After ‘Froot Loops Lady’ Interview, Obama Called The First “Entertainment-Created President”

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Despite the chaos, Islamic terrorism, and grief gripping Europe and the Middle East, President Obama has chosen to not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but instead gave an hour to GloZell Green, Hank Green, and Bethany Mota. For those who don’t know, these three are YouTube sensations with millions of followers.

GloZell is famous for her bright green lipstick, eating hot peppers and spoonfuls of cinnamon, and sitting in a bathtub full of Froot Loops. Mota is a teen who is known for her videos about fashion and style. Green (no relation to GloZell) is known for his videos about science and history.

Civil Rights leader and executive director of TheTeaParty.net Niger Innis and radio host Richard Fowler joined Martha MacCullum on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss why Obama would rather snub America’s ally to join three YouTubers.

“I think it’s a great, great, great idea,” Fowler said. “I think that just shows the power of YouTube and the power of social media to help change discourse in this country.”

Innis wasn’t amused and added that the commitment of Obama to snub Netanyahu was “an abysmal mistake on his part.”

“This is the first entertainment-created president,” Innis rebutted. “… This is the first president who was largely created due to a good speech that he gave and an entertainment mythology that was created about his candidacy, and what he would do as president of the United States.

“It’s a question of priorities and it’s a huge priority problem when the president of the United States makes an extraordinary amount of time to engage the entertainment community, but he does not set aside time for critical meetings like that with our most important ally in the Middle East, that being Israel, during a time of war, that we’re at war with Islamic extremism,” Innis added.

h/t: TPNN

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Obama Did It Again! This Time The President’s Rude Habit Draws Sharp Rebukes During India Visit

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It was only a few months ago, as Western Journalism reported, that President Obama was sharply criticized on social media networks after being caught on camera casually chewing gum at the big international summit in China.

News reports quoted Chinese observers of Obama’s behavior — behavior that they clearly found offensive: “…Chinese Internet users, accustomed to the highly formal standards of their stiff party leadership, quickly characterized the leader of the world’s most powerful nation as an impolite ‘idler,’ or careless ‘rapper.’”

And it was just a few months before that incident that President Obama was taken to task for chewing gum during solemn D-Day ceremonies in France as Queen Elizabeth II was introduced.

But apparently, the president couldn’t care less about how his public gum-chewing is perceived as he travels to foreign lands for formal events important to his hosts.

The Times Of India newspaper characterized as “an ungainly sight” Obama’s habit once more on full display as he sat next to India’s prime minister during the Republic Day Parade.

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Twitter users were also quick to comment on the lip-smacking exhibition by the U.S. president.

h/t: The Weekly Standard

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Obama Not Going To Auschwitz Ceremony, Sending Jack Lew Instead

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The Obama administration will have a top-level official at the 70th anniversary ceremony of the liberation of Auschwitz Tuesday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be the government’s representative instead of President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden.

Auschwitz was the Nazi concentration camp in Poland where more than one million people – mostly Jews – were murdered, and is widely regarded as the primary symbol of the Holocaust.  

Heads of state from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ukraine are all scheduled to attend the event, The Hill reported last week. The New York Times noted that royalty from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark will also be there.  

President Obama, however, will not be on hand. He is instead sending a delegation led by Lew, America’s first Orthodox Jewish Treasury Secretary. The group includes State Department officials and Auschwitz survivors.

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National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan told reporter Daniel Wiser the president “will be in India, on a long scheduled trip.”

Unlike the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, the Obama administration is at least sending a top-ranked official to commemorate Auschwitz. Still, several on social media have been quick to criticize the president for not going himself:  

h/t: Free Beacon

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The Price Of Speaking Truth To Power: $80 Million

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Leftists love using the phrase “speaking truth to power.” But when Standard and Poor’s, the respected credit ratings service, told the truth about the federal government’s out-of-control spending, power came crashing down on its head.

In August 2011, S&P lowered America’s credit rating below AAA because it found that the government’s ability to manage its finances had become “less stable, less effective and less predictable.” This set off a firestorm within the White House. The Treasury Department publicly attacked the report, and then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called the CEO of the company and threatened them. According to reports of the conversation, Geithner promised that the company would be “looked at very carefully” and would “be held accountable for that.” Harold McGraw III, the CEO of S&P’s parent company, said in a sworn deposition that Geithner said: “Such behavior could not occur without a response from the government.” The response came; and it was swift, harsh, and costly.

The Obama Administration unleashed Attorney General Eric Holder on the company. In August 2013, the Department of Justice sued the company for fraud in their ratings of mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis of 2008. According to the DOJ’s theory, S&P ratings of the securities were tied to relationships they had with the investment firms. The government was threating the company with $5 billion worth of fines. There was no mention of the fact that other credit rating services also rated the same securities as safe. The New York Times noted that “S&P, one of three major agencies offering advice to investors about the quality of debt investments and the only one to face a Justice Department lawsuit, stood out as the rare company to actually follow through and fight the government.” It is clear that the actions of the DOJ were in response to the company’s decision to warn Americans about the coming debt crisis.

S&P decided to fight back by making motions in court demanding documents, emails, and other information connecting the White House, the Treasury Department, and the Department of Justice, in an effort to connect the dots between the credit downgrade and the actions of the DOJ. Not surprisingly, DOJ opposed those motions in court, castigating the effort as a “fishing expedition.” Turning the screws, the DOJ, again in the words of the New York Times, “invoked an obscure federal law passed a quarter-century ago after the savings and loan scandals. The law, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, or Firrea, requires a lower burden of proof than criminal charges and empowers prosecutors to demand unusually large penalties: up to $1.1 million per violation.”

Faced with the threat to the future stability of the company, S&P was forced to settle to get the Obama Administration off their backs. This week, we discovered that the cost of speaking “truth to power” is about $80 million — the amount of money S&P will be forced to fork over to the government for speaking the truth about the country’s financial mess.

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That Was No SOTU – It Was A Populist Campaign Speech

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It is regrettable that we no longer have a true “State of the Union” (SOTU) speech. Rather than hearing a recapitulation of the condition of the nation and where it’s headed, we get what appears to be little more than another campaign speech replete with a veritable Christmas-list of populist proposals and recommendations. Predictably, there were errors, omissions, and outright prevarications, and very little mention of the problems that have been exacerbated over the past several years, in the president’s speech last week.

First, however, a confession of sorts is in order. I didn’t watch the speech. When I was in college, I loved being lectured to by my ISU professors who were knowledgeable, competent, and capable. After all, that’s what I paid them for. Likewise, we pay our governmental leaders to be knowledgeable, competent, and capable and to keep their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When all they do proves their incompetence, and they obviously lied when they took the oath, I’m not going to subject myself to their self-aggrandizing propaganda. After all, I’m not a masochist; and I find it increasingly difficult to resist the impulse to throw things at my TV in response to superfluous rhetoric, grandstanding, self-congratulations, and mendacity. So I read his speeches, instead.

Much of Obama’s lecture Tuesday night was dedicated to his inexorable class warfare theme, pitting the middle class (who have been most adversely affected by the policies of the past six years) against the wealthy (who have done better than anyone during this administration). In advance of the delivery, the media had hyped this iteration of the SOTU as his “Robin Hood” speech. The metaphor hardly seems appropriate since Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham (not the rich from whom the sheriff had extorted the funds). As the head of the government, the President is essentially the Sheriff of Nottingham, who’s doing the extorting.

The President said, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” It would be wonderful for the nation if his policies had been conducive to our economic recovery and accelerated job growth. However, as we’ve documented before, these are occurring in spite of his policies, not because of them. It’s amazing what capitalistic economies can do when new obstacles are no longer being hurled in the way to thwart and stymy them!

“We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … Today, America is number one in oil and gas. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump,” Obama declared. Again, this is with no help from his administration. The massive growth in domestic oil production has been primarily on state and private lands, while his administration has done everything possible to curtail it on federal ground and waterways. And it’s been primarily with technology opposed by his party and his administration. And there’s the power of capitalism again – simple supply and demand benefiting the consumer with increased competition.

Enigmatically, the President queried, “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another? Or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward? … A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other.” It’s pretty difficult to take this counsel from one who has spent the past six years polarizing and dividing, based on income, party affiliation, ideology, and color.

“In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan,” he said. This is encouraging. If he comes through on the promise, it will be the first time he’s offered anything to Congress in six years that isn’t partisan. We won’t hold our breath.

“In the past year alone about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” This reminded me of an email I received from a friend last year that summarized the 2700 page ObamaCare legislation in four simple sentences: “A. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured. B. Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured. C. To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. And D. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured, free of charge to them.” That explains a great deal of the President’s “10 million” figure.

“I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” I’m always amazed at the liberal mind that struggles with economic realities. The cost doesn’t go away; it’s just redistributed, or paid by someone else. And to the liberal politician, it’s always the taxpayer! Never mind that the cost is a scant $60 billion. What is that to a politician who can make a grandiose promise – and make someone else pay for it?

It really would have been nice to hear an actual analysis of the State of the Union. But alas, we just got another populist campaign speech. And even as such, it wasn’t much different than the hand-dryer in the lavatory that had a sticker attached which declared, “Press button for a speech from the president.”

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