The Best Quotes From Laura Ingraham’s “The Obama Diaries.”

One of the hottest books in America right now is Laura Ingraham’s The Obama Diaries. Happily, because I’m supposed to eventually be getting an interview with Laura, I was sent a media copy of the book, which I’ve already read. Since a lot of you are probably considering buying the book, I thought I’d give you a little preview of what you’ll be reading. Enjoy!

The English writer G.K. Chesterton, in his work What I Saw in America, put it this way: “[T]he great American experiment…a democracy of diverse races…has been compared to a melting pot. But even that metaphor implies that the pot itself is a certain shape and certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt. The original shape was traced on the lines of Jeffersonian democracy; and it will remain in that shape until it becomes shapeless. America invites all men to become citizens; but it implies the dogma that there is such a thing as citizenship.” — P.4

No matter the topic, no matter the occasion, whenever Barack Obama is talking, rest assured that the oration will somehow relate back to him! His personal narrative is always in evidence. Like Rome, all roads lead to Barry. Even America and her long, noble history must bend to accommodate the “story” of Barack Obama. — P.5

Can you imagine reaching at the age of forty-four and never having been proud of your country? Michelle Obama couldn’t find one American virtue or laudable quality that stirred pride in her heart in all those years? — P.6

When (Obama) speaks of the United States, he speaks as if he is somehow above America. He is the detached Messiah analyzing but unmarred by this deeply flawed country. He is in America, but not quite of it. Victor Davis Hanson has dubbed Obama the first postnational global citizen. Which sounds about right when you hear him speak overseas. — P.13

From the desperate actions of the balloon boy’s family to the gatecrashing antics of the Salahis, people are willing to do anything to attract public attention. In this permissive atmosphere, people like musician John Mayer feel entitled to call a former girlfriend “sexual napalm” in public and to expound on the racial preferences of his sexual organ. This habit of untoward self-revelation is now an epidemic and the Obamas are feeding into it. — P.40

The First Lady has the largest staff of any presidential wife in history: twenty-four staffers in all, costing taxpayers more than a million dollars annually. — P.50

A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine indicated that abstinence-based education programs are effective — more students remain chaste after taking the classes (two-thirds) and young people learn to respect their bodies. In poll after poll, parents prefer that their children learn the virtue of abstinence before marriage. But parents be damned. President Obama defunded abstinence-only education in his first year in office. In 2011, he has proposed routing more than $100 million to new condom-focused sex ed programs. — P.61

When Obama and his democratic cronies were shoving his stimulus bill down the throats of Americans, a blogger named Liberty Belle (Keli Carender) cried foul. In desperation she organized a protest, quickly dubbed a “tea party,” in Seattle. On the day of the party, she wrote on her blog: “Make no mistake, the president will be signing that bill tomorrow; I have no illusions that he will actually listen to us. But, maybe, just maybe we can start a movement that will snowball across the nation and get people out of their homes, meeting each other and working together to redirect this country towards its truly radical founding principles of individual liberty and freedom. Maybe people will wake up slowly at first, and then quickly when they realize the urgency needed.” And wake up they did. — P.110

(The stimulus) has been an unmitigated budget-busting failure. Ask yourself: What have I received from that $800 billion? Chances are, unless you work for the government, weatherized your home, or were already impoverished, the answer is: Nothing. — P.125

According to the Federal Reserve, the share of what we owe nationally now tops $690,000 per family. And yet, no matter how loudly we protest the policies fueling the debt, we are still forced to sacrifice our personal prosperity to help shoulder the government’s bills. There used to be a popular term for that: indentured servitude. — P.130

Left unmentioned is why TARP lost money. The banks paid off their loans. Yet the companies now under federal control — GM, Chrysler, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac — failed to pay up. For this, they were rewarded by President Obama with exemptions from his proposed “Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee.” — P.134

Winston Churchill once described an appeaser as someone who hopes that “if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.” The same is true of businesses only too happy to cut deals with a predatory government. — P.146

Government will always take more than it gives. — P.149

We the people are supposed to be thrilled to ride along on (the Obamas) ego trip, oohing and aahing about how they look, how they act, and just their overall awesomeness. — P.158

Obviously, Christmas is not a big deal for the Obamas. They barely celebrate the day at all. The president told People magazine that the First Daughters get no presents at Christmas because Michelle and Barack are trying “to teach limits” to their children. They must also be trying to teach limits to each other. On Christmas Day 2009, Anne E. Kornblut reported that the Obamas did not go to church, did not exchange gifts, but like the wise men and the shepherds before them, hit the gym on Christmas morn. They capped the day with a special meal of “roast beef and potatoes.” — P.187

It is true that Christianity has long taught that faith without works is dead. But similarly, works without faith are sterile. — P.199

“I thought of Sasha asking me once what happened when we die — ‘I don’t want to die, Daddy,’ she added matter-of-factly — and I had hugged her and said, ‘You’ve got a long, long way before you have to worry about that,’ which had seemed to satisfy her,” Obama wrote in Time magazine. “I wondered whether I should have told her the truth, that I wasn’t sure what happens when we die, any more than I was sure of where the soul resides or what existed before the Big Bang.” — P.209

[F]oreign policy is not checkers. The game of nations is played for keeps, and the losers are often killed. — P.228

[L]et me tell you about American liberals. They are not clever. They are not complex. They are very simple people, who live by one basic rule: So long as America is nice to the world, the world will be nice to her in return. — p.230

Americans have no reason to go hat in hand to the rest of the world, begging for forgiveness as though we’re some sort of rogue nation. By the standards of other great nations in history, our power has been used with a remarkable spirit of generosity. — P.231

Have you noticed how President Obama apologizes only to foreign audiences? Where are the apologies for the liberal welfare programs in this country that have wasted enormous sums of taxpayer money? Where the apologies for the criminals who went free because of excessive liberal concerns about legal technicalities? Where are the apologies for the countless American schools run into the ground by incompetent liberal administrators? Where are the apologies for the “arrogant” liberal justices on the Supreme Court who imposed their opinions about abortion and other social issues on the rest of us? Where are the apologies for the “dismissive” attitudes many liberals have shown toward their fellow Americans who listen to talk radio, attend tea parties, and watch Fox? — P.231

No foreign leader can afford to take actions favorable to the United States solely because he thinks President Obama is a nice guy. The job of a national leader is to adopt policies that improve his country’s standing in the world. — P.244

As long as the United States remains the world’s superpower, we will find it hard to win the world’s sympathy. This isn’t anyone’s fault; it’s simply human nature. The only way to solve this problem would be for the United States to lose its power — a situation in which the cure is far worse than the disease. — P.245

History shows that if President Obama really wants to persuade other countries to work with the United States, he should quit trying to convince them that we are soft and start showing them that we are strong. We need to convince other countries that the United States has so much power that they will benefit from cooperating with us — and will suffer if they do not. — P.247

Unfortunately, President Obama’s muddled performance on the world stage has done little to boost confidence in the United States. As is painfully obvious, foreign countries defy him with impunity — while countries that have long been friendly to the United States, such as Great Britain and Israel, find themselves shunted aside. — P.248

One can always gauge the effectiveness of any conservative group by the volume of media scorn heaped upon it. — P.302

Ingraham Rule of Thumb: The more influential and popular a conservative movement or group becomes, the more likely it will be attacked by Democrats as “incendiary,” “racially insensitive,” or “intolerant.” — P.311

Should violence erupt or any social unrest break out as a result of their heinous policies, the liberals will proclaim themselves our protectors, and use the chaos as a justification to claim even greater control over our lives and our freedoms. For this reason, and so many others, violence must always be condemned and rejected, while every peaceful means of resistance should be utilized. — P.325

Since elites in this country are almost uniformly hostile to conservatism, our movement must necessarily be populist in tone. — P.344

To be blunt, I have very little faith in the ability of most Republican politicians to cut deals with Democrats that would truly advance conservative goals. — P.345

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