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Good News, Bad News

The good news is that the last days of Obama are approaching, and he’s planning his post-presidency.

Oh wait, my bad. That’s the bad news:

This effort began in November 2012, shortly after his reelection, when the president hosted filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the White House for a screening of Lincoln. President Obama was “spellbound,” the Times reports, as Spielberg held forth “about the use of technology to tell stories.”

Such technology, Spielberg went on, could also be used to tell Obama’s story — to somehow convince future Americans, against all evidence to the contrary, that his presidency was an experience they would like to repeat. “Ideally, one adviser said, a person in Kenya could put on a pair of virtual reality goggles and be transported to Mr. Obama’s 2008 speech on race in Philadelphia.” I’m sure they’ll be banging on the door to get into that exhibit.

The president has raised, to date, “just over $5.4 million from 12 donors,” which puts him $994.6 million from his goal.

Well, at $450,000 per donor, he needs only another 2,210 one-percenters to build his library, or headquarters, or Barack Obama Foundation for the Organizing of Communities and the Glorification of Himself. I’d say he’s got it in the bag. Gucci bag:

He’s happy because planning for his retirement allows Obama to corral large groups of extremely rich and powerful people for the express purpose of discussing his favorite subject: himself. People like Spielberg, with a net worth of $3.6 billion, who’s “helping to develop a ‘narrative’ for Mr. Obama in the years after he leaves office.” And people like Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose net worth is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and who dined with the creator of E.T. and President Obama “at a Beverly Hills hotel in California” — as opposed to a Beverly Hills hotel in Latvia — “in June.”

For an example of what these dinners with the president are like, the Times reported extensively on a bull session at the White House held last February. The president and first lady invited 13 guests to the residence, including:

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, net worth $4.7 billion
John Doerr, ex-boyfriend of Ellen Pao, net worth $3.4 billion
Vinod Khosla, green energy crony, net worth $1.7 billion
Marc Lasry, former player at high-stakes poker games tied to the Russian mob, net worth $1.7 billion
Eva Longoria, failed steakhouse entrepreneur, net worth in tens of millions
Toni Morrison, who dubbed Bill Clinton our “first black president,” net worth in tens of millions
Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker journalist, net worth in tens of millions

Just your run-of-the-mill collection of everyday Americans. The combined net worth of the feted and privileged guests easily surpasses $10 billion. And this is to say nothing of the size of the accumulated egos, which when combined with those of the president and his wife becomes impossible to measure.

Stven Spielberg is crafting Obama’s narrative? Is that why Obama reprised Neville Chamberlain’s role in Munich? When can we give this guy the Hook?

Around midnight, we learn, Reed Hoffman said kindly to President Obama, “Feel free to kick us out.” And the president replied, snidely, “I’ll kick you out when it’s time.” And Hoffman sat down, like a disciplined child, because what could he do — even the co-founder of LinkedIn can’t walk out on the president of the United States. So the conversation went on, according to the Times, “well past 2 a.m.”

As another king, Lear, put it:

Tell me, my daughters,–
Since now we will divest us both of rule,
Interest of territory, cares of state,–
Which of you shall we say doth love us most?

If the rest of Obama’s days are spent in building a monument to himself, let him knock himself out. If, rather, he’s building a PAC for permanent relevence, dear God, spare us.

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“Africa is on the Move”

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, you know my fascination with President Obama’s remarkable ability to believe anything he says. Just over two years ago, to pick my favorite example, in Mexico City, he dismissed lurid tales of cartel violence and police corruption as “sensational headlines”. (Hence my series of “Sensational Headlines Watch”-es which detailed…you guessed it, lurid tales of cartel violence and police corruption. Obama is handy with a wikiquote, plucking bon mots (buenas palabras?) from the likes of Octavio Paz and Frida Kahlo from obscurity, but nothing trumps a well-phrased axiom like dozens of headless bodies in a shallow grave. I always say.

There he goes again (as Ronald Reagan always said):

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Tanga jumbo.

