Five-and-a-half years in, the NYT catches on




Obama, weary of governing, no longer concerned about appearance of partying with his rich friends.

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated.

When did he ever worry about that? For that matter, when was he ever engaged in governing?


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17 responses to “Five-and-a-half years in, the NYT catches on

  1. But the activity continues:
    Another fed hard drive containing evidence in criminal case ‘recycled’

  2. Publius

    As insufferable is his tenure as POTUS has been to date, it will only accelerate over the next 2+ years. He will leave office at a relatively young age and then he will become more insufferable. The only positive is that he will no be the POTUS.

  3. TheBox

    You can bet he only surrounds himself with “intellectuals” who agree with him and his ideology. John Lott has a great story about meeting Obama when they were both faculty at the University of Chicago. Obama basically had no interest in hearing any point of view but his own. Given the way he governs and who he surrounds himself with, Lott’s anecdote is 100% believable.

    Most of the truly smart people I know love having their points of view, even their core ideology, challenged. I don’t get the feeling the President is staying up late debating the pressing topics of the day – more likely he is lecturing and pontificating to a crowd of adoring sycophants who nod along and applaud at every straw man he daringly slays.

  4. The the minions are still active:
    Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

    …“Dear every single Republican ever, When will U learn that Barack Hussein Obama is simply smarter than U? Stand down, Signed #Obama2012 #p2,” Sands wrote on May 1, 2012.

    In a message fro Aug. 25, 2012, Sands called Republicans her “enemy.”

    In others, Sands issued fundraising pleas on behalf of Obama. “Our #POTUS’s birthday is August 4. He’ll be 51. I’m donating $51 to give him the best birthday present ever: a second term,” she wrote on July 18, 2012.

    “The bias in these messages is striking, especially for an attorney charged with the responsibility to enforce federal election laws fairly and dispassionately,” read the Oversight letter to Goodman, an Obama appointee.

    The FEC’s Office of Inspector General sought to conduct a criminal investigation into Sands’ activities but were stymied when they found that the agency had recycled her computer hard drive.

    “Therefore the OIG was unable to show that Ms. Sands’ solicitations and political activity were done from an FEC computer,” reads the letter.

    Because of this, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined criminal prosecution.

    “The FEC’s failure to retain Ms. Sands’ hard drive prevented the FEC OIG from fully pursuing appropriate criminal sanctions for Ms. Sands’ admitted violation of federal law,” wrote Issa and Jordan.

    “Like the IRS’s destruction of Lois Lerner’s hard drive, the FEC’s recycling of Ms. Sands’ hard drive may have also destroyed material responsive to Freedom of Information Act and congressional oversight requests,” the letter continued.

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  5. Yos

    Yes, well, assuming GinC leaves. What concerns a few is that after six and a half years of the Audacity of Dope it is rational to consider the possibility that such a lawless administration and administrative branch will simply ignore the Law and let things stay in place. Questions like this were sheer lunacy eight years ago. Today, not so much.

  6. EOSredux

    Obama hosted a dinner party last night on the first day of Ramadandingdong at which, in his speech, he hailed religious freedom. The man is a piece of work, he has the AUDACITY to say

    Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth. Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of, he said.

    I guess its okay to tell the Muslims in the room that their freedom is protected by Obama, but mocks Catholics for their pro-life beliefs and tells SCOTUS they are full of it for giving a Christian run business their rights. Yos, he’s the HinC, for Hypocrite in Chief.

    Raise your hand if you think one person from his beloved LGBTQ base was in attendance at this dinner. I didn’t think so.

    • He considers Christians to be bible toting rednecks toting guns, Jews to be oppressors, and muslims as his friends, so his attitude towards religious freedom is entirely understandable.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      EOS: Obama is also being profoundly disingenuous (but of course THAT comes as no real shock). Any Muslim who renounces Islam is subject to the death penalty under Sharia. There is NO FREEDOM of religion under an Islamic state. One can be a Dhimmi (Christian or Jew) but beyond that, there is no freedom to choose one’s faith – or even worse to Muslims – “non-faith.” In Iran following the Islamic Counter-revolution in 1979, Baha’is were rounded up and slaughtered as apostate Muslims because the founder of that faith had established the off-shoot religion of Baha’i which under Sharia is apostacy. See e.g.:

      • EOSredux

        That’s brilliant LA. Begs the question then, if the Muslims in attendance at the dinner were true followers of the faith and actually listened to what Obama said, they’d be offended at his call for religious freedom, correct?

        • Libertarian Advocate

          If they were honest and true to their faith, absolutely, YES. But then again, they have a little trump card they can pull that absolves them of their duty to proclaim fidelity to Islam (which, translated accurately means “submission” to the will of Allah) Their immunity icon is called Taqiyya which is a special permission for Muslims living in non-muslim ruled countries, that permits a Muslim to dissemble and in fact outright lie about their faith. There are many out there who believe that Obama practices Taqiyya daily. I’m not one of them. I think he’s just a monumental BS slinging progressive elitist arsehole.

  7. Anonymous Citizenette

    This is a very lazy man, thin-skinned and with a huge chip on his shoulder because he’s black. That’s basically all I see.

    • Inagua

      Obama may be lazy, but he has been very effective by signing anything Congress gives him. Remember, unlike Hillary, he sent no health care bill to Congress; he let Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats do whatever they wanted. Same with Dodd-Frank and the Stimulus.

      Obama has been a very historically significant President; he has moved the center of political gravity considerably leftward. He will be remembered as the guy who put health care on the path to nationalization, and the guy who opened the borders to guarantee a permanent Democratic majority.

      • ugh

        I just threw up in my mouth…a little

        • Inagua

          I would like to be wrong, but it really looks like Obama has taken us past the point of no return. Obamacare (which the Republicans don’t even talk about repealing anyone); $6 trillion of new debt (and counting); and an Open Southern Border are basically irreversible steps.

  8. Cobra

    Obozo greeting an attendee at last night’s dinner:

  9. Peg

    I keep on thinking to myself “Obamacare is the worst.” Then – “the IRS scandal and essentially the subversion of our last election is the worst.”

    Now I look at what is going on at the border – and think “Nope; he’s outdone himself again.”

    I often think of myself as the eternal optimist. Got to admit, however – The One is coming close to one-upping my natural sunny disposition……..

  10. Anon also

    Interesting comments about his time as editor of Harvard Law Review.
    Seems he didn’t think about working too hard then either…