CNBC: Obama’s a bully

posted at 10:55 am on April 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe Barack Obama just hasn’t adjusted yet to life as an executive, as compared to that of a campaigner.  After fifteen months, though, CNBC’s Media & Technology Editor has tired of giving Obama the benefit of the doubt.  In a lengthy essay from two days ago, Dennis Kneale calls Obama a “bully” and compares him to Richard Nixon for communication skills:

Obama’s latest broadside came over the weekend, when he vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor for passing a tough new law on illegal immigration.

The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.

Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?

Kneale doesn’t support Arizona’s new immigration-enforcement law; in fact, he says he “hates it.” However, that kind of a response from a President hardly helps, and it ignores the Presidents’ role in a federal republic:

This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.

Nor is it the first time that we’ve seen “Bam the Bully,” as Kneale calls Obama. His excoriation of the Supreme Court during the State of the Union speech shocked those at its breach of decorum, although Obama’s defenders predictably blamed Samuel Alito for having the temerity to indulge a normal human reaction to it. Obama has all but demanded that Wall Street firms shut up while Congress debates financial regulation reform, despite Congress’ ineptitude at it over the past twelve years and the collapse they caused with their blundering interventions. Obama also demanded that Republicans shut up last year, a line that Obama dropped shortly afterward.

One group gets to keep talking, though, as Kneale observes:

Similarly, President Obama maligns Wall Street for trying to have a say in financial reform and lobbying for its interests, though this input is a vital ingredient in any democratic process. Yet Obama doesn’t criticize giant unions like the AFL-CIO and the SEIU when they similarly lobby on fin-reg.

Why? Because the unions agree with him. Even though Wall Street has a far more legitimate claim to get involved in this debate than do the unions, which represent only 7% of the private work force and essentially should have no dog in this fight at all.

It’s not just because they agree with Obama.  It’s because they fund the Democratic Party.  Money talks, even especially in the Obama administration.  That’s why the White House welcomes union input on financial regulation and disdains that of Wall Street, and why the bankrupt unions have a seat on the new federal deficit commission with retiring SEIU chief Andy Stern — who will leave his union swimming in red ink.

Obama offers a bully pulpit, indeed … in the most literal sense possible, and one deployed on behalf of his closest contributors.


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LOL Rush…

“I can see why Obama hates the idea of requiring you to present your papers… he’s afraid someone might ask him to produce his.”

Daggett on April 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

The real story is the literal race-baiting going on between Janice Hahn in Los Angeles and Gavin Newsom in San Francisco, running against each other for Lieutenant Governor, ramping up the boycot rheteric in an effort to show their base who’s the best offended Democrat for the job.

Transparent and laughable. Let’s declare war on neighboring states based on a law that probably neither one has read, but they’re outraged based on their projections of how they think Arizona should run their state.

wordsmithy2009 on April 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Someone should photoshop Obama’s head on the Red Queen’s body, he’s getting more and more absurd with every passing day.

DrAllecon on April 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Here you go (courtesy of the [heh] “I Own the World” blog).

inviolet on April 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Here you go (courtesy of the [heh] “I Own the World” blog).

inviolet on April 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Should have said: credit to Seapea via Hillbuzz

inviolet on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Chicago pampered Punk-In Chief.

Not used to anyone questioning him about anything.

Everything is a campaign move for him.

EVERYTHING.

It’s all he knows how to do.

Pander to those who hate and resent this exceptional land.

So they can dismantle it together.

The O-Plan:

Seize power, silence critics, and balkanize AmeriKKKa.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

You cant call the Fauxbell Piss Pride Weiner a bully! That’s wacist (cuz his skin is sort of black, and stuff).

Western_Civ on April 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

I’m a Texan who will be traveling to California in May. We were going to visit San Francisco but in light of the boycott of Arizona by San Francisco we will not be doing that but instead we will spend our time and money in Arizona!!! We travel a lot and often and if any other city or state tries to boycott Arizona we will add them to our list of places not to visit.

It is a two way street you know. Obviously San Francisco doesn’t get that!!!

vulcannomad on April 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

It’s the “Chicago way”.

GarandFan on April 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Obamao is getting all wee weed up! Thug style!

MCGIRV on April 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Our American Jesus will not take this blasphemy lightly.

