WaPo: “Obama’s inattention to detail” threatens to derail his legacy, or something

posted at 8:41 am on October 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Welcome to Euphemism Day, where the media gets to work on its weasel-word usage in a crisis.  At least it’s Euphemism Day at the Washington Post, where two stories work mightily hard to avoid calling Barack Obama a liar and an incompetent.  Let’s start with the latter example from Scott Wilson, whose posits that talking big and having no interest in doing the necessary work forms a coherent management philosophy:

Nearly a year into his second term, President Obama has yet to master the management of information within his administration. That failure has left him knowing too little at times about the issues that matter the most to his legacy.

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office, has never pretended to care much about the details of governing. He prefers the big speech to congressional arm-twisting, the big reform to incremental change and the big foreign policy ambition to cultivating head-of-state relationships.

The approach has its benefits. But it also means that Obama has at times appeared caught unaware as controversies envelop his administration.

What benefits are those, exactly?

In the past week, he or his aides have said that Obama had no knowledge of two major issues now threatening his agenda: the problems crippling the Web site of his signature health-care program, and the existence of a decade-long spying program targeting the personal phones of friendly world leaders.

Oh, those benefits — incompetence and sheer ignorance, with a healthy serving of humiliation and failure on the side.  Helping Wilson to construct an alternate theory of executive incompetence is former Clinton adviser William Galston:

“Compared to the president I served, this president doesn’t seem to be as relentlessly curious about the processes of government — whether the legislative process or the implementation process or the administrative and bureaucratic process,” said William A. Galston, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, who was a domestic policy adviser to Bill Clinton.

Although Obama never seems to get “stuck” in policy details that can stall out a presidency, Galston said, the “problems start when things go wrong and the president gives every appearance of being blindsided by the flow of events.”

“Then people start wondering if he’s in charge, if he’s a strong leader,” he said.

No one’s wondering, actually.  This isn’t an inattention to detail; it’s executive incompetence and ignorance of what real leadership means.

Next, let’s check in with WaPo reporters Lena H. Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar on executive integrity:

A new controversy over the president’s health-care law is threatening to overshadow the messy launch of its Web site: Notices are going out to hundreds of thousands of Americans informing them that their health insurance polices are being canceled as of Dec. 31.

The notices appear to contradict President Obama’s promise that despite the changes resulting from the law, Americans can keep their health insurance if they like it. Republicans have seized on the cancellations as evidence that the law is flawed and the president has been less than forthright in describing its impact.

I’ll let Ron Fournier deconstruct this:

Indeed. But let’s not let the Post have all the fun.  The Hill reports this morning that Obama has finally gotten “annoyed” with the ObamaCare debacle.  Visibly annoyed. Wow:

An agitated President Obama has expressed frustration to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the faulty ObamaCare enrollment website.

A visibly annoyed Obama behind closed doors has made clear to Sebelius that it’s her responsibility to fix what has become an unwanted second-term blunder, according to senior administration officials.

White House officials say the strong words from Obama don’t mean Sebelius is necessarily in the doghouse but that she’s responsible for fixing the problem.

In the words of one senior administration official, “She’s in a tough spot. She’s on the hook.”

Well, don’t sprain an ankle leaping to your feet in indignation, Mr. President.  That might put a dent in your golf game. Michael Ramirez puts the Ida Know Presidency into a three-panel editorial cartoon for Investors Business Daily that blows through all the euphemisms and exposes the White House’s best case for what it really means:

ramirez-ida-know

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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The only thing that could account for a positive legacy for Obama is his improving golf game.

Myron Falwell on October 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

It’s almost as if 0bama doesn’t care anymore…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The thin skinned bastard is going to snap pretty soon. Please let it be camera.

Flange on October 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Like Elvis, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod have left the building.

Rovin on October 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hopey the Fence Post Turtle!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Washington: “I cannot tell a lie; I cut down the cherry tree.”

Obama: “I cannot tell a lie; I don’t have a F*&%ing clue what’s going on”

RSbrewer on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Will VJ let him blame her?

meci on October 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM

To be fair, there are certain things Teh SCOAMT does pay attention to detail on:

- His golf game
- The PermaCampaign
- Killing the existing individual health insurance market
- His golf game
- Smokin’ in the boys’ room
- The NCAA men’s basketball tournament
- His travel plans

“But Egg, you said ‘his golf game’ twice.”

