EXCLUSIVE: White House releases new photo from Situation Room during Bin Laden raid; proves Love and Obama weren’t playing cards

Earlier today Biff Spackle received the following encrypted email concerning the Reggie Love-Barack Obama card game controversy:

Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:04:06 -0700
To: Biff Spackle <biff@badblue.com>
From: Richard Windsor <fatlisa@whitehouse.gov>
Subject: Proof that Obama was in the Situation Room during Bin Laden raid

TELL YOUR WINGNUT FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE PROOF THAT OUR LIGHTBRINGER WAS NOT1!!!!!!!! PLAYING CARDS WITH REGGIE!!!!!!

SEE???? WE WANT A RETRACTION!!!! BECHES@!!!.

RW

Well, I suppose that clears things up.

Doug Ross @ Journal

CNN: During Bin Laden Attack, Obama Abandoned Situation Room to Play Hours of Cards With Reggie Love

While the famous photo op depicts President Obama hunkered down in the Situation Room while SEAL Team 6 pulled off its dazzling assault on Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, the reality was far more galling.

Via CNN, we discover that a bored President Obama and his “body man” Reggie Love were deeply engaged in hours of card-playing during the attack.

A famous photo shows President Barack Obama hunkered down in the Situation Room in May 2011 with his national security team as U.S. Navy SEALS carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

But his former body man Reggie Love said in an interview posted online Wednesday that Obama also played cards to distract himself during the day-long ordeal

…In the July 18 interview, which took place during a lunch hosted by UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Love talked about life with the president, including the historic moment more than two years ago when bin Laden was killed.

Describing it as a “very long day,” Love said most people were in the Situation Room but Obama came to the private dining room to play cards with Love, White House photographer Pete Souza and staffer Marvin Nicholson.

[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.”

The revealing video appears to have been sufficiently damning that it has since been removed by the user who uploaded it.

Which begs the question: since the media still what the president was doing for eight hours while the Benghazi attack raged, perhaps we could ask Reggie Love.

And: what the hell is a “body man”?

Hat tips: Weasel Zippers and Wanda.

Doug Ross @ Journal

BOOKWORM ROOM: This is the worst scandal in U.S. history

A tremendous op-ed by Bookworm Room with a troubling argument that is difficult to refute: the Obama administration’s abuse of the IRS is the worst of its kind in U.S. history:

There’s been a lot of debate swirling amongst the pundits lately. Is the Watergate cover-up worse than the Benghazi cover-up or vice versa? Is the only scandal that matters the Justice Department’s decision to tap Associated Press phones, because that’s the only one that the media will care about? What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Ignore all that. The absolute worst scandal that’s emerged lately, and the worst administration scandal in American history is the IRS scandal. Why? Because you, the People, became the targets of a comprehensive federal government effort to stifle dissent, one made using the government’s overwhelming and disproportionate policing and taxing powers.

All of the other scandals, going back to Andrew Johnson’s post-Civil War scandals, Warren G. Harding’s 1920s Teapot Dome scandal, Nixon’s Watergate, Reagan’s Iran-Contra, and Clinton’s Oval Office sexcapades have actually been narrowly focused acts of cronyism, garden-variety political chicanery, or personal failings. It’s been insider stuff.

The IRS scandal, by contrast, is a direct attack on the American people…

…Those who offer these excuses are either morally flawed themselves or delusional idiots. Pastor Martin Niemoller, who once supported the Nazi party, finally and famously figured things out after World War II:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Once a government gets the bit between its teeth and starts targeting special interest groups, that is the end of freedom, not just for those first groups targeted, but for everyone…

…On May 5, at Ohio State University…, Obama gave a speech that was viewed then as yet another in the endless list of examples showing Obama painting his political opponents as loony paranoids:

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

Reading those same words now, it’s clear that, like the rattlesnake’s warning, Obama was previewing the reality of a Leftist government’s total control over the people who have naively consigned themselves to its care.

The Obama administration’s malevolent influence appears to have poisoned every aspect of the administrative state. The EPA, the HHS, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the Treasury Department are among the worst offenders. But the IRS has been used as a political weapon since its inception.

The IRS must be disbanded and replaced with The Fair Tax.

And, yes, read the whole thing.

Doug Ross @ Journal

It would seem that the Second Amendment has “too much wiggle room”

It appears that Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is unfamiliar with a little-known document called “The United States Constitution”:

A leaked internal memo from the National Institute of Justice –the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice– shows that none of Obama’s gun proposals will work without registration and forced buybacks amounting to confiscation of Americans’ guns.

The memo illustrates this by showing why high capacity magazine bans, gun buybacks, and “assault weapons” bans have failed to work in the past.

For example, according to the memo, the high capacity magazine bans that were in place from 1994-2004 had little impact because the bans contained too many exemptions. The memo says one of the key errors was that “the 1994 ban exempted magazines made before 1994 so that the importation of large capacity magazines manufactured before 1994 continued [throughout] the ban.”

Moreover, the memo points out that while the price of the magazines rose sharply, it was not driven up far enough to make them “unaffordable.” … According to the memo, for a high capacity magazine ban to succeed Obama needs to ban not only the manufacture and sale of said magazines, but also the importation and possession. There also must be a federal buyback of all high capacity magazines already in circulation to ensure private owners haven’t held on to any covered by the ban.

….the memo says the first “assault weapons” ban failed to work for many of the same reasons magazine bans and gun buybacks failed to work–there was simply too much wiggle room for gun owners. Moreover, the memo says that because “assault weapons” are used in such a low percentage of crimes, the only way a ban can be effective is if it eliminates every “assault weapon” in the country.

According to the memo, the only way to fix it is to couple a ban with “a gun buyback and no exemptions.”

In my readings of America’s founding — including the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers — I don’t recall coming across the term “wiggle room”. I’ll have to review the Bill of Rights and see if I missed it.

The painting (above) depicts Patrick Henry.

Doug Ross @ Journal