Barack Obama

Hillary “disrespects” Obama

Featured image One of the assertions made on the robo calls to black voters in Mississippi on behalf of Sen. Thad Cochran was that the Tea Party, whose favored candidate Chris McDaniel was Cochran’s opponent, has engaged in “disrespectful treatment of the country’s first African-American president.” This is an oft-expressed complaint among certain blacks. Sure, America elected a black president. But, the complaint goes, the lily-white Tea Party has disrespected him to »

Obama Comes to Minnesota: A Sign of the Times

Featured image President Obama is in Minneapolis today. I know this because half of the city’s principal highways were closed down at rush hour and my commute was a nightmare. Obama will stay overnight and make more appearances tomorrow, so this is a major presidential visit. Much could be said about it–for example, Obama staged a meeting with a “middle-class” woman to show solidarity with those who are oppressed by his policies. »

Latest Poll Numbers Not Good for Obama or Clinton

Featured image Everyone seems to be talking this morning about the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll which tests public attitudes toward the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. The full results are behind the Journal’s pay wall, but many of the results are publicly available. President Obama’s approval rating is falling. He is at 41% overall approval, with just 37%, the lowest percentage ever, approving of his performance on foreign policy. This »

The great unraveling

Featured image In one of the PBS series that engages American history (was it The American Experience? Frontline? I don’t remember and can’t find it online), the producers took a look back at the Carter administration. The show I’m thinking of would have been broadcast some 20 years ago. Former Vice President Mondale was interviewed for the show. In a clip toward the end, Mondale recited a litany of woes that beset »

Obama Versus America

Featured image I recall an episode during the Bush years when Vice President Dick Cheney took fire for wearing a parka and a ski cap during a solemn memorial ceremony at Auschwitz in Poland. “The vice president,” the Washington Post complained, “was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.  Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive »

After Cantor

Featured image Some additional observations going forward on the Cantor debacle: I never found Cantor to be a very compelling political personality.  I thought his speeches were too superficial and cliché (even if they were the right clichés), and his delivery flat.  It left me with the impression that the ratio of personal ambition to substance was out of whack.  But there’s more to being House majority leader than being a scintillating »

Say Something: Millenials Giving Up On Obama

Featured image College Republicans from my home state of South Dakota produced this video about young people’s disenchantment with Barack Obama. The tune is “Say Something,” by A Great Big World: It is vitally important that young people learn from the failure of the Obama administration, if only to inoculate them–some of them, anyway–against the next enthusiasm, our first woman president. »

Revisionist history on hold

Featured image D-Day seems to have been well commemorated in France on its 70th anniversary. President Obama apparently saw fit to chew gum while Queen Elizabeth II was welcomed and during the playing of the Marseillaise. But as far as I can tell, the Europeans behaved with dignity and gratitude, as well they should. There is, though, an unflattering revisionist history of the Normandy invasion that has gained some currency in France. »

The wanderers — Obama and Bergdahl

Featured image The team leader of Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon the night he went missing says that when he searched for Bergdahl, he heard a radio report that an American was wandering around looking for someone who spoke English to take him to the Taliban. The report came from the area where Bergdahl was believed to be, and the soldier concluded that the American in question was, in fact, Bergdahl. Bergdahl’s quest to »

Americans Agree: Obama Is An Incompetent Who Has Made America Weaker

Featured image This joint Democrat/Republican poll reported by the Washington Post reflects what I take to be the consensus on Barack Obama’s failed presidency: A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton’s and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush’s according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday. Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. »

Barack Obama, Gym Rat?

Featured image Someone shot video footage of President Obama exercising in a hotel gym in Poland. It would be petty, of course, to pick on Obama for being a comical weightlifter when he is guilty of so many infinitely worse transgressions. But what the heck: let’s be petty. News accounts say that Obama was filmed “pumping iron.” If you have spent much time in lifter gyms, or even if you haven’t, you »

Obama to millennials: Thanks, suckers!

Featured image Reader Brad Swindell has posted the nicely produced, highly educational swindleVision video below on YouTube. The video carries an important message of thanks from “Barack Obama” to the millennial voters who contributed to his electoral victories in 2008 and 2012. Are they going to do it once more once for Ms. Hillary? Lord, please, no. Recall that Ms. Hillary supported the mandate at the heart of Obamacare when she ran »

Obama’s insulting version of American exceptionalism

Featured image During his mushy commencement speech at West Point, President Obama told the graduates, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.” (Every fiber of his being? Who’s writing this crap?) Obama refrained from adding, as he has in the past, that Brits and Greeks believe, respectively, in British and Greek exceptionalism. Unfortunately, Obama’s account of what makes America exceptional suggests that he still doesn’t truly believe in »

Like a virgin

Featured image LIKE A BOSS: It’s hard to quarrel with the Obama bumper sticker as it applies to his approach to politics at home. LIKE A THUG might be more like it, but LIKE A BOSS is close enough for government work. However, it doesn’t come close to Obama’s take on international affairs. For that, I’m going with LIKE A VIRGIN. Photoshoppers, take it away…please. »

Barack Obama — too cool to be madder than hell

Featured image When a president notifies us that he’s “madder than hell,” the least he can do is feign a little anger. But according to the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, President Obama failed to meet that low standard yesterday in his remarks about the VA scandal. For starters, Obama was late to the event: It doesn’t inspire great confidence that President Obama, on the day he finally decided to comment about excessive »

The killer rabbit phase, cont’d

Featured image I think the folks at the NRCC are in tune with my killer rabbit phase thesis. They even seem to have set it to music in the video below. They write: In a bind? Need an excuse in a jiff? Visit ObamaExcuses.com and click our new Obama Excuse Button, where you’ll instantly hear one of five classic Obama excuses about why he doesn’t know about things going on in his »

The killer rabbit phase

Featured image Following a meeting with VA head Eric Shinseki yesterday, President Obama read a statement and took a few (very few) questions on the VA scandal. The White House has posted the text here and video here. Watching the proceedings live yesterday morning, I thought we have entered the “killer rabbit” phase of Obama’s presidency. While on a fishing trip in Georgia, Jimmy Carter had used a paddle to fend off »