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 If you like ObamaCare, for whatever strange reason, then reelecting him is the surest way of protecting it from being repealed; indeed, a second term is far more likely to be filled with vetoes than with signing bold new progressive measures into law.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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Ghandi didn’t have power and Mandela was in prison. So what is this loser’s excuse.

Zaggs on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Did Gandhi and Mandela play golf?

JPeterman on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

How about rendering the rest of the Constitution null and void?

michaelo on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

hubris. and ignorance

bad combo

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Which grand Gandhi-an ambitions does O want to achieve with four more years?

Partition for America

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

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.

I wish I had your optimism, AP. You think Obama will sit back and do nothing if he wins reelection and the GOP controls the House and/or Senate. Get ready for executive orders out the wazoo. Hell, he’s all but promised that’s what he’ll do if he can’t get his agenda through legislatively. He can raise taxes next January without lifting a finger.

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

BTW, when was Dear Leader’s last presser..?

d1carter on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Comparing himself to two communist criminals?

OldEnglish on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Well bho has said he was everyone from the the founders of the world, why not these two? bho’s brain has NO idea who in the world this man is? I do have some that bho hasn’t said he is like, but I’m not sure it would go over that well?
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letget on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

At least he didn’t compare himself to Jesus, well, not yet.

rlyle on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If Obama wants to compare himself to a leader from southern Africa, Robert Mugabe works better.

Capp on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Downgraded from Messiah?

Fallon on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Ghandi didn’t have power and Mandela was in prison. So what is this loser’s excuse.

Zaggs on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

if obama’s EPA has its way, none of us will have power(AC) either.

t8stlikchkn on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

At least he has his self-esteem in tacked. His public school teachers would be proud of how well he learned his lessons.

dirtseller on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

“Hey, Jesus walked on water, one step at at time.”

-Obama the Great

portlandon on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Did Gandhi and Mandela play golf?

JPeterman on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

no but they both scored a solid C, according to obama. mr B+

t8stlikchkn on March 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

He is like the 4th best president, evah!

bernzright777 on March 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Which grand Gandhi-an ambitions does O want to achieve with four more years?

Salt satyagraha

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This man is a narcissistic psychopath.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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

“Yes, but have I told you about the extraconstitutional measures I plan to continue employing to enact my agenda? It’s still important to vote for me, folks.”

/PBHO

Kataklysmic on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Granted, there’s no big argument either for electing Mitt Romney,

You better be in the shark cage, Allah. Because you just threw out chum.

portlandon on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

GHANDI MANDELA OBAMA-sheesh

gerrym51 on March 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Giving Barack Obama and his “change” scam four more years ??? Mind Control at it’s finest…

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I do remember Ghandi repeatedly calling for free contraceptives for everyone…

d1carter on March 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Shameful, narcissistic, megalomaniacal. Which does not fit:

Lobster
Porterhouse steak
(You treat me like a) Dog food

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

And neither one of those guys had to put up with a ball-and-chain like Moochelle.

But they didn’t have a teleprompter.

sgtstogie on March 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Ghandi didn’t have power and Mandela was in prison. So what is this loser’s excuse.

Zaggs on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

+100

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

At least he didn’t compare himself to Jesus, well, not yet.
rlyle on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

To paraphrase Goebbels when referring to Jesus.
“The Fuhrer could not be compared to such a petty person”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

no bot reproduce. that was a fluke

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Which grand Gandhi-an ambitions does O want to achieve with four more years?

Complete the welfare state.

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

If Obama wants to compare himself to a leader from southern Africa, Robert Mugabe works better.

Capp on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Thread. Winner.

Laura in Maryland on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

IT TOOK HITLER, STALIN AND MAO a little time too…….This POS is such a fraud.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Megalomania.

INC on March 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Laura in Maryland on March 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Aw, mang! Too late to bust out Churchill’s “half-naked fakir.”

/

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I well remember when Ghandi made his way around India promising free birth control for all Indians, to be paid for by employed Americans. And I remember Mandela working tirelessly to develop algae-powered cars, with his pockets full of Chinese cash.

maryo on March 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Complete the welfare state cloward-piven collapse.
fify.

t8stlikchkn on March 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Ghandi and Mandela were both leaders from a 3rd world countries.

Perhaps Dear Leader is referring to a “reversion to the mean” sort of greatness since he is turning the USA into a third world country, too?

Deafdog on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Barrack Hussein Obama:

Was late constantly.
Day dreamed.
Told tall stories.
Couldn’t keep his hands off of others.
Never followed rules.
Back talked.
Didn’t respect others.

Grade: F

Electrongod on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

So, he’s comparing Michelle to Winnie?!

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I’m for a little change. I want a Red state, Blue state divorce.

It’s clear that the gulf between those that want a socialist state and those of us that don’t is too wide to bridge.

I would get a lot of pleasure watching an unopposed Leftist rump nation descend into full blown totalitarianism.

If they were occupied with implementing their insane pet theories we wouldn’t always have to be fighting defensive actions to retain our freedom.

Charlemagne on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

waiting for new vacancies to open up on the Supreme Court.

I don’t know how I could have forgotten this. I think I’ll be sick now.

yhxqqsn on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Laugh because this jerk-off behaves like a pre-adolescent twit or cry because this pre-adolescent twit is President.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

waiting for new vacancies to open up on the Supreme Court

Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg won’t last another 5 years and I’ll be there are others who won’t either. If the campaigner-in-chief gets his way, the court will be able to finish the destruction he has begun.

maryo on March 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Watching the video, if he stuck his nose any further up in the air, he’d be a dead ringer for


Il Duce
or even, not photoshopped

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

And Mussolini needed a second term to get the trains running on time.

bitsy on March 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich compared himself to former President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a recent interview with CNn.

“I think a big mistake on my part was to try to bring in conventional consultants,” said the former House speaker. “Because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I’m such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate and what I’m trying to do.”

Rick Santorum has sought to deflect controversy over a 2008 speech in which he said that “Satan has set his sights on the United States” by drawing a parallel with Ronald Reagan branding the Soviet Union an “evil empire”.

If Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest stump speech is successful, his opponents will find themselves campaigning against Christ.

Speaking to a tea party group at Windham High School in New Hampshire on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator actually compared himself to the Christian savior.

Santorum told the crowd that during a radio interview earlier in the week, a man had phoned in to tell him, “We don’t need a Jesus candidate; we need an economic candidate.”

“My answer to that was, we always need a Jesus candidate,” Santorum, who is a Catholic, recalled.

Perry Compares Himself to Moses
‘He wasn’t a Good Speaker,’ Perry said; ‘I Can Relate to That.’

By Rebecca Kaplan
January 15, 2012 | 11:10 a.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Rick Perry’s no stranger to gaffes, but he has tried to turn it into an asset, making self-deprecating jokes about it on the campaign trail.

On Sunday, he found an ally in a fellow speech-challenged leader that drew laughs from the audience of the South Carolina Faith and Freedom Coalition prayer breakfast: Moses.

“Moses, he tried to talk god out of making him go lead the people,” Perry told the crowd of about 300. “He wasn’t a good speaker. Now, from time to time I can relate to that.”

urban elitist on March 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Gandi had about as much power as the city dogcatcher, and Mandela didn’t command bupkis…at least not until he rallied a terrorist army. So what’s your excuse Obummer?

MelonCollie on March 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

More of a combination of Nero and Mussolini.

He definitely has that Benito chin-in-the-air pose down pat.

iurockhead on March 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I’ve never understood why people still want to be compared to Lincoln.

Notorious GOP on March 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

So he is looking for prison time?

EnochCain on March 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

…than with signing bold new progressive measures into law.

Problem is, Obummer doesn’t think even that is necessary. Ramming through Executive Orders is much easier. And I’m sure we can expect many more of those in his 2nd term.

KS Rex on March 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro said the same thing, and we see how well things are going down there…

burserker on March 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Gandhi, Obama, and Mandela walk into a bar.

(Stop me, if you’ve already hear this one.)

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

You got the sunglasses too?

portlandon on March 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I wish he would aspire to be more like a real President, not some dictator wanabe.

formerwm on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Sorry Scooter, love them or hate them, they were real leaders of their people. You’re a Muppet in training.

waterytart on March 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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

There a wide gulf between El Presidente Downgrade and those historic figures:

They sought to free men from oppression, Downgrade wishes to impose it.

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Gandhi, Mandela and obama: three foreigners who have no connection to America.

Pork-Chop on March 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

This American hero is someone bho would never be able to say he is like!

RIP Col. Van T Barfoot. God be with you and our home thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your service.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/medal-of-honor-recipient-van-t-barfoot-passes-away-at-92-2012-03-02
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letget on March 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Four more years of Barack Obey-ma… this is what they want

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

So what’s the big argument for keeping him in place?

Good question AP – He certainly can’t have others get Osama again for an encore performance.

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Did President Obama Compare Himself To Gandhi And Mandela?
…WOW – that would be a huge step-down from being The MESSIAH / IMAM to all those lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist peons.

TeaPartyNation on March 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

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

Yes, we see what kind of change you meant, Mr. President and we don’t want that kind at all.

Confutus on March 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

By comparing himself and his agenda to that of an anti-Colonialist and an anti-apartheid leader, Obama flashes a rare insight to who he really is and his radical, negative views of America.

Obama really thinks he is leading a fight against the America which has been a beacon of light for the rest of the world for over 200 years.

This shows once and for all that Obama has a huge chip on his shoulder about America. Reagan saw America as a shining city on a hill. Obama see’s America as a repressive, greedy country that he must transform by taking money away from people who have earned it and giving it to the non-productive members of society who contribute absolutely nothing to the country, so that they can produce more useless, parasitic citizens.

Obama really is a seriously messed up person. He might be telegenic and charming, but make no mistake, he looks at America the same way Rev Wright and Louis Farrakhan do.

OxyCon on March 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

“Romney: Obama is not a Socialist, he’s just in over his head ….”

Seven Percent Solution on March 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

He says he won’t call Obama names and believes he’s just a big government liberal who is in over his head.

It’s a label, just like the term Conservative.

Just what is wrong about using that term?

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Obama, Mandela, and Gandhi–that’s either a very high bar, or the beginning of a very funny joke.

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Does that include placing burning tires around peoples’ necks?

Ward Cleaver on March 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

You got the sunglasses too?

portlandon on March 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Watch the movie “They Live”… put the glasses on and you can see through the garbage

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Obama really thinks he is leading a fight against the America which has been a beacon of light for the rest of the world for over 200 years.

OxyCon on March 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

It sure seems that way!

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Gingrich compares himself to Reagan and Thatcher.

Santorum compares himself to Reagan.

Santorum compares himself to Jesus.

Perry compares himself to Moses.

urban elitist on March 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

the messiah is back!

nathor on March 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Put on a big pair of round glasses, PBHO.

Bishop on March 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yes, if you hate everything good and noble about this country, it may take more than 4 years of rule by this petulant, incompetent President and his corrupt, wicked allies to destroy it. But 8 ought to do.

My only hope is in prayer.

jazz_piano on March 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Barack Obama, a legend in his own time and in his own mind. Oh, and did I mention that he’s humble as well.

GarandFan on March 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

This countries run by sick devil worshipping pieces of garbage. Really sick twisted people who wanna cause doubt and fear and this is how they control us through manipulation of being in fear and a whole bunch of other methods that they have. Watch the movie “They Live” with Rowdy Roddy Piper and you’ll see what I’m talking about

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Couldn’t Obama just as well have said, “The Revolutionary War was hard, the Civil War was hard, WWII was hard … it takes time”.

Doesn’t it beg the question, OK … then who is our enemy? Just as Gandhi and Mandela fought against the status quo … is THAT our enemy? The USA as it’s now constituted? And we all need to come together and fight until it’s overthrown? I mean … what DOES he mean?

Paul-Cincy on March 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Because everyone knows 0 inherited worse problems in the USA than Mandela did in S Africa or Gandhi did in India.

Oleta on March 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Describe the change you want before you assume we want it.

Grunt on March 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

He’d be comparing himself to Jesus Christ, if he actually had any respect for Jesus Christ.

infidel4life on March 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

For once I wholeheartedly agree with our POTUS. He shouldBe locked up for 27 years like Mandela. Let’s start tomorrow.

Huckabye-Romney on March 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Barack Obama, a legend in his own time and in his own mind. Oh, and did I mention that he’s humble as well.

GarandFan on March 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

It’s Hard To Be Humble
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn1Qolv4ntQ&feature=player_detailpage

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Gingrich compares himself to Reagan and Thatcher.

Santorum compares himself to Reagan.

Santorum compares himself to Jesus.

Perry compares himself to Moses.

urban elitist on March 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

But only O’bozo will stem the sea rise and descend unto us like Zeus himself. We are not worthy.

WryTrvllr on March 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Comparing himself to two communist criminals?
OldEnglish on March 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Haha, oh wow. Obama’s reference will become stand-up material in time. But that? Wow. Just wow.

Boomer_Sooner on March 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Obama, Mandela, and Gandhi–that’s either a very high bar, or the beginning of a very funny joke.

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Tough room.

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It’s Friday night, I’ve got my week ending glass of red in front of me, and some music on, re-reading this article, suddenly on my Bose comes a BeeGee’s oldie, “I Started A Joke”, how freaking apropos.

waterytart on March 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

“It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president.”

We know champ, chin up.

Dr Evil on March 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Obama, we all hope you are out of time. No second term.

chai on March 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Obama is just a sausage made from: Muenchhausen, Orwell, Machiavelli and Pinocchio, with a bunch of financiers/capos in tow.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

And now it’s “Jive Talkin’”. Yowsers. Did the BeeGee’s ever meet Odumbo? Hmm.

waterytart on March 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Heh. They Live, do they not? ;^)

SnarkySam on March 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

This countries run by sick devil worshipping pieces of garbage. Really sick twisted people who wanna cause doubt and fear and this is how they control us through manipulation of being in fear and a whole bunch of other methods that they have. Watch the movie “They Live” with Rowdy Roddy Piper and you’ll see what I’m talking about

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Agreed. The irony is that the movie was a satirical jab at Reaganomics. But what’s even more ironic is that it is indeed a very close reflection of Liberals & Obamanomics.

SnarkySam on March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

His Kenyan father should have hung around a little longer and beaten some sense and humility into that coconut head of his. He’s a spoiled child who was never told “NO!”

fogw on March 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

CONSUME OBEY REPRODUCE… THIS IS YOUR GOD

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Heh. They Live, do they not? ;^)

SnarkySam on March 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

All this stuff needs to start crumbling down. All this stuff needs to be exposed. It’s like the movie They Live. Put the glasses on and you can see through the false prophet garbage. You can see the subliminal messages in everything. People wanted change. There was never any CHANGE. There was never any CHANGE zombies.

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

This countries run by sick devil worshipping pieces of garbage. Really sick twisted people who wanna cause doubt and fear and this is how they control us through manipulation of being in fear and a whole bunch of other methods that they have. Watch the movie “They Live” with Rowdy Roddy Piper and you’ll see what I’m talking about

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Agreed. The irony is that the movie was a satirical jab at Reaganomics. But what’s even more ironic is that it is indeed a very close reflection of Liberals & Obamanomics.

SnarkySam on March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Much respect to SnarkySam for keeping a pair of glasses around

apocalypse on March 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I expect if this person is re-elected, then in 2016 we will have some sort of crisis where elections
will be suspended for the “good of the country”.

losarkos on March 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

the messiah is back!

nathor on March 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

ummm, I don’t think so. At least, certainly not in the shape of Obummer. He is Satan, or hadn’t you noticed?

chai on March 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

NPD on display. How have we come to this? A true mental case in the WH.

BHO Jonestown on March 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Also, Jesus supports his policy! And so on.

Anil Petra on March 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

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