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The Insiders: The White House is taking a pounding from all sides
Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2014 | Ed Rogers

Posted on 05/02/2014 1:18:54 PM PDT by don-o

I’ve been at the White House when it has been taking a pounding from all sides. The inner circle gets smaller, and the rest of the staff tries to either put on a brave face or acknowledge the problems and quietly point fingers. Democratic insiders tell me the Obama inner circle now only consists of the president, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough — and not everyone agrees on McDonough. Whether or not the president takes any criticism to heart and tries to change course seems unlikely based on what we have observed so far.

Every president experiences periods when he is unpopular or facing difficult decisions. But I don’t remember another president in my lifetime who has reached such a diminished state with so much time left in his term. We have more than two and a half years left under President Obama. We have to realize we will pay a price for this president’s lack of leadership. No one knows what the headlines will be next week, next month or next year, but nothing this president does seems to be shaping the world in a way that makes America stronger.

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Going yo Bunker Mode.

1 posted on 05/02/2014 1:18:54 PM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Going to


2 posted on 05/02/2014 1:19:15 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

I have to say, this article makes me smile.


3 posted on 05/02/2014 1:20:07 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

Krauthammer’s Take: New Benghazi E-mail Akin to Discovery of Nixon Tapes

NRO May 1, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxtr9_8yoqI&feature=player_embedded

Krauthammer’s Take: New Benghazi E-mail Akin to Discovery of Nixon Tapes

NRO May 1, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=bxtr9_8yoqI&feature=player_embedded

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It is appalling that President Obama never was in the Situation Room the night of September 11, 2012, as our ambassador to Libya and three other men were being attacked, captured, and eventually killed after being dragged through the streets of Benghazi and tortured in hideous fashion.

According to the White House calendar, there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing in the week leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American members of his staff. In a recent study by the Government Accountability Institute, Mr. Obama has only attended 43.8 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his Administration.

Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, said that he: ‘Could not put forces at risk’ in order to rescue our men who were under Muslim terrorist attack in Benghazi.

When President Bush took charge all the MSM were deriding him as lacking “gravité” to occupy the Oval Office; but MSM never put in question the record or exposed the dubious past of Barack Obama. Commenting on the scandal of Benghazi and Obama’s regime cover-up, Ambassador Bolton said, “I love children, I just don’t think they should be in charge of foreign policy”

Obama bragged in his auto-biography that he consumed all kinds of drugs enthusiastically. How is it possible that the American people voted twice for somebody whose only qualifications in life was to be a community (communist) agitator? Will MSM give the seal of approval for Al Sharpton, or Rev Wright be the next U.S. president?

An article in the Prague newspaper, Prager Zeitungon hit the bulls-eye:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”

If Trey Gowdy Chairs the Congress Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, this scandal will prove to be much worse than Watergate.


4 posted on 05/02/2014 1:21:40 PM PDT by Dqban22
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To: don-o

Bunker mode or more rounds of golf & vacations?

I’m predicting the latter....32 months left to party!


5 posted on 05/02/2014 1:21:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: don-o

Obama is psychologically and cognitively rigid to the point of mental illness. He hasn’t considered a new concept since sometime during his tutelage under Frank Marshall Davis.

No one has ever really advised Obama other than Valerie Jarrett. He has always been her puppet.


6 posted on 05/02/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: don-o
...the Obama inner circle now only consists of the president, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

enemy islamists all.

7 posted on 05/02/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: nascarnation

Mobile bunker is an option.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 1:24:11 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

“We have to realize we will pay a price for this president’s lack of leadership.”

All that is happening today (now that Obama has been safely re-elected) is that the media is paying A LITTLE BIT of attention to the complaints that have been circulating on the street for 5 years...


9 posted on 05/02/2014 1:24:36 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: riri

While it makes me smile, too, I also knew this would happen back in 2008. Any thinking person would have known 0bama was not qualified to be president.


