Get-to-work Obama suddenly uninterested in work

posted at 2:05 pm on June 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: Leading leaders and the leadership they display by meeting with leaders.  New hotness: The worthlessness of leaders meeting leaders.  Yesterday, Barack Obama insisted that leadership meant meeting with opponents and getting serious about finding compromise and making a deal:

And I’ve got to say, I’m very amused when I start hearing comments about, well, the President needs to show more leadership on this.  Let me tell you something.  Right after we finished dealing with the government shutdown, averting a government shutdown, I called the leaders here together.  I said we’ve got to get done — get this done.  I put Vice President Biden in charge of a process — that, by the way, has made real progress — but these guys have met, worked through all of these issues.  I met with every single caucus for an hour to an hour and a half each — Republican senators, Democratic senators; Republican House, Democratic House.  I’ve met with the leaders multiple times.  At a certain point, they need to do their job.

And so, this thing, which is just not on the level, where we have meetings and discussions, and we’re working through process, and when they decide they’re not happy with the fact that at some point you’ve got to make a choice, they just all step back and say, well, you know, the President needs to get this done — they need to do their job.

Now is the time to go ahead and make the tough choices.  That’s why they’re called leaders.  And I’ve already shown that I’m willing to make some decisions that are very tough and will give my base of voters further reason to give me a hard time.  But it’s got to be done.

And so there’s no point in procrastinating.  There’s no point in putting it off.  We’ve got to get this done.  And if by the end of this week, we have not seen substantial progress, then I think members of Congress need to understand we are going to start having to cancel things and stay here until we get it done.

So what is Obama’s idea of leadership?  Declaring himself uninterested in such mundane matters as budget negotiations:

The White House effectively turned down an invitation by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for President Barack Obama to visit his members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss raising the debt limit.

Jay Carney told the media earlier today that McConnell’s invitation was “not a conversation worth having.”  Sounds a lot like Obama’s own press conference.  It also highlights a particularly Democratic approach to bipartisanship, which is usually defined as Republicans agreeing to Democratic demands, which is more or less how Obama defined the supposedly bipartisan process that produced ObamaCare and Porkulus, both of which were written by Democrats without Republican input.

Obama tried painting himself as the “adult in the room” yesterday, according to sources at the White House.  Don’t you have to actually be in the room to qualify as such?

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“Just words… just meetings…”

Akzed on June 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

The budget was due 1 year ago. They are still making excuses.

seven on June 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Lib response: “Good! Stick it to those racist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, greedy, capitalist Republicans, Obama!”

visions on June 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Jay Carney told the media earlier today that McConnell’s invitation was “not a conversation worth having.” Sounds a lot like Obama’s own press conference. It also highlights a particularly Democratic approach to bipartisanship, which is usually defined as Republicans agreeing to Democratic demands, which is more or less how Obama defined the supposedly bipartisan process that produced ObamaCare and Porkulus, both of which were written by Democrats without Republican input.

No surprise there. What do you think Obama meant when he said Congress needed to get this done? He was saying Republicans need to cave into Democrats’ demands. I think that’s why he’s starting to get nervous. What if the GOP actually holds its ground and doesn’t accept any new taxes?

Doughboy on June 30, 2011 at 2:10 PM

We wouldn’t want to interfer with his golf schedule now would we?

tommyboy on June 30, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Carney defending dear leader re: going to fundraiser instead of working with congress…..’he can walk and chew gum at the same time’

Just words

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Mark Halperin 2012!

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

“Call me when you figure it out. I’ll be at Martha’s Vineyard with my family.” PBHO

Khun Joe on June 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Fore!

forest on June 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Man he is infuriating and the sheeple think he is awesome

*sigh*

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

If Obama actually showed up for such a substantial meeting, he’d have to actually think and talk and express opinions and stuff. And he knows that that would reveal how completely ignorant he is about the issue. The only way he’s ever going to do anything on the subject is standing behind a teleprompter reading words someone else has written for him.

Socratease on June 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I’d love to see a listing of actual “work” President Mom Jeans has done….other than golf and climbing the steps of Air Force One. Oh, and emptying buckets of slop into his wife’s trough.

search4truth on June 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

psssst!

Mark Halperin is right!

pilamaye on June 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Ah, the fly invites the spider into its chamber and the cowardly spider votes “not present.”

Don L on June 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Work, it doesn’t poll well and the focus groups don’t like it.
Mark Halperin, the only honest man on MSNBC….well kinda on MSNBC.

MJZZZ on June 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Do as I say not as I do…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on June 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

BO is tied up writing a speech to his daughter. In that speech he will explain he knows her age, her full name and who her real father is.

David in ATL on June 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Jay Carney told the media earlier today that McConnell’s invitation was “not a conversation worth having.”

Obama may be a d1ck, but Jay Carney is a douchebag!

pilamaye on June 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

WHAT A JERK!!!!!!! obama is not only the worst us president, but the worst world leader today

ConservativePartyNow on June 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

pathetic. Dictators don’t want to be bothered by the details, they just want to order people around.

rbj on June 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Since the day that he walked into the White House Barack Obama has been acting like the exec promoted over his head who knows he’s about to be fired – grabbing as many last-minute flights on the corporate jet as he can, as many company-funded rounds of golf, soaking up all the perks that’ll be ripped away after the next board meeting.

JEM on June 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Hopey….kicking the can down the road…….

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

A Rush caller pointed out that little Bammie in his recital yesterday said something about being busy “getting bin Laden”, but he was pulled off a golf course by his cabinet, demanding that he finally make a decision and give the go-ahead on the Abottabad mission.

I guess in little Bammie’s world, that’s a big sacrifice.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Captian Kick*ss Strikes again!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM

WHAT A JERK!!!!!!! obama is not only the worst us president, but the worst world leader today

ConservativePartyNow on June 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Leader? What is he is leading on?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on June 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Could the Republican PR types maybe think about airing a few ads slamming Ogabe as the lightweight he really is? Start nailing him for his endless golf games, fundraisers and vacations. Slam him for dereliction of duty while Americans suffer. Please, can someone start defining this guy as the useless putz he really is? Pound that theme endlessly for a year and it will become accepted reality by even the dimmest bulbs in the ‘hood.

Ogabe on June 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

WHAT A JERK!!!!!!! obama is not only the worst us president, but the worst world leader today

ConservativePartyNow on June 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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Leader? What is he is leading on?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on June 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One):Good point!!

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CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT if you have seen POTUSA!

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MIA…LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

DERILICTION OF DUTY

TREASON

IF you know the where abouts,please….contact
FBI,CIA,ICE,or your State Local Authorities!!!
(snark).

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Obama is an impertinent di*k.

Halperin finally nailed him.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I met with every single caucus for an hour to an hour and a half each — Republican senators, Democratic senators; Republican House, Democratic House.

That’s like 6 hours of work. That’s a month’s worth for this guy – time to hit the links again.

Vashta.Nerada on June 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

it’s the dadgum corporate jets’ fault!

kingsjester on June 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Obama asked “the other leaders” to stay and work, while he goes to Martha’s Vineyard, to golf and schmooze with the millionares/billionares.

Anyone who takes this man for anything substantive needs to have his/her head examined, in earnest.

He is the biggest impertinent thug, ever.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

If the Rs were smart, and had fortitude, they’d make the best videos for 2012, ever. The Power-Pimp provides materails by the seconds.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

This has to be one of most insulting statements ever muttered by a press secretary. It would be impossible except for the fact that Obama is confident that the MSM will turn this to his advantage.

pat on June 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

The Where’s Waldo President

faraway on June 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Now is the time to go ahead and make the tough choices. That’s why they’re called leaders. And I’ve already shown that I’m willing to make some decisions that are very tough and will give my base of voters further reason to give me a hard time. But it’s got to be done.

That just bloody says it all.

Vashta.Nerada on June 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Obama: The Audacity Of The “Adult In The Room”.

pilamaye on June 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Since the day that he walked into the White House Barack Obama has been acting like the exec promoted over his head who knows he’s about to be fired – grabbing as many last-minute flights on the corporate jet as he can, as many company-funded rounds of golf, soaking up all the perks that’ll be ripped away after the next board meeting.

JEM on June 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

BHO is the poster boy for the Peter Principle

skeneogden on June 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

You know, the thing that really pisses me off is the fact that Congress will wait until the 11th hour and then once again cram a crappy bill through.

Just like Obamacare, it’ll be panic time; we must get this through to avoid a disaster of the greatest magnitude. Unprecedented calamity of unheard of scale.

Pricks.

BacaDog on June 30, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I guess George Soros wasn’t available at such short notice.

JFS61 on June 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Obama: “…leaders lead…”

Reporter: “Is that from behind…or in front?”

/sarc

Dale in Atlanta on June 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Todd Rundgren – Bang On The Drum

Christien on June 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

MLK has convultions in his grave, from embarrassment over Obama.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

If the Rs were smart, and had fortitude, they’d make the best videos for 2012, ever. The Power-Pimp provides materails by the seconds.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Sorry, nothing personal, but I stopped reading your post after this: If the Rs were smart.

They ain’t.

Jerome Horwitz on June 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I didn’t see the press conference yesterday, but if the quote in the article is a true indicator of the tone of that, then, wow! that sounds defensive and petty.

Apparently good leaders hold nationally-televised gripe sessions in order to elevate themselves and lash our and tear down all the people their supposed to work with…who knew?

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

my typing sux…

“lash our” s/b “lash out” and “their supposed” s/b “they’re supposed”

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Comedy gold, this moron is comedy gold. Yep, the world is laughing at us.

Bishop on June 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I didn’t see the press conference yesterday, but if the quote in the article is a true indicator of the tone of that, then, wow! that sounds defensive and petty.
Apparently good leaders hold nationally-televised gripe sessions in order to elevate themselves and lash our and tear down all the people their supposed to work with…who knew?

BlueCollarAstronaut on June 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Obama’s diary:

June 29, 2011: Once again, I provide intelligent information to all the dumbf**ks in this country, and all I get back is “permanently high unemployment”, “Libya, why not Syria”, and read endlessly about how some blog commenter named BobMbx will vote for his left shoe if it gets the GOP nomination.

If I could just reach the secret compartment of my ring with an Underdog super energy pill.

What does Obama think when asked questions at press conferences?

I am a hero who never fails;
I cannot be bothered with such details.

BobMbx on June 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I am a hero who never fails
BobMbx on June 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Yup. If ya don’t do anything, you can’t fail. Except in his case, he is a complete and utter failure at every turn.
Doing nothing is failure. When he actually does do something, it is the exact wrong thing.

odat on June 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

You’ve got to read the Reuters link above and go to the comments. They are scathing. Barry, when you’ve lost Reuters, you’re in a pretty steep decline. No one’s talking about your class warfare today; they’re just talking about the fact that you called everyone in to “work,” and then refused to show up yourself. My president is a d*ck.

Rational Thought on June 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Anybody notice gas prices? After the presser, gas jumped 9 cents a gallon here. Couldn’t be a connection, right?

odat on June 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

“And I’ve already shown that I’m willing to make some decisions that are very tough”

Yeah. Like whether to choose the sand wedge or nine iron.

WarEagle01 on June 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I’m not sure “naïve” is right, but terms like “frivolous” and “vain” did come to mind again and again throughout the press conference. The President came before reporters without any news to make. He seemed to want to vent a kind of unfocused rage at Congress for something — criticizing congressional leaders at various points for taking too many breaks, for failing to take up patent reforms and free trade legislation, and generally ignoring the fiscal crisis (all of which, we can only assume, were criticisms of Democratic leaders). And when he turned to Republicans, he argued that they were not making serious proposals in the debt-limit talks. They were failing to lead, he said repeatedly.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Dicktator!

SouthernGent on June 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Every once in a while Mitch McConnell makes a good move. Inviting, and then watching, Obama abandon any negotiation shows Obama as the failure of a leader he truely is.

Freddy on June 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Priorities, people!

0bama is off on his way to two fundraisers.

This is much more important than the debt ceiling!!!

shanimal on June 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Now, you just mis-heard him.

Get-to-Work President said “You folks, Now, get back to work. FORE!!!!”

And please, even if Obama actually shows up in a working meeting, either he’s too petulant and impossilbe to work WITH, or the jerk’s gonna say “I WON”.

Sir Napsalot on June 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

What an arrogant, lying pissant!

Adjoran on June 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Obama isn’t even golfing today. He is in Philadelphia for a $10,000 a plate fundraising dinner! No doubt he took Air Force One here for it, too.

rockmom on June 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM

No doubt he took Air Force One here for it, too.

rockmom on June 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Yeah, he did.

The morning news report was specifically saying it would tie up I-95 traffic with his motorcade, what with Phillies trying to sweep Giants at about the same time he would arrive.

Sir Napsalot on June 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Obama tried painting himself as the “adult in the room” yesterday, according to sources at the White House.

So Obama is the adult in the room? How’s he doing on budget proposals that he is specifically, by law required to produce? The law requires him to submit a proposal for Medicare funding if a projected shortfall is reported by the Medicare Trustees. That should have happened before he submitted his joke of a budget that received zero votes in the Senate. He must have lost that shortfall proposal somewhere in the paperwork on his desk; or maybe it’s in the back pocket of his golfing shorts. The fact is that the leader of the Obamacrats hasn’t submitted a Medicare funding proposal for three years running as required by law. That’s poor leadership and a poor example for the children in his party. The Obamacrats who hold the majority in the Senate have been following the fine example of their leader in the White House. They haven’t passed a budget in 792 days as required by law. Harry Reid and Barack Obama are a laughing stock when it comes to leadership. In a room with only ObamaCrats, are there any adults present?

stefano1 on June 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM

What’s that sound? Someone sucking up a Slurpee?

gwelf on June 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Drudge says Geithner is so impressed with President Present, he’s jumping ship after the debt ceiling issue is finished. All the rats are jumping the sinking ship.

MJZZZ on June 30, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Today is amazingly, lib troll free.

And I do not miss them.

barnone on June 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Now, watch this fundraising drive!

Christien on June 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

The most important decisions that are ever made in a meeting of bureaucrats: Where to have lunch and when is the next meeting.

RADIOONE on June 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Yesterday “I’m here, they need to get it done, I’m here”.

Today – The Power Thug is in Philadelphia, campaigning.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

In case no ones ever said this before, but that Obama sure is a DICK!

OxyCon on June 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

So this Obama guy, he’s kind of a dick, isn’t he?

holygoat on June 30, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Barry believes in leading from behind.

GarandFan on June 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM