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"The President Is Losing It"

During the Bush years (or during any Republican Presidential administration) stories like this would dominate the news cycle and serve as fodder for pundits and late night comedians for weeks. So far, the Mainstream Media has been reluctant to widely report the following revelations, probably because they are about themselves a Democratic President.

White House Insider on Obama: "the President is Losing It."

A longtime Washington D.C. insider, and former advisor to the Obama election campaign and transition team, speaks out on an administration in crisis, and a president increasingly withdrawn from the job of President.

2008 gave America an incredibly charismatic candidate for President of the United States. Speech after speech showed a candidate with increasing momentum as primary race after primary race concluded. And then came the nomination, more speeches, culminating in an election night victory.

According to the person sitting across from me, those were incredibly exciting times, even for one who had been a participant with three previous presidential hopefuls ... When I asked this insider if the media gave candidate Obama an assist throughout his campaign, it elicits a sly smile. Sure - we definitely had people in the media on our side. Absolutely. We went so far as to give them specific ideas for coverage. The ones who took that advice from the campaign were granted better access, and Obama was the biggest story in 2008, so yeah, that gave us a lot of leverage.

But after Obama was sworn in, things began to change? Almost immediately. Obama loved to campaign. He clearly didn't like the work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire White House staff within weeks after the inauguration. Obama the tireless, hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us. And the few news stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to care about. He absolutely obsesses over Fox News. For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned. He takes everything very personally.

And you state he despises Joe Biden? Oh yeah. That is very well known in the White House. Obama chose Biden for one reason - to have an older white guy with some international policy credentials. Period. If Biden has all of this international experience that Obama found so valuable, why has he buried him under the pile of crap that became the stimulus bill? What does Joe Biden know about budgets and economics? Not much - but Obama didn't care. Give Joe a job and get him the hell out of my hair - that pretty much sums up the president's feelings toward Joe Biden.

What about Hillary Clinton? Obama is scared to death of Hillary. He doesn't trust her - obsesses over her almost as much as he does Fox News. He respects her though, which might be why he fears her so much as well. He talks the game, but when it comes down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and Obama knows that.

So how bad are things at the White House these days? I don't know about right now, because I have not been there in over a month. But I still hear things, and I know what it was like when I left. It's not good. As bad as it might look to voters based on what they do know, it's much worse. The infighting is off the charts. You got a Chief of Staff who despises cabinet members, advisors who despise the Chief of Staff, a President and First Lady having their own issues...

Make sure you read the whole thing, because there is a whole lot more.

To paraphrase a familiar cliche, if you're surprised by any of this, you haven't been paying attention. As reluctant as I usually am to follow gossip, I was struck by the sheer amount of plausibility in this story. Obama's detachment, paranoia, and thin-skinned petulance have all been increasingly on display during the last nine months. But what else should we reasonably expect from a man who, throughout his entire career, has been handed everything on a silver platter by powerful higher-ups and guardian angels? The party is over now, and he is being judged solely on the quality of his performance and the effectiveness of his policies -- both of which have been very poor. Being a "rising star" in the arenas of social action and progressive politics is one thing, but being the leader of the free world is quite another, and clearly Barack Obama was not ready for that challenge.

His frustration is also taking a toll on his private life. Unfortunately, circumstances like the ones reported in this story are often what lead to marital infidelity. Obviously this would make things even worse for the President.

If you are a praying person, you should include the President in your prayers. He is our President after all. And he is clearly in a lot of trouble.

(h/t Doug Ross)


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I'm never too fond, or beli... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

I'm never too fond, or believing, anonymous leaks and statements from the political class. After all, lying is a beneficial skill in their day jobs...

Obama's in denial concernin... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Obama's in denial concerning the "Job" of being President and his wookie wife thinks the "Job" of being first lady is hell.

Life's not all parties and lobster tails dunked in buckets of clarified butter on the taxpayers dime, but this pair of Marxists seems to thing so.

We will relieve them of their pain and their jobs in 2012 and they can go back to studying to pass the Bar finally.

The problem with that, SCSI... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

The problem with that, SCSI

, , ,us that everythign in ... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

, , ,us that everythign in that passage is entirely consistent with Obama's publicly visible behavior so far. Its not an isolated report, just more detailed than most.

