Tag: Barack Obama

A Comeuppance for Obama’s Presidential Center


When Barack Obama was President of the United States, he eagerly used his “pen and phone” to achieve his grand environmental objective of locking up public lands to keep them from private use. In January 2017, he used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate 1.3 million acres of land in Utah as a National Monument. The month before he mounted an all-out resistance to both the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline—two projects that offered more reliable delivery of oil and fewer adverse environmental effects than the railcars and trucks that they displaced.

Citizen Obama uses a different playbook now that he is embroiled in his own personal land-use controversy. The Obama Foundation is in a fierce struggle over its proposal, now before The Chicago Parks Commission, to locate the new Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in the high-rent district of Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. The park is now a scenic area near Hyde Park, originally designed by the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Many compelling objections to the Jackson Park location are outlined in an excellent group letter (to which I added my name) by over 200 University of Chicago professors, as well a powerful letter to the Chicago Tribune by Professor W.J.T. Mitchell, one of the leaders of the opposition, who rightly blasts the Tribune’s architectural critic Blair Kamin for his defense of an ungainly project, which is just too big for its proposed home.

Here are the salient objections. The proposed 20-acre site will have its epicenter—a massive tower that could reach 160 to 180 feet—near East 60th Street, close to both the Museum of Science and Industry as well as the University of Chicago, two major South Side institutions. The scale of the major and auxiliary buildings requires closing a six-lane north-south artery, Cornell Avenue, which winds its way through the park. As a result, the city of Chicago, which is hard-pressed for cash, will have to spend untold millions to make major alterations to expand two nearby arteries, Lake Shore Drive on the east and Stony Island Avenue on the west. Additional parking facilities will have to be built somewhere inside the park. Meanwhile, an initial OPC proposal to build a massive structure above ground was withdrawn after it was met with a chorus of boos. But Chicago’s high water table makes it an expensive proposition to build a substitute facility below grade. The tight boundaries around the complex will make it difficult to develop complementary businesses in the immediate neighborhood.

Liberals insist: You can’t send people back to El Salvador—it’s a BLEEP-hole!

The White House battens down the hatches in the face of porn star Stormy Daniels

Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America’s standing as one of history’s few successful multi-ethnic societies.

President Trump’s new strategy for Obamacare and the Iran Deal? Following the law. (And Democrats hate it)

Avik Roy on what Trump’s executive orders on Obamacare did–and didn’t–accomplish.

From the halls of the Supreme Court to the gridiron of the NFL, it’s a good day for Donald Trump.

Harvey Weinstein flees to Europe—will Roman Polanski pick him up at the airport?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give credit to the mainstream media for calling Democrats to account for their silence over the sexual assault and harassment allegations lodged against Hollywood mogul and prolific Democratic Party donor Harvey Weinstein.  They also fire back at Twitter after the social media service censors a video from Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn because her efforts to stop the sale of aborted baby body parts were considered inflammatory and likely to elicit negative reactions.  And Jim and Greg sigh as the latest NFL protest chaos includes ESPN host Jemele Hill getting suspended for encouraging Dallas Cowboy fans to boycott team sponsors, Al Sharpton vowing to boycott the NFL unless Hill is reinstated, and President Trump gloating over the Hill suspension.

Do Black Lives Matter?


Black lives ought to matter; and, in my opinion, they once did. They once mattered a great deal. Not long after he became mayor in New York City, Rudy Giuliani introduced a new method of policing that concentrated resources where there was a plethora of crime. It resulted in a dramatic decline in the murder rate, and Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton took notice and poured federal money into similar policing reforms. African-Americans living in rough neighborhoods were the intended beneficiaries, and they benefited a great deal.

But those days are long gone, and I do not believe that black lives much matter now. They did not matter to Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the white radical who passed as black and founded Black Lives Matter, and to George Soros who funded the outfit. These folks were perfectly prepared to do a number on America’s African-American community and to put their lives at greater risk for the purpose of mobilizing them as a political force.

To grasp what is going on, one need only look at the data — which Heather Mac Donald did a week ago today in a brief squib posted on the website of City Journal. Here is what she wrote:

Trump and the Professional Athletes


I will say this for Donald Trump. He really knows how to hit a nerve. He has an instinctive understanding of wrongs swept under the carpet and of how to get those who perpetrate those wrongs to rise up and do themselves harm.

I do not personally much like his way of going about things. Schoolboy taunts seem to me childish and unpresidential, and they can be counter-effective. But let’s face it: with this weapon, he made mincemeat of his Republican opponents, and he defeated Hillary Clinton. He knows something that those of us who are more conventional do not quite get.

Every once in a while, however, I get a glimpse of what Trump is up to, and then I really am impressed. His attack on the NFL could not be more timely.

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Jeff Greenfield wrote a -gushy piece over a Politico reflecting on Hillary’s book and how it shows just how awesome she is. Curiously, he singles out for praise Hillary’s “authenticity,” which is not a quality normally attributed to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (“You are a master of understatement, VTK,” said someone.)  And he approaches this through doing the mental […]

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The announcement of John McCain’s brain cancer has brought with it the mandatory statements of love and support across the political spectrum. On one level it can be seen as appropriate and necessary. On another, the hypocrisy level is astoundingly sickening. The world of politics and Senator McCain’s place in it is, as they say, […]

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Criticizing both the science and the economics, Richard Epstein makes the case for withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Nearly as soon as Donald Trump was elected, we started hearing cries from his defenders, every time the President and/or President Elect was criticized , screaming “what about when Obama…”. The term Whataboutism was coined, and many people (several whom I agree with usually) derided the term. Personally, I don’t mind Whataboutism. I think that […]

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In the wake of the Manchester Bombing, Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute discusses his recent Washington Examiner op-ed on how America can do more to lead in the fight against Islamist terror;

Meanwhile, our Economics Reporter Joe Lawler lays out the details on President Trump’s new budget, including cuts to… “Climate Change: The Musical?”

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So, “news” outlets are letting us know what private citizen Barack Obama thinks of the current President of the United States. In language not up to the standards of Ricochet, he let it be known he thinks President Trump is distributor of bovine waste. Golly, that one took me by surprise, how about you?  Just because […]

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today’s policymakers.

Richard Epstein looks at how both federal interference and local regulations conspire to drive up the cost of housing.

Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 — and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.

What is Barack Obama’s legacy? Did he have accomplishments historians will reflect on 30-40 years from now? Jonah Goldberg from National Review joined Neal and Jay to talk about President Obama’s legacy, from domestic policy and national defense to foreign policy and national security. And of course, more importantly, Jonah weighs in on the important question: Can Tom Hardy play James Bond?