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Barack Obama’s Wings of Wax
Commentary ^ | 09.09.2011 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 09/10/2011 7:36:45 PM PDT by neverdem

Presidencies can go through various stages in terms of their effect on the opposition – from eliciting respect and some amount of fear, to provoking anger, to becoming the object of ridicule.

Barack Obama has reached the third stage.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has written a column in which he cites passages from Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last night and then chronicles the reaction among congressional Republicans, which included chuckles, guffaws and giggles. Hostility to Obama has given way to indifference to what he says; witness the fact the GOP did not even feel the need to provide a televised response to Obama's speech. And of course, it didn't help that the president's address was relegated to pre-primetime, in order not to compete with an NFL game.

Just as significantly, Milbank reports there were empty seats on the Democratic side last night. "Democrats lumbered to their feet to give the president several standing ovations, but they struggled at times to demonstrate enthusiasm," according to Milbank. "When Obama proposed payroll tax cuts for small businesses, three Democrats stood to applaud. Summer jobs for disadvantaged youth brought six Democrats to their feet, and a tax credit for hiring the long-term unemployed produced 11 standees. Obama spoke quickly, urgently, even angrily. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.) stared at the ceiling. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) scanned the gallery. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper. And Republicans, when they weren't giggling, were mostly silent."

Milbank added, "Presidential addresses to Congress are often dramatic moments. This one felt like a sideshow. Usually, the press gallery is standing-room-only; this time, only 26 of 90 seats were claimed by the deadline. Usually, some members arrive in the chamber hours early to score a center-aisle seat; 90 minutes before Thursday's speech, only one Democrat was so situated."

As Jimmy Carter can tell you, for a president to become an object of disdain and apathy is a very dangerous place to find himself.

It has been a stunning fall from grace for Obama, a man who, upon taking office, was routinely compared to Kennedy, to FDR, and even to Lincoln. One is tempted to say those comparisons were unfair to Obama, except that he did so much to invite them.

By now, the cult-like effect Obama had on his supporters is a distant, fading memory. The Greek columns built for his convention speech now look simply silly, as does Obama's promise to heal the earth and reverse the ocean tide. His core appeal was aesthetic, and hence fleeting. It turns out Obama really was best equipped to be a community organizer and a state senator and perhaps not very much more than that. But Obama, a man of extraordinary self-regard, decided he was the world-historical person we had been waiting for. (What can one say about a person who surrounded himself with aides who referred to him as "Black Jesus" during the campaign?)

In a coincidence that calls to mind William Blake's "fearful symmetry" phrase, it was also Dana Milbank who in July 2008, months before Obama was elected, reported that Obama attended an "adoration session" with Democratic lawmakers in the Cannon Caucus Room, where even committee chairmen arrived early, "as if for the State of the Union."

Inside, according to a witness, Obama told the House members, "This is the moment…that the world is waiting for," adding: "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

Some of us warned at the time that any man who believes he is "the moment that the world is waiting for" and views himself as "the symbol of the possibility and best traditions of America" is an individual of staggering arrogance. To which I added this:

That is doubly so when, like Obama, you have achieved nothing so far in your life –in terms of scholarship or literature, legislation, acts of valor, self-sacrifice, or anything else – that qualifies you to view yourself in quasi-Messianic terms. One increasingly senses with Obama that he views himself not as a presidential candidate but as a world celebrity, with all the vanity and arrogance that accompanies such people. Obama, a literate man, might want to reacquaint himself with the Book of Proverbs, which warns that "pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall," and the story of Icarus. Barack Obama is a very talented political figure, but he is not indestructible. And right now he is flying closer and closer to the sun. At some point – it's hard to tell when – the wings of wax will begin to melt.

There is some poignancy in saying that for Barack Obama, a decent but imperious man, the wings of wax have finally melted away.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
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To: Candor7
What a pathetic excuse for a statesman. He diminishes the Office of the President just be being; he doesn't have to do anything!

This no-class asshat hasn't a clue what it means to be President, or how to comport himself with dignity, because he has none... none!

41 posted on 09/11/2011 3:51:56 PM PDT by Gargantua ("I'm only voting for Palin because I can't run for President..." (_8(|) Doh!!!)
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To: neverdem
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was seen reading a newspaper.

Knowing Moran, the paper was probably covering an issue of "Juvenile Boxing Monthly"

42 posted on 09/11/2011 3:53:50 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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Would somebody who has graphics capability or special fonts make us a bumper sticker type logo with this text and post it, please?

These good people have bumper stickers, cups, hats, t shirts and yard signs that say what you are looking for!

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To: Grampa Dave; FARS

44 posted on 09/11/2011 5:39:51 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratici)
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Thanks for the ping, FARS. Hope all is well with you.

45 posted on 09/11/2011 5:41:49 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Cicero; All

I guess some of the journalists have begun to realize that if they don’t get real about this guy they are going to lose all credibility.

Nothing these liberals do surprises me.

46 posted on 09/11/2011 7:21:50 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!

47 posted on 09/11/2011 8:05:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Grampa Dave; All; potlatch

Also visit

Thanks for suggestions for OMGsources! but what I need is a “special font lettering” of the words that can be used and spread on the Internet on websites and Emails. Just an attention getting heading.

I do not need any solid items. Would someone care to help?

BTW Please drop by and read the highly embellished “the god of Jacob” part combined with Icarus!

or visit:

48 posted on 09/11/2011 9:05:17 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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To: neverdem

One intensely evil, mendacious dude.

49 posted on 09/11/2011 9:53:58 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Sarah Palin - 2012 !)
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To: Candor7

What a fool, LOL!

50 posted on 09/11/2011 11:03:24 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

...’President Icarus’...Now that’s food for thought...

51 posted on 09/11/2011 11:20:52 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: MinuteGal
Notice how none of the Politicos on our side ever dispute the Bush's fault meme coming from the Press?

At the Republican Debate, Brian Williams started asking a question about the Economy, blaming the current Economic problems on the eight years of Bush, just like Obama always does. Nobody on the panel jumped in and said, let's clarify that premise before answering the follow up question about what should be done to fix the Economy going forward.

Let's see, under President Bush we had 5% Unemployment, record increases in Tax Revenue to the Federal Government (35% plus) BECAUSE of the Bush Tax RATE Cuts, record Employment and consistent 4% plus GDP Growth. All that after the Economic hit of 9/11 and our followup Military response.

In unison they should use the line, yes we all agree that things went South after Pelosi and Reid took over Congress in 2007 and the Democrats fought reining in Fannie and Freddie which we now know caused the Housing collapse and the Economic disaster that followed.

If you let your enemies, in this case the Liberal Press, set the rules of the game, you lose. Half of the American people still blame the Bush era policies of causing not only the original Economic downturn, but the continued bad news three years into the Obama regime.

It is clear the Democrats own the propaganda machine, so I certainly hope that all my Conservative FRiends don't think that 2012 will be a cake walk. It won't...

52 posted on 09/11/2011 11:45:39 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Cicero

Decent, NO!

Imperious, YES!

53 posted on 09/12/2011 5:11:55 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Lady Jag

Thanks for the link.

I need to come back after a couple of more cups of coffee.

I was expecting some OMG Obama Must Go art, and this site is very heavy into the misdeeds of OMG er Obama.

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To: Kickass Conservative; mickie
Excellent post, KC.

It drives me nuts when I see how slow on the uptake many GOP and/or conservative politicos and pundits are when liberal lies and spin are swirling all around them.

They're like dead men mental agility to seize the moments available to them for quick factual rebuttal....just the ability to woodenly plough ahead with their trite, memorized talking points.....completely ignoring the calumnies thrown their way.


55 posted on 09/12/2011 6:40:30 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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FARS, flaming text is a good site to create headlines. There are a lot of options there as to size, font and image designs. They then become an ‘image’ that you can use on sites.

56 posted on 09/12/2011 3:29:48 PM PDT by potlatch (Two Eyes, Two Ears, One Mouth - Use Them Proportionately)
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To: potlatch

thanks! I used to have a link for flaming text and it used to provide blue flame letters in those days.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for his lifetime (thanks for the site link)

57 posted on 09/13/2011 9:08:49 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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You’re very welcome FARS. I’ve used that site and there are so many options. Good luck on your fishing, lol.

58 posted on 09/13/2011 9:11:53 PM PDT by potlatch (Two Eyes, Two Ears, One Mouth - Use Them Proportionately)
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