Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect

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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.

The left-leaning national news media have painted Barack Obama as the most intelligent person ever to walk in the White House.  This is a fabrication that is easily dismantled, using the commentary and circumstantial evidence on this page.  Personally, I doubt if there's a Mensa membership card in Obama's pocket, because if there was, he'd be showing it off daily.  Mr. Obama strikes me as a man who should be very proud to have a triple-digit IQ... if in fact he does.

The most obvious evidence of Mr. Obama's pedestrian intellect comes from his unquestionable addiction to the teleprompter.  The man simply cannot speak a single coherent extemporaneous sentence in public.  At the very least, this shows that he is not the "greatest orator of our time" as we were led to believe in 2008.



On nearby pages:

Obama and his team are incompetent.

Bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment.

Obama's gaffes and blunders during the 2008 campaign.

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Obama is helpless without a teleprompter.

Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect.

Obama's unmitigated laziness.


Obama is helpless without a teleprompter

If Mr. Obama is so smart, and has even a loose grasp on all the important issues of the day, why does he need to rely on a teleprompter for every word he speaks?  Can you imagine the mocking derision we would hear from the press if the person glued to the teleprompter was President John McCain, or President Dan Quayle, or President Ron Paul?

The next time you see Mr. Obama give a speech on television, notice that he constantly alternates his gaze between the teleprompter on the left and the teleprompter on the right.  Back and forth, left and right, about three seconds on each side.  More than likely there are notations in his script about when to pause, when to inhale, and which words to emphasize.  It's all a façade.  Without the teleprompter and a staff of speech writers, he would be just another community organizer (i.e., troublemaker) from Chicago.

See also "Community Organizer" — Big Deal!

In speech ad-libs, Obama shows anti-business bias.
What happens when Obama is off teleprompter?  The texts of Barack Obama's recent speeches seem tailor-made for softening the White House's often hostile description of American business, but the president's impromptu additions are highlighting his efforts to subordinate business to government.

Liar, liar:  Why Obama is failing.  Obama has been unable to use the Bully Pulpit.  No one pays attention to him.  The vaunted Demosthenes of the campaign trail disappeared literally upon inauguration.  He hasn't been able to convince anyone of anything.  He only succeeds when he acts purely as a bully, muscling through legislation.  Some say this is because he wasn't such a great orator in the first place.  He just read decently off a teleprompter and with the prompter gone the emperor has not clothes.

Obama's stolen teleprompter recovered, national silence averted.  First, the bad news:  They recovered President Obama's teleprompter.  So, anybody going to his speeches on the current Darth Vader armored bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia is still going to get the full 22-minute monty about how he's there to listen.

Obama is lost without a teleprompter.  [Scroll down]  The White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House.  "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says [a former communications] adviser.  The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.  Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions.  Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.

Yes He Can: Obama Spoke Without Teleprompter.  Now it makes headlines when President Obama doesn't use his trademark Teleprompter.  Wrapping up his three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia today, the president stopped at a Chesterfield firehouse to promote his jobs bill.  "It is great to be at Fire Station Number 9 with some of Virginia's finest," the president said without the use of his Teleprompter.

The Editor says...
Wow, that's pretty good!  It's almost as if he went to law school.

The Empty Vessel President.  Although African-American in appearance, he was raised by whites and educated in the most elite Eastern liberal tradition, with only a thin veneer of calculated street cred imbued by his time in the south side of Chicago.  Although swept to office as the recipient of the gift of soaring rhetoric, he has been found to be as heavily dependent on a teleprompter as any beginning mass communications student, and prone to stammering and self-contradiction in its absence.  So what's left?

He Knows, He Just Doesn't Care.  Where Clinton was a natural actor, Obama is an unnatural one.  Unlike most politicians, he lacks that instinct, because he lacks any degree of empathy.  And so Obama needs extensive prep time to get his show on the road.  Without prep time and a teleprompter, the mask begins to slip and the man underneath is cold and distant delivering a mechanical performance.

Silent signals:  In 2009 President Obama subjected the nation to 52 addresses, 158 interviews, 42 news conferences, 23 town hall meetings and used the teleprompter 178 times.  Oddly, the master of speechifying says more by saying nothing then if every utterance that ever passed Obama's lips was pooled into one unending communiqué.

Obama's Salary Cap.  During a two-day swing through Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, the president went off teleprompter and blundered into another Joe the Plumber moment, that unguarded instant during the 2008 campaign in which he told a potential small-business owner that he planned to spread the wealth around.

Aren't Late Night Comics Looking For Obama Material?  Could you imagine if Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush had used a teleprompter to answer questions during a press conference?  The late night joke writers wouldn't have let it go until the President gave in to the merciless ridicule as he was painted as an idiot who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on how to do it.

President Sticks to the Script, With a Little Help.  As he introduced his new choice for secretary of health and human services in the East Room this week, President Obama turned his head from right to left, but he was not looking at the audience.  He was reading from two teleprompters strategically set up outside the tight television camera shot.

TelePrompter Story Shows Another Way Old Media Covers for Obama.  Carol E. Lee of Politico had a short March 5 piece about President Obama's singular inability to give a speech, even short ones, without the crutch of a TelePrompter in front of him to prod him about what to say next. ... The Old Media puts in a herculean effort to make sure The One still looks like he is speaking extemporaneously by working overtime to make sure those speech prompters are NOT in the picture.

Obama's TelePrompTer addiction:  It's all President Obama haters can do to keep from slapping their heads whenever they hear or see references to his being a master of public speaking.  He's helpless without a TelePrompTer, the critics say, and they point to the very deliberate way he often speaks, including his use of the universal filler "umm" when he speaks extemporaneously.

Not making eye contact with the American people.  Perhaps another sign that the media is restless with the President they helped create is this story from Politico about how Obama is never without his teleprompter.  He uses it at almost all his appearances, even when making brief announcements or when repeating themes he has spoken on many times before.

He's My President, But I Don't Have to Like It.  Judging by the early days of his administration, I have had to reevaluate [Obama].  He's even worse than I feared.  It's been one disaster after another.  His appointments have been a series of embarrassments.  His hard sell of the Pelosi-Reid trillion dollar earmark makes him look like the worst sort of fear-monger.  And, considering the fact that he was sold to us as eloquent and a fellow who could think on his feet, his use of a teleprompter at his press conference reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, the con man behind the curtain.

Obama's safety net:  the TelePrompter.  President Barack Obama doesn't go anywhere without his TelePrompter.  The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president's prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.  Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White House's stately parlors.  They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan.  They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.

Obama's Crutch — Why Is He So Afraid of Speaking Without a Teleprompter?  Could you imagine if Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush had used a teleprompter to answer questions during a press conference?  The late night joke writers wouldn't have let it go until the President gave in to the merciless ridicule as he was painted as an idiot who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on how to do it.

Obama's reliance on teleprompters.  Is President Obama able to conduct a news conference without a teleprompter?  Is he is an automaton in answering questions?  With all the jokes about Karl Rove as George Bush's brain or cracks during the 1980s about Ronald Reagan supposedly being an amiable dunce, could you imagine the reaction if either president had used a teleprompter to answer questions?  The late night joke writers wouldn't have let it go until the president gave in to the merciless ridicule as he was painted as an idiot who couldn't tie his shoes without being fed instructions on how to do it.

The O is for Overrated.  In one area, Obama as the great communicator, a little bit of the glow is gone.  For it turns out that while there is only one O in teleprompter, without this trusted device, we might not have the Big O in the White House (apologies to Oscar Robertson).  It is now coming out (though not in the New York Times or Washington Post) two years too late, that underlying of the gifted public speaker iconography is a machine.  Our President has a dependency, and it is not on tobacco products.  The real "jones" is for a teleprompter.

Does Barack Obama Think For Himself?  Speculation is that David Axelrod is the man behind the prompter, whether it be speeches or press conference crib notes, and if that's the case it should make us all wonder what's really happening upstairs in the president's head.  Is he really this deep thinker or is he just a bubblehead, doing what he's told to do and say?

Obama Thanks Himself, Irish PM Repeats Speech in Teleprompter Meltdown.  Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen reads word for word a speech that Obama had just read from a teleprompter, while the president apparently thanked himself for the invitation.

Teleprompter Gaffe:  President Obama Thanks Himself — Where's the Video?  I've been searching for the video of Obama accidentally reading Irish PM Brian Cowen's speech yesterday.  He even thanks himself at the end!  Apparently his teleprompter went loopy.  If this were GWB, the video would be everywhere, yet I can't find a clip on the Internet of a public press conference that took place yesterday.

The 5 biggest myths about Obama.  [#2] Obama is a great communicator.  Cut away the soaring rhetoric in his speeches, and the resulting policy statements are often vague, lawyerly and confusing.  He is not plain-spoken:  He parses his language so much that a casual listener will miss important caveats.  That's in part why he uses teleprompters for routine policy statements:  He chooses his words carefully, relying heavily on ill-defined terms like "deficit reduction" (which means tax increases, rather than actual "savings") and "combat troops" (as opposed to "all troops in harm's way").

Republicans Can't Afford to Default to Obama.  The pro-Obama media have been trying to conceal from TV audiences the fact that Obama is reading all his speeches, even short ones given before small groups, but there are two difficulties.  A teleprompter requires Obama to turn from side to side and never make eye contact with his audience, and it's almost impossible to get a good photograph of Obama without revealing at least a part of the teleprompter screen.  President Obama doesn't go anywhere without his teleprompter.  He depends on it for every speech, even his six-minute tribute to Abe Lincoln, simple introductions of his own Cabinet officials and informal small gatherings.  He is the first president to be so completely dependent on the teleprompter.

President TelePrompTer® compares Model T to SUV.  At a visit to at the Edison electric car factory in California, President TelePrompTer told the employees that "A Model T got better gas mileage than today's SUV".  Not wanting to take a man of his stout reputation at his word alone, let's look at the specs for each.

Why Obama's Teleprompter Gaffe Tape Matters.  When George W. Bush was President, the Democrats and certain press outlets hammered every little mistake he made as evidence of him being "the dumbest President ever." ... As of this writing, the video of the event with President Obama and Brian Cowen has not been released.  By some reports, the video shows that Obama oftentimes has no idea what is on that teleprompter before he reads it and therefore, as he did on St. Patrick's Day, ends up doing things like thanking himself for inviting everyone to the White House.

This is what happens when the teleprompter crutch is not available:
Obama Makes Fun of Special Olympics on Jay Leno's Show.  Here's why presidents of the United States should be wary of going on late-night comedy shows:  Toward the end of his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" on Thursday [3/19/2009], President Barack Obama told host Jay Leno he's been practicing at the White House bowling alley but wasn't happy with his score.  "I bowled a 129," Obama said to laughs.  "It was like Special Olympics or something."

'It's Like the Special Olympics'.  The first appearance by a sitting president on "The Tonight Show" may well end up being the last.  President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.

Believe it or not, he has done worse.  In an interview last year, candidate Obama (without the benefit of a teleprompter) accidentally used the phrase, "my Muslim faith," leading to speculation (on the internet, not on television) that he is a closet Muslim. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Obama Continues To Set Records For Incompetence.  [Scroll down slowly]  Everyone can make a stupid mistake, but this one is especially instructive:  Now you know why he has to be on teleprompter whenever possible.  That's because, with all due respect to his supporters who think he is the smartest man on the planet, when he is off the teleprompter he is as gaffe-prone as Vice President Joe Biden.  That led to a cartoonist putting Mr. Obama in bed with his wife and his teleprompter, with the caption of Mrs. Obama saying the president should put his teleprompter away and go to bed.  Incidentally, if he is really so brilliant why can't he talk without a teleprompter?

Obama's Teleprompter.  Unfortunately, something went awry despite the teleprompter's best efforts:  "All terrific press for Orion, except that Obama kept pronouncing the company's name wrong, calling it OAR-ee-on."

Teleprompter in center
The curse of the teleprompter leaves President looking leaden.  The teleprompter in the East Room on Tuesday night [3/24/2009] — not the usual pair of glass screens reflecting text at each side of the podium but a huge scrolling TV screen facing Mr Obama at the back of the room — had the effect of deadening the proceedings.  Galloping through the statement, Mr Obama was at his most tediously professorial and least engaging.

The Editor says...
Just as I thought.  When I saw footage of Mr. Obama staring straight ahead, I suspected that the teleprompter had been moved to the center of the room somehow.

Giant Teleprompter Telegraphs Obama Caution.  What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?  A careful one.  President Barack Obama took no chances in his second prime-time news conference, reading a prepared statement in which he took both sides of the AIG bonus brouhaha and asked an anxious nation for its patience. ... It was a carefully modulated statement, and Obama — relying on a familiar crutch — read it off a flat-screen monitor perched at the back of the East Room.

Video clip:
Teleprompters Swapped for Giant TV Monitor for News Conference.  "He read that opening statement from one massive TV monitor from the back and middle of the East Room.  White House officials removed the normal glass teleprompters that usually are positioned on both sides of the podium.  That change likely a reaction to the focus on the President's heavy use of teleprompters."

Teleprompter is a must
Obama stumbles without his notes.  Transcripts of prompterless Obama speeches (on the campaign trail in 2008) show that Obama is incapable of making a coherent speech without a script.

The Teleprompter President.  It is amazing how swiftly a presidential tendency turns from observation to joke to meme.  Barack Obama — called "the most eloquent political speaker of our time" — has become known as the teleprompter president.

Does President Obama Need "Cue Cards?"  The White House has a problem.  A technical malfunction at a St. Patrick's Day event, in no way the resident's [sic] fault, has nonetheless focused attention on what some news organizations have called Obama's "overreliance" on the TelePrompTer.  This, in and of itself, might not be such a bad thing except that it conflicts with his reputation for being a compelling speaker possessed of a broad command of the issues.

Obama's War on English.  When more than one word has to be produced, Barry defers to his teleprompter to ensure rigid semantic integrity and to minimize his brain's default proclivity of generating "uhhhhhs" and "ummmms."  In a recent speech before a requisitely awed group of business leaders, the teleprompter displayed the following gem, which The Father of the $1.2 trillion stimulus package voiced with contemplative gravitas:  "I don't like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government's role." ... In Barry's bizzaro world, reality in and of itself doesn't matter.

Careful choreography as Obama meets the press.  A presidential press conference is as stage-managed and tightly choreographed as a Broadway show. ... Supremely confident as ever, the President read his opening remarks from a large teleprompter. ... When the teleprompter faded to black it was time for questions.  But there was to be nothing random about who got the nod.

Tales of Totus, the President's Teleprompter.  Notice anything missing from Tuesday night's presidential news conference?  Those teleprompters that generated so much attention at President Obama's first prime-time session with reporters were gone.  Or actually, just out of sight.  The White House replaced the tall, thin teleprompters that were standing to Mr. Obama's right and left in the East Room a month ago and instead set up a large screen behind the reporters — and out of the camera shot.

The Teleprompter Debate.  President Obama has been criticized for relying too much on the use of a teleprompter — you know, those slightly tilted boat-paddle-looking devices that flank each side of the presidential podium.  They're essentially projection screens to his right and left from which he can read his speech, rather than speaking extemporaneously or with printed notes.

Obama needs a teleprompter for every word
TelePrompTer 101: What if I told you that the president actually isn't a very adept or versatile public speaker.  Would you believe me?  Well, let me explain.  There are basically four kinds of public speaking:  manuscript, memory, extemporaneous and impromptu.  Speaking from a manuscript means reading a speech.  The speaker rehearses from the manuscript, which he has in front of him during the actual delivery.  Obama is primarily a manuscript speaker.

All TOTUS No POTUS.  Goodness knows we all want to get it right ... Those in the public eye, especially, wish to handcraft every syllable to put our best foot forward, not in our mouth.  That, and new technology to enable it, may explain how we came to get the teleprompter president. ... Anyway, it's not so surprising that he makes use of technology.  It's the extent of his use.  Extent, after all, is the difference between the connoisseur and a wino, and we may have elected a man who's gone from the enabling drug of a crackberry, to the hard stuff.

The Teleprompter President.  During the presidential campaign we were repeatedly told that Obama had superior intellect.  The public has never been privy to Obama's academic transcripts or read anything he wrote as editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Also, there has been considerable debate if Obama really wrote his two books or if they ghostwritten for him.  Obama has done little to dispel these questions.  His dependence on a teleprompter and his poor performance when speaking without one makes you wonder if he is just reading a script like an academy award winning actor.  So the question remains, is he as advertised or is he just reading a script?  And if he is just reading the script, who is behind the curtain directing the performance?

The question that flummoxed the great orator.  An example of Obama's performance level in the absence of a teleprompter.

Obama's 12-Teleprompter Entourage Is Not Newsworthy, or Humor-worthy.  On Monday, the UK's Evening Standard, at its "This Is London" site, matter-of-factly noted the following in the final sentence of its report about President Obama's upcoming European trip:  "Accompanying the party will be a total of 500 officials including kitchen staff, 35 vehicles in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters."

Obama's teleprompter commits mutiny during major science speech.  Maybe President Obama's teleprompter wanted more coverage.  After all, last month it was getting a ton of media attention.  Especially when the teleprompter was retired temporarily in favor of a giant IMAX-type screen at the president's last press conference.  Today, the teleprompter broke the moratorium and got back in the news cycle.

Obama gets ahead of prompter.  President Obama's speech at the National Academy of Sciences Monday morning hit a brief snag when Obama got ahead of his script.  Laying his plan for a President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Obama began to name the members of PCAST listed in his prepared remarks — before realizing he'd already introduced them, earlier in his speech.

The Editor says...
Here's a helpful hint I learned as a teenage disk jockey:  Read the script before you go on the air.

Obama Reaches the Limits of His Oratorical Prowess.  The fact that there's even a debate underway as to who won the match-off indicates that the public's perceptions of Barack Obama's oratorical skills have crossed the Rubicon and are diminishing.  How come?  From over exposure?  Too little variety of style?  Or, is it that side-to-side teleprompter swing where he talks to the scrolling mirrors?  We figure Cheney wrote his own speech.  Who wrote Obama's?

From the Vast Business Mind of President Obama.  TOTUS, (Teleprompter of the United States) gave a stirring and charismatic speech today, much like it gave yesterday and the day before.  In fact, I do believe TOTUS has given speeches every day of its reign.  But as the President today read from the teleprompter, he sounded so knowledgeable as he faulted GM for not coming up with a viable restructuring plan to avoid bankruptcy.  As Mr. Obama expertly read his statements, alternating between prompters, going back and forth so as to give the impression that he's addressing the audience in a truly inclusive manner...

If a Teleprompter Falls in the White House Does It Make a Sound?  Midway through his speech on urban and metropolitan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon [7/13/2009], one of his two small glass prompters came crashing down, hitting the wood floor and crashing in many pieces. ... For the rest of the speech the president relied on the one remaining teleprompter, to his right, and notes on his podium to finish his speech.  Shards of glass remained near the president's feet for the duration of his speech.

A dandy speech — if truth doesn't matter.  This was the speech of an ideologue posing as a pragmatist.  Of course, it was an able and spirited performance.  Obama with a TelePrompTer is like Yo-Yo Ma with a cello.

The Gaffe Czar.  The fact that Obama can't survive two minutes without a teleprompter doesn't matter.  It only matters that he dazzles — and that he's liberal.  That, in truth, is the key.  Ronald Reagan, after all, could dazzle.  But he was a conservative.  Because he used his rhetorical abilities to advocate smaller government and greater individual responsibility, the media viewed that talent as a weapon, not an asset.

Satire:
What If Obama's Teleprompter Failed at Valley Forge?  The scene:  President Obama is about to give a speech at historic Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Do not deny what happened at Fort Hood.  [Scroll down]  President Barack Obama's display on Thursday made my point more clearly than it usually can be made, for he turned on a dime.  He assumed the "presidential grieving tone" over the Fort Hood massacre, the moment after he'd just done an equally scripted segment of light joking banter for the benefit of the Tribal Nations Conference he was addressing.  Millions in the television audience must have watched this incredibly cynical "quick flip."  I wonder how many noticed it?  We should not allow ourselves to be moved by the cold hearts of professional tear-jerkers because when we reward that kind of thing we help perpetuate an emotional order that is dangerously false.  We should instead be annoyed by attempts to manipulate us.

Satire / mocking derision:
Obama's teleprompter malfunctions during family dinner.

Why Is No One Laughing?  Both of these men [Obama and Biden], when untethered from their Teleprompters, are prone to gibberish.  Actually I suspect that the President's Shanghai preposterosity appeared in the text rolling down his Teleprompter.  His speechwriters are as prone to the absurd as their boss.  Nonetheless, President Obama is reputed in the media to be an orator of great gifts and anyway he is very charismatic.  So apparently the journalists are insensate as the gaffes, the howlers, the jaw-dropping exaggerations roll forth.

This is how the great orator performs in the absence of a teleprompter:
Passion out of fashion for O.  Responding to the attempted terror attack on an American plane in US skies, Obama took a break from the sandy beaches and golf links of Hawaii to make his first remarks about the simple thwarting of what were supposed to be the highest security procedures.  It was three days late and Obama mailed it in.  Unaided by his trusty TelePrompTers, the president read through his statement like a schoolkid dutifully treading through his book report.

Teleprompter Shot of the Day

Teleprompter Shot of the Day:  Here's Obama dropping in for a chat with his middle-class task force.  And people made fun of Reagan because of his notecards!

Teleprompter in elementary school
Obama Uses Teleprompter To Address Sixth Graders, Media Mum.  Last Tuesday, President Obama spoke to a group of sixth graders and apparently brought his trusty teleprompter along to make sure he didn't make any mistakes. ...

Update:
The White House confirmed to TWS that the teleprompters were used for his remarks to the press, not with students.

The Editor says...
So what?  Why does the president need a teleprompter to answer questions from reporters?

Barack's Blue Blanket.  [Scroll down slowly]  Yet while verbally exuding confidence, both Obama and Linus [van Pelt] are a paradox.  Both flaunt self-perceived intellect while diametrically exhibiting a predilection to insecurity.  Linus rarely appears without a blanket tossed over one shoulder, and Barack refuses to leave Pennsylvania Avenue without the teleprompter ... Thus far, Barry seems unaware that a United States president setting up a teleprompter in a sixth-grade classroom is as pathetic as appearing at a lectern while sucking a plastic nipple.

'Corpse-man':  Obama also needs a pronounce-o-prompter.  Over at RealClearPolitics, they show the video of President Obama mispronouncing the word "corpsman" this morning.  It's embarrassing all on its own, but it also makes one wonder about the story he's telling.

Video:
Obama Mispronounces "Corpsman" At Prayer Breakfast.

Unsustainable's the new normal.  At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama singled out for praise Navy Corpsman Christian Bouchard.  Or, as the president called him, "Corpseman Bouchard."  Twice.  Hey, not a big deal.  Throughout his life, the commander in chief has had little contact with the military, and less interest.

TelePrompter lets Commander-in-Chief Down as He Mispronounces 'Corpsman,' Mangles French.  Surely, the White House has someone on the staff who can teach the President how to pronounce the word "corpsman."  It would also be great if someone in media knew what a corpsman is...

This proves that Obama will read whatever comes up on the teleprompter.
Obama:  You will see 'premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent' under Obamacare.  Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, President Obama said that ObamaCare will reduce health insurance premiums by "3,000 percent." ... Just think, America:  These are the people telling us that they know best how to run 1/6 of our economy.

More proof that Obama is utterly helpless without a teleprompter:
Bret Baier: 1; President Obama: 0.  With all due respect to Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer, who didn't acknowledge on air that their colleague bested the president, Baier clearly had Obama fumbling around and stuttering and totally flustered.  Like other young and studious-looking white guys Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, Baier used annoying and inconvenient facts to unveil the childish and petulant Obama that a fawning Jurassic media has never bothered to investigate.

When Obama ad-libs, we learn what he really believes.
Obama:  Stuck on Begrudge.  Off the teleprompter for a few seconds while stumping for financial reform recently in Illinois, President Obama had this to say about money, incomes and success:  "Now, what we're doing, I want to be clear, we're not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned.  I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."

The (Not So) Great Pretender.  [Scroll down]  Obama pretends to be a brilliant scholar.  He successfully accomplished this during the campaign by sticking with a cool, calm persona and shutting up when the teleprompter was off.  His acolytes in the press and Democratic Party were so eager to be conned that they did not notice that Obama never provided any evidence of a stratospheric IQ.  College transcripts were safely locked away.  The candidate started appearing nowhere without his teleprompter or glued to his campaign staff...

Mondale:  Obama's teleprompters are 'idiot boards'.  Former Vice President Walter Mondale said on CNN that President Obama relies too much on teleprompters — which Mondale called "idiot boards" — when speaking to the American people.  In a discussion of whether Obama projects empathy in his speeches, the 82 year-old Mondale said the president "has got to connect with the American people."

Teleprompter to make its debut in Parliament when Obama speak.  A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of [the Indian] Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.

Obama's Teleprompter Embarrassment in India.  The pathetic inability of Barack Obama to speak without the help of a teleprompter will be showcased to the world's most populous democracy when the president flees the electoral aftermath and decamps for India after the November election.

US officials discuss teleprompter for Barack Obama.  A US technical team today [11/1/2010] discussed with Indian officials installation of a teleprompter in the Central Hall of Parliament for use by US President Barack Obama during his address which will also mark the debut of the speaking aid in its hallowed precincts.  The US team deliberated on the teleprompter issue with officials of ministry of external affairs and the Parliament, official sources said today.

Obama to use teleprompter for Hindi speechNamaste India!  In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama's opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. ... But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.

More about President Obama's big Indian junket.

Truth and Science and Facts vs. Unwashed Hillbillies.  [Scroll down]  Just my unwashed observation:  We have a president who knows what our brains are hardwired to do and can describe the emotional state of an entire country, but he can't get subject and verb to agree and pronoun and antecedent to agree in just two sentences not read from a teleprompter.  Good thing he didn't say "refudiate."

Obama:  Send more teleprompters.  President Obama continues to live in a state of denial regarding the message of the midterm elections.  He stubbornly clings to the belief that his policies had nothing to do with the historic "shellacking" the voters gave his party and instead blames the red tide on his lack of communications skills.  What a change from the 2008 campaign, when Mr. Obama was being heralded as the great orator of the 21st century.  Apparently, the 2010 election was lost because Mr. Obama didn't have enough teleprompters.

Me Being President.  There is, in fact, a clear difference between the president's command of English grammar when he is ad-libbing and when he is reading from a teleprompter.  Obama's command of the language in his several books is also at variance with his impromptu performances.  It is almost as if Obama had no hand in writing his own formal remarks and the books published under his name. ... If the president is unable to form a coherent sentence in the absence of a teleprompter, what must his mental life be like the rest of the time?  That is a troubling thought, indeed.

Telemprompter Inventor "Hub" Schlafly Dies.  You've never heard of Hubert J. "Hub" Schlafly Jr., but if you've seen a major political speech in the past generation, you know his work.  Schlafly invented the TelePrompTer and changed public address in America.  He died April 20th in Connecticut.  President Barack Obama, is hailed by supporters as a gifted orator.  But he has been lambasted by critics for his reliance on the teleprompter.  In truth, every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower, excepting Nixon, has used one for major speeches in Congress.

The Editor says...
Yes, other presidents have used the teleprompter, but no other president has been so obviously helpless without it.  This is another example of "Bush did it too!" bias on the part of ABC News.

Obama's secret teleprompter coach revealed.  Barack Obama, the purported master orator, is spending a hundred thousand dollars of our tax money on an outside consultant to help him with his teleprompter skills.  Perhaps last minute coaching is the reason why Sunday night's OBL speech was delayed so long.  The hundred grand comes on top of the $624,000 payroll of the White House speechwriting team, so Obama's masterful oratory is costing us close to three quarter of million bucks a year.

Teleprompter in use

The Cost of Feeding TOTUS.  So who is it that feeds all of those glowing phrases into the teleprompters and what do they get paid for providing this service?  The Washington Times has an interesting and frequently humorous look at the men (and women) behind the curtain.



Stop It Already — He's Not So Smart.  [Scroll down]  Think back to his press conference when, recklessly venturing beyond range of a teleprompter, he described his campaign efforts through the 57 states.  If Dan Quayle had said that, people would have thrown potatoes at him.

The Chosen One.  [Scroll down]  In short, Barack Obama himself is not that remarkable.  He can give a rousing political speech, of course, but that is usually not sufficient to get oneself elected president.  So, since he seems to have been reading from a teleprompter all his life, and since words certifiably his own are both few and opaque, it is most fruitful as well as relevant for us to focus on whom and what he has been following.  What accounts for his smooth, unlikely ascent?

The Unbelievable Brilliance Of Barack Obama.  There are hundreds more examples of Obama gaffes but one has to Google them on the Internet because the mainstream media never reported them.  Yet every slip of the tongue by Bush was deemed evidence of his stupidity.  In fact, Obama has made many more slips when speaking without his teleprompter but these are excused as merely a result of exhaustion or some other lame explanation.

Demagoguery is not leadership, Mr. President.  Does President Obama even read what is put in the teleprompter before he delivers it?

President Obama Opens Speech With Minute Of Unexplained Silence.  President Obama took to the podium today [8/5/2011] to talk to Americans about the White House's initiatives to help veterans get back into the work force and what the government is doing to encourage a health economy.  But before he dove into the details, the President stood at his podium for a good minute or so in silence, interrupting only to let the audience know that he was "just waiting, here."

When the teleprompter goes blank, Obama is stupefied.
How Stupid is Obama?  [Scroll down]  Then to top it off, we have the strange incident — the latest of many strange incidents — on Friday, August 5th, when Obama, about to give a speech, stood staring for a full minute while evidently waiting for the Teleprompter to switch on.  Under such circumstances, the normal politician will joke, will tell a yarn or two, tease the audience, do anything but what Obama did:  stare off into space after announcing, "We're waiting."

Fallen off Olympus, Obama stammers.  Warriors live by the sword and die by the sword.  Politicians live by the speech.  And they die by the speech.  The most shocking thing about President Obama's political implosion from bright supernova to deadened black hole has been the complete undoing of his ability to speak.  Remember when he was famous for speaking?

President Priss.  [Scroll down]  Perhaps most illuminating are those moments when he speaks without the use of a teleprompter, which are indeed rare.  Obama uses teleprompters more than any president in history.  He uses a teleprompter for routine introductions, 12-person cabinet meetings, and speaking at an elementary school.  He even had the U.S. Air Force transport an astonishing 12 teleprompters on his trip to the U.K.  It is a disturbing spectacle to watch Obama when he goes off teleprompter.  He can ramble on with a painfully long and convoluted response to a simple question, stumble over his very own comments or mix-up the living and the dead as he did with a pair of Medal of Honor recipients.

Big teleprompter
Three minutes, two teleprompters.  President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday [8/29/2011] during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers.  "I am very pleased to appoint Alan and I look forward to working with him," Obama said, staring at the large, flat-screen monitor to his right, then shifting his eyes to the teleprompter on his left.  "I have nothing but confidence..."

Photo by Hayley Peterson, Washington Examiner.


Another big teleprompter
Republicans mock Obama's teleprompter use.  Picking up on a theme that has been rippling through GOP circles for two years, Republican presidential candidates are trying to use President Obama's reliance on teleprompters to deflate one of his biggest strengths — his oratorical skill.  If Obama can't give a two-minute speech without a screen telling him what to say, the critique goes, it's a sign that he doesn't know what he's talking about and can't be trusted to do his job.

Who is the Real Barack Obama?  According to our President's new view of history, capitalism is a theory that has "never worked." ... But Obama's knowledge of history is limited to what is written on his teleprompter.

Anything You put on that 'Prompter, President Burgundy Will Read.  Particularly in the clip aimed at Alaskan voters, with its large close-up on the- Sen. Obama's face, you can see Obama's eyes flick back and forth as he scans his teleprompter.  And like Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character in Anchorman, President  Burgundy  Obama will read just about anything you put in that 'prompter.  (No matter how shameless it makes him look later.)

Comparative analysis of the teleprompter president's oratory.  The man reads from his teleprompter like a pro but has little of import to say, lies shamelessly, uses eighth-grade language, leans heavily toward long-windedness, and stumbles over his own tongue like a stroke victim when the teleprompter is unavailable.

Jumping Through Hoops.  [D]id anyone catch the loving treatment Mr. Obama received from CBS during halftime of last night's NCAA basketball finals?  To be sure, he did look a bit lost without his teleprompter while trying to respond to CBS's analyst Clark Kellogg's tough questioning.  And he did look rather runty in the presence of Kellogg, a towering former NBA and Big Ten star forward.  Yet it also amounted to four minutes of adoring advertising, it would seem.

Obama off the Cuff.  Conservatives caricature 24/7 Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter.  True, his speeches are scripted; but we forget why so:  He is very good at reading a prepared script as if he were talking off the top of his head, and he is very bad at actually talking off the top of his head.  In the former mode, he sounds pleasantly moderate and mellifluous; in the latter, sort of creepy and awkward.  Yet the result is paradoxical:  Obama seems to feel false when he sounds balanced and eloquent reading someone else's ideas on a teleprompter, and genuine only when he is extreme and ad hoc in his own words.

Bumbling Obama Makes an "Uncharacteristic Error".  Uncharacteristic, that is, if you haven't paid attention to the fact this guy is a stuttering, stammering buffoon who can't sting a coherent sentence together without his trusty teleprompter.

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.

If it rolls up on the teleprompter, he will say it.
Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions 'My Sons,' While Defending Contraception Mandate.  In two campaign speeches over the last two days [May 24-25, 2012], President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned "my sons" when defending his administration's regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.  Obama, of course, has two daughters — 10-year-old Sasha and 13-year-old Malia — but no sons.

The Editor says...
The way I see it, the three most likely explanations are these:  (1) The words popped up on the teleprompter and he read them reflexively, as he probably does with every speech (because he almost certainly does not write his own speeches), or (2) he is sending some sort of coded (dog whistle) message to someone, or (3) he is completely nuts.

Is President Obama trying to fill in some missing pieces of his biography?  What kind of brain freeze or derangement leads someone to refer to my sons, when two daughters are the only fruit of conception one has created?  If George W. Bush has spoken of his sons in public twice, can you even begin to imagine the ridicule the likes of David Letterman, Bill Maher, and Jon Steward would heap on him?  But with BHO, all one hears is the sound of crickets chirping.

Obama's Sons: They Are Real for Him.  Much has been said, [...] at American Thinker and elsewhere, about Barack Obama's recent pair of teleprompted references to his (presumably) non-existent sons.  Thomas Lifson toys with the notion that Obama might in fact have secret sons, as a way of making sense of the seeming insanity of it.  Selwyn Duke suggests it might indicate brain damage from Obama's (presumably) past drug use.  (Funny, isn't it, how often one is left no choice but merely to presume about the Cipher-in-Chief.)  David Paulin asks whether Obama might be the victim of a teleprompting prankster/saboteur.  All of these are reasonable speculations — which is, in itself, reason to be perturbed about America's current devolved state.

Obama Is Not That Bright.  Mr. Obama has said a lot of unsmart things:  there are 57 states; Canada has a president; "Austrian" is a language; America is "20 centuries" old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan.  He's called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.  President Obama's stimulus bill didn't stimulate.  His subsidies to "green" firms have produced neither the jobs nor the energy he promised.  Unemployment on his watch peaked at 10 percent, one of the highest rates since the Great Depression.  Deficits are out of control.  "The man who promised everything is delivering nothing," wrote Noemie Emery in the Weekly Standard.

Teleprompters
The President's Tone Deaf Camp.  The perils of reading scripts written by hacks from teleprompters were shown by a president who has a habit of insulting and betraying allies.  He has succeeded in making his vice president look eloquent.

Obama switches off his teleprompter.  President Obama is weaning himself off his teleprompter.  At recent campaign events in Pennsylvania, Virginia and again Monday [7/16/2012] in Ohio, Obama spoke to crowds in high school gymnasiums and at crowded outdoor events without his teleprompter, instead using written notes.  The difference is dramatic.  Instead of turning in his characteristic manner from right to left and back again, reading from the two sloping, clear-plastic planes of his teleprompter, Obama has glanced down at pages in a binder on his podium.

Evidence of Obama Campaign Planting Questions at Cincinnati Speech.  At a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Obama seemed to have a lot of trouble getting through his speech without a teleprompter to lean on.  In the video [linked to this article], Obama calls for one last question, and seems to blunder through saying he "promised" and then "promise" and finally, "I'm gonna call on this young lady here."  But it wasn't a young lady, it was a boy.  He corrects himself, joking, "that's a handsome young man."  Then ten minutes later, he launches into the end of the speech, and mellifluously saunters into the words, "when I look at this young woman here, I see my daughters" while pointing at the boy again.  This is the brilliant orator people are swooning over?
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Hey Obama: We Built That Stuff Too!  First, let me say how thrilled I am that you went off-teleprompter last week.  This "If you've got a business, you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen" thing was just wonderful.  Now I know how Chris Matthews felt.  Oh ... I know.  Your handlers weren't all that thrilled with your amazing screw-up, and, frankly, they have been worried this day was coming for a long time.  They know how you feel about the private sector. [...] They had hoped to keep your true feelings in check with those teleprompters ... but nooooooooo ... you just had to improvise, didn't you?

The Myth of Obama's Rhetorical Brilliance.  To believe that Obama was talking about businesses, you only have to watch his speech in context and take it at its literal meaning.  To believe Obama was talking about something else, you have to divine certain messages from his ambiguous body language, assume he mixed up his demonstrative pronouns, and concede that the context was structured oddly.  Even then, it isn't clear what exactly he's referring to.  How could this be, considering he's supposed to be one of the world's most celebrated orators?  The answer is, no teleprompter.

Obama is divider in chief.  I must be having a nightmare, because what I hear the president say in his campaign speeches is scary stuff.  When he went off the teleprompter in Roanoke and made the ridiculous claim about successful businesspeople not having done it on their own I thought I was listening to a Third World dictator speaking.  The problem is, that is what he truly believes, and that should be enough for thinking people to absolutely tune this guy out and turn him out of office.  His real philosophy came through as he did not have Mr. Teleprompter turned on to help him deliver his speech.

Obama's rough month off the teleprompter.  Now we know why President Obama is so fond of his teleprompter.  Over the past month, Obama has made three major gaffes in off the cuff remarks on the economy.

The Return of TOTUS.  The famous Teleprompter of the United States made a triumphant return to the campaign of President Barack Obama.  The experiment to wean Obama off the machine failed in spectacular fashion when, without the benefit of a prepared script, the president uttered his now famous "You didn't build that" comment.  Even after the damaging gaffe, the Obama campaign insisted that the teleprompter would rarely be used.  Until yesterday [8/2/2012].

Back on the trail, Obama clings to the teleprompter.  President Obama spoke to supporters in Florida this afternoon [8/2/2012], but was careful to stick to his script, relying heavily on his teleprompters.  The president campaigned without teleprompters last month, when he made his controversial "you didn't build that" remark about business owners.

Mitt Romney doesn't need a Teleprompter to tell him what he believes.
Look Ma, no Teleprompter!  Wow!  Imagine speaking eloquently with just a few notes.  The last time someone did that, Jimmy went down for the count.

Is Obama a Ventriloquist Dummy?  For years, some people have ridiculed Barack Obama's reliance on the teleprompter.  The Presidential teleprompter even has its own blog.  Critics have alluded that perhaps the world's greatest orator is not adept on his feet.  Certainly, recent evidence of this idea can be found in his reluctance to hold press conferences or interviews (except, recently, in such high-brow outfits as People magazine and Entertainment Tonight). [...] But there may be more to the reliance on the "telly" than is usually assumed.  What if, literally, Barack Obama does not even really know what is in the speeches when he gives them?

'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 of war?"

The Editor says...
Obama is obviously afraid to answer any difficult question without a Teleprompter to show him the correct answer.

Romney humiliated Obama in the presidential debate.  Last night was a good example of what happens when you take President Obama off an autocue.  He falls to pieces.  Obama's performance during the first presidential debate was a mess.

The Empty Chair Showed Up.  This is what happens when you have to run on your sorry record.  This is what happens when there is no teleprompter.  This is what happens when you don't have the mainstream media to run cover for you.

The Comeback of 'President Teleprompter'.  Obama doesn't do debates, he does Teleprompter appearances.  Obama doesn't show up where adult voters congregate, he does captive audiences at university campuses, where lib-left professors instruct students not to ask meaningful questions.  Many of the estimated 65 million who watched the debates on television may have been frightened when they saw close up for the first time, the sulking, head down, smirking Obama caught in the glare of the headlights as Romney ran away with a clear win.

Beholding the essential Obama.  President Obama looked great at most official functions.  But beginning with Ron Suskind's fine book "Confidence Men" and continuing on with Bob Woodward's recent "The Price of Politics," it has been increasingly apparent that this president does not sit through meetings — not even national security briefings — does not know how to make or implement policy and much prefers to gabble on and on, preferably with the assistance of a teleprompter.

The Not-So-Great Communicator: Is Obama Overrated As A Speaker?  For a man who was elected president partly on his ability to give a great speech, Barack Obama has been at times a surprisingly poor communicator in office and on the campaign trail.

Obama and Bush Eulogies: The Grotesque and the Graceful.  President Obama has a very serious ego problem, and when he goes off teleprompter, it sticks out like a sore thumb. [...] It is time to amp up the ridicule of Obama.

53 Seconds that Should End a Presidency.  The great orator, Obama, seems lost and easily thrown without his teleprompter.

Obama's Delivered 699 Speeches Using a Teleprompter Since Taking Office.  Since becoming the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama has delivered 699 speeches using a Teleprompter, according to statistics compiled by CBS reporter Mark Knoller.  That number includes campaign speeches, State of the Union addresses, and everything in between.

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.

Man Gets 7 Years for Stealing Obama's Teleprompter.  A career criminal who stole a truck containing President Obama's audio equipment was sentenced Thursday [4/11/2013] to seven years in federal prison.  Sentencing guidelines called for a term of about three years, but Eric Brown of Richmond, Va., agreed to the longer sentence to avoid prosecution for 14 similar truck thefts in three localities.

Biden needles Obama on teleprompter.  Vice President Biden ribbed President Obama over his teleprompter use at a Jewish-American Heritage Month reception in New York City on Tuesday [5/21/2013].  Biden asked that the teleprompter in the room be taken down before his address, according to the pool report.  "You can't tell Barack that the teleprompter's down," Biden said.  "The standing joke in the office is Barack's learning to speak without a teleprompter.  I'm learning to speak with one.  I apologize for the teleprompter."

Our Make No Mistake About It/Let Me Be Perfectly Clear President.  Never has a commander in chief so casually, so confidently approached the podium as if he were popping open his own laptop, his jaw almost in Mussolini style thrust out, with eyes fixed three feet above the heads of the audience — all with just the right mixture of self-assurance and canned humility.  No wonder that after all that we expect a "four score and seven years ago" that will match the perfect choreography.  Never has a president so mastered the teleprompter — no easy task in itself — with just the right pauses, followed with a timely ratcheting up of passion, punctuated with a half-smile, a grimace, a laugh.

Maybe the teleprompter is being loaded by somebody in Moscow.
Obama's Sword and Shield.  In watching President Obama speak on terrorism last week, we were taken aback to hear him say that America needs an anti-terrorism program that is both our sword and our shield.  This was a striking choice of words by an American president.  Remember the emblem of the KGB?  Maybe you don't, but we do.

Obama, the great orator, proves again that he is unable to ad-lib.
Video: Obama snaps at staff after realizing his prepared remarks are missing.  As President Obama approached the podium this afternoon to deliver a speech, he quickly realized his prepared remarks were not there.  "I think there's only one problem, and that is that my remarks are not sitting here," he said as the crowd chuckled.

Obama at total loss for words as staff forgets his speech.  President Obama strolled out to the podium today in San Jose, CA and was immediately at a loss for words.  Not only did the President not have teleprompter, his aides forgot his speech.

The Editor says...
Obama must be completely incompetent, because if he had adequate comprehension of the issues America faces (other than the problems Obama has inflicted himself), he would be able to speak extemporaneously about them for a few minutes.  Long enough to load the prompter, at least.  This isn't the first time Barack Obama has frozen in mute stupefication in the absence of a prepared script.

Barack Obama: Real Good Talker, Really Bad Communicator.  Once upon a time Barack Obama was known as a good speech-giver.  That's how he debuted in 2004 and why he almost always relies on a teleprompter; so he can concentrate on the delivery, not the content. [...] Recall last week when Obama had no teleprompter and staff forgot to deliver his speech to the podium?  The most powerful man in the world was speechless, literally.  Flummoxed.  Improv not his thing.  Had no idea what to do or say.  Reduced to mocking his own staff.

Chris Matthews: Lack of Teleprompter 'Ruined' Obama's Berlin Speech.  MSNBC's number one Obama fanboy, Chris Matthews, was obviously disappointed with President Obama's letdown of a speech in Germany Tuesday [6/18/2013].  Rather than place the blame where it belonged — on the empty rhetoric, hypocritical platitudes, and a crowd 95% smaller than the one Obama captured in '08 as a presidential candidate — Matthews blamed it on the sun blotting out Obama's teleprompter.  [Video clip]

Matthews: Berlin Sun 'Ruined' Obama's Speech.  MSNBC host and Obama sycophant Chris Matthews blamed the sun for spoiling the president's speech in Berlin today. [...] Speaking behind a glass bulletproof shield, Obama appeared to be using the text of the speech rather than reading off of teleprompters.

White House Blows the Berlin Speech.  President Obama's speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin today was a stage director's nightmare.  The president was sweating profusely — you could see the outlines of his undershirt.  There were ghostly reflections off the protective glass in front of him.  And instead of heaving throngs of admirers, Obama addressed 6,000 or so invited guests.  And something was wrong with TOTUS!

Obama's Off-teleprompter Race Speech.  Much has been made of Obama's impromptu crashing of the press briefing at the White House the other day to weigh in yet again on Trayvon Martin's death.  The reception of Obama's discussion reminded me of the movie The King's Speech, where the man who would be king of England had to give just one good speech, so all of England would feel comfort.  As in the movie, I chuckled at the big deal made by "reporters" that the man who is supposed to be a great orator and "Leader of the formerly Free World" did so without his "blankie," the trusted teleprompter.

The Editor says...
How do we know there wasn't a big teleprompter at the other end of the room?

Obama Proves Just How Smart He Isn't.  For years I have heard many credible people, even those on the political right touting how smart and what a great orator Obama is.  In fact, he isn't smart.  He is manipulative, and when he has a ministry of propaganda (the press / media) to convince others, he can look like pretty much anything he likes.  The same is true of his speaking skills.  Sure, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, but take it away and his skills disappear.

Obama as Chaos.  In short, whenever the president prefaces a sweeping statement with one of his many emphatics — "make no mistake about it," "I'm not making this up," "in point of fact," "let me be perfectly clear" — we know that the reverse is always true.  For Obama, how something is said matters far more than what is said.  If he stumbles, as is his wont, through an un-teleprompted remark that on rare occasions can be mostly accurate, that is a serious lapse; if, more frequently, he mellifluously asserts a teleprompted falsehood, there is little worry.  The result is not so much untruth, lies, or distortions, as virtual chaos.  Is what he says untrue, contradictory of what he said or did earlier, or just nonsensical?

Does Obama Have Any Idea What Is Going On In His Own Administration?  When President Obama speaks off the cuff, he is often revealing, if you can penetrate his trademark incoherence.

DNC chair utters a strange word to defend Obama.  Unlike many officials this long into elected service, President Obama has stuck with his teleprompter.  It not only ensures he utters the vocabulary words pre-polled by his communications strategists for effectiveness and resonance with voters.  Ever heard him, for instance, not combine the words "quality affordable health care"?  No accident.  But the prompter frees Obama from having to think much about what he's saying, lets him focus more on a really sincere delivery.

The TOTUS Who Can't Look America in the Eye.  Not once — not even once — did the man who claims to be the legitimate leader of our nation ever look me, and all the other watching citizens of this nation, in the eye during his State of the Nation speech.  He was a dash-top bobble-head, swinging back and forth from prompter to prompter.  Good grief!  The man can't uncouple himself from his comfort-zone technology for even a moment to look Americans in the eye just once, and give us some sense of our comfort that he is sincere.

Pabulum from the POTUS.  This man, our President, is the emptiest suit of empty suits.  There is no there there.  He reads the teleprompter but one cannot help thinking that he was reading the speech for the first time and that he most certainly did not write it.  He believes himself to be above the ignoble work of actually writing the speeches he delivers, just as he considers himself above actually governing.  He dictates.  He lectures.  He orders.  He vacations.  He golfs.  He spends taxpayer dollars profligately.  He pontificates on issues about which he knows virtually nothing beyond what his callow young "advisers," like the odious Dan Pfeiffer, tell him.  He is a cipher.

The world's greatest intellectual stammers in the absence of a teleprompter:
Obama Stumbles Through Surprise Shinseki Question on Live with Kelly and Michael.  It takes two-and-a-half minutes for Obama to actually answer the question, and one can actually watch him try to cobble together a coherent statement about what he's going to do with Shinseki.  Somewhere, you can actually watch him desperately wish that Kelly Ripa asked him to hold a tiger.

Obama's Tough Speech: Was the TelePrompTer broken in Kansas City?  President Obama seemed a little off his teleprompter game Wednesday [7/30/2014] in Kansas City.  His usual stirring comments about roads and bridges, economic patriotism and lambasting Republicans for their terribleness were beset by a lot of pauses, stutters and stammers.  [Video clip]

Another example of Obama's performance without a teleprompter:
Obama Never Has a Plan.  On Thursday, President Obama held a press conference in which he humiliated himself entirely on the question of America's handling of the terror group ISIS.  Explaining that he had to consult Congress and check the pulse of Americans, Obama stated, "I don't want to put the cart before the horse.  We don't have a strategy yet."  Which begs the question:  what [...] does this guy do for a living?





Barack Obama's greatly overrated intellect

President Obama's problem is not just inexperience or the fact that he'd rather play golf or basketball than sit in his office and make difficult decisions.  There is a lot of evidence (presented below) that he's just not terribly bright.

It goes without saying that if Barack Obama had credentials, the news media would gladly show them off to the world.  But for one reason or another, Mr. Obama has hidden his college transcripts from Occidental College in California, Columbia College in New York, and Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.*  No college transcripts, published records, or even contemporary newspaper announcements about his education have been released.*  What else is he hiding?  Plenty, but that's another subject altogether.

Oh, but Barack Obama wrote two best-selling books, didn't he?  I don't think so.  He now faces credible accusations of plagiarism:  Forensic analysis shows that apparently someone other than Barack Obama wrote his two memoirs.  Why do you suppose this hasn't been reported by the news media?

Obama: Born-Again Idiot.  The quintessential question of Watergate was "what did the President know and when did he know it?" Obamagate, the vast scandal that encompasses an entire presidency, offers a preemptive answer.  Obama didn't know anything and he never knew it.  At least not until, like smuggling weapons to druglords, bugging journalists, IRSing his political enemies and killing vets, his right hand found out about what his left hand was doing from the morning paper.  After skipping 58% of his daily intelligence briefings in Term 1 and 59% of them in Term 2, he went on 60 Minutes and blamed intelligence agencies for being caught by surprise by ISIS.  The intelligence had been there all along, but Obama wasn't just missing his 3 AM phone calls — he was also skipping the 3 PM phone calls while golfing with the CEO of Comcast, friendly hedge fund managers and assorted lobbyists.

What sets Obama apart is his ideological rigidity and fathomless ignorance.  Serious people feel an obligation to listen whenever Barack Obama speaks.  They furrow their brow and hold their chin and parse every word.  They assume that most everything a president says is significant, which is true.  They assume that what's significant must also be well-informed.  Not necessarily.

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.

You Didn't Build It... because I Didn't Earn It.  Obama knows he didn't have what it took to get into Columbia, and he didn't have what it took to get into Harvard Law.  Let's face an inescapable reality.  If Obama had great grades, his transcripts would be in a full-page ad in the New York Times.  Obama became president of the Harvard Law Review (HLR) without ever having an article published in it, a status that separated him from every other HLR president who preceded him.  In fact, while Obama was the HLR's first black president, few people know that 70 years earlier, Charles Houston had become the HLR's first black editor, contradicting the myth that black people cannot succeed without affirmative action.  Obama didn't possess the skills to be on the HLR, let alone to be the review's president.

Obama's Make-Believe Life .  Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual's life.  When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man has spent over a million dollars to deny access to his.  Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review.  He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.  We laugh at the ventriloquist's dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States of America?

Unforced Errors Are Sinking Obama.  By May 2008, Michelle Malkin already had a mountain of evidence, which she acknowledged was only a sample, that when away from his teleprompter, this alleged super-smarty is in reality a walking, talking "perpetual gaffe machine."  Her itemization included his reference to the country's "57 states" and his description of Arkansas as being "in the middle" of Kentucky and Obama's home state of Illinois.  Later in that year's campaign, we were treated to a stumbling, bumbling candidate describing asthmatics as needing "breathalyzers" and "inhalators" and having the country's energy problems solved if only drivers would properly inflate their tires.

Obama's SOTU Written at 8th Grade Level for Third Straight Year.  Obama's SOTU addresses have the lowest average Flesch-Kincaid score of any modern president; Obama owns three of the six lowest-scoring addresses since FDR. ... In Obama's own words:  "My message is simple."

This is what is known as stammering.
Obama: "I, I, I, I, I'm A Warrior For The Middle Class".  "You know what?  If asking a billionaire to pay their fair of taxes.  To pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare, then you know what?  I, I, I, I, I'm, I'm a warrior for the middle class.  I'm happy to fight for the middle class," President Obama said at the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, OH.

More of the same:
Obama's Breathtaking Gall.  "The way I think about it is, you know, this is, uh, you know, a great, uh, great country that had gotten a little soft, and you know, we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last, uh, couple of decades.  We need to get back on track."

How Political Correctness Gave America a Con-Man President.  Obama's incompetence has become so well attested, it's reached apocryphal status.  No matter what kind of imbecility is attributed to Barack, the average American would tend to believe it.  But how did this transition of perception occur?  How did one so touted as a super-competent, "messianic" mega-genius fall so utterly, so quickly?  According to Occam's Razor, the likeliest explanation is that, whatever his IQ, Barack is, on a practical, real-world level — a staggering cretin.  For example, he's never taken note of the fact that socialism and Marxism always fail, and kill millions of the innocent along the way.  How was one elected with all the fanfare of a Heisman winner, yet be such a zero?

Obama's speeches are replete with meaningless pap and filler.
Obama says everything — and nothing.  The most cerebral president in America's history — yes, much smarter than Madison, Jefferson, Adams, any of the Founding Fathers, to hear the mainstream media gush — is suddenly sounding like a community college dropout.

Was Barack Obama smart enough to make it as an Air Force pilot?  [Scroll down]  Remember, this is a previously strong supporter of Obama saying this.  Not only is he now questioning the "disquieting aspects" of the president's biography, but he is also calling into question the accepted myth of Obama's "brilliance."  Maybe now more on the left and more in the liberal mainstream media will ask by what criterion did they elevate Obama to the level of "brilliant?"  As Westen points out, beyond Obama's "singularly unremarkable career as a law professor" — or anything for that matter — is the very question of his actual competence.  Beyond the mandates of political correctness, how is a man who refuses to release the results of his SAT scores, his I.Q. test, or his transcripts from Occidental college deemed "brilliant?"

Press Forgets Obama's Anti-Intellectual 2008 Campaign.  Some of the reaction to Politico's tireless quest to find out if Democrats think Rick Perry is "dumb" centered on the fact reporters conveniently have yet to produce President Obama's school records.  That's true — and a point worth making.

You Don't Have To Be "Smart," Just Right.  In a recent Politico piece (one that mistakes wonkery for overall intelligence), readers are asked, Is Rick Perry dumb? ... What makes a person dumb is repeating mistakes when all the evidence tells him to stop for his own good.

Obama Must Go.  Delivering a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 4, 2010, President Obama twice referred to a Navy corpsman as a "corpse-man," a solecism he had made before.  Those familiar with the president's penchant for getting things wrong would not have been surprised.  After all, the man who famously believed there are 58 states in the union, that Austrians speak "Austrian," that America and Islam "share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," and other screamers too numerous to mention, might plausibly be expected to misspeak whenever given the opportunity to embarrass himself.  His malapropisms, however, are not only a sign of a deeply ignorant man but also a symptom of the policy miscarriages he has implemented since taking office — again, too numerous to mention in toto.

President Stupid.  You have to be stupid to openly declare that you want to drive the coal industry out of business when it provides half of all the electricity the nation uses every day, but that is precisely what President Stupid's administration is doing.  You have to be stupid to declare a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico after courts have twice told you to remove it.  You have to be stupid to lecture the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on how to create jobs when your economic policies have been killing them for two years. ... You have to be stupid to have spent the first two years of Sundays playing golf and then expect people to believe you are deeply religious.

Obama Says He's Spock Then Misuses English Language.  Remember how the left always asserted that George W. Bush was stupid?  Remember how they were so thrilled to have the Obamessiah that spoke so well, a president that was perpetually the smartest man in the room?  Well, after the many stammering TelePrompter free stump debacles during the campaign, many began to doubt this claim of his superior intelligence.  Here is another small dent in that perception.

Obama Doesn't Know the Price of an Apple.  President Obama today tried to pay for four apples with one dollar.  Now, if Bush did this, can you imagine the uproar?? ... Recognizing the error, Obama personal aide Reggie Love quickly stepped in with some more money for the fruit seller, who had just been ripped off by the leader of the free world.

Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'.  In terms of IQ, Obama is clearly not the smartest person in any room he enters.  The fact of the matter is that Obama's IQ scores have not been made public.  Guesses by enthusiasts of his IQ range from 140 to 170.  Obama's detractors calculate a much lower IQ.

Obama Offends — And Doesn't Seem To Know It.  It's one thing to be offensive.  It's yet another thing to be offensive, and to be clueless about it.

Obama Is Not That Bright.  Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.  "So what is his IQ?" Mr. Imus asked.  Mr. Beschloss didn't know.  He was just assuming.  Many shared that assumption.  Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are "smart" (278 million hits on Google), "intelligent" (62 million) and "brilliant" (24 million).  There is little evidence to support it.

Community Organizer in Chief.  When Barack Obama humbled Hillary Clinton, the campaign orchestrated for him by Democratic fixers was widely misread as a thing of genius.  Because Hillary has fans who delude themselves into thinking of her as the smartest woman in America, an influential few figured that anyone who beat her had to be even smarter.  But smooth is not the same as smart, and neither smooth nor smart should be confused with effective.  In fact, there is more evidence for saying that Obama is vindictive than for saying he is smart, and that matters when smarts are supposed to compensate for inexperience.

Just How Smart Is Obama?  [Scroll down]  As far as Barack Obama being smart as a whip goes, he has no clue in economics, nor has he any understanding of foreign policy; he is supremely arrogant and doesn't care if it rubs people the wrong way; he has few political skills and no administrative ability, nor does he have any desire to engage in the day-to-day drudgery of ruling, preferring to reign instead; and he revels in the luxury of presidential perks and delights in flaunting his excess.  Other than that, he is a true genius.

How 'Brilliant' Can President Obama Be?  What and where is the proof that Obama is such a sharp fellow?  The recorded evidence is unavailable since his academic records, and test scores from three universities are sealed at his demand.  Sure, he graduated from Harvard, but so did George Bush, who earned an MBA but is still pilloried by some as dumber than dirt.  We shall have to examine Obama's performance and make our own assumptions based on observations.  [For example,] Obama selected advisers and Cabinet heads who have basically no experience in the private sector.  He relies heavily on them to tell him what to do about the sick economy.

