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Obama's Mean Streak
The American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2010 | Ed Lasky

Posted on 07/30/2010 1:52:43 AM PDT by Scanian

Barack Obama seems to have a pattern of using ceremonial or stately events as opportunities to ambush and humiliate people. This behavior is unpresidential and reveals a vindictive streak that makes Richard Nixon look like Mister Rogers.

A few examples of Obama's taking pleasure in administering public pain to others:

During the State of the Union Address, he chose to direct his ire at the justices of the Supreme Court, located in the front rows. After the Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the First Amendment regarding political speech, Barack Obama famously chose to dress down the black-clad justices before the entire nation -- miscomprehending the law and the ruling in a fit of (un)presidential petulance. The embarrassing spectacle was prompted by a view that the court's ruling may make it easier for opponents of the president and Democrats to make their views known to the public.

Regardless of Obama's pique, it was wrong on so many levels that it earned a rebuke from the Supreme Court historian, who had enthusiastically voted for him. The noted historian said it "was really unusual in my mind to see the President going after the Supreme Court in such a forum." That is change for you. He predicted that justices may refuse to attend in the future because "you don't go to be insulted. I can't see the Justices wanting to be there and be insulted by the President."

Their appearance was a mark of respect for the government of the United States, broken into three branches but united in the goal of helping fellow Americans. Barack Obama did not reciprocate the respect -- and demeaned himself (though his narcissism and his cheering section entourage would shield him from such self-reflection) and the dignity of the office by needlessly ambushing the most august institution of the land.

He seems to have a penchant for ambushing financial executives, too -- or people he calls "fat cats" -- after he cashes their campaign checks. But he does like to tag people with labels.

While purportedly holding a meeting to work with financial executives to help stabilize financial markets, Barack Obama could not resist taunting them with the threat that "I'm the only thing standing between you and the pitchforks." That was not why they came to a meeting supposedly called to work together to resolve problems in the financial sector.

He did the same with doctors, though. He co-opted the American Medical Association to get them on board for ObamaCare and then blasted doctors for, among other sins, taking kids' tonsils out because doctors are greedy.

While meeting with a Democrat wavering on casting a yes vote on ObamaCare, he chose not to engage him with reasons, but instead belittled him in front of others by telling him, "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." Was this form of public emasculation really necessary? No...but Obama has the itch, and it must be scratched.

He chose to snub a variety of foreign leaders, including then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with whom he denied a diplomatic meeting during a visit (a snub that may have hurt Brown politically at home). Also, Obama walked out of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have dinner with his family -- and refused a photo-op, joint news conference, or proper welcome, to boot. Both were democratic leaders, yet Obama bows to dictators such as the Saudi King and has a hug for the thug from Caracas. The ambushing of Netanyahu may have had a goal of also hurting him with voters in Israel, who treasure their relationship with America. The ambush did not work. Israelis don't like being ambushed -- they have had plenty of experience with such treatment. The public rallied to Netanyahu after the disgraceful treatment meted out to him by Barack Obama.

Can we forget the lack of graciousness when Obama told John McCain during the health care summit that he convened, supposedly in the spirit of comity, that "the election is over"?

Was it necessary to allude that racism led Boston policemen to confront Obama's friend, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, over what appeared to be a breaking and entering? For all the nation to see, he slurred Boston policemen as racists. Why?

In the hands of this president, the bully pulpit is used not to persuade and convince, but to bully into a public pulp those he considers his foes. At a groundbreaking for a car battery plant funded by "stimulus money" that was located in the district of Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra (who opposed the stimulus), Obama could not resist the urge to try to humiliate Hoekstra, who also was at the opening.

"'There are some folks who want to go back -- who think we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession,' Obama said later in his comments honoring a new advanced battery factory being built by the company LG Chem. 'Some made the political calculation that it's better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn't stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings -- but that's OK.'"

This was not the first time he chose to turn a celebration into an ambush, a party into a shooting gallery.

The president was flying to Peoria to appear with the CEO of Caterpillar at a plant. Obama told reporters that he had spoken to the CEO, who he said assured him that he was going to rehire laid off employees as soon as the stimulus bill was passed. This was a surprise to the CEO, who, after the Obama appearance at the plant was over, was asked by the reporters about this so-called pledge. He stumbled over the issue -- who wants to publicly call the president a liar? But the CEO said that Obama's statement was not true, and there were no plans to rehire people. He was ambushed by Barack Obama.

So was Republican Congressman Aaron Schock, whose district encompassed the plant. Obama invited Schock along on Air Force One for the trip. In his speech, Obama singled out Schock for another Obama ambush, telling his audience to visit with Schock and encourage him "to do the right thing for the people of Illinois." In this case, Obama's ambush killed two birds with one stone -- a rare sign of efficiency on the part of our competency-challenged President.

