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Obama’s Vacation Optics – Axelrod and Co. Fail to Protect President’s Image
Big Government ^ | Friday, January 1, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor

Posted on 01/02/2010 6:08:15 AM PST by kristinn

Richard Nixon had advertising executive H.R. Haldeman; Ronald Reagan had image master Mike Deaver; Barack Obama has public relations guru David Axelrod.

All three men understood the power of visuals in communicating the strengths of the presidents they served on the campaign trail and in the office of the presidency.

I don’t know where David Axelrod has been since President Obama began his ten-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, but it is safe to say he is goofing off as much as his boss.


(The Oval Office, December 29, 2009. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


(AP Photo by Chris Carlson, December 31, 2009)


(Official White House photo by Pete Souza, December 31, 2009)

Since the Christmas Day terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on approach to Detroit, Axelrod and Team Obama have failed in their most basic duty of reassuring the American public that the president is on the job. It took four days, from when the attack occurred Friday morning Hawaii time to Monday afternoon Washington time, for Obama to be seen ‘on the job’ when he made a statement before the media about the terror attack.

Over that time span, the administration failed to update the White House web site with any mention of the attack.

In Obama’s absence, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were sent out on the Sunday talk shows (except for Fox) to spin the administration line that “the system worked.”

That PR strategy was mocked across the boards, forcing the administration to put Obama in front of the cameras for the first time since he went on vacation.

Obama’s presentation Monday was emotionless in delivery and casual in its presentation. Wearing an open collar shirt, Obama looked like a man who showed up at a formal club without the required attire and was forced to don the club jacket hanging in the closet to get in.

Obama also seemed painfully uncomfortable without his TelePrompter security blanket. He struggled with the text at times and reflexively swiveled his head from side-to-side even as he stared down at the the printed remarks laid out on the podium before him.

That Obama went golfing right after he told the American people he “will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable” undermined whatever seriousness of purpose the administration was trying to convey.

When internal reviews by the administration started to show that the government had enough information to stop the terror attack before it happened but failed to act, Obama was hustled back before the cameras the next day to get in front of the bad news–standard PR disaster strategy. However, Obama was hustled in front of the cameras so fast the satellite feeds weren’t ready so the cable networks went live with only a ghostly audio address by a ticked-off sounding Obama. Video of the speech was shown later in the day but the damage was done. Team Obama was flailing.

Worse still was the failure of Team Obama to distribute still photos of Obama taking meetings and briefings on the terror attack.

The White House told the media that Obama was getting briefed several times a day and was participating in meetings and conference calls in between gym workouts, golf, tennis and beach outings, picnicking, snorkeling, fine dining and taking over a movie theater.

However, it was only yesterday–a full week since the terror attack–that the administration released a photo of a hard(ly)-working Obama on the telephone. But the photo is not featured on the White House Web site, instead it was posted to the White House’s Flickr account.

What is on the White House Web site’s front page for the third day in a row is the White House ‘photo of the day’ that features an empty Oval Office save for a cleaning woman running a vacuum in front of the president’s vacated desk. A more telling image could not be presented to the public of an absent leader, yet that is the message Team Obama has conveyed to the world for the past three days.

It is a time-honored public relations technique to release photos of the president taking meetings and otherwise appearing to be focused on the nation’s business while on vacation or away from the White House when a crisis strikes. While Team Obama focused on keeping the prying eyes of media cameramen out of sight of Obama for most of his vacation activities, they failed to provide a countering image of Obama at work behind the scenes.

Yesterday, in addition to releasing the one photo of Obama at work, Team Obama allowed the media to photograph Obama at his movie outing and golf game.

The photos of Obama on the golf course show him playing with a passion that was sorely lacking in his initial speech to the nation about the Christmas Day terror attack.

David Axelrod used public imagery to create an air of inevitability of an Obama presidency months before the election. He created the aura of a co-presidency between Obama and President George W. Bush in the two months between Obama’s election and inauguration.

The whereabouts of Axelrod and his magic touch are unknown. But in their absence Obama, who has been living like an aloof king at his $4000 per night $8.9 million Hawaiian vacation estate, is looking more and more like an emperor with no clothes.

The optics of this are not pretty.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; blunders; davidaxelrod; flight253; fourth100days; obama; rahm
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This article was submitted to Big Government before yesterday afternoon's "Snowbama" shave ice outing.

Like I wrote, the optics of this are not pretty.

1 posted on 01/02/2010 6:08:16 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
The White House told the media that Obama was getting briefed several times a day and was participating in meetings and conference calls in between gym workouts, golf, tennis and beach outings, picnicking, snorkeling, fine dining and taking over a movie theater.

A fine article, Kristinn. I especially like this line, and its ending.

2 posted on 01/02/2010 6:17:45 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: kristinn

Just a little fiddling while our nation burns. What's the big deal? </sarcasm>

3 posted on 01/02/2010 6:18:54 AM PST by reegs
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To: kristinn
Obama also seemed painfully uncomfortable without his TelePrompter security blanket

Heads will roll. Somebody forgot to pack TOTUS.

4 posted on 01/02/2010 6:20:29 AM PST by McLynnan (Obama also seemed painfully uncomfortable without his TelePrompter security blanket)
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To: kristinn

“However, it was only yesterday–a full week since the terror attack–that the administration released a photo of a hard(ly)-working Obama” -——— They just released another photo of a hard(ly)-working Obama, - the second one in two days. comment: “At least he’s doing his job.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/4235235626/


5 posted on 01/02/2010 6:20:53 AM PST by anglian
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To: kristinn

mean while, the whole world knows that Rush Limbaugh is not dead....

and he likes our current Health Care system.

LOL


6 posted on 01/02/2010 6:21:07 AM PST by ConfidentConservative (I think, therefore I am conservative.)
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To: kristinn
At least we know the place was left in capable hands by someone fully qualified to do the work she was hired for.


7 posted on 01/02/2010 6:22:40 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: kristinn

Pantybomber ignored by Pantywaist President.


8 posted on 01/02/2010 6:23:53 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I see that they have hired lesbian housekeeprs in the new sharia based Whitehouse.

LLS


9 posted on 01/02/2010 6:25:22 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: kristinn
Isn't more a matter of truth in advertising?


10 posted on 01/02/2010 6:25:27 AM PST by paulycy (AMERICA: Less safe. Less free. More broke.)
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To: kristinn

I think the official portrait for Obama that hangs in the WH, should be of the lady w/the vacuum.

Picture=1000


11 posted on 01/02/2010 6:25:54 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: kristinn

Not sure he needs Axelrod when he has the msm. CBS Saturday Morning just spent the first few minutes discussing how this “hasn’t been much of a vacation” because of the rapidly filling plate of the boy king.


12 posted on 01/02/2010 6:26:30 AM PST by John W
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To: kristinn

lol is he trying to join the Ministry of Silly Walks?


13 posted on 01/02/2010 6:27:53 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: kristinn

It really is bad when Hillary Clinton looks like a prophet with her 3:00am statement.


14 posted on 01/02/2010 6:28:51 AM PST by brooklin
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To: kristinn
"...fail to protect his image."

No, his "image" is perfectly clear:obama,Obama,Clown,Nope,politics,satire

15 posted on 01/02/2010 6:29:25 AM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: kristinn

Excellent Kristinn, thank you.


16 posted on 01/02/2010 6:30:11 AM PST by pbear8 (Climate change is a fraud like Obama)
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To: kristinn

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), Malia (L) and Sasha (C) leave after watching the movie "Avatar" at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe, Hawaii, December 31, 2009.

President Barack Obama, right, waves on Pyramid Rock beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. The Obamas are in Hawaii for the holidays.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks at the Kailua Racquet Club before playing tennis in Kailua, Hawaii, December 28, 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Alan Wong's restaurant in Honolulu while on Christmas vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, December 27, 2009.

A motorcade carrying President Barack Obama drives the coast road on the east coast of Oahu, Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama reads a list of orders for shaved ice at Island Snow Hawaii while on vacation in Kailua, Hawaii January 1, 2010.

17 posted on 01/02/2010 6:30:54 AM PST by maggief
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To: kristinn

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

The guy wanted the position for the prestige and fun and benefits that it provides. He thought that it would be enough to delegate and make gestures about getting along with everybody, including our enemies. He is ill-equipped to understand the enemy and our problems in general.

Something tells me that he’d rather be back at community organizing where he could have all the free time he wants and where he won’t be interrupted while taking care of his personal business and vacations. He had no idea that the presidency is a full time job.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 6:32:42 AM PST by adorno
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To: kristinn

Vacations for people who suck at their jobs are usually not fun.


19 posted on 01/02/2010 6:33:16 AM PST by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: kristinn

20 posted on 01/02/2010 6:33:59 AM PST by paulycy (AMERICA: Less safe. Less free. More broke.)
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To: kristinn

Gosh, what a pathetic doofus. Literally ridiculous - i.e. worthy of ridicule.

Doesn't this guy look in the mirror? If not, you would think someone around him (Michelle, an advisor, ANYONE) would tell him not to go out looking like a complete jackass.

21 posted on 01/02/2010 6:35:09 AM PST by AAABEST (And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it)
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To: kristinn; Liz; STARWISE; onyx; Bahbah

Well done Kristinn! Lots of food for thought.


22 posted on 01/02/2010 6:40:53 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: kristinn

A serious conversation would require a more serious grip of the phone. You can't fake body language. Great job, Kristinn.

23 posted on 01/02/2010 6:41:24 AM PST by rabidralph (http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: adorno

I suspect that what Obama wanted was to be the King, not the President. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/theanchoress/2009/12/29/obama-and-doing-vs-being/


24 posted on 01/02/2010 6:42:36 AM PST by anglian
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To: AAABEST
...” i.e. worthy of ridicule.”

Sorry, wrong answer.

Please refer to the dictionary and spend some time looking up the term RACIST before considering any ridicule of the greatest POTUS ever!

It's a new year, and I have sworn to only say nice things about Barack Hussein Obama. I must now clean the vomit from my keyboard. How did that get here?

25 posted on 01/02/2010 6:42:49 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: kristinn

"Sigh...what is it NOW?? I'm late for my tennis match!"


26 posted on 01/02/2010 6:47:19 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: kristinn
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."-Joe Biden
27 posted on 01/02/2010 6:50:47 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: rabidralph

Hello?.. Bill?.. Of course, uh, Mr. President....

Uh, Mr. President... This bomber guy thing.... Man, Napolean-ano...

Yeah, the dumb cow, right.... yeah, well...

What's that? No, they didn't call me at 3 AM...

Hey, Hillary ! Is that you ?

{Click } ... What? Hello? Hello?

28 posted on 01/02/2010 6:52:47 AM PST by csvset
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To: adorno
"He thought that it would be enough to delegate and make gestures about getting along with everybody, including our enemies. He is ill-equipped to understand the enemy and our problems in general."

I think you're absolutely right. I truthfully think he thought all these problems would just go away because "he", "the ones we've been waiting for" was elected.

That the problems haven't gone away and since he has no idea how to make them go away is completely baffling him, and I can clearly imagine him thinking "I'm on vacation and I shouldn't have to be bothered with this"...

29 posted on 01/02/2010 6:53:34 AM PST by libs_kma (If you RAM it down our throats in 2009, we're going to SHOVE it up your "donkey" in 2010!!!!!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Are you suggesting Napolitano has been demoted to rug-sweeper?


30 posted on 01/02/2010 6:53:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: maggief; kristinn

Did Bush ever go on a vacation? IIR They usually spent their “off time” at camp David, the house in Maine or the ranch in Texas....Same with Poppa Bush. Reagan went to his ranch in CA.

The Clinton’s went to the Islands (But I always figured that was just to do their banking) and the also spent a bit of time in Mass. at friends home...They didn’t have a “real home” to go to. BUT Obamas own a home in Chicago.....Have they ever gone home to CHicago since he was elected?


31 posted on 01/02/2010 6:54:53 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: kristinn
The question I have is "why"?

Axelrod isn't stupid. He knows this is hurting Obama. So why does he let it continue? Why wasn't the usual PR campaign used? Not as if they haven't had one for years.

32 posted on 01/02/2010 6:57:20 AM PST by Brugmansian
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To: maggief

Are you sure he's not reading the National Security report?

33 posted on 01/02/2010 6:57:55 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: ladyvet

articulate: not. needs a teleprompter to even sound not dumb

bright: probably 115 or so IQ. not spectacularly intelligent

clean: his wife (moogoo) says he is “stinky”

nice-looking: he looks weird with blue lips and large ears and feminine mannerisms

Biden: LOL


34 posted on 01/02/2010 6:57:55 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: kristinn

Doin' thangs the Chicago Way.

35 posted on 01/02/2010 7:00:19 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: maggief
The guy waiting behind him in this pic looks like he's saying, "Dude, please quit your dithering and just order already!"


36 posted on 01/02/2010 7:00:32 AM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: kristinn

Well written, Kristinn. I enjoyed the article all the way through.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 7:01:30 AM PST by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: T Minus Four

“What is on the White House Web site’s front page for the third day in a row is the White House ‘photo of the day’ that features an empty Oval Office save for a cleaning woman running a vacuum in front of the president’s vacated desk. A more telling image could not be presented to the public of an absent leader, yet that is the message Team Obama has conveyed to the world for the past three days.”

LOL, we were discussing the bad Michele picture, now I really am starting to think whoever is picking these shots is a republican mole!


38 posted on 01/02/2010 7:01:50 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Brugmansian

The MSM is carrying their water fairly well. Although they do sound somewhat desperate as they attempt to cover for him.


