Obama: We Can’t Drive Our SUVs, Expect Other Countries Are Going to Say OK

So I’m assuming that Obama won’t use an SUV as president, correct? And Congressional Democrats, including the chauffeured Nancy Pelosi, are all prepared to drive around in Priuses, right? Or are only certain people required to give stuff up?

Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to “lead by example” on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Obama, for the record, drives an SUV hybrid. His previous car of choice was the Chrysler 300, but he gave that up when his eco-hypocrisy was exposed. Speaker Pelosi, another global warming alarmist, immediately demanded a large plane capable of a non-stop trip to California when she took office. She’s been known to get around town in a 2005 Chevy Tahoe.

Perhaps Obama should concentrate on his own habits, as well as those of his dear friends, before telling Americans they can’t keep their homes at 72 degrees.

Team Obama Flattered By Hamas’ Remarks

As I posted yesterday, the terror group Hamas has endorsed Barack Obama. They compare Obama to JFK, say they believe he can change America, and believe he has great principles. For most normal people, the endorsement by a terrorist group isn’t something one would tout.

Team Obama, on the other hand, is flattered.

“I like John Kennedy too,” Axelrod said. “That’s about the only thing we have in common with this gentleman from Hamas. We all agree that John Kennedy was a great president, and it’s flattering when anybody says that Barack Obama would follow in his footsteps.”

Er, “gentleman from Hamas”? It’s a terror group, Mr. Axelrod. Michael Goldfarb notes Axelrod’s attempt to tread safely:

Note the slipperiness. Axelrod first distances himself from the “gentleman from Hamas,” but in the next breath he embraces the gentleman/terrorists’ comparison to Kennedy, pronouncing it “flattering.” Only recently Obama declared that “nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism than I have.” Apparently there’s an exception for when anti-Semites compare Obama to Kennedy. Then all bets are off!

Obama’s church also happened to reprint an article by Hamas on the Mid-East crisis.

By the way, NiceDeb looks into the disturbing trend of terrorist and dictator endorsements of the Messiah. It includes everyone from Castro to FARC. Just think: Our next president may be Castro-approved!

Obama Fires Americorps IG Who Investigated Friend

The Associated Press reports this morning what we had long expected: President Obama has brought his Chicago Machine politics with him to the White House. According to the newswire, Obama has fired the inspector general of Americorps after he began looking a little too closely at a friend of the president’s:

President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.

Obama’s move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star, into the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed.

Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National Community Service. The corporation runs the AmeriCorps program.

Yes, because if there’s anything Obama can’t stand, it’s having a supposedly incompetent IG at, er, Americorps. According to Byron York, the White House called Walprin and told him to resign within the hour or get fired. Suddenly, after calls to Congress, the WH appeared to back off:

After last night’s call, Walpin got in touch with Congress, and it appears the White House has backed off, at least for now.  This afternoon, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who is something of a guardian angel for inspectors general, fired off a letter to the White House about the affair.

“I was troubled to learn that last night your staff reportedly issued an ultimatum to the AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he had one hour to resign or be terminated,” Grassley wrote.  “As you know, Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions.  Inspectors General were designed to have a dual role reporting to both the President and Congress so that they would be free from undue political pressure.  This independence is the hallmark of all Inspectors General and is essential so they may operate independently, without political pressure or interference from agencies attempting to keep their failings from public scrutiny.”

Grassley said he was “deeply troubled” by the Walpin matter and closed by asking the president “to review the Inspector General Reform Act you cosponsored and to follow the letter of the law should you have cause to remove any Inspector General.”

President Obama doesn’t like the fact that Walpin had investigated one of his high-profile donors corruption, so figured he’d just remove him from the post. A note to future IGs: If you dare investigate Obama’s political allies, be prepared to search for new employment. He won’t tolerate the holding of his allies’ feet to the fire.

Update: Youth Today has more information. It would appear that Walpin was blowing the whistle:

The inspector general (IG) of the Corporation for National and Community Service is being removed by President Barack Obama, a week after the IG questioned the eligibility of the largest and most expensive AmeriCorps program, and while the IG was contesting the “propriety” of a settlement made with a mayor for alleged misuse of AmeriCorps funds.

…Funding for the largest AmeriCorps program – the Teaching Fellows Program, run by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York – is in abeyance pending resolution of widespread problems identified in a recent audit. Although Walpin recommended that funding be curtailed and that previous funds (perhaps as much as $75 million) be repaid to the corporation, the corporation has said it will take no action on that matter.

Walpin concluded that nothing was being gained by the grants to CUNY and that the money was simply being used to subsidize an existing and funded program.

Obama: Leave My Wife Alone

If his wife wasn’t out aggressively campaigning on his behalf, I’d probably agree. However, she can attack us and say whatever she’d like on his behalf, but we can’t even criticize those statements? And political ads that use her actual words are “low class”?

In a preview of what the couple may face in the fall, the Tennessee Republican Party unveiled a four-minute online video Thursday, coinciding with Michelle Obama’s visit to the state for a Democratic Party event. The ad mocked her “proud” remarks from earlier in the year.

The video featured Tennesseans saying why they were proud of America, while repeatedly cutting to Michelle Obama’s comments that she was proud of America “for the first time in my adult life.”

For Barack Obama, the advertisements went too far.

“If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because that I find unacceptable — the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family,” he said.

“For them to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class and I think they — most of the American people would think that as well,” he said. “I would never think of going after somebody’s spouse in a campaign.”

Yes, how horrible it would be for Republicans to go after a Democratic candidate’s family. I mean, it’s never like Dems went after Bush and Cheney’s children in 2004…oh, nevermind. That’s really beside the point, though.

She made the statement that she hadn’t been proud of America in her adult life at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin. She was out there trying to win over votes for her husband, giving speeches and pressing flesh. But she’s off limits from criticism?

If Barry doesn’t want his wife criticized for her actual words, maybe he shouldn’t have her out there campaigning for him. In the meantime, she’ll be criticized for the speeches she gives at political rallies.

Juan Williams Fired by NPR for Admitting Normalcy

He admitted to Bill O’Reilly that he personally gets nervous if he sees obvious Muslims on the plane with him. So NPR, home to cartoonists who like to slam tea partiers by referring to them in sexually derogative terms, fired him.

This is what Williams said on FOX News:

Well, actually, I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

NPR’s response:

NPR said in its statement that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

But supporting cartoonists who call limited government protesters “tea baggers” is just fine? Screw you, NPR.

Guess what, you bunch of latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Prius-driving jackasses? Most Americans get nervous when people dressed in Muslim garb board their plane. That’s not nice? Tough crap. It’s the truth. But apparently truth is not a respected value at NPR.

Via Drew.

More: Via MM, more hypocrisy from the taxpayer-funded NPR.

Worth noting: NPR affiliate employee Sarah Spitz at public radio station KCRW wishes death on Rush Limbaugh…not a firing offense.

Oh, and hey, NPR just received a $1.8 million donation from billionaire leftist financier George Soros. I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fact that people who insult conservatives are kept while those who admit to having the same feelings as most Americans are ditched.

Poll: Marco Rubio Gaining Ground in FL Senate Race

Flip-flopper Charlie Crist and far-leftist Kendrick Meek are now in a race for second place in the Florida Senate race. That according to a new poll from Mason-Dixon. Conservative Marco Rubio is building on his lead and remains on the path to victory.

A statewide poll released Saturday night shows Republican Marco Rubio building on his lead over independent challenger Charlie Crist, while Democrat Kendrick Meek appears to be closing in on Crist in the closely-watched contest.

Rubio is favored by 40 percent of likely voters, up from 38 percent last month; Crist’s support has dwindled to 28 percent from 33 percent, according to the Mason-Dixon Research & Associates survey of 625 likely Florida voters. The margin of error is plus/minus 4 percentage points.

The poll found that Meek is gaining on Crist, with his support rising sharply to 23 percent of likely voters, up from 18 percent. Nine percent are undecided.

Why is Crist fading? Democrats are abandoning him for Meek, while Independents are shifting to Rubio and Meek.

To have 40 percent support “in a three-way race is a very strong position to hold,” said Coker.

“Rubio, in fact, only needs to gain 2-3 points to wrap up the race,” he said. “The only way Rubio could lose is if the support for Crist or Meek dropped under 15 percent. That could happen, but it would require an almost total abandonment by Democrats from Crist to Meek, or vice-versa.”

The poll surveyed likely voters — a more reliable base than registered voters.

This is obviously good news but the race isn’t over yet. Now isn’t the time to stay home or turn down the heat. You can help Rubio here.

House Democrat: Guam Is Going To Tip If Its Population Keeps Growing!

No, it’s not a metaphor. Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) is actually expressing his concern that the island of Guam will tip over into the sea because too many people are calling it home. Evidently he’s 100% serious here.

Who is the gentleman from the military who was able to keep a straight face throughout the entire debacle? Give him another medal. He deserves it.

Rest easy tonight, ladies and gentlemen. The future of America  is in the hands of people like Hank Johnson. You know, people who are making unprecedented power grabs in an effort to exert more control over your life. Because they think they’re smarter than you. So like I said, rest easy tonight.

Update: Awesome.

Update X2: The Hill can’t resist the snark:

Like other islands, Guam is attached to the sea floor, which makes it extremely unlikely that it will tip over, even if there are lots and lots of people on it.

By the way, Johnson? Voted for government-run health care. Because they’re smarter than you.

More Pro-Obama Astro turfing Exposed

Previously we’ve discussed the “Ellie Light” articles, in which someone writing under the same name is writing almost identical articles in cities across the country. The only difference between the editorials, which staunchly defend Barack Obama, is the claimed location of their author. “Ellie Light” is located in whichever circulation area the newspaper covers.

But now more evidence of pro-Obama astroturfing has been exposed.

This article, published under the name “Jan Chen”, appeared in a small Asian community newspaper in Seattle:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that drop you after you make a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

At the same time, a nearly-identical article is published under the name “Gloria Elle” in Baltimore paper:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that cancel you for making a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town-hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

The author is clearly the same, yet the article is published in two different cities under two different names. Much like the “Ellie Light” articles. (By the way, “Ellie” is Greek for “Light”.)

There are at least three other examples of same words, different author editorials over at Patterico. This is pretty clearly the result of astroturfing. The question is, who is funding this operation? Or at least organizing it? Keeping in mind that top Obama political adviser David Axelrod admits to specializing in the astroturfing trade.

Can we get the mainstream media to look into this? Or are they too busy fretting over Brangelina’s supposed visit to a divorce attorney?

Obama Finally Issues Statement on Slain Soldier

Despite taking just hours to issue a statement of condemnation regarding the murder of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, it’s taken President Barack Obama until now — three days after the murder — to issue a limp statement regarding the killing of an American soldier by someone who’s been charged with terrorism. Here it finally is:

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

Actually, it wasn’t senseless. It was a killing of an American soldier by a politically-motivated convert to Islam who despised the military and America. He’s been charged with multiple counts of terrorism and one count of first-degree murder. And yet it’s taken our Commander-in-Chief three days and pressure from some media outlets to issue that statement. By comparison, here’s the statement Obama issued without prompt a few hours after the murder of Tiller:

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

Apparently some cold-blooded murder is less outrageous to President Obama than others. The murder of a late-term abortion doctor is outrageous enough to spark a strong comment within hours, while the murder of an individual who served this country in the military takes days and media pressure for any comment whatsoever. Lovely.

Obama Silent on Recruitment Center Shooting

When Dr. George Tiller, the infamous late-term abortion doctor, was murdered by a man opposed to abortion, the White House was quick to issue a condemnation from President Obama.

How long did it take our Commander-in-Chief to condemn the murder of a member of the Armed Forces by a man now charged not only with murder but terrorism? Actually, he still hasn’t condemned the latter.

Not a word about the jihadi attack on the two Army recruiters in Arkansas. No condemnation of the heinous attack and senseless violence. No condolences for the families of the targeted men or praise for the military recruiters who have been under increasing attack on U.S. soil. No statements from the DOJ or Pentagon, either.

Nothing.

Funny how Obama is absolutely outraged over the murder of an abortion doctor, yet can’t get worked up over the murder of an American soldier by a terrorist on American soil. It’s almost like he doesn’t consider the latter as tragic as the former.

The White House isn’t the only outlet treating the two murders differently, either. Newsbusters points out that there’s 7,000 references to George Tiller on Google News. Yet there’s just 500 references to William Long, the soldier murdered outside the recruiting center. Funny that.