“Notably, President Obama did not respond to greeting messages from America’s Mideast allies until weeks after he’d entered the White House. The Iraqi leadership had to wait three weeks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai waited 40 days. Leaders of traditional allies such as Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia didn’t wait as long — but got only protocol calls devoid of political content.
“Obama’s emissaries to the region have made it clear that the new administration is keener on cultivating its foes than courting its friends.” local newspaper a list of 174 white Democratic voters whose eligibility he intended to challenge if they tried to vote in an upcoming election. According to the court, Brown compiled the list based on the individuals’ perceived lack of support for black candidates. One voter testified that she was so intimidated, she didn’t vote. Another testified that she was so scared, she felt she couldn’t approach the polls alone.” “President Obama’s drive to reduce tax deductions for charity means trouble for New York — especially its cultural institutions,” Roger Kimball writes in the New York Post.
“Consider: the Metropolitan Museum of Art just announced that it’s eliminating 74 full-and part-time employees from its merchandising staff and plans to reduce overall staff by upward of 10 percent in the near future,” said Mr. Kimball, editor and publisher of the New Criterion.
“And those cuts are prompted simply by the stock market’s decline, which has hammered the Met’s endowment. Still ahead is the hit the museum would take from Obama’s proposals to make it about 20 percent more expensive for top earners to give to charities by reducing what they can deduct from their tax bill.
“So, even as people are upgrading their calculators to handle the large number of zeros required by the Obama administration’s gargantuan spending packages, cultural leaders are asking themselves: What in God’s name is he doing?”