Barack Obama

Ain’t got time to PDB

Featured image With President Obama blaming his intelligence functionaries for his failure to anticipate the swift advances of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the intelligence community has responded in stories such as the Peter Baker/Eric Schmitt round-up yesterday in the New York Times (discussed by Paul here). I think the fault for the ongoing catastrophes in Syria and Iraq lie with Obama’s worldview and his related action (and inaction). Nevertheless, in the »

An embarrassment of Democrats: Obama edition

Featured image President Obama famously disparaged the Islamic State terrorist group as the terrorist JV to his apostle David Remnick in an interview for the New Yorker late last year (Remnick’s article is here). It sounded good at the time, but reality has intruded and the words have come back to haunt Obama. They mark him indelibly as the jv president. Asked about it last night by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes, »

Poor, Poor Obama: The World Is Just Too Complicated

Featured image What, did Thomas Friedman run out of taxi drivers or pink-haired hipsters to help him with today’s column? Today’s Friedman thumb-sucker, “Who Had It Easier—Reagan or Obama?”, he offers up one of the most ironic and tired out tropes of liberalism—that the Cold War era was so much less complicated than today because it was a binary conflict between two otherwise rational superpowers. Hate to break this to Friedman, but other »

How To Break Up With Obama

Featured image Remember Obamagirl from back in 2008?  She later had a change of heart—much like the rest of the electorate.  (I’ve seen one recent poll showing Obama’s approval rating as low as 35 percent, but I think they all overstate his support.)  Anyway, here’s a delightful one-minute video with step-by-step instructions on how to break up with Obama: »

Too cool for school — Obama’s latte salute

Featured image The video below speaks volumes about President Obama, not only concerning his underlying disdain for our military, but also as regards basic decency. In my opinion, a president who thinks he’s too cool properly to return a salute from our servicemen is presumptively unfit to command them. By the way, I received this video clip via a lawyer who was badly wounded serving in Iraq. He was offended by Obama’s »

High 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 »

Our Whiny President, on the Radio

Featured image Seth Leibsohn was formerly Bill Bennett’s producer and now has his own radio show in Phoenix. He enjoyed my post Our Whiny President and asked me to come on the radio to talk about it. As it turned out, we discussed some other things too, like country music and the Minnesota Senate race. It was a fun couple of segments; here it is: »

JV president critiques terrorist JV

Featured image President Obama famously disparaged ISIS as a terrorist junior varsity squad. Without conceding error, Obama has come to rue the characterization so much that he baldly lies about it. According to Obama, he wasn’t singling out ISIS when he referred to the terrorist “jv” in his interview with the apostle David Remnick of the New Yorker. It is a misjudgment that rebounds on Obama himself to mark him as the »

Our Whiny President

Featured image The front page of today’s New York Times features an article titled Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama. It is an exercise in journalism as a hall of mirrors. The article, by Peter Baker, is “based on interviews with 10 people who spoke with [Obama] in the days leading up to his speech Wednesday night.” These conversations occurred on two occasions: a dinner at the White House for »

A question (or two) for Imam Obama

Featured image I have an impertinent question for President Obama in his capacity as a spokesman for Islam. It seems to me to follow naturally from his brief disquisition on the Islamic State or ISIS yesterday (White House transcript here): ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Thus spake the man who sounds like Imam Barry. Or Carnac »

You cannot be Syrious!

Featured image Paul Mirengoff has done the hard work and dissected the substance of President Obama’s speech on ISIS last night. John commented here and Steve here. The White House has now posted a transcript of the speech along with the video below. My impression was that Obama was trying to impersonate a serious man, though he has demonstrated spectacular misjudgment and neglect in his approach to ISIS. The misjudgment or neglect »

50 shades of of untruth

Featured image In the Age of Obama we are inundated with partisan Democratic falsehoods. The lies are nonstop and overwhelming. From Barack Obama to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, they define the modus operandi of the Democratic money. We need a man of patience and discernment to denote the Fifty Shades of Untruth and begin the task of reclamation. Victor Davis Hanson begins the task in “Obama’s Untruth, Inc.” It’s the political »

The JV president

Featured image In his interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday (transcript here), President Obama responded to a question regarding his notorious characterization of ISIS as the terrorist JV (i.e., junior varsity): CHUCK TODD: Long way, long way from when you described them as a JV team. PRES. OBAMA: Well, I– CHUCK TODD: Was that bad intelligence or your misjudgment? PRES. OBAMA: Keep– keep– keep in mind I »

Of optics, appearances and excuses

Featured image Whatever happened to concern about appearances? It has been subsumed in the political cliché “optics.” Don’t be a language slob. Leave “optics” to optometrists and opticians. Address appearances. I wish the late William Safire were here to do so. Five years ago, in his last column on language for the Times, Safire observed: “‘Optics’ is hot, rivaling content.” Safire quoted his sagacious reader Tom Short: “Anytime I hear this word »

Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude

Featured image President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd. The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq and Syria. Much could be said about Obama’s comments, but what struck me most was how disassociated from reality Obama appears to be–both when he defends his own record, and when he talks about foreign policy. Obama repeated the spin, first floated by White House spokesman Josh Earnest, that »

Obama to voters: You are so stupid

Featured image I don’t think we’ve lived through a political episode such as the current immigration debacle. Not even close. Obama had vowed to take executive action to regularize millions of illegals before the coming elections. The promised action is both illegal (in my view) and unpopular. As a result Obama has announced that he will delay taking the action, until after the November elections, when voters will lose their immediate ability »

Speaking of degradation

Featured image President Obama’s word of choice to describe his approach to dealing with ISIS is “degradation.” He threatens that the United States will “degrade” ISIS to render it a “manageable problem” or to destroy it. As he continues to circle verbally around the “problem,” we’re not sure which. But we’re sure his speechwriters are on the case. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s third stab at articulating his »