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Obama on the Couch
NRO ^ | 4 Jan 2014 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 01/06/2014 1:42:58 PM PST by Rummyfan

Imagine my surprise this week when my daily paper suddenly turned into a copy of US Weekly. With a turn of the page the New York Times became the sort of celebrity magazine that dispenses trivia in order to prove that a rich, famous, and powerful person is, at heart, just like us. The luminary was Barack Obama, whose taste in television was mined by correspondent Michael D. Shear for insights into the presidential character. Shear failed to provide any, but his article was riveting nonetheless. What at first glance might be dismissed as a piece of journalistic fluff, a beat-sweetener written for the slow news days between Christmas and New Year’s, is on close examination an exercise in social positioning, an assertion of class allegiance on the part of the president and the paper.

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1 posted on 01/06/2014 1:42:58 PM PST by Rummyfan
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“It may be ‘Homeland’ that offers the most interesting insight into Obama’s downtime preferences,” Shear says. Homeland is a Showtime series about an insane CIA agent pursuing an Islamic sleeper cell. The show is just as violent and ridiculous as 24, but lacks the “let’s roll” ethos that imbued the background of the earlier series. For Shear, however, this increasingly absurd program stands for much more. “‘Homeland,’” he writes in a wonderful example of cliché, “reveals the hidden dangers in a complicated world.” It is also “subtle, presenting choices that are rarely easy and never cost-free.” Complicated, subtle, rarely easy, never cost-free — do these adjectives call to mind the reputation of a certain head of state? “It is not unlike the phrase Obama often uses with his advisers: ‘Hard things are hard.’” And dumb things are dumb.
2 posted on 01/06/2014 1:45:48 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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3 posted on 01/06/2014 1:46:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Rummyfan

Dang, I thought this was about Bammy making music on the shell (Conch).


4 posted on 01/06/2014 1:47:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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I can’t imagine how anyone at the NYT would seriously believe this TV viewing habits “revelation.”


5 posted on 01/06/2014 1:48:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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Is Barry’s above pictured toy-boy still alive?


6 posted on 01/06/2014 1:50:41 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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Is Barry’s above pictured toy-boy still alive?

missing

7 posted on 01/06/2014 1:55:41 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: BenLurkin
Come Faeries
Come Buggers
Come Eunuchs exotic
Come, Running, Come Running you anal erotic.

With soft little hands and flexible Bums
Come Oh Castrati unnatural ones!

Petronius, Satiricon

WHD Rouse Translation.

8 posted on 01/06/2014 2:00:22 PM PST by Little Bill
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To: showme_the_Glory

Is this the same toy-boy that gave Barry S. the Wedding Ring that he still wears?

If so, then Barry has something tangible and unsealed to remember his former toy-boy - - - .

Such a sad, sad story.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 2:05:53 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Paladin2

Heck I thought it was about the state of Bammy’s marriage. :)


10 posted on 01/06/2014 2:11:44 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory ... Thomas Jefferson)
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11 posted on 01/06/2014 2:13:35 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Well, THAT certainly covers the next couple of weeks.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 2:15:30 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Graewoulf

At least in 2012 he was:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/choice-2012/the-frontline-interview-sohale-siddiqi/


13 posted on 01/06/2014 2:16:46 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Rummyfan

I think they left out Duck Dynasty which he also watches.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 2:28:11 PM PST 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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One reads “Obama’s TV Picks” not for the information it contains or for the conclusions it draws, but for the opportunity to be reassured that, no matter how incompetent he may seem, no matter how far his approval ratings may fall, Barack Obama is, in the end, just like us.

Excuse me me, but Obama is not just like me. I have spent my entire life trying to be the exact opposite of Barack Obama, and I have largely succeeded. And for the record, I have never seen any of the TV shows he watches.

15 posted on 01/06/2014 2:32:19 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: SparkyBass
Or Marxist revolution...

Obama Espoused Radical Views in College
Steve Malzberg - WOR News Talk Radio 710 ^ | February 12, 2010 | Ronald Kessler

Dr. John C. Drew, a grant writing consultant in Laguna Niguel, Calif., tells Newsmax he met Obama in 1980 when Obama was a sophomore at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Drew had just graduated from Occidental and was attending graduate school at Cornell University.

During Christmas break, Drew says he was at Grauman-Boss’ home in Palo Alto when Obama came over with Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, his roommate from Pakistan.

“Barack [Obama] and Hasan showed up at the house in a BMW, and then we went to a restaurant together,” Drew says. “We had a nice meal, and then we came back to the house and smoked cigarettes and drank and argued politics.”

For the next several hours, they discussed Marxism.

He [Obama] was arguing a straightforward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, which anticipated that there would be a revolution of the working class, led by revolutionaries, who would overthrow the capitalist system and institute a new socialist government that would redistribute the wealth,” says Drew, who says he himself was then a Marxist.

The idea was basically that wealthy people were exploiting others,” Drew says. “That this was the secret of their wealth, that they weren’t paying others enough for their work, and they were using and taking advantage of other people. He was convinced that a revolution would take place, and it would be a good thing.”

Drew concluded that Obama thought of himself as “part of an intelligent, radical vanguard that was leading the way towards this revolution and towards this new society.” ..."

Referring to Obama’s quote from “Dreams of My Father” that he associated with Marxist professors, Drew says, “What he’s not saying is that he was in 100 percent total agreement with those Marxist professors. When you understand that, Obama’s later associations and policies make more sense, including why he was taken in by Rev. Wright’s ideology.”

16 posted on 01/06/2014 2:34:26 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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17 posted on 01/06/2014 2:35:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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“Wear pajamas with a rear-end flap door
Drink the Kool Aid
Talk about Marxist Obammicare”


18 posted on 01/06/2014 2:53:46 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: BenLurkin

That is not normal.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 3:01:32 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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20 posted on 01/06/2014 3:15:06 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: Rummyfan

Seems like the NYTimes wants to imply that the movers and shakers among us watch the following tv shows:

-HBO’s Game of Thrones
-Boardwalk Empire
-AMC’s Breaking Bad
-Mad Men
-Homeland
-The Wire
-Modern Family
-Parks and Recreation
-Netflix show House of Cards

Please, in my entire life, I have never had that kind of time leftover to devote to this amount of television. Of the above, I’ve seen random episodes of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

I would argue the regular consumers of the above list, especially the ones that are on top shelf channels like HBO, are overpaid and underworked government employees. Those of us who get things done don’t have the emotional energy left when we get home to get wrapped up into who nailed who five years ago. (The Mad Men guy is hot, though. I can watch unattached episodes, have no clue what is going on, and still feel satisfied.)


21 posted on 01/06/2014 4:20:08 PM PST by ToastedHead
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