Obama compared to… LBJ?
Ah, the first “Is [INSERT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION HERE] [INSERT PRESIDENT'S NAME HERE]‘s Vietnam?” article written about a Presidential administration. Always a magical time. Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet what if they got the wrong | Read More »
90% of POTUS’ town hall ‘conversation’ made by POTUS.
If you’re wondering how seriously the administration is taking its tame – some might say, ‘gelded’ – town halls, well: A look at President Obama’s health care “town hall” Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., shows the president out-spoke his audience by a ratio of nearly 9-to-1. Here’s the scorecard. Obama: 8,619 words. Audience: 1,186 words. You tell me. Moe Lane PS: Anybody else getting the feeling | Read More »
Robert Gibbs: Umm, actually there hasn’t been an increase in death threats.
(Via Instapundit) A surprisingly clear statement, given the source. Perhaps he’s been yelled at? There has been no increase in the number of security threats to President Barack Obama despite the contentious town hall meetings taking place around the country, according to the White House. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs also said Friday there has been no change in the security precautions. “We haven’t | Read More »
Where it went wrong: Obama and Congress.
For the benefit of any hypothetical researcher from, say, the 2050s or so – hey, how are you folks doing, up there? Have the Cubs won a World Series yet? – let me just note the two major mistakes that the current administration made that seem to have seriously complicated the passage of their health care rationing bill. Choosing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approach on the | Read More »
Camille Paglia has no buyer’s remorse.
Which should relieve the administration, given what she might have written if she did: …I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll? I was glad to see the White House counsel booted, as well as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, and hope it’s a harbinger of things to | Read More »
Thank God Joe Biden was at the beer summit.
Contra Allahpundit. As one of Jake Tapper’s commenters noted, that way nobody else would have been able to get a word in edgewise. Looking at the body language, that might have been for the best. This really is iconic for Dizzy City, isn’t it? Four guys sitting around trying to pretend that their casual meet-and-greet-with-smiles-that-don’t-reach-the-eyes aren’t being filmed by umpteen billion different members of the | Read More »
Welcome to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, Susan Estrich.
Well, it’s still pretty early in the morning. Plenty of time for your compatriots to address your heresy properly: Mother Knows Best The president is “not familiar” with the bill. No one can explain how it will work yet, as Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told a contentious town meeting. There are various plans, and negotiations are still in the early stages. But whatever it is, | Read More »
For those of you bothering to watch POTUS tonight.
Courtesy of Senate Republicans (and Jim Geraghty), Obama Straw Man Bingo! I wouldn’t use this in conjunction with ethyl alcohol, mind you. Maybe if it wasn’t a weeknight…
Today is the day for the Gitmo Report!
That’d be the one mandated by the President’s 01/22/2009 Executive Order that was supposed to reflect a clean break with the past; it’s supposed to be a review and critique of our detention policy, particular those of illegal combatants. It and a review of interrogation techniques (mandated by this Executive Order) were scheduled for today, and both are absolutely necessary for the administration to have | Read More »
Former IG Walpin suing to get good name back.
You may remember Gerald Walpin. He was fired from his position as AmeriCorps Inspector General a few months ago for either: pushing an investigation against one of the President’s cronies; no particular reason; or diminished mental capacity. These three possible answers are, respectively: an assumption based on an acquaintance with objective (if cynical) reality; what the White House went with before Senator Grassley reminded them | Read More »
Gov Palin: ‘The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End.’
Soon to be former Governor Palin’s column on cap and trade is in many ways emblematic of her public persona: firmly held free-market/conservative positions, a quasi-folksy style that appeals to some and annoys others, and the ability to make liberals froth about that woman in ways that would impress a Taliban illegal combatant. Which is probably directly related to her PAC raising an additional 200K | Read More »
New RNC Ad: “Nothing.”
The RNC has decided to get in a kick or two: …presumably on the principle that you never let a good dip in the polls go to waste. Based on the length, this looks like a web ad, which means… actually, the jury is still out on how effective web ads are. They’re certainly more cost-effective, but the dispute is on what their real reach | Read More »
White House Spellcheck FAIL.
It’s like this administration goes out of its way to lower expectations (via Andrew Malcolm): (They spelled the President’s name as ‘Barak Obama.’ On an official diplomatic agreement.) This is what happens when you use spellcheck as a crutch; at a guess, somebody added “Ehud Barak” to the relevant computer’s custom dictionary a while back, thus making certain that the little red dots didn’t appear | Read More »
And now the President is reminding Russians about Alaska.
God, I miss the days of the Bush administration, when we didn’t do things like this. Referring to the long history of Russia-U.S. trade stretching back more than two centuries, Obama told an audience of business people in Moscow: “Along the way, you gave us a pretty good deal on Alaska. Thank you.” Contra Reuters, this was not a “pointed quip” (as Ed Morrissey notes, | Read More »
Hot dogs in public, credit-taking in private: the White House’s search for an Iranian domestic strategy.
Question: What do these two stories have in common? Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad [snip] Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm | Read More »
Happy Father’s Day. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That’s the President’s lowest rating to date and the first time the Presidential Approval Index has fallen | Read More »
Let us recap the Gerald Walpin situation.
We can begin with this video, which goes over the basic points: Short version: Walpin was investigating Obama crony’s involvement in an AmeriCorps-related scandal involving misappropriation of funding. Case was settled, to the mild detriment of crony*. Walpin disagreed with settlement. Complaint made against him. So far, this is all he-said, he-said.
Mayors inexplicably upset over White House’s priorities.
This is fascinating, really: Mayors angry with White House no-show America’s big-city mayors are steaming over what they view as “a very dangerous precedent” set by the Obama administration in its decision to shun the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Providence, R.I., this week. In its attempt to honor the picket line of a local firefighters union involved in a labor dispute with | Read More »
Silicon Valley discovers that the deal has been altered.
Elections have consequences, tech industry edition. Michael Malone has the details about “The Obama Surprise”: No segment of American industry did more than high tech to elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. The 2008 Obama campaign will go down in history as having made better use of digital technology than any before it. From a hugely powerful website to the reproduction of | Read More »
Obama Promise Expiration Date Watch: Miranda Rights for terrorists. [UPDATE]
[UPDATE]: Shorter Obama administration: “We’re just doing what Bush did!” Which is: a), a direct contradiction of the video below; and b), a direct contradiction of the LA Times article below. Impressive: you would have thought that they’d pick one or the other. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) has a serious problem with our new GWOT strategy in Afghanistan. Specifically, the way we plan to read | Read More »