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Obama coaches Ethiopia on honesty and political debate

obama-ethiopia_0Originally posted at American Thinker

Barack “Son of the Soil” Obama wrapped up his “Nudge Africa toward Gay Rights” tour.  Next stop: summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.  Before heading home, Obama shared insights that are not only contradictory, but downright terrifying.

It was during a joint news conference with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, after pushing for peace in civil war-torn South Sudan, that Obama the race-baiter, responsible for stoking the flames of unrest in the U.S., urged Ethiopian leaders to refrain from imposing restrictions on the press and political debate.

Obama, who, when it comes to Tea Party activists, Fox News, and conservative talk radio doesn’t exactly practice what he preaches, reminded his hosts that “[w]hen all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political process, that makes a country more successful.”

After a question from Darlene Superville about Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who recently said that Obama’s Iran deal is equivalent to marching the Israelis toward “the door of the oven,” it didn’t take long for the negotiator to contradict his own advice about the benefits of political discussion.

After an “all voices” soliloquy and after saying that the Iran debacle was a “good deal,” the president immediately exploited Superville’s question to criticize what he referred to as “rhetoric” from the other side.  Obama brought up Washington politics and called Huckabee’s comments “part of just a general pattern … that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”

On the topic of “voices being heard,” Obama shared with the press corps that “a sitting senator called John Kerry Pontius Pilate,” and because all roads eventually lead back to hypersensitive Obama, the president also shared that another senator (Ted Cruz) who “happens to be running for president suggest[ed] that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Acting more like he was on the campaign trail than addressing issues like civil war and freedom of the press, the hyper-partisan president continued to demean his political adversaries:

These are leaders in the Republican Party… there’s been a recognition that these issues are too serious, that issues of war and peace are of such grave concern and consequence that we don’t play fast and loose that way.  We have robust debates, we look at the facts, there are going to be disagreements.  But we just don’t fling out ad hominem attacks like that, because it doesn’t help inform the American people.

In other words, sound the alarm, use hyperbole to describe Iran’s genocidal intentions towards Israel, call Kerry out as the clown he is, and the predictable Barack Obama will use his bully pulpit to define political debate as “flinging out ad hominem attacks.”

When Obama opined that “rhetoric like this … may be … just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now,” the narcissistic attention-seeking president was directly denouncing Huckabee and Cruz.

The president then criticized The Donald for his negative comments about John McCain, whose Vietnam War torture and patriotism didn’t particularly impress Barack Obama when he recently defended Vietnam swift boat veteran John Kerry.

Obama claimed that Trump’s boldfaced honesty, which is primarily directed at Obama, “arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace and get circulated nonstop through the internet and talk radio and news outlets.”

Even the Ethiopians had to be scratching their heads.  Wasn’t this the guy who just urged Ethiopian leaders to refrain from imposing restrictions on the press and to encourage political debate?

The Whiney One went on to say that he noticed that those who were upset about Trump’s “outrageous statements” about McCain stay quiet when similar “outrageous statements” are made about the outrageous one doing the whining.

Peeved that anyone dare criticize his horrendous Iran deal, Obama tore into Republicans, alleging that “[t]he point is we’re creating a culture that is not conducive to good policy or good politics.  The American people deserve better.”

Precisely!

The president also hinted that if the 2016 president-elect isn’t an adequate replacement, he might have to overstay his tenure.  In a hair-raising admission, the always honest and dignified Barack Obama told his Ethiopian hosts:

In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys — I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces.  And that requires on both sides, Democrat and Republican, a sense of seriousness and decorum and honesty.  And I think that’s what the voters expect, as well.

That’s when someone, anyone, should have requested a clarification of what Obama means when he says, “I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces.”

How Mr. Obama plans to “make sure” and what he’ll do if “somebody” doesn’t meet his seriousness measures should give every American nightmares.

The president also encouraged Ethiopia to pursue “ethical journalism.”  You know what kind of ethical journalism – the kind that Clinton Foundation contributor George Stephanopoulos embodies, or the type of fawning “ethical” professional journalism that gives the guy offering Ethiopia advice a pass.  Yeah, that kind of journalism.

Obama shared that the U.S. government is committed to “nurturing” journalists “for democratic discourse” – which in itself is a scary thought – “young journalists,” he said, “to come up and help this country [with the help of the government] understand what’s going on.”

Then, the guy who nearly bit off chief CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett’s head over a valid question and who just spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about those who suggest he’s made mistakes or has limitations said, “And for us, it’s very important to be criticized because we also get feedback to correct our mistakes and limitations.”

Mapping the ‘Food Deserts’ with Mike and Michelle

Originally posted at Pajamas Media

The highly touted Michelle Obama/Mike Huckabee Fox News interview is over and the text of the transcript has been made public. Other than Mike mentioning the “horrors of our political climate today,” the dialogue was extremely courteous. Nevertheless, nestled within the discussion were revelations that an overly gracious Huckabee failed to address.

Michelle began the interview by telling the former Arkansas governor that the family’s pediatrician warned that the body mass indexes of Sasha and Malia were ticking upward. In response, the first lady said the family ate out less often and she cooked “a little bit more.” A tiny bit of pre-interview research would have revealed Michelle wasn’t the cook in Chicago; Sam Kass was. Kass, a healthy cooking specialist, worked in the Windy City as personal chef for the Obama family and is presently on the White House staff at the behest of the Obamas.

Just a few months ago the liberal press trumpeted the scandalous revelation that Sarah Palin“didn’t cook for her family.” Truth is, Palin got rid of the state-paid chef at the governor’s mansion in Juneau and was featured in Esquire magazine giving grandson Tripp’s father, Levi Johnson, a tutorial on how to marinate a roast. Governor Palin dismissed a gratis chef, but is branded as someone who doesn’t cook for her family. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama’s less than forthright family cook comments go unchallenged by Mike Huckabee.

Further along the interview trajectory, Michelle told the the former governor: “Families don’t even know how modern-day life has really changed the way our kids move and eat.” Huckabee forfeited an opening to challenge Mrs. Obama to expand on what it is she believes Americans “don’t know.” Interspersed throughout the interview was the underlying thread suggesting Michelle believed Americans are basically simpletons in need of a bureaucratic schoolmarm.

Huckabee gave the first lady a gratuitous opportunity to defend against “Let’s Move” policy critics.  Mike said: “Some say, ‘Oh this is going to lead to a nanny state. The government telling us what we can eat.’ Are those fears fair, or are they unfounded?”

Michelle responded, “Well, this is the one thing that this initiative isn’t. Because I’ve spoken to a lot of experts about this issue, and the one thing that they haven’t said it that government telling people what to do is the answer. This is not a government intervention.”

Michelle contended “Let’s Move” is not about bureaucratic intrusion, but then expressed the sentiment that altering school lunch programs presents opportunities to “work with the federal government.” Huckabee failed to retort with the obvious question: if government sponsored school lunch programs contributed to the obesity problem, why would those who helped cause the crisis suddenly be trusted to produce positive results?

Mike addressed Michelle’s many references to “we” with “who is the ‘we’?” Mrs. Obama countered with: “We is all of us.” It’s parents (whom Michelle believes don’t know what’s going on), coaches (in the public school system), and “it’s Congress” (who no one would ever accuse of wanting to control our lives). According to the first lady, “we” also includes industry providers who make soft drinks (which will be regulated by the nanny state), school lunch programs (financed by the government), and even the media (which is controlled by the FCC and hopefully will be reigned in further by theFairness Doctrine).

Mrs. Obama further stressed, “Families need to work with their pediatricians and their family doctors so they’re all talking about the same issue; they’re looking for the same sign.” I have a question for Michelle. Are you referring to the doctors Barack’s health care reform bill intends to control?

Michelle continued: “It’s not just telling a parent, you need to make some changes, but it’s giving them a prescription, a step-by-step guide to what they can do.” Maybe Huckabee should have asked her who would be writing the “prescription.” This is an important question based on the president’s health care proposal, which is poised to give government unfettered influence over prescription disbursement.

Michelle went unchallenged throughout the interview by the affable Huckabee, whose dimple didn’t get smaller for lack of smiling.  Not once did Huckabee ask why 23.5 million Americans living in “food deserts” have a chubbiness problem. Typically, people starve to death in a desert — they generally don’t expire from corpulence.

Probably the most stunning admission in the interview came when Huckabee posed a Katie Couric-like inquiry that sounded strangely familiar. The talk show host, breaking down bipartisan barriers with unique charm, queried Michelle by coyly posing the question: “I have to ask you — do you ever watch Fox News?”

Mrs. Obama replied in earnest: “I try to stay away from, you know, news because, you know, I want to formulate my opinions based on experiences that I have.  So, you know, I’ll read clips. You know, I get headlines, but I tend and I try to keep home kind of a news-free zone.”

Huckabee could have inquired further by pressing for an answer to the question: “What headline clips specifically?” To which, like Sarah Palin, Mrs. Obama could have responded, “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

Then Huckabee may well have asked the notably well-versed first lady if she could name “name a few.” After which, Michelle might have awkwardly changed the subject and expounded on the value of cozy dinners and family game nights playing Sorry! Such an exchange could have given America additional insight into Michelle Obama’s intellect or inspired additional Tina Fey skits.

So there you have it. The first lady heads an initiative to influence “cultural transformation” in America. Michelle intends to shimmy her way into every school, television set, neighborhood, pantry, and refrigerator in America and do so without the benefit of reading newspapers. If nothing else, Mike Huckabee’s interview shed light on why Michelle Obama, as first lady, remains clueless.

Maybe Michelle Obama needs to pick up a newspaper now and then to find out that most Americans would choose living in a “food desert” to having bureaucrats make menu choices for them.

Huck and Her Highness

Sorry people but the Mike Huckabee Show is just too painfully corny for me.  Weekly, a misty eyed Mike stares dead on into the camera extracting emotion and support from cheesy viewers nationwide.  The Governor does this, while a live studio audience of wholesome people clap as if Emeril Lagasse was about to toss out Spinach Empanaditas to a pod of weddell seals.

Couple Huckabee’s cult like studio audience together with a house band, composed of a hokey cacophony of folks from the FOX News crew who all either like to “play music or sing”– and things couldn’t get more painful. The Little Rockers close out the hour with the former Arkansas Governor, complete with Huckabee guitar strap, gleefully slapping away on the bass.

On Saturday, after six loads of wash, scrubbing two bathrooms and shopping at a grocery store that has zero parking by 8:00 am, the dimpled Huckabee’s poetic soliloquy that inspires the audience to mindlessly applaud even when Mike apologetically says, “Going to commercial break” is more than one person can bear.

Although a reluctant watcher, a few weeks ago the ex-governor, who championed a hundred pound weight loss, appeared to be sporting a noticeably deeper dimple.  In fact, it appeared as if Mike’s facial indentation could double for the Pillsbury Doughboy’s missing belly button.

Mike “Ahhh Shucksabee,” author of Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12 Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle appeared as if the girth that ” 12 stopped off” was beginning to “12 stop on.”  Passing my hubby with the dust mop, I commented, “Honey, Mikey looks as if his tent pegs need to be widened a tad” a comment that was met with a “Ugh huh, whatever you say dear.

I believe that for me, the beginning of the Huckabee downward lack of credibility spiral began when Paula Deen, “the queen of Southern cuisine” paid a visit to share cooking tips and talked about “big fat chickens” to “Y’all.” But what really took the red velvet cake was Fox News announcing Michelle Obama would be joining the Huckster for a bipartisan discussion on childhood obesity.

I’m just wondering, is Fox News now becoming “unfair and unbalanced?”  It used to be Larry King was the only mildly respectable sycophant on cable.  The Michelle on Huckabee announcement makes this woman yearn for Geraldo Rivera reporting live from hurricane central or former news correspondent hoarse-throated, “my sources tell me,” Rita Cosby to be reinstated to Fox’s blonde brigade.

Admit it, Mike and Michelle are a combo only a mother could love…every mother but this mother that is.  Michelle with stationary, over-plucked eyebrows, fixed smile and gaze and an emotionless, marionette speech pattern, coupled with an avuncular, bass playing, Conservative ex-governor in touch with his feminine side is a Saturday night lineup sure incite channel surfing for old Lawrence Welk reruns.

Michelle, official representative of the “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign, will appear on Obama nemesis, the Fox News network.  Shelley will present solutions to a porkulent problem the government has been hankering for years to use as entrée into universal health care.  And here Mike Huckabee sets paper plates and plastic cutlery out on the governmental buffet table for Michelle to fill with bureaucratic celery sticks made with Democrat fat-free sour cream.

When asked why the First Lady would be appearing on the show, Huckabee explained, “It is not a left/right, liberal/conservative, and Democrat/Republican issue. This is an issue that falls beyond what I call the ‘horizontal’ issues of left and right and rises to the ‘vertical’ level of up or down.” I give the whole idea a really big Siskel and Ebert, thumbs down!

I can see it now, after an insincere on camera hug, First Lady Michelle and Mike hold hands and commiserate, while the Little Rockers play show tunes softly in the background.  In a bipartisan effort the duo may be able to pinpoint why people who preempt, “most cravings by avoiding sugar entirely [and] flavor coffee with Splenda,” no longer find it possible to squeeze between the left and right side of an oversized host’s chair.

Mike could equally counsel Michelle because, try as she might to hide it with designer dresses and tight J. Crew sweaters, Mrs. Obama seems to have added some poundage to her “lithe frame” since changing locations from Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Pieville to Wagyu Beef Township.

Cornball Huckabee can alternate between bottom lip biting and dimple exposure when discussing the threat chubby kids pose to the future of Type II diabetes—a struggle the ex-governor personally relates to.  Michelle can bring a basket full of fresh organic, home grown garden vegetables and like Adam and Eve in a garden free from political bickering, Mike and Michelle can simultaneously bite into a shiny Gala apple, on live TV.

Michelle can highlight the problem of America’s couch potato; soda pop and video games addicted children and at the same time address a backslidden governor shamelessly sitting there with cheesecake smeared all over his jowls.

Midway through the show, to boost ratings, a bicep bare Michelle Obama can play Sergeant Carter to Mike Huckabee’s, Gomer Pyle and whip “Jim Nabors Huckabee” into shape with a Frank Sutton rendition of Marine Corps level hula-hooping – demonstrated by a woman with a physique characteristic very few would argue doesn’t provide an unfair advantage.

Pretending not to be portly, Mike Huckabee said he “commends” Michelle Obama for taking on the problem and recognizing that it is not a “crisis of the month.”  Which is true–Michelle’s appearance on a station formerly untainted by Obama political posturing constitutes my personal “crisis of the month.”

The only thing that could make the whole scenario more unbearable would be Michelle agreeing under duress to join the Little Rockers for an impromptu rendition of the Yes We Can Obama Song by will.i.am, while jolly Mike Huckabee keeps perfect time on the bass guitar.

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