But, pray persistently. I h... (Below threshold)
Roy:

But, pray persistently. I had prayed so that Americans wouldn't be stupid enough to elect him, and He said NO. So keep trying.

"If you are a praying perso... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"If you are a praying person, you should include the President in your prayers. He is our President after all. And he is clearly in a lot of trouble."

Priorities compel me to pray for the United States first. I can be convinced to pray for the President as well. I would not pray for his success politically because I believe is ideology is a cancer on this country. My prayer would be that he also finds prayer and chooses to reflect quite seriously on his attitude toward the people and their country he was elected to serve. I am not completely certain, but I believe he will likely be our first President to take up residence outside of the United States when his tenure is over.

Ryan M., be careful. I've b... (Below threshold)

Ryan M., be careful. I've been bitten on the ass more times than I can count by the old trick of believing something just because it reinforces my prejudices.

You gotta be the most skeptical of the stuff that backs what you believe. Because you're more likely to take it at face value, and that's when you get burned.

It's related to the old saw about how truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable.

J.

Sorry, but I'm not gonna pr... (Below threshold)
Mojo:

Sorry, but I'm not gonna pray for him. He brought this on himself. If he cannot handle the heat in the kitchen, then he needs to get out.

This laundry list of troubl... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

This laundry list of trouble may not be completely true - but there's enough symptoms visible to make me think there's a lot of problems under the surface. A LOT of problems... none insurmountable to someone with experience - but Obama just doesn't have that. And there's an old saying, that first-rate people hire first-rate people they can delegate responsibility to... but second-rate people hire third-raters.

Being President's a miserable job. You've got a hell of a lot of responsibility, you've got to be knowledgeable on a vast array of subjects (or have advisors you trust that are knowledgeable...) and you very rarely have the opportunity to undo mistakes. You're constantly in the spotlight, the opposing party will second-guess you at every turn. It's not for the weak, the thin-skinned, or the easily-upset.

And then there's Obama. Unaccomplished, inexperienced, thin-skinned, promoted way above his actual ability level, loves to campaign but doesn't like to do the job he campaigned for. Surrounding himself not with the best people he could find, with actual experience outside the classroom, but with people who matched his viewpoint about 'transforming America'. They were ACADEMICS! They had THEORIES about how things could be made better if just the RIGHT PEOPLE could be in charge!

Theory smashed into Reality. Guess which won.

I wonder if Obama thought he would be King. Instead, he's in a prison of his own choosing - admittedly a gilded one with his every whim catered to - with cellmates who'd stab him in the back politically in a heartbeat if he appeared vulnerable.

And he can't get out of it.

The poor sap - it's going to massively suck to be him for the next couple of years.

My heart bleeds.On... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

My heart bleeds.

On second thought, no it doesn't. There are a great many people in this world far more deserving of my sympathy (and yours) than Barry Lackwit.

And there's an old... (Below threshold)
And there's an old saying, that first-rate people hire first-rate people they can delegate responsibility to... but second-rate people hire third-raters.

In that case, who do the fourth rate hire [shudder]

Yeah, but Bush was Hitler, ... (Below threshold)
alanstorm:

Yeah, but Bush was Hitler, so it's OK. (Just wanted to forestall the expected liberal response...)

"He clearly didn't like the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"He clearly didn't like the work of being President though...."

Oh, that would be his normal 'cool and detached' behavior. Which works when you're a 'community organizer', but not when you're President of the United States.

Hell, when has Barry ever demonstrated leadership? All he does is bleat about the mess he has to clean up. Poor Barry. Now being judged for the first time on HIS accomplishments.......which so far are ZERO.

Sabba -"In that... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Sabba -

"In that case, who do the fourth rate hire [shudder]"

They normally never get into positions of responsibility.

I'm classing Obama as 'second-rate', based on the personnel choices he's made. (And on his actions, too.)

I really think the poor sap thought it'd be a cakewalk. Do 8 years while the people fawned over him - only to find that he (gasp!) actually had to do WORK! That people expected him to make hard decisions, and be responsible for them!

HOW UNFAIR! Nobody ever told him it'd be hard!

Man, I was trying to tell folks before the election that he wasn't up to the job - but hell, that incompetent Bush showed ANYONE with a pulse could do it... right?

It is an interesting read, ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

It is an interesting read, one that sure seems believable. It may even be true, or even partially true.

But this should be treated with a great deal of skepticism. Be careful reading this kind of stuff. Why?

Because, has anyone ever heard of "Newsflavor" before? Has anyone ever heard of the author, Ulsterman before? His source is some unnamed Washington insider. How do know that Ulsterman even has access to a high level Washington insider? How are we supposed to know or be assured that this story is accurate and not some fantasy written up by some schmoe on the Internet?

Well, the story does have t... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Well, the story does have the ring of truth to it. I don't want to think that there's a lot of infighting and animosity in the White House. And I certainly don't want to think their marriage is suffering; at the very least for the children's sake. We've seen that before and it's never good.

"But what else should we reasonably expect from a man who, throughout his entire career, has been handed everything on a silver platter by powerful higher-ups and guardian angels?"

It has to be hard for him - when he's been told for so long now how smart he is, how great he is and how anything he does is just so fantastic - to find that maybe he's just average at best and without being tucked under the wing of the politically powerful in a Chicago atmosphere the rest of the country is saying, "WTF?"

So we are to pray for Husse... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

So we are to pray for Hussein, be concerned, pity him, support him in his trials?? Well, yeah...I suppose it IS a bitch that he and Moochelle can't have taxpayer funded parties EVERY night. And perpetual vacation would be somewhat unbecoming, even for THE ONE!! Yep, I have to admit my heart really BLEEDS for an America hating, Marxist, would-be dictator, installed in the Whitey House by a leftist press corps hoping and praying THEMSELVES that he will succeed in destroying the nation for which they TOO have utter contempt. I know that Hussein will not THINK of giving a speech in any but the most thoroughly controlled arenas, small galleries of known worshipers, barred doors replete with security. NEVER have we seen his eminence press the flesh in a large, uncontrolled atmosphere and never SHALL we. Hussein knows that actual Americans understand well his agenda of corrupting their country and trampling their liberty into the ground. And he also knows that, given the chance, some patriot will end the threat he poses. So I'll pray when it comes to Hussein, all right. But it sure as HELL won't be for success or long life.

As much as I want to believ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

As much as I want to believe that the obama White House is an incompetent snake pit, This article smacks of fiction to me. It plays too much to type: The arrogant obama, the incompetent Biden, the angry Hillary, the bitch first lady, the divisive chief of staff...

There is nothing that counters the most common of criticisms of this administration. There are no contradictions or real statements of support for this president. Even a GOP staffer would be more moderated in his criticism.

I can't take it seriously.

I'm with DaveD, we have to ... (Below threshold)
Adirenne:

I'm with DaveD, we have to pray for him...Pray hard and long too...I don't honestly think he thought he would truly win this time around...It was a matter of fate and the good Lord giving us, like he did the Jews of old, exactly what we wanted...Remember, they wanted and demanded a king...God said you don't need no king you got Me...And the people said, no we want a "king"...And God okay, here you go...(Okay I'm paraphrasing here - still the essence is there)...Well look how well that worked out...No not all of us were taken in by the so called majesty of BHO, but enough of us were...So we got what we asked for...He's the man at the top and if you're a praying man then you'll follow the rules...He's there, at least until 2013 (although we'll know if he's in or out in Nov. 2012; praise oh merciful God)...What he does now and until he's releaved of his duties will affect us in ways no one can really foresee...Oh we have ideas, but reality don't care 'bout our ideas...So pray we must...Pray that the good Lord changes his heart, keeps him strong and binds him to the truth...It's the least we can do...Amen!

I disagree with the initial... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I disagree with the initial contention. To have "lost it", you must have had it to start with.

That said, I will pray for Barack Obama. I will pray that the Lord will protect him from his own foolishness and arrogance, that the Lord will force him to do what is right and repent of his evils, that he will - like Paul - realize that he has attcked and reviled that which he should have honored and loved.

I pray that President Obama will somehow become the man he promised to be, and serve the Lord and the United States with humble obedience and a greater understanding of the responsibility - and accountability - he carries in his office.

I pray that if Barack Obama does repent of his ways and truly desires to serve his country, that we will all give him the supoprt he needs and deserves at that time.

I also pray that if Obama will not repent, will not turn from his evil, then the Lord will protect and defend the United States from Obama, and send His angels to do Justice where Grace was scorned.

