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Obama Doesn’t Want to Come to the White House to Have his Portrait Unveiled

This will, of course, be pinned blamed on President Trump. But the fact is that Barack Obama has taken to attacking his predecessor in unprecedentedly vitriolic ways, as have Obama’s various hatchet men.

Trump, of course, has fired back.

And now it appears it’s all too much for Obama, who won’t be found in the same room with the president.

According to NBC News:

It’s been a White House tradition for decades: A first-term president hosts a ceremony in the East Room for the unveiling of the official portrait of his immediate predecessor that will hang in the halls of the White House for posterity.

“We may have our differences politically,” President Barack Obama said when he hosted former President George W. Bush for his portrait unveiling in 2012, “but the presidency transcends those differences.”

Yet this modern ritual won’t be taking place between Obama and President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. And if Trump wins a second term in November, it could be 2025 before Obama returns to the White House to see his portrait displayed among every U.S. president from George Washington to Bush.

Trump is unconcerned about shunning yet another presidential custom, and he has attacked Obama to an extent no other president has done to a predecessor.

Obama, for his part, has no interest in participating in the post-presidency rite of passage so long as Trump is in office, the people familiar with the matter said.

Obama Slams Trump for “Pandemic Denial” and Says He Must Not Do Same on Climate

Look who just got involved. The guy who depleted our emergency stockpile for pandemics and never replenished it.

For Obama, climate change 50 years down the road always got him more pumped up for action than securing the country from threats like, say, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. And pandemics, we now learn.

Ambassador Taylor Was “Pleased” When Trump Gave Ukraine Weapons After Obama Did Not

One of the many ironies here. It was President Trump who actually gave the Ukrainians weapons, as opposed to Barack Obama, who gave them some MREs and I guess a few plastic forks and knives.

All while Trump is supposedly a Russian agent. Meantime, it was Obama who was whispering to then-Russian President Medvedev that he could do more for him after he was reelected.

Now, Trump is being impeached for threatening to withhold aid that Obama never provided, but Trump did.

This is just not going to fly with enough Americans. Democrats will have to do better.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Ambassador William Taylor told Congress that he was “pleased” with President Trump’s decision to provide Ukraine with weapons to defend itself from Russia.

During his impeachment testimony on Wednesday, Taylor explained why he decided to accept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s offer to return to the department to be the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

He explained that while he was in the private sector in 2015, he urged President Obama to provide lethal military weapons to Ukraine when Russia started to invade the Crimean peninsula.

Obama declined to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons and instead opted to sanction Russia and give Ukraine tools such as night-vision goggles and communication devices.

Mother of Kayla Mueller: My Daughter Might be Alive if Obama was as “Decisive” as Trump

Nope. Decisive is one thing Barack Obama was not. He was also not a lot of other things. Good things, that he was not.

According to Fox News:

The family of slain aid worker and ISIS prisoner Kayla Mueller on Sunday praised President Trump and the commandos who pulled off the daring raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — but also delivered a stinging rebuke regarding President Obama’s handling of Mueller’s capture.

Mueller, 26, was a humanitarian worker from Prescott, Ariz., who was captured while leaving a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, during that nation’s bloody civil war in 2013. She is believed to have been tortured and raped by al-Baghdadi himself until her death 18 months later.

The mission that killed al-Baghdadi in his Idlib hideout this weekend was named after Mueller, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday morning on “Meet The Press.”

“One of the things that Gen. [Mark] Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered,” O’Brien said.

Marsha Mueller, the woman’s mother, praised President Trump and the Special Operations commandos who raided the compound and told the Arizona Republic that she believes if “Obama had been as decisive as Trump” her daughter may still be alive.

Kayla Mueller’s parents said on Sunday that they hope the ISIS leader’s death will reveal more answers about what happened to their daughter. Even though they confirmed her death through pictures sent by militants, their daughter’s body was never recovered.

“She was held in many prisons,” Carl Mueller, her father, told the Republic on Sunday.  “She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured.  She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.”

“She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured.  She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.”— Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father

The Obama administration was criticized over a reported 2015 rescue mission that targeted four prisoners held at a makeshift ISIS prison.

By the time U.S. commandos stormed the compound, the hostages were already gone. Some relatives and people who worked on the raid blamed the White House for not acting swiftly enough on giving the mission a green light.

Specific intelligence had emerged in late May providing officials with the hostages’ likely location — including a building, sources told Fox News at the time. The intelligence was described as being ‘”strong,” “specific” and “perishable,” but the White House did not sign off on the rescue mission until much later, and it ultimately was launched July 4.

Mattis Rips Apart Obama’s Foreign Policy in New Book

Barack Obama entered the White House with no relevant experience to be president.

Whatever you say about President Trump, he ran a major corporation and made billions of dollars. Barack Obama was a state legislator, a part-time job, and then a U.S. senator for a couple of years, much of which he spent running for president.

In his new book, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, former Defense Secretary James Mattis tears into Obama, faulting him both for his incompetence and his conceit.

According to the Washington Examiner:

He details in the book how Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who was in charge of Iraq policy, were “ignoring reality” in the country and made a political decision to withdraw troops, a choice that allowed the return of al Qaeda in a new and more ambitious guise, the Islamic State.

“In Washington, the debate swirled throughout 2011 about how many, if any, U.S. troops should remain in Iraq,” Mattis writes, after the American-led coalition had established “a fragile stability” in the country after President George W. Bush sent a surge of troops in 2007. “Central Command, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the new Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, who had replaced Bob Gates, continued to recommend to the White House retaining a residual force, as did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Mattis writes. But they were “talking to the wind.”

The White House “dealt with Iraq as a ‘one-off,’ as if the pullout of our troops there would have no regional implications, reinforcing our allies’ fears that we were abandoning them. I argued strongly that any vacuum left in our wake would be filled by Sunni terrorists and Iran.”

Mattis believes he was vindicated by events. Obama declared the war over, but “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion,” Mattis says. “All of this was predicted — and preventable.”

Obama made “catastrophic decisions” in Iraq, Mattis concludes. And he did so because he ignored the advice coming from multiple military and civilian advisers, thinking he knew better than all of them.

“At the top, then as now, there was an aura of omniscience. The assessments of the intelligence community, our diplomats, and our military had been excluded from the decision-making circle,” Mattis writes.

Mattis also described Obama’s handling of Syria, and his failure to enforce his “red line” against the use of chemical weapons, as a disaster with grave immediate and long-term consequences.

“Old friends in NATO and in the Pacific registered dismay and incredulity that America’s reputation had been seriously weakened as a credible security partner,” Mattis writes. “Within thirty-six hours, I received a phone call from a friendly Pacific-nation diplomat. ‘Well, Jim,’ he said, ‘I guess we’re on our own with China.’”

Mattis concludes, “Over the next several years, Syria totally disintegrated into hell on earth. The consequences included an accelerated refugee flow that changed the political culture of Europe, punctuated by repeated terrorist attacks. And America today lives with the consequences of emboldened adversaries and shaken allies.”

Obama Took Hillary’s Loss as a Personal Affront

I’m sure Obama blamed Hillary Clinton much more than himself for President Trump’s win. I doubt he understood the depth of concern within the country that the nation was adrift from its moorings and losing its identity to Obama’s globalism.

Not to mention his lousy performance on the economy, including a perennially low GDP increases and stagnant wage growth.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Former President Barack Obama was unhappy with Hillary Clinton and her failed “soulless campaign” in 2016, saying he saw her loss as a “personal insult.”

The new details come from a recently released update to New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker’s book Obama: The Call of History.

The new edition, which includes Obama’s reaction to the 2016 election, said Obama compared himself to Michael Corleone, the titular character of “The Godfather.” Obama thought he “almost got out” of office untouched, like a mob boss avoiding a hit job.

Obama found himself shocked by the election results, thinking before Nov. 8 there was “no way Americans would turn on him” and “[h]is legacy, he felt, was in safe hands.” The book details that Obama could not believe Americans had “decided to replace him with a buffoonish showman 

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

Democrats don’t like this one bit. They and their allies in the media are suddenly recoiling from the notion of investigating someone. Because that someone is suddenly them, or their friends in the Obama administration.

And so they’ve become shrill, attacking Attorney General Barr as a hack whose gone from an honorable public servant to a lackey for President Trump.

And yet, what would Democrats do if the George W. Bush administration, with Dick Cheney lurking darkly in the background, decided to investigate the Obama campaign. And sent people to spy on the campaign, which is what happened to Trump. And requested dozens of “unmaskings” of Americans whose names the intel agencies were never supposed to reveal.

And it turned out THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.

Of course they’d be screaming bloody murder and demanding that Eric Holder get busy to uproot all the corruption of the previous regime.

Barr is doing what an attorney general should do. The Democrats are utter hypocrites. Do they not care about an administration investigating its political opposition.

Barr should follow this as far as it goes. It’s hard to believe Barack Obama did not approve such a contentious act as investigating a candidate for president. We need to know whether Obama knew and what information he had that led him to think such a probe was justifiable.

Don’t Be Fooled: The Obamas “Went Low” Plenty of Times

There’s a lot of chatter right now about how former Attorney General Eric Holder, who may be running for president, broke Michelle Obama’s “rule,” that, “When they go low, we go high.” That’s “our motto,” she proclaimed during her 2012 DNC convention speech. Holder invoked it the other day, riffing, “When they go low, we… Continue Reading

Trump Denies He Considered Ending Obama’s Intel Briefings

Apparently, former presidents get intelligence briefings. Why? Because that’s what you do! Anyway, according to the New Yorker, Trump considered revoking Obama’s: As Trump stepped up his public and private attacks on Obama, some of the new President’s advisers thought that he should take the extraordinary step of denying Obama himself access to intelligence briefings… Continue Reading