TNR: Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

You know, I have. Although, like Isaac Chotiner, I think there’s more to it than mere contempt for his audience’s intelligence.

You need to read the piece for a full slate of examples but essentially Chotiner’s zeroing in on O’s patented pros-and-cons Thoughtful Guy non-answer. Did you know that there are two sides to most vexing policy problems and that hard choices are usually required? You did? Well, let the president remind you a few thousand times anyway:

The reason he does this, I would argue, is that he is more interested in telling us how he thinks than what he thinks. His defense of the NSA, for example, has largely rested on his statements that he and his team are trustworthy and thoughtful people. And here he is, to Remnick, on the use of drones, primarily in Pakistan and Yemen:

“Look, you wrestle with it,” Obama said. “And those who have questioned our drone policy are doing exactly what should be done in a democracy—asking some tough questions. The only time I get frustrated is when folks act like it’s not complicated and there aren’t some real tough decisions, and are sanctimonious, as if somehow these aren’t complicated questions. Listen, as I have often said to my national-security team, I didn’t run for office so that I could go around blowing things up.”

Again, this isn’t really an answer. It is a description of Obama’s mind. He “wrestles with it.” He knows that democracies function through a civil society. These are “tough decisions.” Obama didn’t run for office so he could go to war—hence he must hate using drones, and so we should trust his instincts when he does want to use them. This answer, too, started with a more grounded (pardon the pun) defense of drones, in which he stated that they actually lower civilian casualties. But that wasn’t enough; he had to explain his process.

The Thoughtful Guy shtick is ultimately an accountability dodge. I made a similar point last year, inspired by the same subject, after O’s windy speech on U.S. drone policy. He’d gotten cross-wise with his lefty base on that but clearly wasn’t about to renounce the practice. What could he say to get them off his back while letting them know he had no intention of changing his ways? Answer: Reassure them that, contra Bush, he had done his intellectual duty in arriving at his policy. He’d considered all the angles, made all the devil’s-advocate arguments against drone strikes, but couldn’t talk himself out of it. Even if you disagreed with him, you could trust that he’d made a fully informed, responsible decision. That’s the message of his presidency in a two-word nutshell, from drones to the NSA to the various executive power grabs of the past two years: “Trust me.” His motives, he’s eager to emphasize, are honest — how could they not be when he’s willing to carefully consider his opponents’ arguments? — so you should feel comfortable giving him the benefit of the doubt. And the thing is, it works. Follow the last link to see how the New Yorker fell for the Thoughtful Guy routine. When your policy pitch frequently boils down to “trust me,” you’ve got every reason to reassure your critics at length that you thought hard before making your move. In that sense, O’s more like a judge than a president: Courts justify their rulings with long written opinions because they’re not accountable the way most political figures are. They get their legitimacy not from being elected but from demonstrating that their opinions were carefully considered. O, unusually for an elected official, follows a similar practice — or at least, he does for the left, since they’re bound by basic partisanship not to hold him accountable the way independents and Republicans try to.

And that’s in keeping, of course, with the cult of personality that defined his run in 2008. There were policies like ObamaCare that you could expect to get if you voted for him, but Hopenchange was always mostly about the man himself — an historic presidency, a new optimism after Bush, a “first-class temperament” that would seek pragmatic solutions instead of partisan ones. Against that backdrop, why wouldn’t he justify his toughest decisions with an elaborate version of “trust me”? And in his semi-defense, what better answer is he supposed to give to some of these problems? They’re judgment calls. Like Chotiner says, we all understand the pros and cons of drone strikes; Obama, like virtually any future president from either party, has decided he’d rather err on the side of liquidating bad guys even if it means accidentally killing innocents because it’ll help him prove in the event of a new attack on the U.S. that he did everything he could to prevent it. Critics disagree with that calculation. What’s he supposed to say to persuade them on a moral quandary as excruciating as that one except reassure them that he really does understand their concerns? Between partisan polarization, intractable policy problems, and the vast ocean of low-information voters who likely don’t blink at this stuff, I’m thinking the Thoughtful Guy routine won’t end in the White House when Obama’s presidency does.


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it is the height of comedy when the most ignorant, most incompetent, most immature, most childish, most partisan, most petty, President in the history of the Republic talks to us like he is the wisest person on the planet and that we are the little children who should follow his advice… We see those stupid characters everyday… We see them at work and in our social gathering… People who know nothing about anything talk with empty buzz words and with such confidence in the BS that they are saying…

mnjg on January 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

We did notice that he’s a patronizing, condescending fool who should be taking lectures and not giving them, yes.

