Barack Obama

Who’s a Chickenshit?

Featured image In case you missed it, the Obama administration (a “senior administration official”) has gone on record calling Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” Somehow, that seems like a poor–not to mention vulgar–turn of phrase. The Netanyahu family is not known for its “chickenshit” qualities. Let’s just say that in his youth, Benjamin did not belong to a “Choom Gang.” Mark Hemingway responds on Twitter: Sure, that chickenshit PM was IDF special forces, »

Barack Obama? Who’s He?

Featured image One of the main story lines of this year’s elections has been Democratic Senate candidates fleeing from President Obama, even as he insists that his policies are on the ballot and they are all his staunch supporters. The spectacle has had plenty of entertainment value, but its significance shouldn’t be overlooked. While they don’t want to admit it publicly or even to pollsters, it is obvious that nearly all Democrats »

Obama Administration’s Privilege Claims Are Even More Frivolous Than We Knew

Featured image Most people have concluded that the Obama administration is incompetent, but we must admit that it is supremely talented at one thing: stonewalling. Time after time, the administration has managed to run out the clock on scandals through sheer chutzpah. Fast and Furious, as the longest-running Obama scandal, is farthest along in this respect. Judicial Watch made a Freedom of Information Act request for a very limited number of documents »

Iran has Obama’s number

Featured image There is something to offend just about everyone on the American political scene in the comments of senior Iranian presidential adviser and former intelligence minister Ali Younesi. The comments were offered for domestic political consumption to the official Iranian news agency. I think it is fair to say that Younesi et al. have Obama’s number. Younesi’s contempt for Obama shines through his comments and it is surely reflects the consensus »

Obama explains

Featured image It is a sign of the pollution of our public discourse that the President of the United States rubs shoulders with the vile Al Sharpton, demagogue and race hustler extraordinaire. Sharpton is one of the most vile figures in American public life. It’s an old story, and the race hustle has become a strategic component of Democratic politics. Sharpton has become a mainstream figure in the modern Democratic Party. So »

Ouch!

Featured image This is featured on Drudge at the moment: The link goes to this Reuters story: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. When liberal news outlets talk about Obama in such blunt terms, things are grim. More: Most candidates »

Is it safe to laugh?

Featured image The omniscient Glenn Reynolds picked up the image below from a Twitter feed. If Obama’s own incompetence isn’t making him “seethe,” this photoshopped image just might do it. I’m filing this under Laughter is the Best Medicine. All I can say is thanks, I needed that. »

NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured image Today’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

Another Reason Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured image Steve noted this morning that President Obama’s decision to cancel a fundraising trip and give a speech on ebola instead shows that he knows he is in trouble. Here is another clue: the front page of this morning’s New York Daily News, a paper that endorsed Obama in 2008: He’s come a long way from the days when he was telling the oceans what to do. »

How To Tell Even Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured image When he cancels fundraising trips.  (Though perhaps even Democratic donors don’t think appearing with him before a wipeout election is a good idea.) But also when he gives speeches like this just a few days ago: I actually believe that capitalism is the greatest force for prosperity and opportunity the world has ever known.  And I believe in private enterprise — not government, but innovators and risk-takers and makers and doers »

The limits of reticence

Featured image The Age of Obama will not be known as an age of reticence. The president is, after all, a man of many words, including some that used to resonate widely. But there is one area in which Obama has ushered in a new reticence. Following Obama’s lead, Democratic politicians increasingly flatly refuse to tell to voters what their positions are on key matters. Obama started the trend by voting “present” »

Is It Barry, Or Is It Gwyneth?

Featured image We wrote here about the Obama fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow’s home in Los Angeles, and the guerrilla anti-Obama efforts of two street artists in anticipation of the event. Since then, you likely have seen news reports of the fundraiser itself. Most notoriously, Paltrow tried to introduce the president to the high rollers present, and, faltering, gushed: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” Thereby validating the street artists’ characterization »

How Unpopular Is Barack Obama? More Unpopular Than You Think

Featured image National approval/disapproval polls have shown President Obama consistently under water for some time, but the numbers are even worse when viewed state by state. Liberals–generally speaking, Obama’s last defenders–are heavily concentrated in a few large states; in fact, within certain urban areas in those states. When those states are taken out of the picture, the result is truly bleak for Obama and the Democrats. The NY Times/YouGov poll breaks down »

With Rich Richman

Featured image President Obama has not let our various national crises distract him from his favorite political pastime. He is staying focused on what matters to him. On Tuesday he made yet another appearance in New York for a private fundraiser. Beyond satire, we enter another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. We’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and »

Does Obama Secretly Hate His Own Party?

Featured image What to make of Obama’s head-scratchingly counterproductive statement that while he is not the on ballot next month, his policies are—every single one of them? Every red state Democrat is running for the hills, because they all know they are in trouble more because of Obama’s policies than Obama himself. If Obama’s approval ratings were based solely on his policies alone rather than the residual respect many Americans wish to »

Obama Never Checked In

Featured image Count me among the political scientists and historians who think that the most successful presidencies are the ones that have lots of internal division—infighting and disagreement—at the highest levels. Hence George Washington benefitted from the vigorous arguments between Hamilton and Jefferson (and Madison) about the bank and many other things; there’s Lincoln’s “team of rivals”; FDR’s “Brains Trust” was famously fractious, while LBJ insisted on uniformity of views and had »

Obama’s useful reminder

Featured image President Obama is not popular at this point in his presidency, even in a blue state like Minnesota. Our own Senator Al Franken repeatedly bristled as GOP candidate Mike McFadden cited Franken’s 97 percent voting record in support of Obama at their debate in Duluth earlier this week. Franken mocked the statistic but didn’t offer a correction. That’s because the statistic is correct and because any purported correction would be »