Perhaps, Jim M -Bu... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Perhaps, Jim M -

But truth is stranger than fiction, as Jay Tea points out.

Absolutely agree with you J... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Absolutely agree with you Jay: Just saying that this is not an isolated report and at least seems consistant with other things I've seen, including the president's unfiltered behavior and statements.

This article is almost as a... (Below threshold)
Roy:

This article is almost as amusing as watching Carter dance on Ted Kennedy's grave.

"The arrogant Obama, the in... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"The arrogant Obama, the incompetent Biden, the angry Hillary, the bitch first lady, the divisive chief of staff..."

The problem James, is that it's all true.

Don't look for Barry to change. It would make a lie of his upbringing and entire life.

Yep, poor thin skinned blam... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Yep, poor thin skinned blamer in chief...

I will not say a prayer for him, rather one for our country because by his actions it is in the worst economic decline ever seen.

I personally hope he takes the November elections very badly, very very badly.

Of course I will pray for t... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Of course I will pray for the President, and his Vice President, and all those in positions of worldly authority that they might do what is right according to God's will, not mine.

Besides, to paraphrase Bluto from "Animal House": "...don't cost nuthin'....."

The part about the rift be... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

The part about the rift between him and Moochelle makes sense. The absence of the wedding band, the separate vacations. Have we ever had a mother in law reside at the White House before?

Obama is a very flawed human being, especially since we know so little about him the flaws stand out. Someone is going to compile a complete list of all the un- presidential behavior exhibited by Obama. How he lets things boil for days before even addressing it. No the article may not be real but it sure is factual, making it a difference without a difference.

I wouldn't say he had zero ... (Below threshold)
ron:

I wouldn't say he had zero accomplisments. He really understood that he needed to get out of the way and let the military run the war.

I hope this is total bullsh... (Below threshold)
John S:

I hope this is total bullshit. If it's half true, we're all in deep shit. If Bill and Hillary weren't completely in control of foreign policy, I'd be concerned for the physical survival of the United States.

"For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned."

Perhaps he knows, down deep, he doesn't belong where he is. America is learning a great lesson on why affirmative action is a bad idea. Let's hope the country survives to 2012 to dump this clown.

After what's been done to P... (Below threshold)
Hank:

After what's been done to Palin, I don't care if the article is pure fiction, although most of it seems to match reality.

Especially this:

"- we definitely had people in the media on our side. Absolutely. We went so far as to give them specific ideas for coverage. The ones who took that advice from the campaign were granted better access.....

What's interesting to me though, is that the remarks about Obama seem to coincide with a quote I've written in wizbang before, from Valerie Jarrett, stating that Obama has been bored his whole life.

Whatever.

If this article had arrived... (Below threshold)
epador:

If this article had arrived from Nigeria, would you believe it just because it corresponds to your desires or beliefs?

Its about as believable as the Forbes cover article.

BUT it is justice to see such hit pieces after years of reading tripe about Reagan, Bush I and II and so on.

Now can we all shake hands, make up and roll up our sleeves and fix up this country?

[end of my impersonation of a concern troll - gotcha!]

The President never had it.... (Below threshold)
mojo:

The President never had it. His "competence", like most of him, was pure illusion.

There's no "there" there, you might say.

If this story raised the le... (Below threshold)
John S:

If this story raised the left's hackles, wait until they read the second installment. This series reads a little too good to be true... so consider the lack of source accordingly. But most of the hit pieces on Sarah Palin were pure libel, so it's good to see the payback.

I agree that the part about... (Below threshold)
galoob:

I agree that the part about Obama not trusting Hillary is probably true. Who would?

The rest just reminds me of the stories by "White House insiders" that Bush was hitting the bottle again and that Laura was fed up and ready to move out.

Obviously Il Douche will no... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

Obviously Il Douche will not be the Donk's standard bearer for the 2012 run for the roses.

I still think Joe "Bite Me" will be asked to run out the clock. And the opportunity for moneyed Libs will not be greater than prior to the Wicked Witch of the West's surrendering her gavel.

Pray for Barry? Sorry, I ha... (Below threshold)
914:

Pray for Barry? Sorry, I have no ldea how to pray to Allah.

