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« Reply #1500 on: April 14, 2014, 11:18:53 AM »

Republicans will not be able to go after new HHS Secretary (former trash sorter) Sylvia Mathews Burwell politically, on substance, because she is young, female and attractive.

Really?

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« Reply #1501 on: April 14, 2014, 03:06:51 PM »

Lurch in drag?
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« Reply #1502 on: April 14, 2014, 03:17:14 PM »

The plot keeps thickening on Rhodes Scholar, level trash inspector Sylvia Burwell:

"The agency Burwell heads, the Office of Management and Budget, is responsible for the president’s budget. But OMB also has another, lesser-known responsibility: fact-checking presidential speeches. Every proposed presidential utterance is scrubbed for accuracy by OMB."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/marc-thiessen-let-hhs-nominee-sylvia-burwell-explain-obamacare-lie/2014/04/14/4f0b67c6-c3dd-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie:

“if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.”

Burwell was OMB director when Obama declared on Sept. 26, 2013: “Now, let’s start with the fact that even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, about 85 percent of Americans already have health insurance — either through their job, or through Medicare, or through the individual market. So if you’re one of these folks, it’s reasonable that you might worry whether health-care reform is going to create changes that are a problem for you — especially when you’re bombarded with all sorts of fear-mongering. So the first thing you need to know is this: If you already have health care, you don’t have to do anything.”
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"Burwell should explain to Congress and the American people how her office allowed blatant falsehoods to get into presidential speeches, including whether political aides overruled career policy advisers who warned that the president’s claims were untrue." - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

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« Reply #1503 on: April 14, 2014, 03:30:12 PM »

Lurch in drag?

The photo did remind me of those quizzes where you guess which of these beautiful women used to be men.

With Sec. Kerry, is he Lurch, or is he Mr. Ed - the talking horse.    wink
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« Reply #1504 on: April 14, 2014, 03:46:05 PM »

I did not know that about OMB and fact checking.

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Baraq's Jay Carney would seem to be immune from OMB fact checking , , , speaking of which , , , http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/04/12/magazine-reveals-jay-carneys-kitchen-decorated-with-soviet-era-propaganda-posters-112076
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« Reply #1505 on: April 17, 2014, 11:38:47 AM »

In the first sentence of this clip, the Pres. swerved into a point I have long been trying to make, that their economic record goes back to:

"ever since we've been in public office"

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/16/obama_we_sometimes_sound_like_a_broken_record_on_the_economy.html

And the country's policy direction has been ever since they've been in power. This goes back "6, 7, 8 years...", as he alludes.
  
The Obama / Leftist / Democratic / Government-centric economic record goes back to the day that Democrats took control of congress, Nov 2006 / Jan 2007, back when unemployment was 4.6% and workforce participation was millions ahead of where we are now.  These policies have brought on epic failure, besides crash, putting our economy on what looks like a permanently slower growth path with fewer and fewer people participating.  He didn't inherit the crash only from Bush; he inherited the collapse from himself, a congress led by Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Biden and Hillary.  That is when the political control arrow switched directions in Washington, not at his inauguration in 2009.

His policy answer now:  More of the same!
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« Reply #1506 on: April 23, 2014, 10:16:28 AM »

Giving credit where credit is due.  That with the OBL kill makes at least twice that he has done the right thing.  It shows that down deep they know there are such things as bad guys/terrorists/militants plotting and planning to kill us.  And we all know that the leftists including a Senator or citizen Obama would be 'up in arms' if these drone killings were carried out by a Republican administration.

From Yemen thread:
Yemen Confirms 55 Militants Killed in Joint Aerial Campaign
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Yemen's interior ministry confirmed that 55 al Qaeda linked militants were killed in what a Yemeni official called an "unprecedented" joint aerial campaign between Yemen and the United States in the mountainous Abyan, Shabwa, and Bayda provinces from Saturday to Monday. Air strikes, possibly from U.S. drones, reportedly targeted a training camp as well as several vehicles in the region. Another Yemeni official estimated the number of dead in the 40s. According to the interior ministry, three senior members of al Qaeda were among the fatalities as well as three civilians. Additionally, reports suggest Ibrahim al-Asiri, al Qaeda's chief bomb maker, may have been killed in an ambush over the weekend by U.S. backed special forces. Since the weekend's strikes, gunmen have killed four senior security officers, according to Yemeni officials.
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« Reply #1507 on: April 23, 2014, 10:45:04 AM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/22/the-insiders-the-presidents-cynical-keystone-xl-strategy/

Washington Post: The president’s cynical Keystone XL strategy  BY ED ROGERS  April 22

On Friday, the State Department quietly released a notification that the Keystone XL pipeline decision is being delayed yet again.  The president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O’Sullivan, called the delay “another gutless move” by the administration.  We could also dismiss the announcement as just more of the usual dithering from this White House.  I don’t think the delay is gutless or dithering, but a more sinister, cynical ploy by this administration to manipulate two groups into continuing to support vulnerable Democrats in an attempt to keep the Senate in 2014.
By appearing to have not made a decision, President Obama keeps the money pouring in from those on the fringe left — like billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer – who want the Democrats to swear allegiance to their global warming agenda.  And at the same time, the delay — not outright denial — deceptively makes voters in key states like Louisiana believe there is still some hope that the pipeline will come to life.  In Louisiana, voters think that if they reelect Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who touts her ability to influence the president on such things, the pipeline will become a reality.
One side or the other is being played for a fool.  But given what we know about the weakness of the president’s second-term agenda, and the fact that he could have approved the pipeline already if he wanted to, one would have to bet Keystone XL has no chance of being approved after the 2014 elections.  There is nothing new about government officials manipulating announcements of planned projects and the like to suit their political objectives.  But Obama’s manipulation has reached a peak. Neither side that he is playing will win. (more at link)
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« Reply #1508 on: April 30, 2014, 09:37:31 AM »

Passed along to me by an internet acquaintance with a proclivity for conspiracies; nonetheless the footage beginning at 0520 is quite curious , , ,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaYbZwW0HnY#t=11
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« Reply #1509 on: April 30, 2014, 04:25:51 PM »

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-biden-vacation-tab-reaches-40-million-2.9-million-alone-for-two-obama-2014-golf-outings/article/2547892

Obama-Biden vacation tab reaches $40 million --- $2.9 million alone for two Obama 2014 golf outings

I don't know what the right amount to spend is but these purveyors of income inequality rage are unrestrained and unapologetic.
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« Reply #1510 on: May 10, 2014, 09:09:20 AM »

Looking at a couple of news stories gone by, I wonder how much air support in Benghazi the $3 million spent on Presidential golf outings might have bought...
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« Reply #1511 on: May 10, 2014, 09:25:02 AM »

The side by side comparison of the pictures is really creepy.   They are nearly identical in appearance.

Did his mother know this guy before he was born?  I am not clear.
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« Reply #1512 on: May 10, 2014, 11:06:03 AM »

Could be a photoshop thing, the website is completely unknown to me.
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« Reply #1513 on: May 10, 2014, 12:37:46 PM »

good point
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« Reply #1514 on: May 20, 2014, 11:27:10 AM »

After 5 years of history's weakest recovery, Pres. Obama says we are better off now than at the very lowest point in the geconomic collapse caused by the takeover of Washington power from Republicans to the new congress of Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Biden-and Hillary.  I agree, we are better off now and will be even better off yet when the last of far leftists leaves their position of power.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/fundraising/206591-obama-americans-better-off-under-his-presidency
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« Reply #1515 on: May 22, 2014, 10:37:07 AM »

Fast and Furious,  I heard it on the news
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJCiEIw513I
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/wh-clarifies-obama-told-cnn-espanol-march-he-heard-about-fast-and-furious-news

Spying on Allies, Learned about it in the news
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304470504579162110180138036

IRS Scandal, Heard it on the news
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDfmUK833hc#t=185

Pres. had no idea DOJ seized AP reporter's phone records
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-doj-ap-phones-2013-5
Other than press reports, we had no knowledge...

VA Scandal, I heard it on the news
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US2eSbNSlE4

http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/11/02/5-things-the-obama-administration-had-no-idea-the-obama-administration-was-doing-n1734940/page/full

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Government has gotten so big that the liberals in charge can't even find all the pieces.
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« Reply #1516 on: May 22, 2014, 11:56:00 AM »

Excellent collection of URLs!  Makes the case simply and pithily-- very good!
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« Reply #1517 on: May 29, 2014, 09:10:53 AM »

Investors Business Daily says today that Pres. Obama is campaigning for himself to be UN Secretary General - which I think could put him directly at odds with US President Marco Rubio on world issues.  If succe3ssful in his campaign, maybe he could win a Nobel Peace Prize, lol.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/052814-702509-obama-campaigns-at-west-point-to-be-united-nations-secretary-general.htm

Obama's Bid For U.N. Secretary-General Has Begun
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« Reply #1518 on: May 29, 2014, 10:23:10 AM »

" Obama is campaigning for himself to be UN Secretary General"

Yup. Fits his megalomania.   Fits his one world government goal.   With him at top.   THIS is his true colors. 

"  which I think could put him directly at odds with US President Marco Rubio on world issues"

Not only that but it puts him at odds with US interests.   He is giving our country away.

Was anyone else really offended by seeing this guy, standing in front of a sea of troops along with a giant American flag wearing a replica WW2 bomber jacket to deflect from the VA scandal?

To think that this guy, the son of an American hating Communist, a pre hippy hippy who disliked America, spent his whole life hanging wth American hating radicals would have the nerve to stand there in a bomber jacket.   When Bush did it we knew he loved America.  When Reagan did it with the flag we knew he loved America.   When Bush senior would do that we knew he WAS a WW2 hero pilot.

When this guy does it we know he is a lying fraud.  WW2 vets would and should be rolling in their graves or in their nursing homes taking massive heartburn meds.

This fraud standing their like this while he does everything he can get away with giving the country away.  He mocks this country.
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« Reply #1519 on: May 29, 2014, 10:26:40 AM »

"When Bush did it we knew he loved America."    Also, he actually flew fighter jets.
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« Reply #1520 on: June 05, 2014, 09:47:05 AM »

Putin is frightened:

http://news.yahoo.com/video/fitness-expert-breaks-down-president-141039080.html
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« Reply #1521 on: June 05, 2014, 02:14:20 PM »

Paraphrasing Glibness logic:

It is okay to negotiate with terrorists because "the war is over".  This what nations do at the end of wars.

But of course this war isn't over.  No one won.  No one lost.  We just quit.  It was part of a larger war which is most certainly not over, whether you call it the war on terror or the war waged against us by Islamo-fascist Terror Jihad.

If we leave, no one will target our troops in Afghanistan ever again.  Good grief, how far and wide do they have to look across the globe to find a target as high in value as PFC Deserter?  They could take one American anywhere in the world and demand any number of terror combatants  released from Guantanamo anytime they want to.

The only leverage Obama has left is that he was going to release them all anyway.
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« Reply #1522 on: June 19, 2014, 06:11:11 PM »

Keeping up with our leader while the world is engulfed in flames:

Last weekend: Middle East burns while Barack Obama played his 175th and 176th (18 hole) rounds of golf as president.
http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1534.msg81734#msg81734

This week: Mr. Obama's world this week consisted of flying to the University of California-Irvine to give a speech about a) himself (check the text if you doubt it) and b) climate change. On Wednesday he was in New York City for a midtown fundraiser, an LGBT fundraiser and a third, $32,000 per person fundraiser at the home of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:online.wsj.com/articles/the-high-price-of-obama-fatigue-1403139022

Meanwhile they are working "around the clock" on a response for Iraq and of course are "focused like a laser" on jobs while the black youth not employed rate remains at 61.4%:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm
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« Reply #1523 on: June 20, 2014, 09:41:52 AM »

"The temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago."

"We also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated 5 or 10 years ago."

Sen Jeff Sessions asked 4 former EPA Directors if any of them agree with these statements.  If you do raise your hand.

You must see them look at each other with hands down in the video at approximately the 2:00 minute mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsNY4uKXXL8

The record will reflect that no one raised their hand.


Media issue, please show (on that thread) where any mainstream outlet ran this exposed lie, that is the foundation for his economics, front and center to the partially duped American people.
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« Reply #1524 on: June 27, 2014, 12:08:09 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381296/supreme-court-rules-unanimously-against-obama-12th-and-13th-time-2012-john-fund

Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Obama for 12th and 13th Time Since 2012

By John Fund  National Review
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« Reply #1525 on: June 27, 2014, 12:42:19 PM »

Nice to see the Glibster visit the Twin Cities this week,
meeting with a lowly "average" citizen,
 "frustrated with the economy"
who turned out to be a past paid Democratic "field organizer"!
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/26/obama-aims-for-day-in-the-life-of-minneapolis-woman,

He came to warn us about the immediate threat of CO2 and global warming
while consuming 53 thousand gallons of jet fuel per day
and leaving Air Force One on at the airport, idling during the entire visit,
as it always is.
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/04/22/earth-day-ends-obamas-53300-gallon-trip

He made a surprise stop at a popular saturated fat factory, The Grand Avenue Creamery
for over-priced ice cream in a trendy location,
holding up capital city traffic,
and enjoyed a "Juicy Lucy" saturated fat burger and fries,
with the ordinary folk,
while his wife's administration works to take the same pleasures out of meals for school children.
http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_26040450/obama-bites-into-signature-jucy-lucy-burger-at

Too Big to Jail    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/12/16/is-president-obama-too-big-to-jail/
My proposal is to impeach him after the 2016 election,
with a successor already chosen,
leaving no time on the clock
for blubbering Joe to ever be sworn in
for the highest office in the land.

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« Reply #1526 on: June 27, 2014, 08:35:27 PM »

Doug,
Which do you think is heavier.  The ice cream cone or the dumbells he uses when he "works" out?
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« Reply #1527 on: June 28, 2014, 12:33:23 PM »

Very funny ccp!  I think if not for working out with the mini dumb bells he wouldn't be able to handle the giant single scoop ice cream come with such ease.

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« Reply #1528 on: July 03, 2014, 08:56:49 AM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/07/02/obama-george-w-bush-quinnipiac-poll-reagan-clinton/11985837/

"In a new Quinnipiac University Poll, 33% named Obama the worst president since World War II"

Not as widely reported is that Ronald Reagan was named far and away the best President since WWII.

"Ronald Reagan topped the poll as the best president since World War II, with 35%. He is followed by presidents Bill Clinton (18%) and John F. Kennedy (15%)."

So we keep choosing Republican candidates and Democrat Presidents that are the antithesis of Reagan...
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« Reply #1529 on: July 03, 2014, 09:36:47 AM »

That is why Dems can only win by bribing their chosen groups based on them being victims.   That is also why they have to open the borders and bribe new floods of people.

Disgusting or not it is working.   Hillary is about to continue the trend with this men vs women thing.

Did you see the article about Pepsi's CEO lamenting how women cannot still "have it all".    As though choosing between motherhood, wifehood, and a career is a tragedy, or a conscious effort to suppress women.

Don't men have to choose between a career, fatherhood, and husbanhood?

I have cousins, the wife works a professional career and the husband stays home and is a Dad and husband.  The kids seem wonderful and as far as I know happy.   

So Ms CEO of Pepsi:

I congratulate you on your truly astonishing accomplishments.   But I don't feel sorry for you.  You have no gripe.

We will never hear this from Billary.
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« Reply #1530 on: July 04, 2014, 10:11:19 AM »

The Daydream and the Nightmare
Obama isn't doing his job. He's waiting for history to recognize his greatness.
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I don't know if we sufficiently understand how weird and strange, how historically unparalleled, this presidency has become. We've got a sitting president who was just judged in a major poll to be the worst since World War II. The worst president in 70 years! Quinnipiac University's respondents also said, by 54% to 44%, that the Obama administration is not competent to run the government. A Zogby Analytics survey asked if respondents are proud or ashamed of the president. Those under 50 were proud, while those over 50, who have of course the longest experienced sense of American history, were ashamed.

We all know the reasons behind the numbers. The scandals that suggest poor stewardship and, in the case of the IRS, destructive political mischief. The president's signature legislation, which popularly bears his name and contains within it the heart of his political meaning, continues to wreak havoc in marketplaces and to be unpopular with the public. He is incapable of working with Congress, the worst at this crucial aspect of the job since Jimmy Carter, though Mr. Carter at least could work with the Mideast and produced the Camp David Accords. Mr. Obama has no regard for Republicans and doesn't like to be with Democrats. Internationally, small states that have traditionally been the locus of trouble (the Mideast) are producing more of it, while large states that have been more stable in their actions (Russia, China) are newly, starkly aggressive.

That's a long way of saying nothing's working.

Which I'm sure you've noticed.
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But I'm not sure people are noticing the sheer strangeness of how the president is responding to the lack of success around him. He once seemed a serious man. He wrote books, lectured on the Constitution. Now he seems unserious, frivolous, shallow. He hangs with celebrities, plays golf. His references to Congress are merely sarcastic: "So sue me." "They don't do anything except block me. And call me names. It can't be that much fun."

In a truly stunning piece in early June, Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein interviewed many around the president and reported a general feeling that events have left him—well, changed. He is "taking fuller advantage of the perquisites of office," such as hosting "star-studded dinners that sometimes go on well past midnight." He travels, leaving the White House more in the first half of 2014 than any other time of his presidency except his re-election year. He enjoys talking to athletes and celebrities, not grubby politicians, even members of his own party. He is above it all. On his state trip to Italy in the spring, he asked to spend time with "interesting Italians." They were wealthy, famous. The dinner went for four hours. The next morning his staff were briefing him for a "60 Minutes" interview about Ukraine and health care. "One aide paraphrased Obama's response: 'Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we're back to the minuscule things on politics.'''

Minuscule? Politics is his job.

When the crisis in Ukraine escalated in March, White House aides wondered if Mr. Obama should cancel a planned weekend golf getaway in Florida. He went. At the "lush Ocean Reef Club," he reportedly told his dinner companions: "I needed this. I needed the golf. I needed to laugh. I needed to spend time with friends."

You get the impression his needs are pretty important in his hierarchy of concerns.
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This is a president with 2½ years to go who shows every sign of running out the clock. Normally in a game you run out the clock when you're winning. He's running it out when he's losing.

All this is weird, unprecedented. The president shows no sign—none—of being overwhelmingly concerned and anxious at his predicaments or challenges. Every president before him would have been. They'd be questioning what they're doing wrong, changing tack. They'd be ordering frantic aides to meet and come up with what to change, how to change it, how to find common ground not only with Congress but with the electorate.

Instead he seems disinterested, disengaged almost to the point of disembodied. He is fatalistic, passive, minimalist. He talks about hitting "singles" and "doubles" in foreign policy.

"The world seems to disappoint him," says The New Yorker's liberal and sympathetic editor, David Remnick.

What kind of illusions do you have to have about the world to be disappointed when it, and its players, act aggressively or foolishly? Presidents aren't supposed to have those illusions, and they're not supposed to check out psychologically when their illusions are shattered.
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Barack Obama doesn't seem to care about his unpopularity, or the decisions he's made that have not turned out well. He doesn't seem concerned. A guess at the reason: He thinks he is right about his essential policies. He is steering the world toward not relying on America. He is steering America toward greater dependence on and allegiance to government. He is creating a more federally controlled, Washington-centric nation that is run and organized by progressives. He thinks he's done his work, set America on a leftward course, and though his poll numbers are down now, history will look back on him and see him as heroic, realistic, using his phone and pen each day in spite of unprecedented resistance. He is Lincoln, scorned in his time but loved by history.

He thinks he is in line with the arc of history, that America, for all its stops and starts, for all the recent Supreme Court rulings, has embarked in the long term on governmental and cultural progressivism. Thus in time history will have the wisdom to look back and see him for what he really was: the great one who took every sling and arrow, who endured rising unpopularity, the first black president and the only one made to suffer like this.

That's what he's doing by running out the clock: He's waiting for history to get its act together and see his true size.

He's like someone who's constantly running the movie "Lincoln" in his head. It made a great impression on him, that movie. He told Time magazine, and Mr. Remnick, how much it struck him. President Lincoln of course had been badly abused in his time. Now his greatness is universally acknowledged. But if Mr. Obama read more of Lincoln, he might notice Lincoln's modesty, his plain ways, his willingness every day to work and negotiate with all who opposed him, from radical abolitionists who thought him too slow to supporters of a negotiated peace who thought him too martial. Lincoln showed respect for others. Those who loved him and worked for him thought he showed too much. He was witty and comical but not frivolous and never shallow. He didn't say, "So sue me." He never gave up trying to reach agreement and resolution.

It is weird to have a president who has given up. So many young journalists diligently covering this White House, especially those for whom it is their first, think what they're seeing is normal.

It is not. It is unprecedented and deeply strange. And, because the world is watching and calculating, unbelievably dangerous.
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« Reply #1531 on: July 04, 2014, 08:06:21 PM »

Interesting take. 

"The president shows no sign—none—of being overwhelmingly concerned and anxious at his predicaments or challenges. Every president before him would have been. They'd be questioning what they're doing wrong, changing tack."

Absolutely true as far as I can remember.  Carter would sit around and write weighted pros and con lists when trying to make decisions. 

Is the narcissists ego finally shattered to where he "checks out", or he is the personality disorder I suspect he is and he just thinks the world is too stupid for him?

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« Reply #1532 on: July 04, 2014, 08:41:28 PM »

America and the world have greatly disappointed him.
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« Reply #1533 on: July 04, 2014, 09:15:05 PM »

"America and the world have greatly disappointed him"

'he asked to spend time with "interesting Italians." '

"He enjoys talking to athletes and celebrities"

What about the "folks"?

Even Hillary is desperately seeking safety - as far away from him as she can (not too far).   He can't stand it.   She is too dumb for him too.   

The risk it all comes crashing down with him worrying what number club to use while on the course with Lebron and Jayz.
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« Reply #1534 on: July 05, 2014, 09:42:28 AM »

OTOH maybe this IS the plan.
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« Reply #1535 on: July 05, 2014, 11:31:35 AM »

"OTOH maybe this IS the plan"

Many including myself think this is VERY possible.

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« Reply #1536 on: July 05, 2014, 04:56:34 PM »

It was not the plan to lose the super-majority in the House.  It was not the plan to lose the House for a decade.  It was not the plan to lose the Senate.  It was even fathomable to them that his popularity/approval could drop below 60%, 50%, 40%, and still dropping.

This man likes the title and perks and is willing to do fundraising and appearances, but does not want to do the any of the difficult work required to be an good leader.

We are lucky he turned out to be mostly ineffective at leading us in the wrong direction. 

A really sharp and well organized opposition should have brought his numbers down to these levels 6 years ago.
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« Reply #1537 on: July 09, 2014, 06:52:54 AM »

So rare to admit it these days, especially for the media...

and "Finally, Obamacare has become synonymous with boondoggle."

http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-obama-earned-the-low-ratings/article_f7f51100-0eb8-5726-922f-b1bf460fcf87.html#.U7wU2UplLOU.email

Obama earned the low ratings

Sometimes, you have to admit you're wrong.

And, we were wrong.

We said that things couldn't get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush.

But, President Barack Obama's administration has us yearning for the good ol' days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polls show that Americans are giving Obama lower marks than in 2006 when Iraq was going poorly for Bush and a tepid response to Hurricane Katrina sunk Bush's ratings.

It's not that popularity polling should be the final or even best measure of a president. There is that old saw that points out there's a difference between doing what is right and what is popular.

For us, though, it's the number of bungled or blown policies in the Obama administration which lead us to believe Obama has earned every bit of an abysmal approval rating.

Let's recap some of the mistakes:

- Maybe the worst and most widespread invasion of privacy occurred when the Obama administration continued a controversial National Security Agency program of spying on millions of citizens culling their phone records to intercepting online information. The administration has done nearly nothing to safeguard civil liberties or put in safeguards to protect our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

- The Obama administration has continued to ratchet down on emissions from coal-fired power plants while giving consumers little new innovation to replace the power supply. Meanwhile, Obama continues to thwart other energy projects that might be helpful to the economy, like the Keystone XL pipeline. The war on carbon might not be so bad if indeed it was being counterbalanced by true innovation.

- Iraq was an inherited quagmire from the Bush administration. But six years later, Obama has to own the current situation which, as this is being written, looks perilously close to civil war and a complete breakdown of government in Iraq. If that were to happen, the sacrifice of thousands of Americans' lives would be cheapened, if not in vain. His handling the situation seems uncertain and we can't help but wonder if the same type of inaction will lead to a civil war similar to Syria's?

- The Bowe Bergdahl situation is an example of right instinct, completely wrong handling of a prisoner exchange. The Obama administration should be lauded for not wanting to leave any American solider behind. But, surprising Congress, trading possible terrorists and not doing enough to vet the background of Bergdahl had the net effect of looking incompetent. What should have been an easy public relations victory for bringing a lost soldier home turned into a public relations nightmare, and continued to erode public confidence, leading some to wonder if Obama's team can't even get something as important as bringing home a captive soldier correct, what can it be successful at?

- The VA scandal showed that wait times for veterans access to health care was so bad that some veterans actually died before they could get the medical care they were entitled to. While the VA system was not invented by the Obama administration, after six years of management, it's clear that problems were not be corrected quickly enough and that our nation was not living up to the promise it made to take care of soldiers. The most recent debacle led to the sacking of retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, but it was another black eye for the administration which appeared to look incompetent when it comes to taking care of wounded, or in-need veterans.

- Speaking of health care, Obama had also pledged that his administration would embrace new stem cell technology, and part of the hope and change we heard so much about would happen as lives improved through medical innovation. But as his presidency has continued, we see little evidence that Obama is pushing for new cures, science or solutions when it comes to medical problems.

- For years now, reports by watchdog organizations and journalists that have shown despite Obama's promises of being more transparent, his administration has actually cracked down on journalists, spied on citizens and retaliated against those who leak information to the press. In fact, the Obama administration has become so opaque and difficult that it has earned the reputation of being far worse than Nixon, the disgraced president whose terrible clampdown of information led to federal law being changed for more transparency.

- Finally, Obamacare has become synonymous with boondoggle. To be fair, there has not been enough time to judge whether the comprehensive health care reform program works, but one thing is certain: The public presentation and roll-out of the program was so riddled with technical glitches and problems, it greatly undermined the public's confidence in the system.

These are all signs — none of them definitive on their own, necessarily. However, when taken in completely, these demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure. It's not just that Americans are in a sour mood about national politics. That's probably part of it. Instead, Obama has become another in a line of presidents long on rhetoric and hopelessly short on action.

Obama's hope and change have left liberals and conservatives alike hoping for real change, not just more lofty rhetoric.
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« Reply #1538 on: July 14, 2014, 09:16:35 PM »



GM, you are our point man for assessing this sort of thing-- tin foil or smoke?

http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/does-the-cia-director-have-obamas-fraudulent-records
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« Reply #1539 on: July 14, 2014, 09:37:08 PM »



GM, you are our point man for assessing this sort of thing-- tin foil or smoke?

http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/does-the-cia-director-have-obamas-fraudulent-records


I'd require additional and more validated corroboration of these claims made by the site. Having said that, Obama has a lot of missing documents if one was vetting him.
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« Reply #1540 on: July 15, 2014, 08:05:41 AM »

The amount and nature of the missing and suppressed documentation about the man's past is deeply disconcerting.

And now that he has the job, apparently it bores him. Here's this from today's Pravda On The Hudson:

At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
JULY 14, 2014


WASHINGTON — President Obama had just disembarked from Air Force One and was still on the tarmac in Rome when he turned to his host, John R. Phillips, the American ambassador to Italy, with an unexpected request: How about a dinner party tomorrow night?

Over the next 24 hours, the startled Mr. Phillips and his wife, the former Obama aide Linda Douglass, scrambled to gather some of Italy’s intellettuali.

The architect Renzo Piano flew in from Genoa. The particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti arrived from Geneva. John Elkann, the chairman of Fiat and an owner of the Italian soccer club Juventus, came, too, as did his sister, Ginevra, a film director. Over a 2006 Brunello, grilled rib-eye and three pasta dishes — cacio e pepe, all’arrabbiata and Bolognese — at Villa Taverna, the 15th-century manor that serves as the ambassador’s residence, the group talked until close to midnight about “the importance of understanding science, the future of the universe, how sports brings people together, and many other things,” Ms. Douglass said.

In a summer when the president is traveling across the country meeting with ordinary Americans under highly choreographed conditions, the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama. As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated. Freewheeling, with conversation touching on art, architecture and literature, the gatherings are a world away from the stilted meals Mr. Obama had last year with Senate Republican leaders at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

As Mr. Obama once said about the Senate Republican leader from Kentucky: “Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. ‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”

Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser, who has been asked by the president to organize some of the dinners, was more diplomatic. The president, she told reporters recently, “could talk to the same people all day long, every day, and so he has to make a deliberate effort to expand that.”

“It keeps life interesting,” she added. “It keeps him fresh. It gives him new ideas to think about.”

Bill Clinton was a social animal as president, as he and Hillary Rodham Clinton kept up a steady round of parties. For Mr. Obama, the late-night gatherings are a new development. Although dinner at 6:30 with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters has long been sacrosanct, the president recently said that as Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, grew up and went out more with friends, he was freer to fill his own social calendar. He joked soon after his re-election that he was getting “lonely in this big house,” and that he might soon be calling around for company.

One Saturday night in May, Mr. Obama was up well past midnight at the White House for a dinner that included Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, and his wife, Julie; Anne Wojcicki, the chief executive and a co-founder of the personal genome testing company 23andMe, who brought her sister, Susan, the chief executive of YouTube; and Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager and Democratic donor. Mrs. Obama was also there, but she was not on the trip to Rome. The dinner there was first reported by Politico.

Previous dinners at the White House have drawn varied celebrities, including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Morgan Freeman and Bono. Many of the guests — including the Smiths and Mr. Freeman, as well as Anne Wojcicki — have been financial supporters of Mr. Obama’s campaigns.

In Rome in March, Mr. Piano said, the president seemed happy to talk about something other than politics and current events. “I think he was refreshed to sit down in a beautiful place, with good food, and talking with serenity about important things,” Mr. Piano said. He recalled that Mr. Obama, who once had dreams of becoming an architect, had many questions about Mr. Piano’s work.

“It was a real curiosity of a real man who was trying to explore how things happen,” Mr. Piano said.

The dinners often carry over into Mr. Obama’s day job — and his fund-raising. At a White House meeting on working families last month, Mr. Obama included Ms. Wojcicki — who has two young children with her husband, the Google co-founder Sergey Brin, from whom she is separated — in a discussion of workplace policies with other chief executives. Less than two weeks before, Ms. Wojcicki hosted a technology forum and fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee at her home in California, which was attended by Mr. Obama and 25 guests who paid $34,200 each.

In Paris last month, Mr. Obama went to another dinner, or rather a second dinner in one evening. After he dined officially with President François Hollande at Le Chiberta, a Michelin-starred restaurant off the Champs-Élysées, he joined friends at the nearby Restaurant Helen for more than two hours. The group included Laurent Delanney, a friend from Mr. Obama’s college days who is the European chief executive of the ATP World Tour, the professional tennis organization, as well as Ms. Jarrett and Susan E. Rice, the national security adviser. Mrs. Obama was not on the Paris trip.

Guests at the dinners are typically supporters of the president and sympathetic to his political views, but not always. At the dinner in Rome, one guest was Italo Zanzi, the American-born chief executive of A. S. Roma, another top Italian soccer team. Mr. Zanzi was a Republican candidate for Congress in his native New York in 2006, and in 2008 he contributed to the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain of Arizona, Mr. Obama’s Republican rival.

During his own campaign, Mr. Zanzi highlighted his opposition to legislation granting citizenship to illegal immigrants, and he advocated random checks by the police to deport those without legal status.

If there was any tension at the dinner, it was not obvious. Ms. Douglass said Mr. Obama had laughed as Mr. Zanzi and Mr. Elkann, of the Juventus soccer club, ribbed each other about their sports rivalry.

“Clearly enough, he was happy to stay, and he spent a long time,” Mr. Piano said of the president. There was no talk of politics, he said, but Mr. Obama seemed to enjoy the back-and-forth. “He is a curious man, and even the president of America is sometimes struggling to explore, to understand, to search.”

In Paris, the president was up again until nearly midnight enjoying, among other things, Drappier Champagne.

“Bonsoir,” Mr. Obama said as he entered the small Restaurant Helen, according to Frédéric Pescatori, an investment manager who was dining next to the president’s party. Mr. Pescatori added that the president “seemed quite relaxed and glad to be with friends, without stress.”
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« Reply #1541 on: July 15, 2014, 08:49:45 AM »

Hey, everything is going so well, he deserves a little break!
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« Reply #1542 on: July 15, 2014, 05:52:49 PM »

"Let them eat cake"  fits to this president with regards how he contrasts himself to the "folks".
The man is not a socialist.  He is a king.

I would also replace 'cake' with lettuce and spinach and that would fit him perfectly.

His conceit, arrogance, self love, megalomania is so far off the charts one would have to add a separate page to draw the line high enough for him.

I might add I know of no great insight, no great thought, no great idea, no great plan, strategy, or discovery he has ever dreamt of.  He is just the front man.  All show and pomp.  Not stupid by any means.  But no great thinker.
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« Reply #1543 on: July 18, 2014, 05:40:53 PM »

The Tranquility of President Obama's Mind
Originally published at CNN.com

When new White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama had "substantially improved the tranquility of the international community" many observers reacted with disbelief.
 
When the President refused to go to the border to see the crisis of young people flooding into the United States because "he's not interested in photo ops," lesser mortals noted he had played pool with Governor Hickenlooper, dropped by a brewery to have a beer, and shook hands with a man wearing a horse head mask.
When he went to Delaware and opened with only a few sentences about the shooting down of a Malaysian Airliner in Ukraine before joking about Joe Biden and going back to his prepared text on infrastructure, real Americans thought he had failed to take seriously an international disaster and mass murder. They were even less impressed when he had lunch at the Charcoal Pit and ordered burgers and fries (not a photo op, of course).

With ISIS causing the collapse of Iraq and continued violence in Syria, the Syrian dictatorship consolidating its power, the Iranians failing to take steps to end their nuclear weapons program and Hamas firing more than a thousand missiles at Israel, the President and his team have moved decisively to brief the New York Times on his passion for late night intellectual dinners exploring physics, architecture, and questions far more profound than the fate of the Middle East.

It is as though the more dangerous the world becomes the more Obama hides in a fantasy world of avoiding the responsibilities of the presidency by using the office to surround himself with court jesters who distract him in an enlightened and noble way from the growing failures of his policies and the rapidly expanding threats to the civilized world.

Finally, as Vladimir Putin continues to flex his muscles and expand his policies there is a psychologically bizarre pattern of the President's staff referring to Obama as "the Bear.”

The President refers to himself when he asserts that "the Bear is loose." Of course with a President who last week used “I”, “my” or “mine” 207 times in one speech, we can expect him to refer to himself but the concept is beyond bizarre. The White House staff, thinking somehow that this was clever, promptly turned the phrase into a Twitter hashtag, “#TheBearIsLoose”.

Obama's idea of a loose bear is an unplanned walk to a Starbucks near the White House. Putin's idea of a loose bear is stealing Crimea. Obama's idea of risk-taking is shooting pool with a Democratic Governor. Putin's idea of risk-taking is handing out anti-aircraft missiles to separatists in Ukraine. Putin’s actions remind us of a time when America was threatened by a real metaphorical bear, as a 1984 Reagan campaign ad referred to the Soviet Union.

The very self-image of Obama as a bear is so delusional that it brings into question the degree to which he is simply out of touch with reality.

Which brings us back to the Josh Earnest quote about tranquility in the international community.

What Josh Earnest is channeling is Obama's personal tranquility.

From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our president lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems.

Have any of the thousand-plus Hamas missiles been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

If you can reduce your presidency to a Starbucks visit, a man with a horse head mask, shooting pool and visiting Joe Biden's burger joint for lunch you can have a very successful presidency as you have defined it, even if the real world is disintegrating.

The President’s detachment from reality is fast infecting the rest of his party. How else can we explain fellow Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating this week that “the border is secure”?

This "tranquility" line was a Freudian slip by the President's spokesman that reveals the deep gap between reality and the Obama White House.

President Obama is rapidly becoming the weakest president since James Buchanan failed to stop the drift toward Civil War.  Self-delusion and a rich fantasy life are dangerous in a president. They often lead to disasters that are unimaginable until they happen.  That is what we have to worry about for the next two years until he leaves public office for a private fantasy land.

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« Reply #1544 on: July 19, 2014, 09:15:02 AM »

"President Obama is rapidly becoming the weakest president since James Buchanan failed to stop the drift toward Civil War"

I disagree with this statement.   How can he be the "weakest President" yet have done so much to damage this country.  Thanks to him we have embarked on the first platform to full socialized single payer health care (United Kingdom as the role model), open borders, military draw down, increased centralized power of the executive branch and all the agencies it runs forcing through a widely political agenda, the strangulation of industries he wants to abolish, the fascist mix of companies that support him and he thus returns the favors by granting them preferential treatment and government money,  the abuse and getting away with using agencies to target political enemies, the near infliction of carbon tax that will devastate the economy raise prices and hurt the energy industry, the increased transfer of wealth, the explosion in entitlement spending,  and more.

Newt,  You got it wrong.  This is hardly the stuff of a "weak" President.  In these ways he has become one of the most powerful Presidents in our time.   

What he is; is the most anti-American President the most damaging President, the most imperial President, the most cynical,  the most divisive, the most ideological one we have ever seen.
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« Reply #1545 on: July 20, 2014, 08:55:10 AM »

The flaw in Newt's piece is that he assumes Obama wants America to be America, that he wants America to succeed.
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« Reply #1546 on: July 20, 2014, 05:16:24 PM »

"The flaw in Newt's piece is that he assumes Obama wants America to be America, that he wants America to succeed"

There is something about establishment Republicans, of which Newt is one, that they either will not or cannot accept this proposition.  They keep proclaiming he is weak or incompetent or well intentioned but just plain wrong.  But reasons or reason unclear to me they are unwilling to speak the real truth.   

And to me, that says the establishment Right is weak.
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« Reply #1547 on: July 23, 2014, 11:51:26 AM »

http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/22/latest-obama-claim-i-dont-learn-anything-news/
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« Reply #1548 on: July 25, 2014, 07:21:20 PM »

I prefer to defeat the governing philosophy instead of finding flaws in the humans at the top, but lying to us, talking out of both sides of the mouth, misrepresenting everything, along with cronyism and corruption all seem to be an essential component of the governing philosophy.  Someone needs to expose it. 

This is from a blog called Dan from Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh).  Nothing particularly new here, just a very nice job of compilation and sourcing.  Links and full explanations are included for every item. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval
In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.
In April 2014, Ralph Nader said that Obama should be impeached for his actions in Libya.

2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton cronies – just like Bush did
In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of using kickbacks to get foreign contracts.
Don’t be fooled by the words “former subsidiary.” These are the same Halliburton cronies that Bush gave a no-bid contract to.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/13/obamas-mounting-hypocrisy/

3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any
On November 15, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Obama said that lobbyists
“… will not work in my White House.”
However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration. A list of them can be seen here.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-makes-a-mockery-of-his-own-lobbyist-ban/article/17568
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5) Broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay   ...

Oops, the list is now 780.  (link is above)
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« Reply #1549 on: July 28, 2014, 06:56:37 AM »

"He is saying to a lot of immigrants and other groups, you can differ with conservatives on one issue (or two or three) and still vote conservative to move the country (state) in a better direction.  Certainly Reagan did that in his day with a wide range of voters"

Yes Reagan granted amnesty to millions.  That backfired and the vast majority vote for the other party.  Indeed I doubt anyone thinks Reagan could possibly win California now.   

Obama is not a weak President.  He is a very strong President.  He is done everything he said he would.  Socialized medicine.  Towards the eventual universal single payer.  A powerful EPA with expanding regulations.  Putting coal out of business.  Almost the carbon tax.   Higher taxes.  Blame the rich while taking all their money in taxes and payoffs.

He is changing the electorate as fast as he can.   Turning us into a one party country like Reagan's state is now.

He is downsizing the military, retreating from foreign involvement.  Withdrawn support from Israel as much he can while most Jews will support him anyway.

Need I go on.

The only weak ones are the Republicans.  They can't even get their message straight.  Most of their leaders are fumbling around. 

Obama has indeed in affect checked out.  Why?  He is not disengaged.  His work is done.  He has put America on his and his liberal backers trajectory.   Now just sit back and tell the Republicans 'f' 'y', play golf, hobnob with the beautiful and interesting people, travel all over seeing the sites, eat all the world's best food and enjoy.

He 'f' us over pretty good if you asked me.

 
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