Barack Obama and the negative decrease of gas prices since 2008.
Via Hot Air comes this rather-embarrassing 2008 Obama campaign video that’s simply too good – and by ‘good’ I mean ‘humiliating to the Obama administration’ – not to share. Here you go: Hear that? When elected, Barack Obama promised to do something about those awful THREE DOLLAR AND FIFTY CENT A GALLON gas prices! Because of all those awful OIL COMPANIES! Wasn’t that nice of | Read More »
Obama throws… all non-Obama Democrats… under the fundraising bus.
I had not realized that things were this bad for the Obama administration: Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have privately sought as much as $30 million combined from Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee — a replay of the financial help they received from Obama in 2008 and 2010. But that’s not going | Read More »
Barack Obama no longer really even pretending to have faith council.
Not that the President ever really had one, contra this Politico report: what Barack Obama had was a collection of useful idio… ah, “a group of religious organizations that were perhaps a little too trusting of the President’s motives and intentions.” Either way, the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was always merely window dressing; the Democrats have always had to grapple with the | Read More »
I predict that the Syrian regime will ‘win’ the Syrian referendum.
Oh, yes: they’re having a referendum “to limit the government’s powers.” Those aren’t literal quotes; those are scare quotes, mostly because I do not particularly believe that the Assad regime has any intention of reducing its power over the Syrian people, and I do not think that you should particularly believe it, either. Admittedly, I am not entirely certain why the regime is bothering. Nobody | Read More »
Politico proves Gingrich’s point for him on Obama and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
OK, if you followed the debate in Arizona last night then you got to see Newt Gingrich consume a moderator’s liver for what may be the last time. The topic? Double standards in the media, particularly when it comes to ‘extremist’ positions. The transcript is as follows: GINGRICH: But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once | Read More »
Barack Obama dangerously skips out early on Alfalfa Club dinner.
The entire article by Albert Hunt is possibly a bit too snide about various Republicans, but this part is at least on-point about Obama’s behavior at the annual Alfalfa Club dinner: Obama hates such dinners. Some of his aides, in particular his political adviser David Plouffe, urged him not to spend an evening mingling with the 1 percent. Yet he chose to go, and attendees | Read More »
Hypocrisy Watch: Obama’s office staff owe $834K in back taxes.
Note the term ‘office’ staff: I’m comfortable in assuming that the general White House staff – the cleaners, cooks, gardeners, handymen, and whatnot – are all careful to make sure that their taxes are paid up. If only because the President clearly won’t protect them. Anyway, Andrew Malcolm has the summary: 36 office staff members owe $833,900 in back taxes. Which, by the way, is | Read More »
Obama “won’t release his college transcripts” campaign criticizes Mitt Romney…
…for declining to release his tax returns: A spokesman for President Obama‘s re-election campaign blasted Mr. Romney and questioned whether he had something to hide in his finances. “Why does Governor Romney feel like he can play by a different set of rules?” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. “What is it that he doesn’t want the American people to see?…” I | Read More »
Speaker Boehner extends State of the Union invitation to President.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has formally offered an invitation to the President to give his annual State of the Union address. As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics. In the coming year,. Republicans will continue our efforts to | Read More »
Reviewing Obama’s sparsely-attended class warfare speech… oh, SUGAR.
Said speech was in Osawatomie Texas no, wait, he meant Kansas, where President Barack Obama hopes to recreate a little electoral magic represented by Teddy Roosevelt’s speech in 1910… to wit, splitting the Republican vote and thus getting a Democrat elected. The speech itself is pretty mediocre, even by this President’s standards: but then, if you’re looking for deathless prose then you’re following the wrong | Read More »
Obama goes to Osawatomie, Kansas to ‘channel’…
…quick: which legendary figure from American history is Obama planning to ‘channel’ there?
The New Deal: 1932-2011.
Such a quiet death rattle, all things considered: As a practical matter, the Obama campaign and, for the present, the Democratic Party, have laid to rest all consideration of reviving the coalition nurtured and cultivated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The New Deal Coalition — which included unions, city machines, blue-collar workers, farmers, blacks, people on relief, and generally non-affluent progressive intellectuals — had the advantage | Read More »
Local Democrats still incognito when President Obama visits?
The background: Politico did an article on how Democrats across the land who have tough battles ahead in 2012 are kind of… avoiding… the President these days. The quote below comes right after the article in question noted that most sitting North Carolina Democrats were distinctly unwilling to get within camera range of Barack Obama: “[Obama] may end up being Walter Mondale of 1984,” said | Read More »
Failed-plan expert President Obama lectures GOP on plans.
Isn’t this just the cutest thing? If the video doesn’t load, Breitbart TV pulled the relevant quote: “My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classrooms, construction workers back to work… Tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your worker a raise. That’s my plan. Then you got [the Republican's] plan which is ‘let’s | Read More »
A Primer for the 3Q Obama for America (OfA) numbers.
Well, the 3rd quarter is over, which means that the set of speculation over various and sundry people’s fundraising totals may now kick into high gear. Probably the most anticipated numbers will be coming from Obama for America (OfA), given their haul last time – and their brags this time. The Politico has started off with an eye-grabbing headline – “Obama 3Q haul: $55M or | Read More »
President Obama clueless about teachers’ tax rates.
FactCheck puts it very succinctly: President Obama’s claim that he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher making $50,000 a year isn’t true. A single taxpayer with $50,000 of income would have paid 11.9 percent in federal income taxes for 2010, while the Obamas paid more than twice that rate — 25.3 percent (and higher rates than that in 2009 and 2008). And if | Read More »
Why is Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 only *now* in doubt?
I should note right from the start that I like Stu Rothenberg as a pundit and a political handicapper: he’s a pretty bright person and he has a lot of experience. But Rothenberg is also very much plugged into the professional political establishment… and sometimes, it shows. Case in point: Rothenberg’s otherwise spot-on analysis about the travails of Barack Obama these days has what I | Read More »
The “He REALLY doesn’t get it, does he?” Memorial Open Thread.
You look at something like this, and after a while… …you almost just have to shrug. This is who President Barack Obama is. He doesn’t know any better, and he doesn’t want to learn any better, and there’s nothing that we can really do about it before November of 2012 except work around him, somehow. Anyway: sorry, world. We don’t often go off the deep | Read More »
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R, VA) on short list for VP?
That’s one potential conclusion that you can draw from today’s and yesterday’s Quinnipiac polls looking at Virginia political conditions. Admittedly, they’re just one firm’s polls; also admittedly, anyone likely to be reading this is a hardcore political junky anyway, so we might as well take a look. Yesterday’s Q-poll looked at Governor McDonnell’s popularity rating*, which is – to be modest about it – practically | Read More »
Barack Obama tries the same failed tactic on ‘stimulus.’
Let me just simplify this for the President’s tired and rather sad proposal on how to pay for his tired and rather sad ‘jobs’ bill: President Barack Obama would pay for his $447 billion jobs plan by ending a series of tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge-fund managers and people making more than $200,000, the White House said Monday. In total, Mr. Obama’s | Read More »