The Romney-Obama debate was bizarre for so many reasons. Usually spin masters needle the media immediately to “prove” that their so-so candidate won. But after this debate, almost no one made the argument that Obama was close to winning — so great was the risk for even a toadying media to look ridiculous and so clear-cut the ineptness of the president. Instead, the eventual spin veered to why Obama lost (e.g., altitude, a supposed tranquilizer, a supposed mysterious Kleenex for Romney, a national security crisis, etc.) and was the stuff of fantasies.
What did anyone expect from a lazy, disconnected from his job, puffball president. He doesn't do his job, he only parrots what his handlers put on the teleprompter, and when it comes time for him to man up - nothing, vapid and empty, there is nothing there. An empty bag of hot air is about the best we can explain it. Heated up by who knows what others are pulling this puppets strings?
"The realization that another rant by a liberal commentator could cement the reputation of Obama as an incompetent and add to the image of a hopelessly inept president will temper post-debate media anger. The moderator cannot afford to be laissez-faire in the fashion of Jim Lehrer, and will prove far more partisan." Count on it. This is war, and they will not go down without a bitter fight. The headlines for Oct. 17 have already been written. Obama will be the winner, your opinion be damned.
Someone compared Juan Williams to a crash dummy. When I'm forced to look at him that's all I can think of. Between him and Bob Beckel I can't think of anyone more obnoxious. Oh wait, I just thought of one more guy.
A razor-sharp analysis by VDH. The media will now pull out all they have to rescue their boy. It's going to be disgusting, folks, take an extra blood pressure pill. I think we have an October surprise similar to the George H.W. Bush lies about an affair coming. It was a lie but they ran with it in the weeks leading to the election. After all, lying for the 'right cause' is acceptable to these POS.
Juan Williams has offered himself in sacrifice upon the Alter of Amorality. In wondering why, I have to assume it's all about ethnicity. How sad, because that makes him a hugh racist.
The presidential debates are nothing more than an set-up to play 'gotcha' with Mitt Romney and, for that matter, all Republican candidates who came before this day. Only Newt had the guts to tear them apart during one such debate .... to great applause, I might add.
I have little doubt that the moderators will continue to 'rescue' their lame candidate when necessary. Who can forget Georgie Porgie's interview with Obama, who referred to his 'Muslim faith?' Georgie quickly reminded the president that he meant to say his 'Christian faith.'
Someone told the bamster -- he could be "king".......
He believed it -- and enjoys all the "extras" perks that come with being the prez. He didn't know -- however -- being prez is a JOB and he would be called on to lead. Not from a teleprompter -- but -- from his ability.
Romney has always been better positioned than the biased media and their captive pollsters were willing to allow. Now they are seven months pregnant and they can't hide it anymore. I predict a bouncing eight pound Republican baby on Nov 6.
More than anything, Hansen calls attention to the most horrible aspect of our culture- children brought up (like Obama) without having much of anything demanded of them. (They even tried to make kids stop working on their parents’ farms???) If you just paid attention, and understood that, you knew better than to vote for him. (137 “present” votes??)
One poster here, who teaches, said on another article that his urban students were horribly disappointed in Obama’s debate performance. Tragic.Those kids (and their parents) don’t get it –nor do the host of liberal idiots Hansen names. You get to success, to self-realization, empowerment, whatever –through trial and error. By doing –doing it wrong and then doing it again until its right. So many kids are being deprived of that! (And the ones that aren’t stand out by a mile!)
That’s why our parents did things like gave us those piano lessons, etc. –to learn, not the skill of piano playing, but competence, to learn discipline and how it builds success. Good schools do that. Bad parents don’t.
Anyone looking at Obama’s life –including the last three years-would be an imbecile to expect anything else of him.
two things I noticed in the debate that haven't been talked about or reported that I've seen.
First, did you notice that when the question had something to do with how each of them would work with members of the opposition party TOTUS got in his obligatory, I got Bin Laden soundbite - apropos of nothing pertinent in the current discussion. That's his crutch right now and it doesn't even belong to him; the SEALS and the army pilots are the heros.
