Barack Obama

Loretta Lynch’s censorship

Featured image As Scott discussed below, the Obama administration has decided to remove Omar Mateen’s pledge of loyalty to ISIS from the transcript of the shooter’s 911 calls to the police during his rampage. How does Team Obama defend this effort to airbrush reality? Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda. We are »

Death by a thousand euphemisms

Featured image The phrase “death by a thousand cuts” is so concise and descriptive that I thought it must be Shakespearean, but it is a translation of the Chinese word “lingchi” (alternately transliterated ling chi or leng tech). The word is translated variously as death by a thousand cuts, the slow process, the lingering death, or slow slicing. It was a venerable form of torture and execution used in China from roughly »

Obama’s new clothes

Featured image Events have conspired to make President Obama look like a fool, as he did in his obnoxious defense of the higher wisdom of his avoidance of any mention of Islam in connection with the Orlando massacre. Obama’s higher wisdom is not only foolish, it is also lethal. Former NSA analyst and counterintelligence officer John Schindler tacitly makes this point in his Observer column “The road to Orlando.” Schindler observes: During »

The essential Obama

Featured image Below is the video of President Obama responding to critics who note his avoidance of any association of Islam with the Orlando massacre and other such events. By contrast with his formulaic statement on the massacre this past Sunday, Obama is impassioned as he responds to his critics. Message: he cares. He cares to reiterate that he has it right and isn’t going to let events make him rethink his »

Obama’s heart

Featured image President Obama spoke briefly on the Orlando massacre yesterday. The White House has posted his remarks here. The remarks are almost entirely formulaic and vacuous. Obama referred to the massacre as “an act of terror and an act of hate.” In the course of perpetrating the massacre, Omar Mateen reportedly made a 911 call pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Obama nevertheless plugged gun control and omitted any mention of »

Barack Obama, Pacifist

Featured image Barack Obama spoke in Hiroshima yesterday. The full text of his speech is here. Obama did not quite apologize for America’s use of the atomic bomb to bring WWII to an end, as some had feared. But his speech was nevertheless deeply revealing of his world view. Let’s begin by acknowledging that parts of Obama’s address were good, or at least unexceptionable. Peace is better than war! Modern man has »

The Tragedy of Democratic Socialism

Featured image We have chronicled the catastrophic decline of Venezuela’s economy under socialists Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. The situation has gotten so bad that even the New York Times has taken note: “Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals.” By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, »

Obama still making it up as he goes along

Featured image President Obama spoke today with local reporters from around the country about the stalled Supreme Court nomination of his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. As America Rising Squared (AR2) reports, the president got several facts wrong (which, says AR2, has become the new normal for this Administration). Obama told reporters that “in the past, [Garland] has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the current position that he holds.” Not »

Scenes of the Obama Era

Featured image Normally I wouldn’t draw attention to a ridiculous story like this, but for the little detail, marked in bold, at the end of the second paragraph: Milwaukee Teens Live Stream Sex Acts On Facebook CHICAGO (CBS) — Police in Milwaukee have launched an investigation after three teenagers live streamed themselves having sex, while their classmates watched on their phones at school. CBS 58 in Milwaukee reports two girls, 14 and 15, and a »

Mr. Rhodes regrets

Featured image In David Samuels’s valuable New York Times Magazine profile of Obama administration national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Rhodes presents with a mind that is said to have “melded” with that of President Obama. I think that Rhodes proves this to be untrue in one relevant respect. Rhodes and Obama have rightly sized up their media interlocutors as young ignoramuses and/or valued tools disseminating the administration’s line. Samuels shows Rhodes crowing »

Did you hear the one about Obamacare?

Featured image David Rutz draws attention to alleged journalist Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters having a good laugh Monday night joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” (video below). It must have been a helluva whopper for the leftist PolitiFact to name it the 2013 “Lie of the Year.” As »

The Goldberg variations

Featured image Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes proudly put his contempt for Obama’s media enablers on display in David Samuels’s New York Times Magazine profile “The aspiring novelist who became Obama’s foreign policy guru.” Rhodes repaid the servility of Obama’s media enablers with rank ingratitude. Rhodes confides to Samuels: “They literally know nothing.” It’s a remarkable performance. Lee Smith takes a look at the response to Samuel’s profile “The Ben Rhodes »

Obama’s gaps

Featured image President Obama gave the commencement address at the historically black Howard University in Washington yesterday. Politico has posted the text here; the White House has posted the video below. It’s not all bad, but it’s mostly bad. It goes on for 45 minutes that feel like 45 hours and features Obama’s faux ghetto speak. That’s bad too, though it’s not as bad as Hillary’s. Doesn’t anyone in Obama’s circle of »

The runt of Rhodes

Featured image Obamacare was built on an edifice of calculated lies. Some of us could see the propositions on which President Obama sold Obamacare as falsehoods at the time of the selling. Others have learned from bitter experience after the buying. President Obama and his team hold a low opinion of the intelligence of the American people. See, for example, the case of Jonathan Gruber. Having elected him president twice, we have »

The Wilmore proviso

Featured image I thought that President Obama’s material at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night was mostly unfunny. What to say, though, about the Comedy Channel’s Larry Wilmore, who followed Obama? Wilmore is allegedly a comedian, though he was painfully unfunny for 22 minutes that felt more like 22 hours. Watching Wilmore, I wondered, did anyone working on that material really find it funny? Did anyone really think others would find »

The madness of King Barry

Featured image At his press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron on April 22 in London, President Obama took up the subject of Churchill. “I love Winston Churchill, love the guy,” Obama asserted, and it wasn’t the phoniest thing he had to say at the press conference. That was reserved for the subject of the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the European Union. The issue is to be put to the Brits »

Obama Instructs the Europeans

Featured image Today in Hannover, Germany, President Obama laid out for Europe’s citizens his vision of the world. In a wide-ranging speech, which you can read here, Obama urged Europeans to uphold the European Union–that message was directed largely to the English–to welcome endless numbers of refugees, and much more. Parts of the speech were pretty good. Other parts, one is tempted to dissect line by line. But I will try to »