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Whither Obama

Obama has been relatively invisible since returning from his vacation. Beyond some damage control over the Dependsbomber near-miss he's been basically out of the news. I don't think it's a deliberate strategy, I rather get the feeling that one year in the crushing weight of the worst job in the world is getting to him.

Of all the jobs I've had through the years, being a recruiter is far and away the best. Yakkity yak with people on the phone all day, very few meetings, no manager breathing down my neck, decent money. Other than being cyclical as hell, it's a great job. But there are still days I wistfully stare out the office window at the guy driving the Caterpillar across the way and think, "Man, that dude's got it made. Not a care in the freakin' world". Which is basically the same thing everyone in the office probably thinks about me.

Am I alone in wishing I'd learned to operate heavy equipment rather than going to college? I figure Obama wishes he had some days. From afar being POTUS seems like a pretty sweet gig. Swanky house, servants, top-notch kitchen staff, private jet, nuclear football, and the bulliest of pulpits. You'd be on top of the world that first night in the White House as you put it to the First Lady and drifted off into blissful slumber. Then it begins.

Twenty-four seven three-sixty-five you're on the clock. No vacation is ever really a vacation. The realization there are thousands of wannabe Huggiesbombers out there always probing and plotting. Working across time zones to court murderous regimes into sanctions against other murderous regimes. Then there's domestic issues to tackle. Plus the media. And the fundraising. And the protocol. After a while that's got to be an incredible beatdown.

Not just the physical strain, but the sheer volume of information that has to be processed every day. Sure you can set up filters to ensure you're only getting the data you "need", but what you need has a propensity to change in the Oval Office.

That's after spending two years on the road campaigning and fundraising.

You can tell it's wearing on him. His vaunted temperament has been wearing thin of late. Terrorism and the world keep interfering with his domestic plans, his domestic plans are unpopular, and his personal popularity is taking a tremendous hit as he willfully casts aside his oft repeated promises of not a dime in new taxes if you make less than $250,000 in pursuit of nationalized health care. And that window of opportunity is closing fast.

Obama could probably use a bit of sympathy from the voters these days. He didn't realize the idea of being President is a lot better than being President when he decided to run. Finish his waffle? Who has time for waffles now?

George Bush has time for waffles. Did you see him at the Cowboys game Saturday? Bush is the happiest man in the world, and will be for the rest of his life. Obama's president now, and no matter how much he tries to hang his woes around Bush's neck it's his problem and no amount of blameshifting will convince the voters otherwise.

A year in and Obama looks weary. Being POTUS will do that to a man. Of course, calling a presidency one year in is like calling the Super Bowl after the first quarter. Anything can happen between now and 2012. Based on the early returns and polls that show Ted Kennedy and Obama's former Senate in play for Republican takeover Obama may well regret walking away from a lifetime in the Senate for four years of the worst job in the world.


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"He didn't realize the idea... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"He didn't realize the idea of being President is a lot better than being President"

Yeah, just getting by as an incompetent, then jumping into the hottest seat in the world doesn't say much for the man's intelligence. Too bad his ego got in the way, telling him "just talk, it's always gotten you by before."

Oh, and as for "sympathy", ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Oh, and as for "sympathy", I'll tell Barry which two words he'll find it between in the dictionary.

the media built this fool u... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

the media built this fool up to believe that his excrement really DIDN'T stink. That all he had to do was read a teleprompter and smile and the sheeple would line up all regular like.

But it seems that the sheeple aren't walking in an orderly fashion into either the sheering pens or the slaughter house...and they're making NOISE!

You could always resign, Barry!

Baron, you may feel better ... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Baron, you may feel better after reading this.

Though I say a prayer for o... (Below threshold)
Grace:

Though I say a prayer for our president every night, I have ZERO sympathy for him.

Actually I do have sympathy... (Below threshold)
Grace:

Actually I do have sympathy, but I'm still angry.
The media, the pop culture enthralled electorate, and the power hungry democrats - a perfect storm to put this person into the most powerful position in the world.
We all learn the most from our mistakes. I pray that the media and the electorat will learn from this one.

Baron, I was a recruiter on... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Baron, I was a recruiter once. US Army recruiter, 1971, San Francisco District Recruiting Command.

Paint balloons on our windows, GSA army car shot full of holes (OK, it WAS an AMC, but still....), bomb threats phoned in weekly, liquid steel in the door locks......

Ohhhhhh you were a HEADHUNTER. Now I can see why you like it. Thought you'd lost a bunch of neurons.

Barry's plans............</... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:
Just imagine being in the s... (Below threshold)
apb:

Just imagine being in the shoes of the narcissistic, Jug-Eared Douche later in life - completely unable to mask the fact he was merely a Chicago-way tool, imbecile and fraud.

The media douchebags can't begin to cover for him anymore. They're even starting to attack his stupid little sock-puppet, Gibbs. Pretty kewl.

"Just imagine being in t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Just imagine being in the shoes of the narcissistic, Jug-Eared Douche later in life - completely unable to mask the fact he was merely a Chicago-way tool, imbecile and fraud"

What a thought?

