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Obama's insular White House worries his allies (The rookie Hussein doesn't know what to do)
WGN Radio ^ | 12/24/10 | Peter Nicholas

Posted on 12/26/2010 10:56:36 AM PST by Libloather

Obama's insular White House worries his allies
The president famously relies on a tight circle of advisors. But with Republicans running the House next year, many say Obama will need some new faces to convey a new message.
By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
7:06 p.m. CST, December 24, 2010

Reporting from Washington — In the West Wing it had become a pretty common sight: two national security aides with close ties to the president, Thomas Donilon and Denis McDonough, hurrying into the Oval Office to show him the latest piece of hot intelligence.

Some administration officials who watched the scene unfold worried that James L. Jones, the national security advisor at the time, was being left out of the loop and that Obama was being given raw reports before their meaning and import were clear.

A strong national security advisor might weed out what the president doesn't need to see. Yet Obama never quite clicked with Jones — and the absence of a personal connection with the commander in chief turned out to be a handicap.

**SNIP**

With Republicans in charge in the House next year, the Democrats contend, Obama needs new faces who might be better suited to negotiate with a resurgent GOP and come up with a fresh alternative to the now-dated 2008 campaign message of "hope and change." Some names being tossed around: former Secretary of State Colin Powell; outgoing Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell; and Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and co-chairman of Obama's deficit reduction panel.

"He's dealing with a new reality," Douglas Schoen, a pollster who advised Clinton, said in an interview.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allies; change; hope; house; obama; white
Hope & change is OVER? That was quick.
1 posted on 12/26/2010 10:56:42 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
worries his allies

Obama still has allies? Who knew!

2 posted on 12/26/2010 10:57:48 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Libloather

Zero is clearly lost. I believe his agenda is OVER from a Congressional point of view. He still controls the administrative alphabet soup agencies and controls via regulations.


3 posted on 12/26/2010 11:00:06 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: April Lexington

Zer0 has plenty of Republican allies in the
Senate.


4 posted on 12/26/2010 11:00:51 AM PST by ChiMark
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To: April Lexington

Yes, his Allies. Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, Iran, Syria, ... The list is endless.


5 posted on 12/26/2010 11:01:31 AM PST by Squidster
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To: Libloather

I don’t see what the lefties are worried about.

Seems the Repub leadership is happy to cut a deal for everything Obama wants.


6 posted on 12/26/2010 11:01:37 AM PST by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: Libloather

This man is clueless. He and all his Ivy-league “advisors” are the most incompetent group of boobs ever seen in any administration in our history. They don’t know how to run a war, foreign policy, and haven’t a clue about domestic policy outside what they THINK about it within their precious upper-middle-class lives.

I just hope we can survive the next two years.


7 posted on 12/26/2010 11:03:08 AM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Libloather

This article suggests that The One relies on other people, rather than the divinations of his own stellar intellect.

When the same was suggested of Bush, we were told that Cheney was the puppet master and Bush the mere dupe.

I shudder to think what this idiot is yet capable of bringing down on us


8 posted on 12/26/2010 11:03:20 AM PST by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history.TrL)
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To: Libloather

308 million people in the United States at a time of war and economic peril and this guy is our “leader”.

We are the worlds only super power and this guy is the most powerfull man in the world ?.

If that doesn’t keep you up at night, nothing will.


9 posted on 12/26/2010 11:06:29 AM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin or 3rd party... no exceptions !)
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To: 13Sisters76

But because his Ivy league cronies think they are smarter than everybody else, they can’t admit or see that their running the Obama White House is a major problem.

And Obama himself can’t see it. Firstly, he’s very very liberal, and liberals are in love with their own opinions and denigrate any with other views as racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, Neanderthal, etc.

Secondly, Obama doesn’t know how to be a leader or an executive. His very first job in life where he has had to be a manager or an executive is in his current job as President of the United States. The man doesn’t know how to run an office, how to work with a bureaucracy, how to delegate authority, how to expect underlings to be accountable and take responsibility, etc. He knows none of these things.


10 posted on 12/26/2010 11:07:21 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"He knows none of these things.

No tacit knowledge.

11 posted on 12/26/2010 11:10:50 AM PST by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: Libloather

Regans Shoes


12 posted on 12/26/2010 11:12:36 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“He knows none of these things.”

And yet 40% still approve of the job he’s doing! What a f*#d up bunch of morons live in this country!


13 posted on 12/26/2010 11:13:13 AM PST by rj45mis
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To: Libloather

The little bastard sinks lower.


14 posted on 12/26/2010 11:16:25 AM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

“If that doesn’t keep you up at night, nothing will.”

This sums it up:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v46plhmxXU4


15 posted on 12/26/2010 11:17:11 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: Libloather

Insular? You dont say? It seems as he did not get any message since the November elections. The new Congress cant come soon enough.


16 posted on 12/26/2010 11:17:21 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Libloather

RINO’s to the rescue!


17 posted on 12/26/2010 11:19:42 AM PST by toddausauras
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To: rj45mis
What a f*#d up bunch of morons live in this country!

But isn't that what the Democrats say about us? Aren't we
better than that?
18 posted on 12/26/2010 11:20:41 AM PST by righttackle44
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To: righttackle44

“But isn’t that what the Democrats say about us? Aren’t we
better than that?”

Better than what? Isn’t it about time we started fighting fire with fire? Our meek demeanor has gotten us nowhere for the past 40 years. I challenge you to find a way to overcome this blight on America by means other than those used by Ms. Palin; telling the truth over and over even in the face of the liberal media onslaught.


19 posted on 12/26/2010 11:37:43 AM PST by rj45mis
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To: Libloather
They just refuse to get it.

He won.

End of story.

20 posted on 12/26/2010 11:41:11 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: 13Sisters76

Please do not denigrate nor scandalize the term “Boobs” in this way. The word usually is used to address some very beautiful objects!
Zero’s advisors are nothing more than Thugs, Terrorists, Communists and Slimeballs.
:-)


21 posted on 12/26/2010 11:44:15 AM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

On your second point, I dare say that none of Us with any leadership experience would have hired Zero to run the afternoon shift at a local McDonalds, let alone command a platoon of Cook Trainees at the local Army Reserve Unit!
Limbaugh pointed out that Zero uses the Teleprompter even in his “STAFF MEETINGS!” Those Staff Meetings must be a Happening deserving of inclusion on any remake of “Animal House!”


22 posted on 12/26/2010 11:50:17 AM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: Libloather

“Hope and Change” rings hollow now but “It’s Still Bush’s Fault” may have some mileage left.


23 posted on 12/26/2010 11:53:37 AM PST by UnChained (Obama is destroying the dollar...Why?)
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To: Libloather
was being left out of the loop and that Obama was being given raw reports before their meaning and import were clear.

Translation: Big words replaced by simple drawings, and unsettling references to "minorities" and "Muslims" changed to "whites" and "Jews".


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

24 posted on 12/26/2010 11:54:47 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Libloather

The AnnointedIdiot indicated to all of us that a multitude of shit was over his head when he made his “above my paygrade” comment during the early part of the 2008 pres. elections. Nothing new here....move along. =.=


25 posted on 12/26/2010 11:58:46 AM PST by cranked
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To: righttackle44

“Better than that”? You fight fire with fire in my book. =.=


26 posted on 12/26/2010 11:59:45 AM PST by cranked
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To: Squidster

And to that list one might add: Alexander, Corker, Cochran, Snow, Collins, Brown, Murkowski....


27 posted on 12/26/2010 12:00:37 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: True Republican Patriot

And those are the “nice” ones!


28 posted on 12/26/2010 12:02:54 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: True Republican Patriot

I’m good with that...


29 posted on 12/26/2010 12:03:41 PM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: 13Sisters76

O’Bummer is skilled at only two things. Getting media support and getting Democratic Congresses to pass extremely socialist measures.

That’s enough to destroy America.


30 posted on 12/26/2010 12:06:11 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: Libloather

the Community Organizer in Chief will just have a talk with them and keep sending them federal grants. If he has to get serious he’ll send Hillary


31 posted on 12/26/2010 12:08:22 PM PST by KTM rider ( patriot turned rebel)
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To: Libloather

So much for the Comeback Kid.


32 posted on 12/26/2010 12:15:14 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The man doesn’t know how to run an office, how to work with a bureaucracy, how to delegate authority, how to expect underlings to be accountable and take responsibility, etc. He knows none of these things.

It's more than that.

The man has no concept of work. He doesn't know how. He was never taught. And he never learned how.

His idea of "getting something done" is to tell somebody else to do it.

33 posted on 12/26/2010 12:21:02 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: jennings2004

Please add Miss Linda Graham to your list.


34 posted on 12/26/2010 12:38:48 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: ChiMark

Zero’s RINO allies will be on the Tea Party list as TOAST in 2012 and 2014 and 2016. Cleaning the DC sewer is going to take time, but we have to dedicate ourselves to this task.


35 posted on 12/26/2010 12:50:02 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Libloather
I see where this is going. The Establishment Left is going to wash itself of Obama. The twin disasters of the Obama administration and presidency are going to be advertsed as the fault of Obama - his megalomania, his inexperience, his stone face - instead of as being the inevitable product of the policies and agenda of the Left, which is what they are.

In fact, he's been the most effective administrator the Left has had in generations, having completely overrode all legitimate obstacles to their agenda. They should be giving him their highest honors. Well, in the kingdom of darkness, eating your dead may very well be the highest honor.

36 posted on 12/26/2010 1:43:36 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 200 swords" - Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: Libloather

Hmmm. Emanating from Chicago, no less.


37 posted on 12/26/2010 1:45:48 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 200 swords" - Napoleon Bonapart)
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To: Libloather

Those raised by islam do not have a proper guidance system built in, no consciousness that guides them to make sound logical decisions.

obama was doomed before he was elected.


38 posted on 12/26/2010 1:46:33 PM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: upchuck

I had to back off him a little...for once his comments on the START Treaty seemed correct to me...but in totality, you are correct!


39 posted on 12/26/2010 2:01:27 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: rj45mis
MRS. Palin.

The appellation "MS" is a construct of the socialist/feminazi left.

40 posted on 12/26/2010 2:02:48 PM PST by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Libloather

Start impeachment proceedings since he is NOT a NBC...due to his father...a Brit not an American Citizen.


41 posted on 12/26/2010 2:03:55 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: okie01
The man has no concept of work. He doesn't know how. He was never taught. And he never learned how.

His idea of "getting something done" is to tell somebody else to do it.

You are so right.

Not long ago, I ran across an old article that featured his Senate office. It pointed out the tasteful furnishings and "meaningful" artwork to be found there.

The desk was bare.

It also pointed out that the credenza behind the desk had file drawers, which were empty except for a "handful" of file folders.

I thought, looking at it, that this was a "showroom" office. There was nothing to indicate that any work was actually accomplished there. I'd have liked to have seen his staffer's desks by comparison.

42 posted on 12/26/2010 2:11:30 PM PST by susannah59
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To: April Lexington

Yes... the ghosts of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

Plus Castro, Chavez, Kim Jong-Il, and Imanutjob.


43 posted on 12/26/2010 2:13:34 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: susannah59
I thought, looking at it, that this was a "showroom" office. There was nothing to indicate that any work was actually accomplished there. I'd have liked to have seen his staffer's desks by comparison.

There is no substance.

An article which examined Obama's entire job history -- it was by either Byron York or Stanley Kurtz -- recorded a clear pattern. Obama would take a job -- economic analyst, attorney, community organizer, foundation board member, state senator, US senator, etc. -- and immediately complain that he couldn't get anything done...because he didn't have enough "power".

Thus, the next step up the career ladder -- in search of more "power". Which, of course, also proved to invest him with insufficient power to do what he wanted.

Clearly, this is a man who has no understanding of "power" and where it comes from. To him, "power" is a cloak of office. It isn't earned, it's assumed by virtue of position.

As a concept, leadership is meaningless; persuasion is unneccessary. "Power" is the force majeure to decree what one wants.

The man has the arrogance and ego of a totalitarian. And he has the maturity and judgment of an adolescent.

These are dangerous times.

44 posted on 12/26/2010 2:25:39 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
His idea of "getting something done" is to tell somebody else to do it.

His idea of "getting something done" is to say it's done.

He closed the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist his first week in office. But we still have prisoners there.

He spent a couple trillion bucks to create jobs. He declared he had "created or saved" jobs.

He held a job summit and declared jobs "created or saved".

He declared he was sending aid to Haiti after the earthquake, yet the aid has not yet arrived.

45 posted on 12/26/2010 2:55:50 PM PST by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: gitmo
His idea of "getting something done" is to say it's done.

Let's be precise, shall we?

Obama's idea of "getting something done" is to tell somebody else to do it. Then, say that it's done.

46 posted on 12/26/2010 4:30:37 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Don W

Don, I think your font size is a little large for this type of response. Lighten up, sir!


47 posted on 12/26/2010 5:25:26 PM PST by rj45mis
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To: okie01

“The man has the arrogance and ego of a totalitarian. And he has the maturity and judgment of an adolescent.”

Well stated, okie01!


48 posted on 12/26/2010 5:27:35 PM PST by rj45mis
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To: rj45mis

I merely replied in the same manner as Mrs. Palin did when a reporterette used that salutary in the lead-up to a question.

The size of the font was for emphasis, as opposed to volume, that being implied through all-caps and excessive punctuation.

Nonetheless, I will try to be less excitable on such minor insulting trivialities.

Have a good ‘un


49 posted on 12/26/2010 9:36:34 PM PST by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Don W

“I merely replied in the same manner as Mrs. Palin did when a reporterette used that salutary in the lead-up to a question.”

My apologies for reading too much into your post. Have a nice day.


50 posted on 12/27/2010 4:50:52 AM PST by rj45mis
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