Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Obama's AWOL anti-war protest

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

"Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally change America’s course after the reckless carnage unleashed by the George W. Bush administration. However, by the end of Obama’s presidency, the United States was bombing seven different foreign nations. But Obama’s warring rarely evoked the protests or opposition that the Bush administration generated. Why did so many Bush-era anti-war activists abandon the cause after Obama took office? One explanation is that the news media downplayed Obama’s killings abroad." (07/14/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/obamas-awol-anti-war-protest/

Obama library foundation now allows corporate donations, millions roll in

Source: Fox News

"Barack Obama’s presidential library foundation has reportedly lifted the donor restriction imposed while he was in the White House, resulting in million-dollar gifts from such corporations as Microsoft and Exelon. The foundation reported Friday that eight donors have pledged at least $1 million and that it has raised $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. The list of million-dollar donors would bring total fundraising amounts to at least $8 million toward the projected $500 million cost of the library-museum on the South Side of Chicago. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The foundation started in 2014 and reportedly raised $5.4 million in its first year. However, the foundation’s total fundraising amounts since its start are unclear. The foundation on Saturday did not immediately return requests for that amount." (07/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/15/obama-library-foundation-now-allows-corporate-donations-millions-roll-in.html

The Obamafication of Macron

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Stephen Cable

"Eleven years ago, the US media started to produce glowing, servile reports about the junior senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. I remember reading an article in Time Magazine that had a curious lack of curiosity about it. The Senator was shown in flattering photos with good lighting, his megawatt smile beaming with confidence. Everything about him was wonderful. All his words had the ring of hope and change and even creaky floorboards stopped creaking when he walked on them. … Then on February 10, 2007, he announced his run for the presidency to the surprise of no one. A man with the most razor thin resume ever for a presidential candidate was running for the most powerful political position in the world. The rest, as they say, is history. From then until now the media has fallen over themselves to tell you how awesome he is. … Enter Emmanuel Macron the newly minted (banking pun there) French President. Now the process is underway again as Macron undergoes Obamafication." (06/12/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/politics/the-obamafication-of-macron/

Officials: Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn

Source: NBC News

"Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office. A senior Trump administration official acknowledged Monday that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was 'not a fan of Michael Flynn.' Another official said Obama's remark seemed like it was made in jest." (05/08/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-warned-trump-against-hiring-mike-flynn-say-officials-n756316

Obama makes first post-presidency public appearance

Source: USA Today

"Three months after leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama stepped back into the spotlight Monday to encourage young people to become civically engaged while lamenting the increasing polarization of American politics. And he did it without uttering the words: Donald Trump. In his first post-presidency public appearance, Obama — while expressing concern that the current political environment is turning off Americans — notably managed to steer clear of critiquing President Trump and stick to the tradition of former presidents giving their predecessors space in the early days of an administration. … In the lead-up to Monday's forum, aides to the former president said Obama’s intent was to discuss issues with the students based on his own views and priorities that shaped his presidency. During the more than hour-long appearance, Obama spent most of the forum quizzing the young panelists about their ideas for getting fellow young Americans more engaged in politics and shaping policy." (04/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/24/first-post-white-house-speech-obama-avoids-talk-trump/100838360/

Greenwashing the Obama climate legacy

Source: Niskanen Center
by David Bookbinder

"The first Obama Administration’s climate policy was largely indistinguishable from George W. Bush’s and it fought having to regulate greenhouse gases almost as hard as its predecessor. Only after the 2012 election did it show any appetite for actual emissions regulation, and by then it was mostly too little, too late. As I previously noted, the low priority Obama gave to climate issues makes his policy legacy fragile. While his second administration took some steps to reduce emissions, only about half of it will matter — and, as discussed below, even that may be outweighed by their mistakes." (04/11/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/greenwashing-obama-climate-legacy/

SCOTUS: The nuclear option is not enough

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Chief Justice John Marshall was nominated to his position on January 20, 1801. The Senate stalled, declining to confirm Marshall and pushing president John Adams to substitute someone else. The matter dragged on … for seven whole days before a vote. Marshall took his seat on the court less than two weeks after Adams asked him to serve. Two weeks in 1801, when news traveled at the speed of horse. Fourteen months in 2016-17, when news travels at the speed of light. What's wrong with this picture?" (04/02/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10034

Goodbye, Obama

Source: Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

"As Obama's tenure comes to a close, it's clear his has been a presidency of enormous consequence. But his most lasting legacy will be one few — perhaps least of all Obama himself — expected. He will leave to his successor a presidency even more powerful and dangerous than the one he inherited from Bush. The new powers he's forged now pass on to celebreality billionaire Donald J. Trump, a man Obama considers 'unfit to serve as president' — someone who can't be trusted with his own Twitter account, let alone the nuclear launch codes. Perhaps only those incorrigible 'cynics' Obama regularly chides from the bully pulpit could have predicted this would come to pass." (03/01/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/goodbye-obama

Auction brings $20-million-plus book deal for Obamas

Source: United Press International

"Penguin Random House announced it will publish the memoirs of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. The announcement Tuesday came at the end of an auction among multiple publishers bidding for the right to publish the books. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the New York Times, citing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding, said the opening offers for Barack Obama's book alone were between $18 million and $20 million." (03/01/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/01/Obama-to-be-paid-more-than-20-million-in-book-deal-with-Penguin-Random-House/8401488377050/

Trump's foreign policy: Obama's third term, Bush's fifth

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

"Although elected president at least in part on his image as 'the peace candidate,' Obama owned eight years of constant war. He waffled on then partially reversed the withdrawal from Iraq negotiated by his predecessor. He stretched the eight-year Afghanistan war to 16 years and counting. He began or expanded operations in Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, escalating even to extra-judicial assassinations of American citizens. On foreign policy, Obama served George W. Bush's third and fourth terms. Now Donald Trump looks set to serve Bush's fifth term and/or Obama's third."

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9330