We are told by credentialed historians that Barack Obama is the smartest man to ever hold the office of president. We are told that ivy-league educated progressive leftists from the east and west coasts are the smartest people of all, far intellectually superior to those teabagger conservative dirt-kickers in flyover country. We are also told that not only has the president chosen the smartest people around, but they are also selflessly dedicated to working hard on behalf of others. We are also told the Democrats are the “party of science,” not swayed by partisanship, but only an objective commitment to doing things right.
How then has all this happened in such a “smart” administration?
And I am certain you can think of more examples, but the question remains; how can an administration we are told is so smart do so many epically stupid things.
Some Items offered in support of the thesis:
1. To cut costs, a VA Hospital (The same VA that paid a bureaucrat $288,000 to move 140 miles) gave veterans old drugs in place of the antipsychotic medications prescribed to them.
2. Veterans who seek treatment through the VA are having their Second Amendment rights revoked and their firearms confiscated.
“The [FBI] memo is particularly troubling to us because it makes it clear that the FBI is rubber-stamping the lists of veterans being sent to it by the VA and placing these veterans on the NICS list under the category of people being declared to have been ‘adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.’” Michael Connelly, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, told TheDC. “In fact, there is no adjudication process for the veterans and it is clear that the FBI and the VA are equating not paying ones bills on time with mental illness.”
3. Some dingbat in the Army decided it would be a good idea to make ROTC cadets buy women’s red high-heeled shoes and march around them, because it amused her, I suppose.
It is no surprise that under Obama, Army morale has fallen to an all-time low. Democrats hate the military, and the progressives in the Obama regime are taking out their animus on veterans.
Earlier this week, Mr. Obama used the Twitter Machine to make a childish, juvenile insult against the leader of the free and Democratic state of Israel.
Later in the week, Mr. Obama went to Panama and had a very friendly chat with the Marxist dictator of the enslaved nation of Cuba.
Just an observation: It seems the more free and open a country is, the more Obama tries to alienate them. (Israel, Britain, Germany). Whereas the more oppressive and brutal they are (Iran, Cuba), the more he friendly and agreeable he is toward them.
Has there ever been a President that spent so much time hurling childish insults at the opposition party?
Taking a swipe at the GOP, the President said, “You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran.”
Here is the president not diminishing his office by taking a selfie at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
The Narcissist and Megalomaniac in the White House surely does fancy himself a Diva, having proclaimed:
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
The Diva President fancies himself the smartest man in any room, who is always right on every issue and therefore everyone else is wrong and no other alternative than his own opinion need ever be presented to him. And he takes disagreement personally, and is quite vindictive when anyone he regards as an inferior intellect tries to upstage him.
But the Diva’s hissy-fit over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress seems to have unleashed a ‘Streisand Effect;’ giving the speech a much higher profile and importance than it would have had if the Diva and her entourage had just kept their mouths shut.
For Obama, the speech before Congress is a personal affront; for Netanyahu, it’s a matter of addressing an existential threat to his nation. Netanyahu understands that the real purpose of Obama’s Deal with Iran is not to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but to prevent military action against Iran *until* they can develop a nuclear weapon.
Leftists banned DDT (and sentenced millions of humans to death) because junk science said it would harm Bald Eagles. Now, windmills slaughter eagles by the hundreds, but it’s OK because every windmill is a temple to Gaia.
Emperor Stompyfoot and his Court of Mean Girls are considering different ways of getting back at “that bitch” Netanyahu and teaching that uncool girl to know her place.
Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is holding its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.
… the White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy, including dispatching Cabinet members out of the country and sending a lower-ranking official than normal to represent the administration at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the officials said.
Gee, why not just write bitchy things about him in the White House “Burn Book.”
If only Obama’s team spent as much time working on defeating ISIS as they do on this childish middle school bullcrap.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a group of guests in a private party that he didn’t think Emperor Barack I really loves the country he reigns over:
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
The rattling sound you heard was thousands of the Emperor’s Media Cult all clutching their pearls at the same time.
