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Is Obama done with Washington? - "The Bear is loose"
The Hill ^ | June 15, 2014 | Amie Parnes and Niall Stanage

Posted on 06/15/2014 9:20:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Is President Obama done with Washington?

The 44th president has never been the capital’s biggest fan, but his frustration with life in D.C. is bubbling to the surface in ways both casual and substantive.

The president twice went for unscheduled walkabouts last week, taking a trip to a Starbucks near the White House with his chief of staff Denis McDonough on Monday and, the next day, turning up at a burger joint in Alexandria, Va.

“The bear is loose!” is the president’s favorite phrase at such moments, and he deployed it again last week. Even the metaphor suggests a man straining at the leash after more than five years in the White House.

Yet there seems to be more to Obama’s frustration than cabin fever.

Last Tuesday, Obama was asked about gun control during a question-and-answer session hosted by the social networking website Tumblr. He didn’t try to assert that progress on legislation was realistically possible, instead launching into a personal broadside, permeated with a sense of resignation, against “this town.”

Referring back to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, and the abortive push for new gun control regulations that followed, Obama said:

“I have been in Washington for a while now and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.”

Obama also declared that “most members of Congress — and I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan — are terrified of the NRA,” adding that, “right now, it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress. And we should be ashamed of that.”

“He’s at a point in his presidency where he’s not running for anything ever again and feels very free to speak his mind,” said Tommy Vietor, who served as a spokesman in the Obama White House and has been with the president since his Senate days.

“He seems to care less and less whether he breaks a little china and I think that’s great.”

“He’s never really made it a secret that he’s not a fan of this place,” concurred Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist. “I think he finds the pettiness of this place annoying. People are focused on tactics not results, and he sees himself as a more results-oriented guy. He’s more willing to do things with a longer lens of history.”

Obama’s distaste for Washington has always had a political element, of course. Way back during his first run for the White House, he often invoked Washington as a symbol of business-as-usual ineffectiveness and stasis. It was also a place to which, not coincidentally, he could tie his chief opponent for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton.

In late 2007, he told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, “The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result. And that’s a risk we can’t take.”

Nowadays, some observers wonder if even the most apparently superficial examples of his straining-against-the-leash, such as his downtown walkabouts, also serve a political purpose.

Breaking out of the confines of the White House, "reminds people of what they originally saw in him,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell. “I think they’re doing this because it reminds people what they like about him: his connection with folks on the campaign trail. … Before he became president, he was an ordinary guy paying off his student loans who came out of nowhere.”

But Obama also seems to savor interactions with “civilians”, people whom he sees as being part of the real world rather than the rarefied Washington sphere. He has been indulging tat impulse a little more lately, wishing people a happy father’s day and working a rope line on Friday before departing for a weekend in California.

During the weekend, he is doing some fundraising events, but will also be spending some downtime with the First Lady.

The Obamas have gone on numerous restaurant dates in DC, but they also seem to relish escaping the Beltway. In April, for example, they took in a Broadway performance of “A Raisin in the Sun” with family friend and advisor Valerie Jarrett.

The couple have also never sold their family home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, a fact that prompts speculation they will return there after his White House tenure ends.

“Every president professes to miss the anonymity, and I think he really does,” said Vietor.

One former senior administration official, who has worked with Obama since the 2008 campaign, says that the president seems to be feeling some kind of liberation at the moment.

“It’s not exactly a full Bulworth moment, but it’s freeing,” the former official said. “It’s frustrating being in the bubble constantly, particularly for six or seven years.” The official added that it was important to “make sure he doesn’t go stir-crazy,” adding wryly, “I would be.”

But a different former senior administration official cautioned against reading too much into Obama’s activities. The official, though, did not bother to argue that Obama enjoys the ways of Washington.

“I think he has always liked getting outside the bubble,” the source said. Obama’s frustration with DC, he added, has “been pretty steady.”


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KEYWORDS: bored; chihuahuaisloose; folk; folks; folksy; justplainfolk; needsabreak; sickofjob; wornout
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"They won't let me do what I said!"

"It's them!" It's their politics!"

"I've been fighting for you from day one!"

1 posted on 06/15/2014 9:20:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Even the metaphor suggests a man straining at the leash after more than five years in the White House..."
2 posted on 06/15/2014 9:24:30 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Obama also declared that “most members of Congress — and I have to say to some degree this is bipartisan — are terrified of the NRA,”

It couldn't be that most members of Congress feel (rightly) constrained by the Constitution, and perhaps even responsive to their voters.

3 posted on 06/15/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“I think he finds the pettiness of this place annoying."

Pettiness? That's like the pot calling the kettle half black.

4 posted on 06/15/2014 9:26:36 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: AZLiberty

They shouldn’t be terrified of the NRA. The NRA doesn’t spy on them, the NSA DOES!


5 posted on 06/15/2014 9:27:43 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was wondering when the tear filled tantrums would begin. Yes is all he’s ever heard and speaking in platitudes is all he’s ever had to do to achieve.

Then he went to Washington and even with a weak useless opposition party he couldn’t get rid of that damn Constitution and Bill of Rights. Roberts even tried to help.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT by liberty or death
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More like, the pussy is loose.


7 posted on 06/15/2014 9:28:00 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m pretty sure Barack is cast as the DRAGON and not the bear.....


8 posted on 06/15/2014 9:28:27 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let’s see. Iraq is falling apart. Putin is on the move in the Ukraine. At home, food prices are rising much faster than are personal incomes.

And Big Baby is all in a knot because life in DC is somehow making him uncomfortable.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 9:29:40 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.”

Open carry would clear that up real fast.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Leaning Right

Narcissist In Chief.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 9:30:39 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One would hardly think of Obama as a “bear.”

Comparing him to a snake might be FAR more appropriate.


12 posted on 06/15/2014 9:33:17 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The “Bear” is loose?!

Ha ha. Maybe the “Ballerina” is loose.


13 posted on 06/15/2014 9:33:43 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
the Bear, please... the Catcher is more like it

14 posted on 06/15/2014 9:34:04 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; GeronL; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Viral marketing of the presidency. “Look, I’m just like you!”

There are tales of kings walking amongst the commoners too.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 9:35:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: UnwashedPeasant
He's loose!


16 posted on 06/15/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: All

Hmmmm, sees himself as a bear! In reality a paper tiger.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 9:35:57 AM PDT by thegrump (It is who we are. It is what we do. Live for nothing or die for something !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Bear is loose? Puhlease! Bears are strong, aggressive, noble creatures. owebama exhibits none of those traits.

More accurate: The Weasel is loose.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bam is just upset he hasn’t been able to create a big enough false flag to declare martial law yet. But I have great faith in him. He will start CWII before its all over.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 9:37:31 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That is a man who knows NOTHING about handling a dog.


20 posted on 06/15/2014 9:37:36 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"He’s more willing to do things with a longer lens of history.”

What an astonishingly ignorant analysis!

. . . a "myopic lens" would be a more apt description.

21 posted on 06/15/2014 9:38:24 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All
After delivering a commencement speech condemning the deniers of climate change (aka global cooling, global warming, climate disruption) he jetted on to fundraisers and golf and some "me" time. Here's a good minute by minute accounting of his oh so busy schedule and mode of transportation.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 9:38:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Don’t bother me, I’m golfing here.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: DoughtyOne
More like, the pussy is loose.

He just needs a bare hug.

24 posted on 06/15/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Is Obama done with Washington? - "The Bear is loose"

I wouldn't call him a Bear.

He's more of an old Twink.

25 posted on 06/15/2014 9:40:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Did no one bother to train the dog to walk on a leash. Sheesh! Just like everything else these people do.. all half arse!


26 posted on 06/15/2014 9:40:20 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"...“right now, it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress. And we should be ashamed of that.”

We have many laws on the books to make gun ownership responsible and safe...they are not enforced and that is what is shameful plus, your apparent lack of knowledge about those laws.

