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Obama: incompetent and ideological
NY Post ^ | May 30, 2010 | Michael Barone

Posted on 05/31/2010 2:46:53 AM PDT by Scanian

'Obama Struggling to Show He's in Control," reads the headline on The Washington Post's story on Barack Obama's Thursday press conference, where most of the questions were about the Gulf oil spill.

"Defensive, unauthoritative and equivocal," wrote Congressional Quarterly's Craig Crawford of Obama's performance. "He came across as a beleaguered bureaucrat in damage control."

Uh-oh. People, even people in the Obama-friendly press, are beginning to say that the oil spill is Obama's Katrina. That it destroys his reputation for competence.

Obama's press conference -- his first in the White House in 309 days -- didn't make him look any more in command of things than the photos of President George W. Bush's flyover visit to New Orleans. The candidate who told us his electoral victory would be seen as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" is now the president who seems helpless to prevent the oil slick from spreading.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; ideology; oilspill; presser

1 posted on 05/31/2010 2:46:53 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: All
Was Obama a dual citizen? By birthright of his father and by adoption by
his stepfather, he may not be a NBC, and consitutionally disqualified from
holding office. He claims US citizenship due to his Hawaiian connections.

"ALOHA"

2 posted on 05/31/2010 3:00:10 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: Scanian

Shame the headline is more decisive than the article which is full of weasel words i.e. equivocal.

Barone is never going to be a fire-breather so I’m not surprised or disappointed but I knew the headline was too good to be true.


3 posted on 05/31/2010 3:00:51 AM PDT by relictele (.)
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4 posted on 05/31/2010 3:01:20 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: Scanian
Democratic victories in 1992 and 2008 were indictments of the two George Bushes for incompetence

Both Bush's lost support from conservatives because of ideology. Bush 1 :, "read my lips, no new taxes", then raising taxes. Bush 2: Medicare drug entitlement.

What is the TEA party all about? Both parties are wrong for America ideologically.

5 posted on 05/31/2010 3:03:31 AM PDT by Need4Truth (the just shall live by faith.)
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To: Scanian
Applying a new twist to being famous for being famous, Obama supporters during the campaign were literally unable to point to any single accomplishment by the candidate except that he ran a good campaign.


6 posted on 05/31/2010 3:06:47 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nathanbedford

Obama did not have Any competence to lose!


7 posted on 05/31/2010 3:19:19 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: Need4Truth

due you really think it was medicare?

I think Bush 2 simply wimped out. I personally think he was a great-American and I thank G-d every day that he was president during 9/11 than Al Gore. But, he simply didn’t fight—he let the dems and the media bash him endlessly and he never fought back. I gave up when he didn’t fight for John Bolton to stay in the UN. (calling Islam a religion of peace didn’t help the situation either)


8 posted on 05/31/2010 3:21:03 AM PDT by Jaysin
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To: Liz

LOL!!


9 posted on 05/31/2010 3:21:45 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Need4Truth

I’d say Bush 2 lost conservatives with the attempt at the Dubai port deal in the few years after 9/11 and mostly through his attempt and reattempt at amnesty for illegals.


10 posted on 05/31/2010 3:31:07 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: nathanbedford

Contrary to beliefs dear to the liberal intelligentsia race, ethnicity, and gender are not qualifiers for any position of leadership and do not inherently denote moral superiority. President Obama is the end result of nearly fifty years of a national obsession with affirmative action.

Having seen the consequences of electing an ill prepared chief executive, one can hope the electorate will return to evaluating potential leaders in terms of accomplishments, values, philosophy, and personal accountability. For national survival we must move beyond the politics of racial identity to achieve Dr. King’s dream of people being judged by their character and not the color of their skin.


11 posted on 05/31/2010 3:37:38 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Scanian


12 posted on 05/31/2010 3:38:50 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Liz

“ALOHA” = Always Let Obama Hide Adequacy


13 posted on 05/31/2010 3:46:28 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: Liz

“ALOHA” = Always Let Obama Hide Adequacy


14 posted on 05/31/2010 3:48:19 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: FreeAtlanta

What a putz!


15 posted on 05/31/2010 4:00:20 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: Scanian
Obama’s competency is in three areas:

1. community organizing (i.e. trouble-making),

2. oratory (i.e. reading well what others have programmed into his TelePrompTer), and

3.concealing his past.

16 posted on 05/31/2010 4:01:36 AM PDT by Mobties
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To: Scanian

Think of it this way: even though the media is his pals, the media is of the mindset that gubment can solve all the world’s problems, and when anyone, including a lib, prove that to be patently false, they melt down.


17 posted on 05/31/2010 4:14:01 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Scanian

Gee, the country elected a two-bit community organizer, a guy who never had a real job and people are SHOCKED at Obama’s complete incomtetance??

I seemed to recall Obama himself saying that his major accomplishment was that he “ran” his presidential campaign! Great, huh? But the MSM desperately — desperately — wanted the antI-Bush candidate and the people desperately wanted to believe. Like we do watching a movie, enough people were willing to suspend their belief, completely disregarded this guy’s background, and voted for him with tears of joy.

Obama is the complete disaster that we all warned about, maybe worse.


18 posted on 05/31/2010 4:16:52 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: nathanbedford
True, but we have a golden opportunity here, and that is not just to undo Obama-ism, but to seriously damage the precept that gubment can fix any and all problems. This is NOT just "Obama's competence" under scrutiny, it's GUBMENT'S.

We should repeatedly make the case that close-shore drilling would have allowed divers to fix that a long time ago, too.

19 posted on 05/31/2010 4:21:37 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: DooDahhhh
My thoughts exactly Gitmo closing- trails of terrorist in New York, the Fort Hood Shooter, the Christmas day bomber and on and on-I read an article about the Sestak problem a in the AP-The article said it under cut Obama’s carefully craft image, I damn near spewed my coffee—LOL the comic strips have moved to the news sections of the paper..
20 posted on 05/31/2010 4:46:52 AM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: Jaysin

Jaysin, I love the man too - and I’d rather see him back in the White House any day over the bumbling idiot who’s in there now.

But you nailed it. He backed down before the dems. His greatest strength was his love for country and his determination to protect it. But did not defend himself and fight back when he should have. Sometimes a gentleman must fight back.


21 posted on 05/31/2010 4:50:30 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: carcraft

Whoever is carefully crafting his image has failed. The whie house is an embaressment.


22 posted on 05/31/2010 4:55:20 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: DooDahhhh

“Obama did not have Any competence to lose!”

In all fairness, he has been pretty competent at ducking the press for a VERY long time. And given how he performed when he finally deigned to have a press conference, avoiding such events appears to have been a very smart move:
“Defensive, unauthoritative and equivocal,” wrote Congressional Quarterly’s Craig Crawford of Obama’s performance.


23 posted on 05/31/2010 5:01:19 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Scanian

Barone makes some great points.

But the issue is as much of a .F.D. (as Biden would say) as this crisis is, this is not the worst thing that may befall us before we can vote BO out of office. The world is a dangerous place today.


24 posted on 05/31/2010 5:06:33 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: Scanian

Zero “gets good marks on Iraq and Afghanistan.” No so fast. Orson Welles wisely said, “Whether a movie has a happy ending depends on where you end the story.”


25 posted on 05/31/2010 5:10:13 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: Scanian

When Bam-Bam said “I’m not an ideologue, he was lying as usual.


26 posted on 05/31/2010 5:22:43 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: LS
We should repeatedly make the case that close-shore drilling would have allowed divers to fix that a long time ago, too.

Preach it! Enviro-whackoism caused disaster.

27 posted on 05/31/2010 5:35:15 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Scanian

“...even people in the Obama-friendly press, are beginning to say that the oil spill is Obama’s Katrina. That it destroys his reputation for competence.”

What a joke. What was this “reputation” was based on?


28 posted on 05/31/2010 6:15:07 AM PDT by Conan the Conservative (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: Liz

29 posted on 05/31/2010 6:19:05 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Scanian
That it destroys his reputation for competence.

A reputation for Obama competence is a Potemkin village if ever I saw one...

30 posted on 05/31/2010 6:20:47 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Scanian

Let’s see.... Watergate deja vu + Katrina deja vu + Palestinian aggression in Gaza + Failed EU = Perfect storm

Crucified Messiah. The mob will be howling for Barabas


31 posted on 05/31/2010 6:21:38 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: nathanbedford
People, even people in the Obama-friendly press, are beginning to say that the oil spill is Obama's Katrina. That it destroys his reputation for competence.

How remarkable!

Members of the press, even Barone, continue to profess Obama's "reputation for competence"

As if.

32 posted on 05/31/2010 6:21:49 AM PDT by Jim Noble (If the answer is "Republican", it must be a stupid question)
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To: Jim Noble
One might have hoped that this obsession with "competence" would have died whimpering with the Dukakis candidacy. It is not a flattering image of the electorate to see them ever pandering after a fairytale image of some sort of father figure, a wizard behind the curtain, a Messiah in secular clothing, who will save us all. I suppose this comes from the image crafted by FDR.

It is probably not going to be well received here on free Republic but I would venture that our two greatest presidents, Washington and Lincoln, were men of questionable competence. Washington was a failure as a tactical commander in the war. His dispositions in the defense of New York were ill advised in the extreme. He lost battle after battle. His great virtue was his integrity and his ability to persevere, to persevere in the face sometimes of his own incompetence and certainly in the face of the incompetence of the Continental Congress.

It was not George Washington's "competence" that gave us a nation it was his courage and perseverance. And it was not strictly speaking competence that set the nation on the right track in his first two administrations. Much of that "competence" came from the likes of Alexander Hamilton.

Abraham Lincoln could hardly be called competent in his conduct of the Civil War militarily. In fact, his choice of generals was a series of ill-fated misjudgments. But he is one of our greatest presidents not for his competency in the military field but because of his vision. And it was his transcendental vision which enabled him to get the big things right. He never wavered in his belief that the union must be preserved. His timing on the Emancipation Proclamation was exquisite. His courage and the election of 1864 was worthy of everyone's respect. His grand idea of reconciliation with the South rather than vengeance was one more example of how the greatness of his spirit enabled him to get the important things right.

Liberals seek "competence" in their champions the cause of the field from which they can choose is so bare for them of men with character and vision. It is character we want in a president and competence that we want in his subordinates. But character and vision come from humility and by definition it is impossible to be a God player and to be humble at the same time. Again by definition, liberals are God players who enter the political arena because it offers them the widest scope for their ambitions.

Even granting Obama every exaggerated ounce of "competence" claimed for him by his sycophants, give me the nobility of character of Washington and Lincoln.


33 posted on 05/31/2010 7:46:28 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: sneakers
Democratic victories in 1992 and 2008 were indictments of the two George Bushes for incompetence

I'm confused.....how would GWB fighting harder against the dems have made John Sidney McCain a better candidate?

34 posted on 05/31/2010 9:26:43 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Calling an Illegal Alien an "Immigrant" is like calling a bank robber a "customer")
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