Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on September 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

Over his first term, Mr. Obama, 51 years old, has fundamentally shifted his view of modern presidential power, say those who know him well. He is now convinced the most essential part of his job, given politically divided Washington, is rallying public opinion to his side.

As a result, if he wins a second term, Mr. Obama plans to remain in campaign mode

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity to approach the office differently, according to close aides. He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform.

He has told some aides that a sizable mistake at the start of his administration was his naiveté in thinking he could work with Republicans on weighty issues.

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[E]ven if negative campaigning works, a re-elected Mr Obama will need the strength that comes from a convincing agenda. Otherwise the Republicans, who will control the House and possibly the Senate too, will make mincemeat of him. And … it is not just Mr Obama who needs a plan. America does too. Its finances and its government require a drastic overhaul. Surely this charismatic, thoughtful man has more ideas about what must be done than he has so far let on?

A tempting option will be to galvanise his party base, with talk of more health reform and threats of higher taxes on business and the rich. Rather than redesigning government, he could suck up to the public-sector unions by promising that jobs will not be cut. Rather than cutting entitlement programmes, he could reassure the elderly that America can actually afford them…

Incumbents tend to win presidential elections, but second-term presidents tend to be disappointing. Mr Obama’s first-term record suggests that, if re-elected, he could be the lamest of ducks. That’s why he needs a good answer to the big question: just what would you do with another four years?

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This election is not about what happened before Obama become president. It’s about his failure to make things better, and it is about where we are going in the future.

Obama didn’t close that factory — but he hasn’t re-opened it either. Despite telling the people of Janesville that was the plan. When GM announced in October 2008 that it would be halting production there, then-candidate Obama said, “As president, I will lead an effort to retool plants like the GM facility in Janesville so we can build the fuel-efficient cars of tomorrow and create good-paying jobs in Wisconsin and all across America.”

Though Obama got his bailout, the people of Janesville are still waiting for that re-tooling. It’s that failure to accomplish the very goals he set out for himself that is the greatest indictment of Obama’s presidency.

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[L]et me make a modest observation from having spent much of the last few months traveling round foreign parts. When you don’t have frighteningly white upscale liberals obsessing about the racist subtext of golf, it’s amazing how much time it frees up to talk about other stuff. For example, as dysfunctional as Greece undoubtedly is, if you criticize the government’s plans for public-pensions provision, there are no Chris Matthews types with such a highly evolved state of racial consciousness that they reflexively hear “watermelon” instead of the word “pensions.” So instead everyone discusses the actual text rather than the imaginary subtext. Which may be why political discourse in the euro zone is marginally less unreal than ours right now: At least they’re talking about “austerity”; over here we’re still spending, and more than ever.

Time’s Mark Halperin wrote this week that “Obama can’t win if he can’t swing the conversation away from the economy.” That’s a pretty amazing admission. The economy is the No. 1 issue on the minds of voters, and, beyond that, the central reality of Obama’s America. But to win the president has to steer clear. That doesn’t leave a lot else. Hence, the racism of golf, the war on women, the carcinogenic properties of Mitt Romney. Democrat strategy 1992: It’s the economy, stupid. Democrat strategy 2012: It’s the stupidity, economists.

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Four years on, the speeches are starting to grate. Americans are tiring of their leader’s charm, much as we tired of Tony Blair’s. When demanding a trillion-dollar stimulus package at the start of his term, Mr Obama promised that it would bring unemployment down to below 5.6 per cent; today, the figure stands at 8.3 per cent. He pledged, in that slightly millenarian manner of his, to halve the deficit. Four years on, the deficit has fallen from $1.3 trillion to, er, $1.2 trillion. America’s credit rating has been downgraded as $5 trillion has been added to the national debt.

