Pelosi confronted over whether Obama is ‘angry enough’

posted at 11:21 am on July 22, 2014 by Noah Rothman

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was confronted on Tuesday by MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mike Barnicle who confessed to her his crisis of confidence in President Barack Obama.

“I understand your position within the party. I understand your reluctance to back-seat drive anyone,” Barnicle began. “But there is, as you know, a lot of talk about the President of the United States being kind of remote, kind of difficult to access emotionally, kind of not angry enough.”

Pelosi responded with a series of boilerplate defenses of the administration ranging from the falling unemployment rate, to the reduction of the deficit, to the stock market’s recovery. She did, however, seem unnerved by Barnicle’s question.

“If that’s the impression people have, then communication has to be stepped up,” she conceded.

This all sounds familiar. In fact, the refrain that Obama appears aloof and distant is a recurring theme throughout his presidency. It may simply be a character trait.

But political analysts, who early in Obama’s first term were loath to believe that he did anything that was not perfectly calculated, devoted hours to pondering why Obama seemed so emotionally disengaged from crises.

Amid the crisis resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the summer of 2010, CNN’s John Blake took a stab at theorizing about the motivation for Obama’s collected demeanor:

“If you’ve followed the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, you’ve heard the complaints that Obama isn’t showing enough emotion,” he wrote. “But scholars say Obama’s critics ignore a lesson from American history: Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.”

“Democrats have been desperate for President Obama to find his inner Bill Clinton – to convey to people that he really gets their anguish and trauma,” observed the Christian Science Monitor’s Linda Feldmann that summer.

“One time, go off!” demanded Obama admirer and director Spike Lee in an interview on CNN. “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

Obama heard his supporters’ cries and, in what must have been a moment of non-scripted authenticity, literally told Americans that he was as angry as they were.

During a trip to the southern coast, Obama said at a press conference that he “saw firsthand the anger and frustration felt by our neighbors in the Gulf.”

“It is an anger and frustration that I share as president,” he added. Because you asked.

Obama, now in his second term, may not be as responsive to criticism from his allies as he was in 2010. It may be worth a shot, though. If enough of the president’s supporters criticize him for failing to perform his responsibilities as the nation’s commander-in-chief and leader of the free world at a time of proliferating international turmoil and crisis, maybe he will take a moment away from his fundraisers just to prove them wrong.


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I, Noah Rothman, and obozo is no wroth man.

Flange on July 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

He might be a tad p!ssed at you today, Nan.

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well, 0bama keeps assuring us that nobody is madder than him. Who are we to question Him?

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I don’t think Pelosi could have any more Botox without her face exploding.

Aizen on July 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“If that’s the impression people have, then communication has to be stepped up,” she conceded.

But that might interfere with his golf or fundraising.

rbj on July 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I don’t think Pelosi could have any more Botox without her face exploding.

Aizen on July 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Wouldn’t that be a beautiful thing… Pelosi’s head reduced to nothing but a skull with some bits of raw meat attached to the front.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

“But scholars say Obama’s critics ignore a lesson from American history: Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.”

So that’s why Samuel L. Jackson is broke and nobody’s ever heard of him.

JohnBrown on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Typical of a clinical narcissist. No empathy. And all he knows how to do is fake feelings, which he doesn’t do well at all. He needs a few method acting classes in the least.

Walter L. Newton on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Heres an info babe telling Valerie Jarret that
Obama governors like a women!
===============================

Valerie Jarrett: Why Obama Being “Womanly” is a Good Thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZQE2i9gxPk

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:16 PM

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Is she in astronaut school?

rogerb on July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Not a good day for the scumhag

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

OT – American Flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Deep Thought on July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Deep Thought: Images:)

https://twitter.com/WilliamsJon

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

“Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.”

Which, of course, explains the COMPLETE LACK OF SUCCESS that has dogged Samuel L. Jackson, Ice-T, 90% of the NFL and 95% of hip-hop artists out there.

ExUrbanKevin on July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The only think King Barack is concerned about is…..King Barack.

GarandFan on July 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Let’s face it, it’s not like we’re talking about the Hulk in the movie The Avengers, where anger is the emotion needed for the person to be effective and save the day. We should focus more on whether President Obama is resolving problems rather than whether he is displaying the proper emotions.

Granted, if Obama were feeling, say, anger at Putin for supporting the shooting down of the Malaysian airplane, he might be more resolved to impose sanctions against Russia. But just displaying anger at Putin without effective action isn’t going to be helpful.

J.S.K. on July 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I’ll bet you President Passive Voice will have plenty of angry words over Halbig.

MTF on July 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

@dcseth
Follow
Nancy Pelosi passed Obamacare, but the DC Appeals Court found out what was in it. #Halbig

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The 800lb gorilla in the room keeps getting ignored…

OBAMA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT PEOPLE.

He doesn’t empathize with people going through hard times. He doesn’t care when his policies hurt people. He doesn’t care about people. He only cares about himself and how he is perceived. He USES others to advance his policies, and thus increase his elite perception (at least in his mind).

People are pawns to be used or sacrificed as needed to “win”. THAT is his mindset. A revised communication strategy is not going to change his (lack of) character.

dominigan on July 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Little Lord Stompyfoot is wee wee’d up!

Galtian on July 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I want to see the Obama rant to end all rants.

The court acted “stupidly”

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Little Lord Stompyfoot is wee wee’d up!

Galtian on July 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

This is the third time in as many weeks a court has told Obama he really isn’t a King.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Just stop for one minute and ponder what the wicked witch just said. “If that’s the impression people have, then communication has to be stepped up,” Not that he must do something but that communication has to be stepped up! This just about sums up the entire obama regime and actions taken during his reign. All obama does is talk. He hasn’t come up with a single successful policy, foreign or domestic, during his 6 1/2 year reign of terror.

inspectorudy on July 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Reading this post is like watching the State Department briefing on the day of the Malaysian airliner shoot-down.

I’m like, whaaaaaaa?

I think there is something else going on today, that especially involves both Obumbler and Nancypants.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Because nothing engenders more confidence in a leader than having a skinny, large-eared, faintly effeminate dude in mom jeans and a bike helmet who refers to himself as the “Bear” declare he’s angry as hell and is looking for a few asses to kick.

Bishop on July 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Pelosi confronted over whether Obama is ‘angry enough’

I can only cite two times that the lazy stupid rat-eared wonder has shown any real anger.

The first was when his scheme to steal the Second Amendment from Americans failed to make it through the Senate. He stood there with those despicable parents from Sandy Hook and other activists and showed some real passion that he couldn’t just take the guns. A disarmed populace is far easier to control.

The second time was when a reporter dared step on his edict that the filthy illegals under 27 got to stay even though they should be deported under the law. The reporter’s crime? He asked a question about what this edict would do to job opportunities for American young people. The rat-eared wonder sputtered “It’s the right thing to do” three time and ran from the podium like the coward he is when confronted with smart people- which is pretty much everybody who isn’t a supporter.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Because nothing engenders more confidence in a leader than having a skinny, large-eared, faintly effeminate dude in mom jeans and a bike helmet who refers to himself as the “Bear” declare he’s angry as hell and is looking for a few asses to kick.

Bishop on July 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Hey Bish! Don’t forget he really spoke sternly to Putin last week about sanctions….. just before Putin essentially told him that Russia shot down a plane because they know Obama will do nothing but whine and complain.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

First Family believed to be in escrow…

— Drudge

Does that mean that Soros is selling them?

I wonder who would pay money for such shoddy goods?

They shouldn’t be in escrow. They should be in prison, or in Hell.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I think there is something else going on today, that especially involves both Obumbler and Nancypants.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Someone finally told him about Halbig? He is choking the life out of her?

katy the mean old lady on July 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

MSNBC turns my stomach. Since I can’t watch MSNBC, I appreciate the highlights being posted here.

Was this really the most interesting thing that Nancy had to say? What a bunch of bores.

Deafdog on July 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Commander Zero, semi-almost angry half-black dood.
Wait until he reads about it in the paper.
Derp

Closet Optimist on July 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I trust Nancy Pelosi because her genuine smile puts me at ease. /sarc

boivinator on July 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Crap,…thats Photo,..and nots (Phoyo)!

