Laura Ingraham: Barack Obama’s failed reset

The Obamas left the White House almost two years ago. Can you believe it?  But they don't want you to forget how awesome they were. Excuse me, are. Well, with Michelle's current rock star-like book tour, the pair's global speech (inaudible) and their deep ties to Hollywood celebs, they are hard to avoid. Tuesday night, … Continue reading “Laura Ingraham: Barack Obama’s failed reset”

The Obamas left the White House almost two years ago. Can you believe it?  But they don't want you to forget how awesome they were. Excuse me, are.

Well, with Michelle's current rock star-like book tour, the pair's global speech (inaudible) and their deep ties to Hollywood celebs, they are hard to avoid.

Tuesday night, Barack Obama visited the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and he came off as a man who is obsessed with himself and obsessed with taking credit for another guy's  (Trump's) success. Here’s just some of what he said:

“And by the way, American energy production, you wouldn't always know it but, you know, it went up every year when I was president. And you know that whole, suddenly America is like the biggest oil producer and the biggest — that was me, people. I just want you to… Sometimes you go to Wall Street and folks would be grumbling about anti-business. I said have you checked where your stocks were when I came into office and where they are now. What are you talking — what are you complaining about? Just say thank you please.”

No, thank you. Obama's efforts at legacy building notwithstanding the difference between the two president's economic records are stark.

Now Andy Puzder, former fast food exec and one-time Trump labor secretary nominee wrote a fantastic piece in Tuesday's "Wall Street Journal."

He compared the end of the Obama economy with the beginning of the Trump economy. Check these fascinating statistic out from his op-ed:

"GDP growth staggered along at 1.5 percent in Mr. Obama's final six full quarters in office. But growth doubled to 3 percent during Mr. Trump's first six full quarters. … The increase in job openings over Mr. Trump's first 21 months has averaged an impressive 75,000 a month. But over Mr. Obama's last 20 months in office, the number of job openings increased an average of 900 a month. Well, during Mr. Obama's last 21 months, the number of employed Americans increased — not bad — an average of 157,000 a month. But under Mr. Trump, the increase has accelerated to 214,000 a month. A whopping 36 percent improvement.”

Unbelievable.

Well, on top of that, we all know other facts, right? There has been record low African-American, Latino unemployment. A credible rise in small business applications, and totally jacked up consumer confidence. You get the point.

Obama's pathetic attempt to take credit for the fruits of his successor’s policies while Obama criticizes most of those very same policies is just patently ridiculous. And that's not the only thing by the way that doesn't wash in Obama land.

Here’s more from what the former president said on Tuesday in Texas:

“Michelle and I and our girls, we came out intact.– And what I mean by that is that the core values that we brought into the office, pretty homespun values of, you know, tell the truth and try to see the other person's point of view and treat people kindly and with respect.”

With respect? Excuse me if I laugh. Like all the respect his administration and he himself showed for any Obama critic? Here’s what he said on February 25, 2010:

“Let me just make this point, John, because we are not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”

And this from January 14, 2013:

“They had suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat.”

And on October 8, 2015:

“Think of how much better off our country would be if Republican politicians hadn't spent years precisely trying to scare voters.”

Oh, that's all Republicans did. And that was the nice stuff he said by the way. And as far as his “homespun values” that he bragged about on Tuesday night, values like, I don't know, telling the truth, remember this statement from our 44th president?

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. … If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”

And Solyndra is going to be a really good investment — $500 million down the tube.

Well, Obama is spending his non-retirement pining away, let's face it, for the bygone era when liberals dominated all media platforms. Here’s this gem:

“Whether it was Cronkite or Brinkley or what have you, there was a common set of facts, a baseline around which both parties had to adapt and respond to. And by the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader.”

Oh yes, it is entirely different. We see the world as it is, while The New York Times and certain other networks sell their own version of reality. And oftentimes that version of reality is one where all those flyover people in the middle of the country, they kind of just fade away to be replaced by hip or cool or progressives and maybe some socialist urbanites.

Well, some of us on talk radio — and the former president despises talk radio — we actually speak with the so-called deplorables every day.

We actually saw Trump's victory coming while the so-called erudite set, who live and die by every headline and the old gray lady, were confident right up until the end that Hillary Clinton was going to win.

But the real reason Obama detests Fox, talk radio, pretty much any conservative website, is because he prefers life kind of the way it was or is today on college campuses. You know, where diversity of thought is largely nonexistent and where violators of vague community standards are punished or shunned.

