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Obama Punishes Political Opponents; Pardons America’s Enemies

Posted by V the K at 9:27 am - January 18, 2017.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Andrew McCarthy via Instapundit:

The degree to which Obama has wielded executive power in favor of America’s enemies and against his own political opponents and scapegoats is breathtaking. The treasonous Manning gets an 80 percent shave off his sentence. Now we learn Oscar Lopez-Rivera, an unrepentant FALN terrorist convicted of waging war against the United States, has also had his sentence commuted. Taliban commanders are released, replenishing our jihadist enemies even as they continue prosecuting a terrorist war against our troops and allies, in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter who may, at least indirectly, have caused the deaths of American soldiers. Iran is enriched and empowered with tens of billions of dollars – including ransom cash – and a mammoth nuclear energy program (with the certainty that it will yield a nuclear weapons stockpile) even as it remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism calling for “death to America.”

But if you are Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative Obama critic, the Justice Department inflates an administrative violation into multiple felonies and aggressively advocates (thankfully, without success) for a stiff prison sentence. If you are a tea party group gearing up to fight Obama’s re-election, here comes the IRS. If you are “anti-Muslim video producer” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Obama needs a scapegoat for his derelictions in Benghazi, you end up in the slammer. If you are a deep-pocketed financial institution that Obama wants to make the culprit for the government-driven financial meltdown, or to raid so the radical left’s legion of “community organizers” can be funded, prepare to pony up a 9- or 10-figure “settlement.” If you are a police department, be ready to be scandalized as a practitioner of racially malicious enforcement. If you are Israel, brace for the “international outlaw” smear.

This tilt in favor of America’s avowed enemies and the abuse of State Power to punish domestic dissenters has been a recurring theme throughout his presidency. So the question is, do Obama’s fan-boys in the media, academia, and elsewhere refuse to see this, or are they on-board with it?

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The 2016 Election in Three Memes

Last Tuesday, Obama gave his “farewell” address, which prompted all sorts of ridiculous, weepy posts from Obama supporters about how “classy” he was and how much they would miss him, and how his administration was “scandal-free.” Needless to say, these folks will remain clueless as to why Trump won in November as long as they put Obama on a pedestal. Most of us don’t remember the last eight years with any fondness at all. Instead, we remember a thin-skinned, spiteful, petty man who always had his mind set on one thing, and that was advancing his own power and his party’s grip on power.

Back in October 2013, I wrote a post where I called Obama’s administration the Dawn Davenport Presidency, and it has remained as true in the intervening years as it was then. At the time, I used the website meme creator to create a meme which I considered using to illustrate that post, but I didn’t post it at the time. Now that there are only five days remaining in Obama’s second term, I am bringing it back, because it provides one explanation for what happened with the voters in 2016.

Of course, this election was also about Hillary Clinton.

In the past week, there has been a lot of buzz about Meryl Streep’s harangue at the Golden Globe Awards. Over the summer, though, Streep also attracted attention for two things, her film about Florence Foster Jenkins, and her deranged appearance during her speech at the Democrat National Convention in August. The Jenkins film was what interested me, though, because it seemed to offer a perfect metaphor for Clinton’s political career. Florence Foster Jenkins was famous for having a tin ear and little talent in her chosen field. She benefited largely from her husband’s connections.

Last February at ZeroHedge, I saw a great post outlining Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign Policy Catastrophes where a commenter named Elliott Eldrich memorably declared: “Hillary’s greatest ability is her uncanny talent for producing the most wretched results imaginable, and then loudly claiming how amazing her accomplishments are. I believe it’s because she somehow manages to convince herself of this first, which makes selling it to others all the easier. She’s the Florence Foster Jenkins of statecraft.”
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Good Riddance

Posted by V the K at 9:10 am - January 11, 2017.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Every Obama speech is the same; a tedious, self-serving arrangement of empty platitudes, burning strawmen, and lies. The Democrat Media Complex gushes over each one the next day like it was the greatest speech in human history, and then it’s forgotten the day after that. It is symbolic that the President’s ‘farewell’ speech was delivered in a literal echo chamber.

Front Page has a good rundown of the dishonesty, megalomania, and tedious retreads of old left-wing talking points that made up this particular speech The author notes that Chicago was also a perfectly symbolic setting for this President to give the last official speech of his presidency; the city is a petri dish of the same failed radical policies Obama attempted to impose, with different levels of success, on the country as a whole.

Of course Chicago was an appropriate locale for the goodbye address. It’s a violent one-party city that is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption.

Ruled by his former White House chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in 2016 there were 762 murders in Chicago, more than all the murders recorded that year in New York City and Los Angeles combined. There were 4,331 people shot in Chicago in 2016, up from 3,550 in 2015, in a city where politicians blame inanimate objects, instead of criminals, for homicides and work relentlessly to deprive helpless residents of their Second Amendment rights.