I suppose i'd wonder who I lifted the treads off of? Why Im so damned narcissistic? And why everyone keeps calling Me a "Jug-Eared Douche?"

What's wearing Obama out is... (Below threshold)
davidt:

What's wearing Obama out is that he's caught between the tuggers, gravity and the puppet strings.

Hubris can be a bitch.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Hubris can be a bitch.

As Margaret Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people's money.

Just to be clear, I don't want Obama to fail.

That would leave Joe Biden as president, and worse, Nancy Pelosi one heartbeat away from the presidency. Imagine THAT for a second.

"Twenty-four seven three-si... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Twenty-four seven three-sixty-five you're on the clock. No vacation is ever really a vacation. The realization there are thousands of wannabe Huggiesbombers out there always probing and plotting. Working across time zones to court murderous regimes into sanctions against other murderous regimes. Then there's domestic issues to tackle. Plus the media. And the fundraising. And the protocol. After a while that's got to be an incredible beatdown.

"

Reminds me of the genie in Aladdin (Disney)


"Ultimate power, itty bitty living space"


When Reagon was President he had marked on his calendar for Jan 20th "NOON and not a minute too soon"

Whither Obama?I pr... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Whither Obama?

I prefer "Wither, Obama."

But there are stil... (Below threshold)
Stan25:
But there are still days I wistfully stare out the office window at the guy driving the Caterpillar across the way and think, "Man, that dude's got it made. Not a care in the freakin' world". Which is basically the same thing everyone in the office probably thinks about me.

Operating a Caterpillar can be very boring too. Depending on what kind of a job that you have to do with it. I know, because I operated one off and on for several years. That said, I would not trade working out in the open air and sunlight for some dreary office job, for all the tea in China. Depending what kind of work that is being done with the Caterpillar, can you be carefree. If it is precision work, it takes a lot of concentration to make it precise.

The main problem is Obama p... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The main problem is Obama promised so much to so many people and add on to that the MSM built him up to "savior" status, there is only one way for him to go: Down. He believed his own press and the voters that fell in love with the image has now awakened. His own fault really. ww

I thought the whole post wa... (Below threshold)
epador:

I thought the whole post was sarcasm. Did I miss something? Up until last June I spent the last 34 years of my life being on call 24/7 and more than half of that 365 days a year. Lots of people unhappy because I was doing my job right instead of giving them what they wanted. Starting at the bottom more than once and earning my way up. Nah, this elitist racist has no sympathy from me. Just cause he got in over his head and is dragging innumerable people down with him is no reason to cut him a break.

Does Joe Biden exist? Wher... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Does Joe Biden exist? Where's Barry keeping him locked up? Joe was good for a gaffe a week, where's he been?

I still can not get over th... (Below threshold)
mag:

I still can not get over that being at war with muslim terrorists, this country goes ahead and elects a man who is inexperienced, corrupt, feels contempt for America, and though I don't think he is a muslim -commies don't have any faith-, I feel he has much sympathy toward Islam (something to do with his father who deserted him, men who had father do this always have issues).

Obamas approval continues t... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Obamas approval continues to plunge falling like a stone too bad for these liberal wanks and those media crooks

The sail-eared simpleton's ... (Below threshold)

The sail-eared simpleton's classical Clinical Narcissism combined with his similarly-self and-own-culture-loathing loathsome and fearsome "spouse's" palpable contempt for him will reach critical mass soon after November 2010's "Democratic" potty election rout.

And, before September of 2011, the 0zero will resign his pretending to what presently passes as the "presidency."

PALIN/BOLTON/2012!

The 'victim' strategy is a ... (Below threshold)
Kathy:

The 'victim' strategy is a bad one (although it is his usual fallback position) because it isn't remotely connected to leadership or any of its attributes. Being a leader means being out there in front and taking the challenges head on. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

What does Obama do? He goes golfing. Pffft. Takes his wife to a movie in NYC on our dime. How many vacations has he had? Parties? He's not suffering. One has to worry about consequences to suffer. He's too busy looking for his next scapegoat.

I don't pity him. I pity us.

The definition of success is finding something you love to do and getting someone to pay you to do it. That's anything from heavy equipment operation to finding good jobs for people... and explains why contentment is far greater an asset than happiness.

I said this just after the ... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

I said this just after the election to a number of Obama supporters, and gosh I must be brilliant...

"If you ever, and I mean EVER, find yourself feeling sorry for your President, it means he is blowing it, big time. And the circling wolves see the same thing, but sympathy is not the best words to describe their 'feelings'."

Did any of us ever feel sorry for Ronald Reagan? Ever? How about W. Bush? The closest I came was that conversation I had with a group in early October, 2001, when we all asked each other, "What is he going to do, what are we going to do??" And every one of us shook our heads and said, "I haven't a clue". That is the closest I came, and then I didn't feel sorry for him as much as I was damn glad I was not him.

Who did I feel sorry for? (at the naive age of 16?) Jimmy Carter. I genuinely felt sorry for Carter, holding that "utterly impossible, bigger than any man" job. Then Reagan came along and showed me to be an idiot..... right along with the putz I once felt so sorry for.

If you EVER feel sorry for your President... EVER... it means he is blowing it, big time. And the wolves are circling.




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