I'm with the skeptics on th... (Below threshold)

I'm with the skeptics on this one. I remember when liberals got were badly burned by the fake Rathergate memos because the evidence they thought they had just confirmed all they wanted to believe about George Bush. The bogus memos had the "ring of truth". The story they told fit their narrative. In fact, this is pretty much how CBS attempted to defend its laughably incompetent Rathergate reporting -- shortly before throwing Dan Rather and Mary Mapes under the bus.

So along comes a story that fits every preconceived notion I have of Obama. This is the point at which we need to be the most careful, asking questions about sources, double-checking facts, trying to get independent confirmation, etc. Reality is always more complicated than the narrative.

He is completely unqualifie... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

He is completely unqualified, having left every full time job he ever had after less than three years.

Obama was never qualified - even to be a US Senator, and Lord knows the qualifications for that office are as loose as they come. He's just a smooth talker/teleprompter reader, an actor in a role.

Back in the '70s, we would have called him a "jive ass turkey" and dismissed his patter for what it is. Now, he gets elected President, go figure . . .

I blame young people and lax voting requirements. To vote, you should be at least 35 years old, have a full time job for at least three years, and be able to pass a short civics test on the US Constitution.

Never happen, of course, because it would mean the end of the Democratic Party. Still, it's fun to watch the fear in their eyes as they think about a responsible and educated electorate. Heheheheh.

All you need to read to kno... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

All you need to read to know the article is a fraud is the part where the "former White House insider" refers - twice - to the "Democrat" party.

Anyone who believes a word of this "insider account" was born yesterday.

Anyone who believes a word ... (Below threshold)
LiberalNItemare:

Anyone who believes a word of this "insider account" was born yesterday.

Insider account? maybe.
True? Probably.

Please allow me to express my thanks to the liberal left for inventing the standard of Fake but Accurate.

Odd, when I worked for the ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Odd, when I worked for the Democrats in the PA Senate, we called ourselves Democrats...

No one but Republicans call... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

No one but Republicans calls the Democratic Party the "Democrat Party," Mr Wuzzy. And you know it. So don't be disingenuous.

I pray for Obama. Psalm 109... (Below threshold)
DSkinner:

I pray for Obama. Psalm 109, which I saw on a bumper sticker.

I pray to Allah that Obama ... (Below threshold)
Ellie Light:

I pray to Allah that Obama is almost as respected as Jimmy Carter or something that you step in on a hot summer's day and have to scrape off your shoe.

I also pray that he remains husband of Lt. Whorf.

"All you need to read to... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"All you need to read to know the article is a fraud is the part where the "former White House insider" refers - twice - to the "Democrat" party."

I can't, for the world, understand why some Democrats get so riled up when people say "Democrat Party".

Whether you "get it" or not... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Whether you "get it" or not, Ms Oyster, the fact remains that it's considered a pejorative, and no Democratic "White House insider" would use the term.

So it's obvious the article is made up out of whole cloth.

Happy Belated Birthday, rubes!

Is this "fake but accurate"... (Below threshold)
Greg:

Is this "fake but accurate"? Be careful.

I tried to read the article... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

I tried to read the article but when I went there my computer locked up, so I went thru the woods a different way and my computer locked up again.

Is the current administration causing this or what? Is it too close to the truth - truth hurts, or what? Is anyone else having problems viewing this article?

Umm, no. Paranoid much?... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Umm, no. Paranoid much?

The arrogant Obama, the ... (Below threshold)
MjM:

The arrogant Obama, the incompetent Biden, ...

More accurately, "The arrogant and incompetent Obama, the incompetent and arrogant Biden..."

Don't know if the "longtime Washington D.C. insider" is real or not, but I didn't need him/her/it, fake or otherwise, to tell what one is easily discerned on one's own.

a blog demands constant art... (Below threshold)

a blog demands constant articles, updates, marketing, link-building efforts.

The article is plausible --... (Below threshold)
huxley:

The article is plausible -- it certainly confirms my low opinions of Obama -- but I have to throw in with Bruce Henry: the repeated references to "Democrat Party" by a Democrat hit my ear wrong.

I've been a Democrat for almost forty years. I've never heard a Democrat say "Democrat Party." In my experience only hard-edge Republicans say that.

It's interesting that in the third installment of the White House Insider series, the insider switches to "Democratic Party."

Google "White House Insider What the Hell Have We Done"




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