Obama administration

NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured image Today’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

Featured image Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was »

Zombies at the CDC

Featured image The theme of government bureaucrats as zombies is as old as vampires at least, but sometimes they go out of their way to ratify its inner truth. The CDC “Zombie Pandemic” preparedness manual pictured here is not a parody pic for Power Line’s “Week in Pictures”—it’s real publication the CDC put out a couple years ago.  (Here’s the web link for the CDC’s zombie preparedness project—screen shot below.)  Remember this »

Professor Corey, call your office

Featured image Yesterday President Obama expounded on his current rationale for declining to impose travel restrictions on visa holders from west African countries struggling with the Ebola outbreak (video below). Obama prefaced his statement with his customary red flag: “I want to make sure that everybody is clear about the issue.” See if you can follow this: I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban, if that is the »

Ebola panic and the limits of political sanity [Updated With Classic Image]

Featured image No explanation offered by the White House or the CDC about our refusal to impose a travel ban on Liberian or other visitors from affected west African countries to the United States makes sense, or so it seems to me. Indeed, what has been said (again, so it seems to me) ranges from the nonsensical to the absurd, from BS to balderdash. If a travel ban would serve to protect »

Jen Psaki Explains Iraqi Victories [Updated]

Featured image We have had occasion, more than once, to turn a critical eye on Jen Psaki, the State Department’s spokesperson. She seems underqualified for the job, to put it gently. Honestly, I have seen Cub Scout troops with better spokesmen. Maybe it’s the fact that her husband is a big deal in the Democratic Party. Or maybe the administration thinks that, given the disarray of its foreign policy, incoherence is a »

Will’s useful reminder

Featured image President Obama read from the teleprompter at mind-numbing length yesterday before a friendly audience at Northwestern University (White House text here). In the speech Obama touted his economic record, mocked Republicans for opposing Obamacare, and made economic proposals that reflect the brain-dead state of contemporary liberalism. He also got in a gibe at FOX News, for entertaining heterodox thoughts on Obamacare. On the FOX News Special Report with Bret Baier »

Obama’s useful reminder

Featured image President Obama is not popular at this point in his presidency, even in a blue state like Minnesota. Our own Senator Al Franken repeatedly bristled as GOP candidate Mike McFadden cited Franken’s 97 percent voting record in support of Obama at their debate in Duluth earlier this week. Franken mocked the statistic but didn’t offer a correction. That’s because the statistic is correct and because any purported correction would be »

Obama nixed Bush-era quarantine proposal

Featured image In 2010, the Obama administration withdrew updated quarantine regulations drafted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and proposed by the Bush administration. The new rules would have required air passengers to submit more information to airlines and strengthened the government’s authority to detain travelers suspected of carrying disease. In proposing updated regulations, the CDC called them “critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.” The CDC also »

The Obama Economy, In Eleven Charts

Featured image Today the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee put out a chart book that documents the Obama administration’s failures in economic policy. From the introduction: The great economic tragedy of our time is the erosion of the American middle class. Millions of Americans find themselves locked out of the American Dream. Their wages are either flat or falling, even as the price of energy and goods surges; the labor force »

“We live in a global world”

Featured image Following up on John’s post on the discovery of an Ebola carrier in Dallas, via travel from Liberia to Brussels and Dulles Airport, I want to take advantage of Neil Munro’s account of the White House’s thinking on the matter. White House spokesman Josh Earnest fielded questions yesterday that elicited an explanation of the administration’s rejection of travel restrictions. Travel restrictions seem basic to a rational public health approach to »

Whom will Obama pick to replace Holder?

Featured image Eric Holder leaves the Obama administration with an approval rating of only 26 percent, according to a new YouGov poll. 37 percent disapprove of Holder’s performance. It could have been worse. When Eric Shinseki stepped down as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, only 18 percent approved of his shambolic performance, compared to 40 percent who disapproved. Kathleen Sebelius was just as severely underwater (19 percent approval; 41 percent disapproval). Who will »

A salute to Michele Bachmann

Featured image Our chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition saluted retiring Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann this past Sunday night. Since her election to Congress in 2006 — she first spoke to us that December, before she took office — Michele has been our favorite speaker. By my count, this was at least her sixth appearance before us. No one else comes close. We are grateful for her heartfelt and eloquent support »

Marie Harf explains

Featured image In his mind-numbing United Nations speech this week (White House text here), President Obama invoked the authority of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah. Obama cited bin Bayyah’s good works, such as they are: The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace »

Rumors of terrorism

Featured image Have individuals with known terrorist ties been apprehended trying to cross illegally into the United States through Texas? It seems like a straightforward question to address to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Asked the question by Rep. Jason Chaffetz at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson took the phlegmatic approach and vaguely denied awareness of such a case. Asked directly if he was aware of four »

Poll: Obama is a flop

Featured image According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, registered voters believe, by a margin of 55-39, that President Obama is a failure, rather than a success, as president. Among all Americans, the conclusion is the same, though the margin is smaller — 52-42. Moreover, 41 percent of registered voters strongly believe that Obama is a failure. Thus, by a margin of 41-39, more registered voters strongly believe Obama has failed than »

Psaki makes me psick

Featured image State Department spokesman Jen Psaki makes me psick. If you read P.G. Wodehouse, you know the “P” in her name is silent, as in “phthisis,” “psychic” and “ptarmigan” (as Wodehouse’s Psmith explains). And Psaki’s colleague Marie Harf makes me barf. Together Psaki and Harf give the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. It’s a novel use of expressive form. Paul »