Will this be America’s Last Independence Day?
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France – Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders Friday in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France, in a day of international commemorations of history’s biggest amphibious invasion.
They are honoring the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity — just as bloodshed in Ukraine is posing new challenges to European security and threatening a new East-West divide.
As the sun rose Friday over a gusty Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.
“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.
Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.
World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
The D-Day invasion was a turning point in World War II, cracking Hitler’s western front as the Soviet troops made advances in the east. Overall at least 4,400 Allied troops were killed the first day, and many thousands more in the ensuing three-month Battle of Normandy, which brought the Allies to Paris to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.
The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.
Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.
The encounters marked the first time the isolated Russian leader has met Western leaders since pro-European protests in Kiev pushed out Ukraine’s Russian-leaning president in February and Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula.
Back in Normandy, several thousand veterans, family members and others gathered at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, with its 9,387 white marble tombstones on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s bloodiest fighting at Omaha Beach, the emotional centerpiece of pilgrimages to honor the men killed in Normandy.
Soldiers of 173rd Airborne brigade, the ceremony organizers, served as ushers, wearing maroon berets. For the ceremony, small U.S. and French flags were placed in the ground at each grave.
Obama declared June 6 a national remembrance day.
In a declaration Friday, he said, “Seventy years later, we pay tribute to the service members who secured a beachhead on an unforgiving shore — the patriots who, through their courage and sacrifice, changed the course of an entire century. Today, as we carry on the struggle for liberty and universal human rights, let us draw strength from a moment when free nations beat back the forces of oppression and gave new hope to the world.”
In addition to the fallen troops, Allied bombardments killed an estimated 20,000 French civilians, and Hollande paid tribute to them Friday in Caen, which like many cities of Normandy was largely destroyed in the bombings.
France has only tentatively come to grips with the invasion’s toll on civilians. The Allied bombings — especially the deadly onslaught in Normandy during the invasion launched on D-Day — were used as a propaganda tool by the Vichy government. But historians now believe that nearly as many French civilians died in Allied air raids as Britons during the German Blitz.
“No one knew that this day would be the first of one of the most ferocious battles of France. This battle was also a battle of civilians,” Hollande said. He said Normandy’s residents “helped the victory happen. They opened their doors to the liberators.”
Ceremonies large and small are taking place across Normandy, ahead of an international summit on Friday in Ouistreham, a small port that was the site of a strategic battle on D-Day.
Today’s conflicts are also on many minds at the D-Day commemorations.
Jeffrey McIllwain, professor at the San Diego State University school of public affairs, will lay a wreath on behalf of educators who have lost students to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — himself included.
He, like many veterans and world leaders here, is concerned about keeping the memory of D-Day alive as the number of survivors dwindles.
He brought 12 students to Normandy for a course on the lessons of D-Day.
“I make them promise to bring their grandchildren to serve as a bridge to the next generation,” he said.
It is a sad day when a Communist President makes more sense than
our President Barack Hussein Obama…….. but here it is!!!!
This is one time our elected leaders should pay
attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin…. How scary
On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president,
addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a
speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia :
“In Russia live like Russians. Any minority, from
anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work and
eat in Russia , should speak Russian, and should respect the
If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the
life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those
places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need
Minorities need Russia , and we will not
grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to
fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell
We will not tolerate disrespect of
our Russian culture. We had better learn from the
suicides of America , England , Holland and France , if we are
to survive as a nation.
The Muslims are taking over those
countries and they will not take over Russia .. The
Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack
of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.
When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating
new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national
interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute
Edmund Burke once stated that….
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Patriots abound in this Great Country.
Men and Women that have served Her in the Armed Forces and those that are passionate in keeping Her and the principles of our Constitution as a guide and a beacon for Freedom.
Ronald Reagan said She was the “Shining City on the Hill.”
Yes She is and will continue to be as long as the Patriots mount an opposition to the nefarious undertakings the present administration deems necessary to force Her into a socialistic society.
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen.
Veterans of foreign wars.
Wars that will never be forgotten.
Recent wars that still plague US with the devastation that our mighty warriors have had to sustain, and live with for the rest of their lives along with their families and loved ones.
The men and the women that volunteered to serve this Country are the true Heroes of today, and they are going to be the ones that take Her back from the cliff that She is perched upon.
The men and the women that were true Patriots did not shy away from their duty.
The men and the women that are true Patriots have a challenge ahead of them.
Let’s meet the challenge head on and see what true Patriotism can accomplish.
You may be very surprised what a concerted effort can do.
It is beginning.
We The People of the United States of America,…….
AFVet is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran
The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office.
For good measure, he set the tone for his administration for allowing Chief Justice John Roberts to take the blame for the error.
Obama promises on the campaign trail to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay. The detention facility is open three years later and counting.
In the same breath, he promises to restore habeas corpus. Three years into his term, he signs the National Defense Authorization Act, which leaves open the possibility of indefinite detention of American citizens.
President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen.
As Senator, Obama spoke out against but voted for the Patriot Act.
As President, he extended it, with an auto-pen, while he was in France.
Obama continues the “Bush practice” of extraordinary rendition.
As a candidate, Obama promises to end the War in Iraq and bring all troops home within 16 months. He even says in 2007 that it would be the first thing he would do in office, and that “you can take that to the bank.” As president, he announces all troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (34 months later).
Obama states the Afghan War would conclude in June 2011, but projections now have us running into 2014.
As Senator, Obama opposes the surge in Iraq. He claims that increasing troop levels by 20,000 would actually increase sectarian violence.
When pulling troops out of Iraq, Obama tries to claim success for ending the war, without giving credit to Bush or the troops for any “victory.” The Bush surge was what turned the tide in the war.
Sectarian violence is up sharply since Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in December 2011.
President Obama refuses to say “victory” is necessarily the goal in Afghanistan. Obama reasons the U.S. should not project the image of Emperor Hirohito being forced to sign a treaty of surrender before Macarthur to end the war against Japan.
Emperor Hirohito did not sign the treaty of surrender ending the war against Japan. It was his foreign minister Shigemitsu.
Obama plans to ease travel restrictions to communist Cuba in 2009. And in 2011.
The president pledges a “new beginning” with the Cuban dictatorial regime.
A glance at a Cuban-U.S. relations timeline running to December 2011 shows nothing changed.
President Obama greets Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chavez warmly at the Summit of the Americas.
Earlier that month, Chavez calls Obama an “ignoramus.”
At the same summit, President Obama sits patiently through a 50 minute diatribe against the United States delivered by socialist strongman Daniel Ortega, only scribbling notes instead of walking out with his diplomatic team.
President Obama meets a grinning Daniel Ortega at the same summit.
When asked later by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper what he thought of the anti-American tirade, President Obama replies, “It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”
The attempted subversion of the rule of law in Honduras by the socialist president Zelaya, which would have unconstitutionally put him on the ballot for a third term, prompts his judicial removal from office. Obama condemns the supposed “coup” as “not legal.”
President Obama directs his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cut off $30 million in aid to Honduras.
Election fraud propelling anti-Israel Iranian president and saber-rattling madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power leads to a mass civil uprising. Despite reports of widespread and cruel bloodshed repressing the protests, President Obama says nothing for ten days.
President Obama refuses to “intervene” in pro-democratic Iranian protests.
Obama’s first call as president is made to the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas.
Obama’s first formal interview is conducted with Al-Arabiya television.
One of President Obama’s first executive orders is to greatly restrict the influence of lobbyists in his administration.
Years later, it is well-known that the Obama administration routinely meets with lobbyists off White House grounds, where Secret Service logs are not kept.
In 2012, Obama promotes a recent lobbyist with Mexican illegal immigration advocate La Raza from a position as director of intergovernmental affairs to director of the Domestic Policy Council.
The second executive order Obama gives is one reversing Bush era rules safeguarding prior administration’s records. It narrows “executive privilege.”
Obama invokes executive privilege within the first year over the gatecrasher fiasco.
In late 2011, the Obama administration refuses to turn over all communiques relating to the politically seedy financing of bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra.
Another early executive order froze pay for White House staffers making over $100,000. A year later 74% of staffers got a pay raise, many of them to well over a $100,000. (Freezing pay does not apply to promotions or position changes.) The average boost was 9%, three times private sector average.
The next year, 54% got a raise. The average increase was 8%, and of those who got raises, it was nearly 16%.
Barack Obama was declared by presidential historian Michael Beschloss as “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Beschloss gushed that Obama’s IQ was “off the charts,” but when pressed by radio host Don Imus, he could not say what Obama’s IQ was.
Despite being heralded as a brilliant thinker, Obama still to this day refuses to release his college records.
Barack Obama received a degree from prestigious Columbia University, where hardly anybody recalls him attending there.
As editor of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama anonymously wrote one article – championing abortion.
The one quote provided from the article cited by Politico contains a grammatical error – “in to” instead of “into.”
A letter to a Harvard newspaper written by Obama shows rampant grammatical errors, including a demonstrable lack of subject-predicate agreement.
In Dreams from My Father, Obama makes known that he “chose his friends carefully” and deliberately sought out “Marxist Professors,” “structural feminists,” and discussed with his friends the socialist, anti-colonialist revolutionary Franz Fanon.
Before becoming president, Barack Obama authored not just one, but two biographies, making him millions of dollars.
In his book The Audacity of Hope, Obama was cited as saying The Constitution is a “living document,” that can be interpreted “in the context of an ever-changing world” (i.e. however he wants).
Before becoming an author, the president admitted he wrote some “very bad poetry.” This is true. Just one sample shows the same tendency to split a conjoined word: it’s not “under water,” it’s “underwater.”
Literary analysis performed by an expert at detecting forgery and fraud points to the strong possibility that Obama’s biographies were written by ghostwriters.
Additional evidence shows that the ghost writer for Dreams from My Father may very well have been unrepentant socialist terrorist and then-contemporary English professor William Ayers of the Weather Underground.
When Barack Obama was young, he was mentored by Moscow-connected Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. Identified as only “Frank” in his biography Dreams from my Father, it was claimed that “Frank” was a poet on par with contemporary communist poet Langston Hughes. It was later discovered that this had to be Davis, a poet who had indeed joined the Communist Party USA. Obama later confirmed the relationship with Davis while attempting to distance himself from him.
In late 2008, Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs denied to Chris Matthews that William Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama. Later on, William Ayers was caught on tape admitting that he held a fundraiser for Obama in which the future president was in attendance.
As ABC News reported in March 2008, Obama’s pastor of 20 years, baptizer of his children, and “close confidante” Reverend Wright was confirmed on numerous occasions as incorporating heated anti-American rhetoric into his sermons, such as “goddamn America,” and claiming 9/11 was deserved as “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
As Politico and ABC News reported, criminal Tony Rezko, who was convicted of corruption, gave President Obama a sweetheart deal on real estate property and donated $120,000 to Obama’s Senate campaign.
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was reported by Think Progress as probably having been the whistleblower who outed impeached and convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich in the pay-to-play scandal. Such an action suggests that Emanuel may have been seeking to distance Obama from Blagojevich. Recordings of Blagojevich repeatedly mentioning Emanuel along with potential candidate and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and testimony that Emanuel relayed a message to the governor that Obama would “value and appreciate” consideration of Jarrett, provide strong appearance of ethical misconduct.
Multiple sources provide documented, archived evidence that Barack Obama was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America-connected “New Party” in Illinois.
Verifiable communist Alice Palmer, who worked for well-known Soviet front group U.S. Peace Council, hand picked Obama to be her successor as state senator. Described by the LA Times as Obama’s “mentor,” she later endorsed fellow Alinskyite Hillary Clinton.
As state senator, President Obama voted “present” nearly 130 times.
Obama was given 100% “pro-choice” rating by abortion advocates NARAL. As state senator, Obama voted against banning partial birth abortion.
In 2007, Senator Obama was rated as the most liberal senator, according to his voting record.
Obama had been given glowing endorsement by the Communist Party USA.
In early 2009, President Obama says the following, “I don’t like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government’s role.”
Time magazine reports that Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” plan, which no GOP in the House voted for, fails by its own measures. Unemployment still above 8%, economy continues to bleed jobs.
Candidate Barack Obama publicly promises to go “line by line” through legislation to remove wasteful earmarks.
Obama stimulus gave $200,000 to teach Siberian lawmakers how to engage Russian policy makers in Moscow.
Stimulus funding of $250,000 went to bug storage for an insect museum at North Carolina State University that gets 44 visitors a year.
Gave $500,000 to put microchips in recycling bins to check up on the recycling efforts of senior citizens.
$5 million to create a geothermal energy system for the Oak Ridge City Center shopping mall in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
$9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
Provided $712,000 spent on a project by researchers at Northwestern University to develop “machine-generated humor.”
Buses in Winter Haven, Florida that average two riders per hour got $2.4 million so that the two riders per hour would have brand new buses to ride on.
A Georgia Tech assistant music professor got $760,000 so he could jam with “world renowned musicians” to “create satisfying works of art.”
The California Academy of Sciences got $2 million dollars to send people to the Indian Ocean to photograph ants. “Everyone has run into ants … now we need to listen to them,” one ant photographer said.
The University of North Carolina received $762,000 to create a YouTube dance application.
$462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
$3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York.
$3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida.
About a half-million dollars to give smartphones to people trying to quit smoking so they could “contact their quitting support groups by text message or phone calls to prevent relapses.”
Almost $300,000 to study how Yoga might reduce menopausal hot flashes.
$983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
$1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.
$700,000 to Oregon crab fishermen to help recover lost crab pots.
$1.5 billion for a Carbon Capturing Contest.
$300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
SUNY Buffalo received $390,000 to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana.
Montana received $2.2 million to install skylights in their state-run liquor warehouse.
$800,000 given to John Murtha Airport to repave a back runway used by about 20 passengers a day. This was in addition to millions given to this airport over the decades.
$1 million was given to a Chicago dinner cruise company to “combat terrorism.”
$30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
The Coast Guard gets $572 million to create 1,235 new jobs. This comes to $460,000 per job.
$11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
$1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
$2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
$6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
Millions spent on signs advertising the “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.”
Barack Obama carries out much of the $700 billion TARP program. Obama forces banks to take money, and even refuses to accept repayment in some cases to wield control over them.
President Obama takes over two of three top U.S. automakers GM & Chrysler.
Obama essentially fires GM CEO Rick Wagoner.
Obama replaces the previous GM CEO with “Auto Czar” Steve Rattner, who had no experience in the automobile industry.
Steven Rattner was appointed (without Senate confirmation) while he was under SEC investigation in NY for illegal kickbacks in exchange for pensions fraud.
Rattner estimated the cost to U.S. taxpayers for auto bailouts at $14 billion.
Obama deprives GM bondholders of their rightful compensation in order to maintain perquisites for United Auto Workers, which drove the company into bankruptcy to begin with. This is in violation of Article 1: Section 8 clause on uniform bankruptcies.
Despite being called a “success,” at least 16,500 jobs were lost due to GM and Chrysler plant closures.
Dealerships contracted with GM & Chrysler all over the country were shut down. Evidence suggests that Democrat-donating dealers were rescued from shutdowns.
Obama’s touted “cash for clunkers” program was a fiasco that led to program mismanagement, taxpayer subsidized waste, and a temporary boost leading to original purchase levels.
Thousands of cars were destroyed, harming the ability of the poor to have cheap transportation.
Evidence shows that the program led only to an increase in national fuel efficiency of 0.65 miles per gallon.
As part of the GM takeover, Obama authorized billions to be spent subsidizing the electric-powered Chevy Volt.
The car was alleged by many to be prone to spontaneous combustion. Every single Chevy Volt sold, all 8,000 of them, was recalled.
High campaign contributor General Electric received billions in subsidies, grants, and green energy tax breaks under Obama. In fact, GE paid zero taxes in 2010 on $14.2 billion in “profit.”
General Electric spent more than $65.7 million on lobbying during the Obama administration – more than any other company.
Former GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt was made Obama’s “Jobs Czar,” technically, the head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Immelt once lamented that America was not more like Germany, where “business and government work… as a pack.” As writer Timothy Carney pointed out at the Washington Examiner, Germany is 49 of 57 countries ranked in terms of nascent entrepreneurship, and “the biggest German companies today – Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Daimler, Siemens, Volkswagen, Krupp – were the biggest companies 90 years ago.”
GE has sent tens of thousands of its jobs overseas under Obama.
GE spearheaded the commission that pushed through the ban on incandescent light bulbs. The company, along with Phillips, stood to make billions on toxic and overhyped compact fluorescent light bulbs. In the meantime, GE closed the last major incandescent plant in the country, meaning lost jobs here and thousands gained in China. The light bulb ban was later defunded by the Republican-led House, but not overturned.
GE’s previously owned company MSNBC was notorious on both right and left for showing indisputably favorable coverage to Barack Obama during the 2008 election campaign. MSNBC was later bought out by Comcast, which now has a 51% majority share.
Another major green energy supplier, Solyndra, was famously given at least $535 million in government loans to produce solar energy panels, but later had to file bankruptcy.
Solyndra was led by Tulsa Billionaire George Kaiser, a key Obama fundraiser who donated $53,500 to the president’s election campaign, and raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for the same cause.
The Solyndra workers on unemployment received bonus payments of $13,000 each due to a trade law, in addition to their unemployment compensation.
As reported by CBS, Solyndra was recently caught on film destroying millions in parts.
Solyndra was a relatively minor recipient of green energy loans and subsidies. As reported by the NY Times, NRG Energy received nearly $1.6 billion to provide solar energy to about 100,000 homes. As the article points out, green energy companies can receive cash grants of up to 30% of a project up front instead of taking tax breaks in the future. This would mean NRG Energy can get a $430 million “bonus” after the project is completed.
According to the Department of Energy, “clean energy” loans total over $35 billion, producing just 62,500 jobs. That calculates to $565,000 per job.
The man Obama selected to oversee the Department of Energy, Steven Chu, once explicitly compared the American public to teenagers who need to be “educated” on the merits of “green energy.”
Admitted communist Van Jones, who once said on live radio that his intention was to overthrow capitalism through the means of “eco-capitalism,” was tapped as Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar.” A former White House aide provides a testimonial that everyone who works close to the president is thoroughly vetted.
Van Jones was later forced to resign, after months of major media stonewalling, only after it was discovered that the man was a verifiable 9/11 “Truther.”
Van Jones was selected for the position by Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, a fellow-traveling radical whose father Vernon Davis was a card-carrying communist who knew Frank Marshall Davis. Valerie Jarrett’s mentor was Marilyn Katz, who worked security for Students for a Democratic Society, knows William Ayers intimately, and penned a book with famous communist Carl Davidson.
Former head of the Environmental Protect Agency Carol M. Browner, director of Obama’s Energy and Climate Change policy from 2009-2011, was reported by the Washington Times to have been a member of the Socialist Internationale’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society. (Note the number and variety of world leaders.)
Obama’s “Science Czar” John Holdren once co-wrote a book advocating forced abortions, and widespread sterilization. He also advocated centralizing world government control of all natural resources under a “Planetary Regime.”
Obama’s “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein wrote a book on how to “nudge” people in government’s desired direction, while advocating methods such as using copyright laws to achieve an “optimum chilling effect” over free speech, and to eliminate “conspiracy theories,” such as manmade global warming theory being a fraud.
President Obama appointed former Bush adviser Howard Schmidt to be an unaccountable “Cyber Czar.” The announcement came as the Pentagon opened up its own cybercommand unit and the Department of Homeland Security hired 1,000 cybersecurity specialists.
FCC Chair Julius Genachowski implemented rules tantamount to “Net Neutrality,” despite a court order reprimanding the agency for lacking the authority to do so. The House voted to strike down the “Open Internet” regulations, but the Senate recently voted against nullifying them. The regulations are currently in force, but it is unclear how long they will last.
Lightsquared, a wireless technology firm, was given FCC exemptions to build out a 4G wireless network, allowing it to acquire bandwidth on the cheap. The owner of the company Phil Falcone was a campaign contributor to Obama to the tune of $30,400.
Thousands of emails acquired under FOIA request suggest that the Obama administration pressured Air Force General William Shelton to stifle criticism of a potential Lightsquared military contract that the company’s operations could interfere with the military’s GPS positioning system.
According to the Examiner, then-Senator Barack Obama was steered by financial advisor George Haywood into investing $90,000 in Lightsquared when it was called Skyterra. Billionaire investor George Soros, a well-known financier of radical causes, was also prominent as an investor.
The BP oil spill, the largest in U.S. history, was only slowed after action was taken by the administration 40 days into the spill. Former Clinton strategist James Carville took the president to task for his lack of leadership on the matter.
BP was strong-armed by the president into creating a $20 billion escrow account for damage claims, in violation of Fifth Amendment due process rights.
President Obama enacted and extended an offshore drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the spill. Despite a federal court order over-ruling the moratorium, Obama continued it anyway. As ABC News reported, months after the BP oil spill leak was plugged, clean up crews could not find the oil spill, as the Gulf had apparently broken it up. The administration promised to lift the moratorium in late 2010, but rescinded it and instead established a seven-year moratorium.
The oil moratorium cost American workers at least 19,000 jobs and $1.1 billion in wages. The Gulf drilling company Seahawk was forced into bankruptcy.
The Export-Import Bank, whose chair was selected by Obama, guaranteed a loan of $2 billion to Brazilian oil company Petrobras SA for offshore oil drilling. A widely distributed, but obviously erroneous article filled with half-truths and distortions published by Forbes admits that Obama contributor and fundraiser George Soros indeed did profit from holding shares in Petrobras SA.
This is what President Obama said on his visit to Brazil in March 2011, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”
In the first year of Obama’s administration, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, even though wars overseas were still ongoing, and future undeclared wars and conflicts were yet to be carried out by the man.
President Obama is the only commander-in-chief to violate the War Powers Act. As ABC reported, Obama was warned ahead of time by Congress and he ignored it.
In President Obama’s acceptance speech, he said, “One urgent example is the effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and to seek a world without them.” Calling this agenda a “centerpiece” of his foreign policy, the president dismissed the contention held by numerous scholars that nuclear weapons likely prevented World War III. Getting the United States to disband its nuclear weapons program was a major centerpiece of the former USSR’s active measures campaign, which was carried out by such institutions as the communist front World Peace Council.
Obama’s Secretary of State offered a “reset” button to Russia early on in his administration. Labeled peregruzka, the button actually said “overcharge” in Russian. The correct term is perezagruzka.
President Obama cancelled plans to station an anti-ballistic missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
The president narrows the conditions under which nuclear weapons are authorized to be used, including ruling them out for retaliation against chemical and biological attack from non-nuclear states that are in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
At the end of 2011, Russia threatens to pull out of START, due to complaints about its conventional arms build-up in Europe. In 2008, Russia pulled out of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty, which had limited regional military presence on the European continent, and also launched a military campaign into Georgia after meddling in that state’s territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Obama shared data with Russia on U.S. forces in Europe, while discussions with Russia over developing and even joint administering an ABM defense system in Europe led to vehement saber-rattling from the Kremlin.
Russia helped Iran build a nuclear power plant in Bushehr, and despite denials by the Democrats in the not-so-distant past, the Iranians have a nuclear weapons program. Obama complained of the effect of sanctions on Iran’s economy, though remaining unable to get Russia and China on board with implementing the sanctions.
Iran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in December 2011, while taunting the U.S. Navy there.
Obama dispatched a team of dolphins to deal with the situation.
In 2011, the United States loses a sophisticated spy drone in Iran. President Obama is rebuffed when he asks the rogue state for the drone back. Instead, the Iranians offer a miniature model to the president.
Early in his administration, President Obama, acting as an official head of state, bowed deeply to the Saudi prince.
President Obama botches the traditional bow to the Japanese emperor, displaying weakness to the country.
When Barack Obama first moved into the Oval Office, he sent ally Britain back its gift of a Winston Churchill bust.
President Obama gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown a gift set of DVDs not even formatted correctly for play in Europe.
Obama gave the queen an iPod with his speeches on it. Michelle Obama breaks obvious protocol and hugs the queen.
When Obama visited Westminster Abbey in 2011, he signed the guest book May 24, 2008.
President Obama made a joke on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno about a recent bowling game, ““I bowled a 129….it was like Special Olympics, or something.”
Actually, the president bowled a 37.
When President Obama threw out the first pitch at baseball game, he nearly launched it into the bleachers.
While praising troops at Fort Drum, NY for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama said, “A comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Wrong hero. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was killed in action. Another soldier, Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor that fought in Afghanistan.
Obama famously failed to salute the flag while Senator as he attended a steak fry with Tom Harkin in Indianola, IA 2007.
Five days before Obama was elected, he said that he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America. Cause you know, that’s why we elect presidents.
In an interview given before he was sworn in to be president, Barack Obama states that the Constitution had “deep flaws.”
Barack Obama claims he is fighting something “uncomfortably similar” to Nazism in the United States.
President Obama was the top corporate campaign donations recipient during the 2008 elections, far exceeding John McCain. Three of Obama’s top contributors were Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, and Google.
Although Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner never worked for Goldman Sachs, his adviser Gene Perling did. Sachs received preferential treatment during TARP, because its investments in AIG were effectively insured by the U.S. government. AIG was pushed off a cliff, and then taken over by the government. GS was compensated for what would have been “toxic assets.” Goldman Sachs alum Hank Paulson, who was Treasury Secretary at the time of the bailout hostile takeover, insisted the AIG CEO step aside for fellow Goldman Sachs alum Edward Liddy, who even held millions in Goldman Sachs shared at the time.
On the campaign trail, after Liddy (who was working for a salary of $1) was excoriated for authorizing a $444,000 retreat for AIG staff, President Obama said that AIG executives should give the money back and its heads should be fired. Liddy was AIG head until late August 2009.
The Obama administration hired several Goldman Sachs alums, such as GS lobbyist Mark Patterson, unusual for an administration more stacked with academics than businessmen. The ties are deep and murky, and include a revolving door of Goldman Sachs alums in such institutions as the NY Fed, where Geithner was the Chair.
President Obama’s first budget director Peter Orszag, a career academic who became a protege of Goldman alum Robert Rubin, left the administration after a year and a half to draw a multi-million dollar check from Citigroup, where Rubin sat on the board.
President Obama once said, “Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market.”
As a candidate, Barack Obama famously remarked to “Joe the Plumber”, “I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.”
He also said, “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.” This was after Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein received a $9 million bonus and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dillon received a $17 million payoff. Both firms received bailouts.
Obama also said, ““My administration is the only thing between you [CEO's] and the pitchforks. “ He may have been right.
After Timothy Geithner, who earlier oversaw the initial stages of the AIG “bailout” as Chair of the NY Fed, proposed a bank tax to recoup AIG bonuses, Obama said, “Like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning.”
One company heavy into carbon investments, and would make huge profits on a cap-and-trade regime was Goldman Sachs.
Obama supported cap-and-trade, which would have caused a huge burden on those paying for public utilities.
Obama once publicly said, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
Obama fails to build an international consensus to do something collaboratively on “climate change.”
Despite a personal appeal, Obama does not deliver the Olympics to Chicago. Brazil wins the bid for 2016.
As Obama once said, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
Obama dismissed Republican attacks on the massive size of the stimulus by saying, “What do you think a stimulus is? It’s spending – that’s the whole point! Seriously.”
Obama once remarked about disgraced, defunded, and disbanded community organization ACORN as,“I’ve been fighting with ACORN, alongside ACORN, on issues you care about, my entire career.”
Former SEIU chief Andy Stern’s association with the Alinskyite “radical pragmatist” community organizer Barack Obama run long and deep: Obama gushed about the SEIU, “We look after each other!” during his campaign, which was funded by the union to the tune of $60 million. Stern unashamedly spouts Marxist rhetoric and admires China.
Post-election, Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House.
That title was taken over by Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO. Trumka publicly expressed “solidarity” with Marxists and other socialists (and interestingly blasted Sarah Palin for being McCarthyist).
Before Obama gave a Labor Day speech, Teamster’s president James Hoffa Jr. said, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” Obama later said nothing about the incendiary language.
President Obama remarked before the 2010 Congressional elections, ”If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ – if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election – then I think it’s going to be harder. And that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.”
Obama once said of his white grandmother, “The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away, and that sometimes comes out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”
Obama infamously said of Christian conservatives, “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, in a book favorable to Obama, said the president referred to the tea party constituents in terms of the sexual epithet “teabaggers.”
Obama then mocked the tea party publicly by demonstrably characterizing them as, “waiving their tea bags around.”
After the Occupy Wall Street movement appeared, Obama expressed empathy with the protesters. The Occupy Wall Street movement compared itself to the Arab Spring.
Obama then compared the Occupy Wall Street movement to the tea party. While the Occupy movement led to thousands of arrests, the tea party caused no known arrests.
President Obama admitted to smoking marijuana. He said, “I did. It’s not something that I’m proud of. It was a mistake as a young man, but you know? I mean not going to — I never understood that line. The point was to inhale. That was the point.”
Obama as cited in Dreams from My Father, “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack [heroin] though.”
While on the campaign trail, Obama said, “I’ve now been in 57 states—I think one left to go.” Obviously, there are only 50 states.
On one occasion, Obama accentuated his 57 states gaffe, “I hope I said 100,000 people the first time instead of 100 million. I understand I said there were 57 states today. It’s a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh.” At that point, his advisers led him away.
There aren’t 57 U.S. states, but there are coincidentally 57 Muslim states. Obama once said of the religion, “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
After the Egyptian uprising, President Obama wielded diplomacy to force out that country’s strongman Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt’s parliamentary elections brought to power the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and the hardline Islamist Al Nur party placed second.
Women represent less than 2% of the parliamentary seats, not surprising in a country where women had been beaten in the streets by the police, and CBS’ news correspondent Lara Logan was brutally gang raped (though its network gave the event scant coverage). The Obama administration offered praise for the Egyptian elections.
President Obama’s signature program, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), referred to colloquially as “Obamacare,” was signed into law in March 2010. According to CNN, public opposition at the time was 59%, or nearly six out of ten adults surveyed. All Republicans in the House and Senate opposed and voted against the passage of the bill.
When Republicans were opposed to the bill and the possibility of a filibuster loomed (with the aid of any one Democrat or Independent Senator), President Obama supported the so-called nuclear option of “reconciliation,” a budget gimmick that would have seen the bill “passed” despite legitimate levels of opposition.
Barack Obama on bipartisanship in The Audacity of Hope: “Genuine bipartisanship, though, assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained – by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate – to negotiate in good faith.” (131)
The president once even tried to redefine “bipartisanship” as not measured by the amount of opposition party support or number of votes for a bill, but rather by the “ideas” contributed to a bill by the other party.
Obama promised that passage of the PPACA would reduce overall healthcare expenditures. As reported by the AP, the plan will cost at least a trillion dollars over ten years.
In order to make the plan “deficit neutral,” as meeting the PAYGO rule, the bill had to offset six years of “benefits” with ten years of taxes.
Obama once vowed to those making less than $250,000 a year, “You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.”
He also said, “I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
Another quote: “I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.”
In just one year under Obama, the Democrats passed nearly $700 billion in tax increases, including nearly $480 billion related to Obamacare.
Obama, an admitted smoker who has failed to quit, passed a cigarette tax that would raise a projected $65 billion over ten years.
As criticized by Jersey Shore quasi-star Snooki and Senator John McCain, Obama passed a 10% tax on UV tanning beds.
The president passed a 40% excise tax on premium or “cadillac” health insurance plans.
He also signed onto a 2.3% excise tax on certain medical devices, driving up their costs.
When selling the Obamacare plan, the president assured seniors that their Medicare was safe. But Medicare’s chief actuary pointed out that parts A & B would be slashed by nearly one trillion dollars in the first ten years.
The president also eliminated “deductions allocable to Medicare Part D,” costing those recipients $4.5 billion.
Obama promised the passage of the PPACA would lower premiums. But even the CBO estimated that premiums would necessarily skyrocket. And they did.
As relayed by the Heritage Foundation, “Another source of double-counted savings is the CLASS Act, which creates a new, federally run long-term care insurance program. Beneficiaries will begin paying premiums in 2011 but will not receive benefits for five years. This frontloads revenue and creates the illusion of $70 billion to pay for new spending under PPACA.”
President Obama later dropped the long-term health insurance provision from the PPACA, once again targeting the elderly and the fragile with his cuts. More sensible would be phasing out such entitlements so people can plan ahead and provide for their own retirements.
Obama and the Democrats even had the temerity to claim that Obamacare would reduce the deficit by $124 billion over ten years.
It is a fact that President Obama has added more debt to the United States budget than all other presidents combined.
According to a number of other news sources, the National Debt increased more than $5 trillion under Obama.
Mr. Obama blamed the spending overrun on Bush’s unfunded wars and his tax cuts that were not “paid for.”
Obama later signed on to extending the Bush tax cuts.
In February 2009, Obama claimed he would cut the deficit in half.
Under Obama, the Democrats never passed a budget, even though it is a core Congressional responsibility. Although Democrats blamed the Republicans for “obstructionism,” the Democrats had the majority in the House and the required super majority in the Senate to pass a budget over any opposition. A budget can even be passed using reconciliation, because of special rules. We are over 1,000 days without an official budget.
Obama promised that under the PPACA, people would be able to retain their satisfactory plans. Yet even advocates of the proposal conceded that part-time workers could be forced off of insurance plans until 2014.
As reported by the Daily Caller: “President Obama promised small businesses that they would receive tax credits to help alleviate the large premium costs in the bill. The Small Business Tax Credit is supposed to be the primary tool for doing this. But not only is the tax credit uselessly small — the (CBO) estimates that it will only affect 12 percent of people in the small-group market — but it ends in 2017.”
Obama also claimed that health care premiums would decline by “3000%.” He then went on to say that people should then get a raise.
President Obama denied the existence of any “death panel” in Obamacare, otherwise referred to as “end of life planning.”
The Americans for Tax Reform mentions a key provision in Obamacare called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Charged with controlling health care costs, IPAB consists of 15 full-time members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for six-year terms. Their goal is to reduce Medicare spending when the five-year outlook for the average growth rate in Medicare per beneficiary is projected to exceed target growth rates. IPAB is prohibited from “rationing” care, increasing taxes, changing Medicare benefits or eligibility, increasing beneficiary premiums and cost-sharing requirements, or reducing low-income subsidies under Medicare Part D. With certain other limitations on spending, the 15-bureaucrat board may pull upon a variety of Medicare cuts, such as physician reimbursement rates under Medicare Part B.
IPAB has been described by Republicans as a “death panel,” and the drafter of a bill referring to it in such stark terms, Phil Roe, was even able to garner the co-sponsorship of retiring liberal Senator Barney Frank. As Roe explained, ““Basically, there’s a certain amount of money that’s allocated for Medicare spending each year. Once you hit that amount that’s been appropriated, this board, this bureaucratically appointed board, can then decide, not based on quality or need, but based on strictly cost.”
Obamacare outlawed new construction of physician-owned hospitals, costing up to 25,000 new jobs.
One bit of sleight hand the Democrats pulled was the so-called “doc fix,” which is the Sustainable Growth Formula used to link physician costs, Medicare enrollment, and GDP. The Obamacare plan led to major cuts across the board for Medicare payments, leading to more doctors refusing Medicare payments.
Forty percent of doctors polled plan to leave their practices by the time Obamacare goes into effect in 2014.
While selling Obamacare, the president said that the proposal would eliminate half a billion dollars in Medicare waste and fraud. Not only is this impossible, due to the way the figure was based on double-counting, but why would such waste and fraud be allowed to continue regardless of if Obamacare were passed?
In a fleeting moment of honesty, Obama said, “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies [sic] to our health care system.”
While Obama consistently cited the escalating healthcare costs as a reason for the PPACA, some of the highest in the Western world, he failed to mention that nearly half of all healthcare spending in the United States comes through the government.
President Obama has golfed at least 92 times as president, far more than any other president in U.S. history.
On April 9th, 2009 the president said, “We will not rest until we reach a day when not a single veteran falls into homelessness.”
On May 11th, 2009 the president said, “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.”
On November 2nd, 2009 the president said, “We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs.”
On November 23rd, 2009 the president said, “I will not rest until business are investing again, and businesses are hiring again.”
On January 28, 2010 the president said, “We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future.”
On March 5th, 2010 the president said, “I’m not gonna rest and my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job.”
On May 26th, 2010 the president said, “We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the clean up is complete.”
On July 8th, 2010 the president said, “My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job.”
Obama signed a bill for almost a billion dollars for homeless veterans at the end of 2011. Despite billions spent on programs to end homelessness that kept the rate nearly even, the Huffington Post conceded that homeless rates are ready to rise.
As of April 2010, 1.2 million households had lost their homes under Obama. In 2010, there were 2.87 million foreclosures, a record-setting year that was 2% above 2009′s. Widely reported foreclosure projections for 2012 cite a possibility of ten million more this year.
More than a third of Americans have “dropped out” of the middle class, according to traditional standards.
The unemployment rate for age 20-24 is officially 14.4%, far above the 8.5% figure used in government statistics.
If one factors in the labor participation rate, the jobless rate is around 11.4%.
In 2010, CNN reported that already 8 million jobs had been destroyed, perhaps “forever.” Compare with the 52 weeks of job growth under President Bush after his tax cuts went into effect.
Despite programs meant to put blacks and other minorities into houses, the levels of black home ownership are in free fall, due partly to surging unemployment.
Black unemployment is double the level for whites under Obama at nearly 16%.
The U.S.’ Gross Domestic Product continues to be anemic. Eleven out of fourteen quarters under Obama have been below two percent growth.
While president Obama had consistently insisted that stimulus payments would go to “shovel ready” projects, he later reversed himself and claimed there were no such thing as “shovel ready” projects.
Obama even joked about the deception, stating with a grin that “shovel-ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.”
While on the campaign trail, Obama claimed he could halt the rise of the oceans.
In 2012, “promise kept”: global sea levels have shown a significant drop, putting the lie to the Al Gore-led claims that manmade global warming would lead to widespread coastal flooding.
As based on Washington Post reporting, Obama’s claim at his Selma speech that Kennedy’s generosity led indirectly to his birth, would imply that he was born in 1961 and not in 1965.
Obama says in a speech that his father served in World War II. Since his father was only 9, and not yet a Marxist (as reported by Politico), Obama must have meant his grandfather, who did serve.
Barack Obama stated on more than one occasion that his grandfather helped liberate Jews at Auschwitz. The Russians liberated the Jews at Auschwitz.
At a speech given in 2011, Obama said that Hawaii was a part of Asia.
Obama once claimed the U.S. motto was E pluribus unum, or “out of many one.” The national motto as enacted by law in 1956 is actually “In God We Trust.”
Obama leaves “by their Creator” out of his citation of the Declaration of Independence at a Hispanic Caucus speech.
When confronted by a girl about Obama’s favorite player on his beloved Chicago White Sox team, the president cannot name a single player.
Obama once denied that he would use signing statements while in office, like Bush did. Of course, this was a lie.
As reported by the NY Times, President Obama broke his campaign pledge regularly that all bills would be posted online before they would be voted on.
It is unclear how many times Obama said, “Let me be clear.” But it is clearly dozens.
Obama confessed that change had turned out to be “a lot tougher than expected” at a speech in San Francisco.
Obama admitted that it was “not as trendy” in late 2011 to be a supporter as it was in 2008.
Obama also admitted that Americans were not better off than they were four years ago.
As recently reported by the AP, “And rarely has Obama’s rhetoric as president reached as high as the lofty promises of his campaign, when he pledged to change the very way Washington does business and remake politics itself. It’s a far cry from those promises of change to the ambition of meeting monthly with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders — but even that relatively modest goal, from Obama’s 2010 State of the Union, went unfulfilled.”
Even the politically suspect Politifact evaluates Obama’s campaign pledge rate at 24%. Thus, three out of every four pledges were either baseless, naive, or lies.
Under Obama, Americans’ fear of big government approached an all-time high. According to Gallup, citizens’ feared big government at a clip of 64%, more than big business at 26%, and big labor at 8%.
Recent polling shows that far more Americans believe their country is heading in the wrong direction under Obama than at any time under Bush. Currently, 23% say America is heading in the “right” direction, and 71.2% believe we are going the wrong way – a 49 point gap. The widest negative spread under Bush was 34 points in November 2007.
Those who “strongly approve” of Obama performance as president has dropped from 45% to 22% since Rasmussen began polling him. The percentage of those who “strongly disapprove” has skyrocketed from 14% to between 40% and 45%.
As part of the president’s modernization vision for America, he proposed a $53 billion program for a high-speed railroad.
President Obama said in 2011, “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” Actually, it’s the Transcontinental Railroad.
Obama is apparently unaware of Amtrak, which receives billions in government subsidies and is far short of passenger capacity.
Plans to build a nationwide high-speed rail system are faltering. Claims that the program would create tens of thousands of jobs apparently neglect the “broken window fallacy” – overlooking the opportunity costs of doing so.
While Obama was making a case for government-run healthcare, he said the following, “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”
Indeed, because of the post office’s insolvency, it has attempted to make $3 billion in cost reductions. This has meant slashes in services.
An ostensible act of terrorism carried out during the Obama administration, the Fort Hood shooting, was labeled an act of “workplace violence” by the administration. Major Hassan had yelled “Allahu Akhbar!” (Glory to Allah!) and gunned down dozens, killing thirteen.
The military had diagnosed Major Hassan with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, although he had never been in combat (more accurately, Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder?). There were several red flags about his computer networking to al Qaeda sites, and possible unwillingness to fight a war on behalf of the United States. Such points raised questions in the mainstream media whether “political correctness” was going too far.
Obama admitted about the Christmas Day bomber, “We failed to connect the dots.”
Under Obama, the Transportation Security Administration developed new aggressive techniques to screen for “terrorists,” including full body or “naked” scanners and intensive groping hand-search techniques. As Representative Broun pointed out on CSPAN, these techniques often target children and elderly, and avoid Arab men, so as not to impinge on political correctness.
In 2009, Obama officially ended the “global war on terror,” instead calling our excursions “overseas contingency operations.”
Obama: “I said very early on, as a Senator and continue to believe, as a presidential candidate and now as president, that we can absorb a terrorist attack.” The full context can be read here.
In an interview on ABC, Obama said, “What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…” George Stephanopoulos jumped in to correct Obama by saying “your Christian faith,” which Obama quickly clarified.
Obama once claimed that: “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe ‘s Renaissance and Enlightenment.” So if the gates of ijtihad, or further enlightenment, had closed in Islam in the tenth century, how could such a religion lead to Enlightenment and Renaissance in Europe from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries? Does Obama mean the rediscovering of Aristotelian texts preserved by Muslim scholars helped lead to the Renaissance and Enlightenment?
Obama also said, “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”
As the left-wing FactCheck.org cannot deny, Obama once said, “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.”
As the USA Today related, Obama once said, “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.” This is obviously at odds with reality. Not only is Islam itself bigoted against women and homosexuals, Muslims once sold millions of blacks (and whites) into slavery.
Obama also said, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” Essentially, the United States was never officially a Christian nation, but this is not the sense Obama was using the phrase. What Obama implies is that America is no longer a place where just Christians live. But the United States was never that, so one is left to wonder what he is implying.
President Obama once oddly remarked, “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes – and I see many of them in the audience here today – our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”
Obama said about having spoken with all the living presidents as he prepared to take office, “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances.” Obama later called Nancy Reagan to apologize.
Just one year into his administration, academics ranked Obama the fifteenth best president of all time. George W. Bush was thirty-ninth out of forty-three presidents.
On 60 Minutes, Obama claimed that his accomplishments top all but three presidents: Lincoln, FDR, and Wilson.
In August 2009, President Obama exhorts citizens to “snitch” on one another regarding any supposed lies or disinformation regarding Obamacare. His website, “FLAG,” actually led to blog-tracking for information related to the program.
In 2011, Obama relaunches similar program, and becomes Internet laughing stock, with Attack Watch.
Obama has sought authority for an Internet kill switch, an agenda that has been resurrected in 2012.
The president once mistakenly referred to the web as “the Internets.”
President Obama gave classroom addresses, not once, but twice. Some schools made his address mandatory viewing.
Along with the first address, teachers around the country were sent a compendium to evaluate their reaction to the president’s message.
President Obama indeed did use a teleprompter when addressing a sixth-grade classroom.
Kids love Obama: So much so that adults and teachers helped them craft videos, music, and other forms of president-worship.
Without my own teleprompter, it is hard for me to say how many times Obama has used his. Countless times. So many times even Politico noticed.
Obama without a teleprompter: Gets lost, calls inhalator a “breathalyzer.”
The president is notorious for his ahhs and umms. One forty-one minute speech given in Amman, Jordan was nearly seven and a half minutes of ahhs and umms.
James Carville once took President Obama to task for scheduling an address during a GOP debate.
At candidate Obama’s DNC speech, a massive Greek amphitheater was erected in an attempt to make his ego seem more proportionate.
Politico’s Roger Simon called Barack Obama the greatest orator of modern times.
Former Congressman Harold Ford called him the greatest orator to ever be president.
Effusive praise for Obama was published in numerous major publications around the country under the pseudonym “Ellie Light.”
Near the end of Obama’s campaign season, “journalists” Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose admit they don’t know much about the man.
Time magazine’s Mark Halperin slams mainstream media for its “extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage” during 2008 campaign season.
One Time magazine photographer worker for the publication and the administration at the same time.
An online association of “bloggers, reporters and editors” and “a number of professional political operatives, including top White House economic advisors, key Obama political appointees, and Democratic campaign veterans” called Journolist worked together to shape news coverage and get Obama elected.
The president once thanked powerful Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg for his work. “If it weren’t for you, we would not be in the White House,” Obama said.
Barack Obama utilized the taxpayer-funded National Endowment of the Arts to propagandize for his health care plan.
A former director at disgraced, defunded, and formally disbanded ACORN will head up Obama’s “Project Vote” campaign in 2012.
Candidate Obama said on the campaign trail, “Our goal is to have a country that’s not divided by race.”
Countless times, Democrats and left-leaning organizations like the NAACP, have denounced Obama’s opponents as “racist.” The president has never sought to correct his party’s obvious tactic to delegitimize valid objections to his policies.
Unsurprisingly, polls suggest America is more racially divided under Obama than in previous years.
President Obama famously said of the Cambridge police’s arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “the police acted stupidly.”
A police tape released later shows that protocol was followed and Mr. Gates was being uncooperative.
