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Parents: Obama Broke Promise to Donate to Kayla Mueller Foundation

The parents of Kayla Mueller, who was captured by ISIS and killed while being held, said President Obama broke his promise to make a donation to a foundation set up in her name.

Obama promised the donation during a meeting with the Muellers.

“He says, ‘I will help that foundation.'” Carl Mueller said. “He says, ‘You won’t know, it will be an anonymous donation, but I will.'”

Mueller said he is still waiting for the donation.

Biden Expects Gitmo to Close by the End of Obama’s Presidency

Vice President Biden said Thursday it is his “hope and expectation” that the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba will close before President Obama leaves office.

Biden spoke during a press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm.

President Obama appears to be relentlessly determined, no matter the cost to national security, to follow through on his “promise” to close Gitmo. This is pettiness in the extreme, the determination of one egocentric man to not have his will denied.

Obama already has set loose from Gitmo, or sent to countries where they will be less securely held, many dangerous bad guys. Some have rejoined the battlefield and are fighting alongside other Islamist militants overseas. Others may be coming soon to a shopping mall, movie complex, megachurch, or skyscraper near you.

All to give one man a sense of satisfaction.

Obama to Visit Louisiana After His Vacation is Over

As criticism mounts of President Obama’s failure to even make remarks about the disastrous flooding in Louisiana, the White House today said Obama will travel to the region Tuesday, after his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard is finished.

In a notably defensive statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sought to demonstrate that Obama has at least been following the situation and explained that Obama “wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts.”

Buuuuht, in 2005 Obama criticized George W. Bush for failing to parachute directly into the Katrina disaster, according to the Washington Examiner:

Obama said, with emotion

We can talk about what happened for two days in 2005 and we should. We can talk about levees that couldn’t hold, a FEMA that seemed not just incompetent but paralyzed and powerless, about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground, tyring to provide comfort and aid.

From Earnest’s statement:

While in Martha’s Vineyard, the President has received updates on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who took separate trips there. The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23rd. Additional details will be announced in the coming days. The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts. He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.

The Democratic governor of Louisiana gave Obama cover, saying he didn’t want him around yet anyway. Yeah, sure.

This is what a more professionalized campaign can do. Trump one this news cycle, hands down.

Obama’s Compassionless Vacation

President Obama is one of those types, often seen among liberals, who care deeply about abstractions and are angry about the “oppression” of the have nots by the haves. But when it comes to the person right next to them? Meh.

For Obama, what gets him going are the social justice issues that he started getting angry about in his dorm room at Occidental, particularly racism, which he thinks is still endemic in society.

I think the biggest thing the drives Obama, politically, at least, is anger. I guess if I grew up black in a society where there was still plenty of racism at the time, and with two parents who mostly — and in his dad’s case, completely — ignored me, I’d be a little angry too.

And yet, whatever the cause, the result is this president.

Anger is a passion, but it is a passion of aloofness, one that separates you from others. That’s why Obama gets so worked up when an unarmed black man is killed by a cop, but he hardly seems to notice — or at least never remarks upon — the thousands of young African American men being killed in our society by other black men. Because the cop killing feeds into his view of the world, which is driven by anger at injustice, not by compassion for the suffering.

How else to explain that there are massive human tragedies occurring in both Louisiana and California, and we are hearing not a peep out of this president, who today is golfing, again, with some of his rich friends on Martha’s Vineyard.

I know many of you think if he got involved he would just make things worse. But he could at least use the bully pulpit to get people to donate and to let the federal agencies know that this is a presidential priority, in addition to his golf handicap.

In Lousiana, flooding, as of the current count, has killed at least 13 people. About 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, 30,000 people have had to be saved, and 1,300 are in shelters.

A White House Dossier reader, also named Keith, emails me. He lives there, and he is trying to help:

Lots of tears today. I’ll wear my sunglasses inside tomorrow so that when the ladies come to my table and cry and ask questions, they at least won’t have to see me cry too. I guess that’s my sensitive side. But, really, if you have had a neighbor who has lost a house and car, it’s touching. If 350 people are in the same building with you and all of them have lost it all, it’s overwhelming.

Keith’s home, fortunately, was spared. He writes:

The clean up and restoration will take a decade, as Katrina has, forty to fifty thousand homes all requiring new drywall, new paint, new electric wiring, etc. Simply will not happen overnight. I’m exhausted, so I’m off to bed soon.  Thanking God and gravity that I have a bed, not a cot in the gymnasium of the Hammond Community Center.

While Keith tries to provide assistance and calls out to his friends to help, Obama has made no appearances and no public statements. Because, since nature has no agenda, it doesn’t mean to cause harm, and so it can’t be a focus of your moral outrage.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune lists a few ways you can help. Among them:

• Red Cross

Accepting: Donations via telephone. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10

• Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge’s city animal shelter

Needs: Foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water and food for volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization’s website, www.CAABR.org.

• NOLA Pay It Forward

Accepting: Greater New Orleans Foundation collecting donations to aid neighboring parishes in early relief and rebuilding efforts. Access the site here.

• United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Accepting: Donations online by going through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s website. Checks can also be mailed to: United Way of Southeast Louisiana, ATTN: Flood Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

The fires in California are not as localized, and right now the best way to contribute, I think, is to go to the Red Cross disaster relief page.

This is one man’s week. He’s looking for people to help.

This is another’s week. He’s looking for his golf ball.

Obama Fails to Interrupt his Vacation for Tragedy

Yes, another LifeZette piece for you that I’ve written, also running today. In fact, written this morning. It’s FRESH off the presses, as they used to say, back when there were presses.

President Obama is ignoring the twin crises in Milwaukee and Louisiana while he vacations with abandon. Now imagine if Bush did that.

From the piece:

Saturday was a day at the beach for President Obama. Literally. The president spent hours seaside at his vacation paradise on Martha’s Vineyard with friends, absorbing the soothing ocean breeze and floating around in the salt water.

The president may literally have been soaking up some “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys tune on his recently released Spotify list, or perusing “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan, one of the books the White House says he brought with him to the island.

Meanwhile in Milwaukee, the vibes were not good at all. After a police officer killed a black man, anger began to brew and by nighttime rioters were out in force and torching businesses, no matter that the deceased was armed when shot. As the rioters gathered, Obama was dining at the Red Cat Kitchen, “a place where you’re just as likely to connect with old friends as meet new and fascinating people from all over the world” and where “you can feel completely spoiled,” according to the restaurant’s website. And where entrées average about $35.

After piecing through the devastation in Milwaukee, city and state officials began to brace for whatever might come next.

For Obama, what came next was golf.

Please read the rest of the article here on LifeZette!

Obama Failed to Put Money in Your Pocket

Here’s another article I wrote for LifeZette, about Obama’s failure to raise incomes. Why isn’t Trump emphasizing this? Not sure. From the piece: There is one thing that Republicans should be in complete agreement on with Hillary Clinton: President Obama doesn’t get enough credit for the economy. The Democrats, with the assistance of an obliging press,… Continue Reading

For the Obamas, the Party has Never Stopped

I think you will enjoy this piece I have running today in LifeZette, describing seven and a half years of indulgences by the Obamas. From the article: All-night parties! Three hundred rounds of golf! Hawaii vacations! African safaris! And always, summer on the Vineyard! Truly the 1 Percent life. Sure, President Barack and Michelle Obama… Continue Reading

Obama to Stage All-Night Birthday Bash Friday

President Obama, who turned 55 Thursday, plans a massive White House bacchnal that will see him partying into the night Friday with celebreties and sports stars. Michelle is said to be “throwing” the party for him. According to the New York Post: President Barack Obama will celebrate his 55th birthday with a huge all-night party… Continue Reading