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Victor Davis Hanson: Obama’s Target List - While calling for civility, Obama demonizes...
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 26, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 10/27/2011 9:27:33 PM PDT by neverdem

Obama's Target List
While calling for civility, Obama demonizes everyone in sight.

What with exhaustion, overexposure, and the temptation to comment on just about anything in the news, presidential candidates and presidents alike naturally often slip up. Given their hectic speaking schedules, they frequently mispronounce words (“nucular,” “corpse-man”), engage in the trivial (inflating tires and tuning up cars in lieu of drilling for more oil), and simply get things wrong (57 states). “Bushism” was coined about 2001 to refer to all the various ways that George W. Bush mangled the English language. There are, of course, just as many “Obamaisms,” though they are rarely commensurately lampooned by the media.

FDR unfairly and often demonized his political opponents. Truman could be coarsely blunt; Nixon far more so and in paranoid fashion. Jimmy Carter’s beatific façade seemed to hide all sorts of inner mean streaks. But what seems somewhat different from past presidential sermons, malapropisms, and flat-out wrong statements is the tendency of Barack Obama to lecture, talk down to, caricature, or even insult various people and groups — even as no other president in recent memory has reminded the nation so often of the need for civility, unity, and tolerance.

After only one year plus of campaigning and three years of governance, there is already a sizable corpus of Obama’s targets. The common theme is less ideology, politics, race, class, or gender than a sense that many groups and people simply don’t measure up to Obama’s high standards. Some are deemed lazy, stupid, greedy, fearful, or clinging; others are too affluent, of questionable ethics, and ill-informed and ill-intentioned — and thus are culpable for our current problems.

Where did the president pick up this habit of hypercriticism and easy caricature? Who knows? Michelle Obama showed similar tendencies during the campaign, when she labeled the U.S. a country that is “just downright mean,” until recently not worthy of pride, and variously talked about unnamed persons who perennially “raise the bar” on those struggling to get ahead.

Yet lecturing, demonizing, and caricaturing are not just symptoms of narcissism or being socially dense, but are also a revelation that Obama feels that he can say almost anything he wants, with the expectation — always borne out in the past — of few consequences. Still, his handlers worry about this habit, which explains both the serial use of teleprompted scripts even for the briefest of commentary and the almost lightning response from the White House, either that the latest target had it coming, or that the president’s critics themselves were suspect in noticing such insults, or that the remarks were meant only in jest. Note as well that while almost everyone else is culpable, the president himself rarely is — at least not as much as ATM machines, George W. Bush, tsunamis, the European Union, the nine-month-old Republican-controlled House, the Arab Spring, and skyrocketing oil prices. Others err; but the president has made all “the right choices.”

Here is a tiny sampling of those who have been on the receiving end of the president’s disdain:

African Americans: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’.”

Americans: Are “not a model for the world” and have a “tragic history.” Also, “we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” and, more recently, we have gotten “a little soft” and lost our “competitive edge.”

Bankers: “Fat cats”

Border enforcement: Its overzealous adherents want “alligators and moats” on the border and would arrest children on their way to get ice cream.

The Cambridge, Mass., police: “Acted stupidly” and, like law-enforcement officers in general, racially profile

Corporate-jet owners: “Are you willing to compromise your kids’ safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?”

Democratic base: Must “shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up . . . if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

Doctors: Needlessly chop off the limbs of diabetics and take out tonsils to increase their own profits

Donald Trump: A “carnival barker”

Grandmother: “Typical white person”

Las Vegas: Where you are likely to “blow a bunch of cash when you’re trying to save for college”

Millionaires: They don’t pay their “fair share” and are synonymous with those who have 1,000 times more.

Nancy Reagan: Don’t “get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any séances.”

Rural Pennsylvanians: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment.”

Sarah Palin: “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.”

Special Olympics: Comparable to the president’s dismal bowling scores

Super Bowl: Where you go “on the taxpayer’s dime”

Supreme Court: Would “open the floodgates for special interests”

Supreme Court Justice Thomas: “I would not have nominated Clarence Thomas. I don’t think that he, I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation.”

Tea Party: “The teabag, anti-government people”

The target list grows weekly. By the end of 2012, those on it may outnumber those not.

NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author most recently of the just-released The End of Sparta, a novel about ancient freedom.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: civility; maobama; obama; obamao

1 posted on 10/27/2011 9:27:34 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I look forward to him saying “Michelle and I are very happy back in Chicago now”


2 posted on 10/27/2011 9:33:31 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: neverdem
Three cheers to civility...

This is a war and, so far, we be keeping it civil.

3 posted on 10/27/2011 9:41:23 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: neverdem
"just as many “Obamaisms,” though they are rarely commensurately lampooned by the media."

If by "rarely" he means "never."

4 posted on 10/27/2011 9:42:51 PM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: Citizen Soldier

I look forward to him saying “Michelle and I are very happy to see each other during the prison’s visiting hours.”


5 posted on 10/27/2011 9:54:56 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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To: neverdem

Bookmarked.


6 posted on 10/27/2011 10:01:53 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: neverdem

This man goes unceremoniously out with the weekly District of Columbia trash on one lovely November morning a year from now.


7 posted on 10/27/2011 10:10:55 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Mister Cain: a) IOWA upgrades, GOOD! b) Extend an offer to John Bolton to be your chief FP adviser)
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To: neverdem
Hanson asks where Obama learned his political "skills." Simple... Obama was groomed for politics by the worst of the Chicago dem political machine, and schooled he was. He learned the worst of the bare-knuckled, thug politics from some of the nastiest political operatives around. And this was all after being raised by people who hated Western civilizations and liberty. By communists and anarchists.

This may well be the dirtiest political campaign ever, and that includes the Lincoln election. Obama learned long ago that the best way to be elected is to destroy the political opponent long before the election, so he has never had to run against "first tier" opposition.

Mark

8 posted on 10/27/2011 10:46:14 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: neverdem
FDR unfairly and often demonized his political opponents.

Huey Long did this, too. One eminent senior legislator -- a fellow Democrat, of course, since in those days all Louisiana officeholders were Democrats -- Long routinely abused, since he couldn't find anything worse to say about him, as "old whistle-britches". He had to demean and defame the man because he was an opponent of Long's numerous corrupt, illegal, and unconstitutional schemes.

Eventually, that style of governance caught up with the Kingfish. My aunt always thought Roosevelt was behind it somehow; but history has provided adequate evidence that it was a homegrown affair involving Dr. Weiss's family and their abuse by Long.

9 posted on 10/27/2011 11:59:25 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: neverdem
[Art.] Don’t “get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any séances.”

Actually, I think this was a sly shot at Hillary -- reminding people that Hillary once talked about having "conversations" with the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt.

It makes sense that he would dig at her, if I'm right that she's going to bolt the traces and mount an insurrectionary candidacy next year. She has the look of a candidate, and her energy level is up. She sure smells like a candidate to me.

10 posted on 10/28/2011 12:04:24 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: Citizen Soldier

“I look forward to him saying “Michelle and I are very happy back in Chicago now””

And I look forward to the wookie telling him “no” when he asks for a conjugal visit in prison.


11 posted on 10/28/2011 12:38:19 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: neverdem
"Supreme Court Justice Thomas: “I would not have nominated Clarence Thomas. I don’t think that he, I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation."

This coming from a half term senator.


12 posted on 10/28/2011 2:06:51 AM PDT by ex91B10 (The only option now is mass resistance.)
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To: MarkL
...Thomas...graduated from Yale Law School in 1974. He practiced law for a short time in Missouri, then was an assistant to the attorney general and a corporate attorney before becoming an aide to Senator John Danforth (1979-81). Thomas caught the eye of the administration of President Ronald Reagan and ended up as the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 1982 until he was appointed in 1990 by President George Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1991 he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bush, to fill the seat left by retiring justice Thurgood Marshall.

While the punk has this on his resume:


13 posted on 10/28/2011 2:19:57 AM PDT by ex91B10 (The only option now is mass resistance.)
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To: neverdem

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14 posted on 10/28/2011 2:31:08 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: neverdem

Can you imagine being a white citizen of Chicago going into a government office seeking assistance and encountering a congregant of reverend wright who greats you with discriminatory intolerance and little or no assistance with your problem?


15 posted on 10/28/2011 2:50:41 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: dsc

“And I look forward to the wookie telling him “no” when he asks for a conjugal visit in prison.”

Are you sure that it wouldn’t be “the ballerina” or one of his other “man friends” saying no to a prison sex date?


16 posted on 10/28/2011 3:00:14 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: W. W. SMITH

“Are you sure that it wouldn’t be”

The only thing I’m sure of is that there is that the Bamtard has something to hide. Something important.


17 posted on 10/28/2011 3:45:50 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: neverdem
Donald Trump: A “carnival barker”

1 out of 20 isn't a particularly good score.

18 posted on 10/28/2011 4:08:30 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Citizen Soldier

I would like a kodak moment of the wookie when the new president of the united states is announced on election eve.

There is a seat being kept warm for the emperor at the UN where all parasites feed from the world host


19 posted on 10/28/2011 4:34:26 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: hometoroost
If by "rarely" he means "never."

Not really, as there are a number of folks that believe they truly are moderates and real independents who swing with the breeze.

Those that are interested in the news check out places like Reason for libertarians and economic conservatives and Real Clear Politics for news stories and a wide range of opinion.

Using the internei, I've been finding stories about Fast and Furious all over the country. Real Clear Politics has a link in its left sidebar, the eighth down, called "Pressure Mounts on Holder."

20 posted on 10/28/2011 10:51:31 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Citizen Soldier

I look forward to him saying “Michelle and I are very happy back in Chicago now”””

My money is betting that he ‘declines to run because of his health’ & he & Moochelle self-exile themselves in Brazil, where the size of his campaign war chest will spend quite nicely.


21 posted on 10/28/2011 11:21:38 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: neverdem

It may be a matter of semantics. The “media” don’t consider most of the places you mentioned to be part of the “media.” So, I get your point but the mainstream beat on Bush like a rented mule but give Obama a free pass on that and his refusal to release his academic records and other papers from his stints in elected office.


22 posted on 10/28/2011 11:33:09 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Actually, I think this was a sly shot at Hillary -- reminding people that Hillary once talked about having "conversations" with the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt.

LOL!

It makes sense that he would dig at her, if I'm right that she's going to bolt the traces and mount an insurrectionary candidacy next year. She has the look of a candidate, and her energy level is up. She sure smells like a candidate to me.

IIRC, the State Dept. runs military export sales and it's implicated with an operation that ran through Columbus, New Mexico to the Zetas that included explosive ordnance, night vision devices, etc.! She, like Holder for Fast and Furious, Castaway, etc., may well be impeached like the bent one!

24 posted on 10/28/2011 12:44:51 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
She, like Holder for Fast and Furious, Castaway, etc., may well be impeached like the bent one!

That would be sweet -- the first husband/wife impeachment duo in U.S. history, and for gross violations of the law.

I think Holder would be good to impeach because, even tho' he's only the AG, everyone knows he's Obozo's man, and it would force the Democratic incumbent senators all to stand up and drink the party-line Kool-Aid in an election year, and bloc-vote to acquit an obviously guilty-as-hell Leftist AG. We could wind up with 80% of the Senate after the elections, if GOP candidates could tie Holder around their Dim opponents' necks.

25 posted on 10/28/2011 12:56:36 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: Citizen Soldier

I’d like it to be Uganda.........


26 posted on 10/28/2011 1:03:07 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: hometoroost

“They” aren’t the mainstream....”They” are the LEFT stream...


27 posted on 10/28/2011 1:04:26 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: lentulusgracchus
We could wind up with 80% of the Senate after the elections, if GOP candidates could tie Holder around their Dim opponents' necks.

I wrote a little over an hour ago:

Grassley has said that the investigation will probably go into 2012. Issa has subpoenaed Holder. If Holder doesn't resign, he'll probably be impeached, IMHO.

Except those in safe seats, up to 16 rats in the Senate looking to keep their seats in November 2012 will have to explain a vote not removing Holder from office.

on this thread, "Holder’s days as attorney general may be numbered as resignation calls double overnight".

Akaka, Bingaman, Conrad, Kohl, Lieberman and Webb are retiring. All of those 16 voted for Obamacare.

Even Sanders, the Vermont self avowed socialist, could be in trouble. This was obviously a plot against the 2nd Amendment. Vermont has never restricted concealed carry. It was always permit free.

In Hawaii, former GOP governor Linda Lingle said she wants to replace Akaka. In NJ, Menendez must have soiled his pants when Christie won. Schumer's recent boast that the rats will keep the Senate is very suspect.

If we don't get the magic 60 next year, rats have about 2 dozen more seats to defend in the Senate in 2014!

28 posted on 10/28/2011 1:42:30 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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