President Obama spends an awful lot of his time picking fights with his opponents, making outrageous and counter-factual statements, and behaving like a complete boor. It’s not just who he is, it’s a strategy.
Major Garrett detailed the White House’s calculated effort to be controversial and provocative in 2014: This is the White House theory of “Stray Voltage.” It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness.
Mickey Kaus characterizes the approach as “gaslighting” – giving your opponent a legitimate reason to get angry, then turning around and pointing to their anger as evidence they’re unhinged, obsessed, incapable of governing responsibly, etcetera.
President Obama made clear he refuses to be a lame duck; instead, the passage of the 2014 midterms only liberated him from worrying about what the public thinks. An executive-order amnesty, enacting an Iran deal opposed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate, even renaming Mount McKinley – Obama’s charging ahead with everything that was too controversial before Obama’s reelection campaign or the midterm elections. Two years after negotiating the end of 18 percent of the Bush tax cuts – about $624 billion — Obama proposed $320 billion in new tax hikes. The White House later indicated the president was “very interested” in exploring the option of raising taxes through executive action.
Free community college? Hey, it’s never going to become law, so why not propose it and make Republicans look mean for not enacting it? Goofing around with a selfie stick? Go right ahead. Chewing gum at an international summit? Hey, what are they going to do, impeach him?
The other half of the equation is how much the Democrat base loves that Obama is angering conservatives. Most Democrats (and a lot of Republicans) care less about policy than about whether their team is “winning.” If Obama is making conservatives mad, then he is “winning.” It’s a very middle-school-girl way of looking at things, but middle-school-girl is where most of the left is, emotional-maturity-wise.
All I know is my gut says “maybe.”
An enraged Hillary Rodham Clinton blew up at President Obama, demanding he “call off your f–king dogs” looking into her e-mails during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to a new book.
The book, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,” says the former first lady was furious at what she believed were damaging leaks by Obama aides that led to investigations of her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state. So she went right to the top to settle the matter.
Obama is having the Pope over for dinner. This is not surprising, ideologically the Pope and the Preezy are two peas in a socialist pod. However, Obama decided to be a **** and invite a bunch of people who oppose Catholic Church doctrine to dinner as well.
On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.
Can you imagine Obama hosting the leadership of Cuba and inviting anti-Communist dissidents? I cannot.
Since Obama wanted to troll the Pope, why not go the distance and invite these esteemed members of the LGBT community and Democrat Coalition:
Obama waited five days before being shamed into flying the flag half-mast in honor of the five Marines murdered by an immigrant Jihadist.
I guess the Preezy figures that gay couples vote for him, and dead Marines don’t.
Major Garrett of CBS News asked the president a legitimate question yesterday, and the president lost his temper. The press corps went went nanners attacking Garrett for “disrespecting” their president… for asking a legitimate question.
Their are very few real journalists working in the American news media today, most of them could better be described as “Democrat Media Operatives.” But their fierce, almost tribal defense of Obama and attacks against his critics are not mere partisanship. A lot of that anger comes from the MFM knowing that Obama is not the massive genius intellect they sold the public in 2008. That he isn’t a great and awesome president. He isn’t even as cool as they would like to believe he is. He’s a mediocrity elevated far above his gifts, and that his presidency is a trail of failure and damage to the country.
The press actually gets to see Obama unfiltered. They know he’s a mediocrity at best, but they sold him. He is their product and their prize; America’s First Black President. Race, party, and ego trump everything else. And when someone like Major Garrett, or before him, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, exposes the president’s mediocrity, the press turns on him.
It’s like “The Emperor’s New Clothes” only at the end, the truth-telling kid gets beaten to death by the angry mob trying to protect the delusions of their delusional and mediocre king.
When Obama goes home to Kenya, he’s supposedly going to be greeted by 5,000 naked protesters who don’t agree with his pandering to the gay left.
Vincent Kidala, the party’s leader, wrote to the Police on Monday to notify the authorities of the planned protest march from Nairobi’s Freedom Corner to the streets of the capital.
He said the protest would involve “totally naked men and women” to “demonstrate the difference between men and women.
“The procession shall be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest the President Barack Obama’s open and aggressive support for Homosexuality.
“The party’s main objective is for him to understand the difference between a man and a woman,” he said in the letter to the Police.
Differences between men and women, how quaint.
Unfortunately, a certain level of historical literacy is necessary to understand this shop.
The outline of the deal is this, Iran gets sanctions lifted and access to billions of dollars in Iranian funds held in overseas banks. Obama gets a promise that Iran won’t develop nuclear weapons.
The real deal is that Obama has prevented outside military action from interfering with Iran’s nuclear development program; which was the objective all along.
Obama’s statement on the Iranian Nuclear Deal, earlier today.
“This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world. It reduces the danger of the threat of nuclear spreading in the region. It’s a crucial step toward drawing Iran into the global community.
Today, after 16 months of intense and difficult negotiations with Iran, we have completed an agreement that will make the United States, the Middle East, and the world safer. Under the agreement, Iran has agreed to freeze its existing nuclear program and to accept international inspection of all existing facilities.
This agreement represents the first step on the road to a nuclear-free Middle East. It does not rely on trust. Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
OK, I lied, that was not Obama bragging about his Nuclear Deal with Iran, it was Bill Clinton bragging about his nuclear deal with North Korea in 1994. You just swap the words “North Korea” and “Iran,” and “Middle East” with “Korean Peninsula.” It was pretty much the same deal, the USA lifts sanctions and the other country promises not to develop a nuclear weapon, pinky swear.
We all know how that worked out last time.
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.’