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Seven Truths About Barack Obama

From The Politico: "Seven Stories Barack Obama Doesn't Want Told":

Presidential politics is about storytelling. Presented with a vivid storyline, voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a picture that is already neatly framed in their minds.

No one understands this better than Barack Obama and his team, who won the 2008 election in part because they were better storytellers than the opposition. The pro-Obama narrative featured an almost mystically talented young idealist who stood for change in a disciplined and thoughtful way. This easily outpowered the anti-Obama narrative, featuring an opportunistic Chicago pol with dubious relationships who was more liberal than he was letting on.

A year into his presidency, however, Obama's gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum.

But they aren't just "stories." They are all solid truths, at least as far as I am concerned. Here's the list; few of them need any explanation:

1. He thinks he's playing with Monopoly money

2. Too much Leonard Nimoy - "Obama, a legislator and law professor, is fluent in describing the nuances of problems. But his intellectuality has contributed to a growing critique that decisions are detached from rock-bottom principles. Both Maureen Dowd in The New York Times and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Post have likened him to Star Trek's Mr. Spock."

3. That's the Chicago Way - "The problem is that many voters took Obama seriously in 2008 when he talked about wanting to create a more reasoned, non-partisan style of governance in Washington. When Republicans showed scant interest in cooperating with Obama at the start, the Obama West Wing gladly reverted to campaign hack mode."

4. He's a pushover - (see # 6 also)

5. He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe

6. "President" Pelosi

7. He's in love with the man in the mirror

It seems to me that liberal elites are finally being hit with the realization of just how far support for Obama (and the Democrats) has slipped among independent voters. Articles like this one make me wonder whether Obama's supporters in the media are honestly trying to help him stay on top, or if they are really preparing an extensive "we told you so" defense in anticipation of a serious drubbing in next year's mid-term elections.

One thing does seem certain however: Chris Matthews now withstanding, the thrill is definitely gone.


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Comments (17)

And so what? Few people ou... (Below threshold)

And so what? Few people outside the Beltway critique a President by those issues, they are less concerned with personality of a President than with he is lowering unemployment, gas prices and health insurance prices, how many dead soldiers are reported on the evening news, the value of their 401(k) and house, local crime and whether they're safe going out.

Put another way, if the market goes up and unemployment goes down, the public could care less if Obama turned out to not be an American citizen. And if the metrics don't improve, nothing Obama does with regard to the above points will matter, voters will toss him out of office.

Both Maureen Dowd in The... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Both Maureen Dowd in The New York Times and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Post have likened him to Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

And wrongly so. Spock was a logical, rational thinker, but he was not a ditherer. As second-in-command his job was to advise the captain, and he and McCoy fell into adversarial roles: Spock representing the Rational side and McCoy the Emotional. But when Spock himself was in command, his biggest problem was being too decisive. He made decisions based purely on logic and the available information, and failed to consider the possibility that the available information might be incomplete or inaccurate.

Somehow the crew of the sta... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Somehow the crew of the star ship "Enterprise" running the country sounds appealing. I dare say they could probably do a better job. Especially if they followed what they called "the Prime Directive" on the sci-fi show.

Articles like this one m... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

Articles like this one make me wonder whether Obama's supporters in the media are honestly trying to help him stay on top, or if they are really preparing an extensive "we told you so" defense in anticipation of a serious drubbing in next year's mid-term elections.

The media is the biggest question mark in the future of an Obama administration. Will the media stay with Obama or lean back to the center on their reporting. I see more and more articles, not necessarily against Obama, questioning his motives and his agenda - all of the kinds of questions that should have been asked 24 months ago before he became President, not after.

The moment the media feels they have been taken, as they did with the issue of WMDs with the war (Rightly or Wrongly), will be the moment the media will turn on this President. That is a generalization - MSNBC and folks like that will "stay the course". Keep an eye on the stories MSM pursues and when they start to follow up on the listed "7 Stories" you will know there has been a tipping point.

from comment 3: Especial... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

from comment 3: Especially if they followed what they called "the Prime Directive" on the sci-fi show.

Absolutely, unequivocally not. The Prime Directive is quintessential modern-liberalism: it assumes that no matter what the consequences of non-intervention, they can't possibly be as bad as the consequences of intervention would be. Down that route lies such things as Somalia and the Darfur and Rwandan genocides, as well as a nuclear-armed Iran and the ongoing horror show that is North Korea.

Steve Sturm writes:"... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Steve Sturm writes:
"...they are less concerned with personality of a President than with he is lowering unemployment, gas prices and health insurance prices, how many dead soldiers are reported on the evening news, the value of their 401(k) and house, local crime and whether they're safe going out."

Well, maybe. But Barry's personality is important because it has a direct bearing on the manner and how effective he is in addressing those issues you cite. I am sure your personality which includes your biases determines the way you judge the effectiveness of others.

"...if the market goes up and unemployment goes down, the public could care less if Obama turned out to not be an American citizen."

Pretty bold statement and I beg to differ. I appreciate learning of opinions that differ from mine, but when it comes to judging politics/policy in the USA, if you do not have any respect for the Constitution, as you surely demonstrate with your comment, your opinions are worth nothing.

wolfwalker, I agree ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

wolfwalker,
I agree with you in part because I used to think how "cool" it was and so "progressive". But, like liberalism, it was hypocritical because they violated it just about every time. And, when they did they usually made things better for those poor enslaved or backward beings. In my previous comment I meant it in the sense that less, much less, government intervention in everything would improve America tremendously. Ya know, "Live long and prosper".

I think the Star Trek analo... (Below threshold)
Deke:

I think the Star Trek analogy is pretty much spot on when it comes to the Administration and it's goals. Roddenberry created the 60/70's ideal of Utopia, an earth where all people are equal, there is no want b/c we no longer use money. All medical conditions are cureable by a shot and everyone has access to them. There are no more wars and religious, racial and cultural intolerance is a thing of the past. Unfort., what so many Utopiasts always forget is the human condition. It's a basic fact of life throughout history, some push the cart and others ride. Utopian societies have been tried on almost every continent in every country and they always fail miserably. In these experiments you always have a group that produces and a group that decide they are the "thinkers" or other non producers. The producers get tired of supporting the non producers and thus ends the experiment.

The same thing happens in politics, the Liberals cater to the non producers on the backs of the producers, creating a sense of entitlement. The burden eventually becomes so great that the producers then fall from the ranks and add to those riding in the cart. Now this doesn't mean Laizes Faire economics is the answer either, it's been shown that unfettered capitalism will result in a concentration of power and a concerted effort to keep ppl from rising above their station.

Of course our Founding Fathers, being the smartest group of men in history, created a form of Federalism that produced that balance for many years. States that would see to the needs of the people within it's borders, a Central Government to provide for the common defense, regulate trade between the states and secure America's borders, an ideal we have gotten far away from.

"7. He's in love with the m... (Below threshold)
914:

"7. He's in love with the man in the mirror"

"Barry's got a picture of Alinsky taped to every mirror and potty dispenser in the ----- House, to remind Him to continue doing what He is doing to the U.S. economy."

Blush before You flush..

As the Gipper said, "Trust ... (Below threshold)

As the Gipper said, "Trust but verify." Has the dim one ever set foot in a college classroom? Until the moron in chief produces some college transcripts, Obama's claim of a college education remains, at best, an urban legend.

Stories the Democrat News M... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Stories the Democrat News Media don't want to tell about Obama.

Te seventh voyage of spinba... (Below threshold)
914:

Te seventh voyage of spinbad..


Several inconvenient truths and one big lie...He's a good leader.

The Politico story is obvio... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

The Politico story is obviously the product of a long Thanksgiving weekend spent by David Broder's love child typing through the drowse of triptophan.

Sure he has points. But they are not his points. And they've been told better. I dub it Placeholder Journalism. A between-missions plagiarism-immune production wad.

"3. That's the Chicago Way "

Chicago is the nexus of the modern two party system based on siphoning monies for private profit behind government and capitalist fronts. (Choose your boogieman per your proclivities. Both are correct.)

For example, Ronald Reagan got his SAG presidency by quid pro quo arrangement with talent agency MCA to allow MCA to enter film and television production via lobbying against anti-trust laws by Reagan's SAG. This was accomplished, and Reagan was rewarded with TV's GE Theatre (MCA product) and parallel advertising tours for GE client firms filmed in industrial plants across the nation which fueled Reagan's national political mojo. MCA eventually monopolized all A-grade talent and swallowed most studios. Reagan's bitter pill was selling all actors residual rights to pre-1949 movies to his studio bosses.
Long-short, actors' union president Reagan was actually working for the Chicago Outfit (Mafia) which owned MCA, which owned studios, which owned Hollywood by the time Reagan's SAG terms were over. Studios not controlled by MCA were brought in eventually through other trusts such as Gulf+Western which was hand in glove with MCA's "union fixer" Sidney Korshak of Chicago.

Anyway, Reagan ripped off the actors because he was afraid to get out of line with Chicago (which bought California in the 1940s BTW).

The paper owner of MCA was Jules Stein of Chicago. The Jewish front man for the old Capone gang which became the Ricca-Fiscetti gang, and eventually The Outfit under Accardo.

These people eventually founded Castle Bank and the whole offshore thing including "Dutch Sandwiches". Money laudering/CIA banks. All politicians bowed. And still do. AND the popes!: Banco Ambrosiano, Propaganda Due (P-2), Michele Sindano, etc.

Daved stated "as you surel... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Daved stated "as you surely demonstrate with your comment, your opinions are worth nothing." in response to Steve sturm.

Daved, unfortunately steve continues to prove his opinions are worth nothing everytime he posts.

How's this one:He's ... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:

How's this one:
He's a lifetime hard left idealogue who never had a real job in his life, slimed his way from being a mediocre state senator into a less than mediocre US senator.And whose 'qualifications' for president consisted of being able to read teleprompter speeches with a baritone voice which fooled millions of mush- brained morons to vote for him assisted by a criminal lack of vetting from a cheerleading media.

the Chicago way IS nonparti... (Below threshold)
jim m:

the Chicago way IS nonpartisan. Of course there are no Republicans in the Chicago city council and haven't been for decades. Obama's idea of "nonpartisan" is having no second party to deal with at all. This is exemplified by his willingness to ram through even the most controversial of legislation with no GOP input or even a single vote.

Obama believes in a single party government with no opposition. That is his idea of creating a post partisan government.

Here's my 7:1. Obama... (Below threshold)
Kathy:

Here's my 7:
1. Obama hates America - that's why he embarrasses her abroad and is attempting to dismantle the economy at home. His policies aren't failing him - they are failing us.

2. Obama has no sense of America - he thinks there are 57 states, doesn't understand our market system, and has no sense of history as evidenced in numerous faults in protocol. His rejection of the Churchill bust was about HIM, not about the friend that Churchill was to the USA.

3. Obama is a narcissist. It's not just self-love, it's a self-obsession. He can't give a speech about the weather without somehow implying that the earth tilts on his axis. And he believes that to know him is to love him. That's why he won't get off the tv.

4. Obama is a fraud. Doubt has moved over to conviction with many of the electorate that this guy is not the guy presented by the media. Bait and switch. Hype and chains. Such subtle things as the TOTUS requirement undermine the 'genius' hypothesis.

5. Obama is in league with American enemies. Chavez and Castro adore him. Iran thinks he's a pansy. Putin openly smirks at him. He's a cartoon character to our enemies, and leaves our allies scratching their heads in wonder.

6. Obama is corrupt. "Tax cheats for czars...tax cheats for czars..." our national town crier. ACORN. The Chicago thug just under the suit, never quite hidden, ready with the threat for those 'teabaggers' - apparently Obama is unaware they are citizens too, not just patsies for his programs, deep pockets for his expensive party and trip agenda. Scorn for the patsy demonstrates a pathological mind.

7. Obama is narrowminded. His way or the highway. Gun and religion clingers are ignorant, climate science is settled, capitalism is evil, the foundations must be destroyed. He is NOT listening. Shut up - he is talking.

Those are the real seven narratives we know about Obama. The other seven are just apologetics for the KnowNothing, DoNothing.




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