Carlson: When did the Hopemeister turn bitter?

posted at 12:55 pm on September 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Tucker Carlson marvels at the transformation of Barack Obama from candidate to rookie President to … grumpy old man.  Nothing about last night’s speech reminded Carlson of the man who ran for the office on a promise of Hope and Change.  Instead, Carlson saw a man who has already turned bitter, paranoid, and inflexible after only the first serious challenge of his administration:

Never has a president been warped by Washington quicker. At times tonight, Obama sounded like an embattled second-termer with a 35 percent approval rating. What percentage of his speech was spent lashing out at his enemies, real and imagined? Radio and cable-television pundits, George W. Bush, former Congresses, unnamed ghouls employing “scare tactics,” whose “only agenda is to stop reform at any cost”—they’re all against him, Obama said. And they’re lying.

This isn’t how confident leaders speak. These are the complaints of a man on his way to bitterness. So soon?

Usually, a president has gone through a number of political battles before assuming the highest office in the nation.  Most hold executive office at another level before running for the office, and have to deal with policy battles and at least occasional defeats before entering the Oval Office.  They build a thicker skin, get a better sense of their strengths and limitations, and these experiences make for better presidents in the long haul.

Obama, on the other hand, has never held executive office in politics.  He has spent his short political life as a legislator, and not even a particularly bold legislator.  Obama was much more of a bandwagon man as a legislator, offering rhetorical instead of political leadership, and for the most part receiving nothing but warm praise bordering on tongue-baths from the media.

What Carlson sees is a man completely unprepared for the fact that he can’t sell refrigerators to Eskimos.  Whether that comes from a narcissistic personality or just plain inexperience, the fact remains that Obama has reacted poorly to the rapid disintegration of his own popularity and that of his policies.  Like a petulant child, Obama has assumed that the problem is that he hasn’t spoken often or loudly enough, which is one of the reasons that his speeches on health care have not changed an iota in substance but have gotten louder and angrier in tone.

Obama couldn’t sell ObamaCare, and now he wants to scold America for not agreeing with him.  Carlson is right to call this bitterness, but it’s the bitterness of a man who may have been told no for the first time in his political life, and clearly doesn’t know how to react to it.


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I really find myself enjoying watching the one lose his cool more and more as the days go by. You have it right Ed, this guy never had to stake his political career on anything. Now he is backed into a corner and does not know how to stay on message and keep pushing his agenda without resorting to calling anyone against it names like liars and fearmongers. Then has the audacity to be outraged by someone calling him a liar.

It is going to get even better over the next few years. Just wait until he has a republican majority that he has to deal with. He’s really gonna need a Midol for his PMS fit then.

conservnut on September 10, 2009 at 10:25 PM

rockmom, well put. I’m afraid Dear Leader doesn’t think the Presidency of the United States is important enough for him either.

novaculus on September 10, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Good lets get him a full time job at the UN and get a real President that will send the UN to France!

Rockmom I agree I have seen his kind before egomaniacle, Narcissist!
They are haters, whiners, wife beaters and when they don’t get their way they try to hurt someone.

He is fully capable of getting depressed, then mad, then doin some real damage.
As a matter of fact I think he is already doin it. Trying to destroy the wealth and wealth creators in this country.

Why would anyone portray profits as evil? Profits are what allow people to live free and buy things to save and retire to create and grow and semmingly all that he wants to destroy!

dhunter on September 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM

No Niks on September 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Those slides were great! My favorite one is “Obama Solves the World’s Problems”.

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Why would anyone portray profits as evil? Profits are what allow people to live free and buy things to save and retire to create and grow and semmingly all that he wants to destroy!

dhunter on September 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM

He has never ran a business

CWforFreedom on September 10, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Obama’s plan is in Gore’s Lock Box.

Dhuka on September 10, 2009 at 11:47 PM

He has never ran a business

CWforFreedom on September 10, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Or worked in an honest profession. Actually, showing himself to be quite a loser.

whbates on September 11, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Someone was quoting “There’s a red, under my bed
And there’s a little green man in my head” from the Kink’s “Paranoia” somewhere upthread. So I queued up my Kink’s collection….and up popped:

“Everybody got the right to speak their mind
So don’t shoot me for saying mine

Everybody talking about racial equality
‘Cos everybody’s equal in the good Lord’s eyes
But if I told you that God was black
What would you think of that
I bet you wouldn’t believe it

There’s a self made prophet living right next to me
He said the Black Messiah’s gonna come and set the whole world free
He looked at me with his evil eye and prophesied
And he really believed it

He said a Black Messiah is gonna set the world on fire
And he’s no liar, ‘cos he has truly heard the word

Everybody talking about racial equality
But I’m the only honky living on an all black street
They knock me down ‘cos they brown and I white
Everybody got the right to speak their mind
So don’t shoot me for saying mine

Everyobody talking about racial equality
You hear everybody talking about equal rights
But white’s white, black’s black and that’s that
And that’s the way you should leave it
Don’t want no Black Messiah to come and set the world on fire
A Black Messiah is gonna come and rule the world

Everybody got to show a little give and take
Everybody got to live with a little less hate
Everybody gotta work it out, we gotta sort it out
Everbody got the right to speak their mind
So don’t shoot me for saying mine.”

– I know, “racist”….but it just popped up.

cthulhu on September 11, 2009 at 12:03 AM

It was obvious, when Obama flipped Hillary the ‘bird’ in the primaries, that we were dealing with a nine year old child.

percysunshine on September 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM

It was obvious, when Obama flipped Hillary the ‘bird’ in the primaries, that we were dealing with a nine year old child.

percysunshine on September 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Heh!

Saltysam on September 11, 2009 at 12:24 AM

but it’s the bitterness of a man who may have been told no for the first time in his political life

This may be his first “no” but it’s not the last.

Mojave Mark on September 11, 2009 at 12:31 AM

It was obvious, when Obama flipped Hillary the ‘bird’ in the primaries, that we were dealing with a nine year old child.

percysunshine on September 11, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Do you really think he flipped her off or are you being facetious?

2Brave2Bscared on September 11, 2009 at 12:35 AM

What happens when you catch your nine year old with his hand in the cookie jar, the first time? Take him aside and explain why it is not good for him.

On the 15th time, other measures are in order, respect is no longer an issue.

percysunshine on September 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Do you really think he flipped her off or are you being facetious?

Clear as a bell. Go to youtube and search for ‘obama hillary bird’.

percysunshine on September 11, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Do you really think he flipped her off or are you being facetious?

2Brave2Bscared on September 11, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Oh it was deliberate. It’s an adolescent thing.

atheling on September 11, 2009 at 12:45 AM

atheling on September 11, 2009 at 12:45 AM

Ah, he didn’t mean anything by it–just like his “lipstick on a pig” remark…sarc*

lovingmyUSA on September 11, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Is it possible that Obama is already approaching the point of delivering a Jimmy Carter style “Malaise” speech in which he declares to the American people “Its all your fault!” Thus far in his political life, Obama’s constant refrain in every difficulty from Jeremiah Wright to exploding unemployment figures is “It wasn’t me! I had no idea.”

F. Sumter on September 11, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Obama has a strong strain of self-riteousness running through him, always has.

His speech is pretty in keeping with what I saw in the primary.

Remember, this is the guy who reacted very badly in one debate when asked/challenged about taxes (which he clearly didn’t understand) by coming back and “flicking off” the remark in his next rally.

AnninCA on September 11, 2009 at 1:12 AM

This is what happens when you start believing your own hype. “Gee, this leadership stuff is harder than it looked!” It makes me appreciate George W. Bush all the more for his steadfast refusal to stoop to pouting and returning criticism for criticism. His enemies still haven’t gotten over their BDS.

Obama’s problem now is that his biggest supporters are now angry that he couldn’t just order nationalized health care and have it made so. That, after all, is what most of them think “democracy” means.

Persuasion is much more difficult, especially when you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re advocating.

flataffect on September 11, 2009 at 2:34 AM

flataffect on September 11, 2009 at 2:34 AM

Yes, Bush was a “class” act–something Obamba wouldn’t know how to emulate. I can see Obama with his head in Michelle’s lap, saying “I didn’t know it would be this hard. Now what am i going to do?”Steadfast=Bush.

lovingmyUSA on September 11, 2009 at 3:14 AM

The problem Obama has is that he’s a liberal and as a liberal he has no core honor toward anything. I his world the end justifies the means so deceit isn’t a character flaw, but a simple tool to use.

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 5:25 AM

He suffers from never having suffered. An adult needs to suffer defeat and failure to learn humility and acquire wisdom. Unfortunately, he’s getting this critical formation as on the job training.
obladioblada on September 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Pretty soon Obama is going to need to start a war in order to distract us, and make him feel in control again.

My guess, Israel.

MarkTheGreat on September 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM

My guess is that he will not respond well to the disappointment of a significant defeat, but will emotionally harden, blame everyone else, and look for a way to increase his control of the situation so he can’t be disappointed again.

MarkTheGreat’s guess is a very good one. Other possibilities include increasing control here at home, such as by restricting free speech, since it doesn’t always fawn on him. But it could get worse than that, perhaps much worse.

My picture is that of the Pharaoh in the book of Exodus, who when confronted time after time by Moses and the plagues, keeps hardening his heart and getting more and more evil. That doesn’t end well. All that hatred and bitterness generates an explosion, where the Pharaoh assembles his whole army and chases after the Jews to slaughter and/or enslave them worse than ever. It’s only God’s intervention that saves them. May God have mercy on us.

secretfire on September 11, 2009 at 5:27 AM

The problem Obama has is that he’s a liberal and as a liberal he has no core honor toward anything.

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 5:25 AM

+1000

Look at the way they adore or vilify PEOPLE, not principles. Like lemmings, they flock to Obama to “worship”, vilify Sarah, pet Nancy, lampoon Joe Wilson.

The ultimate groupthink. Very pathetic, and also the most dangerous human propensity the world over.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 11, 2009 at 5:43 AM

If the Won continues along these lines, maybe we can remove him via the 25th amendment, have Biden choose a decent VP and then we can remove Biden via the 25th too. It’s my fantasy dream, so I can believe it’s possible.

amr on September 11, 2009 at 6:46 AM

Obama’s speech reminds me of the margin notes in a preacher’s sermon: Argument weak. Pound pulpit!

rgeaste on September 11, 2009 at 7:09 AM

It pretty obvious from reading Brooks today that you needed a scorecard to register the nuance deeply embedded in the speech.
I wonder if anybody in DC knows how to speak in simple sentences.

J_Crater on September 11, 2009 at 7:58 AM

The Dear Leader is discovering that the USA isn’t North Korea. We can oppose him, and we have Constitutional protections to back us up. Also, the truth is on OUR side, not his.

BottomLine5 on September 11, 2009 at 8:34 AM

but it’s the bitterness of a man who may have has never been told no for the first time in his political life, and clearly doesn’t know how to react to it.

SouthernGent on September 11, 2009 at 8:47 AM

It pretty obvious from reading Brooks today that you needed a scorecard to register the nuance deeply embedded in the speech.
I wonder if anybody in DC knows how to speak in simple sentences.

J_Crater on September 11, 2009 at 7:58 AM

“You lie!”

SouthernGent on September 11, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Pretty soon Obama is going to need to start a war in order to distract us, and make him feel in control again.

My guess, Israel.

MarkTheGreat on September 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I would think something more akin to Waco.

Keep in mind the timing of that debacle. The People’s Republik of New Jersey’s assembly had passed a bill to repeal their assault gun ban. The NJ Senate was scheduled to vote and the concensus was that they would also pass it.

Then, Presto Chango, Suddently Janet the alligator wrestler Reno decides to stage a huge raid on the Koresh wackos to get Koresh, even though he walked in town by himself regularly. After Barbecuing the men women and children, the ATF proudly displayed the Eeeeevvvviiilll collection of Branch Davidian guns.

Oh, by the way, what was a sure thing to pass in the NJ senate suddenly failed to pass.

bullseye on September 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Comrades,

I am shocked! While dispersing the current truth on Health Care Reform, the great O was called a LIAR! This is a tragedy comrades, just watch Comrade Pelosi’s, Comrade Biden’s and His O’liness’ faces

sargentj on September 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM

“There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness,” -Sheik Abu Barack al-Husseini al-Kenyi bin Obooba.

You lie,” -Joe Wilson.

What’s sauce for Joe Wilson is sauce for The Sheik.

Akzed on September 11, 2009 at 9:41 AM

The haloed one is beginning to sound like Rudy Giuliani did the month before 9/11.

xkaydet65 on September 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Caption for the picture used in lead in. “We interrupt this important speech for the truth from the right”.

MSGTAS on September 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Part 2 is up at BigGovernment – time to enact the RICO statutes

phreshone on September 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM

“The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed…” (Leonidas – “300″)

Life imitates art :)

SDPlissken on September 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The Great One is showing the classic reactions from a Narcisist whose false self of greatness is being questioned by his Supplers of Adoration instead if being believed in. The next step is for angry attacks on his “worthless” former believers who have betrayed him. Then he will invent a new false persona and present it to a new audience for his Narciscistic Supply, which is his ONLY motive in life. The recent Speech to Congress was designed to get that Supply from the Moderates that he is no longer getting out of his Progressive Socialist audience. This character trait aided by Obama’s “gifted ” Charisma is the reason that he reminds people so much of the new Chancellor of Germany in 1933.

jimw on September 11, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Charisma is the reason that he reminds people so much of the new Chancellor of Germany in 1933.

Fair assessment but it is a bit Godwin when the Nazi moniker is tossed out there.