27 posted on 06/15/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT by yoe (I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical-socialist)
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To: DoughtyOne

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said that exact phrase.


28 posted on 06/15/2014 9:40:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He said we don’t want to use the same Washington players. Then he picks Biden for his veep.

I believe the only thing he likes about being president are the perks. And in the beginning his word was law. He’s never been able to handle anyone saying “no” to him. His own grandparents raised him using affirmative action.


29 posted on 06/15/2014 9:41:00 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s more likely the boy is loose and getting into mischief.


30 posted on 06/15/2014 9:41:33 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; JoeProBono

The Screw is loose.


31 posted on 06/15/2014 9:42:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SumProVita

Perhaps think of him as a Pansy?


32 posted on 06/15/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is frustrated that our nation is hanging on and has not yet been fully destroyed. The biggest regrets of his presidency will be that he could not institute Sharia Law, every citizen of Mexico is not living in California, Arizona, and Texas, and we still have left at least part of the Constitution.


33 posted on 06/15/2014 9:43:17 AM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: AZLiberty

responsive to their voters?
obammy care would not have passed were this the case.


34 posted on 06/15/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: a fool in paradise

Does anyone believe this fraud takes unplanned walks? It takes the SS days, or even weeks, to plan these little outings. I look forward to when he’s really “outed”.


35 posted on 06/15/2014 9:44:39 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: TADSLOS
Narcissist In Chief.

You've got that right. It shouldn't be "The Bear is loose." It should be "The Self-Absorbed Baby is loose."

36 posted on 06/15/2014 9:44:49 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

LOL! I understand what you mean....but I would not dishonor such a pretty flower of God’s creation in that way.


37 posted on 06/15/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Carry_Okie
That is a man who knows NOTHING about handling a dog.

But it is a dog who knows how to handle a weak man.

38 posted on 06/15/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: TADSLOS

Famous Amateur Golfer (FAG)


39 posted on 06/15/2014 9:48:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: P-Marlowe

The Obama's are staying here. It is the same place Obama hosted the president of China last June. Sunnyland - The Anneburg Estate with it's own golf course.


40 posted on 06/15/2014 9:48:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What does the NRA have to do with the Newtown shooting...?

I know, it’s a rhetorical question...


41 posted on 06/15/2014 9:50:06 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“He’s at a point in his presidency where he’s not running for anything ever again and feels very free to speak his mind,” said Tommy Vietor, who served as a spokesdude in the Obama White House

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42 posted on 06/15/2014 9:51:25 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So the Affirmative Action president wants to leave. Please do.


43 posted on 06/15/2014 9:53:21 AM PDT by McGruff (ISIS Terror Leader Was Released By Obama from Camp Bucca in 2009)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I guess the “I will not rest...” meme just made him tired.


44 posted on 06/15/2014 9:54:42 AM 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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“The bear is loose!” is the president’s favorite phrase at such moments, and he deployed it again last week.

Honestly, what an a-hole. Can't he even have the stomach to act presidential?

45 posted on 06/15/2014 9:57:08 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Chode

The Power Bottom is loose,he’s looking for a rough top.


46 posted on 06/15/2014 9:59:01 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: Cincinatus' Wife

More of an opossum than a bear.


47 posted on 06/15/2014 9:59:04 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Puke!


48 posted on 06/15/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: AZLiberty

” He is a results oriented guy.” What a load of bull. Obama could not manage the french fries at a McDonalds. He is so far removed from leading or managing anything that he can always be found screwing off. He is a total failure. Obama has no concept of an objective or goals to achieve it.


49 posted on 06/15/2014 10:01:25 AM PDT by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has own Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Yep. His tantrums sound more and more unhinged as his term draws to a close. If only he didn’t have Congress, and the Courts, he could achieve his Glorious and Revolutionary Vision. It’s funny how past Presidents and Governors every day get things done with the same setup.


50 posted on 06/15/2014 10:06:07 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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