This was the moment:
Even Trump aint that self-adoring. And that ought to show you what a truly sick puppy Obama is.
This was the moment:
Even Trump aint that self-adoring. And that ought to show you what a truly sick puppy Obama is.
I’ve been comparing Barack Obama’s presidency to a metastasizing cancer all this time. But yeah, he really is a lot more like Ebola. Because under this demonic fool’s “leadership,” America is bleeding out and infecting the rest of the world with weakness that emboldens the human viruses otherwise known as rogue regimes (such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea) and terrorists who want to impose their caliphate on people too weak to resist the disease of their ideology.
Let’s recap Obama on Ebola. Remember, he brought in health workers who had been infected with Ebola. And he assured the American people with these words on September 16:
First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.
Obama told us Ebola would never get here. And to further reassure us, he told us that even if it did, we were completely prepared for it.
And of course, Obama, being a wise and competent messiah, was completely correct and Ebola never got here.
Except, oh, wait. It DID get here, thanks to his incompetence. And no, we WEREN’T prepared here at home, given the fact that after Obama allowed an infected man to come here from West Africa, two nurses contracted ebola and we’ve had infected people flying around on huge passenger airplanes and sailing around on giant cruise ships.
The worst problem with the CDS is the worst problem with Obama – stunning and appalling ARROGANCE.
Remember Obama’s appearance like unto a god in front of the Grecian columns? What did I say of Obama back in August of 2008?
It’s not that Obama wants to be pretentious; it’s simply who he is. […]
But in that gigantic stadium (even without the echoes), with all those pretentious columns in the background, and with all those cheering people, even a humble speech will come across with the aura of one of those vain but petty dictators talking to the people while wearing one of those fancy dress military uniforms with the big shoulder board epaulettes.
History now proves I was so freaking right it’s beyond unreal.
The term “malignant narcissist” applies quite well in describing this man.
“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”
Yep, that’s exactly what happened, all right. Messiah Obama healed the planet with the deity of his magnificence.
You Democrats are going to so burn in hell for believing this demoniac’s lies it’s beyond unreal. The reason we’ve got “global warming” now is because God had to increase the temperature of hell for you Democrats who worship homosexual sodomy on an alter of 60 million murdered babies as you pray to socialist human government in place of the God of the Bible. So get used to the heat, liberal, ’cause it will be the rest of your damned eternity.
Remember Obama assuring us about the Islamic State that has since established its own caliphate across the Syria and Iraq that Obama so godawfully failed in and now has its own freaking air force???
In a wide-ranging interview with the New Yorker, President Barack Obama compared Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq and Syria to junior varsity basketball players, downplaying their threat as small-league. He also shared what he thought were the chances of reaching Middle East peace agreements.
New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Remnick characterized Obama’s analogy as “uncharacteristically flip.”
Let’s just call it what it is, was, has been and will continue to be until the White House has been decontaminated of Obama’s moral stink and the millions of demons who now inhabit that place have been exorcised: the stunning personal arrogance of an appallingly wicked malignant narcissist.
Obama believes he’s a god. And he’s a devil-servant of the god of this world (that’s Satan, folks).
After weeks, if not months, of dithering, they finally came up with a name for the operation to call this non-war: “Inherent Resolve.” The problem is that that phrase is non-sequitur: there is and can be nothing “inherent” about “resolve.” “Resolve” is a choice, an act of will. Resolve is something you choose to have and never something you can be innately born having. And the thing that is crystal clear – given the fact that not ONE general claims that Obama’s strategy of having no combat forces has any chance of succeeding whatsoever – is that Obama very clearly does NOT have any “resolve” of any kind, “inherent” or otherwise.
If the generals are saying anything, they are screaming that Obama’s “strategy” cannot succeed.
But that doesn’t stop Obama from dishonestly claiming that he’s succeeding when in fact his operation against ISIS is nothing short of one long, sustained FAIL.
It’s all nakedly and cynically political for Obama. He doesn’t give a flying damn about American interests or US national security until AFTER the election. Because politics is all that matters to this thug.
So we get with Ebola the same damn thing we got with Islamic State: a bunch of Stalinist pronouncements that had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the real freaking world.
Here’s an example from Obama’s handpicked CDC muckymuck along with a brief description of how Frieden got to be Obama’s CDC muckymuck in the first place (i.e., because he’s a naked leftist ideologue):
We seem to be one of the few nations not taking the spread of Ebola seriously. Perhaps we are just a smidge overconfident. When Mr. Frieden assured the nation that we would “stop Ebola in its tracks” earlier this month, he listed several protocols that would keep the disease from spreading. Few of those appear to have been followed.
Mr. Frieden was previously Commissioner of New York City’s Health Department. Highlights of his time in that post include an aggressive anti-smoking media campaign and the successful (and controversial) effort to stamp out trans-fats. Given his past, he may have unwarranted confidence in the power of government. Critics have called him an “overzealous activist.” In facing down the Ebola virus, we hope he is that and more.
So Frieden was appointed to be Obama’s CDC head because he was a reliable leftist ideologue political hack. PERIOD. He has proven that he is utterly incompetent at stopping Ebola. But that is irrelevant to Obama.
Frieden then: “We will stop it in its tracks, because we’ve got infection control in hospitals and public health that tracks and isolates people if they get symptoms.”
Frieden now: “Stopping Ebola is hard.” . . . “We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control.”
Frieden claimed that “virtually any hospital in the country that can do isolation can do isolation for Ebola.”
Sure it can. But also remember that any brain-eating zombie will be extremely disappointed when they get their chance to feast on the contents of Obama’s skull and the skulls of all his damn advisors.
I could go on and on and on providing the stunningly arrogant statements coming out of the stunningly arrogant Obama White House.
“Our nurses are not protected, they’re not prepared to handle Ebola or any other pandemics,” DeMoro said. “The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place and are not in place anywhere in the United States, as far as we can tell.”
So far, we’ve had two nurses confirmed with Ebola. The second nurse flew on TWO passenger flights and the CDC that so blatantly assured us that they were the experts who were in charge of everything are now desperately searching for hundreds of passengers who were exposed.
If that isn’t bad enough, the aircraft she was on was NOT taken out of service immediately, but continued to operate:
The same plane used on Flight 1143 was used on an Oct. 14 flight from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The plane with tail number N22OFR later returned to Cleveland that afternoon before heading on a route from Cleveland to Atlanta and then back.
But, oops, it turns out that plane went on FIVE more trips:
Frontier now says it is notifying up to 800 passengers total, a figure that includes those on her October 10 Dallas-to-Cleveland flight, the return flight on Monday, plus five other trips taken by the plane before the airline took it out of service. Frontier says it’s telling those passengers to contact the CDC — which had said the risk to anyone on the return flight was extremely low — if they have any concerns.
But it just keeps getting better: a health worker who was exposed to Obama’s Ebola virus went on a cruise with 4,633 passengers and crew.
Now, if I wrote a book or produced a movie that described this kind of plot as to how the deadly disease spread, no body would bother with it. Because nobody could possibly believe a government could actually be that criminally incompetent.
But of course that was before Barack Obama, the most incompetent, bungling, demon-possessed fool who ever lived.
Keep in mind, if those nurses and healthcare workers shouldn’t fly, THEN WE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWING PEOPLE FROM WEST AFRICA TO FLY HERE, SHOULD WE???
I mean, Obama basically has issued a travel ban: only it only applies to Americans in America rather than to infected West Africans coming from West Africa to make us sick here.
But Obama’s policy is not based on sanity, but on political correctness. It might hurt West Africa’s feelings if there’s a travel ban. It’s better to risk the American homeland, instead. Obama is viewing Ebola through his “legacy” rather than through his job as president of the United States with the duty of preserving American lives.
You want to put this into racial terms – the way the people who are demanding we keep exposing ourselves to Ebola rather than impose travel restrictions are – fine. Let’s just point out the attitude of the Obama regime: Ebola is ravaging amongst the primitive black people, but we’re better. We’re more intelligent and more advanced than those dirty blacks in Africa and we can treat Ebola where they can’t. So there’s your racist angle for you. As always, it’s LIBERALS who are being the racists, not decent folk who want to protect their nation from a terrifying disease that is clearly FAR more virulent than they’ve been claiming and that has no known cure.
Obama’s political ideologues like Frieden make the sweeping argument that a “total travel ban” would hurt our ability to fight Ebola. Bullcrap. Number one, NOBODY IS ATTEMPTING TO IMPLEMENT A TOTAL TRAVEL BAN; resources would keep pouring IN; it’s “OUT” that needs to be controlled. They claim that ANY travel restriction is tantamount to a TOTAL ban, which is what Obama always does as he employs false narratives and false dilemmas to get his way.
So I welcome infected nurses to keep flying around America. As long as infected Africans should have a chance to fly in from Africa, well, dammit, infected Americans should have a chance to fly around America, too. I hope an infected person knocks on your damn door and comes in and coughs in your stupid, ugly face if you voted for Obama. Because that’s the LEAST of what you deserve, DEMOnic BureauCRAT.
The right thing to do is to put everyone coming from West Africa through a quarantine process of at least 21 days. And to restrict travel to the United States to those who have no signs or symptoms of Ebola after a quarantine.
