February 24, 2021
Now that we have established that even ex-presidents can be tried in the Senate, the time may be right for a fresh look at ex-President Barack Obama’s presidential crimes and misdemeanors. To get the tumbrils rolling, let me suggest the following six areas of investigation, ranked from probably worthy of impeachment to possibly worthy of imprisonment.
The challenge here was not to find six but to whittle the list down to six. Left on the cutting room floor are Obama extra-constitutional DACA authorization, his duplicitous Iran deal, his misadventures in Syria and Iraq, his Nixonian “Internal Threat Program,” his responsibility for the lethal “Ferguson effect,” and his spying on journalists, all of which abuses dwarf any of President Trump’s misdeeds, real or imagined.
In Springsteen, Obama has found the perfect partner, someone whose life is as inauthentic as his own. Obama claims that he and Springsteen have “a shared sensibility about work, about family and about America.” The shared sensibility about work is that neither has ever had a real job. According to Time, Springsteen labored for a few weeks at age 18 as a gardener. And that was it.
By the early ’70s, he had left his leafy suburban “death trap” behind and was busily reinventing himself as a Dylanesque folk singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village. Although the Village is only five Holland Tunnel minutes away from Jersey City, it might as well be five light years away. This radical enclave has held its collective nose up at New Jersey’s “bridge and tunnel trash” for a century. The only kind of politics a Jersey boy could absorb here are the kind that have informed Springsteen’s lyrics ever since – elitist, leftist and out of touch. He sure as hell didn’t learn about things like “economic justice” at my exit on the Garden State Parkway.
Jack Cashill has written over a dozen books, including two about the mysterious 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800, one about the Trayvon Martin case, and two – now three – about Barack Obama. His new book, Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency, is a definitive account not only of Obama’s eight years in office but also of the transformation of most mainstream American political journalists, largely during the Obama era, from relatively objective reporters of the facts – emphasis on “relatively” – to dedicated partisans of the left, ready and eager at every turn to cover up unpleasant truths (however important) about Democrats and to promote outrageous lies (however destructive) about Republicans.
Even as I write this, it’s being reported that Twitter has “restricted” James O’Keefe and his organization Project Veritas for daring to expose censorship by Facebook. More than ever, samizdat heroes like O’Keefe are necessary to the survival of our democracy. And Unmasking Obama – whose author is also in the first rank of those heroes – is vital reading for all Americans who don’t yet grasp the degree to which their picture of reality has been distorted by guileful operators who, claiming to be brave voices of truth, have instead been the willing tools of power.
One useful outcome of this most recent impeachment Kabuki was the exposure of the “very fine people” lie, the one spawned by the media in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia, dust-up in August 2017.
So pervasive was the lie that reportedly Trump’s attorneys did not even know it was a lie until they began to research it. Left unexplored, however, even by the conservative media, was how Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign on the wings of this lie and rode it, by hook and by crook, all the way to the White House.
According to Biden, Trump “stunned the world and shocked the conscience of the nation” by claiming “there were very fine people on both sides,” a phrase Biden repeated for emphasis. Said Biden, “I knew the threat to our nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”
On January 28, while attempting to take a photo of a suspicious vehicle cruising in front of his San Francisco home, 76-year-old private investigator Jack Palladino was grabbed by one of the two men in the car and dragged forty feet before falling over backward and lethally striking his head. Not since the Zebra killings of the 1970s has one murder caused San Francisco’s leftist worthies so much consternation. If you do not know of the Zebra killers, there is a reason why. The killers were black. All 21 of their victims, 14 fatal, were white or Asian. The Zodiac killer worked the same area at roughly the same time, killed far fewer people, and got ten times the attention.
Palladino’s killing made the news in spite of the fact that he was white and the two accused killers are black. What made Palladino newsworthy is that he has friends in high Democratic places. “Mr. Palladino was a San Francisco legend, someone who dedicated his career to pursing justice and truth,” said San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin. “[He] did so much to make the justice system work, whether it was civil justice or criminal justice,” said former San Francisco mayor and Kamala Harris “mentor” Willie Brown.
At the beginning of the 2020 NFL season, CNN editors ran a headline that, without intending, spoke to the reason why NFL ratings plummeted this year: “Here’s how NFL Sunday games highlighted racial inequality in the U.S.” On day 1, the NFL opened a Pandora’s box of grievances, more imagined than real. The airing of these grievances has succeeded only in driving viewers away. As the NFL execs have learned, fans don’t watch football to be lectured to, especially by people who have no idea what they are lecturing about.
If federal thoughtpolice learned that a police or fire department had employment numbers like the NFL’s, they would seize it tomorrow and frog march the chiefs to the nearest reeducation center. The reason for the feds’ dismay should be obvious. Beyond silly lip service, NFL teams pay no attention at all to the equity messages coming out of the White House.
Unlike the woke ad execs who scruple almost comically over the race, gender, age, sexual orientation and handicap status of every actor in every ad shown during an NFL game, NFL coaches and GMs don’t give a damn about any of that stuff. Setting the NFL apart from every other professional association, the league has no “metric” for race or sex or age let alone for sexual orientation or handicap status. The “metrics” that matter are height, weight, bench press, 40-yard dash and, yes, even intelligence.
With People, Michelle got careless. She decided to retell a story she had already told, the Target story. Michelle began by saying, “I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady.” Here, she suggests that the tale has already become folklore. Michelle continued, “During that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her.”
On Letterman, Michelle did not impute any particular race to the woman in question. Nor did she suggest any motive other than the woman’s inability to reach the top shelf. Here, Michelle wants the readers of People to believe that the woman was white, that she recognized the “not highly disguised” Michelle, and treated her like the help even knowing she was the first lady.Nor did Michelle want this to be seen as an isolated incident. She concluded, “Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.” This contrasts just a wee bit with the takeaway message on Letterman, “That was my interaction. I felt so good.”
When George Orwell’s “1984” was published in 1949, the idea of a “memory hole” seemed doable. If all information was contained in print, authorities merely had to destroy the print. Ray Bradbury came to the same conclusion four years later in his dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451.” The novel’s “firemen” simply had to burn the books, and the citizens remained in the dark.
Today, however, despite the efforts of Big Tech, almost all information is instantly available to anyone who wants it. This reality makes Big Media seem merely foolish as they try to airbrush away the indecencies of the 2017 presidential transition. The real indecencies occurred not in the streets where the largely peaceful protesters burned cars, broke windows and assaulted police, but in the very White House itself.
A week ago, I received a text from a reporter at the Kansas City Star. It read, “Mr. Cashill. Michael Ryan from the Star here. Do you have a moment to get acquainted and for me to ask your opinion on Josh Hawley.” Wary of phone calls with reporters, especially from the Star, I texted back. “Here is a quote. ‘Josh is a super stand-up guy, a presidential contender. Rockhurst should be proud.'”
Rockhurst is the Jesuit High School that Hawley attended in Kansas City where I live. I added the “Rockhurst” line to offset the guff coming Hawley’s way from his alma mater.I attended a Jesuit high school myself, in New York City. I had just received my alumni magazine with a glowing article about our most celebrated alum and current cover boy, Anthony Fauci. Which reminds me of an old Catholic joke: What is the difference between a Baptist and a Jesuit? Answer: the Baptist knows he’s not Catholic.
Living up to the punch line, Rockhurst school president David J. Laughlin offered up the following bromide: “A growing society which shows contempt and intolerance for our treasured heritage of plurality, process and dignified disagreement cannot continue.” Laughlin wasn’t through. “I call upon all of our elected officials, including our graduate Senator Josh Hawley, to conduct their own examination of conscience on this matter. If wrong occurs, one ought to seek atonement and reconciliation. These are the Christian principles Rockhurst teaches when wrong has occurred.”