Bad news: Even the Left isn’t buying Obama’s “buck stops somewhere else” pitch

posted at 10:41 am on May 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If Barack Obama expected any sympathy for his lament yesterday that he’s not the Green Lantern, as Greg Sargent put it on Twitter and in his blog yesterday, he’d be looking at people like Dana Milbank and Maureen Dowd for support. Greg certainly tried his best to defend Obama’s assertion that the President can’t make Congress bend to his will:

The reason all these explanations don’t weigh on the Green Lanternites is the basic process/ideological imbalance identified above. It’s okay for the nonpartisan writer to criticize a president for failing to exert his will (a process judgment), but it’s not okay for the nonpartisan writer to fault Republicans for failing to agree to move in the direction of the policy a president wants (an ideological judgment). Today, for instance, Ron Fournier, to his credit, conceded that Obama was right in describing the limits on his powers. But he added: “Even if you concede to Obama every point of his Tuesday news conference, a president looks weak and defeated when he shifts accountability to forces out of his control.”

Perhaps this is how the public will view Obama; perhaps it isn’t. What is clear, however, is the basic imbalance here. While neutral commentators often hold up compromise, abstractly, as the Holy Grail, the process/ideology dichotomy makes it much easier for those commentators to fault the president for failing to work the process effectively enough to secure compromise than to pillory the opposition for being ideologically uncompromising.

Ahem. For the past several years, we have heard next to nothing from the national media about Republicans except for their supposed obstinacy and refusal to compromise.  That was true even when John Boehner offered significant revenue in 2011 to end the tax rate/budget standoff, and when it was Obama who moved the goalposts and forced the adoption of the White House’s sequester.  Maybe the problem here is that the national media has talked that point to death, and at some point they have to go back to the President and wonder why he’s not finding ways to lead rather than just complain from the sidelines.

Besides, which party has actually passed budgets for the last three cycles through their control of a chamber of Congress, and which party has refused to do so and prevented any regular compromise as a result?  And where was President Obama on that problem?  He hardly urged Harry Reid to get the Senate to do its job, and in fact was two months late with this cycle’s budget proposal.

So far, though, Greg’s argument isn’t carrying much weight with his Washington Post colleague, Dana Milbank.  Dana is still under the illusion that Presidents should be judged on their ability to lead:

If there was a common theme to the president’s many troubles, it was an uncooperative Congress. “Right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill,” he observed. As an example, he mentioned the legislation — signed into law by Obama — to end flight delays caused by the sequester’s furloughs of air-traffic controllers by shifting money from airport repairs and improvements. “In order to avoid delays this summer, we’re going to ensure delays for the next two or three decades,” he said.

“Why’d you go along with it?” Karl asked.

Some in the room chuckled. Obama didn’t. “You seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities, and that my job is to somehow get them to behave,” he said. “That’s their job. . . . I cannot force Republicans to embrace those common-sense solutions.” He instead spoke of creating “a permission structure” for Republicans to do what he wants.

Obama is correct about the dysfunction, and the difficulty of passing even uncontroversial bills. But his stance was frustratingly passive, as if what happens in Congress is out of his hands. It’s the president’s job to lead, and to bang heads if necessary, regardless of any “permission structure.” Obama seemed oddly like a spectator, as if he had resigned himself to a reactive presidency.

Maureen Dowd is even less sympathetic:

“But, Jonathan,” he lectured Karl, “you seem to suggest that somehow, these folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job. They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

He still thinks he’ll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below. That’s not how it works.

And Dowd pointed out that on Gitmo, Obama isn’t even engaged at a level to where he understands his own policies:

Asked about the hunger strike, the former constitutional law professor in the White House expressed the proper moral outrage at holding so many men “in no-man’s land in perpetuity.” But it sounded as though he didn’t fully understand his own policy. …

It’s true that Congress put restrictions on transfers of individuals to other countries with bad security situations. But, since 2012, Congress has granted authority to the secretary of defense to waive those restrictions on a case-by-case basis. The administration hasn’t made use of that power once. So it’s a little stale to blame Congress at this point.

Salena Zito hit the nail on the head in a commentary which Dowd echoes here.  Obama is much more interested in campaigning rather than the hard work of governing.  His recent dinners with Senators made headlines as a “charm offensive,” but that’s only because Obama hasn’t bothered to personally engage with the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in any consistent and regular manner until more than four years into his presidency.

The whole “buck stops anywhere but my desk” act has grown very stale, but it seems to be the only defense Obama knows.

Update: Jeff Dunetz provides a little more video from the press conference:


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If he wasn’t half black, he would be considered one of the worst presidents in history.

