Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, lashed out at President Obama over the border crisis. Since last fall, more than 40,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have been caught illegally trying to enter the country. Cuellar called Obama’s response “aloof,” “bizarre,” and “detached.” He might have added “predictable.”
Naturally, Obama had asked for billions of dollars to address the problem without offering to fix his administration’s lax deportation policies that created the crisis in the first place. At that point, the next move in the White House’s tired playbook was all too obvious. As our friend Mary Katharine Ham tweeted: “Probably best thing to do now that O’s doubled the request for funding is give a speech crapping on the people he needs to agree to it.” The very next day, Obama gave a press conference on the immigration crisis, prompting perhaps the least surprising Politico headline ever: “Barack Obama goes after Republicans on immigration.”
Just a few hours after Obama gave his speech, a train full of 1,300 migrants headed toward America derailed in southern Mexico. Obama’s wreck of an immigration policy is now resulting in literal train wrecks and the best he can do is climb on his towering soapbox and insult Republican lawmakers.
This brilliant messaging strategy continued apace, and Democratic Twitter feeds were soon tweeting out a photo of Obama at his desk in the Oval Office superimposed with the quotation, “ ‘I’m the guy doing his job. You must be the other guy.’—Barack Obama on the Republican Congress.” Of course, you might be wondering why hundreds of elected representatives in Congress would be addressed as a singular “guy.” The answer is that this isn’t really an Obama quote, which is given away by the fact that it’s vaguely memorable. It’s actually a line that POTUS has appropriated from Martin Scorsese’s Irish gangster film The Departed.
Obama later acknowledged the source in a speech in Austin, where he noted that The Departed was “a little violent for kids.” You know what’s also inappropriate for kids? Being penned up by federal authorities while the president torpedoes any solution to this crisis by pathetically trying to score points with quotes from mob movies.
Immigration is a thorny issue, and The Scrapbook doesn’t pretend to know how to find common ground between Republicans and Democrats. But we are absolutely certain that if the president is serious about helping these kids, he needs to dispense with the petulant nonsense and start by acting like an adult.
Hosted by Michael Graham.9:00 AM, Jul 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on what Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton had--and President Obama doesn't.
Jul 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On a wide range of matters, including health care, energy, immigration, foreign policy, and education, says House speaker John Boehner, President Obama has ignored some statutes completely, selectively enforced others, and at times created laws of his own, thus failing to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” as Article II of the Constitution requires of a president.
What Obama’s descending job approval ratings mean for November. Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By JAY COST
President Barack Obama’s job approval seems to be slipping again. After a brutal couple of months following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, the Real Clear Politics average of opinion polls found his approval at 40 percent in December. But the government claimed to have fixed HealthCare.gov, never mind the continuing problems, and the “surge” in enrollments gave him a further boost. By mid-April, he was back up to nearly 45 percent approval in the RCP average.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:45 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on President Obama's Iraq speech to the press.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:18 PM, Jun 17, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with contributing editor and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Max Boot on his recent story "Obama's Iraq."
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3:14 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the political moment created by the Sgt. Bergdahl-Taliban 5 swap.
The monopartisan president. Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By FRED BARNES
"My goal was to get something done,” President Obama said at a Chicago fundraiser in May. Yet he’s pursuing a strategy that makes it nearly impossible to achieve that. He’s not acting in his own interest.
The president refuses to deal with Republicans in Congress. He claims they’re committed, above all else, to obstructing his entire agenda. So he’s boycotting them, except on rare occasions when he summons Democratic and Republican leaders together to the White House for a formal meeting. That hasn’t occurred since April 3.
How the Obama administration’s story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apartJun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama strode confidently to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden flanked by the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who had gone missing from his platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan in June 2009.
“This morning I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son, Bowe, is coming home,” Obama said.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Jun 4, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the Obama administration's changing explanations of the Bergdahl prisoner swap.
Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama’s announcement that U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 should have been no surprise. As the Washington Post editorial page pointed out, “You can’t fault President Obama for inconsistency. After winning election in 2008, he reduced the U.S. military presence in Iraq to zero. After helping to topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, he made sure no U.S. forces would remain. He has steadfastly stayed aloof, except rhetorically, from the conflict in Syria.”
Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Since 2009, the world has been trying to make sense of America’s foreign and national security policies under Barack Obama. Allies and enemies, historians and scholars, the president’s critics and his supporters—all have struggled to define, or even discern, an Obama Doctrine. So last week, the man optimally positioned to elucidate the president’s vision sought to provide some clarity.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:50 PM, May 27, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on Obama's Afghanistan speech and the European elections.