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Obama and the Trouble With Voting 'Present' (Karl Rove)
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2010 | Karl Rove

Posted on 06/10/2010 6:03:31 AM PDT by chickadee

Even now, Mr. Obama looks like a spectator, albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole" (now that's a good idea no one has thought of) and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick."

But the main political behind that's being kicked is Mr. Obama's. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll says Americans give the federal government a 69% negative rating for its handling of the spill, compared to a 62% negative rating for Washington's handling of Katrina in August 2005.

This pattern of being merely present has been apparent almost since the first days of the Obama presidency. He may unveil his mighty teleprompter to help pass what Congress has drafted, but this White House seems strangely disconnected from crafting legislation.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; communityorganizer; inexperience; karlrove; marxist; obama; present; weak
"The country has had another president both weak and radical at the same time: Jimmy Carter."

Can you say "hapless", children?

1 posted on 06/10/2010 6:03:32 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee
albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole"

..only after the urging of Spike Lee

2 posted on 06/10/2010 6:05:23 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Doogle

When Obama shifts into “street” language, he reminds me of those opera singers who try to sing pop music.


3 posted on 06/10/2010 6:08:31 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

obama is the first Anti-American president and The Man Who Would Be King.


4 posted on 06/10/2010 6:08:42 AM PDT by no-llmd
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To: chickadee

The (D) presidents are so hung up on themselves that they cannot function. They seem to rely on the “power of their presence” to make the seas calm..................


5 posted on 06/10/2010 6:09:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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To: Red Badger

The comparison with Jimmah Cahtah seems amusing now, but I think of all the harm Carter has caused since leaving office. Only imagine what kind of trouble the current occupant of the WH can cause when he falls in with his international muslim friends. He is younger than Carter was when he left the WH. This nightmare could be with us for a long, long time.


6 posted on 06/10/2010 6:12:36 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

....but he sounds cool to rap singers


7 posted on 06/10/2010 6:16:05 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: chickadee

.."the problem Odumbo has with kicking ass, is he can't get his face out of the way fast enough"

8 posted on 06/10/2010 6:19:15 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Doogle

He doesn’t look like he could kick anyone’s a**. He is a practicing metrosexual.


9 posted on 06/10/2010 6:19:36 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Interesting that Rove only refers to him as “Mr Obama” and NOT “president”.
LOL...


10 posted on 06/10/2010 6:20:11 AM PDT by two23 (Everything About Them Is a Lie)
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To: chickadee

Obama is so utterly clueless, he’s making Jimmy Carter look like John Wayne.


11 posted on 06/10/2010 6:21:15 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: chickadee

The sad reality of the matter is that 0bama doesn’t know the difference between the a$$ he wants to kick and BP’s hole in the ground.


12 posted on 06/10/2010 6:25:27 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: canuck_conservative

Carter rehabilitated his image by building Houses for Humanity. Can you imagine Obama resorting to manual labor for any reason?


13 posted on 06/10/2010 6:26:49 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

So true! Funny thing is how hard he worked to establish his street cred - it just doesn’t compute.


14 posted on 06/10/2010 6:30:19 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: chickadee

“This nightmare could be with us for a long, long time.”

Excellent point. After all, what BHO is really good at is agitating. After all, his core competency is community organizer. Now consider the trouble community organizers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stir up.

BHO will be like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson on steroids. BHO will make Carter look like an amateur America hater.


15 posted on 06/10/2010 6:32:37 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: chickadee

Time for the picture of him in ‘mom jeans’!
What a maroon! what a gull a bull!


16 posted on 06/10/2010 6:33:55 AM PDT by griswold3 (Barack Obama’s First Law of Leadership: “I just work here.”)
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To: chickadee
and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick."

Too bad Matt Lauer didn't say "Did you look in the mirror?"

17 posted on 06/10/2010 6:35:07 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: chickadee
Mr. Obama is an odd mixture of passivity and radicalism. He's happy to be a cheerleader for policies (like nationalizing health care) that many Americans find dangerously liberal.

Odd isn't the word for it.

18 posted on 06/10/2010 6:36:22 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: FourPeas

I think he is just a lazy narcissistic magalomaniac. He enjoys the preening/posing, but shuns the heavy lifting of high office.


19 posted on 06/10/2010 6:38:20 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee
The problem is, by and large most Americans are not "radicals" and do not support "radicalism"...at least in the socialist/communist sense.

Not all of us make it, but most of us cherish the guarantee of the PURSUIT of happiness; but way too many confuse "happiness" with "prosperity".

These radicals - not unlike Jim Jones and his commune - usually only have support of their "believers", but eventually the flock learns more about their "shepard", and want no part of him.

The kenyan's commune - i.e. unions, mainstream media, and other assorted chia pets - will eventually be asked to take a sip of the "kool-aid", as king $#!+ would rather see them destroyed, than disloyal.

Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and if the people tolerate it long enough the powers that be will amass enough power to keep them imprisoned (E. Germany, Cuba, etc) in order to retain a "kingdom".

There is no "right way" to run socialism, for it requires the extortion of, and spending of, other people's money...while at the same time ideologically destroying the "other peoples'" method of earning that money.

They are adolescents to depend on their "allowance" to get by, until the parents are tapped out, and then they kill them to get the house.

Take my word for it, Americans don't know how to NOT BE free...so obamaism will never work for very long.
20 posted on 06/10/2010 6:39:52 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: FrankR
"Take my word for it, Americans don't know how to NOT BE free . . .

On this, I wholeheartedly agree. Some Americans, at least.
21 posted on 06/10/2010 6:44:58 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee; SunkenCiv
>>>> "When Obama shifts into 'street' language, he reminds me of those opera singers who try to sing pop music." <<<<

Who do you think is advising him?

Seems more & more that he's doing weird stuff, on the basis of advice from persons who seem to want to SABOTAGE him.

I mean what is more phoney than some effete intellectual Harvaaard educated millionaire using gutter slang, in some bizarre attempt to appear "manly."

Was it Bill Maher who suggested such a weird line of action???

Now..... were Michelle Obama to come out and give a speech about kicking the butt of ol' massa oil giant BP, that would be entirely believable because her street smarts are AUTHENTIC.

Do you think maybe Oprah is advising him???

Say... what YEAR did Oprah give birth to a boy child that allegedly died?????

22 posted on 06/10/2010 6:55:44 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: chickadee

Obama voted ‘present’ as his long range political plans wanted NOTHING to reveal his ideology. The O was schooled and trained by real slickmeisters.


23 posted on 06/10/2010 6:57:42 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: hennie pennie

I’ve thought from the beginning that he is the product of a committee. Just a man of the right color, the right education, the ability to give a wonderful speech. He is the true “mini me”.


24 posted on 06/10/2010 6:57:45 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: Dudoight

Hmmm - I could believe that more easily if he hadn’t had such a long and close affiliation with Jeremiah Wright. If his competition had been anyone other than Hillary, it would have mattered more. Hillary had enemies on both sides of the aisle.

Also, I think Obama’s team was shocked that he won in 2008. I think 2004 was just supposed to be the trial run.


25 posted on 06/10/2010 7:00:18 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

He’s the product of all those democrat think-tank secret conferences where they cobble together their ideas and schemes. And build a monster. He’s Frankenbama.


26 posted on 06/10/2010 7:02:30 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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To: Dudoight
Obama voted ‘present’ as his long range political plans wanted NOTHING to reveal his ideology. The O was schooled and trained by real slickmeisters.

Bingo! Certainly bears repeating. Anyone who has no real values cannot lead... This has certainly been proven time and time again over the last year and a half.

27 posted on 06/10/2010 7:10:00 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: chickadee

Worse than voting “Present”, he has partied, had bbqs, golfed on many occasions and had 2 vacations in the last 52 days.


28 posted on 06/10/2010 7:10:05 AM PDT by ignoramus2010
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To: chickadee

Obastard is weaker AND more radical than Carter and everyone knows it. The useful idiots elected an empty campaign slogan and got nothing more in return. Obastard has let SEIU and liberal congress write every piece of legislation he has signed. He is less of a leader than a wooden statue.


29 posted on 06/10/2010 7:25:02 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: ignoramus2010

Obastard wees himself as more of a king who feels he deserves to be treated like royalty.


30 posted on 06/10/2010 7:26:31 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: chickadee

Obama is all glamor and no grunt. He just wants the privileges that come from being president without having to do the work that the office requires. Typical of his career.


31 posted on 06/10/2010 7:28:49 AM PDT by Ironfocus
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To: chickadee

And let’s not forget this:

In 2008 during Paulson’s “September Surprise,” McCain suspended his campaign and ran into the middle of the mess. And what did Zero do? He announced, “Call me if you need me.”

The guy likes playing President on TV, but when there is work to do he’s not even present.


32 posted on 06/10/2010 7:36:45 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: canuck_conservative

obamma is doing the impossible and making Carter look good!


33 posted on 06/10/2010 7:55:09 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: chickadee
He is younger than Carter was when he left the WH. This nightmare could be with us for a long, long time.

Agreed. It used to be the 'Rule' that ex-presidents quietly retired from public life and refused all invitations to comment on the policies of a sitting president. Then along came Jimmy Carter -- who totally disregarded that tradition. Bill Clinton also let loose a few broadsides on his immediate successor, GWB. Obama has benefitted from a Cult of Personality like no other president in modern times. The opportunities for political mischief after he leaves office will be both large & numerous.

34 posted on 06/10/2010 8:38:26 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Oatka

It’s easy to talk like a tough-guy when you are being interviewed by Matt Lauer. Lauer is truly un-masculine. Probably why he is so successful as a male anchor on a morning TV “News Show” that is increasingly designed for female viewers.


35 posted on 06/10/2010 8:41:15 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: chickadee
Can you say "hapless", children?

I prefer the term feckless.

36 posted on 06/10/2010 8:44:29 AM PDT by Bob
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To: chickadee

Why do you think he voted “Present” 126 times.

Who told him this was the best strategy?

Alice Palmer?

Just before she went to Moscow?


37 posted on 06/10/2010 10:39:56 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: chickadee
Americans give the federal government a 69% negative rating for its handling of the spill, compared to a 62% negative rating for Washington's handling of Katrina in August 2005.

And that's with the media doing everything it can to downplay the severity of the disaster this thing really is. Notice we aren't seeing all the dead and dying animals and fish or the miles and miles of oil soaked beaches, swamps, and wetlands? Imagine what the rating would be if the media actually reported the whole truth?

38 posted on 06/10/2010 11:14:29 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Obama looks like a spectator, albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole" (now that's a good idea no one has thought of) and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick." But the main political behind that's being kicked is Mr. Obama's. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll says Americans give the federal government a 69% negative rating for its handling of the spill, compared to a 62% negative rating for Washington's handling of Katrina in August 2005.
And that is with a eulogizing press filled with Zero's partisan shills, vs the hysterical, race-baiting partisan shills who piled Pelion on Ossa to get at President Bush.
39 posted on 06/10/2010 3:19:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: hennie pennie

Whoops, and thanks hennie pennie!


40 posted on 06/10/2010 3:20:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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