The body count of Obama's ambushes will grow in the years ahead. How does this help to bring about the civility that Obama preaches should be part of our civic discourse? Of course, it doesn't. Hypocrisy is Obama's trademark. His style of ambushing and humiliating people is a sign of something deeper and darker in Obama's psyche, in his emotional makeup. He is vindictive and enjoys the spectacle of belittling people in front of others and in front of cameras.

The milk of human kindness does not flow in this man's veins, but rather something bitterer -- a type of personal poison that he enjoys spraying on others.

This does not dignify the office or the man. But he doesn't seem to care, and the courtier press that covers him with glory doesn't, either.


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1 posted on 07/30/2010 1:52:47 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

This is how many Muslim leaders are in the Middle East when you read about their conferences.

Obama would fit right in there with that bloodthirsty crowd.


2 posted on 07/30/2010 1:59:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (posted a total of 1,459 threads and 8,556 replies.)
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To: Scanian
Like I keep saying, O’Bama is rapidly becoming a tragic figure of his own making.
3 posted on 07/30/2010 2:01:34 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: Scanian

Obama is a muslim. He is bursting with hate, as all muslims are.


4 posted on 07/30/2010 2:01:51 AM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Scanian

Divide and conquer.


5 posted on 07/30/2010 2:22:04 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Hardraade
Obama is a muslim. He is bursting with hate, as all muslims are.

As we are finding out the hard way, Muslims are not civilized and are not compatible with a civilized society.

6 posted on 07/30/2010 2:25:53 AM PDT by politicianslie (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: Scanian

Anyone know what other country’s leader did things like this on a regular basis during their rule?

Wait for it...

Wait for it.....

Saddam Hussein.


7 posted on 07/30/2010 2:53:03 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Scanian

Symptoms attached directly with someone with NPD.......


8 posted on 07/30/2010 3:17:01 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Scanian

What Obama exhibits is not a “mean streak.” That would simply be a character flaw; like Nixon’s enemy list was part of his character flaws. For Obama and his communist ilk, this is how identity politics and community organizing work. You pick out a target and “polarize” it. You assault it and ridicule and humiliate it (her, him, a company, The Supreme Court, etc.) Although, I’m sure he enjoys his work, tearing apart our culture is his job. He does it well.


9 posted on 07/30/2010 3:23:14 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Scanian
0's behavior is generally like that of a bully and a self-important bureaucrat, rather than a leader.

He arrived in office with the political capital and following to do good for the U.S., and instead has focused on doing good for himself.

Faced with challenges, he reacts personally rather than professionially.

In matters of state, he has repeatedly stumbled and inflicted forseeable damage on our relations with close allies, while handing enemies and ambivalent states victory after victory, encouraging those who would align against the U.S. to become more daring and provocative.

He has acted as a spoiled child would act when given power -- arrogantly, focusing on immediate personal gratification without consideration for long-term consequences.

The rule of law has become increasingly irrelevant -- ruling elites engage in scandalous conduct without fear of punishment or censure, enriching themselves and securing their seats at the expense of the U.S. citizen and taxpayer, and 0 condones, and even leads, the behavior while using puffery and feigned indignation to mask his true allegiances.

What seems to be more and more a leading question is which major crisis will threaten the survival of the republic first -- one from outside our borders, or one from within.

And will the one from within be conducted peacefully, or . . .

10 posted on 07/30/2010 3:25:59 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Scanian
a type of personal poison that he enjoys spraying on others

So, it's Welcome Back Carter.....and Clinton.

11 posted on 07/30/2010 3:49:08 AM PDT by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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To: Scanian
Absent fathers: effects on abandoned sons.
12 posted on 07/30/2010 3:55:03 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Scanian

One they missed ... his remark during his Inaugural address when he dissed the Bush administration. This was unprecedented and kicked off his ongoing ‘blame Bush’ campaign.


13 posted on 07/30/2010 3:59:05 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Scanian

The kenyan knows he’s in a position that’s way over his head and is completely undeserving. His ego won’t allow him to admit it to himself or anyone else. A “cornered rat” comes to mind when I read this article.


14 posted on 07/30/2010 4:13:18 AM PDT by albie
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To: Scanian
Small, limited men fail to see the big picture. They don't recognize the context in which they act. Obama repeatedly proves he is a small man.

Obama also carries with him the anger we see in many black men who believe they have been wronged. Reverend Wright taught him to carry around a chip on his shoulder. That just makes Obama smaller.

America elected a President with some very ugly faults that a little honest journalism should have exposed during the campaign.

