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Obama, the loner president
washingtonpost ^ | October 8th, 2011 | Scott Wilson

Posted on 10/08/2011 7:14:35 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi

Beyond the economy, the wars and the polls, President Obama has a problem: people.

This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.


But inside the Beltway, the legacy of his relationship, or lack thereof, with Democrats on the Hill remains a problem for his jobs plan — and, by extension, his political future.

A senior Democratic strategist told my colleague Chris Cillizza recently that “the person running out of air most quickly” is Obama himself, and there may not be many who come to his rescue.

“We’re about a year out from the elections, and the senators are turning to their own races,” the strategist said. “They don’t have a lot of energy or political capital to spare for the president at this point.”

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: loner; narcissism; narcissist; obama
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To: Reverend Wright

He chose his advisors primarily based on ivy league academic pedigree, regardless of their history of advocating disastrous policies....

How I wish you were right, Rev. Wright. Actually, Obama chose the advisors that Soros told him to choose. And the primary criterion for choosing them was precisely because they would orchestrate disastrous policies that are guaranteed to bring down our culture.

51 posted on 10/08/2011 9:43:43 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: 3Fingas
Most researchers classify Generation X as those born 1965-1982. So, I am gonna run with that and say that Obama belongs to the Baby Boomers, which makes sense because they messed up everything anyway. LOL.

But Obama, a late boomer, had more of a Gen X upbringing: divorce, hippy mom, absent dad, college in the '80s, multiculturalism and affirmative action.

Living with his grandparents may have given him a little more stability, but the contrast with his own parents may only have underlined his Gen X-like parentage.

In his younger years, though, Obama did look up to the radical 60s generation and wanted to be like them, so he was a boomer in that respect.

52 posted on 10/08/2011 10:02:56 AM PDT by x
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To: righttackle44

Well he already has said Tea Partiers were Terrorists! And his panel has the power to decide an American citizen “Terrorist” can be killed.....He has his “mob” of willing Marxists ready to Kill the “Rich”....It’s not hard to imagine things getting bad

53 posted on 10/08/2011 10:03:54 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: elcid1970
Again, let us be grateful that Obama is no LBJ.

LBJ had years as majority leader to hone his political skills. Obama had hardly any experience leading anything.

If Obama is aloof and uninterested in the drudge work needed to push his agenda, we should all be thankful.

Look at it this way, Jimmy Carter was an awful, abysmal president. But a Democrat was going to be elected in 1976 anyway. A Southerner with a military background was probably not the worst Democrat we could have elected, even if he was more incompetent than the others.

Sooner or later, the country was going to elect a Northern Democrat again. Sooner or later we'd have an inner city Black President. And at some time or other, someone with a radical left background would make it into the White House.

Given all that, an incompetent, inexperienced Northern Democrat, an inner city African-American raised by a White mother and grandparents in Indonesia and Hawaii, and a sometime follower of radical causes who wins because of contributions from investment bankers may be a disaster, but not the worst of all possible disasters.

54 posted on 10/08/2011 10:11:39 AM PDT by x
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

If zero has lost the WaPo, he’s lost.

I’m sure they intended this as a “Wake up and smell the election, Mr.President!” piece, but it comes off very differently.

55 posted on 10/08/2011 10:32:39 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: x

“(Obama).....may be a disaster, but not the worst of all possible disasters.”

Well, that is my point, thankfully, but I detect a note of inevitability in your characterization of the election of Democrats of various stripes. I would observe the opposite: Carter won because Ford, otherwise experienced and well liked, ran a nonideological campaign. Clinton beat a split ticket (he won with 43% where Dukakis had lost with 44%) and later defeated another well liked Republican who was also ideologically incompetent. And Obama defeated an anti-his-own-party maverick.

Anyway, Obama’s dictatorial megalomania is far greater than the talents needed to achieve his overarching goals. Note his visible frustration when he reminds his base that the Constitution inhibits his desire to rule by executive fiat.

Less than sixteen months remain of this appalling presidency. That’s cause enough for hope.

56 posted on 10/08/2011 11:26:52 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

He’s the clueless president. And a Marxist. And since it’s no longer 2008, he’s got big ears, communist parents, radical friends, and got through college on dope.


57 posted on 10/08/2011 11:29:55 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: elcid1970
Sooner or later you get scandals and recessions and weak Republican candidates, so sooner or later a Democrat gets in. I'm not sure Reagan could have defeated Carter in 1976, but in any case, Ford was the candidate. He ran the kind of campaign he ran, the kind of campaign he was bound to run, and lost.

My memory is that Bush Sr. wasn't all that well liked in 1992, and resentment against him had more to do with the economy than with ideology. If Perot weren't in the race he might have won, but I doubt a more conservative Republican running in that year, with everything else held constant, would have done well enough to win.

It would be nice to think that all Republican victories were foreordained and inevitable and all Democrat victories were accidents, but accidents do happen, and since the country's been more or less equally divided between Republicans in recent elections, you can count on such accidents happening sooner or later.

58 posted on 10/08/2011 11:43:15 AM PDT by x
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Obama is simply the man who wants to tell others what to do

59 posted on 10/08/2011 11:54:17 AM PDT by woofie
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

He acts like an android.

60 posted on 10/08/2011 12:40:55 PM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: clashfan

Yeah, I forgot about that...that was hilarious and just strange. LOL.

61 posted on 10/08/2011 2:48:29 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughers of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: x

Odd thing though...gen x’ers, even with the social issues you mentioned, voted mostly for Reagan and were usually more conservative than their boomer/indolent parents....So, Obama is more attuned to boomer values than gen x values if you ask me.

62 posted on 10/08/2011 2:57:09 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughers of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: hsalaw


63 posted on 10/08/2011 3:01:46 PM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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