Barack Obama

Obama expounds on racism, superficially

Featured image President Obama said yesterday that “we are not cured of [racism].” He also said that “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives. . .casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” Let’s consider these assertions. The second consists of cliched metaphors (“casts a long shadow” and “part of our DNA”). As such, they are difficult to evaluate. »

Obama’s Howler

Featured image Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us: Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France Genildo »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image Yesterday I noted President Obama’s concession that he lacks a “complete strategy” for defeating ISIS. Thus spake Obama at a press conference related to the G7 meeting in Kruen, Germany. That’s a patently pathetic “partial strategy” he has put on display in Syria and Iraq. It can’t be the fault of the great Obama. Obama implied that the Pentagon has left him without a “complete strategy” at this point: “When »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image We are deep into the “more mush from the wimp” phase of the Obama presidency. Do we have a strategy for fighting ISIS? I should think he would be embarrassed to admit that we do not, but he can concede that we don’t have “a complete strategy” yet if he can imply that the Pentagon and others are somehow at fault for our current position. Thus spake Obama at a »

You Know Obama Is Hard Up for Accomplishments When…

Featured image …your former White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications tries to give you credit for winning a horse race. Yesterday, Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that American Pharoah’s Triple Crown is an “accomplishment” of President Obama’s: Another accomplishment — Obama first President to have a Triple Crown winner since Carter — Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 6, 2015 I have studied that tweet at length and can find no »

Democrats Should Be Afraid. Very Afraid.

Featured image Two polls, both by CNN, are getting a lot of attention, and rightly so. Let’s start with the one on President Obama, released this morning. This survey has Obama’s approval under water at 45%/52%. That isn’t a surprise, since Obama hasn’t topped 50% in the CNN poll in two years. Currently, Obama ranks below all former presidents; George W. Bush is now rated 52%/43% by these same respondents. So the »

The rational ayatollah hypothesis

Featured image In his Wall Street Journal column this past Tuesday, Bret Stephens took up “The rational ayatollah hypothesis” (accessible via Google here). That hypothesis — asserted, I would say, as a thesis if not a fact by our Supreme Leader about Iran’s Supreme Leader — holds that economics and other such considerations constrain the anti-Semitic behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran. So about those nuclear weapons that Iran is developing »

Secretary Carter lauds the boss

Featured image We doubt that President Obama is a great leader in the defense of the national security of the United States, and the evidence supporting our doubt is abundant. In the Middle East, we see Iran asserting its power from Iraq and Yemen to Syria and Lebanon. We see ISIS on the march. We see al Qaeda and its affiliates expanding their forces. Elsewhere in the world, we see China and »

An uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image On May 20 President Obama traveled to New London to deliver the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy. The White House transcript of the speech is posted here; the White House video is posted below. The White House blog posted photos featuring excerpts of the speech and the president in heroic poses here. In the Middle East, we see Iran asserting its power from Iraq and Yemen to Syria »

Obama’s big shtick

Featured image President Theodore Roosevelt’s preferred diplomatic approach was to “speak softly and carry a big stick.” President Obama, by contrast, speaks falsely and carries a big shtick. Yesterday he carried his shtick to the Adas Israel congregation in Washington, DC. Obama held himself out as a friend of Israel. He likened his attitude to Israel to his attitude to the United States. He has “high expectations” of both. I take no »

Obama expounds the limits of Iran’s anti-Semitism

Featured image In the course of his recent interview of President Obama — painful reading from beginning to end — Jeffrey Goldberg asked a somewhat challenging question regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. “You have argued,” Goldberg observed, “that people who subscribe to an anti-Semitic worldview, who explain the world through the prism of anti-Semitic ideology, are not rational, are not built for success, are not grounded in a reality that you »

The other side of vanity

Featured image I wrote about President Obama’s press conference following his meeting with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David this week in “An uncertain kazoo, cont’d” and John followed up in “Obama’s revisionist history on Syria.” The White House transcript of the entire press conference is posted here. I want to pause briefly over the question Obama took on Syria and the preface to his substantive, extremely misleading response. »

Obama Insults Christians, Apparently Out of Ignorance

Featured image Barack Obama says he is a Christian. The rest of us can only take him at his word, but for a believer, he seems remarkably ignorant of both Christians and Christianity. At the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway writes on “Obama’s Casual Slander of American Christians.” Hemingway begins by talking about sociologist Robert Putnam, who said: [O]ver the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, »

Obama’s Revisionist History on Syria

Featured image Scott wrote earlier this morning on President Obama’s just-concluded summit with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and his press conference yesterday. One topic that came up in the press conference deserves special mention. President Obama’s “red line” on Syria is one of his administration’s historic failures. In 2012, Obama said that “a red line for us is” if Assad’s regime starts using chemical weapons; that “would change my calculus” »

Barack Obama, pathetic at three levels

Featured image Yesterday, as John noted, President Obama took a swing at Fox News during a conference on poverty. Obama said: Sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top or to make folks mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, who don’t want to work, lazy, undeserving, got traction. And look, »

On Poverty, Obama Is Hypocritical and Clueless

Featured image I wrote earlier today about President Obama’s appearance at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on poverty at Georgetown, where he singled out Fox News for criticism of its news coverage. He did eventually get around to talking about poverty: “Those who are doing better and better, more skilled, more educated, – luckier – having greater advantages are withdrawing from the commons,” he said. “Kids start going to private schools…. But wait! »

Barack Obama, Media Critic

Featured image This morning, President Obama participated in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit at Georgetown, where he discoursed on poverty. Incredibly, Obama seems to think the real problem lies with Fox News: Obama argued if we are going to end poverty, “We’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.” Huh? If the media stopped reporting on poverty, poverty wouldn’t exist? That isn’t quite it, but Obama’s explanation is »