These are indescribable sums. There are no superlatives that can adequately convey what a $16 trillion national debt means. But Americans don’t need to wrap their minds around the statistics to know that they are worse off than they were 12 months ago, and will be yet worse off 12 months from now…

Whether Mitt Romney can eliminate the deficit is not clear. What is beyond doubt, though, is that Mr Obama cannot. His four years have left America poorer, less happy and less free. As Clint Eastwood told Republican delegates: “Politicians are employees of ours – and if somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ’em go.”

In a television interview after Mr Romney’s speech, the presenter asked me whether it was possible to win on an austerity message. Hadn’t the Greeks just punished the politicians who suggested deep budget cuts? “Yes,” I told him, “but Americans aren’t Greeks. We expect better of you.”

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In 1992, candidate Bill Clinton’s campaign ran an ad that began: “For so long government has failed us, and one of its worst features has been welfare. I have a plan to end welfare as we know it.” This was before progressives defined progress as preventing changes even to rickety, half-century-old programs: Republicans “would end Medicare as we know it.”

When did peculiarly named progressives decide they must hunker down in a defensive crouch to fend off an unfamiliar future? Hoover Dam ended the lower Colorado River as we knew it. Rockefeller Center ended midtown Manhattan as we knew it. Desegregation ended the South as we knew it. The Internet ended . . . you get the point. In their baleful resistance to any policy not “as we know it,” progressives resemble a crotchety 19th-century vicar in a remote English village banging his cane on the floor to express irritation about rumors of a newfangled, noisy and smoky something called a railroad.

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According to new research released today by Rasmussen, more voters identify themselves as Republican than ever in the last 8 years. More importantly, by a 4 point margin, more voters identify as GOP than Democrat. This is the largest spread between the parties ever. Worse for Democrats, the number of voters who identify with their party is also approaching an historic low.

In August, 37.6% of voters identified themselves as Republican. That is up from 34.9% in July. By contrast, just 33.3% of voters identify themselves as Democrats. That is very near their historic low in February, when 32.4% of voters identified as Democrat. The 4.3 margin in favor of the GOP is the biggest gap ever between the parties. In November 2010, when the GOP won a landslide in the mid-term elections, their advantage was just 1.3 points…

If the GOP advantage holds through November, it is likely that the electorate will be evenly split, like it was in 2004 or possibly have a Republican edge. If that is the case, then current media polling is way off-base. Democrats and the media may wake up in shock on November 7th.

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Through three nights of gauzy videos, sentimental testimonials and, finally, his own address to the nation Thursday, Mitt Romney worked hard to show he has a heart.

But he still needs to tackle the much harder job of convincing those Americans who so emotionally invested their hearts in President Obama four years ago that it is time to accept that his presidency did not work, let go of him and move on…

After month after month of disappointing job numbers, poll after poll showing dissatisfaction in his economic performance and hundreds of millions of dollars in negative advertisements, a large portion of wavering voters maintain a personal attachment to Mr. Obama, and a tentative willingness to give him more time to get it right, top strategists with both campaigns agree…

“It’s going to be hard to break the bond a lot of voters feel with Obama, even if they are disappointed,” said Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Mr. Bush. “It may be a bad marriage, but they still want to save it.”

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hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Surely this charismatic, thoughtful man has more ideas about what must be done than he has so far let on?

Stopped reading right there.

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Excellent!

Cleombrotus on September 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Empty Suit is going to give more speeches?

Say it ain’t so Joe!

KMC1 on September 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Digging his own grave…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

“It’s going to be hard to break the bond a lot of voters feel with Obama, even if they are disappointed,” said Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Mr. Bush. “It may be a bad marriage, but they still want to save it.”

I want to argue this, but I fear he’s right. Admitting Obama was a mistake is admitting that they made a mistake in ’08, that they were duped by an empty suit. I know Obama voters who’ve hit rough times recently that STILL can’t admit that, wanting to believe it’s anyone else but Mr hope and change. That’s why what Clint Eastwood said at the end of his bit was so important…if they’re not doing the job, you’ve got to let them go.

changer1701 on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity

to approach the office differently,
************************************

according to close aides. He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform.
=============================================================

You have got to be kidding me,Hopey is trying out a canard thingy,a ruse sumpin,sumpin,sumpin…

and me also thinks,

hes now,*SHOVEL READY*!!!!

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo,

Mr.President,is this another…….

******************** PROMISE *******************************!!

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Perfect. They can start with the excellent female HA brains…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Oh, if I didn’t have to work!

talkingpoints on September 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

“It’s going to be hard to break the bond a lot of voters feel with Obama, even if they are disappointed,” said Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Mr. Bush. “It may be a bad marriage, but they still want to save it.”

The American people better get over their ‘Battered Woman Syndrome’ and get a da*n clue. Putzes.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

He has told some aides that a sizable mistake at the start of his administration was his naiveté in thinking he could work with Republicans on weighty iss

ues.

“I won”.

Just a pathological liar- and his media too busy wiping their chins to ever call him on it – not once.

Sayonara Soetoro.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Any last shred of goodwill toward the President by a majority of voters is going to be sorely tested when his self indulgent hatefest begins this week.
He showed no compromise after the 2010 election beatdown- expect everything but a Nazi reference coming up in NC.
Which of course is fantastic- shows he has nothing.

jjshaka on September 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

It’s an under-analyzed, amazing aspect of this Obama re-election campaign that the phrase “four more years” are absolutely nowhere to be found among supporters, which has to be a first (and probably last) for a sitting President since the phrase was invented.

It’s obvious why – it would sound almost grimly ironic – but it’s no less amazing for all that.

HitNRun on September 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

But he still needs to tackle the much harder job of convincing those Americans who so emotionally invested their hearts in President Obama four years ago that it is time to accept that his presidency did not work, let go of him and move on…

Whether Mitt Romney can eliminate the deficit is not clear. What is beyond doubt, though, is that Mr Obama cannot. His four years have left America poorer, less happy and less free. As Clint Eastwood told Republican delegates: “Politicians are employees of ours – and if somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ’em go.”

Thanks to Clint and the Empty Chair, mission accomplished!

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

WTF? KOTD at 8? Did AP wear himself out today?

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Excellent!

redridinghood on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

BISHOP!…and AP turns 40 on Wednesday…in case you hadn’t heard!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

My neighbor across the street asked me who Obama was running against the other day. I was stunned. When my husband got home, I called all three kids in one at a time and asked them. They all knew, but Obama voter across the street didn’t.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Given him a break. Those decade changes are ROUGH.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Time for a Musical Ditty!

O.T.P. ( One Term President ) by WOLVERINES!
********************************************
********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MddREczVeL4

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I saw that earlier and thought it was BRILLIANT!

Time’s Mark Halperin wrote this week that “Obama can’t win if he can’t swing the conversation away from the economy.”

Ponder, for a moment, the stupidity in that comment. The grating insult. Halperin’s argument is that there is something barack can say that will make millions of Americans forget that they cannot pay their bills, that they cannot find jobs, that they are losing their homes, have no retirement savings, that their children are utterly hopeless about their futures. These people are so entirely disconnected from their fellow citizens outside of Washington, D.C., that they really truly believe suffering Americans can be made to “un-see” the realities in their own lives, if only barack says some really pretty words. Their complete lack of connection to their fellow citizens just stuns me sometimes.

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity to approach the office differently, according to close aides. He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform.

But the same quotation says he would do it unilaterally. In other words more illegal executive orders by the rat-eared bastard.

God, this is an evil man. He must be destroyed at the polls on November 6th.

BTW, the Dems here think they are tricky by showing up in strip malls on the weekends with huge signs that say “Register to vote here.” They never mention they are collecting names and addresses for the efforts of the rat-eared bastard and his corrupt party. Well, when they approached me at the grocery store today and asked if I was registered to vote, I told the bitter old woman in the union logo t-shirt that yes, I was because it is the only way we can defeat Obama in November. Then I walked off as her mouth was agape because, since the commies are pretending to simply be registering people to vote, they couldn’t admit they were operatives of the rat-eared bastard.

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

My neighbor across the street asked me who Obama was running against the other day.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Y’know? Crazy neighbor lady?

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Shaddap you!

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Love that picture. So fitting.

Dingbat63 on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Gaaaaame OVER!

the_nile on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

My neighbor across the street asked me who Obama was running against the other day. I was stunned. When my husband got home, I called all three kids in one at a time and asked them. They all knew, but Obama voter across the street didn’t.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Then make sure you tell her election day is Wednesday, Nov. 7, and to be there bright and early!

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Brain’s woman.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Brain’s woman.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Yes. Brain.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

BISHOP!…and AP turns 40 on Wednesday…in case you hadn’t heard!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

If that’s true, we need to throw in and get AP a gift certificate at his favorite candy-ass mani-pedi spa, and maybe some cat treats, but I wouldn’t know what we could get Bishop (assuming you meant that both turn 40 on Wednesday).

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

My neighbor across the street asked me who Obama was running against the other day. I was stunned. When my husband got home, I called all three kids in one at a time and asked them. They all knew, but Obama voter across the street didn’t.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Of course he/she knew the name of Snooki’s baby, no doubt.

(Shakes head)

O’Butthead, Alexturd and the rest have banked on the “low information voter” since 2007. No different now.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I want to argue this, but I fear he’s right. Admitting Obama was a mistake is admitting that they made a mistake in ’08, that they were duped by an empty suit. I know Obama voters who’ve hit rough times recently that STILL can’t admit that, wanting to believe it’s anyone else but Mr hope and change. That’s why what Clint Eastwood said at the end of his bit was so important…if they’re not doing the job, you’ve got to let them go.

changer1701 on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Battered woman syndrome. Sad but true.

the_nile on September 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

That is an awesomely brilliant idea!

Happy Nomad on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

“It’s going to be hard to break the bond a lot of voters feel with Obama, even if they are disappointed,” said Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Mr. Bush. “It may be a bad marriage, but they still want to save it.”

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

As a result, if he wins a second term, Mr. Obama plans to remain in campaign mode…

Obama will need a campaign czar, I guess.

Curtiss on September 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Nah. Just claiming first in the name of Bishop. As for AP-I plan on posting many…interesting video that evening.Heheheheh.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

To preserve peace in the neighborhood, I keep my politics to myself. To keep peace at work, I keep my politics to myself. My poor children and husband have never known peace.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

hillbuzz suggests that conservative women protest the DNC dressed as brains.
LOL! I love it.

Pecos on September 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Why can’t they just come dressed as the beauties they are with brains?

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Ponder, for a moment, the stupidity in that comment. The grating insult. Halperin’s argument is that there is something barack can say that will make millions of Americans forget that they cannot pay their bills, that they cannot find jobs, that they are losing their homes, have no retirement savings, that their children are utterly hopeless about their futures. These people are so entirely disconnected from their fellow citizens outside of Washington, D.C., that they really truly believe suffering Americans can be made to “un-see” the realities in their own lives, if only barack says some really pretty words. Their complete lack of connection to their fellow citizens just stuns me sometimes.

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

And, this from the quotes above, sums up their way of doing what Halperin suggests:

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity to approach the office differently, according to close aides. He would like to tackle issues such as climate change, immigration, education and filibuster reform.

Utterly brilliant. Landslide City, I’m tellin’ ya.

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

OK, y’all are boring the crap outta me. Where are my reg’lar cronies?

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

WTF? KOTD at 8? Did AP wear himself out today?

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

.
No 8 Michigan is playing No 2 Alabama at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.

Got to be it.

listens2glenn on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Ponder, for a moment, the stupidity in that comment. The grating insult. Halperin’s argument is that there is something barack can say that will make millions of Americans forget that they cannot pay their bills, that they cannot find jobs, that they are losing their homes, have no retirement savings, that their children are utterly hopeless about their futures. These people are so entirely disconnected from their fellow citizens outside of Washington, D.C., that they really truly believe suffering Americans can be made to “un-see” the realities in their own lives, if only barack says some really pretty words. Their complete lack of connection to their fellow citizens just stuns me sometimes.

Rational Thought on September 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Yea, okay, but obambi has a really cool sand statue…….that is crumbling! HAHAHAHAHA

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity

to approach the office differently,
************************************

AS A DICTATOR?

EL on September 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

By which I mean trolls – libdie, upper yeast, urban effetist, etc.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were in town today. One reporter said about 9700 people were there and another reported about 5000. As you can see, they’re not intentionally limiting their crowd sizes.

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

My oldest daughter, who is fourteen, heard about Obama’s vote on babies born alive after a failed abortion on Mark Levin’s show the other day. She asked me how in the world he was ever elected after voting to let a baby die. I don’t have an answer for that.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I stepped in dog poop once.

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Here’s another take on the Obama behind the teleprompter graphic for this post: Jugears

stukinIL4now on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

If that’s true, we need to throw in and get AP a gift certificate at his favorite candy-ass mani-pedi spa, and maybe some cat treats

Nah, poor guy needs a woman – maybe it’ll rid him of his eeyorish tendencies. I see him in that HA ad and wonder “why the long face?”…oh wait, that’s not him?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Nah. Just claiming first in the name of Bishop. As for AP-I plan on posting many…interesting video that evening.Heheheheh.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Naughty, naughty, little girl. Can’t wait to see what dishes you’ll be serving up that night. ;-)

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Meanwhile…………………………

March 2012 ATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Obama, Explained
****************

As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office,

two conflicting narratives of his presidency have emerged.

Is he a skillful political player and policy visionary—a chess master who always sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and of the punditocracy)?
**********************

Or
==

is he politically clumsy and out of his depth—a pawn overwhelmed by events, at the mercy of a second-rate staff and of the Republicans? Here, a longtime analyst of the presidency takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history.
******************************************************
(More….Page 1 of 3)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/obama-explained/308874/1/

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Apparently Mitt had huge crowds in Cincinnati and Jacksonville today. Pics at Insty and Legal Insurrection.

The NYT had a hard time reporting the Cin rally without spitting nails LOL

bluealice on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Digging his own grave…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I wouldn’t be too sure. He’s got 2 or 3 generations of the products of liberal public schooling who have been taught that the government is their friend, and that innovation and entrepreneurship is for selfish rich people.

AubieJon on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

stukinIL4now on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

ME LIKEY !! ROFLMAO

pambi on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

My oldest daughter, who is fourteen, heard about Obama’s vote on babies born alive after a failed abortion on Mark Levin’s show the other day. She asked me how in the world he was ever elected after voting to let a baby die. I don’t have an answer for that.

TXMomof3 on September 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Three words : Ted Kennedy

(My best Joe Biden impersonation)

CW on September 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

a tentative willingness to give him more time to get it right

The Affirmative Action president. It is now ingrained in our society.

Can’t do the job, but it’s a no-no to get rid of him.

The left has been effective in changing America’s culture.

jaime on September 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office,

two conflicting narratives of his presidency have emerged.

Is he a skillful political player and policy visionary—a chess master who always sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and of the punditocracy)?

Yeah, he’s a regular Wile E. Coyote.

Spare me another 4 years of the Acme Presidency.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I stepped in dog poop once.

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

HA!

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

OT but Alabama is embarrassing Michigan.

CW on September 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

bluealice on September 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Oh wow….I’m in one of the photos on Instapundit. Does that make me famous?

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The president views a second term in some ways as a second chance, an opportunity

to approach the office differently,
************************************

AS A DICTATOR?

EL on September 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

El:

Good question,maybe Obama lives in two worlds,er,I mean two Americas,
like ones that John Edwards said,and believed in!(sarc).

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

OT but Alabama is embarrassing Michigan.

CW on September 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I turned it back to ESPN. I’d rather listen to Lou Holtz be a jackass than listen to Brent Musberger kissing Saban’s a$$.

AubieJon on September 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

By which I mean trolls – libdie, upper yeast, urban effetist, etc.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

They all went to the Lee Van Cleef film festival.

Curtiss on September 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I can’t get past the first paragraph.
Filibuster reform? This jerk is in the executive branch, but he believes he is king.
He makes me sick.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Saw “2016″ this afternoon and still have my jaw on the floor.
The Republicans have their work cut out for them. We are indeed a country where you just have “to be non-threatening, and smile” to run it over a cliff. “The United States of Islam” (not here, over there). Chilling.

Marcus on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Oh wow….I’m in one of the photos on Instapundit. Does that make me famous?

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I tried but I never did have patience for where’s waldo.

Cool nonetheless.

CW on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

So the speech Obama gave to the troops – was it as silent as the reports are saying?

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

By which I mean trolls – libdie, upper yeast, urban effetist, etc.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 8:56 P

Weren’t some of them banned recently?

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

TXUS on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

…And there’s NOTHING he’ll be able to do about it.
I’m 22(and a half)months older than he is.
Respect ‘your’ elders!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Oh wow….I’m in one of the photos on Instapundit. Does that make me famous?

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Yes!!! Was it fun??

bluealice on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

It’s that failure to accomplish the very goals he set out for himself

Oh, but he has.

davidk on September 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Yea, okay, but obambi has a really cool sand statue…….that is crumbling! HAHAHAHAHA

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I imagine a well-placed 32-oz Big Gulp could pretty much finish it off, too!

Harbingeing on September 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Marcus on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

We’re seeing it tomorrow night.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Weren’t some of them banned recently?

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I hope not.

Lanceman on September 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

So the speech Obama gave to the troops – was it as silent as the reports are saying?

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

If I were there I would have leaned over and asked an empty chair to explain to me what obambi was talking about.

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

He has told some aides that a sizable mistake at the start of his administration was his naiveté in thinking he could work with Republicans on weighty issues.

…..Yeah.

Mr. “I Won” reeeallly tried.

Hawkins1701 on September 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

OT but Alabama is embarrassing Michigan.

CW on September 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Yes they are. No way Michigan is number 8 with this performance.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Surely this charismatic, thoughtful man has more ideas about what must be done than he has so far let on?

Is it possible that educated people who run international journals could be this stupid? I guess it must be.

rrpjr on September 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

That’s coz luckily for you, you don’t suffer from Stockholm syndrome :)…

jimver on September 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

If I were there I would have leaned over and asked an empty chair to explain to me what obambi was talking about.

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

LOL!

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

So the speech Obama gave to the troops – was it as silent as the reports are saying?

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

What? This is the first I’m hearing of this.

Jackalope on September 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Marcus on September 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

We’re seeing it tomorrow night.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

It’ll scare you. But I learned a lot and had debated seeing it ahead because I hated him already.

Marcus on September 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Meanwhile…..from Ben LeNut…………..!!

Ben LaBolt
@BenLaBolt

National Press Secretary, Obama for America.
Chicago, IL · http://www.barackobama.com
=========================================

Ben LaBolt ‏@BenLaBolt

In case you didn’t DVR it, President Obama recaps the GOP convention re-run: http://OFA.BO/zBuvZ5
https://twitter.com/BenLaBolt

President Obama on the GOP Convention: “It was a rerun, we’ve seen it before” – Des Moines, Iowa
*****************************

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTeDkNTAMI

canopfor on September 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

If you count making the hair on the back of my neck stand up due to immense creepiness as an attachment – then I had one.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Yes!!! Was it fun??

bluealice on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Standing in the full sun, 90+ degrees, in a crowd of sweaty thousands? Absolutely! I love these things. Mitt has improved so much. The first time I saw him, he was like Lurch. Now he’s much more comfortable speaking to people.

joekenha on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I just do not get that. I never felt an attachment to Obama. Ever.

Terrye on September 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

If you count making the hair on the back of my neck stand up due to immense creepiness as an attachment – then I had one.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I want to argue this, but I fear he’s right. Admitting Obama was a mistake is admitting that they made a mistake in ’08, that they were duped by an empty suit. I know Obama voters who’ve hit rough times recently that STILL can’t admit that, wanting to believe it’s anyone else but Mr hope and change. That’s why what Clint Eastwood said at the end of his bit was so important…if they’re not doing the job, you’ve got to let them go.

changer1701 on September 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Reminds me of when I have a bad stock. Even if goes down by more than 4%, I have a hard time letting go. It’ll bounce back. It’ll bounce back. No, you gotta set a limit, and if it’s not working… regardless if it’s in the stock market, business, hired people, etc. when it doesn’t work, you have to let go and try something else. It’s tough to do.

But one thing I think is so powerful about Clint Eastwood’s performance is that he’s injected an image of the President’s chair without Obama in it. And he’s said exactly what I said above. When someone doesn’t do their job, you gotta let them go. I also think those Dem targeted commercials by Koch and Mitt are so important.

MrX on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

What? This is the first I’m hearing of this.

Jackalope on September 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

He gave a speech to the troops in Texas this week and I guess it bombed big time.

http://www.ijreview.com/2012/08/14622-obamas-speech-to-military-greeted-by-embarassing-silence/

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

O’s second term will be about giving him a bye on the 22nd Amendment to give him more that 2 terms.

It’s something Bill Clinton wasn’t even bold enough to tackle.

KenInIL on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Weren’t some of them banned recently?

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Do you know if there was a recent open registration because I’m seeing alot of new names that I don’t recognize. I thought that after those two back to back ones last year, there would be a moratorium on legal immigration registration.

TxAnn56 on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Yea, okay, but obambi has a really cool sand statue…….that is crumbling! HAHAHAHAHA

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

The ineptitude of that…must have been the idea of one of those giant brainiac vajayjays…

jimver on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

It’s going to be hard to break the bond a lot of voters feel with Obama, even if they are disappointed,” said Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Mr. Bush. “It may be a bad marriage, but they still want to save it.”

You little dipsh*t loser, McKinnon. It figures the loser NY Times would quote you. You’re both so wrong it’s beyond funny.

rrpjr on September 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Can I just say allergies SUCK.

That is all.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

He gave a speech to the troops in Texas this week and I guess it bombed big time.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

gg – the only cities he ever visits in Texas are El Paso and Austin. Austin is the lone bastion of liberalism and El Paso is where he likes to hispander. He can stay the he11 away from my area and my lawn.

TxAnn56 on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

“You’re going to have to go out and find a person or two who voted for Barack Obama,” Romney said. “I know they are here. They are not as visible as they used to be. You can see some of the glue from the back of the bumper sticker where it used to be.

“You can find them,” Romney added. “You find them and convince them to get on our team and to help us.”

Such personal retail effort will not hurt.

bayview on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Yea, okay, but obambi has a really cool sand statue…….that is crumbling! HAHAHAHAHA

VegasRick on September 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

A wonderful harbinger of things to come….it’s all going to crumble right out from underneath him.

lynncgb on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

TxAnn56 on September 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

No, I don’t. Those last two open regs let in a bunch of crazies. Maybe AP & Ed are letting new users in through the back door or something…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

No, I don’t. Those last two open regs let in a bunch of crazies. Maybe AP & Ed are letting new users in through the back door or something…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Maybe they’re HA dreamers that AP & Ed have given defacto amnesty.

TxAnn56 on September 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

gg – the only cities he ever visits in Texas are El Paso and Austin. Austin is the lone bastion of liberalism and El Paso is where he likes to hispander. He can stay the he11 away from my area and my lawn.

TxAnn56 on September 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I don’t think we’ll get either Obama or Romney. If we do – I think it will be a sign of good things on our side. We are pretty much a gimmie for the dems IMO.

gophergirl on September 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

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