Barack Obama

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, »

Martin Karo: Obama agonistes

Featured image Reader Martin Karo is a Philadelphia attorney. As President Obama prepares to depart office, Mr. Karo offers optimistic thoughts on what he believes to be Obama’s ultimate failure: Watching Hillary Clinton’s sad soiree, and the shrinking Obama persona displayed in his latest PBS interview, make the Democratic titans seem enmeshed in a sort of Greek tragedy. Hillary’s self-destruction is all too obvious; but Obama’s strikes me as equally tragic, and »

Hope against hope

Featured image I’m quite sure that the science does not support this assertion made by President Obama at his press conference yesterday: “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago” (video below). He probably even believes it, but he believes a lot things that just aren’t so. POTUS: "Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today »

Obama blames talk radio for effectiveness of “Russian propaganda”

Featured image During a long and rambling press conference, President Obama today blamed talk radio and other “partisan news venues” for the impact that “Russian propaganda” allegedly had on our presidential election. Trying to sound presidential (a difficult task even after almost eight years), Obama argued that the real threat to America isn’t Russia, but rather not being true to our own values — in other words, “los[ing] track of who we »

Who Needs a Daily Intelligence Briefing?

Featured image Donald Trump does, apparently. The press is scandalized by Trump’s suggestion that as president, he won’t want an intelligence briefing every day. “I get it when I need it,” Trump said. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.” President Obama took to the Democrats’ favorite venue, Comedy Central, to slam Trump for questioning the need for »

From the penalty box [Updated with Cartoon]

Featured image As he undertook his project of “fundamental transformation,” President Obama took office in 2009 with the side project of beating down FOX News. FOX News disrupted the coordination that the Obama administration otherwise had going with the mainstream media. As White House communications director, Comrade Anita Dunn took charge of the project. FOX News CEO Roger Ailes stood in there, however, and by November 2009, Dunn was gone. Andrea Tantaros »

Understanding Barack Obama

Featured image In a nearby post, Paul Mirengoff examines Colin Kaepernick’s recent statements to deduce where he is coming from. Kaepernick is an idiot. It is therefore difficult to attribute a coherent line of thought to him. Paul deduces that if Kaepernick understands what he is saying (a big if), he is an old-fashioned Marxist radical. Paul pulls up a little short of the conclusion, leaving it at “a serious leftist,” but »

#TrudeauEulogies: A selection

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s eulogy of Fidel Castro illustrates the repulsive relativism of the left. Trudeau is proud of the eulogy. He seeks to publicize it. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be liberals. They become cretins. This is the way it ends: It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life »

From Ellison to Obama and back

Featured image Today’s New York Times reports that prospective Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backs Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic Party Chairman. (Minnesota’s Fifth District covers Minneapolis and its inner-ring suburbs.) In the wake of Clinton’s loss, the Democratic Party seems poised to move directly to the Axis of Sanders/Warren. I have previously argued here that Ellison was a forerunner of President Obama. I’d like to revisit the argument »

A defining election?

Featured image In his speech to the Democratic National Convention this year, President Obama declared: I think it’s fair to say, this is not your typical election. It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right. This is a more fundamental choice — about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. (Emphasis added) But »

Barack Obama on the election [With Comment by John]

Featured image President Obama spoke graciously today about Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Obama’s words matter (as he likes to say) because they are in keeping with the American political tradition. But Obama’s real thoughts were revealed in the days leading up to the election when he campaigned for Hillary Clinton as no president in my memory has ever campaigned for a would-be successor. Here is what Obama said the day before the »