The president then tried to make it all better with a “beer summit.”
The beers served at the beer summit, including Bud Light, were all brewed by foreign-owned manufacturers.
Obama had earlier lost a bet on a Hockey game to the Canadian president Stephen Harper, obliging him to send a case of Molson Canadian over the border. Obama threw in a case of American-made Yuengling.
The president allowed his wife Michelle to bully private company McDonald’s until it gave in and included apple slices in Happy Meals.
The left-wing flipped when Obama nominated former vice president and chief lobbyist of ag company Monsanto Michael Taylor to act as his “Food Safety Czar.”
At a $36,000 a plate fundraiser, Obama compares himself to Martin Luther King. (As mentioned earlier, he wrongly attributes quote to MLK.)
The monument to Martin Luther King Jr. erected under Obama was slated to be corrected after the “drum major” quote was considered to be too arrogant-sounding.
Barack Obama once said that the “Constitution is stained by the sin of slavery.”
Here is what the “Constitutional scholar” Barack Obama (who never published a peer reviewed article on the subject) said in an interview before he became president: “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, as least as it’s been interpreted, and [sic] Warren Court interpreted in the same way that, generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. ”
Here is what Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Goodwin Liu wrote in a 2006 Yale Law Review article: “On my account of the Constitution’s citizenship guarantee, federal responsibility logically extends to areas beyond education. Importantly, however, the duty of government cannot be reduced to simply providing the basic necessities of life….. Beyond a minimal safety net, the legislative agenda of equal citizenship should extend to systems of support and opportunity that, like education, provide a foundation for political and economic autonomy and participation. The main pillars of the agenda would include basic employment supports such as expanded health insurance, child care, transportation subsidies, job training, and a robust earned income tax credit.” Liu was eventually voted down in the Senate, but he was later appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.
During the State of the Union address in 2010, the President unprecedentedly condemned the Supreme Court’s decision upholding business owners’ right to free speech during political campaigns to the Justices’ faces. The president called on Congress to legislatively overturn the court decision. Justice Alito, for his part, mouthed the words “not true” during the shameless criticism.
In 2009, Congressman Joe Wilson famously yelled “You lie!” to President Obama, who had just stated that criticism that the healthcare bill would fund medicine for illegal immigrants was false. It turns out that Joe Wilson was right. Medical organizations that receive funding from Obamacare will not check for immigration status.
Corrections: Some of the points listed above were written in a humorous vein. The author has replaced a handful of humor-related or pedantic entries with news-related items. The ones that make a broader point about Obama’s character or image have been retained. This is the complete list as compiled from a series of ten previous articles.
Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker, Misfit Politics, and OwntheNarrative, and is a regular commentator on the late night talk shows at OTNN. He holds an M.A. in International Studies and is an advanced PhD. student in Political Science.
Hat tip to Pittsreport and Conservative Daily News for this Information
TheBlaze’s Carly Hoilman contributed to this report.
The centerpiece of Driscoll’s new book titled, ”A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?,” is that we’re living in a “post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”
The pastor recently told TheBlaze that he believes cultural norms are rapidly shifting in American society and that these changes come at the same time that Christianity is losing its place of prominence.
“A commitment to secularism to pluralism has really come very, very rapidly, and certain issues like gay marriage have accelerated and highlighted that,” Driscoll said. “More biblical, conservative traditions…values have gone from being respected to really despised in very short order.”
Driscoll explained that 40 years ago, homosexuality was still listed in psychological manuals and textbooks as a mental disorder, and now it is considered a civil right. He added, “That’s a quick flip.”
“We are living in a post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”
He believes that there’s been a paradigm shift in society from “morality to personality.”
Rather than moral absolutes governing what’s right or wrong, Driscoll said that there’s a general view that people should be true to themselves — that they should essentially stand by their feelings and desires.
“We’ve shifted from a worldview where there is a God who makes laws, and they apply to you, to whether or not there is a God it does not matter — ‘I don’t recognize any laws external to me. The only thing that guides me is my own internal convictions,’” he said. “Authority has shifted from external to internal, from God to me. And what you end up with is not a discussion of morality but a defense of personality. And that’s the world we live in.”
Driscoll believes that there is “a culture of complete anarchy in the name of tolerance and diversity.”
“One in four women sexual assaulted, one in six men, people that are sexually addicted, sexually assaulted, sexually abused, rampant debt, broken families, suicidal,” he told TheBlaze. “The number one category of prescription medication is antidepressants. Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”
One of the big questions facing Christians, the pastor said, is how to peacefully exist in this context of change without compromising values and theology.
“Christians need to understand that Christians and non-Christians just disagree about a lot of things,” he said. “We disagree about where we come from, we disagree about why we’re here, we disagree about what we’re supposed to do, we disagree with what we’re supposed to do with our pots and our pans and our genitals and our wallets — we just disagree on all kinds of things.”
Driscoll went on to say that one of the biggest threats to Christians is the assumption that compromising on what they believe will help them or serve a positive purpose for the non-believers they interact with. Doing this, he said, simply doesn’t work for anyone
With the changing cultural dynamics, Driscoll warned that Christians need to start getting better at understanding suffering and dealing with pushback, as they’re poised to receive more of it.
“In the West we’re not really familiar with suffering [and] Christendom and Christians have tended to be in a position of power, a respected position, and so all the issues surrounding suffering and criticism and such — we’re not very good at that,” he said. “And it’s something we’d better get better at pretty quickly because it’s just going to get harder to stay true to what we believe.”
Driscoll said that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to be Bible-believing — and practicing — Christians and that there are “no social perks to being a Christian” in today’s society.
The decreasing role and reverence for churches is also noticeable, Driscoll said. While houses or worship were once much-respected, today he believes that this dynamic has profoundly changed.
“The churches, for the most part, held a very respected place in society — and if you’re going to be a good business leader, a good citizen, a moral person, well obviously you believe in God and you’re involved in some religious community,” he said. “So what that led to was really a lot of people who weren’t committed to their religious beliefs — they didn’t really live them out — but they would sort of wave the flag because of the social benefits that came with it.”
Driscoll believes the social benefits and connotations the church once offered are decreasing. Being ostracized or marginalized for being in the pews makes it somewhat less appealing to participate in church. While he doesn’t necessarily believe that there are fewer Christians, he said “the teams have gotten very clear.”
“Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”
Fewer of those who went or go to church mainly to bask in these benefits are now doing so and for obvious reasons; the purported benefits are diminishing.
With the changing dynamics, Christians have to find a balance, Driscoll argued. What battles will they choose to fight? Which will they choose to ignore? Of these concerns, Driscoll said, ”You can’t fight over everything, and you’re not very courageous if you won’t fight for anything.”
The pastor said it’s important to decide what’s worth fighting for and then to be prepared to deal with the consequences of speaking out.
Driscoll expounds upon these themes in “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?”