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The Competitor in Chief - Obama Plays to Win, in Politics and Everything Else
The New York Times (via powerline) ^ | 9/02/12 | Jodi Kantor

Posted on 09/04/2012 3:20:04 AM PDT by jocon307

As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself. He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.” He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is “a surprisingly good pool player,” he informed an interviewer — not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; narcissist; obama; tigerbeat
Yet another MSM puff piece on President Obama.

It's rather long, but worth reading. Not only does he make great chili, etc. but he reads children stories with remarkable skill, plays cards with ferocity, always comes to meetings prepared, etc., etc., etc.

2 months from election day and the "paper of record" is still publishing juvenile mash notes to Obama.

Not a word on policy (other than that's he's the best at it) or the economy (really, not one word on that, OMERTA).

3 pages of this fluff.

Oh well, our president is the best, and if you doubt that just ask him, or ask his fans in the MSM.

1 posted on 09/04/2012 3:20:08 AM PDT by jocon307
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Dayum...
No wonder his chair is empty.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 3:25:35 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: MestaMachine

Chair ain’t the only thing EMPTY! ! ! ! !


3 posted on 09/04/2012 3:30:39 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: jocon307
Good Lord.

If Pravda had written this about Stalin, Stalin would have been embarrassed.

The New York Times is LITERALLY worse than Pravda. In fact, from this day forward, they shall be known as the New York Pravda.

4 posted on 09/04/2012 3:31:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: jocon307
"As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself. He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.” He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is “a surprisingly good pool player,” he informed an interviewer — not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.?"

Token skills, token President.

5 posted on 09/04/2012 3:34:22 AM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a free range zoo.)
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To: jocon307
What BS.

I have no doubt the Community Organizer is a dirty, elbow throwing player on the court. No doubt at all.

Last year, he got cracked in the mouth by one of his staffers (who probably had had enough of being fouled time and time again - and who was gonna call him on it?)

I wager the stitched lip was nothing compared to the pain his precious ego endured.

6 posted on 09/04/2012 3:36:54 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: jocon307
Barry is perfect.

Just ask him - he'll tell you.

7 posted on 09/04/2012 3:41:22 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of No! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: jocon307
Just looked up the author, Jodi Kantor. She writes nothing but fawning pieces about the Obamas'.

First Lady Strives for Caring Image Above Partisan Fray New York Times‎ - 8 hours ago

Jodi Kantor's “The Obamas,” Book Review : The New Yorker

8 posted on 09/04/2012 3:45:14 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: Lazamataz

Yes, it’s incredible, isn’t it?

Powerline had it as “President Obama is Awesome” and that about sums it up.

Awesome at cooking, reading, playing golf, playing cards, singing, playing basketball (actually they didn’t talk about that, but we know he is awesome at that); awesome at everything except DOING HIS JOB.

You know, the Times still has some good stuff in it. I’ve read a couple of articles posted here lately that have been interesting and well written. I found a great little map thing-y when I wanted to look up the 2010 election results, really it was excellent, I don’t think it could be improved upon.

And then there is nonsense like this article.

If they ever even challenged him AT ALL, if they had looked into his past with 1/2 the zeal they devoted to Bristol Palin I could take this as a nice little feature piece. But this IS the reporting that is done on Obama, it has never gotten beyond “gosh he’s awesome”. It is a complete dereliction of their duty to the American public.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 3:47:34 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

This is from the New York Times?

I would have guessed Tiger Beat.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 3:52:12 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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11 posted on 09/04/2012 3:55:07 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: jocon307

Practiced Bowling so he could win. A version of Nero fiddled while Rome burned. To our President, gas prices and food prices can rise, salaries can tank, citizens can go jobless, but the really important thing is that he spend HIS time practicing bowling. If any other President was this vain and stupid, it would be treated as being inept, but when it is Obama, the NYT finds it to be a great quality. You just can’t make this stuff up!


12 posted on 09/04/2012 4:01:07 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: jocon307

It is one thing to compete, and an entirely different thing to have a winning strategy.

When there is little public record of past accomplishments (or failures), it is rather easy to project a positive image, or at least one favorable to the person. But the past four years have been a pretty public display, and what had seemed to be a “likable” personality turned out to be shallow, doctrinaire, petty and often arrogant besides.

I am sure that Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre seemed to urbane, witty and bright when he first appeared on the national scene as the French Revolution was gaining momentum.

And he was, or so appeared to be. He became a member of the Jacobin Club, an early-day version of “community organizers” dedicated to establishing “Rights of Man”. The “likable” side quickly disappeared, though, when he felt compelled to institute the Reign of Terror, during which time young Robespierre became a bloodthirsty tyrant, unwilling to consider the least controversey to his policy of “purifying” the Revolution.

Robespierre himself finally fell victim to the very apparatus he had instituted to rid France of all dissent, the summary execution of declared outlaws within 24 hours of capture and detention, by decapitation. The guillotine had been set up in the public square, where it was a very effective instrument for silencing opposition and encouraging compliance.

Throwing people under the bus seems almost merciful in comparison. But we know where this is headed.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 4:02:18 AM PDT by alloysteel (Are you better off than you were four years ago? Well, are you?)
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To: Fresh Wind

Remember when Time Magazine included that in a piece on Obama? They thought it was real - but, can you blame them?


14 posted on 09/04/2012 4:12:20 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: alloysteel

Let’s show him how great he is by throwing him out of office in November.


15 posted on 09/04/2012 4:12:56 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jocon307

Time Magazine? That sounds familiar, but I can’t quite place it. It’s about watches and clocks, right?


16 posted on 09/04/2012 4:21:35 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: jsanders2001

I would bet that anyone in th world could spot a New York Times reporter just by the borwn on their nose.

How does it smell up there Jodi, Is it hard to breathe?


17 posted on 09/04/2012 4:23:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: jsanders2001

I would bet that anyone in th world could spot a New York Times reporter just by the borwn on their nose.

How does it smell up there Jodi, Is it hard to breathe?


18 posted on 09/04/2012 4:23:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: jocon307

Who needs foreign policy, jobs, a sound currency if he can sing, play pool, make chili and even brew beer! WOW!

The Narcissist in Chief will tell all and sundry how he virtually walks on water.

Obama walks on water
Maybe they ought to interview him with some really hard questions from say, a hard-hitting journal like "Vanity Fair" or "Glamour".
Ask him really tough presidential questions like:
What's your favorite color?
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
What are your favorite workout songs?
Red or Green chili?

Those above questions were in fact the only questions that lame-ass Obozo answered after avoiding the White House Press Corps for 8 weeks.

His handlers planted softball questions on Reddit, that he answered.
No Policy Questions
No Economics Questions
Not a single serious question

Now the New York Times is slowly turning into "Tiger Beat" with teen-idol coverage of the Nitwit-In-Chief.

This is beyond ridiculous!

19 posted on 09/04/2012 4:23:20 AM PDT by Bon mots (When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...)
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To: onevoter

Did it ever occur to the clown writer that the others may have known what is good for them and let Obama win at bowling.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 4:30:40 AM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: jocon307

It’s even rumored he started at point guard while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA at Columbia. All admired how hot his girlfriends were, too.


21 posted on 09/04/2012 4:57:09 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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22 posted on 09/04/2012 4:57:49 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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Title is inappropriately worded. Competitor implies campaigning on a level playing field. There is nothing fair or 'level' about what Obama does in his quest for power. His prior campaigns before the WH have always been to discredit, disqualify or just lie about his opponents, as he is doing now with Romeny. It is the only thing he and his untested, unproven and unsuccessful team know how to do.
23 posted on 09/04/2012 5:00:16 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Title is inappropriately worded. Competitor implies campaigning on a level playing field. There is nothing fair or 'level' about what Obama does in his quest for power. His prior campaigns before the WH have always been to discredit, disqualify or just lie about his opponents, as he is doing now with Romeny. It is the only thing he and his untested, unproven and unsuccessful team know how to do.
24 posted on 09/04/2012 5:02:13 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: jocon307

The Empty Chair thinks it’s a BarackaLounger.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 5:10:34 AM PDT by gunsmithkat (There is no such thing as Too Many Guns)
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To: BlueStateRightist

“It’s even rumored he started at point guard while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA at Columbia.”

