Barack Obama

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 »

Revisiting the Obama-Ayers connection

Featured image Many of you probably watched portions, if not all of, Megyn Kelly’s interviews with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist of yesteryear. Kelly did her usual excellent job of pressing Ayers on his violent past. But Stanley Kurtz wishes she had pressed Ayers more about his relationship with Barack Obama. For, as Kurtz points out, Ayers and Obama had a much tighter political alliance than Ayers admitted to on Kelly’s »

Buyer’s Remorse: Obama Now Rated Worst Modern President

Featured image This Quinnipiac poll, released today, is getting a lot of press. Understandably so: Quinnipiac polled 1,446 registered voters nationwide, and a plurality of 33% tagged Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II. Such historical ratings are always biased toward the recent past, of course; 28% said George W. Bush was the worst. In a head-to-head comparison with Bush, 40% say Obama is worse, while 39% think Obama »

The unbearable lightness of being Obama

Featured image President Obama found an impossibly weird way to salute White House pastry chef Bill Yosses during a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month yesterday. I had forgotten that a whole month is devoted to the celebration of LGBT Pride. The Library of Congress joins the celebration here and here. Obama noted that Bill was there with his husband and that he (Bill) would be leaving his position at the »

Hillary “disrespects” Obama

Featured image One of the assertions made on the robo calls to black voters in Mississippi on behalf of Sen. Thad Cochran was that the Tea Party, whose favored candidate Chris McDaniel was Cochran’s opponent, has engaged in “disrespectful treatment of the country’s first African-American president.” This is an oft-expressed complaint among certain blacks. Sure, America elected a black president. But, the complaint goes, the lily-white Tea Party has disrespected him to »

Obama Comes to Minnesota: A Sign of the Times

Featured image President Obama is in Minneapolis today. I know this because half of the city’s principal highways were closed down at rush hour and my commute was a nightmare. Obama will stay overnight and make more appearances tomorrow, so this is a major presidential visit. Much could be said about it–for example, Obama staged a meeting with a “middle-class” woman to show solidarity with those who are oppressed by his policies. »

Latest Poll Numbers Not Good for Obama or Clinton

Featured image Everyone seems to be talking this morning about the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll which tests public attitudes toward the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. The full results are behind the Journal’s pay wall, but many of the results are publicly available. President Obama’s approval rating is falling. He is at 41% overall approval, with just 37%, the lowest percentage ever, approving of his performance on foreign policy. This »

The great unraveling

Featured image In one of the PBS series that engages American history (was it The American Experience? Frontline? I don’t remember and can’t find it online), the producers took a look back at the Carter administration. The show I’m thinking of would have been broadcast some 20 years ago. Former Vice President Mondale was interviewed for the show. In a clip toward the end, Mondale recited a litany of woes that beset »

Obama Versus America

Featured image I recall an episode during the Bush years when Vice President Dick Cheney took fire for wearing a parka and a ski cap during a solemn memorial ceremony at Auschwitz in Poland. “The vice president,” the Washington Post complained, “was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.  Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive »

After Cantor

Featured image Some additional observations going forward on the Cantor debacle: I never found Cantor to be a very compelling political personality.  I thought his speeches were too superficial and cliché (even if they were the right clichés), and his delivery flat.  It left me with the impression that the ratio of personal ambition to substance was out of whack.  But there’s more to being House majority leader than being a scintillating »