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The Wizard of Obama
Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/15/12 | WILLIAM MCGURN

Posted on 10/15/2012 8:39:19 PM PDT by BCrago66

Subtitle: The president didn't just lose a debate. He lost an entire image of genius and control.

After President Reagan's listless performance in the first presidential debate of 1984 raised speculation that he was too old for the job, the Gipper took command in the second debate. Of his opponent Walter Mondale, Reagan famously said that he wouldn't try to score political points by exploiting his opponent's youth and inexperience.

Perhaps Barack Obama can likewise reassert himself in Tuesday evening's town hall in Long Island. But his problem is this: In Denver he didn't just lose a debate—he lost the carefully cultivated illusion of a larger-than-life figure who was Lincoln and FDR and Moses all wrapped in one.

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Nothing here that hasn't been said many times before, by Freepers more than (and before) anyone else, but Bill McGurn is an elegant writer, publishing in the most popular newspaper in America, so this one's gonna hurt. This article, I predict, will be remembered.

With Obama, there's no there there. He's empty; just a narcissistic phoney.

1 posted on 10/15/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT by BCrago66
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2 posted on 10/15/2012 8:42:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: BCrago66

That’s why the big circle icon he uses is best described as a Zer0.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 8:43:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BCrago66
Of his opponent Walter Mondale, Reagan famously said that he wouldn't try to score political points by exploiting his opponent's youth and inexperience.

what a lot of people forget is, Reagan's team released that quip before the debate...we all knew it was coming, just didn't know when.
4 posted on 10/15/2012 8:45:06 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ->The Jayson Blair administration)
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To: BCrago66

“Benghazi Hil” made a shrewd move today. The shiv gets administered by Willie. Is this the first thrust?


5 posted on 10/15/2012 8:46:30 PM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Travis McGee

When the 3AM call came there were no adults up to answer the phone.

Had adults been available earlier during the week the 3 AM call would likely not have come.

But, the Vienna Embassy got some Chevy Volts...so the important business was apparently being taken care of.


6 posted on 10/15/2012 8:49:13 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: BCrago66

Wizard of the teleprompter maybe.... That’s about it.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 8:50:16 PM PDT by Bullish (The stink from this amateur regime smells all the way to Kenya.)
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To: BCrago66
Media: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! YOU MUST re-elect the Great and Powerful O!


8 posted on 10/15/2012 8:52:14 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: BCrago66

1. That which has been seen cannot be unseen.

2. Wizard? He certainly has a totally conjured past, but he is not the one who did that.


9 posted on 10/15/2012 8:53:10 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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10 posted on 10/15/2012 8:53:24 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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Yep, been saying for a week now. The Great and Terrible Oz is revealed to be merely "the little man behind the curtain."
11 posted on 10/15/2012 8:54:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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I still can’t believe that so many people believed, ever, that obama was a leader worthy of the presidency. He is nothing. I’m not sure he’s an informed commentator on any subject (aside from basketball, I’ll cede him that one simply because I don’t watch it myself).


12 posted on 10/15/2012 8:59:21 PM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: BCrago66
Wicked Witch of the West Wing.


13 posted on 10/15/2012 9:00:11 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: BCrago66
Some 67 million Americans were watching on TV. What they saw was the scene from the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy's dog pulls back the curtain to reveal there is no wizard at all, just a man from the Midwest who pumped himself up into something far beyond his mortal self—and got the whole of Oz to believe it.

Wow. That's going to leave a mark!

14 posted on 10/15/2012 9:06:37 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: garjog

Hahahahaha!


15 posted on 10/15/2012 9:07:38 PM PDT by luv2ski
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To: BCrago66

How can someone be elected state senator, then U.S. senator, then president? Then have all his records sealed so no one can see just how few things he’s accomplished? By having a big power behind him. And that power controls him.

