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100 Days of Reckless Photo-Op Hubris


Come on, who's surprised? The White House-engineered photo-op of low-flying Air Force aircraft that caused terror in New York City this week epitomizes the Age of Obama. What better way to mark 100 days in office than with an appalling exercise in pointless taxpayer-funded stagecraft?

The superficiality, the unseriousness, the hubris, the obliviousness to post-9/11 realities: They were trademarks of the Obama campaign, and they are the tattoos on his governance.

He never leaves home without his teleprompter. All the Obama world's a stage. Or a world ready to be staged.

So is it any wonder he would staff his White House military office with a clueless paper pusher who saw nothing wrong with spending inordinate government resources — and re-creating 9/11 havoc — to update Air Force One publicity shots? And who planned, believe it or not, to do the same in Washington, D.C., next month, where the 9/11 jihadists murdered 53 passengers and 6 crewmembers on board American Airlines Flight 77, and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the Pentagon?

All for some publicity shots.

No one should be shocked. Remember: Barack Obama is the frivolous man who concocted his own presidential-looking Great Seal before he was elected. An ego big enough to publicly display a ridiculous "Vero Possumus" ("Yes, we can" in Latin) motto and a regal eagle with the Obama campaign logo emblazoned on its chest is an ego capable of far more reckless things. Obama orchestrated a grand photo-op in Berlin, Germany, to declare his world citizenship at the Siegessäule — the Victory Column — a soaring monument of arrogance championed by Adolf Hitler and Third Reich architect Albert Speer. He manufactured his own Open Temple of The One in Denver for the Democratic National Convention last summer, replete with fake Greek columns.

Since taking office, Obama has remained in perpetual campaign mode, idling in 9/10 gear. The photo album has filled up quickly with megalomaniacal moments. When his massive pork-filled stimulus package was in trouble, he ran to Ft. Myers, Fla., for a carefully choreographed revival meeting with his most ardent supporters. "It is such a blessing to see you.

Oh! Gracious God, thank you so much!" one young booster exclaimed.

The president's famous embrace with another questioner — homeless woman Henrietta Hughes, a perpetually unemployed drifter looking for a handout — turned up on the White House online retrospective of the stimulus bill victory. (Missing: The photos of hundreds of thousands of Americans who took to the streets in Tea Party protests to oppose this massive act of generational theft and expansion of the entitlement state.)

Another Kodak moment from the stimulus campaign exposed Obama's hype of the spending boondoggle's effects. Using a Caterpillar plant and workers as a backdrop, Obama grandly promised that if the stimulus passed, Caterpillar would rehire laid-off workers. It made front-page headlines. After the photo-op: Caterpillar's own CEO refuted the bogus promise and last week posted its first quarterly net loss in 16 years. After the signing, it finally dawned on pliant media outlets that the stimulus money was stupendously wasteful, and the job creation estimates, bogus. No pictures of those epiphanies.

Obama's photo-ops abroad have been more unsettling: Bowing and scraping before Saudi King Abdullah, trashing America as "arrogant" (talk about a pot and kettle moment) in front of adoring French and German students, chumming it up with Venezuelan thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez. These are the defining images of a stunt(ed) presidency blind to our enemies and in a perpetual state of (re)pose.

Obama appointed Leon Panetta, a chief of intelligence with no intelligence experience. He gave us Hillary Clinton, a secretary of state who cackled about the Somali pirate hijacking and laughed off serious questions about the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques. He installed Rosa Brooks, a radical George Soros-trained ideologue, as a top Pentagon adviser. He came close to embracing Charles Freeman as top U.S. intelligence analyst — a jihadi-sympathizing conspiracist who blamed America for 9/11.

And he appointed Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary who can't get her facts straight about the 9/11 terrorists, pooh-poohed our immigration laws, disseminated a hit job on conservatives and veterans as right-wing extremist threats, and redefined acts of terrorism as "man-caused disasters."

"Man-caused disaster." That's a perfect description of the Scare Force One torture photo-op that took place this week and an apt summary of the last 100 days. Say cheese.

Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is



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An open letter to Ms Malkin, or to someone who can speak with some egree of authority. There continues to be this question about the true copy of Ali Bambi's birth cettificate. Does one exist? He couldn't travel to his committed country of Kenya? You have to provide Immigration with a birth certificate, or some equivalent to get a passport? Is there one? Has anyone seen it?
Further, I have read that AIG carries the retirement fund programs for the Congress. What with all the criticism of AIG maybe that is why they are given so much taxpayer money. Look, I'm a happy camper because I bought the stock at the low, low price, and I'm in the money. However, I need alot of help because I lost major money in the market.
Comment: #1
Posted by: James Balitsos
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:39 AM
Everything you print in this article is not only kind but spot-on truth as well, Michelle! Kudos to you!!
Comment: #2
Posted by: bill s
Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:24 AM
You lost, Michelle. Get over it.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Paul M. Petkovsek
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:19 PM
Michelle, you have so adequately and exquisitely nailed the narcissist-in-chief that I'd roar laughing if I weren't crying that we have such a wretch in the now-stained white house.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Juanito Verde
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:02 PM
Thanks for your insight ,advocacy of Conservative principles,realistic views of proposed govt policies and the
hidden agendas behind the Climate change "crisis' as an excuse to add another huge energy tax on everyone.Of-course people living in Govt.,housing,receiving food stamps,Medicaid healthcare services,even college grants and/or
job training at taxpayer expense are happy with the President and the direction the country is headed...isn't it a conflict of interest when they vote?I'm not suggesting they not be allowed to vote only a recognition that Immigration
Reform for democratic is not enforcement of existing laws and more control of the border but an effort to demonize FBI,
ICE,and border agents trying to enforce the laws Congress enacted but now wants to ignore and in the case of the
Speaker Pelosi callUn-american! Hey now noT just control of the White house,Congress,but a chance to replace a
left-leaning Judge Souter with a woman who is left of Ginsberg...who considers the Constitution as a "living"document
which should evolve to suit the Cultural & political,idealogical beliefs of Progressives in power using the judicial system rather than by Amendment process which lets citizens of all the states decide if a change is warrented.
Keep up the good work Michelle!
Comment: #5
Posted by: NanaPat
Fri May 1, 2009 8:15 AM
I honestly don't know what to make of you, Ms. Malkin. I've researched you and you seem to be relatively intelligent and educated. But you strike me as simply a sad girl looking for her niche and trying to prove to everyone that you're a good little American. You'll never be taken seriously or be as popular as Anne Coulter no matter how crass and vile you try to sound and you'll never be accepted by the real right-wing power brokers who probably have erotic fantasies about you because of your exotic look, but still see you for the "anchor baby" you are. How much of your "opinion" is your own and how much of it is spoon fed to you by your right-wing husband and his ultra conservative backers? You are a hypocrite trapped in your own self loathing and resigned to be the little Filipino attack mutt that they trot out just to show the rest of us how "inclusive" the conservatives think they are. You're a hateful and small human being and a joke to most Americans.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Dennis Avent
Fri May 1, 2009 8:38 AM
Yeah, Janet Napolitano, did a great job here in Arizona. She's the one who sent the National Guard to the border, but more as a political statement than an actual attempt to protect it. The troops were relegated to administrative duties. When an armed group of Mexicans crossed the border, the guard members retreated in fear.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Shadowman
Fri May 1, 2009 9:26 AM
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