Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

With Americans suddenly conscious of international terrorism again in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre and the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest 253, the Obama administration has struggled to keep up with the paradigm shift. As mentioned in yesterday’s OOTD, Obama tried to act a little too nonchalant and found himself surprised by a hailstorm of criticism from across the political spectrum for his “bloodlessness.” So as Americans demand a little more action and competence from our counterterrorism efforts, the timing seems bad for this:

“And so perhaps the biggest change Obama has made is what one former adviser calls the “mood music” — choice of language, outreach to Muslims, rhetorical fidelity to the rule of law and a shift in tone from the all-or-nothing days of the Bush administration. He is committed to taking aggressive actions to disrupt terrorist cells, aides said, but he also considers his speech in Cairo to the Islamic world in June central to his efforts to combat terrorism. “If you asked him what are the most important things he’s done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three,” Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.”

I guess Hillary Clinton was right. She and John McCain had a lifetime of experience to bring to the office of Chief Executive — and all Obama has is a couple of speeches.

The intel failures that led to the Christmas Day bombing (and for that matter, the Fort Hood massacre) are more bureaucratic than political, and mainly point to the fact that we made the problem worse by adding to the bureaucracy of our intel efforts in the aftermath of 9/11 rather than streamline. But it doesn’t help to hear less than two weeks after a nearly-successful effort to kill hundreds of people on an American airliner that the President thinks that a speech seven months ago was the most significant counterterrorist effort he could make. As “mood music” goes, that’s strictly Yakety Sax. (via Buy Danish and the Weekly Standard)

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He still hasn’t noticed the fist is not unclenched.

Disturb the Universe on January 6, 2010 at 8:09 AM

B+

csdeven on January 6, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Mood music? Feh. Love theme from The Godfather this ain’t.

apostic on January 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM

What’s The Whine going to do next, threaten the Islamic world with yet another speech?

rbj on January 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM

She and John McCain had a lifetime of experience to bring to the office of Chief Executive — and all Obama has is a couple of speeches.

Let’s not forget the books that he authored…..er, wait.

He did say he has a bracelet too….

Accomplishments.

ted c on January 6, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I didn’t even think the Cairo speech was all that good…

myrenovations on January 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM

“…the President thinks that a speech seven months ago was the most significant counterterrorist effort he could make.”

Just words.

aka: Listen to his word, or get the bird.

Yoop on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I didn’t even think the Cairo speech was all that good…

myrenovations on January 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Apparently, neither did the Moslem world.

coldwarrior on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I just read that he wants to keep the health care negotiations a secret, conference committee that would have opened process to scrutiny. There’s that transparency thing he’s got going on too. Oh wait….

Brat4life on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

“And so perhaps the biggest change Obama has made is what one former adviser calls the “mood music”

WTF are they thinking?

The One has brought us properly calibrated, hard pivots, and now mood music – he must still be smokin’ crack.

singlemalt_18 on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I wasnt impressed with that speech either.

becki51758 on January 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Top 3 things Obama has done to fight terrorism:
1. Bowed to Saudi royalty
2. Moved 9/11 terrorist trials to NY
3. Gave a speech in Cairo

Disturb the Universe on January 6, 2010 at 8:18 AM

“If you asked him what are the most important things he’s done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three,” Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.”

Even from their bizarro perspective, what the heck are the the three? Cairo, Gitmo and what? Bowing to the Saudi King?

trubble on January 6, 2010 at 8:18 AM

The fact that his idiot thinks he “healed the world” with his speech in Cairo is mind blowing. WTF? Has he never heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”? His words are empty and his actions are dangerous. Beyond Epic Failure.

milwife88 on January 6, 2010 at 8:19 AM

As accurate as Hillary’s comment was regarding Obama’s empty resume, hers isn’t much better. She became a carpetbagging senator from New York because of her husband, not what she’d done, for she’s actually done nothing of note other than marry that skirt chaser. What she did more of than anything else was help Bill dodge the sheriff.

The fact that a lack experience (or lack of qualifications) is no longer disqualifying (except in the eyes of the Left regarding Sarah Palin of course-and she HAS more governing experience than either of these empty suits/pant suits), expect any future elected`Democrats to have similar gaps in their experience, background or ability.

bradley11 on January 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Everything Obama, the Democrats, and their cheerleading lamestream media, has been “music to the ears” of the liberal left yearning for their “passive resistance” to the war on terror. Joe Biden’s “he will be tested” has come to fruition, while Obama’s leadership skills have been exposed.

The question is, “what would Valerie Plame do”????

/

Rovin on January 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Disturb the Universe on January 6, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Oh yeah! KSM trial. So let’s see, the strategy is to apologize, be subserviant and stop punishing so harshly. Heckuva a plan!

Seems like the general idea is to stop resisting their goal of a Worldwide Caliphate so strenuously.

trubble on January 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

And so perhaps the biggest change Obama has made is what one former adviser calls the “mood music”

WTF are they thinking?

The One has brought us properly calibrated, hard pivots, and now mood music – he must still be smokin’ crack.

singlemalt_18 on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Good one. You, I mean, not the Obamood music.

ProfessorMiao on January 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

The One doesn’t have to do anything as long as he feels like he has done something. He’s a poser. We used to say, “all hat and no cattle.” But Odamna doesn’t even have a real hat.

Crusader Rabbit on January 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

“what would Valerie Plame do”????

Rovin on January 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Get a cool write-up in Vogue and be on the cover, too?

coldwarrior on January 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Hillary’s lifetime experience is being the wife of an impeached president, who she claims did her wrong behind her back. She has fought long and hard to promote abortion on demand and herself. She is a stunning reflection of the deficit of leaders this nation has failed to produce if she is considered fit to sit in the Oval Office.

Hening on January 6, 2010 at 8:24 AM

“Words. Just words . . .”
–Barack Hussein Obama 2/17/2008

BigAlSouth on January 6, 2010 at 8:24 AM

We’ll see how well his “speeches” have been received by the American voters come this November…it will be an epic shift in power for the independents.

jbh45 on January 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

The fact that his idiot thinks he “healed the world” with his speech in Cairo is mind blowing. WTF? Has he never heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”? His words are empty and his actions are dangerous. Beyond Epic Failure.

milwife88 on January 6, 2010 at 8:19 AM

You’re hurting Bill Ayers’ feelings. Where’s your conservative compassion?

/

Rovin on January 6, 2010 at 8:26 AM

New mood music outreach program to bolster self esteem for Muslim suicide bombers.

You notice how BamBam acts like your two year old when he gets in a jam — Not me I didn’t do anything. Hey, isn’t that the real problem.

tarpon on January 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Barack The Magnificent’s National Security efforts remind me of a Benny Hill Chase Scene (to the tune of Yakety Sax) or his departments’ lack of communication like The Cone of Silence.

kingsjester on January 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM

The quote from Rahm is just plain frightening. Rahm is a smart, tough guy, and according to him, Obama really believes that his mere presence and magnificent speeches will turn would-be terrorists to the light. Obama is truly living in a fantasy world. Meanwhile, back on Earth, it’s going to get very ugly, very fast.

jwolf on January 6, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Dammit, all this foreign policy stuff is getting in the way of fundamentally transforming the United States of America. Can’t the Community Organizer in Chief just have his waffles?

OhioCoastie on January 6, 2010 at 8:31 AM

“If you asked him what are the most important things he’s done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three,” Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.”

Sorry, jwolf, but Rahm Emanuel is an idiot and a corrupt Chicago scumbag. He may be laughing at Obama, and he may be desperately looking for a way to get out of the White House and back into congress, but only an idiot could give us this quote.

Jaibones on January 6, 2010 at 8:34 AM

With Americans suddenly conscious of international terrorism again in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre and the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest 253

Some of us Americans never forgot.

But good news! State Department finally got around to revoking the Undiebomber’s visa yesterday. Who said this administration wasn’t taking the issue seriously?

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:35 AM

With Obambi, Raam, Axelnut and the merry men and women of their round table over seeing the most powerful offensive and defensive national security system in place (before they got there) the USA is projecting intimidation and respect to the world and our enemies on the level of the country of Bolivia. What a bunch of tools.

wepeople on January 6, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Hillary’s lifetime experience is being the wife of an impeached president, who she claims did her wrong behind her back. She has fought long and hard to promote abortion on demand and herself. She is a stunning reflection of the deficit of leaders this nation has failed to produce if she is considered fit to sit in the Oval Office.

Hening on January 6, 2010 at 8:24 AM

All true but she’s still more fit to sit in the Oval Office than the guy actually doing so.

The Clintons are grifters. Hillary would have at least been able to set up a competent framework of advisors and career bureaucrats to make her look good. Obama’s approach has been to delegate everything, often to unelected and unconfirmed cronies. He essentially is the first POTUS to be running his administration by “voting present.” In other words, the day-to-day stuff is delegated so that the President can spend more time golfing, preening in front of the cameras, and jetting around the world apologizing for mythical crimes against the planet.

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:40 AM

He may be laughing at Obama, and he may be desperately looking for a way to get out of the White House and back into congress, but only an idiot could give us this quote.

Jaibones on January 6, 2010 at 8:34 AM

IMO, a big part of the problem the Obama administration has been a miserable failure is the way Emanuel and Axlerod have run the political strategy. The Chicago way doesn’t work when it comes to national policy.

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Maybe the terrorists attacked because of the Cairo Speech.

Bishop on January 6, 2010 at 8:45 AM

The fact that a lack experience (or lack of qualifications) is no longer disqualifying (except in the eyes of the Left regarding Sarah Palin of course-and she HAS more governing experience than either of these empty suits/pant suits), expect any future elected`Democrats to have similar gaps in their experience, background or ability.

I like Palin, but no, she hasn’t had more experience. Alaska is a very small state in terms of population. It’s not a “proving” ground. Worse, her resignation did cut off a valuable year of experience. Everyone NEEDS that experience of being the lame duck. I understood her reasons, agreed, but she sacrificed experience resume for it.

I definitely saw Hillary as more experienced than Palin.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Thanks again, Ed. Except for the lack of bouncing boobies, the Benny Hill/Yakety Sax connection is apropos for our feckless boy-king.

Extrafishy on January 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

The Clintons are grifters.

That’s absurd. Whether you like or dislike their politics, the notion that the Clintons are grifters is simply ridiculous and unsupportable.

They both worked very hard for Americans. And they both are immensely popular as a result, even out of office.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:51 AM

But Odamna doesn’t even have a real hat.

Crusader Rabbit on January 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

When you got a good pair of mom jeans with a great crease, and showy moobs, too, you don’t need no stinkin’ hat. Now, about them ears…

/s

Yoop on January 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM

AnninCA, seek help for your Clintonian craniorectal impaction.

OhioCoastie on January 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Hillary was quite correct about Obama. The fact is that the insider Dems thought he was going to be the president in their pocket. Their actions post-election prove it. They slammed through their agenda.

What the insiders never, ever understood that the Clintons did was that this is a very diverse and right-leaning country. That liberal agenda will drive out support. And so it did.

I think it’s good they are learning a lesson. They were convinced that Hillary would rein them in. They were right on that one. So they conspired to get Obama elected.

And now, they are in danger of losing their own seats.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM

AnninCA, seek help for your Clintonian craniorectal impaction.

OhioCoastie on January 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM

No thanks. I’ll continue to have my own opinions and state them.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM

We’ll see how well his “speeches” have been received by the American voters come this November…it will be an epic shift in power for the independents.
jbh45 on January 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Never mind next November, we here in MA are going to play a little variation on “BOOM, taste my nightstick!” for Barry and company on January 19th. when we elect Scott Brown.

Believe it, folks. You can hear it, feel it & taste it. It going to happen.

Give what you can at his website.

turfmann on January 6, 2010 at 8:59 AM

In other good news, China says no to new Iran sanctions:

http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=104&sid=1855940

GnuBreed on January 6, 2010 at 8:59 AM

AnninCA, what’s your take on Saul Alinsky? Your precious Hillary’s a disciple of his.

OhioCoastie on January 6, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Sorry, jwolf, but Rahm Emanuel is an idiot and a corrupt Chicago scumbag. He may be laughing at Obama, and he may be desperately looking for a way to get out of the White House and back into congress, but only an idiot could give us this quote.

Jaibones on January 6, 2010 at 8:34 AM

My take: Rahm really is smart and tough, though of course we disagree very strongly with his politics. Rahm had to know how foolish it sounds to say that Obama’s Cairo speech is a great step against terrorism. Yet he said so. My interpretation is that Obama himself declared as much, doubled down, and ordered his staff to follow suit. Hence my fear that Obama is not only wrong minded politically, but bordering on delusional.

jwolf on January 6, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I like Palin, but no, she hasn’t had more experience. Alaska is a very small state in terms of population. It’s not a “proving” ground.

Well sure, and running even a “small” state is no more difficult than operating a kiosk at the local mall.

You make me laugh on a regular basis, thank you.

Bishop on January 6, 2010 at 9:04 AM

You make me laugh on a regular basis, thank you.

Bishop on January 6, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Executive experience does rely upon size and complexity. Alaska is complex. But size-wise, no.

It’s a sparsely populated state.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

“Barack The Magnificent’s National Security efforts remind me of a Benny Hill Chase Scene (to the tune of Yakety Sax)…………”
kingsjester on January 6, 2010 at 8:28 AM

This entire administration and Congress look like Keystone Kops performing to Yakety Sax every day!
What disastrous entertainment! As Victor Davis Hanson puts it, a Greek Tragedy in progress.

Cybergeezer on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

erm…Not to mention that I’d bet most of the muslim world did not hear that speech. Don’t have TV’s / radio….

He is so incredibly full of himself and his ‘academic’ background. He hasn’t got a clue about what’s going on.

I’ve a feeling he’s going to wake up the day he leaves office and spin his head around, thinking, whoa. What just happened? I wasn’t ready. Nah..nevermind..this is Obama we’re talking about.

bridgetown on January 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Hence my fear that Obama is not only wrong minded politically, but bordering on delusional.

jwolf on January 6, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I think your fear is well placed. The problem is not only that he is delusional but that he is also detached.

Yoop on January 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:51 AM

You have a funny definition of immense.

chemman on January 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Executive experience does rely upon size and complexity. Alaska is complex. But size-wise, no.
It’s a sparsely populated state.
AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Ah, so Alaska is the metaphorical kiosk that sells bobble-heads AND fleece slippers.

Comedy gold to hear someone who has never done so opine that running a “small” state such as Alaska is no big deal.

Bishop on January 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Executive experience does rely upon size and complexity. Alaska is complex. But size-wise, no.

It’s a sparsely populated state.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Tell us exactly what population level determines executive experience viability or get off this appallingly stupid track you’re on, toots.

Extrafishy on January 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I definitely saw Hillary as more experienced than Palin.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Then you don’t understand what executive experience means.

ProfessorMiao on January 6, 2010 at 9:15 AM

It’s kind of amazing that Obama and Co. seem to think they still have the sheeple support that they enjoyed during the campaign. The kool-aid’s worn off to everyone but our friends at MSNBC.

anniekc on January 6, 2010 at 9:15 AM

“Present”

visions on January 6, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Executive experience does rely upon size and complexity. Alaska is complex. But size-wise, no.

It’s a sparsely populated state.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Obviously you have never had to deal with complex systems in remote areas, much less when they must be kept viable over great distances.

Yoop on January 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I like Palin, but no, she hasn’t had more experience. Alaska is a very small state in terms of population. It’s not a “proving” ground. Worse, her resignation did cut off a valuable year of experience. Everyone NEEDS that experience of being the lame duck. I understood her reasons, agreed, but she sacrificed experience resume for it.

I definitely saw Hillary as more experienced than Palin.

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Palin was a Mayor, then she was a Governor.

Hillary Clinton has been the First Lady and a carpetbagging Senator who’s campaign cut off a valuable year of experience.

How does Clinton have more Executive experience than Palin again?

uknowmorethanme on January 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Tell us exactly what population level determines executive experience viability or get off this appallingly stupid track you’re on, toots.

Extrafishy on January 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Ann thinks Ahnuld is more qualified than Palin by her logic.

uknowmorethanme on January 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Is it possible that anyone could feel safer aftrer reading this?

The President of the United States has one job above all others: Keeping America safe from its enemies. Making pretty speeches is NOT part of that job description!

rockmom on January 6, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The fact that his idiot thinks he “healed the world” with his speech in Cairo is mind blowing. WTF? Has he never heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words”? His words are empty and his actions are dangerous. Beyond Epic Failure.

milwife88 on January 6, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Well, I have a notebook of his EPIC FAILURES–and I had to get more paper…

lovingmyUSA on January 6, 2010 at 9:27 AM

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 8:50 AM

You would…

lovingmyUSA on January 6, 2010 at 9:30 AM

AnninCA on January 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Even a mayor in a small town here in Iowa would have more experience than Obama. But as far as Hillary goes–she definite was the lesser of two evils…
I MISS BUSH…

lovingmyUSA on January 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

The intel failures that led to the Christmas Day bombing (and for that matter, the Fort Hood massacre) are more bureaucratic than political

Political correctness is not political?

Johan Klaus on January 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The President of the United States has one job above all others: Keeping America safe from its enemies. Making pretty speeches is NOT part of that job description!

rockmom on January 6, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I agree — but Obama really does think that “making pretty speeches” is part of his job. In fact, on the evidence, he believes it is his number one responsibility. Again, on the evidence, he seriously believes that his mere words will cause something to happen. It is bizarre, creepy, and, in the case of terrorism, frightening.

jwolf on January 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

he also considers his speech in Cairo to the Islamic world in June central to his efforts to combat terrorism.

Proof positive (as if any more were needed) that Obama is a blithering idiot with absolutely no comprehension of the nature of the threat we face from Islamofascism.

AZCoyote on January 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

What happened to the line in the sand deadline he drew with Iran? Oh, they quit making nuke material and will live in the dark burning candles before using it for electricity. Great!

Kissmygrits on January 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

You have to admire his consistency. Still blaming Bush.

Because we’re so used to his doing it, we forget just how amateurish that is all by itself.

Such a small, small man.

jeff_from_mpls on January 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Improvement on Rasmussen from -18 3 days ago to -10 today. It both worries an sickens me the American public are falling for this POS president’s BS talk about the terrorist attack(s).

rlwo2008 on January 6, 2010 at 10:23 AM

“If you asked him what are the most important things he’s done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three,” Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.”

Talk about living in “la-la land”. Sob! 3 more years of these imbeciles.

GarandFan on January 6, 2010 at 10:23 AM

The Clintons are grifters.
highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Very well put.

Hening on January 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM

The Clintons are grifters.
highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:40 AM
Very well put.

Hening on January 6, 2010

I didn’t think you could describe the Clintons with one word but highhopes just about does it. Agree with Hening. Very well put.

Extrafishy on January 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I would give Bill Clinton a third term if Obama would step down. Bill Clinton was a populist. ObaMoa is a Marxist.
Since Reagan we have been going down hill. At least Bill and Hillary Clinton loves this country. ObaMoa hates America. Clinton and Republican Congress was better on Economy, than Bush and Democratic Congress. Why didn’t Bush use his veto Pen? I hated Bill Clinton for his demeaning of the presidency, but in retrospect I now see it can be allot worse.

Ed Laskie on January 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Ed Laskie on January 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

In reality, Jimmy Carter got his second term.

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Obama is the only Democrat who could make a Conservative wishful for Clinton (Bill or Hill). Is this all some sort of Clintonian plot to get Conservatives to pull the lever for Hillary?

Holger on January 6, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I didn’t even think the Cairo speech was all that good…

myrenovations on January 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Apparently, neither did the Moslem world.

coldwarrior on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Apparently, neither did the rest of the entire world.

The only one who thought it was a great speech is The Won.

UltimateBob on January 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM

I disagree that the anti-terrorist problems recently were more bureaucratic than political. The attitude from the top down now is if at the working level you take a possible career limiting risk to safeguard our country and it becomes too political, you will be thrown under the bus. Remember the CIA operatives who followed the Bush policies; they were told initially that they would be forgiven by Obama but when the heat became too much, they were told they would be investigated. So who will push the envelop to get the information necessary to connect the dots.

Only the most dedicated will place themselves at risk for the greater good. And when senior management, i.e. the AG and President, will not back you, everyone has a lessons learned moment. I say this from experience in the private sector where I placed public safety above the schedule/bonuses and paid the price. And I knew from other’s experiences that the federal government regulatory agency over us would not act in my defense; management knew that too.