Niaje wasee! (Applause.) Hawayuni! (Applause and laughter.)

[T]his is our first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in sub-Saharan Africa. We wanted to come here. I wanted to be here because Africa is on the move. (Applause.) Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions of the world. People are being lifted out of poverty. Incomes are up. The middle class is growing.

I’m certain there is some truth to what he says—just as there was truth to the “sensationalism” of headlines about incinerated corpses—but seriously? Africa is on the move?

In South Sudan? In Nigeria and Cameroon and Chad? In Somalia? In Kenya itself? In Ethiopia? In Uganda? In the Ivory Coast?

In Angola‚ the Democratic Republic of Congo‚ Ghana‚ Mozambique‚ and South Africa?

I’ll do Obama the favor of leaving out the failed African states and human hellholes north of the Sahara. They’re probably not what he was referring to, and anyway who has the time?

Liberalism in general likes to believe the sorts of things Obama says—Mexico is thriving, Africa is on the move—but very few actually do believe it. I think he does. It is so because he says so. Just like there was not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS or jacking up tax rates on a few is “fair” even if it harms the economy for all. Or “you can keep your doctor” under ObamaCare.

Africa is indeed on the move. But backwards or downhill are not desirable destinations.

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God’s Gift

To be a cultural critic, it helps to be of the culture one is critiquing.

Lee Siegel speaks for us:

In a column for the Sunday New York Times, 58 year-old writer and cultural critic Lee Siegel jumped into the Left’s (and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’s) latest nihilistic zeitgeist by bragging about how he intentionally defaulted on all of his student loans. After voluntarily accepting taxpayer money to fund no less than three degrees from Columbia University, Siegel brags, “I chose life. That is to say, I defaulted on my student loans.”

“Life” for Siegel was pursuing his dream job as a writer as opposed to taking a job-job that would help him fulfill his obligations to the millions of middle class taxpayers who work the job-jobs that finance most of the United States Treasury, and therefore most of Siegel’s elite, top-shelf, Ivy League education.

Siegel goes on:

Years later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society.

Isn’t he special? Before we deal with his “particular usefulness to society”, let’s remind ourselves who such a man is to speak of morality:

Today’s NYO gives a rundown of the fall from grace of The New Republic’s Lee Siegel, television critic and senior editor, for making self-serving pseudonymous comments on his TNR blog, “Lee Siegel on Culture.” Siegel, in what he calls and pretty much anyone else would call “a dumb mistake,” praised himself with comments like “Siegel is brave, brilliant and wittier than [Jon] Stewart will ever be” and insulted other commenters (while still managing to praise himself) with barbs like “You couldn’t tie Siegel’s shoelaces.” Siegel was ferreted out by commenters, exposed, and was quickly suspended by TNR editor Franklin Foer.

In the NYO account, Siegel tells Sheelah Kolhatkar: “I took the blogosphere’s bait, and I stooped to the level of these people who were commenting on my pieces, and I shouldn’t have.” Wow – not much of an apology, is that?

And you know whom Siegel blamed for the mean old blogosphere, don’t you?

“I began to feel that perhaps the almost total delegitimisation of political figures in the US – a process hastened by our current idiotic and criminal regime – was now being visited upon cultural figures, and in particular upon critics. It was no accident, after all, that the blogosphere really took off in the years since Bush became president, especially after the start of the Iraq war. The feeling now – post-Judith Miller’s resignation from the New York Times over her inaccurate reports about Iraq’s WMD – is that if it appears in the mainstream media, it’s bullshit; whereas if it’s on the internet, it’s the truth.”

There may be criminal or civil consequences for welshing on your student loans, but they don’t seem harsh. Misrepresenting oneself in journalism, however, is supposed to be a hanging offense. Doing so and blaming Bush would seem to call for the firing squad. But if Mike Barnicle can be scrubbed from the pages of the Boston Glob for making [bleep] up, only to wash up on the lucrative shores of MSNBC, why can’t Lee Siegel, aka sprezzatura in the New Republic’s comments section, rise from the ashes of his ignominy to boast on the op-ed page of the Sunday Times of ripping the American taxpayer?

A personal note: the name sprezzatura conjures a very strong memory from my own college days at Lee Siegel’s Columbia. In fact, we overlapped. We may even have been in the same Italian literature class that read Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, in which sprezzatura is defined as

“a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”. It is the ability of the courtier to display “an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them”.

We also would have overlapped with Barack Obama, I have noted here before. Nonchalance, easy facility, without effort and almost without any thought—don’t these terms describe the narcissism of the man? If I didn’t know better, I would be certain that Columbia offered narcissism as a major in those days, and that Obama and Siegel vied for valedictorian.

Me, I stuck with English, and with generous scholarships, work-study jobs, summer jobs, and paltry parental support graduated owing $2,500—since repaid. I may be a narcissist, but I pay my debts and my parking tickets.

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Pofessor Obama

To the list of things Obama thinks he’s better at than people who actually do them—speechwriter, policy director, political director—add Supreme Court justice:

President Barack Obama committed “constitutional indecency” when he criticized the Supreme Court for taking up a case challenging Obamacare subsidies, said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer.

“This should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn’t have even been taken up,” Obama told reporters at the G7 Summit in Germany on Monday. “It’s not something that should be done based on a twisted interpretation of four words and a couple-thousand-page piece of legislation.”

“He did not swear an oath to provide subsidies for healthcare. He swore an oath to defend, essentially to respect the Constitution,” he said.

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling said it was “mind-boggling to me he used to teach law.”

Well, “law” is being generous.

I don’t know what you’d call that. Alinsky-nomics maybe.

Besides, Obama has been lecturing the Supreme Court since forever:

Many of us have fantasies of our brilliance, but life usually has a way of putting us back in our place. So many people have lavished flattery on Obama—articulate, clean, light-skinned, well-tailored—that he believes in his own PR. Pr, as in pride, which goeth before a fall.

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Most Respected Nation Watch

“People don’t remember — when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on Earth.”

Really?

Four million current and former federal employees, from nearly every government agency, might have had their personal information stolen by Chinese hackers, U.S. investigators said.

U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government’s computer networks. China called the allegation irresponsible.

Because “Earth” isn’t really showing us much respect:

Since when did a country’s lawful action in its own territory merit reproach?

Key figures, some unrelated to South China Sea disputes, have expressed opinions accusing China of impairing navigational freedom, speculating that China’s island construction is for military purposes and, most outrageously, comparing China to Nazi Germany.

While addressing a seminar in the Republic of Korea, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said China’s behavior raises the question:”What kind of a power does China seek to become?”

It is ironic to see the question coming from an American official.

China’s position on the South China Sea has not and will not change. As vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin noted, China is a staunch proponent of peace and stability in the South China Sea, and is committed to resolving disputes through negotiation with directly concerned countries.

This is respect?

Top U.S. defense officials and diplomats are gathering in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday to discuss how to counter Russian military actions in Ukraine and address concerns among allies about Moscow’s aggression, following an upsurge of fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russia-backed rebels.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged Thursday that economic pressure has not yet resulted in Russian President Vladimir Putin changing his “strategic calculus inside Ukraine.”

That isn’t “calculus” Putin’s doing in Ukraine, it’s division and addition.

We’ve amply covered Iran’s demonstrations of “respect” toward the US. Do you think Saudi Arabia respects us as they place an order for nukes from Armageddon.com? You think Germany respects us when we correct Angela Merkel’s grammar on her cell phone calls? Mexico respects us as they export their underclass across the Rio Grande? Canada respects us as we can’t make a decision on an oil pipeline? Israel respects us when its prime minister has to come over and explain the facts of life to our vain, callow president?

Where does Obama get this stuff?

Germany, China, Russia, the EU: talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations!

But look at the chart. US popularity peaked with Obama’s coronation. And that movement peaked with his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize barely eight months after taking office. It’s been mostly downhill ever since, as the world has discovered what America discovered: to know him is to not like him all that much.

