Obama Beats a Speedy Exit from the “Good” War

Last night the narcissistic, affirmative-action assisted empty suit elected by the American Idol and Oprah audiences in 2008 read another one of his vapid, platitude-ridden speeches, and somehow managed to appear even more disconnected and tone deaf than usual. He mentioned himself about a dozen times, but never mentioned General David Petraeus once. There was no explanation of how his plan to beat a hasty retreat from Afghanistan would improve America’s national security, ensure that the tremendous sacrifices made by our troops and their families were not in vain, or otherwise accomplish any important objective. We did learn that the “tide of war” is just like rise of the oceans. The One has calmed them both. Seriously, isn’t it time that this guy get some new writers? The twenty-something acolytes who write this drivel are running out of clichés.

The dead behind the eyes, self-absorbed performance aside, the real mystery is how Barack Obama came up with this brilliant plan to undo the surge by next summer. Hint: it may have less to do with national security, and a teensy weensy bit more to do with next year’s presidential election. From the Liberal Death Star (the New York Times):

The troop reductions, which were decided after a short but fierce internal debate, will be both deeper and faster than the recommendations made by Mr. Obama’s military commanders, and they will come as the president faces relentless budget pressures, an increasingly restive American public and a re-election campaign next year.

The pace of the withdrawal is a setback for the president’s top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has been named director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus did not endorse the decision, said another official. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates argued publicly against a too-hasty withdrawal of troops, but he said in a statement on Wednesday that he supported Mr. Obama’s decision.

During the internal debate, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also expressed reservations about the scale of the reductions, officials said.

General Petraeus had recommended limiting withdrawals to 5,000 troops this year and another 5,000 over the winter.

I guess I understand now why he didn’t mention Gen. Petraeus. Who needs him when you’ve got Joe “3 Letter Word JOBS” Biden?

With a straight face, Barack Obama told us that we need to “live within our means” while we do “national building” here at home. Wasn’t that what the $800 billion “stimulus” package that he insisted on in February 2009 was all about? Why must this man continue to insult our intelligence? Say it loud, say proud, Barry. This military stuff is just a distraction from your mission to “remake” America, and its taking money that could be better spent on more food stamps and generous benefits from “Barack’s stash.”

That sound you heard last night was thousands of jihadists celebrating their pending victory over the Great Satan. I fear that 2012 Retreat Summer will work out about as well as 2010’s “Recovery Summer.”

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GOP’s 2008 Do-Over Plan

When we were kids playing softball, sometimes we’d allow a friend a “do over,” a second chance to try to hit the ball in fair territory, or otherwise undo the results of a bad concept or bad execution. Apparently, in the upcoming presidential election, some members of the Republican party are determined to try their own version of a do over with a slight twist: instead of using the opportunity to try again and get a better result, they have decided to repeat the 2008 election, “Groundhog Day” style, with the goal of once again achieving dismal failure for the party and continuing destruction of the country. Since apparently their 2008 standard bearer,  John “Yosemite Sam” McCain, isn’t available, probably because he’s too busy sniping at current Republican presidential hopefuls, many establishment types are investing their hopes in former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who officially announced his candidacy today. In a shocking turn of events, many members of the Lame Stream Media are also very excited about Huntsman’s candidacy. The Obama campaign assures everyone that they are terrified by the thought of running against their former co-worker.

As you know, I watch so you don’t have to, and I watched this announcement live. If you missed it, and plan to watch any of it later, let me give you heads up that might help you avoid the horrific accident that almost befell me. Don’t view this event, or even a part of it, while operating machinery or engaging in strenuous exercise. I never thought it was possible to fall asleep while huffing and puffing away on the treadmill, but that’s what almost happened to me this morning. I was one head-jerking second from doing exactly that and landing face first on that moving belt during this borefest. I haven’t nearly nodded off this many times since my college geology colloquium, a class held at 3 pm, featuring endless slideshows in a darkened warm classroom. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Stay away from this guy, his stultifying speeches, and his milquetoast, sure loser campaign.

I managed to avoid nodding off long enough to hear Mr. Huntsman’s nauseating condemnation of the terrible “corrosive” politics of our day, and his pledge to run a campaign of “civility.” See what I mean about “Groundhog Day?”

I was struck by this particular paragraph at the beginning of the speech:

“Perhaps, saddest of all, we have lost faith in ourselves. For the first time in history, we are passing down to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confident than the one we got.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is totally unacceptable and it is totally un-American.

And it need not, must not, will not be our permanent condition. We will not be the first American generation that lets down the next generation.

We have the power, we have the means, we have the character to astonish the world again by making from adversity a new and better country; this inexhaustible land of promise and opportunity.

You see, we have everything a nation could hope for. We have our freedom, we have rule of law, the longest surviving Constitution and our abiding belief in personal responsibility.

We have freedom of speech, religion and press.

We produce a quarter of the world’s GDP.

And we are the most productive society on earth.”

Mr. Huntsman was a member of the administration that creating the very situation he deplores. We have the longest surviving Constitution, but we won’t have it for long if his former boss succeeds in “remaking” America. Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at the U.S. Constitution from Day One, which is just about the time that Jon Huntsman joined his administration as ambassador to China. The big government that Barack Obama views as the solution to every human problem infringes on our freedom incessantly. His signature “accomplishment,” Obamacare, is the most intrusive, freedom-destroying legislation every enacted in America, giving government control over individual citizens in ways that have yet to be revealed, and won’t be until “the Secretary shall decide.” Unless its effects can be undone, his profligate spending condemns future generations to less opportunity and less prosperity. His crony capitalism makes a mockery of the rule of law.  If Mr. Huntsman was concerned about the state of our country, how could he continue to be a part of the administration that is attempting to destroy it?  Say what you want about some of our leftist friends, but some of them stick to their wrong-headed principles. Back in 1996, Peter Edelman, husband of uber-lefty Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, quit his job at the Department of Health and Human Services because he was so unhappy that Bill Clinton finally signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act a.k.a. welfare reform. Mr. Edelman couldn’t remain a part of an administration that had policies with which he profoundly disagreed.  Why didn’t Mr. Huntsman resign from his Obama administration job, citing his policy disagreements with the regime? Instead, he continues to praise Barack Obama. Let’s see: a former employee of the incumbent president, who continues to sing his praises decides to challenge him with a campaign promising “civility.” What could possibly go wrong? I think we’ve seen this movie before, and I didn’t like it the first time.

Then there’s the lurking potential issue of his family’s business, Huntsman Corp., the source of much of the funding for his successful gubernatorial campaigns, and its past dealings with Iran. Although completely legal, this potential PR disaster, caused the company to pull the plug on it in 2010. Somehow the slobbering LSM, no doubt hoping to emulate Gov. Huntsman’s civility, hasn’t mentioned the Iran story much.

Given the abysmal economy, the exploding middle East, the mountain of broken promises and the general crabby mood of the public brought on by the whole mess, Obama is more vulnerable than a pinkie mouse in a snake’s tank. As we discussed on the Teri O’Brien Show last Sunday, some commentators even think he might be considering pulling an LBJ, and not running at all. I disagreed with that idea even before this Huntsman announcement, but if we were trying to imagine a tonic for the Obamabots wilting enthusiasm, this guy is it. Short of B. Hussein having Superman’s ability to reverse the rotation of the earth and turn back time, which I suspect he might, given what he wrote in that book at Westminster Abbey, and run his 2008 campaign all over again, what could be better for him?

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Top Ten “This or That”s Rejected by John King

During last night’s CNN GOP debate, in a bizarre attempt to lighten things up or be hip enough for the kids, or God knows what, anchor/possible Tourette’s sufferer John King chose to bracket each segment with disconcerting questions like “Coke or Pepsi?” and “Leno or Conan?” We just discovered the list of choices that CNN producers rejected, and present them here for your consideration (and, I hope, amusement):

Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Meghan McCain?

Casey Anthony or O.J.?

Tiger Woods or Anthony Weiner?

Michelle Obama or Tyler Perry?

Cher or Madonna? (or you if want to choose both, Lady Gaga)

Barack Obama’s birth certificate or the alien autopsy?

Charlie Sheen or Eliot Spitzer?

Barack Obama Speech or Poke in Eye with Sharp Stick?

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” or “Cost of Livin’”?

And of course:

Boxers or Briefs?

Today on the Teri O’Brien Show, 6/12/11

Here we go again. Less than a week after stating “this is not something that can be treated,” and one day after the White House and the democrat leadership in the House threw him under the bus, left-wing loudmouth Anthony Weiner (D-Twitter) announced that he was taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for his, shall we say, problem. By off loading responsibility for his actions, he lost the one shred of dignity he had left. Get me re-write. From his week of excruciatingly embarrassing attempts to convince everyone that he was “hacked,” when an eight-year-old could see that wasn’t true, to the inevitable refuge in rehab, this plot has been recycled more than those yarns found in Lifetime movies. In fact, I think I just saw a Lifetime movie with this very plot, or maybe it was a news story about another politician. Who can keep it straight? Still, there are three important takeaways from this Weiner mess, which I’ll share. I’ll also explain once and for all, why female elected officials don’t get caught up in these sordid scandals. This topic was dished about this morning on This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Please weigh in: Are you sick of politicians and other celebrities playing the victim card by medicalizing their bad behavior? I am only slightly less tired of Newt Gingrich’s “Calista and I” campaign. Do you think it’s fair to blame her for his train wreck of a campaign?

Meanwhile, in the other most important news of the day, the Jurassic media actually enlisted the assistance of its readers to pick through hundreds of pounds of e-mails from Gov. Sarah Palin’s tenure that were released on Friday. We’ll enjoy a taste of the tasty nuggets they found, and ponder the question that even some liberals are asking: When do we get to go through Sarah Palin’s underwear drawer? No, not that. The real question is where are the Obama papers? Speaking of Sarah, she has a new fan, and his name might surprise many. He is, or perhaps I should say, WAS an esteemed member of the Hollywood elite. Hear his amazing, and spot on, comments about her, and more clear evidence of what many of us have known all along: the Mama Grizzly is very smart. She’s been distancing herself from a certain air-headed tv personality, a faux conservative known for making moronic remarks on an appropriately moronic show.

As that last remark suggests, like most of you, I have a love-hate relationship with television. For years, culture watchers have noted that entertainment television has become what can be charitably called a coarsening force in our society. We know that liberals have weaponized the media and created a perfect delivery system for their poisonous mix of secularism, socialism, and sexual promiscuity. Our special guest Ben Shapiro, author of the terrific new book, Prime Time Propaganda: the True Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV. Mr. Shapiro’s controversial interviews with Hollywood heavyweights provide conclusive proof of  something even more disturbing than the obvious fact that they use their shows to promote an agenda; that is, that these very same people who are outraged by the anti-Communist blacklisting of the 1950’s are very supportive of blacklisting talented writers and producers who don’t march lock-step with them in the leftist views.

This morning Tim Pawlenty said he’s the one candidate in the race who can beat Barack Obama. Is he right? Can you support him? Alleged frontrunner Mitt Romney tarnished his appeal to conservatives by pandering to envirowackos and their man-caused climate change hoax. Did that change your view of him? Who looks good to you?

What definitely does not look good is B. Hussein Obama’s economic report card. The numbers are stunning. Last Sunday, in what looked like a series of hostage tapes, we saw, and heard on the show, the Dear Reader’s chief economics guru, Austan Goolsbee, on several issue shows lamely trying to defend the administration’s pathetic performance. The next day, he announced that he was beating a speedy retreat back to the comfort and safety of academia, where the only problems that need solving are hypothetical. This morning, DNC mouthpiece Debbie Wasserman Schultz lamely tried to put a good face on our dismal economy and her party’s sad stewardship. Hear her unintentionally hilarious remarks, and also the Critiquelator’s, who is certified black enough to critiquelate, comments on the Goolsbee departure.

Tune in at 4:00 pm Central time for the rest of the story.

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When Barry Met Bibi: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show, 5/22/11

The 2012 campaign got a kick in the pants yesterday when plain spoken dynamo Herman Cain made his formal announcement that is he running for president. Then overnight, Bush proxy/establishment GOP darling Mitch “I can’t debate Obama on foreign policy” Daniels, nursing a banged up head he got from walking into a door, announced that he’s going to stay on the porch. Am I the only one who thinks that possibly after seeing what Mr. Cain had to say about “foreign policy experience” during his barn burner of a speech, Milquetoast Mitch decided to take a powder? And what about Herman Cain’s support for a national sales tax? Can we be confident that it would replace and not just supplement all existing taxes? Did he stumble on the issue of the so-called Palestinian “right of return” this morning on Fox News Sunday? You decide.

It’s really getting crowded under B. Hussein Obama’s bus. As Mr. Cain, along with Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, and yours truly observed, last Thursday, he added the state of Israel to the existing collection of U.S. allies already given an asphalt facial by his administration, causing us to wonder what might happen when he toted his trusty TelePrompTer over to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this morning. Hear what happened, and how Team Obama managed to avoid what many believed was an inevitable disaster. In addition, I know that you all will shocked to learn that the Dear Reader’s TelePrompTer made him flip flop in front of AIPAC on the critical issue of Israel’s 1967 borders. We’ll unpack that and get your reaction.

Not every liberal is as slippery as the One. Sadly for recently defeated nominee Goodwin Liu, and fortunately for the future of our country, he needs to brush up on his dissembling skills if he wants to pull off the con as well as the guy who appointed him. We should all celebrate that he won’t have the opportunity to impose his view of the Constitution, which parallel Barack’s famous doctrine of “negative rights” leftist clap trap, on us.

We are delighted to welcome again as a special guest that rare combination of gifted writer and dogged investigative journalist, Richard Miniter, author of Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War, Disinformation, and his latest, Mastermind: the Many Faces of 9/11 Architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. This page turner reads like a novel and informs like nobody’s business. For the first time, Mr. Miniter reveals the details of KSM’s first murder plot on American soil. We’ll find out why it was so important to KSM to personally behead Daniel Pearl, and also discuss the role Janet Reno and the ACLU played in helping to fund the legal defense of admitted al Qaeda terrorists. Also, hear about the terrorist schemer’s time in the U.S. attending college as a foreign student. Why would someone who was treated well in the United States repay us by plotting to murder thousands of our citizens? What does he think KSM thinks of the recent developments in the U.S.-Israeli relationship?

I may have found my permanent fill-in host, or a possible presidential candidate. You do not want to miss hearing this man. I haven’t seen a skinny, arrogant punk, by which I mean B. Hussein, slammed like this since the Mexican police smacked Sean Penn in the head with a phone book in movie “The Falcon and the Snowman.”  It’s not Herman Cain. Find our who it is in this week’s “Who Said it?”

I not only watch so you don’t have to. I also listen so you don’t have to, so I’ll share a fascinating (and tax subsidized) NPR report on the subject “Do Women Think?” featuring Nancy Pelosi.

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Just Say No to Dynasties and DREAMs. Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

Democrats, both the elected variety and the ones who have never faced the voters, sometimes also called “journalists,”  love dynasties, but the week that was brought many reminders of why it is wise to be wary of them. Of course, it’s no surprise that those enamored of identity politics, the government-sanctioned racism known as “affirmative action,” and crony capitalism would be all for hereditary entitlement, but you’d think that the Kennedy example would be enough to cure everyone else. Yet we still see the offspring of political and media figures in positions they could only dream of occupying had they picked the wrong parents. Whether it’s Luke Russert and Peter Doocey cruising into on-air cable gigs before the ink on their diplomas is dry, or the vacuous twenty-something daughters of two prominent members of Congress suddenly presented to the public as brilliant political analysts, in some cases, family connections appear to have more to do with success than merit.

We’ll unpack the latest controversy involving dueling publicity seekers, the mentally-vacant Meghan McCain and self-described rodeo clown/ex DJ turned supposed intellectual Glenn Beck. Did Beck go too far with his morning zoo like antics, including false vomiting at the mention of a “naked” Miss McCain? What did her dad Sen. John McCain have to say about Beck’s bit? We’ll hear his response, which suggests that even though he opposes torture for suspected terrorists, he might not have a problem using it on talk show hosts.

World-class ignoramus Alicia Menendez, spawn of Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), put her stunning cluelessness on display as she attempted to defend Michelle Obama’s disgusting choice of Common, a rapper who writes lyrics praising cop killers, as appropriate entertainment for an event at the White House. Let’s compare and contrast: Laura Bush tries to celebrate the works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, but has to cancel the event when anti-war/anti-American defense wackos throw a hissy fit. Mouchelle stages an homage to an “artist” who sticks up for not one, but two, murderers convicted of killing cops, during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, no less. Those Obamas are all class! No doubt those slain officers also “acted stupidly,” right Barack? I’m sure that the Reverend Wright is very proud.

If some children benefit by being born into certain families, some are not so lucky. Our guest, Illinois Minuteman project member, anti-illegal immigration activist and former candidate for Congress Rosanna Pulido will weigh in on the proposed Illinois DREAM Act, which will allow the children of illegals to benefit from a state-sponsored college fund program. What does she think of President Obama, in full Alinsky mode, petulantly mocking those who dare to advocate protecting our borders?

Dynasty may be playing a role in the 2012 presidential election as well. The Wall Street Journal’s brutal critique of “compromised and not credible” Mitt Romney, which even suggested he should replace Joe “Three Letter Word Jobs” Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate made it clear that the GOP establishment is throwing its weight behind Indiana governor/Bush proxy Mitch Daniels. Is this support a cynical ploy to run a sure loser to pave the way for a third president Bush, Jeb, in 2016? With both Ruth Marcus and Chris Cilliza of the Washington Post joining the “run Mitch run” chorus, even while admitting they’d never consider voting for him, does that idea really seem like a stretch? What role will Mr. Daniels bizarre marital situation play in his decision, or in his election chances should he choose to run? Should it matter? What weight should voters give to a politician’s family life? And, on a personal level, how difficult and weird would it be to remarry your ex? Would you do it?

Speaking of the Kennedys, which I did earlier, and which you can’t avoid thinking about when the subject of political marriages comes up, why did Maria Shriver separate from Arnold? It can’t possibly have anything to do with his alleged infidelity. We’ve all heard those whispers, and who can forget that embarrassing groping scandal from a few years ago, but she’s a Kennedy, for heaven’s sake! Don’t they consider cheating husbands sort of like having to put the toilet seat down, that is, just another expected challenge of married life?

Plus Newt is in. Huck is out. What say you?

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We Don’t Want Nobody Nobody Sent

I took the title of this post from the late Milton Rakove, political science professor and chronicler of what has come to be known as “The Chicago Way.” It was the title of one of his books, subtitled “An Oral History of the Daley Years.”

I thought about Prof. Rakove’s book yesterday as I watched our Thug-in-Chief at yet another propaganda event, staged by the CBS branch of his PR team, address a sob story from laid off government employee, Karin Gallo. The  43 year-old mother-to-be sought help from the One in the following exchange:

“Just under three years ago, I took a job with the federal government, thinking it was a secure job,” Gallo told Obama during the town hall, which was taped Wednesday afternoon at the Newseum.

Gallo, who is seven months pregnant, told Obama that she and her husband are also building a new house. (Watch video of the exchange above or here.)

“I’m stressed, I’m worried. I’m scared about what I — what my future holds. I definitely need a job. And — I just wonder what would you do, if you were me?”

Apparently, National Zoo’s “non-essential employee number 7” knew what she was doing. While some of us were still scratching our heads wondering why, if she is a self-admitted “non-essential” federal employee, she had a job in the first place, we learn the rest of the story.

 

On “The Early Show” Friday, Gallo said that, while she didn’t get to speak directly with the president, she did have a conversation with a White House staffer on Thursday who seemed eager to help, and told her several other staffers were trying to come to her aid, as well. Gallo added that she also got a phone call late Thursday from the Presidential Personnel Office, which wants her to come in Monday for an informational interview.

Asked by co-anchor Erica Hill what she’d say to other job seekers who weren’t fortunate enough to come to the president’s personal attention, Gallo said she “never once thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely thought there was going to be something on the other end. … I always just kept the faith that something was going to happen, that there was going to be an opportunity. I completely lucked out that the opportunity was so huge for me. But I guess I speak for a lot of Americans who are out of work and frustrated. And I just have to say – keep the faith and know that there is something at the end of the tunnel.

Mrs. Gallo’s experience is very instructive, and the lesson seems to have been lost in the discussion about whether Barack Obama was being honest about the decline in the number of government workers (he wasn’t), or the emotionally-driven commentary about the plight of working mothers. WWBD (What Would Barack Do)? As it turns out, he would do precisely what Mrs. Gallo did; that is, get to someone with some clout.  As for the rest of you, those who aren’t fortunate enough to have friends in high places, you’re on you’re own. If that phrase sounds familiar, ironically it’s part of the mantra that Barack Obama and his apparatchiks like to use when they are bludgeoning Republicans with demagogic accusations of cruelly demanding that people be responsible for their own needs.

Barack Obama’s “remade” America is Chicago writ-large. Picture a pyramid. At the top, are the political royalty and their well-connected friends enjoying lavish celebrity-studded parties, vacations at pricey resorts, and opportunities to line their pockets at taxpayer expense. In the middle are the various mascot groups, representing the members of the identify politics coalition necessary to win and/or steal elections, and the beneficiaries of government largess, such as public employee union members, whose livelihoods and perqs depend on democrats remaining in power. At the bottom, as you guessed, are the serfs, whose role is to shut up and work without complaint to pay for the whole sorry mess. The “law,” ostensibly neutrally applied to all, is in fact only something that the suckers in the latter group have to worry about. For those higher up on the pyramid, those pesky rules don’t necessarily apply. If you have an in, there’s a “fix.” Witness the thousand-plus waivers to Obamacare, or the tax exemptions arranged by Governor Pat Quinn to avoid the wrath of voters when they realize that his anti-business policies cost them their jobs.

Congratulations, Mrs. Gallo, not only on your new arrival, but for reminding all of us what this administration is all about, the Chicago Way. It’s one of the few things about which B. Hussein Obama is an expert.

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