CNBC meet Rahm Emmanuel and his steak knife from dinner!!

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I’m a Texan who will be traveling to California in May. We were going to visit San Francisco but in light of the boycott of Arizona by San Francisco we will not be doing that but instead we will spend our time and money in Arizona!!! We travel a lot and often and if any other city or state tries to boycott Arizona we will add them to our list of places not to visit.

It is a two way street you know. Obviously San Francisco doesn’t get that!!!

vulcannomad on April 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

–Are you boycotting the Catholic Church as well? Because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly opposees the law.

Jimbo3 on April 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Vulcannomad……. Call the San Fransisco Chamber of Commerce and let them know.

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I’m a Texan who will be traveling to California in May. We were going to visit San Francisco but in light of the boycott of Arizona by San Francisco we will not be doing that but instead we will spend our time and money in Arizona!!! We travel a lot and often and if any other city or state tries to boycott Arizona we will add them to our list of places not to visit.

It is a two way street you know. Obviously San Francisco doesn’t get that!!!

vulcannomad on April 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I think SF is actually a bit tough for people who are tourists.

It’s “charm” is hard to find.

Now, I can tell you, that should you change your mind, DO take a tour of Chinatown that’s offered on-line, with a final meal. The meal isn’t that great. Typical stuff, mixed in with some interesting stuff.

But the tour?

It’s sublime.

Truly worth every penny.

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

What a pansy country of so called males we have become. Who would allow themselves to be pushed around by this little pimp? Who would cower in this skinny little pimp’s presence?

US of betamale A?

LtE126 on April 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

The real story is the literal race-baiting going on between Janice Hahn in Los Angeles and Gavin Newsom in San Francisco, running against each other for Lieutenant Governor, ramping up the boycot rheteric in an effort to show their base who’s the best offended Democrat for the job.

Transparent and laughable. Let’s declare war on neighboring states based on a law that probably neither one has read, but they’re outraged based on their projections of how they think Arizona should run their state.

wordsmithy2009 on April 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Interesting. I think this AZ issue is going to backfire in a big way on Dems.

The Western states have huge issues regarding this issue, the biggest one being the influx of the Mexican Mafia.

This is not a small matter.

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I’m a Texan who will be traveling to California in May. We were going to visit San Francisco but in light of the boycott of Arizona by San Francisco we will not be doing

that but instead we will spend our time and money in Arizona!!! We travel a lot and often and if any other city or state tries to boycott Arizona we will add them to our list of places not to visit.

It is a two way street you know. Obviously San Francisco doesn’t get that!!!

vulcannomad on April 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Yep. Just called my travel agent. Looks like the beach rental is out this summer. My family is going to the Grand Canyon. Won’t spend a dime anywhere but in Arizona.

sdd on April 28, 2010 at 1:23 PM

What a pansy country of so called males we have become. Who would allow themselves to be pushed around by this little pimp? Who would cower in this skinny little pimp’s presence?

US of betamale A?

LtE126 on April 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

*blink*

Men aren’t suppose to go out and shoot people or act in other stupid ways.

That’s not what men are about.

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

He’s more than a bully–he’s a perpetually bossy know-it-all unacknowleged failure. He’s always sticking his nose where it has no place like the Cambridge cop thing. Then when he’s shown for the incompetent he truly is–he treats it as if it’s us making a mountain out of his mole hill. Funny how Constitutionality doesn’t seem to bother him with the health care bill. So—typical Obama, instead of doing something about the root cause of this thing–failure on the part of the Feds–he decides to go after the voters of Arizona. Spends his time ranting about racial profiling and lifts not a finger to solve the real problem, just make it worse. Surely, sooner or later, even the Hill must see the necessity to remove him from office???

jeanie on April 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM

San Francisco is too expensive anyway. If you must travel there, get a second mortgage before you go in order to afford the place.

jeanie on April 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

“I was no major fan of Nixon, but he was a brilliant man and did get some good work done as president.
William2006 on April 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM”

Yep. Went into Cambodia, mined Haiphong, ‘Linebacker’ & ‘Linebacker II’.

