Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

By Ben Shapiro

3/2/2011

During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that if the emergency phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, you wouldn’t want President Obama picking it up.

She was wrong. Obama wouldn’t pick it up in the first place. He’d let it go to answering machine. He’d be too busy chasing the nearest camera.

Obama is the “Girls Gone Wild” president: Stick a lens in front of him and he’ll take off his shirt, mince about like a coed, and babble nonsensical nothings to an audience oddly fascinated by his antics.

How else to explain Obama’s desperate injection of himself into the Oscars this past Sunday? Even as the Middle East goes up in flames, even as oil prices spike dramatically, even as the national debt skyrockets toward $19.6 trillion by 2015, Obama took time out to tackle a pressing question: What is his favorite movie song? Answer: “As Time Goes By,” from “Casablanca.” Feeling better about the world situation yet?

Obama had a busy week — at least in terms of pop culture. Thursday evening, Obama held yet another party at the White House, this time in honor of Motown music. Celebrity attendees included Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Smoky Robinson, John Legend, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks. Jamie Foxx summed up the Obamas’ view of what it means to inhabit the “people’s house” in his rendition of Robinson’s “Get Ready”: “We won the election. White House, baby, so much fun!” Meanwhile, Muammar Qadafi shot people at will in the streets of Tripoli, and Americans struggled to pay their rent.

President Obama has become the Salahis of entertainment, cropping up in random places when he’s least wanted. We can’t escape him. He delayed the fifth game of the 2008 World Series, so he could broadcast a 30-minute infomercial for his campaign. He threw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2009. He did a 10-minute interview with Katie Couric during the 2010 Super Bowl broadcast. In both 2009 and 2010, he did interviews with ESPN to tell the world about his NCAA tournament brackets. In 2010, Obama showed up on “American Idol.” As commander-in-chief, he’s hit “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Jersey Shore.” OK, he hasn’t hit “Jersey Shore” … yet.

In fact, Obama is worse than the Salahis — at least the Salahis don’t use tax dollars to subsidize their antics. Obama doesn’t just crash other parties — he spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to throw parties of his own. Not that Obama cares; as he put it, “This is a pretty big house so we get lonely. It’s hard for me to move around out there sometimes, so I got to bring the world to me.”

Poor baby.

Obama’s desperate need for attention is clearly a psychological condition. He drinks in applause like a washed-up movie star. It is usual for neglected children to develop narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), typically characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a strong sense of entitlement, preoccupations with utopian fantasies, elitism, manipulative tendencies and pathological need for praise.

President Obama was abandoned by his parents during childhood. Now he exhibits the textbook symptoms of NPD. He thinks his powers are godlike in import; “I have a gift, Harry,” Obama once told Sen. Harry Reid. He believes he is entitled to positions of power and prestige. He has never worked a real job in his life, yet deigns to tell the rest of us that he embodies our hopes and dreams. He is obsessed with nonsensical utopian fantasies of one-world peace and harmony in which nuclear weapons are beaten into plowshares.

Obama is an elitist through and through, disdaining ordinary Americans as “bitter [people who] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” He is manipulative in the extreme, seeing every crisis as an opportunity to magnify his personal power.

Most dangerous, he requires a constant stream of paeans to his persona. Radical Muslims, socialists, anti-Semites — so long as they clap, they’re worthy of his warmth. Obama strongly resembles a once-abused puppy; he doesn’t care who pets him, so long as he receives the petting.

With one exception: Obama has no interest in the attention or praise of Americans who challenge his radical agenda. To make himself subject to their philosophy would force him to acknowledge a fundamental truth: His parents abandoned him because they were bad parents, not because America is a “downright mean” country. Obama has told himself for decades that America’s selfishness forced his parents to make him a social outcast. To acknowledge now that the system was largely good and his parents were largely bad would fracture his fragile ego.

So expect to see President Obama on the next telecast of the next big event. He can’t stay away from the cameras, and he certainly won’t leave behind the enthusiastic hurrahs of his supporters. Mr. De Mille, he’s ready for his close-up.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a regular guest on dozens of radio shows around the United States and Canada and author of Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House.

Will Scandal Drive Obama Off the 2012 Ticket?

Will Scandal Drive Obama Off the 2012 Ticket?

By Monty
Pelerin

(See also:
Solving
the Democrats’ Obama Problem
)

President Obama will not run in 2012.  That prediction
seems reasonable in light of the following:

  1. His presidency is in shambles, shriveling up before
    our eyes.
  2. His political poll numbers continue to weaken.
  3. Unemployment remains stubbornly high for a period of
    time not seen since the Great Depression.
  4. The economy is listless, consumer sentiment is in the
    sewer, foreclosures are ratcheting up, and the next financial crisis appears
    near.
  5. No economic variable has improved; some continue to
    worsen.
  6. The nation risks sovereign bankruptcy as a result of
    Obama’s out-of-control spending.
  7. Obama is out of ideas and obviously well beyond his
    depth.

Every time Obama speaks, he shows himself as more out
of touch with the country, its people, and their needs.  He is an obvious
embarrassment to many.  He has alienated independents and even some liberals.
He now appears to have adopted a strategy to appeal to the most radical in his
party.

Either he is trying to avoid a shut-out in the coming
election by locking up some small number of votes or he is delusional.  Seasoned
Democrats are dumbfounded by his performance, seeming to believe the delusional
possibility.  Radicals have already rejected him and threaten to run a candidate
in the primaries.

Despite everything above, Obama intends to run in
2012.  None of this fazes the Narcissist-In-Chief.  He needs the spotlight like
most of us need oxygen.  The “messiah,” or the self-proclaimed “One,” does not
see these problems.  If he does, they are mere details, trivialities, nothing
that cannot be silver-tongued away.

The reality is that Obama is spent.  His false magic
is no longer.  He has become a cartoon figure to many Americans and more
foreigners.  Familiarity has produced contempt.  He is a fraud, a man who never
was anything other than a carefully scripted and wonderfully executed marketing
campaign.

The product, however, doesn’t work.  Marketing made
the first sale, but success is repeated only if the product performs.  Snake oil
is never purchased a second time.  Instead of the brilliant problem-solving
uniter much of the nation believed they were buying, they got an incompetent,
small, and not likeable mountebank.

Mr. Obama lives in his own world, surrounded by
sycophants.  They undoubtedly know his run is over and that he no longer fools
most of the people.  Yet they are afraid to tell him.  We are witnessing a
modern-day political tragedy, not unlike the one that occurred with Richard
Nixon.

Obama sees none of this.  It probably has never
entered his mind that he is a failure or will not run.  His supporters, namely
the Democrat Party and the mainstream media, will intervene.  Their survival and
credibility demands it.  There will come a “meeting with Nixon” moment.  If that
fails, and it is very likely, Obama will be destroyed by one or both of these
two groups.

Interests of the Democratic
Party

The political environment is horrible for Democrats.
Obama’s policies, ineptitude, and unpopularity are responsible for much of
this.  Many elected Democrats are afraid for their political careers.  Obama is
increasingly seen as an albatross in the coming election.

Previously unthinkable election “upsets” have occurred
— the loss of the “Kennedy Seat” in Massachusetts was the first.  The 2010
election was a rout.  Subsequent special elections affirmed that the trend
continues.  Jonah Goldberg
commented on the most recent result: the seat that once belonged to Geraldine
Ferraro, Chuck Schumer, and Anthony Weiner went to Republican Bob Turner — the
first time it has gone Republican since 1923.

The idea of Obama resigning for the good of the party
has been raised.  Steve Chapman of
the Chicago Tribune said:

Obama might do his party a big favor. In hard times,
voters have a powerful urge to punish incumbents. He could slake this thirst by
stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him
at the top of the ticket.

About a year ago I predicted  political cannibalism:

The next two years will be hard on Obama. As much as
he is hated by freedom-lovers in the country, it is likely that he will be hated
more by his remaining Democrats. The Party is in tatters. It is in danger of
disappearing as a political entity as a result of following this false prophet.
This Pied Piper, instead of getting the American people to follow,  led Democrat
politicians to their political death. The survivors will not forget, nor will
they continue to march to the tune of this false
savior.

We are about to witness politics at its ugliest.  It
will be Republicans against Democrats of course.  But that will be less
intriguing than the Democrats against Obama.  Political survival trumps
loyalty.  If Obama is as ineffectual as I believe he will be, he will be
devoured by angry Democrats anxious to avenge the political deaths of their
comrades.

We have reached this point.  Democrats have the motive
to get rid of Obama, but do they have the means?

The Solyndra Affair

Solyndra, the “green energy” failure, is an example of
how Obama could be leveraged out of office.  Chicago-style politics suggests
that there may be other “Solyndras” in the closet.

Reuters
described Solyndra as follows:

The bankruptcy of solar-panel maker Solyndra neatly
encapsulates the economic, political and intellectual bankruptcy of Barack
Obama’s Big Idea. It was the president’s intention back in 2009 to begin
centrally reorganizing the U.S. economy around the supposed climate-change
crisis.

Even after getting the loan, Solyndra spent $187,000
on lobbying efforts, according to Bloomberg,
including trying to get the White House to push government agencies to install
its panels on the rooftops of federal buildings and  extend “buy American” rules
that favor U.S. companies.  Instead of revenue-seeking, Solyndra was
“rent-seeking,” which means trying to make money by manipulating
government.

Andrew C. McCarthy
described Solyndra as criminal fraud:

The Solyndra debacle is not just Obama-style crony
socialism as usual. It is a criminal fraud. That is the theory that would be
guiding any competent prosecutor’s office in the investigation of a scheme that
cost victims – in this case, American taxpayers – a
fortune.

The magnitude of the Solyndra loss needs
investigation.  The mood of the country demands it.  Taxpayers are furious about
Washington wasting their money and indebting their children.  This company
represents one half-billion wasted, under questionable circumstances.  How many
other similar “deals” might be heading for the same fate?

Political chicanery of this magnitude and in these
times will not be ignored.  The FBI jumped in early.  According to
Politico
other investigations are underway:

There are at least four investigations running on the
legal, political and financial ties between the Obama administration and the
California solar company that filed for bankruptcy protection last
month.

It is likely that Solyndra contains enough
incriminating information for Congress to force Obama from office (see
Zerohedge,
especially the slide show).  Potentially there are other Solyndras out
there.

Congressional
Investigations

Congressional investigations are typically held for
little more than Washington tourists.  When a president is suspected of extreme
stupidity or a crime, it is conventional for his party to do everything possible
to thwart the investigation.  Bill Clinton was an example of
that.

Democrats would like to rid themselves of Albatross
Obama.  Under normal circumstances it might not be possible without risking the
alienation of key constituencies.  A criminal investigation, however, provides
the opportunity for modern-day regicide.

The Solyndra investigation(s) will be different,
because congressional Democrats view their situation as worse if they protect
the man than if he is dumped.  So Solyndra or a counterpart will be a bipartisan
investigative effort.  Democrats might have incentives to be even more
aggressive in pursuit of the truth than Republicans.  None of this will be
driven by the pursuit of justice or the Rule of Law.  It will be driven by
political self-interest.

Appearing tough in the investigation would serve to
distance Democrats from their titular head.  If there is a smoking gun,
Democrats will pursue it.  If they see an opportunity to take out the king, they
may go for it.  If there is a “smoking gun,” this will end more like a Richard
Nixon than a Bill Clinton.

The Media

Barack Obama won the Democrat nomination because the
mainstream media adopted him and went out of their way to ensure that he, rather
than Hillary Clinton, won.  As expressed by the Rex
Murphy
:

American journalism will have to look back at the
period starting with Barrack Obama’s rise, his assumption of the presidency and
his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so
many of its vital functions. In the main, the establishment American media
abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign  and it hasn’t
reclaimed them since.

As a result, the press gave the great American
republic an untried, unknown, and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly
clear, incompetent figure as president.  Under Obama, America’s foreign policies
are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence.  They are increasingly bypassed
or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo
speech, is in tatters.  America’s debt and deficits are a weight on the entire
global economy.  And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of
strength.

To the degree the press neglected its function as
watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the
flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable
performances in the modern history of the American presidency.

A tipping point appears to have been reached in the
last month or so.  The myth of Obama has ended.  There is now open talk from the
media that Obama cannot win in 2012.

Just as Democrats don’t want a pariah at the top of
the ticket, many in the media do not want to continue plugging what is obviously
a failed candidate.  The protective shield that existed is being dismantled.
The press is more interested in saving what credibility they have left, rather
than justifying an increasingly indefensible and broken
presidency.

Investigative reporting, so obviously missing when
Obama was The Next Coming, is likely to be cranked up.  The media will fully
cover any official investigations.  Furthermore, entrepreneurs within their
ranks and within the internet community are likely to focus on filling in the
blanks in Obama’s missing past.

The attraction of being the next Woodward or Bernstein
is strong.  Now that it is acceptable to attack, if not destroy, the fallen
hero, look for lots of new information to come out.  The chance to “change
history” is an overpowering incentive for cub and seasoned
reporters.

This is a very dangerous time for the president.  Two
of his two biggest supporters have incentives to remove him from
office.

Any investigations are likely to be real.  That does
not mean that President Obama is not getting a fair shake.  His problem is that
justice, for all the wrong reasons, will be getting a fair shake.  That is
usually fatal for politicians under investigation.

Loyalty in politics starts and stops with personal
self-interest.  The old saying, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,”
still holds.  Obama has few friends, even in his own party.  Fortunately he has
a dog.  I hope it likes him, because most of the country no longer
does.

How does it end?  My guess is that investigations go
forward and are used to leverage Obama out of office.  He will “choose” not to
run for reelection.  He understands Chicago-style politics, even when he is on
the wrong end.

His psyche is such that he must be loved, if not
worshiped, and that will never be again, at least not in this
country.

GOP candidates Perry and Romney assail Obama on Israel

GOP candidates Perry and Romney assail Obama on Israel

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney waded into a tense foreign policy dispute Tuesday by criticizing the Palestinian Authority’s effort to seek a formal recognition of statehood by the U.N. General Assembly.

The Republican rivals also used the jockeying at the U.N. to assail President Barack Obama’s policy toward Israel.

Perry, the Texas governor and Republican front-runner, is pledging in a speech in New York strong support for Israel and criticizing Obama for demanding concessions from the Jewish state that Perry says emboldened the Palestinians to seek recognition by the U.N.

“We are indignant that certain Middle Eastern leaders have discarded the principle of direct negotiations between the sovereign nation of Israel and the Palestinian leadership,” Perry said in excerpts provided by one of his aides to The Associated Press. “And we are equally indignant that the Obama administration’s Middle East policy of appeasement has encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith.”

In a written statement before Perry spoke, Romney called the diplomatic maneuvering at the United Nations this week an “unmitigated diplomatic disaster.” The former Massachusetts governor also accused Obama’s administration of “repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position.”

“That policy must stop now,” Romney said.

The two Republicans who lead in early polls for the Republican nomination, as well as their lesser-known opponents, are intent on showing they stand strongly behind Israel, an effort to appeal to Jewish voters and donors who play a pivotal role in presidential elections. So they’re trying to grab a share of the spotlight as the Palestinians push for statehood this week at the U.N.

Perry and Romney weighed in as Obama was in New York for meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly. He planned to meet later in the week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The U.S. has promised a veto in the Security Council, but the Palestinians can press for a more limited recognition of statehood before the full — and much more supportive — General Assembly. The Obama administration has pushed hard for countries around the world to block the Palestinian bid, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday there was still time to avert a divisive showdown.

Obama has been criticized by Republicans and many pro-Israel activists for seeming to push the Jewish state harder than the Palestinians to make compromises to achieve peace. Among other things, Obama has called on Israel to cease building housing settlements in the West Bank and to negotiate the scope of the Palestinian state using 1967 borders as a starting point — a diplomatic position the U.S. has long maintained but one that has never before been explicitly embraced by a U.S. president.

Complaints about Obama’s Israel policy helped a Republican, Bob Turner, win a special election in a heavily Jewish and Democratic New York congressional district last week.

“It’s vitally important for America to preserve alliances with leaders who seek to preserve peace and stability in the region,” Perry said in the speech. “But today, neither adversaries nor allies know where America stands. Our muddle of a foreign policy has created great uncertainty in the midst of the Arab Spring.”

Romney called on Obama to unequivocally reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and promise to cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians if they succeed in getting U.N. recognition. He also called for the United States to re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition.

Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared

Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared

By Justin Sink – 09/20/11 09:55 AM ET

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that his committee plans to investigate government loan programs to private corporations in light of allegations of improper dealings between the White House and failed energy company Solyndra and wireless start-up LightSquared.

“I want to see when the president and his cronies are picking winners and losers… it wasn’t because there were large contributions given to them,” the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Tuesday morning on C-SPAN.

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Issa said the committee was looking at whether it was improper for members of Congress or White House staff to select companies eligible for subsidized government loans when those companies could give campaign donations. Loan programs have been a popular tool to provide funding for popular industries — like tech, green energy, and American auto companies — at more favorable terms than could be secured privately.

 

The Obama administration has been defending itself against criticism by Republicans that it exerted improper influence to the aid of both companies.

Solyndra abruptly filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, surprising both employees and the administration, which had secured $535 million in low-interest loans for the company

Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech Was More Manipulation

Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech Was More Manipulation

Lloyd Marcus

 

When I was a kid, my black dad spoke with what felt like admiration about
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Powell was a handsome, articulate, famed, and powerful
black minister and congressman. Despite adulterous affairs with women in his
church, charges of financial misconduct and wild parties on his yacht, it was
said that women joined Powell’s church several times for the thrill of coming to
the front of the congregation to shake his hand.
My dad has been the epitome of character all of my life. And yet, something
about Powell’s persona and ability to deliver a riveting sermon fascinated my
dad. As a kid, given Powell’s lack of character, I did not hold the smooth
talking playboy minister in high regard.
Conservative intellectuals’ rave reviews of Obama’s memorial speech for the
Tucson shooting victims give me an insight into my dad’s positive view of
Powell.
Obama’s speech struck me as more of the same; his masterful sleazy bait and
switch talking from both sides of his mouth. In a nutshell, while saying the
shooting had nothing to do with politics, Obama lectured Americans about the
need for more civility in political speech.
Meanwhile, Obama’s minions have written thousands of articles holding the
Tea Party Movement, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin
responsible for the shooting. Even Michelle Obama chimed in with her letter
calling for more civility.
When Obama said we need to tone down our language for Christina Green, the
little girl who was killed in the shooting, it turned my stomach; how
exploitative and manipulative- so typically Democrat. It felt like a moment from
the liberal Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone Memorial, another memorial which the
Democrats exploited for political gain. “Do it for Paul! Do it for
Paul!”
So when conservative guru Dr. Charles Krauthammer and the Fox News team
gave Obama almost tearful rave reviews for his brilliant speech, I thought, “Am
I crazy?”

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Then, I realized, like my dad, Krauthammer and the Fox team are
intellectuals. They “get off” on appearances and sounding “smart.”  I’m just a
regular guy who puts stock into who a person really is — people who say what
they mean, mean what they say, and do it.
Listening to Obama’s speech, all I heard was a despicable man exploiting
the event to silence opposition to his destruction of America as we know it.
Frankly, I am proud to be named among the tea party patriots, rather than
the political elites on both sides of the isle. We have had enough of putting
pretty smooth talking scoundrels in political office who betray us. I’ll take
character over eloquent oratory, any day.
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Watchdog wants probe of Google’s ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama

Watchdog wants probe of Google’s ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama

By Sara Jerome – 11/09/10 04:24 PM ET

As House Republicans plan an ambitious oversight agenda for the next session of Congress, a watchdog group is calling for a probe into a company that it says is far too cozy with the Obama administration: Google.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a group that advocates for a smaller and more ethical government, wrote to leaders of the House Oversight Committee this month urging them to investigate a major privacy breach by Google. It wants to know if the company’s ties to the administration helped it dodge penalties after the incident.

The group also urges a look at Google’s ties to the administration more generally, pointing to what it calls “a growing body of evidence” that shows the administration’s “unusually close relationship with Google has resulted in favoritism towards the company on federal policy issues.”

“Like Halliburton in the previous administration, Google has an exceptionally close relationship with the current administration,” the letter says.

The NLPC letter encourages House Oversight Chairman Edolphus Towns (N.Y) and ranking member Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) to pick up where it believes federal regulators fell short in investigating Google’s Wi-Fi privacy breach.

After Google admitted last month that it collected and stored private user information, including passwords and entire e-mails, from Wi-Fi networks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed an inquiry into the issue, citing promises from the company that it would improve its privacy practices.

But NLPC alleges that Google’s political clout might be the real reason the FTC dropped the probe.

“There is another deeply disturbing aspect to the FTC’s decision,” Kenneth Boehm, the NLPC chairman, writes in the letter to Capitol Hill. “Less than a week before Google’s announcement, President Obama went to the home of Google executive Marissa Mayer for a $30,000-per-person Democratic Party fundraiser.”

Boehm calls for the House to “conduct a fair and dispassionate investigation as to any linkage in these three events: the fundraiser, Google’s disclosure and the FTC’s action.”

He cites instances where the FTC may have been tougher on other companies, including Twitter, Sears and CVS, which were fined for privacy breaches in the last two years.

Boehm mounted six pages of evidence arguing that Google is too close to the Obama administration, including the fact that Andrew McLaughlin, a former Google employee, is now the U.S. deputy chief technology officer.

“The FTC’s decision to close its investigation into Google’s unauthorized gathering of private data through its Google Street View program is troubling enough. But looked at in the context of this Administration’s extraordinarily close relationship with Google, no fair-minded person could look at the record so far and not believe that further investigation is warranted,” the letter says.

Google has apologized for the privacy breach, saying it collected the private data by accident. That claim has prompted skepticism from privacy advocates and at least one lawmaker. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said last week that he thought Google’s actions were intentional. He said he would likely investigate Google’s Wi-Fi breach if he were to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a position he is campaigning for.

Issa, who has promised a thorough investigative agenda when he ascends to the top of the House Oversight Committee, has previously worked to shed light on ties between Google and the administration.

Obama to use teleprompter for Hindi speech

Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, November 06, 2010
First Published: 13:27 IST(6/11/2010)
Last Updated: 13:36 IST(6/11/2010)

Namaste India! In all likelihood that will be silver-tongued Barack Obama’s opening line when he addresses the Indian parliament next week. But to help him pronounce Hindi words correctly will be a teleprompter which the US president uses ever so often for his hypnotising speeches.

According to parliament sources, a technical team from the US has helped the Lok Sabha secretariat install textbook-sized panes of glass around the podium that will give cues to Obama on his prepared remarks to 780 Indian MPs on the evening of Nov 8.

It will be a 20-minute speech at Parliament House’s Central Hall that has been witness to some historic events, including first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s “tryst with destiny” speech when India became independent.

Obama will make history for more than one reason during the Nov 6-9 visit. This will be the first time a teleprompter will be used in the nearly 100-feet high dome-shaped hall that has portraits of eminent national leaders adorning its walls.

Indian politicians are known for making impromptu long speeches and perhaps that is why some parliament officials, who did not wish to be named, sounded rather surprised with the idea of a teleprompter for Obama.

“We thought Obama is a trained orator and skilled in the art of mass address with his continuous eye contact,” an official, who did not wish to be identified because of security restrictions, said.

Obama is known to captivate audiences with his one-liners that sound like extempore and his deep gaze. But few in India know that the US president always carries the teleprompter with him wherever he speaks.

Teleprompters, also called autocue or telescript, are mostly used by TV anchors to read out texts scrolling on a screen and attached to a camera in front of them.

Parliament officials have had a busy week preparing for a red carpet welcome for Obama and his wife Michelle. Parliament House these days looks fresh with a new coat of paint, new carpeting and new green plants in mud vases decorating the corridors.

Sources said the Obamas will pose for a photograph with Indian leaders at one of the three well laid-out courtyards that have lush green lawns and fountains.

On the dais in the Central Hall will be Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The sources said the event will be an hour-long affair and will start with Ansari’s welcome address and end with a vote of thanks by Meira Kumar after the US president’s address.

The Obamas would sign the Golden Book, the visitor’s diary in parliament, before leaving the eight-decade old building.

“Thank god they won’t eat anything or have tea or coffee from our canteen. We would have to go through a tough security drill otherwise,” quipped an employee.

Security managers in parliament also had a tough job for the high profile visit even as the house is already highly protected following a terrorist attack in 2001.

A team of US security officials, including from the CIA, were in the Indian capital and visited the complex to review security measures to be taken during the parliament event.

Parliament security officials have decided that barring special invitees and former MPs, no visitor would be allowed inside when Obama addresses the MPs.

Only journalists who have permanent radio-frequency passes would be allowed inside the Central Hall to cover the event.

Left-Winger Confirms Obama Corruption Scandal

Left-Winger Confirms Obama Corruption Scandal

August 18th, 2010

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports

Obama Convict

A radical left-wing activist has confirmed Republican charges that the Obama administration runs an extensive and potentially illegal propaganda campaign from the White House. We noted yesterday that Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a 36-page report noting that the president has used taxpayer dollars to finance “a sophisticated propaganda and lobbying campaign” made up of “inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives.” Often, this involves “covert propaganda,” in which officials ask others to repeat White House talking points without mentioning their connection to the president. (Read our summary here.)

Evidently, 36 pages was not enough. The committee missed an event.

Sally Kohn wrote in The Huffington Post yesterday that she attended a May 12, 2009, meeting in which multiple Obama administration officials asked the radical Left to promote its legislative agenda.

I reported on this “cultural policy” summit called by Valerie Jarrett nearly a year ago. Dozens of the most extreme activists on the left-wing’s fringe met in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with eight Obama administration officials, all of whom report either to Jarrett or First Lady Michelle Obama. The meeting’s summary noted that “more than 60 artists and creative organizers…came together for a White House briefing on Art, Community, Social Justice, National Recovery.”

Among other things, Kohn confirms Jarrett was present, although the meeting’s notes tried to airbrush her out of the summit.

The Obama administration officials made it clear they wanted the fringe leftists to help shape the president’s agenda, then promote the Obama party line. Tina Tchen, who works in Jarrett’s Office of Public Engagement, told attendees, “The administration wants to sustain energy from the election process and turn it toward the agenda.” Buffy Wicks, who would later take party in the infamous NEA call, “asked briefing participants to think through how their networks and organizations can participate in areas such as the arts in education, healthcare and preventative care, energy and environment, or economic opportunity.”

The activists then broke into groups to “ideate” on how to best promote the president’s legislative agenda. Michelle Miller of the SEIU suggested participants: “Create a counter narrative to the Luntz memo/Republican talking points designed to destroy health care reform. They can offer creative, humorous voices that can think outside of white papers or New York Times op-eds to communicate effectively about the importance of health care reform and diminish the increasing attacks on our movement for reform. For example, the satirical webisodes SEIU is producing with comedy writers with content from Lutz [sic.] memo.”

Sally Kohn’s panel lamented the failure of the 2007 amnesty bill but hoped, “Artists and cultural organizers can play a critical role this year on helping advance the legislation, as well as over the coming years helping bring the humanity and personal/family stories of the issue to light.”

Kohn revealed yesterday that this meeting was the beginning, not the end, of the radical Left’s collusion with Obama. “The White House convened a weekly meeting called ‘Common Purpose’ at which DC progressive organizations were invited,” she wrote. At these Common Purpose meetings, “the White House dictated its agenda and appealed to the professional left for back-up.”

In other words, Obama administration officials, led by Valerie Jarrett, have directed a year-long covert propaganda campaign from the White House aimed at securing support for its agenda from the most radical elements of the political spectrum.

Kohn is no right-winger. She is a self-described “Jewish lesbian” who once wrote a diary entry on DailyKos entitled, “Why I Have a Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Neither were the other participants anything but beyond the pale. The invitation list included several associates of Van Jones and a number of left-wing conspiracy theorists who believe the CIA sells crack in minority neighborhoods.

Perhaps the worst example of the people Obama is willing to play ball with is someone who calls herself “Rha Goddess.” Rha’s biography describes her as “the former International Spokeswoman for the Universal Zulu Nation.” That group teaches “The Bible has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted” in accordance with the Koran. Its manifesto teaches its members their opponents are “a race of Devils,” whom they “should fight in The Name of Allah, Jah, Jehovah, Eloahim, The Creator, The Most High Supreme One, God.”

Kohn’s revelations should provide fresh fodder for investigators, and a clear window into the radical bent of this administration.

The question we should all ponder is: Which is more frightening, the Obama administration’s covert propaganda campaign or the anti-American extremists they got in bed with in order to execute it?

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Obama Admin Threatens to Sue AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Obama Admin Threatens to Sue AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 18th, 2010

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports

The Obama administration has decided to get tough on illegal immigration…enforcement. The Washington Post reports today that Eric Holder is threatening to sue America’s toughest sheriff, Joe Arpaio if the sheriff does not help the administration continue a second frivolous lawsuit against him:

Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he doesn’t cooperate by Tuesday with their investigation into whether he discriminates against Hispanics…a federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining whether Arpaio has used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether his office misappropriated government funds, sources said.

That sounds serious. It’s not. Apparently “civil rights groups accuse the 78-year-old lawman of racial profiling,” as they do everyone else. (The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 62 percent of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico, and even more from other Latin American nations. This suggests a potential profile.) In addition, “some Maricopa County officials say Arpaio has launched meritless corruption investigations against officials who have criticized his policies or opposed his requests” — so they’re launching a meritless investigation of Arpaio.

The Attorney General is demanding compliance even as his Justice Dept. is stonewalling an investigation into charges levied by a former employee that the department turns a blind eye to black crimes.

Left-leaning prosecutors do not see any merit in the case against Arpaio. Former Justice Dept. prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg, who helped prosecute Scooter Libby and donated $1,400 to Barack Obama in 2008,  said, “I don’t know what a charge would be…I’m not aware of any federal statute that would fit.”

Even the Post couldn’t help but notice the odd timing: “The standoff comes just weeks after the Justice Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) over the state’s new immigration law, heightening tensions over the issue ahead of November’s midterm elections.” This is merely a second front in the administration’s crackdown on its own citizens (on behalf of non-citizens).

Although it is unclear how he could win or hope to keep his case from being laughed out of court, Holder said he expects his case to “produce results.

That phrase reveals everything. The intention is not justice but harassment. This threatened lawsuit is simply the latest bout of federal thuggery, extortion, and intimidation against the Obama administration’s critics.

This prosecution of those who uphold the law on behalf of those who transgress the law represents Barack Obama and the Washington Democrat’’s modus operandi: every decision they make is 180-degrees from reality.

Obama will not enforce federal immigration law but is suing a state that offered to help Washington pick up the slack.

Although Obama does not want to investigate the funding of the Ground Zero mosque, Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she will “join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded.”

The president would not comment on the “wisdom” of putting a mosque on the site of the worst act of Muslim terrorism on U.S. soil (so far), but he has called police officers stupid for arresting a hostile suspect and auto officials avaricious for refusing a hostile union takeover.

He refuses to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party (who voted for Obama) for threatening to beat white voters (who have voted against him), but instructed his Dept. of Homeland Security to spy on housewives and veterans who oppose abortion or gay marriage (or, yes, illegal immigration).

Michael Reagan points out in his column today that Obama has no time for Boy Scouts or the National Prayer Breakfast but he has hosted an Iftar dinner surrounded by Muslims. (He also held a Seder that reportedly commemorated the struggle for socialized medicine.)

This is the logical outcome of an administration that believes we must tax our way into prosperity, “spend money to keep from going bankrupt,” cower our way into respect, expand health care by reducing the number of doctors, bow our way into dominance, and balkanize our way to unity.

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