Dylan Byers at Politico describes the spell that President Obama weaves over favored journalists when privately speaking with them off the record. Famously reticient on the record, Byers says Obama is nothing if not voluble off it, willing to shoot the breeze with any journalist he considers to be ‘smart’.(Snip)You have to be special to join the circle, one so high above the madding crowd that you are like the president, who as Valerie Jarrett puts it, was “bored to death his whole life … just too talented to do what ordinary people do.” The question that almost asks itself
Not so much sorcerer or salesman as "hustler". Con man. Flim-flam man. They innately sense what each pigeon desperately wants to hear and he says exactly that to each one, even if he says the exact opposite to two different pigeons.
That is why each pigeon believes so fervently that the hustler is brilliant, off the charts brilliant. Until that genuine imitation Rolex stops working, or in this case, that awesomest healthcare program ever that covers everyone for everything and costs less than any other policy ever...uh, doesn´t?! WTFwheredhego?
There isn´t anything special about Obama. He isn´t smart. His speeches are inane drivel. He has an immense overload of pretentiousness. There isn´t anything grand about his "grand ideas". Those grand ideas turn out to be nothing more than simple-minded concepts like "government run health care". That is the foolishness of small-minded, self-impressing, juvenile-minded people. Does it come as any surprise that he likes to associate with pretentious people like himself? Sorry, it is time to drop the silly slogan, "great minds talk about ideas". Goofballs spend more time talking about ideas than the great minds, because the great minds do not have time for such diversion. They are busy establishing something of value. Foolish people focus themselves on trite ideas to assure themselves of greatness. However, it is only their smallness they illuminate.
Can we just get past looking for ways to justify the silly creature in the White House who is an insignificant person in all important ways. He is an incomplete and incompetent person who suffers from the dreaded disease of banality.
Bravo, #6! And those ideas he´s preoccupied with are generally the ones already discredited by history - socialism being the prime example, but now he´s exerting his authority to force us to confront global warming, etc.
The most brilliant people that I´ve met (one from the Rockefeller University in particular) have an uncontrollable urge to use their time to accomplish as much as possible. They think of "their time" as their whole life, that they only get so many spins on this rock and they need to do as much as possible while they live.
Obama has none of that. He plays as much golf as possible. That he claims to not know anything about his own government´s workings and policies is an outrage. He´d be fired from any job, any where in the dreaded private sector.
FTA: The Founders, in rejecting the spell of aristocracy, were in their way rejecting magic. They seemed to say ‘trust in no king, no great leader’ — and that the highest and best thing we could aspire to was to simply be ourselves and make things work. In place of sorcery they trusted in the sanctity of the ordinary, in the immanence of truth; that a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, while not on Obama’s imagined level would neveretheless never perish from the earth.
... "the immanence of truth"! [Amen.]
... "while not on Obama´s imagined level" ... [Brilliant.]
Obama and Ted Cruz have a lot in common. Both are extreme idealists out of touch with reality. They each believe that only they are absolutely right at all times. The problem is that they have entirely different ideas about what is "right."
When the person in power insists on living in his own little fantasy out of touch with reality you have a problem. Obama is the current prime example. We don´t need another in the form of Ted Cruz.
Poster #12 seems to be out of touch with reality. Ted Cruz has nothing in common with Obama - he is a brilliant man with real accomplishments. Compare their goals - Obama wants to destroy our Constitution; Cruz wants to preserve it.
The desperation of the establishment elites in the GOP to destroy Cruz has me wondering: just what is it they are trying to hide from us? I am thinking it is much worse than just want to remain the go-along-to-get-along cocktail part circuit. Ramona (the Pest)
0bama is a narcissistic elitist who surrounds himself with other elitists. These elitists think they can navigate the world to a better place then it is presently. What idiots.
However, this great country was built by a workforce with an eighth grade education under a government that got out of the way. Today we have kids (like 0bama) who are afraid of getting their hands dirty who have little practical knowledge under a government that impedes progress through regulation at every step of the way.
LOL, thanks for that quote, ´too talented to do what ordinary people do.´ As if the lazy communist could do ANYTHING ordinary people do. He can´t play golf even though he spends more time doing it than any President since IKE. He can´t play basketball any better than he throws a baseball. He can´t found a business, run a business or even work in a business that is self supporting. Name one thing this racist has done in his life that a ´ordinary´ American worker does for a career. His soda jerk job doesn´t count because he quit that. He didn´t work his way up to manager or start a chain of stores, he quit. Take away the media that created him and covers for him and he would resign in a month. He doesn´t face the coverage every Republican President has faced, THAT´s why he is a ´success.´
What #6 said. Ignore the insignificant person in the WH. Hard as it may be, we should try to limit our L-dot posts on Ø´s character to one a day. I´m not proposing we ignore his efforts to trash our society but all here know the emptiness of his suit. What we need is to get the word out to the LoFos.
I had not read Fernandez prior to reading his "Single Point of Failure" article. I like what he writes!
This article is perhaps the best at describing the fundamental shortcoming of the Left´s ability to think. The Left is like a prospectus asking for money which will be repaid by opening 20 restaurants. Great idea! People gotta eat, right? But what experience do you have opening and running restaurants? How are you going to get people to come? What food will you serve? These are the details lil teleprompter is too bored to think about. He prefers to think about what he´s going to do with all the money from the 20 restaurants.
A couple of folks think I´m a lefty because I don´t think Ted Cruz is the anointed one. My point is that when Ted stands on "principle" he puts his mind in neutral.
The de-fund (kill) Obamacare stand was a no win from the start. The House Republicans had tried 46 times before to kill Obamacare only to see it die in the Senate. If by some fluke it passed the Senate, Obama would have vetoed it. There was no real support for the de-funding stand, because most of the people were still trying to understand it. Also, the Supreme Court ruling that Obamacare was constitutional seem to put a stamp of approval on it.
There were two things which the public was in strong about Obamacare. First, that Congress should be subject to the law the same as the public -- aspecial subsidy just for them was grossly unfair. Second, if businesses got a one year exemption, individuals should get a one year exemption. Both of these positions were winable because they had strong public support. But, these were pushed aside by the de-fund obamacare grand standing.
There was also strong public support to further reduce deficit spending. This also was pushed aside by the de-fund obamacare grand standing.
By choosing to fight a battle you cannot win while refusing to fight the battles you could win is idealist "principle" that is out of touch with reality. It is stupid!
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