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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.


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KEYWORDS: fastandfurious; nixon; obama; richardmilhousnixon; richardnixon; solyndra
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To: discostu

I think the Nixon analogy is weak. I think he is morphing into Captain Queeg right before out eyes. I can already imagine Barry walking around the White House saying..........”Ahh, but the strawberries that’s... that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers”


21 posted on 10/19/2011 4:18:28 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

I see Obama as more like Pinochet or Ceaucescu than Nixon.


22 posted on 10/19/2011 4:22:25 PM PDT by Argus
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To: milwguy

Obama will fight to
the last bunker and go down buried by his own
delusions.

I expect that like the little corporal he will
declare that the nation failed him by not living
up to his expectations and thus deserves what
ever happens.

I won’t be surprised to see some kind of a tantrum
at some point.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 4:23:25 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: Argus

Make that more like Allende or Ceaucescu. I got my dictators mixed up. Pinochet was actually admirable compared to the other two.


24 posted on 10/19/2011 4:23:35 PM PDT by Argus
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To: milwguy
You're correct!

President Nixon wasn't always paranoid. He was gone after, tooth and nail, by lefties, from the time he went after stinking Commies, whilst in the House and with full,never ending throttle, once he ran against Helen Gahagan Douglas and beat her ( using pink....standing for PINKO, which she was )for the Senate. That kind of vilification wears a person down, after many decades of pillorying.

25 posted on 10/19/2011 4:28:21 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nickcarraway
Nixon did a lot of damage to the country with the EPA and the DOE.

Obama is doing a lot of damage to the country with the EPA and the DOE.

Yeah, I can see the resemblance.

Nixon was smarter though.

26 posted on 10/19/2011 4:36:03 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: aces
folks at his meetings need to start resume yelling "you are a lying commie...."

Go, Joe Wilson, go.

27 posted on 10/19/2011 4:38:44 PM PDT by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Just went on weather underground to check out Chicagos weather tonight.
Ugly.


28 posted on 10/19/2011 4:39:07 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO ( Real conservative or go fish))
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To: tet68
Nixon knew enough to resign,

Only after being confronted by the Republican leadership, who informed him that they were not going down with the ship he captained.

29 posted on 10/19/2011 4:46:57 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: nickcarraway

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

He is morphing into something far less than Nixon ever was, and it is NOT a sad thing.

Obama made his own destiny and the country rejects it. ( Good Read)

http://www.americanthinker.com/2.009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


30 posted on 10/19/2011 4:50:52 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2.009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: nickcarraway

‘The Emperor Jones’ is a good look inside Obama’s character and administration IMO. (Or any one in way over their head, of course.) Public relations and the voodoo of the play are a very close analogy too.

I wonder if the play is banned now.


31 posted on 10/19/2011 4:54:42 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: nickcarraway
Nixon was undermined by anti-American communists. Obama IS an anti-American communist.


"Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg
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"As a response to the leaks, the Nixon administration began a campaign against further leaks and against Ellsberg personally. Aides Egil Krogh and David Young under John Ehrlichman's supervision created the 'White House Plumbers,' which would later lead to the Watergate burglaries."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg#Fallout
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So what is Daniel Ellsberg up to these days? Well, for one thing, he is an endorser of the Revolutionary Communist Party's "World Can't Wait" movement...

Click on the 'World Can't Wait' link just below and see: "Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include" You may recognize a few other names as well, including the democrat chair of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers Jr. Conyers' name appears right after Ward Churchill's.
http://worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2538&Itemid=2
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Endorsers of the [World Can't Wait] Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:

James Abourezk, Aris Anagnos, Rocky Anderson, Anti-Flag, Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Belafonte, St. Clair Bourne, Gabriel Byrne, Margaret Cho, Ward Churchill, Paulette Cole, US Rep John Conyers Jr., John Densmore, Jesse Diaz Jr., Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Earle, Niles Eldredge, Daniel Ellsberg, Eve Ensler, Laura Flanders, Jane Fonda, Martin Garbus, Senator Mike Gravel, Andre Gregory, Sam Hamill, Suheir Hammad, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rickie Lee Jones, Sarah Jones, Brig. Gen. (Ret) Janis Karpinski, Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Michael Lerner, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Robin Meyers, Mark Crispin Miller, Tom Morello, Viggo Mortensen, John Nichols, US Rep. Major Owens, Grace Paley, Harvey Pekar, Sean Penn, Michelle Phillips, Harold Pinter, Michael Ratner, Mark Ruffalo, US Rep. Bobby Rush, Susan Sarandon, Richard Serra, Jeff Sharlet, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Martin Sheen, Nancy Spero, Gloria Steinem, Lynne Stewart, Serj Tankian, Sunsara Taylor, Studs Terkel, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Naomi Wallace, US Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Ann Wright, Howard Zinn, and thousands more who have already joined us.

http://worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2538&Itemid=2
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World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime is a Maoist-revolutionary movement organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party. (scroll down the list that appears (after clicking link) to find the World Can't Wait organization --rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party):
http://rwor.org/a/rwlink/links.htm
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From David Horowitz's FrontpageMag.com /DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
Profile: World Can't Wait (WCW)

*Revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration

*Organizes college and high-school students

*Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7213
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The RCP calls for the armed overthrow of the U.S. government...

From the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us or rwor.org) :

"Create Public Opinion, Seize Power: We are preparing minds and organizing forces for the time when there is a major crack in the system, whenever it comes and wherever it comes from: an opening that makes it possible to bring the future Revolutionary Army of the Proletariat (R.A.P.) into the field and wage a revolutionary armed struggle that actually has a chance of winning.

And we have said that building our party itself is the most important part of organizing forces for revolution. This is true now, and it is true looking forward to the creation of that future R.A.P. and the waging of that armed struggle.":

http://revcom.us/a/v20/1000-1009/1000/barw.htm

32 posted on 10/19/2011 4:54:56 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: goseminoles

would take Nixon anyday over Obama and a lot of other presidents past, present and future


33 posted on 10/19/2011 4:54:56 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: goseminoles

would take Nixon anyday over Obama and a lot of other presidents past, present and future


34 posted on 10/19/2011 4:55:26 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: rolling_stone

Obama will go to jail?

Ha ha ha!!! That’s a good one!!


35 posted on 10/19/2011 4:55:26 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: goseminoles
Nixon was golden compared to this destructive jerk.

Ah, for those days of tricky Dick.

36 posted on 10/19/2011 4:55:58 PM PDT by newfrpr04 (If Rino is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: nickcarraway
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"This president can be a transformative leader (he has that potential in my view), but only if he embraces and fights for a transformative agenda."--Sam Webb, Chairman Communist Party USA

Obama State of the Union: He got the ball rolling:
http://cpusa.org/obama-state-of-the-union-he-got-the-ball-rolling
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"We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America"
--B.H.Obama, 2008

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Yahoo search results for "Fundamentally Transforming The United States Of America":
http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35&p=%22Fundamentally+Transforming+The+United+States+Of+America%22&SpellState=n-2204099546_q-bsN.LA3I3%2F%2FdGaQgkeauogAAAA%40%40&fr2=sp-top
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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek"-- BARACK OBAMA
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From the website of the Communist Party, USA...
(prior to the election)

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"The Communist Party USA views the 2008 elections as a tremendous opportunity to defeat the policies of the right-wing Republicans and to move our country in a new progressive direction.

The record turnout in the Democratic Presidential primary races shows that millions of voters, including millions of new voters, are using this election to bring about real change. We wholeheartedly agree with them."

http://cpusa.org/cpusa-2008-electoral-policy/
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After the election....

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A Landslide Mandate For Change

A breakthrough election
Congratulations on an extraordinary history making election!

We can think back with pride to decades of hard work toward our strategic goal of a big enough, broad enough and united enough labor and all-people’s movement that could overcome the ultra-right blockage to all progress. That all people’s movement has come to life, it is dynamic and it has the potential to keep growing.

The election of Barack Obama and a strengthened Congress creates new conditions in our country. There is now the possibility to shift gears and move forward. This new day requires us to further develop our tactics in order to continue to deepen and broaden labor and people’s unity.

There are thousands of experiences that we all have had in these momentous days, some large, some small, all of which express the enormity of change in thinking and readiness for involvement that is underway and that steels us for the battles ahead.

The tears of joy we all shared as crowds gathered to watch the election results here and throughout the world dramatize the new moment we are in.

http://cpusa.org/a-landslide-mandate-for-change-report-to-the-national-committee-meeting-11-15-08/
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July 1, 2009...

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Change is Here, Change is Coming

Sam Webb, National Chair, Communist Party, USA:

Let me begin with a simple observation: If the last 30 years were an era of reaction, then the coming decade could turn into an era of reform, even radical reform. Six months into the Obama presidency, I would say without hesitation that the landscape, atmosphere, conversation, and agenda have strikingly changed compared to the previous eight years.

In this legislative session, we can envision winning a Medicare-like public option and then going further in the years ahead.

We can visualize passing tough regulatory reforms on the financial industry, which brought the economy to ruin.

We can imagine the troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan while U.S. representatives participate in a regional process that brings peace and stability to the entire region.

In the current political climate, the expansion of union rights becomes a real possibility.

Much the same can be said about winning a second stimulus bill, and we sure need one, given the still-rising rate, and likely long term persistence, of unemployment.

Isn’t it possible in the Obama era to create millions of green jobs in manufacturing and other sectors of the economy in tandem with an attack on global warming?

Can’t we envision taking new strides in the long journey for racial and gender equality in this new era, marked at its beginning by the election of the first African American to the presidency?

And isn’t the overhaul of the criminal justice and prison system – a system steeped in racism – no longer pie-in-the sky, but something that can be done in the foreseeable future?

All these things are within reach now!

http://cpusa.org/change-is-here-change-is-coming/
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"Barack Obama told supporters that
'change has come to America' as he
claimed victory in a historic presidential election."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/election.president/index.html

37 posted on 10/19/2011 4:57:02 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: buccaneer81

Will the democrat party do the same to Obama,
or is the cult of personality too ingrained
for them to do anything? I suppose it
would be different if they saw another path
but they are in agreement with his goals.


38 posted on 10/19/2011 4:57:33 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
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Obama State of the Union: He got the ball rolling:
http://cpusa.org/obama-state-of-the-union-he-got-the-ball-rolling

39 posted on 10/19/2011 4:58:08 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: tet68
"Obama will fight to the last bunker and go down buried by his own delusions."

The most comparable political figure of the 20th Century would be Adolf Hitler who demanded that his country be totally destroyed since its losing the war (or in O's case the 2012 election)it did not deserve to survive.

It may be that the most dangerous 75 days in this countries history will be from next Nov. 6th until January 20, 2013.

40 posted on 10/19/2011 4:58:41 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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