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Obama's happiness deficit (big whiner, ends mtgs early for BB)
Washington Post ^ | March 15 | Fred Hiatt

Posted on 03/16/2010 5:33:00 AM PDT by PghBaldy

Here's a theory about why President Obama is having a tough political time right now: He doesn't seem all that happy being president.

...I started thinking about this a few weeks ago when Obama confidant David Axelrod, noting that the president always makes time for his daughters' recitals and soccer games, told the New York Times, "I think that's part of how he sustains himself through all this."

Really? Is the presidency something to sustain yourself through? He did ask for this job; we didn't make him take it. And so it seems fair to ask: What part of it does he enjoy? Formulating rational solutions to complex problems, for sure...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: dearleader; obama; obamateur; peterprinciple
If insider accounts are to be believed, Obama would rather preside briskly over the meeting and then go up to the family quarters or out for some basketball.
1 posted on 03/16/2010 5:33:01 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: PghBaldy

“He doesn’t seem all that happy being president.”

Funny. A lot of the rest of us aren’t any happier with him being president.


2 posted on 03/16/2010 5:35:48 AM PDT by Pelham (Obamacare, the new Final Solution.)
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To: PghBaldy

Is the presidency something to sustain yourself through?


I’ll say he asked for the job. Now he has it and he doesn’t like it? I guess the journey of personal discovery isn’t going too well.Too bad—he can leave in 3 more years.


3 posted on 03/16/2010 5:36:17 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: PghBaldy

Happiness deficit. Poll deficit. Budget deficit. Whatever...


4 posted on 03/16/2010 5:36:40 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: PghBaldy

He’s in way over his head.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 5:37:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
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To: PghBaldy

Obama never wanted to _be_ President. Remember how, back when he first got elected to the Senate, he said he was too inexperienced? Well the “Powers that Be” convinced him to _run_ for President, which he enjoyed, but he didn’t want to really _be_ President. He still doesn’t.


6 posted on 03/16/2010 5:38:00 AM PDT by Paradox (The Party of Know.)
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To: PghBaldy

Typical shooting star syndone.

Hot on the way up...Burning out on the way down.


7 posted on 03/16/2010 5:39:17 AM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: PghBaldy
Formulating rational solutions to complex problems, for sure

0bama is a one trick pony. Socialism isn't a rational solution for any problem, complex or not, but it is his only solution, every time.

8 posted on 03/16/2010 5:39:21 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Note to self: Never post in a thread about religion again.)
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To: rbg81

why wait? oh yeah...Biden


9 posted on 03/16/2010 5:39:44 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: PghBaldy

and from another article about his weekly CEO lunches...”A number of CEOs who have participated have come out grumbling about the affairs, saying that there is a lot of talk from the President about himself and the job he’s doing and less on what the CEOs are seeing in the real world when it comes to the economy, job growth, and the way Washington is working.”

He doesn’t want to work with anyone. He wants to dictate. That’s the reason he is unhappy.


10 posted on 03/16/2010 5:41:06 AM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: PghBaldy

My take on this ... he’s an affirmative action president, thrust forward by events he certainly embraced and now finds himself in a situation he is little suited for ... essentially someone who is well beyond his level of competency.


11 posted on 03/16/2010 5:42:20 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: PghBaldy

He’s a pathetic narcissist who doesn’t play well with others.


12 posted on 03/16/2010 5:42:58 AM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
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To: NoExpectations

Community organizing isn’t exactly preparing oneself for reality. Inner city America, is exactly NOT America, and hopefully never will be.


13 posted on 03/16/2010 5:46:15 AM PDT by wita
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To: PghBaldy

This is typical of him. He never held a job for long, and I imagine he missed a lot of college classes, if he even attended. He’s been complaining about the rigors of being president for some time, now. He wants the glory, but is too lazy to put out constructive effort. He loves to campaign when he has the full attention of his audience. When in a mixed setting, he has no clue how to respond, and usually fumbles. He is lousy at give and take, but would make a good dictator...


14 posted on 03/16/2010 5:46:33 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes he is. And my guess is, he’s way overwhelmed too. I think he throws an idea out and let’s everyone else take care of it. I think he likes the perks and hates the job. Not that I could do it any better, but, HE asked for the job.


15 posted on 03/16/2010 5:50:49 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: PghBaldy
We understand that, even without war and recession, it wouldn't be easy. His predecessor partied and stuck him with the tab

Yeah, boy, did Dubya every party. 9-11, recession following, country in terror, constant threats. Boy howdy did Dubya ever party. WAHOOO the good times just rolled.

Does the Washington Post have any writers who have more then one brain cell?

16 posted on 03/16/2010 5:51:42 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: PghBaldy
Obama has always been a floater (i.e. slacker who floats from one job to the next without ever excelling at anything).
17 posted on 03/16/2010 5:53:02 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: PghBaldy

“And so it seems fair to ask: What part of it does he enjoy?”

Simply put, he loved campaigning, and still does, he enjoyed making wild claims about what he could and would do as president, lying at every stop on the trail about everything and NEVER being called on by the MSM to explain himself in detail. And of course he really enjoyed blaming everything on Bush. As an executive, to put it mildly, he stinks.


18 posted on 03/16/2010 5:54:22 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: rbg81

“I’ll say he asked for the job. Now he has it and he doesn’t like it? I guess the journey of personal discovery isn’t going too well.Too bad—he can leave in 3 more years.”

I think he will be “leaved” by Thanksgiving. Impeachment is a wonderful word!


19 posted on 03/16/2010 5:59:36 AM PDT by primatreat ( "O" time out. Go lock yourself in a "porta-potty")
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To: PghBaldy

He’s a spoiled man-child. God help us.

The question in my mind is whether he will run for reelection. He can have a lot of fun being a former President without any of the grown-up responsibilities of being POTUS.


20 posted on 03/16/2010 6:00:39 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: McGavin999
Does the Washington Post have any writers who have more then one brain cell?

Actually, I think there is only one brain cell, that they share between the lot of them.

21 posted on 03/16/2010 6:00:56 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: PghBaldy

From what I’ve read, BO has never been happy when working. He got a job, wasn’t happy with it and quickly moved on to another job where he repeated the cycle.

Guess he figures now he can retire early & play basketball all day.


22 posted on 03/16/2010 6:01:04 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: PghBaldy

Awww...he’s not happy? Good! Does that mean he won’t be seeking a second term? Maybe he could just quit now and turn it over to Biden!! Biden would be a massive improvement, not to mention a heck of a lot of fun to watch.


23 posted on 03/16/2010 6:02:15 AM PDT by GBA
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To: BluH2o

the Peter Principle on view.


24 posted on 03/16/2010 6:02:19 AM PDT by pioneerstakethearrows
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To: rbg81

.....I’ll say he asked for the job.....

Alternatively and even likely, he is but a pawn, a synthetic creation that took years to develop into an electable entity. What is becoming viable are the strings that allow him to act.

He was told to take the job


25 posted on 03/16/2010 6:08:32 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Yes and no.

Obama excelled in EVERY case. But not at hard reality. At two aspects of pre-2010 era success. (1) Getting to the front of the Social Promotion line. (2) The politics of ‘looking good’ and appearing to be a serious man.

Even his ‘slacker’ nature is truly American. We honor the Tom Sawyer of Mark Twain’s legend for his ability to get others to do the hard work in a crafty way. We remember Ronald Reagan’s naps and time at his ranch — because we knew by that that he was delegating well. The same applied to GWB, when he did his best did so because he surrounded himself with men and women of character who did get things done.

In fact, that gifted slackerism might be the most American thing about Obama.

In the realm of those who market fraud, successes based on reality can actually be burdens. Why? To build on lies, start with a foundation of lies. Throwing in an honest success can be the buried hard breaking rock of a pointed anvil that breaks the near completed castle of fantasy.

It may well be that OBAMA’S GREATEST STRENGTH IS THAT HE IS A TOTAL FRAUD WITH NOT ONE PART of his life or career real.


26 posted on 03/16/2010 6:12:13 AM PDT by bvw
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To: PghBaldy

“It’s hard being POTUS. The mean white people expect me to woorrrkkkkk....boo hoo.”


27 posted on 03/16/2010 6:13:01 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: PghBaldy

What part of it does he enjoy?

.....Pontificating in the limelight and the money flow for decades to come.

The media is to blame delkiberately crafting an illusion that a backbencher state legislator and then recent U.S. Senator was a real leader of any kind. Zero is not running this show. He only collects his paycheck.


28 posted on 03/16/2010 6:15:39 AM PDT by rod1
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I also want to remark on the ‘floating from one job to another’ aspect of your lament.

In the times where society doesn’t mollycoddle folks, where there is not a huge social stratification of careers and economic mobility it is not uncommon at all to find GREAT MEAN whose career has ‘floated from one job to another’, even failing in most of them.

I will mention a few — Abraham Lincoln. Ulysses S. Grant. Harry S Truman. George Washington — by the 24th of December 1776 was considered a failed general by nearly all observers at the time, a man who had been promoted beyond his capabilities.


29 posted on 03/16/2010 6:17:24 AM PDT by bvw
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To: stefanbatory

Yeah - and Biden gets us one step closer to “President Pelosi.” Not a pleasant thought...


30 posted on 03/16/2010 6:24:50 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: BluH2o

I agree. I said exactly the same thing on another message board that I frequent the day after the election and was roundly criticized. Wonder if they think that way now?

He is too weak a leader to stand up against “Prime Minister” Pelosi, cavorts with enemies, trashes allies, etc., etc. Epic failure after one year...we need to impeach his incompetent self, I can’t take 3 more years of this kind of damage infliction.


31 posted on 03/16/2010 6:31:17 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: bvw
True, true.

But I would venture that in great men who failed before becoming great, there must have been some attribute greatness and great character lurking in the background just waiting to be called upon.

When I look at Obama, all I see is immaturity and narcissism.

32 posted on 03/16/2010 6:44:33 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: rod1

Zero is not running this show.
I wonder who really is running the show. I can’t see Pelosi or Reid being the powers behind obama.


33 posted on 03/16/2010 6:46:35 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: PghBaldy

Please dear God, deliver us from this EVIL man.


34 posted on 03/16/2010 6:48:34 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: PghBaldy

It’s the first time anybody has really expected him to show up and do something, and it’s very tiring to him.


35 posted on 03/16/2010 7:00:27 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

That’s why I felt to was necessary to extend your observation about Obama — in another way of looking at it he has climbed a ladder of success. The ladder of the great con man.


36 posted on 03/16/2010 7:03:53 AM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw
Yep. As lazy as he is, he is an accomplished con man.

I wonder if he is sufficiently introspective to be aware of it.

37 posted on 03/16/2010 7:22:21 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: BluH2o

My take on this ... he’s an affirmative action president, thrust forward by events he certainly embraced and now finds himself in a situation he is little suited for ... essentially someone who is well beyond his level of competency.

Isn’t that the Peter Principle? Promoted beyond one’s abilities?


38 posted on 03/16/2010 7:23:55 AM PDT by Chickensoup (We have the government we deserve. Is our government our traitor?)
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