Let’s put it this way, if a man were about to get married, and on the eve of the wedding said, “I am going to fundamentally transform this woman!” would anyone think that he loved her?
How about if he traveled the world, telling everyone how ashamed he was of her past behavior? How about if he complained constantly about how racist and backwards she was? How about if he treated his wife like the only good thing she had ever done was marry him?
Would you still believe that he loved her?
Obama don’t love nothin’ but Obama.
Of course you realize the real purpose of Obama’s “Violent Extremist Conference and Distraction Event” has nothing to do with dealing with real violent extremism. Its real purpose is to promote Obama’s view that there’s no such thing as Islamist Violence, and anyway, other faiths are also guilty of the same violence (You know, as if Christians and Buddhists are going around burning people alive, selling children into sex slavery, and beheading non-believers) that Mohammedans totally aren’t committing, and, anyway, the Mohammedans are entitled to violence because they have “legitimate grievances” (unlike the Tea Party and others who oppose his policies but don’t kill people about it) and Mohammedans only commit the violent terrorism they don’t commit because they can’t find jobs.
Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
WWII would have been totes unnecessary if only FDR had gotten the Nazis jobs.
And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
Pure bullsheet. The Crusades were defensive wars fought against ISIS’s Mohammedan forefathers as they raged through the Middle East and Asia Minor committing exactly the same sorts of atrocities ISIS commits today. And the Abolitionist movement that ended slavery was expressly Christian in nature.
If ignorance ever goes to $90 a barrel, demand drilling rights on Obama’s head.
Obama discovers a way to spend Valentine’s Day with the one person he truly loves.
Emperor Obama has quietly dropped one aspect of his scheme to supply the parasitic dolts of the Democrat base with another freebie (free community college) by taking money away from 529 college savings accounts, which are used primarily by middle class families to save for college.
In short, Obama’s scheme was to penalize people who had done the responsible thing by putting money aside to pay for college, and use the money he took from them to provide “free” college for people who were too irresponsible to save for college, but who would vote for him out of gratitude for their free stuff. But that scheme was too Marxist even for some Democrats, if you can believe that.
A brilliant encapsulation of all Democrat economic policy.
It amused me that Obama presented his scheme in the form of, “If you work hard, you shouldn’t have to pay for college.” His definition of ‘working hard’ was just maintaining a C average in community college; which I don’t think is what most people would consider hard work. It is very indicative of his mindset that being a C-student at community college qualifies as ‘hard work.’
If I may be a bit incendiary, it’s really not difficult to figure out why The Emperor choose to spend Sunday afternoon watching football instead of standing in solidarity with the rest of the world against Terroristic Islam. There was no political advantage to going to Paris, of course. Also, the Emperor has what Hillary Clinton would call “empathy” for the terrorists, as they represent, in his view, the oppressed victims of Euro-Colonialism. One can look, as a matter of contrast, to the regime’s dispatch of three high-ranking representatives to the funeral of a thug in Missouri; which was both politically advantageous (whipping up the black vote before mid-term elections) and in synch with the Emperor’s sympathies.
A better metaphor for the absence of American leadership under Emperor Obama would be hard to find.
Just wondering, how do you suppose the left would respond if terrorists attacked FoxNews headquarters and killed 12 people?
“*We* find your bowing and scraping insufficiently obsequious. Go to John Boehner and let him show you the proper manner of showing obedience to your Emperor.”
It is said that when the only tool you know how to use is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Hence Obama’s response to #Fergudishu, spend a quarter billion dollars and let DC take over local policing.
No doubt that the Community-Organizer-in-Chief will make sure a lot of that $263 Mil will end up in the pockets of left-wing Democrat front groups like Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the National Council of The Race.
Also, Emperor Obama gave a speech that was the usual mix of pablum and megalomania we have come to expect from Third World tinpot despots. “This time will be different, because the President of the United States is deeply vested in making it different,” he said, then paused to make sure Andrea Mitchell didn’t pass out from sheer rapture.
