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Where’s the Oval Avatar?
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/16/2014 4:44:59 AM

WASHINGTON — The White House likes to use a phrase of tingling adventure to describe the president’s recent penchant for wandering the country talking to people: “The bear is loose.” There are three problems with this unbearable metaphor: Barack Obama is not in captivity, he’s not a bear, and he’s not loose. As Voltaire said of the Holy Roman Empire, it was “neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.” When our whippetlike president travels on Air Force One from staged photo-op to staged photo-op and then to coinciding fund-raiser to coinciding fund-raiser, encased by the White House travel behemoth and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jinx, 7/16/2014 7:34:35 AM     (No. 9926831)

He acts like a teenager running around on his parents´ hard working credit card. It´s like "catch me if you can" mind set, not presidential at all. He is an embarrassment to our country and really doesn´t care. The one picture of his meeting with Gov. Perry made him look like a middle schooler laughing and giggling while the adults were trying to get something done. I am truly ashamed of this man/child who had everything and threw it all away. He certainly did not live up to his potential.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 7/16/2014 8:51:36 AM     (No. 9926924)

Say what you want about Maureen Dowd, she can certainly turn a phrase. How perfect is "our whippetlike president" to describe our puppy president. I reminds me of the way he flounces down the stairway from Airforce One.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/16/2014 9:04:26 AM     (No. 9926943)

If you´ve lost MoDo...

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