Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on November 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

“At his November 12 press conference in Seoul, President Obama was asked the following question by CBS’s Chip Reid: ‘What was the number-one complaint, concern, or piece of advice that you got from foreign leaders about the U.S. economy and your stewardship of the economy?’

“Whereupon the president began his response with a complaint: ‘What about compliments?’ he asked. ‘You didn’t put that in the list.’”

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“Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly? Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic? Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president? Or is it possible that Obama’s failures stem from something simpler: vanity. Politicians as a class are particularly susceptible to mirror-gazing. But Obama’s vanity is overwhelming. It defines him, his politics, and his presidency…

“David Remnick delivers a number of insights about Obama in his book The Bridge. For instance, Valerie Jarrett—think of her as the president’s Karen Hughes—tells Remnick that Obama is often bored with the world around him. ‘I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually,’ Jarrett says. ‘So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.’ Jarrett concludes, ‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’

“With one or two possible exceptions, that is. Remnick reports that ‘Jarrett was quite sure that one of the few things that truly engaged him fully before going to the White House was writing Dreams from My Father.’ So the only job Barack Obama ever had that didn’t bore him was writing about Barack Obama…

“Yet it’s important to remember that our presidents aren’t always this way.”

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“More often, Obama projects a demeanor of unruffled cool: he can handle the pressures and demands of the job just fine (how could he suggest otherwise?), and he didn’t run for office ‘to pass on our problems to the next president or the next generation.’ But the issue is not Obama, it’s the office. Aides to George W. Bush make similar complaints about the demands on the executive. ‘It was a much different place than even during the Bush Sr. administration,’ says Joe Hagin, Bush 43’s deputy chief of staff, who also worked for Reagan and Bush 41. ‘There was much less time [under the second Bush] to catch your breath during the day.” He recalls the constant juggling of issues—from the wars to Katrina—often all at the same time. ‘There’s only so much bandwidth in the organization,’ he says…

“Can any single person fully meet the demands of the 21st-century presidency? Obama has looked to many models of leadership, including FDR and Abraham Lincoln, two transformative presidents who governed during times of upheaval. But what’s lost in those historical comparisons is that both men ran slim bureaucracies rooted in relative simplicity. Neither had secretaries of education, transportation, health and human services, veterans’ affairs, energy, or homeland security, nor czars for pollution or drug abuse, nor televisions in the West Wing constantly tuned to yammering pundits. They had bigger issues to grapple with, but far less managing to do. ‘Lincoln had time to think,’ says Allan Lichtman, a professor of history at American University. ‘That kind of downtime just doesn’t exist anymore.’”


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But what’s lost in those historical comparisons is that both men ran slim bureaucracies rooted in relative simplicity. Neither had secretaries of education, transportation, health and human services, veterans’ affairs, energy, or homeland security, nor czars for pollution or drug abuse, nor televisions in the West Wing constantly tuned to yammering pundits. They had bigger issues to grapple with, but far less managing to do. ‘Lincoln had time to think,’ says Allan Lichtman…

Even this lib professor sees it: government is TOO BIG! Duh! Our government was never supposed to have all these bureaucracies for the executive to manage.

Simple answer to liberals: DOWNSIZE THE GOVERNMENT.

We don’t NEED Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Energy, etc.; and…..eliminate the czars! They argue against their own creation – kind of like Dr. Frankenstein arguing against the monster he created – while he defends it as “essential” for (scientific) “progress.”

Sheesh. Dumb and dumber. They prove that their intellect is inversely proportional to their Ivy League lofty “credentials.”

DINORight on November 14, 2010 at 6:28 AM

What comes after EPIC FAIL?

canopfor on November 13, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Usually the ground.

Opps, sorry, I read FALL not FAIL, my bad.

DSchoen on November 14, 2010 at 6:38 AM

A little addition for clarity

AZfederalist on November 13, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Reminds me of a story I read a couple of days ago when Barry was in Indonesia. One of his childhood chums (or teacher, or somebody) was recalling an incident from little Barry’s childhood: Barry asked two of his little friends if they could grow up and become anything they wanted, what would they be? One said he’d be a soldier, and one said he’d be a businessman. Barry said he wanted to become president, because then he could order the soldier to guard him and order the businessman to build him a building.

I thought the story was very interesting. Even as a child, Barry was only interested in himself. It wasn’t: “I want to become president so I can help the poor, or make the world a safer place for children.” Instead, it was: “I want to become president so I can order other people to do things for me.

AZCoyote on November 14, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Obama:
Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me You Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me

Mojave Mark on November 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

But enough about me; what do you think of me?

Valarie Jarrett needs a lobotomy….oh, pardon, she’s already had one!

GarandFan on November 13, 2010 at 11:40 PM

I think she got the Brain from Abby Normal!..:)

Dire Straits on November 13, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Do you think we could get Barry and Valarie to don top hat and tails to do their version of Puttin’ on the Ritz at the next Al Smith Dinner?

The only concern that I have is whether they’d need one teleprompter or two.

