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Bloomberg on Obama: He's the most arrogant man he's ever met

The BlazeSay what you want about Michael Bloomberg - he's a nanny-statist with his trans-fat and salt bans - but he's no slouch when it comes to running a business (he's a billionaire after all), and he knows how economies work. You can't say the same about Barack Obama. His greatest achievement before he entered politics as an Illinois state senator was as a community organizer when he sued Citibank under the Community Reinvestment Act because the bank would not give homes loans to people who couldn't afford to pay them back.

So when Michael Bloomberg talked to Barack Obama about the economy, you'd think Obama would listen to what Bloomberg had to say and then thank him for taking the time.

You'd be wrong. From Jake Tapper:

The pool report at the time said that "We are told Bloomberg and Obama talked in the clubhouse for about 15 mins about the economy. They then went to the driving range."

Apparently - at least from a second-hand report - the Obama-Bloomberg convo could have gone better.

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, conservative media magnate Rupert Murdoch says ''Bloomberg said it was a pleasant day. In conversation he put a few ideas ... He said it was like verbal ping pong."

Bloomberg, according to Murdoch, "came back and said 'I never met in my life such an arrogant man'."

A spokesman for Bloomberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Murdoch - the Australian-born founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of News Corporation, which owns conservative media outlets ranging from Fox News Channel to the New York Post - is described by The Age as saying in the interview that President Obama "might make great speeches but doesn't get things done and doesn't listen to anybody."

What would a community organizer know about solving the world's largest and most complex economy's problems? Not a thing, yet he plays verbal ping pong about the economy with a man who created billions of dollars of wealth? Arrogance doesn't even begin to describe Barack Obama.

Hat tip: The Blaze


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It couldn't be possible tha... (Below threshold)

It couldn't be possible that Rupert Murdoch was trying to screw both Mike Bloomberg (a media competitor and a political opponent) and Obama (Fox's and the New York Post's enemy No. 1) by putting words in Bloomberg's mouth, could it?

Objection, hearsay. Sustained.

Arrogance, thy name is Obam... (Below threshold)

Arrogance, thy name is Obama!

The Messiah's bulb dimmeth ... (Below threshold)

The Messiah's bulb dimmeth another 100 watts.

"President Obama "might mak... (Below threshold)

"President Obama "might make great speeches but doesn't get things done and doesn't listen to anybody.""

Uh, hasn't that been his track record to date?

Bloomberg, according to Murdoch, "came back and said 'I never met in my life such an arrogant man'."

Whatsa matter gallob? Your tiny world being punctured? Your Obamassiah found to have no clothes?

Then you better not read this from your buddy Morty Zuckerman:


The ancient Greeks pretty m... (Below threshold)

The ancient Greeks pretty much knew how hubris is often rewarded.

Nah, it's just that since M... (Below threshold)

Nah, it's just that since Murdoch's Fox Business Network competes directly with the Bloomberg network, I'm skeptical.

Plus they are not on the same political page, and Murdoch is known to be ruthless.

Murdoch and Obama, we know there's no love lost there.

Not a gentleman's move in any event, but sticking the knife in the back never is.

My brother will be glad to ... (Below threshold)

My brother will be glad to hear this:


Just before he got permanently laid off from his job in Colorado, his last assignment was to pack his specialized milling machine. You'll never guess where it was being sent.

Guess I'll email my brother and advise him that Barry says India is going to get him a new job.

^6Being stupid mus... (Below threshold)


Being stupid must pay well. At least its a full time job.

Galoob,Have you be... (Below threshold)


Have you been paying attention to the way Mr. "I Won" has acted since he has been on the political scene?

I've worked for and with pe... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I've worked for and with people like Obamalala. One thing that they all have in common is that it's short trip from arrogant to complete a**hole.

Hey, galoob... you still st... (Below threshold)

Hey, galoob... you still standing by your dismissals over the printer bombs in the cargo planes last week? Still think it was fear-mongering hysteria?

Speak up, chump. I can't hear you.


In2 years as Obama steps on... (Below threshold)
retired military:

In2 years as Obama steps onto Air Force one for the last time he will wonder why people just didnt understand his message. The message that he put into such little words and the 60% of the people who voted republican just couldnt understand the grand design which he crafted. They just couldnt grasp the complexities of the plan that he had put together.

In the meantime he will wonder why he is being accoused of setting back the black cause 20 years.

Hey GaloobObama ju... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Hey Galoob

Obama just stated that he wouldnt approve the continuing of all the Bush tax cuts. Wait till that first paycheck in Jan hits and you will hear the hue and cry across the country. Expecially watch the folks howl who have entered the workforce in the past 5-6 years and they realize they have to give more of their money to the govt and it is Obama's fault.

"arrogant" is that all wow ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

"arrogant" is that all wow playing verbal "ping pong". I would have expected Murdoch to a least reported that Bloomberg had said Obama "was a terrorist" or words to that effect.

Obama is nothing but a glib... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama is nothing but a glib, jive-talking street hustler with a narcissistic complex. He never accomplished or earned anything in his worthless life - it was all handed to him.

He's not even particularly bright - which is why he refused to release his college transcripts. The bar hadn't been set too high - Bush, Gore, and Kerry were all "C" students as undergrads, but apparently Obama was all coked up with his "mentor" (Marxist pederast Frank Marshall Davis) and didn't even do that well. Which might explain why none of his classmates and only one professor remembers him at Columbia.

We know for a fact his admission to Harvard Law was an Affirmative Action deal - even though his transcripts are a state secret, it would take at least a degree with honors, and those lists are public and Obama isn't on them.

Do you know how he got elected Editor of Law Review? There were so many candidates, dozens, that it went through 53 ballots with no one able to muster a majority. Along the way everyone got mad at everyone else, and so the last man standing was the quiet guy in the corner who had said nothing the whole time. You know his name already - Barry Sotero. Or something like that.

If the Democrats and the media had properly vetted this stealth candidate, we would have known all this before he was even nominated. And maybe a guy who hadn't even built a decent record for reelection to the Senate wouldn't have breezed to the White House.

Oh, well - live and learn, eh? Just remember the old Who song, and make sure we won't get fooled again, mmmkay?

Jim Addison, I think you a... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jim Addison, I think you are cracking up! belitting his academic success (is that all you have)! Hillary didn't pass her bar exams in DC.,that is why she went to Arkansas with Bill. George Bush jr. was a legacy student at Yale (he got in because of his Dad) than the same thing at the Harvard Business School and so, so what! I suppose you are going to blame Obam because he ewas practically raised as a orphan.

Maybe Obama had a less than illustrious academic record-though Columbia is not such a bad university. Obama who got into Harvard partly because of affirmative action, then graduated from Harvard University's law school, magna cum laude - with great honours, then he was an excellent professor at University Of Chicago for ten years.. But back back to the subject at hand. Bloomberg and Murdoch are long time friends or allies.

Bloomberg also chatted with his longtime friend Murdoch before he made public his plans to change New York City's term-limits laws and run for a third term; he'd need the New York Post, which Murdoch owns, on board.

Bloomberg may or may not have said that- He probably did -but even as billionaire, Bloomberg wants to humor the powerful Murdoch who has a vendetta against Obama. Bloomberg is certainly not going to say that Obama is a saint. He wants to ingratiate himself with Murdoch as every conservative poster would on this blog. No one but a troll is going to say a favorable word about Obama how long would tey be welcomed here!

Obama/Sotero/Clay/Ali what... (Below threshold)

Obama/Sotero/Clay/Ali whatever is a fraud. Even his name is a fraud. Everything about him screams jive talkin street hustler.

Crickmore, you fucking idio... (Below threshold)

Crickmore, you fucking idiot.

Obama was a part-time adjunct lecturer. NOT an "excellent professor at University Of Chicago for ten years".

He had no tenure, was NOT a faculty member with any standing. Just a part-time guy who gave lectures.

I know the MSM would paint him to be more, but he wasn't.

Crickmore, at least Bush ha... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Crickmore, at least Bush had run a company (into the ground at the end, but he gained experience), and then a Major League baseball team (and was recognized as one of the most effective GMs in the game) and two terms as Governor of a large state before running for President. But it is typical of your deception that you attempt divert the argument from Obama by attacking others. Uncle Joe would be so proud.

Obama, as ODA315 points out, was a lecturer for 14 years, I think. How many other non-tenured law lecturers in America have kept their positions without ever publishing a single scholarly article?

He's as dumb as a rock. He's basically Sean Penn: an actor who recites his lines if he can remember them or read them, but is exposed as dull as soon as he goes off script. Except Penn can fake emotions, Obama hasn't figured out there even ARE emotions besides self-love.

Crickmoore and Galoob... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Crickmoore and Galoob

Why is it that any negative whisper against a republican is enough to have you guys masturbating in the corner. Yet we have this and somehow it just isnt good enough.

Just goes to show you guys cant live up to the standards that you set for everyone else. Hey that sounds like a theme with the dimocrats.

Al Gore with his SUVS and houses preaching Global warming.

Obama preaching that we have to feel a little pain while throwing 2 or so parties in the WH every week.

NOW and NAG gang saying women should be listened to (as long as they arent Sarah Palin or accusers of Clinton)

i don't need Bloomberg to t... (Below threshold)
just me:

i don't need Bloomberg to tell me Obama is arrogant.

Way back in 2008 I had a liberal friend jump all over me because I said Obama lacked humility and was full of himself.

I still stand by that opinion-especially the more Obama always points the finger of blame at Bush or others in his administration when mistakes are made. Obama is blind to his own faults.

Given the arrogance of Bloo... (Below threshold)

Given the arrogance of Bloomberg himself, it says something when even he meets his master.

Crickmore, you f.... idi... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Crickmore, you f.... idiot Your language is very impressive, talk about arrogance, ODA 315 - It is very easy to be issuing profanities when you are nameless?

You better inform the University of Chicacago Law school that Obama wasn't a professor there in the usual acepted parlance. He was not a adjunct lecturer as you try to 'dis' him, but a senior lecturer which entitled him to be called professor. I suggest you call the University of Chicago School "F... idiots" as well, when you inform them that they are wrong.

"Other priorities", Dick Cheney sounds like your hero. There is someone who personified arrogance. Obama doesn't hold a candle to him or you.

From the University of Chicago Law School official site: "Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors"


The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.

I totally agree with Just M... (Below threshold)

I totally agree with Just Me. No news here. I knew Obama was arrogant and inexperienced from the get go. I am not surprised at all. But I will say more and more leaders will feel freer to speak out about the arrogance. ww

"Obama is nothing but a gli... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

"Obama is nothing but a glib, jive-talking street hustler with a narcissistic complex. He never accomplished or earned anything in his worthless life - it was all handed to him."

Horseflesh judged astutely. Horsesh*t has been crammed indiscriminately in nearly everyones face for two years.

Glue factory next stop.

Can't say I really know Blo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Can't say I really know Bloomberg, but didn't he argue that two term limits shouldn't apply to him. and he campaigned successively to have the law changed for him to run a third term in New York--as for Murdoch his reputation is one of being ruthless to editors, so that leaves one with Obama. Yes and no he could be thought as arrogant but I wish sometimes he was more arrogant or so vain, in order to make the changes that need to be made, without worrying about his public image or what so many idiots thought of him.






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