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Ed Driscoll

The Cut and Paste President

July 17th, 2014 - 1:59 pm

“Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. by casually devoting mere moments to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner on Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware, and then launching into jokes and his prepared remarks on the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure,” the London Daily Mail reports:

Twenty-three Americans are feared dead after the jetliner crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Obama declared that ‘it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy, but not before enthusiastically declaring that ‘it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.’

‘Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.’

‘And I’ve directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian governemnt. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home.

Obama quickly returned to his prepared remarks.

‘I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction’ he said. ‘Give Jeremie a big round of applause.’

‘It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. We’ve got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.’

Obama also acknowledged the presence of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with a joke.

‘Jack Lew’s signature is actually on your money,’ he said, ‘although it’s kind of illegible. We teased him when he first became treasury secretary that he was going to have to fix his signature a little bit because it looked just like a caterpillar running along the bottom.’

From there he launched into a 16-minute speech about transportation projects he wants Republicans to fund, complaining bitterly about their objections to his end-runs around the federal legislature.

See, that’s the problem when the president is utterly dependent on his speech writers and teleprompter programmer that he’ll relentlessly stick to the script on such a grim news day, one in which 23 Americans were reported killed.

Meanwhile, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also ignoring the disaster in the Ukraine while “briefing” the press today, Allahpundit speculates that goal by Mr. Obama and Psaki is to make the White House appear as if “They’re in control of the narrative, not the media — or at least they want to be. In reality, [Fox's Sheppard Smith] and Jennifer Griffin are laughing at them and going back to covering the crash. Baffling, but this is where we are with two and a half years to go.”

How bad was Mr. Obama’s performance today? So awful that even Obama groupie Piers Morgan can figure it out:

Update: Jim Geraghty adds, “Some Days, It Feels Like We Don’t Have a President:”

This is the president who didn’t address the country for three days after the attempted bombing of an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, who gave a “shout-out” to an audience member moments before his first comments on the Fort Hood shooting, and who attended a campaign rally on September 12, 2012, when most Americans awoke to the news of the murder of four Americans in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.

I understand the Obama White House never wants to look like they’re overreacting. They behave as if it’s impossible to underreact.

Note the empty chair in the photo at the bottom of Jim’s post.

Flashback: In sharp contrast to all of the above, “This is how an American president should address Russian aggression.”

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That's our Resident. Both stupid and tactless. Can't put a sentence together without a teleprompter.
Only a total sociopath could be so completely without any clue how to behave in such a circumstance.
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This is one of those days where you just sit back and watch the world fall apart.

The President has no more inclination to do anything about it than you or I have the power to do anything about it.
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"Before I get back to me, some words on some tragedy I saw in the news..."
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Driscoll is right. Ever since 2008 when Obama was the first President, ever, to use a teleprompter for his stump speech, it has been clear his campaign staff does not trust him to speak extemporaneously. It is a sign of lack of clarity of mind on the part of Obama.
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More dead Americans, well what ya gonna do? Am I right? Too Soon?
Don't forget to tip the wait staff, try the veal, I'm here all week. Drive safe.
But seriously, let's talk about me.
--Obama in Delaware
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When the little green men arrive from the Outer Limits and demand us to "Take me to your Leader" where do we take them? "We'll get back to you on that one, Greenie! Check back in about two and half years."
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When they are all white, Republican conservatives opposed to [Obama's] stewardship of this nation. This POTUS intends to do us [The USA] severe harm in the waning days of his presidency. The mask is now slipping and soon the monster will be revealed for all to see.

After the 2014 November election concludes, off come 'velvet' gloves as Holder andObama struggle to finish their scheme of destroying the USA.
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Just watching his "pResidential news conference" on television. Spent as much time giving "a big shout-out" to the AIDS workers on their way to a conference (to make the world a safer place for him and his butt-buddies from Man's World in Chicago) as he did on any other aspect of this situation! Priorities, priorities, gotta keep the gay agenda front and center no matter what!
He says that all the protagonists in that part of the world need to just lay down all their weapons (because HE says so). Is this fool EVER going to realize that he is irrelevant to the rest of the world.
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I think the POTUS is suffering from excessive ' transference ' syndrome.
He has a constant routine of avoiding responsibility and ownership of outcomes and while blaming others for his failures or shortcomings.

Whenever he is confronted with a challenging task, a high stress situation or a social event where critics might confront him with their critiques he shies away and seeks a friendly social environment where he can be the 'LEADER' and experience the joy of his followers worship and adulation.

I think the narcissist in his personalty is having increasing troubles reconciling his own self-image with the public's focused and damming view of his under-performance. I suspect that his poor behavior and his obstructive actions will increase in their frequency of occurrence as well as in their intensity of application and their lethality of outcome.

America is about to experience what happens when a supreme egoist learns that the role of POTUS is not about the office -holder but it is about the nation.

A year from Democrats may be joining their Republican rivals in calling for Obama's ouster via impeachment. Of course he still has his hand on the red button......
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Yeah, I don't know why he would not just irresponsible repeat rumors and speculation. For instance there is no evidence that 23 Americans died in the crash, but that does not stop you from repeating that. Why would Obama not just make a speech about something that was still being investigated.
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Maybe you're right. Perhaps the President learned some from his mishandling of the Benghazi incident.

Nah...
22 weeks ago
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Krystall Ball from MSNBC filled him in.
22 weeks ago
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Clint Eastwood was correct. The presidency today is just an empty chair.
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More and more it looks like Clint Eastwood had it exactly right!
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He doesn't like us. Never has. Gave us a chance to adore him and we blew it.

So there, Amerikkka.
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