Much.  In July of 2007, Obama said that he would order U.S. forces out of Iraq as quickly as possible, even if he knew it would lead to an Iraqi genocide.  This makes Obama the first president in modern memory to have suggested that causing a genocide would be in America's national interest.

'Male' and 'Female' won't suffice in a perverse world.
Health Care Bill Directs HHS Secretary to Develop 'Standards for Measuring Gender'.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's health care legislation will give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to develop "standards of measuring gender" — as opposed to using the traditional "male" and "female" categories — in a database of all who apply or participate in government-run or government-supported health care plans.

How Obama and Henry "Yo Mama" Gates Can Woo Back the "White Devils":  The generational wounds of discrimination will not heal with Obama calling one of our nation's best and brightest fair-skinned cops "stupid."  FYI to BHO:  That kind of talk, thoughtlessly slurring one of our finer whiteys' intelligence, will leave a negative mark on our Caucasian consciousness.  You can say we can't jump, or we can't dance, but you cannot call one of our tribe stupid when, in reality, the guy was just doing his job in an excellent manner while apprehending one of your belligerent, bigoted buddies...

Honoring an America-Hater.  The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.  Past recipients include John Wayne, Norman Rockwell and Vaclav Havel.  This year, one of the 16 recipients President Obama selected is former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.  Bad choice.

Obama 'Impervious to Empirical Evidence'.  Throughout the campaign and continuing into his presidency Obama has decried George W. Bush as an "ideologue," a man blinded by preexisting conceptions and inured to evidence which contradicted his worldview.  But it is the Obama team which in just seven months has perfected the art of denying or evading facts.  It doesn't matter if the subject is small or large.  It can be a domestic or foreign policy issue.  The modus operandi is the same:  don't give them the facts; they've made up their minds.

The Strange Case of the Obama Meltdown.  Who made the following decisions? [1] to propose a 1,000 page bill that no one had read, much less could explain?;  [2] to ram down the greatest change in the US economy in fifty years by the August recess?;  [3] to talk loosely of the "uninsured" without knowing why they were not insured, how much it would cost to insure them, or whether they currently in fact find some sort of care?;  [4] to reference Rahm Emanuel's doctor brother as a source of wisdom?  [5] to demonize the health-care industry as greedy?

Who's Responsible for 75 Dead and 310 Injured?  Barack Hussein Obama.  Determined to keep some form of his arbitrary Iraq troop withdrawal plan intact, just to keep his Code Pinko constituents back home appeased while he fumbles every political football on earth, Barack Obama left the Iraqi people at the mercy of Islamic terrorists still anxious to kill and this morning's [8/19/2009] headlines read — 75 killed, 310 injured in Baghdad attacks.

Where's The Thanks?  The same 'coup-government' the Obama administration reviles is one of the very few helping us fight terror.

Obama proving incapable of terror fight.  [Scroll down]  First came the sick spectacle of the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison.  As families of his 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 mass murder recoiled in shock — along with most of the civilized world — Obama, a supposed master of word choice, found the whole thing "disturbing."  "Disturbing."  Really.  A dip in the housing market is disturbing.  The Scottish decision to release the only man convicted of blowing up 270 people is an unmitigated outrage, compounded by the hero's homecoming he received in Libya.

Obama jilts Poland and the Czech Republic.  The United States is poised to dump a critical missile-defense agreement with two of its most dependable NATO allies.  The Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported yesterday that the Obama administration is going to scrap the "third site" anti-missile system scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic.  Missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic were scheduled to be deployed by 2013.  Now the plan appears to have been shot down.

Obama's bad round, &c.  It was noted in the press that, when Obama couldn't attend the state funeral in Poland, owing to the Icelandic volcano, he spent the day playing golf.  This looked a little crass.  I'm a big defender of Obama's golf, but that particular round was quite unwise.

Silent signals:  Citing flight hazards caused by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, Obama unable to travel to Poland, chose to pay homage to Tiger Woods instead, and did so while President Kaczynski was being eulogized in Krakow.  Some world leaders were also unable to attend, others found alternate means of travel.  Barack, rather than visiting, paying respects, and signing the sympathy book at the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, decided to solemnly commemorate the death of a world leader by shooting a few rounds of golf.

The President Who Won't Grow Up.  [Scroll down slowly]  It breaks my heart to see our president making a serious statement without a tie, or giving the British Prime Minister a cheap, thoughtless gift.  By belittling tradition, he diminishes the magnificence of the office of which he's been given temporary stewardship.  This past weekend, the president was unable to attend the funeral of the Polish president.  Instead of visiting the Polish embassy to sign the condolence book, or even staying quietly out of sight, President Obama decided to play golf.

Stressed Out or Tone Deaf?  Obama Chicago Vacation Raises Eyebrows.  Presidents are never really off the clock, even when they go on vacation.  But President Obama's decision to skip the traditional Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington while on his second vacation since the BP oil spill began has some wondering what the schedule says about his priorities.

Ten Questions Rush Would Have Asked Obama at Thursday's Press Conference.  [#3] You say that you won't rest until every American has a job and the Gulf oil spill is capped and the area cleaned up.  Well, why are you vacationing in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend and then returning to Washington for a Paul McCartney concert? ... [#7] When you said to your staff, "Plug the d--- hole," was it your impression that BP had not yet thought of that, and did it take you five weeks to come up with that solution?  What were some of the other ideas you had, if this was your latest and greatest idea, plug the hole?

The President's Memorial Daze.  Our commander in chief was to miss the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to go on vacation.  Other presidents have missed it, but never at wartime.

President Obama will skip Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery.  President Obama is skipping the traditional Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a move that has dismayed some veterans — and comes at a sensitive moment in the administration's relationship with the military.

Obama:  June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.  As he did last year, Obama today [5/28/2010] declared June "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."  But this year the announcement comes as Congress began moving to repeal the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy used by the US military when dealing LGBT service members.

Obama Missed A Great Chance.  President Obama had a golden Memorial Day opportunity to show the country that (contrary to his left flank) he is not anti-military and not anti-Christian, by telling Attorney General Eric Holder to order the Park Service to permit volunteer veterans to replace the Mojave Cross that was stolen on May 9.  But he let the atheists and those who sneer at our veterans win the day.

Obama:  Post-Racial, Post-Partisan, or Post-Sanity?  We now have an administration which views injustices against blacks as quite different from comparable injustices against whites and intends to file no future actions for voting rights violations against blacks.  It attempts to cultivate actual and potential Hispanic voters by minimizing enforcement of federal immigration laws, while suing Arizona for trying to fill the void.  It is presumed that enforcement (which has not yet begun) will be racially motivated and that it is proper to attack as racists those who view the situation differently.

Obama Politicizes Gulf Oil Spill.  President Obama welcomed the New Orleans Saints to the White House on Monday [8/9/2010] to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory.  It's arguably the most attention he's given Louisiana since visiting the state in early June.  Obama made three trips to Louisiana during the course of the oil spill.  The last came on June 4, six weeks before the well was capped. ... His administration is instead showering attention on the political battleground of Florida.

Obama:  Not the Great Stone Face.  Obama could still restore his standing with the American people if he copied the Clinton of 1995 and abandoned his unpopular agenda.  But he won't.

A Really Dumb Snub.  Obama's snub of [Texas Governor] Perry could be grist for much political fodder should Perry emerge as the Republican contender for president in 2012.  Perry is sharp, smart and doing a much better job of successfully leading Texas than Obama is America.  Perry is a former Air Force pilot rather than a former community organizer.  As for looking presidential, the confident, handsome, grizzled Perry makes Obama look exactly like what he is, a phony, fast-talking loser of a community organizer from Chicago.

Obama hits the links rather than honor police dead.  President Obama left the White House this morning [5/15/2011] a little after 9:30 am.  He wasn't on his way to the Capitol building, where grieving friends and families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty hold a yearly commemorative service.

Ranking Obama's golf partners.  On Sunday, President Barack Obama golfed for the 68th time during his presidency (h/t Mark Knoller).  Thanks to Golf Digest's ranking of Washington's best golfers, the groups for these outings are getting even greater scrutiny.

Why I Take Obama's 'Common' Offenses Against Officers Personally.  President Obama continues to use the White House as a platform to dishonor police officers.  On May 11, Obama and First Lady Michele welcomed a rap poet who celebrates cop killers to the White House.  Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., known professionally as "Common," performed a few days before thousands of police officers arrived in Washington for "National Police Week," the annual memorial to honor fallen officers.

Obama's "Common" Associations.  While Michelle Obama may have only recently found a reason to be proud of her country, she has long been proud of rapper Common.  Mrs. Obama and her husband do not want to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in the White House, and the latter "forgot" to do a Presidential Proclamation on Easter — but having Common in the White House is a priority.  This president — and apparently his wife, as well — does not understand or relate to the views of average Americans.  Most of us read Common's lyrics and cannot fathom why the president would allow this person to be feted in the People's House.

Despite outrage, Common performs at the White House.  Rapper and poet Common may have incited controversy this week when the White House invited him to perform at a poetry event.  After all, he has rapped about shooting police and has written lyrics calling for the "burn[ing] of former President George W. Bush."  But Common kept things pretty tame when he took the stage in the East Room at Wednesday night's "Evening of Poetry" along with other musicians, poets and artists.

Why Obama is Just Not That Into You.  Obama practices reverse racism by preferring his brothers above all others.  Obama's DOJ refuses to prosecute the New Black Panthers, through they threaten to kill "cracker babies."  According to a DOJ whistleblower, the department will investigate no injustices against whites.  And though quick to allege racism against a Cambridge cop, Obama has been conspicuously silent about some horrific black on white attacks of late.  But the pièce de résistance, the quintessential example of Obama-style contempt, has got to be just last week.  Obama invited a Chicago rapper, Common, to perform at the White House, even though the rapper's lyrics praise cop killers.  And, of course, Obama does so during National Police Week, which honors fallen cops.

Taxpayer Funded Beer Bash, Ball Games and Scavenger Hunts at Holder DOJ.  With the real unemployment rate above 16 percent, it is a perfect time to throw a lavish party for high paid federal employees at Eric Holder's Department of Justice.  At least Eric Holder thinks so.

Business group slams Obama over oil release.  Washington's most powerful business lobby panned the Obama administration's decision to tap the nation's strategic oil reserve Thursday, calling the move "ill-advised."

It's no time for a presidential vacation.  Is there anyone in the White House with nerve enough to tell Barack Obama that Martha's Vineyard is the last place on earth that the president of the United States should find himself next week?

President Obama Celebrates Birthday in Private Star-Studded Rose Garden Party.  White House officials offered no details about the Rose Garden barbecue and birthday party thrown for President Obama last night.  No menu, no guest list, the event did not appear on his official schedule.  Ann Compton reports that the Obama family paid for the celebration out of its own pocket.  Their silence might be so as to not create the impression that the president was celebrating just hours after the Dow Jones fell 500 points.  Politicians hate to be portrayed as fiddling while Rome burns, Nero-style.

Obama's cheap 'shot'.  Nineteen of the 30 families asked for no media coverage of the ceremony at Dover — that request for privacy was, of course, honored.  By everyone, that is, except Barack Obama.  He slipped in a personal photographer, who snapped a dramatic photo of the president saluting in silhouette.

Obama's Shameful Photo-Op.  Disrespecting grieving families, the president sneaks a photographer into the ceremony honoring the SEALs who died in Afghanistan.  The presidential scrapbook and campaign are more important.

Michelle and Barack take his-and-hers jets to Martha's Vineyard.  President Barack Obama's much-maligned holiday vacation turned into an even bigger PR nightmare today as it emerged that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha's Vineyard just hours apart. ... The President arrived on this wealthy Massachusetts island retreat as the stock market plunged and a new poll showed just 11 per cent of Americans are happy with the way things are in the country.

Obamas Take Two Planes to Martha's Vineyard.  The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama's solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.  She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline.  The State Department will shoot down the Keystone XL pipeline, closing off a valuable source of oil and discarding thousands of American jobs. ... Supposedly the State Department might still be willing to entertain an alternative route for the pipeline... but of course they'd dither forever, the President would repair to the golf course, and the "alternative route" will end up leading to Beijing.

Glorious leader seizes Bank of America stadium for the proletariat.  If there's one bit of valuable knowledge we can take away from the last few months, it's that bankers are evil and must be destroyed.  And what better way to undermine them than to take over their symbols of wealth and power, using them for a 99% higher purpose?

Republicans fume as Obama rejects Keystone pipeline.  In an election-year decision that pits the Democrats' twin pillars of big labor and environmentalists against each other, the Obama administration Wednesday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have provided tens of thousands of jobs from the Canadian border to Texas.

Obama's call a job killer.  The Republicans aren't telling the whole truth when they say Barack Obama doesn't care about jobs.  The U.S. president is desperately worried about one:  his own.  That's the real reason the Obama administration denied a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday [1/18/2012].

Obama blows it on Keystone decision.  America's unemployment rate stands at 8.5 percent, President Obama cares about job creation, it's an election year, and it's the week before the State of the Union address.  What an ideal time for the president to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the proposed 1,711-mile, 36-inch steel tube that would carry crude from the oil-rich Lake Athabasca region of Canada to the Gulf Coast for refining. ... Instead, Obama's refusal to approve Keystone is a gift to Republicans that will keep on giving throughout this campaign year.

Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is an act of insanity.  President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism — won't even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it.  All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

Leading from behind again:
No shovel for Obama.  It was a rather odd sight:  as an array of museum officials, including former first lady Laura Bush, took up shovels at the groundbreaking for the first national museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture, the nation's first black president sat watching, no shovel in hand.

Ideas Have Consequences and Obama's Have Bad Ones.  President Obama's recent attacks on religious freedom through ObamaCare have far broader implications than the immediate crisis.  The attacks not only strike at the very rights of conscience our Founding Fathers sought to protect via the First Amendment.  The threat is also due to the underlying hostility to pregnancy and children that the president encoded into federal law.

Obama apologizes for Afghan slayings, still ignores Mexican 'Fast and Furious' murders.  President Barack Obama has never apologized to Mexican President Felipe Calderon for the 300 civilians murdered with weapons the United States provided to Mexico's drug cartels, but on Sunday [3/11/2012] he found time to place a call to Afghan president Hamid Karzai apologizing for deaths caused by an American soldier this weekend in Afghanistan.

The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote.  So where are the new jobs coming from, at least the good-paying ones?  From the industry Obama wants to replace as much as possible with "clean" energy:  oil and gas.

Worse Than a Powder Keg.  Our troops have been the target of serial sneak attacks by the Afghans with whom they are forced to "partner."  Nevertheless, our Marines were ordered to disarm before being admitted into the presence of Obama's defense secretary, Leon Panetta.  Yes, you read that correctly:  Our Marines were stripped of their arms.  Panetta was at Camp Leatherneck on a "surprise" visit, hoping to calm the disastrous situation in the combat theater.  Turns out not to have been much of a surprise:  One of our Afghan "partners" — a contract interpreter hired to help our armed forces in deadly Helmand province — seamlessly converted to Islamist suicide assassin.

Malia Obama guarded by 25 Secret Service agents on spring break in Mexico.  Barack Obama's eldest daughter is spending her springbreak [sic] in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends — and 25 Secret Service agents.  The US President's 13-year-old daughter Malia is staying at a downtown hotel in the city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, an official said.

The Editor asks...
Would you send your 13-year-old daughter to Mexico for her own little spring break romp?  The federal government will provide security, transportation and food, at taxpayer expense, but who are the chaperones?  If Malia comes back pregnant, will she be "punished with a baby"?  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Liberal Illiberalism.  [Scroll down]  When Barack Obama both calls for "skyrocketing" energy prices, and on his first January day in office turns up the West Wing thermostat to tropical temperatures, then there is a sort of immorality implicit in his entire ideology.  At least Jimmy Carter put on a sweater and turned down the temperature to match his malaise rhetoric.

The episode revealed much about our administration, none of it good.
Dishonorably Disarmed: Marines Insulted by Sec. Panetta.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was to address a mixed U.S.-Afghan audience at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan only weeks after six American solders were killed by Afghan soldiers, and days after an American soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians.  That circumstance alone would ensure a tense atmosphere, but the decision to disarm the 200 Marines who planned to hear the secretary should set off further alarm bells.

Obama's Officious Opinions.  On Tuesday afternoon [4/3/2012], in a stunning rebuke of President Obama, Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided he had heard enough of the president's incessant hyper-partisan rhetoric challenging the independence of the federal judiciary. [...] The President has made a habit of offering his opinion where it is not only unneeded but also exposes the president to unnecessary political risk.

Navy SEALs Grumbling Over Obama's Victory Lap?  I'm sure this is not the message Team Obama expected when they kicked off "Now We Can Spike the Football Week".

Gay Marriage is Obama's Poison Pill.  Gay marriage is a deal-breaker for a vast swath of American voters that includes Catholics as well as the black and Hispanic communities.  Urbanites and suburbanites may say that they are okay with gay marriage, but what they tell pollsters and what they say privately among friends and family is far different.  Americans may want to be tolerant, but their distaste for the gay lifestyle and incessant demands for acceptance is deeply offensive to most people.

Franklin Graham: Obama is shaking his fist at God.  In another provocative comment aimed at Barack Obama, evangelist Franklin Graham on Thursday accused the president of having "shaken his fist" at God by changing his position on same-sex marriage.  "It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more," Graham said in a prepared statement.  "This is a sad day for America.  May God help us."

Obama's homosexual America.  President Obama has made it official:  He now supports same-sex marriage.  It is his latest onslaught on traditional America. [...] He has crossed a cultural watershed, paving the way for the eventual triumph of the homosexual agenda.  Rather than being a victory for "civil rights" or "marital equality," Mr. Obama's decision puts America on the path to moral disintegration.  We are one step closer to becoming like secular, post-Christian Europe.

'Golfer-in-chief' Obama nears 100th round of his presidency.  For a century it's been the game of presidents, a sunny escape from the office for 15 of the 18 chief executives since the first Roosevelt.  It's also a game that appears elite to many people, enough so that golfing presidents play at their political peril.  Now comes Barack Obama.  He tries to keep his golfing out of view, banning news cameras when he can.  But his love of the game has taken him to the course nearly 100 times already in his presidency, and election rival Mitt Romney says that's simply too much in a time of economic anxiety.

President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa.  Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist.  He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union.  He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity.  He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty.  And President Obama doesn't want him to set foot in the White House.

Obama's Walesa Moment.  Last week, President Barack Obama rejected the world's most powerful living symbol of anti-communism, anti-Sovietism, and victory in the Cold War.  The White House declined to have Lech Walesa stand in for the late Jan Karski, who posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Our president spurned Walesa, first president of free Poland, who had once risked everything to courageously join Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in keeping Solidarity alive in Poland.

Barack Obama's Stolen Valor.  Barack Obama did nothing more than to tell the Armed Forces to go ahead with a plan they developed.  He did not, no matter what his campaign staff or the pre-election movie might suggest, take out bin Laden personally, as might be fantasized by Garry Trudeau's Red Rascal.  Nor did he play any role in planning the mission like Tom Clancy's fictional hero Jack Ryan (a former Marine officer, not a community organizer).  If he or his campaign staff engage in chest-pounding to the effect that Mr. Obama played some personal role in the mission's planning and execution, it would be entirely fair to accuse him of stolen valor.

Export Natural Gas to Create Jobs.  Apparently, the president thinks his job is more important than those of the 25 million Americans who are now unemployed or underemployed, or who have given up looking for work.  While Obama flies off to Hawaii for beach vacations at public expense, these workers literally do not know where their next meal is coming from.  Millions have already lost their homes, millions are in default or foreclosure, and, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an additional shadow inventory of 3.6 million distressed homes now exists.  Forty-five million Americans are now subsisting on food stamps.  But when the president has the chance to put 750,000 of them to work almost immediately by signing a single piece of paper, he puts his own self-interest first.

Another Outrageous Slight To Britain Over The Falklands.  The Obama administration has pulled another fast one on our top ally, Britain, refusing to say if it will accept results of a Falklands referendum.  This from the same crew that hailed elections in Russia and Venezuela.

Michelle Campaign E-Mail: Barack's Your Husband, Too.  The Obama campaign has sunk to a new low.  Today, Michelle Obama sent an email to the entire campaign list, titled "Being married to Barack."  It is precisely what you'd expect:  maudlin and ridiculous.

Obama Campaign: Tell Your Wedding Guests to Send Us Money.  Just when you thought the Obama campaign couldn't get any more desperate, they come up with this: the Obama Event Registry, asking supporters who are getting married, having a birthday, or celebrating an anniversary to direct gift-givers to Obama's re-election website.

Obama wants your wedding presents.  The "Obama Event Registry" asks people planning weddings to have guests send a donation to the campaign in place of a gift to the newlyweds.  "Let your friends know how important this election is to you," the site exhorts.  "It's a great way to support the president on your big day" and "goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."  This may very well go down as the tackiest political appeal in history, at least until the campaign suggests that people organizing funerals have donations sent to Mr. Obama in lieu of flowers.

The Perfect Gift.  President Obama is so worried about a fundraising gap that he is asking supporters to forego "birthday, anniversary, or wedding" gifts and instead request their guests instead donate to his campaign.

Storm of tragedy builds, Fast and Furious.  [Scroll down]  "Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?  Let your friends know how important this election is to you — register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.  It's a great way to support the President on your big day ..."  Honest, those are the exact words on the Obama website.  Yes, our majestic president says, in effect, let me be clear ... the heck with YOUR big day, YOUR wedding, YOUR birthday, YOUR anniversary ... gimmie your gift money.  My re-election is more important than you!

Dinner at 8.  Who on earth thought it was a great idea to urge people to stop giving wedding presents to others, and give donations in their names to the campaign of Barack Obama instead?  Possibly the same people who thought "The Life of Julia" would be irresistible to America's voters.

Obama wedding registry fund-raising strategy not a hit with brides.  President Obama's bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

Is Obama paranoid?
Forkless Friday at Obama event.  Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?  One wouldn't think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he's attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.  However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.

President Obama Can't Be in the Same Room As Forks Anymore?  As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today [6/22/2012], it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage.  It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."

Michelle Obama Sports $6,800 Jacket to London Soiree.  The jacket cost more than the average American family makes in a month ($4,284).  And, she does this as Americans continue to suffer through a deep recession and record unemployment.

Michelle Obama sparks fury after splashing out on $6,800 designer jacket.  Political commentators have expressed their fury over the fact that Michelle Obama wore a jacket worth $6,800 to the pre-Olympics Opening Ceremony reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday [7/27/2012].  Though the dazzling J Mendel jacket and skirt won critical acclaim from the style set, some pundits are furious that she elected to spend so much money on a garment while so many in the U.S. are suffering financially.

Obama Campaign Sues to Restrict Military Voting.  President Barack Obama, along with many Democrats, likes to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces.  Obama, in particular, enjoys being seen visiting troops and having photos taken with members of our military.  So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?

Tiny convention floor!  If the convention site had been picked on the basis of the contours of the hall, it would not have been held in Charlotte, Chuck Todd of NBC News told me.  Charlotte was chosen because David Plouffe thought it would help his boss carry North Carolina.  The delegates and the press will have to make the best of it.

What was the biggest Democratic disaster from day one?  So many things went terribly wrong on the first day of the Democratic National Convention it's hard to pick which one was the most damaging.  First, the Treasury Department confirmed yesterday that the federal government's debt officially passed $16 trillion.  Then, Occupy Charlotte protestors got into a fight with Obama supporters outside the convention hall.  Apparently unions even bussed in some of the Occupy protesters.  Then Democrats kicked off their official convention program with a video from the host committee titled, "Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To."

Which Is Melting Faster: America's Position in Middle East or MSM's Position in America?  If an American consulate had been attacked and four Americans including the ambassador slaughtered on George W. Bush's watch — on 9/11, no less — the outrage broadcast over the nation's elite media would have been intense and round-the-clock.  Had George W. Bush then responded to those events by jetting to Vegas for a fundraiser and campaign rally marked by a rote and emotion-less nod towards the victims and a callous transition to the difficulty of campaign life for political volunteers, well, the hysteria that would have followed would have melted wires.

Obama and The Pimp With The Limp.  As America remembered the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, Obama spent the morning with DJ Laz, "the pimp with the limp." [...] The two discussed a wide range of topics, from health care to Pitbull, Flo Rida, and the Dolphins.  Instead of mentioning 9/11 on 9/11, Obama used the interview as an opportunity to attack Romney, claiming Romney would bankrupt Medicare by 2016.  Fact checkers have labeled that talking point a distortion.

Obama: No Time For Israel, Plenty of Time for Pimps.  The long-simmering feud between Barack Obama and Israel "burst into the open," as the Financial Times put it, when Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Obama administration's soft line on Iran, and Obama responded by refusing to meet with Netanyahu when the Prime Minister is in New York later this month.  The White House claimed Obama couldn't fit a trip to New York into his schedule, but Netanyahu also reportedly offered to come to Washington to meet with the president.  So Obama's schedule must be really, really full [...]

Obama Camp Condemns Romney Before Condemning Attacks In Egypt, Libya.  Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of September 11, the Obama White House snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accepted an invitation from David Letterman, and apologized to Islamists upset over a film that mocks Islam and Mohammed — something "artists" in America do to Christianity with my tax dollars on a fairly regular basis.  First off:  Why is our Embassy apologizing for a film no one has seen and apologizing for freedom of speech and expression?  In a word, that's un-American.

Reports: Marines not permitted live ammo.  U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.

Obama alone: This president does not need intel briefers.  How long had it been since President Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting in the lead-up to the Sept. 11 [2012] attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya? [...] According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli.

The Obama Blame Game Begins.  Barack Obama, the man who never in his life has taken responsibility for anything, has started trying to shift the blame for the State Department's too-revealing response to the Cairo embassy mob attack.

Obama leadership questioned in aftermath of consulate strike.  The night after the first murder of an American ambassador in more than three decades, President Obama flew to Vegas for a campaign stop.  The next day, he was rallying a crowd in Colorado.  The campaign continues to make plans for swing-state visits next week in Ohio and Florida.

No Marines for Libyan Ambassador, Full Security Detail for Valerie Jarrett Vacation.  Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya.  But White House Senior Advisor and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett has a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, according to Democratic pollster Pat Caddell.  That's the pathetic foreign policy of the Obama administration, says Caddell today in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

Steyn on Obama's Las Vegas 'performance': 'Every American should be ashamed of their president'.  On Hugh Hewitt's radio show Thursday night [9/13/2012], National Review columnist Mark Steyn [...] said President Barack Obama gave an embarrassing performance Wednesday during his campaign swing through Las Vegas, Nev., in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic stations in Libya and Egypt.  "I thought that thing last night with the president saying he had 'a tough day' and comparing the dead Americans in Libya to campaign supporters, which he did — I thought was one of the most disgraceful, inept and embarrassing performances by a head of state or government that I have ever seen," Steyn said.  "Every American should be ashamed of their president."

Why Aren't Marines Carrying Live Ammo?  The Washington Free Beacon reports that Anne Patterson, the U.S. Ambassador to Cairo, forbade U.S. Marines guarding the embassy from carrying live ammo.  Ambassadors might be kings (or queens) of the compound, but her pronouncement was nothing short of professional incompetence.

An Unserious President In Seriously Perilous Times.  The Mideast is in turmoil, the economy is faltering and the president opts to spend precious time with David Letterman, Beyonce and Jay-Z.  Are we the only ones to wonder if Obama's suited to be president?

Obama's pathetic political optics: Tone-deaf and arrogant.  The Democrat's poor political optics are legion.  At one White House youth day Obama showed off his own moves on the basketball court instead of coaching the visiting youngsters.  He spent Earth Day last year creating an immense carbon footprint flying his 747 jumbo jet coast-to-coast after draining more cash from California donors.  He took a 17-vehicle motorcade of SUVs for a photo op admiring an electric car.  When an unemployed audience member complained about Obama's strict gas mileage regulations, the president suggested the man buy a new car.

Barack Obama's number one priority is Barack Obama.
Obama Skips Diplomacy With World Leaders, Makes Time For 'The View'.  President Obama declined to meet any world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, but found time to guest star on "The View."  Lost in the celebrity-in-chief's choice:  American interests.

Our Feckless First Leader.  During the same week when the American ambassador to Libya was murdered and his dead body dragged through the streets by celebrating mobs, the president of the United States found time to go on the David Letterman show to demonstrate his sense of humor and how cool he is.  But Barack Obama did not have time to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of a nation repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iranian leaders who are working feverishly toward the creation of nuclear bombs.

Obama's 'Writ' Unleashed War Criminals.  When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they made it clear that the only time the president would have the authority to use military force without prior authorization from Congress was when, as James Madison recorded in his notes from the Constitutional Convention, it was necessary to "repel sudden attacks."  It was thus fittingly symbolic that when Barack Obama announced he had ordered the U.S. military to intervene in Libya's civil war, he did not do so from the Oval Office or the well of the U.S. House of Representatives, but from the capital city of Brazil.

Libya security cut while Vienna embassy gained Chevy Volts.  In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC-3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.  The subject line of the email, on which slain Ambassador Chris Stevens was copied, read:  "Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support."  Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool's new Chevrolet Volts.

President Of The Free World Calls Springsteen "A Couple Times A Week".  [I]n the midst of worsening Middle East violence, a stagnant economy, and a fast approaching fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama repeatedly calls a music entertainer and whines he doesn't have "a campaign song".  Almost as pathetic as that scenario is the actual song Springsteen put together.

The October Surprise in 2010.  At 4:22 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010, President Barack Obama stepped into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House and announced some startling news:  Two bombs, hidden inside printer cartridges, had been detected the previous day on a cargo plane heading from Dubai to Chicago.  The detection was obviously good news — but did it really have to be news?  That is, wasn't there much to be gained by staying mum on the news, with an eye to catching the culprits?

News flash:  Obama wants to expand the federal government.
Obama floats plan for a 'secretary of Business' if he wins second term.  President Obama says he would like to establish a "secretary of Business" if he wins a second term.  In an interview with MSNBC, the president said he wants to consolidate a number of business and trade-related agencies, creating a "one-stop shop" for oversight.

The Editor says...
That's the same kind of "umbrella" language that was used to justify the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  With the DHS, all we got was another layer of impenetrable and unaccountable bureaucracy.

A Department Of Business Is None Of Obama's Business.  Eight days before election day, President Obama proposes creating a new "Secretary Of Business" cabinet post.  Just what the country needs:  Another layer of bureaucracy to hound the private sector. [...] He's already got a Secretary of Business in the Department of Commerce.  And, say, isn't "commerce" a near-synonym for business?

New Yorkers Still in the Dark as Obama Hits the Links.  A good chunk of Long Island is still in the dark after 12 days now and nobody seems to care.  It's not like the president needs to show up for a photo op since these poor [people] overwhelmingly vote for him anyway.  He'll come visit eventually, so hold tight to your candles. [...] Imagine the howls if Bush played golf during the post-Katrina cleanup.

Obama, Biden Cozy Up to Anti-American Rapper Psy.  Had President-elect Mitt Romney posed for pictures with someone who once wished violent death upon the family members of U.S. soldiers the story would be swirling through the mainstream media for days.  Maybe longer.  Vice President Joe Biden did just that earlier today with rap star Psy, while President Barack Obama shared a laugh with the South Korean rapper known for his wildly popular "Gangnam Style" video.

Obama Meets, Shakes Hands and Shares Laugh with Rapper Psy.  Barack Obama met tonight [12/9/2012] with Psy, the anti-American South Korean rapper, at the Christmas in Washington Charity Concert.

Our anti-American president loves that anti-American Psy-chotic Korean rapper.  Barack Obama is an embarrassment to America.  He shook the hand of a man who openly calls for the murder of American soldiers and their families.

Hagel, an Eccentric Choice to Run Defense.  First, by 'floating' the name of Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Obama left Rice publicly vulnerable to her critics, and allowed opposition to build.  Now, by similarly floating a name for the Pentagon, Obama has subjected Hagel to the same political hazards that undermined Rice — and with comparable results.

Egypt to Receive F-16s: State Department refuses to delay delivery to Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt.  The State Department has refused to cancel or delay the delivery of several American-made F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming that the arms deal serves America's "regional security interests," according to an official State Department document obtained by the [Washington] Free Beacon.

Obama Refuses To Delay Delivery Of F-16's To Muslim Brotherhood.  "Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak," Fox News reported Tuesday [1/22/2013].  The State Department maintained in a January 8 letter to Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) that the arming of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood serves the U.S.'s "regional security interests."

Obama Cracks Joke When Asked About Four Dead Americans In Benghazi.  When Steve Kroft of CBS News finally got around to asking President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi resulting in the death of four brave Americans, President Obama decided it would be a good time to go for laughs.

Obama Defiles Reagan Stagecraft.  Despite the potential for a public relations disaster, Barack Obama even golfed during an oil disaster and vacationed with the "family at exactly the same time that Japan was suffering through a nuclear disaster, Libya had been bombed, and there was a threat of a government shutdown."  Also seared into America's mind's eye are images of Barack Obama body surfing in Hawaii as the nation teetered dangerously close to the edge of the fiscal cliff. Then, after very public, very heated negotiations concerning the ominous economic future of the country, Obama brazenly spent $7 million just flying back and forth to Hawaii for vacation.

F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?  Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which faces no existential threat, our Asian ally faces an increasingly belligerent and well-armed China.  Yet only one gets the latest weaponry and the question is why.

President Obama's Legacy: Government Greed.  It seems as if President Obama sends out another cabinet secretary every hour to tell the public about the dire consequences we will face if the sequestration cuts are not averted.  You've heard them — no vaccinations for children, teachers losing their jobs, less security from terrorist attacks, longer wait times at airports, and fewer food inspections.  Now there are even reports that government officials are releasing hundreds of immigrants from deportation centers.  What's next?  Is the president going to threaten to open the doors of federal prisons? [...] The president is asking the American people to believe that there is no waste or fat in government.  It's just a ridiculous notion.

Rep. Poe to DHS' Napolitano: Explain your Organized Jailbreak.  Appearing last night on Greta Van Susteren's show "On the Record," Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX2) had serious questions about the Obama administration's release of hundreds of illegal immigrant detainees.  The administration announced on Tuesday [2/26/2013] that it did not have the funding to keep the detainees incarcerated because of sequester cuts due to kick in on Friday.  Poe described this release as a "government organized jail break."

Putting politics over public safety.  An ominous pattern has been developing, particularly of late:  The Obama administration seems determined to subordinate public safety to political expediency.  If a course-correction is not effected promptly, the result is predictable.  Americans will be needlessly harmed, and perhaps killed.  The most recent and obvious example was the release last week of hundreds of reportedly dangerous illegal aliens from federal detention.

Government by Temper Tantrum.  The government wants something.  It wants to spend $3,803,000,000,000.  It's been told that it may only spend $3,759,000,000,000.  (Please notice that nine zeroes are left unmolested.)  And so now the government is going to throw a tantrum.  It will hide its aircraft carrier, stop food-safety inspections, close the White House to tourists who flew in from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

GOP lawmaker rips Napolitano for releasing detainees.  A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary committee on Friday [3/8/2013] called into question the leadership abilities of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, expressing "outrage" at what he called the department's questionable response to sequestration — including the release of detainees from detention centers across the country.

Mr. President: Instead of harming the troops, cut here instead.  The administration has clearly decided that hurting the American people is more important than making government run well.

Why Canceled White House Tours Are Sinking Obama on the Sequester.  It was a move that was supposed to bring the pain of billions in automatic budget cuts home to Americans.  Instead, Republicans are hammering President Obama where he lives.

Barack Obama: America's Marquis De Sade.  [Scroll down]  To recap, Obama created the problem, prevented the problem from being solved, turned down the chance to minimize the problem, released 2,000 repeat offender and/or violent illegal aliens before the problem became a problem, passed the problem into law instead of vetoing it, and is now making sure (behind the scenes) that the problem is every bit as painful as it possibly could be.

ICE Admits It Released More Than 2,000 Illegal Aliens, Including Serious Offenders.  After weeks of denials, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday [3/14/2013] that it had, in fact, released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from immigration jails due to budget concerns during three weeks in February.

The Perfect Amnesty Storm.  The recent release of illegal immigrants in detention, the Obama administration's renewed push for amnesty, and the planned furlough of thousands of border patrol agents will result in more illegal crossings, immigration experts and border officials say.  "It's the perfect storm," said Stuart Harris, the vice president of Local 1929 of the National Border Patrol Council in El Paso, Texas.  The planned furloughs of border patrol guards and the push for immigration reform has now given illegal immigrants the perfect opportunity to come across the border, he said.

What Intel Did the White House Miss By Whisking Abu Ghaith Into Federal Court?  To the White House, the capture earlier this month of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is another feather in the cap of the administration's self-touted terrorism fighting chops.  To congressional Republicans, the capture of al-Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Gaith threatens to go down in history as a giant missed opportunity at best and deadly national security flub at worst — thanks to the "apparent rush" to bring him to trial in a New York federal court.

Sasha and Malia Obama 'Learn What They Live'.  If it's really true that "children learn what they live," then the First Daughters are learning how to be highbrow aristocrats whose extravagances are enjoyed without embarrassment, in full view and at the expense of the suffering.  That's right, "the suffering," because notwithstanding the onslaught of Obamaganda, most people in America today, thanks to Sasha and Malia's Dad, are suffering in one way or another.  Meanwhile, when it comes to showering themselves with the perks of the good life, the Obamas exercise zero restraint.

First Lady Turns Easter Egg Roll Into White House 'Fat Camp'.  This year's White House Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "fat camp" to inflict exercise and the First Lady's "Let's Move!" healthy meal plans on kids who want just want to celebrate the season on the South Lawn.  An e-mail from the "Let's Move!" campaign says the Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "Let's Move! Social".

Barack Obama believes all Americans should make sacrifices — except himself .  The use of Air Force One costs around $180,000 an hour.  The First Family has already taken three vacations this year, including the president's February golfing getaway with Tiger Woods in Florida, and Michelle Obama's ski trip to Aspen, Colorado.  Vice President Joe Biden is also currently enjoying his third holiday of 2013, a five day stay at the luxurious Kiawah Island resort in South Carolina, famed for its golfing facilities, where a round alone can set you back $353.  Just a few months ago, the Obamas' Christmas/New Year trip to Hawaii cost US taxpayers an estimated $7 million.

More instances of Obama spending our money on himself.

"Obama Will Let Me Go".  Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame directly on talk of 'amnesty' and a 'path to citizenship' for people who entered the U.S. illegally.  She recalls one man being arrested on her ranch not long ago.  "The Border Patrol agent was loading one man up, and he told the officer in Spanish, 'Obama's gonna let me go'."  Border Patrol agents report that immigrants are crossing the border, and in some cases surrendering while asking, "Where do I go for my amnesty?"

Race-Obsessed Obama is Artificially Reinflating the Housing Bubble.
The Obama Subprime Bubble.  President Obama is worried about a plunge in new-home buying among minority borrowers with subprime credit scores.  So he's using the Federal Housing Administration, for starters, to help finance failure.  In a reckless gambit, FHA is asking lenders to relax lending standards, while assuring them it will back home loans down to a 580 FICO score with a minimal down payment and high debt-to-income ratio. [...] In effect, [the Department of] Justice is using private banks to carry out affirmative-action lending.

The 'Public Safety' Follies.  It has now been reported by Fox's Megyn Kelly that the FBI's interrogation of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was short-circuited when the Justice Department arranged for him to be given a presentment hearing in the hospital.  In point of fact, it was not the hearing that caused the suspension of vital intelligence-gathering.  It was the Obama Justice Department's decision over the weekend immediately to file a criminal charge against Tsarnaev.

President Obama to daughters: If you get a tattoo, I'm getting one too.  The President revealed that he and the First Lady are using reverse psychology to prevent daughters Sasha and Malia from getting tattoos.

The Editor says...
That's the wrong response.  The first thing to do is stop talking about it all the time, so that tattoos won't even be a consideration.  "I'm getting one, too" makes it sound as if a tattoo is not a shameful and permanent display of poor judgment and undeveloped discernment.  On the other hand, the adult Obamas may already have tattoos.  I'd rather not know.

Levin: Holder to blame for prematurely Mirandizing bomber, foiling FBI.  As you've probably read today [4/25/2013], terrorist #2 of the Boston marathon bombing was read his rights in the hospital by a magistrate in the presence of his defense attorney and the US Attorney, at which point he stopped talking.  The FBI was surprised by this because they hadn't finished questioning him.  Mark Levin asks the question, who sent the magistrate in there to read terrorist #2 his rights and cut off FBI questioning?

New DHS, DOJ Policy Helps Insane Illegals Escape Deportation, Detention.  A new policy issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice Department (DOJ) providing new "safeguards" and "enhanced protections" against deportation and detention for illegal immigrants with "serious mental disorders" is already having an impact.

Whose side is Obama on?  Team Obama decided precipitously to charge the surviving alleged bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in civilian court.  This action resulted in his being read Miranda rights and obtaining a lawyer, prompting him to refuse to answer more questions from investigators.  Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy observed, "Obama was determined to end the public debate over whether the jihadist is a wartime enemy combatant or a mere criminal defendant."

U.S. Gives Saudi Airlines 'Unrestricted' Access to American Skies.  The United States and Saudi Arabia have signed an Open Skies agreement that will "permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other's territory."  The agreement means Saudi airlines may fly from any point in the kingdom to any point in the United States, and that U.S. airlines may fly from any point here to any airport in Saudi Arabia.

Obama's ill-advised visit to Tanzania.  When President Obama goes to Africa at month's end, the first African American president will have a rare opportunity to spread U.S. values to that continent.  It would be a shame if his trip instead validated slavery.  By selecting Tanzania as one of the three countries that will receive a presidential visit on that trip, the Obama administration is honoring a government that has been in a multiyear diplomatic dispute with the United States over human trafficking.

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How ironic, that the people who deny that Obama was born in Africa still refer to him as African-American.

Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot.  You might call North Dakota the antithesis of President Obama's political base. [...] It is one of six states he has not visited as president, along with South Dakota, Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina and Utah.  He has gone just once to Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wyoming.

Obama's Perversity.  Presidents can never control everything.  The greatest example today is the flourishing of the U.S. energy sector.  We are now a net exporter of hydrocarbon fuels, the cleanest kind: natural gas.  This has happened because the market financed exploration in shale deposits, gambled that a workable technology would be found, and, because of the high price of fuel, made competitive investments in Montana and Canada that are paying off even now. [...] In the face of fantastic success stories in clean fuel discoveries today, Obama is still pretending to see artificial scarcities.  He still has to save the earth, which is in no particular danger.

Obama toasts failed African socialist.  President Barack Obama toasted the founding dictator of post-colonial Tanzania on Monday, who collectivized the nation's low-tech agricultural sector, established a one-party state and left that African nation's economy in ruins.

Millions of Egyptians standing up to Muslim Brotherhood Bossman Obama.  The Holy Bible instructs "As you sow so shall you reap", but Obama doesn't get it.  The Frankenstein radical Islamist Obama put into power in Egypt is falling apart at the seams; his handing a country over to the Muslim Brotherhood, proving to be an epic failure.

Obama's Reliable Weathervane.  President Obama can always be relied upon to come to wrong conclusion.

Is Climate Change Our No. 1 Crisis, Mr. President?  The economy stagnates.  Syria burns.  Scandals lap at his feet.  China and Russia mock him, even as a "29-year-old hacker" revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world.  How does President Obama respond?  With a grandiloquent speech on climate change.  Climate change?  It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans' concerns (last of 21 — Pew poll).  Which means that Obama's declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost — and it will be heavy — is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic.

A Case Of Corrupt Justice In Florida.  It's come out in the George Zimmerman murder trial that the state of Florida withheld key exculpatory evidence in its arrest affidavit and charged Zimmerman under false pretenses.  Forty-four days after local police released neighborhood-watch captain Zimmerman from custody, ruling he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense, a special state task force set up under pressure from the Obama administration decided it was murder — with no grand jury input.

College Republicans Denied Admittance to Obama Speech.  President Obama was bound to receive a warm response from the audience attending his speech at the University of Central Missouri yesterday — because some students who disagreed with him weren't allowed into the building.  Christopher White of The College Fix reports that students wearing "Tea Party T-Shirts and others who wore patriotic or Republican-inspired clothing" were turned away at the door under the guise of security concerns, despite the fact that they held tickets to the event.

College Republicans refused entry to Obama's speech; labled 'security threat.  No doubt the security guards were just following guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security.  We all know that wearing a tea party T-shirt is indicative of terrorists so it just stands to reason that the Secret Service would keep tea party supporters away from the venue.

A Scandal Bigger Than Benghazi?  In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden.  Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions they characterized as criminal.

How much did it cost U.S. taxpayers to airlift Bo, the First Dog, to Martha's Vineyard?  This is the worst kind of arrogance and hubris ever displayed by a U.S. president when millions are struggling to put food on the table.

Isn't this how the Viet Nam war got started?
Officials: U.S. Considers Training Syria Rebels.  The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels, in a move that would greatly expand the current CIA training being done quietly in Jordan, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday [9/5/2013].

Obama's Extra-Constitutional Abdication.  President Barack Obama's sudden decision — after a 45-minute Friday walk on the White House grounds — to go to Congress for authorization to intervene in Syria is far more than a simple, predictable act of accountability avoidance. [...] If he succeeds in getting the congressional authorization he claims he doesn't need, that maneuver will set the precedent-setting expectation that a president must seek congressional blessing for all military actions.

Persecution on Our Road to Damascus.  The President's confused and confusing speech this week raised more questions than it answered.  One of the most important questions isn't even being asked by our foreign policy elites:  Why should the U.S. back the Syrian rebels who are slaughtering Christians in that war-racked country?  Why should any American Christian support going to war for these rebels in Syria?  Until the Russians threw Mr. Obama a lifeline, we were preparing to align ourselves with persecutors of Christians in that country's civil war.

Samantha, Syria and the use of power.  Did you ever wonder why we have been teetering on the brink of war with Syria when virtually no one in America wants to go to war?  The answer can be summed up in two words:  Samantha Power.  Power is the new American ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime foreign-policy adviser to President Barack Obama.  She is also a dangerously radical proponent of military intervention in humanitarian crises around the globe.

Muslim Brotherhood supporter gets Homeland Security promotion.  A controversial Homeland Security advisor who was recently promoted to senior fellow is a self-declared Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi supporter.  Mohamed Elibiary, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council by then-Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010, tweeted Thursday [9/12/2013] that his appointment was renewed and his position elevated.

Yesterday, Obama Was Not My President — or Yours.  On Monday [9/16/2013], while the death toll mounted at the Navy Yard, President Barack Obama delivered a strident partisan tirade against Republicans, using the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to score political points ahead of the debt ceiling debate. [...] Speaker of the House John Boehner said that Obama's speech was a "shame."  Charles Krauthammer said that it was in "extremely bad taste."  It was worse than that.  It was an insult to the victims and their families, a slap in the face to the nation as a whole, a dereliction of the simplest duty of empathy and discretion.

Obama Defends Economic Record, Rips GOP as DC Attack Unfolds.  Just minutes after the Washington DC police chief said that two shooters might still be on the loose in the Navy Yard mass murders, President Obama held a previously scheduled event to defend his economic record.

If only Obama were just a fake.  Dear Mr. President,  It didn't seem possible, but you shocked me.  After lowering my expectations for you, from very high five years ago to bottom-of-the-barrel now, I figured you could never again disappoint me.  But you did it.  And if your aim was to further diminish respect for the office you hold, mission accomplished.  The content of Monday's hyperpartisan speech was par for your hyperpartisan presidency, but the timing marked a new low.  Let me be clear:  Have you neither decency nor shame?

Can Barack Obama sink any lower? An out of touch president with no sense of decorum.  [New York Times columnist Maureen] Dowd reminds us that in the immediate aftermath of the brutal killing of 12 people just three miles from the White House and blocks from Capitol Hill, Barack Obama was in full campaign mode, bashing his political opponents, while families were grieving the loss of their loved ones.  Instead of speaking to the nation as the president of all Americans, he decided to proceed with a deeply partisan speech aimed at attacking conservatives over their opposition to his increasingly unpopular health care reforms.

Yes, people were dying in a gunfight across town, but Obama had a speech to give.  Barack Obama has never been accused of possessing the most refined sense of appropriate, especially when it comes to what normal people regard as tragedies. [...] When a 133-foot-tall wall of tsunami water rolled 10 miles inland to kill 16,000 in Japan two years ago, Obama expressed his sorrow, then went golfing.  When bad weather canceled his trip to the funeral of Poland's president, Obama paid his respects by golfing.  As the Gulf coast economy struggled back from the nation's worst environmental disaster ever, Obama urged all Americans to vacation there.  Then, he took his family to the New England coast.  So, it should not be surprising that as heavily-armed SWAT teams combed the Washington Navy Yard Monday for at least one deranged killer, Obama took the occasion to proceed with one of his harshest partisan speeches in months.

Park Service threatens to arrest WWII vets who try to visit their memorial.  So, you've heard the story today about the group of World War II veterans who had to break through barriers deliberately placed there by the Obama administration as part of its game-playing over the Democrat-forced government shutdown.  It's bad enough that they were deliberately inconveniencing 80-90 year old men who honorably served their country.  I thought that was pretty low.  And I was right, but I didn't think they could sink any lower.  Well, they did.

Also posted under ACORN.

Jay Z's American Fascism.  Who would have believed that a performing genre (it is a stretch to call it "music") dominated by convicted and confessed criminals, brutally misogynistic, preaching and practicing violence, would come to dominate American popular culture?  Jay Z, who brags of dealing drugs and shooting an older brother in his youth, and pleaded guilty to stabbing a record producer, could "help shape attitudes in a real (sic) positive way," according to President Obama.  Jay Z texts regularly with the president and is a regular White House visitor after opening Obama campaign rallies.

Red Flags? Company behind ObamaCare site has checkered past.  While the company behind the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov was virtually unknown to the American public until this month, critics say the Obama administration should have known this multibillion-dollar firm had a checkered history with other government contracts.  In projects stretching from Canada to Hawaii, parent company CGI Group and its subsidiaries ran into complaints about its performance.  And this was while, and in some cases before, CGI Federal was paid millions, along with other contractors, to create the ObamaCare website.

Army Chief Chafes at New Reliance on Technology.  America's appetite for war has shifted significantly in the last decade, prompting the Obama administration to lean heavily on the use of unmanned drone strikes and hawkish politicians of any stripe to stress that a proposed military action would not include "boots on the ground." [...] In an age of using technology to substitute for human warriors, one of the nation's highest-ranking officers cautions against relying too much on the 21st-century tools that have defined warfare over the last decade.

Did Jarrett And Michelle Pick Incompetent Website Firm?  Healthcare.gov's implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. [...] Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website?  It certainly wasn't based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website.

Department of Homeland Security is quietly considering lifting ban on Libyans coming to US.  The Department of Homeland Security is quietly considering lifting a long-standing ban on Libyans coming to the U.S. for training in the aviation and nuclear fields, according to an internal document, raising red flags for lawmakers who say Libya is still a security threat.  "Now, more than ever, we have concerns about terrorist activity in that country," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FoxNews.com.  "Now the administration wants to normalize — that's just not acceptable."

'This is nothing less than a profile in cowardice': Obama refuses to speak at 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.  President Barack Obama's affinity for Abraham Lincoln was on display through his political rise, but he won't be on hand to mark one of the 16th president's signature moments.  Obama has refused to attend the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania on November 19.  His decision, which has not been explained, has infuriated local media.

Chinese troops will have boots on the ground in Hawaii on Tuesday.  For the first time in history the U.S. Army will host the Communist Peoples Republic of China's Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013.  But don't worry while Chinese soldiers will have boots on the ground in Hawaii, they are only really "simulating".  "Simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country".

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Note that this disaster relief drill in Hawaii is taking place just after the strongest typhoon in recorded history has struck the Philippines.  This exercise was evidently planned weeks ago, but what military organization is unable to make last-minute changes in its plans?

Obamas Shut Down R Street for Valerie Jarrett's Birthday.  The Obamas shut down R Street at Florida Avenue NW in D.C. last night [11/15/2013] for a four-and-a-half-hour celebration of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's birthday.

How not to market insurance.  It's an old marketing maxim — sex sells.  And since nothing else is helping Obamacare sell (fewer than 27,000 people have successfully signed up for health insurance through the dangerously insecure federal Obamacare website), supporters in Colorado have decided to give this notion a try.

Abject Surrender by the United States.  This interim agreement is badly skewed from America's perspective.  Iran retains its full capacity to enrich uranium, thus abandoning a decade of Western insistence and Security Council resolutions that Iran stop all uranium-enrichment activities.

Lying Pays Off for Iran.  This agreement rewards Iran for a decade of lying to the IAEA and hiding its nuclear program, because it essentially accepts Iran's enrichment program.  The years of Iranian deceit of the IAEA and defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions have paid off.  Line two of the agreement, "Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapon," is after all false.

Iran Nuclear Deal Worst News Since Hitler Appeasement.  The nuclear deal with Tehran is right out of the Neville Chamberlain appeasement playbook.  A straight line can be drawn from President Obama's 2009 overture to Islamists and this historic misjudgment.

Obama makes room for fundraisers, golf in his schedule despite Obamacare troubles.  Since the launch of the HealthCare.gov on October 1, Obama has gone golfing five times and attended ten fundraisers — with five more scheduled for the beginning of this week — while Obamacare's favorability has hit all time lows.  And while President Obama's schedule has been open for golf and fundraisers, he was unable to attend the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Tuesday due to — as White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer put it — "this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the Dem Party."

For Obama, Everything Is About Politics.  Two minutes after the start of an event he was scheduled to headline, President Barack Obama stepped into his limo for the 13-minute ride to the Four Seasons Hotel here. [...] That same day was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which the president chose not to honor by attending a ceremony marking it.

Obama Chose Dishonor.  President Obama had to choose between dishonor and war and he chose dishonor.  Now we will have war.  He has dishonored U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Israel and the Persian Gulf states, by abandoning their security concerns regarding a nuclear Iran by believing that appeasing Iran is the only way to avoid war.

How Obama referred to Tea Party protesters as 'tea-baggers' in handwritten letter to Texas teacher.  Responding to an angry constituent's letter about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama allegedly used a sexually charged derogatory term referring to members of the Tea Party movement.  Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade school teacher from Irving, Texas, has sent the president a note criticizing Obamacare — the controversial law offering health care to the uninsured, which has become the butt of jokes following a disastrous launch last month.  'This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment...  The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed,' the Texas man wrote to the commander-in-chief.

Obama Refers to Tea Party Members as 'Tea-baggers'.  President Barack Obama used the sexually vulgar expression "tea-baggers" to refer to tea party members in a letter he wrote to a Texas grade school teacher.  The term "tea-baggers" has been used to ridicule the tea party, a group of American activists who advocate reducing taxes, shrinking the size of government, and returning to traditional family values.  Obama was replying to a letter he received from Thomas Ritter, a 5th grade school teacher from Irving, Texas.

Obama's Stubbornness.  "There are some things I really believe in," President Obama said last week.  He was putting it mildly.  Actually there are some things he really, really, really believes in — whether they work or not.  Either way, he's sticking with them.  And Obama is one stubborn dude.  This wouldn't be a problem if only a few of his lesser policies were at stake.  But it's his economic, domestic, and foreign policies that he's glued to, no matter what.

Did Obama know date of Mandela's death was June 26, 2013?  According to the read-by-millions Las Vegas Guardian Express, Mandela died on June 26th, 2013, but was kept on life support until December 2013.  On December 5, 2013, the White House tweeted a picture showing Obama behind the bars of the Robben Island prison, where Mandela had been incarcerated for 27 years.  The picture tweeted on Dec. 5, 2013 had been taken on June 29, 2013, when Barack and Michelle Obama visited the world famous site.  As president and first lady of the USA, the Obamas make pretty good vultures.

Christiane Amanpour Gushes as Obama Shakes Hands with Castro.  President Barack Obama declined even to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  Instead of attending, he dispatched a pair of former secretaries of state to attend.  Obama attended the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and addressed the service.  He also mixed and mingled, and CNN had its cameras trained on his every move, capturing this revealing moment.  [Photo]  "Castro!  He's shaking hands with Raul Castro!" Amanpour shouts as Obama seeks Castro out, bows to the Cuban dictator and takes his hand.

Pajama Boy: The Obama Machine's Id.  The Obama administration isn't doing very well with putting an empathetic face on its calamitous health-insurance law, is it?  First, we had Julia, the creepy, eyeless, vision-of-horror from Brave New World whose life was run from cradle to grave by the federal government.  Then, we had Adriana, the painfully neutral and carefully ambi-racial stock-model-from-everywhere whose face became so synonymous with HealthCare.gov's hilarious launch that she had to be replaced with a graphic plugging an 800 number.  And now, courtesy of Organizing for Action, we have Pajama Boy, a metrosexual hipster in a plaid onesie who wants you to spend your precious Christmas days talking to him about the president's vision for health insurance.

ObamaCare Chaos Continues.  We begin with the unintended comedy known as Pajama Boy.  The Obama administration's former campaign apparatus, Organizing for America (OFA), apparently believes the way to get the so-called "young invincibles," necessary to subsidize older and sicker Americans to sign up for healthcare, is to appeal to their inner metrosexual. [...] When the only commandment for implementing the progressive agenda is "by any means necessary," there are no such things as stereotypes, cliches, unseemly titillation — or the rule of law.

12 questions the White House press corps could have asked Obama about Obamacare.  [#12]  You are about to embark on a two-week Hawaiian vacation.  While no one begrudges the president Christmas with his family, are you aware that two state-level Obamacare exchange directors have resigned over taking ill-timed tropical vacations within the last two weeks?  Are you sending the wrong message by leaving for so long while your legacy law is in pretty great peril, while Americans are still reeling from cancellations and the prospect of being uninsured?

Terrorist abetting attorney released from prison thanks to Obama administration.  Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of smuggling messages from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman ("the Blind Sheikh" who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center) to his terrorist followers in Egypt, has been released early from prison thanks to the Obama administration.  She was released on grounds of "compassion" because she is terminally ill.

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This sounds like the case of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber who was released from prison because he was dying, but then took three years to do so.

What's Wrong With Obama?  Ariel Sharon — a man whose deeds as soldier, general, cabinet minister, and prime minister were decisive in the history of modern Israel, a soldier-statesman of true historical significance, a larger-than-life figure whose like we're unlikely to see again — dies, and Barack Obama issues a statement that would be appropriate if one were recognizing the death of a pedestrian functionary who had routinely served as the insignificant leader of a random country.

Anti-Intellectual Obama.  It was a distressing moment.  Not because Obama urged Americans to pursue vocational, rather than intellectual, degrees — that's fine, and potentially even good advice. [...] No, what's particularly distasteful about this episode is that Obama used art history, essentially, as a punchline.  The president of the United States implied that there is something inherently risible about devoting serious scholarship to mankind's highest cultural achievements.

Obama snubs Britain and cozies up to the French.  President Barack Obama tossed aside a long-standing 'special relationship' between the U.S. and Great Britain on Tuesday [2/11/2014], telling reporters that choosing a 'best ally' between France and the UK would be like choosing his favorite daughter.

Nasa Cuts Ties With Russia Over Ukraine.  Nasa employees cannot travel to Russia, host visitors, or email Russian counterparts, according to a memo sent out to workers.  Activities relating to the International Space Station are exempt.  In a statement Nasa said it will continue to work with Russia's space agency "to maintain safe and continuous operation" of the station.

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It's hard to imagine that the Russians will continue to provide transportation for American astronauts if the U.S. is burning its bridges.  In other words, this is a bad time to be an American in space.

President Obama chipped in money for his aunt's burial costs but skipped funeral to go golfing.  After [Zeituni] Onyango, 61, died at a Boston, Massachusetts nursing home after battling breast cancer and respiratory issues earlier this month, President Barack Obama returned the favor by helping to pay for her funeral expenses.  But the President did not attend the funeral. [...] The Weekly Standard first drew attention to the fact Obama was golfing at the time of his aunt's funeral.  On that day, Obama was at his regular golf course at Joint Base Andrews with frequent golfing buddies Marvin and Walter Nicholson and Joe Paulson.

Trans-Pacific Partnership a Bad Deal for America.  The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs.  The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia.  President Obama's recent trip to Asia revived debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the cornerstone of this administration's so-called pivot to Asia.

Jailbreak: Obama Releases 36,007 Criminal Aliens Into U.S..  Here's everything you need to know about immigration reform:  last year the Obama administration released 36,000 criminal aliens into the United States population.  The jailbreak was deliberate and included 193 murderers.  The Center for Immigration Studies obtained the information and released a report documenting the number and nature of the crimes committed by the aliens.  If 36,000 criminal aliens walking around your community wasn't enough, Obama's Department of Homeland Security is aiming to make it even easier for aliens to be released from detention.  That's what the groups agitating for immigration reform are demanding.  That's what the groups are likely to get.  The 2013 jailbreak included rapists, kidnappers, arsonists, burglars, sex offenders, and car thieves.  That's merely for 2013.

Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts.  Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics that could undercut the president's argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.  Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as "homicide-willful kill-public official-gun."

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Fidel Castro did the same thing 20 years ago.

Adolescent president shows his stuff.  Barack Obama shimmied across the Shake Shack counter following lunch with Joe Biden on Friday [5/16/2014].  Whitehouse.gov posted an official picture of the impromptu show on its website. [...] Could we have a more immature and pandering first couple than these two?

Gen. Michael Hayden: Obama's 'Going to Make Afghanistan Look Like Iraq'.  President Obama's plan to bring all but a few U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is "fairly dangerous," said retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, who served under President George W. Bush in various capacities.  "[L]et me parse out what the president just said:  'Before I leave office, I'm going to make Afghanistan look like Iraq.'  You know, going to zero (troops) in Iraq did not lead to a happy outcome.  And now he's committed to doing the same thing in Afghanistan.  I think it's fairly dangerous," Hayden told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday [5/28/2014].

WH to honor young illegal immigrants.  The White House will honor 10 young adults on Tuesday who came to the United States illegally and qualified for the president's program to defer deportation actions.  Each person has qualified for the government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, which delays removal proceedings against them as long as they meet certain guidelines.

Obama: White House Pies So Good, You'd Think There Was Crack in Them.  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had a bit of a weird moment at the White House tonight [6/30/2014] during an LGBT reception when the president praised the exquisite work of the White House Executive Pastry Chef and joked if he puts crack in them.  A crack joke at the White House.  Bet you never saw that coming.

Michelle Obama and crack pies.  At a White House reception for LGBT Pride Month, President Obama was praising outgoing executive pastry chef Bill Yosses for his ever so sweet baking skills.  Then the president suggested that perhaps Yosses' pies were so addicting because of a secret ingredient.

CBS's Garrett Criticizes WH Optics of Obama Going to Fundraisers, Not Border.  Wednesday [7/2/2014] at the White House daily briefing, CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett slammed White House press secretary Josh Earnest over the "optics" of President Barack Obama refusing to go to the U.S.-Mexico border in light of the humanitarian crisis of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across the border.

WH: Obama Won't Visit Border While Attending Three TX Fundraisers Next Week.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at Thursday's White House press briefing that Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Dallas on Wednesday and two events for the Democratic National Committee in Austin on Wednesday and Thursday.  When pressed about Obama's decision not to go to the border and the military bases and detention centers where illegal immigrant children are being warehoused, Earnest said Obama has all the information that he needs from his senior advisors.

Obama Heads to Texas.  Barack Obama will be in Texas this week to pick up some more payola from his fat cat Democrat friends.  He'll attend fundraisers in Dallas and Austin followed by a speech on the economy at the Paramount Theater so he can stick the taxpayers for the travel bill.  But according to his top men, he won't be hugging any lice-ridden children staying at makeshift shelters on the border.

How a campaign move on immigration is haunting Obama now.  The border crisis is forcing President Obama to pay the price for a re-election move he made two years ago.  At the time, Obama was hoping to energize Latino voters who were disappointed that he had raised deportations to record levels in an attempt to build credibility with Republican lawmakers for an eventual deal on immigration reform.  So in June 2012, Obama announced a half-measure he would take on his own.  Through an executive order, Obama allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came before the age of 16 to remain in the U.S.

The BBQ joint where NO ONE cuts the line... except Obama.  The president was seen cutting the line at Austin's Franklin Barbecue Thursday afternoon, while in town to raise money for the Democratic Party.  Lives at the eatery are infamously long, and have been known to stretch as long as three hours wait.  But Mr Obama did no waiting today, as he showed up at the restaurant, shook a few hands and made his way straight to the register to order more than $300 worth of meat.

The Deadly Obama Virus.  With the H1N1 scare and the look-at-me vaccine photo op far behind him, waiting in line wasn't something Obama wanted to do when he stopped for lunch at Franklin Barbeque in Texas.  President Obama was so eager to get "nine pounds of brisket, four pounds of turkey, ribs and a pecan pie for a total of $422" — he cut the line.

Democrats continue to pile on Obama for skipping the border.  Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas.  "I wish he would have come to the border,' said U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.  "It would have sent an important message to the rest of the country about how seriously he takes this issue beyond the spending request he sent to Congress last week."

Ten Days That Shook the United States.  [President] Obama had resisted the meeting with [Governor] Perry, as he resisted visiting the border along the Rio Grande.  In Dallas and Austin for big-buck fundraisers with his conspicuously wealthy friends, Obama was ultimately shamed into the meeting.  Given Obama's stubbornness and vanity, the meeting signified the White House's perception of the weight of the moment.

What Would Cause President Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?  What "tragedy" would be horrific enough for President Obama to cancel his usual schedule of speeches, lunches and fundraisers?  A commercial airliner shot down over Ukraine with Americans aboard?  No.  How about a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11, killing our ambassador and three others?  No.  Perhaps news that Israel has begun a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip?  No way.  Obviously our president believes that any change to his schedule is a sign of weakness.

Obama Prepares Pardons for Terrorists.  Bill Ayers' recent appearance on Megyn Kelly's Fox News program appears to be part of a systematic campaign to whitewash the activities of the communist terrorists who were murdering policemen and FBI agents during the 1960s and 70s, and to set the stage for their release and rehabilitation.  Kelly was unprepared for the interview and failed to consult prominent experts on the case, such as former FBI agent Max Noel.  "I'm extremely disappointed, as are a number of us who actually worked the WUO [Weather Underground Organization] case on a daily basis, in your attempt to 'confront him' without availing yourself of the knowledge that those of us who actually worked the case could have given you," Noel said in a message to Kelly.

Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday [7/15/2014] he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.

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Barack H. Obama never seems to consider (or care about) the cost of government mandates and research programs.

The Show Must Go On: Obama To Continue With This Week's Fundraising Trip Amid Crises.  You would think that with the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the recent international air disaster over Ukraine, and the massive influx of illegal immigrants on our Southern border, the White House would cancel the president's upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers.

Fundraising on the Titanic.  President Obama is set to make a West Coast swing this week, stopping in San Francisco and Los Angeles for fundraisers and photo-ops.  As Michael Shear noted over the weekend, Obama's decision to fundraise as the world burns isn't great for optics.

Amid Border Crisis, DHS Secretary To Participate in 'Let's Read! Let's Move!' Event.  Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America's southern border, but on Wednesday [7/30/2014] the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C.

50 Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong:  [#31]  George W. Bush quit playing golf in 2003 because he didn't want the mother of some fallen soldier to see the Commander-in-Chief out playing golf.  He also said he thought playing golf during a war sent the wrong signal to the American people.  Through June of 2014, Obama was up to 177 rounds and is on pace to play twice as much in his second term as his first term.

Karl: Obama W.H. 'Entirely Unconcerned' by Optics of Golfing During Crises.  ABC's Jon Karl reported Sunday that the Obama White House is "entirely unconcerned" about the optics of President Obama playing golf during the ongoing foreign policy crises.  "They are entirely unconcerned about it because their boss is entirely unconcerned about it.  Even if they were [concerned] there isn't anything they could do about it.  He likes to get out and play golf.  It was pretty remarkable, he got here [Martha's Vineyard] and on the golf course in almost record time.  I think we were on the island about an hour by the time he was already hitting off the first tee," Karl said on Good Morning America.

ABC and NBC Use False Talking Points to Counter Criticism of Obama's Vacation.  Eager to defend President Obama from criticism of his vacation in Martha's Vineyard amid multiple international crises, both Sunday's [8/10/2014] ABC Good Morning America and Monday's NBC Today used false spin to downplay the bad optics.  On GMA, co-host Dan Harris tried to deflect from Obama's time on the golf course by claiming that "George W. Bush played his fair share of golf during the Iraq war as well," an assertion that NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein promptly disproved.

Obama to jet off on two-week Martha's Vineyard vacation despite launching airstrikes in Iraq and fresh battles in Gaza.  President Barack Obama will embark on a previously planned two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard tomorrow regardless of the violence in Iraq and Gaza.  Even as the first military airstrikes he authorized in northern Iraq were carried out Friday [8/8/2014], Obama did not cancel the trip.  The White House said Thursday Obama would come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend meetings but he will rejoin his family at the vacation spot later that week.

ABC: Semi-retired president "entirely unconcerned" by optics of playing golf while Iraq melts down.  On the one hand, by his own admission, what's happening in northern Iraq is genocidal in intent.  On the other hand, Farm Neck sure is a sweet course.  Dilemmas, dilemmas.  He did authorize military action before hitting the links, but then so did Bush and that didn't spare him from lefty mockery for years afterward — and Bush quit the game in 2003 because he felt it sent "the wrong signal" when bombs were falling.

Obama vacations as the world burns.  Obama stood on the South Lawn on Saturday [8/9/2014] updating Americans on the new bombing campaign in Iraq — and then he boarded Marine One for a two-week trip to Martha's Vineyard.  There, half an hour after arriving at his vacation home, he was already on his way to a golf course.  He played again Sunday, then had a beach outing Monday followed by a political fundraiser.  Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is.  But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.

The war Obama didn't end.  What is happening in Iraq is exactly what we fought to prevent with the surge in 2007 and 2008.  It is heartbreaking commentary on President Obama's recklessness that we are now in an arguably worse position, with fewer options to reverse it.  He never ended the Iraq War, as he so proudly said.  He only abandoned it.

DHS broke law in releasing hundreds of criminal aliens: Audit.  The Obama administration broke the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, last February as a result of poor planning and micromanagement from Washington, according to an internal audit released Tuesday [8/12/2014] that says things have not improved in the 18 months since.  Compounding matters, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave bad information to Congress, initially blaming the looming budget sequester, rather than the agency's own budget pressures, the Homeland Security inspector general concluded.

Watchdog: 600-plus 'criminal' illegal immigrants released amid 2013 budget cuts.  More than 600 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions were released by federal authorities in early 2013 in advance of the "sequester" budget cuts, according to a government watchdog report obtained by FoxNews.com.  The report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General showed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement released "criminal aliens" from jails all over the country as part of a wave of releases in February 2013.  The agency came under fire at the time for the decision, which critics described as politically motivated and dangerous.

'When people are dying, you must come back from vacation': French foreign minister seems to slam Obama.  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama:  Get back to the White House and do something. [...] Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.  Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday [8/12/2014] to fun, sun, and more golf.

Viral pic of Obama dancing while Ferguson burned removed by photographer.  A picture of President Obama dancing at a party in Martha's Vineyard at the exact moment that police and protestors were confronting each other in Ferguson, MO has been deleted from the photographer's Instagram account.

Furious reactions to Obama's joyful 5-hour golf game overshadow his 5-minute ISIS speech.  President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying of photojournalist James Foley for five minutes on Wednesday [8/20/2014], telling a global audience that 'when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done.'  Almost immediately after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour round at Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha's Vineyard — his seventh 18-holes in ten days.  The decision brought a chorus of condemnation from TV commentators, journalists, conservative partisans and Twitter users.

Obama's duty to act.  Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would "see that justice is done" for the beheading of American journalist James Foley.  While his anger was palpable, Obama's resolve to rain death on the savages of ISIS was far from clear.  Worse, he signaled disdain for the gravity of the moment by going from the presidential podium straight to a vacation round of golf.

1,461 Days of Summer.  The headline was brutal. "Bam's Golf War: Prez tees off as Foley's parents grieve," read the cover of Thursday's [8/21/2014] New York Daily News.  Obama's gaffe was this:  He had denounced the beheading of James Foley from a vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, then went to the golf course.  Seems like he had a great time.  Such a great time that he returned to the Farm Neck Golf Club — sorry, membership is full — the next day.  Technically, Obama's vacation began on August 9.  It is scheduled to end on Sunday, August 24.  With the exception of a two-day interlude in D.C., it has been two weeks of golf, jazz, biking, beach going, dining out, celebrating, and sniping from critics, not all of them conservative, who are unnerved by the president taking time off at a moment of peril.

Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game.  What I should also be writing about this day is the remarkable strength and grace we witnessed while watching the parents of James Foley who were nothing short of stunning and inspirational in their televised conversation with the press.  Instead, I find myself compelled to write about the President's decision to keep his scheduled golf date with a couple of friends immediately following his televised comments — a decision that revealed a complete lack of class on Mr. Obama's part.

Obama tees off just 24 hours after being criticized.  The president drew fire Wednesday [8/20/2014] after reacting to [James] Foley's on-camera slaying for just five minutes, and then gripping his driver.  He had told a global audience minutes earlier that 'when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done.'  Then he was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour round at Farm Neck on Martha's Vineyard.

Obama's golf outing after Foley beheading was a huge mistake.  Sometimes a round of golf is just a round of golf.  And sometimes it reveals the essence of a man.  President Obama's decision to hit the links and yuk it up with pals immediately after speaking about the beheading of James Foley was no ordinary mistake.  Nor was it a simple gaffe.  The decision continues to cause an uproar because, like an X-ray, there is no escaping the image. [...] With even his media praetorian guard appalled, the golf outing is sparking a wider understanding that Obama is hollow, empty of the routine qualities Americans expect from their president.

Obama lands in the rough among critics over second day of golf.  The Putterer-in-Chief played golf again Thursday on ritzy Martha's Vineyard, a day after he raised eyebrows by seguing seamlessly from a statement on the terrorist butchery of ISIS to the links.  "It's bad because perception is very important in foreign affairs," Laura Ingraham, the conservative talk radio host, said in an email.  "Same reason it was important not to pose for a selfie at Mandela's funeral.  It all conveys a lack of seriousness and maturity."

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White House defends Obama playing golf.  The White House suggested Friday that President Barack Obama was trying to work out his tensions when he played 18 holes of golf on Wednesday — complete with grins and fist-bumps — immediately after delivering a brief but moving speech condemning the gruesome execution of American photojournalist James Foley.  And adding to the week of optics problems, Secretary of State John Kerry was spotted sailing off the island of Nantucket while the Pentagon and White House answered tough questions about the Middle East.

White House: That round of golf after the Foley video was released doesn't show the depth of Obama's grief.  Obama shouldn't (and won't) give in to ISIS's demands to stop the bombing in order to spare Sotloff's life but "fore" is not the proper response when you're given an ultimatum that involves a man's head being sawed off.  And of course it reinforced the perception that this guy simply doesn't much like his job anymore.  If watching jihadis decapitate an American citizen isn't enough to interrupt your recreation, what is?

When Barry Gets Blue.  The British press has mocked President Obama's golf game immediately following his statement on the beheading of James Foley.  The Daily Mail story includes a photo of Obama giving a fist bump for the ages. [...] But it's not just the British press.  The New York Daily News captured the reaction of sentient Americans with its "Bam's golf war" cover.

Even Obama's Defenders Can't Explain Obama's Golfing Decision.  A story in the New York Times this morning reveals that even the White House isn't sure how to explain President Obama's decision to golf immediately after his press conference denouncing Islamic State terrorists for beheading American journalist James Foley.

WH Snubbed US General and Margaret Thatcher's Funerals, Sending 3 Officials to Michael Brown's.  The Obama administration announced this weekend that it will be sending not one, but three, officials to attend the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday. [...] The decision would be highly questionable as is, but when compared to the White House's presence at, say, the funerals of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, it's deplorable.

Report: Obama Delayed James Foley Rescue a Month, Fretting over His Image and Golfing.  According to a new Sunday Times report by Toby Harden, "Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission."  It's claimed that Obama was concerned about his administration being Carterized had the mission failed.

