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Obama’s Chickens are Coming Home to Roost

You know, I’ve been casually telling people that I thought Obama was in the end going to win the vote on Syria.

Because in these type of close votes on big issues, presidents usually can pull it out, getting enough of their own Party to salute the presidency with a “yea” vote while picking off a few of the loyal opposition in order to eke out a victory. Meanwhile, the president galvanizes the country behind him – or at least builds public support.

But then I started thinking seriously about it – that is, deciding what to tell you, my readers. It was then that the thought occurred to me:

Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost.

Chickens coming home to roost
Exclusive White House Dossier photo of Obama's chickens coming home to roost.

If this were Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, I’d think yeah, it will pass in the end. But not this guy. I can’t say that Obama’s motion to attack Syria will fail, but I can’t say it will pass either. Because Obama has acted very unpresidential for the past four and a half years.

Usually that would mean “undignified.” But in this case I mean that he has failed the basic test of the politician that a president must be – schmoozing members of Congress while staying in touch with the public on important issues.

You really get the feeling with this president that he’d rather be left alone in the Oval Office or on the golf course with his little friends than hang out with the riffraff from Capitol Hill. Obama lacks strong relationships there, even with his allies.

I covered both Bush and Clinton, and I’d constantly see a line of lawmakers’ cars parked on the West Wing driveway while their owners hashed something out with the president in the Oval Office. With Obama, the driveway is always nice, tidy and empty.

Obama has ignored his homework. He failed to sow the seeds of trust and friendship. And now, suddenly, he wants something. “The president is on line one,” congressional aides around Capitol Hill will be saying over the next week to their bosses. For many members, it will be their first serious chat with him. And, they’ll figure, probably their last.

A fascinating thing to do is to listen to the Oval Office tapes of Lyndon Johnson. He can be heard in endless phone calls alternatively buttering up and ordering around lawmakers and various other members of the Washington establishment with an ease that suggests he knows the people he’s speaking with, understands what levers to pull, and enjoys what he’s doing.

Listen to this small example as he all but orders then-Congressman Gerald Ford to serve on the Warren Commission that would investigate John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In just 90 seconds you can discern Johnson’s thorough understanding of Congress and infer the numerous relationships he has there.

Like him or not, Johnson got a lot of legislation passed. Obama could never make a phone call like this.

Meanwhile, Obama hasn’t bothered to talk much to the public about national security over the years, about the dangers we still face and the continued need for military action. Instead, he’s downplayed the war on terror and focused instead on, I don’t know, college education for the masses. And now he’ll be back to us Tuesday night asking for us to support a possible war. And he’ll wonder how people could possibly be perplexed.

We used to require a couple of years of experience of presidential candidates before we leased them the White House. Obama was elected having proven nothing about himself to the public other than an ability to get elected and write autobiographies. And now we see he is entirely bereft of the skills needed to function effectively as president.

He had the momentum of an election at his back to help him achieve, barely, his one real accomplishment – Obamacare. But now he’s in danger of being seriously undermined as president and commander in chief by what would be a politically catastrophic loss in Congress on Syria.

It’s a fight he should win, because it’s awfully difficult for Congress to defy the president on national security matters. But he might well lose, because his chickens are coming home to roost.

170 thoughts on “Obama’s Chickens are Coming Home to Roost”

  1. Not sure what inspired you to use this metaphor, Keith, but! This is the exact phrase Malcolm X – Obama’s actual father – used to describe the assassination of President Kennedy.

    It wound up costing him his position in Nation Of Islam.

    1. Also used by Obama’s pastor of 20 years, Reverend Wright (now under the bus) who also married the Obamas and baptized their daughters. Funny how the phrase that Rev Wright used in response to GWB’s 9-11 is coming home to bite them in the arse. ;)

        1. So who was his father? The kenyan? Please. barry is an arab. Slap a towel on his head and a beard (not mooch) on his face, watch his gestures and his words and actions.

          1. Martha, not so certain the whole distance thing Malcolm X had from the Nation of Islam wasn’t just fakery and optics…In fact I don’t believe his peace message. I think he believd in Black Power to the end. I’ve often wondered about his assasination…Did you know who lived next to Malcolm X??? Right,… Eric Holder.

            The fact that Rev Wright was fond of using “the chickens have come to roost ” phrase …seems to tie things closer together…His church was about Black Power and White Hatred..Thus Oprah remained subrosa for quite along time.

            Malcolm X and Stanley Ann were in fact in Seattle at the same time…it’s it impossible. I’d like to see you keep digging Martha..the likeness of Malaia and Malcom’s second youngest daughter…the cliff in the chin…is quite uncanny.

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  2. I am opposed to Syria because I really believe it’s the wrong thing for the country to do. No military objective, no plan, no upside, huge downside and all that.

    But if we stay out at the expense of a huge Obama loss, well, can I help but think that’s a two-fer?

  3. No matter which way the voting goes, yay or nay, MrObama is still the point man who has to make the decision. Sure, the Dems might sigh and cast a Yes vote, and patriotic Repubs might wish to support the CiC, but either way it’s a lose, lose for the President.
    There’s no leading from behind, no cover from other leaders or NATO, just ol’Barry with his finger on the trigger.

    The important thing about the vote (if it happens) is that the individual Senator or Congress person will have to face the little people who have already made their wishes on the issue known.
    All of us little people that MrObama chose to insult for the last 4 1/2 years have no incentive to support anything he wants to do if it doesn’t involve our national defense or safety.
    It’s us, the little people, that all of Congress has ignored for years by allowing agencies to impose regulations and restrictions that have harmed our economy, it’s Congress that is allowing the NSA to peek into our bedrooms and kitchens, and it’s Congress that has ignored our wishes for years on many issues.

    MrO might win the support of Congress to bomb Syria for whatever reason, but the little people will never support such a thing.
    We have a suprise for MrO and Congress, we don’t care what the Islamists do to each other in their own countries; if they want to shoot, bomb, behead, rape, gas, or starve each other in the name of their religion, it’s none of our business.
    Why should we, the little people, care about Syria when no one else in the world gives a damn?

    1. I think other world countries care, but they want rock solid proof before taking any kind of action. Big nations are also war weary, having already spent time in the Sandbox. The Euro and economy over there is also in trouble. So I can understand their stand-offish attitude. Also Putin has played a better game of “Stuff the US” because he has a good grasp of how BO and his minions operate. Ol’ Vladimir may not be a communist but he knows how to handle them.

      1. And applause from here.
        How did we elect so many roll-overs at one time? Or can Chicago have the goods on EVERYONE? (I include SCOTUS’ Roberts here.)

  4. Obama burned his bridges, no doubt about it.
    President Johnson words in his first at the very beginning of his call, ” thank God someone is in town ” ironic.
    Congress was on vacation, Obama golfing, then off to Sweden.

  5. He won’t have to worry about losing a vote. Bawling Boehner is already talking about ditching the vote if it looks like it will fail. He doesn’t want to hurt the petulant potentate’s feelings.

        1. yea I heard Madam P was telling all the Dems not to divulge their voting direction unless it comes to a real floor vote. But in some ways the damage has been done.

  6. well obviously people elected the cool dad to supervise the slumber party and now he’s drunk… kidding….so do we get scrambled eggs or hard boiled….does it make any difference? We are off the moorings bigtime…I knew it, you knew it, where do we go from here?

  7. He can’t jawbone, he can’t horsetrade, he has no friendships with his former fellow legislators, he had no passion issue when he was up there, he is snooty, aloof, elitist–and now he wants allegiance. Well, well, well… He may get it from other black members who don’t want him to look bad, but everyone else is going to think twice and maybe even more times. These war votes are never forgotten. And this is a war vote–Syria did nothing to us except not do what our elected head told them to. I bet they thought they were sovereign.

  8. Keith,
    Your comments are carefully measured and express the extent to which bho has managed to alienate Congress from the Oval Office. Sadly, if the Congress delivers him a defeat on Syria, they will be listening to the vast majority of the American citizens at this point. Very few are buying the ‘shame on you’ tactics if you do not support the POTUS!

    How will he ‘sell’ the people on an attack on Syria, when it is clear that such strikes will do nothing to stop the muslim terrorists who believe that martyrdom is the highest form of serving allah, the ancient moon god symbol of Arabia.

    Additionally, our leaders, even those is the State Dep’t, do NOT know American or World history. Sept. 11, 1565, the muslims suffered one of their greatest defeats at the Battle of Malta, and on Sept. 11, 1683, the Polish and Australians managed to defeat the huge muslim military at the Battle of Vienna.

    The entire bho presidency has completely deteriorated since his adm and AG seem to be ‘at war’ with all of us by dismissing the enforcement of fed laws they don’t like and by filing law suits against states passing laws they don’t like even though the AG has lost cases and wasted millions of $’s.

    While I respect the Office of the President, I cannot say that I have respect for bho, and apparently our Allies, if we have any left, feel the VOID of any coherent policy and leadership from bho leave the World more ‘uneasy’ about the future than ever. Very sad and sobering! jb

    1. Not to be a critic, but it was the Austrians, not the Australians that fought in the Siege of Malta. The Australians fought in the Gallipoli Campaign. Just a bit of clarification, not criticism, it’s the history minor in me coming out.

  9. These will be very, very tough times for the United States, an emasculated President who the world now sees as weak. No backing from the legislative branch quite possibly very little respect from the Pentagon. Countries near and far will be looking at ways to take advantage of this. It’s going to be a long slog to 2016.

  10. The ditherer-in-chief has already counted his chickens before they were hatched. He never would have outsourced Syria to Congress at the 11th hour unless he was positive that he would get a ‘no’ vote in the House.

    Dep. Natl Security Advisor, Tony Blinken, announced the following: “The president, of course, has the authority to act, but it’s neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him.”

    Jonathan Carl confronted him at the Presser – quoting Blinken. Obama hemmed and hawed and said “I don’t think that’s exactly what he said, but I have answered the question”. He answered the question by saying he ‘refuses to answer the question’.

    Tuesday night’s address to the Nation should be his Farewell Address!

      1. Excellent point about addressing the nation on the eve of 9/11, Island Girl. Do you suppose he will tell us where he was one year ago on 9/11? Will he pay tribute to the 4 Americans murdered at the CIA annex under his watchful eye? Or will he discuss the US gun running operation to Syrian/AQ rebels under the auspices of the CIA? Of course not. Benghazi is now officially a ‘phony scandal’ and ‘something that happened a long time ago’ (according to Jay Carney on 5/1/13).

  11. Many of us knew that Obama was ineligible, unqualified, and not capable of handling the presidency in 2008. He presented a fraudulent birth certificate to the public in 2011 and has been found in every way to be a fraud and a criminal. I told my congressman’s office today that Obama should be removed from office for the simple reason that he is unable to carry out the duties of the President and Commander-in-Chief.

    I hope that all of the Obots who have worked so hard to lie, steal elections and perpetrate the fraud that is their lord and master are happy when a nuclear bomb lands in their back yard because Obama remained, dithering and helpless, in the White House instead of in jail where he belongs.

    1. I love what you said — brings tears to my eyes and is so true — we have a high school kid/girlie man for our fake President.

    2. Sharon Rondeau, when I said I loved your comment that was from me to you. I realized that I didn’t address your name when I made that comment. Thank you.

  12. Keith. You are spot on with your article. The President has done nothing but blame and denegrade Congress and SCOTUS. He has stuck his nose in their branches of Government such as declaring when Congress was in recess or lecturing the Justices during the State of the Union.

    I would suggest he has lost the trust and faith of two other groups as well. Those two groups being the American Military and the Electorate. Why would the U.S Military want to go to war for him other than duty. It could be why there were so many leaks last week from the Pentagon. The citizens have been lied to so many times I believe people are starting to sober up from the promises of the election.

    On a side note….what is going on with John Kerry? Someone pointed out how he looks like ODO on Star Trek:Deep Space Nine.

      1. But true..very bad plastic surgery. And still he had the temerity to pull out the bogus hero card…Although with the new face, many will believed he was swathed in agent orange…poor chap. Well, actually wealthy chap. The Forbes family must be mortified…although every family has a few turds.

  13. Whether Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost or he’s already put all his eggs in one basket, it is quite interesting that Americans are burning up the phone lines to their congress critters.

    CBS news had an interesting report last night. The reporter said the rebels are already wearing US issued uniforms and showed stockpiles of body armor, helmets and food rations, all courtesy of US taxpayers. Note the food boxes are all marked halal. No wonder we can’t give our troops hot meals, we’re supplying Syria too.

    Scan ahead on the video to 2:00 to catch the report.

    1. AZ,…I think that enough of Americans have had enough of Obama.
      If the report that CBS put out is true about the uniforms it may make sense that we are going to bomb Assad.
      On the contrary, NOTHING makes sense in this administration.

  14. He wants to address the nation start a war in Syria all done on a grand stage. His litte play just got back from the out of country preview and by
    the reviews should have closed at the first intermission. Now he’s going
    to speak to the peasants thinking he still holds sway over the undereducated, elite and brainwashed. I think he’s overplayed his hand.
    Benghazi four dead Americans left alone to die where was our great leader? Nobody knows till he gets on his big AF1 to Vegas. After the
    first of his serious threats he left for the golf course running over Kerry
    on the way. Is this a person anyone would follow into battle? Only a fool
    and we’ve been lied to and the blame Bush card has expired.

    1. What he should do is what Cameron did: go on television and say I will honor the wishes of the American people and their representatives. Should.

  15. The Normandy Invasion was years in planning, and the Gulf War took at least months of planning. Obama doesn’t have the patience for this sort of thing. He is a product of the soundbite age.

    1. It’s just like a computer game to him drones he has no concept of
      the reality of war and the consequences to those involved. He’s
      detached from the results of his actions.

  16. He has yet to be honest about Bengazi and on the eve of the anniversary of September 11th he’s going to try to convince America to trust him to go to war? In a word no…

    1. It will certainly shake the Benghazi anniversary off the news cycle. How sad this loser is going to get away with their deaths because he would or could not make a decision.

      1. I respectfully disagree. He is giving his talk on Tuesday September 11, the eve of Benghazi. People will remember the brutality of the attack on Americans, but they will also remember that no one has been brought to justice for it either. And some of us will remember that this President and this Administration left 4 Americans undefended to die alone in the cesspool of Middle East.

        That said I don’t put it past Obama to milk 9/11/ for all it’s worth in his zeal to defend his redline in the name of humanitarian necessity and defense of America. And that will be particuarly disgusting as this “plan” such as it is aims to arm AQ, our enemy.

          1. But in his own little warped mind he probably thinks he could wipe out the memory of Benghazi by his own 9/11 offensive. I agree with you: it ain’t gonna happen.

          2. Maybe he will say the Syrians were behind 9/11–Cheney used to mention 9/11 and Iraq in the same sentence, inviting people to conflate and I think a sizable portion thought the attackers were Iraqis.

  17. Good article Keith and thanks for the tape of Johnson. He was a master and he enjoyed it as well! Good or bad, he did enjoy it!

    Obama is just an insecure man with a chip on his shoulder and an incompetent President. I doubt that he knows or understands enough about American history or Americans to understand what it takes to be President. He cannot lead, although he makes a good Jim Jones. And no one trusts him. His word is worth nothing. There is no there there.

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  19. My mind boggles to think he’s going to do all this on the eve of 9-11 with
    the blood of the four dead Americans he left to die alone pleading for
    help that was told to stand down. Then stood and lied to their loved ones
    right in front of the coffin wrapped in the flag. Then further demeans them by a web of lies and his people continue to lie an belittle it by calling
    it a phony scandal. Then he and the other gutless wonders can’t understand why Americans are against this folly. He has taken meals
    from our servicemen and women ignored them but now he and Kerry
    and the rest hem and haw about boots on the ground. No more Americans should die in vain for an inept CIC never forget he left 4 to
    die alone.

    1. Don’t forget either that he sold Fast and Furious weapons to Mexico. Then when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry needed to defend himself from said weapons, that all he had was a bean bag gun.

  20. Excellent article, Keith. I believe that you caught the Obama personality and modus operandi spot on. Interesting, that little detail about the parking lot in the West Wing drive way. It´s really horrible that the president of the US can not/ do not want to cooperate with people but, in this case, I guess it´s a blessing. He may not be able to totally transform the country after all. Right now it feels like revolution in the air, even the Pope is against him. Will he manage to slip through and get on again ? He has faced obvious fiascos before but always managed to get back, thanks to the media, always protecting their hero. But now ??.
    I am looking at the picture of LBJ. He is a grown up surrendered by other grown ups, yes, even old ones. And an impressive man he is, standing tall. It hurts to know what became of the leadership in the White House.
    By the way, I loved the other picture, the chickens in the grass. So much summer in it.

    1. Interesting points, @swedishlady. Of all the leaders of nations and people, only the Catholic Pope Francis calls for an end to the warfare and hopes for peace. His call is to those not of his faith, but appeals to the humanity we all share.

      No other religous or secular leader has called for the end of these conflicts. He seems to think that a reasonable settlement or conclusion is possible. I’d like to think he’s right.

      The ancient or feral desire to kill anyone not like them, is irrational in these modern times. The fighting in Islamic countries over who will live in a certain building, or who will be empowered to kill the other seems to be never-ending and futile.
      The concept of killing those who don’t worship as you do was abandoned centuries ago by most of humanity. Until the Islamists decide to allow dissent among worshipers, it’s best to let them fight each other until one wins.

      1. BTW, srdem, I think McCain has been caught in a lie. The resolution the Senate panel passed allows for the eventuality of ‘boots on the ground’. In his contentious town hall the other day, McCain swore up and down that that would never happen, that it would mean impeachment if Obama decided to do that.

        1. You’re right. It’s not the first time SenMcCain has lied to us.

          I’m of the opinion that nothing is going to happen, no strikes against Syria, no vote in Congress, nothing, nada.
          MrObama will call for “sanctions” or something against Assad from the UN, but will accept the opposition to his proposal to lob missiles into Syria. I doubt he ever wanted to do that, but was trapped by, well we know what. He’ll make a big deal out of respecting the wishes of the llittle people so that it’s a positve for him.

          PeggyNoonan, WSJ, wrote an opinion piece a few days ago about how the public’s opinion on this issue shocked the Congresscritters for the intensity and large majorities against any action in Syria. Shocked because they had no idea the public didn’t like what Congress was doing, didn’t think the President was right, and had no qualms about saying “hell, no” to a new war.
          Congress reads the NYT, the Post and other lefty rags and believe what is written there as fact or truth. If the polls show that most Americans don’t want amnesty for illegal aliens, but the NYT thinks they’re all racists, then Congress thinks it’s OK, because the public will change their minds later.
          If the polls say that most Americans don’t want Obamacare, but the Post claims that healthcare costs are decreasing, then Congress thinks they’re doing us a favor by not defunding that mess.
          Now, with this national issue where most Americans don’t want to go to war, Congress pays attention. Why, because they’re all up for re-election next year.

          1. I believe McCain ASKED for the amendment that the action lead toward a settlement…in other words, be decisive in some way. I would not call what he said a lie, exactly–he doesn’t have any way of knowing what jumps this will take–it was more of a desperate assertion to shut down those voters. That in itself is not great, though. And coupled with the Pentagon saying it would take 75K “boots” to secure the chem weapons…well, McCain is holding a losing hand…heh. I still respect his courage and his service–this is not his finest hr, tho.

          2. Srdem ( your 10:59 comment ), I believe you are right, I too think that he wants to wriggle out of it. Will the media help him this time too ? I mean, help him look like a “winner” and not like the loser he really is ? Or is the patience running thin ?

          3. The MSM should damn well get a bloody nose out of this too. They are so far behind the American public, yet the politicians use their opinions and their polls to bolster going against the public. I thought srdem’s comment was spot on.

          4. The MSM should damn well get a bloody nose out of this too. They are so far behind the American public, yet the politicians use their opinions and their polls to bolster going against the public. I thought srdem’s comment was spot on.

      2. Well said, srdem. I am a Protestant but with this pope I wish I was a Catholic. I admire this man very much and I hope he will be a big political player as well. He is down to earth and it seems like he has a lot of common sense. Certainly in this matter.

    1. Or the Muslim Brotherhood. Many in the media are portraying the rebels as a choice between secular moderates and Al Qaeda and they ignore the Brotherhood. I saw John Bolton on TV last saying the the Muslim Brotherhood was the largest contingent of the opposition.

      1. Yes, and all three of Al Qaeda’s leaders, Osama bin Laden, Saif al-Adel and Ayman al-Zawahiri were members of the Muslim Brotherhood or one of its arms.

  21. I have a sneaky suspicion that the House will not vote on Syria. Nancy P is going around telling members of the Black Caucus to hush, hush, aka, don’t reveal yourselves because you may not have to. If the House doesn’t vote, many of the cowards will not have to declare where they stand or risk angering their constituents before the primaries next year.

    1. Agree! Congress returns on Monday and I suspect Obama will make an announcement on Tuesday night that he was informed by Speaker Boehner that the House will abstain from voting on the use of force. He will then look into the camera and tell the Nation that, as ‘President of the world’s first Constitutional Democracy’ (yes, he said that in the Rose Garden speech), I will abide by the laws contained therein. It’s the right thing to do.
      He will spend the next 30 minutes rehashing the ‘world’s red lines’ and why we should believe him when he denied ever taking ownership of any red lines. It all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.
      Wednesday morning, the Syria kerfuffle will be over and done with. It will be business as usual – more EO’s, more end runs around Congress on Immigration, more Obamacare fall-out, and back to the campaign trail. The beat goes on,

      1. It is depressing how this snake seems to slither out of of every corner he puts himself in. Preezy may back down from his warmongering, but he won’t do it without affixing the blame to somebody else. If your scenario is correct, Bawling Boehner and the House Republicans will be blamed, because Preezy knows the crier doesn’t have the courage to stand up to him. Also, it doesn’t matter how oten he calls US a ‘constitutional democracy’, it doesn’t make it so.

  22. Seems Lurch has been a busy little warmonger over in Europe. He has managed to get the EU on the bandwagon for a “clear and strong response” against Syria. Guess it all depends on what’s their definition of a “clear and strong response”. No doubt it involves our petulant potentate spilling the blood of Americans so the Saudi’s and Qatar can neutralize Assad and make way for that gas pipeline over Syria they and the EU have been itching for. Maybe the leftists should dust off their ‘No War for Oil’ bumper stickers, because their messiah is just as much owned by the Saudi’s as they ever thought his predecessor was.

    1. Have you Pat Buchanan’s piece about Saudi Arabia and the Emirates making mercenaries out of our young men and women? This was in response to Kerry’s saying no need to worry about who was going to pay for it. (BTW, that is a chilling statement, and IMHO Saudi Arabia is the true and most dangerous culprit in the Middle East. On the one hand they want to destabilize the nations without monarchs so that religious fanatics, like them, can take over, and on the other hand, well, they want us to do for them and then become the world’s villain.)

      1. I agree with your assessment of Saudi Arabia, Julie. It turns my stomach to know that most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi’s, yet America is so beholden to them that we just overlooked their involvement.

        Once again, Pat Buchanan is right on target. It’s hard to believe America’s leaders would sell our blood and treasure to the highest bidder, but that looks to be exactly what they are willing to do. Before casting their vote to wage war against Syria, our Congress members should ask themselves the questions Pat Buchanan posed:

        If the rebels then lose, we lose. And if the rebels win, who wins?

        Is it the same jihadists who just shelled that Christian village and terrorized that convent of Christian nuns?

        Is it the same rebels seen on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times about to execute, Einsatzgruppen-style, captive Syrian soldiers, forgetting only to have the victims of their war crime dig their own graves first?

        Does the Republican Party really want to own a war that could end with al-Qaida in power or occupying sanctuaries in Syria?

        Does the U.S. Jewish community really want to be responsible for starting a war that ends with 2 million Christian Syrians facing a fate not unlike that of Poland’s Jews?

        1. : – )) Thanks one more time for doing the linky thing. I’m not Jewish so maybe I don’t have the right perspective, but it seems to me that the whole Arab Spring doesn’t bode well for Israel. Sure, those old dictators spouted off about Israel, but they never acted upon their words which I am afraid the Muslim Brotherhood governed countries will unite to do in the future. And speaking of Saudi Arabia, my husband just finished reading a book about Truman and the founding of Israel: the Saudis were rabidly against it and are being viciously hypocritical today.

  23. OT: waaay OT
    Last night, CBS ran a two-hour special, “Teach”, that followed the efforts of several teachers trying to help their students get through school.
    IMO, it was the most depressing and tragic thing ever shown by CBS in a long time. The children were so far behind their class levels because they had been passed upwards without cause. The students talked about careers in law or the sciences, but they can’t read, write, or compute math, even with the help of dedicated teachers and the lastest computers.
    We heard “I want to be the first one in my family to graduate from high school”, as if that was a gold standard of education. Their expectations were either fanciful or a depressing surrender that they will not be better off than the people around them.

    These were innerl-city schools, racially and ethnically diverse. The announcer blamed the failures on the “homelife and community”. The teachers featured seemed dedicated and intense, but frustrated by the lack of learning the children exhibited.
    There’s no way for the best teacher in the world to reach a 9-year old who states “I don’t like to read”.

    1. I’d like to test a couple of school districts with high school ending at the 10th grade, then send the super smarties off to community college for 11th and 12th (aren’t AP classes college level anyhow?). The rest of the kids will spend 11th and 12th at tech or vocational schools. At least by graduation, these kids will be prepared to enter their junior year at college or get a skilled job. I will happily support that kind of a program with my tax dollars til their 18. It’s a win-win for the kids with college tuition savings and perhaps cut way back on the high risk kids drop out rates too.

      1. Brilliant idea, @DeniseVB. We need plumbers, hair dressers, medical assistants, auto body techs and so on. If we can interest the low-info (not a slur or said unkindly) into a field of employment that interests them, we’ll all be better off. If a kid wants to be a comic-book illustrator or tattoo artist then send them off to art/graphic arts classes, rather than into the streets.

        I like it.

        1. I could fill this entire site on this subject. I battled the DC schools, the parochial schools, the public schools in AZ–my kid was recalcitrant, but she hated school and school hated her. They even had a conference where all her teachers sat around a table and said how much they hated her. I cried–she did not. She got interested in her senior yr in interior design, worked for a designer, the gal went bankrupt and K refuses to talk about design–much less junior college. She works at Wendy’s and gets huge evaluations but won’t be a supervisor. She graduated HS–which helps. She has never read a book–she hates reading–despite my being a book worm until my vision went. But she KNOWS everything–has opinions–gets them from the air–and she is funny…Back to teachers, I know part of this, if not all, was HER attitude–but I can tell you horror stories of the teachers, many of them. Half the people we have met in AZ have police records–no one thinks anything of it. And I regret to say my kid is one. So don’t get me started on schools…they are a tragedy. The saddest story of my life except for the crime we experienced.

          1. Star, is being a teacher, not a well respected profession in the US anymore ? Makes me very sad. By the way, your daughter, ( she can´t be very old ) might very well change and become a bookworm like you. I am sure you are a great model, worthy of imitation for her.

          2. Thanks, my dear SL. I had a few memorable teachers in The Wayback…but I can’t think of one of hers worth spit. Some of it is the admin–they must teach to tests, they can’t teach cursive handwriting anymore in some schools–in her DC public school, they would not teach the multiplication tables–they said that was arithmetic, not math. I did a newsletter (free) for parents on how to teach the tables. This is just one example. I have so many I am almost crying saying this.

        2. With the cost of college (despite tinkering with loans) getting so ridiculous just to hear some mouthbreather say Republicans “raped” the country and their dead skins cells are falling off (did you hear that one?), there will be more shorter programs, apprenticeships, certifications, MOOCs (free classes somehow lashed into certs or degrees), etc. This whole system is in play. About time.

        3. srdem, we did have VoTech in the 60’s, but the kids only spent part of their day there, the rest with us in the core subjects. There was such a stigma attached to them as being “the dumb kids”. I hate that then too. I slept through the 11 and 12th grades and barely graduated. Ended up in a secretarial school to learn to type. It ended up being my bread and butter for many years :D

          I think it’s in Europe they have them sorted out in middle school. The good students and overachievers are put on the college path, the rest in tech schools? This was back in the 70’s and our neighbors were from Britain who explained that too me. I always thought that would be cool here.

  24. I have never seen so many democrats so eager to start a war. Maybe its the fact that they will do anything in support of Obama. The real question is why is Obama so eager to attack Syria ? Maybe to cover up the gun running from Libya/Benghazi or because the USA has been funding both sides in Syria. I think further investigation is warranted here

    1. I think it’s all a distraction for the reasons you cited, among others…his speech and subsequent Congressional vote will overshadow the 1-year anniversary of Benghazi this week (and 9/11 in general). NSA, IRS scandals?? Haven’t heard anything about those lately, have we?

      Of course, he doesn’t want any of this…”I was elected to end wars.” Notice how he didn’t say “win” wars.

      1. Oh sure…right. Afghanistan is ending so well, NOT. Especially when you triple the troop deployment and announce the departure date all in the same paragraph. Brilliant!

  25. The good news for President Barack Obama as he considers a military response against Syria for using chemical weapons against rebels is that he probably won’t have to deal with a similar anti-war movement from Hollywood. But that’s not because there isn’t opposition. It’s just not organized, and, as Asner and Farrell – two of the industry’s most vocal progressive activists — told The Hollywood Reporter Friday, perhaps it never will be.


    “What he is talking about in Syria is a potential war crime,” Farrell said. “It will be illegal, and if citizens are killed it certainly could be considered a war crime.”


    Asner said the lack of an organized effort against war in Syria is a matter of timing. Bush took months to make the case for war in Iraq, giving the antiwar left plenty of time to prepare a response.


    Another reason some Hollywood progressives have been reticent to speak out against war in Syria, according to Asner, is fear of being called racist.

    “A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama,” he said.


    “I voted for him, but I’m not proud. He hasn’t thrown himself on the funeral pyre. I wanted him to sacrifice himself. Instead, he has proved himself to be a corporatist, and as long as he’s a corporatist, he’s not my president,” Asner said. “A lot of people have lost hope — with the betrayals, the NSA spying … People aren’t getting active because ‘Who gives a shit?’ is essentially the bottom line.”

    Adds Farrell: “I’m frankly deeply disappointed in the president’s foreign policy, war-making, his reliance on military rather then diplomatic responses, his use of drones, continued allowance of the Guantanamo prison. He’s a disappointment to me and other people I know.”


    1. Asner’s “anti-black” comment was pretty racist right there, why must they always play the race card? You betcha’ if it were Romney sitting in the Oval beating the drums of war, they’d be all over him. Of course, Romney wouldn’t have put himself in this pickle.

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  27. Unfortunately, folks voted him in for different reasons, but he never convinced me from the beginning. I thought he didn’t have enough experience to handle the job. There are many things that haven’t been answered regarding his ascension to the presidency.

  28. Not interested in going into Syria…
    Obama wants a new race card to play for 2014…to win and become full dictator

    Aware his IRS is in black churches fomenting and creating new 501’s actually leading blacks down the road…

  29. I hope that Congress will not kid themselves and realize that bombing Syria will not change anything and will only knock down buildings, bridges, airports, and kill MORE INNOCENT CHILDREN and Syrians. Does the U.S. really want to be responsible for dead bodies lying all over Syria? What good is that. As far as having the stupid War for saving Obama’s face??? Please, he’s a goof and everyone knows that now, no matter what war we start. We have no right to do this and Obama will be a war criminal if he’s not already.

  30. Outstanding Keith! I couldn’t agree more. Obummers complete lack of experience at the executive level shows more and more not to mention his inability to find common ground. What was that old saying “never kick that a## you might need to kiss someday”

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  32. He conducts himself the way he does because he is not the president and never has been. The king does not want any input from his subjects. If it’s a policy of some kind your looking for, ask George Soros and shortly thereafter Obama’s teleprompter will light right up.

  33. Excellent article, excellent assessment. Barack Hussein Obama has never felt he needed or owed another individual anything. His agenda is to further his causes, no matter the collateral damage and to create a legend as no other before him. The reason his “chickens are coming home to roost” is not only what you have described, but because of the “fraud” he is and his inability to act. America has never had and hopefully never will again – have such a hollow, shallow and solipsistic man representing them again. Kerry is a buffoon, but Obama doesn’t even rise to the level of buffoon. Sorry for such a negative outlook, but what is – is.

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