Just An Observation April 30, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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by Peter Kirsanow of NRO:
The L.A. Times quotes President Obama as follows: “I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s been at least my practice.”
And so it has. For example, see these other things he clearly meant when he said them:
“No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
“As president, I will close Guantanamo.”
“But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support.”
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”
“I will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American people an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website.”
“No political appointee in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”
“I’ll give an annual State of the World address to the American people where I lay out national security policy.”
You Know There’s Not Much Going On April 30, 2012Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
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When the biggest issues being debated in the blogosphere are Obama’s and Romney’s dueling campaign videos, who was funny at the annual correspondent’s dinner, and whether Obama is too cozy with Hollywood celebrities. No less than Arianna Huffington herself has jumped in the fray, claiming that Obama’s Bin Laden ad is unseemly. Much ado about nothing. Any president is going to trumpet whatever triumphs he’s had, and god knows that the Bin Laden take-down is probably the highlight of Obama’s first term. In America, everyone loves a cowboy, and sending the Seals to execute the world’s number one terrorist target was Wyatt Earp and Matt Dillon and Ben Cartwright all wrapped up in one dusty Dodge City showdown. Give the guy a break. As to whether Obama is too much a celebrity and not enough of a statesman, again, give the guy a little slack. Obama can deliver a line with the best of them. Truth be told, George Bush did some decent stand-up himself. Say what you will about the politics of either of them, but you get the sense that in the right circumstances, both of them would be entertaining company at the local sports bar. Mitt Romney, not so much. You’d be ordering a Corona and he’d be having a Chardonay. You’d be talking Sanchez and Tebow and he’d be talking yachting with Roger Goodell. I bet this guy couldn’t tell a dirty joke if someone handed him script.
Forward April 30, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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the new Democratic campaign slogan.
It’s one word so the vice president can remember it.
The Most Important Thing You Will Read Today April 30, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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Taranto on WSJ:
Obama the Unseemly
A more aggressive press corps might have motivated him to preserve his dignity.
By JAMES TARANTO
There’s been a lot of talk of late about how “cool” Barack Obama supposedly is. But people are starting to notice the man has no class.
“Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing ‘staycations’ because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters,” reports the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
A group of Republican pollsters conducted focus groups of swing-state swing voters, mostly Democrats and independents, and John McLaughlin “handled blue collar and Catholic voters” in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He found that they tend to think Mitt Romney is “too rich,” but “there is a start of resentment of the government.” In Bedard’s words, “voters were also lumping in the president’s vacation spending in with the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas scandal and federal spending for those who aren’t looking for work.”
Obama is also notorious for his golf outings. Blogress Ann Althouse, another swing voter (she has admitted supporting Obama in 2008), notes that George W. Bush was “savaged” for going golfing “when Americans were fighting and dying.” Michael Moore made hay of it in his 2004 agitprop film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” notwithstanding that Bush had given up golf in 2003 on the ground that it was unseemly: “I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong message.” Althouse opens her post with a story about the latest casualties in Afghanistan.
Jimmy Fallon and Barack Obama
Althouse further criticizes Obama for his appearance earlier this week on the NBC show “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” in which, as Althouse notes, “Obama performs 5 minutes of a musically sexualized speech about students. . . . It’s wearing down my sense of the outlandish.” We watched part of the Fallon video and found it to be a head-scratcher. The president seems to be making a serious policy argument (in favor of extending subsidies for college debt), Fallon is sucking up to him, and somehow it’s supposed to be a comedy routine. We guess you had to be there.
The student-debt debate has underscored another unattractive aspect of Obama’s presidential style: his tendency to be always and indiscriminately on the attack. The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman notes that the president not only personally attacked two Republican congressmen, Missouri’s Todd Akin and North Carolina’s Virginia Foxx, but grievously misquoted both of them.
Helderman dryly notes that “it is somewhat unusual for a sitting president to single out individual rank-and-file members of the opposition party for criticism and scorn in public speeches.” She quotes Speaker John Boehner: “Frankly, I think this is beneath the dignity of the White House.”
But is anything beneath the dignity of the Obama White House? This, after all, is the same president who has ignorantly blasted the Supreme Court and Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. The only difference in his attacks on Akin and Foxx is that he is manifestly punching down. What next? Will he go after private citizens?
Oh ha ha, he’s doing that already, as our colleague Kim Strassel notes:
This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”
Strassel likens Obama’s demonization to Richard Nixon’s “enemies list,” which “appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust.” It’s an apt comparison, but even Nixon delegated much of his attack-doggery to his vice president, Spiro Agnew. We guess Joe Biden is too goofy for that role so Obama has to do it himself.
It seems to us that Althouse is on to something in suggesting that part of the reason Obama conducts himself in such an unseemly way is that the mainstream media are largely Democratic partisans, inclined to give their man a pass. True, there are plenty of alternative media voices now, but it’s relatively easy for a leftist president to dismiss them and continue to enjoy the adulation of the so-called mainstreamers, who have also been suggesting lately that Obama is a shoo-in for re-election because he is so likable.
The McLaughlin findings point to the risk that that isn’t the case. Obama could end up losing because sycophantic media encouraged him to act in such an unseemly way.
There’s a parallel in the way the media have strained to play down bad economic news. A couple of hilarious examples come from NPR’s website today: A homepage title asked: “Is Slow Growth Actually Good for the Economy?” (The actual story, which has a less risible title, pretty much answers in the negative.) And an NPR “Special Series” is titled “Looking Up: Pockets of Economic Strength.”
Remember when the economy was strong and there were pockets of poverty? In November, it is possible the voters will.
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So What Do You Like On Your Pizza? April 29, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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Bulls Are Done April 29, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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I’m not sure the human knee was meant to handle all the stuff Derrick Rose could do (a long time ago my son had to guard him or try to).
The Bulls will fight on gamely but they can not win the NBA title without him.
The Left Marches On April 28, 2012Posted by Cory Franklin in Uncategorized.
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Andy MCarthy in NRO:
Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments.
Obama’s “waiver” of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act was first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to. A report from the Times of Israel is here. [Hat tip, Creeping Sharia.] The New York Times, evidently too busy reporting on how much Israel sucks, did not find this story fit to print.
White House spinmeister Tommy Vietor stated that President Obama made the decision to pour American taxpayer dollars into Palestinian coffers in order to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” He added the claim that, as the report puts it, “the PA had fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.”
In the real world, the very immoderate PA has reneged on all its commitments. In addition to violating its obligations by unilaterally declaring statehood, the PA has also agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The PA continues to endorse terrorism against Israel as “resistance.” Moreover, the PA most certainly does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Back in November, for example, Adil Sadeq, a PA official writing in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, declared that Israelis
have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist…
In sum, everything Obama is saying about Palestinian compliance is a lie. Even if we were not broke, we should not be giving the PA a dime. To borrow money so we can give it to them is truly nuts.
Will Congress do anything about it? There is a very simple answer to this: slash the executive branch’s budget. That is the weapon the framers gave Congress to rein in a corrupt, spendaholic executive branch. You could start with a treble damages rule: Obama gives $192 million to the PA against Congress’s directive, Congress responds by slashing $600 million out of the State Department’s budget. That would be start — though State would still have $51 billion left over to fund the Muslim Brotherhood and its other favorite Islamic supremacists.