Obama is the disgraceful fruit of the public school system.
What's Up With All the Presidential Gaffes, Anyway?  Someone who tells a crowd in Vienna that his "Austrian" isn't very good, who tells Marines that he's pleased to speak to the "Marine Corpse," and who, just today [6/23/2011], said he'd given the Medal of Honor to a survivor from the 10th Mountain Division, when in fact the award was given posthumously, doesn't fit my definition of a brilliant and cultured man. ... It tells us that the president and his trusted advisers are the products of the atrocious, politically correct educational system that's wrecking the country in so many ways.

President Priss.  He has been called the most intelligent man ever elected president.  Some believe he is literally a genius.  Obama himself "always believes he is the smartest person in any room," according to those who know him.  In spite of these claims of brilliance, close examination of his remarks indicates he is of average intellect at best.  In fact, analysis of his 2011 State of the Union address revealed his remarks were written at 8.1 grade school level, the second lowest of the 70 SOTU addresses delivered since the 1930s.  Underscoring his pedestrian intelligence are his college transcripts.  He would have publicly released them if they were in any way flattering.

Why President Obama Is Painful to Watch.  Mr. Obama makes use of awkward and unusual figures of speech.  One glaring example that I've never figured out is the title of his second book, The Audacity of Hope.  I realize it is a phrase he took from his mentor and long-time pastor, Jeremiah Wright.  Wherever it came from, what in the world does it mean?  It is typical of most of what Mr. Obama says.  I suppose that it was meant to sound profound, but if you think about it, it's anything but.

Is Obama Smart?  Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know.  Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows.  Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience.  Mr. Obama came to office with no experience.  Plutarch warned that flattery "makes itself an obstacle and pestilence to great houses and great affairs."  Today's White House, more so than any in memory, is stuffed with flatterers.

Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker. ... "Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works."  If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that "merits ... have."  Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone.

The phrases President Obama can't do without.  For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar phrases.

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This is the same Barack Obama who was supposed to be such a great orator.  At least that's what we were told during his campaign.  Why does he have such a limited vocabulary?

The dumbest thing done by a president in living memory.  You may recall that President Obama committed a diplomatic faux pas by giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a box set of 25 American movie DVD's after Brown's gracious gifts that included a wood carving from a ship that helped end the slave trade.  But that is not the end of the Obama administration's stupidity — not by a long shot.

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.

Barack 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?

Know-Nothing-in-Chief.  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.

Rumors of a Coup.  [Scroll down]  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.

The Dumbest President... EVER!  How dumb?  How-many-Obamas-does-it-take-to-screw-in-a-light-bulb dumb.

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.

Barack Gaffes:  All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life.  The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of "potatoe." … But what about Barack Obama?  The guy's a perpetual gaffe machine.  Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign.

Barack's Obama-isms:  The gaffes Barack Obama has committed would have crushed the typical Republican politician.  But the reporters who can't get over Dan Quayle's misspelling of "potato" have little to say about their man's slip-ups.

Barack Obama:  Gaffe machine.  Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:  Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people:  "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas.  Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed."  The actual death toll:  12.

Barack Potatoe Obama?  Imagine that John McCain named a young running mate to campaign with him, and this national rookie suggested America had 58 states, repeatedly used the wrong names for the cities he was visiting, and honored a Memorial Day crowd by acknowledging the "fallen heroes" who were present, somehow alive and standing in the audience.  How long would it take for the national media to see another Dan Quayle caricature? … This scenario is very real, except it isn't McCain.  It's the other fellow.

Pat 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.

How Stupid is Obama?  It has become obvious, in a sense that cannot be denied, that Obama is a fundamentally stupid man.  He has all the equipment, all the training, would probably do well on all the tests — but it doesn't come together and produces no worthwhile results.  He knows all the buzzwords, and how to get them across.  He easily impresses crowds and onlookers so long as the questions don't get too detailed.  But he can't turn any of this into action.  Everyhing he touches, without exception, falls to pieces.  He has no single political success to his record.

Does America Deserve Obama?  President Obama is a socialist and a vapid demagogue who has been educated beyond the level of his intelligence.

Purposeful inaction is a form of passive-aggressive behavior.*
Obama declares war on mousepads and coffee mugs in bid to trim government's excessive spending.  The President has begun a war against mousepads, coffee mugs and other commemorative items in a bid to curb unnecessary government spending and tackle America's $14 trillion deficit.  This week he signed an executive order directing government agencies to cut back on 'extraneous promotional items', which the White House says cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year.

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In the time it took President Obama to sign this executive order, the US government spent more money on welfare entitlements and bureaucracies than it has ever spent on mouse pads, coffee mugs and trinkets.

So-Called Electability and MSM Bias.  The liberal media have never, to my knowledge, shined the spotlight on Obama's many embarrassing gaffes.  They have rarely called attention to his deceit, broken promises and policy failures.  Part of the reason is their presupposition that because he's a credentialed left-winger, he is brilliant, and any departure from that is a mere aberration, an exception that couldn't possibly detract from his presumptive brilliance.

Obama blunders as he condemns attack on the 'English' Embassy in Tehran.  The U.S. President has come under fire today after referring to the 'English' instead of the British Embassy in his condemnation of the violence that broke out at the building in Iran yesterday [11/29/2011].

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 thin gruel at Osawatomie.  Democrats like to think of themselves as the party of smart people.  And over the last four years we have heard countless encomiums, and not just from Democrats, of the intellect and perceptiveness of Barack Obama.  But a reading of the text of Obama's December 6 speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, billed as one of his big speeches of the year, shows him to be something like the opposite.  Even by the standards of campaign rhetoric, this is a shockingly shoddy piece of work.

The many gaffes of Barack Hussein Obama.  For much of his eight years in office, George W. Bush was portrayed as a dope by the very media that ignored Obama's mention of "57 states."  Of course, if your name is Barack Hussein Obama (and you have a 'D' behind your name) the rules are much different.  You have been annointed "god of all things," and you have adoring fans in the media who would gladly shine your shoes with their tongues (on camera) with a snap of the finger.  Gaffes?  Who cares?

Obama-isms: Dumb Quotes and Gaffes by Barack Obama.  [For example,] "The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." — Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010.  [And]  "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right?  It's the Post Office that's always having problems." — attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009.

'When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend'.  Consider.  Did Obama achieve a B+ average at Columbia?  Who knows?  (Who will ever know?)  But even today's inflated version of yesteryear's gentleman Cs would not normally warrant admission to Harvard Law.  And once there, did the Law Review editor publish at least one seminal article?  Why not?  I ask not because I particularly care about the GPAs or certificates of the president, but only because I am searching for a shred of evidence to substantiate this image of singular intellectual power and known erudition.

Neuter Obama.  Having been told for years of Barack Obama's brilliance, many have a visceral longing to see him destroyed in debate.  Admittedly, an opportunity to show the world the true brilliance of Obama is hard to resist.

Why are Barack Obama's critics so smart?  For all its talk of "smart power", this is a gaffe-prone presidency that makes mistakes so elementary they are embarrassing.  Instead of calling Obama's critics "dumb", the president's supporters should be telling their own Executive Branch friends to smarten up their act and do a bit of homework, especially when it comes their less-than-stellar knowledge of current affairs. ... And as for the myth that the current president is smarter than his Yale-educated predecessor, I don't recall George W Bush ever referring to "the English Embassy", or incredibly describing France as America's strongest ally.

Now We Know Who Was Right about Obama.  On intelligence, sadly, the Democrats were completely wrong.  Democrats swooned over Obama's suave self-presentation.  They constantly cited his position as editor at the Harvard Law Review as an impressive qualification to be president of the United States.  (Strange, but true.)  Republicans who did their homework knew that Obama was not the first black, but only the first affirmative action Harvard Law Review editor.  He did make history at the Law Review:  he was the only editor never to write an article for the Review.  Indeed, Obama has never written a law article on anything.

How Smart Is Obama, Anyway?  Race isn't the only reason Obama edged out John McCain and Hillary Clinton.  But it's the main reason why an obscure state legislator wound up in the White House before enough people noticed he wasn't all that bright.
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How Obama Makes Decisions.  There seems to be a pattern of someone who wants to avoid having his intellect scrutinized (tellingly, of course, he never completed a single work of legal scholarship).  Is he fearful of revealing that he is not the grand intellect that besotted journalists have proclaimed him to be?  Is this why he is tethered to the teleprompter?  Do his handlers know something we do not?  Certainly when he goes off the prompter he says some truly ridiculous things (Hawaii is in Asia, there are 57 states in America, "spread the wealth").

A Guide to the Liberal Mind.  As a great fan of Jeff Foxworthy, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use his hilarious you-might-be-a-redneck comedy routine in an attempt to characterize the liberal mindset (tweaking Jeff's formula a bit to convert it from the suppositional to the unconditional). ... [For example,] If you believe that Obama is an intellectual giant whose IQ is off the charts even though you have no idea what his IQ actually is, you are a liberal.

Historic and Unprecedented: Most Well-Spoken President Ever Says "Uhh" 96 Times in Under Five Minutes.  I was struck how bad a public speaker this guy is when he doesn't have his trusty teleprompter.  While speaking he utters an "uhh" at least 96 times, often repetitively.

Comparative analysis of the teleprompter president's oratory.  The man reads from his teleprompter like a pro but has little of import to say, lies shamelessly, uses eighth-grade language, leans heavily toward long-windedness, and stumbles over his own tongue like a stroke victim when the teleprompter is unavailable.

The president flunks history — again.  For a guy touted as an "intellectual," President Obama does get a lot of history wrong.

Who Is Barack Obama?  Apparently, words do not come easily to Barack Obama unless he has an ever-ready teleprompter, replete with the language and ideas of his handlers.  Of Barack Obama's writings, we have almost nothing — no signature legislation (save that crafted by Sen. Coburn to which Obama appended his name as a joint sponsor), nor are there any signature writings from his time in college, law school or, oddly, as the editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Barack Obama's public relations machines try to promote Obama's brilliance, but his transcripts have never been released to the public — so who knows?

The Man Who Knew Too Little.  We were half-joking yesterday when we asked if Barack Obama slept through his Harvard Law class on Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court first asserted its power to strike down unconstitutional laws.  It turns out it's no joke:  The president is stunningly ignorant about constitutional law.

Barack Obama, Constitutional Ignoramus.  I've been growing weary of hearing people mention that he's a "constitutional scholar," since he never published a single thing on the subject either as editor of the Harvard Law Review or as a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School.  But hey — he taught constitutional law, didn't he?  Not really.  His course on constitutional law, one of several constitutional law courses on the U of C curriculum, dealt exclusively with the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment — the favorite, all-purpose clause for liberal jurists to use to right wrongs and make us more equal by judicial fiat.  There is no evidence that Obama ever taught courses that considered other aspects of constitutionalism, such as executive power, the separation of powers, the Commerce Clause, or judicial review itself.

Obama is an ignoramus on the causes of high fuel prices.  Kudos to David Goldman (AKA "Spengler") for eviscerating President Obama's ignorant musings on why oil prices are going up. [...] If oil supply cannot keep up with demand — because the Obama administration has restricted development, among other factors — the oil price goes up.

How Are Those Supreme Court Attacks Working Out for You?  Obama is a poor student of history, and not just of Supreme Court history despite his prior position as a "Senior Lecturer" in constitutional law.  And without understanding the past, the president thinks of FDR's 1930s attack on the Supreme Court as part and parcel of Roosevelt's being elected to the presidency four times.

Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives.  President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.  Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls [...] that lie off the South coast of India.

Obama's Falklands Gaffe.  Asked at a press conference Sunday [4/15/2012] in Colombia to comment on Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands, President Obama made reference to "the Maldives."  This is a gaffe on top of a gaffe:  The Maldives are in the Indian Ocean, and he obviously meant the Malvinas — the Argentine government's name for The Falklands.  But he shouldn't have been trying to say "Malvinas," either; that's an Argentine nationalist propaganda term that implicitly denies the right to self-determination of the 3000 British subjects who live on the Falklands.

Obama's Gaffes Are His Own.  Yesterday Barack Obama addressed the Summit of the Americas in Colombia and spoke about the conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falklands. [...] Only Obama didn't say Malvinas, he said Maldives — an entirely different group of islands located thousands of miles from the Falklands in the Indian Ocean.  So with one word, Obama both offended the British and made himself a laughingstock with the Latin Americans.

Obama's real Maldives/Malvinas gaffe: abandoning Britain over the Falklands.  President Barack Obama's answer during a joint press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia must go down as one of the most inept and misguided utterances of his presidency.  The question, from a Colombian reporter with RCN TV, cannot have been unexpected.

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. Last year the UK lost one soldier to every ten American soldiers in Afghanistan.  This year it's more like one to five.  If Obama wants any kind of orderly retreat from Afghanistan, he needs the cooperation and help of a country where the war is even more unpopular than it is here.

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.

Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write.  On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.  Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker.

Dumb and Dumber.  The lack of complexity in President Obama's recent speeches to college students suggests that they were stump speeches more suited for the presidential campaign than official government business, experts say.  Obama addressed the coeds at the Universities of North Carolina, Colorado, and Iowa at a sixth grade reading level, according to Flesch-Kincaid reading comprehension difficulty tests conducted by the Washington Free Beacon.

Did Obama Have Lower SAT Scores Than George W. Bush?  President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most brilliant men ever to hold the office.  However, his refusal to release his academic records, his admitted deficiencies as a student, and his frequent factual errors — even in his chosen field of constitutional law — have cast doubt upon his supposed genius.

Obama's Bio Grows Even Sketchier.  [Scroll down]  Why would Obama fictionalize his life story?  For answers, let's go back to 1991.  At the time he got his book deal, Obama was graduating from Harvard Law School, which required strong grades for entry.  Yet by all accounts, Obama had weak grades.  Did he juice his application [...] to hedge his bet in case his minority status wasn't exotic enough to overcome his grades?  Northwestern University professor John McKnight said a desperate Obama approached him for a letter of recommendation to Harvard, because he couldn't get any of his undergrad professors to pen one due to underwhelming academics.

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.

Infatuated with the New Deal.  [Scroll down]  Obama acted as if he's downright puzzled by the lack of hiring.  "I want to hear from CEOs about what's holding back our business investment and how we can increase confidence and spur hiring," he said.  "And if there are things that we're doing here in Washington that are inhibiting you, then we want to know about it."  Could the president really not have a clue about his administration's role in putting a chill on hiring?  I doubt it.  He couldn't be that oblivious.

Don't Know Much About History.  President Barack Obama's inaccurate assertion that Nazi extermination camps in occupied Poland were in fact "Polish" has led to concern among historians and foreign policy experts that the president's knowledge of Jewish history and Israel is lacking.  During a ceremony honoring a Polish resistance fighter who told the world about Nazi atrocities, Obama referred to a "Polish death camp," a term that incorrectly blames Poland for operating Adolf Hitler's extermination camps.  Obama's flub came just hours after the president informed a group of Jewish leaders that he "probably knows about Judaism more than any other president because he read about it."

10 Reasons Obama Must Disclose His College Records.  [#1]  Liberal historians have crowned Obama "the smartest guy ever to become president."  Prove it.  We're not convinced.  Neither are the millions of Americans who still can't find jobs, thanks to his failed policies.  Let's see his course work.  Did he get an F in Econ 101 while acing his Marxism classes?  We wouldn't be surprised. [...] [#7] While Obama graduated from Columbia with a poli sci degree, his cumulative grade point average is unknown.  There are indications it was not very high.

Barack O'Gobbledygook.  At a fund-raising event in Philadelphia, he said:  ["]There's (sic) still too many people who are out of work, too many homes underwater, and middle-class families that still don't have the confidence that the future for their kids and grandkids are (sic) going to be brighter than their futures have been (sic).["]  This president gets the right agreement between noun and verb only half the time.  For the sake of consistency it might be better if he got it wrong all the time.

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?

Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?  The Sundial article is Obama's defining piece, his Rosetta Stone.  The mistakes he makes — the random use of commas, the tortured sentence structure, the awkward participles, the inept word selection, and especially the misaligned nouns and verbs — reappear in his 1988 essay "Why Organize" and in a lengthy 1990 letter he wrote to the Harvard Law Record, the only other prose pieces before his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, that bear his name.  Let me explain why this matters.

Mythographer in Chief.  If a writer will fabricate the details about his own mother's terminal illness and quest for insurance, then he will probably fudge on anything.  For months the President fought the Birthers who insist that he was born in Kenya, only to have it revealed that he himself for over a decade wrote just the fact in his own literary biography.  Is Barack Obama then a birther?  Has any major public figure (57 states, Austrian language, corps-men, Maldives for Falklands, private sector "fine," etc.) been a more underwhelming advertisement for the quality of a Harvard education or a Chicago Law School part-time billet?

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.

Obama Hails The 'Miami Heats'.  At the top of his remarks at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach [6/26/2012], Obama said his public recognition of dignitaries and special guests would be "incomplete if I did not congratulate the city of Miami for having the world champion Miami Heats here in town."

Obama tells 21 supporters who passed out at campaign event to seek medical attention from 'paralegals'.  It was either a Freudian slip or a slip of the tongue, but Barack Obama told supporters who were feeling woozy from extreme heat at a campaign event to seek medical attention from 'paralegals.'  The embarrassing mistake sent the crowd at a fire station in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday into fits of laughter.

Top Ten Things Obama Has Not Released. [#9] Academic transcripts.  His supposed academic brilliance was a major selling point, but Obama (by his own admission) was a mediocre student.  His GPA at Occidental was a B-plus at best, and his entering class at Columbia was weak.  Can he prove his merit?

Obama mistakenly promises Israel $70 'billion' for anti-missile program.  During a televised Oval Office statement on Friday morning [7/27/2012], President Barack Obama mistakenly said that the U.S. would be giving Israel $70 billion for an anti-missile program. [...] After meeting with Israeli officials, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in May disclosed that the administration would seek provide an additional $70 million for Iron Dome.

Where's the Evidence Obama's a Policy Genius?  Where's the proof that Obama is a master of public policy?  To be sure there's ample proof that he's a master at talking about public policy, describing the problems, summarizing the current thinking, regurgitating all of the reigning clichés and platitudes.  But where's the evidence that he's actually good at public policy?

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.

President Obama: The Democratic Ticket's Weak Link.  If a Republican presidential candidate had said he had visited 57 states with one to go, said candidate would have been branded by the liberal media as stupid.  If a Republican presidential candidate had claimed 10,000 people had been killed by a tornado in Kansas, said candidate would have faced a whirlwind of negative coverage.  If a Republican presidential candidate had said African Americans were a bitter people who clang [sic] to guns and religion there would be a hell to pay for said candidate.  But then Barack Obama isn't a Republican or, heaven forbid, a conservative.  As such he was held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards during the 2008 election.  Of course, things haven't changed much in three and a half years in the White House.  Obama is still held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards.

Obama Caught in Misspelling of a Four-Letter State, Wapo Tries to Rescue.  The smartest President ever to grace us with his intellect, the man who was destined to lead us to a better America, who was to lead the nation out of the doldrums of the Great Recession, couldn't lead three college kids to the proper spelling of a four-letter state.

Obama botches rank of top Navy SEAL.  Barack Obama has always been known for his silken words, soaring rhetoric and ability to use language to his advantage.  Lately, however, the president seems to be losing command of the details.

Evil Right-Wingers Turn to Family, Not Government.  Making a pitch for greater government control of student loans, Obama cited himself as an example of the value of education, saying, "I got an education and it worked out pretty good.  (Laughter and applause.)"  The White House website, which dutifully records alleged audience reaction in its transcripts, does not specify whether the "laughter" here was at the expense of the Harvard lawyer's primary school drop-out grammar, so we must assume it was not.

Obama Flubs His 'Three Proud Words'.  It's a standard part of the president's stump speech to tout his plan to create jobs by rewarding companies that make goods "stamped with three proud words:  Made in America."  Rallying supporters in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday [9/8/2012], however, the president said this:  "We can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years, because we're selling goods around the world stamped with three proud words:  Made in the USA."

Tech challenge: Obama has trouble with iPhone.  On the campaign trail, President Obama is constantly talking about the importance of technology, but he met his match in an iPhone Sunday [9/9/2012].

Obama Struggles To Use Iphone.  President Barack Obama enjoys a tech-savvy reputation, but struggled to use an iPhone yesterday after being introduced to the technology for what was apparently the first time. [...] In 1992, President George H.W. Bush, facing re-election, was mocked, unjustly, for not apparently understanding how a laser scanner in a supermarket works.  In this case, Obama's befuddlement seems genuine, as he is used to using a BlackBerry.

Barack Obama hails 'three proud words: Made in the USA'.  President Barack Obama has spent a day hammering Mitt Romney's 'bad math' tax plan but then twice described 'Made in the USA' as 'three proud words'.  In what is known in politics as 'doing a Biden' — the Vice President once said that Obama's economic plan was about 'a three-letter word:  jobs' — Obama had problems doing the math at two Florida events in Kissimmee and Melbourne.

Now, it's Obama who can't count.  It seems that Joe Biden's proclivity for gaffes is really rubbing off on Barack Obama.  And they all have to do with what Pennsylvania Joe called that three-letter word, "J-O-B-S."  Obama has not been immune to gaffes, although for some strange reason they don't seem to attract quite as much media attention as if some Texan made the same silly mistakes.  There was the infamous 57 states, Austrians speaking Austrian, Navy corpseman, president of Canada, E Pluribus unum as the national motto.

The 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 Obama is the smartest person on the planet, even though he won't show anybody his academic records.

Broken Barack.  When you spend 4 years with a compliant media, you never need to be well versed on policy and detail, and he assumed it would be the same last night.  Obama thought he won before he walked in the door and was surprised that he would actually have to contend.  Talk about taking an opponent lightly, Obama acted as if he was going to be debating an empty chair — not realizing for a moment, he was the empty chair.

Obama's Mask Slips.  Much is being made of the devastating blow that Mitt Romney administered to President Obama in the first presidential debate Wednesday night.  Romney was masterful; Obama was incomprehensible.  Romney was presidential; Obama was incoherent.  Romney schooled Obama; Obama responded by doing the hand motions to "The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round."  Republicans and conservatives alike were cheering.

Obama Is Right.  It's not that he hasn't told us stories; it's that the ones he has told bear little resemblance to reality.  After all the suffering America has experienced while he was busy getting the "policy right," there is no one left who still believes in Barack's brilliance.  After watching him in two debates sans teleprompter, his reputation as humanity's greatest orator has evaporated along with his lead in the polls.

Obama 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.

Obama requires help with voting.  President Obama appeared to need some help on Thursday [10/25/2012] as he cast his early ballot in Chicago.  Obama, using a touch-screen voting machine, required the assistance of one of the poll workers a few minutes into the process.

Obama Pretends to Be Well-Read, Proves He Isn't.  [Scroll down]  Clutching mightily to any straw man Obama can find rather than grapple honestly with, or seek to begin to understand, any political philosophy that stands in the way of his own political agenda, is classic Obama. But it also makes clear, as Hans Schulzke at United Liberty suggests, that the president hasn't actually read [Ayn] Rand.

The Wizard of Obama.  [During the first presidential debate in Denver], the American people watched "the smartest guy in the room" struggle to put together a simple declarative sentence, and then ask the moderator to move onto another topic after Mitt Romney had given a strong statement about jobs and growth and tax revenues.

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."

Wealthy Columbia Univ. donor: School told me Obama had 2.6 GPA.  The shroud over President Barack Obama's college records — recently spotlighted by Donald Trump's $5 million challenge — is prompting Americans to share what they've got, and The Daily Caller is getting its share of leads, including one story that the president scored a GPA of only 2.6 at Columbia University.

Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage.  It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House.  Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.

The ill wind blowing past Benghazi.  The president himself is in Southeast Asia, mispronouncing the names of everyone he meets, and trying to play kissyface with Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic woman who led the struggle to free Burma from the grip of evil generals.  In the photographs, the lady is trying to keep her mouth out of the way of Mr. Obama's kissing equipment.  The president was just being friendly, but she doesn't look as if she's enjoying herself.

Obama's Asia 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?

Obama Struggles With English, Facts On Twitter.  There are so many things wrong with this. For a president who has actually done some good things in terms of education reform, he's really struggling to construct a basic sentence.  Even with the limitations imposed by Twitter, President Obama still could have spelled out "the."

White House refers to 'Santa Clause,' twice.  That's right; The White House misspelled Santa Claus.

Is President Obama lazy?  Supporters tout his intelligence, yet nothing historical shows Obama as intellectually curious. [...] His transcripts and college thesis are mysteries. [...] He struggles without teleprompters, stuttering and stammering when veering from programmed scripts. [...] and nobody can find his publishings that would offer at least one indicator of his intelligence.

Why the Obamas Really lost their law licenses.  Barack Obama passed the bar exam in Illinois but never worked in a big firm because no firm would hire him.  He wanted to work for Sidley Austin (where Michelle worked) and he performed a summer internship there, but he was not offered a job there when he graduated from Harvard.  That is extremely unusual because Sidley Austin tries to snatch up as many black Ivy League graduates as it can get to constantly up its "diversity" profile.  It's bizarre that they didn't offer Obama a job... unless you remember that law firms have access to more than just a student's transcripts when decided on which graduates they want to pursue for positions in the firm.  Sidley Austin knew Barack was lazy and benefitted from constant affirmative action preferential treatment, and they didn't want to carry him along like that here in Chicago at their firm.

Explaining the Inexplicable.  The president really does believe that at some mythical date the capitalists and profit mongers have no choice but to get back to work and make tons of money, and that the resulting increased revenue will pay off the debt without cuts or hardship.  Therefore, he genuinely thought in 2009 that the stimulus would lead to the summer of recovery.  He believed that the first $4 trillion in debt would stimulate the economy, and so is surprised that we are still massively borrowing.

5 Reasons Barack Obama is a Creep.  Is Barack Obama the Vladimir Lenin of American Presidents?  No, Lenin was competent in an evil sort of way.  Obama is more like Leonid Brezhnev:  an ultra left-wing, belligerent doofus who isn't laughed at by the general population primarily because the mainstream media liberals say nice things about him out of fear that they'll end up in a gulag if they're too harsh.

Low Information Voters? How about a Low Information President?  There is a real possibility, a strong likelihood, that President Obama knows nothing of the nuts and bolts, the details and realities of the positions he promotes. [...] He drives the fancy car but needs help filling it with gas and couldn't point to the air filter if you popped the hood.  Imagery sans leadership.  Celebrity is the accomplishment here, and adoration is the metric.

Obama's insults expose his ignorance and mental laziness.  My theory about people who put down other people is that they're deeply insecure.  They think they can build themselves up by putting other people down.

Hapless Obama Announces Arrest of Dangerous Illegal Aliens He Let Go Last Week.  So Bammy, how's that sequester temper tantrum working out for you?  You're a national punchline after closing the White House tours and frankly should be facing impeachment for unleashing dangerous criminal illegals out onto the streets in a cheap, cynical political ploy.

Obama: Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With 'Fully Automatic Weapon'.  At a fundraiser last night [4/3/2013] in San Francisco, President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a "fully automatic weapon."

Obama: Newtown Shooter Used 'Fully Automatic Weapon'.  President Barack Obama doesn't know the barrel of a firearm from a hole in the ground.

Obama's Psychodramas.  In President Obama's State of the Union Address this February, he cited current inclement weather to argue for renewed efforts to implement some type of cap-and-trade taxes and to grant more subsidies of "sustainable energy" (e.g., wind and solar):  "Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods — all are now more frequent and intense.  We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen, were all just a freak coincidence.  Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science — and act before it's too late."  Such weather hysteria brings to mind candidate Obama's bizarre claim in May 2007 that the tornado in Greensburg, Kan., killed 10,000 people.

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.

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.

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All he knows how to do is make speeches, and he can't even do that right.

Stupid.  "You're stupid," is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama.  But on Friday morning [5/24/2013] I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, "This war, like all wars, must end." [...] This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it.  The president — speaking at the National Defense University, of all places — said, "the core of al Qaeda ... is on the path to defeat."  And so it may be.  But meanwhile, the core of al Qaeda, its aims and its beliefs, is also on the path to Boston and London and any number of other places.

Obama: We'll Be There for Folks of 'Monroe, Oklahoma'.  President Obama said the government would be there for the "folks in Monroe, Oklahoma after the devastation of last week" during his address on the Jersey Shore Tuesday afternoon [5/28/2013], making him the second Democrat Tuesday to call Moore, the city crushed by a tornado May 20, by the same incorrect name.

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This incident by itself doesn't prove that Mr. Obama is a dimwit, but it does show one of two similar things:  Either (A) he is so completely out of touch with the current events in his own country (i.e., he never watches Fox News or CNN) that he doesn't know the name of the city that was flattened by a tornado the previous week, which means he doesn't do his homework, or (B) he wasn't able to read the teleprompter clearly and thought it said Monroe when it really said Moore.  But (B) would require (A) to be true as well, unless he is unable to say anything that contracdicts the teleprompter.  In either case, he is unfit for politics.

Barack Obama's big oops moment at G8 summit.  US President Barack Obama repeatedly called British finance minister George Osborne "Jeffrey" at the G8 summit, media reported on Thursday [6/20/2013].  The US president said three times that he agreed fully with "Jeffrey" during his presentation on G8 host Britain's plans to crack down on tax avoidance, leaving Osborne red-faced.

Monoglot Obama.  President Obama told a German audience today that the U.S. lags behind other countries because Americans don't speak enough foreign languages. [...] Obama may be right that Americans should speak more foreign languages.  (Of course, that leaves aside the propriety of lambasting the people you lead while representing them in a foreign country.)  But it's a strange point for him, of all people, to make.  After all, Obama has no demonstrated facility for (or, indeed, interest in) foreign languages.  The self-proclaimed "citizen of the world" has conceded that he speaks no foreign languages.

The Parochial President.  Barack Obama is turning into a one-man gaffe machine.  "Obama repeatedly called British finance minister George Osborne 'Jeffrey' at the G8 summit."  [...] Earlier in the week, Obama made what the Scottish Catholic Observer construed as "an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland".

Our Dim-Witted President.  The real Jeffrey Osborne was excited to hear about the mishap, and George Osborne was gracious about it.  But good grief:  the first obligation of a diplomat is to keep track of whom he is speaking to.  One can imagine the hilarity if George W. Bush had referred to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister during his administration, as "James Brown," confusing the Prime Minister with his favorite R&B singer. [...] Would such a gaffe have been laughed off?  I doubt it.

Obama hits a wall in Berlin.  [Scroll down]  Shifting his strange focus from Russia's nuclear weapons, Obama said "we can... reject the nuclear weaponization that North Korea and Iran may be seeking."  Were Obama given to saying such stuff off the cuff, this would be a good reason for handcuffing him to a teleprompter.  But, amazingly, such stuff is put on his teleprompter and, even more amazing, he reads it aloud.  Neither the people who wrote those words nor he who spoke them can be taken seriously.

O's rotten road trip.  First he mistook Britain's chancellor of the exchequer for a soul singer, calling him Jeffrey Osborne instead of George.  Then he explained to an audience in sectarian Belfast that, in the interests of religious harmony, Catholics ought not to have their own schools.  Finally, sweating in the hot sun and without his TelePrompTer, he stumbled through a nearly incoherent speech at the Brandenburg Gate that almost nobody attended.

Obama: Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Our Founders.  President Obama hailed hard-core communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh today as a pretty open guy who was actually inspired by the Founders.  Obama took a break from his jobs-pivot speeches to meet Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House.  The pair held joint remarks in the Oval Office afterward.

Obama claims Ho Chi Minh was fan of Founding Fathers.  Move over Jane Fonda, President Barack Obama has all but toppled you from that iconic anti-aircraft gun perch as as America's top Communist Viet Nam booster.  Talking to reporters as he stood beside Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang yesterday [7/25/2013], Obama told his biggest whopper to date:..."we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson."

The Obama-Zinn connection.  From time to time, we have noted President Obama's lack of knowledge about American history.  The most recent manifestation — his claim that Ho Chi Minh was inspired by America's Founding Fathers — suggests that Obama's ignorance is to some extent willful.  It is, in any event, not accidental.  From Stanley Kurtz, we learn that Obama is a fan of the leftist historian Howard Zinn. [...] It shouldn't come as a surprise that President Obama had a special interest in the views of an anti-American historian.

Linking Jefferson To Ho Chi Minh [is] A New Low For Obama.  Few comparisons have been as odious as the one offered by the president linking one of the great mass murderers of history to one of America's Founding Fathers and authors of our liberty. [...] The 44th president conveniently forgot Vietnamese history and slandered ours by linking a founder of our democracy, Thomas Jefferson, to the mass murderer Ho Chi Minh.

President Obama calls the United States and Europe 'developing countries'.  You can imagine the derision that would have flowed from the liberal "mainstream media" if George W. Bush had referred to the United States as well as its European allies as "developing countries."  This is exactly the term he used in an interview with The New York Times, which has just been published. [...] As we've seen on a number of previous occasions, Barack Obama clearly struggles with his words when he is without his beloved teleprompter.

Obama: 'We Don't Have a Domestic Spying Program'.  President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don't have a domestic spying program."  He made the comment during a taping of Leno's TV show.  Obama also says the U.S. is not overreacting by closing some U.S. embassies for a week.  The president tells Leno, "The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately."

Great Orator Gaffes Again.  "The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately," President Obama told NBC's Jay Leno last night.  Wait, "unfortunately"?  Does the president really wish more Americans were killed in terrorist attacks?  Indeed, orders of magnitude more, since nationwide traffic fatalities typically run between 30,000 and 50,000 a year?

Ho Chi Minh, Obama's Freedom Fighter.  Ho Chi Minh was a committed Marxist-Leninist revolutionary who cut his teeth at Moscow's Lenin School.  He became one of the Soviet Comintern's most successful agents.  Among the testimonies to his efforts are the countless boat people from Vietnam who now live in America (many of whom voted for Obama).  But not only is Obama's statement nonsense; it's also the product of communist propaganda.

Obama can't remember Dr. Jill Biden's name or where the Gulf of Mexico is.  Yes, one could assume for the president that he meant "along the Gulf" AND "places like Charleston ... Savannah ... Jacksonville," none of which are on the Gulf of Mexico, just as we all would have assumed that's what George W. Bush meant in a moment of misspeaking, right?  But that's not what he said, and as with 57 states, I'm not as inclined to give the Smartest President of All Time as much slack as, say, the AP gave him by fixing up the quote.

ABC, CBS and NBC Overlook Obama's Gaffe-tastic Performance on Leno.  Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President's verbal mishaps.

AP Admits Covering Up Obama's 'Gulf' Gaffe.  During his Wednesday [8/7/2013] appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show,' President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not found along the Gulf of Mexico are.  Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours.  Not only did most of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up.

Obama Flubs Mayor of Buffalo's Name.  President Barack Obama flubbed the mayor of Buffalo's name, calling him Brian Higgins instead of Byron Brown.

Obama's Latest Gaffe: 'Like Eating Your Corn Seed'.  Somebody should tell President Obama to forget the folksy metaphors.  The prez sounds phony mouthing them, and since they are unfamiliar to him, he's apt to get them wrong.  As was the case at today's townhall at Binghamton University, when Obama claimed that reducing spending on government programs would be "like eating your corn seed."  You might have thought the man from Illinois would have known that the phrase is "eating your seed corn."

The Buck Stops Here.  "First of all, I didn't set a red line," Barack Obama said today at a press conference in Stockholm.  "The world set a red line.  The world set a red line when governments representing 98% of the world's population said the use of chemical weapons are [sic] abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war."

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This is more proof that Barack H. Obama can't get a subject and verb to agree, even verbally or in print.

Obama, the First Lord of the Admiralty.  Our entertainment tonight is the comic Commander who doesn't know a deep-water port from a riverbank, the Atlantic seaboard from the Gulf of Mexico, has never encountered a U.S. Navy corpsman, instead refers to one as a "corpseman", can't distinguish the living from the dead on Memorial Day, thinks a handshake is as good as a salute, uses a U.S. Marine as a personal valet in a rain shower, and who believes Hawaii is in Asia.

Lies or stupidity's got Obama's tongue.  [Scroll down]  After all, this is the same guy who closed Gitmo — right?  And once said on national television that he was of the "Muslim faith," until Democrat Kool-Aid drinker George Stephanopoulos had to remind him that he is a Christian.  When he was trying to sell a book he said he was born in Kenya, and when he was running for president he said he was born in the U.S.  Dr. Obama has said, among other things, that kidney problems require patients to have "Breathalyzers," that the United States built the "intercontinental" railroad, and that if every motorist would just properly inflate their tires, the energy crisis would be over.  Fifty-seven states. [...]

Obama's Supposed Brilliance Is Very Much In Question.  I mean no disrespect to the president or his admirers, but where is the proof that he is "brilliant?"  Any real proof. [...] Again, even supporters of President Obama who declare him "brilliant" because he speaks well with the aid of a teleprompter from words written by others may admit he is often factually and grammatically challenged without his rhetorical crutch.

Obama Claims Raising Debt Ceiling Doesn't Boost Debt.  In a speech to the Business Roundtable this week covered by CNSnews.com, Obama added this gem to the budget debate:  "Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy."  What?  This kind of gibberish is a big reason voters have so little faith in their public officials these days.  Suffice it to say that if the debt ceiling has been raised "over a hundred times" and each time the debt went higher, one would have to conclude there's a very high — indeed, perfect — correlation between a higher debt ceiling and higher debt.

Pelosi: GOP just doesn't like Obama.  Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don't like President Obama because they're jealous.  "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview.  "He's brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he's completely eloquent.

Obama Proves Just How Smart He Isn't.  For years I have heard many credible people, even those on the political right touting how smart and what a great orator Obama is.  In fact, he isn't smart.  He is manipulative, and when he has a ministry of propaganda (the press / media) to convince others, he can look like pretty much anything he likes.  The same is true of his speaking skills.  Sure, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, but take it away and his skills disappear.

Judge Jeanine Humiliates Obama: 'If You're So Brilliant...'.  Judge Jeanine outright mocked Obama, and his "cheerleader" Nancy Pelosi on a variety of issues on her FOX News show Saturday, specifically, Pelosi's slobbering affirmations of Obama's so-called "brilliance."  [Video clip]

Obama's Shutdown and Public Choice Theory.  More and more, as we Americans trudge through the mire of the Obama years, we have to ask if the president is just plain ignorant.

The ObamaCare Black Hole.  One thing that the past few weeks have accomplished is the total destruction of Obama's "towering intellect" persona.  This is one the standard lenses through which Obama is viewed, with differing but complimentary angles from each end of the spectrum:  the liberal "reigning intellect of his age" as opposed to the conservative "master chess player with a plan for destruction."  The basis of Obama's reputation for intellectual superiority lies in a mixture of Democratic propaganda and PC indoctrination. [...] He is connected with no intellectual circles or movements, as Reagan was.  He has no known hobbies or interests of an intellectual nature.

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!

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I doubt if anyone in the White House is really that stupid.  Mr. Obama has to be lying when he says he is unaware of all the scandals surrounding his administration.  However, Mr. Obama seems quite proud to make those claims, apparently believing his willful ignorance will protect him from the inevitable fallout.  In other words, he's not too bright, but he's assuming that you're even dumber than he is.

The media in panic that Obama is the 'nowhere man sitting in his nowhere land'.  The media is concerned that President Obama looks detached, aloof and any other word synonymous to disconnected.  They don't understand how the smartest man to ever take the oath knows so little of what is going on around him.

Mika Suggests Obama 'Too Smart' For The Job.  Too smart to be President.  Is that really Barack Obama's problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so.  On today's [11/4/2013] Morning Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn't much like politics and the people in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness:  he's "too smart for the job," she suggested.

Obama: The Most Dangerous of Morons.  Have you ever noticed how many of these "really smart" people there are in government?  It's a magnet for morons, and it seems every [last] one of them is portrayed by the media as a genius in his own right.  Yet, they never seem to be able to do anything but make things worse, and usually much worse.  These are America's morons and Barry is their leader. [...] A moron can be productive — providing he knows his limitations and can use what God has given him within those limitations.  A dangerous moron, however, is all arrogance and bluster, always convinced that every one of his incompetent actions and the inevitable results, are actually brilliant successes and if not, somebody else's fault.  Dangerous morons hate to admit they were wrong.  They are also incapable of feeling shame or guilt.

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?

Does Obama Have Any Idea What Is Going On In His Own Administration?  One of the books on Chappaquiddick describes how the Kennedy brain trust gathered at the family compound in Hyannis Port to plot a strategy to salvage Ted Kennedy's career.  One person conspicuously absent from the conclave was Teddy himself.  He was on the beach, flying a kite.  The family's advisers considered him too stupid to make any contribution to saving his own skin.  Is that how senior members of Obama's administration treat him?  Is he considered a useless fifth wheel?

Obama's Slow Learning Curve.  Much of the controversy concerns the propriety of the president's declining to enforce a duly enacted law (bearing his signature) whose constitutionality he does not doubt, and whether insurance companies will be able to abruptly change course after three years of preparing to comply with their elaborate and interwoven legal obligations under Obamacare.  But perhaps the president's most astonishing statement involved an insouciant confession of ignorance.  Returning to a common but under-appreciated motif of his presidency, Obama remarked:  "What we're also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy."

What if It's All True?  [Scroll down]  To put it bluntly, Occam's Razor has moved.  Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me.  Principal among those is that Obama's academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal he received financial preferences, scholarships and/or loans, as a foreign student.  They probably also reveal academic mediocrity, but that's par for the course for many of our politicians (except it becomes embarrassing in Obama's case where he has the reputation of being brilliant).

Obama Is Too Smart to Fail.  What makes Obama a genius?  It's not his IQ.  It's probably not his grades or we would have seen them already.  It's that he makes his supporters feel smart.  The perception of intelligence is really a reflection. [...] Self-esteem is the new intelligence.  Obama's intelligence was manufactured by pandering to the biases and tastes of his supporters.  The more he shared their biases and tastes, the smarter he seemed to be and the smarter they felt by having so much in common with such a smart man.

Obama Goes Bronze.  At this juncture, none but the most irretrievably deluded is going to confuse Barack Obama with a genius — or even with someone who is possessed of anything beyond what amount to today's standard allotment in regard to intellectual ability.  But who cares?  Whatever else the Columbia (?) and Harvard Law matriculated Oval Office occupier is, he's the first black and gay president — and that's what matters of course.  This might be half the reason why nobody really blinked when, last year around election time, the Commander-in-Chief remarked to Jay Leno as follows:  "the math stuff I was fine with until about seventh grade... and but Malia's now a freshman in high school and... uh... I'm pretty lost... you know... it... it's tough... Yeah, it's "tough." [...] What exactly is on those transcripts of his, anyway?  Isn't it about time we found out?

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.

Is Obama Stupid and Lazy?  Although that's quite a provocative question, evidence is mounting that Obama may not be as intelligent as his supporters and cheerleaders in the media constantly assure us.  The reality may be that Obama is mostly a creation of the liberal media.  Indeed, the more we dig into his past, the more we find very little substance and discover how a network of liberal professors, law firms, and others, gave him a pass on performance while he pursued his political agenda.

Why Obama is Uneducated.  [Scroll down]  This brings us to another fiction: Barack Obama as educated man.  If we were to mention, again, that he thought "Austrian" was spoken in Austria, pronounced "corpsman" "corpse-man" (three times in one speech) or that he called the "transcontinental" railroad the "intercontinental" one (Amtrak to Bangkok, anyone?), we'd obviously have to be racists. [...] The point is that there was no prominent person in the young Obama's life who could or would expose him to reality.  It was all anti-American, anti-Western isms and destructive schism.  This brings us to Obama's mind-numbingly ridiculous description of his 2008 campaign travels:  "I've now been in 57 states; I think, one left to go."  Where does such a bizarre mistake come from?

If He Believes It, It Must Be So.  On the eve of the Netanyahu visit to Washington, President Obama gave a lengthy interview to Jeffrey Goldberg that shows a chief executive who has learned next to nothing about the world in his five years in office.  First, kudos to Goldberg:  he pressed Obama repeatedly, challenging vague formulations and seeking clarity.  Goldberg pushed Obama hard, especially on Iran and Syria.  Obama isn't good off the cuff, especially when challenged; he is far better with a prepared speech.  And what emerged is an awful portrait of the president and his conception of the world.

Dan Quayle moment? Obama flubs spelling of 'respect'.  Could a White House spell-off be in the works between President Obama and former Vice President Dan Quayle?  In a throwback to the latter's infamous misspelling of the word "potato," Obama accidentally misspelled "respect" while introducing singer Aretha Franklin during a tribute to "Women of Soul" at the White House Thursday [3/6/2014].  "When Aretha first told us what ... R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her," Obama said, pausing briefly before the audience began laughing, apparently realizing his mistake.

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Imagine the press reaction if GW Bush had done this while attempting to be hip and cool.

WH transcript scrubs Obama's botched 'respect' misspelling.  The White House stenographer appears to have given President Obama a little too much "respect."  Introducing soul legend Aretha Franklin at a White House performance Thursday night, the president flubbed the spelling of her signature song.  "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her..." Obama said, prompting laughter from the crowd. [...] But anyone reading the official transcript of the event provided by the White House would have had no idea of the president's mistake.  In that version, the president correctly spells out the word.

Obama botches spelling of "respect" while lauding Aretha Franklin.  Mr. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song "Respect" into "a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized."  The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it "R-S-P-E-C-T."  In addressing the crowd, Mr. Obama said, "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her..."  He was interrupted by laughter, paused, then continued, [...]

R-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means for Obama.  The president evoked laughter in the East Room when he spelled Miss Franklin's song, "R-S-P-E-C-T."  To make matters worse, in the song itself, the Queen of Soul belts out the correct spelling.  Three pool reporters at the event heard the president misspell the word, and verified it on audio recordings.  But the White House's official transcript of the event portrayed Mr. Obama as spelling the word correctly.

Too busy to be president.  Conservatives had this guy figured out early in the first campaign, and they were spot on.  No record, no experience, no consistency, no integrity, no background, no evidence of morals, no normal friends or associates, and no supporters who cared more about their country than about their silly self-congratulation over electing the first black man who seemed just like them: unserious.  If we assume that the president is even half as smart as we've been told he is, which would still make him the smartest person ever to live, you'd think he would have picked up some skills along the way, or gained some firsthand experience that might come in handy.

Obama Admits He's 'Technologically Challenged'.  Speaking at a White House screening of the new movie "Cesar Chavez" today, President Obama told the audience he couldn't stay to watch, but that he would get a copy on a "CD."  "I cannot stay for the screening.  I've been promised by our director that I'm — or producer or somebody is going to get me the CD," he said.  "DVD," an audience member corrected him, to chuckles.

Helpless without a teleprompter.
Deep Thoughts by Barack Obama.  Obama's deep thoughts serve a useful purpose.  It's time to think seriously about weakness.  Weakness takes many forms.  Weakness doesn't get much weaker than this.  [Video clip]

President 'Forgets' Georgia Will Join NATO.  Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday [3/26/2014] the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership".  In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008.

Obama is Bursting the Left's Bubbles.  This is the secret of Obama's appeal, and the explanation of the long-pondered mystery of what he's really up to, what his actual goal is.  The truth is, there is no goal.  Or rather, the goal, the plan, involves simply lighting up all those bereft and chilly bubbles abiding in major urban areas, college towns, and fringes along each coast.  That is the ultimate goal, and there is nothing coherent or comprehensible beyond it.  A fundamentally stupid man, one who time and again has demonstrated complete lack of understanding of the world as it exists, Obama is as enrapt with illusion as his followers.  (Oh, I'll grant him a kind of feral cleverness, but any con artist has that.)  Obama exists in his own bubble, in no way more valid than that of any other American leftist.

Is Obama Too Smart for the Presidency, or Is It Too Tough for Him?  [Scroll down]  But is there any evidence that Obama is smart?  He's never released any of his transcripts, and we still have no idea on what basis he was admitted to Occidental, Columbia and Harvard.  Further, if he were as smart as his fawning admirers in academe and the media would have us believe, wouldn't his performance as president reflect that?  To take even the simplest thing, his ability (or lack of it) to speak extemporaneously is almost nil, except in the crudest colloquial way: [...]

Houston, We Have No Idea What We're Talking About.  Seriously:  is there anyone in the United States of America foolish enough to think that an 86% variation in snow pack in a single year is due to global warming, rather than natural variation?  Well, maybe.  Barack Obama at least pretended to believe it.

Somewhat related:
Exclusive Breaking Analysis: Obama Still Can't Throw a Baseball Correctly.  Obama's lack of basic motor skills was on display Monday evening at a Little League game in Washington, D.C. He looked like he was trying to shot put a hacky sack, or something.

Superstition is the religion of weak minds. The Obama Paradox.  The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama's presidency, the failure of the health care website.  Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way:  He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room.  It's a small thing, almost a nervous tic, but Obama's habit of knocking on wood during Obamacare meetings had become notable, something that close advisers talked and even joked about among themselves.

Obama: 'I Make No Apologies' On Bowe Bergdahl Decision.  President Obama said today he would not apologize for the controversial trade of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as criticism of the deal continued to grow among lawmakers in Washington, D.C.  "I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to their [sic] parents," Obama said in a news conference in Brussels.

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For an allegedly well-educated man, Obama's English is atrocious.

Is Obama Evil or Stupid?  In the latest edition of Afterburner, Bill Whittle examines the Bergdahl swap but first touches on Fast and Furious, Obamacare, Benghazi and the IRS scandal.  In all of these cases, Bill reminds us that Obama is ignorant and is just as mad as you are.  In every case one must ultimately ask, is Obama stupid or evil?

Obama's being pretty stupid for a smart guy.  It was stupid to push mandates and job-killing measures in the face of serious underemployment.  The one thing he's done that showed any brains was to time the most odious parts of his health care fiasco to detonate after he won re-election.  In fact, it's hard to think of anything he's done that hasn't been stupid — except, of course, run his campaigns.  And now, in what was once his patented realm of pure theatre, he's turned out to be stupid, too.

The World Continues to Confound Our Clueless President.  Many of President Obama's foreign policy failures are the product of his badly misguided ideology.  But some flow simply from his inability to understand how the world works.

However Bad You Think the VA Scandal Is, It's Much Worse.  It's time to ask:  Is our president functionally a moron?

Obama Wants to Throw $500 Million Into Syria's Civil War.  Why is the idiot king more interested in toppling Assad than in helping Iraq's government survive?  Besides the fact that he's the idiot king?

Is Obama Just a Hapless Putz?  Many people on the right think Obama is an Evil Leftist Genius.  Not me.  I think he is a hapless putz.  I think his ideas are all wrong, his application of his ideas is incompetent, and the chaos that he causes with his wrongness and incompetence will not lead in the direction he thinks it will.  I think when the history of the 21st century is written, Obama will not merit more than a single line.  Even the fact that he was the first black president may come to seem irrelevant in a couple of decades.  In which case, he will not merit any line at all.  The guy is just a sad little schmuck who played cynical politics well and got promoted way above his competence.

Nopoleon.  In the White House things are viewed through the peculiar prism distorted by the incumbent's view of himself.  He's so big in his mind that it blots out the sun and he never sees the hit coming.  When Bob Herbert in the New York Times claimed that "Mr. Obama is like a championship chess player, always several moves ahead of friend and foe alike," Gary Kasparov merely replied "allow me to disagree".

More Than Incompetent, Obama Simply Does Not Understand What It Means To Be President.  For his first term and re-election, ideological differences dominated the debate surrounding President Obama.  But while these partisan debates continue to swirl around the president, in the past year it has become clear that Obama is not only to the left of most Americans, he is completely out of his depth as President.  In short, his lack of plain, managerial competency, and that of his administration, has manifested itself with a vengeance.  His recent interview with The Economist brings into stark relief Obama's fundamental lack of understanding of the art of governing and how America's federal system operates.  In this interview, Obama expounds on his frustration that business keeps lobbying for special treatment.  Is he serious?  Can he really be that obtuse?  It is a mind-boggling comment.  Everyone lobbies for special favors in Washington — it's the town's main industry.

Watch Obama's Rousing Speech That Brought Military Vets To Their Feet.  No, Obama's speech before the American Legion at their convention in Charlotte NC, this morning, stunk on ice — as usual — and the veterans mostly sat on their hands — as usual. [...] Obama got off on the wrong foot almost immediately when he badly botched the word adjutant.  Watch him pause, grimace and sweat in distress as he sees the word coming, knowing that he has no idea how to pronounce it.  It's not as bad as "corpseman" — but close.  "I want to thank the entire leadership team for welcoming me here today, including your... National... uh... (gulp)... Adsnt — uhh — Dan Wheeler... Ay yi yi.  Over five years in office, and the Commander-in-Chief still doesn't know how to pronounce all his military titles.

A comparison of Obama to Czar Nicholas II of Russia.  Both are well educated and reasonably smart, but not remarkably intelligent.  Nicholas is an absolute monarch, so while his intellectual limitations are apparent, nobody dares mention them.  Obama supposedly is always the smartest man in the room, yet proof is wanting.  Obama's college and law school grades, while probably not bad, also won't demonstrate genius, and remain sealed.  But he is no dummy, has impressive rhetorical skills, and this combined with other positive political characteristics leads his supporters to exaggerate his intellect.

The Obama Bomb.  Obama has been variously called by his detractors a "manchild," a "dufus," a "clown," a "playboy" and suchlike disparagements, ridiculed or deplored as someone who is far out of his depth and manifestly unfit for the presidency.  These critics cite as evidence for their assessment of Obama's callowness his oft-reported gaffes betokening a poorly educated lightweight (e.g., the Austrian language, "corpse-man," the 57 states, temporally conflating the Umayyad dynasty in Cordoba with the Inquisition, a discrepancy of some 500 years, etc.); his puerile decision making; his constant reliance on a teleprompter, even when addressing a group of sixth-grade students; and his incessant vacationing and delight in hobnobbing with vacuous celebrities.  His bungling incompetence is thus explained by his lack of condign gravitas, his hankering for distraction and entertainment at the expense of the serious deliberation required by the job.

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

Desperately Seeking a Weaker United States.  While the U.S. cuts its defense spending, Russia and China have been increasing theirs.  Moreover, while nuclear weapons can be found in nations like North Korea, a self-declared enemy of the U.S. Iran is intent on creating its own nuclear capability, the U.S. has not only reduced its nuclear arsenal (Obama wants no arsenal) and has entered into negotiations that no observer believes will result in any cessation of Iran's intentions. [...] This has all happened while Obama has been President.  He has already announced that the U.S. will not put "boots on the ground" in Iraq and will leave Afghanistan next year.  Telling the enemy what you intend to do militarily is a profoundly stupid thing to do.

Another weird Obama pronunciation.  What on earth is an ohbee-guynee?  Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en).  For the president's benefit, let me specify that means a doctor who delivers babies and takes care of the lady parts.  When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his "good friend," the AG's wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an "ohbee-guynee."  Don't believe me?  See for yourself.  [Video clip]  This joins "corpse-man" and the language "Austrian" among the malapropisms of the holder of two Ivy League degrees.

Obama hasn't come up with one original idea yet.  Just before Labor Day, controversy erupted over President Obama's garb at a presidential press conference — should he or should he not have worn a light tan summer suit when talking about ISIS? That was beside the point.  The issue isn't the weight or color of his suit.  The issue is that the suit is empty.  With almost six years of the Obama administration under our collective belts, the time has come to acknowledge a painful truth:  This is an astoundingly idea-free presidency.

Dishonest or discombobulated? With Obama, take your pick.  Either Mr. Obama repeatedly says things he knows are false, or he is completely unable to comprehend information to discern the truth.  There is no third option.

Now, a rattled Obama and Biden need help explaining what they really mean.  Remember, Obama was supposed to be the golden-tongued orator whose words would woo the masses and hold back the tides of time.  As long as he could rely on a teleprompter, that was true for a while. Now, his mis-steps with those of Pancho Biden resemble circus clowns running into each other.  Biden has said so many stupid things so often, you'd think he should have been replaced in 2012.  But he may be Obama's best insurance against impeachment.

America's "Elites" Are No Longer Elite And Our "Intellectuals" Aren't Intellectual.  [Scroll down]  Even worse are the legions of "elites" and "intellectuals" who haven't accomplished anything of note, truly proven their intellect or shown that they're particularly good at anything.  For example, what accomplishments led anyone to believe that Barack Obama was ready to be President or that the Democrat Party's assumed candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton, is up to the job?  Neither of them are stunning intellects.  Neither have led particularly accomplished lives given the gravitas of the presidency.  Neither of them seem to be extraordinarily gifted at anything.  If either of them were unknown, it seems unlikely that they could successfully run their own small businesses or work their way up through the ranks of a corporation.  In other words, they're both Paris Hiltons of politics who are famous for being famous.

Study: Obama Speaks At Elementary School Level.  Ever get the feeling that you're being spoken to like you're a child when listening to a speech from President Obama?  You may be onto something.

Obama's Biggest Fail Yet.  [T]here's no evidence that we have from his professional body of work that Obama has nothing but average intelligence.  Quite the contrary actually. [...] If the economic history of the last twenty-five years has shown us anything, it's that confiscating wealth to try to build a utopian dream is not just foolhardly, but the first step in a path of destruction that will kill young and old alike.  The Soviet Union, the Eastern Block, Spain, Greece, North Korea, Cuba and China all argue against the very socialist economic policies that Obama covets.  And that's what he picked versus being the greatest racial uniter since Abraham Lincoln.  Even if it was explained to him, he wouldn't understand how badly he blew his opportunity.


Gaffes

Senator Obama made a whole series of blunders while campaigning for the office of President.  Fortunately for him, they were all covered up by the left-leaning national news media.

See also Joe Biden brings his own gaffes and baggage.

President Gaffe's Bigger Problems.  Just because Britain's largest daily newspaper has a top ten gaffe reel assembled, and online before your presidency is barely 60 days old, you might believe that you're the laughingstock of serious members of the world community of leaders.

Bow-ow-ow:  Obama's painful missteps.  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
    Barack Obama
    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.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart




Obama's unmitigated laziness

Mr. Obama spends a lot of time on the golf course when he should be working, and travels aboard Air Force One with his family — at our expense — to numerous extravagant and lengthy vacations and world-wide junkets.

One Bad Apple: Obama and his Influence.  The press daily treats us to photo ops of the president grinning, laughing, leaning back in his Oval Office chair with his feet on the historic presidential desk.  We see him hopping around in glee on golf courses, yucking it up at cocktail parties stocked with the latest Hollywood celebs.  We watch him casually "saluting" with coffee-filled Styrofoam.  This is the Obama that pops up in my mind and this is his conduct while horrors abound — horrors he could have prevented and may have set in motion.  What message does this send?  Coolness?  I-don't-careness?  It tells the American people that it's okay to live it up at someone else's expense as long as you occasionally act angry and say a few stern words.  It says that reality is unimportant and the less pleasant the reality the less it matters.

Obama hits the links with ESPN host.  The president and [Tony] Kornheiser are golfing at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, according to a White House pool report.  The duo, who have golfed together at least four times in the past five months, are joined by staffers Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson.

This is What You Get When You Reduce Everything to 'Activism'.  Joseph Schumpeter said it all when he wrote in Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy that the amazing thing is that politicians do any governing at all given the demands their real job, which is winning elections.  With Obama, we are spared the amazement.  He spends all his time doing politics, raising money and dividing people, and sensibly resting up on the golf course in between his exhausting fund-raising gigs.  [Forget] governing.  It's not surprising that this average product of an Ivy League education thinks and acts this way.  The whole culture of the modern university confirms the president in his worldview.

Obama Golfs For 4 Hours, 40 Minutes On Saturday, Then Holds Nighttime Ebola Meeting — Which New Ebola Czar Skips.  President Barack Obama's new Ebola "czar" Ron Klain has skipped another White House meeting on the Ebola crisis, a readout of who attended a Saturday [10/18/2014] meeting with Obama shows.  Obama held the Ebola meeting after spending four hours and 40 minutes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir, according to the White House press pool report from the New York Daily News' Dan Friedman.

President Who Derided Photo-Ops Now Doing ISIS and Ebola Photo-Ops.  CNN reports that the White House is eager to show the president "hard at work" so they are running Obama through a series of photo-ops. [...] All presidents do photo-ops.  It's part of the job, though President Obama gives off the impression that he believes that photo-ops are the job.

Why the White House Won't Admit Obama Is a Drag for Democrats.  Another week of presidential travel and fundraising.  Another round of bad polls.  Another day closer to the realization by Democrats that there really is nothing President Obama can do to alter a campaign dynamic that all year has been gloomy for his party.  You won't hear that acknowledgement, of course, from anybody at the White House.

Ebola and fear spread, so Obama fundraises.  [Scroll down]  It was inevitable 21 days from a midterm election that Ebola would also infect the nation's politics.  The usual Washington suspects call for flight bans, as if no one can change planes in Europe.  They call for an Ebola czar, as if another padded federal department would fix things right up.  It's all just futile flopping for an anxious population detecting the spread of an even more virulent virus:  Fear.  Here's the real problem:  There is no national leadership.  We have a president.  But he is no leader.

Obama now phoning it in — literally.  On Sunday, President Obama suited up for work.  He put on his pants (most likely one leg at a time, but perhaps not), then slipped on his black windbreaker, the one with the presidential seal on one side, his name on the other (in case he forgets who he is).  He put on some comfy sports socks, laced up his shoes real tight — it would be a long, hard day.  Then he grabbed his leather bag of tools, which also bears the presidential seal and the number "44" (in case he forgets which number president he is). [...] And yes, you guessed it, the president was not off to "work," but to play golf — and set a milestone in the doing.

Dallas confirms second Ebola victim, so where's Obama? Hitting the links for his 200th golf game as president.  While officials in Dallas scrambled to calm public hysteria over news of the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil, Barack Obama hit the links for his 200th golf game as president.  The president embarked on his leisurely outing to Virginia after taking a a few moments to speak with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for an update on the worsening situation in Dallas.

Obama Plays Golf for the 200th Time.  President Obama today played golf for the 200th time of his presidency, a milestone that for many is emblematic of a president who has frequently seemed detached from his job, his colleagues in Washington, and the American people.  The president's 200th trip to an oasis of fairways comes at a particularly turbulent time.

Guess How the Obama White House Learned an Armed Convict Had Been Inches From the President?  What [...] does Barack Obama do all day?  He obviously wasn't on the ball as ISIS was rising to power.  He says he learns about everything from the news, not his staff. [...] We know that the president watches a lot of sports.  Someone needs to take his remote away for a while.

Obama Is Now Missing 58% Of His Daily Intel Briefings.  So Obama is getting worse instead of better.  But, after all, how can he pretend to be disengaged and out of the loop if he attends these briefings and asks questions?

Howard Dean: Worries Over Obama Skipping His Intel Briefings Is More or Less Birtherism.  Obama tossed the intelligence community and his own Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, under the bus on 60 Minutes when he blamed them for "underestimating" ISIS.  That comment has sparked a sort of cold war between the president and his intelligence agencies, as the nation grapples with the Islamic State's rise and threat, and what to do about it.  But if you are concerned about this, former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean thinks that you're a kook.

Dereliction of duty: Obama skipped nearly 60 percent of intelligence briefings.  This isn't some right-wing conspiracy, this is a report that can be cross-verified.  What would shareholders or a Board of Directors do to a CEO who had attended 42.1 percent of the company economic outlook briefings and while the company's stock was plummeting?  Yep, I believe the shareholders would demand the firing of the CEO.  So what are we waiting for here America?  Obama only asks for his PDB to be left on his desk and there are hardly ever any follow up inquiries.  "It's pretty well-known that the president hasn't taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009," an Obama national security staffer told the Daily Mail on Monday.  "He gets them in writing."  Hmm, I wonder how many of those 2,079 days Obama played golf?

Obama Has Spent More Time Playing Golf Than In Intel Briefings.  President Barack Obama has spent more time golfing than he has spent listening to daily intelligence briefings.  The Daily Caller has calculated that he's spent almost 700 hours in 875 "Presidential Daily Briefings" since 2009.  But he's also spent roughly 800 hours on almost 200 golf trips since his first inauguration.  Obama's golf trips typically last four and half hours, including one hour on the road.  The longest trip took about six hours, according to regular reports from the media pool that follows the president on trips outside the White House.  In contrast, President George W. Bush largely gave up golfing during the Iraq campaign, from 2003 to 2008.

Ain't Got Time To PDB.  I think the fault for the ongoing catastrophes in Syria and Iraq lie with Obama's worldview and his related action (and inaction).  Nevertheless, in the context of Obama's buck-passing, the Government Accountability Institute's tracking of Obama's attendance at his Presidential Daily Briefs takes on a heightened interest.

State Dept. On Obama Intel Briefings: 'He Receives Those Whenever He Can'.  The Obama administration found itself scrambling on Tuesday [9/30/2014] to defend President Barack Obama for his lackluster 42% attendance record on daily intelligence briefings, a finding from a new report issued by the non-partisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI).  When asked about the GAI revelation on Fox News, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki appeared flustered and unprepared.

How Often Has Obama Missed His Daily Presidential Briefing?  In light of Obama throwing the intelligence community under the bus during his 60 Minutes interview in regards to the rise of ISIS/ISIL, one has to wonder just how often he receives a live briefing, rather than (supposedly) reading the briefing material[.]

Report: Obama Has Missed Over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings.  A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.  The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama's PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

Obama Ignored Islamic State Intelligence For A Year.  A former Pentagon official told Fox News that Obama received specific intelligence in daily briefings about the Islamic State's rise.  The information was said to be "granular" in detail, laying out IS' intentions and capabilities for at least a year before it seized big chunks of Iraqi territory and started beheading Americans.  Obama's indifference to the briefings was an issue during the 2012 campaign, when former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen observed that Obama personally attended only 44% of them.  Obama's perceived lack of interest in a terror war, which he claimed was won prior to the Benghazi attack, mirrors his reported lack of interest in the rise of the Islamic State.  At the time, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Thiessen that Obama's attendance at the briefings was "not particularly interesting or useful."

Could Obama's Privileged and Pot-filled Adolescence Explain his Presidential Lassitude?  [Scroll down]  Researchers have also found that the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, can seriously interfere with this neural development. [...] One long-term study of a thousand New Zealanders who used marijuana during adolescence found that these effects persisted into adulthood decades later.  The most interesting of these harms is to "executive functioning."  This is a related "set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal.  It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation."  It is the ability to focus and organize one's efforts to pursue one or multiple difficult long-term goals.

Punctuality and laziness are incompatible.
Obama absent for start of NATO meeting.  President Obama was nowhere to be found during the beginning of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission in Wales on Thursday [9/4/2014].  Obama was "noticeably absent" from the start of the meeting, according to a White House pool report, although U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute was in attendance.

NATO Summit Venue Perfect for Golfer-in-Chief.  Obama and other NATO leaders will be staying at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport, Wales, which is home to three separate championship-caliber golf courses, including the newly remodeled "Twenty Ten" course, which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup.  The Wales venue is perfect for Obama, who "has supposedly said that he finds" NATO meetings to be "dull," according to the Washington Post.  Wales has the seventh-most golf courses per capita in the world and the Welsh courses resemble the historic links courses in neighboring Scotland, the birthplace of the sport.

Prepared for the Worst.  As the leader of the free world shuffles from one golf course to the next, it's obvious that no major foreign policy change is coming in the near term.  Obama seems to be running out the clock halfway through the third quarter, hoping whatever evils he has unleashed don't hit America until he's safely retired.

The Summer of Obama's Disconnect.  The White House public relations staff must think Americans are pretty dumb.  How else do you explain the way chief spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri defended Obama for playing golf immediately after an address about the slaughter of journalist James Foley?  "His concern for the Foleys and Jim," Palmieri said, "was evident to all who saw and heard his statement."  Yes, just as evident as what else the world saw that day:  the president's golf cart, his golf clothes, and his wide, sporty smile.

After Grueling Golf Vacation, Obama Finally Getting Back to Fundraising.  No time for rest when you can party with the fatcat elites of the Democratic Party.

Obama swings into action... on the golf course.  President Obama was back on the golf course today as he enjoyed yet another 18 holes amid deepening concerns about the spreading terrorist rampage of extremist group ISIS. [...] His hours on the golf course during a two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the U.S.

Jimmy Fallon Mocks Obama's Golf Obsession: 'Get Back to Work'.  President Barack Obama's unwillingness to give up golf while the world churns and burns finally caught the attention of the late night crowd.  Jimmy Fallon mocked Obama's golf obsession on Thursday's [8/21/2014] The Tonight Show, mixing humor with the serious notion that the president should put down the golf clubs and get back to work.

White House defends Obama playing golf.  The White House suggested Friday that President Barack Obama was trying to work out his tensions when he played 18 holes of golf on Wednesday — complete with grins and fist-bumps — immediately after delivering a brief but moving speech condemning the gruesome execution of American photojournalist James Foley.

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

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

Also posted under Obama's bad ideas, bad decisions and poor judgment.

Obama Stands Alone: Even the media are baffled by his deepening isolation.  President Obama has few remaining friends — either in his own party or in the media. [...] What is striking now is a growing sense, fairly or unfairly, that Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion, that he just doesn't like politics, that he's disengaged, that despite his soaring rhetoric in 2008 he has a passion deficit.  All the criticism about him playing golf and being at Martha's Vineyard is kind of a code for his supposedly being unplugged from the job.

A Vacation is All Obama Ever Wanted.  After receiving word that James Foley had been beheaded, and as Mr. and Mrs. Foley eulogized their murdered child, calling him an "extraordinary son," Barack Obama, probably eager to get back to the golf course, loaded younger daughter Sasha onto Air Force One and flew back to the tony enclave in Massachusetts to finish out the week.  Based on the flimsy reasons for the president to fly home with one daughter, only to fly back with the other, as the Foleys prepare to receive the body of a son with a severed head, it looks as though President Obama was just doing a little parental drop-off and pick-up.

Obama blasts terrorists, returns to golf.  President Barack Obama got down to business Wednesday afternoon, flooring it to the golf course after giving a speedy statement on the beheading of an American journalist and a threat from ISIS to spill more blood.  Obama sported a grin the size of Mount Rushmore as he sat behind the wheel of a golf cart in Martha's Vineyard, where he's currently vacationing.  Donning casual khakis and a white Nike polo, the president enjoyed laughs, and even a fist pound, with ex-NBAer Alonzo Mourning and businessmen Glenn Hutchins and Cyrus Walker.

Contrast: David Cameron Suspends Vacation Over Foley Killing; Obama Heads Back To Vineyard.  This is unacceptable behavior from the president, and he should look to Cameron for guidance on how to handle a situation like this.  It isn't even confirmed that the man in question is British (for all we know, he could have been taught English by a Londoner or is a heck of an impressionist), yet Cameron recognized the gravity of the situation and did the appropriate thing by suspending his vacation.  It's no wonder ISIS thinks they can walk all over us.

Why is Obama disconnected, directionless?  Obama's approval ratings are already in the cellar, and much of the nation has soured on his abilities as a transformational leader.  So why not at least take a shot to turn that around?  Ferguson surely looks like the opportunity to do that.  Instead, Obama seemed content to send Attorney General Eric Holder to the scene while he went back on vacation.  Hard to imagine the previous Democratic president taking this kind of approach.

As World Chaos Continues, Obama Quietly Retreats To Martha's Vineyard.  President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings in Washington, D.C.  Obama met with his economic team Tuesday [8/19/2014] before leaving the White House at 4:22 pm to return to his vacation home.

After ISIS Beheading Video, UK's Cameron Cancels Vacation, Obama Returns to His Vacation.  Over there:  "U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video 'shocking and depraved.'"  Over here:  ["]President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.["]

Report: Harry Reid 'Seethed' At Disengaged President Obama.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are increasingly frustrated with how disengaged President Obama is, according an article in the New York Times.

The Presidency is Breaking Obama Even As Obama Has Broken the Nation.  [Scroll down]  So the president — with crises breaking out across the globe, the economy still staggering, and unrest and despair in America rising — seems to have grown bored with the job.  This is on one level an astonishing thing; on the other, it has the ring of truth. [...] What could possibility explain this attitude?  It may be that Mr. Obama was drawn to the job not for the right reasons but because he viewed the presidency as a new mountain to climb, a prize to win, as a way to feed his unusually large ego (even for a politician).  It may also be that Mr. Obama, with his presidency crumbling, is like a petulant child who wants to pick up his marbles and leave.  He was fine serving as president when he was adored and well liked; now that things are going south he appears to have emotionally "checked out," to use Scarborough's phrase.

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

Mark Levin Slams Obama's Apathy.  Conservative radio host Mark Levin lamented what he described as President Obama's profound indifference toward the wars raging overseas, declaring that "the world is on fire, and this man doesn't seem to [care]!" [...] "Our enemies — the terrorists — have never had it so good under this truly pathetic commander-in-chief," the radio host began, explaining that Obama should be in Washington — rather than on vacation — working to get congressional approval for broader military action and pushing American allies worldwide to assist our efforts.  Levin slammed the president for his excuses and finger-pointing at the prior administration for the crisis.

Obama's one achievement — outgolfing Tiger Woods.  The president of the U.S., juggling the American economy and the entire world's problems — Iraq is in full meltdown, the Middle East is a powder keg, Russia is moving on Ukraine — has played golf nearly as much as a guy whose day job is playing golf.

Party On, First Dude.  The launch party for this latest stop on the PGA tour — that's Presidential Golf Adventures, and don't any of you media vultures try to steal it — had the flavor of genius about it.  Rather than seeming distant and removed from world affairs, Barack Obama met the press corps head on, reciting a prepared statement on the newest plan to bomb Iraq.  But in the background stood Marine One, the commander in chief's personal helicopter, leaving no doubt as to the longer-range arrangements for the day. And only moments later he disappeared into the aforementioned aircraft, zipping off to the gated enclaves of Martha's Vineyard.

Even a Russian invasion of Ukraine won't disturb Obama's vacation.  Two crises — one in Iraq and one in Ukraine — aren't enough to disturb President Obama's vacation.  In Iraq, a twofold crisis has the barbarian forces of the Islamic State trying to butcher their way into Kurdistan and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki clinging to power.  The airstrikes and military aid to the Kurds ordered by Obama may help slow the advance of Islamic State forces but won't significantly damage the group.  As the suffering of the 30,000 to 50,000 Yazidis trapped by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar worsens, the Pentagon is reportedly planning their evacuation, a massive effort that would require a substantial ground force to accomplish.

Cheney: Obama Probably Not Reading His Intelligence Reports.  In an interview set to air on Tuesday's "Hugh Hewitt Show," Cheney agreed with Charles Krauthammer's claim that the president is "strategically clueless," adding that President Obama doesn't think that US power is beneficial, but rather "part of the problem."  And maintaining that President Obama does not "have the same fundamental set of beliefs that most of our presidents have held over the years."

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And when he says, "the same fundamental set of beliefs," I surmise that Mr. Cheney is referring to this and this.

Obama Hits the Golf Course... Again.  President Obama continues to enjoy his vacation by spending another afternoon at the golf course.  The Presidential motorcade arrived at 12:56 pm on Tuesday [8/12/2014] at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, MA, according to the White House Press pool.  His golfing partners today are longtime friend Eric Whitaker, Cy Walker and former Ambassador Ron Kirk.

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

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

Obama Vacation Beat: Sunday, August 10.  The presidential vacation got off to a late start Sunday.  At approximately 1:10 pm, under blue skies and with barely a breeze wafting across the up-Island fields, President Obama's motorcade left his Chilmark vacation home and took a circuitous route to Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, arriving at 1:33 pm.  According to pool reports filed by MV Times reporter Steve Myrick, the President's playing partners today are Cyrus Walker, the cousin of White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, and friend Robert Wolf.  This is the second consecutive day the president has played Farm Neck.

If you take multiple vacations every year, work will occasionally interrupt one of them.
Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations.  Obama's last three summer sojourns to this Massachusetts island have coincided with tumult primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as elsewhere around the world.

In 2014, Obama has been late by more than 35 hours.  President Obama has a problem with being late.  This is pretty well-documented. A Google search for "obama always late" offers a multitude of articles.  When he is late to an event, as he often is — and was by more than an hour on Wednesday — the hashtag #whyobamaislate often pops up on Twitter offering various "funny" explanations for the delay.  We decided to try to figure out just how late Obama actually is.  The way we did that was pretty simple:  Every time the president gives prepared public remarks, they are posted on the White House Web site.  And, importantly, they're time-stamped.

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

The definition of escapist

Obama balances world crises with golf, time off.  President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.  Four hours later, he offered an altogether different tableau:  a golf game with friends at a lush course on Martha's Vineyard, the upscale Massachusetts island where the president and his family began a two-week vacation.

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

Choom Gang Reunites On Golf Course For Obama's Birthday Weekend.  The president spends his birthday weekend like so many other weekends of his presidency:  playing golf.  Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb, and Greg Orme — friends from Obama's high school daze in Hawaii — joined the president for a round on the links at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday morning [8/2/2014].

Obama Admits Laziness Is His Worst Fault.  President Barack Obama admitted in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, screened on Friday night [12/23/2011], that his worst character fault is "laziness" and he is really a big "softie" and not at all "Spock-like."  Asked by Walters to name "the trait you most deplore in yourself," the president — who was interviewed alongside his wife Michelle — responded, "laziness."

Burning World Can't Keep Obama Off the Golf Course.  According to Saturday's [8/2/2014] White House pool report, America shouldn't be worrying about a fierce Ebola outbreak, our porous borders being overrun by tens of thousands of foreign unknowns, Russian adventurism, Iran's nuke fetish, or Israel's current struggle against an existential threat to its very existence — because President Obama's not worrying.  He's golfing.

Obama kicks off birthday weekend golfing with pals.  Obama turns 53 on Monday.  In what's become an annual birthday tradition, he's joining friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland.  He'll board Marine One later Saturday [8/2/2014] for the short helicopter flight to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains.

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Those Marine One helicopter flights are relatively short but very expensive, and they are nearly impossible to justify if the flights are made just to shuttle the President to the golf course and back.

DNC chair makes painful admission about Obama's work ethic.  According to an analysis by the New York Post, Obama has played golf 185 times since taking office in 2009.  He has hit the links 81 times during his second term — more than do ubling the rate of his first term.  Obama also spends a lot of time raising money for fellow Democrats.  According to the Post, he has attended 75 fundraisers since the 2012 re-election.

Obama needs to work on his foreign policy, not his golf game.  Nero fiddled while Rome burned.  On Saturday [7/26/2014], President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke.  Literally.  Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Obama played 81 rounds of golf and attended 75 fundraisers since re-election.  While domestic crises simmer and international conflicts flare, President Obama can be counted on to pitch and putt.  The duffer in chief has played 81 rounds of golf and had attended 75 political fund-raisers in the 628 days since his 2012 re-election, a [New York] Post analysis of his schedule found.  The president is on pace to double the 104 days he spent on the links during his first term.

Barack Obama has already checked out of his job.  President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems.  How can one tell?  Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of "measuring the drapes" for the White House.  Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure.

Obama's six-year itch.  With all the drama in the world, this would seem a good time for No Drama Obama to roll up his sleeves and get everyone to chill.  But President Obama doesn't seem to be thinking much about work.  So says a growing contingent in Washington, including Democrats, as Obama appears content to run out the clock on his White House tenure.  Crises are cascading overseas and his domestic agenda is going nowhere, but the president stubbornly refuses to adjust his priorities, sticking to fundraisers, photo-ops and ritual denouncements of Congress.

