There’s no doubt President Obama’s liberal supporters are worried by his lackluster performance in the Denver debate. “Everyone is in shock,” one show-business liberal told the Hollywood reporter. “No one can understand what happened.” The Obama faithful are offering the White House advice, talking points, pep talks — anything to improve the president’s performance when he next faces Mitt Romney at Hofstra University on October 16. But for some liberal writers, the concern goes deeper. Perhaps Obama’s somewhat withdrawn demeanor at the debate was an indication that he doesn’t even want a second term as president.
Comments: Obama has said so a number of times. It's time to hold him accountable for his pledge that if things didn't get better after three years that it's a one-term proposition.
There is another word for this-LAZY". Obama can't finish anything he starts; has an attention span of a flea, is always looking for an angle where he can get away with doing nothing except dismantling. He is not intelligent. What we saw at the debate is the sum and substance of his knowledge acquired over 4 years.
Let's equate Obama to a Lottery winner. He has won the big bucks and will continue to get paid well for the rest of his miserable life without lifting a finger. He and Michelle can live the life that they have become accustomed to without have to work for it. He may criticize the greedy rich guys, but now that he is one, his complaints don't sound as genuine. He can play golf every day instead of every other day. He is hooked on OPM. He really doesn't care.
Why do you think he has been out giving speeches ever since he became the Occupier? He goes out, gives a speech that someone else wrote, and he's done for the day so he can go play golf, or shoot hoops, or hang with his buds. Governing? That requires work which is why he has signed so many EO's. Monica Crowley said yesterday that she doesn't feel like he likes being prez. He likes the perk but not the work. If he has another bad debate performance, I think more people are going to conclude that as well.
When a lazy man has a wealth and a handsome pension for life, and a free mansion in Hawaii nest to a golf course, why would he want four more years of toil? And as a narcissist, why would he want two more humiliating public thrashings at the hands of Romney. Watch for a medical issue to pop up.
A measure of a person's heart (in addition to the people they choose to surround them) is how they spend what time is at their discretion. In addition to the frustration that York details, that mansion in Hawaii is calling to him like a Siren song. All that sun. All that golf. So few Republicans. It worked for Ferdinand Marcos - it might be working for NerØbama. We may have stumbled upon a way to deal with dictators, and dictators in waiting.
I think Romney had a great chance just being the anti-Obama,now there's some real affection for him which should help with turnout. Theleft thinks everybody hates rich people when it's really their own base who would vote for Obama anyway. There's no hint at all Romney piled up his wealth doing anything shady,unlike the guy who helped Obama get his house in Chicago.
Remember Bill Clinton couldn't buy his house because he had no credit history so Terry McCallife had to put the money up. Now Clinton has an international slush fund he can raise at will because he still doesn't have a real job.
I doubt he wants a second term, but there's too many of his corrupt Dem pals with too much of a stake in the game for him to quit. I'm sure he dreams of moving on to some global organization, where he can step out of his Hawaii mansion from time to time and spout off about the need for a global poverty tax. (Remember the Global Poverty Act, the only bill BO initiated when he was Senator?) MOoch probably wants him out, so she can go on permanent vacation.
There may be yet another shiny bauble that Zero would want to grasp, which would elevate him past we, the hapless rubes he's been forced to tolerate these past four years.
While I believe the UN Charter may specifically forbid an American to be Secretary General of the UN, a supernumiary position may be crafted for him. More darkly, I could suggest that he reveals himself as Indonesian or Kenyan after all, and then he gets the big enchilada!
Quite possible. But let's consider the following and then entertain other possible factors.
FTA: And his entire career suggests that by now he should be angling for a bigger, better job. The problem is, there isn’t such a position — and a second term in the same old job doesn’t count.
a. For Obama, showing up has always been [and been accepted by others as] "accomplishment"; with actual work-product subtracted from the picture, moving "up" is about all that's left to "do". b. No more "up" means, in a different sense from the original quote, "there's no 'there' there." So, boredom in a certain sense is a natural human psychological response/reaction.
But human complexity offers room for another possibility coexisting with the others already discussed. That is, subconsciously I suggest, in whole or in greatest part, Obama has an uneasy, unbidden sense that he indeed is wholly unsuited and unqualified for the office.
Like a very, very s-l-l-o-o-o-w-w motion Looney Toons cartoon, there's no longer anything under Wile O. Bama. The soles of his feet have started to sense that. And so the rest of him is sensing there might be -- something? Where? What? Is there, really?
Can't hear the wind whistling past that falling anvil yet, but -- he senses that there's a sound going to reach him. Maybe. From -- where?
He does want a 2nd term but will not get it. He has been paid his money by his puppet handlers. He will travel on the taxpayers dime after he is out of office. He will popup occasionally to give a no nothing speech and make alot of money which will be a write-off for a company.
I'm with you #8, I think Byron has been inside the Beltway way too long...he needs to extricate himself from that American Sphincter and go get some fresh air, mingle with the people and go back in with a fresh perspective and some fire in the belly.
Can we, before our L-Tryptophan coma commences, vow to abandon all attempts to festoon Obamacare with ridiculous historical metaphors? The damn law is big, with a regulatory heft now in excess of 20,000 pages. But even this governmental behemoth groans under the weight of metaphorical ornaments both daft and dull. Obamacare is not Katrina, not in fact or political impact. Obamacare is not Iraq, not in its human or material cost or in the reckless misuse of a commander in chief´s most sacred obligations of truth, judgment, and management. Obamacare is not the Bay of Pigs, not in concept, execution, or
In trying to assess the the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, two seemingly conflicted truths emerge for me. The first is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman should not have been convicted of second degree murder or manslaughter. The second is that the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice. In examining the first conclusion, I think it´s important to take a very hard look at the qualifications allowed for aggressors by Florida´s self-defense statute: Use of force by aggressor.
Sometimes when you’re writing part of a column you keep getting close to the meaning of what you want to say but you don’t quite get there, the full formulation of the idea eludes you. Then two days later, relaxing in conversation with friends, the thought comes to you whole, and you think: That’s what I meant to say. That’s what I was trying to get. This week I had one of those moments.
In one of the toughest defeats of President Obama´s political career, the Senate this week sank a piece of gun control legislation that the White House had been laboring over for months. As the post-mortems of the loss begin, some have questioned if gun control got bogged down with the president´s ongoing struggle to effectively operate the levers of power in Washington. Culprits for the bill´s demise are plenty — from gutless Senate moderates, to inflexible pro-gun conservatives, to a brazen gun lobby that waged an aggressive, and sometimes misleading, campaign to defeat the legislation.
I remember it so clearly — a memory you can only remember so clearly when it is from sadness. You can’t let it go. I was sitting in the mud by the rear passenger side tire of my old Acura cradling my one year old in the steady, driving rain. I was sobbing doing my best not to fall apart in front of my little girl. But the tears ran. My throat hurt as I tried to suppress the guttural cries I wanted to cry there in the mud.
Pat Toomey obviously isn´t flummoxed by basic arithmetic. The Republican Pennsylvania senator is proving that as he and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., attempt to modestly modify requirements for criminal background checks on gun purchases. The two senators, both gun-rights advocates, are pushing legislation that would require such checks for all gun show and Internet sales. Toomey is being labeled a Judas in conservative circles for backing what is being described incorrectly as a gun control bill. It is not.
Kermit Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor, is on trial for a lurid series of lurid crimes at his clinic. I can´t bring myself to describe them, so I´ll let Kirsten Powers do it. Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven´t heard about these sickening accusations? It´s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, famous as the jurist who kept silent on the bench for seven years, has a lot to say. Thomas, on the court since 1991, visited Duquesne University on Tuesday afternoon and talked freely with law school Dean Ken Gormley and 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman (snip) Thomas, 64, known as one of the court´s most conservative justices, surprised some when he spoke of his sentiments as a young lawyer who voted for Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern
Five centuries before Christ, Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War,” which teaches enduring principles of combat: Position troops so the enemy must face the sun. If an enemy leaves a door open, rush through. If outnumbered, retreat. The book by the ancient Chinese general and military strategist is well-known among those in the military and in the business world. Its underlying theme was the axiom, “All warfare is based on deception.” It is through this lens that Americans and others must view the situation with young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
President Obama has built a reputation for going around the traditional White House press corps in favor of so-called soft media, taking his message to “The View”, ESPN and friendly local radio, among other general-entertainment outlets. Who can forget these hard-hitting questions Obama was asked by a New Mexico radio station last August: “What’s your favorite song to work out to?” “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” But senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer scoffed at the suggestion that the White House is deliberately avoiding tough questions.
During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck´s "The Grapes of Wrath"—flocked to California from the heartland. To keep out the so-called Okies, the state enacted a law barring indigent migrants (the law was later declared unconstitutional). Los Angeles even set up a border patrol on the city limits. Soon the state may need to build a fence to keep latter-day Joads from leaving. Over the past two decades, a net 3.4 million people have moved out of California for other states.
Shia LaBeouf abruptly exited his Broadway debut, “Orphans,” following apparent disagreements with his hot-tempered co-star Alec Baldwin that made them “incompatible.” Producers announced that LaBeouf parted ways with the show after just a week of rehearsals due to “creative differences,” even though the play’s scheduled to begin previews March 19. But last night LaBeouf, 26, posted e-mail exchanges on Twitter revealing divisions between him and bombastic Baldwin.
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than