15 posted on 07/30/2010 4:13:44 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Quiller
He has acted as a spoiled child would act when given power -- arrogantly, focusing on immediate personal gratification without consideration for long-term consequences.

“John Boehner called the passage of this bill Armageddon,” “You had others who said this is the end of freedom as we know it,” he continued. “So after I signed the bill, I looked around.” I looked up at the sky to see if asteroids were coming,” Mr. Obama said. I looked at the ground to see if cracks had opened up in the earth.

yes, he gives childish speeches and behaves like a punk kid. Don't forget about the ever present 'middle-finger' for anyone he doesn't like or disagrees with. It is just childishness and petulance in the way he conducts himself.

16 posted on 07/30/2010 4:18:40 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Scanian

Something Obama mus remember”Don’t think we’re not keeping score”.


17 posted on 07/30/2010 4:22:14 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: politicianslie

“Muslims are not civilized and are not compatible with a civilized society.”

No shit


18 posted on 07/30/2010 4:26:06 AM PDT by pelican001
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To: Scanian

This article made me sick to my stomach. I don’t there are words to describe how much I am disgusted by him, not only as a pres. but as a human being. The fact that there are people in this country that think he is a good person really is scary. He is just a symbol of the decline of our American culture.


19 posted on 07/30/2010 4:32:47 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: Scanian

The Democrats will rue the day that Hopey Changey made the scene...


20 posted on 07/30/2010 4:34:43 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (The Democrats will rue the day that Hopey Changey made the scene...)
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To: RandallFlagg

And things didn’t end too well for him and his pampered sociopathic sons. Ridin’ high one day and cowering in a hole the next.


21 posted on 07/30/2010 4:40:49 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: panthermom

He is the most unpresidential “president” ever. The job is way over his paygrade. He will never fill the shoes of a true American president. The press is brain dead and extremely poor judges of character. There are brave soldiers dying every day and all he does is continue on with his never-ending campaign tour.


22 posted on 07/30/2010 4:45:27 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Scanian

Bo is a narcissist.He is also a hard core marxist.He is never to blame for anything. He is a fake and a phony but he toes the party line(marxist). Beck has him pegged and after the elections we will start to see bo really lash out at his detractors when his programs get slowed down, we haven’t seen anything yet. He is a total believer in “liberation” philosophy. We will have to stay united to defeat him.


23 posted on 07/30/2010 4:47:46 AM PDT by DCmarcher-976453 (SARAH PALIN 2012)
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To: Scanian

As I’ve said before, there’s not an ounce of goodwill in anything Obama does.


24 posted on 07/30/2010 4:48:07 AM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

I believe that his stunt on The View was because he needed a quick narcissistic supply source. Sinking in the polls and continuing to tick off more and more Americans drove him to seek attention and adulation once again. He and his handlers knew that those gullible women’s syrupy fawning would be so thick that B.O. wouldn’t even need a teleprompter.

I’ve noticed that he continually baits his groupies with vacuous one-liners that propels them to cheer and applaud, while he sits there smugly enjoying the attention. Those View women and their audience were nothing more to B.O. than a quick hypodermic needle inserted into the vein of a druggie.


25 posted on 07/30/2010 4:49:25 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: Scanian

Obama in his actions and words confirms that he is drunk with power, and in addition was never taught any manners.


26 posted on 07/30/2010 4:49:31 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Scanian

27 posted on 07/30/2010 4:49:56 AM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: politicianslie

“Muslims are not civilized and are not compatible with a civilized society.”

As anyone with eyes, ears, and common sense in the gray matter in between can clearly see!

The unpleasant truth must be confronted and dealt with. Most Americans myself included thought that minus the Soviet Union the world would be a less dangerous place.

Communist rule lasted less than a century (China is not a Marxist nation and Cuba and North Korea are a cruel joke). But the rule of Islam has gone on for fourteen hundred blood-soaked years.

As El Rushbo puts it, “you must have the courage to face the truth”; which is that we whom Muslims label as being “infidels” are confronted with an implacable, evil, and vicious enemy which seeks our destruction.

And our current POTUS couldn’t care less!


28 posted on 07/30/2010 4:50:08 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: Scanian

Well said. You could add in the “acting stupidly” moment.


29 posted on 07/30/2010 4:56:14 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin for ya?)
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To: jersey117

It goes beyond him being presidential, in a civilized, polite society a person like him would be shunned, not elevated to such a position. Although, I do think he does have a personality disorder.

You know when you look at him and his behavior you can notice the small things. I have never even seen him show any warmth to his children. It seems that Michelle is the sole caregiver. Everything around him is a prop.

