Barack Obama

Obama feels the Bern

Featured image Glenn Thrush interviewed President Obama in the White House for a Politico podcast. Thrush’s report is posted along with the audio here. You will probably want to miss it, but I enjoyed Obama’s take on Bernie Sanders: Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose,” he said. “I think Hillary came in with the both privilege — and burden — of being »

Barack Obama and the Hall of Fame of Straw Men

Featured image Barack Obama is famous for the false choice: time after time, he posits only two alternatives, one of which is his preferred course while the other option is an obvious straw man, sometimes a course that has never been advocated by anyone. Today’s statement on the release of four prisoners by Iran (in exchange for our release of captured Iranians) is a classic of the genre. Obama began by describing »

Lies of Guantanamo

Featured image In the Age of Obama, we are living by lies. Prevarication seems to be the operative principle. President Obama’s declared goal of emptying our detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is supported by many lies, including one he reiterated during his State of the Union remarks earlier this week. According to Obama, Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for terrorists. However, Obama is more of a recruiting tool than Guantanamo. Senator Tom »

Live from Omaha, it’s Barack Obama

Featured image I’ve had more than enough Barack Obama for one week, but it’s good to get the perspective of Nebraska attorney David Begley on Obama’s current road show. When President Obama made an appearance in Omaha at Baxter Arena yesterday, Dave was there. The Omaha World-Herald reports on Obama’s appearance here; it has posted a transcript of Obama’s remarks here. Dave’s report is below: A crowd estimated at 11,000 saw President »

His way

Featured image President Obama gave his last State of the Union Address last night. The White House has posted the text here and video here. I’ve also embedded the video below. Obama’s Iranian friends provided their own commentary in advance of the speech, seizing two Navy riverine ships and detaining 10 sailors (nine men and one woman). The mullahs were expressing their complete and utter contempt for Obama. Obama did things his »

Obama’s bologna meets Taya’s grinder

Featured image CNN convened a town hall forum for President Obama to bloviate on issues of “gun violence” last night. I’m posting the complete video below. CNN has posted a transcript here (along with a two-minute compilation of highlights). The NRA declined CNN’s invitation to attend. The repulsive radical Chicago cleric Michael Pfleger was on hand. Reverend Wright was apparently not available. I wonder if CNN thought about inviting John Lott. If »

On guns, Obama preaches to the choir

Featured image President Obama takes to the pages of the New York Times to state that “the epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis” and to demand “a national response.” The New York Times: What a great forum for reaching those who disagree with Obama, or are undecided, about gun control. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to take on whatever substance might be found in Obama’s op-ed. I »

From Obama and Clinton on the Rahm Emanuel Scandal, Crickets

Featured image Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton purport to be deeply concerned about police misconduct. They support Black Lives Matter and have been quick to condemn policemen, often wrongly. But in Chicago, a policeman shot a young black criminal who was high on PCP for no apparent reason–I wrote about the case here–and the case was covered up for a year so that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, director of Bill Clinton’s finance committee, »

The tears of a clown

Featured image President Obama held a campaign style event before the assembled multitude in the White House late yesterday morning. Obama spoke for 33 minutes. I am posting the complete video below. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s remarks here. Chris Cillizza treats Obama’s remarks like the Gettysburg Address and annotates the text here. Obama referred to himself one way or another some 76 times in the course of »

Hawaii declines to name vacant lot after Obama

Featured image The Washington Post reports that, after nearly seven years of Barack Obama’s presidency, his native state still hasn’t named anything after him. I don’t count the Snowbama, a shaved ice concoction, though the name captures an important aspect of the president. According to Post reporters Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin: Obama’s return to the place of his birth [for the Christmas holiday season] calls to mind an embarrassing record of »

The invisible impact of Obama’s Christian faith

Featured image After seven years of perhaps the most disappointing presidency in American history, I thought the era of Obama worship was over. At a minimum, I thought we’d seen the last story about how badly Obama wants to unite the country. But no. In a strong last-minute entry for silliest news story of the year, Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post gives us “The Quiet Impact of Obama’s Christian faith.” Jaffe’s »

Annals of inanity

Featured image President Obama’s all-purpose explanation for the unpopularity of various of his policies never varies. He isn’t talking enough to make you understand and you aren’t smart enough to understand without his talking. Right? Well, we can all agree we’re stupid. That’s how he can account for his election and reelection to the presidency. Obama drew on his all-purpose explanation most recently in his year-end interview with Democrat State Radio with »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image President Obama took a brief trip across the river to the Pentagon in order to hold a meeting with a subset of his national security team. Following the meeting he read a statement (transcript here, video here and below). Obama sought to reassure nervous Americans that all is well in the contest with ISIS, but his heart isn’t in it. He is going through the motions. He is pathetic. He »

Close the stupidity loophole!

Featured image You might say that President Obama has staked his political career on the stupidity of the American people — on those who believed his “no blue America, no red America” shtick, his messianic pretensions, or his lies peddling Obamacare, to take just a few examples. A lot of smart people fell for his act despite the overwhelming evidence of his highly ideologized leftist views. Stupidity isn’t the only explanation, but »

History is indifferent

Featured image The rise of Barack Obama is a sign of the indifference of history to the well-being of the United States and, his Nobel Peace Prize to the contrary notwithstanding, the world. If history gave a damn, Barack Obama would still be voting “present” in the Illinois legislature, just to prove his existence to an indifferent universe. Obama has repeatedly availed himself of the supposed argument from “history” to express his »

Obama’s disgraceful Hanukkah party [Updated]

Featured image If this account of the White House Hanukkah party is accurate, then President Obama’s politicization of everything has reached a new low. According to Daniel Greenfield: Obama’s own remarks were boilerplate inoffensive stuff. Israel’s President Rivlin, a political hack who desperately sucks up to the media, was equally insipid. But the White House chose Susan Talve to light the Menorah. Talve is a member of the anti-Israel group T’ruah which »

Obama’s rules for Republicans

Featured image John has suggested that the White House’s call on Republican presidential candidates to say they won’t support Donald Trump is an attempt to prompt Trump to run as a third-party candidate, thereby all but guaranteeing a Democratic victory in 2016. John may be right. He certainly is right if the White House thinks it can goad serious Republican candidates into breaking their pledge to support Trump if he’s the nominee. »