Candidate Obama vs. President Obama

The video speaks for itself.

Correction, Obama speaks for himself.

No commentary needed from me.

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The Obama Cult of Personality Marches On

The video below is just another great video from The Naked Emperor.

I originally found it on Hot Air in an entry by Ed Morrissey.

The Obama cult of personality marches on.

Dictionary.com

Cult of personality:

–noun

a cult promoting adulation of a living national leader or public figure, as one encouraged by Stalin to extend his power.

Let’s not forget this golden oldies.

Obama’s Army

We Are The Ones

Children Sing Praises

Obama Youth Regiment

The creepiness factor continues to rise.

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One bright and shining Obama cult member thought it would be a good idea to list on her public Obama page, the names, addresses and phone number of those she had recruited.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden- The Change We Need - Colleen OBrien's Blog_1237867281314

The image has been kept small to protect the stupid by not allowing their names to be viewed.

Feigned Outrage Over AIG Bonuses

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President Obama and his administration are the definition of disingenuous, that is, hypocritically ingenuous.

The Hill

I don’t think anyone on Capitol Hill should doubt the genuineness of the outrage,” Gibbs said. He added: “Barack Obama came in, and there was a new sheriff in town on executive compensation.

The supposed outrage over the AIG bonuses paid to executives in the amount of $165 million is mere play acting on the part of Obama, his administration and Democrats on the hill.

It is done for the benefit of the masses and as a tool to further the administration agenda. The administration knows that the majority of Americans are going to take them at their word, that the majority of Americans are going to believe the show of outrage is genuine and will not balk as the administration uses the AIG bonuses as reasoning for implementation of what other wise would be seen as intrusive government restrictions and control of business.

Turns out, and who would be surprised, that the administration and Democrats on the hill knew for sometime or at least should have known, that these bonuses would be paid.

I suppose they could claim ignorance being that they did not read the text of the stimulus package before having passed it.

Chris Dodd should at least have known as he is the the person who included in the stimulus bill an amendment which allows the paying of bonuses that were contractually agreed to before 2.11.2009.

But As For Me

From page H1412 of the Final Stimulus Bill, “SEC. 111. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE:

“(iii) The prohibition required under clause (i) shall not be construed to prohibit any bonus payment required to be paid pursuant to a writte employment contract executed on or before February 11, 2009, as such valid employment contracts are determined by the Secretary or the designee of the Secretary.”

As the But As For Me blog, referenced in the above quote, points out; by having voted for the stimulus bill politicians actually voted to protect the bonuses of AIG.

That being so, then who is to blame for the payout of these bonuses?

Those crying the loudest, those who are so very outraged, they are to blame.

Who else knew, or again, should have known?

How about golden boy Timothy Geithner?

You know the man who we were told was the only person who could rescue America from her economic meltdown.

Politico

Timothy Geithner, then at the New York branch of the Federal Reserve, was a huge proponent and architect of the AIG bailout. So if Obama had strong private opposition to the idea it did not affect his pick for the person who would oversee all bailouts.

Do not be a fool and do not be fooled, the administration or a least enough persons in the administration knew that these bonuses were to be paid out that there should have been no surprise when they bonuses were paid.

This is fake outrage.

Fake outrage not without a purpose however.

UPDATE:

ABC News: Political Punch

Sources in the Obama administration Tuesday said that despite previous media reports administration officials did not know until a couple weeks ago that the officials of the controversial AIG Financial Product Division were set to receive $165 million in bonuses on March 13.
 
Given the fact that the administration knew of this two weeks ago their outrage appears even more disingenuous.
Delayed fake outrage.
 
Almost all accounts, other than the accounts of the administration, seem to demonstrate that the claim of only recently coming about the knowledge of AIG bonuses is a false claim.
 
First, remember the language of the Chris Dodd amendment to the stimulus package (provided earlier in this posting).
 
Yahoo is running an Associated Press article that contains several good insights.
 
AIG’s plans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars were publicized last fall, when Congress started asking questions about expensive junkets the company had sponsored. A November SEC filing by the company details more than $469 million in "retention payments" to keep prized employees. […]
In January, Reps. Joseph E. Crowley of New York and Paul E. Kanjorski of Pennsylvania wrote to the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department pressing the administration to scrutinize AIG’s bonus plans and take steps against excessive payments.
"I at that point realized that we were going to have a backlash with regard to these bonuses," Kanjorski said in an AP interview. In a meeting with Liddy later that month, he said he told the AIG chief that "all hell would break loose if we didn’t find a way to inform the public … and that we should take every step to put that information out there so we wouldn’t have the shock."
The administration clearly choose to go with shock.
 
Perhaps the “awe” was to come by way of President Obama providing a public smack down to AIG.
 
The story continues.
Around the same time, Congress and Obama’s team were passing up an opportunity to put in place strict laws to revoke bonuses from recipients of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. In February, the Senate voted to add such a proposal to the economic recovery bill that cleared Congress, but in final closed-door talks on the measure, that provision was dropped in favor of limits that affect only future payments.
 

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Taliban To Obama, ‘No Moderates In Our Ranks’

Last weekend President Obama made it know that he was entertaining the idea of talks with the “moderate” wing of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

This is simply evidence that not only is Obama winging it on the economy, he plans to wing it so far as foreign policy as well.

Moderate Taliban?

Talks with terrorists, mass murderers?

President Obama was rebuffed by the Taliban Tuesday.

Sindh Today

The Taliban has squarely rejected US President Barack Obama’s call for negotiating with its ‘moderate’ arm to bring the ‘War on terror’ in the region to end.

Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a representative of the Taliban had the following to say:

This does not require any response or reaction from us as this is illogical […]

The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy.I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means

 

CHAVEZ CALLS ON OBAMA TO FOLLOW PATH OF SOCIALISM

Obama replies:

No problem baby, I’m on it!

Of course, Obama didn’t really say this, verbally anyway… but his actions demonstrate that Obama needs no one prodding him down the path to socialism, he is currently skipping very happily down that red brick road.

Drudge Report

Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday called upon US President Barack Obama to follow the path to socialism, which he termed as the "only" way out of the global recession. "Come with us, align yourself, come with us on the road to socialism. This is the only path. Imagine a socialist revolution in the United States," Chavez told a group of workers in the southern Venezuelan state of Bolivar.

Obama Approval Index History: Rasmussen

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HT: @DaMav via Twitter

Obama’s Dangerous OLC Nominee

Dawn Johnsen, law professor at Indiana University is president Obama’s nominee for head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

National Review explains just what the OLC is and it’s importance.

OLC, a critically important agency, is the administration’s lawyers’ lawyer. Staffed by graduates of top law schools who are then polished by elite judicial clerkships, it authoritatively interprets the law for the attorney general and, in doing so, drives administration legal policy. OLC’s credibility is derived from its reputation for apolitical, academic discipline — its commitment to informing policymakers of what the law is, rather than what staffers believe the law should be.

 

NR further provides their basic opinion of nominee Johnsen.

Johnsen is, for that reason, a poor fit: She is an ideologue, and an unabashed one.

In a brief filed by Johnsen as legal director for NARAL in Missouri case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services this Obama nominee made the following comparison between slavery and abortion.

Any restriction that makes abortion less accessible is, in her view, tantamount to “involuntary servitude” because it “requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state’s asserted interest [in the life of the unborn].” In effect, a woman “is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends.” Such “forced pregnancy,” she contends, violates the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery.

Can we all recall Barack Obama pre-election?

Obama co-sponsored FOCA

Obama criticized the Supreme Court in 2007 for their decision in the Gonzales vs Carhart case in which the Partial Birth Abortion Ban was upheld.

Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy which prohibited NGO’s that received family planning monies from the U.S. Agency for International Development from providing or promoting abortions.

On and on the list goes which demonstrates that Barack Obama is an unapologetically pro-abortion; his nominee for OLC points to the fact that he is in fact radically pro-abortion and intends to remove as many abortion restrictions as possible.

This man wants to close Gitmo and worries about known terrorists possibly being tortured, yet could give a damn about a child in the womb.

Much of your ideology makes me sick Mr. Obama, but your radical stance on abortion is absolutely disgusting.