Barack Obama

Obama fails the Norman Mailer test [UPDATED]

Featured image After reviewing a transcript of President Nixon’s secret tapes, Norman Mailer commented in The New Yorker, “He lacks the simple New York smart to keep the obscenities in. . . We still do not know if he even swears well.” As for President Obama, we now know that he doesn’t: Just before the Congressional recess, President Obama invited over a dozen Senate and House leaders from both parties to the »

The Obama file

Featured image From the first days of his administration, President Obama has sought to befriend our enemies and betray our allies. Those of us who understood Obama as a member of the leftover left with friends in all the likely places have not been surprised. How could we find Obama taking in the Reverend Jeremiah Wright over all those years and not get a clue? As we see in his yammering to »

Just a lie before he goes

Featured image Taking a few questions following a statement on the dire situation in Iraq that President Obama gave on the White House lawn as he departed for his Martha’s Vineyard vacation (White House transcript here, White House video here), President Obama availed himself of the any port in a storm tactic that has helped him so much along his way. The reporter asking the last question Obama deigned to field wondered »

Obama’s map of misreading: A comment

Featured image I asked the person who is perhaps the most worldly wise man I know if he would comment on Obama’s interview with Obama apostle Tom Friedman as related yesterday in the Times article “Obama on the world.” Noting the stupidity of Obama’s comments to Friedman, and Obama’s incessant yammering, I asked my acquaintance what he made of the whole production. He responded with the following comment, which I thought readers »

Obama’s map of misreading

Featured image It’s not unusual for Obama to regale us with his deep thoughts. He does it all the time. Not for him the adage (I think it’s Mark Twain’s) that “it’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” No, Obama speaks on matters great and small with “the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces” (Twain again). Obama called in one »

Our Self-Absorbed President Talks About Africa Himself

Featured image Early in President Obama’s career, it was widely claimed that he was a great public speaker. I don’t think anyone would say that today. In my opinion, he is a mediocre speaker on his best days. One of the reasons for this is that no matter the topic, he is mostly interested in himself. The frequency with which he refers to himself is often noted. Here, Grabien has compiled excerpts »

Barack Obama and “folks” who kill folks [Updated With Comments by John]

Featured image The word “folks” has a plasticity about it. “Folks” can refer to a group as small as one’s parents (“I’m going home to visit the folks”), the people in one’s community, or the “salt of the earth” inhabitants of a region or a country (the way Bill O’Reilly annoyingly uses the term). This plasticity is illustrated by the definition of “folksinger” that a local radio personality used in the early »

The politics of crying “impeachment” [UPDATED]

Featured image The Democrats have been fundraising like crazy based on claims that President Obama is in danger of being impeached by House Republicans. Last night, John wondered whether it’s good idea to tell your party’s members repeatedly that the leader of their party is in danger of being impeached. The answer, I think, is that it is a good idea to the extent the message is heard only by party members. »

Impeachment? Seriously?

Featured image The Democrats are salivating at the idea that Republicans might try to impeach President Obama. They think, perhaps, that impeachment is the one thing that could salvage Obama’s second term. In the meantime, they are furiously raising money with the claim that Republicans are bent on impeachment. The Blaze offers a rather comical account: The notion of impeaching President Barack Obama got substantial attention Friday from two White House officials, »

Should We Feel Sorry for Obama?

Featured image Whenever a Democratic president gets into trouble, the predictable chorus starts up: The job of President of the United States is just too difficult for anyone to master. Today’s winner is Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who phones in the following: It’s Virtually Impossible to Be a Successful Modern President Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. . . »

Looking Ahead to Obama’s Post-Presidency

Featured image Yes, yes, I know we should all wish that Obama’s post-presidency could begin right away, but setting that aside, I’ve been wondering for a while now what Obama will do after he leaves office.  He’s still relatively young, and is likely to be around for quite a while.  His announced intention to make his home in Washington DC is going to make for all kinds of delights. My prediction: he’s »

Say the wrong thing

Featured image We can count on President Obama not to do the right thing and to say the wrong thing. He treats our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. He says the wrong thing when he would serve our interests by shutting up. He shuts up when saying the right thing would serve our interests. Earlier today United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro posted a readout of this morning’s call between »

Obama to open-border types: In another life, I’d be on your side

Featured image Two weeks ago, President Obama met with advocates for illegal immigrants to discuss the current border crisis. According to Marshall Fitz, immigration policy director at the Center for American Progress, Obama, the former community organizer, told the group that “in another life, I’d be on the other side of the table.” Once again, we see Obama the opportunistic autobiographer. This is a man who published his autobiography (albeit partly fictitious) »

Why Jimmy Carter Is Smiling Right Now

Featured image During those wonderful decades when the great Chick Hearn called LA Lakers basketball games, whenever the Lakers had a game in the bag in the 4th quarter, Chick would let fly with favorite formula: “This game’s in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’!” You can start saying that about Obama’s presidency.  Or, if you »

Obama “Not Interested In Photo Ops,” Won’t Go To Border

Featured image Barack Obama steadfastly refuses to go near the border crisis his policies have created, despite the entreaties of quite a few Democrats. His explanation: “I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.” Which struck a lot of people as funny, since along with fundraising, photo ops are Obama’s obsession. If he is not interested in a photo op at the border–not even a selfie!–it could be the »

The handshake that was and the one that wasn’t

Featured image Texas Gov. Rick Perry greeted President Obama when he arrived in Texas today for two fundraisers. As I discussed here, Perry originally said he would not greet the president, proposing instead a meeting to discuss the illegal immigration crisis at the Texas border (and elsewhere). In the end, the two reached a compromise. Obama invited Perry to a roundtable discussion on immigration and reportedly agreed to a one-on-one meeting. Perry »

Barack Obama, Rick Perry, and the handshake that won’t happen

Featured image Gov. Rick Perry has declined to greet President Obama at the airport when Obama arrives in Texas. Instead, Perry has called on the president to hold a “substantive meeting” with him to discuss the wave of young illegal immigrants pouring into border states I have mixed feelings about Perry’s decision not to greet Obama. Any president deserves a show of respect from other elected officials. They need not embrace the »