Obama theme: incompetence?

posted at 11:20 am on September 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Tapscott picks up the thread of yesterday’s Obamateurism and follows it back through the first seven months of the Barack Obama presidency. The failure to check with school districts on start dates before scheduling a national address to “schoochildren” is not an isolated fumble by the administration headed by the novice executive. It’s becoming a pattern of incompetence, which can be seen at all levels:

Now, the school speech was poorly thought out, both in concept and execution. The same can be said of Obama’s recurring unsuccessful attempts over the summer to “reframe the health care reform debate,” and the multiple mis-steps in responding to his Town Hall critics, beginning with the spectacularly inept branding of them as an “angry mob.”…

The lesson here is that the political ear that warns of potential mis-steps in a campaign is not the same one that works once you are elected and have to make the thousand decisions that come with daily governance of a central government that long ago become far too big and expansive to be effectively managed. This is why administration officials approach projects like the school speech without anticipating the explosion of negative public reaction.

So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president. For liberals in Congress and the media, such a theme will provide a handy way of diverting blame from Obama’s shoulders for the succession of blunders, misteps and embarrassments that is surely coming.

How has this theme surfaced?  It would be impossible to count them all, but we can get them into broad themes:

  • Personnel – Barack Obama’s appointments have been a continuing source of embarrassment.  His Treasury Secretary blamed Turbo-Tax for his tax evasion, but several more appointments also had tax problems.  Obama nominated Bill Richardson to Commerce knowing full well of the pay-for-play probe in New Mexico that forced Richardson to withdraw his name a few weeks later.  Van Jones, the Green Jobs Czar, is just the latest example of fumbled vetting that has plagued this White House since the transition.
  • Economics – Remember when Obama told the nation that a $787 billion stimulus package would keep unemployment from getting above 8%?  Remember when Obama told the nation that his administration had shaved $2 trillion off of the projected ten-year deficit?  Remember when Obama promised that he would speed up stimulus spending this summer?  None of those came to pass, which is why Obama hopes you’ve forgotten all of that.
  • Politics – One might have thought Obama would have learned from the debacle of the stimulus package that he needed to lead, rather than follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Instead, he passed the buck on health-care reform and wound up losing control of the health-care debate.  Indeed, Obama made it worse by cheering on Pelosi and Reid, demanding that Congress bend to their wills and vote on an overhaul of 1/6th of the American economy with just a handful of days for debate.  This week, seven months after his inauguration, Obama’s press flacks announced with great fanfare that Obama would finally draft a proposal himself — as if he were President, or something!

Who could have warned us that a man who served seven years in the state legislature and three years in the Senate would not have been prepared for the toughest executive position in the Free World?  We did.  Repeatedly.  So did John McCain, and for that matter, so did Hillary Clinton.

Mark predicts that the follies of Porkulus will give us plenty of instances of incompetence from this administration in the coming months, and he’s almost certainly right.  I don’t think we’ll have to go that far, though, if the pattern of the first seven months continues.


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Dumb, dumdumb dumb

maverick muse on September 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Evetything you say is true, Ed. But, MSM continues to “stand by their man,” whbich keeps the country poorly informed.

bw222 on September 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Not being able to vote Present makes this presidency thing hard. – Obama

HoustonRight on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Incompetent at war…incompetent at peace!!!

landlines on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Tapscott hits it out of the ballpark!

Incompetence! Nothing else has to be said.

Look out media, especially the NY Times and WaPo. Keep talking about the conservatives and their college thesis’ McDonnell is a good man. He has proved himself worthy of the high office of VA.

The media is losing steam financially and ethically. There is so much information out there and Obama is doing all he can to stifle it with his FCC Czar, Mark Lloyd.

When will politicians realize that Americans will not stand for these socialist policies for long. This is America damn it!

Atlanta Media Guy on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

And let us not forget the “Scare Force One” incident.

Socratease on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The “teachers” will have DVD copies.

Don’t worry.

artist on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Mark predicts that the follies of Porkulus will give us plenty of instances of incompetence from this administration in the coming months, and he’s almost certainly right. I don’t think we’ll have to go that far, though, if the pattern of the first seven months continues.

It’s just too bad these ‘follies’ are going to result in HUGE sums of money swirling down the crapper and lining the pockets of a whole lot of reprehensible Ba$tards.

BigWyo on September 5, 2009 at 11:27 AM

So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president.

Never going to happen. Perhaps on Fox, some talk radio, but the MSM will never, ever use the words “Obama” and “incompetent” in the same sentence. He will be drooling in a corner rolling Captain Quigg’s steel balls in his hands and the media will still be calling him the most effective leader this nation has ever seen. The MSM is not going to turn on Obama. Not ever. The more he screws up, the more they redouble their efforts to prop him up. They are all in with this guy.

Rational Thought on September 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Incompetent right from the start, beginning with the taking of the Oath of office.

bridgetown on September 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I would also add, there’s tons of fodder here for those seeking re-election, pointing out that liberals followed in lockstep with obama, to disastrous results. One could even argue this can be hung around the necks of democrats like an albatross for a long time to come.

