Obama on his first term: Gandhi and Mandela knew that real change takes time

posted at 5:01 pm on March 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon. On the one hand, it’s the rare leader who’d presume to compare his agenda, tacitly or not, to Gandhi’s or Mandela’s. On the other hand, he is the fourth-most accomplished president of all time. So far.

Which grand Gandhi-an ambitions does O want to achieve with four more years? He got his biggest big-ticket domestic agenda item passed halfway through his first term and pulled the remaining troops in Iraq out late last year, so the animating concerns of his 2008 campaign have already been addressed. The two big issues looming after 2012 are Iran, which is so intractable a crisis that no president really “wants” to tackle it, and entitlement reform, from which The One has run screaming every time it’s come up, and neither of those mesh easily with the “Change” platform. So what’s the big argument for keeping him in place? Granted, there’s no big argument either for electing Mitt Romney, but then Romney doesn’t go around framing his program as something so grand that it warrants Mandela comparisons. The hard truth is that, even in a best-case scenario for Democrats, there’ll still be a significant GOP minority in the Senate capable of filibustering any radical new Obama measures, so really the most compelling argument to an undecided to keep O in place is to preserve gridlock. If you like ObamaCare, for whatever strange reason, then reelecting him is the surest way of protecting it from being repealed; indeed, a second term is far more likely to be filled with vetoes than with signing bold new progressive measures into law. Not so Change-y, but probably the best you can hope for if you’re a leftist while waiting for new vacancies to open up on the Supreme Court.

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Damn. I read the first line and thought it said Free Bacon.


This kind of arrogance is downright scary, even in one without the power of the POTUS. Dude.

hillbillyjim on March 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I think I’m going to puke again.

FerdtheMoonCat on March 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Does this c**ks***er really think the ol’ “you’d do it for Ghandi…” ploy is going to get him a second term?

Are there even enough *liberals* that are that stupid, plus enough additional padding from non-liberals to make a *majority*? C’mon. I say the 30% or so who would buy that are already his bedrock — who that isn’t for him already does he think would fall for that kind of crap?

Dirty Creature on March 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

OK I Just want to make sure “Did Gandhi drive a volt?”

stormridercx4 on March 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Boomer_Sooner on March 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I lived through both, and knew what they were. Did you?

OldEnglish on March 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Gandhi was right. Real change takes 4 years.

aniptofar on March 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

The only reason Gandhi was successful is that he was dealing with the Brits.

If he’d been in Stalin’s Russia, he would have been executed summarily and his name would have been forgotten.

fossten on March 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Hold onto your ears, a go reincarnate yourself!

KOOLAID2 on March 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Is there no one in his administration with the stones to say… “would you please stop and listen to your damn back patting self for a minute”?

No one to tell him, he’s not the reincarnation of MLK or Jesus Christ?

I hope he keeps this up right up to election day..

so the shock of his loss is all the more savage.. I want him to feel small and broken,.. because that’s the way he has worked so damn hard to make America feel about itself, and a little Karma would be really really nice.

mark81150 on March 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Obama on his first term: Gandhi and Mandela knew that real change takes time

So did Jimmy Carter.

jaime on March 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

With the price of gas going through the sky and all this brouhaha about forcing insurance companies to pay for contraceptives and the Keystone XL pipeline snafu, Obama’s numbers will be so low come election time that even the Kenyans will say Obama was born in the U.S.

timberline on March 2, 2012 at 9:22 PM

fossten You got it right. In addition to Soviet Russia–In militarist Japan, Maoist China and Nazi Germany-Gandhi would have been captured, executed and totally forgotten all within a week’s time.

MaiDee on March 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I can’t be the only person, Republican or Democrat, profoundly disturbed by President Obama’s self-comparison to Mandela and Gandhi. Let me be clear: I’m no big fan of either, actually, feeling both Gandhi and Mandela are more media creations than the great men they are portrayed to be. Mandela’s wife Minnie’s habit of ordering the murder by torture and incineration of suspected collaborators or dissenters within the anti-Apartheid movement–orders which could only have originated from her then-imprisoned husband–more or less disqualify him for Great Man status, and Gandhi’s hypocrisy and sexual foibles and deliberate construction of a saintly public persona drop him from the list, as well.

When he made that comparison, President Obama indicated he truly believes he is a kind of secular messiah. Surrounded by sycophantic staffers and other assorted court hangers-on, it’s doubtful he would be presented with an opposing view. Such men with such a hugely inflated self-importance are foolish when not the president and extremely dangerous to the Republic when they are. His choice of comparisons also indicate, at least implicitly and indirectly, what he thinks of us, his opposition. To him and his like-minded subordinates and staffers and allies in the House and Senate, we are the oppressors, the British and the Boers. We are the enemy. Let that one sink in.

I ask you: does President Obama seem like the kind of man who will give up power willingly? Does anyone think he and his people won’t go to any lengths to retain that power? Even now, the unions are planning, preparing, and bankrolling a kind of Occupy Spring Offensive. I’ve read about it. Most news junkies like me know about it. Guess: what is it do you suppose they’re preparing for?

I’m not a tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist. I just draw certain conclusions from known evidence and proven facts. I don’t like what i’m seeing and must admit to being more than a little apprehensive.

troyriser_gopftw on March 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Sorry: Winnie, not Minnie Mandela.

troyriser_gopftw on March 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

If Soetoro really wants to know how it feels to be Mandella, I say give him twenty-five years in the slammer. That’ll show him and he deserves it anyhow!!!

Mr. Grump on March 3, 2012 at 6:40 AM

King Barry the Petulant show that he has earned his moniker. He’s no Ghandi or Mandella. He’s more like an empty double-knit suit that won’t shut up.

Alabama Patriot on March 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

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