Skip to comments.Commentary Magazine: Time to Get Serious (About Barak Obama )
Posted on 03/29/2013 10:42:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Barack Obama is a serious man. Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash slideshows like Life of Julia. No, he does not seem interested in the mechanics of legislation, nor does he seem adept at negotiation. But the weird condescension his opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded. They seem eager to believe he is a lightweight, and he is not. Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure, and until those who oppose him come to grips with this fact, they will get him wrong every time.
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TIME magazine headline, 1947:
“Hitler wasn’t a really gifted general. However, he did get a lot done militarily so that counts for something.”
The article ultimately has no point except to claim there’s no way to successfully criticize Obama.
If it wasn’t for a complacent republican house, Obama couldn’t pull all this crap. We knew what Obama would do but we at least expected a fight.
Barack Obama is a serious man. The professional and political right needs to be as serious as he is to make sure the Age of Obama ends with him.
If we had an UNbiased media, 0bama would still be picketing in Chicago with the Black Panthers as a community organizer.
Obama seemed bored in his first term, because he was. His handlers had him trying to govern. Obama isn’t smart enough for that. Obama is cunning. Obama’s training as a community organizer makes him quite skilled in subversion.
This term, Obama’s handlers have let him go, or perhaps, with nothing to lose, Obama has chosen his direction. Obama is crushing conservatives, and ruling the Chicago way. I would present his de facto gun control as an example. No executive order, no legislation, simply have DHS buy up all the ammunition.
Until/unless there is a real leader to fight this piece of human garbage, we as a nation are totally screwed.
Oh, and.. 0bama lies, Holder lies, Napolitano lies, Rice lies, Hillary lies.. AND THE MEDIA LIES FOR THEM.
The professional and political right is serious. The Republican Party moderate establishment is not serious.
“Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure”
YEP, RIGHT UP THERE WITH MAO, HITLER & STALIN, but actually more of a 3rd world Punk-Tyrant like Chavez or Castro.
If you think this deserves MAXIMUM BARF WARNING, imagine the fawning history books that will be hitting the market the minute Boy Wonder and Queen Moo are out of the White House.
Seriously - I do expect Obama to be pushed on future generations as one of the top one or two prsidents of all time.
Just consiider how the history and accomplishments of Lincoln, JFK and MLK have been inflated and how they have been pushed on the country.
There are lies, damn lies and Obama.
It is called the Mystery of Evil.
If my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle.
If I were King, I'd grant you three wishes...IF
Obama does not have rare skill or political genius.
He is inept in many ways. The only reason the far left is seeing some of its goals accomplished for now is because they’ve decided on a no holds barred lie at all costs way of doing things.
It wouldn’T matter who was in the Oval Office. The media now lies at every turn about everything. That’s the only reason Obama is where he is.
Been saying America if finished as a Constitutional land of the free for years. I could see how this communists BLACK piece of garbage would destroy America if he got the second term. Romney in his place would at least returned to an effective Senate and House and good business practices would have done much to stop the communists from taking over America. I got lots of hell from the uninformed and many so called conservatives telling me I was nuts and America would never become controlled by the communists. To those nuts, explain where we are and have gone and no real stopping. Currently we have no real stopping power but just fancy words, and without works, words will do nothing. America is being screwed and little can be done unless we get the Senate and keep the House in 2014.
He’s been trained for this his entire life and he’s dishonest, arrogant and greedy enough to have no conscience about lying to the world. I believe his whole environmental crap, not to mention his foreign policy, is paid for by the Arabs who also paid for his education and who knows what else.
His “election” was a coup - right in our faces. Many of his voters we bought off with our own money. What would have seemed unthinkable and outrageous 20 years ago is now tolerated as business as usual. Despite 9/11.
world historical figure!?!?
ROFL! oh man! I needed a good laugh today!
maybe then meant historical fuckup! like Chamberlain!!
Podhoretz has it wrong of course. Not many regard Obama with condescension in the way Podhoretz means.
If Obama is just another Democrat president who doesn’t represent a threat to historical America as McCain, Romney, Rove and many FReepers claim, then GOPe is right and most FReepers are wrong.
Perhaps Podhoretz is just waking to the severity of the threat and is alarmed at the paucity of real opposition to Obama, but can’t yet bring himself to admit that the “extremists” are right.
Obama makes Hitler look like a choirboy.
“No executive order, no legislation, simply have DHS buy up all the ammunition.”
So are people really unable to buy ammunition because there’s none available due to these DHS purchases?
History remembers people who changed the world for the bad as well as the good: Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Caligula, Nero, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, Mao, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, etc.
The magazine wasn't saying he'd likely be remembered as one of the "good guys," but possibly for bringing down the American Republic.
“So are people really unable to buy ammunition because theres none available due to these DHS purchases?”
For almost anything but a shotgun, yes.
I have a 9mm, I can’t find ammo at any stores, I can find it on a classified site for much more than it’s normally worth.
The Pod is wrong as usual. The GOP are loaded with COWARDS who are afraid to be called racist. THAT is the problem.
0bama could go on TV for a “major policy announcement” naked with a feather duster up his ass, and he can get away with it because his lap-dog media will gush over how it was a very nice designer feather duster. That ought to be the real point of this article. Hell, I could be a flawless president if I had media and entertainment carrying my water 24/7.
That is very scary. Very. I don’t recognize my country at all anymore. Honestly.
Obama is backed by: almost all of the MSM; almost all of academia; almost all of the public school system; almost all of the mass entertainment industry; almost every international organization; all of organized labour; most “liberal” religious organizations, etc.
A more accurate way of putting it would be: Obama is the figurehead for an ideological movement, that has systematically taken over nearly all of the important opinion-formers in the country. Obama could spend all of his time on the golf course, or flying to expensive taxpayer-paid holidays, and still appear as “successful”.
Perplexing but true: Mitt Romney is on the glide path to the most easily secured nomination a Republican presidential candidate has ever had while being one of the weakest major candidates either party has ever seen.
Hitler benefited from plain old dumb luck, the foolhardiness of his adversaries, and the advice of some people around him who were decidedly smarter than he.
However, Hitler suffered from that same dumb luck, foolhardiness of his adversaries (that worked out for them), and bad advice of some people around him that were dumber than he.
Obama is a puppet. He believes strongly in his leftist agenda, but he is controlled and manipulated by others. He still doesn’t know what is in obamacare, and he doesn’t care. He cares more about his march madness basketball brackets.
He and Biden are foolish little puppets.
John Podhoretz recognizes that Obama, while nothing close to the ‘genius’ his supporters claim, is clever and dangerous. I blame voter apathy, Republican cowardice and media influence for Obama’s ability to do so much damage and yet not be held accountable. Something we’ll all pay for, one way or another.
“He cares more about his march madness basketball brackets.”
And he’s incompetent at that, too. He picked Indiana.
Of course that change is 100% for the worse but that doesn't make it less real (greater government control, less freedom, driving the economy toward ruin, etc.). Obama may be merely a front man who lets others do all the heavy lifting but look at the results so far--Obamacare, massive increase in spending and debt, probable inevitability of amnesty and same-sex marriage. For some of these there will be no turning back regardless of who wins the 2016 election. If Hillary or another Democrat wins in 2016, there will definitely be no reversing of the damage Obama has wrought.
So, have companies stopped making ammo?
Well, I still recognize my family and my church. That to me is what is important. The country is important too, but in the end it is those two things that matter. Remember, we are only on this earth for a short time.
“So, have companies stopped making ammo?”
Nope. Eventually some ammo will make it to the public market. But as far as I know, the manufacturers are going fill tilt trying to fill DHS’s buy of nearly 2 billion rounds.
“Just consiider how the history and accomplishments of Lincoln, JFK and MLK have been inflated and how they have been pushed on the country.”
Did you forget FDR?
Ain’t it amazin’ how some folks keep sayin’ “It can’t happen in America” when it already has?
Yes, ain’t it!
He's saying the two extremes -- Obama as a dithering dilettante or Obama as a dedicated Marxist-Leninist revolutionary -- are both wrong and the answer has to lie somewhere in between.
He doesn't go much further than that, so the article may not seem to be of much use, but for my money he's right and provides something for people to think about and discuss.
Without question. The Founders wanted a watchdog, and they are now a lapdog.
Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure.
Yeah he’s the greats loser and wants everyone else to be one too.
Trip stumble and fall is all he can do.
Obama has found the part of population that Lincoln spoke of i.e. ‘you can fool some of the people all the time .....’ and has realized that ‘some’ amounts to 50%+/- of the population/voters.
Sometimes, Podhoretz proves that he’s ready for the LA tarpits, and this is one occasion.