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The Barack Obama Tasting Tour Hits a Bump in the Road

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

For the last four years, food has taken center stage in the Obama administration.  What to eat, what not to eat, what Michelle is eating, what Barack is eating, what Michelle thinks Barack should and should not be eating.  The nation has been introduced to locally-grown organic kale, Kretchmar’s Bakery, dog-dogs, shaved ice, Wagyu beef, Ray’s Hell Burgers, and 1,500-calorie ancho chili short ribs.

Whenever they’re on the road, the Obamas make it a habit to ask their 30-vehicle entourage to veer off-course to stop for fresh baked pies and homemade chocolates.  Campaign buses have come to a screeching halt for pork chops, beer, hamburgers, Happy Hour, and Skyline Chili. Suffice it to say that for the last four years, every step along the way, food has been a faithful companion to the perpetually hungry Mr. and Mrs. Obama.

That was until Barack Obama, in Roanoke, Virginia, expressed his lack of appreciation for all the hardworking small businesses he frequents when he said:

If you’ve been successful you didn’t get there on your own… I’m always struck by people who think, ‘Well it must be because I was just so smart.’  There are a lot of smart people out there. ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’  Let me tell ya something, there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there.  If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help…  If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.

Lately, insulted by Obama’s attitude, many food establishments that would have normally embraced a visit from the President are more apt to flip over the sign that says “Open for Business” to “Sorry, We’re Closed.”

For example, if he’s in Cincinnati, Ohio Barack Obama had best not stop at Krause’s German Deli for dumplings and cabbage.  Seems the owner, Debra Krause-McDonnell, is “a little angry” over having her deli show up in an Obama campaign ad without her permission. Krause-McDonnell felt the stock footage purchased from a local video company put her “into a position [she] didn’t ask for.” Losing business because local customers think she’s a Barack Obama supporter and not wanting her deli to be a “political prop for either side,” Debra is contemplating legal action.

As for sweet treats, who can forget the first lady declaring, “Someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more?”

With that in mind, if the “food stamp President” should pass through the blue state of Massachusetts for a fundraiser, staging a photo op at Braintree Farmer’s Market in Walpole might not be a wise idea. Why? Because a baker who occupies one of the booths there is refusing to let customers purchase Whoopee Pies with EBT cards.

It’s likely that Barack Obama, who, like his wife, believes in sharing pie, would beg to differ with Andrea Taber, owner of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. Unlike Michelle Obama, Andrea believes “American taxpayers should [not] be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases.” If she has to, rather than “sacrifice [her] principles and standards for the sake of a few more sales,” Ms. Taber is prepared to pack up her stall.

Which brings us to the Iowa state fair, where Barack Obama dropped in on one Mike Cunningham II for an afternoon brew.  Using beer as part of his pandering technique, Obama bought a round for 10 supporters, leaving out one fella’ carrying a Romney sign.  The Obama visit cost the Republican Bud Tent owner about $25,000 in lost revenue. Less than thrilled and echoing Debra Krause-McDonnell’s sentiments, Mike said he felt the President had “put [him] in a position to make a campaign donation against [his] will.”

Mike Cunningham’s bold admission that the President’s visit to the Bud Tent at peak hours was something he did not appreciate has emboldened other food establishments to express their true feelings about Barack Obama’s anti-business sentiments.

Dressed in a pro-Romney T-shirt that said, “Government didn’t build my business, I did.” Ross Murty, co-owner of the Village Corner Deli in Davenport, Iowa was hired to cater an event for the Obama campaign. Murty’s message to the President: “No one from the government was there when we were sweating it, when we were building this business.”

Thus, moving from bratwurst to Budweiser, beef brisket to Whoopee Pie, in Virginia the controversy reached a gastronomical crescendo when Crumb and Get It Cookie Company owner Chris McMurray refused to serve cookies to Joe “Ya’ll” Biden.

Openly admitting he disagrees with the Obama administration’s policies, having only been in business for three months, much like the Whoopee Pie maker of Walpole McMurray was willing to forfeit new business to stand by his principles.

After respectfully declining the “opportunity of a lifetime,” McMurray said he’s “hoping folks will understand [I] just didn’t want to be part of a photo op for an administration whose policies [I don’t] agree with.”

Not used to witnessing genuine conviction, “shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ – the Secret Service [allegedly] walked in and told Chris McMurray ‘Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.”  That claim was later denied by a spokesperson for the Secret Service.

Nevertheless, Virginia locals seemed appreciative of Chris’s rejection and “rewarded McMurray with a rush of business.” The fledgling bakery built by Chris and his hardworking wife had an unprecedented boon in business and ran out of baked goods by midday.

In the meantime, Obama is clocking the miles on “Ground Force One,” passing signs along the way like the one in Georgia and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that says: “We built this business without gov’t help. Obama can kiss our as*es. I’m Bob Roggendorff and I approve this message.” And so, like a pile of French fries and fat cakes on Michelle Obama’s plate, it appears the list of small-business eateries eager to have the President drop in for a snack grows smaller by the day.

 

Dinner With Obama: First Class for One Percenters, Coach for the ‘Average Folks’

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Whenever an opportunity is presented to live the values he professes, rather than do something nice for the ‘less fortunate among us,’ President Barack Obama chooses instead to cater directly to the very 1% he claims already have more than they need.  Listening to him speak, one would never guess that a man who often criticizes the wealthy for not sharing enough would then turn around and warmly embrace those he disparages.

Oftentimes, struggling lower- and middle-class people contribute to causes they believe in even though money is tight, which according to Jesus is a sacrifice deserving of a greater reward. Unfortunately for the poor widow who supports Obama’s reelection out of her Social Security check, the President believes the bigger the bundle, the better the bonus.

Recently, three middle-class donors from Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts contributed $3 to the President’s reelection fund and were entered into a sweepstakes. After a few spins of the raffle drum, three star-struck Obama admirers were selected, and each was allowed to bring along one guest for the grand prize of “Dinner with Barack” and Michelle — not in the elegant White House, mind you, but at a “comfortable convivial” Washington DC restaurant with a menu that features grilled hangar steak. In airline terms, the ended up with a coach dinner, not the fancy fare served up in the front cabin to the one percenters.

The excited winners dined with the first couple far from the “dramatically lit pavilion at the bottom of the South Lawn,” that soon after hosted the British Prime Minister, three dozen of the President’s mega-fundraisers, and a First Lady in turquoise Marchesa seated for dinner beside Hollywood heartthrob/Savior of the South Sudan George Clooney.

The truth is that despite his incessant, purely political populist rhetoric, when he’s offstage Barack Obama keeps the 99% percent at arms’ length. The White House doors that Michelle Obama promised would swing open wide to welcome everyone really only open just enough for Hollywood heavyweights, pop stars, and big money bundlers to quietly slip through.

Judging solely by how Obama treats “grass roots” donors as compared to coffer-cramming cash cows, one would think America’s first black president fosters his own brand of segregation.

Recently, dressed in formal attire, the President merrily clinked glasses with $500K and $45,000-a-plate fundraisers, but the “average folks out there” — as Joe Biden referred to them at a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser — after winning dinner were greeted off-campus by a President in rolled-up shirtsleeves.

What do the affluent do to earn such favorable treatment from a President who preaches impartiality?  Well, if it’s evil money we’re talking about, apparently quite a lot: “Thirteen of the dinner attendees raised more than a half a million dollars … 24 raised between $200,000 and $500,000, eight raised between $100,000 and $200,000 and three between $50,000 and $100,000.”

All told, the guests who got to meet Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and dine on “Kitchen Garden ‘Winter Harvest,’ Bison Wellington, Crisped Halibut with Potato Crust, [dessert]…and mystery wines,” amassed $10.7 million of the $250 million donated thus far.

Following this year’s State of the Union address, Stanley Fish commented in the New York Times on “President Obama’s choice to emphasize fairness rather than equality.” Fish said that rather than ‘equality,’ which stirs up images of income redistribution, the fairness Obama promotes is a “better mantra …[because]… it rests on a notion of formal equality — everyone should be treated alike — rather than a notion of substantive equality — everyone should have the same stuff.”

Yet, apart from what he advocates when revving up his base, it seems that instead of treating everyone alike, Obama lavishes luxury upon “the more fortunate among us” — also known as those with the most stuff — and merely placates those who have thus far helped him raise money a few bucks at a time.

Obama’s Insensitivity to Economic Hardship

Originally posted at Breitbart’s BIG Government

The White House is presently on a campaign to display sensitivity for the hardships Americans are experiencing during these tough economic times. Ever since it was reported that a Washington State top-rated 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon retailing for $399 was served to Chinese president Hu Jintao, wine labels for White House functions have been blurred from public view.

And so it will also be for a traditional State Dinner scheduled to take place for British Prime Minister David Cameron.  In order to keep America’s cork from popping, the exorbitant cost of the wine served will remain classified.

Tyler Colman, a wine blogger also known as Dr. Vino, calls the secrecy “vinous non-disclosure,” and believes that the “shift in menu protocol may reflect political considerations given the sluggish U.S. economy.”

Dr. Vino surmises that Mr. and Mrs. Obama, a couple who typically flaunt their ability to enjoy the high life, in the run-up to the 2012 election are “[p]robably sensitive to displays of wealth at a time when the economy is not firing on all cylinders.”

With that in mind, ‘hardship sensitivity’ may why the President decided to take Prime Minister David Cameron on a back-slapping boys’ night out.  Getting in touch with his Barry O’Bomber days, the President hopped aboard AF-1 with the Prime Minister and flew to Dayton, Ohio to attend the opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Sitting behind one of the baskets in the student section of the University of Dayton arena, Dave and Barry talked March Madness, chowed down on all-American Michelle Obama-banned hot dogs, granted a half-time interview, and got chummy with college students.

In the process, the President proved that just like the rest of America, he is able to have an economical night out with a buddy – even if struggling taxpayers are forced to pay a whopping “$365,000, not including the staff costs and other expenses,” to fly the two men there and back.

At a Democrat fundraising dinner held at John Kerry’s humble Georgetown mansion, after dining on “char-grilled grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatoes,” Vice President Joe Biden summed up the Democrats’ effort to be “sensitive to displays of wealth,” especially at a time when most Americans can barely afford to gas up the family car.

Standing inside a tent, bathed in soft pink lighting, 87 people paying $10,000-a-plate listened while Joe Biden shared an observation about Republicans: “These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there. They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”

With those words, the Vice President made it clear that according to Democrats, being sensitive to the middle class means the following: hiding the pricy labels on bottles of $300 wine; eating hot dogs at basketball games that cost the American taxpayer $365,000; and after collecting $870,000 from a group of steak-and-truffle-eating liberals, referring to them as “average folks.”

Joe Biden screws up

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States and unofficial defender of Gotham, has recently warned America that if Barack’s Stimulus II/$450 billion jobs bomb isn’t passed, phantom rapists and murderers will emerge from the shadows to inflict injury on unsuspecting Americans.

Recently, when asked to clarify his statement that, if Stimulus II isn’t passed, “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crime will continue to rise,” a testy Mr. Biden responded to a persistent inquisitor by saying: “Don’t screw with me.”

Then, when asked about the popularity of thenationwide Occupy movement, Joe colorfully shared a similar sentiment.  According to ‘Don’t screw with me’ Joe, Wall Street’s feisty activist demonstrations are popular simply because “The middle class has been screwed.”

So, besides shielding helpless women from rapists, Mr. Biden believes the jobs bill is the key to getting the national screwing to stop.

Yet, for a man so concerned with preventing Americans from being ‘screwed,’ Joe Biden seems relatively unconcerned that Occupy Wall Street is ‘occupying’ the NYPD police force to such a degree that “The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.”

Playing the murder/rape card for political expediency, Vice President Biden is obviously over-exaggerating. However, what may be closer to the truth is that, in high-crime areas, fewer police on the job could threaten public safety.  Take for instance New York City, home to Occupy Wall Street. It’s there that a group of “high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters” for the increase in New York City crime, because “instead of being sent to Jamaica, Brownsville and the South Bronx… special crime-fighting units …are on Wall Street” dealing with dancers, drummers and dumpsters.

According to a NYPD spokesperson, “Normally, the task force is used in high-crime neighborhoods where you have a lot of shootings and robberies.” So while Joe cites fictional 911 operators being unavailable to assist rape victims calling out for help due to lack of a jobs bill, he’s yet to address the large numbers of New York City police officers who are presently unavailable to respond to actual emergencies because so many are preoccupied attending to “rowdy crowds” on Wall Street.

Vice President Biden is worried that if the jobs bill isn’t passed, “murder, robbery and rape will continue to rise.”  However, thus far, Joe has chosen to ignore that “when OWS marches, as many as 3,000 cops a day could be called on to keep the peace. That’s about 10 percent of the total force.”  A 10% decrease in police presence in historically dangerous urban neighborhoods is, to paraphrase Joe Biden, ‘screwing up’ law enforcement’s ability to maintain a safe environment for “real people” who the Vice President claims need “real relief right now.”

If Mr. Biden feels so strongly about cops being available to prevent imaginary rapes in Flint, Michigan, then where’s his outrage over the actual bullets boomeranging over Broadway that, while he’s out defending his murder/rape theory, injure and kill real human beings?

Moreover, what could possibly be the rationale behind using the threat of a nationwide rape epidemic and making such an extreme argument to justify passing unpopular legislation while ignoring shootings taking place in real time because police are engrossed in controlling a mob marching in support of a bill that Biden claims will ensure police personnel are on hand to put a stop to crime?

