We are all our brother’s keeper, except for Barack Obama


**Posted by Phineas

One of Barack Obama’s major campaign themes is “fairness,” how we should all chip in (in the form of higher taxes) for the good of the country and to help those in need.

Apparently that sense of obligation, however, doesn’t extend to his own half-brother, as author Dinesh D’Souza recently found out:

How I became George Obama’s ‘brother’

A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.

One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.

So much for spreading the wealth around.

I think we all have family members whom we’re not close to or even don’t get along with, but, still, we’d help them if they were in desperate need. It’s not as if President Obama hasn’t known about George’s poverty; they’ve met at least twice before. And he himself has shown interest in his Kenyan ancestry, via his memoirs.

And yet his own half-brother doesn’t feel he can turn to him for help when his child is sick.

What does this say about Barack Obama?

Roger Kimball sees this as an egregious example of liberal benevolence and finds himself speechless:

I’ve long known that abstract benevolence, a specialty of liberals, was eerily compatible with practical indifference or even cruelty. (I go into some of the reasons for this in “What’s Wrong with Benevolence” in my new book The Fortunes of Permanence.) But this spectacle of callous familial neglect by, as Dinesh rightly describes him, the most powerful man in the world is something special. Forget politics. This is about simple humanity. I have to assume that Dinesh’s facts are true. No one would dare fabricate such a story. But what does it mean?  For once I am speechless.

I think it’s just sad.

RELATED: Back in 2010, I wondered if Obama had Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Maybe this is another sign he does.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

President Egobama rides again


**Posted by Phineas

Tell me you love me!

First it was inserting himself into the biographies of past presidents; now, it’s rewriting State Department country reports into resumes for Obama. Here’s one example:

Compare the nearly 1,200-word “Fact Sheet” published this week by the U.S. embassy in Brazil with the last Background Note on Brazil written during the George W. Bush Administration.

The 4,100-word Bush document, chock full of facts and figures helpful in analyzing the country and its importance to the U.S., never once mentions the name of any U.S. President. The 300-word section on U.S.–Brazil relations takes up about 7 percent of the document.

Conversely, fully 70 percent (830 words) of the Brazil Fact Sheet, which is focused exclusively on U.S. relations with Brazil, discusses President Obama either directly by name (twice!) or in the context of the plethora of programs his Administration has launched with Brazil, including a shared “commitment to combat discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) status; to advance gender equality; a bilateral instrument that targets racism; support for HIV/AIDS prevention, promotion of clean energy technologies in Brazil, and mitigation of climate change.”

It’s not just Bush with whom Obama differs: none of his predecessors in the last 30 years, Democrat or Republicans, have made changes like these. And remember, these paeans to President Obama are being written with taxpayer dollars. What used to be a series of neutral reports for researchers are being turned into campaign documents in praise of The Lightworker.

I don’t know if this originated with Obama the narcissist, himself, or staffers acting as sycophants, but, regardless, it’s unseemly, eye roll-inducing, and unworthy of the Chief of State of the United States.

What’s next, a golden rotating statue high above Washington?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Even some House Democrats from New York are skipping #DNC2012


The list continues to grow – so reports the NY Times (hat tip):

ALBANY — Representative Timothy H. Bishop of Long Island is visiting the Rocky Point Civic Association. Representative Kathy Hochul of Erie County is meeting with small business owners. And Representative Bill Owens of the North Country is discussing agriculture policy with the New York Farm Bureau.

With President Obama set to accept his party’s renomination in three weeks, excuses are plentiful among Democratic members of Congress from New York State — or at least those who are gearing up for tough re-election battles in November — for why they cannot attend the Democratic National Convention.

A number of Democratic elected officials across the country have also sent their regrets. But the absences from New York are striking, because Mr. Obama is still very popular in the state, and is expected to win its electoral votes easily in November.

The four incumbent Democrats facing the toughest challenges in New York — Representatives Bishop, Hochul and Owens, as well as Representative Louise M. Slaughter of Rochester — are all skipping the convention, which begins Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.

The late timing of the convention, after the traditional Labor Day kickoff to the fall campaign season, may be a factor in discouraging some lawmakers from attending the convention. And a court-ordered redistricting plan has forced many incumbents in New York to woo voters they have not previously represented.

“Almost any candidate is better off staying home,” said Lawrence Levy, an expert on suburban politics at Hofstra University. “It’s Labor Day — there are parades, there are barbecues, there are block parties. These are the staples of retail campaigning. Why would you want to take time away?”

But the decisions, in some cases, also reflect the reality that even in some pockets of a state as reliably blue as New York, Democrats do not see the president as a political asset.

Even in New York. You know things are bad for the President and his party when ….