Tag Archives: obama

Obama’s Middle East Mess

Walter Russell Mead, The American InterestSecretary of State John Kerry went uncomfortably off-message yesterday in Pakistan, voicing a surprising level of support for Egypt’s military to journalists in Islamabad:“In effect, they w…

Why Is the President Sneering at Pipeline Jobs?

Guy Benson, Townhall
Quite the cavalier attitude from a president who’s in the middle of a potemkin “jobs” tour, with the national U-6 unemployment rate hovering above 14 percent. Discounting 2,000 American jobs as a “blip” might strike many unemployed Americans as an odd formulation. Beyond that, he’s wrong on the numbers, ignoring the dramatic

Obamacare’s Missing Employer Mandate

James Capretta, Weekly StdAfter getting over the shock of the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to delay the employer mandate for a year, supporters of the law have taken to downplaying the significance of the step. Jonathan Chait a…

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

This week saw the resurfacing of an unfortunate episode that many had thought was over, or had at least conveniently forgotten about. I’m talking, of course, about our still-sputtering economy. On Wednesday, President Obama gave what was bill…

Our Cynic-in-Chief

Jonah Goldberg, National Review
My rival in this race," President Obama announced early in 2007, "is not other candidates. It’s cynicism." Sadly, it’s now evident cynicism won.In a much-hyped speech at Knox College on Wednesday, Obama sought to pivot back to the economy "” as the journali

Cori Crider: Why, Mr President, Is Guantanamo Bay Still Open?

"A symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." These are President Obama’s recent words on Guantanamo Bay, the military prison he rules as commander-in-chief. But as Gitmo’s infamous hunger strike enters its sixth month, it is increasingly plain that we have not one, but two administrations on Guantánamo Bay. The

Why the Republican Coalition Still Works in ’16

Harry Enten, Guardian
The faultline in the GOP revealed by the party’s internal debate on immigration reform "“ over whether a future Republican coalition should rely more heavily on whites than it already does, or should try and bring more Latinos into the fold to win the presidency "“ remains unresolved. W

Obama’s Low Job Approval Bad News for Dems in 2014

J.T. Young, IBD
Conventional wisdom says highly motivated opponents and unmotivated supporters cost Democrats 2010′s midterm. If true, Obama’s current low polling numbers could augur a sequel in 2014.Not only is Obama today almost exactly where he was with the overall population in the 2010 election, he is polling decidedly worse among those wit

Is President Obama Out of Ideas?

Dana Milbank, Washington Post
"I don’t normally do this," President Obama’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in the subject line of an e-mail blast to reporters Sunday night.This was tantalizing. What would this top White House official be doing? Singing karaoke on the North Lawn? Getting a "POTUS"

Obama & the Unfinished Business of Race

Eugene Robinson, Wash Post
WASHINGTON — Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.Obama’s remarks Friday — a surprise to reporters expecting the usual daily

President Obama’s Summer Swoon

Chris Stirewalt, FOX NewsPresident Obama’s poor job approval ratings have become as much a part of late July as sweet corn and a fire sale on the Cubs’ roster. But this time, Team Obama has a plan to prevent the second-half slump t…

The Full-Time White House Horror Show

Wes Pruden, Washington TimesEverything about President Obama’s grand takeover of everyone’s aches and pains puts the pain in a new place. The only relief he can promise is that the pain is more tolerable today than it will be tomor…

Buyer’s Remorse From Obamacare Backers

Seth Mandel, Commentary
One of the key selling points for ObamaCare was President Obama’s repeated promise that if you like your current health insurance plan, you can keep it. This posed a challenge to the president because not only was it clearly untrue, but the health-care reform law was specifically designed to prevent many people from being

Obama’s “Hidden Hand” Approach

Peter Baker, New York TimesThat is not to say Mr. Obama is uninvolved. In the privacy of the West Wing, away from the cameras, he has made calls to leading figures in the Arab world and has met with advisers trying to influence the crisis. But his low…

Is Obama’s Biggest Problem Obama?

Ezra Klein, Washington PostFor the White House, immigration reform perfectly encapsulates the most frustrating reality of President Obama’s second term: If it’s to be a success, Obama needs to stay out of it — or…