King: It would really be great if Obama could act more commander in chief, less community organizer

posted at 6:31 pm on September 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Oh, snap. Former head of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King has been openly and emphatically in favor of a Syrian strike, as well as dismissive of the supposed need for the president to check in with Congress before doing so. Regardless of basically agreeing with what the president claims he wants to do with a Syria intervention, he is not even a little bit pleased with how Obama has been (mis)handling the situation. On Meet the Press this morning, King pretty much tore Obama apart on his total lack of decisiveness, strength, and leadership — and very aptly so, I might add, hearkening back to the political tendencies of the president’s early years:

I just wish the President had laid this out better. I wish he’d quit backing away from his own red line, and I wish he was more of a Commander-in-Chief than a community organizer. … What I mean by that is, he was Commander-in-Chief. For one year he said this red line was there. And then the red line is crossed, and he sends Kerry and Hagel out, all set to basically have an attack. We’re told that Congress is not needed. At the eleventh hour he brings in Congress. And then he says it’s not his red line. So here’s a person who’s vacillating. I can’t imagine Harry Truman and John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower ever putting the nation in a position like this on a military policy.


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He is a punk…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

He is a punk…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

So is King, for that matter.

Oh, and both are delusional.

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Community Organizing is all he knows, and he wasn’t even very good at it.

slickwillie2001 on September 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

King is much too inconsistent.

davidk on September 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Obama reminds me of a Dog wearing pantyhose. It’s like, WTF?

bloggless on September 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I can’t imagine Harry Truman and John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower ever putting the nation in a position like this on a military policy.

Then you haven’t studied history closely enough, King. The Korean War was a folly of Truman’s, Eisenhower and Kennedy made their own contributions to the disaster that was Vietnam and Reagan had the Beirut barracks bombings and that Iran-Contra business.

rickv404 on September 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Are to we expect anything more from, uh, a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER?

SouthernGent on September 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

“Let’s knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert, a child molester, he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we’re too politically correct. No one wants to stand up and say we don’t need Michael Jackson. He died, he had some talent, fine. There’s men and women dying every day in Afghanistan. Let’s give them the credit they deserve.”

I did appreciate this King quote…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I did appreciate this King quote…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Occasionally, he hits a homerun. Then, there are days like today when he announced that he is running for POTUS that make me just shake my head and think ‘Lithium!’

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

“It would really be great if Obama could act more commander in chief, less community organizer”
You can only be what you are.
You can only revert to how you were trained.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
How else would he act when tutored by Frank Marshall Davis?

Amendment X on September 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I can’t imagine Harry Truman and John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower ever putting the nation in a position like this on a military policy.

Obama isn’t “the nation.” The day we have a new President, every nation on Earth will reevaluate — like they are always required to do.

“The nation” is just trying to get through this . . . regime.

Axe on September 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Occasionally, he hits a homerun. Then, there are days like today when he announced that he is running for POTUS that make me just shake my head and think ‘Lithium!’

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Agreed, but he is usually entertaining at least…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Why is it necessary to parade RINOs like King around every Sunday morning?

metprof on September 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Well it was the democratic party who put forth the community organizer on a pedestal, followed by the adoring media groveling at his side and drooling at every speech. Republicans tried and tried and tried to tell everyone he wasn’t experienced, that all he was good at was giving speeches, that he had no foreign policy, or a domestic one for that matter…and what did they get for all that? They were called teabaggers and racists. And now, now that it becomes crystal clear the man has no clue how to run a country, much less a community, they’re FINALLY beginning to realize we never should have elected him in the first place. Just think how much more damage he can do to this country over the next few years. I shudder to think.

scalleywag on September 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perverted individuals. If you do, shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our education institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg. Isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do what you want to us, but we won’t sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America! – Animal House, 1978

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/09/obama_copies_animal_houses_greatest_speech.html

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Former head of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King has been openly and emphatically in favor of a Syrian strike, as well as dismissive of the supposed need for the president to check in with Congress before doing so.

An anti-Reagan, anti-Founding Fathers and an anti-American.

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

…Australia looks good!

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

King: It would really be great if Obama could act more commander in chief, less community organizer

That would be like asking a dog to discuss philosophy. Barky hasn’t got the intellectual capacity or ability to do anything correctly – even if he wanted to, and he most certainly does not. Barky is all about destroying America and demeaning and degrading everything of value in the West. That is what the third-world retard has always been about.

It would be really great if Congress would finally impeach the despicable. lying scumbag POS traitor and then have him criminally prosecuted for his countless crimes and treasonous acts.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

It would be really great if Congress would finally impeach the despicable. lying scumbag POS traitor and then have him criminally prosecuted for his countless crimes and treasonous acts.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Along with McCain, Graham, Rubio, Ryan, King, Hillary and Kerry for starts.

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Along with McCain, Graham, Rubio, Ryan, King, Hillary and Kerry for starts.

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Works for me.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

For one year he said this red line was there

…and…for one year …he said we would punish those responsible for Benghazi…………..and?

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Gabe, over at Ace’s has linked a live stream of Hollywood protest of the Obama’s war proposal. I don’t see many protestors but the police presence seems really big.

Ten year old signs sighted but no celebs.

Dusty on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

When you speak of impeachment, don’t count on Pete. History will repeat itself.

Whiterock on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Along with McCain, Graham, Rubio, Ryan, King, Hillary and Kerry for starts.

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Not Hillary. She can’t be impeached since she is no longer in office. She needs to be DEFEATED.

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Along with McCain, Graham, Rubio, Ryan, King, Hillary and Kerry for starts.

VorDaj on September 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

What about two of the most despicable out there besides the rat eared One, Reid and Pelosi?

TXUS on September 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

[Dusty on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM]

Aww, the police have arrested someone.

“Shame, shame, shame, shame ….”

Dusty on September 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Yeah, it would be great if I could secure my kids’ financial futures by shitting gold ingots, but that ain’t happening either.

Bruce MacMahon on September 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Gabe, over at Ace’s has linked a live stream of Hollywood protest of the Obama’s war proposal. I don’t see many protestors but the police presence seems really big.

Ten year old signs sighted but no celebs.

Dusty on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Probably too hot for celebs to be outdoors in Southern California.

slickwillie2001 on September 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

“Let’s knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert, a child molester, he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we’re too politically correct. No one wants to stand up and say we don’t need Michael Jackson. He died, he had some talent, fine. There’s men and women dying every day in Afghanistan. Let’s give them the credit they deserve.”

Exactly!
Thats who this clown is.
Now the next question is do you think he is competent to be potus and do you think he calls his own shots.If you said yes to either question go stand in the corner and the dunce hat will arrive on your head very soon.
Zero is Manchurian and he has always been little more than a front man.
Problem now is that he has screwed so much up by either indecision or wrong decisions that he faces impeachment due to a myriad of summer scandals that haunt him.
All you have to do is listen to rove and juan go at it on the FNS panel to see just how much pent up rage there is about this imposter.
That what the regime has to avoid ant any and all costs.
Enter Syria.
To avoid Benghazi and a host of other scandals Axelrod needed a major event that would occupy everyone’s attention and make all the other scandals go away.
Enter Syria.
It has worked far better than they ever dreamed.
The down side for the regime:incompetence on zeros part.
But, that will never be exploited at the expense of being called racist one more time.
These commie clowns have it all figured out all the time.

rodguy911 on September 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

“Anyone know if Obamba intends to perform
background checks on the Syrian rebels before providing
them weapons?”
Sen-Ted Cruz

bazil9 on September 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

This gets its own post? Who hasn’t said this the past 5 years?

Dongemaharu on September 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Gabe, over at Ace’s has linked a live stream of Hollywood protest of the Obama’s war proposal. I don’t see many protestors but the police presence seems really big.

Ten year old signs sighted but no celebs.

Dusty on September 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Probably too hot for celebs to be outdoors in Southern California.

slickwillie2001 on September 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Nah, like Ed Asner said, they don’t want to be seen as racists…

OmahaConservative on September 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Probably too hot for celebs to be outdoors in Southern California.

slickwillie2001 on September 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Did they check the trees? Darryl Hannah might be up one of them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

This gets its own post? Who hasn’t said this the past 5 years?

Dongemaharu on September 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

They have to fill in space so no one notices that the 117th totally isolated beat-whitey story, from Union Square this time, is missing.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

This is the single biggest political blunder I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.

claudius on September 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Celebs are in the, I don’t wanna feel anti-black so
they stay silent for their Messiah.

bazil9 on September 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Regardless of what else you think of King, he’s pretty much dead on target with this quote. There’s something embarrassing about the way Obama talked tough, then backed away, then called on Congress, then claimed it wasn’t his idea in the first place.

Reagan or Eisenhower certainly would have handled it better. Truman also, even though he didn’t handle Korea all that well, certainly handled it better than Obama here.

The only one of the presidents named by King that came close to Obama’s miserable performance here was Kennedy. And he still didn’t handle anything as badly as Obama.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I am a former Naval Advisor in Country Viet Nam. Later, I joined and retired from the Army National Guard.

While, I understood and appreciated President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, I thought it was a mistake at the time. On Nation Building, “been there done that.” My gut feeling was that Nation Building in Iraq would take decades, perhaps even a century or more. Long before that process could complete I expected that America would elect a military incompetent to abandon the effort and leave Iraq in even worse shape than pre invasion.

I deeply regret being absolutely correct. Now the military incompetent we chose to elect to abandon the effort and leave Iraq in even worse shape than pre invasion wants to start his third war. My grand uncle Russell was gassed in WWI. Knowing him in the 1950′s and 1960′s was painful. While my knowledge of poison gas is second hand, knowing Uncle Russell left me with an absolute hatred for the use of poison gas. Under any reasonably competent Commander in Chief, I would absolutely support punishing Syria for that despicable War Crime.

Under the CNC that America deliberately elected as a military incompetent to abandon the effort and leave Iraq in even worse shape than pre invasion, I do not consider any military action against Syria to be rational. Note, this is not Obama’s fault. It is the fault of the American people who placed a decent man into a job that he had absolutely no ability to handle.

19k30 retired.

Linh_My on September 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Regardless of what else you think of King, he’s pretty much dead on target with this quote. There’s something embarrassing about the way Obama talked tough, then backed away, then called on Congress, then claimed it wasn’t his idea in the first place.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

But Barky’s been doing that sort of thing for five years, now. This isn’t the first time … though it is the first time he’s deigned to go to Congress for much of anything. Barky has a very limited playbook – basically one tactic for every braincell, maybe 6 tactics – and has been running the same exact plays over and over since he first slimed into office.

As to King, I usually like him but he’s dead wrong on Syria and I’m not sure what the hell he thinks is our interest in this.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I’ve heard sufficient from both King and Obama.

forest on September 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Note, this is not Obama’s fault. It is the fault of the American people who placed a decent man into a job that he had absolutely no ability to handle.
19k30 retired.
Linh_My on September 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Props to your service but, please. This is not a “decent man.” This is an egocentric fraud whose formative years were spent at the feet of anti-Western ideologues and who drank their poison and it became him. A decent man would know his limitations and would have the humility to refuse the offer to run for an office clearly beyond his depth.

This man is a liar. Period.

Cleombrotus on September 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

King: It would really be great if Obama could act more commander in chief, less community organizer

There simply is no vocation known as “community organizer”. There really are pimps, professional gamblers and loan sharks, but “community organizer doesn’t exist.

It’s just a cover for Obumbles doing pretty much nothing until the PTB could get him into a state legislature somewhere.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

“Not Hillary. She can’t be impeached since she is no longer in office. She needs to be DEFEATED.”

No. She, Obama, and Holder should spend 11 months in jail — all together in the very same cell where they sent Nakoula.

NCC on September 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uA107hSv8g

Lucano on September 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I would take Don King over Peter King any day of the week.

beatcanvas on September 8, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I just wish the President had laid this out better. I wish he’d quit backing away from his own red line, and I wish he was more of a Commander-in-Chief than a community organizer. …

His own red line? Glen Kessler looked into this and assigned zero Pinocchios for the claim that the rat set a red line.

And if this douchebag “Republican” cared about this stuff, where the hell has he been over the last four years and nine months. Obama has always been a community organizer and never the CINC.

Happy Nomad on September 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Barky is the consummate Community Organizer, the only job for which he was trained. The only job for which he was truly passionate. What he is crappy at is being a president that unites us as Americans, rich and poor, rising and falling as our unique abilities and energies direct.

Community Organizers exist to sow discord, making victims see small discrepancies as huge inequities worth taking to the streets to force ‘the man’ to make concessions. Obama has sown a kind of vicious, envious discord this country has never known.

King is correct. Obama is first and foremost an organizer of discord and class envy. Obama is a truly stinkoid uniter, which was never his intention in the first place.

It WOULD be great if Barky could be less a ‘community organizer.’

Sadly, it’s all he knows.

marybel on September 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Nice to hear a politician finally say it.

sadatoni on September 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

It would be greater still if Obama was out of the White House, peddling his nonsense before moronic groups willing to pony up a couple of hundred-grand to listen to his fine, teleprompted utterances, or read his latest ghost-written screed by Bill Ayers.

tpitman on September 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

You still don’t get to be President.

Bmore on September 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

David Gregory is a putz.And someone should tell him he is making a fool of himself.

pat on September 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Then, there are days like today when he announced that he is running for POTUS that make me just shake my head and think ‘Lithium!’

Resist We Much on September 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

King is an insufferable populist/RINO Windsock. I couldn’t care less what he thinks about anything.

Jaibones on September 8, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Has anyone asked King who he thinks will replace Assad if he is deposed? And how long the civil war will continue until the replacement is in place? And how ruthless the replacement would have to be to be able to take control? And how many hundreds of thousands will be killed before the civil war ends? And why he wants America’s finger prints on this? And, put bluntly, isn’t al Qaeda likely to prevail?

Basilsbest on September 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

And how he thinks a bombing run by the U.S. will somehow take chemical weapons out of Assad’s hands?

And what we’re going to do if the Al Qaeda “rebels” somehow get their bloody Islamist hands on the chemical weapons?

Jaibones on September 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Obama is a loose-lipped reckless egomaniac.

Willing to have Americans die to uphold his rash incompetence.\

Screw “red lines”.

No more involvement in Muslim lands.

Unless it is to support those killing jihadis.

As Assad is, ironically.

profitsbeard on September 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Nothing annoys the Left more than the community organizer label on Obama.

Tater Salad on September 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Nothing annoys the Left more than the community organizer label on Obama.

Tater Salad on September 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Yep. Previous generations called them ‘rabble-rousers’.

slickwillie2001 on September 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Hey Petey-babe, I never believed Obama from the git go. If that was a real concern of Obama’s he should have made a case to Congress for a conditional declaration of war. “If you prove Assad ordered use of chemical weapons, that the opposition is actually any nicer than Assad in a humanitarian sense, and that this presents a direct threat to the US, then we have your back when you send in the bombs.”

Obama CANNOT just go in, despite recent usage by assholes like LBJ and company. A declaration of war really is required to go to war. Using US military weapons IS going to war. He skated through with Libya. If he tries to repeat – impeach him while holding his family jewels in a vice grip.

{^_^}

herself on September 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM

To be perfectly frank, I’ve never seen the slightest evidence that Obama was even successful as a community organizer.

In fact, most of what is described as his “community organizing” was actually just time he was an attorney for the ACORN gang.

Adjoran on September 9, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Whatever the message Barack Obama was hoping to send to Assad and the rest of the world, I’m pretty sure it’s not the one of fecklessness and ineptitude they’re getting. In addition to misunderstanding both his role in leading the military and forgetting who drew a line in the sand, he’s lost any element of surprise by telling Assad what to expect and not to worry because nothing is going to happen before Congress finishes their deliberations. And he also let Assad know that regime change is not the goal.

Some unsolicited advice to Barack Obama on Syria

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on September 9, 2013 at 5:12 AM

You know, it’s like we elected someone who has had NO executive experience. Oh, wait…

Galtian on September 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM

more commander in chief, less community organizer

Bwahahahaha!

No kiddin’.

petefrt on September 9, 2013 at 7:42 AM

marybel on September 8, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Yes, community organizing is all he knows. He is an agitator and rabble rouser to the core. It’s his instinct, his default reaction to the world around him. (Possibly something to do with insecurity, bitterness and childhood, but at this point, who really cares.)

Obama’s incompetence is made insufferable by his strutting pretense at any grasp of foreign affairs. –HT: Liz Trotta

Putting Lipstick on the Community Organizing Pig via American Thinker

In the immortal words of Obama’s political mentor, Saul Alinsky, an organizer’s job is to “rub raw the sores of discontent” and mount a socialist revolution. In the 1930s and 40s, Alinsky called his revolutionary forces “People’s Organizations,” but once the word “people” became so tainted by the brutalities of communist “people’s republics,” he changed the code word to “community,” hoping to make it sound more American and neighborly.

But make no mistake. From Alinsky’s initial Back of the Yards labor movement, to his Industrial Areas Foundation, where Obama first learned his own “community organizing” tactics, the goal was always revolution.

Agitate and aggravate. Those are the responsibilities of the paid “community organizer.”

Prepare the people for the trials of the revolution. The people, according to Alinsky, “must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future” of change, change, change.

petefrt on September 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM

What would really be great would be to put King, McCain, Graham, and Obama in uniform and send them to Syria to fight with their beloved rebels.

Nomas on September 9, 2013 at 8:05 AM

obama “organized” chiacago into the murder capital of the US. syria seems like a loginal extension for the use of his “skills”. next stop: WW3. nice job peace prize peter principle potus.

t8stlikchkn on September 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Surely the King Exploratory Committee has finished its work by now. It’s been about a week.

Thanks for letting us know that Obama is incompetent.

Perhaps you can explain for us the Syria bombing idea?

virgo on September 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM

King needs to just go away, can’t stand the man, nor his wishy-washy opinions.

Fuquay Steve on September 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

For Christ’s sake, there is a man in the White House that did not even understand the delicate intricacies of auto insurance. The difference between collision and comprehensive and we expect him to tie his own shoes and crease his own immaculate pants by himself?

jukin3 on September 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM