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Who Does President Obama Really Hate?


At every point in some boy's life, he has to face down a bully and fight him. It's a rite of passage, a transitional moment in which every young man must establish who he is and how far he'll let his enemies go. For me, that moment came when I was 10 years old. One of the kids at school — he seemed 8 feet tall at the time — was smacking me with a ruler across the shoulders during P.E. class. Eventually, I'd had enough; I grabbed him around the neck and punched him on the top of the head. His nose started bleeding, to my surprise (I'm not exactly Joe Frazier). Naturally, the principal blamed me ("do you know how much money his father makes?" she asked my dad), but the bully never bothered me again.

The same holds true of presidents. Every president has to draw a line in the sand. Every president has to determine just how far he's willing to be pushed around. Every president has to decide who his enemies are, and then face them down.

President Obama has decided that his real enemies aren't Iranian genocidal dictators, anti-Semitic reporters or Muslim terrorists. His real enemies are conservatives and corporations.

How can we tell? From his rhetoric. Obama doesn't punch anyone in the face directly (not that his fists would do much damage, judging from the way he throws a baseball). But he does lash out at his enemies with his most valuable tool: his silver tongue. When Obama talks about his enemies, his honeyed mouth becomes a blunt instrument rather than a scalpel. The supposed master of the nuances of the English language is apparently rendered stupefyingly inarticulate when faced with those he dislikes; he's suddenly a WWE wrestler pumped up on testosterone, the mic boosted to deafening levels. He calls people out. He uses colorful and confrontational language. He threatens physical force.

When faced with the prospect of Americans who don't like his policies, Obama tells his followers to "argue with them and get in their face." When confronted with his administration's inability to handle the Gulf oil spill, Obama sends out his lackeys to threaten BP in purple terminology; " [we'll] keep our boot on [BP's] neck," they say. This week, Obama doubled down, stating that he had traveled to the Gulf region "so I know whose ass to kick."

Meanwhile, Obama's confrontational tone becomes downright dainty when faced with actual terrorists, murderers and anti-Semites.

All of a sudden, the Chicago thug disappears, replaced by the man of considered diplomacy. After waiting for crucial days to comment on the burgeoning Iranian resistance in June 2009, Obama finally spoke ... with all the force of a small mewling kitten. "I would suggest that Mr. Ahmadinejad think carefully about the obligations he owes to his own people," Obama hesitantly intoned. When Obama was faced with the murderous hatred of Muslims like the Ft. Hood shooter, he urged Americans not to "jump to conclusions."

When Jew-hater Helen Thomas suggested that Jews in Israel return to the lands of the Holocaust, Germany and Poland, Obama said that her remarks were "out of line, " but said it was a "shame, because Helen's someone who ... was a real institution." (So was Father Coughlin, for the record.)

It would be one thing if Obama spoke softly and carried a large stick. But he speaks in velvet whispers and carries a corsage for the enemies of Western Civilization. John Brennan, Obama's pro-jihad alleged counterterrorism adviser, explains Obama's delicacy when it comes to those who truly threaten us: "We're trying to be very careful and precise in our use of language because I think the language we use and the images we project really do have resonance."

That isn't true, though, with regard to those who criticize President Obama in the natural course of legitimate political debate, nor is it true of private companies he can attack for his own political benefit. He'll slap them, punch them, scratch them, kick them with all the blustery force he can muster. After all, they're his chosen enemies.

You can tell a lot about a man by the enemies he makes. And you can tell who Obama's enemies are by the anger he displays when confronted with them; Obama's misplaced rage tells us more about where he stands than his teleprompter-ed utterances ever will. The problem for President Obama is that the enemies he identifies seem a good deal less dangerous than the friends he seeks.

Ben Shapiro, 26, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the author of three books including the national bestseller "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth," and the host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" on 810 AM in Orlando, FL. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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This is a very strong piece. We need more of this. Also a great interview with Michele Bachmann.
Obama is an unconstitutionally qualified usurper and how he and the Democratic party have been permitted by the American People to make off with the Presidency of the USA is beyond me, but if America ever wakes up to this fact before it's entirely too late I suspect when digging deep enough they will discover that the Islamification of the USA and the infiltration of the U.S. government has been well underway for quite some time. Obama is a Muslim conducting Jihad on the USA. It should be plain enough to anyone who was awakened to the reality of Islamic jihad after 911 to see this. Furthermore, the reality of a 15 story mosque at ground zero should be enough to suggest that perhaps we are very close to losing this war being waged upon us and the rest of the world. I would even venture to say that the Gulf oil spill is an act of Islamic jihad. Historically Islam has had very close ties to German Nazism and Communism. Not unlike the German Nazi party, Obama is also a is a eugenicist, an anti-Semite and a self proclaimed Socialist. But really he is a Communist. Obama is also a known Bilderberg as are many of his cabinet members, ah hem, czars. Lastly I will say, if there were ever someone who fit the description of the Anti-Christ in my lifetime, Obama would be it. That may be going to far, especially given that fact that he currently seems to be getting his a$$ kicked by Republican women! But then again, it is The Woman of Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who it has been prophesied will help defeat the Anti-Christ.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Crosshairball
Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:21 PM
Mr. Shapiro's youth gives me much hope as I read his resume and his words of wisdom found in this article. He as I, nearly three times his age, sense something is very wrong in our government, something that is sending our great nation founded on clear terms of ethics, morality and orderliness, is very much in danger of being dismantled. This nation is the only and the last hope as President Reagan said so eloquently years ago, for human dignity, personal freedom and an opportunity to attain what every, EVERY person ever born has a natural desire for - freedom. The trend toward collectivism demeans the dignity of individuals who want to be able to attain their own high aspirations on their terms subject only to their abilities and special gifts. What this president is attempting is to refuse wonderfully informed and capable individuals like Mr. Shapiro to rise to their highest dreams of success and contribution to their fellow human beings. This young man has so many years to contribute to society. I fear his years of having the freedom to contribute are soon to be shortened unless there is a revolution within this nation, a revolution of common sense, a revolution to restore the ideals and ideas of our founders. Thank YOU, Mr. Shapiro for being a star in the middle of a strange storm in our day, our point of history. I honor your youth, your intellect.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Ronald C Lemon
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:04 PM
@ Crosshairball:

Uh . . . yeah. Whatever.

With friends like you, opponents of Obama and his policies don't need enemies.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Scot Penslar
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:41 PM
Re: Scot Penslar
"Uh . . . yeah. Whatever.
With friends like you, opponents of Obama and his policies don't need enemies."
Uh . . . yeah. Whatever? Are you trying to say you're in favor of muslim communist unconstitutionally qualified usurpers hell bent on destroying America for POTUS? Yes lets just sweep all those 'Birthers' under the rug shall we. Don't want to look like tinfoil hatters. Or have I misinterpreted your slanderous remark? Perhaps you are just ignorant of the situation at hand. Or choose to remain so.
I would be entertained to know which parts of my comment offend you the most.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Crosshairball
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:33 PM
Re: Scot Penslar
Hey Scot! Get a clue over here:
Comment: #5
Posted by: Crosshairball
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:46 PM
Thank you - Ben Shapiro - for acknowledging the dismantling of our "Country" via The Presidency. It seems to have been going on for quite a long time. Having worked for The Feds-I know that it is not what our Gov't is telling us that is important-it is what they're Not Telling us that is Critical to our Freedom(?).
As for OBama-what we see is exactly what we are going to get. The signs are all there for all to see.
When he first took over as our Pres. - he stated that he had no plans to "prosecute" the bad actors of Wall Street & Friends. An entire book could be written about the meaning behind this.
As in all Wars - the Costs of War have always been paid for off the backs of the poor. Our Economy has become an Internal War. Then - of course - we have these other War's raging.
Most Americans are well intended - but, ill informed. The "emotionalism" involved in politics is Americas' downfall. This forms the "tools" needed for someone such as OBama to pull off his Socialistic ambitions, because people tend to want someone to tell them what they want to hear - whether there is any truth to it or not.
Our Country has been practising Socialism for quite a long time. So - it won't take much to end Our Constitution as the Supreme Law of The Land.
It is "Good For The Soul" to see that someone such as yourself is putting yourself out there and is not afraid to speak the Truth. Keep up the good work.
Yolanda Lee at
Comment: #6
Posted by: Yolanda Lee
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:39 PM
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