‘Obamanalysis’

 

 

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Found an excellent piece by ‘The White House Dossier’s’ Keith Koffler. It was actually written for ‘The Politico’. I’ve followed the site for some time. However, this is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to feature a posting. It’s a great take on the growing arrogant attitude displayed by Mr. Obama….

OBAMA’S HUBRIS PROBLEM

“Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed.

Except the White House photographer.

 That Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term.
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Hubris in a leader is an obnoxious thing, leading to imperiousness in governing. And it’s also a dangerous thing for a second-term president, often spelling trouble.

Unfortunately, this president’s acts of high handedness and self-absorption have been accumulating in the past several months at a blistering pace.

Even as the nation’s workers wilted under a struggling economy and high unemployment, Obama decided to take two round excursions to Hawaii at taxpayer expense over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Just six weeks later, he jetted down to Florida for a luxury four-day golf vacation where he played with Tiger Woods. Meanwhile Michelle Obama also took another vacation, skiing in Colorado.

"Hey!...We're entitled to have  a good time!..."

“Hey!…We’re entitled to have a good time!…”

 

'Damn!...Just missed it!"

‘Damn!…Just missed it!”

 

"I said DON'T look at the camera!"

“I said DON’T look at the camera!”

Even as the sequester began to force those who work for him in the federal government to take furloughs and government services were scaled back – including, famously, the White House tours – Obama stepped up his golf, roaring out of the White House in his motorcade three Saturdays in a row for the 50-minute round trip drive to the Joint Base Andrews course.

 

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“Aww…yeah!…”

 

In a true Marie Antoinette moment, Obama offered to pare back his pay by five percent as a show of empathy for those being furloughed. At annual salary of $400,000, that would force him to get by on a meager $380,000, in addition to a couple of hundred thousand extra dollars he can probably expect to make this year from book sales.

He had Memphis soul music legends throw a command performance for himself and the first lady in the East Room. He commended California’s attorney general for being the hottest of all the state AGs. He gave himself an exclusive viewing in the White House theater of the Jackie Robinson biopic, “42.”

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"You know...you're hot as sh*t!"

“You know…you’re hot as sh*t!”

 

"We really didn't know what this movie was about, but I thought, 'what the hell!...It'll make us look good!'...So..here we are!"

“We really didn’t know what this movie was about, but I thought, ‘what the hell!…It’ll make us look good!’…So..here we are!”

 

On Saturday night, he’ll be partying with journalists and their celebrity guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association bash.

All while the nation continues to suffer under his stewardship of the economy.

When gun legislation he backed failed to pass last week, he threw an epic hissy fit in the Rose Garden, proclaiming his opponents liars who thought “it wasn’t worth it” to protect kids from gun violence.

 

"That's right..Congress f**ked up my plans to blame Republicans for this...I know and you know this has NOTHING to do with guns or saving lives...it's about control..."

“That’s right..Congress f**ked up my plans to blame Republicans for this…I know and you know this has NOTHING to do with guns or saving lives…it’s about control…”

He said contemptuously that what “binds Republicans together” is their commitment to helping the rich. He delivered his budget two months late to Congress.

 

"As President, it's my job..and my ONLY job...to blame Republicans for EVERYTHING...It doesn't matter whether there's any truth or logic to it...it will ALWAYS be their fault...And the media buys this garbage..hook, line, and sinker..."

“As President, it’s my job..and my ONLY job…to blame Republicans for EVERYTHING…It doesn’t matter whether there’s any truth or logic to it…it will ALWAYS be their fault…And the media buys this garbage..hook, line, and sinker…”

Such disregard for appearances and disdain for his opposition suggests a president who perceives himself as free from the fetters that keep normal people in line and give presidents a sense of perspective.

Obama is already giving off that “L’etat, c’est moi” vibe, effectively legislating from the Oval Office.

He is picking and choosing which laws to enforce – like deciding not to deport certain groups of immigrants who would have been protected by the failed Dream Act and opting not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

 

"I will only support legislation and enforce laws when it benefits me politically..."

“I will only support legislation and enforce laws when it benefits me politically…”

This could be just the beginning. He vowed last week, as he has in the past, to advance his gun control agenda on his own. “Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama said.

The vast new Obamacare law gives him an endless array of regulations to implement, offering a cornucopia of opportunities to interpret the statute in ways that give him powers he shouldn’t have. The 900-page immigration bill may do the same, should it pass.

 

 

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But hubris may not only lead a president to stretch power, it can result in abuse of power.

Certainly the core of Watergate was corruption, but only a sense of hubris could have convinced Richard Nixon – late in his first term – that he could get away with the covering it up.

When Bill Clinton bounded out of the White House residence to see Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, he had to believe he was impervious to the rules that govern others – not just because of his behavior, but because he thought he wouldn’t get caught in flagrante delicto in the fishbowl that is the White House.

And what special exemption from reality did Ronald Reagan think he had when he convinced himself that he wasn’t paying ransom when he sent arms to Iran to try to secure the release of hostages the controlled in Lebanon?

If Obama starts to get too grand a sense of himself and sheds the last vestiges of concern for how others perceive him, it could lead him, as it has so many in positions of power, to believe he is beyond accountability. And that could end up as a tragedy for him, and for the nation.”

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Keith Koffler, who covered the White House as a reporter for CongressDaily and Roll Call, is editor of the blog White House Dossier.

 

While You’re not paying attention….

Just a few items today….some notable quotes and articles….I’m paying attention, so you don’t have to!

"I can't believe I got Rubio to go along with this piece of sh*t immigration legislation!...WHAT an idiot!"

“I can’t believe I got Rubio to go along with this piece of sh*t immigration legislation!…WHAT an idiot!”

“The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.” – The Politico

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/immigration-reform-could-upend-electoral-college-90478.html#ixzz2RIchmE6M

DEMOCRATS: THIS IMMIGRATION COMPROMISE IS LOOKING PRETTY SWEET TO US! – Town Hall

"It’s a terrible situation in Boston. And, unfortunately, … one gets the sense that this is more reflective of the ‘new normal,’ if you will,” ...“So much of society is changing so rapidly. We talk about a ‘new normal’ when it comes t0 climate change and adjusting to a change in the weather patterns. ‘New normal’ when it comes to public security in a post-9/11 world. Where these random acts of violence, which at one time were implausible, now seem all-too-frequent.”

“It’s a terrible situation in Boston. And, unfortunately, … one gets the sense that this is more reflective of the ‘new normal,’ if you will,” …“So much of society is changing so rapidly. We talk about a ‘new normal’ when it comes t0 climate change and adjusting to a change in the weather patterns. ‘New normal’ when it comes to public security in a post-9/11 world. Where these random acts of violence, which at one time were implausible, now seem all-too-frequent.”

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (D)

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“The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Financial Services Roundtable said the measure could pave the way for financial transaction taxes on the state level, an idea that Wall Street and its supporters fiercely oppose.

“It’s important for Congress to explore all the possible outcomes and costs of the proposal, especially the impact on consumers,” Scott Talbott, the senior vice president of public policy for the Roundtable, said in a statement.” – The Hill

Get ready to pay more!….Congress is fast tracking the internet sales tax!

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Get ready to hand it over!…..

“Handing over passwords could legally be a condition of acquiring or keeping a job, said WebProNews.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313367/CISPA-Amendment-US-cyber-attack-law-banning-employers-asking-Facebook-passwords-blocked.html#ixzz2RIhKAFcj
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“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry..”… “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

MORE moronic musings from New York’s idiotic mayor….you will note his point is WE have to change…NOT those that attack us…WE have to change to accommodate THEIR actions!

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OBAMA’S PSYCHODRAMAS – Victor Davis Hanson @ National Review

And finally…..

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AMERICA: #1 IN FEAR, STRESS, ANGER, DIVORCE, OBESITY, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, ETC. – The Economic Collapse

And you wonder why…..

 

Divided we stand, Divided (When) we fall: Boston and Aftermath

 

 

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After a troubling week, to say the least, the nation breathes a sigh of relief with the death of one Boston bombing suspect and the capture of his brother. While watching it unfold and reading about reaction, it troubled me how deep the divide is in this nation, even when obvious enemies threaten us all. And there’s no need to point out which half of the political divide is always quick to throw out unfounded and callous assertions. The political left in the United States never misses an opportunity to berate conservatism and conservatives as long as it fits their agenda. And berating conservatives IS a major part of their agenda.

The Boston bombings were no different. It was a crisis to be exploited by any means possible. From speculation about who the perpetrators were to how budget cuts affected state and local government response. Never mind the threat. The potential political capital was too great. Never let a good crisis go to waste! Playing right along, the media trumpeted their efforts on NOT speculating while they did just that.

We live in a free (though some may argue diminished) and open society. Threats from groups and individuals are a risk we take. However, that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. We can remain vigilant while preserving our freedoms. We can call out the enemy for who and what they are. Unfortunately, in our misguided efforts at political accommodation and correctness, many are not willing to pursue the latter.

Now what?…Well, we return to our daily lives as this chapter is closed. That is until the next time something like this happens. The New York Post offers an editorial today on why the war on terror is not over. Despite what we’re told by the Obama administration. That belief definitely deserves some consideration….

THE UNFINISHED WAR

“America this morning owes a huge debt of gratitude to its law-enforcement agents. Just over 100 hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, one suspect is dead and a second was captured last night. The threat they posed, for now at least, appears to be over.

Whew. These have been scary days. Indeed, the sight yesterday of the whole city of Boston on lockdown, with streets deserted and silent, couldn’t have been more eerie.

It was also chilling to see how successful the suspects, Chechen Muslim immigrants, were — not just in allegedly killing people, but in instilling widespread fear, especially in the Northeast. The week served as a painful reminder that this nation remains in an ongoing fight against terror — and that the homeland is still vulnerable.

On Thursday, cops first identified the two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as the key suspects and confronted them in a wild and bloody battle that left Tamerlan dead. With Dzhokhar still on the run through the day, officials ordered folks to stay inside. They said the pair had killed an MIT police officer, wounded a transit cop, carjacked a vehicle and sped off with its owner, hurled explosive devices and engaged cops in a shootout.

It will take time for their motives to be properly understood, but the pair appears to have left tantalizing clues: Both became devout Muslims and used social media to link to pro-jihadist videos. Tamerlan, a champion boxer, wrote that he would not fight on his native Chechnya’s team until it won its independence from Russia. He also wrote about his alienation, claiming, “I don’t have a single American friend.”

Classmates and associates painted a different portrait of the two — one of a total assimilation into US culture with no signs of religious or terrorist obsession.

All the possible motives, of course, need to be explored fully — and with no punches pulled for political correctness. More details may come in the days ahead. But whatever the bombers’ motives, this much is clear: The war on terror isn’t over. Alas, far from it.”

 

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Idiocy on Parade: Special Boston edition

You KNEW it was just a matter of time before speculation about who is behind the Boston bombings morphed into stupidity…and advancing a political agenda took precedence over solving the crime…. Here are some examples…..

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“By logic, whites mad about my article are proudly admitting they hope the bomber is a foreigner and/or a Muslim..”

Salon’s supremely dense columnist, David Sirota, tweeting about responses to his piece where he manages to make a horrible situation worse with this slimy contribution to the national discussion….I applaud your moronic approach, Mr. Sirota!

"I serve as well, Mr. Speaker, on the Homeland Security committee, and I think it is important to say and be honest that the seekester (sic) is devastating to America's Homeland Security..."

“I serve as well, Mr. Speaker, on the Homeland Security committee, and I think it is important to say and be honest that the seekester (sic) is devastating to America’s Homeland Security…”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) providing yet ANOTHER example of why many consider her one of the BIGGEST IDIOTS in Congress!

“We have to send you less money to help your first responders..."

“We have to send you less money to help your first responders…”

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) sarcastically attempting to tie the events in Boston to sequestration. The Congressman  makes it quite clear he has no sensible solution…..

“I’m saying that if the sequester had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. Yeah. I’m making an argument about reality. And I think that’s the only sensible response. We are spending a great deal of public money here. I am glad that we are.”...“And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a crisis like this. You’re asking me am I trying to make an argument to affect how people make decisions about public policy? Absolutely, I think this is an important teaching moment about what we need if we’re going to live the way we want to live.”

“I’m saying that if the seqwesta  had gone through, as we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. Yeah. I’m making an argument about reewality. And I think that’s the only sensible response. We are spending a gwate deal of public money here. I am glad that we are.”…“And yes, I do want maybe for this to have some people be less enthusiastic about reducing our ability to respond to a cwisis like this. You’re asking me am I twying to make an argument to affect how people make decisions about public powicy.. Absolutely, I think this is an important teaching moment about what we need if we’re going to wive the way we want to wive.”

Former Massachusetts Congressman, Elmer Fudd..I mean Barney Frank (D) in an interview following the Boston tragedy..It was difficult to decipher, but the Congressman feels advancing the agenda of the Democrats takes priority over everything else…Can’t let a tragedy like Boston go to waste!….

Today’s Democratic party and their supporters continue to make it painfully obvious where their priorities lie….

Complacency and Contempt…

 

 

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What can you say about the tragedy in Boston yesterday. Most Americans are likely at a loss for words in their helplessness. What is there to understand…or to be learned from such events? First and foremost, our enemies will stop at nothing to inflict harm upon us physically and spiritually. Aside from that, courage and determination are our greatest strengths.

I read an observation somewhere yesterday about the national unity after 9/11. I thought to myself those days are long gone. It’s doubtful we will ever see that again in this country. Division and resentment run too deep. That being said, I’d like to be proven wrong….in light of yesterday’s vicious attacks…

The Boston Herald’s Rachelle Cohen offers a perspective on the senseless violence that shook her city…and the nation…

TERRORIST CRIME SCENE HITS OUR CITY

“It was the day Boston lost its innocence. We used to think that the horror that is so commonplace in other parts of the world can’t touch us here — not on Marathon Day, not on Patriots Day, not on a perfect day when the sky is blue and all’s right with the world.

All weekend Back Bay was a neighborhood block party — a celebration for the 27,000 runners who come from all over the world to share our community, our world on this day. On Sunday as soon as Boylston Street is shut to traffic, people gather to have their photos taken at the finish line to capture the moment, to inspire them for the arduous 26.2 miles ahead.

But just 24 hours later Boylston Street — the sight that has always brought joy to the heart of every runner privileged to be heading for that finish line — was declared a crime scene.

A crime scene — in the heart of our town!

We have grown complacent since 9/11. No question about it. We have grown contemptuous of the host of silly rules and regulations designed to give the appearance of keeping us safe, when we know in our hearts that there is no such thing as safe any more.

For a time we put up with mall cops making us pop the trunks of our cars to enter a parking garage and thought, “Oh, really.” But we also knew that those who would cause us harm most likely look for just such “soft” targets. The “experts” have been telling us that for a long time.

We have grown used to having bags checked as we enter Fenway or the Garden. But we also know it’s not dreadfully serious — at least it hasn’t been until now.

Yesterday the usual precautions were taken in the usual spots. Bomb sniffing dogs gave one last check under the stands reserved for credentialed visitors. But who’s to check the retail stores just across the street — the spot where most spectators gathered? It’s not negligence. Far from it. It’s just an impossible task — unless, of course, we want to take a page from our Israeli friends and post armed guards at shop entrances, military at historic sites and major hotels.

Israelis have long known what it is like to face an enemy who cares not a whit whether a bomb planted in a shop or a trash can or under a restaurant table will take out a child or a grandmother — in fact, the more the better. Planting a bomb near a plate glass window assures maximum impact, maximum tragedy.

So yesterday it was our community that was shattered, our community where people died, children were injured, where limbs were shattered, where life changed — forever. There are moments of before and after — red lines that forever divide time and history.

This is one of those moments for Boston.

“We still do not know who did this or why,” President Obama said yesterday, “but we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”

Surely we all hope that is true. Yesterday everything changed. Yesterday my neighborhood became a crime scene. Today someone needs to be made to pay for that.”

Rachelle Cohen is editor of the editorial pages.

 

I applaud Ms Cohen for having the courage to call it what it is…terrorism. There seemed to be a reluctance to use that term yesterday. What ELSE would you call it?…..Difficult days lie ahead….

 

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