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June 6, 2014 - 5:56 am

Obama-Tired

Matthew Continetti reports on a recent dinner President Barack Obama enjoyed in Italy, keeping his hosts up damn near all night because he wouldn’t quit talking:

The next morning, during a briefing, the president—whose office holds a burden of responsibility matched only by its power—regretted that his job involved duties other than pretentious conversation with extremely wealthy famous people. “One aide paraphrased Obama’s response: ‘Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we’re back to the minuscule things of politics.” You know, minuscule things like the maskirovka invasion of Ukraine, the implementation of Obamacare, scandals at the IRS and Department of Veterans Affairs, negotiations with Syria and Iran, withdrawal from Afghanistan. These subjects are far too small and mundane for our president. He prefers contemplative and thoughtful and nuanced symposia on philosophy, quantum mechanics, and how best to spend inheritances—all accompanied by Tuscan wine.

According to Politico, Obama’s Italian dinner party illustrates the paradox of his second term. “Stymied at home and abroad, Obama recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency,” write Budoff Brown and Epstein. “Yet his newfound realism has also given him a palpable sense of liberation.” I find nothing paradoxical about Obama’s recent pattern of behavior, nothing mysterious about the golfing, partying, traveling. It is quite obvious: Obama has given up.

It must be very frustrating.

Put yourself in Obama’s shoes. All your life you’ve gotten ahead without ever having to do very much, with doors opened for you because of your race, or your eloquence, and because of your willingness to allow others to do some very dirty electioneering on your behalf. Your first two years as president, thanks to supermajorities in both houses, are a simple exercise in doing pretty much whatever the hell you want to this country you don’t much like. But then came the GOP House and foreign leaders who have had enough time to figure you out, and suddenly you find yourself stymied at every turn, and giving a nice speech or getting some opponent’s divorce records unsealed is no longer enough to get you what you want.

Being president, some internet jerk once said, is hard.

It’s enough to make you wonder if Obama went to such damaging lengths to rescue Bowe Bergdahl because he feels protective of the young soldier who managed so completely to ditch his duties.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.
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A failed term as Secretary General of the UN.
7 weeks ago
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The Golfing Guru...much like his Woodstock Cabinet, when you examine them closely...what have they accomplished?

Clinton and her fans can't name a thing.
Kerry keeps blowing his own horn, but the reaction outside the Empire is abject ridicule and disdain.

President Three Putts (you can call him Putts for short...and spell that any way you like) can't submit a serious budget that garners a single serious vote, can't draw a red line, can't launch a website, can't attend briefings, can't show up during a crisis, can't manage a campaign promise and can't bowl, throw or lift.

Obama, Clinton and Kerry are the cult of personality bobble head dolls. Hagel, Biden, Holder miniatures of the same empty suits. They achieved title by willingness to sell the multilevel marketing scheme of Woodstock Jihad. Nothing more.

The grunt work is done by minions and lackeys and obedient little plebes. Without much supervision or oversight or engagement by the celebrity class bobble heads. They fly around the world having "meetings" and giving press conferences and ponderous, pontificating speeches.

But they get nothing done. They boss people around, make up excuses and alibis for consistent, crushing, humiliating failures...and then hide. They refuse to be questioned. Their failures they say don't make any difference now.

Woodstock is a party after all. Nothing more.

And the mess left in its aftermath will take a monumental effort to clean up.
7 weeks ago
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Yep. Before becoming President, Obama never held a job where he had to do more than look for his next job. Where does he go from here, a failing presidency?
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I reckon his next job will be either Sec Gen of the UN like others have suggested or International Olympic Committee Pres...another royalty-lite position where he gets to give away goodies bought with other peoples' money.
7 weeks ago
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Don't you have to start doing something in order to stop?
If he handed in time sheets with his activities all filled out, he would appear to be a wealthy ne'er do well playboy without any real job or purpose in life.
I wonder how black people feel about having their first president reinforce the lazy and shiftless meme.
7 weeks ago
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Currently, the UN charter prohibits any citizen of a country that is a permanent member of the Security Council from being Secretary-General. Which means that Obama could always come out and admit he was really born in Kenya and I'm sure those UN commies would be glad to have him.
7 weeks ago
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I would not have been surprised in 2012 if he had dropped out of reelection. I think it was ego that pushed him into a campaign to keep an office he clearly did not actually enjoy the real work of.

