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These are actually some of my favorite quotes about Obama.  If you're an Obama fan, you won't like them, so you might want to navigate elsewhere.



"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
-- Mussolini (OK, Mussolini didn't really say that about Obama.  But it's interesting given the government's recent nationalization of industry.)


" though he were some conventionally liberal backbench senator suddenly thrust into immense influence.  Which, of course, he is."
-- Michael Gerson


"A more plausible worry is that the president is naive and egotistical enough to believe that his own luminous personality is sufficient to solve the world's problems."
-- James Taranto


"Do members of the administration speak obscurely because they can't help themselves, or do they speak the way they speak because they really aren't all that keen to have people understand them?"
-- Peggy Noonan


"So when Mr. Obama says that 'If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what,' he’s wrong. Period."
-- WSJ, July 21, 2009


"Obama is the master of fancy words, but so far the only product he's been able to sell with them is himself."
--James Taranto

"Mr. Obama has grown boring. And it's not Solid Boring, which is fine in a president and may be good. It's sort of Faux Eloquent Boring, especially on health care. The president likely doesn't know this, and his people won't have told him because they don't know it either, but Mr. Obama always has the same sound, approach, logic, tone, modulation. He always has the same stance. There's no humor or humility in it."
--Peggy Noonan

"So in the spirit of civility, we won't accuse the President of lying about Medicare.  We'll just say his claims bear little relation to anything true."
-- WSJ editorial on Obama's speech to Congress on 9/10/09

"Note how baffled the administration is by sinking polls, tea parties, town halls, and, in general, 'them' -- the vast middle class, which, as we learned during the campaign, clings to guns and Bibles. For many in the academic community who have not worked with their hands, run businesses, or ventured far off campus, Middle America is an exotic place inhabited by aborigines who bowl, don't eat arugula, and need to be reminded to inflate their tires. They are an emotional lot, of some value on campus for their ability to 'fix' broken things like pipes and windows, but otherwise wisely ignored. Professor Chu, Obama's energy secretary, summed up the sense of academic disdain that permeates this administration with his recent sniffing about the childish polloi: 'The American people . . . just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way that they should act'"
--Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, writing at National Review Online

 "Surely President Barack Obama and his advisers don't really think that their feud with Fox News will do anything but enhance the cable network's viewership. . . . It's the sort of strategy that pops up when you're in campaign mode, a mode to which Obama's team is intimately familiar. But there also comes a time to ignore the yammering from the press box and pick up the olive branches of negotiations, compromise and reconciliation. That was the big take-away in Sen. Lamar Alexander's thoughtful speech last week. The Tennessee Republican, who worked for President Richard Nixon, cautioned Obama against creating a Nixon-like 'enemies list' of media, industry or congressional adversaries. That's a wise warning, even if the 'list' in Obama's case appears to have only one name on it"
-- Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page

"Barack Obama may believe that his incessant whining about all the challenges his predecessor left him lets America know how tough he has it. The danger to his presidency is that it can sound awfully like 'I'm not up to the job.'"
--William McGurn, WSJ

"We are governed at all levels by America's luckiest children, sons and daughters of the abundance, and they call themselves optimists but they're not optimists—they're unimaginative. They don't have faith, they've just never been foreclosed on. They are stupid and they are callous, and they don't mind it when people become disheartened. They don't even notice."
-- Peggy Noonan

"If ubiquity were the measure of a presidency, Barack Obama would already be grinning at us from Mount Rushmore. . . . The president's problem isn't that he is too visible; it's the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words 'I' and 'my.' (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story. There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush. . . . This was effective for his first month or two. Now it is starting to sound more like an excuse than an explanation"
-- Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman.

"What has struck me most about Obama's Afghan enterprise--and his speech did not cause me to alter my view--is how obvious it is that he doesn't really want to do it. He wants to do health care. Obama has tried every delaying trick in the book--waiting for three months after Gen. McChrystal's request for more troops, having meeting after meeting after meeting, sending Gen. Jones to tell McChrystal not to ask for more troops, having his economic team say it will cost too much, framing the venture in terms of "exit strategies" rather than victory, etc. His ambivalence was on naked display [last night]. Can you imagine Churchill delivering a speech like this, one so full of a sense of the limitation of national possibilities? No wonder Hillary [Clinton]--when the camera panned to her--looked like she needed a drink. No wonder the cadets all looked so depressed. Would you want Eeyore for commander in chief?"
-- Tunku Varadarajan, on Obama's Afghanistan speech of 12/1/09

"Where's the hope? . . . It sounds more Rube Goldberg than 'Remember the Alamo'. If I were with the Taliban right now, I'd put a little Post-it up on that month in 2011, and say: 'This is when we do OUR surge.'"
-- MSNBC host Chris Matthews, on Obama's Afghanistan speech of 12/1/09

"In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that 'Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.'  Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.

I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.  If any such requests occurred, 'repeated' or not, the White House should promptly make them public.  The President's assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.

In the interest of better understanding the President's announcement last night, I suggest that the Congress review the President's assertion in the forthcoming debate and determine exactly what requests were made, who made them, and where and why in the chain of command they were denied."
-- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 12/2/09


"I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn't really believe a word that he is saying. He couldn't convey that health-care reform would be somehow cost-free because he knows it won't be. And he can't adequately convey either the imperatives or the military strategy of the war in Afghanistan because he doesn't really believe in it either."
-- Tina Brown


"As a sign of just how desperate the Republicans are, consider this report in the Boston Herald:

      If Scott Brown has kep President Obama up at night, there could be more sleepless nights at the White House thanks to a new poll that ranks the senator-elect as presidential timber.

     A Newsmax/Zogby poll shows the Massachusetts Republican within striking range of Obama in a hypothetical presidential matchup.

     The poll shows the pair statistically deadlocked if the presidential election were held today.

     The online news site,, reported that Obama leads Brown by 46.5 percent to 44.6 percent.

C'mon, Scott Brown? His victory last week was undoubtedly impressive, but let's put things in perspective. Brown is merely a state senator, and by the time of the next presidential election, he will have served less than a full term in the U.S. Senate. What could possibly give anyone the idea that he's experienced enough to go to the White House?"
-- James Taranto, in the Wall Street Journal's Best Of The Web Today