The vacant presidency.  The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people.  From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world's convulsions.  When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

5 months off: Martha's Vineyard break will put Obama over 140 days on vacation.  When President Obama wraps up his 16-day summer break next month on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., he will have taken all or part of 141 days of vacation, time split between summers on the island, winters in his native Hawaii and birthday weekends at his Chicago home.  Obama has been criticized for taking costly and lengthy vacations, especially compared to the short trips most Americans take.

Right and left finally agree: Obama has checked out.  Unfair or not, the narrative of a president who has checked out is building momentum, and not just in the opposition press.  Nor is there any sign that Obama intends to do anything about it, or even wants to.

The media can no longer ignore Obama and Hillary Clinton's problems.  Obama in his own different way is heading towards Nixon-like levels of weirdness, as, beaten down by the failures regarding his ventures, he appears to have quit his own job.  A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks about NBA ratings and where he will live when he leaves.

Memo to Obama: It's business, not personal.  Basically, Obama has shrugged off dealing with his opposition entirely.  That may give him some personal satisfaction, but it's hardly commendable for a President to disengage so thoroughly — and let's not forget that Obama was barely engaged from the beginning.  It took nearly two years for Obama to meet with McConnell in the first place.  Obama's also disengaging from allies, as CNN's Christiane Amanpour reported last night.  Former German defense minister and Angela Merkel confidante Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said that the crisis between the two allies over espionage efforts has largely exploded because Obama doesn't bother to communicate with his allies on much of anything.

Our Chronically Relaxed President Approaches Vacation Time.  Obama's got two and a half years left in office, and he's got high school senioritis.  He's doing more fundraisers than Jerry Lewis.

'Sleepy' Obama going through the motions.  Some remarkable — and frightening — photos of President Obama [...] show just how disengaged he's become.  As crisis at home and around the world mount, the president is withdrawing and making it plain to those willing to see that the presidency doesn't interest him anymore.

Is Obama acting like a former president?  It looks like we have officially entered the world of the post-Obama presidency.  President Obama's recent speeches and remarks make it obvious that he is not making any serious effort to govern or to drive world events.  Except for covering the basics, he seems to have taken something like an early retirement.  We can look back at his West Point speech, which may go down in history as his first post-presidency speech, and the endpoint of an Obama foreign policy.

Obama now in all-out free fall.  [Scroll down]  The Washington Post lambasted Mr. Obama for his weekly rounds of golf, 177 so far.  (To put that into perspective, Tiger Woods plays about 18 tournaments, 72 rounds, a year.)  Of course, The Post harangued President George W. Bush for playing golf, but he quit playing after America went to war with Iraq.  ("I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said.)

Obama tees off with ESPN commentator.  President Obama is golfing Saturday with ESPN sports commentator Tony Kornheiser, for the third time in less than a year.

Obama's political bogey on the golf course.  On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq — and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  The next day, the militants posted pictures of their mass execution of Shiite members of Iraq's security forces — and Obama boldly teed off again, at Oracle founder Larry Ellison's Rancho Mirage estate.  These split-screen scenes were reminiscent of the weekend in March when Russia was about to annex Crimea.  Obama played golf both Saturday and Sunday at Key Largo, Fla.'s Ocean Reef resort with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former NFL player Ahmad Rashad.

Modi Versus Obama: Governing Versus Golf.  The government of India is considered among the worst bureaucracies of Asia, notorious for government inaction and general sloth.  New Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking aim at changing the government's culture by keeping bureaucrats off the golf course and in the office.

Jay Carney: Obama 'Paying Close Attention' to Iraq While Golfing.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that President Obama is fully engaged in the situation in Iraq — even though he spent last weekend golfing.  Carney was asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney's op-ed in The Wall Street Journal criticizing the President for golfing instead of paying attention to world affairs.

Barack Obama golfs while the Middle East burns.  Last weekend Barack Obama played his 175th and 176th rounds of golf as president.  He played first at Sunnylands, the famously private course on the Rancho Mirage, California estate of the late billionaire Walter Annenberg.  Obama next played at Porcupine Creek, the equally private course on the nearby estate of the very-much-alive tech billionaire Larry Ellison.

No Mr. President, You are the 'Serious Threat to Everybody's Future'.  Wake up American people!  The Islamists are living in caves and sleeping on desert floors through the dead of winter, fantasizing about the next best way to kill Americans, and Papa Bear needs a beach and a pina colada?  While he golfs, vacations, and parties with the rich and famous, our enemies have become seasoned warriors with weapons, strategies, and plans intended to defeat us.  We are in serious trouble!

Obama Vacations Despite Iraq, Ukraine, Immigration Crisis.  As the Los Angeles local CBS affiliate noted, Obama's staff has helpfully "scoped out some golf courses and gave a list to Obama just in case he wants to spend Father's Day on the links."  If the president breaks out the clubs once again, it will be the sixth time he's golfed in Rancho Mirage since entering the White House.  As of May 24th, 2014, President Obama has hit the links 173 times since becoming president.

Rep. Price: Obama 'Deceitful' on Border Security.  President Obama was "being deceitful" when he told the American people in 2011 that the U.S. border is secure, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) told "Fox News Sunday."  "The American people understand and appreciate, given the events over the past couple of weeks, that the president was being deceitful with the American people on this.  There's a human tragedy going on the Southern border right now, and the president's doing nothing.  What did he do this weekend to correct that?  He gave a hyper-partisan commencement speech and then went and played golf.

Amid Iraq crisis, Obama, Kerry golf and tweet.  While Iraqi jihadists are slaughtering the masses, taking over major cities and engaging in the mass execution of Iraqi military in their march on Baghdad, you have to ask:  How much sense does it make for Secretary of State John Kerry to be tweeting to Hollywood celebrities about the environment this past weekend?  Or for President Obama to be working on his golf swing?  Imagine the "optics" that sends to our foreign enemies.

Obama goes golfing during Palm Springs vacation as Iraq descends into chaos.  President Barack Obama spent last weekend on the golf course and on vacation in Palm Springs, California while his National Security team took charge of monitoring the increasing unrest in Iraq, it was revealed on Monday [6/16/2014].  According to reports filed by journalists on the trip of the president's comings and goings, President Barack Obama spent Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday at exclusive resorts playing golf with White House aides.

Palin Calls Out 'Lazy' Obama for Lack of Accountability.  On Fox News Channel's Thursday broadcast of "Hannity," former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) reacted to President Barack Obama's handling of the ever-expanding VA Hospital scandal.  Host Sean Hannity indicated this seemed to be a pattern and pointed to the lack of a standard of accountability in the Obama administration, which included Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and now Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Inside the Obama Frat House.  I have written numerous times about Barack Obama's lack of a work ethic.  Even during his Harvard years, he was known as a slacker who just glided by on the golden path by virtue of... well... being Barack Obama.  The pattern persisted as President.  He consistently has skipped daily economic, intelligence and national security meetings; refuses to call cabinet meetings; considers meeting with Republicans — and most Democrats — as beneath his dignity (or so it seems); turns in his homework — (also known as the national budget) consistently late — another example of his leadership principle in action, leading from behind; and just generally ignored the management of his signature namesake legislation "ObamaCare" until the problems overwhelmed him; [...]

Obama acts like he doesn't care about growing Veterans Affairs scandal.  There's a new story almost every day about how the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to fail veterans under its care.  The drumbeat of media attention has led the American Legion and a growing list of lawmakers to demand the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.  What was Obama's response?  To say — through a spokesman — that he has confidence in Shinseki and has ordered him to investigate.

The 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' President.  Very few of our presidents have ever been truly prepared to handle the rigors of the presidency, but most of them have risen to the challenge.  The time period for Obama to do so expired long ago.  His leadership has been consistently and willfully obtuse and oblivious to the duties and responsibilities of the presidency.

Michelle Obama: Obama family Sundays are more for napping than church.  First lady Michelle Obama told "Live with Kelly and Michael" co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa that Sundays for the first family have become more about napping, downtime and family time than about church or godly worship.  She made the comments in response to a question from the co-hosts during the Easter Egg Roll at the White House, when they asked for a description of a typical Obama family Sunday, Breitbart reported.

Ultra-Busy Obama has already seen 'Game of Thrones' season four.  President Obama has already seen (at least some of) "Game of Thrones" season four, even though the season doesn't premiere until April 6.  But when you are the president of the United States you get all kinds of good stuff like a mansion and people letting you win at basketball and early access to softcore HBO shows.

It's winter in Ukraine, but it's spring break for Obama.  While more Russian forces were pouring into Crimea this past weekend, and Russian legislators announced their readiness to annex the Ukrainian province, where was our commander in chief?  Monitoring events in the Situation Room?  Meeting with the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon?  Holding an emergency meeting of NATO leaders?  Nope.  He was enjoying the Florida sunshine with his family at an oceanfront resort in Key Largo.

President Not-Present.  We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration's Press, has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP's words, "did not participate" in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning [3/1/2014] "to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options" in reaction to Russia's invasion and takeover of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine.  Those who need help getting past AP's whitewashing need to understand that "did not participate" means "did not attend."  Last time I checked, the president of the United States was the nation's commander in chief, the person who is supposed to be primarily responsible for the nation's security and well-being in its relations with the rest of the world.  He happens to live in the same White House where the national security meeting was held. [...] Congress and the American people should demand to know exactly what could possibly have been more important than Obama's attendance at that meeting.  We all know that if a President Romney or George W. Bush had acted similarly, the press would already be demanding an answer for us, and quite properly so.

CBS Marvels at Obama's TV Binge Watching: 'He's A Lot Like Us'.  Acting like the White House press office, Tuesday's CBS This Morning devoted a 3-minute report to President Obama's habit of binge watching his favorite TV shows, with correspondent Bill Plante gushing:  "He may be the leader of the free world, but when it comes to unwinding, President Obama — well, he's a lot like us....  The President tunes in to tune out.  And when he needs his television, step aside."

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The "leader of the free world," if that's what Obama really is, should not be a half-witted escapist who "unwinds" and "tune[s] out" at any time.

President Obama golfs at Larry Ellison's Porcupine Creek.  President Barack Obama, in town since Friday and fresh off a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, left the Sunnylands estate Sunday morning for a little more golf.  He didn't have far to go.  The destination was Porcupine Creek, the private golf course owned by Oracle co-founder and BNP Paribas owner Larry Ellison.

After decrying inequality, Obama golfs at personal course of mega-billionaire.  Inequality in America is a terrible thing, unless it results in a nice afternoon at a golf course so private that "uncrowded" does not begin to describe the solitude a presidential foursome can enjoy.  Few things in this world are more unequally enjoyed than the luxury of a personal golf course.  But our inequality-hating president found the time to enjoy one yesterday [2/16/2014].

A peek into Obama's weekend at Sunnylands.  President Obama is kicking back this weekend at Sunnylands, the Camp David of the West.  It's a place for high-minded problem-solving — then golf and TV.

Obama's Loafer Nation.  A loafer is an idle person who lives off others.  Barack Obama seemingly has no problem with such people.  He might even relate to them.  He does have a serious problem with his own work ethic, and finds work boring.

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?

Obama: I have some Hawaii laziness.  President Obama admits his worst trait is that he's a little bit lazy and blames his Aloha State upbringing for his penchant for taking it easy.  "There is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there's a laziness in me," Obama said in his interview with Barbara Walters that airs Friday night [11/23/2011] on ABC.

Barack Obama Is Dumb and Lazy.  Every president is on the receiving end of this kind of stuff, and some of it sticks and some of it doesn't.  But then there's the completely mysterious stuff.  Obama was too dumb to write his own autobiography.  Obama was an affirmative action baby at Harvard Law.  Obama can barely string three words together without a teleprompter.  Obama is too lazy to attend national security briefings.  Obama gives soaring speeches but there's nothing behind them.  Obama lives a life of sybaritic ease punctuated mostly by golf dates and basketball games.  It's just bizarre.

Flashback: Obama Called Himself Lazy.  The clip of the Barbara Walters interview where Obama said he feels "a laziness" in himself that he attributes to his laid back upbringing in Hawaii. [Video clip]

Chicago Law Professors: Obama Was Lazy and Unqualified.  Chicago Law's highest tenured professor on Obama:  "Professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings."

To be (a lawyer) or not to be....  Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn't even considered.  A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach.  The Board told him he didn't have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position.  He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.  The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool.  According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building.  He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

The Sequester Illustrates President Obama's Laziness.  "He's lazy, but the media won't report that."  Those are the words of Roger Ailes, the outspoken president of Fox News Channel, with regard to President Obama and his questionable work ethic in the Oval Office.  In a soon-to-be-published biography, Ailes makes the case that the president's political failures can be traced to his unwillingness to put forth the requisite effort — in other words, President Obama plays too much golf, shoots too many baskets, and doesn't do his homework.  The president doesn't get the job done because he doesn't do his job.

Congressional Testimony Reveals Obama Lazy, Dishonest, Incompetent.  Leaving major decisions up to others, failing to stay up all night working problems, hanging up on and refusing to meet with Congressman during discussions regarding key issues, frequent vacations, the golfing, being able to discuss the strengths of all the college basketball teams, etc., all of these point to a man that is quite lazy.  He is intellectually lazy, that we know from his sloppy arguments, stunned looks when he is rarely asked tough questions, from his utter lack of referencing any books or articles that he's ever read, from his own accounts of his formative years, and from what I gathered reading his syllabus for his college classes.  Oh, he's curious and interested, but fails to put in the hard work necessary to be successful.

Is Obama lazy?  All we're getting is whispers from the press, of course, A raised eyebrow here, a sad shake of the head there.  But the picture that is emerging of Barack Obama, the executive, is not very flattering if you look between the lines.

Obama hits golf course on heat wave weekend.  President Obama hit the golf course Sunday [7/25/2010] as the Washington region experienced a humid heat wave that pushed the heat index into the triple digits.  Obama left the White House shortly after noon for the links at Andrew Air Force Base.

Is President Obama lazy?  Times are serious, and Obama may not be.  The question of whether Obama is lazy evokes everything from discomfort to rage.  Yet asking and answering questions provokes "national conversations" that President Obama cherishes. [...] Barry Sotero was ordinary.  In college, he represented nothing unique.  He was typical, mainstream and generic.  His hobbies included alcohol, drugs, surfing, and "chilling."  He was a "stoner" and a "slacker."

BenghaziGate: President Obama Is A Lazy Liar.  Within 24 hours, the White House knew the assault on our Libyan consulate was a terrorist attack, yet a president who has no time for intelligence briefings sent his minions out to say it was just a movie.  Five days before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to say Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed at the hands of a spontaneous mob inflamed by a months-old film trailer insulting Islam that few had seen, U.S. intelligence sources knew the attack was planned and organized.

Sununu: 'Lazy and Detached' Obama Set Stage for Ambassador's Murder.  Romney campaign surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) blasted President Obama as too "lazy and detached" to sit through presidential briefings, and charged that Ambassador Chris Stevens paid the ultimate price for that laziness.

Do Not Disturb.  Harry Truman famously kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office, "The Buck Stops Here."  Sixty years later, President Obama hangs a sign on the door to the Oval Office, "Do Not Disturb."

Obama is Lazy like a Fox.  President Obama has demonstrated leadership qualities ranging from poor to nonexistent.v But is a president who lacks visible leadership qualities really such a bad thing?

All he does is watch TV?
Obama Loves Game of Thrones, Every Other Critically Acclaimed Cable Drama.  When he isn't running the country, President Obama finds time to watch every show friends say he really has to watch.  He's working his way through the DVD box set of Breaking Bad, and has said he's a fan of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, The Wire, Mad Men, and Homeland.  Obama is also into Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, but the New York Times notes that in general he seems to prefer "the kind of heavy, darkly rendered television that echoes the sadness and strife that make up so much of his workday."

Where Is Obama Finding the Time to Watch So Much Television?  The clear sense of the article is that despite the pomp and circumstance that are perks of the job that used to be designated as "leader of the free world," Barack Obama is just another couch potato, no worse and no better than the denizens of the middle class he claims he wants to help. [...] No one is criticizing the president's tastes in viewing, but his TV habits — or at least the number of series, most with running times of one hour, that he professes to watch — do raise a question:  When does he find time to play golf?

What Obama's TV picks really tell us about him.  Obama, we learn, "seeks not to escape to the delicious back-stabbing of the 'Real Housewives," nor to "the frivolity of the singing teens on 'Glee,'" but to "shows like HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and 'Boardwalk Empire,'" as well as to "the DVD box set of AMC's 'Breaking Bad,'" "Mad Men," "Homeland," "The Wire," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation," and "Sportscenter."  "Friends say Obama is also awaiting the new season of the Netflix show 'House of Cards.'"  The president has the same attitude toward spoilers that he has toward leaks.  He is against them.  They might interfere with his viewing.  "The president is way behind" on "Breaking Bad," Shear writes, "and frequently reminds those around him not to give anything away."

Obama on the Couch.  It takes cash to afford the cable connections, premium channels, and Netflix subscriptions required to watch all of the titles on the president's viewing list.  It is also necessary to have leisure time, which, disturbingly, the president seems to have a lot of.  No wonder he finds out about everything from the newspapers.  Shear clearly had a thesis in mind when he sat down to write.  His article is an argument in search of evidence.  He seems to think Obama's taste in television reveals a tragic sense of life, [...]

The secret ingredient in the Obama formula for success.  Not to put too fine a point on it, Obama is lazy.  He loves the perquisites of high office.  He just doesn't have much time for the demands.  Incompetence.  Arrogance.  Left-wingery.  Laziness.  The final oddity is the way Obama combines laziness and ambition.  For he is certainly ambitious.  His efforts to "fundamentally transform the United States of America" are prosecuted by following what Governor Mitch Daniels described as a policy of "shock-and-awe" statism.

Our Lazy President.  I'm starting to get the feeling that President Obama is no workaholic.  His much trumpeted "War on Petroleum" speech in the Oval Office last week fell flat to most listeners, regardless of political affiliation, because our "genius", Harvard educated President made it clear to the entire world that he knew less about the Gulf spill than the average 10th grader.  What has this man been doing with his time for the past two months?

Obama, The Accidental President.  Obama discusses basketball with authority, which means that he must be spending a lot of time watching the games and listening to sports commentators.  Exactly what he was elected for, wasn't he?  While Rome burned, Nero fiddled.  While the world burns, Obama ponders the outcome of a college basketball tournament. ... The famous Occam's razor principle states that the simplest explanation is the most plausible one.  Applying it to dispel the fog of propaganda, it becomes glaringly obvious that Obama is an accidental president, a lazy and indecisive incompetent devoid of any ability or desire to perform the job to which he was elected by a gullible majority, who loves the perks but hates the duties of his office; who loves to play but hates to work.

Sununu: 'Lazy and Detached' Obama Set Stage for Ambassador's Murder.  Romney campaign surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) blasted President Obama as too "lazy and detached" to sit through presidential briefings, and charged that Ambassador Chris Stevens paid the ultimate price for that laziness.  "Look, one of the key responsibilities of a president is to keep up with the intelligence data that's coming in and what's going on around the world.  This president has skipped about 60 percent of his personal contact Presidential Daily briefings, the PDB.  That document that he skims on his iPad is a summary," Sununu said last night [9/27/2012] on Fox.

Our Lazy President.  Obama was in the White House for only a few weeks before he started farming out his authority to dozens of "czars".  There's a good reason why no other President has ever done that, because what's the point of being President if you're not going to make the big decisions yourself?

Signs accumulate that liberals are embarrassed by Obama.  Many of us have long recognized the indisputable signs of a lazy man who has never been challenged, and who thinks he walks on water.  A man who has been blessed with all the breaks, and yet who thinks of himself as the member of a victim class, and its natural champion.  A man whose success is all based on creating the appearance of competence, never its substance.  Now that Obama stands under the spotlight and faces an adversary able to outshine him, the illusion is crumbling.

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