Review the Facts: The Brief Against Obama by Hugh Hewitt

Review the Facts: The Brief Against Obama by Hugh Hewitt July 5, 2012

Hyper-partisan fans of the President won’t like Hugh Hewitt’s latest book The Brief Against Obama: The Rise and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency, published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. But those seeking a candid review of the facts from a seasoned attorney and communicator will find it indispensable for deciding votes this November.

Hugh’s strategy for the book is clear enough. He cites law partner Gary Wolensky to frame the task: “If you promise to show them facts…and you do…you have a good chance of winning. It’s that simple.” (2) Hugh promises to show facts that inexorably make his case through the preponderance of evidence:

The facts of President Obama’s first three-plus years in office are so awful as to compel any fair-minded voter to vote for the Republican nominee.

Full of the straight-forward-clarity-without-vitriol that is typical of Hewitt, Hugh’s book delivers on his promise.

Calling on forty-four pages of small-print notes in the back to document the facts, The Brief Against Obama makes the best case yet compiled against President Obama’s re-election bid. It is essential reading for anyone needing ideological ammunition at cook-outs this summer and beside office water-coolers throughout the fall.

Hugh’s first section highlights what he perceives as ten significant domestic policy failures by President Obama starting with “The Nightmare of Obamacare.” That chapter alone is worth the price of the book considering the latest Supreme Court decision. Read it and you’ll understand, even if you disagree on the policy, why electoral anger on this issue will likely determine November headlines.

Hugh minces no words: “Obamacare is a public policy cancer….It is a metastasizing disease that is destroying employment and health care at the same time….” (16) Abundant facts follow.

Facts continue to flow through the rest of the domestic policy chapters along with the usual Hewitt candor:

  • A Failed “Stimulus” – “Nothing was ‘shovel ready.’ Nothing lasting was built. No lasting jobs were created.” (29)
  • The “Dodd-Frank” Head-Fake: Inmates Keep the Asylum – “A law that still leaves Fannie and Freddie untouched despite promises from the White House.” (74)
  • The “Fast and Furious” Debacle and Cover-Up – “This is President Obama’s Department of Justice. He broke DOJ. He owns it.” (87)

Hugh punctuates the flow of facts with ample quotations from the President himself in context and with insightful comments from guests to his popular radio show. This colorful image from Rep. Darrell Issa is typical, describing the cooperation Congress has received from the White House on Fast and Furious: “[T]he problem is , Hugh, when we get to discovery, repeatedly it looks like a black cow eating licorice at midnight. They redact everything. We get whole pages that say nothing….” (82)

A thorough treatment of the President’s foreign policy follows with emphasis on what Hugh sees as the key errors:

  • Standing By as Iranians Die – As Iran exploded into revolution, “Obama did nothing and said little, and the brutality of the regime crushed the opposition. It was an enormous and strategic error….” (105)
  • Abandoning Israel to Its Fate – “The President should not have acted as though he was a Chicago ward boss and Netanyahu a favor-seeking supplicant….” (115)
  • Ignoring the Border – “President Obama has thoroughly abandoned his pledges about border security, and the clock is ticking.” (146)

Chapters on the failed green-energy complex, draconian cuts in military spending, unemployment, attacks on Catholics and the Constitution, the re-emergence of Russia, the naiveté of the Arab Spring – Hugh lays down each like a poker master revealing card after card of what he knows to be the winning hand.

But he warns against overconfidence in a final section citing Obama’s leadership failures: “This will be brutal campaign waged by a desperate and cornered hyper-partisan who will use any means he can, supported by enormous amounts of money. Just imagine how he will act if he, by some stroke of fate, wins a second term.” (194)

If you prefer not to imagine that outcome and facts still matter to you, pick up a copy of the The Brief Against Obama today and reference it often. Better yet, grab two more to share with friends. If Hugh’s right, facts are still stubborn things.

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  • I happen to think Obama is a good guy. I like him. I think his heart is in the right place.

    BUT…his policies are not working. He ought let business do what it does best and that is to make America rise.

    A rising tide does lift all boats. We can see where the socialism of Europe has gone, and it isn’t pretty.


    • I agree with you, Steve, much to some of my commentators’ chagrin. I think the President is sincere in his beliefs — he’s just sincerely wrong — and ideas have consequences. Be sure to pray for him today as we should for all of our leaders, even those we passionately disagree with.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Bill, what perfect timing for this great review! There is indeed no doubt that Hugh’s latest book is a must read! It’s no accidents that Tea Party groups are thrilled with it. Here is a 2-min video from the July 4th Parade in Hunting Beach, CA, where the book is enthusiastically cheered by patriots from all walks of life:

    • George,

      Thanks for the link! Keep up the great work in CA. You guys need it.

      And thanks for the comment.

  • Ron Snell

    I just read your post on singing in church and agree with it wholeheartedly, so I clicked on a couple other blogs to see what kind of stuff you write. Your review, above, is unsettling. The reason is that every candidate is a mixture of positive and negative. EVERY candidate. It would be so easy to write a similar book about Romney, who was not at all appealing to “our” people until he was the only one left standing. So any book that does not mix a healthy amount of the positive in with a healthy amount of the negative is not an attempt to present the facts–it is an attempt to present certain facts in certain ways. And that ends up being something that can be very misleading. (E.g. there are bright, thinking, non-socialistic organizations and people who approve of the healthcare bill. The American hospital association, for one. Are those “facts” in there as well?) You refer to hyper-partisan fans of the President. It sounds like this is written by/for hyper-opponents of the President. I’ll therefore take a pass and look for something that presents both the good and the bad and lets me decide on which components of which I give the highest priority when I vote.

    • Ron,

      Thanks for checking out a few things. You can find more at

      Not sure what you meant by “our people” but best of luck finding someone who will share the good and the bad from a neutral perspective. I prefer that the writer or speaker post their colors and then give their opinion with the best arguments or facts. That’s what Hugh’s book does. Read it. Then read someone else’s take from the other perspective if you’d like. But 44 pages is a lot of facts.

      Thanks for taking the time.