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The Golfer in Chief is going to be really mad when he reads about this in the newspaper next week.

NOMOBO on July 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Putin is the luckiest bastard on Earth.

He rules in the age of obama.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

He only gets mad after he sees it in the news.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

“Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.”

Which, of course, explains the COMPLETE LACK OF SUCCESS that has dogged Samuel L. Jackson, Ice-T, 90% of the NFL and 95% of hip-hop artists out there.

ExUrbanKevin on July 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Barry’s problem is that he doesn’t show sympathy either. Have we ever seen him show sympathy for disaster victims, or families of fallen soldiers, or other misfortunes as President George W. Bush often did?

Not the slightest bit, -he seems to be a dead fish emotionally. It makes me wonder about those horrific scars on the back of his head and what might have happened to his brain so many years ago.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Pelosi needs to spend more time in SF monitoring the crazies.

Obamatrix on July 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Looks like the court has disappointed King Barky the Incompetent again. When will we be worthy of a god-king like Obama?

jukin3 on July 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

OT – Reported on Outnumered (FOX News)
Militia group moved in next door to the Benghazi consulate in 2011, year before attack. DC was told. Nothing was done.

“Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi,…” – Pelosi

31giddyup on July 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM

So Nancy is advocating the OWS approach??

Go Sh*t on a police car Nan.

What a F*cking idiot. THIS is the people who “represent” us??

ToddPA on July 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

“Many white Americans don’t like angry black men.”

And most of them vote Democrat, the historic party of hating black men!

dominigan on July 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM

“No one is more upset than me about my nonchalant response to these recent crises. I first learned about my lack of emotion about them when I read about it in the paper.”

GreenBlade on July 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM

“Mr Barnicle” queried Nanners Pelosi?
Who’s his cohost? Patrick Starfish, with SpongeBob doing weather?

You’ll have to excuse my ignorance, but I never watch MSNBC even by accident.

orangemtl on July 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The psychopath shows a superficially adequate adjustment. He is not anxious or distressed…He shows no blatant irrational thinking and displays no bizarre behaviors. His initial charm and verbal ability distract attention from his deviant and unfeeling behaviors.
Rimm and Somerville

and

The most important feature of the psychopath is his monumental irresponsibility. He knows what the ethical rules are, at least he can repeat them, parrotlike, but they are devoid of meaning to him…
No one wears the mask of normality in so convincing a fashion. He is strikingly cool and sure of himself in situations where others would tremble with sweat and fear….He retains superhuman composure.

Paul J. Stern, the Abnormal Person and His World

Just sayin’

Yankee Doodle on July 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

“His activities, his decisions, the results of his actions are what undermines his leadership, not my statement. My statements are just a statement of fact.” This is what Nancy Pelosi said of George Bush regarding Iraq.

Aren’t these the same issues that conservatives have with Obama? I guess Pelosi still doesn’t understand the power of the internet. Maybe she can meet up with the guy who “invented” the internet – Al Gore – for a crash course.

djaymick on July 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

“If that’s the impression people have, then communication has to be stepped up,” she conceded

…she needs to be the White House press secretary!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

More likely, Obysmal is not engaged, much less angry, because he is not running the show. He is merely a figurehead for the powers behind the throne.

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2014 at 2:58 PM

The Pelosi-teeth-on-parade grimace-like smile surely is playing havoc with her facelift stitches.

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I can’t read this article, but I can comment from the title.
Angry enough? ANGRY ENOUGH? All he has to do – all anyone has to do – is follow the Constitution. No emotions should ever govern.

Woody

woodcdi on July 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

“Communication has to be stepped up”

Yeah, right. Hey Nancy. Say a few words into the hand. Yeah, the one down there.

chuckh on July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Dear Citizens of San Francisco,
Will you please consider what you are doing the next time you vote for your federal representative you send to the House? Please?
Consider the fact that it taints the understanding the rest of the country has of you and your intellegence and faculties of reason. Really, it does.

Vote for anyone who doesn’t say:
“We have to pass the Bill to know what’s in the Bill.”
Pretty please?

Missilengr on July 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM