Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When a Democratic President has lost Ruth Marcus, then something’s amiss. Barack Obama didn’t lose the Washington Post’s liberal columnist because he’s been too conservative, or too liberal, or even that he’s been too much.  Obama lost Marcus because Obama is hardly visible at all, at least as a leader:

He didn’t want to get mired in legislative details during the health care debate for fear of repeating the Clinton administration’s prescriptive, take-ours-or-leave-it approach. He doesn’t want to go first on proposing entitlement reform because history teaches that this is not the best route to a deal. He didn’t want to say anything too tough about Libya for fear of endangering Americans trapped there. He didn’t want to weigh in on the labor battle in Wisconsin because, well, it’s a swing state.

Yet the dots connect to form an unsettling portrait of a “Where’s Waldo?” presidency: You frequently have to squint to find the White House amid the larger landscape. …

My biggest beef is with the president’s slipperiness on fiscal matters. Obama has said he agrees with some of his fiscal commission’s recommendations and disagrees with others. Which ones does he disagree with? I asked this question the other day to Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Here’s what I got: “The view espoused by some of the … commission that we ought to do Social Security 100 percent off of benefit cuts for sure he doesn’t agree with.” But of course, the plan that 11 of the commission members endorsed did nothing of the sort.

Not to worry, though, Andrew Malcolm writes today — Sheriff Joe is on the case:

Thanks to GOP demands, Obama’s party confronts another set of under-the-gun fiscal negotiations over the next two weeks, again on the opposition’s homefield. And likely again after that.

Republican Speaker John Boehner is asking the cameras how can he negotiate when his side is the only one putting forth specific plans? Harry Reid, the Senate’s top Democrat, hasn’t got the answers. And Chuck Schumer, who’d like to be the Senate’s top Democrat, volunteers that he’s sent ideas to the White House for approval.

So who do you call?  Naturally, Biden is sent back up to the Hill by Obama, who’s got a couple of important school visits scheduled in coming days. Not to mention some more I-really-mean-it-this-time warnings to Middle Eastern dictators.

There has not been one major issue on which Obama has led.  His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting, but the only other example Marcus can find of Obama’s leadership was in his address to the Democratic convention — not as a Presidential candidate, but as a Senate candidate in 2004.  Otherwise, when it comes to leadership and specific policies, all Obama manages to produce are slogans like “Winning the Future” that are so banal as to be meaningless — and in this case was lifted from one of his political opponents.

Marcus calls this administration a “Where’s Waldo” presidency, but perhaps WTF Waldo would be a better title.

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From a “what’s good for America” perspective, I have to think that the more time Odamna spends doing nothing, the better-off we all are. If he’d quit entirely, we just might save the country.

Crusader Rabbit on March 3, 2011 at 8:09 AM

WTF Waldo.

perfect!
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have no fears, sherriff joe is here!

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 8:09 AM

It’s almost like he’s in way over his head.

Mord on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 AM

The winds are too contrary for him to decide which one to follow – this week.

OldEnglish on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Some were meant to lead the masses, while others were meant to bulls**t the masses.

I will leave it to your own personal judgement as to which end of this particular spectrum Obama resides.

pilamaye on March 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

WTF Waldo, the litigious Present Obama and PC Rules of Engagement:

Rumsfeld, in 2001 the Defense Department hosted 10,000 lawyers.

How many in 2011?

Not only a huge military strategic clusterf9ck, but a reflection of whose government employment is secure when in actuality they are the parasites sucking America’s blood dry in lawsuits and litigation designed to prevent “Military Victory” — the very thing Obama said never interested him.

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

“If you need a decision now…go ask my teleprompter. I’m taking the next two years off”

sdd on March 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM

maverick muse on March 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

looking forward to reading rummy’s book

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM

those 3 am calls are now being forward onto Joe’s phone…

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 8:14 AM

His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting,

Really? “Get in their face, they bring a knife we bring a gun”

Skandia Recluse on March 3, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Some were meant to lead the masses, while others were meant to bulls**t the masses.

I will leave it to your own personal judgement as to which end of this particular spectrum Obama resides.

pilamaye on March 3, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I heard the same thought put this way…”If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, then baffle ‘em with your bull$hit.”

sdd on March 3, 2011 at 8:15 AM

What do you expect from someone who spent his entire legislative career voting “Present?” The man is incapable of leading.

Beaglemom on March 3, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Beaglemom on March 3, 2011 at 8:15 AM

tru dat

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Ed -Tuscon? Oh, you mean when the Messiah-in-Chief led the world’s largest “Together We Thrive” House Party in the history of the planet? Yes, true leadership.

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Winning The Future has been delayed due to Obama’s lack of leadership.

TN Mom on March 3, 2011 at 8:19 AM

The tip of the spear is likely to get bloodied.

Yoop on March 3, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Tuscon leadership:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb0VW8vnMhQ&feature=related

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Gosh, Ruth, it’s hard to lead or even be visible when you’re hiding under your desk.

He didn’t want to weigh in on the labor battle in Wisconsin because, well, it’s a swing state.

Funny, it wasn’t a swing state until Øbama came along.

Kafir on March 3, 2011 at 8:21 AM

For the love of country don’t complain about ObaMao not doing anything. He only does the worst thing for the country he can come up with.

Slowburn on March 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM

AMEN! It was nothing but a sham and a chance to beat the Tea Party and all the racists!!!!

flytier on March 3, 2011 at 8:23 AM

He didn’t want to weigh in on the labor battle in Wisconsin because, well, it’s a swing state.

Huh? I remember him saying that it was union busting.

flytier on March 3, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Naturally, Biden is sent back up to the Hill by Obama, who’s got a couple of important school visits scheduled in coming days.

Looking for new hiding places for his college transcripts?

mizflame98 on March 3, 2011 at 8:25 AM

From the summer after the swearing in Barry has been focused on one thing only, 2012. All he does is focus on the MSM. To hell with his base, to hell with the far left, to hell with the indies, and especially a big yawn about the 2010 elections.

Oedipis complex gone metabolic steroid.

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Where’s Waldo? He’s got a Wet The Finger (WTF) approach to leadership. Wet the finger, stick it in the wind and then come out only if the time is juuuuust right.

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Let’s hope he spends the next 2 years planning vacations and not more destruction. Defund the czars and the alphabets and we just might make it to ’12.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Alinskyite star pupils do not enter the fray. They merely agitate and let others do the dirty work as the community agitator/organizer stands above the ensuing chaos. ObaMao is doing what he was trained to do.

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 8:31 AM

He’s got a Wet The Finger (WTF) approach to leadership.
ted c on March 3, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Nice, with your permission I’d like to steal that and use it on other blogs.

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Øbama is bound to be gunshy in the realm of leadership since he is acutely aware, to be sure, that some eager young senator or governor will criticize his every last word and deed in front of the media as often as possible.
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Even Teh Øne recognizes that the politician that lives by incessant criticism and complaint will die by the same thousand cuts.

ExpressoBold on March 3, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Ed -Tuscon? Oh, you mean when the Messiah-in-Chief led the world’s largest “Together We Thrive” House Party in the history of the planet? Yes, true leadership.

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Thanks, WordsMatter. That was my take on the Wellstone pep rally.

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Nice, with your permission I’d like to steal that and use it on other blogs.

WordsMatter on March 3, 2011 at 8:32 AM

it’s all yours.

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM

It’s a tough job, but someone has got to vote “Present!”

What an empty suit.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 3, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Obama lost Marcus because Obama is hardly visible at all, at least as a leader:

well, Ruthie, a year ago during the Gulf Oil Spill he submitted that he had to look around to find out “who’s a$$ to kick”…That takes time girl, so, when he finds the right white dude, just sit back and enjoy the show.

/sheen

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 8:40 AM

The funniest thing is Ruth and others on the left were the ones who built the myth of Obama-as-leader out of whole cloth, precisely because the knew if Obama had the personality of a leader amd the ideological beliefs he does hold, his presidential campaign would have died at the Iowa caucuses in 2008, because he would have scared off even the Democrats’ moderate voters.

The left built the fiction that Obama was a leader and now are shocked to find out the very thing that kept Obama viable in 2008 — a history of voting “present” and staying behind-the-scenes on every key controversial issue — makes him a failure as a leader now that he’s president. That doesn’t mean Marcus or the other liberals in the big media are going to abandon Obama in 2012, but they are annoyed he’s making their future public relations job all that much harder.

jon1979 on March 3, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I think we should all be grateful that President Obama with his ‘finger in the wind’ and ‘you go first attitude’leads from the rear… Theres nowhere to retreat to…right ? :)
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philly_PA on March 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM

There has not been one major issue on which Obama has led.

And there won’t be.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Like a devil over the shoulder of a delinquent, Obama whispers to Dems in Congress: Go ahead. You do it. It’ll be OK. That’s what passes for leadership. The Dems do their thing and get hammered the next election and Obama sits back and smiles, having gotten what he wanted while others take the heat.

SKYFOX on March 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM

No worries, Ruth will still pull the lever for dear leader come 2012

Their mentality anybody but the gop

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Voting present as president. Surprise, surprise.

LtBarnwell02 on March 3, 2011 at 8:49 AM

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 8:33 AM

And where has Ms. Manners President been lately?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 8:50 AM

His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting

Yeah, uh ….. No

Love ya, but your squish slip is showing …..

Jerome Horwitz on March 3, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall. And then there’s Barry who expertly cons his way through life with a little help from his friends.

50sGuy on March 3, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Since Ms. Marcus is unhappy, perhaps The Won will give another televised speech. That’d be nice./

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Funny…a party balloon to a very young child is a wonderful thing to see…floating above their head…pretty colors…dancing in the sunlight…just mesmerizing. But, totally empty.

Thanks to all those wonderful reporters, commentators, hacks and other professional journalists, to include Ruth Marcus, we have a Pretty Balloon President. Their heads at the time? Totally empty. The President? Likewise, totally empty.

We tried to inform the public about that nearly three years ago. They wouldn’t listen. Accused a lot of us as being racist or having an “agenda” or whatever. Our basis for such warnings were deemed by the lot as being totally empty.

So, now, all of a sudden the likes of Ruth Marcus are telling us that there is no there there when it comes to Obama?

Well?

And this is news?

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting

Oh yeah, where Obama said “For the truth is, none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack”, saying we should be kind to each other, while never even calling out the Democrats and the Left on their smearing and downright blood libel of Sarah, which was THE political story at the time? I don’t call that a bright moment of leadership. I call that talking in code to his base. That’s beneath a U.S. President.

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

“Winning the Future”
Better than “Let them eat cake”,
And Michelle approves…

Haiku Guy on March 3, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Paul-Cincy on March 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Agree.

Looking over what we do know about Obama is that he is a tiny vindictive hateful little man. Too small to be honest. Too small to stand up and be counted. So small that he allows others to speak for him and then distances himself from them when they misspeak….Holder’s “my people” revelation this week to cite one example. The cops acted stupidly. Major Hassan was not a terrorist inspired by Islam. The Tea Party is a racist organization. Walker is only out to bust the unions on the backs of real American workers. Insulting the British PM, and the British people, our ally of historical longevity. Calling for young men and women in the Middle East to stand up and throw off their oppressors and then doing nothing, nothing, when they did, in Tehran, just two weeks after Obama’s call for a “new beginning” in the Middle East. This is a huge list…I’ve only scratched the surface.

There has been no shining moment of this Presidency, or at least none attributable to Obama.

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 9:17 AM

So, now, all of a sudden the likes of Ruth Marcus are telling us that there is no there there when it comes to Obama?

Well?

And this is news?

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

and the child cries after the balloon has popped….

ted c on March 3, 2011 at 9:18 AM

coldwarrior: The only shining moments in this presidency have been flashes in the pan concocted and exagerrated by a complicit media. To mix the metaphor: ObaMao is fool’s gold.

onlineanalyst on March 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

WTF Waldo is on “Endless Vacation” and Parties, on taxpayer money, thus WTF Waldo = the “Cousin Eddie” Presidente!

dhunter on March 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM

And yet………all these polls seem to indicate, a vast majority of Americans would rather have 4 more years of this doofus, as opposed to ANY Republican?

