Quotes of the day

posted at 9:11 pm on October 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

Seeing our president hanging out at podiums in Charlotte and now Denver, his famous competitiveness nowhere to be seen, has left me with a question I wish I didn’t have: Does Barack Obama really want to be president?

His campaign team wants it, yes, and his party, and his wife. But if meeting donors and lawmakers is such a drag, and campaigning such a chore, maybe he’d rather be home in Chicago, spending time with his family and small circle of close friends. At work, only his students would press him for answers. And at parties, he could indulge his kindhearted inclination to seek out the oldest person in the room and settle in to hear his stories…

Only, in love, in work, and in politics, desire is at least as important as affinity; you actually have to want it, and show that that’s the case.

***

Physically, he looked shamefaced, even guilty. Whenever Romney made some point, he would drop his head, purse his lips, and nod, like a prisoner in the dock admitting to some shabby crime…

Instead, Obama signaled that he wants out. His diehard supporters are already trying to wave away this weirdly awful, unengaged performance as just his latest turn of Zen mastery, but that dog won’t hunt. They should steel themselves for more shocking displays of indifference over the next month on the part of this strangely diffident individual. It’s quite possible that he means what he says, and he really can’t wait to become an ex-president.

For all of his fumblings, Mitt Romney by contrast very much wants to be president, and if Barack Obama has decided to open the door to the White House, Romney will stroll on through.

***

Watching the president grimace his way through the restrained back-and-forth reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend in Democratic politics, who posited that Mr. Obama simply doesn’t love being president. Not that he doesn’t want the job or believe he should have it, or that its challenges don’t give him plenty of cause for stress or solemnity — just that he doesn’t appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country.

Mostly, what Mr. Obama seems to get no joy from, and what debates really demand of you, is the opportunity to persuade people that you’re right, by making complex arguments sound simple and self-evident. This is why Bill Clinton’s convention speech stood out as it did — because it reminded everyone of how powerful an enthusiastic presidential explanation can be…

Mr. Obama’s goal, it seems, was to indicate his continued willingness to serve in a job he believes he can do better than the other guy, but that doesn’t really seem to energize or enliven him. That’s a problem, and not only for the duration of the campaign.

***

I said it after the convention speech and I’ll say it again: If there’s something that seems shut down in our once ebulliently optimistic president, it most likely has to do with the wars. Obama is a naturally empathic individual, whose diverse, mobile, international background made him unusually able when it came to assessing new social situations and reading more than people say. Some observers have speculated that Obama needs a crowd, energy he can draw from. But he had that aplenty in Charlotte, and it barely helped. I suspect a more prosaic explanation: A person of his temperament cannot maintain the same open demeanor when he’s dealing with war and death all the time. As, we must recall, Obama has been for years now. If Obama seems shut down, perhaps it is because he has to be to be who he is and do the job he needs to do day in and day out. If his heart didn’t seem in it last night, I wonder if it’s not in part because the last thing he needs to consider in his work on a day-to-day basis is his heart. It’s a long way from being a community organizer, civil-rights lawyer and anti-war state senator to running a drone war that kills innocent civilians, ordering the death of militants, overseeing a policy that’s led to an increase in American casualties in Afghanistan, and delivering funereal remarks at a ceremony honoring the returning remains of a slain American diplomat.

It’s the only explanation I can come up with for why there is so much self-abnegation in Obama’s campaigning.

***

The Obama who delivered a shockingly lackluster convention speech last month is the same man who walked into that Denver stadium in 2008 to rapturous approval. The man who lost the debate Wednesday night is the same man who never managed to make Obamacare popular after more than 50 speeches and pronouncements on it in his first year.

The key difference now is that the hunger for Obama has been replaced with the indigestion that follows after four unimpressive years in office. In sales, they say you sell the sizzle, not the steak. In 2008, the man was all sizzle, and the ravenous throng was sold. Now he must sell the steak itself, and it’s full of gristle, fat, and bone.

***

Left unmentioned was the fact that the liberals were criticizing Obama for the very aspects of his personality they so often celebrate. After the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 Matthews praised this “cold-blooded” president, whom he now excoriates for aloofness and apathy. Sullivan famously argued that Obama’s high-mindedness would take the country beyond the cultural fights of the Baby Boom generation, but when Obama took a high-minded approach in his closing statement Wednesday night, and floated above the debate at 30,000 feet, Sullivan called it “f—ing sad, confused, and lame.” For years liberals have praised Obama’s intellect, fluency, demeanor, and dignity—qualities they now worry might be too “professorial” for the debate-watching public.

Did the scales just fall from their eyes? Had they really not considered the possibility that Obama might not be as formidable, or as “likable,” as they had thought? Or had they been so blinded by their preconceived notions about the man, so devoted to the idea that his opponents are nothing more than fundamentalist servants of Moloch, that they could not imagine what would happen when he encountered, face-to-face, a clever, smart, cogent, and determined opponent?


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Where are you, Bishop?

vegconservative on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Hey Bishop!

cynccook on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Good evening everybody

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Bishop!

Jvette on October 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

DoH!

Jvette on October 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

My nominee for Bishop of the Day (and it was an actual Bishop, too!):

No thanks. One dark night you’ll bolt up in bed to find this thing hovering over you, one of it’s arms transformed into a cutting-blade tipped Dremel tool poised over your face while “Karma Chameleon” blares from its mouth speaker.

Bishop on October 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM

cynccook on October 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

For all of his fumblings, Mitt Romney

Can’t stand it, can you?

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Good good evening all!!

What a wonderful TGIF it is!

Liberals falling over themselves, I mean ya just gotta laugh out loud!

I am hungry for another debate…

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I’ve been thinking things along this line…he’d much rather be an ex-president.

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Darn. She beat me by 1 minute.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Making a guest appearance for Bishop is PBHO, who justs wants to be left alone, in Hawaii.

And by alone, we mean with Reggie Love and not with MO. Not that theirs anything wrong with that.

NaCly dog on October 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM

And here we go!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1jZXyjljUg

TGIF!!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Good evening Sparky!!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Hi Scrumpy.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Hey… I think I just saw your bike going down the road… Was it bright red with a white basket on it and a big clown horn on the handle bars? Dude riding it was muttering something about not starting his car today or any other day for that matter… ;p

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Chickens have come home to roost!

Terrye on October 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Valery Jarrett is pissed…she wants to keep running things and O’s heart just isn’t into playing her charade anymore.

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I am going with this:

Mr. Obama simply doesn’t love being president…

What else doesn’t he love?

Only one thing really, the one thing that says it all:

MR Obama DOES NOT LOVE AMERICA!!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Oh, this is getting good!

Jvette on October 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hey Bishop!

cynccook on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I thought it was “hey, Abbott!”

malclave on October 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Obama loves the perks, but hates the job.

mpthompson on October 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

MR Obama DOES NOT LOVE AMERICA!!

or women

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Ramirez’s “Empty Chair.”

http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/628360

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Barbara Walters already asked him if it would really be that bad if Romney won.

I thought that was an interesting question, and his response as well.

I just think he might be bored.

PappyD61 on October 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I’ll give you all a heads up when the patented DIRe betrayal message is about to appear. I’m watching the early warning detector carefully this time.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Bmore: I saw the forest even tho the trees were kinda in the way ;-}

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I posted this in the other thread. Picture guaranteed to make you smile.

Happy to meet Mitt

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

And I maintain if he can be REJECTED then he and his wife can have their “America is racist” life long philosophy reinforced.

It may not be that complicated.

PappyD61 on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Bmore: I saw the forest even tho the trees were kinda in the way ;-}

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Those dang tree’s are always blocking the view of the forest…

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Sparky on Watch!!

You rock! :-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Love it. The empty school desk chair is perfect. Barry playing hookey.

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Made me smile.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Barbara Walters already asked him if it would really be that bad if Romney won.

Really? I hadn’t heard this. Video of that going viral would be hilarious…after his flop of a convention speech and a lame debate, things could not be more different than 2008

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

And I maintain if he can be REJECTED then he and his wife can have their “America is racist” life long philosophy reinforced.

It may not be that complicated.

PappyD61 on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Who really gives a damn? For all I care he can hate America till it kills him, just as long as he is no longer doing it from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

History is not going to be kind to BHO. He will come to be seen as the aberration between W and Mitt when an entire country fell prey to the scam of the century.

Metanis on October 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Good evening SW!

What do you know about the forest eh? ;-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Not yet. Just keep your pants on people.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The only thing that can’t be argued..

The Obama that was at the debate..
He is the same Obama that killed America..

Electrongod on October 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

If Obama seems shut down, perhaps it is because he has to be to be who he is and do the job he needs to do day in and day out.

Presidentin’ is hard work.

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Good evening SW!

What do you know about the forest eh? ;-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Only that the damn tree’s keep obstructing my view of it… ;p

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

It will prolly happen on page 2.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

For years liberals have praised Obama’s intellect, fluency, demeanor, and dignity—qualities they now worry might be too “professorial” for the debate-watching public.

Yep. That’s what the left always says of their candidates. “He’s too smart for the general public.” They said that about Al Gore all the time. “Too cerebral!” They said it about Kerry, too. “Too intelligent!”

Why doesn’t the left just admit the truth. Their guys are stupid and wrong.

jaime on October 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Metanis on October 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

The century ain’t over by a long shot. The same foolishness that put Obama in off will not be kind to this country over the long haul.

mpthompson on October 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Good evening SW!

What do you know about the forest eh? ;-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Only that the damn tree’s keep obstructing my view of it… ;p

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Have you ever tried to find a forest in a Wilderness of Mirrors?

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Good evening DG and Jaime Pappy and DK!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Presidentin’ is hard work.

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

“If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life”

…………..Confucius and my PaPa.

JPeterman on October 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Republicans STILL out-pacing democrats, unaffiliateds, and Libertarians in NC for absentee ballots.

Republicans 13,459
Democrats 7,130
Unaffiliateds 4,630
Libertarians 44

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The Wilderness of Mirrors is the result of watching politicians and Mainstream Media figures routinely and intentional deceive the American public on a daily basis.

I can see the forest…from the Watchtower :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AuxJH2Mj30

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hiya JP!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I’ve been thinking things along this line…he’d much rather be an ex-president.

Jackalope on October 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

except for the press falling at his feet and slobbering over every word he utters ..

the pimped out plane that goes anywhere he wants ….

servants that do everything for him

world leaders he can bow to …

lots of bennies being president .. that doesn’t translate to ex-president…

conservative tarheel on October 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

That’s wonderful news!! Thanks SG!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Could have been me. I mutter a lot. Mine looks like a chopper except it has a fake exhaust pipe and no motor or anything.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

The SCOAMF sits in the most well informed office in the world.

My gut says he knows what is coming down the political road between now and November 6th.

There is going to be a scandal about his campaign’s money. If it is as bad as the rumors, a lot of the LSM is going to pull away from him.

The intelligence community and DoS are going rogue on him. No matter what he says or does, they can lay waste to his image with his base.

On the global economic front, the EU/euro are going to collapse and pull the world into a global depression.

Why would he WANT to be President when he has “friends” willing to underwrite his retiement in Hawaii?

PolAgnostic on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

just that he doesn’t appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country.

… and see, that’s the problem right there. The President of the US in not supposed to be running the country. He is to be the chief executive of the federal government and carrying out the constitutionally defined duties of that office. The people of the United States run the country, thank-you very much and keep your meddling government hands off of it.

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I can see the forest…from the Watchtower :-)

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Little Red Riding Hood just phoned to say that the forest is full of Lions and Tigers and Bear… Oh my… ;p

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Hey back at ya!

JPeterman on October 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

If barky doesn’t want to be preezy anymore, why the completely bogus jobs report today?

Is he really the manchurian candidate and others are pulling his strings?

Nothing would surprise me at this point.

ccrosby on October 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

There is a growing belief, even among LibDonks, that Barry sucks like a Hoover Deluxe.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Obama’s so used to everybody laying down for him, he’s starting to have doubts about himself! The pseudo-intellectual got a taste of the real world and didn’t like it. This isn’t the lib echo chamber he’s used to. If we can get the eSTAB-lishment Repubs to get off their “High Horse” and fight to win, we get might get a knock out on the Failure-in-chief before he recovers. The Chicago Thug Machine is starting to kick into gear and this campaign is going to take a quick dive into the gutter! Don’t underestimate these animals!
Final Update for those following:How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Maybe Obama was just in a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MYIc6s5ACY

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

AZfederalist on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Good point.

jaime on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Friday Document Dump:

Sebelius has announced that regulations are being written to ensure that Obamacare will cover, beginning on January 20, 2013, ass-kickings.

TXUS on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

We are still holding steady…all indications are for a page 2 pronouncement.

*adjusts the control knob*

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Maybe Obama was just in a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MYIc6s5ACY

davidk on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

As long as the waves come crashing in on his Castle made of Sand, who care… ;p

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I posted this in the other thread. Picture guaranteed to make you smile.

Happy to meet Mitt

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Now that made me smile ear to ear! Thanks

CoffeeLover on October 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

DU was in full melt down … then it dawned on them
it was part of his plan …. let Romney win the first one and get
over confident and then clean his clock on the townhall debate
because Obama is best in town hall meetings and Romney
isn’t ….
heh

I wish I could say it was /S … but I can’t … this is what DU believes ….

conservative tarheel on October 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Oh it’s a dangerous place ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_raXzIRgsA&feature=related

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

good to see the qotd still awash with the Messianic Fraud’s complete failure.

It warms and nourishes me.

Tim_CA on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Does Barack Obama really want to be president?

Of course he does. No question at all. Especially as with no reelection campaign coming up he could party and vacation and golf like its 1999 will letting his czars and alphabet soup agencies rule the land for him.

VorDaj on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iqzhUv1agE

Snappy tune…CANDIDA TONY ORLANDO

Woaoah Candida we can make it together,
Hmmm Candida Just take my hand and I’ll lead ya
I promise life will be sweeter

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I think he’s lazy , made enough money ,
knows he can make more . His sycophants
buy him a new home .
Na , he dosn’t give a crap . He will try to destroy everything he’s
left behind or damage it beyond repair .
He is a vindictive little man with no self respect .
An evil fraud who is so stupid that he needs to be coached on how to
throw himself under the bus .

Lucano on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Friday Document Dump:

Sebelius has announced that regulations are being written to ensure that Obamacare will cover, beginning on January 20, 2013, ass-kickings.

TXUS on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Just got a letter from Blue Cross today..

Changes..

Contraceptives are 100% covered..In Network…

Premiums are up $40/month…

Electrongod on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

don’t eat the brown acid.

Tim_CA on October 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Just got a blip on the screen. Last time that happened Jackie showed up. Could be one interpretation of the signal.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Tim_CA on October 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Not in a million years!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Lemme ask you doofuses (or is that doofii?), lemme axe y’all a question. Because I don’t see how in hell it could happen:

Has any incumbent pResident won re-election without adding to his electoral count?

Got to thinking about that and in my lifetime the answer is no.

Anyone? Anyone?

Lanceman on October 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

For the last 4 years Obama done been Running with the Devil, one always pays a hell of a price for doing that… o_O

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Well it seems like one could accurately re-dub the D&C and OFA “Team Petulance” as they have gone full-tilt-psycho with the accusations of Romney lying and all the nutless trash talk they are doing in the wake of the Massacre in the Mountains on Wednesday.

What becomes truly annoying is the “super hip n*gro pimp” persona this worthless piece of trash is affecting when he’s not in arms’ length of Romney and the truth.

What disgusted me for the past three years has been, with his spoiled-child antics, IN SPADES. And, yes, you CAN call me a racist if you like.

I frankly do not give a shitt.

The War Planner on October 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM

..sorry, I wanted to slide in there and post something I was gonna do on Erika’s last post. Thanks for the slot.

The War Planner on October 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Haven’t heard that in years!! Thanks!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Obama: It’s not unusual to see me cry, I wanna die.

jaime on October 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Little Red Riding Hood – The Animals

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

jaime on October 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM
Nice BST!!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Happy anniversary mooch!

Tim_CA on October 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

..evening, Sparky!

The War Planner on October 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

OK, be back later, going to go zone out in from of the one eyed monster for awhile…

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I think he’s lazy , made enough money ,
knows he can make more . His sycophants
buy him a new home .
Na , he dosn’t give a crap . He will try to destroy everything he’s
left behind or damage it beyond repair .

He is a vindictive little man with no self respect .
An evil fraud who is so stupid that he needs to be coached on how to
throw himself under the bus .

Lucano on October 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

What you said.

predator on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Lanceman on October 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Clinton. Maybe

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Love it. The empty school desk chair is perfect. Barry playing hookey.

gophergirl on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It looks like a highchair to me.

Jvette on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Hiya Jackie Predator and WP!

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Does Obama really want to be president?

What flummery. Who cares? But Obama loves people asking this question — it feeds his vanity by suggesting a romantic, Hamlet-esque ambivalence and helps explain away his arrogant laziness in failing to prepare for the debate.

He wants to be president plenty, he just brims with so much contempt for the country, its people and its Constitutional processes that he can’t summon the respect to show up and act like he cares. He feels entitled to the job.

rrpjr on October 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Clinton. Maybe

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

No, Clinton won ’92 with only 43% of the vote. He won ’96 with 49%.

He got more electoral votes in ’96 than ’92.

Lanceman on October 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM
Hurry back now…

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

OK, be back later, going to go zone out in from of the one eyed monster for awhile…

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Not sure what you are saying here..
One-eyed monster I recognize..

Be careful..:)

Electrongod on October 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Scrumpy on October 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Good evening, Scrumpy! Nice to see you.:)

thatsafactjack on October 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Got a Jackieblip on my detectors screen and 4 minutes later she shows up. Excellent this will help the calibration curve.

SparkPlug on October 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

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