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Obama’s Tour of the Great Religions

Judaism:

“You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. … Obama said according to Axelrod.

Christianity:

And of course Islam:

More to come!

The small, ancient religion of Zoroastrianism is being revived in Iraqi Kurdistan. Followers say locals should join because it’s a truly Kurdish belief. Others say the revival is a reaction to extremist Islam.

PS: Can’t wait to see the reboot of Witless!

PPS: Of course, there are also doubters:

PPPS: Obama infamously said he was a better speechwriter, policy-analyst, etc. than his speechwriters, policy analysts, etc. Does he think he think he’s a better Jew too?

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Obama Said Some Sh*t on Israeli TV, Who Cares?

I started a point-by-point refutation to this crap in my mind, but life is too short to waste it on Obama.

He’s still pi**ed at Netanyahu, and unless Bibi dances to his tune, he threatens to let the carpenter ants at the UN nibble at Israel’s vitals. Blah-blah-blah in a Negro accent (©Harry Reid). More mush from the wimp.

But I will have a go at one thing:

Describing Netanyahu, Obama said, “I think that he also is someone who has been skeptical about the capacity of Israelis and Palestinians to come together on behalf of peace. I think that he is also a politician, who’s concerned about keeping coalitions together and maintaining his office.”

“Netanyahu…is somebody who’s predisposed to think of security first.

WHY CAN’T WE HAVE A LEADER LIKE THAT?!?!

Obama is so arrogant, so self-loving, so tone deaf, that he thinks that accusing a nation’s leader—a recently reelected leader in what passes for a rout over there—a leader of a people fired on almost continuously, if not at actual war, for most of the last 67 years…I’m so lost in this sentence, I’ll end it here: he thinks he’s putting down Netanyahu.

But Netanyahu is in good company, moonbat-wise, because Obama dismissed Elizabeth Warren as a “politician” two weeks ago.

Why does no reporter ever challenge the Doofus-in-Chief? Why does no one ask him, non-threateningly, but matter-of-factly, what is the evidence that the so-called Palestinians even want peace? They never talk of peace, only war, even genocide. Never peace. Never. Why does no one ask him how Israel can be expected to talk surrender to an entire culture of death and ethno-religious loathing, that describes Jews in non-Darwinian terms, that teaches its children songs that would make Horst Wessel blush?

He’s so calm, so confident: “come together on behalf of peace”. Who talks like that? Make peace, even achieve peace, reach a peace settlement, if you must. Barack Obama loves himself some Barack Obama. “Smack-smack, you gorgeous thing, you. If I weren’t married…”

But what did I say at the top? Not worth the time.

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This Earth?

No, seriously, is there some other Earth? What is he talking about?

“People don’t remember, when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China, barely above Russia,” Obama said. “And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work that we did to reengage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners, with mutual interests and mutual respect.”

Respected by whom? And who says so? The adage that America is harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend has never been more true than it is today. Look at Iran in the former category (with China and Russia a close second); Israel in the latter (with so many others, bandwidth does not permit us to list them).

Narcissism with a side of delusion would be my diagnosis.

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Obama Has Golfed the Last Six Weekends

But don’t tell anyone:

President Obama is playing golf today at the lovely TPC Potomac club in Potomac, Md. The president usually plays at one of the military installation courses, like the one at Joint Base Andrews, but today he decided on a private club instead.

Haven’t covered much of Obama’s golf lately, so just to update you, he has played the last six weekends, including this one, bringing his total for the year to 17 outings. He has played 230 times since becoming president.

I’ve looked for this information every weekend, even just a brief pool report. But the White House press corps rarely mentions it anymore. One has to wonder why.

I had assumed that Obama had stopped playing so often—that with the fall of Ramadi, the advance of Islamofascism, the contraction of the economy, race riots, train derailments, Texas floods, Oklahoma tornadoes, even Mother’s Day, he didn’t think it appropriate to spend half a day on the manicured grounds and water-sucking greens of even a military base golf course, much less a private TCP course.

Yet it turns out he’s played every weekend since late April. Who knew?

You have to read the suburban Maryland advertising circulars to find this stuff out. And to see that he still can’t sink a putt to save his life:

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Obama may hate the English for their colonial ways, but he sure uses a lot of body english—to no avail.



How does it work when a private golf course with astronomical membership fees gets a call from the White House “asking” if the president can play? The Secret Service must demand the course be closed to everyone else while Obama is playing, and even hours before, so they can check the place out. The website doesn’t mention the cost of membership, by inquiry only, so it can’t be cheap.

But my bigger question is this: how is Obama’s six-week stretch of golf not even worthy of a mention in the news? Has his persistence—indeed insistence—in playing rendered it to dog-bites-man status? Or are the media covering up—again, still—his unattractive trait of narcissism? President Bush stopped playing golf because he knew it looked bad—“optics” in Obam-ese. President Obama plays on, but the media stops reporting. Hey presto, no optics!

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Obama Drains the Meaning Out of Even Memorial Day

President Obama made these remarks to day:

“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. It is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end,” Obama said. “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

Technically, this is so. While we still have nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, they are not engaged in a major ground war. We have also abandoned Iraq to its doom. No ground war there. We are fighting ISIS from the air, to little effect—though we did launch a lightning raid by Delta Force troops to off Abu Sayyaf, swipe his hard drives, and kidnap his widow to be sold into sex slavery (just kidding Mrs. S.). But no major ground wars.

But exactly how boast-worthy is that? We’re all relieved that our soldiers are not fighting—none more than Obama’s moonbat base—but as I saw on a Memorial Day parade float today, “sometimes war IS the answer”. While we may have no interest in fighting ISIS, ISIS is very interested in fighting us. As was Al Qaeda, and avoiding their advances led directly to 9/11.

Did France congratulate itself for ending its ground wars after any of its myriad surrenders? Did the Japanese or German post-war leaders buck up their surviving citizens by saying at least the war was over? Did Frank Finkel, the only survivor of Custer’s Last Stand, boast as he lifted his head above the smoke that the 7th Cavalry was no longer involved in a major ground war?

Obama was merely stating the obvious. What really needs answering is if we’re any safer because of it. I think not.

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@PENIS Update

We’ve had some fun with Obama’s narcissistic entrance into the Twitterverse—well, I’ve had fun, can’t speak for you—with his handle @PENIS.

But I repeat “fun”.

This is not fun:

It didn’t take long for President Barack Obama’s joyous inaugural post about joining the Twitterverse to attract vitriolic, profane, lewd and racist posts filled with slurs and threats.

One post is a Vine of an animated version of the president engaged in a lewd act. Another asked the president to participate in a graphic sexual act. Other posts directed racist slurs at the president.

One person altered a version of the president’s famous “Hope” campaign poster to depict the president hanging from a rope. The post read: “We need ‘ROPE’ FOR CHANGE we still hang from treason don’t we?”

That’s not even literate.

That Twitter is a sewer is hardly a newsflash. I’m sorry he and his family had to see that, but did no one tell him what to expect?

This is how you have fun with @PENIS:

Did you like that neat cut in the middle of the scene? Marty Scorcese couldn’t have sliced it better. So, for one brief classroom visit, Obama: The Movie dispatched (at least) two cameras.

Like I said: narcissistic.

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What’s @PENIS Up To?

I’m not changing my take on @POTUS, but that question is a little unfortunate.

The answer will hardly surprise you:

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Hagiographic hero worship? Check.
Dramatic celebratory imagery? Check.
Imbecilic, asinine assertion?

Check and mate.

An honor to address the Coast Guard class of 2015. Confident they’ll help us meet big challenges like climate change.

Honest to God.

The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus, Always Ready. Would Obama have them change it to Semper Habe Largitas (Always have Bounty™, the quicker picker-upper, lying around)?

You think the cadets are thinking to themselves “we can’t wait to get started on global warming”?

Oy, a broch.

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