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Obama Whines About Lack of “Credit” for Economy as it Tanks

Okay, Mr. President. At White House Dossier, you get all the credit.

We’re basically within an accounting error of a recession, and President Obama is front and center on the New York Times website Thursday grumbling that he is not getting credit for fixing the economy. The economy, in the first quarter of 2016, grew at an annualized rate of 0.5 percent, following a 1.4 percent increase the last quarter of 2015.

The Wall Street Journal notes, “U.S. corporate profits are set to decline for the third straight quarter, the longest and broadest slide in earnings since the financial crisis.”

Yes, Mr. President, you fixed us. You fixed us good.

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Obama, of course, thinks the reason he is not getting “traction” for his excellent stewardship of the economy is the same as the reason for all of his problems: Republicans and their politicization of everything.

From the Times piece:

There are, of course, many reasons so few Americans seem to be celebrating. “How people feel about the economy,” Obama told me, giving one part of his own theory, is influenced by “what they hear.” He went on: “And if you have a political party — in this case, the Republicans — that denies any progress and is constantly channeling to their base, which is sizable, say, 40 percent of the population, that things are terrible all the time, then people will start absorbing that.”

Alas, by any conceivable measure – or by any relevant measure – things are terrible. Obama has the worst economic growth record of any post-war president – ALL OF THEM – with an average GDP increase each quarter of around 1.7 percent. More people are out of the workforce than at any time in the last 40 years, helping account for the low unemployment rate, since those not looking for work aren’t counted as unemployed. Median income hasn’t risen, and the poverty rate is at the same level it was before Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society socialism kicked in.

And yet Obama and the New York Times collaborate on a serious article about why he isn’t getting enough credit. Go figure.

State Department Tries to Deny “No Boots on the Ground” Pledge

Even for the Obama administration, this one is deeply rich.

State Department spokesman John Kirby Monday said to an astonished Matt Lee of the Associated Press that the administration has not been saying there would be “no boots on the ground” in places like Syria in Iraq.

This after President Obama announced Monday that 250 special operations troops would be hitting the ground in Syria during the next several weeks.

Maybe they will not be wearing boots. Maybe Obama is having them don ballet slippers as part of the restricted rules of engagement.

Lee: For months and months and months, the mantra from the president and everyone else in the administration has been, “No boots on the ground,” and now —

Kirby: No, that is not true.

Lee: What?

Kirby: It’s just not true, Matt.

Lee: It is. It’s true!

Kirby: No it’s not. I just flatly, absolutely disagree with you.

At another point, Kirby claimed, “There was never this, ‘No boots on the ground.’ I don’t know where this keeps coming from.” Well. It keeps coming from here:

Obama to Brits: You Owe it to Dead Americans to Let Me Lecture You

President Obama today began haranguing the British to remain in the European Union, suggesting he should be permitted to interfere in their internal affairs because Americans died in Europe during World War II.

French President Francois Hollande immediately insisted that the United States legalize all immigrants within its borders, noting that France had provided America with critical assistance during the Revolutionary War and had better listen to what he says.

Okay, that last part didn’t happen, but the first part did. Writing in the Telegraph, Obama summoned the sacrifices of Americans who fought Germany in order to promote his quasi-Socialist vision of a united, borderless Europe subject to the whims and incompetencies of faceless Euro-bureaucrats.

Obama wrote:

I will say, with the candour of a friend, that the outcome of your decision is a matter of deep interest to the United States. The tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries are a silent testament to just how intertwined our prosperity and security truly are. And the path you choose now will echo in the prospects of today’s generation of Americans as well.

Conservative London mayor Boris Johnson reacted with justifiable indignation:

The US guards its democracy with more hysterical jealousy than any other country on earth . . . For the United States to tell us in the UK that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy — it is a breathtaking example of the principle of do-as-I-say-but-not-as-I-do. It is incoherent. It is inconsistent, and yes it is downright hypocritical. The Americans would never contemplate anything like the EU, for themselves or for their neighbours in their own hemisphere. Why should they think it right for us?

Johnson is right, except that Obama is not “the United States.”

In his own op-ed, Obama used flattery . . .

As citizens of the United Kingdom take stock of their relationship with the EU, you should be proud that the EU has helped spread British values and practices – democracy, the rule of law, open markets – across the continent and to its periphery. The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence – it magnifies it . . . the US and the world need your outsized influence to continue – including within Europe.

. . . and a threat, suggesting Britain’s absence from the EU would diminish its usefulness to the United States:

When we negotiated the historic deal to verifiably prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, it was collective action, working together with the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, that got the job done. And the EU’s seat at the table magnified the United Kingdom’s voice.

And he told Britain how to handle its economy:

When it comes to creating jobs, trade, and economic growth in line with our values, the UK has benefited from its membership in the EU – inside a single market that provides enormous opportunities for the British people.

I suppose this many help those seeking to move Britain out of the European Union. So thank you, Mr. President.

Obama Improperly Tries to Influence Women’s Soccer Suit

After a while, people just get used to this kind of thing, and nobody cares. Presidential abuse of power, when not stopped early in its tracks, just gets worse and worse, as we have seen time and again with President Obama.

The mainstream press has mostly mitigated the egregiousness of this stuff – executive actions that end-run Congress, wars waged overseas without Congress even weighing in, appointments that require congressional approval made without congressional approval, etc., etc., etc., – because of course, Obama is just trying to do what’s right for people. So he’s allowed.

Most recently, he’s been weighing in on the Hillary email scandal, suggesting it just ain’t a big deal. And then of course Attorney General Loretta Lynch will make her own decision about whether to prosecute should the FBI have the guts to recommend such a thing.

Tuesday, Obama took sides in a wage discrimination suit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who complain that they are paid less than the male soccer players and it’s because they are women.

Now guess whose side he took?

Obama womens soccer

Men are paid more because men’s soccer generally takes in more money, last year being an exception since the women won the World Cup. The men are faster, more skilled and more exciting to watch. Oh God, did I just say that? You know you can’t speak the truth, I mean, this is journalism, right?

However, the women do something a lot the men don’t do as much of, and that is win. But until 2015, that still hasn’t translated into a better bottom line. If they keep winning, and keep earning more, then they will be able to negotiate better salaries. But why wait for all that when you can take legal action?

But I digress. It’s a suit, and they have a right to sue. And the U.S. Soccer Federation, which they are suing, has a right to defend itself before the EEOC, a bipartisan, independent agency that is supposed to be beyond the influence of crass politicians like the president.

The same president who said Tuesday:

Equal pay for equal work should be a fundamental principle of our economy.  It’s the idea that whether you’re a high school teacher, a business executive, or a professional soccer player or tennis player, your work should be equally valued and rewarded, whether you are a man or a woman.

Uh oh. Just threw that soccer stuff in, I guess. Just like, for example.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest gets that there’s a problem, and so he was trying to spin away the president’s clear suggestion about how the EEOC should rule:

I think the point of the President’s remarks today was just to acknowledge the facts of that specific situation.  What sort of ruling is handed down by the EEOC is something that the commissioners there will have to conclude on their own.  I think the President is just sort of acknowledging the paid disparity that exists in a variety of professions, including when it comes to the best soccer players in the world.

Now that’s some good spinnin’. In reality, Obama’s point of view on the case is clear.

So, you’re on the EEOC. The EEOC, though independent and bipartisan, is appointed by the president. What do you think you should do now?

Oh, those sexist U.S. Soccer Federation bastards! Pay those poor women!

Obama’s War on Business Isn’t Done

Is there any president in recent memory who has done so much harm to America’s businesses, large and small? President Obama has held to his instincts as a “community organizer,” viewing the business segment as “the man” oppressing the average person. Except that the average person — those who still have a job, at least… Continue Reading

Obama Holds Glitzy Los Angeles Fundraiser

President Obama Thursday did one of his favorite things, hanging out with stars and Hollywood executives while raising money for Democrats. According to the Los Angeles Times: Tickets for the event ranged from $15,000 to $66,800 per couple. The event was hosted at the Spanish-style home of Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, and his… Continue Reading

White House Appears to Censor Hollande Saying “Islamist Terrorism”

The White House, which admits there is such a thing as terrorism but thinks there is no such thing as “Islamist terrorism,” appears to have edited out audio of French President Hollande using the term at this week’s nuclear summit in Washington. According to MRCTV: After MRCTV reported that the White House posted video muting… Continue Reading

Video || Obama Lectures the Press on How to Do Its Job

This is most inappropriate for a president to do, but what do you expect from Obama? The president says essentially that the mainstream, neutral press should choose sides – of course his side, and not that of the irrational, racist, mean-spirited Republicans. Because everyone knows that Democrats’ positions are based on science, reason, and generally… Continue Reading