Dowd: President Present strikes again

posted at 11:45 am on May 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

After Barack Obama finally held an open press conference 309 days after his previous one and more than five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf, I fully expected his defenders in the media to rush back to his side and declare him The Most Caring, Wonderful, and Transparent President Evah.  The White House probably did, too, which is what makes the continued blasts from Chris Matthews and now Maureen Dowd so remarkable.  Unlike Matthews, Dowd spends some of her time defending Obama’s deliberative mien, but concludes in the end that perhaps Bill Clinton should get a gig as “Feeler in Chief,” as the irony of the title completely eludes Dowd:

Obama and top aides who believe in his divinity make a mistake to dismiss complaints of his aloofness as Washington white noise. He treats the press as a nuisance rather than examining his own inability to encapsulate Americans’ feelings.

“The media may get tired of the story, but we will not,” he told Gulf Coast residents when he visited on Friday. Actually, if it weren’t for the media, the president would probably never have woken up from his torpor and flown down there.

Instead of getting Bill Clinton to offer Joe Sestak a job, Obama should be offering Clinton one. Bill would certainly know how to gush at a gusher gone haywire. Let him resume a cameo role as Feeler in Chief. The post is open.

And it comes with a White House office, an intern, and a fully-stocked humidor!  But I digress.

This isn’t the first time Dowd has exploded at Obama’s lack of engagement and effort.  In the wake of the EunuchBomber’s attempt to blow up a Northwest flight on Christmas Day, she ripped Obama’s dispassionate reaction and the administration’s obvious lack of urgency in dealing with terrorism.  Dowd highlighted Obama’s dedication to the golf links as opposed to his dedication to the job, granting him that most cutting of liberal accolades: “Heck of a job, Barry.”

In fact, Dowd channels her inner right-wing fury in this attack:

He’s spending the holiday weekend in Chicago when he should be commemorating Memorial Day here with the families of troops killed in battle and with veterans at Arlington Cemetery.

That’s a little unfair, for reasons I mentioned in this post.  Obama will commemorate Memorial Day at a national cemetery in the Chicago area, and other Presidents have done less without attracting criticism for it.  On the other hand, those Presidents haven’t developed a consensus about their lack of depth for the position as Obama has, especially in the last few weeks:

Republican senators who had a contentious lunch with the president last week described him as whiny, thin-skinned and in over his head, and there was extreme Democratic angst at the White House’s dilatory and deferential attitude on the spill.

So if he’s whiny and thin-skinned, Obama’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t feel anything.  It’s that he only feels when the issue relates directly to Obama.  We can cancel the humidor and the cigars, in other words, and actually give Obama a title that once belonged to Clinton: The Big Me.

Addendum: As I continue to think about the unintentional hilarity of suggesting Clinton for “Feeler in Chief,” the worse it looks.  How did Dowd’s column ever make it past a New York Times editor?


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Whatever happened to personal responsibility? The oil spill is BP’s fault.

YYZ on May 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

I thought that the government agency in charge of oversight had something to do with this? You know, MMMM, The Bureau of Mine, Minerals, and Mis-Management.

donh525 on May 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

I do believe we will look back years from now and see that this was the week Barack Obama finally got knocked off his pedestal, and America was saved.

rockmom on May 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste

William Amos on May 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Feeler In Chief my eye. That won’t solve anything. What is required is a competent leader who can engage with crisis and make difficult decisions.

Kenosha Kid on May 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The Big Me

The Big Omnipresent Me

Addendum: As I continue to think about the unintentional hilarity of suggesting Clinton for “Feeler in Chief,” the worse it looks. How did Dowd’s column ever make it past a New York Times editor?

How? The NYTs, Dowd included, continue to “feel” Obama’s gummy snake, and it’s disappointing, of late. They yearn for the old times of the empathetic (pretender) Bill Clinton, the one who actually could fool the sheeple.

This lifeless, self-centered, Obama is more than a let down for the NYTs and theirs.

Irony is indignant, as proof that Dowd is thinking via her panty hose.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

And it comes with a White House office, an intern, and a fully-stocked humidor! But I digress.

Since you feel the need to digress,
How about a mention of that famous blue dress?

After I typed it I knew it was lame –
But still I’m posting it just the same.

hillbillyjim on May 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

What does the Clenis have to lose by taking the heat for this?

Nothing. My god, the man admitted to sexual perversions with an intern, comitting perjury, was impeached but not convicted, and he still has political power, 9 years after leaving office.

I say again, how does Clenis lose here?

BobMbx on May 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

If Clinton gets the “Feeler in Chief” job, Comrade Zero should make it very clear that the appointment is only on the condition that Bubba plugs the damn hole.

Cicero43 on May 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I read all the snark, this one is the thread winner!!

karenhasfreedom on May 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

What is Plan C, besides going on the attack against critics of Barry’s failure to PTDH?

The sheen surrounding Slick Barry Oilbama is gone, gone, gone.

Christien on May 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I fully expected his defenders in the media to rush back to his side and declare him The Most Caring, Wonderful, and Transparent President Evah.

Come on Ed – you serious? You know full well, the only thing more important to PMSMers than HopenChange is their self importance as the pre-eminent guardians of relative truth as the eyes and ears of the proletariat. That and their ratings.

Barry b!^ch slapped his MSM whore – now there’s hell to pay.

Kharma’s a b!^ch, eh Barry?

swede7 on May 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Make a note of this apathy for today and reflect back upon it when this tragedy becomes the very essence of this administration to go solar.

ericdijon on May 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Instead of getting Bill Clinton to offer Joe Sestak a job, Obama should be offering Clinton one. Bill would certainly know how to gush at a gusher gone haywire. Let him resume a cameo role as Feeler in Chief. The post is open.

The GROPE-A-DOPE strategy?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Leave “The Royal Family” alone!

I read a lot of historical fiction about kings and queens, etc. and I have come to realize that the Obamas are the closest we have come to an actual royal family. They seem to hover above the fray carrying out there royal family duties while the peasants clamor for attention. Dispassionate rulers appearing to be compassionate. That’s what royalty is all about.

Mr_Magoo on May 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Clinton: The Big Me.

Obama: The Big Meathead.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 30, 2010 at 3:29 PM

I read a lot of historical fiction about kings and queens, etc. and I have come to realize that the Obamas are the closest we have come to an actual royal family. They seem to hover above the fray carrying out their royal family duties while the peasants clamor for attention.

Mr_Magoo on May 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Queen Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake.”

King Barack Obama: “Let them drink crude.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

When you think about the Obama lemmings they are quite ready to blame anyone but him so for Obama to fail matters not.
He wins politically with the likes of YYZ , CRR, and others.

CWforFreedom on May 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Just staring at the front page and wondering…are Dowd, Noonan, and abandoned passenger Ginger McGuire long lost sisters?

ElectricPhase on May 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM

At last Obama is keeping a promise! I agree with Maureen Dowd. At last Obama is proving to be “a Uniter, not a Divider”
I agree with Maureen Dowd?… Its been sullied, I may never touch this keyboard again.

Gwillie on May 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Still nothing from Mittens? I guess like “The Won,” Mittens is enjoying the long holiday weekend. I can assure you Mittens isn’t playing basketball; that gets you all sweaty and can mess up your hair.

The ‘Cuda? She’s up in Alaska reloading, but in a week or two she’ll be down in the “lower 48″ continuing her relentless attack on Obama.

bw222 on May 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste

William Amos on May 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Never let waste become a crisis.

PackerBronco on May 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Anyone watch Obama butt-kisser and supreme elitist Joe Klein on Matthews Sunday show on MSNBC?

He actually said the Gulf oil spill is Katrina II, blaming Bush and Cheney – who introduced legislation that allowed this catastrophe to happen.

So to review, according to Klein, a Cat5 hurricane was Bush’s fault and an unprecedented oil platform explosion was also Bush’s fault.

He’s so sthmart.

fogw on May 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Obama is so ‘disengaged’ that he can’t even fake that he GAS!

bmac727 on May 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

BP’s engineers failed.

And Obama’s Administration failed.

Let’s have some real engineers and executives take hold of this mess.

Or would that be too pragmatic for the Vacationer-In-Chief?

profitsbeard on May 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste

William Amos on May 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Never let waste become a crisis.

PackerBronco on May 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Better: Never let a waste go to crisis.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

If Clinton gets the “Feeler in Chief” job, Comrade Zero should make it very clear that the appointment is only on the condition that Bubba plugs the damn hole.

Cicero43 on May 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

He’s gonna need a bigger humidor. That’s a pretty big pipe to fill, but I’m sure Slickster is up to the task, all he needs is some deep diving gear, and a truck load of Cuba’s finest.

M-14 2go on May 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

He treats the press as a nuisance

Now they can feel just like the voters.