I know I did – he REALLY focuses on that.

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Rep.Joe Wilson is nodding his head at WaPo

Conservative4Ever on October 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office, has never pretended to care much about the details of governing.

Try as you might WaPo the simple fact is that there has been no one with as little experience leading anything as Obama. And we’re paying for it.

Mr. Bingley on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

WaPo needs to realize that being a LIAR and INCOMPETENT aren’t mutually exclusive.

HumpBot Salvation on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Hopey the Fence Post Turtle!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Only, the top of that post is getting pretty crowded canopfor.

Rovin on October 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

No one is madder that President Obama is intellectually incurious than President Obama.

HumpBot Salvation on October 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

WaPo: “Obama’s inattention to detail” threatens to derail his legacy, or something.

He knows EXACTLY what he’s doing…..collapsing the system, and then he will offer SINGLE PAYER as the solution.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/barack_obama_and_the_strategy.html

The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. David Horowitz summarizes it as:

The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

Cloward and Piven were inspired by radical organizer [and Hillary Clinton mentor] Saul Alinsky:

“Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one.

PappyD61 on October 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Nearly a year into his second term, President Obama has yet to master the management of information within his administration.

Incompetent people can learn. Five years of on the job training and a failure to learn is not mere incompetence. It’s a deliberate refusal to learn.

rbj on October 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The thin skinned bastard is going to snap pretty soon. Please let it be camera.

Flange on October 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM</blockquote

He's giving a speech today in Faneuil Hall. This would be an excellent venue for his meltdown.

Naturally Curly on October 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

“Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office” – this is a bald-faced lie. Bush – governor of Texas, Clinton – governor of Arkansas, Bush – headed the CIA, among many other executive positions, Reagan – governor of California, Carter – governor of Georgia, Johnson – majority leader of the Senate, Kennedy -an officer in the military during WWII, which would be considered an executive position, Truman – Vice President, FDR – governor of New York. So, how far back do we need to go to justify this falsehood? Get your facts straight or find a different career, Scott Wilson.

ldenton1 on October 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

This guy has NPD and is also a pathological liar. He is surrounded by some pretty sinister handlers who mean to do evil against our country. This is all part of their plan. He is just one of their tools. We need to out this rat and get to his handlers. THEY are the “clear and present danger” to our nation.

HomeoftheBrave on October 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Didn’t George W. Bush have executive experience? Wasn’t he a business owner?

djl130 on October 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Inattention to detail?

“Details” like the constitution? Because Barry doesn’t seem to pay much attention to that either.

AZCoyote on October 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office

What?

So I guess that’s forever off the table for any candidate, anywhere, for any office… ever.

mankai on October 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The Buffalo News above-the-fold byline:
“Cancellation notices contradict plan’s pledge”

mjbrooks3 on October 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Obama’s incompetents is a given, but there is a little bit of mafioso boss styling going on here as well. The man is horrible at his job not because he isn’t doing it, but because he is just plain stupid when it comes to being an executive. He knows what is happening under his own nose most of the time, but he acts like a mafia boss in order to distance himself from anything that might potentially harm him.

NotCoach on October 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I’m pretty sure Obama’s inattention to detail WILL BE his legacy. That and his totally wicked pant crease and the physical effect he has on Chris Matthews leg.

magicbeans on October 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

ldenton1 on October 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You missed Eisenhower, who had plenty of “exucutive” experience too.

Nixon too. He was VP for 8 years under Eisenhower, which was probably one helluva training program.

But just as the press had to degrade the office of President for Clinton by trying to dredge up lies about Jefferson’s personal life, so they are trying to degrade the importance of executive experience for O.

mankai on October 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office, has never pretended to care much about the details of governing.

Let’s go back to FDR on that bolded point to see what executive experience the last 80 years’ worth of Presidents had in the executive experience column before becoming President:

FDR – governor of New York
Truman – 3 months of being Vice President
Eisenhower – Supreme Allied Commander-Europe during World War II and again when the peacetime position was created, Army Chief of Staff post WWII, military governor of the American zone of occupied Germany, president of Columbia University
Kennedy – none
Johnson – a bit short of 3 years of being Vice President
Nixon – 8 years of being Vice President
Ford – 8 months of being Vice President
Carter – governor of Georgia
Reagan – governor of California
George H.W. Bush – CIA director, 8 years of being Vice President
Clinton – governor of Arkansas
George W. Bush – governor of Texas
Obama – none

13 Presidents, 2 of whom had no executive experience and 3 of whom had less than a term as VP. Yep; that’s “many”.

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Rewrote headline for you…
WaPo: “Obama’s inattention to detail incompetence” threatens to derail his legacy, or something

Just realized I have used the word “incompetence” more in conversations in the past 5 years than in the previous 20 years…

albill on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office

Pffft, they had to add that.

Has there ever been a preznit with less relevant experience of any kind, the dude never even had a paper route.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

He’s giving a speech today in Faneuil Hall. This would be an excellent venue for his meltdown.
Naturally Curly on October 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

As long as it’s all on film I guess I’d be happy regardless of where, but today sure works for my schedule.

Flange on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

“…Kennedy -an officer in the military during WWII, which would be considered an executive position…”

ldenton1 on October 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

And though not usually considered executive experience, JFK was a senator for almost eight years, unlike Dear Leader’s “cup of coffee” in that chamber.

NavyMustang on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I submit that captain of a PT boat in combat is worth some points in the executive experience column, at the least it was leadership and directing other people.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

With the future of the country at stake, I find myself increasingly concerned about Hussein’s legacy.

antipc on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office

Hold on right there, Bucky:

Bush II – Governor
Clinton – Governor
Bush I – VP, Head of CIA, businessman
Reagan – Governor
Carter – Governor, businessman
Ford – VP, military officer
Nixon – VP, military officer
LBJ – VP, military commander
JFK – Military commander
Eisenhower – Military Commander
Truman – VP, military commander
FDR – Governor
Hoover – Businessman
Coolidge – Governor, mayor
Harding – Businessman
Wilson – Governor, university president
Taft – None
Teddy Roosevelt – VP, Governor

So, of all the presidents in the 20th century, only two have lacked executive experience and Øbumbler is one of them.

Kafir on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The Buffalo News above-the-fold byline:
“Cancellation notices contradict plan’s pledge”

mjbrooks3 on October 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

News for you, homophobe: plans are like guns, they have a life of their own without human interaction. Guns kill people just by existing, and the ACA plan is actually sentient.

Read a book sometime, KKK’er.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

His legacy of “Worst US President” is already established. The ACA rollout and destruction of the US Healthcare system cements it.

smoothsailing on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

We are in the midst of one of the greatest mass deceptions of a country’s populace in the history of the world…

PatriotRider on October 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Here’s my euphemism:

HHS made a huge hole in the healthcare insurance pipeline causing tens of thousand of existing policies people liked and wanted to keep to be pumped out of the healthcare market and the slick is spreading across the country at an alarming rate, threatening the financial environment and habitat of millions of people. People could die!

Priority #1: Plug the damn hole!

Where the hell is Captain Kickass?

Clean up and restoration of the existing policy environment to it’s original condition should be priority #2.

w need a moratorium on the reckless installation of this program until we can be sure things like this don’t happen again.

Dusty on October 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

It’s too bad for Barry that the time to care is before you jump off the cliff.

dissent555 on October 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Kafir on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Dubya was also a military officer and a businessman, though he also barfed on the Japanese premier which negates some of that experience.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Obama – the blame duck president.

Shy Guy on October 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

OT: Quinnipiac – Cuccinelli Closing Fast – TM-45, KC-41

crrr6 on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

That is great news.

jimver on October 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

An agitator of parasites from Chicago who knows nothing about anything of importance to govern… A man who only knows how to read a speech from a teleprompter and agitate the parasites against the producers… By far the most incompetent President in the history of the Republic…

mnjg on October 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Oh, you want me to go back a bit further? Okay:

Hoover – no executive experience
Coolidge – governor of Massachusetts (half-term before becoming VP), 2 1/2 years as VP
Harding – effectively none (lieutenant governor doesn’t count)
Wilson – governor of New Jersey, president of Princeton
Taft – governor of Cuba and the Philippines
Teddy Roosevelt – governor of New York (partial term before becoming VP), 6 months as VP
McKinley – governor of Ohio
Cleveland – governor of New York

That takes us back into the 19th Century, with 1 absolute no executive experience, 1 being a mere lieutenant governor, 2 first-term governors plucked into being VP and then assuming the Presidency upon the deaths of their running mates, 1 territorial governor and 3 governors (with one also being a university president).

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

His legacy will be a corrupt liar

scboy on October 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

WaPo: “Obama’s inattention to detail” threatens to derail his legacy … but our inattention to detail is sure to preserve it!!!

PackerBronco on October 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Hoover was Sec of Commerce and ran the food relief program of WWI.

Harding took a failing newspaper and made it one of the most popular in the country.

mankai on October 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Ah, I forgot the business ventures of Hoover (ran a quite successful mining venture) and Harding (Marion, OH newspaper publisher).

Steve Eggleston on October 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The last person who was elected POTUS with zero executive experience was JFK. He, at least,had commanded a PT Boat in combat, somewhat unsuccessfully, and served in Congress for 12 years prior to running. Does Mr. Wilson want us to believe that Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43 arrived in the Oval Office without executive experience? And of Ford and LBJ, both were longtime congressional leaders and knew the workings of the federal decision making inside out.I question whether the Post’s Wilson ever had a class in American History and/or Government.

xkaydet65 on October 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Obysmal is criminally inept and intentionally clueless so that he can blame-shift when negative attention is focused on bungling. A president who plays cards during a critical security operation or who plays with his Blackberry during meetings is beyond salvaging.

Last evening, I was reflecting on how angry/disgusted I am that Obysmal’s policies have destroyed our economy and our role in world affairs. Not only do I have to be responsible for myself and my family’s welfare when the dollar becomes even more valueless, I have to assume the burden of underwriting the welfare (food, housing, energy costs, health insurance, etc.) of a bunch of losers with money that has no worth.

onlineanalyst on October 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

His legacy will be a corrupt liar

scboy on October 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I think his legacy will be of a general disrespect for the law, but using the law as a cudgel to get what he wants. In other words, the worst kind of person.

/it’s the law of the land

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office

What?

So I guess that’s forever off the table for any candidate, anywhere, for any office… ever.

mankai on October 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Hacks say the darnedest things, don’t they?

Washington – Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army
Adams – Vice President, Minister
Jefferson – Vice President, Governor, Secretary of State, Minister
Madison – Secretary of State
Monroe – Governor, Secretary of State, Minister, Major
Adams – Minister, Secretary of State
Jackson – Governor, Colonel, Major General
Van Buren – Attorney General, Governor, Secretary of State, Minister
Harrison – Secretary of the Northwest Territory, Governor, Minister, Major General
Tyler – Governor, Vice President
Polk – Governor
Taylor – Major General
Fillmore – Comptroller of New York, Vice President
Pierce – Brigadier General
Buchanan – Minister, Secretary of State
Lincoln –
Johnson – Governor, Vice President
Grant – General of the Army
Hayes – Governor, Brevet Major General
Garfield – Major General
Arthur – Collector of the Port of New York, Vice President, Brigadier General
Cleveland – Mayor, Governor
Harrison – Brigadier General
McKinley – Governor, Brevet Major
Roosevelt – Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor, Vice President, Colonel
Taft – Governor-General of the Philippines, Secretary of War, Provisional Governor of Cuba
Wilson – President of Princeton University, Governor
Harding – Lieutenant Governor
Coolidge – Mayor, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, Vice President
Hoover – Secretary of Commerce
Roosevelt – Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor
Truman – Vice President, Major
Eisenhower – President of Columbia University, Plethora of Military Commands, General of the Army
Kennedy – Lieutenant
Johnson – Vice President, Lieutenant Commander
Nixon – Vice President, Lieutenant Commander
Ford – Vice President, Lieutenant Commander (I see a trend here)
Carter – Governor, Lieutenant
Reagan – Governor, Captain
Bush – Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, Lieutenant
Clinton – Attorney General, Governor
Bush – Governor, First Lieutenant
Obama -

So there you have. Obama is only our second president with zero executive experience in public service beforehand. So if many equals one, then yes, Obama is like many of our past presidents with zero executive experience.