The Vice President’s lame attempt to justify thrusting the nation deeper into debt by warning of nonexistent murders and imaginary rapes while simultaneously sanctioning a movement that in actuality does sap much-needed law enforcement from high-crime areas, does nothing more than assist in a type of political screwing that Joe brings up every time he opens his mouth.

Thus, an empathetic Joe Biden’s solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s demand for a jobs bill is another in a long list of self-defeating examples of the duplicity exposed by his and his party’s over-the-top rhetoric that is repeatedly contradicted by liberals’ utter lack of willingness to take action against any reality that threatens to ‘screw’ with their political agenda.

Can the Bagpipes and Catch the Terrorists

Ten years after thousands of our brothers and sisters were incinerated, crushed and obliterated for the sin of being American, it seems that memorials are just another reminder of how tragic it is for a nation at war to be more concerned with symbolism than it is with substance.

After the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, instead of acting like a nation of widows refusing to release the casket, it’s time to ask the question: What purpose does unending grief serve if we’re not totally committed to preventing another, even more devastating event?

Year after year, it seems as if the country is more focused on running its national finger over the names of the dead “etched on bronze parapets that ring the memorial pool” and listening to bagpipes play “Amazing Grace” than risking insulting imams and radical Islamists living in our midst.

The 9-11 anniversary brought with it distant echoes of bagpipes playing funeral dirges, memories of faces on posters tacked to telephone poles, and brutal images seared forever into America’s collective mind. Yet within the guttural wail of a nation in mourning, what was missing is the indignant anger needed to ensure that what took place that fateful day never happens again.

What compounds the situation is that we presently live in a culture so saturated with political correctness that many fail to notice that those who murdered our brethren now occupy seats of honor at their funerals.

Lest America forget, first responders are the ones who saved the lives of strangers at the cost of their own. If given one more chance to speak, the dead would probably say they would prefer that the nation they loved and died for was so securely sheltered from harm that there would never again be a need for “sirens [to] go off around New York City to mark a national moment of silence.”

Brave men like the late Lieutenant Vernon Richard of Ladder Company 7 would almost certainly be perplexed over a memorial service given in his honor being attended by a President who makes speeches about the tragedy of that fateful day, but refuses to seriously address the problem of radical Islam in a world in which the lieutenant’s son still lives.

Then there’s Jeanmarie Wallendorf, a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. How would Jeanmarie feel about having her name read at a memorial while over at the Pentagon, Joe Biden misrepresented all the soldiers who died in the war on terror by calling them “fallen angels?”

Biden would do more justice to the memory of the dead if he stopped waxing poetic and instead counseled the President to start concentrating on how to prevent those who have traveled down what Obama calls the “narrow path…between humiliation and untrammeled fury” from flying another aircraft into a skyscraper.

If given the chance to speak, Daniel Martin Callabero would likely also tell the President that rather than spend precious time trying to find ways to placate followers of Islam, he should honor those Muslims who died on 9-11.  He’d tell him to do whatever is humanly possible to protect innocent Americans from “al Qaeda recruiters smuggling biological weapons into the United States” across the border of Mexico.

With that in mind, it’s likely that those who fell or jumped from the highest floors of the World Trade Center would probably prefer being eulogized by a President who at least pretends to be more serious about closing the border than about suing Arizona, a state desperately trying to defend itself against invasion.

Placing a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial means nothing to those who perished if things are so lax that radical Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, with his connections to the 9-11 plot and the Ft. Hood shooting, could be invited to a luncheon by the Pentagon and dine compliments of those that Flight 77 targeted and destroyed.

Moreover, despite Barack Obama quoting Scripture: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” he is still the same president who recklessly “impose[d] $400 billion in military cuts.” Sorry, but reading from Psalm 30:5 does not compensate for decisions made that could result in the type of nighttime weeping and terror that Paul Simon singing a 9-11 rendition of  “The Sound of Silence” would do nothing to avert.

Granted, “waterfall-bordered chasms outlining the footprints of the World Trade Center towers” that spill sheets of water into calm reflecting pools, the annual recitations of 2,983 victims’ names, and meeting the children of those who perished do evoke intense emotions on every anniversary.

However, for forthcoming 9-11 anniversaries, it’s probably high time America eased up on the symbolism and instead chose to emulate the substantive actions of Jeremy Glick and Todd “Let’s Roll” Beamer who, along with fellow passengers on United flight 93, sacrificed everything to defeat four terrorists headed straight for our nation’s capitol. Because in the end, if America refuses to change how we address the still-growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism, then all our touching rituals really do is disrespect the dying wishes of those we seek to memorialize.

A ‘Windshield Rancher’ and the Nouveau Riche

Originally posted at BIG Government

In reaction to the criticism over the Obama family heading to Martha’s Vineyard amidst gargantuan economic woes and unemployment rates so high even the dead are disturbed, liberals have taken to defending Obama’s vacation time (transportation compliments of two tax-payer funded jets) by portraying George W. Bush as a man who never worked.

According to Obama’s defenders, Bush vacation days were disproportionately greater when compared to Barack “nose-to-the-grindstone” Obama’s. The left argues that Obama has earned 10 days in a haven for multimillionaires because Bush spent eight years in perpetual party mode.

Mr. Bush did spend time on “vacation.” But Obama and Michelle closing down Bar Harbor, Maine to dine in upscale restaurants with a “Latin flair” is quite different from G.W. fishing on his family’s estate in Kennebunkport prior to hosting a “Lobster Summit” for Vladimir Putin.

According to CBS reporter Mark Knoller, a vacationing President Bush would go into town for an annual cheeseburger. On the other hand, every chance he gets, Barack relaxes seaside, sipping sunset cocktails and eating lobster while the Secret Service keep peons at bay.

Maybe scorekeepers could refresh America’s memory and cite the instance when Mr. and Mrs. Bush nearly brought the Big Apple to a halt while they leisurely took in dinner and a show.

Intermittently, George W. did head home to conduct business from the “Western White House” in Crawford, Texas. For fun, Mr. Bush would be seen with a “power saw in his hand going after brush and dead trees.” President Obama has got to know that no one would condemn a decision to head home to his Tony Rezko-acquired property on South Greenwood Avenue in Chicago, instead of his $4,000 a night “Winter White House” in Hawaii.

Moreover, is there a liberal apologist honest enough to calculate the difference between Bush floating around in his father’s row boat in Maine and the untold millions Obama spent, mixing business with pleasure, on a 250-person, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt-enhanced traveling entourage that reserved 500 rooms in the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai?

During his tenure, Bush was regularly criticized for making 77 visits to Prairie Chapel Ranch. What detractors rarely mention is the former president voluntarily doing double-duty by entertaining 19 world leaders in his home. For those keeping track, that averages to be 2.375 working vacations a year.

When not gathering cedar wood, Bush spent many a vacation day serving “Southern-inspired” meals to dignitaries like China’s former leader Jiāng Zémín.

Some other notables feted at Mr. Bush’s heartland ranch were: Tony Blair; Putin and his pectorals; King Abdullah; Australian and Italian Prime Ministers John Howard and Silvio “Bunga Bunga” Berlusconi; Vicente Fox; Hosni Mubarak; Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain; German Chancellor Andrea Merkel; and Israel’s Ariel Sharon.

On the other hand, Barack prefers to reserve fine dining for family getaways.  Unlike his predecessor, Obama’s unique down-home style includes treating Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to greasy spoon at Ray’s Hell Burger, a hamburger joint in downtown DC that Obama frequents with trusty sidekick Joe Biden.

Listening to liberals justify the President spending more time in a golf cart than with his feet up on the Resolute Desk, one would think Barry needs to be pried from the Oval Office and convinced to take a few days off against his will.

What is never mentioned is that the Obamas get a reprieve every time they’re visited at the White House by Motown stars, ex-Beatles, “Desperate Housewives”/Border security advisors, and Super Bowl party guests like the ex-Mrs. Marc Anthony, JLo.  Moreover, the Obamas regularly blow off steam with at-home Latina cultural events and on Wagyu beef, cocktail parties, and Conga lines.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama also shuffle together official business with throwing back pints of Guinness and Diwali dancing. Makes one wonder how liberals, who define Bush entertaining world leaders in Crawford as a vacation, can consider Obama touring Rio with Michelle, Sasha and Malia official business.

However, had George W. Bush not boycotted the Earth Summit in 2002, there’s a good chance he too could have delighted poor Brazilian kids with his adroit soccer ball dexterity.

Bush aside, the Queen of R and R is Michelle. In between vacations, Mrs. Obama manages to sandwich in NYC tasting tours, BBQ eating romance, jaunts to Oregon, “whirlwind” shopping in Paris, ancho-chile short ribs and skiing in Vail, and miniature golf sessions in Panama City Beach. After tuckering herself out on a $375,000 Spanish pre-vacation/vacation and a fried fat-cake-eating African safari, the woman deserves two-weeks off in August.

Nevertheless, the debate isn’t about Michelle; it’s about Barry and George. The question is how Barack Obama body surfing in the cool waves of the Atlantic while the economy tanks and desperate Americans stand in line at job fairs baking in the hot summer sun compares with Bush holding official meetings at Camp David and choosing to spend time in Crawford brandishing a chain saw and a cheeseburger in a strong economy.

The truth is, despite 9-11, while Bush was president and until the Pelosi Democrats took over Congress, both the stock market, and nation’s employment rate remained relatively healthy. Yet Bush, who quit playing golf during the Iraqi war because he felt it sent the “wrong signal,” still maintained a low vacation profile.

For Barack Obama, whose horrendous fiscal policies are responsible for much of America’s misery, to take a highbrow vacation during a double-dip recession reveals a lot about his character.  Although George W. defines himself as a “windshield rancher,” it’s Obama who clearly lacks class, because his habitual insensitivity and self-indulgence proves he cares for no one but himself.

The President’s defenders should quit comparing the arriviste-nouveau riche-Obama side show with the restraint and discretion Bush exhibited throughout his presidency.  George W’s vacation days were just another excuse for him to extend a unique brand of “ranch diplomacy,” as opposed to the frivolous opulence that, despite America’s ongoing economic despair, a shameless Barack Obama continues to enjoy.

Heartbreak Amongst Heroes

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Lest we forget, on May 2, 2011, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead, and rightly so. After performing a flawless covert exercise, Navy SEALs Team 6 left the scene, taking with them Osama Bin Laden’s body. The SEALs treated the terrorist’s corpse with respect, giving him a Muslim ceremony and burying his body at sea.

When Barack Obama met the DevGru SEAL operators who made Operation Neptune Spear successful, the President noted that the men “looked less young and fearsome than he expected, and more like guys working at Home Depot.”

To assure that the identities of the unit who led the operations remained confidential, security precautions were put in place and “despite the numerous news reports that named the SEALs, none of the anonymous briefers from the CIA and Pentagon would confirm it.”

Notwithstanding being unable to get any of the facts straight about the raid itself, in an effort to take preventive measures the President and his team, including counter-terrorism Chief John Brennan, attempted to be cautious about revealing which units accomplished the daring feat, referring to special operation Navy SEALs only as “a small team of Americans.”

In the days following the raid, in a coordinated effort to make a weak Obama look like a strong wartime president, members of Congress who were briefed on the operation, in conjunction with a very confused White House press office and other unnamed officials, slowly leaked conflicting tactical details about the raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound.

Then there’s Joe Biden.  Joe either didn’t get the confidentiality memo, or if he did, didn’t bother to read it. Either way, America can always count on Joe to say the wrong thing.

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

As Barack Obama was doing his Obama killed Osama/take out the “B” replace it with an “S” victory lap, Joe Biden, who used to just provide comic relief, proved himself to be downright hazardous to classified information.  The Vice President must have been so caught up in the thrilling enthusiasm of the “tempting moment” that once again he spoke without engaging his brain.

The night after bin Laden was killed, at a dinner at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council, Joe Biden said the following:

Let me briefly acknowledge tonight’s distinguished honorees.  Admiral James Stavridis is a, is the real deal.  He can tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday.

Folks, I’d be remiss also if I didn’t say an extra word about the incredible events, extraordinary events of this past Sunday.  As Vice President of the United States, as an American, I was in absolute awe of the capacity and dedication of the entire team, both the intelligence community, the CIA, the SEALs.  It just was extraordinary.

Little did America know that while Barack Obama was practically being showered with confetti in a virtual ticker-tape parade overseen by the left, the soldiers who carried out the operation were unintentionally being offered up as a sacrifice on the altar of Barack Obama’s bid for re-election.

A few weeks later, amongst friends at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, Defense Secretary Robert Gates admitted that although the agreement on the way bin Laden was eliminated was to keep all aspects of the operation classified, those close to Obama, including Vice President of the United States, didn’t stick to the agreement.

After the leaks went public, a deeply concerned Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the following:

Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday, the next day.

We are very concerned about the security of our families – of your families and our troops, and also these elite units that are engaged in things like that. And without getting into any details… I would tell you that when I met with the team… they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families.

A month later, the man who admitted during his tenure that he wept nightly while writing condolence letters to fallen heroes, retired.

Now, three short months later in Eastern Afghanistan, that which former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates feared would happen did happen when “A military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 31 US special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos.”

Although none of the soldiers who perished are believed to have taken part in the bin Laden raid, the fallen are from the same band of brothers. Gone indeed are the “family” members whose safety the SEALs expressed concern over to then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

While the horrific loss may be a coincidental casualty of war, it is also a symbolic message from the brutal Taliban and an act of revenge by terrorists who failed to reciprocate with the same measure of respect afforded the deceased Osama Bin Laden, leaving bodies of dead American soldiers “strewn at the scene.”

Rest assured, Robert Gates is weeping tonight. The former Secretary of Defense maintained that troop safety was his number one priority. However, Gates had no power to save Navy SEAL Team 6 from Taliban terrorist rocket fire launched skyward in the remote hills of Afghanistan.

Contributing to the tragedy is the reality that loose-lipped political operatives with a lackadaisical attitude have to live with the question as to whether top secret information leaked in haste led the Taliban to exclusively concentrate its focus on retaliating against the soldiers who took down Osama bin Laden.

Expert at placing blame, it’s highly unlikely the President will assign himself and his administration the same level of responsibility for being at the helm for “the worst single day loss of life for the US led coalition in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001” as he did the self-congratulatory kudos when bin Laden’s corpse was dumped at sea.

So later this week, right around the time Barack Obama is being feted at his $71,600 per couple fundraiser in New York, somewhere in America flag-draped coffins of heroes lost in a national tragedy will be unloaded from a military cargo plane and returned to fatherless children, grieving widows, inconsolable parents and a sad, but grateful nation.

Barry, Can you Spare a Bedroom?

Originally posted on BIG Government

You can imagine homeless man James Dirk Crudup’s confusion when he was detained by the Secret Service after innocently “jumping the fence at the White House” hoping to avail himself of the free perks Obama keeps touting for the poverty-stricken.

Mr. Crudup, carrying all his earthly possessions in his backpack, managed to scale the fence on the north side of the White House, whereupon he and his luggage were both promptly taken into custody.

As a precautionary measure, the seized belongings were closely examined by the Secret Service, DC Fire, and EMS.  Thankfully, “nothing hazardous was found,” although no one mentioned whether or not the knapsack contained an extra pair of the homeless man’s dirty socks.

Reporters were on site during the fracas and some “saw agents …with weapons drawn…one agent could be seen on the roof of the [White House] peering through a pair of binoculars,” but it’s unclear as to whether he was routinely posted there to look out for rodents in the Rose Garden.

As a homeless man, Mr. Crudup epitomizes “the neediest amongst us,” and is a part of society that the President draws on to justify his ever-expanding entitlement system.

With that in mind, in a time of unlimited “fairness” and shared prosperity it makes one wonder why the homeless Mr. Crudup was apprehended at all, especially since it was reported that Barack “Caretaker of the Needy” Obama was in the White House at the time.

Sleeping on sidewalks with newspapers and magazines as a mattress and pillow, the hobo may have happened upon a March 2009 issue of Vogue.  It was way back then in an article entitled “Michelle Obama: the First Lady the World has Waited For” when Andre Leon Talley shared his impression that America’s new First Lady Michelle would be swinging open the White House doors and welcoming in the great unwashed.

Andre said: “It’s been an awfully long time since strangers off the street could wander right into the presidential mansion, but Michelle Obama’s intention is to open up the White House again in a spirit of diversity and inclusion…She is like the neighbor organizing a block party; everyone is invited.”

It may have just taken Mr. Crudup some time to get his nerve up before responding to Mrs. Obama’s open invitation; but after listening to the President talk so much about divvying up wealth and possessions, he finally decided to take her up on her generous offer.

The North Lawn was where James the patriotic nomad was apprehended.  Good choice, because on a hot summer night, Obama would surely understand why a guy without a bathtub would want to take a dip in the versatile fountain Michelle Obama dyes green on St. Patrick’s Day.  In the dog days of summer, why not open to the public the cascading fountain on the front lawn of “The People’s House” which, when free of green food coloring, could certainly double as a pool or bathtub for those less fortunate.

Homelessness is one of the primary reasons Obama maintains that selfish Americans need to learn how to share more. Maybe Crudup took the President literally and thought that if there was anyone who would understand the plight of a bed-less person, Barack Obama would be that man.

The President is the one who keeps reinforcing the idea that some people have much more than they need, which raises the question: Does a family of four really “need” 25 bedrooms that could otherwise provide sleeping quarters for individuals without homes?

Due to the Obamas’ claim of a heartfelt commitment to “sharing the wealth,” Mr. Crudup may have been fully convinced that Obama would welcome a homeless person freshening up and then bunking down in a spare bedroom.

But instead of a dip in the fountain and a snooze in a featherbed, James was led away with “his hands behind his back” and charged with “unlawful entry and contempt of court for violating a stay away order from the White House.”

As the Secret Service, who presently rent a waterfront cottage from Joe Biden, already know, unless you’re a homeless man spending the night curled up on a cot in a jail cell for the crime of taking Barack Obama at his word, nothing is “free” if Democrats are the ones asked to do the sharing.

Laws are for the little people, not President Obama

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

An ad to raise campaign funds has now made it official: Whatever applies to 300 million Americans does not and will never apply to the once-in-a-millennia exception to any rule that applies to all living entities – Barack Obama.

Based on his behavior, it’s apparent the president views himself as a man so lofty in vision and skill that he’s exempt from the decrees imposed on we the little people.  Could it be that Obama perceives legalistic edicts as necessary tools to herd lowlifes? If that were not the case, why would he be mentalizing which pair of golf shoes and what cologne to include in his ditty bag for a weekend at Camp David while chiding Congress for daring to take a break in the midst of a budget crisis?

As witnessed in all he does, Obama’s attitude of exempting some while imposing on others doesn’t only apply to healthcare reform waivers or Fourth of July weekend getaways.  When it comes to excusing himself, Barack Obama doesn’t let little things like silly legalities affect his decisions to do whatever he damned well pleases. Following the example of America’s “Let’s Move” creator/healthy-eating first lady who “tucked” into fried fat cakes in Botswana, Obama is relaxed when it comes to personal restrictions.

Recently, the lackadaisical Obama proved that exact point when he flouted a federal law as if it didn’t exist. The following description of Title 18, subsection 607 U.S.C. is so straightforward even a layperson could understand.

It shall be unlawful for an individual who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, including the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress, to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election, while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties.

In other words, the law says Barack Obama should not solicit reelection money or donations while in any room or building where official duties are carried out – such as hawking a wheel of raffle tickets on White House premises as if it were a church dance sweepstakes for a cheap door prize.

Lest we forget, the guy so anxious to now have dinner guests left Bibi Netanyahu sitting alone in the White House meeting room while he went and had a private dinner with Michelle.

According to election law experts, in flagrant disregard for federal law President Obama filmed a fundraising video offering dinner with himself and Vice President Biden as the grand prize for having a $5 raffle ticket plucked out of a giant spinning drum.

What’s next, a car wash on the South Lawn? How about $100 for 10-minute spin on Marine One? And why stop there? A White House yard sale featuring Michelle’s old clothes could raise enough gas money to fill up the “Hope and Change 2012” campaign bus for its entire tour.

Just as French fries are regularly enjoyed by a lady insistently force-feeding the nation organic kale, Obama released himself from the rules pertaining to the solicitation of money on federal property, which in his mind probably apply exclusively to the lesser 43 men who led prior to his using the Resolute Desk as a footstool.

As for the Dinner Date with Joe and Barry ad, “The White House contends that the video is legal.” A White House spokesperson noted that the “Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a memo in 1979 explaining that the president can solicit funds in the White House, so long as he does it in the residential portion of the of the mansion, not in a room used for official business.”  The White House must have been pretty darn desperate if it went back to the time when a barrel of oil was $24 to dig up that memo.

Regardless of how the White House parses and spins, according to legal election law experts, “If the video was filmed in the Map Room, as it appears to be, then there is no question it violates the law.”

Nevertheless, similar to the way the administration defended bypassing congressional authorization under the War Powers Act before taking action in Libya, the White House is now justifying campaign ads being filmed in the Map Room. To pacify critics, sleight-of-hand could be used to switch out the placard hanging on the door that says, “For Official Activities Only” for one that reads “Home Sweet Home.”

Experts contend that by soliciting funds in the White House to finance a bid for reelection, the President is definitely bending if not outright breaking the federal law. Cleta Mitchell, member of the American Bar Association’s election law committee, spoke more plainly when addressing the fact that Barack Obama filmed his $5 “Come On-A My House” ad in the White House – she said his doing so is a blatant “criminal offense.”

What Ms. Mitchell doesn’t seem to grasp is that whatever criterion causes Obama’s actions to be defined as “criminal” is not a problem for the present occupant of the White House. The President is well aware that people may gripe, but he will never be called into account for the unlawful act of selling “Reelect Me” raffle tickets from the same room where an official visit was held with the Dalai Lama, who after being welcomed into what is now being considered the President’s ‘private residence,’ was escorted out past a pile of garbage.

It could be that President Obama has convinced himself that but once in a nation’s history comes a leader so superior to all others that placing legal boundaries upon such an individual constitutes an injustice that could result in global ramifications. Moreover, Obama could also feel that the urgent need to finish the vital work he started is so pressing that excusing himself from rules surrounding the solicitation of campaign funds on the premises of the White House is supported by that old adage: “By any means necessary.”

In other words, the “ends” of raising money to keep Obama in office justify the “means” of raising the funds illegally. Thus, if it’s necessary for Barack Obama, a man greater than the rules, to acquire reelection money by making an illegal “really big announcement” in order to “get everything done” over the next 5½ years, then so be it.

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