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Saturday, March 19, 2011


Remember the jokes about asylum dwellers who thought they were Napoleon … or Jesus?

Sane people don’t talk about themselves this way. From the Washington Post:
“The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”

Obama made his remarks to about 500 members of the Democratic National Committee’s national finance committee and national advisory board at a Washington hotel.

This is disturbing. As is this.

Thanks, Glenn ...  and to those visiting here for the first time, look around and say "Hi" to your neighbors. 

UPDATE: Can you imagine George Washington saying: “ … you start taking it for granted that a guy named George Washington is president of the United States.” Or Abraham Lincoln, or FDR, or Reagan or anyone who is not a megalomaniac.

For those who did not get the allusion, remember the story about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with precious ointment? Judas objected, saying that the ointment should have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus replied: “Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.”

Barack as Jesus? Here’s a thought for the “birthers:” suppose Barack Hussein Obama is actually trying to hide the fact that he has no earthly father? As Glenn Reynolds would say: “Heh.”

I assumed that when Obama spoke of his nomination causing the seas to lower and the planet to heal he was speaking allegorically, but suppose he really means it?


thisishabitforming said...

I have never taken it for granted. Every day it boggles my mind that this guy sits in the Oval Office, except when he's on vacation or playing golf. And his buddy Eric Holder is running the Justice Department, and Kathleen Sebelius, friend of the late Tiller the Baby Killer is in charge of Health and Human Services, and we are continuing to rely on foreign oil instead of drilling for our own, and on and on.

Jeff Faria said...

I'm proud to live in a country where a black president can be as useless as a white president.

Anonymous said...

Obama is an empty suit, Holder is worse than an empty suit (drops cases of voter intimidation as long as the ones doing the intimidation are African American). I don't know much about Sebelius.

That being said, the idea that we should drill for our own oil betrays almost as much disconnect from reality as Obama. The U.S. has 20 billion barrels of proven oil reserves. We consume about 20 million barrels of oil a day. So even if we "drill baby drill", in three years, we will have 0 oil left and will be much more at the mercy of all our "friends" in the Middle East.

Before pushing drilling, think about future generations - wouldn't it be a lot more responsible to leave them some oil to use, rather than burn it all up now? Or are Republicans as bad as Democrats - tax and spend now, and screw the future generations?

Augustine said...

He's black?

John Clifford said...

If you go with the conservative 20 billion figure, that's still 30 years of oil, not a decade's worth.

If you go with the US Dept of Interior's estimate of 134 billion recoverable barrels, then you're looking at almost 200 years of oil reserves.

Whichever figure you look at, as technology improves oil reserves seem to grow, not shrink.

Here's the real lessons: it doesn't have to be all or nothing... and our energy issues are the result of policy limitations instead of resource limitations.

Where's Obama? said...

I'm not taking it for granted; I'll do everything I can to make sure the useless boob is NOT re-elected.

John Clifford said...

And another thing: Barack Obama has finally broken the color barrier and proven that race is no indicator of competence or electibility.

Seriously, who gives a fig what race he is? I give a fig about how competent he is... or isn't. He seems to be a nice guy, and even an intelligent guy, but he's not competent to be president.

BenJCarter said...

What if this works?

We keep our own obligations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Brits and the French take point on the K daffy man.

As long as it works, who cares how we get there?

Go US.

BenJCarter said...

Ooops, sorry for the off topic Libya post. Still getting used to multitab browsing I guess.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the comments on oil output. Effects of drilling depends on the elasticity of demand. If you increase world output by x percent the price drops y percent. It is not always a one to one relationship.

In some situations a few percent increase can have a drastic effect on prices. Particularly if prices are skyrocketing because demand slightly out paces supply. In that case a slight increase supply can cause prices drop back down.

Francis W. Porretto said...

Historically, one of the most significant reasons for popular disdain of a political candidate has been the sense that the candidate is "too full of himself." It was of considerable importance in keeping Al Gore out of the White House. Yet America did elect Barack Hussein "The Won" Obama to the most powerful office in the world. Thus, the promise of of decades has been fulfilled: We no longer discriminate against the mentally ill. At the polls, anyway.

David N. Narr said...

Hey anonymous: Re: leaving some oil for future generations. If we leave them some Credit, i.e., borrowing power, they can find their own oil (or suitable substitute). But we seem not to be interested in doing that, if the reaction of public employee unions in Wisconsin is any indication.

John Pearson said...

Regarding oil:

In a recent report, CRS [the Congressional Research Service] said that the U.S. has 19.1 billion barrels of proven reserves, which is the number President Obama cites as 2% of the world's oil. CRS, however, showed that between our proven reserves and oil predicted to be found, there is likely to be a combined 164.1 billion barrels, or 8.5 times as much as the president alleges. And this figure doesn't include oil shale, which has recoverable reserves of 1 trillion barrels, according to DOE.