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Fouad Ajami: When the Obama Magic Died
Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 14, 2013 | Fouad Ajami

Posted on 11/15/2013 1:48:36 AM PST by Innovative

The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama's policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself.

If Barack Obama seems like a man alone, with nervous Democrats up for re-election next year running for cover, and away from him, this was the world he made. No advisers of stature can question his policies; the price of access in the Obama court is quiescence before the leader's will. The imperial presidency is in full bloom.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dearleaderobama; downwardspiral; fearlessleader; fencepostturtle; fouadajami; grammyawardwinner; jumpedtheshark; lyingliar; nakedemperor; obama; obamacare; obamalegacy; obamalied; waterloo
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I rarely read an editorial in its entirety -- but this was one of those I did read completely. It really is an excellent analysis of the Obama presidency. Highly recommend it.
1 posted on 11/15/2013 1:48:36 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Even the WP has an editorial on Obama’s credibility gap:

For Obama, loss of trust over health-care law poses major problems for his agenda, legacy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/loss-of-publics-trust-poses-major-problems-ahead-for-obamas-agenda/2013/11/13/63f3d002-4c72-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_print.html


2 posted on 11/15/2013 2:04:41 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
I never thought Obama had much “personal charisma,” but maybe that's just me. I find his speech annoying, as he tends to whistle his words...
3 posted on 11/15/2013 2:06:27 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Innovative
This could not happen to a more deserving SOB.
Our founding Fathers should be smiling right about now.
4 posted on 11/15/2013 2:06:34 AM PST by DeaconRed (ZERO Lied - one too many times. The walls are tumbling down. Couldn't happen to a more deserving SOB)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Obama was marketed well to gullible people — each saw in him what they wanted to see, none of which had any basis in reality.

Too bad people didn’t wake up BEFORE the last election at least.


5 posted on 11/15/2013 2:09:36 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

He’s no longer the Magic Negro...so sad.


6 posted on 11/15/2013 2:10:18 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Innovative
If Barack Obama seems like a man alone, with nervous Democrats up for re-election next year running for cover, and away from him, this was the world he made. No advisers of stature can question his policies; the price of access in the Obama court is quiescence before the leader's will. The imperial presidency is in full bloom

Yep, in full bloom and about to lose die on the vine.

7 posted on 11/15/2013 2:13:48 AM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: Innovative

“When the Obama Magic Died.” For me that was about the second time I saw him and heard him speak. Around 2004?


8 posted on 11/15/2013 2:14:33 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Yes it sounds like loose dentures.


9 posted on 11/15/2013 2:15:08 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Innovative

Only magic in this presidency is the illusions many sheeple still believe in.


10 posted on 11/15/2013 2:15:16 AM PST by maddog55
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To: Innovative

This “charisma” crap is nonsense; I know people who voted for Obama, and they did it because they felt it served their financial self-interests to do so. None of them said he was even likable; they barely watched his speeches, and voted like gibsmedats. He may have seemed charismatic to the permanent welfare underclass, but that’s about it (and that explains why they’re the last ones sticking with him).


11 posted on 11/15/2013 2:16:28 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: beaversmom

Picture from The American Thinker:

Obama as the Wizard of Oz,( from 2009), Graphic by Ruth Parkerson.

12 posted on 11/15/2013 2:17:45 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: maddog55
Only magic in this presidency is the illusions many sheeple still believe in.

Indeed. And that illusion is the oldest in all of mankind - Something for Nothing. That illusion will follow our species forever, I'm afraid.

13 posted on 11/15/2013 2:20:25 AM PST by abb
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To: maddog55

Well, many people still send money in response to the e-mail from the Nigerian prince...

There is one born every minute...


14 posted on 11/15/2013 2:21:27 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: kearnyirish2

The writer mentions some were for him for that reason.


15 posted on 11/15/2013 2:21:42 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Innovative

Well recommended. This is an outstanding essay.


16 posted on 11/15/2013 2:21:46 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Innovative

“During his first campaign, Mr. Obama had paid tribute to Ronald Reagan as a “transformational” president and hinted that he aspired to a presidency of that kind. But the Reagan presidency was about America, and never about Ronald Reagan. Reagan was never a scold or a narcissist. He stood in awe of America, and of its capacity for renewal. There was forgiveness in Reagan, right alongside the belief in the things that mattered about America—free people charting their own path.”


17 posted on 11/15/2013 2:22:27 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

>> I never thought Obama had much “personal charisma,”

He certainly had a wealth of charisma. But so does Satan still.

Satan is a #ing douche bag.


18 posted on 11/15/2013 2:22:34 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: DeaconRed

Agree, especially with the first sentence.


19 posted on 11/15/2013 2:23:27 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Cowboy Bob
"I find his speech annoying."

Not me. I have never heard more than a single word from the scum bag. I mute him immediately.

20 posted on 11/15/2013 2:24:42 AM PST by DeaconRed (ZERO Lied - one too many times. The walls are tumbling down. Couldn't happen to a more deserving SOB)
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To: Innovative

Well worth the read. Thanks for posting.


21 posted on 11/15/2013 2:27:20 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cowboy Bob
he tends to whistle his words

That whistle on his "s" words drives me crazy. I hate to listen to him. His smug look drives me crazy. I hate to watch him. His continual failure to take the blame for bad or illegal decisions and his taking credit for things he didn't do drives me crazy. I hate to listen, watch, or read anything he says.

President Barack Hubris Obama was allowed, and even encouraged, by his hopeful black and white democrats, news media, and race pimps to get away with anything he wanted. He's like the bad boy of a rich family who is always let off the hook not matter what trouble he gets into or whatever laws he breaks.

Then, one day, he does something so obviously stupid/evil that everyone involved says, "Enough!"

22 posted on 11/15/2013 2:32:01 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: Innovative

See also:

Trust frays between Obama, Democrats

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/trust-frayed-between-obama-dems-99897.html

EXCERPT: “The Obamacare debacle has been bad enough that it’s tough for Democrats to take on faith that the president can fix the problems. His one-time allies are no longer sure that it’s wise to follow him into battle, leaving Obama and his law not only vulnerable to existing critics, but open to new attacks from his own party.”


23 posted on 11/15/2013 2:32:49 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: John W

I work with blacks that voted for him because he was black; everyone else voted for him for money. He bought re-election with freebies, and those freebies will drag down our economy for the foreseeable future; nobody will have the political will to retract them.


24 posted on 11/15/2013 2:33:16 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Innovative

Democrats, and the media particularly, used up every bit of capital they ever had in protecting this man from honest scrutiny and accountability. They exhibited ideological and racial hypocrisy, duplicity and outright lying from the very moment this pretender came on scene.

I remember a phrase so trumpeted in 2008, “We are the answer we have been looking for.” Now that has become their epitaph. For the ‘vulnerable’ Democrats now and the media I have this one recommendation. Put that on your electoral and editorial headstones. You deserve it.


25 posted on 11/15/2013 2:34:55 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Innovative

Thanks for posting. Good read. Obama reminds me of a scene from Schindler’s List:

Itzhak Stern: Let me understand. They put up all the money. I do all the work. What, if you don’t mind my asking, would you do?

Oskar Schindler: I’d make sure it’s known the company’s in business. I’d see that it had a certain panache. That’s what I’m good at. Not the work, not the work... the presentation.


26 posted on 11/15/2013 2:35:02 AM PST by beaversmom
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That whistle on his "s" words drives me crazy.

Ha ha....me too! You know? You often hear that same thing with people who have bad fitting false teeth.

I actually heard a pundit/operative/reporter say once that the sibilant S's he has are a sign of extreme intelligence. Can you believe that? Although, I do seem to remember once where inbred European Royalty of yore often spoke in the same manner......

27 posted on 11/15/2013 2:37:52 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Innovative

Exactly. Wow, who could have foreseen all this? Hitting my head...I could have had V-8! Duh! I ain’t saying I’m the smartest gal in the room, but gosh some people sure are dumb! Too bad the country’s all jacked up now beyond recognition.


28 posted on 11/15/2013 2:38:32 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: DeaconRed

“Not me. I have never heard more than a single word from the scum bag. I mute him immediately.”

Back when Obama wanted to speak to the schoolchildren, my wife and I told their principal that our children wouldn’t be in school that day. He assured us they had no intention of having the students watch him, and they didn’t; many white Americans regard Obama as the president only of black people. Given his total disregard for the white middle class, I concur with them.


29 posted on 11/15/2013 2:42:35 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Innovative
...the price of access in the Obama court is quiescence fealty before the leader's will.
30 posted on 11/15/2013 2:46:29 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: beaversmom

Yeah Mom,
Well you state what he isn’t,
I can’t say what he bastard really is or I’ll get put in time out and get visited by some of his goons.


31 posted on 11/15/2013 2:48:39 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Innovative

The Democrats have marched in lock step with this president and are responsible for the lost of millions of health care coverage and the soon to be experience of astronomical higher premiums. And with each false “reprieve” it only worsen the situation. The health insurance mess is only starting. The worst is still yet to come.

I’d say the magic is gone.


32 posted on 11/15/2013 2:49:43 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: Innovative
Interesting....

But I had a different take on the man behind the curtain..


33 posted on 11/15/2013 2:50:44 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Innovative

Nice article. Like Rush says, if the media makes you, it can break you, although I don’t see too many in the media turning.


34 posted on 11/15/2013 2:50:52 AM PST by gattaca ("If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain)
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To: Joe Boucher
I can’t say what he bastard really is or I’ll get put in time out and get visited by some of his goons.

:) ............................................(not saying a word).

35 posted on 11/15/2013 2:50:57 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Innovative
Still applies today.

36 posted on 11/15/2013 2:53:45 AM PST by McGruff (Obama lied. Period!)
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To: Innovative

bookmark for later...


37 posted on 11/15/2013 3:13:40 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate.

I never saw any charisma in the man. I always saw arrogant condescension. His body language reeks of a strong sense of superiority--look how he always looks down at people, how he tilts his head back so as to give the impression he is looking down even at people as tall or taller than himself.

Contrast that to GW Bush, who always looks *at* people, and lowers himself to their level when they are shorter than him. He obviously looks at others as his equal, not as serfs there to do his bidding.

Looking down one's nose at people is very much a part of the liberal psyche; I have seen this behavior many times. I wonder if the liberals who are on the receiving end of this behavior see it in some warm and fuzzy way? Like they interpret it as a loving father placing them in the role of his children, or something? Even that interpretation marks the behavior as highly condescending.

38 posted on 11/15/2013 3:34:12 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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Thanks for posting this thread. Worthy read... very succinct. The comments are quite substantive, in and of themselves. BULLY!!!


39 posted on 11/15/2013 3:37:30 AM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Obama speaks in an annoying, clipped monotone that drives me up the wall. And yes, that whistling is really annoying.


40 posted on 11/15/2013 3:42:17 AM PST by jmacusa (I don't think so, but I doubt it.)
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To: Innovative
I'm going to say something, not profound, but true.

Every single person on this forum....every single one...saw thru this phony from the first time he opened his mouth. We screamed about his illegitimacy to his empty suit. What's more all of us here saw that he was not one of us.

Not only did he not study the history of other presidencies, he studied nothing. He taught us nothing.

He knew nothing about growing up in America, because he didn't grow up here. He knew nothing about getting cut from a Little League Team, or the courage of stepping up to a bully. I doubt too, that he knew nothing about our American heroes in any war.

None of us are surprised. And guess what folks...? I'm relishing every minute of this. I can't wait for all of it to come out.

We should now, all of us, not talk about purging the Rinos, the GOP etc, although it needs purging, we should now, all of us, unite under one cause ie to sit back and watch the fall, hopefully for the last time, of liberalism in America and win the Senate in 2014.

41 posted on 11/15/2013 3:47:28 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Innovative

People want to jump on Obama for this mess, but he was only the catalyst.

Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, the whole of the Dem party and half the Republicans stood by while this narcissist, anti-American ,illegitimate Kenyan Muslim led them around by the nose.

The whole sh&tbag should be replaced. Obama should be exposed for the alien in the White House that he is and everything passed since he was elected tossed out.


42 posted on 11/15/2013 3:57:47 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: John W

I was going to put that same paragraph in my post.

bump


43 posted on 11/15/2013 4:02:14 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Innovative

There are still True Believers out there, still bewitched by his melanin even as their own lives go down the porcelain parkway along with the rest of the country.


44 posted on 11/15/2013 4:22:22 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: nuconvert

A great description of a facet of Ronald Reagan.


45 posted on 11/15/2013 4:27:07 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Innovative

Fouad Ajami is always worth reading, especially his article about the Middle East.


46 posted on 11/15/2013 4:38:17 AM PST by Hardastarboard (You can keep your doctor - if you lock him in your basement.)
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To: Innovative
In 2008, seeing the Obama crowds in Portland, Denver and St. Louis spurred memories of the spectacles that had attended the rise and fall of Arab political pretenders.

Ouch ... good article!

47 posted on 11/15/2013 4:45:18 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Obama was a good snake oil salesman. He sounded all positive and Hope and Change—but it was all smoke and mirrors and old ward healer junk —the worst of Unionism and corruption. He did things that would make Tamminy Hall blush. The MSM and the people have now seen his true nature—and its ugly and mean. He is an egotist—a corrupt ruler who surounded himself with yes men. You can see it in his inability to grasp reality. It is a tragedy and we are viewing the last act. the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings—Unfortunatly, Hillary is warming in the wings... Soon the curtain will fall, there will be no applase, no encores.


48 posted on 11/15/2013 4:47:01 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I wish we had Republican leadership with a backbone in the house and sinate.


49 posted on 11/15/2013 5:15:58 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (On the evening of 10/16/13, the ailing republican party breathed its last breath.)
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To: Innovative

Agree, Very good analysis of a very flawed man.


50 posted on 11/15/2013 5:26:24 AM PST by refermech
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