Linebacker II is what we should have done after 9/11, other than go nuclear. Pick a target. Then carpet bomb said target using B-52s. A literal rain of bombs. Targets: Iraq and Afghanitan. Bomb them until no one is left alive. Then move next door and bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb, bomb Iran. (The only thing I like about McCain)

JimP on April 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

.

..and it ignores the Presidents’ role in a federal republic.

See Redneck, you can teach an old dog new tricks (AZ_RN knows what I’m talking about)

AZ_Redneck on April 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM

+1

Of course if AZ = Arizona, you probably have bigger fish to fry these days.

pain train on April 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

They finally notice what a thin-skinned, arrogant bully this guy is?

lonestar1 on April 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor

called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American.

wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?

ignores the Presidents’ role in a federal republic

hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst

excoriation of the Supreme Court during the State of the Union speech

demanded that Wall Street firms shut up

demanded that Republicans shut up

doesn’t criticize giant unions like the AFL-CIO and the SEIU when they similarly lobby

Money talks, even especially in the Obama administration

unions have a seat on the new federal deficit commission with retiring SEIU chief Andy Stern

offers a bully pulpit

If you put all that on a canvas it’s one ugly portrait.

scalleywag on April 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Men aren’t suppose to go out and shoot people or act in other stupid ways.

That’s not what men are about.

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

How did you get from “don’t let yourself be pushed around” to “go out and shoot people?”

Seriously, how did you get there? Are you just so consumed with prejudice that you just make up false statements and attribute them to people at random?

I know it’s probably a waste of time asking, but somebody has to before you get so agitated by things that didn’t happen that you jump out of a window or something.

Merovign on April 28, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Obama and his entire regime are nothing but parasites and are trying to enable any and all parasites they can motivate to pander a vote from.
These scum bags are not citizens; they are insurgents, intent on ultimate takeover of the U.S. Government for their own enrichment and power.

Cybergeezer on April 28, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Ugh. This law is not “like Nazi Germany.” Will people stop making that argument. This law isn’t even as bad as when Roosevelt made all the Japanese and Italians register and carry “enemy alien” ID cards.

Heywood U. Reedmore on April 28, 2010 at 3:10 PM

–Are you boycotting the Catholic Church as well? Because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly opposees the law.

Jimbo3 on April 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

“Uninformed Bigotry Specialist Jimbo3 misreporting for duty – again.” Salutes sloppily.

Now, Let me hip you to something JimBug – again.

A. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) does NOT speak for the Roman Catholic Church, which numbers over one billion faithful, worldwide. The Holy Father speaks for all Catholics in all matters of faith, morals and binding doctrine. Period.

So, B., your statement that the Catholic Church should be “boycotted” (that limp and gratuitous little assertion means nothing to a practicing Catholic) because of one Bishop’s opinion, that of USCCB Migration Committee chairman John C. Wester, is ridiculous in your transparent and childish attempt to get some of that good ole anti-Catholic craziness out of your head and onto this blog.

Just so you know, the statement made by Bishop Wester, and the statements made by other U.S. Bishops who may disagree with the Arizona law carry no authority whatsoever to bind any Catholic anywhere to agree with or act upon it. And any Catholic anywhere can support or disagree with their Bishop accordingly. And there are many hundreds of Bishops in the USA, who also are not bound to agree with Bishop Wester, and who may or may not speak out on the law, as they see fit.

And so endeth your lame attempts to attack the Church. You need to go back to telling everyone how if your daughter were pregnant you would make sure she killed the baby.

And, you should be the one boycotted. You do nothing but fill threads with misinformation and lies while attempting to appear as if you have even a modicum of intelligence or comprehension, spinning out your thread hijacks in a nauseous web of dishonesty and boredom. Which is an effort in vain, at least to me, because after one or two posts, you are as obvious a time waster as ever there was.

tigerlily on April 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

*blink*

Men aren’t suppose to go out and shoot people or act in other stupid ways.

That’s not what men are about.

AnninCA on April 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Any chance you got a glimpse of the shark when you jumped over it?

Yoop on April 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM

tigerlily on April 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

STAN-N-N-N-DING OVATION! BRAVO! WELL DONE!

Yoop on April 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM

CNBC: Obama’s a bully

Maybe Barack Obama just hasn’t adjusted yet to life as an executive, as compared to that of a campaigner.

Obama has not, and cannot, advance his behavior and understanding of affairs beyond rabble rousing and grievance mongering so beloved by “community organizers.”

Furthermore, he has violated his oath of office by failing to secure the borders of this country, and by his remarks of the past few days regarding the situation in Arizona, he has no intention of ever doing so.

ya2daup on April 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Obama can only get his way be bullying, and the only question is just how far will Americans tolerate his authoritarian supremacist violence against citizens, states and regions, businesses and the nation as a whole. Do recall, Obama with his media fabricated his own religious experience, namely 20 years with the “Rev.” Wright, as moderate while projecting Sarah Palin’s Christianity as radical and dangerous. That rhetoric has never let up, either.

maverick muse on April 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

tigerlily on April 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

that’s weapons grade smackdown there….whew

*note to self*
Never piss off tigerlily…

noted

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Obama and his entire regime are nothing but parasites and are trying to enable any and all parasites they can motivate to pander a vote from.
These scum bags are not citizens; they are insurgents, intent on ultimate takeover of the U.S. Government for their own enrichment and power.

Cybergeezer

When someone made the distinction to call Obama a corporatist instead of a socialist, I saw two comments elsewhere worth mentioning here.

What is the term for corporate ownership of government? –Nate.

I believe it would have been better to follow Mises’ definition of socialism with its two sub-classes:
1) communism or bolshevism and
2) corporatism or fascism.
It would have been great to see the word “fascism”, the synonym of corporatism as well in this diagnosis. It is funny, before Obama got into the executive branch he was a communist and in the communist vocabulary, the word “fascist” is usually reserved only for the bogeyman. Now he is their own bogeyman.
–Andras.

maverick muse on April 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Obama is nothing more than a point man for the likes of Ayers and all of the others despicables surrounding him. They got him elected so they could further their agenda through him. The great intelligent one. I heard him speaking the other day and lost count of all of the “ums” between his sentence fragments. He’s nothing but a shill. All you have to do is sit and watch and it would be obvious
how inept he really is. Think about it. Where did he come from and who got him where he is? And for the bully part, the racism card comes out after every criticism and it’s getting worse. Wild and unsubstantiated claims and fantasies are rampant these days. Matthews got a “thrill” and I get a chill – of fear for our country.

LarryG on April 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Ed says “It’s [union involvement in financial reform] because they fund the Democratic Party. Money talks, even especially in the Obama administration.” The Wall Street financiers would be interested in knowing how you arrived at the erroneous conclusion that they are on the outside looking in. Quite the contrary. Opensecrets.com is the go-to site for all things “money in politics.” The top 10 contributors to the Obama campaign in 2008 were, of course, composed of the usual suspects – unions, lawyers, and the higher education elite. However, 3 of the top 10 most generous contributors were Goldman Sachs (#2), Citibank, and JP Morgan. No, the Wall Street financiers have the ear (and maybe other parts of the anatomy) of Obama administration officials. This is precisely why most of the independent financial and investment opinion sites are nearly unanimous that the “financial reform” legislation is in fact nothing of the sort. It is a smokescreen lit by the Dems and their financial industry contributors to cement further the “too big to fail” relationship between politics and finance. Michael Pento, Chief Economist at Delta Global Advisors has this observation: “Once the [Dodd financial reform] bill becomes law the government will be allowed to deem any firm a systemic risk and subsequently tax, regulate, breakup or shutdown the entity.” Or not, if the campaign support flows in the right direction.

boqueronman on April 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I love the angry libTARD comments at the cnbc article. I’m convinced that if the sun shined on the libTARDS 24-7 365 days a year, they would do nothing but pi*s and moan about the sunburn.Christ those people are repulsive.

makaput on April 28, 2010 at 6:21 PM

“I’d hate to see some perfectly good knees get broken down there in Arizona,” -Obooba.

Akzed on April 29, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Chicago pampered Punk-In Chief.

Not used to anyone questioning him about anything.

Everything is a campaign move for him.

EVERYTHING.

It’s all he knows how to do.

Pander to those who hate and resent this exceptional land.

So they can dismantle it together.

The O-Plan:

Seize power, silence critics, and balkanize AmeriKKKa.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Nothing anyone can add to this astute and correct comment. profitsbeard for Senate!

jarhead0311 on April 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM