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February 9, 2012
Last election, Barack Obama presented himself to the people as the reincarnation ofMartin Luther King Jr.. This election, he seems to have re-invented himself as an apostle of Christ, claiming at the National Prayer Breakfast last week that his economic policies are in line with Jesus' teachings. He has thus gone from the laughable to the blasphemous. Not only does President Obama pale in comparison to King, but does he really think that Jesus sanctions his anti-life policies of contraception, homosexuality and abortion?
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By Jules Witcover | October 13, 2014
It's often said and written that presidents, to achieve greatness, require great challenges. Washington had the challenge of creating a new nation; Lincoln had the Civil War; FDR faced the Great Depression and World War II. All clearly qualified by that standard and achieved greatness. By contrast consider Bill Clinton, who had two successful terms marred mostly by a personal scandal that brought him impeachment but acquittal. It has been noted that he encountered no major national crisis during his presidency, the resolution of which might have brought him greatness in history's annals.
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April 19, 2012
President Obama has the talent to say things that are demonstrably false and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. When asked a couple of weeks ago whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional he replied: "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of...
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 30, 2014
Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment.   In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, the "inevitable" presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it. Other leading candidates, including Joe Biden, John Edwards and Chris Dodd, voted for it too. This left a huge opening for a credible antiwar candidate. Barack Obama, inexperienced and underqualified, nonetheless jumped into the vacuum. The rest, as they say, is history.
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November 8, 2012
In 2008, I was surprised when the country elected Barack Obama as president. He had no qualifying experience, and the public didn't really know him. But Tuesday night was worse. How can people ignore the doubling of the price of gasoline, the 23 million unemployed, the increase in the number of people receiving food stamps and the soaring deficit over the four years Mr. Obama has been in office? At the risk of sounding like Michelle Obama, I have never been more ashamed of my country than I was on the evening of Election Day. Ilene O'Connell, Baltimore
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 16, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama is finally coming into focus. For a while now, the Obamaphiles have insisted that their candidate represents a profound break with the past. No more culture wars. No more "relitigating the 1960s," in Mr. Obama's own words. But what about relitigating the 1980s? There's always been a certain cultural lag time to Barack and Michelle Obama, a kitschiness that's been hard to pinpoint. But I think I've got it: They're self-hating yuppies straight out of the 1980s, which was to the Obamas what the 1960s were to the Clintons.
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By Calvin Ball | September 4, 2012
- The first week of September is a special time for me. It marks the beginning of a school year and, as an educator and parent, it signifies the beginning of the next leg of an exciting journey of learning. Another major reason the beginning of September remains so special to me is because it's the time when both my father, who is my first hero, and I commemorate our birthdays. And this year is a monumental occasion as I enjoy our celebration while doing something I love, being a proud Democrat and Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Kevin.Cowherd@baltsun.com | January 11, 2009
Here is the beauty of this country: With the right gimmick, you can make some dough off anything, even when the economy stinks. The other day, for instance, I am in Glauber's candy store in Lutherville, one of the great places in northern Baltimore County, staring at a display of milk-chocolate Barack lollipops and Obama in the Box candies. "We can't make them fast enough," says the woman behind the counter. I look again at these things. There is the smiling face of the next president of the United States etched onto 1.4 ounces of mouth-watering rich, dark chocolate that sells for $4.95 a pop. Oh, it's a beautiful thing.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 25, 2013
Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama. The charge that he's the new McCarthy is something of a compliment from liberals. It means they don't like him, can't really explain why and need to demonize him instead. In other words, he must be doing something right. For conservatives, the comparison to Mr. Obama probably stings more than the McCarthyite smear. But think about it. Both men have impeccable educational credentials.
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By C. Fraser Smith | August 24, 2008
She's not Obama Girl, but Cheryl A. McLeod may be the essence of the national phenomenon generated by Sen. Barack Obama. She's got the wardrobe and the record to prove her commitment. At the end of July, the Ellicott City resident set out by bus for Denver and a weekend training session for Obama convention volunteers. She thinks of the 2,000-mile, 39-hour trip (one way) as her chance to take part in changing the nation's political system, in behalf of a candidate who is the embodiment of that change.
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By Jules Witcover | June 20, 2014
As Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel is those old black-and-white movie comedies, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" That continues to be Barack Obama's refrain to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as he struggles in his sixth year in the Oval Office to bring about the change in Washington he promised in 2008. Mr. Obama's latest quandary is how to cope with Iraq's Islamist insurgency and revived sectarian conflict in the war he essentially declared over in 2011 by withdrawing the last American fighting troops.
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 9, 2014
There he goes again. At a press conference in Brussels Thursday, President Obama was asked if he was surprised by the controversy over his decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban leaders. His response was vintage Barack Obama: "I'm never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. " Thus establishing from the start that he considers the controversy to be a kind of partisan farce, he proceeded to rebut criticisms virtually no one has made.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 26, 2014
Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past. In 2008, Mr. Obama pandered to liberal hopes while Ms. Clinton appealed to their good sense. Mr. Obama promised miracles and magic. Ms. Clinton promised more homework. "Cynicism" was Mr. Obama's real opponent, he explained.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Speaking at an event that was part fundraiser, part pep rally for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign, former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday defended the way the state handled the troubled roll out of its health insurance exchange -- an issue Brown's critics have attempted to use against him for months. "I admire the fact that when they had problems with the health care website, like the federal government did, they fixed them," Clinton, who endorsed Brown last month, told supporters who gathered at a Potomac conference center.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 11, 2014
Let's imagine for a moment a woman (we'll call her Nancy) who had a job but saw limited opportunity for advancement at her place of employment. So, Nancy began scribbling out unique product designs in her spare time - an exercise that eventually led to a patent for a brand new widget. But Nancy faced a problem common to every startup entrepreneur - lack of capital. She attempted to secure a loan from a number of local banks but was turned down due to lack of collateral. Seems our lending institutions have raised the stakes in the aftermath of the worst credit crunch in decades.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 6, 2014
Each president brings his own unique preconceptions to the job. Post-depression, FDR believed the American people deserved a "New Deal. " John Kennedy felt Americans would willingly "pay any price" to spread freedom and democracy throughout the world. Ronald Reagan thought a strong national defense would bring the "evil empire" to its knees. A post-9/11 George W. Bush saw radical Islam as the single greatest threat to western-style democracy. As a candidate and as president, Barack Obama, too, has been quite clear about the fundamentals of his foreign policy - particularly America's approach to the world's dictators and assorted miscreants.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 4, 2007
Apparently, it comes as quite a surprise to some people that Sen. Barack Obama is black. I'm driven to this realization by the response to a recent column in which I referred to the senator as African-American. Many people wrote to correct me on that. Among the most memorable was a guy who said: "I heard his dad was a radical Muslim from Africa and his mom was a white atheist from Kansas City. If that be the case, wouldn't he be half a black man and half a white man? If he's a half-breed, shouldn't you do a correction?"
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By John Balzar and John Balzar,Special to the Sun | October 22, 2006
Is there more to unite Americans than to divide them? As we argue ourselves into a fever about Iraq, global warming, free versus fair trade, values, immigration, safety nets versus self-reliance, wealth and poverty, the place of religion in our affairs, the definitions of family, and all the rest, the question gathers like storm clouds over our politics. Are "we the people" still "a people"? Or is that just a Pollyannaish wheeze that lost whatever mythical significance it may have had in the rising arguments over whether George W. Bush stole the presidency or Bill Clinton defiled it, whether homosexuals should marry, or whether Christ would have driven an SUV and voted GOP?
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By David Horsey | May 6, 2014
Monica Lewinsky is back in the news, a clear harbinger of the country's imminent return to a political world dominated by the Clintons.   Writing in the upcoming issue of "Vanity Fair," Ms. Lewinsky declares that she wants to take control of her own narrative. "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," she says. "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened. "   Ms. Lewinsky affirms that the affair that led to Bill Clinton's impeachment was consensual.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 28, 2014
I think we all know what Barack Obama's foreign policy strategy coming into office was. Step 1: Be Barack Obama (and not George W. Bush). Step 2: ???? Step 3: World peace! (With apologies to "South Park. ") As a candidate, Mr. Obama held a huge campaign rally in, of all places, Berlin, touting his bona fides as a citizen of the world. The crowds went wild, as he talked at length about a world without walls (you had to be there). As president, in his first major speech abroad, Obama suggested to a Cairo audience that the fact America elected him was all the proof anyone should need that America had turned the page.
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