Tater Salad on May 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

The problem is that Congress has been ‘mind-bendingly awful’ for DECADES. And every president except this one- from BOTH side- managed to work with them. It’s just we’ve never had a president as arrogant- AND as incompetent- before now.

michaelo on May 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

“But, Jonathan,” he lectured Karl, “you seem to suggest that somehow, these folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job. They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

He still thinks he’ll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below. That’s not how it works.

(hic)

Maureen, Maureen. On the rare occasions that this “dunderheaded” (really dunderheaded?) Congress stops your boy in his tracks, that’s when they’re actually doing their job.

Only thing she nails is that he’s no leader.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Dana Milbank… Obviously racist.

Maureen Dowd… Pretty sure I heard the word “boy” in there.

apostic on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Obama is Kurt Rambis. Decent player, but a terrible coach.

Bill Clinton said it best in 2008: “10 years ago, this Obama guy would be bringing us coffee.”

portlandon on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Because they don’t want to be left standing when the music stops.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Big Shock to Liberals…

Preezy can’t Govern.

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

That responsibility must be in the MSM-only version of the Constitution, cuz my copy doesn’t say anything about the Executive leading the Legislative branch.

In fact, the Constitution goes out of its way to clearly keep the two separate.

BobMbx on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The left will buy anything Obama says. Look at the record.

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

He has been campaigning since 2006. He never stopped because that’s all he knows.

JAGonzo on May 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Obama has NO leadership abilities. His presidency is completely built on others ideologies, hopes, and ambitions. He is an empty vessel.

portlandon on May 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Obama is much more interested in campaigning rather than the hard work of governing.

And? Judging by their actions, this is what Dem voters crave: A “cool” celebrity traveling around the country, mingling with other celebrities and rock stars, giving speeches that make them feel good about themselves, etc. What is actually happening in reality is an afterthought, at best.

They couldn’t vote for him fast enough. Some Democrat blocks turned out in record numbers. They don’t want a leader. They want a celebrity.

visions on May 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Obama’s reaction to the Gitmo hunger strike – gee, I’ll try to give ‘em what they want – doesn’t seem to be getting much attention.

One would think at the least that a Community Organizer could recognize such a tactic and know enough not to appear be caving in to the protest.

Drained Brain on May 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

You mean it’s not all Bosh’s fault? /sarc.

Galt2009 on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Obama is an idiot in the truest sense of the word. Not because he isn’t intelligent, but because he thinks so little, and he mistakes cleverness for intelligence.

WordsMatter on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Why would anyone think Obama has it in him to lead? He’s never exhibited that type of skill anywhere before. His personality and rhetoric indicate that he’s a my way or the highway kind of guy which was barely working even when he had a 77-seat margin in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And the problems that need to be addressed in this country(namely the economy, the disastrous Obamacare law, and the deficit) are ones he’s either not interested in dealing with or clueless on how to tackle them.

So he reverts to what he does best(or thinks he does best). Campaigning and demagoguing. Sure, the Limbaugh Theorem applies as well. He doesn’t wanna be seen governing, lest he be linked to the sorry economy and rising health care costs. But it’s also because he’s a former community organizer who never ran a thing in his life.

Doughboy on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

We’ve got your back
-msdnc

cmsinaz on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

What’s the point? We’re stuck with this destructive, incompetent fool for the next 4 years. All of this was well known before November 2012, but the 65 million people that voted for this clown obviously don’t give a rat’s ass.

Common Sense Floridian on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Preezy is a great example of why hiring mediochre backbenchers doesn’t work.

No experience governing or dealing as an executive with a legislative body.

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

In brightest day, in blackest night, no accountability shall disturb my sight.

Let those who worship Friedman’s might, beware my power, Green energy’s light!

Your welcome.

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Maybe the problem here is that the national media has talked that point to death, and at some point they have to go back to the President and wonder why he’s not finding ways to lead rather than just complain from the sidelines.

That’s ‘the community organizer’ approach as taught by Alinksy.

That clown in the White House couldn’t lead a thirsty horse to water.

GarandFan on May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He’s cracking. Abobo is officially predicting that he will eventually start smoking weed publically before leaving office as his aura fades and the spoiled “I don’t give a f***” attitude becomes harder and harder to conceal with time. If he can’t have our guns and remake the nation in his image – then he just. doesn’t. give. a. sh!t. It’s pharoah or bust.

abobo on May 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Leadership 2.0

–bayam

tom daschle concerned on May 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Obama is weak. I knew that in 2007.

Funny it takes the press 5+ years to discover.

It looks to me like the long knives from the Hillary supporters in the press are coming out much earlier than planned.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

How about some cheese with that whine? What a sorry display.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

At this point, what difference does it make.

esr1951 on May 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I’m so happy that for the rest of my life I’ll be able to tell anyone and everyone that I voted against Obama for President THREE times.

