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A ring of familiarity

Think of a leader who is oblivious to the will of the people he governs.  Think of a leader who ignores calls for him to either change course or feel the wrath of those he purports to lead.  Think of a leader who refuses to see the handwriting on the wall and who thinks he can serve as he has in the past.  Think of a leader who's in complete denial as to the breadth and the depth of those who oppose him and who paints his opposition using dishonest and deceiptful terms.

Who came to mind?

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared Monday either to not know that demonstrators in cities throughout Libya are calling for an end to his rule or not accept it, according to excerpts from the interview, which a U.S. official described as "delusional."

"No demonstration at all in the streets," he told ABC News and the BBC in a joint interview carried out at a restaurant in Tripoli, excerpts of which were posted on the BBC's website.

Told by the BBC's Jeremy Bowen that he had seen demonstrators in the streets that morning, Gadhafi asked, "Are they supporting us?"

Gadhafi, wearing sunglasses and clad in brown tribal clothing, refused to accept the reporter's assertion that they were not. "No. No one against us. Against me for what?"

He repeated his assertion that he is not president, but one of the people. "They love me, all my people with me, they love me all. They will die to protect me, my people. No, no."

Asked why his people had captured and were holding the nation's second-largest city, Benghazi, Gadhafi said it was al Qaeda, not the Libyan people, who had done so. "Al Qaeda," he said. "They came from outside."

I can't quite put my finger on who it is I'm reminded of as I read about the 'delusional' Gadhafi.

Perhaps one of you can help.


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“The Libyan people just nee... (Below threshold)
Clancy:

“The Libyan people just need more information and education. They just aren't smart enough to grasp how lucky they are to have such a great and fine leader. Quite like those bone-headed tea-bagging rednecks I have in my own country” BHO

(Quote, more or less – I don’t maintain recording equipment for my interviews, so this is the gist of what he said)

That is why he is calling f... (Below threshold)

That is why he is calling for Muumuu to "step down". He is afraid that too many people would see the resemblance.

Think of a leader who is... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Think of a leader who is oblivious to the will of the people he governs. Think of a leader who ignores calls for him to either change course or feel the wrath of those he purports to lead...Who came to mind?

Gov. Scott Walker & Jeff Fitzgerald.

No Tina, they're just obliv... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

No Tina, they're just oblivious to the loudmouths who are attempting to grab the narrative. The polls in November were the will of the people - and they're following it now.

I think Gadhafi and Charlie... (Below threshold)
Iowa Right Wife:

I think Gadhafi and Charlie Sheen could share a dilusional moment or two.

When reality reaches out an... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

When reality reaches out and grabs you by the balls it has a distinctly edifying effect of sharpening your focus on the matters at hand.

Uncle Crazy in Libya does not want to relinquish power and yet there are barbarians at the gate yammering for his head.

In November the people of this country relieved the Democrats of power in the House and seriously reduced it in the Senate. I somehow doubt that our 'Uncle Crazy' missed the portents of that.

Both of these fools can deny the obvious, yet there it is for all to see.

No Tina, they're just ob... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

No Tina, they're just oblivious to the loudmouths who are attempting to grab the narrative. The polls in November were the will of the people - and they're following it now.

You are correct only if you count corporations as people and consider real people as something less than people.

JLawson, you are incorrect. Polls change and so does the will of the people. When Gov. Scott Walker was elected it was the will of the people. Now, polls show he is ignoring the will of the people in favor of the will of corporatations. You can offer a legitimate argument that sometimes it is best to ignore the will of the people, however, you can not make a legitimate arguement that he is not ignoring the will of the people. Something he will pay for in the next election.

Muammar and Barack are mere... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Muammar and Barack are merely different stages of the same butterfly. At soul, each is a meglomaniacal narcissist who hates America and will stop at nothing to accumulate power, supported by mobs of ravenous thugs and peasants eager for a share of the loot stolen from the productive.

Tina, what polls would thos... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Tina, what polls would those be?




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