I now understand why the GOP selected Romney. He’s as clean as a whistle so he can’t be blackmailed. And he’s too rich to be bought.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 9:13:45 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: BCrago66

Reagan had a wonderful sense of humor. Obama is pretty much humorless—his idea is of humor to taunt and demean people who get in his way, to humiliate them if he can. Occasionally he does a bit of self-deprecation but of a very gentle sort.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 9:40:56 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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I now understand why the GOP selected Romney. He’s as clean as a whistle so he can’t be blackmailed. And he’s too rich to be bought.

You're a maroon.

18 posted on 10/15/2012 9:50:19 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BCrago66
"a wizard of his own Oz" - William McGurn

Wow!

19 posted on 10/15/2012 10:02:23 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Terry Mross
I now understand why the GOP selected Romney. He’s as clean as a whistle so he can’t be blackmailed. And he’s too rich to be bought.

Agreed. Add to that the fact that, among all the GOP candidates who entered the primaries, Mitt Romney is the most eminently qualified. (And he was only my fourth choice after Perry, Cain and Gingrich.)

20 posted on 10/15/2012 10:06:20 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: BCrago66

It won’t be over until its over. 0bama is completely capable of BS’ing more low information voters back to his side tomorrow night. He’s more charismatic than Romney and can get to the emotions of many dimwits. Nobody connects to Romney in that way. If Romney wins, we will be crying tears of joy that 0bama is gone. I doubt any of us will be crying tears of joy that Romney will be the next president.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 10:14:32 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (I'm voting AB0/RYAN)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Total Alinsky-head. Pick a target. Polarize it Mock it. He brings mockery to a higher level. Hope Romney is aware of the Alinsky tactics and can turn the tables on the One. Can you imagine Romney laughing at Obama, “there you go again, tax tax tax.”.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:05 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (The poor huddled masses that came to America came for Freedom, not free stuff.)
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To: Lou Budvis
If Romney wins, we will be crying tears of joy that 0bama is gone. I doubt any of us will be crying tears of joy that Romney will be the next president.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 11:11:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


24 posted on 10/15/2012 11:26:06 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: BCrago66

Good stuff in this article, Romney can use the “oceans” quote if o’bidens starts talking 47%:

Mostly this image was the making of his own immodesty, starting the night he clinched the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mr. Obama might have simply declared victory and congratulated Hillary Clinton on a valiant fight. Instead it became the backdrop for one of his more infamous egoisms. History, he said, would look back at his victory as the moment “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

This was no aberration. A man who interviewed for a job on the campaign was told by Mr. Obama: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Everything about his campaign fed that idea. The Styrofoam Greek columns at the Democratic convention when he was nominated. The faux presidential seal with its own Latin motto. And before the campaign, the two books he authored about—himself.

The press, far from exhibiting any skepticism about this immodesty, bowed before it. Leave aside the NBC reporter who conceded it was hard to remain objective in the face of all the “infectious” energy emanating from Mr. Obama’s quest for the White House. Or the New York Times commentator who knew Mr. Obama was meant to be president by the crease in his pants leg. Or the historian who told radio host Don Imus that Mr. Obama’s IQ was “off the charts”—but when asked what it was could only answer that he was probably “the smartest guy ever to become president.”


25 posted on 10/16/2012 3:34:40 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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“Or the historian who told radio host Don Imus that Mr. Obama’s IQ was “off the charts”—but when asked what it was could only answer that he was probably “the smartest guy ever to become president.”

This claim about Obama’s IQ is provably false. The smartest guy EVER to become president could not possibly have governed as ineptly as Obama has. Therefore, the premise must be false.


26 posted on 10/16/2012 3:40:19 AM PDT by DrC
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I hope Romney laughs at obama’s comments a couple of times. Not many, but just to drive home that nobody takes obama seriously.


27 posted on 10/16/2012 3:42:44 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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I'm sure a lot of Presidents had higher IQs than Obama--John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, James Garfield (who taught Greek and Latin at a college), Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Richard Nixon...

Obama's problem isn't that he is stupid--he probably has an above-average IQ. It's that he is arrogant and lazy and his head is filled with a lot of the wrong ideas. All his life he has been able to get the credit without doing the work. November 6 will test whether he will get away with it once more.

28 posted on 10/16/2012 7:26:29 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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