I won't bet on it, but again, it would not surprise me if he found an excuse to get out of office before January 2017. He's clearly never liked "doing" the job as opposed to having the job and he's quickly getting bored and annoyed that he is still expected to do it.
7 weeks ago
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Tell ya what Mr. President, if were to do a Nixon and resign, we'd Pinky Swear not to come after you with all of those subpenas and investigations that in the pipe for the day after you leave office. No harm, no foul. Just go away.
Bonus Points if you do it OUT OF THE COUNTRY (and don't come back).
But play the string out and you're either going to spend the rest of your life in court or in prison. Your call.
7 weeks ago
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I'd be delighted if Obama would abdictate; heck, he already has in many ways. I just want it to be official so we could legally have some other president in place.

Even an honest idiot like Biden can't be worse than His Sublime Indifference, Obama the First. Gerry Ford was never the sharpest knife in the drawer but he was decent and honorable in his own way and we survived his presidency. If Biden took over now, he'd have almost the same length of term as Ford did.
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Unless he can rule by edict, as was the case in 2009-10, Obama is far more comfortable as a critic of U.S. policy at home and abroad than he is either making U.S. policy overseas or having to compromise to get anything approved at home, with Republicans controlling the House. And he 'understands' the domestic difficulty better of the two -- his lifelong world view is simply conservatives are evil, with then justifies in his mind refusing to negotiate with them in any substantive way.

What's totally bamboozled him and caused Obama to completely tune out is that his same world view that paints conservative Republicans as the cause of all evil also meant that anyone who hated America oversees hated us because of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan or any past Republican administration. To discover that the same people who hated America under Bush or Reagan hate America under Obama is profoundly depressing for him, and actually might have played a role in the decision to make the Bergdhal swap. Aside from starting to solve his Gitmo 'problem' and get everyone's minds off the VA scandal, Obama may have hoped that a deal with the Taliban would allow him to have someplace where he could say relations with that group or country are better today than the were under George W. Bush (which would not only be a potentially deadly misreading of the Taliban, but shows an urge to be liked by people who hate some of the people he hates that makes Obama seem as childishly naive as Casper the Friendly Ghost in his search for someone to be friends with).
7 weeks ago
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"Obama has given up."

We can always hope!

But he still has 958 days of his term to fill, and we can be sure he will fill them with all the misery he can summon up, to inflict upon us.

7 weeks ago
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That Continetti piece is among the most fawning, obsequious articles I have ever had the displeasure of reading.
7 weeks ago
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I didn't think so.

It basically accused Obama of being nothing but a fraud and a phony, and doing nothing but seeking pleasure on the tax payer's dime.
7 weeks ago
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Perhaps so, but it reads like a gossip column, not really telling anything we all don't already know. It's kind of ridiculous to couch Obama's presidency as a "post-presidency" when he never did begin really being president. He's just a figurehead, doing exactly what those in the shadows tell him to do while he indulges in all the perks of the job to the hilt.
7 weeks ago
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I certainly don't disagree with your take on Obama, Bobcat, but the article in question, was definitely NOT "fawning", or "obsequious", nor did it paint a flattering picture of Obama's performance in office, or his personality.

I won't take any position on the author's choice of phrasing.
7 weeks ago
7 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Golfing Guru...much like his Woodstock Cabinet, when you examine them closely...what have they accomplished?

Clinton and her fans can't name a thing.
Kerry keeps blowing his own horn, but the reaction outside the Empire is abject ridicule and disdain.

President Three Putts (you can call him Putts for short...and spell that any way you like) can't submit a serious budget that garners a single serious vote, can't draw a red line, can't launch a website, can't attend briefings, can't show up during a crisis, can't manage a campaign promise and can't bowl, throw or lift.

Obama, Clinton and Kerry are the cult of personality bobble head dolls. Hagel, Biden, Holder miniatures of the same empty suits. They achieved title by willingness to sell the multilevel marketing scheme of Woodstock Jihad. Nothing more.

The grunt work is done by minions and lackeys and obedient little plebes. Without much supervision or oversight or engagement by the celebrity class bobble heads. They fly around the world having "meetings" and giving press conferences and ponderous, pontificating speeches.

But they get nothing done. They boss people around, make up excuses and alibis for consistent, crushing, humiliating failures...and then hide. They refuse to be questioned. Their failures they say don't make any difference now.

Woodstock is a party after all. Nothing more.

And the mess left in its aftermath will take a monumental effort to clean up.
7 weeks ago
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