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Some More Late Thoughts

I wrote this a couple days ago and, for various reasons, forgot to post it until now. It's a little dated, but I figured I'd throw it up here anyway.

Just got finished watching Obama on the Tonight Show via YouTube.

The outpouring of applause and excitement from the audience was over the top, just like at his "townhall" rallies hours before. You'd think the reaction from the audience would be a bit more subdued, considering the chaos that is the Obama administration, however, this was out on the left coast, so he was in his radical element.

One thing that jumped right out at me was his annoying propensity for laughing at his own jokes. He displayed the same pathetic tendency at the Al Smith dinner last year, where John McCain road all over him.

This is a hallmark of a true narcissist. It also suggests most of his answers and jokes were scripted.

Another narcissistic tendency is telling a group of people what they think, as in "the American people want us to do this or that", or "the American people believe". This was on display throughout the entire day. Please don't presume to tell me what I think or believe.

Of course, the first "puff" issue Leno offered up to Obama was that concerning AIG. He said that Obama looked "angry" when he spoke of the AIG bonus diversion. This allowed Obama to dive into his perverted version of what he wants people to believe happened, ending in a snort-worthy comment stating that we need to get back to some basic "values".

Ugh.

All in all, it was a lame performance. The "funny" parts were scripted, and the serious parts were retreads of the same lame talking points that we've come to expect from him and his administration.

And for all the talk of what an inspiring speaker he is, every time he speaks off teleprompter about anything for more than a few seconds, it's like being put into a nap room, for his signature speech impediments surface. His voice goes to a low monotone, he begins his stammering "uhhhs" and "ummms". I couldn't imagine listening to an audio-book he's published and spoken on.

His one major unscripted gaff, the "Special Olympics" joke, was tasteless, and shows just what a boorish snob he truly can be.

That was not "a mistake". That's the way he views these people. To him, they are just a punchline.

And as for his apology to the head of the Special Olympics, it was billed as a "teachable moment". The head of the Special Olympics: Tim Shriver. Shiver of Kennedy fame. I'm sure this would have been a "teachable moment" had George W. Bush said the same stupid, irresponsible, insensitive remark.

Bottom line: Though this was billed as an "historical event" since no sitting US President has ever done an interview like this, it really looked stupid and reeked of desperation.

Obama, sitting there like a celebrity, and instead of talking about a new movie or album, he was talking about bowling scores and how "cool" it is to be on Air-Force One.

I don't think it hurt him, but it certainly didn't help.

I hope this is not what the American people want out of their presidents.

This phony, plastic veneer where people show exactly what they think it is we want: A smooth talker, photogenic, someone who fits in on the cover of tabloids and magazines.

The consummate campaigner who will always say what he thinks people will want to hear but who is willing to sell his country out to advance an underlying agenda.

Do the people in this country actually want their president to act like he just did? To do these types of things?

For God's sake, the man just did a late night variety show!!

What's next? Sesame Street?

We're in the middle of what is being billed as the greatest crisis since the Great Depression, and he's on Leno yukking it up about which dog he may get, or his college picks, or his bowling score, complete with "retard joke".

Does anyone else feel sickened by this action? Does anyone else feel that this type of behavior lowers the sanctity of the office? Does anyone else feel that this makes all of us look bad, or "dumbed down"?

Hell, look at what just happened with the AIG bonus tax.

The "anger" from the American people does not stem from AIG, it stems from the incompetence we've seen from Obama and Congress when dealing with AIG.

It was pushed by Tim Geithner, a FRIGGIN' TAX CHEAT.

I just saw Charlie Rangel on C-SPAN discussing how they are going to get the taxpayers money back from these bonuses by using the tax code.

He's another TAX CHEAT!

"We want our money back now for the taxpayers," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Yeah, Nancy, "for the taxpayers". Nice CYA on that one. Get that money back so you can spend it on more of your leftist schemes.

Dodd put the bonus provision in the stimulus bill. What did he think was going to occur?

And doesn't this show further that the President and Congress really didn't read and/or understand Porkulus?

It must be so much fun to play with other people's money.

People looking in from the outside must be scratching their collective heads, wondering if we ALL have gone bat-shit crazy.

We gotta get these dopes out in 2010.

If we last that long.


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You are asking a man with n... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

You are asking a man with no depth and no class to act like he has some. Not going to happen. It's like his "the buck stops here" line, except he's not responsible for (fill in the blank). He's not even clear on the concept of the total responsibility his job entails. And his obedient Obamabots will fall predictably in line. All they lack are the unformed brown shirts. We'll see how tall he stands in August, after 6 months on the job, with nothing accomplished but longer unemployment lines, a lower DOW, and more excuses.

"It also suggests most of h... (Below threshold)
marc:

"It also suggests most of his answers and jokes were scripted."

If anyone spends any amount of time watching the late night shows they will fully understand that to be true.

obama, just like all the comedians and many others may not be "strictly scripted" prior to taping BUT, they are given an outline of where the host is going so guests are generally prepared and know what to expect.

You know, along the lines o... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

You know, along the lines of "Sanctity of the Office...", I seem to recall that President Reagan made it a requirement that ANYONE inside The Oval Office had to be wearing thier suit coat. Now that's protecting the sanctitiy of the office, and preserving the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States of America.

Skip forward 28 years... and we have Barry O on Leno. He has better things to be doing with his time.

We're in the middle of w... (Below threshold)

We're in the middle of what is being billed as the greatest crisis since the Great Depression, and he's on Leno yukking it up about which dog he may get, or his college picks, or his bowling score, complete with "retard joke".
Well, that's just it! Obama himself was the one "billing" this as a "crisis one step away from catastrophe". He didn't really believe it, but had to say it in order to shove that colossal spending bill down America's throats.

Had the crisis really been that bad, the Democrats wouldn't have taken the time or risk to laden the "stimulus" bill down with pork and pet projects. Or at least, one could hope not!

One term for TOTUS!

"I hope this is not w... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"I hope this is not what the American people want out of their presidents."

If I wanted a second-rate comic, there's loads of them on Netflix to choose from. AND I can get send them back in considerably less than 4 years!

"We're in the middle of what is being billed as the greatest crisis since the Great Depression, and he's on Leno yukking it up about which dog he may get, or his college picks, or his bowling score, complete with "retard joke"."

I'm not surprised. He's doing everything he can to take our attention away from one thing:
He can't do the job.
NOTHING in his experience has even remotely prepared him for what he's facing now.

He's ALWAYS had people to cover for him, or excuse him, or bump him up to the next level in what must be the ultimate example of the Peter Principle in action.

He wanted to be President. He saw the glory. He saw the perqs. He saw the power. He saw the prestige. He wanted it enough to prostitute himself any way he could to gain enough power, to get enough of a base to get elected into the highest office in the land.

He ignored the responsibility.

Unfortunately, we don't elect Presidents to be popular. To be photogenic in scripted opportunities, to look good for the photographer in carefully arranged settings. It helps when you're trying to get elected - but once in office it doesn't matter whether he's up for a GQ modeling shot or the centerfold of Warthog Rump Monthly. The beauty contest ends at inauguation.

We elect them to be the utimately responsible head of our government. To handle foriegn affairs with dignity and grace. To understand that, like it or not, we're the police of the world, and sometimes we're going to be unpopular with the wreckers and spoilers who would like nothing more than to take over their neighbors and strip them bare.

We elect them to handle domestic agendas also - realizing that government not only shouldn't, but CAN'T do everything. That state and local governments HAVE to pick up the slack on their end.

And we also want them to understand that the PEOPLE are the ultimate source of his power, perqs and prestige - and to respect US accordingly, not see us as an endless supply of sheep that can be sheared closer and closer so he can have more and more toys and trinkets to pass out to his syncophants.

But instead of someone who can do those things - we've got Obama.

Well, I've always thought we had the President we needed when the shit hit the fan. It could be that we've got the President we need right now, all right - one that reminds us that a smooth line and a ready smile doesn't qualify a man to be President, that we need to look a bit deeper to make sure what's on the surface matches what's underneath - and that what's underneath matches what we need in a President.

To paraphrase Flip Wilson - "What you see is what you got."

Don't like what you're seeing? Join the club. Let's all try to be a bit more discerning next time, okay?

Rush Limbaugh offered Presi... (Below threshold)
BW:

Rush Limbaugh offered President Obama the opportunity to debate seriously and substantively the burning issues of the day. Instead, we get the leader of the free world trying his hand at late night comedy. The President made the right choice, for his own good.

Um, out of curiosity... wha... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Um, out of curiosity... what are Limbaugh's audience numbers?

Im already getting tired of... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Im already getting tired of seeing his ugly face everywhere he is clearly the uglists cuss ever to be in washington

"Do the people of this coun... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

"Do the people of this country actually want their president to act like he just did?"

Umm, apparently.

"The outpouring of applause and excitement from the audience was over the top, just like at his 'townhall' rallies hours before."

You got in a mention of most of your favorite villains, even slipping a Ted Kennedy dig in there. Good job, but you forgot Frank and Dodd.

You are right Bruce, Frank ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

You are right Bruce, Frank and Dodd are villains. Not the saints you liberals are pretending did not do anything wrong. ww

Bruce Bush used to... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

Bush used to get cheers wherever he went as well. I guess you can imply by your statement about this situation with Obama that the American people wanted Bush to act as he was acting as well correct?

No, RM. I was just pointing... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

No, RM. I was just pointing out the incongruity in the two sentences in the same piece.

Mr Mallow's implication was that the American people, like him, are appalled that Obama went on the Leno show (or should be, according to him).

The wild applause, doubled Tonight Show ratings, and lack of outrage anywhere outside the conservative blogosphere and TalkRadio show that we are not.

Bruce"The wild app... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

"The wild applause, doubled Tonight Show ratings, and lack of outrage anywhere outside the conservative blogosphere and TalkRadio show that we are not."

Well 55 million idiots voted for him and I guess only what 10 million were hardcore enough to watch him on TV. If he were handing out free checks I am sure that the TV station would have been swamped by his loyal fans.

Is it any suprise that the tonight show showed RAVING applause? Gee what would have happened if they havent. THis is the same MSM that shows 2 dozen people showing up for CIndy Sheehan protests and wont print a word about 3000 showing up for tea protests.

give me a break. Your arguments are going from bad to worse.

I only ask about Limbaughs ... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

I only ask about Limbaughs numbers because I was wondering if the audience would be larger than Leno's. I mean, if getting "your message out" is the goa.




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