Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on September 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

“In a plea for unity, candidate Obama said lack of empathy was ‘the essential deficit that exists in this country.’ He defined it as ‘an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.’

“Yet, as president, Obama has demonstrated an almost pathological incapacity to connect with American’s fear and despair over the future Whether it was the Gulf oil spill or a woman’s heartbreaking pleading at a recent town hall meeting, Obama’s much ballyhooed coolness seems more icy than reassuring.

“Nobody is asking Obama to have a meltdown. That would hardly be presidential. What Americans need is, yes, for Obama to feel their pain

“Some Obama backers will cry that it’s not Obama’s job to be Empathizer-in-Chief. This could not be more misguided. In fact, one of the most important roles of a president is an ability to lead the electorate through tough times. If he can’t do that, then he will lose power and the ability to enact policies.”

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“That observation has gained wide acceptance in Washington. Mr. Obama may have played like a rock star in the campaign arenas of 2008, according to this view, but he displays a Spock-like emotional aridity in more intimate settings. In reality, however, a look back at previous midterm elections, especially during economic weakness, suggests that dollars and cents matter far more than hugs or lip-biting

“Despite President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s celebrated World War II record, voters didn’t ‘like Ike’ enough to keep his fellow Republicans from losing 48 House seats amid the 1958 recession. For all his talents, Mr. Clinton watched his party lose control of both the House and Senate in the 1994 midterm election, in which economic weakness was one of many factors. ‘We have a controlled experiment,’ observed Stan Greenberg, one of Mr. Clinton’s pollsters, downplaying the significance of Mr. Obama’s empathic skills. ‘Clearly Bill Clinton had the ability to connect emotionally. He got slaughtered in 1994.’”

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“Democrats are going through some serious soul-searching. They won their majorities and the White House thanks to Bush and an unpopular war, but without Bush as a foil, maybe they would still be wandering in the political wilderness. There’s a loss of confidence. If Obama has lost his touch, so have they. Can they win elections and gain ground without Bush on the scene? Obama was a prodigy in ’08, mastering the Internet to connect with people and inspiring millions of new voters with his intellect and his personal narrative. But then he came to Washington and joined the government and became legislator in chief.

“The problem is that governing successfully is not about legislation, it’s about culture and vision, keeping that connection with the people and giving them reason to believe in the course you’ve set, whether or not it gets 60 votes in the Senate. Republicans are advancing the notion that Obama will stand down for reelection—why else would he continue to press ahead with political losers like cap-and-trade and immigration that they can so easily caricature as bad for the country? Their theory is that as a card-carrying member of the intellectual elite, Obama is more comfortable in a university library than battling a conservative backlash…

“Campaign operatives who sided with Obama against Hillary Clinton, often at some personal cost, aren’t regretting the choice they made, but some wonder whether the magic can be recaptured. I got an earful this week when I made some calls. ‘The Obama we fell in love with on the campaign trail is gone,’ lamented one activist. ‘I don’t know where that Obama is.’


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ASU fired up against the Ducks.

John the Libertarian on September 25, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Not to mention that it was yet another unwarranted backhanded swipe at GWB who as a matter of fact does empathize and understand what Americans and indeed people are about.

KittyLowrey on September 25, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Obama thinks that being “his brother’s keeper” is caring, when it is not. Keeping people in dependence is not kindness. It is cruelty.

Caiwyn on September 25, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Again, very well said. I couldn’t agree more.

This cruelty is reflected daily in the never-ending mean-spiritedness with which the Dems and MSM slander conservatives. It does get tiresome! All the more reason to keep up the fight.

Hang tough!

Gang-of-One on September 25, 2010 at 11:51 PM

ASU fired up against the Ducks.

John the Libertarian on September 25, 2010 at 11:45 PM

yeah, it’s a good game! i’ve got it on too.

ted c on September 25, 2010 at 11:55 PM

What’s this about Obama’s brother? He doesn’t keep his real brother very well now does he?

Mojave Mark on September 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM

What’s this about Obama’s brother? He doesn’t keep his real brother very well now does he?

Mojave Mark on September 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM

that’s your job, Mark…./

ted c on September 26, 2010 at 12:09 AM

As far as empathy, can anyone imagine Obama giving the Reagan speech after the Challenger blew up, or what he said on the cliffs of Normandy at the 40th anniversary of DDay? When someone loves this country, you feel it, as if it’s oozing out of their pores. But not this Narcissist in Chief.

TxAnn56 on September 26, 2010 at 12:09 AM

I wondered who wrote this swill. Then I looked it up: Kirsten Powers. Of course. This woman has the political maturity of a 12-year-old girl. The answer for Obama is “to feel our pain”? And that would do what? Suddenly signal a transformation from corrupt, thuggish, crypto-socialist flim-flam artist to a JFK democrat? Obama is finished, babe. He can try to convince us he feels our pain until the cows come home, but he aint changin’.

I love the way pundits always talk of how a party or a politician out of favor has “lost its touch,” as if politics is or should be this profound sorcery of affect and style. They can’t ever choke out the fact that the real reasons for the failure are that the policies are crap and the politician are irremediably corrupt sh*ts. But then would entail illusion-shattering and personally embarrassing admissions of ridiculous gullibility. It would require maturity.

rrpjr on September 26, 2010 at 12:10 AM

sarah palin tweeted this vid a bit back. mommy patriots.

check it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKbdVMGpQ2c

ted c on September 26, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Christine O’Donnell is now officially a national joke on SNL.

Way to pick a winner.

WisCon on September 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM

SNL, the source to follow if you don’t possess a brain you can call your very own.

Jeckle on September 26, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Thanks, MFM. This is the reality of Obama’s “brother’s keeper bs and a microcosm of Zero’s 13th Illinois District. You must watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW12_OscRZg&feature=related
The failed “community organizer” was but a creation of the Ministry of Truth.

MayorDaley on September 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM

They all have it wrong…empathy this or that. They all believe in do-gooderism and are disappointed that his Utopian exponential destruction is ending soon.. It’s not the same with empathy.

The reality is that America has figured out that he is a liar, a charlatan. He can use the biggest megaphone now and no one who matters hears a thing. All people hear is lalalyadayadala I am the president lalallalalayadayady.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2010 at 12:36 AM

The healer turned out to be a heel.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Obama thinks that being “his brother’s keeper” is caring

except when it’s Obama’s own money for his brother living in a shack in Africa or his illegal alien aunt living on the dole.

RJL on September 26, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Mr. President, I am not my brother’s keeper.

No one is my keeper. Not you, not my “brother” nor anyone else. I alone am responsible for myself and I like it that way.

Caiwyn on September 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Now, if we can convince the other party to support personal independence, we would have something.

AshleyTKing on September 26, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Christine O’Donnell is now officially a national joke on SNL.

Way to pick a winner.

WisCon on September 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Because their treatment of Palin was so fair.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2010 at 1:18 AM

“In a plea for unity, candidate Obama said lack of empathy was ‘the essential deficit that exists in this country.’ He defined it as ‘an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper

Oh my–that’s a lovely sentiment. It didn’t work for Jesus and it’s not going to work for Obama. It’s never worked anywhere in any country. And while Obama gives it lip service his own actions speak differerently and very loudly. There’s that other platitude: the one that says practice what you preach.

jeanie on September 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

It “didn’t work” for Jesus, either, as He never said it. The “brother’s keeper” quote comes from Cain, as in Cain and Abel, in the Old Testament:

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

But then Democrats aren’t exactly known for getting Biblical quotes correct.

theotherone on September 26, 2010 at 1:20 AM

Obama never gives a passionate speech for the troops, the unemployed, Iranian protesters, oil spill victims, etc.
He only shows emotion when he is lecturing Americans about our perceived stupidity and racism or when he bows to foreign dictators.

HellCat on September 26, 2010 at 1:23 AM

Oh yes, we are all just so concerned about what the New York liberals on SNL think of us….

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Oh yes, we are all just so concerned about what the New York liberals on SNL think of us….