And meanwhile, where sycophants and toadies, certain liberal ideals or people, enjoy special privileges and nonstop accolades from professors for their “courage” and their insight.

Well, guess what? Millions of Americans were actually glad either they even didn't go to university or they are glad that they live now in something called the real world. They actually graduated. And they prefer news sources and commentary where their own values are not under constant assault and ridicule by the so-called elites.

But Barack Obama kind of has contempt for a lot of those values, at least in a lot of the values you and I hold dear. And he doesn't have all that much respect for any American who doesn't think like he does.

Now, this line on Tuesday night made it clear he hasn't learned much of anything since his snide, “bitter clinger” comments.

“That quickly enough to the fact that there were people being left behind and that frustrations were going to flare up. … In those environments, you then start getting a different kind of politics. …

You start getting the politics based on a nationalism that's not pride in country but hatred for somebody on the other side of the border.”

OK, so let me just get this straight. Anyone who supported Donald Trump — especially his immigration policy, border enforcement and the like — is basically a racist, xenophobic bigot or maybe you are just a run of the mill stupid hick.

He has an interesting way of kind of saying — he doesn't come out and say it, but that's, you know, you don't have to be Einstein to read between the lines there. At bottom, it's a negative and cynical view of about half of the American population currently.

You know when you think about the dark, cynical view of America, do you know what it reminds me of? Remember this from Pastor Jeremiah Wright, of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago?

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and they want us to say God bless America. No, no, no. Not God bless America. God damn America. It's in the Bible. They are killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.”

Now, President Obama said this on March 2, 2008:  “I don't think that my church is actually particularly controversial, it’s a member of the United Church of Christ.”

No, no, none of it's controversial.

Well, I guess you can take the man out of Reverend Wright's church but you can't take Jeremiah Wright's mind-set, sometimes, out of the man. Beneath all the polished and the smooth talk and kind of side jokes, Obama still can't see that there are substantive reasons why not everyone loves him. Maybe not as much as people like Beyonce and Jay-Z do.

Adapted from Laura Ingraham's monologue on "The Ingraham Angle" on November 28, 2018.

Laura Ingraham is the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Ingraham Angle (weeknights 10PM/ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.

Laura Ingraham: Four reasons why we need a strong, smart, permanent attorney general. Now

Justice delayed, justice denied. That's the focus of Tuesday's Angle.

Remember when President Trump said this about Attorney General Jeff Sessions? “By putting [an] attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department — Jeff Sessions — never took control of the Justice Department and it's sort of an incredible thing. I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons and you understand that.”

Well, it happens in relationships. The president and Jeff Sessions started off strong. They were tight. But then they basically ended up hating each other.

Well, it's been three weeks since Trump canned Sessions and we haven't heard much about him filling the critical position of the attorney general since then.

Here’s what he said recently on the subject:

“Well, I have some very, very good people, but I think there's no rush. You know, it has to go through a Senate process which takes a long time, but we'll pick somebody that's great. We're going to pick somebody that's very good.”

Well, the fact that we still have no A.G. nominee has Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley up in arms. He said, "I think it would be wise for the president to get somebody appointed like yesterday. How long does it take for to you make up your mind for who you want to be the attorney general?"

Grassley makes a good point here. This is no time for the administration or the United States to be without an attorney general.

We need a permanent, top law enforcement officer in place particularly at a time when our border is under assault.

Now, for its own part, Democrats and their media sponsors have had a field day since the president selected former Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to be acting attorney general.

Lawsuits have been filed by Senate Democrats Blumenthal and Hirono to remove Whitaker. They’re claiming the president’s pick is unconstitutional since Whitaker hasn't been confirmed by the Senate. Here’s how Blumenthal put it:

“He very simply cannot install a person like Matt Whitaker who is his lackey and lapdog when the office really requires qualification. And Matt Whitaker lacks the key qualification which is approval by the Senate.”

The state of Maryland has also filed an absurd lawsuit to block Whitaker for his involvement in an existing ObamaCare lawsuit that they say would protect people with pre-existing health conditions. My friends, this is all an unnecessary distraction.

Trump's DOJ should be devoting its manpower and resources to defending his policies against the relentless attacks by groups such as the ACLU.

There is no point in fighting unnecessary battles launched by vicious opponents nor by delaying the nomination of a new A.G. Does the president need the appearance of seeming to be worried about the pending Mueller report?

Now, notwithstanding the bad blood between the president and Jeff Sessions after his recusal in that Russia probe, Sessions was tough and he was in sync with Trump on border enforcement. And now more than ever, we need a strong, smart, well-respected A.G. — who is liked by the president — to immediately do the following:

1. Lead the fight against the nationwide injunctions enacted by activist district court judges and issues from illegal immigration to health care — these injunctions issued by these activists on the bench are thwarting the rule of law, the will of the American people and the president.

2. The new A.G. needs to launch an investigation of open borders groups such Pueblo Sin Fronteras that have organized and choreographed this migrant crisis at the border. These organizations are criminal conspirators. They are masquerading though as non-profits helping the migrants.

Right now, there are laws on the books that a smart leader at DOJ could utilize to stop this caravan madness. What are these laws? One, there is Section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, any person who knowingly brings or just attempts to bring an alien into the United States illegally has ommitted a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Moreover, anyone who encourages or induces an alien to come, to enter or reside in the United States legally can be jailed up to five years. And someone who aids or abets people committing either of the above acts can also be jailed for five years.

And by the way, it gets better, 18 USC section 1324 even invokes the possibility of the death penalty for those whose actions result in the death of any person while violating the governing immigration laws. Jeff Sessions dropped the ball on this issue. A new A.G. must not.

3. Before Pelosi takes the gavel and a deluge of Democrat-led Congressional investigations hit the Trump White House, a whip-smart, strong, experienced A.G. is needed to coordinate legal strategy and defend the president's policies and decisions. That means he or she needs to coordinate with the White House. This requires that he or she be confident and competent enough to appear on fair media outlets to advance the White House's position.  We need to see the attorney general.

4. We need a new A.G. to help restore public trust in the Department of Justice and the FBI.  After the reputational harm that Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and a gaggle of others have caused, it's time for the president to turn the page and nominate someone with experience and credibility to head the DOJ.

Weeks ago, I suggested former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as a possible A.G. pick. He would be fantastic and so would Andy McCarthy.

Adapted from Laura Ingraham’s monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on November 27, 2018.

Laura Ingraham is the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Ingraham Angle (weeknights 10PM/ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.

Laura Ingraham: The migrant caravan naughty list (and the lame duck Congress)

If you have caught any news about the border crisis in the last 24 hours, you have been subjected to a disgusting and blatant attempt at emotional manipulation.

Now, at a time when we actually need something called real reporting, instead, we get comments like this from MSNBC host Nicole Wallace,

“Look at the photo. See for yourself. That group includes men, women, and several children, some of them trying to cross after being denied access to the port of entry where they could legally claim asylum.”

That's it, it's the one photo.

On Sunday, in a brazen act of lawlessness, scores of migrants attempted to rush the border, and they placed our agents, our sovereignty, in peril. Border patrol had two choices. Let them over on the U.S. border like what they did to Mexico or Guatemala or use non-lethal tear gas to repel the crowd.

Now, these are the only images the media are circulating — women and children who appear to be running for their lives.

The meter on the hyperbole was in full tilt mode. Here’s one soundbite from the commentary on cable news:

“This is a shameful American moment. It's a shameful American moment. Those children, those pictures are the pictures we saw at the end of the Vietnam War.”

Now, no one wants to see children in distress. But that comment was an embarrassment. And remember, Donald Trump didn't create this crisis.

His foremost responsibility as president is safeguarding the nation, which is what he's doing.

Reporters who are either lazy or agenda-driven are using their own toxic agents to blur the eyes of the public on this critical issue.

Now, this is what really happened on Sunday. Here’s Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council:

“The way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous. They pushed women and children up front and then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks. They started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.”

Just a bunch of modern-day patriots. And as for the mothers and children, well, do they make up the bulk of those arrested? No. Here is what San Diego border Chief Rodney Scott said:

“We are making about 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority, the people we are dealing with are adult males similar to what we saw of the first wave of the caravan that came up about a week or so ago.”

In total now, about 69 arrests have been made and the crisis continues to escalate, which “ The Angle” repeatedly warned you would happen.

Well, of course, the atom-splitters over at the other cable news networks claimed it was no big deal.

Here’s a sampling of the soundbites:

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is no invasion. There is no emergency.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  They are panicked about this fake invasion.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC, "MORNING JOE" CO-HOST:  For everybody out there that was telling me, no, it's a real story. We are worried about the caravan to come in and Trump strong enough to — I go back to what I said about Martians coming to my backyard. They are not coming and the caravan is not coming. The leprosy is not coming.

A thought… It's not comin'!

Well, it's not just the media know-nothings though who need to be exposed here. We are making a list and we are checking it twice. And others have been very naughty as well on this issue.

One of the prime drivers of these never-ending caravans are groups such as Pueblo sin Fronteras and a Chicago-based Sentro Sin Fronteras.

They have been organizing this caravan and other caravans for months, in fact, years. And Pueblo Sin Fronteras even put out a press release, this was last March. It reads like some type of primer for a borderless world.

This is my favorite line in the press release, "We demand of Mexico and the United States that they open the borders to the U.S. because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel."

What? OK, they are not American citizens, but this is a classic “citizens of the world” claptrap that's been funded by billionaires who want transmigration to be universal right.

Now, number two on our naughty list, activist judges. Acting like a super-legislature, district court judges continue to frustrate the president's every initiative when it comes to immigration enforcement.

Just last week, the president was hit with two devastating rulings. In the first case, Judge Jon S. Tigar, an Obama appointee from the Ninth Circuit attempted to bar the president from limiting asylum claims to those who enter the country legally.

Then in Michigan, Judge Marc Goldsmith ordered the release of nearly 100 Iraqis who were incarcerated under the Trump travel ban. Now, all of this explains why the president is running very short on patience. Here’s what he had to say:

“It's a shame. It's a shame. It's a disgrace frankly. Some judge sitting at some location very far away is telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do, and it's not right and that's been going on like that for a long time. These nationwide injunctions have got to be stopped.”

Now, he's absolutely right. Certain judges have completely abandoned their article III limits and are totally out of control. But Congress, perhaps more than all of the other culprits on this naughty list, deserves the most of the blame here.

Now, both parties could have solved this nightmare had they acted to shore up the asylum loopholes while Obama was still president. Democrats should have struck a deal also with Trump while the iron was hot last January. Republicans were willing to grant a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million illegals, fixing the DACA problem. They wanted to do this for a limit on chain migration and visa lottery and of course the funding for his border wall. Now Trump was actually excited about the prospect of this deal. Remember when he said this:

“I will consider that a great achievement to solve the DACA problem. It's been out there a long time. These are good people. These are people that should be able to stay in this country.”

Now, it didn't matter. Sen. Chuck Schumer rejected this out of hand. It was more important in the end for the Democrats to deny Trump a win on immigration than it was for the Democrats to agree to protect our country. — And even to avoid the type of crisis we see on the border now.

Now, at the same time, many weak-kneed Republicans, many of whom are captive to agribusiness or the hospitality or construction industries, were unwilling to go to the mat for the Trump agenda. So nothing ended up getting done.

With 12 legislative days left until they lose power in the House, Republicans must unite and make passing Trump's immigration enforcement agenda a priority. Working through Christmas and shutting down the government, yes, if that's necessary.

This is a crisis that must be addressed immediately. And we know that once Nancy has the gavel back, the Democrats answer to things like this. It will be to just simply allow the situation to worsen, encouraging thousands more to storm our borders and put women and children at risk.

The Republicans meanwhile have a chance to make this short session of Congress a lot less lame by addressing the most immediate problem facing our country today. But I am telling you if the Republicans duck it once again, they shouldn't expect to be back in charge anytime soon.

Adapated from Laura Ingraham’s monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on November 26, 2018.

Laura Ingraham is the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Ingraham Angle (weeknights 10PM/ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.

Laura Ingraham: The migrant caravan naughty list (and the lame duck Congress)

If you have caught any news about the border crisis in the last 24 hours, you have been subjected to a disgusting and blatant attempt at emotional manipulation.

Now, at a time when we actually need something called real reporting, instead, we get comments like this from MSNBC host Nicole Wallace,

“Look at the photo. See for yourself. That group includes men, women, and several children, some of them trying to cross after being denied access to the port of entry where they could legally claim asylum.”

That's it, it's the one photo.

On Sunday, in a brazen act of lawlessness, scores of migrants attempted to rush the border, and they placed our agents, our sovereignty, in peril. Border patrol had two choices. Let them over on the U.S. border like what they did to Mexico or Guatemala or use non-lethal tear gas to repel the crowd.

Now, these are the only images the media are circulating — women and children who appear to be running for their lives.

The meter on the hyperbole was in full tilt mode. Here’s one soundbite from the commentary on cable news:

“This is a shameful American moment. It's a shameful American moment. Those children, those pictures are the pictures we saw at the end of the Vietnam War.”

Now, no one wants to see children in distress. But that comment was an embarrassment. And remember, Donald Trump didn't create this crisis.

His foremost responsibility as president is safeguarding the nation, which is what he's doing.

Reporters who are either lazy or agenda-driven are using their own toxic agents to blur the eyes of the public on this critical issue.

Now, this is what really happened on Sunday. Here’s Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council:

“The way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous. They pushed women and children up front and then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks. They started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.”

Just a bunch of modern-day patriots. And as for the mothers and children, well, do they make up the bulk of those arrested? No. Here is what San Diego border Chief Rodney Scott said:

“We are making about 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority, the people we are dealing with are adult males similar to what we saw of the first wave of the caravan that came up about a week or so ago.”

In total now, about 69 arrests have been made and the crisis continues to escalate, which “ The Angle” repeatedly warned you would happen.

Well, of course, the atom-splitters over at the other cable news networks claimed it was no big deal.

Here’s a sampling of the soundbites:

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is no invasion. There is no emergency.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  They are panicked about this fake invasion.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC, "MORNING JOE" CO-HOST:  For everybody out there that was telling me, no, it's a real story. We are worried about the caravan to come in and Trump strong enough to — I go back to what I said about Martians coming to my backyard. They are not coming and the caravan is not coming. The leprosy is not coming.

A thought… It's not comin'!

Well, it's not just the media know-nothings though who need to be exposed here. We are making a list and we are checking it twice. And others have been very naughty as well on this issue.

One of the prime drivers of these never-ending caravans are groups such as Pueblo sin Fronteras and a Chicago-based Sentro Sin Fronteras.

They have been organizing this caravan and other caravans for months, in fact, years. And Pueblo Sin Fronteras even put out a press release, this was last March. It reads like some type of primer for a borderless world.

This is my favorite line in the press release, "We demand of Mexico and the United States that they open the borders to the U.S. because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel."

What? OK, they are not American citizens, but this is a classic “citizens of the world” claptrap that's been funded by billionaires who want transmigration to be universal right.

Now, number two on our naughty list, activist judges. Acting like a super-legislature, district court judges continue to frustrate the president's every initiative when it comes to immigration enforcement.

Just last week, the president was hit with two devastating rulings. In the first case, Judge Jon S. Tigar, an Obama appointee from the Ninth Circuit attempted to bar the president from limiting asylum claims to those who enter the country legally.

Then in Michigan, Judge Marc Goldsmith ordered the release of nearly 100 Iraqis who were incarcerated under the Trump travel ban. Now, all of this explains why the president is running very short on patience. Here’s what he had to say:

“It's a shame. It's a shame. It's a disgrace frankly. Some judge sitting at some location very far away is telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do, and it's not right and that's been going on like that for a long time. These nationwide injunctions have got to be stopped.”

Now, he's absolutely right. Certain judges have completely abandoned their article III limits and are totally out of control. But Congress, perhaps more than all of the other culprits on this naughty list, deserves the most of the blame here.

Now, both parties could have solved this nightmare had they acted to shore up the asylum loopholes while Obama was still president. Democrats should have struck a deal also with Trump while the iron was hot last January. Republicans were willing to grant a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million illegals, fixing the DACA problem. They wanted to do this for a limit on chain migration and visa lottery and of course the funding for his border wall. Now Trump was actually excited about the prospect of this deal. Remember when he said this:

“I will consider that a great achievement to solve the DACA problem. It's been out there a long time. These are good people. These are people that should be able to stay in this country.”

Now, it didn't matter. Sen. Chuck Schumer rejected this out of hand. It was more important in the end for the Democrats to deny Trump a win on immigration than it was for the Democrats to agree to protect our country. — And even to avoid the type of crisis we see on the border now.

Now, at the same time, many weak-kneed Republicans, many of whom are captive to agribusiness or the hospitality or construction industries, were unwilling to go to the mat for the Trump agenda. So nothing ended up getting done.

With 12 legislative days left until they lose power in the House, Republicans must unite and make passing Trump's immigration enforcement agenda a priority. Working through Christmas and shutting down the government, yes, if that's necessary.

This is a crisis that must be addressed immediately. And we know that once Nancy has the gavel back, the Democrats answer to things like this. It will be to just simply allow the situation to worsen, encouraging thousands more to storm our borders and put women and children at risk.

The Republicans meanwhile have a chance to make this short session of Congress a lot less lame by addressing the most immediate problem facing our country today. But I am telling you if the Republicans duck it once again, they shouldn't expect to be back in charge anytime soon.

Adapated from Laura Ingraham’s monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on November 26, 2018.

Laura Ingraham is the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Ingraham Angle (weeknights 10PM/ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.