NYT: Obama’s kind of a White House recluse

posted at 9:50 am on December 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Who knew that Hope and Change could be so bleak and monotonous?  At least the New York Times is here to remind us that Barack Obama endures all this isolation in Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard for our benefit, you miserable ingrates (via Jim Geraghty):

Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Air Force One to a senator or member of Congress, more often than not, he keeps Congress and official Washington at arm’s length, spending his down time with a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends.

He typically golfs with a trio of mid- to low-level staff members little known outside the West Wing. He does not spend much time at Camp David, the retreat other presidents have used to woo Washington. His social life runs toward evenings playing Taboo with old friends and their families, Wii video games with his wife and daughters or basketball with Robert Wolf, a banker and the rare new best friend Mr. Obama has acquired since entering politics. He vacations with friends from Chicago on Martha’s Vineyard in August and in Hawaii at Christmas.

This week, for example, Mr. Obama is ensconced in the protective bubble of the Secret Service. With him are his closest outside-the-Beltway-friends, including Eric Whitaker, a Chicago doctor, and two of Mr. Obama’s Hawaii friends from Punahou School: Mike Ramos, a businessman, and Robert Titcomb, a commercial fisherman whom Mr. Obama has stuck by despite his arrest in April on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Mr. Obama bolted from Washington last Friday barely an hour after he had signed legislation extending the payroll tax cut after a grinding fight with House Republicans whose result is widely viewed as a big win for him. His relationship with Washington insiders is described by members of both parties as “remote,” “distant” and “perfunctory.”

It’s not the first time the media has noticed that Obama is a bit of a loner.  A month ago, Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown told Joe Scarborough how little Obama likes his job.  The month before that, a spate of news articles hit the stands about Obama’s aloofness, his bad relationships with political allies, and general lack of people skills.  Chris Matthews even openly wondered just before Thanksgiving why Obama wants another term, and why Obama seems incapable of making an argument for what he would do with one.

Never fear, though.  The NYT found a great resource of advice for Obama in his time of solitude and isolation:

“It’s about building relationships,” said Gerald Rafshoon, a television producer who was President Jimmy Carter’s communications director. “Some people are saying he’s a recluse. You don’t want that reputation. He needs to show that he likes people.” Mr. Rafshoon’s old boss, an outsider to Washington when he became president, recently wrote in his book “White House Diary” that he did not socialize enough when he was the chief executive.

Jimmy Carter had a lot of problems as President (and perhaps more as a former President), and lack of socializing may well have been one of them.  Carter didn’t get the boot because he was a loner, though; he got the boot because he had nothing to offer to fix a chronically stagnating economy and had gotten bullied on the foreign stage.  Obama’s done somewhat better on foreign policy than Carter, although not by a whole lot, but has an even worse economy than Carter’s with no clear policy on how to fix it.  All Obama has done is take a page from Carter’s predecessor Gerald Ford in offering a bunch of meaningless slogans like Recovery Summer, this administration’s Whip Inflation Now, combined with self-defeating short-term gimmickry.

Maybe Obama doesn’t like his job because he’s not very good at it.  And if that’s the case, we can help him out … literally.


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Obama sucks and he knows it! Do Not Want.

abobo on December 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I used to say, “Obama’s a horrible president, but at least he seems to be a good husband & father.” But how many times have the wife & kids flown in a separate jet to various vacations? Maybe he’s reclusive at home, too. I dunno.

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

A WH recluse who spends lots of time on Andrew’s golf course…A WH recluse that spends lots of time on vacation…A WH recluse that had to be called in off of a golf course so he could be present while OBL met his fate…I guess my definition of a recluse is different than the nyt’s…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Obama is a bit of a loner

All sociopaths are.

Tony Soprano on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Obama’s done somewhat better on foreign policy than Carter

The President has repeatedly insulted the US’s best ally, Great Britain (& I don’t even consider him twice recently referring to “the English embassy” as an insult), as well as outrageously opposed their interests (i.e., the Faulklands).
Obama has hurt our relations with other allies, too: he has betrayed Poland, Israel, Canada, Georgia, & Honduras. Those are the ones that come to mind; I’m sure there are others.
The best example of a true “Arab Spring” was in Iran, & Obama turned a deaf ear (except for a mild statement weeks too late) to the throngs of freedom seekers who were brutally repressed. But when US ally Mubarak was opposed in Egypt (& there was no govt oppression of the crowds), Obama jumped on that bandwagon like a kid on a merry-go-round. Now Islamo-fascists have largely taken over there. In Libya, Obama took the US to war unconstitutionally–Congress had no say–but Obama was careful to get permission from the corrupt UN. And the Islamo-fascists have apparently largely taken over there.
Somewhat better, huh?

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Aw, boo fricking hoo. The country destroyer-in-chief is feeling isolated. Wait, his new BFF is a banker? One of those EVIL bankers? What a phoney. He should be isolated in a jail cell for all he’s done.

msupertas on December 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

A Reckless Recluse.

Minnfidel on December 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I think he enjoys the “rockstar” lifestyle. He vacations when/wherever he wants. He has the entourage, the paparazzi. Everyone wants to shake his hand and get his autograph. I would doubt he is paying for the majority of it.

While doing all of this he has his minions in congress doing his bidding. He doesn’t take part in any of the legislative process. He didn’t with obamascare, debt ceiling or the Bush tax cuts. He has essentially been given a pass to enjoy all of the perks and none of the responsibilities.

JAGonzo on December 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

+1 gohawgs

cmsinaz on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

“whose result is widely viewed as a big win for him.”

It could have been wider if the MSM had let it be known about that little fee tacked on to home mortages.

docflash on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

A WH recluse who spends lots of time on Andrew’s golf course…A WH recluse that spends lots of time on vacation…A WH recluse that had to be called in off of a golf course so he could be present while OBL met his fate…I guess my definition of a recluse is different than the nyt’s…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I agree. Also, didn’t he and his wife throw weekly parties, flying in chefs/entertainment and their friends from Chicago?

Blake on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Yes, but he does have his bromance with Reggie…. he misses him :(

tyketto on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Barack Hussein Obama didn’t get to be the 4th best President evar by being a social butterfly ya know…

It’s lonely at the apex of the food chain.

FlatFoot on December 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I meant to include the quote:
“I just called Reggie,” Mr. Obama said. It was his first domestic trip without Reggie Love, the former Duke University basketball player who had been his constant companion and presidential “body man” until he left in November to study for his M.B.A. full time. “I miss him,” the president confessed.

Mancrush on his “body man”? I’m saying “yes.”

tyketto on December 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Obama is a bit of a loner

You spelled “loser” wrong.

The Rogue Tomato on December 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Maybe he’s reclusive at home, too. I dunno.

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.

Readmore:

Flora Duh on December 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Aloof is one thing. Arrogance is another thing altogether. Obama gives off the impression that Congress and the American people are beneath his time and attention. He considers himself a special type of royalty where he shouldn’t have to talk to Congress or defend his socialist agenda other than in carefully scripted town halls with a friendly crowd (usually union members) or military members put on display to remind us that he took out Bin Ladin.

I think the fact that Michelle Obama actually said that Americans who could not afford Christmas trees could live vicariously throught the 37 trees that were installed in the White House (before jetting off to Hawaii and spending millions of taxpayer dollars) says all that needs to be said about Obama’s view of his place in the world.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Poor NYTs is sad Obama doesn’t bend over more often so they can kiss his ass.

Socmodfiscon on December 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM

He’s going to tough it out another 4 years because he suffers for us, the great unwashed, unappreciative huddled masses, just like Nasty Pelosi keeps running to serve the dreck clinging to the Bay Area. Just ask Michelle about how hard he works, about how the first thing he thinks about when he wakes and the last thing when he retires is jobs (or the economy, or fairness, or whatever the theme du jour is). He’ll stack the effort he’s put into his first 2 years against anyone else, with the possible exceptions of Job, Hercules and Sisyphus.

tpitman on December 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I agree. Also, didn’t he and his wife throw weekly parties, flying in chefs/entertainment and their friends from Chicago?