A better moniker would be Dionysius I of Syracuse or Emperor Nero, maybe even Caligula or Tiberius.

Holger on September 11, 2009 at 11:49 AM

When did the Hopemeister turn bitter?

Just a wild guess… the first time he pledged allegiance to Allah?

infidel4life on September 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Let’s keep speaking out. Let’s call liars liars. (Thank you Joe Wilson! Can I move to South Carolina?) Let’s remember we’re Americans and we have a 2,000+ year history of speaking our minds and fighting oppression. Let’s also remember what ultimately happened to the Hitler’s and Caligula’s and Nero’s of this world (as well as the CZARS!) Pride goes before a fall. Uber pride goes before an Uber fall! The Uber Candidate has pride out the arse. He wants to be fawned over and admired without question. And he wants us to fall in behind him. That’s what megalomaniacs want. He’s bitter because we aren’t doing it for him. I see a complete dissolution of character in 5….4….3….2….

Driefromseattle on September 11, 2009 at 2:54 PM

It may be appropriate to equate Dear Leader with Germany’s chancellor in the ’30s, but the real issue is Dear Leader’s lack of any real understanding of our constitutional democracy or how our democratic republic actually works to the betterment of all. Couple this with his complete lack of any moral compass and you have the product of a misguided situational ethics school of thought. What he “feels” is right is the correct answer to any question at any particular time. In his world there are no absolutes in moral terms. That is why Islam equates to Christianity, why communism is as good as capitalism, and why evil, as an expedient to attain what Dear Leader feels is good, is an acceptable premise. Yes, he is petulant. Yes, he appears to be getting rather bitter. But do not underestimate this man for he will resort to any evil to impose his vision of America upon us all. Never mind that his distorted vision bears no resemblance to what made these United States the singular example of freedom in the history of the world. He will not be satisfied until we are the equal of Kenya.

Crusader Rabbit on September 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

In business management 101 there is something people learn about called the Ladder of Accountability. Obama is stuck on the first few rungs of the ladder and refuses to climb any higher it seems. On the first few rungs of the ladder we find people like Obama who insist on denying the truth of a situation/source of pain, they blame others, they make excuses, and they take a wait and hope attitude. When someone rises up above the rungs of abdicating behavior and start to elevate themselves into accountable behavior they finally start to take on the mantle of a true leader. First and foremost a leader must acknowledge the true reality of a given situation (not the one made up in their head). Then, they must take ownership of that reality, find/create solutions, and fully implement those solutions.

Obama displays a chronic anxiety demonstrated by his lack of committing to a strong and concise set of talking points. Instead he hides behind flowery rhetoric, strawman arguments, and wishy washy facts. One example of weak fact finding would be him first saying health care reform would save 47 million uninsured people, now it is 30 million. Just like when he pushed the stimulus bill it was going to save or create 500,000 jobs; no wait, 250,000 jobs — oh actually I mean, 1 Meeelllion jobs (*pinky finger). Someone who is confident yet maintains an acute anxiety toward specific critical issues will be a more effective manager. A confident leader will find a position that directly addresses specific problems and likewise creates specific solutions. Obama, so far, has shown us he is entirely incapable of doing this to any degree.

Heftyjo on September 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

The problem Obama has is that he’s a liberal and as a liberal he has no core honor toward anything. In his world the end justifies the means so deceit isn’t a character flaw, but a simple tool to use.

Jeff from WI on September 11, 2009 at 5:25 AM

Yes, I agree. Furthermore….Obama – what a tool!

This is a tragedy comrades, just watch Comrade Pelosi’s, Comrade Biden’s and His O’liness’ faces

sargentj on September 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM

The looks on their faces was entertaining…which is why I’ve sent $$ to Joe Wilson. That trifecta of phony astonished anger was priceless!

redwhiteblue on September 11, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Obama – Determined to leave a black mark on America.

Cybergeezer on September 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM

“He has spent his short political life as a legislator, and not even a particularly bold legislator. Obama was much more of a bandwagon man as a legislator, offering rhetorical instead of political leadership, and for the most part receiving nothing but warm praise bordering on tongue-baths from the media.”

So what’s changed?? All I’ve heard from this moving man-posterboard is rhetoric. That’s why the fringe left kooks in the house and senate were delegated the job to draft all of his legislation and he never has a clue what’s in it when he spouts off.

Good job libs and moderates.

outnumberedinparadise on September 11, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Well, if the Whinemeister chose to be President of only 20% of the population what the hell does he expect? He can just take that crown off and stuff it. That goes for Princess Pelosi and Lord Reid as well.

elclynn on September 11, 2009 at 8:16 PM

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