WH ally Bob Corker: Let’s face it, Obama seems uncomfortable being commander-in-chief

posted at 11:21 am on September 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Palpable frustration from a guy who’s worked with them on immigration and is trying to work with them on Syria amid the endless, endless bumbling. Money line: “He’s a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill, I can assure you that.” Is O really uncomfortable being C-in-C, though? If anything, sometimes he seems too comfortable, ignoring his own lawyers to intervene in Libya or firing missiles at people on the ground in Pakistan and Yemen whom the CIA thinks are jihadis without knowing for sure. He ran as a civil liberties candidate in 2008 and then, in the name of protecting the country from terrorism, actually rolled back restrictions that Bush had placed on the NSA. A guy who refers to the armed forces as “my military” doesn’t sound uncomfortable.

He looks like a schmuck on Syria not because he’s afraid to use military force but because he’s afraid of flushing what little is left of his domestic political capital on a strike that pretty much everyone except him, McCain, Corker, and a few other hawks thinks is a terrible mistake. He was prepared to hit Assad after the Damascus gas attack but got cold feet at the thought that it would achieve little strategically and would only annoy a war-weary public. So he went to Congress on the assumption that they’d back him up, as they almost always do when the president wants war, but that blew up in his face when they decided not to go for it either. Then Putin swooped in to throw him a lifeline and of course he seized on it because, as humiliating as that is, it’s his least humiliating option right now. Frankly, I’m not sure what Corker was expecting from Tuesday’s speech. Of course Obama BS’d him in private about calling for a muscular response to Assad; that’s been the White House approach all along — BS the hawks by telling them what they want to hear (red lines, international norms), BS the doves by telling them what they want to hear (an unbelievably small strike) and hope you get to 218 that way. It’s hopelessly muddled, as Corker groused to Politico, and actually hugely counterproductive in that it gives both hawks and doves reason to believe that O will either be more timid or more aggressive in his attack than he told them he’d be. So when push came to shove, fearing that an unpopular strike would push him irretrievably into lame-duck territory, he backed down and took Putin’s deal. It was triage on his credibility at home, not discomfort at using force.

If it’s any consolation to Corker, though, we’re probably headed for an attack on Assad anyway. Sharp points from Ryan Lizza:

One danger of a successful United Nations resolution is that it puts the U.S. on the same path as in Iraq: a cat and mouse game with inspectors, repeated confrontations over compliance, and mission creep that draws the U.S. inexorably into a war. Indeed, a United Nations resolution similar to the French proposal, which sets up a strict schedule for Assad to give up his weapons and includes penalties for noncompliance, would immediately increase America’s military commitments in Syria. Currently, Obama’s red line for intervention has been the use of chemical weapons. The resolution being considered at the U.N. would change that standard to the possession of chemical weapons. Obama would face the same pressures that both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush faced along the road to war against Saddam: a dictator defying the U.N, hawks in Congress pressing for régime change, a sympathetic opposition begging for more help. Perhaps this is why McCain, along with several other senators, was working on a new congressional resolution this week backing a United Nations resolution that includes the use of force against Syria for noncompliance.

Of course, given that China and Russia seem intent on blocking anything meaningful at the U.N., perhaps the diplomatic route is doomed, anyway, and perhaps Obama will soon be back to Congress asking again for authorization for a limited strike. And perhaps Putin’s shenanigans and a failure at the U.N. will buy Obama some extra support in Congress. It could even be a preferable course. A unilateral strike of the type Obama was originally considering has both less reward and less risk than what he’s trying to accomplish at the U.N. It would not disarm Assad of his chemical weapons, but it also has less of a chance of drawing the U.S. deeper into the war. A tough U.N. resolution, on the other hand, could be Obama’s way out—or it could be our country’s way in.

I can’t imagine O going back to Congress and risking defeat again if Assad drags his feet on complying with the UN but Lizza’s right that Putin’s scheme will force O to do another round of triage on his credibility. If Syrian compliance turns into the time-buying charade everyone expects, Obama will have to decide if he’s willing to play along with the charade in the name of getting Syria off of America’s agenda or if he needs to do something “unbelievably small” yet potentially risky to send a message to Assad. If he chooses the first option, he’ll lose credibility abroad for having abandoned his red line but then he can focus on domestic matters. If he chooses the second, he’ll preserve a little (and only a little) credibility abroad but could suffer a backlash at home, especially if the war escalates. He made a Faustian bargain with Putin. Oh well.


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“He just cannot do it, and I don’t know what it is.”

It’s very simple.

Obama likes all the perks, but none of the work.

He’s lazy, aloof, and has never held a real job so his work ethic is terrible.

portlandon on September 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Bark is uncomfortable doing anything more than listening to Beyonce during one of her private concerts at the WH. The man is in so far over his head he would need a million-rung ladder to get out.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

If he chooses the second, he’ll preserve a little (and only a little) credibility abroad

http://clashdaily.com/2013/09/oy-vey-dershowitz-israelis-lost-trust-america-thanks-obama/

davidk on September 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Not true. He feels very comfortable giving parties, hosting celebrities, golfing and traveling around the country. The problem is that he didn’t really read the job description well enough and finds that he is in way over his head but that’s alright because he’s never around anyway.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Corker is a fool. O has always been a zero, but Corker seems only now to realize it. In the meantime, Corker has done nothing but damage working with the guy, and with the Democrats.

MTF on September 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Candidly…..I am sick of Corker. He should get a room with Maverick and the light in the loafers guy from SC.

David in ATL on September 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

You didn’t think co-president Jarrett slithers around the White House 24/7 for nothing did you?

antipc on September 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Mom jeans are probably chafing.

SteveInRTP on September 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent

Dogs and fleas or something…

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

A guy who refers to the armed forces as “my military” doesn’t sound uncomfortable.

He sounds like Suharto. Where the heck could that have possibly come from??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

He wanted to be a domestic president. He wanted to deny that we are at war. But even if you ignore war, it does not ignore you.

thebrokenrattle on September 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The really sad part is that the thin-skinned rat really and truly does not understand how he’s gotten to this point in foreign affairs. He was great with the create instability in the middle east thing. But the dumb lazy bastard truly didn’t look beyond short-term ideological goals to what was going on.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It’s very simple.

Obama likes all the perks, but none of the work.

He’s lazy, aloof, and has never held a real job so his work ethic is terrible.

portlandon on September 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

He likes destroying America and making a mockery of us and our nation.

As to his work ethic, it wouldn’t really matter if he wanted to do any work, anyhoe, since he’s got an IQ of 84 and isn’t capable of handling anything more complicated than a mop. Barky is AN IDIOT. Truly. And he’s an evil POS.

In short, Barky is a malevolent retard.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

It’s time to impeach the poser.

And convict him as well.

Throw him out of office.

Yeah, I am fully aware of who the VP is and that he is lacking, to say the least.

But one thing Biden is not is a traitor. He can sit in the Oval Office for a few months and keep the seat warm.

We do not need an activist government, let alone an activist president. We’ll do just fine without Obama.

turfmann on September 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Uncomfortable?

Not my first nor second choice of word.

Unqualified? Yes.

Incompetent? Hell, yeah.

But, this is the result of cutting corners, sacrificing standards, running with feelings instead of facts, allowing Obama to get a new start after each major screw up instead of actually holding him accountable…in essence affirmative action has come back to bite us, all of us, in the butt.

Poll the American public in 2008 and 2012…and the one key element that stands above all others as to “why” somebody voted for Obama is?

Race.

Oh, it is disguised…he is an historic president, you know…and we have to finally end racism…and that white guilt thing…it all came down to race…thus affirmative action.

Can you name one presidential candidate who was not black who was cut the kind of slack Obama has been cut…? One? Not even one?

What is even more sad, truly disturbing, is that there are dozens and dozens of Americans, hundreds, more, a lot more, leaders in their fields, smart, experienced, able to cope with the stress of leadership, proven effective at leadership, who are Black. But should they choose to leave the plantation, they will be destroyed by the race baiters, race hustlers and the Left, in general.

If we cannot deal honestly with the truly major problems we have in front of us, we will never ever find a solution.

And for the sake of the Republic…can we stop cutting Obama slack?

coldwarrior on September 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Obama can’t figure out that you have to do a lot of other stuff before you even get to military strikes.

Like, you know, that international diplomacy stuff.

Diplomacy is hard.

That is why it is delegated to the Head of State, who just happens to be the President.

Jeez, you mean that he could have done a bunch of diplomacy after his red line speech to get international support from, say, the Chemical Weapons Convention signatory Nations to agree to put stiff sanctions on Assad on his use of CWs? And then if Assad defied that, and the ‘international community’ then Obama could have intensified sanctions to attempt to get compliance from Assad?

Ohhhhh! Where is that Head of State guy! He needs to be blamed for not making a long-term diplomatic case….

And then, with additional sanctions he could seek a treaty agreement to begin a multilateral blockade of Syria which would require Senate support which is majority Democratic? Oh, wow!

That Head of State guy is falling down on the job!

And if Assad still went on using CWs, after stiff sanctions, and after getting his economy crippled by a multi-lateral blockade, then… then you might be able to say that he really needs to have some strikes done on him and that the US should contribute to a multi-Nation, multi-lateral set of attacks aimed to bring down the critical parts of Assad’s CW systems and acknowledge that getting to the CWs, themselves, really can’t be done without some larger commitment but that new construction can be stopped and chemical facilities crippled or destroyed….

Geeze, Louise!

That would have take cooperation between the Head of State and the Commander in Chief!

Way, way, way too complicated for the man who has BOTH of those hats in the US government.

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Well, gee. That sure is good to know. Now that this dumbsh!t has helped to enable ObaMao to “fundamentally transform”, errr destroy America.

That’s great, I’m glad he gets it. I’m sure we all feel much better now that this dumba$$ Senator gets it.

Meople on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Forget about the 3AM phone call, Obama is not even equipped to handle the 3PM call.

poxoma on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

So a Community Organizer who was Jr. US Senator that voted Present for continuous appeasement can’t seem to organize a cogent thought? #nosurprisehere

hillsoftx on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Are you kidding me? The only way he’s uncomfortable is that he’s not king of the entire planet.

vityas on September 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

A guy who refers to the armed forces as “my military” doesn’t sound uncomfortable.

what it sounds like is someone insecure and unsure of themself. he has to say that to constantly remind people he’s in charge, it’s his finger on the button, he’s the “man”. previous presidents havent needed to, they have up until now mostly been men who were self-assured and confident in who they were.

chasdal on September 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

He likes destroying America and making a mockery of us and our nation.

As to his work ethic, it wouldn’t really matter if he wanted to do any work, anyhoe, since he’s got an IQ of 84 and isn’t capable of handling anything more complicated than a mop. Barky is AN IDIOT. Truly. And he’s an evil POS.

In short, Barky is a malevolent retard.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Yep.

Obama never practiced Law beyond writing a few BS legal briefs…This is one of many reasons why he won’t allow any perusal of any of his papers…He can’t stand the possibility of ridicule.

How much intelligence does it take to be a community agitator…Sharpton…Jackson…

Cleverness like Charm has it’s limitations…and neither are indicative of intelligence.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Here’s what we know:

Obama is hopelessly, dangerously incompetent.

Corker is a terrible judge of character.

aquaviva on September 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Bambi is the ultimate kibitzer. He’s also been most happy and effective criticizing other people; but formulate and defend his own proposals? Please.

PackerBronco on September 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Forget about the 3AM phone call, Obama is not even equipped to handle the 3PM call.

poxoma on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

He needs a GPS to make it to the Oval to play spades with Reggie.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I’m extremely uncomfortable with Obozo being C in C, POTUS, in government, occupying space in America etc…

neyney on September 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

If Syrian compliance turns into the time-buying charade

Is there really any doubt?

The new Obama strategy is the 2017 strategy: the administration will do its best to push Syria, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Fast&Furious, the economy, and big chunks of Obamacare into 2017 while the bureaucracy churns out reams of new regulations and federal spending continues to grow.

Syria is over as far as Obama is concerned!

pilsener on September 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I understand what you’re saying, but the problem is that Barky ever thought that Syrians killing Syrians was any concern of our nation, at all. It isn’t. It doesn’t matter if they use Cw or nuke each other or just run around hacking people to death with machetes. it is not our concern and we shouldn’t be doing anything about it.

If Israel feels a threat from what’s going on inside Syria then Israel could handle it – the same way they hit the Syrian nuclear program. Israel can take care of itself with respect to Syria. What is in our interest is in letting Israel do what they need to do and not letting them be raked over the coals for self-defense by the idiot leftists in America and the Israel-haters in the rest of the world. Of course, on this note, Barky set out to attack Israel from the very first day he slimed into office, blaming pretty much every problem on the fact that Israel was building apartments in Jerusalem suburbs. Now, THAT was certainly none of our business.

In the end, Barky will pivot back to blaming Israel fro everything in the middle east, including his treasonous debacle in Syria (trying to help the sweep of pan-islamism through the arab world). Barky knows that anti-Israel talk sells with so many and he can be as disingenuous and stupid about how he explains it without it mattering, at all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Then Putin swooped in to throw him a lifeline and of course he seized on it because, as humiliating as that is, it’s his least humiliating option right now.

Point of Order: Putin is not in the business of throwing “lifelines”.

In KGB Putin was trained to set traps.

In Soviet Russia lifeline drown you!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

He needs a GPS to make it to the Oval to play spades with Reggie.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

He already has a teleprompter with him at staff meetings.

And at important public events, like talking to kindergarteners.

He may need one with Michelle at this point.

And when he talks to that guy in the mirror.

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Barky’s just throwing a temper tantrum because this Syria stuff is cutting into his golf game …

ShainS on September 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Then Putin swooped in to throw him a lifeline and of course he seized on it because, as humiliating as that is, it’s his least humiliating option right now.

In Soviet Russia lifeline drown you!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

So true. Putin springs traps disguised as lifelines. It’ll turn out to be an anvil…..

/lifelines

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

He already has a teleprompter with him at staff meetings.

And at important public events, like talking to kindergarteners.

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

LOL. That was a classic! But, let’s give Barky his due credit; it was a 6th grade class :)

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/01/obama-uses-teleprompter-to-speak-to-6th-grade-class.html

I leave you with the defining image of Barky’s great problem-solving skills:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef013486a73dbf970c-popup

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Beautiful headline AP.

besser tot als rot on September 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

3 o’clock ready, by God.

smoothsailing on September 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

He can’t do it. I know what it is. It is his disdain for America altogether from . He is unable act in America’s best interest as a result.

jake49 on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

If it’s any consolation to Corker, though, we’re probably headed for an attack on Assad anyway.

Of course, given that China and Russia seem intent on blocking anything meaningful at the U.N., perhaps the diplomatic route is doomed, anyway, and perhaps Obama will soon be back to Congress asking again for authorization for a limited strike.

Why is Syria our problem? Both of the warring parties hate us. Civilian deaths, regardless of the means, are an unavoidable tragedy of Civil War. We, however, are not responsible for those deaths. Further, there we have no strategic interest in the collapse of Assad or a “rebel victory”. Ergo, I have two words for O, walk away; after that two more, stay away.

wkh on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I leave you with the defining image of Barky’s great problem-solving skills:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef013486a73dbf970c-popup

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

LOL.

What the he11 kind of creature is in that pic with Bark? [I've tried some references which apparently get moderated here ...]

ShainS on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

a sympathetic opposition begging for more help.

What!?! What makes them sympathetic? Their heavy Al Qaeda membership, or their forced conversion and execution of Christians?

besser tot als rot on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

From the Pollutico link:

Lawmakers who attended several of Biden’s briefings said privately that the vice president spoke almost uninterrupted for more than 90 minutes at the sessions

Can you imagine?

aquaviva on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Very true, all, unfortunately.

What I’m trying to show is that the perception of a weak CinC doesn’t start with the CinC job, but relies heavily on other Presidential ‘hats’ – in this case the Head of State hat and a bit on the Head of Government hat.

It isn’t the actuality of what Obama wants or doesn’t want to do, that is relatively obvious that he doesn’t care one bit about Syrians and wants to use them as a distraction. Pretty thin and gauzy this attempt at this point. What it does is go to the public perception of Obama as President. He can order people around just fine with his Head of Government hat, but if he starts to falter in how he is perceived with his other hats, then he becomes a far weaker Head of Government. If this continues on much longer the largest threat to Obama isn’t from Russia, Syria, AQ… nor from the American People who will just be shaking their heads… but from his own people and his own staff. Because he can’t give a speech to generate support for anything and he is a lame duck, he now gets to be perceived as fumbling, aloof, out of touch and just out of it.

If you are one of his staff, then this becomes a very dangerous time as you can feel the Obama star is falling and these are the first major signs of its descent to ground. The leaks about Syria and what the regime has or hasn’t done is starting to erode confidence in the Head of Government side of things and if the Obama bluster on foreign policy and military affairs is seen as being just idiotic, then can you trust him with domestic affairs and what does it mean for you as the staffer post-Obama which appears to be coming up quickly. You do not want to be attached to a star about to crater.

Thus the leaks.

Expect more of them on more venues, not just domestic and foreign policy, but military affairs.

Then comes the rats leaving the ship.

Plus more leaks.

At this point Obama can’t figure out how to right himself even on Head of State which should be the EASIEST JOB TO DO as it involves a bunch of talking and diplomacy. Unfortunately you can’t do it with speeches and teleprompters with some heads of state is a no-no. That means keeping up with conversation and speaking extemporaneously on matters of import in which you have stated you have firm moral beliefs. Yet every single moral belief of Obama has an expiration date.

Bad news, that.

I do know what Obama’s goals are.

His lack of talent is about to slap him in the face in the #1 area that all on the Left believed that no one could touch him: talking and public agenda.

Foot. Mouth. Chew. Repeat.

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Putin achieved what the domestic and int’l media refused to do – expose obama to his real size.

Suffocate in his azz, most all media. YOU deserve no less and the world/USA are diminished because of your Utopian PC insanities. I hope you all will be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The Laurel and Hardy presidency

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

He made a Faustian bargain with Putin. Oh well.

You’re being too generous to Obama. He just lurches from moment to moment, and I don’t think he understands that he made a bargain or what the consequences may be. Hard to do when you spend most of your waking hours on the golf course.

Fenris on September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

ajacksonian on September 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Yes. I agreed fully with your original comment in its general points. I really didn’t want to step on it, at all, but only to make the distinction for the Syrian particulars.

As to this comment, I would remind you that Barky has never been able to generate support for anything with his comments. He’s had the medusa effect on any campaigns he’s tried to support and every time he gave a speech about anything whatever support he had usually diminished.

I’m not as optimistic as you about the rats leaving his ship. Most of them know it’s safer on the ship, even if it’s sinking. And they have already followed Barky down the “transparent, intellectually-offensive, laughable lies” strategy for everything, so they are pretty much all-in. Other than that, most of Barky’s junta and the surrounding dems love the fact that he has killed America. They trust that his magic skin will keep the circus going, as if it hasn’t been stopped by now there seems to be no reason to expect anyone is going to do anything in the future.

The American Socialist Superstate is here, complete with Sukarno clone (inept, incompetent, retarded version) and all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

This job-related stuff is too boring. Let’s go play spades.

The Rogue Tomato on September 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Obama seems uncomfortable being commander-in-chief

Not any more uncomfortable than he makes us freedom-loving Americans.

Sterling Holobyte on September 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Putin is a hunter. Every other picture of him is without a shirt, holding some type of weapon, and holding up various dead animals. He didn’t offer a lifeline, he struck his prey when it was weak and now he’s toying with it, until he can swoop in for the kill at the moment that suits him best. He’s former KGB for Pete’s sake. President mom jeans is waaaay out of his league. I bet Val Jar is spitting nails over this.

Boudica on September 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Obama likes sitting on the set of “the View” and talking lady talk with the ladies…

albill on September 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

If being president meant he could get up at 9, hit the Gym at 9:45, do 9 holes by 12 noon, lunch from 12-1, and do the last 9 from 1-3, Happy hour from 4-5, Dinner, and Concert party til midnight, Obama would be the best ever. Unfortunately, he was elected to “W-o-r-k,” it’s a four letter word ending in “k”. Not to his liking!

Boats48 on September 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Preznidenting iz hart!

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The amount of leverage on US foreign policy that Obama has handed to Putin is stunning.

Putin has Obama by his short hairs down below.

What a catastrophe.

aquaviva on September 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Putin’s “lifeline” is really an anchor that Obama just tied around the neck of the USA.

aquaviva on September 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The witch shames Goebbels.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

The president calmly and confidently strode to the podium. He articulated his position to vote “present” on the issue and then abdicated responsibility the Russians. Success, time for a round of golf.

NickelAndDime on September 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Because he’s only just now figuring out that all his aisnky style politics only work on people who want to be lead.

Just like he’s only just starting to figure out that his belief in Keynes and Marx was sadly misplaced.

We suffer while he finally starts to grow up and realize he’s a child in a mans body, used to working on simplistic problems in a complex world.

KMC1 on September 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Obama reminds me of Fredo.
Except weaker.
And less likable. Which is to say, less than not at all.

justltl on September 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

portlandon on September 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

ding, ding, ding, winner

socalcon on September 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Allah, you missed the most obvious solution. King Barry will declare VICTORY IN OUR TIME, then “pivot” to more pressing matters.

Don’t ever forget, “facts” are what King Barry says they are.

And the MSM will back him up.

GarandFan on September 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Obama’s problem is everybody told him he was exceptional but he’s not. The American media can’t cover for him on the world stage.

myiq2xu on September 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Corker is just now figuring this out?

sadatoni on September 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Let’s face it, Obama Americans seem uncomfortable with Obama being commander-in-chief

FIFY

Ukiah on September 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

He looked like it was downright irritating and a major inconvenience to even give that speech the other night.

scalleywag on September 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Both Corker and Lamar Alexander have done enough to betray conservatives here in Tennessee (as well as the rest of the country) that there is now a strong grassroots movement to put them both out to pasture and get some new blood in place that will reflect the views of the people that put them there.

Kowboy on September 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

One danger of a successful United Nations resolution is that it puts the U.S. on the same path as in Iraq: a cat and mouse game with inspectors, repeated confrontations over compliance, and mission creep that draws the U.S. inexorably into a war.

It’s a similar path, but not the same. The events Lizza points to occurred within the framework of an armistice agreement ending a war approved by the UN. Bush acted upon a different assessment of the violations of agreement to cease hostilities relating to the war resolution still in place at the UN, not a large hurdle to leap over with a 40 member coalition.

There has been no approval for engaging in war with Syria at the UN, and I doubt there ever will be. That is quite a wall for the US to crawl over without imminence being introduced into the issue and an influential coalition of like minded countries backing it.

Maybe the president after 1016 might be capable of doing it, if needed, but Obama has no chance of doing so without serious repercussions being visited on the US.

Dusty on September 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Obama is a 4th string President with advisers who would not be allowed anywhere near the White House in a sane administration, so what do we expect?

That’s what we wanted, isn’t it? As a nation, we put him in office and reelected him, and we haven’t figured out an offer good enough to get him to resign.

Who ever thought that there was anyone who would make us wish for Biden? Hard to believe, but true.

Mdirmeie on September 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

But you sure trust him to secure our borders, huh, Corky?

I’ll be glad when this guy is gone…(and of course that fool in the WH)

EastofEden on September 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

LOL.

What the he11 kind of creature is in that pic with Bark? [I've tried some references which apparently get moderated here ...]

ShainS on September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

It’s irritated and angry, whatever it is. Crouching for an attack?

avagreen on September 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Experience as a ‘community organizer’ may be enough to function as a Senator, but NOT ‘Commander In Chief’.

listens2glenn on September 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

When is this turncoats turn to get bounced?

RdLake on September 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Then do us a favor and resign and take all of your scumbag administration with you. Oh by the way don’t forget to take your angry wife and your privately schooled kids.

crosshugger on September 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

It’s called libbie and lazy.

He’s not going to get any adoration out of this (except for really ignorant people), no matter which way he goes, especially at this point, so he doesn’t want to be bothered.

A cornered rat will fight, but not so much with slime, I guess. Slime just kind of sits there and looks, well, slimy.

(Waves at the nice NSA man monitoring her email.)

sage0925 on September 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Let’s face it — you’re a dope liberal, butt-Corker. Sorry your hero is just another affirmative action poseur.

Jaibones on September 12, 2013 at 9:35 PM