American Elephants

Leadership: Here’s What It’s All About. by The Elephant's Child

If you can manage the time tonight, watch this speech by General Mark Welsh III, Commander U.S. Air Forces Europe,  speaking to the cadets at the Air Force Academy last November. You will quickly see why he is such a respected leader, and the speech is moving, inspiring, and worth every minute of your time.

This week, General Mark Welsh III was nominated to be the next chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. By all accounts, General Welsh is perhaps the most respected leader in the Air Force today, and for months both active and retired Air Force personnel were rooting for him to occupy the top slot. Currently serving as Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe, Welsh will take over a service whose mission is more vital than ever, but one that has flown through lots of turbulence in recent years, from severe budget cuts to program mismanagement and security failures. It would be hard to find an American military leader as inspiring as General Welsh, now that David Petraeus has retired, and the Air Force will have a formidable leader in the coming years.

How to Secure Your Place in History: Just Shoehorn it In. by The Elephant's Child

The White House maintains official biographies of the presidents at the White House website. The website not only has the president’s speeches and remarks, but his daily schedule, the latest pictures of the president, his executive orders, passed bills, a White House tour, and some history of the presidency, and much more. Many of Obama’s voters were young enough that they had little memory of events before Obama’s arrival in office. Seth Mandel reported at Contentions:

The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on, claiming credit for taking up the mantle  of Reagan’s tax reform with his advocacy of “the Buffet Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford). Here are s few examples:

  • On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
  • In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.
  • President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
  • In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.

Team Obama keeps clumsily doing things that are remarkably ripe for mockery, and conservative bloggers are happily willing to oblige.

There are lots more, and it proves that conservatives can respond promptly. The website is here. Even when times are bad, Americans can always respond with a good laugh.

Attack and Response, and the Shape of the Campaign to Come. by The Elephant's Child

Team Obama came out with a new attack ad directed at Mitt Romney. It’s not just mean, but devastating. It makes Mr. Romney seem like a callous, money-grubbing type. Team Obama must be proud of their work. And of course attack ads always try to show just the very worst. This one shows the same attention to detail that is typical of the Obama operation.

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney had left Bain Capital two years before the events Team Obama pictured here so devastatingly.  Mitt Romney was not with Bain Capital at the time, and no longer was connected to the company. It was being run at the time by one of Obama’s major bundlers.

Mitt was, however, involved in a Bain Capital work with a steel producer.  The Romney campaign responded with this video about Steel Dynamics, which created far more jobs than the other company lost. Steel Dynamics is now the fifth largest producer of carbon steel products in the United States.

The Romney campaign has put up a website called GST STEEL: Get the Facts that provides a full and detailed rebuttal of the Obama campaign claims. Private equity firms attempt to make money for the bottom line— which means  profit for their shareholders who may be retirement funds as well as private investors. Their job is not to create or end jobs, but if they can help to create a thriving business as well as creating a profit for their stockholders, they have done very well indeed.

This is going to be an ugly campaign. Team Obama is stuck with a bad economy that was caused by the explosion of the housing bubble, created a sharp downturn and recession that officially ended in June 2009. After that, it was Obama’s recession to deal with.

He chose to respond with a Keynesian stimulus and pushing money into the economy to create demand, a tactic that has never worked. Obama chose to keep blaming Bush, while he borrowed money like a desperate gambler, and added more to the national debt than all of the presidents who preceded him put together.

It is not a record of accomplishment, and promising that he will do better next time is not convincing. Add in the training for Congressional Democrats in how to play the race card most effectively, the feeble “War on Women,”The Romney’s dog carrier, Ann Romney’s shirt, and the fact that she was a stay-at-home mother of five  gives us an idea of the direction the Obama campaign will take.  Not pretty.


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