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Obama promises Dems he’ll . . . keep campaigning!

posted at 8:58 am on January 15, 2010 by

President Barack Obama dropped down from whatever planet he lives on to say this to congressional Democrats yesterday:

Believe me, I know how big a lift this has been. I see the polls. I know everybody in the media is all in a tizzy — oh, what is this going to mean politically? — well, let me tell you something. If Republicans want to campaign against what we have done by standing up for the status quo and for insurance companies over American families and businesses, that is a fight I want to have. . . . I’ll be out there waging a great campaign from one end of the country to the other, telling Americans with insurance or without insurance what they stand to gain.

It’s worse on the video, which clearly shows Obama in full campaign-mode. He can’t muster this kind of enthusiasm in response to an attempted terrorist attack but when it comes to ramming repellent legislation down the throats of protesting Americans, he’s champing at the bit. Bring it on!

Jay Cost was right when he said there was no mystery about the real Barack Obama: he’s just another politician. But even so, it’s not that simple. Cost, like so many other analysts over the past couple of years, ends with a question we still can’t answer: does Obama believe his own rhetoric?

This strategy was either cynical or arrogant, depending upon whether the President really thought he could do all these amazing things. Let’s hope he didn’t. Let’s hope he was being cynical, for at least it would suggest the President’s sense of himself is not wildly out of proportion to reality. [. . .]

But if this President is so vainglorious as to believe his campaign’s claims about his greatness, we have reason to worry. With problem piling up on top of problem, the last thing we need is a leader so hopelessly enamored of himself that he actually presumes to be the next Lincoln. [Read the rest.]

Some believe his “vaingloriousness” does in fact block his view of reality. His promise to feverishly campaign for Obamacare makes one wonder anew. The speeches and rallies lost their magic somewhere back in March. And American opposition to ramped-up government involvement in our health care system has only increased and hardened. Does he really believe he can make a dent in that now, with nothing but his charisma?


A year ago we were in the midst of the Obama interregnum, the post-election pre-inauguration period when the market for Obama-gear was booming and Hope and Change could still be uttered by some without irony. Obama was the star and the sky was the limit. That was then.

Charles Krauthammer notes that “the magic always wears off.” Doesn’t Obama know that?

Follow-up: Obama will work his magic for Martha Coakley on Sunday.

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Does he really believe he can make a dent in that now, with nothing but his charisma?

Yes he does, and we’ve seen it time and time again throughout his first year in office. I wonder how many defeats it will take for him to get the message. On the other hand, in Obama’s defense, his charisma is all he’s got. There’s no other play to run.

jwolf on January 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

True.

I wish I had called this “The last to know.”

Pundette on January 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

If Obama truly does believe all of the hype, it’s partially mitigated by him having been given everything in his political career on a silver spoon by liberal Democrats, in hopes that one day he’d rise high enough to implement their ideas while using his race as a trump card to thwart any attempts to block those ideas.

So while he might actually believe he can make the oceans rise and fall and can sway the minds of billions merely through the idea that his ascension to the presidency is the final step in human evolution, he has not clue one on how to pull the trigger on people who aren’t his supposed enemies as spelled out by standard leftist dogma. An Obama rebuffed at the polls this November might lash out against conservative Republicans, because he’s been trained all his life to do that, but he doesn’t have the stomach to lash out at people within his own party who criticize him, or so far, any foreign leader(s) who still don’t seem to be playing along, even though George W. Bush has been out of office for 360 days.

We’ll see if Obama’s capable of adjusting if the GOP wins the House and/or Senate in November, or if he’s so tied to his ego and ideology that he doubles down and instead of moving to the middle, opts to spite both Republicans and the voters be moving to the left to deliberately rebuff the Clinton/Morris triangulation strategy (on the other hand, should the Dems still maintain a small majority in both houses, Obama could be screwed both ways, since even if he checks his ego at the White House gate, he’d face the task of attempting to triangulate against Nancy Pelosi and whomever ends up as the Majority Leader).

jon1979 on January 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

The thrill is gone, baby.

Robert17 on January 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM

He of 39% reelect numbers is here to help you out.

The moo fell off the moo-siah long ago.

tarpon on January 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I would say that more and more he looks like a one-trick pony. He really cant lead, just campaign – for himself. Compare this vid to the Coakley vid.

EliTheBean on January 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

President Barack Obama dropped down from whatever planet he lives on…

Pundette, I’ve started reading your blog during the past month or so (after trying the link from here at hotair) and I like your style. That opening line for this thread is perfect!

jwolf on January 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I can’t see how he believes his own rhetoric unless he’s truly insane or has an IQ smaller than his shoe size. A sane or intelligent man can’t possibly believe this is about standing up for insurance companies and their outrageous 2-3% profits.

Daggett on January 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM

He is a narcissist. narcissist never see their faults or accept that they exist. It is ALWAYS someone else fault for their problems, their failures, and unpopuairity. They see success where none exist. They surround themselves with people who will agree with them; who see them as the center of the universe.

Has Obama not always found a failure as someone elses fault? Is their anyone around him that disagrees with him on anything, aside from Biden’s usual mis-statements? Has he ever admited he was wrong on anything? Does he usually wait until he knows which way the wind is blowing before he says anything and even when he didn’t, admit that he was wrong? Have we actually seen him doing anything that he did not have others do in his place, and succeed? Have we seen him encourge or accept questions form anyone that has not been set up to aske the question, for which he has had someone prepare an answer? Have we ever seen him give a speech without a teleprompter that you could not write on 3X5 index card, or rambled from one phrase to another?

He is a narcissist and one with a serious personality disorder that insures he will never see the truth of his own lack of ability.

Franklyn on January 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Thanks for the great comments.
jwolf, thanks for your kind words.

Pundette on January 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Great writing!
1) YES, he believes his own words.
2) When has he ever NOT campaigned?
3) You want me to bring it? K. Where and when?
4) What are YOU bringing, ditherer? A bunch of old hippie peaceniks? Um, I think I’ll win.

Yellowdog12 on January 15, 2010 at 10:51 PM