Last week's clash between the Obama administration and a San Francisco reporter has laid bare the White House's bullying tactics and may prove to be a turning point in the President's relationship with the media.

Although questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as President were initially raised by Jim Geraghty of National Review Online in June, 2008, it wasn’t until Donald Trump gave voice to what was by then being referred to by the mainstream media as the “birther movement” following an anonymous telephone poll last fall in New Hampshire, that the movement began to gain momentum.

The ugly charge that birthers are racist opponents of President Obama, who don't want a black man in the White House, continues the leftist tradition of smearing opponents to neutralize them.

Ever since Obama took the oath, liberals have attacked on this front, tossing around the undefined term "racist" to limit debate and portray opposition to the President as unreasonable and deriving solely from his complexion.

On April 29, two weeks after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the National Day of Prayer, President Obama proclaimed May 5 as the date for Americans to come together in a unified time of prayer for the nation. Obama's latest proclamation continues a tradition that goes back to before the nation's founding, when the Continental Congress called for "a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer" to be observed on July 20, 1775.

All across the nation, led by the robust stand of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the equally tough measures taken by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an increasing number of state legislators are taking on the privileged status of labor unions in the American economy.