Picture of the Day: Obama battles the enemy … with rolled-up magazine (Video)

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills…” We shall fight with a rolled-up copy of “Penthouse.” OK, in all fairness, I don’t know that Obama’s tastes run to that particular high-brow publication, and since the title is not plainly visible, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say it’s a Defense Department briefing.

Obama swats fly

One thing that is plainly visible in this official White House photo of Obama picking on an enemy he is capable of vanquishing — a house fly — is the phrase along the border of the Oval Office rug. It reads: “No Problem Of Human Destiny Is Beyond Human Beings.”

The New York Post glibly observes:

It’s not the first time Bam has duked it out with an insect. In 2013, he caught flak from the animal-rights group PETA for swatting a fly that landed on his head during a speech.

A video of that skirmish is still available on YouTube and appears below for your viewing convenience:

When it comes to more formidable opponents, the president is not quite so bellicose. In fact, he’s downright namby-pamby. Yesterday, as part of another holiday news drop, the Defense Department quietly announced the release of five more enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay. The recent gradual whittling down of the prison population there has been in response to a promise Obama made on Day One of his presidency — to close Gitmo on the dubious premise that it was a recruitment tool for al Qaeda. Yesterday’s move comes on the heels of a revelation last week that the federal government is secretly offering a $5 million reward for information that would lead to the recapture of an Islamic terrorist who had been set free in 2006 and returned to the battlefield. The JV strikes again!

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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