We still need fiscal conservatives to actually step up and govern like fiscal conservatives though.

The GOP nominee, has enough material already, to run a new commercial each day showing the absolute fecklessness of this president.

rightside on September 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

This is going to backfire in more ways than one.

He is not a friendly and warm person. His robotic mannerisms work on dopey libs looking for a supreme leader to follow but his style will actually scare children.

FireBlogger on September 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I will say, I don’t think the executive should be writing laws. I mean, I know anyone can write them, congressmen have people come in and write laws for them all the time (which is a problem.) The legislature should stick to law making and the executive should stick to law executing.

The Calibur on September 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Incompetence and pathological liar? The guy has NO EXPERIENCE NOR TRACK RECORD. HE LIED THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN! WHO COULDN’T SEE THIS COMING? Way to go Obama voters!

marklmail on September 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

3+ more years of this nonsense.

Incompetence or malicious? Before I always wrote it off to the former but more and more I start to think it is at least in part the latter.

Yakko77 on September 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Actually, I’m relieved…yes it will be 3 hard years for the country, but we can survive and dump him. The last thing we need is an effective marxist President…one who can efficiently get his socialist agenda passed with no difficulty…Obama is a marxist, but thank god he’s also a dumba$$.

AUINSC on September 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

But over in the plus column, forum mascot Afrolib is no longer funemployed.

Chuck Schick on September 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

To echo a poster above – with MSM protecting Obama he has nothing to worry about.

albill on September 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Even though I have significant disagreements with him, I’d be interested in Giuliani running again simply because he had the most executive experiance last time. Well, that and he’s mean as hell.

exception on September 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Speaking of Porkulus…. Van Jones’ Green Job Czar division (or whatever the hell they call it) received $30B in stimulus money. I want to know where that money is and how much has been spent. The fact that this racist thug remains in the White House is not only unbelievable, but it is dangerous as well.

Obama = Toast.

Key West Reader on September 5, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Obama The US = Toast.

Just sayin.

artist on September 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

There was a recurring talking point from some of the cooler heads during the last administration, particularly following the Katrina situation; never mind it was mined, twisted, and exploited to make President Bush appear in the worst light possible.

A radio host named Bruce Dumont out of Chicago, who is generally leaning conservative, pointed out on several occasions that when it comes to actual administrations versus campaigns, yes, some get bent out of shape over policy positions of the other side, but overall, most people, regardless of party, want and expect at least a basic level of competence in carrying out their duties.

The Left and media did their darndest to paint the Bush Admin and Republicans in general as incompetent, in some cases rightly so. It resonated enough that Republicans were voted out.

Now, we seem to have the most inept group of dummies ever at the highest positions of power. People are worried that too much damage will be done before it can be stopped through the election process.

Any of the disturbing, amatuer, ill-concieved, or just plain bad ideas taken on its own would be just that; we all have off days and say and do stupid things. But with the file growing daily, from ‘spread the wealth around,’ to Van Jones and the other radical czars, right down the National Endowment for the Arts commissioning (seemingly) propaganda for The Won, taking it all in, no wonder people are worried about the school pep talk.

On the surface, no real problem with a likable guy coming on a TV screen and telling kids it’s a good idea to study hard and stay in school. But will there be CheBama posters in classrooms along with it? How much subtle nudging toward ‘socialism is good’ will be included? How about ‘your parents are wrong if they think X’?

Unless things change quickly, there will be no hope of a 2nd term for this dude.

JamesLee on September 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

It’s not incompetence. Liberalism just doesn’t work.

Obama is incredibly competent at what he does. Sell dumb ideas to dumber people.

Hur hur, congress can allocate resources far better than capitalism can. Someone please explain the intellectualism behind liberalism again, because I’m at a loss.

jhffmn on September 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

But what about being Crowned in a Greek Temple…….doesn’t that count for something? And although he did miss National Prayer Day………he did kiss the a__ err the hand of the Saudi King? What a guy!

Cinday Blackburn on September 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Incompetent certainly, but a lot of what seems like incompetent is actually unspoken policy.

Most if not all 0bama’s policies goals are not what is claimed for them, a clearer understanding comes from looking at the results through the lens of what a fascist would want.

Example: porkulous. It seems like a failure if you accept the spoken goals. But if you look at it as a way to reward core democrat constituencies while punishing core republican constituencies, as well as an excuse to grab more power for the government and create an excuse for crushing taxes down the road, it’s been an amazing success.

Look below the surface, take nothing at face value, follow the money.

Rebar on September 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

He has shown competence where it counts…in selecting a dry cleaner to get the perfect crease in his pants.

Nosferightu on September 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

No politician counts on ever getting something so contentious as health care reform on the first try. Probably not even the second or third… They count on losing the initial debates but with enough time on the table they will eventually get some portion of the initial proposal passed… it’s a game of increments. I bet Obama knows this and WANTED Reid and Pelosi and others to screw up the debate so that HE can come in later on with what would sound like the most REASONABLE proposal and get it passed in some form or another. Remember, its not all about getting it ALL done at once people.

SauerKraut537 on September 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM

So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president.

I’m with RationalThought here, “Never going to happen.” Look no further than the complete lack of stories about Van Jones. I mean, this sounds great in theory — the MSM (in the tank) will help Obama by blaming those around him. Except, we can see that (besides Tapper at ABC), it just isn’t happening. Too busy worrying about a 20 year-old thesis.

LastRick on September 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president

You have got to be kidding with that statement, right?

It’s been 7+ months and the media has questioned nothing and I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

And that scares me more than the idiot we have sitting in the White House. I feel like I’m living in Venezuala.

Knucklehead on September 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

hmm, I just posted a comment and clicked submit comment and nothing came up. This is a test thread…

SauerKraut537 on September 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

incompetence?

Yep.
.
Maybe even Narcissistic Incompetence.
or
Incompetence fueled by Hubris?
.
or maybe…..
Obama’s constant redistribution of wealth efforts at all levels (yes, the creepy school kids indoctrination is an effort for redistribution of wealth in the future) just won’t fly in the United States of America.
.
He’s incompetent at hiding his agenda…thank God.

shooter on September 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

No just incompetent, corrupt and ignorant as well, a nasty combination.

I’m glad I’m not in the financial position to waste my money giving my kids an Ivy League education. It’s clear that they’re not taught history, economics, or much of anything else if Obama and his wife are examples.

Throw in the Chicago Machine corruption and you have the perfect storm of the worst presidency the US has ever seen. I think even President Grant took longer than 7 months to screw things up.

Common Sense on September 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Doh!!!

la.rt.wngr on September 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Rational Thought on September 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

agree with ya there….

they will prop up dear leader til the bitter end….

cmsinaz on September 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Will someone please tell me what he has done as president since he took office? He has passed everything off, to pelosi/reid to (I’m having a brain cramp) the group that Beck talks. What has he done? He flys around on dates, talks to any lib group, goes on vacation and then has to have a vacation at Camp David to recover from his vacation on Martha’s vineyard. He can read his teleprompter but when it’s not there it’s hum, ah, hum ah, hum ah. He is a joke and at some point the rest of the world is going to see it. He’s maligned and made fun of allies (great gift to the queen), wouldn’t give even lip service to the Iranian students, cut off funds to Honduras, apologized for America (without which we would all be speaking German, if we were alive at all). He’s a typical frat boy. Having so much fun on our money. Doing the bidding of soros. And I agree it was soros who created the crises and watch what will come next if his puppet gets in trouble. Putting his friends in the white house and dolling out huge amounts of money to them and friends.

Bambi on September 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Who could have warned us…….would not have been prepared for the toughest executive position in the Free World? We did. Repeatedly. So did John McCain

You mean the guy who told that scared little old lady who feared an Erkel presidency that she had nothing to worry about, that Erkel was a fine man ???

Jerome Horwitz on September 5, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Keep going after the other czars. Plenty of fodder there.

Once Super Fly Jones is gone, move on to that idiot Science guy. Sounds like his job needs to experience a forced sterilization.

EMD on September 5, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Ed, if Americans are noticing how this second string team is playing the game can you imagine what the Putins of the world see, and think, of it? Despots around the world must toast Barry and the Crew before every meal.

Limerick on September 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Look below the surface, take nothing at face value, follow the money.

Rebar on September 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

This is not about money anymore. This is about the biggest power grab in our history. I’m afraid this will not end well.

Knucklehead on September 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

there are positives here. people are reading the Constitution for the first time. many people (the healthcare bill scared them) are watching this Congress/Administration closely for the first time. Virginia may have a Republican sweep for their gubernatorial elections. Dems are polling poorly everywhere.

kelley in virginia on September 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

While it’s true that there are brief, sporadic hints of criticism coming from a few quarters of the MSM, I agree with Rational Thought and others who doubt that there will be any concerted effort to question BO’s ability.

The MSM did everything possible to hide BO’s past prior to the election. Even mild, persistent investigation would have demonstrated that he was not qualified for the job. That is what is so disturbing about the situation. The MSM has too much invested to turn now and do what they should have done long ago. To do so would be an admission of their complicity and failure.

Cody1991 on September 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

He is incompetent as an executive, but the thing that needs to be understood is that it doesn’t matter to him.

From Glenn Beck’s interview with David Horowitz. Look at the bottom statement:

In describing Van Jones and similar radicals:

Horowitz: “They are still thinking to overthrow the system and to create a socialistic future.”

Beck: “Do you think the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has that agenda?”

Horowitz: “Absolutely. I have no doubt about it.”

On whether Obama has put his past associations behind him:

“You can always tell when a radical has changed. They tell you they’ve changed and they understand what is wrong with the radicals. And what’s wrong with the Left is its agenda. What it actually does. Not what it says, but what it does.”

When Glenn Beck asked if anyone had thought about what the country would look like after four years of these policies:

“When you’re a radical, what you’re thinking of is power. It’s about power. You adopt this position or you take up that issue, but it’s all to advance the power. They never think about what it’s going to look like or how to put it together. I can tell you a radical never spends five seconds on thinking what makes a society works.”

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Incompetence may be the result but I think malice is the intent.

fourdeucer on September 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

knucklehead: i agree with you. when you can’t sell certain stuff in your yard sale because it might have harmful lead or other components, good grief.

kelley in virginia on September 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

David Horowitz:

“When you’re a radical, what you’re thinking of is power. It’s about power. You adopt this position or you take up that issue, but it’s all to advance the power. They never think about what it’s going to look like or how to put it together. I can tell you a radical never spends five seconds on thinking what makes a society works.

You have to stop thinking of Obama as an incompetent liberal and think of him as an Alinsky radical who is bent on power.

He could care less if anything works or not.

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

To echo a poster above – with MSM protecting Obama he has nothing to worry about.

albill on September 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Perhaps. But, they have done him no favors in enabling his perception he can sell anything through his magnificent powers of persuasion. He is selling to an increasingly tougher crowd each time he tries and he doesn’t know how to handle failure. His contempt for the intelligence of his audience isn’t playing well.

a capella on September 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

and i absolutely 100% thoroughly agree that Malice is the intent.

Obama wants to destroy whatever last gasps of capitalism/patriotism/freedom/constitutionalism is left in this country.

yes, that is what he wants. look at his friends.

kelley in virginia on September 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Logical and cohesive statements and organized government are unimportant except as they further his purpose. The things that I’m aware of that have angered him were criticisms of his person and fury regarding the Tea Parties and other opposition to his gathering of power. The first is beyond criticism and the Tea Parties were the first gathering of the headwind that started to blow against him.

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Is this incompetence or is this whole administration a trail balloon. We have seen Obama use the tactic quite often in recent weeks. Many posters here have talked about who is really behind this guy.

Could it be that one extreme agenda after another is being trotted out to climatize mainstream America. Most are in agreement that there are too many patriotic and capitalistic citizens to allow a dismantling of our system at this point in time.

I have already seen posts saying anything will be better than this guy. Will we lower our standards and be more accomodating to socialistic programs in the future?

Obama will not enjoy a second term unless it is manufactored by scenarios too ugly to detail. But, will the next “Barrack Obama” be successful after learning by this one’s mistake.

I hope my number has been called before such a thing transpires.

HoustonRight on September 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Don’t forget that Pres. Obama’s only real political experience comes from his days in Illinois/Chicago politics. And the tactics that worked well for him there don’t play on the national stage. Obama still hasn’t overcome that learning curve and the people with whom he surrounds himself haven’t either. I hate to say it but Hillary is probably the most politically savvy person in Obama’s administration but she’s been relegated to nothing more than window dressing.

suburbanite on September 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Most incompetent band of crooks evah.

farright on September 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

when bambi fails to “persuade” us to get on the obamacare bandwagon or the stimulus bandwagon or to accept cap ‘n tax as “patriotic”, then he will force it down our throats with his new Americorps army, authorized by the GIVE act.

kelley in virginia on September 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Biggest fiasco I have ever seen.

Metro on September 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Even though I have significant disagreements with him, I’d be interested in Giuliani running again simply because he had the most executive experiance last time. Well, that and he’s mean as hell.

exception on September 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Unfortunately Rudy didn’t “run”. Then again, not being lost in the fog of DC, he saw the free pass the MSM was giving Barry the Empty Suit, and realized he would have be torched if he got in the lead for the GOP slot.

But I can image Rudy and his 25% Corporate Tax Rate. Unemployment below 6%. People seeing real economic progress, buying cars from a unassisted General Motors. Terrorists in Iraq and Afganistan soiling themselves and trading in their guns for shovels and garden hoes….

Instead we got Marxist who can read a speech from a teleprompter

phreshone on September 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

So expect in coming months a growing theme in the media questioning the competence of those around the president.

Yea, i wont hold my breath.

Greed on September 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM

He could care less if anything works or not.

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

In fact, it’s probably better if things don’t work as designed. Isn’t that gist of Alinsky’s goals? Overwhelm the present system where it can’t cope with what it needs to do, bringing a demand that ‘this doesn’t work, we need to go FARTHER!’

Too much, too far, too fast, and the general population will not put up with much more. It’s not just the RighWing Wingnuts listening to Limbaugh or watching FOX News any more.

JamesLee on September 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM

For just about any other Admin, by now they would have realized they need better PR and communications brains involved. But, think about it now, who is the primary PR/communications point man in this White House? Why, Barry O. himself. He is front and center all of the time on everything……..constantly up until this extended vacation.

I am convinced he believes that nothing cannot be solved by him giving another flowery, teleprompter induced speech resulting in unicorns, rainbows, butterflies, and candy falling from the sky. The people around him (AxelRose, the Gibbster, James Brown in heels, etc) may be figuring this out but the Precedent isn’t convinced or concerned that his oratory is a problem. He probably never will be considering the hubris (is that related to arugula by the way?) that he’s displayed so far.

JoeinTX on September 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM

NBC won’t ever say anything bad about the Won because of GE being bought & paid for by bambi & the US taxpayer.

the other media will only say anything if they stumble upon a NEW screw up & can get a Pulitzer for it.

kelley in virginia on September 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM

It’s not a problem with the vetting , it is the decision made with full information after the vetting .

borntoraisehogs on September 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM

JamesLee on September 5, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Yes, Alinsky wanted to take from the Haves and give to the Have Nots. Horowitz wrote that his ilk are political nihilists.

People need to get this through their head and not laugh at his incompetence or his “Obamateurisms”.

Obama doesn’t care about that at all. What he cares about is power.

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Ed, if Americans are noticing how this second string team is playing the game can you imagine what the Putins of the world see, and think, of it? Despots around the world must toast Barry and the Crew before every meal.

Limerick on September 5, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Exactly. And the media keeps saying all those gun and ammunition sales are because of our planning a revolution. Our enemies are getting a real kick out of his buffoon-theatre.

I don’t believe that the admin is this incompetent – I believe they want us to think it is. They know exactly what they are doing – weakening the USA. What their reasons are we don’t know. Do we need to know why to? I think the fact that we know it is happening is enough reason to be constantly resisting, pushing back. It took 2 emails to get my child’s school principal to decide not to show the address – one to her and one to 60 parents at school. And we won!

Pushing back, resisting should be on all of our to-do lists everyday. Find one way to do it. Encourage family and friends to do the same.

gopmom on September 5, 2009 at 12:11 PM

NBC won’t ever say anything bad about the Won

Actually I saw a little last night: Keith Olbermann and Markos “kos” are ready to throw Obama under the Obama bus with no public option or a “trigger”, and perpetual Obama mistress Chris Matthews is taking the “do we really need a public option? What’s wrong with a “trigger”?

Marcus on September 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM

“When you’re a radical, what you’re thinking of is power. It’s about power. You adopt this position or you take up that issue, but it’s all to advance the power. They never think about what it’s going to look like or how to put it together. I can tell you a radical never spends five seconds on thinking what makes a society works.”

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

That is so true. When David said that it was precisely what I have experienced with leftist relatives and have always thought about this administration. They don’t care about outcomes other than garnering more power for themselves. Logical consequences are not part of their thought process.

Average Americans are reacting to BO because they do understand. Instead of criticizing them squishy pundits should be lauding them. The reaction is normal for people who are pragmatic and logical. They’re doing the hard work while prissy elites are quibbling about form.

Cody1991 on September 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Another facet of his incompetence is foreign policy: He is hammering Israelis, apologizing to the Muslim world for our existence, and joining Chavez and Castro to prop up dictator wannabees. He is a joke at every level. But the jokes is on us.

Regarding his propaganda blitz to the kiddies – no worries about half of them not being in school when it happens – there will probably be compulsory downloads of the speech onto their ipods.

johnnybgood on September 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Every thing about Mr. Obama is a media creation. Take his “compelling life story” that we hear so much about. The son of a inter-racial marriage, it’s true that it was unusual at the time. Child of divorce, raised predominately by his grandparents, yeah, that is almost unheard of. Lived abroad, I guess all the military brats aren’t getting their share of kudos for a part of their lives that they have no control over. Went to a private school and then moved on to some of the finest schools in our nation, I am positive family money and affirmative action only benefited others Mr.Obama got there on his excellence. And then there is the story that he excelled in all of these vaunted institutes where only the brightest can compete. Prove it! No documentation has been presented to verify this claim and in fact the lack of said documentation adds to the skepticism. And what of the storied political career. So short and thin are his accomplishments that only a fool would believe he possess any great political skill and he continues to prove that in the White House.

Cindy Munford on September 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I am waiting for two additional crisis to occur in this weakly managed administration:

(1) Scandal. Incompetence and political scandal go hand in hand. Something is bound to happen. I have gut feeling that whatever the scandal will be it is going to be big for the media to ignore.

(2) A major international or national event. This guy is such a weak leader when some crisis rocks his world … the cracks will be clearly visible. This guy would fold like a cheap tent with 9/11 event.

peterargus on September 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Incompetence may be the result but I think malice is the intent.

fourdeucer on September 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Agree. I think like Obama said they wanted to transform America as we know it. Their incompetence was in showing so soon what that meant. The communists and socialists in govt. and media have been patient for 50 years in slowly turning our society into a socialist state. But when they all got in office, they thought they could finish the job TODAY. Big mistake. They awakened the sleeping giant or in another analogy, turned the heat up so fast that the frog has jumped out of the boiling pot.
Like Rahmbo said, a crisis is too good to waste. If the American people rise up and kick these guys all out of office, then we should not stop there. Abolish the IRS, make czar formation illegal, legislate balancing the budget, insist on 10th amendment rights even if that means getting the federal govt. out of public schools, pass term limits, make sure we push the country back from the brink of fascism/socialism that we have been lulled toward for so many years.
Oh and if we don’t act now and wait for AmeriCorp purple shirts to be up and running (you know, the “civilian force that is as strong and well-funded as the military” as our President said), then even our ability to write these things on the internet will be gone.
That’s one more point on the incompetence: Obama should have been more covert until his purple shirt brigade was powerful enough to take on the people and our military.

Christian Conservative on September 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Can you believe these fools gave $30,000,000,000 of OUR money to Van Jones? THEY’RE USING OUR MONEY TO UNDERMINE OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!

marklmail on September 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Look below the surface, take nothing at face value, follow the money.
Rebar on September 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Maybe even Narcissistic Incompetence.
or
Incompetence fueled by Hubris?
shooter on September 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Simple incompetence implies a degree of innocence, while hubris simply dismisses the need for competency.

After all, a god does not have to explain his actions to mere mortals.

Nichevo on September 5, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Obama? Incompetent?

The devil you say!

tsj017 on September 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

If you missed this, you should watch it:

Obama Czar’s SHOCK ADMISSION: ‘Green Jobs’ Goal is ‘Complete Revolution’ Away From ‘Gray Capitalism’

Audio of Van Jones (with his words on the video during the audio portion) and video of Valerie Jarrett:

Jarrett said to the Netroot Nation last month:

JARRETT:. You guys know Van Jones? [Applause. Moderator injects: "This is his house apparently."]

JARRETT: Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy and enthusiasm in the White House.

INC on September 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

change the ? to a ! and you have a perfect headline.

Grafted on September 5, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Breathtakingly incompetent effin’ marxist post turtle.

Next year the Republicans will retake the house and senate, de-nutting the clown prince of disasterous inadaquacy.

If he remains as POTUS, he will spend his last two years sucking his thumb and wasting the taxpayers’ JP4 wearing out Air Force One in a mindless searh for relevency.

1921 C DRUM on September 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM

(1) Scandal. Incompetence and political scandal go hand in hand. Something is bound to happen. I have gut feeling that whatever the scandal will be it is going to be big for the media to ignore.
peterargus on September 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I’d love to agree with that statement but I can’t.

We learned in the past couple of weeks that we have an admitted Communist advising Obama. A left wing, racist, radical kook right before our eyes.

In my mind, that’s about as huge of a scandal as you can get and it’s still basically being ignored by the MSM. People who are not reading the blogs or watching Fox News are completely clueless as to who Van Jones even is.

Scarey.

Knucklehead on September 5, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Anyone notice that on conservative forums like Hot Air the comments are pointed at the incompetence of the president and his administration where on lib forums like Huffpo the comments center on the evil right wingers?

The lib forums don’t actually defend the socialist policies preached by the president they just bash the opposition.

Even his supporters can’t defend his dangerous proposals. For me this is proof his presidency is failing.

FireBlogger on September 5, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Incompetence may be the result but I think malice is the intent.

fourdeucer on September 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The DNC clearly demonstrated its mendaciousness in the 2004 elections by calling a robust, growing economy “the worst in 75 years”. They will lie and cheat to gain power and try to enact their agenda…

Barry’s “incompetence” is driven by the shear fact that Americans are 70% center-right by nature, and he had one shot to push Socialism through before Americans caught on in the age of the interwebs. Because of Barry’s ideological leanings, ANYTHING he does or proposes will, by definition, be “incompetent” as it is all derivative of the fatally flawed thinking of Karl Marx.

phreshone on September 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I expect that the MSM will never abandon Obama. They created and enabled his candidacy because they believe he is the last best hope to move this country into a leftist, statist utopia. If Obama’s poll numbers tank into the 30′s the MSM will blame everyone else except Obama. What a travesty of independent journalism we have in America.

Bob in VA on September 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM

If Obama’s poll numbers tank into the 30’s the MSM will blame everyone else except Obama. What a travesty of independent journalism we have in America.

I just have to think/hope if his poll numbers go that low the MSM couldn’t ignore.

peterargus on September 5, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Our very first affirmative action executive branch, to match our very first affirmative action president.

wordwarp on September 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM

“…a man who served…..three years in the Senate…..”

I grind my teeth every time I hear these words repeated.
‘Three years in the Senate’?
More like THREE DAYS!
He started campaigning for President as soon as he lowered his hand after being sworn in.
Grrrrrr, just thinking about it now makes me want to punch something.

mrt721 on September 5, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Obama will not enjoy a second full term unless it is manufactored by scenarios too ugly to detail. But, will the next “Barrack Obama” be successful after learning by this one’s mistake.

I hope my number has been called before such a thing transpires.

HoustonRight on September 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM

1921 C DRUM on September 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I have to agree with gopmom and Christian Conservative.

Certainly there is some incompetence at work here, but Bama and cadre know the goal, frag this country as hard and fast as they can. Their hubris blinded them into thinking it would be a walkover, it isn’t and they came in without a Plan B. The attitude of Dem lawmakers at the town halls they held communicated deeply what their worldview is, and damn few people like it.

About the only good thing to come of Bama’s election is how many marxists thought they could drop pretenses, hoist their true flags and sail in harm’s way. The extent of rot and lousy ideas has enraged a lot of people and blown their trust of Congress and Bama out the window.

The row over the school speech really isn’t too sensible if you look at the event by itself, but within the context of all the other crap going on it looks really bad. You can’t put the speech on the table next to the Honduras disgrace and expect anything but blow back from non-marxists, of whom there are more than marxists.

Bama thought he had won, and all he had to do was keep talking. It is his only skill, the only thing he has done in his life that works. One-trick pony, he hasn’t anything else, and hence he handed off stuff to Pelosi et. al. he should not have (except, he couldn’t move as fast unless he did that) and when the flak started, put his face out there to talk his way out. Always worked before, as did voting “present”. Too clever by half, but still a very dangerous man with ugly intentions toward this country, its people.

We are at a crossroads and we who don’t wish to be chattel of various government agencies must fight hard now to reverse the tide. This pooch is going to get unscrewed only by hard work and broad engagement by real citizens. We have let Congress run amok too long.

Harry Schell on September 5, 2009 at 12:52 PM

You are aware that pointing out his incompetence is RACIST!

jukin on September 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I have to agree with a poster above. Thank Heaven that Obama is incompetent. Or he would get more of his agenda passed.

dikehopper on September 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM

The lesson here is that the political ear that warns of potential mis-steps in a campaign is not the same one that works once you are elected and have to make the thousand decisions that come with daily governance

Oh hogwash. Even this guy, in the Wash Examiner, appears to have missed the campaign. Bambi made a campaign-derailing gaffe about every other day, and a career-ending one on a regular basis, from the outset right through to election day. His “political ear” was irrelevant – his campaign was carried by the media, in every sense. As noted by many above, this guy is entirely a media creation. Of course he also benefitted from a mediocre opposition campaign, and a less-than-mediocre opposing candidate.

But as others above have noted, it is quite improbable that the media will, at any point, play a role in any fair-minded or rational take-down of this bumbling arrogant jackass and his band of bizarre incompetents. If the media had been just as bad as they’ve been for decades, but no worse, during the last two years, Bambi would still be an obscure IL senator – with no future prospects for higher office.

It strikes me as quite naive to expect that the media will play any role here other than to prop up, hide problems, and fundamentally distort all major issues. Remember, the current political climate was reached WITHOUT any real journalism being practiced. Imagine if there were even a small section of the media that performed its watchdog role with an historically average level of diligence and professionalism.

This doesn’t mean his political situation won’t decline further. America has, over the last few years, shown itself to be dominated by a dishonorable, hysterical, ignorant majority, that whines at the drop of a hat, cheers on troops when the winnin’ is easy and then pisses on their graves the minute things get complicated, and calmly accepts atavistic, lawless, Third World demagoguery (AIG bonuses, anyone?). I speak here not mainly of the so-called left, but the vast middle.

The country beclowned and disgraced itself well before the absurd spectacle of this non-entity being elected president. It is hard to see how any of the trouble we’re in now is other than very well-deserved.

IceCold on September 5, 2009 at 12:59 PM

And let us not forget the “Scare Force One” incident.

Socratease on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Or the humiliating display of subservience as he bowed like a serf before the Saudi king (and then ludicrously denied that he had done it, as if there were no cameras capturing the shameful event). He can’t blame his “incompetent advisors” for that. That was all Barry.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Van Jones, the Green Jobs Czar, is just the latest example of fumbled vetting that has plagued this White House since the transition.

It is a very successful way in Illinois and especially in Chicago. You send clones of SEIU if anyone objects, and you end up with very useful people like Emanuel and Axelrod.

burt on September 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I expect that the MSM will never abandon Obama. They created and enabled his candidacy because they believe he is the last best hope to move this country into a leftist, statist utopia. If Obama’s poll numbers tank into the 30’s the MSM will blame everyone else except Obama. What a travesty of independent journalism we have in America.

Bob in VA on September 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Do you ever get the feeling some of the MSM, with a few exceptions, would love to abandon him?
But it’s too late now, they can’t. They’ve tied so much of their careers and reputations to this administration, they have to ride it out. I’m sure more than a few know this administration is doomed and Obama is going down as the absolute worst President in the history of this Nation.
Which means they are all going down with him. Trust and credibility are the mainstays of journalism, and the MSM and this administration have shown repeatedly, they’ve lost both. They’re joined at the hip, and if one goes down the other goes with them. Which WILL happen. When the dust settles, the Democratic party and the MSM will be in shambles. The only thing they can do is cinch it up, hold on tight and hope for the miracle that ain’t coming.

mrt721 on September 5, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Couple more points about incompetence…of which political incompetence is his fatal flaw:

1) In pushing through porkulus, he blew a 100 foot hole in his ship of credibility. It’s blatantly obvious that porkulus had nothing to do with creating jobs and now everybody knows it. Hugely incompetent, since he let the mask slip too early…now everybody (except the Obamabots, of course) is very nervous about everything the man says.

2) Right after porkulus passed, it became immediately obvious that he had no mechanism in place at all to push any money out the door. So he doubled down, appointed his brain-addled VP as ‘stimulus czar’ and again promised that the money would start flowing by summer…except it didn’t, for some inexplicable reason. BAM! Blew his foot off again.

3) He seems to actually believe all of the mindless drivel the MSM prints about him. This is the sign of a man with zero wisdom. He’s so convinced of his charm and brilliance, he can’t stay off TV. He’s already totally overexposed himself, and yet thinks the people are clamoring for more. In trying to ram-rod Obamacare through, it’s obvious he had no coherent plan…just one set of platitudes that he expected everyone to accept just because he is ‘The One’. Incredibly stupid. His solution: Keep doing more of what has failed thus far.

The list goes on and on, as Ed listed above. But this guy is not slick…he’s going for a brute force, suicidal frontal attack, but the element of surprise is gone…he’s wooden-headed buffoon. He will fail.

AUINSC on September 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Never going to happen. Perhaps on Fox, some talk radio, but the MSM will never, ever use the words “Obama” and “incompetent” in the same sentence. He will be drooling in a corner rolling Captain Quigg’s steel balls in his hands and the media will still be calling him the most effective leader this nation has ever seen. The MSM is not going to turn on Obama. Not ever. The more he screws up, the more they redouble their efforts to prop him up. They are all in with this guy.

Rational Thought on September 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Bingo! They might throw the occasional staffer under the bus but only when absolutely necessary to protect The One.

What concerns me is their apparent lack of concern about 2012. I trust in the American people’s ability to fix a mistake after four years but only if the election is fair and accurate. That is starting to look like a bigger and bigger “if”. I worry.

jnelchef on September 5, 2009 at 1:07 PM

“three years in the Senate”

During his three years he was never on the unpopular side because he voted “present” over one hundred fifty times. No political enemies.

burt on September 5, 2009 at 1:11 PM

…he needed to lead, rather than follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Very difficult for someone who has never led anyone or anything of any significance.

Maybe, and I’m being serious here, we need a constitutional amendment adding leadership experience to the qualifications for becoming president. These could be military, corporate/industrial, or political (mayors, governors).

Kafir on September 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM

This discussion of competance is a bad mistake. I wrote about this similarly in Doctor Zero’s essay about “judgement”.

To even be discussing “competance” or “judgement”, one must agree that a person is working toward a common goal to which the competance judgement is applied. Otherwise, neither one applies.

The Moron’s competance and judgement may or may not be good. It doesn’t matter, because the goals he is working toward are diametrically opposed to the goals the United States was founded on and to which its people still adhere.

And to even be discussing his competance or judgement is a SERIOUS mistake. It implies the man is like us, someone who care about this country. It is an unintentional form of misdirection, because it makes people think that, heh heh, if the naif just gets his act together, everything will be all right.

And nothing could be further from the truth.

notagool on September 5, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Incompetent at war…incompetent at peace!!!

landlines on September 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

..and last in the hearts of his countrymen.

It sucks to be him!

VoyskaPVO on September 5, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Who could have warned us that a man who served seven years in the state legislature and three years in the Senate would not have been prepared for the toughest executive position in the Free World? We did. Repeatedly. So did John McCain, and for that matter, so did Hillary Clinton.

The problem with the Community Organizer is that he isn’t working for the entire community. His healthcare reform is loaded with paybacks for Unions ($10 BILLION to UAW); absent any proposals from the GOP; punishes senior citizens, private insurance, small business; threatens to bankrupt our country, and contains nothing for tort reform.

Barack Obama has managed in seven months to agitate the very people who elected him, his own party, as well as aleinate indepentants. He knows it too. That’s why he has taken TWO back-to-back vacations in the midst of an unemployment CRISIS. What is so stunning is that he has manage to fall so fast even as the media tries to prop him up.

TN Mom on September 5, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Who could have warned us that a man who served seven years in the state legislature and three years in the Senate would not have been prepared for the toughest executive position in the Free World?

Great article, except for the grossly overstated experience.

Cybergeezer on September 5, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Evetything you say is true, Ed. But, MSM continues to “stand by their man,” whbich keeps the country poorly informed.

bw222 on September 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Not in the slightest – look at their ratings – no one is watching them.

Fox News is becoming the sole-source news cast in the nation. The word IS getting out.

HondaV65 on September 5, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Most insightful look into Obama that I found was

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/386abhgm.asp?pg=2

A year ago in the Weekly Standard.

“Important though it is to Obama, the crime issue runs a distant second to his deepest passion: social welfare legislation. “Big government liberal,” “redistributionist”-call him what you like, Obama’s fondest hope is to lead America into another war on poverty”

Last paragraph:
“The real Obama? You see him in those charts. Fundamentally, he is a big-government redistributionist who wants above all to aid the poor, particularly the African-American poor. Obama is eager to do so both through race-specific programs and through broad-based social-welfare legislation. “Living wage” legislation may be economically counterproductive, and Obama-backed housing experiments may have ended disastrously, yet Obama is committed to large-scale government solutions to the problem of poverty. Obama’s early campaigns are filled with declarations of his sense of mission -a mission rooted in his community organizing days and manifest in his early legislative battles. Recent political back flips notwithstanding, Barack Obama does have an ideological core, and it’s no mystery at all to any faithful reader of the Chicago Defender or the Hyde Park Herald.”

4thQTR on September 5, 2009 at 1:35 PM

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