As with the vice-presidential debate and Joe Biden, Barack Obama's attitude in Monday night's debate spoke more clearly than anything he said. No, he didn't laugh like Bozo the Clown, giggle like a schoolgirl, shake his head, and roll his eyes like Jokin' Joe did. But he looked petulant, perturbed, and on edge (and was occasionally rude) throughout much of the night, despite three days of debate preparation at Camp David. It seems Barack Obama just can't help himself. It wasn't that he was under withering attack by Mitt Romney. In fact, I was struck by how Romney opened
0bama is so arrogant; does not serve him well. I could never understand the hate the left had for G. W. Bush, but I have to say, I now understand when I look at 0bama. He makes it so hard to like him, and he makes it impossible to ever respect him.
Obama was practically begging Romney to hit him on Libya. Why, just today, the CIA fell on their sword and totally contradicted their statements from two weeks ago and declared that they told Obama for a week that this was all about the video. Clearly a lie. Romney didn't bite and Obama lost the argument with no words spoken.
Last time Romney went there on Libya, Obama had the fix in with Candy. Mitt was astonished to see Obama lie like he did right to the face of the whole country and of course Candy later had to walk it back because it WAS a lie. Mitt wasn't going to fall into that trap again. He was steady, gave a closing that almost made me cry for America and the take away is Obama's death stare all night. That's an SNL parody but of course they won't make fun of their fav.
Barry wasn't playing small ball tonight. He was playing small spit ball as he repeatedly sniped at Romney with petty wads of sarcasm. Very unpresidential, Barry.
And incredibly Obama will sit there and lie and lie. Romney didn't have time to keep up with all the lies. The biggest lie repeated daily in Ohio crew is that Romney wanted the auto companies to go bankrupt without any government assistance. Easily refuted by an editorial Romney wrote at the time, but Obama and his crew continue to tell the lie with impunity. Actually Obama's slowness and union payoffs when he took the auto companies through bankruptcy cost the taxpayers an additional $20Million.
Romney has gotten into Obama's head. For the president, the debate was personal. When all the words spoken are long forgotten, it will be the look of confidence on Romney's face contrasted with the look of contempt on Obama's that looking back at tonight will be said to have sealed the deal for the voters.
0 was thrown off his plan when Romney gave him a pass on Benghazi. 0 had probably spent a lot of time and strategy in preparation for a big fight on that one. He had to. Then no fight. 0 didn't have the guts to bring up the subject himself. Mitt Romney didn't even use the word 'optimal' once.
Perhaps the strongest overall impression I take from the three debates is the consistently "presidenetial" demeanor of Romney -- strong and in command -- contrasted with the three different faces of Obama across the debates -- first lost, then boastful and manipulative, and finally petulant. Obama seemed to "decide" what face he would present each night while Mitt simply came out as himself to face a tough job. I hope the world sees this.
That was a bizarre glare wasn't it? No so much petulant as menacing. Or at least as menacing as can be imagined from someone who wears mom jeans and throws a baseball like a girl. Well, on Nov 6 America is going to give him a wedgie and stuff him into a locker.
I agree with the posts at #10 and #12 in that Obama 'trained' for this debate in ways to defend his non-action in and lies about Benghazi. Mitt went elsewhere, to subjects for which the president had no memorized lines. .... It continus to become more obvious that Obama doesn't 'think' much about anything. The teleprompter tells him how he feels each day. Thought process and actual knowledge have never been on his agenda. Ooops.
I noticed almost identical American lapel pins and remembered in 2008 Obama refusing to wear the American flag or place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. All show---Obama hates America as much as he does Romney.
#6 gave a great description of O's look last night as a death stare. To me he also looked very angry - it appeared that he kept his jaws clenched much of the time. It is painful to watch him - both he and Michelle exude nastinest.
It was astonishing to hear Obama so suddenly pro America, so cognizant of American values and exceptionalism, so pro military, so friendly toward Israel. WHO IS THIS?
After four years of demeaning Israel, apologizing for America, using the troops for his own gain, alienating our allies, and generally running down American values and national pride, his suddenly " positive" words sounded robotic and completely insincere.
It took me about 15 minutes to realize that Mitt Romney's strategy was to completely disarm Obama on Romney wanting to start another war. That was the talking point for the past couple of days in the MSM. It threw Obama off when Romney didn't get down in the weeds of the details on Libya.
Instead, Romney pivoted to the big picture which is to create a world where the United States can educate countries and tie our help into their participation in democracy. That, my friends, is what a Commander in Chief does.
Obama resorted to taunts and demeaning rhetoric (''we have planes that actually land on ships'') His arrogance showed with the ''Me'' and the ''I saw the shot and I took it.'' Well, I wanted to puke.
Mitt was unflappable. I micro-studied his facial expressions as zippy vomited prevarication after prevarication, and Mr. Romney never so much as flinched. He maintained complete composure and never allowed 0boyma to rattle him. Romney exhibited true class, and 0bama was unable to fake that he has any.
right #11, 13. Obama looks sooo angry! If he could have ditched that look, might have helped him...some.
Is it perhaps b/c he is a man who is conflicted? Most signs point to him not really wanting another four years. However the heat is on and the Chicago syndicate, according to the deep throat-style interview of the Obama insider, has BIG expectations in the form of another four years. Perhaps Obie is scared to death of what will happen to him, when he does NOT deliver.
He could also be worried about what his handlers have told him he must do, to stay in power, should he lose the election and he is absolutely terrified to implement it. Remember that look of horror/deer in headlights in the situation room during Bin Laden kill? Ditto the debate. The man could very well come unglued when he loses the 2012 election. Captain Queeq is knocking on the door.
Was watching Obama on the split screen when Romney was speaking. Nothing but pure evil and hatred on his face. Look at his eyes, really scary, and he was blinking at warp speed. This is one evil man. Be afraid, America, be really afraid. God help us all if he's re-elected.
The most impressive thing about Gov. Romney's great demeanor last night was he totally flummoxed the media. None were expecting him to respond as he did re: Bengazi. Why, because they covered it after the previous debate.
Yes, Gov Romney was truly Statesman-like and he showed he cannot and will not be bullied by a weak and petulent pretender.
Debates are not Zip's thing. He thought he could tap dance through the first and fell on his face. His handlers created different clowns for the next two and he projected loser again. I'd imagine Valerie Jarrett is on the warpath again today, blaming everyone not optimizing her flawed boy.
His head bobbed up and down like one you'd buy at a Yankee's game! They had them on split screen and I had NO sound so I could stand to look at him. His voice is not to be tolerated. (Lisping pantywaist!)
Well, what the country is to expect from a poorly educated community organizer? I will always remind the obozo's supporters about his comment on the lipstick on pigs! Have you ever heard anything like that from the conservative politician? Not likely! But leftists use that all the time, and unfortunately there are way too many uneducated (and "educated") drones and leeches who like it.
#25 - watched the debate last night with my 75 year old mom and 15 year old daughter. My sweet southern mom said with a bit of vinegar in her voice "Well, Obama has no family on stage . . . must have been too far to travel all the way from Kenya . . . " My daughter and I burst out laughing. I was proud to have three generations of smart, Conservative ladies sitting there taking in the dignity and composure of Governor Romney, our next President.
From the beginning, I was fascinated with the deadly, demonic glare coming out of Obama's eyes. I kept waiting for someone to call in a snake handler.
I've seen a lot of buffoonery in past debates over the years...but I've never seen anything like what Obama displayed last night. It was beyond petulance. I was actually praying Romney would be spiritually protected.
New York ethics regulators have opened a new investigation into the State Assembly after learning that Assembly Democrats withheld documents that were subpoenaed as part of a recent sexual harassment inquiry, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The new inquiry began after The New York Times revealed last month that a top Assembly lawyer had kept quiet allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat and current City Council candidate, in 2009. The lawyer, Bill Collins, was dismissed amid the revelations. The records related to the Kellner allegations were not turned over
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life
When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda, and taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One.
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country. More than half of the 166 prisoners being held in Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the transfer of many of them is essential to Obama’s long-promised goal of closing the detention center. But the recent threat involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch is known, underlines the national security and political obstacles ahead.
The US state department has told citizens and non-emergency government staff to leave Yemen "immediately" due to security threats. It comes after the sudden closure of 20 US embassies and consulates on Sunday. This was prompted by intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures, including top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, US media said. Meanwhile the UK Foreign office says it has withdrawn embassy staff from Yemen and advises against all travel there. The US earlier said the closures in North Africa and the Middle East were "out of an abundance of caution".
Last week I put up a brief post on how the current terror warning that has seen the U.S. close most of its embassies in the Middle East–based on “chatter”–is peculiar, if not worse. Every watcher of The Sopranos or The Wire knows that the bad guys are not dumb, and know that we’ll be listening to any conventional communication, which is why I suggested this whole thing might well be Al Qaeda disinformation. Intelligence ninja Angelo Codevilla dilates the matter splendidly: The embassy shutdowns and the traveler warnings resulted from intercepts
While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is now Bezos’ latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration. How else to explain President Obama puzzling decision last week to roll out his corporate tax plan at an Amazon.com fulfillment center? Bezos spent $250 million of his own money to purchase the Post, which is bleeding money at an incredible
Some years ago, I heard this story: one of my partners, who at the time was a young associate, got a phone call from a former college fraternity brother. The bro said that he was starting a company that would sell books on the internet, and would my partner-to-be like to invest? Sorry, he responded: I would like to, but I am only a lawyer and don’t have any money. The fraternity brother, of course, was Jeff Bezos, and the company was Amazon. Amazon went on to become the world’s largest non-profit–tens of billions of dollars in annual sales, still
Even as the White House insisted that the U.S. has made great strides in the war against terrorism under President Obama, the president’s spokesman acknowledged Monday that officials cannot rule out the possibility that the latest terrorist plot apparently discussed between top al Qaeda operatives could jeopardize the U.S. homeland. Fresh details emerged about the nature of the threat that will keep U.S. embassies in 19 Middle Eastern and African cities closed for the rest of the week, as U.S. and allied security officials continued to grapple with a threat that all sides in Washington agreed was the most
Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks. Al Qaeda “chatter” about coming terrorist operations, mainly against 22 U.S. embassies and consulates, and threats to attack or bomb officials in the Middle East and elsewhere was widely reported in classified intelligence reports over several months. The report said an attack was planned for Sunday, although no attack was carried out.
THE STATE Department has shuttered 19 embassies for a week, fearing terrorist attacks. Hundreds of prisoners, including senior al-Qaeda operatives, have busted loose in prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. At Bagram air base in Afghanistan, The Post’s Kevin Sieff reports, U.S. forces are holding 67 non-Afghan prisoners, many of whom can’t be tried in court but are too dangerous to release. Meanwhile President Obama says he wants to “refine and ultimately repeal” the mandate Congress has given him to fight the war on terror. What’s going on here?
The Muslim Brotherhood announced that it held a meeting with an American delegation on Saturday, including the U.S. ambassador reviled among the Tamarod movement for cozying up with the Islamists. “At the invitation of the Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, and in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Egypt and the European Union special representative Bernardino León, a meeting with the Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, at 11AM on Saturday, August 3, 2013,” Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website. “We strongly reject foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, and
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
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Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
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