10 posted on 05/02/2014 1:26:02 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: don-o

Great! Let’s pound some more ! Maybe obummer will go away.


11 posted on 05/02/2014 1:26:07 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: don-o
We have to realize we will pay a price for this president’s lack of leadership.

Truer words were never spoken.

12 posted on 05/02/2014 1:26:33 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Arthur McGowan

...”tutelage” seems a very charitable word. ‘Commendations.


13 posted on 05/02/2014 1:26:39 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: nascarnation

If he loses congress in 2014, look for EO’s in between bi-monthly month-long vacations.


14 posted on 05/02/2014 1:28:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: don-o

“nothing this president does seems to be shaping the world in a way that makes America stronger.”

That is because Obama is out to WEAKEN the US. One big ass mistake, America.


15 posted on 05/02/2014 1:31:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: onedoug
I'd add Eric Holder, defense counsel for terrorists, to that list:

16 posted on 05/02/2014 1:31:30 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: don-o

He can still stir up racial hatred, and lie about his accomplishments.


17 posted on 05/02/2014 1:31:51 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: don-o

This can only mean two things. More golf, and more million dollar+ per day junkets for the little missus, Shelly, the kids, and the mother-in-law. Hmmm... where to next, where to?


18 posted on 05/02/2014 1:33:40 PM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: don-o

“The White House is taking a pounding from all sides”

Even from Reggie Love?


19 posted on 05/02/2014 1:36:19 PM PDT by thetallguy24
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To: don-o

The really amazing thing is, Barry was unqualified in 2008.
And after six years of OJT, he remains inexperienced: he hasn’t really seemed to learn anything .
You can cure ignorance with education, but the only thing worse than stupid is stupid combined with arrogance,
so we’ve got a worst case scenario here with Hussein.
And waiting in the wings, Slow Joe ... and JEB.


20 posted on 05/02/2014 1:36:37 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: don-o

“Whether or not the president takes any criticism to heart and tries to change course seems unlikely based on what we have observed so far”

Never has and never will!


21 posted on 05/02/2014 1:38:59 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Dqban22

I came to regret that George W. Bush was re-elected. It allowed the Democrats during his presidency to increase their presence in Congress, and when Obama became President, the last increase gave him a super-majority. I foresaw the same thing happening under Obama, but to the Democrats this time. If he loses the Senate in November and the # of Republicans in the House increase, and the results of his liberal policies and scandals are used to pound him and the Democrat party for the next 2 years and a half, and if the next President is a Republican, that President might have strong majorities in Congress for 2 years, just like Obama did. Let’s hope we get a conservative and effective standard bearer this time instead of another RINO.


22 posted on 05/02/2014 1:40:50 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: don-o

>-— Whether or not the president takes any criticism to heart and tries to change course seems unlikely based on what we have observed so far.-—<

Is this pres...ent still a narcissist? There’s your answer.


23 posted on 05/02/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: tumblindice
he hasn’t really seemed to learn anything .

He doesn't do anything. He gets up mid morning. Sits around and watches ESPN. Shows up to functions and reads the prompter. He's not interested in learning anything. He's the show up and read the prepared statements guy, the figurehead for the management of the planned American collapse.

24 posted on 05/02/2014 1:46:24 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: henkster; All

Along with being inexperienced, inept, and incompetent, he was an anti-American communist and secret Mudslime. Duh, whoda thunka what might happen??

As far as Benghazi is concerned, and even given his obvious anti-American bias, the logical, easy, no-brain action to have taken was to order the military to do whatever they felt necessary to stop the attack and rescue the Americans who were in jeopardy. It would have made him look good politically and wouldn’t have jeopardized his basic policies. Instead, he botched a basic, simple decision and then decided to cover the screw up with an elaborate set of lies about an innocuous video.

HE MUST BE IMPEACHED, CONVICTED, AND PROSECUTED FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY AND TREASON. On conviction, he and Valjar should be hanged.


25 posted on 05/02/2014 1:51:55 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: don-o

“We have to realize we will pay a price for this president’s lack of leadership.”

The families of American dead from Benghazi to Afghanistan, Arabs gassed and crucified in Syria, millions of Americans deprived of proper employment but who do share in trillions in new debt for corrupt spending, millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance, Ukrainians seeing their country stolen by Putin, and on and on, might take exception to use of the future tense.

We HAVE paid, ARE paying, AND will pay a heavy price for this clown. The blame goes to the idiots who voted for him, when his inexperience, incapacity, and anti-American intent were plain for all to see.


26 posted on 05/02/2014 1:53:38 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: don-o
Obama's own Madame Wormtongue.


27 posted on 05/02/2014 1:53:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: tumblindice

“You can cure ignorance with education[.]” True, but you can’t cure a toxic mixture of bigotry and arrogance with it. The no-brainer decision to take all necessary action here was congenitally beyond him because it went against all of his anti-American bigotry, even though it would have been vastly to his political advantage and would not have jeopardized his basic policy objectives.


28 posted on 05/02/2014 1:58:01 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: don-o
Going yo Bunker Mode.

I heard that a 7.65mm pill will fix any headache, foreign or domestic.

29 posted on 05/02/2014 1:58:31 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: don-o

guaranteed, another wag the dog about to happen


30 posted on 05/02/2014 2:03:39 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: don-o

As bad as things are, and they’re bad, we’ve still got a ways to fall. But with a malignant narcissist (Barry) and a vicious, ignorant incompetent (Val) at the helm, we’re only a slip away from a total disaster.

And with two and a half years to go, Barry’s never faced a real crisis, a real scary crisis, where he has to make a decision that will determine the fate of this nation.

I’m praying that he never has to.

On a related topic: “The appalling Obama foreign policy team: The case of Tommy Vietor”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/the_appalling_obama_foreign_policy_team_the_case_of_tommy_vietor.html

It’s the stuff of nightmares.


31 posted on 05/02/2014 2:14:40 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: don-o

Boo freaking hoo. These people have the administration’s back, but write stories acting like they don’t. If Republicans were involved in one tenth the number of these scandals, it would be 24 hour piranha central.


32 posted on 05/02/2014 2:15:34 PM PDT by Luke21 (hicago)
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To: don-o

Add this guy to the bunker crew (he’s going to be very, very busy)...

President Obama picks W. Neil Eggleston as new White House counsel

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/w-neil-eggleston-white-house-counsel-105869.html


33 posted on 05/02/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: thetallguy24

I was thinking the same when I read the title. LOL good one =)


34 posted on 05/02/2014 2:36:04 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The Fixer.


35 posted on 05/02/2014 2:38:47 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: skeeter

I can’t believe she even breed a daughter with that look. I suppose it is true that Love Is Blind =)


36 posted on 05/02/2014 2:39:49 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Chewbarkah

dont forget all the dead and imaginary people who voted for this treasonous bastard also.


38 posted on 05/02/2014 2:51:24 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: don-o

Look out Bo, don’t take any treats.


39 posted on 05/02/2014 2:53:27 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: libstripper
From what I could stitch together some of the idiots who advise him were worried about a “blackhawk down” situation.
Remember these are dems. who remember Clinton getting burned in Somalia. Hillary was there. It may not be true but it does make some sense. Especially as they weight political fallout before any other consideration. Just like Billy Bob.
40 posted on 05/02/2014 3:04:08 PM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: don-o
I've been at the White House when it has been taking a pounding from all sides.

That's what Reggie said!

41 posted on 05/02/2014 3:30:47 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: henkster

I just kept thinking that Nixon got re-elected too.


42 posted on 05/02/2014 3:40:09 PM PDT by tiki
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To: don-o

Boooooo Hooooo, did Ed Rogers have to be dragged screaming to finally acknowledge reality?


43 posted on 05/02/2014 3:43:44 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: don-o
How is it possible that the American people voted twice for somebody whose only qualifications in life was to be a community (communist) agitator?

Incomparable packaging and a monolithic defense front by the media. My concern is, if they can package a dolt such as 0bama for the Presidency, is a complete nitwit like Warren going to be the turd with a bow on it that passes for a cupcake?

44 posted on 05/02/2014 3:55:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
When Lyndon Johnson heard Walter Cronkite turn against the Vietnam War on a CBS radio broadcast, he said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost the country."

Here, the response would be, "If I've lost Maureen Dowd, I've lost my base in the Mainstream Media."

However, losing Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations is a whole other matter. When the CFR turns against a president, he's on his way out. Ask Nixon what happened when the Foreign Policy Community decided he was a liability. Considering that there is a dotted line relationship between the CFR and the Mainstream Media, the whole ballgame may be changing.

45 posted on 05/02/2014 5:12:54 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: don-o
Maureen O'Dowd is quoted in the article writing in a NY Slimes piece: She also points out that the president’s explanation of his foreign policy “doesn’t feel like leadership. It doesn’t feel like you’re [Obama] in command of your world.”

Really, Maureen? You rely on feelings instead of viewing, hearing, and intellectual evaluation of what leadership is?

Wow, its telling that even the top libtards are starting to listen to their feeeeeelings about Barky's incompetence and the potential disasters that may well be looming.

Twit.

46 posted on 05/02/2014 5:22:59 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: don-o; mickie; pax_et_bonum; flaglady47; Maine Mariner
"Going yo Bunker Mode".

.....(then correction)...."Going to Bunker Mode".

I like your typo better, Don-o.

It kinda fits into the phrase in pure Obamaspeak.

(.....as in "government is yo friend!)

Leni

47 posted on 05/02/2014 5:46:50 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Publius
An excellent point. That is, after all, one of the oldest and most entrenched wings of the establishment. And even his erstwhile allies are beginning to admit that the 0bama administration has been a crashing failure in foreign policy from the day it first took office.

But clearly someone's interests have been tweaked, either lately with the developments in the Ukraine or of a longer-standing nature. Benghazi perhaps? That establishment regards even as young an ambassador as Stevens to be One Of Us. It may be that precisely why he was hung out to dry has suddenly become incontestable for one reason or another. The emails? A report none of the Unwashed has, or will read? Well, nobody's cut me in. :-(

Nevertheless, it is nearly impossible to think of a single aspect of 0bama's foreign policy that has not failed ingloriously, even those few that actually are in U.S. interests. His not-Bush routine with regard to anti-missile deployments in Poland and the Czech Republic is now looking like the disaster most of us recognized at the time. His rapprochement with the Muslim Brotherhood was doomed from the start. His kowtowing apology tour served only to alarm our allies that there was a fool at the wheel. His Nobel Peace prize was a bad joke. His idiotic ROE in Afghanistan have cost lives and his abusive drone campaigning has taken them unnecessarily and hardened the Taliban without destroying them. I'm searching for a single, solitary positive development here and I'm not finding one even E.J. Dionne could spin into a success.

48 posted on 05/02/2014 6:08:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
And even his erstwhile allies are beginning to admit that the 0bama administration has been a crashing failure in foreign policy from the day it first took office.

The timing of Boehner's abrupt about-face on appointing a committee to dig into this thing is interesting. He resisted his rank-and-file mightily until Haass spoke out. I suspect Dr. Haass called the Speaker and said, "It's gone too far. Start the process. Watergate him."

49 posted on 05/02/2014 6:13:43 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: skeeter

Isn’t it odd that this sick bitch is never heard from publically, the evil/criminal/Moronic media protect her more fiercely than even obozo.


50 posted on 05/02/2014 7:15:30 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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