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LIVE – Obama Addresses The Nation After San Bernardino

LIVE – Obama Addresses The Nation After San Bernardino

From the Oval Office.

Update: It’s over.

My take:

There wasn’t much to the speech. No proposals. No change of course. Barely a mention of gun control.

Really nothing Grand or Large. So why the speech from the Oval Office?

Judge for yourselves:

https://youtu.be/zJ_tWsei3pE?t=2m48s

Oh, and this, so this >>

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I think it’s reasonable to expect that he’ll call for gun control. He’ll insist that San Bernardino was the VERY LAST STRAW and that the nation can no longer tolerate anything that stands in the way of what must be done.

He finally admitted that Fort Hood was terrorism?

Well, that was a complete waste of time.

Islam = Good
2nd Amendment = Bad

And the podium? That clown actually had a podium put in the Oval office?

That’s it? All that hullabaloo for what? Small man, smaller thoughts and no idea when to “address the nation.”

    Lady Penguin in reply to MAB. | December 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    “When to address the nation”? That’s easy – at least 3 days after a terror attack, and after his elitist ruling class “gala” (Friday night) and, he did indeed, have to keep it short to get to the Kennedy Center’s big fancy affair tonight.

      Lady Penguin in reply to Lady Penguin. | December 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      But…mercifully it was short and the talking heads will find little to praise him for or announce that it was his finest speech.

      Nothing like being grateful for small favors.

Ma’ann…. I gotts to get me ta dah black tah dinnah 😀 😀 And this schmuck is our President??? I’m so damned glad I’ve lived more than 3/4 of my life. But then, the “girlmen” and “manlygirls” will save us. LOL LOL

The podium in the Oval Office is just bizarre.

Sit at the desk (to broadcast: I’m hard at work) or go to the Press Briefing Room (to broadcast: I’m addressing the People).

This just says there was nothing pressing going on for several hours before and after, so the Oval Office could be vacant while the AV folks set up and took down all the setting and lights and camera equipment.

What message is that supposed to telegraph to us??

I am glad that I chose my time wisely by sitting in a comfortable chair with one of my dogs snuggling on my lap instead of watching Obama give a speech about what we all know.

    Smart choice! 🙂
    I was nibbling on peppermint bark while finishing up my Christmas cards, my house filled with Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. President Momjeans McStompyfoot is not welcome in my home.

NC Mountain Girl | December 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

The lamest of ducks had to remind us all he’ll be around another 14 months.

DINORightMarie | December 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Obama:@ZekeJMiller: “Congress should make sure that no one on a ‘no fly’ list should be able to by a gun”

(Tweet)

There it is. His back-door to getting complete gun control without repealing the 2nd Amendment.

If he can do this, he can use EOs and regulations to expand these so-called “limits” to incorporate ANYONE he chooses….and that would be almost ALL Christians, almost ALL law-abiding citizens……

Congress blocked this attempt once – they MUST do so again!!

    pesanteur in reply to DINORightMarie. | December 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    That’s it.

    I want to know if there is any visceral patriotic rage in any of these candidates enough to finally call this shit out for what it is and make a larger condemnation of this entire presidency. At this point we need a wrecking ball of rhetoric to demolish this administration. This man is a dangerous lunatic and needs to be handcuffed in every respect for the next 14 months — or put out to the golf course. Every Constitutional, legal and political trick in the book has to be played to save our country.

    I’ll defer to the Legaleagles here, but would not that be the definition of a “Bill of Attainder”?

Perhaps some of more enlightened contributors to LI can explain to me what he wants Congress to do in relationship to his military actions in the Middle East. According to my Constitution he is the CIC. He seems to want them to share the blame for his poor decisions and his reliance on week military and intelligence aides.

    Of course he wants to spread the blame around. Right now, it’s all pointing directly at him, and he knows what a ‘legacy’ that would be.

    He wants all the glory when things go right, but as little of the responsibility as possible when things go wrong.

    Valerie in reply to Rick2guns. | December 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

    What he wants Congress to do is go along with his notion to punt this problem to the next President. Unfortunately, it is long enough for the Daesh to transfer an army into Europe and the US until the next President takes office.

    He may think this is a feature, not a bug.

Nixon had his “I am not a crook” speech. Today we get Obama’s I am not a fool speech”.

Why should we expect the experience of dealing with the first AA president would be any better than dealing with the first AA clerks at the local town hall or utility company back in the 60s and 70s.

I hope that wasn’t a micro aggression.

    Why should we expect the experience of dealing with the first AA president would be any better than dealing with the first AA clerks at the local town hall or utility company back in the 60s and 70s.

    I hope that wasn’t a micro aggression.

    No, it was just stupid, and made you sound like a retarded bigot.

      Ragspierre in reply to Amy in FL. | December 7, 2015 at 8:53 am

      I accidentally down-thumbed you.

      Gary sounds like that be cause he is. He pretty much is known for it, and he reinforces it every day.

The podium in the OO reminds us that we have a POTUS who is long on emptyheaded windbaggery and a glittering jewel of babbling incompetence otherwise. His actions are all subversive.

called it…..

https://legalinsurrection.com/2015/11/president-obama-were-taking-every-possible-step-to-keep-our-homeland-safe/#comments

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rabid wombat | November 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm
If he is as timely as when he said “ISIS is contained”….we are screwed…

He did finally admit that Fort Hood was terrorism. I wonder if that means the victims will finally get the recognition and benefits they deserve?

To quote Willy Shakespeare: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

It wasn’t a small speech at all. It was a speech in which this president called for the disarming of Americans he keeps on a secret “No Fly List”. Who is on this list, Catholics, Vets, Boy Scouts? You don’t know. This secret list is the camels nose under the tent.. Who decides who is on this secret list? Do you not see the gravity of this speech? He flat out demanded Congress ban those on a secret government list be denied the right guaranteed Americans. He could have just suggested immigrants be denied weapons but he did not. He is coming for your guns.

    DaveGinOly in reply to OldSarg. | December 7, 2015 at 12:51 am

    The list already keeps Americans who are on the list from using a “common conveyance” to exercise their right to travel. The camel has had its nose in the tent for some time now.

    tobiathan in reply to OldSarg. | December 7, 2015 at 2:10 am

    No, he’s not coming for our guns.

    He’s trying desperately to incite we of The Right to acts of violence. He was brought up being taught that racist white-privilege gun-owning Bible thumpers would launch a race war at the slightest provocation and he believed it. Completely.

    Except The Right doesn’t operate that way. We respect life.We accept opposing opinions- if not enjoy- but we tolerate others. We ARE exactly the opposite of allthe vile things we are accused of being. And it confuses him.

    His eyes are those of a man who has wrought shame and destruction on a nation of what he was just sure was full of hateful racists. Attacked the essence of our race- our AMERICAN race- and been faced with….pity. For him. For his own hatred. His efforts to destroy so many good, decent people for a “cause” he is now starting to understand has been using him to betray himself.

    Barry is a shell of a man going thru the motions of doing the bidding of his betters, but his heart isn’t in it anymore. Cognitive dissonance is the Word; detached, emotionless obedience is the Response. Failure is the Rule.

    The Left is in it’s death throes and have begun to eat their own.

    We, The Right, have won the War- but now the Struggle ensues.

    The next 13 months will dictate the direction of The Shining City on the Hill for decades to come.

    He could have just suggested immigrants be denied weapons but he did not.

    And you would have been okay with that?

      Marcus in reply to Amy in FL. | December 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      you can bet your arse I would be alright with that!!!

        So the protections of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights only apply to Americans who were born here? Everyone else is some kind of “second-class” citizen without any of the rights and protections afforded to other citizens?

        I have a very close friend who is a born-in-Cuba naturalized US citizen, and he’s in probably his 18th year with the US Navy. I’ll leave it to you to go tell him you’re cancelling his second amendment rights…

          Gremlin1974 in reply to Amy in FL. | December 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

          I think the key word here is citizen. Immigrants are not citizens until they gain citizenship. I am fine with no affording them the full protections of a citizen until they gain citizenship. Which should be a rigorous and lengthy process.

          You do realize that in many countries immigrants pay higher taxes than citizens? In Norway immigrants pay higher taxes than natural born citizens even after they gain citizenship.

          I also think that benefits should be linked to amount of time here without being involved in the justice system. There should also be a limit to the amount of time you have to become a citizen. Which means yes, we will have to change our immigration system to make it more streamlined, but with well defined steps spread over a length of time. Say something like you have 6 years to complete these 5 steps, but you must wait 12 months between each step.

          The goal of immigration should be to become an acclimated citizen.

          He specified immigrants, not just non-citizens. As far as non-citizens buying guns, there already are a few more hoops for them to jump through than there would be if they were citizens. But I think you should have a pretty good reason to ban law-abiding immigrants across the board from owning guns. “But they might be terrorists” is pretty weak sauce. The courts appear to feel the same way.

    Marcus in reply to OldSarg. | December 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Sure would love to see HIM come after my buddy’s guns. HAHAHAHAHAHAH. NAH, he’ll send some new hire w/ orders. What these asshat “confiscationistas” don’t get is that, unlike UK, AUS, DE, FR, and similar ilk, US owners won’t go quietly into the dark night. I hope their body count calculator is operative. LOL

This lying POS looks like hell.
He certainly hasn’t spent time governing.
Seven years of golf does that to a face?

He has no credibility and he knows it – thus, he is at his most dangerous, as he has nothing to lose.

A small speech by a small man proposing giant changes in a process that is a giant mess.

1) The process for winding up on the no-fly list is constantly mutating.
2) The no-fly list is chock full of people who have no reason to be there, and is missing scads of people who do.

How does this affect thousands of people who work in government, or law enforcement, or even the military who have wound up on the NFL by accident and are stuck there?

The Law of Unintended Consequences is going to bite him, hard.

Wouldn’t believe a word coming out of this catastrophe’s mouth any more than Hillary Clinton’s, except the bad things.

We know exactly who Obama is.

What is that white thing outside the window over Obama’s right shoulder?

ugottabekiddinme | December 7, 2015 at 2:11 am

I take it (not having watched) that while POS has no antidote to his and the MSM’s case of the “do something!” disease, he is still prescribing, But what, exactly? This no-fly list thing?

More citizens who are innocent in the eyes of the law are to forfeit, without notice and an opportunity to be heard, a constitutionally guaranteed right, and with no due process?
More due process is required to lift a beautician’s license.

How is this taking “care that the laws be faithfully executed”? Can we please impeach him now?

ugottabekiddinme | December 7, 2015 at 2:12 am

POTUS

I would have preferred a phone book filibuster or even a reading of the 2015 immigration registry.

“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between the American people and Islam”

That would be easier if so much of Islam had not defined this fight as a war between Islam and the American people.

https://youtu.be/a6AyGBXihJ0

A pretty good take-down by…of all things…a Beastly Day writer.

“Frankly, ISIS will laugh…”

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 7, 2015 at 10:23 am

I have a different perspective on this so I am probably wrong. But I see this speech as potentially savvy on Obama’s part. Now let me explain.

Jordan has been softening them up by fighting them all along. France and Britain are now launching sorties off of aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean against ISIS. Russia is there. Germany has sent troops. The U.S. already has 3500 special ops there.

In other words, Europe is mobilizing and taking the threat more serious. And they have popular support for dong so after the Charlie Hebdo and Paris attacks. France, especially, is being very aggressive. Even so, the Front National did well in French regional elections yesterday. Establishment politicians throughout all of Europe know they will lose their jobs if they don’t get ISIS under control in short order. The popular support, political will, and the incentives are aligned.

What I am saying is that we may be seeing ISIS’s influence peaking due to European actions. Obama sees this and wants to take advantage of it, so he delivers a national speech from the Oval Office so he can undeservedly and opportunistically take some of the credit for the waning influence of ISIS a few months from now.

Obama cheerleaders will declare Obama’s approach successful. ISIS will have been defeated, or at least contained, without a huge commitment on America’s part. It will also mean that candidates who are super-hawkish, like Graham, Rubio and Trump, will be past their expiration date by next November.

    “Europe is mobilizing and taking the threat more serious”

    Not really. They’re bombing ISIS in the middle east while continuing their disastrous policy of importing and financing their own conquerors and suppressing dissent against Islam.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to randian. | December 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      I was thinking that the other day. How convenient the best way to get away from the bombs is to run to the countries that are bombing you, lol.

Optics – He put a podium in there so that he could talk down to us instead of looking us in the eyes the way that Clinton and Reagan did. The optics is that he is head and shoulders above the other presidents. He is the all-knowing professor and we are the ignorant students.

It is strange that the podium is not centered. His family photos are staged behind him. I bet those are the only personal items in the room and may have been placed there for the shoot.

His right eye is wandering. I’m curious about what the problem is that is making him cockeyed?

He comments about starting every morning for 7 years with his national security briefings. It’s been proven that he rarely attends those briefings. He supposedly reads the reports if he is not in attendance.

No fly lists are dangerous things. If Obama can use the IRS to audit his enemies and other agencies to shut them down, he will surely put those enemies on the no-fly list to take away their ability to defend themselves. In other words, look for the list to balloon to the tens of millions.

To do it to make it harder for terrorists to kill, remember the initial attack in Boston did not include guns and the Times Square bomber that was thwarted used no guns as well. While on the surface it’s a good thought and a good talking point, in reality it’s useless.

Remember too that these people are so fanatical, they didn’t just leave a baby behind, they killed co-workers that had held a baby shower for just months earlier. Watching the videos of the inside of their home and seeing all those baby toys and supplies that had been gifts given with love.

Lastly, Obama spends the last five minutes apologizing to the perpetrators. In the same way that Kerry claimed that Charlie Hebdo was “justified”, he is saying that all Americans may be responsible for failing this young couple. In other words, Obama continues in his role as Apologizer-In-Chief.

I have no comment for words fail me for the nation has put a man in the presidency because of a need to prove we are not raciest. We now will suffer the consequences of the progressive ideologues who think they are the ruling class and will lead this nation only to ruin.
Grampa

We are not at war with Islam… yet the people who prayed next these and others before them at mosques in the US knew about the radicalization. You don’t rub shoulders with people like this w/out knowing something is up.

Do Islamic snitches get stiches?

First, I admit I didn’t watch the speech. I was walking my dog. Much more important.

But I did read the transcript. Didn’t take as much time.

Professor, you state Obama did not mention gun control. While he didn’t say it specifically, he sure implied it: “What we can do — and must do — is make it harder for them to kill.”

Since he and his fellow travelers in the Democratic Party think the answer to attacks such as these is to, “Remove all guns from law-abiding citizens,” this is his opening shot.

    randian in reply to LCVRWC. | December 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Obama explicitly mentioned gun control. He wants to tie the no-fly list to a gun buying (and presumably ownership) ban.

Host George Stephanopoulos asked: “Mr. Trump, yes or no, should someone on the terror watch list be allowed to buy a gun?”

Trump responded: “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state, I would keep them away, absolutely.”

So Trump and Obama have something else in common I guess. They believe the State should be allowed to keep secret lists of people who don’t deserve to have their constitutional rights recognized — they don’t believe in due process.

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