Barack 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 most 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 »

More Mush from the Wimp

Featured image It sounded for a little while this morning as though Obama had woken up, maybe even had a bowl or two of Wheaties.  The headline comment from him was “The bottom line is this:  Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it is no longer a threat.”  But ABC News noted that he’s spent the rest of the day backing away or qualifying this »

Parents of Navy SEAL Ask Obama to Resign

Featured image Absolute moral authority: you don’t hear that phrase much anymore, do you? If this letter by Billy and Karen Vaughn to President Obama had been addressed to George W. Bush, it would have led every news broadcast. So far, though, neither the New York Times, the Washington Post nor the Associated Press has mentioned it. Here it is, in its entirety: After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading »

Obama explains to the very rich

Featured image At a fundraiser in the home of an occasional Obama golf partner and former president of UBS Investment Bank, Obama spoke before an audience paying $15,000 a couple to bask in his aura. Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They want to hear more Obama, and they can afford his policies. Speaking before a friendly crowd, Obama delivered real value. He »

Criticism of Obama is OK, But We Draw the Line at Unfairness to Barney Fife

Featured image We have long been critics of Barack Obama, sometimes harsh ones. But we have always tried to be fair. So when unfairness comes to light, we feel obliged to object to it. That happened yesterday when Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert lit into Obama for his incompetent foreign policy. The Daily Mail has the story: Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a »