Barack Obama

Understanding Barack Obama

Featured image In a nearby post, Paul Mirengoff examines Colin Kaepernick’s recent statements to deduce where he is coming from. Kaepernick is an idiot. It is therefore difficult to attribute a coherent line of thought to him. Paul deduces that if Kaepernick understands what he is saying (a big if), he is an old-fashioned Marxist radical. Paul pulls up a little short of the conclusion, leaving it at “a serious leftist,” but »

#TrudeauEulogies: A selection

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s eulogy of Fidel Castro illustrates the repulsive relativism of the left. Trudeau is proud of the eulogy. He seeks to publicize it. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be liberals. They become cretins. This is the way it ends: It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life »

From Ellison to Obama and back

Featured image Today’s New York Times reports that prospective Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backs Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic Party Chairman. (Minnesota’s Fifth District covers Minneapolis and its inner-ring suburbs.) In the wake of Clinton’s loss, the Democratic Party seems poised to move directly to the Axis of Sanders/Warren. I have previously argued here that Ellison was a forerunner of President Obama. I’d like to revisit the argument »

A defining election?

Featured image In his speech to the Democratic National Convention this year, President Obama declared: I think it’s fair to say, this is not your typical election. It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right. This is a more fundamental choice — about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. (Emphasis added) But »

Barack Obama on the election [With Comment by John]

Featured image President Obama spoke graciously today about Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Obama’s words matter (as he likes to say) because they are in keeping with the American political tradition. But Obama’s real thoughts were revealed in the days leading up to the election when he campaigned for Hillary Clinton as no president in my memory has ever campaigned for a would-be successor. Here is what Obama said the day before the »

Obama vouches for Ma Clinton

Featured image Barack Obama has emerged as a forceful advocate of Hillary Clinton in the course of the presidential campaign. He is more popular than she is, but they have a lot in common. They both have an equally low opinion of the intelligence of the American voters and they have a lot of evidence to support their opinion. They also share an equally wayward relationship with the truth. Obama’s signature domestic »

No Question Now: Obama Lied [Updated]

Featured image In March 2015, President Obama said that he didn’t know about his own Secretary of State’s use of an off-the-books email server. He said that he learned about it on the news, the same as the rest of us. I have some questions here pic.twitter.com/ufkeoZCx2m — Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) March 7, 2015 That tweet prompted an explosive email thread from today’s Wikileaks dump showing that Obama’s denial of knowledge was »

Barack Obama, Keeping Us Safe!

Featured image Keeping Americans safe is the president’s foremost responsibility. How has Barack Obama done in that regard? You could say that he has failed, but it would be more accurate to say he hasn’t tried. Michael Ramirez sums it up nicely. Click to enlarge: As I wrote here, the issues that matter most to voters seem to have disappeared from the presidential campaign, at least temporarily. It would be nice if »

Obama Loves Us Despite Our Faults

Featured image Barack Obama has always regretted, I think, that he doesn’t have a country that is worthy of him. From his earliest days in office, he has eagerly chronicled our faults, real and fabricated, while in the halls of our enemies. This has not endeared him to me, or to many other Americans. In his final speech to the United Nations, Obama said that he believes America has been a force »

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

Featured image Walter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.” In the heart of this post he writes: There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than »

Obama bestrides the narrow world

Featured image President Obama is the devotee of an incredibly delusional and destructive ideology, and he is also a very small man. I believe him to be the smallest man ever to occupy the office of the president, though I may be overlooking some nineteenth century president whom I don’t know sufficiently well. Obama put his ideological claptrap, his arrogance, his pettiness and his vanity prominently on display yesterday in his final »

At the birth of birtherism

Featured image Sidney Blumenthal is one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidants. His leading quality is reflected in the well-earned moniker Sid Vicious, though his viciousness is reflected most acutely in his lies. Students of ancient history may recall Blumenthal’s dramatic flood of lies about his appearance before a grand jury investigating Clinton scandals in 1998. As reported by the New York Times, Blumenthal emerged from the private grand jury proceedings to attack »

The wheedle and the damage done: Hillary edition

Featured image Professor Robert Kaufman traces the connection between the monumental foreign policy disasters and misjudgments of the Obama administration in the Wall Street Journal column “What’s a Reagan internationalist to do?” (accessible via Google here. Professor Kaufman observes: “As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton served loyally as President Obama’s first mate on his foreign-policy Titanic.” Professor Kaufman draws a contrast between Clinton and Trump in this respect: “[U]nlike Mr. Trump, Mrs. »

The wheedle and the damage done: Cheney edition

Featured image The impetus for my post “The wheedle and the damage done” was the September 10 Wall Street Journal column by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney that expressly set forth the theme of that post: “Dangers rise as America retreats” (accessible via Google here), yet I forgot to include it in my round-up. They put it this way: Defeating our enemies has been made significantly more difficult by the policies of »

The wheedle and the damage done

Featured image No American president has ever done more damage to American national security or America’s standing in the world than Barack Obama. We’ve never had a president quite like him before. I think the damage is attributable to his rabid belief in the myths of the left-wing critique of the United States. We will be living with the damage he has done for a long time to come (if we are »

Top Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image They say the field of science is politicized or skews left, and while this is probably correct, every now and then even scientists get one right about politics: Scientists name parasite after Barack Obama By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post Other presidents have mountains named after them. They’re the namesakes for high schools, boulevards, space centers, libraries, airports, and elk. George Washington has the capital of our country named for him, »

Report: 9/11 moment of silence moved up because Obama got restless

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that a moment of silence remembering the September 11 victims at a Pentagon memorial service began early in order to accommodate a restless President Obama. The report, by Peter Hasson, is based on a Defense Department source. The moment of silence was supposed to occur at 9:37 a.m., the time of day when the Pentagon was hit. But the moment of silence was moved up. Hasson’s »