Skip to comments.Kitchen Nightmares (or, Why I think Obama is Doomed)
Posted on 05/21/2012 7:11:32 PM PDT by RightFighter
I was watching an episode of Kitchen Nightmares last night, and I had an epiphany about this presidential election that led me to believe that Barack Hussein Obama is destined to be a one-termer. I just wanted to share my observation with you.
This episode was about a restaurant called Park's Edge, in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood. The two owners were good friends, Richard and Jorge, I believe, who found themselves with some money to burn, so they decided to open a restaurant together. Neither had any experience in the restaurant industry, although Jorge had gone to culinary school. Both had a blind eye to the restaurant's real problem, which was that the food just wasn't very good, but there was another problem which was apparently enough of an issue that both owners and most of the staff pointed to it as the defining event that would be their downfall if they ultimately failed.
It seems that, soon after the restaurant opened, it wasn't doing all that great. There had been some negative reviews, and so Richard, who is black (and flamboyantly gay, I think), was interviewed by the local news about the restaurant's lack of success. Richard attributed it to a perceived notion on his part that this neighborhood doesn't want a black-owned restaurant. All agreed that this had led to a mass exodus of patrons from the restaurant in the years since.
What struck me as so relevant about this was that I think it's a microcosm of what is about to happen in November. You see, Inman Park is a very progressive neighborhood in Atlanta's eastern perimeter, and my gut tells me that the people in that area probably couldn't care less what color someone is. Inman Park is actually listed as a very gay-friendly neighborhood as well, so they probably didn't bat an eye at Richard's flamboyance. It probably really was the FOOD that was a problem at this restaurant right from the start. However, when Richard said what he did, the people in that neighborhood clearly bristled at the concept of being called a bunch of racists, and they took it out on the restaurant in an appropriate way - by refusing to eat there.
How does that translate to politics? I think that this country is, for the most part, like those residents of Inman Park. We're pretty tolerant of most things, and willing to give most anyone a chance. But, when we point out that the food isn't that great, and in response we are told that it's because of a lack of character on our part, we feel that we are being unfairly maligned, and we will fight back in subtle ways that make our point very clear. That's what I think is about to happen to Obama this fall. He and his little chihuahua Eric Holder have spent over three years telling us that we're a bunch of racists. Obama's surrogates have repeated this refrain at every opportunity - anyone who disagrees with the king must be a racist! I think that there are many, many people who quietly smile, take it, and mentally promise never to vote for him again. That determination may not even come across in opinion polls. Most people probably have a desire to appear pretty even-keel, so they may not tell a pollster how they really feel, but come November, they will unleash the most powerful and effective weapon they have - a vote to send Obama packing.
Excellent analogy and I wholeheartedly agree with you.
I am still wondering, why you are watching the show in the first place.
Whether liberal Romney or Obama win, we are in for a major nightmare. Neither one is adequate for the job. Worst election in history. Whoever wins, America loses.
I agree-good analogy.
Just finished reading an article about Atlanta and the fact that blacks have been given many advantages through the years ,since we haven’t had a white mayor since ‘73. Sorry—they just take care of their own.
This means, if the food sucks, it ain’t whitey’s fault.
Signalman’s post says it all. Good analysis and observations.
Obama has done nothing but insult many decent Americans, either as groups (Bible-clinging, rifle owning, etc), or as individuals (corporate leaders, bankers, etc).
This is going to bite him and Plugs in the ass like a hungry alligator in the middle of a drying up swamp.
Your point was well made and I sincerely hope it turns out to be correct. Not a Romney guy by any means, but this country simply cannot survive a 2nd 0bama term.
Reminds me of the old story of the pet food company CEO in a sales meeting complaining about the poor sales of their new dog food brand. After lengthy discussions about changing the marketing strategy or the advertising, someone from the research department says ‘the dogs don’t like it’.
Dems voted in the same numbers in 04 and 08, the difference was 8M pubbies sitting home in 08 because they couldn’t hold their noses hard enough to vote for John the “maverick(TM)” McCain. I don’t see that happening this time, Romney despite any faults is a much more attractive candidate than McCain was.
