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Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence
Commentary ^ | 3/4/2014 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 03/04/2014 12:32:26 PM PST by mojito

...When he ran for the presidency, it was Barack Obama who never put limits on his criticisms of others. He spoke as if the problems of the world would disappear with two events: the removal from office of his predecessor and his arrival as president of the United States. Even in a profession not known for attracting modest individuals, Mr. Obama’s arrogance set him apart.

In 2008 his campaign aides referred to him as the “black Jesus.” He told congressional Democrats during the 2008 campaign, “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.” During that campaign, while still a one-term senator, Obama decided he wanted to give a speech in Germany – and he wanted to deliver it at the Brandenburg Gate.

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies...than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now...I’m a better political director than my political director.” A convention speech wasn’t enough for Mr. Obama; Greek columns needed to be added. During an interview with “60 Minutes,” Obama said, “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln.” (The use of the word “possible” is priceless.) Mr. Obama has compared himself to LeBron James; his aides compared him to Michael Jordan. He clearly conceived of himself as a world-historical figure. Nothing, it seemed, was beyond his power.

(Excerpt) Read more at commentarymagazine.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackjesus; momjeans; obama
"Having been president for more than five years, we can now render some reasonable and informed judgments about Mr. Obama, including this one: he is an amateur on par with Jimmy Carter."

As takedowns go, this is a pretty good one.

1 posted on 03/04/2014 12:32:26 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Invalid basis.

He was always incompetent.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 12:35:41 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mojito

“Black Jesus”? I think not.
“Black Jackass”? That’s right on.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 12:35:42 PM PST by Kozy
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To: mojito

What can be seen,
If but we look,
Arrogance is the defense,
To hide his Incompetence.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 12:37:22 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: mojito

Proper title would be “Obama’s Journey: Arrogance and Incompetence”


5 posted on 03/04/2014 12:38:07 PM PST by cschroe (Veritas est lux)
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To: mojito

His trip from arrogance to incompetence is a recurring round trip.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 12:38:24 PM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: mojito

Yes, but he was always incompetent and I don’t see that he’s left the arrogance behind. It’s just that a few more people are beginning to acknowledge the incompetence.

This has been so glaring that even his devotees have to give a little nod to it, even if they try to apologize for him, which they usually do by saying, “Yes, but if those evil Republicans would just let Obama be Obama, everything would be wonderful.”

I was stuck on a long van trip at a conference with a whole bunch of libs, and while they harped on the “eeeevil Republicans” line (you may not think the GOP does much, but libs blame the GOP for everything), I definitely sensed some desperation there. Of course, they’re just disappointed that he hasn’t quite finished making the US into Albania under Ceaucescu.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 12:38:46 PM PST by livius
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To: mojito

He did manage to win the nobel peace prize for pigment. There’s an accomplishment to rest one’s laurels on.


8 posted on 03/04/2014 12:40:34 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
It's the Dunning-Krueger Effect: see

The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why The Incompetent Don’t Know They’re Incompetent

The guy is just not that bright.

9 posted on 03/04/2014 12:44:31 PM PST by glorgau
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To: mojito

It’s hard to say what is more salient about his personality; his arrogance or his incompetence. He has both in more abundance than anyone should have.

The problem is a fawning communist media/entertainment propaganda complex. One session of real tough questions in front of the media where they openly started laughing at him on the public stage would have destroyed him. Instead of tearing him apart for both traits of arrogance and incompetence, and then laughing at him, they fed the arrogance while covering over the incompetence.

This is very dangerous for the Republic.


10 posted on 03/04/2014 12:48:11 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Mouton

“His trip from arrogance to incompetence is a recurring round trip.”
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Absolutely correct!


11 posted on 03/04/2014 12:49:33 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: mojito

A VERY short trip...


12 posted on 03/04/2014 12:50:34 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: mojito

All Obama is really good at is bluster and blame....

Blustering and blaming his way through everything is the road to disaster. It amounts to a profound lack of any sensible policy.

He needs to be removed from office or we may not even survive three more years of this horrid cretin.


13 posted on 03/04/2014 12:51:20 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Mouton

The word “hubris” applies here. In spades.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 12:51:36 PM PST by fhayek
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To: mojito

he’s always been both.......


15 posted on 03/04/2014 12:56:57 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Mouton

It’s the ‘express’ trip... non stop!!


16 posted on 03/04/2014 12:59:51 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: mojito

More like the media’s journey from not recognizing incompetence to recognizing it.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 1:00:04 PM PST by BRL
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To: Doogle

No surprise here really, a Junior Senator that took his job not so seriously! He had no qualifications for President when he was elected and his OJT has resulted in nothing more than a golf score. All he ever knew was how to spend others money and that has continued!


18 posted on 03/04/2014 1:03:51 PM PST by DocJhn
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To: mojito

“Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence”

It was a short trip.

Obama is still the most arrogant person on the planet and he always was incompetent.

When he ran for office he didn’t have failures on his record because he had never held a real job and his records have been expunged.


19 posted on 03/04/2014 1:04:10 PM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Iron Munro

Now that Bam has a record of failure arrogance is all he has to hold onto.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 1:06:57 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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To: mojito

I do believe that there are a large number of us that saw this coming like a freight train, 6 years ago.

I know for a fact that I did and went blue in the face trying to alert those around me.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 1:07:49 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Damned right.


22 posted on 03/04/2014 1:08:06 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: mojito

Short trip............


23 posted on 03/04/2014 1:08:44 PM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Bullish

We should thank Mr. Putin for being the one who showed us the Emperor has no clothes. His actions have silenced the fawing media who paved over his incompetence and arrogance. But, we have not seen the end of his arrogance! Watch as he runs for a 3rd Term, Cancelleds with a stroke of the pen, the election! I fear he will need to be blasted out of the White House. I hope I am wrong.


24 posted on 03/04/2014 1:09:00 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Bam-Bam is not stupid, or incompetent, or a failure, or a buffoon. We would be better off if those things were true.

He is evil, and anti-American, and on a mission deliberately to damage America in every possible way.


25 posted on 03/04/2014 1:09:15 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: mojito

Obama’s Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence

Next pause on his journey, Impotence!

The final pause on his journey Irrelevance.

He is in free fall now: Arrogance - Incompetence - Impotence - Irrelevance.


26 posted on 03/04/2014 1:10:23 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: Hoffer Rand

Right.

Kind of like declaring Michael Sam to be a NFL First Round pick and Hall of Fame candidate, simply because he takes it up the poop chute.


27 posted on 03/04/2014 1:11:14 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: mojito
Such a good read. Thanks. I watched the video at the link. Oh my, wasn't Boy Barak special? Powerful? Convincing? Now he mumbles his speeches with that petulant, put-upon, aggrieved expression on his face.

As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers put it, “Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close.”

Poor Boy Barak, the big kids are ganging up on him. Life is so unfair.

28 posted on 03/04/2014 1:14:42 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: glorgau
The guy is just not that bright.

From your citation re Dunning-Kruger:

The proposed solution is that the incompetent should be directly told they are incompetent.

29 posted on 03/04/2014 1:16:06 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: neverdem; Nachum; mojito

Carter?

Nah.

He’s worse than Wilson OR Carter OR Johnson OR Clinton.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 1:19:26 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: glorgau

That’s a good article, short too. A corollary of that is incompetent people are always surrounded by incompetent employees. Super Geniuses like Obastard will only pick yes-men, and truly competent people tend to steer clear of these idiot-fests and self-select out.


31 posted on 03/04/2014 1:20:21 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Hoffer Rand

” He did manage to win the nobel peace prize for pigment. “

LOL. And the Academy Award was won for pigment, too. The LA Times ran a very telling piece: “Oscars: ‘12 Years a Slave’ puts spotlight on Hollywood’s approach to race”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscar-race-20140304,0,2619113.story#ixzz2v1zrRgxJ


32 posted on 03/04/2014 1:21:44 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: mojito
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.” A convention speech wasn’t enough for Mr. Obama; Greek columns needed to be added. During an interview with “60 Minutes,” Obama said, “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln.” (The use of the word “possible” is priceless.) Mr. Obama has compared himself to LeBron James; his aides compared him to Michael Jordan. He clearly conceived of himself as a world-historical figure. Nothing, it seemed, was beyond his power. (If you think I’m exaggerating, I’d urge you to watch this 30-second clip from an Obama speech in 2008.)

And that’s the point, isn’t it? Our relations with nation after nation – from Afghanistan and Iraq to Russia and China, from Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea to India and Australia, from Honduras to Brazil, from Poland and the Czech Republic to Germany, Great Britain, Canada and more – are worse now than they were when Mr. Obama was sworn in as president in 2009. I’m not asking people to measure Mr. Obama against a standard of perfection; I’m asking them to measure him against his own promises, his own speeches, his own words.

To quote the Great One, “Everything Obama touches turns to crap.” I have been looking for the quotes from the first above paragraph for months now. Thanks for posting.

33 posted on 03/04/2014 1:30:14 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: mojito
Seems like the gloves are off. Brit Hume really hit Obama hard and disagreed from the Idiot O’Reilly. It was great.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/03/04/brit_hume_rips_obamas_handling_of_ukraine_hes_a_very_slow_learner.html

34 posted on 03/04/2014 1:32:21 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: mojito
President Obama’s had it pretty rough lately, what with nobody taking him seriously about dealing with Putin.

This press conference was brought to you by the letters "S", "O", and "L", and by the number ZERO.

35 posted on 03/04/2014 1:49:47 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: mojito
As takedowns go, this is a pretty good one.

Considered at face, the comparison still comes up short. Whatever his policy goofiness and mediocrity, Carter still sort of looked like an American President. And he recognized the danger of what the Pink Circus in the Congress was doing -- demolishing the intelligence and military capabilities of the United States under the twin rubric of "reforms" and "rationalization" (unilateral disarmament) -- and set out, with Defense Secretary Harold Brown, to turn around the worst of the rot.

He shut down the B-1 program (resuscitated by The Great One later on), but he simultaneously ordered the B-2 program to continue, and the F-117 program, and various strategically-significant submarine programs to be carried forward, together with the deployment of Pershing and cruise missiles to offset the Russians' SS-20 system aimed at blackmailing Europe.

So the Carter Administration, despite being a circus of Green tomfoolery and bad diplomacy, had some merits in the background.

Obama has nothing to show for anything, and the problem is, it's deliberate. Hence, as our FRiend posted in reply to yours, your basis of comparison is flawed. You're comparing a bumbler to a Quisling.

36 posted on 03/04/2014 1:55:05 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Chgogal
To quote the Great One, “Everything Obama touches turns to crap.”

Ronnie Raygun said that?
<8D

37 posted on 03/04/2014 1:58:43 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: livius

If I’d been in that van, I’d now be in jail for — at the very least — attempted murder.


38 posted on 03/04/2014 2:06:05 PM PST by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Thank you, I knew someone had to have saved me the trouble, that was my first thought after reading the headline. Arrogance and incompetence were his two main distinguishing characteristics from day one. Of course we have to realize that incompetence is not the only problem, malice is a large part of his resume as well.


39 posted on 03/04/2014 2:27:06 PM PST by RipSawyer
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To: mojito

The mendacity of narcissism.


40 posted on 03/04/2014 2:28:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: mojito

I know our country is going down the tubes, but I must confess that I feel more than a little schadenfreude in seeing Odumbo finally being seen by the world as the incompetent, arrogant punk that he is.


41 posted on 03/04/2014 2:34:54 PM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Kerry sure is an example of that. Picking him for SoS was astounding. He’s not simple of an alternate set of ions...he’s an obvious clown.


42 posted on 03/04/2014 2:35:21 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Kerry sure is an example of that. Picking him for SoS was astounding. He’s not simply of an alternate set of opinions or viewpoint...he’s an obvious clown.


43 posted on 03/04/2014 2:35:56 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

That take made a lot more cents. :^)


44 posted on 03/04/2014 2:54:11 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: mojito

Journey? he’s always been incompetant, he’s just a community organizer and rable rouser a street activist thug. If hes that intelligent and witty lets see his grade point average in the many colleges he’s attended if he’s attened them at all


45 posted on 03/04/2014 4:10:51 PM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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To: glorgau

I’ve always thought obama wasn’t “smart” by any definition.

He has a tin-ear except when being criticized. And he is hypersensitive to that. Has all the classic behaviors of a delusional, paranoid narcissist.


46 posted on 03/04/2014 5:02:43 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge
If he didnt look at his notes first thing in the morning he wouldnt know who he is!


47 posted on 03/04/2014 5:05:24 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: mojito

48 posted on 03/04/2014 8:58:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: mojito

bkmk


49 posted on 03/04/2014 9:39:34 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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