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What’s Left of Obama After the Magic
BernardGoldberg.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Bernard Goldberg

Posted on 07/17/2014 5:21:38 AM PDT by SJackson

I ran into a guy I know at the gym the other day, a card-carrying liberal from Berkeley. He was puzzled. “Why didn’t Obama go down to the border?” he wanted to know. When a lefty from lib Mecca is wondering what the heck is going on, you know the president has a problem.

In fairness, the president almost went to the border, but he stopped several hundred miles away where he raised millions from fat cats to help the Democratic Party. Hey, we all have our priorities.

But his failure to visit the kids on the border was such a blatant screw up that it’s almost as if he doesn’t care what any of us think. He’s not running for re-election. He knew that if Americans saw pictures of him with those poor children, they’d blame him for letting it happen (especially when he was warned about the surge in kids heading for the U.S. several years ago). When those pictures got out, he would have owned the crisis. That’s not something he wanted.

So he did what the more contemptuous of our politicians do when they’re in a mess of their own making. He blamed his critics.

Having tens of thousands of kids in what amounts to refugee camps in the United States of America provides him with an opportunity he never passes on: Blame the Republicans — in this case, for not passing immigration reform. You know what they say in the Obama White House: Never let a crisis go to waste.

But why should Republicans sign on to immigration reform when they don’t trust this president. Republicans want the border protected as part of any deal and they have no confidence Mr. Obama has the same level of concern, no matter what he says. A cynic might actually think he wants as many immigrants from Mexico and Central America to come in to the United States, because almost all of them, someday, will vote for Democrats. I don’t put anything past this president.

To give his side of it, Mr. Obama said he wasn’t going to the border because a trip there would amount to nothing more than a photo-op. This from a man who while running for President of the United States tried to deliver a campaign speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (but the Germans said no). You think candidate Obama might have been thinking photo-op? What about the speech he delivered in Denver after winning his party’s nomination for president — in front of Greek columns. And remember when he strolled the devastation of super storm Sandy with New Jersey Governor Christie? That photo-op helped the president get re-elected.

And what should we make of a man who supposedly disdains photo-ops but blasted President Bush for not visiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which almost certainly would have been portrayed by Mr. Bush’s liberal critics in an out of the media as … a photo-op? On February 7th, 2008, at Tulane University in New Orleans, candidate Barack Obama said this about President Bush, who flew over the city hit by Katrina instead of visiting the victims on the ground:

“When the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast extended their hand for help, help was not there. When people looked up from the rooftops, for too long they saw an empty sky. When the winds blew and the floodwaters came, we learned that for all of our wealth and our power, something wasn’t right with America. We can talk about what happened for a few days in 2005, and we should. We can talk about levees that couldn’t hold, about a FEMA that’s seen as not just incompetent but paralyzed and powerless, about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane.”

He gets away with this kind of rank hypocrisy because his pals in the media let him get away with it. There’s been naïve chatter lately by some media analysts that the press has finally turned on Mr. Obama, that they’re finally getting tough on him.

Nonsense!

Like my pal from Berkeley, reporters may wonder out loud why this oh-so-smart president whom they have adored for years wouldn’t visit the border. They care because they know it hurts him with the American people. But if they were really starting to behave like real journalists, more of them would plaster his remarks at Tulane on page one and put that sound bite on their evening news — to show how he says one thing and does the opposite, both in the interest of … himself. Thank God for conservative media. Without them we might not know how two-faced Barack Obama can be.

Magic is a powerful force. And Barack Obama had it. Big time. But when the magic fades, the magician is left just standing there – his incompetence no longer hidden by the fog of lofty rhetoric and a million dollar smile. And all that’s left is the pathetic image of a man who told us he would make America a newer, better, different place where old-fashioned politics had no place – looking like the old-fashioned politician that he is and always was.


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1 posted on 07/17/2014 5:21:38 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Republicans want the border protected as part of any deal

The dirty little secret is that Republicans don't need a deal to get the border protected. That is already a Constitutional imperative, one that Obama agreed to uphold while he was taking the Oath of Office. Were his fingers crossed when he said: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”?

2 posted on 07/17/2014 5:27:22 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When using "he" or "him" to refer to Barack Obama, is it still okay to use the lower case "h"?)
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To: SJackson
It's all going perfectly accordingly to plan. Obama doesn't care if the Rats win, he just wants to wreck the nation he hates.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 5:27:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SJackson
If someone is waiting for the liberals to come to their senses and turn on Obama, they are in for a long wait. The red diaper elites will NEVER admit to being wrong in embracing socialism. As seen in the USSR, they will go quietly to their gulag (or to the pistol shot waiting in the alley) without a peep when their usefulness is finished rather than consider themselves mistaken.
4 posted on 07/17/2014 5:28:08 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

Liberals will only come to their senses when they die. And even then, particularly in Chicago, they may still vote for a demonicrat politician.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 5:32:31 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Travis McGee

Obama doesn’t care if the Rats win, he just wants to wreck the nation he hates.

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I think you are profoundly right about that. The methodical destruction and weakening of the USA is the only real thing he cares about. That is his singleminded goal. Even people in his own party have not completely figured that out.

Bottom line: If its bad for America, Obama is for it.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 5:33:39 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: SJackson
What’s Left of Obama After the Magic

Reality. And it ain't pretty.

7 posted on 07/17/2014 5:36:08 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SJackson

To quote an infamous American, “At this point, what difference does it make?”
He’s not going to be running again. The lib mind will simply conclude he lost his way but the next lib (in this case likely E. Warren) will repair any damage and vote dim again.

I predict shortly after Zer0 leaves office the MSM will come through with stories about Zer0’s shortcomings and faults.
Then they can hold their heads high and crow that they revealed both sides of an issue/admin.


8 posted on 07/17/2014 5:36:16 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Starboard
What a clear signal it is to our enemies, that he is filling our military bases up with foreign invaders.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 5:37:30 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SJackson
Actually, truth be known, there is nobody to the left of Obama. As to the magic, it may be diminished but not with my brainless Dem relatives.They still think he walks on water and all our troubles are due to those pesky Tea Party types and the Republicans in general.
10 posted on 07/17/2014 5:44:27 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: SJackson

These “children” are going to be our very own Palestinians. They’ll be a political tool to be used for generations.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 5:47:05 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Travis McGee

he is filling our military bases up with foreign invaders

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And while he’s at it he’s purging all senior military officers who don’t go along with his imposition of political correctness in our military.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 6:05:12 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: SJackson

Magic is only sleight of hand for the sleight of mind. Parlor tricks are amusing when performed in proper light but it is pure illusion. The media is the shows promoter.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 6:10:14 AM PDT by outofsalt
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14 posted on 07/17/2014 6:10:21 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Travis McGee

Exactly


15 posted on 07/17/2014 6:48:53 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: ArtDodger
If someone is waiting for the liberals to come to their senses and turn on Obama, they are in for a long wait.

Libs are just like a thug's mother..but 'he's such a good boy, you don't understand"
16 posted on 07/17/2014 6:54:59 AM PDT by ratzoe (damn, I miss Barbara Olson)
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To: SJackson; sickoflibs
...a card-carrying liberal from Berkeley. He was puzzled. “Why didn’t Obama go down to the border?” he wanted to know. When a lefty from lib Mecca is wondering what the heck is going on, you know the president has a problem.

It's starting...

17 posted on 07/17/2014 6:56:27 AM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: SJackson

He’ll “bravely” come out of the closet?


18 posted on 07/17/2014 7:08:03 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: SJackson

When I read the title, my first thought was, “Why does Obama care about Orlando basketball...”


19 posted on 07/17/2014 7:43:05 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SJackson

Place the kids for immediate adoption on the grounds that they have been abandoned by their parents. That’ll stop the flow virtually overnight.


20 posted on 07/17/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT by Terabitten (I'd rather have one Walker than fourteen runners.)
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To: SJackson

Place the kids for immediate adoption on the grounds that they have been abandoned by their parents. That’ll stop the flow virtually overnight.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 8:39:52 AM PDT by Terabitten (I'd rather have one Walker than fourteen runners.)
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