Blake on December 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

The press quit reporting on those after that one party was crashed by the two non-invitees that got to talk with Biden…I seem to rememeber the recluse flying he and his wife to Chicago and to NYC for din din…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

What must it be like to be a NYT writer? Burping out column after column attempting to prop up the failed zer0 when everyone know what a loser it is?

Writing leftist propaganda has got to be the most bo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ring job of all time.

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Obama is a bit of a loner

You spelled “loser” wrong.

The Rogue Tomato on December 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Close it up. Winner.

Washington Nearsider on December 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

A WH recluse who spends lots of time on Andrew’s golf course…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Be fair! Obama prefers Fort Belvior’s golf course to that at Andrews.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

you miserable ingrates

Fo’ sho’. Heh heh.

22044 on December 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I seem to rememeber the recluse flying he himself and his wife to Chicago and to NYC for din din…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Ohhh, Dire…

Gohawgs on December 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Didn’t some one once say “if you want a friend in Washington buy a Dog” well his Dog doesn’t even like him.

Sparty on December 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

What a tragic hero he is.

steebo77 on December 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

It’s tempting to pile on, but on some level I’m inclined to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.

Think about it. He seems to be somewhat of an introvert, even moreso lately. He’s withdrawn. We don’t know about his pre-political life and apparently he has a limited or non-existent circle of friends outside of the political sphere. Friends within the political sphere seem to be in-name-only at best (Obama likely either views them as means to an end or not true loyal friends). He’s alluded to feeling down a number of times. And lets face it, I don’t think it’s controversial to say the job is probably much more difficult than he thought it would be.

To me this all spells clinical depression.

While I deeply disagree with him on a number of things, I wouldn’t wish real clinical depression on anyone.

JohnTant on December 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Let me get my very tiny violin out.

gophergirl on December 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

It’s on purpose. Fewer real stories about Obama frees up the media to project upon Obama whatever awesomeness they want. It worked last time, but doing it after 3 years of being president will be a bit harder.

forest on December 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

This is just the opening salvo for the meme that Obama is an outsider.

Nemesis of Jihad on December 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, secluded in the White House between expensive vacations, surrounded by servants who cater to his every whim and need any time of the day or night regardless of the cost.

JellyToast on December 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM

So much here so little time…

does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role

Why stroke your ego when he expects you should be stroking his?

a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends

Like his poll numbers

playing Taboo with old friends and their families

I thought his old friends WERE Taboo!

Robert Wolf, a banker and the rare new best friend

His best friend is a banker?! Does OWS know this?

tims472 on December 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I would be interested in hearing more about this new best friend Robert Wolf. Especially now that Reggie Love is leaving.

MayBee on December 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

What is it they always say when cleaning up the wreckage? He was a quiet kid….kept to himself, mostly.

ElectricPhase on December 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

My father-in-law was also a recluse. He always said no one had anything to say that he wanted to hear.

Hmmm.

Mr_Magoo on December 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

He’s Chauncey Gardener. Valerie Jarrett is running the whole show at the behest of George Works.

Naturally Curly on December 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Oh, Reggie, where are you..?

d1carter on December 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Maybe Obama doesn’t like his job because he’s not very good at it. And if that’s the case, we can help him out … literally.

Nailed it, Ed.

I’ve always said that Obama wasn’t a political Svengali or Revolutionary per se; he ran because he was looking to improve his brand and frankly the side benefit of getting the ultimate in government perks: Free Press that can be translated into personal gain.

Think Bill & Hillary, without the political polish.

I truly think he didn’t expect to win – the race for the WH initially was to get as far as possible and maybe bank a few extra buck (Hey it worked for Jesse & Al, and Paul, Kusenich, etc) but once it seems that the Chicago Pols machine (and its a good one, look at who’s been in control of Chicago the last few decades) saw the outside chance, the deal was stuck.

Obama is in over his head: He can talk the game somewhat well enough, but he doesn’t have the CinC chops needed, in all aspects.

He’s not a LEADER in any sense of the word, nor does he show leadership qualities. If he worked in the private sector as a Department manager in retail or as Head Chef in a kitchen, his direct reports would not respect him, nor would they excel because he can’t LEAD.

Its a fact: Not everyone can Lead, but nearly everyone can be a great Follower, especially if you moo with the rest of the Herd on cue and with the same enthusiasm.

I do think he’s smart, but NO genius, and I doubt his academic record is of any great shakes. I was B+ student overall (Calc 1 & 2 was my weakness, ugh), and I don’t see anything that shows that he was a stellar student overall.

There is so little official record available: Has Columbia or Harvard ever made it available or is that still in limbo? Where are the “real” Investigative Journalists to “break” this need to know information to the public?

BlaxPac on December 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Should be George Soros, of course. Darn auto-correct.

Naturally Curly on December 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I used to say, “Obama’s a horrible president, but at least he seems to be a good husband & father.” But how many times have the wife & kids flown in a separate jet to various vacations? Maybe he’s reclusive at home, too. I dunno.

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I don’t think the President of the Untied States should be spending so much time with sleazy men like this, do you? How does this reflect on him as a person? As a father? He just went golfing with him the other day, again.

What if a Republican did it? Would the Legacy Media react differently?

Etc.

visions on December 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Yepper nemesis
He’s not one of those Washington elite, yada yada yada

cmsinaz on December 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

JohnTant on December 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

*eyeroll* I have not a smidgen of sympathy for zer0.

ElectricPhase on December 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Good point, indeed.

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Obama reminds me more of a brown recluse.

His policies are rotting away our economy the same way the poison rots human skin.

VibrioCocci on December 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

visions on December 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Yup.

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Obama reminds me more of a brown recluse.

VibrioCocci on December 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Racist!!!11!

;)

JohnTant on December 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Calc 1 & 2 was my weakness, ugh . . .

BlaxPac on December 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

My two favorite undergrad courses! In fact, my two favorite courses of all time.

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

He has to keep the number of people that know he is a crack head down to a minimum.
Seriously, I think it will come out after he is out of office that he is a hopeless drug addict.

esnap on December 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Heh, I wouln’t say that… he’s out there having a grand time on the taxpayers’ Monet.

CynicalOptimist on December 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

spending his down time with a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends.

It’s called “bunker” mentality.

GarandFan on December 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

JohnTant on December 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I don’t believe this. Would someone who has clinical depression vacation and golf as much as he does? That isn’t the impression I have gotten of people who are diagnosed with that. I think Ed nailed it. He sucks at his job and it is on display. He can’t run from it. Well, he can try to anyway.

JAGonzo on December 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

The answer is quite obvious, even Obama knows he’s in over his head. If you’ve ever been in over your head (and I speak from experience), once you realize it you tend to not want to be around people who you want to respect you and you think they’ll notice.

Let’s face it, he’s stayed away from negotiations on legislation because he has no clue what it takes to get legislation passed. He never participated in the process, as a Senator, voted present, so he didn’t leave footprints, and ran for president. His biggest mistake is not surrounding himself with people who could help him but, then again, if they’re smart enough to help him, they too would realize how in over his head he is.

bflat879 on December 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Nixon’s ghost is probably tired of hearing him whine.

cane_loader on December 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Rubbish.

This WH just controls the press better, and it’s not just these type of stories. It’s about keeping them away from Barry when he doesn’t have the teleprompter warmed up.

Team Barry knows what a complete and utter fool he is, and they can’t afford to have hime say something stupid. This is includes the press or anyone else in DC who might turn around a year or two from now and write a book about the real buffoon in the White House.

reaganaut on December 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Shocking that a guy with one of the biggest egos on the planet coupled with unparalleled incompetence wouldn’t want to talk to people.

besser tot als rot on December 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

If he loses in 2012, beware of Moochelle’s gaze at the inaugural – lest ye turn to stone.

cane_loader on December 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The President has repeatedly insulted the US’s best ally, Great Britain

Thank you itsnotaboutme for bringing this up. This President’s treatment of Great Britain has been a national embarrassment.

MessesWithTexas on December 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Y’all keep using that word ‘recluse’ and I don’t think y’all know what the word means.

“The Mill River Recluse” (if the filter will let me post an amazon link)

Skandia Recluse on December 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

His IQ is so high puts him above the rest he is sort of a god according to Evan Thomas.

evergreenland on December 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

JAGonzo on December 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM

If he’s a guy who is truly clinically depressed, I’d think he’d be looking for more extreme ways to lift himself up…on the taxpayer’s dime, of course.

He can’t really take pleasure in being The One because his job performance has destroyed that meme. People are starting to notice the empty suit, he’s not wowing the crowds like he used to, etc etc. Normal things that brought him pleasure aren’t cutting it any longer, so he’s turning to escapism and trying to find new ways to get the high.

I was just thinking that I’ve seen some of these patterns before in other people suffering from depression. I’m not trying to gin up sympathy for him, since it’s clear POTUS isn’t a great place for a depressive personality.

JohnTant on December 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Egocentric narcissists can’t reach outside themselves. It’s impossible. The man has a politically fatal handicap, and will only do more harm to this Country as his self-imposed introspection leads him to evermore dangerous decisions, sans advisors.

scamp on December 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

…Maybe Obama doesn’t like his job because he’s not very good at it. And if that’s the case, we can help him out … literally.

Well put, Ed.

Drained Brain on December 30, 2011 at 10:41 AM

..I wouldn’t wish real clinical depression on anyone.

Unfortunately Obama doesn’t seem to have any hesitancy about actually inflicting it on the rest of us through his incessant class-war rhetoric and grade-school economic policies.

drunyan8315 on December 30, 2011 at 10:41 AM

It’s time to knock it off already with the “Obama is a terrible president, but at least he’s a good husband and father” pablum. I look at who he is as a leader, and that tells me everything I need to know about his role in the home.

And remember, he’s a politician. I don’t mention this very often, but my mom was and is a politician, in a smallish way. If I were to give her name, some of you would know it. She was big with the Constitution Party when it started (Taxpayer’s Party), worked with Bo Grites and Howard Phillips, then jumped ship to Perot’s campaign for awhile, and finally wound up joining the Republican party and winning some local and state elections. Why do I mention that? Because whenever Mommy Dearest was in front of the TV cameras or in the paper, they would ask her about her home and family, and she knew exactly how to manipulate them to present a picture of familial bliss and homeschooling godliness. The reality was very different – and ugly. Behind that mask, there was a dysfunctional family, Mom and Dad fighting nonstop and threatening divorce, and later on, I discovered, even sexual abuse going on. I used to hear people sigh, “Wow, I wish my family were like yours.”

Am I projecting? Sure. But based on a lifetime of palling around with fringe parties like the Constitution Party and the state workings of the Republican Party, I look at politicos with a very wary eye. Mom made a point of dragging me with her to her political events because she wanted to groom me to run for office. I spent a lot of time at events like conventions, board meetings, and other behind-the-scenes sausage making. I’d be there in my little suit and clip-on tie, listening in hotel boardrooms while speakers droned on about the Federalist Papers and the latest Clinton Administration attack on our freedoms. I’d stare through the bottom of my clear plastic Dixie cup and look at how the light going through the drops of water made a pattern on the linen tablecloth and wish to be anywhere else. I’d dutifully shake hands with people at these events, some of which were well known like Ron Paul, and some of which were not so well known then like Michelle Bachmann. People told my mother that they had never met a better behaved child, an eight-year-old who could quote the Constitution chaper and verse and could intelligently discuss everything from the Whiskey Rebellion and how it set the precedent for the Federal imposition of excise taxes, to the lastest news of the day and what was wrong with Clinton. “You are doing an amazing job,” they would tell her. “You are such a godly mother and an amazing American.”

Although I retain a worldview based on a realistic conservatism, I learned to ignore the public image of anyone in politics. They are all liars, regardless of party or viewpoint. They all tell us exactly what we want to hear. Those who don’t, lose.

JoseQuinones on December 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

To borrow from that celebrated sage from Oswattamee Ms Emma Sullivan…”He sucks”

DanMan on December 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

What is it they always say when cleaning up the wreckage? He was a quiet kid….kept to himself, mostly.

ElectricPhase on December 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

.
KA-BOOM !!!!
.
NYT can’t see forest for trees.

ExpressoBold on December 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

In 2008, voters were promised that a vote for the candidate of Hope & Change would mean the rise of the oceans would slow, the hungry would be fed, the jobless would have jobs and Kardashian marriages would last more than a week. This led some Americans to believe that they would no longer have to worry about paying for their mortgages and gas anymore, while causing others to get thrills up their legs.

The hero-worship soon faded as the gathered post-inaugural throng watched their high-flying Superman get sucked into the jet engine of reality. The administration, in recognition of that problem, is changing themes this time around. Our hero’s cape and halo are being shed and replaced this election year by a bowling bag and a six pack of Busch Light. “Just a dude” has arrived:

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/12/29/obama-campaign-theme-dude/

Green eyed Lady on December 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

RiCkY.D. on December 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Take that crap out of here.

reaganaut on December 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Maybe Obama doesn’t like his job because he’s not very good at it. And if that’s the case, we can help him out … literally.

Yes please. Let’s put him out of our misery and vote for anyone/thing in ’12.

(I’m still holding out for Ham Sandwich/Garden Gnome)

DrAllecon on December 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

John Tant
Hitler was a bit of an introvert!
Just sayin!

angrymike on December 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM

It’s pretty simple really. Throughout his boyhood, teen years, education, and professional life, he always got by with a winning smile and learned to use the color of his skin to his advantage. He’s still doing it. No other President would have gotten away with this.

Mr_Magoo on December 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The wife and I went skiing yesterday with good friends from Colorado. This couple was a well-off couple owning properties where they held the loans and made their income off the interest. They told us yesterday that so many people have walked from these properties that they are now at risk of losing everything. When a person walks from these properties, my friends not only lose the interest earnings, they also then own the property again which means insurance, taxes, and LOA dues. The NYT is very much a part of the destruction of millions of peoples personal finances, as they openly lie and support the Obama (Socialist) agenda 100% while lives are being destroyed. I fight hatred of anything as this emotion is the gateway for evil, however I openly admit to hating what the media has done to our people as well as our nation.

Keemo on December 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM

When you hire nothing but criminals liars and cheats to be around you eventually you don’t want to be around them. The people he hired can’t be trusted, just like him.

TheRightMonkey on December 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM

RiCkY.D. on December 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Ed. Time to get rid of that nonsense.

Mr_Magoo on December 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM

The man gives the Peter Principle a bad name. Rather than rising to his level of incompetence he has followed into places he has had no business being.

Windsweeping on December 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

It is not hard to imagine Obama as a moody Greta Garbo type behind the scenes. After a grueling 5 minutes of reading his lines off the teleprompter emotions well up and he must be alone! Soon he will be shaving his head and bashing in SUV windows.

Monkey_Attack on December 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The hero-worship soon faded as the gathered post-inaugural throng watched their high-flying Superman get sucked into the jet engine of reality. . .

Green eyed Lady on December 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM

*evil laugh*

(I’m still holding out for Ham Sandwich/Garden Gnome)

DrAllecon on December 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Garden Gnome all the way, baby.

Throughout his boyhood, teen years, education, and professional life, he always got by with a winning smile . . .

Mr_Magoo on December 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The most annoying aspect of zer0 is that smirk of his.
*barf*

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

There is a plethora of stuff the Obama media knew or “noticed” about Obama that was not reported in ’08 and will not report until ’13. We knew enough in ’08 to keep him away. Maybe he kicks what are called friends after he doe snot need them anymore and they do not care to kiss his posterior anymore. “Maybe Obama doesn’t like his job because he’s not very good at it”. Tend to see it as he is not good at his job, so he does not like it.

democratsarefools on December 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Why feel sorry for Obama! The narcissist is not getting stroked

Obama let his name stand for President, he campaigned, and he won!!

He is free to resign at any time.

Kick his butt down the road and save your country instead of pitying the slob!!!

Why even give this any air time!

Sparky5253 on December 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

JoseQuinones on December 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

You sound like LIB TROLL trying to pass yourself off as a conservative. Begone!

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

He needs to show that he likes people.”

Hey Mr.Rafshoon, maybe he doesn’t like people. They are below his greatness.

hoofhearted on December 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I call b.s.! And I guarantee that this man will not be a recluse after he leaves office. We will hear and see this man constantly for the rest of my life. It’s depressing.

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The man who could heal the planet now suffers for our sins… And he’s carrying that cross himself all the way up that hill (and over the 18th green)!

Oh, the humanity!

…snicker…

exliberal on December 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Ahh, the wages of our first affirmative-action president.

Imagine being promoted to 7th-grade when you don’t even know how to read. Terrified that the cute girls will notice your stupidity. Terrified the smart kids will laugh at you and make fun of your ears. Imagine what it must have been like at Hahhhvad. Fast-forward to January, 2009. That’s who’s occupying the Oval Office.

Harbingeing on December 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Obama’s a recluse like the NYT is an unbiased newspaper.

I think the NYT is attempting to stir up the Dem base by throwing a pity party for him. And it will probably work because his base is made up of mindless cult followers who worship his blackness not his greatness.

Can’t wait for the NYT to print their article about how Obama will never get the respect he deserves because of the color of his skin. Should hit the presses around October of next year.

fogw on December 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I call b.s.! And I guarantee that this man will not be a recluse after he leaves office. We will hear and see this man constantly for the rest of my life. It’s depressing.

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

What will be interesting is to see whether he keeps his pie hole shut in his retirement while he watches his policies being corrected. I, for one, am hoping and praying conservatives will recapture the other 2/3 of our legislative branches 10 months from now (thank you Ben for the free Senate seat). It will be interesting to watch this great country of ours rise, once again, like a Phoenix due to the destruction we’ve lived through from this administration.

VietVet_Dave on December 30, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Obama Derrangement Syndrome on public display …nothing new here

residentblue on December 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

VietVet_Dave on December 30, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I don’t think he will keep quiet. I repeat myself but I think he’s going to make Carter look like piker.

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM

residentblue on December 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

So leave, dufus.

MisterElephant on December 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

New York Times forever carrying water for Democrat losers and anyone who hates America. Worthless rag!!!

Bob in VA on December 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

America: obama is kind of a turd.

Pork-Chop on December 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM

residentblue on December 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Yep, we are all crazy, maybe we will have to have psychiatric care.///

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I read that article and was going to comment. But the tears started streaming down my cheeks. So I needed a few minutes to compose myself.

What a dear, dear leader we have. So magnificent. How can any of you racists possibly think of not re-electing him?

angryed on December 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Obama Derrangement Syndrome on public display …nothing new here

residentblue on December 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

C’mon, say it. It’s because he’s black, right? You lib morons are so deranged that you won’t even look at what this guy has done to this country. Keep you head in the sand blue.

VegasRick on December 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Barack Obama endures all this isolation in Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard for our benefit, you miserable ingrates

*hangs head in shame*

(what were we thinking?)

Tim_CA on December 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I’ve never seen a narcissist with a large circle of friends, or one that showered attention on other people. Narcissists drive people away, and expect all the attention to be showered on them. It is actually painful for them to pay attention to other people and try to care about them. They lack empathy, even for those closest to them. That is why this disorder is so insidious and difficult to treat.

People thought Bill Clinton was a narcissist, but I never did. He always attracted people and still does. He obviously cares about the people close to him as well as people around the world. It’s hard to see any depth of feeling in Obama for anyone other than himself.

rockmom on December 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

As always, ignore the propaganda and only pay attention to what Obama actually DOES.

He’s gotten everything he possibly can out of elected useful idiots. Everything from this point on will be done through his Inner Circle and Executive Orders.

This is not the result of a sudden personality change. This has been the plan for quite some time.

logis on December 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

When is he ever actually at the WH?

dentarthurdent on December 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

…or basketball with Robert Wolf, a banker and the rare new best friend Mr. Obama has acquired since entering politics.

umkay.

batterup on December 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Obama is a bit of a loner
All sociopaths are.

Tony Soprano on December 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Not surprisingly, extreme Narcissists too – this goof-in-chief is a ready-made psych 101 case-study (i.e. an “easy read”)

Tim_CA on December 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

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