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Watching Obama Morph Into Nixon
Commentary Magazine ^ | 10.13.2011 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 10/19/2011 3:59:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A few months ago, I had dinner with a journalist who knows President Obama somewhat well and admires him in several respects. He told me something that didn’t particularly surprise me – but which was useful to have confirmed. This person’ said Obama is enormously thin-skinned, he remembers and keeps track of negative things said and written about him, and he is a person filled with many more grievances and resentments than one might imagine. He feels sorry for himself – and he is inclined to lash out, in his own emotionally contained way, at even slight criticisms.

I was reminded of that conversation in hearing this exchange between Ed Henry of Fox News and the president.

Henry asked Obama a question related to Iran and, in the course of it, quoted a critical comment about Obama made by Mitt Romney. To which the president responded, with a faux smile, “I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney.”

For a reporter to ask a president a question that includes a quote from a person from the opposite party is about as common as the sun rising in the east. So what explains the president’s snarky response?

The answer, I think, goes back to what my dinner companions said: Obama is exceedingly thin-skinned. Beyond that, he expects to be coddled by, if not worshiped by, the press. And of course Obama carries a particular resentment for Fox News, which doesn’t treat him as the world-historical, Lincoln-like figure Obama sees himself as.

In their book The Battle for America 2008, Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz wrote this:

[Chief political aide David] Axelrod also warned that Obama’s confessions of youthful drug use, described in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, would be used against him. “This is more than an unpleasant inconvenience,” he wrote. “It goes to your willingness and ability to put up with something you have never experienced on a sustained basis: criticism. At the risk of triggering the very reaction that concerns me, I don’t know if you are Muhammad Ali or Floyd Patterson when it comes to taking a punch. You care far too much what is written and said about you. You don’t relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty. When the largely irrelevant Alan Keyes attacked you, you flinched,” he said of Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate opponent.

Obama has flinched ever since – and he’s flinching now more than ever.

I have commented several times before that as Obama’s presidency collapses, he will have a terrible time processing it. He is becoming increasingly petulant and exasperated, blaming others for his own failures, and even seeing conspiracies (Ed Henry is carrying water for Mitt Romney) where none exist.

It’s a sad thing to watch Barack Obama morph into Richard Nixon.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fastandfurious; nixon; obama; richardmilhousnixon; richardnixon; solyndra
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1 posted on 10/19/2011 3:59:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He’d have to gain a lot of competence to morph into Nixon... and that’s not compliment to Nixon.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 4:01:06 PM PDT by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: nickcarraway

Whats the difference between Nixon and Obama?

Nixon was not a crook and did not go to jail.
Obama is a crook and will go to jail.


3 posted on 10/19/2011 4:01:30 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: nickcarraway
"It’s a sad thing to watch Barack Obama morph into Richard Nixon."

Why is that?

4 posted on 10/19/2011 4:02:09 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-The government gets rich, you get poor.)
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To: nickcarraway

At least Nixon started from the point having the right position on a lot of issues. Is there anything worse than a paranoid commie? I guess it would be one who has complete police powers.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 4:03:39 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: nickcarraway

“The people have a right to know if their president is a crook.” - R. M. Nixon


6 posted on 10/19/2011 4:03:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: nickcarraway

Nah...he’s not morphing into Richard Nixon, he’s just reverting back to Barry Soetoro.


7 posted on 10/19/2011 4:04:36 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: nickcarraway

Obama is the black Forrest Gump—without all the accomplishments.


8 posted on 10/19/2011 4:05:46 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Barack Husseinouse Obamanixon


9 posted on 10/19/2011 4:05:52 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: nickcarraway

is he on anti-depressants?


10 posted on 10/19/2011 4:07:49 PM PDT by ken21
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“He likes his blackness even if he is a mulatto because he hates whites; he likes his ideology,marxism and the overthrow of the USA; he likes his homosexuality, just like his own; he likes transsexuals just like the first wookie; he hates Jews, just Obama....” Do get the underlying thread of the first sentence??????????????????????????????


11 posted on 10/19/2011 4:09:17 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: nickcarraway

While Dick had his paranoia problems he at least had a grip on foreign affairs.
This weenie hasn’t a clue


12 posted on 10/19/2011 4:10:07 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO ( Real conservative or go fish))
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To: rolling_stone

Nixon knew enough to resign, even LBJ knew enough
to get out while he could. Obama will fight to
the last bunker and go down buried by his own
delusions.


13 posted on 10/19/2011 4:11:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nickcarraway

folks at his meetings need to start yelling you are a lying commie....


14 posted on 10/19/2011 4:12:25 PM PDT by aces
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To: rolling_stone
Obama is a crook and will go to jail.

I think the most we can hope for is deportation if he cannot provide substantive proof of citizenship after Jan 2013.

His two career opportunities will be as a MSNBC personality (reporting from the Havana studio) or run for president of Kenya.

15 posted on 10/19/2011 4:12:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nickcarraway

Nixon was golden compared to this destructive jerk.


16 posted on 10/19/2011 4:13:05 PM PDT by goseminoles
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I think, if he loses, he will have a very hard time processing it. For the rest of his days, he will spout off about how tough it was...because of what Bush left him. Blame Bush will be his legacy.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 4:13:39 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Joe Boucher

Well put.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 4:15:10 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: aces

“folks at his meetings need to start yelling you are a lying commie....”

Calling him a liar doesn’t bother him one bit...a badge of honor. What I would like to see, in a ‘townhall’ setting, is somebody get up and question his intelligence. He would become unglued.


19 posted on 10/19/2011 4:16:40 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Doc Savage
“He likes his blackness even if he is a mulatto because he hates whites; he likes his ideology,marxism and the overthrow of the USA; he likes his homosexuality, just like his own; he likes transsexuals just like the first wookie; he hates Jews, just Obama....” Do get the underlying thread of the first sentence??????????????????????????????

Is there one?

20 posted on 10/19/2011 4:17:19 PM PDT by x
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