Remember all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

amr on January 6, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Mood Music? Like what? Feelings..nothing more than feelings…” orWhy can’t we be friends,,why can’t we be friends…”

Beaglemom on January 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Obowma: In the key of C “Bush did it”.

The democratic mood music of the decade.

dthorny on January 6, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I didn’t even think the Cairo speech was all that good…

myrenovations on January 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM
Apparently, neither did the Moslem world.

coldwarrior on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 AM
Apparently, neither did the rest of the entire world.

The only one who thought it was a great speech is The Won.

UltimateBob on January 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Oh no, the terrorists thought it was a great speech…….as a sign for them to continue to attack.

dthorny on January 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

IMO, a big part of the problem the Obama administration has been a miserable failure is the way Emanuel and Axlerod have run the political strategy. The Chicago way doesn’t work when it comes to national policy.

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Is the Chicago Way responsible for their failures or success? Obama personifies the Chicago Way – it’s not just his advisors. They’ve successfully kneecapped people into submission (such as when they screwed GM senior bondholders, and called them “terrorists”, while stealing the bondholders assets and handing them over to the U.A.W. on a stolen silver platter).

Moreover, it is worth remembering the the Communist Party USA was founded in Chicago. Their influence of generations of Marxists and their heirs in Chicago on Obama’s thinking (like with the labor movement, Alinsky, David Axelrod, Bill Ayers, Alice Palmer (who allegedly was a Soviet propaganda agent), Mayor Washington, and too many more to mention) is inseparable from Obama’s ideology, tactics, strategy, and agenda.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

oops, sorry about the double parentheses. Should have used brackets at the outside or something.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Is the Chicago Way responsible for their failures or success? Obama personifies the Chicago Way – it’s not just his advisors. They’ve successfully kneecapped people into submission (such as when they screwed GM senior bondholders, and called them “terrorists”, while stealing the bondholders assets and handing them over to the U.A.W. on a stolen silver platter).

Buy Danish on January 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

My contention is that the current administration will end up with pyrrhic victories on parts of their agenda through the usual Chicago machine tactics of intimidation, bribery, and fraud. Ulitmately, however, they will lose because the tactics that work in a city run by mobsters doesn’t work on the national level. The surprise retirements of Senators are just one indicator that the momentum is swinging away from the evil forces that have ruled this nation for the last year.

The shocking part of all this is that it seems as if the Dems and Obama don’t understand the world around them. They are proceeding with seizure of healthcare reform by covert means without full, fair, and honest deliberation. They are still intent on granting full amnesty to all the illegals, it as if they want the whole Democrat Party to implode by the weight of the agenda they are ramming through. Such tactics may work in dictatorships like Zimbabwe or Chicago but they don’t work in America.

My prediction is that 2010 is going to be a cheerless year for the administration and his corrupt party.

highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

“If you asked him what are the most important things he’s

done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three,” Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.”

Channeling McEnroe:

“You can’t be serious!
“You are an incompetent fool, an offense against the world.” …

DSchoen on January 6, 2010 at 2:07 PM

My prediction is that 2010 is going to be a cheerless year for the administration and his corrupt party.
highhopes on January 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I hope and pray that you’re right, but if they pass healthcare, Shamnesty round 2, universal voting, yadda yadda yadda, it won’t matter if they suffer a few temporary defeats in 2010. Once these bureaucracies are in place it’s like tearing down the Berlin Wall to get rid of them.

Moveover, the economy is set to tank again, but its so bad it will be nearly impossible for the Republicans to reverse course in short order. They’ll be ousted out of office and presto, Democrats come back to power – only this time it will be nearly impossible to get rid of them because we’ll have been transformed into from a Representative Republic to a Banana Republic.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM

[transformed from a Representative Republic into a Banana Republic]

Buy Danish on January 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

So he’s our first Elevator Music president?

No, the Muzak president!

“The power of music is undeniable. We’ll help you create a memorable experience with custom music expertly tailored to your brand. Muzak is the leading provider of business music. Shouldn’t we be yours?” from where else?

karl9000 on January 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM