“My job is to take into account everybody, not just some.”

So argued Obama while shamelessly drawing comparisons between himself and Romney during a commencement speech in Joplin. Never let a crisis go to waste. Or a speech, apparently.

But this idea of “I govern everyone” isn’t how liberals govern, and especially not Obama. He surely isn’t the president of Catholics, of supporters of traditional marriage, of Gulf state oil workers sitting idly at home because of specific action taken by the Obama administration.

At least the Catholics aren’t taking this lightly. Alleluia.

Laundry

What a mess!

Jeremiah Wright might still bring Obama down.

He’s back. And this time, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright threatens to engulf President Obama in a major scandal – one that could doom his re-election. Edward Klein in his recent biography of Mr. Obama, “The Amateur,” interviewed Mr. Wright about the president’s past. On tape and on the record, Mr. Wright claims that in 2008, the Obama campaign offered $150,000 to buy his silence. If this is true – and I stress if – Mr. Obama may have committed a crime, and if so, he should be prosecuted and sent to prison. Wrightgate could bring down the Obama presidency.

What a fitting end, no?

And what a shameless liar our Dear Leader is. “Born in Kenya” held value way back when. Before running for the presidency. How many lies did it take to elect Obama? And how many more to cover it all up for the second go-round?

 

Don’t steal his thunder: why Obama finally came out of the closet

Of course it was the ego.

I was tied up yesterday after reading news in the morning. Even then, I wasn’t surprised the Prez flip-flopped–oh, excuse me, evolved– his position on gay marriage. He just came out of the closet about what he advocated in 1996.  With liberals weeping in their coffee Wednesday morning after the election results, Obama needed to fire up that base. And he did, make no mistake. What I find interesting is this snippet from Politico:

Senior administration officials admit that Biden’s comment was, indeed, the catalyst for Obama to make his historic announcement weeks earlier than planned. But Biden’s remarks on “Meet the Press” deeply annoyed Obama’s team, people close to the situation tell POLITICO, because it aggrandized his role at the expense of Obama’s yeoman efforts on behalf of the community and pushed up the timing of a sensitive announcement they had hoped to break — at a time and place of their own choosing — in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this fall. Nor did it tickle anyone, from Obama on down, that Biden — who backed the Defense of Marriage Act while serving in the Senate in the 1990s — seemed to be getting more credit in the LGBT community than a president who has actually taken steps to repeal the Clinton-era law that defined marriage as something that could only take place between a man and a woman. And it chafed Obama’s team that Biden had, at times, privately argued for the president to hold off on his support of marriage equality to avoid a backlash among Catholic voters in battleground states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to two officials familiar with those discussions.

Emphasis my own. Normally I don’t put much stock in anything from Politico, but in this case, the ego clash rings true. How dare you steal my thunder.  After all, those brave soldiers fight on my behalf. Indeed.

UPDATE: Linked at Temple of MUT. Thanks!

Quandary

Byron York highlights Barack Obama’s quandary: he’s fulfilled the secret desires of liberals who now despise him. What to do, after we’ve pulled out of Iraq, passed nationalized healthcare,  and created a juggernaut of government bureaucracy, regulation and spending. York:

Meanwhile, the president’s approval ratings are hitting new lows, with his job approval rating bouncing around the high-30-percent to low-40-percent range in recent Gallup Polls. The numbers are even worse — about 70 percent disapproval — for Obama’s handling of the economy. Independent voters, the key to the president’s election in 2008, have abandoned him right and left.

Given all that, it’s no surprise that many Democrats are running away from Obama. But here’s the problem: He did what Democrats wanted him to do. Health care, stimulus, taxes, you name it — Obama did what his party wanted. Not what the public at large wanted, but what many Democrats wanted. And now, as the negative electoral consequences of their own priorities stare them in the face, those Democrats are blaming the president.

Liberalism 101: when do they not blame someone else?

It is intriguing, though, to see the failure of any recognition that their policies are the disaster, not just the President.

More:

And, by the way, the Democrats who are most unhappy with Obama are the ones who wanted him to do more of the things that have made him unpopular.

“It’s ingratitude,” says a Democratic strategist who asked to remain anonymous. “People are saying to [Obama], ‘You didn’t do everything you told me you were going to do.’ If you’re a member of a union, you didn’t get everything you wanted. If you’re an environmentalist, you didn’t get everything you wanted. But the left wants to go beyond what’s possible.”

Will that ingratitude lead to a prominent Democrat asking Obama not to run? Some  have predicted that for years. And with the mounting scandals–Solyndra, Fast and Furious, and now LightSquared–who could blame him for cutting and running as fast as he can?

Sand trap optics

Rather than skip that lush vacay at Martha’s Vineyard, Obama has started skipping holes at the golf course to avoid photographers. He knows it looks bad. Heh:

Approaching the eighth tee in a golf cart with friend and frequent golfing buddy Eric Whitaker, the president noticed three TV cameras and a Globe photographer across the street. Rather than stop and be photographed teeing off, the president skipped the hole.

Further proof Obama suffers from depression at how miserable he is as president: he skipped a chance to campaign fund-raiser:

Nor did the president show up at “Voices for Obama,’’ a fund-raiser for his reelection campaign held the night before. The commander in chief was, in fact, just arriving at his deluxe Chilmark digs as 300 supporters – each of whom paid $100 – were filing into Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

Note to organizers: he doesn’t show up for such meager offerings.

Would he quit?

Be careful what you wish for, eh?

Ed Morrissey ponders the ultimate: what if Obama chose not to run for reelection? What’s at stake beyond the Oval Office next November:

But the decision may end up being out of his hands if the political environment doesn’t improve.  Obama’s numbers are plummeting in places Democrats can hardly afford to lose.  In Pennsylvania, where Obama will top a ticket that also includes Bob Casey’s bid for a second Senate term, he’s either at 43% approval (Quinnipiac) or at 35% (Muhlenberg).  Wisconsin turned Republican last year and a series of elections this year confirmed it, and Herb Kohl’s seat in the Senate is up for grabs.  Obama can be expected to drag down the ticket in Virginia (James Webb’s seat is open), Florida (Bill Nelson), Ohio (Sherrod Brown), Maryland (Ben Cardin), and Michigan (Debbie Stabenow).  Obama is underwater in New York and New Jersey already, two normally staunch Democratic states, both with Senate races on the line as well.  If Obama runs at the top of those tickets, he might eke out victories in the two states, but his presence on the ticket will depress Democratic turnout and might endanger Kirsten Gillibrand and Robert Menendez; Democrats would almost certainly have to spend a ton of money to bolster them that they’d normally spend elsewhere.

Democrats will be looking at a massacre in the Senate, and that’s not even including already-endangered seats in Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, and New Mexico, which just elected its first Republican woman governor last year.  Democrats could wind up losing enough seats to give Republicans a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate if Obama chases away the white working-class vote that he’s been alienating for the past two years on ObamaCare and now his disastrous economic performance.  If unemployment starts rising and growth remains low in the next few months, Democrats may insist on Obama finding a graceful exit before the primaries.

Who could save the Democrats after being sacrificed herself? Hilary, of course. Scary stuff, y’all, but other bloggers have mentioned it before. Smitty of The Other McCain predicted Obama’s early exit in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious, bringing in the scariest prospect of all: Joe Biden. Biden would finish the term and struggle to keep the mantle under the delusion that folks would vote him in office on his own.  Kevin Dujan of Hillbuzz has argued for years that Obama won’t run for another term, bowing out for myriad reasons.

Would he leave? Morrissey makes the excellent historical parallel with LBJ, another storied ego, who did bow out. My money is on no. I don’t think Obama would willingly step aside from the chance to campaign–that’s what he does best. Especially when he can do so on the taxpayer dime as he did last week. Expect a long and bloody campaign.

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One more slap

What part of respecting family wishes do you not understand, Mr. President?

If this had been GW, the press would be aghast, agape and agog over the insensitivity. From the AP [emphasis mine]:

A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.

News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.

Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.

It’s bad enough that SEAL Team 6 families felt exposed after Joe Biden stuck his foot in his mouth and couldn’t leave well enough alone with “special operations forces.” It’s bad enough that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had to address family security concerns. But this, this takes the cake, Mr. President. You epitomize narcissism.

And by the way, that’s a pretty craptastic salute you’ve got there.

 

Communist slayer Lech Walesa declines Obama photo op

Supposedly due to a “scheduling” problem, and he wishes Obama well.

Via AFP:

Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity-era leader, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.

“I expect this meeting would only amount to a photo opportunity,” Walesa told AFP.

Given Obama’s preference to shun allies and hail enemies, good for Lech Walesa.

To Parry or not to, Perry

My GOP fantasies still get the better of me.  No Christie, no Paul, what to do to avoid four more years of this obnoxiousness on top of incompetence. This, from Allahpundit, caught my eye:

Still, why not Perry? He has more than a decade of experience leading one of America’s biggest states, can boast economic growth at a moment when voters are desperate for relief from the malaise, would enjoy key regional support as a southerner, has budget-cutting cred to spare that’ll please tea partiers, and flashes enough personality to make him easily stand out at debates against other top-tier candidates like Romney, Pawlenty, and Daniels.

I could jump on a Rick Perry bandwagon. Might get some new boots, too. In part because I’m fed up with this already: GOP elite see Mitch Daniels as 2012 savior. Gag me with a RINO, haven’t we done this before?

Erick Erickson weighs in:

Here’s the thing, though. Perry is not running, but if Daniels does get in as seems certain and conservative angst runs high, I also believe that Perry could be drafted.

Conservatives would have to mount a massive, rapid, and high volume effort to get him in. I think such an outpouring of support and requests would draw Perry in. But, to do so, it’d have to be after Daniels and with continued displeasure with the field by conservatives.

One of the sticking points has always been whether the country was ready for another guy from Texas so soon after Bush. With Texas’s economy flourishing and the national economy still imploding, I think the country could get ready for another guy from Texas really quick.

Daniels is running. How conservatives react once Daniels makes it official could have an impact on Perry if conservatives target him for a draft effort.

So what say  you? A Perry/Cain ticket? The Herminator is picking up steam. Stacy McCain is far too polite to say, “I told you so.”

UPDATE: I missed Rush today, but he says “Rick Perry scares the heck out of the Washington establishment.” I say bring it on.

UPDATE 2: Via PJ Tatler, Why Rick Perry should run. A taste:

This team has kept Texas’ tax burden low despite hard times, and has kept Texas’ government among the smallest in the nation. Rick Perry is, as he is quick to mention, not George W. Bush. If he ran for president the comparison would be unavoidable, but Perry’s record is to the right of Bush’s. Perry is in many ways the man the liberals feared George W. Bush was, but Perry is a better stump speaker and has served in office at more levels than his predecessor.

Oh my.

Interesting:

Until 1989, Rick Perry was a conservative Democrat. He switched parties as, like many Democrats including Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm, he saw that party moving farther and farther to the left. Under Perry’s decade as governor, hundreds of Texas Democrats have followed his lead and become Republicans. As a former Democrat, Perry can speak to that swath of his former party that has become disenchanted with their party as President Obama has taken it even farther to the left, in a way that few Republicans can. He can also speak well and credibly to all wings of the national GOP, from the fiscal cons to the social cons to the libertarian set.

And he can go toe-to-toe with the campaigner in chief:

Texas has historically turned governors out of office after one term. George W. Bush broke that pattern when he was re-elected to consecutive terms in 1998. Gov. Perry has shattered that pattern, winning in 2002, 2006 and 2010 — the last, in a landslide. He is arguably the best campaigner Texas has ever produced, and assembles campaign teams around himself that flood the zone, using social media and cutting edge fundraising tools in ways that few GOP campaigns can match. Perry’s teams turn their opponents against themselves and skillfully use the media as both messenger and foil. The experience of running and winning statewide in Texas, a state with 254 counties and five major media markets, has prepared him and his team well to take their skills national.

Swooning yet? I am.

“Only a liberal ass, operating on full moron” would decide paying troops isn’t essential

AJ Strata calls a moron, well, a moron:

Only a liberal ass – operating on full moron – would attempt to use military pay as a way to try and scare or coerce budget discussions. Especially after congressional majorities of liberal asses – on full moron – failed to pass a budget for the year during the last Congressional session.

The President’s little game here is going to backfire big time – and permanently.

I agree. And I’d like to add a short note to all the military voters for Obama last go-round: He didn’t close Gitmo. We’re still in Iraq and Afghanistan. Libya, too! Hope you enjoy your ramen and beans.

This game of budgetary chicken is getting ugly. Reports last month circulated that active-duty military wouldn’t be paid in the event of a shutdown, unlike the last round of shutdowns à la Gingrich.  I made the comment then that I stand by:

even with the possibility of no paycheck for this household, I pray the Republicans have the cojones to see this through. Make significant and lasting cuts.

I can say this because–although we have bills to meet just like everyone else–we live frugally and have our “emergency fund” at the ready for, well, emergencies. This qualifies. But I can say that we are the anomaly among military families, many of whom will face extreme hardship if they receive half a paycheck midmonth. Further, if schools or daycares on posts and bases across the country aren’t open, the civillian spouse who works won’t be bringing in a paycheck, either, unless she finds alternate care.

What irks me is this: first, Obama hacks have decided that paying troops isn’t required under a shutdown. Via Foreign Policy (h/t: Strata-sphere):

Programs that are essential for the safety and security of the country are exempted from a shutdown, but the administration still has to figure out where to draw the line between essential and non-essential functions

In the event of a shutdown, all uniformed military personnel would continue to work but would stop receiving paychecks, an official familiar with the government’s planning told The Cable

Soldiers downrange have enough to worry about. You know, little things, like not getting killed. Distractions–oh, wondering if your family has enough to eat or electricity–do not bode well for our men and women at war. Defense Secretary Gates knows this, too, but can’t hide the truth: guess what, you may be shot at, but you’re not going to get a paycheck.

The House passed a bill this morning (while I was stocking up at the commissary before it closes) that would fund both the government as a whole another week and military paychecks through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Barry O says he’ll veto.

Ed Morrissey:

Really?  Will Obama really argue that he can’t abide a one-week CR so much that he’s willing to shut down the government and leave the troops without income for an indeterminate amount of time?  This statement concedes that this bill takes the troops out of the line of fire in the budget debate.  Kirsten Powers recognized the obvious, remarking on Twitter: “Can’t believe Obama fell for the “funding the troops” trick. He’ll have to change position on veto threat.”

Oh, he’ll veto it. He’s going to stick it to military families while his knickers remain in a twist. Note to President: Your Democrats in Congress could not pass a budget last year. Y’all made this mess. How dare you cut military pay when we damn well know Michelle won’t lose her coterie of personal trainers, chefs and ugly dress picker-outers. You won’t be dining on ramen or beans. I’m sure that pot of money is still flowing, eh? That’s essential!

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive:

Really? Really Barry? You cannot be serious. This would be a low and shameful slap in the faces of all those who serve and their families. What an absolute ultra maroon. I hope he does it just so the whole country can look at what a complete tool we put in the White House.

It’s not just one. It’s a veritable Ace Hardware on the East Lawn.

As for the families who get to struggle on one paycheck with one parent overseas, a few ideas. AJ Strata has a brilliant one:

If the DC morons continue down this path, it is a perfect time for businesses and utilities to come to the aid of our military. In response to this petulance, businesses could offer a line of credit (no interest) for our troops and their families until the shutdown is over and the paychecks HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

If private business covers for our military, it will shatter the illusion of government being for the ‘little people’ and business being all about greed.

Somehow we need to begin to get pledges of support from banks, supermarkets, gas companies, utilities, etc to show DC how America works

Will the private sector step up? It would be stunning, but I won’t hold my breath. The private sector is hurting for cash, too.  J.E. Dyer reminds us of the military relief societies. After having directed spouses there myself, I can vouch for the amazing work these entites do on behalf of military families who get caught in a jam; they provide food, emergency short-term loans, and a loaner system for household goods. Donate if you can.

Army Emergency Relief

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Air Force Relief Society

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

And make sure your friends and neighbors understand what our Commander-in-Chief plans on vetoing: military paychecks.

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