Barack Obama

President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama is a nice guy but an incompetent president. I think this gives him too much credit. There is a reason why Obama is the most divisive president since the Civil War: he is, for a holder of that office, uniquely mean-spirited. On Monday in Las Vegas, Obama launched a personal attack against those who disagree with his energy policies. He began by hailing »

Obama: Look How Crazy the Republicans Are!

Featured image Barack Obama returned from his latest vacation yesterday, and promptly announced that Republicans are “crazies.” The Democrats continued the theme with a fundraising email they sent out earlier this afternoon, ostensibly from the President: John — A few days ago, the leading candidate to be the other side’s presidential nominee claimed that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was — somehow — unconstitutional. He is referring to Donald Trump. This »

Inspector Clouseau was unavailable

Featured image President Obama purports to have a sophisticated theory of international relations supporting his catastrophic deal with Iran. Dealing with the world’s foremost sponsor of state terrorism and an avowed enemy of the United States, Obama is lavishly funding the regime and leaving Iran’s nuclear program on the path of development to nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. He proclaims the deal a famous victory, but with the AP’s report on the, ah, »

Our own Susan Canby

Featured image One of the funny scenes in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night comes when George Harrison finds himself consulting with supposed advertising guru Simon Marshall (video below): Simon Marshall: If you don’t cooperate, you won’t get to meet Susan. George: And who’s this Susan when she’s at home? Simon Marshall: Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager. George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong? Simon Marshall: »

Soleimani’s travels

Featured image Jennifer Griffin reports that Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani recently visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian leaders, according to two Western intelligence sources, despite a travel ban and U.N. Security Council resolutions barring him from leaving Iran. Griffin notes that Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin. “It was not immediately clear what the Iranian leader discussed,” she reports, “but »

The Obama method

Featured image The White House has posted the text of President Obama’s speech at American University yesterday here. The video is below (55 minutes). John Hinderaker covers the lowlights and exposes the chop logic here. I haven’t seen any commentary better than John’s. Obama begins his speech with a discussion of President Kennedy’s American University speech. The text of President Kennedy’s speech is posted here. Obama’s potted history of the Cold War »

Barack Obama’s Lowest Moment Yet?

Featured image Today President Obama gave a speech at American University, urging acceptance of his nuclear deal with Iran. It was the usual exercise in deception and demagoguery, and he skated up to the edge of accusing opponents of the deal–a majority of Americans, apparently–of treason. After some initial reminiscence about the Cold War, Obama leaped right into misrepresenting the agreement’s terms: After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed »

White House adds to Joe-mentum

Featured image Appearing this morning on MSNBC, White House press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to be doing all he reasonably could to promote a Joe Biden presidential run. Asked by Mika Brzezinski: “Does President Obama want Joe Biden to jump in the race for president and will he support his vice president, Earnest responded: It certainly seemed to generate some news in the last 24 hours, didn’t it? What the president has »

Annals of inanity

Featured image Submitted for your consideration and your entertainment pleasure, the video below of President Obama instructing the president of Kenya in the matter of “gay rights.” The Hill reports: President Obama on Saturday made a personal plea for gay rights during his visit to Kenya, warning that “bad things happen” when countries discriminate against certain groups of people. “As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the »

Obama in full, and full of it

Featured image President Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the day before yesterday. Video of the extended full episode (I think) is posted below. Obama is playing before a friendly audience and Stewart does everything but give him a French kiss. He wants to, but modesty somehow intrudes. Stewart’s approach to Obama reminds me of Howard Stern interviewing Rudy Giuliani in the course of one of Giuliani’s reelection campaigns: »

The Middle East prospect

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Texas retreat took place last month in Dallas. I have posted videos of the presentations by Stanley Kurtz and Bret Stephens at the retreat. Other videos from the retreat are posted here. In the video below, Daniel Pipes presents a survey of the Middle East in the Age of Obama. It works as an excellent companion to Stephens’s presentation; Pipes provides a regional close-up following »

The meaning of Obama’s silence

Featured image Megyn Kelly asks a great question regarding the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in the presence of her father at the hands of five-time deportee, seven-time felon Francisco Sanchez in the sanctuary city of San Francisco (RCP has posted transcript and video at the link): Kate’s murder has…exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities and crime. With the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence »

Reckon with this

Featured image After Dylann Roof murdered nine pastors and churchgoers in the course of Bible study in Charleston, President Obama couldn’t wait to use the occasion for his narrow political purposes. “Let’s be clear,” he said with urgency in his voice. “At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence … doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. »

Hillary’s Alinsky factor

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center has posted videos of several presentations at its June 17-18 Texas Retreat. Stanley Kurtz spoke on Hillary Clinton. He also takes up Obama’s Alinskyite assault on the suburbs via the new HUD rule promulgated this week. Kurtz devoted much of his second book on Obama to the subject and his current NR column here to the new HUD rule. All is proceeding as Kurtz has »

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, cont’d

Featured image As President Obama works to complete our surrender to the Islamic Republic — the crowning glory of his legacy — he also seeks to reform our character with deep thoughts such as those he enunciated at the Pentagon with military officers standing dutifully behind him (video below): Th[e] broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by »

Our false messiah

Featured image President Obama recently denied that he ever promised, if elected, to heal our partisan divides. Referring to our so-called political gridlock, thus spake Obama at a fundraising event at the home of Tyler Perry: “When I ran in 2008, I in fact did not say I would fix it. I said we could fix it. I didn’t say, ‘Yes, I can.’ I said, ‘Yes, we can.’” As David Rutz demonstrates »

Rumors of Gruber

Featured image The late Arnaud de Borchgrave and the still kicking Robert Moss published The Spike in 1980 to expose the power of the media to suppress politically unpalatable stories in the service of covert political interests. The University of Chicago’s Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Charles Lipson draws on the metaphor of “the spike” to describe what has happened to the revelations of Monday’s Wall Street Journal story reporting »