Thursday, May 8, 2014

Networks Spend 27 Minutes on Climate Change, Just 15 Seconds on Lois Lerner Contempt Vote

Not even a full vote by the House of Representatives to hold Lois Lerner in contempt can shake the broadcast networks out of their slumber in covering the IRS scandal. - MRC

On Wednesday the House voted 231-178 (all Republicans voted yes with six Democrats) to hold Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Total coverage by ABC, CBS and NBC? Just a 15 second brief on Thursday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America.

However the Big Three networks did find the 110x more time this week to tout the “dire” and “alarming” findings from the White House climate change report. In total ABC, CBS and NBC (from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning) spent a whopping 27 minutes and 37 seconds on the Obama administration’s climate change scare-mongering....

While the Lerner contempt vote didn’t capture much attention from the Thursday morning shows there were some topics the networks deemed much more important.

■ ABC’s Good Morning America spent 1 minute and 19 seconds on the singing nun sensation that “blew away” the judges on Italy’s version of The Voice.

■ NBC’s Today show didn’t find time to talk about the Lerner contempt vote but did bring on their chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd to talk about a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that finds there is a greater acceptance of tattoos. Total Today show tattoo time? 4 minutes, 30 seconds.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

THEY were GUSHING over the report...and it hadn't EVEN come OUT yet!!

Networks Eagerly Push White House Climate Change Agenda Ahead of Obama Interviews - MRC

...On NBC's Today, weatherman Al Roker stood in front of the White House holding up a draft copy of the report and proclaimed: "This is why we're here. This document, the National Climate Assessment Report, it comes out later this morning, and once it does, there are going to be administration officials, scientists around, we'll be talking with them. And then this afternoon we interview the President of the United States about this report."

It’s Official: The IRS Will Raid Your Tax Data Through Obamacare

The Internal Revenue Service this week will publish a final rule requiring Obamacare health insurance exchanges to hand over key personal data to the IRS, which will use the information to implement the tax aspects of the controversial health care law. - Pete Kasperowicz/The Blaze

Information to be handed over from Obamacare exchanges includes names, addresses, taxpayer identification numbers, insurance premium amounts, the name of the insurance issuer, and the insurance plan policy number issued by the exchanges.

The IRS says this data is needed to assess whether people are eligible for a health insurance tax credit. “This tax credit can help make purchasing health insurance coverage more affordable for people with moderate incomes,” according to the IRS.

The rule is being published amid ongoing concerns about data security, and after the troubled launch of the healthcare.gov website that exposed many technical glitches. Those issues have some worried that the personal data people give to the exchanges will be at risk.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monica Lewinsky Writes About Her Affair with President Clinton


After 10 years of virtual silence (“So silent, in fact,” she writes, “that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth”), Lewinsky, 40, says it is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures. - Vanity Fair

Obamacare’s Killer Burden on Nurses

The Affordable Care Act means more and sicker patients are entering hospitals, and less comprehensive and timely health care. - TIME

NEW YORK MAG, MEDIA MATTERS KNIVES STILL OUT FOR LARA LOGAN

After CBS News reporter and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan admitted her report on the September 11, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was "wrong," she took a leave of absence. That was back in November. Now the media elite are firing at her with both barrels in the obvious hope she not be allowed to return. - Breitbart

By her own account, Logan blew it with the "60 Minutes" Benghazi report. By accident or design, Media Matters and the New York Magazine are working in tandem to ensure she is never given a second chance.

DUDE! Fox News claims SEVEN-PAGE email exchange between Obama top officials over Fox News Benghazi report

The #BenghaziDenier-Industrial Complex - Daily Caller

DUDE! Fox News claims SEVEN-PAGE email exchange between Obama top officials over Fox News Benghazi report The Right Scoop

The email exchange, characterized as ‘stunning’, is being withheld by the State Department citing ‘Executive Branch Deliberations’.

The truth shouldn’t be partisan." -- Sen Ted. Cruz



Ted Cruz Wants Answers to These 4 Questions on Benghazi - Heritage

Speaking to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto yesterday, Cruz said: “We have four dead Americans. We have the first dead U.S. Ambassador killed in service since 1979. In the 19 months that have followed, we don’t have a single dead terrorist or a single terrorist apprehended, and what we have seen from the president and Senate Democrats has been stonewalling.”

