British newspaper calls Obama “ineffectual, invisible, the weakest president in history” |

British newspaper calls Obama “ineffectual, invisible, the weakest president in history”

March 23, 2011 · 16 comments

Pip, pip, cheerio, chaps. Blimey, guv-nah! (Sorry, but that’s the best we can do at faking that language they speak in the United Kingdom).

The Express UK says what American newspapers are so hesitant to say, in an article entitled, “BARACK OBAMA: THE WEAKEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY?”:


When the Brits said, “It’s tea time,” President Obama said, “Let’s play 18.”

INEFFECTUAL, invisible, unable to honour pledges and now blamed for letting Gaddafi off the hook. Why Obama’s gone from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Er, maybe we shouldn’t’

Let us cast our minds back to those remarkable days in November 2008 when the son of a Kenyan goatherd was elected to the White House. It was a bright new dawn – even brighter than the coming of the Kennedys and their new Camelot. JFK may be considered as being from an ethnic and religious minority – Irish and Catholic – but he was still very rich and very white. Barack Obama, by contrast, was a true breakthrough president. The world would change because obviously America had changed.

Obama’s campaign slogan was mesmerisingly simple and brimming with self-belief: “Yes we can.” His presidency, however, is turning out to be more about “no we won’t.” Even more worryingly, it seems to be very much about: “Maybe we can… do what, exactly?“ The world feels like a dangerous place when leaders are seen to lack certitude but the only thing President Obama seems decisive about is his indecision. What should the US do about Libya? What should the US do about the Middle East in general? What about the country’s crippling debts? What is the US going to do about Afghanistan, about Iran?

What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description.

Amazing, isn’t it, that people who have English as a second language would be able to state the situation so clearly.

just brimming with pride to be an American these days…

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Obama’s Yellow Card: How Brazil is More Than Just “Bad Optics” « Hot Air

Obama’s Yellow Card: How Brazil is More Than Just “Bad Optics”

I don’t always agree with Ed Morrissey’s selections for his Obamateurism of the Day, but even when I don’t they generally provide some light amusement for the morning. Not so the most recent one, though, which deals with the fact that the Commander in Chief was found playing soccer with some children in Brazil just as he was sending American troops into harm’s way in Libya. This story unfolds just as the Speaker of the House was asking the President to explain the US role in Libya. Perhaps a better question might have been to ask for an explanation of Obama’s role in Brazil at such a critical juncture.

I’m not blind to the role that optics plays in American politics, and I’ll be the first to admit that some accusations of this type get a bit overblown. Whether it’s hitting the golf course in the middle of a natural disaster or conducting a fundraiser with union representatives just as their role in bankrupting the states is all over the news, leaders need to be aware of these sour notes if they hope to succeed. But as is so frequently pointed out, the White House travels with the president in the modern era and he can generally conduct most of his affairs from the road.

War is a different matter, though, and committing our troops to any engagement in hostile territory is one of the most sober and serious responsibilities faced by any president. Yes, he can be briefed and issue orders from afar through the miracles of modern technology, but there’s more to it than that. Being in the war room with the joint chiefs is the proper place for him on the day he launches a war, not clinking glasses of champagne with foreign dignitaries. Breaking news arrives there first and in such a critical situation there really is no substitute for being there with the Joint Chiefs where he can look them in the eye, take the measure of what they are saying, receive updates in real time and make the best decisions possible.

Small wonder that even Chuck Todd of MSNBC chose this weekend to refer to the split-screen presidency.

Running the launch of a war via sporadic conference calls from the Southern hemisphere is both literally and symbolically “phoning it in,” and at the worst possible time. Further, it’s simply a poor message to send to the troops. As submarine commanders give the order to turn the keys and let the tomahawks fly, as pilots receive the order to unleash missiles at ground based installations where lives will most surely be lost, seeing that your absolute, highest level commander was kicking a ball around with some kids in an ally in Rio can’t inspire confidence.

Plus, the aforementioned optics are still in play. It simply looks bad. I agree that the trip to South America was a worthwhile way for President Obama to spend his time, provided he focused on issues of jobs and the economy, but that was before we found out that we would be launching a third war. As soon as he made that decision, Air Force One should have been winging its way back to Washington. I’m positive that the president of Brazil would have understood as soon as the details were explained to her.

Since he chose to play soccer, the metaphor should continue. It’s time to issue Barack Obama a yellow card and let him know this play was flubbed. Badly.

is he daft or what?

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Oops. Lib website misspells “New Hampshire” while reporting that Bachmann and Tea Partiers are stupid |

Oops. Lib website misspells “New Hampshire” while reporting that Bachmann and Tea Partiers are stupid

March 20, 2011 · 8 comments

We love Yeah, we know it’s as lefty as they come, but at least they have a snarky sense of humor.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty damn funny that they’d misspell New Hampshire while saying that Michele Bachmann and the Tea Partiers aren’t very bright.

Nice work, Gawker.


I bet people in all 57 states are laughing about that one.

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Obama’s OMB nominee has no formal budget training or experience, proves it at Senate hearing |

Obama’s OMB nominee has no formal budget training or experience, proves it at Senate hearing

March 21, 2011 · 2 comments

Every once in a while a story comes along that reinforces our tagline: If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry.

Heather Higginbottom has no formal budget training or experience. So what, you may ask, qualifies her to be nominated as Deputy Director of the Office of Management & Budget other than having a name that sounds like it comes from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta? Simple. She’s was once an advisor to President Obama’s presidential campaign.

Unfortunately, she proved her complete lack of experience in things fiscal in a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Thursday.

The Daily Caller has the sad display:

President Obama’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tried, but failed to defend the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 in a Senate Budget Committee hearing Thursday afternoon.

Obama’s nominee, Heather Higginbottom, crumbled under questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking member of the committee, about the accuracy of statements the president and OMB Director Jacob Lew have made that the proposed budget will not add to the national debt.

The more than six-minute long questioning consisted of numerous exchanges that saw Higginbottom trying to dodge direct questions regarding the impact the president’s budget would have on the national debt.

Bottom line: She finally ‘fessed up and admitted that Obama’s 2012 budget not only doesn’t pay down the deficit, but adds to it.

Like we said, if we didn’t laugh, we’d cry.

H/T: Daily Caller

Is this a surprise to anyone? Obama has no experience, and hell, he’s president. Surely this gal can be a lil’ deputy with no experience. Come on now.

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Obama’s incredible lack of leadership « Hot Air

Obama’s incredible lack of leadership

John Hinderaker at Powerline hits on something I’ve been saying for quite some time about the man in the White House:

Last night Col. Ralph Peters was on Bill O’Reilly’s show, talking about Libya. Peters thinks we should act on behalf of the rebels there, but he expressed skepticism that President Obama will ever do anything. “Obama loves the idea of being President,” Peters said, “but he can’t make a decision.”

I think there is a lot of truth to that, even in domestic policy, where Obama has passively deferred to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on all legislative matters. One can debate whether action is appropriate in Libya or not, but Peters is certainly right when it comes to foreign policy–it is a safe bet that Obama will do nothing, because doing something would require a decision.

Now it just so happens that I think we ought to stay out of Libya, so this is a stopped clock moment for me.  I essentially agree with Obama’s non-decision.

However, to the larger point.  I agree with Peters completely when he says “Obama loves the idea of President, but he can’t make a decision”.  I might have said it a little differently.  Obama loves the idea of being President and the trappings and perks.  What he doesn’t like is the job.

I think that should be abundantly clear to anyone who has closely observed the man and taken a look at his background.  I always remember the words of the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review who said that Obama loved the title of Editor of the Law Review, but he didn’t want to do the work.  The managing editor said he rarely saw him except when it was to glad hand or take credit (and praise) for what was being done.  Additionally, Obama never wrote a thing for the review during his tenure, something almost unheard of.

In all cases, his problems are leadership problems.  He’s simply not a leader.  He has no idea how to be a leader.  But that doesn’t keep him from wanting leadership roles that offer him prestige, perks and pleasure derived from simply from being in the position.

The reason Obama can’t make a decision is he can’t reason like a leader must.  He has no experience.  And he doesn’t understand the decision making process as practiced by a leader.  He’s never really had to make leadership decisions. So he simply tries to avoid making them.  One way he does it is to ignore the problem.  Another way he does this is to appoint commissions and panels concerning problems the country faces in order to defer the problem (and decision).  He also like to defer to the “international community” on foreign policy or the Democratic leadership in the legislature on domestic things.  Again, the avoidance of decision making.

And, in the end, he lets them make the decisions for him and then he jumps on the bandwagon with a speech full of rhetoric about how they (whichever party he is deferring to on whatever issue) have listened to him and decided on a course much like he recommended.  Or something like that.

Even the Democrats are noticing how poor a leader he is.  They’ve been hollering for weeks, some of them very vocally, that he needs to step up and show some leadership in the budget process.  To this point he’s done much of nothing.   Today he gave a press conference on energy because gas prices have increased.  Essentially his line of argument, concerning domestic oil, is we’re doing fine and we shouldn’t worry.

And where has he decided to try to take a little leadership?

School bullying.

Umhmmm.  That boiling, roiling top tier controversy that threatens to tear the world apart.  On the turmoil in the Middle East, yeah, uh, not so much.  France is doing just fine and besides, Hillary will be by to see you soon.

Instead of a leader, we’re stuck with this:

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Amazing. “Easier”. See Peters’ words above.

I say we cut him loose in 2012 and let him take the “hope and change” show to China to make his case.  They’ll be bankrupt inside of 2 years.

just let him play golf and stuff his and his wife’s gullet with lobster for the next two years. Write is off as a very very bad experience and let someone of substance try to piece things together in 2012.

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Genius Jackson Jr: Amend the Constitution to make everything free |

Genius Jackson Jr: Amend the Constitution to make everything free

March 7, 2011 · 16 comments

According to Genius Jackson, Jr, we need to change the Constitution to give everyone a free house, free medical care, free educations, free iPods and free laptops.

Why stop there? You left out free cars and free gasoline. Free wide screen televisions and free HBO. Free Grand Slam breakfasts at Denny’s and free dinners at Outback Steakhouse. Free smoothies at Jamba Juice. Free shirts. Free underwear.

In fact, we’re pretty sure Genius, Jr. thinks everything should be free except elections.

is there something in the water in Illinois or what?

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American Thinker Blog: Steyn: ‘Why are we still in Germany’

A decade on, Kosovo is a sorta sovereign state, and in Frankfurt a young airport employee is so grateful for what America did for his people that he guns down U.S. servicemen while yelling “Allahu akbar!”

The strange shrunken spectator who serves as President of the United States, offering what he called “a few words about the tragic event that took place,” announced that he was “saddened,” and expressed his “gratitude for the service of those who were lost” and would “spare no effort” to “work with the German authorities” but it was a “stark reminder” of the “extraordinary sacrifices that our men and women in uniform are making . . .”

The passivity of these remarks is very telling. Men and women “in uniform” (which it’s not clear these airmen were even wearing) understand they may be called upon to make “extraordinary sacrifices” in battle. They do not expect to be “lost” on the shuttle bus at the hands of a civilian employee at a passenger air terminal in an allied nation.

But then I don’t suppose their comrades expected to be “lost” at the hands of an army major at Fort Hood, to cite the last “tragic event” that “took place” – which seems to be the president’s preferred euphemism for a guy opening fire while screaming “Allahu akbar!”

have we had enough of the “shrunken spectator who serves as President of the United States”. Why is there no impeachment process undertaken? He’s inept!

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