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baja
08-22-2014, 09:10 AM
WASHINGTON — Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said.

When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political scene, unearthly and apart.

He began “Dreams From My Father” with a description of his time living on the Upper East Side while he was a student at Columbia, savoring his lone-wolf existence. He was, he wrote, “prone to see other people as unnecessary distractions.” When neighbors began to “cross the border into familiarity, I would soon find reason to excuse myself. I had grown too comfortable in my solitude, the safest place I knew.”



Op-Talk: Readers Respond: Alone Again, NaturallyAUG. 21, 2014
His only “kindred spirit” was a silent old man who lived alone in the apartment next door. Obama carried groceries for him but never asked his name. When the old man died, Obama briefly regretted not knowing his name, then swiftly regretted his regret.

But what started as an affectation has turned into an affliction.

A front-page article in The Times by Carl Hulse, Jeremy Peters and Michael Shear chronicled how the president’s disdain for politics has alienated many of his most stalwart Democratic supporters on Capitol Hill.

His bored-bird-in-a-gilded-cage attitude, the article said, “has left him with few loyalists to effectively manage the issues erupting abroad and at home and could imperil his efforts to leave a legacy in his final stretch in office.”

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, an early Obama backer, noted that “for him, eating his spinach is schmoozing with elected officials.”

First the president couldn’t work with Republicans because they were too obdurate. Then he tried to chase down reporters with subpoenas. Now he finds members of his own party an unnecessary distraction.

His circle keeps getting more inner. He golfs with aides and jocks, and he spent his one evening back in Washington from Martha’s Vineyard at a nearly five-hour dinner at the home of a nutritional adviser and former White House assistant chef, Sam Kass.

The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.

The extraordinary candidate turns out to be the most ordinary of men, frittering away precious time on the links. Unlike L.B.J., who devoured problems as though he were being chased by demons, Obama’s main galvanizing impulse was to get himself elected.

Almost everything else — from an all-out push on gun control after the Newtown massacre to going to see firsthand the Hispanic children thronging at the border to using his special status to defuse racial tensions in Ferguson — just seems like too much trouble.

The 2004 speech that vaulted Obama into the White House soon after he breezed into town turned out to be wrong. He misdescribed the country he wanted to lead. There is a liberal America and a conservative America. And the red-blue divide has only gotten worse in the last six years.

The man whose singular qualification was as a uniter turns out to be singularly unequipped to operate in a polarized environment.

His boosters argue that we spurned his gift of healing, so healing is the one thing that must not be expected of him. We ingrates won’t let him be the redeemer he could have been.









http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/opinion/maureen-dowd-alone-again-naturally.html

Rohirrim
08-22-2014, 09:31 AM
Yep. All agree. Obama sucks. Now, what do we do?

Of course, you have to take this with a grain of salt. After all, Dowd did more than any other single journalist I can name to get Dubya elected.

baja
08-22-2014, 09:34 AM
Yep. All agree. Obama sucks. Now, what do we do?

Of course, you have to take this with a grain of salt. After all, Dowd did more than any other single journalist I can name to get Dubya elected.

I;m for impeaching him and working to restore the balance of power in the federal government

barryr
08-22-2014, 07:48 PM
Turned out there was nothing special about Obama, but some of us knew that before 2008.

Requiem
08-22-2014, 08:00 PM
Turned out there was nothing special about Obama, but some of us knew that before 2008.

They said the same thing about you the day you were (unfortunately) born.

ghwk
08-22-2014, 08:16 PM
Turned out there was nothing special about Obama, but some of us knew that before 2008.

Yeah unfortunately there was something a whole lot less special about McCain/Palin or any other Republican candidate. That's why Obama got elected. Twice. See how that works?

Guess Who
08-22-2014, 10:13 PM
I will say that Obama is a better man than President. When he came to office he wasn't a politician. He was raw and I don't think he understood what he was getting in for. Of course the moment you are elected and the opposition leader says their main goal is to make you a one term President well, that makes it even more difficult.

Hillary is much more prepared. That being said some people don't like her politics and think she is too conservative and that maybe true but you cannot argue that she is not well qualified. In fact she is probably the most qualified person to ever run for President.

Guess Who
08-22-2014, 10:15 PM
They said the same thing about you the day you were (unfortunately) born.

lol... to be fair there was nothing special about John McCain or Mitt Romney either... and of course we all knew that the moment they started their campaigns.

Requiem
08-22-2014, 10:15 PM
Yeah unfortunately there was something a whole lot less special about McCain/Palin or any other Republican candidate. That's why Obama got elected. Twice. See how that works?


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cutthemdown
08-23-2014, 01:47 AM
I will say that Obama is a better man than President. When he came to office he wasn't a politician. He was raw and I don't think he understood what he was getting in for. Of course the moment you are elected and the opposition leader says their main goal is to make you a one term President well, that makes it even more difficult.

Hillary is much more prepared. That being said some people don't like her politics and think she is too conservative and that maybe true but you cannot argue that she is not well qualified. In fact she is probably the most qualified person to ever run for President.

She was sort of a lame Secretary Of State. How does that qualify her? Because she was a crappy Senator then a crappy SOS?

baja
08-23-2014, 01:49 AM
She was sort of a lame Secretary Of State. How does that qualify her? Because she was a crappy Senator then a crappy SOS?

Benghazi

L.A. BRONCOS FAN
08-23-2014, 04:02 AM
Did I miss something?

Did Baja lose some kind of bet, or did his account get hacked?

pricejj
08-23-2014, 10:56 AM
Hillary Clinton is an incompetent war-mongering Socialist, just like Obama.

baja
08-23-2014, 11:15 AM
Did I miss something?

Did Baja lose some kind of bet, or did his account get hacked?

I never trusted Hilary, I think she is evil. She could well be the next president. She will win because she is a women. We tried the black guy and that didn't work so it's time to try a women, lets not concern ourselves with qualifications. The American voting public is stupid beyond repair.

L.A. BRONCOS FAN
08-23-2014, 11:19 AM
I never trusted Hilary, I think she is evil. She could well be the next president. She will win because she is a women. We tried the black guy and that didn't work so it's time to try a women, lets not concern ourselves with qualifications. The American voting public is stupid beyond repair.

No argument there.

They are all bought and paid for.