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President Obama has never managed a business in his life. Not even so much as a hot dog stand. He
has never competently managed anything. Before becoming a Chicago politician, he worked as a
"community organizer" (big deal!) making perhaps $12,000 a year.
President Obama isn't quite what anyone had expected. After only a few weeks in office,
even some of his strongest supporters began to see (at last!) that he couldn't deliver on
any of his grandiose promises. The people who voted for "hope" and "change" are getting
very little of either.
On this page:
Obama and his team are incompetent
Obama's proposed mini-war in Syria
Obama's reverse-Midas touch
On other nearby pages:
Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect
Obama's unmitigated laziness.
Obama is helpless without a teleprompter.
Disillusionment sets in: the wheels are already coming off.
Association with Obama is now a political liability.
Sparse crowds at Obama appearances.
Obama is a "community organizer." Big deal!
This is "hope"?
This is "change"?
Obama's lack of qualifications and experience.
Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment.
Obama and his team are incompetent
I tried to warn everyone before the
2008 election that Barack Obama had little or no executive experience — certainly no
experience running a business, no military service, no foreign-policy experience, and less
than one full term in the U.S. Senate. Not only that, any other person with such a long
history of Communist contacts could never get a top secret security clearance. "Community
Organizer?" Big Deal!
How the Left Treats Obama Like a Child.
The Tea Party — stockholders in America — have a right to ask questions of the Chief Executive of America without being called
racists. [...] If Obama were the CEO of a private-sector company, his actions would at the very least get him drug-tested. As a former management
consultant to some of the world's largest corporations, I don't know a single former client who wouldn't have fired Obama in the second year of his tenure.
The End of Barry Obama. The president of the United States, a fraud
from the beginning, with a diffuse, unfocused, crippled mind, has implemented the greatest confusion and most dangerous political circumstances in our modern
history. It is all completely unnecessary. When we sincerely assesses his influence, when we are left to choose between incompetence, immaturity,
inexperience or just stupidity on the one hand, and studied denigration of all things American — including the people, on the other, we know we
have an enemy in the White House — as well as a very ignorant, uninformed, racist populace. In the case of the present White House occupier,
we have a clownish, foolish pretender with lethal power to destroy.
The Essential Barack
Obama. [Scroll down] Barack Obama floated in on a wave and found himself as President
of the United States. However, there are now no other currents to float upon, there are no other
waves to ride. There are no longer massive adoring crowds to deceive. There are no more titles
to capture. For the first time in Barack Obama's life he is accountable, and upon his shoulders rest
the lives and fortunes of millions in the United States and the world. He has repeatedly shown that
he cannot deal with, and will never be able to shoulder responsibility, as he is at his core self-absorbed,
dishonest, and without coherence in his personal beliefs and convictions, thus putting the United States
into long-term economic and international peril.
Obama: Pawn or Mastermind?
The fact is that Barack Hussein Obama II was an Illinois state senator of little notice or importance who
managed to win election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, where he remained undistinguished. Obama has
benefited from staged rhetorical skills dependent on the availability of a teleprompter and the perception
that he embodied the culmination of left-wing values in an electable package. As his presidency has
progressed, his lack of experience and basic knowledge of the political process have been on full display
for all to see. ... Obama was shrewd enough to capitalize on a confluence of events to get elected president,
but he is unable to admit that he doesn't know what to do now that he has the job.
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.
The Smallest President.
Would someone remind us again why the nation elected this man to be president? A man with no resume, a man
with no experience in running anything other than a political campaign, a man who is ignorant of history,
economics, and technology? A man who is shallow and lazy? A man who shares neither character
nor temperament with the American people in this vast republic? How did this happen?
The President Who
Won't Grow Up. [Scroll down slowly] Barack Obama doesn't respect the presidency because
he didn't earn it. He had a wafer-thin résumé, no paper trail, and a suspect autobiography.
It took massive lifting from the media, Hollywood, and his PR team to put him over the top. He is like
the college student whose mom is writing his papers. He doesn't value the education he's receiving
because he isn't earning it, and he certainly isn't paying for it. He also doesn't respect the
professors who are letting him get away with it.
Barack Obama and the arrogance of
arrogance: [Scroll down] Obama, meanwhile, seems too arrogant to recognize the blowback his
arrogant, and indeed hostile, approach to our traditional allies is bound to produce. This is not surprising.
Obama's policies towards our traditional allies are the product of attitude, not of calculation. He may well be
temperamentally unable to calculate their costs.
Why Not? For the longest time, whenever a disaster such as Katrina or this oil spill hit, people
have expected the government to step up and move heaven and earth to help. ... The assumption beneath this
expectation is that government, if it really wants to, can do just about anything. One can understand
why elected officials would want people to buy into the myth of government's Valhalla-like omnipotence, but
why, against so much evidence, would the public believe it? With the events of 9/11 and then with
Hurricane Katrina, we had two case studies of public bureaucracies grown so large and labyrinthine that at
crunch time they failed.
Spill Proves It's Obama Who Is All Hat and No Cattle. The Obama administration was slow to react
to the Gulf oil spill. And while there's been lots of talk, we're awfully lacking in real action.
about the oil spill in the Gulf.
Just a matter of
time before attackers get lucky in America. The Times Square car bomb plot, and with it the
arrest of Faisal Shahzad, is merely the latest case involving a US resident of foreign origin who has
allegedly attempted to mount a terrorist attack inside America. In each case, the suspects have been
thwarted by their own amateurism.
good luck terrorism strategy. Responding to Republican charges that Times Square bomber Faisal
Shahzad's plot failed only because of luck, Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat, said, "What's wrong with
being lucky?" Nothing at all — until the luck runs out.
Don't Mention the War.
[Scroll down] It is as if the president wanted to say the attack "has been thwarted" but then realized he
could not. The attack failed because Shahzad did not do a better job of constructing his makeshift bomb.
No government agency can take credit for that. Still, the Obama administration celebrated the "Times Square
incident," as it is delicately called on the White House's website. It is, the administration believes,
a counterterrorism success.
Luck Is Not A Strategy.
There's no better way to summarize president Obama's approach to fighting the war against jihad than this:
For the next three years, we're betting our safety on the proposition that Islamic thugs and terrorists will
prove to be more incompetent than the Obama administration. In the aftermath of the Times Square bombing
attempt, is there another way to consider it?
profiling: It's only cool if it DOESN'T save lives. Everyone knows that Islamic extremists
have targeted the United States as well as other Western countries, yet the current administration and its allies
have decided not to refer to Islamic terrorism because it might hurt someone's feelings. Thus, when the
recent New York City car-bomb incident occurred, everyone from Mayor Bloomberg to Attorney General Eric Holder
was holding out hope for the possibility that the culprit might have been white, middle-aged and angry about
taxes — in other words, a stereotypical tea-party protester.
Why wasn't Faisal
on the terror watch list? Yesterday the FBI announced that the Times Square Bomber was placed on
the No Fly list — after he parked his smoking car bomb in Times Square and was already on the
run. Think about it: That little fact captures the entire Keystone Kops insanity of this
administration. Faisal wasn't put on the No Fly list when he trained in Pakistan to bomb you and
me. ... And he wasn't even picked up by our vaunted intelligence apparatus when he applied to become a US
citizen last year. How many other new citizen-terrorists do we have in this country? We don't
know, because our defenses are staffed by idiots.
about the Times Square Idiot Bomber.
The humbling of
Obama? &c. Did you hear what President Obama said the other day about the Middle East?
In an interview with his fan Joe Klein, he said, "I'll be honest with you. This is just really hard."
Oh? That's a stunning observation, Sherlock. ... Maybe the Bushes — all of them —
weren't such flakes and boobs and knaves after all.
president's reality problem: "This is just really hard," he explained. "This is as
intractable a problem as you get." As an observation, this is as banal as it gets. ... This speaks
either to an astonishing historical ignorance (did he not know?) or a stupendous self-regard (did he not
care because he thought he was so special?), or both.
Lawfare, Voluntary Surrender, and Right-wing
"Extremists". [Scroll down slowly] Barack Obama, who passed his bar in 1991, "voluntarily
surrendered" his license in 2008, for unknown reasons. Why did Obama surrender his license?
Citizen WELLs reports that it may have been because of charges that Obama lied on his bar application.
Obama's War of
Words. "Nobody remembers "Tear Down this Wall" because I did an OK job of stringing the words
together," says my speechwriter friend, Peter Robinson. "We remember the speech because Reagan meant it,
because it expressed the principles that he acted on, and because history proved him right."
Obama's Lack of Business Sense:
Asked how how and why small business loans would help small business, President Obama replied: "If
[small businesses] can get the bank loans to boost their payroll... they will do so." He further
claimed that in his "travels" he has spoken with small business owners nationwide, and they see optimism and
new customers. ... [O]ur President advocates taking loans for the purpose of boosting payroll — in
the middle of an economic draught. It just makes no sense.
"Get" the Military He Commands. Life is full of mysteries, but chief among them in this Marine
wife's mind at the moment is, "Just how stupid does this White House think we are?" If the events of
the past few months have shown us anything, it's that Barack Obama has little enthusiasm for — or
interest in — one of the most important duties of an American President: his role as
Commander in Chief of the nation's armed forces.
Security Breach As Agency Gives Away Its Secrets. In a massive security breach, the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some
of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.
Greenspan: Census will save Obamonomics.
Alan Greenspan told NBC: "It [unemployment] is going to be lower. You see, we are going to get a special bonus,
one that no one expects is the fact that the Bureau of Census announced that it is going to employ 792,000 by April.
That is a big, it is not a huge number but it will take several tens of a percent off unemployment rate." That's it?
That's the big plan? If so, we could have moved the Census up a year and saved $787 billion. They do not
know what they are doing.
Obama secrecy: So much for the hope of
greater government transparency. You can't have a closed-door meeting about the need for fewer closed-door
meetings and expect anyone to take you seriously. That's like writing a memo to order fewer memos. Such
folly is business as usual in the Obama White House.
The Obama Energy Fiasco.
Whatever happened to President Obama's urgent campaign appeal to "free America from dependency on foreign oil"? In
eleven short months, the Obama administration has made more mistakes on energy policy than did Jimmy Carter in his
entire term, and that's saying something.
That unpopular bank bailout? Geithner wants
to extend it. A day ahead of testimony in which he's sure to be grilled about the controversial
taxpayer-funded bank bailout program, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced Wednesday [12/9/2009]
that he wants to extend it into late 2010.
Why Fight With The
Press? The problem begins with the fact that, at bottom line, Mr. Obama was and is an empty
suit. He is able to play the con man, but he is incapable of governing, and has essentially zero
leadership ability. His campaign on how he was going to benefit everyone and make government transparent
was for all practical purposes a fraud. His sole agenda was to turn the government over to the radicals
in Congress and his equally radical assistants to run in an essentially authoritarian fashion.
Our clueless C in C.
Twelve soldiers were murdered in cold blood at Fort Hood. Thirty others were wounded. Our
Commander in Chief calls a press conference and begins it with a long thanks to the Interior Department
and Indians who just concluded a conference and then gives a good natured "shout out" to an attendee, all
with a studied nonchalance, before he even mentions the outrage on our military base. ... Study it and
pass it on because the media is already cutting the tape to make the man look presidential instead of
clueless and immature.
Insensitivity Following Shooting. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence,
but also grace and perspective. But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and
expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light
president making introductory remarks.
delayed empathy. In times of national tragedy, Americans expect their president to capture the
mood and moment with the right blend of emotion, empathy, and urgency. It's a delicate act of timing
and tone. And President Obama, despite his eloquence and dignity, has yet to master it, as illustrated
by his awkward response to the deadly shootings at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.
Gives Shout Out to 'Congressional Medal of Honor Winner' Who Isn't. Obama, often described as
"cerebral" by the mainstream media, should know the difference between the Medal of Honor and the Medal of
Freedom, especially since he personally awarded the latter to Crow. Don't expect his blunder to
receive wide coverage.
KSM collects his first virgin. Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed collected the first of his 72 virgins: Barack Obama. ... President Obama's decision to try KSM
as if he were a purse-snatcher bares once and for all shows how shallow our president is. He is ignorant
of history and of legal precedent.
Former CBO Chief Calls Obama Administration Fiscal Policies
'Laughable'. A former Republican congressional budget chief called the Obama administration's claims
to fiscal responsibility "hypocritical" and "laughable," noting in particular the mounting unemployment numbers
(9.8 percent nationwide) despite the $787-billion stimulus plan enacted in February that he said was poorly
Theory and Practice. In theory
we should all get along. In practice we don't. In theory winter should start on December 21st. In
practice it doesn't. ... Why are we talking like this? Because we have a president who is so short on practice and so
long on theory that he seems to be entertaining theories that can only be classified as world class in their stupidity.
Welcome to the
P.T. Barnum Administration. President Barack Obama is a master at pulling the wool over our
eyes — a real professional huckster. He ran as an anti-war candidate and still pushes two
wars. But he won't commit to either prosecuting the wars or withdrawing. It's like
having the circus high wire act perform without a net. Sure it might work, but one mistake
gets somebody killed.
Is Obama a fool? Yes, if one gives him the
benefit of the doubt. If Obama believes that the thuggish, autocratic, expansionist Russian regime is more
sinned against than sinning in relation to the U.S., then he is anti-American. If he doesn't believe this but elects
to act as if it were the case, then he is a fool.
UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak. Barack Obama's Gallup approval rating of 52 percent
may well be lower at this stage of his presidency than any US leader in recent times with the exception of Bill
Clinton. But he is still worshipped with messiah-like adoration at the United Nations, and is considerably
more popular with many of the 192 members of the UN than he is with the American people.
The Not Ready for
Prime Time President. Obama, while possessing many of the campaigning gifts of these presidents,
has shown no ability to govern at all. This is a very dangerous situation for our nation. Our
leader is a man whose ignorance, in many areas of history and policy, is simply appalling. He is rather
like the "President in the Plastic Bubble." Obama's entire life has been insulated from any sense of
reality of the nation he governs. ... President Obama seemingly has no clue about what he is doing, and,
increasingly, it shows.
President. Barack Obama is a rookie in a sense that few other presidents in American history
have ever been. It is not just that he has never been president before. He has never had any
position in any kind of organization where he was personally responsible for the outcome.
Reasons Obama's Election Is Bad For Race Relations: [#5] Obama is no Jackie Robinson: Because
he's the first black President, Barack Obama's presidency is particularly meaningful to black Americans just as Jackie
Robinson breaking the color barrier meant a lot for the same reasons. However, there is a huge difference between
the two men: Jackie Robinson was genuinely talented. He ended up being Major League baseball's first Rookie
of the Year. On the other hand, Obama is a bumbling, corrupt, megalomaniacal train wreck who has been a disaster at
home and a weakling abroad.
Another Team Obama failure. Not
only do the practical aspects of Team Obama's economic policies bother us, what really bothers us even more is the
lack of confidence we have that Team Obama knows what it is doing. Think about it. What has he done
that has worked? We can't think of a single instance of real success.
Sorry, America, I'm
the bearer of bad news. [Scroll down] I'd never expected the Obama project to go pear-shaped quite so
soon. Sure, it was nothing I hadn't predicted in the book: the cronyism, the corruption, the naivety, the
incompetence, the wasting of taxpayers' money on pet, left-liberal causes. Even so, by the time I left Washington
DC, I was feeling almost sorry for the guy.
Ten Ways Obama Can Get a Grip:
The president had a rough week. He was beset by tax-cheating appointees, hobbled by an incompetent press
secretary, frustrated by a messy legislative fight over his stimulus plan, and suddenly deprived of the aura
of infallibility which gave him a larger-than-life political presence. So how does he get his mojo back?
President's Tax Cheats. You never get a second chance to make a first post-inaugural impression.
Less than three weeks into his first 100 days, Barack Obama has left an indelible mark on his nascent
presidency: the mark of incompetence and hubris. Despite the administration's much-touted wealth
of bright minds and high bars, the transition has been a complete disaster.
Who is Pulling Geithner's Strings? Appearing
behind a podium that proclaimed, "Financial Stability and Recovery," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday
[2/10/2009] carefully read from a teleprompter and provided what his flack said was a "comprehensive" plan. It was
not comprehensive in any way. It seemed so amateurish and shallow that the market dropped and commentators and
senators were almost incredulous at the lack of detail.
Is the Administration Winging It?
Inexplicably, the president, in a prime-time press conference, raised expectations for Treasury Secretary Tim
Geithner's bank rescue plan, which turned out the next day to be no plan at all. The markets craved
details; they got none. When markets cratered, spokesmen didn't acknowledge the administration's poor
planning, but blamed the markets. ... Team Obama has been living off its campaign reputation for planning and
execution. That reputation is now frayed, and all the bumbling and unforced errors will have an impact.
Snake Oil Diplomacy: Already the
European press is picking up on the fact that the liberal Obama Administration style is to pay lip service to every issue
under consideration and emphasize a willingness to discuss each and every element. This is what Washington now
considers good foreign policy. The operational theme is to flood the diplomatic process with talk and pass that
off as foreign political accomplishment. It isn't! ... If George W. Bush came to be considered a "cowboy,"
Barack H. Obama is in danger of being viewed as a "snake oil salesman."
The Obama Cabinet is a CEO black hole. There
is virtually no one on Obama's team with outsized achievements or a high-profile reputation earned in the world of business.
There are no former CEOs in the Obama Cabinet. And among the people who make up his daily inner circle, there is only a
dollop or two of top-level private sector experience.
Diplomacy: The Biden prophecy has come to pass. Our wacky veep, momentarily inspired, predicted in
October that "it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama." Biden probably had in mind an
eve-of-the-apocalypse drama like the Cuban missile crisis. Instead, Obama's challenges have come in smaller
bites. Some are deliberate threats to U.S. interests, others mere probes to ascertain whether the new president
has any spine. Preliminary X-rays are not very encouraging.
Cops Foreign Policy. It appears that Barack Obama's foreign policy team is going to make us
pine for the days of the Bush Administration's competency by comparison very soon. I'm not sure what
exactly this story illustrates except there doesn't seem to be anyone home at the White House yet. You
may recall the hubbub over Senator Kerry being handed a letter that was from Hamas which he promptly turned
over to the American consulate at his next stop which happened to be Jerusalem. Well now Kerry swears
he didn't know it was from Hamas (who did he think it was from, Santa Claus?) ...
Not One of Us.
Governor Palin's "inexperience" is a talking point that might have some plausibility if it were not for the
fact that Barack Obama has far less experience in actually making policies than Sarah Palin has. Joe
Biden has had decades of experience in being both consistently wrong and consistently a source of asinine
Wildest Expectations. In one short month, President Obama has exceeded even the wildest
expectations of many of his critics. ... But did Obama really win a mandate to borrow and spend taxpayer
money like never before, rescue bad banks and then bailout financially-inept or even fraudulent homeowners?
Asks for Web Site's 'Number'. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with overseeing the $787 billion
stimulus package, has been having a little trouble with his "numbers." ... "You know, I'm embarrassed.
Do you know the Web site number?" he asked an aide standing out of view. "I should have it in front of
me and I don't. I'm actually embarrassed." Biden, who seemed to indicate that he thought the
Internet worked like a giant telephone, sounded an unusually Luddite note inside an administration often
heralded for its mastery of the Web.
The Editor says...
Obviouly the press would have had a field day with a comment like that, if it had come from Dan Quayle.
A Month of B.O. The Great Leader spent
more than a third of his first month (11 days) on the road in an attempt to gin up support for his wobbly opening
gambits. Obama emoted by radio address, press conference, town-hall meeting and even a bizarre interview with
Al-Arabiya in an attempt to show what he believes is leadership right out of the gate. Unfortunately, all his
locutions just sound like more campaign rhetoric. What else can Obama do? Try to remember that when the
only tool you have is a hammer, all of your problems begin to look like nails. What evidence do we have of BHO
possessing any other skills relating to his new job?
The Emperor has no
clues. This is getting worse by the day. First off. Obama doesn't understand how
the market works. It's a vote of confidence each and every day how things are going to be in the
future. Not how things were yesterday. Or, even today. During the campaign, Barak Obama
famously displayed his dismaying ignorance of economics and the availability and utilization of capital
when he was surprised to learn, during an ABC interview, that lower capital gains rates result in high
Obama's 'fixes' worsen
problems. The Obama administration is threatening "regulatory arm twisting" to lower interest
rates. That is not the way to encourage more loans. Sure, the government can help those who
currently need help by getting someone else to pay for it, but what about the future? What about the
higher interest rates that new borrowers will face because lenders realize that they face greater risks in
Incompetence, malevolence, or both? I was having lunch
yesterday with a prominent critic of the Spender in Chief, and he raised a possibility that many of us have
entertained over the past several weeks: that Obama is simply out of his depth: that he hasn't a
clue about what makes the economy tick and his talk about the "profit-to-earnings ratio" was not a slip of the
tongue but a worrisome confirmation of the suspicion that he is an empty suit floundering around in the dark.
Alice in the White House.
Two of President Barack Obama's latest tax hikes so quickly fail the laugh test as to make one wonder if Alice
in Wonderland has taken up residence in the White House as an economic advisor. The first would limit
tax deductions for upper-income earners for their donations to charities. The second would limit their
deductions for mortgage-interest payments. Such thinking is the opposite of what is needed with today's
He's Just Not that into Governing.
Well, it's becoming obvious [Obama]'s not really much of a manager, decider, legislation-craftsman, or supervisor.
His vetting process is in shambles and key Treasury slots are still vacant. His Treasury Secretary is a
classic under-performer and Obama encourages that tendency by talking about everything other than our
immediate recovery needs. He lets Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid do the legislating — and they've
come up with an embarrassing stimulus and an omnibus spending-bill even Democrats aren't swallowing.
Maybe we should
schedule some nap time for our president. [Scroll down] The reason for all this is the
explosion in the British press over the shabby treatment given Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his visit
last week. No joint presser, no state dinner, no mark of any kind that would have separated Brown's
visit from that of the president of a much lesser country that didn't enjoy a century long "special
relationship" with the United States. Coupled with the comically insulting gift of 25 movie cd's (like
giving your wife a vacuum cleaner for your anniversary), and you have all the evidence you need to state that
Obama doesn't know what he's doing. Not surprisingly, the American press has been mum about this epic
Behind Barack's Brit Snit: President Obama's first hosting of a foreign leader, the UK's Gordon
Brown, was a diplomatic disaster. Obama failed to hold a joint Rose Garden press conference, the usual
protocol when a US president and a British prime minister first meet — a lapse widely noted in Britain and
in the diplomatic community.
America Apologizes to Britain for Obama.
Barack Obama is a radical Leftist, a thinly viewed Marxist. While Hitler was conquering Norway, Denmark,
Belgium, Holland, and France, the radical Left was organizing strikes in American munitions factories. It
was trying to drive ROTC off college campuses. It was forming front groups to stand for "peace" (which
meant not helping Britain resist Nazi Germany.) When the British nation was facing, alone, the full
wrath of Nazi violence and terror, the radical Left in America was urging America to not help Britain.
Except for the will of Churchill and the courage and sacrifice of the British people, murderous racism on a
mind numbing scale might have spread across the globe. As an American, I apologize to the British
people for the arrogance, ignorance, and indifference of our national leader.
is overwhelmed. It's at moments like this I'm reminded of this assessment of Obama, back in
2007: "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not
something that lends itself to on-the-job training." That assessment came from ... Vice President
Ready for that "Smart
Diplomacy". One of the promises Candidate Obama made was to replace the Bush administration's
foreign policy with a smarter one — one more respectful of our traditional allies with an emphasis
on "smart power." So, how's that working out? Well, so far we've been rolled by the Russians
while alienating Eastern Europe and Great Britain.
How Do You Say 'Hillary's
Gaffe' in Russian? Did you know that if you translate "the spirit is willing but the flesh is
weak" into Russian, it becomes "the vodka is agreeable but the meat has gone bad"? Literal translations
can be tricky that way. It seems that no translators were harmed in the manufacturing of Hillary Clinton's
"reset" button, which she presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday [3/6/2009].
"We worked hard to get the right Russian word," Clinton addressed Lavrov in a deliberately slow voice, as if
talking to a special-needs child. "Do you think we got it?"
10 Biggest Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration So Far. [#9] In a juvenile stunt,
reminiscent of something a third grader might come up with, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian
foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a button that was supposed to say "reset." However, incredibly, the word
on the button translated to "overcharge," not "reset." Apparently, despite the enormous deficit the
government is going to run up this year, Team Obama forgot to budget enough money to hire someone who speaks
Russian for the State Department. If only America could just press a button and reset the entire Obama
presidency so far and start over.
Voters' Obama Folly
Coming Home to Roost. With an economy in shambles, slinking toward all-out depression a little
further each day, the President doesn't know the difference between a popularity-based political tracking
poll and the confidence meter of the stock market, which represents the actual savings and pension funds of
millions and millions of ordinary Americans. Heck, the golden boy of campaign one-liners doesn't even
know that P/E ratio stands for price/earnings, not profit/earnings. If only he had once had a paper
route instead of all those pick-up games with the hoops.
fear-mongering: Imagine a child falls down a well. Now imagine I offer to lend the parents
my ladder to save her, but only if they promise to paint my house. Would you applaud me for not letting
a crisis go to waste? Or would you think I'm a jerk? I ask because I'm trying to come to terms
with Rule No. 1 of the Obama administration. "Rule 1: Never allow a crisis to go to
waste," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the New York Times right after the election.
The O is for Overrated.
In his campaign for the Presidency, candidate Barack Obama and his minions relied on several key messages ... Experience,
and in particular executive experience, was not much discussed, since Obama had less of both than any candidate for
President in history. ... We have now seen the President and his team in action, and the lack of executive experience
seems to be a real drawback.
Obama Know What He Is Doing? Conservatives are so aghast at the huge spending going on in Washington and
the $1.75 trillion deficit (13 percent of our gross domestic product) it is causing them to overlook an even
more basic question about the president: Is he competent? Does he know what he is doing? To be
specific: Does he know how to do anything other than spend money?
opens new era of recklessness. The miraculous marketing machine that carried a junior senator
into the White House is now at work trying to convince Americans that writing fat checks from an empty
Treasury represents a giant step toward fiscal responsibility.
Obama's failure to lead:
President Obama was called upon to lead and has utterly failed, and in less than two months. From the
stimulus package that won't stimulate even Chris Matthews' leg, to the continuing series of ethically questionable
political appointments, through an outrageous Congressional spending binge that included unfettered earmarks,
he has passed on all the easy leadership opportunities. What will he do on the tougher issues?
than a bad day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem. Not long ago, after a
string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on
his face and asked, "Do you think they know what they're doing?" The question caught me off guard because the man is
a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.
Electing a Child to be President.
[Obama] had, on taking office, already written two autobiographical memoirs, but people are slowly becoming aware
of the fact that there is virtually no paper trail by which to measure him. His birth certificate and legal
standing to be President are in dispute. Records from his college days are hidden from view. His
record as a one-term Illinois legislator is replete with "present" votes that revealed little about his political
positions. He did not even wait to complete a full term as a U.S. Senator before almost immediately beginning
to run for the highest office in the land. In terms of political leadership, he is a child among grownups
and a petulant one at that.
must show competence to move agenda. Obama's approach to his presidential agenda had been to define
the nature of the economic crisis, sharpen public concerns about the crisis, propose a solution and then prepare
to take credit for eventual success. But concerns about competence may prevent him from implementing his
solution, and all that defining and sharpening could make even basic governance difficult.
Obama Continues To
Set Records For Incompetence. There are growing indications that the Obama administration is melting down,
unraveling and falling apart. ... Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but the early days of the Obama administration will
be remembered for his picking NCAA basketball tournament winners, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and
making fun of special needs children — while the American economy is burning.
Squaring Off With
Obama: It's not just the big things the man does, things such as the kazillion dollar bail-outs,
the trichinosis infested budget and the threat of the Fairness Doctrine being enacted, that make my blood run
cold. It's not even the allegedly eloquent orator requiring a TelePrompter in order to say, "Hello." What
I'm referring to is the Commander in Chief earmarking $900 million for Hamas and, worse yet, make veterans
financially responsible for their own service-related medical treatments. (That comes under the heading of
adding insult to injury.) And let us not forget Obama's sending the bust of Winston Churchill back to the
It is never a good day when the White House announces that the president "still" has confidence in ... fill in the
blank. In this case, it's Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, only two months into the administration. But
that gnawing feeling in the pit of the stomach is not just about Geithner. It's primarily about our new
president and his meager management skills.
Obama's inexperience shows. Inappropriate
laughter is not the only mistake the president made during the "60 Minutes" interview. He also
hyperbolized, yet again, about the recession. He said he believes the United States could undergo a
further implosion of the financial system if Citigroup or AIG have more problems, which in turn could launch,
"an even more destructive recession and potentially depression." Such talk from the leader of the free
world is immature if not downright inexcusable. Hasn't he learned by now that his words have more
impact since he took over the White House?
Foreign Failures: America's enemies smell blood and it's type "O." All new
administrations stumble a bit as they seek their footing. But President Obama's foreign-policy botches
have set new records for instant incompetence.
The Dems' AIG Bonus Scam. [Scroll
down] It's a farce — a sham. What's going on here is that the news media finally got
around to mentioning that this $165 million for bonuses is part of the more than $170 billion of
taxpayer money that Congress and President Obama insisted must be awarded in haste to the failed insurance
giant American International Group, Inc (AIG). The public, understandably, is really angry. So
the Democrats are terrified that the public might actually start figuring out what an incredibly incompetent
job President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are doing.
Tim Geithner Gets It Exactly Wrong. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 6 percent on
Monday after the announcement of Treasury secretary Tim Geithner's latest bank relief plan. ... Indeed,
stocks rallied for weeks in 1971 after President Nixon announced the dollar's de-link from gold, combined
with price controls, but eventually markets caught up to the major economic negatives that would result
from Nixon's flawed attempts to revitalize the U.S. economy. It seems the same applies here.
The Subprime Presidency. This
week's G-20 summit may be one of America's most embarrassing moments since President Barack Obama gave
25 DVDs and a bag of Jiffy Pop to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Granted, that was only a few weeks
ago, but when Obama presented the department store gift set as a symbol of our national friendship,
Americans cringed. At the time, we believed it to be thoughtless. Now we realize it was
all we could afford. That point is not lost on other world leaders.
Barry and the Pirates. It is
the stuff of movies, a high seas drama, where for the first time in 200 years, pirates attack an American vessel, the
Maersk Alabama. In the best traditions of America's merchant seamen, its brave crew fights back and regains control
of the ship. ... It is a moment for leadership and resolve, where America asserts her might and dignity, where she takes
the lead against lawless marauders, and our President stands up full of pride and righteous anger and says.... Well, what
he said was, exactly, nothing.
Welcome to Utopia.
Genocidal despots, such as those ruling in Pyongyang and Tehran, never have cowered in fear of a nonbinding U.N. Security
Council resolution, because they know that the U.N. has raised irrelevance to a new level. They do, however, pay
attention to reality — such as what we're buying to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, less than 24 hours
after Mr. Obama mentioned the North Korean "provocation" and Iran's "dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons," his
defense budget revealed how seriously he takes those and other threats. The O-Team intends to reduce
our ability to project power overseas and to protect the American people from nuclear attack.
Innocents abroad. Hillary
Clinton has apparently spent the last week in a state of deep concern. She was "deeply concerned" about North Korea's
missile launch, in defiance of all agreements the psycho-dictatorship had made. She expressed "deep concern" about
maritime conditions off Somalia, after the first American-flagged ship in about 200 years was boarded by
pirates. ... Those who have noticed that the U.S. hold on superpower status is loosening before our eyes should
know that Clinton feels our pain.
The Obama Doctrine: Europe 1,
America 0. U.S. President Barack Obama's debut in European summitry has been good
for Europe but bad for America. While a highly deferential Obama gave in to all of the negotiating
demands established by the Europeans, the Europeans in turn exploited Obama's naïvité and
refused to concede to any of his.
Bow-ow-ow: Obama's painful
missteps. Obama's staffing problems are blatant — from that bleating boy of a treasury
secretary to what appears to be a total vacuum where a chief of protocol should be. There has been one
needless gaffe after another — from the president's tacky appearance on a late-night comedy show to
the kitsch gifts given to the British prime minister, followed by the sweater-clad first lady's over-familiarity
with the queen and culminating in the jaw-dropping spectacle of a president of the United States bowing to the
king of Saudi Arabia. Why was protest about the latter indignity confined to conservatives? The
silence of the major media was a disgrace.
Naivete: President Obama added a line at the last minute that wasn't in the prepared text of his
nuclear-disarmament speech in Prague: "I'm not naive." He needed the disclaimer because, nearly simultaneous
with his speech embracing the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Il launched a three-stage rocket over
Hour: Obama means well. Just as Jimmy Carter, his policy godfather, meant well. But
the road to embassy takeovers and strategic humiliation is paved with good intentions -- coupled
with distressing naivete. On every stage, Obama draped Lady Liberty in sackcloth and ashes,
drawing plentiful applause but no serious economic or security cooperation in return. Then,
in Turkey, he surrendered our national pride, undercut our interests and interfered in matters that
aren't his business.
President Pantywaist — new surrender monkey on the block.
President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon's retreat from
Moscow. You name it, he blew it.
Extremism' and Information Warfare. The Homeland Security Assessment targeting mainstream
conservatism was amateurish, poorly written and its logic absurdly shallow. It's a shot across the bow
in the unfolding information warfare. ... If this DHS Assessment is an example of the kind of analysis our
decision makers receive from our intelligence agencies, we are in far worse straits than I had imagined.
Who gets credit for
the rescue of Captain Phillips? President Barack Obama (D), as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed
Forces, is taking credit for the successful rescue of ship captain Richard Phillips, basking in the glow of an
absolutely outstanding performance and raw courage of the ship's captain Richard Phillips, the ship's crew and
the U.S. Navy under his skilled direction. However military correspondent Jeff Emanuel at Pajama Media
claims the reality is quite different; the inexperienced Obama and his equally inexperienced staff and advisers,
committed to a peaceful resolution, needlessly dragged out an incident that, thanks to Phillips' bravery, could
have been successfully resolved in a few hours with minimal loss of life.
'brilliant' isn't exactly the right word for Obama. [Scroll down] Not 100 days into the
Obama presidency and we literally can't go one day without someone on network or cable television telling us
of the "brilliance" of our new president. Leaving the media bias aside, what makes a president "brilliant?"
Does bowing before the Saudi king make one brilliant? Does praising Turkey's AKP party and pushing —
against the strong opposition of Europe — for the admission of Turkey into the EU make one brilliant?
Does proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that will create a deficit this year of $1.8 trillion make one
World 3, Obama 0. President Obama's two
overseas trips — Europe and Latin America — make him appear more like a diplomatic tourist than
the leader of the free world. He met heads of state, made speeches, attended summits, conducted town hall
meetings, but accomplished nothing that furthers U.S. interests abroad.
were only for America. The president's critics ought to lighten up. We should give him
credit for not knowing any better. (He was "finished" and "polished" at Harvard, after all.)
Barack Obama is an accident of history, a street hustler from the South Side of Chicago with the gift of gab
who landed on the world stage like a whale beached at the whim of a storm, the wrong man at the right time.
Napolitano makes Bush administration look well informed.
Ms. Napolitano's brief interview with the CBC this week was confirmation we're dealing with an irrational
senior U.S. official who can't differentiate between a secure border linking the world's largest trading
partners and one that's a giant sucking sound for jobs going south and what's been described as an "invasion"
of desperate Mexicans illegally sneaking north.
Competence: Janet Napolitano. [Scroll down] You see, Janet is an ideologue.
She is the kind of person who will pursue ideological goals without regard for truth, a person who can be
expected to reinvent reality to fit the ideological vision of the administration, which she does with
abandon. She is the perfect Obama Administration appointee.
Course Obama Voters Are Not In Denial. Every federal attempt to manage energy markets has proved
a bust — and driven up costs. As far as education goes, Obama has deployed as education secretary,
sort of a national schools superintendent, a former superintendent of Chicago's public schools that are so bad
Obama would not put his own children in them — just as he doesn't enroll them in Washington's public
The border for dummies. Can
someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be
about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.
old/new socialism. Those sympathetic to the charismatic Barack Obama ... often suggest that we have to "give
him a chance" before judging his policies. Although one may acknowledge the mountain of toxic woe he has inherited,
this seems similar to suggesting that a five-year-old boy who thinks he can fly should be "given a chance" to climb up on
the roof. After all, it is not as if the President is suggesting policies that have never been tried before, or that
do not have consequences as predictable as the law of gravity.
Second World War
history is not Barack Obama's strong suit. [Scroll down] Last May ... Mr Obama said that
his uncle "was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz". Republicans pointed out that it
was the Soviets who liberated Auschwitz. "Unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way
Obama's statement can be true," a Republican spokesman said. The Democratic candidate issued a correction,
but critical historians have found earlier examples of Mr Obama's elastic approach to the facts.
Obama's Competence Gap. Guantanamo
is the most vivid example. As a candidate, Obama pushed the notion that George W. Bush was a
constitutional Neanderthal and destroyer of American values. Now he's discovered that it is really hard
to figure out what to do with these really bad people. And he's even discovered the virtue of the
Bush-created military tribunals. Republicans have kept up the drumbeat, forcing Democrats to include
limits on funding and demands to "show them the plans" before funding a Guantanamo shut-down. And it may
be that there is no plan, no viable one to allow Guantanamo to be closed.
Obama's Cabinet served in legal wars,
not real wars. Members of President Obama's Cabinet are three times more likely to have attended law school
than boot camp. How things have changed since 2004, when Democrats were outraged that, in time of war, the GOP White
House could be run by men with no combat experience.
Obama: 'We're out of
money'. I wish he would have realized that about $11 trillion ago. In a Memorial Day weekend
interview with C-SPAN's Steve Scully, the President of the United States told the people of America that their
government was flat broke. ... This is a man who hasn't a clue. Yes, we are in a recession and a financial
crisis. So your scare tactics that ratcheted up fear in order to get your stim bill, omnibus spending, and
FY 2009 budget passed — a total of more than $5 trillion with interest added — are
backfiring and you think you can work your way out of it by spending a trillion more on a health
Obama Emulating Jimmy Carter in Portraying
U.S. As Soft, Analyst Says. President Obama is on track to accomplish in his first year of office what
President Carter took three years to achieve — portray the United States as a "confused and soft power,"
an Asian security expert charged after North Korea reported a nuclear weapons test Monday [5/25/2009].
The Indispensable Geithner.
The Treasury Secretary aimed to cure the ills of the financial system by extracting toxic assets from bank balance sheets,
replenishing the banks' capital resources, and bolstering the housing market to prevent further foreclosures so normal
lending could resume. Let us take a look at what he has "accomplished" thus far.
Burke and Obama. When
[Edmund] Burke wrote of his apprehension about "new power in new persons," I could not help think of the new powers that
have been created by which a new President of the United States — a man with zero experience in
business — can fire the head of General Motors and tell banks how to run their businesses. Not only is
Barack Obama new to the presidency, he is new to running any organization. One of Burke's fears was that "we may
place our confidence in the virtue of those who have never been tried."
Orator. Obama is effective at marketing himself. His 64 percent job approval (Gallup
poll) is a reflection of this. But in building public support for his policies, Obama has been largely
unsuccessful. You'd never guess this from the laudatory press coverage of Obama. ... Obama's reputation
as a convincing speaker is overrated. He may sound like an effective salesman, but the only product
Americans are buying is Obama himself.
O's Limits (He Has None). Obama's so far out of his depth that the only role-model he can turn to for Afghanistan
is LBJ. Don't have a clue what to do? Send more troops. In Vietnam, we at least had secure supply lines
and sensible rules of engagement. But, then, why feel sorry for our soldiers? Obama's supporters know that
those in uniform are all expendable losers. Since the change in administrations, we haven't heard many chants
of "Support our troops, bring them home!" The hypocrisy's inexhaustible.
The Blind Spot on Iran.
It's nice to see that the scales have fallen from the Obama administration's eyes when it comes to North
Korea. ... [But] What makes the administration think Iran is any more open to giving up its nuclear weapons
program than North Korea is?
Iranian election: Barack Obama's cowardly silence. The Obama administration's response to
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent election victory is cowardly, lily-livered and wrong. As blood flows on
the streets of Tehran, the United States government remains as silent as a Trappist Monk. It is highly
embarrassing when even the German government is showing more backbone than the White House.
country with T-ball economics. I get to feeling the people in Washington want to treat all of us as if we
were playing T-ball. Everyone is the same and only the powers that be know the real score. Since everyone
gets to run around the bases even if they struck out, all should be well. But then, life isn't T-ball. Life
has winners and losers.
The little president
who wasn't there. Barack Obama loves to preen and parade his "higher" morality. But when
it comes to Iranians struggling against ugly tyranny or the people of North Korean just trying to fill their
bellies with food, our little president just isn't there. Nowhere to be found. ... Would Obama have gone
to jail and risked Bull Connor's dogs and axe handles to assert basic human rghts in the segregated South in
the 1950s? Or would he be nowhere to be found?
Bites — Doesn't It, Mr. President? Obama is welcomed to the real world where eloquence
and ice cream do nothing to counter a deep recession and thuggish dictators.
Obama's Cloudy Crystal Ball:
If his economic team was 2.5 million jobs off — and counting — in projecting unemployment
just a few months into the future, how on earth can we trust their claims about all the money preventive care,
information technology, and other such measures will save us on health care 10 or 20 years from now?
'Misread the Economy'. Big admission from Vice President Joe Biden today. "The truth is, we and
everyone else misread the economy," Biden told me during our exclusive "This Week" interview in Iraq. Biden
acknowledged administration officials were too optimistic earlier this year when they predicted the unemployment
rate would peak at 8 percent as part of their effort to sell the stimulus package.
White House spells Obama's
name wrong. In a release touting an agreement between Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft
a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty, the White House claimed the document had been signed by one "Barak Obama."
The High School Valedictorian
Presidency. Listening to President Obama speak Tuesday [7/7/2009] at the New Economic School in
Moscow, it became completely clear that his intellect is greatly overrated. As Obama proudly proclaimed
his commitment to shared international progress and explained his support for ousted Honduran President Manuel
Zelaya, it was painfully clear how foolish it is to believe he can be trusted to do the right thing on the
international stage. Most Russians already knew that.
Obama is dumb. Admittedly, George Bush was not the most eloquent President we've ever had, but
of course, neither is Barack Obama once he gets off his teleprompter. ... Was it George Bush who claimed that there were more than
57 states? Did Bush say he saw our "fallen heroes" in the audience during a speech? Was it
George Bush who made a racist comment about "typical white people?" Did W. spend 20 years without
complaint at a church where the pastor spouted off ignorant, anti-Semitic ideas and conspiracy theories?
Was George Bush so much of an airhead that he actually ended up "thanking himself in a speech" because
that's what his teleprompter said to do?
dead in the water? Even the president has acknowledged that his deadline of getting it done
before the August recess may be impossible. I might add that there is precious little from the White
House except speechmaking. This president doesn't know how to govern. He has handed responsibility
for getting this bill passed to Pelosi and Reid while he stands on the sidelines kibbitzing. Bottom
line: No one is in charge.
Obama Is Delaying the
Economic Recovery. When President Obama was hawking his stimulus package costing the American
people close to $1 trillion with interest, he told us that it would prevent the unemployment rate from
rising above 8%. If we didn't pass it, he said, unemployment would go to 9%. ... Obviously, President
Obama and his economic gurus didn't know what they were talking about. Not only is unemployment today
at 9.5%, but even the Obama Administration is now saying it will go over 10%. President Obama is now
changing his story, saying the stimulus was never supposed to work this fast, and it is really a two-year
Is President Obama an economic illiterate? Harsh as that sounds, there's growing evidence he understands little
about economics and even less about economic growth or job creation. ... The president talks as if free market
solutions are nonexistent, and in his mind they may be. Three weeks after taking office, he said only
government "has the resources to jolt our economy back into life." He hasn't retreated, in words or
policies, from that view.
Just how smart is Obama?
Comparing books attributed to Obama with known undisputed samples of his writings, [Jack] Cashill has shown
that, in fact, Obama is a crappy writer, who, despite a Harvard-educated father, a mother with a PhD,
attendance at the best private prep school in Hawaii and degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law
School, never mastered such elemental matters of grammar as the necessary agreement of verbs and nouns in a
sentence. ... But the "literary genius" foundational myth is not the only one in need of serious examination.
The very notion that he merited admission let alone degrees from these rigorous and competitive institutions is
called into question every time Obama makes an extemporaneous remark. He knows little or nothing about
history, economics, law, geography and the grammar rules of his native tongue.
Obama faces revolt over health care overhaul. On the eve of Mr Obama's 200th day as president,
his ratings slumped to 50 per cent, while a series of public meetings called by Democrats to promote the
reforms have degenerated into mob scenes ... With progress of a health bill — which the White House
had hoped for in July — stalled on Capitol Hill and rising concern over Mr Obama's handling of the
economy, his national approval rating fell by seven per cent from last month. The new low is a far cry
from the stratospheric ratings of his heady first days in office.
Disaster in the
Making? Like so many before him who have ruined countries around the world, Obama has a greatly
inflated idea of his own capabilities and the prospects of what can be accomplished by rhetoric or even by
political power. Often this has been accompanied by an ignorance of history, including the history of
how many people before him have tried similar things with disastrous results.
Obama Failed to Master
Alinsky's Rule #12. Obama himself, Organizer in Chief, had no plan. He proposed no plan to
Congress. He has let committee after committee of witless tax-and-spend, haggard old liberals write the
convoluted mess they're calling healthcare reform, and has virtually done nothing for own his part but bash the
insurance companies, the doctors and even the patients, who ask for individual control over their own life-and-death
choices. This, dear readers, is the fundamental difference between an empty-suited celebrity and a nuts-and-bolts
executive: flim-flam artistry vs. substance and real results.
Obama's White House is Falling Down.
While his officials carry out their dirty economic deeds, Obama responds to any and every crisis as if it were a
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, with a cry of, "Let's put on a show." Thus far Obama has put on
"shows" across America, Europe and the Middle East. And what the adoring media coverage neglects to cover, is that
Obama's shows have solved absolutely nothing. They have served only as high profile entertainment.
White House in disarray over
public option. So is it [the "public option"] still in or not? Not even the White House knows at this
point. This was made evident by the Obama administration walking to the edge of eliminating the public option and
then scurrying back. This kind of thing, by all rights, should have spurred a host of stories and opinion pieces
on the total, laughable incompetence of the president and his people.
[Scroll down] It should also go without saying that [Leon] Panetta's lack of experience in the intelligence
sector was deeply worrisome. The sad irony is that the Obama administration needs strong intelligence
agencies. Obama has cut defense spending and generally seems wary of the armed services. This leaves
a wide gap, so to speak, for heavy reliance on wide-reaching, covert intelligence agencies. Obama's
ill-chosen reliance on Leon Panetta speaks volumes about the slipshod way in which vital national-security
issues are handled in this administration.
of competence begin to dog Obama. Two decisions on health care have rattled Democrats. First,
the president chose to not sell his own plan but instead tried to get Congress to rush something through before
lawmakers — and the public — fully understood what was in the bill. Second, the
administration attempted an ungainly flip-flop on the issue of government-run insurance. ... Democrats can't be
blamed for wondering if these guys know what they're doing.
Mr. Conyers, we expect you to read the bills. If it weren't for the Great Health Care Debate of
2009, would we all know what a sorry excuse for a congressman Rep. John Conyers of Michigan really is? ... The
man's been in Congress more than 40 years and, apparently, doesn't bother to read bills. Well, at
least not the long ones. And he revealed this: He not only doesn't bother to read the long bills,
but he would also need lawyers to interpret them once he did read them. How does a man with a mind like
this get elected to the House of Representatives, and get elected repeatedly?
The Alinskyite's Big,
Fat Governance Failure. What happens when a president ... has never actually run anything
successfully, not even his own paper route or a PTA meeting or a small town's city council? What happens
when power-grab tactics, taught by a rabble-rousing revolutionary, suddenly catapult a charismatic demagogue into
the highest power-perch in the world? Well, then, Barack Obama's big, fat governance failure happens.
Doomed Utopia. Barack Obama was a great, if empty, orator when running for office. He
projected an elusive utopian vision of hope and change that won over the hearts of those who postponed thinking
about how the brutal fact of scarce resources can stymie even his grandiose plans for social reform.
Unfortunately, his campaign skills have not easily transferred to the humdrum business of governance.
Obama's Well Organized Community Is Falling
Apart. Obama has foolishly allowed himself to be pushed into a no-win position, in his unlikely
quest to "make history" by becoming the first "black" mystery messiah allowed to sit at the big desk with his
finger on the red button. In short, he's in way over his head, just as many worried would be the case with
a freshman politician complete with blank résumé.
Hello ObamaCare, Goodbye
Grandma. Oh, look! See Ezekiel. See Ezekiel Emanuel. Zeke is in charge of health care
policy for the Obama administration. ... See Zeke think. Zeke has not run a hospital. He has not run an
insurance company. He has not run a medical practice. He has not worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
Zeke has spent more than twenty years in education and government... thinking.
care debate confirms this is not the Barack Obama we elected. Where is the sunny-side-up young man who
promised to inspire and unite an unhappy nation? Gone into the partisan sinkhole of Washington, that's where.
Like some novice swimmer too confident of his own ability, Obama is suddenly finding himself in water over his head.
Obama's Karmic Freight
Train. American citizens were asked during the 2008 presidential campaign to trust a candidate
who refused to release his academic records, college transcripts, and a detailed original birth record. ... My
guess is that Barack Obama's college transcripts show a "D-" in Economics and a "Withdrawal" in Western
now [President Obama has] insulted just about everything and everyone.
at CIA Plummets as Panetta Makes a Bad Situation Worse. The inexperienced CIA director is
indeed the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time.
Carousel of Incompetence. According to sources with whom I confer, the Obama White House is the
most tightly controlled White House in years, with the president, [Rahm] Emanuel and David Axelrod
micromanaging practically everything. They constitute what is called "the Politburo," and the
news story waiting to be written is that their control is as stultifying as was Jimmy Carter's control
of his White House. Stupendous failure is in the cards.
Obama the Weak.
There are three President Obamas. There's the Obama who defers, the one who dithers, and the one who's out of
touch. The Obama presidencies have one thing in common. They're all weak.
Van Jones and the Chicago
Annenberg Challenge. It was always striking that Obama, who had written two autobiographies at such an
early age, had paid no real attention in either book to his only real executive experience before seeking the Presidency.
The media went along.
Van Jones Tells Us About President Obama. We were told during the 2008 campaign that President
Obama was the most technologically able candidate in our history. The Obama campaign ran commercials
targeting John McCain's ignorance of the Internet. Obama was so connected that he wanted to keep using
his BlackBerry from the Oval Office. And yet he couldn't get a single member of his administration to do
a simple Google search on Van Jones. Every tidbit of information on Van Jones was publicly available.
Obama vs. The People. In his
increasingly pathetic attempts to try and blame Bush for his own deficit spending, Obama showed that he did not
know how to function without someone like Bush up top to blame the whole thing on. But now Obama is
Bush, stuck with the big chair that he doesn't actually know how to use, and clueless about what it takes
to pass legislation, because between photo op appearances and running for office, he had never really
passed any. The State Senate assigned him credit for other people's legislation. In the United
States Senate, he ran for higher office after only 100 days in the chamber. Like a precocious
third grader who suddenly finds himself in college, Obama had no idea how to work with congress to get
Inexperience and Obama's
latest Foibles: The inexperience of Obama and his advisors becomes more evident day after day as they
blunder their way through both domestic and foreign policy. While most youngsters are taught from an early age
that their actions have consequences, the world is watching these neophytes learn on the job — and the
grown-ups are taking advantage of the children running the show here in America.
the Race-Card Shark. Welcome to the post-racial presidency of Barack Obama, in which it has
suddenly become a racial issue when American citizens dare to criticize the president. Now, this is so
silly, so asinine that it boggles the mind of any rational person. ... How easy did these people think it was
going to be when they decided to elect a man whose resume fits nicely on a postage stamp to the highest
office in the land? Racism? No. Incompetence with a capital "I." Yes, we can
Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth. Regimes in Moscow, Pyongyang and Tehran simply pocket
his concessions and carry on as before. The picture emerging from the White House is a disturbing one, of timidity,
clumsiness and short-term calculation. Some say he is the weakest president since Jimmy Carter.
College Administrator. Obama went to Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard without much of a break,
taught at the University of Chicago, and then surrounded himself with academics, first in his stint at community
organizing and then when he went into politics. It shows.
Worst foreign policy ever.
Tomorrow [9/24/2009], President Obama will chair a special nuclear-disarmament meeting by the United Nations
Security Council. The White House bills this as a historic first, but it is typical of Mr. Obama's
emphasis on style over substance. He will appear before the body with the weakest foreign-policy record
of any new U.S. president in recent memory. An around-the-world tour of international hot spots shows
that for all the president's lofty rhetoric, he can point to precious few accomplishments.
plan? What plan? Throughout last year's presidential campaign, Barack Obama lambasted
the Bush administration for fighting "the wrong war" in Iraq and ignoring the right one in Afghanistan.
Iraq was a "war of choice," Obama claimed, while Afghanistan was a "war of necessity." Repeatedly, he
claimed that, if elected president, he'd unveil a new "stronger, smarter and comprehensive strategy."
Who is doing the governing?
In effect, the president is back to his old Illinois State Senate habit of voting "present" when it comes to issue after
issue. He has dithered on Afghanistan and avoided a hard decision. On health care, he has outsourced political
leadership to Senate and House pols. There is still no written health care plan from the White House. Sometimes
it looks like nobody is in charge. ... Obama seems to spend most of his time giving speeches for the purpose of making
people want to like him.
At the president's
pleasure. A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual
sex with an "older man." At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher
violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President
Obama's "safe school czar."
for the Olympics, Chicago-style. Social Security is about to run out of money to cover the monthly checks that
millions of senior and disabled Americans depend on to make ends meet. Unemployment is nearing 10 percent nationwide
and has reached its highest mark since World War II among younger Americans, 52 percent. As many as 80,000
people in California's Central Valley are out of work in part because of federal environmental policies that make fish more
important than people. These are only a few of the most important crises facing the nation today. And where is
our president? He is in Copenhagen, Denmark, to deliver a sales pitch for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics.
Unmasking Obama. It is now
abundantly clear that the image of Barack Obama sold to the American electorate was tightly edited, air-brushed, and
exaggerated. He has worn a series of masks — eloquent orator, brilliant scholar, centrist, and
literary sensation. All of these masks are coming off as he copes with a job for which image will not suffice.
An Olympics We
Can Believe In. Obama, during the campaign, called a nuclear-armed Iran "unacceptable." The
President now demands that Iran come clean, or else. Or else ... what? Face "stiff sanctions."
Never mind that our country's sanctions against Iran have been in place for 30 years. Ratcheting them
up to include, say, energy embargoes requires the approval of U.N. Security Council members China and Russia.
Who do you think assists Iran in the construction of its nuclear program? China and Russia.
Olympics and other international games. It's ever more widely and correctly perceived that
President Barack Obama has bitten off more than he can chew. ... The Obama administration's failure to get
serious about a world that is getting increasingly serious all around us is not just irresponsible.
It is a frightening indication that Obama is overwhelmed.
Boyish Utopia Endangers Us: President Barack Obama is still just a lost boy at his age, and he searches for
a world he wished existed. His insistence upon living in his world, though attractive to the uneducated, neglected,
and naive, is dangerously heaping hot coals of consequence on the heads of those who know better.
No Master Plan at All. Could it be
that there is less to Obama and his team of geniuses than we were led to believe? ... Could it be that Obama is not, in
fact, a sophisticated analyst and astute policy wonk but merely has led a charmed political life, benefiting from a series
of inept opponents (think Alan Keyes, the snarling infighters in Hillaryland, and the McCain gang-that-couldn't-shoot-straight),
a sycophantic media, and an electorate willing to give him every benefit of the doubt?
The Obamas Violated First Three
Rules of Selling. Of course Barack and Michelle Obama failed in Copenhagen. Their strategy could not
possibly succeed. In their academic arrogance, they thought they could sell a product they clearly do not believe in
(the United States) and moreover, they could do so by stressing the benefits to the seller (Chicago) and not the buyer (the
IOC). And to top it off, they committed the faux pas of talking too much about the sales force (themselves) and
not about the product or the buyer.
First Brat: It's All About Him.
I cannot work up any sympathy for Obama and cannot even take any pleasure in being found right in my judgment of him
as I wrote my impressions during the campaign and the first six months of his term. I said he was a moron and
I am sticking with it. Even the public picked up on it as it became evident he couldn't go to the bathroom
without a set of TelePrompters and instructions.
President Obama plays the fool on world
stage. President Obama has been stumbling all over the world stage this past week. The spectacle has been
aggravating and painful. The former world's biggest celebrity is proving himself to be the world's biggest joke to our
allies and enemies alike. Sadly, the joke is on us, the nation that elected him despite plenty of alarm signals.
Paper Bag 1, Obama 0. Can Barack
Obama argue his way out of a paper bag? That's the question eminences of his party will be mulling after his defeat
Friday [10/2/2009] at the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen. Obama put his worldwide popularity and the
full weight of the office of the presidency of the United States behind Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics. He
surprised the world by losing on the first round of balloting.
is AWOL as our commander. If you still doubt President Obama is trying to do too many things and is giving
short shrift to the most important ones, consider this pathetic scene at the Copenhagen airport. It was
Friday [10/2/2009], and the president went to Denmark to make his pitch for the Chicago Olympics.
Did We Elect a Beta Male As
President? While we've all been seeking a political rationale for the president's actions, his behavior
goes beyond the political to something deeper and more personal: like all beta males, Barack Obama simply does not
have the temperament to confront tyrannical alpha males around the globe. ... To cooperate with our allies would require
Obama to display alpha male behaviors, including demonstrating courage, something he's simply not capable of doing.
Obama dithers and
dithers. Barack Obama, like the "progressives" he represents, is proud of a mind so open that his
brains are forever at risk of falling out. He first said the war in Afghanistan was a war the West could
not afford to lose. But that was way back when, and he changed his mind. Then he changed it again,
and now nobody, maybe not even the president himself, knows what he thinks.
Compare and Contrast.
Obama's permanent publicity blitz has rendered his pronouncements banal and is helping to create an impression that he
is all talk, no results. Who can recall with any precision what the president says from one day to the next? Why bother
trying when another speech is moments away?
Exit Strategy from the Great
Recession. In the 1930s, Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt had no exit strategy from the Great
Depression, so he blamed it on his Republican predecessor. Roosevelt's policies prolonged the depression until,
finally, the start of World War II in Europe caused the increased exports and business investment that pulled
us out. It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama doesn't have an exit strategy either.
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.
We can almost hear Gen. McChrystal quoting the words of U.S. Grant: "In war, anything is better than indecision.
We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find it out and can do the other thing. But not to decide... may
A president of leisure.
Obama has already played golf as many times in nine months as Bush did in almost three years, but golf isn't his only game
of choice. Various media sources have recently covered the president's basketball games at the White House. We
already knew that Obama was a sports fan, but the Baller-in-Chief seems to be more concerned with victory on the greens and
hardwood than on the battlefield.
"Compromise Solution". The McChrystal review was done by August 1st. It is now the
end of October. According to today's Washington Post ("Obama seeking options on forces; President looks
to send fewer additional troops"), we'll get a decision by the end of November. That's four months.
And it's evident that the review at this point is being driven entirely by White House political concerns.
148 American soldiers have died while the president holds seminars.
Are They Stupid or Evil or Both?
[Scroll down] What other stupid things has [Obama] done since assuming office in January? Where
does one start? He bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia when no President, nor the U.S. flag, is ever
permitted to bow or dip to any other head of state. He doubled the national debt. He announced
the termination of the space defense system the day after the North Korea launched an ICBM. He told
the Mexicans that the violence in their nation was our fault. He has begun to nationalize the nation's
auto industry and healthcare system. He has demonized insurance companies, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh,
and the coal and oil industries on whom we depend for electricity and for transportation. It's a
very long list.
Whiner in chief.
President Obama is degrading the Oval Office. In recent months, his administration has engaged in
puerile, partisan attacks on his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. Nearly every problem
in America — the economy, health care, financial regulatory reform, Afghanistan, Iraq and
Guantanamo — is being blamed on Mr. Bush.
can't be community organizer for the world. A lot of observers are having trouble figuring out
the philosophical underpinnings of Barack Obama's foreign policy. How does the president see America's
place in the world? How will he use American power? How much does he care about such things?
There are no good answers at the moment, but there is a new theory going around: Obama approaches
foreign affairs as he would neighborhood issues.
Obama Just Convict the Suspected Fort Hood Shooter? President Obama began his weekly Internet
and radio address on Saturday [11/7/2009] with these words: "This past Thursday, on a clear Texas
afternoon, an Army psychiatrist walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, and began shooting his
fellow soldiers." Did the president, speaking directly about the man suspected in the killings,
prejudice any jury that might be called to hear the case?
Memo to ABC:
There's a Reason He's Not Called Smith. Equally predictable is our President -- who
is also not named Smith by the way. Barack Hussein Obama was giving "shout-outs" to folks at a
speech related to native Americans at the Department of the Interior shortly after the news of the
Fort Hood tragedy broke. ... This was a President who had time to delay, cancel or at least, reprogram
a very non-crucial photo op in light of the news. The only thing missing was Jeremiah Wright
hootin and hollerin about "America's chickens" and high fiving and so on. I mean, God bleep
America, we deserved it, didn't we? At the very least, Obama's reaction can charitably be
characterized as cold.
Obama is Blind to Terror... & Freedom. In the hours following the shooting at Ft. Hood,
President Obama demonstrated resolute apathy to the greatest issue of our time. His callous and
apathetic beliefs caused some rather unbecoming behavior for a United States President. ... The President
spent several minutes at the beginning of his time giving introductory remarks. He gave "shout-outs" to
his "homies" in the crowd. He also apparently attributed a Congressional Medal of Honor to someone in
the room. The only problem being that the man in question had not in fact ever received the
Congressional Medal of Honor.
Fort Hood Could Be Obama's Katrina.
As Hurricane Katrina zeroed in on New Orleans in 2005, government at all levels was lethargic, seemed unprepared,
and to some, even uncaring. In the wake of last week's massacre at Fort Hood, we are learning that the
United States Army knew quite a bit about Major Nadal Malik Hasan — but did not act on the
information. Fort Hood could become Barack Obama's Katrina.
Obama Stumbles Again. Barack
Obama: you can dress him up, but you can't take him out. Every time he goes abroad, he embarrasses
himself and sells out his country. ... If Barack Obama can't stick up for the country he represents when he goes
overseas, he should stay home.
Why Isn't He Better at Being
President? Jennifer [Rubin] asks a good question that is more and more on the minds of citizens and the
punditocracy alike. Obama is so smart and so eloquent, and yet he has not, at least yet, succeeded as president
domestically or in foreign affairs. One answer, perhaps, is that being a successful president requires skills
and attributes that Obama simply does not possess.
handling protocol for the White House? Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had frontpager, "Obama's
China Summit Ends On Awkward Diplomatic Note." Accompanying the story was a photo of the President
touring the Fobidden City with a few dozen Chinese diplomats and politicians. All of the Chinese
leaders in the photo are wearing dark suits and ties — the President is wearing an open
collared shirt and a leather jacket.
Why Is No One Laughing?
What would the mainstream media's response be if former governor Sarah Palin described China's economic
growth to an audience of students in Shanghai as "an accomplishment unparalleled in human history"? That
is what the most inexperienced president in modern American history said in Shanghai this week. I wonder
if any of the assembled journalists choked. President Barack Obama makes such unhinged pronouncements
with the kind of frequency that if he were anyone else he would be set down by the media as a boobie.
Superbower — "Speak Loudly, Carry a Small Twig". My radio pal Hugh Hewitt said to me on the air the
other day that Barack Obama "doesn't know how to be president". It was a low but effective crack and I didn't pay it
much heed. But, after musing on it over the last week or so, it seems to me frighteningly literally true.
Help Wanted, No Private Sector Experience Required.
A friend sends along the following chart from a J.P. Morgan research report. It examines the
prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to
turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy.
Obama: King of All
Statists. Almost 40% of William Howard Taft's cabinet officials were from the private
sector. Ike had nearly 60% of his appointees sporting private sector experience. Reagan had
about 55% and George W. Bush about 53%. Even FDR and Truman saw half their cabinet officials
coming to government with private sector experience. And Obama? Less than 10%.
The Five Obama Fails.
The Obama administration burst onto the presidency with a historic wealth of good will, hope, and change.
It is now marked by one failure after another. Unfortunately, these failures are not without costs. The
burden is borne by consumers, taxpayers, and generations yet to come.
More Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration. Since he has been elected, Barack Obama
has been like a four year old wearing water wings and desperately trying to reach the edge of the pool.
In other words, he has been completely out of his depth. Who could have known that giving soaring speeches
about "hope" and "change" while voting "present" on the tough issues wouldn't be enough preparation for the most
important job on Planet Earth -- oh wait, millions of Americans knew that and pointed it out at every opportunity.
The Unmasking of Barack Obama.
The overseas reviews for President Obama's foreign policy are starting to pour in -- and
they're not favorable. ... On almost every front, progress is nonexistent. In many instances,
things are getting worse rather than better. The enormous goodwill that Obama's election was
met with hasn't been leveraged into anything useful and tangible.
Looks like a cover-up to me.
House Blocks Testimony on Party Crashers. The White House on Wednesday [12/2/2009] invoked the separation
of powers to keep Desiree Rogers, President Obama's social secretary, from testifying on Capitol Hill about
how a couple of aspiring reality television show celebrities crashed a state dinner for the prime minister
of India last week.
Blumenthal, the Clinton Administration's famed servitor, saw it all coming. He predicted the Obama
Administration's Carousel of Incompetence, as I like to call it.
crasher 'confession'. President Obama's social secretary quipped that she regularly let event
crashers into White House gatherings — months before two reality-TV wannabes waltzed into last
week's state dinner. Desiree Rogers claimed in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash at the
Creative Coalition's annual meeting in June that she had added extra tables and benches at every event to
accommodate uninvited guests.
Obama social secretary let 1st
priority slip. The heat's on Desiree Rogers. Now, a lot of people in Chicago are wondering
will they or won't they fire the nation's celebrity party planner. For those who don't know, Rogers has
been under intense scrutiny since a Washington couple crashed the president's first state dinner.
House Aide Once Quipped About Enabling Party Crashers. Desiree Rogers is under scrutiny for
her office's role in the infamous security breakdown at the state dinner. A woman with a reputation
as a consummate perfectionist is being criticized for dropping the ball — and, by some, for
putting her own aggrandizement over her job.
Government Giveth and
Taketh Away. [President Barack Obama] now is promising to "spend our way out of this
recession." ... It is estimated that the president's eruption of generosity will cost an additional
$170 billion, perhaps more. He has made this promise despite the fact that fear is spreading
throughout the country that our government deficits are unsustainable. The so-called Independents
have forsaken him owing to their fear that he is bankrupting the country.
Can the Obama Administration Afford
Any More Missteps? As problems continue to mount and the president's approval ratings continue to
sink — the latest Rasmussen poll has Obama's approval rating down to 44 percent, a new
low — there are a lot of different, and damaging, story lines developing around the Obama
administration. You can add a lack of basic competence to the list.
for fraud and farce. President Obama finally makes it back to familiar and frozen Copenhagen,
scene of his earlier success in winning the Olympics for Chicago, trying to figure out a way to make zero
plus zero amount to something big. His prospects are not good.
does it again. President Obama reportedly was reluctant to attend the final day of the UN's
Copenhagen climate-change summit unless it was front-end wired to be a major political success. But
he went anyway, was twice humiliated in public by the Chinese premier and then finally settled for what
the White House hailed as a "meaningful agreement." Really?
Obama the party crasher.
Barack Obama is not used to being the guy not invited to a party. At the Copenhagen global warming conference,
however, he found that not everyone wanted to hang with him. Our president can't take a hint.
Homeland chief an
airhead. An al Qaeda bomber stashing explosives in his underwear cakewalked onto a US-bound airliner after
averting scans on two continents — but the federal Homeland Security chief incredibly claimed yesterday [12/27/2009]
that "everything happened that should have."
The System Worked, Except That Part
When It Failed. The system is supposed to work, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano, something like this: a man recently reported to U.S. authorities by his own father, who was on a
terror watch list, who pays three grand in cash for a ticket to Detroit (enough to buy a city block in the Motor
City), and who was denied a student visa to the United Kingdom, attempts to explode a bomb on a packed plane
and is tackled by a Dutch filmmaker.
Yes, Janet, There Is A 'War On
Terror'. Al-Qaida's botched Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253 raises a series
of concerns about U.S. vulnerability. Chief among them: a Homeland Security chief in denial that
we are at war. The nearly 300 trans-Atlantic passengers targeted for death by alleged would-be suicide
bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab were saved not by any policy of the Homeland Security Department, but by the
good luck of a detonator malfunctioning.
The System? It's You!
Janet Napolitano's appearance on CNN this morning [12/27/2009], in which she tried to put a happy face on the
fact that a known terrorist sympathizer got onto a flight bound for America and nearly brought it down, has
been widely and justly derided.
bungling led to plane attack. [Scroll down] First, President Obama should demand the resignation
of Secretary Janet Napolitano and fire her if she refuses to resign. It is clear from her comment that
"the system worked" that Napolitano lacks the first clue about what is required to ensure safe commercial airline
travel in an era defined by the war on terrorism. The system failed because an individual with known terrorist
links successfully smuggled explosives on board a loaded commercial jet bound for the U.S.
Needs Fixing. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano's initial assessment of the Christmas Day
airliner attack — that "the system worked" — doesn't quite match the absurdity of "Brownie,
you're doing a heck of a job." But only because she quickly took it back.
Absurd flight from
reality. [Scroll down] In the aftermath yesterday, Big Sis — Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano — informs us that the system worked. It worked? If by working,
Napolitano means she has extended the government's policy of porous borders to the skies, she is certainly correct.
A Day Off. One of my rules for
writing is to present criticism in such a way that it avoids becoming the kind of outright rants that separate
thoughtful columnists from angry bloggers. [However...] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
is as dumb as a dipstick. The airline security system "worked," one day later it "failed" and the
first comment was "taken out of context?"
Obama's initial reaction to recent terrorist act lacked urgency, decisive leadership. The
attempt to blow Northwest Flight 253 out of the air was planned as an attack on the United States and very
nearly succeeded in accomplishing that horrific goal. The moment demanded inspiring, decisive presidential
leadership. America waited four days for a glimmer.
The Bizarro President.
Obama often looks presidential and even speaks the language, but his actions haven't been of an individual
you'd want leading your country. He has outsourced his decision and policy making duties to his trusted
advisors and the legislative branch and he's been a complete failure in the process.
Why is Obama still
in Hawaii? President Obama wants us all to know he's taking seriously the attempted terrorist attack
of Christmas Day and that his administration is doing all it can to ensure our safety. But his words would
be a lot more convincing if not delivered during time snatched between rounds of golf, swimming and sunbathing.
Builds Up Undie Bomber: Terrorists Went To 'Great Lengths'. Like a football coach trying to
explain away the trouncing his team just took by building up the opponent, Janet Napolitano is seeking to diminish
the Obama administration's NWA 253 failure by exaggerating the cunning of the Christmas Day plot. The
hapless Homeland Security head has a 679-word piece in today's USA Today basically promising to do better.
When Obama Apologists
Attack. What's made matters even worse for Obama are the remarks of his bungling DHS secretary.
Some Obama apologists have claimed that Napolitano's "the system worked" remark has been taken out of context.
She was only talking about the system working after the attack occurred, you see. Well, it turns out
that the system didn't work after the attack occurred, according to the Allied Pilots Association.
Napolitano Must Go —
Now. The DHS secretary, appointed as a political favor, is endangering lives with her
after-the-fact policing approach.
Handling problems the Obama way.
There is a sense of déjà vu in the Obama administration's response to the attempted terrorist
attack on Christmas Day. A by-now familiar pattern has been established for dealing with unexpected
problems. First, White House aides downplay the notion that something may have gone wrong on their part.
So Isolated, And More Than Extremist. "Isolated extremist" was the label President Barack Obama
initially slapped on the Nigerian Muslim who flew into Detroit on Christmas Day, burning himself in a botched
attempt to take down the plane with explosives sewn into his underwear. If anyone seems isolated here,
it is the U.S. president himself. For three days after the terrorist attack, Obama carried on with his
Hawaii holiday, "monitoring" the situation while leaving his staff to deal with the public.
Security Administration on trial. The editorial pages of practically every major newspaper in the
country have warned that the Transportation Security Administration is failing. Left, right, center, it
doesn't matter. The incompetence is obvious to anyone who looks. Just last week this page dubbed
TSA the "Terrorism Service Administration" for broadcasting detailed security information that could be used
to slip through our defenses.
Hillary Clinton has gone AWOL on the Iranian front. One
would have thought that with a potential revolution on the streets of Tehran, and with scenes of horrific and
savage brutality against protesters by the Iranian regime, that Washington's official voice on international
affairs might at least have expressed an opinion.
Where Oh Where Is Hillary?
Nile Gardiner at the Daily Telegraph writes: "The White House should send a search party to track down
Hillary Clinton. America's foreign policy chief has been missing from the world stage for several days,
and has become as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel at the height of the French Revolution." Come to
think of it, we haven't seen or heard from her since the Flight 253 bombing attack.
Systemic Failure. A
couple of weeks ago on Oprah Winfrey's "White House Christmas Special," our first postmodern president,
Barack Obama, gave himself a "good, solid B-plus" for his performance over the past 11 months. ... Right
now, however, he is under fire for his inert response to that Nigerian terrorist's attempt to blow up nearly
300 passengers on a commercial jet as it landed in Detroit. He issued his arctic response after a round
of golf and en route to his next presidential event, a tennis game.
Barack Obama and
the Exhausted Presidency. [Scroll down] He has never really been tested —
until now. And, of course, now he finds himself in over his head. Obama's difficulties are of his
own making, and they arise from his failure thus far to recognize what it means to be President of the United
States. American presidents put aside personal pique and pay close attention to protocol. They do
not bow to queens, kings, and emperors; they do not warmly embrace dictators and thugs; and they do not direct
gratuitous insults at America's allies.
Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack. Some Democrats have joined in
calling for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted bombing of a
Northwest Airlines flight a week ago.
Clueless. It's the
word that best describes the Obama administration's first year in office. They've proven themselves clueless
about creating jobs; clueless about handling growing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea; and now, most
devastatingly, clueless about protecting Americans from terrorist attacks on our own soil. And with
nearly one year under the belts, they can't keep blaming the Bush administration for everything that goes
awry. It is hard to imagine a more incompetent handling of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of
a U.S. jetliner.
DeMint: TSA nominee isn't qualified, shouldn't be
confirmed. Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has been the target of much Democratic
criticism for his efforts to slow down Senate confirmation of Erroll Southers, the Obama White
House's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, now says Southers should not be
confirmed. DeMint has been critical of Southers for refusing to answer questions about whether
Southers would work toward unionizing the TSA.
latest homeland security fiasco. For a while, it seemed the nomination and confirmation of
Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration would be a routine affair. ... Wrong.
As the new year begins, the Southers nomination has become the latest Obama confirmation mess, raising
questions not only about the nominee but the White House's selection process.
Frets Obama Must Work. The failures that allowed the unsuccessful Christmas Day terrorist
attack have marred President Barack Obama's relaxation schedule in Hawaii, CBS's Jeff Glor and Chip Reid
regretted Thursday night as Reid fretted Obama had "hoped to spend this vacation recharging his batteries,
but now he appears to be spending most of it working"...
Failure to Lead.
Take President Obama's poor timing in response to a failed terrorist attack on a U.S. jetliner, add the
politicization of that event by his surrogates and a ridiculous message by Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano, and what do you get? A complete failure when it comes to a commander-in-chief's most
important job: Protecting Americans from harm.
System worked 'every other day' in '09. White House counterterrorism chief John
Brennan is maintaining the system to protect the U.S. against attack worked successfully this
year apart from the Christmas Day bombing attempt — a claim that seems to downplay
the notion that deadly attacks at Fort Hood in Texas and a military recruiting center in Arkansas
represented a failure of intelligence gathering.
The dove that dare not speak its name.
In the middle of the interview [Chris] Wallace asked [John] Brennan why the administration was treating
Nigerian terrorist bomber Umar Abdulmutallab as a criminal defendant rather than an enemy combatant.
Wallace referred to the fact that Abdulmuttalab had reportedly been cooperating with authorities until he
obtained a lawyer. Brennan declined to challenge the premise of the question, but he talked a bit
around the question.
B. Hussein Obama Grade for First Year in
Office: F minus; Abject Failure. The number and description of his broken promises are
so voluminous as to be physically impossible to totally repeat in a column of this size, so I will try to
cover some of the principal promises that have not been kept. ... Of all the major bills so far during the
course of this legislative year does anyone recall when the public got FIVE days to examine a bill before a
vote took place? This was a promise Obama made that needed cooperation from the Congress but has never
Merge the 'Terror' Lists to Prevent the Next
Attack. It would be satisfying — and manifestly just — for President
Obama to fire Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She abjures the "politics of fear," and
prefers the term "man-caused disasters" to the word "terrorism." And it was her risible reaction to
the failed Christmas Day attack ("the system worked") that redundantly proved her unfit for her job.
And it would be satisfying — and equally justified — for Obama to remove
Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair from his bureaucratic aerie.
terror-fying. First it was delusion. Now it is denial. Let's just hope the
Obama administration works through this vexing 12-step program they're in before al Qaeda decides to
launch another attack. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured us that
the "system worked" when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly blew up an American jetliner on Christmas Day
with a bomb smuggled in his loin. And just when you thought "Big Sis" had easily retired the award
for Biggest Turkey in the Global War on Terror, up steps John Brennan.
Are you scared yet? Deputy
National Security Adviser John Brennan's appearance on Fox News Sunday yesterday — as well as
the other Sunday talk shows — to discuss the handling of would-be Northwest Airlines terrorist
Abdulmutallab may have been intended to reassure the country, but had the opposite effect. He
demonstrated an unwillingness to answer important questions, instead evading and ignoring them
in favor of memorized talking points.
The Perils of Executive
Inexperience. For months we saw a new dog-and-pony show every week, each on a different topic.
Obama's spinners incessantly told us the problem wasn't that he was trying to do too many things at once.
But now it seems that it was and that his key advisers don't understand the administration's top priority.
Did Obama Politicize the
Terror Database? In his usual heroic fashion, Obama tossed that hot Christmas Bomber potato to Janet
Napolitano, and when she dropped the potato, it got cannoned over to the CIA with a quick fake to Dick Cheney, who
didn't even bother to answer. Obama kept his head buried deep in the sand at Oahu for almost four days
while all this was going on.
The War on
Christmas. We suppose Napolitano is a glass-is-half-full kind of gal. And it's true
that, apart from allowing a known extremist to board a plane while carrying a bomb, the system worked.
Chickens Come Home, Roost.
The Obama administration has gone out of its way to poison relationships with traditional allies with Great
Britain, and it seems that the favor is now being returned, as the Prime Minister's office has disclosed publicly
that British intelligence, MI5, warned the US about Umar Abdulmutallab.
War on Terror?
What War? President Barack Obama is obviously a man who won't permit any facts to penetrate his
airtight ideological force field, from deficit spending to health care to global warming to his non-prosecution
of the war on terror — I mean "overseas contingency operations."
Obama Finally Admits Detroit Terrorist was Not Isolated. It took him more than a week after the
terror-attempt incident, but Barack Obama has finally admitted what conservatives and intellectually honest
Americans have already known or at least suspected since Christmas Day, when Abdulmutallab tried unsuccessfully
to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane. Namely, that al-Qaida indeed had its Islamofascist fingerprints all
over the attempted attack and that there is an al-Qaida link to said failed terror attempt. I guess it's
better late than never for someone as slow on the uptake as Obama.
must go. It is reported in today's Daily News that the chief of the National Counterterrorism
Center was skiing on Christmas and stayed on the slopes for several days after the attempted bombing of
Northwest Flight 253. It must soon be reported, certainly by tomorrow's editions, that President Obama
has given Michael Leiter all the free time he likes to schuss and slalom the slopes to his heart's delight.
Amateur hour is
over. Enough is enough. There was a time when the amateur hour that has characterized the
behavior of the staff in the Obama White Hour over the past year could be chalked up to innocent inexperience.
Now that behavior is nothing short of dangerous and President Barack Obama is being ill served by those by those
closest around him.
Misses the Big Picture. John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tells
National Review Online that President Obama's remarks on recent American intelligence and security failures
this afternoon "miss the big picture" and "ignore the problems we face in dealing with al-Qaeda." "I
didn't hear any hint of the president planning to deal with al-Qaeda's growing capabilities," says Bolton.
no penalty for sleeping on the job. Smooth talk is easy for Mr. Obama, and he often confuses words
with deeds. He's taking responsibility for what happened aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on final
approach over Detroit, but it's not clear what that means. He's not likely to fire himself (perhaps to
spare us Joe Biden). So nobody pays a price for some serious sleeping on the job.
in the Skies Requires Real Action on the Ground. Shortly after the incident on Northwest Flight 253,
Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano first insisted that "the system worked" regarding the Christmas Day
attempt. This particularly blatant act of defensive self-protection was such an obvious falsehood that
Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan has had to go from news show to news show offering a retraction.
president wakes up. The Obama administration's bad spin and sleepiness — as represented by
Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and President Obama respectively in the first days after Christmas —
is over. But results may be another story.
Who Commands Obama? Lots of
people today have little or no confidence in the leadership abilities of Barack Obama. Everyone has
been asking, who's running the show? while Obama is out running around the country, still in campaign
mode and making speeches. Who is giving orders to Obama while he is out playing front man?
needed at Homeland Security. Janet Napolitano has to go. President Barack Obama's Secretary
of Homeland Security, who had no experience for the job when she was appointed by the president last year, is in
way over her head as director of the vast agency that controls everything from natural-disaster response,
counterterrorism, immigration and customs to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Secret Service.
Failing to Connect
the Plots. President Obama meekly conceded to the fact that "our government failed to connect
the dots in a way that would have prevented a known terrorist from boarding a plan for America."
Ya think? Isn't this the same squadron of government officials whom a zealous President Obama
wants to place in charge of connecting America's respiratory tubing?
Obama and Reality:
Shortly after a somewhat disjointed, impromptu spiel ... the president was all too eager to resume his snorkeling
sessions — evidently the next vacation activity scheduled after the few rounds of golf that preceded
the rather inopportune press conference. He was on vacation, after all. The president made an even
less valiant effort to veil his appalling indifference on the heels of a tragedy [in Fort Hood, Texas.]
America's mainstream media will be Obama's downfall.
Right after the [Christmas Day attempted] bombing, the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, stated
on a national news programme that in the case of the Detroit bomber, "the system worked". ... If this had been
the Bush administration, this idiotic attempt to spin the facts would have — rightly —
been castigated by the papers and television shows for weeks. If this had been on Bush's watch, the
media attacks would have been relentless.
Too bad to be true? [Dennis]
Blair's testimony seemed too bad to be true, and that turned out to be the case. But not because the HIG
did, in fact, interrogate Abdulmutallab; rather, because the HIG does not actually exist as an operational
entity. Blair made this clear in what must rank as the among the most embarrassing "clarificatons" of
congressional testimony ever.
How hope, change turned into bum
year for President Obama. Hey, Mr. President — the first thing you have to do is figure
out where somebody hid all your ties. That Ahmadinejad look didn't go over big here in Boston a week
ago, and it certainly didn't cut it in Elyria, Ohio, on what you must have figured was "casual Friday."
You wanted to be The Man? Well, The Man wears a tie, OK.
Obama teeters on the edge. The president has three principal problems. He is well
to the left of the public and of what he promised the voters in 2008 ... He is increasingly perceived
as having credibility problems and of being cold, cocksure, narcissistic and intoxicated by what he
modestly called 'the gift' of his own articulation. And as president, he has been quite, and quite
Health Care Reform
Vaporizes Obama Presidency. Some Americans feared from the beginning that Obama was an empty
suit. But the majority were willing to take a chance on charisma, myth, and sizzle. Now the line
between public celebrity and public nuisance appears to have been crossed. Arrogance is never an asset,
but it is especially unbecoming when it is not accompanied by competence.
From Disgusting to Odd.
A question about Barack Obama is starting to take shape in the American mind: where does this stop?
The "this" is the collective hodgepodge of delinquent policy, administrative incompetence, a bottomless
capacity for self-delusion, hubris, and the vetoing of American opinion.
says he 'would rather be really good one-term president'. President Barack Obama said that he
"would rather be a really good one-term president" than have two mediocre terms.
the god that failed. President Obama said Monday [1/25/2010] that he would "rather be a really
good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." He will be lucky if he's not an abject
failure. There's usually a reason for a presidency lasting a single term, as Mr. Obama's slow-motion
train wreck is demonstrating.
Why Is Obama Acting So Weird?
[Scroll down] Maybe he'd just rather hang it up in three years. In a bizarre interview, that's
what it sounded like: "President Barack Obama said that he 'would rather be a really good one-term
president' than have two mediocre terms." Well, the danger here is his being a really bad
one-term president. But after only a year in office, it is, to put it mildly, an odd comment.
The Editor says...
Obama is evidently living in a world of delusion. It apparently hasn't occurred to him that
no president serves two terms if the first term is mediocre. He seems to believe that if he
serves only one term, it must be because he was such a great president. Clearly, he does not
recognize his own incompetence.
Anti-Inflation Exit Strategy Will Fail. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has explained his
exit strategy to prevent future inflation. The Fed recently began to pay interest to banks on the
reserves they hold in their vaults. Using this new tool, it claims the ability to get banks to keep the
money instead of lending it out, thus containing the money supply and inflation. I don't believe this
will work, and no one else should.
Obama finds out who really holds power. The great mistake that Mr Obama is now believed to have
made in his first year of office was to have ignored the concerns of the American middle-income population.
This misjudgment has counted against him in a quite spectacular way, because no mature political leader of
any party should have made it.
The Constitution, Nazis, and the Corpse Man:
In his State of the Union address, Obama stated that "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise
enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal..." Darn near made me want to stand up
and salute, (something our POTUS could use some lessons in, by the way). There's a problem here, however. It
turns out that "the notion that we are all created equal" is not "enshrined in our Constitution" — it's
from the Declaration of Independence.
The Editor says...
The writer goes on to remind us that Mr. Obama is a Harvard-trained Constitutional lawyer. You would
think that he must have rehearsed this speech numerous times before delivering it, and yet he never caught
Barack Obama and Corpse
Man: Like Sacha Pavlata on a high wire, Obama, master of "ostentatiously exotic" Pock-i-stahn
pronunciation, peppered multiple mispronunciations of "corpsmen" with Creole words like "Etazini."
President Obama was so busy showboating French based Haitian Creole he called Navy Corpsman Brossard, both
Christian and Christopher in the same sentence.
But He Was the Harvard Law Review
Editor! [Scroll down] His floundering is not surprising, considering that Obama never ran
a state, a city, or a business, and during his brief time in the U.S. Senate, he was never front-and-center in
any significant legislative undertaking. Yes, he's touted as an author, and he won the presidency (beating
two flawed candidates who ran awful campaigns). But it turns out that all this was insufficient
preparation to be chief executive and commander in chief.
Obama needs a staff shakeup. The
need is becoming more obvious by the day: He must overhaul his own team, replacing the admittedly brilliant
advisers who helped elect him with others more capable of helping him govern. Getting elected and getting
things done for the people are two different jobs.
I Was a Teenage President.
Fraternity Boy General Eric Holder insists, with teen-worthy logic, that trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in U.S.
federal court will demonstrate to the world how wonderfully the impartial American justice system works —
this after Holder himself arguably contaminated the pool of potential jurors by declaring that after the trial,
the "suspect" would be executed. This claim — that KSM is virtually guaranteed to be convicted
in an American court of law, and even if he isn't we'll detain him indefinitely anyway — was repeated
by the Teenager-in-Chief himself and his Smokesperson, Robert Gates.
You Have to Perform.
After the election you have to govern. That is an opportunity for some and the undoing of others. ... All
that anticipation and so little ability. So much hype was followed by virtually no interest in doing the
job to which he was elected.
Obama's Dreadful Sudan
Policy: During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama was baffled by Rick Warren's question
about when, in the candidate's view, a baby gets human rights. Obama's stammering response ended with
his instantly-famous line that the question was "above my pay grade." Obama seems to have embraced a
similar approach to human rights abroad.
Does One Spell Government Bankruptcy? O-B-A-M-A. If any chief executive officer in the
United States of America presented his board with a budget that was one-third unfunded, he would be fired and
tossed out of the boardroom immediately. President Obama recently revealed a $3.8 trillion budget
for FY2011 that has a $1.3 trillion deficit. This budget short fall represents $4,000 for every
man, woman and child in America. It is equivalent to a business CEO presenting his board of directors
with a financial plan to have a 34 percent loss.
Whether or not you support President Obama's policies, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: he
simply lacks competence. The best indicator of this is his in effectiveness in accomplishing any of
his own objectives. His first year in office resembles a quarterback who never completes a pass. His
list of failures is all too familiar-health care reform, closing Guantanamo, cap-and-trade, and so on. He
has failed to accomplish any of his self-identified top priorities. Other than getting himself elected, he
appears to have a very limited range of abilities.
Obama's Clown: This
administration is as inept as you would expect an administration to be when presided over by the most inexperienced
and most far-left president in modern American history. Mr. Obama is out of his depth. Moreover, he
and his aides are oblivious to political realities.
Cargo Cult President:
If not already painfully obvious to anyone paying attention, all the Obama administration can do is campaign.
That makes total sense, since Obama had never held an executive or even managerial position in his entire life
prior to being sworn into office. But he had tons of experience campaigning and giving speeches. In
short, that's how he thinks the world works: give a speech and publish a public relations brochure on
your web site, and the world responds.
Your Staff! Like too many unsuccessful presidents, he has surrounded himself in the Oval Office
with a select coterie of campaign loyalists from Chicago politics and his former Senate office. As
Politico editor John Harris reported Jan. 22, this inner circle consists of "romantics" who are enveloped
by pettiness, grandiosity, and hero worship left over from the 2008 primaries and general election.
Is Doing His Best Jimmy Carter: Are Dems Worried Yet? The Obama White House —
having been battered for months by falling poll numbers, rising public opposition to its signature domestic
initiative, massive defections by Independent voters, and election defeats in New Jersey, Virginia, and
(especially) Massachusetts — is beginning to fray. The smooth-running Obama team we witnessed
during the 2008 election is stumbling around in the dark, making mistakes in judgment that are compounding the
He's No FDR. There's a reason you
probably don't know who Henry Rainey and Joe Robinson were. They were rubber stamps, Rainey as House
speaker, Robinson as Senate majority leader. But in Obama's Washington, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority
Leader Harry Reid are powerhouses. The job of actually writing bills — the economic stimulus,
health care, cap and trade, the omnibus appropriation — was turned over to them and their colleagues. To
put it more bluntly, Obama has abdicated where FDR ruled like a king (at least in his first year in the White
Funeral Dirge for the Main Stream Media?
The reality of incompetency displayed by our current president can no longer be glazed over by the fairy tale
press. The heartbeats of American news pump loud and clear in places the MSM cannot influence. Just
look at the number of Americans who have stopped relying on NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN for their information.
Obama's Dereliction of Duty.
[Scroll down] While Obama continues to fiddle his atonal health care tune, the flames of war and recession
and fiscal collapse rage all around him. Does he care? Does he even understand the precipice upon
which we stand?
The Miss America President.
While Congress creates rules to shove this unpopular bill through, and pundits predict that the democrat party
will be left in tatters as a result, the president wings off to high schools and factories to pose on TV with
adoring crowds telling anyone who will listen that he truly knows what is best for us. Like Miss America,
President Obama wears his crown well. And like Miss America the culimination of his presidency may have
taken place in November 2008. The rest is just marketing.
The Democrats Must Be Stopped.
I don't think Barack Obama will get a second term, but at the pace the Democrats are going, four years may
do more damage than our country can recover from. Incompetence, for better or worse, is not a ground for
impeachment. So it is urgently necessary that the Democrats lose control over the House, and if at all
possible the Senate, in November.
Manufactured, Trumped Up Fight With Israel. For those who say Obama has achieved nothing, I think
the appropriate response is that he's destroyed the political career of Hillary Clinton, succeeded in driving
more Jews from his party to which they'd so long been loyal and managed to offend all our allies. You
think that's easy? It takes a special kind of stupid.
Why isn't this man happy?
A Washington Post article entitled, Obama's happiness deficit suggested Barack Obama, "doesn't seem all that
happy being president." Maybe before applying for a job he was unqualified for, Obama should have visited
a career counselor to discuss options more fitting the skill set of a community organizer. ... Illegitimately
assuming a duty you're ill equipped to handle always results in less than thrilling results.
Thank You, Bret.
I pray that President Barack Obama's interview with Fox News' Bret Baier is replayed repeatedly on Fox News
Channel and circulated widely on the Internet for all to see. The more who watch it the more people will
realize just how drastically the unscripted Obama varies from his projected image as God's gift to
bipartisanship, compromise, congeniality and democracy.
Ahab and Moby ObamaCare. ObamaCare has crossed the line separating political initiatives
from obsessions. President Obama has snubbed Indonesia again, at a cost yet to be determined.
The President is damaging our relationship with Indonesia thanks to his obsession with ObamaCare.
Friends: What is it like to be a foreign ally of Barack Obama's America? If you're a Brit,
your head is spinning. ... Obama visits China and soon Indonesia, skipping India, our natural and rising ally
in the region — common language, common heritage, common democracy, common jihadist enemy.
U.S. allies find Obama a
frosty friend. Hillary Clinton, America's secretary of state, was in Canada the other day.
She criticized Ottawa for not inviting Aboriginal groups to a meeting on the Arctic, and for not including the
facilitation of abortion in the Canadian government's "maternal health" initiative to developing countries.
These might seem curious priorities for the global superpower at a time of war...
Hillary: Bull In China Shop
Diplomat. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is often described as sidelined from the big jobs
in foreign policy, given her political rivalry with the president. But to look at the areas where she is
active shows a lot of messes.
Canada! Canadians hosted hundreds of American air passengers whose planes were grounded on 9/11.
They opened their hearts and their homes to us. During the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81, fearless
Canadian diplomats in Tehran helped smuggle out of that maddened country endangered Americans. None of
that seemed to matter this week. Not content with putting an end to America's historic "special
relationship" with Britain, nor with bullying the U.S.' only reliable ally in the Mideast, Israel, the
Obama administration has launched an attack on our Northern neighbor, Canada. Their unguided missile
landed squarely on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It was Hillary.
Obama gives rambling, incoherrent 17 minute response to concern about
being 'overtaxed'. We constantly hear about the President's supposedly cool demeanor and
unflappability, regardless of evidence to the contrary. Keep that in mind as you read this Washington
Ruled by Children. It is
hard to shake the notion that Americans have voted a lot of children to serve in Congress and the greatest
child of all, Barack Obama, to be our president. Who else but children would continue to enact new
programs that "entitle" Americans to receive all manner of services for which there is no money?
Obama's Global Failure. Our
allies hate him. Our enemies are laughing at him. Nearly two years after Obama's World Tour in which he did
his best to convince voters that he understood global challenges with a high profile tour of a lot of foreign
countries (a approach that if it worked should convincingly make every internationally famous rock star a foreign
policy expert), his biggest global accomplishment is still his ability to travel around the world to high profile
destinations on the taxpayer's shrinking dime. His attempts at diplomacy consisted of delivering vicious slaps
across the faces of longtime allies, from England to Israel, and pathetic love notes to tyrants in Iran, Russia and
Venezuela, who responded by openly mocking him.
Obama's Cowardly Foreign Policy. Liberal critics derided President Bush for engaging in cowboy
diplomacy, or "going alone." Those same critics neglect to notice that Obama is employing a more dubious
strategy than Bush. Obama has pursued a confused and aimless foreign policy based on the idea that he
can personally sway foreign heads of state with his charisma. Unfortunately for our nation his "follow
me because I'm charismatic" policy has proven to be devastatingly ineffective.
Obama's Greatest Deficit
Is Wisdom. It is often said, by both supporters and detractors, that President Barack Obama is
intelligent, smart, well-educated, and even cerebral. However, President Obama is never described as
wise. Wisdom is a special quality reserved for a few rare individuals. And wisdom is the most
important characteristic which distinguishes ordinary leaders from extraordinary leaders.
Energy Policy. Obama is proving to be as indecisive on energy policy as he is on so many other
things. He is a leader as indecisive as Hamlet.
balks at blaming 'radical Islam' for terror attempts. Despite crediting the Pakistani Taliban
with fostering the recent failed car bombing in Times Square, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was
reluctant Thursday [5/13/2010] to say radical Islam was part of the cause of that and other recent attacks.
Obama Buyer's Remorse.
[Scroll down slowly] Recall that Obama's demonstration of intellectual talent beyond a knack for self-expression
never occurred. Skill at legislative logrolling, drafting well-crafted legal briefs, years of adeptly
administrating an organization and similar traditional politically relevant skills were similarly never in evidence.
His legislative record was virtually non-existent; at most he was an above average skilled Chicago political
operative in a world of hundreds with similar talents. That Obama advanced the prestige academic ladder —
Columbia then Harvard Law — without a public paper trail, moreover, only suggests help from affirmative
action and sympathetic professors determined to help him to succeed.
accidentally tells the truth. As the old saying goes, "Ignorance of the law is no
excuse" — unless you are the chief law enforcement official of the United States of America.
'Haven't Read It' Arizona Immigration Law Admission Gets Little Coverage. It will surprise
almost no one who visits this site that Holder's admitted ignorance about a routinely misrepresented
law — misrepresentations that have led to calls for boycotts of Arizona, a PC-obsessed cancellation
of a girls high school basketball team's hoop dreams, and hysterical hyperventilation at Holder's Justice
Department as well as by the President of the United States himself — has received very little
establishment media attention.
Admits She Hasn't Read Arizona Immigration Law in 'Detail'. Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano admitted Monday [5/17/2010] that she has not read the controversial Arizona immigration law even
though she's gone on television to criticize it, and continued to assert that it was "bad law enforcement law."
The Absence of Competence. Is it
too much to expect the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the
President to have actually read the law that the State of Arizona passed regarding illegal aliens?
Hypocrisy on Small Businesses and Jobs. Obama has no experience with wealth creation. Instead,
his forte is wealth redistribution. Compounding his inexperience, Obama unwisely surrounded himself with
a Cabinet and staffers that have little, or no, experience in job creation, with only the vaguest understanding
of how entrepreneurs and small businesses create jobs.
Talked Into A Trap.
President Obama's "direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions" has, not surprisingly, led us down a
blind alley. Now China and Russia are about to mug us with Turkey's phony uranium deal.
Holder Can't Read? Liberal reporters always think that the liberal politicians they're covering
are the smartest people in the room. In fact, when they're opposing something, they're so smart that
they don't have to read the policy they're discussing. They have a clairvoyant sense of how wrong
As chaos spreads around the world and the U.S. deficit deepens, the White House seems confused and Congress
can't even pass a budget. Have we ever lived through a time of greater incompetence?
Intelligence Community Had 14 Chances to Connect the Dots. It is the official position of the
National Counterterrorism Center that "no entity within the IC has sole responsibility nor bears the entire
burden of either connecting the dots or accountability for failing to do so." ... In fact, it is precisely the
mission of the NCTC to connect dots.
Another Obama Failure. America's Ambassador to the United Nations has been a failure.
Perhaps Susan Rice should spend less time career-climbing in DC, angling to replace Hillary Clinton (she has
been "wildly inattentive" according to the non-partisan The Hill magazine) and more time doing her job.
Rice (and the US) was AWOL when it came to the vote to allow Libya onto the UN Human Rights Council; was AWOL
in a Sec Council Resolution that condemned Israel (the first time such as Security Council resolution was not
vetoed by America).
How Bad Is
Obama's Foreign Policy? Let Us Count the Ways. The country is slowly awakening to the
reality that it has another "Jimmah" to contend with in the White House, a man whose palpable weakness and
inexperience is encouraging America's worst enemies to think they can take advantage.
by the linked yet separate crises in the Middle East and in Northeast Asia the Obama administration is acting
like it was shot through the central nervous system, acting in uncoordinated jerks. The alliances with
Korea and Japan and the special relationships with Israel and Britain lie almost forgotten like neglected toys
on the floor of a spoiled child distracted by his latest bauble.
Obama's Dithering Dilemma: Gulf or
Golf? Notwithstanding the pressing issues of the day, Obama continues to make time for the
mundane and the meaningless. ... The burning question: Which has greater priority in the life of
President Barack Obama: The Gulf oil crisis or a round of Golf?
in Crisis: Zzzz. President Bush's harshest critics often described his look during moments of
crisis as "deer in the headlights." After two years of Hope and Change, America has grown accustomed
to President Obama's crisis face: eyes glazed over.
listless federal government. When a national calamity strikes like the Deepwater oil disaster,
it's natural to look to the commander in chief for answers. But President Obama has felt the heat even
more than past Presidents because, to his core, he's pushed the idea of government as the go-to for help.
Now, the gaping hole in the Gulf of Mexico has revealed that government doesn't know best. In fact, it
doesn't even know at all. And because of that fact, the vaunted federal government has been missing
A Bad Case of the Bitters.
With oil from the still-gushing, five-week-old Deepwater Horizon leak lapping unimpeded into the marshes of
Louisiana, on Tuesday [5/25/2010] the President of the United States jetted past the oily Gulf to a San
Francisco fund-raiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, held, incredibly, at the home of the 350th richest person in
America — Gordon Getty, inheritor of the Getty Oil fortune.
He Was Supposed to
Be Competent. I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill.
This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they
say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts.
Obama's oily Katrina.
Back in 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama critiqued the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.
"There is not a sense of urgency out of this White House and this administration," he declared, two years
after the disaster struck. Now, more than a month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank,
with a massive oil spill making landfall on the Gulf coast, Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal is the one calling
for "more urgency." The only rush in Washington is over where to shift the blame.
Did someone mention
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
Obama Revises History.
President Obama gave his first press conference in a long time today [5/27/2010], and the questions were
almost all about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Obama's answers were disingenuous in
several ways. First, he couldn't resist the temptation to blame the Bush administration
for the spill. Is this getting a little old, or what?
Obama Meets Dirty Reality. This is what happens when an academic finds himself in the
position of actually having to get something done. Nothing written on a blackboard or recited
from a textbook or lectured from a podium will plug the leak miles deep off of Louisiana. Nothing
in Barack Obama's background full of lectures and text books makes him fit for any job where getting
things done is important.
'Owning' the oil
spill, White House tries to run away. I think we can take this information as proof positive
that the administration is scared witless about the BP oil spill and its potential to destroy Barack Obama.
They are panicking and seeking desperately to get out from under any blame associated with this environmental
The (Not So) Great
Pretender. [Scroll down] Unless reading a teleprompter can be considered work, it's
obvious that anything that can be considered an achievement of this presidency is due to Pelosi and Reid, with
honorable mention in the arm-twisting category to Rahm Emmanuel. And in the rare instance where a goal
of the president does not involve Congress (think the Chicago Olympics), Obama's "read a speech" approach to
hard work is shown to be an utter failure.
Team Obama's 'Real
Time' Bureaucracy. Contrary to [Carol] Browner's insistence, the government players involved
in the Gulf oil crisis have no track record of making real-time decisions, have been thoroughly taken to
task for not being on the case since day one, and have been mired in mind-numbing bureaucracy. This
is because the White House and its West Wing are packed to the rafters with lawyers, politicians, and
academics. These are the type of people associated with paper-shuffling, assembling blue-ribbon
committees, holding hearings, and filing lawsuits — not getting things done in "real time."
by Litigation: [Scroll down] Leadership by litigation is reference to [Obama's] penchant to
litigate, not solve problems — to attenuate them, not end them. Consider that Obama, the
attorney, is facing a growing number of crises: (1) a failing economy, (2) a growing number
of terrorist attacks, and (3) the gulf oil crisis. Each of those crises is getting worse, not better,
and it is Obama's lack of leadership skills that are to blame.
have a clue. Conservatives are so enraged at Obama's socialism and radicalism that they are
increasingly surprised to learn that he is incompetent as well. The sight of his blithering and blustering
while the most massive oil spill in history moves closer to America's beaches not only reminds one of Bush's
terrible performance during Katrina, but calls to mind Jimmy Carter's incompetence in the face of the hostage
crisis. America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and
pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America
has faced in the past 50 years.
President Barack Obama, who got his start in politics in the living room of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and
Bernadine Dohrn, and spent his first year in office apologizing for American history, has now decisively tipped
U.S. foreign policy toward America's enemies. Events of the past week have left no doubt. There is a
pattern. President "Let No Crisis Be Wasted" Obama twists events to justify his radical agenda. A
financial crisis becomes the excuse for a massive health care entitlement. An oil spill is exploited to
push an unpopular energy tax. And a jihadist publicity stunt — the Gaza flotilla —
becomes the occasion to throw Israel to the wolves.
Obama Fails the Test
of Office. It has been six weeks since the Deepwater Horizon blowout. And what has the
Obama administration accomplished in a time period fourteen times longer than that granted to Bush [after
Hurricane Katrina struck]? Well, we've seen Obama frowning. Obama sticking his fingers into the
sand. Obama saying he's frustrated. Obama telling us a heartwarming story about his daughter. ... That's
it. That's the sum total of accomplishment by Barack Obama, his administration, his party, and his
bureaucracy, in facing his first major domestic crisis.
talk aside, O's just not up to the job. It's excuse time in the fudge factory. President
Obama is getting lots of cover and advice from his left-leaning media friends. ... Beyond the irony of
journalists urging more spin from a politician, the really remarkable fact is that none dare consider the
possibility that Obama is simply not up to the job. It is a scary thought, but evidence of consistent
failure is overwhelming.
The Thrill is Gone.
The news conference [May 27] was Mr. Obama's first in 310 days. His performance makes it likely
it'll be at least that long before he holds another. The low point came when Mr. Obama professed not to
know whether Elizabeth Birnbaum, the woman he appointed to head the Minerals Management Service, resigned or
was fired. No one expects the president to don scuba tanks and plug the hole himself. But he at
least ought to know what's going on with his own people.
Biden update: Off to Africa now for some reason. Because of the ongoing crisis of the gulf
oil spill, the stubborn reluctance of the private sector to create many new jobs after 15 months of billion-dollar
stimulus spendings and the emotional and political volatility surrounding the Arizona illegal immigrant law,
Vice President Joe Biden has been dispatched to Africa for a while.
Barack Obama: Let
Them Eat Tar Balls. Your bureaucrats have been saying "No we can't" to request after request for
assistance along the Gulf Coast, but for you it has been "Yes we can" as you spend taxpayer dollars on
entertainment at a greater rate than any U.S. president. Your parties have averaged one every three
days and your vacations seem endless as you've satisfied the vow of your former social secretary to bring
"the same kind of [party] environment" you had in Chicago to the White House.
reveals Obama's lack of executive experience. In mid-February 2008, fresh from winning a bunch
of Super Tuesday primaries, Barack Obama granted an interview to "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Croft.
"When you sit down and you look at [your] resume," Croft said to Obama, "there's no executive experience, and
in fact, correct if I'm wrong, the only thing that you've actually run was the Harvard Law Review."
"Well, I've run my Senate office, and I've run this campaign," Obama said.
A Shrink Asks:
What's Wrong with Obama? Obama's odd mannerisms intrigue a psychotherapist like me. He
also presents a serious diagnostic challenge. ... He doesn't fit easily into any diagnostic category.
Many people attribute Obama's oddness to his narcissism. True, Obama has a gargantuan ego, and he is
notoriously thin-skinned. Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's
strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than
announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing, partying and fundraising during the calamitous
The Man Who Would Be King.
Over the heads of some of the sycophants in the mainstream media there appears to be the proverbial light bulb
turning on. After sixteen months of the Obama presidency, questions are being asked about not only his
competency, but what motivates this putative savior. The current President of the United States, acting
in a way that would make Nero proud, continues to fiddle while not only the United States burns, but the rest
of the world begins to spin out of control.
Rumors of a Coup.
[Scroll down] A word on the matter of competence: Obama is slowly being stripped of any reputation for
ability he may have accrued during his political career. The Deepwater Horizon blowout, the Korea crisis,
Iran, Sestak...Commandant Zero is being revealed as the most inept president on record. This is in no
way hyperbole; it is a sober evaluation of the record as it exists. Fillmore, Buchanan, and even Carter
are simply not in the running here. As a schlemiel, Obama stands in a class by himself, a man who not
only can't solve problems, but can't recognize them when they appear.
falls headfirst into the hypocrisy trap. Obama says he's sick and tired of the Washington blame game,
but still can't resist doling out piles of blame himself. His compulsive, reflexive finger-pointing at
Republicans, George W. Bush and vague villains on the right is not only unbecoming, it also reinforces
the gathering public verdict that Obama is a weakling. Victims do not make good leaders.
This job, too, is beneath
Obama. So a man swept into office on an unprecedented tide of delirious fawning is now watching his
presidency sink in an unstoppable gush. That's almost too apt. Unfortunately, in the real world, a
disastrous president has consequences.
Obama and the Trouble
With Voting 'Present'. Barack Obama may now be president, but at times he appears to be merely
present. That has been the case with his response to the environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf
Butt-Kickers. [Scroll down] We know that [Obama] attended Harvard Law School, became
President of the Harvard Law Review, and later taught a dozen years at University of Chicago Law School.
Atypically, Mr. Obama attained and transitioned through those law school positions despite a record profoundly
barren of legal publishing. For almost anyone else in America to be regarded as a serious candidate
for a law school professorship, it is a sine qua&Nbsp;non that one must have published significant
original legal research in respected law journals — or otherwise have served a distinguished legal
or legislative career. Mr. Obama somehow eluded that prerequisite.
I Know Who's to Blame. After
just a year and a half, it is virtually impossible by any measure to see the regime of Barack Obama as
anything other than a failure. Elected on lofty rhetoric espousing the nebulous agenda of change,
hope, prosperity and unity, his first, only, and hopefully truncated term in office has turned into a
cold, clammy, national nightmare.
A Beginner Behind the
Wheel. After the Tuesday Oval Office address to the nation, I was grumbling about the speech
when my son asked me what was making me so angry. Desperate to find an analogy to convey my meaning in
understandable terms, I brought it down to his teenage level.
A Mom Asks: Should
We Care What's Wrong with Obama? We did not go out and recruit Barack Obama to be our president.
We did not find him by searching the country over for the most qualified man for this job. No, it was Barack
Obama, owing to a character flaw the size of California — a blaring lack of humility — who put
up his own name in contention for the presidency, when he had never held an executive position (not
even a paper route, for crying out loud!) of any kind whatsoever, in the public or private sector.
[Emphasis in original.]
Bashes 'Thin-Skinned' Obama. [Scroll down] Where [Maureen Dowd] goes wrong is in assuming
that Obama could have answered those questions had he chosen to. It's far more likely, though — as
recent events have shown — that the President simply has no idea what he's doing, and never has had. At
the behest of the press, the country elected a man with no resume to speak of, no record of accomplishment
and no indication that he was terribly capable at anything, including basketball.
unbearable lightness of Zero. To show he "cares" about the oil blowout in the Gulf,
Obama flies Air Force One to Louisiana to get photographed eating seafood on the beach. PR done,
back to golf.
Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur. [Scroll down] The reviews of Obama's performance
have been disappointing. He has seemed uncomfortable in the role of leading other nations, and often
seems to suggest there is nothing special about America's role in the world. The global community was
puzzled over the pictures of Obama bowing to some of the world's leaders and surprised by his gratuitous
criticisms of and apologies for America's foreign policy under the previous administration of
George W. Bush.
owns oil spill. If only candidate Barack Obama had been truly scrutinized and thoroughly
vetted to lead the nation and be commander in chief, perhaps we could have been spared this sad, scary
failed test of a president. An unusually gifted speaker when addressing his utopian dreams for the
nation, when faced with addressing the reality of the job of president of the United States, the former
community organizer falls frighteningly short of being even merely adequate in his current employment.
You're Stuck on Stupid. [Scroll down] The big problem for the president is that the
Gulf oil spill is his fourth major presidential mistake. The first big mistake was the $787-billion
stimulus package. The second was the appeasement of thug dictators, Islamist and leftist. The
third mistake was ObamaCare. The fourth is the Gulf. (The bailouts of the auto industry I count
as merely a crime, an assault and battery on the principle of private property and senior creditors, the very
foundation of our freedom and prosperity.) The horrifying thing is that we Americans can't afford
all these mistakes. We can't afford a president stuck on stupid.
Bachmann: Obama Oil Spill Response 'Dereliction of
Leadership'. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't exactly known for her
reticence on the news of the day. And when it comes to the White House's handling of the BP oil spill
disaster, Bachmann had some harsh words for President Barack Obama. ... The Minnesota Republican said the
hapless reaction to the oil spill event and the administration's mishandling of the Nashville flood in
April that went largely ignored by the President and the media raised questions about the administration's
President Obama the Worst President in History? There are only two other true contenders for the
title of "worst president in U.S. history": Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan. Warren G. Harding's
tenure was corrupt but not disastrous, and Andrew Johnson's presidency failed because of his Southern roots and
wrongful adherence to extreme states rights concepts in the aftermath of the Civil War, not because his
administration effectuated any grave damage to the nation. Only Buchanan matches the record of
incompetence, failure and wrongheadedness pursued by Obama.
Americans tiring of a legislator as president? American voters have taken many zigs and zags
over the years when choosing their country's chief executive. But one of the amazing consistencies
is: They prefer chief executives in the executive office. Five of the last six presidents have
been executives — four governors and one sitting vice president. The only exception is the
current incumbent, Barack Obama, who as his bipartisan critics tried to point out in 2007-08, had never
even run a candy store, let alone a country.
What Obama Needs
Is a Change of Job Description. I think the country is being pretty unfair to President Obama.
He just seems so befuddled and confused by everything lately, and everyone keeps yelling and being angry at him,
which only makes it worse. This whole oil spill mess just sort of highlights the fact that Obama has no
idea what a president is supposed to do. He's been constantly vowing to take swift action but doesn't
seem to have a clue what that action should be.
Barack Obama's Square
Box. When John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crashed into Atlantic Ocean off the coast of
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in July 1999 some observers said he had gotten himself into a "square
box," meaning that he had run into the limits of his experience and his imagination. Barack Obama
is in a square box, and observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.
A Surreal Presidency.
What many have failed to recognize until recently is that Obama is no wonder-worker, no farsighted statesman,
no honest broker, no competent chief executive, no bipartisan healer — and in point of fact, he
is simply not presidential material at all. Obama has absolutely no idea of how to go about running
a country. But it would be a mistake to assume that he is nothing more than an untalented bungler, for
he is blessed with thespian aptitudes that none of his predecessors could have mustered. Obama is a man
with a résumé so thin it would look sideways head-on, but he is unexcelled as a performer.
A Dog in the Manger Presidency.
[Scroll down] Obama transparently fails as a leader in several remarkable ways. First, he lacks
leadership ability by any traditional criteria. Second, the leadership that he has imparted has roundly
failed by objective consensus. Third, he attacks the genuine acts of leadership by others as if they
were a krypton stake ready to be plunged into his abdomen. Obama has the crafty and evasive character
of a natural-born fraud. The fake is always the enemy of the real, and will battle to destroy the
actual — regardless of the costs to others.
White House defends Obama's fun
time during crisis. A White House spokesman says the whole country benefits when President
Barack Obama takes time to go golfing and "clear his mind."
The Golfer in Chief.
[Scroll down] Marathon golf sessions often with high-roller partners are only one aspect of Mr. Obama's
growing image problem. While America suffers, Mr. Obama is hosting gala events at the White House, hanging
out with rock stars, making pro-forma photo ops and then returning to Washington to "clear his mind." We're
surprised to hear that his mind is cluttered with anything, but he does have a busy travel schedule. Last
week, for example, Mr. Obama spent between $500,000 and $1 million of taxpayer money to fly to Ohio to
deliver a 10-minute speech touting his purported achievements.
hits links for 52nd golf day. President Obama hit the golf course Saturday [10/9/2010] for what,
by CBS News' Mark Knoller's calculation, was his 52nd such outing since taking office. According to the
White House pool report, Obama went golfing Saturday with his usual partners: trip director Marvin
Nicholson, press aide Ben Finkenbinder and the Department of Energy's David Katz.
Obama Has Shot 41 Rounds
of Golf as President. President Barack Obama has played a remarkable 41 rounds of golf since becoming
president, easily outpacing his predecessor and possibly damaging his ability to portray himself in 2012 as a populist
advocate of average folks.
President Obama Golfs 52 Times While U.S. Suffers.
President Obama has played 52 rounds of golf in less than two years in office. The U.S. unemployment,
down economy and two wars have not tampered his leisure time. In comparison, President Bush played a total
of 24 rounds of golf in eight years.
The Nine Snootiest Practices
of Barack Obama. President Obama puts in 18 holes nearly every weekend. Once over a recent two
or three day spread he got in 36. I don't know about you, but if I was spending so much time on the fairways my wife
would have my clubs on ebay before you could say "tee time." Of course, the White House doesn't really like to
emphasize Obama's love of the links. And that's simply because golf is for the rich people, and Obama is for
the poor people.
Obama Continues Fight to End American
Prosperity — while he golfs and vacations. When something consummately horrific happens to
the United States of America, its people or a US ally, Obama celebrates by going golfing. ... When an
unprecedented number of tornadoes hit six US States and killed at least 45 people, Obama went golfing.
When his misadventure (aka "war" without any Congressional approvals) against Libya was in full swing, Obama
went golfing. While the Japanese people were dying from a massive earthquake, tsunami and radiation
Obama went on vacation to Brazil with his family and hangers-on. Michele Obama took her daughters to
Spain for another lavish trip and the Obama's trip to India (although the Obama regime still refuses to
disclose the actual figures) is said to have topped the scales at $200 million/day.
Obama Can't Outsource His Incompetence.
Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The OPA amended the
Clean Water Act (CWA) §311, including changes to spill response authorities. The language is clear
and unambiguous: the President is mandated to take action to clean up the spill and mitigate or
prevent damage to the environment.
Much more discussion of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Gulf Oil Leak Tells Us. The sad fact is that this event has shown that Barack Obama could not
lead his way out of a wet paper bag, and is totally lost in dealing with the unexpected. His focus on
politics and process gets in the way of actual results, and it could not be more apparent that he has
absolutely no concern for the people of the Gulf Coast. If he were truly concerned he would focus on
cleaning up the mess instead on his political reputation. But he is not smart enough to do what is
necessary to obtain real results, even in the reputation department. Before this is over he may go
down in history as not only the worst person to sit in the Oval Office but the stupidest as well.
The bogey man.
[Scroll down] In an effort to defend his boss, a White House spokesman argued that Obama's recent golf
outing "probably does us all good as American citizens" because it gives him an opportunity to "clear his
mind." How, in the middle of a national disaster, is this President — or any President —
not working a good thing? If my apartment were on fire and I took time out to get a pedicure, it would seem
absurd. Why would the President believe the visual of a triple bogey while the Gulf of Mexico is being
destroyed is any better?
Obama: The Boy Who Would Be a Man.
Barack Obama is, in the words of Rush Limbaugh, a "man-child." He is a boy who would be a man, a weakling
who wants to look strong, and an inexperienced politician who wants so much to be a venerated leader.
To the chagrin of our nation, he is also our President: a fact that sane people, including many who
inexplicably voted for Obama, are starting to regret more and more as time goes by.
II. [Scroll down] Obama's problem is his background. He has never run anything except
a campaign; never operated a company, never been a CEO. He cannot lead because he is not a leader.
He's an academic seminar facilitator. Notice his frequent references to "...experts in academia..." and
his energy secretary Steven Chu who "...won a Nobel prize." Obama is a collegiate propeller-head most
comfortable in a room full of other propeller-heads. Solving problems is not their goal; talking about
solving problems is. The meeting becomes the solution, an end in itself.
relevancy of Obama's presidency. [Obama] had campaigned on the closure of Guantanamo Bay for
months before taking office, and his first act as president was to sign an executive order promising to close
it by the end of 2009. The lefties were delirious with joy. By gum, this president was going to
get rid of the ultimate symbol of the hated policies of the Nazi trio of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld!
At the signing, Obama turned to then White House Counsel Greg Craig, and asked something to the effect
of "...exactly how is this going to work, Greg?" Caught off guard by the question, Craig shuffled
his feet uncomfortably and mumbled something unintelligible. He didn't know, either. They are
six months late and they still don't know.
[Scroll down] The world has become a much more dangerous place as a result of President Obama and
his idiotic foreign and economic policies. Threats from abroad and the economic crisis are not
going away. ... Combine these real dangers with what appears to be a delusional personality and an
Administration devoid of grownups and the situation becomes highly volatile. Self-proclaimed
and self-imagined Saviors do not take kindly to being laughed at and ridiculed. It is only a
matter of time until much of the country recognizes what much of the world already has —
we are being led by an incompetent. The laughter and disgust will continue to build.
The Dumbest President...
EVER! How dumb? How-many-Obamas-does-it-take-to-screw-in-a-light-bulb dumb. And in
the answer lies the answer, the key to his pole position in the race to last: It takes 242. One
to hold the light bulb, four to turn the ladder, eighteen to assess conformity to OSHA workplace requirements,
four to assess the environmental impact of the burnt-out bulb disposal, twelve to participate in a task force
to evaluate green energy solutions for a replacement bulb, eight to script his actions, four to script
instructions and work the teleprompter, 23 to work with the justice department to sue the light bulb
manufacturer...you get the picture. And, à la Buchanan, Obama never does get that
light bulb changed.
Obama-style. It's no secret Obama can always squeeze in time for a few rounds of golf.
In addition, the put-your-feet-up President is also an aficionado of extended weekends relaxing and availing
himself of what he perceives as frequent well-deserved breaks. Yet, the President whose administration
has chosen to sue the state of Arizona has set nary a wingtip on the border of the Grand Canyon State to
assess the illegal immigration dilemma.
Obama's Media Stall Out.
Rarely has hope changed almost overnight to despair or resignation. For Obama is his own worst enemy.
He multiplies mistake upon mistake for the simple reason that he just can't help himself. He is plainly
unqualified for office, has a "Chicago way" shrewdness and ruthlessness about him but is neither very
intelligent nor particularly knowledgeable, is prone to an unsavory and conspicuous degree of self-adulation,
leans toward feckless and inappropriate remarks and is given to expressing a certain petulance when he is
crossed. Additionally, he has surrounded himself with a team of manifest incompetents who couldn't
change a tire if their lives depended on it ...
We Only Expected Competence.
Americans, liberal and conservative, expected a president who could tell an interviewer what was actually in
the biggest piece of legislation we've seen since FDR; one who would consider our employment crisis his first
priority, not a nuisance standing in the way of a predetermined agenda; a leader who was unequivocal about
military decisions, be they to escalate or drawdown; a statesman who didn't immediately alienate our allies.
Does Barack Obama Have
a Learning Disability? [Scroll down] BHO claims to have been a professor of constitutional
law. ... He was not really a law professor. He was a "senior lecturer," though the University of Chicago,
where BHO served as a senior lecturer, claims that he was "regarded as" a professor. How one is
regarded does not always determine what one is.
Geithner: Irresponsible spending has fixed the economy. Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner is right to say that the country is living beyond its means, but it's a curious statement
coming from an official in an administration that has done nothing to curb profligate spending.
Commission. The commission appointed by President Obama to investigate the Gulf oil spill
(the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling) does not include a
single member with specialized knowledge of petroleum engineering. This is akin to performing a heart
transplant with a surgical team that has never set foot in an operating room. Of the seven members
appointed to the commission, not one is a petroleum engineer, and all have long-standing ties to the
Five Wonderfully Imbecilic Liberals.
[#5] Robert Gibbs, press secretary to President Obama: If Gibbs is an actor he's really over-the-top,
because it's just not possible for a man to be so bad at something he's being paid to be good at:
communicating. Gibbs stumbles through each press briefing he gives, often times uttering "uhhhh" more
times than you thought imaginable. He openly misleads reporters with half-truths, he is condescending
towards the American people with his ironic lectures, and manages to bore just about anyone willing to listen.
Propaganda Of Incompetents. As the "recovery summer" turns into a nightmare, one thing has become painfully
clear: This is the most economically incompetent administration since the Great Depression. Two years
into the Obama era, when the U.S. should be enjoying a booming recovery from the 2007-08 meltdown, with millions
of new jobs and higher incomes for all, all we see is economic wreckage from the unbelievably foolish policies
pursued by the White House and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
Cabinet From Another World. A week ago, as the secretary of labor greeted grim job data by hailing
the economy's "turnaround," the Dow fell 100 points in seconds — a vivid sign America is
wising up to this administration's incompetence.
president. It is becoming apparent for all to see that a man who made his name as a community
organizer does not have the skills to be president of these United States. Maybe he could develop the
requisite skills as a governor. Possibly he could develop such skills were he to sit in the Senate for
a couple of terms. Yet there are delicate sensitivities, the ability to listen, to stick by your guns,
occasionally to remain reticent. These are the fundamentals of a leader, and President Obama has
demonstrated that he lacks all of them, most notably reticence. I think it is clear even to official
Washington that Mr. Obama is the worst president of modern times.
No, Obama is scary
competent. When it comes to expanding and perpetuating the power of his administration and its
ideological allies and transforming the country for their benefit, Mr. Obama is anything but incompetent.
His administration has pursued a razzle-dazzle offense so swift and relentless that the president and his
regime have only begun to digest the spoils of their victories.
Michelle's Flawed Crusade.
The recently passed child school nutrition legislation is exemplary of the administration's deficiency in basic
knowledge and its willingness to elevate politics and ideology over all scientific fact, despite assurances to
the contrary. Its approach to this matter, where there is but a single issue in play, strongly suggests
a profound inability to comprehend more complex concepts, perhaps explaining much of what has transpired
during its tenure.
Obama Continues Pushing
Absurd College Agenda. Just like the notion that federal deficit spending will revive the economy,
the idea that getting more young Americans through college will make the country more competitive and prosperous
is utterly mistaken. Of course, Obama will never abandon it.
Barack Obama want to be re-elected in 2012? Almost everything Obama does these days suggests that
he doesn't care much about being re-elected. Strange as it might seem, perhaps he wants to be a one-term
Obama's Four Disasters:
Recovery summer, opposition to Arizona's immigration law, negative campaigning, and intervention in the Ground
Zero mosque dispute — call them Obama's Four Disasters. As policy, they're questionable.
As political exercises, they're losers. As clues about Obama, they're evidence he's lost his political
knack. What was Obama thinking?
A President Who Wants
to Be Anywhere but Here. Obama seems to have been restless all his life. During the 2008
campaign he tried to turn that restlessness into a political asset. His supporters argued that his
travels gave him insight into other people and how to get us all working together even as the media avoided
the negative side of such restlessness — that Obama had seldom stayed at one place or position
long enough to show any accomplishments. His undergraduate degree was earned at two institutions, and
transcripts have never been provided for either. His political résumé is that of any office
but the one he is in; he has started a run for higher office within two years of winning election to every
political office he has held.
Violating His Oath of
Office? [Scroll down] When the Iranian people rose up in protest against the stealing of
a sham election by the country's fascist dictatorship, President Obama sagaciously withheld even rhetorical
support, to curry favor with the ruling Islamic theocracy in the vain hope of a nuclear deal. As the
mullahs' Brown Shirt henchmen began murdering protesters in the streets, President Obama stood idly by,
offering nothing of significance in their support. Even Jimmy Carter supported human rights. That
is why President Obama's foreign policies are the worst, most unprincipled, most un-American in our nation's
He Really Doesn't Want to Be
Commander In Chief. It is not that we didn't know this before, but reading the New York
Times — surely designed to be as favorable toward Obama as the reporter could possibly manage — one
is left slack-jawed. Obama doesn't like being commander in chief, isn't good at it, and has
relied on one tutor, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is leaving next year. The report
should be read in full.
The Party of Know-Nothings.
The youthful dreamers guiding the Obama administration have almost no private-sector experience. Like
Obama himself, the Cabinet and host of czars who direct policy have spent their lives in politics or academia,
be it as Democratic political consultants, professors, nonprofit directors, or community organizers.
Lack of real-world experience may actually be the primary criterion for employment in the Obama White House.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, for example, has no work experience outside government.
shipwreck. This White House is rudderlessly lost at sea and inadequate to the challenges it faces.
Obama Misunderstands the
Role of the Presidency. Instead of positioning himself as the leader of the free world or as a
post-partisan healer, Obama regularly inserts himself as a combative participant in Washington's permanent
campaign. Whether inexperience or poor strategic judgment, it's certainly not the governing style he
The Bankruptcy of Barack. The
Obama Administration hopelessly blurred the lines between Reality television and politics, giving us a self-indulgent
child in the Oval Office, who is always eager to pose for photos and be fawned upon, but does not understand
that he has responsibilities, rather than unchecked powers. ... And after over a year and a half in office,
Obama has learned no wisdom and gained no perspective. He is still the same arrogant, touchy and
insecure celebrity that he was in 2008. He has not become ennobled, but embittered. His controlling
tendencies have grown out of control. His irritation and paranoia bubble to the surface under strain.
Where he promised transparency, he has instead delivered layer upon layer of barriers and secrets, laws that
cannot be read, hearings that cannot be attended, and press conferences that never seem to happen.
Fake but accurate:
burn: Obama's misattributed Oval Office Martin Luther King quote. Now horizontally
adorning the Oval Office, Obama's new rug lists several of his favorite quotes from American historical
figures. A particular Teddy Roosevelt quote caught my eye as a bit collectivist, but the other quotes,
including one from the late Martin Luther King Jr., were no cause for alarm. Why am I speaking of this
today? Because there's a crease in the Oval Office rug story: the Martin Luther King
quote — "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice" — is
not a quote from Martin Luther King.
Smartest President in
History Botches Oval Office Rug Quote. Woven into the new presidential seal rug adorning the
Oval Office is a misattributed quotation, offering us a perfect metaphor for the Obama presidency.
Obama Flunks the Leadership
Test. [Scroll down] What here emerges, and what is truly troubling, is an overall picture of
not simply a lack of leadership qualities, but an individual who is in every way the antithesis of a principled
and effective leader — an un-leader. This, as even a blind man can see, is having monumentally
negative effects in our economy, national security, and liberty. We can ill afford to allow this un-leader
to go unchecked for much longer.
Canine Persecution Complex. The President
complained recently that Republicans talk about him as if he were a dog. This may be his strangest
comment to date, and that is saying a lot: there is steep competition for Obama-Bizarro moments.
After all, the President giggled while answering questions on 60 Minutes about the plummeting
economy. And when discussing the monstrous murder of Daniel Pearl by Jihadists, Obama suggested that it
might be, "...one of those moments that captured the world's imagination, because it reminded us how valuable
a free press is."
'Like a Dog':
The Origins of Barack Obama's Petulance. [Scroll down] Obama's petulance, I think, more likely
derives from a certain surprise — leading to anger — that originates from novel and sudden
demands for accountability. Quite simply, no one has dared question Obama before — much less
press him for deeds to match his mellifluous words. Did he really think he could talk his way through
four years of the American presidency? Apparently, he did, and apparently he was almost right —
given that rhetoric and sophistry earned him the presidency in the first place.
Obama is losing U.S.
troops' hearts and minds. President Obama's arbitrary July 2011 deadline for U.S. combat forces
in Afghanistan to start drawing down weakens our allies' resolve and strengthens our enemies'. But the
president is also sending the wrong message to his own troops, and losing our hearts and minds. It seems
that many inside the Beltway lack exposure to members of the military, and do not even understand the basic
concept that troops consider themselves warriors in a war. The Obama administration will not even call
it a war on terrorism — preferring the term "Overseas Contingency Operation." Obama says he
does not want to use the word "victory," a word that has motivated soldiers for millennia.
Obama, the Academic Zombie.
Obama is the child of two Ph.D.'s, and other than having been a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law
School, he has no appreciable practical work experience. Given his upbringing's remote fatherly attention
and his rejection of his mother's native culture, it may be safe to say that Obama is more truly a progeny of
academia than he is of either of his natural parents.
Holder smacked down
over voting. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has lurched from multiple controversies
into an outright embarrassment. In an order issued Sept. 16, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates
of the District of Columbia gave Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s team the legal equivalent of a
2-by-4 across the head. The department's handling of a voting rights case from Shelby County, Ala., has
been so slipshod as to invite questions of its legal competence across the board.
The Biggest Target is
Liberalism. The 2010 election is not simply a campaign against Obama. It needs to be a
campaign against liberalism as a whole. Obama remains the major target, and he deserves the honor.
No president in my lifetime has been as incompetent, as obtuse, or as polarizing. There's a particular
type of incompetence that involves applying serious energy and diligence to doing the wrong thing. Obama
is the master of this style of governance.
Our Boy-President. In
2008, Americans elected a boy-president. In short order, he becomes Jimmy Carter on Socialist steroids.
He apologizes to the world in a submissive fashion and caves in to Muslim extremism. He also is hell-bent
on bankrupting the government in order to finance a permanent power-grab. Worst of all, he is insistent
on building a nation of government addicts in the form of welfare, unions, and heavy-handed market Socialism.
Amateur Hour Again. Another diplomatic blunder from the dilettante crew Barack Obama brought
into the White House. The geniuses there demonstrated their amateur standing and general sloppiness by
displaying the flag of a close ally upside down, as the leader of the country sat at the President's elbow
in a public meeting.
Inverted Philippine flag was 'honest mistake'. The U.S. government said Sunday it made an
"honest mistake" when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified
that the Southeast Asian nation was in a state of war — in a meeting hosted by President
Geithner Cornered On Tax Hypocrisy.
Either Tim Geithner has elephant-sized chutzpah or he's completely clueless. ... Geithner himself doesn't have
the moral authority to push tax hikes on anyone. He's a tax cheat. Recall that before his
confirmation hearings to head the Treasury Department, Geithner paid $42,702 in back taxes and interest for
the years 2001 through 2004. He blamed this "error" on TurboTax.
Where Do You Really Think America is Headed?
An old college friend asked me recently where I really think America is headed. I basically said that our
nation is an out-of-control train running top speed with an incompetent and suicidal engineer at the throttle.
To change metaphors, our country is a packed jumbo jet with an unlicensed pilot at the controls.
Obama: 'You're out of your mind'. Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz blasted
President Obama Monday night [10/4/2010] for his scheduled July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. forces
Obama: Our First
Post-Racial Failure. [Scroll down] The consensus is growing that the greatest failure
of the modern presidency is ... a self-absorbed, mean-spirited black guy who embraces dictators and tyrants,
can't manage his way out of a paper bag, and blames everything from earthquakes in Pakistan to bed bugs at
the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Israel.
Halperin lays out the critical case against Obama. President Obama has lost Time Magazine. ... [Mark]
Halperin refers to Jobs Fairs across the country as "the breadlines for the Obama years." And after
criticizing the GOP for not offering alternatives, Halperin skewers Obama for wasting time trying to
demonize the opposition. I may be wrong but this might be the first time that outright charges of
incompetence by Obama have figured so prominently in an article in the old media.
'Change' not to
believe in. [Scroll down] In short, nearly halfway through his term, Obama still doesn't
get it. He's clueless about his massive failures, which means, if he's given the chance, we can expect
more of them.
Wrong, Not Evil — That's Why He's So Dangerous. [Scroll down] Obama doesn't act
alone. Every Democratic senator voted for the "stimulus" and for ObamaCare. Obama's leftism is
mainstream to his party. If Obama is evil, what does this make those who support his agenda? It's
more than enough to say that Obama is an inexperienced, naive, wrongheaded ideologue who, even now, doesn't
recognize the harm he is doing to the country.
Have they heard of a spellchecker at the White House website? The fact that whitehouse.gov repeatedly
posts messages peppered with misspellings is a good reason the administration should employ fewer Czars and hire
a persnickety English major, proofreader and copy editor. The misspelled White House webpage represents
a president who leads a party that habitually mocks the brainpower of everyone from Dan Quayle to G.W. Bush
to Democrat-deemed-dim-bulb Sarah Palin. Yet, errors are continually made on a website associated with a
president renowned for exceeding intellectual acumen and unparalleled oratory precision.
Empty Suit. The way Obama stormed onto the political scene, excited crowds, caused women to
faint, and annihilated the Clinton machine led to the perception that he is a peerless campaigner, but I
reject it. ... Even if he were willing to moderate his positions, he doesn't have the competence, the
leadership or the executive experience to dig himself out of the hole he's thrown himself into.
of World Affairs on Full Display in India. When George W. Bush was sworn into office, he was
mocked by his political enemies as a parochial idiot who had no understanding of world affairs. That
proved untrue. By contrast Barack Obama was touted as a multicultural "citizen of the world" whose
childhood residence in Indonesia, adult trips to Pakistan and Kenya, and Harvard degree were supposed proof of
his sophistication. ... Now, in his quasi-imperial trip to India, Obama has made ridiculous P.C.-inspired
statements that managed to offend both India and Pakistan and reveal an astounding ignorance of South Asian
politics and history.
Obama Nominee Has No
U.N. or Diplomatic Experience. Twenty-two months into his administration and almost a year since
a previous effort failed, President Obama has nominated an envoy to the United Nations with a mandate focusing
on reform. The delay in putting in place a U.S. permanent representative for U.N. management and reform
has drawn fire over the past year. Critics said the delay suggested the administration does not prioritize
reform of the organization that gets more than one-fifth of its operating budget from the U.S.
Still Don't Get Obama. [Scroll down] That gets us back to Obama's vanity. If he were
as competent as he appeared to be — president of Harvard Law Review, brilliant memoirist, dazzling
speechwriter — his vanity might be understandable, but he has never been what he appears to be. ... He
has always known that he is not as competent as he has appeared — as a writer, as a thinker, as a
student, as a senator. His "luck" derived from the fact that he grew up almost exactly as privileged
white people do but in the body of a black man.
Obama and Holder and
Their Massive Failure to Think. [Scroll down] Obama & Company have been called the Keystone
Cops too many times to count. But they are far, far worse than mere incompetents. They are blowhards
who believe in their own mental and moral superiority to the point where they put all Americans at gratuitous
risk. In the very first month of his presidency, Barack Obama announced the closing of Gitmo within one
year. That one was a wash before the words ever cleared his teleprompter-enabled mouth. Immediately
after this thoughtless announcement, Obama moved to shut down the military tribunals set to take place at
Gitmo. Despite the huge sums of taxpayer money spent on the Gitmo enterprise, Obama was ready to
throw all that away on another of his liberal dream schemes.
Forcing Holder out. The
calls have begun for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s resignation. Potential Republican presidential
candidates Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty both took that position last weekend in response to last week's
embarrassing result in the trial of Guantanamo terrorist detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailiani.
Justice Department road
trip. The Justice Department's Voting Section chief, Chris Herren, sent an e-mail on Wednesday [12/1/2010]
encouraging 97 of his employees (including secretaries) to use paid work time to attend oral arguments in a case
unrelated to most of their individual responsibilities. This reflects what little regard Attorney General
Eric H. Holder Jr.'s team has for American taxpayers and individual voters. The substance of the
department's case is an affront on several levels.
Dems Should Seek
Eric Holder's Resignation. President Obama's supporters should hope Attorney General Eric Holder
resigns. His embarrassing tenure has given Republicans a potent symbol of leftist extremism combined with
comic incompetence. This nasty blend is symbolic of the entire administration, as shattered expectations
of moderation and competence played a significant role in the midterm tsunami.
Unemployment Up, Obama Flees the Country.
Just as we find ourselves a mere whisper away from double digit unemployment, our inept Commander in Chief runs off to
Afghanistan where he will lecture General Petraeus on how to run a war without winning.
of Duty: Obama and the WikiLeaks Train Wreck. As with other threats and crises during his presidency,
Mr. Obama and his team have dithered rather than act decisively, and again demonstrated they have little idea of how
to the defend America. ... It is worth stepping back through the sequence of events in this case to see just how
inattentive President Obama and his team have been as this slow-moving train-wreck has impacted our national security
and compromised U.S. information sources and partners around the globe.
Help Me Bubba-Wan, You're My
Only Hope. Did Barack Obama just cede the presidency to Bill Clinton? ... Here's what I saw.
I saw a current president who has never looked less interested in doing his job. I also saw a former
president who never lost interest in doing that job. Obama's demeanor and body language suggested that
he'd rather be anywhere but where he was, and then he followed through and actually bolted for the door.
We Gloat Over Obama's Childish Behavior? It's easy enough for conservatives, libertarians, et al,
to gloat about Barack Obama's recent petulant, child-like performances — at first unable to be even
slightly gracious in compromise with Republicans on the tax bill and then, only a few days later, fleeing in
panic when Clinton acted the real president, fielding questions with a relaxed authority so surpassing Obama's
it was almost comical.
... and, in effect, Obama never came back!
The Never-Ending Christmas Party.
You can tell the Left is getting nervous about this milk-carton president, because they don't compare him to
Mr. Spock any more. ... We got a taste of the real Barack Obama at the end of last year, when he handed a
high-pressure press conference off to an astonished Bill Clinton, and raced off to attend a Christmas
party. Everything he has done since then is consistent with the appalling lack of leadership he
demonstrated in that moment. Obama never came back from his Christmas party.
Shrinking President. From the beginning of the week to the end, the president made crystal-clear
to anyone who paid attention that he was over his head in this position and that he was startlingly disengaged
in all but the most trivial of ceremonial matters.
Audacity Of Economic Ignorance. Why do we seem so helpless in solving our current mess? A big
reason is the shocking lack of basic economic literacy among many of our political leaders.
Watch your religious
language, Mr. President. Sometimes it seems like President Obama just can't catch a break, from
the long-faltering economy to the Gulf oil well explosion. But some problems are just of his own making.
Nowhere is this more clear than in his clumsy use of religious language. The president cannot stop
stumbling over the religious maxims that have defined us as a nation.
The Editor says...
That's because Obama is a Christian in name only, a claim for which there is abundant proof
here. On matters of theology and
American religious history, he is so chronically ignorant (or badly misinformed) that he
thought TUCC was a church!
Can You Dig It? One of my
favorite bits of practical advice is "when you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging." The hole
that Barack Obama finds himself in, while largely due to his policy positions, is also a function of his
seeming out of his league, a man-child who was elected to an office he was unprepared to hold, perhaps the
only candidate for president who made Sarah Palin look like an experienced and worldly statesman in
comparison. ... Early in his term, he seemed aloof, as if he felt above the governing process. Now we
know it's because he's incompetent, if not an outright hindrance, in that process.
The Clapper Flap. James Clapper,
the Director of National Intelligence, was taping an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer when she asked him
about the high-profile arrest of a dozen men in Britain, one of the largest counter-terrorism busts in that
country's history. It became uncomfortably obvious that Clapper didn't know anything about the story.
He had to ask White House adviser John Brennan, one of his fellow guests on the program, to explain it to him.
performance artist. There can be no other explanation for the ever-expanding list of outrageous
statements of our Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet "The system worked" Napolitano. She is some sort
of postmodern performance artist, bent on illuminating the foibles of bureaucratic sclerosis, using irony so
hip that nobody has yet recognized it is all a gag. ... How else to explain her most recent incredible
statements defending Director of National Intelligence Clapper, the man who is supposed to coordinate all the
multiple intelligence agencies, to make sure that nothing falls between the cracks...
Clapper's Obliviousness to Britain Terror Arrests. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
says people should "be fair" to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after he revealed in an
interview last week that he was unaware of a string of terror arrests that happened in Britain hours prior.
20 Most Annoying Liberals of 2010. [#1] Barack Obama: Never has such arrogance been
combined with such utter incompetence and weakness in the White House. The result? We have the
single worst President in American history and his first term's not even over yet.
Obama Is America's
First Post-Responsibility President. America didn't elect a president; we chose a rapper-in-chief.
Obama gets all the fun of truly livin' large: transforming the White House into a party palace straight
out of "MTV Cribs" and zooming around on Air Force One like a hotshot celebrity on his private jet. All
he has to do is smile at his screaming groupies, recite some catchy twaddle, and jet off to his latest vacation,
serene with the knowledge that whatever misery and carnage may unfold below, his hands are clean.
Cruising for Trouble.
In the media frenzy surrounding Tucson, a potentially infinitely more significant event has been almost ignored.
Obama has set the seal on his anti-British caste of mind by declaring that France is America's "greatest ally,"
and that "We don't have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people."
The first time I read this, I had trouble believing he was capable of such stupidity.
On January 25, the president delivered his State of the Union address. Speaking with vigor and
aplomb, the president demonstrated once again that he can look serious, act like a president, and read the
words that have been written for him. But so far, he has not demonstrated his ability to be a
president, create jobs, or do anything else.
The juvenile president.
Obama said he wanted to "fundamentally transform America". That is exciting-for him. The one bit of
praise Obama had for Ronald Reagan regarded the transformational policies Reagan was able to put in place.
He is excited by adoring crowds (see any number of events, from the Denver stadium, to Europe). He is
excited playing basketball games with superstars. He is excited giving sports commentary on national TV.
He is excited by cool-looking boondoggles like the wasteful green energy projects he touts, or high speed rail,
electric cars, solar projects, and windmills. He is like a young boy with shiny new toys he wants to
show off. Why do taxpayers have to fund his need for excitement? He is like a kid with a
credit card who gets thrilled with the mere spending of money-especially other people's money.
Grading Barack Obama.
[Scroll down] The early George Bush — I think he got a little bit better through his term — and
Obama have a lot in common. Bush wanted a pint-sized stimulus program that failed and Obama wanted
a giant-sized stimulus program that failed. Neither of them is a strong believer in laissez-faire
principles. The difference between them, which is why Obama is the more dangerous man ultimately,
is he has very little by way of a skill set to understand the complex problems he wants to address, but
he has this unbounded confidence in himself.
The "We do big things" braggadocio of Barry
Soetoro. [Scroll down] The truth is that Obama was not there when any of those big things
were being accomplished. In point of fact, when America was accomplishing big things that the rest of
the world could share in, Obama was out on the streets fighting against them as a strident and overpaid community
organizer. Even as a state senator, a job that only coincidence made his, he missed voting on big issues
declaring himself "present" a total of 129 times. And as a U.S. senator, he missed a whopping
24 percent of the votes while running for president. The biggest thing Obama is attempting on
America is its unsolicited fundamental transformation.
The Truth About 'Investments' Hurts.
"Think and grow rich" might work for an individual envisioning business success, but it is delusional as
national economic policy. We can't wish or will the country to prosperity, or recover from a recession
caused by too much debt by incurring more debt. "Together We Thrive" was not only inappropriate as a
theme for a memorial to the victims of the Tucson shooter, it is the economic policy of a collective
society, not of a free one.
Egypt Burns, Obama Parties. As Egypt continues to burn... Islamic radicals escaped from prison,
the Muslim Brotherhood joined Elbaradei on the street, and socialists continued to mobilze protests in Cairo...
Barack Obama watched basketball and partied on Saturday [1/29/2011].
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Egypt in flames;
Obama takes it easy. President Obama is the type of leader who doesn't let anything get in the
way of a well-deserved day off. Let's face it; Barack is first and foremost a government employee.
The President's breaks are on schedule, work hours tightly defined, vacations well spaced, and if it's the
weekend, listen closely as you may hear the titular leader of the free world whispering: "TGIF."
Obama caught flat-footed on Egyptian uprising.
Events occurring in Egypt appear to baffle U.S. politicians and policymakers including the current administration
of President Barack Obama. Obama's so-called national security team — Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta, etc. — appear
to have been caught flat-footed as a result of the apparent inadequate gathering and analysis of actionable
intelligence regarding Egypt.
And That's Why You Don't Elect Novices or
Idiots. As another Middle East nation — Egypt — hurls into political
chaos, the crack foreign policy team of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are about to show the
world once more just how out of their depth they are. This isn't the first time. Early in Obama's
presidency, when Iranians rioted against the phony re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs who
rule their nation with an Islamist boot on the throat of the people, America's dynamic trio was at a loss as
to what to do or say.
Eyes on the Prize:
Suez Canal. I'm not an Egypt watcher, but it appears the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing plans
to isolate the Arabian Peninsula. ... The MB's real objective, in my opinion, is closing the Suez Canal.
This, with Iranian control of the Strait of Hormuz, will effectively put our economy in bottom of the tank
thanks to Obama's prior spending sprees.
Egypt's Hostage. By failing to back Mubarak, Obama is committing the same sin that Dwight
Eisenhower did in Cuba and Jimmy Carter did in Iran. He needs to understand that the radical Islamists
mean us ill and that any effort to appease them is bound to fail. If Egypt falls, Obama will have
permanently damaged America's vital interests.
Security and the Obama Administration. When it comes to homeland security, President Obama's
first year in office was a nightmare.
It's 3:00 AM:
Do you know where your president is? The mixed messages coming out of the White House on
Mubarak and the crisis in Egypt is obviously not helping matters, and is making the US seem incredibly
weak and indecisive. It doesn't help when you have a bunch of blabber-mouths at the State Department
who think they run foreign policy and believe they have all the answers. But the real divide is
among those advisors closest to the president.
Clapper retreats from 'secular' claim on Muslim Brotherhood. Director of National Intelligence
James Clapper is backing away from comments he made Thursday [2/10/2011] calling Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood
movement "largely secular."
Clanging Clapper caper.
When President Obama named retired Air Force Lt. General James R. Clapper to replace Dennis Blair
as the Director of National Intelligence, I had never heard of him. ... Yesterday [2/10/2011] Clapper
told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood — which
seeks to render Egypt an Islamic state ruled by sharia law — is "a very heterogeneous group, largely
secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."
ineptitude. [Scroll down] The Obama administration's ideologically-driven strategic ineptitude is
evident everywhere. From its slavish devotion to appeasing Iran, its single-minded insistence
on withdrawing from Iraq, its announced commitment to withdrawing from Afghanistan; to its tolerance
of Hugo Chavez, and its infantile reset button diplomacy towards Russia, the Obama administration's
foreign policy is on a collision course with reality. But nowhere is its premeditated incompetence
more evident than in its obsession with the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River.
Willful Blindness, and Then There's Willful Stupidity. James Clapper, the head of
intelligence for the United States of America, has explained to Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is
"largely secular." It further has "eschewed violence," decries al-Qaeda as a "perversion of Islam,"
and really just wants "social ends" and "a betterment of the political order in Egypt." I kid
you not. This is the Muslim Brotherhood whose motto brays that the Koran is its law and jihad
is its way.
It was the picture of man who could not choose between chocolate or vanilla and was simply waiting for
the soda jerk to make the decision for him. On the one hand Obama wanted stability, yet on the
other hand he wanted change. On the one hand he designated Suleiman to deliver the change, but on
the other hand Suleiman was not going to give the president what he wanted.
Reelection Slogan for
Obama & Co: We Bring Down Governments? The Obama regime is now the unsurpassed
and most bizarre combination of outward stupidity and hidden (by the media and others) pure evil intent ever
to rule over the citizens of the United States of America. Starting with the stupidity factor — perhaps
just to throw us off — Obama's Director of National Intelligence (Intelligence? Really?) James
Clapper has again placed his foot in it and this time, it was both feet.
breakdown. No matter how things shake out in Egypt, one thing has become depressingly clear:
Something is very wrong with the American intelligence services. First it was CIA Director Leon Panetta ... Then
it was Panetta's nominal boss, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, telling Congress that the
violent pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular" and has "eschewed violence."
Alfred E President.
Barack Obama resembles, more and more, the hapless, clueless, sappily cheerful mascot of MAD Magazine, Alfred E.
Newman. Given the intellectual vacuity of his life so far, attending schools and working in "jobs"
that did not require a single original thought, or even exercise in critical thinking, it is increasingly hard
to determine whether our illustrious leader actually grasps the profound seriousness of civilized life today.
Obama Retreats, Ahmadinejad
Advances. Every time Obama retreats, Ahmadinejad advances, step by step, like a chess master
playing against a panicked rookie. You can see checkmate coming way ahead of time. The United
States still has overwhelming military and political power, but under Obama we have retreated from the Gulf,
leaving the Saudis in a panic, ready to import nukes from Pakistan; we have retreated from our promise to
defend Europe against Iranian and Russian missiles, and now we have allowed the biggest Arab power, Egypt,
to be overthrown by what looks to be another Islamist radical fanatic, who will place Egypt on a war
footing with Israel and the West.
Obama takes a stand on
Libya. Obama has finally taken a stand on the ongoing carnage in Libya. After nine days of
silence, he has finally, and forcefully, condemned the "outrageous" crackdown by Libyan security forces on
protesters. He also said that a unified international response was forming. Whew. Translation:
America will stand firmly behind the United Nations.
An Administration Adrift.
As the [Libyan] crackdown began, and then escalated, it was early afternoon on February 16, halfway around
the world in the State Department briefing room, when the Obama administration faced questions about how it
regarded Muammar Qaddafi. "Is Qaddafi a dictator?" State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley,
at the podium for his daily briefing, smiled at the question and turned his head to call on another reporter.
"Are you stumped?" "I'm not stumped," Crowley responded tartly. "So what's your answer to the
question? Is he a dictator?" Crowley smirked. "I don't think he came to office through a
Getting Down While the World Burns.
The President has done nothing about the crisis in Libya except give a press conference in which he called the
situation "unacceptable," then proceeded to accept it. ... Not a word has been uttered from the White House to
condemn the fugitive Democrats who acted to shut down democracy in Wisconsin and Indiana. Widespread
violence and hatred from union foot soldiers has gone unremarked. The pirates of Somalia sail through
the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden with confidence after slaughtering four innocent Americans. ... His hapless
Secretary of Homeland Security gapes in wonder as Americans are murdered on the southern border, while a young
Saudi national is caught on the verge of deploying weapons of mass destruction. The nation teeters on the
edge of ruin, and the President responds by submitting an absurd dead-on-arrival budget that increases federal
spending. Where is President Obama during all this? He's enjoying the sounds of Motown at a
star-studded White House event.
Anyone Told Ambassador Rice There's a Crisis In Libya? When President Obama made Susan Rice his
ambassador to the United Nations, in 2009, he thought the job was so vital that he gave her cabinet rank.
Now, here we are, with the Arab world in tumult, two dictators gone in the past two months, and the UN aflutter
over scenes of Libyans dying this past week by the hundreds, or thousands, in outright rebellion against a
raving Moammar Gaddafi — who has been vowing to "fight to the last drop of blood." ... Where's Susan Rice,
the cabinet rank ambassador of the free world's superpower?
Barack Carter-Obama Is
Back. When even CNN implicitly recognizes that Barack Obama probably is, and certainly is
seen in the Arab world as, every bit as spineless as the worst American president in recent generations (until
the current one), Barack Obama and Democrats who hope to get elected or re-elected in 2012 had better hope that
foreign policy magically drops off the table as an issue before the elections. The way things are going in
North Africa and the Middle East, the Obama-Carter comparisons are likely to haunt our current president
through the election and will increase the chances that Barack Obama's first term is also his
last — much to the chagrin of dictators around the world.
loathing of the fruitcake. [Scroll down] When the president got around to talking for the
first time about the [Libyan] "situation" he boasted that his "national-security team" had been working around
the clock, in more meetings, and had produced "a full range of options" requiring still more meetings.
His message was something a high-school junior might have prepared for a citizenship essay.
Yawning Heights. Socialism politicizes everything — literature, medicine, science,
law, education, culture, religion, sports, all of life. And that ultimately makes socialism a crushing
bore. President Obama is finding that tens of millions of Americans have tuned him out as he summons
us to the heights. His audience for the State of the Union Address is down 18% this year over his
first year. Part of this is his speechwriter, a 29-year old who seems never to have had any contact with
literature, American history, poetry, or the Bible. The speeches he crafts for this president are
textbook examples of ennui. ... Hand our leader a foreign crisis — like Libya. What does
the president have to say about that? "This violence is unacceptable." We don't need a
$400,000-a-year Commander-in-Chief and his $172,000-a-year speechwriter to tell us that.
Bringing Mop To A Gunfight? A superpower must weigh the many evils in the world and target
the biggest threats — not wait impotently for crises, then reach for the mop.
America Adrift. When one
examines the multiple crises occurring throughout the world, from the brutal excesses of a Qaddafi
regime to the subversion of the democratic process in Wisconsin, along with the budget battle in
Washington, D.C., a constant emerges: America is a rudderless ship whose "captain" has abandoned
all pretense of genuine leadership. Barack Obama, the man who voted "present" over one hundred
times as a state Senator in Illinois, the man elected in a frenzy of "hope and change," is seemingly
overwhelmed by the responsibilities of his job.
Airhead At EPA. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's office of air and radiation
admits she doesn't know how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. How can someone so ignorant have
such an important job?
Obama's Gadhafi waffle.
Libya is engaged in a civil war. New protests have broken out in Oman, Bahrain and Yemen. The uprising
in Tunisia, the pioneer state of the so-called "Arab Spring," is entering a second phase. As usual, the
amateurish Obama administration has no idea what to do about any of this.
Shuffle. Like a guilt-ridden divorced dad, President Obama met with Mexico's President Calderon
Thursday — and quickly caved in to all he asked. That's a jackpot for Mexico.
Obama Never Fails to Disconnect. In
the 2008 presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton pointed to Obama's inexperience by asking who was better
equipped to handle the "3 in the morning" phone call Presidents get. Today it is increasingly
and depressingly clear that Obama is inept and fumbling no matter what time of day the call comes. From
gas prices, unemployment, and federal spending to Gitmo, the BP oil spill, and Gaddafi — every
challenge yet has caught Obama by surprise and resulted in embarrassing gaffes, late reactions, contradictory
statements, phony photo ops, and phony-baloney plans that inevitably require later revision.
talks about school bullies while the world burns. Bloody fighting has engulfed Libya.
Gasoline is nearing $4 a gallon. Deadlocked budget negotiations threaten to shut down the federal
government. So what is President Obama doing? Tomorrow he'll focus on school bullies.
Obama Administration: Barack Obama's executive ineptitude is on display at the highesty
level of government. While he has been repeatedly meeting with union leaders over the last two years
and playing golf, he has not been so attentive to his cabinet members, and all is not peaceful. ... According
to an article in New York magazine by veteran journalist John Heilemann, Obama has not yet conferred with some
six Cabinet members since becoming President. He certainly has been busy appointing czars and czarinas,
however, and advisers such as Elizabeth Warren who is the de facto head of the Consumer Financial Protection
Let's Make Obama King.
Last night Col. Ralph Peters was on Bill O'Reilly's show, talking about Libya. ... "Obama loves the idea of
being President," Peters said, "but he can't make a decision." I think there is a lot of truth to that,
even in domestic policy, where Obama has passively deferred to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on all legislative
Obama in a rush for higher gas prices?
At Friday's news conference, President Obama tried to connect with the common man coping with rising gasoline
prices. Instead, the president left little doubt that he is clueless about cars. "You may want to buy a
fuel-efficient car," quoth Obama, "but you may not be able to afford it. And so you're stuck with the old
clunker that's getting 8 or 10 miles a gallon." Eight to 10 mpg? Which clunker would that
be? I wondered. ... You have to go back to the Carter administration years or earlier to find Obama's idea of
a gas-guzzling family car — and even that vehicle would have been a van, light truck/SUV or luxury model.
And yet he is behind the wheel of Washington's energy policy.
Costly Indecisiveness on
Libya. In a remarkably ridiculous statement for a man who has done nothing except charter a
boat in response to the crumbling revolution in Libya, President Obama yesterday [3/16/2011] said that his
administration was "slowly tightening the noose" on dictator Moammar Gaddafi. There has been no noose,
loose or tight, placed on Gaddafi by the U.S. or anybody else.
Embarrassed To Be
American. Last weekend, as tens of thousands of Japanese were fighting for their lives after an 8.9
earthquake devastated their nation, our President, after giving a generic "We're with you" statement, remained
noticeably absent. Not really absent — Obama could be found on the golf course Saturday
afternoon [3/12/2011]. As a Japanese nuclear reactor melted down and threatened a catastrophe of
biblical proportions, Obama was otherwise engaged Saturday night, having a rollicking good time at Washington D.C.'s
annual Gridiron Dinner. Joking with journalists.
Barack Obama: A
Management Appraisal. In classic management theory, Barack Obama would have to be described
as an abdicative manager. The abdicative manager evidences a tendency to flee from responsibility
and is frequently encountered in situations where he or she never wanted the job in the first place (for
instance, a son or daughter who inherits a company or the individual who discovers that they are incapable
of adequate performance). Abdication can be exhibited in a variety of ways, ranging from physically
removing oneself through travel (the confusion of movement with action), to obsessing about personal interests
or a limited range of controllable subjects. Obama's frequent vacations and absences, especially in
times of crisis, coupled with his unwillingness to personally invest himself in key initiatives, are
demonstrative of this style.
President Ever. President Obama gives off a sense of world-weariness and exhaustion with
America's leadership — and has earned a Nobel Peace Prize as a result. He reflects the
deep vein of declinism running through the country's elite, the same class of people who pronounced the
presidency uninhabitable just as Ronald Reagan arrived to prove them wrong. Today, as in the late
1970s, the job isn't too big, nor is the country too powerful: The man is too small.
Presidency Hangs by a Thread. Japan may be on the verge of an unprecedented catastrophe.
Saudi Arabia is all but colonizing Bahrain. Qaddafi is close to retaking Libya, with bloodbath to
follow. And, as Jim Geraghty notes, the president of the United States is going on ESPN to talk
about the NCAA and delivering speeches today on his rather dull plan to replace No Child Left Behind
with No Teenager Left Behind, or something like that.
The Never-Ending Christmas Party.
As I write this, there are reports of a new magnitude 6.2 earthquake off the northeast cost of Japan.
The Fukushima reactor complex appears to be heading for a meltdown. Thousands in Japan are dead. ... The
price of oil is rocketing up as the Middle East burns. ... And where is the President during all this?
As Jim Geraghty of National Review explains, he's going to make his college basketball picks today.
Then he'll tape some interviews about fixing the "No Child Left Behind" program. His previous public
appearances were concerned with the towering menace of bullying in schools, and lecturing us on the wonders
of public employee unions. And, of course, he can be found on the golf course, enjoying lavish parties
with big celebrities at the White House, and raising money for his re-election campaign.
President Obama has spent most of his life either in, or teaching, school — or making laws that he
was not responsible for enforcing. His hope-and-change speeches were as moving in spirit as they were
lacking in details. But now Obama is chief executive, and learning, as did Prince Hamlet, that thinking
out every possible side of a question can mean never acting on any of them — a sort of Shakespearean
"prison" where "there is nothing either good or bad." Worrying about pleasing everyone ensures pleasing
no one. Once again such "conscience does make cowards of us all." Hamlets, past and present,
are as admirable in theory as they are fickle — and often dangerous — in fact.
About that trip to Brazil: Why now?
Foreign travel has been seen as a political liability for Obama; and with this trip, the pattern is
likely to continue. The worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl is unfolding in Japan, the
United States and its allies are crafting urgent plans for a Libya no-fly zone operation that could
mean air raids on Tripoli within days, and at home, Republicans and Democrats are in a standoff over
a budget for the federal government, which administration officials say is being hobbled by a series
of stopgap funding measures.
Obama golfs and picks NCAA favorites
while the Middle East melts down. How do we even begin to describe the leadership style
and behavior of President Obama? ... Obama is dangerous, ineffective, cowardly, and most UN American.
The nation must rise up and vote him out in 2012.
Warm Enough for Golf, Obama Back on the Course. President Obama just could not wait for
spring weather to arrive. For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped
away from the White House to hit the golf course. ... These are never quick "work on your swing" trips;
usually the president plays 18 holes, as he did last week.
We're All Golf Widows Now.
[Barack Obama] wasn't likely to have played golf during the formative years he spent in Indonesia, or with
his grandfather, and his radical friends, when Obama was returned to the States. In fact, Obama doesn't
mention playing golf, ever, in either of his two biographical memoirs. Golf isn't the end-all in
character-building opportunities, of course. Obama may have found those lessons in another sport or
hobby. Either way, he's certainly making up for lost time on the links. In the 784 days he
has occupied the office of the President, Obama has played 61 rounds of golf. A staggering number
for nearly anyone, considering that averages to a round of golf approximately every 13 days.
House: Yes 'It Was Appropriate' For Obama To Fill Out NCAA Bracket. In response to increasing
criticism that President Obama should not have spent time appearing on ESPN to make his NCAA college basketball
predictions, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney disputed that it was a distraction. Carney said, "yes I do
think it was appropriate." ... Although more of a concern than the ten minutes spent being interviewed by ESPN might
be the fact that during the interview, Obama reveals his intense interest in college basketball and a detailed
knowledge of the teams and even their players that rivals the insight of the ESPN analyst who interviewed him.
Some might begin to wonder when was the last time the President came across this passionate about a political issue?
All talk and no action.
Obama is in no hurry to see Gaddafi go. Would President Obama prefer a Gaddafi victory?
If that sounds implausible, then just look at the record. On March 3, Obama announced that Gaddafi
"must go". Two weeks have passed since then — and more than a month since the uprising began
on February 15. In the interim, the tide of war has turned in Gaddafi's favour. Yet Obama
[as of this writing, had] done nothing to make his own words reality.
Will Libya be Obama's
Bay of Pigs? Often compared to President Kennedy, President Obama may well find that
Libya has become his Bay of Pigs. Barely remembered now, the Bay of Pigs fiasco occurred early
in the Kennedy administration. It was the first mistake in a string of foreign policy miscues
reversed only when the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 brought the world to the edge of nuclear war. ... Fifty
years later, an eerily similar scenario is unfolding in Libya.
The Incredible Shirking
Presidency. President Obama has apparently decided to borrow some political plays from Bill Clinton,
who after his party's defeat in the 1994 mid-term elections began running ads attacking Republican plans to reform
Medicare. At the same time, Mr. Clinton focused on a series of granular policy initiatives — promoting school
uniforms was one memorable example — that were politically safe and popular with independent voters.
Mr. Obama appears to be following the same strategy...
Diversions. One thing's for sure, when an opportunity to celebrate arises, America's biggest
partiers never hesitate to promptly board Air Force One. An irradiated Japan melts and Libyan freedom
fighters die while in Cidade Maravilhosa, the "Marvelous City" of Rio de Janiero, President Obama will ponder
no-fly zones. After sharing NCAA picks on ESPN, "global citizen" Barack Obama is taking the teleprompter
to Latin America.
Barack Obama's paralysed presidency. While Barack Obama has
dithered, and his Secretary of State has worshipped at the altar of the United Nations, one of the most brutal
tyrants on the face of the earth is getting away with murder, with a death toll that could reach as high as
15,000. It is a sad day when the foreign policy of the United States, the world's greatest power, is
subordinated to the whims of the UN, for decades a playground for dictators and unabashed anti-Americanism.
Obama is too busy with
his March Madness bracket to take a stand on Libya. While President Obama has been busy
focused on filling out his March Madness college basketball brackets on television here at home, there
is a global version of March madness sweeping the Middle East, most seriously in Libya, whose violent
uprising affects not only our own interests — namely, oil — but the security of
our allies in that region.
John Bolton: Barack Obama 'still not
qualified' to be president. President Barack Obama is unqualified, disinterested and not ready
to lead on foreign policy, John Bolton said Friday night [3/18/2011]. Making no mention of his own
flirtations with a 2012 presidential bid, the former ambassador to the United Nations told California
Republicans that it could take hours to outline all the challenges the Obama administration faces.
The president parties while the world burns.
Obama couldn't care
less. If the world is in crisis, you wouldn't know it by watching President Obama's spring
break. Between golf, basketball and the president's upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro, the White House
is projecting a disinterested aura of business as usual. ... He laughed it up at the Gridiron Club dinner,
took a stand against schoolyard bullying and spoke on the radio about Women's History Month. Over the
weekend, he played his 61st round of golf as president and finalized his March Madness bracket picks,
predictably avoiding controversy by choosing the four top seeds for the Final Four. On Monday [3/14/2011],
he attended a gathering of potential big-money donors at the St. Regis hotel that Democratic Party
officials insisted was not a fundraiser.
The Fukushima 50 and
the White House Cipher: [Scroll down] In another time, people would already be chiseling
the name of such an inept leader off all official tablets to hide from history his having reached such an
exalted place. As it is, perhaps we will have to settle for the unmaking of all the acts and legislation
undertaken in his name. Already in Asbury Park, N. J., one of the first schools named for him has
been shut down. It was an elementary school where the community spent $36,000 per pupil only to get low
test scores in return. Somehow it seems fitting.
Libyan March Madness. The president seems more knowledgeable about the tournament chances of
two dozen college basketball teams than he does about the Libyan labyrinth.
training for Obama. "Never attribute to conspiracy," a wise man once said, "what can be explained
by incompetence." Maybe we should cut Barack Obama a little slack. ... Watching a folk dance in Brazil was
certainly less stressful than spending time in the War Room, taking only bad news.
Obama Administration's Ineptness. On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton —
when asked about why we're involving ourselves in Libya but not Syria — said this about Bashar
Assad: "Many of the Members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have
said they believe he's a reformer." For understandable reasons — more about that in a
moment — those comments didn't fly very well. So it was time for a retake. Yesterday
[3/29/2011], when asked about her statement at a press conference, Secretary Clinton said, "Well, first, Jay
[Solomon], as you rightly pointed out, I referenced opinions of others. That was not speaking either
for myself or for the administration." As walk backs go, this one was unusually clumsy and obviously
untrue. Mrs. Clinton could simply have said her previous comments were wrong and she was revising
them. Instead we get a response that no one believes.
Will Ignorance Lead to
a Second Obama Term? The U.S. electorate might want to take one more look at Obama swaggering up
to the podium for his campaign and post-election speeches and question the intelligence of a man who cannot
speak without a telepromptor, who refuses to disclose his college transcripts (let alone his birth certificate),
who chose Cairo for his most famous reach-out to a people who hate America, and who appears to care more about
enjoying the life of Riley than he does about the free world. If Obama represents the level of intelligence
of the American people, then I fear our Republic will not survive the "multitude of fools" who may very
well hand the prince a second term.
and Libya: The professor's war. President Obama is proud of how he put together the Libyan
operation. A model of international cooperation. All the necessary paperwork. Arab League
backing. A Security Council resolution. (Everything but a resolution from the Congress of the
United States, a minor inconvenience for a citizen of the world.) It's war as designed by an Ivy
President Obama the weakest Commander-in-Chief in US history? A new Reuters/Ipsos poll
released today [3/25/2011] reveals a striking lack of public confidence in President Obama's ability as Commander-in-Chief,
with just 17 percent of Americans describing his leadership as "strong and decisive", compared to
36 percent who believe it is "indecisive and dithering".
Obama Hasn't Given: I cannot for the life of me see how an American president can launch
a serious military action without a full and formal national address in which he explains to the American
people why he is doing what he is doing, why it is right, and why it is very much in the national interest.
He referred to his aims in parts of speeches and appearances when he was in South America, but now he's
home. More is needed, more is warranted, and more is deserved. He has to sit at that big desk
and explain his thinking, put forward the facts as he sees them, and try to garner public support.
Somebody in the White House had the presence of mind to tell the president that perhaps taking the kids to
visit the Mayan ruins wouldn't be the best thing to do when he has just ordered our Air Force to start bombing
Libya. The truly fascinating question is, What took him so long to make that decision?
but Jamie Gorelick for FBI director. [Scroll down] Finally, and most seriously,
there is the matter of "Gorelick's Wall" and 9/11. Gorelick was a member of the 9/11 Commission
and became a focus of critical attention during its hearings when it became known that during her DOJ
tenure she imposed a policy of radical separation between the FBI and the nation's intelligence
agencies in terrorism investigations. According to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, "Gorelick's
Wall" was a key reason why "we did not know an attack was coming." ... After such a checkered career, we
find it incredible that Gorelick would be on anybody's list for appointment to any federal position,
much less to head the FBI.
Libya: Completing His Remaking of America. Obama will remain as clueless, impervious and intransigent
about the ineffectiveness of his foreign policy as he is to the proven failures of his domestic ones, and he'll
learn no lesson from any of this. In his eyes, he is remaking America for the better — and
that's the only way he's capable of seeing it.
Days, It Isn't Just Americans Suffering from Obama's Failure. President Obama projects timidity
and indecision at home and abroad: he's afraid of the optics of America dropping bombs on another Islamic
country; he waited too long to get on TV to explain his actions to the American people. And it seems all
of this foreign policy work is a distraction from his desire to remake America. ... What this president has done
to us here at home is bad enough, but Obama's lack of leadership on the world stage could spell international
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart
Mr. Magoo Goes to
Washington. [Scroll down] Obama actually believes he is doing a good job. That
thought struck me like a thunderclap. It seems improbable, I know. And I don't discount for a
second the thuggishness and habit of calculation ingrained by his Chicago background and cronies. But
watching Obama perform these last weeks, I suspect that there is something more than political calculation
behind his brittle contempt for his GOP opponents, his Marie-Antoinette disdain for ordinary Americans, his
tone-deaf self-absorption and sense of entitlement. What is it? The delusion of competence.
Listen to those off-the-cuff remarks, ... to some of his high-rolling donors: Obama actually
seems to believe that his disastrous policies have made things better.
Obama, a nobody from nowhere. It
must be hard being Barry Soetoro Obama. Take him away from his fawning, long-past-their-due date czars;
eliminate all his props and he's just wannabe royalty who'd rather be shooting hoops or golfing. Surrounded
by overbearing women, including Valerie Jarrett and his own wife, without them pointing him in the right (read
left) direction, he's as useless as a kite without string.
The President's Maturity
Problem. After less than two months in office, President Obama made a decision that many at the
time saw as un-presidential. In the midst of what even he was calling the most serious economic crisis since
the Great Depression, Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to go on a late night comedy show. ... Just a
little over two years later, it has become clear that whatever you think of his policies, the current occupant of
the White House harbors an irrepressible juvenility that undermines the dignity of the office he holds. ... Far
from being a post-partisan healer, President Obama has proven himself to be petty, juvenile, and someone totally
lacking the temperament and class we should expect from an Oval Office executive.
Why Obama is
so far behind the times. Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and others have noted that President
Obama seems a few beats behind things; unable to anticipate things as they develop, and awkward when forced to
catch up. When he responds, his answers seem lacking. Good politicians are in tune with their
times, great ones foresee them, but Obama seems out of step with his times, and behind them.
Barack Obama's leadership poll numbers have been plummeting. ... Why would Americans consider him a leader?
He outsourced ObamaCare to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. The locus of foreign policy has been moved from
Foggy Bottom to Turtle Bay. He and his team were unable to produce a budget in 2010 -- when he had a
majority in Congress. He ignored budget and deficit issues for much of his Presidency and was so late
to the game Paul Ryan and the GOP seized the issue and turned it to its own advantage. The stimulus
bill, climate change legislation, and sundry other matters were delegated to Democrats in Congress.
Jurassic President. I've read
discussions about President Obama for the last two years — is he a villain or a fool? Both
or neither? The answers vary and make for heated debate, but sooner or later we have to admit neither
covers all facts. For instance, neither villain nor fool covers his odd, time-displaced "Sputnik" moments:
his obsession with unionized labor, or his fascination with trains, or his commitment to the SALT treaty, or
his view of Cleveland as a cutting edge technological center, or his odd certainty that cars getting eight
miles per gallon throng our highways.
Obama is the first Affirmative Action President.
The Chord Donald Trump
Strikes. Sentient observers have known since Election Day 2008 that Barack Obama is the pinnacle
affirmative-action statement. ... He was allowed by an ideologically-driven, white-guilt-motivated media to
hop, skip, and jump his way to the pinnacle of world power without ever producing one single shred of verifiable
evidence that he could do anything whatsoever but run his ... mouth — even that, constantly
enabled by a teleprompter. And Republicans winked and nodded and permitted the whole Orwellian spectacle
due to their fear of being forever outcast as racists.
[Edited to conform to website standards of decency.]
Top 10 Barack Obama Blunders.
Even beyond his disastrous policies, President Obama is turning out to be a terrible politician. The
great orator and master campaigner of 2008 is stumbling through his presidency, piling up gaffes and making
odd political moves.
on-the-job foreign policy training. It's not uncommon for college students to have wildly
oscillating views on issues as the months go by. It's more consequential for a president
to do so.
[Obama] would never have gone anywhere significant in politics if it were not for the fact that the press
made him their darling. He is a light weight, who isn't anywhere as intelligent as his promoters like
us to believe. His supposed thoughtfulness is actually a sign of confusion and indecisiveness.
The idea recently promoted that he is too intelligent to govern is rank folly. It is an attempt to
excuse his incompetence. After all, no one but a fool thinks that you can borrow your way to
alien nation. President Obama is in El Paso Tuesday [5/10/2011] to give a speech on what
he calls "the broken immigration system." He'd know because he's the one helping break it.
Are We at War or
Spectators at a Sporting Event? Wars must be fought to win. Winning means using every
resource we have, capitalizing on every advantage we have, and conceding absolutely nothing to the enemy.
The lesson of the events of the last week is that our current head coach is so far consumed in his self
glorification that he cannot lead. He and his entire staff must be replaced with those who know how to
win by focusing all their resources on the battle while claiming no glory for themselves.
Job on Bin Laden, Mr. President. Now, About Gas Prices... It was like the Keystone Cops.
In their haste to score political points, the support staff around the president rolled out "facts" of the
bin Laden raid to the eager public. And within hours, that same staff would walk back, downplay,
or full-on contradict previous statements. There was a firefight, then there was just one gun.
He was given a chance to surrender, then he wasn't. The wife was used as a human shield, then it was
an unnamed woman, then she wasn't killed but only shot in the leg — oh, and she was indeed
bin Laden's wife.
Obama seeking legitimacy from the British
Queen? For the rest of the world, yesterday came and went as May 24, 2011, not 2008 as
President Barack Obama printed in the Westminster Abbey guest book alongside his signature. Today, England's
proverbial stiff upper lip is being put to the test as Obama still licks royal boots in London.
President Obama Has No Idea
What Year It Is. This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier
today [5/24/2011], where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of
the Unknown Warrior.
It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.
24 May 2008
It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years.
British Newspaper Blasted
Bush's Etiquette Flub, but Glosses Over Obama's. Imagine the newspaper headlines if President
George W. Bush had written the wrong date in the Westminster Abbey guest book; or if he had continued
toasting the Queen of England after the British national anthem started playing. Obama did both of
those things on Tuesday, and while media outlets reported the incidents, there was no suggestion that
he is a blundering fool.
Obama's top ten insults against Britain — 2011 edition. The US president will no
doubt be careful not to offend his hosts when he travels to London, and he will receive a warm welcome from
the Queen and the Prime Minister, as any American president would. But the prospect of an embarrassing
diplomatic gaffe or insensitive remark cannot be ruled out from a world leader whose administration has all
too often specialised in them.
Obama the Weak.
Bibi Netanyahu can't run for president of the United States. But he showed those who are running how
to get the better of Mr. Obama: Talk straight. Talk substance. Go directly at him.
While Congress was applauding Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Obama was showing us what leadership isn't.
No "Logic" In Profiling Muslim Men Under The Age Of 35. "You're not using good logic there.
You've got to use actual intelligence that you received. And, so, you might — all you've given
me is a kind of status. You have not given me a technique for tactic or behavior. Something that
would suggest somebody is not Muslim, but Islamic, that has actually moved into the category of violent
extremists," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said at a forum on U.S. security and preventing
update. Everyone remembers how Biden was put in charge of ensuring that the $787-billion
stimulus spending thing worked out well, which it didn't. He was assigned to do about 100 fundraisers
last year to ensure that the Democratic Party kept its majority control of the House of Representatives, which
it didn't. He was assigned as White House point man on those crucial budget spending extension talks
this winter. But he had to visit Finland, Russia and Moldova first. And Republicans won that
legislative struggle too.
Barack Obama's Fatal
Conceit. Obama's fundamental problem — his fatal conceit, if you will —
is that he thinks we need him and his jobs counsel to figure out what the jobs of the future are going to
be. We no more need this today than it was necessary for past leaders to identify the jobs of today.
This is a task for the private sector, and one which only its vast network of dispersed information and
decentralized decision-making is capable of determining.
Follower in Chief.
We've had strong presidents and weak presidents, skillful presidents and incompetent presidents, mediocre
presidents and just plain poor presidents. Barack Obama stands alone as the first president who simply
declines to lead. On almost every major issue since he took office in January 2009, Obama has dumped
responsibility on someone else, merely paid lip service, or let the issue quietly fade away.
The Audacity of Hype.
How could President Obama have sat in the U.S. Senate for four years and not know that there are no
shovel-ready projects? Every senator who wants to build a post office in, say, Dixon, Illinois, knows
you must wait years before putting the first spade to the dirt. Franklin's cousin Theodore "made the
dirt fly in Panama," true, but neither the U.S. nor Panama had to do environmental impact studies a hundred
years ago. Barack Obama should have known that what he was really selling was snake oil. And
his opponents should have been bolder in stopping his raid on the Treasury.
An Aristocracy of
Incompetence. [Scroll down] Unsurprisingly, the Obama Administration sets the pace with
its recent suggestion that although the executive branch briefed Congress about Operation Fast and Furious'
lethal gun-running, the Attorney General remained unaware. Such an explanation can satisfy if and only
if incompetence is deemed acceptable.
Clueless, Callous Commander-in-Chief. Obama's bumbling, bungled delivery at Fort Drum
yesterday represents far more than mere confusion; it clearly demonstrates a lack of care, an inattention
to detail in matters very important to his audience, an insensitivity to the families of dead warriors, a
dismissive disrespect of SSGT Giunta, and a casual slap in the face to the entire United States military.
mixes up Medal of Honor winners. The Medal of Honor is the highest United States award for valour.
It's the equivalent of the Victoria Cross. In the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, just eight have been awarded.
Three of them have been awarded by Obama. The names of recipients are seared on the hearts of many, many
Americans. To mix up SSG Giunta and SFC Monti was just awful and it suggests a relaxed attitude towards
American heroes that has been evident on previous occasions.
Quixote's Legacy: Confused, Ill-Educated and Not Too Bright. In short, it is difficult to
ascertain what, if anything, has improved [since Obama has been President] other than the demise of Osama
bin Laden. Two hypotheses are often cited to explain why things have gotten so much worse:
1. Obama is incompetent.
2. Obama knows what he is doing and is deliberately destroying the country.
These hypotheses are not mutually exclusive. Evidence is consistent with either or a combination
of both. The remainder of this article deals only with the first.
Will nor Ideas. It is clear that President Obama has neither the will nor the ideas to lead in
this debate or lead this country.
Obama's Final Solution.
[Scroll down] Obama is fundamentally a very simple, extreme ideologue. He has only one answer.
Everything Obama does comes straight from the most stilted and destructive clichés of the left. The
man has never had an original idea in his life, and wouldn't recognize one if it were served up on a plate
with arugula. He is intellectually locked in concrete.
Community Organizer Who Would be King. Obama entered office on a groundswell of a disconcerting
mania, a mania in which voters imagined on this blank slate of a candidate all sorts of truly fantastic
abilities and policies, none of which were warranted in his paltry, truly shabby history. The man
with no available school records, for example, was painted as a genius and his brief time as a University of
Chicago adjunct (basically teaching assistant) puffed up to a professorship in constitutional law. The
guy who cannot speak a logical, coherent, grammatical sentence on his own was pawned off as a literary genius
to unsuspecting, foolish voters. It was inevitable that the reality of his time in office could never
match the dream. It was unfortunately equally inevitable that he would prove inadequate to the
difficult job of the presidency.
Our Dangerous Commander-in-Chief.
Barack Obama is too smart to know how little he knows. His insecurity around all those seasoned Generals
and his arrogance mean he will continue to ignore the advice of people with an eternity of more experience than
he has on any given issue. With military lives on the line around the globe, the stakes are too high to
have this man in Command.
The Luddite. Before citing the many ways Washington's policies impede job creation, let's first
consider Obama's pet theory, which is centuries old and as fallacious as ever. Believe it or not, he
blames high joblessness on automation, technology and efficiency.
American President. Something is wrong with Barack Obama. We all know it. We all
see it. When he speaks about America, Americans cringe. There is a strangeness to his manner, an
unease when he talks about America. He appears awkward and uncomfortable. His speech seems performed
and practiced yet, oddly halting. It's reminiscent of American POW's in Vietnam or Iraq reading a forced
confession. His eyes, expressions, and vocal tone are disconnected from his words. The words
themselves often sound American, but the delivery is clinical and detached. His attempts at patriotic
sentiment ring hollow and phony.
Government of Sociopaths.
What does a country run by sociopaths look like? It looks a lot like our own actually. Lots of
short term fixes. Lots of 'keep this thing running' pragmatism. Short attention spans. No
sense of responsibility. And no thought for the future. This is the problem with filling a
cabinet full of bright people who don't understand responsibility or long term thinking.
Obama: The affirmative action president. [Scroll down] He was given a chance to lead.
Yet then upon taking office, something happened that is an insult to everybody who believes in affirmative action
but also values merit. The standards were lowered for Barack Obama with regards to actual on the job
performance. His defenders began by making excuses for him and never stopped. The worse things got
during his tenure, the more he was propped up. He was either too big to fail, or worse "too black to fail."
Any criticism of him was seen as racist. This defies logic since he was voted in to begin with. Those
who expected results out of him should have noticed how substanceless he was on the campaign trail. His
idea for budget cutting was "getting rid of programs that don't work." He offered nonsensical platitudes
such as "tomorrow will be different from today."
Caddell On Obama: "Does This Guy Have Any Idea What He Is Doing?". After watching Obama's press
conference this morning, Democrat pollster Pat Caddell said it is time to confront the elephant in the room:
That is, the question as to whether Obama actually has any idea what he's doing. He must be talking about
the elephant in the MSNBC green room, or something, because I think everyone else has been openly wondering
about that for some time now — and we have serious doubts.
The Chosen One.
[Scroll down] The lack of first-hand material for a proper intellectual portrait of Barack Obama forces
any who approach the subject to note, first, what information we do not have: not even a senior thesis
(or any other paper) from his college days, nor even a single signed article in the law review which he formally
edited. He simply never produced stuff that qualified for that academic level. All we have is a
signed screed in the Columbia student paper Sundial imputing America's refusal to embrace nuclear disarmament
to structural social flaws, and a six-page fragment in the Harvard Law Review attributed to him by researchers
but unsigned and unacknowledged by him, which asserts an absolute right to abortion. Neither bespeaks
a serious mind. We have no academic records. His "autobiographies" are of uncertain parentage.
is not leadership. As the United States continues to drift, many Americans still seem
perplexed that after two-and-a-half years, Barack Obama is a walking contradiction. He cannot
seem to lead; he can only follow and dictate. He has no policies, only vague concepts and Marxist
ideology. He starts wars and calls them something else. He simultaneously makes Congress
responsible and yet irrelevant. He refuses to be held accountable for anything.
Inferno. Imagine you're in a burning office building. Obama's plan for getting out alive:
"Okay, you guys break up into different groups and come up with a series of proposals about how we get out of the
building. I will then negotiate with each of you separately and then together, and then separately.
Then I'll get on Skype and tell the world what I think of your respective plans and criticize you for their lack
of seriousness. ..."
Not Our Friend. U.S. intelligence has apparently concluded that Moscow was behind last September's
bombing of the U.S. Embassy in the nation of Georgia. But the Obama administration still thinks Russia
is our friend.
Presidency. There comes a time and a point in history which indelibly define a President.
Oftentimes the event may not be of major import in the greater scheme of things but the management
of it is of such prominence that the success or failure in the handling of the issue is permanently
attached to the individual. Such a moment has happened to Barack Obama. His incompetence,
inability to lead, prevarications, petulance and immaturity in the debt ceiling crisis have indelibly
created an image of abject failure in the minds of a critical mass of people in the United States and
around the globe.
Danger of a Weak American President. As president, he is commander-in-chief of the American
military, America's head of state and the Leader of the Free World. The world, however, now sees that
America's president is weak.
Last responder: Obama in crisis.
On Monday [8/8/2011], President Obama likened the economy to an earthquake. That would make him a
first-responder, which is a frightening prospect. If this really were an earthquake and he were an
ambulance driver, we'd all die waiting for rescue while he sat parked in the hospital driveway trying to
figure out how to turn on the flashing lights.
Calling an Audible. If
President Obama were calling signals for the Washington Redskins, he would have been relieved a long time
ago. His economic blueprint of spending large amounts of federal tax dollars in order to stimulate
consumer spending and create government-suggested jobs has obviously not worked and has run up a huge
debt in the process.
Why Obama Is Really
Turning Gray. Michelle Obama declares that her husband's graying hair proves he deserves
another term as president. ... As any Republican will testify, Ronald Reagan's hair never turned gray,
even in his 90s. Maybe Reagan didn't have the stress of knowing — as Obama must realize
by now — that he is an incompetent who is always making wrong policy decisions. It
must be stressful finding out that everything you staunchly believe is flat wrong.
Failing Up: How the Obama
administration rewarded a failed banker. Roberto Herencia was appointed by President
Obama to sit on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) back in
November 2010. ... In May 2009, Herencia was named president and CEO of Midwest Banc Holdings, Inc.
According to reports, Herencia was brought in to "save" the company. But, in just a year,
Herencia managed to put the bank in an even bigger hole, and in May 2010, the community bank was
among the first to receive federal bailout funds.
We should all use food stamps. That would solve everything!
Secretary: Food Stamps Create Jobs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack repeated the White House
claim that food stamps and other forms of government welfare are stimulus programs in disguise, stating that
when government gives out money, it is creating jobs.
Ag Secretary Vilsack: Food Stamps Are A Stimulus. Obama's Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack:
"Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. ... I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP
program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar
of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy
a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it.
All of those are jobs. It's the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times."
The Affirmative Action President. In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications
nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people —
conservatives included — ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the
hoariest of clichés, and that's when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent
he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth —
it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.
incoherent economic agenda. With the economy in the dumps and his own approval rating sinking,
Obama is panicking and becoming increasingly incoherent in his prescriptions for economic recovery. We
are in a crisis. But the president is going on vacation. We need a pro-jobs agenda fast. But
he's waiting until September to make a speech. We need to curtail the debt, but he's coming back with
another stimulus plan.
Answering Jonathan Alter.
Like other bad presidents before him, President Obama has not only ignored a looming crisis facing the nation,
but rather, has contributed to the massive national debt. President Obama has increased the debt faster
than any other president in history, while he and his followers gladly try to make political hay from offered
solutions instead actually solving of the problem.
Obama's kind of
economist. It's hard to find an economist who questions the relationship between the
minimum wage and employment, specifically, that a higher minimum wage reduces employment opportunities
for young, low-skilled and inexperienced workers. After all, this is Economics 101.
The impact of price changes and volumes of economic studies over nearly seven decades affirm this negative
relationship. President Obama, however, has found just such an economist, and has chosen him to
head up the Council of Economic Advisers.
about the minimum wage.
experiment has failed. The great black hope and changer has turned out to be
nothing more than an empty suit who looks good on camera and can rile the masses when the
need calls for it. Colossal spending and handouts, that on the surface appear to be
predicated on stimulating the economy, turn out to be nothing more than literal bribes to
a voter base hell bent on advancing their cause, [without regard to] the consequences to the
nation. Obama and the minions of ideologically motivated ivy leaguers are without
question a colossal failure by all measurements.
executive fiat. On Friday, it was announced zero net jobs were created nationwide in the whole
month of August. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stammered, "I do believe that we're going in the right
direction, but we need cooperation and it begins with members of the House and the Senate agreeing to do
something now." Going in the right direction? It's a perfect admission of the cluelessness of this
White House that the head of the Labor Department thinks zero new jobs and a permanent unemployment rate
above 9 percent mean the country is headed the right way.
Zero Jobs 101 — the Psychology of
Alienating Employers. It was just announced that last month's unemployment is still above
9% — despite the nearly five trillion dollars in Keynesian pump-priming, the near zero interest rates, the
expanded unemployment and food stamp support, and the government takeovers and subsidies of businesses.
There is a scary sort of deer-in-the-headlights look about Obama and Biden that is quite disturbing, as if
they are thinking, "This was not supposed to happened [sic] to us."
Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting
Planes. Nearly half of the federal government's firefighting air tankers are siting
idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks
before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres.
The tragedy of Obama.
Once again, the president seeks a "stimulus" for the economy in the form of nearly a half trillion dollars
in government spending and tax cuts. We've been through this before. It didn't work in 2009
and 2010, and it won't work now.
Attack Watch? In 2008, it was called Fight the Smears. The interface was
friendly and hope-colored. This time, it's dark and angry and Web 1.0. It looks
like the guy who designs 9/11 conspiracy Web sites finally got his big break.
hokey AttackWatch comes under attack. President Obama's campaign team has
trotted out AttackWatch.com, a spooky new Web site that asks followers to report "lies"
being told about the president. ... The rollout brought much derision, with The Washington
Post calling the site a full-fledged "laughingstock" within hours of its launch.
Snooze, You Lose. The Heritage Foundation reports this extremely funny story about
the president's job bill. ["]President Obama repeatedly asked members of Congress to pass
the American Jobs Act last week. But when no Democrat filed Obama's bill after he presented
it to Congress, a conservative congressman swiped the name for his own legislation.["]
Twits. You know a presidential campaign is going south when its detractors
have more fun with its website than do its fans. That's the case with AttackWatch.com, the
Obama site that's making him a parody.
Misadventures in Miscommunication. As a communications professional, my assessment of the Obama
Administration's communications strategy is that it may be the most inept performance I have ever seen of any
political regime. ... The embarrassments keep piling on. The "If you love me, you got to help me pass
this bill" quote? Again, what is the subtext? I can't do this all by myself. I am
incapable of leading. You need to help me.
A disaster called Obama.
Barack Obama is solidifying his status as the worst president in American history. The leader who promised
us a bright future of peace and fraternity is leading the American empire — and the rest of the world
with it — into a dark abyss. Ever since he settled into the Oval Office, Obama has been hopping
from one disaster to the next, making every possible mistake, boosting enemies and disregarding allies while
ruining everything he touches in the process.
media's love affair with a disastrous president. The press gave the great American republic an
untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President.
Under Obama, America's foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence. It is
increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in
tatters. Its debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy. And the office of
presidency is less and less a symbol of strength.
Labor Chief As Clueless As The President. It appears that Labor Secretary [Hilda] Solis had no
interest in looking at how a state with 8% of the nation's population had created nearly half of the nation's
new jobs over the past 10 years.
Big Green Boondoggles. With the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra (a shady California solar
power company that received $535 million in stimulus funds and is now under investigation by the FBI)
hanging overhead, President Obama wisely whitewashed any mention of "green jobs" out of his latest address
to Congress. But buried in the details of his latest government jobs bill released this week ... are
yet more big green boondoggles that will reward cronies, waste taxpayer dollars and make no dent in the
Furious? More Like 'Dumb and Dumberer'. The idea that we would conduct a "reverse-sting"
operation and intentionally allow weapons to fall into the hands of criminals and drug cartels is mind
numbing. The one and only, guaranteed-to-happen outcome — that these weapons actually would
be used to commit crimes — to kill people — had to have been known in advance. That
fact alone is a crime.
Did someone mention
the Fast and Furious scandal?
Obama Even Loses the Name of His Jobs Bill. Either Obama was never serious about this so-called
jobs bill in the first place and never intended to submit it, or he is one of the most inept politicians in
Groucho Marx Saves America.
A hilarious barrage of catcalls and insults has greeted Obama's latest debacle, a Soviet-style website called
Attack Watch. With its terrifying design of red and black cellblocks, and scary photos of Obama's
critics looking like Mafia hoodlums, Attack Watch openly solicits Americans to turn in their friends and
neighbors for thoughtcrimes against the president. ... Within nanoseconds of Attack Watch's debut, a parody
video by Ezra Dulis and Misfit Politics had blasted through the web. Then came the howls of Hurricane
Twitter, a Category 5 of one-liners, as Americans competed to turn themselves in and report anti-Obama
'Someone should be fired' over Solyndra bankruptcy. Republicans made it clear Wednesday that they
intend to continue shining a spotlight on the bankruptcy of a solar company that received a $535 million
loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Energy
and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, even said he wants to see an administration
official fired over the incident.
Did someone mention
the Solyndra scandal?
Beating the Racism Card.
Obama is finished. It's not so much the past six weeks, rough as they were, as his own actions and
responses that have finished him. His showdown with Congress over the debt limit, which he then ran away
from. ... The lousy job numbers, which anybody but Obama and his kept economists could have predicted.
His insistence on his precious vacation at a time when the country was deeply shaken over economic
matters. ... The uproar over his jobs speech, an attempt to embarrass the GOP which merely added to his
reputation for incompetence. The speech itself. These were not the actions of a leader, a
statesman, or even an adult. They will be neither forgiven nor forgotten.
Obama digs up dead
tax hikes. Once again, Barack Obama proposes to raise job-killing taxes on a weakening economy,
one that has all but stopped growing under his 1930s-style policies. In a confused presidency whose policies
have zigged and zagged more times than the stock market, Mr. Obama can't seem to decide what his policy should
be, changing its direction and its prescriptions from one year to the next or, more aptly, from one political
strategy to another as his job-approval polls have continued to plunge.
Obama team's twitter
trap. The purportedly internet-savvy Obama team has fallen into a Twitter trap, and it can't
get out. The AttackWatch.com snitch website, already the butt of jokes, is the subject of endless
mockery on Twitter, thanks to the site's creation of a so-called hashtag on Twitter (#attackwatch), enabling
anyone interested in following the subject to receive tweets which carry the hashtag. Best of all, the
hashtag cannot be revoked, or controlled by Team Barry. It is out there, and they can do nothing
@AttackWatch all watched up? The Twitter feed has been silent now for nearly three weeks, and
the website hasn't been updated for the same amount of time.
Presidential Protocol Bloopers. [Scroll down] Not only did the President break with
protocol, but as the other 29 leaders in the photo all stood with their hands at their sides or clasped
in front of them, Obama looked like he was doing a dry run of the oath of office he thinks he'll be taking
when he's sworn in as President of the Planet. The completely self-absorbed Barack waved to his fans,
and in so doing completely blocked the face of Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the president of Mongolia, from the
A Frivolously Destructive
Presidency. Obama's presidency lurches from fad to fad — from gays in the military
to "green jobs" to the "Buffett rule." Hyped as a profound presidency, it has turned out to be an
embarrassingly frivolous one. Sober historians of the future, not cowed by political correctness, will
no doubt look back and say that Obama fiddled while America burned, indulging his sophomoric socialism,
environmentalism, and social engineering at a time of terrorism and economic crisis.
News Poll: Majority Says as a CEO, Obama Would Have Been Fired. If Barack Obama were president
of a major U.S. company, he'd be fired by now. That's what American voters think — by a
52-38 percent margin. Fifty-six percent of independents think a corporation's board of directors would
have already handed Obama his pink slip. Nearly a quarter of Democrats also believe Obama would be out
A Quick Question. Even if he wins
a second term in the White House, [Obama will] be only 55 years old when he leaves office. Will he
found and run a health-insurance company? How about a 'green' energy firm? Or will he, perhaps,
found and run a firm specializing in offering middle- and low-income Americans better and more fully disclosed
access to consumer credit? Will he create a successful automobile firm? I'll bet (seriously) a good
deal of money that he'll do none of these things. He'll not even try. And for good reason: ... He
knows no more about the economic matters upon which he pronounces than does a soap-opera actor portraying a
physician know about cardiology or obstetrics.
Department Official in Charge of Solyndra Loan Program to Step Down. The director of the
controversial loan program that cleared the way for a $535 million taxpayer guarantee to bankrupt solar
firm Solyndra is stepping down, the Energy Department confirmed Thursday. Jonathan Silver, head of the
Loan Programs Office, plans to join the organization Third Way as a "distinguished visiting fellow."
The career change comes in the middle of heavy scrutiny from Congress over the department's handling of the
The Editor says...
One minor scapegoat is not enough. Somebody higher up needs to step down, too.
The Obama Problem.
Obama was all hype and no substance. That realization has dawned on voters, resulting in horrendous
polling. Richard Nixon was never liked, but he was at least thought competent. Obama was liked
but never competent. Now Obama is living proof of the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt.
He is neither liked nor competent. Even the hapless Jimmy Carter did not attain that status.
Obamacare Disaster Averted, Lots More To Go. Just about every conservative critic of Obamacare
pointed to the irrational design of the CLASS Act before the legislation's enactment. In fact, the
administration's own CMS actuary said it would never work. He was ignored by his employers not because
they disagreed with him, but because they needed to pretend their legislation would reduce the deficit. ... Of
course, administration officials can't acknowledge that they always knew the program's finances could never
work, so rather than admit to cynicism they are pleading incompetence. And who knows, maybe they
really are that incompetent.
Certificate Makes Slim Pickings for Obama Presidential Library. The most memorable and historic
quote from John F. Kennedy is, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for
your country." Barack Obama doesn't own a quote. He simply does not own one. There are two
legs under the stool of President Obama's domestic and foreign policies: blame George W. Bush for
all the ills of the Universe, and spend an unfathomable amount of money.
String of Failures. The final thing to say about the CLASS Act collapse is that it is the latest
monument to the remarkable ineptitude of the Obama administration. We have seen examples of its incompetence
time and time again, including (a) the administration's promise unemployment would not rise above 8 percent
if the stimulus package was passed; (b) the president's admission that "shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready
as we expected"; (c) Vice President Biden's claim that we would see 500,000 new jobs created during last
year's "recovery summer"; (d) insisting that the bankrupt company Solyndra was a model for the Obama "green
jobs" agenda; (e) the lethal missteps surrounding Operation Fast and Furious; (f) the president's
commitment to close Guantanamo Bay within a year after taking office; (g) the ...
President Since Before the Civil War. Three years ago, the people of the United States elected someone
who has turned out to be the worst president since the pre-Civil War era. Barack Obama, whether in economic
matters, domestic affairs or international relations, has been an abject failure and has severely jeopardized the
future of the American people.
Where in the world
is Obama? Throughout his term, President Obama has avoided leading on the issue of fiscal responsibility.
He walked away from his own commission, the one led by former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and former White House Chief
of Staff Erskine Bowles, when he found its report filled with inconvenient choices. Now in a week when leadership
is needed to push this critical committee to do something big and bring the nation's fiscal house back into order, the
president once again disappears.
No Gold Medals for Obama.
President Obama does not seem to have a credible plan, and even if he did, he seems incapable of working patiently
toward a goal. Half the time, it seems, the President is on the golf course, shooting hoops with his buddies
on the White House court, or vacationing on Martha's Vineyard with billionaires. When he is not horsing around,
Obama is out campaigning. That doesn't leave much time for shepherding the country through one of the worst
economic periods in history. Even when he is not golfing or making speeches, the president does not seem to
be making much of an effort.
Brown: Obama Doesn't Know How To Do His Job. Obama cheerleaders are finally realizing that they
elected the most under-accomplished man to ever hold the office. A former community organizer with no school
transcripts, a man who abandoned his senate seat and constituents barely halfway through his term so he could
run for the presidency, a man with absolutely zero executive or private sector experience.
O does not like the job. The job
has two things he does not like: responsibility and decision-making. He's never held a position of
responsibility or decision-making. Community organizers are rabble-rousers who have no staff and no
responsibility. They just go out and make noise. In the legislature he voted Present. He
is intellectually lazy.
docs show Fast and Furious was going to be used to justify gun control measures. Fast and Furious appears to be a
bottomless pit of breathtaking stupidity and inexplicable incompetence. To use a program that the ATF knew was killing
people to gain crass political advantage in a debate over gun control is just mind boggling — until you remember who
is running the country.
Did someone mention
the Fast and Furious scandal again?
Time's up for Obama.
President Obama is horrible at governing. He's not bad, though, at moving goalposts. The stimulus was
supposed to "save or create" a bazillion jobs. When the jobs on the "create" side of the ledger were smaller
than predicted, the administration did away with the term and started using jobs "funded." That, of course,
includes numerous pre-existing jobs (including part-time ones) at every company or government entity that received
stimulus money. In the debt ceiling debate this past summer, the White House initially agreed to a target of
$800 billion in new revenue. When House Republicans put out a plan to reach that figure, the White House
raised the bar to $1.2 trillion. Now the President who gave himself one term to fix the economy is asking
for another four years to complete the job.
Welcome to Texas!
Campaigning in Kansas today, President Obama momentarily forgot which of the 57 states he was in. But
that was just a slip of the tongue. The really dumb thing he said is that the internet is causing
unemployment. ... This is one more reminder — as if we needed it — that President
Obama has no understanding of the economy.
Obama's Not Changing
His Spots. Here is a man who was swept into the presidency with the thinnest résumé
of any in the nation's history — one who many believe is in reality a "front" for shadowy special interests
like George Soros and who knows whom else, public service labor unions, and crony capitalist backers (think,
for instance, Jeff Immelt of General Electric). When "The One" mesmerized voters with oratory and slogans,
he hadn't much of a record on which to be judged — and much of that was murky and hidden from public
view. ... But now there is a record — and it's a very bad one. From the January in which Obama
took office until right now, his has been a totally failed presidency.
at a Two-Term Presidency. I believe that Obama is an incompetent, overly self-confident, narcissistic,
hardcore leftist ideologue who is dragging America toward a cliff similar to the one off which most of the countries
of Western Europe are plunging. I hope, but am not confident, that most of America recognizes this.
publishes book of 200 blank pages: 'Everything Obama Knows About The Economy'. It didn't take very
long for Jimmy Moncrief to put together his new 200-page book, "Everything Obama Knows About The Economy."
Every page of the book is blank.
Top Boners of 2011. Calculate the man-hours that went into presenting to Congress a budget that
didn't muster even one vote in the Senate. If that didn't cry out that Obama is a one-term president,
certainly the rest of the year's events did. The question that I have for the political geniuses at the
White House is: "After getting elected primarily on the strength of the financial crisis, how could you
be so ignorant of fiscal issues?"
Obama's Poverty Politics.
Barack Obama's manifold failures over the last three years have left him in a political tough spot as we enter
2012. He will have a challenging time running on a record that has resulted in massive unemployment,
stagnant income growth, a record number of people on food stamps, and a gargantuan level of debt that Americans
will be paying off for decades after Obama has retired to the golf courses of Hawaii.
Obama's Record Has A Deep Scratch In It.
Supposedly a forward looking progressive, Obama proved to be America's first backward looking regressive.
His first act was to increase federal borrowing, the national debt and the deficit by nearly a trillion dollars
to finance a supposed "stimulus" package, based on the discredited Keynesian theory left for dead 30 years
ago holding that increased government spending, deficits and debt are what promote economic growth and recovery.
That theory arose in the 1930s as the answer to the Great Depression, which, of course, never worked.
Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President's Incompetence. Obama's policy in regard to oil and gas has
been a study in incompetence driven by an ideological mania against hydrocarbon fuel in favor of more politically correct
forms of energy production. This has not only led to what amounts to a campaign against oil and gas production in
the U.S., but embarrassing scandals such as Solyndra, brought on by unwise federal loan guarantees to dubious green energy
companies. This is occurring at a time when Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz through which much of the
world's oil passes from Persian Gulf fields.
truly dismal state of the union. There is one person — one American among the
300 million of us — who is not to blame for the state of the union. Everyone else, each
of you, in some small or large way, bears some share of the blame, but not this guy. Not one little bit.
Project Obama: A
Puppetmaster or a Puppet? [Scroll down] His limp-wristed demeanor, more typical of a world-weary
courtier than a king, bespeaks indolence rather than energy. What we know about his schedule is certainly
no evidence of a workaholic. Endless hours spent on the links, a net of three months over the last three
years, so that his caddy has far more face time with the president than any member of his cabinet. Frequent,
prolonged vacations in posh spots. Regular, come-hell-or-high-water parties at the White House, rubbing
shoulders with the rich and famous. Sybaritic habits and expensive tastes in food (Wagyu beef, which sells
for upwards of $150 per pound, is said to be a particular favorite) matching his spouse's exorbitant taste in
Obama, Democrats Own Syria
Failure. The fact that the United States has been forced to close its embassy in Syria today — for
safety reasons, not in protest, let it be noted — is the most tangible proof yet of the failure of Barack
Obama's foreign policy.
Religion burns Obama
again. It's a problem that previously has popped up in controversies over Israel, the Rev. Jeremiah
Wright and even Obama's 2008 comments about people holding on to "guns and religion." "It almost appears
that every time he tries to steer clear of [the intersection of politics and religion], he steps right into it,"
said Susan MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida. "He's trying not
to call attention to it and then he finds himself in the middle of it."
Obama: 8.9% unemployment for you. In a
post triumphantly titled: "How Obama's Budget Throws A Big Punch At The GOP," Brien Beutler of the liberal Talking
Points Memo site let the cat out of the bag: President Obama is thinking that after $5 trillion in overspending, the
best he can do is knock the unemployment down to 8.9% for the year 2012. That cannot help his re-election efforts.
How Obama Makes Decisions.
[Scroll down] This refusal to do the homework necessary to make good decisions is worrisome on several levels.
It led to not only legislation being outsourced to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, but also to foreign policy decisions
that seem to come from either the Arab League or the United Nations, or from some sudden inspiration of his disconnect
Gasoline Prices and
Dollar Prices. Surging gasoline prices are back in the news, and President Obama shows his
concern for Americans by doing what he does best. He gave a speech. Happy now?
Obama fundraiser turns out to be a bad ambassador. Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored
American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely
ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over the world. Today, the State
Department revealed that another fundraiser turned ambassador ran her embassy into the ground ... only to return to
fundraising and leave the State Department to pick up the pieces.
Here Comes Obama's 3 AM
Phone Call. On or about April 1 of 2012, that 3 AM phone call will reach the White House.
We know what it will be — which is itself a sign of stunning incompetence in this White House.
None of this information should ever be public. Ever. But this administration has chosen its Secretary of
Defense to publicly leak the most closely guarded secret of Israel's back-against-the-wall defense against Iranian
nuclear weapons. Such public leaks amount to near treason in time of war. Imagine if someone leaked
General Eisenhower's plans for the D-Day invasion in June of 1944.
That Obama Is Scared. [#8] Obama's foreign policy strategy is in shambles. Generally when a president has
such a weak domestic agenda, he may be able to recover based on decent foreign policy. This is not the case with Obama.
Obama's foreign policy has made America weak and the laughingstock of the world. It was said when Obama was elected that the
world would love us, which has proven simply not the case. Obama has revealed himself to be much worse than Bush in foreign
policy, and he has created havoc all over North Africa and the Middle East.
President Blameless. This must be the most
blame-deflecting White House in our nation's history. ... As late as last July, the White House sought to prove that Dallas
resident George W. Bush was still responsible for all the nation's budget troubles. Atlantic magazine blogger Megan McArdle
deliciously characterized this lame attempt at evading responsibility as "The duck starts here."
failed energy policies. No one's talking about it yet, but Obama also appears to be fulfilling his campaign promise to
drive up home power bills by aggressively regulating America's industries that produce electricity. It will be difficult for Obama
to escape his positions, which are heavily rooted in ideology. In today's speech in New Hampshire, he made clear that he knows he
has a problem and he doesn't know what to do.
Barry can't eat what he wants while the old ball-and-chain is nearby.
Barack Obama is a henpecked ninny.
Michelle in Boston, Barack gobbles burger, fries. [Scroll down] The pool report noted: "Before leaving
the restaurant, the president purchased a cheeseburger and fries for lunch. He emerged holding lunch in a white paper bag."
Obama has a history of breaking from his healthy White House diet when he campaigns.
The "One Thing" That Michelle Allows Me To Do Is Watch ESPN. In an interview with ESPN's Bill Simmons, President Obama talks
about how he is able to sneak in watching sports during the day. "Well, first of all, I don't watch network news or cable news.
So in the morning, when I'm working out with Michelle, it's on SportsCenter. This is the one thing that she allows me," Obama told
Simmons. Obama says he is also able to "sneak in" a game while he is reading his briefings.
Obama lauds White House
'powerhouse': Wife Michelle. "My job is very simple," President Obama said in welcoming his guests. "It is to
introduce the powerhouse of the White House — the one truly in charge, as Malia, Sasha and Bo all know — the
first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Was it a joke, or a desperate cry for help?
Obama on marriage: 'Do whatever she tells
you'. The president stopped at the Kozy Corners diner in Oak Harbor, Ohio, on Thursday [7/5/2012] for what political
campaigns dub an "OTR" — an "off the record" event that isn't on the formal schedule — and doled out a bit of
marriage advice. "Just do whatever she tells you to," Obama told a man sitting with his wife at a table during a brief chat
about what makes a good marriage. The president's words were collected by The New York Times reporter Mark Landler, the print
on hot mike: I quit smoking 'because I'm scared of my wife'. President Obama said on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly
Monday [9/23/2013] that he quit smoking six years ago "because I'm afraid of my wife."
Book bombshell: Obama canceled
Bin Laden 'kill' raid three times at Jarrett's urging. At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the
operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an
explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning
'Gutsiest call ever' was postponed three times.
It turns out that "one of the... gutsiest calls of any President in recent memory" — the decision to eliminate Osama Bin
Laden — was postponed three times at the urging of... Valerie Jarrett?
See also Barack
Obama: The "Whipped" Factor.
Michelle's orders: No fried Twinkies.
[T]his week in Iowa, when he goes to the state fair, the president told attendees at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs that the first lady has given him
strict instructions. "Michelle has told me that I cannot have a fried Twinkie," he said.
Obama's Strange Dependence on Valerie Jarrett.
President Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before saying yes, because he got cold feet about the possible political harm to
himself if the mission failed. Instead of listening to advisors from the U.S. military, Defense, or even State, Obama was acting on the advice of
White House politico and close friend Valerie Jarrett.
Without Michelle, Obama gorges like
Clinton. He hasn't made an appearance at McDonald's yet, but President Obama is doing his best Bill Clinton impression on the
campaign trail — at least when it comes to gorging on every plate of chops and Solo Cups of beer put in front of him.
Campaigning without his wife through Iowa this week, Obama diverted his bus several times to restaurants, diners and snack stores in an
uncharacteristic manner for the calorie-conscious president whose diet back home is governed by his low-fat demanding wife and organic
focused personal chef Sam Kass.
Driving Ms. Jarrett. A bombshell front-page story in Sunday's New York Times investigates Valerie Jarrett,
senior adviser to President Obama and chair of the "White House council on women and girls," according to her official biography. Among the revelations included in the
Times exposé: Jarrett is protected by a full-time Secret Service detail. [...] The article describes Jarrett, heir to a Chicago real-estate fortune and a longtime
fixer for former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley as well as for President Obama, as "the other power in the West Wing." For example, when billionaire investor and Obama
supporter Warren Buffett visited the White House for lunch last July, "the table was set for three": Buffett, the president of the United States, and Valerie Jarrett.
Valerie Jarrett reportedly
dating a Muslim. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise
on March Madness bracketology because ValJar, by most accounts, is a tireless and fiercely loyal sycophantic gatekeeper, policy adviser,
and in essence acting president. [...] In other words, in many respects she is running the country while Obama handles the public face.
The Audacity of Cronyism.
[Valerie] Jarrett gets a security detail from the US Secret Service (USSS). That means 24/7 protection, at a cost of millions of dollars a year.
Of course, it also means an air of importance for Jarrett — her own taxpayer-funded entourage. The idea that someone such as Jarrett — who
officially plays no role in national security or counter-terrorism — would receive USSS protection would be laughable if it weren't, in fact, real.
It's like a tale out of the Versailles Court of the Sun King — the sort of anecdote that provokes the peasants, eventually, to revolution.
spends shutdown day making sandwiches with processed meat, white bread and peanut butter and jelly. Somebody might be in a little
trouble on the home-front. President Barack Obama took a break from sorting out the shutdown of the federal government on Monday to make
sandwiches for low-income and homeless families. Nobody would argue that feeding the homeless is a noble cause. However, the president's
wife might not be too thrilled with what was on the menu.
Obama versus the Democrats.
Obama wanted to play president, not be president. And the real Barack Obama is anything but a confident, competent winner.
Some of those who did not support Obama tried to sound the warning bell about Obama's severe lack of... well, everything necessary
for a president to succeed. Obama lacked experience, and he continues to lack character, integrity, and a love of the America
that has taken over 200 years to build.
Are you smarter than a Joe Biden? The
Obama administration is nothing if not full of itself. Never before have we seen such bragging from people who
never accomplished a thing in their lives.
The World According to Obama.
Alas, Barack Obama is living in an ivory tower in which he has absolutely no conception of what is taking place in so many parts
of the world. And that is not surprising based on the way he has governed over the past three years. He has proven
ignorant of history and world affairs, disinterested in what the majority of Americans want for the future of the country, and
focused on himself and his own worldviews. He is obsessed with diplomacy, the U.N., and leading from behind —
all of which have proven useless in dealing with the world's tyrannies and vitriolic regimes.
Justices may not stop at dashing Obamacare.
Justice Anthony Kennedy ripped through the argument that because Congress has the constitutional power to regulate
interstate commerce, it has the power to regulate anything. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was overmatched
and ill-prepared, displaying once again why socialism fails: It leads to the appointment of unemployable
nephews and political hangers on to positions for which they are ill-suited.
Who Is Barack Obama? One
thing is certain: Barack Obama has little in common with any president our country has ever had. Hopefully, this
Obama hiccup in history will be of short duration, nothing more than "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and
Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama, Constitutional Scholar. The Justices of the United States Supreme
Court are unelected, Mr. President, to insulate and protect them from the influence and derision of lawmakers and chief
executives like you.
What Happened to Black Pride?
If Obama were a basketball player, he would be the equivalent of the guy who couldn't inbound the ball or constantly
double-dribbles. He's the guy to whom you just quit passing the ball; because when he gets the ball, he always
shoots and always misses.
Go ahead, Dems, make Mitt's day. Barack
Obama is unable to point to one achievement as president other than the Navy SEALs killing Osama bin Laden on his watch.
And so Barack Obama is going to attack the person of Mitt Romney, early and often. Americans hate character
assassination. The nasty, smarmy, snarky side of Barack Obama will doom him to the biggest humiliation in
American politics since Herbert Hoover.
Obama's Running Out of Ways To Surrender. The
deadly and coordinated attack by Taliban forces on Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, is but the latest in a string of deadly assaults on U.S. forces,
Afghan soldiers, and above all civilians. President Barack Obama's clear intention to withdraw before the fall (for domestic political, not
military or diplomatic reasons) plus his cringe-worthy eagerness to negotiate has led to an acceleration of enemy attacks, not the hoped-for respite.
excuses rather than responsibility for his failed policies. This is one more example of Obama saying one thing
while doing another or trying to have things both ways. He says he is "not gonna make excuses," but continues to do
so. As Salena Zito put it in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Obama has blamed the stagnant economy on ATMs, ditches,
slurpees, corporate-jet owners, the TEA Party, Republicans, Japan's earthquake, the Arab spring, the Arab summer, George
Bush, and Wall Street.
Betraying Every Ally.
Obama's obnoxious behavior is all the more senseless because while there isn't very much that the United States
needs from Argentina, it needs to maintain a good level of cooperation with the UK. [...] This has become an
unfortunate pattern by an administration that makes so many bad decisions that it is often hard to tell whether
it is being willfully destructive or mindlessly clueless.
House Stunned By Argentine Oil Expropriation. After a weekend of cavorting in Colombia, the
White House was caught flat-footed by Argentina's takeover of a big oil company whose loss will hike gas
prices, harm Spain and slam U.S. investors.
Exploding Cigar: Obama, the Dog Eater. [Scroll down] Ridicule and exposure are significant political
tools, tools which the right better learn to use. Obamacare, the economy and Obama's poor handling of it, and the
increasing, unavoidable evidence that he is over his head in managing the executive branch are the big issues, but a
great many voters are not as interested in such things. They are low information voters who vote on an emotional
basis and that cannot be ignored.
This election is about eating dogs.
Obama is rapidly looking less and less like a President and more and more like an inept pol who's also something of a doofus.
Obama's disastrous war.
President Obama has lost Afghanistan. The war is turning into a catastrophic defeat — one
that will be worse than Vietnam. It is time to bring the troops home, and end this national nightmare.
Hillary Clinton Playing Russian Roulette with the
Russians. [Scroll down] It would be hard to imagine more errors in a single answer. Russia's change of leadership?
What change? Putin has been in charge since New Year's Eve 2000. That has never been in doubt. The Obama administration made
much — too much — of its closeness to Medvedev, even giving the appearance of disrespect to Putin in the process. That's
like cozying up to the monkey in the hopes of showing up the organ grinder.
Obama's Dismal Job Performance.
Hanlon's Razor states that one should "never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." It's a
fitting adage for Barack Obama. It's easy enough to demonstrate Obama's incompetence as president. You would think
he would get something right for America every once in a while, if only accidentally. Yet that seems to not be the case.
President Mañana. Forty months into his White
House residency, Obama still speaks in the future tense. This makes his future as precarious as any other American's.
If the president could boast about his past, he would feel confident in his future. As it stands, he is a man long on
vision and short on accomplishment.
Ruse by Any Other Name — Obama, the Falklanda and Project 21. President Obama has a notoriously anti-British
streak. One of his first acts as President was ridding the White House of a bust of Winston Churchill, and he seemingly took
great pains to insult the British Queen by giving her American DVD's of his own speeches, recordings that would not even play on
British equipment, and his wife hugging Her Majesty (the Queen, not Michelle) in a gross violation of protocol.
has Held More Campaign Events than the Previous Five Presidents. Barack Obama's extreme campaigning smacks of desperation.
Weak in the polls, presiding over a dismal economic performance, detached from the everyday concerns of Americans and largely uninterested
in the details of the job he holds, the president lives up to the slogan Mitt Romney has pinned to him: Obama isn't working.
His policies aren't working and he literally isn't doing his job because he's too busy on the campaign trail.
show what Obama is. It is obvious from his appointees that the president is an ideologue masquerading as a middle-of-the-road
politician. By his actions it is clear who he really is: a leftist community organizer who somehow became president.
Obama's Disastrous Political
Overreach: This cannot be what the Obama campaign predicted; and the fact that they would take their most notable
achievement and employ it in a way that would be potentially counterproductive is a sign that the mindset of all the president's
men is so aggressive, so hyper-partisan, so mean-spirited and so desperate that they are acting in ways that are amateurish and
self-defeating. It might also be a sign that Obama has so few genuine accomplishment to his name that when he actually is
able to identify one, he mishandles it. They don't have enough practice to know what to do with a real achievement.
Obama Has Already Lost.
Whether the standard to measure Barack Obama is legislative, fiscal, foreign policy, managerial or personal, Obama ranks
among the lowest of the low in presidential ability.
Sebelius' Constitution. An account of the
hearing was issued by the Catholic News Agency. It's almost painful to read. The secretary admits she was unaware of
legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a "balance" between believers' rights and the contraception
mandate. "I'm not a lawyer, and I don't pretend to understand the nuances of the constitutional balancing tests," Mrs. Sebelius
told Mr. Gowdy. She also admits she is unaware of Supreme Court cases stretching back decades in which, as the Catholic News
Agency put it, "religious believers' rights against government intrusion were upheld by the court."
Obama's bipolar approach to
terrorism: While some terrorists are pampered, others are blown up.
Bin Laden May Ironically Be Obama's
Albatross. The president seems to think bragging about killing Osama bin Laden will help get him re-elected. But the question is
increasingly becoming why the president hesitated on such a no-brainer decision.
The Amateur: Barack Obama in the
White House. Edward Klein's new book on Barack Obama, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, is a withering
portrayal of a radical adrift, in over his head, drowning in his own incompetency — while being weighed down by a small circle
of "advisers" who are compounding the problem of the Amateur in the White House. [...] He had few if any accomplishments or professional
standing in any of his previous positions. Even when he served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, he avoided any
encounters with other faculty who enjoyed discussing the law. His reluctance to engage them is revealing in and of itself, suggesting
he had a reason for his lack of confidence.
Senior Homeland Security
staffers have no law enforcement experience. President Barack Obama's Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, has presided
over the hiring of at least four senior staffers and advisers who have no law enforcement experience but align politically with the president.
Jindal On Obama's Experience: He 'Never Ran
a Lemonade Stand'. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized President Obama's experience before he became president in an interview Tuesday [5/15/2012],
and defended Mitt Romney, who has recently come under attack by Obama's campaign for his record at Bain Capital. "President Obama hasn't run anything before
he was elected President of the United States. Never ran a state, never ran a business, never ran a lemonade stand. This job's too important for on
the job training," Jindal said during an interview on FOX News' "America's Newsroom" Tuesday [5/15/2012].
Mass Distraction: Barack Obama Has No Clothes. [Scroll down] When a president has no discernable governing leadership skills,
and nothing to which he can point as an example of the positive things he has done for his nation's economy, he must spend all his time campaigning
and fundraising. He needs lots of cash with which smear his opponents, and boatloads of it are now sailing into Port Obama from wealthy
leftwing Hollywood loons and other radical advocates of homosexual marriage.
Obama's Grade: D Plus. One arrives at such a low mark only after a
thorough — and scientific — examination of the president's record of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations.
Barack Obama's 15 Minutes of Fame. The key is the
word "celebrity." Thanks to Barack Obama, the U.S. presidency now has less and less to do with competence and leadership and more and more to do with
that elusive word whose definition changes with each degrading instance of its redefinition downward in the media. We have a cool president who
hobnobs with the ladies of The View and slow jams the news with comedian Jimmy Fallon. The key to these appearances? The people
hosting them have risen to stardom despite having done nothing of substance in their lives.
Ready, Fire, Aim. We are rapidly approaching the moment at which
Washington reevaluates the Obama campaign's reputation for competence and expertise. Every week, one or several of Obama's
surrogates trip over their own words; every day, Jim Messina and David Plouffe and David Axelrod must scratch their heads in wonder
at the mess they are creating. One gaffe is an isolated event. Two is an embarrassment. But three or more form a
pattern, one that is damaging not only Obama's precarious chances for reelection but also the fortunes of the Democratic Party.
Bain — Obama's public-equity record is the real scandal. Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats,
President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways
Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney's record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama's record in public
equity — and that record is not pretty.
America Gets a Wake-Up Call.
Reading the unemployment numbers for May (can you imagine what the real ones would be?), your lefty-liberal friends should be
ashamed of themselves — at least those that aren't committed, Cloward-Piven style, to the fall of the U.S. [...] I
don't need to see Obama's hidden college grades. I know he's a failure. I don't need to read The Amateur.
I know he's an amateur.
Obama's Sons: They Are Real for
Him. [Scroll down] He is the world spirit and the end of history. When Hegel said it, people thought,
and still think, he was a madman. But Hegel, at least, was a great intellect. [...] Barack Obama, on the other hand, is an
intellectual, moral, and historical lightweight, a manufactured man of significant accomplishments on paper which somehow don't
match up with anything one can point to in reality.
Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to 'Polish Death Camp'. Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today [5/29/2012]
at President Obama's reference earlier to "a Polish death camp" — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.
"The White House will apologize for this outrageous error," Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish
Prime Minister Donald Tusk "will make a statement in the morning. It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by
ignorance and incompetence."
Obama's Achilles heel. As a
professional politician and former community organizer, Mr. Obama has little firsthand knowledge of how the marketplace actually
works — and it shows. The president's attempt to stimulate the economy with taxpayer dollars was never going to
create jobs. He has increased regulation and taxes on businesses, resulting in a slowed economy and an official unemployment
rate stuck over 8 percent, which doesn't count those who have given up looking.
Please Excuse My President. Barack
Obama entered the presidency with his sights and standards very high, and many liberals believed he could be the transformative figure
they had been awaiting for generations. But by now it is clear that, by any reasonable measure (including those set out by Obama
himself at the beginning of his term), his presidency has been a failure.
Obama Is Simply Overmatched by Events.
The trajectory of events is down, not up. The economy is slowing down. Consumer confidence is dropping. Virtually
every economic indicator is getting worse, not better. This would be very troubling news for any incumbent president -- but
for one who has virtually no achievements he can point to with pride, it is triply damaging.
This Ain't No Polish Joke. You
cannot use the phrase "Polish death camp" without offending tens of millions of Poles. There were no Polish death camps.
The Poles were the ones, by and large, in the Nazi and Soviet death camps. And yet, that's exactly what the author of "smart
diplomacy" said last night [5/29/2012], at a ceremony that was supposed to honor WWII Polish underground leader Jan Karski.
Let's not get fooled again as a nation.
In five short months it will be Election Day, when Americans can return to the polls to fix the mistake that put Barack Obama in the White House.
Those on the far left think he's a mistake because he has failed to deliver on their version of "hope and change." Thank goodness
for that failure. Those on the right think he's a mistake because he has proven to be incompetent throughout a stumbling presidency.
I Am Barack Obama's Worst Nightmare.
The MSM and Kool-Aid addicted left-wing pundits have praised Obama for his leadership. I haven't seen any evidence of leadership.
I have seen coercion. I have seen bribery. I have seen "bait-and-switch" policy pronouncements. But I have not seen
leadership. [...] Saying "I won" is not leadership. Bribing Senators to vote for your health care plan is not leadership.
Speaking over 50 times to the nation about your healthcare plan and still not achieving the support of a majority of its citizens
certainly does not indicate leadership.
Party Loyalty and the Future of
America. Does loyalty to a political party trump the well-being of a nation? That question now confronts many
Democratic Party activists, financial contributors, and elected politicians, particularly because Barack Obama has no loyalty to
the party he leads. In 2008, the Party went on a blind date with someone they did not know and made no effort to
investigate. [...] Once in office, the real Barack Obama surfaced. The blind date has turned out to be a disaster
for the Party and the country.
Obama administration at 'the nexus of liberalism and incompetence'. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, frequently mentioned
as a potential vice presidential candidate, said the Obama administration is at "the nexus of liberalism and incompetence" while
speaking at the Chicago meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday [6/8/2012]. "The Obama admin is at the
nexus of liberalism and incompetence and together that's a deadly combination," Jindal said. "[Obama] ran a clever campaign in
2008 ... but the reality is he has governed as the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter."
Senator: 'I Have Not
Been Impressed with [Holder's] Intelligence'. Texas senator John Cornyn called into question the intelligence of Attorney
General Eric Holder earlier today in a radio interview. "Do you think Holder is smart?," radio host Laura Ingraham asked Cornyn.
"I have not been impressed with his intelligence," Cornyn responded.
Punch Drunk in the Oval Office. From
premature military withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan to selling out U.S. missile defense to the Russians and mouthing mechanical
blandishments to U.S. allies like the Danes, President Obama is squandering a great foreign policy legacy.
The S.S. Obama is Leaking. The holes in the Obama
Administration continue to show the greatest inherent problem to the President's re-election: These people are incompetent.
At almost every level, in almost every issue the Obama Administration is barely keeping afloat.
Obama Entering a World All His Own.
No president in human history has quite equaled Obama when it comes to blaming others for his problems. And during the 2008 campaign,
everything wrong with America could be laid squarely at the feet of President Bush. But now Obama, having presided over what at this
stage must qualify as among the most inept presidencies in American history, is complaining because he's being held accountable.
Lauded Appointees Have Failed to Measure Up. Like almost everything written and said about President Obama and his new
administration as they stood poised to take office in 2009, the intellectual, governmental and political skills of his Cabinet and
executive team were overinflated and fawned over by a news media caught in the national swoon. "The team he has announced so
far is more impressive than any other in recent memory," wrote New York Times columnist David Brooks.
Liberal and Incompetent. [Scroll down] America
simply cannot afford another four years of on-the-job training. There may have been times in our country's history
where having an untested leader in the White House would have been fine, but this is certainly not one of those times.
Yes, President Obama needs to go because his liberal policies are wrong and bad for America. But it's worse than that;
it's basic incompetence. He is also the most incompetent president since Jimmy Carter.
Five Reasons Why Romney is the Favorite.
[#3] Intellectual exhaustion: The Obama campaign is out of ideas. On the economy, Obama has used virtually everything in his progressive
toolkit. Nothing has worked. And so the president, unable to defend his record in the first term, is left with no compelling vision to
offer in a second term. Witness his speech in Ohio yesterday. It was billed as a "major" address on the economy. But it was widely
panned even on the left for being empty and uninteresting. The president himself cannot articulate why his agenda in a second term would be
more effective than what he's done in his first term. He's running on empty.
Obama is bowing out. President Obama did it again.
Despite being head of state of the most powerful nation on the planet, he bent over to give a bow to the leader of a lesser country. Mr.
Obama's latest show of fealty was to Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the G20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday [6/18/2012].
His repeated bowing to foreign politicians is conduct unbecoming a president of the United States.
Undercover Community Organizer. [Scroll
down] If our undercover community organizer were president for only a day or two we wouldn't be in the debacle we currently find ourselves
in. But after more than three years of Obama's "leadership," we're left with six trillion in new debt, a failed so-called stimulus, real
unemployment in the double-digits, food stamp usage at an all-time high, the failed creation of "preferred" green energy jobs that filled the
pockets only of Obama's crony donors, and a health care law that will only accelerate our road to bankruptcy if not overturned. This level
of incompetence would never be tolerated by the American people if the mainstream media were doing its job and truly informing the public.
Obama's Claim of
Executive Privilege: It's Frivolous. Holder's letter is a remarkable document. Viewed from a strictly technical
standpoint, it is a terrible piece of legal work. Its arguments are weak at best; in some cases, they are so frivolous as to
invite the imposition of sanctions if they were asserted in court.
Obama raises legal
eyebrows with executive privilege claim. President Obama could be on shaky legal ground with his assertion of executive
privilege in a congressional investigation that has been going on for a year, according to scholars who study the limits of presidential
power. Louis Fisher, a former specialist on the separation of powers at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, said he
found the administration's arguments "extremely unpersuasive."
Obama Forgets Anniversary. Thursday [6/21/2012] marked
the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution with no word out of the White House. The White House website
did not mention the anniversary in its blog or any other portion of its website.
Is This Republic Worth Saving? You see
him — whether you want to or not — just about every single day on television, on the internet, standing at the
teleprompter, jiving on late-night comedy hours, delivering his lines in the Rose Garden, yucking it up with brainless movie stars, leaking
national security secrets, pontificating on his final-4 basketball picks, spinning tall tales about his "roots" narrative, throwing coming-out
parties, juking onstage with Paul McCartney, playing golf, golf, golf, and more golf. You've seen him at the Vineyard. You've seen
him in the surf in Hawaii. You've seen him in flip-flops, sipping Slurpees, playing ping-pong on the Continent. You've seen him
bowing to dictators and chatting it up with banana-republic warlords. [...] This is an adolescent block party, not a presidency.
Obama's Amnesty For Under 30 Illegals Is Terrible Policy. [#6] This will encourage illegal immigration: If you can pass
for 30 years old or younger and you've ever considered coming to America illegally, now is the time. All you have to do is get here,
get some phony documentation, and chances are you'll get to stay in the country indefinitely with a work permit. There are undoubtedly
tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of illegals on the way here to take advantage of Obama's stupidity.
Does Obama Know Who Brian Terry Is? Well,
this is what happens your son doesn't look like President Obama. Now imagine the fury that would have followed if one of George W.
Bush's press secretaries couldn't remember the name of a soldier who had died in Iraq. Then again it is probably just as well that
it was Carney who said "the family that you referred to". If it was President Obama, he'd have probably called Terry a "corpseman".
Come to think of it, does President Obama even know who Brian Terry is? Or for that matter Jaime Zapata?
The Worst Story Ever Told. Mr. Obama's
story is a series of beginnings and middles, with no satisfying resolutions. There is no denouement — just endless chaos.
Loose ends aren't tied up because nothing ever is seen through to its successful conclusion.
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.
The Contents of Obama's Character. [Scroll
down] [Scroll down] Obama has no clue of what's been tried and found wanting. He surrounds himself with ideologues and
tunes out anyone who's ever made an honest dime in the real world. Thus every single idea the "progressive" president puts forward
is a regressive throwback to notions that have been failing miserably for more than seventy years. The stuff he believes is just
plain dopey. He thinks technology is the cause of unemployment. He does not understand that only private jobs create the
wealth that makes public jobs possible. He thinks that wind and solar energy should be subsidized and fossil fuel production
suppressed. He insists on bringing the European social model to the U.S. even as the model implodes in front of our eyes.
Dems' Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to
Waste. After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing that revealed a spectacularly out-of-touch White House, the administration finally
decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday [6/29/2012].
It's leadership-from-behind you can count on.
DC Area Out of Power, Obama on
Vacation. Damage that has been described as "worse than some hurricanes" has not moved Obama to interrupt his
air-conditioned holiday. This dereliction of duty is not happening in distant New Orleans, but right in the heart of
the nation's media and political center. Yet the mainstream media has not bothered to comment on Obama's absence.
Jurassic Ideas About How Jobs Are Created. On a day when unemployment topped 8% for the 41st month in a row, it's worth noting
Vice President Joe Biden told Ohioans Tuesday that "so-called job creators" don't build the economy. It explains a lot.
Mitt Romney's Time to Choose.
Barack Obama is an unmitigated failure whose dedication to leftist ideology has potentially doomed the United States and its
citizens to second-class status. The month of June 2012 was among the worst ever experienced by any president and his
administration, as the events of that period dramatically exposed Obama's radical mindset, dishonesty, and megalomania.
Further, it is now unambiguously certain that the economy will continue to deteriorate, and joblessness will accelerate and
become more entrenched. [...] Barack Obama, devoid of any character and integrity, can thus easily obfuscate and lie about his
record as well as demagogue his opponent in an attempt to fool as many people as possible. He has no leadership skills
and does not inspire confidence in the vast majority of the people, as a recent poll indicates that just 20% of the populace
are satisfied with the direction of the country.
Obama's Big, Bad
Story Isn't Right. We're paying White House staffers $38 million yearly, according to Politico, plus
looking at roughly $750 million to a billion dollars in campaign spending to support this president -- and the
best excuse he can come up with for his failed presidency is that he's not a good story-teller? This is a man
who largely won the presidency on nothing other than a fantastic and unbelievable story he sold to America via willing
accomplices in the press.
As Hope Shrieks Away.
All you have to do is subtract the Obama expectations from the Obama result. What you are left with is a remainder that
confirms that this isn't a presidency, but rather a magic act.
The Obama Way: Selling Failure as
Success. Barak [sic] Obama, in 2008, won the presidency on the platform that (among other things) he understood the
country's economic problems and, more importantly, knew how to solve them. Three-plus years later, the administration is now
telling us that "The economy turns out to have been far worse ... than we knew at the time," "we are moving in the right direction,"
and that he now "needs more time to fix the economy." "The economy turns out to have been far worse ... than we knew at the
time" simply tells us that Mr. Obama never understood the problems to begin with.
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.
How the Democratic Media Spin the News.
This morning I participated in a media phone call organized by the Romney campaign. It was led by John Sununu and focused on President Obama's
astonishing claim that "If you got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Sununu was joined by four
small business owners. Sununu was nuclear. He said that Obama's comments show three related things: 1) The President doesn't
understand how America and business work. No wonder his administration has failed to create jobs. 2) Obama's crony capitalism:
he thinks the way to create jobs is for the government to pick winners and losers, and slide money to Obama's bundlers and allies. 3) Obama's
attitude toward small business also reflects where he comes from, the "murky political world" of Chicago where politicians and felons are interchangeable.
President Obama — Public Employee #1.
President Obama gave a speech last weekend that was so utterly out of touch with American values, so clueless as to how things work in this country,
that I have to add a few footnotes to his performance.
Spends More Time Golfing Than In Economic Meetings. In July 2010 President Barack Obama promised suffering
Americans: "I will not rest until everyone American who is able, and ready and willing to work can find a job.
And a job that pays a decent wage and has decent benefits to support a family." It was just words. In fact,
despite serving as president during the "Greatest Recession since the Great Depression" Barack Obama has spent more time on the
golf course than in economic meetings.
[Emphasis in original.]
Obama Throws Himself and Liz Warren Under the
Bus. The Obama campaign has gone to DEFCON 1 over the national reaction to the president's "You didn't build that!" speech in
Roanoke. Last week the campaign trotted out a video ad that deceptively edited Obama's own speech to attempt to refute an effective Romney
ad. Today, in a visual cue that its previous attempt failed, the campaign has rolled out a second ad that features the president himself
reading to the camera. He had time to sit for this shoot, but not to meet with his jobs council.
Paper: Is Obama the Worst Ever? The San Diego
Union-Tribune, the 3rd-largest paper in California, offers a scathing, point-by-point indictment of President Obama's presidency — focusing
particularly on Obamacare — and asks whether we've ever had a worse president.
Department opening up more federal land... for solar panels. Forget about the leasing for oil, gas, and mineral drilling
that would allow the energy market to produce the jobs and economic growth it is absolutely chomping at the bit to create — let's
prioritize our administrative resources and land use for an industry that has demonstrated itself barely capable of competing on the global
market despite heavy assistance from taxpayers. Yeah, that's a great plan.
WH's Carney Refuses To Name The
Capital Of Israel. White House press secretary Jay Carney is asked by a reporter what is the capital of Israel. Reporter: What
city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv? Jay Carney, White House press
secretary: Um... I haven't had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh... Reporter:
What is the capital [of Israel]? Jay Carney: You know our position. Reporter: I don't.
Carney Unable to Identify Capital of Israel.
In today's [7/26/2012] press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney was unable to identify the capital of Israel. Carney would not say
whether President Obama believe it's Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. For nearly a minute, in response to repeated questioning, Carney only says
that "our position hasn't changed" and that he hasn't gotten that question in a while.
More Evidence Obama
Literally Not Doing the Job of President. Every President prior to Barack Obama understood that the job entailed things like holding
press conferences, meeting with members of Congress to compromise on budget issues, and learning the latest news about economic and international
developments from the nation's best experts. These things matter, because the President of the United States must be intellectually prepared
to make important decisions about the future of our country. But President Obama has focused on the celebrity aspects of his job and neglected
doing much of anything that involved actual work.
Obama Policies Hurt
Less-Skilled Workers Most. On the campaign trail, President Obama blasted Mitt Romney's proposal to cut taxes for
all Americans — the rich included — as "trickle-down, tax-cut fairy dust," reviving the Democrats' old
complaint that lower taxes and smaller government help the rich, not the poor. Obama's naked politicking isn't surprising,
but the fairy-dust jab raises an important issue the president might like to avoid — how Americans on the lower rungs
of the economic ladder have fared on his watch.
Obama 'Intellectually Exhausted,
Out of Ideas, and Out of Energy'. Mitt Romney finally caught up with the rest of us via a fiery speech in Ohio on Tuesday [8/14/2012] where
he proclaimed three simple truths that frame Barack Obama: "Intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy." Those lines are still
too charitable; Obama has been intellectually barren from the beginning. Yet it is irrefutable — to steal an apt word from Paul
Ryan describing Obama's raiding Medicare to finance ObamaCare — that Obama's idea inventory consists of the expired date-stamped perishables
of the collectivist state — tax, confiscate, redistribute, and impoverish.
Obama's Smashing Success Story: Greatly Increasing The Power Of Government. The traditional measure of the success of an
Administration's economic program has been real economic growth, employment growth, the unemployment rate and the like. Based on
these criteria, the Obama Administration's economic program has been a dismal failure.
mediocre outing before the press corps. In an effort to soothe the increasingly peeved White House press corps, the president
appeared in the White House Briefing Room today [8/20/2012] to take a few questions. It was a remarkably ineffective performance, which
the White House must hope that few people watched. Among other untruths, the president insisted, "Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a
felon." Well, other than deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
'cancelled missions to kill bin Laden three times after getting cold feet. Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden
before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Hillary Clinton, according to a new book. The explosive allegation is contained in an
expose by journalist Rich Miniter, who argues that the White House's carefully-crafted narrative of Obama as a decisive leader who dispatched the al-Qaeda
leader despite the doubts of advisers is a myth.
Managing the Non-Recovery. Where are the jobs?
That's the first question we should be asking in what's now become the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression — or, more
precisely, the longest non-recovery since the 1930s. "More than 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed, or have given up
looking for work," reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics in July, the federal government's principal fact-finding agency regarding unemployment,
economics and statistics. Here's the second question: Why hasn't President Obama met with his Jobs Council for seven months?
Obama's looking for the moron vote.
At the American Spectator, we reported years ago that this team was in reality the greenest pack of greenhorns ever assembled to take over a White
House. For more than three years, the mainstream media have covered for the Obama galoots. It is a perfect example of the Taranto
Principle, by which the mainstream media's biased reporting only encourages liberal excess. Well, now Mr. Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett
and the rest of Mr. Obama's minor figures who aspired to be major players are at each other's throats.
Obama Haunts Fright Night at the
Movies. Three movies, three views of Obama. All frightening. All justly so. [...] All three
pound home the message that Barack Obama never should have gotten anywhere near the Oval Office.
The Left's Lamest Defense of Obama
Yet. Liberals now say the president can't be blamed for the lousy recovery because he couldn't get his agenda
enacted even when Democrats held a supermajority in Congress. And we should be confident in his leadership?
Race, the Race, and Racism.
When asked on the campaign trail what qualified him to be president, Obama himself pointed to two things: his
experience as a community organizer and the fact that he was running a winning campaign. In other words, he should
be president because he's smart enough to win the presidency. Good old-fashioned circular logic. One
ebullient Democratic spokesman told the press soon after the election that his party had indeed chosen the right candidate
(Obama instead of Clinton) because "race trumps sex."
GOP Governors Tell Obama How To
Run A Lemonade Stand. A parade of successful GOP chief executives showed how both federalism and capitalism can lead us out
of the economic wilderness and that the only climate we should be saving is the business one. On a convention opening night with
the theme "We Built It," one Republican governor after another reminded voters how it can and has been done in their states. They
also stressed that conditions could be even better if they could work with a president who knew from personal experience how to create
jobs rather than one who, as New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte observed, "has never even run a lemonade stand."
Why the World Hates Obama. It's a good
thing that Obama isn't running on his foreign policy record, because it's every bit as bad as his economic record. The Obama 2012
website only lists National Security as an issue. That is already a backhanded admission that the only thing he can run on is
Obama's True Agenda For
the Middle East Revealed. Diplomacy will do the trick, we were told at first. When we caught on to the futility of
that approach, it was "sanctions" that were heralded as the way to go; and when the initial sanctions failed utterly to stop the mullahs,
we and the Israelis were told that even stricter ones would be applied and finally do the job. They have failed as well, but not
to worry; maybe Iran is only pursuing peaceful uses of nuclear energy after all; and, well, the US will run a bunch of naval exercises
in the Persian Gulf, and that'll scare those loonies into behaving.
Democrats Telegraph Obama's Campaign. The convention has been on the fiasco trail from opening night when the introductory
video proclaimed that "the government is the only thing we all belong to," but which topped that with the floor fiasco Wednesday which
saw the majority of DNC delegates lustily booing God and Israel as a puzzled Convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa entered convention
lore by using Chicago Rules to declare the platform amended when it obviously hadn't been amended. The Democrats couldn't muster a
majority to endorse God and Jerusalem much less two-thirds. Those delegates are the folks running the agencies and staffing Team
Obama at the polls. The cost of their collective incompetence is all around us in the smoking ruins of the Obama years.
Losing It in Charlotte. Lee Atwater couldn't have written a
better script for the Democratic National Convention that just ended in Charlotte. The Charlotte fiasco was a less violent version of the fiasco in Chicago
in 1968, except the lunacy was now inside the venue, not outside. [...] The young radicals of 1968 have become the old radicals who now control the
Democrat Party. They put on a convention this week characterized by incompetence, radicalism, and race.
is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings? President Obama is touting his foreign
policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily
been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in
chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.
Catches Obama White House Flat-Footed During Egypt, Libya Attacks. Islamic mobs that stormed the U.S. Embassy
in Egypt and the U.S. consulate in Libya on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, murdering the U.S. Ambassador to
Libya, said they were doing so because they were enraged by an obscure, Internet movie that mocked Muhammed. But a
closer examination of the evidence indicates al-Qaeda orchestrated these attacks, and the movie was just a bogus excuse
used to trigger the widespread violence.
Obama's weakness coming home to roost.
Killing diplomats is one of the most provocative acts of war, and this is the first time in decades that an American ambassador has been
killed. What emboldened our enemies enough to commit this evil act? When a lawless mob of Islamist extremists used reports
about a film that is insulting to Islam as an excuse to overrun the American Embassy in Cairo, our government issued a statement
condemning ... the film. While the protesters were sitting brazenly on the Embassy walls, openly mocking Obama (chanting, "Take
a picture, Obama; we are all Osama"), did the American government condemn the lack of host government protection or the violation of our
sovereign territory? No — they apologized that the film "hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."
Embassies, Killing Ambassadors,and "Smart" Diplomacy. Egypt is currently a beneficiary of more than $1 billion
in annual American aid, and its new Muslim Brotherhood-led government is negotiating to have much of its sizable U.S. debt forgiven.
Libya, remember, was the recipient of the Obama administration's "lead from behind" intervention that led to the removal of Moammar
Qaddafi — and apparently gave the present demonstrators the freedom to kill Americans. This is all called "smart"
'Is This an Act of War?'
Obama Turns His Back on Question about Libyan Attack. President Barack Obama took no questions at the White House
Rose Garden press conference on the attacks in Libya, turning his back and walking away as a reporter asked, "Is this an act
The Editor says...
Obama is obviously afraid to answer any difficult question without a Teleprompter to show him the correct answer.
Obama, the great self-salesman.
Obama tells his story through his personal medium really well: writing best-selling biographies before he was 40, making himself a
senator on the strength of these stories, and then president on the strength of a speech. The upside of this is that he portrays
himself beautifully. The downside is that this seems to be all he can do.
The Editor says...
Even this is an over-estimation of Barack Obama, since he apparently didn't write his
displayed at DNC tribute to vets. On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star
took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his
patriotic message. But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.
Another Screw-Up At the
Democratic Convention? Fortunately for the unfortunate staffer, nobody but sailors would know the difference.
But it's still funny.
DNC apologizes for using image of Russian warships at convention. The
organizers of the Democratic National Convention apologized on Wednesday [9/12/2012] for accidentally using an image of Soviet-era
Russian warships in its backdrop during a tribute to veterans at last week's convention in Charlotte, N.C. The ships were
shown on a screen behind 50 veterans assembled onstage Sept. 6 during a presentation by retired Adm. John Nathman.
Not only that...
jets in Democratic convention's military montage were Turkish, not American. The Democratic National Committee has already
apologized for using a photo of four Soviet-era Russian warships in a giant stage backdrop intended to illustrate the party's support for
military personnel and veterans. That huge image, visible in the Time Warner Cable Arena during speeches by Massachusetts Sen. John
Kerry and retired Admiral John B. Nathman, also depicted a synchronized formation of jet aircraft that convention-goers assumed were
American fighter planes. But the F-5 fighter planes in the photo are part of the air force of Turkey, a nation whose government is
now jailing journalists and establishing Islam as a state religion.
1.5 Billion Bin Ladens. To suggest, as the
White House keeps saying, that rioting in more than twenty-five mostly Muslim nations is the result of some amateur film that no one has
seen reveals an administration that thinks Americans are stupid and unaware that President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East is
responsible for the crisis that has killed our ambassador to Libya and others. A compliant mainstream news media continues to report
Affirmative Action reaches the Presidential Level.
[Scroll down] Because Obama didn't have the skills or experience needed to perform presidential duties, the establishment,
especially the media, had to pretend that he did. The media's glowing reports on Mr. Obama's performance are eerily similar
to those specious employee evaluations my colleagues and I were compelled to prepare. Long ago, America's workforce experienced
the downside of affirmative action policies and turned against them. Likewise, today's skewed reporting by media, always
favorable to Mr. Obama, has lost credence with the general public.
Obama's Greatest Foreign Policy Failure: Killing bin Laden. There are three things wrong with the bin Laden raid that
suggest Obama is unsuitable as a wartime president: the planning, the execution and most importantly, the aftermath. Let's
examine those in reverse.
Consequences of Obama weakness.
The murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya on Wednesday is the direct consequence of President Obama's weakness as a leader.
[...] These are not isolated incidents but the predictable result of four years of Mr. Obama meekly trying to "lead from behind."
Speak softly and
carry a big 9-iron. Officials in the Obama administration were warned of a possible or imminent attack on the U.S.
Consulate in Libya, given specific warning 48 hours in advance of the planned attacks on the anniversary of 9/11, according to
the UK Independent newspaper, and were warned on Sept. 4 of possible attacks on U.S. interests in the region, according to
the Jerusalem Post. We now know that while President Obama was campaigning in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 4, and was
mugging for the cameras [...]
Foreign Policy Is A National Disaster. President Barack Obama was elected largely on the assumption that he
could — and would — make the world "like" us again. The disturbing and disgraceful events that we are
witnessing in the Middle East over the last few days have revealed just what an unmitigated disaster this President's foreign policy
has been. Obama began his tenure in office by traveling around Europe apologizing for America's supposed international
arrogance, which earned him only contempt, not goodwill. He went on to begin alienating our longstanding, closest allies.
Dithering Obama too dangerous for U.S..
This past week's deadly violence in the Mideast and North Africa rolled a storm cloud over President Obama's sunny landscape of Arab Spring.
It rained blood on the seeds of weakness that Obama had planted with his "lead from behind" foreign policy of feel-good apologies, bows,
empty words, mixed messages and appeasement.
Military Leaders Warned Sen. Obama 'Doesn't Understand Threat of Radical Islam'. In February 2008, military leaders
reacted to Senator Obama's presidential campaign, warning that he did not understand the threat of radical Islam or the larger
picture of national security. [...] With smoke rising around US embassies throughout the Middle East, the warnings of these military
minds ring prophetic.
Skipped Intel Meetings Under Scrutiny. A simple three-page report by the Government Accountability Institute
tallying up the number of days President Barack Obama has attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) on intelligence has ignited a
firestorm of controversy that places the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris
Stevens and three members of his staff in a new and critical light. The report found that of the first 1,225 days
of his time in office, Mr. Obama has attended less than half (43.8 percent) of his daily intelligence briefings.
Media and Obama are Taking Us Down the Rabbit Hole. To re-elect Barack Obama, the media has a long list of
what they expect us to believe. [...] The media expect us to believe that Barack Obama is a foreign policy expert, and
Mitt Romney knows nothing about foreign policy. How's the Middle East looking? The media expect us to believe the
Arab Spring was a good thing and the Muslim Brotherhood are our friends. The media expect us to believe Obama cares
about national security, even though he golfs more often than he goes to intel briefings.
Obama "Most Arrogant, Self-Centered And Incompetent" President In My Life. Speaking to Talk Radio Host Paul Westcott,
[John Sununu] slammed the President for "skipping 60% of his security breifings", called him "the most arrogant, self centered and
incompetent President of his lifetime" and praised Mitt Romney for condemning the US embassy's statement apologizing to muslims.
Obama's Intelligence Failure. Obama is
famous — or notorious — for his high opinion of his own capabilities. [...] So, as Mark Theissen points out, it's
probably not a surprise that he also doesn't figure he needs intelligence briefings, preferring instead to read the Presidential Daily
Obama's Daily Intelligence Brief... Who Cares?
[T]he news that President Obama has been absent from so many of his daily intelligence briefings is a stunner. There's simply no good
excuse for it. It comes on the heels of reports from Bob Woodward that Obama doesn't regularly attend "security briefings."
According to a study by the Government Accountability Institute, based on the publicly available White House calendar, Obama failed to
attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to 9/11 and the chaos that erupted in the Arab world. The mere fact
that we were approaching 9/11 was itself a crucial reason for attending not one but all of the briefings. Obama attended none.
Obesity 'Absolutely' Greatest Threat To National Security. [Video clip.]
Libya And Egypt: Obama's Jimmy
Carter Moment. As our Mideast policy once again crashes and burns, the president promises a tough response at a Las Vegas
fundraiser and the press coordinates attacks on the candidate who says our emperor has no clothes.
Huma Abedin, Elitism and Those Missed Obama Intel Briefings.
"The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet." So says White House spokesman
Tommy Vietor when it was revealed President Obama has been skipping his daily intelligence briefing.
Barack Obama is somebody's puppet.
Obama Is a Spokesmodel for Tyranny.
Forget calling Obama "incompetent." This tiresome meme presupposes that Obama wants to do what's right for America but doesn't know how.
Does anyone honestly believe that anymore? Yes, he's incompetent, in that he's a fairly unimpressive bloke with no skills, imagination,
or ability to learn, who couldn't run a third-rate laundromat. But so what? His sponsors didn't install him for his competence.
They installed him so that he could strut on the runways of the world, showing off his fashionable skin color and perfectly creased pants, while
babbling whatever useful venom they put on his teleprompter.
Obama's Mask Slips. Obama is merely the pretty face for the
über-left monster. Let's face it: Obama is merely a figurehead. A happy face for the anti-American, anti-individual,
anti-capitalist revolution. He's a movie star, nothing more. He's an impressive façade with nothing behind it, like a Hollywood
set. But the American people should be concerned about his puppet masters: Reverend Wright, George Soros, Bill Ayers, and a cabal of
Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood operatives. That's who's running the country.
The sun never sets on Obama's failures. Our adversaries are stronger.
America and her allies are weaker. And yet, after spending practically a decade blaming every last thing, including the bad weather, on
President Bush, the media seem determinedly uninterested in ascribing even the slightest amount of responsibility to President Obama.
Like Your Presidency Depends On It. The attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts not only exposed our disturbingly weak foreign
policy. They also revealed how effortlessly the Obama administration lies.
When President Obama 'Pretends
to Go to Work'... Which is more disturbing? 1) That Obama "pretends he's going to work" on Saturdays and
watches "Homeland"? 2) That Obama finds Manchurian Candidate-style POWs-turned-terrorists to be plausible?
West: Rice Is "Asinine, Naive, Inept, Incompetent And Borderline Ignorant". Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on FOX
News' Justice with Judge Jeanine Sunday night [9/16/2012]: ["]Well, it's very simple. When I listened to the
UN ambassador Susan Rice today several words came to mind: asinine, naive, inept, incompetent and borderline ignorant.
Because when you understand that the Egyptian government, their intelligence services, put out a letter talking about the potential
threat of an attack, uprisings, about a week before this. It was even printed in the Jerusalem Post on 9/11.["]
The Obama Schedule. According to the
Government Accountability Institute, Obama has spent more time golfing than in economic meetings of any kind and Obama has skipped
more than half of his intelligence briefings.
The real reason Obama snubbed Netanyahu. One of
the most enduring myths about Barack Obama is that he's been a better foreign policy president than a domestic one. Given his feeble record at home,
that isn't saying much. And now, after the wholesale collapse of his "soft diplomacy" throughout the Muslim world, that myth has finally been shattered.
Indeed, when it comes to foreign policy, it's amateur hour in the White House.
Question: Are We That Stupid? [I]n spite of the fact that
this administration failed miserably in not securing our embassies and State personnel on 9/11 before Ambassador Stevens and others were brutally assassinated, poll
numbers show Obama leading Romney in swing states. The media and his sycophants are still covering for this foreign policy disaster. When it was pointed
out that Obama hadn't bothered to attend intelligence briefings, National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor told Marc Thiessen of the Washington Post that
Obama didn't need to because he was "among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet." Oh really?
Name a single thing that has improved under his rule.
Obama's Dangerous and Disastrous Presidency.
The parade of abuses, incompetencies, extravagances, and illegalities goes on and on. The record of improvements in any sector of
American life is... well, nil. Nothing is better, not a single thing, at home or abroad. And Obama has offered no recognizable plans,
no new proposals, no substance at all, for making things better in a second term. This presidency is a disaster.
CBS News Benghazi Report Slams Obama Administration. Let's count the revelations embedded within this minute-and-a-half long clip:
(1) "The FBI still hasn't made it to the crime scene in Benghazi." More on this later, but the fact that the administration is treating our
sacked consulate as a "crime" scene is telling. This was a terrorist attack. An act of war. We've dispatched criminal investigators
to look into it, but they still haven't even made it to ground zero yet? Nine days after the fact? Why?
An Ego's Descending Spiral. If you aren't an
instrument pilot, don't fly into bad conditions. If you see you are flying into bad conditions, turn around. If
you are flying and can't see the horizon, then don't trust your feelings. The instruments will tell you what's happening
if you let them. Modern aircraft have an instrument called the "artificial horizon," but every airplane has a "turn and bank
indicator." Look at those — and believe them, not what you feel. When it comes down to it, the root
cause of these accidents is lack of humility. You must be humble enough to admit when something is beyond your skills.
Obama's Intelligence Negligence. President Barack Obama
didn't attend a single daily intelligence briefing in the week leading up to the anniversary of 9/11. In fact, he has attended a minority of daily
briefings (44%) since becoming president, and a little better than a third over the last year. While skipping intelligence briefings, the president
has enthusiastically campaigned and met with TV personalities. Obama has done so in this dangerous post-9/11 world, and as one who in his re-election
speech at the Democratic convention flagrantly mocked his opponent's foreign-policy credentials.
White House Hack Attack. Hackers linked to China's government broke into one
of the U.S. government's most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to
defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident. One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing's most brazen cyber attacks
against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks.
Barack Obama and the Mandate Of Heaven.
Barack Obama has already had the great misfortune (though he probably didn't think so at the time) of being proclaimed a superhuman entity, one with
powers and abilities beyond those of mortal humans. Those powers have been seen to fail, and they are now failing on the most primal level.
Everything he touches, whether in North Africa or Charlotte, collapses.
To believe Obama is to
forget the last four years. Imagine you hire a company to fix your roof. They proceed to do shoddy work, miss every promised deadline
and go wildly over budget. Would you then hire them to add a new room to your house? No, of course not. But that is exactly what
President Obama is asking the American people to do in his latest television ad.
When You Don't Want
to Know About the Real World, Your Spooks Won't Tell You. [I]f you're a spook, and it becomes obvious that your biggest client does not
want to hear about terror, you stop working very hard on it. And even when you get some important information, you don't send it to your prime
clients, because you know they will yell at you and certainly not do anything about it. So when the White House acts as if the president really
couldn't have been expected to understand the details of the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which occurred in tandem with other riots and
demonstrations against American facilities all over the region, because the Office of the Director of National Intelligence screwed up the analysis,
it's a deception. Because the director of that office, the hapless General James Clapper, has by now learned that the president and his people
don't want to hear the word "terror," and don't want to see any intelligence that suggests a terrorist war against the United States.
The Emperor Has No Clothes,
And Yet He Still Dresses Funny. For the first time in his career, America saw Obama as he is: Banal, overrated, unprepared, impressively
unknowledgeable — wrapped in a veneer of celebrity sophistication. Obama's performance laid bare to average Americans the bias,
corruption and fraudulence of the mainstream media.
How Does a President Quit? Seventy million people
witnessed the first debate. It was an old-fashioned beat-down — one man figuratively administering a thrashing to the other.
Obama was shown to be under-sized, under-equipped, and under-trained. Had it been a boxing match, it would have been stopped inside
Enough with Affirmative Action Presidents.
I'm not opposed to a black man being elected president, but I am opposed to electing a president simply because he's a black man. We've had
enough of affirmative action hires for the highest office in the land. It's time to elect a real president. If we do, there is a chance
that we might actually solve some of the problems that we face as a nation, but time is running out. We don't have four more years to waste
on a man who has already proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is totally out of his league.
The liberal media loved Obama to death.
Obama had seen that his friends would protect him, and so he believed he could mail it in Wednesday [10/3/2012], but this was the venue that could not
be spun. No filter. No edits. No choosing what to put in or leave out. No shaping of the story. Just the story itself,
rolled out in real time, sans narration, before 70 million American voters, undoing six years of hype and hysterics. It revealed one small,
not all that keen academic, having been inflated by the narrators beyond all recognition, dissolving before everyone's eyes.
The Obamage Is Done. Apart from campaigning,
Obama hasn't really ever done anything. Yet, his delusion of victory should surprise no one, since he also believes he is a
great president doing a sensational job. The problem with delusion is that even though its fallacious nature is obvious to the
rational, it is invisible to the truly deluded.
Obama Is Right. Hillary has now accepted full responsibility for
the Libyan debacle, but which is a more damning reality: Obama is incompetent, or he's woefully uninformed? It seems like a wash to me.
On the anniversary of 9/11, our ambassador, lured to Benghazi for assassination, went missing while the consulate was under attack... and Barack went
to bed. The next morning, with our ambassador dead, Barack flew to Vegas — that's not even leading from behind. Who would have
ever thought that "leading from behind" would be setting the bar too high?
Gets Military Tech All Wrong in Debate. President Barack Obama ended up revealing an astonishing level of ignorance about
the state of military technology during the presidential debate in Boca Raton, FL Monday night [10/22/2012]. The U.S.
Commander-in-Chief misspoke about bayonets. He misspoke about horses. He misspoke about the size of the U.S. Navy. He
misspoke about the makeup of the Navy. And the whole time, he thought he was teaching his opponent Mitt Romney a lesson.
Former Biden Aide: Obama 'Financially
Illiterate'. Jeff Connaughton, the author of "The Payoff," a book that came out in September which indicts Democrats for
being controlled by the big banks, tells anecdotes about Biden that reveal Biden to be less of a good guy than he portrays himself, and
calls both Biden and Obama "financially illiterate."
Obama's Little Plan. There
isn't a single true economic-growth incentive in this scant plan. There's no serious spending, deficit, and debt reduction, and
no attempt to solve the Social Security and health-entitlement problems, which are moving us toward bankruptcy. Nothing.
Obama Flubs: U.S. Has More Bayonets Today Than in 1916.
President Obama erroneously asserted during Monday night's debate that the U.S. military has fewer bayonets than it did in 1916. In fact, the armed
forces likely possess more than three times as many of the weapons as they did before the U.S. entry into World War I. The error is significant
because Obama sought during the debate to portray himself as having an edge on Gov. Mitt Romney because of his experience leading the military, referring to
himself three times as "commander in chief."
Obama's dangerous emasculating of our military. For veterans and
those interested in the security of America, the question is: Would I want this man with me in combat? Could he be trusted to lead a military squad let alone
be commander in chief? Can you picture Obama in a duck blind — or even holding a gun? Has he ever held a gun?
A Vote For Obama-Biden Is A
Vote For National Collapse. [Scroll down] Back in Benghazi, the president who looks so cool in a bomber jacket declined to
answer his beleaguered diplomats' calls for help — even though he had aircraft and special forces in the region. Too bad. He's
all jacket and no bombers.
newspaper: Obama a "narcissistic amateur," "embarrassment," "incompetent". And those are the kinder thoughts
that the editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had for Barack Obama in their lead editorial yesterday. Those
conclusions refer to Obama's overall performance on the economy and foreign policy. When they get down to specifics on
Benghazi, the anger pulses through every sentence.
Las Vegas Review-Journal lets Obama
have it. This is the most incendiary indictment of a politcian I've ever read in the mainstream media.
Obama's Loss: Inevitable for Years.
Everything Obama and his cohorts in the media, academia, union halls, Congress, and the crony capitalist world believe in is fraudulent.
There was never going to be any economic recovery on their watch because they haven't the foggiest how an economy works. There was never
going to be any newfound love of America overseas because they have no clue what it is about America that has made us the shining city on a hill
in the first place. There was never going to be any job-creation because no one in Obama's bubble has ever created one. There
was never going to be any racial reconciliation because Obama was a post-racial fabrication of perverted white guilt and black rage. There
was never going to be a pristine future powered by windmills and solar panels because neither the business nor the scientific model for such
technologies shows any possibility of success. There was no way Obama would do a good job, because he's never had a real job.
Obama's 4 Years Of Deficient
Leadership: 47 Mistakes. Obama is unique among presidents in large part because he fails to even recognize his deficiencies and
mistakes — or when he does, he learns the wrong lessons and doubles down on his policies. Whether it's food stamp rolls that have
swollen to 47 million, or the decline in household income that has left millions more with a lower standard of living, or the diminution of
esteem for America around the world, Obama's time in office has been subpar.
Who Is Barack Hussein Obama? And
What Is He Really Up To? How could Americans have voted for someone with no practical qualifications or experience for the job?
After four years of trying to deal with the mysterious stranger in the White House, Americans are wondering why they voted for Obama. Voter
remorse has never been higher, and more than half of our electorate continues to be troubled by serious questions that refuse to go away. [...] Why
do Obama's words seldom match his actions? Why do we find, time after time, that Obama has lied to us, and that the American people face
catastrophic long-term consequences as a result?
post-election warning to liberals and conservatives alike. To those liberals suffering in New York and New Jersey who voted for
President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, enjoy the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. We get the government we deserve and what we have now are
angry citizens whose cries for help are not being returned, regardless of what a pre-election President promised.
Democrats Better Start Soul Searching.
It is in the nature of personality cults to fail at most things beyond generating and disseminating propaganda. This inability is the result of two
things. First, the personality's popularity is not results-driven. Since adoration hasn't been earned by achievement but by the advent of
charisma, why kill yourself trying to get results. Second, few people are willing to candidly critique the personality at the center of the cult,
so there is little chance of course correction. None of this bodes well for Barack Obama.
Obama: The Affirmative Action President.
[How] did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's
most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job? [...] In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the
temperament nor the intellect to handle his job.
Yes, Obama is still an amateur
president. Obama has a political sense, but he lacks an executive sense. He is a happy warrior on the campaign
trail, doing and saying whatever it takes to get elected, including lying shamelessly about his opponent. But when he leaves
the hustings for the Oval Office, he becomes a different person, one who derives no joy from the cut and thrust of day-to-day politics
and is inept in the arts of management and governance.
Off the Cliff. Obama, as far as I can tell, has never once in his life
taken responsibility for a problem, let alone solved one. So he doesn't care about our impending financial collapse, except insofar as he can demagogue it for
trip: No bows this time, but he did grab an awkward kiss. For someone alleged to have grown up in Asia, Barack Obama is
repeatedly clueless about customs there. It's one thing if you're a tourist. But as the president of the United States?
proposes tax credits for businesses who hire workers they don't need. Typical Obama, and indicative of a guy with zero experience
in the real world who has no idea how or why businesses expand payroll.
Susan Rice Is
Unqualified To Be Secretary Of State. "Her meeting with GOP senators begs the question that if all she can do is read talking
points handed to her by the White House then perhaps she should be the next White House press secretary."
Campaigning is the only thing Obama knows how to do.
Perpetual Campaign. Campaigning is comfortable territory for politicians and it is an especially cozy place for President
Obama to occupy — he is an extraordinary campaigner and has spent the majority of his political career on the trail seeking
one or the other public office. But is this an effective tool for governing? One need only look at Obama's accomplishments
in his first term to determine that it is not.
Obama to America: Here's a
Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares. Obama does not believe and does not say that hiking taxes on the rich will fix anything.
Other Democrats claim that raising taxes back to the Clinton-era rates will help, but Obama himself is campaigning to keep the Bush-era tax
cuts in place. Obama has no experience solving any problem of any scale, ever. He was a shakedown artist who decided that
politics would allow him to perpetrate his shakedowns on a grander scale (and he was right!).
Anna Wintour is a ludicrous pick for US Ambassador to London. Anna Wintour,
editor-in-chief of Vogue, is reportedly in the running to become the next US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, to succeed the
outgoing Louis Susman. According to Bloomberg, Wintour was among "Obama's biggest bundlers of donations in the campaign", raising
over $500,000 to re-elect the president. As Bloomberg notes, the Obama administration (like many previous US administrations) has a
penchant for rewarding top donors with plum diplomatic posts.
Obama's Ruinous Course. The main
reason there isn't, and may never be, a solution on the fiscal cliff is that Barack Obama doesn't know how to do a political compromise.
Where in his career did Barack Obama ever learn the art of the political deal? Nowhere. [...] What deal of Clintonesque majesty has Barack
Obama ever pulled off?
US president looks arrogant as well as clueless. Barack Obama's extraordinarily arrogant and clueless direct intervention in the internal affairs of
Great Britain echoes the remarks of his Ambassador to London, Louis Susman, who told a private meeting of British MPs back in January 2011 that "the UK needs to remain
in the EU," and "all key issues must run through Europe."
Benghazi Report Disqualifies Hillary For
White House. A less-than-adequate independent review cites "grossly" inadequate leadership, "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" that
mean our secretary of state isn't ready for that 3 a.m. call either.
Obama's Middle East Mess. He has seriously damaged U.S. credibility
King Obama the Irrelevant. It is
almost impossible to imagine Obama doing anything else except making speeches. The iconic image of the White House Situation Room during
the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound says it all: the President is in the corner, not at the head of the table. It was not a
gesture of humility, but rather the preferred posture of a man who relies on those to whom he delegates responsibility, and cannot succeed at
anything except getting elected.
made a promise to help us and he broke it'. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms [Donna] Vanzant owns in Brigantine,
New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later,
I got a response back,' she told the Philadelphia Magazine. 'It was disturbing. 'It had nothing to do with what I was asking
him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. [...]'
As he was
saying... "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.
It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills.[" ...] What an incriminating and indicting statement uttered by
the president, who has rung up more debt than the first 43 put together. By his own words he is a colossal failure as a leader
as he continues to have trillion-dollar deficits with no sign of addressing the issue in a realistic way.
Despair Inside the Beltway. [Obama] is a
master politician of the Chicago school and yet a disaster as a manager and practical leader. His political skills helped him get
selected as the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Yet he proved a failure as the leader of that publication. There is
no evidence that he authored one written comment or publication during his entire tenure. His political skills also led to his election
in 1996 to the Illinois State Senate where his work there was without any sign of major distinction. Often, he voted "present" rather
than show the guts to fight for significant new laws.
Obama can't abide views he doesn't share. Obama supporters like to portray Republican attempts to negotiate as hostage-taking
or extortion. But those are violent crimes. Negotiations — discussions attempting to reach agreement among those who
differ — are peaceful acts. What we do know, from Bob Woodward's "The Price of Politics," is that Obama is not very good
at negotiating. He apparently can't stomach listening to views he does not share. Perhaps that is to be expected of one who
has chosen all his adult life to live in university communities and who made his way upward in the one-party politics of Chicago.
Obama's Greatest Legacy Might Be
Destroying the Media. On Thursday [1/17/2013], while looking wistfully back at Obama's first four years, NBC News accidentally did
some actual reporting. [...] But there it finally was: The Truth — and from NBC News, no less. Poverty's up (from
43.6 million to 46.2 million), middle class incomes are down ($50k compared to $52k), the deficit's exploded (from $10 trillion to
$16 trillion), food stamp recipients have skyrocketed (33.5 million to 46.6 million), unemployment hasn't budged, and the same
number of people are without health insurance today as there were in 2009.
Obama's Perfect Second Inauguration.
The real oath of office was administered yesterday, as per the Constitution of course, so the polite term for today's TV event is "ceremonial," a
pleasant euphemism for "let's pretend." Today's fake taking of the oath of office by President Obama is the perfect metaphor for the
Potemkin nature of his political movement. His impressive resume in 2008 was comprised of positions in which nobody could remember any
particular work or accomplishments of anything useful.
Mount Rushmore on hold.
General Motors is (barely) alive but not getting better. Osama bin Laden is dead, but al Qaeda isn't. His triumphs thus far
don't seem that triumphant.
Obama Doctrine Leading
America Toward Another 9/11. According to national security expert Dr. James Carafano, the terrorist attack in Algeria shows
that America is on the path to another 9/11, thanks to the Obama Administration's foreign and military policy. Carafano is Vice
President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He told me, "The warning lights are blinking red,"
even while President Barack Obama pretends that things are under control.
Disastrous Hearing Ought to Make 'No' Vote a No-Brainer. Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has vindicated his critics
thus far today in his confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Service Committee for the post of Secretary of Defense. He has
stumbled in attempting to explain his positions on Iran, nuclear disarmament, Israel, the Iraq "surge," and the "Jewish lobby."
He has failed to explain contradictions between his voting record and his past statements on the one hand, and the positions he professes
today on the other.
Obama: The Affirmative Action President. Upon taking office, something happened that is an insult to everybody
who believes in affirmative action but also values merit. The standards were lowered for Obama regarding actual job performance.
It's impossible to deny that his defenders make excuses for him. The worse things get, the more he is propped up. He is
too liberal to fail and, for those people who focus on race, too black to fail. Thus criticism of Obama is de facto racism,
regardless of any objective merits to the criticsm.
The Real Barack Obama. The country may be
catching on: Barack Obama is our first knee-jerk liberal president. And now that he will never face the voters again, he doesn't mind
Obama punted to
Panetta for U.S. response to Benghazi attack. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday [2/7/2013] revealed
he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year —
but he and the president didn't speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded.
Big Job: Wrong Man. [Chuck Hagel] did so badly in the confirmation
hearings that, as Stephen Hayes writes, "any senator who takes the advise-and-consent role seriously had to have real concerns about [Hagel's] basic competence."
Still, presidents are entitled to appoint the people they want, you think, even when they are, manifestly, not the best possible choice or even up to the job.
Benghazi Bungle: Obama's Pass-the-Buck
Presidency. From Hillary Clinton's artful dodging to Leon Panetta's clueless hindsight, the Obama administration's bungling on Benghazi proves
they can't keep us safe.
The Democratic Disgrace. Every job has a minimum requirement.
The absolute very least that anyone can do without being considered a complete and utter failure. The minimum requirement for a Commander-in-Chief is to
stick around when an American diplomatic mission is under fire. Obama flunked even this minimal requirement by going to sleep and then flying off for a
fundraiser in Vegas.
Economic Growth Record Is The Worst In 60 Years. President Obama's defense of his economic stewardship has effectively
amounted to this: At least we no longer have the Bush-era economy. With an entire 4-year term in the books, it's now
possible to confirm, and to lament, the essential truth of those words. Prior to Obama, the second term of President Bush
featured the weakest gains in the gross domestic product in some time, with average annual real (inflation-adjusted) GDP growth
of just 1.9%. That's according to figures from the federal government's own Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
Nominees Exhibit Extremism And Incompetence. Imagine a defense secretary decimating the Pentagon, a CIA chief favoring
killing U.S. citizens on U.S. soil and a treasury secretary ignorant of where his own money resides? Say hi to President Obama's new team.
President Obama has
set in motion forces that he can't handle. Barack Obama is a terrible president. That's obvious to everyone who isn't
chronically ignorant or incurably liberal. By "liberal" I don't mean the classic definition of the word which has to do with being open-minded
and objective. I mean the modern version of liberal: self-centered, emotional, illogical, and void of reason. Unfortunately, in 2012
ignoramuses and liberals represented the majority of those who voted.
Forrest Gump at Treasury.
Senate Democrats are in a hurry to confirm Jack Lew as Secretary of the Treasury before anyone notices his biography. Otherwise,
liberal lawmakers might be embarrassed voting for a man who represents everything they've been campaigning against. Investor in
Cayman Islands tax haven? Check. Recipient of a bonus and corporate jet rides underwritten by taxpayers at a bailed-out
bank? Check. Executive at a university that accepted student-loan "kickbacks" for steering kids toward a favored bank?
Check. Excessive compensation with minimal disclosure? Check.
Caligula's Horse. Chuck
Hagel easily proved himself unfit to be secretary of defense during his nomination hearing. Not only was he ignorant of
fundamental aspects of the job, but his positions on some of the critical defense issues of the day are preposterous if not
dangerous. No one disputes that his performance at the hearing was the worst and most embarrassing of any nominee for
any prominent position in memory. Yet by all reports he will be our next secretary of defense. Why?
The Tyrant in Your Television.
When conservatives point to the obvious contradiction between Barack Obama's words and actions on spending, taxes, healthcare, the
free market, Benghazi, and almost everything else, they merely reveal their naïvité. Obama, like [Bill] Clinton, is
not a president, or even a human, in the old sense of those terms. He is a TV-president and a TV-human; his words need not match
any reality beyond the media apparatus in which he "exists." He is to be judged according to whether his TV-presidency is interesting
and entertaining. When the greater public gets bored of the show, they will switch channels and watch a different show.
Community-Organize Your Way Out of a Sequester. How did Obama try to pass his stimulus? Campaign-style events.
How did Obama try to pass Obamacare? Campaign-style events. How is Obama pushing for amnesty legislation?
Campaign-style events. How is Obama pushing for gun control? Campaign-style events. Fiscal cliff?
Campaign-style events. This is all separate from his actual presidential campaign. But mind you, his campaign-style rallies
didn't move the poll numbers on Obamacare, and Democrats to this day never use the word "stimulus" when discussing new spending.
Information Voters? How about a Low Information President? [Obama] declares that he has cut over a trillion dollars,
somewhere. He has been told this and it seems he believes it. He will not engage a critic and nor defend his positions
in detail. He can not apparently even engage a questioning reporter nor engage his congressional opposition. In my
opinion, he couldn't last 5 minutes in a fact-driven analysis of that which he promotes. The President doesn't meet
with the political opposition to initiate compromise because he simply couldn't keep up his end of the argument.
The Obamaian Universe.
The sense is growing around Washington, and this increasingly includes Democrats, of living in an alternative universe.
Barack Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the sequester looms, and the president flies around the country giving speeches.
He's had virtually no contact on the sequester with the legislative branch. Now he's going to meet with them after the sequester
3 Stooges are running the country. Obama is currently in his fifth year of campaigning and speechmaking, which is considerably
easier than being president. All it takes is a good writer, a teleprompter, a few lies and the ability to cry "wolf" every
month or so. The sequester was Obama's idea. Some would have us believe it is not important whose plan it was, but that is
simply untrue. Sequester was supposed to be an opportunity for the president to play Chicken Little as he so often does by
announcing that the sky is falling when it isn't.
Secretary of State Kerry Doesn't Know About Democracy or Islam... Would Fill a Book. In contrast to a proper approach,
Kerry makes the American system sound like letting the deranged walk the streets as homeless people, babbling incoherently but doing
little harm. Sure, let them cling to their guns and religion while we smart people make all the decisions. He's merely
turning around a traditional left-wing critique of democracy that comes from Herbert Marcuse or Noam Chomsky, of "repressive
tolerance." And that seems to be what Kerry and Obama really believe.
The Mutt and Jeff of the
Obama administration. Is the United States about to become a laughing-stock to the rest of the world? It seems to have
accrued a Defence Secretary who is the toast of Iran, and a Secretary of State who is a blithering idiot. It was hard to imagine
that the new guy at State, John Kerry, could make himself look even more stupid than he has done by his science-denying belief that the
planet is about to fry through man-made climate change. Well, he has indeed now exceeded such expectations.
Obama's actions show he isn't serious about governing. After four years in office, is Obama completely unaware that the
presidency involves responsibilities and hard choices?
A President Who
Wants Power but No Responsibility. [Rush] Limbaugh has hypothesized that many Americans, perhaps the "low-information
voters," are not connecting Obama's policies to what is actually happening in the country, because the president never actually governs.
Obama's is a non-governing presidency, one that is built on an eternal campaign, a never-ending community organization effort. [...] The
reality is that we have a president who wants power but no responsibility. The reality is that we have a president, an eternal
"campaigner," who hasn't a clue about governing.
Drop Is Bottom-Up Economics Failure. The economy racked up another dubious achievement in January, when personal income
suffered the biggest drop in 20 years and disposable income suffered its biggest decline in more than 50. Is this what
"bottom-up" prosperity looks like?
Robin From the Hood. Obama's skill
set is that of the community organizer. Confronted with the issues facing the nation, from whatever realm, from economic
to educational and even military (the military needs more gays and women), Obama will always construe those problems as at root
social justice problems.
Obama is AWOL on the Budget, Again.
Civil War officers used to say that you can't lead from the rear. Thousands of them gave their lives, leading their men the only way they knew
how. No one asks Barack Obama to give up more than an occasional game of golf, but he still can't bring himself to lead. In one of
his administration's many low moments, a White House aide explained Obama's style as "leading from behind," as though he were proud of it.
The Chicago Roots of President
Obama's Leadership Style. President Obama did not become president with the intention of ruling as an autocrat. It is more
accurate to say that autocracy is the only style of political leadership he knows.
Respect the office, not necessarily the
man. Barack Hussein Obama does not deserve the respect due the office of the President. He is an empty suit man who
can't speak without a tele-prompter. His Presidency is marked by constant drama, distortions, and exaggerations, which is just now
waking up the mainstream media and the low information voters. He has embarked on his promised transformation from capitalism to
socialism on the path to communism, just as he was taught by his leftist mentors. He has made the economy worse; people's jobs and
wealth have been destroyed; and our nation's global reputation has been destroyed.
Obama Submits NCAA
Bracket, but Not Federal Budget. As he left for the Middle East, President Barack Obama completed his 2013 NCAA tournament
brackets for both men's and women's basketball. He has not, however, submitted a budget to Congress, and will do so only on
April 8, two months after the deadline and on the day of the NCAA men's basketball championship itself.
Barack Obama's Excellent Israeli
Adventure. In Israel, the trouble started when someone filled the engine of the president's $1.5-million armored limo with
gasoline instead of diesel fuel. Then the vehicle biblically dubbed "The Beast" had to be towed like a busted parade float through
the streets of Tel Aviv on a flatbed truck. It's unlikely that Obama recognized the parallel, but filling up a diesel-powered car
with gasoline is a perfect analogy for what he has done to America.
SDI Anniversary Exposes Obama's Weaknesses. [W]ith the possible exception of Jimmy Carter, no president has ever misjudged the
effects of his naive foreign policy more disastrously than Obama. In his first year as president, Obama went to Cairo University and
told Muslim Brotherhood members and others of the "new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world" he sought.
He apologized for the U.S. "role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government" in 1953 — an act that saved
Iranians from Soviet domination.
The culture war is all Obama has left.
The U.S. economy is still suffering through the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Unemployment is stubbornly
high, especially for Americans age 25 to 54, who make up the core of the nation's workforce. And the American public does
not approve of Obama's bumbling and ineffectual attempts to handle the economy.
Obama Leads From Behind
On The Budget. By law, the president is obligated to produce a budget plan on the first Monday of February, establishing his
priorities for federal spending and taxes for the next year and the decade ahead. It's the first step that gets this all-important
annual process under way, one that's more critical than ever as the U.S. careens toward a massive debt crisis. But Obama apparently
can't be bothered with this mundane responsibility. He's now 50 days late with this budget, and is giving no indication of
when, or even if, he'll bother to offer one up.
The Lost Era of Economic Growth.
President Obama highlighted the need for strong economic growth in his State of the Union address in February, citing it 11 times.
He mentioned it 5 times in a speech in Illinois in mid-March. [...] Obama hasn't a clue about actually generating economic
growth — his policies thwart it — but he's awfully good at messaging.
is a joke, and the joke isn't funny. Barack Obama allowed four Americans to be murdered in Benghazi, Libya. His
administration is still covering up the truth. Seven Benghazi survivors are being kept from the public, while an innocent film-maker
sits in jail. Obama is his administration; their mistakes are his. Nobody has been held accountable. While Ambassador
Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were being murdered by Islamists, Obama was going to bed early and partying in Las Vegas the next day.
Barack Obama allowed an American border guard to be murdered due to a "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation that was created and botched
by his administration. His Attorney General Eric Holder was asked who authorized the operation and still refuses to answer the question.
Obama to announce $100 million for brain research.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday [4/2/2013] unveiled a $100 million initiative to unlock the "enormous mystery" of the human brain in
hopes of boosting the understanding and treatment of brain disorders.
The Editor says...
Scientists are already studying the human brain, and have been for at least a century. Basic scientific research is not the
proper role of government. Spending $100 million on such a thing, at a time when the national debt is already increasing rapidly, is
irresponsible. President Obama is spending money on problems nobody has asked him to address, simply because spending other
people's money is the only thing he knows how to do.
dreaded i-word starts attaching itself to Obama. Joe Klein, the celebrated author "Anonymous," who wrote the best selling,
truth-telling book Primary Colors about the 1992 primary campaign that brought us President Bill Clinton, has made it ok for liberals to
apply the word "incompetence" to the Obama administration. This represents something of a breakthrough. Until now, it has been
taboo to suggest that the first black president could be anything other than fully qualified and capable of his job. Obama has met
his image Waterloo with Obamacare.
The Tailor Who Sewed the
Obama Empty Suit Has Sewn Others. Barack Hussein Obama is an empty suit, but he grew up idolizing the other empty suits which the
left has placed in the White House. In fairness, the RINO presidents from Nixon and Ford to Bush and Bush have been little better than
empty suits. Why, in 2004, after he had been out of office for 15 years and out of public sight almost as long, did millions of
Americans wait long hours for a last chance to pass by the body of Ronald Reagan for a few brief moments? Because these Americans knew
what the media flacks who fawn over Obama today do not know: empty suits cannot lead.
'Five Jihadists Have Reached Their Targets in the United States Under Barack Obama'. Congressman Tom Cotton took to the
House floor "to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration's counterterrorism policies and programs". [Video clip]
The Price of Obama's Islamophilia.
It is almost as if the Obama administration considers security vigilance itself a species of Islamophobia. The casual security on
the anniversary of 9/11 at the Benghazi consulate — when others had shut their consulates down — seems to fit with
that mindset. An administration that prides itself on better relations with Muslims tends to hesitate before taking any action that
would imply the opposite. ACLU-style Muslim groups have exploited the Obama administration's Islamophilia to the hilt, demanding
and frequently getting changes to security programs out of sensitivity to Islam. According to the mom of the Boston bombers, her
oldest son even tried to convert visiting FBI officials to his jihadist Islam, which completes the picture of politically correct
haplessness under Obama.
Recurring tragedy from a broken
immigration system. After Sept. 11, there was comprehensive reform of our intelligence-gathering system, but our current system still
did not adequately detect these latest extremists. We know they immigrated to the United States as children, but their background, combined with
suspicious activities, did catch the attention of a foreign government two years ago. According to media reports, the FBI had interviewed the
deceased Boston attack suspect at the request of that foreign government. As far as we know, there was no follow-up to the interview.
This is why Obama won't intervene in Syria.
Obviously, western governments are not announcing this turn of events because it represents the most spectacular policy failure since the Iranian revolution.
Misplaced Priorities. President Barack Obama has spent
more time on vacations and golf outings during his presidency than he has spent in meetings on the economy, according to a report
released Sunday [4/28/2013]. The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) combed official records to produce a report on how
the president has allocated his time. It found Obama has spent only six hours in meetings on the economy so far this year.
Obama doesn't look like a serious, well-informed president. In 2013, President Obama has spent 6 total hours in
economic meetings of any kind [...] Throughout his time in office, President Obama has played 115 total rounds of golf and
spent 86 days on vacation, for an estimated combined total of 976 hours.
Obama on Obamacare: This
is as Good as it Gets. President Obama had some gnarly news for the Democratic campaign committees: This is as
good as it gets for his signature health law. In a press conference on the 100th day of his second term, Obama found himself
on the defensive and short on answers. Syria genocide? We're looking into it. Benhgazi whistleblowers? Never
heard of them. Intelligence gaps on the Boston Marathon bombing? "This is hard stuff."
30 Reasons To Dislike
Barack Obama. [#15] He's the single least competent man ever to sit in the White House; yet he's arrogant to the point
of narcissism. He's like a third string high school basketball player who thinks he should be playing in the NBA all-star game.
Obama, Syria, and the Errors of an
Amateur. Barack Obama is once again learning the hard way that governing is harder than campaigning. And America is
once again learning that Mr. Obama is much better at campaigning than he is at governing. The most recent example is Syria.
Tsarnaev Was Too Dangerous
For Mecca, But Not Boston. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was apparently too dangerous to be allowed to go to Mecca, but not Boston. Saudi
Arabia unofficially says that if Janet Napolitano read her mail, the Boston bombing might have been prevented.
Out of His Hands. Obama's call for an increase in the minimum wage is going nowhere.
Nor is his call for further measures to reduce carbon emissions. Education, energy, and transportation initiatives have faded away. The president
was forced to explain at this week's press conference that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is not, despite what members of his own party are
saying, a "train wreck." His approval rating is below 50 percent. Six Democratic senators are retiring (so far).
Tell me if you've
heard this one before: Obama to focus on jobs. Obama's like the kid who constantly breaks windows playing ball too close
to the house, does a crummy job mowing the grass, won't clean his room, whines about wanting cookies before dinner, and then demands a
raise in his allowance every few months. Heck, the USA Today writer can't even find it in himself to write a full size article,
just a few paragraphs, having seen this again and again [...]
How Did America Become A Paper
Tiger? One of our ambassadors and three others State employees are brutally murdered and the White House stonewalls all
inquiries and calls reasonable questions about the incident political posturing by Republicans. We suffer a devastating homeland
attack in Boston, the first since 9/11/2001 and later learn how preventable it was if we had a Homeland Security Agency and an FBI
that actually did their jobs. How did this great nation get to such a level of governmental incompetence and spinelessness?
Texas Economic Lesson Obama Refuses To Learn. President Obama went to Texas on Thursday [5/9/2013] to kick off a nationwide tour pushing his
economic policies, apparently unaware that Texas has thrived the past four years by doing pretty much the opposite of what Obama has prescribed.
Obama Dithers In The Mideast, His Choices For Action Have Dwindled. You know you're in trouble when you can't even get your walk-back
story straight. Stung by the worldwide derision that met President Obama's fudging and fumbling of his chemical-weapons red line in
Syria, the White House leaked to The New York Times that Obama's initial statement had been unprepared, unscripted and therefore unserious.
The next day Jay Carney said precisely the opposite: "Red line" was intended and deliberate. Which is it?
Does Obama Need [a]
Staff Shakeup to Manage Scandals? President Obama and his insular team are violating almost every principle of crisis
management. Shoot straight. Ditch the spin. Don't feed the fire. Restore trust. While the West Wing is
run by smart and dedicated public servants, their crisis communications instincts are horrible. They dissemble. They make
things worse. They undermine the administration's credibility.
Is Anyone Home in the White House?
One striking feature of the multiple scandals in which the Obama administration is now enmeshed is how little responsibility President Obama
takes for any of them. None, actually. Not only that, he professes to be entirely in the dark, to know only what he reads
in the newspapers, and to have no control over his own cabinet officers and their departments.
The Editor says...
There are only two possible explanations: Either Mr. Obama is incompetent, or he is
a liar. Or both.
Holder's abdication. As the nation's top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information.
But he seems to be proud of how little he knows.
The Obama media blackout. The latest invocations
of the Incompetence Defense from President Obama, Eric Holder, and now the departing Acting IRS Commissioner (hilariously described by the
Associated Press as "ousted," even though he's leaving exactly when he was originally scheduled to depart, in June) hold that all of these super-genius
leaders found out about various outrages by watching the news, along with the rest of us. They have no idea what their subordinates do every
day, until it blows up into a huge scandal on the evening news, and that's why they should be left in charge of everything.
The Worst President Ever. The very first example of the
changes that would mark his administration was the announcement of Obama's "czars", a shadowy group of advisors whose power to set and
influence government policy without any congressional oversight appears to have transcended that of his cabinet members, many of whom would
contribute to lengthening the recession he "inherited" as the result of the 2008 financial crisis while increasing the national debt and
deficit to heights never before seen in the history of the nation.
Obama's Defenders: He's
Not Corrupt, Just Dishonest and Incompetent. As Pete [Wehner] noted this morning, Obama's former chief strategist David Axelrod defended
his former boss by saying that the government has become so vast and unwieldy that Obama couldn't possibly know what his own government was doing or why
it was doing it. [...] And Jeffrey Rosen utilizes this explanation for the Obama administration's seizure of the Associated Press phone records.
Obama isn't Nixon, Rosen argues, nor George W. Bush. According to Rosen he's more like the maniacally antidemocratic Woodrow Wilson (again,
this is a defense of Obama).
Accepting Responsibility Would Blow
Obama's Circuits. Cleaning up Washington's various corruptions and insular, out-of-touch ways would make a powerful platform if he was
preparing to run for president one day. The problem for Obama is that he is president and has been for four years and four months.
In our modern-day system of government, he is first among equals when it comes to having responsibility for "Washington's priorities." And
he certainly has responsibility for an agency which is part of the executive branch, which he after all oversees.
Ways Obama Can Restore the Public's Trust and Rescue His Presidency. Swamped in controversies, President Obama and his
slow-footed team are essentially telling the American public, "We're not crooked. We're just incompetent."
Barack Obama, the Great Bystander.
Obama didn't know the IRS was targeting conservatives until he read it in the papers. He didn't know about "Fast and Furious"
until he read it in the papers, too. He has "complete confidence" in Holder, and didn't know about the decision to collect the
phone records of reporters. He didn't know about the investigation into CIA director David Petraeus's affair. He told
Letterman during the election he didn't know what the national debt was. He didn't know about the AIG bonuses in the TARP
legislation. He said he didn't know how bad the economic crisis was when he took office.
For Obama, it's Like 9/11 Never Happened.
Perhaps the most shocking — and depressing — aspect of the president's speech on Thursday [5/23/2013] was his inability to grasp
the nature and extent of the threat facing America and the west from Islamic extremism. What possessed this president to declare an end to the
war on terror?
because Obama is a Muslim?
No Moore: Obama flubs name of Oklahoma
city devastated by tornado, calls it 'Monroe'. During his visit to the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday [5/28/2013],
President Obama referred to the wrong city in Oklahoma devastated by a tornado last week.
The Editor says...
All he knows how to do is make speeches, and he can't even do that right.
Priebus: Obama lying or incompetent
on scandals. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said President Obama's denial that he was involved directly with
the IRS's targeting of conservative groups and other ongoing Washington scandals shows he is either lying or incompetent. "One of two things
are [sic] going on: ... If the president actually knew something, well then clearly he's not being truthful, and no one around him is," Mr. Priebus
told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program Tuesday [5/28/2013]. "If he didn't know anything, then I think it suggests a level of aloofness
or perhaps even incompetence that I think it pretty disturbing in its own right."
Oval Office is no classroom. No doubt: Barack Obama has what it takes to be a terrific law student. It's less clear
those are the ingredients of a successful president.
Barack Obama is still an amateur
president. The other day, I received an email from a conservative friend who owns a summer home in the Hamptons on the
East End of Long Island, the playground of the mainstream media and the leftwing Hollywood crowd. It seems that when he went
to his local bookstore in the Hamptons to buy a copy of the recently released paperback edition of my book "The Amateur: Barack
Obama in the White House," the salesman behind the counter turned up his nose and told him, "We don't stock that book!" "How
can you not stock a book that was No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for six straight weeks?" my friend asked.
Obama Is Not Nixon. For one thing,
Nixon, whatever his flaws, was a great president. No creditable witness is saying that about Barack Obama.
Rep. Rails Against Obama's 'Vengefulness And Lack Of Moral Compass'. On the House floor on Monday [6/3/2013], Rep. Jim
Bridenstine (R-OK) spoke only for a minute but squeezed in some harsh criticism of both President Obama and Vice President Joe
Biden — whom he deemed "unfit" to lead. Decrying Obama's incompetence and "lack of moral compass," Bridenstine
lamented that Biden was even worse.
Benghazi, Mon Amour. Susan Rice is no more
qualified to opine on matters of national security than a character from The Wizard of Oz. Like Obama himself, she is a
highly politicized, over-credentialed Scarecrow, with certificates from Stanford, Oxford, and the Brookings Institution in place of a brain.
General Eric Holder is not up to the task. People are looking for the wrong "scandal" about Attorney General Eric Holder.
The problem with Holder is the plain fact that, in the judgment of a wide range of legal colleagues, he has been a mediocre attorney general.
Obama Is Just Obama. Obama's selection as editor
of the Harvard Law Review broke new ground. But to this day, no one cares much that his record was mediocre with no scholarly
work to show for his tenure. For that matter, ditto also his law career at the University of Chicago: an impressive
appointment, but no scholarly book as promised, not even an article, and no distinguished record of teaching. Not much of
anything. The point of the Nobel Prize was winning it — not doing anything that might have earned it. Just
as there was no foreign policy achievement that preceded the prize, so there was naturally none following it. Why expect
anything different now?
It's The U.S.
Constitution, Stupid! The Obama administration has thrown out all the rules, insisting that when you are looking for a needle
in a haystack, it's OK to seize the haystack, keep it permanently on record and to look for whatever needle they want at any time they want.
They say they're looking for terrorists but can't find or stop those they have in plain sight. Such sweeping surveillance did not catch
the "underwear" bomber who, thanks to sheer luck and alert passengers, failed to bring down an airliner over Detroit. It did not catch
the Tsarnaev brothers as they freely traveled to the terrorist haven they called home before bombing the Boston Marathon. It did not
stop Maj. Nidal Hasan before he slaughtered U.S. soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood. It has not found those responsible for the
attack in Benghazi.
President Obama Continues to
Fail as CEO. President Obama is failing as CEO of the U.S government. His appointment of Susan Rice to be his top
national security advisor and other missteps, indicate he views the fallout from recent scandals as a political challenge, rather than
a management failure. Nothing could be less true or more damaging.
House reconsiders pick of 'Founding Founders' over 'Founding Fathers'. Throughout United States history, the group of men who
assembled in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the nation's Constitution had been known as the "Founding Fathers," a moniker used even on
official government websites. But the use of the "fathers" may have been a step too far for the Obama administration. In
a Thursday [6/13/2013] post on the White House's blog, Keith Donohue, the communications director for the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission at the National Archives, announced that the papers of the "Founding Founders," otherwise known as the Founding
Fathers, are available online.
The Editor says...
You would think that the well-paid "communications director" could come up with something less insipid and redundant than
Obama's Multiplying Foreign
Policy Failures. Just yesterday [6/13/2013] the Obama administration admitted what our allies have long said — that
the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against opposition forces.
Foreign Policy as Farce. The Obama
administration has reached the unenviable stage in which it's almost impossible to determine where one scandal ends and another begins.
The most recent case in point is President Obama's decision to kinda sorta intervene in the Syrian civil war that is now in its third year.
and 'liar' among most frequently used words to describe the president: Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center has tracked
the assorted description of President Obama over the years, and has this to say: "The survey finds that the one-word impressions people
have of Obama have changed a great deal throughout his presidency. Terms like incompetent and liar now are among the most frequently
used words to describe Obama. In April 2009, when his job approval was at 63%, these words were rare," Pew says.
Government gone wild. With each passing week comes
more proof that President Obama's government is out of control. The past couple of months alone have produced a long list of scandals. [...] As
scandal after scandal unfolds, however, Mr. Obama acts as though nothing is his fault. The buck never stops with him. He insists it's not
his fault — the government is too immense for him to know everything that's going on. He always finds someone else to blame.
Nancy Pelosi agrees!
Pelosi: 'To Be an Amateur is to Cast Blame on Everyone
Else'. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the definition of an "amateur" is to "cast blame on everyone else" and "to
not take responsibility for what you are responsible for."
bungles Snowden, leaves great power diplomacy in shambles. As Sarah Palin might ask: How's that "smart diplomacy" workin' out for ya'?
The former NSA contractor and his famous thumb drives apparently remain in Moscow as of this writing.
Nobody respects Obama. I just hope that there is someone in this
White House who can get past Valerie Jarrett and tell President Obama that he is not doing very well in these leadership tests. In fact, he is doing very
Government gone wild. With each passing week comes more proof
that President Obama's government is out of control. The past couple of months alone have produced a long list of scandals: The Internal Revenue Service
spent taxpayer dollars to target groups Mr. Obama considered his opponents. [...] As scandal after scandal unfolds, however, Mr. Obama acts as though nothing is his
fault. The buck never stops with him. He insists it's not his fault — the government is too immense for him to know everything that's
going on. He always finds someone else to blame.
If Only Our Foreign Enemies Were Republicans.
If only the president would treat those who don't like the United States in the same manner that he does those who do, he might bring great clarity to his now
listless foreign policy. Indeed, why waste his rich vocabulary of teleprompted invective on fellow Americans, when there is an entire world out there that
wishes the United States ill?
Barack Obama's enduring ineptitude.
It's not the president's ideology, his arrogance, his attention-deficit disorder, his endless deference to alien religious faith and his
contempt for the faith of those close to home (or even his backswing) that's what's wrong with the man in charge of the government.
It's the sheer incompetence of the leader and his gang. This is the gang that can't shoot straight, eager to stifle or soften the
First, Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments and ever ready to stumble abroad with timidity in the face of governments that mean us ill.
In the circumstances, maybe incompetence is not necessarily a bad thing. They could be doing a lot more harm if they actually
knew how to do what they're trying to do.
administration 'more incompetent by the day'. Rep. Paul Ryan Tuesday [6/25/2013] joined the growing chorus of figures criticizing
the Obama administration's handling of the NSA leaks and its so-far unsuccessful efforts to extradite data leaker Edward Snowden.
Both Snowden's ability to obtain and leak the classified information on massive NSA surveillance programs and the U.S.'s inability to
take him into custody "just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day," Ryan said on CBS's "This Morning."
Obama admin bungled Snowden extradition.
The Obama administration's "smart diplomacy" wasn't able to get the paperwork done properly in extraditing Edward Snowden from Hong Kong.
At least that's the story the Hong King government is telling. [...] This should be a deep embarrassment for anyone with the chutzpah to claim
the label of smart diplomacy, but one has to go overseas to find it reported. My guess is that only conservatives will be informed of the
bungling, ghettoizing information that is is harmful to the Obama administration.
Mexican airplanes land nightly along southern border despite $100 million sensor technology. In one California border town, at least four
drug-laden, ultralight airplanes from Mexico land each night on U.S. soil, dropping off hundreds of pounds of narcotics then flying back to Mexico, all
the while eluding a $100 million detection system funded by American taxpayers.
Under Obama, America Has Become
France. The Edward Snowden debacle is the latest in a string of embarrassments, miscalculations, examples of mis- non- and/or malfeasance
of his keeping his Administration under control, and just plain incompetence. Starting with the latest, as I type this: Everyone in the
Russian government — from Vladimir Putin to the guy that sweeps the lobby just inside immigration at the Moscow Airport — is
openly mocking everyone in America from Barack Obama to the guy that sweeps the lobby just inside immigration at Dulles Airport.
Chicago is basically a one-party regime. How can you tell if you're living under one-party rule? Your media aren't
going to tell you. Your government isn't either. Your schools are part of the mob monopoly. But there are
signs: the biggest one is that open scandals and crimes have no consequences. We all know Holder is a perverse
attorney general, that the EPA is run by scientific know-nothings, that Wall Street has high-level lines running into this
administration, that "green technology" contradicts the known facts of physics, and that "catastrophic climate change" is a
What, Obama worry?
Can the United States survive the remaining 3½ years of the Obama presidency? [...] I have a growing fear we are on the
verge of a catastrophe. It didn't help that the Army announced it will trim our forces by 80,000 troops over five years
and said more reductions might also be necessary to meet budget reductions. Nor does it help that our president seems
somewhere between indifferent and oblivious to growing global threats.
Obama is a president whose ideas on the economy seem mainly stuck in the command-and-control conventional wisdom of four, five or
more decades ago.
Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem
Education? Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's
ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope
that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme — but
in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even
in our universities and law schools?
Obama's Reliable Weathervane. President
Obama can always be relied upon to come to wrong conclusion.
Let them eat lead!
Kerry under fire as Secretary of State takes Nantucket vacation amid Egypt military coup. As Egypt plunges into crisis John Kerry has been
allegedly spotted relaxing at his holiday home in Nantucket for Independence Day. The Secretary of State, who has just returned from a 12-day tour
to the Middle East, was spotted near the July 4 festivities in the center of town, and on his yacht. With the Egyptian military ousting
President Morsi amid violent protests, many in Nantucket were surprised to see Mr Kerry at his holiday home rather than in Washington.
State Dept: Oops, We Lied, Kerry Was Yachting During
Egypt Coup. On Friday, the State Department admitted that Secretary of State John Kerry was on his yacht off of the coast of Nantucket
as the Egyptian military took over the country from elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. Originally, the State Department denied
the report from CBS reporter Mosheh Oinounou that Kerry was aboard the "Isabel" Wednesday afternoon. The State Department said that Kerry was
working "all day" on Egypt, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki — the same Obama campaign worker who once claimed that the campaign
knew nothing about Joe Soptic — said that the CBS report was "completely inaccurate."
Obamacare called 'The fiasco for the ages'.
The White House announced the one-year delay in enforcing the employer insurance mandate for Obamacare, which might not even be legal, just as everyone was
hurrying out of Dodge for the Fourth of July holiday. Minions were hastily assigned to explain the delay. [...] Valerie Jarrett, the president's most
trusted (if not necessarily most competent) adviser, promised that the determined president is "staying the course." This is not reassuring, either,
since it's "the course" that's the source of the disaster.
Egypt Crisis Finds Washington Largely
Ambivalent and Aloof. In polo shirt, shorts and sandals, President Obama headed to the golf course Friday morning with a couple of old friends,
then flew to Camp David for a long weekend. Secretary of State John Kerry was relaxing at his vacation home in Nantucket.
Obama's Climate Change Plan Telegraphs Desperation,
Disconnect. His poll numbers are plummeting, and his grand speech at the Brandenburg Gate last week had a 95% drop off in
attendance. Russia and China are laughing at him over the NSA leaker. He's under siege for abuse of power and McCarthy-style
tactics to intimidate both the press and conservative groups. The majority of Americans now oppose the forthcoming implementation
of his signature legislative proposal, Obamacare. He's fresh off a G8 conference where he insulted Catholics and all people of faith
by calling parochial education divisive and an impediment to peace. He's about to embark on a whirlwind Africa trip that will cost
upwards of $100 million while agencies deal with Sequester cuts. His Attorney General was just caught lying to Congress.
Perhaps most importantly, "hope and change" still hasn't come to the more than 21 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed.
campaigner: 'Boston was a reality check for this administration who sold us a lie'. "We have a problem in our country when a
faith-based group that accounts for less than two percent of the American population is responsible for almost 85 percent of terrorist
attacks and plots against the United States," [Brigitte] Gabriel said. "That's a problem that our nation has to address. Our government was
selling the lie that there is nothing to worry about, everything is fine." "The brothers in Boston — we did not foil their
attack because of great intelligence on the part of our Homeland Security with all the eavesdropping that they are doing," Gabriel continued.
"The FBI was taking their pictures and showing it to everybody: 'Hey, have you seen these guys before?'... You interviewed these guys.
You got intelligence from the Russians."
Another Fine Mess Obama's
Gotten Us Into In Mideast. Is it too late, Mr. President, to get a refund on the billions in aid you gave the Islamist thugs
in Egypt? How about the F-16s and Abrams tanks you sent? It's now painfully obvious you invested in the wrong regime.
Obama's Serial Ineptness. [W]asn't one of
the key selling points of Mr. Obama in 2008 that he would improve America's relations in the world; that he would sit down with other leaders
and reach agreements his predecessor did not; and that Afghanistan was the "good war" that America would prevail in under his inspired
leadership? Instead, America's image in the world is worse than ever, the leaders of many other nations have sheer contempt for the
president, and the Afghanistan war is in the process of being lost. Mr. Obama seems to think a retreat substitutes for a strategy
and that a defeat is the same thing as a victory. He's wrong on both counts.
Obama's 'Smart' Government at Work. The president brags about how he's bringing smart, 21st century technology to government.
But the news surrounding that talk provides a showcase for how inept his administration is when it comes to IT. 'We've made huge swaths of
your government more efficient and more transparent, and more accountable than ever before," President Obama claimed Monday [7/8/2013].
But the very next day, AP reported that a "computer system problem" has caused his administration to delay yet another piece of ObamaCare for at
least a year.
Politics Is Easy, Governing Is Hard.
The U.S. Government announced that the Employer Mandate part of ObamaCare could just wait until January 1, 2015 instead of its
scheduled launch on January 1, 2014. It would have taken less time (3 years, 7 months) to defeat Japan in World
War II than to implement ObamaCare (3 years, 9 months). And Obama will still miss it.
Why Hasn't Anyone Fired James Clapper Already?
As the director of national intelligence, James Clapper has told Congress that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi would likely prevail in Libya, that Egypt's
Muslim Brotherhood party was "largely secular" and that the National Security Agency doesn't collect data on millions of Americans.
Egypt's Dangerous Turmoil Is
Ultimately Obama's Doing. In demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, President Obama insisted our imperfect ally had to go.
Now that Egyptians want his disastrous Islamist replacement removed, the U.S. stands by its man.
President Barack Obama's Six Months of Blunders.
This White House has already transcended that of Warren Gamaliel Harding and of Jimmy Carter. It is the most incompetent in modern American
history. [...] I can think of no previous president who has so blundered in his first six months in office — and this was his second
term, after he had four years to learn on the job.
Department agency deemed 'critical' to information security is a mess, report shows. An obscure little State Department
agency whose work is called "critical to the Department's information security posture" has been in a shambles for years, and is still
in chaos, according to an audit report by the department's inspector general released yesterday [7/19/2013]. As one result of all
the bumbling and inaction, the security checks that the agency is supposed to perform and subsequent approvals for use that it is
supposed to bestow every three years on 36 of those State Department systems have lapsed entirely, meaning that they are operating,
in effect, illegally.
Isn't Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders. Perhaps it was inevitable, that any president branded and sold
as "Hope" was destined to disappoint. But in these scorching summer doldrums of 2013, you have to wonder: did it have to be
Obama may be incompetent, but at least he's still black.
And to some people, that's all that matters.
For blacks, empathy with
Obama trumps economic record. For the vast bulk of the African-American political class, the sense of identification
and empathy with the nation's first black president has almost always taken primacy over whatever disappointments they have with his
record. The disappointment is perhaps strongest on the economy, since black people are worse off now than they were when Obama
first took office, according to virtually every major indicator.
Big Lie Egomania. First and foremost, nothing pleases
Obama more than the sound of his own voice. Obama is most pleased with his voice's sound when it is lecturing the nation while talking
about the virtues of his favorite subject — himself. But these days President Obama is hardly in a position to be lecturing
anyone and there are certain subjects he would just as soon avoid talking about at any length (i.e. the imminent bankruptcy of Detroit, the
IRS scandal and infeasibility of Obamacare to name but several).
Obama doctrine is a huge failure because it isn't based on US interests. Simply put, the Obama doctrine has been
disastrous because it fails to protect and advance US interests. It is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan's approach, which
was based on powerful American leadership on the world stage, including a willingness to firmly stand up to America's adversaries
and support those fighting against tyranny.
Foreign Policy and the Vision Thing.
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he promised that America would be more respected and liked in the world. Foreign
leaders would bow to his wishes. Ancient conflicts would end. In a speech before hundreds of thousands in Berlin, he vowed
to do nothing less than "remake the world." Instead, President Obama's foreign policy has been a failure tactically and
strategically, almost from beginning to end, mostly because he lacks strategic vision.
for Obama to Admit He Was Wrong and Start Fixing the Economy. One thing you can say about Barack Obama: the man can deliver a
great speech. So it's interesting, if not downright fascinating, that the White House has chosen to highlight his 2005 Commencement
Speech at Knox College. This is a mediocre speech filled with clichés of the moment lifted from airport bookshelves.
WSJ: Obama Worst
President or Middle Class 'in Modern Times'. The Wall Street Journal published a lead editorial on Thursday [7/25/2013]
that responded harshly to President Barack Obama's new series of economic speeches. "The President called his speech 'A Better Bargain for
the Middle Class,' but no President has done worse by the middle class in modern times," the editorial noted.
A Homeland Security Chief In Bed
With Islamists? Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee reportedly is vying to replace Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary. It would be hard
to find a choice worse than the gonzo Houston Democrat. Jackson-Lee has the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has been aggressively
lobbying President Obama to diversify his Cabinet.
Black Caucus recommends Sheila Jackson Lee for Homeland Security Secretary. Conservative bloggers went wild Monday [7/29/2013]
when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus' suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post
of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the
Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, "Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a
serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee as a
replacement for outgoing-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano."
The Editor says...
Sheila Jackson Lee has my full support for the position of Secretary of Homeland Security. The DHS can run itself, no matter who is at the top,
and in the meantime she will get plenty of press exposure and inevitably enough mocking derision to drive her into retirement oblivion. Most
importantly, it will open up another seat in the House of Representatives.
On the Embassy Closures.
[#1] The fact that this is reportedly an al-Qaeda plot shows once again that AQ is alive and well globally, contrary to President
Obama's ludicrous and willfully misleading statements over the past two years that it is "on the run" and "nearing defeat." [...] [#2] What
happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 — and the chaotic, shameful cover-up that has followed — provided
an enticing blueprint for Islamic jihadists.
causes U.S. to shut embassies and go on high alert. It seems like only yesterday that President Obama declared al Qaeda "has been
decimated," is "on the run," "on its heels," "on the path to defeat," and any other number of such claims.
Al-Qaeda's Reality Check. During the 2012
presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly claimed that al-Qaeda had been "decimated" and "on the path to defeat." That makes it a
little curious that the State Department is now forced to close temporarily its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and North Africa
and to issue a global travel alert to U.S. citizens warning of a potential attack by al-Qaeda.
Jimmy Carter's ghost stalks Obama White House.
Vague terrorist threats shutting down nineteen of our embassies, Russian strongman Putin thumbing his nose at President Obama, Iran jerking our
chain — the U.S. hasn't looked this cowardly on the world stage since the Jimmy Carter administration.
On Closed Embassies, the
Worldwide Travel Alert, and Wimpitude. Don't know about you, but I find this pre-emptive cringing unworthy of a great country, even
humiliating. Why do we allow a bunch of extremist thugs to close us down, rather than the reverse? For what purpose to we pay for the
world's best military and largest intelligence services if not to protect ourselves from this sort of threat?
The Editor says...
Why is the U.S. so soft on terrorists and such a cowardly pushover when terrorists huff and puff? It makes no sense — unless
Obama himself is a Muslim, and then it makes perfect sense.
Caustic Light on White House's
Reaction to a Terrorist Threat. The Obama administration's decision to evacuate so many diplomats on such short notice —
however justified by the seriousness of the threat — has upset some of its foreign partners, who say the gesture contributes to a sense
of panic and perceived weakness that plays into the hands of the United States' enemies, and impedes their efforts to engage with people in their
countries. Some American officials have also said they believe the administration overreacted, in large part because of the political fallout
from the attack last year on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi [...]
Obama and the theater of the absurd. For the last week, the Obama Administration has been in overdrive, suddenly engaged in the war on
terror that it has denied for the last four and a half years. Though al-Qaeda was supposedly on the run, diminished or dying out, they have
managed to cause us to shut down our embassies throughout the Middle East and completely evacuate our staff in Yemen.
Feebleness in the Executive. President Obama said, two years
and a hundred thousand deaths ago, that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must go. He hasn't gone. President Obama said a year ago that if Assad crossed
certain red lines there would be "enormous consequences." There have been no consequences.
Three Jail Breaks. After going through an election year in which the
Obama campaign tried to downplay the terrorist threat to our nation and the world, in order to falsely portray the President as defeating terrorism,
we are now finding a second-term administration having to respond to the results of their failed policy of appeasing radical Islam in the first four
years. And respond they have, last week ordering the temporary closing of embassies throughout the Middle East and northern and western Africa.
It is becoming more and more evident that the war being conducted against the U.S. — and against civilization in general — by radical Islam
is not going to end by our government just saying it is over.
Obama Retreats From Behind In
Global War On Terror. Al-Qaida's destabilization of Iraq snowballs, the Taliban plots its return to power in Afghanistan, and U.S. diplomats
now flee Pakistan and other outposts in the region. Behold America in retreat.
Obama's not to be trusted on foreign policy.
The West can no longer rely on American leadership in the world. For the remaining duration of the Obama administration, Washington's judgment and effectiveness in
foreign policy cannot be trusted. It is quite an achievement for the one remaining superpower to appear as ineffectual and wrong-footed as the United States has
managed to do in the past week. But there it is.
Sports: A Metaphor For His Presidency. President Obama seems genuinely passionate about sports — and likewise uses
that interest as a way to portray himself as a "regular guy." But there's a pattern here: Lots of big talk, but then plenty of
disappointment when it's time for him to match his words with action.
Don't depend on cowards for advice on self-defense.
'Run and hide' is Obama
administration's clever plan for next school shooting. In response to the Newtown, Conn. massacre and a host of school shootings in
recent years, the Obama administration released a 67-page report on emergency planning this summer that includes several pages advising educators on
how to manage "an active shooter situation." The U.S. Department of Education's "live-shooter" section doesn't recommend that schools arm teachers
or employ armed guards. It doesn't even advise schools to add door locks for classrooms.
Obama Played Cards During Osama Raid; 'I Can't Watch This Entire Thing,' Obama Said. Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards
during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, "I can't watch this entire thing."
played cards during the bin Laden raid says his longtime aide Reggie Love. President Obama's longtime aide Reggie Love says he and the president
played cards during part of the raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
A few days later...
Obama "body man" Reggie Love leaving White House.
Reggie Love, the former Duke basketball player who has been a constant presence by Obama's side since the 2008 presidential campaign, will depart the White House by the end
of the year, a person familiar with his decision said.
Obama's Greatest Failure. After last month's
military coup in Egypt, sober foreign-policy types warned against cutting off U.S. aid. After all, the coup seemed to enjoy substantial public
support. President Mohamed Morsi had become increasingly authoritarian. Cutting off aid might destroy what little leverage America had over
Egypt's new military regime.
Obama golfs, Kerry lectures, Egyptians die
in droves. Put it this way: President Obama's Egypt policy is about as effective as his Syria policy. And for the first time Wednesday, with the number
of dead and injured mounting, one could almost envision Egypt's descent into out-and-out civil war. Obama was briefed, said nothing and went back to golf.
Obama's Phony Event: America's Economic Recovery.
President Obama has been trying especially hard lately to sell his economic prowess of the past 4.5 years. Unfortunately for Obama, the facts demonstrate
very little economic progress to date during his tenure. Slow GDP growth, lagging job creation, constricted free markets, ballooning deficits and debt, growing and
counterproductive regulation, crippling taxation, and the penalization of small business all make for compelling evidence that Obama's economic strategy is failing.
Thank Obama's Ego For The Carnage And
Crisis In Egypt. [After Anwar] Sadat's 1981 assassination his legacy of peace and close ties with the U.S. continued for three decades under his
successor, Hosni Mubarak. Why on earth did Barack Obama want to disturb this too-good-to-be-true state of affairs? In 2009, his grandiose speech in
Cairo apologized for America's historical role in the Middle East and snubbed Mubarak, setting the stage for the Egyptian president's overthrow by the mob.
Obama Bets Against Human Nature — and Usually Loses.
There are many ways to learn about the bleaker aspects of human nature. One would be to run a pizza shop, or regularly to have to clean a public restroom.
Perhaps giving close attention to the text of Thucydides might give a more abstract lesson. Also, the Old and New Testaments offer plenty of examples of the
fallen state of man. Obama apparently did not get the message. [...] In a nutshell, he does not seem to know much about human nature, whether in the concrete or
abstract sense. Obama never held a menial job or ran a business. In lieu of education in the school of hard knocks, he read the wrong, if any, seminal texts.
White House spokesman 'not familiar with' Chris
Lane murder. Josh Earnest, principal deputy White House press secretary, said he was not familiar with the murder of Australian jogger Chris
Lane during Wednesday's [8/21/2013] White House briefing. When asked by Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry about the Chris Lane
case, Earnest responded, "I'm not familiar with it, actually."
The Editor says...
A press secretary who claims he is "not familiar" with a front-page news story is either lying or incompetent.
America the Trivial. Reggie Love, the erstwhile
presidential assistant and "body man" to President Obama, recently reported on the critical moments of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. The president
apparently was not glued to live video feeds, as the photos from his reelection campaign suggested. [...] The commander-in-chief was playing cards while Navy
SEALs risked their lives to kill America's No. 1 enemy — only later to use photos of himself watching live feeds for his reelection sloganeering:
"Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!"
'Dance with the Girl Ya Brung'. News reports have
indicated that multiple hundreds, if not thousands, have been killed on both sides of the Egyptian political divide. And while this slaughter is
happening, just what has the "leader of the free world", our president, Barack Hussein Obama, been doing to address this catastrophe? [...] He's been
playing golf while on vacation.
Ambassador to U.N. Samantha
Power Misses Emergency Syria Meeting. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power did not attend an emergency U.N.
Security Council meeting Wednesday [8/21/2013], Fox News reported. The meeting was scheduled to discuss an alleged chemical weapons
attack on Wednesday. Power's decision not to attend drew criticism due to her past statements on Syria.
Could Samantha Power have caught a
flight to UN meeting? U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was unable to make it back from a personal trip in Ireland to New York in
time for an emergency Security Council meeting, according to sources who spoke with Fox News. But a quick search of flight databases shows that on an average
day, dozens of flights leave from the Emerald Isle to New York.
Samantha Power in Ireland during urgent Syria meeting, sources say. Mystery solved. America's ambassador to the U.N.
Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N.
sources tell Fox News. A day earlier, State Department officials were mum when asked for information on Power's whereabouts.
The Editor says...
Maybe she doesn't know what "emergency" means.
[The] Mideast [is] On
Fire Thanks To Obama['s] Arrogance [and] Ignorance. A year after President Obama's "red line" chemical weapons warning, a defiant
Syria reportedly kills more than 1,000 with nerve gas. As in Egypt, the president's ego is no substitute for credible U.S. power.
White House spokesman jokes
about Islamic attacks on Christian churches in Egypt. The White House's deputy press secretary today downplayed Muslim attacks on Christians in
Egypt, joking about the savagery that has left at least six Christians dead. Press secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News' correspondent, Ed Henry,
if President Barack Obama has a "red line" beyond which he would act against Muslim attacks on Egyptian Christians. "Well, I didn't bring my red pen out
with me today," Earnest joked.
The Real Reason College Costs So Much.
[Richard] Vedder, age 72, has taught college economics since 1965 and published papers on the likes of Scandinavian migration, racial disparities in
unemployment and tax reform. Over the last decade he's made himself America's foremost expert on the economics of higher education, which he
distilled in his 2004 book "Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much." His analysis isn't the same as President Obama's.
Obama hits the golf links.
President Obama is spending his Sunday golfing, according to the White House. The outing comes amid rising signs the U.S. is
inching closer to launching a military strike against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by that country's government.
The Dog Ate My Homework. [Scroll down] Obama's
responses to adversity have been typical. It must be Rush Limbaugh's fault. His handlers apply euphemisms like 'miscalculated', 'unexpected'
or 'difficult' as synonyms for the unutterable word 'blunder'. Or else the tame press argue that America's influence in the world was bound [to]
decline anyway and Obama's made the best of a bad hand inherited from Bush.
Can Obama act on Syria without
appearing to be a hypocrite or a fraud? The Syrian problem threatens the very core of the Obama doctrine. Bashing President Bush for doing
an end run around the U.N. Security Council over Iraq was Obama's nom de guerre. With Russia's leaders making it clear that they are not going
to approve a Council resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria, how can the president act without appearing to be a hypocrite or a fraud?
The answer is: he can't.
The Wrong Red Line. Our coming intervention in
Syria already looks like a no-win proposition. If we go heavy, we're liable to empower al-Qaeda and assorted jihadists, or tie ourselves down
excessively. If we go light, we'll seem like paper tigers. Obama's foolish decision to turn chemical weapons use into a red line is what
got us into this mess.
Obama has painted himself into a corner.
Not only is there no outcome of an attack on Syria that would benefit the United States, President Obama has already denied he has the authority to take
such action. It takes ineptitude of historic dimension to fashion such a no-win situation in world politics. President Obama has already said
a president can't take military action without congressional approval, and Vice President Biden has stated that it would be grounds for impeachment.
Syria chemical weapons response poses
major test for Obama. One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a
level of intensity "just muscular enough not to get mocked" but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and
Russia. "They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic," he said.
The Editor says...
This next article quotes and amplifies the article immediately above.
Is This 'Leading From Behind' on Syria?
There's nothing like acting out of an acute fear of mockery to get you mocked, I suppose. Remember "leading from behind"? This quote
ranks up there in the did-someone-actually-say-that category. (By the way, I don't doubt the accuracy of the reporting, I'm just
incredulous that someone in a position of responsibility would be so brutally frank.) "Muscular," by the way, is one of those
words — like "robust" — that Washington policy makers use to describe foreign and defense policies that otherwise might not be
mistaken for muscular or robust.
President Obama's indecisive reaction to Syria
debacle emboldens our enemies abroad. A headline the other day called President Obama a "reluctant warrior." It was half-right.
He's reluctant, but not much of a warrior. His feckless, indulgent dithering while Syria burns would be the low point of his foreign policy except
for the fact that it is alarmingly typical. The president from the faculty lounge is proving again that he is simply no match for determined
adversaries, terrorists and genocidal maniacs.
U.S. needed Iraqi
foothold that prez abandoned. More than 70 years after the start of World War II, America has 100,000 troops stationed at bases
in Germany and Japan. More than 50 years after the cease-fire in Korea, we have nearly 30,000 American military stationed there.
But in Iraq, where we toppled Saddam just a decade ago and oversaw three national elections, there isn't a single American combat soldier left.
A fact President Obama has repeatedly celebrated.
Bolton: Obama weakest president since Buchanan. On Saturday [8/31/2013] on the Fox News Channel, former U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations John Bolton harshly criticized President Barack Obama handling of the United States' involvement in Syria, calling him the weakest president
since James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln's predecessor.
Leading From Behind Congress. This will go down as
one of the stranger gambles, if not abdications, in Commander in Chief history. For days his aides had been saying the President has the Constitutional
power to act alone in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons, and that he planned to do so. On Friday [8/30/2013], he rolled out Secretary of
State John Kerry to issue a moral and strategic call to arms and declare that a response was urgent. But on Friday night, according to leaks from this
leakiest of Administrations, the President changed his mind.
Mr. Obama Goes to Congress. A year ago, obviously without his trusted
teleprompter, the president said there was a "red line" that could not be crossed in Syria. If the Assad regime even so much as moved chemical weapons
or used them, the United States would take action. Well, it seems almost certain that chemical weapons were not only in Syria but were used by the
government. Obama was then caught with his pants down when his red line comment came back to haunt him. He had to do something or else look
like an idiot, not just to those who know he's an idiot but to the ever dwindling members of the Hope and Change crowd.
White House seeks Syria response 'just muscular enough not to get mocked'. A U.S. official briefed on the military options being considered by
President Obama told the Los Angeles Times that the White House is seeking a strike on Syria "just muscular enough not to get mocked." "They are
looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic," the official told the paper, giving credence to similar reports
describing a limited military strike in the aftermath of last week's alleged chemical weapons attack.
The Editor says...
President Obama is a waffling coward who can't decide what to do because he has no military training and only one skill -- reading campaign speeches
from a teleprompter. His responses to the atrocities in Syria amount to the verbal equivalent of a chest-thumping male dominance ritual.
This is a man who should never have been admitted to the White House -- even for a 30-minute tour.
Barack Obama's Staggering Incompetence.
Mr. Obama, in his Rose Garden statement on Saturday, still insisted he has the authority to strike Syria without congressional approval. So what
happens if Congress votes down a use-of-force resolution? Does the president strike Syria anyway? If so, will it be an evanescent bombing,
intended to be limited in scope and duration, while doing nothing to change the war's balance of power? Or does the president completely back down?
Does he even know? Has he thought through in advance anything related to Syria? Or is this a case of Obama simply making it up as he
How not to run a foreign policy.
In March 2011, President Obama committed the United States to action in Libya that involved roughly 100 cruise missile firings, 12 U.S. Navy ships in
the Mediterranean, and 75 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft including B-2 bombers. And the Libyan case involved no use of chemical warfare by Muammar
Qadhafi. Still, the president saw no reason to seek a congressional vote. This context makes his claim that he must seek a vote now, in the
Syrian case, unintelligible. It cannot be a matter of principle, or the principle would have applied to intervention in Libya as well.
Is Barack Obama the Worst and Most
Incompetent President Ever? A case can now be firmly made that Barack Obama is the most incompetent and dangerous chief executive our country
has ever had. [...] Those who argued during the campaign before his first term that he had achieved virtually nothing in the Senate, and was both inexperienced
and not ready to assume the job of chief executive, have been vindicated. Barack Obama should never have been elected to his current job. We are
now living through the results of his victory at the polls.
He doesn't know what to do. Of all the issues raised by President Obama's conduct toward Syria, that is the most worrisome. He's
had a year — a year — to think this through, to consider the options, to consult his advisers, to make plans.
And when the moment came, he froze.
Community Organizer Goes to War.
Oh, how I long for the days when liberals wailed that "the rest of the world" hated America, rather than now, when the rest of the world laughs at us.
The Editor says...
Having America's credibility ruined might very well be one of Barack H. Obama's goals.
No to War in Syria. A Senate panel has voted to authorize Barack
Obama to use military force in Syria. This is a disaster in the making. Just as in Afghanistan, Obama has no goal, no plan for victory.
He said that the military strikes in Syria would not be directed toward removing Bashar Assad, but then he said that it would be a good thing to remove
Assad from power. This was just one of many indications of how ill-conceived and misbegotten Obama's Syria plan really is.
Obama Learns the Value of Allies.
Although President Obama's first-term habit of serially offending U.S. allies appeared to be a procession of gaffes and errors, there actually
was a strategy behind it. Picking fights with the Israeli prime minister; delaying and reconsidering free-trade agreements with South Korea
and Colombia; shelving missile-defense plans in the Czech Republic and Poland to curry favor with Russia, and announcing it on the anniversary of
the Soviet invasion of Poland; pointedly ignoring India; and of course the absurd series of insults so dignifiedly absorbed by Britain were all
part of a plan. It wasn't a good plan, but it was a plan nonetheless.
The Awful Truth about Obama. The advocates
of congressional backing for an Obama strike on Syria claim that America would be weakened if the president is rebuked. Unfortunately, America
already is weakened, and backing a dangerously incompetent president's pinprick won't do anything to help. President Obama has no credibility
with the tough guys. Our deterrent power is already sapped of vigor. With each day, it gets worse for Obama and for America.
Crown O Clown in Chief.
The Los Angeles Times quotes a U.S. official who says President Obama wants an attack "just muscular enough not to get mocked." [...] But how
can we not mock a president who says he's "made the decision" that military action against Assad is a moral imperative and essential to
U.S. security; and that he's "made a second decision" to not make a decision but to wait for Congress to decide. A president making these
two completely contradictory statements is bad. But to make them in the same speech?
The Case of Obama's Missing Pants. Even the experts have trouble explaining
how and why the attacks will do any good. The debate has congealed down to credibility. The only real argument in favor of hitting Syria is that
Obama laid down a red line and Congress is obligated to protect his credibility when making poorly thought out threats for the sake of national security.
But it's not Congress' job to protect Obama's credibility for the sake of the nation. It was Obama's job to protect the nation's credibility by not
setting a red line until he had Congressional approval.
What kind of president would throw in the world's lot with evil al-Qaeda?.
What kind of a president could reportedly sleep when four courageous Americans were being slaughtered in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya -- but
within a week of the first anniversary of the tragedy send the U.S. military to fight side by side with al-Qaeda in Syria? What kind of president
could play 15 rounds of Spades while the Seal Team 6 sent by him was taking out Osama bin Laden? What kind of president would allow his
Secretary of State to announce to the world that Saudi Arabia would be willing to finance the U.S. attack on Syria?
Bam's policies leave longing for decisive W. With
President Obama's foreign policy in tatters across the Middle East, maybe we've finally arrived at a moment where we can look at what we threw out when we
replaced the Bush Doctrine with the Obama Doctrine. Even calling the 44th president's policy a doctrine is being generous.
Obama is heading for a humiliating defeat over Syria. Barack Obama simply doesn't come across as a war leader, one who instills confidence
both at home and abroad. He has a well-earned reputation for apologising for his country on foreign soil, and extending the hand of friendship to
America's enemies, from Tehran to Khartoum. His traditionally Jimmy Carter-esque approach simply doesn't square with his new found desire to start
bombing a foreign land. In the eyes of the American people, he's not exactly General Patton.
Who Are the 47 Percent? The roof is pretty much falling
down around President Obama's head. Obamacare, finally rolling out and crashing on takeoff, is more unpopular than ever. The economy remains dismal, with
labor force participation hitting near-record lows and young people's job prospects in the toilet. Poverty rates are sky-high, with record numbers on food
stamps. The federal government is about to run out of money again, having incurred nearly $17 trillion in debt. In foreign affairs, Obama has
become a laughingstock.
Provokes An Aggressive Russia, Say Analysts. As president, Obama has sought to reassure the Russians on many fronts. Unilaterally, he has
slashed the U.S. tactical nuclear weapons arsenal. He has pulled the plug on anti-ballistic missile systems for Poland and the Czech Republic. His
defense budget has plummeted since the last year of the Bush administration.
Obama versus the world. Barack Obama,
Nobel Peace Prize-winner, states that what is at stake is universal values because "I didn't set a red line. The world did" in his words.
Let us then examine the opinion polls and draw a conclusion as to whether Barack Obama is in syntony with the world, or whether he stands pitifully
alone, advocating a criminal act once again tarnishing the image of his country.
The credibility crisis can't be solved with
Tomahawk missiles. The Obama administration has stumbled from one credibility crisis to the next on Syria, and now wants Congress to rescue Barack
Obama from himself. Obama declares that the stated policy of the United States toward Syria is regime change, then dithers on how to effect it.
Obama draws a red line, and then does nothing at all to prepare for the possibility that Bashar al-Assad might call his bluff.
Obama and Syria: Words versus Deeds.
Obama has been told for much of his life that he could and even should be president. As best we can tell, he was accepted to Harvard Law School
without an especially stellar record of prior academic achievement. While there he became president of its august Law Review, through the mechanism
of an election that was basically a popularity contest. Because he was the first black person to hold that position, the event merited coverage in the
New York Times and later led to Obama's being signed to a book contract, although he had never written a book before and done a minimal amount of academic
writing in general — including virtually none for the Law Review even as its president, which is a highly unusual state of affairs.
Obama as Captain Queeg.
In President Barack Obama, the United States today has its Captian Queeg on the bridge. He has not committed the "high
crimes and misdemeanors" which the Constitution has established as the grounds for impeachment, or at any rate the necessary
majority of Congress could not at this moment be convinced that he has. Nonetheless, his administration has produced
a record of bungling and bad judgment not even approached by any previous President of modern times and perhaps ever.
The Collapse of the Obama Presidency.
In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal
gun-control legislation — and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address — and nothing has
happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration — and he failed. He's been forced to delay
implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it's turning out
to be a "train wreck" (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the
Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere.
Our Never Ending Obama Nightmare.
In Syria, the actions of the President and his team have bordered on total incompetence. Almost every wrong
step has been made. Today, we are left with a situation where the U.S. has limited influence, while the power of
our adversary Russia has increased tremendously. More and more Americans are realizing that this President is not
qualified to lead the nation.
President Obama holds fire — but media
doesn't. President Barack Obama is damaging his presidency, weakening America's standing in the world, and displaying "inexplicable"
incompetence. The media figure making those accusations isn't Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer or Glenn Beck. The critic
doesn't host a right-wing talk show, anchor a Fox News program, or write for the pages of the Weekly Standard. In fact, he's not even a conservative.
It's Joe Klein, the Time Magazine political columnist.
AP: For all of Obama's "recovery"
blather, the poverty rate isn't budging. After his bizarre and widely panned decision to go forward with it just hours after the Navy Yard
shooting on Monday, President Obama gave yet another speech about how much the economy has ostensibly recovered since the financial crisis five years
ago. [...] Yes, it's all very interesting and compelling, I'm sure, except that by far too many measures, the middle class has only been faring worse
and worse during Obama's presidency.
Obama's Middle-Class 'Mission Accomplished'.
Obama's idea of a "durable industry" seems to be solar companies like Solyndra and electric car suppliers like A123 Systems. Both of these "durable"
companies filed for bankruptcy after obtaining generous loans from the Obama administration. Taxpayer money that would otherwise have been invested to
create good jobs in the private sector was squandered so the president could pretend he was a green energy pioneer. In reality, he has never been a
pioneer at anything. He is an old-fashioned radical who still harbors the adolescent fantasy of a Marxist utopia.
The Theatre of Barack Obama: The Show
Must Go On. By running anyway, Obama revealed a complete lack of character. Nevertheless, the elitists who form public opinion
pretended that Obama was ready for the White House. After, all, they were making history. At the core was a man with no entrepreneurial,
business, executive, or military experience. Yet layer upon layer of made-up persona was wrapped around the empty center until fiction somehow
became non-fiction. With each layer of pretension came a new occasion to suspend disbelief. At some point, the line between the unreal
and real became blurred. For many, what otherwise would have been normal and reasonable vetting of a candidate became unreasonable persecution
of a black man.
Obama is a snake-oil salesman. Politico is actually wondering why Dear Leader, despite his
magnificence, has not been able to turn public opinion around on anything. Nothing, nada, zippo, zilch.
Perhaps, just perhaps, they are awakening to the reality that Obama has led an entire life without
accomplishing ANYTHING outside of his own personal life. The only thing Barack Obama, as an
individual, has accomplished from birth to today is exactly NOTHING. That's really what was
at the center of his "you didn't build that" remark. It's the only sentiment he can relate to
because he has never *created* anything himself.
Saved By the KGB. And so the government of the United States has
put its foreign policy in the steady hands of President Vladimir Putin and the KGB. Americans from coast to coast are breathing a sigh of relief.
In Congress, the left and the right and those in between, are relieved. In recent months it has become abundantly clear that the President of the
United States is not up to the task.
Iran's Tyrants Roll Obama
Around Just As They Did Jimmy Carter. Has the U.S. ever fallen in global stature as far and as fast as it has under the Obama
administration? Not even Jimmy Carter drew so many snubs, insults and slights from world leaders in such a short period as Obama has in this
Obama is presiding over the end of America's superpower status. There was a time not so long ago when the world looked to America for both political
and economic leadership. But now that can no longer be taken for granted thanks to Mr Obama's inability to provide decisive leadership on either front.
Can You Hear the
ObamaCare Train Wreck Now? The federal government had 1,288 days to build the ObamaCare exchanges, where millions are supposed to
enroll. Yet they were crashing across the U.S. on opening day. Your health care is in the best of hands.
John McAfee on Obamacare: 'This is a
hacker's [...] dream'. On Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" on Wednesday, computer programmer and founder of McAfee, Inc. John McAfee
said the online component of Obamacare "is a hacker's [...] dream" that will cause "the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to
lose their identities." For starters, McAfee said the way it is set up makes it possible for fake websites be set up to fool people to think
they're signing up for Obamacare.
He's Just Not That Clever. Obama's staggering incompetence
on the international stage, careening from one unintended foreign policy consequence to another, is unmistakable because foreign affairs are almost
exclusively the province of the president. He has no congressional human shields overseas. [...] One potential caveat: While Obama is not
clever enough for his apparent imcompetence to be anything but real, some of his advisers/puppet-masters, like David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, are.
For those enemies of America, Obama is just their front man, their very own Billy Mays, hawking a radical leftist vision in a pleasant container.
The presidential leadership crisis.
President Obama is still an adept liberal organizer and aggressive tactician in confronting his domestic foes, but that should not be confused with purposeful
leadership. On Syria he ducked and weaved, repudiating his own red line and hiding behind Congress's skirts. [...] Indeed, it's one thing to be over your
head and lack a coherent foreign policy; it's another to advertise as such on the world stage.
Exchange launch turns into
inexcusable mess. Over the first four days the new online health insurance exchanges were open last week, more than 8 million people visited
them, according to the Obama administration. [...] Alas, the administration managed to turn the experience for most of those visitors into a nightmare.
Websites crashed, refused to load, or offered bizarre and incomprehensible choices. Even though the system was shut down for repairs over the weekend,
Monday's early reports continued to suggest an epic screw-up.
Why Does Sebelius Still Have a Job? The
government's website apparently cost more than $500 million to build — and counting. This is more than LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Spotify,
and yet it has been a disaster from the get-go, freezing, crashing, and locking people out. The administration's line is that the website was overwhelmed by surprisingly
strong demand, which they cast as a good thing. Programmers who peeked under the hood of the website scoffed at that assertion, saying that the site was so poorly constructed,
so full of glitches and buggy code that it could never have supported even the most modest traffic levels. Some of that code was actually caused by spelling errors in
launched the thing.
Obama's crisis of credibility. President Barack Obama is like a novice flier thrust
into the cockpit of a 747. He's pushing buttons, flipping switches and radioing air traffic control, but nothing's happening. The plane is just slowly descending on its own, and
while it may or may not crash, it at least doesn't appear to be headed to any particularly useful destination. Obama's ineffectiveness, always a hallmark of his presidency, has reached a
new cruising altitude this year.
The man who could have saved us
from Obama now regrets his punt. His pettiness and lack of leadership helped produce and prolong a record duration of high unemployment, the
worst economic 'recovery' in decades, record deficits, record national debt, a wasted trillion dollars in stimulus, record youth and black employment
hardships, untold lies about the unfolding disaster called ObamaCare and Benghazi and so many other things. The country's latest fiscal crisis
continues this week as an arrogant incumbent president of the United States, who approached this crisis by playing more golf, leads his nation to the
brink of an historic default, which he voted to have eight years ago, but now opposes.
secretary faces calls to RESIGN over Obamacare web debacle. Kansas Republican Pat Roberts has been a member of Congress since
1981 and a Senator since 1997, but he's never run this hard to the right before. On Friday [10/11/2013] he demanded the resignation of
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and his newly minted tea party challenger thinks he knows why. Milton Wolf, a
fire-breathing conservative radiologist who's also a second-cousin to Barack Obama, announced on Tuesday that he would run against Roberts
in 2014 for the Republican nomination.
Obama: the Revolutionary as Halfwit. [Scroll
down] I can see no contradiction between Obama's destructive goal and his stupendous incompetence. That is to say, while clearly harboring
evil designs, Obama is genuinely inept in implementing his plans. His presidency looks like a new installment of the Keystone Kops.
ObamaCare Website Now Officially the Most Incompetent Thing Obama Has Ever
Done. The ObamaCare website, which estimates have placed at anywhere from under [$]100 million to [$]400 million to just under
300 million to 634 million dollars, not only tops even Solyndra, but couldn't have been designed any worse if Joe Biden had tried making it
in his spare time.
White House has put 'the best and the brightest' on Obamacare. So who was on it before? The Obama administration should have figured out a way to tap the
tech world's "best and brightest" from the beginning. But at this point, there's really no way for Silicon Valley to come in and save HealthCare.gov. The key
coordinator — which not only oversaw CGI Federal but all the other contractors building the site — was the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
and in particular, their IT department. But CMS didn't have the technological expertise to carry out this role — and they still don't.
ObamaCare a Planned Disaster for Political Reasons.
Obama has not ever been pressured to compromise or change course, no matter how disastrous his policies. He has a unique partisan pass, thanks to his idol status as our
first black president among the compliant liberal media. Obama will go down in history as America's most unaccountable president. He has skated over one calamity
after another, with none of the blame attached to his party — our economic stagnation, the suffering of our neediest citizens, the destabilization of the Middle
East, a looming nuclear Iran, Benghazi, the IRS, the spying on ordinary citizens and the press. None of these significant failures have mattered one whit to loyal
Democrat voters. Why would ObamaCare be different?
President excuses long list of scandals and
blunders. The list of scandals and blunders in the Obama administration is long, but the roster of people who have been fired by President Obama
for screwing up is strikingly short. From Benghazi to the Internal Revenue Service to the Fast and Furious gun-running furor in the Justice Department, the
president has been loathe to hold high-level aides accountable for major bungling.
Obama Should Be Impeached... for Cluelessness. When I read
Sunday evening [10/27/2013] in the Wall Street Journal that Barack Obama was "unaware" until last summer that the U.S. spied on thirty-five world
leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, I was frankly stupefied. [...] No wonder Obamacare and practically everything else from foreign policy to
energy policy is an unmitigated mess. This president and his administration have taken hands-off leadership and leading from behind to unprecedented
levels. What exactly does our president do for a living?
Reporter Asks Jay Carney Why Obama was So Wrong on Obamacare. [Scroll down] The fact is, the President hasn't the slightest clue what the private
sector is actually like. To progressive liberals such as our campaigner in chief, the "private-sector" is a theoretical source of tax revenue.
Even Liberals are Gagging on the Bitter Taste of Obamacare.
The Obama administration's incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man's
entire presidency. (It's not hyperbole when it's true.) Nearly three weeks in and the utopian promise of "affordable care" for all has yielded but a handful of
folks who've even been able to sign up for this clinic in socialism. That Obamacare — something billed as a health-care panacea for the
collective — is something that the collective neither asked for, nor wanted, is now the back story. That it has failed so fantastically in every
respect, has taken center stage.
Liberal Hates Obamacare Now, But Still Won't
Admit that Ted Cruz Was Right. As a poor executive, Obama has proven himself incapable of spotting trouble as Healthcare.gov was being built, and on Monday
appeared just as ineffective as the nation's IT manager. Obama's team know how to campaign. They do not know how to do much else.
Obama Chewed Gum, Played with Phone,
During Syrian War Plans. Obama slept while Americans died in Benghazi because he was prepping to go part in Vegas with Jay-Z. And if
Americans weapons fall into the hands of Al Qaeda and end up being used to kill Americans, then while that was being discussed we can take comfort
in the fact that the man at the top was taking the time to chew gum, roll his eyes and scroll through his radical pals' latest Facebook updates.
He's no Truman: It seems the buck doesn't
stop at Obama's Oval Office desk. In the Obama White House these days, the buck stops somewhere — anywhere — below the
president. White House aides insisted Wednesday [10/23/2013] that President Obama wasn't told about major problems with the Obamacare website before
its failed launch, adding to the growing list of blunders in which his advisers allegedly have kept him in the dark. As the president summoned a dozen
top health insurance executives to the White House for a meeting on salvaging his signature initiative, administration officials said nobody in Mr. Obama's
inner circle had any inkling of how bad the federal website for HealthCare.gov would be until it went live Oct. 1.
The Editor says...
I don't know why "officials" — whoever they are — would ever make a statement like this, because it is either
a public confession of incompetence, or it is an obvious lie.
Way to go, liberals. You elected Sergeant Schultz!
The ObamaCare debacle marks the return
of 'President Passerby'. Last spring, President Barack Obama maintained plausible deniability throughout the Benghazi, IRS, and Department of
Justice snooping scandals, letting most of the blame fall on the people below him. He was dubbed "President Passerby" by members of the press, and
accused by critics of either lying about his level of involvement in the scandals or being woefully uninformed about what was happening in his own
administration. Now, as more details emerge about the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, it looks like the hands-off president is back.
'Barry Bam Bam' never knows the gun is loaded. Most Americans had never heard about
Canadian company CGI that built the still floundering website until after it crashed. But Obama knew the company and was praising it as a "wonderful" one way
back during the 2008 presidential campaign. Obama didn't know it might have been time to worry when CGI was fired by the Ontario Government for delays and cost
overruns on the building of data bases for diabetic clients.
Sebelius failed at government website projects prior to serving in Obama administration. Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius' failure at designing websites to provide government services began during her term as governor of Kansas, long before the Obamacare website
debacle, Kansas political insiders told The Daily Caller.
Heckuva job, Sebelius. Little did they know it, but
Republicans fighting to defund or delay Obamacare had an ally in spirit in Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Her explanation for
why the Obamacare website doesn't work is that she couldn't possibly have been expected to make it work in the mere 3½ years since the law passed.
Dick Cheney swipes at Obama's, Hillary Clinton's
'incompetence'. "I think the incompetence of this administration in the way they've handled these kinds of affairs, especially in the Middle East,
is one of the worst aspects of this presidency," Mr. Cheney said, on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. "If you're a friend and ally of the United States in that
part of the world tonight, you'd have to say what's this guy all about? Can we count on anything he's told us?"
ObamaCare Schaden-Fraud. [Scroll down] We did not
grossly overpay cronies of yours to put the website together, and we did not forget the simple step of obtaining similar domain names to prevent
cyber-squatting and identity theft. You tech geniuses, you! We did not hire ACORN and other known criminals as navigators to help get
around the failing website, and we did not bring on sixteen thousand new IRS agents with the notion that they would help Americans stay healthier.
And we did not fire a polite operator who simply took a phone call from Sean Hannity. Nope, this was all you. And by "you," I mean the
president and his economically ignorant cabinet and advisor team, the mainstream media, and the low-information bloggers and message board trolls
who are going more silent by the second. No, you guys did all this.
#ObamaDidntKnow. [Scroll down] So we've established that if he and his
subordinates are telling the truth after problems arise, Barack Obama isn't working to improve the economy, he doesn't know what the agencies that answer to him
are doing, he isn't managing the war, he isn't securing our borders, and he didn't even make sure that his signature policy, Obamacare, was ready to roll on its
launch date. We know that Barack Obama watches a lot of sports and has opinions on just about everything sport-related. He plays lots of basketball
and golf. He delivers lots of speeches, but he doesn't write them. Other than that and watching ESPN, just what does Barack Obama do all day?
Obama's 'in-the-dark' defense. President Barack Obama
is briefed each day on a wide range of domestic and international issues, yet when it comes to major controversies, his administration's response is often the
same: the president didn't know. The most recent appearance of the tendency came Sunday, as the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama was unaware
of the National Security Agency's surveillance of foreign leaders until earlier this year. The story came on the heels of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's claim that the president didn't learn of the problems with HealthCare.gov until after the site's Oct. 1 launch.
did President Obama know and when did he know it? For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things
going on in his administration. [...] It stretches credulity to think that the United States was spying on world leaders without the president's knowledge, or
that he was blissfully unaware of huge technical problems that threatened to undermine his main legislative achievement. But on issues including the IRS
targeting flap and the Justice Department's use of subpoenas against reporters, White House officials have frequently given a variation on this theme.
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.
Our Know-Nothing President.
In recent days, President Obama has claimed ignorance about spying on allies and the ObamaCare meltdown. How can it be this president is always the
last to know whenever anything goes wrong in his administration? [...] Ridiculous or not, pleading ignorance has become routine for Obama whenever a scandal
arises. Just last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Obama had no idea there were any problems with the ObamaCare exchange before it went live
on Oct. 1.
Barack Obama: The Most Uninformed
President in History. This weekend, we learned that President Obama "didn't know about" NSA spying on world leaders, especially German Chancellor
Angela Merkel. He also "didn't know about" the posthumously obvious problems with the rollout of the ObamaCare website exchanges. According to the
New York Times, these problems were evident eight months ago. Yet, it seems, they never made it to the President's desk. President Obama was also
completely unaware that the IRS was subjecting conservative organizations to undue scrutiny on their tax-exempt applications. [...] President Obama also,
presumably, was unaware of the Justice Department's program to allow Mexican drug gangs to purchase military-grade arms from the US.
The Universal Obamaphone. President Obama has shown
an alarming tendency to be unaware of most everything. To begin with, he was unaware that the NSA was spying on world leaders until he read about it
in the papers. Although he argued that Obamacare would let Americans keep their existing plans, his administration apparently knew all along that
millions would lose — have already lost — their coverage. How to explain this contradiction? Well, Obama was probably
unaware of what Obamacare would do also. Why, he didn't even know there were problems with the Obamacare website until two days after it launched,
despite the fact that nobody could seem to log on to it!
Competence Comes First. Even the wisest, most carefully
conceived policy will end in failure if the officials who execute it have no idea what they're doing. To point out the obvious, President Obama and
his team are utterly, completely incompetent when it comes to executing national policy. The catastrophic launch of Obamacare is only the latest
Stick a Fork in Obama. Barack Obama has become a leader
who does not matter — the stimulus was all Pelosi and ObamaCare was Pelosi and Harry Reid, et al. What idea was ever his?
Can he point to one thing where he was deeply involved? He has been our golfing president. He is so incompetent and uninvolved that it
is believable that he did not know the problems with healthcare.gov, the integral component of ObamaCare, a program he proudly put his name to.
leadership style raises question of 'who is in control?'. Claims by the administration and other Democrats that Obama didn't
know about sensitive matters in his own administration — such as problems with the health care website and revelations of National
Security Agency surveillance on foreign leaders — have many in Washington scratching their heads. [...] Obama has been hammered for
being unaware of potential glitches that disrupted the launch of the online marketplace for Americans to browse and purchase health plans.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN last week that Obama wasn't aware of the we problems until "the first couple
of days" after its launch.
learning afterward about sensitive issues raises question about approach, inner circle. [R]eports over the past week weeks that President
Obama was not aware of the National Security Agency monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone nor of the technical problems that plagued
the ObamaCare website ahead of its Oct. 1 launch suggests he is taking too much of hands-off approach or perhaps not surrounding himself with
people who can keep him informed, critics say.
An Expert's Opinion:
Jimmy Carter Hammers Obama for Ineptness. When asked by Parade magazine how he would evaluate the Obama presidency so far, [Jimmy]
Carter said this: ["]He's done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the
implementation of it now is questionable at best.["] This is, as Guy Benson points out, a withering indictment from Mr. Malaise.
And on first blush, I thought, an unfair one, at least given the source. Who is Jimmy Carter to indict anyone on grounds of incompetence.
And yet the more I reflect on it, the more I think Mr. Carter may be on to something. What exactly are the impressive achievements
of President Obama?
A Phalanx of Lies. We are assured by the headline writers
that the president was "unaware" of Obamacare's website defects, and the NSA spying, and the IRS targeting of his political enemies, and the Justice Department
bugging the Associated Press, and pretty much anything else you ask him about.
Barack Obama's Narrative Illusions.
It is now apparent to any honest observer that Obama is a rank incompetent too arrogant and foolish to alter his political philosophy even after
reality has proven it false. As his record at the time of his original candidacy should have warned us, he has no business in the Oval Office.
He simply isn't up for the job.
Will Insularity, Incompetence and Lies
Doom Obamacare? Early signs point to Obama compounding rather than correcting his team's errors. Staying the course is a losing option for
Obamacare and the more than 40 million Americans who need health insurance. The trouble is far deeper than a "glitchy" website, according to numerous
media reports, including an in-depth investigation by The Washington Post. Among other things, The Post uncovered a 2010 memo from a
trusted outside health adviser warning that no one in the administration was "up to the task" of constructing an insurance exchange and other complexities
of the 2,000-page law.
Who Sabotaged ObamaCare? [Scroll
down] Obama and his allies in Congress were unable to win a single Republican vote — and it doesn't seem to have occurred to
them that a monstrously complicated law enacted by a slender partisan minority might prove especially difficult to implement. As Obama
himself admitted yesterday in a rare truthful statement: "Now, let's face it, a lot of us didn't realize that passing the law was the easy
part." That's what America gets for electing a president with charisma but no known skills apart (arguably) from delivering speeches.
Our Cash For Obama's Clunkers. [Scroll down]
Seventy years in advance, [Henry] Hazlitt gave us the job descriptions of Health & Human Services head Katherine Sebelius, Obama's former Energy
Secretary Steven Chu, and his master of deception Jay Carney. If all that is not enough to upset your wallet, despite the dismal failures of
their efforts, keep in mind that no matter how bad the results, no one gets dismissed from the Obama administration. [...] That's right,
you can waste over $600 million on a website, spend more than Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn combined, have it fail and keep
your job. That's good enough for government work.
How a simple spelling error helped bring down $630 million Obamacare website. A spelling mistake in the words 'not recommended' on the
Obamacare website led to the site going down, it was revealed today in internal notes from 'war room' meetings of experts scrabbling to breathe life
into the shambolic operation. The error limited the choices Obamacare shoppers were offered in October and often presented them with overpriced
options. Ultimately, at least some of the website's many outages were brought about by this simple typo, as technicians struggled to give the
public an experience that mirrored President Obama's promises.
New York Times' Obama cheerleading harms the nation.
Poor Barack Obama. Ending his fifth year as the world's most powerful man, he is running out of scapegoats and fairy tales. Blaming
George W. Bush has lost its punch, and the ObamaCare debacle is shredding the myths he is competent and honest.
IRS Sent Hundreds of Checks to One
Address in China. The IRS, which is adept at targeting conservatives and which is the enforcement arm for Obamacare, sent 655 tax refunds
to one address in Lithuania! They sent 343 tax refunds to one address in China! It apparently never occurred to them that this could be
identity fraud. There is no one minding the store.
ObamaCare Lies and
Incompetence May Be Enough To Bring It Down. By now, many Americans are all-too-familiar with Obama's 29 videotaped assertions to Americans
that, "If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan." Obama's message was unmistakably clear: When implemented,
ObamaCare will leave the choice of which insurance to buy completely up to the consumer. In other words, ObamaCare is being created to benefit other
people, but it won't impact you. Millions of voters took the President of the United States at his word, which is exactly what Obama wanted and needed.
Is Kerry the Worst Secretary of State
Ever? During his first term in office, President Obama was criticized by conservatives for conducting what they dubbed apology tours
in which he always seemed to find something in American history for which he felt compelled to make amends. To his surprise, neither
apologies nor the magic of his personality and historic status were able to conceal the fact that he was far better at alienating America's
traditional allies than winning new friends.
Maybe Barack Obama
is just inferior. Obama's story of failure is his ideology, not race. He has terrible ideas, and he implements those terrible ideas
terribly. Inferior. What other word describes a man not good at anything? Those praising his campaigning abilities require
clarification. What other word describes a man not good at anything that matters?
Obamacare regulations required 254 corrections. If the Obamacare roll-out seems riddled with mistakes, that's because it has
been — at least 254 of them, according to a report from the American Action Forum (AAF). The think tank run by former Congressional
Budget chief Doug Holtz-Eakin found that for 104 final rules the administration issued in order to implement Obamacare, federal officials then
needed to go back and issue 254 corrections.
Obama Overwhelmed. Whatever the cause, the
president's blundering on the cherished, decades-old liberal dream of universal health care and his jaw-dropping news conference Thursday are a blow to
those on the left who still cling to the notion that he is a man of immense talent. [...] It is fair to say what we saw yesterday was not merely a
policy failure and indictment against liberal big government, but confirmation of his personal unfitness for the job.
"Barack the Incompetent" — It Has a Nice Ring, Doesn't it?.
While Barack's endless pratfalls have left a warning about the dangers of neo-liberalism, there must still be a public atonement for all of his
reckless, selfish and disastrous actions. Obama must be removed from public office. [...] [T]here is simply no more glossing over Barack's
Why Dems better hope Obama's lying. One has to ask: Is
President Barack Obama making this up as he goes? It's hard to imagine that the President and the team charged with implementing Obamacare
couldn't have foreseen the problems that have continually popped up. Yet, here we are, bringing in "tech surges" to examine the website
problems, security experts to mitigate privacy concerns, insurance executives to "brainstorm" ways to actually insure people. And all the
while the President has implied he was the last to know that storm clouds were on the immediate horizon.
Conference Call Spoiled by Website Failure. President Barack Obama held a conference call Monday meant to whip up support for
Obamacare, but many supporters who logged onto the Organizing for Action website to listen in experienced technical problems instead
of the President's inspiring words.
Obama: The Affirmative Action President.
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria
akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many
into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential
job? [...] And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as
Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a
future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
Obama: The Affirmative Action President.
President Barack Obama is the perfect "Low Information President." He is not really interested very much in doing his job. He doesn't know
anything going on in his own administration. He is always the last to know. He learns important developments only when he reads about it in
the newspaper, apparently after first reading the sports section. But Obama is keenly interested in basketball. He has turned his NCAA
championship "brackets" predictions chart into a presidential event. He is into music, movies, culture. Obama is the "Pop Culture
President." [...] President Obama has played over 160 rounds of golf in office. Obama's White House has pickup basketball games with NBA
basketball stars. Obama knows who is up for Academy Awards. He gets his news from Entertainment Tonight.
War on What? A left-liberal magazine's
publication of an article titled "The Republican War on Competence" would have seemed unremarkable at just about any point in this columnist's adult
lifetime. But this article, by Jeff Shesol for The New Yorker, was published yesterday — with a Democrat in the White House presiding for
the 51st day over the most stunning display of governmental incompetence since Prohibition, maybe since Nero. In that context, it's like a
dispatch from a different planet.
incompetence led to no-bid contract for healthcare.gov. Suddenly realizing that you can't manage the finance and accounting
aspects of the program is somewhat like a contractor erecting a skyscraper and suddenly realizing that it hadn't competently excavated
the foundation. In toher [sic] words, the whole edifice is at risk of collapse in both cases. You can tell how embarrassing
and revealing this is by the fact that nobody is willing to speak on the record.
Obamacare agency rushed in contractor
without bids, documents show. Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts
of the U.S. government's new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking
competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters.
A Better Obamacare Won't Save
Obama. A new CNN poll confirms what America's collective gut has been saying for weeks: Obamacare is sinking its
namesake. The numbers are ugly: Just one in four respondents say President Obama is a competent manager of the federal
government. For all the hand-wringing about comparing the HealthCare.gov site rollout to Hurricane Katrina, the bottom line is
that this president, like his predecessor, has now suffered a signature event that has convinced a majority of Americans that he is
unfit for the job. Piling on, the president also scored his lowest marks on honesty and trustworthiness, with 53 percent
of those surveyed responding that they don't feel Obama is being straight with them.
Obama is no longer so invincible.
President Obama is concerned these days with the "young invincibles," the 20-somethings he needs now to buy into his program, but who
probably won't because they feel (you guessed it) invincible and think they will stay so for quite a long time. But it takes one to
know one, as the irony is Obama himself is, or once was, an ultra-invincible, unstoppable and doing what people said couldn't be done.
Could he become world famous on the strength of one speech? Yes, he could. Could he beat Hillary Clinton, a president's wife
and a feminist icon? Yes, he could.
It Turns Out Obama Was
Nothing But a Community Organizer All Along. Americans are tired of Mr. Obama; and they are tired of the pain and trauma, the ineptness
and dishonesty, of his presidency.
Approach Has Increased Income Inequality. President Obama has declared his renewed commitment to fighting income inequality. But
we now have five years of evidence to draw upon, and it's clear that Obama's methods in this regard have failed miserably. In fact, they've
worked about as well as Obamacare. Obama's approach to addressing income inequality, of course, is to funnel ever more money and power to
Washington, while promoting a culture of cozy cronyism between Big Government and Big Business (especially Big "Green" Business).
The Liars Club. It is now apparent that our President has lied to us.
He lied when he crooned soothingly about improving the healthcare of millions of Americans through vast changes in health policy that would actually
lower their costs. Those costs are now going up, and they are going up for almost everyone. They will not come down. He lied when
he said we could keep our present healthcare policy. Those policies are rapidly disappearing. He lied again when he said we could keep
our doctors. He lied when he said his plan would not involve rationing. I could go on, but in sum he is lying about most aspects of the
most massive social policy in American history. It is also the greatest disaster in social policy in the history of social policy.
President Barack Obama is a rank amateur.
Tech Experts: HealthCare.gov Should Cost Less Than
$10 Million. The price for building the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov should have topped out at less than $10 million, tech
experts have claimed. "I would say to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe
$5 million to $10 million at a very maximum rate," David Kennedy, President and CEO of TrustedSec also known as the "White Hat Hacker"
told Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday [12/4/2013].
Obama Acts Like He Wandered Into White House on a Tour and Discovered He Was President. Syndicated columnist Charles
Krauthammer had some harsh words for Barack Obama Friday [12/6/2013]. Appearing on Fox News's Special Report, Krauthammer
said, "It's as if this guy discovers everything late, as if he wandered into the White House on a White House tour and discovered
himself in the Oval Office as president."
Dangerous Times: Inspector Clouseau Brings
Peace. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating,
its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its
healthcare debacle — everything comes down to imperial overreach. Obama is the biggest gambler with national security in
our history. He looks like Charlie Chaplin carrying stacks of teetering dinner plates, causing chaos on all sides, but never noticing
Gergen: Report on Obamacare Prep Shows 'No One in Charge' of White House. A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four
Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report that found President Barack Obama has not
had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an
indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance."
How the ATF Manufactures Crime.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is probably best known these days for the failure of its disastrous Fast and
Furious scheme — a botched initiative that aimed to give American guns to Mexican cartels first and to ask questions later. Under
pressure, the administration was quick to imply that the mistake was an aberration. But a watchdog report, published last week by the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel, suggests that the caprice, carelessness, and downright incompetence that marked the disaster was no accident.
In fact, that it is endemic in the ATF.
Blacks and Obama. There is every indication to suggest that Obama's presidency
will be seen as a failure similar to that of Jimmy Carter's. That's bad news for the nation but especially bad news for black Americans. No white
presidential candidate had to live down the disgraced presidency of Carter, but I'm all too fearful that a future black presidential candidate will find himself
carrying the heavy baggage of a failed black president.
What Will It Take? Let me begin with a categorical statement that, given
current events and recent political history, can be easily defended: Barack Hussein Obama is a willful, indoctrinated child of the Left with
strong Islamic sympathies who is not fit to govern. Indeed, he would not be fit to govern Lower Slobovia, let alone the United States of America.
Obama is a historic disaster of the first magnitude and, if not restrained, he will see to the irrevocable decline of the country which foolishly elected
him, leaving the world on the brink of a conflict — or in the midst of one — whose repercussions cannot be underestimated.
Incompetence. In the place of the energy and focus that would go
into the running of things, the administering and managing of them, we have the preoccupation with spin, with how things look as opposed to how they are.
Woe Is Obama! The least-engaged, most ideologically ambitious
president in history messed up a lot of things and now doesn't know what to do about it. Wasn't this the man who in his biography said that
no one ever punished him or corrected him because his grandparents thought of him as a "poor fatherless boy"? [...] Ending up in time-out
at 52 for the first time in your life is not just difficult. It's unendurable. He can't cope with it and he will find excuses,
probably excuses that make him a martyr of undeserved failure/reproach.
Management experts knock Obama.
After the HealthCare.gov debacle first exploded three months ago, President Barack Obama pleaded for people to cut him a little slack:
"I wanted to go in and fix it myself, but I don't write code." At his year-end news conference recently, he struck a different tone:
"Since I'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up." "We screwed it up" is not exactly the same thing as "I screwed it up."
5 Political Fallacies Too Many
Americans Embrace: [#4] There's no need to worry because politicians know what they're doing. The primary reason most
Americans don't pay attention to politics is that they just assume that despite all of the feuding and fighting, politicians generally know what
they're doing and won't let anything too horrible happen to the country. This is no longer a safe assumption because the people running the
government aren't competent, they're not making decisions based on what's best for the country, and most government employees are just following
orders, not trying to improve the system.
Obama Is 'an Economic Illiterate... Who Takes Responsibility for Nothing'. Discussing President Obama's remarks in the
White House Tuesday [1/7/2014], Mark Levin called the president an "economic illiterate" during Tuesday evening's radio show.
The president encouraged Congress to extend unemployment insurance at the White House Tuesday in front of several Americans who lost
their benefits last month.
Is Obama's Jobs Record? Let's Count The Ways. The number of jobs created in December was the lowest in three years, and while the
official unemployment number dropped to 6.7%, that was almost entirely due to more than half a million people giving up looking for work.
Of course, a month of data doesn't mean much. So, for some badly needed perspective, we've created Obama's Jobs Index to show how
Obama's policies have failed to create adequate job growth.
Obama and Clinton Are Cooked.
Three strikes and you're out. Let me list them:
1. Obama: incompetent and disinterested in policy (president).
2. Clinton: interested in policy but a potential rival politician, so she could not be assigned to do anything too productive (secretary of state).
3. John Kerry: assigned to do productive work but totally incompetent (secretary of state).
Obamacare website is written in 'Spanglish'. It launched two months late, but the rollout of the Spanish version of the federal
Obamacare portal has been just as disastrous as its English counterpart's October debut, according to an Associated Press report. [...] The AP
says the translations on so poor that many users feel they were computer-generated. The name of the site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, can be
litterally [sic] read as "for the caution of health."
Documents: Obama, Hillary lied completely about Benghazi. Obama knew he couldn't win the election if he told the
American people the truth. I bet Obama didn't think twice about lying. The media helped him, debate moderators saved
him, and now we're stuck with the most incompetent President of all time.
Our Clueless President. The
president clearly has learned nothing on the job. And now our multi-clueless commander in chief is so frustrated that he's not getting his
way with Congress, he's starting to issue decrees like some tin-pot socialist South American dictator. That's what Obama did
this week when he called on Congress to pass his latest list of tried-and-not-true ideas for resurrecting the economy. If Congress
didn't enact his pet policies — a federal minimum wage hike, another unemployment insurance extension, funding for universal
preschool, etc. — the president decreed, he was going to wield his executive super-powers.
Foreign Policy Has Left
Obama A Global Laughing Stock. The latest U.S. ally to openly sneer at us is a senior British defense adviser who says President Obama
has "devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability" in the world.
The Nonsolution. As the IRS investigations of political
enemies show, it is what you are allowed to do with what you know that constitutes the major peril. When the intelligence and law enforcement
functions are mixed they constrain each other, as may have happened in the case of the Boston Bombers. The incentive of the FBI is to secure a
conviction. The incentive of intelligence is to anticipate a threat. Mix these two functions together and you sometimes get neither or if
you get something, you get something very dangerous.
Our Perpetually Surprised
President. He was surprised by the depth of the recession when he came into office. He then became surprised at the
duration of the bad economy. He was surprised to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was surprised there were no shovel-ready
jobs. He was surprised the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was running guns to Mexican drug cartels. He was surprised
S&P downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in history. He was surprised the IRS was targeting conservatives.
The Root of Obama's Imperious Presidency.
He's like a high school football player who never comes to practice and then whines that he's warming the bench. Unfortunately,
Obama's temperament will now have serious consequences for the nation. We'll be in a constant state of Constitutional subversion
for the next three years as Obama issues edicts and bullies the private sector into doing his bidding. At any point, with some
particularly outlandish act, he can kick things up to a major Constitutional crisis.
See No Evil. I just saw a tease on a news site that
said Obama didn't know the extent of the NSA surveillance. It seems that he also didn't know about our nation spying on the German Chancellor,
didn't know the Obamacare website was nowhere close to being ready to roll out, didn't know about the IRS targeting conservative groups, didn't know
about the Petraeus investigation, didn't know about the Department of Justice seizing the AP's phone records, had no knowledge of Fast and Furious
and doesn't remember a thing about what he was doing the night four Americans were slaughtered in Benghazi Libya.
Fact-Free Liberals. President Obama seems completely
unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed
time and again. Economic equality? That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who
coined the term "socialism." Those communities all collapsed.
Our Gravest Peril. Our country too
often looks weak. Our foreign policy too often seems rudderless and unreliable. [...] The recent interim accord with Iran is yet another example of the
administration's flawed thinking, as it agreed to reduce sanctions on Tehran to the tune of billions of dollars in return for not much of anything.
Believe Obama's White House is Incompetent. According to new polling from Quinnipiac, a majority of Americans view President Obama's White
House as incompetent. In addition, a majority of Americans are still questioning Obama's character and view him as dishonest and untrustworthy.
Say Obama Administration Is Incompetent and Obama Is Not Even Paying Attention. A clear majority of the American people say that the
Obama administration is not competent to manage the affairs of the U.S. government, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday [1/22/2014].
Those who believe the Obama administration is incompetent weigh in at a clip of 53-42 — a margin of 11 points.
Shhh. The President Is Sleeping.
It's not the State of the Union, but Obama's recent golf excursion to Hawaii, that may serve as the template for the president's proclaimed 2014
"year of action." Obama played nine times during his 15-day vacation. What's more, in a not insignificant indication of where his mind
is at, he golfed 46 times in 2013 — easily an annual record for him as president and more than twice the 19 times he went
out in 2012, when there was the serious work of getting reelected to be done. You will likely search in vain for a world leader who
accomplished significant things in the same year he or she went golfing nearly four dozen times.
bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country. Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors
and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama's choice of ambassador to Argentina — a man who bundled more than
$500,000 for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, but who has never been to the country — is in over his head. "Have you
been to Argentina?" Rubio asked Noah Mamet during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday [2/6/2014]. "I haven't had the
opportunity yet to be there," Mamet replied.
Why Does America Send So Many Stupid, Unqualified
Hacks Overseas? [Scroll down] Another of the president's picks, Colleen Bell, who is headed to Budapest, could not answer
questions about the United States' strategic interests in Hungary. But could the president really expect that she'd be an expert on the
region? Her previous gig was as a producer for the TV soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She stumbled through responses
to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) like, well, a soap opera star, expounding on world peace.
Was Obama stoned during Bob Costas
interview? Last night [2/7/2014], President Obama explained to Bob Costas of NBC Sports why he wasn't attending the Sochi Olympics,
but the substance of what he had to say was lost in the controversy that erupted on Twitter over whether or not he was stoned. Yahoo writer
Mike Oz took the high road, as would nearly any journalist, and described the president as looking "sleepy." But in the Twitterverse, many
people outright speculated that he was stoned on marijuana, a drug that he is well known to have indulged in to excess in his younger years (at
least so far as we know).
What Does It Cost To Be an Obama
Ambassador? Rewarding donors and political allies with ambassadorships is nothing new, but Obama vowed to buck the tradition,
promising shortly after he was elected to "have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts." "My expectation is that high
quality civil servants are going to be rewarded," he said in a January 2009 news conference. In fact, Obama has rewarded political
supporters plum ambassadorships more than his predecessors. [...] In his second term, Obama has named more political than career appointments,
39 versus 36. Twenty of his political appointments raised more than $500,000 for his 2012 campaign.
Obama's magic words and numbers. Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays
soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking that
saying things is tantamount to accomplishing things, and that good intentions are good deeds. So, his presidency is useful after all,
because it illustrates the perils of government run by believers in magic words and numbers.
'Smart Diplomacy' Collapses Under Political Cronyism. [T]he State Department under Obama is turning into a global laughingstock as
he puts forward a series of incompetent political cronies for key diplomatic posts, showing disrespect for allies and contempt for our own nation's
proud diplomatic traditions. [...] George Tsunis, who raised $988,550 for Obama in 2012, became ambassador to Norway, [...] Noah Mamet, Obama's
just-named envoy to Argentina, a major Latin American nation on the verge of fiscal collapse, has never visited that country. But, hey, he did
bundle more than $500,000 for Obama in 2012. Caroline Kennedy, who doesn't speak Japanese, has no real expertise in Japan and whose sole
qualification appears to be her last name, is now U.S. representative to our No. 1 ally in Asia. Tokyo officials took it as a grave insult.
to ObamaCare site woes seen as vets try to get benefits online. The glitches and other problems with the ObamaCare website that sparked
a national firestorm are similar to those military veterans using the federal government's online benefits system have routinely faced for about the
past 18 months. Eric Jenkins, a veteran and American Federation of Government Employees representative, recently told Congress that
during January the Veterans Benefits Management System crashed about once a week with downtimes ranging from one hour to multiple days.
ambassador nominees prompt an uproar with bungled answers, lack of ties. The nominee for ambassador to Norway, for example, prompted
outrage in Oslo by characterizing one of the nation's ruling parties as extremist. A soap-opera producer slated for Hungary appeared to have
little knowledge of the country she would be living in. A prominent Obama bundler nominated to be ambassador to Argentina acknowledged that
he had never set foot in the country and isn't fluent in Spanish.
are President Obama's political plums. Noah Bryson Mamet is a political consultant who raised at least $500,000 for President Obama and
the Democratic Party in the 2012 election cycle. As of last week, he had never visited Argentina — which helps explain the
ambassador-designate's spotty performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing.
Acting ICE Director Sandweg resigns after
five months on the job. The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose appointment to the post raised eyebrows because of his
scant law enforcement experience, told agency employees he will resign Friday, FoxNews.com has learned.
Department union may oppose Obama ambassador nominees. In an unusual move, the American Foreign Service Association, which represents
more than 16,000 career diplomats, is expected to weigh next week whether to publicly oppose some of President Obama's controversial recent
US diplomats tell
Obama: Appoint ambassadors who know something. As Olivier Knox reported yesterday, the American Foreign Service Association didn't
put it quite so bluntly, but they're not terribly pleased with the ominously incompetent direction the White House is taking. Their six-page
report may be couched in diplo-speak, but it's not difficult to read between the lines [...]
Obama fires verbs at Russian tanks. President
Barack Obama fired a few verbs across the front armor of Russian President Vladimir Putin's tanks, in a rushed statement just after 5 p.m.
on Friday. The statement was made as Russian forces — including attack helicopters — appeared in peripheral parts of the
Ukraine that are largely populated by ethnic Russians. There's no evidence that Obama wants to get involved in what may become
a war between the Ukraine and Russia. He did not threaten any significant retaliation if Russian force attack nor did he offer
military aid to the Ukraine.
Obama's Journey from
Arrogance to Incompetence. Having been president for more than five years, we can now render some reasonable and
informed judgments about Mr. Obama, including this one: he is an amateur on par with Jimmy Carter.
Putin Acts, Obama Affirms. Here's
President Obama on Friday: "The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for
any military intervention in Ukraine." Characteristically, Obama establishes a few degrees of separation between himself and actually
acting. He doesn't say, straightforwardly, that the United States will lead the international community in imposing costs for any
military intervention in Ukraine. No. The United States will "stand with" others in "affirming" that "there will be costs."
on Ukraine: 'Everybody is shocked by the weakness of Obama's statement'. On Friday [2/28/2014], armed men, allegedly Russian
military forces, entered the Crimea region and took control of two airports. President Obama then delivered a message from the White
House briefing room, saying he was "deeply concerned" by the reports and that "there will be costs" for any military intervention in Ukraine,
though he declined to specify what those costs might be. Krauthammer, however, said the president's statement failed to make strong waves.
"The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama's statement," he said. "What he's saying is, we're not really
going to do anything."
Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican
vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his "indecision" and "moral equivalence"
may encourage Russia's Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
7 Worst Presidents Of The Last Hundred Years. Guess who's number one.
Barack Obama's proposed mini-war in Syria
The proposed Syrian mini-war is a red herring to divert the attention of the press from Mr. Obama's numerous other scandals. Mr. Obama wants to
start another war so he can be immune from criticism — "while the nation is at war," who would dare to bicker with The Commander In Chief about
such trivial matters as Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, unemployment, Obamacare exploding on the launch pad, impeachment, gun control,
or a Photoshopped birth certificate?
Don't It Always Seem to
Go, That You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone. Compare and contrast the leadership styles of George W. Bush and
Barack H. Obama.
Reductio ad Obama. Obama loves to speak in
the first-person singular; he seems oblivious to the obnoxiousness of his habitual references (including one in today's press conference) to "my
military." But suddenly it's a matter of whether we mean what we say.
Lingering doubts over Syria gas attack evidence.
The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the American public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence — no satellite imagery, no
transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed
hundreds of people.
The Most Embarrassing President of My Lifetime.
Obama is a symbol of much of today's generation, which accepts no responsibility for anything. Therefore, when something
goes wrong among his cockamamie plans, it must be someone else's fault. Usually, of course, it would be George Bush's fault,
but even Obama couldn't bring himself to tell that one again, not in this case. No, this time it's the whole world's fault.
And Congress. And America. It's American credibility that will suffer, he told the world, not his. Unbelievable.
If It Wasn't
Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else. It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria;
if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis — the first time in history that a president has decided
to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be
contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable.
The "Assad v. al-Qaeda" narrative may not
be what it appears. There are very good arguments against intervention in Syria, even if I disagree with the conclusions reached from those
arguments. I haven't denigrated those who disagree, although I can't say the same is true in reverse. Unfortunately, regardless of how you
come out on the issue, many people are buying into a media narrative which seeks to minimize the brutality of the Assad regime and the threat it poses,
and to create a false choice of "Assad v. al-Qaeda."
Why can't the community organizer
organize a community? As you may recall, much of Senator Obama's message in 2008 was about international coalitions. He mocked
President Bush for "going at it alone." I guess that 40-something countries in Iraq was not a big enough coalition. Or, having UK,
Canadian and other NATO soldiers take bullets in Afghanistan was not enough either. Today, President Obama stands alone in the world.
He can't even get the UK in Syria. He has found some "moral support" but no one is offering airplanes or missiles.
Obama, It's Time to Return Your Nobel Peace Prize. Here's Why. The U.S. should not attack another country because the president
was careless with his words and now wants to protect his personal credibility. But we don't even need to look at Syria to conclude that
the decent thing would be for Obama to return the prize that he never deserved in the first place.
Obama's Grassroots Army 'Missing in
Action' on Syria. Organizing for Action, Obama's famed campaign apparatus turned independent advocacy group with millions of members,
has been conspicuously silent in the debate over Syria. The group's aggressive social media machine, which in the past has used info-graphics,
web videos and online petition drives to educate its supporters and rally the ranks, is nowhere to be found.
Gambling With the Presidency.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a foreign policy fiasco. All along, it's been clear that President Obama has nothing but bad options in Syria's
civil war. Now, though, he's found a way to put Congress in a similarly unfortunate position.
haunting Obama effort to win support for Syria strike. The first anniversary of the Benghazi, Libya terror attack is making it more difficult for President
Obama to win support for a military strike against Syria. Tea Party lawmakers say the Obama administration lacks credibility on Syria because of the Benghazi attack.
Operation Cockamamie: The Damascus Follies.
The will and the competence of the administration are now major international question marks. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power's naïvité is startling.
Apparently she believed that the Iranians and Russians would join with us, the former because they once were victims of gas attacks. Obviously no one in the
administration considered this public announcement of stupidity remarkable enough to distance the administration from it.
Obama's delusions of grandeur: compares Syria intervention to fighting World War Two. A key part of President Obama's press conference in St. Petersburg
last Friday went largely under the radar in the US media — his bizarre analogy between the crisis in Syria, and the London Blitz. Obama attempted to draw
a comparison between America's hesitancy to enter World War Two in 1940 and 1941, to widespread scepticism over a military intervention in Syria over 70 years later.
Obama returns from G20 for a round of Syria
strike phone pitches — and golf. Between phone calls urging lawmakers to authorize a military attack against Syria, President Obama went golfing Saturday.
Mr. Obama played a round of golf with three White House aides at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. As his motorcade left the White House grounds near the South
Lawn en route to the golf course shortly before 1 p.m., anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the fence on the north side of the White House.
U.S. Amb. to U.N.: Time to Act Outside Legal Framework.
The NPR host asked, "Let me ask a central question for you, because you're representing the U.S. at the United Nations, which has not authorized a strike. Would an
American strike on Syria be legal?" "If we take military action in this context, it will be a legitimate, necessary, and proportionate response to this large scale
and indiscriminate use of chemical weapons by the regime," said Power.
The Editor says...
If you have the time and the inclination to pick through and parse Samantha Power's evasive answers, you are more patient than I.
W.H. Sends Out Rice, Who Misled on Benghazi, to Make Case
for Syria. Susan Rice famously blamed the Benghazi terror attack that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, on an Internet video.
She further said the terror attack occurred after a spontaneous protest over that anti-Muslim film got out of hand, instead of blaming the al Qaeda backed terrorists responsible
for the murders. [...] But today, Rice will be called upon again to make a public case for the White House — this time, she'll be talking about Syria. Except
now Rice is the national security adviser, a promotion she received in the last year.
Obama using al-Qaeda YouTubes to go to war in Syria. The 13 graphic Syrian videos were shown
to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, according to the panel's website, which says they "explicitly claim to show victims of a chemical or poison gas attack." [...] A
cursory Canada Free Press (CFP) check indicates that Videos 2 and 7, presented under two different embedded logos, are identified as originating from two separate
locations, Eastern Ghouta and Kafir Batna. Both videos appear to show the same person, a bearded, thin man dressed in a white singlet and white track pants with a dark
blue/black stripe down the side.
The Editor says...
Wow — that was the unluckiest man in Syria! Or else the whole thing is a scam.
Susan Rice: Syria Violated Obama's 'Red Line' in March.
In August, 2012, President Barack Obama declared that the movement or use of chemical weapons in Syria represented a "red line" which would alter America's response
to that country's civil war. In June, 2013, the White House confirmed that the "red line" had been crossed, prompting the president to pledge American support
for the Syrian rebels. On Monday, in the wake of a massive chemical attack on civilians in Syria, National Security Advisor Susan Rice revealed that the White
House confirmed the Syrian regime used chemical weapon as early as March.
The Editor says...
Wait a minute — Obama says he didn't set a red line.
Now What? Everyone can agree that Obama's handling of the crisis has
been puerile, and that there now are only the proverbial bad and worse options — the result being not whether the U.S. loses credibility, but only how much and
for how long. So what comes next?
John Kerry under fire for 'unbelievably small' comment.
As President Barack Obama kicks off an all-out push for a strike on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry came under fire on Monday for saying any attack would be "unbelievably
small" and suggesting the Syrian ruler still had a week to give up his chemical weapons to avoid a U.S. assault — a remark Kerry's spokeswoman later attempted to clarify.
Obama's Syria Blunder. With his solitary, last-minute decision to ask Congress
for authorization in advance for any military strikes on Syria — taken against the advice of his senior advisors — President Obama has set himself up for
the biggest failure of his presidency, one that could haunt the United States for years to come.
Critics see contradictions in Obama administration's Syria
claims. The planned military strikes on Syria would be "targeted, limited" and wouldn't seek to topple the government of President Bashar Assad or even force it to
peace talks. They would also be punishing and "consequential" and would so scare Assad that he would never use chemical weapons again. U.S. airstrikes would change the
momentum on the battlefield of the Syrian civil war. But the war will grind on, unchanged, perhaps for years.
The president thinks you're stupid. Americans, he said,
should get to speak about this burning issue, "And that's why I've made a second decision" he said, announcing he'd go to Congress for approval. He's "ready to act!" to
face down this immediate threat to America, he declared. Then, he and Joseph R. Biden headed to the links for a five-hour round of golf. That's right, they went
golfing. The buck, apparently, stops with Congress, freeing up America's top leaders for a little R&R.
Cornel West: It's "Grounds For Impeachment" If Obama Bombs Syria Without
Congressional Approval. One of President Obama's most prominent critics on the black left said Sunday [9/8/2013] that a strike on Syria in the face of congressional
disapproval would be "dictatorial" — and grounds for impeachment. "It doesn't make sense to commit more war crimes," Cornel West said Sunday on the syndicated
radio show Smiley and West, to an approving response from host Tavis Smiley, who has also been consistently critical of Obama.
Why Obama is Floundering. The sheer ineptitude of President Obama's
handling of his Syria red line has made jaws drop all across the political spectrum. [...] With Russian warships assembling off Syria, his apparently off-the-cuff
ultimatum is proving to be a historic blunder, not a matter of failing to be a superman. Barack Obama now finds that the items in his toolbox that got him to
the Oval Office no longer work. Take oratory, for example. Presidential speeches are, as Brit Hume observed on Fox News Sunday, a "depreciating asset" whose
effectiveness diminishes with use.
U.S. Spent $1,010,354,195 on Syrian
Humanitarian Aid 2012-2013. USAID, which was created by President John F. Kennedy, is the federal government's primary agency in charge of
distributing civilian foreign aid. Last month, President Barack Obama pledged $195 million in additional humanitarian support to Syrians affected by
the country's civil war, tipping U.S. taxpayer spending over the $1 billion threshold.
US: Proven link of Assad to gas attack lacking.
The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a
U.S. military response.
Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press.
President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous
requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level
national security sources.
Obama's New World Disorder. Americans have learned that the world is a more dangerous
place under the leadership of our Nobel Peace Prize winner, who never seemed to learn that peace is best achieved though strength.
Obama's Successful Foreign Failure. It is entirely understandable
that Barack Obama's way of dealing with Syria in recent weeks should have elicited responses ranging from puzzlement to disgust. Even members of his own party are
despairingly echoing in private the public denunciations of him as "incompetent," "bungling," "feckless," "amateurish" and "in over his head" coming from his political
opponents on the right.
Re-election trumps principle every time.
Harman: Congress 'Wants This to Pass, They Just
Don't Want to Vote for It'. Former Democratic representative Jane Harman said she believes both Republicans' and Democrats' concerns about primary challengers are
persuading them to not support military intervention in Syria. "These folks think their reelection, in my view, matters more than perhaps taking a principled stand," said
Harman, who is currently president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on Meet the Press this morning. "They want this to pass, they just don't want
to vote for it."
Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad.
This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain
reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone a sense that, perhaps, this is the light at
the end of the indecision tunnel.
Russia Backing Away from Fake Syria Weapons Deal.
John Kerry said it couldn't be done. Russia is making sure that it won't, even if it could be.
Russia call for Syria to give up chemical arms 'may be a
ruse'. David Cameron last night called for a "cautious" response to a surprise Russian plan for Syria's chemical weapons to be put under international control.
Kremlin chiefs yesterday [9/9/2013] put forward the initiative in a bid to avert a US attack on Syria.
Putin is the one who really deserves that
Nobel Peace Prize. In one of the most deft diplomatic maneuvers of all time, Russia's President Putin has saved the world from near-certain disaster.
He did so without the egoistical but incompetent American president, or his earnest but clueless Secretary of State, even realizing they had been offered a way out of the
mess they'd created.
Intelligence Insider Speaks on the Record About False Flags and Government Lies.
Despite a nearly unanimous consensus of the American people against military action in Syria, elements of our government are determined to override the will of
the people and push us headlong into war in Syria, which will lead to a much greater conflagration than most are willing to believe or imagine.
Limbaugh Compiles Round-Up of Media
Celebrating Obama's 'Genius' Embrace of Kerry's Gaffe. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the media on Tuesday and accused them of malpractice
in their reporting of how the so-called Russian proposal to impose a diplomatic solution on Syria. Limbaugh played a montage of clips of members of the media celebrating
the "genius" of President Barack Obama for embracing a misstatement by Sec. John Kerry and making it the centerpiece of American policy towards that country's civil war.
"Turns out, this was the plan all along — at least what the media wants us to believe," Limbaugh said of the Russian solution. "This is journalistic malpractice."
Putin Didn't Save Obama, He Beat Him.
Maybe Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin really did discuss the idea of putting Syrian chemical weapons under international control last week on the sidelines
of the G20 conference. Putin sure doesn't care that Obama's taking credit for the proposal, or that the administration is posturing like a Mob enforcer.
"The only reason why we are seeing this proposal," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, "is because of the U.S. threat of military action."
Climbdown complete — Obama agrees to UN
debate on Putin plan. Just a day ago, Barack Obama planned to lay out his case for taking military action against Syria in a prime-time address this evening.
Instead, he'll have to explain why he's suddenly interested in the United Nations track, which his administration disparaged just last week as "hocus pocus" and "paralyzed."
Kerry now claims credit for Syria weapons
proposal. Secretary of State John Kerry's seemingly casual proposal for the Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons has within 24 hours become the
de facto policy of the Obama administration, and is now being heralded by Kerry as the "ideal way" to defuse the stand-off between the United States and Syria.
But a look at the administration's statements shows that the plan has undergone an incredible evolution.
The United States of weakness. Red lines that may or may not be real,
retaliatory strikes that may or may not be hours from launch, congressional debates that may or may not be necessary for the president to do what he wants — whatever
that happens to be this hour. Barack Obama's unsteady handling of the Syria crisis has been an avert-your-gaze moment in the history of the modern presidency —
highlighting his unsettled views and unattractive options in a way that has caused his enemies to cackle and supporters to cringe.
Spin Cycle: Russia Deal Came About Because of
Obama's Extraordinary Threats. White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama will move forward with a Syria strike pitch to the American people
tonight despite a delayed Senate vote after Russia announced a plan to secure Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. Carney said the administration views the deal brokered
by Assad's main arms supplier as "potentially a positive development."
McConnell chides Obama as 'reluctant commander-in-chief' on
Syria. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out against using U.S. military force in Syria Tuesday, criticizing the way President Obama has handled
the situation. "No one should be faulted for being skeptical about this proposal, regardless of what party they're in, or for being dumfounded at the ham-handed manner
in which the White House announced it," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
This plan to rid Syria of chemical
weapons is a cardboard proposal. Is President Obama looking for a fig-leaf that would allow him to retreat from his threat of military action?
Or, on the contrary, is he trying to build the case for striking Syria's regime by demonstrating that he went the extra mile, ran down every avenue and exhausted
every proposal, however unlikely, to avoid war?
In Syria, Putin's the Player and Obama's the Playee.
President Barack Obama has become a comic figure on the world stage, a laughingstock unable to keep his story straight, while his principal rival seizes the initiative in
Syria. So desperate is Obama for a face-saving retreat from his ultimatum on Syrian chemical weapons that he will concede the really important issues to Russia, Syria
and Iran. And being Obama, he will portray his retreat as a great diplomatic victory, and his media claque will sell the story to the low information voting public.
Russia and Syria double-team Obama in nifty PR
peace move. Monday's [9/9/2013] flurry of international events about President Obama's threat to attack Syria showed a) how amateurishly ad hoc is
Obama's attempt to save face over his idle red line threat from a year ago and b) how cleverly adept and swift Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria's Bashar Assad
are in manipulating news media in the guerrilla combat for world public opinion.
The Amateur's War. Syria would be Obama's fourth war, but it might as well be his first
war. The amateur has an impressive war machine that can level entire countries, but not the understanding of how to use it. Obama has reportedly flipped through
50 war plans for Syria, but he hasn't been able to provide one sensible reason why the attack should happen. His rationalizations and justifications never stop shifting.
If you don't like one excuse, wait a bit and another one will come along.
Rice returns to CIA talking points. The [Benghazi] backlash poisoned her relationship with Republicans in Congress and dashed her chances of becoming secretary of
state. President Obama instead named her national security adviser, which didn't require Senate confirmation. Now there is another crisis. Obama needs
congressional support for a military strike on Syria, because a "no" vote could cripple his presidency and damage American credibility. So what do the big brains in
the White House do? They put Susan Rice in front of TV cameras to read CIA talking points.
Russia's plan to disarm Syria is a massive red
herring. Having set his arbitrary red lines for military intervention in Syria's civil war — namely the use of banned weapons by the Assad regime —
the American president now finds himself in a desperate scramble to avoid following through on his commitment. As a result, no one at the White House is prepared to
give Moscow's offer the sober assessment it deserves and expose it as an utterly futile gesture.
Syria, chemical weapons, and the
worst day in Western diplomatic history. Monday 9 September, 2013, was the worst day for US and wider Western diplomacy since records began. [...] There is no precedent
for attempting anything like this in a country wracked by civil war. It just can't happen. No Syrian chemical weapons will be destroyed or "handed over" quickly.
Carney Does Not Think Kerry Misspoke
When He Called Potential Attack on Syria 'Unbelievably Small'. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks in which he
characterized a potential U.S. attack on Syria as "unbelievably small" Monday in the White House press conference. Carney said Kerry's use of the "unbelievably small"
measurement was actually in comparison to America's military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Syria: Barack Obama hands the world to Vladimir Putin.
Thanks to an ironic aside from John Kerry (obviously uttered with little thought that it could be taken seriously) to the effect that in the wildly unlikely event that Assad
should hand over all his chemical weapons Syria could escape American attack, the US president has jumped gleefully off the hook. The congressional deliberations over
military action can now be put on an even more leisurely schedule than they would have been while we all wait and see if that great world statesman, Mr Putin, can bring
peace to the region.
Kerry: Turn Over Your Chemical
Weapons Now or Face ... "Unbelievably Small" Consequences. Secretary of State John Kerry's case for a U.S. strike in Syria seems to rest on two assumptions.
One, that it is a crucial test for U.S. national security and the values of the civilized world comparable to the rise of Nazi Germany. Two, that it's not really a big deal.
Going to War with the Blind General of Benghazi (An Apology).
Any administration that could have the temerity to send the nauseating serial Benghazi prevaricator Susan Rice, on the anniversary of that event yet, to explain to
Congress why our representatives should approve a strike on Syria not only should NOT get the aforesaid approval, they should be forbidden approval for anything more
significant than the choice of wallpaper in the White House rest rooms — and even that I'm not so sure.
Can't Anyone Here Play This Game? Having insisted for the past two weeks that
military strikes are the only appropriate response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people, the Obama administration muddled its
message today by entertaining the possibility of a non-military solution to the crisis.
Obama's Farce. Obama, as senator and presidential candidate,
made the serial argument that U.S. military interventions, barring an "imminent threat" to our national security, are both illegal and immoral unless they have the triad
of U.S. congressional support, U.N. approval, and American public support. In the present circumstances, to make the argument for attacking Syria he must assume
that congressional authorization is an eleventh-hour afterthought and not necessarily binding, that the U.N. is mostly hocus-pocus and not worth the bother, and that
overwhelming public opposition does not matter.
Obama's war with no name. The passive is never the voice of a
leader. What plain folk asked to go to war crave is plain speech delivered with passion, a leader who says what he means, means what he says, and says on Tuesday what
he said on Monday. That's not the style in Washington. Terrorism becomes "overseas contingency operations," murder is "workplace violence" and "war" is
merely an "action."
Kerry's killer gaffes. Now that John Kerry is the secretary of state, his gaffes can
launch major diplomatic initiatives. A reporter in London asked what Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could do to avoid war. Kerry responded:
"He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it without delay
and allow the full and total accounting. But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done." The State Department quickly noted that the secretary
was merely making a rhetorical point. But the Russians immediately embraced the Kerry flourish as a serious proposal. It was "welcomed" by
Damascus and spoken of warmly by the UN secretary-general and the British and French governments.
Another Fine Mess. Putin looks to be inside the Administration's OODA loop.
Once he saw Obama commit his prestige to defending a self-inflicted Red Line, he painted a decoy target and then promptly erased it after first watching the President marshal
his entire stock of political capital to engage it. And now there's another target all glittering in the radar return: the offer to withdraw the chemical weapons.
The Bed Barack Obama and John Kerry Made. So much for John
Kerry's "global test," circa 2004. So much for Barack Obama slamming the Bush administration for dismissing "European reservations about the wisdom and necessity
of the Iraq war," circa 2007. So much for belittling foreign leaders who side with the administration as "poodles." So much for the U.N. stamp of legitimacy.
So much for the "lie/die" rhyme popular with Democrats when they were accusing George W. Bush of fiddling with the WMD intelligence.
vote no on Syria strike. The president insists on using a military option, which I oppose for three reasons: First, Assad's actions, however
deplorable, are not a direct threat to U.S. national security. Many bad actors on the world stage have, tragically, oppressed and killed their citizens, even
using chemical weapons to do so. Unilaterally avenging humanitarian disaster, however, is well outside the traditional scope of U.S. military action.
Second, just because Assad is a murderous thug does not mean that the rebels opposing him are necessarily better. [...] Third, the potential for escalation is immense.
Obama is a laughing stock.
Remember that dumb cowboy George W. Bush, who alienated all our allies and dragged us into wars of choice in the Mideast? And remember that goofball
Mitt Romney, whom Joe Biden a year ago accused of wanting to go to war in Syria? Both of them must be having a big laugh over the way things are
going for Obama now.
Syria Can Shoot Back, Mr. President.
As a Chinese warship joins Russian ships in the Mediterranean, we should remember a cruise missile attack on an Israeli warship. President Obama should understand that
Syria and Hezbollah have missiles, too.
Obama's Proposed Attack On Syria
Shrinks And Shrinks. Secretary of State John Kerry, the face President Obama obviously wants defending an increasingly indefensible non-strategy, vowed Monday,
"We're not going to war. We will not have people at risk in that way." We will have "a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort," an "unbelievably
small, limited kind of effort." We're talking small here, folks. As in "don't lose any sleep over it, Bashar."
Obama's Syria Debacle Inflicts Historic Damage on
America. Max Boot does an excellent job explaining why the new Russian proposal on removing chemical weapons from Syria is almost certainly a mirage.
Not surprisingly, however, President Obama is eager to embrace it. After all, doing so will avoid Congress rejecting his request to use military strikes against
Syria — and the de facto collapse of his presidency. But this will come at quite a high cost. Russia is now establishing itself as the
preeminent power in the region, having displaced the United States.
Barack Obama's Sad Sausage-Making Foreign Policy.
Is this an Abbott and Costello comedy routine? A Peter Sellers movie about an inept political leader? Presidents are elected to make tough decisions,
particularly when it comes to matters of foreign policy. President Barack Obama seems to be looking for a way not to be "the Decider." If Syria's act
was as heinous as the president and the secretary of state said it was, then Obama should have acted one way. If it wasn't so heinous, he should have acted
another way (and not have drawn a red line initially). How about picking one and staying consistent?
President Obama Finds the Limits of His Powers of
Persuasion. In a debate that's brought strange bedfellows, this is hard to top: President Obama is now hoping that Vladimir Putin saves him from his own
Congress. The president tonight offered virtually no new arguments and little fresh urgency in his push to confront Syria over chemical weapons. The only
short-term option is the one supplied by the Russians, in a dizzying series of events that brought quick recalculations on the part of the White House.
There's Almost No Chance
Russia's Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons Will Work. Russia's proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international
supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad's government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime
Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they'd seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There's just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible
to actually carry out.
Obama Rescues Assad.
What could be worse for America's standing in the world than a Congress refusing to support a President's proposal for military
action against a rogue regime that used WMD? Here's one idea: A U.S. President letting that rogue be rescued from military
punishment by the country that has protected the rogue all along. That's where President Obama now finds himself on Syria [...]
Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know
About Barack Obama. The good news is we're not at war. The bad news is ... almost everything else about President Obama's handling of Syria —
the fumbling and flip-flopping and marble-mouthing — undercut his credibility, and possibly with it his ability to lead the nation and world. As he addressed
a global audience Tuesday night, liberal elites blindly accepted White House fiction that Russian intervention this week was somehow part of Obama's master plan.
Obama's Diplomatic Acrobatics. The Obama
administration's diplomatic acrobatics over Syria of the past three weeks prove that the president and his team are in way over their heads, amateurs in the
deadly game of war and peace. (One wonders if Valerie Jarrett is making the key decisions in this instance, as in so many others.) Lurching from
self-imposed trap (the "red line" statement) to self-inflicted crisis (the need for congressional approval), the administration erodes the credibility of the
U.S. government and increases the dangers facing Americans.
Concerns as US waits for Russia to call next
move in Syria crisis. President Obama and members of Congress suddenly find themselves waiting on the gadfly of the world stage to call their next move in
America's foreign policy — Vladimir Putin, who until now was derided as the obstacle to an international solution on the Syria crisis. The head-spinning turn
of events has many lawmakers worried, openly voicing concern that the Russians are in control, and that they and the Assad regime are not the most trustworthy deal makers.
Israeli media: Obama's the loser.
The Arab media has been butchering President Barack Obama's image in the Middle East, portraying him as weak, lacking leadership, and scheming for
American domination. But he's not faring much better in the United States' closest ally in the region — Israel. A review of
Israeli media by POLITICO shows a few clear story lines: Vladimir Putin has outplayed the president; Iran is strengthened; and Obama is a weak
leader that Israel may no longer be able to count on to help stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Bolton calls Russian deal on Syria 'Alice in Wonderland' proposal. Former United Nations
Ambassador John Bolton on Tuesday [9/10/2013] called a Russian-brokered offer for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons an "Alice in Wonderland" proposal.
Obama calls for hold on his Syria attack that
Americans didn't want anyway. Obama tried to make the best of it in his speech, which was a good one as a start educating Americans. But it was at least
six months tardy to convince anyone now. And prime-time presidential addresses are supposed to be important. This one ended up being an announcement that
Obama was asking Congress to stop doing what he had just asked it to do, even though he maintains he didn't really need to, but he's still really serious because gas
attacks are awful.
Is the White House lying about
how the Russian Syria proposal originated? It is entirely possible that Kerry did talk about eliminating Assad's chemical weapons with Lavrov and the idea
was raised in Obama-Putin conversations. But it is painfully obvious from the initial reaction at the State Department and the White House that it was never —
never — considered a serious proposal. It's the kind of thing diplomats talk about in the abstract — like nuclear disarmament or world peace.
But Putin leapt upon Kerry's comment and put some meat on a throwaway proposal. The speed with which the Syrians got on board makes you think that Putin and Assad had
gamed this scenario out in advance and was hoping Kerry would step into the trap.
The Editor says...
That's impossible to believe! Barack H. Obama a/k/a Barry Soetoro, has never lied about anything, with the exception
of all this stuff.
French draft UN resolution
gives Syria a 15-day deadline. France has proposed a draft United Nations Resolution giving Syria's regime 15 days to submit a "complete and definitive"
declaration of its chemical arsenal. The draft then "demands" the unconditional destruction of these weapons "under international supervision".
U.S. can't prove Bashar Assad approved chemical
attacks in Syria. U.S. intelligence has yet to uncover evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad directly ordered the chemical attacks last month on
civilians in a suburb of Damascus, though the consensus inside U.S. agencies and Congress is that members of Mr. Assad's inner circle likely gave the command, officials
tell The Washington Times.
says Obama is victim of Putin's 'game of rope-a-dope' on Syria. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, aides to members of Congress told MailOnline today that the
chief fear swirling around Capitol Hill is that in the hands of Putin, an apparent deal to separate Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from his chemical weapons could be a
giant stalling tactic. A staffer to a senior member of that committee said Wednesday afternoon that by relegating U.S. military muscle to backup-plan status, the
president 'all but guaranteed that Putin will think he has a really long leash.'
Doctrine: He could even attack nations over climate change. The emerging Obama Doctrine justifies attacking nations that violate "international norms,"
as judged solely by the president. Based on statements by President Obama and key players, he could even launch attacks against those he blames for global climate
change. Polluters and deniers beware: You may have to face our Marines. In outlining his new doctrine, Obama created a policy so loose that it fits his
climate change pronouncements just as easily as it fits the Syria situation.
Is Putin, a Big Assad Supplier, Seriously
Going to Disarm Him? If a Russian proposal to pressure Bashar al-Assad into declaring and relinquishing his chemical weapons stockpile moves forward, the
United States will be in the strange position of relying on one of Syria's chief weapons suppliers to disarm a regime the president has accused of gassing its own people.
and Confused. Give President Obama credit: He has done such a good job of acting unpredictably in the lead-up to his proposed military strikes on Syria
that no one knows what he will do next. He has successfully confused ally and enemy alike.
Obama's waffling on Syria handed
Russia the driver's seat. Sensing an opportunity with a weak and vacillating occupant in the White House, Putin jumped on the opening provided by Secretary
of State John Kerry's seemingly off-hand suggestion that Russia take custody of Syria's chemical weapons. Never mind that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad had never
previously admitted even having such weapons. And never mind that Putin had previously claimed to have no sway with Assad. International diplomacy never lets
a little thing like the record get in the way.
Syrial Losers. Americans unsure what to think about President Obama's plans for Syria
should remember that all military action undertaken by Democrats for the last half-century has led to utter disaster.
missteps on Syria lead to retreat. Sometimes a president does not have a communications problem. Sometimes a president has a reality problem.
President Obama's speech to the nation on Syria was premised on the denial of reality.
weapons reaching Syrian rebels. The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the
Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate
deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's civil war.
The Laurel and Hardy Presidency. In the interplay
between Barack Obama and John Kerry, it's not obvious which one is Laurel and which one is Hardy. But diplomatic slapstick is not funny.
Time for Kerry To Resign. At this point the best thing that could happen in the
Syria crisis would be for Secretary of State Kerry to resign. He's one of the logical persons to take the fall for this fiasco, given that we don't live under a
parliamentary system and the constitutional concept in respect of the president, any president, is for the decision to be made by voters once in four years.
It was Mr. Kerry who made the blunder that has put the administration on track for a classic appeasement.
the Russian plan to disarm Assad really about Syria or diplomatic face-saving? In an interview with Russian TV due to be shown
tonight [9/2/2013], President Bashar al-Assad will say: "Syria is transferring its chemical weapons to international control." This will
happen solely "because of Russia", he adds, and the "threats of the United States had no influence on the decision". What a difference three
days can make. It was barely 72 hours ago, remember, that Assad refused to tell Charlie Rose of CBS whether Syria possessed chemical
weapons at all.
Assad tells Obama to stop arming
rebels, or no deal. President Obama must promise not to arm rebel forces or Syrian dictator Bashar Assad will not hand over his
chemical weapons, the embattled leader told a Russian state media outlet today [9/2/2013] while demanding that Israel also surrender its nuclear
Putin Makes Obama Pay a High Price for
Syria Escape. [John] Kerry rose to power because of his leading role in the American antiwar movement of the 1970s. His testimony
accusing, sometimes wrongly, American soldiers of atrocities in Vietnam launched a political career that took him to the Senate, the Democratic
nomination for the presidency and, now, to the top post in President Obama's cabinet.
Obama's useless ineptitude, Putin has basically won. Vladimir Putin has taken to trolling the United States — and you have
to admire his guts. On 9-11, a sacred day in the US, the New York Times released an op ed written by the Russian leader in which he not only
told Americans than the Obama administration is wrong on Syria but that their country is not quite as exceptional as they think.
Military Action in Syria is Unjust.
One of the often forgotten precepts of the Christian Just War Theory is that "Before war is entered upon there must be a reasonable belief that such
an action will be successful." This is to guard against a futile waste of life and destruction — even if the cause for action may be
just. Some will maintain that President Obama's request for military strike on Syria does not constitute a war. Quite simply, however,
barring legal technicalities any attack on a sovereign nation is a de facto act of war.
Syria situation further strains Obama's relationship with the antiwar movement.
Antiwar activist Nathan Ryan looked to candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign to channel his opposition to the Iraq war.
But now, with Obama making a muscular case for military strikes on Syria, he is looking elsewhere.
Test Russia's Intentions.
Initially voiced as an off-the-cuff remark by Kerry — and immediately dismissed by him as unachievable — the proposal
has become the subject of world attention. The Obama administration, while cautiously describing the Geneva talks as exploratory, must
at some level share the widely held suspicion that the Putin initiative may be only a ruse or distraction intended to forestall a U.S. strike
and protect the Assad regime, Moscow's surest ally in the region.
Guess Where Those Chemical Weapons Came From, Mr. President.
[President Obama] doesn't even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. Ironically, at least some of
them came from Saddam Hussein's Iraq. They were part of those weapons of mass destruction we never found.
Why Obama's PR campaign to attack
Syria won't work. If President Obama believes he can turn around public opinion on U.S. intervention in Syria with a single speech,
or even a few days of intensive public relations campaigning, he is badly mistaken. Without some huge, earth-shattering event that changes
things overnight — a Sept. 11 or a Pearl Harbor — changing public opinion is a slow process. To do it, a leader
must make a case over and over and over and over — something Obama has notably failed to do with Syria. So his speech Tuesday
night won't change much.
fruits of epic incompetence. Putin doesn't care one way or the other about chemical weapons. Nor about dead Syrian children.
Nor about international norms, parchment treaties and the other niceties of the liberal imagination. He cares about power and he cares about
keeping Bashar al-Assad in power. Assad is the key link in the anti-Western Shiite crescent stretching from Tehran through Damascus and Beirut
to the Mediterranean — on which sits Tartus, Russia's only military base outside the former Soviet Union.
Diplomacy Undermines U.S. Credibility. Here's how the Obama folks have been starting to spin Syria. The president made a
credible threat to use military force in Syria. At the same time, he worked behind the scenes to get Russia's Vladimir Putin to push Bashar
Assad to give up chemical weapons. These two seemingly discordant initiatives, brilliantly coordinated, combined to produce a process to
eliminate Assad's chemical weapons without even a shot being fired across the bow. Of course, every bit of this is false. Only the
most credulous Obama fans are fooled.
Obama Lets Putin
Humiliate America, In Word And Deed. A murderous enemy of democratic freedom such as Vladimir Putin gets a New York Times platform to
lecture Americans. Why not? He just proved he has more international clout than our own president. Even Obama admirer Joe Klein
admits in Time magazine that the president's Syria debacle "weakened the nation's standing in the world" in "one of the more stunning and
inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I've ever witnessed."
Hamlet should be on
stage, not in the Oval Office. President Obama can agonize and debate all likes — behind closed doors. We don't
need to and should not see a president think out loud and champion irresoluteness, as we saw this Tuesday night and over the last few
weeks. We don't elect presidents to be the "equivocator" or the "vacillator." The left passes indecision off as thoughtfulness,
trying to make a fatal flaw into a virtue.
Obama's Syria Debacle. [Scroll down] The White
House's inaction and continued indecisiveness has further emboldened Assad to test American resolve by using chemical weapons at least eight times
and blatantly crossing President Obama's so-called "red line" with impunity. Reliable sources suggest that the president's national security
team knew with certainty about the earlier use of chemical weapons but chose to continue to "investigate" to play for time, which led to more,
larger scale chemical attacks.
White House signals
concession on Syria U.N. resolution. Journalists emerging from a closed-door briefing at the White House Friday afternoon [9/13/2013]
were informed that President Barack Obama won't insist that a U.N. resolution governing Syria's surrender of chemical weapons include a threat of
military force if President Bashar Assad doesn't follow through.
concedes to Russia; will remove military trigger on Syria. President Obama is prepared to bow to Russian demands that he give up a
military trigger in the pending UN resolution on Syria, administration officials told reporters on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin
has said that the United States must take the threat of force off the table if Syria is to turn over its chemical weapons arsenal to the
Syria chemical weapons proposal is Putin's
masterstroke. Russian credibility is not in question — it is already assured. Moscow has ensured the safety of
its ally and his war effort. So now it's back to the war.
Putin the Peacemaker vs.
Obama the Warmonger. President Obama has now sabotaged four decades of stability in the Middle East. [...] In the strangest twist of
history, it is Obama the radical leftist who is now acting as the destabilizing warmonger in the Middle East, while Vladimir Putin may be emerging
as a stabilizing peacemaker. Nobody can figure out whether Obama is the most hapless bumbler in history, or whether there is some sinister
purpose behind it all. It could be both.
Our Never Ending Obama Nightmare.
In Syria, the actions of the President and his team have bordered on total incompetence. Almost every wrong
step has been made. Today, we are left with a situation where the U.S. has limited influence, while the power of
our adversary Russia has increased tremendously. More and more Americans are realizing that this President is not
qualified to lead the nation. [...] It is a sad day in this country when the former leader of the KGB is more persuasive
than our own President.
US, Russia reach deal on Syria chemical
weapons. The Obama administration and Russia reached a deal Saturday [9/14/2013] to compel Syria to account for and eventually destroy
its chemical weapons arsenal, leaving open the possibility that the UN could authorize sanctions or military action for future violations.
Syrian minister declares 'victory';
thanks Russia. Why didn't he thank Obama too? Without our Barry, there would have been no clown opponent to steamroll off the
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.
"Imbeciles". The idea is that the Syrian will destroy his chemical
weapons, which the Kremlin helped him to acquire, and accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention. In return — according to the
Washington Post — the Obama administration may have agreed not only to lay off a military attack but to forbear from bringing Mr.
Al-Assad before the World Court. This is a time to review what happened in 1938 at Munich.
nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report. Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are
now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country's civil war. Opposition forces
battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented
into as many as 1,000 bands.
The Impostor President Gets Caught.
When Putin shot Obama's balloon down over Syria no one should have been surprised. As America first learned at Benghazi, you can fake your
way through college, fake your way through the Senate, even fake your way through the presidency, but you can't fake your way through a civil war
in the Middle East.
The Elites Stumble on Syria. [Scroll down] I suppose
you have to have lived in Washington a long time for this fairy tale to make sense. And frankly, some elected officials have lived in Washington for far
too long. We must remember that in addition to Senator Graham, John McCain — who like Graham was elected to be the loyal opposition —
rushed to the Oval Office weeks ago in support of Obama's Syria policy. In fact, after meeting with President Obama, McCain and Graham emerged
confident — even cocky — that they had the entire Syria scenario figured out.
Into the Syrian Bazaar. Politicians on the right
and left are praising Saturday's U.S.-Russia "framework" to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons as a step away from American intervention. That is true
only in the looking-glass world in which politicians are desperate to avoid voting on a military strike. The reality is that the accord takes President
Obama and the U.S. ever deeper into the Syrian diplomatic bazaar, with the President hostage to Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin as the friendly local tour guides.
Barack Obama, the 98-pound weakling.
The moral imperative is clear, he argued. We cannot let dictators get away with this. On the other hand, the United States can't be expected to
solve all the world's problems, either. Therefore, the way ahead is to outsource U.S. foreign policy on Syria to ... Vladimir Putin! So much
for the credibility of the world's only superpower. Mr. Obama's staff have been tweeting that this delaying tactic is an incredible display of smart
diplomacy. But to most of us, it just makes him look gullible.
The Charade Can Go On —
and On and On. So far in the Syrian charade, Bashar Assad has won de facto permission to be a legitimate ruler negotiating
with superpowers, while promising to kill thousands more by blowing them up, shelling them, and shooting them without "obscene" chemical weapons.
Vladimir Putin controls the tempo of the crisis.
Obama waives ban on arming
terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition. President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist
groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
'Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons' in Obama White House. In a 66-paragraph masterpiece, Journal reporters Adam Entous, Janet Hook,
and Carol Lee gave a behind-the-scenes look of how, "Through mixed messages, miscalculations, and an 11th-hour break, the U.S. stumbled into an international
crisis and then stumbled out of it." [...] It really is a great exploration of the Keystone Kops nature of the Obama team's bungling of Syrian foreign policy.
'unbelievably small' presidency. We're conducting foreign policy by faux pas. This entire episode has been driven not by deliberate
strategy but by slips of the tongue. Obama's declaration of a "red line" on chemical weapons was a slip of the tongue. So was Secretary of State
John Kerry's offer to have Syria give up its chemical weapons. There is no plan, no coherence to anything this administration is doing on Syria.
More embarrassing still, Obama is actually claiming that the diplomatic "breakthrough" is the result of his administration's show of strength.
Obama's Box Canyon. The Syrian fiasco
arose from two mutually contradictory desires. Barack Obama sincerely wanted Bashar Assad to stop killing his own people. Barack Obama also
really was not willing to use force to ensure that Assad would stop killing his own people. At Harvard, those desires would not be antithetical.
Elsewhere they are.
expert admits she lied about her qualifications. A expert on Syria whose work was quoted by senior politicians as they debated military action
has finally admitted she that she lied over her degree and said sorry. A week after she was sacked from her job as an analyst with the Institute of
War, Elizabeth O'Bagy has said that not only did she not earn a doctorate from Georgetown University, but she never even attended the PhD program there.
Embattled Syria 'Expert' Elizabeth O'Bagy
Says She Made 'Many Mistakes'. Elizabeth O'Bagy, the Syria researcher at the center of a week-long controversy surrounding her academic credentials
and her work with the Syrian opposition, admitted for the first time to The Daily Beast she was never enrolled in a Ph.D. program despite representations she
made to the press and multiple organizations for whom she worked.
The Editor says...
Wow, that woman's career is toast! After she admitted that her credentials were fraudulent, where could she possibly
find a job as a consultant? Oh, wait... Here's the answer:
Scandal-Plagued Syria Analyst, Former Rebel Lobbyist. Senator John McCain has hired Elizabeth O'Bagy, a former analyst at the Institute
for the Study of War who's been accused of fabricating qualifications and being in the employ of Syrian rebel advocates, as a legislative assistant,
Foreign Policy reports.
Watch these clueless students fail to
defend Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. Students at the University of Southern California believe President Obama still deserves his Nobel Peace Prize,
despite his stated preference for war with Syria. How did they defend this view? They couldn't. In a video interview with Katherine Timpf of
Campus Reform, USC students expressed confidence that Obama was still worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize he won just a few months after taking office in 2009.
Obama Was Against Syrian Rebels
Before He Was For Them. Despite reports that half the Syrian "rebels" are al-Qaida terrorists and other jihadists, the White House insists they're
mostly freedom fighters worthy of aid. That's not what the commander in chief said last year.
Report: Obama Consulted
NY Times Editors, Columnists On Syria Strategy. What influenced President Obama's mercurial decision on military intervention in Syria?
According to Michael Calderone, it may have been the editors and op-ed writers at the New York Times.
Pelosi: Let's face
it, Republicans hate Obama because he's eloquent and "nonpartisan". [Scroll down] And while normally I'd cut her slack on grounds that she's
duty bound as a party leader to spout flattering nonsense about a Democratic president, I can't believe she'd praise his strategic acumen after three
solid weeks of White House idiocy on Syria. He had no strategy in first announcing the "red line"; he had no strategy on what to do if it was
crossed; he had no strategy to win over reluctant members of Congress from both parties to support an attack; and he had no strategy to extricate himself
from the whole mess until Putin laid one on his plate.
Obama's reverse-Midas touch
Not only has Mr. Obama never run a business, he doesn't even recognize an unprofitable business when he sees one. Several companies featured in
Obama photo opportunities have gone out of business shortly thereafter. It's the Obama kiss of death.
rail train derails after Obama visit. A Minneapolis light rail test train derailed shortly after President Obama lauded the
expansion of the system, the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., reports. Obama touted the expansion of Minnesota's Metro light rail
system to St. Paul, which is scheduled to open in June, as an example for the nation to follow. Hours later, a train ran off the
The Obama effect: NRA's 'American
Rifleman' surges to top 25 magazines in America. President Obama's second-term effort to get Americans to hate guns has backfired.
Not only did firearm sales in 2013 blow out all records, interest in learning more about Second Amendment issues has risen dramatically. This is
evidenced by the news that circulation for the magazine "American Rifleman" has broken into the top 25 magazines in the country, according to the
Alliance for Audited Media.
Two Hours Before Obama Presser, ObamaCare Site
Crashes. Early Friday afternoon [12/20/2013], as millions of Americans who had their insurance plans scrambled to get coverage before the
deadline — which is just a couple days away — the federal ObamaCare Website crashed. This occurred 20 days after the
Obama Administration reassured America the site was fully-functioning for a "vast majority" of users. As of now, the site is not fully-functioning
Barack Obama's reverse Midas touch.
Only U.S. President Barack Obama could manage to pull off such colossal American failures in foreign policy.
Barack Obama, Libertarian
Manufacturing Machine. Forget Ron Paul, or even his son Rand, by far the greatest booster of libertarianism in America today
is unquestionably Barack Obama. With the astonishing ineptitude of his all-pervasive statism, the president is manufacturing
libertarians everywhere he goes. And it's not just the massive Obamacare boondoggle, although that's the worst and most public
example at the moment. Every aspect of the administration from the extraordinary (and growing) deficits to the clueless foreign
policy is an advertisement for the overweening incompetence of big government.
Maybe Barack Obama
is just inferior. Obama's foreign policy is in ashes as Iran moves toward nuclear bombs while Syria used chemical weapons on its own
people with impunity. Corruption scandals from Benghazi to IRS abuses hover. Obama repeatedly claims no knowledge of serious events when
they go awry. Four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, yet Obama's very whereabouts during the crisis remain shrouded. Obama is disrespected
abroad, and he is losing Americans' trust and confidence at home. Obama entered office under trying circumstances and improved nothing.
The Fall of Barack. Everything Barry has touched in four years and
three quarters has turned to dog excrement. He has the reverse Midas touch, although there is always plenty of gold for friends, associates and cronies.
Take ObamaCare, for instance — the ACA is a metaphor for the entire Obama presidency. Despite polls showing that 85% of Americans were happy
with their health insurance, Barry insisted that there was a healthcare "crisis."
Obama Tells Americans to Enroll via Phone, Phone Number Crashes.
"Nobody is madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," Obama said. He then recommended a
toll-free phone number to call. There was only one problem: the Obamcare toll-free phone number was overloaded and immediately crashed.
Obama's handshake a 'kiss of death'.
Maybe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani knew that shaking hands with President Obama can be the kiss of death. Rouhani may have been
thinking about his life expectancy when he refused to meet with Obama on Tuesday [9/24/2013], knowing that several other world leaders who
opted to shake hands with Obama over the years have suffered decidedly less than happy endings.
Ohio clinic touted by
Obama slashes budget due to ObamaCare. An Ohio clinic that was touted by Obama while he was speaking on health care reform is now blaming ObamaCare
after it was forced to cut $330 million from its budget. Fox 8 reports the Cleveland Clinic, which is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio with
about 39,000 workers in the region, announced the cuts to its 2014 budget at a meeting Wednesday [9/18/2013].
Ray's Hell Burger shutters
locations after Obama's Kiss of Death. Ray's Hell-Burger is closing its doors in Washington DC. The burger joint rose to prominence
after Obama visited the business twice. Now they're closed.
Ohio Restaurant Closes One
Week After Obama Mentions it in Speech. An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the
government's Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history.
The Obama Effect: Businesses
visited by obama feel the "reverse midas" touch. Now, we all have heard about the Gore Effect. The Goreacle, flitting around the world,
hawking his GW snake oil, bringing cold, snow, blizzards with him. In obama's case, businesses he visited to either tout his plans for his Failed
Stimulus, or his "green" energy ideas, or any other business he used to tout one of his truly bad ideas have been shuttered, closed down, cut jobs, etc.
The Editor says...
Other examples include Cardinal Fastener and Caterpillar.
Popular D.C. Burger Joint Forced to Shut
Down. One of the D.C. area's iconic burger joints is no more. Ray's Hell-Burger, where the likes of President Barack Obama,
Vice President Joe Biden and the Russian president have gone for a juicy burger, has been shut down after failing to pay its rent.
Another Business Visited by Obama
Closes. In August, Obama visited Star Brewery in Dubuque. And now a local publication reports that the business is closing
is big government': 500 furloughed at GE plant subsidized and lionized by White House. In 2010, Appliance Park won
a $2.5 [sic] stimulus grant. In 2011, a Commerce Department official toured Appliance Park touting Obama's push to increase U.S.
manufacturing. Then in 2012, GE CEO and Obama Jobs Czar Jeff Immelt announced he was moving fridge-making jobs from Mexico to
Appliance Park. [...] Today [2/19/2013], GE announced it was furloughing 500 refrigerator-manufacturing jobs at Appliance Park.
made a promise to help us and he broke it'. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms [Donna] Vanzant owns in Brigantine,
New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later,
I got a response back,' she told the Philadelphia Magazine. 'It was disturbing. 'It had nothing to do with what I was asking
him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. [...]'
Restaurant Dined at By Obama Closed Due to Health
Concerns. A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign's "Dinner with Barack" contest was forced to close this week because it
was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.'s health and sanitation regulations.
Disillusionment sets in
The wheels are already coming off.
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