Skip to comments.Arrogance in the Executive
Posted on 06/05/2010 5:59:59 AM PDT by opentalk
Real leadership means never having to say youre the boss. There is no surer sign of weakness and insecurity than the repeated assertion of your own power and authority. This truth has somehow eluded Barack Obama. Hence the unending (and off-putting) self-puffery in his recent presidential press conference.
Again and again, the president felt obliged to remind us of the centrality of his own position in responding to the Gulf oil spill, as if this would counteract the horrible pictures of thousands of gallons of oil gushing out of the ocean floor. Quoth the president:
The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort. . . .All of this is wildly over the top. No one blames Barack Obama for the Gulf oil spill. No one is asking him to swim down and plug the hole. Nevertheless, his response to the crisis is revealing. It points to several deeply troubling aspects of the Obama presidency.
Make no mistake: BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance. . . .
..It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down.
Most striking is his unbounded faith in governmentand an equally unbounded faith in his own abilities as a self-proclaimed transformational leader. Then there is his contempt (not too strong a word, in my judgment) for the private sector. Government, he seems to think, is a supermagnet for supersmart idealists from academia, while the business world is populated by dullards motivated by a crass and shortsighted desire for profit.
..This holier-than-thou, smarter-than-everyone-else ivory tower elitism has unfortunately become a defining element of the Obama presidency.
(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...
Twice he lauded the contribution that Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, could make to recovery efforts in the Gulf. Never mind that Chu is known for his research in cooling and trapping atoms with laser light. These are the presidents exact words: Chu brought together a team, basically a brain trust, of some of the smartest folks we have at the National Labs and in academia to essentially serve as an oversight board with BP engineers and scientists in making calculations about how much mud could you pour down, how fast, without risking potentially the whole thing blowing.
I’m not sure if 0bama’s arrogance exceeds his ignorance or if it is the other way around.
His killing all offshore drilling for 6 months is tantamount to keeping all vehicles off the road until it can be found out why Ford Pintos are exploding in accidents.
Make no mistake: the rigs that are “temporarily” shut down will not stay idle. They will be sent overseas to places like Angola or Brazil, never to return.
He has permanently caused job losses in the oil industry.
And at 1,400 people to support each drilling rig, it will be a lot of losses, particularly for those along the Gulf Coast(coincidently, those who did not vote for him).
What annoys me about the President is that he’s not smart enough to know that intelligence is not the only factor a leader must have. When his majority in the Senate is reduced and he loses the House, he’s going to spend a very frustrating two years. He has burned many bridges with people who otherwise would have tolerated him.
He’s an incompetent surrounded by enablers.
This morning on FOX Karl Rove said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, (a Nobel Prize-winning physicist) didnt realize the last cap attempt had vents in it to control the pressure and was concerned when oil was still flowing through the vents.
This is the part that always gets me. It's the idea that businessmen are too stupid for any sort of long-term goals/aims and only seek short-term success (usually in the form of evil profits) when, in reality, it's the liberal dolts like the current occupant of The White House who are projecting.
Chu and his brain trust can then bill BP for their ‘consultation.’
Obama is such an ass.
This gulf disaster has revealed Obama's style to be Carteresque, as in:
"There go my people. I am their leader. I must follow them."
And, with the time delays in responding to the requests of the real leaders on the scene, his ability to "follow" is less than adequate also.
he is the grandmaster of both!
Obama needs to be impeached, tried for treason and mailed to Gitmo for the rest of his days until he tumbles into Hell.
Great article. I’m noticing an increasing problem with know-it-all liberalism. These left-wing politicians think they know everything about every subject and believe they’re smarter and wiser than centrist independents and conservatives. They think they’re morally superior to everyone else and people to the right of them politically are just driven by crass materialism and have no concern for the environment. And they totally underestimate the private sector and how much brilliant work gets done in corporate America. I am so tired of the shallow superficial understanding of global warming theory within the current administration. Will they ever give any serious thought and consideration to the thousands of highly qualified scientists who are skpetical of global warming theory and the powerful evidence against man-made global warming?
I think they know -- this is a dishonest scheme to redistribute wealth and take money from the US.
That is just an introductory article...see the skeptics handbook ...available at the website.
I think a lot of people in the poor countries don’t believe in global warming theory and they’re just using it as a tactic to get money out of the rich countries. But most US liberals who support cap & trade seem to actually believe in the theory or at least believe in the cause even though they know nothing about the scientific theory of global warming. A lot of American liberals remind me of bratty kids who think they know more than the adults (even though they don’t) and when these brats don’t get what they want they start lying, cheating, and distorting the truth in an attempt to get their agenda implemented. That’s what they’re doing right now with the global warming issue. In fact, a lot of adult liberals probably were the bratty kids I remember from grade school.
This administration doesn’t understand that a “scientific consensus” in support of man-made global warming doesn’t mean anything, because very few scientists have much detailed understanding of climate science and even “climate experts” don’t understand ALL of the hundreds of factors that affect the earth’s climate. When you look at scientific papers on global warming, they only analyze a small number of the many factors affecting climate. The computerized climate models built by the UN are filled with hundreds of equations and thousands of lines of computer code which can (and I’m sure do) contain a few bad assumptions that invalidate all of the output of these models. A simulation model has to be near-perfect to be worth anything and I strongly doubt that the UN’s models are near-perfect. Global warming theory is easily 20 times more complex than anything I’ve ever looked at in science and the supporters of this theory are grossly understating the complexity of this science and grossly overstating the level of confidence that they should have in the output of their climate forecasting models.
As I wrote yesterday, if cap & tax is implement by this congress it will be a train wreck for the US economy and a political disaster for the democrats.