Obamateur Hour

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“One seriously hesitates to draw the conclusion that Barack Obama is a fool, no matter how strongly the evidence may point in that direction. But what are we to make of a man who is ignorant of history; who is ignorant of economics; who despises his own country; and who appears to believe that awareness of his own wonderfulness is enough to guide him? To put it charitably, he has a great deal to learn, and not much time to learn it.” — John Hinderaker, Powerline, November 15, 2009

“The [Recovery] plan was divided into three parts. One-third of the money has gone to tax relief for families and small businesses. … Another third of the money in the Recovery Act has been for emergency relief that is helping folks who’ve borne the brunt of this recession. … So that’s the second half. First half, tax relief. Second half, support for individuals, small businesses, and states that had fallen on hard times. The last third of the Recovery Act—and that’s what we’re going to talk about here today—is for investments.” — Acting President Obama, August 5, 2009, Elkhart, IN

“This isn’t the politics of the moment. This has to do with what can we get done right now.” — Obama, news conference, Dec. 7, 2010

“A weightless cipher whose oratorical panache consists of looking from one teleprompter screen to the other with the enthusiasm of a man watching someone else’s kids play tennis.”
— James Lileks, August 29, 2011

“But there’s not an action that I take that you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.”
— Obama, NY Times interview, July 28, 2013

[12 APR 14] Paul Mirengoff: The Warthog: A Soldier’s Best Friend; Obama, Not So Much
“It seems clear that military troops and veterans have good reason to wish that America had a different commander-in chief.”
[7 MAR 14] Leon Wieseltier (New Republic): Ukrainian Lessons for an American President
“The lack of preparedness at the White House was not merely a weakness of policy but also a weakness of worldview. The president is too often caught off guard by enmity, and by the nastiness of things. There really is no excuse for being surprised by evil. There is also no excuse for projecting one’s good intentions, one’s commitment to reason, one’s optimism about history, upon other individuals and other societies and other countries: narcissism is the enemy of empiricism.” But Wieseltier’s takeaway is that hopefully Obama will finally acknowledge the error of his ways — which is wishful thinking.
[6 MAR 14] Hinderaker: Obamacare Exchanges Are Scarcely Impacting the Uninsured
Most Americans signing up for Obamacare were previously insured, but lost their personal or employer insurance because of the ACA. A small percentage of new enrollees were previously uninsured, and a significant portion of those haven’t yet paid a premium. And this doesn’t even address the question of the age and health demographics of previously uninsured enrollees, on which the survival of Obamacare depends. As Hinderaker observes, “For now, let’s just note that to date, Obamacare is a far worse flop than has generally been reported.”
[2 MAR 14] WaPo Editorial Board: President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy
So which candidate did WaPo endorse in ’08 and ’12? Every policy — domestic and foreign — put forth by this administration is based on fantasy. Let me state the obvious corollary: the WaPo’s endorsements were based on fantasy. They helped put a mystical man-child in charge of America’s security. I can’t say FUCK YOU loud enough to these asshats.
[22 FEB 14 (edition date 3 MAR)] James Ceaser: The Great Disappointment of 2013: What happens when a political messiah fails?
“Messiah fatigue.” Accepters, deniers, deflectors, and self-identifying rubes.
[13 FEB 14] Krauthammer: Assigning the blame
“This is no abstract issue anymore. People are losing their insurance. They are losing their doctors. They are losing their hospitals. Some of them are losing jobs or losing hours as a result over the law, and it isn’t as if people are waiting for another disaster on the website. … When you decide to revolutionize a sixth of the U.S. economy and to issue tens of thousands of regulations on as delicate an ecosystem as American medicine, you deserve the blame for everything that goes wrong.”
[11 FEB 14] Fournier: Why I’m Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare
Another rube self-identifies: “It’s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation.”
[2 FEB 14] Christina Hoff Sommers: No, Women Don’t Make Less Money Than Men
“It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die — and Obama deployed it during the State of the Union — but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.”
Related: Hinderaker: Obama: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
“Remember when Obama was trying to plug ‘green’ energy and suppress the production of fossil fuels? Obama repeated, over and over, the claim that the U.S. can’t drill itself to energy sufficiency because we use 25% of the world’s energy and have only 2% of the world’s petroleum reserves. … But Obama no longer uses the line about the 2% and the 25% — not since it became apparent that his administration is being saved by fracking.”
[2 FEB 14] Kimball: Of Motes & Beams: Bridgegate Edition
“What is it, exactly, that Christie is accused of? Creating a traffic jam? No, not quite. Ordering a traffic jam? No, that’s not quite right either. Being irritated with the mayor of Fort Lee, who declined to endorse his reelection bid, and wishing to get back at him somehow and then not minding when he was embarrassed with some really bad traffic over the George Washington Bridge? … So here we have it: a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge vs. a rogue president who selectively enforces the law, who governs by fiat, and who ruthlessly employs the engines of state coercion against those who get in his way.”
[14 JAN 13] Putin vs. Obama
[1 JAN 14] Hinderaker: Has Obamacare turned the corner?
Depends which corner you mean.
[15 DEC 13] Ron Fournier: Politics Trumped Policy, Truth for Obama’s Reelect
“Obama’s apologists will say that every president plays politics with policy in elections years. Two problems with that. First, Obama promised to be better than the status quo. Second, he’s worse.”
[4 DEC 13] Hinderaker: Obama Pivots to Income Inequality
“For Obama to complain about wage stagnation and lack of upward mobility when economic growth has been essentially zero throughout his administration betrays either a lack of understanding of how the world works, or a cynicism so deep as to defy comprehension.”
[29 NOV 13] WSJ: ObamaCare’s Plans Are Worse
“The reason this furor will continue even if the website is fixed is that the public is learning that ObamaCare’s insurance costs more in return for worse coverage.”
[22 NOV 13] Mona Charen: Remembering Stanley Ann Dunham Obama
The foundational lies of Obamacare, whose namesake even lied about his cancer-stricken mother’s dealings with an insurance company. If this sales job were done in the private sector, Obama would be under indictment for fraud.
[22 NOV 13] Jean Kaufman: The Real Beneficiaries and Victims of Obamacare
“When Obamacare was just a gleam in its advocates’ eyes, there was already a system of health insurance in place that had been cobbled together over the years. It was admittedly imperfect, although it had been tweaked repeatedly to try to improve it. It was set by the states and overseen and regulated by state insurance departments and commissioners. Obama and liberal Democrats, and even some conservatives, have consistently pointed out what they perceive as unfair discrimination and/or inequities on the part of insurance companies under that system, although there were all sorts of laws in many states to help remedy the situation: limits on what restrictions could be placed on covering pre-existing conditions, laws forbidding the cancellation of policies when someone became sick unless fraud had been involved on the part of the patient, the establishment of high-risk pools, the provision of Medicaid for the poor, and prohibiting hospitals from turning away indigent patients.

“Did those rules make the system completely fair? Of course not. But the inequities that remained in health insurance were a subset of the more general inequities of life — such as the reality that some people are wealthier than others, and the wealthier can afford more — combined with the fact that insurance is a profit-making business. For example, allowing people to sign up with pre-existing conditions without charging them significantly more would tend to reduce profits and could even make that business go out of business rather rapidly. In sum, the unfairness was mostly understandable and not arbitrary, whether people thought it needed remediation or not.

“Obamacare was promoted as a program that would not only right those wrongs, but that would create no losers at all. This was always an absurdity, as anyone with a modicum of math knowledge would know. But those were the promises explicitly made by Obama and the Democrats: everyone would save money, no one would lose doctors or hospitals or health plans, the sick and unemployed would be covered, and it would save us all money — except for the very, very, very rich, whose taxes would be raised.

“Well, it hasn’t quite turned out that way. The old system had winners and losers, and so does the new one. But they are a very different set of winners and losers. You might say that Obamacare turns the old system on its head, and it’s not just the very rich who are penalized, it’s the solidly middle class and upper middle class. Not only did those groups not bargain for this, they were explicitly promised it would not happen.”

As GR says: Read The Whole Thing.

[20 NOV 13] Nick Gillespie: Why Youth is Rebelling Against Obama (and it’s not Obamacare)
“Millennials may be young, but they’re not stupid. As bad as Obama’s time in office has been for older Americans, nobody has taken it on the chin quite as bad as kids under 30, who are more likely to be unemployed, broke, and facing decades of sub-par wages if and when they do finally get a job.”
[19 NOV 13] Hinderaker: Don’t Be Distracted
“The real problems with Obamacare have little or nothing to do with the web site; they have everything to do with the substance of the law.”
[15 NOV 13] DUmmieFUnnies: Loyal Dem party hack gets insurance premiums & deductibles jacked up astronomically
More schadenfreude as the Feel-Good Story of the Year continues to unfold: “My wife’s plan will be canceled next year because it doesn’t meet the standards set in the ACA.” Fear not, schmuck: soon healthcare will be FREE!!
[15 NOV 13] Obama (press conference): “I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity a week before the website opens if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.”
Mark Steyn translates: “So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing.”
[12 NOV 13] Reason.com: Time to Start Considering Obamacare’s Worst Case Scenarios
“In private, even many critics of the law are at least a bit surprised by how poorly the rollout has gone. The question that many are asking is: How bad can this really get? The answer is … worse. A lot worse.” As my friend Tony D. observed: “The last time a president dropped a bomb this big, 70,000 Japanese died.”
[11 NOV 13] Remember the Pledge of Allegiance?
Not the one you recited in school — before 2009.
[2 thru 10 NOV 13] Currently overwhelmed by the fucked-up ACA rollout. I could post five links a day here, but who has time? BTW, suddenly the MSM seems to notice our SCoaMF’s shortcomings—now that he can’t be de-elected.
Reading about Obama voters whose health insurance plans were canceled or their rates jacked up is the feel-good story of the year. (HT: Iowahawk)
[1 NOV 13] Jonah Goldberg: Obama: The Myth of the Master Strategist
“Often in error but never in doubt, Obama could walk into the Rose Garden and step on a half-dozen rakes like Foghorn Leghorn in an old Looney Tunes cartoon, and the official line would be, ‘He meant to do that.’ The amazing thing is that so many people believe it. ‘Mr. Obama is like a championship chess player, always several moves ahead of friend and foe alike. He’s smart, deft, elegant and subtle,’ proclaimed then–New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in 2009. It’s an image of the president that his biggest fans, in and out of the press, have been terribly reluctant to relinquish — because it confirms the faith they invested in him. Nobody ever likes to admit they were suckered.”
[31 OCT 13] Pete Wehner: Even Jimmy Carter questions Obama’s competence
PW: “What exactly are the impressive achievements of President Obama? The revival of the American economy? Surging job growth? The success of the stimulus package and the number of ‘shovel ready jobs’? Moving us toward energy independence? Reducing the debt? Reducing poverty and the number of Americans on food stamps? His oversight of agencies like the IRS? The Fast and Furious program? Ending America’s political divisions and unifying his countrymen? Perhaps his skillful handling before, during, and after the terrorist assault on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi? His successes in Syria? Egypt? Iraq? Iran? Peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis? And don’t forget his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, which may rank among the worst major government programs in modern American history, a failure in both conception and implementation.”
[28 OCT 13] Bret Stephens (WSJ): The Unbearable Lightness of Obama
“The president didn’t know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he’s found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.”
[27 OCT 13] Dan Hanson at Marginal Revolution on the ACA rollout’s technical failings
“The real problems are with the back end of the software. When you try to get a quote for health insurance, the system has to connect to computers at the IRS, the VA, Medicaid/CHIP, various state agencies, Treasury, and HHS. They also have to connect to all the health plan carriers to get pre-subsidy pricing. All of these queries receive data that is then fed into the online calculator to give you a price. If any of these queries fails, the whole transaction fails. Most of these systems are old legacy systems with their own unique data formats. Some have been around since the 1960′s, and the people who wrote the code that runs on them are long gone. If one of these old crappy systems takes too long to respond, the transaction times out. Amazingly, none of this was tested until a week or two before the rollout, and the tests failed. They released the web site to the public anyway – an act which would border on criminal negligence if it was done in the private sector and someone was harmed. Their load tests crashed the system with only 200 simultaneous transactions – a load that even the worst-written front-end software could easily handle.”
[25 OCT 13] Steyn: Obamacare’s Magical Thinkers
CGI, the Canadian company who snared the US contract to design the (disastrous) Obamacare website, had previously designed a series of dysfunctional sites for various Canadian agencies—and had been fired by the governments of Canada, Ontario, and New Brunswick. “But there’s always America! ‘We continue to view U.S. federal government as a significant growth opportunity,’ declared CGI’s chief exec, in what would also make a fine epitaph for the republic.”
[18 OCT 13] Jeffrey Young (Obamacare supporter) at HuffPo: Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans
“If these problems persist longer — weeks, months, a whole year — the entire Obamacare project falls apart, [a health care consultant] said, ‘It’s a holy shit moment’.” For you, dumbass. To repeat: Government health care is like being offered a ride by the guy who stole your car.
[18 OCT 13] That was then, this is now
In August 2008, during the presidential campaign that resulted in Obama’s election, Rasmussen asked American voters whether the nation’s best days were behind or in the future. The result: 45% thought America’s best days were ahead, while 37% thought they had come and gone. After five years of Obama, that optimistic 45% has declined to 31%, while 52% express pessimism. But who cares about polls now that we’ve got “affordable” healthcare for everyone!
[17 OCT 13] Nick Gillespie/Reason.com: The Abysmal, Pathetic Obamacare Rollout
“Healthcare.gov is a colossal, expensive failure that projects a 1970s-era DMV experience into cyberspace.”
[16 OCT 13] WSJ: Obamacare’s Black Box: Why the exchanges are worse than even the critics imagined
“This isn’t some coding error, or even the Health and Human Service Department’s usual incompetence. The failures that have all but disabled ObamaCare are the result of deliberate political choices, which HHS and the White House are compounding with secrecy and stonewalling.”
[14 OCT 13] Avik Roy: Obamacare’s Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn’t Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are
“It’s quite possible that much of this disaster could have been avoided if the Obama administration had been willing to be open with the public about the degree to which Obamacare escalates the cost of health insurance. If they had, then a number of the problems with the exchange’s software architecture would never have arisen. But that would require admitting that the ‘Affordable Care Act’ was not accurately named.”
[14 OCT 13] Shikha Dalmia/Reason.com: Is Obamacare imploding?
“… a fiasco of epic proportions.”
[15 OCT 13] Krazy Kos Kidz discover the glories of Obamacare!
[10 OCT 13] Cathy Reisenwitz (Forbes.com): Millennials Are Opting Out Of Obamacare Because It’s Not Insurance
“The problem with this plan is that it hoses young, relatively poor people like me right when we least need high bills for services they’re not using. And it helps older, relatively rich people who should be able to afford the care they need. If America’s downtrodden and struggling young people are smart, they’ll opt out. Then it’ll be up to the federal government to fine them enough to make up for the shortfall.”
[8 OCT 13] Obamacare’s Promises:
• “If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less.”
• “I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
• “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
• “For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.”

Lies, lies, and more lies.

Obama media lackey breaks ranks (temporarily, no doubt), thinks ACA should be delayed.

How much did U.S. taxpayers shell out for a fucked-up website? $634,320,919.

To repeat: Government health care is like being offered a ride by the guy who stole your car.

[6 OCT 13] VHD: Obama as Chaos
“When the president derides the idea of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, he himself tried to do just that when as a senator he voted against the Bush administration request in 2006. When the president blasts the Republicans for trying to subvert the ‘settled law’ of Obamacare, Obama himself had earlier done precisely that when he unilaterally subverted his own legislation — by quite illegally discarding the employer mandate provision of Obamacare. At least the Republicans tried to revise elements of Obamacare through existing legislative protocols; the president preferred executive fiat to nullify a settled law.

“When the president deplores the lack of bipartisanship and the lockstep Republican effort to defund Obamacare, we remember that the president steamrolled the legislation through the Congress without a single Republican vote. When the president laments the loss of civility and reminds the public that he uses ‘calm’ rhetoric during the impasse, we know he has accused his opponents of being hostage takers and blackmailers who have ‘a gun held to the head of the American people,’ while his top media adviser Dan Pfeiffer has said that they had ‘a bomb strapped to their chest.’ When the president insists that the Republican effort to hold up the budget is unprecedented, we automatically deduce that, in fact, the action has many precedents, and on frequent prior occasions was a favored ploy of Democrats to gain leverage over Republican administrations.”

[5 OCT 13] Dave Carter: When the Bleeding Heart Becomes the Iron Fist
“Whatever the perceived shortcomings of Ted Cruz and his hardy band of stalwarts, they’ve performed a remarkable public service by highlighting the fate that awaits all who rub wrongly the translucently thin skin of King Barack the Petulant. The Spartans may have had their shields, Native Americans their tomahawks and arrows, the Samurai may have wielded his sword with all the deadly grace of a tiger in mid-attack, but pound for pound, nothing comes close to the audacious stupidity of ‘Barrycades’ and people in pointy little Smokey the Bear hats, poised to protect America’s monuments from law-abiding citizens. Welcome to liberal utopia, where barriers are not erected against terrorists or illegal aliens on our nation’s borders, but rather against citizens, and where wheelchair-bound veterans enroute to honor their comrades face tighter security than terrorists enroute to murder a US Ambassador. This is where up is down, wrong is right, illegality is celebrated as progress, and where Constitutionalism is derided as racist.”
[19 SEP 13] Obama: “Raising the debt ceiling … does not increase our debt.”
Stephen Green: “I think he was stoned when he said those words, or stoned when he wrote them.”
[17 SEP 13] WSJ: Obama Goes to War
Not with Syria, not with al Qaeda, not with Iran — with Republicans.
[16 SEP 13] Reason.com: The Misery of Obama’s Second Term
“After nearly five years of watching him in the White House, many are tired of Obama.”
Related: Jumping Off the O-Bandwagon
“First Maureen Down. Then Joe Klein. Then Roger Cohen. And now Ruth Marcus, the Washington Post’s answer to Maureen Dowd, has figured out that Obama is an empty suit.”
[15 SEP 13] Power Line: The Media Protect Obama Where It Counts
Four TIME magazine covers: One of these things is not like the others.
[6 SEP 13] Hinderaker: Paul Krugman calls Obamanomics “an astonishingly [sic], horrifying failure.”
“Of course, Krugman thinks the problem with Obama’s policies is that the stimulus was too small, the United States isn’t far enough in debt, and we don’t have a big enough public sector. More cowbell!”
[5 SEP 13] Buzzfeed: Was Mitt Romney Right About Everything?
“From Russia to Mali to Detroit, Romney’s biggest fans say they’ve been vindicated. Ten months after Romney shuffled off the national stage in defeat — consigned, many predicted, to a fate of instant irrelevance and permanent obscurity — Republicans are suddenly celebrating the presidential also-ran as a political prophet. From his widely mocked warnings about a hostile Russia to his adamant opposition to the increasingly unpopular implementation of Obamacare, the ex-candidate’s canon of campaign rhetoric now offers cause for vindication”
See also: Is Mitt Romney the new Nostradamus? (originally linked Jan 20)
[5 SEP 13] Hinderaker: Who are the 47%?
“After nearly five years, it is hard to see how anyone could defend Obama’s record in office. And yet, in the Rasmussen Survey, over the month of August an average of 47% of voters–there’s that number again!–said they approve of Obama’s job performance. So one asks: who are these people? Are they dependent on various forms of welfare, and therefore don’t care about anything except ever-expanding federal largesse? Are they die-hard partisans who think that even the most incompetent Democrat is better than the alternative? Are they low-information voters who are so insulated from the news that they don’t understand how bad Obama’s record is? Or are they so enamored of the idea of our First Black President that they will tell pollsters that they like what he is doing, even if they can’t think of a single positive accomplishment?”
[24 AUG 13] John Lott, Jr.: Obama’s Racial Imbalance
“President Obama’s election brought hope that he would bring Americans of all colors together. The opposite has occurred.”
[23 AUG 13] Zero Hedge: 33 Shocking Facts Which Show How Badly The Economy Has Tanked Under Obama
“Obama should not be ‘taking credit’ for anything when it comes to the economy. In fact, he should be deeply apologizing to the American people.”
[22 AUG 13] Investors.com: Obama’s Economy — We’ve Fallen And Can’t Get Up
“The picture gets even grimmer the deeper you dive into the data. The most vulnerable groups — blacks, Hispanics, female-headed families and the young — have fared far worse under Obama than everyone else.”
[31 JULY 13] Kaus: Obama’s Five Disconnects
Disconnect 1: Between what Obama says he’s doing and what he’s been doing. And four more.
[25 JULY 13] Steven Heyward: “Obama, the lamest of ducks
“It is possible that [long after he leaves office] Obama will become better known for what he did before he became president. Nothing, you might say, and you’d be right, but I submit that his pre-presidential nothing looks a lot better than the something he’s done in office.”
[25 JULY 13] James Taranto: Losing the Plot: Why coverage of Obama is so boring.
“The problem with the story that Obama and his press sycophants tell is that it is so boring and stupid. It reduces the president and his supporters to stick-figure caricatures of good and evil. We could fill a column with examples every day, but here are a few that have come across our desk just in the past 24 hours.”
[24 JUNE 13] Krauthammer: Foreign nations don’t worry or care what Obama says
“Russia and China care nothing for what Obama says, and they know that when he makes a threat, it carries no weight behind it. He’s talked a hundred times about holding x or y or z accountable. Nobody’s held accountable and everyone knows that.”
[22 JUNE 13] Rex Murphy: The Ordinary President
“Simply stated, the remarkable charisma of Barack Obama has fled. Fled, mainly because it was in large measure artificial from the beginning, embedded in external circumstances and fuelled in large measure by the media hyperdrive that attended his campaign.”
[20 JUNE 13] George Will: Obama hits a wall in Berlin
The highlight of Obama’s Berlin speech was informing the crowd that he’s black and Merkel is a woman. From there, downhill.
[17 JUNE 13] Hinderaker: Miss Utah vs. Barack Obama and Jay Carney
“Miss Utah is a 21-year-old beauty contestant. Yet her answer to the question about female-headed homes was subjected to more criticism, and more searching scrutiny, than anything that has been said by Barack Obama or Jay Carney in press conferences over the last four years.”
[8 JUNE 13] Hinderaker: How Bad is Obama’s Record on the Economy? THIS bad.
“Americans tend to be complacent about our economy. Many, especially Democrats, seem to believe that it produces a bottomless well of wealth from which they can borrow or steal. The truth is quite different. Economic leadership depends on economic intelligence; intelligence which is sorely lacking in the Obama administration. Under this administration, the U.S. economy’s performance has been poor, by any measure. We have consistently fallen behind better-run countries like Germany and Australia, and even basket cases like Mexico. Incompetence has a price, and every American is paying it. If high levels of poverty, unemployment and dependence on welfare are your goals, then the Obama administration is on the right track. But when it comes to economic growth — the creation of wealth which generates the jobs on which our children’s futures depend – the administration has been a disaster.”
[6 JUNE 13] American Enterprise Institute: 9 Reasons Why the 4-Year Old US Economic Recovery is Closer to Awful than Awesome
Recovery summer 5!
[21 MAY 13] John Fund: Obama’s ‘Chicago Way’
“Journalists used to know that presidents are in part a product of their past: where their careers were nurtured and where their politics were shaped. They understood this when it came to Ronald Reagan and California; they basically grasped it about Bill Clinton’s Arkansas, and certainly nailed it on George W. Bush and Texas. But with Barack Obama, all that went out the window. “
[22 MAY 13] Wehner/Commentary: Liberals Are Now Shocked, Shocked at Obama’s Culture of Intimidation
“Liberals in the press have been enablers of this president. Now that Mr. Obama has turned out to be a rather minacious chief executive, overseeing an out-of-control executive branch, I wonder if the president’s press courtiers are having second thoughts. I doubt it.”
[21 MAY 13] Kirsten Powers: How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press
“Much of the Fourth Estate shrugged when the Obama administration attacked Fox News. But now it’s coming for them, too.”
[19 MAY 13] Draw and Strike: How The New York Times Goes About Shaping The ‘Correct’ Perception People Should Have Of News Stories
“As these screenshots show, learn for yourself how a breaking news story containing REAL new information gets ‘massaged’ by a media professional to ensure that readers come away with the ‘correct’ impression.”
[17 MAY 13] James Taranto: President Asterisk
“No one can deny that Lance Armstrong and Mark McGwire were highly skilled athletes. But their accomplishments are forever tainted by their use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. The use of the IRS’s coercive power to suppress dissent against Obama is the political equivalent of steroids. The history books should record Obama’s re-election with an asterisk to indicate that it was achieved with the help of illicit means.”
[16 MAY 13] Thomas Lifson: The Mainstream Media Obama Psychodrama
“In a way that he never anticipated, Barack Obama finally may become what he promised to be: a uniter not a divider.”
[14 MAY 13] Politico: D.C. turns on Obama
Not really. Just an attempt by some insiders to salvage what’s left of their credibility in advance of the mid-terms.
[1 MAY 13] Taranto: Obama: Too Weak to Surrender
“Obama promises terrorists he’ll try hard to meet their demands.”
[27 APR 13] Examiner: Obamacare supporters can no longer deny economic reality
“With Obamacare on the books and headed for [what retiring Democrat Senator Max Baucus called a] ‘train wreck,’ Democrats may finally have created a situation for themselves in which they learn once and for all that they cannot repeal the laws of cause and effect or supply and demand.”
[24 APR 13] Politico: Lawmakers, aides seek Obamacare exemption
Government health care for thee, but not for me
[18 APR 13] McArdle: Obamacare May Put Some Unions Out of Business
“It would be ironic indeed if many of the private sector unions who supported Obamacare had actually signed their own death warrant.” I don’t call it “irony”; it’s comic relief. But I repeat myself: Government health care is like being offered a ride by the guy who stole your car.
[18 APR 13] Althouse: It’s been a bad first quarter of the first year of the second term
Gun control fail, NoKo’s nukes, WH tour shutdown, dissing Maggie’s funeral, the continued deadweight of ObamaCare, and an ongoing failure to lead that the WaPo says is “a good thing.”
[11 APR 13] Andrew Malcom: Obama’s perennial budget vow on jobs; So, how’s that going so far?
“As usual, Obama’s telepromptered remarks contained the usual mantra about jobs being his top priority. Maybe you’ve heard that 150 times before.”
[9 APR 13] Richard Epstein/Hoover Institution: The Economic Ignorance of Barack Obama
“To the President, the right question to ask is: Which form of government intervention can do most to improve the economy? The one answer that he will not accept is deregulation, which, both in the long and short run, is the only solution to the current woes.”
[4 APR 13] TIME journalist-cum-cheerleader for “activist government” expresses disappointment over president he helped elect’s incompetence in rolling out signature legislative “achievement.” Joe Klein, rube, self-identifies. Remember, every time you hear the phrase “health care” followed by “reform,” think “takeover.” Bonus: Who knew Obama’s own HHS has “found Head Start nearly worthless”? Didn’t hear that on the evening news.
More: Even liberals can’t ignore Obama’s ineptitude: “This administration has grand ambitions to grow government but little interest in running it.”
[29 MAR 13] Dear Mr. President, please stop BS’ing us on AGW
“As the central tenets of anthropogenic global warming become shakier and the economics of green energy are seen to be a lie, what happens? The record of this president indicates that he will double down.”
[21 MAR 13] USA Today: Obama’s Middle East Policy in Tatters
“The U.S is now less popular in the region than at the end of the George W. Bush administration.”
[17 MAR 13] Daniel Greenfield: Government Money
“Is there any company in America where for a mere few billion, you could become CEO and that company’s shareholders would be forced to sit back and watch for four years while you run up trillion dollar deficits and parcel out billions to your friends? Without going to jail or being marched out in handcuffs. A company that will allow you to indulge yourself, travel anywhere at company expense, live the good life, and only work when you feel like it. That will legally indemnify you against all shareholder lawsuits, while allowing you to dispose not only of their investments, but of their personal property in any way you see fit. There is only one such company. It’s called the United States Government.”
[5 MAR 13] Detroit News: Woodward and Chrysler meet Obama’s ‘Chicago Way’
“The auto bailout and sequester fight reveal a White House that will stretch the truth to gain political advantage—and kneecap those who would expose them.”
[4 MAR 13] Obama’s Thirteen Words
In Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, he said, talking about global warming: “Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods—all are now more frequent and intense.” The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP): “The claim is so factually challenged that it is a wonder it got by the White House staff.”
[20 FEB 13] Angelo Codevilla: As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned
“The Republican leadership, regarding its natural constituency as embarrassing to its pursuit of a larger role in government, limited its appeal to it. Thus it gradually cut itself off from the only root of the power by which it might gain that role. Thus the Republicans proved to be ‘the stupid party’.”
[13 FEB 13] State of the Union
Bryan Preston: “Barack Obama has no economics background. Upon what basis does he make his claims about creating jobs or growing the economy? It’s all entirely political, not based on any sound reality. He is addicted to spending other people’s money. For the sake of our country, he needs an intervention.”
Scott Johnson: “Here’s a question for conservatives: How come we didn’t realize during the Clinton administration how good we had it? President Obama really is giving us a new perspective on the state of the nation, isn’t he?”
[5 FEB 13] Tapscott: There are lots of “memos” about Obama that have yet to be reported by the sort of media folks of which [Politico] approves.
“One of [the Examiner's Richard] Pollock’s most interesting discoveries was a Chicago court case in which the young Obama defended a despicable slumlord who turned off the heat and water without prior notice to a low-income apartment complex during a record-cold winter. The residents were put on the street, yet Obama got the slumlord off with a $50 fine. A court clerk Pollock was working with said he was the first reporter ever to ask about the case.”
[22 JAN 13] Robert Tracinski: Barack Obama is Boring
[20 JAN 13] BizPac: Is Mitt Romney the new Nostradamus?
Predictions he made about Obama—for which Romney was scorned, ridiculed and called a liar—come to pass.
[22 DEC 12] POTUS: Big job. Small man. Behind-the-scenes fiscal cliff negotiations (via WSJ): “You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”
[21 DEC 12] GayPatriot: “Preview of Obama remarks at 5pm: Narcissistic diatribe followed by casting blame, false statements of unity, then taxpayer paid trip to Hawaii.”
[8 NOV 12] Laura Hollis: Election Post-Mortem
[7 NOV 12] Rabbi Pruzansky: The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
“The lure of free stuff is irresistible. Almost half of the population has no skin in the game — they don’t care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese. They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican, and does not bode well for the future.”
[7 NOV 12] Money in politics is good after all: Obama Wins 8 of 10 Wealthiest Counties in US
[7 NOV 12] John Edwards was right: two Americas, indeed. With this election the federal government just got bigger, and individual citizens just got smaller.
Mal Reynolds in Firefly: “May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
[6 NOV 12] Four More Years of See Below. Probably worse.
[24 OCT 12] Daily Beast: Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday in Decline and Struggling for Survival
Jim Treacher: “If there’s a downside here, I’m having trouble seeing it.”
[24 OCT 12] Jonathan S. Tobin: Dems Begin the Post-Obama Blame Game
“New York Times political writer Matt Bai’s choice for the person who steered the president wrong this year is none other than former President Bill Clinton.”
[9 OCT 12] Thomas Sowell: Phony in Chief
“Our Commander in Chief is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see.”
[9 OCT 12] Wayne Allyn Root Doubles Down: Romney Will Win in a Landslide
[9 OCT 12] I must have missed this cartoon first time around.
[1 OCT 12] Elizabeth Price Foley: In Advance of the First Debate: No Need for a Briar Patch of Wonkery
And insults aren’t necessary; just the facts — a litany of Obama’s incompetence and failure.
[24 SEP 12] WSJ: The 10% President
“The annotated Obama: How 90% of the deficit becomes somebody else’s fault.”
[21 SEP 12] Matthew Continetti: Obama’s Army
“The American media may not be sure when Romney lost exactly, but a consensus has been reached. The only question is by how much he will lose.”
[19 SEP 12] Andrew Malcolm: Fundraiser Obama parties, jokes on TV; So, how’s all this Romney’s mess?
A concise litany of recent global turmoil, presidential indifference, and Romney scapegoating.
[9 SEP 12] Tom Blumer: 43 Months of Depressing Misery
“We’re living through the worst presidential exercise of economic stewardship since FDR’s rabid progressivism locked the Federal Reserve-created, Hoover-enhanced Great Depression into place for eight additional years.”
[4 SEP 12] 689 Reasons to Defeat Barack Obama
10. So that dissent will once again be the highest form of patriotism.
22. Because he listened to the Reverend Wright’s crackpot racist diatribes for years and then gave us a lecture on racism.
50. Because he spent all of 2007 and 2008 imploring us to send him to Washington and, now that he has the job, he can’t stop whining about how much he hates it there.
28. Because “jobs created or saved” is Enron accounting.
63. So you’ll be able to criticize the president again without being called a racist.
71. Recovery Summer.
72. Recovery Summer II.
73. Recovery Summer III.
And 681 more …
[31 AUG 12] Timothy Dalrymple: Barack Obama, The Empty Stool
“To those with eyes to see, he is an act. A vacuous promise. An illusion. It’s time to give the seat to someone else.”
[31 AUG 12] Michael Ledeen: The Death of the Left
“Wisconsin, long considered one of the wackier leftist places in America, is now the cradle of creative conservatives. The Progressive mission known as the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ is politically and intellectually dead and buried. Wisconsin now votes for Paul Ryan and Scott Walker (and probably Tommy Thompson in a couple of months).”
[13 AUG 12] Roger Kimball: Karl Marx vs. The Zeitgeist
“I have been saying for some weeks now that I think Mitt Romney will not only win but will win by a significant margin. Here’s why.”
[9 AUG 12] Krauthammer: The Case Against Re-election
“There are two ways to run against Obama: stewardship or ideology. Run against his record or run against his ideas.”
[9 AUG 12] Neo-Neocon: Obama and the trickle-down fairy dust
“Obama has a new catch-phrase that he’s used five times in recent speeches, ‘trickle-down fairy dust.’ We’ve heard this duked out before.”
[9 AUG 12] Paul Rahe: Landslide on the Horizon
“Obama’s support is a mile wide and a quarter of an inch deep.”
To which Glenn Reynolds would usually say: “Don’t get cocky, kid.”
[8 AUG 12] Hot Air: Obama campaign’s phony jobs numbers
“Everything you need to know about President Obama’s job creation record—except the truth.”
[1 AUG 12] WSJ: Is Obama Beating Himself?
“Could it be that in selecting Mr. Romney, Republicans picked exactly the candidate best suited to bring out the worst in our president?”
[15 JUL 12] Treacher: Obama to Americans: You don’t deserve what you’ve earned
“Obama openly stokes bitter resentment against Americans who work hard, take risks, and create jobs. But at least he’s ‘likable’!”
[14 JUL 12] Matthew Continetti: Honey, I Shrunk Obama: Four Years Have Miniaturized His Appeal, Plans, and Rhetoric
[6 JUL 12] Obama Isn’t Working: Broken Record, Broken Promises
Each month the Obama Administration tells Americans “not to read too much into” monthly jobs reports.
[16 JUN 12] Dan Naden/PJ Media: We’ve Got the Narrative, Now Don’t Get Cocky
“That we even have ‘Crying Man’ to smirk at or that the Occupy movement collapsed so quickly are markers illustrating how different things are compared to just a couple decades ago.”
[12 JUN 12] John Hinderaker: His Nose Keeps Getting Longer
“I have been contemplating a post on the Obama administration’s scandals. “Scandals?” you may ask. “What scandals?” If you are a New York Times reader you may not be aware of them. And normally an administration doesn’t get knee-deep in scandal until its second term, which Barack Obama isn’t likely to enjoy. But if you step back from the daily spin of the news cycle for a moment–sort of like watching a boxing match with the sound turned off–you might conclude that the Obama administration has been more scandal-ridden than most people realize. Let’s just itemize a few.”
[9 MAY 12] President Narcissus:
“At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

One sentence containing four first-person references. Move over, Josh Hamilton.
[6 APR 12] Jay Cost: A Sorry Spectacle
“In 2007, he was the post-partisan unifier, a persona that could capitalize on the widespread frustration with the Bush years. Hence, The Audacity of Hope. Five years later, with the country as frustrated as ever, he has become a hyper-partisan hack who will blame anybody or anything to distract from his own shortcomings.”
[27 MAR 12] Scott Johnson: Obama’s Useful Idiocy: A Look Back
[25 MAR 12] #ILikeObamaCare
“#ILikeObamacare and unicorns. Eff Griffons.” “#ILikeObamaCare because I like going to the DMV.” “#Ilikeobamacare cause when it affects quality here I can just go to Cuba. It’s better. Michael Moore said so.”
[14 MAR 12] American Thinker: The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote.
[22 DEC 11] Liz Peek (Fiscal Times): Is The New York Times Obama’s Publicity Agent?
[23 NOV 11] Holman Jenkins: If Only Obama Had Been This Guy
Give Obama credit for one world-historical achievement: He makes Jimmy Carter look good.
[13 OCT 11] Krauthammer: Obama’s Scapegoat Strategy
“What do you do if you can’t run on your record—on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see? How to run when you are asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago and you are compelled to answer no?

