Video: Jon Stewart notably unimpressed with Obama’s executive ability

posted at 10:01 am on May 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Has the narrative begun to turn on Barack Obama? Jon Stewart reacted last night to the string of scandals buffeting the White House over the past week, and the incredibly weak response they have generated. Both Barack Obama and Jay Carney have insisted that they only know about these executive-branch outrages because, er, they watch cable news a lot, or something. Needless to say, this doesn’t give Stewart the warm fuzzies about the hands in which the nation rests … or perhaps the honesty in the White House (via Mediaite):

This was the best line:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”

Dana Milbank also proclaims himself impatient with “President Passerby”:

President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.

Late Monday came the breathtaking news of a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by his administration: word that the Justice Department had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of Associated Press reporters.

And yet President Obama reacted much as he did to the equally astonishing revelation on Friday that the IRS had targeted conservative groups based on their ideology: He responded as though he were just some bloke on a bar stool, getting his information from the evening news.

In the phone-snooping case, Obama didn’t even stir from his stool. Instead, he had his press secretary, former Time magazine journalist Jay Carney, go before an incensed press corps Tuesday afternoon and explain why the president will not be involving himself in his Justice Department’s trampling of press freedoms.

“Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the Associated Press,” Carney announced.

The president “found out about the news reports yesterday on the road,” he added.

And now that Obama has learned about this extraordinary abuse of power, he’s not doing a thing about it. “We are not involved at the White House in any decisions made in connection with ongoing criminal investigations,” Carney argued.

Meanwhile, David Axelrod wants people to know that we shouldn’t expect a President to know and control what happens in his administration, because, y’know, it’s so big:

Yes, we know, David.  It’s one of the many reasons conservatives want smaller government.  But the deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS isn’t the same thing as the donut choices in the cafeteria, either.


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In other words, John Stewart says what’s popular to maintain his ratings.

PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.”

And who appointed the ones in charge?

Electrongod on May 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Jon Stewart notably unimpressed

Ruh roh.

petefrt on May 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

We told you so.

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.

Here’s the big problem with that, Dana…

HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW.

Red Cloud on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Lol

Axle rod….what does the chief of staff do?

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I believe there is a quite aptly named, long-time -approaching emeritus status- commenter on these boards … let’s see, the name, what is it?

It’s a foriegn word, perhaps German …

I mean, it describes so well just what I feel when I see lap-dog Stewart gnawing at the ankles of his master.

Oh, yes … that’s it –

SCHADENFREUDE

Take it away, sir.

M240H on May 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.” Spinny Spin Spinner

And that’s on purpose.

rbj on May 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Jon gets it right
Too funny

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Boehner speaking now

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

In other words, John Stewart says what’s popular to maintain his ratings.

PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Pretty low ratings to begin with, nothing compared to Duck Dynasty.

sentinelrules on May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.”

Then the obvious solution is to not make the president’s power not so vast.

Ya think?

beatcanvas on May 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

*eating popcorn* What a nightmare! Nom, nom, nom. :-D

Democrats: Um, er, uh, it was just sex! We can use that one again, right? Right!?

Punchenko on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Reminds me of when Obama resigned the podium to Ex-Pres Clinton, because he was running late and Mooch would be mad. What a moron!!

Deano1952 on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Who is going to jail?
-boehner

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

OT:

Whoa! Boehner press conference (paraphrasing):

“My question is not who’s going to get fired over this scandal, my question is who’s going to jail over it.”

Has he suddenly grown a set?

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Government incompetence and corruption!

Liberals: Well, to be fair, government is so big that these things will happen. You can’t really expect political leaders to have any responsibility.

Societal problems!

Liberals: We need bigger government to take care of us! It’s the only thing we do together!

gwelf on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.

He is participating, Dana.

I mean, gosh, he uses Air Force One, takes lots of nifty trips to campaign talk to us commoners, he’s stayed at Camp David alot, shot hoops on the White House basketball court, watched movies in the WH theater and held at least 1 press conference.

Dammit man, can’t I just eat my waffles in peace?

BacaDog on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Pretty low ratings to begin with, nothing compared to Duck Dynasty.

sentinelrules on May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

When you’re hanging from a ledge, not falling can seem like progress.

PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Good one Deano

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

GOP taking turns ripping Barky a new one.

Kick him while he’s down, I say.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I’m not impressed with Stewart’s outrage…

But I’m popping corn anyhow…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

What we need to do is enlarge the government even more.

You lefties would be fine with that, right, having so much government that pretty soon even the head of agencies are completely clueless to what is happening within them? Be careful what you wish for.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Stewart’s about to have his Arlen Specter moment. I can feel it coming.

abobo on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Uh, that would be Prezzy Driveby. He is from Chicago after all.

Kissmygrits on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

OT:

Whoa! Boehner press conference (paraphrasing):

“My question is not who’s going to get fired over this scandal, my question is who’s going to jail over it.”

Has he suddenly grown a set?

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Yeah….and then the others blew it by watering down the message.

Really pipeline and jobs?

Focus…Focus…Focus on the scandals!

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

You can be a beta male like Obama and still be thin-skinned and vindictive. Milbank wants to think Obama isn’t Nixon because of the former, but he is with the latter, especially as it pertains to the aggressive acolytes around him who couldn’t be elected president on their own (they needed a beta male like Obama not to scare off the swing voters), but have no qualms about using the power of the presidency illegally in an attempt to destroy their enemies.

jon1979 on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Who is going to jail?
-boehner

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Maybe the worm has finally turned for ol’ Weepy Face McGolfingbuddy.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.”

That’s tailor-made for a Tea Party PAC commercial.

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Dana Milbank also proclaims himself impatient with “President Passerby”

It’s the Limbaugh Theorem. Man, Rush is gonna get a year’s worth of shows just out of coining that phrase. The problem that Obama has is he could sort of get away with pretending to be isolated from the economy and the deficit since the press were willing accomplices. But when we have major scandals erupting that all took place on his watch, he can’t sit back in his “innocent bystander” mode and act like he’s just as shocked to find out about it as the rest of us. Because even if he manages to avoid being linked to any of the scandals, it still makes him look lazy and incompetent and unable to exert any semblance of control over the government. Not exactly what the American people wanna see with the feds about to take over the health care system(via the IRS no less!).

Doughboy on May 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

OT:

Whoa! Boehner press conference (paraphrasing):

“My question is not who’s going to get fired over this scandal, my question is who’s going to jail over it.”

Has he suddenly grown a set?

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I don’t hate Boehner like some, but he’s always been more bark than bite. We’ll see.

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Here’s the big problem with that, Dana…

HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW.

Red Cloud on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I agree 100%. My impression reading Milbank’s article, was “What, in the last 4 years, has given you ANY indication that he can do that?”

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Reminds me of when Obama resigned the podium to Ex-Pres Clinton, because he was running late and Mooch would be mad. What a moron!!

Deano1952 on May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

He’s more afraid of Mooch than any reporter!

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Stewart and the rest of the sycophantic “media” that have ENABLED all of this to happen in the first place, don’t have the RIGHT to be outraged over ANY of this!

THEY are the reason Obama and his accomplices have been able to do what they have done! With a real, functioning “Press”, NONE of this would have even been attempted, let alone actually done.

Stewart and rest of them are every bit as culpable as Obama and his accomplices and should be treated as such.

Meople on May 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hah, bonus points to Stewart for harking to back to the Scare Force One flight, to add to the current cluelessness we’re seeing from Resident McDivot.

juliesa on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Really pipeline and jobs?

Focus…Focus…Focus on the scandals!

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I know…… When Boehner first walked out holding a pamphlet that said “jobs”, my first thought was “WTF?!?!?”

All these impeachment-worthy scandals, ripe for the picking, and he wants to talk about JOBS???!?!?!?

Muddled message at best.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Putting aside the very funny toothpaste silliness, Stewart is astonished at how incompetent this Administration is.

We aren’t, Jon. We told you this five years ago.

Jaibones on May 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

1. We need a big, powerful central government with one primary decisionmaker. That way things will get done quickly and efficiently.

2. Government is so big and powerful, there is no possible way one man can control it or know what is going on below him.

3. ???

4. Profit.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”

That is just too funny for words! And I can’t stand Jon Stewart.

If Obama can’t keep tabs on everything, I can’t debate. But, if he didn’t think himself the smartest person in his Administration — so great that he could do better than his Cabinet secretaries — they would have been aware of what’s going on.

Obama set the tone for a half-a$$ed Administration. And those half-a$$ed people cut that half-a$$ in half yet again. The Secretaries each set a pi$$-poor tone in their respective Departments, so we now have these scandals.

Axelrod can make all the excuses he wants. At this point, with all this ineptitude exposed and maybe with more to come, it can all only go back to Obama. Had he chosen the best people for the jobs at the outset, years ago, there would be fewer scandals, if any.

But I guess this is what happens when the elected president set out from the get-go to destroy the United States.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

My personal opinion of the man is that he was always just a figurehead. I think the democrats put him forward with the idea that he could just play at being president and let the rest up to them. If you really think about it, all he does is sign what they put in front of him and then go around in an endless campaign mode. I really can’t think of any bill that he personally authored or even was a major contributor. That in no way alleviates his guilt, it just compounds it.

bandutski on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Yes, we know, David. It’s one of the many reasons conservatives want smaller government. But the deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS isn’t the same thing as the donut choices in the cafeteria, either.

The rat-eared passerby doesn’t have to know because it is people like Axelrod who makes it clear that the administration would be mighty appreciative if some gay marriage group happened to get IRS documents showing the Republican candidate’s support of pro-normal marriage organizations.

But at some point, as scandal after scandal is piled on, the question becomes what exactly do you know and why don’t you know more about the part of government you are in charge of.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Quoting myself:

The media is not “turning” on Obama per se. They are throwing a fit because he has not lived up to their expectations of the Second melanin infused coming of FDR. “Since he won’t take the responsibility we ought to get some credibility back using his hide.” they say… If Obama was enough of a leader to get “Imigration Reform” done then they would not have turned. The less they think of Obama as an asset to the left the more is administration will crumble.

Theworldisnotenough on May 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I was at the mosque, praying, so yeah, Friday”?

Is Stewart one of those right-wing crazies who think Obama is a Muslim?

AZCoyote on May 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Really pipeline and jobs?

Focus…Focus…Focus on the scandals!

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Pile on. While you’re busy in your scandal spin strategy sessions, remember there is still a country to run.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

In other words, John Stewart says what’s popular to maintain his ratings.
PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

You obviously don’t watch the show or you would know that he frequently goes against the grain, and is very consistent. Hell, you didn’t even spell his first name right!!!

RMCS_USN on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Don’t worry..he’ll have Obama on in a week or two, and Obama will throw his head back with that wide grin, tell a joke making slight fun of himself and Jon will be back polishing the nob.
A person does not become deprogrammed from a cult that easily.

Mimzey on May 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Smartest president, ever!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

“I was at the mosque, praying, so yeah, Friday”?

Is Stewart one of those right-wing crazies who think Obama is a Muslim?

AZCoyote on May 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Slip of the tongue or confirmation? I caught that too.

totherightofthem on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

When this administration came to power, were we not told that “adults are now running the government”?

Perhaps we should call this “The Sgt Shultz Administration”.

GarandFan on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I know…… When Boehner first walked out holding a pamphlet that said “jobs”, my first thought was “WTF?!?!?”

All these impeachment-worthy scandals, ripe for the picking, and he wants to talk about JOBS???!?!?!?

Muddled message at best.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

No, he’s got to do that. Otherwise the MSM will pillory him and the GOP for “ignoring the real issues” and try to turn that into the real story. They will, anyway, but now he has ammunition to fire back at them when they do. It’s good politics.

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I’m not impressed with Stewart’s outrage…

But I’m popping corn anyhow…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Yeah, but the cracks about remembering the day he first heard about the IRS scandal–not Wednesday because that was the beer summit with Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, but Friday because he was saying prayers at the mosque–were classic.

BuckeyeSam on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”

That is just too funny for words! And I can’t stand Jon Stewart.

If Obama can’t keep tabs on everything, I can’t debate. But, if he didn’t think himself the smartest person in his Administration — so great that he could do better than his Cabinet secretaries — they would have been aware of what’s going on.

Obama set the tone for a half-a$$ed Administration. And those half-a$$ed people cut that half-a$$ in half yet again. The Secretaries each set a pi$$-poor tone in their respective Departments, so we now have these scandals.

Axelrod can make all the excuses he wants. At this point, with all this ineptitude exposed and maybe with more to come, it can all only go back to Obama. Had he chosen the best people for the jobs at the outset, years ago, there would be fewer scandals, if any.

But I guess this is what happens when the elected president set out from the get-go to destroy the United States.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

His vaunted ‘speeches’, actually just recitals, are simply him reading from a teleprompter. It’s so mechanical that after a reading, if you asked him “what did you just say?”, I wonder if he would know.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Smartest president, ever!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Hugh Hewitt: The Treasury IG’s Report: Hand Me Another Can of Whitewash

http://www.hughhewitt.com/the-treasury-igs-report/

ninjapirate on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Great. So the “press” is surprised. Having ignored or actively covered-up for this administrations failings from the day Obama began campaigning,now we are seeing the results. The press is supposed to help keep government in check – BIG FAIL. I can imagine the confusion in the White House. Hey, not a peep when we threw campaign financing under the bus, no complaints when we spoke negatively about lobbyists while peopling our administration with them, you were fine when we were targeting US citizens for death by drone, no complaints about how “the most open administration in history” held less than half the amount of Presidential news conferences than that evil war lord Bush, etc, etc. Carney was openly confused yesterday when he made a little joke about FOX news – a guaranteed laugh line for White House press corps and no one chuckled.

D.L.Mc on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The Internal Revenue Service asked tea party groups to see donor rolls.

It asked for printouts of Facebook posts.

And it asked what books people were reading.

A POLITICO review of documents from 11 tea party and conservative groups that the IRS scrutinized in 2012 shows the agency wanted to know everything — in some cases, it even seemed curious what members were thinking. The review included interviews with groups or their representatives from Hawaii, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and elsewhere.

Yeah. Nothing to see here, move along, Big Daddy just needs to know a few things about you, no big deal.

WTF.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

When this administration came to power, were we not told that “adults are now running the government”?

Perhaps we should call this “The Sgt Shultz Administration”.

GarandFan on May 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Exactly! I was near a TV yesterday during a segment Megyn Kelly ran, and she showed some clips of Schultz from a few reruns of Hogans Heroes. It was fantastic.

BuckeyeSam on May 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

In other words, John Stewart says what’s popular to maintain his ratings.

PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Yes, because criticizing the President will endear him further to his young, liberal audience.

YYZ on May 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Is Jon Stewart still a thing?

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Ya know. . .. If those evil Republicans had only refused to confirm my appointments *cough*Eric Holder*cough* none of this would have happened.

-President Driveby

totherightofthem on May 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Doughboy on May 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

My first thought too. And if I’m not mistaken, Rush came up with this theorem what, two years ago?
Can’t wait to hear Rush welcome Millbank on board. Who’s Obama gonna go after at his next fundraiser?

questionmark on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

This guy’s always been awol,

You think we could have seen this coming!/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9W24oMIRc

MontanaMmmm on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

John Stewart needs to maintain a little more anti-establishment cred with hip-progressives, than say, …….Alan Colmes. So occasionally, when a Democrat has screwed up blatantly enough, he’ll pile on.

Dongemaharu on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Come on, guys. It’s not like the government is investigating baby-killing facilities. At least our most cherished right to kill infants isn’t being trampled.

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train.

They wanted a list of students who had been trained.

More government, you lefties, this is more government.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Agree with Chris

Boehner and issa like to talk big but there is no there there

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Shut up Stewart. You foisted this hack upon your low information viewers who elected him. You need to go into exile for 40 years.

Basilsbest on May 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

You can’t have it both ways, Jon (is he really still on the air?).

Stewart is one of obama’s top propagandists – he went all out to get him elected, TWICE – his whining is disingenuous and ridiculous.

Pork-Chop on May 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I wonder how fuming Obama is these past few days, for cause of his over-inflated ego. I would venture he has never before in his life felt so dissed.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

His vaunted ‘speeches’, actually just recitals, are simply him reading from a teleprompter. It’s so mechanical that after a reading, if you asked him “what did you just say?”, I wonder if he would know.
slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Indeed. A colossal mistake is not recognizing that a majority of the electorate like watching him turn his head back and forth while reading.

I still think these scandals are much ado about nothing. What exactly do people think the consequences of these scandals will be?

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.”

Funny, don’t think I ever heard this when W was in office.

I do understand what Axelrod is saying. HOWEVER, the office has a structure that should be getting him information he NEEDS to know.

And POTUS defines what he needs to know. There are no excuses.

Jabberwock on May 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Stewart not buying the excuse that Obama is kept in the dark and fed crap all day. Obama The Mushroom King. I’m in awe watching this unfold. I wonder when it will dawn on the liberals that it’s either Obama or their baby, Big Government?

txhsmom on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

My question is how could Obama, or any president, have prevented these scandals?

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president. the IRS head lerner SHOULD’VE told the president what happened earlier but she didn’t, don’t see how this is Obama’s fault. He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Pile on. While you’re busy in your scandal spin strategy sessions, remember there is still a country to run.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The very last people on earth who should be “running the country” are Congresspersons.

Clueless out of touch loons.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This guy’s always been awol,

You think we could have seen this coming!/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah9W24oMIRc

Part of being a narcissist is being the center of attention. Having people wait on your arrival does that job, as you walk in all heads turn to you and allows face and voice time in issuing an empty apology for coming in late. See the attention he gets?

If Barry’d come in early or on time, he’d simply be just another committee member.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Pretty low ratings to begin with, nothing compared to Duck Dynasty.

sentinelrules on May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Of course not. Duck Dynasty actually has people with real American values and appeals to a broad swath of Americans. Jon Stewart appeals to a bunch of progressive hipsters, who, despite what their narcissism tells them, are not really all that great a reflection of either American values nor are they that great in number.

AZfederalist on May 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

My personal opinion of the man is that he was always just a figurehead. I think the democrats put him forward with the idea that he could just play at being president and let the rest up to them. If you really think about it, all he does is sign what they put in front of him and then go around in an endless campaign mode. I really can’t think of any bill that he personally authored or even was a major contributor. That in no way alleviates his guilt, it just compounds it.

bandutski on May 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

It fits Obama’s known history. In the Illinois senate, he did next to nothing (other than vote “present” a record number of times). A Chicago king-maker called Emil Jones wrote (and lobbied for passage of) most of the Illinois laws that have Obama’s name attached to them. Jones famously said of Obama at the time: “I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator!”

As for Obama’s “executive abilities,” before becoming president, the only times he ever played at being an executive were (1) as president of the Harvard Law Review, and (2) as Chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Obama’s fellow editors on the Harvard Law Review report that Obama was a lazy, absentee president, who did as little work as he could get away with.

Obama got the Annenberg Challenge sinecure through his connection to terrorist Billy Ayers; the job was basically just doling out grants of other peoples’ money to various public interest groups in Chicago, with the goal of improving public education there. Obama gave away many millions of dollars while heading the Challenge, but an independent audit concluded that the Challenge’s Obama-directed donations had not improved education in Chicago by any measurable amount. (This result probably had something to do with Obama’s preference for giving grants to shady race-based groups, who used the money for things like “Juneteenth” (i.e. end of slavery) parties, while denying grants to groups that wanted to do things like teach remedial math skills).

AZCoyote on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Funny, don’t think I ever heard this when W was in office.

No, we didn’t. Bush was expected to know every detail of operation in every federal agency and department and was held responsible for every action taken on his watch.

Barry not so much.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.

Here’s the big problem with that, Dana…

HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW.

Red Cloud on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I use to think that was the case, “campaigner in chief” and all that stuff. But I think it’s more willful and sinister than that.

I believe Obama decline to hear specifics or even leave the room when topics get complicated or messy. He’s a big picture, narrative creator. Any specifics or details will just bore him and/or get him into trouble (keep deniability and above-the-frey intact). It’s how he operates. That way he leaves the details up to his underling’s imagination and any wrongdoing is his subordinate’s sin, while getting the intended effect/information he needs.

NickelAndDime on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announce it on television.”

No stupid, he learned about it when they hauled his bony ass off a golf course and made him sit in the corner of the room on a child’s chair and watch it. But you can’t handle the truth.

Basilsbest on May 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

You obviously don’t watch the show or you would know that he frequently goes against the grain, and is very consistent. Hell, you didn’t even spell his first name right!!!

RMCS_USN on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Of course I don’t watch the show. Yet another statist nullwit on camera telling the little people what they should think. I could save time and follow Cher’s twitter feed if that were my idea of fun.

PXCharon on May 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Why doesn’t Barack Obama just come out and say it:

I’m black. Expecting me to know what my government is doing and expecting me to be responsible for it is racist.

thgrant on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.
Here’s the big problem with that, Dana…

HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW.

Red Cloud on May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Not only does Barry not know how, he doesn’t WANT to know how, and in his mind he doesn’t need to. He’s got people to run his presidency so he can focus on more important things and not have his mind cluttered with mundane details.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

RMCS_USN on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Easy there senior chief, you do know that Stewart is not his
true name, right?

Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz

wolfplus3 on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Anyone else have a vivid memory of President I’ve never managed anything in my life dealing with the oil spill in the gulf. While the press praised, we all watched the Keystone Cops try to mop it up with President Competent picking up stuff on the beach in his suit pants and Italian wing-tips.

President Sophist changed his stories and his reasoning hour to hour—sometimes even in the same paragraph, while his personal press corp told us what a genius he was. BTW, while we know what color Mitt Romney’s underwear are and pranks he played when he was in high school and certainly what his and Bush’s grades were, we’re still waiting to learn about the Harvard genius who employs the double-speak of a used car salesman to run the world and define his actions.

President There There is the official queen of America—titular head of a foreign policy run by a political hack, Donnilin, and a few sleazy Chicago operatives straight out of the Daily machine. And let’s not forget that while Sarah Palin was too stupid to be dog catcher, we’ve got a totally mental defect who is an honest to goodness racist, waiting in the wings. The founding fathers were right to worry about the masses.

Portia46 on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Smartest president, ever!!!!
Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

To those of us who were around back in the day a lot of this seems mighty familiar.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Obviously? It took you this long to arrive at that conclusion? What tipped you off, that he appointed a tax cheat to head Treasury or that his DOJ chief refused to investigate voter intimidation because the perps were “his people”?

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

RMCS_USN on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Easy there senior chief, you do know that Stewart is not his
true name, right?

Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz

wolfplus3 on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He also doesn’t pronounce the “t” at the end, so it comes out “Stewar”.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I was wondering where Obongo keeps the cocoon he lives in. Is that cocoon the womb of Valerie Jarrett?

Dasher on May 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Yeah, this child thinks that all Obozo needs to do is give speeches and party. He thinks that if the underlings to something then he’s not responsible. Tell that to Nixon.

BeachBum on May 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Anyone else have a vivid memory of President I’ve never managed anything in my life dealing with the oil spill in the gulf. While the press praised, we all watched the Keystone Cops try to mop it up with President Competent picking up stuff on the beach in his suit pants and Italian wing-tips.

Portia46 on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Oh yes. I have not forgotten the “Did you plug the hole yet, daddy” fiasco.

As with every crisis this White House has faced, he twiddled this thumbs while the situation spiraled out of control.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

My question is how could Obama, or any president, have prevented these scandals?

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president. the IRS head lerner SHOULD’VE told the president what happened earlier but she didn’t, don’t see how this is Obama’s fault. He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Obama, Tucson speech. Look it up.

The president sets the tone. And is ultimately responsible.

Ignorance of what is happening is no defense. It actually is worse, and demonstrates a total failure in leadership.

Please stop grasping and face reality for once.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Where are our usual defenders of the LEFT?

I was certain they would be here in their usual form, foam flecked and wild eyed, to call Jon Stewart and Milbank racists for daring to say anything less than completely flattering about Obama… as they have done to anyone and everyone else who dared to disagree with any of Obama and the LEFT’S preferred policies.

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president. the IRS head lerner SHOULD’VE told the president what happened earlier but she didn’t, don’t see how this is Obama’s fault. He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

You cannot be serious. The IRS scandal didn’t just “happen.” IRS agents were instructed to take the actions that they’re accused of.

And they were instructed to do this by someone high up in the federal government. The fish rots from the head down.

UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president.
nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

You cannot be serious.
UltimateBob on May 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

No, the troll has a point. Of course, the president was Nixon and his own to-harass “Enemies List”. I’m not all that sure I’d want to bring that up in defending Obama, though…..

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Unimpressed with Obama’s exective ability!?
Maybe people should have checked that qualification before they checked his name on the ballot. Unfortunately for the rest of us, on-the-job training and the US Presidency don’t go well together.

hopeful on May 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Really? Than why just conservatives? That’s a lot of Vanessa Niekamps and Helen Jones-Kelleys, in one organization.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

My question is how could Obama, or any president, have prevented these scandals?

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president. the IRS head lerner SHOULD’VE told the president what happened earlier but she didn’t, don’t see how this is Obama’s fault. He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Are you really completely unable to grasp the concept of “failure of leadership,” or are you being deliberately obtuse?

Nevermind; I forget who I was addressing.

bigmacdaddy on May 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

My question is how could Obama, or any president, have prevented these scandals?

the IRS thing could’ve happened under any president. the IRS head lerner SHOULD’VE told the president what happened earlier but she didn’t, don’t see how this is Obama’s fault. He obviously has some incompetents working underneath him.

nonpartisan on May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

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Since he hasn’t fired anybody and turned the issue over to the DOJ for prosecution, Pres Obama, is endorsing this behavior.

LincolntheHun on May 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I would be willing to bet, that if not for the raiding of AP phone records, little would the same in the way of media coverage. In retrospect, it is the only thing that “clears” Obama. But only if you bought that he was smart in the first place. He’s just a spoiled rotten brat that has been covered for his entire life.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

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