Here are the four questions Cruz wants the Obama administration to answer:
◼ Why did the State Department repeatedly refuse to provide additional security as was requested by personnel on the ground?
◼ Why did the United States not have military assets in place to protect American men and women on Sept. 11, 2012, when there was increased terrorist activity in the region?
◼ During the Benghazi attack, why didn’t the United States send in forces to protect the four men who lost their lives?
◼ In the 19 months that have followed, why has no one been apprehended, and no one been brought to justice?

Dude: Did Spicoli (aka Tommy Vietor) Just Blow the Lid Off Benghazi?



He is the former National Security Council spokesman for the Obama administration, was in the White House during the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and was heavily involved in preparing Susan Rice with the talking points she used to discuss Benghazi. - Stacy Rush/NewsNinja

During the interview, Vietor drops a “dude” and a couple of bombshells the Obama administration could have done without.

He admits he was in the White House situation room during the Benghazi attacks, Obama was not.

He admits he has no idea where the president was that night. After all, ‘he doesn’t have a tracking device on the POTUS’.

He cannot explain how the CIA talking points that the administration insists Amb. Rice used for the September 16, 2012 appearances included no mention of a YouTube video...

For me however, Vietor’s appearance itself is the story, as it epitomizes the Obama administration.

The 34 year old began working with then Senator Obama as (and I swear I am not making this up) the press van driver, and worked his way up the ranks to National Security Council spokesman.

During the Fox News appearance Vietor was disrespectful, immature, arrogant, inexperienced, ill-equipped, ill-prepared, dismissive, and flippant about an extremely serious subject. Vietor’s appearance and subsequent revelations level a devastating blow to the Obama presidency, yet does it really come as a surprise? Do we not tend to gravitate toward those with whom we have much in common?

WSJ: Get ready for some state legislatures to flip for the GOP, too

Not to get too hasty here, but speaking of election-year indicators that currently bode somewhat ill for Democrats, U.S. Senate seats aren’t the only potential game-changing gains that Republicans have in their sights this November. - HotAir

A handful of chambers on the state-legislature level could be ready to move significantly rightward as well, and while nobody is trying to predict that it’s going to be a 2010-level blowout or anything yet, there are some distinct possibilities for adding on to the 26 states in which the GOP already has legislative control...

GOP Poised to Control More State Legislatures - Wall St. Journal

Four years after Republicans grabbed their largest number of legislative seats since the Great Depression, the party is positioned to gain House and Senate majorities in more states, putting energy regulation, social issues and taxes in play even as Washington remains gridlocked.

Control of five state Senates would swing to the GOP with a gain of no more than three seats, and the party is targeting four additional state legislative chambers, believing the political environment favors Republicans this year. The party already has full legislative control in 26 of the 50 states and holds 29 governorships heading into 2014 elections....

Does America Still Have What It Takes?

Why the American spirit of innovation is in trouble, and what culture has to do with it. - Charles Murray/Mosaic Magazine
...In assessing contemporary America’s situation from this angle, the big unanswered question is whether the upward growth curve that has characterized the nation’s history will continue or whether our present low-growth mode is a sign of creeping economic senescence. It is too soon to say, but if the latter proves to be the case, innovation can be expected to diminish. No society has ever been economically sluggish and remained at the forefront of technological innovation....
Terminal Sclerosis: Can American innovation survive the paralysis of American government? - Charles Murray/Mosaic Magazine

...I, like many others, have been bemused by the seeming paralysis and incompetence of the federal government in recent years. This is not a reference specifically to the Obama administration. Instead, I think we are witnessing an advanced stage of the systemic sclerosis that Mancur Olson described in The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities (1982). The options open to a sclerotic government are tightly limited by the special interests that have grown up within and around it. Sclerotic bureaucracies seek primarily to serve themselves, not the missions they are assigned. And even when a sclerotic government realizes that it is in peril, it is neither agile nor responsive, and is often unable even to prevent itself from doing harm to its own long-term interests.

To put my working hypothesis in terms of Silicon Valley, it seems quite possible to me that the modern American state will effectively cripple the information-technology industry’s innovativeness, oblivious to its dependence on that innovativeness. The same obliviousness will characterize the federal government’s policies toward other centers of American innovation. Whether I am right depends on how far sclerosis in the American government has progressed. My own assessment is that the sclerosis is close to terminal. But that’s a topic for another day.

The Democracy Alliance takes pains to ensure that its work disbursing millions of dollars to top left-wing organizations remains secretive and free from public scrutiny. But a document left on the floor of the group’s recent gathering reveals for the first time the names of a number of individuals involved in the effort....

Read the Confidential Document Left Behind at the Democracy Alliance Meeting - Lachlan Markay/Washingtoon Free Beacon

...A list of new members of the Democracy Alliance offers a revealing look into the secret group of liberal billionaires...

It lists new Democracy Alliance “partners,” individuals who every year must pay $30,000 in dues and contribute at least $200,000 to the groups that DA supports. It also reveals names of DA “advisers,” foundation participants, and individuals getting a “sneak peek” at the group’s activities.

Among its new partners are top labor union bosses, financial and business leaders, and heirs to billion-dollar fortunes who have made names for themselves as high-dollar Democratic donors....

The Democracy Alliance does not actually accept donations. Instead, it solicits contributions from left-wing millionaires and billionaires, and serves as a “pass through” between those donors and top liberal advocacy groups, including the Center for American Progress, Media Matters for America, and Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA.

The group emphasizes secrecy in all of its operations, even as its members and the DA “favored organizations” to which they donate decry the role of “dark money” in American politics. DA does not disclose details of any of the transactions it facilitates, and its members and donation recipients are prohibited from speaking publicly about the organization and its operations.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Obama Boasts of 'Year of Action,' then Golfs, Attends WHCD, Heads to Four Fundraisers...

With Worsening Messes at Home and Abroad, Obama Brags of ‘Year of Action’ - Jim Geraghty/NRO

On Saturday President Obama enjoyed his 11th golf outing of the year before heading off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Today the president meets with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and then hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden. Later this week, the President will attend four Democratic fundraisers in California.

But perhaps the clearest sign of the “Year of Action” is in the results.

USA Today this morning:
By more than 2-1, 65 percent to 30 percent, Americans say they want the president elected in 2016 to pursue different policies and programs than the Obama administration, rather than similar ones…

By more than 2-1, Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. They remain downbeat about the economy. They aren’t persuaded that the Affordable Care Act is going to help them and their families. Even the president’s supporters worry he is a political liability for fellow Democrats. The president’s job approval rating remains anemic in the new survey, at 44% approve, 50% disapprove.

90,000 Nevada Residents Could Lose Health Insurance Due To Obamacare...

Own a small business? Brace for Obamacare pain - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Local insurance brokers are reporting spikes ranging from 35 percent to 120 percent on policies that renew from July to December. The increases are especially acute among employers with workforces made up of younger, healthier men. That’s because Obamacare prohibits offering lower rates to healthier groups. It also narrows the allowed premium gap between older and younger enrollees.

“It’s like if there were no more safe-driver discounts with State Farm,” said local insurance broker Frank Nolimal of Assurance Ltd. “Everybody has the same rate, whether you have three DUIs, or you’re a (nondrinking) churchgoing Mormon.”

The changes put as many as 90,000 policies across Nevada at risk of cancellation or nonrenewal this fall, said Las Vegas insurance broker William Wright, president of Chamber Insurance and Benefits. That’s more than three times the 25,000 enrollees affected in October, when Obamacare-compliant plans first hit the market.

Rep. Gowdy: 'I Have Evidence' of Benghazi Cover-Up



Rep. Trey Gowdy said Friday that he has evidence of a "systematic, intentional" effort by the Obama administration to withhold documents from Congress about the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans. - Todd Beamon/Newsmax

"I have evidence that, not only are they hiding it, there's an intent to hide it," the South Carolina Republican told "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" on Fox News. "I can't disclose that evidence yet, but I have evidence that there was a systematic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress — and we're just sick of it."

Trey Gowdy Benghazi: Witnesses Had Courage to Come Forward – Systemic Effort to Intentionally Hide Records - Maggie's Notebook
GRETA: You told me right here that you have evidence that not only are they, meaning the Obama administration, hiding it, but there is an intent to hide it. I can’t disclose that evidence yet but there is a systemic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress. Will we see those documents?

GOWDY: Well, I can’t prove to you what I don’t know. I don’t know whether the documents have been destroyed. I know this, there are witnesses that have had the courage to come forth and share with us what was a systemic effort to take certain documents — take the ARB [Accountability Review Board], for instance — does anybody believe the ARB had access to all the documents and all of the witnesses? I don’t know anyone who believes that, so that necessarily undercuts any thing they may have found....
Gowdy Blasts Administration’s ‘Systematic Effort’ To Withhold Benghazi Documents From Congress - Heritage Foundry
Issa: 'Disturbing and Perhaps Criminal' That WH Withheld Key Benghazi Documents - CNS News

Documents relating to the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi -- released by the White House just days ago under a Freedom of Information Act Request -- should have been turned over to Congress a year and a half ago, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Thursday.

Attkisson: WH using “well orchestrated strategy to controversialize a story they don’t want to hear about” - The Right Scoop

‘This is first time we have had a president who’s an outright coward,’ says Lt. Col. Ralph Peters - Biz Pac Review

Obama Adviser That Edited Benghazi Talking Points Wrote Short Story About A Character That Edits Talking Points - Patrick Howley/Daily Caller

President Obama’s national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who edited the administration’s Benghazi talking points, is a former fiction writer who penned a short story about a supernaturally gifted professional note-taker who rises through the corporate world by taking notes that make other people’s statements sound better....

Students in a California school district will not be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, due to concerns that such displays of patriotism would inflame racial tensions by offending Mexican students on their holiday


Students, It’s Illegal To Wear An American Flag Shirt On Cinco De Mayo - Robby Soave/DAILY CALLER

The district’s policy concerned many free speech advocates, but was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In response, Tea Party groups plan to protest outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. And they will be wearing American flag T-shirts. (RELATED: Latino student group says eating tacos is offensive to Mexicans)

“They silenced a symbol of patriotism and freedom in America,” said Georgine Scott-Codiga, president of the Gillroy-Morgan Hill Patriots, in a statement to KCBS.

The trouble dates back to Cinco de Mayo in 2010, when the school forced four students to remove their American flag T-shirts. Administrators worried that fighting would break out between white and Latino students if the shirts were noticed, and so the four offending students were sent home.

The practice of limiting one group’s free speech rights because that speech might cause another group to react violently is known as the “heckler’s veto.” It is understood by free speech enthusiasts to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights....

Obama has shown zero interest in bipartisan reform

Obama blows off deals with GOP, creating era of bad feelings - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner @michaelbarone

Second-term presidencies are an opportunity for bipartisan compromise. The institutional stars are in alignment to address long-range problems not amenable in other circumstances....

Like Reagan, Clinton and Bush, Barack Obama has at times acknowledged the long-term unsustainability of current programs. The tax code has again become encrusted with preferences once again, Social Security is still facing stress and Medicare threatens to gobble up larger and larger shares of the nation's economy.

Entitlements threaten to squeeze out domestic spending that Democrats favor. And, as former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta argued in the Wall Street Journal, the sequester cuts are hobbling the military as foreign threats increase.

But in his second term Obama has shown zero interest in bipartisan reform. He campaigns on mini-issues like the minimum wage and patches up Obamacare with executive orders that put him on the cusp of ignoring his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.

Examiner Editorial: Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are America's great dividers - Washington Examiner EDITORIAL

Harry Reid's hometown newspaper - the Las Vegas Review-Journal - recently offered an important observation: “As majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid is supposed to lead. The Nevada Democrat should be focused on the concerns of Americans and on shaping debate on important matters of national interest. Sen. Reid is doing neither. In fact, he's working so hard to ignore the taxpaying public's priorities that he has become a parody of his position.”

...Then there is Nancy Pelosi. This statement appears on the House Minority Leader’s web site: “Democrats are building an economic approach that lifts every American, not just the privileged few. The average American CEO earns more before lunchtime in one day than a minimum wage worker earns all year. This is not the kind of America we want our children to grow up in. Today's economic challenges result from years of Republican inaction and failed policies that have left more and more Americans behind.” In Pelosi’s world, Democrats are for “every American,” while Republicans favor only “the privileged few.”

Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Council Meetings in Landmark First Amendment Ruling

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that opening prayers at local council meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution — even if invocations sometimes stress Christianity. - The Blaze

Could you lie to a bereaved father? On Hillary Clinton and what happened at Benghazi

The Ben Rhodes memo revealing the duplicity of this administration on the subject of Benghazi reminds us about the character of those involved. - MOna Charen/Washington Examiner

That President Obama could lie so evenly and so passionately (remember the second presidential debate?) is not perhaps surprising at this stage. But let's not forget what it took for Hillary Clinton to lie to the grieving father of an American hero....

As the Rhodes memo makes clear, the president sent his U.N. ambassador to the Sunday shows to lie. Susan Rice was "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy." Rice did as she was told. The election was less than two months away. A foreign policy failure would not be politically convenient, so it would be made to go away. It's one of the minor injustices of this sorry story that Rice has received more condemnations than the president or secretary of state, who pulled the strings.

Clinton began to peddle the "Internet video" story from the first moments after the guns went silent in Benghazi. When the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. apologized to her on Sept. 13, 2012, for the "terror attack," she ignored this and burbled on about "The Innocence of Muslims."

The president, vice president and Clinton welcomed the bodies of Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sept. 14. According to Woods' father, the vice president used remarkably offensive locker room talk about the deceased Navy SEAL, but Clinton stayed on message. She greeted the man whose son had bravely attempted to fight off far more numerous and better-armed terrorists on the roof of the CIA annex and who gave his life. Did she praise the courage and self-sacrifice of the decorated Navy SEAL? Did she express regret that he had been left nearly alone to fight off the Islamist terrorists? No. Not even the flag-draped coffins spread before Clinton could shake her iron determination to stick with the script. She told Woods they would catch the guy who made the Internet film and make sure he was punished.

Most politicians are capable of stretching the truth on occasion. But this question, this setting and this egregious a lie suggest that Clinton's conscience -- if she ever had one -- is growing flaccid from disuse.

John Bolton To Judge Jeanine: Where Was Hillary Clinton? Her Post Was Attacked, Her People Were Killed … - Video at The Right Scoop
“This really poses I think a critical point. Where was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on those five talk shows? This was her post that was attacked, her people that were killed, she was out there issuing a press release while the attack was going on blaming it on the video. She was there at Andrews Air Force Base, blaming it on the video, and yet two days later she can’t go on the Sunday talk shows? There’s a story there.”
[VIDEO] Brit Hume SHREDS Jane Harman Over Benghazi - The Right Scoop

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Obama’s ‘Blame the Video’ Fraud Started in Cairo, Not Benghazi

The e-mail revelations and the Obama administration’s lies - Andrew C. McCarthy/National Review Online

Why would Carney claim, with a straight face, that Rice was being prepped “about protests around the Muslim world”? Because, other than Benghazi, the “protest around the Muslim world” that Americans know about is the rioting (not “protest,” rioting) at the U.S. embassy in Cairo a few hours before the Benghazi siege. When Benghazi comes up, the administration — President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Jay Carney, et al. — loves to talk about the Cairo “protests.” Why? Because the media, and thus the public, have bought hook, line, and sinker the fraudulent claim that those “protests” were over the anti-Muslim video. Obama & Co. shrewdly calculate that if you buy “Blame the Video” as the explanation for Cairo, it becomes much more plausible that you will accept “Blame the Video” as the explanation for Benghazi — or, at the very least, you will give Obama officials the benefit of the doubt that they could truly have believed the video triggered Benghazi, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

You see, the Benghazi fraud hinges on the success of the Cairo fraud. If you are hoodwinked by the latter, they have a much better chance of getting away with the former.

But “Blame the Video” is every bit as much a deception when it comes to Cairo....

Father of Navy SEAL Killed in Benghazi Speaks Out and Shreds the Administration’s Lies

On Friday night, Charles Woods, the father of slain Navy SEAL Ty Woods, responded to the recent revelations surrounding the Benghazi video protest terror attack on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. - IJ Review Video at the link...

He also discussed the letter he received from President Obama last year, as well as what Hillary Clinton said to him at Andrews Air Force base upon the arrival of his son’s casket.
Responding to a question about whether he felt lied to, Woods said:
“Hillary Clinton came up to me and I gave her a handshake and a hug, and when I shook her hand she said to me, ‘We are going to have the filmmaker arrested.’ Even at that time, she was trying to place a spin on what happened.”

Reid Bunkerville LLC Exposed: Is This Why Bundy Ranch Was Targeted?

(Before It’s News Exclusive) Public land records obtained by Before It’s News show a corporate entity partially owned by Senator Harry Reid is the owner of over 93 acres of undeveloped land within several miles of the Clliven Bundy ranch. - Susan Duclos/Before It's News

Reid Bunkerville, LLC is listed as the current owner of four parcels of land on the west side of Bunkerville are within several miles of the Bundy ranch. This area appears to be slated for development in the future.

While this will be explained, parcels numbers provided along with ownership proof, it is encouraged for everyone reading to go through the information, the documents provided, visit the links and come to their own conclusions, because this is just the data from public records.

It tells a story of a man, Cliven Bundy, seemingly in the way of some lucrative business deals.

Below are the parcel numbers of land which the Clark County Assessors Office lists as owned by Reid Bunkerville, LLC, who coincidentally updated their company records on April 17, 2014. The parcel map with ownership data will be shown for the three parcels Reid Bunkerville, LLC owns, below the linked parcel numbers.
REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-901 #002-26-301-002
REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-800 #002-26-301-004
REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-800 #002-26-301-005
REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-800 #002-26-701-001
To put some of this into context and to provide readers a starting point on why parcels and ownership listings are not only important but should be researched extensively, please note that three of those four parcel numbers above are listed as Bunkerville jurisdiction, where Mr. Cliven Bundy’s ranch is located.

Parcels above and below are listed as owned by USA, jurisdiction listed as Mesquite, two examples of that shown below.
USA #002-26-202-001
USA #002-26-301-001
The last one listed above for Reid Bunkerville, LLC, (REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-800 #002-26-701-001) directly borders another parcel in Bunkerville, and shows the “owner” as Bureau of Land Management (BLM), not the USA as the examples above are.
REID BUNKERVILLE L L C DST-800 #002-26-701-001
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT #002-26-601-002
And there's more. At the link.

Obama Skips Self-Deprecation, Lashes Out at Republicans in Vicious WHCA Dinner Monologue

Obama knows that the highly partisan crowd at the annual event will eat up his vindictive diatribe - Truth Revolt

Once a year, at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, the president drops in to deliver a short comedy bit heavy on self deprecation. President Reagan was a master, goofing on himself as a slow-witted Hollywood rube; George H.W. Bush stepped out of his stiff patrician bearing to hit himself with a few zingers; Bill Clinton singed himself badly after his affair with a White House intern ("How was your week?").

And George W. Bush was, frankly, a master. Derided like Reagan, a slow witted rube, but this time from Texas, Bush once brought an impersonator on stage to mock him nonstop, for everything from his marble-mouthed delivery to his low approval rating. Mastery.

But President Obama each year proves he just isn't man enough to point his super-intellectual humor at himself. Sure, he almost always delivers a burn or two at himself, but he always goes on a scorched-earth campaign after that, viciously ripping any and all critics who have taken him on.

Saturday night was no different.

..Throughout the monologue, the 2,500 people in the Washington Hilton howled their approval at the over-the-top attacks. Later, when comedian Joal McHale made a Nancy Pelosi joke, there were only groans.

But Obama knows that the highly partisan crowd at the annual event will eat up his vindictive diatribe, and each year, it does. So every year, Obama makes it all just a bit more vicious. Still, that seems to be just the problem: A man who can't laugh at himself is a man devoid of humor, and nearly always, bitter and petty.