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Obama Stands Alone: Even The Media Are Baffled By His Deepening Isolation
Fox News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Howard Kurtz

Posted on 08/22/2014 4:33:20 AM PDT by blam

By Howard Kurtz
August 22, 2014
FoxNews.com

President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media.

That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature.

I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary.

What is striking now is a growing sense, fairly or unfairly, that Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion, that he just doesn’t like politics, that he’s disengaged, that despite his soaring rhetoric in 2008 he has a passion deficit.

All the criticism about him playing golf and being at Martha’s Vineyard is kind of a code for his supposedly being unplugged from the job.

A Times news story opens with a killer anecdote about the president meeting with Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, which turned to Democratic complaints that the GOP was bottling up a number of Obama’s ambassadorial nominees.

“Mr. Obama quickly dismissed the matter. ‘You and Mitch work it out,’ Mr. Obama said coolly, cutting off any discussion. Mr. Reid seethed quietly for the rest of the meeting.”

Wow. And the nut graph: “Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching up to him.

“In interviews, nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers and senior congressional aides suggested that

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Iranian born Valerie Jarrett continues to struggle running the country from the shadows.
Her Kenyian born student is awol.
1 posted on 08/22/2014 4:33:21 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I’ve got the perfect theme song for the Obama Administration: “Because I Got High” by Afroman


2 posted on 08/22/2014 4:35:43 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: blam

The MSM is guilty of fraud and sedition and treason.


3 posted on 08/22/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: blam
Iranian born Valerie Jarrett continues to struggle running the country from the shadows.

Her Kenyian born student is awol.

Their Clintonian Attorney General seems to be floating above it all.

God help us.

4 posted on 08/22/2014 4:37:00 AM PDT by IncPen (None of this would be happening if John Boehner were alive...)
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To: blam
Another incompetent panics:

Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"

Meanwhile, Hillary tries to distance herself from this incompetent, criminal regime.

5 posted on 08/22/2014 4:37:34 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam
Obama is a TelePrompter reader only, no leader, no brain, no passion except for vacations and the good life his reading skills have afforded.
6 posted on 08/22/2014 4:40:40 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: blam
Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion

Obama sinks to the occasion! Every time.

7 posted on 08/22/2014 4:42:11 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama is actually a narco-terrorist. Consider that charge carefully.)
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To: blam

A couple of days ago I had the news on TV in another room, so I was only hearing the sound. One of the Administrations spokesperson ditzes was on. I was struck by how uncertain and defensive that person sounded, and how the press, while not aggressive, was asking questions that caused them to respond nervously.

I was also thinking about how it seems that every Presidential Press Secretary — Earnest, Carney, and starting with Gibbs— seems worse than the last.


8 posted on 08/22/2014 4:44:24 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: blam

Soetoro is a corrupt fraud.


9 posted on 08/22/2014 4:46:20 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: blam

FDR was hiding his wheel chair, “O” is hiding his stupidity....”O” is another kind of cripple and he KNOWS it!


10 posted on 08/22/2014 4:46:23 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Diogenesis

Yes they are.


11 posted on 08/22/2014 4:46:56 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: blam

He has pretty much abandoned his post in the heat of this summer’s battles.

Awol.... It could be argued dissertion


12 posted on 08/22/2014 4:49:09 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: blam
Russian Aid Convoy Crosses Border, Ukraine Says It Is A 'Direct Invasion'

Markets Turn Sharply Lower After Headlines Out Of Ukraine

jimmie carter is gleeful at the recent news.

13 posted on 08/22/2014 4:49:25 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam
Bizarre as this may seem, I actually have to come to Obama's defense here.

Let's be honest about this. Barack Obama was never supposed to be a real president in any sense involving leadership or executive capacity. His only purpose was to read idiotic nonsense off a teleprompter and sign any legislation that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sent to his desk. Even the defining legislation of his presidency -- "Obamacare" -- should more appropriately be called "Pelosicare" because it was drafted by staffers and lobbyists affiliated with Democrats in Congress.

This is why Obama's presidency effectively ended after the 2010 election. Without a Democratic Congress to tell him what to do, he's resorted to doing what he does best when confronted with a situation that requires leadership, competence, or even a shred of intelligent thought: NOTHING.

14 posted on 08/22/2014 4:50:32 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: blam

The Marxist has always been JV. Lazy, loves fun, hates work. Yet arrogant. I’m guessing every teacher/professor who had him in their class knows this well, but were paid off not to state it publicly.


15 posted on 08/22/2014 4:50:36 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: blam
But why Obama doesn’t court Democratic pols who could help him, have them over for a movie or up to Camp David, remains a mystery.

Could it be, does not want to interfere with a drugged high or a "liaison" interlude.

16 posted on 08/22/2014 4:50:44 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama is actually a narco-terrorist. Consider that charge carefully.)
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17 posted on 08/22/2014 4:52:08 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: blam

Part of me wonders if Obozo’s antics are part of the plan to pitch Hillary in 2016.

The left can’t push its full agenda through a candidate who’s up for election or when a major election is around the corner. After the mid-terms pass, Barry will be free to go town and decree everything that the liberals have wanted to do. He can be their lightning rod so that the liberals in Congress can save face.

In 2016, the left disposes of him like a dirty diaper and Hillary emerges as an “alternative” - who will coincidentally be against repealing anything that Barry has done, but that’s how the media will spin her candidacy. You can already see this playing out in spats over foreign policy.

The ignorant American public, too stupefied to tell that Hillary is simply a continuation of Obozo, vote her in for office, and we get another 4 years of socialism.

Let’s be realistic: you can’t even count on the Republicans to provide token opposition these days. Glenn Beck is showering the illegal invaders with gifts; Willard Romney the open socialist and Paul Ryan are off promoting an amnesty book. Boner and the gobbler (McConnell) are wringing their hands.

I could almost understand the Democrats having to manufacture their own opposition.


19 posted on 08/22/2014 4:57:54 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: blam

If Democrats and the press are souring on Nobama, they’re hiding it very, very well.

It appears to me that to those in his party and especially to the press, Nobama has a perpetual “Get Out of Jail Free” card which allows him to waltz through scandals, errors, and incompetency unscathed.


20 posted on 08/22/2014 4:59:27 AM PDT by randita ("Is a nation without borders a nation?"...Noonan)
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To: blam

It’s good to be the Marionette King!


21 posted on 08/22/2014 4:59:57 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: IncPen

Speaking of Holder, Last night Special Report showed a video clip of him, with out an introduction, in which he was speaking about hunting down perpetrators and the long memory of the government.

I froze in my tracks, thinking that he was talking about the policeman in Ferguson and also Tea Party members.

After the video clip was over, then the newsperson said Holder was talking about the terrorists who killed Jim Foley.

Surreal.


23 posted on 08/22/2014 5:01:15 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: blam
All Bammy has to do is sing a few notes of some black's song and they will be SWOONING again!!!

Hey Media....He;s ALWAYS been detached from this country.

24 posted on 08/22/2014 5:02:11 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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26 posted on 08/22/2014 5:04:45 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Or “I got stoned and I missed it” by S.Silverstein.


27 posted on 08/22/2014 5:05:03 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: blam

Re-assuring that Bagel is in full panic mode and has no plan outside of “Do Everything now”


28 posted on 08/22/2014 5:08:33 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: blam

Heh...King Barry isn’t even answering the 3:00 p.m. calls, much less the 3:00 a.m. ones.


29 posted on 08/22/2014 5:09:18 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Cato in PA

No, he could care less about Hilary or anyone else. He just doesn’t care about his job and has decided to lay down and just enjoy its perks.


30 posted on 08/22/2014 5:10:24 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Alberta's Child
Even the defining legislation of his presidency -- "Obamacare" -- should more appropriately be called "Pelosicare" because it was drafted by staffers and lobbyists affiliated with Democrats in Congress.

Better to call it "Reidcare" -- because it was the Senate version of Obamacare that prevailed. "Pelosicare", the version that originated in the House, was single payer. When that version couldn't pass the Senate (thank you, Joe Lieberman), Harry Reid stripped oput all the content from a previous House bill and replaced it with what we now know as Obamacare.

31 posted on 08/22/2014 5:10:30 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Alberta's Child

I’d add that, upon assuming office Obama did an end run around the Departments and Agencies when it came to policy formulation by establishing all those czars. Policy formulation was pulled into the White House and the bureaucracy was reduced to a cheerleading and implementation role.

I’m guessing that, with the door to legislation now closed, there are binders full of EOs that are all ready to go. What does he really have to do other than sign them and attend meetings where he gets status updates on progress of implementation? He doesn’t need Congressional outreach, etc for that, just a close group of trusted advisors/enforcers (Val Jarrett) to make sure the trains are running on time.


32 posted on 08/22/2014 5:18:12 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: blam

AWOL playing golf?


33 posted on 08/22/2014 5:19:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Cato in PA

I just don’t get Glenn Beck’s lack of discernment on the illegal immigrant issue. How they are treated once they get here is not the issue. The issue is why the hell are they even here and who brought them here. Moreover who”/ paying for it all and what socio-economic problems they will create in the future. I’ve lost all respect for Beck in the last year. He went spineless and I think someone had a sit down session with him and showed him his NSA transcripts and other it they had on him and told him to shut his mouth and obey their orders or his wife would get a little note and some photographs in the mail. Just my .02


34 posted on 08/22/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Alberta's Child

And accept a Nobel Peace prize for doing nothing.


35 posted on 08/22/2014 5:20:24 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: blam

Obama is coasting because he knows that, whatever happens, he is set for the rest of his life. He also doesn’t really need thee MSM anymore—they played their role and he is done with them.

Before he leaves, he will accelerate the demographic changes in the country by Executive fiat. That will be his last poke in the eye to America.


36 posted on 08/22/2014 5:22:23 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: Cowboy Bob

I think the late, great Jerry Reed Hubbard wrote and performed the perfect theme for this administration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rdF7o08KXw


37 posted on 08/22/2014 5:23:20 AM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: blam

Obama is starting to check out and he senses that since the horrible death of James Foley earlier this week, the old msm is starting to turn their backs on him.


38 posted on 08/22/2014 5:23:40 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

TOTUS has gone on strike.

And we have to keep this boob in luxury for the rest of his life !
He needs to be Bernie Madoff’s cellmate.


39 posted on 08/22/2014 5:24:51 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: blam
“Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching up to him."

Why would Obama cozy up to "his" party in Congress, their popularity is say 6%, while his is say 38%. BTW, Obama's party is Obama and no one else.

Also, what Reid doesn't get is that for Obama, Reid is the enemy, he's what Obama campaigns against.

It's the Limbaugh Theorem. Obama's not governing, he has no fingerprints on what's happening. It's all the fault of a disfunctional Congress or Washington DC. And Obama's been campaigning against the problems since 2007. The just don't listen to the poor guy.

It's almost 6 years into the age of Obama and Reid, McConnell et al still, yet, just don't get it. Morons, think Obama is just another President with standard politics. It just ain't so.

40 posted on 08/22/2014 5:26:23 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: blam

Dictators don’t care what anybody says. Election in 2016 - wonder what the odds are that he discards what’s left of the Constitution and “runs” again.


41 posted on 08/22/2014 5:26:52 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: blam

Bullshit! As long as there is one “journalist”, one parasite, one traitor, one self hating White, one Jew, one Democrat, one Fluke like skank, Obama will never be alone.


42 posted on 08/22/2014 5:27:17 AM PDT by sport
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To: Cato in PA

The article says they are now just waiting for Hillary. When I read that I was immediately struck by the image of a horse with a broken leg waiting to be shot.


43 posted on 08/22/2014 5:27:58 AM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: rbg81

Obama is coasting because he knows that, whatever happens, he is set for the rest of his life. He also doesn’t really need thee MSM anymore—they played their role and he is done with them.

Before he leaves, he will accelerate the demographic changes in the country by Executive fiat. That will be his last poke in the eye to America.


Exactly, it’s nothing but $200,000+ speaking fees and board-director seats for him and/or his wife with Ivy League educations (then Corporate America / Wall Street) for his kids as far as the eye can see.

It isn’t just Obama - for years, bad Presidents/congressmen/Senators have made bad policy with lasting, bad consequences for many Americans while they and their families get off scott free.

If American democracy ever gets a much-needed reset, it would be nice to have something like a performance-based salary or stock option that ties pay to future performance (GDP or something).


44 posted on 08/22/2014 5:28:34 AM PDT by quesney (e)
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To: Ann Archy

“Hey Media....He;s ALWAYS been detached from this country.”
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Hmmmm, don’t you first have to be ATtached before being DEtached?


45 posted on 08/22/2014 5:30:01 AM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: blam

Dear Media,

He’s voting “present” again.

And we tried to tell you guys he would in 2008.


46 posted on 08/22/2014 5:31:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

I agree. I think the Jarrett/Obama relationship is breaking down. He is dragging his heels at executing some of her orders. His behavior is that of a ‘bad boy’ before his mother VJ


47 posted on 08/22/2014 5:32:00 AM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: quesney
"If American democracy ever gets a much-needed reset, it would be nice to have something like a performance-based salary or stock option that ties pay to future performance (GDP or something)."

Term limits?

48 posted on 08/22/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: rbg81

I say he knows he has accomplished his task. He can break the law at will (Bergdahl swap and many other things), he has taken AMerica off the world stage, he has us at divided every which way possible, and has neutered Congress, courts etc....


49 posted on 08/22/2014 5:32:33 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: blam
"Can Obama still control all the forces he’s ‘separably’ unleashed? Maybe the reason he stays in the Vineyard is that he’s guessed the answer. It’s his psychological bunker, where he waits, hoping for a last minute reprieve from Steiner. He doesn’t know what comes next anymore and frankly, is afraid to look." (Wretchard, It’s Alive)

Obama the mental midget needs his 'Linus security blanket', either the Vineyard or the isolated golf courses. For all we know, he could be curling up and crying like a baby.

Now he's hoping the next newer and more urgent crisis (crises) will overtake the current ones. And counting on Americans have short memories of each and every bungled job he did.

50 posted on 08/22/2014 5:42:59 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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