Passover starts tonight. The Obama Passover antics have been going on for a while.
Over the weekend we witnessed more Distract From Disaster publicity stunt ploys. One Passover Antic was a trip to Afghanistan and another Passover Antic was a hypocritical and foolish spate of “recess appointments”.
Obama Hopium guzzlers celebrated the recess appointments. These are the very same Hopium guzzlers who kvetch over outdated Senate procedures and rules but the hypocrites celebrated this most outdated of presidential prerogatives.
Recess appointments were once meant to “maintain the continuity of administrative government” at a point in American history in which “both Houses of Congress had relatively short sessions and long recesses between sessions during the early years of the Republic.” Until the 20th century Congressional sessions lasted less than half the year. Hopium guzzlers who once decried the imperial presidency and lately whined about the filibuster and Senate rules now hail the conquering hero. Hypocrites.
The Hopium guzzlers at the New York Times attacked George W. Bush recess appointments as a “constitutional gimmick“. The Hopium guzzlers at the New York Times hailed the Obama recess appointments as a “muscular show of his executive authority.” Hypocrites.
The recess appointments will last until January 3, 2011 when it is not impossible to imagine a Republican Congress that will prove the recess appointments to have been foolish. The Obama recess appointments will expire at the very moment Republicans celebrate their November victories. So not only are the recess appointments from “uniter not divider” Obama hypocritical, they are foolish.
An earlier “uniter not divider” made recess appointments and Barack Obama labeled those appointments “damaged goods”. The Obama hypocrisies are many.
As terror bombs exploded today in Moscow the world is once again reminded that there are regimes who employ terror as a tactic. Also today, the FBI charged a man who threatened a congressman with death. No, the death threatened Congressman is not a Dimocrat, nor an African-American. The threatened Congressman is Republican Eric Cantor, who tonight will commemorate the Passover. Big Media will not flog the threats against a Jewish Congressman on Passover because the now debunked “spitting” threat is a so much greater threat. Big Media will persevere in the bogus Death Threat menace narrative perpetrated by Obama Dimocrats. Hypocrites.- Oh, and the thwarted killer is an Obama donor.
The disasters are mounting and flim-flam men know when to get out of town. The Obama health scam is finally under examination and every day new mandates are uncovered. As our commenter “Tim” posted, family physicians will leave their practices because of the Obama health scam.
The Obama health scam disasters indeed do mount. Today BusinessWeek confirms that premiums will go up and you will not be able to keep your insurance coverage plan if you want to. Things will be forced to change by Obama – for the worse. The response from Dimocrats in Congress is more threats and more terror.
“On Thursday and Friday, the companies — so far, they include AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar, Deere, Valero Energy, AK Steel and 3M — said a tax provision in the new health care law will make it far more expensive to provide prescription drug coverage to their retired employees. Now, both retirees and current employees of those companies are wondering whether the new law could mean reduced or canceled benefits for them in the future.
The news is an embarrassment for Democrats. As President Obama and congressional leaders tout the purported benefits of the new health care law, some of the nation’s biggest companies are saying it will mean higher costs and fewer benefits — not exactly what Democrats want to hear in the days after their historic victory.
So Waxman has ordered the executives to explain themselves at an April 21 hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative subcommittee.”
As matters of health go from bad to worse, it is no wonder that the Dimocrat promised love for the health scam has not materialized. 54% of likely voters want the Obama health scam repealed and that includes 59% of independents. Americans are against the Obama health scam and the opposition has not diminished from before the vote. Rassmussen, Gallup, and even the Washington Post acknowledge that, at best, Obama is a dead cat bouncing.
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But it was Afghanistan that took the trophy for the Distract From Disaster publicity stunt follies this Passover.
In order to distract from his very own foreign policy disaster snub-and-thug behavior towards Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Obama took a day trip to Afghanistan.
Obama snubbed Hillary Clinton, snubbed Florida, Michigan and 15 million Americans repeatedly during the primaries, snubbed White Working Class voters, Obama continues to snub “red” states, snubbed American troops, and now he snubs the Israeli Prime Minister.
“It was only two months ago that George Mitchell had the following colloquy with Charlie Rose about the demand for a settlement freeze in Jerusalem:
GEORGE MITCHELL: … So what we got was a moratorium, ten months, far less than what was requested, but more significant than any action taken by any previous government of Israel for the 40 years that settlement enterprise has existed. …
CHARLIE ROSE: And you and Secretary Clinton praised Prime Minister Netanyahu for agreeing to that.
ROSE: It does not include East Jerusalem. There’ve been announcement in the last 48 hours of new settlement construction in East Jerusalem where the Palestinians want to make their capital.
ROSE: And it’s in the midst of Palestinians.
MITCHELL: … But for the Israelis, what they’re building in is in part of Israel.
Now, the others don’t see it that way. So you have these widely divergent perspectives on the subject. Our view is let’s get into negotiations. Let’s deal with the issues and come up with the solution to all of them including Jerusalem which will be exceedingly difficult but, in my judgment, possible.
The Israelis are not going to stop settlements in, or construction in East Jerusalem. They don’t regard that as a settlement because they think it’s part of Israel. …
ROSE: So you’re going to let them go ahead even though no one recognizes the annexation?
MITCHELL: You say “Let them go ahead.” It’s what they regard as their country. They don’t say they’re letting us go ahead when we build in Manhattan.
Israel is determined to survive and Obama’s flowery words or Mess-iah presence won’t change that determination to survive. Soon after the Obama snub, the Israeli Prime Minister slapped Obama and made it clear Israel will not bow to Obama the way Obama bows to foreign potentates.
“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened his senior ministers in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon to discuss the demands made by US President Barack Obama and his overall trip to Washington – a trip that, because of negative atmospherics and amid a paucity of hard information, has been widely characterized as among the most difficult in recent memory.
Late Friday evening, Israel Radio reported that Netanyahu holds to the view that Israel must not change its policy in Jerusalem, despite the fact that this was the main point of contentions between Israel and the United States. [snip]
Earlier, officials in the Prime Minister’s Office threw a complete blackout on the Netanyahu-Obama meeting, and also gave very sketchy information about the commitments that the US is demanding of Israel as a precursor to starting the proximity talks with the Palestinians. According to officials, the US wants these commitments by Saturday so it can take them to the Arab League meeting in Libya and receive that organization’s backing for starting proximity talks.”
Now Obama has another self-created mess on his already messy hands. As much as Obama wants to thug Israel, the U.S. Congress, full of Obama enablers, won’t support the Obama thuggery of the reliable American ally. Three-quarters of the United States House of Representatives, a bipartisan coalition of 327 members slapped Obama down with a letter warning him off and empowering the Israeli Prime Minister.
So it’s off to Afghanistan to distract from the Middle East mess. And and opportunity for Obama to pretend to be a military leader.
A military leader or “serve as the Arabs’ lawyer”:
President Barack Obama’s relations with the Israeli government have hit a new low, but the tensions on display this week between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be reviving another presidential project: Obama’s quest to improve America’s image in the Arab and Muslim world.[snip]
Now, Obama’s return to the question of Israel’s continuing construction in East Jerusalem has signaled an acceptance of some Arab criticism of Israel. At the same time, Obama’s willingness to cross swords with the Israelis comes at a domestic political cost: The pro-Israel group AIPAC released a letter Friday with the signatures of three-quarters of the members of the House, pressing the administration to retreat from public confrontation.[snip]
“The administration has used [the Jerusalem conflict] as an opportunity to bring back the settlement issue and to show that they’re willing to talk tough on settlements,” said Stephen Gordon, a Mideast scholar at the Brookings Institution. “I think that has sent the signal that, yes, we are committed to the peace process; yes, we are going to be evenhanded; and, yes, we recognize that this conflict is important to people in the Arab world.”
Obama’s new focus, and the intense pressure his administration has placed on Netanyahu, have stirred deep concern among Israel’s allies on Capitol Hill, they say, because it represents an acceptance of the Arab narrative that Israeli intransigence lies at the heart of the Middle East conflict. And some observers see it in the context of a subtle, but major, shift in American strategy toward resolving it.
“I think, inadvertently, Netanyahu enabled the White House to restore a little bit of momentum to the idea that they are going to approach the Middle East problem in a new way,” said David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration trade official.
The new model drawing attention from Democratic foreign policy hands, he said, is to build support among Arab leaders for a U.S. plan and then present that to Israel — to serve as the Arabs’ lawyer, rather than as Israel’s, in one formulation used to describe the effort in the region.[snip]
But the confrontation also comes in the context of a long, unprecedented attempt by Obama to reset relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds.[snip]
Obama explained the logic of his actions in a private meeting with Jewish leaders that July, explaining the need to give Arab leaders “credibility” with their “street,” according to detailed notes taken by a participant in the meeting, “by creating space between us and Israel.”