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Obama's view from Olympus

President Obama's latest interview with Rolling Stone magazine is revealing precisely because it is so typical. Everyone -- really just about everyone in American politics -- is chided, challenged, instructed, judged or admonished in one way or another. The president's condescension is universal.

He is "disappointed" in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republican leaders haven't provided "the kind of cooperation we anticipated." Instead, they are "sitting on the sidelines, trying to gum up the works." The machinery of the Senate is "breaking down." The American people, after "feeling hopeful right after my election" are now "deflated." Elements of the Tea Party are "rejecting me." Fox News is "ultimately destructive." Policy arguments have descended into "the kind of rhetoric we've been seeing: where I'm anti-business, I'm socialist, our administration is trying to destroy capitalism." It is all "over-the-top."

And Democrats do not escape the lecture. They often have a "turn of mind" that sees "the glass as half-empty." The "self-criticism" of progressives can be "debilitating." Progressives who "can’t take pleasure" in practical gains for the working class "shouldn’t be in the business of politics."

Some of these criticisms may be legitimate. Piled atop each other in a long interview, they indicate a president disappointed with a nation that can't manage to live up to his own high standard of public service. The professor issues his grade: all of us need improvement.

A critic who is angry can be confronted as an equal. A critic who is disappointed is asserting his superiority. The method is inseparable from smugness. The view from Olympus may be broad, but it makes a leader distant from the ants below.

Obama's approach is particularly self-defeating when it comes to the left. He desperately needs to inspire Democratic intensity in a midterm election where most of the energy seems on the other side. The method he has chosen is to accuse progressives of "lethargy." "People need to buck up," he says, in his most disappointed tone. Their lack of energy is "inexcusable" and "irresponsible." "If people now want to take their ball and go home," he snaps, "that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place."

Two years after an inspiring presidential campaign, this approach shows a total misunderstanding of what political inspiration means. It amounts to an argument that the sleepy, rattled, unserious left is simply not grateful enough to Obama himself. Unlike the president, they didn't understand how hard things would be. They underestimate the magnitude of his personal accomplishment. Now they must be shamed into enthusiasm.

Political inspiration does not work this way. It comes from a shared, compelling cause. It is not achieved by browbeating the lazy. Great inspirational Democrats asked what Americans could do for their country. Obama asks: Why can't you be more worthy of my example?

This represents a serious political problem for the president. As a rule, people would rather humble than follow this kind of leader.

By Michael Gerson  | September 30, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
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I think if you cherry-pick numerous short "quotes", you can make anyone say anything you want them to say. When you read the whole interview, it sounds neither arrogant nor condescending. When the entire context of the interview does not fit your view of things, you'd rather try to get us to focus on the tone instead. Won't work.

Posted by: bigfish2 | September 30, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Two years after an inspiring presidential campaign, this approach shows a total misunderstanding of what political inspiration means."

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All the "inspiration" in Obama's campaign was ghosted by speechwriters and delivered off a teleprompter. His unscripted backyard performance a few days ago was stunningly bad.

Posted by: pmendez | September 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have expressed so well what so many of us are feeling, and have felt over the course of the last two years as the president poked and jabbed at his soon-to-be-former fans. What amazes me is the misapprehnsion I had that Barack Obama, the candidate, wanted to embody the kind of cooperative, magnanimous and humble presidency that Doris Kearns Goodwin described in her Lincoln biograhpy, "Team of Rivals". The president's staffers, during his campaign and after his election, made a great show of comparing his road to the White House with Lincoln's. "Team of Rivals" was even on his reading list.

Now, though, I see nothing of Lincoln in Obama. Secretary of State Clinton says he was stunned by the Republican antipathy for him once he took office. I can imagine he would be; it was estimable. But he never struck back at the Republicans. He seems to have sunk into himself instead, growing sulkier, poutier and more peevish as time passed. For the life of me, I don't know why he doesn't like us - his former supporters, but my god, how much clearer could it be that he doesn't?

He is nothing like the man I voted for, and I will not vote for him again.

Posted by: seabelly1 | September 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Great article. That is exactly what many of us want to see.... Obama humbled.

I remember when Jessie Jackson said "Obama talks down to black people." I was thinking Obama talks down to everybody.

Can't wait to see the election results.

Posted by: SeattleRain | September 30, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed in Obama. I expected him to lead from the vantage point of a uniter. He is partisan and divisive. I may be wrong, but I think Americans are tired of the soulless partisanship that dominates our Congress. The President and Congress work for us, Americans. What they can do to benefit their constituents and all America should be the guiding principles. But what we get is relentless pounding of the opposition. The President should set an example. Mr. Obama sets a very bad example.

Posted by: sailhardy | October 1, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

We don't need a ruler; we do need a leader.

Posted by: wilsan | October 1, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama’s War Against Fox News

"Obama’s so-called “Golden Age” hearkens to a time when the media could hide the stories it wanted to hide, and Fox News didn’t exist to disrupt the narrative.

Elsewhere in the interview Obama reminds us, as if it were necessary, of how the 1st Amendment allows voices like Fox News to be heard. It’s not as if he hasn’t tried to directly damage the network. His lackeys kept key White House figures from speaking to Fox News reporters shortly after he assumed office. Amazingly, other news outlets cried foul and the brief embargo evaporated like so many of Obama’s campaign promises

Perhaps if Obama studied some of the reasons why people tune in to Fox News in overwhelming numbers he might win back a few independent voters.

The President of the United States enjoys the biggest bully pulpit in the world. And he routinely uses it to bully the one media outlet that doesn‘t say “How high?” when he asks it to jump."

Read More:
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=39218

Posted by: skillssss | October 1, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

What We Learned from Obama's Rolling Stone Interview

He's a hyper-partisan.

"What's peculiar about Obama (beyond the total lack of good cheer) is that he campaigned against the very type of partisan warfare he now engages in. Remember the Red State/Blue State speech from the 2004 DNC? It's no easy feat to reconcile that with the accusation that the Tea Parties are stocked with racists. Similarly, peruse the pages of The Audacity of Hope and try to square his self-righteous paeans to genuine bipartisanship with his suggestion that FOX News is "destructive for the long-term growth of" America.

Read More:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-democrat

Posted by: skillssss | October 1, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Someone who always thinks he is better, smarter than you doesn't inspire confidence. Someone who thinks we need them to show us the way when he himself is blind, does not inspire trust. We will not follow you down a hill Mr. Obama, we don't like the kind of gutless leader you turned out to be, an apologetic fool with a smug semblance who doesn't understand that maybe, perhaps maybe the collective gets it, even if you don't!

Posted by: minuramsey | October 1, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Gerson,

Obama is now what he was in 2008 - an empty vessel, bobbing leftward on a sea of untested bromides. He got where he is for lack of challenge from the adoring press and the Bush-weary public.( Hillary nailed him as not up to the job. Bubba called him a roll of the dice (snake eyes).) And, with his "achievements" now exposed as harmful or at best worthless, Barry has finally descended to playing the race card (see RS comment about Tea Party darkness and remark on freeing the slaves). His meltdown was predicatable. I say shame on all of you who are and remain his enablers. I will have fun watching him disappear midst the tender policy ministrations of Valerie, Michelle and Rouse.

Posted by: Schwabcycler | October 1, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, your job is to cheerlead, not to carp!

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | October 1, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It really is too bad for America's unemployed that President Obama completely ignored their desperate plight. The only issue in America right now is jobs, that is, Americans want to go back to work, period. And it seems all Obama can do is whine and moan about how let down HE is, about how the voters are not supporting HIM, and about how tough it is for HIM to be President.
How anyone, much less President Obama, in a position of political leadership can be so shallow, so selfish, and so self pitying, in public no less, is absolutely amazing to me.
Can't Obama feel any empathy whatsoever for the American unemployed, does every story always have to be about HIM?

Posted by: kenhe | October 1, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

They underestimate the magnitude of his personal accomplishment.

You mean his jamming down our throats legislation the MAJORITY did not want? You mean taking away out RIGHT to choose our own medical care and keeping out health condition private between our doctor and ourselves instead of being in a huge database in dc? You mean changing our democracy into a Marxist state?

Yeah have him crow about his accomplishments. I want him to.

Posted by: harley2002 | October 1, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This from a man who spends little time working, a pattern long established throughout his life according to witnesses who do not fear being called a racist. We now see the fruits of affirmative action. Another indication of this preponderance of blaming is a lack of maturity. I hope everyone who voted for this incompetent now realizes that Utopia was a place in fiction, not reality. Grow up, folks.

Posted by: lavistabb | October 1, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"Regrettably, our man-child president is exposing himself more as a self-centered thug and an elitist progressive with each passing day..." I am still waiting for the oceans to start receding and the planet to heal! Didn't Obama make those grandiose promises on the campaign trail???

Posted by: donato777 | October 1, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The most dangerous ism is elitism and Obama is nothing if not an elitist. Frankly, nothing is more off-putting than when you realize than someone sincerely believes that he is better than you and me, and entitled to more than you and me.

And then there is the matter of Obama's frank dishonesty.

Obama has delivered frightening double-speak that always characterizes malevolent intention, i.e., touting transparency while concealing everything, speaking of integrity while appointing crooks and incompetents riddled with conflicts-of-interest. Remember if you can, that in order to get elected, Obama ran as a centrist who would govern in a bi-partisan manner, shrink government (???), never sign a bill with earmarks (a pledge he broke within days of taking office). It's hard to even remember all of his specific lies, there are simply too many.

Being dishonest might be A-ok in the left's playbook but it shrieks of the contempt for the intelligence of the American public that the left has relied on since the 1960's.

And more importantly, history is littered with the remains of civilizations destroyed from within by citizens who became carried away by the words of deceitful, albeit charismatic, leaders.

Posted by: SameOldTiredThinking | October 1, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama's engaging in another pity party. Obviously, his attitude is that if people choose to disagree with his policies, they must be wrong. What's frightening about Obama is that he really does believe he's "the one." This is the most self-serving president that I've witnessed in my lifetime, and I go back to Eisenhower.

Posted by: judithod | October 1, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

In Obama's universe, everything revolves around him. I-I-I Me-Me-Me is all we ever hear from this guy, and its getting old.

Posted by: landfall23 | October 1, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bigfish2...
You drank a whole lot of Kool-Aid, didn't you? Not arrogant? Obama is the DEFINITION of an arrogant, self-important, condescending, liberal, elitist politician. Oh, but wait, don't take my comments 'out of context', what I meant was, he's a really great president.

Posted by: cmr2323 | October 1, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey Bigfish2...
You drank a whole lot of Kool-Aid, didn't you? Not arrogant? Obama is the DEFINITION of an arrogant, self-important, condescending, liberal, elitist politician. Oh, but wait, don't take my comments 'out of context', what I meant was, he's a really great president.

Posted by: cmr2323 | October 1, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

In Obama's first month as President, he signed the $814 billion 'stimulus' bill.

We can now look back at the U.S. GDP figures and see that the economy had already hit bottom and turned around even before Obama took office. Though unemployment lagged as it always does.
http://www.americanthinker.com/GDP%20chart.jpg

Indeed, by March 15,2009, the Obama Administration reported seeing the "green shoots" of economic recovery. This was before the first dollar of 'stimulus' had been spent. By June, 2009 the recession was officially over. Again, this was before anything but an insignificant amount of the 'stimulus' had been spent.

After signing the 'stimulus' bill, Obama spent the next year and a half forcing through the ObamaCare bill. That is a bill, that 60% of the people now want to repeal, and that was passed only by resorting to a parliamentary trick in Congress.

Posted by: mgsorens | October 1, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

You don't have to be standing on Olympus to know that the serious problems facing the world and our nation are not being addressed seriously by the politicians who are supposed to make laws but spend too much time posturing and politicking. Whether you agree with the President's policies or not, I think you have to concede that he is making serious proposals (stimulus, cap and trade, financial reform, international peace initiatives, eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy) that dwarf the petty, crowd-pleasing 'ideas' (tort reform, more tax breaks for the wealthy, 'non-essential' spending cuts) that may have a small impact on the budget deficit, but do absolutely nothing to get this country and this planet on a sustainable course.
I'd rather listen to the man on Olympus than the minions of the rich who are pretending to be populist.

Posted by: AlanGrotheer | October 1, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The only real comparison between Lincoln and Obama is that Lincoln was from Illinois, and Obama once rode in a Lincoln in Illinois.

Posted by: PACIFICENV | October 1, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

SeattleRain notes, "I remember when Jessie Jackson said 'Obama talks down to black people.' I was thinking Obama talks down to everybody."

I know this column is about Obama, but don't forget JJ, one of his archetypes. JJ can't help it: he can't even see white people, except as targets of derision or extortion. Hate is a blinding force, whether you're a two-bit camera hog or the President of the United States.

Posted by: aerocentral01 | October 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

How un-Presidential. He continues to whine and cry.... two of great characteristics of leadership.
When my daughter and I have breakfast we read the headlines and I, the conservative, add my spin for my daughter the Obama voter. Luckily last week there was a section on JFK and I read some of his speeches. As I became emotional, my daughter, couldn't understand why. "Wasn't JFK a democrat?" she chided. I noted leadership is the person and is independent of party.
She read further and, as expected, impressed.
For me Hope and Change will be the young setting a higher standard of leadership.

Posted by: flyover22 | October 1, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I read Mr. Obama's chidings and it is hard not to title this the Obama Malaise Speech. He gets more like Jimmy Carter every day.

Posted by: OneSoldiersView | October 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This is the most succinct description of the ineffective President. Truly a great example of a man who tries to use his guile and wit and realizes he is only half of both.

Posted by: TBVet | October 1, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Why complain? The guy loves himself. We all know that. So we either get rid of him or start worshiping him with greater effort.

Posted by: BillCarson2 | October 1, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The American people were sold a bill of goods in Obama. What people saw in his campaign was a carefully created and marketed illusion. It goes to prove that what you see is not necessarily what you get. Now we see that "progressive" is merely a more palatable label for socialist.

Posted by: samadams25 | October 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,
why are you so surprised?

Browbeating the allegedly lazy into working for the cause, has a great tradition among leftist regimes.

First, it's how socialist countries have operated. From the former U.S.S.R. to Red China prior to its capitalist reforms to Castro's Cuba to North Korea to Chavez's Venezuela, the citizens--who are just too selfish and ignorant into spontaneously working for the cause--must be shamed into it. (And if that fails, you can always threaten them into it.)

Second, it's EXACTLY the line that President Jimmy Carter tried to ram down America's throat in the late 1970s: We're all a bunch of stupid, selfish, ignoramuses who just don't appreciate how wonderful our Peerless Leader is. Therefore, our Peerless Leader must shame us into falling in line behind him.

For 200 years, America has operated on the twin axioms that every American thinks for himself and primarily pursues his own happiness first; and that our leaders work for us Americans, not the other way around.

Obama, like Jimmy Carter before him, is trying to reverse those two axioms.

And like Jimmy Carter before him, Obama is going to get bounced out of the White House in a landslide, if he persists in this folly.

Obama has just two more years to stop emulating Hugo Chavez. He won't get another chance after that.

Posted by: sinz52 | October 1, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

We don't deserve a great leader like obama - he should resign in disgust at our mendacity. Let Joe Biden take over - then we'll miss him...

Posted by: gframpton1 | October 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm about 2/3 through reading "Dreams From My Father", and it has a very similar tone. Obama criticizes every person, group, race, organization, party, and church he comes into contact with in the book as not good enough. Of course, if you are an Obama fan, you could read this as him being just the right man to lead the country since he's so awesome.

Posted by: Qwerty5 | October 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

BO is the campaigner in chief, ad nauseum, and the great Divider. no president has continually tried to bully the other party as much as BO.

I expect him to announce any day now that he is going to hold his breath until the Repubs, play nicer! LOL

even with all of the major LiB Media in BO's pocket, he can't do anything but BLAME someone else, for his own failures.

Posted by: morphy | October 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever had a boss who blamed everyone but himself for his failures? My staff is incompetent, I don't have sufficient resourses, other managers won't cooperate, the customers are too stupid to understand they need my product, the competition lies...

This guy is a small restaurant owner trying to sell Borsht, when the customers want BBQ!

Posted by: goodoldboy1 | October 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't you get the feeling that Obama thinks we elected him king (or god) instead of President?

Posted by: JohnDavis1 | October 1, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well even the WaPo steno pool is waking up.

ANYONE who paid attention to Odumbo's campaign saw thru it. ANYONE who expects a POTUS to actually have EXPERIENCE saw thru him.

The prince of fools will eventually leave office and the country will recover. By far the more disturbing problem is how to deal with the Confederacy of Fools who elected him.

Posted by: JohnLeeHooker1 | October 1, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama ideas do not work and his leadership is abysmal. This is so so sad When he gave his "car in the ditch" speech at the University of Wisconsin I was embarrassed for the US Can you imagine Ronald Reagan giving this ackward, super partisan, whining, look at me speech. I hope America wakes up. This man is an educated idealogical, nacissitic fool

Posted by: JoeAmerican100 | October 1, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

to all,

it makes NO difference whatever what BHO says/thinks/does, as after Dec 2010 he is IRRELEVANT & America's very own LAMEST DUCK until 01/20/13.

btw, when a "mostly union"/working class family, like mine WAS, turns to the TEA PARTY movement in mass, the DIMocRATS are also FINISHED - probably forever.
("obamacare" was "the blow that killed father". - passing that mess, after 70+% of voters said "NO", was TRULY STUPID, on the part of the DIMocRATS!)

note to all DIMocRAT "leaders": we "ordinary folks" will keep our Bibles, our religious faith, our money & our guns.- you keep the "change, change, change".

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | October 1, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

'obama's view from *Olympus* ?

More like a view of a longshoreman browler from the old docks.

Posted by: SECREV | October 1, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"Their lack of energy is "inexcusable" and "irresponsible." "If people now want to take their ball and go home," he snaps, "that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place."

Aw. . . the people don't luv him no more. Gee, can the guy be a more pitiful loser? You know, Hitler thought much the same way in 1945. With Berlin burning around him, he decided it was the fault of the German people so he ordered everything destroyed. If he was going down, so were the German people, it wasn't his fault but theirs and they weren't worthy of surviving the war. One dictator is pretty much like another.

Posted by: spidermike | October 1, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I read Mr. Obama's chidings and it is hard not to title this the Obama Malaise Speech. He gets more like Jimmy Carter every day.

Posted by: OneSoldiersView | October 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse


According to Rasmussen: "For the second month in a row, the number of Americans who identify themselves as Democrats (34.6%) has fallen to a record low — and to the smallest percentage of Democrats recorded in nearly eight years of monthly tracking."

Thank you, Mr. President. I can't think of any person or party who could have done that other than you! Thanks for giving us REAL HOPE!

Posted by: AdamSmith2 | October 1, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama is right; they weren't serious in the first place. A large chunk of the people who voted for him had never voted before and were ill-informed. He is our first American Idol President. He was voted in during the longest 15 minutes of fame anyone has ever had.

Anybody remember Taylor Hicks?

