Barack Obama

The Bottomless Ignorance of Barack Obama

Featured image Liberals have gushed from the beginning on how brilliant Barack Obama is, and point from time to time to the fact that he was a professor of constitutional law (!) at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s premier law schools. Of course, if you actually check on what he taught there, it was trendy lefty stuff like a course entitled “Race and the Law” (I have a friend »

He would prefer not to

Featured image President Obama was visibly annoyed by the questions posed to him at his press conference in Turkey today. They lacked the deference to his majesty that he has grown accustomed to. The Federalist has posted a striking lowlight here (video below). Quotable quote: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that »

Contain this

Featured image It usually takes more than a day or two for reality to betray Obama’s deep thoughts on our Islamist enemies and others, but it always does. Oh, wait. Our Islamist enemies — they’re not Islamic. And when the bill comes due for Obama’s unreciprocated tokens of love for the Islamic Republic of Iran (not Islamic either, right?), it’s going to be a doozy. At NR, Victor Davis Hanson captured Obama’s »

The world according to the Democratic establishment

Featured image This weekend, a reader from here in the Washington D.C. area found himself seated next to a Democratic fundraiser and operative. This Democrat offered the following opinions. They reflect, I think, how well-connected Democrats read the current political situation: 1. Hillary Clinton is a “gem” who will win 70% of the women’s vote and likely the election because electing the first woman president is “a really big deal.” 2. Democrats »

Inside the fraying US-Israel ties

Featured image On October 23 the Wall Street Journal published the page-one story by Adam Entous on the United States’ intelligence activities directed against Israel. Given the headline “Spy vs. spy: Inside the fraying U.S.-Israel ties” (accessible here via Google), the story was full of revelations including measures taken by the United States to deter Israeli military action against Iran. Entous works the national security beat at the Journal, and his story »

Why lie? (2)

Featured image Speaking to a partisan Democratic crowd at a fundraiser in New York on Monday, President Obama mocked the Republican presidential candidates. Disparaging his domestic political opponents is what Obama does best. Not to say he’s great at it, or that he doesn’t have significant accomplishments to point to, but disparagement is his greatest strength. The GOP candidates seem to have gotten under his thin skin. “Every one of these candidates »

Why lie?

Featured image In his interview with Norah O’Donnell for 60 Minutes last week, Vice President Biden said this when asked to comment on Donald Trump: The one thing I do — I’m disappointed in Donald Trump. I know what a showman and all that he is. But I really don’t think it’s healthy and I hope he reconsiders this sort of attack on all immigrants. I think that is beneath the country. »

Obama: Philosopher-in-Chief?

Featured image I’ve been making my way through Carlin Romano’s book America the Philosophical, hoping it would live up to its billing as a defense of America’s unacknowledged philosophical depth (a thesis I hold). But this doesn’t seem a very promising beginning: [I]n the person of Barack Obama, we’ve ended up with our most cosmopolitan, philosopher-in-chief president since Woodrow Wilson. That phrase might well be taken as a harsh criticism—the fact that »

Whose Shrinking Island?

Featured image Yesterday President Obama riffed in front of a Democratic audience, attacking the only enemies he cares about–Republicans. He described Republicans as “extreme,” and said, among other things, “Washington Republicans are alone on their own shrinking island.” Put aside the hatefulness for a moment. Like so much that Obama says, this characterization is delusional. National Journal published this map of the United States, by Congressional district, after the 2014 election. It »

Clock faker is honored guest of Sudan war criminal

Featured image Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old fake clock-maker who caused such a stir at his Texas high school, is expected to meet President Obama at the White House this weekend. Obama holds the lad out as a victim of anti-Muslim prejudice even though, as John has argued, his “invention,” which resembled the timing device of a bomb and was placed in a suitcase dummied up to look like a bomb, reasonably triggered »

There Is a Bear In the Woods…

Featured image Vladimir Putin thinks Barack Obama has mush for brains, but that’s not the worst of it. Michael Ramirez updates the bear in the woods theme. Click to enlarge: »

It ain’t me, babe

Featured image Last night 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Obama conducted by Steve Kroft. The interview ran over two segments. Videos and transcript are posted here. In the first half of the interview Kroft asked about foreign policy. The questions were critical and the atmosphere was tense. Obama was not pleased. Obama yammered in his accustomed style. Kroft interrupted to note that he felt like he was being filibustered. Again, »

Jeremiah Wright: Jesus Was a Palestinian!

Featured image For years, people have puzzled over Barack Obama’s motivation: is he trying to be a good president and failing, or is he deliberately undermining the United States? The jury is still out on that one, but there is no doubt where he stands on Israel, our chief Middle Eastern ally. It’s not as though we needed more evidence, but let’s listen to Jeremiah Wright, the notorious anti-American and anti-Israel preacher »

The meaning of “Australia” [Updated With Chart: How Successful Was Australia?]

Featured image In his rush to capitalize on the mass shooting deaths in Roseburg, Oregon, last week, President Obama made a statement including this observation: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it. What does this »

Politicize this

Featured image Early Thursday evening, before the dead had been counted, before their bodies were cold, before the relevant facts were known, President Obama chose to make a characteristically obnoxious statement on the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (video below, text here). Obama’s remarks are deserving of the derision that John heaped on them in “Obama: Never let a mass shooting go to waste.” Why would Obama speak before »

Obama and Guns: Then and Now

Featured image John has already noted Obama’s demagoguery about guns yesterday, where Obama praised the Australian decision 20 years ago to confiscate certain guns. (Question: how is that the proposal to deport 11 million illegal aliens is said to be impossible, but confiscation of millions of guns isn’t? I’m sure the drug gangs will be the first to comply with such a program.) Here’s Obama in 2008: “I just want to be »

Putin to Obama: Kiss my…

Featured image It was the cover the New York Daily News that condensed President Ford’s denial of federal aid to New York City in the classic headline: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD. Somewhat more fairly, but equally concisely, today’s Daily News cover condenses the action at the United Nations yesterday between Presidents Obama and Putin. It’s a sort of PUTIN TO OBAMA moment. Cameron Joseph’s cover story is here. Like everyone else »