Chris of Rights on May 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Perhaps, we should send a moving van to the WH to help him pack.

kingsjester on May 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Flatterers own their own special circle shovelling crapola forever in Dante’s Inferno…Obama will likely lead them.

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Affirmative Action has offically jumped the shark with the appointment of this fool.

When even the dimwits start to hammer him on his lack of leadership his pea head will begin to boil and eventually explode. His frail little ego will make him extremely dangerous and unpredictible.

Welcome to our own banana republic. Don’t ever relinquish your personal firepower.

NapaConservative on May 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Obama is weak. I knew that in 2007.

Funny it takes the press 5+ years to discover.

It looks to me like the long knives from the Hillary supporters in the press are coming out much earlier than planned.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

We can hope Benghazi takes them both down.

Obama’s Legacy and her attempt to be the next First Historical Preezy.

workingclass artist on May 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

More than any other president in recent memory Mr. Obama has been an imperial leader. Rather than work together with Congress, he’s eschewed our seasoned democratic process and instead pressed the boundaries of executive power.

So in place of wise, well-reasoned proposals which are desired by the electorate we have Executive Orders, cabinet level “rule-making”, obviously illegal board appointments and a litany of regulation that are destroying our private sectors ability to recover from economic malaise.

Mr. Obama and his liege then under-gird these actions with silly political games such as using selective, questionable polls, specious statistics and a full range of public relations moves designed more to fool and cajole people, rather than to inform or make an honest case for his decisions.

Either Mr. Obama does not understand or perhaps care to understand how our government works. For these are not the actions of a leader, they are the actions of a naive politician who fancies himself an aloof, self-righteous dictator- and people have had enough of him, the fawning clueless press and supporters who want nothing more than to continue taking at the expense of every productive person in this country.

Mr. Obama’s received an historic amount of goodwill from the citizens of this country and we’ve got nothing in return. That is except a few nice speeches, lots of finger pointing and gratuitous finger-wagging.

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Doughboy on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

A+

(I don’t Del anywhere so I took liberties)

And Chris of Rights, did you play Operation Chaos back in 2008 too?

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

In brightest day, in blackest night, no accountability shall disturb my sight.

Let those who worship Friedman’s might, beware my power, Green energy’s light!

Your welcome.

nobar on May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Well played, even if you used the wrong “you’re”.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

If Barack Obama expected any sympathy for his lament yesterday that he’s not the Green Lantern, as Greg Sargent put it on Twitter and in his blog yesterday, he’d be looking at people like Dana Milbank and Maureen Dowd for support.

That’s because Teh SCOAMT’s a Communist Red Lantern.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

What in the heck is a “permission structure”? Seriously, is this the newest feel good about yourself mumbo jumbo from the left?

Ann on May 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

At least his numbers are way up in the Ghey NBA community.

KS Rex on May 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Well, you COULD just pack up and go home. Golly.

pambi on May 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

If he wasn’t half black, he would be considered one of the worst presidents in history.

Tater Salad on May 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

And yet, he IS half-black and he IS considered one of the worst presidents in history. Not because he’s half-black but because he’s one of the worst presidents in history.

So far, his apologists and cheerleaders all think he’s NOT the worst president in history BECAUSE he’s (half) black.

Lourdes on May 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That clown in the White House couldn’t lead a thirsty horse to water.

GarandFan on May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

You can lead a horiticulture, but you ca’t make him think.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

OOps! The race card doesn’t seem to be working as well as his handlers hoped/predicted. They expected it to trump all for both terms of his dismal presidency.
It’s almost time for him to play the gay card. Once he brings himself out of the closet, the left will jump back to total praise and adulation.

maryo on May 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

This is indeed the crux of the matter. The GOP for the most part IS actually standing for their constituents and I dare say the Democrats are standing for theirs – hence the impasse. Obama insists on raising taxes, the Dems dare not go against him and for the most part their lazy, welfare, spread the wealth constituents want taxes raised on producers.

For some reason this stand off is seen as the GOP dragging their feet and being obstructionists. No one looks as to why Owebama and Democrats won’t back off the tax increases.

katablog.com on May 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

A football metaphor – he’s like a head coach that took over a 3-13 team & proceeded to rack up four more consecutive 3-13 finishes. Then gets a contract extension. Matt Millen was a better leader than this ass-clown.

mdenis39 on May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

It is Obysmal’s responsibility to respect the checks and balances inherent in our Constitutional framework, to follow/execute the laws that have been passed (and not pick and choose those which he will follow), and to persuade opposition to adopt or adapt his agenda without resorting to lies and bullying.

Obysmal has no respect for the deliberation process and the reality that he, like those in Congress, are the servants of people’s will.

onlineanalyst on May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Don’t forget the Beer Summit!

katablog.com on May 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The reason all these explanations don’t weigh on the Green Lanternites is the basic process/ideological imbalance identified above.

Sargent would choose the only superhero that is Out-n-Proud. I’m sure that it was only a coincidence…

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Dowd still refers to him as the “the former constitutional law professor.”

He was never a “constitutional law professor.” Why not call him “former astronaut” or “test pilot” or “Super Bowl Championship Quarterback?”

Even in her critique of him, she builds him up & lies about his creds.

av8tr on May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Not holding my breath waiting for his enablers to hold him accountable. Maureen and Dana….sure thing.

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Thumbs up for the green lantern reference.

jdespirito on May 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Obaka’s legacy will be the scratch marks he left on the top of the Resolute Desk from his shoes.

NapaConservative on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

So in place of wise, well-reasoned proposals which are desired by the electorate we have Executive Orders, cabinet level “rule-making”, obviously illegal board appointments and a litany of regulation that are destroying our private sectors ability to recover from economic malaise.

Recall one of the early efforts of Pelosi’s house and Reid’s senate takeovers was the granting of rule-making (legislative) authority to the EPA to try to keep their hands clean of what you have descibed. One of if not the first rule they forwarded was that CO2 was a pollutant. Bush would not acknowledge that and refused to allow the interpretation to cloud enforcement. I sure hope Lisa Jackson is available for prosecution for her antics to deceive during her tenure as head of that agency.

DanMan on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

Wow MoDo, what a spectacularly objective statement. /sarc

Showing once again that the liberal idea of compromise is the republicans caving to the liberal demands.

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

The unfortunate situation is that Obysmal and his media enablers think that leading means imposing his will. Neither respects the underpinnings of our nation’s governance.

onlineanalyst on May 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hey, Ed, I have an important story for you to cover:

Although there were only 3 murders and 17 attempted murders in Chicago overnight, you will be happy to know that Rahmallerenia and his coterie are focused on the really important things…

…like launching the move to make The Windy City the home of the ‘National Gay Athlete Hall of Fame.’

I don’t care what you want to say about them, but they sure do have their ‘Chicago Values’ straight (no pun intended, of course).

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

That is an admirable summary of the pathetic Obysmal modus operandi.

onlineanalyst on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Why would anyone think Obama has it in him to lead? He’s never exhibited that type of skill anywhere before. His personality and rhetoric indicate that he’s a my way or the highway kind of guy which was barely working even when he had a 77-seat margin in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And the problems that need to be addressed in this country(namely the economy, the disastrous Obamacare law, and the deficit) are ones he’s either not interested in dealing with or clueless on how to tackle them.

So he reverts to what he does best(or thinks he does best). Campaigning and demagoguing. Sure, the Limbaugh Theorem applies as well. He doesn’t wanna be seen governing, lest he be linked to the sorry economy and rising health care costs. But it’s also because he’s a former community organizer who never ran a thing in his life.

Doughboy on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Obama never took the job to govern, and he was told by people like Axelrod, Plouffe and Jarrett he would never had to govern. The left’s whole idea behind electing the first African-American president (or, come 2016 with Hillary, trying to elect the first woman president) was the idea that that in itself gave that person the same Absolute Moral Authority Maureen Dowd anointed Cindy Sheehan with in 2005.

Obama was simply !suppose to say “I want national health care!” or “I want higher taxes!” and the Democratic majorities in Congress would give it to him. Anyone who disagreed would be branded a racist and written out of the political conversation.

That’s the gig he signed up for — Obama decrees, Congress agrees. His frustration and anger comes from the fact that, post-Tea Party/post-2010 midterms, the wheels fell off the strategy as far as getting any more big government programs done (and when you read Dowd or Milbank, remember, they’re really not mad at Obama so much for not talking with Congress, they’re mad a him for not having the LBJ-like ability to simply go up to Capitol Hill and steamroll Congress like Johnson did in 1964-65, forgetting that it was Kennedy’s assassination that temporarily gave Johnson the Absolute Moral Authority ability to steamroll Congress in 1964-65. LBJ burned up his AMA credits by the ’66 midterms and Obama used his up over 2 1/2 years ago).

jon1979 on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Marcus Traianus on May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Well stated.

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

At this point, what difference does it make.

esr1951 on May 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

So sad, but true. We are stuck with him. However, now that Obama is safely ensconced in the White House for the next four years, the enablers and quislings have second thoughts? I don’t buy that for a second. They’ve had five years to come to that conclusion, yet it is only AFTER he is elected for a second term that they arrive at it? Nope. These rat bastards are simply trying to resurrect their own credibility, especially since they have already sold their souls for position, notoriety, and a seat at their master’s table.

ariel on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’m trying hard to recall when President Reagan was in Charge, a single time the press accused the democrat Congress of blindly partisan obstructionism,… of HW Bush,… W Bush..

When Clinton had the first GOP House in 70 years for his left wing over reach.. they began this circus of blaming Congress instead of the president..

The pattern has been absolute..

Support the D.. trash the R.. which ever holds the presidency, that pattern has held..

maybe why 60 plus percent of America does not trust the press..

something these lefty talking heads should address, why the institutional lapdog loyalty to ONE party?

They usually make the excuse, well you have to understand the nuances.. meaning, they’ll always find an excuse to justify party loyalty, regardless of facts on the ground, every time.

The difference this time,

They had it all, the left finally had every reign of power, every media outlet but one in complete lockstep, the Journolist was humming along… and the left wing utopia they so craved..

never happened..

and it wasn’t the GOP which stopped him.. it was individual citizens stepping up and saying no, en mass. That, and his complete lack of leadership skills, an apathy to anything but his own petty pleasures, and pursuits, leaving the nuts and bolts rules of governing to flunkies..

then when his failures mounted..

he as usual blames someone else.. but now, even his most loyal sycophants are tired of no results..

when they stop defending him, become apathetic to his excuses..

then he’s done.. not just a lame duck, but an object of derision for more than just half the country..

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

That’s the gig he signed up for — Obama decrees, Congress agrees. His frustration and anger comes from the fact that, post-Tea Party/post-2010 midterms, the wheels fell off the strategy as far as getting any more big government programs done
jon1979 on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I like that first sentence. That pretty much nails the Jugears governing philosophy.

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I think a reminder is needed:

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration that somehow you’re not patriotic. And we should stand up and say ‘We are Americans and we have a right to disagree with any administration.’”

– Hillary Clinton

I bet she regrets those words today.

Kingfisher on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

Ever taken a look at those communities your boyfriend “organized” in Chicago, Maureen? Those communities were broken and busted and dangerous when your chocolate messiah appeared on the scene and dazzled the downtrodden peasants with his sparkling smile and Harvard degree. And after Obama had done his “work” in those broken communities and moved on to greener (and far more lucrative) pastures, those communities were more broken and busted and dangerous than they had ever been before.

The real “dunderheads” are fools like you who fell in love with a lazy and corrupt Chicago con man who couldn’t organize his own sock drawer.

AZCoyote on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

But he called Jason Collins!

What more does he need to do to show he’s with it and “Gets the people”?!

If it wasn’t for Obama, Collins would be out of a job next year!

He’s a “Howard Stopper” according to ghey black men who’ve never played a day of ball in their lives and are making a living by hiding in the halls of academia!

budfox on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Obama thinks he is a King with no responsibilities…. a Prince.

Dasher on May 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Asked about the hunger strike, the former constitutional law professor part-time grievance law lecturer in the White House expressed the proper moral outrage at holding so many men “in no-man’s land in perpetuity.” But it sounded as though he didn’t fully understand his own policy. …

There’s a reason why Barry sounds as though he doesn’t fully understand his own policies, Maureen.

Try and guess what it is . . . .

AZCoyote on May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I bet she regrets those words today.

Kingfisher on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Nah, they served their purpose at the time and only a few people like us will re bear them. The republican establishment is too squishy to use them against her in the future and her base has the attention span of a three year old and retention span of a gnat, so they won’t remember that screech in the future; they probably forgot it within a month when they were shown a new shiny.

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hey, Ed, I have an important story for you to cover:

Although there were only 3 murders and 17 attempted murders in Chicago overnight, you will be happy to know that Rahmallerenia and his coterie are focused on the really important things…

…like launching the move to make The Windy City the home of the ‘National Gay Athlete Hall of Fame.’

I don’t care what you want to say about them, but they sure do have their ‘Chicago Values’ straight (no pun intended, of course).

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Someone yesterday, maybe Rush, suggested a separate draft process just for gay players.

slickwillie2001 on May 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

“Remember them”. not “re bear them”

Dang autocowreck

AZfederalist on May 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

He is used to operating from his very high horse, as a community organizer shouting insults at a bank or a business in order to get some hush money. His partner in governance is not the other party but The Rabble, but that doesn’t always work.

PattyJ on May 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Obama’s almost nonstop blaming, Bush, Republicans, Congress, SCOTUS, etc. for all of his failures reminds me of this scene from The Blues Brothers where Jake is confronted by his scorned ex-girlfriend.

I can almost see Maureen Dowd with that “assault weapon”.

simkeith on May 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

does FLOTUS know that the Green Lantern is gay?

kirkill on May 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

“But, Jonathan,” he lectured Karl, “you seem to suggest that somehow, these folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job. They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

He still thinks he’ll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below. That’s not how it works

Poor Maureen. It’s hard when you think your god is omnipotent, and find out he’s really impotent.

But the really notable thing about her quote is that she really believes the president’s job is to make Congress do what he wants done. She wants the role of Congress to be a rubber stamp for the president.

Of course, it goes without saying that this is only true when the president is a liberal Democrat. When it was Bush in the White House, her view of Congress was a bit more nuanced.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Liberals actually love obstruction, when it’s their weapon against Bush, or Reagan, try and recall a single time Sam (I’m a liberal talking point machine) Donaldson, ever publicly chastised Tip O’Neil for refusing to work with Reagan..

just once..

Or went after Speaker Wright for his shameless demagoguing..

any of the national press..

It’s as predictable as a Harvard preppies first case of crabs..

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Obama is much more interested in campaigning rather than the hard work of governing.

That’s because campaigning is a part-time job and leaves plenty of time for golf and vacations.

tommyboy on May 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Obama is an idiot in the truest sense of the word. Not because he isn’t intelligent, but because he thinks so little, and he mistakes cleverness for intelligence.

WordsMatter on May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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Two years ago a guy at work randomly walked up to me and stated… ‘the longest running rumor about Obama is that his birth certificate is fake’. Without missing a beat I replied ‘no, actually it’s that he’s intelligent’. The look on his face was priceless.

There has never been a single piece of evidence that Barry is overly smart. He memorized the book of Marx, and a few other key leftist points of importance… and he is a lying ass protected class politician… but his intelligence is a total myth. (teleprompters, like google, can improve one’s apparent I.Q tremendously).

RalphyBoy on May 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Of course, it goes without saying that this is only true when the president is a liberal Democrat. When it was Bush in the White House, her view of Congress was a bit more nuanced.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I’d like just once, them to publically admit, they don’t care about who does what, it’s all about them dropping the hammer on everyone else..

never happen, but we all know it’s the one great unspoken left wing truth.

compromise means complete submission to OUR position, or you’re being an un-American obstructionist..

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Obama’s job experience apparently limits him to two trick pony status. He’s either a community organizer – browbeat, threaten, and campaign 24-7 – or he’s a professor-in-chief as exemplified in his latest press conference talking down to everyone and blaming his “student” (Congress) for not making the grade. He’s too radical to legitimately compromise so his options are limited.

FreeManOtis on May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I listened to that Obama press conference.

I got tired of him whining about those Wascally Wepublicans locking him out of the Oval Office.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

This is indeed the crux of the matter. The GOP for the most part IS actually standing for their constituents and I dare say the Democrats are standing for theirs – hence the impasse. Obama insists on raising taxes, the Dems dare not go against him and for the most part their lazy, welfare, spread the wealth constituents want taxes raised on producers.

For some reason this stand off is seen as the GOP dragging their feet and being obstructionists. No one looks as to why Owebama and Democrats won’t back off the tax increases.

katablog.com on May 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

In the MSM worldview, they can’t even conceive of opposition to Obama as anything but wickedness. As evidenced by MaurDow’s quote.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

So Obama thinks Congress sucks. Maybe they do, but what does he expect? It’s a big country and in the House each member will likely be very sensitive to the provincial interests of his constituents if he/she wants to keep the job. So things are gonna be sloppy. Then there is the President’s own shallow character. Of all the events for which Obama should directly answer (the economy at this point, debt/deficit, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc.) nothing but obfuscation, denial, blame directed elswhere. On the otherhand gay basketball player Jesse Collins is worth a shoutout and phone call. No matter what I think about Collins being gay it was a brave move in my mind on his part. But it is also just another in a long line of moments when the President elevates his stature by associating himself with someone else who is considered brave, cool, whatever by the politically correct culture of the day.

DaveDief on May 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obama’s job experience apparently limits him to two trick pony status. He’s either a community organizer – browbeat, threaten, and campaign 24-7 – or he’s a professor-in-chief as exemplified in his latest press conference talking down to everyone and blaming his “student” (Congress) for not making the grade. He’s too radical to legitimately compromise so his options are limited.

FreeManOtis on May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

possibly true..

But my take is more earthy..

He’s the product of a coddled spoiled childhood, where he never heard no. Never heard anything but praises about his perfection, and he to this day, believes he’s vastly superior to every other being, and why won’t the damned peasants obey like he told them?

A textbook narcissist, he counts.. no one else.

That he’s also spremely intellectually lazy, content to follow dogma that was old before FDR.. he never ever listens to others, just roles his eyes and taps his fingers while watching the clock..

then he speaks his royal decree, insults the motives and humanity of the opposition, grabs his clubs and takes the day off.

George the 3rd was probably more engaged.

mark81150 on May 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“Right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill,”

I cannot force Republicans to embrace those common-sense solutions.”

I’m sick and tired of the jug-eared wonder and the MSM calling Congress “dysfunctional” simply because they won’t roll-over and give Obama everything he wants.

Seperation of powers is a feature of the Constitution, not a bug.

BacaDog on May 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

There’s an immense responsibility being the first anything and Obama really isn’t very good at being the President. He was probably really good at being the community organizer though.

If Jackie Robinson played baseball, like Obama plays President, there wouldn’t be any blacks in baseball.

bflat879 on May 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

While neutral commentators often hold up compromise, abstractly, as the Holy Grail, the process/ideology dichotomy makes it much easier for those commentators to fault the president for failing to work the process effectively enough to secure compromise than to pillory the opposition for being ideologically uncompromising.

I tire of the idea that compromise is always the right solution – as if meeting halfway is a virtue. Imagine you walk into the Lamborghini dealership and try to buy a Lamborghini Aventador. The dealer’s opening offer is $390,000, and you offer a penny. The “compromise is a virtue” crowd would then say that the dealer is an evil, awful person and should be run out of business if he refuses to sell me the car for $195,000. After all, that’s compromise! It doesn’t matter how much money the dealer would lose, nor the loss of brand value of the vehicle. Meeting halfway is a virtue, and he should be happy that he sold it to me for more than a penny!

When the difference is between a government that spends only what it takes in except during major crises like wars and deficit spending more money than the GDP, compromising on only deficit spending half the GDP is NOT a good solution! If meeting halfway is a virtue, I can always control the negotiations by setting an outrageously far-out initial position and insisting on getting us to halfway before conceding to a compromise.

GWB on May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The President’s job is to PERSUADE Congress to pass his intiatives. This usually involves some compromise and at minimum a demonstrated understanding and recognition of the opposition’s concerns. ESPECIALLY when one’s initiatives are deeply unpopular (Obamacare). Compromise is sometimes even necessary when your party controls all three branches because not all of your own party will go along.

If you refuse to compromise or offer deliberately inadequate concessions, you are not likely to get much cooperation. If you cram it down their throats anyway (Obamacare again), are you surprised that they respond with a giant EFF YOU?

He acts like he’s 9 years old. I can’t remember any President complaining about all the meanies not doing it his way. What’s next, taking his ball and going home? No wonder he said nearly that at the presser.

Missy on May 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I’m not familiar with that notion…

d1carter on May 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

From last night’s QotD

Milbank and others on the LEFT are puzzled and disappointed over Obama’s obvious detachment.

Not so long ago these were the SAME PEOPLE who marveled at his ‘aloof coolness’, and said he was ‘above the fray’ and ‘the adult in the room’ and called him “The One” and marveled at his ‘elegance’.

David Brooks nearly swooned over the crease in his trousers and thought to himself ‘This man could be president’.

The reason Obama is ‘detached’ is simple. He’s suddenly found that he’s the member of a far more exclusive club than the one to which his admirers belong.

He’s one of “The Five Living Presidents”. He knows that being the “First Black President” will secure his place in the history books. He’s even got “The Nobel Peace Prize” to hang on his wall. He’ll have a very expensive library named after him containing all of the material thought fit to be relevant to him and his reign… er… his presidency. He’ll be paid BIG MONEY for the rest of his life just to TALK about being “The First Black President”.

Frankly, he doesn’t need any of his erstwhile supporters or admirers anymore. And he knows it.

thatsafactjack on April 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

…and Michelle will one day choke on lobsters. These two nobodies will be billionaires, based on nada, nada, nada. They are the shame of the world. It’s the world’s fault for being so stupid. The world is snookered by two charlatanic fools.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Obama is a community organizer. The only way he knows how to get things done is to agitate a group of people so that they then harass and intimidate another group of people (corporations; government)into giving them free stuff.

As we’ve come to see, that works in cities and towns but it doesn’t work nationally in a country as diverse as America.

OxyCon on May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The real problem is Obama is vacuous and lazy. He takes talking points to be real knowledge. He does not know anything, from defense statistics, to the latest scientific findings re global warming cooling, to energy production and ditribution, to jobs. He is a pretend President and hence cannot hold his own in discussion that requires actual preparedness.

pat on May 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Salena Zito hit the nail on the head in a commentary which Dowd echoes here. Obama is much more interested in campaigning rather than the hard work of governing.

Being a ‘Community Organizer’ is easy – governing & being a Leader is hard!

The nation elected a self-professed Communist-tutored, racist hate-spewing Anti-American pastor-mentored COMMUNITY ORGANIZER with barely 2 years of service in the Senate before beginning his campaign for the Presidency!

Campaigning, dinners, personal attacks, finger-pointing, fanning the flames of dicontent, fear-mongering, using victims as back-drops, playing on emotion, creating enemies for the masses to rally against – THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS DO! While I can understand how the ‘sheep’ are just waking up to this, but I am amazed to find educated, intelligent people just ‘getting’ this NOW!

easyt65 on May 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Every time I read Obama referred to as a “constitutional law professor,” I want to puke. He was a lecturer, basically one step up from a TA…

HornHiAceDeuce on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

If he wasn’t half black, he would be considered one of the worst presidents in history.

Tater Salad on May 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Update: He is the worst president in history regardless!

Boats48 on May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php

Meanwhile Obama ignores floridas persecution of black teens in Florida

libfreeordie on May 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

While neutral commentators often hold up compromise, abstractly, as the Holy Grail, the process/ideology dichotomy makes it much easier for those commentators to fault the president for failing to work the process effectively enough to secure compromise than to pillory the opposition for being ideologically uncompromising.

How about you pillory the pResident and his party for being ideologically uncompromising?

Besides, which party has actually passed budgets for the last three cycles through their control of a chamber of Congress, and which party has refused to do so and prevented any regular compromise as a result? And where was President Obama on that problem? He hardly urged Harry Reid to get the Senate to do its job, and in fact was two months late with this cycle’s budget proposal.

Exactly! Any “neutral commentators” should acknowledge those facts. The last time a Democrat-controlled body passed a budget was FY 2009!

It’s not the Republican opposition party’s fault that there was no budget in FY 2010, 2011, 2012, nor 2013.

It’s not the Republican opposition party’s fault that the pResident was two months late with his FY 2014 budget proposal.

It’s not the Republican opposition party’s fault that the Democrat Senate is going on their FIFTH Fiscal Year without obeying the law and passing a budget!

ITguy on May 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

We better get a “Big Gulp” sized dose of hard liquor and fast!

The newspaper reviews led us to an evening before the greatest Master of Ceremonies in history with a wonderful entertainment program and the atmosphere of a new and exciting restaurant.

What a surprise to be served a failed stimulated economy as an aperitif, flat brown green jobs as a salad, the discovery of a bologna stew main course in the idea that friendship would make Muslims behave with the desert of a healthcare solution not looking too sweet. Much of the waiters and staff is ready to go home.

Maybe the public can get tanked enough to blame some guys whose biggest sin was not letting us spend more money on the evening and everyone involved can clear out before the credit card bill comes.

IlikedAUH2O on May 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Repeating a comment I made this morning in yesterday’s “Quotes of the day”:

He argued for an end to the sequester, only to add that he doesn’t have enough sway with Congress to make it happen. “You seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities, and that my job is to somehow get them to behave,” he said to one reporter. “That’s their job!”…

Oh, the irony!

Obama now is saying you shouldn’t blame the President for what Congress does, even when one of the two houses of Congress is controlled by the President’s party.

Let’s go back less than five years ago and see what then-Senator Obama had to say about fiscal matters and the Presidency, at a time when both houses of Congress were controlled by Democrats and the President was a Republican:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- Barack Obama July 3, 2008

Then-Senator Obama felt that the President acted “by his lonesome” and that then-Senator Obama and the rest of the Democrat majority in the House and Senate (including then-Senators Biden and Clinton) played no role in that “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” $9 Trillion in debt.

The national debt is now $16.8 Trillion.

That’s $7.8 Trillion more “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic”, and rather than claim that he added that much new debt “by his lonesome”, Obama wants to attack Congress for sequestration, which doesn’t even cut spending but merely decreases future increases, and when sequestration was the administration’s idea in the first place.

Obama needs to man up and admit that Democrats were wrong to blame George Bush exclusively for all that went wrong in 2007 and 2008 when the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate.

ITguy on May 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php

Meanwhile Obama ignores floridas persecution of black teens in Florida

libfreeordie on May 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Welcome to Zero Tolerance Bizarroland where biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun can get a 7 year-old suspended from school. So, you want us to be surprised when a teenage girl gets arrested for causing an explosion in a science lab? Really? Have you not been paying attention?

We warned you.

Resist We Much on May 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php

Meanwhile Obama ignores floridas persecution of black teens in Florida

libfreeordie on May 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I feel sorry for her, but if this was outside the lab, and unsupervised by a teacher, all bets are off.

Ward Cleaver on May 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

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