Posted by: DaveyNC | October 1, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama honestly thought that when he ascended to the presidency he would stop the seas from rising and heal the planet; that he was the change the world has been waiting for. When you have a god-like attitude, why should anyone stand in the way of your transformation, of god's ideas. Heresy among his followers and the non-believers need to feel the wrath of god. Hopefully, the voters will bring this "god" down to earth. In this country, it is the Constitution and WE THE PEOPLE that should be seated on Mt. Olympus.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Wes69 | October 1, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama honestly thinks that when he ascended to the presidency he would stop the seas from rising and heal the planet; that he was the change the world has been waiting for. All he needed what the sound of trumpets and the heavens opening. When you have a god-like attitude, why should anyone stand in the way of your transformation to a utopia envisioned by his highest. Heresy among his followers and the shouts of the non-believers need to feel his wrath. Hopefully, the voters will bring this Lord Obama down to earth. In this country, it is the Constitution and WE THE PEOPLE that should be seated on Mt. Olympus.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Wes69 | October 1, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a whining, conceited incompetent. We are seeing what happens when we elect someone who has never successfully led anything- not in Illinois and not in the US Senate. Leaders confront critics and look for common ground. Obama demonizes anyone who opposes him and disdains anyone who doesn't have an obasm when he speaks- think bitter clingers!

Posted by: peteinny | October 1, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

i,i,i,me,me,me,I,I,I,ME,ME,ME,I!,I!,I!,ME!,ME!,ME!!!!!

Posted by: beecheery | October 1, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

With Obama its all arrogance and ego! He hasn't failed miserably with all the corrupt spending, debt, and 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT! Its Bush, its the Republicans, its the left for not worshipping him enough, and finally is the bitter, gun toting, bible thumping, bigoted American people!

Posted by: valwayne | October 2, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

With Obama its all arrogance and ego! He hasn't failed miserably with all the corrupt spending, debt, and 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT! Its Bush, its the Republicans, its the left for not worshipping him enough, and finally is the bitter, gun toting, bible thumping, bigoted American people!

Posted by: valwayne | October 2, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Obamais such a smug, insufferable little twit. I wish he would find a country more worthy of his world-historical magnificence. Maybe Kenya.

Posted by: eoniii | October 2, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Really. The whole thing about Fox News is pretty simple. He could have some of his cohorts go on from time to time, maybe Gibbs or Axlerod, and simply banter. Not a big deal, many libs go on Fox regularly. They take their punches, and give some. People respect that. Plus, the One himself goes on Letterman or the "View," so don't tell me he thinks he's lowering himself.

But NOOOO, they have to fight the 800 lb. gorilla. Well, good luck. Fox is what it is, and it ain't going away any time soon, and somebody in the administration doesn't quite get that. Hubris. Pride goeth before the Fall, and I mean November.

Posted by: BigMac4 | October 2, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I did enough research on Obama's background in February and March of 2008 to know that he would be the worst President ever.

That was back when his background was being hidden by the media. But there was still enough evidence out there for those who were willing to look for it.

Will the people who still back Obama, those who have worked for him and back him still, now please look into his background, his numerous lies, and his behavior?

What Obama plan to do, will hurt not only people in the Tea Party, or Republicans, or Conservatives...it will hurt his own base, Progressives, Liberals and Democrats.

Think Soviet Union.

Handful of people do well and the other 99.99% have their life flushed away.

We won't be strong enough to help ourselves much less the rest of the world once the confiscation of money, control of business, and real estate is completed.

It you thought Obama was a fairy tale or a Magic Genie, you better start remembering the bad guys in the fairy tale and imagine how it all goes down if the bad guy wins.

Harry Potter fans, Obama is your Voldemort.

Lord of the Rings fan, meet Sauron.

Someone who wants control over your life, money, and health, is not your friend or benefactor.

And they should never, ever be your President.

The President took an oath to defend the Constitution.

Freedom

Life

Liberty

Happiness

Not this Pres.

Posted by: letscheck | October 2, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama lashes out at anyone who takes issue with his policies, and in a personal way which reflects poorly on the office he holds which represents ALL constituents, not just his cheerleaders. He fell bassackwards into a job far and away above his skills, on a resume of short-term assignments each of which provided advancement based entirely on his likability and "promise", much like the recognition he received as a Nobel Prize-winner. His handlers keep trotting out "new and improved" versions of Obama, such as the "feisty Obama" model his fans had waited for, and to much relief, only to find the fizz going flat with his embarrassing "car in the ditch" metaphor which got longer and longer with each telling, with bugs, mud, sweat and slurpees adding illustrative material to the schtick which left everyone looking at their watch, wondering when the hook would pull him off the stage.
Everyone is tired of him. I don't even see the Garafolos berating us as racists for objecting to policies of "the black man in the White House", that old saw having been deployed much too early and, thankfully, now rendered null. How unfortunate that our enthusiasm to elect an African-American president was squandered on THIS African-American. The next one has a precedent to overcome.

Posted by: b-rubble | October 2, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Obama's smugness, arrogance, and narcissism are displayed in plain sight. Good that people on the left finally see it.

We have a President ill-suited for his job, grossly unqualified - but worse still - emotionally inept and immature.

Our country is heading for economic collapse, millions are out of work, we have military engaged all over the world while our homeland is in peril at our borders and at risk of terror attacks - just to name a few.

Even so - with all this - Obama ALWAYS brings the conversation back around to Obama. It is HOW he feels, WHAT he needs, WHY he can't get things done - and, it is ALWAYS someone else's fault. When Bush bashing fails - attack your own base.

Obama's wreckless agenda and naive decisions will get many people killed.

For starters - he sends thousands of our troops to Afghanistan - all the while knowing he does not give a hoot about that war - and planning his escape...VERY DANGEROUS strategy. Obama likes to talk a big game about Bush decisions giving the enemy good recruiting fodder - well, what the h3ll message does Obama send?

Obama is a loser - we need to come to terms with this - and act accordingly. We are stuck with Obama and gangster government of the White House until 2012

But we sure can do something NOW....

Neuter Obama in November and dump him in 2012.

Posted by: StopGovtBondage | October 2, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

All his life Obama has been coddled and made to feel like everything he touches turns to gold. He was admitted to the finest universities in the country undeservedly. He has the attention span of a gnat and the work ethic to match, but none of this mattered. To his handlers -- Plouffe, Axelrod, etc. -- he was, in Axelrod's words, "a rare china doll" or some such nonsense as that. Grown men admitted Obama caused thrills up their legs, other grown men said he was "up there, kind of like God", and grown women fainted in his mere presence. In fairness, how could the guy think otherwise about himself? He's like someone's spoiled brat who has been told all his life how wonderful is he and believes it, until he goes out on the playground and gets his sass kicked.

Many of us saw through this lying punk from the very beginning and said so, despite being called racists at just about every turn. The fact that he had no executive experience was a big one, coupled with the arrogance revealed by his running for President after less than two years in the Senate.

Then there was the coy use of his middle finger to "scratch" his face during speeches when he would mention his political opponents and his audience would knowingly laugh. I found that utterly repulsive and a sign of extreme passive aggression and hidden anger. There were disdainful comments about how we "can't continue to eat as much as we want" or "can't continue to keep our thermostats where we'd like them" or how Americans can't speak any French other than to say "merci beaucoup." If these last items aren't perfect examples of how this guy's words are so disconnected from reality, I don't know what is, given that I read that he keeps the thermostat in the Oval Office at 80 to simulate the balmy Hawaiian weather he loves and he himself doesn't speak a second language (although Reid seemed to imply once that Obama can speak Ebonics, when he wants to).

When giving speeches in English, however, he requires a teleprompter. His handlers tried taking him off the teleprompter several times during the campaign, but it was such an abyssmal failure ("uh", "ahh", "uh", "aaaaannnnd") that they returned him to it. The comment about the oceans receding and planet healing sealed his fate with me.

Anyone who didn't see Obama from the very beginning as what he has now revealed himself to be is either stupid or was willfully blind (or some of both). Anyone who has changed their opinion of him but doesn't speak out against him now is a coward. We need as many Americans speaking with a united voice in November saying, "No You Won't."

Posted by: RedderThanEver | October 2, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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