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Well actually many ‘moderates’ are more concerned about that than anything of substance.

sharrukin on September 26, 2010 at 1:28 AM

i’ve got it on too.

ted c on September 25, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Worst. Officiating. Ever.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2010 at 1:38 AM

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Amen..The officiating has gotten worse this year!..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Amen..The officiating has gotten worse this year!..:)

Dire Straits on September 26, 2010 at 1:50 AM

The Ducks recover on the Sun Devils’ 32, and they get confused on the end of the quarter and put them on their own 32???

Never seen anything so wrong.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2010 at 2:03 AM

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Iknow it is bad..Time for a music ???

Dire Straits on September 26, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Narcissists are unable to empathize. I don’t know why people cannot just accept the fact the man is a narcissist and in his mind he is the only “living” person. Everyone else in the world is merely a tool at his disposal for him to use towards his desired ends. People matter to him no more than a shovel one uses for digging or a pen used for writing.

That’s how narcissists work.

ButterflyDragon on September 26, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Narcissists only feel their own pain.

Connie on September 25, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Exactly.

ButterflyDragon on September 26, 2010 at 2:46 AM

unseen on September 25, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Wonderful post, and so true. But you know what’s even better about more and more people having access to the internet? The MSM has been finally exposed for their unbelievable liberal bias, and their credibility is now probably lower than the approval rate of Congress. Couldn’t happen to a more vile group of people.

oldoldbabs on September 26, 2010 at 3:11 AM

I like that…

Am I my brothers keeper?

Kini on September 26, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Obama …defined it as ‘…we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.’

Yeah, a government designed Straight Jacket!
FU Booboma, NOT going to buy it – NOT going to wear it!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 26, 2010 at 4:13 AM

Their theory is that as a card-carrying member of the intellectual elite, Obama is more comfortable in a university library

Doing what, watching other people read the books that someone ghost wrote for him and about him?

This guy has shown no sign of being an intellectual. Intellectuals continually learn and adjust.

Ideologues think there is nothing left to learn.

NoDonkey on September 26, 2010 at 4:21 AM

Tea Party

Kini on September 26, 2010 at 4:29 AM

Christine O’Donnell is now officially a national joke on SNL.

Way to pick a winner.

WisCon on September 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Hmmm we have an admitted cocaine user in the White House yet they make fun of her. I wonder why. /

CWforFreedom on September 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Lack of empathy, eh? Too little concern for our unfortunate brothers?

So says the multi-millionaire man with the wife who wears $500 sneakers (to photo opps at homeless shelters!) and carries $6,000 handbags, whose two daughters attend $40,000 a year private school carrying their Prada bookbags; the same man who for years has contributed a mere pittance of his own large income to charity. Meanwhile, this same man’s own brother lives in abject poverty in a hut in Kenya, surviving on about $1 a month, and his illegal alien aunt lives in subsidized housing in Massachusetts, receiving a monthly welfare check courtesy of hardworking Americans (the same Americans who’ve also been providing free medical care for this lawbreaking foreign moocher for years).

What a sleazy hypocrite.

AZCoyote on September 26, 2010 at 7:40 AM

What a sleazy hypocrite.

AZCoyote on September 26, 2010 at 7:40 AM

What is very interesting is the silence of those who elect these clowns. Many of those who voted for Obama are lucky to afford a 19 dollar purse or sneakers at Walmart.

CWforFreedom on September 26, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Eleanor Clift: Democrats aren’t facing an identity crisis. The American people have been able to clearly identify who Democrats are and what they stand for without the subterfuge of “moderation” and they deplore what they see.

Buy Danish on September 26, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I got an earful this week when I made some calls. ‘The Obama we fell in love with on the campaign trail is gone,’ lamented one activist. ‘I don’t know where that Obama is.’“

The Donks fooled themselves.
That One never existed,
Except in their minds.

Haiku Guy on September 26, 2010 at 8:36 AM

FTA:

‘The Obama we fell in love with on the campaign trail is gone,’ lamented one activist. ‘I don’t know where that Obama is.’“

He never effing existed, morons. This disaster is all your fault, for falling in love with a liar and his lies.

IronDioPriest on September 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM

If Obama thinks he’s his brother’s keeper (which is NOT a Biblical commandment, btw), then why is his brother living on $12 a year in a cardboard box in Kenya? Why is his Aunt Zuni here illegally and on welfare?

abcurtis on September 26, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Pray for the USA and for a balls-to-the-wall Republican Rescue.

RandyChandler on September 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

“The problem is that governing successfully is not about legislation, it’s about culture and vision, keeping that connection with the people and giving them reason to believe in the course you’ve set, whether or not it gets 60 votes in the Senate”.

What a stupid statement. The problem with government is that it’s doing everything except what it’s supposed to do. The charge to the federal government is protect individual liberty and defend the nation. The people and the states do the rest.

Instead it’s become a horrific beast set on gobbling up our liberty and the states and forming one massive force that controls everything we do. It’s become the exact opposite of it’s intended role.

Stupid people write stupid articles.

darwin on September 26, 2010 at 9:07 AM

He never effing existed, morons. This disaster is all your fault, for falling in love with a liar and his lies.

IronDioPriest on September 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM

I know. Morons extraordinare. They still don’t get it.

darwin on September 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

The brother’s keeper talk always creeps me out. When Cain asked God “Am I my brother’s keeper?”, he had already murdered Abel.

Missy on September 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

This country simply went on a fantasy trip in 2008. Now reality has set in. We elected a narcissist who can’t feel anyone’s pain but his own.

rockmom on September 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM

FTA:

‘The Obama we fell in love with on the campaign trail is gone,’ lamented one activist. ‘I don’t know where that Obama is.’“

He never effing existed, morons. This disaster is all your fault, for falling in love with a liar and his lies.

IronDioPriest on September 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Exactly. They voted for The Great and Powerful Oz, now they realize he’s just a fake wizard who was hiding behind a curtain.

rockmom on September 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM

In a plea for unity, candidate Obama said lack of empathy was ‘the essential deficit that exists in this country.’

Obama should take care of his job, and we’ll take care of our jobs. Empathy is best expressed at a personal level. As wonderful as compassion is, it shouldn’t drive public policy, because it’s not reasonable. There’s a parable about the saint who out of compassion rescues the scorpion from the river, which then stings him. Compassion isn’t always sensible. It doesn’t keep a balance sheet. Well, someone has to keep a balance sheet. That’s Obama’s job, and he’s not doing his job there. So I will cultivate my capacity to feel compassion in my own life, but Obama better start running the country sensibly. “Compassion” in top leadership is driving the country off a cliff.

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2010 at 9:40 AM

The left is still clueless.

Let me explain.

MackDaddy and his cadre of like-minded pimps are Marxists.

They don’t care about you and me.

It’s all about power.

I repeat: They don’t care about you and me. Never have; never will.

davidk on September 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM

‘The Obama we fell in love with on the campaign trail is gone,’ lamented one activist. ‘I don’t know where that Obama is.’“

He was a figment of your imagination.
/scornful laughter

Count to 10 on September 26, 2010 at 9:53 AM

… Obama said lack of empathy was ‘the essential deficit that exists in this country.’

Hearing a narcissist extol the need for empathy makes my ass twitch.

jix on September 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Obama would have us think that the entire USA consists of people who are either Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, or Tiny Tim.

Really Right on September 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM

a woman’s heartbreaking pleading at a recent town hall meeting,

Did you notice the big stupid grin that broke out on his smug mug when she said she was exhausted by his incompetence?

POTUS is a child.

Akzed on September 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Why is it that every time someone wants to be their brother’s keeper, the brother ends up in a room with bars on the windows?

When a leftist says they want to be your keeper, they don’t mean “steward” or “benefactor,” and you aren’t about to be waited on hand and foot by a generous government.

History is full of examples, but people JUST WON’T GET IT.

Merovign on September 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM

We are all his aunt Zetuni’s keeper.

Alden Pyle on September 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Believe it or not someone, assuming I was a libtard because they think everyone is, asked me what I thought of the Tea Party. When I said I thought it was a great movement, they mockingly asked who was the leader – Sarah Palin?

I said no, she is famous, but actually I am the leader of the Tea Party. As they stood there trying to process this, another guy standing near by said in a friendly way “And so am I.”

drunyan8315 on September 26, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Barack The Iceman Obama.

profitsbeard on September 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM

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