Barack Obama

The World Burns, America Fiddles

Featured image It would be hard to overstate how poorly things are going for the United States around the world. Iran moves steadily toward acquiring nuclear weapons, with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Iraq, once hailed as one of the Obama administration’s greatest successes by Joe Biden, is now largely occupied by ISIS. The carnage in Syria continues. The government of Yemen, a key ally in the war against Islamic »

Barack Obama, Wit?

Featured image Pretty much the only thing that anyone remembers 48 hours after President Obama’s State of the Union speech is his observation that he won two presidential campaigns. In Democratic circles, this is considered a “zinger.” Last night in the gym, I saw this image on a TV set tuned to MSNBC: And here is the segment: four minutes on Obama’s “epic put-down.” Seriously–this is what passes for wit in the »

Netanyahu violates “protocol,” White House alleges

Featured image John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the House of Rep, and Netanyahu has accepted. The White House, through press secretary Josh Earnest, responded by alleging a breach of protocol. Boehner denied the breach. He replied: The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye. There is a serious threat that exists in the world and the president, »

The Tyrant and the Statesman

Featured image Remember when Obama remarked that “it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” It turns out? He just figured that out when he got to the White House? What closet did Valerie Jarrett stuff the hapless fellow who broke the news? Obama’s impatience with the Constitution—a document that went unmentioned in last night’s State of the »

Barack Obama, raging bull

Featured image Drew Pearson, a prominent liberal columnist during the 1950s and 60s, owned a farm that sold manure. He would advertise the manure on his radio program, using the slogan “all cow, no bull.” President Obama’s speech last night, the transcript of which I read this morning, stood Pearson on his head. It was raging bull. Jay Cost presents a more clever “raging bull” reference. He compares Obama to the boxer »

This crisis persists

Featured image President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address last night. The White House has posted the text here; the video is below. Obama declared: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” In every relevant respect, on matters both foreign and domestic, a deep dishonesty permeated the speech. The crisis of BS hung heavy over every word, including “and” and “the” (to »

Media Alert: SOTU, So You Don’t Have To

Featured image So I’m up to my neck in show prep for tomorrow morning’s Bill Bennett radio show, which will be devoted—all three hours—to “deconstructing” (time we used the academic left’s terminology against them) Obama’s State of the Union speech.  By all means you should skip it.  I’m watching it so you don’t have to.  Also radio.  So do tune in to the show in the morning if you can; I’ll have »

112 Broken Promises In 12 Minutes

Featured image It seems extraordinary that the Democratic Party press is trying so hard to generate enthusiasm for tonight’s State of the Union speech, given that everyone knows nothing Obama proposes will happen. If you want to save yourself some time, skip tonight’s speech and spend 12 minutes watching this montage of 112 of Obama’s broken promises from prior SOTU’s, going back to 2009 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and »

If You Had a Friend

Featured image While James Taylor was serenading our French friends with “You’ve Got a Friend” yesterday, President Obama was holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (video below). In his remarks Obama subtly alluded to the old Communist Pete Seeger’s progressive classic “If I Had a Hammer.” To understand the Obama administration — not that you need the help — James Taylor is a distraction; Pete Seeger is »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrlll returns just in time with JUST PLAIN FOLKS. She writes: The President is fond of invoking “The Folks” in his droning speeches. Now, in rural Minnesota, your “folks” are your parents. But he is referring to those “little” people who make up the once-vast middle class in America. The not-rich and unfamous. The God-fearing, gun-totin’ clingers. In other words, people he has never ever hung out with in »

Midweek in Pictures: Special Paris Mis-Match Edition

Featured image Can’t wait until Saturday to share all of the memes piling up about Obama’s egregious decision to skip the largest political gathering in Western Europe since World War II.  I recall being in Europe in December 2008, shortly after Obama’s election, and just about every European I met was giddy over Obama.  I wonder what they think of him now.  Have they figured out that he’s just not that into »

Where Was Obama? (Update: Steve Answers)

Featured image Tonight in Paris, up to three million people marched to support freedom of speech and to defy Islamic terrorism. They were led by more than 40 heads of state–along with France’s President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens more. But no high-ranking American official attended. Barack Obama did not join his fellow leaders. Nor did he send Joe Biden, John Kerry–whose »

Quote of the year

Featured image Among the year-end lists compiled this year I have yet to see one that captures the quote of the year. Confining consideration to active politicians, I think that President Obama walks away with the honors this year. Against all the odds in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, Obama said something useful and, even more improbably, something true (video below). In his speech at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School »

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 [email protected] »

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 »