No wonder those records are sealed - it would only make others feel bad about themselves in comparison.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 5:14:57 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307
Hmm, I read the article as poking fun at someone who constantly claims to be the best at everything and annoys everyone around him. Perhaps I am just projecting my own views of the insufferable narcissict. ;)
27 posted on 09/04/2012 5:38:19 AM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: alloysteel

I can see a cartoon, the one and Michele are reading
the want ads, she says, “Honey, this one is perfect
for you! Wanted Presidential Doodler, no experience
necessary, apply to DNC.”


28 posted on 09/04/2012 5:45:30 AM 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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He is Sooooooooooooooo great in his own mind but he still can’t throw a baseball as good as a 7 year old.


29 posted on 09/04/2012 5:48:55 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: jocon307

Cue up “Youre’ So Vain” by Carly Simon. In fact play it as Barry comes on stage to give his acceptance speech. LOL!!!


30 posted on 09/04/2012 8:25:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Lazamataz
The Times is truly becoming a parody of itself.

I tend to refer to it as Izvestia only because the Washington Post is already Pravda-on-the-Potomac, which naturally makes the NYT Izvestia-on-the-Hudson.

Either way, it is more than a bit unnerving for some who grew up during the Cold War and enjoyed making fun of Commie propaganda... to now see essentially the same thing being repeated in our own increasingly laughable "news" media. Stalin was a world-class hunter. Bagged big game with one shot. Every time. And I know that's true 'cause I heard it on Radio Moscow's World Service.

Mao Zedong was a gifted musician, with a catalogue of world-class orchestral works to his name. And we all know that Kim Jong-Il bowled dozens of 300 games and routinely shot 65 on the golf course. Which isn't quite accurate of course.

Sometimes he had them shot up against a wall.

31 posted on 09/04/2012 8:46:55 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Rutabega

“I read the article as poking fun....”

I wish I could think that was true. Of course, in a way it is, but the general tone is one of acceptance. Just like it is with Biden: there goes old Joe again, LOL.

But let some republican evince a character flaw, or crack some joke....well that person is then either, stupid, evil or crazy.

So I think we have to read this nonsense as being pro-obama. The fact that it is nearly a parody is just something to marvel at, this piece is intended as praise, not satire.


32 posted on 09/04/2012 2:35:17 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Richard from IL

Sad but true - he is famous for holding a grudge against his “enemies.” Beat him at bowling (or anything else) and you probably won’t be invited back!


33 posted on 09/04/2012 4:58:58 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: Richard from IL

Sad but true - he is famous for holding a grudge against his “enemies.” Beat him at bowling (or anything else) and you probably won’t be invited back!


34 posted on 09/04/2012 4:58:58 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: jocon307
The Game For Carter is Tennis

Lakeland Ledger, July 11, 1977

Washington (AP) Sports enthusiasts may not be ready to rank tennis as the national pastime, but at the White House, it's The Game.

And while administration tennis buffs aren't comparing Jimmy Carter to Jimmy Connors, they say the President demonstrates the same kind of dogged competitiveness on the tennis court that he exhibited on the campaign trail. ...

35 posted on 09/04/2012 5:11:37 PM PDT by x
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>>“I read the article as poking fun....”

>I wish I could think that was true. Of course, in a way it is, but the general tone is one of acceptance. Just like it is with Biden: there goes old Joe again, LOL.

You can read stuff like this in the way "Kremlinologists" used to read Pravda. There's an obvious party line. There are some things they aren't going to ever say.

But if you read the articles carefully they did convey by little nuances who was on the rise and who was going to be purged.

If you read this article between the lines, there's something you could take as comical -- something that you can't help but take as comical.

They aren't against Obama, and they aren't going to say anything to try to really hurt his campaign, but the stuff they bring up isn't very flattering.

36 posted on 09/04/2012 5:21:08 PM PDT by x
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To: jocon307

Oh, I agree! Kantor released her Bamster book around the same time as Klein and I think I was mixing them up, so I didn’t usemy usual defensive reading skills. :)


37 posted on 09/04/2012 5:22:55 PM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: x

Good find.


38 posted on 09/04/2012 5:48:29 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: SkyPilot

If he can shoot hoops, then why can’t he bowl or throw a baseball ?

Somethings fishy about his prowess.


39 posted on 09/05/2012 8:06:22 AM PDT by patriotspride
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