Barack Obama is the most thoroughly dishonest politician since... well, since the last Democrat
president. Wasn't Mr. Obama saying just last year that he was going to assemble "the
most ethical Administration of all time"? If that's the case, why must
he resort to chicanery and guile on a daily basis? Why does a trillion-dollar
pork-infested spending bill have to be rushed through Congress before anyone can
read it? Why establish ethical standards and then exempt everyone from those
I tried to tell you before
the election about Obama's tendencies toward secrecy, prevarication and exaggeration, and
all that discussion is still available on another page.
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Flip-flops and broken promises
Bait and switch
What's the rush?
On other pages:
Barack Obama's prevarication, double-talk,
deceptiveness, chicanery, secrecy, obfuscation, and hidden records
Flip-flops and broken promises
My Unrecognizable Democratic Party.
Since 2012 there has been nothing about the Obama presidency to justify the confidence that Democrats now exhibit. Mr. Obama was
elected in 2008 on the basis of his persona and his pledge to end political and ideological polarization. His apparent
everyone-in-it-together idealism was exactly what the country wanted and needed. On taking office, however, the president
adopted a my-way-or-the-highway style of governance.
Higher than Obama Predicted for Oct. 2012 Without Stimulus. Remember when the White House, via their economists Christina Romer and Jared
Bernstein, sold the $800 billion stimulus by saying that if it were passed, the unemployment rate would be 5.2% in October 2012?
Obama eases off 'one-term
proposition,' says economic fix takes more than 4 years. Despite saying in 2009 that failing to right the economy in three years would mean
a "one-term proposition," President Obama on Thursday [11/1/2012] may have moved the goalposts.
Counting On Americans' Amnesia About His Record of Failure. President Obama doesn't suffer from
amnesia, but apparently he hopes the public does. In his latest in a series of interviews on "60 Minutes"
last Sunday night, the president took positions that are the polar opposite of what he was saying as recently
as last spring.
to sign indefinite detention bill into law. In one of the least surprising developments imaginable,
President Obama — after spending months threatening to veto the Levin/McCain detention bill —
yesterday announced that he would instead sign it into law (this is the same individual, of course, who unequivocally
vowed when seeking the Democratic nomination to support a filibuster of "any bill that includes retroactive immunity
for telecom[s]," only to turn around — once he had the nomination secure — and not only
vote against such a filibuster, but to vote in favor of the underlying bill itself, so this is perfectly
consistent with his past conduct).
Official Obama Administration
Scandals List. A list of Obama's lies, broken promises, flip-flops, mistakes, gaffes and scandals.
There are at least 1,870 items on the list so far.
Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates. A catalog of broken promises and flip-flops.
is right on Target. [Scroll down] The most memorable — and consequential —
event of the less-than-transparent White House was the occasion when President Obama broke eight separate promises
to televise Obamacare hearings on C-SPAN.
Yields to Liberal Outcry on Entitlement Reform. President Obama has tried for months to convince
critics on the left that entitlement programs such as Medicare had to be cut in order to save the programs,
but he seems to have yielded under pressure from his political base. In his new $1.5 trillion
deficit-cutting plan, unveiled Monday at the White House, Obama backed away from the changes he had been
talking about for months.
Reasons to Send the Democrats Packing in November. [#3] While he was campaigning, Barack Obama
promised to cut the deficit in half, but in his first 100 days alone, he quadrupled the deficit.
Promised March With Union Workers Fails to Materialize. When candidate Obama was campaigning in
South Carolina in 2007, he said he was proud to wear the "union label" and that if workers were denied rights
to organize or collectively bargain when he was elected, "I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I'll
will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America."
anti-loophole call gets clean-energy exception. One week after he called on lawmakers to close
tax-code loopholes that benefit specific industries, President Obama proposed one of his own — a
tax break aimed at spurring the development of energy-efficient commercial buildings. In doing so,
Mr. Obama underscored the herculean challenge of simplifying the tax system in Washington, where loopholes
are in the eye of the beholder.
Obama Eats Crow. Make no mistake
about it, Obama's announcement that he'll keep all tax rates at the current levels is a huge victory for the
GOP. Here's a man who banked his presidential run on rescinding "tax cuts for the rich." Far from
a throwaway line on the campaign trail, it was Barack's central talking point.
The Serial Double-Crosser.
In order to pass the first stimulus bill, Obama said Medicare would not be cut. In fact, cuts will be made.
Although Obama promised growth in the private sector, the increase of jobs is in the public sector. Obama
claimed he would limit earmarks but, in fact, there have been larger and more earmarks than ever before.
Obama was adamant that he would appoint no lobbyists to his administration. He appointed more lobbyists
than his predecessors. Obama criticized the size of George Bush's deficit -- yet he has quadrupled the
size of the deficit. When campaigning, he was critical of bills that were too long for anyone to read
and properly analyze; his bills are incredibly longer (2000+ pages) than the ones he originally criticized.
Though he claimed his administration would be transparent, Obama has maintained an unprecedented level of secrecy
towards the American public.
No hybrids at White House.
President Barack Obama's latest focus on improving fuel economy standards for 2017-2025 prompted Business
Insider to review how the government's car collection is meshing with candidate Obama's campaign platform.
"Within one year of becoming president, the entire White House fleet will be converted to plug-ins as security
permits," Obama said in a 2008 energy plan.
So, Mr. President, how's that
Guantanamo closing promise coming along? Today [5/21/2010] is the official one-year anniversary of President Barack
Obama repeating why he signed the official closing order for the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility on his
second day in office in January of 2009. No prison is supposed to look hospitable; that's the point of prison.
Hence, the locks and guards. But the prison facility on the island of Cuba looked particularly bad to Democrats
and looked bad internationally.
Over the Rainbows.
[Barack Obama] came into office promising rainbows and puppies for everyone and has, like Pizza Hut during a blizzard,
failed to deliver. ... He did literally promise to change the way Washington works, unify the country, govern from the
center, work with Republicans and operate the government in a fiscally responsible way. That hasn't happened.
Defiant Transparency Promise Breach. Barack Obama promised to run the most transparent White House
in history — avoiding lobbyists, publicizing donations and televising health care debates on C-SPAN.
You also certainly know that he's broken his pledge in every possible respect. But what's even more
offensive to me is his arrogance and defiance in the process.
One About Face After Another From Obama. From Times Square to Afghanistan, the White House has
now done so many about faces that our heads are spinning. President Obama is feting Afghan President
Karzai this week like he's royalty. The red carpet has been rolled out — White House luncheon,
Blair House digs, joint press conference. Is this the same guy that just a month ago the administration
said stole an election, and was in bed with narco- traffickers? The same guy who threatened to join the
Taliban on the heels of President Obama's visit to Kabul?
The VAT's in the Fire.
When President Obama was a candidate, he pledged over and over to voters: If you make less than $250,000
a year, your taxes will not go up. Voters read his lips. They hoped for change. Yesterday [4/22/2010],
the President said that the Value Added Tax is "on the table." That means it will be the main course
served up after the November elections.
about the VAT.
Again, President Obama Breaks Promise to Call Armenian Genocide 'Genocide'. President Obama today
again broke his promise to use the word "genocide" when describing the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million
Armenians at the beginning of the last century.
Democrats are hiding
deficits. A few months after moving into the White House, President Obama promised to reduce the
large deficit in 2010 and continue reducing it further in 2011. This promise was broken, and the deficit
in 2010 is expected to be approximately $200 billion more than in 2009.
"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any
form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not
any of your taxes... you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."
The $3,700 Dime.
Candidate Obama repeatedly vowed that those earning under $250,000 "will not see any of your taxes increase
one single dime." Will he veto the $3,700 tax hike Congress is considering for 30 million
Not One Dime? Candidate
Barack Obama said that President Obama wouldn't raise taxes by a "single dime" on families earning less than
$250,000 a year. Unless he meant $250 a year, he was being less than candid.
12 Taxes in Health Care Law Violate Obama's Pledge.
As many as a dozen taxes in the new health care law violate President Barack Obama's campaign pledge not to raise
taxes on families earning less than $250,000 and on individuals earning less than $200,000. At least seven of
these taxes directly affect health consumers regardless of income, such as the individual mandate to buy insurance,
the employer mandate, the tanning tax, and limits and penalties on health savings accounts.
Obama nation revisited.
NRO's Jim Geraghty has recently compiled an impressive list of expired Obama statements. The list is
essentially a set of campaign promises or pledges that Obama has violated, rather in the manner of a conventional
American politician. They reveal Obama's campaign persona as something of a sham.
Obamacare Violates Obama's Pledge Not to Increase Taxes.
As many as a dozen taxes in the new health care law violate President Barack Obama's campaign pledge not to
raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000 and on individuals earning less than $200,000. At
least seven of these taxes directly affect health consumers regardless of income, such as the individual
mandate to buy insurance, the employer mandate, the tanning tax, and limits and penalties on health savings
Why Revenge Is Necessary:
Let us start with all the lies that Barack Obama told or the promises that he broke, each one of which will
damage our way of life as the falsehood is made manifest in law. This president, this sinister creature
of Frank Marshall Davis and Saul Alinsky, of Indonesian sojourns and Columbia University radical salons,
campaigned vociferously against Hillary Clinton's call for an individual mandate for health insurance. Now
the individual mandate is the centerpiece of Obamacare. Obama promised that he would never, ever raise taxes
on individuals making under $200,000 or couples under $250,000. This legislation breaks that promise.
The Obamarang: Obama now
rails against a pernicious Washington and its insiders: ergo, Obama controls Washington through both
houses of Congress and the White House, and wants to expand Washington's control over the auto industry,
health care, energy, student loans, transportation, etc. ... Obama calls for bipartisanship and an end to
finger-pointing. Of course, then, he will begin and end nearly every speech with attacks on George
Bush and the prior administration. ... Why does Obama serially tell untruths, mislead, and do the opposite
of what he promises?
Obama Goes Nuclear.
[Scroll down] Any chance Obama had of living up to his well-honed image as a post-partisan leader was
tossed aside on Wednesday [3/3/2010], as the president urged Democrats in Congress to disregard public opinion
and ram through his health care bill using a parliamentary maneuver that doesn't require bipartisan support. ... Obama,
whose entire candidacy was built around the idea that change must begin from the bottom up, is now pursuing a
top down strategy.
flip flops on his own record. As a matter of fact, at a DNC fundraiser in California last
October, Obama said his administration and Congress had accomplished so much that, "If we stopped today,
this legislative session would have been one of the most productive in a generation."
Rationing Both Jobs and
Basketballs. Only a couple of months ago, the president vowed that we would "spend our way out
of this recession." Now he is singing a new tune — calling for "austerity." How is one
to reconcile the two sides of Mr. Obama's newly adopted public persona — Mr. Spendthrift and Mr.
Austerity? Actually, there is no difficulty here, because, either way, the president will decide
what needs to be done, with little or no input from the private sector.
Congress and Obama Show Contempt for Americans.
Congress is showing contempt for the American people by excluding them from the crafting of Obamacare. The president
promised in his campaign he'd deliver transparency, saying, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table" with
everybody involved. Those that can't make it would be able to see "the negotiations televised on C-SPAN." Too
bad this isn't happening: yet another broken Obama promise.
of Corruption Produces Awful Health Care Bill. Amazingly, under pressure, the Democrats are not
scaling back on the corruption of this bill. They're doubling down. They are trying to salvage a
corrupt product by adopting a corrupt process, canceling the traditional conference committee that would
harmonize the House and Senate versions of the bill, in favor of closed-door negotiations to produce an
even more complicated and opaque compromise. This is being done in flagrant violation of one of
President Obama's major campaign promises: to make the health-care negotiations available to public
and specifically to broadcast them on C-SPAN.
Pelosicare's Broken Window.
Between the typical Chicago thug political style of Barack Obama and his henchman, Rahm Emanuel, and the shell-game
CBO manipulations of Harry Reid, far more is unseen than seen in the proposed legislation. As if to make that
point even more obvious, the Administration is rebuffing C-Span's request that it live up to Barack Obama's
often-repeated promise to have these specific negotiations take place in public view, indeed specifically on
C-Span. Health care reform is now literally unseen.
If Obama Had Told Us Before His Election.
If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been
elected? ... If Obama had admitted that his health care plan would include the same provisions for which he ran negative
TV ads against Hillary Clinton (a federal mandate requiring every American to buy health insurance) and against John McCain
(a tax on high-cost employer-based plans), would Obama have been elected?
Obama's Top 10 unfulfilled pledges. Less than nine months into his four-year term of office, President Barack
Obama's record is already one of abandoned promises, sidelined issues and lack of action.
Obama the Great Divider.
In one of life's delicious ironies, the President, who campaigned as the Great Uniter, is worsening the split
between the right and left and losing support in the process.
Obama's missing millions.
Only last month In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, President Obama declared: "I don't have to explain to you
that nearly 46 million Americans don't have health insurance coverage today. In the wealthiest nation
on Earth, 46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage." Tonight Obama declared that "[t]here
are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage. The number of our fellow
citizens who have no coverage is 30 million."
Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo
Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It. On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted
President Bush's executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human
embryos, President Barack Obama signed a law that explicilty bans federal funding of any "research in which a human
embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death."
Obama dodges transparency
pledge. If President Obama signs the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation Monday, he'll again be dodging
a campaign pledge he made on transparency. During the campaign, Obama pledged to post legislation online for five days
before signing it. But administration officials have said they don't have to do that for the stimulus because the
pledge applied only to non-emergency legislation.
Fierce Urgency of Pork. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier
declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a [stimulus] bill.
And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An
ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen
current or former lobbyists to high position.
Dems' Big Risk. Congressional liberals must
think Americans have very short memories. For years the Left trashed the Bush administration for not capturing
and killing Osama bin Laden. Democrats claimed they could get the job done. Campaigning for president,
Barack Obama made "We will kill bin Laden" a regular part of his foreign policy stump speech. But as the political
winds have shifted, so has the nature of the Left's indictments.
House fails to zero out carbon.
It was a bold promise: the House would "lead by example" to fight global warming, becoming the first
legislative body in the world to zero out its carbon impact on the planet. Too bold, perhaps. The
House quietly shelved the idea late last month, the word delivered in an e-mail to a couple of reporters.
It turned out that the House's goal to become carbon neutral — by removing as much carbon dioxide
from the air as it releases — could not be guaranteed.
old fudges and loopholes in Obama's new era of ethics. On the campaign trail, candidate Barack
Obama vowed to fix Washington's "broken politics", which had become "gummed up by money and influence".
In the age of Obama, he promised, government would no longer be "a tool to enrich friends and high-priced
lobbyists". The stakes were too high to play the "same old Washington games with the same old Washington
players". The slogan was: "Change you can believe in." Now that he is in office, however,
the new dawn is looking like a false one. His administration is crammed to the gills with alumni of Bill
Clinton's White House; Hillary Clinton, whom Obama mocked as the epitome of what was wrong with politics,
is now secretary of state.
promises, rival views are scrubbed from White House. Only weeks ago, the political world was
buzzing about a "team of rivals." America was told that finally, after years of yes-men running the
government, we were getting a president who would follow President Abraham Lincoln's lead, fill his
administration with varying viewpoints, and glean empirically sound policy from the clash of ideas.
Little did we know that "team of rivals" was what George Orwell calls "newspeak": an empty slogan
"claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts."
Broken Earmark Promises. Wednesday —
behind closed doors — President Barack Obama signed his 2009 Omnibus spending package, calling it an "imperfect"
bill. With 8,570 disclosed earmarks worth $7.7 billion "imperfect" is an understatement. It's bad enough
that our president was in an irresponsible rush to spend hundreds of billions with his "stimulus" package ($787 billion),
and soon $350 million in the second half of the TARP funds, $32 billion — at least — for his
new SCHIP program, and now $410 billion in his "imperfect" omnibus bill, but on top of that, he's been dishonest.
Obama Breaks Tax Pledge, Signs SCHIP. Barely two weeks
after assuming the presidency, Barack Obama signed into law a bill expanding a health insurance subsidy and
breaking one of the central promises of his candidacy. Obama's February 4 signing of the State
Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion bill more than doubled the federal cigarette tax, even
though he had pledged he would not raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000 a year. Taxes
on various classes of cigars also increased.
Obama's First Tax Hike.
President Obama approved his first tax hike today [2/4/2009]. The bill he signed to expand the State
Children's Health Insurance Program contains a provision to increase taxes on tobacco by a whopping
155 percent. That means the federal taxes on cigarettes have gone up an additional 61 cents
a pack. This brings federal taxes on a pack of cigarettes to $1 per pack total.
Promises, Promises: Obama
tax pledge up in smoke. One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in
puffs of smoke Wednesday [4/1/2009]. The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's
promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.
This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.
Promises, Promises: Is Obama dog
a rescue or not? Barack Obama and his wife Michelle said during the presidential campaign that they had
promised their two girls a dog after the election. The Obamas repeatedly said they wanted it to be a rescued dog
such as one from a shelter. Their search was complicated by daughter Malia's allergies, which would rule out
many of the "mutts" the president has said he would prefer.
dog Bo: Cute but what about promise to adopt? Now that the dust has settled, we know that Bo is
a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.
Forgoing shelter dog may put Obama in
doghouse. President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise to his daughters with their new
puppy, but the decision to forgo a shelter dog is sure to leave some animal activists growling.
Bad Barack gets the best of Good
Barack — again!. Anybody who watched the President's economic speech yesterday saw the
battle of the two Obamas. Good Barack and Bad Barack were struggling for control, with the former
demonstrating his charismatic appeal and the latter revealing a bad habit of distorting the views of critics.
The chip on his shoulder about wealth is still there, too, a timely reminder that April 15 could mean an unhappy
return for millions of Americans in coming years.
Los Angeles or
Waterboarding? My guess is that President Obama realizes it was a big mistake for his administration
to release four memos written by Bush administration lawyers sanctioning enhanced interrogation techniques.
Already, rage on the left has prompted Obama to go squishy on his once-insistent opposition to prosecuting any Bush
administration officials. Now he says he might let his attorney general prosecute Bush lawyers. That
would be criminalizing the politics of 2002.
Obama and a
lesson from Thucydides. During his campaign, Obama made more than 500 promises. By one
account, he has to date kept 28 of those promises, taken no action on more than 400, and broken 6 promises,
including the key promise not to sign any "non-emergency" bill "without giving the American public an
opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days." Obama called this "sunlight
before signing." What we've had, though, is signing before moonshine.
Transparency in union finances
a thing of the past. Ignoring their own rhetoric about the value of transparency and openness, the Obama
administration is "rolling back rules requiring labor unions and their leaders to report information about their finances
and compensation," according to [a] Washington Times report written by Jim McElhatton.
reverses union transparency. The Obama administration, which has boasted about its efforts to
make government more transparent, is rolling back rules requiring labor unions and their leaders to report
information about their finances and compensation. The Labor Department noted in a recent disclosure
that "it would not be a good use of resources" to bring enforcement actions against union officials who do not
comply with conflict of interest reporting rules passed in 2007. Instead, union officials will now be
allowed to file older, less detailed conflict reports.
The Gathering Storm Over Guns.
Barely 100 days into the new Obama-Biden administration, ominous storm clouds are already gathering over your
most fundamental right as a free citizen: Your right to own a gun to protect yourself, your family and
your freedom. Betraying all their campaign promises to protect your right to keep and bear arms or your
freedom to hunt, the Obama administration has put its chess pieces in place and set in motion its strategy to
do just the opposite.
gives the far Left 99 dreamy days. Obama was elected as a different kind of candidate who could
be trusted to deliver genuine change. But virtually every one of his 99 days in the nation's highest
office have revealed him to be just another Washington pol who talks a good case but acts no differently when
it comes to keeping promises.
Obama to break '5 days' pledge.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the credit card reform bill on Friday. ... But this high-profile,
high-priority event clashes with what once was deemed another top presidential priority: Obama's
campaign promise that he would "not sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an
opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."
ducks promise to delay bill signings'. It seemed among the easiest of his transparency pledges and is
entirely under his control, but President Obama is finagling his promise to post bills on the White House Web site for
comment for five days before he signs them. Mr. Obama last week signed four bills, each just a day or two after
Congress passed and sent it over to him.
Raps Pelosi Over Making Bills Available Online. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) marshaled his newfound celebrity
Friday [9/25/2009] by sending a fundraising letter to Republicans that accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of
failing to post all bills online at least 72 hours prior to votes. Wilson, who rose to notoriety for interrupting
President Obama's health-care address to Congress by yelling "You Lie!," charged Friday that Democratic congressional
leaders "continue to spin and mislead the public" in the contentious debate over health-care reform.
It's Undemocratic To Read Before You Vote?
House Resolution 554 would require that all major legislation be posted on the web for public review for a minimum of
72 hours before it could be brought to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. No more dropping
thousand-page bills and hundreds of pages of amendments at the last minute barring not only the public but members of
Congress from reading the bills — forcing votes on legislation members haven't been allowed or given
the time to read.
Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam. For the past week or so, the Middle East has been
abuzz with speculation about Barack Obama's "historic address to the Muslim world" to be delivered in Cairo
on Thursday [6/4/2009]. During his presidential campaign, Obama had promised to make such a move within
his first 100 days at the White House. In the event, the first 100 days came and went without
Obama delivering on his promise.
Lies Obama Told Me.
Remember way back in 2008 when George Bush was still the President and everyone on the left was screeching about
lies? If you can't remember that far back just flip over to MSNBC and wait a few minutes they'll be happy
to remind you. I thought I would write a short piece about the lies we have already heard from President
Obama. I did little research and there are plenty of websites that focus on a lot of picayune stuff and things
from long ago. I decided to stick to direct quotes from the President within the last 18 months.
Black's Law Dictionary, 1991, page 1001.
No Energy from this
Executive. "As I've often said, in the short term, as we transition to renewable energy," President
Obama stated in April, "we can and should increase our domestic production of oil and natural gas. ... We still
need more oil, we still need more gas. If we've got some here in the United States that we can use, we
should find it and do so in an environmentally sustainable way." Does anyone believe Obama was serious
about this? Given his practice of misdirection — saying one thing, doing another — no one
should have. Now, nearly five months into the Obama presidency, it's clear he didn't mean a
word of it. His administration is impeding, not promoting, increased production of oil and gas,
as it is of coal and nuclear power.
Obama's trail of broken promises.
It's true that politicians have always broken promises, but rarely so proudly and with such impunity. We
once respected democracy by at least demanding explanations — however weak — for
unfulfilled promises. Then we became a country whose scorched-earth campaigns against flip-flopping
desensitized us to reversals.
Driving Taxes Upward:
During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama endeared himself to many voters with a promise that 95 percent
of Americans would get a tax cut. Those making under $250,000 "would not see a single dime of tax
increase — not on anything." Yet since Obama's victory, spending has skyrocketed. It
was only a matter of time before his pledge fell by the wayside.
Said Terrorists Shouldn't Get Miranda Rights. In September 2008, when McCain-Palin pulled ahead of
Obama-Biden, Candidate Obama publicly mocked Sarah Palin's suggestion that Obama favored giving captured terrorists
Miranda warnings. It happened in Farmington Hills, Michigan. ... And two months after his Inauguration,
President Obama reiterated, "Now, do these folks deserve miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a
shoplifter down the block? Of course not."
After Candidate Obama opposed it...
Justice Department Defends Defense Of Marriage Act. President Obama's Justice Department filed legal papers
late Thursday [6/11/2009] to dismiss the first same sex marriage case filed in federal court. The Justice Department
defended the Defense Of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which as a candidate then-Sen. Obama opposed, saying that the plaintiffs
Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer are seeking a ruling on "whether by virtue of their marital status they are
constitutionally entitled to acknowledgment of their union by states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, and
whether they are similarly entitled to certain federal benefits. Under the law binding on this Court, the
answer to these questions must be no."
taxes by the mile. During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama endeared himself to many voters
with a promise that 95 percent of Americans would get a tax cut and those making under $250,000 "would not see a
single dime of tax increase — not on anything." Since Obama won and he's already spent so much, it
was only a matter of time before his pledge went by the wayside.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama.
Accepting a huge spending bill loaded with pork earmarks it starkly contradictory to what Obama promised during
the campaign. During the campaign this is what candidate Obama said: "We need earmark reform.
And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure we're not spending money unwisely." He has
talked repeatedly about fiscal responsibility and real change in politics. Talk is cheap. This
spending bill is not. Not with over 9,000 earmarks totaling some $12 billion.
Suppresses Internal Global Warming Study, CEI Says. Scientific findings at odds with the Obama
Administration's views on carbon dioxide and climate change are being suppressed as a result of political
pressure, officials at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) charge. "This suppression of valid
science for political reasons is beyond belief," said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. "EPA's conduct is
even more outlandish because it flies in the face of the president's widely-touted claim that 'the days of
science taking a back seat to ideology are over.'"
To Get Dues from ObamaCare. Thousands of union members rallied for Obamacare on Capitol Hill
today [6/26/2009] in a massive display of union outreach that threatened to deliver more votes for a
controversial "public plan" option. The rally came on the heels of Obama raising the possibility that
unions would be exempt from taxing health care benefits. Obama said he was open to imposing new taxes
on Americans who are not union members, which is a principle he adamantly opposed during his presidential
The Partisan President.
If you're a Democrat and voted against the bill, you're a smart politician and to be forgiven. If you're a Republican
and voted against the bill, you're a Neanderthal and to be ridiculed.
Barack Obama is
a Big Fat Liar. Flip-flops are nothing new in politics ... [but] it takes a certain moral
venality to casually adopt, as president, a position that was a dominant theme of your argument for why
your opponent should not be president. ... [D]uring Wednesday's p.r. push for his health-care
plan, Obama refused to rule out the proposal that he once said made John McCain unfit for office.
Obama is a Big Fat Liar,' Illustrated [with video clips]. I went back and found a number of the
ads Obama ran against McCain on this front. The impending expiration of this particular campaign promise
is especially galling when one actually views the ads themselves — bearing in mind that the risky,
out-of-touch, unaffordable, deal-breaking healthcare policies these ads ruthlessly targeted are now
on the brink of being embraced by their one-time chief critic.
Smoke gets in your ice.
Many Americans find the debate in Washington over adopting a "cap-and-trade" program to reduce carbon dioxide
a bit confusing. That's understandable. Put simply, it's a tax on energy consumption. In fact,
it would be a huge tax. If enacted, cap-and-trade would be one of the government's largest revenue sources
within the next decade. It also would break one of President Obama's promises. In his speech before
Congress in February, he said, "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes
increased a single dime." Unless you use energy, apparently.
yourself for higher taxes. President Obama had said in September, 2008: "I can make a firm
pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.
Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." This
pledge has already been broken, at least with respect to federal tobacco taxes. But the White House has,
until very recently, maintained the fiction that the promise is still in effect with respect to the taxes
everyone pays. Then, in a television appearance on Sunday [6/28/2009], White House advisor
David Axelrod refused to re-commit to Obama's pledge.
Newspeak. Remember signing statements? Those were the dastardly little postscripts George Bush
attached to legislation that he didn't completely approve of. ... On the campaign trail, candidate Obama was asked, "Do
you promise not to use presidential [signing statements] to get your way?" "Yes," he answered. "I taught the
Constitution for 10 years, I believe in the Constitution, and I will obey the Constitution of the United States.
We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress." That was easy! Less
easy is explaining away his six signing statements so far, an impressive one-a-month clip.
Promises, Promises: Obama tax pledge
unrealistic. President Barack Obama promised to fix health care and trim the federal budget deficit, all
without raising taxes on anyone but the wealthiest Americans. It's a promise he's already broken and will likely
have to break again.
Criticisms of George Bush That Could Be Better Applied to Barack Obama. Barack Obama has
already broken more campaign promises in less than six months than Bush did in two terms. Obama promised
no tax increases for people under $250,000 and he's working on multiple bills, including health care and cap
and trade, that would raise taxes even on the poor. He promised transparency, to hold all bills for
5 days before they are signed so the public could comment. It hasn't happened once yet. Barack
even promised to "negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN." How's that
pie-in-the-sky promise working out?
The Era of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
The saying "You break it, you own it" applies to politicians in Washington, D.C. With the addition of Senator
Al Franken (D-MN), liberals completely control federal legislative and executive power. President Barack
Obama has governed as a liberal, not the moderate senator he portrayed himself as during the campaign.
Promises. President Obama promises that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it," even after he
reforms our health-care system. That's untrue. The bills now before Congress would force you to switch to a
managed-care plan with limits on your access to specialists and tests. Two main bills are being rushed through
Congress with the goal of combining them into a finished product by August. Under either, a new government
bureaucracy will select health plans that it considers in your best interest, and you will have to enroll in one of
these "qualified plans."
Obama White House
breaks another promise to reject Bush secrecy. Well, at least it's bipartisan. The still
sort-of-new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted another policy straight out of the
administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. Obama administration
officials have rejected a watchdog group's request for a list of healthcare industry executives who've been
meeting secretly in the White House with Obama staffers to discuss healthcare changes being drafted there and
administration defends Bush wiretapping. While campaigning against President George W. Bush,
Barack Obama had pledged that there would be "no more wiretapping of American citizens," but President Obama's
administration has continued to use many of his predecessor's arguments when it comes to warrantless wiretapping.
from RISKS forum.
Obama on Afghanistan: victory is a four-letter
word. [Scroll down slowly] I suspect Obama is ignorant in the worst way: he's ignorant of the
extent of his ignorance. Or perhaps he's not ignorant at all, but purposely twisting the truth. Or maybe each,
at different times. This tendency of Obama's has been in evidence in many of his speeches: his summary of the
Cold War, which he got entirely wrong. His Cairo address to the Muslim world on their history and that of the West,
in which "almost every one of his references was either misleading or incomplete." On the campaign trail, when he
showed astounding historical ignorance (or prevarication; take your choice) in his mischaracterization of the Berlin
airlift. Obama's errors are not random; they fit a certain pattern...
Insidious War on the Middle Class: Like a PacMan gobbling up everything in sight, going after folks
making more than $250,000 a year is not enough to satisfy Obama's insatiable appetite for money and power. He
wants more. Although it means breaking a campaign promise to only tax the "rich," Obama's mad rush for
revenue to fund his social engineering has transformed his agenda into a war against the middle class.
An old dog keeps
his teeth. The Democrats are trying to stuff a health care scheme down the throats of Americans who clearly
don't like it, don't want it and can't pay for it ... President Obama, who insisted for months that he had to have
his health care "reform" by Aug. 7 or Saturn would collide with Pluto, suddenly insists that there was
never anything magic about a date in August.
Unread Lips. Could Obama have
been elected president without promising not to raise taxes on the middle class? Would Americans have trusted him
with the highest office in the land if he had proposed replacing all private health insurance with a Euro-style,
socialistic, single-payer system?
powerful drug lobby a seat at healthcare table. As a candidate for president, Barack Obama lambasted drug
companies and the influence they wielded in Washington. He even ran a television ad targeting the industry's chief lobbyist,
former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin, and the role Tauzin played in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug
prices. Since the election, Tauzin has morphed into the president's partner.
Tax trial balloon pops.
The Obama administration on Monday quickly shot down a trial balloon it floated over the weekend that opened the possibility
of new taxes on the middle class after the idea came under heavy fire from labor unions, liberal leaders and Republicans.
the middle class. Having doubled the federal budget deficit in just six months in office, the
Obama administration now says that the expanding deficit threatens the nation's fragile economic recovery and
will require sacrifice to contain. Sacrifice in the form of middle-class tax hikes, according to Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner and Chief Economic Adviser Larry Summers. Voters who swallowed candidate
Barack Obama's oft-repeated pledge not to increase taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year may
be surprised to hear this warning. But they shouldn't be.
Obama and My Wife Have in Common. [Scroll down] Mr. President, you promised the American
people that you are "committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." In fact,
in your July 23 prime-time news conference, you said that your administration has been more transparent
than previous administrations: "I think that we have provided much greater transparency than existed
prior to our administration coming in." So again, I ask: Why not live out that transparency promise
by posting your original birth certificate and end the division and debate?
someone mention President Obama's birth certificate again?
can bet on it: Obama will raise your taxes. Economists left and right have long argued that
there is no way Obama can pay for a national health care makeover and a host of other expensive initiatives without
breaking his campaign pledge not to raise taxes for anyone making less than $250,000. The wealthy are already
paying a grossly disproportionate percentage of federal income taxes, and increasing taxes on them won't raise enough
money to meet Obama's needs.
7 Lies of The Obama
Administration. [For example] During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said several times that he
intended to negotiate health care reform publicly. In fact, he said, he'd televise the negotiations on C-SPAN,
with all the parties sitting at a big table. That way, Americans would be more engaged in the process and insist
on real change. ... However, the two biggest deals so far — industry agreements to cut drug and
hospital costs — were reached in secret.
whopper on a middle-class tax hike. When former President George H.W. Bush reneged on his 1988 no-tax
pledge two years later, it cost him a second term. Now, President Obama seems headed down the same dead end.
proof: Obama wants a single-payer system. One video is worth a thousand words (or, as in this column,
about 730). The video in question, put together by a group called Verum Serum, shows public statements by three
advocates of single-payer (government monopoly) health insurance explaining that a health care bill with a "government
option" would move America toward a single-payer government health care system.
Impossible Promises. Obama says his health care
plan will cut costs and increase patient choice. It won't.
The Hope of Obama vs. the Wisdom of
Madison. During the campaign, Barack Obama portrayed himself as a unifying figure for America, the
balm for our wounds, the man uniquely able to overcome our differences. ... He spoke about finding "the strength and
grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort." Yet like many of his other commitments, this eloquent
promise of unity and comity is going unfulfilled. We know from a Pew Poll earlier this year that Obama ranks
as the most polarizing president of the modern era.
Alinskyite in Chief Is a Master
Polarizer. At their very core, all Marxist theories rest upon polarization, which is the direct result of
envy and greed for power. "They have what we want," is the rallying cry of all socialist/communist/fascist systems.
All Marxist creeds are as naturally polarizing as a mob of looters. Fancy, high-flying words don't change a thing.
When Barack Obama made his way to Chicago, he was already a natural polarizer, seeing the world through us-vs.-them lenses.
His associations with ACORN (Project Vote) and Jeremiah Wright fit perfectly with the worldview his parents, grandfather and
mentor purposefully taught him.
Contradictions. Over the past week, President Obama has held three town-halls to make the
case for his health-care plan. While he didn't say much that he hasn't said a thousand times before,
his remarks did offer another explanation for the public's skepticism of ObamaCare. Namely, the
President contradicts himself every other breath.
Renewable Two-Minute Hate Fest: In his inaugural address in January, Barack Obama promised to put "an end to the petty grievances and
false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."
I hope you've noticed how free from petty grievances, false promises, recriminations, and worn out
dogmas public discourse has been since that glorious new dawn, 20 January 2009.
White House Character: Obama
promised to lower taxes for 95% of Americans. He said this with a straight face, even though less
than 60% of Americans pay taxes. Not only was the math against him, but he has already stated that taxes
may have to rise for middle income taxpayers to supply revenue for his various programs. Obama promised to
raise ethical standards and bring transparency to the White House. He has since appointed tax cheats to his
cabinet, placed a racist on the Supreme Court, and bullied private industry to accede to his takeovers of banks,
auto companies and other private concerns. ... Obama's administration has been one broken promise after
Notes from the
post-racial presidency: I am sure you are as happy as I was when it was announced that the election
of Barack Obama was ushering in a "post-racial" presidency. Thanks goodness! We could at last say farewell
to racial shake-down artists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. At last, Black scholars like Henry Louis
Gates would be treated just the way his white and Asian colleagues were: no special treatment because of his
Promise Broken — in Record Time. Remember those days of yore, namely the presidential campaign
of 2008, when Democrats regularly accused the Bush administration of politicizing the Justice Department? You
could scarcely make your way down the aisle of the U.S. Senate without encountering a Democrat who was outraged,
indignant and generally all het up over how the administration of justice had been corrupted.
someone mention the Black Panthers?
Government overspending is national suicide.
Remember when the deficit was so bad that Democrats said we (or more accurately the Republicans) were placing a
terrible burden on our grandchildren? That was several trillion dollars ago. Democrats now appear
perfectly fine with extending the growing deficit and national debt to their great-grandchildren.
The kryptonite that has caused Obama's approval numbers to drop 20 points since his inauguration is not a group
of people or powerful interests. Truth has been Obama's kryptonite — truth and reality.
The reality of President Obama's actions has not lived up to the "hope" candidate Super Obama sold to voters.
Candidate Super Obama made many promises pertaining to transparency. On his transition website he
promised "a new level of transparency, accountability and participation for America's citizens." The
reality of his presidency has fallen far short of those promises.
labor secretary lets union officials off transparency hook. Never mind about those revised union
financial disclosure requirements President Obama inherited from his predecessor. Secretary of Labor
Hilda Solis now says she won't make union officials comply.
Democrats' despicable duplicity: Democrats
went berserk over what they called President Bush's "power grab," but are silent in the face of President Obama's massive
consolidation of power. The duplicity here is despicable. No president has ever abused the power of the
presidency as has Barack Obama.
Obama the Weak.
On the cap-and-trade environmental legislation, House Democrats threw out Obama's cherished plan to raise revenue by
auctioning off emission rights. They decided to give most of the rights away, mainly to political allies.
And after Obama reached a deal with pharmaceutical companies — they pledged $80 billion in cut-rate
drugs for seniors in exchange for favored treatment in health care legislation — congressional leaders
dismissed the deal as not binding on them. This prompted Obama to declare it nonbinding on him, too.
A catalog of Obama flip-flops:
Once Upon a
Time... Once upon a time the people deluded themselves into thinking a suave extremist was
to be their nuts-and-bolts centrist. Now they don't know whether to be mad at him or
themselves — or both.
Obama's top five tax fibs in Wednesday evening speech. [Fib #1]
Middle class tax hikes: "The middle class will realize greater [health] security, not higher taxes." FACT:
This would be a big departure from the House bill and the Baucus draft. The House bill has four tax increases on
families making less than $250,000. President Obama himself endorsed another when he called for an individual
mandate with a tax penalty. Earlier this week, he floated the idea of a "soda tax." The Baucus draft, like
the House bill, contains a new tax on over-the-counter medicines purchased with an FSA or HSA.
Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama.
[Scroll down slowly] Now nearly half the country is not merely distrustful of him, but increasingly viscerally angry
at him as well. Actually, "him" is a construct: At times there seems to be no "him." Instead, the people
don't know whether the kindly Dr. Barack is their president, or his unpredictable double, Mr. Obama. ... The real anger
from independents arises over disappointment, false merchandising, and hypocrisy. It is real and deep — as
is true of any animosity that arises from a sense of betrayal of former trust.
Obama and the Trust Factor.
When a man campaigns for the presidency as an anti-ideological moderate, a lover of bi-partisan reconciliation, and vows to
regain America's foothold on the world's respect, and then after becoming president, shoots down real bi-partisan input with
a petulant, "I won," governs high-handedly from the farthest-left corner of American politics, all the while playing
cozy-up with America's self-proclaimed enemies and arrogantly dissing our heretofore friends, then the citizens quite
naturally feel they've been sucker-punched in the gut.
Revenge of the Golden
Goose. As taxes increase, and inflation brings bracket creep, expect tax avoidance and
outright tax cheating to soar in America. President Obama's "soak-the-rich" economic populism grows
increasingly obvious and the initial promise of no tax increases for those earning less than $250,000 is
The Buck Passes
Here. There is a growing credibility problem with this young administration. When Barack Obama
promises a public option in health-care reform, or the passage of such legislation before the August break, or a
renewed commitment to the necessary war in Afghanistan, or an end to lobbyists in government, or a new transparency,
no one believes any of it anymore. Even worse, we know that the broken promises and policy mishaps will
always be someone else's fault.
Obsession. [Scroll down slowly] At one time or another, Obama and his supporters have, rather
scurrilously, insulted doctors, insurers, the police, tea-partiers and town-hallers, opponents of his health-care
plan, non-compliant members of the media, and a host of other groups as either greedy, dishonest, treasonous,
unpatriotic, moblike, racist, or in general worthy of disrespect. Fewer and fewer Americans now
believe that Obama — after just nine months of governance — is a uniter.
Obamanoia. Full recovery is uncertain,
given (1) oil prices have been low and are now climbing, boosting the import tab higher and higher (what happened
to candidate Obama's promises of more drilling?); (2) interest rates are historically low, meaning the price of
servicing the mega-deficits hasn't hit yet; but they too will climb, further taxing the hocus-pocus borrowing; (3) so
far higher taxes are just talk; but soon the income rates will climb at a time when many of the states have already
increased their sales and income rates.
Makes Unexpected Comeback. From anyone's pre-election calculations, an Obama presidency
held the promise of relieving America's white citizens of their centuries-long guilt over slavery and
civil-rights injustices. Such, however, has not been at all the case and hating whitey is
making an unexpected comeback.
List. One of the attractions of Obama during the election ... was his tone and countenance,
his apparent interest in a serious engagement with issues, and his professed allergy to politics practiced
by those who are bitter and brittle. We should, he said, "resist the temptation to fall back on the
same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long." He went
on to say, "I will listen to you, especially when we disagree." All impressive and high-minded
sentiments. And all, apparently, a ruse.
vs. The President He Said He'd Be. In his inaugural address Obama told us that "the time has come to set
aside childish things." He promised to bring "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations
and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics." Not only has President Obama failed
to live up to those promises so far, it appears that on more than a number of occasions he's made a conscious
decision to break them.
House: Policy 'czars' won't testify. The White House has told Congress it will reject
calls for many of President Obama's policy czars to testify before Congress — a
decision senators said goes against the president's promises of transparency and openness and
treads on Congress' constitutional mandate to investigate the administration's actions.
GOP Senators Sign Letter to Reid Demanding Internet Posting of Healthcare Bill. Candidate
Barack Obama made a big deal about government transparency and giving citizens ample opportunity to read
pieces of legislation before they're voted on. With this in mind, all 40 Republican Senators signed a
letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Thursday [10/29/2009] demanding the new healthcare reform
proposal be published on the Internet so that ALL Americans can "learn how the federal government is spending
Obama's Healthcare Failures.
Republican senators and members of the media highlight President Obama's failure to live up to his pledge to
conduct health care negotiations in full view of the public. Senators and media members also highlight
the White Houses alarming tendency to seek to punish those who dont share its views.
Attack Dog Bows Out. If White House communications director Anita Dunn leaves behind a legacy
when she resigns her post at the end of this month, it will likely be for her dubious role in dividing the
country as part of an administration that so grandly promised to bring it together.
Obama Violates Osama Oath. On December 18,
2007, then presidential candidate Barack Obama leveled the first of dozens of heavy criticisms against President
George W. Bush. In a speech in Des Moines, Obama blasted President Bush for taking his "eye off the ball in
Afghanistan." He continued: "It's time to... increase our military, political, and economic commitment to
Afghanistan. That's what...I'll do as president."
Metatransparency. On his first full day in
office, President Obama promised a "new era of transparency" for government. But that promise has gone
largely unfulfilled, as the executive branch launched a gajillion clunky Web sites and a nifty Flickr photo
stream. Today [12/8/2009], the administration finally pinned down its transparency policy: The
White House is not just making things public. It's making public the process of making things public.
This is not just transparency; it's metatransparency.
is White House Covering Up in "GateCrashers" Scandal? The White House has consistently
acted as if it has something to hide. Though an initial letter from the committee requested
Ms. Rogers' attendance at the December 3rd hearing held by the committee, the White House claimed
executive privilege, or separation of powers, as the reason for her to not have to testify. This
is the same White House that promised openness and transparency.
Obama secrecy: So much for the hope of
greater government transparency. You can't have a closed-door meeting about the need for fewer closed-door
meetings and expect anyone to take you seriously. That's like writing a memo to order fewer memos. Such
folly is business as usual in the Obama White House. President Obama promised a historic level of transparency
from his administration but hasn't delivered. On Dec. 7, the president had a "workshop" on government
openness that was closed to the public.
The Obama Energy Fiasco.
Whatever happened to President Obama's urgent campaign appeal to "free America from dependency on foreign oil"? In
eleven short months, the Obama administration has made more mistakes on energy policy than did Jimmy Carter in his
entire term, and that's saying something.
Obama. President Obama's athletic prowess is becoming a real advantage in office as he recently
has taken the duck-and-run approach to the media. Instead of defending himself in front of the open
microphone, he is dispatching his cronies to defend his policy positions. Our commander-in-chief isn't
living up to his campaign promise of presidential access and transparency.
Change, Gangsta Style. [Scroll down] We would not be at this point if President Obama
had not broken very specific promises. Most specifically he has broken his constant pledges from the
campaign trail to be a different kind of leader. He pledged to be a leader who listened to those who
elected him. He even pledged on the night he won the vote to listen to those who opposed him.
Yet in this final week, he is listening to no one, and doing so at our great peril.
future. President Obama, for whom I voted because I believed he was the best choice available,
is a profound disappointment. I now regard his campaign as a sly bait-and-switch operation, promising
one thing and delivering another.
When the Chips Are Down, All
Democrats Are Liberals. [Scroll down] Second, the Obama tax pledge — no
tax hikes on families making less than $250,000 — has been eviscerated by the bill. There
are no less than seven categories of taxes on the supposedly non-rich and they are not insignificant.
Joe Biden update:
Working from home again today. According to his official White House schedule, at precisely
1 p.m. today Eastern time Biden will lead a transcontinental conference call "with mayors from across
the country to discuss implementation" of the ... American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ... Because Obama
promised his would be the most transparent White House administration in history, Biden's mayoral conference
call is closed to everyone except the unidentified mayors, including especially those in the annoying,
Majority Leader Harry Reid's Christmas list should outrage all Americans. One reason that so
many Americans hailed the 2008 election of President Barack Obama was because he promised a new way of
governing: more transparency, more inclusiveness, more integrity. Some of us believed him.
As the president's first year in office draws to a close, we have to wonder what happened to those promises,
especially as we consider the growing list of Christmas gifts allocated on the sly by U.S. Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
his words. Obama's rhetorical audacity breeds cynicism, because utopianism always comes
up short. Obama has many victories ahead of him, but his cause is already lost.
the Wannabe Rich. There is class warfare going on in this country — but it's not
against the established rich. It's against those who are trying to become wealthy. President
Obama has declared that those who make over $200,000 will pay higher income taxes. Caps on payroll
taxes are supposed to come off as well for the upper class. Envisioned estate taxes will take 45 percent
of individual inheritances valued over $3.5 million. Many states have also hiked their income
taxes on the upper brackets.
Obama's Image: What
a Difference a Year Makes. Barack Obama has been our president for [almost a year], and the
people have started to wise up. The light that shines on Barack Obama as president has reflected back
an image that bears very little similarity to the iconic visage that floated above us all in 2008. Why
has Barack Obama betrayed so many allies, broken so many promises, thrown so many pledges and people under
health bills behind closed doors. By now it's almost trite to complain that President Obama
repeatedly has broken his campaign pledge to "broadcast [health care] negotiations on C-SPAN so that the
American people can see what the choices are." That doesn't make the complaint invalid. For
legislation that could so profoundly and personally affect the daily lives of every American, Congress
and the White House should be more transparent and more accessible than ever before. Instead, the
process has been secretive and sordid throughout.
promised 8 times during campaign to televise health care debate. The health care revolution
will not be televised despite what President Obama promised you two years ago. Obama has broken his
campaign promises to make the health care debate a transparent process after saying he would do so on at
least eight ocassions during his 2008 White House run.
Refuses to Address Obama's Broken C-SPAN Promises. Given the generally sycophantic attitude of
the White House Press Corps, Robert Gibbs may have been caught off guard when he started facing some tough
questions on President Obama's apparent flip-flop regarding his many promises to broadcast health care
negotiations on C-SPAN. Gibbs stubbornly refused to answer multiple questions about the broken promises.
Pants on fire: Let's go to the videotape!
Count the Lies: Obama Vowed Eight Times to Televise Healthcare
Negotiations. Detailed, Explained, Frequently Repeated: Obama's Healthcare-on-C-Span Lie.
Obama Becoming More 'Transparent'
Every Day. Sometimes in the life of a politician, a particular moment, word, or act defines
them — and badly damages them. This much-viewed montage of comments [immediately above] by Barack
Obama, repeatedly promising that he would allow C-SPAN to broadcast health-care negotiations, may well
qualify. The reason is that it requires no commentary or interpretation by others; it is Barack Obama
in his own words — words we now know to be false, cynical, and (quite literally) unbelievable.
Indict Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
One problem with Obama's plan (unless he actually is working on eliminating our economy) is that his so-called
"stimulus" did nothing to create a single sustainable job or cause one percentage point in our downward spiral
to reverse. The other problem is that it was all one colossal bare-faced lie. Remember his campaign
promises that the debate would be seen on CSPAN? If you missed that you were hiding in a hole somewhere,
because he repeated it at nearly every whistle stop. Harry Reid and Pelosi repeated those promises and
then closed the doors when the debate began.
Obama Reneges on Health
Care Transparency. President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform —
a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill — put on a fast track, even if that
means breaking an explicit campaign promise.
Pelosicare's Broken Window.
Between the typical Chicago thug political style of Barack Obama and his henchman, Rahm Emanuel, and the shell-game
CBO manipulations of Harry Reid, far more is unseen than seen in the proposed legislation. As if to make that
point even more obvious, the Administration is rebuffing C-Span's request that it live up to Barack Obama's
often-repeated promise to have these specific negotiations take place in public view, indeed specifically on
C-Span. Health care reform is now literally unseen.
Promises? What Promises?
Union bosses are having a get-together with the president today [1/11/2010] to discuss his broken promise not
to tax those families who make less than $250,000. They will meet behind closed doors, violating the
promise to C-SPAN that we'd watch them all sit around a big table to work out the details.
Bait-and-Switch Operation. During his campaign, Mr. Obama pledged that any negotiations on
health-care legislation would be broadcast on C-SPAN, "so the American people can see what the choices are,"
and not conducted behind closed doors. "Such public negotiations," he said, were "the antidote" to
"overcoming the special interests and the lobbyists who ... will resist anything that we try to do." ... Now,
however, the final negotiations on health-care reform are being conducted behind closed doors and there's no
formal legislative conference between the House and Senate, which would guarantee Republicans at least a few
seats at the table. This bill is not only being written in secrecy, it is being written by an
anonymous group of Democrats.
After one year, Obama's trail of broken promises.
[Scroll down] The shameless guile of the C-SPAN fraud is unsettling. But it is a common theme for a
chief executive who is perpetuating "failed" policies of the Bush administration he vowed to undo.
White House Won't Advocate Posting Health Care Bill
72 Hours Before Vote. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, who has avoided answering questions
on whether health care negotiations should be broadcast on C-SPAN, declined to say yesterday whether President
Barack Obama would advocate posting the final negotiated bill on the Internet for 72 hours before it is
voted on by the House and Senate.
president. It's getting crowded under the bus. Higher income earners need to move
over — here comes everyone else as the president reneges on his only tax the rich
pledge. ... Its ironic that his phrase of the moment is now agnostic. While millions of
American suffer in the recession, he's agnostic to Speaker Pelosi's spending on air travel, booze and
To Cut Debt,
Obama Shifts on No Tax Vow. President Obama, still seeking to get Congressional Republicans
to join in a bipartisan commission to reduce the federal debt, suggested he would be willing to break his
campaign promise against raising taxes on households with less than $250,000 annual income.
"Obama Shifts on No Tax Vow" is a candy-coated way to say, "Obama Breaks No Tax Vow."
Is a Precious Commodity. After a single year of governance, there is now scarcely a single issue
that Obama & Co. have not backtracked on, flip-flopped, redefined, or quietly dropped —
mostly matters that were once demagogued to score political points.
newest idea: Simply outlaw reality. Included in President Obama's latest stab at health-care
reform released yesterday is one of the more astonishing admissions of political deception
in recent memory. After months of swearing that his health legislation would lower the skyrocketing costs
of insurance premiums, Obama finally acknowledged that actually it would not. So, instead, he has
included a new provision that can simply outlaw premium increases his administration deems "unreasonable
with Obamacare, regardless. [Scroll down slowly] The time for debate is over,
declared the nation's seminar leader in chief. The man who vowed to undo Washington's devious
and wicked ways has directed the Congress to ram Obamacare through, by one vote if necessary, under
the parliamentary device of "budget reconciliation." The man who ran as a post-partisan is
determined to remake a sixth of the U.S. economy despite the absence of support from a single Republican
in either house, the first time anything of this size and scope has been enacted by pure party-line vote.
The 'most transparent administration
in history' stonewalls. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall, Senator Chuck
Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a list of Department of Justice
employees who had been involved in representing detainees. Holder said he'd consider the request.
Three months later he denied it.
Where Credit Isn't Due. [Scroll down] When the Obama administration starts taking
credit for success in Iraq, you know things have changed for the better. Now, of course, it is a
grotesque distortion of logic and even political decency for the White House to be taking credit for
victory in Iraq. Obama wouldn't be president today if he hadn't opposed the war. His
opposition is what most distinguished him from Hillary Clinton in the primaries. Obama also
opposed Bush's surge, which turned Iraq around. He and Biden both claimed that it would
actually make things worse.
cover-up: Barack Obama promised many things on his way into office. Key among these was
transparency and a vow to banish lobbyists from insider roles in the policy process. Using the Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA), the Competitive Enterprise Institute has confirmed that both promises are being
Jumping When Unions Holler.
Obama's promise of a better, cleaner, and more transparent brand of politics has not been fulfilled.
Not by a long shot. The president appoints the SEIU boss to the deficit commission. Congress
behind closed doors churns out colorfully named sweetheart deals on ObamaCare. And then they really
reveal the depths of their dependence on special-interest patrons.
Obama Now OK With Sweetheart
Deals As Long As Multiple States Are Bribed. Even though the White House had vowed to remove
"sweetheart deals" from health care legislation, struggling for votes, the Obama administration now says that
these special deals are okay — as long as they apply to more than one state.
Don't Ask, Don't
Tell, Don't Vote, Don't Debate. Democratic leaders are staunchly defending their possible use
of a parliamentary maneuver to avoid a traditional vote on health care. Are they also getting ready to
abandon a promise that lawmakers would have at least 72 hours to read and evaluate the language of the
health care bill?
Obama's bogus bipartisanship is laid bare.
Fourteen months post-inauguration, voters are getting exactly the reality that Mr. Obama's prior public service had
foretold. And the rhetoric that so many found hopeful and uplifting has sunk to a snarkier partisanship than
that of any president in history.
Peter to pay Paul's health care. Obamacare is a socialist law designed to take money from some
Americans and use it to benefit others. The health care bill signed into law by President Obama is full
of hidden time bombs. ... This is yet another example of Mr. Obama breaking his promise not to raise taxes on
those making less than $250,000 per year.
embraces the trappings of a war presidency. Having campaigned on a tough critique of former
President George W. Bush's conduct of the two wars and promising to end them, Obama has more recently
embraced the military cause.
Straddler In Chief.
President Obama has OK'd plans to target for assassination an American-born al-Qaida leader who poses a proven
threat to America. What, no Miranda warnings?
Obama: Holding me to my promises is just an 'old Washington
game'. For those who thought they could take President Obama at his word on taxes, you
might have made a mistake. He does not seem too wedded to the idea of keeping campaign promises
not to raise "any form of tax" for those making less than $250,000 a year. When reporters ask him
about the promise, he says they're just playing some "old Washington game."
Barely on the Tarmac, Obamacare is Poised to
Crash. ObamaCare's first 10 years of operations would cost $2.5 trillion. This
massive new expenditure, plus Washington's other spendaholic commitments, explains Obama's eagerness to jettison
his oft-repeated commitment not to raise taxes on Americans who earn less than $250,000 annually.
Obama is the most divisive president since ... Clinton!
The Politics of Contempt. The bus
continues to drive on. Over the past year, "Big Oil" took its lumps, while CEO's have been a recurring
piñata. Wall Street has now joined the villain of the month club. True, some folks deserve a
little demonization now and then. But why has this pattern become such a predictable part of every single
major issue Obama and Democrats pursue? It seems odd and even unprecedented in terms of frequency.
Obama will use
Memorial weekend for a trip home to Chicago. With the long Memorial Day weekend on the horizon,
President Obama is finally addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early
pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so.
Thin-Skinned President. Obama is among the most thin-skinned presidents we have had,
and we see evidence of it in every possible venue imaginable, from one-on-one interviews to press
conferences, from extemporaneous remarks to set speeches. The president is constantly complaining
about what others are saying about him. He is upset at Fox News, and conservative talk radio,
and Republicans, and people carrying unflattering posters of him. He gets upset when his avalanche
of faulty facts are challenged, like on health care. He gets upset when he is called on his
hypocrisy, on everything from breaking his promise not to hire lobbyists in the White House to broadcasting
health care meetings on C-SPAN to not curtailing earmarks to failing in his promises of transparency and
bipartisanship. In Obama's eyes, he is always the aggrieved, always the violated, always the victim
of some injustice.
Should Heed His Campaign Rhetoric. The self-contradictions are catching up with the Obama
administration. We will be transparent, they said. Only they aren't. We will be accountable.
Anything but. You will find us nonpartisan and above politics as usual, they insisted. Hardly.
The job offer to keep Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania out of a Senate primary is instructive on this score.
While it may be more a mouse's squeak than a lion's roar as scandals go, the administration dodged questions
about it for months and then finally put out a memo so vaguely worded as to arouse still more suspicion.
Kagan's threat to gun
owners. President Obama poses a real and present danger to the Second Amendment, and he's working
to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will undermine Americans' gun rights. Mr. Obama didn't fess up
to this radical agenda when running for the highest office in the land.
Oil Gushes and
Power Rushes. [Scroll down] Some disillusioned supporters suggest that Obama changed his
mind about executive power after he started wielding it. But his pre-election concessions to political
expediency indicate he was faking it all along. A politician who believes he is above the law is not
above lying to the public about his principles.
House, Google violate lobbying pledge. Maybe a millionaire who spends his days leaning on policymakers
to benefit his company isn't a lobbyist if he calls himself an "Internet evangelist." Or maybe Google's
cozy relationship with the White House — exposed more clearly by e-mails recently made public
through the Freedom of Information Act — is just one more instance of the administration's actions
contradicting Obama's reformer rhetoric about battling the special interests and freeing Washington from
Closing Guantánamo Fades as a
Priority. Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama
administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that
President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
How do you spell incompetence?
Obama said he would post bills on the Internet for five days before he signed them. He lied.
Obama said his stimulus plan would keep unemployment below 8%. He was badly mistaken.
Obama said his would be the most transparent, open administration in history. Hahahahahaha!
You're Not Hearing from the Liberal Media About Immigration Reform: A popular narrative about
immigration reform has emerged in the media: that Congress would be discussing comprehensive immigration
reform right now if only President Obama could get support from Republicans. This narrative lets Obama
off the hook for a string of broken promises to Latino voters that he would tackle immigration
reform — in his first 100 days, or in his first year in office, or before the midterm
elections, or after the midterm elections but still in his first term, or in his second term.
relevancy of Obama's presidency. [Obama] had campaigned on the closure of Guantanamo Bay for
months before taking office, and his first act as president was to sign an executive order promising to close
it by the end of 2009. The lefties were delirious with joy. By gum, this president was going to
get rid of the ultimate symbol of the hated policies of the Nazi trio of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld!
At the signing, Obama turned to then White House Counsel Greg Craig, and asked something to the effect
of "...exactly how is this going to work, Greg?" Caught off guard by the question, Craig shuffled
his feet uncomfortably and mumbled something unintelligible. He didn't know, either. They are
six months late and they still don't know.
Despite promises to 'not rest,'
Obama to take third vacation since Gulf Coast oil spill began. President Obama promised on
May 14 that he would let nothing distract him from finding a solution to the devastating Gulf Coast
oil spill, which has now continued for over eighty days and caused incalculable economic damage to the
region. "I'm not going to rest or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil in
the Gulf is contained and cleaned up, and the people in the Gulf are able to go back to their lives and
their livelihoods," he said.
Obama Changes Tune on Paying
for Unemployment Benefits Extension. In signing the bill restoring unemployment benefits
to 2[½] million Americans jobless for more than 26 weeks, President Obama is also adding
$34 billion to the deficit and the National Debt. That's the reason nearly all Republicans
voted against the measure. They wanted the cost of the benefits paid for with unspent government
funds or by other budget cuts.
Politics Blows Up in Obama's Face. Whenever race is mentioned, it hurts Barack Obama's
presidency. The very basis of his presidency is that he is the post-racial president. Now
he finds himself knee-deep into racial politics.
Remember, it's supposed to be the most open
and transparent administration ever.
Democrats Refuse to Hold Medicare Rationing
Czar Hearing. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) is refusing to
hold public hearings to examine administration plans to implement a new health care rationing system at
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The president's new Medicare Rationing Czar, Sir Donald
Berwick, is a big fan of British health care rationing. "The decision is not whether or not we will
ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open," Berwick said in an
interview prior to his recess appointment to head CMS.
President Obama courts wealthy donors.
Four times in the last week, President Barack Obama has quietly slipped into private, exclusive Democratic Party
fundraisers around town, glad-handing well-heeled donors away from the eyes of the press — and
contradicting his pledge to run the most transparent administration in history.
the presidential race card. Zora Neale Hurston, one of the 20th century's preeminent black
writers, spoke for the colorblind ethic when she said, "Why should I be proud to be black? Why should
anyone be proud of their skin color? Races have never done anything. All that is good and excellent
is the work of individuals." And she meant it. By way of contrast, President Obama in April pandered
to black voters by making a public display of his "black-only" Census identification. The president who
once said he "could not disown his white mother and grandmother" did just that.
Obama Appointee under Ethics Cloud.
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is facing his first real test to enforce the most heralded value of President Obama's
Administration — the ethics pledge. Holder is being pressured to determine whether Craig
Becker, a controversial recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, has violated that pledge
more than a dozen times in just a few short months.
Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles. The South Korean government,
in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were
used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America. The Obama administration approved
the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March —
a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
Obama Misunderstands the
Role of the Presidency. Instead of positioning himself as the leader of the free world or as a
post-partisan healer, Obama regularly inserts himself as a combative participant in Washington's permanent
campaign. Whether inexperience or poor strategic judgment, it's certainly not the governing style he
Against Liberty and a Scathing Indictment of Obama. [In his new book, David] Limbaugh is also
critical of Obama's broken promises, which he calls lies — identifying several high-profile presidential
assurances that have not panned out. Chief among them is the assertion that no household making under
$250,000 annually would see any form of tax increase during an Obama presidency. "He's breached [that one]
in a bunch of different ways," Limbaugh says, referencing the regressive cigarette tax Obama levied within weeks
of taking office as a prime example.
What Is a
Narcissist To Do? [Scroll down] Don't forget that a major part of his appeal to the young
and minorities was his promise of a new era, a new type of politics, a different atmosphere in America.
But he has given us the most partisan and divisive administration in recent memory. How can going back to
the well with yet more empty rhetoric help him when he has completed a two-year record directly contradicting
The December Surprise.
Remember this? "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital
gains taxes, not any of your taxes." That was the central pledge on which Barack Obama was elected
President. He pledged to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone making less than $250,000 per year, but
to let them expire and raise tax rates for "the rich," which he defined as those making more than $250,000 per
year. President Obama and the Democrats have had two years to make good on this pledge. And now
they have failed.
Obama Campaign Promise No. 515: No family making less than $250,000 will see "any form of tax increase."
The Democrats' Taxation Fraud.
One of President Obama's campaign promises was not to raise taxes on middle-class Americans. So here's my
question: If there's a corporate tax increase either in the form of "cap and trade" or income tax,
does it turn out to be a middle-class tax increase?
endless string of broken promises. There's one big reason Democrats face disaster Tuesday [11/2/2010]:
They've done almost nothing in the last two years to make anyone — left or right — want
to vote for them. In 2008, recall, they made grand promises — to their base and to the center.
They raised hopes through the roof. Once in power, they kept virtually none of those vows. Instead,
they took a whole different path — one neither side liked. Now they're reaping the whirlwind.
So what's their game plan? Rinse and repeat.
Lies About His Broken Promises. [Scroll down] What I discovered is that of the more than
500 promises Obama made during his candidacy, even according to the pro-Obama website PolitiFact's
"Obameter," his scorecard reads: 123 promises kept, 39 compromised, 24 broken, 82 stalled,
232 in the works and three not yet rated. What that coddled language boils down to is this:
Even according to those on the political left, Obama has fulfilled 123 promises and left 380 pledges
dangling farther than participles. What PolitiFact overlooks is that what really matters isn't the count
of broken promises; it's the caliber of those broken promises.
administration has hidden surprises in store for you. "My Administration is committed to
creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government," the newly inaugurated President Obama declared in
a memo to department and agency heads in January 2009. "Government should be transparent.
Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is
doing." How's that working in practice?
Address: Two Years of Broken Promises. Obama said, "We will act not only to create new
jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth." But even Pollyanna must admit that new jobs are not being
created, and the only new foundation being laid for growth is a thicker concrete upon which debt grows toward
national bankruptcy. Obama said, "We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital
lines that feed our commerce and bind us together." But when none of that happened, he announced that
there really never were any "shovel ready" projects after all.
the Spending Be Stopped? President Obama's first two years in office were for the ages:
Rarely has so much been spent so wantonly with so little discernible public benefit. Nondefense
discretionary spending accounted for $434 billion of the federal budget in 2008, without widespread
deprivation or riots in the streets. This was the year that then-candidate Obama promised to scour
the budget line by line for waste and said in one presidential debate that his program would be a net
Executive Order 0?
The January 22, 2009 signing ceremony was... well, ceremonial. The newly installed president of
the United States sat at his desk in the Oval Office. ... He took the pen in left hand and signed with a
flourish the first executive order of the New Era. The U.S. prison facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
would be closed not less than one year from the date of his signature. The clock began ticking toward
January 22, 2010. We are fast approaching the first anniversary of the deadline imposed most
imposingly by President Obama. It will be the second anniversary of his most portentous executive
order signing ceremony. Guantánamo is still open.
alien in nun's traffic death had offenses handled inconsistently. A long-awaited report on the
deportation status of a Prince William illegal alien whose alcohol-related head-on collision killed a
Richmond-based nun shows repeated instances of a failure to report his crimes to Homeland Security as
well as a shift in emphasis by the Obama administration in dealing with illegal aliens. Judicial
Watch, a public disclosure group, said today [3/4/2011] that it has a received a copy of the report by the Department
of Homeland Security that was kept secret after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had declared
her office would thoroughly investigate the Prince William case and make it public.
Despite openness pledge, President Obama
pursues leakers. The Obama administration, which famously pledged to be the most transparent
in American history, is pursuing an unexpectedly aggressive legal offensive against federal workers who
leak secret information to expose wrongdoing, highlight national security threats or pursue a personal
changes stance on Gitmo tribunals. President Obama on Monday lifted the ban he imposed two years
ago on military trials for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison, ending his bid to move most terrorism
trials to civilian courts and pushing his already busted deadline for shuttering the island prison
Bush. No one has done more to revive the reputation of Bush-era antiterror policies than the
Obama Administration. In its latest policy reversal, yesterday Mr. Obama said the U.S. would resume
the military tribunals for Guantanamo terrorists that he unilaterally suspended two years ago, and he may
even begin referring new charges to military commissions within days or weeks.
Libya and Even Gas, Obama Says One Thing and Does Another. There was yet another of those
grand pronouncements from President Obama on Monday [3/7/2011] — exercises in Orwellian
doublespeak: The White House declared that while Mr. Obama was still committed to completing "the
difficult challenge of closing Guantanamo" Bay detention camp, he was instructing his Pentagon to resume
trying detainees before military commissions there.
Is Obama a war criminal
yet? President Obama quietly signed an executive order on Monday [3/7/2011] instituting a
system for indefinitely holding terrorist detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo),
Cuba. The administration also announced that terrorist trials by military commission would recommence.
This is a win for U.S. security, but the country has paid a heavy price for Mr. Obama's on-the-job training in
counterterrorism. The low-key announcements stand in marked contrast with the bombast with which
Mr. Obama approached this issue just a few years ago.
Obama Turned on a Dime Toward War. At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington
was that military action against Libya was not in the cards. However, in the last several days, the
White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization for military
intervention against Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. What changed?
Media Call Obama a Hypocrite? Mr. Nobel Peace Prize has launched hundreds of Cruise Missiles
into Libya inflicting major damage and killing civilians. He has also kept two wars going while
ramping up the battle in Afghanistan. Sounds like a warmonger.
mission creep. President Obama is being denounced by most of the developing world as an
aggressor; protesters are demonstrating outside the White House charging America with committing torture;
pictures have been released of American troops engaged in barbaric acts; and liberal Democrats have
discovered the word impeachment. It seems like it is 2005 again, but this time Barack is playing the
role of commander in chief instead of Senate floor heckler.
Obama Administration's Ineptness. The foreign-policy ineptness we're seeing from the Obama
administration is quite striking. Its key players are sending out contradictory messages one after
the other. One day Hosni Mubarak's regime is stable; the next day he has to go. One day
Bashar Assad is a reformer; the next day he's a butcher. The president tells Members of Congress he
expects we'll be actively involved in military action against Libya for days, not weeks; the secretary of
defense, when asked how much longer we might be in Libya, says, "I don't think anybody knows the answer to
that." The president says, Colonel Qaddafi "must step down from power and leave" immediately; the
caveat is that his exit can be achieved only through non-military means.
O-bomb-a. Obama, the anti-war
president who harped on America's trigger-happy ways while he was campaigning, has suddenly become
Rambo. There must be something about proximity to the Pentagon, inspecting honor guards and flying
on Marine One that changes presidents. They seem so reasonable and measured when they are running
Is He a Sociopathic Liar or a
Hypocrite? [Scroll down] People who pay attention to what he says note that there is not a
single promise he made as a candidate he hasn't broken. Indeed, even his oldest and staunchest allies are
complaining that he's turned his back on them. If anyone can find Code Pink and Mother Sheehan it would be
interesting to find out their views on Libya.
Obama embraces policies he opposed as candidate. With
this week's announcement that suspected terrorists would be tried in military tribunals he once opposed at the
Guantanamo Bay prison camp he had vowed to close, President Obama again embraced a counterterrorism policy
of former President George W. Bush against which he had campaigned in 2008.
Melting Like a
Snow Cone in Summer. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday [4/4/2011] that the mastermind of
the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be prosecuted in a military tribunal at
Guantanamo Bay. ... What Holder neglected to mention is that (as the Wall Street Journal
inconveniently points out) for the first two years of the Obama presidency Democrats controlled
Congress — and Democrats passed a law that blocked the funding for civilian trials
for Guantanamo detainees.
White House readies
Obama fiscal flip-flop. Presidents are loath to admit error. That's what press secretaries
are for. On Monday [4/11/2011], White House spokesman Jay Carney said then-Senator Obama made a mistake
when he voted in 2006 against a measure to raise the debt ceiling a $3,500 billion to $8,600 billion.
Obama "regrets that vote and thinks it was a mistake," Carney told reporters at the daily press briefing.
This admission of pre-presidential misjudgment comes as incumbent President Obama pushes Congress to raise the
debt ceiling above $14,300 billion.
Obama and the Debt Limit. As
America rides the great glass elevator of irresponsible spending toward the ceiling of its national debt,
many have noted Barack Obama used to be adamantly opposed to raising the debt ceiling. That was back
in 2006, when some other guy from some other party was President. The hot new excuse for this change
of heart, trotted out by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, is that President Obama "now believes it
was a mistake" to stand against limitless debt.
centrist campaign collides with his record. Intentional or not, it sizzled with symbolism that
President Obama announced his reelection campaign the same day his administration threw in the towel on the
closing of Guantanamo Bay. ... A central pledge of one campaign was abandoned to kick off the next.
U-turn president: Barack Obama's top ten flip-flops. In 1980 Margaret Thatcher famously declared
she was "not for turning", and admirably stuck to her guns as prime minister through thick and thin.
In contrast, Barack Obama's presidency has been filled with the kinds of U-turns that would have made even
Jimmy Carter blush. President Obama's decision last week to do a 180 degree about-turn on the issue
of military tribunals is the latest policy reversal by a presidency that has become increasingly adept at
making them, usually without batting an eyelid.
Obama vs. Obama.
The president gave the sort of scare speech he not long ago warned against, and blasted the income-tax rates
he not long ago agreed were necessary — in a context in which he has just presented a budget with a
$1.6 trillion deficit of the sort he now says is unsustainable, and has warned about recklessly voting
against raising the debt ceiling in a fashion that he himself had once done, in a larger landscape in which he
had once damned attacking Middle East countries in optional wars, Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventative
detention, intercepts, wiretaps, Predators, and leaving troops in Iraq, and then embraced or expanded
all that and more (this list is infinite and includes everything from drilling to campaign financing
of Obama's Broken Promises. Guantanamo Military PrisonAfter campaigning for years on closing
Guantanamo Bay military prison and secret overseas CIA prisons, and actually signing an order to do so in
2009, Obama abruptly reversed himself in March, 2011. Good thing, too.
Breaks His Promise to Respect Medical Marijuana Laws. During his presidential campaign, Obama
repeatedly said he would call off the Drug Enforcement Administration's raids on both medical marijuana
users and their suppliers. ... Yet the DEA's medical marijuana raids not only have continued but are more
frequent under Obama than they were under George W. Bush.
latest fake plan for more drilling. First he promised to open up the Atlantic to exploration.
Then he reneged. Then he said he'd lift his oil moratorium in the Gulf. Production has only decreased
since. Yesterday [5/14/2011] Obama again played Lucy to the American energy consumer's Charlie Brown. This
time he is promising to direct "the Department of Interior to conduct annual lease sales in Alaska's National
Petroleum Reserve, while respecting sensitive areas, and to speed up the evaluation of oil and
gas resources in the mid and south Atlantic."
rewarded party donors with 'key jobs in government and millions of dollars in contracts'.
President Obama faced fresh controversy today [6/16/2011] after it emerged that he rewarded rich supporters
who donated cash to his election campaign with influential jobs in government. Obama had previously
promised during his presidential run in 2007 to cut out wealthy donors who buy their way into key posts.
But a a [sic] report has found that 200 donors were rewarded with key posts in the White House
and lucrative federal contracts.
Promises: White House solar panels are no-shows. Spring has come and gone, and the promised panels
have yet to see the light of day.
the Poor Loser, Poor Liar. As president he has lied an awful lot. He started lying first as
a candidate, and then continued on as president. Americans are generally willing to put up with that when
politicians can deliver the goods. Obama's administration, however, has been a compendium of incompetence
and lying. Whether is was GITMO, withdrawing from Iraq, Obamacare's effectiveness in bringing down healthcare
costs, the wars of choice in Libya (and Afghanistan), the debt ceiling he voted against before he was for, the
stonewalling of the oil industry — Obama has a lot of broken promises to answer for.
11 a.m.: We won't default. Obama, 6 p.m.: We might default. [Scroll down] Just a few hours later,
shortly after 6:00 p.m. Friday, the president appeared in the White House briefing room and delivered
a message that was almost precisely the opposite of what he had said a few hours earlier.
ObamaCare, Costs Continue To Soar. As soon as the Kaiser Family Foundation's annual report
on insurance premiums was released, ObamaCare defenders dismissed its most troubling finding:
Insurance premiums for family coverage shot up an average $1,482 this year. Nothing to worry about,
they said, it's just a response to higher health costs and bad forecasts. But wait a minute!
Didn't Obama promise his signature health reform plan would lower insurance premiums?
Obama accused of breaking transparency pledge. Mr Obama's justice department has proposed
that if documents requested by the public are exempt from freedom of information laws, federal agencies
should be able to "respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist." Transparency
campaigners described the move as a "stunning" reversal of Mr Obama's pledge to run "the most transparent
administration in history" during his campaign for the presidency.
Obama Rakes In Cash From Lobbyists, Enron
Executives. [Scroll down] Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a
big-bucks fundraiser in Houston next week... at the home of a former Enron executive. Politico has
the details: ["]An upcoming Houston fundraiser featuring first lady Michelle Obama at the home of a
former Enron executive who is part of a movement to convert public pensions to 401(k)-style plans is
angering some local Democrats. John Arnold, a Houston billionaire and former Enron trader, is
hosting the Michelle Obama event with his wife, Laura Arnold, at their Houston home on Nov. 1.["]
Arnold, for the record, says he's a libertarian, while his wife is a Democrat. If you want to
reminisce about the Enron glory days with him and Michelle Obama, you'll have to fork over $10,000 for
a ticket to the event, or go for the "co-host level" gold with a $35,800 contribution to re-elect Barack Obama.
Obama Rakes In Cash From Lobbyists,
Enron Executives. On Thursday, the New York Times took a look at where President
Obama's mountain of re-election cash is coming from. Guess what they found? ["]Despite a
pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are
active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.["]
File Not Found. Why does
the most open and transparent administration in history prefer to lie about government records?
Obama campaign promise dies; He approves horse slaughter for food. While you were preparing for
Thanksgiving and President Obama was sparing the life of a couple of photo op turkeys, he also approved legislation
that will result in the domestic slaughter of thousands of horses every year for human food. ... During the 2008
presidential campaign, animal anti-cruelty activists sought then Sen. Barack Obama's support for "a permanent
ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption." They were delighted to get an unequivocal
"Yes" from the non-pet owner. But that was then. This is now.
Gingrich Threat. Set aside the fact that (as Gingrich said) Pelosi would be violating House
rules and abusing the ethics process if she disclosed anything from the ethics investigation. My
question is whether this kind of politics is what Barack Obama had in mind when, in 2008, he preached
against "a politics that breeds division and conflict and cynicism." Or when he told us, "I want us to
rediscover our bonds to each other and to get out of the constant petty bickering that's come to characterize
our politics... the tit-for-tat, 'gotcha' game that passes for politics right now doesn't solve problems.
I want to get beyond that."
Zenith of Civil Libertarian Anger at President Obama. On the eve of 2012, President Obama is facing
a backlash from civil libertarians that is more widespread and intense than anything he's yet seen. He
has previously been subject to complaints about his war on whistleblowers, the humanitarian and strategic
costs of his drone war, the illegality of the war he waged in Libya, his use of the state secrets privilege,
his defense of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping, and his assertion of the power to kill American citizens accused
of terrorism. But news that Obama plans to sign rather than veto a bill enshrining indefinite detention
into U.S. law and failing to exempt American citizens is provoking unprecedented ire.
at a Two-Term Presidency. Contrary to his promises, Obama has not brought forth hope, or any
change for the better. He has not fostered a post-racial society, but rather, he is the author of
economic despair, class warfare, a vision of America in decline, and the remaking of the U.S. according
to the European welfare state model. All this has led to dissatisfaction and a sense of betrayal
about his presidency. The issue is: what is the magnitude of the dissatisfaction?
Betrays Martin Luther's King's Dream. [Scroll down] Barack Obama campaigned on theme that
there is not a "white America" or a "black America". President Obama is not practicing what Senator Obama
preached. Instead of channeling the heroic Martin Luther King's dream that people be judged by the content
of their character and not by the color of their skin President Obama instead seems to be channeling the views
of his moral compass, Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
Partisan Washington: Obama's broken promise.
Candidate Barack Obama promised to transcend Washington partisanship. President Obama plummeted into it.
As the House returns Tuesday for the final session of his first term, Obama's failure to fulfill this central
claim of his 2008 campaign has never been more glaringly obvious.
When Will We Awake From Obama's Bad Green
Dream? The Obama administration promised a future with a clean, green economy. Instead, it's
left us with failed government "investments" in projects driven by politics rather than prudence.
A delusional budget. Among the many
promises President Obama made three years ago when he was insisting on $800 billion in "stimulus" spending
was this one: "[T]o cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office."
Well, put that promise in the same category as his pledge to keep the post-stimulus unemployment rate below
8 percent. Once again, the president is not even going to come close.
Obama fundraiser turns out to be a bad ambassador. Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored
American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely
ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over the world. Today, the State
Department revealed that another fundraiser turned ambassador ran her embassy into the ground ... only to return to
fundraising and leave the State Department to pick up the pieces.
Sebelius and the death spiral. On
Tuesday [2/28/2012], Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) of the House Ways & Means Committee had the chance to ask
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about President Obama's infamous promise that "if you like
your existing health care coverage, you can keep it." Roskam noted that certainly doesn't seem to be the
case under ObamaCare, where a rising tide of businesses have chosen not to offer medical coverage to their
employees. You can't keep a plan that no longer exists, no matter how much you might have liked it.
Obama hires lobbyist again, ethics aside. Revolving-door lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, Vice President
Biden's new top aide, exemplifies President Obama's farcical crackdown on lobbyists. Ricchetti and his K Street
firm also embody another core trait of this administration: using big government and populist rhetoric to enrich
politically connected companies.
Obama versus the Democrats.
Obama is reneging on his declaration that if he didn't have things on track in three years, he should be a one-term president.
No sane people expected an incompetent megalomaniac to really live up to that declaration, now did we? Two things have
saved Obama to date: the media and Obama's "blackness." Had it not been for either, Obama's choices would have
been impeachment or resignation.
The case of President Obama's missing oil tax.
Candidate Barack Obama pushed it hard in 2008: a tax on Big Oil company profits that would flow back to families in
$1,000 rebate checks. President Barack Obama acts as if the idea never existed.
Why Obama Lies. As has
often been commented, all of Barack Obama's promises come with an expiration date. They range from the
relatively minor to the truly majestic such as his promise that he would not raise taxes for those families
earning under $250,000 a year and that he would cut the deficit in half.
Obama's pot promise a pipe dream? Back when he
was running in 2008, Obama said he supported the "basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the
same controls as other drugs" and that he was "not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state
laws." He didn't go farther. But he also didn't do anything to dissuade speculation among medical marijuana
proponents who took this as a sign that the man headed to the Oval Office was on their side.
Things That Would Be Happening Today If Obama's Policies Were Working. [#10] The unemployment rate has been mired above 8% for more
than 3 years now. However, according to the Obama Administration's own projections, the unemployment rate should be all the way down to 5.5% by
now because of the nearly trillion dollar stimulus it pushed through with no Republican votes in the House and only three Republican votes in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Here's The Chart That Will Get Obama Fired...
Obama's biggest weakness is still the economy and unemployment, so Romney's smart to do whatever he can to blame Obama for the current situation. And Obama
did make one big mistake with respect to unemployment, which is that he overpromised and underdelivered.
Obama in 2004: 'I Don't Think Marriage Is a Civil Right'.
President Obama's position on same sex marriage might be "evolving," as he's admitted himself, but he wasn't always so unclear about where he stood.
Obama's same-sex evolution.
Adopting an evolving position is a classic political dodge, allowing Mr. Obama to claim to be sympathetic to the concerns of homosexual
activists while not offending traditionalists. His stance is calculated to grab centrists whose votes he needs in November.
It gives him wiggle room with leftists who are curious why he won't be more explicit. But when Mr. Obama says he is evolving, he
does so with a wink. His liberal supporters know where he really stands.
Gay for Pay. President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage less
than 48 hours after the Washington Post reported that prominent political donors were threatening to withhold donations over
the president's position on gay rights.
W.H.: Joe Biden forced Obama's hand on gay marriage. For
President Barack Obama and his team, the decision to back gay marriage came down to a choice between two unpalatable alternatives:
Support it and brave the backlash in battleground states where the issue could be a liability — or keep silent and be accused by
allies of gutlessness and putting politics over principle. Administration officials said the president planned to announce his support
before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September. But they acknowledge that Vice President Joe Biden
did, indeed, force their hand.
Obama's calculated gamble on gay marriage. President Obama's decision to express support for gay marriage in an interview with
ABC's Robin Roberts is a decision that comes with real political risk.
President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage. Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to
endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.
Another Gutsy Call! This now puts Barack
Obama in the same reviled category as the Hollywood elite, the New York Times editorial page, the American professoriat, his Wall
Street fundraising bundlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, readers of the Nation, the cast and crew
of The Daily Show, and the majority of residents on New York's Upper West Side. And lest we forget: He now risks the
wrath of zealots, extremists, partisans, and ideologues.
Obama Was For
Same-Sex Marriage Before He Was Against It. Today the President announced that he has evolved on the issue of gay marriage
and that, contrary to what he said in 2004 and 2008, he now supports it. But there's reason to question whether Obama was ever really
against gay marriage or whether he simply took the path of least resistance to get elected to the Senate and then the White House.
Our Composite President. [Scroll down] Obama said he would root out money's
baleful influence on our democracy. Yet the first big decision he made as his party's presumptive nominee was to forego public financing. That
single action undermined the cause of campaign finance reform more than any Supreme Court decision. He has regularly denounced corporate money as a
candidate and as a president. Yet Obama has raised more money from Wall Street than anyone in 20 years. He was the largest recipient of
The Once and Future Liberal.
Much of the loyal opposition's response to President Obama's new position in favor of gay marriage centered on the back-and-forth
in which he has indulged over the years getting to it. He was for it; he was against it; now he's for it again (not that he
apparently proposes to do anything to advance the cause beyond his "historic" expression of personal support). In short, the
"evolved" presidential view is of the genus "political cynicism": On the eve of a major Hollywood fundraiser (and, hmm, a
Washington Post exposé on Mitt Romney's prep school bully-boy days), Obama chose to pander to a group that was feeling
Obama's Views on
Distraction Have Evolved, Too. Remember how candidate Barack Obama complained in 2008 that any discussion not
involving the economy was a "distraction"? This time, his entire campaign is built on distracting voters from the economy.
Obama said he wouldn't do executive order on deportations; 'we've got three branches of government'. President Obama's
decision today to bypass Congress is especially interesting in light of comments he made back in March of 2011 at a Univision townhall: [...] ["]There
are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply
through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.["]
Romney Campaign Says Obama Fast And Furious
Decision "Another Broken Promise". Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul attacked President Barack Obama's decision to invoke executive
privilege on documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious scandal requested by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
"President Obama's pledge to run the most open and transparent administration in history has turned out to be just another broken promise," she
said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
Obama Campaign Tears America Apart.
Remember when President Obama inspired Americans with such tired bromides as, "There are no red states or blue states, just the United States"?
Remember when Obama declared that Americans had to pull together, because what united us was stronger than what divided us? [...] President Obama's
re-election campaign has been an exercise in fragmentation.
another broken promise' of transparency. "President Obama's pledge to run the most open and transparent administration in
history has turned out to be just another broken promise," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email to The Daily Caller.
Pre-Inaugural 'Pledge' on Stopping Guns to Mexico. Three and a half years before he invoked executive privilege in refusing to
hand over to Congress internal Justice Department documents about Operation Fast and Furious — and just eight days before his
inauguration — President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexican President Calderon over lunch at the Mexican Cultural Institute in
Washington, D.C., and "pledged" that he would take action aimed at stopping the flow of guns into that country from the United States.
Obama, Story-Teller. A sign of an undisciplined mind is
serial lapses into self-contradiction, or blurting out a thought only to refute it entirely on a later occasion. For a president to do that is to erode public
confidence and eventually render all his public statements irrelevant. That is now unfortunately the case with Barack Obama, who has established a muddled
record of confused and contradictory declarations.
Obama Praised Private Equity When He Needed
Cash. Obama's campaign ads dismissively compare Romney's work at Bain to that of a "vampire" draining jobs and money from vulnerable
companies and workers. After pushback from a handful of pro-free market Democrats in late May, the President himself publicly defended his
campaign's attacks on private equity firms like Bain. But records from Obama's time as a state senator in Illinois, along with recollections of
those who worked with him, present a very different stance. They indicate that Obama worked hard to position himself as a strong supporter of
the venture capital industry.
Want More Debt' and Other Democratic Propaganda. We should hold Obama to his earlier statement that he would not be re-elected
if Americans weren't better off than they were when he took office. But once it became clear that Obama's recovery would be permanently
anemic, he shifted the goal posts. Obama told us the test would be not whether people are worse off than they were when he began his
hope and change odyssey but whether they are better off than they would have been had he not been president. This is an important
distinction, not simply because it is another Obama deception but because it seeks to alter how the electorate judges presidential
performances. This must not be allowed to stand, and it's important we not let him get away with it.
Promises, Promises. As a candidate and in
the early days of his presidency, Obama and his top aides made a series of very specific promises on a range of issues. As a
candidate, Obama promised to create five million new energy jobs alone, claimed that by the end of his first term his health care plan
would "bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family," and guaranteed that his financial rescue plan would help "stop foreclosures."
Goldberg: Media Will Ignore Obama's Five Major Broken Promises. The liberal media will make sure to go through the motions
and occasionally hit President Obama with some critical points, but they will hold their fire when it comes to addressing five major
unfulfilled campaign promises, former CBS reporter and media critic Bernie Goldberg told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly last night [7/9/2012].
Promised He Wouldn't Raise Taxes On the Middle Class. He Lied. When he was asking for our vote in 2008, then candidate
Barack Obama famously promised the American people, "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your
taxes." But as the Supreme Court has now authoritatively ruled, the Obamacare individual mandate, requiring workers to purchase
the health insurance the government specifies each family must buy, is a tax. And that tax applies to the middle class and working
people. CBO estimates that health insurance will cost $15,000 per year on average for families soon after Obamacare is fully
implemented, rising rapidly from there. That is the individual mandate tax on the middle class and working people.
Obama's college math doesn't add up. Early in his presidency,
Barack Obama promised the United States would lead the world in college graduates by 2020 — a signature promise he's reminded people of
many times since. But his own administration's numbers show he won't come close.
Distinction with no Difference. FEC regulations on Super PACs
prohibit expenditures "made in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion" of candidates and their campaigns.
The Hatch Act forbids administration officials from participating in campaign events. The groups supporting President Obama's reelection
effort, however, are filled with former administration staffers and old friends who frequently visit the White House, and who give the campaign
the ability to raise unlimited, secret funds — something Obama once claimed to deplore.
A laundry list of broken promises.
Highlighting Obama's broken promises is just one more device to make voters think about the choice they will have in November.
Obama's Epic Deficit
Failure. Remember when President Obama promised he'd cut the deficit in half in his first term? Well, the
results are in, and red ink will once again top $1 trillion.
sleight-of-hand goes to convention. Obama's pattern is this: Make a promise; break the promise; insist that
you've kept the promise, and hope the press gives you a free pass. When called out, resort to absurd word parsing.
This is how Obama campaigns, and it is how he governs.
HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into ... "voucher" programs. I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama
makes has an expiration date ... but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North
Carolina after Obama's acceptance speech, and already we find out that he's flip-flopped.
Breaks 9/11 Promise, Sends Clinton to Campaign for Him. Obama has broken the campaigns' joint pledge not to campaign
on 9/11. And while Romney honors the fallen, Obama tweets for volunteers.
Obama Breaks 9/11 Truce, Trashes
Romney on 'Pimp with a Limp' Show. Obama couldn't even wait a day — and can't find the time
for our most important ally in the Middle East. But The "Pimp with the Limp" Obama has all kinds of time for.
That, despite the fact that there was a gentlemen's agreement of sorts that there wouldn't be any politics today [9/11/2012].
The Editor says...
A "gentlemen's agreement" can only be made between gentlemen.
Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut.
During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families
by $2,500, and do so in his first term. But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according
to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.
CBO makes it offficial — Obama
broke deficit pledge. The Congressional Budget Office on Friday [1-/5/2012] reported that the federal government ran a $1.1 trillion
deficit in fiscal year 2012, making it official that President Obama broke his promise to cut the deficit in half within his first term in office.
Had Enough of Broken Promises? After
watching the first debate, I refuse to believe that American voters will choose an encore for Obama's version of "hope and change." Regardless
of his new campaign promises, Romney reminded us of Obama's failed trickle-down-government and his string of broken promises. Here are ten reasons
that it's time for a change in Washington.
No plans yet for Obama to return to Charlotte
after DNC promise. A spokesman for the Obama campaign told Eyewitness News that as of Friday there are no plans for President Barack Obama
to return to Charlotte and honor the promise he made during the Democratic National Convention to return after his speech was moved indoors.
Obama's slippery foreign oil promise. It was one of President Barack
Obama's boldest 2008 campaign promises: Getting the United States off oil from anti-U.S. hot spots within a decade. That didn't happen.
Persian Gulf oil imports are down only 5 percent, while the U.S. remains Venezuela's biggest oil-trading partner since Obama said changing that
relationship was crucial "for the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet."
Obama hints at handgun restrictions
too. In his 2008 campaign and while president, Obama has distanced himself from gun issues, aware that it could hurt him
politically in key battleground states. But when pressed about gun violence during the Tuesday town hall-style presidential debate,
he fully embraced a Clinton-style assault weapons ban.
Libya and Lies. What has this man not deceived the public
about? [...] Remember his pledge to have a "transparent" government that would post its legislative proposals on the Internet several days before
Congress was to vote on them, so that everybody would know what was happening? This was followed by an Obamacare bill so huge and passed so fast
that even members of Congress did not have time to read it.
Obama's own flip-flop past. In the immortal words of Warner Wolf,
let's go to the videotape.
Obama Said 'Trust
Matters'? He Never Flip-Flops? [H]as the president forgotten about Benghazi? A foreign policy disaster that
ended with the assassination of a U.S. Ambassador, the first time in thirty-three years, which some in the media has been reluctant
to talk about. And yet, CNN ran the soundbite several times of Obama saying "trust matters" — at the same time it's
become clear that the administration abused the public trust by insisting there was "no evidence" of a pre-planned attack.
The president has left a long trail of
flip-flops. With 10 days until the election, Barack Obama's latest strategy is to claim that his opponent has
developed "stage 3 Romnesia." Mitt Romney, the argument goes, is conveniently forgetting his real agenda, flipping his
positions to better appeal to the electorate. Since Mr. Romney's conservative base would surely disagree, this raises the
question of whether the president isn't himself suffering from a psychological malady that experts call "projection."
Obama stops making promises to lead an
ethical, open government. President Obama ran in 2008 while making big promises on transparency and ethics, including vows to ban
lobbyists from working for him, to throw open negotiations on health care legislation, to speed freedom-of-information requests and to let voters have
direct input before he signed bills into law. He is making no such promises in this year's campaign, though, nor is he taking a victory lap on
those old vows.
Did President Obama Restore Science
to Its Rightful Place? In his 2009 inaugural address, President Barack Obama promised to "restore science to its rightful place," in
addition to making the government more transparent and accountable. Millions rallied to his cause. Four years later, how has he done?
Unfortunately, not well. On a whole host of issues, Obama has placed politics before science.
Barack Obama Broke
Promise to Honor Cold War Veterans. President Barack Obama once promised, as a U.S. Senator, to honor veterans of the Cold War, who
have never received official recognition and are therefore prevented from full participation in many Veterans Day celebrations. But he never
fulfilled that promise — neither in the Senate nor the White House — leaving Cold War veterans in the cold.
Sick veterans wait for Obama's promise.
It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would fulfill "a sacred
trust with our veterans" by significantly reducing the government's lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All
veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days.
demands Obama keep 'unmet promises' in 2nd term. The American Civil Liberties Union is giving President Barack Obama no time
to kick back and celebrate after he won reelection last week calling on the president to keep promises that were ignored or undelivered in
his first term. [...] Specifically, the ACLU lays out three areas of focus: closing Guantanamo, standing up for a woman's right to
have an abortion and rescinding "anti-immigrant federal programs and policies."
That didn't take long — Obama reverses
himself on Israel. Obama's real position, then, is that he will attempt to dictate the tactics and operations through which Israel exercises the right to
defend itself. And Obama's efforts to dictate constitute a constraint on Israel's right to defend itself.
Obama Considers Corporate Funding for
Inauguration. Four years ago Mr. Obama barred corporations from donating to his inauguration, a gesture meant to show that well-heeled
interests wouldn't have undue influence in his administration.
Obama Considering Corporate Sponsorship
of Second Inauguration. Reports suggest Barack Obama is considering laying the cost of his second inauguration at the feet of corporate sponsors
rather than private donors. This would represent a reversal of his 2009 inauguration, when he banned donations from corporations.
Angered Staten Island
Resident Tells President Obama: "You Lied". President Obama promised to help victims of Hurricane Sandy after the storm
ravaged the East Coast. But after meeting with the president, one Staten Island family says he has broken that promise.
Obama's Broken Promises to Sandy Victims.
Six weeks after Sandy hit the New Jersey and New York coast, residents are still struggling and in desperate need of shelter. Many
hard-hit victims are not getting help despite President Barack Obama's pledge of the full support of the federal government, and they are
dealing with red tape the president said would not be tolerated. In the Red Hook community of Brooklyn, N.Y., many residents are still
living in their unheated, powerless homes in freezing temperatures. Help from the government for residents has not come.
It's Dictators All the Way Down.
Look down on Cairo, Baghdad, Benghazi or Ramallah, or any of those other exotic eastern precincts where the democracy dreamers thought the
reformation and renaissance of Islam would begin, and as far as the eye can see, it's dictators all the way down. The great spiritual,
political and cultural revivals that were supposed to neuter terrorism, end the need for drone strikes and naked scanners, for men pouring
water down on other men in secret prisons, and for all the rest of it, has never come to pass.
Obama Promised Not to
Use Signing Statements, but Released One Last Night. In 2008, Barack Obama promised that he would not use signing statements, but last
night [1/2/2013] he released when to accompany his signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
Jersey Shore marina
owner: President broke his promise. A New Jersey woman who became the face of post-Superstorm Sandy anguish when she
appeared in a photo hugging President Obama among the ruins of her destroyed marina now says the President broke his promise to help
her rebuild. Donna Vanzant, who hugged and chatted with the President when he visited her devastated North Point Marina in
Brigantine on Oct. 31, told The Philly Post blog that she got the brush-off from Obama when she emailed him about relief
efforts days after the photo op.
The Editor says...
Wake up, lady. You have been used.
Victim: Obama is a 'Straight Out Liar'. Another of Hurricane Sandy's victims expressed his disgust with the
president this afternoon: "He's a phony, he's a liar. Straight out liar. [..."]
committee on the receiving end of transparency complaints. In the run-up to his 2009 inauguration, President Obama's
inaugural committee made much ado about the fact that they would not be accepting any donations from lobbyists or corporations, nor
individual donations in excess of $50,000 [...] but this year, the enthusiasm level is sufficiently tarnished that they decided to
reverse course on that much-vaunted corporate ban and took the limit off of individual contributions. Why it was distinctly not
okay to accept mega-donations in order to wave off well-monied interests in 2009, but it is okay now, is still unclear.
made a promise to help us and he broke it'. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms [Donna] Vanzant owns in Brigantine,
New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later,
I got a response back,' she told the Philadelphia Magazine. 'It was disturbing. 'It had nothing to do with what I was asking
him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. [...]'
President Obama: The Great
Demancipator. President Obama four years ago told us he thought the "signing statements" employed by his predecessor, George W.
Bush, were not only improper, but they were unconstitutional. Coming from a constitutional law professor, who was sworn in on
Lincoln's Bible, those are serious words. But that was then. Now, Mr. Obama has issued a signing statement of his own.
Blocked Reform for 8 Years, Obama Will Push for Immigration Overhaul in 2013. He undermined bipartisan attempts at comprehensive
immigration reform from 2005 through 2007 as a Senator. He broke his promise to introduce immigration reforms in his first term, and used
election-year executive action in a cynical ploy for Latino votes. Now, the New York Times reports, President Barack Obama is about
to push for new immigration legislation, using his State of the Union address and his new political clout.
spending adds $4 billion to the national debt every day. In 2009, the President pledged to cut the annual deficit in half by the
end of his first term. Instead, we have seen four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits and a national debt exceeding $16 trillion.
Rather than cutting wasteful spending, the federal government added $4 billion each day to our gross national debt. This path is not sustainable.
Preserving the Second
Amendment. [Scroll down] Those words, "executive orders, executive action," used in conjunction with constitutionally
protected rights and liberties, ought to alarm us all. They used to frighten Barack Obama. On Oct. 2, 2007, then-Sen.
Obama railed against what he called the abuse of executive powers purportedly perpetrated by President George W. Bush in his
administration's efforts to protect the American people from acts of terror by radical Islamists. Apparently, the current
occupant of the Oval Office has overcome his early concerns about chief executives exceeding their authority.
'bipartisan' State of the Union paints Republicans as anti-science, job-hating Neanderthals. The State of the Union
repeated a lot of the same themes of the past few years. That's because a lot of Obama's promises remain unfulfilled and are
still reliant on slipping them through a hostile Congress. Take his signature pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9, which
he insisted will stimulate the economy and create jobs. Back in 2008, Obama said he's raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2011.
Fort Hood Hero Says President
Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims. Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the
Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President
Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.
Introduces Carbon Tax Bill Three Months After WH Promised 'We Would Never Propose' One. Today, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
introduced a bill to levy a carbon tax. But, back on Nov. 15 of last year, Pres. Obama's press secretary promised the administration
would "never" do so. According to Reuters, the new tax law "would set a $20 tax for each ton of carbon dioxide equivalent a
polluter would emit beyond a set limit, which would rise 5.6 percent annually over a 10-year period." Last November, however,
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that would never happen.
Obama still chasing 'green
jobs' will-o'-the-wisp. It's one thing to say we have to throw a lot of money at solving global warming to save the planet. It's quite
another to pretend that there is a "green economy" just waiting to happen, filled with hundreds of thousands or even millions of good jobs, as Obama has often
promised. The new "green energy economy" that Obama has repeatedly spoken of — a future of lower ocean levels in which Americans work at
good-paying jobs manufacturing windmills and solar panels — has always been among the most optimistic features of his vision for America.
But given that it is an economically impossible pipe dream, it is also one of the biggest flops of his presidency.
Obama promised to close
Guantánamo. Instead, he's made it worse. Despite running on an explicit campaign promise to shut down the island
prison which has become a symbol of the abuses of the "war on terror", President Obama has continued to preside over its operation.
White House visitors, get lost.
Brownie troops, baseball teams and kids from places like Ottumwa, Texarkana and East Gondola who have been washing cars and saving dimes for
years to pay for their senior trip, can scratch the White House off the list of places to see in Washington. In a fit of pique over how
sequestration didn't shut down the government, President Obama has canceled all public tours. Last year, when things were going more his
way and Mr. Obama was in a more generous mood, he called the historic building "the people's house."
Warns: 'Increasing America's Debt Weakens Us Domestically And Internationally' — In 2006. "[T]he cost of our debt
is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget," said President Barack Obama. [...] Obama made this appeal from the floor of
the U.S. Senate in 2006 as he and his fellow Democrats rallied against raising the debt ceiling limit. Then, the national debt
stood at just over $8 trillion. Today, it has ballooned to more than $16 trillion.
Gay Marriage: Bill O'Reilly Misses the
Point. Before central control out of Washington was imposed in 2003, policy arguments for criminalizing homosexual acts were won
explicitly "with that." And because of "that," the idea of gay marriage has been unthinkable throughout the history of the American
nation. [...] Barack Obama was for gay marriage (1996) before he was against it (2004 Senate race; 2008 presidential race) before he was for it
Silent as Obama Gives Up on Closing Guantanamo. Barack Obama's State Department on Monday [1/28/2013] announced that it will close the
office dedicated to shutting down Guantanamo Bay. According to the New York Times, this means that the President "does not currently see
the closing of the prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that [the administration] still intends to do so." Yet, all
three network newscasts on Monday night [1/28/2013] and the morning shows on Tuesday skipped the revelation.
Obama's plan hatched at Columbia
University. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half; instead he gave us five consecutive trillion dollar deficits. He promised to spend
responsibly; instead he became the biggest spender in world history. He called Bush's $4 trillion in debt over 8 years reckless, then proceed to
pile on $6 trillion in only 4 years. He swore to be on the side of small business, but he added 6,118 new rules, regulations and mandates in
just the last 90 days
Less Important To Obama Than Vacations, Golf. The Government Accountability Institute, which has mined the records
of the White House calendar, says President Obama "has spent a total of 474.4 hours (or 47.4 10-hour workdays) in economic
meetings or briefings of any kind throughout his presidency" while he "has played 115 total rounds of golf and spent 86 days
on vacation, for an estimated combined total of 976 hours." Don't forget that this is the president who has refocused
his attention on, or pivoted toward, jobs and the economy on multiple occasions.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Bait and switch
The American Appetite for Deception.
The promise of an implausibly transcendent president was sold to the American people. They bought it. What they
received was something radically different from that what was advertised.
candidate of hope has become the candidate of fear. Four years after he was elected as a self-described 'hopemonger'
promising a new post-partisan era, President Barack Obama is trying to claw his way to re-election with an ugly, divisive campaign in
which he is playing the role of fearmonger-in-chief.
Barack the Unlikable. "Likability" used to be
one of Obama's most celebrated assets, particularly the sense that favorable personal impressions of the President extended beyond his
dedicated base of support. But Obama squandered that advantage, beginning with the incredibly nasty negative campaign he launched
against Romney at the close of the Republican primary.
Obama's Biggest Lie.
[John] LeBoutillier asked [Edward] Klein what is the biggest lie Obama has told the American public. "He promised that he
would bring us together. He promised that he would not be partisan," Klein responds. "He promised that he would reach
out to the other side, the Republican side. "Instead, he and his small little group of people in the White House hunkered down,
have not reached out, not compromised, making it impossible for Washington to work.
who lives and who dies: the methodical assassinations of Barack Obama's 'kill list'. There is something deeply
unsettling about the disclosure in The New York Times that America has developed a clinical, dispassionate procedure for selecting
the targets of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Every week or so, about 100 national security officials
gather by video conference to pore over the photographs and biographies of al-Qaeda terrorists. They decide who should be
spared and who should be marked for death. Those "nominated" for assassination (yes, "nominated" is apparently the official
word) are placed on a "kill list" that passes directly to Barack Obama. He then exercises the judgment of Solomon, going
through the list name by name and deciding who will die.
President Obama's Role as Drone War
Kill List Decider-in-Chief. The New York Times has a pretty lengthy piece on the President's role in the
waging of a drone war over Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, which serves to highlight some of the differences between the way
President George W. Bush's prosecution of the war on terror was perceived and how President Obama's continuation and
expansion of that war on terror is perceived today.
Obama Denounced Enhanced Interrogation; Now He's Judge, Jury And Executioner. "We can understand why Obama is doing
this," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said about the president's 'kill list.' [...] "Obama went around preening,
particularly in '08 and even after he's elected he went around the world preening about how there is a new direction and a
moral direction of the United States. How we had lost our way with Iraq with these enhanced interrogations and he's
going around and killing people where he is judge, jury and executioner," Krauthammer said on FOX News' "Special Report"
Obama's secret kill list. Two [New York] Times
journalists, Jo Becker and Scott Shane, painstakingly and chillingly reported that the former lecturer in constitutional law
and liberal senator who railed against torture and Gitmo now weekly reviews a secret kill list, personally decides who should
be killed and then dispatches killers all over the world — and some of his killers have killed Americans. [...] Can
the president legally do this? In a word: No.
Secret 'Kill List' Proves a
Test of Obama's Principles and Will. Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret "nominations"
process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He
had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might
soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
The risk of Obama's
contemplated brass knuckle campaign: Fearing (as he should) that he is danger of losing in November, President Obama
reportedly plans a no-holds-barred campaign designed to vilify Mitt Romney. According to one report, Team Obama will "maul
[Romney] for being a combination of Jerry Falwell, Joe Arpaio, and John Galt on a range of issues..." If Obama follows
through on this strategy, then, as Peter Wehner notes, he will have breached his promise of 2008 to "turn the page" on the "old
politics" of division and anger, and to end a politics that "breeds ... conflict and cynicism."
Obama Unhinged. The candidate
who promised to bring people together and move beyond polarization has morphed into a divisive and defensive
president. His sinking approval numbers underscore the growing public disappointment in the gap between
his campaign rhetoric and his governing style. The president's thin skin at news conferences is now part
of Washington press corps lore. ... Lately, he's resorted to criticizing individual members of Congress personally
at town hall events, tactics more suited to a rookie political hack than the leader of the free world.
Liberals and the
Violence Card. Mr. Obama and his party believe that the election of November 2008 entitled them
to make permanent, "transformational" changes to our society. In just 16 months they've added more
than $2 trillion to the national debt, essentially nationalized the health-care system, the student-loan
industry, and have their sights set on draconian cap-and-trade regulations on carbon emissions and amnesty for
illegal aliens. Had President Obama campaigned on this agenda, he wouldn't have garnered 30% of the
president's popularity plunge. Americans love a good winner, but when the winner is a whiner,
the public's reaction is not going to be admiration. The president ran in 2008 as a post-partisan
"uniter" who would usher in an era of bipartisan reform, but he has chosen to become a polarizing figure
and a Chicago jam-down artist for whom trash talk is as much a part of his daily game. Rarely has the
promise been so far removed from the result.
Mr. President, Words
Matter. [Scroll down] Then there was the constant partisanship, the "never let a crisis go to waste"
Chicago hardball. Never has a president talked so much about reaching across the aisle and done so little
of it. During the campaign, the Senate's most partisan member claimed he was its least. That same
deception characterized most of his first year in the White House. He promised C-SPAN coverage of bipartisan
give-and-take, while actually holding the health-care debate behind Democratic congressional doors to offer bribes
and insider deals in exchange for votes.
Roll Obama Back. Even during the
2008 campaign, Mr. Obama promised to reduce the federal deficit. In his first 100 days, he increased
spending and grew government faster than at any time since World War 2. But his tsunami of deficit
spending — in the failed "stimulus", nationalization of GM and Chrysler, his $3.6 trillion
budget for FY 2010 and more — has created an enormous voter backlash.
Barack has a
truth ache. After South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!" as President Obama
pitched health care to a joint session of Congress, even Republicans ran from their rude colleague. Two
months later, however, most Americans are reaching a similar conclusion about Obama, and not just on health
care. They now believe Obama was not honest about how he would govern. His campaign promises,
they say, bear little resemblance to the president he is.
Insult. Do you recall President Bush insulting Democrats, as Obama has insulted us, explicitly?
Sometimes our post-partisan president can be a rather nasty piece of work.
at odds with his own vision for the world. Last year, Obama told Berliners that
we and they are "heirs to a struggle for freedom." This year his administration has been
busy trying to appease dictatorial and authoritarian regimes. So maybe he was wise to
skip a return appearance in Berlin. Let Hillary Clinton gloss over the embarrassing
contrast between his rhetoric then and his policies now.
Obama's Health Care Bait
and Switch. During the first nine months of his Presidency, Barack Obama has accomplished the
seemingly impossible: he has proven that a politician can be even less trustworthy than Bill
Clinton. ... Obama's policy pirouettes, however, have taken us to an entirely new level of presidential
perfidy. The man has reversed himself on virtually every position he espoused during last year's campaign.
And nowhere have these reversals been more brazen than in the case of health care. On a host of reform
issues, including insurance mandates, taxing health benefits and patient choice, Obama has demonstrated that
his campaign rhetoric was utterly disingenuous.
Obama Wants America to Fail: "We the People" were promised swift and effective action towards
getting the markets repaired by President Obama, but they have dropped about 1400 points each week since
he's taken power. "We the People" were promised greater fiscal responsibility by candidate Obama, yet
his own proposals throw us down a black hole of debt, the likes of which we've never seen in a single year of
an administration, much less in the first sixty days of one.
Back then we thought
it was cool. [Obama] must have violated some FTC rule against predatory pricing by advertising
his product with the promise of "tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans". Then, once he had driven
his only remaining competitor out of the market, he jacked up the price by trillions. If not predatory
pricing, it must be false advertising.
The Brawl's in Obama's Court. As a
candidate, Barack Obama prided himself on his ability to work with conservatives. His first 100 days,
however, have been a case study in unilateralism.
Can't Meet the Cheerios Standard. I think it's time we applied the same advertising standards to
Washington's legislative products that the feds apply to breakfast foods. The Food and Drug Administration
rapped General Mills this week for making misleading claims about the benefits of Cheerios. ... Well, how about
the bogus marketing of the fiscal "stimulus"? ... Obama promised that Americans would be able to track "every
dime" of the "stimulus" at one handy clearinghouse website. They won't. The Recovery.gov site data
won't be fully available until next spring — halfway through the program.
For the sake of convenience, Barack Obama
delivers the opposite of what he promised during his campaign.
Flip-Flops and Governance.
Barack Obama inherited a set of national-security policies that he rejected during the campaign but now
embraces as president. This is a stunning and welcome about-face. For example, President Obama
kept George W. Bush's military tribunals for terror detainees after calling them an "enormous failure"
and a "legal black hole."
Democrats irked by Obama signing
statement. President Barack Obama has irked close allies in Congress by declaring he has the right to
ignore legislation on constitutional grounds after having criticized George W. Bush for doing the same.
Four senior House Democrats on Tuesday said they were "surprised" and "chagrined" by Obama's declaration in June
that he doesn't have to comply with provisions in a war spending bill that puts conditions on aid provided to the
World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Face It: Obama Is No Post-Partisan. Only last summer we were told that Barack Obama's
political appeal rested on his vision for a "post-partisan future." The post-partisan future was one
of the press corps' favorite phrases. It served as shorthand for the candidate's repeated references
to "unity of purpose," looking beyond a red or blue America, and so on. Six months into the president's
term, you don't read much about this post-partisan future anymore.
At the NAACP, Obama
Removes His Mask of the Great Unifier. It is truly a sad day in America when the president of
the United States fans the flames of racial hatred. The man elected to be president of all the people,
in his speech at the NAACP basically said, though America is racist, sexist and homophobic, you can make it in
spite of those white [people]'s attempts to stop you. Wonderful. How inspiring. The NAACP
audience erupted in applause. Obama's condemnation was "red meat" to the liberal, protective of their
victim status, organization.
Irks Some Democrats By Declaring He Can Ignore Legislation. President Obama has irked close
allies in Congress by declaring he has the right to ignore legislation on constitutional grounds after having
criticized George W. Bush for doing the same. Four senior House Democrats on Tuesday [7/21/2009] said
they were "surprised" and "chagrined" by Obama's declaration in June that he doesn't have to comply with provisions
in a war spending bill that puts conditions on aid provided to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Race Baiter in Chief.
If the country wanted to elect Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton as president we already had that chance. Many
thought Obama was an educated, reasonable, objective man. Instead, I think we have just had confirmed what
some feared and suspected: we have elected the Race Baiter in Chief.
President of Some of the People.
Barack Obama sold himself to the Democratic base who were in a sort of political wasteland after a hard-fought election in
2000. He seemed like a true uniter, someone who could win the hearts and minds of Democrats, independents, and
moderate Republicans. Since coming into office, however, he has proven that this image of Barack Obama the uniter
and the post-partisan was an abject fraud.
A failed, single term?
President Obama is on the way to joining an exclusive club. It is the club of failed one-term presidents. During
the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama sold himself as a pragmatic moderate. In fact, he is the very opposite.
What Went Wrong:
[Voters in 2008] wanted federal support for wind and solar, but not at the expense of neglecting new sources of gas, oil,
coal, and nuclear power. They were worried about high-cost health care, the uninsured, redundant procedures, and
tort reform, but not ready for socialized medicine. They wanted better government, not bigger, DMV-style government.
There is a growing realization that Obama enticed voters last summer with the flashy lure of discontent.
and the Democrats' great bait-and-switch: President Barack Obama won the presidency under the persona of
healer. He promised to unify a divided nation and said how he would do this by putting ideology aside to solve
problems and bringing open, bipartisan governance to Washington, devoid of special interests. Now, six months
into this presidency we have exactly the opposite.
You're A Racist!
The Ultimate Emotional Intimidation. Many sincere white Americans thought by electing a black
president America could never again be characterized as a "racist country." Shamefully, this characterless
administration betrayed Obama voters by exploiting race, using it as a tool to implement their far left agenda.
If you don't agree with everything Obama wants, you must be a racist. Rather than the election of
America's first black president bringing the races together, Obama's administration is tearing us apart.
They will continue to play the tired, old and tattered geriatric "race card" as long as it is effective.
What happened to post-racial America?
Whatever happened to that "post-racial" America we were supposed to be living in? Whatever happened to those warm
and fuzzy feelings we got when we elected America's first black president? Whatever happened to being so proud of
ourselves for having bridged the racial divide? Didn't last very long.
Obama's Karmic Freight
Train. Little did any of us know ... that hidden behind all the talk of hope and change and
transparency was a calculated strategy to punish the very country that represented one of the few historical
examples of legitimate hope and change.
What Happened to Candidate Obama?
Obama's candidacy was defined (to the exasperation of conservatives) by idealism, appeals to bipartisanship,
and competency. He is now short on all three — which explains why his support among voters
and especially independents (who were susceptible to pledges to end old-style politics) has plummeted.
As for the idealism, no president has sunk so far so fast.
Yucca budget bungle. For someone who vowed to restore science to its rightful place, President
Obama seems awfully interested in playing politics when it comes to nuclear waste. The result is a
grotesque misuse of taxpayer dollars that puts the nation's nascent nuclear renaissance at risk.
the Yucca Mountain storage facility.
Revolution Is Over. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Obama was going to change the face
of American politics. Instead he has made it less attractive to a growing share of the public.
Whether it's trillion-dollar deficits or government-run health care, Americans are at last coming to terms
with what they voted for.
prez not what we were promised. So this is the postpartisan politics President Obama promised us.
You have a Democratic president who — although far from the messiah we were promised —
still remains likable. Yet his policies — from his government-run health-insurance scheme to
his No Big Company Left Behind platform — are highly unpopular.
Obama Ever Become President? Obama the candidate had a unifying vision that was ultimately
pro-American. He won the support of many conservatives because he insisted on the importance of the
free market and the strength of rugged American individualism. ... Obama the president doesn't seem to care
about capitalism or small businesses at all. His vision of a renewed American marketplace seems to
have a lot to do with the government running and regulating everything.
That sounds like
a marxist dictatorship to me.
The New War
against Reason. Barack Obama promised us not only transparency, but also a new respect for
science. In soothing tones, he asserted that his administration was "restoring scientific integrity
to government decision-making." ... Instead, we are seeing an unprecedented distortion of science —
indeed, an attack on the inductive method itself. Facts and reason are trumped by Chicago-style
politics, politically correct dogma, and postmodern relativism.
The Politicization of the EPA — an Administration's
Radical Gamble. [Scroll down] The U.S. president who was going to find a way to resolve
partisan bickering in Washington has now embarked on a major escalation of the conflict — by
using the power he holds over executive branch agencies to fight his enemies in Congress over the issue
of global warming. Although the EPA has always been, organizationally, an arm of the administration
in power, until this administration the EPA has generally been able to maintain the appearance (if not
the reality) of being science-based. That is now much harder to maintain.
Revolution Has Come to America. Remember those heady days of 2008 when Barack Obama
successfully painted himself as a moderate?
also This is "Change"?
No Taxation with
Misrepresentation? From a stimulus bill that did just the opposite to private-sector employment
to a power-grab being marketed as health care reform, nothing about this administration is turning out to be as
promised during the 2008 campaign. As for those 2006 campaign claims that giving the majority to Democrats
would usher in the most ethical Congress ever, both the financial and the sex scandals continue apace.
Against this background, the enactment of ObamaCare by nefarious means and against the wishes of most voters has
the potential to usher in a widespread citizen revolt against what can best be called taxation with
reality of Obamacare: First: Congratulations to President Obama and the Democratic
leadership. You won dirty against bipartisan opposition from both Congress and the majority of
Americans. You've definitely polarized the country even more, and quite possibly bankrupted us
too. ... Simply, you have nationalized healthcare by proxy. Insurance companies are now heavily
regulated government contractors. Way to get big business out of Washington!
bait & switch. Candidate Obama repeatedly assured the public that his health care plan
would cost between $500 billion and $650 billion. This modest amount was to be covered
entirety by discontinuing the George W. Bush tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000 a year.
Today, we know that Obamacare will cost at least double that amount. The basic price tag is
$940 billion over 10 years, to which one must add the $208 billion "doc fix." ... Mr. Obama
is still trying to hide the extent of the bait-and-switch.
American Catharsis. [Scroll down] Until now we had not in the postwar era seen a
true man of the Left who was committed to changing America into a truly liberal state. Indeed, had
Barack Obama run on the agenda he actually implemented during his first year in office — "Elect me
and I shall appoint worthies like Craig Becker, Anita Dunn, and Van Jones; stimulate the economy through
a $1.7-trillion annual deficit; take over health care, the auto industry, student loans, and insurance;
push for amnesty for illegal aliens and cap-and-trade; and reach out to Iran, Russia, Syria, and
Venezuela" — he would have been laughed out of Iowa. It was not his agenda but his carefully
crafted pseudo-centrism that got Obama elected...
Obama's Race Obsession.
It seems a lifetime ago that Obama represented hope for a post-racial presidency and in fact a post-racial
era in American politics. Like so much else about Obama, the reality is the opposite of what was
Obama's White House
Is 'Too White'? Over twenty months after they elected Obama president, many American voters
feel they still don't know the full measure of the man they voted for, while the motives of those supporters
on Journolist who labored to keep the voters intentionally blind — even while urging them to make
a leap of faith — have become increasingly suspect.
President. During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts
of the electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our democracy. He ran on
a platform of reconciliation — of getting beyond "old labels" of right and left, red and blue states,
and forging compromises based on shared values. ... And yet, it has not been realized. Not at all.
The Obama Con Job. The popularity
Obama had the day he was inaugurated was for a person that disappeared shortly thereafter. Barack gave
the American people a bait-and-switch, says Newt Gingrich. "If you read the inaugural address, it has
no resemblance to the way he's governed. He became a left-wing democratic machine operating in secrecy,"
the former Speaker of the House said.
myth of Obama's great temperament. During the 2008 campaign Obama-spinners and nearly the entire
press corps (I repeat myself) bandied about the notion that what the candidate lacked in experience (none when
it came to running anything other than the Harvard Law Review) he made up in superior temperament. He was
cool, calm, unflappable — a sort of Mr. Spock who put rationality above emotion. Has there
ever been a worst [sic] case of false advertising?
Obama the Bore. Obama
isn't boring in the same conventional, square, policy-wonk manner of so many other politicians; he still
acts cool, plays basketball, and parties with Hollywood's A-list. But as a president he has become
boring: he is tiresome, unpersuasive, divisive, repetitive, predictable, and cynical — importantly,
the opposite of everything advertised himself to be.
Here's your post-partisan president at work:
Obama the promise breaker.
From the start, the president insisted 2011 would be a bipartisan year. "What comes of this moment will be
determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow." The happy
feelings didn't last long. By October, the campaigner in chief sunk to challenging the intelligence of people
who disagree with him. At a stemwinder in Asheville, N.C., Mr. Obama insisted he had to break his jobs
bill into "bite-size pieces" because Republicans "just couldn't understand the whole all at once."
Obama's divided America.
A new survey shows that Barack Obama is the most polarizing president in the last 60 years. As divisive
as he is, the current occupant of the White House has simply exacerbated a trend towards disunity that has been
developing for years. A report released by Gallup on Friday shows that the partisan divide over Mr. Obama
continued a record-setting pace for the third year straight. In 2011, the gap between his approval ratings
by party was 68 percent, the highest for any third-year president on record.
Dishonorable Budget Dishonesty.
In 2008 Barack Obama said he'd cut the budget deficit in half. Instead he's more than doubled it every year
since. And he's just getting started.
Obama & the corruption of the American Left. Defending a corporate welfare agency. Attacking the
critics of intrusive federal anti-terrorism measures. Giving a President the benefit of the doubt regarding the
jailing of journalists critical of U.S. foreign policy. Ignoring multiple, deadly, ongoing, unauthorized wars.
Celebrating military victory over a weak country as if creates moral legitimacy. Keeping Guantanamo Bay open.
What has happened to the American Left? Barack Obama happened, that's what.
Celebrating our "Warrior President".
Not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of "one of the most militarily aggressive
American leaders in decades." That's quite revealing on multiple levels. Bergen does note that irony: he
recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out: "if
those on the left were listening, they didn't seem to care." He adds that "the left, which had loudly condemned George W.
Bush for waterboarding and due process violations at Guantánamo, was relatively quiet when the Obama administration, acting as
judge and executioner, ordered more than 250 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2009, during which at least 1,400 lives were lost."
Obama caught in another falsehood. The lies have to do with
decrepit bridges and, of course, Republicans. The great healer, the man who promised to change the way politics
was practiced in Washington, falsely attacked his opposition — again.
'kill list' revealed: How President uses Al Qaeda 'baseball cards' to decide who will live and who will die. Barack
Obama has insisted on personally approving a 'kill list' of Al Qaeda terrorists who should be hunted down and executed, according
to reports. The U.S. president requests that his advisers draw up 'baseball cards' with pictures and biographies that he
pores over to see who should live and who should die. As part of the bizarre 'nomination' process he then retires for
personal reflection to work out whether or not to order a drone strike to take them out.
"The usurped absolute power of life and death over humans is the
essential mark of a true and absolute dictator."
US Media: If you're Totalitarian you can Kill Anyone you
Like! Obama now has a "kill list" that has been devised to allow him to murder anyone he designates as a "terrorist"
worldwide — that means domestic murders also — with no oversight or restrictions, whatsoever, from anyone or
any US governmental department. He is using his new favorite toys — the drones — to affect the deaths
of those who do not enjoy the favor of the tyrant-in-chief of the [former] USA. [...] It is also, now being reported that Obama
plays the "kill flicks" over and over again — as if he cannot get enough of his "brilliantly" commanded assassinations.
The S.S. Obama is Leaking. The holes in the Obama
Administration continue to show the greatest inherent problem to the President's re-election: These people are incompetent.
At almost every level, in almost every issue the Obama Administration is barely keeping afloat. [...] Imagine the apoplexy among the
studio hosts on MSNBC if George W. Bush had been found riffling "baseball cards" deciding who should live, who should die and in
'kill list' is unchecked presidential power. A stunning report in the New York Times depicted President Obama poring over the
equivalent of terrorist baseball cards, deciding who on a "kill list" would be targeted for elimination by drone attack. The
revelations — as well as those in Daniel Klaidman's recent book — sparked public outrage and calls for congressional
inquiry. Yet bizarrely, the fury is targeted at the messengers, not the message.
Obama the Reactionary. [Scroll down] Obama is now
said to be sitting in the White House every evening, carefully designating whoever is due to be assassinated by Predator strikes the next day, like
Jimmy Carter poring over the White House tennis schedule. His control freak tendencies have finally found their natural outlet. But,
being a liberal, Obama is still against capital punishment. OK, let's kill Abdullah Al Libi tomorrow, guys and gals!
Let's not open the back door to '1984' in 2012.
The same year that the Soviet Union died, Obama graduated from Harvard law school and embarked on a path that led to his election as president in 2008.
Obama charmed and campaigned on vague promises of "hope and change" and a "fundamental transformation" of the United States. The spellbound mainstream
media never pinned him down for specifics. He was a blank slate on which voters wrote their own wish list. What Obama's election actually brought
was a 1984-ish stew of contradiction, doublespeak, false hope and no change.
Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards. Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of
other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own. His children sit under the protection guns afford, while the children of
regular Americans are sacrificed.
White House Thanksgiving: Six Types of
Pie. As food pantries across the United States are overwhelmed by the newly poor and food stamp use is the highest it's ever been, the
Obama first family is enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with six different types of pie.
Obama on Hurricane: 'We Leave Nobody
Behind'. Today [10/30/2012], during a non-campaign campaign stop at the Red Cross, President Obama told the nation something his
administration obviously didn't believe during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi (and a nearby annex) on the
night of September 11, 2012: That when an "American is in need... we leave nobody behind".
Obama Makes 10th Vegas Trip
Since Warning Bankers: Don't Go There. Less than three weeks into his presidency Barack Obama warned executives of banks
that had received federal bailout money that they better not take business trips to Las Vegas. Since then, Obama himself has made
9 trips Vegas — and is making a tenth today [9/12/2012]. "You can't get corporate jets," Obama said at a Feb. 9, 2009
townhall meeting in Elkhart, Ind. "You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas, or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime."
Stunning lack of diversity in Obama campaign, photos reveal. A photo of Obama's
"army" originally posted on the campaign's Tumblr site and run in conjunction with a BuzzFeed story on the Obama campaign reveals a stunning lack of
diversity among the president's Chicago staff. [...] Yet the "army of twenty-somethings" campaign manager Jim Messina has assembled in the president's
hometown is almost uniformly white, according to photos contained in a detailed BuzzFeed report Monday [4/9/2012]. Further examination of
the Obama's campaign's Tumblr site over the past month reveals very few black individuals — apart from the president and his wife,
Michelle — in the pictures posted in the feed. One of the only featured pictures to include a black individual is one from
a recent White House visit by Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols.
White House Hypocrisy.
There's something even more offensive than pundits and comedians using their platforms to launch nasty or sexist attacks on
people they disagree with politically. And that's the selective outrage and brazen hypocrisy of this White House, which
calculatedly stirred up anger about Rush Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke comments for political gain, but seemingly has no problem
when liberal comedians and talk show hosts take sexist jabs at conservative women.
Chu chooses a BMW over a Volt.
The big news yesterday was that Energy Secretary Steven Chu does not own a car. But his wife owns a
2002 BMW 325i, which gets 21 MPG, according to the Daily Caller. Why did Chu not get her to trade
in the Beamer for a Chevy Volt? Also, as a Cabinet secretary, he gets a security detail that drives him
around in an SUV, most likely a Cadillac Escalade. We can mince around with words over whether he owns a
car or not, but he is not taking public transportation, walking or riding a bicycle to get everywhere.
Energy secretary's wife drives a
gas-guzzling BMW. In a piece of video that shot across the Internet Thursday like a sports car
doing zero-to-60 in four seconds, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu told the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power
that he does not own a car. ... But The Daily Caller has confirmed that Chu's wife does — and it's quite an
Hypocrisy: Making Warren Buffett Richer. As the great investor's secretary sat with the first lady
at the State of the Union, the president spoke of economic "fairness." Is it fair to make a supporter wealthier
at the expense of the American people?
Labor Boss Buys Canadian-Built Car. To show her support for American workers, President
Obama's labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet
Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled
in Canada from parts also made in Canada.
Freedom Fries. When
President Obama indulges in fast food while traveling he exhorts interested onlookers: "Don't tell
Michelle." The fit First Lady is, of course, an advocate of healthy foods and outspoken about childhood
obesity. She had her own "Don't tell Barack" moment recetly, when she stopped at a diner in Milwaukee
and had classic greasy fare: a burger and fries. Mrs. Obama's meal really wouldn't be anyone else's
business were it not for her own aspiration to rewrite the nation's menus.
The Hypocrite Who Hijacked Air Force 1. Like
all dishonest politicians, Barack Obama consistently talks out of both sides of his mouth as he attempts to pander to both
the left and the right. What he says at any given time is totally meaningless and worthless. Regardless of which
side of the political spectrum he wants to pander to, he will always try to reinforce his credibility and false consistency
by saying "as I've said before" or "as I said in my campaign." This man's words have absolutely no credibility at all.
Obama: A Fraud You Can Believe In. Even as Barack Obama demonstrates he is a fraud, phony and
hypocrite par excellence — who also happens to be in way over his head — the American people
still believe in him. Yes, love is grand and his approval rating is still miraculously high. If
the truth were known, that approval rating would be sinking lower than the stock market, home prices or the
economy. I doubted he was the Messiah, but now I'm not sure. When a president can be the greatest
wealth destroyer in history and still maintain high approval ratings, maybe he does have supernatural powers.
Mr. Obama has one standard for himself, another standard for the rest of us.
to Meet the Carter Standard. Add President Obama's name to the ever-growing list of
global-warming hypocrites. ... Obviously, a president gets a necessary pass on driving in a big (i.e., safe)
car. But it turns out that Obama keeps the Oval Office at near-tropical heat levels. The
New York Times reports that he doesn't wear a suit jacket at his desk because he has "cranked up the
thermostat." Explained adviser David Axelrod: "He's from Hawaii, OK? He likes it
warm. You could grow orchids in there."
The Editor says...
Mr. Soetoro / Obama might (or might not) have been born in Hawaii, but he is most recently from Chicago, where it would be a luxury to
keep an office excessively warm in the winter.
Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat. During a campaign event in Oregon in
May, Obama said we have to "lead by example." "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and
keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times," he said. "That's not leadership. That's not going
to happen." But for the first few weeks of his presidency, that's precisely what has happened in the
On a nearby page, there is information about Obama's gas-guzzling limo.
Daschle: symbol of Barack Obama's hypocrisy. It looks like Tom Daschle will become the next
Health and Human Services Secretary even though he failed to pay a massive chunk of his taxes. Many
Americans might have been in danger of ending up in jail if they made similar "unintentional" errors to the
tune of $128,000 but the White House clearly considers the appointment a done deal.
Two Days After Instituting Ethics
Rules, President Obama Waives Them. Two days after introducing what he heralded as the most sweeping
ethics rules in American history — ones that would "close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come
into government freely" — President Barack Obama today waived those rules for his nominee for Deputy
Secretary of Defense, William Lynn. Until last fall, Lynn was a registered lobbyist for the defense contractor
was Mention of Obamas' Personal Chef During Campaign? During last year's presidential campaign,
the media worked overtime to portray John and Cindy McCain as wealthy private jet junkies with more homes than
they can remember, while showcasing Barack and Michelle Obama as just another middle class family with two
working parents, one car and freshly paid off student loans. ... Mrs. Obama was defined as an average mom who
juggled work and home with extraordinary skill. According to the media, she arranged sleepovers, scoured
Target for the perfect wardrobe and served healthy organic dinners. Just like us common folk, right?
Well, almost. Those healthy organic dinners were cooked by the Obamas' personal chef, Sam Kass.
Obama gets PETA pass on Wagyu Steak.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), strident in its criticism of meat-eating Al Gore, are
silent on Obama's spending binge on wagyu steak. And the Obama silence is equally deafening from the
Live Earth Concert crowd, who acknowledge that not eating meat is "the single most effective thing"
(italics theirs) you can do to reduce your climate change impact, and whose official handbook Gore helped
After All. What is it with the Obama administration and tax cheats? First Obama puts a tax
delinquent in charge of the IRS, and then he nominates another revenue renegade to be his secretary of health
and human services. Sure, he's against tax cuts for the rich, but rich Democrats who ignore their taxes
are welcome in his cabinet.
I Repeat: Time To Go, Mr. Geithner. Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner stood alongside President Obama in a White House press briefing yesterday. ... Only
a day earlier, Pres. Obama said there should be no double standard when it comes to paying taxes.
However, Mr. Geithner is guilty of a double standard.
Games: So, it's come to this: The man who was maligned as unpatriotic for not wearing a flag pin is
playing the patriotism card. The New York Times reported Saturday [2/14/2009] that President Obama called three
Republican senators who were supporting his stimulus plan "to thank them for their patriotism in helping to advance
the bill at a critical time."
Democrat fat cats.
The Democratic House Caucus retreat was held this weekend at a Williamsburg luxury spa, to the cost of half a
million dollars for the American taxpayer, and Mr. Obama flew the 155 miles on Air Force One (after
getting to Andrews AFB by Marine One) for a brief appearance. This is not just blatant hypocrisy by the
president, it is downright political folly. ... Mr. Obama, who was all fire and brimstone for two years on
the campaign trail, expressing solidarity with the poor and underprivileged in America, should be a bit more
circumspect in events such as this.
The Editor says...
How many of you would take an airplane on a 155-mile trip? It would be twice as fast to drive to
your destination, because of all the delays
and hassles at the airport. Mr. Obama
is above all that. This incident also shows Obama's poor judgment: For a lot less money,
he could just as easily have taken the Marine Corps helicopter all the way to his destination. But
you see, your money doesn't matter to him.
Barry Honey, can we
talk about hypocrisy? [Scroll down] You promised — quite
explicitly — that you would post online every single bill passed by the Congress for
five whole days before you signed it into law. Now, any way one adds it up, this 1,400 page,
biggest-lump-sum spending bill in the history of these United States was only passed 3 days before it
got your Denver-hoopla signature. Where's the transparency?
Promises Were Entirely Predictable. What could anyone have possibly expected from a young,
overtly leftist Chicago upstart who had accomplished precisely nothing of significance throughout his short
career — and yet still promised the world, and more, to his loyal adherents? Consider his
campaign pledges: It wasn't too long ago that Obama promised to "tell the corporate lobbyists that
their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over." ... That was then; this is now. President
Obama has allowed seventeen exceptions to the no-lobbyist rule.
Obama, it's more about showmanship than sunlight. Back during the presidential campaign, Barack
Obama promised something he called "Sunlight Before Signing." Obama complained that "too often bills are
rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them." So
he pledged that, as president, he would "not sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an
opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days." "Sunlight Before Signing"
faded into darkness with the first bill that came across Obama's desk.
Obama takes credit for...
The Bush Pullout. President
Obama traveled to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Friday to announce that the U.S. would stay in Iraq at least until 2012 and
keep 50,000 troops there even after combat ends. Sound familiar? ... In short, though President Obama will get
credit, it was Bush's plan — not Obama's.
House claims credit for factory opening. Just weeks after the economic stimulus package
spent billions on what the administration hoped would be massive job gains, Vice President Joe Biden
Sunday hailed the re-opening of a Chicago factory as early evidence the stimulus plan is working.
Barack Obama won the presidency in large measure because he presented himself as a demarcation point. The
old politics, he said, was based on "spin," misleading arguments, and an absence of candor. He'd "turn
the page" on that style of politics. Last week's presentation of his budget shows that hope was a
mirage. For example, Mr. Obama didn't run promising larger deficits — but now is offering
Obama Claims He's Responsible,
Then Blames Other People. President Obama has mastered the art of employing rhetoric that makes
it sound as if he's doing something uniquely virtuous and heroic when in reality he's doing stuff that
political leaders often do. We've seen this with the way he touts bipartisanship while being unwilling
to offer real compromises or the way he proclaims he isn't hiring lobbyists when he actually is.
Obama's Charity Problem: In
her new book and column of March 12, Ann Coulter compares the charitable donations of Presidents Obama and Bush and
VPs Biden and Cheney. As a tipoff on how the comparison goes, remember that Obama's youngest half-brother lives in
wretched poverty in a 65-sqare-foot shack in Nairobi. Like many liberals, the president cares deeply for the poor;
so long as the poor are helped with taxpayer money.
Dem hypocrisy will come back to haunt.
[Congressman Frank] Kratovil wasn't the only candidate who attacked fiscal irresponsibility in Washington to get votes
but then embraced even more radical spending policies once he got to Congress. Candidate Barack Obama promised to
reform the earmark process and cut wasteful spending "line by line." But in less than two months, President Obama
has signed spending plans that include 8,500 earmarks and triple the deficit while doubling the national debt to an
amazing $20 trillion — dwarfing anything contemplated by Bush's wildest spending proposals.
President. [Scroll down] So much for promoting good faith. Instead, the White House has
fallen into the kinds of partisan habits the President once decried: overwrought rhetoric, misrepresentation
of the other side, and ad hominem attack. I am not the first to point this out. Most recently, the
Washington Post ran a front page story on the tension between Obama's governance and his inaugural address...
the Heights of Hypocrisy. President Obama vowed to "pursue every legal avenue to block these
bonuses," when the proper "legal" avenue was to write a responsible law — a process his own
administration apparently undermined. "I'll take responsibility," says the president —
before, in the next few breaths, explaining, "We didn't grant these contracts." And, "We've got a lot
on our plate." And, "It's my job to make sure that we fix these messes, even if I don't make them."
So Obama seems to be saying: I'll take credit for taking the blame for something that is entirely the
fault of others. Positively Clintonian.
Obama White House bars press from
press award ceremony. Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most transparent
presidential administration in American history. This achievement and the overall promise of his historic
administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name him "Newsmaker of the Year." The president
is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this
afternoon [3/20/2009]. The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.
Beyond the Bogus Bonus Smokescreen. I ask you now to turn away from the bogus bonus smokescreen over
$165 million in taxpayer-backed compensation packages for AIG employees. It is a pittance compared to the
gargantuan spending spree happening right under our noses. ... Taxpayers might be less skeptical of the born-again
guardians of fiscal responsibility if these evangelists were actually practicing what they preached. While the
Obama administration now issues impassioned calls to stop rewarding failure, they moved Thursday [3/19/2009] to
dump another $5 billion into the failing auto industry.
Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG. Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American
International Group in the form of political contributions according to Opensecrets.org. The two biggest
Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are — Senators Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama.
Econ board has yet to meet publicly. Six
weeks after President Barack Obama appointed a blue-ribbon panel to help him dig America out of its economic crisis, the
board has yet to hold an official public meeting. The White House initially said that the 16-member Presidential
Economic Recovery Advisory Board, headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, would meet "every few weeks."
Non-political Looks Like: Democrats complained endlessly about the supposed "politicization" of
the Bush Justice Department. ... Eric Holder piously pledged that his Justice Department would "serve justice"
and "not the fleeting interests of any political party." ... What pillar of the legal profession will be
lecturing Justice employees to help them "serve justice" in a "less political" way? Why, none other
than Donna Brazile, whose own website biography describes her as ... a Vice Chairman at the Democratic
in White House appear to drive American cars. Oops, it seems that many on President Obama's
team, including those seeking to save the American automobile industry, do not actually drive vehicles from
the American automobile industry. According to a study by the Detroit News and a White House parking lot
survey by Politico.com, neither do Obama's White House staffers. ... The Politico survey of cars parked next
to the White House found only five U.S. brand cars out of 23 -- a Dodge, two Fords, a Jeep and a Cadillac.
Obama Uses 'Politics of
Fear' He Once Criticized. President Obama frequently railed against the Bush-era "politics of fear"
on the campaign trail. In his inaugural address, he said, "We got here because we have chosen hope over
fear." ... But he has had no trouble issuing fear-inducing warnings himself. President Obama has simply
exchanged his predecessor's fear-inducing rhetoric on national security for fear-inducing rhetoric on the economy.
attorney general is politicizing Justice. Before the November election, Eric Holder was among the
prominent Democrats who denounced the Bush administration's "politicization" of the Justice Department. Now
that he is attorney general, the same Holder is blatantly politicizing the place. ... Taxpayers footed the bill
for Justice Department employees to stop working and listen to a speech by somebody self-described as a "veteran
Democratic political strategist." How can that not be "politicization"?
Obama's Double-Talk. On his first day of work,
[President Obama] signed an executive order prohibiting lobbyists from holding high ranking administration jobs,
thereby fulfilling a campaign promise to "close the revolving door" between K Street and government via "the
most sweeping ethics reform in history." Two days later, the president granted a "waiver" from the new rules
to install Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn as the No. 2 man in the Pentagon.
health care. It doesn't matter what your doctor says; the Obama administration plans to decide if you will
have cancer treatment or heart surgery. ... The hypocrisy is enough to make a heart stop. A White House that doesn't
think government should intervene between a doctor and a woman deciding whether to have an abortion has no problem telling
doctors whether they can perform tonsillectomies or hysterectomies.
School choice for us, not for them.
When President Obama, hero of the teacher unions and ardent foe of vouchers, moved to Washington, he and his
wife chose an elite private school for their kids. Not surprisingly, it was the same tony prep school to
which the Clintons — also beloved by teacher unions and opponents of school choice —
sent their kid. (Obama is nothing if not a big admirer of the Clintons — his cabinet proves
Does Obama Send His Kids To Private Schools?
Tax Dodgers: Here's a tip for President Obama: Next time you excoriate tax cheats, try to
keep Rep. Charles Rangel's name out of the discussion. Somehow, it doesn't further your case. Yet
that's precisely what Obama did Monday, singling out the powerful Harlem congressman for praise as he
announced legislation meant to close what he calls tax "loopholes" for corporations that expand their
Welcome to the
Banana Republic Club. It is obvious that Obama has learned well from his adopted home town;
the "Chicago way" is evident througout. Congratulations to the President and the Congress for their
accomplishment. It takes dedication and a special type of hypocrisy to be both a law maker and a
law teacher with such a healthy disregard for law.
GE a corporate sponsor.
For all of the carping liberals did for eight years about corporate cronyism in George W. Bush's White
House, they seem to turn a blind eye to the same behavior in President Obama's. With plans in place for
a major overhaul in the health-care industry, General Electric is positioning itself to become a major
beneficiary of these health care reforms.
Earmark Nation. When
earlier this week President Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill to keep the government running
through the fall, every account of the event noted the 800-pound contradiction in the room. Mr. Obama
had campaigned against earmarks, even saying he would cut them back to levels before 1994, the start of the
Gingrich-GOP interregnum. Now here was Obama as president signing a bill soaked in earmarks.
Barack Obama, Deconstructionist.
The president continually made reference to the importance of "transparency" in his speech -- yet he will
not release enhanced interrogation techniques memoranda showing what information we extracted by using these
techniques. Compounding this hypocrisy is Obama feeling no reluctance to release previously classified
memos that dealt with the methods of interrogation.
Enemy Within. When Bush ran up the national debt, he got clobbered by Republicans and Democrats,
alike. But when, in just three short months, Obama tripled the deficit, nary a discouraging word did we
hear from a single liberal. Massive inflation looms over all of us, but Democrats just keep smiling and
giving each other high-fives while Obama cranks out funny money like a counterfeiter on speed.
Obama Voted to Filibuster a Supreme Court Nominee, but Now Hopes for
Clean Process. President Obama's expressed hope today in his weekly address "that we can avoid
the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination)
process, and Congress, in the past" runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his
unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.
Civil Rights: Who are the "Cowards"? On
taking office as Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder stated that America is a nation of "cowards"
when it comes to race and that he would commit the Department of Justice to making civil rights cases a top
priority. President Obama himself promised to "reinvigorate federal civil rights enforcement," especially by
prosecuting cases of voting discrimination against blacks. On May 15 Obama's Department of Justice
quashed a civil rights case involving voter intimidation by blacks in Philadelphia on election day, 2008.
Our Public Servants At Work.
In a boon to deadbeats, President Obama on Friday signed new credit card legislation and warned the American
people to be fiscally responsible, saying "Some get in over their heads by not using their heads," he said.
"I want to be clear: We do not excuse or condone folks who've acted irresponsibly." This stern
warning came a full four days after it was reported that the US had set yet another record, entering into
deficit spending in April, for the first time in 26 years. Oh, and the deficit will quadruple next
year, and it now appears that America's triple-A credit rating is at risk.
He's Telling You To Be Thrifty? On Tuesday [6/9/2009]
the President tried to reinstitute the concept of "Paygo" or pay as you go — if you spend a dollar then the Congress
has to save a dollar. However, he exempted about 2.5 trillion dollars of his priorities, including a health care reform
jumpstart. It's just too much. When I saw that, I broke out laughing. Here's the president who has spent
about $12 trillion in his first few months in office, sqandering it on everything imaginable. Now he's
telling us to be thrifty?
Obama Closes Doors on Openness. As a senator,
Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the
White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a
Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had
visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such
records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House
counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series of cases in which Obama officials have opted against
Thing, Doing Another. In the real world, if your predecessor runs up too much debt, you have to
reduce that debt to survive. Instead, President Obama insists that, while "the reckless fiscal policies
of the past have left us in a very deep hole," he still plans to borrow trillions more. Odd. The
disconnect between the president's words and his actions is even starker when it comes to health care.
Obama: A Profile in Cowardice.
Obama and his people have been working around the clock to restore [Mel] Zelaya to power, even while stating that
they want the whole thing to be "free from external influence and interference" (the hypocrisy on that line
alone is almost enough to choke even Chavez himself).
The EPA Silences a Climate Skeptic.
[Scroll down] One of President Barack Obama's first acts was a memo to agencies demanding new transparency in
government, and science. The nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, joined in,
exclaiming, "As administrator, I will ensure EPA's efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted
in three fundamental values: science-based policies and program, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming
transparency." In case anyone missed the point, Mr. Obama took another shot at his predecessors in April, vowing
that "the days of science taking a backseat to ideology are over." Except, that is, when it comes to Mr. [Alan]
Carlin, a senior analyst in the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics and a 35-year veteran of the agency.
Donors Find a Home in Obama's Ambassador
Corps. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has seen its share of luminaries in the ambassador's suite. Former
Vice President Walter Mondale, former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker and former House Speaker
Tom Foley are among those who have brokered relations with a complex and critical ally in a region bristling with military
and trade tensions. President Barack Obama's pick for the post is from a different mold: John Roos, a San
Francisco Bay area lawyer, was the president's chief Silicon Valley fundraiser and contributions "bundler." He has
no diplomatic experience. ... [And yet, Obama made the] claim during last year's campaign that President George W.
Bush engaged in an "extraordinary politicization of foreign policy."
Remember when the deficit was so bad that Democrats said we (or more accurately the Republicans) were placing
a terrible burden on our grandchildren? That was several trillion dollars ago. Democrats now
appear perfectly fine with extending the growing deficit and national debt to their great-grandchildren.
The war against those who want to get rich.
[Scroll down] Then we have the "spread the wealth", "redistributive" class warfare rhetoric, demonizing everything
from Vegas to those earners who might make over $150,000 (I love the way the President keeps saying that people "like me"
should pay more. Actually, few have had access to Tony Rezko's spread-the-wealth tips, or have wives that get
$100,000-plus raises when their husbands become Senators, or have had a lifetime government tenure of some sort). In
just nine months, the President has created a near class war — with one provision: the technocracy like Dodd,
Geithner, Murtha, Rangel, etc. are exempt from the high taxes and government monitoring that they feel is critical to
inflict on others.
When protest is
uncool, &c. [Scroll down] They say that "hate" is rearing its head, and that President
Obama and the Democrats are the victims of it. Let me make a couple of predictions: I predict that
the chairman of the Republican National Committee will never say, "I hate the Democrats and everything they stand
for. This [politics, basically] is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good." Howard
Dean said that about the GOP: "I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for... ." I
predict that an editor of a conservative magazine will never write a piece called "The Case
for Obama Hatred," beginning, "I hate President Barack Obama." A New Republic editor did this,
House Discloses 10 More Ethics Waivers for Administration Officials. Calling President Obama's Executive Order
on Ethics for Executive Branch personnel "the strongest ethics standards in U.S. government history," White House counsel
Norm Eisen on Friday [9/4/2009] announced 10 more waivers for Obama administration officials.
disregarded civility, Mr. President. We hear you're concerned with the lack of civility and
mutual respect in the current political landscape. That's nice. So are we. You are disturbed
by people saying "that all of government is inherently bad." We are too, or we would be, if we heard
someone say it, which we have not. ... If you want to be civil, you might try telling the truth, and the whole
truth, not what makes you look better.
The President and
the Politics of Civility. Last Saturday, Americans were again instructed on their political
manners by their Moralizer in Chief. ... "We cannot expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each
other down," Mr. Obama said. He spoke against "demonizing" political opponents or "questioning their
motives or their patriotism." ... A lot is right with those words. But there's a lot wrong with them
coming from Mr. Obama, who is contributing to the "slash and burn politics" he preaches against.
There He Goes Again.
Last Saturday at the University of Michigan, President Obama noted the importance of maintaining "a basic level
of civility in our public debate." He added, "You can question somebody's views and their judgment without
questioning their motives or their patriotism." You certainly can, but it seems Mr. Obama cannot.
beating up Wall Street 'fat cats,' President Obama takes their money. President Obama has been
happy to beat up on Wall Street "fat cats," but tonight [5/13/2010] he'll be even happier to take their money.
The President is slated to headline a superswank, $50,000-per-couple fund-raiser for the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee at Manhattan's gilded St. Regis hotel on Fifth Ave. The high-dollar affair will feature
fine French food, a bevy of Wall Street titans and 23 Congress members — including House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Double Standard. President Obama's administration has been tainted with the stain of hypocrisy
from Day One, when news broke that he'd chosen to send his daughters to the elite private Sidwell Friends
School while simultaneously allowing his Democratic cohorts in Congress — at the behest of the
powerful National Education Association, no doubt — to kill a scholarship program that afforded
1,700 of D.C.'s most underprivileged kids to escape the District's failing public school system.
Apparently the President, along with 38% of Congressmen who elect to send their kids to private schools,
sees nothing ironic about denying American parents the right to choose the best school for their kids.
Obama Mocked Commissions, Then
Established Four. The deficit commission is just one of at least four commissions set up
by the Obama White House: there are also commissions on the BP oil leak, nuclear power and potentially
creating a museum of the American Latino.
While the Obamas Head to Maine...
Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf. On her first trip to the Gulf Coast since the
BP oil spill, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to consider vacationing on the region's beaches
that have not been directly impacted by oil. ... The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own
this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine's Mount Desert Island,
home of Acadia National Park.
Question Why Obama Administration Doesn't Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities. Now that the
Obama administration is suing Arizona over its tough immigration law, some critics are asking why so-called
sanctuary cities are getting a pass for ignoring federal immigration law. More than 50 cities
in the U.S provide sanctuaries to illegal immigrants. Supporters of such policies say they want the
local police to focus on solving crimes and leave the immigration work to the federal authorities.
Personally, I am inclined to give him a bit of a break on the vacation issue — if only family vacations
were at issue. However, the vacations are only part of the problem with Obama's laxity and aversion to
work. His obsession with gold, the musical soirees at the White House (that are a constant fact and
have been from the inception of his Presidency) should give taxpayers pause. But two aspects of this
particular trip stand out. First, the sheer hypocrisy of Michelle Obama flying down to the tar
stained beaches of the Gulf and promoting them as a vacation spot for Americans.
Boundless Beneficence of Big Brother. Officially, the Republicans do not oppose extending
unemployment benefits yet again. Rather, they merely want to observe the rules Obama championed last
fall. In other words, Democrats should pay for the spending by finding cuts elsewhere in the budget.
What is "fiscally responsible" when Obama is for it, is rank partisanship when he's against it.
Take Lobbyist Cash as Obama Knocks Special Interests. As President Barack Obama thrashes
Republicans for allowing "special interest takeovers of our elections," his Democratic Party is benefiting
from millions of campaign dollars brought in by lobbyists. Lobbyists raised at least $1.5 million
in the first six months of the year to help elect Democrats to the House, according to a report from the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That was the most of any congressional fundraising
committee and almost three times as much as House Republicans.
Was Michelle Obama Thinking? When we're in the middle of the worst recession in living memory,
it's not a good idea to take a luxury vacation that most of your countrymen could never possibly afford in
the best of times, at considerable taxpayer expense for the security, in a foreign country.
Obama preaches sacrifice, his family frolics in Spain. As the US economy endures high unemployment
and a jittery stock market, President Barack Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the
pictures coming out of a sun-splashed Spanish resort may be sending a different message.
about Michelle Obama's 8th vacation this year.
Need a Vacation From the Obama Family's Foolish Choices. Just a few months ago, the president,
while sitting with local business owners in Florida during a visit to the state, urged Americans to come to the
Gulf coast for their summer vacations. He stated how important it was that Americans support their fellow
citizens at a time of crisis. Well. Those words have fallen on deaf ears when you look at the actions
of the president and our first lady. When the president and first lady decided to take their family on
their first summer vacation did they visit the Gulf? No. They visited Bar Harbor, Maine in July.
I guess the Obamas thought it was better to cruise the pristine waters of Frenchman's Bay than the oil slicked
waters in the Gulf.
Name is Michelle. Michelle Obama is a woman of her word. In July, she made a drive-by through
the Gulf coast region and urged people to "do a few things [to] help this community." Emphasis on the word
"few." She even recorded an ad inviting Americans to "come on down" to the Gulf as she herself then headed
back to Washington to collect her family to head to a holiday in a national park in Maine. At least Maine
is in America. With her recent holiday junket to Spain, she has now officially spit in the eye of Gulf
Where's the Michelle Obama Who Said This?
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama ... rolled out this nationwide initiative, Let's Move, earlier in 2010.
She said she learned when she and Barack were working that her children's nutrition was suffering from not
being able to cook meals for them. She said she started making changes and wanted to bring those
lessons to the White House. Apparently, they were all lessons she forgot when trying to win over
Iowa voters on the campaign trail with her husband.
D.C. schools don't measure up to his daughters' private school. President Obama said Monday [9/27/2010]
that his daughters could not get the same level of education from D.C. public schools that they receive at the
elite private school they attend.
to Parents: "Do As I Say..." Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter did find a good public school in Washington
to send their daughter to. But now, the Obamas have rejected that option. While his administration
shuts the door to excellence for thousands in the District — and nationwide — the
President and Mrs. Obama conveniently skip out.
From the Unbelievable
to the Passé. [Scroll down] I cannot fathom how the Democratic Party became run by
those who live lives nothing remotely similar to what they profess. Yes, I know the Roosevelt-Kennedy
tradition of limousine liberals, but today's chasm between word and deed is stunning — and never
remarked on. ... How could Barack Obama, community organizer par excellence, send his kids to Sidwell Friends?
calls kettle .... Glenn Reynolds nails this one: the Obama Democrats' campaign riff against
foreign donations to Democrats is bogus — and according to the New York Times, no less. This
looks like a matter of projection, since it's well documented that the 2008 Obama campaign did not put in place
address verification software that would have routinely prevented most foreign donations.
about Obama's 2008 fundraising scandal.
Will Obama get
away with his towering hypocrisy regarding foreign political donations? Despite evidence that
the Chamber of Commerce political donations that come from abroad are from dues paying members, the
Obama-Axelrod dishonest assault on this issue has continued.
see-no-evil, do-nothing Justice Department ignores voting rights. One thing worse than a
hypocrite is a hypocrite in government office. The Obama Department of Justice has plenty of
hypocrites. Nowhere are they more apparent than when they attack the voting rights record of the Bush
someone mention the Black Panthers scandal?
$63,000 Flight. Recently, children at Long Branch Elementary School in Virginia gathered around President
Obama's feet at a book reading and heard there is no Santa Claus when he said: "Not everybody is as lucky as we
are. There are a lot of kids out there who may not be able to get a lot of presents for Christmas because their
parents don't have a lot of money." Granted, it is good to remind children to be grateful for blessings and to be
mindful of reality and those less fortunate. However, one can't help but wonder how Barack reconciles his own
family's in-your-face extravagance while burdening middle class seven year-olds with guilt at Christmas.
Obama accused of hypocrisy (again). Michelle Obama's campaign for better nutrition has come
under fire yet again, just days after Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended her anti-obesity
initiative. And what is the complaint against the first lady this time? She is now being accused
of stuffing a staggering 2200 calorie meal into the mouths of state governors at a White House gala last night.
Serves Governors a 2,200 Calorie Meal. First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about
2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation's governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few
punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the
waistlines of the country's youth.
jetset fitness trainer. With a schedule as hectic as President Obama's it must be hard to stick
to a training regimen without help — but why does he insist on having his old trainer fly out from
Chicago to D.C. regularly when Obama and his wife exhort the rest of us to drive less? And in a recession?
A Thousand Points of
Blight. In a 2006 speech to the National Press Club about lobbying reform, Illinois Senator
Barack Obama waxed eloquent about the malevolent influence of special interests on Beltway politics: "The
American people are tired of a Washington that's only open to those with the most cash and the right
connections. They're tired of a political process where the vote you cast isn't as important as the
favors you can do." ... Four years later, Obama had long since moved to Pennsylvania Avenue and was receiving
frequent visits from people with more than a passing resemblance to the iniquitous special interests whose
influence had once filled him with righteous indignation.
Bullied Barry's "funny" name.
Bullying comes naturally to a community activist who was a street fighter on the public purse before going
into politics. Many of Obama's close personal friends and business associates could easily fill the
front row ranks of the Rogues Gallery of All Time Bullies, not the least of whom is unrepentant domestic
terrorist Bill Ayers. Bullies, who have already stockpiled all the tools of power for one-way fights,
always get their way. While Barack and Michelle were waxing noble on the topic of bullying yesterday,
their supporters were creating havoc and threatening the lives of GOP members for doing their jobs in
isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days of kicking sand, and sticking gum in schoolgirls'
braids. The modern bully is far more passive aggressive in his harassment. Creating the damage,
cursing the falsely accused, and then cleaning up his own mess as onlookers praise the compassion. Kind of
like blaming others for our fiscal mess as you bankrupt the country; or calling for civility, as you demonize
your 'opponent.' So, it would be laughable if not so apropos that the man who put the bully in bully
pulpit hosted yesterday's "Conference on Bullying" at the White House...
secretly accepts transparency award. After canceling a scheduled appearance to accept an
award from transparency advocates during Sunshine Week earlier this month, President Obama finally
accepted the award this week — without letting anyone know. According to various
reports, Obama met with several transparency advocates for roughly 20 minutes on Monday [3/28/2011]
to discuss open-government issues and accept an award for his commitment to increasing federal transparency.
Accepts "Openness" Award at Clandestine Meeting. Earlier this month, the White House announced that
President Obama would be receiving a "transparency" award from good-government groups — a piece of news
that was met with well-deserved mockery from the press. The White House responded by canceling the award
ceremony without explanation. But now Politico is reporting that Obama accepted the award this week in
a secret, closed-door meeting with government transparency groups.
The Editor asks...
Why do "government transparency groups" have closed-door meetings?
openness, Mr. President? The day after his inauguration, President Obama promised a new era of
"openness in government." But the reality has not matched the president's rhetoric. We ... have
found little openness since Obama took office. If anything, the administration has gone in the
opposite direction: imposing restrictions on reporters' newsgathering that exceed even the
constraints put in place by President George W. Bush. Democrats criticized the Bush
administration for not making decisions based on the best science. But the Obama administration
now muzzles scientists and experts within federal agencies.
administration's honesty deficit. Barack Obama is a president who won a peace prize and took
the nation into a new war. It ought not to be a surprise, then, that he would accept an award for his
administration's transparency last week as his third-largest agency was raked over the coals by Congress for
obstructionism. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee alleged in a report released
Wednesday [3/30/2011] that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has politicized the way it responds to requests
for information from the public and the press.
is a liberal being mugged by reality in Libya. How would state Sen. Barack Obama have
reacted to President Obama's decision to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya, taken with no debate and
no authorization from Congress, a commitment that could in real life become open-ended and involve this
country in a prolonged civil conflict? In his own words, not that well. On Oct. 2,
2002, at the height of the Iraq war debate, he declared himself opposed to "a dumb war. A rash
war. A war based not on reason but passion' against a 'bad guy' who butchered his people, but
posed no direct threat to this country, that could lead to an open-ended, unbounded involvement of
unknown duration and cost.
firestorm over Libya war and Biden's past impeachment words greet returning Obama. It's one
thing to have a Republican Speaker of the House and some Democrats as well wondering out loud how come Congress
was not consulted before Obama committed American military forces to combat operations to do something in the
vicinity of Libya when there was no threat to Americans. John Boehner raised that issue Wednesday [3/23/2011]
in a formal letter to the president. But it's something else when President Obama's own vice president,
Joe "I Don't Use Words Lightly" Biden suggests that a president who commits U.S. troops with no imminent
threat to the country or its citizens and no congressional approval should be impeached.
Incoherent Case for War. As American forces join the war against Moammar Qaddafi, the nation
is entitled to an explanation. How is the case for war against Qaddafi smarter (remember, Obama is
only against "dumb" wars) or less "ideological" or more prudent than that for war against Saddam Hussein?
Certainly with an army of only 50,000, Qaddafi represents far less of a threat to his neighbors or to us
than did Saddam, who commanded an army estimated at 350,000. As for humanitarian concerns, what
Qaddafi is doing to the rebels in Libya is exactly what Saddam did to his domestic enemies, but on a
reduced scale. As Obama himself said, Saddam was "a ruthless man ... who butchers his own people
to secure his power." Yet that didn't justify a war, state senator Obama told us.
Candidate Obama in 2007:
Americans 'Have a
Right to Know' Before Government Takes Military Action. A new video shows President Barack Obama,
as a presidential candidate in 2007, saying that the American people have a right to know about and participate
in the debate over U.S. foreign policy decisions and whether the nation uses military force. "But the fact
of the matter is that when we don't talk to the American people — we're debating the most important
foreign policy issues that we face, and the American people have a right to know," Obama said at the AFL-CIO
debate on Aug. 7, 2007.
Day Ends Obama's 53,300 Gallon Trip. President Obama declared today's 41st annual Earth Day
proof of America's ecological and conservation spirit — then completed a three-day campaign-style
trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000.
And that doesn't include the fuel consumption of his helicopter, limo, or the 29 other vehicles that
travel with that car.
about Barack Obama, the gas-guzzling limousine liberal.
Obama the Tax Hypocrite. In the 2008 campaign, then Senator Obama repeatedly scoffed at the tax
rates for the majority of the small business class of our nation. ... To hear him rail against those who earn
big paychecks one could only come away convinced that this was a President who was as committed to this cause
of taxation to reduce the deficit as any history had ever seen. And then we saw his tax return.
Obama vs. Obama.
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama railed against what he considered President George W. Bush's
illegitimate use of executive power. As president, Mr. Obama has appointed 39 "czars" to direct his
policy agenda outside of the normal Cabinet departments in key areas ranging from the auto industry to climate
change. The appointments have prompted howls of hypocrisy from Capitol Hill. In 2007, Mr. Obama
singled his disagreement with Mr. Bush's practice of issuing "signing statements," when he affixed his signature
to bills, that specified which parts Mr. Bush felt he had no obligation to follow.
Narcissism Reign in King Barack's Court. Arrogance is defined as an inflated degree of
self-importance with a supplementary contempt for others. Narcissism describes a person totally
infatuated with his own persona and possessing an overblown sense of ability or worth. Arrogance
and narcissism are somewhat synonymous. Yet there is sufficient difference between the terms to
apply both to the persona our current Commander-in-Chief embodies. President Obama is a walking
contradiction. Acts he once considered an abuse of authority are but policy recalculations when
he exercises them personally.
The Inconsistent Liberal
Mind: Much is being made of President Obama's recent decision to employ presidential signing
statements — refusing to enforce certain portions of a Congressional budget bill he signed into
law — given that during the 2008 campaign he railed against such a practice, proclaiming, "We're
not gonna use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress." This glaring inconsistency
would strike most people as hypocritical.
Obama's Ground Zero
hypocrisy: Unconscionable. Politicizing. A slap in the face. Those were the
kinds of phrases the left deployed against President George W. Bush to suggest he was exploiting the
memory of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. These same voices are now giddy with delight at the prospect
of President Obama's "mission accomplished" visit to Ground Zero on Thursday [5/5/2011]. Such hypocrisy
is par for the course.
First-Person Presidency. President Obama takes credit for operations that would have been
impossible had Senator Obama's views prevailed.
The operation was a success, thanks to the military and some long, hard slogging for years by our intelligence
people in places and using techniques Obama the candidate had repudiated. Nevertheless, Obama quickly
tried to grab all the credit for it, but the administration message was so garbled, contradictory and
self-promoting that no one paying attention could keep track of the many versions of events.
Now he tells us.
The hypocrisy is astounding. The good little liberals in Congress who challenged every deployment of
American troops since the Libyan bombing under Reagan has suddenly discovered that the War Powers Act doesn't
about Obama's war in Lybia.
Hypocrisy: Obama's Stock And Trade.
On one hand Obama tries to destroy Boeing with his anti-business, union-supporting tactics, saying Boeing is
the most evil corporation in modern business. Yet he fills his own administration with members of that
same company. Obama's hypocrisy knows no end.
Feasts on Fast Food While First Lady Values Veggies. While the main message coming from the
White House Friday focused on the resurgent U.S. auto industry, the Obamas sent mixed messages on the food
front as the first lady planted vegetables while the president dined on less healthy fare. "Mustard,
onion, chili sauce sounds just right... a little cheese on it, nothing wrong with that," the president said
as he placed his order at Rudy's, one of the locals' favorite hot dog joints in Toledo, Ohio.
A new Michelle emerges in Africa.
As First Lady, Obama sets herself up as a nutrition expert, an all-out effort to end Childhood Obesity her main
legacy. In Cape Town, a more playful Obama got off a laugh line in a reluctant admission how she can't
pass on the French fries. In response to a soft question Obama mentioned she included among her favourite
food, Indian food and then Mexican food, and then said: "No, if I picked one favorite, favorite food, it's
French fries." The audience began to laugh. "Okay? It's French fries," Obama continued.
"I can't stop eating them."
Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana. She has been widely
outspoken about the perils of children eating too much fatty food with her campaign for better nutrition.
So perhaps Michelle Obama should have thought twice before posing enthusiastically for her latest photo
opportunity in Botswana.
lunch stop includes 'mountains' of greasy food. Obama's motorcade made an unannounced visit
[6/28/2011] to Ross' Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, one of the quad cities on the border of Illinois and
Iowa. ... Ross' restaurant is known for dishes called "Mountains"; their signature dish is the Magic
Mountain: Texas grilled toast, hamburger meat, French fries or hash browns and cheese sauce.
Lady spotted consuming '1,700 calorie' Shake Shack meal. Her 'Let's Move' healthy diet campaign
seemingly forgotten, Michelle Obama was spotted chowing down a 1,700-calorie strong meal from Shake Shack.
Mrs Obama reportedly ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake AND Diet Coke at the newly opened branch of
the fast food chain in Washington, the Washington Post reported.
Obama orders 1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack. First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a
meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday [7/11/2011]. A Washington
Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who's made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a
ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed
Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.
Derided Bush's Vacation, Defends Obama's Vacation Plans. In a 2001 column for Time
magazine, journalist Jay Carney ridiculed President George W. Bush about his vacation plans during
his first summer in office. Fast forward 10 years and Jay Carney, now White House Press
Secretary, was this week strongly defending President Obama's upcoming vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
spotted at We The Pizza. The first lady and daughter Sasha swung by the Capitol Hill pizza joint
owned by Spike Mendelsohn on Monday night. No word on what FLOTUS ate, but the restaurant's menu doesn't
offer too many healthy options.
the prez. Dear President Obama, I hope you, your lovely wife, the kids and the members of your
20-car entourage are enjoying your Bay State vacation. ... A president who barnstorms across the Midwest telling
us "There's no reason we can't act today," then goes on a two-week vacation is, well, unsettling.
Obama Hypocrisy. Barack
Obama is nothing less than a hypocrite on his admonitions over public discourse and the latest example
of this truth lies in his refusal to condemn the violence-tinged language of Teamsters president Jimmy
Hoffa not to mention his similar silence on the obscene rhetoric of many of the leading members of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
Michelle the Menu
Micromanager. Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve
high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful
eating. ... Thanks to Mrs. Obama, who allows her two girls to eat fried shrimp baskets and hot fudge sundaes on
vacation, America's children will find that when it's treat time for them, "French fries and sugar-sweetened
beverages will become the exception and not the rule."
Michelle the Menu
Micromanager. Even though Michelle tends to unabashedly frequent establishments that serve
high-end, calorie-rich cuisine, she has nonetheless anointed herself the maven and monitor of healthful
eating. Thus, the first lady's obvious double standard has delivered yet another initiative whose
success is measured by the level of Obama hypocrisy it manages to expose. When Michelle goes on
vacation — which, by the way, is quite frequently — she justifies indulging in whatever
she happens to crave.
sense of humor. Believe it or not, Barack Obama is cracking jokes about the horrific fires in
Texas. ... Hasn't Barack Obama talked about empathy quite a bit over the years? He all but made that a
qualification for choosing Supreme Court Justice nominees. He has talked about the need for being each
liberals shop at Target now? Photos of First Lady Michelle Obama were featured on all major network
newscasts yesterday [9/29/2011] as she was spotted shopping at a local Target retail store wearing a hat and
sunglasses. Target notoriously sparked the outrage of liberals and LGTB activists after donating money
to Republicans in Minnesota.
attacks banks while raking in Wall Street dough. Despite his rhetorical attacks on Wall Street,
a study by the Sunlight Foundation's Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more
money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President
George W. Bush. In 2008, Wall Street's largesse accounted for 20 percent of Obama's total take,
according to Reuters. When asked by The Daily Caller to comment about President Obama's credibility
when it comes to criticizing Wall Street, the White House declined to reply.
Peace Laureate Assassinates American Citizen. This is the same Barack Obama who campaigned on
closing Gitmo (because it's a "recruiting tool" for terrorists). This is the same Obama who condemned
the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation, calling the waterboarding of Khalid Sheik Mohammed
for critical information illegal "torture." This is the same president who, but for a sharp turn in
public opinion, would have released more "abused" detainee photos and "prosecuted" the Bush administration for
alleged violations of human rights law. This same Obama preached about his version of "American values,"
which requires extending Miranda rights on the battlefield to captured enemy combatants.
of Pennsylvania Avenue. She has to my knowledge never once held a position for which she was not
well-compensated. At the moment — at who knows whose cost — exercise coaches are
reportedly flown in regularly from Chicago for her, she enjoys the most lavish meals, and (presumably using
the Obamas' vast fortune) splurges on very expensive baubles and gowns and even extravagantly priced tennis
shoes. The capper was this week when Paula Deen and Marian Burros revealed the extent to which the woman who
hawks White House grown kale and yams and who has demanded schools and restaurants change their menus, overriding
parental and kids' preferences for what she demands — healthier nourishment — actually
stuffs her own self with unhealthy food. Often.
tell Michelle! Obama not eating so well on the road. First Lady Michelle Obama might keep her
husband on a healthy diet when he's in the White House, but it looks like President Obama doesn't stick to the
same rules on the road. Speaking in Jamestown, North Carolina Tuesday, the president remarked how much he
enjoyed a good helping of North Carolina barbecue the day before as well as some "hush puppies" — a
deep-fried favorite in the South. Of course, these are some of the same fatty foods Michelle Obama
advocates against consuming on a regular basis.
Purposeful inaction is a form of passive-aggressive
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.
The very same day...
swag rule in diplomacy. First lady Michelle Obama presented sterling silver orchid brooches and
sterling silver cufflinks with Hawaiian Koa Wood to the leaders and spouses who gathered for the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation forum.
Create wealth, not jobs.
"There's no reason for Republicans in Congress to stand in the way of more construction projects," President
Obama told an Ohio crowd in September. "There's no reason to stand in the way of more jobs." However,
the president now wants to block a massive private-sector construction project that would create the thousands
of jobs he demands — the Keystone XL pipeline.
36 Obama aides
owe $833,000 in back taxes. How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so
far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of
Liberal Illiberalism. [Scroll
down] When Barack Obama both calls for "skyrocketing" energy prices, and on his first January day in office turns up
the West Wing thermostat to tropical temperatures, then there is a sort of immorality implicit in his entire ideology.
At least Jimmy Carter put on a sweater and turned down the temperature to match his malaise rhetoric.
Jonestown and Obama. Self-indulgent hypocrisy
reigns supreme in Obama's court. He admonishes Americans to be more civil and is indifferent to the coarse and vile statements
emanating from his own supporters — e.g., Bill Maher. He cautions Americans to be frugal, and then his wife and
daughters take various jaunts that add stress to the already overburdened American taxpayer.
Obama's Vegas Values.
President Obama's rhetoric frequently displays a moral posture, as if to ground his actions in values resonant with
most Americans. It is all a sham, of course. The transcendent value of Barack Obama is power, and right
now that means re-election. An examination of the his posturing on gambling in Las Vegas offers a fine example
of his hypocritical moral posing.
Hostile Workplace. Female employees in the
Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show. According to the 2011 annual
report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about
18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
DNC War on Women Intensifies. Female employees of the
Democratic National Committee (DNC) earn significantly less than their male counterparts, a Washington Free Beacon analysis has found.
A review of salary data filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that the DNC paid female staff members $501 less on
average than male staffers in July 2012, a difference of 15 percent. The DNC's 119 female employees earned $3,342 on average
in the month of July, compared to $3,843 for its 113 male employees. On an annualized basis, the average female DNC employee
would earn roughly $6,000 less than her male coworkers.
inequality while soliciting big-money donors. Pausing between $10,000-a-plate fundraisers for his re-election
campaign, President Obama called on Congress in a highly partisan speech Tuesday [4/10/2012] to approve a tax increase on
the wealthy to pay for programs for the middle class.
Obama's 'Fairness' Vision Would Bankrupt Nation. It's ironic that President Obama would make two speeches this
week in Florida about "fairness," sandwiched as they were between $10,000-a-plate fundraising dinners. But that's the
level of hypocrisy coming from the White House these days.
Obama Family Tax Shelter. President Obama and his
wife, Michele, gave a total of $48,000 in tax-free gifts to their daughters, according to tax records made public on Friday.
[...] There is nothing illegal about the president's taking advantage of this tax shelter, but it does raise eyebrows given
that he has lamented the myriad tax exemptions used by the wealthy — "millionaires and billionaires" like
himself — to pay less in taxes.
is this guy pretending to be president? This year's Obama talks of the importance of windmills, algae and green
energy, but he takes a 17-SUV motorcade to a photo op with an electric car.
Obama Said Big Donations Buy Access Average Voters 'Can't
Imagine'. In the wake of reports today that President Obama has used the White House both to grant access to special large donors and
friends like Hilary Rosen, many media figures have suggested that this isn't anything rare — it's business as usual, and shouldn't be
considered out of bounds. But there is one major politician who would disagree: Barack Obama, circa 1996.
Barack Obama, Tax Avoider. It is hard to
know what to make of Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Based on his recent speeches, it appears that his number one campaign issue will
be the "Buffett Rule," which he acknowledges is a gimmick that will do essentially nothing to address the country's fiscal crisis. [...] Now
Obama has released his own tax returns, and guess what: the president pays only 20.5% of his adjusted gross income in federal income
taxes — a smaller percentage, ostensibly, than Warren Buffett's secretary, and a much smaller percentage than I pay on my
income. The Obamas employ a number of perfectly legal tax avoidance strategies to keep their taxes down, and a substantial portion
of their income was foreign.
36 Obama aides
owe $833,000 in back taxes. How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far
this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes.
Levin: Obama Is An Imperial President. "Obama, it would seem, wants to deny to others
what he will not deny to himself. He wants to deny to the children of others what he will not
deny to his own children. He wants to amass riches, but he doesn't want you to amass wealth.
He doesn't mind private school for his own children, but he minds it for your children. He doesn't
mind eating whatever he wants to eat, but he minds what you eat. He doesn't mind taking that 747 one
frivolous trip after another, one self-serving fundraising after another, but he minds what you drive
and how much fuel you use. And we can go on and on."
who tried to prosecute the men who waterboarded KSM to find Bin Laden now spiking the football over killing Bin Laden. Obama thinks you're
stupid. And if you voted for him, he's right.
Obama: Is he Calling the Kettle Black? Obama has to be delusional. Just think about it, a poor black man
writes a book about the dreams of his father and he makes millions of dollars. A poor black man is born in Hawaii and he
goes to a private school in Hawaii. A poor black man on his way to Harvard Law School takes a little time (a month) to fly
to Kenya to meet his relatives. I think Obama may be confused by the notion of a silver spoon.
Team Accuses GOP of Outsourcing to Manila, Pays Firm that Outsources to Manila. Obama for America in February paid
$78,314.10 to a company called Donor Services Group, LLC for "Telemarketing Services." In fact, that company, which the Obama
team uses, outsources to Manila.
Flying Panetta Leads Charge
Against The Carbon Enemy. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says climate change is a national security issue. Isn't he
the fellow who jets across the country to go home on weekends? If he's right, then he's undermining his own mission.
The President Who
Hired Communists and Hung Out with Terrorists Says Romney Must Rebuke 'Extreme Voices'. Is this really the ground Team Obama wants to fight on?
The president launched his political career in the home of a pair of unrepentant terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Dorhn spent a decade on the FBI's
most wanted list, but she wasn't too radical for Bam. He knowingly hired a raft of radicals to staff his administration and kept them away from congressional
scrutiny by making them czars or putting them in positions where Congress had no say. Van Jones is an open communist and 9-11 Truther, yet Obama hired him to
be the "green jobs" czar. Anita Dunn admires Mao Zedong, yet found work in Obama's communications team.
No Birth Certificate Required. The White House Visitors Office requires that an
unborn child — still residing in utero — must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to
documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Unprecedented: Top DOJ Officials
Were Obama Bundlers with Wall Street Ties. Four of the top officials at the Department of Justice were all big money fundraisers for President
Obama's 2008 campaign with strong ties to Wall Street — the very entity the Obama Administration has said must be criminally prosecuted for bringing
about the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history.
Our Composite President. [Scroll down] Obama said he would root out money's
baleful influence on our democracy. Yet the first big decision he made as his party's presumptive nominee was to forego public financing. That
single action undermined the cause of campaign finance reform more than any Supreme Court decision. He has regularly denounced corporate money as a
candidate and as a president. Yet Obama has raised more money from Wall Street than anyone in 20 years. He was the largest recipient of
President Obama raised most from private equity,
hedge funds in 2008. President Obama raised far more cash from hedge fund and private equity donors than any other candidate in the 2008 election
cycle. According to an analysis by the nonprofit group Open Secrets, Obama took in nearly $3.5 million from large private-equity donors that
year — nearly twice what his general-election rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), pocketed.
Barack Obama and The Hypocrisy of Choom.
In short, I can easily concede that the people who really don't like marijuana may have a point. The problem here is that President
Obama only pretends to be one of those people — and that is offensive. You see, I don't actually think that the President
cares about pot use any more than I do. He's letting people get arrested for this stuff — many of them, for doing the things that
Barack Obama enthusiastically did when he was a teenager — because it's easier than actually doing any of those wonderful-sounding
things about education and treatment that politicians like to trot out when the subject comes up.
A New Level of
Shamelessness. John McCain actually did believe in "campaign-finance reform," but candidate and President
Barack Obama most certainly did not: He was the first presidential candidate in the general election to renounce
public campaign financing in the history of the legislation so that he could go on to out-raise McCain three to one.
He raised the most money in campaign history, and was the largest recorded recipient of Wall Street cash. In
three-and-a-half years, he has held the most fundraisers of any sitting president; he has accepted super PAC money
when he said he would not; he has allowed big donors to receive preferential treatment in green-company subsidization.
Obama Campaign Checks IDs At The
Door. President Barack Obama's presidential campaign checked the identification of the supporters attending
Obama's "framing" event at Cuyahoga Community College today [6/14/2012]. The 1,500 supporters in attendance picked up tickets at
campaign offices in Northeast Ohio beginning on Monday, though tickets to the event made no mention of an ID requirement.
Jessica Kershaw, the Obama campaign's Ohio Press Secretary, confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed that the campaign checked
every supporter's identification at the door.
2007: Senator Obama Criticized President Bush For Trying To 'Hide Behind' Executive Privilege. This is President Barack Obama's first
use of executive privilege. His predecessor PresidentGeorge W. Bush asserted executive privilege six times during his tenure. It turns out
that in 2007, then-Senator Obama was a vocal critic of Bush's assertion of executive privilege with respect to the investigations over the firing of
United States Attorneys and the Valerie Plame leak.
Obama Criticizes President Bush's Use of Executive Privilege in 2007. In 2007, then-senator Obama spoke out against the use of
executive privilege by the Bush administration when the Bush administration was called before a Congressional committee over its firing of
some US attorneys.
Is President Obama's Dream
Order a Legal Nightmare? On June 15th, President Obama grandly announced that because the Congress had declined to pass
a "Dream Act" granting immunity from prosecution to members of specific groups of illegal aliens, he had taken it upon himself
to do it. [...] Less than a year before, he had told a gathering of la Raza people about his unhappiness that he could
not do what he just did, because of the laws and Constitution of the United States, which he had sworn to uphold, forbade him.
Even so, he said that doing what he wanted to do was "very tempting."
Hiding Behind Executive Privilege.
President Obama, who had been a bitter critic of the Bush administration's use of executive privilege, today through his representatives
protested that he is only doing what the Bush administration did before him. The same man who once accused President Bush of
"hiding behind executive privilege" is now hiding behind George W. Bush.
amnesty-by-fiat: Naked lawlessness. "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought
here illegally as children] through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed." — President
Obama, March 28, 2011. Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very
deportations — granting infinitely renewable "deferred action" with attendant work permits — thereby unilaterally rewriting
the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.
Obama Demands ID for Rally
Entrances. At a recent Obama rally in Ohio, prospective attendees were told to brandish their photo IDs if they expected
admittance to the rally. No word yet on whether Attorney General Eric Holder plans to file suit against the Obama campaign for infringing
upon Ohioans' right of peaceful assembly by way of a racist photo ID rule.
Obama Is A Job-Outsourcing
Hypocrite. The president accuses his likely opponent of outsourcing jobs as his re-election campaign hires telemarketers in Canada and
the Philippines. And what about GM in China and those electric cars built in Finland?
No 'plumber' can stop the gusher of
hypocrisy in the Obama White House. In political peril because of its arrogance and incompetence, the Obama administration has lost its
moral bearings in a bid to stay in power. Laws are ignored, and new rules created simply for the convenience of the campaign. The president's
mad dash for cash has turned Air Force One into a shabby shuttle, its grand symbolism reduced to getaway-car status.
President Obama's senior campaign adviser last week called Mitt Romney "the most secretive candidate we've seen probably since Richard Nixon,"
citing Romney having assets in offshore accounts. Amazingly, Axelrod said this just two weeks after his client invoked executive
privilege — a term practically synonymous with Nixon and Watergate — to block the release of subpoenaed documents in
the "Fast and Furious" scandal. This is especially ironic considering Obama's vow, immediately after the 2008 election, to lead the "most
open and transparent [government] in history."
The Content Of His Character.
The Obama campaign's desperate "felony" charge against Mitt Romney ought to serve as a wake-up call for the Romney campaign and for
the American public regarding the utter amorality of the president and his functionaries.
The Editor says...
It's the old Karl Marx strategy: "Accuse others of what you do."
Obama has investments in
companies that ship jobs overseas. President Obama has accused Mitt Romney of raking in profits from investing in companies that
ship American jobs overseas, but according to his most recent financial disclosure, he and First Lady Michelle Obama have hundreds of thousands
of dollars in a mutual fund that has large holdings in corporations that outsource jobs.
Top Ten Things Obama Has Not
Released. As the Obama campaign and the media continue to press Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, and
to suggest — without a shred of evidence — that he is a "felon," it is worth noting how much critical
information Barack Obama has withheld from view — both as a candidate in 2008, and during his term in office.
Obama fund raises at "ruthless" out-sourcer's penthouse at $25,000 a pop event. Immediately
after bashing Mitt Romney for allegedly out-sourcing American jobs overseas at Bain and claiming he wants "to be a pioneer in in-sourcing," yesterday [7/18/2012]
Obama's motorcade sped to the luxury penthouse of former Dell exec Tom Meredith, on record as priding himself in being "ruthless"
in cutting American jobs in Texas and other states, while preserving them in Asia to cut costs for Dell. [...] One would think
the media might be interested in reporting Obama's brazen hypocrisy but I guess not.
Distinction with no Difference. FEC regulations on Super PACs
prohibit expenditures "made in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion" of candidates and their campaigns.
The Hatch Act forbids administration officials from participating in campaign events. The groups supporting President Obama's reelection
effort, however, are filled with former administration staffers and old friends who frequently visit the White House, and who give the campaign
the ability to raise unlimited, secret funds — something Obama once claimed to deplore.
After Blocking Oil Drilling, Obama
Now Posing in Front of Oil Wells. I guess posing in front of a shuttered Solyndra factory isn't part of his campaign. Seriously, can it
get any more pathetic than this?
Only two of 18 White
House tech innovation fellows are women. Only two of the 18 people sworn in Thursday [8/23/2012] for participation in a
prestigious White House tech fellowship program are women, prompting concerns about gender imbalance.
While Red States Drown, White House
Releases Beer Recipe. This week, the media solemnly suggested that, with a tropical storm bearing down on the Gulf Coast, the RNC should
considering canceling their convention. It would be in poor tasted, they scolded, to continue with political speeches and celebrations while New
Orleans was threatened with another devastating storm. Today, as the storm moves north and residents of the Gulf Coast begin to clean up,
over 500,000 people are without power and thousands remain in shelters. In other news today, the White House released its own beer recipe.
Obama's General Motors hypocrisy.
The Wall Street Journal reports today [9/17/2012] that General Motors executives have asked the Treasury Department to sell its stake
in the giant automaker. The administration has refused. Oddly enough, today we also learned that the Obama administration
is launching a complaint at the World Trade Organization over China's allegedly unfair subsidizing of its auto industry.
political optics: Tone-deaf and arrogant. The Democrat's poor political optics are legion. At one White House youth day
Obama showed off his own moves on the basketball court instead of coaching the visiting youngsters. He spent Earth Day last year creating an
immense carbon footprint flying his 747 jumbo jet coast-to-coast after draining more cash from California donors. He took a 17-vehicle
motorcade of SUVs for a photo op admiring an electric car. When an unemployed audience member complained about Obama's strict gas mileage
regulations, the president suggested the man buy a new car.
Obama, the greedy boss. The LA Times just
revealed that it appears that Obama pays his campaign workers less than the national average wage and Romney pays his campaign workers more
than the national average wage. In 2010 the national average wage was roughly $42,000 a year. Yet Obama is only paying his campaign
workers $36,886 a year. The greedy, evil Romney however is paying his campaign workers $51,500 a year.
Hypocrisy on Those Foreign Campaign
Contributions. That the Obama campaign has left itself wide open to contributions from foreign nationals is particularly galling given the
concern the president and his senior advisers have expressed over such contributions. In his 2010 State of the Union Address, the president slammed
the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision because, "I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests,
or worse, by foreign entities."
Violating the WARN Act. [Scroll
down] There is no legal authority to allow the president to direct contractors not to comply with federal law or to promise them that the
government will cover their financial liability for such a violation. Sending employees layoff notices 60 days prior to their being
laid off is required under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, a law Obama supported when he was a senator.
In 2007 when he wanted to amend the WARN Act to force employers to give 90 days' notice instead of just 60, Obama said that "the least
employers can do when they're anticipating layoffs is to let workers know they're going to be out of a job and a paycheck with enough time to plan
for their future."
fails to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Isaac, despite 2007 anti-Bush rhetoric on Katrina relief. President Barack Obama has refused to
extend to victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana the same relief he criticized former President George W. Bush for withholding from New Orleans
residents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The move has frustrated state and local politicians and contradicts his own campaign rhetoric about
disaster relief from just one election cycle ago.
Barack Obama let America down.
Obama vowed to cut in half the annual Bush spending deficit he inherited, but instead he tripled it. He called George W. Bush
"irresponsible" and "unpatriotic" for adding $4 trillion to the total accumulated national debt in eight years, but then he added $5 trillion
more in only four years, and would add an estimated $5 trillion beyond that in a second term. Today's $16 trillion national debt is
the size of the nation's total annual economic output. That's like owing Master Card your whole year's wages, and still buying more on credit
Fair Share: Obama Staffers Owe
$833,970 in Back Taxes. Federal employees as a group owe a whopping $3.4 billion in unpaid taxes, including 1,181 employees of the
Treasury Department delinquent on a total of $9.3 million in taxes.
36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in
back taxes. How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every
single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes. Because how unfair — indeed, un-American — it is for
an office worker like, say, Warren Buffet's secretary to dutifully pay her taxes, while some well-to-do people with better educations and higher
incomes end up paying a much smaller tax rate. Or, worse, skipping their taxes altogether.
White House War on Women Escalates. The White
House's Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women
in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama's staff. Additionally, the president still pays his
female employees significantly less than their male counterparts.
The New Liberal Aristocracy.
[Scroll down] Class warrior Barack Obama spent his winter break in a ritzy rental on a Hawaiian beach. It cost the taxpayers $7 (or
is it $20?) million to jet him and his entourage 6,000 miles for their tropical vacation. But whether the first family escapes to
Hawaii or Martha's Vineyard or Costa del Sol, the image of a 1 percent lifestyle seems a bit at odds with the president's professed disdain
for "millionaires and billionaires," "fat cats," and "corporate-jet owners" who supposedly can afford such tony retreats only because they have
done something suspect.
Obama Defends Morgan's Free Speech, Assailed
Limbaugh's. The White House stood behind Piers Morgan's vociferous anti-gun statements last night by releasing a statement reminding
Americans that "freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy." Yet when conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh was under
fire for comments made about Sandra Fluke last year, President Obama proclaimed in a press conference that the comments were "inappropriate"
and had "no place in public discourse."
Obama Appoints Islam's Apologists. For an administration
that has made "diversity" a worn shibboleth for almost every other series of appointments, why this sudden departure from generating a photo-op
like a Benetton ad of Christmas past? Were there no "wise Latina women," "academically distinguished African-Americans," or "experienced
white women" available? What is it that makes these three candidates so phenomenal as to cause Obama to drop the diversity consideration?
All of these candidates are rabidly pro-Islam, pro-Arab, or both. All are apologists for those causes.
As he was
saying... "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.
It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills.[" ...] What an incriminating and indicting statement uttered by
the president, who has rung up more debt than the first 43 put together. By his own words he is a colossal failure as a leader
as he continues to have trillion-dollar deficits with no sign of addressing the issue in a realistic way.
Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security
officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed
guards — they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is
standard operating procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC's David Gregory send their kids to
Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren't used (and
weren't even allowed).
NRA's new ad calls Obama 'elitist
hypocrite'. The National Rifle Association released a new video on its Web site Tuesday [1/15/2013] calling President Obama an
"elitist hypocrite" for having Secret Service protection of his daughters at school but saying he was "skeptical" about installing armed guards
in all schools.
Kids Write Obama on Abortion.
I'm getting sick and tired of the Obama administration using children selectively in order to help the president advocate his public policy
positions. [...] As I sat and watched Obama surrounded by little human political shields, three things struck me as being especially
hypocritical: 1. Just a few years ago, the president would have supported murdering all of those children by dismemberment.
2. The president would have classified their dismemberment as "health care" within a comprehensive reform package necessary to preserve
the well-being of children, and finally 3. All the children at the press conference were protected from being murdered at that
particular moment by government agents carrying concealed weapons.
Inaugural lunch: glaring
nutritional hypocrisy. For all their criticism of fatty foods and the mindless rubes who consume them, Barack Obama's
second inaugural luncheon was a display of dietary excess. The surf and turf meal began with lobster and creamy chowder sauce,
included grilled bison with plenty of gut-busting sides, and ended with apple pie a la mode. Not including alcoholic
beverages, the meal tips the scale at more than 3,000 calories — more than the average individual should eat in a day and
Obama Defiles Reagan Stagecraft.
[Scroll down] President Obama lost all credibility when he decided to use children as props. Again, despite the melodrama, this man does
not care one iota about child safety. Barack Obama believes in partial birth abortion and gladly provides unlimited government
funding to terminate as many unborn children as Planned Parenthood can possibly snuff out. Yet, while unveiling his executive
actions the president said, "This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged."
Assassination Good. So, as NBC News' Michael Isikoff reports, according to an Obama/Holder Justice Department memo,
it's okay for the U.S. government to authorize the extrajudicial killing of American citizens who are believed to be senior operational
leaders of al-Qaeda, even if there's no intelligence that they're involved in an active plot against the U.S. According to Jay
Carney, such killing is "legal, ethical, and wise."
launches 'Made in America' tour at Canadian-owned auto-parts plant. [Scroll down] Mr. Obama, visiting
a Canadian-owned auto parts plant in Asheville, N.C., on the day after his State of the Union address, instead proposed
$1 billion in federal aid to create a network of 15 "innovation institutes" nationwide.
Explaining the Inexplicable.
The president, as is his wont, blasted the "one percent," the "millionaires and billionaires," and the "well-connected" in his
recent State of the Union speech — and then he flew off to golf and hang out with the one percent of the one percent in
South Florida while his wife and kids jetted to Aspen to ski.
President Obama's accelerating abandonment of
principle. How ironic is the recent news that President Obama engages in crony capitalism and that he doesn't always
play by the rules? Our righteous president has often leveled such charges against America's corporate leaders, suggesting they
skirt the law of the land, and that the playing field is not level for ordinary people. How disappointing then to find a
pattern of favoritism and hypocrisy emerging from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Talks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Campaign Finance. Last Friday, a story by Nicholas Confessore of the New York
Times revealed that President Obama's political team is trying to raise $50 million to fund the conversion of his reelection
campaign into Organizing for Action, a "powerhouse" new national lobbying group. The story said that at least half of the
organization's budget will come from a small number of well-connected donors who each raise or contribute more than $500,000.
In return, those donors get a spot on a national advisory board, the right to attend quarterly meetings with the president and
access to other White House meetings.
Obama doesn't (really) care about campaign finance reform. Organizing for America, the new grassroots lobbying and
advocacy organization being run by top aides to the 2012 campaign, has set a budget of $50 million with at least half of that
total coming from large checks written by a handful of very wealthy donors, according to the New York Times' Nick Confessore.
The group has also been set up as a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, meaning that it can not only accept unlimited donations from
individuals but that it is under no requirement to disclose the sources of those contributions.
starve! Kids forced to go hungry for hours during Michelle Obama media event. A very courageous fifth [grade] teacher in the
Chicago Public Schools has written a scathing critique of the almost comical misery she and her students endured when they participated in
a massive February 28 event kicking off Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools campaign. The First Lady's campaign is an
effort to improve (and in some cases, bring back) physical education in American schools. White House officials called the event "a
groundbreaking, earth-shattering, awesomely-inspiring day."
April the Month to Teach Young People 'How to Budget Responsibly'. President Barack Obama, who has increased the national
debt by $53,377 per household, has proclaimed April "National Financial Capability Month," during which his administration will do
things such as teach young people "how to budget responsibly."
MSNBC: We Have to Break Through
This Idea 'That Kids Belong to Their Parents'. In a 30-second promo for MSNBC's Lean Forward campaign, Dr. Melissa
Harris-Perry advocates that society end the "private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families," and instead
institute a "collective notion" that kids "are our children," they belong to the community.
The 1-percenter who doesn't
pay his 'fair share' — President Obama. The White House admitted in a Friday afternoon [4/12/2013] news dump, of course, that
President Obama paid only an 18.4 percent effective federal income tax rate on his adjusted gross income last year of $608,611. The
highest income-tax rate last year was 35 percent (and has now increased to 39.6 percent, thanks to the fiscal cliff tax hike).
Once again, the president piously demanded that "the wealthiest Americans should pay their fair share" and yet, in the very same paragraph, the
multimillionaire president admitted to paying less than half the standard rate for his income bracket.
'Civility President' Again
Uncivil After Gun Defeat. After Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot, President Obama called for "more civility in our public discourse."
Now, after losing a Senate vote, he uncivilly calls his political foes willful liars — with Giffords at his side.
Obama's Political Army
Targets Sen. Ted Cruz's Office for Direct Protest. Tonight after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Obama called on
Americans not to "rush to judgment against groups of people." The president applies such thinking when terrorists strike and kill, but not
to Americans who happen to disagree with him. He spent Wednesday afternoon yelling at Americans who disagree with him on gun ownership.
Saturday, the political army that answers directly to Barack Obama and no one else, Organizing for Action, will muster in Dallas to target
Sen. Ted Cruz for disagreeing with him on gun ownership.
Obama Blames U.S., Repeats 90% Gun Lie In
Mexico. Once again blaming his own country for Mexico's gun violence without mentioning Fast and Furious, the gun runner in chief pledges to find and
jail gun smugglers. Perhaps he should start with his own administration.
Hailed 'World Press Freedom Day' As His DOJ Was Seizing AP Phone Records. President Barack Obama issued a statement
heralding World Press Freedom Day in May 2012, at the same time his Department of Justice was secretly obtaining phone records
from Associated Press reporters and editors.
"In our age, there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political
issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."
— George Orwell
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