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Barack Obama book casts grim view of president's leadership
Telegraph ^ | 18 Sep, 2011 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 09/18/2011 8:37:20 PM PDT by obama-facts

A new book about Barack Obama, whose Pulitzer-prize winning author received extensive co-operation from the White House, portrays the American president as indecisive, out of his depth and facing insubordination from advisers.

"Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" by Ron Suskind, to be published tomorrow, could not have come at a worse time for Mr Obama. His popularity remains in the doldrums, he is struggling to implement a new economic plan and he faces a tough challenge to be re-elected next year.

Larry Summers, a former top economic adviser is quoted as telling Peter Orszag, then Mr Obama's budget director, at a dinner in Washington's Bombay Club: "We're home alone. There's no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes." Mr Summers was US Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Mr Orszag is quoted as telling the author: "Larry just didn't think the president knew what he was deciding."

Anita Dunn, a former Obama communications director, is quoted as saying that "looking back, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace ... Because it actually fits all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace for women."

Christine Romer, another former senior economic adviser, is quoted as saying after she was excluded from a meeting by Mr Summers: "I felt like a piece of meat." She is also said to have asked Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and Obama ally: "Why is it always the women?" "Why are we the only ones with the balls around here?"

Mr Obama granted Mr Suskind, who wrote three bestsellers about the Bush administration that seriously damaged President George W. Bush's credibility, a 50-minute interview.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: book; confidencemen; obama; partisanmediashills; ronsuskind; suskind; timgeithner
I unsolicitingly hope lots of people buy this book!
1 posted on 09/18/2011 8:37:28 PM PDT by obama-facts
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To: obama-facts

“portrays the American president as indecisive, out of his depth and facing insubordination from advisers. “

So there’s nothing new in this book then?


2 posted on 09/18/2011 8:41:21 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: obama-facts

bump.


3 posted on 09/18/2011 8:43:48 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: obama-facts

He’s just a community rabble rouser.

Out of his depth?

I still say he won’t run in 12. No way.


4 posted on 09/18/2011 8:44:39 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: obama-facts

5 posted on 09/18/2011 8:45:48 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: obama-facts

Has this been reported to El Presidente via Attack Watch?? I hope America give BO a LONG Golf Vacation in 2012......I hope this Marxist is allowed no where near the White House after Sarah Palin become President Jan. 20 2013....


6 posted on 09/18/2011 8:47:03 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: obama-facts

Christine Romer, another former senior economic adviser, is quoted as saying after she was excluded from a meeting by Mr Summers: “I felt like a piece of meat.” She is also said to have asked Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and Obama ally: “Why is it always the women?” “Why are we the only ones with the balls around here?”

She’s not talking about Napolitono is she?


7 posted on 09/18/2011 8:51:41 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: atc23

I still say he won’t run in 12. No way.


I agree. He’ll come up with an excuse and bow out.


8 posted on 09/18/2011 8:53:14 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Jeff Head
Great compilation pic Jeff. Says it all. .
9 posted on 09/18/2011 8:55:05 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: max americana

Obamots either don’t care or don’t read. Won’t make any difference to them. The independents who will decide the next election are three-headed donkeys who run with the last bit of news they hear 24 hours before the election.


10 posted on 09/18/2011 8:56:26 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: obama-facts

Suggesting Clinton tended to act like an adult is a joke. Amped up teenager is more like it.


11 posted on 09/18/2011 8:56:51 PM PDT by Round 9
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To: obama-facts



12 posted on 09/18/2011 9:01:23 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: atc23

They seem to be piling on so he will decide not to run instead of the dims running another candidate in a primary.

We all know the threats of racial protests that would happen if he loses in a primary.

We are all in a mess thanks to those stupid voters who put him in the WH.
Not sure who in the dim party would want the job after he has defiled the office so badly. Seems to me, any Democrat who really loves this country would work to defeat Obama so we can have a chance to start trying to save life as we know it now.


13 posted on 09/18/2011 9:02:52 PM PDT by IceAge
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To: obama-facts

They are trying to sell Hillary Clinton who is no better than Obama.


14 posted on 09/18/2011 9:08:13 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: IceAge
...Seems to me, any Democrat who really loves this country...

No such thing...

15 posted on 09/18/2011 9:12:14 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Attention: Liberals & RINOS: We The People are coming for YOU)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

“She’s not talking about Napolitono is she?”

No, she’s speaking figuratively, not literally.


16 posted on 09/18/2011 9:13:21 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: jakerobins

Attaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaatch


17 posted on 09/18/2011 9:17:13 PM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: obama-facts

White House Insider...

regurgitates information well known.


18 posted on 09/18/2011 9:18:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: obama-facts
Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, said in a statement: "The truth is simple and well known: President Obama and his economic team walked into office during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and took bold, decisive action that prevented the collapse of the financial system, saving millions of jobs and putting the economy back in a place where it is creating jobs and growing again."

The truth is simple and well known: President Obama is incompetent, clueless about the economy, and a poor decision-maker. He and his economic team walked into office during a serious financial crisis and took power-grabbing actions that prevented private sector jobs creation, added to the debt, and compromised ethical boundaries and common sense. He wastedtime taking over healthcare and engaging in payoffs to cronies. His policies prevented putting the economy back, so it is today in a place where it is not creating jobs and is still flat on its back.

19 posted on 09/18/2011 9:19:25 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: obama-facts

After the Buffet millionaires tax bill fails, and the Stimulus Jobs 3 fails, Obmananarama may get the heave-ho by the dems.


20 posted on 09/18/2011 9:21:37 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: obama-facts
If it's written by Suskind it's garbage...

OCTOBER 2004 : (NY TIMES' RON SUSKIND PIECE FABRICATES A QUOTE ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND ATTRIBUTES IT TO PRESIDENT BUSH; WITHIN MERE HOURS AFTER THE TIMES GOES TO PRESS, THE KERRY CAMPAIGN MANAGES TO PUT AN AD TOGETHER FEATURING THE "QUOTE" -- See BOOKDEALS)

He also claimed that a map depicting various nations' [including some not friendly to the USA] interest in oil exploration inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq should UN sanctions on Iraq be lifted--- was somehow part of a DoD plan to topple Hussein and divvy up Iraq rather than what it really was, a old map of how Saddam Hussein and his regime was likely to divvy up oil contracts to post-sanctions business partners and in fact also detailed the same info for the UAE and Saudi Arabia. It was not a Pentagon document targetting Iraq as Suskind claimed and was not a plan for an Iraq without Saddam Hussein at the helm.

21 posted on 09/18/2011 9:24:44 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: obama-facts

Put me down for two autographed copies (one as a Christmas present for my liberal sister and her tree hugging husband).


22 posted on 09/18/2011 9:35:01 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: obama-facts

I don’t need a book to tell me this nimrod pResident is the biggest incompetent boob the world has seen in the last five centuries...he should re-title the book to “A ball lost in tall weeds”.


23 posted on 09/18/2011 9:43:57 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Christine Romer "felt like a piece of meat."

Yeah. I pretty much thought she looked like a huge rump roast.

24 posted on 09/18/2011 9:51:28 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: unkus

Especially if a Saudi king is there! (rimshot)


25 posted on 09/18/2011 9:53:33 PM 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: WOSG

Nailed it!


26 posted on 09/18/2011 10:00:27 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: F15Eagle

LOL I almost put “No pun intended”.

For about three months I have been saying he won’t run.


27 posted on 09/18/2011 10:08:16 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: obama-facts

I don’t trust Suskind...

August 04, 2008

Ron Suskind: White House ordered forgery to link al-Qaeda/Saddam to 9/11 attacks

Suskind appeared on the TODAY show and gave his first interview about it...He says it’s “one of the great lies in modern political history.”

The book reports (or charges) that the Bush White House faked a letter from Saddam Hussein’s intelligence chief to President Saddam in late 2003, backdating it to July 2001 and reports that Saddam’s intelligence chief (Habbush) was in the protective custody of the C.I.A. at the time— even while the U.S. military had him in the “deck of cards,” a list of Saddam officials wanted dead-or-alive. The White House ordered the C.I.A. to arrange for Habbush to write the fake letter in his own handwriting. The controversial letter did find itself to the world media in December ‘03.

http://tinyurl.com/3n2te8c


28 posted on 09/18/2011 10:08:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: obama-facts

Liberals believed every word Suskind wrote about Bush, et al. so, how do they trash him now? Payback is a bitch isn’t it liberals?!

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Mr. Summers told The Washington Post in an e-mail on Friday that “the hearsay attributed to me” in the Suskind book “is a combination of fiction, distortion, and words taken out of context.”

Also quoted in “Confidence Men” is Paul A. Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman who headed the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, who describes the president as both “too self-confident” and too reliant on Mr. Summers: “Obama is smart, but smart is not enough. Leadership is another thing entirely, about knowing your mind enough to make real decisions, ones that last.”

As for how women fared within the White House, Christina D. Romer, the former chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is quoted saying she “felt like a piece of meat” after being boxed out of a meeting by Mr. Summers. And the former communications director Anita Dunn is quoted saying the Obama White House “fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Questioned by reporters last week about these remarks, both women have said they were misquoted or that their comments had been misconstrued.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/books/ron-suskinds-confidence-men-focuses-on-obama-review.html


29 posted on 09/18/2011 10:18:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff-Head -—Great Graphic

But, where's Pig-nose Waxman in your line-up of losers?

He deserves a spot on your rogue wall, if only for the authorship of the $878 billion Porkulous bill

30 posted on 09/18/2011 10:20:23 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff-Head -—Great Graphic

But, where's Pig-nose Waxman in your line-up of losers?

He deserves a spot on your rogue wall, if only for the authorship of the $878 billion Porkulous bill

31 posted on 09/18/2011 10:20:43 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: obama-facts

According to the book, Summers sought to derail Obama’s push on several policies, including a financial transactions tax.

At one point, Orszag delivered a private report to the president, at his request, about what might happen if the government did not act to rein in the long-term federal budget deficit. Summers was outraged that Orszag would communicate with the president without going through the National Economic Council.

“What you’ve done is immoral!” Summers shouted.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/book-portrays-dysfunction-in-obama-white-house/2011/09/16/gIQAdxloYK_story_1.html


32 posted on 09/18/2011 10:33:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: obama-facts
A new book about Barack Obama, whose Pulitzer-prize winning author received extensive co-operation from the White House, portrays the American president as indecisive, out of his depth and facing insubordination from advisers.

He ain't dead yet Jim. And of course the author received extensive cooperation from the White House.

It's tough to explain away malevolence, though he and the Rev Wright pulled off a scam where Wright jumped under the bus for him in '08. Mistakes can be explained away, new advisors hired, and a bold new energy plan can be implemented. Open up fossil fuel development, extraction, and refining in time to get the economy moving before the election. Approve the Keystone pipeline, throw in some clean and scrubbed coal-fired electricity, a nuclear reactor or two, pay some lip service to the greens, and Bob's your uncle.
33 posted on 09/18/2011 11:30:23 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: max americana
“portrays the American president as indecisive, out of his depth and facing insubordination from advisers. “

I knew this would happen (and said so) back in 2008 before the election. I said Obama would crash and burn. It was as predictable as the Sun rising in the East. And yet the stupid American public elected the buffoon anyway. God help us. We can survive the stupidity of Obama, but can we survive the stupidity of those who voted for him?
34 posted on 09/18/2011 11:35:48 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: caveat emptor

True. Even if he leaves voluntarily or is defeated it will be impossible to repeal his lasting legacy, national health care, without a veto proof majority in the Senate. A Dem minority can filibuster any attempt to repeal it.


35 posted on 09/18/2011 11:56:25 PM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Steelfish
The independents who will decide the next election are three-headed donkeys who run with the last bit of news they hear 24 hours before the election.

Then we had better make sure as to what it will be because you can be sure they will try to do the same. Our "last minute news" better trump theirs.

36 posted on 09/19/2011 12:19:40 AM PDT by Bellflower (When the word "holy" is used it must be used with respect and reverence for The LORD.)
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To: obama-facts
The BAD news is: Obama wrote the book!

LOLOL!

37 posted on 09/19/2011 1:55:47 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: obama-facts

bookmark


38 posted on 09/19/2011 2:03:40 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: obama-facts
Are these all Hillary's people doing the trashing? Not that Obama didn't earn the scorn...
39 posted on 09/19/2011 2:07:41 AM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: atc23

Obama will not, now will Michelle permit, the giving up vacations on your dime or on whitey’s dime.


40 posted on 09/19/2011 2:07:41 AM PDT by monocle (es have ing high income)
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To: Outlaw Woman

WEll, that ex-mayor Koch (sp?) of NY campaigned for Turner who just won WEiner’s seat.
It does happen but not often.


41 posted on 09/19/2011 7:20:42 AM PDT by IceAge
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To: IceAge

Koch strikes me as one of the old school dems. Not a marxist just liberal. I could be wrong on that as I’m not from NY. Didn’t he also throw in support for GW at one point?


42 posted on 09/19/2011 8:10:54 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Attention: Liberals & RINOS: We The People are coming for YOU)
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To: Jeff Head

remember Bob Torecelli?? Methinks a smiliar scenario will play out. The DNC will just DUMP him.


43 posted on 09/19/2011 1:10:29 PM PDT by katyinhawaii
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