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July 26, 2014 - 11:40 am
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The fact that people are seriously discussing the idea that the president of the United States has given up and is pining for retirement is unprecedented in my lifetime. I’m sure the during their last few months in office, most presidents begin mailing it in. But we are two and a half years from the end of the Obama presidency and the world order is collapsing while our borders are disintegrating. Without a strong hand at the helm of the ship of state, the aimless drift of American leadership is causing events to spiral out of control.

Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller penned a column for the Telegraph this weekend that states “Barack Obama has already checked out of his job.” But Lewis isn’t the only commentator who has wondered out loud about the president’s commitment to his job. Peggy Noonan wrote in her Wall Street Journal column earlier this month that Obama appears “above it all” and that his fancy dinners with celebrities and intellectuals as well as his endless rounds of golf present a frightening picture of a president detached from reality and “waiting for history to recognize his greatness.”

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air agrees with that assessment. Shaw points to Obama’s vision that he naively believed would be shared by everyone — “that everyone would, sooner or later, recognize the brilliance of his vision and the structural soundness of his solutions to the planet’s ills and things would truly change.” When they didn’t, Obama walked away.

Lewis, in his Telegraph column, lays out the evidence for Obama’s tanking it:

The fact that the press would find relevance in speculating on Obama’s post-White House residence – and identify California as the kind of scene the future ex-president would want to hang out in when he leaves office – is perhaps telling.

And, indeed, this comes on the heels of multiple reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Politico, detailing how Obama has increasingly been spending his time at trendy restaurants and fancy, late-night dinner parties with celebrities and various intellectuals.

Rubbing elbows with the rich and elite is fine enough. Unfortunately, the work suffers. The degree to which he is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term – is astonishing.

And based on his recent handling of situations much more serious than a possible post-presidential move to sunny California, it seems as if “No Drama Obama” is no longer even worried about keeping up appearances; he doesn’t care enough to fake it.

Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years.

You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.

I say “almost” because the White House finally relented. “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, conceded. “And that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”

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Obama is not "AWOL". He is right there, at night, throwing gasoline on the fires, many of which he started. And he has 2 and a half more years to be a pyromaniac.
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So why does he not resign? Because he'd have to give up Air Force 1? Spend time with Michelle? Would not be able to spend $1+Bk on vacations a year? Why did he run for a second term, for the perks of the office? He's such a joke. A dangerous one.
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He accurately reflects a majority of his constituency and voter base- perpetually adolescent, fatherless, petulant, pathologically narcissistic, living in a banal world of half-baked Leftwing fairy tales and visions of their own grandeur. We have met the enemy and he is us- staring smugly and vacantly back at us.
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The 52% are mouth-breathing windowlickers who can only find their head after a call from their proctologist. In Gaza they'd be used as rocket fodder.
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"What [the people around Obama] need to do is conduct an intervention before it’s too late."

Of course the people around him are his own hand picks -- hacks and non-threats, every one. But there are lots of people in the vicinity, not all of them can have been properly hand-picked and real intervention is a definite possibility.
20 weeks ago
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He already handed in his food stamps. He is just waiting to bag his cheese.
20 weeks ago
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Good. Better indifference than abject meddling and incompetence.
20 weeks ago
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"The world is collapsing and Obama is AWOL."

Better AWOL than do more damages. Unfortunately, he is not AWOL, he is working extremely hard to wreck America and the world further.
20 weeks ago
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People who are suggesting that he's "checked out" are missing the obvious.

Once you have the fire going really well, there's really nothing left to do except stand back and watch the pile burn.

20 weeks ago
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'He did not look in that direction, because
there was nothing there he wanted to see.'
...and he is not alone; All that remains for the Old Order is to remain in power until the Crash, which will come in what is left of their lifetimes, perhaps even
while they are still in office; Is it any wonder their behavior is irrational ?
20 weeks ago
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What I'd to know is when will Obama release his golf scores so that we, the public can access whether he even has an accomplishment.
20 weeks ago
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It appears that Barry has this Chief Executive thing wired.

If he achieves nothing else during his tenure, the imposition of St. Barry's Infirmary - Obamacare - will have deep, increasing and lasting repercussions in terms of control over our lives.

He should be relaxed - he has lifted the burden of being the World's Policeman and Nation Builder, Inc. off of his shoulders and placed it where he thinks it rightfully belongs - on the so-called International Community.

He has an executive bureaucracy bloated by loyal minions busy cranking out unilateral, economically devastating regulations the Republicans are too overwhelmed and powerless to stop.

And he knows the coming elections will be difficult for Dems - hence building the war chest now. And what better way to galvanize his base than to keep exerting executive authority on matters like immigration - tweaking his "enemies" and fanning the 'us vs them' flames like a good Community Organizer.

All this he can do from Air Force 1 and Presidential hotel suites.
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Isn't Obama's unwarranted lofty behavior after being elected, twice, a direct result of his multi-culti, ambiguous, chip-on-the-shoulder, minority status?

Face it, he's accomplished literally ex nihilo that tremendous achievement of becoming our United States of America president and actually living inside the White House.

He's quite simply a triumph of skillful propaganda.

Let Obama's example be a long lasting lesson to us all. That is not a compliment.

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