Obama’s chickens come home to roost

posted at 10:41 am on March 31, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

Michael Goodwin at the NY Post writes up a pretty damning summary of Barack Obama’s time in office as President of the United States.  One of the primary criticisms of candidate Obama was that he’d never really done anything of note.  He’d never run a company or tried to meet a payroll, deal with government regulations, etc.  He was, critics cautioned, a politically driven empty suit.  Even his experience in politics was minimal.  Every political office he held he used as a platform to run for the next highest office, accomplishing little or nothing at each stop.

Those are his “chickens” and they’re certainly coming home to roost:

Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something. He’s been in the Oval Office so long that it is obscene to blame his problems on George W. Bush, the weather or racism. Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake.

Nothing important has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come. The president’s casual remark the other day that he worries about “a nuclear weapon ­going off in Manhattan” inadvertently reflected the fear millions of Americans have about his leadership. Not necessarily about a bomb, but about where he is taking the country.

Anyone who looks objectively at these past 6 years has difficulty in saying anything good about the time this administration has been in power. Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair” analogy has never been more apt.  The lack of real governing experience has left us adrift in a hostile world:

The view from his faculty lounge has no space for reality. Anything that doesn’t fit the grand plan is dismissed as illegitimate. So while global hot spots multiply and the world grows dangerously unstable, the president still plans to slash the military.

Government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and EITC lose hundreds of billions to waste, fraud and abuse, but this administration chooses to balance the budget on the backs of the only institution that is Constitutionally mandated for the defense of the country during a time of extreme danger.  Cognitive dissonance of the highest order.

And his “legacy” piece of legislation, forced through the Democratically controlled congress in the face of popular protest, has been a dismal failure to this point:

ObamaCare is the domestic expression of the president’s ineptitude. The law that was supposed to fix health care has become a problem for millions, and now enjoys mere 26 percent approval, a poll finds. It is proving so unworkable that the White House has given up defending it as written and instead simply changes key provisions when they prove impossible to implement or politically inconvenient.

Change No. 38 came when officials extended the March 31 deadline for signing up. Never mind that those same officials said recently there would be no extension, and that the law wouldn’t allow it.

Presto — the limits on his power are moot because the president says so. Meanwhile, aides claim they don’t know how many of the 6 million who enrolled actually paid for insurance..

Perhaps the most damning quote from Goodwin’s piece is this one which succinctly sums up the Obama experience thus far:

A Caesar at home and a Chamberlain abroad, Obama manages to simultaneously provoke fury and ridicule. He bullies critics here while shrinking from adversaries there.

He divides the country and unites the world against us, ­diminishing the nation in both ways. His reign of error can’t end soon enough, nor can it end well.

The country must weather a little over 2 more years of this awful presidency and hope it survives it somehow.  If it survives it, one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.  “The first” this or that are not as important as the ability of the candidate to govern competently.  And, it is is certainly not a position in which the incumbent should be engaged in “on the job training”.

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

~McQ


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And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

cozmo on March 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

He can’t help it!

This country is run by RICH WHITE PEEEEEPLE!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on March 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM

They may be coming home to roost but his adoring cult following and the MSM does a really spiffy job of keeping the coop nice and clean.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

“obama’care’ is cool; you’re racists if you think otherwise” — Axelturd

Brand new ad by Begich “run, run, run away and never mention obama’care’” — Reality

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The world view of a mole. May all those that elected this ……. (words cannot be found) be the first to suffer greatly!

No Time Clock on March 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I’m not saying that Hillary would have been any better but she did try to warn us (and for her trouble she got accused of running a racist campaign.)

myiq2xu on March 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

does a really spiffy job of keeping the coop nice and clean.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Racist

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

~McQ

I don’t know what the he11 you’re smokin there Bruce, but seriously dude… quit bogarting it…

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Surely there is an award for this.

TimBuk3 on March 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something.

Wait a minute, is the “year of action” shaping up to be as successful as the “Recovery Summer”

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Every thing he’s done is for the children.

You’ll see.

Verb
Lib
Bayam
etc…

BobMbx on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

~McQ

How quaint… that ship has sailed brother.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

One small problem with this article: Obama isn’t cutting the military’s budget, only the number of people employed by the military as we modernize and come to rely on technology more.

In fact, his budget proposal requests a level of defense spending that’s actually higher than the sequestration levels set by Republicans.

twm378 on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

The problem is that there are Low Information Voters who will vote for these types.

And then there’s the problem of big donors, the George Soros’ et al., who will back these types.

rbj on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Time for Obama’s cult to break out the Kool-Aid and get busy!!!!

redguy on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Obama suffers nothing at all. He has a Free Plane. Public Transportation. Government Housing. Unlimited Golf Courses. Vacations every 6 weeks. A life long Pension. A future of public speaking fees and secret service/Federal office for life.

WE suffer his inaction. WE suffer his ineptitude. WE suffer his failings.

portlandon on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

source, since it didn’t work in my previous comment: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/02/obama-fighting-cuts-military

twm378 on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

How quaint… that ship has sailed brother.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Yeah, too optimistic.

22044 on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I’m not saying that Hillary would have been any better but she did try to warn us (and for her trouble she got accused of running a racist campaign.)

myiq2xu on March 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

And she went on to be an absolutely incompetent, unprofessoinal, and vile SecState who lied her ass off about Benghazi.

The difference between Killary and the rat-eared wonder, IMO, is that Killary would have figured out a way to work with Congress. The rat-eared one doesn’t work with either party or body in Congress.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The problem is that there are Low Information Voters who will vote for these types.

rbj on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Very few low information voters in comparison to outright leeches.

They know exactly what they are voting for, and they want more of it.

cozmo on March 31, 2014 at 10:58 AM

portlandon on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Leech in chief.

cozmo on March 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

How quaint… that ship has sailed brother.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

And out of sight over the horizon never to be seen again in our lifetimes.

Dr. Frank Enstine on March 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

One of the primary criticisms of candidate Obama was that he’d never really done anything of note.

Yeah, but his skin is caramel color and he uses purty words.

Or, as Harry Reid said: “a ‘light-skinned’ African American with no Ne-gro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

**my apologies if this comment shows up more than once. I guess HA is blocking it because I’m quoting Harry Reid.

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

How quaint… that ship has sailed brother.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

– Reality

The nation is officially a self-made Nation of Idiots. It’s one thing to bring obama. It’s entirely different to keep such a turd. LilliPutin figured it out and proceeds accordingly. He realized the populace has lilliputian brains any more.

He also figured out that the West and the US have NO principles, other than dough and power. Putin exposed the hypocrisy of preaching at others, while living low, using looters to fool the moochers.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The country must weather a little over 2 more years of this awful presidency and hope it survives it somehow. If it survives it, one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.

Not to worry, Hillary will be up next. You know those NO information voters are still out there.

lpd_1 on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.

Would president Hillary have been any better? The Democrats did not offer much in 2008. Perhaps we should also add to the list that it is never anybody’s turn to be president. Maybe then the Republicans would have had more to offer in 2008 and 2012.

Occams Stubble on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

source, since it didn’t work in my previous comment: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/02/obama-fighting-cuts-military

twm378 on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Mother jones? Was jay carney unavailable for comment?

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Sarah Palin warned America – but too few people listened.

Pork-Chop on March 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Michael Goodwin at the NY Post writes up a pretty damning summary of Barack Obama’s time in office as President of the United States. One of the primary criticisms of candidate Obama was that he’d never really done anything of note. He’d never run a company or tried to meet a payroll, deal with government regulations, etc. He was, critics cautioned, a politically driven empty suit. Even his experience in politics was minimal. Every political office he held he used as a platform to run for the next highest office, accomplishing little or nothing at each stop.

Those are his “chickens” and they’re certainly coming home to roost

Yep!

The emperor Obama has no clothes and is stoned as well as stupid.

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Go to Drudge. The top/left and the Saudi Arabia items tell you all you need to know. Sure, all the shenanigans about obama’care’ do too. But, if you capture the picture you’ll have it…to show the next generations what 3/31/14 looked like.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I..don’t..care..Obama..is..awesome..

Agent of the Cross on March 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

And his “legacy” piece of legislation, forced through the Democratidemonically controlled congress in the face of popular protest, has been a dismal failure to this point:

With the edit, seems more accurate somehow.

If it survives it, one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement . . . And, it is is certainly not a position in which the incumbent should be engaged in “on the job training”.

I really, really, really, really want to believe this, but I can’t, given the reaults in 2012.

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Your hopes run high. To me, the typical Amerikan voter checks his/her brains outside the voting booth.

MisterElephant on March 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The problem is that there are Low Information Voters who will vote for these types.

rbj on March 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Very few low information voters in comparison to outright leeches.

They know exactly what they are voting for, and they want more of it.

cozmo on March 31, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Yep!

Fork over your wallet…

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.

They will?

That’s what I thought in 2012.

mankai on March 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Punditry like this is really irritating because said pundit assumes that since Obama is President then Obama wants what he thinks is best for the country.

That is a false assumption.

Obama is a schemer, a scammer, and a fraud. He wants the luxury life style, surrounded by sycophants. He wants the money to buy power. It’s nothing more than a common street con man’s game. Sure he says the words, but the ideology he advances is inimical to everything the United States was founded on.

And still the pundits line up to apologize for Obama’s ‘miss steps’ and explain away the results.

Obama bragged about ‘fundamentally transforming’ the United States, and that can only mean changing the country from what it was into something else.

Joseph OHenry on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The funniest irony is that Hillary can NOT run against obama. She is culpable in all the land’s destruction.

Also funny, how much John Kerry’s tone has changed of late. I hope the new socialist Mayor in Paris keeps him there, indefinitely.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yeah, but, Koch Brothers!!

mankai on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

One of the primary criticisms of candidate Obama was that he’d never really done anything of note.

Yeah, but his skin is caramel color and he uses purty words.

Or, as Harry Reid said: a quote that HA has blocked 3 times, I guess because it mentions Obama’s dialect.

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

One of the primary criticisms of candidate Obama was that he’d never really done anything of note. He’d never run a company or tried to meet a payroll, deal with government regulations, etc. He was, critics cautioned, a politically driven empty suit. Even his experience in politics was minimal. Every political office he held he used as a platform to run for the next highest office, accomplishing little or nothing at each stop.

I’ve heard this before, somewhere. But when I heard it before, somewhere. They yelled racist.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The country must weather a little over 2 more years of this awful presidency and hope it survives it somehow. If it survives it, one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.

Not to worry, Hillary will be up next. You know those NO information voters are still out there.

lpd_1 on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Because Historical trumps everything….including criticism and indictments….

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Obama bragged about ‘fundamentally transforming’ the United States, and that can only mean changing the country from what it was into something else.

Joseph OHenry on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Absolutely – he has succeeded, and continues to, apace. All else is tomfoolery. I blame the media foremost, the Rs second and the stupid sheeple last.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The funniest irony is that Hillary can NOT run against obama. She is culpable in all the land’s destruction.

Also funny, how much John Kerry’s tone has changed of late. I hope the new socialist Mayor in Paris keeps him there, indefinitely.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Cult of Personality thingy.

Killary would be the first womynz preezy….Historical…and well she’s owed so shut up hoi polloi!

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

and he his prompter uses purty words.

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Respectfully

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Absolutely – he has succeeded, and continues to, apace. All else is tomfoolery. I blame the media foremost, the Rs second and the stupid sheeple last.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Well adding the evil network established by Soros makes that 4.

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

A little over two years?

It’s still almost three years. This has a long time and several painful debacles to go.

Just thought I’d point that out.

trigon on March 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Obungle wasn’t chosen for his ability. He was chosen because he looked good. Typical of the socialists. Nothing is real just virtual.

crankyoldlady on March 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

One small problem with this article: Obama isn’t cutting the military’s budget, only the number of people employed by the military as we modernize and come to rely on technology more.

In fact, his budget proposal requests a level of defense spending that’s actually higher than the sequestration levels set by Republicans.

twm378 on March 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM

One problem is you can’t fight two simultaneous conflicts or even 1 conflict and 1 strategic defense conflict with toys. And some conflicts do not lend themselves to the cowardly method of bombing the hell out of the adversary.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Limbaugh Theorem in Action…

Putin not terribly impressed.

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

~McQ

More like Jeb Bush/Hillary. The public is really stupid and easily manipulated. Goebbels loves the sheeple.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Citizens of Mexico will elect the next democrat….cause diversity….

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Just think, if the crease in his pants hadn’t been so sharp we might have been spared all of this. /sarc

Mini-14 on March 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Good luck with that as it seems there is a movement afoot to take this once fine country to the levels of Zimbabwe, Cuba, North Korea.

karra on March 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Our media is better controlled than the media under the Soviet Union.

Sven on March 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Five years, not six. As much as I wish I were one year closer to getting rid of the guy it’s an error.

MTF on March 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The stupid class thinks the presidency is a ceremonial post.

crankyoldlady on March 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Killary would be the first womynz preezy….Historical…and well she’s owed so shut up hoi polloi!

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Killary lost the nomination because in the heirarchy of racial and gender politics black beats having a vajayjay. Do you really think that Killary, a vile woman that has all the warmth and intelligence of a slurpee, will not generate the kind of enthusiasm that the rat-eared wonder generated. Elementary schools will not be named for her even before she takes office. She will not get the Nobel Peace Prize for covering up the Benghazi attacks. They will not be bringing in cruise ships to handle the overflow crowds for her inaguration.

In short, Killary has her supporters but it is a far different dynamic than what the rat-eared one could tap into. Blacks are not going to be coming out in droves to vote for some cracker- even if she is a female.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

A Caesar at home and a Chamberlain abroad, Obama manages to simultaneously provoke fury and ridicule. He bullies critics here while shrinking from adversaries there.

He divides the country and unites the world against us, ­diminishing the nation in both ways. His reign of error can’t end soon enough, nor can it end well.

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

2016? OOOOOH! A chance to be a part of history by voting for Hillary – the first Woman president!!!

Bouncing Beatnik on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

If it survives it, one has to hope that upon reflection, the voters will realize that electing a president isn’t a beauty contest nor is it a venue within which to make a social statement.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The only person looking forward to the time between now and January 20, 2017 is Jimmy Carter.

He’s got to be thrilled every day as he pens a new ‘Thank you’ note to Barack Obama for replacing Jimmah as the worst President since James Buchanan.

I’m still a little surprised that the progressive fascist ideologues, in hope of saving their totalitarian big government agenda, hasn’t turned on Obama yet. At some point, they will have to choose between the fundamental discrediting of their vision / agenda or the Chicago Messiah.

Athos on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

No one has ever been able to answer that question with a correct response. Some have tried but they failed. Says a lot about this administration.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Reign of error good one but it’s true. Obama’s fate is fitting in that he will be looked down on as the worst president in U.S.A history that is a fittingly poetic fate. And his law for all his executive “fixes ” is doomed to fail and is failing again it’s his legacy and it’s fitting really. Ironically his executive orders fixed nothing

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

…Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake.

Nothing important has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come…

It’s not just Obama; it’s the whole liberal establishment. Liberals own the institutions, the press, the culture and cultural drivers, the schools, the universities, the governmental departments, K Street, print media, broadcast media…

The liberals own every socio-political pressure point in the nation, save maybe Fox News and AM talk radio. We are living in the world that they have made – and they, the liberals themselves, hate it. They hate their creation; they agitate against everything that they have caused. Their intentions have truly paved the road to Hell. Their outcomes are a hideous oppression. Utopian societies always go there: always have, and always will. It is the liberal who is too blind to reality to overcome his/her own self-righteous screeching.

No, nothing has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come.

ss396 on March 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

68,000 convicted criminal illegal aliens

Flora Duh on March 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Surely there is an award for this.

TimBuk3 on March 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I think that We the Peeps are ultimately going to get the Darwin Award for putting this jackhole in office.

justltl on March 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The sequestration was Obama’s idea, moron. You know who you are.

PD Quig on March 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Sarah Palin warned America – but too few people listened.

Pork-Chop on March 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

That’s because Palin is an idiot. TV told me so.

But seriously, this quote sums it up quite nicely. From a commenter over at PJ Media, if I remember correctly:

There is no and never was a man behind the curtain. Barack Obama is a shallow, conceited, poorly educated man; his oratory is empty, his sincerity is absent; and his character is mimetic. He plays at various roles (community organizer, intellectual, law lecturer, state legislator, Senator, President) but fulfills none. He is not capable of fulfilling any. To traduce Gertrude Stein’s phrase, he is our Oakland President; there is no there there.

-Zhombre

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Never happen.

albill on March 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Still buying into that Hopey thingy huh Bruce…get a grip…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I kind of think its good we have had a lousy,lazy and inept president . There are lessons to be learned here hard though they maybe.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Unfortunately, it appears we’re going to need a resurgence of common sense among alot of Republicans in Congress before that.

If Republicans pass an amnesty after the mid-terms, all bets are off when it comes to what happens in 2016.

lynncgb on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Um….. The Russians. They’re pretty much free to get the band back together thanks to the rat-eared wonder’s incompetence.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Anyone who looks objectively at these past 6 years has difficulty in saying anything good about the time this administration has been in power.

Always like a good challenge…

Domestically, he hasn’t double-dipped the recession (yet).
Foreign Policy-wise, we still haven’t been invaded.

I’m not sure avoiding something bad is the same as something good. Especially when you do have several “something bad”s happening. But it seems it be the best I can manage given the criteria.

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I’m pretty sure Putin feels freer… and likely a lot of the ruling elite in Iran feel freer too. Not “people” as in an entire populace; but “more than one person”.

Does linguistic trickery mean I successfully answered your question?

gekkobear on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Um….. The Russians. They’re pretty much free to get the band back together thanks to the rat-eared wonder’s incompetence.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The Russian people are NOT free/freer. The sheeple s/b on the streets, marking against Putin, alas.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

That’s because Palin is an idiot. TV told me so.
But seriously, this quote sums it up quite nicely. From a commenter over at PJ Media, if I remember correctly:
There is no and never was a man behind the curtain. Barack Obama is a shallow, conceited, poorly educated man; his oratory is empty, his sincerity is absent; and his character is mimetic. He plays at various roles (community organizer, intellectual, law lecturer, state legislator, Senator, President) but fulfills none. He is not capable of fulfilling any. To traduce Gertrude Stein’s phrase, he is our Oakland President; there is no there there.
-Zhombre
Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM I know people say Obama plans this blah blah. But I have issues with that yes he is wrecking a lot of things but he is destroying himself and liberals in the process. Obama wants us to think he can scheme like a Francis Underwood truth is he is inept at that to. Come to think of it even his executive overreaches have been either useless or ineptly signed out of the blue the guy can’t govern at all much less make executive orders work.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Does linguistic trickery mean I successfully answered your question?

gekkobear on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

No, it doesn’t. Potentates are the thugs of their people.

I ask the question in that way because I’m looking for an answer. There is none.

Any good reporter would pick up on it. obama has NOT freed any one people.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM

he is destroying himself and liberals in the process.
sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Please show me some empirical evidence of that. The fact that another incompetent, Hillary, leads anybody kinda disproves that statement. So do the comments from NYT and WaPo.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

We will survive Obama… We survived much worse than him in terms of events and Presidents… We survived the Civil War, WW I, WW II, the Great Depression, FDR and LBJ who are vastly worse than Obama when it came to the expansion of government power and the Welfare State…

Most people tend to look at history from the time they were born and on onward, it is human nature… So it is easy to see how dark it is because of Obama, but historically we had much darker periods and we survived them very well…

mnjg on March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Hopefully these lessons have been learned and, in 2016, we’ll see a resurgence of common sense among the voting public.

Not as long as all of that ‘gubbermunt cheeeeeese’ is being doled out, pal…

bimmcorp on March 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

You know I’m getting tired of hearing Hilary this and Hilary that. Obama has damaged the brand who is going to trust their healthcare ideas now??

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

but historically we had much darker periods and we survived them very well…

mnjg on March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Not even during the Depression did you have so many on the dole, blue and white color ones, D/Rs.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

When Obama first took up residence in the White House, he called a historian to the Oval Office and told him what he wanted his ‘legacy’ to be. Like all small men of little character, Obama believed he could shape history to suit himself through obfuscation, lies, and manipulation of facts, documents, and people.

However, History will not be denied. Careers will be built on dissecting every moment of his presidency. Every document, his family, their friends, his administration, their family and friends, the staff, their family and friends, and every communication, will all be examined in the minutest detail. Documentaries will be made, papers will be published, and books will be written. All will be exposed and revealed eventually.

Obama has danced to the tune. In his ‘legacy’… the piper will be paid.

thatsafactjack on March 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

“A Caesar at home and a Chamberlain abroad, Obama manages to simultaneously provoke fury and ridicule.”

That is a very powerful statement.

I take it to imply that Obama, as a stopped clock, isn’t even correct once per day.

It seems one would have to work very hard to screw it up that bad (?)

Tsar of Earth on March 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

“Surviving the next few years” is to be taken literally. I said at the outset of this misbegotten presidency that he would be responsible for the deaths of millions. I hope I am wrong. But he is so catastrophically unqualified and so driven by bad faith (on a scale never imagined) that the potential for massive ruin (on a scale never seen) is shudderingly real.

rrpjr on March 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

No one has ever been able to answer that question with a correct response. Some have tried but they failed. Says a lot about this administration.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Yes, it does say a lot, in fact it almost says as much as Obamanation Administration, it just takes a whole lot more words to say it.

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Anyone, I triple dare you, list one free/freer people, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

No one has ever been able to answer that question with a correct response. Some have tried but they failed. Says a lot about this administration.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Erhh….question answered.

BobMbx on March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They hate their creation; they agitate against everything that they have caused. Their intentions have truly paved the road to Hell. Their outcomes are a hideous oppression. Utopian societies always go there: always have, and always will. It is the liberal who is too blind to reality to overcome his/her own self-righteous screeching.

No, nothing has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come.

ss396 on March 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

They only reason they hate their creation is that they haven’t been able to take it far enough towards their end goal.

In their minds, the problems aren’t because their vision / creation is morally, ethically, and intellectually bankrupt, but because of ‘stupid’ people opposing and limiting their ability to ‘fully implement’ their vision. THEY KNOW that their vision will bring utopia to all if they were permitted to fully and completely implement it….it all works out perfectly in theory. If it’s not working in reality, well, it’s because of external efforts being organized to stop the creation….not a problem with the vision.

That’s why at some point the progressives will have to make a decision – to either abandon their goals and vision, admitting that they are fundamentally flawed, or to toss Obama under the bus saying that he’s too incompetent to have successfully implemented their ‘perfect’ vision. The problem with the latter is how do you do that to the 1st African-American President and Chicago Messiah without being a racist?

Athos on March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I’m not saying that Hillary would have been any better but she did try to warn us (and for her trouble she got accused of running a racist campaign.)

myiq2xu on March 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Bull.

Hillary has been part of this administration. She had her chance to put the ultimate distance between this president’s destructive policies and her point of view. Instead, she chose to help implement it and is on record as agreeing with the most destructive parts of President Obama’s agenda.

Electing Hillary would effectively be a third Obama term with a different occupant.

Marcus Traianus on March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

His reign of error can’t end soon enough, nor can it end well.

….reign of error…perfect description

Deafdog on March 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Only two more years to go!

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

He bullies critics here while shrinking from adversaries there.

This, I think, is the worst part. His greatest worldly concern appears to have been over his political opponents. The “Barbarians at the Gates” don’t matter a bit compared to the impediments to Progressive Orthodoxy(TM). I’m wondering if he’s starting to wake up to the fact that the world is very different from how he has been dreaming it.

As a conservative, I do view some things on the Liberal agenda to result in the weakening of Western strengths; but it is always a strength that must resist worse things in the world than Liberalism itself. In that sense, Western Conservatism stands as a defense between Liberalism and “the Barbarians”. Yet some Liberals view Conservatives as the Barbarians; it’s like we’re a wall beyond which they can’t see.

LancerDL on March 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

….reign of error…perfect description

Deafdog on March 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Some of it is being done on purpose.

VegasRick on March 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

All will be exposed and revealed eventually.

Obama has danced to the tune. In his ‘legacy’… the piper will be paid.

thatsafactjack on March 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

In the 1950′s, such a threat would have carried genuine real weight. Now, however, after 50 years of virtually open and outright Marxism being taught in nearly every public school in America, what will be found in those papers, those documents, will be used to paint Obama as a visionary.

Think not? This was actually entered into the Congressional Record in 1963.

Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35

January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen 1958]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

This is not fiction, it is not hyperbolic rhetoric. Most American’s are still comforting themselves with the lie that it Can’t happen here. Sorry, it not only can, it already has.

If History judges Barack Obama and finds him lacking, it will only do so hundreds of years in the future, kind of like someone today examining Nero.

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Fumbling away Iraq is his worse sin, IMO.

Deafdog on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM


The rat-eared one doesn’t work with either party or body in Congress.

Happy Nomad on March 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Let’s make it very concise:

The rat-eared one doesn’t work. ← That’s a big fat period right there.

Tsar of Earth on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

May his stock ever fall and anyone he ever worked to defame have their stock ever rise.

thebrokenrattle on March 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

oscarwilde on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Well done.

rrpjr on March 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Fumbling away Iraq is his worse sin, IMO.

Deafdog on March 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

And one of the least discussed, even among conservatives. I suppose no one wants to talk about the war anymore. But with the investment of souls and resources we made in Iraq, what Obama has done (or not done) is beyond criminal.

rrpjr on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Endorsed … All of it. Well done Messrs. McQuain and Goodwin.

Whitey Ford on March 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I said at the outset of this misbegotten presidency that he would be responsible for the deaths of millions.
rrpjr on March 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

You cannot possibly blame obama for that.

You wanna assign blame? Blame the 60+ million fools who placed this ‘man’ where he is. obama is simply the culmination of several decades of unfettered decadence and non-education.

I was working with a fellow not long ago who told me a story of his time with George Stephanopoulous in college. Without going into specifics, my jaw was on the floor in wonderment how anyone’s brain could work that way.

Lanceman on March 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

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