The big advantage of Romney over the Kenyan is that presidents are all more contained and restrained in their first term. As a second termer with no worries about re-election, the Kenyan will do whatever he wants. In his first term, Romney will be bound by re-election hopes.
personally, i like the show... i love Chef Ramsey... this is something i watch with my two kids... we laugh in bewilderment and in disgust at times...
I find one shortcoming, though. I would put it this way. For Blacks to abandon 0bama, they would have to get past one very serious case of denial. They would have to come to the realization that they’ve been badly hoodwinked by...another Black. Thus, they may have a policy argument with 0bama, but that’s not sufficient for them to change their votes in large numbers. No, the Brotha gets another chance.
As for other “swingable” groups, I don’t see Jews moving away from 0bama by a whole lot. I *do* see independents moving away from him.
I’m with you in spirit. I *do* think 0bama loses, as you say. I don’t quite see it as formulaic as your analogy. 0bama could win if gas drops a buck between now and November if no other factor gets better, even with this crappy employment picture. 0bama could win if the upcoming debt wranglings are not properly spun by the Repubs; and conversely, well-spun by the Dems. How the American people can tolerate a Senate failing to come up with a budget for 3 years is utterly beyond me, and I *do* think a larger and larger number of people are becoming seriously alarmed at the debt situation. But we got a ton of people who are stupid as the day is long. With a candidate as lukewarm as Romney I am not seeing any decisive edge for the GOP.
Every day I see incidents that spell trouble for “the one”. Just this evening at a meeting, a life-long democrat was having a melt down about something that obama has done. I never was clear about what, but the results were explosive. That man will not vote democrat this year. He’s had enough.
I chided him about demanding to know if we were calling our legislators and Senators like we should. I asked him why he wasn’t attending the Tea Party meetings. He stammered a bit on that one. I challenged him to come to our meetings and meet all the democrats, independents and republicans who were actually doing something about the problems we face.
Is it on Food Network? Sounds interesting
no, there’s no decisisive edge for Republicans.
We’ve got yet another RINO. Which helps us with moderates, independents, but that’s offset by the base that wits home as they did with McCain. ANd let’s face it, no matter who Romney picks for VP, it won’t be as good as Palin was in ‘08.
And you’re right...I’m afraid we’ve passed the tipping point in this country, there are simply more stupid people on the dole now then there are responsible hard working people and they’re breeding and adding more future leeches to the voting pool. WIth dead people pets and illegals voting, it’s going to be a tough climb for Romney, with the media in zerrhoids back pocket.
Sadly, I think we’re in for 4 more years.
On a high note, he’s so arrogant and clueless, he might just get himself into a corner he can’t get back out of, and the earlier the better. Poetic justice would be an impeachment, or at the very least hog-tying himself to a scandal he can’t overcome like Sweet WIlliam did with Lewinsky, ensuring a legacy he never saw coming!
I disagree, completely. IMHO, the 2008 election between “O” and “Mac” was as bad a political paring for POTUS as I've ever seen.
McCain is less interested in the opinion of his party than I believe Romney will be. And I think McCain would have been almost as bad a disaster as what we're enduring right now...except all the “B.S.” would have an “R” next to it.
Romney has his “warts,” but he has a far greater grasp of the importance of economic liberty than I believe McCain does. I realize that “RomneyCare” is something that sticks in many Republican craws. But I'm willing to trust that Romney will work to end Obamacare, and that he's smart enough to know that if he doesn't kill Obamacare Romney will be just one more name attached to the slow bleed-out of America's freedoms and economy. From a purely pragmatic point of view I don't think he wants to hold that place in history.
Not everyone remains hardened fast in time in terms of what they believe, and what they think is best for the country. While certainly imperfect, I believe Romney is morphing to a more conservative point of view. It's happened before. Remember, Reagan didn't switch from Democrat to Republican until he was in his 50s.
Romney was not my pick out of the Republican candidates. But if I had to choose between Romney and McCain to be potus, there's no choice for me...McCain is the ultimate Republican loser.
I'm no big fan of Romney. But he'd make a far better POTUS than Obama. Even if all he does is to end ObamaCare, that would be such a huge event it would make his presidency a success from my PoV.
Obama is done....
I just went to a Huge Mexican Fiesta of My Neighbor’s..
all the men stood around drinking beers and saying How tough it was to find work...every one was saying Obama was
blame for the tough economy.
I was the Only White Guy there...and inside I was jumping for JOY!
He is going down as the President who got ZERO electoral Votes.
He may not be any more trustworthy than Bush-41 was about "no new taxes" but he knows what happened to Bush in 1992 as a result.
We are better off having we don't trust on some issues but can put pressure on, than someone who is hell-bent on destroying the country. If Obama wins, we are stuck with Obamacare, whatever the Supreme Court decides...he has no respect for the rule of law.
You know what - the more I deal w Latinos the less I fear their rise in this society. ost I have met are very great people and can be swayed to our side.
No Democrat will ever lose the 3 electoral votes from the District of Criminals.
Jews are quietly moving away from Obama faster than the Hebrews fled Egypt and the Pharoah at Passover time.
At first it will be a slight rustle. Then a louder sound of movement. Then a roaring sound of humanity on the move.
Get out of the way.
The movie of this movement will star Eric Idle and Robby Coltrane in “Jews on the Run”.
I’m posting the signs to political freedom for my religious brethren. Just hope enough of them can read plain English - “GET THE F*CK OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY” AND “THIS WAY TO FREEDOM - VOTE REPUBLICAN”
But, sadly, it will do no good, because they aren’t really Jews, they are Bolsheviks with Jewish last names.
Americans, in all their colors, have an awarness of black racism’s aggressive blame, hate and violence on some level.
We are fortunate that Obama is going radical left for a comglormate of diversity radical haters, racists and sex freaks to get elected. That he decided to highlight po wittle thug Saint Skittles with the purpose of banning self defense from black thugs, is ideal for normal people. Black thugs have victimized and horrified everyone to some degree.
Romney is a moderate which you may dislike more than liberal.
But that is what you get when the Right has its best candidate refuse to run and can’t unify around one candidate.
First thought was the Frasier episode where he and Niles buy and open a restaurant. But, back on topic...I agree good analogy.
Not sure I agree with your reasoning. It does look like obama is getting ready for a loss. But why do you think the restaurant failed? was it because of bad food or because the black gay guy made a remark? I don’t think the customers care about the remark. They care about the food.
I think this election is going to be about the economy and every thing obama did to make it worse. I don’t think anyone cares about race or even about obama and his crew being racists themselves.
Its just that the food isn’t that good.
From your keyboard to God’s ears!
I think you’ve really hit on something. The anger Obama has created may be quiet in a big part of polite society, but it is simmering. The continued high unemployment, low job creation, high energy and food prices, plus Obama’s own arrogance at trying to FORCE America to accept his liberal/socialist agenda will doom him.
FRiends, we’re past Obama’s fail-safe point now. It’s too late for the economy to turn around, it’s too late for millions of jobs to be created, it’s too late for our Dear Leader to change the perception that he’s an out-of-touch amateur. Obama’s only hope is smoke and mirrors. He (and a complicit MSM) will do anything to draw attention away from his bungling of the economy. STAY FOCUSED. Don’t fall for the tricks.
I think I shared neuron-for-neuron precisely your (I’ll call it) pessimistic outlook until maybe a month ago. Now, I think 0bama loses, and maybe in a landslide.
Now neither of us can predict the future, but in terms of what you mentioned about “happenstance” events...such an event could sink Romney as easily as it could sink 0bama, maybe even easier. Could also benefit either. So I have to discard that as a consideration factor. Romney, of course, could blow a fart and if it escaped his sacred garmnet, the entire media would be on his case. 0bama could drive the presidential limo over a group of visiting children and the press would cover for him.
The large swathes of stupid people, I believe more and more of them (though certainly not a majority) are waking up to the notion that there is utterly flaming nothing for them if things continue as they are. This, I think, is a very ripe area for party conversion. If it’s done right. And I have some hope that it may occur that way, because Romney appears to be running a skilled campaign...in certain dimensions. Not all the dimensions *I* would like. But a good RINO campaign. Time will tell: I think things will definitely get unbelievably strange closer to the elections. In the meantime, I believe Romney is warming up this segment, the convertible stupids. Frankly, I think that’s why his efforts seem so lackluster to conservatives at this juncture. I think he is very slowly educating people who see no future as to how they could, and there could be a future, if the economy was revving again. They have all lived through those types of times. They are going to have get used to the idea that some people, in a good economy, are going to have more money than they do. And those people, you damn well better HOPE they have more money than you do, because if they don’t you don’t have a job. Ergo, hating them is not intelligent. One is better of sucking up to them, to be blunt. We see these things as self-evident, but many can not, or do not. And I think Romney is trying build an educational type of base with which to convince them that they are better off with a functioning economy. First he has to cure them of their childish envy. We see the admin bringing this Bain Capital thing up again, that’s why I am talking about it.
I think there is a reverse-Democrat effect going on, in that the Dems, who are masters of stitching together these incredibly disparate and motley groups and sub-groups of people, are going to see (they’re not seeing it now; I’m hoping it will be in their post-mortem) little fractions and little fractions of these subgroups erode away. It will not convert large numbers, there will always be a hardcore of unshakable 0bama fans. But I doubt that they will turn out in the enthusastic numbers was saw in ‘08.
Which leaves the Republican “show up at the polls” rate as a very, very serious element. That’s obviously been discussed on FR ad nauseum, so I won’t delve.
As politely as I can say it, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Perhaps you could post a photo of yourself for comparison sake.
Nice analysis. Thanks for posting this.
What I see in the picture is unprofessional. That's why they aren't doing well.
Wanna be a pro? Start by looking like a pro. There might be a reason behind it.
And it's more than appearance. The chef's jacket is double breasted to protect from slosh burns. The short or controlled hair is to protect the customers. The shined shoes are actually easier to keep clean and germ free if you wax them.
It's not about looking cool. It's about practical and safety.
Hell, none of them has a ball-cap on and a ball cap is the last-resort hot-pad.
This is why I believe the Democrats will dump Obama—somehow and replace him with another. OR The unthinkable—Obama cancels the elections. And rules by decree. Some emergency could be used to do it. If anyone might do it—its Obama. What do we do then? Obama will kill the internet first off, issue decrees to ban “Hate Speech” arrest Rush and others...
What will you do? Would that get you off the couch? Would you join the rebels? Should states succeed from the Union? Form the CSA? Constitutional States of America? Would your state?
No, most of us would be shuffled off to the camps with just a whimper. STILL—we should be ready IF that day comes.
To be fair to Chef Ramsay, he always wears his chef’s attire when he’s in the kitchen. In this pic, he’s just talking to them and not cooking, so no jacket. He may be gruff, but he’s no slob.
It’s a very good analogy, and helps explain the 2010 mid-terms too.
For the most part, the dishes we’ve been served by the Obama wait staff aren’t what we ordered, so no matter how they were to taste, we’d be miffed anyway.
The 2010 election was our way of “sending it back”, and they still persist in bringing us dishes we don’t like and we didn’t order in the first place.
We’re not even going to leave a tip.
Brain dead supporters cannot/will not see what he has done to this country.
Blacks and Hispanics would continue to support him if he lined some up on the White House lawn every day and shot them.
Never before in history has there been such blind adoration.
The MSM continues to lie for him and cover up for him.
There will be massive voter fraud and illegal contributions in this election just as there was in 2008.
If anyone thinks they will give up the commie coup they pulled off without an epic battle, they are sadly mistaken.
This will be the dirtiest, hardest fought campaign the rats have ever run- and if we don’t get behind the Republican candidate we will surely lose.
and good on you, we'll take everyone we can get to vote him out...
I can appreciate your observations, this thing could be a see-saw knock-down drag-out back and forth 59 lead change... hangin’ chad redux!
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