The Content of Obama’s Character

The Content of Obama’s Character

January 18th, 2010

By Christopher Chantrill, American Thinker

 Obama’s character is very suspect

On the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday we celebrate also the first year of America’s first black president, Barack Obama.

It’s telling that 47 years ago, when Reverend King made his great speech on the Washington Mall, he did not say that he had a dream that one day, an African American would become president.  King’s vision on August 28, 1963 was less ambitious:

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Even so, Barack Obama was elected president based on the color of his skin.  African Americans on the night of November 4, 2008 wept with joy because one of their own had become president, against all that they had been told and feared about a racist America.  Liberals rejoiced because of the “first,” that America had answered the question: Was it ready for a black president?

Some Americans voted for Barack Obama for non-racial reasons.  Independents and disgruntled Republicans were voting against the mistakes and the corruption of the Bush era.

Now that Obama is president he is no longer being judged by the color of his skin.  Now the vast majority of Americans will judge him on the content of his character.  It is his character, of course, that is the great unknown, as Charles Krauthammer has written: “Obama is a man of first-class intellect and first-class temperament. But his character remains highly suspect.”

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Is Obama Violating the Hatch Act?

Is Obama Violating the Hatch Act?

January 18th, 2010

by Bill Levinson

Whitehouse.gov Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Endorse Democratic Candidates, Touts Partisan Barackobama.com

 Obama is using his government website for political purposes

The President is, as the head of his party, certainly entitled to give campaign speeches on behalf of Democratic candidates such as Martha Coakley: an individual who advanced her career by keeping an innocent man (Amirault) in prison. We suspect, however, that he cannot legally use taxpayer money for this purpose. Whitehouse.gov, as the property of the United States Government, is the property of America’s taxpayers. Several pages at this Web site endorse the election or re-election of Democratic candidates, and one recommends that people visit Organizing for America (barackobama.com).

We are not an attorney and cannot say whether it is or is not legal to use a Web site of the Federal government to host electioneering speeches that the President delivered legally in other venues such as campaign rallies, but we must certainly question it and invite attorneys to weigh in on the subject. The Hatch Act says, Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), an employee may take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, except an employee may not—(1) use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.” This suggests that the President or any other elected official can campaign for a party member, but cannot use government resources such as Congressional franking privileges, government-owned Web sites, or similar resources for this purpose. We also question a pitch for Barackobama.com (Organizing for America) at Whitehouse.gov.

President Obama gave a speech on behalf of New Jersey’s governor Jon Corzine, and a copy of this speech is hosted at Whitehouse.gov. It is depicted as a “press release” but it nonetheless uses a U.S. Government Web site to advocate the election of a political candidate.

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Obama Says Democratic Policies Hinge on Massachusetts

Obama Says Democratic Policies Hinge on Massachusetts

January 18th, 2010

By Heidi Przybyla and Kate Andersen Brower, Business Week

 Obama’s radical agenda hinges on Massachussetts

President Barack Obama said many of his priorities depend on one vote in the U.S. Senate, urging Massachusetts voters to back Democrat Martha Coakley in the Jan. 19 race to fill the seat held by the late Edward Kennedy.

“We’ve begun to deliver on the change you voted for,” Obama told a crowd of about 1,500 people at Northeastern University in Boston. “I can’t do it alone. I need leaders like Martha by my side so we can kick it into high gear, so we can finish what we started.”

Obama’s visit underscores Democratic anxiety about the possibility of a history-making Republican victory to claim the Senate seat held for Democrats by Kennedy for 47 years. Obama cited his proposed fee on financial institutions and the Democratic health-care legislation among measures that would be threatened by a Republican victory in Massachusetts.

Polls over the past week showed the race, which had been considered an almost sure-thing for Democrats, tightening to a toss-up. One poll by Boston’s Suffolk University gave Republican state Senator Scott Brown a 4-point lead. The poll’s margin of error was plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points.

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The Obama Agenda on the Precipice

The Obama Agenda on the Precipice

January 18th, 2010

By Mark Steyn, National Review

 Obama’s radical goals hang in the balance…

I’ve been out of the country for a couple of days, so let me see if I’ve got this right:

America is preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of Good King Barack the Hopeychanger’s reign by electing a Republican?

In Massachusetts?

In what the tin-eared plonkers of the Democrat machine still insist on calling “Ted Kennedy’s seat”?

Remember the good old days when the glossy magazine covers competed for the most worshipful image of the new global colossus? If you were at the Hopeychange inaugural ball on Jan. 20, 2009, when Barney Frank dived into the mosh pit, and you chanced to be underneath when he landed, and you’ve spent the last year in a coma until suddenly coming to in time for the poll showing some unexotically monikered nobody called Scott Brown — whose only glossy magazine appearance was a Cosmopolitan pictorial 30 years ago (true) — four points ahead in Kennedy country, you must surely wonder if you’ve woken up in an alternative universe. The last thing you remember before Barney came flying down is Harry Reid waltzing you round the floor while murmuring sweet nothings about America being ready for a light-skinned brown man with no trace of a Negro dialect. And now you’re in some dystopian nightmare where Massachusetts is ready for a nude-skinned Brown man with no trace of a Kennedy dialect. How can this be happening?

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A by-the-numbers look at Obama’s first year

A by-the-numbers look at Obama’s first year
Jan 18 11:13 AM US/Eastern
By The Associated Press
Highlights of Obama’s first year, by the numbers:___

7,949.09—Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 20, 2009.

10,609.65—Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 15, 2010.

13 million—Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of January 2009.

14.7 million—Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of December 2009.

7.7 percent—Unemployment rate January 2009

10.0 percent—Unemployment rate December 2009

$787 billion—Cost of economic stimulus approved by Congress.

$10.6 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 20, 2009.

$12.3 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 14, 2009.

$296.4 billion—Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund before Jan. 20, 2009.

$173 billion—Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund after Jan. 20, 2009.

$165 billion—Amount of bailout funds repaid by banks and automakers.

139—Bank failures between Jan. 20, 2009, and Jan. 14, 2010.

274,399—Number of properties that received forclosure-related notices in January 2009.

349,519—Number of properties that received forclosure-related notices in December 2009.

34,400—U.S. troops in Afghanistan in January 2009.

70,000—U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of Jan. 12, 2010.

319—U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

139,500—U.S. troops in Iraq in January 2009.

111,000—U.S. troops in Iraq as of Jan. 12, 2010.

152—U.S. military deaths in Iraq from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

539—Appointments to top federal policy positions submitted to the Senate

352—Appointments confirmed by the Senate.

180—Appointments in top policy positions carried over from the Bush administration.

12—Formal news conferences.

21—Foreign countries visited.

29—States visited.

10—Visits to Camp David.

2—Vacations.

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Sources:

AP reporting and analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Treasury Department

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

RealtyTrac Inc.

Defense Department

White House Transition Project