- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It is an odd juxtaposition. News coverage now includes such alarming headlines as “The Battle of Baghdad” and “Will ISIS plan a 9/11-style terror plot against the US?” — even as the press scrambles to follow a restless White House and a president engaged in fundraisers, photo-ops and, to date, 176 golfing expeditions. Now, this business-as-usual stuff could be a deliberate tactic. No, really. Perhaps President Obama, leery of drawing an untenable red line, has already assembled all the logistical options for an aggressive Iraq intervention and is now just easing on down the road, ready to strike if it’s warranted.


“Rehearsal’s over,” suggests Investor’s Business Daily columnist Andrew Malcolm. “Time for Obama to be president.”

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But which president — fearless leader, canny diplomat, isolationist, revisionist? The role appears to be subject to interpretation. Maybe it has always been that way. Mr. Malcolm is not convinced, though.

“President Obama does like to see himself as a cool guy, calm, observant, thoughtful. But there’s cool. And then there’s blase. And Americans, watching in shock as the awful sacrifices of lives, limbs and American treasure flood down the drain of futility in Iraq, would much rather have a national leader who at least acts like he cares about this crisis,” he says.

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“Has anyone in the White House told Obama what’s happening yet?,” Mr. Malcolm asks. “Fanatic ISIL troops crucifying Iraqis, beheading them, loading trucks with hundreds of bound men driven into the countryside for mass machine-gunnings. If Obama dithers long enough, maybe it’ll all be over and Bush’s fault.”


There are some in Chicago who still entertain the notion that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will somehow end up in the 2016 presidential race, either in the lead role himself, or as a vice presidential running mate of Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was in the town to visit him only last week.

This week, however, Mr. Emanuel’s thoughts are with Bill Clinton. The Windy City is about to get windier. The former president will journey to Chicago on Friday to headline a fundraiser for his former senior adviser. The details: “An Evening with President Clinton and Mayor Emanuel” will be staged at a nightclub called Studio Paris, with ticket prices that can loom large.

“For $250, you’ll get in the door; for $1,000, you’ll get a seat; for $5,300, you’ll get sponsor status and access to a VIP reception; for $10,600, you’ll get host credentials plus the chance to rub shoulders with two Democratic big dogs; for $25,000, you’ll get a “chair” title and greater odds of receiving a friendly F-bomb from Emanuel, or a wink courtesy of Clinton,” notes Erin Carlson, a reporter for Chicago’s NBC TV affiliate.

“Think of all the name-dropping and humble-bragging you’ll do later. If you want to keep your friends, however, it is best not to open any sentence with ‘Bill told me’” Ms. Carlson adds.


Not everyone is charmed by the White House decision to honor young illegal immigrants with a ceremony and the title “Champions of Change” even as U.S. Border Patrol agents struggle to care for thousands of youngsters who have surged over the nation’s Southwestern boundaries seeking a new life in America.

“Instead of sending a message that people cannot break the law to enter the United States, President Obama is sending a message that if you work for the same political agenda as the President, you can be honored at the White House regardless of whether or not you broke the law to get here,” points out Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.

“It is beyond comprehension. Instead of honoring the millions of immigrants who played by the rules to legally earn their U.S. citizenship, the President is disrespecting them, just as he disrespects our laws and seeks to rule by executive fiat,” she adds.

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