Barack Obama

Giuliani explains, part 2

Featured image The Washington Post found Rudy Giuliani guilty of telling a whopper when he stated recently: “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” On Face the Nation this morning, Major Garrett asked Giuliani if he wanted to retract his statement in light of the Washington’s Post’s verdict. In the video below, Giuliani not only declined; he explored the relevance of Obama’s go-to »

A real big problem

Featured image Actor James Woods circulates the image below via Twitter (@RealJamesWoods) with the comment: “The real problem.” In my view it’s a real problem, not the real problem, but it’s a real big problem, so James Woods is close enough for full credit. I would like to credit the creator of that image as well as Woods; if you know who deserves the credit, please drop us a line at powerlinefeedback@gmail.com. »

My meditation on David Brooks and Peggy Noonan

Featured image Let me begin by confessing my weakness for pundits who produce original and/or against-the-grain ideas. I also confess to the related tendency of preferring a plausible but misguided center-right defense of President Obama’s latest offensive policy initiative to the umpteenth denunciation of the policy on sound conservative grounds. These weaknesses help explain why I like David Brooks’ work. He’s the rare opinion-writer who comes up with ideas that I not »

A meditation on Peggy Noonan

Featured image Peggy Noonan joined the crowd that turned on George W. Bush in what I thought was (in Noonan’s case) a grossly unfair manner in 2008. I wrote critically about one of Noonan’s weekly Wall Street Journal columns in which she identified with the public disapproval of Bush that April in “Season of the witch.” Having turned on George W. Bush, Noonan moved on to support the election of Barack Obama »

A meditation on David Brooks

Featured image Reading Steve Hayward’s post on David Brooks and his mistreatment by Jay Michaelson in the Daily Beast set me off. In his magnanimous style, Steve calls for attention to Brooks’s religious reflections by all fair-minded readers. Steve urges us not to write Brooks off simply because his political judgment has gone haywire. As Steve suggested, I have listened to Brooks’s speech on Christianity in the public square. It’s an interesting »

Obama, Cuba and Iran

Featured image In his regular Wednesday email to subscribers (you can subscribe at no cost here), the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last draws attention to Allahpundit’s December 18 Hot Air post “White House aides: Obama feels liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be.” Allahpunit takes up the implications of the Obama administration’s thawing of relations with Cuba in the context of the administration’s ongoing negotiations with Iran. Submitted »

Edmund Burke, Barack Obama, and cop-killing

Featured image To Scott’s lists of recommended books for the Christmas season, I would like to add Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. Levin, probably my favorite current analyst of politics and policy, describes the philosophical clash between Burke and Paine and explains how it forms the root of the current political divide in America. Levin’s discussion of Burke also has relevance, »

President Obama Weighs In On Murders of NY Policemen [Updated]

Featured image White House pool reporters have accompanied President Obama on his two and a half week Hawaiian vacation. Naturally, they were curious about his reaction to the murder of two New York police officers–a murder for which quite a few people, rightly or wrongly, hold him partly responsible because of his endorsement of the anti-police movement. Reporters’ questions were not immediately answered, however. Andrew Kaczynski has this report: I guess it’s »

Barack and Michelle, Victims of Racism!

Featured image Pretty much everyone is all over this story, but what the heck: why not pile on? The Obamas are trying to catch the wave of racism that supposedly is sweeping across the land. They may live in the White House, but hey–they are still subjected to racial bias. No, they don’t mean getting preferential treatment when applying to colleges and law schools, or being taken seriously as a presidential candidate »

The royal decree explained

Featured image On Tuesday President Obama was questioned from the left about his royal decree regularizing millions of illegals by Jorge Ramos in “The Fusion interview.” If you always possessed the authority you now claim, Ramos asks, why the delay in the decree? Why the deportations in the meantime? You could have stopped them, Ramos says. Obama’s irritation is visible. He begins to say something to the effect of “we’re not going »

The Democrats’ Politics of Division

Featured image In recent years, the Democrats have pursued a strategy of division. They have tried to stir up hatred between races, animosity between the sexes, and envy of the successful, betting that they could thereby cobble together a winning political coalition. It hasn’t worked, fortunately, but it has done tremendous damage–perhaps irreparable damage–to America. The Democrats should be deeply ashamed, but of course they aren’t. Michael Ramirez comments; click to enlarge: »

Who’s sad?

Featured image President Obama went shopping yesterday for books with this daughters at the Politics & Prose Bookstore near the White House. The New York Post reports that Obama took a look at Chuck Todd’s new book about Obama, Stranger in the White House. According to the Post, Obama jokingly called Todd “sad.” Was this a rare instance in which Obama publicly lurched into the truth? NBC reports that Obama was referring »

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 »

Why the Gallup Poll Means Deep Trouble for Hillary

Featured image Gallup headlines: Obama Approval Drops Among Working-Class Whites. Here, “working class” includes all non-college graduates, some 60-65% of the adult white population. Gallup’s chart shows President Obama’s approval rating among white college graduates and non-college graduates from the beginning of his administration to the end of October. His 27% approval rating among non-college graduates is indeed striking: But perhaps more important is Obama’s steep decline within that demographic. Since he »

The fire this time

Featured image Watching the Ferguson mob rioting for fun and looting for the traditional reasons live on television last night, I didn’t see much “anger” in evidence. The arson and destruction looked premeditated and deliberate, an orgy of opportunity. Was it an accident that the orgy commenced as President Obama urged calm? (The White House has posted the text of his remarks and a video of his statement here.) It was either »

Is Immigration Lawlessness a Precedent? Obama Is Stumped!

Featured image George Stephanopolous asks Barack Obama the question that we posed here: if Obama doesn’t have to enforce the immigration laws, then why can’t a future Republican president decide not to enforce any laws of which he disapproves, like, say, the tax on capital gains? Amazingly, Obama has no answer. He stumbles and fumbles like a kid who is called on in class and hasn’t done his homework: Or, to give »

When you’re strange, cont’d

Featured image We quoted comments from a specialist in immigration law in “When you’re strange.” I emailed him a follow-up question and he elaborated his comments through the day. I thought those of us trying to understand what Obama has wrought might be interested in taking a look at the rest of our correspondence. I asked whether the authorities have have discretion to grant work authorizations to the law abiding in order »