Again and again, it is President Trump’s quiet, patient modesty that shines through. Especially compared to the suffocating loud-mouthed arrogance of his predecessor. It was Mr. Trump’s own Department of Justice that determined that its own agents and lawyers had abused their power in persecuting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and moved to drop all charges against him. After all, the foundation of the investigation into Flynn had turned out to be a fantastical conspiracy concocted by political enemies, DOJ had used highly duplicitous means to entrap Flynn, and the frontline agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he had intentionally lied. And of course, the only reason Flynn pleaded guilty is that two years and $5 million into this whole Kafka-esque nightmare, the retired Three Star agreed to plead guilty in exchange for assurances that the same power-drunk liars who destroyed him would not do the same to his son. Any devoted father would have done the same thing. When the news broke that Flynn had been exonerated, Mr. Trump learned about it like the rest of us. Certainly, there had been rumors and court filings beforehand that had sparked widespread commentary about Flynn’s case. And President Trump being President Trump, he had commented volubly on the topic. “I think he’s a fine man,” Mr. Trump said many, many times. “I think it’s terrible what they did to him.” Seeking to bait Mr. Trump into negative stories they were plotting, reporters asked the president whether he would bring Flynn back into the White House. “It’s something that nobody’s asked me. You’re asking me for the first time,” he said. “I would certainly consider it. Yeah, I would.” No top secret meetings. No huddling in the Oval Office behind closed doors to plot a miscarriage of justice. No confabs with the most powerful operatives in his government to conspire against his political enemies. Just wide-open, off-the-cuff musings from a perilously-open mind. That is President Trump, leader of the free world. Now, compare that to his predecessor, who weaponized the Justice Department like nothing we have seen in the better part of a half century. President Barack Obama’s first Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. famously described his role in the Department of Justice as Mr. Obama’s “wingman.” Meaning, of course, that Mr. Holder used his position as America’s top law enforcement officer to shoot down and destroy Mr. Obama’s enemies. Say, for instance, a retired three star general that Mr. Obama fired as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency over his criticisms of Mr. Obama’s prosecution of the war on terror. Now, certainly, Mr. Obama had every right to fire Flynn. That is any president’s prerogative. But it was a wild abuse of power for Mr. Obama’s Department of Justice to hatch an elaborate conspiracy to entrap Flynn after he later became a political enemy. Compare Mr. Trump’s hands-off approach to Flynn’s case to the intimately-involved approach of his predecessor. In the weeks leading up to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Mr. Obama stunned members of his own administration with his intimate knowledge of the Flynn case during a secret meeting with his top intelligence henchmen in the Oval Office. Even in jubilant victory after the Flynn case got dropped, Mr. Trump kept the focus precisely where it belonged. Instead of just brooding over the treatment of one man, Mr. Trump was more concerned about the larger issue of unjust abuse of power at the highest levels of the Department of Justice. “What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States,” Mr. Trump said in a triumphant Twitter message. A few minutes later, Mr. Trump added in all capital letters: “Dirty cop James Comey got caught!” Obviously, such boisterous gloating over the ruination of fired and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey is not exactly quiet or modest. But, wisely, the president keeps the political squabbling in the political realm where it belongs. Mr. Trump does not allow his political fever to infect the judicial process as his predecessor did. Mr. Trump’s extreme modesty allows his Attorney General William P. Barr to act with the same judicial modesty and reverence for the rule of law. At a press conference Monday, Mr. Barr lamented the “increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon.” He vowed the practice would end under Mr. Trump, telling reporters that his department is not presently seeking criminal charges against either Mr. Obama or his vice president, Joe Biden. “The legal tactic has been to gin up allegations of criminality by one’s political opponents based on the flimsiest of legal theories,” Mr. Barr fretted. “This is not a good development.”
Indeed.. This op-ed by Charles Hurt caught our eye because not too many articles are written about Trump’s “modesty.” Definitely a paradigm shift. But, Charlie sure does make several good points. Remember when Obama used to openly, and proudly say he used to be a “community organizer?” Not sure how that was a good resume enhancer for for being President of the United States. Anyway.. With that in mind.. Obama is from Chicago, and was the general counsel (i.e. senior attorney) for ACORN; a corrupt “community” voter outreach organization that got kids to go out and get people registered to vote for Democrats in their communities. These would be high-school kids who were paid for each voter’s signature they could get. In many instances they would get someone in an inner city to register multiple times. To these kids, it was a competition. At any rate, as you might imagine, ACORN ending up being indicted by the FBI in several states for voter fraud; something Democrats tell us all the time is nonexistent. So, coming full circle, Obama was a Chicago thug in he White House who routinely abused his position as President, and this latest revelation about what was done to retired LTG Michael Flynn is just the latest example. To his credit, President Trump has let the process run its course and allowed our very capable and competent AG William Barr to do his job without interference. Thanks for that piece, Charlie! You can reach Charlie Hurt at firstname.lastname@example.org or @charleshurt on Twitter
It isn’t like Joe Biden was former President Barack Obama’s first choice for president. Mr. Obama’s video endorsement of Mr. Biden on Tuesday came after every other candidate had pulled out. He even waited for Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign to endorse Mr. Biden. The “moderate” Obama and the formerly moderate Biden now appear to be in bed with the hard-left, Saul Alinsky, socialist wing of their party. In all of this, Mr. Sanders is the real winner because he has managed to pull the party so far left that it might qualify to open a headquarters in Havana, or even Moscow, where Mr. Sanders and his wife honeymooned. Mr. Obama tried, but failed, to convince Mr. Biden not to run this year. According to The New York Times, Mr. Obama told Mr. Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.” Mr. Biden wrote in his book that Mr. Obama talked him out of running in 2016 in order to clear a path for Hillary Clinton. Mr. Biden wrote that Mr. Obama “played up the appeal of leaving politics and gave little encouragement about a possible bid.” Again, according to The New York Times, Mr. Obama “offered every (2020 Democrat) candidate his counsel” and in December it leaked that the former president was secretly promoting then-candidate Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, to possible donors. Last December, Mr. Obama told a gathering in Singapore there would be “significant improvement across the board” if more countries had female leaders and that “old men” should get “out of the way.” It was a comment many took to be a slap at his much older (and male) vice president. In March 2019, a report in The New York Times said Mr. Obama called together some of Mr. Biden’s top campaign advisers and told them, they needed to “make sure” Mr. Biden didn’t “embarrass himself,” a clear reference to the growing number of gaffes Mr. Biden was committing and continues to commit.
Trump, all up til yesterday, kept asking the press at his daily briefings.. “Why hasn’t Obama endorsed Biden yet?” It has been awfully strange how Obama was SO silent during the majority of the primary season and didn’t endorse his former VP til just yesterday…and then by only a streaming video online. Anyway, thanks to Cal Thomas for laying out the history. For more, click on the text above.
In a brazen attempt to re-write history, President Barack Obama in a speech on Friday blamed “the politics of resentment and paranoia,” which he said had found a home in the Republican Party, for “wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi.” What a reprehensible way to frame an event that killed four Americans while they waited for rescue and protection they deserved from people Barack Obama never sent. Of course, you only heard about Obama’s characterization of Benghazi if you pay attention to conservative media. By and large the mainstream press excluded references to Benghazi from their reporting of the speech. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, one of the heroes who watched his friends die that night in Benghazi, called Obama’s comments “disgusting,” tweeting: “Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama?! How bout we do this,let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg’s&Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent.” He’s right to be offended. The real conspiracy of Benghazi was the false narrative that the whole thing was the result of an offensive video – an objectively proven lie born from the resentment and paranoia within Obama’s own administration. They didn’t think the truth was compatible with getting Barack Obama re-elected six weeks after the attack. In reality, Obama himself contradicted this conspiracy narrative before he even left office. Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked him in April 2016 to identify the worst mistake of his presidency. “Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya.” At least he got one thing right: Benghazi (or what he euphemistically refers to as the aftermath of his war in Libya) WAS a terrible mistake. What it was not is a conspiracy theory. With President Trump methodically erasing the Obama legacy, this bizarre attempt to reframe the narratives around Obama’s greatest failures should fool no one. Barack Obama took us to war with Libya. His State Department refused multiple requests to meet minimum security standards at the Benghazi consulate. President Obama never sent anyone to rescue or protect our ambassador or our own people during the 13 hours they were under attack. Four brave men died as a result and many other heroes had their lives forever altered. That is not a conspiracy. That is fact – no matter how inconvenient Democrats may find it. This is one part of the Obama legacy that Trump should not erase. We all need to remember the lessons learned from Obama’s worst mistake.
Agreed! Obama’s lies about his, and Hillary’s, epic failure with respect to Benghazi are unconscionable. It shows just how much of a coward he is. At best (and this is being WAY too generous), his and Hillary showed a spectacular lack of judgement and decision making when that horrific event happened. If you’re an honest Democrat, that is the ONLY defense you can possible muster. At worst, and this is FAR more accurate..there were a series of bad decisions, followed by a cover-up, and then when it was realized..Susan Rice was sent out to all of the major networks to lie about what they knew. That is exactly how it all went down. And, then.. When four brave Americans died as a result of this, Obama has the nerve in hindsight with the facts and videos out there to back it up…with his self-righteous, arrogant, metro-sexual manner to go out and suggest that the whole thing was a “Republican conspiracy?” Seriously?!? What a disgusting, nauseating tool… Shame on you Obama…and shame on the media for not calling him out, to his face…on camera. Thanks to former Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, who was the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, for setting the record straight.
Just in time to remind America why voters elected Donald Trump president two years ago, ex-President Barack Obama emerged from political exile last week. Pompous, insufferable, self-enthralled, cliched and uninspiring, he picked up right where he left off. Reliving his eight-year campaign that cost over 1,000 Democrat politicians their seats, Mr. Obama put on his psychiatrist cap and declared our current politics mentally unwell. This November, he lectured, is “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics.” And his history professor cap. The “arc of American history” blah blah blah blah. The whole class was fast asleep before he got to his point. Including President Trump. He even donned his old commander-in-chief cap and tried some military talk. “We’re going to put on our marching shoes,” Mr. Obama said. The crowd just stared up and blinked in confusion. He said he had to break his silence in order to complain about Mr. Trump because things had become so “dire.” He called Mr. Trump a “demagogue” and a “threat to our democracy.” Which is why, perhaps, Mr. Obama’s administration deployed America’s entire espionage apparatus to spy against the Trump campaign at the height of the 2016 election. “If we don’t step up, things can get worse,” Mr. Obama said. So, he was stepping up. Either that or Mr. Obama had heard a Red Heifer had been born at the Temple of Israel last week and assumed that was his signal to return. Time for the Second Coming of Obama. Actually, his return to the political stage sounded more like somebody had fed a really terrible high-school term paper into Mr. Obama’s trusty old teleprompters. Also, he was sick and tired of hearing all these economists and financial experts talking about how great the Trump economy is doing. So he delivered a speech and declared that Mr. Trump’s excellent economy was actually a result of Mr. Obama’s eight-year assault on industry, small businesses, corporations, taxpayers and health care. Mr. Obama’s re-emergence comes after a truly remarkable week — in addition to the birth of a Red Heifer in Israel. Legendary swamp man Bob Woodward — jealous over the star treatment Omarosa Manigault Newman got over her kiss-and-tell book — responded with a kiss-and-tell book of his own. Only, Mr. Woodward failed to get the access inside the White House that she achieved. In time, perhaps, Mr. Woodward might develop Ms. Manigault Newman’s level of reporting chops. Anyway, the books were remarkably similar in their obsession with palace intrigue — and nothing else. Mr. Obama’s return to the swamp also follows an anonymous opinion article in The New York Times confirming the existence of a “Deep State” aimed at thwarting the will of American voters from inside the White House. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump remains focused on stoking the economy, expanding opportunity for all Americans, slashing government red tape, maximizing freedom for ordinary Americans and putting law-abiding constitutionalists onto the federal courts. Good luck, Mr. Obama. Looks like somebody jumped the Red Heifer.
HAHAHA! That fun ditty was written by Charles Hurt. Many Dems up for re-election in red states, like Missouri, are turning down Obama’s offer to fund raise and such there. The more and more we hear about an inevitable mid-term “blue wave,”…the more and more we’re just not convinced. Even Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) doesn’t think there is a mathematical path to taking the Senate back. So, even IF the House went blue, and the Senate remained in GOP control, it would pretty much be status quo in D.C. Guess we’ll see..