Memo to Obama: It’s business, not personal

posted at 1:21 pm on July 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How does one explain the plummeting poll numbers for Barack Obama? Most people would point to the disarray and consequences of ObamaCare, the IRS scandal, the border crisis, the collapse of Iraq, the VA scandal, the impotent reaction to Russia’s seizure of Crimea, chronic long-term unemployment, and a host of nonsensical distractions staged by the White House to distract from all of the above and more. Last month, polls showed a majority of Americans thought Obama lacked the necessary leadership for his job, and rated his competence below that of George W. Bush at a similar point in their presidencies. That came just 19 months after Obama won re-election.

How does Obama explain rising opposition to his performance and his policies? Republicans are just big meanies that would otherwise love his agenda, or something:

In recent days, though, he has taken that message a step further. He has suggested on multiple occasions that Republicans aren’t just opposing him out of partisanship, but out of personal animus or spite.

What I do worry about is that, right now, we got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me,” Obama said in an interview with ABC two weeks ago. And here’s Obama at a speech Wednesday in Denver: “Republicans in Congress right now have shown over and over they’ll do anything to rig the system for those at the top or to try to score political points on me…”

Then, later in the day at a press conference on immigration: “If I sponsor a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim partisan politics.”

In a speech in Dallas on Thursday, he added, “It’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. Maybe it’s just me they don’t like, I don’t know.”

And later that day at a fundraiser in Austin: “You’ve got one party whose main goal seems just to say no: Say no to immigration reform. Say no to raising the minimum wage. … Say no to equal pay for equal work. Don’t just say no to doing something about climate change; just deny climate change. And definitely say no to me.”

It’s not the first time that Obama has tried this strategy to deflect criticism and delegitimize calls for accountability. He tried doing something similar in his first midterm cycle, which … didn’t exactly turn out well for Democrats. At that time, Obama still had fairly high personal-quality ratings in polls on honesty and leadership, too. Even if he didn’t actually do much heavy lifting on courting Congress, the perception was that he was in charge and displaying leadership.

These days, that perception has vanished, and even the New York Times has begun to take notice, calling Obama “restless”:

In a summer when the president is traveling across the country meeting with “ordinary Americans” under highly choreographed conditions, the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama. As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated. Freewheeling, with conversation touching on art, architecture and literature, the gatherings are a world away from the stilted meals Mr. Obama had last year with Senate Republican leaders at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

As Mr. Obama once said about the Senate Republican leader from Kentucky: “Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. ‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”

Basically, Obama has shrugged off dealing with his opposition entirely. That may give him some personal satisfaction, but it’s hardly commendable for a President to disengage so thoroughly — and let’s not forget that Obama was barely engaged from the beginning. It took nearly two years for Obama to meet with McConnell in the first place.

Obama’s also disengaging from allies, as CNN’s Christiane Amanpour reported last night. Former German defense minister and Angela Merkel confidante Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said that the crisis between the two allies over espionage efforts has largely exploded because Obama doesn’t bother to communicate with his allies on much of anything:

Asking the CIA station chief to leave is “a serious matter,” but one that was necessary, he said, “because there was no reaction in the last couple of months from Washington.”

President Obama, he said, is “not seemingly capable to communicate properly on an eye-to-eye level with other heads of state.”

Case in point: The tapping of Merkel’s phone.

“[President Obama] knew it already last summer; what do you do in such a moment? You pick up the phone, you call the Chancellor, tell her, ‘Well, we messed up; let’s try to fix it.’ Didn’t happen.”

“After that, she campaigned, here at a campaign in Germany, defending the U.S. after the NSA revelations. It was a high risk for her.”

“And then the press revealed the phone tapping of Angela Merkel’s … cell phone.”

“Did he call then? No, it was her calling.”

Par for the course with “Mr. I Me My,” as Ron Fournier calls Obama:

Even Democrats are starting to tire of their president sounding less like a leader than a kindergartener – whiny (“They don’t do anything except block me and call me names”), petulant (“So sue me”) and self-absorbed (“I .. me … my”).

“The bear is on the loose!” Obama says whenever he shows up at a coffee shop, diner or bar to mingle with voters. These events are carefully managed so as to not look carefully managed – a gimmick in any president’s bag of tricks. But with Obama, the photo opportunities ring false.

First, he piously claims to be above such pettiness. “I am not interested in photo opps,” he said amid calls to personally attend to the immigration crisis on the Texas border.

Second, the White House has a habit of making the mingling about Obama. “I think frankly we’ve all been through a cold and bitter winter and the bear has cabin fever,” explained Obama friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “His cabin is a little bit bigger and harder to escape than most.”

Pity the president? No. In fact, White House officials, stop talking about him. And, Mr. President, put a muzzle on “I,” “me” and “my.”

In my column for The Week, I describe the “Republican meanies” narrative as just another way to shift blame –and shift attention away from Obama’s incompetence. In response to Obama’s insistence that criticism is all personal, I remind readers of a little recent history:

Well, boo hoo. Most of us can still recall that Bush’s critics — including then-Senator Obama — didn’t much like him either. They routinely derided him as an incompetent after Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq civil war in 2006, claimed that he wanted to impose the “unitary executive” as president (a threat to the balance of powers that Democrats curiously forgot after 2009), and hounded him for asking for resignations from a handful of U.S. attorneys, demanding accountability from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and demanding an investigation of the White House itself. Yet even that didn’t stop Bush from working with a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass a budget that same year, and to deal with issues related to the war in Iraq, or to revamp the military-commissions system for detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama, on the other hand, has mostly moped after losing the House in the 2010 midterms. Like most politicians, Obama likes to fashion opposition arguments into straw men. Most politicians use that as a strategy to leverage public opinion. Obama has used it to ignore half of Congress. His detachment has become legendary; while the border crisis festered, Obama shrugged off demands to visit the border as an unnecessary “photo op.” Instead, Obama played pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — for the cameras! — and attended fundraisers in Dallas and Austin without traveling to the southernmost part of Texas even once. …

Add this to the insistence that Obama knew nothing about the ghastly fraud within the VA, and the professions of shock at the collapse of Iraq, and the American ship of state looks rudderless. Almost a month ago, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that voter assessment of Obama’s competency put him below Bush at nearly the same point in his presidency, and that a majority of 54 percent had no confidence in Obama’s leadership. Chuck Todd noted at the time that this poll result meant, “essentially, the public is saying your presidency is over.”

Obama wants the increasingly disenchanted public to believe that criticism of his actions have no basis in reality, that they are entirely personal attacks. To paraphrase The Godfather, though, poll results show that it’s business, not personal — and Obama looks as though he’s not interested in doing business with Capitol Hill, or taking care of business anywhere else.

Whining isn’t leadership. Americans want a competent, engaged executive in the White House, not someone who refuses to work with political opposition out of pique and then whines about how people don’t like him. Don’t expect the “woe is he” campaign to brighten up Obama’s leadership or honesty polling assessments any time soon.


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Memo to Obama: It’s business, not personal

It’s both.

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

How will a celebrity narcissist with a Nuclear Football and a Phone react to no longer being popular, and worse, being shunned AND MOCKED?

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Ditto that.

He’s BEYOND loathsome.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The HA thread-pictures are superb.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I Me Mine – The Beatles

Flange on July 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Obama does not see himself as a President.

Obama is a community organizer that’s using all the levers of power available to him.

Obama has never ‘worked with the opposition’. Alinsky told him not to do this.

Alinsky advised the radical activist to avoid the temptation to concede that his opponent was not “100 per cent devil,” or that he possessed certain admirable qualities such as being “a good churchgoing man, generous to charity, and a good husband.” Such qualifying remarks, Alinsky said, “dilut[e] the impact of the attack” and amount to sheer “political idiocy.”

faraway on July 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

He’s an immature kid.He’s not component enough to be a door greeter at an outhouse.

docflash on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Whining isn’t leadership. Americans want a competent, engaged executive in the White House, not someone who refuses to work with political opposition out of pique and then whines about how people don’t like him. Don’t expect the “woe is he” campaign to brighten up Obama’s leadership or honesty polling assessments any time soon.

After 5 1/2 years in office, we know that Barack Obama isn’t a leader. We also know that he is little more than a petulant, thin-skinned, whiney, sociopathic narcissist who is far more enamored with the trappings of office than fulfilling the responsibilities of that office.

To call Barack Obama a lame duck is to marginalize and minimize previous lame ducks. The next two years will be full of whinging, complaining, false narratives, race baiting, lies, dodges, dinner parties, golf, multi-million dollar vacations at taxpayer’s expense, and very little in terms of real leadership, solutions, or striving to do what’s best for the country as opposed to what’s most expedient for Barack Obama and his fascist agenda.

The only real change will be that more elements of the corrupt mainstream media will turn on Barack Obama – but only in an effort to avoid the discrediting of the intellectually, morally, and ethically bankrupt progressive-fascist agenda.

Athos on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Par for the course with “Mr. I Me My,”

I wanna talk about me
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one
Oh my me my
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see
I don’t like talking about you, usually, but occassionallyperennially
I wanna talk about me
I wanna talk about me

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Obama is a confidence man. Sooner or later reality catches up to even the best of them. Then they fold or lash out. Looks like Obama is the “lash out” type.

forest on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ed, not to miss this.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

The bore is on the loose.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner right here

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Looks like Obama is the “lash out” type.

forest on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Oh you betcha, he most assuredly is the “lash out” type and he and his minions lash out at every opportunity, which is pretty near a daily occurrence.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Three Pinocchios from the WaPo, on topic

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner right here

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Thread ender. No further comment needed.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Personally, I don’t like the man or his policies. And, it has absolutely nothing to do with his race.

SC.Charlie on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Our president is an embarrassment. And being the self absorbed little shiite he is, he is the last one to know it. How embarrassing is he? He doesn’t do the tings that are expected of him not because he actually knows better, but because he’s nothing more than a petulant little child. Not visiting the border, for example, is just his way of sticking his tongue out. He may or may not be the worst president ever, but he wins hands down the title of most childish president ever.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Dog Eater was always in it for the parties, he had no idea that it takes work because the man has never had a real job.

It also doesn’t hurt to have lickspittles telling the world that everything can be made right by Dog Eater simply giving a speech or two, he believed it himself.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Imagine a Ronald Reagan whining about his constant D-congress.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The Man of the Land of Men, no longer the Land of Laws.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Obama is a lawless tyrant who has violated the Constitution numerous times. Congress needs to do their “business” by holding him accountable and impeaching.

sauldalinsky on July 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The bore boor is on the loose.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

with conversation touching on art, architecture and literature

Which he secretly crams for with Art for Dummies, Architecture for Dummies and Literature for Dummies.

The fawning media was so impressed that Obama threw out a few quotes from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, without considering that Obama just had a copy of Bartlett’s Quotations (or Theology for Dummies).

Wethal on July 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Disagree With Holder’s Claims Opposition To Obama And Himself Is Because of Racism…

61% of Likely U.S. Voters think people who oppose the president’s policies do so primarily because they believe his policies are bad, not because of racism.

Resist We Much on July 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Sham I

Sham II

Media protecting a malicious narcissistic moron.

I hope you all die in his azz, fools. Choke on his shit – it ain’t Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

It is the ultimate form of racism to expect less of the first half-black president of the USA.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

He’s still got some room to fall with Democrat voters. But the cracks are appearing in even that support.

EA_MAN on July 15, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Biden’s starting to look good.

Immolate on July 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The GOP is entirely complicit in every bit of Obama’s lawlessness. They have done nothing but provide most basic lip service, feigning outrage, while they KNOW they’re not going to do a damn thing to stop it.

They have abandoned any pretense of following Conservative principles, and are content to sit idly by, while Obama and his Regime does whatever the hell they want.

There IS no opposition party in this country any longer.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

…we could form a line!
…it could circle the globe!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Disagree With Holder’s Claims Opposition To Obama And Himself Is Because of Racism…

61% of Likely U.S. Voters think people who oppose the president’s policies do so primarily because they believe his policies are bad, not because of racism.

Resist We Much on July 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Eric Witholder hardest hit.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Obama needs to wake up with a severed donkey head at his feet. And Dem Senators need to be issued “an offer they can’t refuse” when impeachment can no longer be brushed aside.

otlset on July 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Obama needs to wake up with a severed donkey head at his feet. And Dem Senators need to be issued “an offer they can’t refuse” when impeachment can no longer be brushed aside.

otlset on July 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Obama needs to start seeing “ARREST Obama and Holder” protests outside the Spite House every day.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

“The bear is on the loose!”

It’s true. But I’m afraid it doesn’t mean what they think it means.

Immolate on July 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I’ve read that, even more than snatching the nomination from Hillary, Clinton hated Obama with a passion for falsely painting him as a racist. I’m getting pretty sick of it too. But I’m madder at him for golfing and partying like Nero while the economy and the border burns. For voting four times for just-born children to die in a broom closest because the abortion failed. For yukking it up like a clown instead of a United States president at his political opponents and actually calling them “enemies” (!) like a Mafia thug because his narcissistic ego simply can’t stand it when someones *dares* to oppose The One.

..He may or may not be the worst president ever, but he wins hands down the title of most childish president ever.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Blame blame blame, and blah blah blah. The only two things he knows how to do.

Eviva on July 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Obama doesn’t understand business.

myiq2xu on July 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner right here

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Thread ender. No further comment needed.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Mods, you can close this one down. Midas spoke for everyone on this succinct post. Nothing more needs added.

USNCVN on July 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

yet no matter how much he whines or makes faces at the camera the losers and the parasites and the propaganda media continue to worship him

But it begs the question at what level will he be held accountable that he is a major screw up with no plans to do anything but rule by executive order, create more of his man made disaster’s and then blame others for his failed presidency

tuttle from tacoma on July 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

There IS no opposition party in this country any longer.

Meople on July 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Call them the GOPe, or Obama Republicans, or Vichy Republicans, or Quisling Republicans, you’re correct in that these ‘Republicans’ are as much of a part of the problem as the progressive-fascists are.

They are part of the state establishment, wallowing in their power, personally profiting from their positions, and that’s why the limit of their objections to the Democrat agenda is to move down the same path but at half the speed – just to ensure that when the implosion happens, they are well out of office / dead so they don’t have to experience or deal with it.

The only opposition party in this country is the Tea Party – the one party that both the GOPe and the fascist Democrats wage an open war upon. That party is a threat, reinforced by Cantor’s ignominious defeat, to all of the statists.

Athos on July 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

No, it is personal.

I disagreed with a lot of the policies and actions of Bush and Clinton, but I never felt like they were out to insult people.

With this dude, however, every utterance from him and his minions feels like it is intended as a personal insult.

The worst part is, he thinks we are too stupid to recognize his insults and whines when we do.

MichaelGabriel on July 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

How does one explain the plummeting poll numbers for Barack Obama?

Racism, what else?

Rix on July 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Thread ender. No further comment needed.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Heh. If Hot Air ever turned off the comments, this blog post would qualify!

Maybe Ed is channeling his inner Erika Johnsen…

22044 on July 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I can’t add to or modify that sentiment, as it is mine as well.

Buck Farky on July 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Another ditto here, I would just add tiresome before POS.

tru2tx on July 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Whiner in Chief.

s1im on July 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner right here

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Thread ender. No further comment needed.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Hating Obama is as pointless as hating a specific chunk in a septic tank. Redirect your hatred to the system that shaped and elevated Obama, as well as people who designed and maintained that system. Obama might be an oozing pustula but it’s just an outward sign of the real infecion.

Rix on July 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

“What I do worry about is that, right now, we got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me,”

This is the bit that garnered Obama 3 Pinnochios today. Given the bias of Glen Kessler that’s 6-8 on a four Pinnochio scale.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

How does one explain the plummeting poll numbers for Barack Obama?

Increased racial animus among whites. /

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The bore boor is on the loose.
 
rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

 
NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

 
English is neat sometimes, isn’t it? Two words that mean almost nearly exactly the same thing but are still two different words.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Alan Parsons Project
Vulture Culture
Let’s Talk About Me

Let’s talk about me for a minute
Well how do you think
I feel about what’s been going on
Let’s talk about me for a minute
Well how do you think
I feel about what’s gone wrong

Let’s talk about dreams
I never learned to read the signs
Let’s think about what it all means
I never seem to have the time

Let’s talk about you and your problems
All that i seem to do is spend the night
Just talking ’bout you and your problems
No matter what i say i can’t get it right

Don’t think about dreams
Is it all a waste of time
Don’t think about what it all means
If you are a friend of mine

Talk about me, for a minute
I’m the one who’s losing
Talk about me, for a minute
I’m the one who’s always losing out

And how do you think
I feel about what’s been going on
Let’s talk about me for a minute
Well how do you think
I feel about what’s gone wrong

Let’s think about dreams
We never seem to have the time
Let’s talk about what it all means
If you are a friend of mine

Let’s talk about me
I’m the one who’s losing out
I’m the one who’s losing out
I’m the one who’s losing out, losing out

Talk about me, for a minute
I’m the one who’s losing
Talk about me, for a minute
I’m the one who’s always losing out

http://www.songlyrics.com/alan-parsons-project/let-s-talk-about-me-lyrics/

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I deeply, with burning intensity, loathe that piece of shit.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thread winner right here

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Thread ender. No further comment needed.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

if you racist homophobes think hes such a piece of shit why dont you make a parade float showing his corpse standing next to an outhouse? oh wait..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Corps, man.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

http://www.songlyrics.com/alan-parsons-project/let-s-talk-about-me-lyrics/

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Alan Parsons had King Putt pegged back in 1984 – interesting coincidence there….

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Imagine a Ronald Reagan whining about his constant D-congress.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Some might think it mere coincidence that ‘Douchebag’ also begins with ‘D’.

I don’t believe in coincidence.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

to the president: “You’re taking this very personal. (Ed), this is business and this man is taking, it very, very personal.”

warmairfan on July 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

English is neat sometimes, isn’t it? Two words that mean almost nearly exactly the same thing but are still two different words.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Indeed, but bore is synonymous with weary or tedious, while boor is synonymous with oaf or vulgarian. Both work, but I prefer boor. :P

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

So here’s a question:

What sort of former POTUS will Obooba be? Unlike Clinton, he has absolutely no need to feel loved by the masses and thus is not interested in legacy building. Unlike Carter, he has no apparent moral compass, even if it is bent out of recognition. Unlike either Bush, he doesn’t have the grace of noblesse oblige. He clearly thinks he knows better than everyone else, but at the same time he doesn’t seem to have the energy or desire to do anything about it.

I’m picturing him in a beach-side mansion in Maui, spending his days photoshopping his mug into pictures with Beyonce, muttering about how the b!tch don’t call him back no mo’.

dreadnought62 on July 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

if you racist homophobes think hes such a piece of shit why dont you make a parade float showing his corpse standing next to an outhouse? oh wait..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hey, why bringing homophobia up? We’re not talking about his wife here.

Rix on July 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

if you racist homophobes think hes such a piece of shit why dont you make a parade float showing his corpse standing next to an outhouse? oh wait..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Ya – it’s not as if lefties ever did something like, say, make a movie about the assassination of Bush…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_a_President_(2006_film)

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I suppose the only upside to all of this is that maybe the voters next election will actually pay attention to their duty, and elect someone who is capable and competent.

The voters will learn this lesson, right???

I am not optimistic.

The voters will probably elect the next schmo who promises them a free cellphone, regardless of whether said schmo actually has the chops to run the most powerful nation in the world.

s1im on July 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Given the title of this post, this scene from The Godfather came to mind:

[as Tessio and Hagen walk to Michael's house, they are met by a bodyguard, Willi Cicci]
Willi Cicci: Sal… Tom… the boss says he’ll come in a separate car. He says for you two to go on ahead.
Tessio: Hell, he can’t do that; that screws up all my arrangements.
Willi Cicci: Well, that’s what he said.
Tom Hagen: I can’t go with you either, Tessio.
[just then, Michael's bodyguards materialize around them, Tessio understands everything]
Tessio: [to Hagen] Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him.
Tom Hagen: He understands that.
Willi Cicci: [removing Tessio's gun] Excuse me, Sally.
Tessio: Can you get me off the hook, Tom? For old times’ sake?
Tom Hagen: [shakes his head] Can’t do it, Sally.
[Hagen watches sadly as Tessio is led by Cicci and the others to a waiting car]

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

the crisis between the two allies over espionage efforts has largely exploded because Obama doesn’t bother to communicate with his allies on much of anything:

Obama doesnt’ have allies. Only those he can reap from.

portlandon on July 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

From over on the Israel thread:

no doubt the results of masterful pr campaigns. follow the shekels..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Indeed, but bore is synonymous with weary or tedious, while boor is synonymous with oaf or vulgarian. Both work, but I prefer boor. :P

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And bore also means to drill a hole in something – as in what listening to a King Putt speech feels like is being done to my head…

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Indeed, but bore is synonymous with weary or tedious, while boor is synonymous with oaf or vulgarian. Both work, but I prefer boor. :P
 
NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

 
Aesthetically probably the better choice since the “R” is on the end like the original “bear”, too.

rogerb on July 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Obama has that rare quality of being both stunningly incompetent and brilliantly successful at the same time. He has succeeded in fundamentally transforming this nation beyond any of our worst nightmares.

jnelchef on July 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Valerie Jarrett seems intent on popularizing her pet term “bear” for Obama to make him seem feared and fearsome…emulating the much feared Putin, I guess. Her plaintive bleats of the “bear” is restless, the “bear” is on the move, etc., ad infinitum. Oh please.

The Austrailian SLOTH comes to my mind WAY before “bear” …unless it’s a bear in pretty much permanant golf and party mode hibernation.

Got any better (funnier) animal terms for Obie?

marybel on July 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The Austrailian SLOTH comes to my mind WAY before “bear” …unless it’s a bear in pretty much permanant golf and party mode hibernation.

Got any better (funnier) animal terms for Obie?

marybel on July 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Just not as appealing or as smart as Sid (Ice Age).

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Empty suit.

kcewa on July 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

My favorite band – this song came to mind immediately – especially as they hold on the word “me” for prolonged notes.

KochBrain – I think you need to do a better job of reading the float builders comments. I don’t think you properly understood what was built.

Zomcon JEM on July 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

if you racist homophobes think hes such a piece of shit why dont you make a parade float showing his corpse standing next to an outhouse? oh wait..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Ahhh aren’t you sweet. FYI I loathe his white half too.

gophergirl on July 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Got any better (funnier) animal terms for Obie?

marybel on July 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

How about skeeter?
As in that blood-sucking pest the mosquito that everyone wants to swat – also fits with his “superb” handling of that (non-lethal) skeeter gun in his attempt at a manly gun photo op.

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

2009-2017: The Reparation Years.

freedomfirst on July 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“After that, she campaigned, here at a campaign in Germany, defending the U.S. after the NSA revelations. It was a high risk for her.”

“And then the press revealed the phone tapping of Angela Merkel’s … cell phone.”

“Did he call then? No, it was her calling.”

I’m glad we finally have a President we can be proud of.

cbenoistd on July 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The ‘bear’ is loose.

Hey libfree, you want to comment on this particular choice of nickname?

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

http://www.songlyrics.com/alan-parsons-project/let-s-talk-about-me-lyrics/

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

:)

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

People dislike him for his politics.

You’d think the Lefties, of all people, could get that.

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

My brother was complaining about Obama’s treatment of Germany and other allies recently but I have patience with him. He voted for Obama, twice. He owes America and the world a public apology, so far as I am concerned, as does every last idiot who brought this disaster on all of us. I saw a fool in my hometown with an Obama sticker still on his car and I came two inches from asking him if it was going to take a full on depression and world war three before he took the damn thing off, or was there some point short of that where he might become sane?

MTF on July 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

if you racist homophobes…

You’re saying that they are ripping the president because he’s gay?

why dont you make a parade float showing his corpse standing next to an outhouse? oh wait..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

That’s almost as bad as that film they made depicting Obama’s assassination oh wait

The Schaef on July 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I saw a fool in my hometown with an Obama sticker still on his car and I came two inches from asking him if it was going to take a full on depression and world war three before he took the damn thing off, or was there some point short of that where he might become sane?

MTF on July 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I still see Obama stickers on cars.
I assume they want the whole world to know just how stupid they are – sort of a warning to those around them….

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

But with Obama, the photo opportunities ring false.

What photo ops?

It’s a well-known fact as true as the day is long that Obama doesn’t care about photo ops.

Just ask him when he pops up at a photo op how much he hates them.

Good Lt on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

People dislike him for his politics.

You’d think the Lefties, of all people, could get that.

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

They’ve been told that it gets more traction in attempting to put objectors on the defensive by calling them bigots, racists and homophobes rather than just admitting its his policies and actions we find intolerable which isn’t evidently isn’t as easy to defend with an appropriate retort. Naturally, we would do no less mocking, ridiculing and objecting if, for example, this was ALGORE’s presidency and he were acting exactly the same way as Obumbles is.

So, then, we must JUST SHUT UP ALREADY.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Classic NPD. It is never the narcissist’s fault. He is the one and only righteous man being thwarted by outside and evil forces. This works until the real world intercedes and demonstrates the narcissist as an inept failure. The narcissist can’t accept that and then the SHTF. We still have 2 1/2 years of this and it ain’t gonna get any better.

jukin3 on July 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

What photo ops?
It’s a well-known fact as true as the day is long that Obama doesn’t care about photo ops.
Just ask him when he pops up at a photo op how much he hates them.

Good Lt on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Like, TOTALLY….
I’m sure he gets irritated about it – like that time he was just out on his own to do skeet like he does all the time to relax, and all these photographers showed up and started taking pictures of him with his skeeter gun….

dentarthurdent on July 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Listen up Obama, your popularity is going down not because more people are realizing that you are part black, but because more people are realizing that you are a fascist.

VorDaj on July 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

This is so obviously the result of affirmative action that I am embarrassed for those in denial.

Lonetown on July 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

No, it isn’t personal.

I would give The Ego (a/k/a Barack Obama) unlimited golf for life, unlimited cheeseburgers, fries and beer, and a nightly whipped creme orgy with the celebrities of his choice if he would give up the pretense of being President of the United States.

IndieDogg on July 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

It’s simpler than that. The left is all about identity politics and victimization. To them, one can’t disagree cogently about a policy or aspect of a political agenda without tripping on identity politics and victimization.

To the way they present arguments, one doesn’t or can’t simply oppose a policy like…. amnesty for illegal aliens on the merits that the policy is fundamentally wrong and misguided. No, to them, any opposition is based on a hatred of ‘immigrants’ who are largely minorities – demonstrating one’s racism. Hence, opposition to ‘amnesty’ is fundamentally the act of a racist.

Athos on July 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I hate Barky and I had his policies in equal proportion.

So he’s half right.

MisterElephant on July 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

*hate his policies

MisterElephant on July 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Is Sh!t getting a bad name?

DWoDiego on July 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Someone should send this to Joe Biden. It’s the only way he will ever be president.

1987: Reagan’s alleged incapacity

Upon assuming the role of White House Chief of Staff in 1987, Howard Baker was advised by his predecessor’s staff to be prepared for a possible invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment due to Reagan’s perceived laziness and ineptitude.

According to the PBS program American Experience,

“What Baker’s transition team was told by Donald Regan’s staff that weekend shocked them. Reagan was ‘inattentive, inept,’ and ‘lazy,’ and Baker should be prepared to invoke the 25th Amendment to relieve him of his duties.”

Reagan biographer Edmund Morris stated in an interview aired on the program,

meci on July 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Whining isn’t leadership. Americans want a competent, engaged executive in the White House, not someone who refuses to work with political opposition out of pique and then whines about how people don’t like him.

Not buying it. America the Dumb voted for his funky butt in 2012.

MisterElephant on July 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

“What I do worry about is that, right now, we got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me…”

“Maybe it’s just me they don’t like, I don’t know.”

“You’ve got one party whose main goal seems just to say no… And definitely say no to me.”

Remember back when Obama told a worried group of Dems back in 2010, just before the Republicans re-took the House just as they did in 1994: “Well the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.?

Without a single issue to fire up the Democratic base for this fall, Obama is once again reduced to campaigning on… himself.

Second verse, same as the first. He’s all he’s got.

de rigueur on July 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I blame THESE TWO GUYS (and their ilk).

fred5678 on July 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Athos on July 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Much better explanation.

hawkeye54 on July 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I’ve been wondering if the ‘bear’ thing has been a Freudian slip? or a bit of foreshadowing? But, any one who has been alive during the Cold War would not really see ‘bear’ as an appropriate image for the political leader of America. I think it might be a little of each.

GWB on July 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The most powerful person in the world is just a whiny little bitch.

ButterflyDragon on July 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Has Obama ever been punched in the mouth?

He desperately needs to know what real, personal animus is versus policy disagreement. And he has been at this whining for so long, that, yes, now people really do loathe him. If he acted this way at a party, somebody would have cold-cocked him by now.

PD Quig on July 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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