Friday, September 28, 2012

Cruising the web

Remember how the excuse Obama gave for not meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu was that he was just too busy to squeeze a face-to-face meeting with the leader of Israel? So this is what he is doing instead.
President Obama is scheduled to attend three campaign fundraisers tomorrow, according to the White House. All three events are in Washington, D.C.:

4:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
6:05PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
8:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event

Yet Obama is not scheduled tomorrow to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly requested a meeting with the president and was denied.
Priorities, priorities.

Michael Barone examines the history of the Jewish vote in elections. A new poll shows that 65% of American Jews support Obama versus 24% for Romney.

American military planners tell Foreign Policy about how they're trying to figure out how Israelis might attack the Iranian nuclear facilities. Why are they talking in such details to the press?

The veil of ignorance that the White House tried to pull over the assassination of our ambassador in Benghazi since it happened is being pulled aside. More and more news organizations are beginning to indicate that they're getting reports that intelligence officials suspected very quickly that this was the result of terrorism. ABC reports that "intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected the attack was not tied to the movie at all." But the administration repeatedly lied to us blaming the video. It's clear that they didn't want Americans to think that a successful terror attack on Americans took place under Obama's watch especially after they had neglected to order heightened protection for our diplomats located in a hotbed of jihadists. They perhaps figured that the media would continue to cover for them. And perhaps they'll be justified in their confidence in the media's covering for them. We can all imagine how the media would have covered similar prevarication from the Bush administration.

Environmentalists are blocking the Obama dream of high-speed rail in California. That's why we can't build any more Hoover Dams, not because we lack the will.

Jonah Goldberg wonders what Obama has learned in his almost four years of presidency. Obama claims that he hasn't told enough stories to communicate his vision for the country. Oh, please.
Contrary to popular myth, Obama has not rallied public opinion to his side on a single major domestic issue.

The idea that health-care reform was an “outsider-driven” affair is especially otherworldly. Unpopular from the get-go, it passed with ugly horse trades and legislative bribes that helped spur an outsider movement to defeat it, i.e., the Tea Parties.

His claim that he was too busy “getting the policy right” to tell the people a story is doubly creepy in its lack of self-awareness. All the reporting about Obama’s first term suggests that he outsourced the heavy lifting on the stimulus, “Obamacare,” and Wall Street reform to the Democratic leadership while he indulged his logorrheic platitudinousness. According to Bob Woodward’s new book, even Nancy Pelosi hit mute on the speakerphone (which she’s denied) during one of Obama’s perorations, and she and Harry Reid went on with their meeting.

In his first year, Obama barely stopped talking to the American people, who unfortunately didn’t always have a mute button handy. According to CBS’s Mark Knoller, Obama gave 411 speeches or statements (52 addresses solely on health-care reform), 42 news conferences, 158 interviews, 23 town-hall meetings, and 28 fundraisers.

And what did Obama learn from all of this? Nothing, nothing at all.
Just think of how many more speeches we'll get to hear if he's reelected. And we'll get to see him even more on late night talk shows, morning women's shows, and all our sports events. Oh, joy.

The Supreme Court has a contentious set of cases scheduled for this term.

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Charles Krauthammer chastises Romney for playing small ball and not putting together his criticisms of Obama's policies into a big picture. Unfortunately, Romney just doesn't seem to be all that good at what George H.W. Bush called "the vision thing."

John Podhoretz thinks that it's time for Mitt to get mad. Is the state of the economy is isn't enough to get people mad, what is?

Even Bill Clinton's pollster thinks that, even though Obama is ahead, recent polls have been oversampling Democrats.

Here's a great story of how one blogger tracked down and met a vicious, threatening troll face-to-face.

A.B. Stoddard of The Hill scorns Obama's decision to campaign rather than do his day job.
Obama enjoys a wide lead over Romney on who would make a stronger commander in chief, and his attempt to phone it in isn’t likely to tip the scales for most undecided voters. But as he campaigns hard for another term, Obama should remember that this is the job he signed up for — and this week, at least, he blew it off.

Former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh criticizes Obamacare's tax on medical devices. Funny how he didn't realize that when he voted for Obamacare. Perhaps his change of heart came when he hired on to a law firm that represents medical-device companies.

No, contrary to what some liberals are claiming, financial recessions don't lead to weak recoveries.