Skip to comments.Obama, the loner president
Posted on 10/08/2011 7:14:35 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
Beyond the economy, the wars and the polls, President Obama has a problem: people.
This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.
But inside the Beltway, the legacy of his relationship, or lack thereof, with Democrats on the Hill remains a problem for his jobs plan and, by extension, his political future.
A senior Democratic strategist told my colleague Chris Cillizza recently that the person running out of air most quickly is Obama himself, and there may not be many who come to his rescue.
Were about a year out from the elections, and the senators are turning to their own races, the strategist said. They dont have a lot of energy or political capital to spare for the president at this point.
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The title could just as well have been "Obama, the loser president" for all the content of the article.
Obama prefers to rule thru his czars and political fellow travelers. His has disdain for representative government. His inclinations are towards tyranny and despotism.
That is the defense to everything that has happened: Obama removed him self from the day to day stuff and just handled the big issues. It is a form of a heat shield.
Guarantee the legal notion of “should have known” will NEVER be addressed with this guy by the media.
Interesting article. He is definitely short on people skills and comes across as a cold fish. My personal take is that he thinks he’s better than everybody else and he’d do well to learn you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
He is so cool, that he’s cold and aloof. Remember how uncomfortable he looked at the “acting stupidly” beer summit in the back yard of the White Crib?
i could take “cool and aloof” - his biggest problem is he is misguided and incompetent. a very bad combo.
Makes me wonder what a hurt self involved loner will do after the Country rejects him after 2012?? I hope Republicans are ready to “Hold the Line” until the Republican nominee can get sworn in should they win the election. Obama is going to be one dangerous Lame Duck President!
He’s like many other leftist ideologues — he has no human warmth because has the power of the state and the state, in his mind, is above the people. Despite all the rhetoric about empowering people, he is like drug pusher and has contempt for his dependent junkies. However, instead of pushing actual drugs, liberals push dependency on the Federal government. Once the people are hooked on Federal money, they can be controlled and manipulated. People always wonder why many of the rich are so liberal. It’s all about control. Bread and Circuses has now become SSI and WIC.
Hey, what can one sayAmericans cotton to dick-taters.
We thought 0bama was going to be a great, first black president even if he was a democRAT, and all the people would come together in love and harmony
but he is doing just the opposite.
We gave him a chance. He can say anything he wants but the people
are suffering because of him and he can’t keep the wool over our eyes any longer.
Anyway, so what if he's a cold fish? If his policies where any good he wouldn't be sliding down into the 30s. In the end, it all comes down to product and performance, and on both counts, Obama stinks.
Hey, what can one sayAmericans DON’T cotton to dick-taters
post edit....is like a drug pusher..
..have now become SSI and WIC...
Leftists love the masses - it's people they hate.
After stewing in the loss for a month it's time to show them, all of them.
It's 12/21/2012. Time to end the world.
If a person is not kissing his butt and praising him he is just not interested in them.
this one quote captures the core of the political and public policy problem for this self-regarding jackass:
“The presidents supreme confidence in his intellectual abilities... “
this president is a classic illustration of the Dunning-Krueger effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DunningKruger_effect
Obama isn’t smart enough to recognize how little he actually knows about either politics or policy. He chose his advisors primarily based on ivy league academic pedigree, regardless of their history of advocating disastrous policies (Summers, Romer etc)
Neither Obama or any of his clueless advisors apparently read the Reinhardt and Rogoff book. http://www.amazon.com/This-Time-Different-Centuries-Financial/dp/product-description/0691142165
If they had they would have known that the history of economic recovery after a housing crash is many years of slow growth.
Instead, Obama and his advisors bet on a quick recovery, devised a “stimulus” plan and health care plan based on paying off democrat interest groups and burnishing Zeros “historic legacy”.
Even now, in political trouble, the president that “historian” Michael Beschloss imagines is the “most intelligent to every occupy the white house” goes back to old style liberal, populist appeals, even as they drive down business confidence and make the economy worse.
Total fail ! My tagline stays until the 2012 election.
I remember back in ‘08 Rush saying he was “cold” not “cool.” Rush is an excellent judge of people.
familiarity breeds contempt.
Bottom line - this President wants the perks of the Presidency, including world class treatment, fawning press, fawning world, etc., but wants nothing to do with the day to day work required to make intelligent decisions. His approach is “my way” without taking time to consider that “his way” may not be the best way. He is lazy, arrogant and is really nothing more than a puppet for the mob and the Chicago way. He resents anything remotely resembling work and would rather golf and dine with world leaders than be consigned to the drudgery that is required to make a truly great leader.
I would love to know why anyone considers Obama to be intelligent. I just don’t see it.
I never thought anything of the sort. He never fooled me. I knew he would be big trouble, but I take no pleasure in being able to say I told you so.
“Obama removed him self from the day to day stuff and just handled the big issues.”
Sounds like my current boss who says he doesn’t want to be bothered with the small stuff — like maybe running the office? Yeah, I see what “face time” vice knowing what the heck is going on does to an office and to a nation. My boss voted for O — two gen X peas in a pod.
But why is there only a comparison with Clinton in this article? George W. loved people and rarely was there a day when we didn't see a photo of him in the middle of a crowd.
Another thing missing from this Obama administration...pics of him in the Oval Office with world leaders.
Seems he disdains spending time with them as well. Bush? Couple times a week, not including phone calls.
Then there are the brilliant articles he wrote while editor of the Hahvahd law review.
And his flawless voting record in state government and the US Senate.
Not to mention his stellar pronunciation of POKeestan...
change that “n” to an “s” and it’s still accurate
Obama is the loser President
As soon as I read “Is it possible to be America’s most popular politician ...” I could read no more. These people are not thinking lucidly if they are still supporting him.
I agree, “Obama, the loser president” would be ana accurate title.
To a narcissist people are merely things to be used for their purposes.
Obama is cold? Why bother being warm to a wrench or a nail or a square of toilet paper? Obama can be nothing but cold. He is devoid of the ability to be anything else.
(Now, imagine you’re Moochelle or Malia or Sasha....)
Summary of the article: Obama is an arrogant POS who thinks he’s better than anyone else, but in reality he’s an incompetent narcissistic boob.
Most researchers classify Generation X as those born 1965-1982. So, I am gonna run with that and say that Obama belongs to the Baby Boomers, which makes sense because they messed up everything anyway. LOL.
You don’t have to be smart to be a liberal.
See Brig General Jack Ripper and Burpelson Air Force Base scenario.
He never fooled me either starting when he was sworn in.
I’m just saying it’s too bad he turned out as he did. We gave him a chance.
Yet they still call us racist.
What a disappointment to all blacks and whites. He could
have really been a person everyone liked, but alas he’s just a
wannabe dick-tater about to go down in history as the worst of the worst.
Interesting excerpt from that webpage, below. Do these traits sound like someone we know?
(1) They are habitual liars. They seem incapable of either knowing or telling the truth about anything.
(2) They are egotistical to the point of narcissism. They really believe they are set apart from the rest of humanity by some special grace.
(3) They scapegoat; they are incapable of either having the insight or willingness to accept responsibility for anything they do. Whatever the problem, it is always someone else's fault.
(4) They are remorselessly vindictive when thwarted or exposed.
(5) Genuine religious, moral, or other values play no part in their lives. They have no empathy for others and are capable of violence. Under older psychological terminology, they fall into the category of psychopath or sociopath, but unlike the typical psychopath, their behavior is masked by a superficial social facade.
Well, at least, he pronounces “nuclear” correctly. I will give him that much and not much more than that.
He could have really been a person everyone liked? People in hell could be served icewater but we know that’s not happening. You must be kidding. Maybe not, if it took you until inauguration day to catch on.
I do agree it is all too bad. . .for us.
After such success pronouncing “nuclear”, maybe now he’ll work on “corpsman”.
The author left out Obama's most important support system, the quislings in the MSM. Even with the few articles that are now seeping out about his failing presidency, in the end Obama knows they will never abandon him even if the electorate does.
Take out the names in the article and I’d swear someone would have been writing about Kim Jong il?
I suspect you’ve been spending too much time watching MSNBC and posting on DU.
There is no good reason for that, IMO.
Their book is available in pdf form (it might be condensed but is still 126 pages.
*shrug* I have an inability to resist a good pun.
Thanks for the Dunning-Kruger info. It correlates with my studies of IQ.
Excerpt: “A Framework of Intelligence
If a person has a low verbal epistemic intelligence he is not able to think realistically about his own thoughts (which is a flow of visual/spatial images). In addition to that the quality of his thoughts is also low. He may know how to react (what to say, how to say it, what to do- which is analytic intelligence) to his environment, but the justification he has is completely self-centered and selfish. Ethical thinking is complex thinking. A person with a low verbal epistemic intelligence can not think ethically. That causes most (severe) criminals to be therapy resistant. They just do not understand what the therapist says, although they may know what behaviour is expected from them. (Of course an antisocial person is not just antisocial due to his poor epistemic intelligence. Temperament is also important, or being a thrill seeker.) (On average:) An antisocial (which has a low epistemic IQ) with a lower analytic IQ will have a greater change of being caught. If he has a higher analytic IQ, he will get more of what he likes and he has more to loose. (They may become criminal when it is an anarchy.) They both have equal difficulty with understanding their own emotions and thoughts and those of others. They have equal difficulty with controlling their emotions and refraining from impulses. A person with a higher analytic IQ will try to ‘get even’ nonviolently.”
Obama removed him self from the day to day stuff and just handled the big issues.
As dictated by Soros.
If Obama is aloof and uninterested in the drudge work needed to push his agenda, we should all be thankful.
What if Obama were a roaring freight train like Lyndon Baines Johnson? LBJ was already an experienced senator then Senate majority leader, spent a hiatus as VP then following the JFK assassination jumped into the saddle and took off, dragging Congress behind him. Cajoling, pressuring, armtwisting, LBJ did it all pushing liberal legislation through like a flood. Unfortunately for LBJ, this included escalating the Vietnam war until his entire presidency choked on it and he chose not to seek a second term. The train wreck known as the late Sixties followed in his wake.
Again, let us be grateful that Obama is no LBJ.