I really feel bad for his kids, especially that younger one, she is so cute. Not only having to have him as a Dad but, they have a long road ahead of them, going through life after their dad causes such damage. I don’t know what will happen but something is brewing and it’s gonna be ugly.


30 posted on 07/30/2010 4:56:39 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom

You gotta wonder how THAT marriage operates! Perhaps their running off to Spain indicates big trouble at home. Maybe even big Shelly has had her fill of his narcissistic coldness and inability to truly connect.


31 posted on 07/30/2010 5:10:58 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: DCmarcher-976453

Oh boy, you are so right. I was married for 20 years to a narcissistic, manipulative, petty person. It took 2 years of therapy once I filed for divorce. My therapist told me it would get uglier and more intense once this person realized I had figured it out and wasn’t going to be part of the “program” anymore. And that is exactly how it played out. And this type of personality loves to hang on to anger long after the fact. It propels them everyday.


32 posted on 07/30/2010 5:27:32 AM PDT by kevslisababy (It's very hard to earn my trust again)
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To: 1951Boomer

yep. You nailed it.

NPD needs the lauding and attention. That is PRECISELY what he is doing, and for the reasons you state.

Watch for this behavior pattern to continue, and especially as 2012 approaches.


33 posted on 07/30/2010 5:31:30 AM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Scanian

Obama is a thug.


34 posted on 07/30/2010 6:00:49 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: 1951Boomer
You gotta wonder how THAT marriage operates! Perhaps their running off to Spain indicates big trouble at home. Maybe even big Shelly has had her fill of his narcissistic coldness and inability to truly connect.

Remember how JFK had affairs (with naked women in the White House pool) when Jackie was away?

Remember how LBJ groused of JFK that "I've slept with more women by accident than that SOB has on purpose"?

Remember Dhimmi Carter's Playboy interview that he's lusted after women?

Bill Clinton?

What in hell makes you think Obama will be any different?

Except he's such a pansy-ass it might not be women with him:

Cheers!

35 posted on 07/30/2010 6:53:00 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Not that this will ever happen, but I truly believe that Obama's hateful and declasse beahvior is, for him, one step away from sending his enemies to the death camps.

If he could get away with it, he would do it in a heartbeat. He has demonstrated that he has deep hatred for America and Americans, and in his value system anyone who stands in his way must be eliminated.

It's a stretch, but I think it would be wise to think and plan out such an eventuality. It's the logical end to the path we are on now.

36 posted on 07/30/2010 6:54:50 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: 1951Boomer
You make some excellent points about BO's relationship with MO and the children.

The body language in the pictures is instructive as well. BO virtually always walks ahead.

Yes,it IS interesting that Michelle is going to Spain for BO's birthday. . .to visit the King.

"Pussycat, pussycat where have you been? I've been to London to visit the Queen. . ."

37 posted on 07/30/2010 7:14:51 AM PDT by doberville
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To: cranked

It really is nearly textbook, too. It says something quite telling that so many people are so drawn (and blind) to his narcissistic manipulation. Evil is indeed attractive to the human soul.


38 posted on 07/30/2010 7:26:15 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Barack Obama never misses an opportunity to jump to the wrong conclusion." -csmusaret)
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To: 1951Boomer

Michelle may have had her fill of his narcissistic coldness, but she clearly loves the limelight. She also has to know quite clearly that were she to cross him, she would become the target of his wrath — his rage alone is likely very frightening. She’s watched him tear apart other people in the public eye and he knows her secrets.

There’s no escaping a narcissist unless you’re willing to give up every type of power or reputation that person can touch. I don’t think Michelle is willing to do that.

HOWEVER, because narcissists don’t really care to have people around unless they’re providing what the narcissist wants (narcissistic supply), living “separately” from, yet still in the same residence as, them *is* possible. Taking lots of trips with the girls, justified on diplomatic or educational/opportunity grounds even, is more likely I would think. It removes a large portion of the most obvious and problematic difficulties.


39 posted on 07/30/2010 7:36:10 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: Scanian


This behavior is unpresidential and reveals a vindictive streak that makes
Richard Nixon look like Mister Rogers.

A perfect summation.


40 posted on 07/30/2010 7:42:21 AM PDT by VOA
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To: I Buried My Guns

Liberals don’t quite have that power, but a more gradual approach is likely, simply by criminalizing conservative freedoms. Make all conservative speech “hate speech”, shut down talk radio, outlaw homeschooling, etc. The need for gulags will depend on the level of resistance.


41 posted on 07/30/2010 8:26:34 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65

There is one conservative freedom to be criminalized which you seem to have omitted on purpose:

“Disarm conservatives and take away all their guns”

Until this is done, the others won’t accomplish a whole lot, JMHO.

;^)


42 posted on 07/30/2010 9:44:45 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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