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Barack Obama Following in Brother-in-Law’s Footsteps

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a Washington Free Beacon piece published today under the headline, Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles, I was reminded of a piece I published about the first lady’s brother’s coaching adventure five years ago in advance of the “Big Dance.” I share it again below.

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Craig Robinson, the 47-year-old Chicago native and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, just completed his second season as head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers men’s basketball team.  Unfortunately, he seems to have been victimized by the “Obama Curse.”

Robinson was hired to replace a coach who had lead the team to a 6-25 record the previous year.  He ended his first season at the helm with an 18-18 record, a vast improvement for a team accustomed to finishing at or near the bottom of the PAC-10 standings.

Never one to miss an opportunity to associate himself with success, President Barack Obama painted his brother-in-law as a rising star among NCAA Division I coaches.  In a July 1, 2009, article in The Oregonian, he said the following:

“Craig Robinson is an outstanding coach.  I think he’s shown that. I’m just stating facts. Anybody in Oregon and anybody who knows sports knows he turned it around. He loves Corvallis and I’m sure that as a young, successful coach he’s going to start getting offers.”

Following the 2008-09 season that gained presidential approval, Robinson lead his Beavers to a less-than-stellar 14-16 finish this season.  Enter the curse:

It cost Jon Corzine in his re-election bid for governor of New Jersey, Creigh Deeds in his bid for Virginia’s governorship and Martha Coakley in her race for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts;

It cost the Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns and Kentucky Wildcats big basketball games during the month of January; and

It cost the Indianapolis Colts an even bigger game — this year’s Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints.

At most schools, three losing seasons in a row would result in the head coach being fired.  But that’s not likely to happen in this case. Instead, I predict one or more of the following actions will take place if Coach Robinson fails to break the .500 mark:

President Obama will, in exchange for their decision to keep Coach Robinson, offer Oregon State officials a “basketball bailout” in the form of federal funds earmarked for facility improvements and bumps in coaching staff salaries;

President Obama will, by executive order, change the rules of college basketball so that teams meeting federal qualifications as “disadvantaged” will receive “federal points” that can be added to the final score before a winner is determined; and

President Obama will name a college basketball czar to oversee the development of new criteria, based on factors other than win-loss records, via which teams will be selected to participate in the NCAA tournament.

Though I’m not a fan of the Beavers, I hope the team posts a winning record next season.  Anything less might destroy the sport and turn the NCAA tournament (a.k.a., “The Big Dance”) into an event not befitting of buzzwords such as Sweet 16, Elite 8 and Final Four.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m ahead of my time. Sadly, Michelle Obama’s husband seems bent on following in his brother-in-law’s footsteps and leaving the nation in shambles, too.

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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Feb. 1-7

In addition to spending a lot of time working on my first screenplay, I adopted a one-post-per-day approach to things during the first week of February 2015 at BobMcCarty.com.

INELIGIBLE: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).

INELIGIBLE? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Click image above to read about this topic.

On the same day I published my last weekly recap, I shared a guest piece written by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College, the piece makes some people angry. See if it makes you angry. Read Is Writer ‘Beating Dead Horse’ or Adhering to Constitution?

Markers are mandatory after passage of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002.

Click image above to read my piece about underground pipeline dangers.

After reading news about a ruptured natural gas pipeline forcing the evacuation of area residents near Bowling Green, Mo., I decided to share anew a story I had written and published Sept. 13, 2010, about one Missouri family’s experience with underground pipelines running through their backyard. Read the piece I published Feb. 1 under the headline, Bowling Green Pipeline Rupture Stirs Backyard Fears.

Barely one year ago, six members of Congress called for Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. to resign after he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency’s data collection programs. On Feb. 1, I shared an update. Read it under the headline, Intel Chief Remains in Post One Year After Call for His Ouster.

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After reading multiple articles about the 80th anniversary of the first occasion on which the polygraph was used to help bring about a conviction in a U.S. court, I felt compelled to share some unique observations from my perspective as author of The Clapper Memo, a book in which I share findings from my exhaustive four-year investigation of credibility assessment technologies. Read my take on the polygraph in a Feb. 3 piece published under the headline, Polygraph Makes Headlines for Age, Not Reliability.

After anchor Brian Williams used his NBC Nightly News platform to offer what his network would later describe as “clarification” about an incident that had allegedly taken place more than a decade earlier, I shared details of a personal experience I had with Williams at the Air Force base where I was stationed in the spring of 1991. Read the humorous details in my Feb. 5 piece, NBC Anchor ‘Clarifies’ Fact He’s Been Lying for 12 Years.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz

Click on image above to read about my personal experience with Brian Williams.

When I asked a former Army Green Beret how many kills he had recorded as an American sniper during three tours of duty in Iraq, he used a lot of words to explain how such numbers can be hard to tally but never gave me an actual number. Find out what he did tell me in my Feb. 5 piece, Sniper: ‘I believed I had the ability to change the playing field’.

Former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart in Iraq.

Click on image above to read about an American sniper whose story turned out different than Chris Kyle.

Though a Department of Defense puff piece focused on the Capitol Hill testimony Thursday of a high-ranking DoD official and the question of whether or not the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay should be closed, I focused on GITMO-focused statements made about the facility and detainees held there by first-term Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a piece published Feb. 7. Read it: Arkansas’ Freshman Senator Shreds Obama Administration False Narrative on Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

The list of other items I shared on my Facebook page this week includes a photo taken by Brian Williams when he became the first man to walk on the moon July 21, 1969, and a piece in which retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely is quoted as calling for NBC’s Williams to be canned. Yes, he’s the same Army general who endorsed my book, The Clapper Memo.

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