Tag: Barack Obama

Ilhan Omar: Trump “Really Not” Human

Embattled freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggested President Trump was not human yesterday when asked to clarify her recent remarks in a Politico story in which she was critical of President Obama.

Omar has since backtracked her Politico comments after blasting President Obama for the “caging of kids” at the southern border and blaming his administration for the immigration crisis. She also said his message of “hope and change” was a “mirage.”

A Fox News reporter asked Omar, “Do you think that President Obama is the same as President Trump?” She responded, “Absolutely not. That is silly to even equate the two. One is human. The other is really not.”

Obama Hopes to Train “A Million Baracks and Michelles” Who Can Change the World

Former President Obama said he plans to create a “university for social change” where he hopes to see “a million Baracks and Michelles” trained to change the world during a speech in Canada where he promoted the Obama Foundation.

Speaking to a crowd in Winnipeg, Obama said, “If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something…if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world, hope is achievable.”

The Washington Examiner writes that Obama “told a packed arena at Bell MTS Place how he plans to create a “university for social change ‘that will serve as a hub for young people in the U.S. and around the world who are skeptical of the “old institutions.'”

The former president will head to Vancouver and Calgary to continue his speaking events in Canada.

Pompeo Rebukes Obama Foreign Policy in Cairo Speech: “Age of Self-Inflicted American Shame is Over”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a scathing rebuke of President Obama’s foreign policy today–in the same Middle Eastern city where the former president launched his “apology tour.”

In 2009, President Obama gave his speech titled “A New Beginning” at Cairo University, where he apologized for the United States and said the “fear and anger” Americans felt from 9/11 “led us to act contrary to our ideals.”

Speaking at American University in Cairo, Pompeo said (without mentioning Obama by name), “It was here, in this city, another American stood before you. He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology.”

“He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East,” he continued. “He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire. In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times – and our partners – demanded it.”

Pompeo went on to say that under Obama’s leadership, the United States “grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism, a debauched strain of the faith that seeks to upend every other form of worship or governance. ISIS drove to the outskirts of Baghdad as America hesitated. They raped and pillaged and murdered tens of thousands of innocents. They birthed a caliphate across Syria and Iraq and launched terror attacks that killed all across continents.”

The Secretary of State also criticized Obama’s Iran deal, and said that President Trump reversed the nation’s “willful blindness to the danger of the [Iranian] regime.”

“The U.S. re-imposed sanctions that should never have been lifted. We embarked on a new pressure campaign to cut off the revenues the regime uses to spread terror and destruction throughout the world. We joined the Iranian people in calling for freedom and accountability,” he said.

Taking another swipe at President Obama’s foreign policy approach, Pomepo said, “The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real ‘new beginning,’”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABM4YeVkCJ

Ep. 875 Here’s What Really Happened Yesterday

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In this episode I address the real scandal the FBI is covering up in the Hillary email scandal and the astonishing comments by Jim Comey this week regarding the infamous meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. I also address what really happened in the Mike Flynn hearing yesterday. Finally, I address the immigration crisis and the only path forward to save the GOP.

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Own the Libs: Trump Posts Video of Top Democrats Supporting Border Security

President Trump completely owned the libs yesterday when he posted a video of top Democrats calling for tougher immigration practices and border security.

In a video posted to Twitter, Trump says “The Democrats are absolute hypocrites. All along they’ve been supporting walls and supporting fences and supporting all sorts of border security.”

The video then cuts to clips of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama all sounding like Republicans when it comes to border security and immigration.

“Illegal immigration is wrong. Plain and simple,” says Schumer in the video.

Hillary Clinton brags about how she voted for the border wall. “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” she says.

“We simiply cannot allow people to pour into the united states undetected, undocumented, unchecked,” says Obama.

Trump says Democrats no longer support the wall and border security because they’d rather oppose him.

“The fact is they’ve always supported fences and walls and partitions, but you know what? They only don’t want to do it because of me.”

 

Washington Post Blasts “Foxification” of White House – Forgets Obama Hired 3x More Journalists

According to the Washington Post, the “Trump White House” is now the “Fox News White House.” As former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador, Post columnist Philip Bump decried the “Foxification” of the White House. And Trump has indeed hired plenty of Fox News talent.

Among those former Fox News employees that work (or worked) for the Trump Administration include National Security Adviser John Bolton, Trump legal team member Joseph E. diGenova,  Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Treasury Tony Sayegh, Communications Advisor Bill Shine, and now Heather Nauert. The only other network Trump has hired a journalist from was CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. 

Without any context for those seven FNC hires, the Washington Post’s criticism is meaningless. After all, how many journalists did Barack Obama hire? The answer is nearly three times as many, and ironically, it was another writer at the Washington Post, Paul Farhi, who called foul on Obama’s massive hiring of left-wing journalists back in 2013 following the hiring of TIME’s Richard Stengel.  While Farhi noted that it’s common for presidents to hire members of the press, he expressed concern at the time, because “Obama may be different in terms of the sheer number of ink-stained wretches and other news-media denizens that he has attracted.” More specifically: “The pattern of Obama hires has periodically aroused suspicions about the media’s allegedly cozy relationship with the president.”

Obama hired at least 23 journalists, and hilariously, hired nearly as many solely from the Washington Post as Trump has hired exclusively from Fox. The list includes:

  • U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power (U.S. News, the Boston Globe, the New Republic).
  • Speechwriter Desson Thomson (Washington Post movie critic and Clinton speechwriter).
  • John Kerry staffer Glen Johnson (Boston Globe editor).
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Douglas Frantz (Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post).
  • Press Secretary Jay Carney (TIME Magazine).
  • State Department Undersecretary Richard Stengal (TIME Magazine managing editor).
  • Senior Managing Director of the Office of Public Affairs Stephen Barr (Washington Post).
  • VP Joe Biden’s Communications Director Shailagh Murray (Washington Post).
  • Counselor Rosa Brooks (Los Angeles Times).
  • Senior Communications Adviser for the HHS Roberta Baskin (Center for Public Inquiry).
  • Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communication David Hoff (Education Week).
  • Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sasha Johnson (CNN).
  • Department of Transportation communications director Jill Zuckman (MSNBC).
  • Senior Policy Strategy for Science and Technology Rick Weiss (Washington Post, Center for American Progress).
  • Communications Director for the Office of Health Reform Linda Douglass (CBS, ABC).
  • The Treasury Department’s Eric Dash (New York Times)
  • The Treasury Department’s Anthony Reyes (MSNBC)
  • Obama speechwriter Aneesh Raman (CNN).
  • Chief of Staff to the U.S. China ambassador Jim Sciutto (CNN).
  • The EPA’s Kelly Zito (San Francisco Chronicle).
  • Susan Rice speechwriter Warren Bass (Washington Post).
  • The Justice Department’s Beverly Lumpkin (Project on Government Oversight).
  • The Defense Department’s Geoff Morell (ABC). This one deserves a disclaimer, as Morell was hired by George W. Bush and retained his employment under Obama.

One of those on the list, ABC’s Geoff Morell, began working for the Defense Department in 2007, and continued working in the Obama administration, so perhaps it would be appropriate to factor him out.

Regardless, there’s still at least 22 journalists who went to work for Obama, while Trump is under fire for hiring seven from Fox (or eight if you include Kudlow). Either way, Obama has hired roughly three times as many journalists are Trump has, and of course, they were all journalists who previously cozied up to the administration in their work.

The only attempt I’ve seen for a rebuttal to this fact came from The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, who argued that Obama’s hiring was different because they weren’t all from one network (Fox). But as is obvious to anyone’s that’s channel surfed before, that’s because there aren’t any other mainstream right-wing networks to choose journalists from. Given that Wemple is employed in a field (journalism) where only 7% of people are Republicans, he should know this. 

 

Obama Takes Credit for Surging Oil Production – Here’s Why He Can’t

It’s ironic that after spending the entirety of his presidency blaming the state of the economy on George W. Bush, Barack Obama is finally taking credit for our economic boom once he’s left. In light of oil prices recently tanking from $80 a barrel to around $50 (after rising earlier in the year), Obama tooted his own horn once again. Speaking at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas, Obama said:

I was extraordinarily proud of the Paris Accords because, look I know we’re in oil country and we need American energy. And by the way, American energy production, you wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president. And you know that whole suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer … that was me, people.

But was it really? As President, Obama could directly control the levels of oil production on federal land, but could only influence private oil production through regulation (or failing to approve projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline). As is always the case in politics, Obama’s claim is one that’s “technically true” (that oil production rose under his presidency), but extremely misleading (because it had nothing to do with him).

Oil Production on Federal Land Tanked

As Obama exited office, domestic crude oil production had seen the largest nominal increase under any presidency, but where the growth in production occurred dispells any claims Obama can take credit for it.

The figures through 2016 from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) tell a story of rising oil production on private land and bottlenecked production on federal land. According to an analysis of the numbers from the Western Energy Alliance, major indicators of federal onshore and natural gas operations declined, including the number of leases, acres leased, permits approved and wells being drilled.

As a result, while private oil production increased 108% from 2009-2017, it increased less than 20% on federal lands. And while Obama was speaking about oil instead of natural gas, that energy source suffered a massive decline in production on federal land.

Alternatively, below is the crude oil production chart quoted in million barrels per day increased of percent increase/decrease.

Oil and gas production on federal land is still far below their historical averages. Due to regulations passed under the Obama administration, the amount of time it takes the BLM to process a permit increased nearly 20% under Obama from 205 days to 242 days.

The Energy Information Administration Credits Technology, Not Obama for the Oil Boom

As FactCheck.org noted, Obama’s own EIA credited technological improvements in drilling for oil, not Obama, for the increase in production. “U.S. crude oil production has increased significantly over the past 10 years, driven mainly by production from tight rock formations using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing,” the EIA said in April 2018.

Obama released regulations in 2015 to reduce fracking on federal land, which Trump later shredded.

What About When Oil Prices Tanked Under Obama in 2015?

Oil prices suffered a rout in 2015 after beginning to teeter in late 2014, but that was a result of OPEC (primarily Saudi Arabia) starting a price war with the U.S. Two years into the price war, the Saudis had increased daily production from 9.75 million barrels per day to 10.5 million, bringing the price of oil below $50 and costing the Saudi’s themselves $525 million daily in lost revenue.

It was a costly strategy attempting to crush America’s shale industry but ended up only increasing the Saudi’s oil market share by 1% after two years.

The main point here is that the only significant decline in oil prices under Obama was due to Saudi Arabia, not Obama.

Unlike Obama, Trump is Behind The Recent Price Drop

The recent oil price drop from $80 to $50 also can be attributed to the Saudis – but Trump can actually take credit for it.

According to CNBC, oil analysts are in agreement that Trump “hoodwinked” Saudi Arabia into pushing the global oil market into oversupply. “They got sort of tricked here,” said John Kilduff, the manager of a hedge fund that specializes in energy-related investments. “The Russians and the Saudis in particular ramped up production, ramped up exports ahead of what was supposed to be severe sanctions on Iran, and when the administration gave the eight waivers to Iran’s largest buyers, it undercut that whole equation” he continued.

“So now we’ve tripped into an oversupply situation almost overnight because of the severe reaction by Russia and the Saudis to cover for Iran losses, which never materialized.”

The Saudi’s will eventually wise up and adjust output, but it’s undeniable how clever Trump’s move was.

Lewandowski: Obama had “Sinister” Reason for Not Wanting Michael Flynn in Trump Admin

According to former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, President Obama may have told then president-elect Trump not hire Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser for fear of having his own administration exposed.

Lewandowski details the discussion in his new book, co-authored by David Bossie, Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency.

According to the authors, soon after the 2016 election, Obama and Trump sat down for a meeting, where it was common for presidents to offer advice to those about to take over as commander in chief.

The book–as reported by the UK Daily Mail–states that Obama told Trump not to hire Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, advice which was leaked to the media in May of 2017. 

According to reports at the time, Obama made this suggestion because he thought “there were better people for (the position), and that Flynn wasn’t up for the job.”

However, Lewandowski and Bossie believe Obama may have had a “more sinister” reason for giving this advice.

“It’s not unreasonable to assume that Obama knew Flynn could expose some of the misconduct in which his intelligence agencies had engaged—particularly when it came to the abuse of surveillance practices,” they write.

The two point out that Obama had allowed his intelligence agencies to “spiral out of control…even going so far as to either implicitly or explicitly allow them to conduct surveillance on citizens of the United States on domestic soil—and not just any citizens, but members of the Trump campaign.”

‘”(President Obama) certainly knew that Flynn could do some damage to the permanent power structures of his intelligence agencies and shake up the bureaucracy he had helped to grow.”

They continue, “Obama probably figured that if he could convince Trump in a private meeting—the details of which were never supposed to leak—not to hire Flynn in the first place, the chances of his illegal spying on American citizens ever coming to light would decrease dramatically.”

The book, Trump’s Enemies, is on sale tomorrow.

Here’s the Proof: Obama Treated Journalists WAY Worse than Trump

Jim Acosta’s hard pass has been suspended by the White House, and the charges that President Donald Trump is at war with the media have again become common. Those in the media may wan to remind themselves who exactly started that war.

In an earlier article comparing and contrasting Trump and Barack Obama’s treatment of Russia, I argued that while Trump has been kind in terms of rhetoric, he’s been far tougher on Russia than Obama. Trump approved the sale of weapons to Ukraine to protect against Russia (which Obama refused to do), condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea (which Obama didn’t do), imposed sanctions on Russia, and many other actions unfavorably towards the Hermit Kingdom. The case of Trump and the media is almost the exact opposite. While Trump’s rhetoric towards the media has been almost exclusively hostile, Trump hasn’t interfered with journalists work one iota in comparison to Obama.

The month before Trump took office, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen wrote in the New York Times that “If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.”

Risen would know – as he fought efforts from the Department of Justice under both Obama and George W. Bush to compel him to identify sources from a 2006 book of his.

“The Most Transparent Administration in History”

The self-described “most transparent” administration in history was objectively the least transparent.

According to a report published during Obama’s last year in office, the administration set a record for rejections of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Obama administration either censored materials or rejected requests outright for access in a record 596,095 cases (77% of the time). In just his last year in office alone, the Obama administration spent $36.2 million in legal fees fighting FOIA related lawsuits.

I’ve seen attempts to argue that the “77% rejection” figure is inaccurate, but only if you count censored documents as having been fulfilled FOIA requests. Perhaps under Common Core math that makes sense.

Prosecuting Journalists

Obama prosecuted more journalists under the Espionage Act than all other Presidents combined. While many certainly deserved it (such as Chelsea Manning), are we to believe there were more acts of espionage from 2009-2016 than the rest of American history?

In total, 13 people have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act for sharing classified information with journalists since 1945. Of those 13, eight were arrested while Obama was president. Only one person has been prosecuted under the Espionage Act under Trump’s presidency (a woman bizarrely named “Reality Winner’), which is entirely justified for the same reasons that Manning’s charges were justified.

As one writer put it, “Trump rages about leakers. Obama quietly prosecuted them.”

Obama Would’ve Expelled Fox News if He Could’ve

Trump wants a single person from CNN gone – Jim Acosta. Obama wanted all of Fox News gone. Just months ago in September he said with a straight face that “It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people.”

Obama may have not branded Fox News “enemies of the people,” but he certainly treated them as if they were.

In 2009 Obama’s White House intentionally excluded Chris Wallace from a round of interviews related to Obama’s push for healthcare reform.

Later in the year the administration attempted to block Fox reporters from interviewing “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg, and then lied about it. An internal White House email dated October 22nd 2009 proves that the White House director of broadcast media told Treasury officials “We’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”

Obama’s communications director Anita Dunn publicly echoed the same sentiments at the time. “We’re going to treat them [Fox News] the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

In 2012 Fox was excluded from a White House conference call related to the then-recent attacks in Benghazi, killing four Americans. Fox was also excluded from the CIA’s briefing about the attack.

And to again reference the Espionage Act, in 2012 Fox News’ James Rosen was labeled a “criminal co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act because he used a State Department contractor as a source for a story. At least five of Rosen’s phone lines were seized, and the FBI obtained a warrant to search his emails. The phone records of Rosen’s parents were also seized.

What’s the Trumpian comparison? Calling people he doesn’t like “fake news” and hurting Jim Acosta’s feelings?