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The Land of Obama Make-Believe

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Where did President Obama go after killing off thousands of Keystone XL pipeline construction and manufacturing jobs? Why, Disney World, of course. Sabotaging work is hard work for Goofy and his pals.

And where'd he head after that? Why, up to Manhattan for more high-priced campaign fundraisers charging up to $38,500 per partier. The business of wining and dining politically connected donors ain't child's play, you know.

Obama touted a White House foreign tourism initiative on Thursday with Cinderella's castle as his backdrop. "America is open for business," he proclaimed chirpily to the rest of the globe.

Tell that to the Keystone managers in Canada whom Obama and his State Department rebuffed — after years of planning and review — in order to appease militant environmentalists and Hollywood celebs. The Animatronic Divider robotically lambasted Republicans for pushing him to make a decision this week. But Senate and House Democrats issued the sharpest rebukes to White House obstructionism:

"President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers, and America's energy independence," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said.

"The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a missed opportunity to drastically turn this economy around. This pipeline would have created thousands of new jobs and helped to ensure our energy independence," Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., lamented.

"This delay is just playing politics with American jobs and American energy security," Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, pointed out.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle scratched their heads as the job-snuffer-in-chief bolted to Orlando's fantasyland to promote economic growth. But there's no more fitting place on Earth for the man whose escapist administration occupies the land of make-believe and no consequences. (Bonus moment: Obama got to shake hands with Mickey Mouse, who infamously turned up on a Florida ACORN voter registration form in 2008. Constituent outreach at its most surreal.)

On the very same day he quashed Keystone, Obama released his first campaign ad of 2012 — hyping his stellar record on energy jobs.

It's Opposite Day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, 365 days a year. Even more comically, the ad touted his exemplary ethics record by quoting a moldy three-year-old endorsement from left-leaning Politifact. And as bipartisan Capitol Hill outrage over the half-billion-dollar Solyndra solar stimulus bust mounts, Obama had the nerve to sprinkle his inaugural campaign spot with — wait for it — solar panels.

Instead of supporting new infrastructure jobs in America through an energy independence-enhancing project that has bipartisan legislative support on Capitol Hill, the president flew to Disney World to peddle looser visa restrictions in China and Brazil by executive order. He also will expand the Visa Waiver Program (a security loophole-ridden program that was suspended temporarily after the 9/11 terrorist attacks) to speed foreign travel.

In case anyone needs reminding, it was the relentless drive of the tourism industry and kowtowing State Department bureaucrats that led to the Bush-era Visa Express Program, which relaxed visa policies, eliminated in-person consulate interviews and opened the door to the 9/11 hijackers. Brazil is just the latest base for al-Qaida and other Islamic jihadi groups. It does not consider Hezbollah or Hamas terrorist groups, and it disbanded its anti-terrorism force in 2009.

The Visa Waiver Program and other efforts to expedite the tourist visa process also pose continuing security risks because — as the Government Accountability Office itself admitted last year — there is still no comprehensive, systematic way to track the 70 million-plus foreign visitors who enter the country on tourist and other short-term visas. Indeed, half of the nation's estimated 20 million illegal aliens are visa overstayers.

How many of the new Disney foreign tourists whom Obama is touting as America's economic salvation will fail to return to their home countries after their Obama World visas expire? We'll likely never know. And Team Obama doesn't care.

In his opening campaign ad salvo, Obama accuses his opponents of being "untethered to facts." But this is an administration that believes lowering visa standards and risking homeland security to pump up Disney foreign tourism is a better path to economic recovery than supporting direct American job creation and enhancing energy security. Like the Disney characters he posed with this week, our cartoonish president is wholly untethered to reality.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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I note Ms. Malkin judiciously avoids comment on the Republican fish bowl massacre. Can't she find something in her heart to praise Newt for seeking and obtaining a special dispensation from God forgiving his ditching of the former wife for the better wife? That sweet guy with grandchildren who is so secure in the knowledge that his errant genes have been passed on to carry on further adventure in the future?

We are talking about the guy who could find not a stitch of forgiveness for Clinton, who actually stayed with the only wife he ever had after being tempted by the Devil. Some 'splainin' to do here? Some spinnin"? Bobbing and weaving? Manufacturing something out of whole cloth to do a better job than the fig leaf?

Just finished cleaning up the puke after hearing the official Gingrich explanation of his conversation with God about all of this, and now that I have an empty stomach I thought I'd write this.

Despite the valiant attempts of Ms. Malkin, her buddies on the Republican side insist on revealing the most gut-wrenching, basic flaws in each other, and her demon Obama is breaking out the champagne every chance he gets.

Time to rethink this message. The ship's going down, kind of like the Costa Concordia.
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Posted by: Masako
Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:33 PM
So according to this partisan sheep Masako because Masako perceives problems with Republican candidates then Michelle can't call out Obama for his lies and hypocrisy? Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Please keep entertaining us with your tired, lame partisan drivel that comes right out of Obama's dirty playbook.
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Posted by: Thetruth
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:48 PM
Indeed it seems that every time someone calls Obama out for corruption, all liberals can do is attack republicans rather than defend their idol. You can't defend Obama, his positions and choices are indefensible. Another 4 years of this numbskull make my bones shudder. Well done Ms. Malkin.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:25 AM
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