NotCoach on October 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Obama – the blame duck president.

Shy Guy on October 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

A legacy of blame and division, of his words meaning nothing. Of incompetence. Of putting his foot down hard on the gas pedal towards the edge of the fiscal cliff of insolvency. To have no other guiding principle than liberal tax and spending and spending and spending at every turn. The Paris Hilton of the Presidency. But even Paris Hilton had more executive experience than Obama. Didn’t she create a company where she designs and sells her own handbags? What did Obama ever do, work at Baskin Robbins and steal from his employer by giving his stoner friends free ice cream? Helping a brother out.

I can’t believe a single thing that comes out of Obama’s mouth. No credibility of any kind. And this is the guy with the bully pulpit. It’s pitiful.

Paul-Cincy on October 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

What legacy? His “legacy” is Obamacare, which is a disaster.

Ward Cleaver on October 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

The only thing that could account for a positive legacy for Obama is his improving golf game.

Myron Falwell on October 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Thats a lie, too!

Bevan on October 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

So there you have. Obama is only our second president with zero executive experience in public service beforehand. So if many equals one, then yes, Obama is like many of our past presidents with zero executive experience.

NotCoach on October 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Hey, don’t forget, JFK served two terms in the Senate.

Ward Cleaver on October 30, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Hey, don’t forget, JFK served two terms in the Senate.

Ward Cleaver on October 30, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Never mind, you said executive experience.

Ward Cleaver on October 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

President Obama has yet to master the management of information within his administration.

Adolescents that chronically lie to their parents have the same problem within the household. It’s a sign of immaturity if you get my drift.

DaveDief on October 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Not to worry. GOP leadership is working behind the scenes to cement Obama’s legacy with a major policy achievement in his 2nd term.

Wigglesworth on October 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Typical Community Organizer, goes around yelling about how bad things are, gets others stirred up and then he let’s them do the dirty work while he plays golf. He shoulda picked better people to do the job and in that mistake he revealed how dumb he is.

Herb on October 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I wonder if the black teflon coating that has kept stuff from sticking to Obozo is starting to wear off. Also several msm reporters have actually been doing their jobs in the last week. Guess folks are starting to realize that a professional rabble rouser of dubious academic background with no executive experience isn’t the best choice to be POTUS.

neyney on October 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Two words to describe Prezzy Clueless “plausible deniability”.

neyney on October 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It bugs me that the Right is allowing this meme to set in that he’s incompetent. The truth is far worse than incompetence.

pecan pie on October 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Yes, he can…obama let him.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office,

As pointed out higher, that statement is a bald faced lie to help cover for the SCOAMF being a SCOAMF.

jukin3 on October 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I think the REB can just say “I have no knowledge” and leave it at that. That’s accurate enough for government work.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Irony – the site crashed as Sibelius testified that “the site never crashed, it’s just slow due to high volume”.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Has there ever been a preznit with less relevant experience of any kind, the dude never even had a paper route.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Didn’t lil barry once ‘work’ – albeit briefly – in an ice cream parlor?

Solaratov on October 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Why is he “visibly annoyed”? It’s cutting into his golfing and partying time, that’s why.

sadatoni on October 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You mean, the President is the equivalent of an empty chair?

Who would have known?

LoganSix on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Republicans have seized on the cancellations as evidence that the law is flawed and the president has been less than forthright in describing its impact.

Seized? Actually, it’s more like they are following Napoleon’s advice: never interrupt an enemy when he is in the process of making a mistake. Or sticking his ]1@< in the blender.

drunyan8315 on October 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

NOT OBAMA’S PRECIOUS LEGACY!!!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

When you’re a president as weak, guileless, and accomplishment-less as Obama is, all you have is your legacy; Wanting people to remember you as JFK or FDR, and even going for Ronald Reagan at times. But I do hope that Obama loses any kind of legacy he may have so he’ll end up the footnote in history he deserves to be. Not even ethnicity can save him – he’s just half black, and we supposedly had that already in the past.

The Nerve on October 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM