Barack Obama

Why does Obama crave a grand bargain with Iran?

Featured image Michael Ledeen notes that important commentators have come around to the view that he (and I) have long expressed — that President Obama is in thrall to Iran and that the nuclear negotiations aren’t really about curbing Iran’s nuclear capacity, but rather about striking a grand bargain with the mullahs. Michael Doran’s excellent essay in Mosaic, which was one of our Power Line “picks,” is a good example of recent »

Our imperial president again shows his ignorance of history

Featured image No one has ever accused President Obama of knowing much about American history. He demonstrated his ignorance again during a pre-Super Bowl interview with Savannah Guthrie. Sharing a brew with Guthrie, Obama told her, “We make beer. First president since George Washington to make some booze in the White House.” George Washington never occupied the White House. John Adams was the first president to do so. Obama’s ignorance extends beyond »

Out of the Daily Ditch

Featured image In a note to his readers Andrew Sullivan has declared that he is packing it in. Having written for one iteration or another of The Daily Dish for 15 years, he says he’s had enough. (It appears that the current iteration of his site is just The Dish.) Sullivan didn’t put a date certain on the retirement of his site — he put it “in the near future” — but »

Our Self-Obsessed President

Featured image Many commentators have noted how frequently Barack Obama’s speeches focus on himself. It is true: for Obama, no matter the topic, it turns out to be mostly about him. Earlier today, Obama delivered a farewell speech in New Delhi, wrapping up his trip to India. The speech was only 33 minutes long, and yet…Barack managed to work in references to himself no fewer than 118 times. The folks at Grabien »

The World Burns, America Fiddles

Featured image It would be hard to overstate how poorly things are going for the United States around the world. Iran moves steadily toward acquiring nuclear weapons, with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Iraq, once hailed as one of the Obama administration’s greatest successes by Joe Biden, is now largely occupied by ISIS. The carnage in Syria continues. The government of Yemen, a key ally in the war against Islamic »

Barack Obama, Wit?

Featured image Pretty much the only thing that anyone remembers 48 hours after President Obama’s State of the Union speech is his observation that he won two presidential campaigns. In Democratic circles, this is considered a “zinger.” Last night in the gym, I saw this image on a TV set tuned to MSNBC: And here is the segment: four minutes on Obama’s “epic put-down.” Seriously–this is what passes for wit in the »

Netanyahu violates “protocol,” White House alleges

Featured image John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the House of Rep, and Netanyahu has accepted. The White House, through press secretary Josh Earnest, responded by alleging a breach of protocol. Boehner denied the breach. He replied: The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye. There is a serious threat that exists in the world and the president, »

The Tyrant and the Statesman

Featured image Remember when Obama remarked that “it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” It turns out? He just figured that out when he got to the White House? What closet did Valerie Jarrett stuff the hapless fellow who broke the news? Obama’s impatience with the Constitution—a document that went unmentioned in last night’s State of the »

Barack Obama, raging bull

Featured image Drew Pearson, a prominent liberal columnist during the 1950s and 60s, owned a farm that sold manure. He would advertise the manure on his radio program, using the slogan “all cow, no bull.” President Obama’s speech last night, the transcript of which I read this morning, stood Pearson on his head. It was raging bull. Jay Cost presents a more clever “raging bull” reference. He compares Obama to the boxer »

This crisis persists

Featured image President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address last night. The White House has posted the text here; the video is below. Obama declared: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” In every relevant respect, on matters both foreign and domestic, a deep dishonesty permeated the speech. The crisis of BS hung heavy over every word, including “and” and “the” (to »

Media Alert: SOTU, So You Don’t Have To

Featured image So I’m up to my neck in show prep for tomorrow morning’s Bill Bennett radio show, which will be devoted—all three hours—to “deconstructing” (time we used the academic left’s terminology against them) Obama’s State of the Union speech.  By all means you should skip it.  I’m watching it so you don’t have to.  Also radio.  So do tune in to the show in the morning if you can; I’ll have »

112 Broken Promises In 12 Minutes

Featured image It seems extraordinary that the Democratic Party press is trying so hard to generate enthusiasm for tonight’s State of the Union speech, given that everyone knows nothing Obama proposes will happen. If you want to save yourself some time, skip tonight’s speech and spend 12 minutes watching this montage of 112 of Obama’s broken promises from prior SOTU’s, going back to 2009 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and »

If You Had a Friend

Featured image While James Taylor was serenading our French friends with “You’ve Got a Friend” yesterday, President Obama was holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (video below). In his remarks Obama subtly alluded to the old Communist Pete Seeger’s progressive classic “If I Had a Hammer.” To understand the Obama administration — not that you need the help — James Taylor is a distraction; Pete Seeger is »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrlll returns just in time with JUST PLAIN FOLKS. She writes: The President is fond of invoking “The Folks” in his droning speeches. Now, in rural Minnesota, your “folks” are your parents. But he is referring to those “little” people who make up the once-vast middle class in America. The not-rich and unfamous. The God-fearing, gun-totin’ clingers. In other words, people he has never ever hung out with in »

Midweek in Pictures: Special Paris Mis-Match Edition

Featured image Can’t wait until Saturday to share all of the memes piling up about Obama’s egregious decision to skip the largest political gathering in Western Europe since World War II.  I recall being in Europe in December 2008, shortly after Obama’s election, and just about every European I met was giddy over Obama.  I wonder what they think of him now.  Have they figured out that he’s just not that into »

Where Was Obama? (Update: Steve Answers)

Featured image Tonight in Paris, up to three million people marched to support freedom of speech and to defy Islamic terrorism. They were led by more than 40 heads of state–along with France’s President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens more. But no high-ranking American official attended. Barack Obama did not join his fellow leaders. Nor did he send Joe Biden, John Kerry–whose »

Quote of the year

Featured image Among the year-end lists compiled this year I have yet to see one that captures the quote of the year. Confining consideration to active politicians, I think that President Obama walks away with the honors this year. Against all the odds in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, Obama said something useful and, even more improbably, something true (video below). In his speech at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School »