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QUOTE OF THE DAY – AT 10:48 A.M. ET:  After Obama's first election, in 2008, Tom Brokaw remarked that we'd just elected a president about whom we knew so little.  In a way, whether intended or not, Brokaw was commenting on the outrageous behavior of the media in refusing to vet Obama properly.

It is now four years later, and we can make the same observation.  We still don't know much about Obama.  Once again the press refuses to ask the hard questions.  We do know that he's an incompetent, shallow president, but this didn't seem to bother his constituency, which believes that he is Barack, come to save us.

Charles Krauthammer observes that we're about to find out who Obama really is: 

According to Krauthammer, Obama is already making good on his March 2012 comments to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” after Election Day.

“I think what’s happening here is that in his second term, Obama is going to show who he really is,” Krauthammer said. “Remember what he said to the Soviet president, ‘After the election, I will be more flexible,’ which means he can be more of who he wants to be. … [Former Nebraska Sen. and current defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel] is prepared to do the dismantling that Obama wants to do, would never have admitted he wanted to do, but [that] will likely be carried out now in the second term.”

Host Bill O’Reilly then asked Krauthammer why Obama is apparently set on downsizing the defense budget.

“Because Obama [has] this ideological vision of America as a superpower too big for its britches,” Krauthammer replied. “He wants to cut it down to size.”

Krauthammer rejected the idea that advanced military technology can entirely make up for Obama’s proposed defense cuts.

“That’s the kind of argument you always hear, and it’s always false,” Krauthammer said. “Let’s take one example. The drone campaign. That’s a tremendous advance in technology. But that hasn’t done a thing to prevent the rise of al-Qaida in North Africa. … China is the rising power in the East. China is developing a huge and sophisticated navy which it never had. And it is quite clear what the objective is: to expel the United States from its coastal waters in the Western Pacific, where we have been the prevailing power for the last 50 years, since the fall of Japan. Now, we are going to have to build — you cannot counter the Chinese navy and aircraft carriers with drones. So the idea that somehow you can down size and preserve your power in the world is simply a false one.”

COMMENT:  Charles nails it.  Fundamentally, Obama is opposed to the America we know.  He doesn't buy the premise of America, or American exceptionalism.

The sad fact is that he has a good part of the educational establishment and its child, the media, on his side.  It will require a huge effort to counter that force.  It can be done, but it will take a major leader on our side, a new Reagan, to pull things together.  The Republican Party can't do it itself.

Ted Cruz?

January 9, 2013