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July 31, 2013 - 11:02 am

Peggy Noonan says that Barack Obama has gotten to the great voter tune-out faster than most second-term presidents. Talking too much and delivering too little will do that.

Mickey Kaus says that Obama’s new economic push reveals four, possibly five, disconnects between what he says and what he actually does. There has always been a question of whether Barack Obama actually means many of the things that he says. He called Bush-era debt “unpatriotic,” only to pile up far more of it. He described Afghanistan as the real center of the war on terrorism, but is planning to abandon it next year without taking any care to see that war actually won. He decried holding captured terrorists without trial at Gitmo, but his grand solution has been to just kill them and everyone around them with flying robots.

It’s fair to say that President Obama’s second term is off to a lousy start. He opened 2013 campaigning for gun control. After mounting a massive public campaign he failed legislatively everywhere but a couple of states, while his activism prodded gun and ammo sales into the stratosphere. Until just a couple of weeks ago, both firearms and ammo were scarce and the much maligned AR-15 rifle was so difficult to come by that prices on those that did hit the market doubled or even tripled. Obama the gun controller became the gun industry’s Salesman of the Decade. A consequence of his anti-gun activism is that a whole lot more Americans now own guns than did just half a year ago. There are probably thousands more ammunition stockpiles in homes around the country now, too.

After that failure, he pivoted to immigration and supported the Rubio-Schumer bill. That passed the Senate but has stalled in the House, and despite the noises about it occasionally coming from House GOP leadership, it isn’t likely to pass in the form Obama wants.

That failure has been followed by Obama delaying Obamacare because it isn’t working, and pivoting for the 19th time to the economy. The economy isn’t doing better than when he was first elected and his own signature law, Obamacare, and his war on energy have a lot to do with that. If you wage war on the lifeblood of the economy, you hurt the economy. If you introduce uncertainty and unfunded mandates onto the backs of business, you get less hiring. In his stump speeches, he accuses Washington of engaging in “phony” scandals, including two with body counts and one involving using the IRS as a political weapon, and of taking its “eye off the ball” of the economy and jobs.

But what has Obama himself been doing throughout 2013? Pushing gun control, and then pushing an immigration bill, and failing at both, in between vacations and rounds of golf. Whose eye is off the ball here?

As the failures have piled up and the economic data isn’t getting any better, a frustrated Obama now critiques the system he leads as if he’s just a bystander and threatens to just bypass Congress to exert his will. Neither of those amounts to anything close to leadership, making deals, and compromising. His rhetoric in fact makes compromises all but impossible, because he resorts to accusing Republicans of various evils rather than acknowledging that they have real, legitimate points.

He mounts campaigns. They fail. He gives empty speeches that no one outside his hand-picked puppet shows believes. He beats up on the system that he’s been elected to and is supposed to lead, but can’t. When the system goes awry, which is the most charitable view of the IRS scandal available, he fake-fires people and calls it a day. Or, in the case of Benghazi, he just pretends that he doesn’t have to explain his actions that night, and acts like he isn’t the commander-in-chief.

Barack Obama is admitting in all this that he just can’t do the job of president and he doesn’t really want to anymore. Not in the system we have, anyway. So he’ll be a mouthy dictator and endlessly unhappy critic for three more years, and the Democrats and the media will go on pretending that he’s a god-king.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Kind of OT but I gotta say it. I think Sarah Palin would have been the perfect dragon slayer, so to speak. Obama is untouchable primarily because of - let's be blunt - his race. In that sense he's like Tolkien's Witch King of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgul, who cannot be vanquished by the hand of man. Except that he meets Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of the Rohirrim, on the field of battle and ends up shrieking into oblivion in a wisp of smoke.
Forgive my indulging in Tolkein. I think his work is filled with wisdom. Anyways, I think Sarah would have been Eowyn and spared us this evil.
I wonder, does that make McCain Grima Wormtongue? Hmmmmm?
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Running one's mouth is not running the country.

He's not even qualified to be the spell checker at the M&M factory.
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Yeah, but Sarah Palin was the inexperienced one, remember? We had to avoid the peril of an inexperienced VP, remember? Apparently she was a far greater threat to the Republic than a former State legislator whose primary resume qualification was Community Organizer. And 52% of those who are no longer my fellow citizens agreed. Proving my theory that they are nothing more than trained circus animals.
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Yes, most people are getting rather tired of listening to Obama tell us about his seventeen or eighteen "number-one priority" issues, then going off to play golf.
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The Unicorn Prince is a pathological blame-shifter. He's like the kid in the infamous AFV prizewinning video, denying to his mother that he ate the cake, even as he keeps eating the cake in front of her.
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Obama is just the symptom, it's the whole of DC that's rotted from the head.
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" a frustrated Obama now critiques the system "

No, he criticizes it. There is a huge difference, Mr. Preston.
37 weeks ago
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Read the linked article.
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Ah, but think of what a boon this lackadaisical failure of an Obama will be to the Hillary in '16 campaign. The bumper sticker: I'm Not Obama!
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Excellent piece. It’s gotten to the point where saying something good about O makes one sound like O on the stump.
37 weeks ago
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Obama will run against Bush to the last day of his second term. And get away with it. Partly because much of our population is as debased as Obama. But mainly because the GOP will not call him the total scandal that he is. The GOP, by failing to directly and openly oppose Obama and call him a disgrace ENABLES more of the same. We don't have an opposition party, we have a quivering covey of cowards. Obama is what he is: a knave. Unopposed a knave will eviscerate his host, in this case America. So don't blame Obama for doing what comes natural. Put the blame where it belongs, on a spineless GOP.
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I've believed for nearly five years that Obama realizes way down deep, that he was unqualified and is still unqualified. He's had one year's worth of experience four and-a-half times. In my opinion, his enormous, well fed ego and highly developed superiority complex will not allow him to give in to his inner self and resign. Plus, he and his family truly enjoy the perks that taxpayers provide, while talks a lot and accomplishes little. He is going to be with us, for bad, or worse, for another three and-a-half years, like it or not.
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"...Barack Obama is admitting in all this that he just can’t do the job of president and he doesn’t really want to anymore..."

This shouldn't be very surprising since the sum total of his previous life experience has been nothing more demanding than showing up and being praised for his, um, diversityness.
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Disdaining every aspect of America that ever was isn't exactly Presidential stuff.
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