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The Callow President
Politico, by Rich Lowry

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Posted By:garnet, 8/7/2014 9:49:11 AM

"Stop just hatin’ all the time.” If you haven’t been following the news, you might not know whether this bon mot was uttered by a character on the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” or by the president of the United States. Of course, it was the leader of the free world at a Kansas City rally last week, imploring congressional Republicans to start cooperating with him. The line struck a characteristically — and tellingly — juvenile and plaintive note. How many books and articles have been written by conservatives seeking to divine the philosophical beliefs and psychological motivations lurking beneath the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/7/2014 10:00:45 AM     (No. 9956650)

FTA: "the deepest truth about Obama is that there is no depth"

For me, the deepest truth about Obama is that he cannot get along with anyone. NO ONE. You either agree with him 100% or he will walk out of the room, deride you, or attack you.

He can´t talk to Congress, he cannot tolerate the press, he cannot work with our allies. At the far left end of the political spectrum stands Obama, shrouded in such a bubble that he cannot tolerate another opinion.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bubby, 8/7/2014 10:17:08 AM     (No. 9956669)

Should be a must read.

FTA "His greatest rhetorical skill turns out to be mockery. The man who once promised to transcend political divisions is an expert at the stinging partisan jab. What Churchill was to thundering statements of resolve, he is to snotty put-downs." Amen. No wonder he wanted the bust of Churchill removed.




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Reply 3 - Posted by: Janylou, 8/7/2014 10:26:46 AM     (No. 9956691)

FTA: His greatest rhetorical skill turns out to be mockery. The man who once promised to transcend political divisions is an expert at the stinging partisan jab. What Churchill was to thundering statements of resolve, he is to snotty put-downs.

Churchillian, Obama isn´t!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 8/7/2014 10:42:53 AM     (No. 9956720)

The president’s constant complaints about everyone else in Washington playing politics while he high-mindedly devotes himself to substance have all the maturity of Holden Caulfield’s plaints about “phonies.” Please, grow up.

For L.dotters who don´t listen to Rush Limbaugh, he long ago coined the term "The Limbaugh Theorem" in which Obama, by complaining about what is going on in Washington, places himself outside the very problems he creates, as though everyone else created those problems, not him.

Limbaugh´s accurate take is that Obama is never seen by the low-information voters or by the media as governing, but rather as standing on the outside of all the problems blaming Republicans for not fixing what´s wrong.

Chris Cillizza wrote a post for The Washington Post the other day titled, “It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president.” This echoes analysis from the late 1970s that America had become ungovernable. It hadn’t. It just had puny presidents not up to the challenges of the day.

Reagan was hardly a "puny" POTUS. We are still looking for a modern-day Reagan.
I cannot think of a single politician with the status and presidential demeanor like Reagan. Plus, he was a nice man with a good sense of (mature) humor.

It’s not “hatin’” to expect something better — or failing that, less pettiness.

There are so many better adjectives for Obama than "petty", which is also accurate. For example, vindictive, juvenile, small, narcissistic, adolescent, nasty, racist, shallow, supercilious, pathetic, dangerous, contemptuous, egomaniacal, disdainful, psychotic and yes, callow.

He is also a prig and a boor.

I feel better now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Moritz55, 8/7/2014 11:01:30 AM     (No. 9956753)

Obama in a nutshell: "What Churchill was to thundering statements of resolve, he is to snotty put-downs."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/7/2014 12:18:01 PM     (No. 9956834)

Well stated, #4. Sounds like you emptied the entire belt of that sweet .50 cal ammo!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: killerbee, 8/7/2014 12:18:10 PM     (No. 9956835)

I see Politico has lifted its shadow ban on commenters from the right. That was creepy.

I don´t love Rich Lowry, but he makes some good points here.

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