Golf Is Not the Answer.  Immediately after his telephone call consoling the Foley family on their son's grisly murder at the hands of Islamofascists, President Barack Obama took a powder.  He headed for the golf course.  Yes, the golf course!  He had golfed eight times in eleven days, as the world was in tumult the likes of which we have not experienced since the late 1930s.  There is something very odd about this man.  He seems to think he can duck his obligations by lolling on the golf course.  Does he believe no one is looking?

Obama: 'Should Have Anticipated the Optics' of Golfing after Foley Statement.  President Barack Obama told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd Sunday morning [9/7/2014] that he should have anticipated the negative press from his rounds of golf, especially following his statement on the death of freelance American journalist James Foley.  "You know, it is always a challenge when you're supposed to be on vacation, because you're followed everywhere," Obama said.

Obama on golfing optics: Part of my job is 'theater'.  President Obama said he was near tears while talking to the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley, and he appeared to express some misgivings about his decision to play golf minutes after delivering an angry public statement about Foley's killing in Syria three weeks ago.  "I should've anticipated the optics," Obama said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" set to air Sunday [9/7/2014].  "Part of this job is also the theater of it," Obama said, adding that "it's not something that always comes naturally to me.  But it matters."

Last ditch attempt to rescue hostages from terrorists was crippled by 'dithering' Obama.  US commandos started to plan the mission in June, calculating that they could land in Syria, kill the terrorists and evacuate the hostages in 20 minutes.  But the mission was 'crippled,' according to The Wall Street Journal, when aides to President Obama said he would not approve surveillance flights over Syria to confirm the hostages' location.

A foreign policy conducted in a drug-addled haze.  See, kids, this is why you don't do drugs.  And this is why you will always eventually regret voting for somebody who boasted of all the coke and dope he did while smoldering about his absentee father.  President Choom Gang has demilitarized our military.  He sends the Department of Health and Human Services to the Mexican border to welcome and take care of tens of thousands of illegal children streaming across.  And now he wants to deploy American troops into West Africa to combat the Ebola virus.

The stupidity of 'don't do stupid stuff'.  In 2011, against the advice of generals who urged a residual force of 23,000, Obama pulled all of his forces out of Iraq, [...] Soon after, he refused — against the advice of Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and David Petraeus — to arm and equip pro-western rebels in Syria, ensuring therein that President Bashar Assad would keep power, and creating a vacuum into which sinister forces would flow.  The two came together in 2013, when radical forces from Syria rolled into a weakened Iraq, raping and killing, and wiping out Christians en masse.  Mistake number three was when Obama blew off repeated reports of this rampage, dismissed the fall of Fallujah and Mosul as in any way serious, coming alive only when ISIS's threat to the Kurdish capital city blasted him out of his reveries.  By that time there had been hundreds of rapes, many beheadings, and hundreds of thousands were dead.

Tardy Obama talks tough on ISIS. But can anyone really believe him?  In an interview last weekend Obama told NBC's Chuck Todd that the art of political theater does not come naturally to him.  How can we say this politely?  That's barnyard excrement.  He simply doesn't care about awful optics.  From Day One, the Obamas partied with celeb pals during the height of unemployment.  When thousands of Americans were losing their homes, Obama's White House made do with only 54 Christmas trees.  He's urged Americans to vacation on the recovering Gulf Coast and then taken himself and entire family elsewhere.  He expressed profound sadness and prayerful solidarity with the family of a beheaded American journalist but not enough to prevent another golf game minutes later.  The four Benghazi bodies were not yet cold before Obama was off to glad-hand donors in Vegas.

Obama's bungling alters midterms at 11th hour.  While Barack Obama was playing his 190th round of golf as president, chilling out on Martha's Vineyard for a 15-day vacation at a $12 million mansion, the U.S. electorate began to change — fast. [...] The president's spectacular incompetence in fixing the U.S. economy had been on full view for more than five years, but Americans were only now getting a glimpse of his disastrous foreign policy skills.

Obama vs. the generals.  Pity poor Gen. Lloyd Austin, top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East.  Rarely has a U.S. general given his commander in chief better military advice, only to see it repeatedly rejected.  In 2010, Gen. Austin advised President Obama against withdrawing all U.S. forces from Iraq, recommending that the president instead leave 24,000 U.S. troops (down from 45,000) to secure the military gains made in the surge and prevent a terrorist resurgence.  Had Obama listened to Austin's counsel, the rise of the Islamic State could have been stopped.

Obama Declines to Attend Memorial Dedication for Disabled Veterans.  The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C.  However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who is familiar with the situation.  This would be among the first national memorials in recent history not to be formally accepted in person by a sitting U.S. president.

The Barbarians Within Our Gates.  With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to knowingly enter a quagmire.  He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries — Iraq and Syria — whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon.  Obama is stepping once again — and with understandably great reluctance — into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down

Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama's ISIS Strategy Doesn't Have 'A [...] Chance [...] Of Succeeding'.  The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail.  "I don't think the president's plan has a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding," retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration, said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to a source in attendance.

Obama's ISIS Strategy Will Be His Jimmy Carter Moment.  The Obama administration is now so tongue-tied it can't tell us what it is about to do in the Middle East.  So let's pitch in:  The Obama administration is going to war in Iraq and Syria.  Having settled that, the arithmetic is simple:  This is the third war against Islamic jihadists Washington has waged in a little more than 10 years, and its Washington's third big mistake.

Obama uses coffee cup to salute Marines.  President Barack Obama returned a formal military salute with a one-handed coffee-cup salute Tuesday [9/23/2014], only a few hours after he dispatched the nation's military on their attack mission into northern Syria. [...] The salute is "the most important of all military courtesies," says a manual for Marine Corps officer candidates.

Commander-in-chief sparks anger by saluting US Marines with drink in his hand.  President Barack Obama saluted a pair of United States Marines on Tuesday [9/23/2014] while holding what appeared to be a styrofoam cup in his saluting hand, a breach of military regulations that won't win him fans among veterans and servicemen.  Obama is known for drinking tea, not coffee, when he travels, especially before delivering speeches.  His quasi-saluting gesture was an instant embarrassment for the White House, and not because his environmentally taboo drinkware clashed with the green-policy speech he was on his way to deliver at a UN Climate Summit.

Obama Salutes Marine Guard with a Coffee Cup.  President Obama today [9/23/2014] saluted his Marine Corps guard with a coffee cup as he descended to stairs of his Marine One chopper after landing in New York City.  The White House, either not caring about or not understanding the show of disrespect, actually posted video of the moment on Instagram.  [Video clip]

Obama's slovenly salute says more than he'd like.  Every modern president since Truman has had military (and saluting) experience — except two Democrats.  And both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had trouble with the salute.  Clinton because his first-term salutes were sloppy and awkward.  And Obama because preoccupied with himself he has on occasion neglected to return the salutes offered by presidential Marine guards as a sign of respect for the office, not the individual.

Will Obama Cancel DNC Fundraiser in Wake of Heartland Beheading?  Earlier this month, Obama told NBC News he regretted the "optics" surrounding his decision to go golfing just minutes after making a speech about the beheading of another American, journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS terrorists.

Obama Invites Indian Leader to Dinner While He Is Observing Religious Fast.  The Obama administration was grilled on Monday [9/29/2014] for inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a state dinner while he is fasting as part of a Hindu religious observance, a move that has been criticized by some as insensitive.  Obama will host Modi Monday evening at the White House "for a private dinner" that will also be attended by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House announced Monday morning.  The event is closed to the press.  However, the administration appears to have forgotten that Modi is in the middle of carrying out a religious fast in observance of the Hindu navratri, in which the faithful abstain from food, according to reports.

What Is With Our President?  Granted, we don't want our president panicking on camera when ominous news strikes.  But even his defenders would have to admit that Obama increasingly offers strangely muted, disconnected, or listless responses to frightening news developments.  The day the plane was shot down over Ukraine, he offered some pro-forma comments before his well-worn infrastructure speech, then continued on to his scheduled fundraisers.  He went to Texas for a series of fundraisers but refused to visit the border at the height of the humanitarian crisis of unattended children entering the United States.  He denounced the beheading of an American, then immediately headed off to the golf course.

Sen. Ayotte: Obama Only Attacking ISIS to Help Dems in Midterm.  Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told Fox News Sunday [10/5/2014] that she worried President Barack Obama was only confronting ISIS to help Democrats in the upcoming midterms, and that he would ease up on the Sunni militants after the election.  "I think we have a problem where the president's foreign policy is being trapped by his campaign rhetoric," Ayotte said.  "I'm very fearful as we look at the current military strategy that it is surrounding the November elections, and he won't have the resolve to follow through with what needs to be done in a sustained effort to destroy ISIS."

Ebola and Obama.  There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas.  Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done.  The reason?  Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with the goal of fighting the disease.  In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.

Returning To Peace Through Strength.  Less than three weeks from election day, the nation faces threats as dangerous and more diverse than September 11, 2001.  This predicament can be directly traced to the misguided, reckless, and naive policies of the Obama administration.  The threat of ISIS arose from President Obama's abandonment of Iraq.  In the vacuum that his own military leadership warned him of, ISIS seized much of Iraq and moved into Syria.  Americans are all too familiar now with ISIS' barbarity in the form savage beheadings paraded over the internet.  Compounded by gross negligence at the nation's borders and immigration policies imposed by fiat from the administration that subvert the will of the people, Americans find themselves facing everything from the prospect of terrorists entering the nation illegally, to the spread of Ebola in the United States from foreign travelers.

The dumbest move yet on Iran?  The news media broke (or were given) the story that President Obama penned a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader: [...] Writing one letter , let alone four, is among the dumbest moves in a foreign policy with far too many blunders in it already.  Even worse, Obama seemed to be suggesting just the sort of alliance critics have suspected was his objective all along and which will certainly terrify Israel and our Sunni allies.

Keywords: cad, lout, oaf, uncouth.
Gum-chewing, limo-eschewing Obama riles some Chinese.  Obama emerged from his car chewing gum; he's a well-known user of Nicorette, the smoking-cessation gum.  But Chinese Internet users, accustomed to the highly formal standards of their stiff party leadership, quickly characterized the leader of the world's most powerful nation as an impolite "idler," or careless "rapper."  "We made this meeting so luxurious, with singing and dancing, but see Obama, stepping out of his car chewing gum like an idler," wrote Yin Hong, a professor of journalism at Beijing's Tsinghua University, on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo micro-blog service.

President Obama Spotted Chewing Gum Again While Abroad.  It seems President Obama didn't learn his lesson after the outrage in Beijing earlier this week over his gum chewing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.  As the G20 summit got underway in Brisbane today, the president was once again spotted smacking gum as he chatted with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the first plenary session.

The Editor says...
I suspect that Mr. Obama is a hopelessly addicted smoker, and I further suspect that he is chewing nicotine gum continually while he is away from the White House, because there is no place to go smoke privately.  But even if he needs a nicotine fix, it's still inexcusably crass to chew gum in public when you're overseas representing an entire country.

Boehner: House will act to stop Obama on immigration.  Speaker John Boehner vowed Friday that the House would act to stop President Obama's executive action on immigration, saying it was "damaging the presidency."  "With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms that he claims to seek," Boehner said in a news conference at the Capitol.  "And as I told the president yesterday, he's damaging the presidency itself."

Major blowback from Obama's insult to Australia at the G20 in Brisbane.  Barack Obama has managed to damage the formerly close relationship between the United States and Australia, a cornerstone of our presence in the Pacific.  Unless you read American Thinker, you probably don't know about the fuss created when President Obama stuck his nose in Australian domestic politics and insulted that ally during his closing remarks at the G20 Summit in Brisbane last week.

He had better things to do?  Like what?
Obama Did Not Watch St. Louis County Prosecutor's Announcement.  CBS News reports that Obama did not watch St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's announcement, but his aides did and briefed him.

Obama's Tradition Of Fanning The Flames Of Racial Discord.  On Wednesday [12/3/2014], President Obama laughably claimed that he has "a tradition" of not interfering in controversial cases before they are resolved.  "My tradition is not to remark on cases where there may still be an investigation," he said to guffaws all across the nation.  That may have been true for his predecessors, but it certainly is not true for him.  Whether it was Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, or Michael Brown, the Community Organizer in Chief made a point of very inappropriately weighing in while the investigation was ongoing.

Obama will not submit to an interview if there is any possibility of having to answer tough questions without a teleprompter.
Hard-hitting: Obama goes to Ryan Seacrest, ESPN to pitch Obamacare.  President Obama is taking this year's pitch for Obamacare to a couple of friendly media pals, Ryan Seacrest and ESPN.  According to the White House pool, he will be interviewed by them today as he pushes for more people to sign up for the health insurance program by Dec. 15.  On ESPN, he is expected to talk about the move by teams to support protesters of recent grand jury decisions not to indict police in the shooting of blacks.

Coburn: Expanding park service a 'disastrous idea'.  A federal lands package tucked into Congress' annual defense policy bill has sparked a larger debate over the government's role as a landlord.  The package, which was approved with broad bipartisan support Friday as part of the 2015 Defense Authorization Bill, designates 250,000 acres of new federal wilderness, in addition to 15 new national park units or expansions and three new wild and scenic river designations.  The provisions also include transferring management of a 140-square-mile national preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service and making a land swap in Arizona that would clear the way for a disputed copper mine.

Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug inmates and pardons a dozen more federal convicts.  President Barack Obama on Wednesday [12/17/2014] cut short prison time for eight drug convicts and issued pardons to twelve other federal offenders in a move designed to draw attention to his objections to mandatory-minimum drug sentencing.

A Turning Point?  Now that the President is seeking to "normalize" relations with the Communist hell hole of Cuba, is there any totalitarian enemy of the United States that he has not sought to cozy up to?  Russia? check.  Hillary hit the reset button years ago, remember?  Iran? absolutely:  what more could Obama do to assure that Iran becomes a nuclear power?  China?  Obama made a special trip there to agree that the United States to hamstring its economy by adopting emissions standards that China wouldn't have to adopt for decades.

Obama Golfs After Receiving Word of NYPD Shooting.  President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon [12/20/2014], according to the White House press pool report.

Obama calls NYPD commissioner from Hawaii [...] before heading straight to the golf course.  The White House said Sunday [12/21/2014] that the president called New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton — but not [Mayor] de Blasio — during the Obama family's extended Hawaii vacation to offer 'his full support for any possible assistance in the days and weeks ahead.'  The president then left his vacation home to play golf.

'Patient Dialogue'?  Well, at least he didn't say police "acted stupidly."  But President Obama's call for "patient dialogue" in the aftermath of the premeditated, cold-blooded murder of NYPD Officers Wenjian Lu and Rafael Ramos is maddening.  Dialogue is an exchange that takes place when there are competing points of view and it is reasonable to believe that both of them may have a point.  Does the president really think there are two sides to this story?

At Christmastime, George W. Bush was Santa, Obama is Scrooge.  Every year, in the week between Christmas and New Year's, I think about George W. Bush.  It was in that week each year for the eight years I covered him as a reporter that he gave me a spectacular gift — and he knew it.

Soldiers Relocate Wedding to Accommodate Obama's Golf Game.  Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair of captains in the Army, were walking from their wedding rehearsal on Saturday [12/27/2014] at the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii when they were informed they'd have to move their wedding, scheduled for the next day.  President Barack Obama wanted to play through.

CNN's Chris Moody: Optics of Obama Forcing Army Couple to Move Wedding 'Hilariously Bad'.  On Monday afternoon [12/29/2014], CNN's Wolf covered the controversy surrounding President Obama's playing of golf on a Hawaii golf course that forced an Army couple about to be married there to move their wedding during which CNN's Chris Moody called the optics of the move "hilariously bad."  Following a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential campaign, substitute host Brianna Keilar introduced the topic and after some background on what happened, Keilar and Time's Zeke Miller did their best to defend the President and the White House, pointing out that there was "no way that the President" or the White House knew of this decision beforehand by the golf course. [Video clip]

Obama kicks Army wedding off Hawaii golf course so he can play.  Natalie Heimel and fiancé Edward Mallue Jr. were scheduled to marry at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii golf course Sunday.  Unfortunately, the couple was informed during their wedding rehearsal Saturday — just one day before the ceremony — that they would have to move their wedding because Obama wanted to play golf.

White House Photog Says Obama Not 'Disrespecting Office' with Feet Up.  White House photographer Pete Souza released his top photos of 2014 — with extended captions to explain why President Obama has his feet up on the coffee table and why it looks like staffers are bowing to the commander in chief.

Late-stage Obama suddenly wants to get along.  President Obama was slow to recognize the result of the 2014 election.  In November, immediately after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and secured their largest majority in Congress since the 1920s, Obama responded at first by claiming that he had a mandate from non-voters.  He then proceeded to roll out some of his most ambitious autocratic governing actions yet on the issues of immigration and Cuban relations — this from a presidency already known for unilateral executive decisions on such important topics as war, health care, education, and union bargaining.  He did so, heedless of warnings that he was creating terrible precedents for future presidents to exploit and that he was poisoning his relations with the new Congress.

Obama mourns ESPN death, not general's.  President Obama immediately issued a statement upon the death of a sportscaster at ESPN over the weekend.  But when terrorists killed Army Major General Harold J. Greene in Kabul Afghanistan this summer, the commander-in-chief's silence was so loud that even the Washington Post noticed.

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The most obvious explanation is the most likely:  Obama spends all day watching ESPN, but he probably had never heard of General Greene.

Krauthammer: Obama Saying No Nation Should Dominate Another "Single Stupidest Remark" Uttered By A President.  ["]Let me remind you of the first grade speech that Obama made about foreign policy.  He was at the U.N. in 2009 and he actually said no nation can or should dominate another.  Without a doubt the single stupidest remark about foreign policy ever uttered by a president of the United States.  He continues to say no balance of power can ever endure and he went on to say that no alliance based on the divisions of the Cold War, the obsolete divisions of the Cold War, makes any sense in this century.["]

Krauthammer: This is the Stupidest Line Ever Uttered by a US President.  [Video clip]

Obama debases the presidency in sit-down interviews with YouTube celebrities.  In an effort at outreach to the large and growing Moron-American voting bloc, President Obama went to considerable trouble to conduct sit-down interviews with three YouTube celebrities at three specially constructed sets erected in the White House following his State of the Union address.  The event was also commemorated with (what else?) a selfie.

White House Officially Declared Laughingstock.  In what the White House no doubt concluded was a brilliant stunt that would allow President Obama to widely distribute his message unimpeded by tough questions and annoying follow ups, Obama aides enlisted three people who have built a large following on YouTube — that should have disqualified them right there — to grill the president[.]

Fox's Kurtz: Obama YouTube Interview Was 'Beneath the Dignity of the Office'.  President Obama did an interview earlier today [1/22/2015] with three very popular YouTube celebrities.  The press corps was somewhat flabbergasted by this, given the president's reticence to engage with them more.  Now, considering the three interviewers were all YouTube celebrities, they did actually throw some good questions the president's way.  But to Fox's Howard Kurtz, an interview with YouTubers felt "beneath the dignity of the office" of the presidency.

Obama Presidency Now Redolent Of A Banana Republic.  Yemen's government fell and Saudi Arabia's king died.  But President Obama busied himself with YouTube stars and some of the lowest characters on the Internet.  Is this our descent to a banana republic?

GloBama Goes Full Troll.  On Thursday [1/22/2015], President Barack Obama sat down with YouTube sensation GloZell Green — she of the bathing in Froot Loops and the cinnamon challenge — to discuss issues ranging from SportsCenter (Obama's favorite pastime) to the "po-po" (GloZell's terminology).  The same day, the White House announced that it would not be hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Speaker of the House John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress.  He's got a busy schedule, after all.

Obama Apparently Unaware of Past Mockery by Comedian Interviewing Him.  Three YouTube stars were chosen by Barack Obama to interview him.  One of them was comedian Glozell Green with whom your humble correspondent is quite familiar because I have been subscribing to her channel for years and enjoyed her videos, especially the ones in which she viciously but hilariously mocks Obama's blindly loyal supporters as well as his programs.  Apparently the White House vetters must have been unaware of such videos when Glozell Green was chosen for the interview.

'Fruit Loop' Obama's Peculiar Priorities.  Barack Obama is a man who painstakingly sets his priorities.  Take, for instance, the recent funerals of two NYPD officers who were shot in the head by a radical Islamist thug as they sat in their parked police cruiser.  Sadly, the president was not able to attend either Officer Ramos's or Liu's funeral.  However, while the Big Apple was steeped in unbearable heartache, with a heavy heart about being otherwise committed and under much emotional duress, a greatly shaken Obama and the first lady did manage to soothe their grief with a $1,000-a-couple dinner at the swanky Hawaiian Vintage Cave.

President Gumball.  As a little girl, I was always reminded by my mother that gum chewing was in poor taste.  She would recite this little ditty and it has stuck with me ever since.  It seems so apropos when watching the spectacle of our President-of-Poor-Manners as he gallivants the globe and chews gum at formal events.

Do ya think? Obama says ISIS 'appears only interested in death and destruction'.  Now, we all know by now Barack Hussein Obama prides himself on being cool and aloof.  Last summer when ISIS beheaded an American, Obama denounced it at a brief photo-op it, then played a long round of fist-bumping golf with pro athlete pals.  Obama skipped the funeral of the first U.S. general killed in combat in decades because he was on vacation. [...] No wonder we've never seen Obama donate blood.  He doesn't have any.  Or passion.  Or humanity.

Politico: Obama 'Drones on Like a Slow Leak from a Monster Truck Tire' in Vox Interview.  [Scroll down]  The YouTube interview with the woman who eats cereal from the bathtub wasn't any less silly than this fawning effort from Klein and Yglesias.  In the months leading up to the 2012 election, President Obama only granted interviews to local outlets or variety show hosts.  He was mocked for this by many Republicans but it turned out to have been a pretty sound strategy.  The casual voters who don't consume political news 24/7 are found watching talk shows, not cable news.  He doesn't need the votes now, yet he still is going for appearances with puppy-eyed hero worshipers.

Obama 'selfie stick' video: End of Western civilization or hip marketing?  BuzzFeed got President Obama to make a video.  In it he uses a hand-held camera extender known as a selfie stick, makes a "thanks, Obama" joke when his cookie won't fit in a glass of milk, and mugs in front of a strangely dirty mirror. [...] This isn't the first time the president has used an unusual video appearance (or debased himself, depending on your point of view) to promote ACA sign-ups.

Obama White House dithered for nearly a month before launching rescue.  The United Kingdom gave the Obama administration intelligence in June 2014 about where in Syria the ISIS terror army was holding its American captives, but the White House dithered and missed its opportunity to rescue them, according to a shocking report published Thursday [2/12/2015].  U.S. and British officials said the administration sat on the information for nearly a month before launching a military raid to recover American aid worker Kayla Mueller and journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.  By the time a rescue was mounted on July 4, 2014, the hostages had been moved.

Geraldo Defends Obama's BuzzFeed Video to a Very Disapproving Fox & FriendsFox & Friends was not happy to learn that President Barack Obama was filming a goofy BuzzFeed video, a promotion for the Affordable Care Act enrollment, on the same day he announced the death of U.S. hostage Kayla Mueller.  This played like a retread of last summer's "Obama golfed after speaking on James Foley" narrative that gave Fox News so much and asked so little in return.  But the morning troika had difficulty getting a rise out of Geraldo Rivera, a man curiously antiquated on social media lingo for someone so selfie-adept.  "The timing is horrible," Geraldo acknowledged.  "But I notice that he did get almost 6 million hits on the video. [...]"

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In Geraldo's shallow little world, monumentally poor judgment and needless degradation of the presidency doesn't matter as much as the collection of six million hits.

While Obama Plays with Selfie Stick for BuzzFeed, ISIS Closes In on U.S. Marines in Iraq.  One can debate all that went wrong in Iraq in the last five years, but there has been one constant in this equation that entire time:  the Americans have had the same commander in chief since 2010.

Obama's Childish Selfie Indulgence Diminishes Presidency.  As our narcissist in chief poses and preens with a selfie stick in a BuzzFeed video, the world comes apart at the seams and chaos reigns.  Have we ever had a less serious person in the White House?

Feds' relocation of Somali refugees stresses Minn. welfare, raises terror fears.  The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America's most generous welfare and charity programs.  But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state's safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.

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They're the best of both liberal worlds:  Freeloading foreigners who stay on welfare as they multiply, then turn into terrorists.  Thanks, Barry!

Obama's Chicago Presidency.  Obama has chosen to skip various widely attended anniversaries, including the liberation of Auschwitz and the Battle of Gettysburg.  He passed on the commemorative march of world leaders who condemned the terrorist killings in Paris.  Critics pounced.  How does the president have time to meet with GloZell, do his March Madness NCAA-tournament basketball picks, or banter with Internet bloggers if he cannot meet with the current chief of NATO?  Why does he jet out to California to do Jimmy Kimmel, but refuse to fly to Paris to show solidarity against Islamic violence?  Why would Obama fly all the way to Denmark to lobby for a Chicago Olympics, but not attend the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall? [...] The point is that it was his pleasure not to attend any of them.  The full Obama cares nothing about appearances.  Indeed, he feels that such disdain magnifies his godhead, as someone absolutely immune to tradition, protocol, and criticism.

Obama's Twitter photo crops out George, Laura Bush.  President Obama, to much fanfare, has finally created a Twitter account, but he decided to crop out the former president and first lady from his featured photograph.  The president picked a picture of himself (as always) at the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Ala.  The photo features the Obama family, Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, and others walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  But just off frame in the featured photo is George and Laura Bush.  The picture could easily have been expanded to include President No. 42, but wasn't.

President Obama Fundraises in Hollywood While Nation Grieves for Charleston.  President Obama on Thursday [6/18/2015] addressed the horrific massacre of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church — and then boarded Air Force One to California for a series of high-dollar fundraisers to benefit the Democrat party.  Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles early Thursday afternoon for a pair of pricey fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the DNC's 2016 White House Victory Fund.

Obama expected to golf at water-guzzling Palm Springs links amid record drought.  President Obama is expected to spend the weekend golfing in the lush environs of Southern California's verdant desert resorts near Palm Springs — resorts that are among the state's top guzzlers of water.  If he does indeed hit the links, the outing would take place during California's record drought, on the heels of a Democratic fundraiser at the home of billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer, and just days after Obama welcomed Pope Francis' encyclical warning about the dangers of human-caused climate change.

Obama uses the N-word in podcast interview.  President Barack Obama did not mince words in discussing race in a recent interview, going so far as to use the N-word in talking about America's complex racial history when speaking to Marc Maron on the comedian's "WTF" podcast in Los Angeles last week.

Obama's Failure to Understand the Symbols of his Office.  I wonder what would happen if nine people were murdered in a church and a Republican president jetted out to the West Coast for four days of fundraising and golf.  Surely, the sensitivity police would have been brought out in force and locked down the nation's airwaves, commenting on the callousness of the president and the Neanderthal nature of Republicans in general.  But Obama returned Sunday night from four fundraisers and two rounds of golf without hearing a peep of protest, his devotion to government having pre-certified him as a caring, sensitive type and rendered him immune to suggestions otherwise.  But the parties, the constant golf, the extravagant and frequent vacationing do take a toll.

Obama: Unpunished in Press for Skipping Away from Tragedy for a Podcast, Fundraisers, and Golf.  In the wake of the Charleston church shooting, Republican candidates canceled events in South Carolina and altered their schedules.  President Obama did no such thing, jetting off to four California fundraisers, golfing in Palm Springs, and doing a leftist podcast with former Air America host Marc Maron in a garage. [...] The [Washington] Post isn't going to point out where Maron lands politically, because he's very liberal, and so are they.  His Air America show was called Morning Sedition, which is a play on the NPR morning news show Morning Edition.  But on Monday [6/22/2015], Post reporter Steven Mufson could only ooze Maron hosted an "extremely popular" podcast series.

Obama's Contradictory, Appalling New Hostage Policy.  President Obama Wednesday announced a new policy regarding U.S. hostages that is designed, albeit not purposely, to get more Americans kidnapped and killed.  The policy, in short, is that while the government still may not ransom hostages, private citizens can — even though it's against the law — and will be aided by the government in their "communications" with the terrorists.  Obama said as much during an appearance at the White House, and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was only "likely" that the administration would at least try to dissuade families from paying ransoms and did not deny a reporter's statement that the government was giving its "tacit approval" to the practice.

WH Spox: President Celebrated ObamaCare Decision with High Fives, Hugs, Happy Dances.  Thursday [6/25/2015] on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," White House communications director Jen Psaki said of the president's reaction to the Supreme Court upholding a key provision of ObamaCare was celebratory.

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How I miss the days when adults worked in the White House and maintained some semblance of decorum regardless of the circumstances.

Barack, Michelle Obama Allow Daughter Malia to Have Unsupervised Day With Known Child Molester.  President Obama and wife Michelle allowed eldest daughter, Malia, 17, to visit the set of the often x-rated HBO show "Girls" to spend time — alone — with self-admitted child rapist Lena Dunham this week.

Obama's Daughter Scores Internship With Notorious Sex Offender.  Do you think the Obamas are even aware of Lena Dunham's admitted offenses?  Or the fact she also made up a story about being raped?  Does any of this even matter to these people?

Obama Writes Personal Letters to 46 Felons; No Contact with Kathryn Steinle's Family.  Nearly two weeks after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was murdered on San Francisco's Pier 14 by an illegal alien and convicted felon who was released from prison earlier this year, President Barack Obama has failed to contact the victim's family or mention her in public.  Yet Obama took the time to write (and release) 46 personal letters this month to felons imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses whose sentences he has commuted.

Obama's dangerous commutation that no one noticed.  In a Florida court in January of 1998, Harold Kenneth Herring was sentenced to life in prison on multiple felony charges, including possession of a controlled substance and conspiring to traffic in cocaine.  Later this month, he will walk out of prison at the age of 76, thanks to a commutation of his and 21 other sentences by President Obama in March. [...] While Herring might not be a danger to his community now at the age of 76, at one point in his life he was a very dangerous man — a convicted felon who still managed to get possession of an illegal gun.  Can we properly define criminals with guns as "nonviolent"?  Aren't those the very people we should want off the streets?

White House Celebrates Muslim Holiday on Day Muhammad Murders Four Marines.  President Barack Obama sent a celebratory message to Muslims around the world on the White House Twitter account nearly two hours before his first tweet on the subject of four dead Marines killed by an Islamic gunman.  "From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!" -@POTUS to Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr," the White House tweeted.  This message was tweeted at 4:48 p.m. according to the White House Twitter feed.

Obama moves to reverse two decades of success in reducing crime.  Having empowered Iran's criminal regime and all but ensured its long-term survival, President Obama is turning his attention to doing what he can for American criminals.  In one day this week, he commuted the sentences of 46 criminals, the most presidential commutations in a single day since at least the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, according to the White House.  The president also took the time to write a personal letter to each of the 46 criminals.  He has not, however, contacted the family of Kathryn Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal alien and convicted felon who was released from prison earlier this year.

Obama Wants To Free More Felons, Give Them The Vote.  What timing. Since Trump and Steinle we are hearing daily reports about the crimes committed by criminals who have been released by the government.  And, of course, now there is the 'El Chapo' escape.  And yet Obama and Hillary want to release even more criminals upon the American public.

Obama Praises Move To Recognize Eid As An Official Holiday.  Keep in mind, he said this just after a Muslim killed four U.S. Marines and a sailor on American soil.

Yes, Beatrice, Obama Hates Our Military.  The White House has now reversed itself and ordered flags flown at half-mast — but not until after they refused to do so while the Capitol (and the States) did.  How much more do you need to see when five of our servicemembers are gunned down in an act of terrorism on our soil, potentiated by a government that refuses to recognize everyone's 2nd Amendment rights, including members of our military, and then goes even further by posting "gun free zone" signs on the door!  Oh, it doesn't stop there either. [...]

Current Obama Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay has One Tiny Flaw: It's Illegal.  Not that appears to have ever stopped this particular president. [...] Say, I've got an idea:  let's have Lois Lerner and John Koskinen do all the planning for this patently illegal operation and the cover-up which is sure to follow.

Obama Carbon Regulations could leave Manatees out in the cold.  It's no secret the President's carbon regulations will force the premature retirement of coal-fired power plants across the U.S.  In fact the President seems wholly indifferent to the thousands of jobs and livelihoods he's destroying.  However what the President and EPA did not count on is that some of the power plants that will be shuttered are integral to the survival of hundreds of Florida manatees.  The issue stems from the fact that the warm-water discharge from some Florida coal-fired power plants, such as Florida's Big Bend Power Station, has become home to hundreds of West Indian manatees.  The manatees are drawn to the warm-water discharge for a nearly six-month period in the winter.

Obama Ignores V-J Day Remembrance.  Today in London, Queen Elizabeth II attended a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church to commemorate the end of the war.  Also attending was Prime Minister David Cameron, who related to reporters the significance of remembering the sacrifice of the British soldiers who fought in World War II.  After the service ended, the Queen met and chatted with WWII veterans and former prisoners-of-war, now in their 90's.  And President Obama?  He appeared on a video to mark [...] the one-year-anniversary of the violence in Ferguson that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Just in case you thought Hillary might be indicted, Obama spent the weekend socializing with her and Bill.  Not just socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that Hillary Clinton's prospects are important to him and his party.  When was the last time the subject of an FBI investigation that's on the front page of newspapers across the country got to party with the president the same week? [...] Who cares if there's an appearance of impropriety here?  What are you going to do, impeach him?

Boehner condemns McKinley name change.  House Speaker John Boehner said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's plan to rename Alaska's Mount McKinley "Mt. Denali," joining a chorus of Republican lawmakers, even though the change has roots in the Republican Party.  The peak, which is the tallest in North America, was named after the nation's 25th president and former Ohio governor, William McKinley, in 1896.  Boehner, from Ohio, joined other lawmakers from his state in condemning the move, which Obama announced Sunday [8/30/2015].

White House announces that Mount McKinley will now be called by its Alaskan name, Denali.  President Barack Obama will change the name of Mount McKinley, the top of which is the country's highest point, back to its traditional Alaskan title, Denali.  His administration announced the name change on Sunday [8/30/2015], citing the authority of the Department of the Interior, ahead of a trip to Alaska on Monday that will see him become the first sitting president to visit the state's Arctic.  Alaskans have long called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali, though pushes by its politicians to have the name changed have met with opposition from those in Ohio, the home state of the 25th president.

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Since Mr. Obama believes that the Interior Department can assign any name it wants to Mount McKinley, I am very surprised that its name wasn't changed to Mount Obama.

Renaming Mount McKinley Obama's Insult To Competence.  [Scroll down]  McKinley also opened the gates to America's rise as a global power by deciding to build the Panama Canal and by winning Cuba's freedom from Spain in the months-long Spanish-American War of 1898.  Favoring fiscal discipline and a gold standard, he brought years of economic prosperity to the U.S.  And he held a dim view of Prohibition, another "progressive" social policy hobbyhorse that failed miserably.  Moreover, in a policy right out of today's news pages, McKinley sent criminal immigrants back home — but without demonizing all immigrants.  And his cleanup following 1900's Storm of the Century in Galveston, Texas, which killed 10,000, was lauded for being both swift and highly competent.  It's yet another example of both the triumph of political correctness and the Obama administration's utter indifference to America's heritage.

Obama Staffers Party, Smoke Cuban Cigars on the Anniversary of Benghazi, 9/11 Terror Attacks.  Top Obama administration and White House officials partied away on the night of the anniversary of 9-11 and the Benghazi terror attack.  State Department senior communications adviser Marie Harf and White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes joined some friends Friday [9/11/2015] for a night of partying at the Blackfinn Saloon blocks from the White House.  Harf, who runs point on promoting President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, and Rhodes, a graduate of the New York University creative-writing program who falsely revised the administration's talking points to pin the Benghazi attack on a spontaneous response to a Youtube video, were in good spirits.

Vatican objects to White House invitation list for papal visit.  At practically the same time that Barack Obama has decided that the US has to shut its eyes to dissenters in Cuba suffering under the yoke of oppression by the Castros, he plans to offer a lesson in dissent to Pope Francis.  Obama has extended invitations for the pontiff's first state visit to transgender activists, a gay Episcopal bishop, and the leader of a group of nuns that want changes to Catholic teachings on abortion and euthanasia.  Needless to say, the Vatican is not pleased with this attempt to lecture Francis on catechesis, as longtime Vaticanista Francis X. Rocca reports for the Wall Street Journal: [...]

Rude or ignorant? The White House offends the pope.  Was Team Obama being rude or incompetent when it invited a collection of Catholic dissenters and other opponents of church teaching to the White House welcome for Pope Francis?  Perhaps the president's staff just bought the media myth that this pope has turned his back on two millennia of Catholic doctrine.  In fact — despite his raising of issues like climate change and economic inequality — the pope still affirms traditional teaching on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

If Bush were still president, this would be a huge story.  Imagine for a second that cancer-stricken children had been ejected from a park where they had been conducting a candlelight vigil because President Bush had been leaving the White House to attend a gala with Texas Republicans.  I daresay it would be a lead item on the Sunday morning interview shows, with TV news shows all day showing crying children and their outraged parents interviewed at length.  But the standards for Obama are quite different.

Justice Department about to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release.  The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.  The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department's Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.  Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release.

If He Goes, Censure Him.  Call the president's planned trip to the site of the Umpqua Community College shootings last week the straw that broke the camel's back, if you will.  But his announcement Monday evening that he was going to Roseburg, after prominent individuals including the publisher of the local newspaper had made it clear he was not welcome there as a result of his statements following the shootings, display a crass disregard for the wishes of the American people which must be met with some official response.

Obama ignores generals' advice on troop levels for unprecedented sixth time.  In the end, President Obama was forced to listen to his generals — not his political instincts — on Afghanistan troop levels, and he decided to split the difference.  Mr. Obama is keeping 5,500 troops in Afghanistan beyond his presidency, about half the strength recommended by his top general in-country.  It marks the sixth time he has rejected the advice of a ground commander on the force size in the long Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Military experts call that streak unprecedented for a commander in chief.

Obama's Tragic Let 'em Out Fantasy.  It takes a lot more than marijuana or cocaine use to end up in federal prison.  But the truth didn't matter.  Mr. Obama's prison tour came amid the biggest delegitimation of law enforcement in recent memory.  Activists, politicians and the media have spent the past year broadcasting a daily message that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks and insanely draconian.  The immediate trigger for this movement, known as Black Lives Matter, was a series of highly publicized deaths of black males at the hands of the police.  But the movement also builds on a long-standing discourse from the academic left about "mass incarceration," policing and race.

As Crime Spikes, Obama Pushes Police To 'De-Escalate' Arrests, Hand Out Ice Cream.  Even as violent crime spreads like wildfire across U.S. cities, President Obama advises police to "de-escalate" encounters with suspects and find "alternatives to arrest."  Spoken like a man with a protective detail.

Feds Send Man to Jail for Overfishing as 6,000 Drug Convicts are Freed.  These are embarrassing times for the nation's criminal justice system; as the Obama administration executes the nation's largest mass release of federal prisoners, it's sending a Long Island fisherman to jail for reeling in too many.

Now Background Checks Are Racist? Obama Steps Up Hug-A-Thug Crusade.  Seeing bigotry even in checkboxes, President Obama has issued an order banning employers from asking applicants for federal jobs if they have a criminal record.  His "Ban the Box" initiative bans common sense.

Mark Levin on Prison Reform: 'Obama Radicalizes Everything He Touches'.  During his nationally syndicated radio show Monday [11/2/2015], host Mark Levin commented on Barack Obama's weekly address on prison reform, saying that the president "radicalizes everything he touches."  He decides what criminal justice reform looks like," said Levin.  "And isn't it interesting, it deals almost exclusively with the drug issue — not taxes, not embezzlement, none of that stuff — the drug issue.  Because Obama radicalizes everything he touches."  [Audio clip]

Pentagon Farmed Out Its Coding to Russia.  The Pentagon was tipped off in 2011 by a longtime Army contractor that Russian computer programmers were helping to write computer software for sensitive U.S. military communications systems, setting in motion a four-year federal investigation that ended this week with a multimillion-dollar fine against two firms involved in the work.  The contractor, John C. Kingsley, said in court documents filed in the case that he discovered the Russians' role after he was appointed to run one of the firms in 2010.  He said the software they wrote had made it possible for the Pentagon's communications systems to be infected with viruses.

Obama Cracked Jokes While the Rest of the World Mourned.  The current American administration will go down in history as one of the most weak and unprofessional with no affinity for etiquette and good manners.

Why Did The U.S. Launch A Nuclear Missile That Would Be Visible From L.A. Without Any Warning?  Was the U.S. government trying to send a message to someone on Saturday night [11/7/2015]?  Just after sunset, an unarmed Trident II nuclear missile was fired from a ballistic missile submarine just off the coast of southern California that was later identified as the USS Kentucky.  It was the absolutely perfect time to attract the attention of millions of people living in the Los Angeles area. [...] I don't know about you, but I have a really bad feeling about what is ahead.  Our government is acting very irrationally, and both Russia and China are becoming very angry with us.

The Disturbing Reason For The Navy's Trident Missile Test.  Essentially, the military just issued a not-so-friendly reminder to China and Russia:  They are still the toughest kid on the block, and they are still fully capable of turning their enemies into radioactive dust at a moment's notice.  It's also the same sort of irresponsible and bellicose show of force that every dying empire gives in its final days.  It's a sign that our government can no longer dominate the planet by conventional means.  If they could, this nuclear display would be unnecessary.

Obama arrives late for 'moment of silence' for Paris attacks.  President Obama walked in late Sunday on a moment of silence being held by world leaders in Turkey to honor the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.  Reporters traveling with the president said Mr. Obama had not yet arrived when other world leaders at the G-20 conference in Turkey began their silent observance around a large conference table.

Tilting at the elusive windmills.  France mourns its dead, and President Obama is getting ready to lead the heads of 196 nations into the city of light in pursuit of his climate change agenda.  Every man to his own idea of what's important.  Despite the manufactured hysteria over the weather, the production of energy is not the most dangerous work of humankind.  The most dangerous barbarians are those who are busy beating their plowshares into swords.  The average American gets that, even if the president doesn't.

Public Housing told not to Reject Criminals.  Coinciding with the mass release of federal inmates, the Obama administration is spending $1.7 million on a "re-entry program" to ease the transition from prison and ordering public housing facilities not to reject tenants with criminal records. [...] This is part of Obama's broader effort to reform the nation's criminal justice system as a way of ending racial discrimination.  Back in 2010 the president signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders.  This severely weakened a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.

After ISIS's Dance of Death Michelle Does the Conga.  The young people who went to Paris's La Bataclan concert hall last week went to party and dance.  The problem is that 89 of those that jammed into the Eagles of Death Metal concert ended up dead or missing.  A mere 72 hours later, in a stunning display of tactlessness and lack of decorum, at a White House hosted Broadway workshop Michelle Obama danced.  Tearing up the carpet in the East Room, the FLOTUS danced the Conga with the same enthusiasm she exhibited when boogieing to the "Uptown Funk" and churning out Bollywood moves on Diwali.  Casting 'Paris attack' sackcloth and ashes aside, Michelle invited 40 performing arts high school students to a festive event entitled "Broadway" at the White House, which will air on TLC on November 26.

What's Actually in the Trans Pacific Partnership?  Here's a quick summary:
  •   A legislative body superior to Congress
  •   A vehicle to pass Obama's climate change treaty
  •   Increased legal immigration
  •   Reduced patent protection for U.S. pharmaceuticals
  •   Quotas on U.S. agricultural exports
  •   Increased currency manipulation
  •   Reduced U.S. power

Obama's Strategic Bumbling Is Theater of the Absurd.  By August 2014, Obama was grudgingly conceding he needed a new counterterrorism strategy.  One tactic he ruled out:  building up pro-American Syrian forces.  He told New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that was an unworkable "fantasy."  Then, within weeks, the Islamic State beheaded American journalist James Foley.  On vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Obama denounced the murder.  Within eight minutes of that statement, he was on the golf course.

Obama Didn't Bomb ISIS Oil Because of the Environmental Impact.  Obama the Great is now concerned for ISIS and their precious oil supplies and the 'environment'. [...] I wish he believed in America like he believes in global warming and whatever crazy ideas he is coming up with on a daily basis.  Or at least cared as much as he did about golf.

Former CIA Director: We Didn't Hit ISIS Oil Wells to Avoid Environmental Damage.  Former CIA Director Mike Morell stated on Tuesday's Charlie Rose show that the Obama administration "seemed" to back off from bombing oil wells controlled by ISIS, at least in part because such strikes would cause "environmental damage."  [Video clip]  [...] We get it.  Obama cares more about the environment than crushing ISIS.

This would be the worst possible time to close Guantanamo.  The Obama administration's decision to send the Joint Special Operations Command into battle against the Islamic State is a small step toward getting rid of the counterproductive prohibition on "boots on the ground" — really a prohibition on U.S. troops going into combat — that has hindered attempts to defeat the terrorist state.  The Special Operations task force that apparently will be stationed in Irbil in northern Iraq will not, by itself, be a game-changer.  But it will be a real help, especially in gathering intelligence about the Islamic State.

Obama issues pardons, commutations.  Most of the commutations dealt with drug offenses, though the pardons involved counterfeiting and bank fraud.  Obama has now commuted the prison sentences of 184 people, surpassing the combined number of those granted by presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush (117), the White House said in a statement.  Friday's [12/18/2015] list included 40 people serving life sentences.

Obama commutes sentences of 95, pardons 2 in year-end spree.  President Obama on Friday [12/18/2015] commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners and pardoned two more, part of a broader effort to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive sentences for thousands of drug offenders.

Obama puts a record 95 criminals back on the street.  President Obama on Friday granted Christmastime commutations to a record 95 federal prisoners — including 40 who had been serving life sentences, mostly for crack and cocaine crimes.  Almost all of those being freed are nonviolent drug offenders who behaved well in prison and who would have received shorter sentences under current rules, officials said. [...] With one year left in his presidency, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 184 prisoners, more than any president since Lyndon Johnson, who granted clemency to 226.

Now, Obama is releasing drug dealers as well as terrorists.  Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of almost 100 federal felons, mostly drug dealers.  Which means they'll be back out on the street much sooner than judges and juries decided they should be.  In fact, since nearly half were serving life sentences, some for gun crimes, they're not supposed to be out on the streets ever.  There is, after all, a reason why crime's declined in recent years.  Because despite Obama's majority disapproval ratings, this Democrat still thinks he knows better than the people who twice elected him.

Do Not Disturb: Obama Enjoys Luau as Floods Devastate Midwest.  Obama continues his Hawaii vacation as planned, while 19 levees are at risk of being breached by record-setting flood waters in the continental U.S.

As Obama Cries at the White House, US Special Ops are Trapped in Afghanistan.  In the town of Marjah, Afghanistan, near the Helmand Province, as many as 20 US Army special forces soldiers are trapped inside of a compound.  Surrounded by the Taliban and other Islamic terrorists, one soldier was killed and others were wounded.  Apparently, there has been some sort of evacuation for the dead and wounded, but there are still others on the ground engaged in combat.  One HH-60 helicopter was grounded due to damage and two others were sent to help with the rescue.  Meanwhile, at the White House, Obama was crying during his address to the public regarding his executive action on gun control today.  When is the last time Obama cried when addressing dead service members or the wounded?

Obama cries over guns, then frees more terrorists.  After President Obama cried while announcing a series of "commonsense executive actions" on gun control, his rare display of emotion stirred plenty of debate.  Would the steps he outlined have prevented any of the recent mass shootings?  Why is he circumventing Congress again?  Were his tears even real?  All good questions.  Yet here's another one that we ought to consider:  Why would someone cry over gun control and mass shootings while simultaneously freeing more terrorists?

Why Is Congress Bent On Early Release Of Thousands Of Criminals?  As a new annual homicide record is set in Baltimore, and Chicago has returned to the days of Capone with 11 murders in the first week of the new year, a bipartisan criminal justice reform measure would put a GOP rubber stamp on the release of thousands of major drug dealers back to the streets from which they were forcibly removed.  What could go wrong?  On top of this Republican-proposed release program, Obama is drastically increasing Justice Department staff to handle the expected increase in pardons and clemency that the president is expected to issue beyond the 40,000-plus convicts he began releasing in October.

US Turns to UN to Screen Refugees From Central America.  The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday [1/13/2016].  The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will now conduct initial screenings to see whether migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala may qualify as refugees eligible to come to the United States legally.

Obama Dealing Terror.  President Obama began releasing illegal aliens with criminal records from the early days of his presidency and well before the sequester that he used as an excuse for doing so.  Despite Obama's misrepresentation to the American people that these criminals were not dangerous, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, many with violent criminal records, have been released from jail including illegals "charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide."  A House Judiciary Committee report revealed that between 2009-2011, the Obama administration released criminal illegal aliens who were later charged with 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes.  Kathryn Steinle's murder last summer by an illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions was inevitable.

Obama Goes After Petraeus Again To Send A Chicago-Style Message.  Books by former Obama insiders have convincingly documented this president's distrust of the U.S. military.  He's been goaded by Vice President Joe Biden's warnings not to be played by the guys in uniform.  That's a distrust shared by precious few Americans, who've elected commanders-in-chief with military experience every single time for 68 years but for two Democrat exceptions — Bill Clinton and the Suspicious One himself.  But going after retired Gen. David Petraeus a second time for national security indiscretions is a bridge too far.

Obama saves his most dangerous betrayal for last.  It's now clear that despite escalating jihadi attacks and threats worldwide, nothing will dissuade President Obama from releasing or bringing in some of the world's most vicious Islamic killers.  Within 24 hours of the Islamic State attacks in Paris last November, Mr. Obama released five Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates.  The timing, optics and dangerous reality of a terrorist release coming immediately after mass slaughter committed by their fellow jihadis-in-arms did not concern him.  After all, he's done it before.  Just a week after the jihadi massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January, he released five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo to Qatar, where they stayed in "luxurious" confinement until their release one year later.

Obama To Visit Mosque Tied To Terrorism (To Show Muslims Don't Support Terrorism).  In a good-will gesture to Muslims, whom he thinks are being unfairly linked to terrorism after San Bernardino, the president plans on Wednesday to visit a large mosque that merely validates the linkage he decries.  To promote "religious tolerance" for Muslims and Islam, Obama will make the first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque that happens to be controlled by a radical Muslim Brotherhood front group his own Justice Department has implicated in the largest terrorist fundraising plot in U.S. history.

14 Times Barack Obama's Rhetoric Made Politics Less Civil.  In his State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama chided Republicans for using politically divisive rhetoric.  Ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, the president's own words towards politicians of a different stripe haven't always been so civil in the past.

Could Someone Please Send President Obama a Necktie?  In such matters as the death of a great man, respect matters — especially from our political leaders.  Dignity and sober ceremony are called for.  These are not trivial requirements, nor are they mere accessories to the event.  They are part of the bedrock of enlightened civilization.  Surely when America's president appeared before the TV cameras Saturday evening [2/13/2016] to deliver his scripted remarks about the death of a Supreme Court Justice, the great Antonin Scalia, Obama should have taken the trouble to dress at least as well as your average law student applying for a summer job.  Instead, flanked by the flags that signal ceremony, but dressed-down after a day on the golf course, the top button of his shirt undone, Obama appeared without a necktie.

White House Issues Statement in Reaction to Justice Scalia's Death While Obama Golfs.  President Obama was on the golf course this afternoon when the news broke that Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away.  He arrived at the renowned TPC Stadium Course golf course in La Quinta, California this afternoon [2/13/2016] at around noon pacific time with his three golfing partners Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos.  The president's golf games traditionally last 5-6 hours.

Obama to skip Scalia funeral.  President Barack Obama will not attend Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral on Saturday [2/20/2016], the White House said, adding that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be at the services.  Obama and first lady Michelle Obama instead will go to the Supreme Court on Friday "to pay their respects to Justice Scalia" while the justice lies in repose in the Great Hall, press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday [2/17/2016].

Obama snubs Scalia funeral: President will NOT attend requiem for conservative Supreme Court justice.  President Barack Obama will not attend conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral on Saturday, the White House says. [...] It was not immediately clear why the president won't go to the formal funeral.  'I don't have a sense of what the president's plans are for Saturday,' Earnest said after a reporter suggested it would be bad form for him to go golfing, a favorite weekend activity of Obama's.

Obama to skip Scalia funeral draws boos from media.  A mix of left- and right-leaning media personalities cringed Wednesday afternoon [2/17/2016] after the White House announced President Obama would not attend Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral this weekend.  "This is pretty weak and kinda' classless of Obama," the Daily Beast's Noah Shachtman said on social media.  National Review's Tom Rogan added, "Unless this is at request of Scalia family, this is incomprehensibly absurd."

Here are Six Funerals the Obamas DID Attend.  [#3] Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV):  Despite Robert Byrd's well-known ties to the Ku Klux Klan, President Obama attended the Democratic senator's funeral.  Obama gave a speech at the ceremony and called the late senator his friend.  [#4] Reverend Clementa Pinckney:  Reverend Pinckney, who also served as a South Carolina state senator, was one of the nine people killed in the Charleston shooting last summer.  Despite never having met Pinckney, President Obama delivered his eulogy.

Obama faces backlash over prospect of missing Scalia funeral.  The White House is not confirming whether President Obama will attend the funeral Saturday for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, raising the possibility — and criticism — that he'll skip the service.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealed to reporters Wednesday [2/17/2016] that the president and first lady Michelle Obama plan to pay "respects" at the Supreme Court on Friday, where Scalia will lie in repose.  But as for Saturday's funeral, he said, "Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend."

Cruz blasts 'faithless' Obama for skipping Scalia's funeral.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday [2/18/2016] called President Obama "lawless and faithless," blasting his decision to skip the late Justice Anontin Scalia's funeral.  "We've got 11 more months of watching damage to this country from a lawless and faithless president, who is eager to travel to Cuba but unwilling even to show up at the funeral of Justice Scalia," Cruz said in South Carolina, where he's campaigning ahead of Saturday's Republican primary.  Obama will pay his respects on Friday at the Supreme Court, where Scalia's body will lie in repose.  But Obama will not attend the funeral Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine.

President Obama Will Not Visit Guantánamo Bay Troops on Cuba Trip.  President Obama will not visit the troops stationed at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base as part of his coming trip to Cuba.  Mr. Obama has not once visited the base, which staffs thousands of U.S. service members, during his tenure as President.  He will, however, personally meet with Raul Castro and "various Cuban people," doing so from March 21-22.  Ben Rhodes, the President's Deputy National Security Advisor, discussed the President's coming trip, in which he will forgo American troops for the dictatorship in Havana.

Obama Spends Less Than 2 Minutes At Scalia's Wake.  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid less than two minutes of respect to the late Antonin Scalia while the Justice lies in repose at the Supreme Court.  Friday [2/19/2016], the Obamas spent approximately 35 seconds in front of the casket and then approximately 67 seconds in front of the portrait of Scalia.

Italian-American community criticizes Obama for missing Scalia's funeral.  Members of the Italian-American community have joined in criticizing President Obama for not attending Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral mass on Saturday [2/20/2016].  Justice Scalia was the first Italian American on the Supreme Court when he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.  Philip Fogalia, the vice president of the Italian-American museum, said Italian-Americans take paying respects at funerals 'very seriously'.

Demeaning The Office.  With President Obama's public refusal to attend the funeral service for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he demeans the office in a way that transcends politics and exposes him as a small man who never grew into his job.  There are a lot of perks when you're president.  Your every whim is catered to — a kitchen staff on call, butlers, Air Force One, access to the rich, powerful and famous, living in the White House, and so on.  With that lifestyle comes certain responsibilities.  The constitutional ones are obvious and enumerated.  Beyond those are duties inherent in the office which, although sometimes unpleasant, are no less important.  The most important intrinsic duty of the president is to represent the people of the United States, not in policy but in person.

Almost 90,000 dangerous illegal immigrants go free.  Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as criminal threats are not deported and are eventually released, the latest example of the Obama administration's failed immigration policy.  Internal ICE figures show that in fiscal 2015, the agency encountered 152,393 illegal immigrants labeled a criminal threat, mostly in jails, but charged 64,116.  About another 88,000 were not processed for deportation, according to the Center for Immigration Studies' Jessica Vaughan.

Obama's rudeness hits new heights with Scalia, Schumer.  Donald Trump's policy of demeaning and snarking his political opponents has been a favorite habit of President Obama for the last eight years.  Obama is perhaps the first president who believes that leading the country and playing to the beliefs of the extremists in his own party amount to the same thing, and like Trump fans, Obama fans are motivated in large degree by sheer hatred.  They love to hear their idol channel their rage by bashing people they don't like.  Obama's latest, silent insult — leaving a spokesman to explain he had better things to do on a Saturday than attend the funeral of a 30-year justice of the Supreme Court — isn't surprising when you consider the mean-spirited things he says virtually every time he steps in front of a microphone.

Obama's gloating joke about replacing Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court that had a room full of governors laughing.  Conservatives expressed fury today [2/23/2016] that President Obama joked about the death of Anontin Scalia, the Supreme Court justice[.]  Addressing the National Governors Association at the White House yesterday, Obama talked about some of the downsides of being a lame duck.  'Some of you might be in the final year of your last term,' working as hard as you can to get as much done as possible for the folks that you represent:  fixing roads, educating our children, helping people retrain, appointing judges,' Obama uttered, adding a dramatic pause.  'The usual stuff.'

President Obama SNUBS Nancy Reagan's funeral so he can speak at hipster festival South By Southwest.  A White House official confirmed this afternoon that President Barack Obama will not be in attendance at former First Lady Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday, instead opting to speak at a popular film and music festival in Texas. [...] In late February, Obama drew widespread criticism after skipping the funeral for conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama Adds Nancy Reagan To His Growing List Of Funeral Snubs.  President Obama chose to skip the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan, opting instead to keynote a Texas hipster festival.  Given all the other funerals of leading conservatives and U.S. allies he's missed, the optics are not good.

Obama: I'm more worried about climate change than the Islamic State.  Priorities that are likely to come back and bite him.

Obama's prisoner clemency plan faltering as cases pile up.  In April 2014, the administration of President Barack Obama announced the most ambitious clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to seek early release and urging lawyers across the country to take on their cases.  Nearly two years later the program is struggling under a deluge of unprocessed cases, sparking concern within the administration and among justice reform advocates over the fate of what was meant to be legacy-defining achievement for Obama.

Are We Ready for Reality after the Brussels Terror Attacks?  [Scroll down] Meanwhile, the current president is in Havana, posing in front of a mural of Che Guevara (a man who put his own friends in front of firing squads.  Doesn't Obama know?  I'm afraid he does) and agreeing with Raul Castro that America has an income inequality problem.  Doesn't Obama know that the great "revolutionary" Fidel is a billionaire?  How's that for income inequality in a horribly impoverished country?  I have been to Cuba, and except for the elites, every single citizen is in misery and being watched by the secret police.

Obama under fire for 'going to baseball games with the Castros' while Brussels burns.  Republicans are already criticizing President Obama for staying put in Cuba instead of coming home or flying to Belgium in the wake of the terrorist attacks this morning in Brussels.  All three GOP presidential candidates condemned the president's moves this morning [3/22/2016].  'President Obama is spending his time going to baseball games with the Castros,' said Sen. Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, according to reporting from ABC News' Rick Klein.

Video: Obama spends 51 seconds on Brussels before going back to Cuba speech.  President Obama spent exactly 51 seconds discussing Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels before pivoting back to his prepared remarks in Cuba.  Obama asked the Havana audience to "please indulge me" before committing that the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary" to support the people of Belgium.

The Editor says...
Yes, Mr. Obama "will do whatever is necessary" as long as it doesn't interfere with his Cuban junket, his ESPN interview, and his attendance at a baseball game.

Smiling Obama ignores calls to cut short Cuban trip and attends baseball game.  President Obama was all smiles this afternoon as he watched an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team — just hours after ISIS terrorists killed at least 34 people in Brussels.  Settling down with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Obama appeared carefree as he enjoyed the game — ignoring calls to cut short his historic trip to return to Washington and lead the response.  Indeed, despite criticism that he only devoted one minute of his speech earlier in the day to the Belgian atrocities, Obama took the time to give a somewhat surreal 15-minute interview to ESPN about the threat posed by ISIS — keeping his $500 shades on throughout the spot.

President Obama Explains Why He Decided to Attend Baseball Game in Cuba Despite Brussels.  President Obama has been spending the past few days in Cuba as part of a historic trip, but with the Brussels terror attack today, some are wondering if the President needs to reassess immediate priorities.  And, in fact, President Obama did an interview with ESPN this afternoon where he addressed that very issue.  He was asked — while at a stadium in Cuba where a baseball game was taking place — if he considered not attending the game so he could focus on the response to the attack.  This was the President's answer:  [Video clip]

Fifty Seconds.  Fifty seconds.  A little more than one second per dead body.  That's what President Barack Obama spent opening his Tuesday morning press conference from Havana, Cuba, reacting to the death of at least 30 human beings and injuries to at least 230 more in two coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels.  Fifty seconds.  I suppose you've got to keep on schedule when there's a baseball game to get to, right?

Obamas are all smiles as they continue tour in Argentina despite growing criticism.  It appears to be business as usual for the Obamas as they were pictured landing in Argentina early Wednesday — less than 24 hours after the terror attacks in Brussels, that killed at least 34 people and injured 200, nine of whom were Americans.  The family were seen waving and smiling as they made their way off the private plane that had just touched down at the international Buenos Aires airport.  Obama — accompanied by wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia — is on a two day official visit to Argentina having just left Cuba.

"You don't send a picture of yourself laughing while people have just been blown up."
Mayor Rudy Giuliani hits Obama for attending baseball game in Cuba after Brussels bombings.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ripped into President Barack Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba yesterday afternoon instead of jumping on his plane and coming home after the Brussels attacks.  'You don't send a picture of yourself laughing ,while people have just been blown up at a level that... is the equivalent of September 11 to one of our allies,' said Giuliani, mayor of New York at the time of deadly 2001 terrorist attacks.  Republicans are angry with Obama for staying in Cuba in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Belgium and going about his day as planned.

Obama: Islamic State 'Perverted One Of The World's Great Religions'.  President Obama denounced the violent activities of Islamic State terrorists, asserting that they had distorted the teachings of Islam to promote their hatred around the world.  "They are vicious killers and murderers who have perverted one of the world's great religions," Obama said, "And their primary power in addition to killing innocent lives is to strike fear in our societies, to disrupt our societies."  Obama made his remarks during a press conference today in Argentina with President Mauricio Macri, defending his decision to continue his foreign policy trip Latin America, in spite of the recent terrorist attack in Brussels that killed over 30 people.

The Editor says...
In this case, a family vacation — all expenses paid by us — is called a "foreign policy trip."

Obama - Che photo op
Why the Obama-Che Photo Was Even Worse Than It Looked.  One of the first places I visited on a government-sanctioned "educational" tour to Cuba several years back was the Plaza de la Revolucion, a hideous expanse of concrete at the center of Havana that makes, say, Tiananmen Square look positively charming.  It was there that President Obama was featured in that now-infamous photo in front of a giant mural of Che Guevara.  It was unfortunate that the president lent his imprimatur to Guevara, a totalitarian who was responsible for the death of thousands.  But, in some ways, the photo-op was even worse than it looked.  Because as we learned on our tour, the building that Guevara's face adorns is home to the Cuban Ministry of the Interior.  Unlike our own Ministry of the Interior, Cuba's is not charged with innocuous tasks like protecting endangered waterfowl.  Rather, it operates the National Revolutionary Police, which, in addition to keeping law and order on the streets, harasses and arrests dissidents, and suppresses "counter-revolutionary" activities.  In other words, it's Cuba's version of the Stasi.


Obama catches 'optics' flak over state dinner tango.  First, he caught heat for doing the wave alongside Cuba's dictator — while the rest of the world was watching images of ISIS carnage in Brussels.  Now, new images of President Obama doing the tango — albeit a bit awkwardly — in Buenos Aires are further fueling an "optics" problem as he defends the decision to go on with the diplomatic program in Latin America despite this week's horrific events in Belgium.  Even Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said Thursday [3/24/2016] that the dance number in Argentina was a bad move.  [Video clip]

Obama Dances The Tango While The World Burns.  President Obama is enjoying a taste of Latin America culture, spending the evening at a state dinner in Argentina.  After dinner, two dancers appeared to perform a tango dance for the President and the First Lady.  At one point, the female dancer asked Obama to dance and after initially resisting, he got up to dance while the First Lady danced with the male dancers.  According to the pool reporter, many guests began videotaping the presidential pair dancing with their partners.

Explaining Obama's Behavior.  Brussels is burning.  You might think that it's only Belgium's problem, but the terrorists did target Americans.  They blew up the terminal that had the most American airlines and chose a subway near the American embassy.  Thus, they were targeting America and Americans. [...] In response, President Barack Obama shrugged his shoulders and went to a baseball game where he did the wave with Raoul Castro.  He appeared on a Cuban comedy show and topped it off last night by doing the tango at a state dinner in Argentina.

Obama's ideological holiday in Havana.  The split screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raúl Castro at a baseball game in Havana.  On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism.  On the other, the Obama fantasy world in which romancing a geopolitically insignificant Cuba — without an ounce of democracy or human rights yielded in return — is considered a seminal achievement of American diplomacy.  Cuba wasn't so much a legacy trip as a vanity trip, vindicating the dorm-room enthusiasms of one's student days when the Sandinistas were cool, revolution was king and every other friend had a dog named Che.

Krauthammer's Take: Obama 'Can't Be Dancing When Other People Are Mourning'.  Even as there was no sense in President Obama cutting short his trip abroad in the aftermath of the Brussels attack, "there's the issue of simple common decency," Charles Krauthammer said tonight.  "What the Founders called ... the respect for the opinion of mankind."  "The Belgians are in the midst of scraping the blood off the walls of their airport, people are still dying, people are not yet found, and he cannot have displays of frivolous entertainment," Krauthammer said on Thursday's [3/24/2016] Special Report.  "There was no reason he couldn't cancel the baseball game.  The tango is just stupendously insensitive."

Our Secretary-General In Chief.  Terror in Brussels leaves at least 30 dead.  Visiting Cuba, President Obama responds.  For 51 seconds.  Then he gets back to burying the Cold War.  Which ended in 1991.  Later in Havana, explaining to ESPN why he followed through with plans to attend a baseball game despite the international crisis, the president invoked David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who rallied Boston after the 2013 marathon bombing.  What Obama said of Ortiz is revealing.  "That is the kind of resilience and kind of strength that we have to continually show in the face of these terrorists," he said.  "They cannot defeat America.  They can't — they don't produce anything.  They don't have a message that appeals to the vast majority of Muslims or the vast majority of people around the world.  But what they can do is scare us and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us.  As long as we don't allow that to happen, we'll be ok."  Whew, what a relief.  Islamic holy warriors bomb, kill, maim, mutilate, decapitate, rape, crucify, and shoot civilians of every sex, age, race, and creed — but they won't win, so long as the president maintains the fortitude to stick to his schedule and watch a baseball game with a Communist dictator.

John Kerry defends Obama's decision to stay in Cuba after Brussels attacks.  John Kerry has defended Barack Obama's decision to stay in Cuba and stick to his diplomatic schedule after the Brussels attacks.  The Secretary of State addressed the issue on CBS's Face The Nation on Saturday [3/26/2016].  Host John Dickerson asked Kerry how he would respond to those who criticized Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba on the day of the attacks and dancing the tango in Argentina the following day.  Kerry responded by quoting conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, saying the President's schedule was 'not set by terrorists'.

Havana Obama and the Soppy Greeting Card War.  Is it any wonder that citizens in the U.S. and Western Europe are increasingly viewing their political leaders with disdain and are seeking to oust them? [...] As various sites in Belgium were the scenes of civilian and infrastructure devastation, Americans saw our president and his entourage posing before Cuba's dreaded Ministry of Interior, which is decorated with a huge sculpture honoring the racist, homophobic butcher Che Guevara.  We learned the names and biographies of the dead and missing as he tangoed in Buenos Aires, to which he took two Air Force planes to facilitate sightseeing for the first family and their large entourage.

Obama dances as the world reels from (more) terror attacks.  As soon as the terror in Brussels ended, the post-terror rituals began.  Photos and videos of the carnage emerged, victims were given names and faces and allies expressed their sorrow and pledged assistance.  Citizens of Brussels, following the lead of New Yorkers after 9/11 and Parisians after two attacks last year, created shrines and odes to the dead.  In America, security ramped up as millions feared their cities would be next, and officials vowed to harden our defenses in the fight against Islamic State.  Unfortunately, the rituals also include President Obama doing something stupid.

After Kissing The Cuban Snake, Much To His Surprise, Obama Gets Bit.  It was all so choreographed.  President Obama's "historic" trip to Cuba was prepped and re-prepped so that nothing would go off with a glitch.  Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes jetted into Havana for the preparations; and, depending on the news report, Secretary of State John Kerry might have made an appearance there, too.  President Obama spouted his treacly niceties, drew his moral equivalences and blended it all out with a sea of banalities about "the future" in a not-so-disguised effort to create his own Nixon In China legacy thing.  Never mind that dissidents were being beaten by Cuban security organs and that "President" Raul Castro offered no concessions toward human rights.  Obama's was laser-focused on sending the message of "fun" for the trip.  As a major terror attack engulfed Brussels, Obama did the "wave" with the Cuban dictator.

Obama plays the clown by flashing the peace sign for nuclear security summit 'team photo'.  After a day of tense, sensitive discussions on ISIS and the Middle East, Obama played up for the cameras as he grinned and held up the peace sign.  The President has come under fire for his relaxed attitude in recent weeks.  On a state visit to Argentina, he was seen dancing the tango with an attractive female dancer.  On a historic visit to Cuba, he went to a baseball game instead of returning to the United States to respond to the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels.  Before that, Obama chose not to attend the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, electing to go to a music festival and eat tacos instead.

Police fume as another cop killed on duty and still no mention by Obama.  One more police officer was shot to death this week, raising the number to 16 this year, and still President Obama hasn't mentioned the slayings or reached out to the victims, according to law enforcement.  Virginia State Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer, 37, was killed Thursday [3/31/2016] at a Richmond bus station.  Richmond is less than two hours from the White House.

Will an Atomic ISIS Finally Get Obama Off the Dance Floor?  Obama similarly debased himself and humiliated his country via a tango in Buenos Aires, a baseball game with Cuban despot Raul Castro in Havana (including Obama doing the wave), and an Easter-eve round of golf.  All this transpired barely hours after radical Islamic terrorists turned Brussels into a slaughterhouse.  Just before Obama partied, ISIS killers wounded 316 and murdered 32 innocents, including four Americans, in a NATO-allied capital.  What, if anything, will make Obama abandon his Ringling Bros.-quality clown routine, display a modicum of maturity, and — at long last — get serious about obliterating jihad in general and ISIS in particular?

Under Obama, every facet of the government is politicized.
Navy Secretary Bends Rules About Ship Naming to Honor Democratic Politician.  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is under fire for bending service rules in order to name the next Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after a retired Democratic politician.  Mabus, who has previously been accused of politicizing the ship-naming process, announced Monday [4/11/2016] that the destroyer will be named after Carl Levin, a former Democratic U.S. senator from Michigan who is still alive and did not serve in the U.S. military.  Mabus disregarded Navy ship-naming rules stipulating that destroyers should be named for deceased members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including secretaries of the Navy.

The president shouldn't be meeting with celebrity thugs.  What is President Obama doing by publicly taking "role model" advice from a guy wearing an ankle monitor?  At a White House summit last week to discuss his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, Obama met with performers Common, Nikki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Wale, DJ Khaled, Alicia Keyes and a Who's Who of other "socially conscious and highly influential" artists.  Now TMZ reports that rapper Rick Ross' ankle bracelet started beeping midway through the president's remarks.  What's a discussion about keeping kids from crime without a real criminal in the house?

With Obama, truth is stranger than fiction.  Over the weekend, President Obama met at the White House with some rappers to get their ideas on the pressing criminal justice issues of the day.  During the meeting, one of the deep thinkers had his ankle bracelet go off.  It turns out that rapper Ricky Ross is on $2,000,000 bond for kidnapping and pistol whipping his house contractor.

Mr. Obama, you should have stayed home.  Your trip to Saudi Arabia, Europe signals weakness.  [Scroll down]  Obama's tin-eared comments about Saudi Arabia may be why Saudi King Salman was not there to greet him when the president's plane landed in Riyadh Wednesday [4/20/2016].  The King did greet other heads of state when they arrived, according to Reuters.  Given the way he has ignored Saudi security concerns and tilted toward Iran during his presidency, I assume the Saudis have written off Mr. Obama and recognize that most experts in Washington — Republican and Democrat — do not share his radical and disjointed foreign policy views.

Obama will go to Hiroshima next month after G7 summit, but US officials stay mum about an apology for the atomic bomb.  President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima after a G7 summit in Japan next month, according to the country's Nikkei Business Daily.  Obama's visit will have an enormous symbolic importance after Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking US administration official to pay his respects at the city's peace memorial earlier this month.  It remains to be seen whether Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts towards nuclear disarmament, will issue an apology for the atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945.

Why should we take advice from a president who has surrendered the world to chaos?  So the President invoked the European graves of those American servicemen who died to protect — well, what exactly?  I thought it was the democratic values and reverence for national independence that Britain shared with the US. Did Mr Obama have any sense at all that what he was now urging the British electorate to accept was precisely the surrender of those sacred principles of democratically accountable government and self-determination for which the combined American and British forces had made their ultimate sacrifice?  Could this bizarre intervention have been more cynical or wilfully misinformed?  In the end, it seemed to come down to trade advantages — to what might once, back in the day, have been called the global interests of US corporate capitalism.

Obama's comments on free trade agreements show he doesn't know what free trade is.  It is absolutely ridiculous for President Barack Obama to threaten sending Great Britain to the back of the trade line if they leave the EU.  John [Sexton] had a very good summary of what the President said yesterday [4/22/2016], including the fact Obama later claimed his comment wasn't really a threat.  But come on, what else could it be?

Apparently Obama & Company think the British equivalent of the Secret Service can't be trusted.
Queen: Obama's 'Over The Top' Copters Wrecked My Garden.  The Queen banned Obama from landing a dozen helicopters at Windsor Castle because last time he visited six of them ruined the lawn.  The 90-year-old monarch is said to have told aides the helicopters were 'over the top' and they would be limited to three.  US Secret Service claimed it needed all twelve so agents could be in close proximity to the President when he came to the castle on Friday.  The service also demanded to post guards inside the private dinner with the Queen and Obama, presumably to prevent the pensioner attacking the President.  Commenting on the three helicopter limit an insider told the Daily Star newspaper:  "Various US aides said that wouldn't be possible.  The President has a small army of Secret Service agents who follow him all over."

No whitewash for Harriet Tubman.  Sometimes the government does the right thing for the wrong reasons.  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's decision to put Harriet Tubman's face on the nation's currency was the right thing to do, even if it was done as a way to demote Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, to the back of the bill.  Many liberals are unhappy that Mr. Lew picked the wrong black woman.  Harriet Tubman was a devout Christian and she armed herself, with both pistols and long rifles.  Choose your wrong reason.

Senator Charges Obama's Executive Clemency Program with Putting Firearm Offenders on the Streets.  Information has now arisen that the Obama administration is granting executive clemency to dozens of felons imprisoned for firearm-related offenses, some whose crimes involved possessing or using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  These criminals will for the most part be released back into the very communities that they exploited and victimized with their offenses.

Once Again Mr. President, You Misspoke.  The vote is on June 23.  On Friday [4/22/2016] our president also penned a column in the Daily Telegraph, Britain's equivalent of the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal.  Both at his press conference and in his column Mr. Obama argued that Britain should not vote to leave the EU.  The British should stay in Europe.  Until Mr. Obama marshaled his case, I was uncertain as to what our British allies should do.  Now I know.  After reading his column and listening to his press conference the answer became clear.  Britain should opt out of the EU.  Once again President Obama's reasoning made the case inescapable.  Once again he was wrong and arrogantly wrong.

Obama gives U.K. 'friendly' advice:  Stay in the European Union.  A vote to leave the EU is known as "Brexit."  Prime Minister David Cameron is campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU.  "Instead of standing with our allies President Obama routinely hurls insults at them," Cruz wrote in an article published by The Times of London on Wednesday.  He said Obama's comment was "nothing less than a slap in the face of British self-determination."

Obama's Anti-Brexit Threat Will Backfire.  Last Friday Barack Obama made an extraordinary intervention into the British debate over whether or not to remain in the European Union. [...] Obama's comments were a direct threat against those who wish to see Britain become a truly sovereign nation, with the freedom to shape their own destiny on the world stage.  They were meant to convey a message that the United Kingdom would be treated just like any other country by the United States if it reasserts its sovereignty, despite the fact that Great Britain is America's most important ally in the world, with extremely close economic, defense, and intelligence ties.

Obama's Green Agenda Should Be Kept Out of National Security.  This week I will be offering an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent scarce defense dollars from being squandered on President Barack Obama's executive orders regarding climate change.  These executive orders require the Department of Defense (DOD) to incorporate a host of climate change bureaucracies into its acquisition programs, logistics planning, and military plans and operations.  The military is also required to help state and local governments "go green."  These activities are simply not the mission of the U.S. military.  They harm readiness rather than contribute to the lethality of our armed forces.  The military's mission is to train for and fight our nation's wars, not assist state and local governments with their carbon emissions levels.

With Apologies to Nathan Hale.  [Scroll down]  Better yet, would Hale die happily for the freedom that rapper Rick Ross enjoys while on a visit to the White House?  Ross was a guest of President Obama, but during the visit his ankle bracelet started beeping.  Obama was discussing keeping kids from crime, when a real criminal's beeper went off.  Ross wears the bracelet because he's out on bail for kidnapping and pistol-whipping his groundskeeper.  Ross is also a songwriter.  His lyrics promote Ecstasy and date rape.  Oh, yes, and last year he fantasized in a rap song about killing a presidential candidate, a white one.  Would Nathan really go happily to the gallows so Ross could be free to publish his stuff?

Barack bombs in Britain.  Well, the polls are in and — not to put too fine a point on it — President Obama has bombed.  Last week, disregarding the convention that heads of government don't intervene directly in the internal elections of friendly states, the president came to London to tell us to vote to stay in the European Union.  He didn't hint or suggest or imply.  He told us bluntly that, if we left the EU, we'd go "to the back of the queue" when it came to signing trade deals with Washington.

DOJ Decides It Won't Call People 'Felons' Or 'Convicts' Because Hurts Their Feelings.  An official with the Department of Justice said the agency will no longer call people "felons" or "convicts" after they are released from prison because it is too hard on them emotionally.  Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason wrote a piece in The Washington Post Wednesday saying "many of the formerly incarcerated men, women, and young people I talk with say that no punishment is harsher than being permanently branded a 'felon' or 'offender.'"

Obama Is In No Position To Say The Presidency Isn't a Reality Show.  President Obama is in no position to criticize Donald Trump's candidacy as a reality show when his entire political career has been a reality show with a fawning press in tow.  Let's remember that this is the same man who consented to being "interviewed" by a woman who eat Fruit Loops in her bathtub.  President Obama has also had time to sit between two ferns with Zach Galfianakis, hang out in the wilderness with Bear Grylls and get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld.  It's hard to listen to President Obama to say we live in serious times when he was perfectly content to watch a baseball game in Havana with Raul Castro and dance The Last Tango in Buenos Aires as Brussels burned.

President Death.  Well, President Obama has just returned from an overseas visit, trying to convince Britain and Germany to sign his trade deal and generally butting into European politics in a way many had not expected when President Peace Prize descended from heaven to give the world the new, improved, "Smart Diplomacy."  The latest international disaster occurred in Great Britain, when the President gave a speech urging the UK to remain in the European Union.  Despite warnings from many quarters that such intrusion in the idea of the Brexit — the British Exit — would be less than appreciated, President Stupid went and did it anyway, [...]

DHS freed nearly 20,000 convicted criminal immigrants in 2015.  The U.S. tried repeatedly to deport Jean Jacques, an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally, but his native Haiti wouldn't take him back after he served more than a decade in a state prison for attempted murder and committed multiple parole violations.  Each time Jacques was arrested on a parole violation, he would serve a sentence in state prison and then be released to immigration custody.  At least three times, Haiti refused to take him back, so Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in early 2015 did the same thing they do thousands of times a year — they released a violent criminal immigrant from jail.

U.S. Ends Decades-Long Arms Embargo On Vietnam.  The U.S. is ending a decades long arms embargo on Vietnam, President Obama announced Monday in Hanoi.  At a press conference alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the president said lifting the embargo, which has been in place since 1975, will further normalize relations between the two countries.  "This change will ensure Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War," he said.

The Editor says...
The Vietnam war was not the Cold War, you moron!

Obama weighs selling U.S. arms to Hanoi in bitter irony for Vietnam veterans.  In a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans, President Obama will discuss selling more U.S. arms to Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam that began Sunday night [5/22/2016].  Top White House advisers said Mr. Obama hasn't made a decision whether to lift the partial U.S. embargo on sending military equipment to Vietnam, where more than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed before the fall of Saigon in 1975.  But the administration sees advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record on human rights.

Obama's plan to reintegrate ex-convicts into society raises crime fears.  The Obama administration has gone into overdrive in the last two months, pushing administrative policy changes to make it easier for ex-convicts to rejoin society, but at the same time sparking concern that reforms will increase crime and jeopardize safety.  The federal efforts have been spurred on in part by bipartisan criminal justice reforms enacted at the state level and changing public opinion that has warmed to second chances, experts say.  Reforms have included recommendations to make it easier for ex-offenders to obtain state ID cards, removing questions about criminal history from federal job applications and suggestions to do the same for college applications, and warning landlords that rejecting renters based on their criminal history may violate federal law.

Keywords: reality show, unserious, tabloid, narcissist, no class.
Obama Tapes CNN Food Show Appearance While In Vietnam.  Obama has recently criticized presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump by insisting that the presidency "is not entertainment — this is not a reality show."  According to Politico, a CNN spokesperson said that Obama and Bourdain's "conversation will be featured in an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, returning for its eighth season in September."  "Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President's trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam," according to CNN.

President Obama swigs beer with Anthony Bourdain and goes shopping with CNN host.  Obama took a break from his hectic trip to Vietnam to hang out with Anthony Bourdain again on Tuesday [5/24/2016].  The president filmed the second half of his interview with the 'Parts Unknown' host after the White House posted a photo of Bourdain and Obama swigging beers.

Sheriff: Obama is the Only President to Tell Killers 'They Are Product of Racist Criminal Justice System'.  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told an audience at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action's (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., on Friday [5/20/2016] that President Barack Obama is the first president in history to visit a prison and tell rapists, drug dealers, and murderers "that they are the product of a racist criminal justice system."  "Today's society confronts us with many threats from criminal behavior.  In fact, our criminal friendly president spends his final days releasing violent career criminals back onto the streets of already struggling communities," Clarke said.  "He is the only president in U.S. history to visit a prison and tell killers and rapists and drug dealers that they are the product of a racist criminal justice system.

President Obama Is Visiting Hiroshima.  Why Not Pearl Harbor?  President Obama is visiting Hiroshima this week, the site of the August 6, 1945, dropping of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II in the Pacific Theater.  But strangely, he has so far announced no plans to visit Pearl Harbor on the anniversary of the attack.  The president, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, should do so — given that many Americans have forgotten why the Japanese attacked the United States and why they falsely assumed that they could defeat the world's largest economic power.  Imperial Japan was not, as often claimed, forced into a corner by a U.S. oil embargo, which came only after years of horrific Japanese atrocities in China and Southeast Asia.  Instead, an opportunistic and aggressive fascist Japan gambled that the geostrategy of late 1941 had made America uniquely vulnerable to a surprise attack.

Obama cuts prison sentences for 42 drug offenders.  President Barack Obama has shortened the sentences of 42 people serving time for drug-related offenses, continuing a push for clemency that has ramped up in the final year of his administration.

Obama Commutes Sentences of More Violent Criminals.  The fundamental transformation continues to roll on as scheduled.  As always, Obama waited until late Friday afternoon, when reporters largely pack up for the weekend, to announce the commutation of sentences for 42 more drug traffickers in federal prison.  President Obama defended this move as a common sense gesture to low-level nonviolent drug offenders, but as we've explained over the past few years, most people in federal prison are anything but "nonviolent."  MRC has posted the names of 10 of the individuals who were convicted of firearms violations in addition to drug trafficking charges.  This at a time when Obama wants to crack down on law-abiding gun owners and dealers.

Rick Scott:  George W. Bush and Donald Trump called me with condolences about Orlando, but not Obama.  I know, he'll be in Florida Thursday [6/16/2016] and will probably see Scott then, but that didn't stop Obama from phoning the mayor of Orlando, whom he'll probably also meet.  Is there anything that conceivably explains this except personal pique, i.e., Obama acting like a baby because Scott's been critical of him publicly?

Iowa congressman wants to block $20 Tubman.  An Iowa congressman has proposed legislation that would block Harriet Tubman from replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.  Republican Rep.  Steve King introduced an amendment to bar the Treasury Department from spending any funds to redesign paper money or coin currency.

Obama Wants 'Radical' Who Fought for PORN in Public Libraries to Run Library of Congress.  There is now a Republican-led effort for the Senate to confirm President Obama's nomination of Carla Hayden to be the librarian of Congress.  Her confirmation hearing proceeded without any serious review of her record, her views, or her qualifications.  The American people should be asking why any senator would be anxious to confirm a nominee who is not only unqualified, but whom The Nation magazine celebrated as a "radical librarian" who champions unrestricted access to pornography in public libraries.

Obama is 'discussing' buying into an NBA basketball team when he leaves the White House.  Barack Obama has held talks about buying into an NBA basketball team after he leaves the White House.  The US President has 'discussed' investing in a franchise as a way to fill his days when he steps down at the end of this year.  Mr Obama is a huge basketball fan and regularly plays the game to keep fit.  He has also been the coach for his daughter Sasha's school basketball team.

Where is Mr. Obama going to get that kind of money?
Celebrity in Chief Might Get His Own NBA Team.  No the brilliant constitutional scholar of the left is not going to spend the next forty years on serious policy.  He couldn't even do that while in office.  Like Bill Clinton, he's going to find reasons to hang around celebrities, get paid lots of money for his speeches and do some fake humanitarian stuff to be taken seriously.

Obama has 'discussed' owning an NBA team post-White House.  Press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama, an unabashed sports fan, has "discussed" joining an ownership group for an NBA franchise.  But Earnest also added that Obama would move forward only "under the right circumstances."  Obama has made no secret of his love of all things Chicago, especially the city's sports teams.  Could the Bulls be on his radar one day?

The Editor says...
Jimmy Carter spent his retirement years building houses with Habitat for Humanity.  George W. Bush goes cross-country bicycling with wounded veterans.  Barack H. Obama wants to bask in his celebrity for the rest of his life, after someone sets him up as part owner of a basketball team.  This man has never run a business in his life, and I'm sure the majority owners of the unfortunate team will keep his hands off the controls.

Obama stacks Cheerios
Muslim Terrorists Slaughter at Least 50 in Istanbul; Obama Stacks Cheerios for Buzzfeed.  If there was ever a more [condemnatory] juxtaposition than this, we can only think of a guy so insensitive he'd tee off moments after an American was beheaded on video.  Oh wait, that's the same guy.

The Editor says...
Please note that Mr. Obama was probably not the person who stacked the Cheerios seen in the publicity photo.  If I were to guess, based on Mr. Obama's history of deception and disingenuousness, I'd say the Cheerios seen in the picture were probably glued together by someone on Obama's staff, to make Mr. Obama appear to be more skillful than he really is.


Senator: Navy Evaluates Commanders Based On Climate Change Views.  Rhode Island Democratic Sen.  Sheldon Whitehouse recently told people gathered in New York City that global warming "denial" hurts U.S. soldiers in the field and that the "main problem" with the military is its reluctance to join the climate crusade.  "The problem has been that the uniformed military has been reluctant to put its voice into — or its image into this fight," Whitehouse said, according to a YouTube video posted Thursday [6/30/2016].

The Earliest Train Out.  The Obama administration has reacted to Beiing's defiant declaration that it will not abide by the international tribunal's ruling against its claim in the South China predictably.  It has warned the small countries which won the lawsuit not to provoke China.

Once Again, Obama Tries To Deflect Blame For Police Shootings.  Hours after three Baton Rouge police officers had been killed, and two others injured and one was clinging to life, Obama took to the podium in the White House to decry the attacks.  "Nothing justifies violence against law enforcement," he said.  "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible."  So far so good.  But then Obama went on to blame "inflammatory rhetoric" and "careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda," and complained that "around-the-clock new cycles and social media (that) sometimes amplify these divisions," as do "political conventions."

Obama Never Once Met With His Defense Intelligence Chief.  President Barack Obama twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face.  The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political meltdown of Libya and Egypt, or on Iran's efforts to build a nuclear bomb, or of the "Russian reset" that ended in shambles.

White House won't light up blue to honor Dallas cops.  The head of a national law enforcement group said the White House is dealing a "slap in the face" to police by refusing to illuminate the president's house in blue to show support for law enforcement after the assassination of five officers in Dallas.  Nate Catura, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, called the decision by the White House "outrageous," noting that the White House was lit in rainbow colors last year after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage.  "I'm not surprised, but I'm very disappointed," Mr. Catura said.  "We have slain police officers that were intentionally targeted, they were assassinated. ... He states that he's sorry for the police officers and the families, but his actions in this case speak louder than his words."

Grinning Obama JOKES during statement on Munich carnage.  As news reports of a gun massacre in Munich crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, the President of the United States was cracking jokes.  Barack Obama delivered a brief update to reporters at the White House about the still-unfolding shooting rampage that left the German city on lockdown.  Eight are confirmed dead, and 10 injured. [...] But as cameras rolled on the somber moment, Obama grinned and chuckled — and drew laughs from his audience — about his elder daughter Malia leaving the nest and heading for college.

Was Malia heading for college, or somewhere else?
Malia Obama Caught on Video Twerking and Flashing the Crowd at Lollapalooza.  First daughter Malia Obama skipped out on the Democratic National Convention last week (who can blame her?) so she could attend Lollapalooza, the annual music fest in Chicago.  The 18-year-old recently graduated from high school and is planning to take a gap year before she begins classes at Harvard in 2017.  Her Secret Service agents must have their hands full trying to keep Malia safe amid the swarms of concertgoers, many of whom were there to enjoy more than just the music.

When the White House uses a foreign leader as a political prop.  Yesterday [7/22/2016] we were witness to one of the most blatantly politically craven displays to mar the grounds of the White House in recent memory when the President brought in the leader of another sovereign nation to do Hillary Clinton's campaign work for her.  On the day after Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Barack Obama hosted a hastily arranged press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and it of course featured the Republican celebration and the new nominee prominently, with Mexico's leader acting as a stage prop in that effort.  How blatant was this very thinly disguised campaign stop?

Obama, environmentalists slammed as hypocrites over presidential library location.  President Obama's plan to bulldoze a sensitive Chicago lakefront park in order to build his presidential library is meeting with outrage — but not from environmental groups.  Even as local environmentalists say they will not challenge the library in spite of concerns, others are accusing Mr. Obama of hypocrisy, pointing to his record of aggressively blocking badly needed development elsewhere in the name of ecological protection.

Two Priorities of the Government.  Priority 2: Easing the Path of Criminals.  We've just had another record-setting release of criminals.  Mostly, they seem to be released because the President believes that they were just being picked on because of their race.  The 214 felons, including 67 lifers, are already out.  ABC News has an inadvertently funny report:  ["]Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities.["]  Depends on how you define "a few," cupcake.  The lifers were almost all felons in possession; of the others, about 25% of them had a firearms charge, and others had prior violent crimes, although this time they didn't shoot anybody.

What is President Obama's daughter Malia smoking at Lollapalooza festival?  The elder daughter of President Obama has been accused of using cannabis after a video emerged showing her smoking a rolled up cigarette at a concert.  According to reports in the US, Malia Obama was caught on camera smoking the cigarette at the Lollapalooza gig in Chicago last month.

The Editor says...
Whatsoever you sow, that shall you also reap.  If Malia Obama is already in the habit of making unwise decisions, even after living in luxury for the last seven years, it must be her parents' fault.

A chip off the old block:  Did Malia Obama smoke Marijuana at Lollapalooza?  Malia Obama has been accused of smoking marijuana after a video of her puffing on a suspicious cigarette was released.  The president's eldest daughter was seen inhaling from the cigarette during the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.  The brief clip, published by Radar on Wednesday, shows the 18-year-old mingling with crowds as she takes a drag.  An eyewitness insisted she was smoking marijuana, the tabloid site reported.

Iranian President Asks His Friend Mr. Obama to 'fix' a $2 billion court ruling.  Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to President Obama demanding the release of $2 billion in Iranian funds that were seized from bank accounts in New York earlier this year.  The money was taken to compensate family members of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran under a Supreme Court ruling in April.  In all, 1,300 American victims have a legal claim to the money.  Ahmadinejad — known for his anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism — is said to be considering a political comeback and may be using Obama as a pawn to improve his standing.

Malia Obama spotted at 'rowdy' party shut down by cops.  Malia Obama isn't about to let a vacation with Mom and Dad stop her from partying like a pro.  According to the Boston Herald, the first daughter, who seems to have a well-developed eye for a good night out, attended a party on Martha's Vineyard that ended up getting shut down by the cops.

Police 'bust Malia Obama at wild Martha's Vineyard' party:  First Daughter 'is rushed out by Secret Service'.  After Malia Obama was reportedly caught at a raucous party that was broken up by police, the first daughter went on a long walk with her dad near their vacation home on Martha's Vineyard.  It's unclear what exactly the president and his eldest daughter, 18, discussed after the wild night out but it's hard to imagine that Malia's week of scandals didn't come up.  In addition to Secret Service escorting the first daughter out of the noisy bash, a video surfaced last week appearing to show Malia smoking marijuana at the Lollapalooza music festival earlier this summer.

President Obama gets briefing on violence in Milwaukee, then goes golfing.  A vacationing President Obama received an update Sunday about a night of rioting and gunfire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before he headed out for another round of golf.  The White House said Mr. Obama was briefed on the unrest by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who spoke to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  The president later departed for a golf course on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Washington lawyer Cy Walker and Mercer Cook, a cousin of Ms. Jarrett.

Milwaukee Burns, Louisiana Floods, Obama Golfs.  Racially-charged riots in Milwaukee and rampant flooding in Louisiana haven't kept President Barack Obama from golfing on Martha's Vineyard Monday afternoon for the second consecutive day.  The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana after rampant flooding left six people dead and more than 10,000 in shelters.  More than 20,000 people have been rescued from flooding across south Louisiana, Fox News reports.  In Milwaukee, authorities have struggled to control racially-charged riots stemming from the police shooting of an armed suspect on Saturday.  Both the suspect and the officer were black.  Several videos recording Saturday night appeared to show black rioters chasing down and attacking white passerby.

President Obama gets briefing on violence in Milwaukee, then goes golfing.  A vacationing President Obama received an update Sunday about a night of rioting and gunfire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before he headed out for another round of golf.  The White House said Mr. Obama was briefed on the unrest by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who spoke to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  The president later departed for a golf course on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Washington lawyer Cy Walker and Mercer Cook, a cousin of Ms.  Jarrett.

Transgender: Obama To End Single-Sex Bathrooms on Federal Property.  President Barack Obama's deputies will insert a rule in federal regulations on Friday [8/19/2016] to prevent federal facilities from operating single-sex bathrooms.  The rule in the "Federal Register" of regulations will open up thousands of bathrooms in federally operated buildings to employees and visitors who claim on any given day to be "transgender" members of the opposite sex.

Flashback: Hillary Called W. 'Invisible' After Hurricane Katrina in 2007 Ad.  In a radio ad to African American voters in 2007, then-Senator Hillary Clinton called President George W. Bush "invisible" in his response to Hurricane Katrina.  Clinton blasted Bush in the ad, which she ran in South Carolina, portraying him as an absentee president who neglected Katrina victims, despite flying over the state when it was hit with the fatal natural disaster.  "And if you're stuck on a rooftop or stranded in the Superdome during a hurricane, you're invisible to this president even when you're on CNN," Clinton said in the ad.

Obama, Democrats Ignore Own Disaster Response Advice; Could Cost Clinton Black Votes.  In 2005, erstwhile talented rapper Kanye West made the following claim at the end of an otherwise incoherent rant during a live fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina:  "George Bush doesn't care about black people".  Fast forward 11 years, when over three times as much rain has fallen on Louisiana, and you will see a news media doing their best to ignore the Obama administration's fecklessness during a similar time of strife, and a central government response that in and of itself has been underwhelming and deleterious to public confidence.

Obama's flood of hypocrisy opens the door for Trump.  On Friday [8/19/2016], while residents of Baton Rouge were recovering from a historic flood that damaged some 40,000 homes, Obama was on Martha's Vineyard watching fireworks, following 10 rounds of golf in 16 days.  Donald Trump, by contrast, was on the ground in the flood zone, unloading relief materials, touring the devastation and focusing much-needed attention on a disaster that has been largely ignored by the media.  Why wasn't Obama there?  According to a White House statement, "The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts."

Obama: We Have Conversations About Climate Change in the Situation Room.  Speaking today [9/15/2016] at the State Department at the "2016 Our Ocean Conference," President Barack Obama said that a "healthier planet" is vital to U.S. "national security" and that he has conversations about climate change "in the Situation Room."  "But one thing that we all owe to [Secretary of State] John [Kerry] is his conviction that a healthier ocean and a healthier planet are about more than just our environment; they are also vital to our foreign policy and to our national security," said Obama.  "So he has elevated the profile of climate change, ocean protection to the point where we have conversations about this not just in the Oval Office, but in the Situation Room."

Obama orders climate change be considered in military planning.  President Obama issued a new policy directive Wednesday to consider the effects of climate change in developing national security policy and planning across all major security agencies and the military.  "Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans," the White House said.  "To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security." White House special assistant to the president, Alice Hill, told reporters that the presidential memo will "prioritize climate threats" to identify the most significant risks to the nation's security and drive full consideration of climate change effects into national security plans and policies.

Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change As a National Security Issue.  In a Sept. 21 memo to his department heads, President Obama instructed all federal departments and agencies to consider the impact of climate change on national security.  Obama states that it is the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that current and anticipated impacts of climate change be "identified and considered" in developing national security doctrine, policies and plans.  "Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad," the memo says.  Those threats, according to Obama, include flooding, drought, heat waves, intense precipitation, pest outbreaks, disease, and electricity problems, all of which can "affect economic prosperity, public health and safety, and international stability."

Obama's tragic admission:  He's learned nothing as president.  Once the smartest man in the room, always the smartest man in the room.  Never mind that the world is on fire, that America is polarized, angry and scared.  Or that ObamaCare is a sick patient, that the economy is growing at a snail's pace and that many cities are racial war zones.  It's not Obama's fault.  None of it.  He would do it all again.  With voters fixated on his successor, Obama is fixated on his legacy.  A large part of his effort on the way out the door is explaining what he did, and insisting that what he did was right.  Always.

Get off your high horses.  [Scroll down]  And finally, is it presidential for Obama to invite rappers to the White House who extol the murder of policemen and call women bitches and Blacks "niggas?" [...] The most recent presidential invite was in January 2016 when Kendrick Lamar met with President Obama in the Oval Office on Monday.  Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" album shows a group of Black men in front of the White House holding champagne bottles and hundred-dollar bills on top of the dead body of a white judge.  Obama has said the rapper's "How Much a Dollar Cost" which is on that album was his favorite song of 2015.  That's presidential?

Trash talk and the White House.  The first lady, who for eight years has transformed the White House into the last surviving vaudeville venue (who needs Mozart when you might get Kanye West), revealed herself to be almost terminally offended by Donald Trump in a stump speech for Hillary Thursday [10/13/2016] in New Hampshire. [...] Some of the rappers who perform in the house once occupied by Lincoln and Adams, Jefferson, Jackson and FDR, spin rhymes about their bitches and their ho's, the thrill of killing cops and bringing down all manner of bad things on America.  Trashy behavior is not only invited into the White House, but the first lady's husband has bestowed honors on some of those who have tracked trash into the house.

Counting up the carnage.  President Obama has spent his presidency fanning the flames of distrust, even hosting at the White House members of Black Lives Matter, the radical organization that erupts in mindless protest whenever a black American is shot by cops, regardless of the circumstances.  The president has met 47 times with Democratic operative Robert Creamer, who is accused of organizing violent confrontations at rallies for Donald Trump, the Republican candidate.

Already holding the record, Obama frees even more drug dealers.  But don't worry, he'll be safe.  Using his well-honed Barack-knows-best attitude, the president has overruled yet more federal judges, prosecutors and juries, commuting the prison sentences of 98 additional drug dealers.  This brings to 872 the number of commutations the Democrat has granted, 688 of them this year alone, a record.  More than 200 of these individuals were originally sent away for life by the nation's legal system.  Many of their crimes involved firearms.  The growing early-release figure for Obama, who has admitted his own past drug use, is already larger than the last 11 presidents combined, according to a boastful White House lawyer.  And with 84 days remaining on his Oval Office lease, the Chicagoan claims he is far from done.

Obama grants 72 more commutations to federal inmates.  President Obama granted another 72 commutations Friday for federal prisoners sentenced mainly for drug crimes, bringing his record total to 944 over eight years.  Nine of those receiving clemency had been convicted of firearms offenses along with their drug crimes.  In October, the president commuted the sentences of 200 prisoners, speeding up the pace of clemency actions as he nears the end of his presidency.  Just last week, he had granted 98 commutations.  "In just an eight-day period, the president has issued two rounds of grants, totaling 170 commutations," said White House counsel Neil Eggleston.  "With today's grants, the president has now commuted the sentences of 944 individuals, including 324 life sentences."

White House open to a Clinton pardon.  The White House isn't ruling out the possibility of Hillary Clinton receiving a last-minute pardon from President Obama — even though she hasn't been charged with a crime.  Asked at Wednesday's press briefing whether Obama had considered utilizing his unique executive power, press secretary Josh Earnest was cryptic.  "The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons," Earnest said.

White House Doesn't Rule Out Pardoning Hillary Clinton.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest did not rule out the possibility of President Barack Obama pardoning Hillary Clinton before he leaves office in January on Wednesday.  "Donald Trump during the campaign pledged to jail Hillary Clinton if he was elected over the federal investigations that are underway.  Some legal experts have said President Obama could close off that opportunity if he pardons Hillary Clinton.

Rudy Giuliani:  Pardoning Clinton would seal Obama's legacy as one of worst presidents.  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said if President Obama pardons Hillary Clinton on his way out of office, it would seal his legacy as "one of the worst presidents."  "The FBI is still investigating the Clinton Foundation, so whoever the attorney general is, [is] going to have to evaluate that," Mr. Giuliani said on Wednesday's "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News.  Host Bill O'Reilly suggested Mr. Obama could pardon Mrs. Clinton before he leaves office.

A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite.  There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. [...] President Obama lost big-time as well.  He emerged from his virtual seclusion to campaign on behalf of Clinton in a way never before seen with a sitting president.  By Election Day, Obama had resorted to making fun of Donald Trump's baseball hats, and he took the low road of claiming that Trump would tolerate the Ku Klux Klan.  While encouraging Latinos to vote during an interview with actress Gina Rodriguez, Obama seemingly condoned voting by illegal immigrants when he said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not be investigating voter rolls.  A Trump victory, along with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, is a repudiation of the Obama administration's legacy and its effort to navigate around the law.

Feds Name New National Historic Landmarks, Including Ouija Board-Using Gay Poet's Home.  The Department of Interior (DOI) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced 10 new national historic landmarks, including the home of a homosexual poet, a relic from Shamanism, and the location of a "utopian society."  "These 10 new national historic landmarks reveal important pieces of our nation's diverse heritage through art, architecture and stories of community and identity," DOI Secretary Sally Jewell said in a Nov. 2 press release announcing the landmarks.  "Today's designation ensures future generations can trace, understand and learn from these properties, which join more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide," she said.

Trump to bring back Churchill statue shamefully removed from White House by Barack Obama.  Nigel Farage has revealed that Donald Trump will re-install a bust of Winston Churchill removed from the Oval Office by Barack Obama — in a clear sign of the friendship the new President wishes to foster with Britain.  The interim Ukip leader said Mr Trump has already pushed Britain to the front of the queue for a favourable trade relationship and added that he is the man to forge stronger ties with the US as he flew to visit the business tycoon in his first days as President Elect.  Mr Farage said:  "We talked about the prospect of the United Kingdom being at the front of the queue, all of which was met positively."

Will Obama Pardon Hillary?  Should He?  White House press secretary Josh Earnest raised some eyebrows on Wednesday [11/9/2016] when he engaged on the question whether President Obama would pardon Hillary Clinton before leaving office.  Earnest did not indicate that the president had made any commitment one way or the other, but the fact that he is clearly thinking about it is intriguing.  The question primarily arises because there is significant evidence of felony law violations.  These do not only involve the mishandling of classified information and the conversion/destruction of government files (i.e., the former secretary of state's government-related e-mails).  It has also been credibly reported that the FBI is investigating pay-to-play corruption during Clinton's State Department tenure, through the mechanism of the Clinton Foundation — the family "charity" by means of which the Clintons have become fabulously wealthy by leveraging their "public service."

Obama leaves another stink bomb for the next president:
Trump may not be able to work in the Oval Office for over a year.  President Obama is apparently refusing to renovate the Oval Office — and has instead decided to pass the buck to Donald Trump, who may be forced to work somewhere else for a quarter of his term as a result of the numerous security upgrades that will be going on inside the room.  "My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office," former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove told Fox News on Wednesday.  "President Obama could have told the Secret Service, 'I know you want to modernize the Oval Office with security enhancements — literally strip it down to the bare walls and build it back up so we've got bulletproof glass and so forth and so on, security arrangements in it, in my last year in office,' but instead he said, 'Why don't you do that [with] whoever comes next.'"

Obama reaches 1,000 commuted prison sentences.  President Barack Obama surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency on Tuesday [11/22/2016] after shortening sentences for 79 people.  Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office.  All told, he's commuted more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined, the White House said.

Obama Hands Out Medals of Freedom to Major Democratic Donors, Supporters.  Barack Obama will deliver his final round of Presidential Medals of Freedom this week to a group largely comprised of Democratic donors and individuals who have supported him politically.  The White House on Wednesday unveiled the 2016 list of honorees, who will on Tuesday receive the nation's highest civilian award for making "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States."  Eleven of the honorees have made contributions to Democratic committees or campaigns, including some that directly supported Obama, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records by the Washington Free Beacon.  Twelve of the individuals have publicly backed Obama or his policies.

President Obama breaks record with most Medals of Freedom awarded.  President Obama set the record for awarding the most Medals of Freedom of any president on Tuesday at a ceremony where he recognized 21 recipients of the prestigious award.  At a glitzy gathering in the East Room of the White House, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden welcomed nearly two dozen actors, athletes, music legends, entertainers and pioneers in the arts and sciences, each of whom the president commended for displaying courage and commitment in their respective industries.

If You Look at Obama Vs.  GW Bush's Medal of Freedom Recipients You'll See One Big Difference.  President Obama has honored more civilians with the Medal of Freedom than any other president in history.  His most recent ceremony raising the total number to 123 recipients. [...] When addressing the nation in his last Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama said:  "Everyone on this stage has touched me in a powerful personal way.  These are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency."  And in the last ceremony under his administration, the majority of the recipients certainly have "touched" the President in a powerful personal way — and donated to the Democratic party according to the Federal Election Commission.

Obama Mourns Castro Who Wanted to Murder 100 Million Americans.  [#1] Obama, as usual, manages to turn Castro's death into a tribute to himself.  [#2] He offers prayers for a Communist butcher notorious for targeting the clergy[.]  [#3]  He evasively praises the crimes of a Communist monster while couching it in vague terminology such as History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

Obama is set to ram through last-minute 'midnight regulations' to secure his legacy.  Barack Obama is set to ram through last-minute law changes to try and cement his legacy, according to reports.  'Midnight regulations' are those introduced between November's election and January's inauguration of a new president.  It is a last chance for an outgoing Commander-in-chief to put his stamp on the presidency and tie the hands of his successor.

Will Obama pardon Clinton and cement his legacy?  Would Obama give his former secretary of state a preemptory get-out-of-jail card before he leaves office and turns the White House over to Donald Trump? [...] Of course, this is speculation.  Mrs. Clinton hasn't been charged with any crime.  But lack of charges didn't stop Republican President Gerald Ford from giving immunity to former Republican President Richard Nixon.

US returning land to Japan it's controlled since World War II.  The US military this month will return to Japan's government more than 9,800 acres of land it has held since World War II, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday [12/6/2016].  The 9,852 acres of land on the island of Okinawa, part of a territory officially referred to as the Northern Training Area, is in a large US military base complex on the Pacific island more than 960 miles (1,550 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.  The US had turned most of Okinawa over to Japan in 1972 after controlling it from the end of World War II in 1945.  This is the largest return of US-occupied land since then.

On Obama's Nod, Major Defense Contractors Plan To Build Jets In India.  The Obama administration gave the defense industry the go-ahead on plans to build classic American fighter jets in India.  With the support of the current administration, both Lockheed Martin and Boeing have been in talks with the Indian government to build the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Super Hornet for the Indian Air Force in India, according to the Washington Post.

Bill Murray Golfs with Obama in Oval Office to Promote Obamacare.  The White House has enlisted veteran actor Bill Murray to get the word out during the final days of open enrollment to receive health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act.  In a video tweeted by the official White House account Sunday evening, Murray and President Obama take turns putting into a glass in the Oval Office as the president reminds viewers that open enrollment for the health care exchanges ends on December 15.

Obama plays golf in the Oval Office to shoot a video promoting the Affordable Care Act.  Actor Bill Murray gave President Barack Obama a run for his money as they faced off by putting a golf ball into a glass in a video promoting the Affordable Care Act.  The President, known for being a White Sox fan, jokingly told Murray:  'Generally, I don't let Cubs fans into the Oval Office,' as the two took turns putting a golf ball into a glass cup.  The two exchanged good-natured barbs before Murray complained about his knee, giving the president an opportunity to urge him to sign up for insurance coverage.

Military plane circling Manhattan causes panic as authorities 'forget to issue alerts put in place after 9/11'.  A military plane circling around Manhattan caused panic and confusion for some New Yorkers on Tuesday [12/13/2016] as they tried to work out why the aircraft was flying so low.  The C-130 aircraft, which was spotted flying low around midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon [12/13/2016], was taking part in a routine military training exercise.  The Federal Aviation Administration said the U.S. military was cleared to carry out the flights over the city.  Two other helicopters were also spotted flying low.

Obama appoints Mumia Abu-Jamal's attorney to Civil Rights Commission.  In a move sure to fray his relations with law enforcement, President Obama on Thursday [12/15/2016] appointed Debo Adegbile, a former attorney for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, to a six-year post on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Mr. Adegbile worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund when he represented Abu-Jamal in the appeal of his conviction and death sentence for the notorious 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.  Abu-Jamal's sentence was reduced to life in prison.  The case prompted the Senate to reject Mr. Adegbile's nomination in 2014 when Mr. Obama appointed him to lead the Justice Department's office on civil rights.  Some Democrats joined Republicans in voting down the selection at that time.

On Skipping Intelligence Briefings.  Mr. Obama is criticizing Donald Trump for missing some daily intelligence briefings (a criticism which we find valid, by the way), and saying that a president is "flying blind" without those briefings.  But why [...] didn't anyone say that to Obama for the last 8 years?!  Some reports say that Barry skipped as many as two thirds of his intelligence briefings, including the one the morning after the Benghazi debacle.

Washington Post Suddenly Concerned About A Divisive Tone From The President.  [W]here was the concern over the last almost 8 years over Obama's divisiveness?  Obama consistently picked fights with Congressional Republicans, using language that not only smeared and insulted them, but did the same to Citizens who vote Republican.  He's insulted directly or had his surrogates insult numerous citizens and groups.  He's insulted the Supreme Court.  He's called American's lazy more than once, and done it while overseas.  He's called us soft (though, let's be honest, people who vote Democrat very much seem to be soft).  He called one police department stupid.  He's called others racist.  Insults to those who opposed Obamacare.  The NRA and those who support it.  Gun owners in general.  He's attacked private citizens and groups both domestic and abroad.  He's insulted other countries.

Report: Obama Ignored Russian Hacking Because He Thought Hillary Was Going To Win.  The Obama administration refused to act aggressively against Russian hackers during the election because they believed that Hillary Clinton was going to win the White House, sources are telling NBC News.  "They thought she was going to win, so they were willing to kick the can down the road," a U.S. official with knowledge of the scope of the hacking told NBC.

Obama's Disastrous Syria Policy.  While the administration has managed to learn a few lessons — it reversed course enough to save Iraq and put ISIS into retreat there — the reality is that some errors are irreversible.  Russia and its allies have won victories in Syria that would be nearly impossible to roll back without courting a showdown among great powers.  President Trump will come into office facing an unfavorable strategic situation with few good options.

Pat Caddell: 'Grace, That's What's Missing' as Obamas Prepare to Leave White House.  Political pollster and analyst Pat Caddell told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Monday [12/19/2016] that, concerning the Obamas leaving the White House, "We are watching this ending here.  It's not quite as bad as the Clintons ... but the lack of grace, that's what's missing here." [...] Additionally, pointing out that, post-election, no one in major media was fired or demoted for getting the election so wrong.  "None of them have been fired.  Are you kidding?" he said.  "The pollsters who are bad," he continued, "what are they doing?  They're back with new polls this week."

Obama's 'safe space' hypocrisy.  Obama has transformed the White House into one of the most luxurious, and powerful, safe spaces in the world.  No, Obama doesn't turn to coloring books or therapy dogs when Republicans object to his policies or when the media point out the economy's lackluster recovery.  But he has repeatedly exercised an unwillingness to even acknowledge his opponent's positions beyond a vulgar caricature.

Gun Control President Reduces More Sentences For Violent Felons Convicted Of Gun Crimes.  This week President Obama defended his record of most pardons/commutations of any president in the modern era by issuing 231 pardons and commutations.  Forty-nine of these offenders were convicted on charges of felony use or possession of firearms.

U.S. Returns Largest Tract of Okinawa Land to Japan in 44 Years.  The U.S. military announced the return to the Japanese government of the largest tract of land in more than 40 years, reducing American-administered areas on the southern island of Okinawa by 17 percent.  Japan has made "sufficient progress" in the construction of helipads and roads in the area that were a condition of the return, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement.  Staging sit-down protests, local people had delayed the construction of the new facilities in an area that is home to endangered plants and animals.

Obama dumps registry for some immigrant men, mostly Muslims.  The Obama administration said Thursday [12/22/2016] it is officially scrapping a post-9/11 requirement for immigrant men from predominantly Muslim countries to register with the federal government.

Obama names cop-killer fan to civil rights commission.  Barack Obama's stealth appointment of Debo P. Adegbile as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is a last-minute slap in the face to police by a president who has already spent eight years demonizing cops and encouraging violent agitators to lash out at law enforcement.  Because Adegbile cannot be removed from the Commission for six years except for "neglect of duty or malfeasance in office," the slap is intended to leave its mark long after Obama has left office.

That Would Make Them Scream.  I suggest that Congress either repeal the legislation creating this commission, or simply refuse to fund it at all.  If such a commission is viewed as being necessary for some reason, a "repeal and replace" strategy could be employed.  I'm sure President Trump would go along with that.

President Obama Has Given 657 Commutations To Cocaine Dealers Since August.  President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 657 cocaine dealers since Aug. 3, a Daily Caller analysis reveals.  That represents nearly 80 percent of the commutations the president has given since August.  Commutations are a form of clemency, which reduces the sentences of federal prisoners.  President Obama has given more commutations then the past 11 presidents combined, and The New York Times reports he plans to give more before his final day in office.

NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'.  President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict."  According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War.  It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries.  "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC.  "We will hold Russia to those standards."

What Obama is doing now may be his most heinous and nefarious act yet.  What we're witnessing in America is beyond belief, as if Roman Emperor Nero has been reincarnated in President Barack Hussein Obama.  In his dwindling days, Nero began to demonstrate certain instability, and as story tells it, he famously fiddled while Rome burned.  Some have written that Nero ordered the fires to be started himself.  And in these final days [...] of the Obama administration, we find the disturbing and disconcerting actions of one who is starting fires while he plays golf.  There's no logical explanation to the deeds being done by Obama in these final days. [...] And to have Obama craft language, abstain from a vote, and allow such an anti-Israel resolution to pass through the U.N. Security Council is inexplicable, other than seeking to usher in the demise of a recognized nation-state.

Seven Ways Obama Is Trying to Sabotage the Trump Administration.  President Barack Obama's final weeks in office seem dedicated to setting foreign and domestic policy on fire to make life as difficult as possible on his successor, Donald Trump.  Here are some of the biggest mousetraps Obama scattered across the White House floor on his way out: [...]

US kicks out dozens of Russian diplomats over election hacking.  President Obama booted 35 Russian spies Thursday and shuttered a massive Long Island compound owned by Moscow in retaliation for interfering with the 2016 election.  "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," Obama said while on vacation in Hawaii.  "Such activities have consequences."  The State Department declared each unidentified intelligence operative "persona non grata" and ordered them out of the US within 72 hours.  Obama also imposed sanctions on six Russians back in the motherland, including four spy-agency officials.

US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes 2 compounds.  Thirty-five Russian diplomats have been expelled from the US, according to a statement from State Department.  President Obama described those expelled as "intelligence operatives," also announcing the closure of two Russian compounds, in New York and Maryland.  The Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave US soil.  They are expelled for acting in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status," the statement reads.

Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking.  President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday "it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things" after the Obama administration issued sanctions against Russia for its alleged 2016 election hacking.  "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump said in a written response released four hours after the announcement.  "Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

US issues more sanctions on Russia over alleged election hacking.  President Barack Obama has issued new sanctions against Russian people and companies that the US government has accused of hacking American institutions ahead of the election.  The Treasury Department announced the new sanctions against five entities and four individuals on Thursday afternoon [12/29/2016].  In the executive order, which Obama signed Wednesday night, the president said he was taking "additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities... in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions."

Just how far is Obama willing to go for this farce?  Funny, isn't it?  Barack Obama won't lift a finger when America is actually threatened.  But to maintain this farce that Donald Trump's victory in November was orchestrated by Russia and not the fault of the Democrats running an out-of-touch crook, Obama is willing to create an international incident.

Obama's full-blown, year-end temper tantrum.  Let's be honest:  President Obama is throwing a good old-fashioned foot-stomping world class temper tantrum.  He is just beside himself that the stupid American voter elected Donald Trump. [...] He also knows what is best for Israelis.  Upending long-standing tradition, he has allowed our only true ally — and the only democracy — in the Middle East to be further isolated and compromised, in the interests, we are told, of seeking a meaningful peace.  The reality is that Obama fully expected that by dint of his winning personality, superior insight and sympathy for the Muslim people, to conquer the divides in that region.  He was shocked that his Cairo speech did not cause the waters to part, and the wounds to heal.  And he is angry that, in his mind, Bibi Netanyahu has stood between him and fulfilling this key legacy achievement.

Violence in the Halls, Disorder in the Malls.  If Donald Trump wants to make schools safe again, he must rescind the Obama administration's diktats regarding classroom discipline, which are based on a fantasy version of reality that is having serious real-world consequences.  The Obama Justice and Education Departments have strong-armed schools across the country to all but eliminate the suspension and expulsion of insubordinate students.  The reason?  Because black students are disciplined at higher rates than whites.  According to Washington bureaucrats, such disproportionate suspensions can mean only one thing:  teachers and administrators are racist.  The Obama administration rejects the proposition that black students are more likely to assault teachers or fight with other students in class.

Whatever happened to that smooth transition Obama vowed?  "You better stop stealing money from your mother's purse, young man, or I will punish you late this year or perhaps sometime in 2018," said no parent who was serious about punishment.  Yet that's pretty much what President Obama did with his old-fashioned expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over alleged political hacking by Moscow interests going back 18 months.  A very strange retro-response from a president who mocked Mitt Romney for suggesting in 2012 that Russia was America's worst strategic threat.  Obama said:  "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War's been over for 20 years."  As has often happened when Obama shoots from the lip sans teleprompter (think his red line in Syria, ISIS is a JV squad), the aloof one is wrong.

President Obama Awards Himself With Distinguished Public Service Medal.  This is just sad.  Obama was so desperate to feel important, despite the fact that most of the world hates him, that on Wednesday he added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection.  Obama asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.  Secretary Carter awarded his boss with the medal January 4th during the Armed Forces Honor Farewell Review for the President held in Virginia.  The press reported that Carter insisted that the medal was a token of appreciation for Obama's service as commander in chief.

Obama adds Alabama civil rights area to Park Service.  President Barack Obama signed an order Thursday [1/12/2017] designating an historic civil rights district in Alabama as a national monument, placing several blocks of a city once rocked by racial violence on par with landmarks including the Grand Canyon.

Joe Biden Is No Bipartisan Role Model.  The fact that Biden received the [U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom] is problematic enough — the honor must mean little if it can be given to one's vice president for no particular reason — but the reaction to the award was particularly telling.  Liberals and conservatives alike took to Twitter to praise Biden for a long career of service to America, for rising above partisan politics, for showing us that there is reason to laugh amidst tragedy. [...] But in fact, Biden's career serves as a neat summary for much of the ruthlessness that Americans hate about our government, and he has managed to use his gaffe-prone nature to disguise his record of intense, bitterly partisan politicking.  This trick was perhaps never more evident than in his egregious treatment of Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork — whom he successfully prevented from reaching the Court — and his similar but failed effort to prevent Clarence Thomas's confirmation.  Biden treated these two men disgracefully and in doing so played a crucial role in distorting our judicial-confirmation process so severely that it will likely never recover.

Obama surprises Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Vice President Joe Biden broke down in tears as President Obama surprised "my brother" with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, during a White House ceremony Thursday [1/12/2017].

Obama with his feet on the Oval Office desk
Respect For The Oval Office:  Did Obama Have Any?  With one week to go before Obama leaves office, take a look at the photos I've gathered over the years of Obama.  Respect for the Oval Office?  It's is clear from these pics that he didn't have any.  Keep in mind, these are not AP photos, these are not photos from Fox News, these were posted on the White House website and the White House Flickr page, sometimes called official WH photos.


Obama Commutes Almost All of Chelsea Manning's Sentence.  President Obama on Tuesday commuted the bulk of Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence, which she received for providing classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010 pertaining to details of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Manning was found guilty in 2013 and her sentence was originally set to end on May 17, 2045.  Now it will end in May of this year, taking 28 years off the conviction. [...] Manning, a transgender woman whose first name was Bradley at the time, was a low-level intelligence analyst in the Army deployed to Iraq when she copied 750,000 pages of military documents and videos.

Outgoing Obama has granted more commutations than the past 12 Presidents combined.  Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of an additional 209 people yesterday — meaning the incumbent President has granted more commutations than the previous 12 Presidents combined.  With less than 72 hours left in the Oval Office, Obama announced 209 commutations and 64 pardons in an unprecedented decision as he prepares to step down as President.  He has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 people, including 504 life terms — more than any President in US history.

Jake Tapper:  Manning Commutation 'Contradicts the Last Eight Years' of White House on Leakers.  CNN's Jake Tapper reacted to President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence by pointing out how the White House has felt about Manning, WikiLeaks, and leakers in general in the past eight years.  Bill Kristol called this "great news for Donald Trump" to start off, because it shifts focus away from him versus the intel community.  Tapper pointed out that Obama has used the Espionage Act to go after leakers a great deal more so than presidents past, and now for him to commute the sentence of "one of the most notorious leakers... certainly contradicts the last eight years of policy in terms of leaking."

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal.  Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  The fund was a key aspect of the Paris agreement signed in 2015, which aims to keep global warming "well below" 2[°]C and aspires to keep warming to 1.5[°]C.  Established in 2010, it is financed by wealthy countries and used to assist developing countries with adaptation and mitigation.  It was widely seen as a key measure to bring both rich and poor countries to the negotiating table.  The US committed to transferring $3bn to the fund.  The new instalment leaves $2bn owing, with the incoming president, Donald Trump, expected to cease any further payments.

CNN Reporter:  Obama Is Freeing Chelsea Manning Because She's Transitioning.  CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny argued on Tuesday that President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's prison sentence because the former Army private is transitioning from a man to a woman.  "I think the question this president and the White House will have to answer here, will answer, and I think it's an important one, how much was the personal story of Chelsea Manning involved in this," Zeleny said in a panel discussion of the White House decision.  Manning, who was formerly known as "Bradley," was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 on espionage charges for stealing nearly one million classified documents and leaking them to WikiLeaks.

Obama pardons Cartwright, source of Stuxnet virus leak.  US President Barack Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted sentences for an additional 209 on Wednesday [1/18/2017], among them retired Marine Corps four star general James Cartwright, the alleged source of leaked information to the press detailing a cyber attack on Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010.

Obama Frees Chelsea Manning and 273 More Criminals.  President Barack Obama announced his plan to free Chelsea Manning (who changed his name from Bradley) after leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks and being sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crimes.  Once in prison, Manning went on a hunger strike to demand sex change surgery in prison, which was granted by officials at the cost of American taxpayers.  Obama included Manning on a list of prisoner commutations announced late Tuesday afternoon, allowing him to be set free on May 17, 2017.

Obama Has No Time Left for Medal of Honor to Decorated Vietnam War Medic.  Outgoing President Barack Obama appears not to have the time to bestow the military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, to former U.S. Army Spc.  Jim McCloughan, 70, for his personal acts above and beyond the call of duty as a medic during the Vietnam War.  The warrior has been waiting for five decades to be recognized for saving 10 people in May 1969, despite having some grenade shrapnel and a bullet wound in his arm, during a gruesome battle of the Vietnam War that left scores of service members killed, wounded, or missing in action.

Obama to Free Chelsea Manning.  For the past month, Democrats have screamed about the danger of WikiLeaks and Russian hackers.  But when it comes to a guy who damaged US military and intelligence assets instead of the DNC, Obama has decided even massive leaks are unimportant.

Obama Wastes Another $500 Million for UN Climate Fund.  Of course, this money will go to dictators and bad guys in many areas.  Well, the money that makes it out of the hands of the United Nations, which doesn't exactly have a great track record of competence and fiscal responsibility.  And, what money makes it beyond the greedy hands of  3rd world  developing nation leaders, will be position as being from the UN, rather than the United States.  Obama's just throwing money that taxpayers earned with hard work away, and all for nothing.

Obama commutes 55-year sentence of controversial mastermind of '70s Puerto Rican terror group.  The last imprisoned member of the Puerto Rican independence group that terrorized New York in the 1970s will be a free man in May — 20 years ahead of schedule.  President Obama granted a commutation Tuesday to FALN mastermind Oscar López Rivera, who's served 35 years of his 55-year sentence.  During the 1970s and 80s, López Rivera was part of FALN, or Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, a group seeking to liberate Puerto Rico from U.S. control.

Freeing Private Manning.  Shocking is the only word for President Obama's decision to release Private Manning from prison after serving but six of the 35 years to which the disgraced soldier had been sentenced by a military court.  We understand that it is fully within the President's constitutional power.  And that the private's circumstances — as a transgender soldier being held largely in solitary at a prison for men — must be exceptionally excruciating.  Yet what kind of signal does this commutation send when we are still in the middle of a war in which thousands of our GIs are in harm's way?

Obama's appalling message to traitors and how critics say reducing Chelsea Manning's sentence may be one of the most serious misjudgments of his presidency.  As pundits spend the last hours of Barack Obama's presidency totting up all the bold pledges he failed to carry out in office, the White House finally had what it regarded as some good news to boast about.  He has now granted more commutations of prison sentences than any president in the nation's history.  In fact, Mr Obama has commuted the sentences of 1,385 convicted criminals — including 504 serving life sentences — which is more than the total number issued by the previous 12 presidents combined.

A man who thinks he's a girl.  THAT'S nuts.
In Manning clemency call, Obama sought to reduce sentence viewed as 'nuts'.  From the moment a military judge handed down a 35-year prison term for Chelsea Manning in 2013, President Obama and some administration officials saw the sentence as excessive.  "Nuts," said one person close to Obama.  They said Manning, an Army private charged with disclosing troves of secret files to WikiLeaks, should be punished for her crime.  But while Obama, a former law professor, was known for his tough stance on government leakers, he had also advocated for changing America's often harsh, inconsistent sentencing practices.  Long before Manning's attorneys submitted a second clemency request in November, Obama had considered the notion of "proportionate sentences" in evaluating the soldier's case, as he had in decisions to grant clemency to more than 1,300 drug offenders.

Obama Tarnishes His Legacy By Letting A Terrorist Walk Free.  We all know about President Obama's commutation of the 35-year sentence of traitor Chelsea Manning, nee Bradley, who handed U.S. secrets over to WikiLeaks, leading to the deaths of an untold number of people.  That was bad enough.  But even worse, but sadly less publicized, was Obama's decision to pardon Oscar Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose FALN planted more than 130 bombs across America during the 1970s and 1980s, supposedly on behalf of Puerto Rican independence.  Lopez Rivera was sentenced to 55 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and a number of weapons charges.  He's served 35 years of that original sentence.

Why liberals just love to set terrorists free.  What is it about progressives like President Obama — and even pretend progressives like Gov. Andrew Cuomo — that makes them so forgiving of terrorists?  Obama, on his way out the door, Tuesday [1/17/2017] commuted the effective life sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist-terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera — an architect of the wave of terror that led to the murder-by-bombing of four at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan in 1975.  Cuomo, for no apparent reason other than to plant a wet one on Black Lives Matter, last month gave an early out to one-time Weather Underground conspirator Judith Clark — convicted of murdering two cops and a security guard during the infamous Brinks armored car robbery in Rockland County in 1981.

Mike Pence slams Obama's decision to free Chelsea Manning as a 'mistake' because she is a 'traitor who shouldn't be turned into a martyr'.  Vice President-elect Mike Pence says Barack Obama's decision to commute former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning's prison sentence 'was a mistake'.  Obama said on Wednesday [1/18/2017] that he commuted Manning's 35-year prison sentence for releasing classified military documents to Wikileaks because the punishment didn't fit the crime.

Hope & Change Comes Eight Years Into the Obama Presidency.  Army private [Bradley Manning] endangered the lives of more than 900 Afghans by releasing raw intelligence material.  But he at least showed the decency of leaving the electronic conversations of John Podesta and Donna Brazile out of it.  If only Julian Assange changed his name to Julia and focused on imperiling national security instead of Democratic Party job security, then he might have avoided the wrath of the Obama administration.  "So, with respect to WikiLeaks, I don't see a contradiction," the president told the press this week.

The Damage Done to America by Manning ... and Obama.  [Scroll down]  First, it is also disgraceful for the New York Times to report without balance that "Prosecutors ... presented no evidence that anyone was killed because of [Manning's] leaks."  As the Times well knows, in cases involving classified information, the government frequently cannot reveal — let alone prosecute — the damage done.  As a practical matter, such revelations end up disclosing more classified information and, critically, identifying other informants and countries who have covertly provided national-security assistance to the United States.  That is why it is always a gimmee for apologists of the Mannings, Snowdens, and Clintons to minimize the harm they have done; it is generally impossible to provide concrete information to counter this claim absent exposing more intelligence and endangering sources for obtaining it.

Obama decision to free FALN terror group leader sparks outrage.  He was convicted of trying to overthrow the government, and named a leader of a terrorist group that bombed public buildings and killed people.  Now, President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of FALN member Oscar Lopez Rivera has sparked outrage from terror victims.  "I'm disgusted by what the president did.  It's a travesty," said Joe Connor, whose father was killed in an infamous FALN terrorist bombing in Manhattan.  "The enemies of our country are being rewarded, and being treated as if they are heroes.  What we hear is that Oscar Lopez Rivera did not get to know his family.  Well, neither did my father.  The victims and the Americans get pushed aside."

White House says Obama's release of Manning serves 'justice'.  The White House said Wednesday [1/18/2017] that President Obama granted clemency for transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning "in pursuit of justice," and accused congressional Republicans of hypocrisy for criticizing the commutation.  "Chelsea Manning was convicted of serious crimes," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  "She also took responsibility for those crimes.  She expressed remorse for those crimes."  He said Manning's 35-year prison term was "much longer than the sentence that was handed down to people who committed similar crimes that got much less attention."

Obama's Shameful Legacy.  There was a time, early in Barack Obama's presidency, when it was considered outrageous to worry out loud that the new president might treat enemies better than allies, run down friends and elevate foes, show solidarity with anti-American leaders, maybe even release dangerous terrorists or sympathize with traitors.  And here we are.  Obama has accommodated leaders hostile to America, like Vladimir Putin in Russia and Bashar al-Assad in Syria.  He strengthened a rogue regime in Iran and boosted despotic leaders in Cuba.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on his last full day as president.  In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday [1/19/2017], bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.  With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said.  During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life in prison.  'He wanted to do it.  He wanted the opportunity to look at as many as he could to provide relief,' Neil Eggleston, Obama's White House counsel, said in an interview in his West Wing office.

In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences.  In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday [1/19/2017], bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Obama Shows His True Colors as He Leaves Office.  Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness.  Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus another quarter-million State Department documents.  The cables were embarrassing; the military secrets were almost certainly deadly.  They jeopardized the lives not just of American soldiers on two active fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — but of locals who were, at great peril, secretly aiding and abetting us.  After Manning's documents release, the Taliban "went on a killing spree" (according to intelligence sources quoted by Fox News) of those who fit the description of individuals working with the United States.

Obama grants 330 commutations on last full day in office.  President Obama on Thursday [1/19/2017] granted 330 commutations to federal prisoners, less than 24 hours before his predecessor takes the oath of office.  All were serving drug sentences.  Obama's last major act as president brings his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, including 568 life sentences.  According to the White House, Thursday's [1/19/2017] batch of commutations is the most issued by any U.S. president in a single day.  "The president set[elsew]out to reinvigorate clemency, and he has done just that," White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said Thursday.

Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders.  Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire.  One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois.  This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others.  The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses.

Obama denies clemency for Leonard Peltier, nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.  Among those denied clemency in Obama's final days, according to the Justice Department:
  •   Wen Ho Lee, the University of California physicist accused — and then largely exonerated — of leaking nuclear secrets to the Chinese in 1999.
  •   Former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, who is serving a seven-year sentence for corruption.
  •   Leonard Peltier, the American Indian activist convicted of killing two FBI agents in 1975.
Neither the White House nor the Justice Department discusses reasons for denying a pardon as a matter of "well-established policy."  But Lee's denial was all the more noteworthy given that Obama granted clemency in two other cases involving national security secrets the day before.

ICE Criminal Prosecutions Plummeted In Obama's Second Term.  Criminal prosecutions resulting from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations plummeted the last five years of Barack Obama's presidency.  The number of new ICE prosecutions dropped from a high of 21,662 in 2011 to 12,761 in 2016, according to data Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released Monday [1/23/2017].

By Commuting Bradley Manning's Sentence, Obama Broke Faith with the Military.  In essence, soldiers make two simple pledges:  I will obey lawful orders, and I will lay down my life for the mission and my brothers and sisters.  Good commanders know that soldiers trust them to reinforce the warrior ethos with effective discipline.  Soldiers who can't be trusted can't be coddled; violating orders, acting selfishly, or disregarding the mission can ultimately break units and armies.

Why Did Obama Free This Terrorist?  On January 17, 2017, as one of the final acts of his presidency, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of 74-year-old Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican nationalist who had served 35 years of a 55-year conviction for the crime of "seditious conspiracy," as well as attempted robbery, explosives and vehicle-theft charges.  Thanks to Obama's intercession, Lopez will be freed in May.

"Kill Christians": The Real Refugee Protest Agenda.  The President of the United States announced that refugees fleeing persecution by a totalitarian regime would be deported.  It did not matter that they had risked their lives to come here.  They would be sent back.  No leftist lawyers crammed airports.  No protesters chanted at terminals.  No celebrities offered sanctimonious lectures about "who we are".  No one dared to call the lying thug behind it un-American.  Because his last name was Obama and the refugees were Cubans fleeing socialism.

Man freed early from life sentence by Obama back in jail.  A San Antonio man who was freed from life in prison by President Barack Obama is back behind bars after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist and undercover police cars while fleeing from a drug deal Thursday [2/2/2017].  Robert M. Gill, 68, whose life sentence for cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy was commuted by Obama and expired in 2015, was profiled last year in the Express-News about his readjustment to life on the outside.

Man freed early from life sentence by Obama back in jail.  A San Antonio man who was freed from life in prison by President Barack Obama is back behind bars after allegedly crashing his vehicle into another motorist and undercover police cars while fleeing from a drug deal Thursday [2/2/2017].

Obama put his feet all over the White House furniture
Leftists Triggered Over Kellyanne Conway Putting Her Feet on a Couch.  Fresh off their collective hissy fit over Donald Trump putting ketchup on his steak, anti-Trump leftists have now been triggered by pictures that show Kellyanne Conway putting her feet on a couch in the Oval Office. [...] Journalists chose to make the entire story about where Conway put her feet rather than talk about Trump's meeting with leaders of black universities and colleges.


Report:  Obama In Hiding After Former Secret Service Agent Outs Him in Wiretapping Claim.  Ever since Trump became president, Obama has been behind the scenes doing everything he can to cause massive chaos.  But setting up a shadow government and training his violent minions to take out Trump through his group Organization For Action (OFA) has just been the beginning of Obama's subversion tactics.  Over the weekend, we've learned that Obama secretly tapped Trump's phone throughout the 2016 presidential election in order to spy.  But unfortunately for Obama, his antics are about to blow up in a huge way after his former Secret Service agent just came forward with a huge bombshell, sure to tighten the screws even more on Obama's self-inflicted scandal.

Repudiating the Obama Vision for Higher Education.  In 2012, there was a White House forum to discuss the remaking of our institutions of higher learning.  The forum was based on a 136 page volume A Crucible Moment:  College Learning and Democracy's Future by The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.  The National Task Force was composed of 11 individuals.  The writers or supervisors of the writing were these eleven individuals, so we shall never know who is responsible for which section of the report.  The writing of books by committee is another sign to this writer of the dilution of individual responsibility as well as individual rights.  It is a collective manuscript.  And if you ask teachers in our schools, they will tell you that increasingly textbooks are "written" by a large committee of scholars.  This report reflects this trend.  However, chief spokesman for this report at the 2012 White House Forum was Carol G. Schneider, then President of the American Association of College and University Professors.  This report should send a chill up the spines of every citizen in the United States.  Why?  It represented nothing less than an attempt to turn institutions of learning away from preparing students for careers and professional employment and away from the unbiased search for truth, which presumably is a scientific and philosophical goal in our colleges.  According to the vision of this report, institutions of higher education should be engaged in community development and promoting engagement.  It is a "social justice" model, a progressive model.  Universities should fill in gaps where existing institutions have failed communities.

Apocalyptic Progressivism.  During the 2008 campaign, gas prices at one point averaged over $4 a gallon.  Then-candidate Obama reacted by pushing a green agenda — as if the cash-strapped but skeptical public could be pushed into alternative energy agendas.  Obama mocked then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's prescient advice to "drill, baby, drill" — as if Palin's endorsement of new technologies such as fracking and horizontal drilling could never ensure consumers plentiful fuel.  Instead, in September 2008, Steven Chu, who would go on to become Obama's secretary of energy, told the Wall Street Journal that, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

Obama administration 'knowingly allowed at least 16 members of notorious teen gang MS-13 into the US'.  The Obama administration allowed at least 16 teenage foreigners into the United States even though it knew they were members of the so-called 'MS-13' gang, according to a Republican senator.  Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who heads the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said internal documents showed that the teenagers were sent to juvenile homes across the US, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday [5/24/2017].

How Obama's 'smart power' helped seed the Manchester attack.  South Manchester is home to one of the world's largest Libyan expatriate communities, which in recent years has become a prime recruiting ground for young jihadists.  And Libya itself is the base for an ISIS external-operations wing tasked with plotting terrorist attacks in Europe.  Indeed, since the fall of Moammar Khadafy, Libya has become a haven for Islamist terrorist groups.  Such is the result of Barack Obama's failed policy — which he so confidently announced would prove smarter than his predecessor's mistakes in Iraq, only to be proved horribly wrong.

Retired Reporter Details Obama's Off-the-Record 'Profanity-Laced Tirade' About the Media.  President Obama once delivered a "profanity-laced tirade" in an off-the-record session with reporters when he wasn't happy about media coverage, according to retired ABC News correspondent Ann Compton.

Who Is Keeping Score On Obama's Failed Pardons?  As expected, the black beneficiaries of Obama's mass pardon/commutations are already returning to whence they came.  As reported by myself and others over the last few years [...], Obama commuted the sentences of a whopping 1715 federal inmates and outright pardoned another 212.  These pardons were heavily weighted to black drug offenders.  The reason he gave was a belief that the justice system was rigged against his fellow African-Americans.  It seems that Carole Denise Richardson[,] one of his fellows who needed a second chance, is back in custody for theft and according to authorities, "Richardson violated five separate terms of her release including failing to report that she was arrested, that she'd been terminated from a job for failing to show up and that she had changed her address."






Obama snubs Paris, January 11, 2015.


After the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, leaders of the 40 or 50 most powerful countries in the world gathered in Paris to march in the streets (with about a million French citizens) in a show of unity against Islamic violence.  Barack H. Obama was not interested.  He was either too preoccupied with the Sunday football games on TV, or he was just too lazy to get on Air Force One and fly over to Paris.

It's the Virgins, Stupid.  Eric Holder is planning conferences on the root causes of terrorism.  That was his excuse for sitting out the "I am Charlie" demonstrations, even though he was in Paris at the time.  That was a non sequitur, of course.  No reason why you can't do both.  But there was a bigger story here.  Why was the Attorney General representing us?  I can see why the President wasn't there.  He didn't want to run into Bibi Netanyahu.  Plus he has a major problem condemning terrorism.  But the Attorney General?

'Fruit Loop' Obama's Peculiar Priorities.  Then there was the terrorist attack in France that killed 17 people.  Following the bloodshed, a million-person march descended on Paris.  French President Francois Hollande and 44 foreign dignitaries, including leaders from Germany, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, attended the protest.  One would think that not even another fundraiser in Gwyneth Paltrow's backyard could stop Barack 'Citizen of the World' Obama from participating in the show of unity.  But again, unfortunately, the president was mysteriously engaged elsewhere, possibly doing whatever he was doing on the night of the Benghazi attack.  No matter which way you slice it, Barack Obama is a very busy man with an ever-growing list of concerns to attend to.

Obama Signed Charlie's Death Warrant in 2012.  In essence, President Obama publicly accused Charlie Hebdo's publishers of bad judgment, and, hence, instead of condemning those who might act on their umbrage, gave a green-light for last weeks' Islamic terrorists to go on a rampage and murder anybody and everybody they could.  It wasn't a casual West Wing blunder that kept Obama from flying to the anti-terror demonstration in Paris.  Obama simply didn't want to memorialize the Hebdo cartoonists who, he feels, had slandered the one whom Obama calls "The Prophet Muhammad" rather than just Muhammad.

Missing the answer to terror attacks: Guns.  Over four million people including 50 world leaders showed up in Paris to rally against the murders and for free speech yet the main gist of subsequent commentary was to criticize the absence of President Obama.  Given his abhorrence of the word jihad, I never expected him to participate in any event that was critical of Islam.

Obama's Top Aide Takes Blame for U.S. Absence in Paris March.  President Barack Obama's chief of staff on Tuesday [1/20/2015] took responsibility for not sending a top U.S. official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in the French capital earlier this month.  Denis McDonough said in a television interview that it was his decision not to send the president or a high-level American representative to the Jan. 11 march, where the U.S. absence drew criticism.

The Editor says...
It sure took a long time to elect a scapegoat.  If Mr. McDonough was indeed the responsible party, why didn't he own up to his actions a week earlier?

Obama Doesn't Get Islamic Terrorism.  When 44 world leaders joined 1.6 million Parisians to condemn Islamist terror last Sunday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were watching football.  Secretary of State John Kerry was in India (where it's been unseasonably cold), to give a speech on global warming.  Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris but didn't attend because he was in "high-level meetings," aides said.  With whom?  Nearly every prominent French official was at the rally. [...] It's appalling if the White House didn't grasp the symbolic importance of U.S. participation, more appalling if the snub were deliberate.

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I think Mr. Obama understands Islam much better than most political commentators believe.

At Obama Press Conference, No Questions on Skipping Anti-Terror Rally.  Barack Obama on Friday [1/16/2015] conducted an almost hour-long news conference with journalists, but faced no questions on his administration's much-maligned decision not to send a representative to last Sunday's massive anti-terror rally in France. [...] After a nearly 20 minute preamble, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron finally got to reporters.  After offering up a tough question, Karl lobbed this softball:  "If I may, Mr. President, I really like would hear your reaction to the news that Mitt Romney is thinking about running for president again."

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Brigadier General James Taylor?  In our hour of need, the French gave us Lafayette. In theirs, we sent them the guy who drained all the sugar out of "How Sweet It Is" and substituted saccharin.

I Feel Sorry For James Taylor.  Secretary of State John Kerry's decision to bring out James Taylor to sing "You've Got a Friend" in Paris yesterday has been met with near universal derision including by our own Emily Zanotti.  I finally had a chance to watch the video.  It was far from Taylor's best rendition of the song and he knew it.  By the end of it, he couldn't wait to get [...] out of there.  But Kerry pulled him back to acknowledge the applause/humiliation.  I feel sorry for James Taylor.  I like his music and once saw him in concert.  But neither he nor this song was right for this occasion.

Tone-deaf in Paris.  Four days after world leaders gathered in a powerful demonstration of righteous defiance in the wake of the terrorist killings in Paris, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry finally touched down on French soil, reassuring Parisians that he had come to give them "a hug" and flying in reliable old James Taylor to perform "You've Got A Friend."  Now, we love James Taylor as much as the next New Englander, but — really?

Missing Paris was par for the course.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest provided the mea culpa for the Paris radical Islamist-terrorism rally that the president's administration decided not to attend.  Was the president's missed opportunity an oversight, or was it, in the parlance of our Golfer-in-Chief, par for the course?  In 2009, the moderate Muslim Iranian street came out in force to protest against the radical Islamists who lead their government.  President Obama chose the side of the hardliners and left the moderate, pro-reform Iranians literally hanging.  The president arguably continues to placate the radical Iranian leaders as he bides time for their full development of nuclear weapons.

Obama: Charlie who?  [Scroll down]  Had not 4 million marchers and 44 foreign leaders just turned out on the streets of France to declare "No" to intimidation, and pledging solidarity, indeed identification ("Je suis Charlie") with a satirical weekly specializing in the most outrageous and often tasteless portrayals of Muhammad?  And yet, within 48 hours, the new Charlie Hebdo issue featuring the image of Muhammad — albeit a sorrowful, indeed sympathetic Muhammad — sparked new protests, denunciations and threats of violence, which in turn evinced another round of doubt and self-flagellation in the West about the propriety and limits of free expression.  Hopeless.  As for President Obama, he never was Charlie, not even for those 48 hours.  From the day of the massacre, he has been practically invisible.

Pelosi: Obama's Paris No-Show OK Because 'What Happened Had a Spontaneity to It'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) excused President Obama's absence from a Paris march on Sunday because last Wednesday's terrorist attack there was a "spontaneous" event.  At a news conference with her caucus' new policy and communications committee today, Pelosi elaborated a bit on Obama's meeting with "a chunk of" House and Senate Democratic and Republican leadership. [...] Pelosi said there was no discussion about Obama's no-show among nearly 50 world leaders who linked arms in Paris in a show of solidarity against terrorism.  "That didn't come up at the meeting," she said.

Valerie Jarrett on WH Response to Paris Attacks: 'We Certainly Got the Substance Right'.  Valerie Jarrett thinks the substance of the administration's response to the Paris terror attacks was just super.  President Obama's close confidant and senior adviser appeared on CNN Thursday morning [1/15/2015] and reiterated the talking points on the lack of United State appearance at the unity march in Paris.  "I think we certainly got the substance right but it would have been great to participate in the parade and we're delighted Secretary Kerry is there now," said Jarrett.

Obama lies when the truth will do: Charlie Hebdo edition.  While millions of French marched with dozens of world leaders including Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu this Sunday in Paris and around France, the United States sent only our Ambassador to France and no one else.  Eric Holder was in town, but apparently was too busy or not interested in attending (the Department of Justice had no comment).  Today the outrage was palpable.  Many felt that the US should have had a significant presence there (aren't we leading the war on terror, or something?) and failed to show unity with the world when we had the option.

Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don't care.  Sunday [1/11/2015], President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.  His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo in opposition to radical Islam — an enemy fiercer than we have seen in decades — sent a clear message to the world:  Obama just doesn't care.  His words about the horrendous terrorist attack this week were not enough.  They came off as inauthentic at best and offensive at worst.

In Denial About the Attack in France.  Most journalists tried to downplay or ignore Obama's failure to attend the huge Sunday "unity" rally in Paris, where 40 world leaders gathered in a show of support for France.  While the New York tabloids mocked Obama, most national newspapers mentioned "World leaders link arms" and barely noticed the leader of the free world had stayed home to watch football games.  Even after the White House spokesman admitted it was an error for top American officials to skip the event, obviously in reaction to national and international outrage, still some newspapers buried it inside their papers like it was no big deal.

Also posted under Pro-Obama media bias.

Tiptoeing around terror.  What was Mr. Obama thinking as he watched heads of state from Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere march with millions of others in the largest demonstration in France's history? He wasn't thinking. [...] The White House press corps wasn't content to accept his answer that the administration had simply made a little mistake, as they peppered him with questions, wanting to know why the president didn't go himself or at least send a high-level delegation in his place.  Mr. Obama's chief apologist wasn't especially helpful on that question.  He refused to say who was responsible for making that decision, but insisted it was "not a decision that was made by the president."  But why not?

I'm Glad Obama Skipped Paris.  Unlike many conservatives, I was not outraged when President Obama directed the Justice Department to end the pretense of "defending" the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  I feel the same way about the president's decision not to join dozens of world leaders in Paris last Sunday to march in favor of free speech and against Islamic-supremacist terror.  I'm glad he stayed home.  I'm glad he didn't send Vice President Biden (whose main job is to attend such exhibitions), Secretary of State Kerry (whose main job escapes me), or Attorney General Holder (who was in Paris but still didn't go).  It's not too often that the "most transparent administration in history" is, what's the word? ... transparent.

Former Secret Service Agent Blasts Obama For Blaming Service For Skipping Paris March.  Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted President Obama's decision to blame security concerns for his decision not to attend an anti-terrorism rally in Paris.  The White House blamed security concerns for Obama's decision not to attend the "March Of Unity" in Paris after a deadly Islamic terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.  The Secret Service said that it was never asked to prepare for a presidential visit to Paris.

The Daze of the Jackals.  To hear the White House tell it, the basic reason Obama failed to go to the Paris was random chance.  Politico cites sources who explain that the march just sort of sneaked up on the presidency.  No one was aware of it until it was too late for the president to take the plane. [...] Maybe nobody told him that the Saudis wanted to destroy the US oil industry either.

Obama's Paris snub wasn't an oversight.  The White House reaction to the attacks in France, going back to the first reports of shots fired at Charlie Hebdo, has been noticeably subdued.  Obama had scheduled last week as a time to roll out some upcoming State of the Union proposals in trips to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee.  When world events intruded, the president stubbornly stuck to his schedule, mentioning France only briefly before introducing his plan for free tuition at community colleges.  Then came the unity march.  No, it was not essential that Obama himself attend.  But there's no doubt he should have sent Vice President Joe Biden — why is there a VP, if not to go to big foreign events? — or at least Secretary of State John Kerry.

Better yet:  Jeremiah Wright.
Levin: Obama Should Have Sent Al Sharpton To Paris.  ["]First of all, he's a good marcher, he knows how to march.  You want to march?  You bring Al Sharpton.  That's number one.  Number two, I think he is the voice of the Obama administration.  He's certainly been to the White House more than any world leader, so that's who this administration should have sent if it was true to its belief system."

Flitting off to Paris on your own 747 can be such a chore!
Carter: Give Obama A Break for Not Going to Paris, He Just Came Back from Vacation.  Former president Jimmy Carter told a group of reporters that they should give Barack Obama a bit of a break for not attending the recent solidarity march in Paris, which dozens of other world leaders attended.  "I don't think there's any need for criticism," he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.  "The president sometimes can't go where he'd prefer to go," Carter continued.  "He's just come back from vacation so I think he's probably got a lot on his desk."  (Obama recently came back from his Hawaii Christmas vacation, where he was roundly criticized for ruining a wedding.)

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama obviously doesn't have anything "on his desk," because he spent the day watching television.

Secret Service: Obama Never Asked Us About Possible Unity Rally Trip.  According to a report in CNN, White House officials dismissed the possibility of President Obama attending the historic Unity March in Paris in response to the terror attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo last week due to security concerns. [...] Apparently the White House made that determination without ever consulting with the Secret Service.

Jonah Goldberg: White House Has Rule To "Never Overreact To Terrorism".  [Quoting Jonah Goldberg:] ["]Look, everyone agrees that this was a mistake.  The question is why this is a mistake.  Part of it is incompetence.  Never rule out incompetence as an explanation for anything in Washington.  But part of it also is that it fits into a pattern that this president and this White House has an ideological rule that has gone forth that says we're never going to overreact to terrorism.["]

White House was out of step as Paris march grew.  Somehow an event that the French didn't even announce until Friday had quickly gathered momentum, drawing about three dozen foreign leaders to Paris to express their outrage at the killings of French citizens at a satire magazine and a Jewish supermarket last week.  America's representative, Ambassador Jane Hartley, looked a little out of place.  White House aides were so caught off guard by the march's massive size and attention that they hadn't even asked President Barack Obama if he wanted to go.

The Editor says...
They have to ask?

Is Obama the apologizer-in-chief?  A list published by The Washington Post includes 13 Obama apologies, not including what his conservative adversaries consider an overall apologetic tone about America's position of dominance in the world.  The list also omits the tepid mea culpa the White House offered Monday [1/12/2015] for sending no one of importance to a massive anti-terror rally held Sunday in Paris.

Our National Disgrace.  This wasn't a misstep.  This was deliberate.  Biden could have gone.  Eric Holder was in Paris and was prohibited from going.  His job was to enforce sharia.  He refused to link jihad terror with jihad or Islam.  We are at war with "lone wolf" attacks.  This was a calculated move signalling his solidarity with jihad groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, "moderate" al Qaeda (his administration's turn of a phrase, not mine), Hamas, etc.

Is the White House a 'Sleeper Cell'?  [Scroll down]  It would certainly explain Obama's not going to France, which was a decision that hurt the USA, hurt the effort against Islamic terror and hurt the president's already tarnished reputation into the bargain.  There are so many other things that the existence of a White House "sleeper cell" would explain that I couldn't even begin to count them.  And as you know, a cell doesn't have to be violent to be active.

I'm ashamed by U.S. leaders' absence in Paris.  I find it hard to believe that collectively President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Attorney General Eric Holder — who was actually in France that day for a conference on counterterrorism — just had no time in their schedules on Sunday.  Holder had time to do the Sunday shows via satellite but not to show the world that he stood with the people of France?

Confirmed: Obama watched NFL playoffs instead of going to Paris.  You won't find it in the American media, but the U.K. Daily Mail has obtained confirmation from an administration spokesman that President Obama spent much of yesterday watching the NFL Playoffs.

Why Obama Watched Football Instead of Going to Paris.  President Barack Obama, we are told, watched the NFL playoffs on Sunday instead of going to the anti-terror rally in Paris.  Moreover, his apparent representative in Paris, controversial Attorney General Eric Holder, taped Sunday shows from the French capital but failed to attend the rally itself.

White House Admits Someone of 'Higher Profile' Should've Attended Paris Rally.  After facing criticism from a variety of sources over President Barack Obama's decision to skip a major rally in France this weekend to honor those killed in the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo[,] White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted during Monday's briefing that the absence was probably a mistake.

Obama's Optics Problem on Display With Paris No-Show.  The president is facing withering criticism on both sides of the Atlantic for his decision — inexplicable to many and inadequately explained by the White House — to stay at home Sunday when so many other world leaders flew to Paris to demonstrate global solidarity with the French in the wake of last week's terrorist attack that left this key U.S. ally shaken.  More than 40 world leaders were there, from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East.  They locked arms and marched resolutely down the Place de la Concorde.  Israel and the Palestinian Authority were there.  Russia sent a top official from Moscow.  But neither Obama, who was in Washington, nor Vice President Joe Biden, who was in Delaware, was there.

'Our President Should Have Been There'.  Many of our allies gathered together in Paris yesterday in an admirable display of determination.  Our President should have been there, because we must never hesitate to stand with our allies.  We should never hesitate to speak the truth.  In Paris or anywhere else in the world.

Obama and America shamefully skip Paris march against terror.  Displaying powerful symbolic unity, in fitting and proper testament to the defense of civilization, more than 40 world leaders linked arms to lead the mass march in Paris in resolve against Islamist terror.  The United States of America, Barack Obama, President, was inexcusably absent from one of the most critical turning points in the war between radical Islam and the West since 9/11.

No Longer the Leader of the Free World.  By choosing to stay away from the march, the United States expressed not only its public disdain for the effort to respond to the rising tide of hate, but the president also demonstrated that he doesn't understand that being the leader of the free world occasionally requires him to show up even when he'd rather stay home.  The symbolism of the boycott illustrated very clearly why Obama is the first American president since World War Two to publicly disdain that title.

White House Effort to Insulate Obama from Criticism Falls Apart.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday insisted that President Obama could not have attended Sunday's march in Paris because security arrangements would have had an adverse impact on the event, but he admitted that the White House had not even consulted the Secret Service on the matter. [...] Nor did Earnest indicate how the White House came to the conclusion that Vice President Biden, whose security requirements are far less than the president's, couldn't attend.  Is Biden's security really much greater than that used by someone like Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or German Chancellor Merkel, both of whom were at the march?

America betrays its values by not sending top U.S. officials to Paris unity rally.  At the least, the very least, Attorney General Eric Holder, who was already in Paris for an international conference on terrorism, could have taken some time out from doing interviews for Sunday morning talk shows to stand in one of the front rows Sunday, just because Holder has been a prominent face in Barack Obama's administration for a good, long time.

America snubs historic Paris rally.  President Barack Obama and other top members of his administration have snubbed a historic rally in Paris today that brought together more than 40 world leaders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and even Russia. [...] According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television.  Both games were broadcast hours after the march.

The Editor says...
Either Obama is completely incapable of making sound decisions, or he knows he can't be fired, no matter what he does, or he is a Muslim who doesn't want to be seen as criticizing other Muslims.  He stayed home to watch television while the competent leaders of the world went to Paris.  (You can rest assured that an NBC [or Fox] network feed to Air Force One would be a trivial challenge.  They are probably already in place.)  Maybe Mr. Obama was concerned about the availability of golf courses in France.  Whatever his excuse for failing to participate in a unified objection to Islamic terrorism, it is invalid.  It is plainly apparent that Barack H. Obama has sided with the Islamic terrorists.

Obama absent as world leaders gather in Paris to protest Islamic terror.  An impressive array of world leaders is gathered in Paris to march in solidarity with the victims of Islamic terror.  British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and even Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas found it important enough to stand up to those who would kill the critics of Mohammed to come to the City of Light.  But not President Obama.  Even though he has no activities at all on his presidential daily schedule, he is too busy to make time.

Kerry calls criticism over U.S. absence at Paris rally "quibbling".  The administration has received some negative attention due to the absence of its most prominent officials at a rally that was attended by more than 40 world leaders from countries that included Great Britain and Germany.  Among those critics was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who said on "CBS This Morning" Monday, "I thought it was a mistake not to send someone...  in hindsight I would hope that they would do it differently."

Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don't care.  Sunday, President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.  His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo in opposition to radical Islam — an enemy fiercer than we have seen in decades — sent a clear message to the world:  Obama just doesn't care.

The Editor says...
Calling it apathy is too generous.  I think the "clear message" is that Obama doesn't want to protest Muslim violence because he's one of them.  At the very least he is a Muslim sympathizer, rooting for their team.  And why would a non-Muslim do that?

Barack Obama's French kiss-off.  Don't look for the president or vice president among the photos of 44 heads of state who locked arms and marched down Boulevard Voltaire in Paris.  Nor did they join a companion march the French Embassy organized in Washington on Sunday afternoon.  Indeed, Obama's public reactions to the attacks in Paris last week have been muted.

Somewhat related:
Where is Hillary on Paris attacks?  For someone supposedly running for president, Hillary Clinton is awfully scarce lately, completely silent on the jihad attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket.  Wasn't she secretary of state?  Isn't foreign policy supposed to be one of her strengths?  Isn't she trying to put some daylight between herself and her former boss, President Obama?  She could have flown to Paris and marched, and it would have gotten her lots of attention as the president-in-waiting.  Yet she didn't.  Did Huma Abedin, who remains at her side, tell her that those who slander the prophet of Islam have no future?





Obama demeans and degrades the Marine Corps

Introduction by The Editor:
The imperious and arrogant Barack H. Obama apparently believes that the United States Marines are his pawns, to be used for any menial task that comes to his little mind.  In my estimation, Mr. Obama is far less of a man than the Marine who is holding the umbrella.  This is a breach of protocol, for which the President, not the Marine, is entirely responsible.

Obama breaches Marine umbrella protocol.  The commander in chief of the American armed forces today forced a violation of Marine Corps regulations, so he wouldn't get wet.  According to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform.  There is no provision in the Marine Corps uniform regulation guidelines that allows a male Marine to carry an umbrella.

'The Incident in the Rose Garden Rain'.  Armed by the arrogant confidence that comes via a protective circle of self-serving, back-scratching politicians (including Republican ones), who do nothing to deter his increasing taunts against all things American, President Barack Hussein Obama continues to publicly trash the cherished image of the military.

Cloudy with a 100% chance of scandals: Obama ducks and weaves.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately, Obama's advance staff was apparently too busy preparing his next campaign stops to check the Washington weather forecast.  It set up the news conference outdoors in the Rose Garden.  Wouldn't you know given POTUS' recent luck, it began raining.  Obama did the only thing he would think of:  No, he wasn't smart enough to come in out of the rain.  The commander-in-chief ordered two U.S. Marines to bring umbrellas and hold them over the leaders' heads while standing at attention.  So, as the two politicians droned on, including translation, the professionals in their dress uniforms got drenched.  As did the attending crowd.

Marine holds umbrella
They're Marines, Mr. President, not Butlers.  Well Obama may have kept his makeup from running, but the public relations hole he's digging for himself just got deeper.  Of course, someone else is sure to get the blame for the incomparable insolence demonstrated by this clueless commander-in-chief when he imperiously summoned two young, Marine NCO's to stand in the rain and hold umbrellas over his royal highness and Turkish Premier Erdogan.

Raindrops wash away reeling O's fake veneer.  Watching President Obama trying to dodge raindrops and responsibility yesterday reminded me of the moment when Dorothy pulls back the curtain and discovers that the Wizard of Oz is "just a man."  Stripped of his spell of mystery and power, the wizard is worse than mortal.  He's a fake.  So it was with Obama in the Rose Garden.

President Obama makes U.S. Marine break military rules by holding an umbrella while in uniform.  President Obama humiliated the marine who he asked to hold his umbrella by making him 'look like a butler', a respected military general claimed today.  Thomas McInerney, a former United States Air Force Lieutenant General, said that the President showed a 'lack of respect' by making the soldier shelter him from a shower. [...] According to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

All wet: The president, the Marine, the umbrella and the media downpour.  Sometimes, little pictures can become big symbols.  Today's press conference in the rain — featuring Marines holding umbrellas over President Obama and the Turkish prime minister as they spoke in the Rose Garden — has become an instant classic.  And not in a way the White House would want.

From the Halls of Montezuma to Obama servant.  No one is arguing whether the commander-in-chief of the mighty United States military can order a highly-trained Marine Corps corporal to stand next to him holding an umbrella so the Chicagoan's balding head doesn't get moist.  But they are questioning whether Barack Obama should issue such a command to a member of the military who volunteered to protect the nation, not the Democrat's personal pate.





Obama degrades the office of the President

Barack H. Obama is merely a troublemaker from Chicago.  Not only is he demonstrating his incompetence every day, he is now making it clear that he lacks the dignity, tact, and decorum required in his new job.  This is additional evidence of his incompetence, but even an incompetent fool should be able to keep a civil tongue for a few years.  Common sense (if he has any) should tell him that a televised conversation in the White House should exclude the language one hears in the back of a city bus.

The national news media's portray Mr. Obama as a stately, one-of-a-kind genius.  In reality he has shown himself to be an uncouth and boorish lout.  The problem with having a unashamedly foul-mouthed president is that his most memorable sound bites are quoted throughout the monkey-see-monkey-do press.

Disclaimer and apology:
With very few exceptions, this web site does not contain any sentence that I would hesitate to repeat in church.  I regret that the President of the United States has demeaned and degraded his office, but I also believe that whenever he cheapens our country in such a manner, his acts must not go unchallenged.

Caution:  This article lists other "firsts" in the history of mass-media vulgarity.
Obama and the language of the locker room.  In a Today Show interview on June 7th, President Obama said that expert input he was getting about the oil spill would help him decide "whose ass to kick."  That was a first.  By uttering that line, Obama crossed a line that no president ever crossed before, passing another milestone in the advance of vulgarity in our culture, and lowering public discourse to a new nadir. ... [This] was the first time that any president consciously chose to utter a vulgar expression into a live microphone, knowing — nay, intending — that it would be broadcast far and wide.

About Obama's overheated and misplaced rhetoric....  The White House has no problem employing violent rhetoric against profit making enterprise, but is afraid to call terrorism terrorism.  It kind of says a lot about who they view as the enemy, no?

Barry Butches Up.  America was delirious over the inspirational speeches of Barack Obama.  After 16 months or so of non-stop speechifying, he has stupefied us and apparently himself.  He goes off teleprompter again to reveal his true character.  He is a bully.  I have been calling him this for a while now — and wrote a couple of American Thinker columns characterizing him as such.  He learned his political lessons in Cook County and his trash-talk on the basketball courts.

We need a leader, not a politician.  Has it come to this again?  The president is meeting with his oil spill experts, he crudely tells us, so that he knows "whose ass to kick."  We have become accustomed to his management style — target a scapegoat, assign blame and go on the attack.

Who Does President Obama Really Hate?  [Scroll down]  Every president has to draw a line in the sand.  Every president has to determine just how far he's willing to be pushed around.  Every president has to decide who his enemies are, and then face them down.  President Obama has decided that his real enemies aren't Iranian genocidal dictators, anti-Semitic reporters or Muslim terrorists.  His real enemies are conservatives and corporations.  How can we tell?  From his rhetoric.

Barack Obama, Frat-Boy-in-Chief?  Does Barack Obama realize he's the President of the United States?  I know that seems a silly question to ask, but he sure doesn't act like it.  A more apt description of his actions so far:  the Frat-Boy-in-Chief.

Obama Loses His Cool.  The 24-hour news cycle demands such hot ice cream because any version of the outlandish is preferred over being "cool."  Cool is not well received in a rock 'n' roll culture where the over-amplified has become the norm and everything else an extension of melodrama or slapstick.  To be considered "sincere," one must get hot for the cameras.

Barack Obama in Search of A-- to Kick.  Just reporting Obama's unrestrained conviction to indecency, with headlines shrieking, in various stages of paraphrase for sensationalism ... has dragged all who report his antics to his level of philistine chic, and obligates one to pull on galoshes, then wade into the journalistic sewer, thus the ascribed title.

The President Said What, Now?  My nine-year-old daughter looked at the front page of the paper, and her eyes grew wide:  The president said "ass"?  She swallowed the A-word, because it is, after all, the A-word.  I nodded; he said that. ... "He didn't mean donkey," she said, this being the only possible explanation.  I shook my head.  It will now be difficult to tell her not to use that word; it will now be a matter of time before my wife says, "Well, your daughter was sounding presidential today," and it won't be a reference to mankind's universal aspirations.




Civilian trials and incarceration for terrorists

Painting a Bull's Eye on New York City.  President Obama's decision to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York City along with four others accused of helping destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentagon on 9-11 paints a bull's-eye for terrorists right on New York City, their favorite target.  Now Obama has identified where the terrorists should focus their energies — on New York City.

The Worst Decision by a US President in History.  The Obama administration has taken a giant step in its march to throw in the towel in the war against radical Islam. ... The administration is justifying its decisions on the grounds that because the 9/11 attackers targeted civilians they should be tried as civilians.  This makes no sense unless you are a Democrat who believes that the "holy war" that Islamic jihadists have formally declared on us is no different from the acts of isolated individuals who have decided to break the law.  This is the approach to the war on terror that John Kerry championed in 2004.  Now that Americans have had the poor judgment — the suicidally poor judgment — to make a leftist their president, this is the strategy our nation is set to pursue.

Welcome to the Big Apple, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed!  Remember, because of liberal bleeding hearts like Barack Obama, Khalid has been advised of his Miranda rights and has even been given a swine flu shot!  Welcome to New York, Sheikh, at least what is left of it after your handiwork!  There is a possible upside to Obama's latest attack on America:  Should a New York jury acquit Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, President Obama will have succeeded in permanently destroying the Democrat party.

Justice Denied.  Eric Holder's move to try the 9/11 masterminds in Manhattan makes it official:  This administration has reverted to pre-9/11 "crime" fighting.  Amid all the talk during the attorney general's surreal press conference of the "crime" committed eight years ago, the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon wasn't even mentioned.

Bringing al-Qaeda to New York.  Candidate Barack Obama urged a return to pre-9/11 counterterrorism-by-courts.  President Obama's Justice Department overflows with lawyers who spent the last eight years representing America's enemies.  Thus, Friday's announcement that top al-Qaeda terrorists will be brought to New York City for a civilian trial is no surprise.  That doesn't make it any less inexcusable.

Holder's Hidden Agenda, cont'd...  [Scroll down slowly]  We are now going to have a trial that never had to happen for defendants who have no defense.  And when defendants have no defense for their own actions, there is only one thing for their lawyers to do:  put the government on trial in hopes of getting the jury (and the media) spun up over government errors, abuses and incompetence.  That is what is going to happen in the trial of KSM et al.

KSM Hits Manhattan — Again.  Attorney General Eric Holder, who dropped this legal bomb on New York yesterday, called his decision to move their trial on war crimes from a military courtroom at Guantanamo Bay to American soil "the toughest" he has had to make.  Other words come to mind.  For starters, intellectually and morally confused, dangerous and political to a fault.

What Are They Thinking?  The Left likes to throw around lofty phrases (the "rule of law") and straw men arguments ("If you believe in the Constitution ...").  But "the law" and the "Constitution" have real meaning, and nothing in statute or the Constitution requires us to take KSM to New York, douse him with ACLU pixie dust, and give him all the procedural rights and constitutional protections that a domestic criminal would receive.  It is poppycock on stilts to argue that the Obama team is simply "following the law."  They are making it up and departing from statute and 200 years of legal tradition.

The Holder Decision:  Undermining Our Time-Honored Notions of Citizenship.  Through all the coverage and debate surrounding Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try five 9/11 jihadists in New York City, one implication has received little attention:  With this momentous decision he has cheapened the value of U.S. citizenship.

America on Trial.  In the annals of poor political judgment, the Obama administration's decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay-based terrorist detainees in a New York City federal court may yet rank as a blunder without peer in American history.

Trial and Terror.  The decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other top al-Qaeda terrorists to New York City for a civilian trial is one of the most irresponsible ever made by a presidential administration.  That it is motivated by politics could not be more obvious.  That it spells unprecedented danger for our security will soon become obvious.

Obama's NYC Show:  Starring Khalid Mohammed.  Quite simply, the dynamic duo of Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, devised a way to put President Bush on trial after all.  Among the five to be tried in New York City is the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose confessions were obtained via the Bush administration's use of "illegal torture."  I guess the Obama administration figured it might look fishy to shuttle Mohammed alone to NYC, so they indicted four others to accompany him.

Bowing to "World Opinion".  In the string of amazing decisions made during the first year of the Obama administration, nothing seems more like sheer insanity than the decision to try foreign terrorists, who have committed acts of war against the United States, in federal court, as if they were American citizens accused of crimes.  Terrorists are not even entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention, much less the Constitution of the United States.

What's Eric Holder Up To?  Aside from the obvious security concerns, a real risk is the trial turning into a farce.  "The terrorists are going to do everything they can to disrupt it and make it a circus and allow them to use it as a platform to push their ideology," says Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee.

The Fullest Extent of the Law.  The Obama administration is presumably bringing terrorists to trial in New York on an assumption that not only is there proof beyond a reasonable doubt, but also that even if the defendants were acquitted, or the jury hung, or subpoenaed Bush administration officials refused to testify, or a judge ruled that the trial cannot continue after the prosecution refuses to disclose national-security secrets, the defendants will still not be allowed to go free — hence Democratic Sen. Jack Reed's confident assertion that "international law" will permit the defendants' continued detention after trial, regardless of its result.

Civil Trials for Jihadists and Obama's Third World Vision for America.  I can think of a number of motives President Barack Obama might have for his egregious decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other high-profile al-Qaida terrorists to New York for trial in our civil courts.  Regardless of which motives apply, one thing is clear:  Our enemy is at war against us while we are in a suicidal, 9/10 state of denial.

A Double-Blow to the Laws of War.  The Goldstone report and the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in federal court undermine fundamental principles of law accepted in the West since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.  The Westphalian peace and the body of law that followed empowered the armies of nation-states and weakened non-national armies associated with religious movements or ideologies, as well as the mercenary bands and bandits that had plagued Europe for hundreds of years.

Obama's Broken Promises.  [Scroll down]  Obama continues to be torn between his campaign rhetoric and reality.  If terrorism is a crime, why not try all suspects in civilian courts?  The administration's decision to try some terrorists in military tribunals is an acknowledgement that the tribunals are not inherently unjust, and that at least some acts of terror are acts of war.  If the tribunals are not unjust, as Holder tacitly admits, then why not try all terror suspects there?

As you read the next three articles, remember:  Obama is a lawyer.  He knows better than to say what he said.
More Obamateur Hour.  In a meeting with the press in China, President Obama said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be "convicted" and had "the death penalty applied to him" ... and then said he wasn't "pre-judging" the case. ... He has given the defense its first motion that the executive branch, indeed the president himself, is tainting the jury pool.

Obama vows 9/11 fiend will get death — then backs off.  For a moment, he became judge, jury and executioner.  President Obama yesterday blurted out a predicted conviction and death sentence for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed — then sheepishly qualified the prejudgment.

Obama in Wonderland.  Now, this is the model of criminal justice that the President wants to showcase for the entire world.  The U.S. is going to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court in Manhattan. ... Obama tells the world that we are going to give a fair trial to the man who admitted — prior to being given his proper Miranda warning — that he orchestrated the worst incident of terrorism to strike the American homeland in our history.  We say we are going to give a fair trial to this man.  He is going to be found guilty, the President tells us.  And, Mr. Obama continues, he is going to get the death penalty.

Role of ACLU Decisive in Moving KSM Trial to New York.  Eric Holder called his decision to try the suspected plotters of 9/11 in New York City "the toughest decision I've had to make as attorney general."  It was unarguably the most controversial one.  In my opinion, it was also the stupidest one.  The decision has rightly received plenty of criticism, but what has not been talked about is the months of lobbying behind closed doors that made this happen.  Meanwhile, one of the major players responsible for pushing this is popping the cork and cheering the decision.  That the ACLU cheers this latest attack on American national security is no surprise.

As Usual, Holder Undone by Holder.  [Attorney General] Holder absurdly claimed that he believed it would be easier to get a conviction in civilian court — notwithstanding that the more lax evidentiary standards in military commissions make it easier for the government to get its proof admitted.  And that's beside the fact that the jihadists wanted to plead guilty and proceed to execution in their military commission.  (In Holder-world, conviction in an unpredictable civilian trial two years from now is somehow a surer thing than a military commission in which the defendants asked to plead guilty eleven months ago.)

The War On Terror On Trial.  Attorney General Holder's testimony on Wednesday [11/18/2009] provided no credible rationale for sending the 9/11 conspirators into the civilian federal court system.  This is 100% politics.  Steam was pouring out of Eric Holder's ears after Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., quoted from former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy's National Review article this week.  McCarthy described Holder as "a lawyer whose firm is among those responsible for the litigation-driven delay that became a lawfare triumph for al-Qaida."

Holder Can't Say Whether Osama Bin Laden Would Be Tried in Civilian or Military Court.  Attorney General Eric Holder, under close questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), couldn't say what the United States would do with al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden if we ever caught him.  Holder testified Wednesday [11/18/2009] before the Senate Judiciary Committee about why he chose to bring Bin Laden's lieutenant — suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shekh Mohammed (KSM) — to the U.S. to be tried in a civilian federal court in New York City rather than before a military tribunal.

Why it's a mistake to bring Gitmo prisoners here.  Of all the changes Barack Obama is trying to bring about, there is one that would have stunned and dismayed his most ardent supporters, had they foreseen it during the presidential campaign.  After all his talk of American values and loyalty to the Constitution, Obama is positioning himself to become the man who brought indefinite detention to the United States.

Holder's True Motive.  [Scroll down]  At last clearing those obstacles, the government initiated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's military trial in Guantanamo in September 2008.  In December, KSM pleaded guilty and asked to be executed.  But now, the attorney general puffs out his chest and declares that by trying KSM in an Article III federal court, he has chosen the forum "most likely to lead to a positive result."

Leahy Lunacy.  We noted last night that under the Obama administration's law-enforcement approach to terrorism, if we capture Osama bin Laden the first things we'll have to do are read him his rights and get him a free lawyer.  When Lindsay Graham pointed this out to Eric Holder in yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Holder feebly responded that maybe we wouldn't have to Mirandize bin Laden because the evidence against him is "overwhelming."  This answer was essentially nonsensical, but Pat Leahy amplified it this morning [11/19/2009], in a further effort at spin control.

Jury of peers.  A jury of one's peers is a guaranteed right of criminal defendants in the U.S. justice system.  Shamefully, a jury of American "equals" is bestowed upon Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al Qaeda mastermind of:  the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; the slaughter of 3,000 innocent Americans; and kneecapping the U.S. economy.  His partners in terror are being gifted that same right.

The Obama/Holder Bushwhack.  "This [the death penalty] is what I want.  I'm looking to be martyr for long time," KSM told the military judge at the arraignment June 5, 2008:  At a pre-trial hearing Dec. 9, KSM again told the judge, "We don't want to waste time.  We want to enter a plea."  Rather than dispatching KSM to his reward as quickly as possible, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Nov. 13 the administration's decision to prosecute KSM in a civilian court in New York City and their intention to dismiss the charges pending in Guantánamo Bay.

Eric Holder's Horrible Hearing.  Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican, raised cheers from the gallery with his sharp questioning of Holder, who contended that his decision to bring 9/11 terrorists to civilian courts was based, not on politics, but on where he'd have the best shot at conviction.  "How could you be more likely to get a conviction in federal court when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has already asked to plead guilty to a military commission and be executed," he asked.  "How can you be more likely to get a conviction in a [civilian] court than that?"

Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision.  On Wednesday [11/18/2009], the Senate Judiciary Committee met to question Attorney General Eric Holder about his decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in criminal courts rather than military tribunals.  As the father of Todd Beamer, who died on United Airlines Flight 93, I was able to attend that hearing.  What transpired caused me great concern and shook my confidence in our current administration.

Obama's Boss Demands Show Trials.  Attorney General Eric Holder's abominable plot to try self proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) in a New York criminal court is an affront but not inscrutable.  Team O is, as in all other policies, doing the bidding of Obama's boss, unrepentant Nazi collaborator, George Soros; he's been a rabid critic of the war on terror for years.

Not A Trial, But A Terrorist Soapbox.  Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try five 9/11 plotters by a civilian court in New York rather than a military tribunal at Gitmo is already paying dividends — for the terrorists.

So much for e pluribus unum.
Sen. Conrad Suggests That People Who Don't Believe in Civilian Trials for Terrorists Should Leave America.  Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) told CNSNews.com that civilian courts are well-suited to prosecute al Qaeda terrorists and that "if people don't believe in our system, maybe they ought to go somewhere else."

Senator Conrad's insulting defense of trying KSM in New York.  Democrat Senator from North Dakota, Kent Conrad, while defending the Obama Administration's decision to try al Qaeda terrorists in civilian courts, said:  "If people don't believe in our system, maybe they ought to go somewhere else."

Why the gov't could lose this case.  By the real-world standard of how lawyers act, Attorney General Eric Holder's professed certainty about his decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-defendants in federal court is strictly (pardon the expression) "bush."  It's an old adage among litigators that you're not a real trial lawyer until you've won an unwinnable case and lost an unloseable one.  Lawyers in private practice know — and make sure their clients know — that litigation is a chancy business.

American people smarter than Holder or Obama.  You have to admit there is a nice sense of justice to the idea of holding a trial in New York.  But the problems far outweigh any "feel good" emotions such a trial would elicit.  You can't give in to the idea of "justice coming full circle" just to satisfy our feelings of pay back — not when security and the integrity of the court system itself is at stake.

I'm Not An Attorney, But Eric Holder Is Dangerous.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Holder's vacuous responses to even the simplest of questions should be deemed "unacceptable" by all Americans — even attorneys.  What happens to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, if he is acquitted?  "Failure is not an option" Mr. Holder explained in a Senate inquiry.  Oh yeah?  What about that thing called "due process?"  Has the outcome of this trial been pre-determined?  Are we to understand that "the fix is in?"

Cheney Goes There:  Obama's Treason.  [Scroll down slowly]  Cheney's choice of words in his most recent interview with Hannity were not random shots:  "I mean that the — I think it'll [the KSM trial] give aid and comfort to the enemy.  I think it will make Khalid Sheikh Mohammed something of a hero in certain circles, especially in the radical regions of Islam around the world."  Aid and comfort to the enemy fits precisely into the constitutional definition of treason.

The Law and the Attorney General.  We have seen an explosion of antagonism regarding the decision to bring KSM and his cohorts into New York City to stand trial.  This is not by accident either.  This decision by Attorney General Holder, and President Obama to bring these terrorists to New York is one of three things:  Incredibly naive, reckless disregard of the law, or treason against the people of the United States.

Gitmo by the Lake.  The Obama administration's plan to move terrorist detainees from the security of Guantanamo Bay to a little-used state prison in Illinois is being hailed by supportive Democrats as a boon for local economic development.  Even if the development were truly a boon — and it's more a boondoggle — that would not come close to justifying it.  National security is not a shovel-ready jobs program.

Obama Brings the Gitmolympics Home.  President Obama's hometown cronies lost their bid to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to the Windy City.  But this week they got a consolation prize:  the Gitmolympics.  On Tuesday [12/15/2009], the White House went public with its official plans to purchase the Thomson Correctional Facility from financially strapped Illinois to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.  The War on Terror meets the Chicago Way.

Treating terrorism as an ordinary crime.  [Scroll down]  In President Obama's America, a man charged with brandishing a knife during a failed attempt to rob a local eatery could get more prison time than an aspiring suicide bomber who tried unsuccessfully to ignite explosives that would have incinerated him and nearly 300 other passengers and crew members on board Flight 253.  This disparity unmasks the illogic of dealing with Islamic terrorists as if they are mere criminal defendants deserving of the same constitutional rights as common thieves.

Obama's Progressive Goose and Our Conservative Gander:  Obama's decision to prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian court is bizarre, to say the least.  Yet it has earned him a lot of brownie points on the left as a transparently obvious scheme to put George Bush on trial.

Jailhouse Crock.  On the same day three inmates break out of an Illinois prison, a state legislative panel approves selling another Illinois prison to the feds to house former Gitmo detainees.  What is wrong with this picture? ... As long as we treat terrorists like Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abdulmutallab as common criminals who knocked off a convenience store, we are doomed to lose the war on terror.  They are not petty crooks.  They are enemy combatants who like to blow up planes or have them flown into buildings.

FBI Director:  I wasn't consulted on how to charge Abdulmutallab.  At a Judiciary Committee hearing today [1/20/2010], ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions asked Mueller, "Who made the decision that Abdulmutallab was going to be treated as a criminal rather than an enemy belligerent?"  The answer:  the agents on the scene, with no input from the FBI director.

Reversing Obama's Worst Decision Yet?  The president was hammered for his clueless reserve and the Keystone Kops response to the Christmas Day bombing.  So now being "not Bush" doesn't seem like such a good idea.  It was born of arrogance and from a distorted view of the nature of our enemy.

Explosive New Book Charges Obama Invites Attack on U.S..  Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much.  Few Americans are aware of the fact that al Qaeda had planned to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude.  And still fewer realize that the terrorists' true intentions in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical information obtained through the interrogation of the man who conceived it:  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

'Duh'.  "We did not invoke the HIG in this case; we should have," Mr. Blair said.  "Frankly, we were thinking more of overseas people and, duh, you know, we didn't put it [in action] here."  That's our emphasis, and we put it there to underscore the scale of the intelligence blunder that was committed when Abdulmutallab was remanded to FBI custody, where he reportedly talked to investigators until advised by counsel not to.

Lawmakers to Holder:  Who decided to give Miranda rights to accused Detroit bomber?  All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking to learn who made the decision to treat Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused Christmas Day terrorist bomber, as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant.

McConnell:  Who Gave the Christmas Day Bomber the Right to Remain Silent?  [Scroll down]  We know — from the testimony yesterday [1/20/2010] — that four of the nation's top counterterrorism officials were not asked for their views on handling Abdulmutallab as a criminal... So who, exactly, was consulted?  And who — a name would be helpful — made that final decision?  [Senator Mitch] McConnell reveals that he took that question to John Brennan, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, who refused to answer three times.  And that alone raises several additional troubling questions.

Come clean, Mr. Holder.  Whose side is the Justice Department on:  America's — or the terrorists'?  It's just insane that a lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden's driver and bodyguard — and who sought constitutional rights for terrorists — could be one of the Obama administration's top legal officials.  But there's Neal Katyal, occupying a top perch at the Justice Department as the principal deputy solicitor general.

Rigging the Numbers:  [Scroll down]  "We need to develop a greater resiliency in this country on security issues," Sarah E. Mendelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the New York Times.  "The administration needs to remind the American public that we have convicted 195 international terrorists in federal courts since 2001."  That 195 number is making the rounds.  It is both false and an exercise in hypocrisy.

Obama's folly:  This afternoon the Justice Department released Attorney General Holder's five-page letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the case of Umar Abdulmutallab.  The letter is powerful evidence of the damage wrought by the three pillars of Obamaism.  Holder first takes responsibility for the treatment of Abdulmutallab as a criminal defendant, with the agreement of the Obama administration's entire national security apparatus...

Holder Admits He Made Decision to Charge Abdulmutallab as Criminal Defendent.  Attorney General Eric Holder has sent a letter defending the decision to charge Abdulmutallab as a criminal and read him his Miranda rights.

The Attorney General Speaks — and Says Nothing.  Attorney General Eric Holder has penned a five-page response to senators who demanded answers about his decision to Mirandize and charge Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, as a criminal defendant.  It is a full-bore justification of the law-enforcement approach to combating terrorism, and despite its length, it does nothing to solve his problems.

Obama's Attorney General (for now).  [Scroll down]  Holder, in short, utterly failed to build support for what he bragged would be the "trial of the century."  Even liberal pundits were left sputtering that Holder had botched what was to be the showcase for the criminal justice approach to fighting terrorism.  Holder is now on the hot seat for his decision to mirandize Abdulmutallab, indict him in federal court, and permit him to remain silent for weeks.

Holder's Premature Mirandization of Suspect.  Republicans have been hitting the Obama administration for Attorney General Eric Holder's too-quick decision to Mirandize accused Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab after a mere 50 minutes of what has been described as valuable interrogation.  After the Miranda moment, the would-be bomber clammed up.

Obama's Three Hundred Imaginary Terrorists:  In justifying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's civilian trial, the Obama administration is fond of citing a seemingly slam-dunk factoid:  300 other terrorists are currently sitting in federal prisons after being tried in civilian court.  One problem:  that number seems to have come out of nowhere.

Poll:  Americans don't want 9/11 terror trials in New York — or any court.  It's not just New Yorkers who don't want terror thugs tried in their backyard.  A majority of Americans also disagree with President Obama's plan to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in civilian courts, a Quinnipiac University poll found.

Padilla Proves the Weaknesses of the Civilian Justice System.  Padilla is actually the case that best shows the limitations and inadequacies of the civilian justice system as applied to enemy combatants.  This fact is obscured because, as the Left keeps repeating, he was eventually transferred from military custody to the civilian justice system, where he was convicted.  Here's what they never tell you:  He was not convicted of the most important plot we had against him — the conspiracy with KSM, Binyam Mohammed, and others to carry out a second wave of post-9/11 attacks inside the United States.  He was never indicted on that plot because he could not be convicted applying civilian due process standards.

Mukasey Ends Obama's Miranda Misinformation.  The Obama administration has been excoriated by Democrats, Republicans, and the media for their myopic, irresponsible, potentially dangerous, and amateur handling of Failed Flight 253 Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.  Refusing to acknowledge the reality of their failure, the Obama administration has instead chosen to make a series of fantastic claims that have no basis in reality.

More Miranda Idiocy:  Reasonable people disagree about how much coercion interrogators should use to extract potentially lifesaving information from terrorists.  (None at all, President Obama unwisely ordered soon after taking office.)  But no reasonable person could doubt that starting out with "you have the right to remain silent" is not the way to save lives.

Common Criminals or Enemy Combatants?  Obama the president must be regretting what Obama the candidate often said so eloquently, and even candidly, against Bush's policies.  The candidate never wasted an opportunity to fiercely criticize the Texan as one more way to distance himself from the former president's stance on almost every issue.  By doing that, Obama painted himself into a corner.

Why hold a trial for a terrorist who has confessed?  The Obama administration considers and reconsiders where and/or whether to hold a civilian trial in the United States for the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).  What a lot of the American public may not know or remember is that KSM has confessed not only to the murders of 3,000 Americans in the World Trade Center in 2001, but to many other terrorist attacks and deaths.

DOJ:  Department Of Jihad?  From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser.




Obama spends our money on himself

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The New York City Flyover.



Obama and the Muslims

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Obama and Abortion

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Rabid environmentalism

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A rapidly expanding welfare state

Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation.  A vast sea of perhaps well intentioned government programs, all initially set into motion in the 1960's, that were going to lift the nation's poor out of poverty.  A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation.  Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from "How do I take care of myself?" to "What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?"  Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems.  The kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.

Ending Welfare Reform as We Knew It.  Pres. Barack Obama vowed to correct the mistakes of the Bush administration but instead is determined to undo one of the great successes of the Clinton years:  welfare reform. Democrats have inserted provisions into the catch-all stimulus bill that will reverse Clinton-era welfare reform, re-establishing the wasteful, incentivekilling system whose transformation was the bipartisan pride of the 1990s.  Prior to reform, the federal government simply gave the states more money for every family they added to the welfare rolls.  The predictable result was that the states worked hard to maximize their welfare caseloads in order to maximize the amount of federal funding they could therefore claim.  The system had zero incentive to help people make the transition from welfare to work and independence ... .

The Hapless Have Their Hands Out.  I have seen the future of the American economy, and it's waiting for a handout in Fort Myers, Fla.  On Tuesday [2/10/2009], America got to watch as proud members of the new Obama Nation lined up at a town hall microphone to ask not what they could do for our country, but what our new president was going to do for them.

Get Ready for the Robert Reich Workfare State.  We're going to pay poor people to inflate our tires and tell us how to save energy.  Yes, really.

Obama warned over 'welfare spendathon'.  Robert Rector, a prominent welfare researcher who was one of the architects of Clinton's 1996 reform bill, warned last week that Obama's stimulus plan was a "welfare spendathon" that would amount to the largest one-year increase in government handouts in American history.  Douglas Besharov, author of a big study on welfare reform, said the stimulus bill passed by Congress and the Senate in separate votes on Friday [2/13/2009] would "unravel" most of the 1996 reforms that led to a 65% reduction in welfare caseloads and prompted the British and several other governments to consider similar measures.

Obama's Job-Creation Program Flunks Basic Math.  There are currently about 10 million unemployed workers in the U.S.  "If we write a check for $75,000 to each of the unemployed, we won't have anyone 'unemployed,'" said former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill.  The recipients may not be working in the traditional sense of going to the office each day, but the government can provide for their needs without anyone having to lift a finger.

Peggy the Moocher.  Who is Peggy the Moocher?  She's Peggy Joseph, a voter in Sarasota, Fla., who exulted earlier this week at a Barack Obama rally that this was "the most memorable time of my life."  Why?  As she told a Florida reporter on a YouTube video that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands:  "Because I never thought this day would ever happen.  I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car.  I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.  You know.  If I help [Obama], he's gonna help me."

Video: Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!  (Already viewed over 1.6 million times.)

Back to the welfare state, as we knew it.  If the recently enacted $787. billion economic "stimulus" package is intended to save or create jobs, why does it encourage states to move people from work back to welfare?.  Yes, you read that correctly..  With virtually no debate on the issue, Congress approved the new law with provisions that effectively reverse the historic welfare reform law of 1996.

Obama's Stimulus:  By setting limits on government handouts, the 1996 welfare reform encouraged welfare recipients to get jobs or job training, to make themselves self-sufficient and to end their long-term dependency on government.  The Obama stimulus plan increases the taxpayers' money that the federal government gives to the states for welfare, and reverses incentives by giving bonuses to states that put more people on welfare.

Exploding Debt Load for a Bunch of Freeloaders.  Emblazoned on every page of President Obama's budget are the words:  "A New Era of Responsibility."  That would be a responsibility for you to fork over more taxes.  That would be a responsibility for your company to pay even higher taxes.  That would be a responsibility for you to foot the bill for one of the largest expansions of government welfare in history.

Secretly ending welfare reform.  Welfare reform in the mid-1990s was a major public policy success, leading to a dramatic reduction in welfare dependency and child poverty.  Little-noted provisions in the just-passed stimulus bill will actually abolish this historic reform.

'Change' we can't afford.  Buried in President Obama's new economic stimulus law is a reversal of the very successful welfare reform legislation of 1996.  President Clinton signed it into law with bipartisan support.  In the House, 98 Democrats and 230 Republicans voted for the bill while 25 Democrats and 53 Republicans supported it in the Senate.  The welfare-reform legislation, which was known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, was designed to do three things ... 

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A Congressman for the District of Columbia

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Obama's Culture of Corruption

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Socialism is just around the corner

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Obama the gas-guzzling limousine liberal

Yes, I know that security concerns go with every president, but President Obama is a man who wants all of us to drive tiny little cars and keep our tires inflated properly so we won't waste a drop of gasoline, while he rides around in a "land yacht."  Of course there are a number of other celebrities who engage in the same two-faced environmentalism.

Barack Obama's car could fuel more problems.  President-elect Obama has stressed the need for energy independence — but he'll be chauffeured around in a gas-guzzling Cadillac SUV limo that could pose a symbolism problem similar to the car controversy that dogged his friend and ally, Gov. Deval Patrick.  Obama's presidential ride, dubbed "Cadillac One," will reportedly be a mammoth, custom-made Cadillac limo built like a GMC truck that sits on 19-inch wheels.

Green Obama's official limo is a gas guzzler.  On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015.  His own new presidential limousine will be far from green, however.  The Obamobile being prepared for the president-elect is said to be a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors, the troubled car giant.  It will look like a black Cadillac but is built like a tank.

Obama's Presidential Limo.  The inauguration of Barack Obama will not only bring about a wholesale turnover in the political leadership of the country but it will also unveil the newest in a long line of Presidential limos.  According to Presidential vehicle experts, the new limo is a beast-like General Motors truck-based Cadillac that is so tough it's like a 'rolling tank with windows.'

Obama's new 'Beast' unleashed.  Nicknamed "the Beast", Barack Obama's new drive is a hulking, snazzed-up upgrade from previous presidential limousines, and will give him a better view of his inaugural parade than his predecessor.  Photos of the unfinished Cadillac leaked on the internet showed a hefty customised behemoth, reportedly tough enough to withstand a rocket-propelled grenade — and some joked, even an asteroid.

New limo reflects a president's priorities.  For most of the 20th century, presidential automobiles had to reconcile competing imperatives, the first for safety and the second for symbolism.  It's a testament to a free and stable democracy that its leader can move with relative ease and visibility among its people.  For the president to be transported in an obviously armored car suggests an unquiet nation, a place of putsches and lurking coups.  Even at the height of World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt frequently traveled in his open touring car, a 1939 Lincoln V12 tellingly nicknamed the "Sunshine Special."

Hi-Ho, the Derry-O.  Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale.  What to do?  Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon [9/17/2009]:  The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. ... Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Top Ten Green Auto Headlines of 2009.  On inauguration day, Barack Obama launched his War on Global Warming.  In 30-degree Washington weather — twelve degrees below normal — he scolded the assembled shivering hordes that "we will work tirelessly to ... roll back the specter of a warming planet."  Then he climbed into his brand new, gas-guzzling, GMC-Topkick-truck-platform-based Caddy limo (dubbed "The Beast" by the Secret Service) and led the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue flanked by an armada of giant GM SUVs.

Obama Team rewards Hollywood donors.  Why the rush to help Hollywood?  Well, midterms are approaching, the Democratic Party is held in high disregard by many Americans, and the fundraising is reflecting its bad poll numbers.  So why not go where the money is?  This is Cook County pay-to-play politics writ large.

Obama doesn't travel light.  President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation:  shoot over to a Martha's Vineyard book store to fill out his daughters' summer reading list and grab himself a novel.  Easier said than done.  His sports utility vehicle, part of a 20-vehicle motorcade, passed through a cordon of Massachusetts State Police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service agents.  Tagging along for the quick trip on Friday were White House communications trucks, an ambulance and two vans full of reporters and photographers.

Obama has one set of rules for you, and another for him.
Presidential limousine exempt from fed 'green' vehicle policy.  The U.S. Secret Service said today [4/1/2011] that some federal vehicles for law enforcement and security purposes will be exempt from President Barack Obama's directive that all federal vehicles purchased starting 2015 be advanced technology models.  Secret Service spokesman Robert Novy said the directive wouldn't apply to vehicles used for some law enforcement or security reasons by various federal agencies.

Earth Day Ends Obama's 53,300 Gallon Trip.  President Obama declared today's 41st annual Earth Day proof of America's ecological and conservation spirit — then completed a three-day campaign-style trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000.  And that doesn't include the fuel consumption of his helicopter, limo, or the 29 other vehicles that travel with that car.

Will consumers revolt against the Volt?  In a March 30 speech in Washington, Mr. Obama announced his mandate that 100% of the federal vehicle fleet be "advanced technology" vehicles by 2015.  This means that every vehicle in the federal fleet — some 600,000 currently — will have to be a hybrid or electric vehicle.  In an extraordinary coincidence of the kind so common during the Age of Obama, General Electric — headed by Jeffrey Immelt, the chief of the president's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — will contribute to the brave new "advanced technology" future by buying at least 12,000 Chevy Volts. ... Mr. Obama's mandate, of course, has a loophole that exempts him, allowing him to travel in style in enormous, conventional SUVs.

Obama Ireland visit: Multi-million dollar team of 500 staff.  It may be a flying 24-hour visit — but US President Barack Obama is not travelling lightly.  A multi-million dollar entourage of 500 staff, a fleet of decoy helicopters and amour-plated [sic] limousines will move towards the Aras after Air Force One touches down this morning [5/23/2011].

The car that thinks it's a tank: Inside Obama's 'Beast' Cadillac.  An extraordinary entourage will accompany President Obama and his wife Michelle when they sweep into London tomorrow [5/24/2011].  The team of at least 500 will include White House aides, a six-doctor medical team and a squad of personal chefs.  There will be more than 200 secret service agents, many of them armed.  The President will travel in 'The Beast', his gigantic bomb-proof General Motors Cadillac with eight-inch thick armour-plating on its doors.  The limousine will be accompanied by a motorcade of at least 20 vehicles plus a dozen police motorcycle outriders.

'Limousine Liberals' Report Shows Government Limo Fleet Swelling.  Obama administration officials are riding in style.  A new report from a watchdog group shows that the number of limousines owned by the federal government rose by 73 percent during the first two years of President Obama's administration.  The State Department was the recipient of most the new luxury vehicles.

Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama.  Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich.  But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News.  Most of the increase was recorded in Hillary Clinton's State Department.

Leave No Limo Behind.  They are buying limousines in Washington.  Lots of them.  The number of government limousines increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration.  The official justification for the acquisition (with borrowed Chinese money) of all this rolling stock is "security."  Our bureaucrats, it seems, are not safe riding around in ordinary vehicles or, perish the thought, driving themselves to work.  This, it seems, is especially true of those brave souls who toil at the State Department, which is where most of the limos have been put into service.

Top 10 Examples Proving Obama Wants High Energy Prices.  Like Al Gore, who preaches about reducing greenhouse-gas emissions while consuming enormous amounts of energy for his personal use, President Obama is using up all the energy he can.  His frequent global excursions and vacations with his large entourage gobble up enough energy to power a small town, or even John Edwards' house.  All the more galling as he recently lectured Georgetown University students to cut back on their gasoline consumption.

How Many MPGs Does Obama's Bus Get? Secret Service Keeps it Secret.  When CNSNews.com asked U.S. Secret Service Spokesman George Ogilvie on Friday how many miles per gallon the service gets from the $1.1-million bus it has been using to convey President Barack Obama on his recent "jobs" tours, Ogilvie said he was declining to comment on the question for "security purposes."

The Editor says...
If he means political security, I believe it.

Obama burns a zillion gallons of fuel to escape blame for high gas prices.  President Obama is very unhappy about his crashing poll numbers, and he wants Americans to know he's the first president in history whose policies have absolutely nothing to do with the price of gas.

Obama burns jet fuel to downplay gasoline prices.  Obama is slated to fly out this Wednesday [3/21/2012] to camera-ready podiums in Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado, from where he'll tout his administration's efforts to reduce the nation's use of gasoline.  His 5,000-mile trip will consume roughly 25,000 gallons of jet fuel, according to Boeing.  That adds up to a fuel bill of $80,000, assuming the Air Force buys jet fuel at the cheapest cost, now estimated at $3.20 a gallon by the U.S. Energy Administration.  The retail price for jet-fuel at local airports is just over $6 a gallon, including taxes.

Who is this guy pretending to be president?  This year's Obama talks of the importance of windmills, algae and green energy, but he takes a 17-SUV motorcade to a photo op with an electric car.

A Handy Dandy Warmist Survival Guide For Christmas Climate Change Discussions.  Do you know what Obama's plan is?  Jacking up the cost of living for Everyone Else while taking long fossil fueled flights to Hawaii.  This is the man with the highest carbon footprint in the world.




Obama accepts the Nobel Prize

Who's More Shameful, Hillary or Her Media Protectors?  [Scroll down]  President Obama ran in 2008 promising he would make the world safer by fighting terrorism through diplomacy.  Not long after he implemented his appeasement policies, he began bragging (and the media amplified his boasts) that the world was already safer — presumably because of his flowery speeches on the glories of Islam.  What evidence did he have?  Well, it was the same kind of evidence upon which his bogus Nobel Peace Prize was granted:  He talked a good game.  Obama sweet-talked Islam; therefore, terrorists were standing down — even though they weren't.

What the Nobel Peace Prize President has Wrought.  The former director of the Nobel Institute regrets his decision to award Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.  Recall this was prior to Obama accomplishing anything other than pulling the wool over the eyes of the Nobel committee and the majority of Americans. [...] The Nobel Prize no doubt bloated Obama's already overinflated ego.  Perhaps it also empowered him to ignore the wishes and values of the American people as he projected his own disdainful attitude of American power across the globe.  The results are not pretty.  In fact, Nobel Peace Prize Obama is directly responsible for the deaths of Americans, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Libyans, Yemenis, Egyptians, Nigerians, and Ukrainians, not to mention the displacement of millions from their former homes.

Obama's Nobel Prize fell short of hopes: committee insider.  The effect of giving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama fell short of the nominating committee's hopes, and several awards in the past 25 years were even more questionable, the committee's former secretary says in a new book.  Geir Lundestad, lifting a veil on the secretive five-member panel, also reveals that former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, late Czech president Vaclav Havel and several rock stars were among those who were considered for the award but never won.

Ex-Nobel Official: Barack Obama's Peace Prize Didn't Have Desired Effect.  The ex-secretary of the Nobel Committee says in a soon-to-be-released book that awarding the Peace Prize to Barack Obama in 2009 did not have the desired effect.  Geir Lundestad served as secretary to the committee for 25 years until he retired near the end of last year.  In a new book, which is set to be released Thursday [9/17/2015], Lundestad says awarding Obama the Peace Prize was intended to strengthen his hand but that it did not have the desired effect.  He writes, "Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake.  In that sense the committee didn't achieve what it had hoped for."

The Editor says...
I thought the Peace Prize was supposed to be the result, not the cause, of some noteworthy action.

5 years later, a majority of Americans agrees Obama doesn't deserve that Nobel Prize.  Five years after a brand-new President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, a substantial majority of his fellow countrymen believe he still doesn't deserve it and never did.  The former state senator received the prestigious global prize in 2009 after having done little if anything to earn it.  Since then, however, Democrat Obama has ordered two troop surges into Afghanistan, initiated an air war to successfully oust Libya's Moammar Gaddafi, who was then executed by a mob.  That country has since fallen into a lawless chaos of feuding militias and terrorist training grounds.  Obama has been president for 46% of the Afghan war, America's longest, and presided over 73% of the fatalities.

Obama's Nobel Prize Plus Five.  President Obama had been in office for just 262 days when the Norwegian Nobel Committee singled out his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy" in awarding him the Nobel Prize. [...] At the time of the announcement in Oslo, President Obama himself said he was "surprised" at being chosen, as well he should have been.

Diplomat reveals White House fury over Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.  When Norway awarded Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, just weeks into his presidency, it was seen not as a mark of his achievements, but as yet another symbol of the impossibly high expectations he had set for his tenure.  Now, a senior Norwegian diplomat has revealed that, far from feeling honoured by the award, the White House was furious.

Does Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Violate the Constitution?  By everyone's admission, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing already accomplished but only because he showed potential as the new President of the United States.  The awardee receives a framed diploma, a nifty medal and a document confirming the prize amount — now $1.4 million.  On top of that, the Prize is given by a five-member commission chosen by the parliament of Norway, the legislative body of a foreign state.

President Barack Obama must do more than manage America's decline .  The odd decision to give Mr Obama the Nobel Peace Prize at the start rather than the finish of his presidency turns out to make a sort of sense:  he achieved much more by winning the election than by anything that he has done.

Warrior in Chief.  The president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades.

So much for that Nobel Peace Prize! How anti-war Obama has become Lord High Executioner.  They call them the 'Terror Tuesday' meetings.  Held in the Situation Room in the bowels of the White House, they are chaired by President Barack Obama and include up to two dozen intelligence and counter-terrorism officials.  Their purpose is to consider which of America's enemies should be placed on the White House's 'kill list'.

An overview of the entire Obama administration's incompetence:
Time For A Change?  Obama's Mistakes Say So.  [Scroll down slowly]  The Obama staff waited three hours to even tell him about the Christmas terrorist incident.  As one pundit pointed out, the staff woke him up immediately to tell him he won the Nobel Prize for Peace.  But a terror threat to the homeland was apparently much less important and urgent than that.

Celebrating our "Warrior President".  Not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of "one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades."  That's quite revealing on multiple levels.  Bergen does note that irony:  he recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out:  "if those on the left were listening, they didn't seem to care."

Obamas and Friends Sad that Americans Just Don't Appreciate Obama's Greatness.  Rewind to 2009.  Our young president has won the Nobel Peace Prize without really having done anything to earn it.  His presence on this earth was by itself sufficient to win the prize.  His peaceful, conciliatory nature ("I won") would serve as a beacon for all.  Mean people like those rascals at the Republican Party of Texas (ok, that was me) mocked him mercilessly for winning the peace prize while conducting two wars.

Why the Left Fears You:  The only trouble with Obama's phony humility is that narcissists like him rarely change.  The Norwegians gave him a Nobel Peace Prize just for getting elected, but they should have given him an Academy Award.  This is world-class conmanship.  Behind the scenes he's more arrogant than ever.

The Nobel Prize Curse.  [Scroll down]  The global warming thesis received several body blows this year not yet adequately aired by the legacy media.  The first is the NASA data glitch, a software failure that kicked all temperature records up several tenths of a degree.  The second is the investigation of automated weather stations by meteorologist Anthony Watts, who discovered that a large fraction of the nation's 1,200 stations have been mis-sited ... Taken alone, either of these developments is damning.  Taken together, they demolish the very basis of the warming argument.  Warming was postulated from long-term changes in basic temperature data.  What happens when that data has to be thrown out?

The Prophylactic Peace Prize.  The Nobel Peace Prize has now become, like the American literary Pulitzer, a certification of political correctness.  The Nobel nominating process closed a mere two weeks after Barak Obama took office.  With less than a year in office, Obama's prize can not be based on anything except campaign rhetoric and dubious liberal expectations.

A Nobel for a Good Two Weeks?  This is ridiculous — embarrassing, even.  I admire President Obama.  I like President Obama.  I voted for President Obama.  But the peace prize?  This is supposed to be for doing, not being — and it's no disrespect to the president to suggest he hasn't done much yet.  Certainly not enough to justify the peace prize.

Obama's Nobel Farce:  I had always thought the way these things worked was that you helped bring peace or democracy to some corner of the globe first, and then you won the Nobel Prize.  But this year, the Nobel Committee has turned that logic around:  It clearly likes what Obama is trying to do:  on nuclear disarmament, climate change and Middle East peace — and so, in a "preemptive" strike, it's giving him the award now, in hopes that doing so will boost his chances of success later.

Inhofe:  Obama received Nobel Peace Prize for "de-emphasizing defense".  Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said Friday [10/9/2009] that he thinks President Barack Obama got the prize for "de-emphasizing defense in favor of multi-national cooperation," an approach with which Inhofe disagrees.  The senator cited the Obama administration's cancellation or cutbacks in weapons systems like the F-22 and the Army's Future Combat System and the cancellation of a missile defense program in Poland.

ABC's Charles Gibson:  'Humble' Obama Won Nobel Prize Because He 'Inspires'.  Anchoring live coverage on Friday [10/9/2009] of Barack Obama's speech about receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, ABC's Charles Gibson enthused that the President won the award because he inspires.

Kenyans celebrate as Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.  Kenyan radio shows interrupted their programming Friday [10/9/2009] and bus conductors shouted the news from the windows:  President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

For whom Nobel tolls.  President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is quickly turning from a singular honor into a gold-medal headache, as even supporters call it premature and critics say it proves he's a darling of the international elite.

Absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize.  The award of this year's Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.  Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent.

Can a sitting president receive a Nobel Peace Prize?  There's a problem for President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize victory and it's not his inexperience.  From Article I, Section 9 of "that neglected curio," the U.S. Constitution:  "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States:  And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

The Michael Moore of Oslo.  The Nobel Committee chose him wisely because he does, in fact, represent the organization's highest ideals.  He is an American president queasy about the projection of American power.  He is an American president who rejects the notion of American exceptionalism.  He is an American president eagerly in pursuit of legitimacy to be granted him not by those who voted for him but by those who do not cast a vote and who chafe at American leadership.

Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize simply because he's not George Bush.  Today the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced they have awarded this year's £1.1m Peace Prize to Barack Obama.  They say it is in recognition for his achievements in — well, it's hard to figure just what they say his achievements have been.  All they talk about are his 'efforts,' not his achievements, and those efforts have all been aimed at reversing the Bush foreign policy.

Limbaugh:  'Greater embarrassment' than losing Olympics.  Conservatives pounced on the the Nobel Prize committee's decision to award President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, with talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh calling it a "greater embarrassment" than losing the Olympics.

How the Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded .  The Norwegian Nobel Committee's deadline for nominations was February 1, just 11 days after Obama's inauguration.  Up to 200 nominations are received annually by the committee, a number that has risen steadily as the award has become increasingly global.

Liberals astonished by Obama Nobel.  The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama is astonishing.  The best grade even the most sympathetic grader could give him in this, his ninth month in office, is "Incomplete."  Predictably, many conservative commentators have reacted negatively to the Nobel committee's decision.  But, more interestingly, so have many liberals.

State Department Lauds Obama's Nobel Peace Prize by Making Jab at Bush.  In a clear dig at former president George W. Bush, the State Department lauded President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award by saying it's better for the U.S. to have "accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes."

A Wicked and Ignorant Award.  It is absurd and it is embarrassing.  It would even be infuriating if it were not such a declaration of emptiness.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has embarrassed itself and cheapened a great award that had real meaning.

Critics Smell Politics in Decision to Honor Obama.  From a boardroom in Oslo, five Norwegians handpicked by their nation's parliament are kingmakers of the highest sort, each year honoring at least one individual or group for landmark achievements worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Their decision to honor President Obama less than nine months into his term, however, has critics questioning whether one of the globe's most prestigious awards has become largely a European political seal of approval.

The Nobel Peace Prize Jumps the Shark.  Part of the fun of living under the Obama Administration is having your news headlines keep turning into April Fool's Day.  This belated April Fool's Day, a bunch of aging left wing Norwegians decided to give away the Nobel Peace Prize to one Barack Obama... for just being himself.

Nobel Committee Pulls Oil Plug on Democracy.  The real message of the prize's grantors is deeper than what it shyly states:  You will be honored if you keep your hands off our regimes and ideologies.  Thus this recognition is not really about abstract notions or about climate change.  It is a message from the authoritarians in the greater Middle East, via their economic partners in the West, to the United States, to quit pushing for democracy and intervening for human rights; as the previous administration said it would, but in fact failed to deliver.

Nobel Prize Joke.  There was a time when the Nobel Peace Prize meant something.  It went to men and women who earned their stature with lives of courage such as Andrei Sakharov who openly opposed the oppression of the former Soviet Union and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his life for the cause of equality in which he believed.  Giving the prize to Barack Hussein Obama has rendered it a joke.

Most Embarrassing Moment.  Yasser Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize, too.  In a way, though, this comparison is unfair to Arafat, who, by signing the Oslo Accords, had at least accomplished something on paper.  What has Barack Obama, in office less than nine months, actually done to promote peace?

Pointless Nobel prize reveals how President Obama is lost in his own mystique.  Scrap the Nobel Peace Prize.  It's an embarrassment and even an impediment to peace.  President Obama, in letting the Committee award it to him, has made himself look vain, a fool and dangerously lost in his own mystique.

President Obama could win the Kentucky Derby, too.  Is Barack still trying to quit smoking?  Let's give him the Nobel Prize for Medicine.  I heard he's finally learned the phrase "p/e" stands for price-to-earnings ratio.  Surely that merits the Nobel Prize for Economics.  The head of the IRS, Tim Geithner, is an admitted serial tax cheat.  Ditto, the head of the House tax-writing committee, Charles Rangel.  Do they have a Nobel Prize yet for irony?  Or hypocrisy?

Hooray, It Is a Three-Day Weekend (Controversy).  Friday, President Obama told the story of how, just after he received the news about his Nobel Peace Prize selection, his daughters entered his room.  Malia declared, "Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize — and it is Bo's birthday."  Then his younger daughter Sasha chimed in, "Plus we have a three-day weekend coming up!"  If President Obama was not so self absorbed, this could have been a teachable moment for his youngest daughter.

Is Obama Another Carter?  By accepting the Norwegian Nobel Committee's Peace Prize President Obama merges even more forcefully now in Americans' minds with Jimmy Carter.  That is a fate that Obama should avoid at all costs.

Obama's Nobel is an act of ring-kissing, not reward for achievement.  You don't have to dislike [Obama] ... to acknowledge that nominating him for the planet's most prestigious peace award after he'd been on the job for only one month is like naming Derek Jeter MVP after spring training.  It's an act of pre-emptive encouragement, even ring-kissing — not a reward for achievement.

O's albatross.  Instead of preening itself on the wonderfulness of honoring Obama, the Nobel Committee should have worried more that it was actually hanging an albatross around his neck.

Obama Receives Nobel for Being Marxist President.  The Nobel "peace" prize continues to be awarded to those who bring iron-fisted control over their societies — not peace.  But that's what the ruling elite want — stable suppressed peoples so that these elite can do what they will without fear of reprisal.

Heckuva Job, Barack.  This was Barack Obama's chance.  Here was an opportunity to cut himself free, in a stroke, from the baggage that's weighed his presidency down — the implausible expectations, the utopian dreams, the messianic hoo-ha.  Here was a place to draw a clean line between himself and all the overzealous Obamaphiles, at home and abroad, who poured their post-Christian, post-Marxist yearnings into the vessel of his 2008 campaign.

An Unconstitutional Nobel.  People can, and undoubtedly will, argue for some time about whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.  Meanwhile, though, there's a simpler and more immediate question:  Does the Constitution allow him to accept the award?

The Affirmative Action Nobel.  In awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Obama, the Nobel committee has just made itself look ridiculous.  Consider.  Though they had lead roles in ending a Cold War lasting half a century, between a nuclear-armed Soviet Empire and the West, neither Ronald Reagan nor John Paul II ever got a Nobel Prize.

PC Prize for PC Prez.  Last week Saturday Night Life [sic] finally found the courage to laugh at the obvious fact that Obama has achieved nothing.  He was elected with that understanding.  Every liberal pundit knew it.  Every American who bothered to search the web could find out the extent of Obama's inexperience, his huge Leftist blind spots, and his general incompetence.  Obama was elected because he is the earthly incarnation of PC, and that's why the Nobel Committee did what it did.

Nobel Dynamite.  The unambiguous message of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee of the Storting, Norway's parliament, is candidly stated in the public announcement of the Prize.  It is the dream of a world in which the role of the United States of America in all respects is vastly diminished.

Honored, Humbled but Unsure?  President Barack Obama, upon hearing that he had won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, responded by saying he was both "honored and humbled."  He then went on to tell reporters in the White House Rose Garden that he, "...wasn't sure he had done enough to earn the award, or deserved to be in the company of the transformative figures who had won it before him."  Barack Obama's uncertainty as to whether he earned the prize indicated that in his own mind, there was a possibility he might have.

Obama's ignoble prize.  Pity Barack Obama.  The last thing he needs is another comparison to Jimmy Carter. ... He's got enough with Jimmy Carter already.  Mr. Jimmy called the president's prize "a positive development."  But celebrating weakness in the face of a challenge and bowing to bullies in an abject hope that the bully will go easy will always turn a real man's stomach.  It's the celebration of weakness that's so infuriating.  The anger is not about Mr. Obama.  Not yet.  He hasn't done anything.

Vatican Backs Obama's Global Agenda.  Some pro-life Catholics are acting shocked that the Vatican warmly greeted the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who is pro-abortion.  They don't seem to understand that the Vatican and Obama agree on most major international issues.  This is the untold story — how Obama and the Vatican accept major ingredients of what has been called a New World Order.

I Agree With Obama.  This week the world was shocked — no, dumfounded — when the Nobel Committee announced that they had awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Barrack Hussein Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."  BO's response?  "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize."  I never thought I would agree with the man on anything, but I have to say I'm with him all the way on this one.

Debacle in Moscow.  About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award "premature," as if the brilliance of Obama's foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five had waited a few years, his Nobel worthiness would have been universally acknowledged.

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize becoming a political lead weight.  President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is looking less and less like a shiny trophy for his mantel and more like a political lead anchor.  Far from fading from public discussion, Obama's surprise Nobel win just keeps generating comment, derision, and gratuitous advice about what he can do with it.

The Ogling Obama Award.  [Scroll down slowly]  For his part, Obama came out to the Rose Garden and pretended to be embarrassed that he was being associated with "transformational" figures that have won the Nobel Prize.  But this is a man who routinely compared himself with Abraham Lincoln on the campaign trail.  He has about as much humility as Madonna has dignity, and as President Carter has tact.

Marxism Goes Mainstream.  [Thorbjørn] Jagland loves Karl Marx.  And he loves Barack Obama.  In addition to heading the Nobel committee and the European Council, Jagland is a long-time leader of Socialist International, a worldwide organization of radical left groups and the occasional terrorist organization dedicated to establishing a world government that will rule through Marxist, collectivist principles.

Obama wins world chess championship.  The World Chess Federation today [10/24/2009] announced that Barack Obama had become the world chess champion, nudging aside former undisputed champion Viswanathan Anand of India.  The news surprised some in the chess world, because Obama has never participated in tournament play.  But FIDE officials said they felt certain Obama could become world champion if he ever decided to try.

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.  President Obama could rise several notches in my book if he refused the Nobel Peace Prize, with a nice letter to the Nobel Committee that might read:  Since you did not see fit to award Ronald Reagan, the U.S. president who did the most for world peace in this century, by peaceably shutting down the Soviet Union, I respectfully decline your offer.

An O-Care Victory Will Make Him More Narcissistic.  When Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize that in a way made him the laughingstock even of the international Left, he snapped it up without a second thought.  He just thinks he deserves it.  Just think about that for a second.  What kind of a man gets a Nobel Peace Prize on the strength of no accomplishments, and accepts it as his just due without a second thought?  Obama.

What Kind of People Could Give a Nobel Peace Prize to Obama?  A few days from now, the president of the United States will fly to this cold, dark, and usually sleepy northern capital to accept a prize that much of the world still holds in deep respect, even though it should have long since been entirely discredited in the minds of civilized men.

Keeping the Nobel Prize would violate the Constitution.  Article I of the Constitution states:  "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States:  And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."  Clearly, the presidency is both an office of "profit" and of "trust" and the prize package (including 1.4 million clams) is included in the terms "present" or "emolument."  Therefore, a sitting president cannot accept it from a "King, Prince or foreign State" without the consent of Congress.

The Editor says...
The consent of Congress should be pretty easy to get.

Get Serious.  On Dec. 10, our "war president" flew to Norway to accept a surreal Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and his "work" to build a "world free of nuclear weapons."  In accepting the award, Mr. Obama eloquently apologized for America's past failures — going back to Woodrow Wilson — and credited himself with "banning torture" and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

No candy coating here!
Obama awarded Nobel because he's a Democrat, liberal and black.  Today a grotesque ceremony will be held in Oslo.  An American president who has not yet managed to make peace anywhere in the world will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  He will be awarded the prize even though he is personally responsible for scores of targeted killings and much slaughter of civilians in aerial bombardments.  He will be awarded the prize even though he has just decided to escalate one of the two ineffectual wars he is conducting.

Barack Obama Wins a Peace Prize for Nothing.  Obama was given a Peace Prize not because he earned it, but because the Nobel Committee thought he was such a wonderful fellow with great potential.  In other news, look for Barack Obama to be given the Heisman Trophy and preemptively declared the new Ultimate Fighting Champion based on what he may do next year.

Give the Peace Prize Back, Barack.  Barack Hussein Obama is the first President of the United States who received a Nobel Peace Prize just for showing up.  It is a mark of how debased this once prestigious international prize has become.  He should give it up.

Six months later...
Nobel Peace Laureate Assassinates American Citizen.  This is the same Barack Obama who campaigned on closing Gitmo (because it's a "recruiting tool" for terrorists).  This is the same Obama who condemned the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation, calling the waterboarding of Khalid Sheik Mohammed for critical information illegal "torture."  This is the same president who, but for a sharp turn in public opinion, would have released more "abused" detainee photos and "prosecuted" the Bush administration for alleged violations of human rights law.  This same Obama preached about his version of "American values," which requires extending Miranda rights on the battlefield to captured enemy combatants.

Rep. Landry: Does Obama still deserve Peace Prize after "amount of people he has killed"?  [Scroll down]  From where I sit, though, I'd say the "amount of people he has killed" (given who those people were) makes Obama more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, rather than less (and I kinda assume Landry agrees, even though I imagine the Nobel Committee wouldn't). ... Still, don't misunderstand me:  I didn't think Obama deserved it in 2009 and I don't think he deserves it now.

Captain America Abandons the Entire Middle East.  If Obama's suicidal actions in the Middle East don't lead to a major regional war, it will only be a matter of dumb luck.  I'm placing my bets the other way.  I'm sorry.  I think we're in for big, big trouble.  Jimmy Carter's stab-in-the-back to the shah killed more than a million people and enabled the rise of the first truly throwback (12th-century) Islamofascist regime in the Middle East.  Pretty soon, Obama will have to return his Nobel Peace Prize to Oslo.

Cheapening the Peace Prize Eight Days a Week.  The deliberately vague language of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 that cited newly elected President Barack Obama for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" was notable for having confused words with deeds, but it has fared even more poorly in the three years since, because we now know that President Obama collects wars the way his wife collects taxpayer-funded vacations.

Revoke Obama's Peace Prize.  Obama, who less than nine months after his inauguration won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" while fostering "a new climate" in international relations, especially in reaching out to the Islamic world, has the U.S. engaged in conflicts in six Muslim nations.  Today Mr. Obama has more troops in Afghanistan than when he took office.

Obama Should Return His Nobel Peace Prize.  President Obama claims undue credit for progress toward eliminating nuclear dangers.  In fact, in nearly eight years, his administrations have taken only a few small steps toward limiting these risks, while launching a nuclear weapons modernization program of unprecedented scope and expense.  The president's 2009 speech in Prague committing the United States to seeking the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons excited us all — and garnered him the Nobel Peace Prize.  Alas, the president neglected to figure out how this lofty goal was to be achieved.


Obama puts the Nobel Prize money in his pocket

Obama and the Missing Nobel Prize Money.  The other day I pointed out the fact that President Obama has yet to donate the money he was awarded as the Nobel recipient.  Obama stated he would donate the $1.4 million prize to charity.  It's been several weeks since he received the money and no one knows what's happened to it.

Nobel Peace Prize:  Check's in the mail.  President Barack Obama has pledged to donate the proceeds from his Nobel Prize for Peace to charitable causes.  But the president hasn't decided yet what to do with the money.

The Editor says...
That's a very generous way to say that Mr. Obama put the money in his pocket, where it will remain unless reporters keep inquiring about it.

Five Easy Questions for Obama:  What exactly did you, or will you, do with the $1.4 million from your Nobel Peace Prize?  According to news reports, your Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on October 9, 2009 that you would give your Nobel Prize money to charity. ... It was later reported that you and Michelle contributed $15,000 to the Haiti earthquake victims via the Clinton-Bush Fund.  So just what is the status of that $1.4 million, and who got it, or is going to get it?  Any reason the Haitian victims didn't get all of it, instead of 1% of it?

Where is Obama's Nobel Prize money?  There's some buzz going around the net over the question of what President Obama has done with the $1.4 million he won as part of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Well before Obama accepted the award, the White House announced he would give the money to charity.  Yet it's been two months since the president went to Oslo, and there's no word of him giving it away.

Update:
How Obama spent his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize.  Today [3/11/2010], Obama's White House announced what charities will get his 2009 prize money.


"It is better to deserve honors and not have them
  than to have them and not deserve them."
Mark Twain         



Section 1198

Overviews of Obama's first year as president

The Content of Obama's Character.  [Scroll down slowly]  Another disquieting note is the overarching theme of Obama's first year of governance:  the determination to govern against the preamble of the Declaration of Independence, which states that government gains its just powers from the consent of the governed.  The American people do not consent to the $787-billion stimulus.  They do not consent to the cap-and-trade bill.  They do not consent to the federalization of health care.

The First Year:  A Near Total Disaster.  [Scroll down slowly]  There is not much good here and little hope ahead.  The first step toward turning things around would be to fire all his Chicago cronies and political hacks and bring in some grown-ups to run the White House.

Destroying America from Within:  [Scroll down]  The current American president is arguably the gravest mistake the American electorate has ever made and one it may not survive intact.  It will inevitably come to regret its decision.  This is not the place to run through the chronicle of Obama's blunders, backslidings, broken promises, outright lying, despotic tendencies, shallow education, historical falsifications, ludicrous policies, betrayal of allies, and economic bungling (assuming this is not deliberate) — the record is accessible in all its details to anyone who wishes to consult it. ... This is a president who is foisting a radical, far-left agenda on a center-right country and who will not be deterred from ramming his project into existence.



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