Can’t you just wait ’til she campaigns in a neighborhood near you?
Can’t you just wait ’til she campaigns in a neighborhood near you?
When we got OBL I was inclined to be kind to the Prez, but no more. Too much inconsistency at home and abroad. The Muslim Brotherhood and his old Chicago neighborhood loom large. Threats continue and are dealt with despite Obama’s sometime presidency.
Oh, and Michelle is soooo cool.
Al Shabaab, which has been involved in fierce fighting in Somalia for years against the Western-backed government, counts among its members Alabama-raised Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki or The American. Hammami, who is known to produce pro-jihadist hip hop songs, was thought to have been killed in fighting earlier this year, but reappeared by releasing a new rap song in April.
Perhaps the White House poetry showcase will inspire…a new jihadist.
–crossposted at Backyard Conservative
Come on Barack. A pathetic pretense of caring.
…I’m reminded of 2007, when he was campaigning. It was all there (since then I remembered how to spell judgment):
On the Daily Show last night, Obama claimed he doesn’t need experience to be President, just good judgement. (The Swamp has the clip.)Did he use good judgement when he threatened to unilaterally invade an ally? Commander Obama.
Did he use good judgement when asked what he would do if two US cities had just suffered a terrorist nuclear attack? He talked about Katrina, “The first thing we’d have to do is make sure we’ve got an effective emergency reponse.” Mayor Barack.
Do we want a president who is cozy and bankrolled by a slightly unhinged anti-Semite like George Soros? Are we comfortable with a president who chooses a church by its leader who thinks black separatism is OK and Ghadaffi, who blew up an American jetliner, is a good guy? Apologist Barack.
…I give credit to the president for staying the course in Afghanistan, with General Petraeus. But that’s only because he was boxed in during the campaign by calling it the good war, hoping he would never have to do anything about it again. And no one in the world should expect any substantive help on anything from this president–despite his posturing during the campaign at the Brandenburg Gate.
Nor does anyone in the U.S., except his union buddies.
–crossposted at BackyardConservative
Is anyone else wondering what is going on with Wal-Mart and the leftist BO regime? All of a sudden, after at least a decade of being the target of leftist vilification and rage, Wal-Mart is being wooed by Obama and his traitorous horde. DHS and FLOTUS are cuddling up to Wal-Mart . . . and Wal-Mart is spooning them right back. Let’s not forget how Wal-Mart came out in support of BO’s government takeover of healthcare; that didn’t really seem to make sense at the time, particularly given Wal-Mart’s shaky history with its employees’ health coverage and poverty-level wages. Oh, sure, the SEIU hasn’t received the memo and that marriage of convenience between the purple shirts and the yellow smiley face over health care is definitely not going well, but something is going on here.
It seems to me, given Wal-Mart’s history of supporting crap legislation (like cap and tax and the aforementioned job-killing healthcare monstrosity), that Wal-Mart is more than happy to support anything that will push their competitors–small businesses–out of business. Sky-rocketing health care and energy costs? Sure, that’s wonderful . . . for massive Wal-Mart.
The free market isn’t free (or much of a market) if the biggest players, abetted by the federal government, manipulate it through regulation and assorted under-handed, dishonest machinations that eliminate all (or certainly most) competition. This seems pretty obvious, right? And yet, one can’t help but wonder if this isn’t exactly what this regime and Wal-Mart are doing. Using socialist progressives to further your own business interests at the expense of the middle class? What can go wrong?
The unanswered question: what’s in it for the Tyrant in Chief and how does this play into his “fundamental transformation” of our beloved country?
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Perhaps you should stay overseas, though, Hillary, we have enough issues at home.
I suggest a visit to the Ahmadinejad manse.
–crossposted at BackyardConservative
We had the CNN piece on the slurpee shtick–bored with Barack.
We have a NY columnist talking openly about the president’s “diminishing brand” and speaking of him as his own First Lady.
Now the WaPo’s Dana Milbank, who loves to lampoon from the left, openly mocks the Barackstar: On the Daily Show, Obama is the last laugh.
What do you do when you’re not cool any more?
–More at Memeorandum.
More. Well, well. The NY Times The Caucus. According to them this is what was cut from the show due to the president boring on, uh, time constraints:
The interview went longer than Mr. Stewart expected – so long, in fact, that the show’s producers decided to cut out the original introduction Mr. Stewart taped, which include a riff of him fiddling with a pen and drumming his fingers on the table while making the president wait, and his introduction of Mr. Obama as “White House chairman of the council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee’s boss.’’ A spokeswoman for the show said it was the first time the show consisted of a single interview.
Even nastier stuff. How interesting. What will Stewart do to motivate the vote at his Saturday rally?
Keith Hennessey debunks the White House mythos their economic policies have put the economy and jobs in D, pulling us out of that nasty Republican ditch. This video is long, so grab a Slurpee and sit back while Hennessey speaks from behind Austin Goolsbee’s white board. I promise this will be time well spent:
Now be sure to watch 6-year-old Josh make mincemeat of the Obama tax increases.
H/T: Verum Serum
Hugh Hewitt had a litany going–on issue after issue Americans opposed this administration and Dem Congress.
Brooks also recounts that in March 2009 the Pew Research Center asked Americans: “Generally, do you think people are better off in a free market economy, even though there may be severe ups and downs from time to time, or don’t you think so?” Brooks reports that 70 percent agreed they were better off in a free market economy. Only 20 percent disagreed. And this was at the depths of the financial crisis, when the American people lost trillions in financial wealth, in their homes and in the stock and bond markets.
Meanwhile, Chicks on the Right eviscerates Harry Reid.
The latest installment of Obama the Giant Job Killer, via Ed Morrissey:
Last year, while the Obama administration seized two of the nation’s three main domestic auto manufacturers, it also shut down thousands of dealerships across the country, supposedly to stabilize GM and Chrysler. A new report from Neil Barofsky, the Inspector General of the TARP program, calls into question that decision. In a sharp rebuke to the White House, Barofsky says that the action needlessly cost tens of thousands of jobs and extended an already-disastrous downturn in employment:
President Obama’s auto task force pressed General Motors and Chrysler to close scores of dealerships without adequately considering the jobs that would be lost or having a firm idea of the cost savings that would be achieved, an audit of the process has concluded.
The report by Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program of the Treasury Department, said both carmakers needed to shut down some underperforming dealerships. But it questioned whether the cuts should have been made so quickly, particularly during a recession. The report, released on Sunday, estimated that tens of thousands of jobs were lost as a result.
Read the rest. The Obama administration either didn’t know or didn’t care about forcing all those people — tens of thousands — out of work. Tough luck for them; Big Brother can’t worry about the little people who find themselves in the way when he’s busy taking over the economy. Just as in the Gulf, it’s, er, well, not optimal to destroy people’s livelihoods, but them’s the breaks.
Cross-posted at P&P.
Airing the awful truths about healthcare rationing in an election season was more than the Obama administration could bear. So the president lamely, and dishonestly, accused the GOP of obstructionism and appointed Dr. Donald Berwick, the NHS’s #1 fan, during recess, thereby avoiding all that unpleasantness.
Now it turns out there’s another reason or two why the Obami didn’t want Dr. Berwick to undergo scrutiny. Byron York reports that Obama admin did their end run shortly after Sen. Grassley began to grow curious about the finances of Berwick’s own Institute for Health Care Improvement:
Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has been asking questions about the Institute’s finances. Specifically, Grassley wanted to know more about the millions of dollars in grants and contributions to the organization: where did that money come from? Given the zillions of dollars that changed hands during the debate over Obamacare, it was a reasonable question.
But it was a question the White House did not want to answer. Not long after Grassley inquired about the Institute’s donors, the White House decided to bypass Senate confirmation for Berwick. The president’s recess appointment means that Berwick will not have to answer Grassley’s, or anyone else’s, questions.
And through his own Institute, Berwick has finagled a pretty fabulous perk, though perhaps it’s not the best kind of PR for a man who believes so strongly in redistributing your wealth in the name of social justice. His organization has bestowed upon him healthcare coverage for life:
Now comes word that Berwick enjoys his nonprofit’s generosity in the form of health care coverage for life. That undoubtedly would also have been a topic of questioning had Berwick gone through the normal course of Senate confirmation. But the recess appointment avoided all that.
As it turns out, Berwick himself does not have to deal with the anxieties created by limited access to care and the extent of coverage. In a special benefit conferred on him by the board of directors of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a nonprofit health care charitable organization he created and which he served as chief executive officer, Berwick and his wife will have health coverage “from retirement until death.”
Nice coverage if you can get it — and no death panels!
Is it just me, or is every last one of these people a consummate, over-the-top, hypocrite?
Cross-posted at P&P.
Thus Obama’s “annus horribilis maximus” got just a tad worse while giving an unexpected break in favor of an ailing economy in the Gulf:
A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill. Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium.
President Barack Obama’s administration has halted the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling at 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.
Feldman says in his ruling that the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning for the moratorium. He says it seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.
The 22-page ruling is online though I haven’t had the chance to read through the whole thing yet. I can tell you that you don’t have to go further than page 3, however, to find the Court calling out the “misrepresentations” in the Executive Summary issued by Secretary Salazar’s office:
In the Executive Summary to the Report,the Secretary recommends “a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs.” He also recommends “an immediate halt to drilling operations on the 33 permitted wells, not including relief wells currently being drilled by BP, that are currently being drilled using floating rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.” Much to the government’s discomfort and this Court’s uneasiness, the Summary also states that “the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading. The experts charge it was a “misrepresentation.” It was factually incorrect. Although the experts agreed with the safety recommendations contained in the body of the main Report, five of the National Academy experts and three of the other experts have publicly stated that they “do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium” on floating drilling. They envisioned a more limited kind of moratorium, but a blanket moratorium was added after their final review, they complain, and was never agreed to by them. A factor that might cause some apprehension about the probity of the process that led to the Report.
In other words the fact the executive summary played fast and loose with the facts there was little proof the recommendations of the report had any merit. Michelle Malkin also notes the Court’s attention to the obvious duplicity in the report and adds:
Takeaway from decision: “After reviewing the Secretary’s Report, the Moratorium Memorandum, and the Notice to Lessees, the Court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium.
Cross posted at Ruby Slippers
It’s sickening to watch Obama compound this disaster.
Click here to write a letter to the president letting him know what you think about the drilling moratorium.
Updated to add links:
John Pohoretz: Obama’s 9/11 Envy
I will admit I found it puzzling that Daniel Hannan could have rationalized supporting the election of Barack Obama. Hannan supported Obama despite the protestations of his wife who Hannan describes as a far better conservative than he. Those who have seen the movie The Big Chill may recall the power of rationalization. Ahem. While Mrs. Hannan failed to convince her husband, Daniel is no longer able to deny the reality of the failure that is the Barack Obama presidency:
I was wrong. Not that Obama is without his good points, obviously. His commitment to school choice is unfeigned. His foreign policy has been a jolly sight cheaper than McCain’s would have been. The election of a mixed-race president who opposed the Iraq war has made the USA slightly more popular.
None of these advantages, however, can make up for the single most important fact of Obama’s presidency, namely that the federal government is 30 per cent larger than it was two years ago
This is not entirely Obama’s fault, of course. The credit crunch occurred during the dying days of the Bush administration, and it was the 43rd president who began the baleful policy of bail-outs and pork-barrelstimulus packages. But it was Obama who massively extended that policy against united Republican opposition. It was he who chose, in defiance of public opinion, to establish a state-run healthcare system. It was he who presumed to tell private sector employees what they could earn, he who adopted the asinine cap-and-trade rules, and he who re-federalised social security, thereby reversing the single most beneficial reform of the Clinton years.
These errors are not random. They amount to a comprehensive strategy of Europeanisation: Euro-carbon taxes, Euro-disarmament, Euro-healthcare, Euro-welfare, Euro-spending levels, Euro-tax levels and, inevitably, Euro-unemployment levels. Any American reader who wants to know where Obamification will lead should spend a week with me in the European Parliament. I’m working in your future and, believe me, you won’t like it.
Read the rest, Daniel starts slow then works himself into a lather over Obama’s faux-outrage at “British Petroleum” then moves on to the snubs against American allies. It appears the proverbial straw was the fact the administration “is backing Peronist Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands – or, as Obama’s people call them, “the Malvinas”.
Word to the normally-wise Daniel Hannan – resist the power of rationalization and listen to your wife.
While the Obama’s and their ilk continue to rain criticism and blame upon the former President Bush, this is what Laura Bush had to say in an interview:
Former first lady Laura Bush says she doesn’t think President Barack Obama should be faulted for the continuing oil spill crisis in the Gulf Coast area.
Interviewed on “Good Morning America,” Mrs. Bush said: “I think they’re doing everything they can.” She said it cannot be one person’s responsibility to solve the problem.
She went on to say this about Katrina:
In her appearance Friday, Mrs. Bush was asked about comparisons with the federal government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina under the leadership of her husband, President George W. Bush. She declined to answer directly, but did say “there’s always a lot of finger-pointing in something like this.”
Meantime, the Obama’s were yucking it up with Paul McCartney who proceeded to insult the literary capabilities of President Bush. I might add that the Obama’s two young daughters were witness to this despicable behavior by a guest in the White House. Keep it classy, Obama!
Changing their story:
WASHINGTON — Administration officials dangled the possibility of a job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, administration officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a similar job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
These officials declined to specify the job that was floated or the name of the administration official who approached Romanoff, and said no formal offer was ever made. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not cleared to discuss private conversations.
Cross-posted at P&P.
I’m watching the first presidential news conference since before the Tea Party townhall meetings last August recess and I can’t contain my disgust. His arrogance and ignorance is on display once again and I’ll probably mute it soon.
Daniel Henninger‘s weekly column is called Wonder Land. There is precious little to celebrate in the country we know and love these days, but America is still there–and most of us are grimly resolved to keep it. Today’s column:
The mood one senses out in the country is not about tidying up politics. It is instead about reforming the way this nation thinks about its purpose.
When the history of this Reform is written, the event that ignited it may be the Obama health-care plan. The year spent with that legislation caused something to snap in American politics.
A companion piece on the Op-Ed page speaks of ObamaCare’s attack on small business and Americans’ basic constitutional rights.
It’s no wonder we are upset. And engaged.
The NY Times’s Friedman wants China for a day? What would the world be like if it was all China, all the time. Or worse, as Obama’s America cedes (!) its leadership. Feckless Europe on bended knee. (Cut off your head)
More. Heritage Morning Bell: Slouching Towards Irrelevance
Another paragraph in the continuing saga of the Obama administrations disdain for the American people.
From Real Clear Politics:
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admits she hasn’t read the Arizona immigration law, but passed judgment on it anyway. “That’s not the kind of law I would have signed,” she declared.
Video here (quote starts about :51).
You can understand why Obama’s administration doesn’t want the American people to think they actually read our laws. We might get the mistaken notion that the administration is considering upholding those laws.
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