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‘Eye Candy’ Lies, and Candy Swears to It

Originally posted at American Thinker

In the run-up to the second debate, feminists have been moaning about how Candy Crowley, unlike Jim Lehrer, was reduced to a “Vanna White … holding a microphone.”  Advocating for equal debate clout, Crowley has been speaking out on her own behalf and told Mark Halperin of TIME magazine that during the debate, “[o]nce the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?'”

In other words, Candy made it known prior to the event that she had no intention of keeping to the rules and that she in no way would she remain a “voiceless moderator,” fielding questions from the undecided audience and keeping close watch on the clock.  Going rogue, Ms. Crowley succeeded in her objective and in the process managed to weaken the credibility of women as debate moderators.

The guidelines in the memorandum of understanding that was agreed upon by the debate commission, as well as both campaigns, stated:

The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period.

Those restrictions did not sit well with feminist groups, who’ve managed to make even a presidential debate about women’s issues.

So, on behalf of the sisterhood, Candy Crowley took to the town hall podium and proceeded to defy the rules and run the debate her own way.  The result was dreadful — not only for Candy’s reputation as a journalist, but also for a weak incumbent who looked like he needed a woman to protect him from being verbally spanked.  Moreover, her performance did nothing to convince the debate commission that female moderators should be granted more freedom in the future.

The reason why?  Candy Crowley cut off Mitt Romney 28 times, including when he was making a point about Barack Obama’s gunrunning debacle, “Fast and Furious.”  According to CNN’s own count, Candy allowed Obama to speak for a total of 44 minutes and 4 seconds and ordered Romney back to his stool by cutting him off and bringing his time down to 40 minutes and 50 seconds.

The CNN anchor showed obvious deference to the president.  Every time he spoke, her eyes widened in admiration and she exhibited an odd mix of what looked like coaxing and agreeing.  While claiming to be an unbiased moderator, Candy Crowley adjudicated on the president’s behalf when he stretched the truth on the subject of Libya.

Most would agree that Candy’s foot-in-mouth moment came when Mitt Romney accused Obama of not calling the attack in Benghazi an act of terror for two weeks and flying to Las Vegas and Colorado for a fundraiser the day after four Americans died. Crowley, like a mother hen protecting her chick, interrupted Romney and said: “It — it — it — he did in fact, sir.  So let me — let me call it an act of terror.”

In response, lily-livered Obama smirked, hid behind mama’s apron strings, and then asked her to restate the falsehood on his behalf, saying, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”  Candy gladly complied.  Stuttering, stammering, and tripping over herself to rush to Junior’s defense, Candy added: “He — he did call it an act of terror.  It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out.  You are correct about that.”

If hard-hitting girl power representative Candy Crowley was really looking to bolster female credibility, she should have gone according to the original script and asked Obama, “Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?”  If Crowley were really mixing it up with the boys, she could have demanded an answer from Barack Obama as to why it took fourteen days to acknowledge an al-Qaeda terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in the streets of Benghazi.

After the fact, Candy Crowley is now being forced to admit that Romney, who insisted that Obama did not call the incident a terrorist attack for weeks, was right — “in the main” — on Benghazi.

Rather than conceding that Obama picked the wrong way to go about handling the murder of an American ambassador, Ms. Crowley instead chooses to say that Romney “picked the wrong way to go about talking about it.”  Attempting to explain her unmitigated favoritism, Candy underscored that her second “two week” point favored Romney and generated applause much like her first point, which generated applause from one half of the audience led by an unrestrained Michelle Obama.

Prior to the Hofstra debate, America was forced to endure listening to Crowley whine about a woman’s rightful role as a debate moderator.  Then, during the actual debate, the nation witnessed the hot mess Candy made while shilling for Obama.

Suffice it to say that Candy proved that the “memorandum of understanding” was correct in its attempt to limit her role, because by the end of the debate, every headline should have read: “Eye Candy” Lies, and Candy Swears to It.

So, after all the fuss, Candy Crowley’s behavior and inappropriate intrusion did nothing to advance the feminist cause.  But wait, there’s still time!  How about if Crowley’s cheerleaders — NOW, The New Agenda, and former news anchor Carol Simpson — recommend that for the upcoming foreign policy debate, Lara Logan replace Robert Schieffer?

Barack Obama’s Productive 24 Hours

Obama’s pre-Father’s Day agenda was packed with 24 hours of money grubbing and voting-bloc pandering.  Barack and Michelle returned from the “Sex and the City” cash grab in NYC just past midnight on Friday morning.  By midday, he was having a leisurely lunch with the four winners of the campaign contest ‘Dinner with Barack IV’ at DC’s Lincoln Restaurant.  The lunch was so laid-back that the President, who was due back for a 1:15 pm statement in the Rose Garden, didn’t arrive until 1:35 pm.

Obama then delighted young illegal immigrants by letting them know that they could finally emerge from diner kitchens all over America, free from the concern of deportation. And for the rest of the day, he gave his undivided attention to the LGBT community.

At 5:10 pm the President hosted a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which does leave one wondering when Heterosexual Pride Month will be put on the President’s agenda and what kind of stuff will be on the buffet table for boring people who insist on marrying the opposite sex.

Nevertheless, until that special day becomes official, a military band staffed with DADT horn players performed jazz tunes at the White House, entertaining 500 partiers including newly-outed military personnel and their partners. The remaining non-military/non-homogeneous homosexuals, none of whom were reported to be wearing “I’m Out for Obama” T-shirts, were spiffily dressed just the same.

On the Gay Pride guest list were members of Congress, activists, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis Marjorie Hill, Matt Bomer, star of the TV show White Collar, and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, to name but a few.

The reception included a buffet that had a diverse display of delicious canapés.  For example, for bi-racial and mixed-race gay couples there were chocolate and vanilla mini cupcakes, and cheese poofs…sorry, puffs, which were daintily placed on tiered silver trays.

Making the LGBT atmosphere even more festive was the continual sound of the clinking of flutes, filled to the brim with bubbly champagne and served, in lieu of fruitcake or Twinkies, with LGBT gay pride rainbow cookies.

Wait – did the White House bakers really spend the morning decorating gay pride rainbow cookies? Indeed they did, and according to Steven Thrasher of the Big Gay Food Blog the colorful treats enjoyed by all those happy people were a “light and delicious a butter cookie…buttery, neither overly moist nor too flaky — with a rich, thick, rainbow colored frosting.”

It’s hard to believe it could be possible, but the event was ratcheted up a notch with an appearance from a guy who’s proved that he’s so eclectic and efficient that in one 24-hour period he hobnobbed for dollars with gilded Hollywood types, legalized illegal immigrants, threw a gathering for gays, and publicly admonished a pushy reporter.

Entering the room to the sound of cheers and applause, America’s very “first gay president,” Barack Obama, told the crowd, “We celebrate your joy at being able to come here, with your partners and your spouses to the White House.”

To more cheers, he then said that “As long as I have the privilege of being the president, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you’ll have a fellow advocate.” In his speech the President even compared gay struggles to women’s rights and civil rights, which was a comparison that must have been triply inspiring to any black lesbians in the group.

At that point, the only thing missing was Anderson Cooper handing out completed absentee voter ballots compliments of Obama for America and a short clip of Barry dancing with Ellen DeGeneres.

The fully evolved Barack Obama told the high-spirited group, “Americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality but as I’ve indicated, personally Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue.”

Sounding like he was still in the Rose Garden delivering his Dream Act speech, Obama then said he is working towards an America where “no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.”

Dreaming big dreams, one romantic guest named Scout proposed to the love of his/her life, the director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, Liz Margolies. Right about now, it all gets incredibly confusing because Liz, who doesn’t believe in marriage, gay or straight, said yes. Liz, who likely started out as a lesbian, and transgender partner Scout (full name: Scout), who started out as a woman but is now legally a man, which means that a Scout-Margolies union would be a perfectly legal heterosexual marriage.

Finally, Barack Obama, with his own family in tow, scurried off to Chicago. Otherwise, maybe after dealing so superbly will the illegal immigration issue earlier in the day he could have explained why a technically heterosexual couple made history for being the first gay couple to plan a marriage ceremony at an LGBT Pride reception at the White House.

Mr. ‘Cool’ Loses His Cool

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

In case America had any doubts about it, the word is out — no one questions Barack Obama, especially when he’s decided to sign an executive order that he knows is relatively unpopular. While exercising autonomy, pandering to the Latino vote, and taking yet another step forward in granting amnesty for good behavior to people he views as law-abiding lawbreakers, Mr. Cool lost his cool.

That guy in the Rose Garden handing down “It’s the right thing to do, period” was certainly a far cry from the suave, self-effacing guest of honor handing out hugs and air kisses at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s house the other night. Like an authoritarian father reprimanding a child, when asked an out-of-turn question about his decision to grant semi-amnesty to illegal aliens, a prickly Obama pointed his finger at the reporter, shook it, and said: “I didn’t ask for an argument.”

The Republican-controlled Congress has already made the reasons clear as to why they oppose the Dream Act, also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.  Representative Steve King of Iowa, “one of the party’s strongest voices against illegal immigration, said Congress must first ‘re-establish the rule of law’ with illegal immigrants before offering any of them legal status.” Establishing the rule of law and firmly securing the border are two of the most important steps Barack Obama seems reluctant to take.

Instead, like an aggressive reporter who won’t take “No” for an answer, Barack Obama is pressing on with his amnesty plan and doesn’t appreciate anyone arguing or questioning him about it. After all, the purpose of circumventing the Congress is to avoid questions and arguments, isn’t it?

That is why go-it-alone Renegade Obama, who has already told America that “Where [Congress] won’t act, I will,” rebuked a ‘go it alone’ reporter blurting out a question when the President was mid-sentence. Clearly annoyed, Obama responded to the interruption in the following way: “Excuse me sir, this is not time for questions, sir. Not while I’m speaking.”

Barack Obama, the guy who does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, apparently doesn’t like it when other people think they can too.

Based on the way he behaved, either the President had one Cosmopolitan too many at the Sarah Jessica Parker shindig and was cranky, or Mr. Hyde made yet another unscheduled appearance in the Rose Garden.  Whatever the reason, the President of the United States denying a journalist an answer to a valid question, albeit one presented somewhat rudely, in such an undignified manner confirms that the charming “I Love You Back” Barack may smile warmly if among friends and supporters, but if someone challenges or disagrees with him, a disturbing dark side of Mr. Charming manifests.

The most recent rebuke in the Rose Garden is not the first time Barack Obama has lost his cool. Barry — who during 2011budget negotiations told Republicans “to act like grownups” —  apparently doesn’t think he needs to follow his own advice. The President noticeably demands a level of respect he refuses to extend toward those he perceives as political adversaries; just ask the Supreme Court, Fox News reporter Ed Henry, and Congressman and Republican wunderkind Paul Ryan (R-WI), to name just a few.

Then again, who wouldn’t be edgy with the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare looming, an abysmal performance on the campaign trail in Ohio, and a Republican challenger who is advancing in the polls?

That is why what took place in the Rose Garden shouldn’t be about an immature/unprofessional reporter breaching protocol. Instead, the focus should be on the peevish attitude of a President who refuses to submit his autocratic agenda to the checks and balances that were established precisely to prevent the kind of borderline tyranny he seems to be engineering.  Moreover, what is also significant is the way Obama, when questioned about his decisions, rather than respond in a mature manner, bristles at anyone who dares address his megalomaniacal governing style.

If it wasn’t clear before, it is crystal clear now that the Obama administration has been and will continue to be diligently looking for “actions [they] can take without Congress.” Dream Act Lite is only one in a long list of troubling “executive actions” likely to be announced and acted upon “on a regular basis” by a President who refuses to be constrained and if questioned turns into a scolding headmaster.

And so, as Barack Obama continues to slowly whittle away at the foundational principles and give precedence to a lawless ideology, maybe the next time he says, “I’m here to say to all of you … we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,” Americans should put down their iPhones, step out of the Matrix for a second or two, and pay closer attention to what he’s really saying.

Smashing Success

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

The Obama vacation was a smashing success. Rested and ready Obama made an impromptu appearance in the Rose Garden sans the now famous bicycle helmet. America’s back pedaling president looked so refreshed it appeared as if New England lobster managed to erase even the telltale grays from the President’s closely cropped hair.

The reason for the press briefing was Barack’s desire to extend presidential comfort by reassuring the nation, via the press, that the team that ushered in a code blue economy remains “on top of the economic crisis.”

While vacationing, Obama proved to America that riding a miniature two-wheeler is not a life skill a 6’2″ man ever forgets.  The President also proved a 10-day break in Martha’s Vineyard does not affect an ingrained propensity to blame George W. Bush.

Stepping toward the podium, Obama dove right in.  However, due to technical difficulty, it took Obama three tries to blame Bush for the appalling economy.  Stumbling over well-planned condemning comments, even the microphone refused to broadcast Barack’s never-ending drivel.

The solemn, accusatory president began by saying that when elected he was completely unaware of the depth of America’s “economic hole,” let alone how long it would take to “climb out.” However, when in a fix, Obama appears extremely knowledgeable as to how effectively project perpetual culpability onto everyone other than himself.

Obama expressed the following opinion about the flagging economy:  “What we did know was that it took nearly a decade – to dig the hole we are in.” Then the President gave himself eight years of economic leeway following the “dig the hole” comment with an “even longer to dig our way out.”

After the sound system issues, garbled statements and flyover airplane interference ceased, the President continued blaming G.W. and then segued directly into pointing the finger at Senate Republicans.  Never once did Obama acknowledge any personal culpability for being completely and hopelessly clueless.

Maybe someone should have raised their hand and reminded Obama that during the first six years of Bush’s tenure the economy was booming.  It was the last two years, after a national referendum on Iraq, that Democrats took over both houses and the economy began to falter. Adding Obama’s liberal-socialistic policies to the already ailing economy turned a benign common cold into a case of full-blown pneumonia.

Obama claimed Republicans are now in the process of obstructing an “initiative [he] proposed to cut taxes that will encourage small businesses to hire and expand, as well as a $30 billion small business lending initiative.”

Partisan President Obama actually had the temerity to accuse Senate Republicans of damaging economic growth by “holding this bill hostage.” The man who impedes everything from individual freedom to economic recovery dramatically uttered the scripted slogan: “Drop the blockade.”

Soberly droning on, uttering meaningless poppycock, Obama continued reading off the teleprompter.  The president’s rhetoric included references to small businesses, middle class tax cuts, job creation and economic growth. As usual, in a five-minute statement Obama managed to fit in incendiary lingo like “partisan minorities” and “political games.”

Towards the end, the sun must have been in Obama’s eyes because the President stumbled over words like “effort,” correcting it to “attack.” Before turning and walking away, the smooth talker slipped up and blurted out the very apropos “silver spoon” instead of “silver bullet.”

A few hours after the technically-challenged economic encouragement/blame-Bush undertaking, the Dow plummeted 140 points, proving the point that, like everything Barack does, the ready-to-wreak-havoc Rose Garden declaration was just another in a long list of “smashing” Obama successes.

Obama is Kicking the Dog – American Thinker – May 20, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

Barack Obama has taken up the fine art of “kicking the dog,” which is a narcissistic practice where a person in authority passes blame along to the lowest level, where, for lack of a fall guy, the dog ends up getting kicked. Obama claims that the buck stops with him, yet the president habitually avoids blame by pointing the finger of accusation at animate people and inanimate objects, which translates into presidential “dog-kicking.”

Obama has proven to be a master blamer and finger-pointer. In fact, Obama takes finger-pointing to a whole new level. The president even finger-points at and blames people for finger-pointing and blaming. Dog-kicker Barack obviously considers blaming others an executive privilege and exclusive right.

Recently, while addressing the explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf, a temperamental Obama did some public canine-kicking in the Rose Garden. The president “harshly criticized BP and other companies for falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else.”

A “visibly angry” Obama chastised big oil for passing the buck, saying, “I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into the matter.”

Potentially in a position to ultimately bear some responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, slickster Obama greased the censure wheel to ensure his own seamless slippage through an oily situation, and he did so by kicking a dog or two.

Often guilty of defying prior commitments with contradicting actions, Barack Obama began by holding British Petroleum to their pledge to “pay for the response effort.” The president vowed to personally “hold them to their obligation.”
Suddenly bailout Barack is a stickler for obligatory liability?

Pointing a long and growing-ever-longer finger toward the camera, void of even a hint of self-awareness, Obama chided BP, Transocean, and Halliburton executives, saying, “I will not tolerate more finger-pointing or irresponsibility.”

So does the Obama “I don’t have to count my time because I’m the president” exemption also extend to finger-pointing and passing the buck?

Mr. Obama said he was “not going to rest or be satisfied until the leak was stopped at the source … contained and cleaned up.” But rest assured: If the leak is not “stopped,” “contained,” or “cleaned up,” it won’t be Barry’s fault.

The president assigned blame and did so by masterfully identifying himself with the victims.  Barack said, “I saw firsthand the anger and frustration felt by our neighbors in the Gulf, and let me tell you, it is an anger and frustration that I share as president.”

Obama even used the “blame Bush” maneuver to excuse himself from culpability. Barry said, “For a decade or more, there’s been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. … That cannot and will not happen anymore.”

For added fortification, Obama hauled out the Gipper, and by doing so exercised the skill of what can only be described as the highest form of manipulative obfuscation. Obama blasphemed Reagan’s words and used them as a missile against Bush, B.P., and Big Oil by borrowing and misappropriating the old phrase, “we will trust, but we will verify.”

A more apropos Reagan quote would have been, “How can a president not be an actor?”

Still pointing the bony finger of blame, Obama said that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recognized the need for reform prior to the spill, but he “often-times has been slammed by the industry, suggesting that somehow these necessary reforms would impede economic growth.”

It’s incomprehensible that the President of the United States would try to exempt himself from responsibility by suggesting that the Obama administration was prepared for a spill “from day one” but was hindered from effecting a viable solution by the oil industry. This is the same man who continually blames G.W. Bush for everything and anything, including natural disasters.

Mr. Obama said no one could reach the leak, which is five thousand feet below the surface of the ocean. Precisely, if the ocean didn’t insist on being so deep, then there wouldn’t be so much “uncertainty,” and plugging the stubborn geyser wouldn’t pose an ongoing quandary for Obama.

Hitting on a few more points, the president shared the government’s use of “every available resource” to address the oil spill. Except, of course, resources unavailable because someone somewhere is preventing their use.

According to the ever-vigilant Mr. Obama, “Over one million feet of barrier boom have been deployed to hold the oil back. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of dispersant helped to break up the oil.” Unfortunately, Obama did sacrifice an opportunity to shift blame onto the slippery, hard-to-contain nature of petroleum for a crisis that otherwise would be well under his firm control.

Obama added, “13,000 people and the National Guard had been deployed to help protect the shoreline and wildlife.” Surely Barry would have greater success if “sea turtles, birds such as sea gulls and pelicans, dolphins, manatees, and Gulf sturgeon” would collaborate with federal efforts by avoiding the oil slick, as well as by steering clear of the water’s edge.

As the Rose Garden remarks concluded, the president reiterated support for offshore drilling, because unlike George W. Bush, British Petroleum and most other living, breathing human beings, the blameless Barack, even in the face of uncontrollable plumes of crude oil, “never tires, never falters and never fails.”

Concluding the Rose Garden scolding, Obama did personally accept one key responsibility, saying, “it’s absolutely essential … we put in place every necessary safeguard and protection so that a tragedy like this oil spill does not happen again.”

Better think long and hard about that one, Mr. President, because in an imperfect world, having precautions in place could pose a problem the next time the need arises to point a finger, pass the blame, or kick a dog.

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Obama’s idea of press freedom – American Thinker – May 19, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Barack Obama signed the Press Freedom Act and then refused to take questions from the press.  The President’s  actions typify the paradox the nation finds itself in with a leader at the helm in possession of a unique definition of “freedom.”

Signing the Press Freedom Act and then denying the press the right to ask questions was Obama’s nonverbal proclamation that freedom, though existent, is nonetheless limited. Thus “freedom of press” is trumped by presidential dictates and controls.

The law supposedly expands “the State Department’s annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.” Those freedoms, of course, do not include clarification of  a newly signed bill by an American president who feels justified denying the press rights by refusing to answer impromptu questions.

Apparently Obama gets “angry and frustrated” being  pressed for information.  Barack prefers to orchestrate the venue with controlled pre-planned responses. A White House press corps asking extemporaneous, unrehearsed questions, even about free press, international human rights or an oil spill may be liberating for media types, but isn’t a “freedom of press” ceremony really more about Obama?

As the President’s popularity diminishes “prime-time” White House news conferences have all but ceased.  Members of the media have been put on an austere diet of sound bites and restricted statements and even Obama’s angry diatribes are forced to go unaddressed.

Yet CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, after the Press Freedom Act was freshly signed, must have been feeling like an emancipated pressman because Chip boldly asked the President if, “he still has confidence in BP?”

Having a high opinion of the press, Barack Obama “ignored the question.”

Undeterred Reid then said, “In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple of questions on BP?”

Chip Reid was attempting to follow up on Obama’s recent Rose Garden tirade where the President angrily reprimanded BP, Transocean and Halliburton, but failed to allot time for the press to ask questions.

According to Reid, the “will you take a couple of questions,” question “did elicit a smile” from Obama, which may have actually been a sneer. The President responded by telling the CBS correspondent he, “was free to ask questions.”  Sort of like a parent telling a child, “Chip my boy, you’re free to think anything you want, but bottom line, you’ll do what I say.”

Another perceptive voice in the crowd yelled out to the President, “Will you answer them?”  To which Obama responded that he was “not holding a press conference today.”

Summary: Free press doesn’t necessarily mean the press has freedom other than that which is granted by Barack Obama.

And so the White House press corps, a few minutes after being defined by the President as “free,” were “wrangled” like a herd of buffalo and promptly “escorted out the door.”

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