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Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

President Obama speaking with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the new Ebola virus diagnosis in Dallas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama now phoning it in — literally

On Sunday, President Obama suited up for work. He put on his pants (most likely one leg at a time, but perhaps not), then slipped on his black windbreaker, the one with the presidential seal on one side, his name on the other (in case he forgets who he is). He put on some comfy sports socks, laced up his shoes real tight — it would be a long, hard day. Published October 12, 2014

President Obama raises his glass to toast during a luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 24, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's breathtaking naivete at the United Nations

President Obama on Wednesday delivered a speech at the United Nations filled with his usual soaring rhetoric of global collectivism and the importance of "international norms." But the president also displayed a shocking naivete about global affairs, religion, Islam — a Pollyannaish interpretation on the state of the world and America's role in it. Published September 24, 2014

Wolf Blitzer (Getty Images) **FILE**

Islamic State a deadly threat to America? More like politics as usual

CNN uber-host Wolf Blitzer said a remarkable thing recently. As he motor-mouthed through his usual breathless babble, stomping about the glitzy high-tech studio and gesticulating wildly at the "Multi-Touch Collaboration Wall," he threw out this little nugget. Published September 21, 2014

President Obama might need binoculars to find Senate Democrats after Nov. 4.

Obama's bungling alters midterms at 11th hour

While Barack Obama was playing his 190th round of golf as president, chilling out on Martha's Vineyard for a 15-day vacation at a $12 million mansion, the U.S. electorate began to change — fast. Published September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: I'll ignore the Constitution — but only after the election

When President Obama said Saturday that he was reversing his pledge to take executive action on immigration by summer's end, what he meant was simply this: I'll wait until after the midterm elections before I ignore the Constitution and break the law. Published September 7, 2014

President Barack Obama selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Letter to Barack: Here's what you missed on your vacation (LOL!)

Dear Barry — Boy, what a summer you've missed here in the nation's capital! Then again, you got outta town just in time! So much going on since you left for Camp Vineyard, so lemme' try to catch you up so when you get back to the office, you'll have a clue what's been going on (bosses blow, don't they?). Published August 24, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.  The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama wants Ferguson to explode

If you had predicted six years ago that America's first half-black, half-white president would actually make race relations in the U.S. worse, they would have laughed you out of the room. Published August 20, 2014

President Obama, during his two-week summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard, is staying on par to meet Tiger Woods' 269 rounds of golf. (Associated Press)

Obama's one achievement — outgolfing Tiger Woods

As Barack "Eldrick" Obama approaches his 200th round of golf since his election as president, here's a fact to put that into perspective: Since January 2009, Tiger Woods has played 269 rounds of golf. Published August 13, 2014

** FILE ** This Thursday, March 27, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.,  speaks on the National Mall in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)

This time around, it's the Democrats who are stuck with lousy candidates

It seems Republicans have finally figured out that with the world imploding, the U.S. economy flagging and the current Democratic majority looking to grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens, perhaps there are better things to discuss than abortion and rape. Published August 6, 2014

This Aug. 1, 2014, photo shows President Barack Obama as he smiles near the conclusion of a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. President Barack Obama is starting his birthday weekend with a round of golf before escaping to the Maryland mountains. Obama turns 53 on Monday. In what's become an annual birthday tradition, he's joining friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. He'll board Marine One later Saturday for the short helicopter flight to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CURL: Obama making fools of the media

The Obama administration, the most politically calculating team in U.S. history, had once again succeeded, simply by falling silent. When disastrous news emerges, Team Obama does two things: refuses comment and charges its foes with playing politics. Published August 3, 2014