Jun
09
2014
2

As we say over at @redstate: embrace the healing power of ‘And,’ @julia_azari…

…there is nothing stopping Barack Obama from being both a would-be* tyrant AND a weakling.  Indeed, one can argue that the two states of mind are not even remotely incompatible.  One is based on one’s willingness to do certain things; the other measures one’s competency and ability to do those things. Put another way: just because Barack Obama allegedly wants to emulate the worst qualities of a spoiled brat all the time doesn’t mean that he’s actually any good at getting his way.

This is not hard to understand, honestly.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

*’Would-be’ because there are sharp limits to how much foolishness we will tolerate from a President before the spanking commences.  Obama’s admittedly kissed that line a few times; then again, he got awesomely spanked in 2010 for it.

Jun
09
2014
2

Permit me to make a public service announcement.

Contra David Plouffe, Barack Obama will not “go down to the fire fighting.”  That would imply that Barack Obama knew how to fight in the first place, instead of finding somebody who would do that for him.  Which is something that David Plouffe should know very well, given that he was there when Barack Obama used that strategy to get elected*.

Ah, David: the lies that they tell, in this business!  - Especially the lies that they tell themselves.

Moe Lane

*It’s going to be hysterical when somebody goes ahead and assumes that Plouffe and his fellow power-gamers can go back to that particular well any time that they like.

Jun
09
2014
4

New USA Today/Pew poll: Veterans hate the Bergdahl/terrorist swap.

Mind you, the country in general also dislikes the swap (43/34). But that’s nothing as compared to how veterans feel both about Bose Bergdahl, and the deal that Barack Obama made to bring him back: “Veterans are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision.” A couple of other things:

  • The Pew poll found a two-to-one ratio in favor of having the President inform Congress before he does this sort of thing.
  • The Pew poll also found that this story was tied with the ongoing Veterans Affairs meltdown – and the meltdown is only getting worse – as being the most important thing that Americans were paying attention to right now.  Third thing? The economy*.
  • This poll is of adults.  How all of this is playing out among likely voters… well.  Glad I’m not the one who has to worry about that!

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Jun
06
2014
4

Quote of the Day, Really. Yes. EVERYBODY Is Counting The Days Until 01/20/2017 edition.

The Washington Free Beacon gets it right on the first try:

According to Politico, Obama’s Italian dinner party illustrates the paradox of his second term. “Stymied at home and abroad, Obama recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency,” write Budoff Brown and Epstein. “Yet his newfound realism has also given him a palpable sense of liberation.” I find nothing paradoxical about Obama’s recent pattern of behavior, nothing mysterious about the golfing, partying, traveling. It is quite obvious: Obama has given up.

Which is not the worst thing in the world, frankly. We’ve all seen what happened when the man attempted to actually run things…

Jun
04
2014
7

White House accuses military veterans of ‘Swift-Boating’ them.

This is as nasty as the Left can get:

Chuck Todd told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that the White House was “caught flat-footed” on the backlash against the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bergdahl.

“I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as ‘we didn’t know that they were going to Swift Boat Bergdahl’,” Todd said, “And Matt, of course, that’s a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerry’s military service which became so controversial in that campaign. So there’s some fighting words there.”

Remember, to Democrats ‘Swift-boating‘ doesn’t mean ‘Telling people accurate, yet inconvenient, details about a candidate’s military record.’  To them that term means ‘lying.’  Which is an absolutely fascinating thing for the White House to say about what appears to be a nigh-universal reaction from the US military.  The relevant video footage is below(more…)

Jun
01
2014
11

Barack Obama hides behind signing statements to justify #Bergdahl / Taliban swap.

So, it turns out that the Obama administration was legally required to at least notify Congress before it actually traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorist commanders*:

Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

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May
31
2014
16

A quick poll: which would be worse?

Regarding Barack Obama’s apparent default excuse for everything – to wit: I had no idea that this was going on, and I’m just as shocked and angry as the rest of you about it- which would be worse:

  • That he’s lying?
  • Or that he’s telling the truth?

Think about the answer before you reply: the more I did, the less sure I was of mine.

May
27
2014
13

So what *should* the President do about the CIA officer his fumble-fingered staff outed?

I got a real easy answer to this one.

The White House has launched an investigation into who is responsible for mistakenly outing the top U.S. spy in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has asked the White House counsel Neil Eggleston to look into what happened and report back to him with recommendations on “how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again,” according to White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

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May
27
2014
7

Quote of the Day, No Apologies For Calling Barack Obama Incompetent edition.

Because, as Byron York notes, he is:

There are lots of reasons Republicans oppose Obama’s initiatives. But the issue of executive competence alone would be reason enough to oppose; why should GOP lawmakers entrust far-reaching new authority to a president who is struggling to run the executive branch as it is?

Honestly, at this point the incompetence is almost an endearing thing about the President.  At least he can’t actually do anything to harm the country that’d be remotely as bad as the stuff that he and the Democrats did in 2009 and 2010.  Not much of a balm, I know, but I didn’t cause this situation. (more…)

May
21
2014
5

White House won’t say if Barack Obama gave up 5% of his salary for shutdown solidarity.

Because Barack Obama said that he would – voluntarily, mind you; it’d be illegal to dock the President’s pay – only when the Washington Free Beacon called to check, well…

Staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon Ellison Barber was interviewed today on Fox News about a report from the WFB’s Elizabeth Harrington calling into question whether President Obama followed through on his promise to return five percent of his salary.

Barber said by that metric President Obama owes about $20,000. The White House has so far refused to confirm whether the president has actually written a $20,000 check to the Treasury.

Five bucks says that the White House forgot, and is now scrambling to cut a check and backdate it somehow.  Mind you, that assumes that there’s somebody in this administration smart enough to realize that Presidents need to follow through on the grandiose promises that they make on various topics.  I am not entirely convinced that there is anybody that smart there.  Or that mature.

Via Legal Insurrection.

Moe Lane

PS: If we don’t call them on this stuff, they’ll just get worse.

May
20
2014
12

Democratic donors discovering Obama is just marking time until 2017.

I find stories like this to be perversely fascinating:

Top Democratic donors say they are exasperated by a lack of leadership from the White House on policy and are questioning whether they should throw money into midterm elections they believe won’t change Washington.

…mostly because I invariably end up asking myself, How do ‘top Democratic donors’ manage to make money when they apparently spend all their time in deep comas? Seriously: if you’ve taken this long to figure out that Barack Obama is bored by his job, doesn’t do any part of it that he absolutely doesn’t have to, and can’t be bothered to show consideration to others… then I don’t know. Maybe you shouldn’t give money to Democrats. Instead, give money to me.





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May
20
2014
4

Barack Obama: Man, that Abraham Lincoln and his Intercontinental Railroad!

Part of an otherwise forgettable speech*:

“I come from the land of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln thought infrastructure was a pretty good idea. That’s part of why we got a Intercontinental Railroad system.”

Yeah, we also had adequate schooling, once upon a time. Which is why I know that it was a Transcontinental Railroad.  And since we’re bringing up American history, I feel compelled to note that the only reason why the Pacific Railroad Acts** passed in the first place was because half of the Democratic party at the time was engaged in an armed insurrection against the legitimate government of the United States of America.

The President at the time, by the way? Abraham Lincoln. I almost didn’t add that, because I assumed everybody would know it already: but then, this article is more or less all about historical events that Barack Obama doesn’t actually know anything about. Better safe than sorry!

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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