It’s too bad that Carl Reiner isn’t in his prime. The amount of material to draw from to make a humour noir (I call it that because if I said black comedy, I’d be called a racist) film about this administration is amazing.

Think of a film that is a thinly veiled biography, like Citizen Kane, with the humor of Young Frankenstein. Then throw in the slapstick of Airplane! and I think you’ll have a hit.

Could be the perfect double feature to put with Atlas Shrugged.

turfmann on November 14, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Time to get the coffee on and a shower for Adult Bible Study and Divine Service. We have an annual turkey dinner fundraiser at church today.

OmahaConservative on November 14, 2010 at 7:31 AM

“That kind of downtime doesn’t exist anymore” about a President who has golfed more in 2 years than Eisenhower in eight. From a man who parties at the WH like its 1999. From a President who spent 250 million a day to take 3,000 cronies on a foreign junket. Get real!
Second, if the complaint is that the bureaucracy is too big, then join the conservative movement and reduce it, scrap the mis Education Department, limit the EPA, and the Energy Department and lower taxes. Because government can only grow to the extent that the people are oppressively taxed. End the oppressive taxation and government will be forced to limit its encroachment on freedom.

eaglewingz08 on November 14, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Obama could do with a few of what Lincoln called “public opinion baths.”

Fallon on November 14, 2010 at 8:27 AM

we will cut the government down to a size that an incompetent Democrat would find appropriate.

/conservatives.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Too many people suffer from (and Obama benefits from) the “Project What You Want to See in Obama” syndrome.

If Obama is quiet – he is a deep thinker.
If Obama can not do his job – he is bored or not intellectually challenged.
The old blame someone else or something else for a person’s weaknesses or failures. (Used often in the liberal discussions. Example: Why is that family on welfare for 3 generations? Liberal answer: Because society let them down.
It is not because the members of the family are too lazy to get jobs or study and graduate from school it is someone else`s fault.)

- How about this,
if Obama is quiet it is not because he a deep thinker or bored, it is because he has nothing to say or knows he will say something really stupid. Better to be quiet and thought a genius then open one’s mouth and be found out to be a fool.
– Or if he can not do his job; it is not because he is bored or not intellectually challenged, it is because he can’t do his job; he over his head.
- Or if Obama “projects a demeanor of unruffled cool”, he is really just a phoney, a fraud, a poser.

How many people suffer from “Project What You Want to See in Obama” syndrome?

albill on November 14, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Is Bummer hinting that he would like a train for Christmas so he can have down time riding it like Lincoln did? He’s got enough czars running things what does he do all day? Oh, yeah, practice reading speeches off of the teleprompter.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM

pride goeth before the fall

cmsinaz on November 14, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Oh, sorry I fell asleep last night. Reading this thread is going to be great.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM

‘I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually,’ Jarrett says. ‘So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.’ Jarrett concludes, ‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’

One can only conclude that Jarrett considers this to be the highest praise, otherwise she would never have said such a thing on the record.

For a middle-aged man to be so lazy and unengaged, even as POTUS, is pathetic. To send such a man out into the world to speak for the US – well, it makes me shudder.

This guy needs major therapy.

disa on November 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I can’t wait for Charlie Gibson to ask someone about the Obama doctrine.

SouthernGent on November 13, 2010 at 9:37 PM

One word: “Anti-Americanism.”

disa on November 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM

But what’s lost in those historical comparisons is that both men ran slim bureaucracies rooted in relative simplicity. Neither had secretaries of education, transportation, health and human services, veterans’ affairs, energy, or homeland security, nor czars for pollution or drug abuse, nor televisions in the West Wing constantly tuned to yammering pundits.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that they have the solution to the problem right there in those two sentences.

AZfederalist on November 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM

+ One Trillion. And not just Obama’s problem, but all of most of the nation’s problems.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

“Can any single person fully meet the demands of the 21st-century presidency?

Interesting. The last time we heard complaints that the presidency was just too big for any one man was the Carter administration.

The media kept ridiculing Reagan for his “hands-off” presidency, never realizing that they had stopped asking whether the presidency was too big for any one man.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’
Well, I would be glad to send him back to his Hawaii beach home where he grew up. That way he can hang out with old commies,smoke reefers and body surf to his content.

Hummer53 on November 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

If this crap really came from Jarrett and he really is like this maybe he really should spend some time with the Hick and hayseed, the supremely unqualified…..Hillbilly from Wasilly………..Hells bells, now that I think about maybe Obama thinks AMERICA IS WASILLY.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1329482/Sarah-Palins-Alaska-Intimate-portraits-Mama-Grizzly-cubs.html

PappyD61 on November 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I think Obama’s problem is that he’s never really worked for a living. People who are struggling to support a family have no time to be “bored.”

Hey Barry, come on over to Northern Virginia. I have a ton of work for you. You can begin by mulching the garden and raking up broken acorn shells. You can think deep thoughts while you do this.

We also need to tear down the old deck and design and build a new one – but since my guess is that you don’t really have any skills besides reading out loud, you’ll have to stick to yard work and the like.

disa on November 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

The Quaker Oats President.
Nothing is better for thee than ME!

faol on November 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

“David Remnick delivers a number of insights about Obama in his book The Bridge. For instance, Valerie Jarrett—think of her as the president’s Karen Hughes—tells Remnick that Obama is often bored with the world around him. ‘I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually,’ Jarrett says. ‘So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.’ Jarrett concludes, ‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’

Is there even a word to describe such ultra-sycophancy?

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Dennis Miller on Pelosi: “She’s Batsh*t Crazy… I Guarantee You She Sleeps Upside-Down” (Video)

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2010/11/dennis-miller-on-pelosi-shes-batsht-crazy-i-guarantee-you-she-sleeps-upside-down-video/

canopfor on November 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I love Dennis Miller. My only problem with him is that he isn’t willing to open his eyes wide enough to see the bigger picture. For example, he refuses to see that so-called “moderate” Muslims are just as eager for worldwide sharia law as the terrorists, and quietly smile as their agenda is furthered by the killing – even if they recoil from doing the dirty work themselves. Nor does he feel comfortable with looking behind the scenes at George Soros and the leftists who are plotting to bring down the US.

Yo Dennis – don’t be so afraid of your “reputation” – if you have the microphone, speak out to defend the US, OK?

disa on November 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Speaking of vanity, does the President realize he has a saucer size bald spot? It’s either that or he got a Tebo style haircut from the Denver Broncos.

Mark30339 on November 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM

He recalls the constant juggling of issues—from the wars to Katrina—often all at the same time. ‘There’s only so much bandwidth in the organization,’ he says…

Well if that’s not a case for the federal government sticking to its enumerated powers, I don’t know what is.

Kafir on November 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Boredom? Well that’s the first time I’ve every heard that as a motivation to run for President! One has to conclude that all these things that seem crises to us are mere diversion to our briliant Prez? Ho hum! Yawn! Maybe that’s why his great brain cannot solve any of them?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Obama’s narcissism is evident. e.g. see the diagnostic manual of criteria for NPD:
“expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements”
When has our President done so little? Even Palin has a fatter resume than Obama, and she’d widely seen as unqualified. He’s achieved virtually nothing with his life.

Paul-Cincy on November 13, 2010 at 10:27 PM

What do you mean “even” Palin? Watch that show coming out, or just look at the pictures of her working the fishing nets and doing chores and taking care of her family. Sarah Palin hasn’t been bored a day in her life. She is a truly USEFUL human being who understands what normal working American have to deal with.

She has way more experience than Obama, but she ain’t black and liberal, so she’s screwed as far as the MSM smear machine is concerned. And the more I hear these dismissive comments, the more I think that she is indeed qualified.

disa on November 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Is there even a word to describe such ultra-sycophancy?

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Yes – well, 2 words that Rush Limbaugh often uses. “Anal poisoning.”

kscheuller on November 14, 2010 at 10:25 AM

WE are the ones that need to look in the mirror. Obama’s beliefs and agenda were not hidden; WE knew about the good Rev. Wright, WE knew about Bill Ayers, WE knew about the Chicago machine, WE knew the media was bias, WE knew he had NO experience, WE knew etc..and yet…WE elected him!

dmann on November 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Maybe you did – I did everything possible to point out who he really was – even at work, which was – and is – very very dangerous for me.

disa on November 14, 2010 at 10:27 AM

We’ve got an enconomy in the toilet, terrorist trying to destroy us, drug runners and their illegal pals over-running us, and OBowMao is bored? Seriously?

Laura in Maryland on November 13, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Ditto that and worth repeating.

GrannyDee on November 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

‘I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually,’ Jarrett says. ‘So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.’ Jarrett concludes, ‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’

A bored genius is either a lazy genius, or he’s not really a genius.

smellthecoffee on November 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Valerie Jarrett—think of her as the president’s Karen Hughes—tells Remnick that Obama is often bored with the world around him. ‘I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually,’ Jarrett says. ‘So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy.’ Jarrett concludes, ‘He’s been bored to death his whole life.’

This is the worst sort of baloney. Mr. Obama is a man of somewhat above average intelligence with an ego that beggars the imagination. The boredom posturing is a defense mechanism that protects the ego from confronting the reality that the intellect is not extraordinary. This trait is character deep and cannot change.

Mason on November 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM

WE are the ones that need to look in the mirror. Obama’s beliefs and agenda were not hidden; WE knew about the good Rev. Wright, WE knew about Bill Ayers, WE knew about the Chicago machine, WE knew the media was bias, WE knew he had NO experience, WE knew etc..and yet…WE elected him!

dmann on November 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM

And now we know about Soros, who’s main goal in life is to destroy the United States before he dies. In fact Soros owns the whole Democrat party. Glen Beck showed video of Hillary Clinton praising him so tigerlilly is right… when Obama gets knocked off the perch Hillary or Bill will step in to try to finish us off. What evil and despicable people.

So now we know what are we going to do about it?

CCRWM on November 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

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