Barack Obama

Obama on freedom vs. totalitarianism — whatever works

Featured image President Obama didn’t just tango during his visit to Argentina. He also addressed a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative meeting. During his remarks, Obama stumbled through an embarrassing discourse on “capitalism vs. communism.” The would-be leader of what used to be called the Free World treated the issue as just another false choice, sort of the way he used to speak of Red States and Blue States before he »

Carlos Eire: Obama’s inglorious speech

Featured image Carlos Eire is professor of history at Yale and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. At Babalú Blog Professor Eire wrote a proposed speech for President Obama in Havana that was posted as “The speech never given, the op-ed never published” In the event, Obama gave remarks to the Cuban people” in Havana this past Tuesday. I briefly disparaged »

The Obama doctrine applied

Featured image In the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels yesterday, President Obama gave a previously scheduled speech in Havana “To the People of Cuba.” The speech contrasts rather starkly with the speech suggested by Professor Carlos Eire in “The speech never given,” to the detriment of Obama’s speech. Obama’s speech wasn’t all bad. Though full of nauseating palaver, it had a good paragraph or two. To the mostly nauseating »

Bill Clinton Unplugged

Featured image We know the Clintons privately despise Barack Obama, because he blocked Hillary’s path to the White House in 2008. Obama made her secretary of state for the old Machiavellian reason that you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Hillary might have challenged him for the 2012 Democratic nomination if he had been in trouble, which he was of course, but as the first black president no ordinary »

Obama goes limp

Featured image Following their joint news conference this afternoon, Raul Castro grabbed President Obama’s arm and sought to raise it in a gesture of triumph against the backdrop of the Cuban and American flags. In response Obama let his wrist go limp. I take it that Obama was exploring the outer limits of his defiance of the Castro regime. It seems to represent another of the Obama administration’s great moments in diplomacy, »

Common ground with Castro

Featured image At his joint press conference with Raul Castro this afternoon, President Obama found common ground: “President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him. But it doesn’t detract from some of these other concerns. And »

Che chic, Obama edition

Featured image President Obama is proud of his visit to Cuba this week. He’s enjoying himself immensely. I bet he even enjoyed the group photo that captured him standing in front of a mural of Che Guevara in Havana this morning (below). My God. pic.twitter.com/rZYgnTi3dh — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 21, 2016 As Jay Nordlinger has never tired of reminding the ignorant, this was Che: He was an Argentinian revolutionary who served »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image I still have my old copy of Quotations From Chairman LBJ. The book was inspired by Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (“the little red book”). Compiled by Jack Shepherd and Christopher Wren and published by Simon and Schuster in the annus horribilis of 1968, the book consisted of supposedly laughable quotes attributable to President Johnson. It was popular enough to go through multiple printings. My copy derives from the third »

The Clueless Presidency

Featured image If you cast your mind back to 1979 or so, one of the signs that Jimmy Carter was washed up was a long cover story in The Atlantic by James Fallows, who had been one of Carter’s speechwriters, called “The Passionless Presidency.” “[T]here was a mystery to be explained about Jimmy Carter,” Fallows wrote, “the contrast between the promise and popularity of his first months in office and the disappointment »

A man, a plan, a joke

Featured image President Obama has a thing about our detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. It’s part of his barking left-wing mania. There seems to be nothing he won’t say or do to support its closure, including liberation of the worst of the worst to fortify the forces out to kill us. Current law prohibits Obama from transferring detainees to the United States and requires him to submit his plan to close the »

A false messiah, part DII

Featured image The rise of sea levels is an important article in the creed formerly known as global warming. You may recall that our lord and master Barack Obama promised that we would remember his own rise, not as the harbinger of constitutional destruction and one-man rule, but rather as “as the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.” Thus he spake in »

Peak Esposito

Featured image While it is difficult to date the onset precisely, we entered the Esposito phase of the Obama presidency within the past few years. It is the phase in which Barack Obama’s barking leftist mania for rule by decree became manifest. In late 2014, for example, The Hill took a look back at “Obama’s ‘pen and phone’ barrage.” The barrage continues. Since then we have grown accustomed to it. In Woody »

Obama’s phony regret

Featured image More than 3,500 days after the fact, President Obama claims he regrets filibustering the nomination of Justice Alito to the Supreme Court. To be more precise, White House press secretary Josh Ernest makes this claim on Obama’s behalf. Obama himself has made no such public statement. Instead, as Scott notes, he has tried to talk his way out of the obvious contradiction between his filibuster of Altio and his insistence »

Obama’s shinola

Featured image Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. At Obama’s press conference in Rancho Mirage, California yesterday, Mason asked Obama an obvious question (video below). The White House has posted the transcript of the press conference here and here. In the video excerpt below, Mason asks Obama how he squares his recent lecture on the Senate’s constitutional duty yada yada regarding the replacement of Justice Scalia with his own support »

Confirmation Bias

Featured image A lot of people think Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a mistake in saying that any Obama Supreme Court nominee wouldn’t even get a hearing, let alone a vote, but I think he was perhaps very canny. Knowing Obama’s ideology, he might have been deliberately provoking Obama, as Paul suggested over the weekend, to send a deeply ideological—and preferably minority nominee—for political purposes, but which would make McConnell’s job »

Obama’s dishonest assessment of the GOP presidential race

Featured image Today at his press conference, President Obama was asked about the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. His response could hardly have been more dishonest. Echoing a favorite talking point of Hillary Clinton and the DNC, Obama asserted that Donald Trump merely expresses in “more interesting ways” the views of the GOP field as a whole. This is untrue. To my knowledge, no other Republican candidate proposes a ban on »

Talkin’ unemployment blues

Featured image President Obama made an appearance in the White House press room on Friday to take a victory lap over the fall of the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 4.9 percent (video below, about 15 minutes). Is that number for real? Referring to the hell he saw tending to wounded men during the Civil War, Walt Whitman held that “the real war will never get in the books.” By the same »