“Play the outsider. Declare yourself the underdog. Denounce Washington as if the electorate hasn’t noticed that you’ve been in charge of it for nearly three years. But above all: Find villains.”

[11 OCT 11] VDH: When the Zealots Are No Longer Zealous
“In reading about Democratic and liberal uneasiness with Obama, one theme seems constant. There is a sort of repressed anger that Obama has somehow embarrassed many of his supporters, as if their ecstasy of 2008 now seems almost adolescent.”
[18 SEP 11] George Will, speaking on ABC’s This Week:
“He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown; Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who’s now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who’s now governor. He campaigned for the health-care plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics; Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has the rhetorical powers that he is relying on.”
[17 SEP 11] Rex Murphy: The media’s love affair with a disastrous president
“Much of the Obama [2008 campaign] coverage was orchestrated sychophancy. They glided past his pretensions. … The media walked right past the decades-long association of Obama with the weird and racist pastor Jeremiah Wright. … Every doubt they hid from themselves about Obama, every potential embarrassment they tucked under the blanket of their superior sensibilities. … As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President.”
[11 SEP 11] Robert Tracinski: Obama: The Obsolete ‘Post Office President’
“The pace of commercial and technological innovation is not news. It is a daily reality we take for granted. But the story underneath it is what politicians like Barack Obama refuse to acknowledge, and it is what makes all of their fake jobs programs and ‘infrastructure banks’ so futile and destructive. When geniuses like Barack Obama decide to use the power of government to impose their ideas and grow only the kinds of enterprises they favor, the result is not brisk innovation but the dead hand of static ideas. That is the lesson of the government’s failed experiment with solar panel maker Solyndra, which President Obama touted last year as the wave of the future, and whose technology was rendered obsolete before they even finished building their gleaming new factory backed by $600 million in federal loan guarantees. And it’s not just Solyndra. The whole solar and ‘alternative’ energy sector is crashing. These companies were not profitable and have not become profitable. The moment government subsidies and loan guarantees evaporate, so do they. So much for Obama’s career as a high-tech venture capitalist. Too bad the money he’s risking is ours.”
[8 SEP 11] White House Video Praising Solyndra as Recovery Act Success Story Posted on the White House blog May 26, 2010, just six months before Solyndra almost went bankrupt and was bailed out by a White House campaign bundler. In September 2011, the company went bankrupt anyway, triggering thousands of layoffs and costing hundreds of millions in wasted taxpayer dollars.
[17 JUL 11] Welcome Back: Jimmy O’Bama
[3 JUN 11] Nile Gardiner: “the American superpower is heading towards the economic abyss”
“After 29 months of the most left-wing presidency in US history, profligate spending, massive bailouts and useless stimulus measures have made America poorer, not richer, and threaten the long-term economic foundations of this great country. President Obama’s big government experiment has been a dangerous failure, only further proof that the deadening hand of federal intervention is the last thing America needs at this time. The United States needs more economic freedom, less government regulation and spending, and lower taxes if it is to create jobs, wealth and prosperity, a message that seems to have been lost on the Obama presidency as it drives the United States towards the financial abyss.”
[28 MAY 11] Barone: “Unexpectedly!”—Pro-Obama media always shocked by bad economic news
“Any comparison of economic coverage in the Bush years and the coverage now would show far fewer variants of the word ‘unexpectedly’ in stories suggesting economic doldrums.”
[27 MAY 11] The Virginian: I hope the Democrats run Obama in 2012
“I hope the Democrats don’t have any second thoughts about running Obama for re-election. Let him run on his record.”
[27 MAY 11] Stephen Green: The Obama Dilemma
“President Obama has a problem. No, not the economy, although that surely isn’t doing his popularity any favors right now. When a President loses control of Congress midstream, typically he turns to foreign policy—where the President’s import can’t be understated—to gin up his numbers. Let’s take a look around the world and see how that’s going for Obama, shall we?”
[27 MAY 11] The Virginian: I hope the Democrats run Obama in 2012
“I hope the Democrats don’t have any second thoughts about running Obama for re-election. Let him run on his record.”
[24 APR 11] Non-Self-Distancing Obamacon Declares “Out of [The] One, Many”
David Brooks: “[Obama] is multiple animals. You know, I would say we’re all – we all have multiple personalities. My psychobabble description of him is he’s a very complicated person who has many different selves, all of them authentic, but they come out in different contexts. And he is — has always has the ability to look at other parts of himself from a distance, and so it means he has great power to self-correct and I think it gives him power to see himself. It means that he rarely is all in.

“You know, President Bush didn’t have as much – many multiple selves, so when he made a decision he was all in, he was just going to be there. But as I think President Obama is much more cautious, because he’s a man of many pieces and many parts and not all of which I understand or I think anybody understands. But it may — it leads to that caution that we see time and time again and almost a self-distancing I see.”

[23 APR 11] Jonah Goldberg: The Unhappy President
“The list of people I feel sorry for is long. It includes not just the people I know personally who are suffering from misfortune, but the billions around the world having a rough time: Japanese earthquake victims, targets of ethnic cleansing, etc. Then there’s the supplemental list, such as the guy in the middle seat on a long flight. But one guy who doesn’t make the list is Barack Obama. And yet the president seems eager for people to know he feels aggrieved.”
[20 APR 11] Scott Johnson: Obama As Political Historian
“Obama’s historical ignorance could be a full time beat for somebody who does this work for a living, and it tells us something truly important about Barack Obama. His ignorance is as broad as it is deep.”
[28 MAR 11] Libya vs. Iraq
“Bush was a stupid frat boy and a baby-killer. Obama is awsum! His bracket picks were outstanding, too.”
[27 MAR 11] VDH: President Obama’s Ten Libyan Paradoxes
“In the Arab Middle East constitutional government works mostly 1) in Israel; or 2) when the U.S. (e.g., in Germany, Italy, Japan) removes a tyrant, destroys his government, occupies the country, writes the Constitution, and puts tens of thousands of troops on the ground to rebuild the society and shoot those who would hijack the reform–as in Iraq. Oddly, these are the two countries Obama has most criticized.”
[19 MAR 11] Steyn: The Audacity of Golf
“By the time you read this, President Obama will be taking a well-deserved break from the 54th hole of today’s scheduled golf game and the grueling responsibility of picking out his Final Four priority high-speed-rail projects on ESPN by relaxing on a beach in . . . Libya? Japan? No, Brazil.”
[04 MAR 11] Krauthammer: From Baghdad to Benghazi
“Now that revolutions are sweeping the Middle East and everyone is a convert to George W. Bush’s freedom agenda, it’s not just Iraq that has slid into the memory hole. Also forgotten is the once proudly proclaimed ‘realism’ of Years One and Two of President Obama’s foreign policy – the ‘smart power’ antidote to Bush’s alleged misty-eyed idealism.”
[25 FEB 11] Kyle-Anne Shiver: State Budget Battles Herald the Return of the Grown-Ups
“Now that Obama’s Clintonian triangulation has lasted for a nanosecond, the real adolescent Barack has once again emerged in full public view. Following a back-against-the-wall compromise on tax rates and a somewhat-presidential speech in Tucson, our out-of-control teen in the White House produced another dream-scheme budget and tried to pass it off as ‘investments’ for ‘winning the future.’”
[7 JAN-24 FEB 11] MOTS … nothing changed.
[6 JAN 11] VDH: The New Sophists
“The public might have better believed the deficit nostrums of [Obama's] former budget director Peter Orzag had he not retired after less than two years on the job to position himself for a multimillion-dollar billet at Citigroup—itself a recent recipient of some $25 billion in government bailout funds.”
[4 DEC 10] Glenn Reynolds: “The Nigel Tufnel presidency”
“Tufnel was the fictitious heavy metal guitarist in This Is Spinal Tap. In a classic scene, he displays his guitar collection and a special amplifier that—unlike all other amplifiers in existence—has knobs that go all the way up to 11, instead of just 10. That’s what Obama has done: In his first two years as president, he’s taken us to 11 in so many ways.”
[22 NOV 10] James W. Ceaser: The Great Repudiation
“If November 2010 represents the future in American politics, it is not the one progressives expected.”
[15 NOV 10] Timothy Dalrymple: The Wages of Spin
“The problem is not that Obama has not been selling. He has never stopped selling. The problem is that the American people aren’t buying it– because they are not buying him. The American people are not foolish; the problem is not with the sales pitch. The problem is, in part, the product. As Obama himself once said, a pig with lipstick is still a pig. But the deeper problem is that so many American people no longer find the salesman credible.”
[28 OCT 10] Malcolm: Obama’s got his midterm mantra down, so why isn’t anybody listening?
“There can’t be more than two or three breathing Americans who haven’t heard Obama’s economy storyline several times by now: You know, about the eight years of failed you-know-whats by you-know-who, about the huge hole Obama inherited after spending $750 million of other people’s money to buy responsibility for the presidency and how the national ship isn’t sinking as fast as it was 22 months ago. Never mind all those new 0′s on the national debt. And the still missing Recovery Summer. And Guantanamo. And DADT. And who crashed the national car into the ditch? And who wants the keys now?
And who has to get in the back seat? And something about a Slurpee, moving forward?”
[3 OCT 10] Selena Zito: Connected by Disconnect
“Americans voted for change in 2008 in record numbers. What they got was no different from the guy they voted against in 2004. Obama is no less out of touch than John Kerry, whom America watched windsurf before the 2004 election.”
[30 SEP 10] Michael Wolff: What Do We Do With Barack Obama?
“People are edging away from him. It’s buyer’s remorse with recrimination—self-recrimination. How did everybody get it so wrong is a question many people seem to be asking themselves—not least of all these people slinking out of the White House. It is not just that he has turned out to be something different. In fact, reasonably, he isn’t that different. The more powerful sense of remorse or at least sheepishness may come from people now asking themselves how and why they came to think of him as different than he was. More confounding, they may not really now be able to remember just who exactly they thought he was. Some mass misperception put Barack Obama in the White House and now nobody knows what to do with him.”
[25 AUG 10] Stossel: Where Are the New Jobs?
[17 AUG 10] WSJ: A Tea Party Manifesto: “The tea party movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, but a hostile takeover of it.”
[11 AUG 10] Fouad Ajami: The Obsolescence of Barack Obama: The magic of 2008 can’t be recreated, and good riddance to it
[5 AUG 10] Ed Morrissey: ObamaCare: The sum of all fears
To repeat: Government health care is like being offered a ride by the guy who stole your car.
[13 JUL 10] John Dickerson/Slate: Death of a Salesman: Obama is not a great pitchman for his policies
“Candidate Obama used to joke about rays of sunshine coming in when he started to speak. Now he brings the clouds. He’s spent a great deal of time talking about the Recovery Act and health care reform, but the political fortunes of those programs are dismal, which suggests his ability to persuade and change minds is seriously damaged.”
[22 JUN 10] Ed Driscoll: All The President’s Rubes
[15 APR 10] Lileks: No Taxation Without Satirization
“We won’t see a Value Added Tax soon, but progressives have patience. Ideally, they would like America to be as much like Europe as possible before continental drift brings the continents together, but if there are still some details to clear up as the land masses come within hailing distance, fine.”
[4 APR 10] Reynolds: Progressives can’t get past the Knowledge Problem
“In his ‘The Use of Knowledge In Society,’ Friedrich Hayek explained that information about supply and demand, scarcity and abundance, wants and needs exists in no single place in any economy. The economy is simply too large and complicated for such information to be gathered together. Any economic planner who attempts to do so will wind up hopelessly uninformed and behind the times, reacting to economicchanges in a clumsy, too-late fashion and then being forced to react again to fix the problems that the previous mistakes created, leading to new problems, and so on.”
[27 MAR 10] Gutfeld: Anger Is A Right
We are angry not because we lost, but that we lost to losers. I’m not talking about Obama or the Dems. They’re winners, sadly. I’m talking about progressivism. The reason why I’m angry and my friends are angry is because the greatest, most winningest country in the history of the world just embraced the loser’s doctrine.
[5 FEB 10] Krauthammer: The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010
[13 DEC 09] Steyn channels Obama:
“There are those who say there is no evil in the world. There are others who argue that pink fluffy bunnies are the spawn of Satan and conspiring to overthrow civilization. Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis. We must begin by finding the courage to acknowledge the hard truth that I am living testimony to the power of nuance to triumph over hard truth and come to the end of the sentence on a note of sonorous, polysyllabic if somewhat hollow uplift.”
[10 DEC 09] VDH: Why Are We Tiring of Obama?
A litany of mistakes and malapropisms; negligence, naivete, and narcissism; ignorance and idiocy
[4 DEC 09] Tina Brown: Obama’s Fog of War
“The real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn’t really believe a word he is saying.”
[30 NOV 09] Fouad Ajami: The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama
A Saudi academic in Jeddah, previously “smitten with” POTUS44: “He talks too much.” Hope & Change!
[21 NOV 09] The Miracle of ObamaCare
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): “Today we vote whether to even discuss one of the greatest issues of our generation – indeed, one of the greatest issues this body has ever face [sic]: whether this nation will finally guarantee its people the right to live free from the fear of illness and death, which can be prevented by decent health care for all.”
Government health care is like being offered a ride by the guy who stole your car.
[10 NOV 09] VDH & Robert Baer: Chaosistan, a 50/50 chance by March 2009
moderator Peter Robinson: “a cheerless note on which to end”
[9 NOV 09] Paul Rahe: Obama’s Gestures
“This president has ample time to do damage to [America], a country that, there is reason to suspect, he deeply hates.”
[10 Nov 09] Postscript 1. Postscript 2.
[8 NOV 09] Cassandra at Villainous Company: Obama doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the Military he commands
“Life is full of mysteries, but chief among them in this Marine wife’s mind at the moment is, ‘Just how stupid does this White House think we are?’ If the events of the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that Barack Obama has little enthusiasm for – nor interest in – one of the most important duties of an American President: his role as Commander in Chief of the nation’s armed forces.”
[7 NOV 09] Toby Harnden: Americans “wistful for Bush”? The “Bloodless Obama”
[19 OCT 09] Krauthammer: Decline is a Choice: The End of American Ascendancy
“Renunciation of primacy abroad provides the added resources for more social goods at home. To put it in the language of the 1990s, the [current] expanded domestic agenda is fed by a peace dividend—except that in the absence of peace, it is a retreat dividend. And there’s the rub. For the Europeans there really is a peace dividend, because we provide the peace. They can afford social democracy without the capacity to defend themselves because they can always depend on the United States. So why not us as well? Because what for Europe is decadence—decline, in both comfort and relative safety—is for us mere denial. Europe can eat, drink, and be merry for America protects her. But for America it’s different. If we choose the life of ease, who stands guard for us?”
[8 OCT 09] Do the Watusi: Art, imitation, and the Obamas
Comment: “Obama also owns a painting called Canines Playing Canasta
[5 Nov 09] Update: Never mind. “It didn’t fit the space right.”
[30 Sep 09] Obama’s Wrecking Crew
Paul Rahe: “At some point, if these [economic advisors] have any self-respect, they will have
to separate themselves from the current administration.”
[9 SEP 09] Obama bloviates to a joint session of congress
John Hinderaker: “This was not, to put it kindly, a speech that was directed at thinking people.”
[7 SEP 09] “When I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely”   — Obama, 9/26/2008 [update: site expired, link removed]
[12 AUG 09] Surgeons dissect Obama: “Uninformed, ill-informed, incorrect, alarming, dangerous, and wrong”
Whole Foods offers a tangy recipe for health care

Priorities: No American Should Have to Choose Between Health Insurance and Getting Drunk
[7 AUG 09] Opposing “health insurance reform” with Brooks Brothers suits and swastikas
Jonah Goldberg: “The world’s most famous community organizer is whining about community organizing”
Picky, picky: No Treats From Obama
[5 AUG 09] Know Your Town Hall Mob Agitators!
Well-dressed! Desperate! Heartless! Health-hating! Plutocratic! Fishy!
bonus: NYT Nobel-winning economist proves the popularity of Canadian healthcare
[30 JUL 09] Joe Biden gaffe clearinghouse
Dan Quayle was derided as an “idiot” because he misspelled “potato.” Anything else? [update: site discontinued, link removed]
[19 JUL 09] “We know that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.”
— President Obama, March 20, 2009
Videotaped remarks to the Islamic Republic of Iran in Celebration of Nowruz
[27 JUN 09] “Universal coverage”: We’re from the government and we’re here to help!
[10 JUN 09] The $787 Billion Mistake
“schlock economics”
[7 JUN 09] The Grand Unification Theory of Sucking
Our economy as managed by Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, and Dr. Howard
[26 MAY 09] TOUGH TALK!
The US is “prepared to use adverbs” if necessary
[21 MAY 09] Cheneyku
[16 MAY 09] Transcript of BHO’s WHCD speech from an alternate universe
In which he makes fun of himself instead of taking thinly veiled shots at his detractors. [update: site expired, link removed]
[12 APR 09] Obama’s Teleprompter’s Blog
Reflections from the Hard Drive of the Machine that Enables the Voice of the Leader of the Free World
[10 APR 09] Bad Paintings of Barack Obama
NOTE: Proprietor periodically experiences bouts of remorse and takes site offline.
My guess is he really admires BHO, but resents that people who don’t continually link to his site.
Victor Davis Hanson
[12 APR 09] President of the World: Adulation and admiration–then hell to pay
[14 May 09] Cracks in the Facade
[4 APR 09] Obama’s military procurement upgrades
President Girlyman’s strategy to remake US defense
[3 APR 09] World’s Greatest Orator
Does anybody understand what this guy is talking about?
[3 APR 09] Is this a set-up?
If so, what’s the punchline?
[6 MAR 09] Meltdown
[27 FEB 09] Commandante Obama
[21 JAN 09] Building a Religion
launched: 22 January 2009
projected end (extended): 20 January 2017

Updated: April 13, 2014