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Obama's hubris problem
Politico ^ | April 27, 2013 | Keith Koffler

Posted on 04/27/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT by billorites

Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed.

Except the White House photographer.

That Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term.

Hubris in a leader is an obnoxious thing, leading to imperiousness in governing. And it’s also a dangerous thing for a second-term president, often spelling trouble.

Unfortunately, this president’s acts of high handedness and self-absorption have been accumulating in the past several months at a blistering pace.

Even as the nation’s workers wilted under a struggling economy and high unemployment, Obama decided to take two round excursions to Hawaii at taxpayer expense over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Just six weeks later, he jetted down to Florida for a luxury four-day golf vacation where he played with Tiger Woods. Meanwhile Michelle Obama also took another vacation, skiing in Colorado.

Even as the sequester began to force those who work for him in the federal government to take furloughs and government services were scaled back – including, famously, the White House tours – Obama stepped up his golf, roaring out of the White House in his motorcade three Saturdays in a row for the 50-minute round trip drive to the Joint Base Andrews course.

In a true Marie Antoinette moment, Obama offered to pare back his pay by five percent as a show of empathy for those being furloughed. At annual salary of $400,000, that would force him to get by on a meager $380,000, in addition to a couple of hundred thousand extra dollars he can probably expect to make this year from book sales.

He had Memphis soul music legends throw a command performance for himself and the first lady in the East Room. He commended California’s attorney general for being the hottest of all the state AGs. He gave himself an exclusive viewing in the White House theater of the Jackie Robinson biopic, “42.”

On Saturday night, he’ll be partying with journalists and their celebrity guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association bash.

All while the nation continues to suffer under his stewardship of the economy.

When gun legislation he backed failed to pass last week, he threw an epic hissy fit in the Rose Garden, proclaiming his opponents liars who thought “it wasn’t worth it” to protect kids from gun violence.

He said contemptuously that what “binds Republicans together” is their commitment to helping the rich. He delivered his budget two months late to Congress.

Such disregard for appearances and disdain for his opposition suggests a president who perceives himself as free from the fetters that keep normal people in line and give presidents a sense of perspective.

Obama is already giving off that “L’etat, c’est moi” vibe, effectively legislating from the Oval Office.

He is picking and choosing which laws to enforce - like deciding not to deport certain groups of immigrants who would have been protected by the failed Dream Act and opting not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

This could be just the beginning. He vowed last week, as he has in the past, to advance his gun control agenda on his own. “Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama said.

The vast new Obamacare law gives him an endless array of regulations to implement, offering a cornucopia of opportunities to interpret the statute in ways that give him powers he shouldn’t have. The 900-page immigration bill may do the same, should it pass.

But hubris may not only lead a president to stretch power, it can result in abuse of power.

Certainly the core of Watergate was corruption, but only a sense of hubris could have convinced Richard Nixon – late in his first term - that he could get away with the covering it up.

When Bill Clinton bounded out of the White House residence to see Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office, he had to believe he was impervious to the rules that govern others – not just because of his behavior, but because he thought he wouldn’t get caught in flagrante delicto in the fishbowl that is the White House.

And what special exemption from reality did Ronald Reagan think he had when he convinced himself that he wasn’t paying ransom when he sent arms to Iran to try to secure the release of hostages the controlled in Lebanon?

If Obama starts to get too grand a sense of himself and sheds the last vestiges of concern for how others perceive him, it could lead him, as it has so many in positions of power, to believe he is beyond accountability. And that could end up as a tragedy for him, and for the nation.


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1 posted on 04/27/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Wasn’t his hubris obvious to Politico five years ago?


2 posted on 04/27/2013 6:04:00 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: billorites

Some of us were aware of this five years ago.


3 posted on 04/27/2013 6:05:09 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: billorites

Asking God to bless Planned Parenthood, and by extension Gosnell goes way beyond hubris. And yet there are plenty like Chris Matthews who bleat, “he speaks with the voice of a god and not of a man.”


4 posted on 04/27/2013 6:08:07 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: billorites
This grifter, presently in the WH, grows more despicable every day.

The thought of having the press fawn over this turd of a man for the next twenty or thirty years after he leaves office makes me want to puke.

5 posted on 04/27/2013 6:18:02 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
Way back when Duncan Hunter was running for nomination as a Presidential candidate, Obama was making his debut as a candidate for the Illinois state legislature.

Both of these guys pop into my mind anytime someone raises the hubris issue ~ not because of their hubris, but that of their top end campaign aids.

Obviously Duncan and I differ very little on the issues, and Obama and I probably don't agree on any issues at all, but the campaign strategy behind these fellows was essentially identical AND equally repulsive.

Seriously, sitting here in Virginia there are few state office candidates who ever drew my attention yet Obama's people did ~ they had it that he was the second-coming of Zeus or something, and that we were all idiots if we didn't support him.

Been years since we've discussed Duncan's campaign strategists methods, but they were the same.

I didn't believe it about Obama, nor Hunter, nor any candidate or would-be candidate.

6 posted on 04/27/2013 6:18:32 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: billorites
And that could end up as a tragedy for him, and for the nation.

It is truly vile and perverse how the libtards are always concerned about how the effects of the jug-eared ignoramous' stupidity and arrogance will impact him first, and the rest of the country second. Scum.

7 posted on 04/27/2013 6:19:41 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: billorites

Obama has always had a grandiose sense of self. Yet it has taken the “smartest people” five years to see him as he is?
Does this mean the msm is going to start covering Obama the way they should have been all along? Or will this piece stand alone, a single offering to “balance”, while Politico and the rest of them return to clothing a naked emperor?


8 posted on 04/27/2013 6:24:16 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: All

The tragedy for Obama is that he was not aborted, his unfulfilled destiny. The tragedy for our country is that he was elected by the morally retarded, twice. Significantly, his support comes from the very citizens who would have been proud to abort him as an unwanted pregnancy. Certainly everyone’s health would have benefitted.


9 posted on 04/27/2013 6:35:19 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

The irony is that the only citizens who would have fought to preserve his life from the horror of abortion are those he views as his enemies.
That he survived the ravages of a fellow traveller mother, grandparents and a putative father can be viewed, albeit twisted, as an immaculate birth. He is, after all, the curse that has come upon us following our failure to abide by the principles our founders established.


10 posted on 04/27/2013 6:41:39 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: billorites
Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning

IMHO, this shallow, petty man's hubris borders on mental illness.

11 posted on 04/27/2013 6:52:54 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: gusopol3
Asking God to bless Planned Parenthood, and by extension Gosnell goes way beyond hubris. And yet there are plenty like Chris Matthews who bleat, “he speaks with the voice of a god and not of a man.”


12 posted on 04/27/2013 6:53:34 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: billorites

Hey Keith Koffler... just what was it that disengaged your head from your anus orifice... the realization that everybody, including you, are to be made to suffer, so those at the bottom feel better about their own miserable lives? As we used to say, EAT IT.


13 posted on 04/27/2013 6:57:24 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: dps.inspect

The long knives are out.


14 posted on 04/27/2013 6:59:10 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: muawiyah
they had it that he was the second-coming of Zeus or something,

I think it was Zerxes...


15 posted on 04/27/2013 7:09:30 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave

one of those guys anyway


16 posted on 04/27/2013 7:11:29 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

“If Obama starts to get too grand a sense of himself... “

STARTS to get to grand a sense? The man stated in 08 that his election would cause the oceans to recede and this author thinks obama is just “starting” to get a grand sense of self?


17 posted on 04/27/2013 7:19:28 AM PDT by Josa
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To: billorites

And Nemesis appears to be on sabbatical.


18 posted on 04/27/2013 7:22:35 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: billorites

Typical that the writer HAD to somehow equate Reagan with Obama and Clinton. Was Iran-Contra ever proven?


19 posted on 04/27/2013 7:23:39 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: rusty schucklefurd

Was Iran-Contra ever proven?

Was Iran-Contra ever unpatriotic?


20 posted on 04/27/2013 7:47:11 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: billorites

Flying pigs have hacked Politico.


21 posted on 04/27/2013 7:51:10 AM PDT by convocation (Malachi 2:17)
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To: billorites
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22 posted on 04/27/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: billorites

I know someone who was around Obama in the White House. They say that he is not very smart and is a very shallow person who does not seem to have the capability to be empathetic. His wife is just like him but not as smart. Both have big chips on their shoulders and are incapable of handling any kind of criticism.


23 posted on 04/27/2013 7:51:51 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: layman

Borders on mental illness? No, he has gone way past the border. Some psychiatrists suggest that he has a personality disorder identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which categorizes and describes mental illnesses. He has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Fulfills the diagnostic criteria perfectly.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 8:01:32 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: billorites

Hubris in a leader?

Who is this “leader” you refer to?


25 posted on 04/27/2013 8:02:18 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (#include <std.disclaimers>)
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The ONE leading from behind.
Watch your backside.


26 posted on 04/27/2013 8:15:31 AM PDT by Zuse
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To: billorites

Have his photo printed on large plastic shopping bags.They would make great cat box liners.


27 posted on 04/27/2013 8:55:23 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: billorites

Politico = We’re only 4 years behind the news.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 3:43:24 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: gusopol3; vette6387; mazda77; Windflier; Nachum; freekitty; flat; unkus; gonzo; MamaDearest; ...

Behold The Puke In Chief who considers himself King, in my opinion.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 4:59:37 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Jabba the Nutt
Are any of us surprised to see Obama himself thrown under the bus?

The left has a long tradition of eating their own. Ask Trotsky, Kerensky, and 10 million others.

The only people more adept at self-destruction are the Republicans.

30 posted on 04/27/2013 5:10:53 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Agree


31 posted on 04/27/2013 11:07:49 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: billorites
Republicans attack and demonize their voters, who generally keep coming back, because of the lack of an alternative.

GOP officeholders do everything to protect themselves. Did you see John Boehner on election night. He was happy, happy, happy and considered himself a victor. Go watch Boehner's speech from that night. The country got screwed, the American people got screwed, the Constitution and Liberty got screwed, but ol' John Boehner, he won, so it was a good election.

32 posted on 04/28/2013 4:17:33 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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