There were some good ideas in Obama’s speech. Putting cams on cops has been proven to reduce both complaints of police brutality and assaults on police. If Darren Wilson had been wearing a cam on his collar, we could have Gosnelled the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Narrative before it made it out of Dorian Johnson’s lying pie-hole. (Narrative being the modern Democrat version of what Goebbels called the Big Lie.) Putting some controls on the acquisition of war equipment by local police is also good idea. But this is just the reasonable-sounding window dressing for what is essentially federalizing local police departments and (metaphorically) having a community organizer ride shotgun in every patrol car.
The problem is that Obama lies and no one can trust him. His speeches contain rhetoric flourishes that sound almost reasonable, but are just the sugar coating on the turd sandwich of leftism he is actually proposing. e.g. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” (Lie) “Border security is stronger than it has ever been.” (Lie) ” “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.” (Lie) “The United States of America is meeting (ISIS) with strength and resolve.” (Lie)
Lawlessness starts at the top (the Emperor’s new immigration order) and flows all the way down to rioters protesting the “murder” of an “innocent” black man by burning down the businesses of innocent people who had nothing to do with it. Representatives of the former were present at the emperor’s meeting yesterday; representatives of the latter were not.
Maybe a couple more year’s of Emperor Obama’s lawlessness will give the public a craving for a leader who stands for law and order; much like the lawlessness of David Dinkins led directly to the election of Rudy Giuliani. People tend to tolerate Social Justice Warriors only up to the point were they no longer feel safe in their own neighborhoods.
Tonight, apparently, His Imperial Majesty Barack Obama I — because the legislature has displeased him — will unilaterally impose his will on the country; and on the stupid American voters who don’t know what’s best for him.
The ironic part about this situation is that Democrats claim that Republicans want to impeach Obama because he’s black. But the truth of the matter is that the entire reason Republicans *won’t* impeach Obama is because he is black; no white male president could get away with the abuses of power Obama gets away with; not just on Amnesty, but on the abuse of the IRS to target political opponents, the unilateral exemptions granted under Obamacare, running guns to Mexican drug gangs. The Democrats would like nothing more than an impeachment trial that they and their media wing could turn into “Racist GOP Impeaches First Black President.” Obama’s approval ratings may be underwater with the citizenry, but his approval ratings in the media looks like North Korean election returns.
President Obama has just offended the Chinese people with his thoughtless gum-chewing. Click here to get to the video. (Video was not embedded here, because of its annoying ‘autoplay’.)
How can that be? In 2008, lefties assured me that we were electing a genius of diplomacy, compassion and consideration which – on top of his being brown-skinned – would make other nations trust and like us.
While I’m at it: You probably knew this already, but I was recently reminded that *just after* the 2012 election, Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined by the FEC for serious violations of election law. (more…)
Courtesy of ZH, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping stand together – away from President Obama.
Other news: Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare’s architect, brags about voter “stupidity” (his word) and how excellently he exploited it:
The conservative group American Commitment posted Jonathan Gruber’s remarks, reportedly from an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Ed Morrissey’s piece gives you the video, and Ed adds:
Gruber goes a little farther than that. He tells the crowd that the bill was written to fake out the CBO — which is the Congress’ own analytical group. “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber tells the audience with a smile. “If CBO scores the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”…
Democrats insisted that CBO’s initial scoring showed that the bill was deficit-neutral in its first ten years, thanks to…dodges like trawling revenue before making outlays a few years later. How much else did Democrats lie to get that initially positive scoring? How much else are Democrats still hiding about the ACA and the HHS implementation of it?
And now HHS tells us that they’re projecting Obamacare’s 2015 enrollment to be kind of a failure.
Last, but not least: Yes, the media helped Obama cover up his flailing on Benghazi.
The day after the Benghazi attack, Obama gave an interview to Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes (CBS) where he pointedly refused to call the attack terrorism. But later, in a debate with Mitt Romney, Obama claimed that he had always been prompt in calling it terrorism. Obama spoke falsely. And CBS helped him, by hiding the relevant interview clip – until after the election.
UPDATE: A report that when Democrat senators need to know White House plans or positions, they ask MSNBC. (Which shows Obama’s isolation, as well as MSNBC’s deep subservience to the White House.) Via Citizens News.