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The Vacant Presidency
NRO ^ | Krauthammer

Posted on 07/25/2014 5:56:20 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising, and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s proxies’ shooting down a civilian airliner — are in doubt.

The preferred explanation for the president’s detachment is psychological. He’s checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal.

Perhaps. But I’d propose an alternate theory that gives him more credit: Obama’s passivity stems from an idea. When Obama says Putin has placed himself on the wrong side of history in Ukraine, he actually believes it. He disdains realpolitik because he believes that, in the end, such primitive 19th-century notions as conquest are self-defeating. History sees to their defeat.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: krauthammer; obamalawless; obamathecon

1 posted on 07/25/2014 5:56:20 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
The devil knows his time is short so he has to ramp up as much chaos as possible.

'Course his fingerprints can never be found on any of the evidence.

2 posted on 07/25/2014 6:01:51 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: RoosterRedux
Remember the old admonition "lead, follow, or get out of the way"?

Obama, hating America as he does Whitey, refuses to lead or follow...and he most certainly will not get out of the way.

3 posted on 07/25/2014 6:02:20 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I started spreading the alarm the day after the election in 2008. The Dems/Libs had complete control of 2 branches of the fed government. They could run nilly willy for the next 2 years and dust off all the 1960s era crap sitting on the shelf and legalize socialied medicine.

Now with congress and the SCOTUS all but nutrilized, Obama knows he can’t be impeached and removed. Neither party has the balls to kick out a black man from the WH.

All that is left is the ballot box and cartridge box.


4 posted on 07/25/2014 6:04:57 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: RoosterRedux; All
Why....with all those times; the golfing trips / vacationing here
& abroad..sleep-overs with Reggie..the very important Grifting (fund-
raising) with very rich Morons...
Who has time for working in the Oval office?

5 posted on 07/25/2014 6:05:12 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: RoosterRedux
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6 posted on 07/25/2014 6:10:57 AM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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To: RoosterRedux

What “O” knows about politics and US history is miniscule.
What he knows (rather, what he has memorized for ROTE regurgitation) about Marx ideology is broad.

• Is this the wholesome basis for a workable/objective/mature world view?
• Does that qualify him for the Presidency of the United States?
• Will ALL America be represented by SUCH a President?
• What is his judgment worth to the rest of the world?


7 posted on 07/25/2014 6:18:54 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: RoosterRedux

Con games are run to make a lot of easy money in a short time. Running the Con is fun, but the purpose is to make lots of easy money in a quick manner.
Shills are important to a good Con. They distract the victim(s). They make the victim/Mark feel more secure and willing to participate in the Con. The Shill is there to participate in the Con to enjoy the fruits of the Con.....the money. If the Shill starts to believe that he/she isn’t able to enjoy the fruits of the Con, then the Shill grows restless and frustrated.
Obama is a Shill. He’s ready to stop being a Shill. He wants to enjoy some of the money from the Con. The problem is that his boss, the Grifter, isn’t ready to stop. The Grifter controls the Shill by sharing the money from the Con, but also by threatening to turn the Shill in to the authorities.
The Big Con is winding down. We won’t find out how much has been stolen until the con men have left. Obama, a Shill, is just anxious to make sure he gets his share.


8 posted on 07/25/2014 6:24:42 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: RoosterRedux

Krauthammer is very insightful in nearly all his work. However, I think he’s missing the mark on this piece. Its not so much how Obama views the forces of history; its more a case of how much he detests the history of United States. If you accept that premise, everything he does is understandable and predictable.

In short, if its bad for America, then Obama is for it. That’s really all you need to know.


9 posted on 07/25/2014 6:34:20 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: RoosterRedux

He’s depressed.


10 posted on 07/25/2014 6:37:31 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: RoosterRedux

No, he hasn’t vacated it - he has merely gone underground, disappearing from view but simultaneously exercising more dictatorial power than any president before him.

From secrecy, he rejects our laws and imposes his own; from hiding, he attacks our institutions.

People think he doesn’t have a plan and anyway, he’s never around or visible or in contact with Congress or the rest of the government in any way - because he’s actually quietly running his own show, illegally and ruthlessly, from his invisibility.


11 posted on 07/25/2014 6:37:35 AM PDT by livius
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To: RoosterRedux
Obies soon to be Oscar WInning Self Portrayal .....In Theaters August 1


12 posted on 07/25/2014 6:38:04 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: RoosterRedux
The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people.

Yeah. But not because he's detached, affectless, etc.

That may have been true yesterday, but today he's changed course, according to two articles linked from Drudge:

Sounds like EO amnesty: “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”

Refugee status for "youths" airlifted in from Houduras.

13 posted on 07/25/2014 6:38:35 AM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: DownInFlames

I started spreading the alarm the day after the election in 2008.

***********

The only consolation we have is that many of us saw Obama for what he is; we knew disaster was coming.

I held out hope that the country would wise up and boot him out after one term before the Obama Vortex could wreck the country. Unfortunately, such was not the case.

The country will pay a huge price for this mistake. The real bills have yet to come due.


14 posted on 07/25/2014 6:39:21 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: blueunicorn6
The Big Con is winding down. We won’t find out how much has been stolen until the con men have left.

I am less concerned about how much they have lined their pockets with -- both major parties take turns doing that.

My concern is the policy damage that has been done. We are still being subjected to the intended and unintended consequences of the Carter foreign policies. We will be subjected to the intended and unintended consequences of the Obama foreign policies (and domestic policies) for decades.

Obama may be out fundraising and golfing much of the time, but his CZARs are systematically working toward fundamentally changing of America.
15 posted on 07/25/2014 6:47:29 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: blueunicorn6

Interesting approach. Who do you see as the Grifter?


16 posted on 07/25/2014 6:50:39 AM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Commie mommy, commie daddy, commie grandparents, commie “mentor” .... by gosh, Barack done turned out to be a commie!!!!!!! As was obvious years ago to anyone who was paying attention.


17 posted on 07/25/2014 7:03:12 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: upchuck

Follow the money. Who is trying to make big money in a short time?


18 posted on 07/25/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Starboard
In short, if its bad for America, then Obama is for it. That’s really all you need to know.

Yep. Wounded son's angst.

19 posted on 07/25/2014 7:52:52 AM PDT by polymuser ( Enough is enough.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Can anyone remember what Obama said or did about the Russians shooting down the airliner?


20 posted on 07/25/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Starboard
Its not so much how Obama views the forces of history; its more a case of how much he detests the history of United States. If you accept that premise, everything he does is understandable and predictable.

I have been saying something similar since his election. When he started spending money like crazy and people were asking what in the world he was doing. Well, what he was doing was making matters worse, 'cause we deserved it to be worse. Then the question is why, why would he make things worse, deliberately.

Well, we have never had a President before who truly hated this country. I don't think anyone ever thought that someone who hated the country would be elected; but, that is what we did -- twice. So, I thought to myself, what if he truly hates the country, and doesn't really like the American people much either. Would his actions then make sense. Well, yes, yes they would.

So, if you accept the premise that he actually hates this country, then everything he does makes sense.

21 posted on 07/25/2014 8:50:44 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: ncpatriot
He’s depressed.

Not as depressed as I am watching what he is doing to my country. Not as depressed as I am, coming to the realization that the country has people in it who would vote for this incompetent boob, twice.

22 posted on 07/25/2014 8:52:09 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Starboard

In ways many do not understand. Our liberties will be taken away.


23 posted on 07/25/2014 4:48:33 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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