Chicago is also a so-called sanctuary city that goes out of its way to shield illegal aliens from immigration authorities and make their lives as comfortable as possible at the expense of everyone else. Obama protégé Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans.

Chicago’s debt has junk-bond status and residents are fleeing the city in droves in search of greener pastures. It is also home to failing public schools made worse by the militant, rapacious Chicago Teachers Union and spectacularly unsuccessful public housing complexes.

They should really just rename Chicago “Obama City.”

A Corrupt President Under Foreign Influence

So, President Obama gave the anti-American, terror-sponsoring Government of Iran over $10 Billion in the last four years and I’m supposed to be bothered because Donald Trump wants peaceful relations with Russia?

Senior Iranian officials late last week confirmed reports that the total amount of money paid to Iran over the past four years is in excess of $10 billion, a figure that runs counter to official estimates provided by the White House.

But wait, there’s more!: Obama Gifts Iran With Massive Uranium Shipment From Russia Sufficient “For More Than 10 Nuclear Bombs”

No wonder Obama desperately wants us distracted by that “Russian Hacking” story.

The Out-Of-Touch-O-Crats

Posted by V the K at 11:02 am - January 7, 2017.
Filed under: Big Hollywood,Obama Watch

Obama threw himself a going-away party last night and invited all of his ultra-wealthy celebrity friends.

It got me to thinking about how the left lately has been taunting Trump for his lack of celebrity support, the lack of “Big Name Stars” performing at his inauguration, and all the series of lame celebrity videos where celebrities try to influence politics by making sad faces in front of a neutral background and repeating the last word of the previous celebrity’s sentence.

The Democrat Left, once again, is acting like the middle school girls they are. “Look at how cool we are. The celebrities love us. They hate you. That’s because you’re not cool.”

I may not be the biggest fan of Donald Trump, but I am glad that the grown-ups in this country — who’ve had enough of this crap — prevailed in November 2016. Even if the popular vote totals showed there are more middle school girls than grown-ups in the country.

 

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What a Beautiful Sight

Posted by V the K at 11:23 am - January 5, 2017.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Moving Vans in front of the White House.  I wonder which of Obama’s three luxurious mansions they will be moving stuff to.

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#NotACult

Posted by V the K at 2:12 pm - January 4, 2017.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Trust in the media at all time low? Wonder why.

The same people who write this cult-like drivel look in the mirror & scratch their heads wondering why “trust” in the news business is at an all-time low. – Benny Arthur Johnson

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The Obama World of Self-Delusion

Posted by V the K at 1:18 pm - January 2, 2017.
Filed under: Obama Watch

The last eight years have been pretty bad. But as we prepare to wave good-bye and good riddance to one of America’s truly awful presidencies, there are some low points that stick out in the memory more than others.

Obama’s Iranian-born slumlord chief advisor Valerie Jarrett claims “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.” Really? No scandals? Solyndra, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the Secret Service picking up hookers, his Secretary of Treasury who cheated on his taxes? These weren’t scandals.

I think she meant he isn’t ashamed of his scandals… because he has no capability to feel remorse. People who’ve been told they are flawless gods their entire lives tend to get that way.

And nothing to embarrass himself? So, he wasn’t embarrassed when he walked up to a window and tried to open it like a door? Or, when he and the Danish Prime Minister were yukking it up taking selfies at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service? Or when he tried to get a open umbrella through an archway? Or when he made that “workout video” flapping around with those little baby weights. Or, when he gifted Britain’s blind prime minister with a collection of DVD’s that were incompatible with British DVD players.

Again? Not embarrassed? Or simply incapable of feeling shame?

One more thing. Obama has been lecturing Hillary and the Democrats about how they lost by being too elite and out of touch (this from the guy who whined about the price of Arugula at Whole Foods back in ’08.) In his last press conference before departing on his annual lavish, taxpayer funded Hawaiian vacations, Obama lectured.

I became a U.S. Senator not just because I had a strong base in Chicago, but because I was driving downstate Illinois and going to fish fries and sitting in V.F.W. Halls and talking to farmers.

No, dirtbag. You only became a US Senator because a corrupt Chicago judge released your opponent’s sealed divorce record and the Chicago Democrat Machine hyped it into a scandal. Your entire political career is the fruit of a poisoned tree, and it shows. Were it not for 7 of 9′s divorce, we would have had Hillary Clinton as president. Which would also have been dreadful.

Obama Punishes Russia for Allegedly Revealing the Corruption of the DNC and the Collusion of the Media with the Hillary Campaign

Posted by V the K at 5:06 pm - December 29, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

A pretty accurate summation, right?

The FBI’s “evidence” of Russian involvement is laughable. Short version: asically they say the Russians were involved because they found OnionDuke malware and Russians are known to use OnionDuke. OnionDuke is well known and any hacker, anywhere in the world could have been responsible. This is idiotic even for Obama.

Not to mention, the source of the DNC leaks says no Russian involvement; the leaker was a disgruntled DNC employee.

America, You Have Failed to Make Michelle Obama Happy

Posted by V the K at 12:19 pm - December 21, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

The FLOTUS sat down with billionaire Oprah Winfrey (who wore the SuperSize Spectacles liberals wear when they want to project “smart and serious”) and lamented how tough life is when you have 24-7 Secret Service protection, unlimited taxpayer-funded vacations, and fashion designers forcing you to wear gowns that cost more than most people’s cars.

“There’s nowhere in the world I can go and sit and have a cup of coffee,” Obama lamented. It’s a frequent grievance.

Nowhere except… Spain, Martha’s Vineyard, the Great Wall of China, Aspen, Hawaii…

I can see why she has lost all hope.

BTW, Oprah also gushes that Michelle Obama was “the coolest First Lady in US History.”

So F–k You Jackie O and Dolly Madison!

Michelle Obama: Election of Trump Means America Has Lost Hope

This is why those idiot leftist memes about what a gracious and wonderful pair these two really grind my gears.

The First Lady used her final interview in the White House to tell Oprah Winfrey that a ‘grown up’ should be in charge of the country.

Looking forward to president-elect Trump’s looming inauguration, she said even though hope was lost, it was necessary to move on.

“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” [said the FLOTUS]

Their party lost an election, and so they have to trash-talk their successor going out the door. The Obamas don’t have any class. They have the affectations of class, the arrogance of the privileged, and the adoration of leftist saps, but they have no class.

Update: Trump responds.

“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there is no hope. I assume she was talking about the past, not the future. Because I’m telling you, we have tremendous hope. And we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential. We are going to be so successful as a country again. We are going to be amazing.”

Obama: Americans Don’t Appreciate Me Because They’re Racist

Posted by V the K at 4:08 pm - December 8, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Unable to accept that it was policies, and not his race, that was at issue… Obama claims that the only reason he’s not universally worshiped as the Bestest President Evers (as he is in the mainstream media) is because people who don’t appreciate his wonderfulness are racist.

President Barack Obama says the color of his skin has ‘absolutely’ contributed to white Americans’ negative perceptions of his time in office.

The president said in a Wednesday special looking back on his legacy, ‘I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states.

Yeah, perceptions of his presidency have nothing to do with the economic hardships the working class has suffered (which have been indignantly neglected by his administration). with a foreign policy that’s made the world much less safer, with his complete hostility toward border enforcement, or to the massive overreach of his executive branch.

Everybody would have been OK with all that, if he were white.

So thinks the Great Obama.

Agitator-In-Chief

Posted by V the K at 8:20 am - November 18, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Headline 1: Anti-Trump protester punches police officer in the face in San Diego.

Headline 2: President Obama’s Message to Protesters: Keep It Up.

‘The Hill’ indulges in some false equivalence: “Conservatives forget history in discrediting Trump protesters.” Yes, I remember the Tea Party protests. What I don’t remember is conservatives committing arson, smashing windows, painting swastikas on churches, or assaulting police officers.

I also don’t remember the MFM treating the Tea Party protests as a legitimate expression of grievances against political authority.

#Symbolism

Posted by V the K at 8:30 am - October 7, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Michelle Obama is having the Publicity Garden where she used to pose for Photo Ops with schoolchildren and pretend to care about vegetables reinforced with concrete and rebar to make it difficult for future inhabitants of the White House to remove.  Also, the perma-garden is being paid for by a crony capitalist corporation.

I guess she wanted a monument to her tenure as First Lady and multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded vacations didn’t translate well into reinforced concrete.

The Obama Administration Is Corrupt, Anti-American, and Rotten to the Core

Posted by V the K at 4:59 pm - August 28, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Prevarications,Obama Watch

But you knew that already.

The Obama administration is stonewalling the American people regarding the president’s illegal and increasingly suspicious Iransom payoff. The administration refuses to divulge any further information about the $1.7 billion the president acknowledges paying the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Grilled on Wednesday about how Obama managed to pay the final $1.3 billion installment — particularly given the president’s claim that it is not possible to send Tehran a check or wire-transfer — State Department spokesman Mark Toner decreed that the administration would continue “withholding this information” in order “to protect confidentiality.”

And let’s not beat around the bush about it, the money Obama sent to Iran will be used to murder Americans and other innocent people. (Just like the guns he sent to the Mexican drug cartels were used to kill people. Obama just loves helping criminal gangs and terrorists kill people.)

The Democrat Media Complex has displayed a distinctive lack of curiosity about where the Obama Administration came up with the $1.7 Billion they sent to the Terror-Sponsoring, Islamist “Death to America” Regime in Tehran. But one reporter that still practices journalism (and not repackaging of DNC Talking Points) did some digging and discovered that… like Denny Hastert went to prison for… the Obama Administration structured payments to Iran to avoid congressional scrutiny.

In her New York Sun report on Monday, we learned that she hit pay dirt: stumbling upon a bizarre string of 13 identical money transfers of $99,999,999.99 each — yes, all of them one cent less than $100 million — paid out of an obscure Treasury Department stash known as the “Judgment Fund.” The transfers were made — to whom, it is not said — on January 19, just two days after the administration announced it had reached the $1.7 billion settlement with Iran. They aggregate to just 13 cents shy of $1.3 billion, the same amount the State Department claims Iran was owed in “interest” from the $400 million that our government had been holding since the shah deposited it in a failed arms deal just prior to the Khomeini revolution.

But paying off the world’s leading sponsors of terror using a structuring scheme other Americans have gone to prison for is perfectly all right when Obama does it because he supports gay marriage and transgender bathrooms. Am I right?

 

Obama Makes Fools of His Apologists Once Again

Posted by V the K at 7:55 am - August 19, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Not long ago, we learned that the Obama Administration gave $400 Million to the Islamist Terror Regime in Iran. The money was delivered in bales of foreign currency delivered by a secret, unmarked jet in the middle of the night. When Iran received the money, they released Americans they had been holding as hostages.

“So, now Obama is paying ransom to Iran,” said the people on the right who are capable of analyzing facts and discerning the truth from them.

“No, no, no, no, no,” insisted the Obama apologists, and they mindlessly bleated the administration’s line. “This was not a ‘ransom.’ This was money that we owed the Iranian Government. It had nothing to do with the hostages. It was entirely coincidental.” Trying to point out that the Administration’s line simply was not plausible had no effect on them; their devotion to the leader was absolute and unquestioning.

Yesterday, the Obama Regime was forced to admit that the timing was *not* coincidental, and that the release of the hostages was contingent upon Iran’s receipt of the money.

In other words, it was totally a ransom.

Not that it matters. Progressive leftists enjoy being lied to by their progressive superiors. They believe that believing lies in service of a progressive leftist agenda makes them… smarter, somehow. Or more importantly, more cool.  What is uncool in the Obama Era is to question the Government, or express any skepticism in the Prevailing Narrative.

That kid saying the “Emperor Has No Clothes.” They’d lock him in a special class and put him on Adderall for speaking such outrageous things.

Midnight Run

Posted by V the K at 8:53 am - August 4, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

So, Obama had $400 Million in US dollars printed up in bales of cash, taken to Switzerland where it was exchanged for Euros and Swiss francs, and then flown in an unmarked jet to Iran where it was delivered to the mullahs in the middle of the night.

Yeah, that seems like a totally legit operation right there.

I can sort of buy that it had nothing to do with the Americans being held hostage at the time because I don’t think Obama really needs an excuse to send almost half a billion dollars to America’s sworn enemies in the crucible of global Islamic terror.

Out of Touch, Out of Time

Posted by V the K at 7:18 pm - July 28, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

Obama at the DNC:  “Everything is awesome and it’s all thanks to me!” (119x)

American public:  73% think things suck and are going to suck more in the future.

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Obama Hijacks Funeral Service to Push the Democrat Left Agenda

Posted by V the K at 9:02 pm - July 12, 2016.
Filed under: Obama Watch

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Obama chose the occasion of a Police memorial service to call the cops racist, push for more Government spending, and… oh, yeah… push gun control.

The Westboro Baptists just called to say, “Dude, it’s a funeral. Inappropes!”

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Compare and Contrast

Barack Obama on Micah X. Johnson:

“I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter,” Mr. Obama said of the gunman, Micah X. Johnson. “By definition if you shoot people who pose no threat to you, you have a troubled mind.”

Barack Obama on Dylan Roof.

“The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked. And we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.”

Conclusion: Barack Obama can read minds, but only those of white racists.

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Also, Ace links to this interview where a pair of #BlackLivesMatter activists were asked, “What do you want from white people?” The question is met first with awkward silence, and then with an obvious attempt to change the subject. To the question, “What actual racism have you suffered in your life,” the BLM activist can only come up with her boss suggesting her hairstyle was not professional. Not exactly Bull Connor with a firehose.