It’s always refreshing to read the take of foreign journalists, who aren’t collared and leashed by this White House. Writes Neil Gardiner:

The threats being dished out to Woodward, Davis and others are extremely disturbing in a free society, and are a reflection of an imperial presidency that acts with impunity and is highly intolerant of dissent. The heavy-arm tactics that Obama’s team have deployed for years against conservatives are now being increasingly implemented as well against liberals questioning the president’s record.

Leading US political analyst Michael Barone predicted all this in a piece for National Review Online back in October 2008, when he wrote about “The Coming Obama Thugocracy.” It is an article that is strikingly accurate in its predictions.

President Obama is driven by the fear of being exposed for the petulant, small man that he really is. He strikes me as the kind of guy who spends hours a day poring over any and all hype about him to make a list of who is and isn’t staying in line. If he were a community theater actor, he’d be the dude who wrote letters (Google it) to every neighborhood weekly that gave him a bad review.

And in a sane world, he would be getting nothing but bad reviews.