Obama administration

Of Bidens and buttheads [Updated]

Featured image Michelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs “The chronicles of Hunter Biden.” Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden’s two sons. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy when he flunked a Navy drug test; he tested positive for cocaine use. Michelle declares that Biden’s saga signifies something larger than appearances might suggest. She finds it illustrative of beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and »

Something happening here? An update

Featured image We have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us with the latest on the issue overnight. He believes it is expected that news of the problem (whatever it is) will soon break »

The Age of QE

Featured image We are approaching the end of year six of the regime of Quantitative Easing (QE) engineered by the Federal Reserve under Fed chairmen Ben Bernanke and now Janet Yellen. In place of responsible economic policy to revive economic growth and employment, we have had QE and the explosive growth of job-killing regulations (including Obamacare). In a recent look back at QE, New York Post columnist John Crudele credits QE with »

Something happening here?

Featured image A faithful reader who asks us to withhold his name informs us that he has reason to believe the computer network within the Executive Office of the President has been down for close to a week, and staff throughout the various components still lack basic access to their files (though many are now able to access e-mail and the Internet). He advises that EOP staff have been told not to »

Shake It Off, Obama Edition

Featured image I’ve been waiting for Remy Munasifi to deliver the right beat down on Obama’s comically misnamed press secretary Josh Earnest, and he doesn’t disappoint! »

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 »