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June 13, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Some days it looks like Barack Obama is just trolling the whole world. The same man who opposed ousting Saddam Hussein now will arm Islamist rebels in Syria. The same man who railed against Bush for wiretapping terrorists wiretapped all of us.

That same man has now nominated Avril Haines to the number two post in the Central Intelligence Agency. It’s an important job, one you’d think would require some intelligence or military background of some kind.

Haines has none of that. What she does have is experience reading sexy sexy books out loud.

20 years ago, Haines opened and co-owned Adrian’s Book Café in the Baltimore waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point. She opened Adrian’s after dropping out of a graduate program in physics at Johns Hopkins University. The store featured regular “Erotica Nights.” including dinner and a series of readings by guests of published work or their own prose, according to a 1995 report in the Baltimore Sun; couples could attend for $30, while singles paid $17.

“Erotica has become more prevalent because people are trying to have sex without having sex. Others are trying to find new fantasies to make their monogamous relationships more satisfying,” Haines, then in her 20s, told the Sun. “What the erotic offers is spontaneity, twists and turns. And it affects everyone.” (She also told Baltimore Sun reporter Mary Corey that friends heckled “you just want a mass orgy in your bookstore, while she and her co-owner were initially worried only “dirty old men” would show up.)

I’m not here to slam “Erotica Nights.” It’s not really my thing to sit around with a bunch of people in a book store listening to someone read much of anything. Whatever floats your boat. It’s just…Barack Obama doesn’t seem to take some of the most serious parts of his job very seriously at all.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama isn't the first president to appoint unqualified dilletantes to weighty positions, but he's definitely the most prolific and the worst offender. Clinton (AKA President HappyPants) was almost as bad, and Bush II was guilty as well. But Obama definitely takes the cake.
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I'm sort of astounded that a person who was once a small business owner would be appointed anything in this administration. The Sun King seems to surround himself with cocooned academics and political hacks.

And why let the Secret Service have all the fun with sex scandals? The CIA must want to shed their fuddy-duddy image.
44 weeks ago
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"It’s just…Barack Obama doesn’t seem to take some of the most serious parts of his job very seriously at all."

It does fit a pattern at the White House, though: one of the key figures in the Benghazi cover up has among his qualifications "wannabe fiction writer." See: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/the_man_behind_the_benghazi_cover-up.html

Maybe he's looking for a new ghostwriter for his next autobiography?
44 weeks ago
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I give her credit for opening a bookstore in her twenties and becoming a lawyer and everything else she's accomplished, but I'm going to agree she's not qualified to be #2 at the CIA. However, posting about her reading erotica aloud in her own bookstore 20 years ago makes you look silly.
44 weeks ago
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How much did her family donate to the Obama campaigns?
44 weeks ago
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If this were not such a serious situation...I mean the #2 at CIA? Really? It would be hilarious if not such an important position...you just cannot make this stuff up?

Remember Benghazi!
44 weeks ago
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Mightn't she have been a pick for a high position at the State Department instead? She should have been appointed Assistant Secretary for Reading Bed Time Stories to diplomats and others requiring diversions from their delicate pursuits. At least she has a little experience for that. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/11/politics/state-department-allegations/index.html
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