Morning Bits

Out of control.“Federal welfare spending has grown by 32 percent over the past four years, fattened by President Obama’s stimulus spending and swelled by a growing number of Americans whose recession-depleted incomes now qualify them for public assistance, according to numbers released Thursday. Federal spending on more than 80 low-income assistance programs reached $746 billion in 2011, and state spending on those programs brought the total to $1.03 trillion, according to figures from the Congressional Research Service and the Senate Budget Committee.”

Out of depth — or decent material. “President Obama just did a strange, political parody of ‘You Might Be a Redneck,’ and no one stopped him. People Against Cruelty to Tired Old Jokes raised a brief fuss, but no one was listening. ‘That joke has been out to pasture for decades,’ they pointed out, ‘and it’s not up to performing on the national stage.’ But it was too late. He’s coined the term “Romnesia.’” Remember when Romney was the “not funny” one?

Out of time. “President Obama is taking heat from his Republican rivals and some members of his own party for being vague about his agenda for a second term. On Thursday, Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a crowd at a campaign event in Florida that Obama ‘is not telling you what his second-term plan would be.’ ‘He’s not saying that he is offering anything new,’ the Wisconsin lawmaker said during a town hall. ‘All he is offering is four more years of the same.’”

Out of excuses? “Within 24 hours of the deadly attack, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by militants, officials told The Associated Press. But for days, the Obama administration blamed it on an out-of-control demonstration over an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. . . . Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN that the administration didn’t understand the gravity of the situation in Benghazi and as a result bad decisions were made to promote the video as the root of the violence.”

Out of safe havens. Now Iowa is slipping away for Obama. “ ‘I think Obama is very narrowly ahead, and Romney is closing,’ [former Des Moines Register reporter and current director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute David] Yepsen says. ‘I say that for a lot of reasons, but the big one is the Republicans are doing a far better job on absentee ballots than they’ve ever done before. Democrats have always done a very good job with that, and so, I think that’s the reason why you can say Romney’s closing.’”

Out of the blue we learn Romney has done a lot of nice things without cameras around. Watch the whole segment (from CBS?!).

Out of curiosity: “How information immediately made known to an assistant secretary of state [Charlene Lamb] could somehow be withheld for eight days from the secretary of state herself — and from our U.N. ambassador, from the director of national intelligence, from the analytic corps at the Central Intelligence Agency, from the president’s chief spokesman, and from the president himself — now forms the central question in the Benghazi affair.” Well, that and why the administration wouldn’t recognize that Libya was becoming a jihadist haven.

Out of adjectives to describe how low the president has sunk. A new Obama tag line about his opponent: “Mitt Romney. Not one of us.” What say you liberals who accuse Republicans of wanting to make Obama seem “foreign”?

Out of patience. Even mainstream media have turned on Obama . David Gregory calls the White House’s Benghazi response “sluggish, sloppy, and incoherent at some times.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

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