Barack Obama

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. »

Polls Confirm What You Thought About the Politics of Terrorism and Guns

Featured image When President Obama delivered a speech on the San Bernardino attack from the Oval Office without having anything notable to say, many wondered why he bothered. The most common answer was that the Democrats’ polling on Obama’s response to the terrorist attack–equivocation on workplace violence, followed by a pivot to gun control–was terrible. This Rasmussen survey, released yesterday, tends to confirm that interpretation. A plurality of likely voters, 43%, rated »

If not overnight, when?

Featured image President Obama has done great damage to to the rule of law, to American national security, to race relations, and to our health care system. We are mired in an era of pitiful economic growth that feels like stagnation. He has vastly expanded government dependency, but he counts this an accomplishment. Obamacare is a Rube Goldberg contraption of untold destruction. It’s hard to assess where Obama has done the most »

Wave of the eighth century

Featured image President Obama fancies himself a progressive in the Progressive tradition. He wants not only to ride the wave of the future but to sense where it is going and give it a nudge. As with all good progressives, it is history by which Obama takes his bearings, not the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence. Thus in his Oval Office speech this past Sunday, he declared that “we are »

What Ralph Peters said

Featured image Stuart Varney wanted to know what Ralph Peters was saying to his television as President Obama spoke from the Oval Office last night. Varney let Peters have his say before he interceded to object to Peters’s unVarneyished response, so to speak, and Peters apologizes for his language (I think it’s PG-13 at worst), but in his anger Peters speaks for me and many others. David Rutz posts the video at »

Winning is the American tradition to which we should be true

Featured image In his address last night, President Obama described “our strategy to destroy ISIS” as follows: First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions »

Annals of inanity

Featured image President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night to reflect on the massacre of Americans by Muslim terrorists in San Bernardino (transcript here, 13-minute video below). Slate’s friendly summary of the speech makes Obama sound barking mad: “Increasing gun control, rejecting Islamophobia are keys to combating terrorism.” The no-fly list has suddenly emerged as the linchpin of our struggle. Obama wants to use it to expand gun »

President Obama: a wartime president who doesn’t seem to realize it

Featured image President Obama spoke to the nation tonight about the killings in San Bernardino and the matter of ISIS (or ISIL, as he says). The transcript of his address is here. John is working on a post about Obama’s speech and I may have some additional thoughts. But now, lets’s hear from Sen. Tom Cotton. He had this to say: President Obama is a wartime president who doesn’t seem to realize »

Square peg in the Oval Office

Featured image Responding to the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino this past Wednesday, President Obama will speak from the Oval Office tonight at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). The White House indicates that Obama will address how the terror threat has “evolved, and how we will defeat it[.]” “He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to »

Terrorism vs. Sea Level: For Our President, It’s No Contest

Featured image This morning, our anti-science president explained to CBS why global warming is a bigger threat than terrorism: What I mean by that is that we’re going to get ISIL. They will be defeated. There will be ongoing efforts to disrupt the world order from terrorists, from rogue states, from, you know, cyber attacks. There’s always some bad people out there trying to do bad things and we have to be »

The dog that won’t quit barking

Featured image The evidence continues to accumulate that the Bonnie and Clyde massacre in San Bernardino yesterday was a case of jihad. We’ve got the home armory. We’ve got the pilgrimage to Mecca. We’ve got the contact with foreign terrorist subjects. Sherlock Holmes solved the case in the story “Silver Blaze” with the clue of the dog that didn’t bark. The San Bernardino dog won’t shut up. President Obama was talking about »

Save the planet…from Barack Obama

Featured image Watching Barack Obama in action at the Paris conference on the phenomenon formerly known as global warming, I have a thought about saving the planet. The planet must be saved from Barack Obama. The man has done enormous damage. We will be living with the consequences for a long time. Living, if we are lucky and if the next president undoes some of the damage he has done. The man »

Cohen Gives Up on Obama

Featured image We’ve noted many times before that the liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has frequently departed from the liberal reservation, and has often expressed a skeptical view of Obama, but nothing quite so bracing as the last sentence of his first paragraph about Obama today: The presidency has changed Barack Obama. His hair has gone gray, which is to be expected, and he looks older, which is also to be expected, »