I wonder if at some point, it will finally dawn on our obtuse Dear Leader that competence actually implies doing something effective …

Cicero43 on May 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

So competence does matter – Sarah Palin was/is right!

IrishEyes on May 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM

No, No. Dowd isn’t suggesting Bubba be named “Feel her up in Chief… just “Feeler in Chief”. Still a little on the creepy side but, well, that’s par for the course.

rjd27 on May 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

All the Americans here are very excited and I’m excited for you too – But ButterflyDragon has it pretty right..

Temporary blip as Dems short circuit watching all that oil pour into the environment, come a few weeks they’ll be singing Obama’s praises till they are hoarse. And come election time for you all, congressional or presidential the noise of praise will be deafening to the point of stirring insanity.

saus on May 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM

What does the Clenis have to lose by taking the heat for this?

Nothing. My god, the man admitted to sexual perversions with an intern, comitting perjury, was impeached but not convicted, and he still has political power, 9 years after leaving office.

I say again, how does Clenis lose here?

BobMbx on May 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Wrong question. The correct question is: What do the Clintons have to gain by Bill doing this? My bet is a clear shot in 2012.

meci on May 30, 2010 at 5:54 PM

But, but he must care. He’s enraged!

Dhuka on May 30, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I am constantly squicked by the way the Press tells Obama what he should be doing … as if he gives a rat’s ass what their opinion is. They seem to believe he factors in what they say because he owes them? they are like the first wife who put her husband through medical school as a waitress. She’s so yesterday. He’s moved on to the real power. If they keep trying to remind him that he owes them, he will shut them up and shut them down. They have no idea what they are playing with in Obama.

Part of me wants to see how this ends and part of me is sad. If they had not unleashed this evil on us I would feel sorry for them. They thought they could control him. Clearly they cannot.

BrideOfRove on May 30, 2010 at 6:14 PM

an intern, and a fully-stocked humidor! But I digress repeat myself.

Fixed it for you.

Ah, 1998 memories…

sulla on May 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Watching Obama, I long for the passion of Michael Dukakis.

sulla on May 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Why doesn’t Obama show any passion or engage? Because people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) have no empathy with anyone else’s life or problems. Why doesn’t Obama have more press conferences and why is he so thin skinned? Because people with NPD can’t bear to be criticized. Actually, Obama is a textbook case of someone with NPD and as such, is extremely dangerous.

NNtrancer on May 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Modo has obviously worn out her kneepads and Duh Won doesn’t care. Po ho.

platypus on May 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I’ll bet Michael Douglas wakes up each day turns over, stares lovingly at his wife for a moment or two, and then quietly, reverently, prays, “THANK YOU GOD!!!!! Amen.”

ncjetsfan on May 30, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? The oil spill is BP’s fault.

YYZ on May 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Whatever happened to the worldview (Obama’s) that the federal government is better entrusted to take care of things?

anuts on May 30, 2010 at 7:09 PM

he only feels when the issue relates directly to Obama

Exactly, he is a sociopath without a cleaver.

burt on May 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM

As I continue to think about the unintentional hilarity of suggesting Clinton for “Feeler in Chief,” the worse it looks. How did Dowd’s column ever make it past a New York Times editor?

That’s a rhetorical question, right?

Dodd on May 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

When Noonan, Dowd, Carville and Chris “Tingle” Matthews start ripping in, MR. President your time is up. So you better be a great one term Precedent.

antisocial on May 31, 2010 at 12:22 AM

What’s next for MoDo, listening to Rush?

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Dowd, and some of the liberal press will get one on one interviews, and all will be forgiven.

capejasmine on May 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM

she has the obligatory swipe at GWB, but it is a shocking (for MoDo) swipe at BHO (PBUH)

Willie on May 31, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Yep, hilarious ending: Dowd definitely blew it. Maybe “Feeling Czar?”

EconomicNeocon on May 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I don’t think this present administration can be saved it can only be endured. This is what happens when the cult of personality takes the GREATEST NATION on EARTH Off Course.

Dr Evil on May 31, 2010 at 3:10 PM

The press is finally picking up the real story.

Louisiana officials have been asking for several things to be approved for use from sand booms to stay off boats. In all cases, they were told, not a good idea without better ones themselves. And now, all the ideas are being used.

Jindal requested 80 miles of sand booms be built at BP’s expense. BP said OK. The EPA wanted an environmental impact study and now Obama has approved 20 miles with BP paying for 4 miles. They are having a meeting at 1pm to think it over AGAIN, but weeks after it could have been approved.

barnone on June 1, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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