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Obama’s Never-Ending Lecture Tour
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  • JR

    Barack Obama demonizing his opponents? YAWN!!! I can’t wait until the Divider in Chief is finally gone.
    I also hope President Trump will be a pleasant surprise to our allies and an unpleasant surprise to our enemies. We shall see….

    • Barb Arra

      he already is

    • Barb Arra

      make sure he takes mooches mammy

  • Kevin

    “President Obama, who has done less for Europe than any American president since Calvin Coolidge…”

    Coolidge at least made a serious effort to help Europe overcome their monetary crisis (the Dawes Plan which got the French, Germans, etc. to buy into it – which incidentally led to a legitimate Nobel Peace Prize)… Has Obama even done this much?

    • Disappeared4x

      Coolidge also supported renegotiating terms of European debt to America, and,
      kept America out of war with Mexico, not that any historians have noticed that.
      Obama’s 2006 ‘we are all in same boat’ speech was lifted from Coolidge’s speech to American Legion in Omaha in 1924, which, in the good old days, was printed in the New York Times.
      Apologies for not including citations.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Thank you…

    • Andrew Allison

      You mean earned a Nobel Peace Prize? What an embarrassment this award must be to the committee..

      • Kneave Riggall

        Nah, the committee isn’t embarrassed, though it should be.

        The committee felt that ol’ leg tingle and just HAD to give the prize to Obama. With soft leftists, it’s all about the feelz.

        • 1952rmdg

          Considering the Nobel Prizes that have been awarded recently – to Al Gore, Barack Obama, and now Bob Dylan, I don’t think much of this committee – have the vapid Hollywood leftist elites infiltrated the committee?

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          They are all on the same scam, to destabilize the Middle East unleashing a tide of refugees that will Islamize Europe and the United States.

          • Poor62

            Promoting the next Islamic caliphates to destroy western civilization is exactly what globalists love.

          • Johnathan Swift Jr.

            That’s always been the end game. Rape, beheadings and crucifixions as far as the eye can see. That’s progress!

        • John Stephens

          I don’t believe they’re capable of embarrassment.

    • toughteri

      Obama makes Chester Arthur look like a genius.

      • John Stephens

        I can’t recall without looking him up anything bad President Arthur did. A century from now, I doubt the same will be said of President Obama. His name will live in legend.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          Arthur was as corrupt as they come, but he tried to live up to the office. Garfield was a great man, but alas shot in Union Station. There is an excellent book on the murder and the aftermath, a lot to do with the state of medicine, the fact that it was the infection that killed him. He lasted months, tough Civil War hero. The surgeons were the owns who killed him.

  • Anthony

    WRM, indications were all around us in 2008. Let’s not feign surprise (disappointment perhaps, OK). Now, is this piling on (“…the least successful president in the history of the Modern Middle East.”) or rather kicking a man when he’s already down – whether he recognizes it or not – (gratuitous pokes, perhaps).

    Still, this condenses sense of post and the reality: “…most are too busy coping with the consequences of his failures to spend a lot of time thinking about him at this point in his presidency.” Finally as to your last paragraph, it may be a bumpy next four years but our country remains resilient – but I concur we must have all patriots pay Attention, Attention, Attention. to preclude scathing you imply.

    • CosmotKat

      Yes, Anthony, the indications of failure loomed large in 2008, but it was the feel good moment of the new century to elect the first black president despite the obvious problems of his world view, partisanship, racism, and hatred for those who see the world from a different perspective. It’s never time to stop kicking Barack Obama, even when he is down I say kick even harder since it was Obama who kicked his opponents every chance he got and especially when they were down. And now you put out the clarion call for patriots to step up in fear of Donald Trump? The patriots stepped up eight years ago and where were you and WRM?

      • Anthony

        Your on-line point of view represents an interpretation but it’s your point of view; thankfully, mine differs (and like WRM [who can certainly write for himself] patriotism in our families have long U.S. history predating both internet and 2008). Nothing further ….

        • CosmotKat

          Yes, it does differ, Anthony and many would say that’s unfortunate since you backed and continue to defend the man responsible for the abject failure in our foreign and domestic policy. Nothing further is required since your position and bias is quite well known on these pages. Dissent as the highest form of patriotism makes it return, right, Anthony?

          • Anthony

            The End (we’ve been here before [months ago and nothing has changed] and I choose not go down same path again, thanks). Move on!

          • CosmotKat

            Then why do you respond, Anthony? You never seem capable of defending your own commentary. I told you not to reply, but you did and then act put upon. Come on Anthony show some backbone and some intellectual integrity.

          • Anthony

            I respond out civility and I choose who I want to “explicate” for! You’re relatively new so as I’ve written to someone similar years ago, unlike WigWag and the absent Dan Greene I don’t do tutorials (and I don’t need to defend independent thoughts that any interested party can reference if they are looking beyond an anonymous badgering internet exchange). Whether you are or not Cosmotkat, I’m done with this and I don’t need to defend my independent thoughts on an open portal.

          • CosmotKat

            WigWag has something to say and is willing to challenge the ideas of the writers on AI and does not shy away when challenged. I would not denigrate his thoughts and arguments as tutorials as it implies intellectual arrogance on his part and I disagree with that characterization. I note that you like to pontificate and do not like to be challenged. Seems like a partisan college professor who cannot tolerate counter arguments from his students. I find your response amusing and my law professor told me long ago that in politics, if you are explaining it’s because you are losing. It’s not civility, Anthony, it’s the progressive need to always have the last word. Sorry to have challenged you, but your reaction to my challenges is always so completely antithetical to these types of free exchange forums it makes me wonder if you unable to defend your independent thoughts. Have a good night, Anthony and don’t get your knickers in such a twist..

          • Anthony

            Look man, you think what comforts you and acknowledge whom you choose but we’ve been around this merry go round before (albeit briefly and I thought finally). You have an online addiction and a ideological compulsion. I have neither; nor do I have time to write conformist blather seeking consensual bias confirmation among kindred spirits. We disagree, Cosmotkat, such is life. Move on write your opinion pieces to the Topics (as TAI offers a smorgasboard of features, columnists, guests writers, etc.). But may I suggest avoid me as I so genuinely avoid you – nothing personal. And remember, I have nothing to defend to you. More importantly, you may think your life circumstances changed Nov. 9th. Mine did not!

          • CosmotKat

            “You have an online addiction and a ideological compulsion. I have neither;”
            Yes, you do. If you didn’t you would not have responded again. Please refrain from responding, your attempts at put downs and smears are only outdone by your lack of courage to engage in a forum that is intended for the debate of ideas and opinions.

          • Anthony

            No attempts at put downs – you’re Mind-Reading (cognitive distortion); asking to refrain what you initiated – implies Inability to Disconfirm (cognitive distortion); referencing courage and other generalizations prior to – Fortune Telling (cognitive distortion); Finally, telling me what forum is – Dichotomous Thinking (cognitive distortion).

            CosmotKat, there is life beyond the internet and only you can frankly address the addiction aspect. But fine someone else to virtual badger no matter how you choose to label ( another cognitive distortion) it.

          • CosmotKat

            Just can’t resist getting that last word right, Anthony? You are starting to badger me despite my many attempts to rid you from this dialogue. Your lack of courage in defending your positions and your attempts at psychoanalyzing my behavior when yours is not just addiction, but a compulsive need to smear and needle someone (me) innocent of the accusations you make. I think you have a real problem, Anthony and hiding behind psycho babble to defend your egregious behavior is juvenile. Why not try meaningful dialogue instead of acting like a pompus a$$.

          • Anthony

            Vanish! (anonymity requires no courage; and if last word is a perquisite, be my quest – whatever removes you as you drive “nothing” into hours of internet ventilation).

          • CosmotKat

            Then stop harassing me, Antony. You are the one who offers nothing and your internet addiction and compulsive need to contact me when I have asked you to stop is very annoying.

          • Anthony

            Harass, nice word but it applies to you (before you wrote me I did not know you exited and would keep it that why if you cease both your harassment and badgering). The truth, Cosmotkat, is that you are both what you want to lay on another. Good Bye, internet wanderer.

          • CosmotKat

            Anthony why do you persist in contacting me especially when you cowardly refused to back up your statements when challenged? I politely asked you not to contact me, but you persist. It seems your internet addiction has some sort of compulsion to have the last word? I sense the politics of your paranoid hatred is the crutch of a mental cripple where you protect the source of your dysfunction by projecting it onto phantom enemies. Please refrain from harassing me with your drivel.

          • Anthony

            As I said to you before, you can have last word with condition – no mischaracterization. Now, I am recording this for DISQUS: I do not know this subscriber nor do I want any virtual exchange with said correspondent (though I choose not to exercise option Disqus provides). Prior to his replying to “American Interests” comments of mine, I knew nothing of him and would rather he disappear. Any badgering/harassment comes directly from respondent – I know nothing about him beyond his internet manner directed at me (perhaps such behavior fits Disqus ‘trolling” definition).

          • Fred

            I had many exchanges with Anthony before the cowardly pr**k blocked me. He is utterly incapable of making an argument or adducing evidence to support his points. The only response I have ever seen him make to someone who disagrees with him is an ad hominem accusation of “bias” or an even more comical one of “cognitive distortion.” No doubt he will block you too at some point. His ego is enormous but apparently too fragile to withstand disagreement.

          • CosmotKat

            Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with girly-man Anthony. Your assessment of him is spot on. He is incapable of defending his commentary which is nothing more than the pontifications of a pseudo intellectual who will not deal with opposing views. Some might call him didactic.

        • Fred

          If you can see this Anthony, Disqus didn’t block me. Everyone else can see my comments. YOU blocked me ON disqus. And I stand by my assessment of you as a cowardly prick incapable of defending your point of view with other than silly ad hominems about “bias” and “cognitive distortions.”

      • 1952rmdg

        Actually, no need to kick Obama, just let history show the results of his tenure – that’ll be proof enough of his talent to create discord.

      • Johnathan Swift Jr.

        Yes. No turning the other cheek for this miscreants whose only goal has been to de-Constitutionalize the United States and destroy Western Civilization through open borders and hostile third world refugees.

        • CosmotKat

          Bingo!

  • Andrew Allison

    Apparently no post about presidential politics is complete without a dig at the President-elect. As the smartest (in his own mind) man in the room once said: “Elections have consequences.” The consequences of this one appear to be that cozy establishment traditions have been tossed out of the window. Get over it for crying out loud!

  • Fred

    That’s our president. Affirmative action put him on third base and he thinks he hit a triple.

    • bscook111

      Outstanding insight!

      • Fred

        Thank you.

      • Johnathan Swift Jr.

        He has to be the most narcissistic leader ever elected, with the possible exception of A.H. Every day is celebrated with one of his neck up, head in the air photographs, ever great man’s death is celebrated with an image of the Lightbringer, either by himself thinking deep thoughts (which course should I play today? Which dictator should I bow to next? Who wants an apology?) or with the deceased man. Mandela’s death was commemorated with an image of Obama visiting his cell.

        Never in human history has their been such a wide gulf between a leaders abilities and accomplishments and their self image. He should be slinking off to a house some mobster bought for him in Chicago so that we can forget the havoc he wreaked on the United States. 500 pages of federal regulations in a single day, that is his legacy, to handicap American business with so much red tape that it just can’t move.

        • Carol Rae

          I just hope that President Trump will put him in his place when the nasty comments start flowing from Obama. I know Obama won’t be able to remain silent during Trump’s presidency.

          • Johnathan Swift Jr.

            No, he already campaigned for the Hag of Hades, in order to push Her Malignancy over the finish line. What custom or tradition has ever restrained him, so why start now?

          • Bess Martin

            Amen.

        • strongmind

          Johnathon, in the end, it will be us singing “we shall overcome” as his “accomplishments” (spoken while doing my best to prevent falling off my chair while laughing) are erased one by one by Donald Trump. As an ex-chicagoan, I knew he was a gifted orator….. and nothing more. But, with so many in the msm cracking their kneecaps while worshiping him, it will take real effort to make sure his ideas are put to sleep….. forever.

          • Freddie King

            Sorry, strong. Barack Obama is not a “gifted orator”. I knew who he was back in the early 1990s, you will recall the “Kenyan-born” (quoting from a Chicago Sun Times piece…) Illinois state representative and senator. Obama, in fact, can reads words written by others and shown on a TelePrompTer. On his feet, with no script, he is a total cluster-fcuk.

          • strongmind

            Freddie, you are correct….. without that teleprompter, he is mediocre at best. And most of the time, much, much worse.

        • Andrew Allison

          You do Hamilton an injustice. Obama’s narcissism is nonpariel.

          • Tom

            I think he was talking about the Austrian corporal

          • Andrew Allison

            Doesn’t change the conclusion.

          • Nick

            I laughed when I read this, because it was the Corporal I thought first too…

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      And the Nobel committe awarded him with a home run before the game started, the one he lost 900-2, as his party became a regional party for him. If that’s success, I have no idea of what failure looks like. He has one notable ability, to cobble together a coalition to get elected, a coalition largely of dependents, grifters and government employees.

      • champ

        “He has one notable ability, to cobble together a coalition to get elected..”

        Never would have happened if the MSM wasn’t totally in the tank for him.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          True that.

        • Freddie King

          Exactly!

      • strongmind

        completely and totally accurate. Loved the 900-2 baseball analogy.

      • Burst On Target

        Nah! The coalition was Nancy Pelosi’s handiwork. All BHO did was make sure his trousers were creased.

    • NDForever

      Wrong. Affirmative Action put him on third base and he thinks he hit the winning grand slam homer in the bottom of the 9th in 7th game of the World Series.

    • strongmind

      Fred, if only some republicans would have used your example early in the empty suit’s presidency, maybe we could have stopped his hope and change social justice ministry and crushed political correctness. As such, few republicans stood up for what was right, and now we have a lot of work to do.

      • Fred

        I appreciate the comment, but if the Republicans had used my example they would have been roundly codemned of “racism” in the press, and the collective drooling, mouth-breathing moron that is John Q. Public probably would have bought it. The truth is almost never politically correct.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The thing is, Obama actually does know more than most people, see farther than most people and articulate better than most people.
    That’s why we elected him twice as the follow-on to Bush’s multiple catastrophes and would have again EASILY if he had not been term limited. Meanwhile, most of lower America is about to discover how they fell for sh*t talk and bought themselves tremendous damage.
    They’ll know within a year.

    • Go_FreeMarkets

      Within a year, “lower America” will have kicked your narcissistic arse to the curb.

    • Barb Arra

      need another therapy dog??

      snowflake

    • AuldGuy

      And you would love it, wouldn’t you. I bet you’d also supress the internet and talk radio for “hate speech” because they tell the other side.

    • Justwaitinforchange

      before the election you were gloating about HRC was going to win big time – you need to apologize to the world.

    • https://theaverageamericanblog.com/ conservativechick

      “Lower America?” Good Lord.

    • Freddie King

      Bless your heart, you are a condescending jerk.

      • FriendlyGoat

        I take it you’re not in the lower America which is going to be shafted because of the sh*t talk.

  • Jim__L

    “President Obama, who has done less for Europe than any American
    president since Calvin Coolidge, cannot stop telling Europeans what to
    do.”

    Oh, come on, be fair — Europeans never tire of telling US what to do.

    Although, to be really fair, it’s the Lefties on both sides of the Atlantic that really do most of this lecturing.

    Maybe we could just put them all in Davos, build a wall around it and a lid over it, then make them pay for it…

    • 1952rmdg

      Some in the UK apparently want the Obamas to move there – I guess they’ve forgotten how anti-British Obama is – he should move there and soon they’ll quickly grow tired of his arrogance and condescension.

      • pottfullofpith

        It would be my pleasure to contribute to a fund which would help them get extablished there, in Brixton maybe, or Peckham. The insights they would gather about multiculturalism would spin their heads like roulette wheels.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          Why not go the full Monte and send them a one way ticket to Yemen. I bet the girls would do great on the marriage market there, even if they are a bit old. If only the scummy left would be forced to live with the fruits of their policies. Since he loves Islamists, he should have to live with them.

  • Barb Arra

    bye bye barry

    you suck

    • AuldGuy

      When he loses his forum, he’ll go to where people will listen. Watch for him to visit our enemies to attempt to undermine Trump. Watch for chewbacca try to do an “oprah” and keep herself in the public eye.

      • Poor62

        Obama is remaining in DC after he gets evicted from the White House to promote more self-radicalization of today’s leftists.

  • AuldGuy

    Obama has such delusions of grandure. What a tool.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      That’s what getting promotions and awards a person all his life did for him. He is the ultimate affirimative action baby who came along at just the right time and always had someone pulling the strings for him.

  • Joe_NS

    Who remembers the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew? Elegant, soft-spoken, and very continental, Pepé is a skunk who stinks up everything he touches and never notices. In fact, he imagines he is the arbiter of good taste!

    Sound familiar?

    PS: Pepé’s half black and half white.

    • werewife

      Joe, you are evil. I like you!

      • Joe_NS

        Ah, so you remember Pepé. I wasn’t sure if anyone besides me did.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          He’s probably in re-runs somewhere even now. Was he voiced by the immortal Mel Blanc? Good documentary on him on Youtube.

          • Joe_NS

            Yes. Blanc did the voice for a long time, as well as that of Penelope, the black-and-white cat that Pepé thought was also a skunk and with whom he was in love.

        • Freddie King

          I remember the elegant French skunk…LOL

  • http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com Stephen Paul Foster

    The soon-to-depart President is nothing less than a Stalinist, 21-century style. Without lying, character assassination and a massive assist from the MSM in building his cult of personality, he would never have been more that a slick street thug. See:
    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2014/01/barack-obama-perfect-american-stalinist.html

  • Bubba LOL

    Mr. Mead’s reference to “early signs of struggle and factionalism” gives away his game. Another dispirited neocon Never Trumper journalist wallowing in policy ostracism. Trump is president elect, Mr. Mead. Get on with your life.

    • Justwaitinforchange

      Please name three foreign policy decisions that are correct.

      • Bubba LOL

        The decision not to listen to the neocons two years and thus not to put US boots on the ground in Syria: the decision not to invite war with Russia over a no fly zone in Syria; the decision not to go to war over the Crimea and Ukraine. The latter was a natural response by Russia to a neocon led (Victoria Nuland) ouster of a democratically elected Pro Russian president of Ukraine. The neocons in America are forever goading US Presidents into hostilities. So much American blood has been spilled by the neocons’s ill advised policies. Thank God Obama and now Trump don’t listen to them. I am a conservative capitalist who has recognized that US wars in the Middle East (while they may be inspired by Israel and its powerful neocon lobby) are not in America’s national self interest. Go away you neocon.

        • JR

          It’s all the fault of those dastardly Jews??? I knew it, I freakin’ knew it!!!

          • Bubba LOL

            Your words, not mine. Fortunately, there is a significant component of Israel society whose ideas are more in line with Obama’s foreign policy than with the neocons. Unfortunately, one cannot criticize the neocons’ warmongering aspirations for the U.S. without being accused of anti-semitism.

          • JR

            Did you notice that last 3 Fed Chairmen were Jews? I’m not saying we should be gassing people, I’m just asking questions.

          • Bubba LOL

            You are either drunk or on drugs. Neither condition is optimal for posting intelligent comments.

          • JR

            Listen, if you are gonna go Jewish Lobby conspiracy theory on me, then you better go all the way. No half measures.

          • Bubba LOL

            Apparently no one can oppose neocon warmongering without being accused of being a full-bore anti-semite. Not an intelligent way to debate foreign policy. Your reaction used to trouble me. Now, with Trump’s election, your rants about anti-semitism have become irrelevant.

          • JR

            I wasn’t ranting, I was agreeing with you that it’s all the fault of the Jews. I also pointed out the fact that Jews control the money via the Fed.
            Which part of me agreeing with you do you disagree with.

          • Bubba LOL

            That it is in any part the fault of the Jewish people. I hate being labeled or assumed to be an anti-semite when I point how foolish the neocon influence has been on U.S. presidents for at least the past 16 years.

          • JR

            Once again, I’m not labeling you as anything. I’m agreeing with you. To be honest with you, I feel like you are labeling me, and quiet unfairly at that.

          • Bubba LOL

            Nuff said. Everyone is uptight from the election. I promised myself to stop commenting on articles like these after the election. The world will be a better place if I stick to my promise.

          • JR

            I’m not uptight about the election. I would describe my mood as quietly elated with a tinge of apprehension.

          • Bubba LOL

            Same here. Peace.

          • JR

            Shabat Shalom!

        • Justwaitinforchange

          So – no real accomplishments. you don’t get credit for doing something “positive” when you effedup the situation to begin with – for example — Syrian Red Line and that Bashar al-Assad had to go – causing the colossal failure of leadership in Syria.

          • Bubba LOL

            The “Syrian Red Line and that Bashar al-Assad had to go” were two foolish missteps Obama made at the goading of the neocons. You forget that after both of those events happened, the American public rose up (turned out en masse, jamming the phone lines in both houses of Congress), telling their representatives not to start a war in Syria. Obama and Congress listened. Neither of those events had any effect on the failure of leadership in Syria. There happens to be a civil war going on there that has nothing to do with Obama. Wisely, Obama has kept the U.S. out of it. Hopefully, Trump will too.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          Yes, he was a Foreign Affairs Superstar. I over his grand success in foreign policy above.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      Oh, oh, my sides are hurting. Yes, the smoking ruin he left where Libya and Syria used to be, the arms race, an empowered Iran, the thousands of combat troops back in Iraq, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the thousands of beheaded, crucified people, the damage to the very origins of civilization, the tens of thousands of Arabs who are now fish food and a de-stablized Europe with millions of poor, angry migrants from hostile cultures that no one has jobs, housing nor wives for, all the raped girls and boys from Sweden to Austria that’s been a stunning success. If this is success, I hate to see what failure looks like. You Obamunists are a gas.

      • Bubba LOL

        Right. The United States is responsible for all this happening. Let’s send even more American boys to get their limbs blown off to make sure no bad guys get away with violence throughout the Middle East. Then let’s send them to the V.A. to recuperate.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          Of course it is. If the left didn’t have double standards, it would have no standards at all. Rember the idea that because President Bush chose to go to war in Iraq, than he had to accept responsiblity for what happened afterwards? Now, he could not have predicted how ugly the suicide bombing and IED campaign was going to be and its toll on civilians, but clearly the one who decides to go to war has to bear responsibility!

          Libya was a war of choice of opportunity all plotted by Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and their allies, so they are responsible for the aftermath. And the same self-righteous snots that faulted Mr. Bush for not knowing what would happen after the short war with Sadam Hussien’s forces was over, are the same people who planned to kill off Muammar Gaddafi (and then have a ghoulish little cackle about it) and end his regime, leaving a vaccumn which based on hard won hindsight from Iraq would mean that chaos and sectarian strife would reign and that the Islamists would fill the vacuum. Who was supid now Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton own the Libya fiasco and all the dead bodies lying at the bottom of the Medditerranean for the refugee crisis and flooding Europe with hostile migrants was always part f their plan with evil Merkel. They then sent arms to Syria. What do you think Abassador Stephens was doing the night he died, meeting with the Turks to ship arms to the Syrian “moderates” (ha, ha ha, Islamist moderates – only exist in someone’s dreams) in their plan to topple Assad as well. Their whole plan was to replace a whole series of dictators with the type of “moderate” Islamic regimes that only exist in people’s minds.

          As far as American boots on the ground, who just sent another thousand or so troops to the Sandbox a few weeks ago? The Lightbringer, that’s who. With all the media cover in the world he has moved thousands of those “American boys” you care about so much back to the Sandbox that he abandoned. But foreign wars are fine if it is a (D) behind the name but not so popular when a (R) is in charge. Just like the homeless. Now that a Repubican is in officer the thousands of homeless I see on the streets of American cities will magically become a crisis again and the second the (D) boys are in charge it will recede in the rearview mirror. Just like the daily body count stopped once the annointed one took over. The “American boys” kept dying, thousands of them now, but under the radar.

          Mr. Trump of course is not an interventionist. Mrs. Clinton was an interventionist on steroids, the Hag of Hades. who helped start and expand two wars and unleash a refugee crisis on Europe. This was her signal accomplishment in addition to making the DOS an wholly owned operation of the Clinton Crime Fund for four years and selling foreign policy to the highest bidder. Sorry, the Obama/Clinton/Kerry regime own the moderm M.E. which was relatively stable – as stable as a backwards place that loves to chop heads, murder gays, wrap women in burlap sacks and cut off their sex organs can be – and they turned it into a smoking ruin and set the devil’s spawn to Europe by the millions. They broke it, so they own it. Now, Trump will at least have to go in and finish off ISIS which is now a force in something like 18 nations thanks to His Fecklessness, Mr. Obama.

          • Bubba LOL

            I agree with much of what you say. It is difficult to back away when one, as Obama has, has already meddled so much. But, as callous as it seems, there is a millenia-old fight to the death going on between the Sunnis and Shia, and the U.S. has no business sticking its neck into the fray. If Trump can go in surgically and finish off ISIS, that would be great. But that won’t finish the whole business. New Islamist cutthroat organizations will emerge, and the neocon media will say there is no difference between ISIS and the new weeds that pop up, so Trump must spend more American blood on the new weed factions. It never ends. The U.S. should just stay the hell out of these conflicts. There is nothing to be gained for the United States.

  • kyle

    Donald Trump let Putin unleash in Syria and the Ukraine? Huh? What?

  • Norwegian Blue

    As a U.S. citizen privately watching the press conference on a TV screen, I was profoundly embarrassed.

  • Eddie Principal

    Can’t wait till he is gone.

  • SisFromIL

    When does this moron finally shut up and leave? Never. He’ll have something to say everyday about Trump and the state of things. Like anyone cares. Obummer the gift that keeps on giving.

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      He’s like a nasty cold sore! I hope he goes away or at the very least SHUTS UP!

  • https://theaverageamericanblog.com/ conservativechick

    “The early signs of struggle and factionalism in the Donald Trump transition”

    Just as the media tried to build a false narrative that Trump could never be president, and that Americans didn’t care about, or even supported, illegal immigration – they are attempting to build a narrative that Trump’s transition is in “chaos.” He announced three more appointments this morning, he is outstripping any of his predecessors back to Nixon except George HW Bush.
    It’s nonsense propaganda.

  • twopartysystem1

    Who would have ever thought that an affirmative-action-fueled, never-had-a-job Organizer trained in the political sewer of Chicago would be a failure at President?

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      Not his co-conspirators in the media, who still think he was the fabled “Lightbringer.”

  • lgeubank

    Frank J of imao summed up Obama succinctly, as “a mediocre person who was elected for shallow reasons.” Very mediocre, except in his con-man talents — superlative!

  • Schmutzli

    “Obama will be remembered by historians as the man who turned over the White House to Donald Trump, the man who let Putin unleash the forces of Hell in Syria and Ukraine, and the man who honored European values but made the world steadily less safe for them.”

    Short version – Barack Hussein Rspect – Worst President Ever.

    And like the marxØcrats in the USA, the Europeans will double down on their failures, just as Rspect has done in the USA, and what so many of us expect Trump to completely reverse.

    Europe, of course, will continue to navel gaze, expecting the US military to come back and rescue them from Putin and islam without disturbing their time spent on holidays and in cafés.

  • Johnathan Swift Jr.

    On or about January 21st, Mr. Obama will be able to continue his sniveling tour from the cheap seats. Perhaps the new President can loan him Trump Force One for an apology tour of the world’s gold courses.

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      Bull! Let have a Cessena 150!!

  • lukelea

    “the least successful American President in the history of the modern Middle East”?

    You mean the 2nd least successful after George W, don’t you? That would be an easy debate to win.

    • Mark Luhman

      Bush left a fairly stable middle east, Obama, Hillary and the Demorat made sure it did not stay that way.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      For all his failings, Bush did not manage to destablize the entire Middle East, begin the greatest refugee crisis since World War II and flood Europe with poor, hostile third world migrants whose cultures and value systems are incompatible with the West.

      The Obama/Clinton plan pulled out of a fractious but largely stable Iraq, opening a massive vacumn. They killed off Muammar Gaddafi (whose brutal death received the same royal Clintonian cackle as her early coup of getting a rapist off and destroying a 12 year old rape victim’s character) and ended his regime, which was not threatening the peace and security of the region. This of course was a great coup to Mrs. Clinton because her “war on the cheap” did not require any American ground troops.

      The Clintonian/Obamunist Libya scheme was a brilliant plan, but of course the same folks who called Bush a monkey and Hitler a million times because he did not anticipate the type of resistence and I.E.D. campaign he would be faced with in Iraq and have the perfect plan in place…well, Mrs. C and Mr. O, hell, they had no plan at all Post-dictatorship, save let chaos reign. After all, What me worry? What’s the worst that could happen? Oh, the Islamists could take over? So, what these are brown people and all of us “we are one world type” could give a flying fish. Libya is of course a picture of stability now….what little stablity they have is because a good portion of the old population is in Europe or serving as fish food – all those dead refugees are part of the Obama Mediterranean Sea Habitat plan I guess.

      Clinton and the Big O then took arms from Libya and sent them to Syria, which they used to arm a number of “moderate” groups (looking for a moderate is the Where’s Waldo of Foggy Bottom parlor games) to take out Asshat Assad. That is what the consulate that wasn’t quite a consulate, but some sort of a compound was all about, arms dealing, the real reason for leaving everyone in Benghazi to die and their forcing the survivors to sign stacks of NDAs. So, hundreds of millions of dollars of nifty American arms – everything from shoulder fired missiles, to heavy armor and fleets of vehicles – then fell into the hands of the various A.Q. affiliates who became ISIS, the Big O’s J.V. Team. The J.V. team then went on to fill the American vacuum in Iraq, taking over a large portion of the country, raping, head chopping, crucifying along the way, while they weren’t destroying, desecrating what is left of the Christian community and the very origins of antiquity.

      Thanks to the Clinton/Obama plan, pulling out of Iraq and arming the worst people on the face of the earth, the United States now has had to spend billions of dollars in one of the most inept “wars” in recorded history where we seek to degrade an enemy that is murdering and raping people every day, rather than to destroy them. We spend hundreds of millions of dollars in a bombing “campaign” where the bombers return with bombs intact because they aren’t allowed to drop them for fear of killing civilians – you know, the same ones who are having their heads chopped off and thrown into shallow graves. ISIS, yes, that’s on the President and his malignant Secretaries. And now of course there are thousands of American combat troops in Iraq again ina war that the Big O and the media declared over, you know combat troops that aren’t combat troops, wink, wink, nudge, nudge and of course, this is not of interest to the media because as you know Trumpie went to dinner without them don’t ya know!

    • JR

      Did you know that Iraq was a stable, self-reliant, sovereign state well into the Obama Presidency? Kind of hard to blame Bush for what happened after, ain’t it?

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      Would you like to tour the Middle East and see ALL the ancient AND historical landmarks and monuments that have stood the passage of time like the giant Buddha in Iraq? Well you can’t because ISIS blew them up OR bulldozed them or BOTH
      You can thank oblamer!!! PUTZ!!

  • kiefo

    Obama is nothing but an America-hating, colossally ignorant, utterly incompetent, completely lawless, utopian, Marxist demagogue, ideologue and zealot who isn’t qualified to flush a toilet. I hope Trump was kidding when he said that he would take “counsel” from that imbecile.

    • Mark Luhman

      If Trump take “counsel” from Obama only to do the exact opposite, that would be a good thing.

    • Skep41

      “…who isn’t qualified to flush a toilet…”
      I take my umbrage with you, sir! Our Dear Leader is qualified to flush a toilet. Two toilets, even. Or the same toilet twice. The man has the Nobel Peace Prize, after all.

      • Mo

        The PP the Nobel Committee wants back?

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.

          Perhaps not, they just gave one to Bob Dylan. Their batting average isn’t too good these days.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.

      But he has a nice press to his pants and looks adorable in mommy jeans!

  • Skep41

    “…leading many foreigners to suppose that the next American President will be another inconsequential bumbler…”
    Reading made-up fairy stories in rags like the NYT are why the Europeans, and apparently Meade, didn’t see Trump coming and aren’t getting what’s happening now. Would Meade be applauding a gang of numb-nuts quivering Bush rodents or Hillary assembling a team of Ivy League Progressive academics? Probably. Trump looks like he will begin moving fast disassembling the yoke of Obamunism and cutting the government. Boulton or Giuliani as Sec Of State instead of that muddled hound-dog-faced incompetent gigolo who’s there now? Are you kidding? Don’t look like ‘bumbling’ to me.

  • Winston

    Trump could not have happened to a more deserving guy.

  • Poor62

    Remember that Obama trashed Bush during his inauguration address in 2009 as Bush sat 15 feet behind this child. Now he like to go around the world and trash our country while he is in a foreign one. Classless.

  • afhack62

    When it comes to the United States, Europeans are always wrong, which is why our relationship with them has always been a one-way street.

  • StepMJohn

    “President Barack Obama urged Europe to resolve lingering issues from its debt crisis, saying on Tuesday that leaders should favor growth over austerity, as part of their response to the rising populism in Western countries exemplified by the election of Donald Trump.”

    Is he serious?

    Obama has doubled the US debt during his 8 years in office, and has stymied economic growth with ObamaCare and strangling regulations, especially on energy.

    Physician, heal thyself.

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      I just wish he’d sew his flapping lips SHUT!!

  • Mo

    “….leaders should follow economic policies that ease some of the voter backlash against globalization……”

    Hitler pacified Germany in precisely the same manner. Then the real Adolph stepped forward.

    • Justwaitinforchange

      wow you know nothing of history and anyone that compares trump to Hitler is just an idiot.

      • Mo

        Read the article, moron.

  • russedav

    Can it really be we only have two more months to endure. Whew! I thought it would never end.

  • quodverum

    Obama is reported also lecturing Europeans and British to be “transparent “in their dealings.

    This same man of “The Incestuous Left and those who provide cover for them” . Of uncertain authenticated provenance. Who from the day he accepted the position of Executive of the USA to date has SEALED behind protection of Executive Privilege firewall unspecified documents containing unspecified information. Sealed FROM review of the citizens. In whose name and trust he acts. This man who until raised to Executive, “Because it was TIME for an Afro – American” was merely a junior, relatively inactive, Senator.

    That reported Sealing has evoked little curiosity, except in isolated quarters easily dismissed. As to the WHAT of the documents, If they exist or have ever existed, the WHAT of the information contained, and the WHY of the Need for SUCH secrecy.

    Transparency? Do as I say, Not as I do? THE Mantra of “The Incestuous Left and those who provide cover for them”.

  • Black_Saint

    Obama made history as the first black President and as the worse President!

  • Black_Saint

    Dear Hussein Obama,

    As a taxpayer, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for changing our country, as you promised. Thank you very much for eradicating our freedoms and inviting hordes of the intolerant Islamic plague into our country. Thank you for making our boarders as weak as possible. We know that you have our best interests at heart. We know that you will easily sacrifice your families when terror attacks take place and Islamic law sends morality police to our doors. And we all know that “gun” control causes violence, not radical ideology. Western civilization has been a total failure: Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, mathematics, modern medicine, computer technology, biology, chemistry, etc. have all been failures. We are proud that you have apologized to the world for our existence, as Japan and Nazi Germany should have won WWII. We greatly look forward to Sharia law imposed upon us, as we agree fully with you that democratic constitutions pale in comparison to Mullah style tyrants. We know that you have tried to give dictatorship a head-start by eradicating that useless “Constitution.” We know that your GLBT parades will flourish under the rule of Islam and all of your other “liberal” values. Allah Akbar!!

    Thank you Hussein!!

  • JDComments

    Progressives love to say they see the world as it should be not as it is.

    The results are horrifying.

    Reality will not be denied.

  • Poppa

    Ok the article was good until it started the BS about transition issues with the president elect. BS has a way of being spread around by the media instead of honest reporting.

  • SandMan00

    You lost me on the so-called transition issue. That is a fictitious creation of the anti-Trump media and proof positive that the successor to Journolist is alive and active. They (and I guess that includes Mead) have made it clear they intend to triple down on their dishonest political subterfuge rather than engage in honest and unbiased reporting.

  • Sgt.Friday

    Well stated. Bush was given a difficult hand to play, and did it o.k. Iraq was secure, when he left office. But because he never articulated what exactly he was trying to achieve in the Middle East, it was easier for Obama to strike out in a different direction and fail miserably. And if Trump also fails, and there is about as much reason to think that he will succeed as there was that Obama would, that will be quite litany of incompetence. Not what the world needs right now.

  • Gol Foehammer

    That would make a great concert/tour shirt…

  • christopher swift

    “early signs of struggle and factionalism”

    Let me set your mind at ease. This is total media fabrication created by people who failed to elect Clinton and have decided to spend the next four years hating Trump to make themselves feel better. Or possibly more significant.

    • Bubba LOL

      Feel free to include Mr. Mead among those people.

  • 4Justice

    What exact “early signs of struggle and factionalism in the Donald Trump transition”, are you speaking of?
    Please list them, not the unfounded rumors the MSM are fabricating.
    It worries me that you would not fact check your own accertions, chosing instead to follow the herd of biased fear mongers.

    • Bubba LOL

      Exactly. This puts Mr. Mead in the Never Trump camp, who is sorry Hillary was not elected.

    • roastytoasty

      Propaganda about trouble in the Trump camp is like the outbreak of reportage re: “fake news” with nary a mention of how Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” was nothing but fake news presented as reality. Stewart saw this coming and got out just in time.

  • LCDR

    The struggles in the Trump transition program are the imaginings of the fervid liberal press wanting to tear Trump down as much as possible. No one should pay these sycophants any attention. Obama has been a disaster for this country for the last eight years. Everything he has done as weakened the United States, not strengthen it. His legacy will be lower than Jimmy Carter & James Buchannan’s combined.

  • Phil Salvarado

    “Not everything Obama is recommending to Europe is bad,…”

    Dear Mr. Mead,

    Obama’s entire trip is to help advise likeminded Leftist governments around the world how to avoid his own fate and that of his fellow Democrats. There’s absolutely nothing altruistic about it in the least so please stop complimenting this traitorous scumbag.

    Very truly yours,

  • Karmaisabitch

    The psychotic, narcissistic, power of cocaine deterioration. Check with Freud’s Cocaine Papers; permanently impairs the ego and the id.

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      So you’re saying oblamer’s doing coke again? THAT explains a LOT!

  • gabe

    This is what happens when you let an academic anywhere near the reins of power; making it worse is to put an america hating academic (oops, I repeat myself) in charge.

    As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroooon!

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      I agre and 8 years of oblamer is 7.99999 years too MANY!

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Obama is destined to become The Invisible Man.

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      With the never ending mouth! SHUT UP oblamer!!

  • Joe

    “The early signs of struggle and factionalism in the Donald Trump transition, meanwhile, are leading many foreigners to suppose that the next American President will be another inconsequential bumbler.”

    Is that so? Which foreigners would that be? The progressive Germans who lauded Obama for giving a speech? The French to whom Obama sent Climate-Change Kerry and James Taylor in response to a terrorist attack? The Brits who got Churchill’s bust and Obama’s Brexit snub? As far as struggle and factionalism, what worthless innuendo! Let’s remember all the way back to 2008 when the Obama administration couldn’t fill cabinet posts because none of the democrat party candidates paid their taxes or otherwise involved in corrupt dealings that had them recuse themselves- Seamless transition! In September 2009 the Obama administration had still not filled over half the federal posts obligated by law. Course, as Urkel says, He meant to do that! makes executive tyranny so much easier when a lot of federal bureaucrats aren’t available to oppose you… But sure, keep whining and lying about Trump- it works!

    • oblamerTHEwhiner

      But not for LONG!!

  • Michael Hoggan

    A few years ago, a journalist noted that Obama was the type of American president that Europeans had wanted for decades, and his presidency was literally destroying them.

  • Nick

    When he’s not President, we can just tell him and his supporters to STHU.

    We “won”.

  • H A Cohen

    Excellent piece.

  • Brook River

    Walter Russell Mead voted for Barack Obama both times.

    Let’s ask him why, shall we?

  • ttaerum

    More empty words from the man who promised a red line in Syria, peace in Iraq, a VA system that worked, and inexpensive medical insurance. Yes, unemployment is down (while labor participation rates are testing historical lows) and if you like temporary jobs flipping burgers and food stamps, you’re a very happy camper. Based on the latest research, it appears that it’s those ungrateful blue collar burger flippers who gave Obama’s legacy (Hillary) the boot.

  • JustSomeGuy

    How do you say, “Shut the **** up” in French, Italian, German and Dutch?
    Perhaps someone should tell Mr Obama.

  • Attila

    Like many of us said in 2008, barry is an empty suit. A feckless, incompetent, racist, socialist, closet Muslim, America-hating, empty suit.

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  • Wmn04Ken07

    Or so consequentially inept that they ignore him totally.

    Obama and Trump are the same. The only difference is style and demeanor. I am who I am, therefore I am. Narcissists leave little, if anything, to be desired.

    Both loners. Obama surrounds himself with yes sir women, and Trump surrounds himself with yes sir children.

  • potkas7

    “The early signs of struggle and factionalism in the Donald Trump transition, meanwhile, are leading many foreigners to suppose that the next American President will be another inconsequential bumbler.”

    It has been less than two weeks since Trump was elected President, and it’s two months until he takes the oath of office. Isn’t it a little early to write off his Presidency, particularly given that these foreign leaders are relying on reports from the same media that got every jot and tiltle regrading the election wrong? I mean, right up until the so-called “Blue Wall” of midwest states collapsed at around midnight of election day, they were still predicting a Clinton victory

  • Freddie King

    I hope that all of you who supported Barack Obama now can see the pernicious effects of Affirmative Action preferences in our society. Barack Obama is the ultimate AA EEOC example, one we should all hope we never see again in the Oval Office.

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