Author Archives: Bernard Goldberg

Here’s an Idea, Mr. President …

As a general rule, I believe that on any give day there’s more wisdom in the Letters to the Editor section of the Wall Street Journal than there is in the entire Obama administration. For example, Jonathan Lesser from Sandia Park, New Mexico writes:  “To argue as White House economist Jason Furman does, that reducing…

A Look Back on O’Reilly’s Interview with the President

The more I think about it the more I figure that Bill O’Reilly should have passed on the opportunity to interview President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday.  It was a dog and pony show we could have done without. I understand why Bill did the interview and what he got out of doing it.  First,…

Mr. Obama’s Handy Bogeymen

In a recent interview with the New Yorker magazine President Obama did what he often does when his approval ratings drop:  He went after Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Here’s what he said: “… there is a Republican base of voters for whom compromise with me is a betrayal. And that — more than anything,…

Has the NSA Gone Too Far?

I realize that many of you reading this column believe that Edward Snowden is an American hero and that what the National Security Agency is doing to catch terrorists is not only a grotesque threat to our privacy but an obvious violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. You may be right. …

I Take Full Responsibility — Now Leave Me Alone!

Now that Benghazi is back in the news with a Senate report saying the deadly attack was “preventable” and blasting the State Department for lax security that led to four Americans being murdered, I’ve been wondering:  Where is Hillary Clinton?  Why isn’t she out there commenting on the report?  It’s like she’s disappeared. Then it…

When Is a Traffic Jam A Greater Threat to Democracy Than an IRS Scandal?

It’s good to know that President Obama’s most loyal followers – the so-called mainstream media – have their priorities straight.  As reported by the (conservative) Media Research Center: “In less than 24 hours, the big three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the…

We’re as Mad as Hell … and You Know the Rest

Dick Metcalf was “one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalists,” as a page one story in the New York Times described him.  He wrote the feature column for Guns & Ammo, the popular magazine for gun enthusiasts. He also did a television show. Not long ago Metcalf wrote a column under the headline, “Let’s Talk…

Memo to Obama: Sooner or Later Reality Matters

Senator Tom Coburn, the Republican from Oklahoma who has more sense than most of his colleagues in Washington, has a guest column in the Wall Street Journal running under the headline, “The Year Washington Fled Reality.” Here’s his first sentence:  “The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington…