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Obama bored by debate prep; calls it a ‘drag’

posted at 10:56 am on October 2, 2012 by

Poor Barack Obama, cooped up indoors and forced to do his “homework” while outside are the trappings of an upscale Las Vegas retreat that looks like a cross between Florence and Pebble Beach. (It’s the Pebble Beach part that obviously prompts the most feet shuffling and whimpering on the part of the commander in chief: all those lush fairways and manicured greens out there and him stuck in here without a golf club anywhere near his hand.)

“They’re making me do my homework,” he groused to a political volunteer during a break from the rigors of preparing for his debate with GOP challenger Mitt on Wednesday, CBS News reports. “They’re keeping me indoors all the time,” he complained, adding, “it’s a drag.”

So laid back and nonchalant is the president that he is not even sure how many days remain until the election. He told campaign volunteers there were 34, only to have them correct him, pointing out that there are 36. “Whatever it is,” he replied, “it’s really coming up quick” and it’s going to be “be close all across the country.”

But his words and actions say otherwise. They betray the conduct of a man who believes that the polls, which currently have him leading nationally and in every battleground state, are carved in stone rather than a snapshot of a frozen moment. They suggest that he sees himself cruising to a victory in November.

The more important question is why his campaign brought the press in to cover him “playing hooky” from his debate prep responsibilities to visit a local campaign office, pizzas in tow. Why show him channeling, or more likely pretending to channel, a petulant school child? The CBS article even carries a well-publicized photo of him appearing to heave a sigh and looking soooo bored as he contemplates the screen of his smart phone (which presumably displays a game of Angry Birds).

The reason is the same one that prompted his communications office to share an official White House image of him apparently playing “show” displaying a mouthful of half-masticated food) with children on the campaign trail. It is to “humanize” the president in the eyes of those who see him as a stuffed shirt with a massive ego and thin skin. It is not to earn their vote. He will get plenty of those from the masses who for whatever reason still adore him. Rather it is to convince those who find his peculiar combination of personality traits as grating a fingernails on a blackboard that he is a lovable guy.

If that is his motivation, he can take to the bank the fact it ain’t gonna happen.

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But his words and actions say otherwise. They betray the conduct of a man who believes that the polls, which currently have him leading nationally and in every battleground state, are carved in stone rather than a snapshot of a frozen moment. They suggest that he sees himself cruising to a victory in November.

“How could Romney possibly defeat me in all my radiance?”
/God-king Preezy

Bitter Clinger on October 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

bho thinks he is the smartest person in the US and doesn’t think he needs to do his ‘homework’ to know what’s going on in the US? I will not usually watch or listen to bho, but we ae going to watch Mitt take bho to the woodshed tomorrow!

We will probably have to ‘drag’ bho/mo out of Our House in Jan. 2013? They will not go away happy campers, IMO!
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letget on October 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“They’re making me memorize all the answers to the pre-approved questions.”

mrt721 on October 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

This little side trip to his adoring fanbois and fangirls is to boost up his ego since his debate prep is probably not going so well.

And as most parents know, “boring” is a code word for “too hard” or “I don’t want to”.

Mitsouko on October 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Spot on mrt

cmsinaz on October 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

“They’re making me do my homework,” he groused to a political volunteer during a break from the rigors of preparing for his debate with GOP challenger Mitt on Wednesday, CBS News reports. “They’re keeping me indoors all the time,” he complained, adding, “it’s a drag.”

Which is all fine and well if you don’t like doing debate prep. But it’s the same attitude he has towards security briefings, which get our ambassadors killed.

rbj on October 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

But his words and actions say otherwise. They betray the conduct of a man who believes that the polls, which currently have him leading nationally and in every battleground state, are carved in stone rather than a snapshot of a frozen moment. They suggest that he sees himself cruising to a victory in November.

What does one expect from a narcissist who has spent his entire life surrounded by yes men.

CurtZHP on October 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Do we know with validity that Obama doesn’t have an advanced copy of questions to be asked Tomorrow night during the debate? It would not surprise me to find out that his buddies in the media have supplied him with that knowledge.

God speed, Mr Romney. My prayers are with you.

FastTalker on October 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM

It’s such a drag getting ready for work in the morning …
It’s such a drag being hungry all day at school …
It’s such a drag still job hunting after 2 years …
It’s such a drag being stuck inside this fabulous Las Vegas resort …

stukinIL4now on October 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

*cough*

6:57PM GMT 03 Feb 2010
Speaking about the economy at an event in New Hampshire, Mr Obama told Americans: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts.

“You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritise. You make tough choices.”

Valkyriepundit on October 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

The other thing Obama is confident of, besides his own debating abilities (you know Axelrod had to force him to make that statement about Romney being the better debater), is that even if he stumbles to the point where he’s sticking his finger in front of his mouth and making that “bebabebabebabebabeba” sound like stunned characters in an old Warner Brothers cartoon, the media is still going to be on his side, spinning the story either as:

1.) Obama won the debate outright, or;

2.) That awful Mr. Romney said something scurrilous during the debate which completely invalidates any points he made on the economy and all but disqualifies him as not just a candidate for president, but as a human being as well (and if any good numbers come out of Friday’s unemployment report, any points Mitt scored in Wednesday’s debate will also then be declared invalid, because we’re obviously on the cusp of the biggest economic boom in American history).

jon1979 on October 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I honestly think in his heart of hearts he wants to be in that posh compound in Hawaii… able to blame everything on the raaaaacism of the American people, taking in ridiculous amounts of $ from people silly enough to want to hear him speak and be as laconic and lazy as he wants to be.

Sarjex on October 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Well, they are making him spend time with John Kerry as Mitt Romney.

BKennedy on October 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Sarjex on October 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

And running the official ‘government in exile’ continually taking shots at the Romney administration. Just think, 2 hours of golf every day and 2 minutes of running down Romney with some worshipful reporter. What a life…

Marcola on October 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Don’t let this fool you. This is just another spoke in the “lowering expectations for Obama in the debate” wheel. He’ll be prepped, rested, and ready for tomorrow night.

JimLennon on October 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

people with NPD can be quite charming, even seductive, when circumstances dictate that behaving so in line with their objectives- getting what they want from people .what they are actually being is manipulative.

but then even serial killers can be charming and appear quite attractive. and their mommies all think they are good boys.

here barry is merely being petulant-like a spoiled child. that his handlers and his supporters do not see it fit to expect more from a president or presidential candidate is what is most disturbing… and what makes re-electing him most dangerous.

mittens on October 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

On the issue of ‘drag’ it seems dear joe is out again with his helping out bho get re-elected? Keep dear joe, carney, dws, and cutter, they are jewels helping us!

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-middle-class-has-buried-last-four-years_653395.html
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letget on October 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

JimLennon on October 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That is the quandry, isn’t it?

Is this psy-ops or just the truth? Thinking back on all the times we thought ‘he couldn’t possibly be that stupid’, I’d say that less than 3 days of prep is all he thinks he needs or wants.

Mitsouko on October 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

frankly obama is bored with work period
it shows in the economy
bengazhi
why go on

you get it

losarkos on October 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“They’re keeping me indoors all the time,” he complained, adding, “it’s a drag.”

You know everything coming out of this empty chair’s mouth is a lie so he’s probably up all night gambling our money away and eating everything in sight since the Mooch isn’t around.

Kissmygrits on October 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Been a long time since I agreed w/ every single comment on a thread but this one’s been very enjoyable. But esp this one:

I honestly think in his heart of hearts he wants to be in that posh compound in Hawaii… able to blame everything on the raaaaacism of the American people, taking in ridiculous amounts of $ from people silly enough to want to hear him speak and be as laconic and lazy as he wants to be.

Sarjex on October 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Yep yep.

And just cause no one’s said it yet:

WHAT AN A**HOLE

Eviva on October 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

47%.

plewis on October 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM