Good news: Obama enjoying the presidency more now that he’s become irrelevant

posted at 6:41 pm on June 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Lotta Bergdahl stuff on the site today. What better way to cleanse the palate than with a reminder from Politico that, apart from occasionally freeing Taliban killers or gut-punching the U.S. energy industry with new emissions regulations, The One’s got nothing left to do as president except to invite Hollywood A-listers over for dinner and B.S. with Denis McDonough occasionally about how tough his job is? Makes me happy for him. Hopenchange was always more about the man than the mission; seems only right that he’ll spend the last few years of the era daydreaming about what he’ll do afterwards, like shopping in Manhattan and farting out million-dollar paydays on the ex-president lecture circuit. Finally, he can be the celebrity we always knew that he was.

I think this might actually explain a lot of what the administration’s been up to lately. People keep trying to distill an “Obama doctrine” from things like his red-line fiasco on Syria last year to his mystifying unpreparedness for the ObamaCare rollout to the prisoner-swap head-scratcher for Bergdahl. Maybe the Obama doctrine, at this late hour, is really just YOLO.

The interviews, which illuminate Obama’s thinking, outlook and choices as he navigates his second term, suggest a paradox. Often stymied at home and abroad, Obama recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency — a reality that has left him deeply frustrated at times. Last week was a case study, with the Veterans Affairs scandal and resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki eclipsing Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan and major foreign policy speech at West Point.

Yet his newfound realism has also given him a palpable sense of liberation.

The president, finally, is much freer to talk about things that matter to him. He discusses issues of race in a far more personal way, more frequently, than he ever did in his first term. He is more prone to speak his mind on contentious social issues, to the point of volunteering that, in his younger days, “I got high’’ — an unusually blunt take on his past that aides say they would have prevented before his reelection, fearful of how his critics would use the sound bite.

Being president was tough for him because governance was never his strong suit. Being an ex-president, though, will suit him perfectly: No actual responsibilities but tons of stature, and he’ll be completely free to be the liberal he truly is at heart without worrying that it might cost Democrats a Senate seat or two in red states. Jimmy Carter’s been riding that wave for nearly 35 years after a disappointing presidency. No reason O can’t do the same. And the celebrities — oh, the celebrities.

The presidential dinners, inside the White House and beyond, are more and more frequent. At one dinner, not previously disclosed, the Obamas hosted U2’s Bono, Gen. Colin Powell, Apple CEO Tim Cook, investor Warren Buffett and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Another drew actors Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson, along with journalist Gayle King. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, attended a dinner with fashion industry insiders…

The late-night dinners don’t have an agenda. The protocol is that Obama has to leave first, participants say, but he seems to never want them to end. The bull sessions satisfy the president’s intellectual curiosity as he indulges in nuanced conversations about life, ideas and art.

He’s going to be a presenter at the Oscars someday. You know it, I know it, and he knows it, I think. The only suspense is whether he’ll wait until he’s out of office to do it or fly out to LA in 2016 for a last-hurrah presidential cameo. What would the YOLO doctrine dictate?


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Maybe the Obama doctrine, at this late hour, is really just YOLO.

Translation: We’re truly screwed now.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Sluggards are incapable of enjoying whatever excesses are afforded to them.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

irrelevant? i hardly think so. youll all see just how ‘irrelevant’ president obama really is over the next 2-3 years.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

If he didn’t stink so much worse I’d compare him to a skid mark in some homeless kids underwear.

preallocated on June 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Why can’t he leave now ?
and take BiteMe with him too ?

burrata on June 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The presidential dinners, inside the White House and beyond, are more and more frequent. At one dinner, not previously disclosed, the Obamas hosted U2’s Bono, Gen. Colin Powell, Apple CEO Tim Cook, investor Warren Buffett and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Another drew actors Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson, along with journalist Gayle King. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, attended a dinner with fashion industry insiders…

Oh yeah…wait until he has to pay for those out of his own pocket…

Oh, and then there’s the rumours about Moochelle filing for a divorce ASAP once they leave the People’s House…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I predict Obama will be the first ex-president to declare bankruptcy.

He can’t manage anything and he’s smarter than any financial adviser.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Being president was tough for him because governance was never his strong suit.

The Great Pretender.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

…time for more golf and more vacations!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Impeachment can make that irrelevance all the more palpable–and save our country.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

You
Often
Lie
Obama

Bitter Clinger on June 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Impeachment can make that irrelevance all the more palpable–and save our country.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Won’t happen. If it did those nimrods in media and Hollywood would re-double their efforts foisting another useless and dangerous totalitarian on us.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnDrugs on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Maybe the Obama doctrine, at this late hour, is really just YOLO.

I’m so stealing that.

Nessuno on June 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Won’t happen. If it did those nimrods in media and Hollywood would re-double their efforts foisting another useless and dangerous totalitarian on us.
Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

They would have two years to accomplish that, Judge.

Besides, a gurl can dream, can’t she? Besides, I doubt Valerie Jarrett would be able to get Biden under her thumb as completely as she has zero.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

We’ll never see the end of this guy. Long after his times up, he’ll be an in your face A lister.

Red Creek on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

so much for your ‘sockcot’ or whatever..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

so much for your ‘sockcot’ or whatever..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

pee. off.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Besides, a gurl can dream, can’t she? Besides, I doubt Valerie Jarrett would be able to get Biden under her thumb as completely as she has zero.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

A gurl may dream. So may a buoy. But as I said before, Obama will never be impeached, the democrats will never be held to account and obamacare will never be repealed.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

You forgot the non-stop awards and hyperbolic fawning that will be rammed down our throats until we choke to death…The GREATEST POTUS in history…The school history books loaded with completely fictitious stories about how he restored America…everyone will be forced to acclaim his greatness…it is already sapping my will to live.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Being president was tough for him because governance was never his strong suit

Okay, that too.
But I thought you were going a different way with how that line started out…

JusDreamin on June 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I wouldn’t mind him golfing every day if he’d stay out of the Oval Office.

rbj on June 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

YOLO while soldiers are dying over your jackups.

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

A gurl may dream. So may a buoy. But as I said before, Obama will never be impeached, the democrats will never be held to account and obamacare will never be repealed.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

GOP wants slaves just as much as the ‘rats do…

ladyingray on June 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

A predict he’s going to get caught up in some crazy financial scheme, lose his shirt, and beg the Koch brothers to bail him out.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

there are many actions obama can take..on the economy, the environment, healthcare, immigration, income inequality, you name it..that dont require participation of anybody outside the executive branch. not having a supportive house or senate doesnt make him impotent. telling yourself hes irrelevant wont make him so.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Obama has been irrelevant since Day One. He’s not smart enough to be anything but the figurehead for the latest attempt by the left to overthrow the Constitution and the Republic that it established.

A lot of progress towards that end has been made under this unqualified and unprincipled fool. Only time will tell if the damage can be mitigated and/or reversed, or if we are too far gone to be restored.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Yet his newfound realism has also given him a palpable sense of liberation.

Good. Leave now!

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

You people are so racist

faraway on June 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

there are many actions obama can take..on the economy, the environment, healthcare, immigration, income inequality, you name it..that dont require participation of anybody outside the executive branch. not having a supportive house or senate doesnt make him impotent. telling yourself hes irrelevant wont make him so.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I know you are supposedly joking but there is a lot of truth in that statement. And it is very scary stuff. This illegal prisoner release is unreal.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM

He’s already irrelevant. Just listen to his blathering nonsense speech at the West Point graduation last week.

Nobody takes him seriously anymore.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Seems to me Obama’s lies in his second term are more obvious than in his first term.

sadatoni on June 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Indeed. Now that he’s crowned himself emperor and there is nobody to stop him, he’s not really a lame duck at all…he’s completely un-restrained. I think maybe this Bergdahl thing is a test…to see if anybody does anything about it.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

irrelevant? i hardly think so. youll all see just how ‘irrelevant’ president obama really is over the next 2-3 years.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I agree. Once he’s past the 2014 midterms, you’ll see what he can do when he believes that nothing he can do will affect him personally, specifically re Congress.

The Democrats will soon learn that he doesn’t care about them, and never has. As will every pet “group” on their side.

The rest of America already knows that he doesn’t care about them. About half of America knows that he genuinely loathes them.

For the last two years of his tenure, he will be free to indulge his fantasies about remaking the world his way. And to Hell with everybody else.

And that is exactly what he will do.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 2, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I know you are supposedly joking but there is a lot of truth in that statement. And it is very scary stuff. This illegal prisoner release is unreal.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM

not joking at all. the office of president comes with broad authorities to act without congress. there would be nothing unprecendented about obama using them and given the current makeup of congress probably the best way to go to actually get things done.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

We’re going to have to pull them out of 1600 kicking and screaming aren’t we?

gophergirl on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Hate to agree with a certain poster here, but Obama is not irrelevant and won’t be until at least 2017.

22044 on June 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

In other words, as he gives the country the middle finger, Barack Obama notes, ‘It’s good to be King….’…

…or more accurately, our fascist dictator, Il Dufus.

Athos on June 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Irrelevant? Not if Boehner, Cantor and the CoC have anything to say about it.

Wigglesworth on June 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Yup, that Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and his antagonistic press has him right where the want him……………….

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

…Sockcott!…can’t address them…but can quote them while they are wailing about someone identifying beer and languages in some kind of context…. as they try to usurp their Mensa memberships… by trying to kill their own braincells as they phart on the thread.

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Nobody takes him seriously anymore.

MichaelGabriel on June 2, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Illegally releasing 5 war criminal jihadi terrorists to gain the release of a, at best a deserter, at worst a traitor, all in the name of political expediency is a sure sign that someone takes him seriously – and will not challenge his self-described authority.

If we dismiss Il Dufus as not being someone to take serious, then we are only deceiving ourselves. He sees himself as a ‘King’ or more accurately, a progressive-fascist dictator who has power – and is willing to use all the power he has / can seize because ‘the ends justifies the means’.

Athos on June 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

…Sockcott!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

glad to see you took my spelling advice and added another ‘t’. :)

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I actually have sympathy for Mrs. Irrelevant…she isn’t going to leave much of a legacy, either, unless you include the words french fries or apples. Also, she has to have had it by now with the insufferable President YOLO, and I expect she’ll be single shortly after 2016 rolls around.

scalleywag on June 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

not joking at all. the office of president comes with broad authorities to act without congress. there would be nothing unprecendented about obama using them and given the current makeup of congress probably the best way to go to actually get things done.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Either your mask is slipping or you are not very good at being a sock.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

irrelevant? i hardly think so. youll all see just how ‘irrelevant’ president obama really is over the next 2-3 years.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Agreed. He just showed he can trade 5 high level terrorists for a traitor all on his own.

Chuck Schick on June 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Either your mask is slipping or you are not very good at being a sock.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

who (that is credible) says i am a sock? i stated my sincere opinion. make of it what you will. i for one welcome a newly embolden obama. id like to see more followthrough on his part and thats what i think is in store the next few years.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Agreed. He just showed he can trade 5 high level terrorists for a traitor all on his own.

Chuck Schick on June 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

…just shooting to lead the United Nations when he gets out…they won’t be able to call him to testify in the Hague.

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Intellectual curiously?? Bit of a stretch there Harvard have us a pesudo intellectual president.

sorrowen on June 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

who (that is credible) says i am a sock? i stated my sincere opinion. make of it what you will. i for one welcome a newly embolden obama. id like to see more followthrough on his part and thats what i think is in store the next few years.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM

You have been so over the top that most people here think you are making outrageous remarks to go on “fishing expeditions” – your saying you’re not doing that and we should take your comments seriously?

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I see a talk show, with Obama as host and himself as his only guest.

IndieDogg on June 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

If he wants to retire early I’d be cool with that. How much worse could Biden be?

Oh, wait . . . nevermind.

myiq2xu on June 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Oh, I thought you’re tag was a joke…but you’re just a true believer and support our lawless ‘Dear Leader’ in his glorious revolution. You’re tag, in reality, is simply an affirmation of Dingy Harry’s diseases hallucinations.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 7:48 PM

You have been so over the top that most people here think you are making outrageous remarks to go on “fishing expeditions” – your saying you’re not doing that and we should take your comments seriously?

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

over the top is in the eye of the beholder. please do take my comments seriously. thats how they are intented.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

intended

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I see a talk show, with Obama as host and himself as his only guest.

IndieDogg on June 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I don’t know, he kinda likes sitting under the giant “V” on the view, maybe he could join the panel. :)

scalleywag on June 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

over the top is in the eye of the beholder. please do take my comments seriously. thats how they are intented.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Sorry…you’re doing a scary good lefty troll imitation.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

over the top is in the eye of the beholder. please do take my comments seriously. thats how they are intented.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

intended

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I’m starting to believe you. That’s the first time I have ever seen you correct one of your many, many typos.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Well, of course, you intend for your comments to be taken seriously. How can you bait anyone otherwise?

de rigueur on June 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Gravitas. What does it look like?

butch on June 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Not one person on Os VIP list that I would want to be in the same room with. He can keep them all.

Carnac on June 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Zero doesn’t need to do much more. He has already laid the groundwork for a continual slide to the left by stacking the judiciary and seeding the bureaucracy with fellow travelers. Nothing to do now but sit back and watch the show.

stvnscott on June 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The presidential dinners, inside the White House and beyond, are more and more frequent. At one dinner, not previously disclosed, the Obamas hosted U2’s Bono, Gen. Colin Powell, Apple CEO Tim Cook, investor Warren Buffett and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Another drew actors Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson, along with journalist Gayle King. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, attended a dinner with fashion industry insiders…

Oh yeah…wait until he has to pay for those out of his own pocket…

Oh, and then there’s the rumours about Moochelle filing for a divorce ASAP once they leave the People’s House…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Obama will make millions when he leaves office…unfortunately, he will be forever newsworthy.

Redford on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

1. What makes you think he’s leaving?

2. What intellectual curiosity?

crankyoldlady on June 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

The capacity of average people to take this nonsense is not infinite.

tngmv on June 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Good news: Obama enjoying the presidency more now that he’s become irrelevant

This guy’s no lame duck, nor ever will be until he’s completely and officially gone (even then I wonder). He’ll be decreeing anti-American, Communist BS until the very end.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I actually think his ex-presidency is going to be a disaster for him. The country is already tired of Obama (and his Hollywood pals, fwiw) and his ego will sorely miss the attention.

MT on June 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

That’s why he’s what I call the ESPN president…

Is anyone besides me upset that Barack Obama, the guy who is paid to be President of the United States seems to know practically nothing about anything that goes on in his administration until he reads about it on the news, but he could fill in for Colin Coward at the drop of a hat if the ESPN host got hit by a truck? Does it bother anyone else that Barack Obama, the most powerful man in the world seems far more engaged in discussing the potential outcomes of a basketball tournament than he does discussing the outcomes of his disastrous policies? Is it a problem for anyone else that Barack Obama seems more comfortable on a golf course than he does actually running the affairs of the nation?

The ESPN President

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on June 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Hey, Jimmy Carter is happy and relieved.

“I’m not the worst! I’m not the worst!”

Tard on June 6, 2014 at 7:13 AM