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Obama’s Relentless Use of ‘Relentless’

The R-Rated President: His favorite word may not mean what you think it means.

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Rick Richman

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December 18, 2013 - 1:04 pm
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During the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) addressed Secretary of State Kerry about the lack of enforcement of Iran sanctions since the election of Iranian President Rouhani. Sherman said there were “dozens and dozens” of companies sanctioned in the first half of this year, but only one designation since June; he said he hoped we were not “slow-walking things” on account of Rouhani. Two days later, the State Department sanctioned 19 new people or companies, with a press release saying this showed the administration will “relentlessly enforce” existing sanctions.

Relentlessly! The State Department was using the magic Obama codeword — the one that strikes fear in the hearts of foreign foes, domestic criminals, and opponents of the Miami Heat.

Two weeks after the U.S. ambassador (the personal representative of the president under the law) was murdered on 9/11/12, along with three other Americans, in an organized terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, President Obama appeared before the assembled representatives of the world at the UN. He called the attacks “an assault on America” and promised we would be “relentless in tracking down the killers.” This reflected a long-standing Obama principle: back in May 2011, a year-and-a-half before Benghazi, the president said “we will never…stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens.”

As for criminals, this year President Obama nominated Kenneth Polite, Jr. to be U.S. attorney in Louisiana. In a press release, the president said he was confident Mr. Polite “will be relentless in his pursuit of justice.” In 2012, Mr. Obama nominated John S. Leonardo as U.S. attorney for Arizona; the president said he was confident Judge Leonardo “will be relentless in his pursuit of justice.” In 2011, he nominated George L. Beck to be U.S. attorney for Alabama; Mr. Obama said it was because of Mr. Beck’s “diligence and relentless pursuit of justice.” In 2010, Mr. Obama nominated David Fein and Timothy Purdon and later Charles Oberley as U.S. attorneys. Can you guess what the President was confident of in all three cases, as well as seven others?

This past June, President Obama called the head coach of the Miami Heat to congratulate them on their second consecutive NBA championship. The White House issued a “Readout of the President’s Call with the Miami Heat,” stating the president told the coach he looked forward to congratulating the team at the White House, and had conveyed the following observation:

On the call, the President noted the Heat’s relentless determination in what was an historic season for the team and their MVP, LeBron James.

The relentless use of “relentless” began in 2009, when the president nominated John Kammerzell, Mark Martinez, and Stephen James Smith to be U.S. Marshals in Colorado, Nebraska and Georgia. The president noted all three had been “relentless in their pursuit of justice.” Later that year, he nominated John Gibbons and Robert Heun as U.S. marshals who, the president said, “will be relentless in their pursuit of justice.” In 2011, Robert Mueller was re-nominated as FBI director because of his “relentless commitment to the rule of law,” and in 2013 James Comey was nominated as Mueller’s successor, and was introduced by the president as a “relentless attorney.”

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He compares himself to Lincoln, possibly America's greatest orator. Does that give you any idea just how narcissistic he is? And his sycophants in the press do the same thing. Does that give you any idea how great of a fantasy land the Left press lives in?
Obama isn't worthy to lick the Gettysburg dirt off the bottom of Lincoln's boot.
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I still would like to know who precisely it is that is preventing Mr. Obama from "being clear?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSbl_uvtNSE
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And "unexpected."
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I'm intrigued by his frequent use of the word "folks." Where did he pick this up? Not in Hawaii or Harvard, I am guessing. Did he find it useful in middle America? Methinks it's a tad strange.
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In Hitler's Germany weren't the people the "volk"?
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I'm relentless when it comes to hearing POTUS on the radio or seeing him on TV. I will not stop until I turn off either the radio or the TV when he come on. Life is too short to waste my time listening to that fatuous man.
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He compares himself to Lincoln, possibly America's greatest orator. Does that give you any idea just how narcissistic he is? And his sycophants in the press do the same thing. Does that give you any idea how great of a fantasy land the Left press lives in?
Obama isn't worthy to lick the Gettysburg dirt off the bottom of Lincoln's boot.
36 weeks ago
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"Obama isn't worthy to lick the Gettysburg dirt off the bottom of Lincoln's boot."

Hmmm. I'm not so sure about that.

He might be, depending on which part of the Gettysburg fields Lincoln had just stepped in.

It IS an agricultural area, after all....

;-)

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Is this code to his sycophants in NPR's audience, and his footsoldiers in government employment and rent-seeking "private" businesses, to double down forever?
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I still would like to know who precisely it is that is preventing Mr. Obama from "being clear?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSbl_uvtNSE
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I never noticed his use of the word "relentless," but I couldn't help noticing that in almost every single speech Obama ever gave, he used the phrase "make sure" at least once, and often repeatedly...and sometimes even relentlessly.
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Why would we be surprised that Obama's speechwriters are just as competent as his healthcare guru's? I really really don't think Obama would recognize competence if it bit him on his skinny ass. He does, however, recognize and expect subservient adulation.
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Yea,well Barokeydoke's use of the word "relentless" is both "historic" and "unprecedented"
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And "unexpected."
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This is what happens when the products of our dumbed-down government schools gets into the adult world.


This administration reminds me of an old Century21 commercial. It showed children dressing up in the famous Gold Jacket worn by C21 agents. The commercial closes with a boy wearing a goofy grin and a jacket far too big for him enthusing about wearing a "real Century21 Agent Gold Jacket!"

A political cartoonist used the theme to lampoon California's Lt. Governor when Jerry Brown went on his famous African vacation with Linda Rondstadt. The Lt. Governor, a Republican, promptly undid a lot of Brown's actions. The cartoon showed the acting governor as a child dressed up in a "Real Governor's Jacket!".

These people are children, dressed up in adult clothing, with adult responsibilities and authority, but they don't have a clue about the real adult world.



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