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Barack Obama's Political Mid-Life Crisis

Tomorrow night's State of the Union (SOTU) address will not be about the state of our union.

It will be about the state of Barack Obama, Narcissist-in-Chief.

The Senatorial election of Scott Brown to what many liberals arrogantly call "Teddy Kennedy's seat" has sent a thrill going up the legs of many Democrats, and not the feel-good-Chris Matthews kind, either.

The American voter, who, just over a year ago, succumbed to Obama's bellowing rhetoric of "Hope and Change," has quickly realized what kind of damage one person's hubris, unchecked personal ambition, and lack of character can inflict on an entire nation.

Now, after years of carefully and methodically grooming himself into becoming a political cult-of-personality, Obama reluctantly finds that he is in the unbelievable position of having to re-invent his image.

He will attempt to do this not with sincere humility toward those to which he owes his ascendancy, but with phony, populist policy shifts, which he will try to present from a position of solid leadership and faith in his conviction, which he has so far been unable to do. While he and his schemers hope it will dupe citizens into providing them with enough cover to salvage what looks to be a political slaughter for Democrats in November, he will outsource many pieces of major legislation to that same expendable Democratic congress, as he has done with the $787 billion stimulus package and "Health Care" reform.

  • A toned-down expectation of Health Care reform will be proffered, disregarding the public's open disdain for any and all versions put forth thus far. He will undoubtedly invoke the memory of Edward Kennedy, the Democratic Patron Saint of Health Care Reform. A tear-jerking round of applause will envelop the chamber, providing a convenient springboard for Obama to give a hat-tip toward his left-wing base.
  • He will discuss in detail his reasoning for implementing a self-imposed 3 year "spending freeze." (Which will not affect Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Veteran's Affairs. All issues hand picked for Blue-Dog Dems on which to cling.) The 2010 deficit is estimated to be $1.35 trillion. The national debt is $12.3 trillion. This freeze may save $250 billion by 2020. Simply put: It is meaningless.
  • While announcing a "spending freeze" may make for good, populist fanfare, it turns tragic when you realize that, with this directive, Obama has just given himself permission to spend money we don't have in the same manner which got us into this orgy of debt in the first place.
  • He will demonize the financial sector even more by levying a broad "bank tax," once again using banks to foster a sense of public anger, declaring another populist war on an industry which we actually need in order to make an economic comeback. Imposing punishing taxes on firms for accepting bail-out money, which, in some cases, the Obama administration made them take in the first place (though some didn't actually need any of these funds), serves only to provide him with another scapegoat.
  • He has announced that he is freezing salaries of White House officials who make over $100,000 per year. Laughable when the mansion brims with multi-millionaires like Larry Summers, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod. (Oh, and Barack Obama.)
  • White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said the economy will be the main topic of President Obama's SOTU address. This was his top priority a year ago, as well. We were told that the 2009 Stimulus package needed to be passed with the utmost urgency to keep unemployment from reaching double-digit numbers. Signed by President Obama on February 13th, its main goal was to help "stimulate" job growth, and it magically contained thousands of "shovel-ready" projects. The current unemployment rate under the Obama administration is 10%. 3.5 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past year. It is only fair to expect President Obama to address and explain why the Stimulus package has failed to reach its stated projections, and who should be held accountable for the abject failure it has proven to be.

In addition to these topics, we can make a couple of small guesses as to what else we may expect:

-How many times will the term "working families" be used?

-Obama will have some type of a "tug on the heart-strings" story to tell: Perhaps, sitting next to Michelle, he will have some fortunate Haitians who he personally rescued from the U.S. Military.

-How many times will he claim he "inherited" such dire consequences from the prior administration?

-Will Obama express his gratitude to Harry Reid for accepting him as a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect..." ?

-Will he predict to a national audience that Democrats have nothing to fear in the 2010 mid-terms elections, claiming: "Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me. We're going to see how much difference that makes now."

SOTU? STFU.


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Comments (30)

"This will all end in tears... (Below threshold)
Dr Carlo Lombardi:
The Senatorial election of ... (Below threshold)
Speller:

The Senatorial election of Scott Brown to what many liberals arrogantly call "Teddy Kennedy's seat" has sent tingles up tinkles down the legs of many Democrats
FIFY

What's up? The stri... (Below threshold)
Speller:

What's up?
The strike through HTML code worked fine in the editing frame for the words "tingles up" but didn't come out in the wash.

Don't know, Speller.<... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Don't know, Speller.

HTML is Greek to me.

However, after an exhustive search online, Matthews said he felt a "thrill" up the leg.

Tingles, tinkles, thrill..

He's a kook any way you cut it.

-Shawn

First of all mid-life crisi... (Below threshold)
republicanblack:

First of all mid-life crisis, it's been a year, but speaking as a republican and a conservative I thought at first that the health care legislation and reform effort was being forced down our throats and a debt to our children. But then I saw this article and it explained how we conservatives have framed the debate has crippled our ability to see it for what republicans in the past would have seen it. Now I have changed my mind I hope you will take a look and think about it too

http://keironjackman.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/health-care-the-road-to-washington/

I never disliked a presiden... (Below threshold)
One of thousands of Marine Moms:

I never disliked a president in my life. Now I want to use the "H" word to state my feelings about this man. He is sending my only child, my 22 year old son, to Afghanistan. If it were Bush, I would be okay with this. With Obama, not so much. He is our liar-in-chief, and does nothing unless he believes there is something in it for him. What kind of leader institutes a so called "surge" and then announces to the world an exit date. Even my most liberal of liberal friends have no answer to this question. When I ask them, they only look at me with a blank stare.

I know so many people who voted for this man, who now regret their vote. And now the entire nation has to pay for their stupidity.

Please pray for our military.

God bless America.

Not everyone takes your son... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Not everyone takes your son's service for granted, mom.

All politics aside, bless him.

As much as Obama has RAISED... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

As much as Obama has RAISED the salaries AND the number of political positions drawing $100K+ in his first year, a "freeze" seems laughable. Try a rollback, Barry, and we might take you seriously.

Same for the "freeze" on discretionary spending - about 1/8 of the budget, not cut, just not increased for three years. After the trillions spent this year, it's closing the barn door after the horse has gone.

Actually, I thought it was tonight and didn't realize my mistake until no late news mentioned it. So lucky me, I get to miss him tomorrow night, too!

OoToMM ~ God bless your son and all our troops, and keep them safe! We currently have about 8000 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne in Haiti with no training or experience and no clear directive as to what to do.

The last line should have r... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

The last line should have read, "with no training or experience in disaster relief" . . . sorry.

How many time's will the wo... (Below threshold)
914:

How many time's will the word "I" be read from the prompter?

Plenty, if His ego has anything to say about it...

If you want to miss the 2nd... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

If you want to miss the 2nd half of Obama's speech, a good drinking game would be to take a drink every time he says "I" or "my". You'll be unconscious before long if you can keep up.

The next level of drinking game would be to take a drink every time he says something like "Republican obstruction". You'll get smashed but probably you'll be able to watch the whole speech. You may not remember it tomorrow though. Lucky you.

If you want just a pleasant glow, only drink when he says something nice about anyone who is not Barack Hussein Obama. He will say something nice about his wife and La Pelosi since they have joint custody of his balls and he would like to try that new teabagging thing with Andy Dick sometime.

If you don't want to drink at all, only drink when he says something nice about a Republican. I guess that really doesn't qualify as a drinking game though.

klr out.

2 references to "for the ch... (Below threshold)
retired military:

2 references to "for the children"

4 heart string stories

5 references to "It is all Bush's fault"

10 references to evil republicans saying no.

47 references to "I", "me" "my" "mine"

Longest state of the union speech evah.

No matter what he says, it ... (Below threshold)
Joe:

No matter what he says, it will be lies.

I can't wait to see the reaction the DemocRATS give Obama during the speech. It must be hard to clap when he just cost them the super majority in the Senate.

The local Classic Rock stat... (Below threshold)
epador:

The local Classic Rock station had an interesting play list this AM : started out with Creedence and The State I'm In" and got better ending in Bowie "Changes." Maybe they have a Tea Partier or two for the DJ's.

Or maybe it was The Band fo... (Below threshold)
epador:

Or maybe it was The Band for the first track. I'm sure Paul can set me right ;-)

"It is only fair to expect ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"It is only fair to expect President Obama to address and explain why the Stimulus package has failed to reach its stated projections, and who should be held accountable for the abject failure it has proven to be."

Barry hold someone 'accountable'? He can't. After all, "The Buck Stops Here". And EVERYONE knows the Obamassiah is NEVER wrong. Commits NO error. Makes NO mistake.

The SOTU will be a 'blame shifter'. Barry "hears us". "Mistakes were made" (but no one is ACCOUNTABLE). "Republican obstructionism" (but NO mention that the Democrats have a MAJORITY in both Houses of Congress).

PRAY for a TOTUS power failure. It will leave Barry "speechless".

"...but speaking as a repub... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...but speaking as a republican and a conservative I thought at first that the health care legislation and reform effort was being forced down our throats and a debt to our children. But then I saw this article and it explained how we conservatives have framed the debate has crippled our ability to see it for what republicans in the past would have seen it. Now I have changed my mind...."

ASTROTURF!

I'm a ________, but then I saw/read/heard ______ and now I believe ________.

So it wasn't being "forced" down our throats? All the "bribing" didn't take place? All the 'special favors' never happened. All the necessary "Health Care Reform" issues were addressed?

republicanblack you're full of bullshit!

As a life long republican ,... (Below threshold)
republicanorange:

As a life long republican , conservative ,Christian, NRA, John Birch member and almost winner of the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes who voted for Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln I have to say you wingnuts must realize that it takes more than a year for our president to undo the utter devastation that George Bush did to the US and our entire solar system.

Another, "You Lie!" would b... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Another, "You Lie!" would be nice.

YES WE CAN'T. ww... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

YES WE CAN'T. ww

You would think that Soros ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

You would think that Soros would have a moratorium on the whole astroturfing thing for a while, given the whole "Ellie Light" fiasco.

I tuned into Rush yesterday... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I tuned into Rush yesterday while I was in traffic, and a caller suggested that instead of shouting out "You LIE!" every time Obama spun a little fib, Republicans should laugh their asses off, like a sound track from a sitcom.

Sounded like a great idea to me.

Fox News reported yesterday... (Below threshold)
Kathy:

Fox News reported yesterday that the two heroes from Fort Hood would be sitting near Michelle (you know she's taken up the cause of veterans?) including the young woman who nearly died who was just recently released from the hospital.

Apparently tonight's dog and pony show will include the Pres telling us all why we are angry, then acknowledging that 'mistakes were made' without accepting any blame for them. The press used to mock GWB for not admitting mistakes, but what is the difference here? Actingly like mistakes fall out of the sky is better? How?

#18, we can't afford more unchecked 'years' of this guy's leadership. If you weren't suffering from cranium rectumitis you would see it too.

#5-"First of al... (Below threshold)
914:

#5-

"First of all mid-life crisis, it's been a year, but speaking as a republican and a conservative I thought at first that the health care legislation and reform effort was being forced down our throats and a debt to our children. But then I saw this article and it explained how we conservatives have framed the debate has crippled our ability to see it for what republicans in the past would have seen it. Now I have changed my mind I hope you will take a look and think about it too"

The consensus is Obamacare is DOA! Unless Your a RINO or a sockpuppet..

Unlike 1933, today 100 men ... (Below threshold)
btenney:

Unlike 1933, today 100 men with shovels have been replaced by 1 man on a backhoe.
Obama's so called 787 mil Stimulus could have provided 1 bil each for 787 construction projects, providing work for 100,s of thousands of people for the forseeable future.
Airport improvements, Highways and Power grid enhancments come to mind.

"Obama's so called 787 m... (Below threshold)
914:

"Obama's so called 787 mil Stimulus could have provided 1 bil each for 787 construction projects, providing work for 100,s of thousands of people for the forseeable future."

That will all be in Stimulus 2... Stimulus 1 was transparently earmarked for thugs, goons, and other assorted riff raff that got Jug ears selected.

but speaking as a... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:
but speaking as a republican and a conservative

Moby, is that you?

Where are those mindless tu... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Where are those mindless turds stevie green and stevie sturm?

Probably lost in a closet s... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Probably lost in a closet somewhere.

about that 'kennedy seat'.<... (Below threshold)
TJ:

about that 'kennedy seat'.

When Sn. K died, Sn. Kerry became the 'senior' senator.

If anything, Sn. Brown has taken the old -Kerry- seat.

-tj




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