Editor’s Note – As Obama conducted his end of the year press conferences, several catch phrases emerged and each tell us a great deal about what he is thinking as he goes on vacation to Hawaii.
Not in any particular order, the first is ‘I’m not done,’ and then there is the ‘fourth quarter,’ and concerning Sony, they ‘made a mistake.’
Each of those quoted phrases again demonstrate his narcissistic approach to everything – it is all about him. Now that he has to govern without useful dupes in the Senate that allowed him to always have a shield and a foil, he is doubling down none-the-less.
Unilateral action with the Cuban Regime epitomizes his executive action and totally ignoring Congress and he plans to do the same in all other areas moving into his last two years.
When talks about the ‘fourth quarter’ of his Presidency where “interesting things happen’ and interacting with the new Congress in 2015. That sounded a lot like watch me – dude.
The Hill mentions the following:
Obama also seemed hopeful that he could reset his oft-strained relationship with lawmakers in the coming year despite the Republican takeover of Congress.
“I’m being absolutely sincere when I say I want to work with this new Congress to get things done, to make those investments, to make sure the government’s working better and smarter,” Obama said. “We’re gonna disagree on some things, but there are gonna be areas of agreement, and we’ve gotta be able to make that happen.”
Although many believe he will work with Congress, especially since he got his funding in the lame-duck session, we believe he will be just as stubborn and will only offer platitudes and he will go it alone.
What is perhaps most troubling though was his statement that Sony ‘made a mistake’ regarding pulling “The Interview” from theaters, and we must couple that with his ‘race-advisor’ Al Sharpton putting pressure on Sony executives.
Sony of course fired back as we see below that they did contact the White House, but Obama seemed to just wave his hand to tell the world he would deal with North Korea at “a time and place of our choosing.”
What is also puzzling is how he did not back the very people who backed him, Hollywood. His Laissez-faire attitude just showed the world that we can be bullied.
By not supporting and proactively protecting a company based in Japan, a staunch ally, he made Sony, a major employer and economic engine in America, act as their own protectors.
It is not Sony’s responsibility to protect American business and the first amendment, it is his.
We think that despite the FBI finding that the DPRK was responsible and may have been helped by others, it was a nation-state that is responsible for an act of terror on the United States.
Sony was in fear, theater owners were in fear and he did nothing despite the action being the definition of terror. (Read the FBI update here.)
We do not believe he will do this, and we may never know what he chooses to do, but it is clear that immediate and over-whelming retaliation, not just some “proportionate response” will not be forthcoming – that would not fit his capitulations, bowing, and blame America attitude of appeasement, just ask the Castro brothers.
The correct message, despite North Korea’s claims of innocence and offering to aid in determining who did it, would be to send a resounding message, one where anyone else with similar designs would fear the wrath of all hell coming from the US. Why not cripple their entire communications system, or send a “Stuxnet” message.
He spoke the words, but what will he back them up with stern action, please read on and view the video:
Monday Morning POTUS: Obama Blames Sony After Failing to Defend Free Speech When it Mattered
During his final press conference of 2014, President Obama said that Sony Pictures had “made a mistake” by pulling The Interview from theaters after threats from a group of now-confirmed North Korean hackers.
Obama first addressed the issue of cyber terrorism during an ABC interview, after Sony had already announced it was pulling the movie from theaters.
On Friday, however, Obama stood up for the First Amendment, saying we cannot have a society in which “some dictator someplace” can impose censorship on U.S. companies.
“If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or news reports that they don’t like,” Obama said.
“Even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.
“That’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about.”
Watch the segment here: