August 7, 2014
Obama Scandal Scorecard. Updated as new stories appear.
Here Are Every Single One Of
President Barack Hussein Obama's 633 Scandals. Remember when President Barack Obama and senior adviser Valerie
Jarrett claimed that their administration has been devoid of any scandals? The brilliant, hard-working geniuses at
GRABIEN have compiled a list of 633 scandals — some of which are admittedly about as scandalous as Rosie O'Donnell
eating a salad — that proves otherwise.
Complete Guide to the 633 Scandals of the Obama Administration. As the news comes at us so quickly these days,
it's admittedly hard to keep track of everything that's happened over the last eight years. The administration seems to
recognize this. Whenever a scandal erupts, the strategy is delay, obfuscate, and punt until the matter fades into the
slipstream of yesterday's news. As Obama's approval rating inched up toward the end of his time in office, his approach
seems to be paying off. To help refresh everyone's memory, Grabien is now publishing what we think is the most
exhaustively researched, chronologically comprehensive collection of every scandal that struck the Obama Administration.
As of this publication — which we plan to continue updating — the tally stands at: 633.
Scandals of the 'Scandal-Free' Obama Administration. The Fast and Furious scandal was, among other things,
about deliberate government gun-running of weapons to Mexico, perhaps in a warped effort to discredit current U.S. firearms
laws. The Benghazi debacle involved a cover-up of a preplanned terrorist hit on our consulate, an attack that was
possible only because it was well known that the consulate's security was lax. The Benghazi cover-up involved U.N.
ambassador Susan Rice lying five times on national television in a single day, when she claimed that the terrorist operation
was the result of a spontaneous riot over a video. And to justify that reelection-cycle concoction, the video maker, a
foreign resident on U.S. soil, was summarily jailed on a trumped-up probation charge. An IRS regional high
official, and Obama partisan, Lois Lerner, weaponized and discredited the IRS, by hounding conservative groups that were
seeking tax-exempt status. Lerner staged a self-serving public stunt to leak her misbehavior to friendly
ears — she had a reporter ask her a planted question about targeting conservatives. At her later
congressional testimony, Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination. She was never charged by the
Obama State Department. Indeed, Obama himself, after expressing initial pseudo contriteness in the face of public
furor, waited the public out before finally announcing that there was not a "smidgeon" of corruption in the IRS. Lerner, in
effect, was rewarded for successfully neutralizing many conservative activist groups just months before the 2012 election.
Obama administration scandals.
"Green" scandals, Foreign or military scandals, Law enforcement scandals, Other scandals
Seek to Normalize Insanity. The eight years of the Obama administration should be characterized as one long
"opposite day," where everything he said was the opposite of the truth, and almost everything he did opposed what he
promised. His "most transparent administration in history" exceeded even Clinton's promised "most transparent
administration in history" in its duplicity, secrecy and obstruction. Obama set his Justice Department and the IRS
against the American people in a full-throated effort to silence us, while ramming his extremist agenda down our collective
throats. The Obama administration carried out what has been characterized as a war on police, immigration-enforcement
efforts, and electoral integrity. When he refused to turn over records on the Fast and Furious gun running scandal,
responsible for at least one Border Patrol agent's death and hundreds of Mexican deaths, Attorney General Eric Holder was the
first ever declared in contempt of Congress. Lois Lerner's IRS transcended all history in its abuse of law-abiding
citizens. The Obama administration was 1984 on steroids.
Obama Won. By traditional
metrics, Barack Obama's presidency was mostly a failure. The economy, in a new first, never hit annualized growth of 3
percent. His signature domestic policy — Obamacare — caused chaos. Millions lost their
coverage and doctors, and paid far more in deductibles and premiums. The stagnant recovery after the 2008 recession was
the worst in 50 years. Myriads of new regulations, higher taxes, and socialist jawboning vegetated the economy.
Scandals at the IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, General Services
Administration, and National Security Council abounded. Obama weaponized the federal government by punishing opponents
through the IRS, monitoring suspect reporters, scapegoating and jailing a video maker, and using the deep state to exonerate
Hillary Clinton from serial wrongdoing and to sabotage the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
What I remember about
• Turning his back on Iran's 2009 uprising
Allowing Assad gas innocent civilians in Syria
• Selling off America's Middle East allies
• Bending over backwards to reach a highly flawed IranDeal with Tehran's mullahs
200 reasons why Obama is 'worst president in history'. When readers see the new book, "The Worst President In
History, the Legacy of Barack Obama," liberals are likely to laugh at the list of 200 reasons. Conservatives are likely
to think 200 is too few. For authors and Obama critics Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan, the list seems to grow every day,
and is the reason they have just updated their 2016 book. Theirs is an account of the Democrat's presidency and
includes the controversies Obama waded into during his last months in office and first year in private life, like his
administration's effort to protect Hillary Rodham Clinton from prosecution over her private email server and controversial
Clinton Foundation deals. Reason No. 200 cites the FBI's anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias.
Obama To Receive Award For Ethics In Government. Former President Barack Obama, never missing a chance to
posture himself as a champion of freedom, will reputedly call for rejecting "the rising strain of authoritarian politics and
policies," according to his communications director. Obama, whose administration was embroiled in various scandals, is
scheduled to accept an award for ethics in government at the University of Illinois on September 7. That award
flies in the face of this list of events during the Obama Administration: the Fast and Furious scandal; the IRS
targeting conservative groups; Obama making light of ISIS, calling it the "JV team"; protecting the terrorist group
Hezbollah by stalling project Cassandra; spying on Fox News' James Rosen, and lying to the American people in order to sell
the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, among other nefarious occurrences.
6 times Obama
committed "treason" against the U.S.. These are just 6 of an endless string of Obama's scandals. Every
single one of them is more serious than Trump denying the unstoppable superpowers of 12 Russian nerds with laptops. But
in a sense, the D.C. establishment is right: Trump is guilty of treason against the Deep State.
Times the Obama Administration Should Have Appointed Special Counsel. [W]hile liberals are holding out hope for
Robert Mueller to find evidence of collusion and force Trump to resign or be impeached, it occurs to me that despite the
rampant corruption and scandals-a-plenty of the Obama years that there was never a single special counsel appointed.
Not one. Obama supporters point to this as evidence that his administration was above board, but in reality, it was
just proof of just how corrupt things were. By limiting investigations to their own sham investigations that saw no one
held accountable, or to congressional Republicans whose investigations they could simply stonewall and accuse of being
partisan, the Obama administration felt they could keep up the ruse that they were scandal-free.
Liberals, who now warn of Trump's "war on the press" long ago excused Eric Holder's monitoring of the Associated Press
reporters and Fox News's James Rosen. And they had no problem with John Brennan lying under oath when he claimed the
Obama CIA had not monitored the computers of Senate staffers (he would lie brazenly again under oath about drone collateral
damage and his role in seeding the Steele dossier). Likewise, they snoozed after Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper lied to Congress in his denial of government surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Direct Line from Obama, Holder, Rice, Lerner, and Clinton to FBI Scandals. Former President Barack Obama's eight years in
the White House were marked by four huge scandals, each of which uniquely contributed to the unprecedented level of corruption now being
exposed in the FBI's Russia collusion investigation. The four scandals include:
[#1] Fast & Furious (2011), which exposed the Department of Justice's (DOJ) selling high-powered rifles and other firearms
to individuals known to be straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels.
[#2] Benghazi (2012), the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in a U.S. consulate in Libya, including
J. Christopher Stevens, the country's ambassador to Libya, and the Obama administration's false explanation of it.
[#3] IRS targeting (2013), in which the federal tax agency's illegally singled out Tea Party, conservative, and
evangelical nonprofit applicants for illegal harassment during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns.
[#4] Hillary email (2015), which included hundreds of emails containing highly sensitive classified information to and
from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her private server, which was compromised by multiple foreign powers and hackers.
10 Most Destructive Americans of My 8 Decades. [#2] Barack Hussein Obama: Obama set up America for a
final defeat and stealth conversion from a free market society to socialism/communism. As we get deeper into the Trump
presidency, we learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key government agencies, most prominently the
FBI, the CIA and the IRS, thus thoroughly shaking the public's confidence in the federal government to be fair and unbiased
in its activities. He significantly set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black grievances and
pushing radical identity politics. Obama's open support for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic "lead from behind"
foreign policy seriously weakened America abroad. His blatant attempt to interfere in Israel's election trying to
unseat Netanyahu is one of the most shameful things ever done by an American president.
gets too, too cute when he warns of dictators and liars. Obama ran the presidency as a strongman, starting with
his claim that he could rule with his pen and his phone. He said repeatedly that he couldn't change or implement
immigration laws on his own, and then he did it anyway, in the case of DACA and in the judicial rebuke he got on offshore oil
drilling. Judges, the media, and other Democrats now act as though such made-up rulings were the law. He decided
not to abide by the Defense of Marriage Act as well as immigration laws, and the Justice Department followed his
ignore-the-law commands. He ran the Justice Department as a fiefdom. Taking over at least 15% of the economy
through Obamacare certainly indicates an autocratic president, too. Setting up the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau, which operates without congressional oversight and has a gargantuan budget, is another such instance.
Cleaning up Obama's mess. Obama was a president who seemed to have an affinity for using various government agencies as a weapon
against many U.S. citizens. Remember the unlawful seizing of the AP writer's phone records? How about the Tea Party IRS scandal, where
the government is now currently paying out millions to many U.S. conservative citizens? Do we dare even mention the current Obama-gate:
the FBI, DOJ, NSA, and CIA, apparently all woven together in coordination for the purpose of being weaponized to spy on the Trump campaign and
change the course of a presidential election? How many messes were left for President Trump to clean up?
44 Obama Era EPA Scandals the Media Ignored:
• The EPA illegally used social media to push for new EPA regulations
• A subpoena was issued after McCarthy deleted nearly 6,000 text messages
• Articles of impeachment were introduced against [Gina] McCarthy after she was caught repeatedly lying to Congress
• The EPA inspector general said McCarthy was lying when she said Michigan deserved blame for the Flint crisis
• After the Colorado mine disaster, the EPA covered up incriminating evidence to shield its agents from prosecution
• The EPA knew risk of a "blowout" before the Colorado mine disaster, and then later covered up this evidence
• The EPA allowed a known, convicted child molester to remain on the payroll for years, putting him in a position to interact with the public
• McCarthy was accused of permitting a workplace hostile to women, including letting workers download porn (even child porn)
• Gina McCarthy spent $630,000 on international travel from 2013-2016
• Obama's EPA hid experimental data debunking the 2015 ozone rule
Concerning The Collusion Investigation. The Obama administration accumulated a record of misuse of the powers
of government. This it did to minimalize or indict its political foes. Whether it be the prosecution and the
incarceration of Dinesh D'Souza for an infraction usually addressed with a fine; the IRS's use of audits of Tea Party leaders
to stifle dissent; the clandestine electronic monitoring of journalists James Rosen and, most probably, Sharyl Attkisson; the
interception of communications between members of Congress and Israeli officials; or the ruination of politically unpopular
businesses by targeted regulation by the EPA, the tactics were the same. The strategy was to thwart perceived enemies
through harnessing and perverting the powers of the state.
of the Inspectors General. [Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe and at least a half-dozen other FBI employees
quit, retired, were fired, or were reassigned as a result of fallout from the politicization of the FBI. Yet, as Barack Obama
left office, his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, strangely boasted that the Obama Administration "has been historically free
of scandal." Obama himself recently concluded of his eight-year tenure, "I didn't have scandals." Those were puzzling
assertions, given nearly nonstop scandals during Obama's eight years in office involving the IRS; General Services
Administration; Peace Corps; Secret Service; Veterans Administration; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, not to mention the Clinton email server scandal, the Benghazi scandal and the 2016 Democratic National Committee
is Not 'Scandal-Free' — His Administration is Almost Endless Scandals. It might be hard to believe,
but President Obama and his minions are actually waltzing around during the waning days of his presidency proudly announcing
that the administration remained 'scandal free' during his eight years in office! It has been an oft-repeated theme as
the President struggles to preserve some sort of legacy. "We have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other
administrations," Obama proudly proclaimed. His top adviser, Valerie Jarrett concurred, saying "The president prides
himself on the fact that his administration hasn't had a scandal." [...] While determining what amounts to a scandal can
sometimes lead to varying results, most media outlets put the number at much higher than zero. One source suggests that
the Obama administration has been involved in 18 major scandals, with the very obvious ones including Operation Fast and
Furious, the IRS targeting scandal, and of course the Benghazi cover up. Another media group contends that when using
the same standards media used to determine a scandal during the George W. Bush presidency, you could define well over 600
incidents that would constitute a scandal.
Obama's Guilty Contentment.
The scandalous conduct of Obama and his team, from Obama himself to Hillary Clinton to Lois Lerner, always had the purpose of
serving Obama's agenda and was often illegal or unconstitutional or — as occurred during and after the 2016
election — a combination of the two that constituted the greatest threat to our democratic system of government
since the Civil War. There is neither time or space enough to analyze all the Obama scandals in one column, so let's
concentrate on the ones in which he was personally involved.
If Hillary Had Been
Elected: Hillary Clinton would have likely ensured a 16-year progressive regnum. As far as counterfactual "what ifs" go, by 2024,
at the end of Clinton's second term, a conservative might not have recognized the federal judiciary, given the nature of lifetime appointees.
The lives of millions of Americans would have been radically changed in an Obama-Clinton economy that probably would not have seen GDP or unemployment
levels that Americans are now enjoying. Fracking, coal production, and new oil exploration would have been vastly curtailed. The
out-of-control EPA would have become even more powerful. [...] What John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page,
Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Peter Strzok, Sally Yates, and others did in 2016 would never have been known — given that their likely obstruction,
lying, and lawbreaking were predicated on being unspoken recommendations for praise and advancement in a sure-thing Clinton administration.
Christopher Steele might have either been unknown — or lionized. Open borders, Chinese trade aggression, the antics of the Clinton
Foundation, the Uranium One deal, the Iran deal, estrangement from Israel and the Gulf states, a permanently nuclear North Korea, leading from
behind — all that and far more would be the continued norm into the 2020s.
End: A Bureaucratic Whimper. Does anyone remember that the Obama Administration allowed Lois Lerner ("Not
a smidgen of corruption") more or less to weaponize the IRS to help the Obama 2012 reelection effort? Does anyone
remember Eric Holder's surveillance of the Associated Press journalists and Fox News's James Rosen? Why have
conservative constitutionalists focused on what Trump has said rather than the strange treatment accorded to investigative
reporter Sharyl Attkisson by U.S. intelligence and investigatory agencies? Do we even remember the Benghazi
pseudo-video narrative and the strange jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula? Is there even curiosity about why and how
the departing Obama Administration suddenly and vastly expanded the number of agencies that could have access to classified
surveillance in its aftermath?
grim spectacle: The left fully revealed. Over the eight years of the Obama administration, the Democratic Party
moved left, then more left, then hard, radical, Alinskyite left. Terrible damage was done to the country as a result.
Obamacare virtually destroyed our once finest health care system. The Iran deal was a cash cow for the mullahs; the West got
nothing but the promise that Iran would become a nuclear power. Obama thrived on racial strife, and so he exacerbated it day
after day, any way he could. He supported Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa. He likely saw to it that
tens of thousands of dollars were illegally funneled to those groups along with the millions sent their way by George Soros.
Obama enforced few if any immigration laws because the left needs that perennial immigrant underclass to gain power.
Awards $3.5 Million Settlement to Tea Party Groups for Obama IRS Targeting Scandal. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform on March 26, 2014. Koskinen told Rep. Jason Chaffetz
(R-UT) during the hearing that Lois Lerner's emails were archived and it would take a long time to retrieve them. In
June 2014 the IRS told Congress Lois Lerner's emails were lost in a computer crash. But thousands of emails were later
recovered by an Inspector General that were not previously produced for Congress. The IRS leadership was targeting
conservatives and lying about it to Congress. The emails confirmed Lerner funneled information on conservative groups
to at least one Democratic lawmaker. The Obama DOJ later dropped charges against Lois Lerner. She retired with
Mueller Questioned Barack Obama? Imagine if a right-wing version of Robert Mueller, backed by a properly
pro-Trump legal team, had sent former President Barack Obama the same sort of questions that Mueller allegedly delivered this
week to President Trump.
Obama Amnesia and the
EPA. The Obama Amnesia afflicting our friends on the Left is particularly acute when it comes to the
Environmental Protection Agency. [...] Notoriously profligate Democratic lawmakers who are now suffering from Obama Amnesia
are suddenly distraught over allegedly inappropriate expenditures at the EPA. [...] Despite a number of scandals, there were
no calls by the New York Times editorial board for Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy to resign, even after her agency
caused the Gold King Mine spill, an environmental catastrophe for which she refused to take responsibility. When her
agency was caught breaking the law for its illicit use of social media, or as Congress threatened to impeach her for perjury,
no major newspaper demanded that McCarthy step down. [...] After EPA employees were caught downloading porn, including child
pornography, and McCarthy ignored or excused other egregious misconduct on her watch, it was crickets from our newfound EPA
watchdogs in the elite media. No such niceties have been extended to Pruitt, however. Quite the opposite, in fact.
and the Smartest People Ever. The eight years of Barack Obama were the West at its low point. My
take: I never thought our culture could turn so wrong so fast. Things happened in our government and culture
during those eight years we never deemed possible even ten years ago. Destructive trends, destructive ideas,
destructive social movements. All at their peak through the Obama years:
• The destruction of
our health care system through the oh, so smart Obamacare.
• The worst economy since WWII, in any
measure — jobs, GDP, unemployment, spending, etc.
• The worst race relations since the
1960s. Race-baiting, straight from the top.
• The worst foreign policy ever. Iran.
Cuba. ISIS. Help our enemies. Betray our friends. Bolster Islamists; destroy American confidence and its
• The most corrupt administration ever. By far. We're just now seeing how
• A turn in leftist immigration policy — its clear intent to replace the current
electorate with a malleable, ignorant new electorate willing to believe the leftist siren songs so the left can have
• The worst of pay to play. Leftists at the trough of government sucked
deep. The Clinton Foundation sucking the deepest. Follow the money if you dare.
moral preening of Hollywood and the media. All the while, they lived and played in the cesspool of Weinstein and
Democrats' Long History of Making Incriminating Documents Disappear. One EPA regional administrator was forced
to resign after being caught conducting government business through an email account with an environmentalist group; another
apparently used a fake email account. Lisa Jackson, the agency's top official, used the account of "Richard Windsor,"
named after her dog and her hometown. Windsor, despite never existing, was awarded six EPA certifications in cyber-security
and ethics. Jackson's successor, Gina McCarthy, simply deleted every one of thousands of text messages she sent on her
EPA phone, claiming they were all personal. That includes the ones she could be seen sending while seated at
California Governor Jerry Brown Mentally Ill? Unlike Obama's punish-evil-America-first presidency, Trump has America's best
interest at heart. Unlike leftists seeking to dissolve our borders, Trump plans to build a wall to protect our people and our economy.
Insanely, leftists cheered when Obama allowed Ebola into America, claiming it was racist and unfair for Americans not to be subjected to the
disease. Unlike Obama, Hillary, Democrats, and fake news media's war on Christianity (forcing a 100-year-old order of Catholic nuns to
fund contraception and forcing Christian businesses to service same-sex ceremonies), Trump vows to defend religious liberty.
Former Failed Obama Administration Foreign Policy "Experts" Form Think-Tank To Unite Against President Trump.
From the insufferable Iran deal, to the appeasement "Russian Reset", to the Libya fiasco, to the rise of ISIS, to installing
the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, to the explosion of terrorism in Yemen, to civil war in Syria, to the crisis in Ukraine, to
the 2010 State Department apology tour (WikiLeaks cables scandal), to their inability to stop North Korean nuclear ambitions and
the rise of China as an influential power, there were/are zero foreign policy successes in eight years of the Obama administration.
A brand new stormfront coming
toward the Houses of Clinton & Obama. But don't forget that there are at least NINE other major storms swirling
around the heads of these criminals.
when Obama picked the 'winners' and 'losers'? People who wanted to protect wildlife were also big losers under
Obama, because while he would fine oil companies if they killed protected birds, wind and solar panel farms, killed far more
wildlife were treated much more softly. Meanwhile, the Animas River, which is a sacred waterway to Americans Indians in
the Colorado region, was flooded with toxic chemicals in the Gold King Mine scandal in 2015, by Obama's Environmental
Protection Agency. Not a one of those who committed the blunder was punished, yet American Indians were left holding
Scandal-Free Delusion. In fact, Obama was a perpetual power-abusing machine. He was so routinely high-handed and
selectively contemptuous of the rule of law that people were beginning to think presidential authoritarianism was the new normal.
How ironic that so many of Obama's enablers are now projecting these sins onto President Trump, who — to this point,
at least — hasn't actually crossed the line into flouting the Constitution. The left believes — and acts on the
belief — that the ends justify the means, and so, it naturally assumes we will do the same. Obama was hell-bent on
fundamentally transforming America as founded, and he was willing to scratch, bite, kick, steal and flush the rule of law to
accomplish it — and he did, like no president before him. In other words, Obama's lies were OK because lies are sometimes
necessary for the greater good.
All Obama's Scandals That
Didn't Embarrass Him. "We didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us," Obama said of his eight years in
office. "I know that seems like a low bar. Generally speaking, you didn't hear about a lot of drama inside our
White House." Certainly Obama wasn't embarrassed that his IRS targeted his political opponents. Or that his Justice
Department lost track of guns it was running in Mexico, which were used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent. It's not
embarrassing for taxpayers to be on the hook for $535 million in loan guarantees that went to a solar boondoggle, which
happened to be connected to one of your major bundlers. It's not embarrassing to spend $150 million on a website that
didn't work. It's not embarrassing that thousands of veterans died waiting for care due to incompetence at the
Department of Veterans Affairs. [...]
To 'Experts': Obama Is Not a Top 10 President. [L]et's discuss some of the things that apparently these scholars believe gives a president
• Obama presided over the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, plagued
by stagnant wages and low labor force participation.
• Not only did job growth not keep up with population growth, but 95 percent of the jobs created
on his watch were part-time or contract jobs.
• He is the only president in history to have never had a single year with at least 3% GDP growth.
• Even when adjusted for inflation Obama has 8 of the top 10 deficits in history, and racked up
more debt than all past presidents combined.
• America's credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history on Obama's watch.
• His job approval ratings were the most politically polarized in history.
• Not once during his presidency did a majority of Americans believe the country was headed in
the right direction.
• He won reelection with 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in 2008, and was the first president
to lose electoral and popular support in his second election. His party also lost over 1,000 seats
nationwide on his watch.
• Despite being a former "constitutional law professor" he has the worst record before the
Supreme Court of any modern presidency.
• He was an unquestioned enemy of the press, spying on reporters and prosecuting journalists
and whistleblowers from the AP to Fox News to CBS. [...]
• He regularly alienated America's allies and kowtowed to our enemies.
• He is responsible for destabilizing Libya, and the rise of ISIS.
• Despite promises of making healthcare affordable, Obamacare raised premiums and
deductibles, making health care costs the top financial concern of Americans, according to Gallup.
• Race relations declined significantly on his watch.
• His inability to work with Congress meant he signed fewer bills than even some one-term
presidents and fostered a dangerous precedent of executive overreach.
Obama was also plagued by more than two dozen [additional] scandals including: Fast and Furious,
Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, Solyndra, the OPM hacking scandal, the GSA scandal, the Iran Ransom
scandal, Uranium One, Project Cassandra, the FISA abuse scandal currently being unraveled... just to name a few.
Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What? The wrongdoing probably includes attempting to warp a U.S.
election, Russian collusion, repeatedly misleading and lying before the FISA courts, improperly surveilling American
citizens, unmasking the names of citizens swept up in unlawful surveillance and then illegally leaking them to the press,
disseminating and authenticating opposition smears during a political campaign, lying under oath to Congress, obstructing
ongoing investigations, using federal funds to purchase ad hominem gossip against a presidential candidate, blatant conflicts
of interests, weaponizing federal investigations, trafficking in and leaking classified information ... The list goes on and on.
abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy. Given the tight control Obama exercised over
every part of his administration and agenda, the idea that any of these appointees and loyalists freelanced their activities
without at least his tacit approval or that of his White House strains credulity. These kinds of abuses of power were
nothing new, given the Obama team's long history of this type of misconduct on everything from the Benghazi terror attack to
the political misuse of the IRS. They weaponized the most fearsome government agencies to target, monitor and presumably
illegally unmask political opponents, including members of Congress, journalists reporting unfavorable stories, Trump allies
and average Americans.
Congressional Oversight Member: Everything From Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, & Other Obama Scandals Connected To
Corrupt DOJ & FBI. Congressman Paul Gosar didn't hold back in a recent interview and he's now begging the
American people to pay more attention and demand answers from their political leaders. According to Gosar, the Obama
White House micromanaged everything from drone attacks to illegal surveillance on political opponents and was able to do so
via very carefully placed DOJ and FBI firewalls that to this day continue to insulate Barack Obama and other Obama-related
officials, from justice.
Rep. Paul Gosar: Obama's Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS Scandals All Connected to DOJ, FBI Corruption in Trump
Probe. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a leading conservative member of the House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform, told Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday that he believes that there is an interconnectivity between various
high-profile Barack Obama-era scandals and the latest revelations about corruption at the Department of Justice and FBI.
The Nunes Memo:
Just an Opening Act. Obama concealed his sharp-edged, Chicago-style machine politics under the rhetorical cover
of progressivism. He was protected by a press corps that first enlisted in his administration and then fought to stop
Donald Trump. But now that Obama is out of office, his ability to intimidate is much diminished. This past week,
a 2005 picture of a beaming Obama next to a bright-eyed Louis Farrakhan surfaced, after having been held back for more than a
decade at the behest of a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who had been
tried for corruption by Obama's Justice Department after he refused to toe the party line about the "peace-loving" mullahs of
Iran, has now seen the charges against him dropped. Z Street, a hawkish nonprofit supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu's
government in Israel, had been tied up with IRS matters since 2009; it has just been released from its legal chains.
Democrats are holding to the line that the prophet of hope and change ran a pure administration, virtually free of
scandal. But the memo is probably just the beginning; we're likely to see many more revelations come out.
The Real FISA Scandal.
The memo represents just one more jigsaw piece in a picture of the Obama administration as a Chicago-style Democratic machine
rife with cronyism and abuse of power, a machine to which the media closed its eyes. We know this. It's not
conjecture. We know that Obama's IRS made successful efforts to silence conservative voices during the president's
reelection campaign. After a settlement agreement in Z Street's lawsuit against them, we know that the IRS also
targeted Jewish groups that supported Israel. We know that Obama appointed one attorney general who styled himself the
president's "wing-man ... there with my boy" (imagine Jeff Sessions saying that), and another who held a secret meeting
with Bill Clinton while Hillary Clinton was under investigation. And now we begin to learn that the Obama Justice
Department may have colluded with a Democrat's campaign to spy on a Republican's. Obama misled us about much of this
and more: about the IRS; about when he himself gained knowledge of Hillary's secret email server, a server he used under a
pseudonym; about his secret dealings with Iran; and about the effects of his signature health-care bill. All
this — really a steady stream of deceptions and abuses of power — while journalists kowtowed to,
flattered, and ultimately raved about the administration being "scandal-free." The press sacrificed its credibility
with eight years of willful blindness.
Treason. The Obama era
was eight years of industrial decay, rising unemployment, running down of military capability, political corruption on a
grand and blatant scale, oppressive use of the executive branch such as the IRS to intimidate political opposition, illegal
wiretapping and bugging of opponents, rising crime, deliberate and unprecedented stoking of racial tensions, a seemingly
ever-growing and unstoppable opioid crisis and a foreign policy shambles that resulted in America being at war somewhere
around the globe, and with no realistic prospect of winning, for every single day of those eight years. Even the
Secretary of Defense in the last month of the administration, when asked how many wars America was currently entangled in,
replied he didn't quite know. For eight solid years, the administration was never brought to task by the mainstream
media to defend that litany of successive disasters, blunders, corruption and abuses of power.
of the Web. Each day we learn about more corruption that occurred during the Obama administration. We
know about the lies of Benghazi, the use of the IRS to target conservative groups, and the lies about Fast and Furious.
It has been forgotten as old news, and was ignored by the mainstream media. We learned about Deputy FBI Director Andrew
McCabe's wife taking over $700,000 in campaign contributions from Clinton's money man, Terry McCauliffe, for a minor state
office. McCabe has been forced to resign, which is a discharge in employment law, presumably because of his involvement
in the $700,000 coupled with the FISA warrant to spy on Trump associates, his meetings with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Linda
Page, his role in whitewashing the investigation of Hillary's email scandal, and the expected IG report. We learned
that Comey wrote the exoneration letter before he interviewed Hillary and other witnesses, how the letter was edited to
remove Obama's name as the recipient of Hillary's emails from her unsecure email system, and how the letter was changed from
"grossly negligent," which is in the statute, to "extremely careless." We learned that the unverified Steele "dossier,"
paid for by Hillary, was most likely used in the application to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump associates. None of
these facts are even debated or challenged by the Hillary/Obama supporters. Instead the answer to any mention of this
corruption is that Russian "meddled in our election." It seems there is so much corruption, and on such a large scale
involving the leadership of the FBI and DOJ, that we have become numb to new revelations.
Obamagate timeline. The
Obamagate timeline is a record of known facts about President Obama's misuse of foreign intelligence gathering for domestic
political spying, media manipulation, wiretaps, intimidation of journalists and critics, use of government intelligence
agencies to influence domestic elections, efforts to thwart the election of President Donald Trump, subversion of the new
administration's personnel and agenda, and to delegitimize and undermine his presidency. During and immediately
after that the 2016 Presidential election CIA director John Brennan targeted Donald Trump. This covert disinformation
campaign became widely known in the fake news mainstream media as Trump-Russia, alleging collusion between Trump and
associates with Russia. The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton. After
President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, seditious activity and an unwillingness to accept the results of a
democratic election by Obama holdovers in the US Intelligence Community came to light.
is 'Stalin,' yet Obama actually threatened journalists' rights. Jeff Flake, John McCain, and journalists from all over the
spectrum are ripping into Trump for his threat to the media. Flake even compared Trump to Stalin. I have to wonder where they
all were when...
• Obama continually targeted Fox News (he obviously wanted 100% devotion).
specifically targeted James Rosen of Fox News.
• The State Department erased portions of an interview it didn't like
on Iran with James Rosen.
• Obama's administration spied on Sharyl Attkisson.
• The IRS
targeted and shut up political opponents.
• The Justice Department threatened legal action against those who dared
disagree on climate change.
• Obama illegally spied on thousands of Americans for years.
spied on a political opponent before an election.
• Obama had staff who illegally unmasked people associated with
Donald Trump and their conversations.
Left as Crime Family. He began his funneling of money to leftist causes right away with his "stimulus package,"
stimulating and filling the coffers of his pay-to-playmates. Many of his bundlers simply took money, as they did in the
Solydra solar deal, absconding with millions of dollars and producing nothing. His union leaders scored tons of
money. As the rest of the U.S. floundered, his already well heeled donors were paid handsomely from this illicit
mess. To this day, we don't know where most of that money went. Uncle Joe Biden just turned a blind eye.
And no one suffered for his ugly, illegal collusion to steal from the public trough. Contrary to media and Democratic
Parry claims, St. Barack didn't have a scandal-free presidency. Far from it — most of it was nothing
but scandal, unreported by the fawning press. [...] Friends and bundlers receiving money for nothing. Fast and
Furious. The IRS targeting. The weaponizing of the bureaucracies. Just to name a few.
Media examining Trump? Why not examine Obama instead? Obama was paranoid, delusional, and a power-hungry autocrat who
didn't care about equal justice, his oath to enforce laws, the Constitution, economic opportunity for all, or the safety of the people.
Obama wiretapped James Rosen, threw Dinesh D'Souza in jail, and spied on Sharyl Attkisson. If you were an opponent of Obama, you
weren't safe. [...] Obama compared Tea Party members to domestic terrorists, and his IRS clearly targeted them, violating free speech rights.
The Justice Department threatened legal action against those who disagree that mankind is responsible for changes in the global climate.
He said when he was elected that sea levels would stop rising. He was so delusional that he would go around the world saying that if the
people and businesses just handed over trillions of dollars, politicians could control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever.
Obama was either delusional or a congenital liar when he went around the U.S., repeating over and over that you could keep your doctor and health
care plan and that your premiums would go down if Obamacare passed. He also lied when he said middle-class taxes would not be raised under
is too bad journalists idolized Obama instead of being embarrassed by what he did. Journalists and other Democrats should have been embarrassed but weren't when:
• Obama reneged on our commitment to put up missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic.
• Obama whispered to Medvedev that he should tell Putin that he would have more flexibility after he was elected.
• Obama sneered at Mitt Romney in a presidential debate when Romney said Putin and Russia are dangerous.
• Obama and Hillary left people to die in Benghazi while concocting a lie to protect his political power, because a terrorist attack
would be inconvenient right before an election when he had been lying that terrorists were on the run.
• Obama showed his lack of intelligence when he called ISIS the J.V. team, allowing the terrorists to build up.
• Obama drew the fictional red line in Syria, which contributed greatly to the refugee crisis.
• Obama failed to live up to our commitment to help Ukraine when it was invaded by Russia (international agreements meant
nothing to Obama).
• Obama was so arrogant and ignorant that he signed the Paris Accord, where he pretended that if people just give the government
trillions of dollars, politicians can control temperatures, sea levels, and storm activity forever.
• The way he was going to control the climate was by slowing the U.S economy and bankrupting coal companies and through
stifling regulations. (I don't know why journalists and other Democrats aren't embarrassed by politicians who want to slow down
the economy and make more people dependent on government.)
• Obama failed to live up to his promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
• Obama used taxpayer money to defeat a candidate in Israel. (Aren't journalists and Democrats embarrassed to complain about
Russia interfering in our elections when Obama interfered in someone else's election with taxpayer dollars?)
• Obama continually said that as president he could not rewrite or ignore existing immigration law and did it anyway.
• Obama and his staff lied to willing accomplices in the media about lifting up the major sponsor of terrorism.
Obama Years: A Legacy Of Scandal and Deception. On December 13, former vice president, Joe Biden, appeared
on CBS with the hosts of "This Morning" where he peddled his new book and showered his former boss with praise. During
the course of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Obama and responded with the following; "I've served with eight
presidents and I've gotten to know four of them very well. I've never met any president that has more character, more integrity,
and more backbone than this guy does." Then he went completely off the rails when he absurdly added; "And eight years, not a
hint — not a hint — of a scandal. What was perhaps even more outrageous than the statement itself was
the fact that none of This Morning's hosts challenged the veracity of that statement and allowed it to pass without a scintilla
of scrutiny, exposing yet again an extreme bias existing within elements of the establishment media.
Obama Bombshell dropped
by top senator (arrest him!). For eight years, critics say former President Barack Obama regularly broke United
States law and frequently overstepped his executive powers. In fact, Obama was behind some of the biggest scandals in
American political history. The list includes, but is not limited to: the Benghazi massacre, Operation Fast and
Furious, the IRS-Tea Party scandal, secret cocaine smuggling deals with Hezbollah, the much maligned Iranian nuclear deal,
illegal NSA domestic spying, and, of course, helping to cover-up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's illegal email
usage. Finally, one top U.S. senator is calling for an immediate investigation of Obama's misuse of power:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Nuclear Option: Amid Anti-Trump Hysteria, Obama Treason Exposed. The first major wormhole moment came
after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was murdered in 2010 and guns at the crime scene were linked to the U.S. government.
Conspiracy nuts started talking about how the ATF had violated the very federal gun laws the bureau is charged with enforcing
by knowingly allowing "straw purchasers" to obtain weapons that they would later sell to Mexican drug cartels. We are
talking tinfoil-hat crazy conspiracy stuff. Many good people dismissed the claims as preposterous, the daffy product of
overactive imaginations and overstimulated partisanship. Like monsters underneath a child's bed. Then we learned
every bit of it was [the] truth. Under the Obama administration, our federal government was arming some of our most
savage and destructive enemies — purportedly in the name of "tracking" the bad guys. Since that startling
revelation, similarly appalling betrayals and conspiracies have become almost routine. The root causes of each scandal
range from alarmingly reckless incompetence to treasonous betrayals of the American people.
amnesia on Obama's foreign policy failures. Somehow, Senator McCain was able to stand and watch as:
• Obama, Hillary, and Kerry essentially bragged about leading from behind.
• Obama said he
wanted to remake America.
• Obama went around the world apologizing for what America had previously
• Obama drew the fictitious red line in Syria.
• North Korea, Russia,
Syria, and Iran were essentially able to do whatever they wanted with almost zero consequences.
Obama tried to undermine Israeli elections.
• Obama sold uranium to Russia.
We paid ransom — over a billion dollar in cash — to Iran.
• Obama considered
ISIS the J.V. team.
How could McCain have watched everything Obama did from his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee and not given a speech about abdicating American leadership? I would love to have McCain or anyone else list
Obama's foreign policy successes and how they maintained our leadership position that McCain says is now under attack because
to subpoena Obama on his ties to Russia. Barack Obama, the pay-to-play president, cut a deal with Russia
shortly after taking office. The FBI investigated, but mysteriously dropped the case according to the Hill.[...]
Russians donated to the Clinton Foundation, after Obama and Hillary promised not to accept foreign bribes — er,
donations — while she was secretary of state. Hillary also signed off on the deal. Let's see, on his
watch, this man who received a Nobel for his efforts in nuclear disarmament:
pallets of money to Iran so it could nuke up
• Allowed North Korea to nuke up
• Cleared the sale of uranium to Russia
World War III should be named after him.
Real Reason the Democrats Want to Be Rid of Confederate Monuments. The media spend their days "rectifying" the
news. They write and print and speak to mislead. Since they could not factually rectify the outcome of the 2016
election, they have spent every waking moment since constructing lies to delegitimize it; with falsehoods of collusion with
Russia, and implications that racism, white supremacism, Nazis, and the KKK somehow denied them their rightful destiny They
know none of those imputations are true, but their goal is make the public believe they are factual. For the eight
years Obama was President, the MSM never reported the vast numbers of people who were forced, enticed and even recruited to
dependence on Food Stamps (an additional 10.7 million souls), or the catastrophic, unimaginable sum of 10 trillion
dollars, by which he increased the national debt (he doubled it, adding more than all previous presidents combined), or the true
facts of Obamacare, driving up costs, and wrecking the finances of what was the best system of medical care in the world).
Legacy: North Korea's Nuclear Weapons. Progressives are always talking about Barack Obama's legacy.
Well, this is his true legacy: the needless deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent people because he refused to
take action before the clock ran out. Obama wanted to be known as the president who stopped wars and not one who
started them, which he did anyway when he thought it would enhance his stature. Because of this, he withdrew from Iraq,
birthing ISIS; waffled in Syria, resulting in the death of a half a million people; and did nothing about North Korea.
He played golf and threw parties in the White House. With North Korea, it is now probably too late for effective action
short of war. Wait a couple of years, when the bill for his appeasement of Iran will come due.
McMaster: The Ultimate Holdover.
For eight years the Obama administration relentlessly politicized everything it touched. Those dedicated to Obama's
ideology were embedded in every agency at every level. Obama's failures are numerous and highly damaging to our
national security. His State Department produced an awful arms agreement with the Russians, tried desperately to
pressure Israel into an untenable peace agreement, and proudly signed Obama's nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Obama's
Defense Department supported the massive spending cuts Obama engineered. Those cuts are the source of the readiness
crisis we now face which, for example, leave about 70% of Marine Corps F-18s unfit to fly combat missions.
Are The Major Scandals That Took Place When Robert Mueller Was FBI Director. [#6] IRS Targeting (2010-2013):
the IRS intentionally selected and then delayed or denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) applications from conservative groups to
prevent them from participating in the 2012 election, followed by IRS agent Lois Lerner invoking her Fifth Amendment
privilege against self-incrimination[.] [#7] Fast and Furious (2010): this ATF program, which seems to have served
no rational purpose, allowed over 2,000 guns to be purchased illegally inside the United States and then "walked" into Mexico
for use by criminals, one of which was later used in the 2010 murder of Border Agent Brian Terry by the member of a Mexican
cartel[.] [#8] Associated Press Spying (2012): the Department of Justice illegally seized the communications of AP
reporters made during April and May 2012, allowing the DOJ to unmask journalists' confidential sources[.]
Root Cause Of The Disasters In The Middle East. During the eight years of the Obama administration, half a
million Christians, Yazidis and Muslims were slaughtered in the Middle East by ISIS and other Islamic jihadists, in a
genocidal campaign waged in the name of Islam and its God. Twenty million others were driven into exile by these same
jihadist forces. Libya and Yemen became terrorist states. America -- once the dominant foreign power and
anti-jihadist presence in the region — was replaced by Russia, an ally of the monster regimes in Syria and Iran,
and their terrorist proxies. Under the patronage of the Obama administration, Iran -- the largest and most dangerous
terrorist state, with the blood of thousands of Americans on its hands -- emerged from its isolation as a pariah state to
re-enter the community of nations and become the region's dominant power, arming and directing its terrorist proxies in
Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Yemen. These disasters are a direct consequence of the policies of appeasement and retreat
of the Obama administration.
America's Media Meltdown.
[Scroll down] Freed from most press scrutiny, the Obama administration surveilled Associated Press reporters accused of
leaks and monitored the communications of Fox News's White House Correspondent James Rosen. In a variety of scandals,
UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan Rice lied repeatedly about the Benghazi catastrophe, the Bowe Bergdahl
prisoner swap, the Iran deal, and the supposed destruction of weapons of mass destruction by the Assad government in
Syria. Meanwhile, Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch faced inquiries about massaging the investigation of Hillary
Clinton's private email server. Close advisors such as Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power faced congressional
inquiries into whether some in the administration had requested improper surveillance reports of political opponents,
unmasked their names, and illegally leaked them to the press — a story that the media overlooked. [...] The media
largely ignored a series of scandals, as if investigating them might endanger the Obama progressive moment: the
politicization of the IRS, FBI, and Justice Department; ICE reduced to de facto irrelevance; fraud at the VA;
overreach at EPA; and incompetence at the Secret Service and GSA.
the Dignity of the Office. In fact, Donald Trump has restored dignity to the office, when you consider how
Barack Obama soiled the office with his own dissembling, fabrications, and manipulations, not to mention the sort of race
hustlers, hoodlums, felons, and traitors routinely welcomed to Obama's White House. Beneath the dignity of the
office: Bill Clinton spawned the genre. Obama fertilized it. Lest we forget, Obama welcomed Al Sharpton
60-70-100 times at the White House. At the same time, Obama hosted soirees with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Celebrated the swap of five terrorists for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl in the Rose Garden. Embraced Rick Ross,
notorious rapper indicted for assault and kidnapping, whose ankle bracelet alarm went off at the White House[.]
Scandals The Trump-Obsessed Media Are Ignoring. So what we have here is evidence suggesting that the Obama
administration abused national security to damage the Trump administration, politicized the Justice Department to subvert an
active investigation into Hillary Clinton, and routinely spied on Americans for reasons unknown. That's a lot of
potentially very serious scandals for an administration that described itself as scandal-free. Nothing to see
here. Move along.
Reminder: What a Real Presidential Scandal Looks Like. As liberal McCarthyism continues searching for
Russian monsters under Trump administration beds, it might serve us well to remember the Obama administration scandals, for
which there were no special prosecutors appointed, no grand juries convened, not even a leaked memo to The New York Times via
a friendly professor at Columbia University.
and Collusion: Obama, Comey, and the Press. It now seems clear that Barack Obama was a corrupt machine
politician in the worst Chicago mold. He used the IRS to silence his enemies, and the Justice Department to protect his
friends. His two major "achievements" — a health care law that doesn't work and a deal that increased the
power and prestige of the terrorist state of Iran — were built on lies to the public and manipulation of the
press. And that's according to his own allies! Only the leftist bias and racial pathology of the media kept his
administration from being destroyed by scandal, as it surely would have been had he been a white Republican.
Endless Ironies of Donald J. Trump. The Left was mostly untroubled for eight years about the often unconstitutional abuses of Barack
Obama — given that they saw their shared noble aims as justifying almost any means necessary to achieve them. There was the not uncommon
Rice-Gruber-Rhodes-Holder sort of deception (on Benghazi, on the conduct of Bowe Bergdahl, on the Affordable Care Act, the Iran deal, on Fast and Furious,
etc.) — a required tactic because so much of the Obama agenda was antithetical to the wishes and preferences of the American electorate and thus
had to be disguised and camouflaged to become enacted. There was the pen-and-phone mockery of established federal law (the suspension of the ACA employer
mandate, the Chrysler creditor reversal, the non-enforcement of federal immigration law, the institutionalization of sanctuary-city nullification).
Brennan Collude with Foreign Spies to Help Hillary? [John] Brennan didn't explain why the Russians didn't prefer Hillary, Secretary of
State for an administration that did nothing when Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine. Why wouldn't the Russians want the Secretary of
State who called murderous Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a reformer and was there when President Obama drew the first of his "red lines," then
did nothing to prevent the slaughter of 500,000 Syrians while giving Russia free rein in that country? Why would Russia prefer Trump over
Hillary after she and husband Bill brokered deals giving Russia and Putin 20 percent of our uranium supply to benefit Clinton Foundation
donors, including Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra? As the New York Times reported, this mutual back-scratching gave Clinton donor
Giustra control of a significant portion of the world's uranium supply.
malicious and dishonest media really are, as Trump says, 'enemies of the people'. Economic growth, which had
been 4.5 percent annually in most of the Reagan years, had gradually descended to just one percent with Obama.
Schools and infrastructure were decaying, violent crime was increasing, Obama and Hillary Clinton would not utter the words
"Islamist extremism," political correctness reigned, and foreign policy seemed to many Americans to have wobbled from George W.
Bush's insouciant war-making to Obama's appeasement of America's enemies. Trade agreements were widely perceived to have been
disadvantageous and the alliance system looked like a bunch of free-loaders relying on American military power rather than
collective security. Trump and his followers believed that the global warming case had not been made and that the push
for renewable energy was unjustifiably costly and self-punitive.
Case for Congress and the Trump Justice Department, Not the Courts. Eric Holder was the first attorney general
in history to be held in contempt of Congress, when he stonewalled committee probes of the Fast and Furious investigation.
Fast and Furious itself was a scandal, involving the government's reckless abuse of investigative powers for the purpose of
fabricating an anti-gun narrative. Instead, its "gun walking" resulted in the killing of a federal agent, among other
violent crimes. Attorney General Holder made misleading representations about both Fast and Furious and the investigation
of Fox News journalist James Rosen. [...] Then there were the Justice Department's outrageous misconduct and serial lies in a
prosecution of New Orleans police, which a federal judge variously described as "bizarre," "appalling," and
"grotesque" — conclusions upheld by the Fifth Circuit appeals court.
Chickens Coming Home To Roost. If you believe your random mainstream media outlet of choice, North Korea and Syria were
crises freshly spawned by this administration with no prior history. But these ticking time bombs are the direct result of the
two terrible terms of his predecessor. The Nobel Peace Prize winner's years in the White House were the most dysfunctional,
schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy. His domestic policy was a disaster, but it was a
radioactive toxic waste dump with clear and consistent goals. ObamaCare, the abuses of the Justice Department, the Department
of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency were the naturally terrible outcome of left-wing policies being implemented
with inevitably terrible results. But Obama's foreign policy was a wildly inconsistent mess.
Trump is warned that he can't just do
what he wants. The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote an opinion article that lectures Donald Trump that he can't just do what he wants. [...]
I do not recall Dionne writing warnings to Obama or objecting when:
• Obama continually changed tax provisions and other provisions of the ACA without going through Congress.
• Obama illegally robbed low-income housing funds from Fannie and Freddie Mac to fill in shortfalls at Obamacare.
• Obama couldn't get the DREAM Act passed through Congress so unilaterally implemented it anyway.
• Obama and the Justice Department allowed sanctuary cities to ignore immigration but sued states like Arizona that wanted to enforce the laws of the land.
• Obama allowed his secretary of state to continually violate security laws and personally corresponded with her on a non-secure server and pretending he didn't know.
• Obama lifted the travel ban and other restrictions on Communist Cuba without going through Congress.
• Obama agreed to a deal with the terrorist-sponsoring Iran without getting approval from Congress.
• Obama agreed to the Paris climate accord without getting approval from Congress.
• Obama refused to enforce immigration laws, clearly violating his oath of office.
• Obama continually blocked pipelines that had cleared regulatory hurdles.
• Obama had the EPA intentionally write regulations without going through Congress to bankrupt coal companies.
• Obama and Michelle took separate jets to their family vacations.
Transformation" Demands Chaos. Nothing more clearly marked the intended mission of Barack Obama's presidency
than his own words, spoken shortly before the 2008 election: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the
United States of America." [...] The political IEDs that have delivered chaos during the last eight years and are embedded to
deliver further turmoil include:
• Weaponizing the administrative state to act against American
citizens deemed political enemies (e.g., the IRS targeting scandal).
• Undermining the rule of law so
there is no level playing field of justice.
• Nearly doubling the national debt to roughly $20
• Enabling a more chaotic world by undermining allies and dealing passively with enemies
while weakening America's ability to defend itself.
• Dividing Americans against each other on issues
of race, religion, sex, speech, and immigration, all while not actively discouraging violence.
Enabling global and national elites while nearly destroying the Democratic Party's electoral strength across the country.
Obama was the real Russian stooge. The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in
infiltrating the US government at the highest levels. How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other
way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the
idea that Russia represents our foremost geo-political foe? Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian
ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by
Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels? All of these
items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.
Rotten Obama Record — and Legacy. An incomplete recap of the corruption that has happened under his
watch: Eric Holder, the "stimulus," Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Obamacare, the census power grab, the IRS targeting of
political opponents, executive amnesty, the Snowden NSA spy revelations, the debate collusion with Candy Crowley, race-baiting
for votes, selling our soul to Iran and Cuba, wiretapping allies, spying on journalists, destroying attempts to clean up
voter rolls, the Benghazi video. Politicizing and weaponizing our government and its bureaucracies. And so much
more. This was eight years of a purposeful, corrupt power grab in the worst of ways. And no, I do not believe for
a second he did not know, or did not incite these to happen.
Normalcy Is Revolution. Political correctness under the Obama administration led to euphemisms that no longer
reflected reality. Poorly conceived reset policy with Russia and a pivot to Asia both failed. The Middle East was
aflame. The Iran deal was sold through an echo chamber of deliberate misrepresentations. The national debt nearly
doubled during Obama's two terms. Overregulation, higher taxes, near-zero interest rates, and the scapegoating of big
businesses slowed economic recovery. Economic growth never reached 3 percent in any year of the Obama
presidency — the first time that had happened since Herbert Hoover's presidency. A revolutionary federal
absorption of health care failed to fulfill Obama's promises and soon proved unviable. Culturally, the iconic symbols
of the Obama revolution were the "you didn't build that" approach to businesses and an assumption that race/class/gender
would forever drive American politics, favorably so for the Democrats.
the 'End of an Error'. Obama is gone. Time to undo what the Community Organizer organized for America:
astronomically increased debt, a disrespected law enforcement and military community, numerous ticked off allies, newly empowered
enemies, erasure of borders, and demographic divisions aplenty.
Worst Perversion. The Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media
that is determined to see no scandal in it. The lame-duck columns have been nearly unanimous on the point: Barack
Obama is remarkable among recent presidents for having been utterly untouched by scandal, personal or political. [...] Not
only was the Obama administration marked by scandal of the most serious sort — perverting the machinery of the
state for political ends — it was on that front, which is the most important one, the most scandal-scarred
administration in modern presidential history. [...] The fact that the same people at CNN who were colluding with the Clinton
campaign cannot see a scandal in the Obama administration does not mean that no scandal was there.
a big lie, let me count the ways. On fake news 60 Minutes tonight, Obama will make this incredible statement:
"I'm proud of the fact that with two weeks to go, we're probably the first administration in modern history that
hasn't had a major scandal in the White House." Can someone say "Big Lie?" There's not room enough in this
whole newspaper to list all the scandals, big and small, that have enveloped this most corrupt of all regimes in American
history, modern or otherwise. One website last week came up with 633, and they missed more than a few! And in
the true spirit of the "Big Lie," this isn't the first time these bums have floated the no-scandal whopper. Valerie
Jarrett, his Iranian-born Rasputin, was pushing it to the alt-left media just last month. Just for starters, Hillary
Clinton is probably beseeching President Soetoro right now for a pardon, given the crimes she committed as his highest-ranking
cabinet official — the next attorney general has already announced he'll be recusing himself from the inevitable
criminal probes against her.
Media Has Decided Obama Had Zero Scandals But We Found a Few. The scandals that never happened:
• Fast & Furious
• VA — officials got bonuses as veterans died
• IRS — Lois Lerner, targeted citizens
• Politicized press and agencies
• Stimulus theft for unions
• Obamacare — keep your doctor, your insurance, your hospital (he guaranteed it), premiums reduced by $2500 less for the average family, horrible website
• Hillary Clinton's private server — he sent emails to that address under a fake name
• The Pigford scandal
• Bowe Bergdahl — the scandalous handling of the court martial and the trade of this deserter for five vicious Taliban
• Iran nuclear deal and ransom payments
• GSA lavish parties
• Secret Service gone wild with idiots in charge
• Influencing Israeli elections
• Spying on journalists and Angela Merkel
• GM bailout — he violated the spirit of the law and precedent by putting the investors at the end of the line and paying off the unions.
• He told Medvedev he'd have more flexibility after his second election
We're 'Probably' First Admin 'In Modern History' Without 'A Major Scandal in the White House'. During a preview
of an interview set to air on Sunday's "60 Minutes" on CBS, President Obama said, "we're probably of the first administration
in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House." Obama said, "I'm proud of the fact that, with two
weeks to go, we're probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House.
In that sense, we changed some things." [Video clip]
The Editor says...
If Benghazi is not a scandal and Fast and Furious is not a scandal, and the use of the IRS as a political weapon is not a scandal,
and the Secretary of State's secret email system is not a scandal, and the doubling of the national debt is not a scandal, I wonder what
Mr. Obama would consider a major scandal.
skewers Meryl Streep after 'baloney' Golden Globes speech. Liberal actress Meryl Streep's virtue-signaling
Golden Globes speech Sunday invoked the wrath of Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin. In a Facebook post
Monday [1/9/2017], Levin skewered Streep for professing solidarity with immigrants and the media — groups she
considers to be victims of the same hate-fueled conservative campaign that brought Donald Trump to power. He then
provided a long list of atrocities committed by the Obama administration that the 30-time Globes nominee neglected to speak
out against: [...]
WH Chief of Staff: I'm Proud That We've Been 'Historically Free of Scandal'. On CNN's State of the
Union today [1/15/2017], White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reflected on the past 8 years and said the thing he's
"most proud of" is how their administration has been "historically free of scandal." This talking point echoes the words of
President Obama, who said last week, "We are probably the first administration in modern history that has not had a major scandal
in the White House." McDonough also argued that the White House cooperated with every single investigation Congress
investigated them for. Jake Tapper pointed out a lot of people (particularly Republicans overseeing those investigations)
would take issue with that characterization.
Scandals That Valerie Jarrett Overlooked. While [the implementation of Obamacare] was going on, the scandals Jarrett
overlooked were brewing. Operation Fast and Furious, which began in the George W. Bush administration, exploded under Obama,
when the guns the feds intentionally had let slip into the hands of Mexican gangs were used to kill one of their own. Then came
Libya, where heavy armaments the feds secretly had passed into the hands of terrorists masquerading as rebels were used to kill the U.S.
ambassador and topple a friendly government. Then came the seizure of telephone records of journalists critical of the administration
by the Department of Justice, which secretly convinced a federal judge that talking to a whistleblower and reporting on his questionable
behavior somehow involved reporters criminally in that behavior. Then came the targeting by the IRS of conservative advocacy groups
by denying them tax-exempt status for political reasons.
ignores facts with boastful 'greatest hits' list. [Scroll down] Obama credited himself with "the longest
streak of job creation on record" but forgot to mention all those would-be workers who were downgraded to part-time or left
the workforce altogether. "Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, another 20 million American adults know the
financial security and peace of mind that comes with health insurance," the president boasted. Meanwhile, Americans
have lost their doctors, watched their costs soar as services drop, and insurers flee the marketplace. But the greatest
communicator of our age was only warming up. "Over the past eight years, no foreign terrorist organization has
successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland." Where to begin? Perhaps with Fort Hood, the
Boston Marathon, San Bernardino or Orlando, but who's counting?
Legacy. Obama is proud of himself. He and his devoted followers believe he has left America in better shape than when he found it.
The Sickening, Stale, and Worn Out Narratives of the Left. Instead of picking apart mistakes by Trump, let's focus on the damage the Democrats
have done. It's legion. In the guise of economic "fairness," they gave us the worst economic recovery since World War II. They simply ground
to a standstill our economic engine, causing massive unemployment and a job market that gives no hope to Americans for the future. They ruined our
alliances and fed our enemies under a horrifyingly stupid, feckless president and secretary of state. They laid the groundwork for ISIS to become a
power and were virtually useless in dealing with that organization. They destroyed our borders under the idea that it is racist to have them, flooding
us with illegal aliens who don't care a whit about American values of the past, and they steal from our kindness. They were on the way to destroying
health care, paving the way for massive government control of doctors, insurance companies, and yes, us as patients. The evidence is in:
Obamacare was a failure. They lied to get it passed, they lied to keep it, and they are lying about how good it is now. Thankfully, most
people understand they now have a pig in the poke that costs a ton, and they can't use it.
Failed Presidency. The president is correct that the largest issue in the election was the Obama legacy: the
125 percent increase in federal debt while the national work force shrank by 10 percent, the shameful Iran nuclear and
sanctions giveaway, the shambles of the "red line" and other flip-flops and miscues all over foreign policy, the haughty
disparagement of large sections of the electorate (in which he was almost outdone by Mrs. Clinton), the immigration policy
of proudly admitting to the U.S. whomever might be seized by the ambition to enter, and the slavish adherence to the most alarmist
versions of the faddish climate apocalypse, whatever the cost in American jobs and the current-account deficit, and without waiting
for evidence adequate to justify radical measures.
Major Scandals in Obama's 'Scandal-Free' Presidency. President Obama and his mouthpieces have embarked on a
bizarre scheme to hypnotize America into forgetting the many scandals of his presidency. They seem to think that
intoning "this administration hasn't had a scandal" over and over again will make history disappear. It's the lamest
Jedi Mind Trick ever, and is being pushed on people who know Star Wars is just a movie. Here's a short list of the
many scandals Team Obama thinks it can make America forget: [...]
closest adviser says president has been scandal-free. President Obama has been squeaky clean, according to his
closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett. "The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn't had a
scandal and he hasn't done something to embarrass himself," Jarrett said in an interview broadcast on CNN Sunday [1/1/2017].
10 Ways Barack Obama Broke the American System. Obama sought to transform America, and believed that the ends
would justify the means. Republicans, hypnotized by race and cowed by the media, put up little fight. So voters took
matters into their own hands. Here are ten of the most serious ways Obama broke the system.
Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right. When Barack Obama won his second term, conservatives were distraught about the
certainty that the damage already done by Obama would continue for another four years. Obamacare would continue to destroy what was once the
best health care in the world. The EPA would continue to destroy jobs and businesses with pride and glee, without a moment's thought for those
devastated by their thousands of new regulations. Iraq was already a disaster because, by removing all US troops, Obama left it as an open
invitation for Al Qaeda and ISIS to take over. Libya was gone, our ambassador dead. Syria was being systematically destroyed by its
own barbaric leader. [...] Obama, despite his "red line" threat, did nothing. So subservient to Iran, he did nothing to stop the murder
of all Christians in the Middle East.
The Progressive Regression. An Affordable
Care Act whose premiums just exploded by more than 20 percent despite massive deductibles, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner meddling in Syria, Libya,
and points beyond, and a post-racial presidency coinciding with Ferguson, Baltimore, and Dallas all give lie to the promise of hope and change.
the Obama Legacy — Against His Own Mileposts. [For example,] "Promoting immigrant and refugee integration and citizenship
awareness." The southern U.S. border is largely unenforced. Immigration law is deliberately ignored. The president's refugee
policy was unpopular and proved a disaster, as illustrated by the Boston Marathon bombings, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub shooting,
and the recent Ohio State University terrorist violence. Note what Obama's staff omitted: his doubling of the U.S. debt in eight years, the
unworkable and soon-to-be-repealed Affordable Care Act, seven years of anemic economic growth, record labor nonparticipation, failed policy resets
abroad, and a Middle East in ruins.
Reasons Barack Obama Will Be Viewed As One Of The Worst Presidents of All Time. Compiling a list of reasons why Barack Obama is a
terrible president seems like a project for a book rather than a column. However, when we start looking at the catastrophic mistakes he's
made that may reverberate for years to come, it's clear that he's been a disaster for America on a scale that few other Presidents can match.
Just look at his record.
Obama's Leftovers. The sun never sets on
President Obama's leftovers. He entered office promising to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He leaves it
with those wars still taking the lives of American servicemen. Wars that didn't exist in 2009 — Syria,
Libya, and Ukraine — continue at the pace prescribed by our enemies. The first American was killed in Syria
on Thanksgiving Day. America has been at war for fifteen years in Afghanistan and thirteen in Iraq. Obama ran as
a "peace now" candidate, but — as Gen. James Mattis is quoted as saying — the enemy gets a vote
in when a war ends. Worse, as in the Afghanistan conflict, Obama specifically disavowed victory. He continued
those wars seeking only to avoid the blame for losing. Obama has engaged us in new unnecessary wars, such as in Libya,
and refused to take timely action to topple Bashar Assad in Syria. His refusal to act created the opportunity for
Russia and Iran to seize control of Syria and propel their influence across the Middle East.
White House: Obama
Proud No 'Major Personal Scandal' Occurred in His Administration. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said
Monday that President Obama is proud that no one in his administration has suffered a "major personal scandal" during his
time in office. The comment came at the White House daily press briefing during a discussion about former CIA Director
David Petraeus' past guilty plea of mishandling classified information.
Mr. Obama imagines. President Obama is indulging himself only a little more than usual. He boasts in
an interview that his pride swells when he regards his eight years in the White House as "scandal free." It's true that
no one was jailed for taking a bribe, but calling his administration "scandal free" is more than a stretch. All
presidents live in a bubble, but Mr. Obama appears not to have subscribed to a newspaper, not even The Washington Post
or The New York Times, over these past eight years. If he had, he could have read about scandals.
Says He's Had A Scandal-Free Administration. Here Are 11 of His Scandals. Obama's presidency has been
mired with numerous scandals that would be blared on the news 24/7 if he were a Republican. But because he's a Democrat,
too many people buy Obama's argument that his presidency has been scandal-free. Here are 11 of Obama's scandals.
Jeff Sessions Will Be the Restorative Attorney General We Need. The Obama Justice Department has been the most
politicized in the nation's history. It has weaponized the law against the president's political adversaries and
scapegoats, while insulating the president's allies against investigation and prosecution. It has made progressive
political activism the touchstone of Justice Department hiring, stacking various departmental sections with social-justice
warriors who see the law as their arsenal to achieve fundamental societal transformation. It has exploited the legal
process as an extortionate tool to shakedown deep-pocketed institutions for the purpose of funding progressive
rabble-rousers. It has used law-enforcement to craft political narratives that, for example, propped up Obama's "blame
the video" fraud after the Benghazi massacre; framed the nation's financial institutions for the mortgage meltdown, to the
exclusion of reckless government policies; and undermined Second Amendment rights while getting federal agents killed (see
the "Fast and Furious" debacle, over which Holder was held in contempt of Congress). It has injected racial discrimination
into the enforcement of civil-rights laws in blatant violation of the equal-protection principles those laws are supposed to
assure. It has exhibited a contempt for Congress and a propensity to obstruct legislative oversight that would have
made the Nixon administration blush. It has repeatedly engaged in appalling prosecutorial misconduct and then lied to
federal judges to cover it up. It has not only refused to enforce the immigration laws and sued to prevent sovereign
states from enforcing them, but has also endorsed the president's claimed power to ignore congressional statutes. It is
abetting a war on the nation's police departments, seeking to nationalize them under the guise of baseless and ruinously
divisive smears that cops are hunting down African-American men, and that the justice system is rigged against black people.
Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs. We have a VA that purposely lets vets die without medical care. We have an
EPA at war with the energy industry. The Department of Education threatens public schools with loss of federal funds
and mandates progressive lies about American history, teaching generations of schoolchildren to be ashamed of America and
ignorant of our Constitution and our forefathers. Universities are forced by the DOJ to hire feminist and racialist
thought police under an Obama bureaucrat's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act. We have an IRS that has a political
enemies list its employees punish at the behest of Democrats. Homeland Security and FBI are under a gag order that
forbids them to use the term jihad or Islamic extremism. Everywhere we look, regulations are strangling
business, intruding into the personal lives and property rights of ordinary citizens.
'Free' Obama. Well, let's start with the IRS scandal — or is there another word for what happens
when public officials in one of government's most sensitive departments make decisions based on ideology. Let's see,
how about when any organization with the words "tea party" in its name applies for tax-exempt status? Lois Lerner, who
headed the tax exempt division resigned. But guess that's only a "significant scandal" for those groups still waiting
to hear back from the IRS.
Shocking Intolerance of Anti-Trump Liberals. [Scroll down] What are the rights that supposedly Trump is
going to take away? We've been living in a country where, as The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway tweeted, "Obama did
sue nuns over birth control for crying out loud," where religious bakers and florists have been told they have to participate
in same-sex weddings, where an African-American fire chief lost his job over a book he wrote about his religious beliefs that
included passages on same-sex marriage, and yet, the real threat to rights is from Trump?
It's Gloves Off in Obama's Final Two Months.
Barack Obama has demonstrated great contempt for Rule of Law during his eight years in office. From the Iran nuclear
deal to the Paris climate agreement — and myriad other executive actions and unilaterally enacted regulations far
too numerous to list — Obama perennially stretched and breached the boundaries afforded the executive branch.
Election Day also means Obama
administration is likely to skate free of misbehavior. What are the consequences, if any, for these recent
years chock-full of so much misbehavior, both public and private? Do those people widely seen as cheating, lying and
abusing a sacred public trust pay any public price for their moral malfeasance? Or do they skate free of penalty to
enjoy the perceived rewards of power? We are, of course, talking mostly about the Obama administration and Clinton
crowd. Let's look at a few examples: [...]
Times that Barack Obama Blamed Other People for His Own Failures. As he campaigned for Crooked Hillary today, Barack
Obama went on the corrupt Liberal news outlets — CNN, Time Magazine and New York Times — and told Donald
Trump to "stop whining" about a "rigged election". That kinda struck me as funny because for the past 8 years Obama
has done nothing but whine and blame others for his own failings. From the moment he first began to occupy the Oval Office,
Barack Hussein Obama has had failure after failure as president. Throughout it all, he has never once accepted the blame
or taken responsibility for his failures, but instead sought to lay blame elsewhere.
'We Have Not Had a Major Scandal in My Administration'. President Obama told a fundraiser in California Sunday
night that there has not been a "major scandal" in his administration, according to a White House transcript of the
event. He made the remark while criticizing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) at a fundraiser for congressional
candidates, including Issa's Democrat challenger, Doug Applegate. Obama said Issa's main contribution to the U.S.
Congress has been to "obstruct and waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere."
Controversies Obama Didn't Mention When He Denied Any 'Major Scandals'. President Barack Obama discarded eight
years of controversies surrounding his administration, including the targeting of conservative groups, veterans lacking
health care, the administration's response to a terrorist attack weeks before the 2012 election, and a botched gun
sting. During a Democratic fundraising event in San Diego Sunday, Obama attacked Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the
former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, for the various investigations into the administration.
"Here's a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history, despite the fact that actually, we have not had a major
scandal in my administration," Obama told Democratic donors.
Claims He Didn't Know About Hillary's Private Email Server — But WikiLeaks Just Dropped a Bombshell! President
Obama has lied for 8 years about major topics: Benghazi, Iraq, Obamacare, and illegal immigration. But this is a smoking-gun
proof of a coverup. He would end up endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, and he didn't want his candidate to face criminal
Dirty Talk versus Hillary's Corruption. In the past week:
• [The Department of] Justice drops the case against a gunrunner from Hillary's Libya fiasco whose testimony would certainly have harmed Obama and
• Evidence surfaced that the White House participated in the cover-up of Hillary's violation of national security laws with her
private server even though they said they absolutely knew nothing about the server and would not interfere with an investigation.
• We have learned more this week about how the investigation of Hillary by the Justice Department and FBI was a pure sham as
they gave immunity to so many, took so much stuff off limits, and even carried out the destruction of evidence. The email
investigation was pretend, just like the IRS investigation and any supposed investigation of the Clinton Foundation. It is clear that
the White House, Justice Department, State Department, and IRS are working specifically to protect Obama and Hillary instead of
working for the American people.
• Aleppo and Syria are deteriorating rapidly despite Obama and Kerry being extremely tough and telling Russia and Assad to stop
• Obama partially blamed the Civil War in Syria on a drought he says was caused by humans. That is one of the most ignorant
statements ever. The war is because Assad is a tyrant, and the Mideast is essentially a desert that has had continued droughts for
• An NBC News man topped Obama's stupidity by saying the worthless Paris climate agreement would stop hurricanes.
• Obamacare is collapsing rapidly. The multiple lies to pass the law are more obvious every day. The law is greatly harming the
middle class and small employers and reducing the potential for full-time jobs.
• An NSA contractor who committed the same crime as Hillary by keeping classified documents at home on several nonsecure
devices is under arrest. Why isn't Hillary?
obsessed with Trump's buildings, hates John Wayne. Barack Obama can't stop talking about presidential candidate
Donald Trump. [...] Obama's obsession is understandable. Trump embodies the socialist's worst nightmare. In 2008,
Obama, like all socialists, promised his followers a land of milk and honey. Eight years later, he's delivered
unemployment, poverty, food stamps, violence in the streets, open borders, drug cartels, heroin overdoses, terrorist attacks
on our own soil, $10 trillion more debt, no economic growth, and radical Supreme Court judges. He has generally
corrupted all three branches of government. Along comes Trump, threatening, in Obama's own words, to "reverse progress"
of Obama's last two terms. Trump, the unapologetic, affluent, determined, and tough-minded individualist, is everything
Obama is not.
The Ugly Truth
Of Leftist "Heroes". [Scroll down to Barack H. Obama] Huge chunks of the life of this tremendously overrated
"community organizer" are shrouded in mystery, all the way back to his birth. Thus, all those low-information voters had little
idea who they were electing. [...] While a junior Senator with an unremarkable legislative record, he entered the 2008 Presidential
race and got sold by the media as a messiah figure. He broke a whopping number of campaign promises about what he'd do in his
first year: heal the economy, halve the deficit, withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, close Camp X-ray, etc. He continued
many of Bush the Younger's policies, but got praised for doing the same things that got the Shrub condemnation. His major
legislative triumph was a socialized medicine scheme which caused healthcare prices to skyrocket, even though all those politicians
swore up and down that wouldn't happen.
The House That Barack Built.
Dismissive of Western civilization and what went before, the president seemed to believe that history started on the day of his
inauguration. Shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by a gushing European coterie — something
grand, which he did not earn. A former community organizer from Chicago, he set out to apply the art of creating
unrest — to incite men against women, straights against gays, whites against blacks, Hometown U.S.A. against Wall
Street, Democrats against Republicans, and the so-called 1% versus the 99%. Skeptical of the capitalist system, he
nonetheless pitched to Silicon Valley, the grandees of Hollywood, and professional athletes. Playing the race card in
situations such as the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the riots of Ferguson, Missouri, he aggravated societal tensions.
the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary. [Scroll down] Liberals scoff at our supposed sensationalism in depicting
Obama's record, but they are the ones in fantasyland — not us. Their judgment is so skewed that they wouldn't
recognize a disastrous, perennially sluggish economy if it hit them in the face — because it has. They wouldn't see
it if Islamists were waging war on the United States, because they are and they don't. They wouldn't be alarmed if the
Constitution and rule of law were under ongoing assault, because they are and they aren't. They don't care that the
nuclear family is in peril, because they favor diluting traditional and gender distinctions. And they wouldn't care
if the federal government were deliberately fostering dependency addiction among its citizenry and demonizing work, the work
ethic, productivity and business, because it is and they enable it.
Giant Scandals That Barack Obama Just Couldn't Keep Undercover! From Benghazi to Fast and Furious.
Grows Amid The Weaponized Media. Unfortunately when the wider U.S. electorate voted the Fresh Prince of Bill
Ayers to be the president of the United States they were, perhaps unwittingly, ushering in a new era of fundamental
change, governmental weaponization. Events and outcomes ceased to be determined by laws, and the politics of any given
event became the overriding filter through which all action, or lack thereof, would be determined. The last seven years
have provided numerous examples for points of reference. The IRS investigation of conservative groups was driven by
politics, not legality. The investigation of officer Darren Wilson was driven by politics, not evidence or
legality. The arrests of the Baltimore Six were driven by politics, not factual, substantial evidence. The FBI
decision not to recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton was driven by politics not evidence. These are just a few
examples of manipulated common law principles that have been overridden by considerations of political benefits.
So Much for Experts.
So fifty Republican "national security experts" have disavowed Trump as a candidate for the presidency. [...] Where were these men these
past eight years, while President Obama's policy of "leading from behind" has caused chaos around the world? When Hillary took on
Libya as her personal project, thinking it would boost her into the presidency? Have they written a group letter about her endangering
of our national security with her unsecured server? Is her irresponsibility the cause of the Benghazi attack and the death of those
four Americans? For the death of nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri in Iran, whose name she revealed in an unsecured email?
Everything they say about Trump is already true of Obama and Hillary!
the Frightened Child. We hired Barack Obama as our chief executive and with any amount of hope in our hearts
went down his dreary road with him. He insisted that his trillion-dollar stimulus would jumpstart the economy; we tried
it, and the economy tanked. He promised us we could keep our own doctor and every American family would save $2,500 a
year on medical insurance premiums with Obamacare; we tried it, and the exact opposite happened. He promised us that
things would be okay if we ran from Iraq; we did, and our retreat produced one of the worst horrors in human history.
Now he insists we have never been stronger militarily, but when we look, we see that the Marine Corps has been hollowed out,
the Air Force is flying half the number of planes it used to, the Navy keeps shrinking, the Army is approaching its lowest
level since before World War II, and the Russians are laughing at us as the Chinese build better aircraft carriers.
Last but not least, there's the issue of racial animosity, something Obama was supposed to help the nation transcend.
Indeed, it was his biggest selling point — some would say (and I do) his only selling point. Yet instead of
improving with his time in office, the animus has increased.
Alphabet Soup Corruption.
[Scroll down, past the first eight scandals] To the above alphabet scandals could be added the a number of scandals involving the Secret Service; the General
Service Administration debacle of lavish conferences and unauthorized government junkets; the abrupt post-election resignation of CIA
Director Gen. David Petraeus under mysterious circumstances; the likely forced resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sibelius after the promises of the Affordable Care Act proved fantasies and its website unworkable; and the diminution of
National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who falsely assured the public on five Sunday morning news outlets that the Benghazi terrorist
attacks were the fallout from an obscure video maker (subsequently jailed) — when both she and Secretary of State Clinton already knew
that an al Qaeda affiliate was responsible for the killings and that such terrorism proved inconvenient to the pre-election narrative
of an "al Qaeda on the run."
White House Correspondent Explains "How Obama Gets Away With It". Usually when an incumbent president is
leaving office and a slew of candidates are battling for his job, that departing chief executive's record is a major campaign
issue. But not this year, even though two of three Americans say the country is on the wrong track, job creation is
sluggish, income inequality continues to rise and Mr. Obama's job approval barely tops 50%. Moreover, approval of his
handling of the war on terror and Islamic State is underwater, and a majority of Americans — white and
black — say race relations are getting worse, not better.
Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration. Throughout his eight years, President Obama has elevated to high
office a long list of incompetent people, or people who revealed themselves to be utterly unsuited for the public office assigned
to them. Here is PJ Media's list of the 13 most egregious examples of failure in the Obama administration. This is
by no means an exclusive list, and who knows what our president will cook up in his last few months.
Obama: The Unspoken Issue In This Year's Campaign. [Scroll down] There are many people who tell
pollsters they approve of Obama, while simultaneously saying they disapprove of just about everything he does. I think
the reason is the one suggested by Glenn — reporters put everything the first black president does in a favorable
light, and voters are inclined to give him, personally, the benefit of the doubt, even though his foreign policy is a
disaster, he has repeatedly flouted federal law and the Constitution, and he has overseen the weakest economic recovery of
the modern era. This means that the support we see for Obama in polls is largely illusory.
Transparent Abuse of the Law. When Loretta Lynch succeeded Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General a year ago,
some harbored the tiniest hope that she wouldn't be quite as radical. After all, Holder had done his best to gin up
racial resentment, dismiss a clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party, attack voter photo ID laws,
refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, threaten a congressman trying to get to the truth of the Fast and Furious
Mexican gun-running scandal, and ignore the Internal Revenue Service's mob-like persecution of conservative groups.
Bathrooms are latest diversion
from Obama's and Clinton's troubles. In yet another executive overreach to redirect public discussion, Obama
arbitrarily ruled that every public school receiving federal funds must allow the minute fraction of society who are
transgender to use the restroom of their choice, not their biological gender. We're being played again, folks.
Here's what's really at stake: Obama's heir-apparent and legacy protector, the 68-year-old Hillary Clinton, is getting
shredded in Democratic primary after primary by a 74-year-old socialist, Bernie Sanders. [...] Obama would also like to
distract you from the slipping new-job creation rates. Obama Care and its artificial state exchanges are crumbling
beneath the weight of their own costs and disincentives. [...] Disturbing reports of the military's poor readiness mount,
including planes being cannibalized for parts to keep half the jets flying.
Congress Mysteriously Became a 'Small Business' to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies. It seems that federal
officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the "fast and furious" gun-running
fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care
Act — all these scandals have common themes: arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses, and
legal hairsplitting. The outrages listed above can be placed squarely at the doorstep of the White House.
Inside the Gate. President Obama came into office in 2009 promising "transformation" and he has delivered on
that promise. Over the past 7½ years we've witnessed billion dollar deficits and the establishment of a highly
politicized and inexorably failing health care system ("Obamacare"); the "weaponization" of government agencies (think, IRS,
EPA, DOJ) to intimidate and attack his political opponents; the calculated and feckless decline of American power and
influence throughout the world; relentless redistributionist policies; and the president's support (often with a wink and a
nod) of thuggish (and sometimes violent) radical groups like "Occupy Wall Street" and "Black Lives Matter." As a result,
America is "on edge" — socially, racially, economically — as it hasn't been for decades. Indeed,
many have reached the sobering insight that America's best days may now be behind her.
Run Against Obama. [Scroll down] Then
there's the felonious abuse of the IRS; the institutionalization of too-big-to-fail; the irresponsible release of terrorists from
Guantanamo; widespread flouting of the rule of law; and assaults on religious liberty. There's much more.
Muscle into the Restroom. Similar to ObamaCare, same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and refugee resettlement, who uses what
bathroom is just another in a long list of unpleasant impositions the tyrannical minority plans to use to browbeat the majority into submission.
Escalates His War On Prosperity. Not since the New Deal's heyday in the 1930s has Washington waged such an
unrelenting assault against the private sector. [...] Banks have been reduced to the role of utilities. One group
victimized has been small and new businesses, which have been starved of reasonable and reliable lines of credit since Obama
took office. Hospitals and health insurers know who their real customer is these days — Big Government, not
the patient. The EPA's jihad against fossil fuels is well-known. Even the Internet hasn't been spared, as the
FCC, a supposedly independent agency, has meekly followed White House orders to hit the Net with 1930s' rotary-phone-style
regulations. This maneuver was illegal and will continue to suffocate new investment until the courts can adjudicate
the matter. Largely unremarked upon has been the Federal Reserve's extraordinary usurpation of power, notably its
seizure of nearly $4 trillion in financial assets.
Leftist Thinking Compares Trump With Hitler, But Ignores Obama's Dictatorial Actions. On February 21st,
Danielle Allen wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post titled "The moment of truth: We must stop Trump". [...] In
the [second to last] paragraph she states that "Donald Trump has no respect for... constitutional democracy, nor for the
requirements of decency necessary to sustain democratic citizenship". So, with this quick and late entry in her article,
Ms. Allen shows how twisted her thinking is in wondering how a Hitler can come along in a modern state: she has ignored
the denial of a "constitutional democracy" under the Barack Obama administration, considering that he illegally and unconstitutionally
opened the borders of America to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. And Obama spit on the idea of a "constitutional
democracy" when he denied Americans the right to select and pay for their own healthcare.
are implementing lopsided equity. [Scroll down] In the name of thoughtfulness toward minorities, fear of
offending some overly sensitive protected class has bestowed upon cultural diversity a power that has usurped the constitutional
right to free expression. And that's not the worst of it. Religious freedom is eroding as Islam is given deference
over the nation's foundational Judeo-Christian tenets. The reality of that forfeiture intensifies when taxpayers, who are
largely pro-life, are forced to fund abortion on demand, and Christian bakers and photographers pay penalties for refusing to
provide wedding services to same-sex couples. Let's not forget that these are the same progressives who manipulate thought
and opinion by elevating illegals to immigrant status, and doing so while referring to living human beings, growing within the
womb as clumps of cells. These misleading actions, words, and ideas are how the marginal have managed to gain despotic
dominance over the majority.
Obama: The Lamest Duck.
President Obama is boxed in a state of paralysis — more so than typical lame-duck presidents. His hard-left politics
have insidiously eroded the Democratic Party, which has lost both houses of Congress and the vast majority of the state legislatures,
state elected offices, and governorships. [...] There is so far no Obama legacy, except the creation of Donald Trump, a $20 trillion
debt and zero interest rates — and the gift of flat energy prices that came despite not because of Obama's efforts.
Almost every major bureaucracy is awash in scandal or charges of incompetence. The common theme of the disasters at the GSA, EPA,
ICE, IRS, NASA, Secret Service, and VA is ideological subversion and ingrained hostility to meritocracy.
Brooks Misses A Lot More Than The Crease in Obama's Pants. As much as I loathe Donald Trump, I loathe Barack
Obama even more and would not miss him for a nanosecond. After all, if it weren't for Obama's deference to our enemies and
disdain for America and her Allies, there would be no chance that Trump would be a viable presidential candidate. Brooks
praises Obama's integrity for running an administration which has been "remarkably scandal-free." Well, how about Fast &
Furious, The VA, The IRS & Benghazi? If the Obama Administration is willfully giving guns to Mexican drug gangs, allows
veterans to die waiting for health care, makes a concerted effort to stifle free speech while refusing to help the four Americans
under assault from terrorists doesn't merit the word scandal in David Brooks' book, then he demonstrates no capacity for reason.
Then again, the New York Times only prints the news it sees fit printing and Fast & Furious, the VA, the IRS, and Benghazi
don't fit into their agenda.
Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust. [Scroll down] With this week's detention of American
sailors, we've witnessed another humiliating illustration of how badly Obama's lawless behavior has backfired to our
peril. Meanwhile, we have learned that the Obama Administration spied on our close ally Israel, as well as members of
Congress, a coequal branch of government, to advance its diplomatic opening to Iran. Obama has infamously behaved just
as lawlessly in other areas, such as unilaterally declaring the Senate to be in "recess" when only it has the power to do so,
the swap of hardened terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl in violation of his explicit duty to inform Congress beforehand,
arbitrarily suspending and imposing ObamaCare regulations for political purposes, job-killing and punitive environmental
regulations, IRS persecution of conservative organizations and now a commitment to impose gun regulations that he could have
introduced into Congress back when he possessed overwhelming Democratic majorities. Throughout his presidency, Obama
has simply chosen to disregard constitutional and political constraints in order to impose his agenda.
The Left's Problem with Nature and Logic.
[Scroll down] We've noticed all the violence and racial animus created by the grievance peddlers in the Obama administration who stoked the fires of
Ferguson and Baltimore, all the while making villains of our nation's law enforcement officers. We've seen an administration that provided deadly weapons
to Mexican drug cartels while seeking to circumvent the Bill of Rights by denying such weapons to law-abiding Americans interested only in protecting their homes,
their families, and their God-given right to defend their liberty. We've watched our president ignore federal law by allowing criminal lawbreakers to enter
our country, effectively depressing wages for American laborers while the invaders reap benefits (like health care, education, welfare, etc.) that drown taxpayers
in liability. Food stamp rolls have swollen, the labor participation rate has dropped to the lowest level since the Carter years, middle-class wages have
seen no signs of improvement. Look, this litany of failures could go on and on — Cash for Clunkers, the IRS targeting scandal, the Benghazi lies, NSA
snooping, the VA scandal, etc.
No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration? [David] Axelrod,
former senior advisor to President Obama, recently asserted something so patently untrue that it demands a response. "And I'm proud of the fact that, basically,
you've had an administration that's been in place for six years in which there hasn't been a major scandal," he pronounced at a University of Chicago event.
The Washington Post leapt in to defend Axelrod's claim by pointing to how President Obama's approval ratings did not shift in the wake of the potential scandals he
has faced since taking office.
The 'will of the people' means us — this time we must
enforce it. One of the most important consequences of misguided, uninformed voting is what Barack Hussein Obama has done to the black
community and racial relations in this country. He has turned the civil rights movement to shreds deliberately because he is following one of
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." The targets being the Constitution,
Capitalism and racial harmony. The Obama administration is replete with black Marxists and it was clear from the very first moment that Obama
got away with anointing the first green Czar — Van Jones, a self-described 'communist' that this was his agenda. [...] Racial relations have never
been worse because there are so many black socialists in this administration, including the Justice Department. Their anti-military, anti-American,
pro-jihad, anti-capitalists, anti- second amendment, environmental whacko agenda has decimated every successful enterprise from healthcare, military
might to the space program that has made this nation so powerful.
No One Was Watching, Obama Took Control of the Courts. The New York Times wrote in 2014, "Democrats have reversed the partisan
imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law
and President Obama's legacy." It didn't favor conservatives but there was a dramatic shift to the far left. The appellate is
under the control of leftists and ACLU types. They own the Court of Appeals. As he has done by ignoring Congress and the Supreme
Court of the United States, Obama has been eliminating voices not his own. He has been erasing the Separation of Powers and our
Constitution. He has been obliterating states rights. The judicial branch was also on the agenda. This is part of
Mr. Obama's fundamental transformation.
Obama's SOTU Versus Reality.
Obama claimed that there are no existential threats facing this nation, that his economy is robust, that his educational record is stellar,
that people who are skeptical that global warming is man-made are fools, that the United States is more respected internationally now than
it was before he took office, that Obamacare has lived up to its promises, that the military is overfunded, that ISIS members are just
fanatics and killers riding around in pickup trucks, that his "clean energy" programs are superior, that people who support entitlement
reform are the irresponsible ones — saying we should actually double down on these bankrupting boondoggles — that
proponents of an orderly immigration system are bigots, that Ted Cruz's pledge to aggressively pursue the Islamic State is code for
deliberately bombing innocent civilians, that he himself deserves praise for reducing the deficit, that he values bipartisanship and
compromise and ideas other than his own, that it's morning in America and that he's just getting warmed up and planning on
engineering further transformational change at the expiration of his term. Can you imagine having this record of failure,
bragging about it and promising to deliver more misery into the indefinite future? It would be like the owner of the Chicago
Cubs pledging to keep winning the World Series.
The Lamest Duck. We have entered a most
dangerous period of the Obama presidency. It's not just that every rogue actor from Kim and Putin and Castro to Maduro and Khamenei
and Xi knows he has one last year to behave badly without fear of reprisal. It's that the president and his team are isolated, aloof,
detached from reality. They think a climate deal is a rebuke to terrorism. They think the response to jihad in San Bernardino
is to 'close the gun-show loophole.' They think a new communications strategy will convince the public that the war against ISIS is
going well. I don't question Obama's sincerity. I question his sanity.
'Streisand Effect' Presidency. [Scroll down] So it's a wonder that the Obama presidency hasn't quite
figured out that denying the existence of the obvious actually doesn't help. When you say there's peace and security in
Syria, you're not convincing anyone that's the case. [...] Denial of the obvious has been a feature of the Obama presidency.
Recall that Obama told Bill O'Reilly in his Super Bowl interview a few years back that there was "not a smidgen of corruption" at
the IRS. Well, no. In fact, the IRS held a press conference to admit its own wrongdoing and the chief IRS official
involved is pleading the Fifth. What about "Obamacare is working"? We hear that a lot.
Marco Rubio: Another charming young man. We
are facing the near total transformation promised by President Barack Hussein Obama, one that has taken the USA from an exceptional
world power to a lawless corrupt nation and a joke among world leaders. Our national debt is near $20 trillion.
About 94 million Americans are out of the labor force. Our borders are not secured while sanctuary cities protect foreign
criminals. Our policemen are being demonized. Our Judeo/Christian values are being persecuted and humiliated. Our
national security is being threatened by admission of "Syrian refugees" even after the horrific terrorists acts in Paris on Friday,
A True Scandal. From the IRS, to the
Department of Justice, to the Department of Energy, to Veterans Affairs, to the State Department managed by Hillary Clinton; this White House
has been implicated in a number of controversies and alleged transgressions. [...] Certainly, the alleged and still unresolved implication that
the nation's tax collection service was unduly targeting conservatives to limit their ability to participate in politics was a terrifying abuse of
authority. The VA scandal was a violation of the social compact and a matter of life and death for American servicemen and women. The
misallocation of taxpayer funds for boondoggles like Solyndra was an avoidable mess borne out of a myopic political imperative. All of
these scandals and more are deadly serious for those segments of American society that they affected, but the segmentation of those who suffered
narrowed the political impact of these affairs.
Obama Has Just Begun. In the 2016
election campaigns, most Democratic candidates in swing states will have distanced themselves from the last eight years. Otherwise, they would have
to run on the patently false premise that American health care is more affordable and more comprehensive today than it was in 2009; that workforce participation
is booming; that scandals are a thing of the past; that the debt has been addressed; that Obama has proved a healer who brought the country together; that
immigration at last is ordered, legal, and logical; that the law has never been more respected and honored; that racial relations are calmer than ever; that
the campuses are quiet; that the so-called war on terror is now over and won with al-Qaeda and ISIS contained or on the run; that U.S. prestige aboard has
never been higher; that our allies appreciate our help and our enemies fear our wrath; that Iran will now not go nuclear; that Israel is secure and assured
of our support; and that, thanks to American action, Egypt is stable, Libya is ascendant, Iraq is still consensual, and the Middle East in general is at last
quiet after the tumultuous years of George W. Bush.
Abdul-Jabbar Is Bad for All Americans. With a recent column in Time magazine entitled "Ben Carson is Terrible
for Black Americans," NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar decided to weigh in. Sounding like a bad Elaine Benes date,
Abdul-Jabbar begins his piece by asking and answering his own question — twice. He concludes that a Carson
presidency would "be an unmitigated disaster." I suppose that with record numbers of Americans on welfare, record numbers
of Americans not working, accumulating more federal debt than every other U.S. president combined, a perverse redefinition of
marriage, granting a "God bless you" to killers of children in the womb, promoting a culture of lawlessness, inspiring hostility
toward U.S. law enforcement, encouraging an invasion through our southern border, and on top of all of that, ruining school
lunches for millions of American children, for Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, the last seven years constitutes something other than an
immense gratitude Republicans owe Obama. Obama's economic policies and regulations have created the worst
economic recovery and most sluggish job market in six decades. They've stifled the dreams of millions, chased them from the
workplace, limited their choices and increased widespread reliance on government handouts. His serial lies and cynical abuse
of authority and privilege through over-reaching power and over-blown language have corroded Americans' trust in their most
hallowed institutions. Obama's sequester suggestion helped hollow America's once dominant military to an enfeebled condition
requiring years to rebuild. Obama's stubbornly naive foreign policies, if you call them policies, have turned America into
the paper tiger once the wishful dream of communists. Obama's reluctance or inability to lead in anything other than
appeasement created vast vacuums of power abroad for eager opponents to expand as thousands perish in the conflicts.
Flop: The Biggest Obamacare Disaster You've Never Heard About. It's an Obamacare story with every imaginable outrage —
blatant conflicts of interest, millions of tax dollars going to political cronies, thousands of Americans left without health insurance, lavish
pay for incompetent executives, federal funds diverted illegally, multiple congressional investigations, insider trading convictions and big
decisions made behind closed doors. Tragically, there is even a child abuser. But search the New York Times web site for "Obamacare
co-ops" and nothing comes up. Just three entries appear for the same search on the Washington Post web site.
Obama Scandals The Mainstream Press Is Ignoring. This list only scratches the surface. There's Obama's inept handling
of the BP oil spill. His intimidation of reporters who didn't toe the party line. The failed multi-billion-dollar ObamaCare
launch. The Solyndra collapse. The Fast and Furious scandal. Heck, even Obama's scandalous mishandling of the economy
should be the talk of the nation. All of these paint a picture of a president who is out of control, out of his depth, dangerously
out of touch with reality, and incapable of effectively running the government or protecting taxpayer money.
Obama: Nihilist or Just Incompetent? Where did
all the rogues and incompetents at the GSA, ICE, NSA, TSA, and VA come from? Did they simply come out of the woodwork once Obama set the tone
that bureaucrats are to be ACORN and SEIU-like community organizers? When did the goal of a 24-year-old college graduate become a sinecure as
a government bureaucrat, replete with de facto lifelong tenure, guaranteed pay raises, and a retirement system that pays out annually more than
does a private $4-million 401K without the worry? Was all this due to incompetence or nihilism?
Obama Years. Barack Obama's administration is scandal-plagued. In its twilight years, this White House has
subordinated accountability and the preservation of faith in public sector competence to exculpation from the political press.
Has America Accomplished After Two-Terms Of A Barack Obama Presidency? If one was to take a step back and
objectively examine where the world finds itself today after only two-terms of an Obama presidency, logical thinking would
say that all of this must in some way have been planned! That the possibility at least exists that Barack Obama is the
Manchurian President who has systematically and methodically tried to bring the US to its knees and now, with tens of
thousands of non-vetted Syrian refugees about to arrive here, may be getting closer to his endgame!
Trump and the Revenge of the 'Low-Information' Voters. Ninety-four million Americans are out of work. Obama's
hiked up the debt from $10 to 18 trillion. He's dismantling our health care, legal, and educational systems; hired radical
activists to head up agencies; purged high-ranking officers in the military; targeted Tea Party members, Christians, and law enforcement
officers; and spent tens of millions on family vacations. He has given tax refunds and welfare benefits to illegals while veterans
lack basic necessities; ratcheted up regulations on small business; pinched the middle class black and blue; and ignored militant Black
Panthers calling for the murder of "white cracker babies" while calling out a whole police department for "acting stupidly." He has
held no one accountable for those in his administration who cracked a few eggs (the murders of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, and hundreds
of Mexican nationals) to "make an omelet" in the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, played nice with dictators, and generally made
the United States a laughingstock around the world.
President Barack Obama's Complete List
of Historic Firsts.
• First President to Refuse to Tell the Public What He Did For Eight (8) Hours
After Being Informed That a U.S. Ambassador Was Facing Imminent Death During a Terror Attack (Source: Mediate)
President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador's Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case: the
Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)
• First President to Have an
Innocent Filmmaker Thrown in Jail After Lying About the Cause for a Deadly Attack on U.S. Diplomats, Using the Filmmaker as a Scapegoat (Source: CNN)
Obama? Rule of Law? "I will just say on
principle that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law," Earnest deadpanned. [...] In case you are getting teary-eyed
with patriotic sentimentality at this point, remember that this White House has issued not a peep of concern about that its former
secretary of state may have broken federal records keeping and national security laws. And what's more ... [#1] that it
made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess; [#2] that it effectively put
an end to the Defense of Marriage Act by simply deciding it wasn't going to enforce it; [#3] and that it tried to enact a
wholesale change in immigration laws by refusing to enforce those, too. The matter is now before the courts, which at least
temporarily put a stop to it.
Culture War Starts Claiming Victims. Everywhere we turn, American freedoms and free markets are under attack —
from Obamacare's insidious individual mandate to the IRS persecution of conservative groups to the NSA's warrantless mass surveillance
of all Americans. All the while, the national debt is soaring, our entitlements are on the verge of being exhausted, labor
participation is at four-decade lows, wages are stagnant, and America's status as the world's only superpower is crumbling every bit
as fast as the rule of law is eroding here at home.
From "Mainstreaming Dumb" To "Mainstreaming Crazy". If every conservative and moderate
in America disappeared tomorrow, liberals would party like they won the Super Bowl. Five years
later, the entire economy would collapse; Cuba, Mexico and Canada would be occupying parts of the
United States and President Bernie Sanders would be encouraging people to burn down the remaining
businesses that hadn't gone under to protest unemployment. They're pursuing both spending and
immigration policies that could fairly be called suicidal for America. On the international
scene, Obama has managed to restart the Cold War with Russia, throw away two wars Bush had already
won in Afghanistan and Iraq and has enabled the rise of ISIS. If there is a part of America
that's important or works, liberals are systematically trying to destroy it.
That is the Obama White House. Every sentient human being whose brain isn't stuffed
with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration
from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven't
been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they've actually been promoted to
posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if
that is possible. A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be
naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll. This didn't happen in any of these
scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself. Promoting the culprits is a way
of keeping them quiet.
destructive policies, and ceaseless smearing are wearing out a great people. To the Democratic
Party, and specifically those of you responsible for shaping federal policies over the last seven years and
our cultural institutions over a far longer time... Great job. You've succeeded beyond your wildest
dreams in your efforts to, as the front man for your current operation called it, "fundamentally transform America."
Obama really doesn't want you to read. Today [7/2/2015], Obama travels to Wisconsin to
tout his amazing success with the economy that actually shrank in the first quarter. All of which
underlines a real presidential success, Obama's implementation of his public schedule to lead a
compliant media, a weak-kneed Republican Congress and inattentive public on a merry hunt for more
domestic distractions to keep public discussion away from Obama's unfolding foreign policy disasters.
They are legion — ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Russia. So many of Obama's actions, or
in-actions, confound common sense.
I see that birth certificate again, please? I believe any thinking person would say a disastrous caliphate
being stood up in the Middle East, Iran getting a nuclear weapon and threatening Israel's existence, increased
terrorist attacks in the United States, a refusal to call Islamic terrorism what it is, China hacking entire departments
of classified data and ripping us off blind, terrorists streaming across the southern border, illegal immigrants being
resettled in large numbers without the knowledge of the states or local communities, the American military on its way
to levels not seen since before World War II, et cetera, et cetera. It makes you wonder, doesn't it? What
could be the agenda allowing all of this to happen? Or should I say, encouraging all of this to happen?
Obama's Third Term. He has defied the Constitution in many areas since his first days
in office. He brazenly announced he did not like the Defense of Marriage Act and would not defend it
in court (or enforce it before it got to court). He has played fast and loose with U.S. immigration
law. His response to the GOP takeover of Congress has been to issue Executive Orders detailing how
he will not "take care that the law be faithfully executed." On Iran, he is proceeding to let the
mullahs — those inventors of suicide bombings — slip the noose of international
Can We Finally Stop Pretending? [Scroll
down] Can we finally stop pretending that they are not also lying to us about everything else? Can we stop pretending they are not
lying to us about guns, and abortion, and voter fraud, and voter ID laws, and taxes, and the economy, and the environment, and education,
and energy, and job creation, and national security, and international relations, and Islam, and their assault on Christianity, and amnesty, and
entitlements, and stimulus, and recovery, and Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, and the IRS scandal, and a war on women, and our borders, and domestic
surveillance, and weakening us militarily, and their supposed loyalty as Americans, [...]
In The End, It's Up
To Us. At Obama's direction, the IRS and the EPA have been used to selectively attack
his political opponents. The Veterans Administration has neglected the health care needs of
veterans, and Obama does nothing. Obama routinely ignores the counsel of his military leaders,
and has refused to acknowledge the threat of ISIS. He has imposed preposterous rules of engagement
that make the military's task much more dangerous, and much less effective. The media acts as a
shield for Obama's failures, and has abandoned all pretense of "professional journalism". [...]
does GOP assist an "agenda that is both diabolical and destructive"? It's hard to
trust a president who does not tell the truth, does not follow the Constitution, backs anarchists,
communists, and socialists in Ferguson and elsewhere as they demonize police, spends wildly and
uncontrollably, and has abandoned our allies to support an Islamist takeover in the Middle East
while negotiating a deal with the terrorist nation of Iran.
Obama Presidency — A Cacophony of Corruption. Obama apologists have recently been trotted out en masse
to absurdly portray the Obama presidency as an entirely scandal-free citadel of piety. [...] As Obama, himself, has insisted,
there is not a "scintilla of scandal" to be seen. If only it were so. In fact, however, both in scope and scan,
the Obama reign is arguably the most scandal-ridden presidency in American history.
Do Americans See Obama? Obama may well have been an unapologetic progressive wolf in centrist clothing,
but mostly he was a continuation of what he had been in the past: an unimpressive state legislator, a one-term
partisan senator without any accomplishments, a lackadaisical executive who in his own words had to worry most about
not appearing lazy and distracted. Obama as president simply pushed the right progressive buttons, all the more
easily once his own party lost the Congress and he was freed to sign executive orders that enraged his enemies and
moved the country leftward. He cares little about the scandals involving the IRS, VA, AP, NSA, GSA, TSA, EPA,
Benghazi, and the Secret Service, other than ensuring that they stay far away from his own godhead.
Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration'. One doesn't know
what to do with the rubbish which follows beyond noting it and hoping that the ridicule which
results will somehow and in some way have some kind of impact. Despite 6½ years of
horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible
remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York
Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's [5/29/2015] PBS NewsHour, as if it's
an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not
only he himself, but the people around him."
under Media bias in Obama's favor.
Permanent Presidency of Barack Obama. Imagine if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
was free to target conservatives at will for their political beliefs. Imagine if the IRS could
single out families who chose to adopt children in need for intrusive and abusive audits. Imagine
if the Veterans Administration (VA) could pick and chose which of our nation's war heroes receive
desperately needed medical care and which ones died, neglected by the nation they fought to protect.
Imagine if the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could mandate that nuns and Christian business
owners alike provide abortion pills in direct violation of their firmly held religious beliefs —
the very foundational principles on which they base their lives and livelihoods.
Think like a liberal —
or else. Extra-legal executive orders can help a president bypass supposed troglodytes
in Congress and among the public. Obama granted blanket amnesties, proposed rules that would
lead to the closure of many coal plants, and arbitrarily chose which health or labor statutes should
be enforced and at what times. A filmmaker was even jailed on a trumped-up probation charge after
making a video about Islam that was deemed unhelpful to the official administration Benghazi narrative.
The IRS hounded nonprofit groups considered insufficiently progressive.
America, Big Government Collide. [Scroll down] Think of the Department of Veterans Affairs failing
veterans who die from lack of care. Or the Justice Department, spying on reporters and seizing their
records. Or the Internal Revenue Service, targeting conservatives. And where do you even begin
with the mess that is the Secret Service, the CDC's incompetency during the Ebola outbreak, or the National
Security Agency program that collected millions of Americans' phone records?
Chicago Presidency. Obama has chosen to skip various widely attended anniversaries,
including the liberation of Auschwitz and the Battle of Gettysburg. He passed on the commemorative
march of world leaders who condemned the terrorist killings in Paris. Critics pounced. How does the
president have time to meet with GloZell, do his March Madness NCAA-tournament basketball picks, or
banter with Internet bloggers if he cannot meet with the current chief of NATO? Why does he jet out
to California to do Jimmy Kimmel, but refuse to fly to Paris to show solidarity against Islamic
violence? Why would Obama fly all the way to Denmark to lobby for a Chicago Olympics, but not attend
the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall? [...] The point is that it was his pleasure not to
attend any of them. The full Obama cares nothing about appearances. Indeed, he feels that such
disdain magnifies his godhead, as someone absolutely immune to tradition, protocol, and criticism.
Administration Scandal Bracketology. President Barack Obama's administration has been
one rife with scandals. Some pertain directly to the President himself and his own actions —
like the recent immigration executive order that some say unconstitutionally side-stepped Congress —
and some to members of his administration, like the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and the Secret
Service's series of embarrassments.
for a Dictatorial Presidency. When Barack Obama was on the cusp of becoming president
in 2008, he gave a speech declaring to his supporters that they were days away from "fundamentally
transforming the United States of America." That was one promise he did keep. How has America
been transformed? America has unprecedented levels of national debt. The Obamas, like the
Clintons, will not feel the impact since they will all be vastly enriched from their "public
service." There have also been records set for food stamp and disability payments, record low
workplace participation rates and unparalleled weakness abroad. [...] Obama made recess appointments
when he alone declared Congress was in recess, and tried to load up government positions with
like-minded ideologues without bothering to abide by the Constitutional mandate that the Senate had
to approve these appointments.
or Bust! Most Americans believe that the era of adolescence is over, and the next
president will have to be an adult who puts away the golf clubs and ESPN monitors to clean up what
will be $20 trillion in debt and a collapsed foreign policy. The public seems to accept that taxes
can't go much higher. No one thinks that borrowing trillions was a sign of government austerity.
Too many, not too few, Americans appear to be hooked on entitlements. The borders are too porous, not too
well guarded. Spiking the stock market was not the same as creating well-paying middle-class jobs.
More gas and oil came despite, not because of, Obama.
Ongoing Assault on the Constitution. Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has been
exercising powers outside the scope of his constitutionally prescribed executive authority. [...]
People have probably forgotten by now Obama's radical czars, whom he appointed to serve with all the
power of Cabinet officers but without being confirmed by the Senate. Then there was Obama's planned
defiance of the Senate in moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil — in Illinois —
despite the Senate's having voted 90-6 against such a move. Also, don't forget his unilateral reversal
of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members, his Environmental Protection Agency's
regulatory end run around Congress to regulate carbon because Congress had refused to pass a cap-and-trade
bill, his lawless subordination of secured creditors in favor of his union allies in the Chrysler restructuring
scandal, and his defiance of a federal judge's order invalidating his imperious ban on deep-water drilling.
There are many more examples.
the media finally turned on the Clintons? Think about all those Clinton scandals in
the nineties — Travelgate, Cattlegate, Hillarycare, BedroomGate and, of course, "that
woman, Ms. Lewinsky." OK, don't think about all of them. They were mind-numbing.
But there were a lot. That pair just denies any wrongdoing. And they and their
minions talk each one to death until everyone is tired of trying to follow the complications they've
thrown up. And then Hill and Bill declare it's old news. That's what Obama is trying
to do with the IRS and Benghazi scandals. It worked on Fast & Furious, Solyndra and others.
Stall to make the details old. Then, point out they're old.
The Liberal Circus.
Attorney General Eric Holder came into office alleging racism and calling the American people
cowards, and six years later is exiting, still blaming racism for his own self-inflicted failures.
In between, Holder became the first attorney general to be cited for contempt by Congress. He
stonewalled the Fast and Furious investigations. His plans to try terrorists in federal civilian
courts were tabled almost immediately. He ordered electronic taps and surveillance on the
communications of Associated Press and Fox reporters for supposed leaks. He ignored wrongdoing in
the IRS mess, a scandal that continues to grow. He got caught using his government jet to take his
daughters and their boyfriends to the Belmont Stakes. But Holder will be remembered largely for
his racialist tenure. He dropped a strong case of voting intimidation by armed Black Panthers at the
polls. In congressional testimony, he referred to blacks as "my people"; anyone else —
except Joe Biden — who had said the same would have been asked to resign.
claims 'there hasn't been a major scandal' in the Obama White House. Longtime Obama
administration political insider David Axelrod claimed on Monday [2/16/2015] that the Obama
administration hasn't been tainted by a smidgen of scandal. [...] 'I'm proud of the fact that
basically you have had an administration in place for six years in which there hasn't been a major
scandal,' Axelrod said. 'And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this
administration.' Audio and video of Axelrod's remarks indicate the audience's first reaction to
his insistence that Obama has presided over a scandal-free government was a chorus of laughs —
before friendly attendees quickly drowned them out with applause.
Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts. [For example,]
• First President
to publicly announce an enemies list (consisting of his opponents campaign contributors; and to use
the instrumentalities of government to punish those on the list) (Source: Heritage Foundation)
• First President to Attempt to Block Legally-Required 60-Day Layoff Notices by
Government Contractors Due to His Own Cuts to Defense Spending — Because The Notices
Would Occur Before the Election. (Source: National Journal)
President to Intentionally Disable Credit Card Security Measures (in order to allow over-the-limit
donations, foreign contributions and other illegal fundraising measures) (Source: Power Line)
• First President to send 80 percent of a $16 billion program (green energy) to
his campaign bundlers and contributors, leaving only 20% to those who did not contribute. (Source:
Obfuscator-in-Chief. His approach is raw and brutal, but effective. Subpoenas are for
suckers, court orders for losers. Ignore the question, tell a little lie. Don't be afraid to
deny or defy. Ignore. Obfuscate. Give up nothing. Then, when the investigations
continue to flail, label them as partisan witch hunts and count on your friends in the media to amplify the
message. From the early days of Fast and Furious through last week, his administration has remained
largely untouched — though hardly untainted — by scandals far and wide. There
is Benghazi, the IRS, the EPA email scandal, monitoring of reporters' communications, and Operation Choke
Point. There are many more as well. But what they all have in common is we have not come close
to getting to the bottom of them and are not likely to before President Obama leaves office.
around terror. It should be painfully clear by now that no one of authority is in
charge at the White House, least of all President Obama. His government is running itself,
without any serious, detailed direction from the West Wing in the day-to-day issues and troubles
America faces at home and abroad. We saw that happen in the bungled, mistake-filled
rollout of Obamacare, where the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. Many other
times since then in the deadly Benghazi consulate attacks, the incompetent Veterans Affairs scandal,
the politicization of the Internal Revenue Service that targeted voter groups who didn't support Mr.
Obama, and a long list of other management disasters over the past six years.
Worst Examples of Emperor Obama's Serial Desecration of the United States Constitution.
[For example,] [#1] The president's selective targeting of political opponents for
harassment and abuse by the IRS and obstruction and corruption of the resulting investigations[.]
[#2] Fraudulent claim that the Benghazi massacre was caused by a film, willfully misleading Congress
and the American people, providing false information to Congress, scapegoating an individual instead of
taking responsibility for waging a war under false pretenses and inadequately protecting Americans overseas.
[#3] Unlawfully granting amnesty to categories of illegal immigrants, pressuring states by expensive
litigation and the withholding of federal resources to not enforce laws against illegal immigration[.]
[#4] Refusal to enforce border security laws passed by Congress[.]
as Pest. Moving on to scandals, we find another cornucopia. Fast and Furious! Lois
Lerner! Solyndra! Jonathan Gruber! The Muslim Brotherhood! Illegal executive orders!
Illegal ObamaCare changes! And going back, Obama's award of a trillion-and-a-half dollars to his friends in
the financial industry, for which he had no constitutional or legal sanction whatsoever. All this before the
last phase of Obama's tenure — historically the period when festering scandals begin to bubble up.
Loop' Obama's Peculiar Priorities. [Scroll down] There are only so many hours in
a day to clean up the planet and punish overachievers. Moreover, it's probably Barack Obama himself
who chases down and recruits former Democrat campaign staffers to play down-and-out housewives at State of
the Union addresses. And let's not forget — when he's not "fixing" our "broken" healthcare
system, Obama is actively about the business of decimating our military, upping the minimum wage on behalf of
the "hardest working people in America," waving millions of illegal immigrants with infectious diseases across
the border, and purposely contributing to racial unrest.
Media Celebrate Obama's "Audacity".
[Scroll down] With the notion that Obama is "unleashed from the hesitancy," the Times, in
essence, dismisses the controversial legacy of President Obama's far-from-hesitant nor un-noteworthy
six years, such as: the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservatives applying for
non-profit status; the deceitful packaging and passage of Obamacare; the manufactured border crisis;
the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 and the ensuing administration cover-up; the
trade of five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo for one apparent deserter, Bowe Bergdahl; the
war on journalists; the overall decline in transparency; the embrace of the race-baiting huckster,
Al Sharpton, and the Department of Justice's "civil rights" investigations in Ferguson, Missouri and
Staten Island, New York; shutting down the World War II Memorial and national parks; and more.
I'm Not Proud
That We Elected Obama. I'm not proud of President Obama when he says we've entered a
new era of responsibility and then spends his entire presidency blaming President Bush, ATMs, the
Arab Spring and tsunamis and a myriad of other excuses for his woes. I'm not proud of President
Obama for his contempt for our allies whether through abandoning missile defense in Poland and the
Czech Republic, his unwillingness to secure Ukraine's sovereignty against Russian aggression, and
his vilification of the State of Israel. Nor am I proud of him for leaving Chris Stevens and three
other Americans to fend for themselves in Benghazi and then claim the attack was a result of a silly
Internet film about Muhammad rather than a well-coordinated terrorist attack that just happened to
occur on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
for Hope and Change. Never has a modern president been so pampered by the press, and
never has the press been so disrespected for its obsequiousness. After Obama, what will the press
do? Will it investigate some future Republican abuse of executive orders, deplore serial crippling
deficits, complain of a government hostile to the media, expose scandals in the IRS or VA, lament
the decline of U.S. prestige abroad, tally up "illegal" Predator assassinations, chronicle bombing
without congressional approval, talk of a McCarthy-like administration tapping reporters' communications
and computers, whine about an anemic "jobless" recovery, chart how a president deliberately misled the
country about health care, amnesty, or dangers in the Middle East? Will it demand that the next
presidential candidate release his college transcripts and medical records or details about his associates?
Media Remains Focused On The Manufactured "Crisis At Hand". Whatever happened to the
results of the Bowe Bergdahl investigation that was completed by the Army? What about that
Unaccompanied Alien Children crisis that Jeh Johnson was saying required the emergency $3.7 Billion
dollar "emergency" appropriations that never took place?
children are fair game, totally mockable; Democratic ones are sacred. [A] staff member
for a Republican representative wrote a mildly critical observation about the girls on her personal
Facebook page, and — pow! Forget the trivial, oh-so-well media-covered events in
Ferguson; Jonathan Gruber's admissions about the (Un-)Affordable Care Act; the Obama's administration
selling out to Iran over nuclear weapons; the Democratic debacle in the elections; the Obama's
administration's expensive carbon regulations; Obama's unilateral, unconstitutional illegal
alien amnesty; the horrors of the Islamic State; Russia's dangerous aggressiveness; etc.;
etc. — her Facebook remark is a serious, national consequential matter, the
liberal media decreed.
in Ruins. [Scroll down] Obama will go down in history as presiding over the most
corrupt administration of the last half-century, when historians finally collate the IRS, VA, GSA,
and Secret Service scandals; the erosion of constitutional jurisprudence; the serial untruths about
Benghazi, amnesty, and Obamacare; the harassment of journalists; the record shakedown of Wall Street
lucre in 2008 and 2012;and the flood of lobbyists into and out of the Obama administration.
unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction. President Barack
Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message
voters sent at the polls. Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year's
Congress Nov. 4, he's charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics
to label him a "king" or "emperor." Wednesday [11/26/2014], the Obama administration began an
effort aimed at easing smog-related pollution. Earlier this month, Obama took executive action on
immigration and climate change. The White House has suggested he would block the Keystone XL
pipeline. He's vowed to have the federal government regulate Internet access.
Explaining Away Obama.
The only mystery about the last six years is how much lasting damage has been done to the American
experiment, at home and abroad. Our federal agencies are now an alphabet soup of incompetence and
corruption. How does the IRS ever quite recover? Will the Secret Service always be seen as veritable
Keystone Cops? Is the GSA now a reckless party-time organization? Is the EPA institutionalized as a
rogue appendage of the radical green movement with a director who dabbles in online pseudonyms? Do we
accept that the Justice Department dispenses injustice or that the VA can be a lethal institution for our
patriots? Is NASA now a Muslim outreach megaphone as we hire Russia, the loser of the space race,
to rocket us into orbit?
Obama betters the tyranny of King George. Mr. Obama has exterminated American citizens
not accused of crime without due process of law on his secret say-so alone. He has initiated wars
against Libya, Syria, and the Islamic State without congressional authorization. He has imprisoned
persons indefinitely without accusation or trial at Guantanamo Bay — even detainees whom
the military has found to be innocent of international terrorism. He has used military tribunals
in lieu of independent courts for the prosecution of civilian offenses.
to Congress: It's My Way or My Way. It is always remarkable to me — which
is why I am remarking upon it — how the only way this president can be rescued from a bad
news cycle is if an even worse one comes along. This is a source of frustration for many on the
right who get outraged by the fact that "we" don't talk enough about Fast & Furious or Benghazi or
the IRS scandal or the VA scandal or Ukraine/Syria/Islamic State/China/Libya/Gitmo ... etc. The
reason some of these topics get pushed to the backburner, even on the right, is that another
controversy or scandal suddenly eclipses the previous one.
Does Amnesty. We've endured six years of "If you like your health-care plan, you can
keep your health-care plan," "How dare you call Obamacare a tax," "The video did it in Benghazi,"
"Of course we'd never let guns walk to Mexican gangs," "Workplace violence," "Kinetic military
action," "The IRS harassment is outrageous and intolerable," and "not a smidgeon of corruption" from
"the most transparent administration in history." Yet what so astonished the commentariat about
Obama's decree of amnesty for illegal aliens was the sheer audacity of hoax.
Mr. Obama, It Must Be Good to Be King. Incredibly, even after all of the scandals,
corruption, lies, and deceits; even after this past week when we learned about the depth of your
Obamacare deception; even after using the IRS to target your political opponents; even after letting
your ambassador die in Benghazi and lying about it afterwards; even after dividing the nation and
exploiting racial tensions for your own gain; even after six years of incompetence, dishonesty,
conspiracy, and illegality; even after every law you've flouted, promise you've broken, and lie
you've told, you still found a way to top yourself. In refusing to enforce our borders and uphold
our immigration laws, you are now guilty of the most profound presidential power grab since Abraham Lincoln.
Primer. The last but long gasp of the Obama administration is characterized not so
much by deceit and incompetence as by growing chaos. Everything appears to be coming apart. The
chariot of state now veers up and down with a terrified Phaethon clueless at the reins. Whether it
is ISIS, Ebola, Putin, or Obamacare, the common strain is not simple incompetence, but a maladroitness born
of intolerant ideological fundamentalism. Have our government agencies ever seemed more corrupt or
useless or both, staffed by political cronies and leftist zealots? What ever happened to the old
IRS, GSA, VA, Secret Service, NSA, NASA, EPA, or Justice Department? All seem now mere appendages
to a larger agenda of fundamentally transforming America.
Doubling Down Right Out Of Radicals' Handbook. Bypassing Congress on amnesty, and the
rest of President Obama's double-down response to the voters' rejection of his policies, should
shock no one. "Never let up" is one of Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals." [...]
Within days he is to issue an executive order that cannot be viewed as less than an
impeachable offense, giving at least 6 million illegal immigrants amnesty — as criminal
aliens taunt the law enforcement officials holding them in custody.
"landmark" greenhouse gas pact he brings home from Beijing asks the Chinese only to increase
emissions more slowly by 2030, while the U.S. commits to further decrease our output.
• He plans through regulation what amounts to a government takeover of the Internet.
• Aides warn that he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring crude
oil to U.S. refineries.
• Perhaps biggest of all, he seems set this month to
agree to a deal that would let Islamofascist Iran keep its nuclear program, endangering the free
world in Neville Chamberlain-like fashion.
Irrelevant, Incompetent or Intentional? Now that the celebratory champagne has lost
its fizz, we need to soberly assess where we stand with this administration. President Obama can
veto any repeal of Obamacare. He still maintains control over college student loans. Common Core
(fairly dubbed "Obamacore") is still advancing despite fierce grassroots opposition. He is still
converting a severely weakened military into a laboratory for radical social experimentation. He is
packing the federal judiciary with radicals. He will rely on these black-robed rogue judges to force
the changes he wants but cannot achieve through legislation. He is staffing the federal bureaucracy
with his devotees — and creating new "Czars" not subject to Senate confirmation. He will
use Executive Orders to limit or even frustrate the intent of Congress on major issues.
Data should play smaller role in our politics. In a sense, this is the last piece of
the puzzle to click into place for the president's Nixonian transformation. Spy on reporters?
Check. Bomb a country (or two) without authorization from Congress? Check. Issue dubious claims of
executive privilege to conceal embarrassments or prevent scandals? Check. Withdraw from —
and lose — an unpopular war he didn't start? Check. Corrupt IRS? Check. Imperial
presidency? Check. One of the last things on the list was to insist that the silent majority of
Americans is really on his side. Of course, Nixon's "silent majority" actually voted.
Here's the short list:
scandals GOP Senate must tackle: IRS, Benghazi, Fast & Furious. As President Obama
sits down on Friday with Republicans who will soon control the Senate and the House, there's no
shortage of issues lawmakers want to tackle when the new Congress convenes in January.
It's the Socialist Democrat Party
on Tuesday's ballot. [Scroll down] For the truth is, in all but name, the Democrat
Party is the Socialist Democrat Party that is giddily well on its way to completion of the Fundamental
Transformation of America. Even though half the country did not vote for him, this is what millions
of Americans, promised Hope & Change by Obama back in 2008 got to date: a vulnerable borderless country,
an all-but-gutted military, increased threats of Islamic terrorism and an Ebola pandemic. But the
biggest change notwithstanding all of the above in Obama's promise of change is that millions of
Americans no longer have jobs and little hope of ever finding a new one.
of Barack Obama. America may not be able to impeach Obama in the House but he has
already impeached himself by having done what he likes to do so much: talk.
Finally Falling From America's Obama-Obscured Eyes. In his first few years and beyond,
liberal funnymen sometimes complained that Obama was so flawless that he didn't provide them any
material. Of course, we knew at the time that this otherworldly caricature of Obama was wholly
mythical, but it was nonetheless very real in the eyes of its liberal beholders. They regarded him
with a quasi-idolatrous zeal — almost as though it would be sacrilegious to criticize,
much less mock, him. But on "Saturday Night Live," among other shows, the comics have grown
Obama, bewildered bystander. Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked
outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration. [...] He's not simply protecting
his own political fortunes. He's trying to protect faith in the entitlement state by portraying its
repeated failures as shocking anomalies. Unfortunately, the pretense has the opposite effect. It
produces not reassurance but anxiety. Obama's determined detachment conveys the feeling that
nobody's home. No one leading. Not even from behind.
Even the comedians are reciting lists of scandals.
SNL Rips Obama
on Ebola. NBC's "Saturday Night Live" mocked President Barack Obama for his handling
of Ebola and other problems in his administration's second term. In the sketch, Obama says "some
people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it's true we made a
few mistakes early on. But, I assure you, it was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS
situation. I mean, our various Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and NSA. And I
don't know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too. [...]"
Krugman's Indefensible Defense of Barack Obama. For now, let's bare the truth on this
truly execrable piece of writing: that it is so amatuerishly written that it could have been cobbled
together by a high-school student with only a rudimentary understanding of the economics, environmental policy
and the social dynamics of a highly complex nation; that its very self-impressed author fails entirely to
address foreign relations, where Obama's meandering policies have resulted in disaster upon disaster; that he
significantly sidesteps the rise of Islamic terrorism in places where the president only 24 months before
had declared it snuffed out; that he refuses to engage in any discussion of the mounting scandals —
the Benghazi sacrifice of an ambassador; the IRS debacle, wherein one of the most important public institutions
in the country was thoroughly corrupted by politics; or the Fast and Furious campaign, which placed American
firearms in the hands of terrorists and gangsters.
They Still Don't Get Who He is. Think of Obama as a cyborg programmed by
socialist/progressives, unfeeling, relentless and laser focused on his mission to transform America
as founded and dethrone her. And nothing, I repeat, nothing, including American lives, will deter
this machine from fulfilling its mission. Consequently, Obama's programming prohibits any
possibility of him banning flights from the Ebola hot zone, no matter how many Americans are
infected. Fundamentally transforming America as founded requires open borders and granting
amnesty to several millions of unskilled needy illegals.
Bad Apple: Obama and his Influence. [Scroll down] And look at the rest of his administration: a
DoJ that obstructs justice over and over and over. An IRS that can conveniently "lose" important
records. A secretary of state who has covered up her involvement in one of the biggest tragedies to
ever befall an American embassy. I could go on and on. Lying has become the way you play the game in
Washington. Has this falsehood-loving corruption flowed any further into American life? Take a
close look at Planned Parenthood and their willingness to hide what they're really up to. Look at
the quiet perfidy in the implementation of Common Core.
October Worries. Once-unimpeachable federal agencies now appear as 19th-century tribal
fiefdoms. No one much trusts the IRS anymore. Partisan politics seem to determine whether
Americans are audited. The Department of Veterans' Affairs covered up callous — and
occasionally lethal — treatment of scores of hospitalized veterans. The National
Security Agency lied about monitoring the communications of average Americans. Almost nothing in
Obama's lectures about the new unaffordable Affordable Care Act proved accurate. U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement cannot come clean about the nation's utter lack of border enforcement with
Mexico. The once-hallowed Secret Service seems incompetent and scandal-ridden. Attorney General
Eric Holder's Justice Department has picked and chosen which laws to enforce largely out of partisan
considerations. NASA is hardly recognizable. Its director said that the agency's first concern
was not our continued reliance on Vladimir Putin's space rockets, but Muslim outreach.
Enablers in the Senate. Is there a single Obama initiative that has actually worked as
advertised, or even one that has improved the lives of most Americans or improved the U.S.'s
standing in the world? [...] Obama has bungled disaster responses ranging from the BP oil spill to
Hurricane Isaac to the current, mind-bogglingly inept handling of the Ebola outbreak. He's been
mired in scandals: gun-running in Mexico; IRS abuses of conservative groups; racialism at the
Justice Department; mistreatment of inspectors general; spying on the press; trading terrorists for
a deserter; deliberately created chaos at the Mexican border; massive fraud at the Department of
Agriculture; and the ongoing lies and cover-ups about Benghazi. With repeated support from Senate
Democrats, Obama has gutted American defenses and radically undermined our diplomatic standing.
Lameduck's attorney general. President Obama announced this week that he plans to make
a very important decision, but not until after the Nov. 4 election. We're not referring to the
forthcoming executive order changing U.S. immigration policy without congressional input —
although Obama has also promised to do that after the election, because the public doesn't yet "understand
what the facts are on immigration" as well as he thinks he does. Nor are we referring to Obama's more
recent deferred promise to defy Congress by moving several Guantanamo terrorism detainees so that they can continue
to be held indefinitely and without trial or charges in prisons within close proximity to millions of Americans.
To Peace Through Strength. Less than three weeks from election day, the nation faces
threats as dangerous and more diverse than September 11, 2001. This predicament can be directly
traced to the misguided, reckless, and naive policies of the Obama administration. The threat of
ISIS arose from President Obama's abandonment of Iraq. In the vacuum that his own military
leadership warned him of, ISIS seized much of Iraq and moved into Syria. Americans are all too
familiar now with ISIS' barbarity in the form savage beheadings paraded over the internet.
Compounded by gross negligence at the nation's borders and immigration policies imposed by fiat from
the administration that subvert the will of the people, Americans find themselves facing everything
from the prospect of terrorists entering the nation illegally, to the spread of Ebola in the United
States from foreign travelers.
with a Drone. I want you to consider the following list, then think about what this
means 5, 10 and 15 years down the road for your kids. [...]
• IRS targeting of political opponents.
• Gun-running to
Mexican drug cartels with hundreds dead as a result.
• Wiretapping 100
• Mass genocide in Syria.
• Mass genocide
• The most powerful army of Islamic terrorists ever seen on Earth
• A nuclear Iran.
• A U.S. ambassador
murdered by terrorists after all security was stripped from him.
hatred of Israel.
• Open love for the Muslim Brotherhood, a direct offshoot
of the Nazi Party.
• Russia invading Ukraine.
Delusion. Voters are souring on the Democratic party. Apparently all it takes is six years of economic
torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt;
revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Veterans Administration, the IRS, the Secret Service, and the Justice
Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the
Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague.
Possibly Get Any Worse? The U.S. has its lowest labor participation rate since women
went to work. The middle class is consistently losing ground. Race relations in the U.S. seem to
have gone backwards fifty years in the last six, African Americans overwhelmed with victimology and
picking on cops before there is any evidence. Critics of the president are constantly accused of
racism. Seventy percent of black children are born out of wedlock. No one trusts the word of the
president because he has lied so frequently about everything from health care to Benghazi. [...] The
U.S. Army is falling apart with only 12 of 37 brigades combat ready. Our Navy is disappearing.
Al Qaeda is NOT on the run. Just the opposite — it's everywhere.
The Obama Scandals. For those of you who may have
accidentally lost track of the scandals plaguing us since the beginning of this administration, below I offer you a brief timeline
of some of the most preposterous events endured by Americans during Obama's regime of deceit. I should caution everyone, though,
that the issues made reference to, are meant to simply outline some of the most boisterous scandals while it would probably take
volumes to script the unending list of travesties suffered by the American people under the Barack Obama presidency.
Obama is at Two Dozen Scandals and
Counting. President Obama claims that Republicans are busy probing "phony scandals." But the sheer number of
scandals suggests that misbehavior, abuse of power, and possibly corruption are not something being dreamed up by the GOP,
but a defining characteristic of the Obama administration. [This article includes] a full list of the administration's most
egregious scandals. The ones we know about, at least. I've added four since the last time we ran the list —
an increase of 20 percent!
Obama, the Teflon President. Back in the 1980s, the Democratic Party media dubbed
Ronald Reagan the "Teflon President." By this, they meant that their false, dishonest and trivial
attacks on Reagan didn't sway the public, which appreciated the most meteoric economic recovery in
modern history and restoration of America's status as not just a great power, but a competent one.
Something quite different is happening with Barack Obama. By any possible measure, he has been an
awful president. His administration has been good for hedge fund managers and "green" energy
scammers, but disastrous for working class Americans, especially African-Americans. Median income
and household wealth are down, and let's not even talk about foreign policy or the national debt.
Yet, Obama's approval ratings have a relatively high floor of around 40%.
The last comic standing.
Some will ask how is President Obama violating the Constitution? He made recess appointments to
the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was in session. This was found to be
unconstitutional by a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision. Obama Administration uses IRS to
target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens. In an
unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, the Obama Justice Department ordered criminal
investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year. President
Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws. For
example[:] More than 300,000 captured illegal aliens had been processed and were awaiting
deportation. But, incredibly, Obama stopped these deportations and ordered the U.S. border
patrol to release many of these illegal aliens in violation of law and without explanation.
making fools of the media. When disastrous news emerges, Team Obama does two things:
refuses comment and charges its foes with playing politics. And because the news cycle streams on,
the media jump onto the next shiny thing they see and the disastrous news becomes old news replaced by
new news. There have been dozens of scandals, and most have simply slipped away, replaced by
newer scandals. The Fast and Furious gun-running scheme has never been fully explained, and Congress
was so fed up that it held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt (another story that
disappeared). There was (and is) Benghazi, Solyndra, the IRS targeting conservative groups, the
"disappeared" hard drive, the Justice Department collecting AP phone logs, "Rosengate," the GSA
scandal, the VA mess, and on and on. None of them has resulted in a firing or even a mild
admission of wrongdoing by the administration.
Count Down to Impeachment.
While most of the smaller controversies may be chalked up to "business as usual" a few of Obama's scandals are truly beyond the pale:
• Trillions of dollars of new debt and hundreds of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities
• Money printing gone wild
• NSA spying
• The loss of Iraq
• Betrayal of Israel and other allies
• DOJ targeting conservatives
• DOJ's persecution of the press
• Extra-congressional changes made to Obamacare
• IRS targeting conservative groups and the cover-up including destruction of evidence
• Recess appointments
• The planned flood of illegal immigrant children and the expected mass amnesty
• Unprecedented quantity of executive orders
• Appointment of Czars
• Destroying NASA and nurturing the military through unilateral disarming in the face of growing terrorist threats
• The abysmal failure of the so-called "Arab Spring"
• The countless and lavish family vacations and fundraising on the public's dime
While the above list is a prosecutor's playground, the IRS scandal, recess appointments and failing to secure the border certainly qualify as impeachable offenses.
Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong. As you get a refresher on the national nightmare that has been Barack
Obama's presidency, keep in mind that the biggest difficulty in compiling it was limiting it to just 50 examples of
corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence.
Street Artist Blasts Obama for 'Scandalous' Fundraiser. As President Obama arrives in
Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes this week, a local
street artist is pointing out the irony of the producer of the hit TV show Scandal, a show about a
Washington public relations firm that specializes in managing political scandals, hosting the
producer of such actual scandals as the cover-up surrounding the Benghazi attack, the lost
hard-drives of IRS officials targeting conservatives, and the Fast and Furious gun running scheme.
Obama's America. The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans
are still not working. Zero-interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the
very idea of thrift. No-interest financial policies ignited a stampede to the stock market that
has further enriched the one-percenters — an artificial boom that everyone believes will
soon bust. The borrowing of $7 trillion has proved no stimulus. A natural American recovery
was stymied by vast federal borrowing, by the addition of more incomprehensible regulations, and by an
Obamacare package that proved to be the opposite of almost everything that was promised. Inflation
is said to be manageable, but only by not counting soaring food, gas, and electricity costs that do
the most to erode family budgets. U.S. immigration law simply no longer exists. Incoming
foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. [...]
Roost, Obama's Chickens. When a president occasionally fails to tell the truth, you get a scandal
like the monitoring of the Associated Press reporters. When a president serially fails to tell the truth,
you get that plus the scandals involving the IRS, the NSA, the VA, Benghazi, and too many others to mention.
All Obama's World's a Stage. "Have
you noticed," Jonah Goldberg recently remarked, "that basically the only way this White House can get out from under one scandal or
controversy is by getting crushed by another?" That cycle — scandal, outrage, subsequent rejection as "phony,"
followed by another scandal — has conveniently appeared throughout the Obama presidency. [...] "Scandal exhaustion,"
noted Tom Blumer, seems to be a part of the left's "Cloward-Piven attempt to overwhelm opponents. With so many scandals out
there, no single outrage can generate concerted, sufficiently visible opposition." It's "a scandal a month," Ben Shapiro
commented, "and then every so often, President Obama decides to replace one scandal with another, the media loses interest.
Scandal Playbook. Since Obama took office in 2009, we've witnessed Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Department
of Justice spying on reporters and their families, IRS targeting of conservatives, the HealthCare.gov debacle, the GSA
conference scandal, Solyndra, veterans dying as a result of secret wait lists within the Department of Veterans Affairs,
and many, many more. [...] Obama's White House has not weathered these storms through luck alone. They have a
well-thought[-]out, well-used playbook designed to lie to the American people, protect administration officials,
and to avoid accountability or criminal prosecution.
Can't stop the music.
The Financial Times actually believes that a Veteran's Administration scandal may taint president
Obama in a way that Benghazi, IRS, the AP wiretapping scandal, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Libya, NSA,
Ukraine and Obamacare could not. In an article filled with outrage the writer thinks, this
time it sticks. Why should it?
Is Salazar the New Holder?
"There's plenty of scandal to go around in
this administration," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who represents the valley, told PJM. "With Eric Holder, you have a major scandal with Fast and
Furious, which has resulted in numerous deaths. And it is inexcusable that Holder is defying Congressional requests to turn over documents that
could explain how this misguided operation was conceived and implemented." "As for Ken Salazar, he is a fully owned subsidiary of the
environmental lobby," Nunes continued. "This is evident in the plight of my district's farmers, who have had much of their water supply
cut off and are being forced off their land due to federal environmental regulations that can accurately be described as anti-human."
The Year in Obama Scandals
. With 2011 drawing to
a close, it is time to account. As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy
persistence of President Barack Obama's snowblowers in the media. See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal. Dartmouth
College professor Brendan Nyhan asserted in May — while Operation Fast and Furious subpoenas were flying on Capitol
Hill — that "one of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals." Conveniently,
he defines scandal as a "widespread elite perception of wrongdoing."
Holder's New Scandal: Money Laundering For Cartels
. Just as Fast and Furious was allegedly intended
to track and interdict gun-trafficking into Mexico, this operation, detailed in a New York Times article Sunday,
is said to have as its purpose to follow how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets
and, most important, who their leaders are. But the question once again arises: Have the feds interrupted
or aided the flow?
Why Don't You "Spread the Wealth
Apparently, the Obama campaign remains so flush with cash that it's going to give staffers
an extra month's pay, along with blackberries, laptops and other assorted goodies. Assuming the money was
raised within the boundaries of law and ethics (a mighty big assumption), in one sense, who can object? If
it's theirs fair and square, then they should be able to use it for any purpose they please. But given
that Obama's victory supposedly represents a "wave" of "change" that involves "spreading the wealth around," it's
the height of hypocrisy to blow all that extra cash on goodies for themselves.
Nation of Islam activists on
Obama camp payroll
. Sen. Barack Obama employed and continues to employ senior staffers who
belong to the Nation of Islam, and the presidential candidate has some "worrying" ties to the controversial
group headed by Louis Farrakhan, a former key Obama insider told WND.
foreign deals may pose issue for Clinton
. Hillary Clinton has campaigned as a champion of workers'
rights. This year, Brazilian labor inspectors found what they called "degrading" living conditions for sugar
cane workers employed by an ethanol company in which Bill Clinton invested.
Jarrett's Slum Ties
. It'll be interesting to see if the Associated Press and other mainstream
media outlets more fully cover [Valerie] Jarrett's participation in the management of Chicago slums.
Certainly if Karl Rove, White House senior adviser in the Bush administration, had such a record it would
not have gone unmentioned. Perhaps President-elect Obama will be asked directly by the press about
Jarrett's mismanagement of public housing. Or would that put a damper on all that hope and change
the mainstream media have been selling us?
lobbied to protect Fannie
. A transition adviser to President-elect Barack Obama earned millions of
dollars overseeing an office that led a lobbying effort to prevent increased oversight of mortgage giant Fannie
Mae, the company at the heart of the ongoing turmoil in the nation's financial markets, public records show.
The unpaid adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, held several senior positions at Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2005,
including vice president of law and policy, at a time when the company's officers and lobbyists were insisting
that now-troubled Fannie's finances were sound.
You must register to become
. As the mainstream media covers President-elect Barack Hussein Obama's every cabinet
appointment consideration, citizens have been seeking information about Obama that, when uncovered, appears
to be one fraud after another. On Nov. 13, Debbie Schlussel, attorney and political commentator,
posted on her website a copy of Obama's Selective Service System Registration form. Schlussel points
out all the peculiarities and inconsistencies in the document that would lead just about anyone to conclude
the document is a fraud and that either Obama signed the fraudulent document in 2008, rather than in 1980 as
the document portends, or he never registered for the draft, as required by law, and someone else created the
Obama's Draft Registration
Raises Serious Questions
. Did President-elect Barack Hussein Obama commit a federal crime in
September of this year? Or did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the
Chicago federal records center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service
registration commit the crime for him? It's either one or the other, as indicated by the release
of Barack Obama's official Selective Service registration for the draft.
The party that casts itself as the champion of the poor is more like the party of Wall Street plutocrats. That
Bill Clinton's most famous pardon went to a billionaire financier illustrates the party's evolution. Clinton
ended up soft on crime, only deviating from Democratic custom by choosing a white-collar one. Not long after
pardoning Marc Rich, Clinton received from Morgan Stanley — in a small sign of Wall Street's
client-indifference and dereliction to come — $100,000 for a speech at a "high-yield" conference
in Boca Raton. It was the first speech of his post-presidency.
Obama's $1.74 million
. President-elect Barack Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park cost Chicago taxpayers
$1.74 million, turning up the heat on the cash-flush Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee
to reimburse the city. Mayor Daley had predicted that more than 1 million people would attend the
rally and that the election night extravaganza would require the city to spend $2 million.
The Editor says...
Of course, if the Republicans
had spent that kind of money on a victory celebration, the liberals
would certainly have asked, "Why couldn't some of that have been spent on the homeless?"
An example of
: As a preview of transparent things to come [... beginning] January 20,
2009 in America, listen to The Office of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama's interruption to a question
from John McCormick, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune — his hometown paper. "Let me just
cut you off because I don't want you to waste your question." In other words, asking a legitimate
question about Obama's relationship with his state's governor, even though it was not the purpose of the
press conference, indicates The Office of the President-Elect will cut off all reporters who probe too
uncomfortably in sensitive areas.
Future President Obama commits a
. In a ceremony held in Hawaii, Obama, teary-eyed, poured his grandmother's ashes into the sea from the
sand-lined shore. Environmentalists were quick to stand up against the move. The reason behind the contention
was the state's Department of Land and Natural Resources Protection Law, which prohibits ashes from being dropped into
Obamas may come out of the woodwork
Just days before the election, the media focused briefly on the news that Barack Obama's paternal aunt was
living illegally in public housing in Boston. While the story didn't get much traction, it offered a
glimpse of things to come: With the spotlight shining so hard on the next president, distant family
members are likely to get caught up in the glare.
The Editor says...
An aunt or a half-brother is not generally considered a "distant" relative. If you
aren't familiar with the story of Aunt Zeituni,
Two More Weeks of Senator
Biden -- But Why?
Among those who will take the oath of office Tuesday, when the 111th Congress
convenes, is a man who has no intention of further service as a member of Congress: Sen. Joe
Biden. ... Obama, by contrast, resigned his Senate seat shortly after Election Day -- creating
the vacancy that is has caused so much controversy in Illinois and beyond.
Friends Like These, It's Tough to Believe in Change
. So, this is Change We Can Believe In?
It's more like the same old change we've heard jingling in the pockets of politicians since the beginning of
time. And it's the same dirty change that has landed the bums in jail since the beginning of democracy.
Barack Obama hasn't even made history yet by getting into the White House, but he's already making history for
the number of serious scandals between his election and his inauguration.
Life in the
Clown-Car Fast Lane
. Can you believe it? Barack Hussein Obama II hasn't even been
inaugurated yet and he's already been interviewed by federal prosecutors in the ongoing Blago mess; ... and
he's facing the prospect of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, standing like a homunculus George Wallace
in the schoolhouse door, ready to deny entrance to a black man when Roland "We Are the Senator" Burris tries
to take Bambi's hardly-even-used seat tomorrow.
Eric Holder's National Security Cover-Up
: For more than a year, I've been writing about the
looming national security and conflict-of-interest problems posed by Holder's status as a former partner at
the prestigious law firm Covington and Burling. The company currently represents or has provided
pro bono representation and sob-story media-relations campaigns in the past to more than a dozen
Gitmo detainees from Yemen who are seeking civilian trials on American soil.
TARP Inspector General excluded from investigating $30 billion TARP
Neal Barofsky, the Inspector General for the TARP program, has been pretty critical in the
past of how that money has been used. Now it looks like the Treasury Department is trying to keep the
watchdogs at bay.
Time mag lauds Obama as "on the path to huge success," ignores facts
President Obama's success is underestimated by his critics and he's on path to become one of the most successful
presidents ever, writes Mark Halperin of Time magazine. ... As for scandals, let's see: There's the questionable
dismissal of Gerald Walpin, the gangster-like shunting aside of creditors to General Motors and Chrysler, and the
Justice Department's refusal to pursue charges against the Black Panthers who threatened Philadelphia on voting
day. There are the phantom districts getting stimulus money. There's the administration's revolving
door relationship with Goldman Sachs and other special interests.
team braces for Rep. Darrell Issa, avid investigator
. Hearings that Issa says he requested but were ignored by
the Democrats include: food safety; homeland security; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; health-care reform oversight; wasteful
stimulus spending; the Minerals Management Service (see BP oil spill); and school choice. Also on Issa's inquiry wish
list: federal emergency management; protecting the independence of inspectors general; federal IT systems; federal
financial management; TARP oversight; failures at the Securities and Exchange Commission; stimulus oversight; Countrywide
Financial Corp.; the Presidential Records Act; and federal-agency performance management.
Charges at VA Likely To Be But the Start Of an Even Worse Scandal. The nation was
shocked by charges that more than 1,400 vets lingered and 40 died on a secret waiting list at the
Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Administration A medical center. The list was concocted to conceal long
waits for care. What you haven't heard is even worse. VA hospitals all over the country are
manipulating the official electronic waiting list, and the deadly cover ups have been going on for years.
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