39 posted on 01/02/2010 7:02:18 AM PST by John W
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To: rabidralph

"NO! NO! NO! That's two squirts of lemon-lime, one squirt of cherry and three and a half squirts of passion-guava!! NOT one squirt of lemon-lime, two squirts of cherry and three and a half squirts of passion-guava!! Can't you people get anything right?

40 posted on 01/02/2010 7:02:45 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: kristinn

They cannot protect... The Image of The Beast


41 posted on 01/02/2010 7:03:11 AM PST by PoloSec (Note to Princess B H Obama: May PISS be Upon Mohammads Head...You Pervert)
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To: John W
Stylistically, the media articles about Obama needing a vacation and this being a normal thing remind me of New York Times reporters Duranty and Matthews tributes to, respectively, Stalin and Castro.

Think the covering for Obama is fairly apparent to most. Especially considering the economic situation.

His handlers must see what is happening. Why don't they stop it?

42 posted on 01/02/2010 7:05:41 AM PST by Brugmansian
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To: Past Your Eyes

Is that Janet whatshername? Janet promoted to the Oval office?)


43 posted on 01/02/2010 7:06:15 AM PST by BARLF
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To: Brugmansian

We probably shouldn’t overlook the possibility of plain old incompetence.


44 posted on 01/02/2010 7:08:56 AM PST by John W
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To: AAABEST

Gads. Have you seen Michelle lately? She’s in no position to tell anyone they look ridiculous!

They live in their own private little world with no problems and only hear how wonderful, smart and beautiful they are by the people around them.

Wish I could be a fly on the wall when they found out they’ve been naked all this time.


45 posted on 01/02/2010 7:10:21 AM PST by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE; onyx; maggief; Bahbah; kristinn; Condor51; Just mythoughts; sickoflibs; ...
The whereabouts of Axelrod and his magic touch are unknown. (Axelrod is the one used public imagery to create an air of inevitability of an Obama presidency months before the 2008 election. He created Obama's holy aura---even had Obama saying he wanted to be "another Reagan." Now in the wake of the undie bomber, Obama is looking more and more like an emperor with no clothes.

I always get a kick out of THE ACT Axelrod puts on when the cameras start rolling. He should get an Academy Award for Best Performance in the category of "Duping the Citizenry." Hey, Axelrod might even get a Golden Globe for faking his wide-eyed "deer in the headlights" look---posing as a political innocent. Like he's trying to reassure a wary citizenry that he's actually "harmless."

===================================================

FOR YOUR REFERENCE: The Ohaha/Axelrod/Incompetano cabal looked "kindly" on terrorism---but the cabal leaned hard on what they termed “rightwing extremism.”

On April 7, DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent out an alert to US L/E. It identified “rightwing extremists” as a danger and defined “rightwing extremists” in a footnote.

EXCERPT * (U) Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

DHS said that the report was not an attempt to squash First Amendment Rights for conservatives----only "hate groups"---- but, there was no attempt to exempt anyone from their broad generalizations.

Incompetano's report paints EVERY ASPECT OF CONSERVATISM as "suspect."

===============================================

Fox's Judge Andrew Napolitano sounded the alarm----he reported the 12-page DHS document is an "excerpt" from a larger, more comprehensive, attack on "right-wingers."

The "excerpt" DHS sent to L/E was NOT supposed to be seen by the media---- and had specific instructions printed on it cautioning L/E NOT to show it to the media. Judge Nap said any attempts by the government to "chill" the speech of the citiznery is blatantly unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment. Judge Nap said we should all be very alarmed.

NOTE: The report was later withdrawn.

46 posted on 01/02/2010 7:10:33 AM PST by Liz
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To: adorno
Something tells me that he’d rather be back at community organizing where he could have all the free time he wants and where he won’t be interrupted while taking care of his personal business and vacations. He had no idea that the presidency is a full time job.

Yeah right. Obama is set for life financially. The Presidency guarantees it along with a place in history and eternal celebritydom. His "historic" Presidency will feed into his huge ego and messianic personality. The idea that he would be happy as a community organizer rather than transforming this country in his image doesn't pass the laugh test.

47 posted on 01/02/2010 7:11:48 AM PST by kabar
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Makes sense, now.


48 posted on 01/02/2010 7:13:16 AM PST by rabidralph (http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: kristinn

Was he even talking to anyone in #3?

I imagine his team just telling him to have a seat, hold the phone and don his serious face for a moment while they snap some photos.


49 posted on 01/02/2010 7:14:01 AM PST by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: hoosiermama

They wrote down the order for him. No teleprompters at Island Snow, I guess.


50 posted on 01/02/2010 7:16:35 AM PST by maggief
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