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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Hey, Whatever Happened To That Nice Barack Obama?

(Strewth, my second Instalanche in as many days! Thanks, Glenn, and welcome all! ADDED: Welcome Ace of Spades HQ readers!)

You remember him? This guy.



That cool cat with the million dollar smile. The post-partisan uniter of all Americans, the guy who was going to cure our nation's ills with his wonderful speeches, and steady calm hand. Mr. Cute Puppies, Happy Rainbows and Chocolate Chip Cookies. HIM.

Because when he took his first Air Force One trip to Williamsburg, VA (9 minutes one-way from D.C.; take that carbon credits!) to address the House Democrats' retreat, he belted forth with such angry frustration at the Stimulus Package meeting resistance, that I had to blink.

Surely someone had told him that winning a Presidential election does not equal to a general assuming Supremo command, and expecting everyone to follow orders. Right?

Or do you reckon that in the 47 years of his time on earth, no one had actually, really told him "no", "you can't", "you have to wait", "hey, what's your hurry", and lastly, "settle down, you're behaving like a brat throwing a tantrum" and, "Oh my God, did you just totally give me the bird"?

Because that would explain his petulant, almost Reverend Wrightish delivery, with that strange preacher cadence he assumed on the campaign trail -- which is so very at odds with his new Office.

Alas, I'm afraid I've come to the conclusion that Barack Obama is a rather spoilt man, unused to waiting for anything he wanted, unused to real challenge after having been everyone's darling since the time he was very young.

He will find it very difficult to control his temper, and his emotions, if he doesn't learn grace under fire.

Because right now, he's very, but very unpresidential.



You know, I'm not sure his mask had never slipped before, though. Come to think of it, I've seen Barack Obama looking angry in the past. But just in case you yourself missed it, here's a little refresher.

THE MANY ANGRY FACES OF BARACK OBAMA



















I don't blame you for not remembering him ever looking pissed off though. Media weren't exactly rushing out those stories.

Nope. This is the Obama we were told we were going to get.



Welcome to reality.

IN THE COMMENTS: Orion sums up the underlying threads perfectly.

Some of that "anger" is an act. He's almost certainly focus-grouped it and been told that "acting tough" scores him more points than being polite. Trouble is, he really doesn't have much bite behind that bark. The congressmen he sneered, "I won." to, also won, some by larger margins than he did. And they'll be there after he's gone.

I think we're going to see the most blatantly partisan president in decades for at least the next 2 years. He's going to bully and hector the GOP and get increasingly frustrated when they ignore him - or worse, start winning arguments with him. Because the Democrats in marginal seats in Congress are NOT going to want to go over the cliff with him. He hasn't figured that out yet.

Ironically, President Obama is not as proficient at acting as his Democratic counterpart, President Bill Clinton, was.

When the latter was given the near-hourly polls of each given topic, he knew how to fine-tune himself to reflect the latest nuance in public opinion to a remarkable degree.

Obama is too green in politicking and also temperamentally unable to know how to do that. This might be at the root of his famous faux-pas when going "off-script" (the Green Lantern reference, the Weezy mistake, Nancy Reagan's necromancy).

His only point-of-reference seems to be assuming a Reverend Wright-like persona, whereupon he plays to the crowd, the crowd then laps it up, immediately giving him a false sense of momentum. That only leads to him acting even more out of control.

It's a recipe for destruction. In real-time...

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31 Comments:

  • That was so UGLY! IT is only less than a month in the White House and he already behaved like this.(anyone saw President Bush acted anywhere close to this in the 8 years enduring an incredible amount of abuses from the other party and the media?!) Well, welcome to the change. Yes, he won, so he can finally show his TRUE COLOR. The arrogance of this man is unbelievable. I thought Clinton was bad, I guess I am so naive.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Feb 07, 07:19:00 am GMT-5  

  • Heh. If he's willing to act this way, as president, in front of a camera, can you imagine what Michelle is like with the hired help? The stories that leak out will make Hilary's lamp throwing look reasoned and mature.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 07, 08:14:00 am GMT-5  

  • Echo chamber! Echo chamber!

    Spot on, Victoria. I am tapping the screen while I read this this morning and saying to my husband -- See! Here's what I am saying. I am not the only one who has figured this out.

    He was his granny's darling. He was The Boy. He was spoiled r-o-t-t-e-n.

    How could they not? The grandparents (incuding the very weird, rather dark grandpa) had a flakey daughter who wandered around the world finding exotic men to fulfill whatever, and maybe dragging little Barry with her, maybe not. When an adult woman with 2 children MUST finish a PhD in anthropology on Indonesian blacksmithing and can't figure out how to do it without sacrificing her kids, you have to feel sorry for the kids. But understanding it does not excuse it.

    You know -- it's the single parent guilt thing. Magnified.

    BHO being smart and personable helps, but I am absolutely right with you. (And that makes it harder for people to see. Think poor Susan Collins who thinks she is something special now. Oh look!Watch Susan Collins not get re-elected!)

    Wasn't it his Harvard law prof (surely not Lawrence Tribe, although I think it was - ) who said he sensed that here was an equal -- (! I think not) and he did not send Barry down to the basement with the other first year law students to do that grubby scut work of looking stuff up.

    Here is a guy who has been given a pass on life, and it's going to hit the fan.

    You cannot undo your personality by the time you are 47 years old. He may learn to gloss it over (Nixon?) but he is not in a situation where he will be able to do that. You have an intense, highly controlled schedule, that as POTUS you cannot avoid. Day after day after day people who do NOT think you are God's gift to man need to talk with you and plan for their consitutents' -- or their contries' needs.

    He has never held a full time job longer than what, 3 years?

    He gets a cushy book contract and goes to Bali for 5 months because he can't concentrate on working on it back in the states....

    I was going to give some advice here, but he is surrounded by grown men (and a few -- very few, apparently, women) who should be able to give him some tips.

    (/rant)

    By Blogger JAL, at Sat Feb 07, 10:32:00 am GMT-5  

  • He has never held a full time job longer than what, 3 years?

    I asked a similar sort of question not long after his immaculation: Have we ever had a president with a sparser public service (e.g. political, military, diplomatic) resume? And I don't think we have. Maybe this is why he seems so desperate to ram his spending bill through. His attention span is too short and he knows it.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 07, 10:41:00 am GMT-5  

  • JAL, that was a wonderful reply. I feel like "attacking" it point-by-point, but perhaps later tonight or tomorrow.

    I love the grandpa angle, since I've thought about it independently from you too. Maybe, who knows, I'm also very influenced by my psychiatrist mother.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 07, 06:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I deleted my comment to the two cowardly Anonymouses that posted above. I battleaxed by way of explanation "I'm tough" yadda yadda, but even I realise that's not sufficient an explanation.

    Given that the Instalanche has increased my readership, I will lay the rules of Sundries bare for all.

    This is a boutique blog. Despite my enthusiasm to meet people from all over the world, I am a conservative blogger who seeks to provide her blog colleagues of like-minded politics with a safe harbour.

    The business-as-usual blog attitudes, of the dripping invective and personal tirades variety, to be found in the Blogosphere are not welcome here.

    The good news is: the Blogosphere is huge. YOU-UGGGGE.

    Take out your frustrations where they are tolerated, not here.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 07, 06:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Not two, just one Anonymous. Gah, I feel like Andrew Sullivan.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 07, 06:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gah, I feel like Andrew Sullivan.

    Gay? Self-righteous? Flip-floppy? Two-faced? Obsessed with other people's uteri?

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 07, 07:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well, both Vic and Sullivan love their dogs...

    As for Obama, the most amazing news was the school visit story and the much-blogged Michelle comment. Less than two weeks in and the stress was already getting to them! Shocking -- except that as JAL has noted, he's never long held a real job in his life. (And neither, for that matter, has Michelle.)

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat Feb 07, 07:30:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria:
    Why don't you just ax anonymous posting? I guess I missed memo on the reasons "for".

    I realize that some of us still hide behind pseudonyms, but at least that way others can develop a familiarity with a poster’s pseudonym- and that's important--to me at least. I already embarrassed myself here once by calling starless an anon.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Feb 07, 08:44:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I already embarrassed myself here once by calling starless an anon.

    LOL. And I thought I was the one who should be embarrassed. Misreading posting options and all. (I had a big "Duh!" moment when I realized I was hitting the wrong radio button.)

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 07, 10:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Instalanche VbSpurs! Congrats.

    By Blogger AJ Lynch, at Sun Feb 08, 06:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Some of that "anger" is an act. He's almost certainly focus-grouped it and been told that "acting tough" scores him more points than being polite. Trouble is, he really doesn't have much bite behind that bark. The congressmen he sneered, "I won." to, also won, some by larger margins than he did. And they'll be there after he's gone.

    I think we're going to see the most blatantly partisan president in decades for at least the next 2 years. He's going to bully and hector the GOP and get increasingly frustrated when they ignore him - or worse, start winning arguments with him. Because the Democrats in marginal seats in Congress are NOT going to want to go over the cliff with him. He hasn't figured that out yet.

    By OpenID Orion, at Sun Feb 08, 06:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hi Victoria.

    The man is addled. I listened all the way through to the 1/4 mark, which for me is some kind of record, I heard two point #1s, the one about his coming to office and meeting a deficit (applause from the peanut gallery) and the one about talk to the economists and they'll tell ya it's not just about spending (more applause from the peanut gallery), which it most definitely is. He's talking circles to idiots and using his preacher voice, therefore I'm no longer listening.

    Great collection of angry BHO photos, by the way.

    By Blogger Chip Ahoy, at Sun Feb 08, 07:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • As someone else said, "Running for office is easy. Governing is hard." Who knew?

    By Blogger Randy, at Sun Feb 08, 07:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Obama is as cool as it can get. These outbursts are way overhyped by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and the rest of the right wing smear machine that will finally be countered when the Fairness Doctrine is implemented because they run their lies all day and night on the radio without Obama having anyone in the media telling Obama's side. If we had an honest media and a less racist country who would never given any benefit to a black man, people would see that Obama's so-called outbursts are really nothing. The media is just trying to call Obama the typical angry black man.

    Besides, Obama's frustration was caused by nefarious plots by Karl Rove, who is pulling all the strings behind the scenes to keep Obama from implementing the agenda America voted for, because Rove is trying to keep the Haliburton and Exxon stock prices up high for his boys Cheney and Bush, who should be arrested for war crimes because of their illegal invasion of Iraq and illegal overthrown of a duly elected leader with vote totals and popularity that Bush was jealous of and Bush was trying to kill Saddam who he accused fo trying ot have his Daddy killed without any proof which is usual for Bush, who lied and told us that Saddam had WMDs when it is clear he never ever did and it was made up by Bush and his Daddy to start a war to distrct people from Haliburton adn Diebold who were giving Bush millions to keep their stock price up and Cheney was making millions, and then Cheney shot that guy to threaten him and anyone elese who dare might speak up.

    Bush is the real issue here, not Obama. Bush caused all of this in the first place. Obama isn't a miracle worker and has never made himself out to be.

    By Blogger Brian, at Sun Feb 08, 07:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I think the difficulty for President Obama is that he believed the neo-liberal lie that Pres. George W. Bush got his every wish with Congress for all eight years. (Look at the SNL link on Instapundit to see what I mean.)

    He sees actual difficulty accomplishing what he wants and can't identify a reason. Pres. George W Bush had it so much easier (Obama thinks) and so now with a fully Democratic Congress, Obama should have no issues getting what he wants.

    Not every American thinks it is patriotic to fund ACORN with over $4 billion. Obama can't come to grips with this.

    Either he is as smart as his supporters say he is - and he learns - or he is not, and America suffers the consequences of electing the most naive President ever. (Let's give a shout-out to Rep. Obey and call Obama the "most fiscally irresponsible President ever." ) [Too lazy to do HTML:
    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/29252779.html]

    or he actually believes the nonsense that is coming out of his mouth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Feb 08, 07:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Brian - nice impression of a paranoid-delusional lefty there. Next time, see if you can work in WTC7 and chemtrails.

    By Blogger Pixy Misa, at Sun Feb 08, 07:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Some of that "anger" is an act."

    I completely agree. Actually, Obama reminds me no end of Marvin the Martian. Observe, in this example, how Marvin behaves pre-Bugs Bunny ("isn't that nice?") and post-Bugs Bunny ("very angry indeed"). Very much Obama before and after the election.

    By Blogger Mister Snitch!, at Sun Feb 08, 08:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Brian

    Are we related? You sound like some of my relatives.

    I get it; you're listening to their phone calls to me. STOP.

    By Blogger From Inwood, at Sun Feb 08, 08:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm just stunned. I wish I hadn't watched that clip. He's in trouble. He has no idea what he's doing or how he's coming off. He DOES know he is scaring the country (which is what they always accused Bush of doing - Bush if anything kept telling us everything would be alright) - and he is deliberately talking down markets, scaring off employers and corp. buyers. He's really, really screwing up. He's managing Jimmy Carter's "malaise" nonsense in just two weeks.

    I hadn't voted for him, but I'd felt hopeful, before. Now...yeah, he's got me scared. But I am not scared of what will happen if we don't pass the stimulus. I'm scared that this guy is in so far over his head that he's going to retreat into the relative security of tyranny: "Don't ask me a question and don't tell me no."

    By Blogger Patm, at Sun Feb 08, 08:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • brian, you forgot the moon landing was faked, JFK was killed by castro,the CIA,the gunman on the grassy knoll etc. Fire has never melted steel.Cortney killed Kurt. Mick offed Brian. etc.etc.etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Feb 08, 09:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Good grief! Glenn must be reading my blog regularly now.

    I am very humbled. Thanks for the good word, guys!

    I'm working on a doozy of a post. I can't believe no one has caught on to a parody site I just found (at least, I think it is).

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 08, 10:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Brian, you poor baby. Didn't anyone tell you that long term use of coke and meth destroys the brain? Drink lots of watercress juice.

    By Blogger Bill, at Sun Feb 08, 11:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • the right wing smear machine that will finally be countered when the Fairness Doctrine is implemented because they run their lies all day and night on the radio without Obama having anyone in the media telling Obama's side.

    Hahahahahahaha! Loved it. What a great parody of a mindless, delusional Obamabot. Um, it is a parody, right?

    By Blogger inmypajamas, at Sun Feb 08, 11:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I am happy to welcome new readers to the blog, but as I said earlier, please do not confuse this blog for the others out there.

    It's a boutique blog which caters to conservatives. Neither they nor liberals, however, are encouraged to write in 'net-speak (aka, profanity, or tu quoque insults).

    If you don't see your comment, you'll know what happened.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 08, 11:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Some of that "anger" is an act. He's almost certainly focus-grouped it and been told that "acting tough" scores him more points than being polite.

    Maybe so. Over-compensation and all of that. Whether its measured or off-the-cuff, it makes him look weak in a neophyte kind of way. To me it goes hand-in-hand with the "I won" statement. "I won, so STFU and do what I say. I'm the big dog in the room now." That's the sort of unsubtle, un-nuanced (didn't John Kerry teach us that Progressives are the ones whose sophisticated intellect allows them, and only them, to understand nuance?) behavior you see from someone who doesn't completely get the game.

    Victoria, I'm afraid if you keep getting Instalanches you're going to have to continually instruct people about the rules.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Mon Feb 09, 08:58:00 am GMT-5  

  • What did the country expect to happen when Emperor Obama was elected? Never, in the history of our country have we ever had a less experienced President. This man is in so far over his head, it's not even funny. Further, being led by ideologues like Pelosi and Reid do not bode well for his Presidency. Obama's presidency could end up being worse than Jimmy Carter's!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Feb 09, 01:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • What did the country expect to happen when Emperor Obama was elected? Never, in the history of our country have we ever had a less experienced President. This man is in so far over his head, it's not even funny. Further, being led by ideologues like Pelosi and Reid do not bode well for his Presidency. Obama's presidency could end up being worse than Jimmy Carter's!

    Anonymous, you know that there is not one original opinion or thought process in your reply, right? It reminds me of that "liberal reply generator" programme I saw a few years ago, which spewed archtypical replies from progressives -- only in this case, it's the conservative version.

    Arrgh, what's wrong with me? Why I am chastising this poor person for taking the time to post on blog?

    Ah well, sorry, Anon. But it had to be said, you know? I'm pedantic.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 09, 02:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria, I'm afraid if you keep getting Instalanches you're going to have to continually instruct people about the rules.

    Dammit, it does bring out the schoolmarm in me, doesn't it.

    In these types of linked-to threads, I might have to make wee exceptions, and let things flow.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 09, 02:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Dammit, it does bring out the schoolmarm in me, doesn't it.

    Yes, make me stay after school!

    By Anonymous Starless, at Mon Feb 09, 02:51:00 pm GMT-5  

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