Video: How does the president’s tone help solve the problem?

posted at 7:31 pm on July 11, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

July 8, 1:10 p.m.:

Glad someone else is noticing. Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars. The set-up of our intentionally complex and unwieldy government system, which the president has often bemoaned, requires that a president do more than orate and pick fights. Painting one’s political adversaries as nasty haters who— oh, all right, occasionally love their families—is all well and good for turning out the base, but it doesn’t solve problems. To date, has there been a big, long-term project that President Obama has shown himself capable of ushering through the political process using things like strategy and persuasion? ObamaCare was almost entirely a product of Congressional Democrats and their dealings, not his. The stimulus, I suppose, in the hey day of his honeymoon. Neither one of those actually solved a problem, either. His election seems to be the only thing he can helm successfully.

Part of the reason Obama doesn’t get all that much done is because he insists on acting like a jerk when he’s asking for help. Clinton was often smarter than that. Bush was way better at convincing adversaries. And, part of the reason Obama gets away with it is because he knows people like Halperin won’t call him on it. So, cheers to him for actually saying it. For the media, and the fightin’ liberals of the Left, there’s much more joy in the frisson they get from presidential GOP-hating than there is in having him really try to solve something.

And, on that note, I’m just gonna leave this here.

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

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Par for the punk.

CW on July 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Its in his blood, he’s an agitator, not a producer, never made or contributed anything to society other than get people all worked up to have them think they are victims and deserve something free from somebody else.
GET OFF OUR BACKS!

Privatize It on July 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The schoolyard “sue me”shows his immaturity to the entire world.

docflash on July 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Glad someone else is noticing. Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars

Four Billion is not a couple billion dollars. Both by math and by reality. Even in DC, four billion is real money.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

It’s a good time to be alive, if you are a terrorist.

Tard on July 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Obama’s confrontational tone helps Obama because Obama doesn’t really want the $4 billion. He wants the millions of new Democrats to keep flooding in to our the country forever, and for them to just be released and find a home and future amnesty in the USA. The $4 billion to expedite amnesty for the young migrants is a smokescreen.

anotherJoe on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Four Billion is not a couple billion dollars. Both by math and by reality. Even in DC, four billion is real money.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I was being sarcastically dismissive of the number—a nod to DC’s idiotic take on such figures, not endorsing that belief. It’s an insane amount of money.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

I’m more interested in just how polite Netanyahu was in his response.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I can’t get over the image of a bus marked ‘Homeland Security’ carrying of all things… illegal aliens and is smuggling them all over the country.

Shouldn’t someone arrest the driver?

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars.

When has Congress ever gotten in the way of The Destroyer blowing billions?

I thought he had a pen and a phone?

One word analysis, and everybody knows it (simply putting pressure on R’s to cave on amnesty — relying on the sycophantic LSM whores to carry his water): Demagoguery

ShainS on July 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

In his last presser he made the children sound like pieces on a chess board…I thought he said checkmate somewhere near the end.

d1carter on July 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I was being sarcastically dismissive of the number—a nod to DC’s idiotic take on such figures, not endorsing that belief. It’s an insane amount of money.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Sorry MKH. I don’t have your sarcasm meter dialed in as well as Ed’s or AP’s. But, I do love your snark!

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Par for the punk.

CW on July 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Par? He wishes. He’s Boogey the bear, and the bear is loose. So lock up your picnic baskets.

Flange on July 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Because he can and he knows they won’t do anything about it.

Obama end goal could be to destabilize the US government.

albill on July 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

When he doubled the request, it was evident that he doesn’t even want it to be approved. He just wants a campaign issue to further polarize the population and get out D voters.

fatherspledge on July 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I can’t get over the image of a bus marked ‘Homeland Security’ carrying of all things… illegal aliens and is smuggling them all over the country.

Shouldn’t someone arrest the driver?

faraway on July 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Imagine the fun if a bus full of illegal aliens crashed into a truck full of IRS documents headed for destruction.

You got your aliens in the middle of my incriminating documents! Etc.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

It doesn’t…it merely compounds the issue.

sorrowen on July 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Agitator’s gonna’ agitate.

We’ve got a trash-talkin Manchurian preezy whose really sleazy.

aquaviva on July 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

He continues to insult and demean the very people he needs to work with, then pi$$es and moans when they refuse to accommodate him. For all of Slick Willy’s faults, at least he made some attempt to find common ground with the other side.

rmkdbq on July 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

His election seems to be the only thing he can helm successfully.

It’s the only thing he ever learned how to do.

–that didn’t involve rolling papers.

OT/Hey! Did Kelly Maher ever, ever, ever get a key, MKH? I was going through my bookmarks and found a War on Bacon where she spoke highly of moi — and it dawned on me — DON’T SEE HER AROUND MUCH

*accusing stare*

Axe on July 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

You mean people who didn’t notice when he said, “I won, John,” when speaking with John McCain are finally waking up to Obama’s inability to work and compromise with others?

Mitoch55 on July 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

Well hell, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of his formidable negotiation skills? After all, this is the guy who traded five Osama bin Ladens for a deserter.

86 on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Funny I went and looked this up today…

Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling President Obama a “dick” live on air.

HuffPo

mad saint jack on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling President Obama a “dick” live on air.

HuffPo

mad saint jack on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

In defense of Halperin, you are what you eat.

Flange on July 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling President Obama a “dick” live on air.

HuffPo

mad saint jack on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

He was suspended for that from msnbc for a few months. He found a nicer way to say the sMs thing today.

On another note:Is Hot Air making the switch to Hot Mediaite?

can_con on July 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

when everyone around you is telling you that you are the greatest thing since slice bread from day one, you never really grow up. Perhaps we can offer lifetime psychiatric counseling if he would just resign and go away.

warmairfan on July 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

*same thing

can_con on July 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars.

They’re so cute when they get all concern-trollish to try to hide the fact that they’re nothing more than Obama throne sniffers.

Gator Country on July 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

Tossing a favor toward his Hamas homies by putting out a ludicrous offer that Netanyahu can’t possibly accept so they both can use the refusal to bludgeon Israel some more.

Gator Country on July 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

He has the maturity of a 14 year old. What a schmuck we got stuck with

iam7545 on July 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Congress should authorize Obama to take as much money as he needs, up to $10 billion, out of the money budgeted for salaries and bonuses for civilian federal employees, in order to help these illegal aliens illegal immigrants illegal unaccompanied minors photo ops.

malclave on July 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Obama: “Let’s compromise and destroy Israel…and the USA too.”

jukin3 on July 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

His favorite book is “Rules For Radicals”.

The only way he knows is the Alinsky way.

It may have worked when the threat of being called a racist silenced disagreement, but this ain’t then.

formwiz on July 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Here’s a hint: Obama does not want what he asks for. He asks because he knows he is going to insult everyone and thus will not get it.

Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Cloward Piven. Sociopath.

chuckh on July 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Part of the reason Obama doesn’t get all that much done is because he insists on acting like a jerk when he’s asking for help.

lol

Nonfactor on July 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Yeah, that border stim started out at 2B$ and over the weekend it jumped to 3.7B$. Dear leader must think there’s going to be a lot more kids coming in or else the lawyers upped their fees. This whole thing is just wrong. Mexico has got to be involved. We all know they don’t like having their border crossed.

Kissmygrits on July 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Shallow reason: he is not interested, not one iota, in solving a problem he helped create. A decent liberal would want to work out the law on this. No, this is crashing Texas and Arizona and Southern California into the Dem plantation.

Deeper: as D’Souza was pointed out, he wants to knock the imperialist US down a few notches.

Deeper: lawlessness is often a good door to the police state. The surveillance, and manifold non-observance of constitutional limits is already in.

Deepest: dad left him. Dad aspired to be a great leader. Son, filling that emptiness, pursues power to prove himself to the ghost of his father. Having got it, he feels the emptiness still. Even on healthcare, he let others take the lead. He has never really been a leader. He has been what others want to see in him. It is all a show inside his troubled soul.

J.B. Say on July 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

MK: Trick question, right?

tenore on July 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

So much emphasis at this site on what cable tv pundits are saying. Sigh.

bluegill on July 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Yeah, that border stim started out at 2B$ and over the weekend it jumped to 3.7B$. Dear leader must think there’s going to be a lot more kids coming in or else the lawyers upped their fees. This whole thing is just wrong. Mexico has got to be involved. We all know they don’t like having their border crossed.

Kissmygrits on July 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Yes, Mexico is involved. There was a press conference on Monday with Guatemala and the president of Mexico publicly announced that Guatemalans could get a 72 hour pass to illegally immigrate to America, and even offered some financial aid. The examiner had a story on it, so did gateway pundit. Surprising Drudge didn’t.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 12, 2014 at 1:14 AM

obama doesn’t act like a jerk.

obama is a jerk, a Punk in Chief.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2014 at 1:27 AM

I can’t believe that these talking heads are seriously discussing these issues. This was all Obama’s doing, and he has no intention of either stopping these immigrants from coming here or sending them home.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

obama doesn’t act like a jerk.

obama is a jerk, a Punk in Chief.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2014 at 1:27 AM

After watching the first Obama campaign, I decided on evidence then presented that Obama was a jerk. But I didn’t really expect him to get so much worse.

AesopFan on July 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

After watching the first Obama campaign, I decided on evidence then presented that Obama was a jerk. But I didn’t really expect him to get so much worse.

AesopFan on July 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

I have to say, he’s just the jerk I expected him to be when I first started listening to him.

This might well represent my reaction to him. =)

Dennis Green “They are what we thought they were, and we let them off the hook!”

non-nonpartisan on July 12, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars.

He doesn’t want the money. He wants the issue there for the midterms, and then the next presidential election. He will ‘find’ a way to shift money from one thing to another, not giving the GOP any ammunition for helping to ‘solve’ a crisis of his own making.

That request that went out in January for assistance in transporting illegals around the country confirms it.

Patriot Vet on July 12, 2014 at 7:01 AM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

Every time it looks like the Arabs are losing a war with Israel- the U.S. government steps in to…save the Arabs.

If the Israelis were getting hammered, does anyone not on the far left seriously believe that The One or Lurch would be lifting a finger to save them?

They want Israel dead so badly they can taste it. When the Islamists let their zib write a check their armies can’t cash (which is their default SOP), our government (supposedly run by and for the Jews) inevitably steps in to pull Israel off them before they can administer the coup de grace’ these b******ds have had coming for the last 14 centuries.

I say, enough is enough.

The progressives want us “disengaged”? Groovy.

The next time the PLO, Hamas, or whoever tries something stupid, and Israel administers an MMA-style beatdown to them, when the Islamists demand we “do something”… that’s the time to tell them,

“You made your own bed. Now f**king lie in it.”

Stop saving this bunch from themselves. They’ll never learn a damned thing until they have to face real defeat and can no longer tell themselves that “it is the will of Allah that we shall always triumph.”

It’s either that, or someday they’ll do something stupid enough that Wretchard’s Three Conjectures will become instantly operational.

At which point the entire debate becomes moot. And no matter what our “enlightened elite’” want to believe, there will be only one culture remaining there when it’s over.

Hint; it won’t be Islam.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

What Eon said x 1000

BigAlSouth on July 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

Well I bet that made Netanyahu just feel all cozy…

right2bright on July 12, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Halperin should just say, ‘Remember when I said Obama was being a dick and I apologized for it? I’m sorry about apologizing.’

CitizenEgg on July 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

WHY is this a surprise? This is how community organizer’s govern. Compromise? We don’t need no compromise. After listening to some comments about getting in to talk to this guy, they say the hardest thing is getting through Michelle and Valerie. If those 2 are the ones he’s using for a sounding board, no wonder his Presidency is going to go down as a failure. It’s quite obvious, there are no adults in this White House. The best thing the President could do would be to send these two on a 2 year vacation and bring in some adults, although the Democrats have been shown to have a shortage of them too, when it comes to governing.

bflat879 on July 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Mark Halperin wonders why the president is taking pot shots when he needs to convince Congress to give him a couple billion dollars.

It’s pretty simple MKH. Think about the sine qua non of this administration, which is the blame game, and it all makes perfect sense.

This is a crisis of the president’s own making. He has created complete chaos not only at the border, but coming to a community near you. The disbursement of illegal aliens s is not accidental or an administrative process. It’s purposeful and part of the strategy.

Very simply, the president has made unreasonable, unnecessary demands because the objective is not to have them fulfilled. Anything less than complete approval of those demands will commence the finger pointing and blame deflection.

We’ve seen this movie before. Ad nauseum since January 20th, 2009.

“Republicans won’t move on this request because they’re mean, against children and hate Latino’s.”

It’s the same game Democrats have played for years.

This is about turning out their base in November and ultimately ensuring a generation of voters who not only buy their tripe without question, but become dependent on the unsustainable system they’ve built.

It is also about a president who has become detached from the responsibility of the office for which he was elected to serve.

In the end, they want compliant serfs whose only demands for their vote are to keep the free stuff coming.

Marcus Traianus on July 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

mad saint jack on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

+1

Back on topic: the Penis-in-Chief’s actions are always self-centered and a set-up for the coming blame shift after his latest failure.

SS,DD.

socalcon on July 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hey, human trafficking is expensive!

RushBaby on July 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

President Obama spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and offered U.S. help in facilitating cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, the White House said in a statement.

Apparently, Obama is unaware that Hamas has been designated by his own Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. I’m trying to remember the last time the U.S. brokered a cease fire between a friendly country and a terrorist group.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM