Obama: “The government is us, and we’re doing things right”

posted at 1:21 pm on July 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In addendum to Allahpundit’s earlier post on the president’s new-fangled plan to use Google and his campaign’s 21st-century technological savvy and whatever else in what will surely be the glorious attempt to improve the efficiency, intelligence, and accuracy of our hugely metastasized federal government, here’s some video of the man himself delivering this most auspicious news at the White House this morning. We apparently need to stop taking “comfort in just being cynical,” everybody, and the president is here with an “aggressive management agenda that delivers a smarter, more innovative and more accountable government for its citizens.” Great. Via the Washington Examiner:

We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges. And it’s a reminder that in this democracy, we the people recognize that this government belongs to us, and it’s up to each of us and every one of us to make it work better. We can’t just stand on the sidelines. We can’t take comfort in just being cynical. We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right. When we’re tracking weather more effectively, that saves lives for folks who are in the path of a tornado. …

If you say so, chief, but this certainly sounds like an awful lot more of the federal government’s typical pattern of attacking the symptoms and glossing over the actual disease.


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Shouldn’t the brightest minds be in the private sector creating and building the industries and products that bring us our standard of living? Let’s talk about the brightest minds. What if Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Thomas Watson, Steve Wozniak, etc had all been enticed into taking government jobs and wiling away their working years bumping into higher and higher GS levels, writing reports, managing employees, and counting the days until their retirement?

Maybe one of the problems were are having is that government employment has become too lucrative. Siphoning off the smartest people and burying their talents in useless government jobs is not good for America. I say burying their talents because although talented and intelligent Americans are entering the government sector in droves, they are not ending up in top leadership positions. Not in this administration at least.

jms on July 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

this pres. is quite a piece of work!!!!

tm11999 on July 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Shouldn’t the brightest minds be in the private sector creating and building the industries and products that bring us our standard of living? Let’s talk about the brightest minds. What if Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Thomas Watson, Steve Wozniak, etc had all been enticed into taking government jobs and wiling away their working years bumping into higher and higher GS levels, writing reports, managing employees, and counting the days until their retirement?

Maybe one of the problems were are having is that government employment has become too lucrative. Siphoning off the smartest people and burying their talents in useless government jobs is not good for America. I say burying their talents because although talented and intelligent Americans are entering the government sector in droves, they are not ending up in top leadership positions. Not in this administration at least.

jms on July 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Well said.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right.

That is some very scary sh!t right there.

Hill60 on July 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I see the ‘Chief Narcisist’ is trying to defend his record of record-setting deficit spending, arming Mexican drug Cartels, using agencies like the IRS & DHS against Americans, spying on every aamerican, sacrificing & betraying Americans, siding and aiding terrorists & Islamic extremists take over nations, signing treaties that involve using Russian troops to ‘police’ Americans during ‘emergencies’, violating the Constitution again and again, breaking laws, & keeping his head of the DOJ out of jail for continuous Felony counts of Perjury before Congress.

I guess if you ignore pretty much his entire record and ignore everything that comes out of his mouth then yeah…you could probably trust him. ….. NAH!

Obama is the epitome of the phrase “… all ENEMIES, foreign & DOMESTIC…”!

easyt65 on July 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The brightest minds are him and his appointees. They are doing things right because they are doing what he wants. Because “he won” that means we all agreed to it and we should just shut up.

We (I) hold these truths to be self-evident: universal spying makes us safer (no); Obamacare pays for itself (no); the economy is recovering (no); Immigration will stimulate the economy (no); green-energy kick-backs spur the energy sector (no); supporting Islamic “rebel” movements is sound foreign policy (no); undermining christian religious freedom improves civil liberties (no); unrestrained abortion improves the lives of women (no).

virgo on July 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right

…phuck you very much!

KOOLAID2 on July 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

“The government is us, and were doing things right.”????

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What a jokester!!!!

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PappyD61 on July 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

The only question remaining is: how do this president and his team of hacks put together their meaningless word salads?

Do they go old-school with slips of paper folded and thrown in a fishbowl or are they high-tech with phrases in a database and chosen via random number generator? I tested the latter method and here is the scrambled result:

‘We can’t just stand on the sidelines. We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges. We can’t take comfort in just being cynical. We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right. And it’s a reminder that in this democracy, we the people recognize that this government belongs to us, and it’s up to each of us and every one of us to make it work better.’

It’s as equally meaningful as the original, which is to say it’s meaningless.

Presidential speeches are usually so, but this president and his staff have been tireless in their efforts to say nothing. Of course, saying nothing got him elected twice and reinforcement is a powerful shaper of behavior. Besides, saying what he really thinks would shock even his most sycophantic voters.

But statism’s Head Cheerleader is looking more than a bit foolish. As the world implodes domestically and internationally, his student council boilerplate is as bizarre and inappropriate as it is repetitive. One can imagine him doing the full Kevin Bacon ‘All Is Well!’ routine behind closed doors.

jangle12 on July 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

“The government is us [Winston], and we’re doing things right [or this rat will bore through your face]“…

Pest on July 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Back in 1920, H.L. Mencken wrote “As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.” I believe we have reached that day, and it is not great or glorious.

savage24 on July 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM

And all this crap that DC does is a Federal responsibility because…?

ss396 on July 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right.

The reasoning is circular…

Pest on July 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

The United States of America, built upon a constitution that has never been improved upon anywhere in the world for the last 200 plus years, is at a critical crossroads. We Americans defend it, or we lose the legacy of freedom that was the beacon of hope for the entire world.

RebeccaH on July 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Maybe we need to ask the people of Egypt how they got rid of THEIR dictator.

Which is really sad if you think about it; that a muslim country with not half the freedoms we have(or had, anyway), recognizes their president as a dictator who is not good for the country, and bands together to take action to get him out.

Sterling Holobyte on July 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

One of my roommates in college was a red-diaper baby who vigorously defended the prohibition of labor unions in the Soviet Union because ‘the workers already controlled the government’. Mr. Obama’s level of delusion may match my roommate’s, providing that he isn’t simply blowing smoke.

PersonFromPorlock on July 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Not sated by his anti-Semitism, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried his hand at another form of blatant racism.

In comments made about Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the center-left and secular Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Erdoğan declared, “Kılıçdaroğlu is striving every bit he can to raise himself from the level of a black person to the level of a white man.”

redguy on July 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Wow they really fudge the job numbers:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-09/exposing-lie-behind-nonfarm-payroll-numbers

Today, courtesy of the monthly JOLTS survey we got just the confirmation we needed that, indeed, the official non-farm payroll number as per the Establishment Survey has been substantially off to the tune of a whopping 40% above what is quantitatively happening in reality.

Translation: They “overstate” the job growth numbers by tacking on an extra 40%….

dogsoldier on July 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I guess, “We the people” is out the window.

mixplix on July 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

This is just another iteration of Obama blaming someone else. He can’t blame Bush anymore, so now, he’s blaming US for being “cynical”! Yeah, that’s the reason for Obama’s failures, uh-huh! He is the sickest puppy I’ve ever seen.

mountainaires on July 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Us as in you & not me, because I didn’t agree to all that crap you’re ramming down my throat for my own good without my consent.

RdLake on July 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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