Also noticed that Obamacare sucks a lot.

Helluva job, Hope-N-Changebots

Good Lt on January 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

The ADULT IN THE ROOM has spoken. Children, just say “Yes, sir” and all will be well.

Marcola on January 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Why not?
47% of the voters clearly are – and he gets away with it……

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Obama may indeed often be the smartest guy in the room, but he doesn’t need to remind people that he is.

ROFLMAO!!

Barky wasn’t even the smartest guy in the room when he was reading off of TOTUS to that class of 1st graders. The only time Barky is the smartest person in the room is when he’s alone in the toilet, and even then, a wet turd can give Barky a run for his money.

The guy who wrote this article is a moron, but, even so, when he’s in a room with Barky, Barky still isn’t the smartest person in the room.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I think a large share of Obama’s bent for explaining his own thought process and the alleged expanse of his mind is tied up in his narcissism and resultant hubris.

Not only does he think everyone else is stupid, he has the opportunity to speak about his favorite subject… him… and he’s not going to miss that opportunity…ever.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I will admit, though, that Barky is a wiz at geography and language … Who knew that Argentina had any interest in the Maldives or that Austrian is a language? “Smartest guy in the room” knew. And he had to explain it all to us as if we were children.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

TNR: Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

Yeah, but does he talk to them like they’re real children or imaginary children?

steebo77 on January 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

This is just another sign that this narcissistic fascist believes he actually has absolute power – and the fact that the Republican party won’t do anything to stop him confirms it.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Oh, I don’t know. When I see the kind of sycophant libtards he surrounds himself with, I’d say there may be a lot times he actually is the smartest in the room.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

TNR: Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

Actually, Barky talks as if he’s a child – a retarded child. “All wee wee’d up” … Even American children know that “wee wee” isn’t used like that. It must be an Indonesian thing …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Oh, I don’t know. When I see the kind of sycophant libtards he surrounds himself with, I’d say there may be a lot times he actually is the smartest in the room.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

But that’s not saying much for the other people in the room….

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Obama voters are children. From their mindset, their intellect and their emotional levels. He knows his audience.

HumpBot Salvation on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Oh, I don’t know. When I see the kind of sycophant libtards he surrounds himself with, I’d say there may be a lot times he actually is the smartest in the room.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Nope. Even with all of those dumbsh!ts around, Barky is still the lowest guy on the room’s intellectual totem pole.

Let me put it this way, when he was eating dog he was feeding higher up on the evolutionary ladder than he sits at.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

He’s nothing other than a Ward Healer in Armani.

/Ever wonder why black neighborhoods need Ward Healers and Aldermen?

Yeah, me too. WTF is a “Ward”? A Ward of the State?

Why, yes… That’s exactly what a Ward is. And you’ll find them in every single underserved areas of America.

Ward Healer. Flim Flam Man. Al Sharpton. Jesse Jackson. Jive Talking Poverty Pimp. Every neighborhood has one.

Key West Reader on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

When families have an uncle like Obama, they usually keep him up in the attic.

VorDaj on January 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Amazingly, many of the commenters at the New Republic agree with the author.

But don’t worry, there is always an OCultist to straighten them out! In this case, it’s an O’bama Fluffer calling itself “jm rice”, who slobbers away thusly as it responds to one of the O’bama Critics:

Normally I don’t debate right-wing neanderthals or half-senile geezers, since it’s an exercise in futility. But it’s so easy to list this administration’s accomplishments that I won’t be wasting too much of my time on you.

Obama wasn’t my first choice. The Democratic base got all giddy about making a “first black president” statement that they forgot there was a GOP depression and two botched GOP wars to crawl out of, and it wasn’t the right time for making feel-good statements.

That said, the right wing that you so proudly count yourself a part of is so thoroughly evil — so rapacious, bigoted, malign, psychopathic, gun-crazed and treasonous — that “anybody but a Repub” was a civic duty. And this despite my deep disagreement with some Dem policies.

1. Despite the knee-jerk reactions, Obama’s opening to the Muslim world, though a bit artless, was a brilliant gambit. It reset the relationships by saying, It’s a clean slate, the ball is now in your court. Show us what you’re made of.

2. Despite campaign rhetoric, Obama, like all new presidents, once he finally got a look behind the curtain, recognized that the war against terror must be fought ruthlessly, that enhanced interrogation works, that rendition works, that Guantanamo was necessary, that drones are good and, most important, it’s idiotic to think that the NSA can do a complete job unless its coverage of phone metadata is 100%. It’s why regardless of what the assholes of the press or Rand Paul bleat, Congress is overwhelmingly behind the president.

3. Osama bin Laden and many others

4. The Obama administration, together with the Fed, has pulled the economy out of the hole that years of unbridled, deregulated plunder of the nation by your right-wing thieves, who still have the gall to blame the worst crash since 1929 on the Dems!

And there are enough blithering idiots in the electorate to buy into that Big Lie. In fact, voter stupidity is the vital ingredient of GOP/Tea Party success.

(This Cultist doesn’t seem to know that his Democrat Party lost the college graduate vote in 2012.)

5. After a century and the efforts of presidents of both parties, Obama finally brought universal health care to America. The law is over-complex and compromised — the best solution would have simply been to expand Medicare to everybody and finance it through the income tax. But it’s a start. Of course, being what you are, you doubtlessly consider this a calamity.

I don’t care to argue about these points. It’s off-topic.

So much Stupidity in one post. It boggles the imagination.

“IT BURNS!”

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Even the most brain-dead leftist moron knows that division or a ration is NEVER translated as “AND”. Barky doesn’t – “profit AND earnings ratios”. That little slip alone told us that Barky didn’t crack 400 on the math section of his SATs, and probably scored in the low 300s. His English isn’t much better … “on the precipice of a great achievement” …

The guy is just mind-boggingly stupid.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Let me put it this way, when he was eating dog he was feeding higher up on the evolutionary ladder than he sits at.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

LOL. Ok – I liked that one.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Maybe that’s how maths werks in eastasia, and states 51 through 58…./

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Obama has to keep coming back to his personal narrative and aura. He has nothing else. No accomplishments, no evidence of expertise or skill in any area, and no particular evidence of intelligence.

Why do you think his college records are national secrets? Bush, Gore, and Kerry all released theirs, and they were all C students as undergrads. There was not a high bar to clear, and Obama went to school more than a decade later, when grade inflation had become pervasive.

Of course, he did write that he was “a lackluster student” at Occidental, and normally third-year transfers to Columbia require even higher scores and accomplishments than freshman applicants – so how did he get in? And why do no students and only a single professor even remember him there?

Then there is the issue of him as President of Harvard Law Review. That’s a spot that is coveted mainly because it gives you a platform for your own scholarly work to impress potential post-grad law firms. Yet Obama never authored a single paper while there – OR in 14 years as a “constitutional law lecturer.” Find someone else who kept a job in academia without publishing at all for that long!

Obama is a one-trick pony, but he turns that trick with pride.

Adjoran on January 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Let me put it this way, when he was eating dog he was feeding higher up on the evolutionary ladder than he sits at.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I’ve got one dog that seems to be incredibly stupid – and I’m pretty sure he’s smarter than 0barky….
He definitely knows more words than 0barky – like squirrel, coyote, bird, food, eat, treat, sit, go to bed, and many more.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

You know what creeps me out about Obama? How he walks around with his family holding the hand of his 15 year old daughter. She’s not five, she’s fifteen. Who does that?

-libfreak calls me a racist in 3, 2, 1 ……

fogw on January 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I’ve got one dog that seems to be incredibly stupid – and I’m pretty sure he’s smarter than 0barky….
He definitely knows more words than 0barky – like squirrel, coyote, bird, food, eat, treat, sit, go to bed, and many more.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

heh. And your dog knows how to clean himself, too, which really puts some distance there. There may be a Presidency in your dog’s future. He seems to exceed the modern qualifications. Does your dog eat Indonesians?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Allapundit and Isaac miss the essential point.

obama gives away free stuff.

our side doesn’t

takers starting to outnumber makers.

renalin on January 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

heh. And your dog knows how to clean himself, too, which really puts some distance there. There may be a Presidency in your dog’s future. He seems to exceed the modern qualifications. Does your dog eat Indonesians?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

He would if they got anywhere near my wife.

But the dog doesn’t have much of a crease in his pants…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

In that sense, O’s more like a judge than a president: Courts justify their rulings with long written opinions because they’re not accountable the way most political figures are. They get their legitimacy not from being elected but from demonstrating that their opinions were carefully considered.

I must respectfully disagree.

I have read thousands of legal rulings. I cannot remember any of them that used 1000 words to say nothing. Obama has honed the ability to spew confusing word-fogs that make the weak-minded think he has said something erudite when really all he has done is waste several minutes without elucidating a responsive answer.

myiq2xu on January 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

“Trust me, I’m the only one who can keep you safe”, isn’t that how most dictators plead for power? That is till they get the power, and then they adopt a completely different tone.

DFCtomm on January 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

obama gives away free stuff.
our side doesn’t
takers starting to outnumber makers.

renalin on January 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The Smokers in Waterworld…..

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

myiq2xu on January 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I’d bet 0barky doesn’t know the real meaning of most of what he spews – but he continues to spew garbage because he believes if he doesn’t know what it really means, then neither will anyone else.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

myiq2xu on January 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshiite.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

This is nothing new. Funny he’s the most paternalistic guy and the liberals go crazy for him.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

When families have an uncle like Obama, they usually keep him up in the attic.

VorDaj on January 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

When obama has an uncle he keeps them in public housing.

HumpBot Salvation on January 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Obama’s the stupidest person I’ve ever seen. He makes the guys on Trailer Park Boys look like geniuses.

MrX on January 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

…he is more interested in telling us how he thinks than what he thinks

This guy can think? We learn something new every day at Hot Air.

FlameWarrior on January 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Wonder how all those folks who kept reminding us what a gifted speaker he is feel after reading this.

Ah, who am I kidding, second grade mentalities don’t lend themselves to that sort of depth.

antipc on January 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

For the most part Obama is reading a teleprompter and somebody other than him wrote those words.
And when he is not on the teleprompter he is regurgitating things he has read from the teleprompter a zillion times.

And the thing is when Obama was the Community Organizer in Chicago he was more educated than most of the people on the street and in the ghettos…and he thought he was better than them, hence the talking to them like uneducated children. A habit he can not get out of.

It will be a wonderful day for America when Obama finally leaves office. Perhaps we should mark it by having a national holiday.

albill on January 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

“The president is like a novelist who demands on telling you the motivation of every character, except he is the only character.”

Makes me wonder about a relationship between narcissism and solipsism. I have no clue, really.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

This is nothing new. Funny he’s the most paternalistic guy and the liberals go crazy for him.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I tried posting one of the comments from the piece from TNR earlier but it didn’t get past the filters. If you want to see a totally brainwashed O’bama Cultist, check out “jm rice”. Talk about fluffing…

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

He talks to me like I’m someone he’d like to throw in a concentration camp.

All liberals do.

FlameWarrior on January 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

Lately I’ve been hearing Obama talk to me through the fillings in my teeth. Should I be concerned?

FlameWarrior on January 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I have read thousands of legal rulings. I cannot remember any of them that used 1000 words to say nothing. Obama has honed the ability to spew confusing word-fogs that make the weak-minded think he has said something erudite when really all he has done is waste several minutes without elucidating a responsive answer.

myiq2xu on January 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

And to think Lincoln’s entire 2nd inaugural address is inscribed on his memorial. And they threw in the Gettysburg Address as well. Obama’s patter is typical of the con man’s word salad. So many words, so little content.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2014 at 6:16 PM

it is the height of comedy when the most ignorant, most incompetent, most immature, most childish, most partisan, most petty, President in the history of the Republic talks to us like he is the wisest person on the planet and that we are the little children who should follow his advice… We see those stupid characters everyday… We see them at work and in our social gathering… People who know nothing about anything talk with empty buzz words and with such confidence in the BS that they are saying…

mnjg on January 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Don’t hold back – tell us how you really think.

In reality – I can’t disagree and I can’t add or detract from what said.

Galt2009 on January 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

And to think Lincoln’s entire 2nd inaugural address is inscribed on his memorial. And they threw in the Gettysburg Address as well. Obama’s patter is typical of the con man’s word salad. So many words, so little content.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2014 at 6:16 PM

This is new definition of BSBarack Speak

Galt2009 on January 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“Trust me.”

That’s how a con-artist starts their spiel.

GarandFan on January 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Have you noticed that Obama talks to people like they’re children?

Actually, no. I believe I might actually have to listen to him to know that, which I skillfully avoid.

lynncgb on January 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Obama thinks, behaves and lives exactly like all the despots that rule countries in Africa. They too believe that their subjects are children and must be treated as such.

rik on January 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Most people resent others who make decisions, so Obama doesn’t make decisions.

The antithesis of Obama is this:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

right2bright on January 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I haven’t heard him speak in months, my wife changes the channel so quickly I have not heard a complete sentence from Obama in I can’t remember when…Carney is bad enough.

right2bright on January 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This is nothing new. Funny he’s the most paternalistic guy and the liberals go crazy for him.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I tried posting one of the comments from the piece from TNR earlier but it didn’t get past the filters. If you want to see a totally brainwashed O’bama Cultist, check out “jm rice”. Talk about fluffing…

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Update-my comment cleared moderation.

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

It’s only because of the complete and utter contempt that BHO holds the American people in.

But this is nothing new – most of the progressive politicians also do the same. Not only do they hold the bulk of the American people in contempt, but they also see themselves as obviously and clearly more intellectually superior than the average American…and we should be thankful for their service.

Athos on January 22, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Look. The guy is just around the bend. Totally.

~He’s smoked pot so long, his brain is clogged. He can’t think straight…..that’s the reason for the teleprompter.

~His remarks are prepared for him. Obviously.

~He must rehearse in front of a mirror for hours at a time in order to get that thumb and forefinger wavey thingy down.

~Of course he talks down to people as if they are children……that’s the only age-appropriate dialog he knows. From his childhood.

It’s just that we aren’t supposed to notice all this.

avagreen on January 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Well, if you reflect on the saying, “Children should be seen, and not heard,” then it might explain his “I won” attitude.

After all, why should Captain Kickass have to listen to the objections of children?

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I think for Obama, the purpose of the long winded explanations is to say a lot without actually answering the question and to run out the clock so he can answer fewer questions. That fact that it’s condescending is just icing on the cake.

hopeful on January 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Obama takes eight years to read My Pet Scapegoat. Longest book ever, apparently.

Christien on January 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Oh, I don’t know. When I see the kind of sycophant libtards he surrounds himself with, I’d say there may be a lot times he actually is the smartest in the room.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

But what about the door knobs?

They’re smarter than all of them.

MichaelGabriel on January 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

…the politburo press…loves it…obviously!…5 years of it!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

The only time I get frustrated is when folks act like it’s not complicated and there aren’t some real tough decisions, and are sanctimonious, as if somehow these aren’t complicated questions

This really annoys me. Did Obama EVER give Bush the benefit if the doubt because these were such complicated issues. Did Obama ever say “You know, I disagree with Bush’s policy decisions but these are really tough issues and the guy is trying to do his best.”

After 9/11, Bush had some seriously complex issues to deal with, from how to respond militarily to how to re-structure the intelligence community. There was no road-map and the terror fighting infrastructure and strategies had to be devised almost from scratch. Yet Obama never acknowledged the complexity and cut Bush some slack. He slammed him every chance he got. But now, he is frustrated because we don’t cut him slack because everything is like, really complicated. Well, screw that.

JohnInCA on January 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Obama is a puerile fellow.

I despise him.

Despise.

It can’t be said often enough.

Sherman1864 on January 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Politicians in general are elitist, condescending @$$e$ who think they are smarter than everyone else, that the American people are idiots. Lindsey Graham is a prime example:

I wrote him a letter regarding illegal immigration once..he wrote me back to say illegal immigration was a complex issue, too complex for ‘most Americans’, and that we should leave such difficult issues to the politicians to handle. Again, what a condescending @$$!

Obama is a special breed of condescending @$$ – Obama is a Liberal / Progressive, NARCISSIST who believes himself to be two ladder rungs below God…or in his case, Allah. He believes Americans are 2 steps above plant life and needs big government to do everything from feed and clothe people to tell them when to wipe their @$$e$ and with what.

The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to prevent such self-important, self-serving, elitist, condescending @$$e$ from getting to this point…but could not prevent the wholesale abandoning of the Constitution for personal / party gain in the future…which is what we see going on now.

easyt65 on January 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

He missed it. Obama doesn’t talk to us like we’re children, he talks to us like an arrogant b*****d.

sadatoni on January 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Obama is an arch-liberal: it’s so many shades of gray, you have to look at the context, my religion is “deeply personal”, he “evolves”, rather than changes his mind. Intellectually, he votes “present”.

He doesn’t decide anything because he doesn’t actually have any principles.

Does his mode of prevarication favor his side? That’s all that guides his “process”.

virgo on January 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

They get their legitimacy not from being elected but from demonstrating that their opinions were carefully considered.

Agreed.
Judges explain in detail the precedents, arguments and evidence that they have considered; Obama just alleges that he did it.

AesopFan on January 23, 2014 at 1:59 AM

From the mouth of a child …

Joe Mama on January 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Del Dolemonte on January 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Great TNR quote from the Obama Cultist–The Stupid and The Sanctimony BOTH burn in that Bots brain!

mountainaires on January 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Obama gave a prime time speech, pounding the podium, and declaring that something must be done about chemical weapons in Syria. And then suddenly the whole topic of discussion just sort of disappeared. How or why this guy is taken seriously about anything anymore is beyond me. Even the nice guy routine shouldn’t gain any traction any more. Oh, wait that’s right he’s got a ‘D’ after his name so the press by and large gives him and pass and just keeps admiring the crease of his pants.

Heftyjo on January 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM