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On GoTrackTownUSA, 3 time All-American female distance runner Alexi Pappas writes: ALEXI PAPPAS: WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID By Alexi Pappas / TrackTown USA EUGENE, Ore. – My family stood together in the small waiting room just outside the Oval Office, nervously smiling like a group of kids waiting their turn at the top of a... Read More
A Justice Department press release: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 24, 2015 Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Nebraska-Based Meat Packing Company The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Nebraska Beef Ltd., a meat packing company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The settlement resolves... Read More
As you'll recall, the 2011 destruction of the internationally recognized Libyan government by United States airpower in effect pulled the plug that had been bottling up 1.1 billion Africans from draining into Europe. Col. Gaddafi had contracted with Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to limit transit through Libya of sub-Saharan Africans. But the murder-by-sodomy of Col.... Read More
From an interview with Saturday Night Live supremo Lorne Michaels in a New York Times article on SNL's plans for the election:The sad thing is that I doubt if Michaels gets why it's funny that he uses one word ("caution") to describe why Romney is easily spoofable, and 39 words to describe the identical trait... Read More
"Gee willikers, Mr. President, you're really neat!"
From my new column in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.Are there any celebrities since Broyard who are now known to have passed for career purposes?I'm thinking of "passed
From an interview in the Los Angeles Review of Books by Kelly Candaele of John Heilemann, New York magazine's main political correspondent.JH: I don’t think he doesn’t like people. I know he doesn’t like people. He’s not an extrovert; he’s an introvert. I’ve known the guy since 1988. He’s not someone who has a wide... Read More
From ABC's description of Bob Woodward's upcoming book on the 2011 national debt ceiling negotiations:"Obama doesn't really have the joy of the ga
At the VDARE blog, James Fulford has contrasting videos of Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. Jackson's version is great. I didn't make it through Obama's version, but I did like the part at 0:24 when he's stumbling around and Michelle starts clapping, perhaps in the hope that everybody will join... Read More
In the New York Times, veteran White House reporter Jodi Kantor dogwhistles desperately about the President's psyche: Four years ago, Barack Obama seemed as if he might be a deliberate professor of a leader, maybe with a touch of Hawaiian mellowness. He has also turned out to be a voraciously competitive perfectionist. Aides and friends say so... Read More
From a New York Times profile of empty pantsuit / most important Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett:Indeed.I have a question about the code for unsourc
I wanted to highlight another excerpt from my long VDARE review of David Maraniss's biography of the President:The comic books provide a whole mythos in which nobodies have fabulous secret identities: mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent is actua
The question of leadership and Obama's biography, as laboriously compiled by David Maraniss of the Washington Post (see my review here), is a puzzling one. We have a President who had every opportunity to exert leadership as a young man -- everybody who knew him considered a cool dude, he was tall, decent-looking, fairly athletic,... Read More
In, I have a long review of famed biographer David Maraniss's gigantic, obsessively researched book on Barack Obama's early years. It is supposed to be a pro-Obama book, but ...Got that? The future Nobel Peace Prize laureate was among the most respected dudes in the Bong Brothers. Granted, Barry was not the glue
The new revelation that President Obama spent his teen years thoroughly baked is not really that new. As I wrote in in March 2007: My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
The late Robert Fitch, a veteran critic of New York real estate insiders, gave a speech to the Harlem Tenants Association on November 14, 2008 applying his brand of analysis to the history of Obama's rise in Chicago. And in the 1980s, the argument began to be made that the public housing needed to be demolished... Read More
I keep reading about this incident in a Tinley Park, IL restaurant, in which a bunch of leftist white thugs armed with hammers attacked a small group of diners who say they are part of a "European Heritage" organization. But I keep getting distracted by the thought that I've heard of Tinley Park not that... Read More
From the Washington Post:Headlines of upcoming parts of David Maraniss's series: My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
Dave Weigel writes in Slate:"The media have drawn a curtain of admiring incomprehension in front of Obama's own exquisitely written autobiography," wrote the conservative author Steve Sailer in 2009. "Because few have taken the troubl
Pat Casey writes in the comments:I once counted the number of times the word "power" comes up in Dreams from My Father. It was something like 73.I'd add that Obama doesn't particularly like being a politician per se; he likes power, fame, and adulation, but he's not a political animal the way, say, LBJ was.... Read More
While writing my reader's guide to Barack Obama's memoir, I had a moment of doubt. I thought I understood the basic thrust of the guy's life -- the need to define himself as black to acquire political power, because being seen as African-American would be hugely advantageous to the career of a quite white guy... Read More
The force was powerful in 2007-2008 and remains strong today when it comes to race, although it worked best on Obama himself.For example, Jodi Kantor did a Q&A for Reddit to promote her book The Obamas. Here's the funniest line: Of course, nobody except Kantor notices that this is funny.My old articles are archived at Read More
I've got another column in Taki's Magazine this week, a review of New York Times White House correspondent Jodi Kantor's seemingly perky but actually insidiously subversive book on Barack and Michelle's life together in the White House. Kantor has done some good reporting on Obama over the years. For example, she published a story in the NYT... Read More
Maureen Dowd writes in the NYT about how the Cool Black President she thought we were electing turned out to be less entertaining than she had expected from all those years watching Cool Black Guys on TV:They still believed, as their friend Valerie Jarrett once said, that Obama was “just too talented to do what... Read More
I wanted to call attention to this article from last month's LA Times because it provides an interesting example of the Obama Administration's preferred mode of operation: the fix-is-in. Barack Obama doesn't particularly like confrontation. What he likes is exemplified by this pseudo-confrontation over "civil rights," where both sides, the feds and the L.A. school... Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Obama's need for Alone Time. Now the Washington Post has a big article on that theme. Obama has always reminded me a little bit of myself -- if I had a gigantic enough ego to think I should be President and then actually got elected President for... Read More
In VDARE, I review the new book on Obama by a leading black expert on Obama's professional specialty (discrimination law), Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School, The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency. As usual, I do a close reading of the footnotes, parenthetical clauses, and other obscure parts of... Read More
Reporter Ron Suskind on Jon Stewart's show (in an excessively accurate transcript of extemporaneous speech):And here's a quote about economists in general:Most economists, it seems, believe strongly in their own superior intelligence and take themselves far too seriously. In his open letter of 22 July 2001 to Joseph Stiglitz, Kenneth Rogoff identified this problem: “One... Read More
From my new VDARE column:Read the whole thing there.In the kingdom of the obtuse, the butterknife is the sharpest tool in the drawer.My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
From the rumor site Gawker:Either way, the investigation was described to us as taking seriously the notion that Obama may be suffering from a depressive episode. Of course, absent a telltale Wellbutrin prescription or testimony from the man himself, it's really impossible to achieve a reliable diagnosis. And a story like "Obama Appears to Suffer... Read More
Brent Staples reviews Randall Kennedy's book on Obama for the NYT:The press viewed this courtship of black voters as largely beside the point for a “post-racial” campaign that had bigger fish to fry on the white side of the street. Kennedy, who teaches law at Harvard, is having none of that. He argues with considerable... Read More
It's worth keeping in mind that when Obama announced his candidacy for President in February 2007, there was plenty of money. Lots and lots of money. All Obama had to do as President, he figured, was not be as big a screw-up as George W. Bush. How hard could that be?My old articles are archived... Read More
From the front page of the Washington Post website:
In the "The Chosen One" in The Claremont Review of Books, Angelo M. Codevilla, professor of international relations at Boston U., tries to flesh out the idea I've been kicking around for a couple of years: that Obama's family background comes out of CIA-supported international leftism.Two new books deal with Barack Obama's paternal and maternal... Read More
Sally Jacobs of the Boston Globe has a biography coming out of the President's dad, the father, such as he was, in Dreams from My Father.Barack Jr. launched his national political image at the 2004 Democratic convention by making the opening of his keynote address about his parents: "My parents shared not only an improbable... Read More
Shelby Steele writes in the WSJ on the central issue of the 2012 election:The Obama lineage was associated with slavery in the sense that they sold slaves to the Arabs, but who cares about details?All of this adds up to a powerful racial impressionism that works against today's field of Republican candidates. This is the impressionism... Read More
Akiva Eldar writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about Bibi Netanyahu's triumphant address (two dozen standing ovations) to the U.S. Congress:Old joke:Poor Obama figured he could take a gentle swipe at Bibi, thought he could articulate American policy without clearing every jot and tittle with Bibi beforehand, because Bibi is the equivalent of a Republican in... Read More
President Barry O'Bama visited his ancestral village of Moneygall in Ireland yesterday.Of course, he didn't realize he had any Irish ancestors until a genealogist looked them up in 2007. But, like I pointed out in my review of Jared Taylor's White Identity, it's cool for politicians to identify as black or Irish, or even black... Read More
Chris Hedges writes in TruthDig about the cruel disillusionment of Cornel West, Princeton professor of African American Studies and Religion and a star in The Matrix sequels:“There is the personal level,” he says. “I used to call my dear brother [Obama] every two weeks. I said a prayer on the phone for him, especially before a... Read More
There had been a lot of subtle evidence available before about Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro's psychological hurt over her son's choice to identify solely as black, but it's historically valuable to have it now all spelled out in Janny Scott's new biography of Ann Dunham, A Singular Woman. Now, we learn (via Jacob Weisberg's review... Read More
No, I'm not suggesting a new paternity theory to go along with all the wacky ones we already have. Instead, I'm suggesting a thought experiment to assess the impact that being able to self-identify as black has had on our President's career.My contention has been: "Obama is President for the same dumb reason as the... Read More
Famed landlord Donald Trump has been asking some questions about President Obama's background, such as what were his college records at Occidental and Columbia?The basic impetus behind questions about Obama is the perfectly reasonable feeling: "Who is this guy?"For example, I lived in Chicago from 1982 until the late summer of 2000. I read local... Read More
The NYT Magazine has an excerpt from a new book by Janny Scott about Barack Obama's mother in Indonesia. It's pretty similar to the equivalent chapter in my book on Obama. It mentions that Ann Dunham was only 17 when she was impregnated, which is very rare in the press. But the excerpt doesn't mention... Read More
Mickey Kaus writes:Well, you don't have to be all that great at politics in an absolute sense, you just have to be better than the opposition, especially when the opposition keeps getting disqualified. Obama has contested seven elections in his career, from the election for Harvard Law Review supremo onward, one of which he lost... Read More
President Obama's decision to plunge America into a war with virtually no prior public debate raises inevitable questions about his ability to foresee the future. For several years, we've been reassured about Obama's brilliance, mostly stemming from his record at Harvard. For example, in David Brooks' quasi-novel The Social Animal, the Obamaish character tells the... Read More
Much of what we know about Obama comes from people he sucked up to (David Remnick's biography The Bridge, for example, is unconsciously hilarious as various personages Obama has kissed up to go on and on about they told all their friends the first time they met him that he should be President). The more... Read More
A novelist requests help from iSteve readers:Exactly how smart is Obama? He is represented, by self and media lickers-and-kissers as "the smartest guy in the room." Yet as far as I can see, there's absolutely no documentation for this claim.  Virtually everything he's been given has been donated willingly on the basis of what he... Read More
Two weeks ago, Barack Obama started America's war with Libya. I can recall my amazement as I typed the title for my blog post: Are we at war with Libya? As with so much about the President, his big picture reasons for starting Obama's War remain opaque.Did he do it to flex the muscle of... Read More
Matt Bai in the New York Times worries that poor President Obama isn't successfully bypassing the traditional media:Because the establishment media has always been so skeptical and unfriendly toward Obama that he needs to go around them to connect directly with the average voter."Candid" is about the last word that comes to mind for "Dreams... Read More
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