Anyone who isn’t truly demon-possessed ought to be able to see by now that just ONE patient like the one who flew here thanks to Obama can wreak havoc with our entire medical system and bring the whole damn thing crashing down.
Think about it: Thomas Eric Duncan caused at least two nurses, possibly more, to become infected. Those nurses and health workers have now spread the possible contagion to THOUSANDS. ONE INFECTED GUY did that. Let’s quit fooling around with this deadly disease.
A leading epidemiologist says that it’s only a matter of time before Ebola becomes airborne. That would be a disaster that we would have to go back to the Black Death to compare to. And no one will know it has happened until AFTER it has happened.
Just in case you hadn’t already concluded that the Obama regime is lying to you about Ebola and about every other damn thing it is doing, realize that the same Obama who appointed an ideologue to run his CDC just appointed an even BIGGER ideologue to be his “Ebola czar.”
That’s exactly what Obama did when he anointed Ron “Ku Klux” Klain, a Democrat thug political fixer, to be his expert on Ebola.
The Obama White House says it didn’t need a medical expert to head this operation; what they wanted was a leader. Fine. Hire a general or hire a CEO. But no, what Obama did was hire a SHYSTER LAWYER whose only “leadership” was in covering Democrat ass.
It’s really quite fascinating: Barack Obama doesn’t see himself as having an Ebola problem; he sees himself as having a political problem involving Ebola. So rather than get an actual medical expert who has dealt with pandemics before, Obama instead turns to a partisan political fixer. This turd Klain’s job isn’t to solve the Ebola problem, it’s to enforce loyalty to Obama from all the bureaucrats and medical people who might otherwise start turning on the president and leaking information to prove what a complete disgrace Obama is.
Barack Obama and the Democrat Party don’t give one flying damn about you, about your children or about this country. All of you are nothing more than a means to an end to these fascists.
You can’t trust Obama. On Ebola or on ANYTHING. The man has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a pathological liar and ideologue.
Rightfully, the Ebola virus is one of the most feared diseases in the world. Patients infected with Ebola contract something called “hemorrhagic fever” which essentially causes the body to completely deteriorate. In layman’s terms, the body basically melts. Blood seeps from the patient’s eyes, nose, mouth and other orifices. It is an incredible amount of suffering and a horrible death. There is no vaccine or proven treatment.
America’s destiny is to melt down the way an Ebola patient basically melts down. We’re losing influence, we’re losing economic power, we’re losing military strength, we’re losing resolve, we’re just losing, period.
Well, at least he’s not arrogant, right?
The aircraft was large, modern and considered among the world’s safest. But that night it was flying straight into a huge thunderstorm. Turbulence was extreme, and airspeed indicators may not have been functioning properly. Worse, the pilots were incompetent. As the plane threatened to stall they panicked by pointing the nose up, losing speed when they ought to have done the opposite. It was all over in minutes.
Was this the fate of Flight 447, the Air France jet that plunged mysteriously into the Atlantic a couple of years ago? Could be. What I’m talking about here is the Obama presidency.
When it comes to piloting, Barack Obama seems to think he’s the political equivalent of Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and—in a “Fly Me to the Moon” sort of way—Nat King Cole rolled into one. “I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,” he reportedly told an aide in 2008. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m . . . a better political director than my political director.”
On another occasion—at the 2004 Democratic convention—Mr. Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter that “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game.”
Of course, it’s tempting to be immodest when your admirers are so immodest about you. How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he’s criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble; conservatives often seem to think his blunders, foreign and domestic, are all part of a cunning scheme to turn the U.S. into a combination of Finland, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
I don’t buy it. I just think the president isn’t very bright.
Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know. Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama came to office with no experience. Plutarch warned that flattery “makes itself an obstacle and pestilence to great houses and great affairs.” Today’s White House, more so than any in memory, is stuffed with flatterers.
Much is made of the president’s rhetorical gifts. This is the sort of thing that can be credited only by people who think that a command of English syntax is a mark of great intellectual distinction. Can anyone recall a memorable phrase from one of Mr. Obama’s big speeches that didn’t amount to cliché? As for the small speeches, such as the one we were kept waiting 50 minutes for yesterday, we get Triple-A bromides about America remaining a “Triple-A country.” Which, when it comes to long-term sovereign debt, is precisely what we no longer are under Mr. Obama.
Then there is Mr. Obama as political tactician. He makes predictions that prove false. He makes promises he cannot honor. He raises expectations he cannot meet. He reneges on commitments made in private. He surrenders positions staked in public. He is absent from issues in which he has a duty to be involved. He is overbearing when he ought to be absent. At the height of the financial panic of 1907, Teddy Roosevelt, who had done much to bring the panic about by inveighing against big business, at least had the good sense to stick to his bear hunt and let J.P. Morgan sort things out. Not so this president, who puts a new twist on an old put-down: Every time he opens his mouth, he subtracts from the sum total of financial capital.
Then there’s his habit of never trimming his sails, much less tacking to the prevailing wind. When Bill Clinton got hammered on health care, he reverted to centrist course and passed welfare reform. When it looked like the Iraq war was going to be lost, George Bush fired Don Rumsfeld and ordered the surge.
Mr. Obama, by contrast, appears to consider himself immune from error. Perhaps this explains why he has now doubled down on Heckuva Job Geithner. It also explains his insulting and politically inept habit of suggesting—whether the issue is health care, or Arab-Israeli peace, or change we can believe in at some point in God’s good time—that the fault always lies in the failure of his audiences to listen attentively. It doesn’t. In politics, a failure of communication is always the fault of the communicator.
Much of the media has spent the past decade obsessing about the malapropisms of George W. Bush, the ignorance of Sarah Palin, and perhaps soon the stupidity of Rick Perry. Nothing is so typical of middling minds than to harp on the intellectual deficiencies of the slightly less smart and considerably more successful.
But it takes actual smarts to understand that glibness and self-belief are not sufficient proof of genuine intelligence. Stupid is as stupid does, said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. The presidency of Barack Obama is a case study in stupid does.
Oh, well. Never mind about that thing about him not being pretty much the world’s most self-exalted specimen in the history of the human race.
By some strange coincidence (or by some mystical alignment revealing the essence of Obama for the foolish fraud that he is), the same day the above article emerged the following Dilbert cartoon came out:
Note the stunning similarity in character: yes, the narcissist is a complete screw-up, but somehow he believes himself to be absolutely magnificent.
Have you ever encountered one of those punk kids who was just as certain that he was smarter than everybody else as he was that he was God’s gift to the entire universe? Usually these arrogant little vermin end up in prison because they just keep going farther and farther and getting away with crap until they finally take that one giant step too far. But occasionally they get elected president before the truth emerges about them.
When that happens, in the words of former chair of Obama’s council of economic advisers Christina Romer, we are all “pretty darned f—ked.” At least, that is, until somebody finally does something to control the irritating little turd.
This was amazing. And it’s happening more and more these days:
Wed Nov 17, 2:10 pm ET
If the Science Guy passes out and nobody tweets it, did it happen?
By Brett Michael Dykes
Last night in front of an audience of hundreds at a presentation at the University of Southern California, TV personality Bill Nye — popularly known as the “Science Guy” — collapsed midsentence as he walked toward a podium. Early indications are that Nye is OK, but what’s odd about the incident isn’t so much Nye’s slight health setback as the crowd’s reaction. Or, more precisely, its nonreaction, according to several accounts.
It appears that the students in attendance, rather than getting up from their seats to rush to Nye’s aid, instead pulled out their mobile devices to post information about Nye’s loss of consciousness.
Alastair Fairbanks, a USC senior in attendance for Nye’s presentation, told the Los Angeles Times that “nobody went to his aid at the very beginning when he first collapsed — that just perplexed me beyond reason.” The student added, “Instead, I saw students texting and updating their Twitter statuses. It was just all a very bizarre evening.”
Indeed, a cursory search on Twitter revealed a virtual play-by-play account of the incident. One student wrote, “Bill Nye tripped on his computer cord while speaking at USC, was out for abt 5 secs, got back up, spoke w/ slurred speech and fainted.”
According to the school’s student news outlet, the Daily Trojan, Nye asked, “What happened? How long was I out?” when he regained consciousness. Briskly picking up his humorous persona, he added, “Wow, that was crazy. I feel like Lady Gaga or something.” Nye’s publicity team didn’t immediately respond to The Lookout’s request for comment on the episode.
[Rewind: NBA coach faints at practice]
Still, in the annals of the digital public’s civic indifference, the Nye incident is nowhere near as disturbing as another episode reported in New Orleans earlier this week, which oddly enough also involved a humorist. Anthony Barre, a New Orleans man popular for his acid-tongued comic performances on YouTube using the handle “Messy Mya,” was murdered on the streets of the city’s 7th Ward — the historically Creole neighborhood chronicled in the HBO series “Treme.” As he lay dying, witnesses at the scene took to the Internet to chronicle the tragedy in real time, even posting photos of his body lying in a pool of blood.
Here’s how the Times-Picayune’s Brendan McCarthy described the incident:
Moments after gunshots roared through the 7th Ward on Sunday night, a lone snapshot appeared on the Internet.
In it, a 22-year-old man is lying cheek to the ground, crimson pooling around his neck. His eyes are closed, his torso curled.
Chaos explodes around him, with the arms of others pressed to the back of his head. And someone is holding a cell phone just inches from his face.
This is how the world learned of Messy Mya’s death.
Prior to this week’s episodes, perhaps the best-known incident of youthful digital passivity in the face of danger was the September 2007 tasing of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer at a speech delivered by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry. That episode immortalized the expression “Don’t tase me, bro!” The crowd of onlookers trying to capture the encounter on their cellphone cameras later prompted Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert to imagine the internal monologue of a bored-looking kid seated next to Meyer thusly: “He’s thinking, ‘I wish they’d stop tasing this guy, so I can get home and watch him being tased on YouTube.’ “
There’s a line of dialogue I remember from a movie called “Wild Bill” as the two characters entered a sleazy town:
And here’s a “part” of the Bible this incident reminds me of:
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these” (Saint Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
And dang, doesn’t texting and tweeting and video cameras ever bring to life the “malicious gossips” section of this prophetic passage?
I can’t even imagine a man collapsing in front of me and not rushing over to try to help him. So imagine how unimaginable it must be for me to imagine a huge crowd of people texting and twittering while a man falls down and lies unconscious on a stage.
A week ago I had a VA (Veterans Administration) appointment. A man in a wheelchair was trying to get through a door that shut on him. Ten of us immediately got up from our seats to help him.
But that was a far, FAR better generation than “the last days” group we’ve got now. It makes me nauseous to think about these effete, sanctimonious, sycophantic, self-righteous snobs.
These are the punks who voted for Obama in such huge numbers in 2008. They’re the ones who lecture us about the environment and taxes and gay marriage and abortion and illegal immigration and ObamaCare and big government and all the other politically correct crap.
On the tape, Gore states: “When I was your age and the civil rights revolution was unfolding, and we kids asked our parents and their generation, ‘Explain to me again why it’s okay for the law to officially discriminate against people because of their skin color?’
“And when our parents’ generation couldn’t answer that question, that’s when the law started to change. There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know,” he continued.
“Why would that be? Well in a period of rapid change, the old assumptions sometimes just don’t work anymore because they’re out of date,” Gore said.
For the record, Al Gore didn’t invent treating black people like human beings any more than he invented the internet. There were people who fought a bitter Civil War nearly 150 years ago to bring that about. They were called “Republicans.” And the people they fought were called “Democrats.”
And the only reason “the old assumptions” are “out of date” these days is because demonic rat bastard moralizing panderers like Al Gore have become the teachers of this terminal generation. And the same people who constantly congratulate themselves on just how wonderful they are don’t even deserve to be called “pathetic.”
“Barack Obama’s support from backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton is stuck smack where it was in June, a poll showed Tuesday, a stunning lack of progress that is weakening him with members of the Democratic Party in the close presidential race,” according to the Washington Times. The Times article also says that Hillary Clinton primary voters “find Obama less likable, honest, experienced and inspiring than Democrats overall do, and have a better view of McCain.”
That’s what I call a triple whammy: zero progress with an essential voter block; erosion of confidence in the Democratic Party; and a whopping load of Democrats don’t like him, don’t trust him, don’t think he’s qualified, and actually prefer his Republican opponent over him.
Sounds like things aren’t going all that great in Obamaland, the Peoples’ Socialist Republic of. And when you add to these woes the problems he’s having in crucial swing states he desperately needs to win (like Pennsylvania), and the six point gulf between what the polls say and how he will likely actually do in November, and Obama’s problems begin to stack up like a house of cards.
I have marvelled at just how terrible a candidate Barack Obama has been since learning of his incredibly radical church and his incredibly anti-American and anti-white reverend. He is the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate, who in turn chose the third most liberal member of the Senate as his running mate. Even the man’s vaunted speaking ability has turned out to be limited to the presence of a teleprompter! And yet fickle Demorats spurned their inevitable candidate for a fling with a politician who cynically promised to bring “hope” and “change,” but turned out to have “the political instincts of a Chicago thug.”
There are some discrepencies in the polling data, like there always are in almost every polling issue; just enough to provide the Obama campaing with hope:
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Clinton supporters are turning to Obama “in huge numbers” and noted that the AP-Yahoo News data differed from other polls. He said strong feelings by Clinton supporters were understandable considering the length and intensity of the Democratic primaries and said of Clinton, “She’s done everything we’ve asked her to do.”
But I would submit that this is the same overconfident and arrogant campaign that was being widely criticized by Democratic insiders only ten days ago.
Americans are outraged over the housing finance meltdown, and Obama has benefitted with a short term bump in the polls. But few analysts believe that the Wall Street turmoil will be decisive, and some feel that if Americans are truly frightened, they will turn to McCain, who leads Obama in perceived trust, leadership, and experience according to poll internals.
An article titled “Barack Obama under fire for ignoring advice on how to beat John McCain” reveals a number of key points, such as:
1) Democratic Party advisors are deeply concerned about the Obama campaign.
2) These advisers are particularly concerned because they believe Obama is actually doing 4-6 points WORSE than the polls indicate.
3) The Obama campaign – in a state of denial – is flat-out ignoring the advice from Democratic strategists who have run successful campaigns.
4) The primary reason for this state of denial according to these strategists appears to be arrogance.
5) On the one hand, liberals have a very real problem with having launched vicious and false attacks that have undermined their credibility: “The snobbery of it, the meanness of it, reminded the entire country, for the first time in a decade, what it is they don’t like about the Left.”
6) On the other hand, the Obama campaign has a problem with whining about being attacked: “I really find it offensive when Democrats ask the Republicans not to be nasty to us, which is effectively what Obama keeps doing. They know thats how the game is played.”
The story makes for a very entertaining read for those who want to see a McCain victory (or at least an Obama loss). If any pro-Obama people read this piece, they can do so knowing that the Obama campaign isn’t paying any attention to any of it:
Barack Obama and his senior advisers are under fire for ignoring the advice of Democratic senators and governors who are concerned that they do not know how to beat John McCain.
By Tim Shipman in Washington
Last Updated: 9:29PM BST 13 Sep 2008
The Democratic presidential candidate’s slump in the polls has sparked pointed private criticism that he is squandering a once-in-a-generation chance to win back the White House.
Party elders also believe the Obama camp is in denial about warnings from Democratic pollsters that his true standing is four to six points lower than that in published polls because of hidden racism from voters – something that would put him a long way behind Mr McCain.
The Sunday Telegraph has learned that senators, governors and union leaders who have experience of winning hard-fought races in swing states have been bombarding Obamas campaign headquarters with telephone calls offering advice. But many of those calls have not been returned.
A senior Democratic strategist, who has played a prominent role in two presidential campaigns, told The Sunday Telegraph: “These guys are on the verge of blowing the greatest gimme in the history of American politics. They’re the most arrogant bunch Ive ever seen. They won’t accept that they are losing and they won’t listen.”
After leading throughout the year, Mr Obama now trails Mr McCain by two to three points in national polls.
Party leaders and commentators say that the Democrat candidate spent too much of the summer enjoying his own popularity and not enough defining his positions on the economy – the number one issue for voters – or reaching out to those blue collar workers whose votes he needs if he is to beat Mr McCain.
Others concede that his trip to Europe was a distraction that enhanced his celebrity status rather than his electability on Main Street, USA.
Since Sarah Palin was unveiled as Mr McCain’s running mate, the Obama camp has faced accusations that it has been pushed off message and has been limp in responding to attacks.
A Democratic National Committee official told The Sunday Telegraph: “I really find it offensive when Democrats ask the Republicans not to be nasty to us, which is effectively what Obama keeps doing. They know thats how the game is played.”
Mr Obama tried to answer that critique on Friday when he responded in kind, issuing an attack advert depicting his Republican opponent as out of touch and mocking the 72-year-old Mr McCain’s confession that he does not know how to use email.
He rammed home the point during a rally in New Hampshire, pointing out Mr McCains recent admission that he was divorced from some of the challenges of ordinary Americans.
Mr Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, called it the first day of the rest of the campaign.
But that was the fourth time in the last nine months that Mr Obamas team have been forced to declare that the gloves are coming off. And Mr Plouffe’s dismissal of Democratic doubts as hand-wringing and bed-wetting only served to reinforce the growing doubts about what some see as a bunker mentality among Obamas inner circle – where outside advice, even from highly experienced people, is not welcomed.
The Democratic strategist told The Sunday Telegraph: “They think they know best. They don’t return calls. There are governors and senators calling them up with ideas. They don’t get back to them.
“These are senior people from the border states and the South who know how to beat Republicans, and they’re being ignored. They ignored everyone during the primaries and they came through it, so they think they can do the same again.”
Mr Obama has never won an electoral contest against a strong Republican candidate. David Axelrod, his chief strategist has been hailed as a political genius for beating the Clinton machine, but Democrats now point out that he has never run a successful campaign in the heartland states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Virginia, which will decide the election. His expertise is in mobilising young, educated and black voters in urban areas.
Mark Cunningham of the New York Post summed up the private views of many: “If it suddenly seems like the Obama campaign doesn’t have any idea what it’s doing, maybe that’s because it doesn’t.”
Party elders are also studying internal polling material which warns the Obama camp that his true standing is worse than it appears in polls because voters lie to polling companies about their reluctance to vote for a black candidate. The phenomenon is known in the US as the Bradley effect, after Tom Bradley, a black candidate for governor of California who lost after leading comfortably in polls.
The strategist said: “I’ve seen memos where they’ve been told to factor in four to six points for the Bradley effect, but they’re in denial about it.
They say the polls also underestimate the enthusiasm of young voters and African Americans and they believe that balances things out. But that’s a wing and a prayer stuff. There’s previous evidence for the Bradley effect.”
Other Democrats are openly mocking of Mr Obama’s much vaunted “50-state strategy”, in which he spends money campaigning throughout the US in the hope that it will force Mr McCain to divert funds to previously safe states. Critics say a utopian belief in bringing the nation together has trumped the cold electoral calculus that is necessary to triumph in November.
Doug Schoen, a former pollster for Bill Clinton, last week declared it insanity not to concentrate resources on the swing states.
The Democratic strategist said: “My Republican friends think its mad. Before Sarah Palin came along we were investing money in Alaska, for Christ’s sake, that could have been spent in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“It assumes Republicans are stupid and, when it comes to winning elections, they’re not.”
The one thing everyone agrees the Obama camp have woken up to is the toxic effect on their chances of Mrs Palin’s arrival on the national scene. Polls show that white women voters, attracted to her down home virtues, now support Mr McCain by a margin of 12 points, the same lead among white women that George W. Bush enjoyed over John Kerry in 2004. Until recently, Mr Obama led among that group of voters by six points.
A senior aide to one of the most powerful Democrats in the House of Representatives voiced the fears of many: “Palin doesn’t just play to the Republican base. She has much broader appeal.”
The aide said that her repeated mockery of Mr Obama’s boasts about his time as a community organiser in Chicago are “the most effective criticisms of Barack Obama we have yet seen.” He said: “Americans in small and medium size towns dont know what the hell a community organiser is. Real Americans graduate from high school or college and get a job that pays a wage. Campus radicals go off and organise a community.”
Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter, blamed the defection of women voters from Mr Obama on the atom bomb of ritual abuse by left-wing bloggers and Democratic officials, painting Mrs Palin as a bad mother and religious weirdo.
Ms Noonan wrote: “The snobbery of it, the meanness of it, reminded the entire country, for the first time in a decade, what it is they don’t like about the Left.”
The Republican strategist Dan Schnur said that the effect was to repel blue collar, family-oriented voters. “They didn’t like Obama in the primaries and voted for Hillary. And they still don’t like him now so they’re voting for Palin.
“Obama can still win these voters over, but his difficulty in establishing an emotional connection with them is probably his greatest challenge between now and election day.”
On Thursday Mr Obama did take advice from Bill Clinton, who is understood to have suggested ways to show those workers that he cares, an area where the former president excelled.
But it is a measure of his plight that the man who derailed the ambitions of Mrs Clinton, the most powerful woman in Democratic politics, now needs help from her husband to overcome the popularity of another alpha female who may be an even greater risk to his White House ambitions.
Barack Obama, campaigning in Georgia, offered the following pearl of wisdom regarding America’s lack of foreign language proficiency:
“It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German,” he had said. “And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is ‘Merci beaucoup.’
I can’t help but remember one of his other critical lectures regarding the ignorance of Americans:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
I guess you can add “the English language” to that list of things that Barack Obama thinks Americans are bitterly clinging to.
Barack Obama came under a lot of fire for little “bitter” remark. I myself was actually much more upset by the incipient Marxism that Barack Obama revealed in his thinking, but the criticism that stuck was that Barack Obama was arrogant, and an elitist. He went to some bunch-of-money per plate pinky-in-the-air fund raising event in San Francisco, and proceeded to tell a bunch of fellow arrogant elitists what he really thought about those idiot hicks over in Pennsylvania.
The charge of “elitism” has continued to resonate with the voters:
(CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama is saddled with a potentially toxic image problem: that he has an elitist attitude.
Well, I really don’t want to give the Obama campaign any useful advice, but one thing I’d tell their guy if I were inclined to help him is: “Hey, Barack, if you really truly want to dispel the impression that you’re a condescending elitist jerk, please, PLEASE, don’t tell us simple-minded Americans we’re not as smart as those sophisticated Europeans and then throw out something in French.”
Jesse Jackson was completely unfair in claiming that Barack Obama was “talking down to black people.”
He talks down to white people too (excepting European white people, of course).
You can say that our first metrosexual candidate for President is an equal-opportunity condescending elitist jerk. He looks down on pretty much everybody.
Obama’s right in a narrow sense, of course: Americans for the most part haven’t bothered to learn a bunch of other languages. Instead, Americans have occupied themselves with building such a great, such a wealthy, such a powerful, such an influential country, that everybody else in the world found it necessary to learn to speak English.
Unlike Barack Obama, I like the American way better.
On a sheer practical level, one must understand the sheer size of the United States relative to Europe, and the absence of the influence of foreign languages upon American culture.
In terms of size, if you overlay the United States over Europe, the U.S. literally either covers or overlaps Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herze-govina, Serbia and Montenegro, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sweden, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Syria. We don’t have anywhere NEAR the constant “international contact” with languages that Europeans routinely have due to the small size of the countries, and we’re isolated by two oceans to boot. It’s simply ridiculous to expect us to have the same grasp of other languages that people living in countries you can drive through in a few hours have.
In terms of influence, our only foreign language-speaking neighbor – Mexico – is frankly insignificant to the overwhelming majority of Americans. Mexico’s economy has been in a perennial state of shambles for over a century now. Apart from being polite, why should Americans learn to speak Spanish?
And related to that last point, just what language should Americans learn? French? (Seriously, WHY!?!?) Chinese? Russian? Maybe we should learn Arabic, so we can better beg them for oil if – heaven forbid – Barack Obama gets elected and cuts off all our domestic oil production?
The simple fact of the matter is that Americans haven’t learned foreign languages because we haven’t needed to. And if Barack Obama is somehow ashamed of us for that, that’s really just his problem, isn’t it?
There’s another thing about Obama’s “English” remark that underscores his arrogance and elitism: he frankly thinks he knows better than an overwhelming majority of Americans on the issue of just what language Americans ought to be speaking in this country.
According to Rasmussen Reports:
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Americans believe that English should be the official language of the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults found that only 11% disagree and 4% are not sure.
You know who issued Executive Order 13166 into law requiring multilingualism in federal documents? The last Democrat president we elected. He smuggled this unpopular edict into law in the waning days of his presidency.
That’s just the kind of exposure to foreign languages that Americans don’t need. And it’s just the kind of stuff that Barack Obama – “I know better than you, merci beaucoup” – is going to give us if he’s elected President.
The real danger for Obama is that his arrogance and elitism could – and frankly should – become a unifying narrative, where absolutely everything he says or does becomes interpreted through the prism of “elitism.”
Charles Krauthammer recently did a rather masterful job of connecting Obama’s dismissals regarding his rampant pattern of recent flip flopping with his personal arrogance, for example:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: What impresses me is his audacity. Everybody moves to the center after securing the nomination. There’s nothing new under the sun there.
He did it in a particularly spectacular way with the flips that you talked about. There are a couple of others on NAFTA and flag pins, and he does it all within about three weeks. It’s sort of unprecedented.
But he goes way beyond that. On each of these he pretends that he has never changed. He says, yes, I said the gun bill was constitutional and I supported it. And now he supports the Supreme Court decision that rules it unconstitutional, and pretends it is the same decision.
But then he goes beyond that, reaching an almost acrobatic level of cynicism here, in which he says, as you indicated, Fred, anybody who believes otherwise, anybody who believes he is not actually a flipper and he hasn’t actually changed, is himself cynical, or, as he puts it, “steeped in the old politics,” and so cynical that they can’t even believe that a politician like him would act on principle.
What non-political no-self-interested reason explains his change on campaign finance other than the fact that he has a lot of money and he would lose it otherwise if he had stuck to his principles?
What non-self-interested reason explains his flip on guns, on FISA, on the flag pins, on everything? But he thinks he–what impresses me is his intellectual arrogance. He thinks everyone is either a fool who would believe all this, or a knave who is somehow distorting his words.
So Barack Obama is pretty much “talking down” to the American people as a matter of routine.
Sadly, too many Americans might just prove to be too dumb to recognize it, which is why Krauthammer ends his above analysis by saying, “I think he will get away with it.”
The only thing worse than being “talked down to” is being dumb enough to allow the tactic to succeed.
Tell you what: come November, I hope the American people overwhelmingly vote to say “good bye” to Barack Obama. They can use as many languages to say it as they want: Adios. Au Revoir. Auf wiedersehen. Ciao. Sayonara. Ma’a salaamah. Namasté. Zai jian. And please don’t let the door hit your rear end on the way out.