Obama’s “Coalition of the UNWILLING” in Syria

In the New York Times today 8/30/13:

“Mr. Obama has made clear that this initiative would come from the United States, and that while he welcomed international participation, he was not depending on foreign forces for what would essentially be an operation CONDUCTED LARGELY BY THE UNITED STATES, from naval vessels off the Syrian coast.”

Obama in 2012 in comments to the press:

“For us to take military action unilaterally (in Syria), as some have suggested…..I think is a mistake.”

So what is SRT’s “Word of the Day”?:

Duplicitous: n  , pl -ties — deception; double-dealing


Our Trojan Horse President….

Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Trojan Horse (definition):
concealed stratagem: somebody or something that is meant to disrupt, undermine, subvert, or destroy an enemy or rival, especially somebody or something that operates while concealed within an organization.

They say truth is stranger than fiction.

And as Robert Knight at the Washington Times points out, writing a novel about a President whose goal is to undermine the USA could never match the real thing we have in Barack Hussein Obama.

As we begin 2012, it is imperative that we remember the damage that this President has unleashed upon our country.  He must be removed from office….and this is the year we must do it.

Knights article is a great reminder of so many of the appalling things Obama has done in three years….for which much of the media and many Americans have given him a pass…

I was thinking about writing a novel about what might happen if a man who hates America and wants to bring it down is somehow elected president. What would he do?……

…….First, the Trojan Horse president would initiate unprecedented spending, driving the debt up by more than $4 trillion just in the first three years. Much of the money would go into the pockets of political supporters and people who donate heavily to his campaigns…….

……….(He would)  Ship hundreds of taxpayer-purchased firearms to Mexican drug gangs in order to frame law-abiding gun sellers in Texas. When the Fast and Furious weapons are used to kill U.S. and Mexican lawmen, the attorney general will pretend he didn’t know about the program until very recently and is shocked, shocked! The attorney general will claim that critics of this criminally insane policy are motivated by racial animus against him and the president. After all, this worked when anyone questioned why the president’s college and medical records were sealed or why he attended a Marxist minister’s church for 20 years and hung out with known terrorists.

He would appoint Supreme Court justices who believe in a “living Constitution,” which means they can ignore its plain meaning when it interferes with their ideological agenda.

He would stack the National Labor Relations Board with union hacks who would do unspeakable things such as order a major company (Boeing) not to open a new factory in a right-to-work state (South Carolina) in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression. If he got away with that, he would go ahead and strengthen a crony socialist system reminiscent of Mussolini’s Italy or Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela that subsidizes “winners” such as Solyndra.

Finally, throughout his tenure, he would employ the Marxist rhetoric of class warfare, blame “the wealthy” and make more Americans dependent on government checks. He would sucker Republican leaders into secret meetings and emerge to accuse them of wanting to raise taxes on all but the rich.

Read it all  here.

If George W. Bush had done this….would it be OK?

It must be the day for comparisons!

After my post of comparing and contrasting earlier today, I ran across this post on Facebook that does a great job of asking what Obamabots would be thinking had George W. Bush– Mr. Evil Incarnate, in their minds — performed the very same Constitution-smashing, downright idiotic, elitist, and anti-Capitalist moves that Obama has made….in just 19 months in office!

I’ve copied below the post in its entirety:

Presidential Comparison Quiz, Aug 30, 2010
by The Hardcore Right Wing News on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 4:44pm.

Those who voted for McCain are exempt from having to answer. Those who voted for the current 1600 Pennsylvania Ave occupant are responsible for electing some of this ilk, caliber, and arrogance.

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush had joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless?

If George W. Bush had flown all the way to Denmark to make a five-minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas, would you have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish-illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice,” would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan, causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

Do you know of any President who has done these things?

So, tell us again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 15 months — so you’ll have two years and nine months to come up with an answer.

~Charles Admin

PS – I’ve put a date on this title because we expect the list of questions to get LONGER and LONGER and LONGER and LONGER and….

I have more of my own to add:

If George W. Bush had played golf multiple times while oil gushed into the golf, killing wildlife and polluting beaches, would you have said “a President needs his relaxation”?

If George W. Bush had intervened in a local Cambridge police arrest of his friend and then said, without the facts in front of him, that “the police acted stupidly”, would you have thought a photo op of a beer summit was the “solution”, or that he had completely overstepped his bounds in a completely idiotic way?

If George W. Bush had answered upon being approached by the free press “Just let me eat my pancakes” or “We’re buying shrimp here, guys” because he didn’t want to be bothered answering questions about Iraq or the “people’s business”, would you deem it OK?


Better yet, any Obamabots care to answer any of these?

Myths about the Ground Zero mosque and Obama’s outrageous defense of it

Obama has finally opened his pie hole on the issue of the Ground Zero mosque.  For weeks, Democrats and administration officials have led us to believe that the decision to allow the mosque at Ground Zero was a local issue only.  You know, as if the attacks of 9-11 orchestrated and performed by Islamic men in the name of Allah, was just a “New York thang“. 

Of course, Obama’s latest defense of the mosque is no surprise to anyone who has followed the Muslim Sympathizer-in-Chief and his words and actions regarding Islam, Islamic terrorism, and the coddling of Muslim countries who are not allies to the United States. 

August 13: President Barack Obama hosts an iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, on Friday. (Source: AP)

With Obama’s decision to rub this mosque into the psyche of America-loving citizens, he did so while celebrating Ramadan with a room full of Muslims in the White House for the Iftar dinner.  Here is a portion of what Obama had to say

The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground. 

But let me be clear….. 

BUT…BUT….there’s always  a “BUT” with this President, particularly when it comes to defending Americans and/or our way of life.  He continues…. 

…..As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure. 

Then, as all equivocating fence sitters will do after the firestorm of Americans protesting his stand….Obama tried to “clarify” his comments the next day

“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding,” he said.” 

Well, then, Mr. President, is it right or is it wrong to build there?  You’ve already placed yourself in the debate…we are all wanting to know ….especially Sarah Palin. 

From Sarah Palin’s Facebook post

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive “cross-cultural engagement” and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven’t they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren’t you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson’s generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven’t they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as “hallowed ground”? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.  

– Sarah Palin 

My, oh my….To. The. Point. 

Which leads us to those myths regarding the Ground Zero mosque… 

Myth #1 – Support for building of the mosque is about religious freedom:   

As many have pointed out, counter to Obama’s words, this is not about religious freedom…this is about an act of war and about respecting that “hallowed ground” for which Obama spoke.  This is about sensitivities to Americans and their loss, not about defending the sensitivities of a religion that has been supposedly hijacked by extremists. ( I say “SUPPOSEDLY hijacked” because one rarely sees the “peaceful” Muslim that speaks out against the horrendous transgressions of the “extremists”.  Many Muslims even debate their allegiance to America as Muslims.) 

Mr. President, here is what we are talking about with “hallowed ground”….From Charles Krauthammer

A place is made sacred by a widespread belief that it was visited by the miraculous or the transcendent (Lourdes, the Temple Mount), by the presence there once of great nobility and sacrifice (Gettysburg), or by the blood of martyrs and the indescribable suffering of the innocent (Auschwitz). 

When we speak of ground zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there – and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated. 

Myth #2 – This is about a “peaceful Islam” working to build bridges, as Imam Rauf claims. 

Peaceful? As Douglas Murray at The Daily Beast had to say

The very idea of building a mosque there is a dangerous sign of Muslim demands on Western societies, says British authority Douglas Murray—and it shows that the U.S. must make a stand. 

“Islam is a religion of peace.” That is what every Western leader says every time a Muslim sets something off. 

They never tell us which ones they think are the violent religions. But for Islam it’s a win-win. Knock down a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Build a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Either way it’s a gain for Islam. 

And as George Jonas at NationalPost.com points out

The question to ask is: Can any group genuinely believe that building a mosque two blocks from where jihadists pulverized 3,000 New Yorkers nine years ago will promote cross-cultural understanding between Islam and the West? 

If the answer is yes (God knows, some people believe anything) the next question is: Having observed their New York neighbours’ actual reaction to their plan, do they believe it still? 

This mosque appears to be about conquest.  Just ask the Christians of the 8th to 10th centuries who were overrun by Muslims who then converted their churches to mosques as a sign of conquest.   One such example happened in Cordoba, Spain.  

What is the name of the initiative at Ground Zero?  The CORDOBA Initiative or Cordoba House. (At least until the name was changed to “Park51” after the real meaning of Cordoba House has hit the mainstream.) 

In many ways the construction of this Ground Zero mosque reeks of efforts for continued Islamization of America:  to lie (taqiyya), conquer (9-11), symbolize conquest (as in Cordoba), and implement laws (Sharia) that are counter to the very Constitution that Obama has touted in building the mosque.   A letter to the editor at the Washington Times best conveys this view

Radical Islam has no tolerance or respect for people of other faiths or creeds, especially Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis. Its purpose is to subdue non believers and force them to live under Islamic law, Shariah. That is precisely its aim in the United States and the rest of the Western world – and a mosque at ground zero would help it do exactly that. It would move Islamization in the United States and elsewhere forward by leaps and bounds. 

Radical Muslims consider conquered territory and people to be forever under the sway of Islam. Placing a mosque so close to the World Trade Center site, particularly a mega-mosque like the one being advocated, would enable them to see New York as conquered territory and view it as a bridgehead leading to the subjugation of the entire United States. The city is America’s most prominent and is one with a very large Jewish population. A clearer message could not be sent. 

Of course, New Yorkers can send a clear message of their own by preventing the mosque from being constructed. They would be saying that they are not willing to accept the erosion of their values and way of life, that Islamization will be fought and that America is not an Islamic nation and will never become one. 

One thing is very clear…..Imam Rauf, the Imam of the new mosque, and one who has been embraced by Obama and his State Department (with your tax dollars), is not one to be trusted on issues of Sharia law and imposing Islamic standards onto America. 

From American Thinker, we find that Imam Rauf supports Sharia law and different ways to produce an Islamic State

…..when Rauf speaks in Arabic, he contradicts what he says to his English-speaking audience. ……. He goes on to say that “Religious dialogue as customarily understood is a set of events with discussions in large hotels that result in nothing.” Finally, Rauf says “it is clear an Islamic state can be established in more than just a single form or mold. It can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of sharia that are required to govern.” 

Religious freedom is an American value for sure.  But this mosque is about war, Islamization, history, Islamic law and lying to gain a bigger foothold in America for Islam.

Myth #3 – Being against the mosque makes your view against the Constitution  

Obama would have you to believe that this is solely about denying some religious rights to Muslims.  But the point is that, via a recent CNN poll, 68% of Americans are against building this mosque.  It is simply the WRONG thing to do, particularly if you are an Imam touting it for “building bridges and relationships.” 

The imam and his followers do have a right to worship via their faith in this country.  And, yes, they have a right to build a mosque.  But just as any other commercial, religious, or residential structure being built in America, it is still subject to zoning rights, and in many cases, hearings on the appropriateness of the structure.  Granted, the NYC Council has approved the building, but to the Constitutional point and the “rights” pointed out by Obama, Americans are opposed to it because of the location and the act of war perpetrated by followers of Islam.  They are not opposed to other mosques in other appropriate places.  

In other words, Mr. President, this isn’t about Americans denying the free exercise of faith, it is about denying an act of War to be rubbed into our faces in a place where thousands of our fellow citizens were murdered. 

They may have a right to build a mosque…..but, at Ground Zero, it is the WRONG thing to do.    

And conversely, Obama is touting the Constitution when it suits his purposes (ie. being in support of the mosque at Ground Zero).  But where is the reverence for that same document when dealing with almost every other issue for which Obama wants to control us?  

From Laura Armstong at the Marietta Daily Journal…she says it best

While his wife is busy, when not vacationing, telling moms and kids what to eat and how to cook it, he says we shouldn’t restrict the building of a mosque just feet from the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center. 

While his party outlaws our rights to smoke, cook with partially hydrogenated oil, buy our favorite 100 watt light bulbs or choose our own medical insurance plan, he says we should not outlaw a 15-story building, a supposed place of worship, that will rise like a middle finger from the destruction in lower Manhattan and has likely been bankrolled by terrorist sympathizers and anti-American Muslim groups planning to make the United States their next experiment in creeping Sharia law. 

As he tells us to turn down our thermostats, remain stoic through yet more job loss and economic pain and suck it up when our taxes skyrocket in 2011, and as he excoriates American institutions such as Wall Street and Midwesterners who “cling to their guns and religion,” He talks tough about kicking a– – of the capitalist, CEO variety. 

But when addressing the dangerous and surreptitious enemy who’s trying to stick us in the eye, yet again, he speaks with gentle tolerance and invokes their “constitutional rights.” 

But as the blogger “Rhymes with Right” so intelligently point out, why didn’t Obama take the opportunity in his Iftar speech to “teleprompt” some thoughts into their minds about our rights and Constitution?  After all, wouldn’t the son and stepson of Muslims clearly understand those freedoms that are not so inherent to Islamic politics and religion? 

…. If, as this son and stepson of Muslims seems to imply, he is all about religious freedom, why didn’t he take the opportunity to also come out in favor of religious freedom in the Muslim world? You know, like the repeal of blasphemy laws that are used to suppress the speech of non-Muslims, the right of non-Muslims to build houses of worship on the same basis that Muslims may build mosques, and the freedom of non-Muslims to worship publicly, as well as the freedom on Muslims to exercise their human right to leave that faith and embrace another (or none at all). 

It would be laughable if not so serious.   Confederate Yankee sums it up best with regards to what is really happening at Ground Zero and what exactly Obama supports

There are rights, and there are rights. Mass murderers never have the right to prance and pose over the remains of their victims. If Barack Obama doesn’t understand that, he simply is not fit to be President, and is barely worthy of being called a citizen. 

Myth #4 – The area where the mosque is to be built is not at Ground Zero 

And just for the record….some have incorrectly tried to state that this mosque is being built two blocks away from Ground Zero.  Well that two blocks away is part of Ground Zero…as many have pointed out, including AipNews.com, a portion of the airplane landed on the very building that marks the spot of the new mosque. 

And, as “Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere” at Nice Deb, so clearly stated

Look at the pictures from that day.  Look at the reach of that dust cloud…that dust that was all that remained of two skyscrapers containing 3000+ people.  Any place that dust reached is the resting place of people killed in the name of Islam, and they don’t deserve the insult of a mosque and calls to prayer over them, now or ever.  

Here is the location of the Ground Zero Mosque…check it out for yourself. 

Aerial photo of World Trade Center Ground Zero following Sept. 11 attacks. Red square to right of Ground Zero marks former Burlington Coat Factory and proposed location of Cordoba House. (Courtesy of AIPNEWS.COM)

Americans are correct in so many ways to oppose this mosque….Keep up the opposition.   It is a disgrace to all Americans, particularly those who died that morning in 2001.

Obama and his aide to dictator: “US is still “working on” democracy” and “has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy”

From Gateway Pundit:

Barack Obama held a meeting yesterday with Kazakh President and dictator for life Nursultan Nazarbayev. The two discussed democracy and Obama told the Central Asian dictator that he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the US……

……President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.

You lie, Obama.   Obama is not “improving” anything, but rather destroying it.

Besides, what kind of President believes that our “democracy” and freedom needs “improving”?  And what kind of President spouts this illogical rhetoric to a dictator, no less?

Can anyone really possibly believe anymore that Obama loves this country and what it stands for?  If you are a liberal/Obama supporter/progressive reading this, please comment on how it is you can possible believe Obama loves this country.

Obama’s (and other progressives) ideology is all about crushing the foundations of our republic, “spreading the wealth”, forcing equal outcomes instead of opportunity, and making this country weak….all because Obama believes America is the problem instead of the solution for much of the world.

Our country — despite its imperfections — is the biggest beacon for individual freedom and prosperity that the world has ever known.   

How is it that Obama and his blinded supporters believe America is so evil, yet they condone and entertain dictators, thugs, and rogues that regularly suppress freedom, some to the point of murdering their own citizens?

Despite his arrogance, Obama has not corrected anything…he is quickly destroying this country — unbelievably so, in my mind.

Let me list some ways that Obama ( and his Congressional cohorts) are ripping the foundation out from under this great country. 

And more. 

This President is an embarrassment to our country and freedom-loving individuals here and around the world.  His departure from office can’t come too soon!

“You Picked a Fine Time to Lead Us, Barack”

With nuclear arms in the hands of rogue nations and Obama’s disarming of America….the healthcare takeover, the slush fund bailouts, bashing of our allies, and on and on…..Well, all I can say is, “You Picked a Fine Time to Lead Us, Barack”  🙂

So true, so true!

National Review’s “The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates”

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The following is a great list of Obama’s promises (ie lies) that have been broken.   Show this to your liberal friends…perhaps those 40% who actually still approve of Obama may see the light?!?

I am copying in its entirety from the Campaign Spot at National Review.

A Long Post: The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates 

By popular demand, a comprehensive list of expired Obama statements… 


STATEMENT: “We’ve got a philosophical difference, which we’ve debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it. And my belief is, the reason that people don’t have it is not because they don’t want it but because they can’t afford it.” Barack Obama, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate, February 21, 2008. 

EXPIRATION DATE: On March 23, 2010, Obama signed the individual mandate into law. 


STATEMENT: “These negotiations will be on C-SPAN, and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the decisions that are being made.” January 20, 2008, and seven other times

EXPIRATION DATE: Throughout the summer, fall, and winter of 2009 and 2010; when John McCain asked about it during the health care summit February 26, Obama dismissed the issue by declaring, “the campaign is over, John.” 


STATEMENT: “No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase.” (multiple times on the campaign trail) 

EXPIRATION DATE: Broken multiple times, including the raised taxes on tobacco, a new tax on indoor tanning salons, but most prominently on February 11, 2010: “President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.” 


STATEMENT: Then-Senator Obama declared that a recess appointment is “damaged goods” and has “less credibility” than a normal appointment. August 25, 2005

EXPIRATION DATE: March 27, 2010: “If, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.” 


STATEMENT: “We need tougher border security, and a renewed focus on busting up gangs and traffickers crossing our border. . . . That begins at home, with comprehensive immigration reform. That means securing our border and passing tough employer enforcement laws.” then-candidate Obama, discussing the need for border security, speaking in Miami on May 23, 2008

EXPIRATION DATE: March 17, 2010: The Obama administration halted new work on a “virtual fence” on the U.S.-Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday, diverting $50 million in planned economic stimulus funds for the project to other purposes. 


STATEMENT: Executive Order stating, “The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” January 22, 2009. 

EXPIRATION DATE:  November 19, 2009: “Guantánamo, we had a specific deadline that was missed.” 


STATEMENT: “Somebody like Khalid Sheik Mohammad is gonna get basically, a full military trial with all the bells and whistles.” September 27, 2006 

EXPIRATION DATE: Ongoing. “President Obama is planning to insert himself into the debate about where to try the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, three administration officials said Thursday, signaling a recognition that the administration had mishandled the process and triggered a political backlash. Obama initially had asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to choose the site of the trial in an effort to maintain an independent Justice Department. But the White House has been taken aback by the intense criticism from political opponents and local officials of Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian courtroom in New York.” 


STATEMENT: “We will launch a sweeping effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.” – President Obama, January 28, 2009 

EXPIRATION DATE: “More than two months after some of the funds were released, [Recovery.gov] offers little detail on where the money is going… The government [spent] $84 million on a website that doesn’t have a search function, when its purpose is to ‘root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government.’” April 2, 2009 

Eighteen from his first 100 days: 

1. “As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.” 

2. “I will make sure that we renegotiate [NAFTA].” 

3. Opposed a Colombian Free Trade Agreement because advocates ignore that “labor leaders have been targeted for assassination on a fairly consistent basis.” 

4. “Now, what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.” 

5. “If we see money being misspent, we’re going to put a stop to it, and we will call it out and we will publicize it.” 

6. “Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.” 

7. “I want to go line by line through every item in the Federal budget and eliminate programs that don’t work, and make sure that those that do work work better and cheaper.” 

8. “[My plan] will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell.” 

9. “Instead of allowing lobbyists to slip big corporate tax breaks into bills during the dead of night, we will make sure every single tax break and earmark is available to every American online.” 

10. “We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress’s seniority, rather than the merit of the project.” 

11. “If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.  I repeat: not one single dime.” 

12. “Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe the United States has to be frank with the Chinese about such failings and will press them to respect human rights.” 

13. “We must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.” 

14. “Lobbyists won’t work in my White House!” 

15. “The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result.” 

16. “I’ll make oil companies like Exxon pay a tax on their windfall profits, and we’ll use the money to help families pay for their skyrocketing energy costs and other bills.” 

17. “Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” Obama is 1-for-11 on this promise so far. 

18. A special one on the 100th day, “the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do.” 

And a list from of promises that expired during the campaign: 

Monday, November 03, 2008 


STATEMENT: “Based on the conversations we’ve had internally as well as external reports, we believe that you can get one to two brigades out a month. At that pace, the forces would be out in approximately 16 months from the time that we began. That would be the time frame that I would be setting up,” Obama to the New York Times, November 1, 2007 

EXPIRATION DATE: March 7, 2008: Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power, to the BBC: “You can’t make a commitment in whatever month we’re in now, in March of 2008 about what circumstances are gonna be like in Jan. 2009. We can’t even tell what Bush is up to in terms of troop pauses and so forth. He will of course not rely upon some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or as a US senator.” 

Also: July 3, 2008: “My 16-month timeline, if you examine everything I’ve said, was always premised on making sure our troops were safe,” Obama told reporters as his campaign plane landed in North Dakota. “And my guiding approach continues to be that we’ve got to make sure that our troops are safe, and that Iraq is stable. And I’m going to continue to gather information to find out whether those conditions still hold.” 

STATEMENT: On June 14, Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice called the RNC’s argument that Obama needed to go to Iraq to get a firsthand look “complete garbage.”

EXPIRATION DATE: On June 16, Obama announced he would go to Iraq and Afghanistan “so he can see first hand the progress of the wars he would inherit if he’s elected president.” 


STATEMENT: May 16, 2008: “If John McCain wants to meet me, anywhere, anytime to have a debate about our respective policies in Iraq, Iran, the Middle East or around the world that is a conversation I’m happy to have.”

EXPIRATION DATE: June 13, 2008: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe: “Barack Obama offered to meet John McCain at five joint appearances between now and Election Day—the three traditional debates plus a joint town hall on the economy in July [on the Fourth of July] and an in-depth debate on foreign policy in August.” 


STATEMENT: “We can, then, more effectively deal with what I consider to be one of the greatest threats to the United States, to Israel, and world peace, and that is Iran,” Obama speaking to American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Chicago, March 5, 2007 

EXPIRATION DATE:  “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny…They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.” – May 20, 2008 

STATEMENT: Question at the YouTube debate, as the video depicted leaders of the countries, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea?…..” 

“I would,” Obama answered. July 27, 2007 

EXPIRATION DATE: May 10, 2008: Susan E. Rice, a former State Department and National Security Council official who is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic candidate: “But nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.” 


STATEMENT: “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother.” 

—Barack Obama, March 18, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE: on April 28, 2008, cut all ties to Wright, declaring, “based on his remarks yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought.”

STATEMENT: Obama said that his church, “Trinity United “embodies the black community in its entirety” and that his church was being caricatured on March 18, 2008.

EXPIRATION DATE: On May 31, 2008, Obama resigned his membership at Trinity United Church. 


STATEMENT: Criticism of running mate vetter Jim Johnson loan from Countrywide was “a game” and that his vice-presidential vetting team “aren’t folks who are working for me.” June 10, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE: June 11, 2008, when Obama accepted Johnson’s resignation. 


STATEMENT: Obama spokesman Bill Burton on October 24, 2007: “To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.” 

EXPIRATION DATE: June 20, 2008: “Given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as president, I will carefully monitor the program.” 


STATEMENT: “I am not a nuclear energy proponent.” Barack Obama, December 30, 2007 

EXPIRATION DATE: The above statement actually was the expiration date for his previous position, “I actually think we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix,” expressed on July 23, 2007; the above statement expired when he told Democratic governors he thought it is “worth investigating its further development” on June 20, 2008. 


STATEMENT:  Tim Russert:: Senator Obama . . .  Simple question: Will you, as president, say to Canada and Mexico, “This has not worked for us; we are out”? 

Obama: “I will make sure that we renegotiate, in the same way that Senator Clinton talked about. And I think actually Senator Clinton’s answer on this one is right. I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced. And that is not what has been happening so far.” February 23, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE:  June 18, 2008, Fortune magazine: “Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified,” he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake,” despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy. 

Does that mean his rhetoric was overheated and amplified? “Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don’t exempt myself,” he answered. 

“I’m not a big believer in doing things unilaterally,” Obama said. “I’m a big believer in opening up a dialogue and figuring out how we can make this work for all people.” 


STATEMENT: “If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” Also, a Common Cause questionnaire dated November 27, 2007, asked “If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?”, Obama checked, “Yes.” 

EXPIRATION DATE: June 19, 2008: Obama announced he would not participate in the presidential public financing system. 


STATEMENT: “What I’ve said is, at the point where I’m the nominee, at the point where it’s appropriate, I will sit down with John McCain and make sure that we have a system that works for everybody.”Obama to Tim Russert, Febuary 27. 

EXPIRATION DATE: When Obama announced his decision to break his public financing pledge June 19, no meeting between the Democratic nominee and McCain had occurred. 


STATEMENT: “I probably would not have supported the federal legislation [to overhaul welfare], because I think it had some problems.” Obama on the floor of the Illinois Senate, May 31, 1997 

EXPIRATION DATE: April 11, 2008: Asked if he would have vetoed the 1996 law, Mr. Obama said, “I won’t second guess President Clinton for signing” it. Obama to the New York Times. 


STATEMENT: “Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as president. He respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of marriage.” – campaign spokesman, May 5, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE: June 29, 2008: “I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states… Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.” — letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club 


STATEMENT: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.” – Interview with Relevant magazine, July 1, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE: July 5, 2008: “My only point is that in an area like partial-birth abortion having a mental, having a health exception can be defined rigorously. It can be defined through physical health, It can be defined by serious clinical mental-health diseases.” statement to reporters. 


STATEMENT: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” — speech before AIPAC, June 4, 2008 

EXPIRATION DATE: June 6, 2008: “Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties” as part of “an agreement that they both can live with.” – an Obama adviser clarifying his remarks to the Jerusalem Post.

(h/t: Ace of Spades Top Headlines)