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Obama’s Enthusiasm Gap
New York Times ^ | 4 Oct 2012 | Matt Bai

Posted on 10/05/2012 12:25:59 AM PDT by Cronos

..Watching the president grimace his way through the restrained back-and-forth reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend in Democratic politics, who posited that Mr. Obama simply doesn’t love being president. Not that he doesn’t want the job or believe he should have it, or that its challenges don’t give him plenty of cause for stress or solemnity — just that he doesn’t appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country.

...The problem for Mr. Obama isn’t that he seemed indifferent or peevish on stage, though he did. The problem is that it underscored what has too often been his countenance in office.

He came to Denver with no larger theme he wanted urgently to get across, no story to tell, no apparent passion for the chance to make himself understood and make his opponent look silly. He was there to defend his policies, but he wasn’t going to get all needy about it, and no one was going to make him have an ounce of fun.

..Mr. Obama’s goal, it seems, was to indicate his continued willingness to serve in a job he believes he can do better than the other guy, but that doesn’t really seem to enervate or enliven him. That’s a problem, and not only for the duration of the campaign.

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


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even the slimes is turning against O -- slowly (since in the article they do push jabs at the GOP...
1 posted on 10/05/2012 12:26:23 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

“restrained back and forth??”

What happened to the “Romney was aggressive” meme?


2 posted on 10/05/2012 12:30:16 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL; All

It’s a set up for ‘When Obama Got His Groove Back’.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 12:39:24 AM PDT by Havisham
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To: Cronos
..Watching the president grimace his way through the restrained back-and-forth reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend in Democratic politics, who posited that Mr. Obama simply doesn’t love being president. Not that he doesn’t want the job or believe he should have it, or that its challenges don’t give him plenty of cause for stress or solemnity — just that he doesn’t appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country.

running the country, liberals have no clue what this nation is about since its formation. These liberals are a bunch of spoiled brats demanding to have their way with US. Somebody spared the rod and spoiled the children.

4 posted on 10/05/2012 12:49:55 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Cronos

Jay Leno said something tonight like “President Obama during the debate outline his plan for developing new energy sources. Huh? He couldn’t even find the energy for a 90 minute discussion!”


5 posted on 10/05/2012 12:53:16 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Cronos

Obama is a great example of Affirmative Action. He has skated through life simply because of the color of his skin (with White Liberals protecting him at every turn). When forced to stand on his own, he crumbles.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 12:59:08 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Cronos

Disinformation. He’s in over his head.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 1:05:40 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Cronos

Zero stifled himself like a dingbat because Romney was supposed to win.. Scripted to win...
The next two debates Obama will eviscerate Romney..

Especially the last one.. it is all a Cartoon..
Republicans are clueless.. totally clueless to the evil intent.. and plan..

Obama was very quite because he was afraid he would accidentally win.. so he clammed up..
Only question is, is Romney in on it?... complicit.?..
And will produce poorly on the next two.. ON PURPOSE..

Is our givernment that degraded?.. I hope not, but probably it is..
We have a Marxist traitor in charge of the FBI, NSA and CIA.. plus several other security mechanisms..


8 posted on 10/05/2012 1:57:52 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 21twelve

OMG, that is funny!


9 posted on 10/05/2012 2:12:11 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: hosepipe

Or it could be that Romney just completed several tough debates against some excellent debaters and actually prepped. While the petulant child that is Obama just shrugged it off and thought he could bluff his way through the debate. Occam’s Razor is your friend.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 2:29:12 AM PDT by BushCountry (I hope the Mayans are wrong!)
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To: hosepipe

Going to post this reminder on every thread:

Romney has to ask him what he meant by his “Tell Putin I can be more flexible after re-election”????????????


11 posted on 10/05/2012 2:29:39 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: sodpoodle
>Romney has to ask him what he meant by his “Tell Putin I can be more flexible after re-election”
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Romney can also remind him the following dialogue:

"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

"You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, ...

PARIS, Nov 8, 2011 3:25pm EST (Reuters)
12 posted on 10/05/2012 2:46:51 AM PDT by trekdown
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To: Cronos

Obama is a frustrated golfer and basketball player; a career in sports would have been just the thing for him if he’d have put in the work to cultivate it. Path of Least Resistance was his choice it seems.


13 posted on 10/05/2012 3:26:08 AM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: Cronos

Obama is a frustrated golfer and basketball player; a career in sports would have been just the thing for him if he’d have put in the work to cultivate it. Path of Least Resistance was his choice it seems.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 3:27:41 AM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: Cronos
"but that doesn’t really seem to enervate or enliven him"

Enervate? look it up dufus! The job does enervate him apparently! sheesh!

15 posted on 10/05/2012 3:33:20 AM PDT by cb
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To: Cronos
obama said it best during a pizza break at a Las Vegas demonRAT headquarters, "They are MAKING ME do my homework".


16 posted on 10/05/2012 3:38:21 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: hosepipe
Obama was very quite because he was afraid he would accidentally win.. so he clammed up..

Only question is, is Romney in on it?... complicit.?.. And will produce poorly on the next two.. ON PURPOSE..

WOW, what a theory.

I just read this same garbage over at DU. Are you stoned this early in the morning.

17 posted on 10/05/2012 3:42:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Cronos
even the slimes is turning against O -- slowly (since in the article they do push jabs at the GOP...

Matt Bai sounds very close to saying that Obama is just too smart to be President. This is the multi-generational approach for Democrat wizards trying to defend a nit-wit.

18 posted on 10/05/2012 4:08:22 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Cronos

Obama didn’t have to face an opponent when running for Senate (just dug dirt till they withdrew and he was unopposed) and I think McCain wanted Obama to be President himself. Plus he was old, short and weak voiced.

This was Obama’s FIRST real deal. No teleprompter, nothing but his own thoughts and behavior.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 4:20:05 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Cronos
More stupidity from the Slime.

This nonsense piece is to say God took a hand at saving USA by giving us Hope and Change, but we don't deserve HIM. It is not HIS fault that he appeared so discouraged.

Fits into misus’ narrative - we be so lucky that Obama decided to run for presidency.

Like I said, pukester material. (that goes without saying when reading stuff from such source.)

20 posted on 10/05/2012 4:29:00 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: BushCountry

Romney went up against Gingrich, etc. — tough opponents. Obama went up against...


21 posted on 10/05/2012 4:35:22 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos

Barry is the typical affirmative action spoiled little boy. He wants all of the attention, perks, and privilege of the office but without having to take any of the responsibility or do any of the required hard work.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 4:48:37 AM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: Cronos

They give up way too easily, I mean one week ago they had it in the bag for Obama’s reelection. Now he might not win? WHAT HAPPENED!!!


23 posted on 10/05/2012 4:54:11 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: Cronos
I took a few minutes to look at the comments below this article in the NYT. The liberal world is an echo chamber of uniform thought and opinion.

The problem Obama had in the debate was the fact that Obama couldn't just throw his unfounded claims out to an adoring crowd. Instead, he had to deal with a well informed, reasonable and articulate opponent. Obama couldn't perform outside the echo chamber in the face of a challenge. --Imagine what his conversations with Putin must be like.

24 posted on 10/05/2012 5:03:27 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: hosepipe
Obama lost and Obama will continue to lose because Romney and the GOP have figured out his game plan. Obama brought his A game on Wednesday, but the big problem is, is that it doesn't work anymore.

His debate style consists of using up the allotted two minutes making crap up like he cut taxes, isn't trying to raise taxes, and other BS. McCain let him get away with this by not challenging him on it, probably because he was afraid of being called a racist. Romney doesn't, Romney picks apart Obama's lies with a smile. As long as Obama relies on his old style of debating he won't win. It's too late for him to change it now, actually I don't even know if he has much interest in these debates or serving another term for that matter.

25 posted on 10/05/2012 5:04:58 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: hosepipe

So you are saying Karl Rove is running Obama’s campaign? That magnificent bastard!


26 posted on 10/05/2012 5:15:57 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

[ So you are saying Karl Rove is running Obama’s campaign? That magnificent bastard! ]

Well since you asked..
Rove ran Bush’s money machine..
Obama took Bush’s machine multiplied it and ran it 24/7..
Wonder if Karl was named after Marx..?.

The myth that Karl and Zero are on different teams is just rope-A-dope..
-OR- Myth Romney for that matter..

I know you believe Myth’s rhetoric.. I don’t..


27 posted on 10/05/2012 6:33:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: USS Alaska

[ I just read this same garbage over at DU. Are you stoned this early in the morning. ]

No.. DU is a broken clock... maybe they are correct..
On the otherhand maybe know it’s true..

Myth will take a “DIVE”.. I just shared how it could happen..
Course it could happen many other ways.. Juan McLaim advisors are advising him..
And everyone knows Juan took a “dive”..


28 posted on 10/05/2012 6:39:45 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sodpoodle

[ Romney has to ask him what he meant by his “Tell Putin I can be more flexible after re-election”???????????? ]

The fix is in.. The way Romney got selected was way to many conservative challegers..
Watering down conservative votes..
It was NOT AN ACCIDENT.. it was on purpose..

AND republicans still to this day have not figured this out..
Talk about heads deep up the groin..


29 posted on 10/05/2012 6:44:17 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: BushCountry

[ Occam’s Razor is your friend. ]

OK... Occam’s Razor DEMANDS that Obama performed unlike he has ever performed before..
Something NEW... shutting up.. going comatose.. not repeating several hundred millions dollars in talking points..

ITS NOT STRANGE.... it was ON PURPOSE... Duuugh..


30 posted on 10/05/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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