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Obama Speech Lifts Trump, Cruz

The general consensus is that President Obama’s speech on ISIS did little to benefit the American people. He failed to enunciate any changes in policy, he threatened Americans’ gun rights, and he didn’t even sound like he recognized the alarming nature of the threat.

But there are two Americans he may have helped on Sunday night: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

What the president’s message lacked was dynamism of any kind. It couldn’t be found in his tepid prescriptions for solving the ISIS problem nor in his unemotional, uninspiring delivery. Watching Obama, many voters will recognize the absence of these traits. And some will realize that dynamism, so necessary to dealing with crises and threats, is what Trump and Cruz possess in abundance.

Just look at the dry platitudes Obama offered up, deflating the country with vows to “continue” existing policies that already aren’t working.

  • “Our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.”
  • “We will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens.”
  • “We’re working with friends and allies to stop ISIL’s operation.”
  • “With American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process — and timeline — to pursue ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war.”

Obama then turned to gun control as a measure sure to help and sternly warned America to “reject discrimination.”

Presumably, then, Americans are supposed to report suspicious behavior, but not focus on the population most likely to commit it.

Voters know that neither Trump nor Cruz will be having any of this political correctness. The initial focus of either of these two would be securing the homeland, not preserving the “safe space” of Muslims or anyone else.

Both have demonstrated the fire in their personalities that Obama lacks and that they surely would apply to the response to ISIS. Cruz has shown it on the campaign trail and on the Senate floor, where he regularly rocked the Senate’s staid status quo. Trump has been projecting force and even ruthlessness — “You’re fired” — to the public for decades now.

Obama counseled against fear during his remarks, but that’s a pipe dream. When America is attacked, even the bravest will have fear. And when there is fear in the land, people will turn to a “strong hand” to rescue them and recoil from Obama’s brand of milquetoast.

After watching Obama, people will think of someone like Cruz, and perhaps even more likely, Trump.

Because, try to imagine either the president or any of the Democratic or Republican candidates putting a gun to the head of an ISIS terrorist and pulling the trigger. Who might do it?

There is only one.

This piece also appears on PoliZette.

Obama to Deliver Oval Office Address on San Bernardino

From the White House:

On Sunday, December 6th at 8:00PM EST, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe. The President will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. The President will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it. He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology.

Not sure how he will defeat ISIS. Might have something to do with limiting carbon emissions. I guess we’ll find out.

I will live stream the address on White House Dossier.

Obama’s Thanksgiving Menu

From a White House official.

The 2015 First Family Thanksgiving Dinner:

Thyme Roasted Turkey
Garlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange Relish
Honey-Baked Ham with Apricot-Mustard Glaze
Prime Rib and Creamed Horseradish
Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers Oyster Stuffing
Braised Winter Greens (Collards, Kale, and Turnip Greens)
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potato Gratin
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Fresh Greens
Kale Caesar Salad

Dessert

Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Cherry Pie

Video || Obama Compares Syrian Refugees to The Pilgrims

President Obama Thursday used his Thanksgiving address to lecture Americans about generosity, suggesting opposition to admitting Syrian refugees stems from a lack of it and comparing the Syrians to the Pilgrims.

From the address:

On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity . . .

I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL.

Now, people should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. That was the case before Paris, and it’s the case now. And what happened in Paris hasn’t stopped Americans from opening their arms anyway . . .

Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance. We turn Lady Liberty’s light to the world, and widen our circle of concern to say that all God’s children are worthy of our compassion and care. That’s part of what makes this the greatest country on Earth.

Americans who are concerned about the Syrian refugees are not ungenerous. They have not lost the spirit symbolized by the Statue of Liberty. Rather, they want to prevent people from entering the country who might blow it up.

We already accept tens of thousand of refugees in this country every year. Syrians fleeing war don’t have to come to the United States. They can be resettled in the Middle East. There are legitimate concerns about whether they can be vetted, and why so many of them are young men, not women and children.

Mr. President, why not extend some of your spirit of generosity to the thousands of Americans who could be killed in the next terrorist attack?

Obama: Republicans Helping ISIS

President Obama launched an attack on Republicans from foreign soil Sunday, saying during a stop in Malaysia that they were helping the enemy, ISIS.

“Prejudice and discrimination helps ISIL and undermines our national security,” Obama said during a press conference in Malaysia.

So while overseas, speaking to a foreign audience, Obama accuses fellow Americans of being racist and aiding the enemy. All because they want to protect the nation by stopping Syrian refugees – and the potential terrorists among them – from entering the United States, with the possible exception of Christians who are targeted for death and cannot easily be relocated in the region instead of here.

Obama: Syrians No More Threatening than Tourists

Has the president lost touch with reality?

“The idea that somehow they pose a more significant threat than all the tourists who pour into the United States every single day just doesn’t jive with reality,” Obama said during an appearance in the Philippines. “So my expectation is after the initial spasm of rhetoric, the people will settle down, take a look at the facts, and we’ll be able to proceed.”

Even were this true, there’s one key difference: We can stop the Syrians from coming here.

Hollande to Visit the White House

French President Francois Hollande with meet with President Obama at the White House next Tuesday, November 24, the White House announced this morning. From the White House: This visit will underscore the friendship and solidarity between the United States and France, our oldest ally. President Obama and President Hollande will consult and coordinate our efforts… Continue Reading

Obama Late for Moment of Silence

From the Washington Times. President Obama walked in late Sunday on a moment of silence being held by world leaders in Turkey to honor the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Reporters traveling with the president said Mr. Obama had not yet arrived when other world leaders at the G-20 conference in Turkey began their… Continue Reading

Video || Obama May Not be Welcome in Roseburg

President Obama Friday will ravel to Roseburg, Oregon to “comfort” victims of last week’s shooting there, but many residents don’t seem to particularly want him around. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will not hold any public events, and that his intent is strictly to meet with the bereaved. But people in the town are… Continue Reading

Obama Sets Up New Shutdown Fight

President Obama on Friday set up another potential budget shutdown fight, insisting on a long-term spending bill and saying he would not sign another temporary measure like the current one, which expires Dec. 11. “I will not sign another short-sighted spending bill like Congress sent me this week,” Bush said. “Congress has to do it’s job.… Continue Reading