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Jennifer Rubin: The Public Recoils
Commentary Magazine ^ | January 19, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 01/20/2010 12:01:09 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Obama sold himself as the image of moderation and superior temperament. But there has been nothing moderate about his first year, and his temperament has turned crabby, irritable, and condescending. Perhaps that was always his disposition, but only on occasion did the mask slip (”Can’t I eat my waffle?” and his crack about Bible-clutching Americans, being two vivid examples). Some cling fast to the campaign persona. David Brooks insists that Obama “has created a thoughtful, pragmatic administration marked by a culture of honest and vigorous debate.” That would come as a shock to those whom he has vilified (the list includes Fox News and Gallup, remember) and the voters, who see an attempted government takeover of health care and a mound of debt. Indeed Brooks himself concedes:

Driven by circumstances and self-confidence, the president has made himself the star performer in the national drama. He has been ubiquitous, appearing everywhere, trying to overhaul most sectors of national life: finance, health, energy, automobiles and transportation, housing, and education, among others.

So perhaps Obama’s not so moderate after all. But the unveiling of Obama’s personality and of his policy goals has stirred the public, which, as Brooks concedes, recoils from “any effort to centralize authority or increase the role of government.” Unfortunately for Obama and his faithful pundits, that gives voters plenty to recoil from. Unlike Brooks, they no longer consider him “temperate, thoughtful and pragmatic.” His actions tell a different story; his policies reveal a radicalism and arrogance born of the belief that the federal government has nearly unlimited capacity to take over more and more decision-making authority and aggrandize more and more power.

There was an alternative for Obama, an alternative to this narcissism and aggressive statism. He could have governed as he campaigned. But he made a choice, and unless he reverses course, he’ll be judged on the results.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; economy; obama; obamacare
Maybe Dear Leader won't be getting such a huge slice of the Jewish vote next time (if he's even the Democrat's nominee, that is!)
1 posted on 01/20/2010 12:01:10 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The only thing is that there is no 'check' on Dear Leader in the Senate or the House. Harry and Nancy are just as radical as Obama himself if not more so. Harry and Nancy are not likely to respond to the wake up call.

But the fact is that Americans have woken up and in the most unlikely of places - Massachusetts.

2 posted on 01/20/2010 12:09:46 AM PST by sr4402
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
David Brooks insists that Obama “has created a thoughtful, pragmatic administration marked by a culture of honest and vigorous debate.”

David Brooks wouldn't notice if he had his trousers on backwards. He's as close to being brain dead as anyone I've ever seen purporting to be a Republican.

3 posted on 01/20/2010 12:09:46 AM PST by John Valentine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama is not going to reverse course. The Left would crucify him if he did. And he really believes his mission is to remake America.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

4 posted on 01/20/2010 12:14:42 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: John Valentine
If Obama was a pragmatist, he would have set the tone from the start of his Administration by inviting Republican moderates to find common ground to restore the economy and give the uninsured more affordable health care. He spurned it and chose the opposite course. No one forced him to take it.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

5 posted on 01/20/2010 12:17:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry, when was it that Obama presented himself as a moderate on anything, campaigning or otherwise?


6 posted on 01/20/2010 12:28:30 AM PST by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: John Valentine

“David Brooks wouldn’t notice if he had his trousers on backwards.”

funny because he once said
“I remember distinctly an image of-we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant, and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.”


7 posted on 01/20/2010 12:34:38 AM PST by ari-freedom (Obamacare: nananana nananana hey hey hey goodbye!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"There was an alternative for Obama, an alternative to this narcissism and aggressive statism."

Yes, but that alternative would have only slowed the move toward a Socialist "utopia", and just encouraged us to dream on.

History will likely record that Obama was the precise medicine that America needed to be shocked out of its collective slumber, and to jolt us back into the proper level of vigilance against the growth of a tyrannical, leftist government.

8 posted on 01/20/2010 12:37:22 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: sr4402
The only thing is that there is no 'check' on Dear Leader in the Senate or the House. Harry and Nancy are just as radical as Obama himself if not more so. Harry and Nancy are not likely to respond to the wake up call.

Obama won't GET IT either, I said a year ago that he was a narcissist & so are Reid & Pelosi, none of them will ever GET IT.

They have their agenda & the people be damned, they will try to force it on the people, but the people have spoken and will take it NO MORE!

9 posted on 01/20/2010 12:37:52 AM PST by blondee123 (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah !)
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To: goldstategop

I hope and believe you are right. The 0bummer Administration has shown only one reaction to any event: Go Faster. If the bus is about to hit a brick wall, their response is “Go Faster.”

That is a recipe for political disaster for them, so I hope they stick with their natural reaction and die of it.


10 posted on 01/20/2010 1:21:21 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberal Massachussetts says: "FUBO!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

David Brooks insists that Obama “has created a thoughtful, pragmatic administration marked by a culture of honest and vigorous debate.”

The NYT’s house “conservative.”


11 posted on 01/20/2010 1:49:51 AM PST by Tom_Busch (The big media IS the enemy)
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To: sr4402; MestaMachine

>woken up and in the most unlikely of places -
>Massachusetts.

We could take the whole house, and get a veto-proof Senate majority!


12 posted on 01/20/2010 2:23:52 AM PST by ROTB (Public Option vs. Insurance: Armed men at my door demanding payment vs a "bill")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's amazing how many of those who once swooned for the Maobama are now realizing that he's an empty suit and has always been a Marxist.

All of this was so frighteningly obvious prior to his election that I'm still puzzled how the guy ever got anywhere in politics when he isn't even fit to serve any position higher than DPW rubbish collector.

13 posted on 01/20/2010 2:37:36 AM PST by Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness (Eenie meanie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak....)
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To: Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness
All of this was so frighteningly obvious prior to his election that I'm still puzzled how the guy ever got anywhere in politics

You can blame Illinois voters for letting him on to the national stage...

14 posted on 01/20/2010 3:03:07 AM PST by EVO X
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To: ROTB

THAT is the endgame. We have to stay engaged, enraged, and alert and show the despicable left in this country that this was NOT an anomaly.
We have found our voice and our power. We are united. We will not shut up and sit down. We will not go away home like the proverbial ladybird, because our national house really IS on fire and our children need us to put that fire out.
We CAN do it, HAVE done it, and whatever else we ever do in this world, we must educate our children so that this is NEVER, EVER allowed to happen again.


15 posted on 01/20/2010 7:05:18 AM PST by MestaMachine (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2426869/posts SUPPORT RINO FREE AMERICA)
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To: ari-freedom

He’s in love.


16 posted on 01/20/2010 7:11:28 AM PST by firebrand
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