Second did you notice how often TOTUS was nodding his head in agreement with Gov. Romney? It was so weird, he was being slammed and he just kept nodding in agreement. He's so use to sycophants telling him what he wants to hear that he didn't even register what was being said to and about him.
The leftists in the Democrat Party and the MSM are furious with Obama because they have taken their best shot in 50 years at transforming the Republic into Euro-America, and their meticulously groomed and prepped ball carrier has fumbled the ball. And they realize too late in the day that they made a fool’s mistake to think that an unaccomplished, undisciplined, untested lazy Choomster was not Presidential material, but rather a certain failure waiting to happen.
The left’s most excellent Presidency has proved to have feet of sand, and the once-and-for-all American Socialist Reformation is not to be.
Victor Davis Hanson is on target once again. As he points out, Obama has been so pampered and protected by the MSM and opinion-shapers in general that he is actually unable to perform on his own unaided. Hanson's point that Obama sees himself as the representative of the preoccupations and neuroses of the liberal "intellectual" class is right on.
#17, speaking of the teacher's black students being horribly disappointed in The Won's debate performance - I live in a large southern city among many blacks, and the shame is palpable. I actually feel sorry for them.
Here in Houston, for decades there was a sign on the back fence of a home off of Westpark, which is a road locals use to avoid freeway traffic because it is unusually fast and wide. The sign said, "Vote Democratic."
About four months after Obama's election, the word "SUCKERS" appeared in black paint. I very much regret not getting a picture.
I hadn't noticed that 18. It seemed to me that often when Romney was speaking, Barry's attention was somewhere else: like looking at his Blackberry, disguised as notes. He was probably nodding in agreement as ValJar or Axelrod told him what he was to say when next it was his turn to speak.
It's completely understandable that the leftist media machine would feel betrayed by Obama - especially front line propagandists like Chris Matthews. Here they've been working 'round the clock for years, making up and selling the fiction about his brilliance and wonderful leadership, and then he shows up at the one crucial event where he alone has to run with the ball and he drops it like he was sedated.
He'll give a better performance next time but only in style... and with the help of an audience allowed to participate as his hallelujah choir.
I was amused by a comment made by some idiot on TV that biden was a real debater and would be all over Ryan. I am sorry, but Ryan will have him for dinner. Biden is a freak show and picked because he would not upstage the magic one.
Again, remember WAG THE DOG, Dustin Hoffman the crazed movie producer priving to his secret agent Robert De Niro, that he could CONTROL the Diane Sawyer LIVE on the air. She was wearing an earphone and repeated exactly what he PHONED IN. Ray Bradbury, Jerry Sohl, George Clayton Johnson readers KNOW an ear piece can be implanted in one's ear. Is that better than a teleprompter? It's his only way out, listening to his commie comrade Valerie Jaret's every word. Also, Biden, being the top intelligence man for the Jesuit army, will do brilliantly. He is a life long Catholic with incredible memorization training. His bluster is cover. Brilliant cover.
God help us if what #28 posted happens. I can just imagine the explosive response that will spread over the land. There will be change beyond their wildest dreams. Talk about arousing a sleeping giant. They won't know what hit them.
I think one of the reasons the person dressed up to be president failed at the first debate is because he got confused and thought he was playing the part of Kingfish from the old Amos and Andy show and was speaking at a meeting of the Knights of the Mystic Sea. That would be a role he might possibly be capable of pulling off; acting like a president is outside of his range IMHO.
35 - Sure, there are intelligent, honorable blacks who'd be great political representatives. Blacks don't want them! Obama IS what they want. The shiftless, lazy, uncooperative, venal, careless, scofflaw bum: that's the pefect winning black politician. They want their leaders to embody their ideal: the worthless layabout who suddenly wins the $10 million lottery. Hard work? Self-sacrifice? Integrity? Don't make me laugh. Those are all "whitey" traits, and will get you absolutely nowhere when it comes to selecting a leader among blacks. Why do all black-run communities end up as dumps? Because the people in them are irresistibly drawn to flashy conmen instead of sober, moral workhorses. It could have been predicted that, when given a chance to have a black president (and you only get ONE chance to be the first at anything) blacks would throw up this cheap little nobody.
Organizers of a rally planned for Washington, D.C. on Saturday in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi deny being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, or being Brotherhood supporters. The rally, they said during a news conference Friday, is about justice in Egypt. A long record, in many cases tested in court, says otherwise. The recently-formed Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) news conference featured Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party.
What does is say about a religion when, if two innocent teenage girls walking down the street are doused with acid by men on motorbikes, everyone assumes the attackers must be Muslims? We let a great many outrages go unremarked, but this one really should be noted. The victims are two British girls, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, who were spending their “gap year” between high school and university volunteering at an orphanage in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a mostly Muslim place, so they had been warned about the need to fit in:
Stavanger, Norway — The National Review cruise pulled in on Tuesday to this coastal city, which clearly is the center of the country’s fabulously successful oil industry. Outside of Texas, it’s unlikely you would find a Petroleum Museum in the United States like the one that occupies a prominent place on Stavanger’s waterfront. We depend on the oil industry for our daily needs, but then either disparage it or ignore it. Not so Norway. The museum in Stavanger, which opened in 1997, makes obligatory nods toward climate change and alternative fuels. But among the pictures
SANAA, Yemen — The U.S. has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al-Qaida militants killed in less than two weeks, including three strikes on Thursday alone in which a dozen died. The action against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen branch is known, comes amid a global terror alert issued by Washington. One Mideast official says the uptick is due to its leaders leaving themselves more vulnerable by moving from their normal hideouts toward areas where they could carry out attacks. The U.S. and Britain evacuated
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says. On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman’s home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people — a noted al Qaeda tactic,
Starbucks seems an unlikely dueling ground in the national debate over guns, but the ubiquitous coffee chain Friday will once again find itself squarely in the cross hairs in the battle between gun control and gun rights advocates. More than 2,000 gun rights activists plan to visit their local Starbucks with their sidearms for a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day.” The Seattle-based chain takes no formal position on guns but has a corporate policy of following applicable state gun laws — including “open carry”
It’s time to take off the kid gloves and start going toe-to-toe with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, during an appearance on Fox News. After all, Mr. Putin doesn’t mind causing America angst, Mr. Bolton said. Witness the recent granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I think in order to focus Putin’s thinking, we need to do things that cause him pain as well,” Mr. Bolton said, to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And while I know that not having a chance to have a bilateral meeting with his buddy Barack Obama
New York ethics regulators have opened a new investigation into the State Assembly after learning that Assembly Democrats withheld documents that were subpoenaed as part of a recent sexual harassment inquiry, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The new inquiry began after The New York Times revealed last month that a top Assembly lawyer had kept quiet allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat and current City Council candidate, in 2009. The lawyer, Bill Collins, was dismissed amid the revelations. The records related to the Kellner allegations were not turned over
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life
When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda, and taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One.
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country. More than half of the 166 prisoners being held in Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the transfer of many of them is essential to Obama’s long-promised goal of closing the detention center. But the recent threat involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch is known, underlines the national security and political obstacles ahead.
The US state department has told citizens and non-emergency government staff to leave Yemen "immediately" due to security threats. It comes after the sudden closure of 20 US embassies and consulates on Sunday. This was prompted by intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures, including top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, US media said. Meanwhile the UK Foreign office says it has withdrawn embassy staff from Yemen and advises against all travel there. The US earlier said the closures in North Africa and the Middle East were "out of an abundance of caution".
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home
You can get a deconstruction of the media at many places. The people who visit the Treehouse want to see the entire context; The entire truth, as it presents. So here we go…. In any endeavor of corruption and misleading governance, the control of, and support by, the media, is an absolute necessity. The USSR needed Pravda to keep the ruse of governance for decades. The need of/by the U.S. government has steadily grown over the course of several progressive decades; but the urgency has increased exponentially over the past five years with the extremes
WASHINGTON—The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”