And although MahmoudÂ Ahmadinejad did volunteer his services and does fit the description of a â€œlarger animal,â€ unless he hitches a ride on Ali Babaâ€™s magic carpet, tags along with Coco Brown or straps himself to a missile heading toward Israel, he will not be the next Iranian space traveler to venture forth where dictators and porn stars boldly dare to go.
Originally posted at American Thinker
It’s a week since the 2012 election, and personally, I’m totally disoriented. Â I mistook Friday for Wednesday; I live on an island destroyed by hurricane Sandy; and my overall mood borders on despondent. Â For me, anyway, it’s depressing that left-wing academes, women in vagina suits, illegal aliens, liberal progressives, 85% of all Muslims living in America, andHugo ChÃ¡vez, Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are all equally ecstatic about the re-election of Barack Obama.
While disconcerting to most, those types of accolades have not been wasted on the president.Â He has mistaken a non-mandate for a mandate and is wasting zero time frenetically fast-tracking policies guaranteed to further limit the constitutional freedoms of every American, including those who were twirling around like Deadheads after the November 6 election was called.
And even though the Republicans retained control of the House, in the bleakness and disappointment that remains, there seems to be little hope left for those who thought the election would turn out differently.
The truth is that while the last vestiges of freedom hinge directly on state representatives who attest to conservative principles, hearing Barry’s favorite golf partner John Boehner saying that ObamaCare is now “the law of the land” has made many, including myself, want to throw ourselves off that “fiscal cliff” that’s currently the topic of alarmed discussion.
On the day following the election, Speaker Boehner politely acquiesced to the effect that the people’s choice indicates that indeed this is Barack Obama’s “moment.” Â However, Boehner did maintain that while he’s committed to assisting the president in reining in entitlement programs and is anxious to support serious spending cuts, Congress is notÂ open to punishing small business owners — i.e., “the rich” — with tax increases.
Sorry, but John Boehner feigning bravado coupled with Barack Obama’s self-assured swaggering has only added to the pervading depression that has gripped half the country. Â What America is currently being subjected to by Barack Obama is the same “I won” attitude he had in 2009 when he proposed and implemented his failed $787-billion stimulus package.
Nonetheless, John Boehner has encouraged the president to take the lead. Â Yet for the sake of the future of America, at this juncture, John is the one who should be doing the leading.
Instead of immediately extending an olive branch, what the speaker of the House should recognize is that he’s the one who holds the power when it comes to everything the cocksure Obama believes he now controls.Â If Mr. Boehner spent more time paying attention and less time at the tanning salon, he might realize that the key to hamstringing Barack Obama’s goals is to outsmart a Chicago smarty at his own game.
How?Â Well, before election week ended, the retired four-star general/civilian CIA director General David Petraeus admitted to an extramarital affair and promptly stepped down. Â Petraeus’s shocking resignation took place one week prior to being compelled to testify before Congress about the seven-hour terrorist attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans on the anniversary of September 11.
As a group, most Obama voters have proven to be generally oblivious to the more serious issues facing America’s future. Â Perhaps David Petraeus’s suspiciously timed resignation will be the thing that finally captures the attention of those who, thus far, have been more concerned with Big Bird and birth control than an American ambassador being raped, tortured, and killed.
Therefore, instead of allowing the haughty Barack Obama to continue calling the shots, House Republicans could use General Petraeus’s resignation as a catalyst to wrest control from the president and place it back into the hands of the American people.
To do so, it would be necessary for congressional Republicans to muster up the temerity to use the Benghazi cover-up as clout; then, once they’re hit in the paycheck, even those who supported the foolishly reelected Two-Term Terminator will be demanding answers about what went down in Libya.
In lieu of Petraeus’s testimony, the first step would be for Republicans to promptly petition the White House to hand over all correspondence relating to the Benghazi event. Â John Boehner could then demand pertinent evidence including e-mails and videos from the Situation Room, from which place the terrorist attack was taped as it unfolded in real time.Â If Barack Obama and his minions choose to continue to stonewall, the speaker will be justified in countering the president’s refusal by publicly refusing to comply with budgetary negotiations, including discussions about tax cuts, rates, and revenue.
If Mr. Boehner manages to effectively utilize the incident in Benghazi for political leverage and the nation subsequently careens forward over the “fiscal cliff,” the president can then be held accountable.Â Moreover, Boehner will at least have a fighting chance to make the argument that the nation’s economic woes are a result of the White House refusing to come clean.
In other words, if, on behalf of the American people, Republicans in Congress suck it up and grasp the optimal set of circumstances currently before them, then, caught between a “fiscal cliff” and Benghazi, Barack Obama will be the one doing the surrendering, not the other way around.
Many of the ladies attended Mrs. Obamaâ€™s luncheon dressed in traditional garb. However, Chantal chose a fuchsia pant suit, sky-high heels and an over-the-top, candy-corn orange, Marie Antoinette hairdo.Â If height includes hair and heels, Chantal measured close to 6â€™4â€.
The word bouffante is derived from bouffer: “to swell up or puff out” and there was no denying Chantalâ€™s hair was inflated almost as wide as Michelleâ€™s poufy crinoline under her â€œfloral-and foliage-themedâ€ Tracy Feith print dress.
Dutiful First Lady Michelle diplomatically bussed Chantal on the cheek, ignored the coif and overlooked the fact that Mrs. Biyaâ€™s husband Paul â€œhas been ranked one of the four worst dictators in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the worldâ€™s worst 20.â€
Biya, in power since 1982, obviously felt, just as Obama feels about the U.S. Constitution, that the Cameroonian charter was â€œfatally flawed.â€ Consequently, Biya pulled a Manuel Zelaya and rewrote the document to â€œallow him to rule for life.â€
Autocratic tyranny and CrayolaÂ®-colored â€œmango tangoâ€ hair aside, Michelle treated all the ladies â€œto a seasonal lunch featuring bounty from the farm and the White House garden.â€ After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the â€œdestruction of Israelâ€ and intimated that Americans were â€œbehind the Sept. 11 terror attacks,â€ Michelle felt it best to lighten the mood by sharing stories about mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes.
The object of the ladiesâ€™ luncheon/lecture was not to judge illegal elections, despotism, human rights abuses or repressive regimes, or even to swap hairdresser stories with Chantal Biya. Michelle Obamaâ€™s heartfelt intention was to take the healthy initiative global and to showcase â€œsacher tortesâ€¦red jacket apricots and White House honey sorbet.â€
Who better than a rapt international sisterhood from Cameroon, Mongolia, Swaziland and Latvia could endure Michelle jabbering on about â€œFrench friesâ€¦ketchup… â€˜hairâ€™ tomatoes and pesto sandwiches?â€
America’s first hostess kept Turkish First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul, United Nations Secretary-General’s wife Ban Soon-taek, and Republic of Kiribati First Lady Meme Tong, as well as the always “colorful” and vivacious Chantal Biya “Let’s Move“-moving before lunch.
In addition to a tour of the farm, while teetering on stilettos Bouffant Biya and company were subjected to an excursion to the hen house and a stroll up a dusty dirt path.
Michelle ended with a tutorial on sustainable farming, as well as the benefits of locally grown herbs. Immediately following, Stone Barn Centerâ€™s chef and co-owner Dan Barber and three White House chefs served the exhausted ladies a lunch of â€œsun gold tomatoes from the White House Kitchen Garden, eggs harvested minutes earlier from the farm’s chickens, and chicken with eggplant and ratatouille – also from the White House garden.â€
A good time was had by all, and Chantal Biya even managed to eat the entire meal without getting ratatouille in her flowing locks. With any luck, next year Cameroonâ€™s First Lady for Life may be able to convince Mahmoudâ€™s wife to attend the 2011 ladiesâ€™ luncheon, especially if Michelle manages to secure a banquet room at the new Cordoba Mosque.
President Obama has scheduled a health care summit for later this month. The purpose? To offer the public promised transparency after refusal to do so until pesky Scott Brown put the kibosh on the Democratic health care overthrow.
Obama desires to, â€œresolve remaining differences between the House and Senate versions of their own legislation in advance of the meeting.â€Â Which translated means Obama, through persuasive rhetoric, will attempt to convince â€œuncooperativeâ€ Republicans to accept a â€œfinal billâ€ they were supposedly called there to discuss.
Obama will host a â€œLights, camera actionâ€ thrashing out of a bill, but the whole scenario will lack genuine, productive debate.Â Sort of like Obama employing fruitless tea and crumpet negotiation techniques to convince Mahmoud Ahmadinejad relinquish the march toward nuclear weapons.
Beforehand Barry, Harry and Nancy will decide what and how itâ€™s going to go.Â The trio will shuffle the Senate and Congressional bill like a deck of cards into an unbending, final version.Â Then a transparent Obama will summon Republicans to Summit House, offer them the limited choice of accepting what has already been decided upon, or be portrayed as â€œuncooperativeâ€ and lacking concern for the struggles of the American people.
Collaborative Democrats contend, â€œStarting from scratch is not an option.â€Â Republicans [thank God] refuse to budge because they say they, the House and Senate Democratic bill is not a launching off point because both bills include tax increases, which economically would be a disastrous thing to do.
While the master of Greek column special effects positions himself as being open to discussion.Â The real goal will be to present a conciliatory President strapped with the burden of immature politicians.Â The hope is to again â€œturn the tideâ€ and convince the public obstinate Republicans need to, â€œparticipate like mature adults, and not just say â€˜noâ€™ to everything.â€
The Summit holds zero promise of compromise based on the numerous proposals Republicanâ€™s have presented to the health care debate, all have which have been ignored. Reading the teleprompter as Republicans wave varying proposals in his face Obama looks right and left purposely ignoring suggestions like those offered by Jim DeMint.
Obama discounts the smart kid in the first row raising his hand to answer every question and than penalizes the child for lacking class participation.
At the Republican retreat a frustrated Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) challenged the President saying, “Mr. President, multiple times from your administration there have come statements that Republicans have no ideas and no solutions, in spite of the fact that we’ve offered, as demonstrated today, positive solutions to all of the challenges we face.”Â Security, oh security could you see this guy to the door please?
The Summit ruse has the potential to be nothing more than â€œpolitical theatreâ€ with Obama luring Republicans into a trap.Â Once at Blair House Obama will present a bad and worse finalized health care bill. Republicans will be asked to concur, as to whether America should be tied to the tracks in the path of an oncoming train, hurled over a cliff or immolated?Â When Republicans refuse to accept any of the three a teary-eyed Obama can turn to the camera, amidst soaring violins, and confirm the opposing party uncaring contrarians and Democrats tireless workers on behalf of the American people.
One problem Obama may also be overlooking. The nation is tuned into Obamaâ€™s INVESCO field theatrics and are sick of smoke and mirror subterfuge that benefits only Barack and hurts the American peopleâ€”letâ€™s hope Obamaâ€™s wily Summit stunt backfires.