Something smells, and it’s not San Francisco’s sewage.

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting, but the only other example Marcus can find of Obama’s leadership was in his address to the Democratic convention — not as a Presidential candidate, but as a Senate candidate in 2004. Otherwise, when it comes to leadership and specific policies, all Obama manages to produce are slogans like “Winning the Future

Together We Thrive™!

Rae on March 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

This clown, ever in search of a parade, finds one, follows along amidst the clutter, and when it turns a corner uses his disguise to hop in front, pretending to lead, and promptly gets trampled by a pair of Red Naughty Monkeys from a Facebook post.

If it weren’t for this shysters Presstitutes his poll numbers would be in the teens and the real Waldo could be our next president!

Run Sarah Run
Its’ gonna be fun!

dhunter on March 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

His whole presidency is a great example of the American people’s resiliency. So far we have managed to work around him and neutralize him. I hope we remain lucky.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Luck being defined as preparation + opportunity.

We’ve a lot of work to do between now and 2012.

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM

coldwarrior on March 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Yes we do, it is reflected in polls that suggest that people would elect him for another four years. It makes me wonder what it would take to wake people up. Maybe $4+ a gallon gas?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Super! Never thought I’d see the day where the “leader” of the greatest nation in the world is referred to as the WTF Waldo president, yet here we are.

scalleywag on March 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Eric Bolling was on F&F this morning. He said, watch over the next 2 to 4 weeks. Gas is going to skyrocket. I’m sure the anger will start to emerge, or be in full force when this happens. Watch for more unemployment because of it too.

Also it was said, that BP oil is the one that recieved the one and only permit for offshore drilling. No American companies. Showing once again, Obama does not have Americas best interests. Just his own, and those who pay him the most, under the table.

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM

And yet………all these polls seem to indicate, a vast majority of Americans would rather have 4 more years of this doofus, as opposed to ANY Republican?

Something smells, and it’s not San Francisco’s sewage.

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Mark my words, The First Black President™ will win re-election. To vote him out after one term would be racist.

Conservatives should focus all of their time, energy and funds on gaining a supermajority in Congress.

I also predict Rand Paul will win the presidency in 2016 in the most epic way.

Rae on March 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM

capejasmine on March 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Really, BP? Why isn’t that a public relations nightmare for The Won?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

“If you need a decision now…go ask my teleprompter. I’m taking the next two years off”

sdd on March 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM

This would be a good thing if only we didn’t have the legions of commie czars working behind the scenes dismantling our country.

silvernana on March 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Well, no worries. The Frumster already covered that front.

Don’t you know, Obama leading from the rear?

Sir Napsalot on March 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Yes we do, it is reflected in polls that suggest that people would elect him for another four years. It makes me wonder what it would take to wake people up. Maybe $4+ a gallon gas?

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Just wait a week or so and we’ll be able to see.

And couple more weeks to see what $5 gas will do.

You can all thank your lucky stars, though , that the air-headed drill-baby-drill snowbilly didn’t get near the Whitehouse!!!

VelvetElvis on March 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM

all Obama manages to produce are slogans like “Winning the Future”

Excuse me? He didn’t even produce that! That was the title of Newt Gingrich’s book before Obambam stole it.

katablog.com on March 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Obama lost Marcus because Obama is hardly visible at all, at least as a leader:

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He didn’t lose her heart or mind… it’s just that she needs to see him on the tube reading from the prompter more often. Kinda like young love; absence does not make the heart grow fonder… it only leads to painful yearning.
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She should hang his picture over her bed and then she’d feel better.
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RalphyBoy on March 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM

His one bright moment of leadership came in January in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting

You mean the pre-2012 campaign rally (complete with 2nd nad slogans & T-shirts along with the raucus college crowd –where the only thing missing was the pillars?????
The clock is ticking & as Jack Bauer would say He’s “running out of time” to show real leadership!

huskerdiva on March 3, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Not leading worked to gain him the presidency. Why wouldn’t he expect not leading to keep him the presidency? And among too many people, he’ll be right.

AnotherOpinion on March 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM