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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review September 28, 2012/ 12 Tishrei, 5773

Barack Obama, slacker-in-chief

By Deroy Murdock




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Concerning the fun parts of his job, Barack Obama resembles the Energizer Bunny. If there are crowds to wow, entertainers to schmooze or donors to pitch, Obama is Johnny on the spot. Too bad Obama's sparks stop flying when it comes time for the serious, heavy lifting of the presidency.

This phenomenon's most chilling example involves Obama's national security-related presidential daily brief (PDB). As the conservative Government Accountability Institute calculated, and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen first reported Sept. 10, Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his daily briefings between Jan. 23, 2009 (three days after his inauguration) and May 31, 2012. Available nearly every day, the briefing allows the commander-in-chief to hear directly from top intelligence professionals about the latest threats to U.S. safety. These experts are on hand to answer questions, hear suggestions and otherwise help Obama foil America's enemies.

But Obama has had higher priorities.

According to the institute's data culled from the official White House calendar and Politico.com's news coverage of that schedule, Obama chose to skip his daily briefings and, instead, simply read his briefing book. This is a bit like studying one's chest X-rays at home while spurning a radiologist's offer to interpret them and answer pertinent questions. In this sense, Obama quietly reviewed his national security X-rays alone during 56.2 percent of the time the institute analyzed. Obama missed 61.6 percent of these briefings in 2011.

Obama skipped his briefings between last Sept. 4 and 11, the entire week before the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya suffered an Islamic terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, technical officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Who knows if a briefer's classified utterance, or a particularly astute question from Obama, might have triggered tighter security in Benghazi and, perhaps prevented the murders of four Americans?

Even worse, as Thiessen reports, Obama postponed and eventually skipped his briefing on the day after these planned and deliberate assassinations. This liberated Obama for a truly indispensable responsibility that day. As American embassies burned brightly throughout the Islamic world, Obama jetted off on Air Force One for a campaign fundraiser in America's least solemn city -- Las Vegas.

At last, three days after the Benghazi bloodshed, and nine days after his previous briefing, Obama sat still for a proper briefing Sept. 14, the White House schedule shows. Perhaps the scrutiny of Thiessen and other critics finally has inspired Obama to attend his briefings with the regularity of his predecessors.

Obama this week met with exactly zero world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, not least of them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wants to stop Iran from redecorating Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with mushroom clouds. Obama found time, however, to serve as "eye candy" for Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of "The View."

Obama has shirked his domestic obligations, too. He reportedly has held just two Cabinet meetings this year -- on Jan. 31 and July 26. While claiming to be totally focused on reducing naggingly high unemployment, Obama has not met with his Jobs Council since January. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained, "The president's obviously got a lot on his plate." This has included a $38,000-per-plate fundraiser at the Manhattan home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and golf, of which Obama has enjoyed some 104 rounds as president.

Obama's dereliction of duty would be bad enough if he were a latter-day Eisenhower: a well-respected, perhaps feared, world leader enjoying prosperity at home and peace (or at least a manageable Cold War) overseas. Instead, Obama grows increasingly comical, the domestic economy languishes, and the American flag has become an alternative fuel source across the Middle East. Nonetheless, Ike Jr. parties like it's 1959.

Perhaps Obama has devolved from president to slacker-in-chief in an elaborate display of empathy for America's 12.5 million unemployed. With so many citizens not working, Obama may reckon, why should he?

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



Previously:

09/24/12: Citizens or subjects? Candidates offer choice

08/17/12: Dems ignore own issues with Medicare

08/13/12: Speech Romney should give on Bain

07/20/12: Obama's green projects bleeding red

07/13/12: EPA, why fine oil firms over fantasy biofuel?

07/06/12: How about remembering Mexican victims of 'Fast and Furious'?

06/29/12: Health-care victory will give Obama headaches

06/22/12: Mitt Romney, get on bus

06/18/12: The 'racist' Florida vote purge obeys federal law

06/08/12: Scott Walker's win should propel big reforms, stiffen pols' spines

06/01/12: Regulators regulate, and that's a problem

05/25/12: WWII hero Karski to receive U.S. Medal of Freedom

05/18/12: Not the behavior of normal Americans

05/18/12: Spacemen to NASA: Cool it on global warming

05/04/12: Libs want to plunge the penthouse

04/27/12: Obama and company are pushing hard on the pedal for deadlier cars

04/20/12: We don't need no stinkin' budget?

04/14/12: New Reasons to Hate Obamacare

04/06/12: Team Obama plays energy policy for laughs

03/30/12: Twitchy Dems need to let workers put tax-cut money in retirement funds

03/23/12: Why not $100-an-hour minimum wage?

03/15/12: The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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