Barack Obama

The Yarbrough citation

Featured image Dealing in our own way with Obama’s long goodbye, John and I have drawn on the twisted catalog of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks to ask: “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” We won’t miss President Obama if he ever goes away, but the point remains. Professor Jean Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr., Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government and Legal Studies »

How Can I Miss You, Barry, When You Won’t Go Away?

Featured image Barack Obama said farewell to our nation in a speech that, as Byron York noted, was really a campaign rally: [T]his was his last chance to give a rally for himself, the last rally for a president that’s always excelled at campaigning instead of governing. Or is it his last rally? It was clear Tuesday night that Obama isn’t ready to leave office. It says a lot that he recently »

Obama looks back (2)

Featured image Barack Obama believes in the audacity of hype, especially when it comes to himself. He wrote his memoir when he was in his early 30’s. Despite the droning orthodoxy of his every thought and utterance, he possesses infinite belief in his capacities. Around the time of the 2008 election a friend quoted Obama providing this self-evaluation: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about »

Obama looks back

Featured image President Obama returned to Chicago and spoke before an adoring audience last night to give his putative farewell address. The White House has posted its transcript of the speech here and posted the video below on YouTube. The New York Times has posted the video below along with a transcript of the speech as delivered. Obama had a magnanimous moment anticipating the inauguration of Donald Trump next week, but Obama’s »

My Obama moment–and ours

Featured image The video below looks to be just another idiotic Hollywood production celebrating the godhood of Obama, but it must be a production of the Obama administration itself. The thing has been posted by the White House under the official title “Yes We Can: People Share Their Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency.” Those of you who persist in declaring Obama Muslim are obviously mistaken; the man worships himself. It’s »

Obama’s useful idiocy: A look back

Featured image In the closing hours of his second term, President Obama has emerged as a sort of anti-Russian Cold Warrior. He presents such a bizarre spectacle it’s enough to make one wonder whether something else is going on. Is the Emperor fully clothed? The mischievous Victor Davis Hanson says aloud: In its remaining days in power, the Obama administration suddenly punished Vladimir Putin’s Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. presidential »

Fareed’s song of love

Featured image You probably missed Fareed Zakaria’s two-hour CNN special “The Legacy of Barack Obama” (CNN promotional note here). When it comes to hero worship, a teenage fangirl of Justin Bieber has absolutely nothing on Zakaria. Defying heavy odds, the Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz has made Zakaria’s CNN special watchable by reducing it to a 90-second highlight reel (video below). Now it is something of a laugh riot with a fitting »

Whole lotta lyin’ goin’ on

Featured image By just about everyone’s reckoning, the so-called signature achievements of the Obama years are the enactment of Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. They have a lot in common. Both are ruinous and both were founded on an edifice of bald-faced lies. President Obama is the lyin’ king and these are the lyin’ years. We recall the foundational lies of Obamacare: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep »

The Obama Post-Presidency Drinking Game [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Having written a book more than 10 years ago making the case that Jimmy Carter was America’s worst ex-president, I’ve been pondering the near metaphysical certainty that Barack Obama will easily eclipse Carter’s turpitude, and preparing the first take on the idea. But Karl Rove beat me to the punch in the Wall Street Journal this morning, with “A Preview of Obama’s Post-Presidency.” (Try this link to work around the »

Kerry 12-28-16

Featured image Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) carefully observed John Kerry’s rant against our friend and ally Israel at the State Department yesterday. President Obama’s public relations minions are on their prevarication tour to defend the betrayal of Israel by the United States in the United Nations. Kerry’s rant at State was a key stop on the tour. In his cartoon on Kerry’s rant Ramirez homes in on the Obama doctrine as applied in »

Obama can’t trash talk his way out of blame for Dems’ decimation

Featured image Donald Trump is an inveterate trash talker, and I’m old-fashioned enough to consider this a bad thing in a president-elect. But even assuming that Trump keeps talking trash as president (a fair assumption, I think), he will not bear primary responsibility for this latest manifestation of civic decline. Primary responsibility for “normalizing” trash talk from the White House falls instead on President Obama. Obama’s latest display consists of his claim »

Michael Oren explains

Featured image Michael Oren is the former Israeli ambassador to the United States during the first term of the Obama administration. We interviewed Oren about the memoir of his tenure as ambassador Ally: My Journey Across the American Israeli Divide in the Power Line podcast posted here. It is a highly illuminating memoir. Oren currently serves as Israel’s Deputy Minister for Diplomacy. He is first and foremost a prominent historian, certainly the »

Martin Karo: A modest (statutory) proposal

Featured image Reader Martin Karo is a Philadelphia attorney. Mr. Karo has submitted a modest if lawyerly proposal for the consideration of President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress. He writes: After the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, declaring that all Israeli building and activity in any territory captured in the 1967 war (the third war imposed on the Israelis) is illegal under international law, Donald Trump immediately vowed that »

Charles Hill: What Obama has done

Featured image Charles Hill is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale, where he is one of the principal teachers and presiding spirits in the Directed Studies program for freshmen as well as the year-long course on Grand Strategy for university students. Before undertaking his career as a teacher, Professor Hill »

…from Great Aunt Obama

Featured image Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) has preserved his humor complete and entire for Christmas. Yesterday he summarized “Santa Obama’s legacy.” Today he depicts “Another ugly sweater from Great Aunt Obama.” For Christmas Ramirez gives us the essential Obama. Jonathan Last expanded on the theme of this cartoon in the 2010 Weekly Standard article “American Narcissus” and in subsequent footnotes compiled here. »

Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel (2)

Featured image The resolution adopted by the Security Council with the abstention of the United States yesterday goes beyond the usual anti-Semitic gibberish proclaimed by other United Nations bodies. It has potential legal and/or practical ramifications. Lee Smith alludes to these ramifications in his Tablet column on the Security Council vote, which I excerpted here. Elliott Abrams emphasizes the point in his Weekly Standard column denouncing what Obama has done: Does the »

Obama rhymes-with-bucks Israel

Featured image President Obama checked off another item on his “rhymes with bucket list” today in the United Nations. The United States abstained in a 14-0 vote by the UN Security Council condemning all Israeli building and activity in the West Bank as “illegal,” including building in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and Israel’s sovereign access to the Western Wall. The Security Council resolution had been put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, »