Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

posted at 7:26 pm on January 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

An irresistible soundbite from today’s sitdown with Sawyer. Keep doing what you’re doing, champ. You’re right on track.

He’s right, though, about how stupid the shifting narratives are concerning his Spock-like demeanor. Remember when people were panting during the campaign about The One’s famously unflappable “first-rate temperament”? Fast-forward a year and the lefty punditocracy’s begging him to turn into an angry, screeching anti-bank faux-populist demagogue. And if he does, rest assured that the media will cheer him on for being the liberal pretend-firebrand they’ve always dreamed of. More from Mark McKinnon about how easily led they are and why adding David Plouffe to the team will instantly help Obama even if it doesn’t make a lick of substantive difference:

Washington and the media are obsessed by process and personnel stories. They always confer ridiculously exalted status on consultants, rewarding them with outsize responsibility when they win and disproportionate blame when they lose.

And Washington wants a pound of flesh. The media feeds on conflict. They want an admission from the president that things are not going well. And they always read a personnel change as a white flag. And it doesn’t matter that in this case nobody was thrown under the bus. As Axelrod told ABC News: “I think that the reaction to it has been overblown, but I know that Washington loves the shakeup story. Washington loves the ‘When are we going to throw a body out?’ story. That’s not how we roll.”

But it is how Washington rolls. And at the end of the day, that reaction will help Axelrod and company. Even if Team Obama didn’t do a thing differently because of Plouffe’s presence, the press is going to reset the story. Good things—that would have happened anyway, but would have been otherwise ignored—will now be attributed to and written about as the Plouffe factor.

Bingo. Give them a good narrative arc — slumbering president revives to slay the Wall Street dragon! David Plouffe a deus ex machina to hold off the GOP onslaught! — and they’ll play along. Predictable as ever. Click the image to watch.

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Worried about what kind of Presidency he’s going to have.

That about says it all.

BobMbx on January 25, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Worried about what kind of Presidency he’s going to have.

That about says it all.

BobMbx on January 25, 2010 at 9:19 PM

370 days on the job no less.

thomasaur on January 25, 2010 at 9:23 PM

The world can’t wait three more years. Now that he’s corrected all the mistakes of the past 8 years and set America on the course to recovery I think Obama should resign now and head up the UN while the oceans are still rising. He should take Krugman with him so the economies of the world can receive the benefit of his Nobel brilliance.

Basilsbest on January 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

When are his memoirs of his first year of his glorious presidency going to be published? After all, he has already published two memoirs in his long and glorious career. /sarc

mydh12 on January 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

When are his memoirs of his first year of his glorious presidency going to be published? After all, he has already published two memoirs in his long and glorious career. /sarc

mydh12 on January 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Bill Ayers is ghost writing them now.

He was going to ghost write a book for Obama titled, “Why I Deserve the Nobel Prize”, but he even this famous domestic terrorist came up dry.

Roy Rogers on January 25, 2010 at 9:39 PM

It’s hard to be anything but Spock-like when you’re concentrating on reading those damn Teleprompters.

n0doz on January 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM

I bet he rehearsed those words for seven days straight. Along with his smile, body language, on cue laughter, blah. What a fake. I wish he’d step aside. Biden’s a gaffe-bag, but at least we can trust him.

Step off, obama.

Key West Reader on January 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM

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chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Does anyone here really think that Obama would stick around for a second term if he got everything he wanted in his first? I don’t…

volnation on January 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I do. Really. In the delusional minds of Obama and his spin doctors he’s already a shoe-in for a second term. Geez, haven’t you heard? Gibbs says that in the recent Massachusetts race more people voted to show approval of Obama than voted against his policies. Or some crazy sh!t like that. Yes, he’ll stick around. Count on it.

Gang-of-One on January 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM

chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

You need to secure OmahaConservative’s support.
Your man will be awash in money.

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM

OmahaConservative…
please help me get rid of Mark Kirk. I am desperate.

chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Gibbs says that in the recent Massachusetts race more people voted to show approval of Obama than voted against his policies.

Gibbs:

“No, I really do think all 5 of the girls I asked to the Prom had to go to a Funeral.”

“They only give me wedgies ’cause they like me.”

“They’re teasing, not mocking.”

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Hitler: I’d rather be a really awesome one-thousand year Reich Fuhrer than a mediocre two-thousand year Reich Fuhrer.

MB4 on January 25, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Cracked me up! Good one.

Gang-of-One on January 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM

chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Try this; Omaha did this relentlessly for Scott.

Please send Patrick Hughes $$$$!

Also, find a strong Patrick Hughes story, and email it to Ed and Allah; maybe they’ll make a thread out of it…

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 9:57 PM

He’s full of it, isn’t he?

OldEnglish on January 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Gibbs:

“No, I really do think all 5 of the girls I asked to the Prom had to go to a Funeral.”

“They only give me wedgies ’cause they like me.”

“They’re teasing, not mocking.”

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Comical. What a dweeb. Where did they find this idiot spin doctor?

Gang-of-One on January 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM

The world can’t wait three more years. Now that he’s corrected all the mistakes of the past 8 years and set America on the course to recovery I think Obama should resign now and head up the UN while the oceans are still rising. He should take Krugman with him so the economies of the world can receive the benefit of his Nobel brilliance.

Basilsbest on January 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I suggest that ObaMao and Krugman go to China…and stay there.

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Try this; Omaha did this relentlessly for Scott.

Please send Patrick Hughes $$$$!

Also, find a strong Patrick Hughes story, and email it to Ed and Allah; maybe they’ll make a thread out of it…

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Thanks for the tip. I figure we all would like to rid of Kirk, this is how we can do it. Not trying to be a spammer.

chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM

You Lie !!, you started running for 2012 on Jan 21,2009.

Hummer53 on January 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM

The 0ne—it is in no need of Two, for it is complete in its 0neness. It is whole, it cannot be added to, divided, subtracted, nor multiplied, for it is the essence of The 0ne. Unlike any other number, The 0ne stands alone—like after November 2010—it shall stand alone in its 0neness, for all other Democrats shall fall away, mere mortals in relation to the 0ne.

0ne.

ted c on January 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Please, make it stop. I have nothing left to vomit.

HAnthonyWayne on January 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

If Obama keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll end up like Jimmy Carter and be a really bad one term president.

bflat879 on January 25, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Thanks for the tip. I figure we all would like to rid of Kirk, this is how we can do it. Not trying to be a spammer.

chicagotrauma on January 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Extremism in the pursuit of Liberty is not spam…

-Barry Goldwater (sort of)

massrighty on January 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Whats really maddening,is that every RightWing Blog,
including the flag ship,USS Hot Air,knew of the impend
ing doom awaiting America months leading up to,and in
cluding Obama’s win as President!!

The writing on the wall,of this train wreck,was predicted
before hand,and now people are stunned at the reality of!!

canopfor on January 25, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Right you are; knew it, saw it coming. However, never imagined he was this profoundly narcissistic, and I’ve come across some doozies. He beats them all, hands down. It is oddly fascinating and intriguing.

betsyz on January 25, 2010 at 10:47 PM

How about a compromise: a mediocre one-termer.

Vashta.Nerada on January 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome awful one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

la.rt.wngr on January 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

I feel slimed by his drool

However, never imagined he was this profoundly narcissistic, and I’ve come across some doozies. He beats them all, hands down. It is oddly fascinating and intriguing.

betsyz on January 25, 2010 at 10:47 PM

The sick part of narcissism is it has no limit

What a goal: to be “awesome”?

“Really awesome” goes into the book, next to Obamas statement he ‘actually’ considered joining the military

In the adolescent world, such adverbs represent the doubts the young possess about their own ideas and ideals.

In the adult Obama, it comes across as self promotion

Heck, delusional

entagor on January 25, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Not possible BO, but you’re already assured of being the most worthless, ineffectual, ignorant, lying “president” in U.S. history; so you’re presidency is truly historic!

jgdp on January 25, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Awesome, awful, what’s the difference?

sleeper57 on January 25, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Hitler: I’d rather be a really awesome one-thousand year Reich Fuhrer than a mediocre two-thousand year Reich Fuhrer.

MB4 on January 25, 2010 at 8:14 PM

AWESOME INDEED!

Dhuka on January 25, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

False choice, Obummer: you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell to become either one!!!

You will replace Jimmy Carter as the worst president in the last 200 years.

landlines on January 25, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

If this clown had any class he’d just resign!

Blackhawk45 on January 26, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Zero divided by four is still zero.

onlineanalyst on January 26, 2010 at 12:12 AM

How about just being a half-termer being hauled away in handcuffs?

Wolftech on January 26, 2010 at 12:38 AM

It’s so crowded under the bus.

Obama has done ONE intelligent thing. Joe Biden. Think about it, really hard before you wish Obama to quit. God forbid a rock falls out of the sky and hits the two of them. President Pelosi. So pray for the President, and a Republican congress in 2011.

We are so screwed.

Highplains on January 26, 2010 at 1:29 AM

We are so screwed.

Highplains on January 26, 2010 at 1:29 AM

“screwed”? Not so much. Just one more glorious, magnificent wonderful opportunity. After all it could be a repeat of Carter. …. wait a minute.

It is!! The time machine grants a repeat! Gettem!
It is now ’10 and America is rising, once again to the threat.
“Freedom is not free” and never was. So what’s your problem?

No balls? Your hands can still fit a sign.

No balls? Your use of “we” is inappropriate at best. Try the Obama first person singular.

Patrick Henry beat me to it. My version: I will fight for freedom unto the death.

Oh that other kind. Geeze and I wasn’t even breathing hard. At least make some noise!

Caststeel on January 26, 2010 at 3:54 AM

He may not make it to one term. When he loses both houses, I think he’s going to finish going over the ledge and will need to be impeached.

SouthernGent on January 25, 2010 at 7:38 PM

In other words, Chairman Bao is on the precipice….

Maybe Gibbs or some other WH flunky will do the world a favor and give him a gentle shove.

Sweet_Thang on January 26, 2010 at 6:32 AM

So Barry, how do you feel about being a really awful one term President?

NoFanofLibs on January 26, 2010 at 6:54 AM

He’d better hurry, because in a year he’s going to be a really lame duck president.

darwin-t on January 26, 2010 at 7:43 AM

And that screenshot is exactly why I call him “Giggles.”

crazy_legs on January 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM

I don’t care what kind of a one-term president he is, just as long as he is.

Mr. Grump on January 26, 2010 at 8:10 AM

The loser is ripe for a padded cell.

bluegrass on January 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Serving only one term as US President is not a problem. Leaves more time to be King of the World. The hard part is convincing the major powers to surrender their sovereignty to the UN so that Obama, as Secretary General, can lead them to the glorious global worker’s paradise. Problem: If the flop-eared diety can’t buy off a bunch of corrupt olympic officials to get the games to Chicago, his grander ambition does seem a little far-fetched.

SKYFOX on January 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM

let’s hope that he stays a mediocre one-term president…

NRA Lifer on January 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Pretty much by definition, if you are awesome in your first term, you won’t be a one-termer.

What Barry means by this is that is if he is awesome in his own eyes, he doesn’t care what the rest of the world thinks about him.

In other words, he’s the ultimate narcisist.

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

How about a compromise: a mediocre one-termer.

Vashta.Nerada on January 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM

The man’s bent on the destruction of America as we know it. Everything he has done has been intended to move the country closer to socialism. Do you really think he can change enough to drag his one term up to the point it could be considered by Americans to be ‘Mediocre’?

Oldnuke on January 26, 2010 at 9:26 AM

It would be better if Obummer was no-termer and still a mediocre community organizer in Chicago.

Mangy Scot on January 26, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

Instead, you’ll be a failed one-term president.

mizflame98 on January 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/25/obama-gets-f-stopping-spread-weapons-mass-destruction/

CNN headline? National security falls short.

Mr. President needs to learn that his job requires him to actually WORK.

scalleywag on January 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

The reality is you’ll be neither. Don’t let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out in 2012.

xblade on January 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM

There is a third or fourth possibility as Charles Krauthammer noted, Obama could be a mediocre one term president or he could be a horrific disastrous one term president. I go for choice three though leaning strongly to choice number 4.

eaglewingz08 on January 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Obama: I’d rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer

Similar response to what xblade just posted:

Too bad you’ll be a mediocre one-termer!

Miss_Anthrope on January 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Maybe somebody has already pointed this out, but how can any president be “a really awesome one-term president”? If you were that awesome you’d be a two-term president. Being a one-term president naturally means you sucked. Once again, The One doesn’t make sense.

PCWilliams on January 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Maybe somebody has already pointed this out, but how can any president be “a really awesome one-term president”? If you were that awesome you’d be a two-term president. Being a one-term president naturally means you sucked. Once again, The One doesn’t make sense.

PCWilliams on January 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

On the contrary! I invite you to look up James K. Polk, our 11th president, on Wikipedia… in particular, read the “reputation” section.

Polk was a truly great president, and he served only one term… not because he sucked, but because he accomplished everything he set out to do in just four years, and therefore chose to retire rather than run for a second term.

It’s quite possible to be an awesome one-term president, and America could certainly use another James K. Polk… because Lord knows, Obama isn’t one.

VekTor on January 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM

What the hell kind of hubris bizarro world is this guy living in!

MCGIRV on January 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

What the hell kind of hubris bizarro world is this guy living in?

MCGIRV on January 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

How does one become a good one-termer?
Have you ever known of a good one-term president?
Usually, one-term presidents are bad, and therefore not re-elected!

Just more of Obama not making any sense!!

ToddonCapeCod on January 26, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Krauthammer summed it up. He is going to be a mediocre one term president.

Good-Bye Barrack.

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 26, 2010 at 7:03 PM

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