We now have over 1000 posts.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Limits of Charisma

Mr. President, please stay off TV. If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore. But of course it is not.

Sarkozy Smacks Down Obama

The National Post in Canada has published some comments that the French President Sarkozy made about Obama's United Nations speech that I have not seen anywhere else, and they are blistering. They basically take Obama to task for being a sophomoric, wishy-washy, unrealistic boob.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

All About Obama

Some major presidential speeches deserve to be remembered, quoted and celebrated. Some deserve to be forgotten. A few deserve to be remembered and criticized, because they dishonor the history of presidential rhetoric.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obama’s kidding himself about nuclear disarmament

France fully supports your initiative to organize this meeting and the efforts you undertook with Russia to reduce nuclear arsenals. But let us speak frankly – we are here to guarantee peace. We are right to speak of the future, but before the future there is the present, and at present we have two nuclear crises.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Obama's Swing-State Blues

Not so long ago, Democrats were thrilled by the long length of Barack Obama's coattails. Creigh Deeds would be a lot more thrilled today if he could just step off.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Barack Obama snubs Gordon Brown over private talks

Gordon Brown lurched from being hailed as a global statesman to intense embarrassment tonight, after it emerged US President Barack Obama had turned down no fewer than five requests from Downing Street to hold a bilateral meeting at the United Nations in New York or at the G20 summit starting in Pittsburgh today.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fidel Castro praises Obama on climate change

Barack Obama's call for action on climate change and his admission that rich nations have a particular responsibility to lead has received strong praise from an unusual source — U.S. nemesis Fidel Castro.

Obama's Afghan troop response is key for Europeans

President Barack Obama's response to a call to commit more U.S. troops to Afghanistan will help determine whether wavering European allies boost their own efforts or look for the exit.

Obama to world: Don't expect America to fix it all

In a blunt challenge to his nation's critics, President Barack Obama says world leaders who once accused the United States of acting alone must now join with him to solve global crises rather than "wait for America" to lead.

Obama Says World Not Meeting Responsibilities in Tackling Problems

U.S. President Barack Obama will tell the U.N. General Assembly that the United States cannot solve all the problems of the global community by itself.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why everyone is saying no to Obama

Everybody is saying no to the American president these days. And it's not just that they're saying no, it's also the way they're saying no. Why is everyone saying no to Obama? It's the economy, stupid.

Obama the impotent

The disappointment with Barack Obama is tangible – on climate change and financial reform Europe leads while the US lags.

Monday, September 21, 2009

President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth

It is lovely to feature in other people's dreams. The problem comes when they wake up. Barack Obama is an eloquent, brainy and likeable man with a fascinating biography. He is not George Bush. Those are great qualities. But they are not enough to lead America, let alone the world.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Poles: We've been sold

Translation: We were naive. TREASON! US sold us to Russia and stubbed us in the back.

Did no one at the White House think to look at a calendar?

Did no one at the White House think to look at a calendar to check to see whether their betrayal of Poland and the staunch support it gave the missile defense system just to suck up to Russia might have been better delivered on another day — in fact, any other day?...Now Poles have another reason to mark September 17th.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Obama heads for foreign policy disaster

Convinced of his righteousness, President Obama has set a sure course on foreign policy. It's doubtful he sees the train wreck up ahead.

Barack Obama surrenders to Russia on Missile Defence

This is bad news for all who care about the US commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the defence of Europe as well as the United States. It represents the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency.

Demise of U.S. shield may embolden Russia hawks

Washington hopes that by backing away from an anti-missile system in east Europe, it will get Russian cooperation on everything from nuclear weapons cuts to efforts to curb Iranian and North Korean nuclear ambitions.

Obama scrapping missile shield for Czech, Poland

President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The President is CPR for the GOP

His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War

Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring. Why is the Obama administration doing everything it can to speed the war process along?

Opinion: So far, Obama's failing miserably

It’s entirely possible — nay, likely — that Obama will lose on all three big issues. He’ll probably take that personally. As he has pushed for the passage of his reforms, his public approval ratings have taken a beating, and voters have started to trust the Republicans more than his party on a host of issues.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Czarist Washington

The Framers of the Constitution provided a balance of powers to ensure that no individual and no single arm of government could ever wield unchecked authority against the American people. Nearly 250 years later, these critical lines of separation are being obscured by a new class of federal officials. "Czars."

Obama blows chance to lead - Speech divided rather than united

When, exactly, did the bloom come off the rose? For a good many, I'll bet it was 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, just after President Barack Obama delivered another "sounds good, less filling" speech before a joint session of Congress.

Technocracy in America

The partisan and misleading speech that President Obama delivered to a joint session of Congress last week revealed the president's preferences--more government mandates, regulations, and taxes--when it comes to refashioning the American health care system. It also showcased the contempt for debate and smug sense of moral and intellectual superiority...

Tens of Thousands Protest Obama Initiatives and Government Spending

Tens of thousands of conservative protesters, many complaining that the nation is racing toward socialism, massed outside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, angrily denouncing President Obama's health-care plan and other initiatives as threats to the Constitution.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Detachment of President Obama

President Obama possesses a distressing detachment from both his words and actions. His cool demeanor now seems cold. His movie star nonchalance, calculated. His soaring rhetoric, the words of a pastor who has long since stopped believing them.

Where Is Obama’s ‘Center’?

So why can’t the silver-tongued post-partisan healer seal the deal on this health-care business? Surely it should be the work of moments for the greatest orator in American history to whip up a little medicinal Gettysburg, a touch of Henry V-in-the-Agincourt-casualty-tent, and put this thing away.

Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government

A sea of protesters filled the west lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall on Saturday in the largest rally against President Obama since he took office, a culmination of a summer-long season of protests that began with opposition to a health care overhaul and grew into a broader dissatisfaction with government.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Obama: 'I Will Not Accept Status Quo' on Health Care

President Obama assailed critics of his health care initiative Saturday, seeking to grab the megaphone from his opponents and boost momentum in his drive to get Congress to approve his chief domestic priority.

Obama's Health Care Plan: Put Up And Shut Up

The president's speech was the policy equivalent of the middle finger. If there was anything bipartisan about the speech it was that he embraced every bad big-government idea from both sides.

Obama sets stage for using budget maneuver to pass health reform

President Barack Obama this week has been laying the foundation for Senate Democrats to use a controversial budget maneuver to pass healthcare reform.

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's Still the Economy, Stupid - This could be America's greatest failed presidency

It's been a long time since James Carville said the most famous thing he ever said: It's the economy, stupid. The economy is Barack Obama's 9/11.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What Obama Says vs. What He Does

The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.

Obama to seal US-UN relationship

Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Obama’s UN Gambit: King of the Universe and the Polls

Looking for a quick and easy boost in the polls, President Obama has decided to go to the one place where merit bears no relationship to adulation: the United Nations. On September 24, the president will take the unprecedented step of presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Obama, the Mortal

What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

Obama speech to students sparks new controversy

When kids all across the country return to school Tuesday, some will see a welcoming message from President Barack Obama and some won't.

Now in a book format

Yes, this blog was converted to the book format and published on Amazon.
100 Days of Obama Presidency (Kindle edition)

100 Days of Obama Presidency (Soft cover)