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Dreaming of a Superhero (Dowd Down on Obama)
The New York Times ^ | June 3,2012 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 06/03/2012 3:40:57 AM PDT by Hojczyk

On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”

Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging.

On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.

But superheroes and mythic figures must boldly lead. Obama’s caution — ingrained from a life of being deserted by his father and sometimes his mother, and of being, as he wrote to another girlfriend, “caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me” — has restrained him at times.

In some ways, he’s still finding himself, too absorbed to see what’s not working. But the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: czj; modo

1 posted on 06/03/2012 3:41:10 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

She is just wishing for the Clintons to be back in.


2 posted on 06/03/2012 3:52:27 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Hojczyk

3 posted on 06/03/2012 3:54:13 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Hojczyk

Trouble with the link.

Try this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/dowd-dreaming-of-a-superhero.html?pagewanted=1


4 posted on 06/03/2012 3:56:36 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Hojczyk

Still managed to blame Bush for all that ails US. Shes just upset that the MSM cannot cover Obamas eff ups somehow without people calling bull$&@ on them and proving them wrong.


5 posted on 06/03/2012 3:56:59 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: sappy

she also called Romney’s attacks lame. There so lame they’ve got her and her ilk in a panic


6 posted on 06/03/2012 4:03:34 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: Hojczyk

“....he’s still finding himself....”

Apprently he had no trouble finding our money and the Chicago Way laundry mat.


7 posted on 06/03/2012 4:08:17 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: GotMojo
...they’ve got her and her ilk in a panic

Viewing the reader's comments, I would certainly agree with you.

9 posted on 06/03/2012 4:11:25 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Hojczyk
Don't think about her much but when I do I always remember this "OBG'.

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10 posted on 06/03/2012 4:16:07 AM PDT by n230099 ("When no one knows who is armed...everyone is.")
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To: Hojczyk

The Mayor of New Orleans let hundreds of school buses float away, but it’s BUSH who screwed up Katrina response? Riiight.


11 posted on 06/03/2012 4:17:57 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Ann Archy
More likely, she is waiting for the Josiah Bartlett character from the fantasy series The West Wing. This fictional President succeeded in his policy the same way Perry Mason won his cases, through the intervention of the writer.
12 posted on 06/03/2012 4:26:46 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

I find it humorous that Obama’s new slogan is “Forward”. Makes sense if you don’t want any focus on your performance. However, they have no problem dwelling on the Bush years.......


13 posted on 06/03/2012 4:45:04 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: jmcenanly

Much ado about nothing, Maureen.
His goose is cooked.


14 posted on 06/03/2012 4:45:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Hojczyk

Only now, in the end, do liberals start to realize that Obama never was a leader and never took the lead on anything in his whole life.

Name a project or job where Obama was the leader.
Name a piece of legislation where Obama led his party...even when they had a fillibuster-proof majority.
Look at his marriage -— a strong wife who runs the family.

This is a man that was doomed to failure from the beginning.

We all saw this in 2008. Liberals are only now starting to understand.


15 posted on 06/03/2012 4:49:58 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: GotMojo
I find it humorous that Obama’s new slogan is “Forward”.

"Forward" - the same non-specific nonsense as "Hope and Change".

They might just as well use "Fill in the Blank" as a slogan.

Except it won't work this time.

He has a record.

And GW is not on the ballot.

16 posted on 06/03/2012 5:19:04 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: GotMojo
There so lame they’ve got her and her ilk in a panic

Because they placed their bets and the horse is a loser and as it goes to the gate they know they can't change their bet i.e. pull a Lautenberg. Why it would be deemed racist if they did. They are hoisted by their own petard, and they know it. I have been saying it for a while, 60 in the Senate and I smell a blowout that will take them 20 years to recover. Some of them must have that gut feel too. They went all in on this political Messiah and only now do they realize their is no such thing on earth, and they can't admit that either, you know the whole faith religion thing. The morning of 11/7 will be a shocker for them, shrinks will be busy and the meds will be perscribed even more so than that trend post Pres. Bush's 2004 victory.

17 posted on 06/03/2012 5:24:43 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Erik Latranyi

One of the problems is that liberals (the leftists, in other words) are always looking for the Great Leader, which is why they flocked to people like Mao and Stalin and still defend them, even though their policies were disastrous from an economic point of view and crimes against humanity from a moral and civic point of view.

They’re not disappointed that his policies don’t work; they’re disappointed that he hasn’t succeeded in imposing them with the harshness that he initially threatened. There has been enough resistance so that, while he can talk about ignoring the Supreme Court, proceeding without Congress, etc., he probably couldn’t get away with it.

Obama is very ambitious and very ideological, but fortunately not very bright, and the people for whom he was the figurehead (the radical left and the America-haters) really can’t make much more headway with him.

Besides, the fun is over and he doesn’t think this gig is good enough for him anymore. I bet he’s going to announce that he’s going on to some international position that he feels is more suited to his messianic powers. I’d say Secretary General of the UN, but this person can’t come from a country that is a member of the Security Council, so unless he comes clean and announces that he really is a Kenyan or an Indonesian after all, he wouldn’t have a chance. Maybe he’ll become head of the Ford Foundation or some other big NGO that controls international policy.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 5:30:25 AM PDT by livius
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To: taildragger
There so lame they’ve got her and her ilk in a panic

For examples, look here:

Obama Gets Left Behind

"Come on now. Is Obama really a “psychopathic megalomaniac”?

I learned of Obama’s problems today. Not from Ron Paul supporters. Not from Glenn Beck‘s Drudge wanna-be news site The Blaze. I read about Obama’s psychosis from left wing Democrats."

19 posted on 06/03/2012 5:39:03 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Erik Latranyi

MoDo loses another man.


20 posted on 06/03/2012 5:41:20 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: Hojczyk

Maureen Dowd = tuned out


21 posted on 06/03/2012 5:58:19 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: Hojczyk
In some ways, he’s still finding himself...

Horse hockey. He's been a Marxist since his college days. If properly vetted in 2008 the Kenyan would be an ex-Senator by now.

22 posted on 06/03/2012 6:09:34 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: mvpel
It never ceases to amaze me how the left believes their own lies.

Zippo is a creation of the lefts imagination and they can't understand why what they created out of their imagination isn't real.

23 posted on 06/03/2012 6:11:57 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: GotMojo
I find it humorous that Obama’s new slogan is “Forward”. Makes sense if you don’t want any focus on your performance.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 6:40:39 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
He has a record ... And GW is not on the ballot.


25 posted on 06/03/2012 6:42:11 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Hojczyk
My guess is that she's hoping for a “gay” superhero.
26 posted on 06/03/2012 6:52:42 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Mugabe Had A Son He'd Look Like Obama)
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To: Hojczyk

27 posted on 06/03/2012 6:59:20 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: taildragger
Because they placed their bets and the horse is a loser and as it goes to the gate they know they can't change their bet i.e. pull a Lautenberg. Why it would be deemed racist if they did.

One of the worst tings about Affirmative Action is trying to get rid of an AA baby that failed. The experience is much like pulling out a fish hook against the barb instead of pushing it through. The Illegal's relationship to the DemonRat party is the greatest example of all. If they don't flush (flush as in turd and toilet, insult fully intended) him, they're likely to get creamed. If they do flush him, the blacks will desert them and they will get creamed.

28 posted on 06/03/2012 7:01:52 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Palmetto Patriot

From the reader comments on Dowd’s piece, I liked this one from Rosario:
“Did he ever have a lemonade stand? Did he ever have a paper route? Did he play an organized sport in high school or college to learn about teamwork, winning and losing? Did he ever servie in the military not to learn grand strategy but its nature or have the resposibility of commanding troops? Did ever run a law practice where he was responsible for expenses, the salaries of those who worked for him and have to follow government regulations? Did he have a senior legislative position? I voted for the other guy whoever he was.”

And this from another reader:
“It’s become clear that the promise of 2008 to join ‘blue and red’ America ended by announcing, “We won; get over it!”,

History may be kind by merely referring to Obama as an amateur!”

And this from someone in Switzerland who sees right through Obama but will still vote for him again in hopes he will find some strong Svengali to give Obama the spine he needs:

“Like JFK, Obama fiddles, postpones, is too far above the fray to get any legislation through Congress, great speechmaking but no action. Style galore and no real substance: elegant men, beautiful wives, adorable children and - apparently - both are/were incapable of getting down-and-dirty to get anything done.

I voted for Obama and I will again, but my heart won’t be in it. I hope there’s an LBJ out there somewhere who can translate a liberal agenda into legislation.”

Twas much fun to read the scales slightly peeling away. Their Prometheus is what he has always been - a myth.


29 posted on 06/03/2012 7:24:29 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Ann Archy
"In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains. The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen."

Maureen is a good writer and I'm shocked that I agree with her article.

She is just wishing for the Clintons to be back in.

Undoubtably, as are all but the most racist of the Obama voters

30 posted on 06/03/2012 7:35:28 AM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: livius
Maybe he’ll become head of the Ford Foundation

I'm sure he would love that. He had exposure to the Ford Foundation in his early years.

Problem is...Obama's thing is public talk, talk, talk. He is lousy at buckling down, strategizing and managing people. The Ford Foundation head has to have deeper roots than Obama is capable of.

Not sure where he'll end up. He can't really do anything other than talk and people are sick of his talk now. Maybe he and Ayers will start a publishing business.

31 posted on 06/03/2012 11:41:55 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

Obama is not very bright, but the liberals love him and I think what Ford (or any other foundation) would do is hire somebody else who did the actual work and then let Bambi cruise around and emote about his Third World “roots” and the evils of the US.

Whatever, I definitely feel that he’s tired of this President stuff because it’s not as much fun as he thought it would be. Plus Moochelle is obviously annoyed that we don’t want her cruising around the world like glitterati, and she probably believes she is throwing her (rather large) pearls before swine and it’s now time to move on up.


32 posted on 06/03/2012 12:33:19 PM PDT by livius
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