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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Whining isn't presidential

Barack Obama went off script yesterday and the result wasn't pretty. He was speaking in Ohio about his records and proposals to jumpstart the economy. And then he let loose with this complaint.
More telling, Obama offered an aside that spoke to his diminished state and captured the mood of a president and party under assault.

“They talk about me like a dog,” Obama said with a chuckle of his political opponents. “That’s not in my prepared remarks but it’s true.”
A bit thin-skinned, isn't he?

Was he awake during the Bush presidency? The Clinton presidency? Heck, I remember the way that opponents talked about Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. That's what happens in politics. Remember the jabs that W. was a "miserable failure," a loser who liked to send soldiers to die so as to get reelected? Of course, you do. It was just a few years ago.

But Obama seems to think that he's the first politician to be criticized severely by his opponents. There was a reason that that line wasn't in his prepared script - it's unpresidential and his aides would have realized that Obama just sounds self-absorbed and self-pitying. Did Obama think that he was such a glorious, practically divine figure that he would be immune from criticism or ridicule? Well, reality is where the rest of us live and in that reality, Americans criticize a politician whom they don't like and whose policies they disapprove. Presidents need to be tougher than to start whining about criticism before sympathetic audiences.


Rick Caird said...

This guy is such a lightweight. Many of us figured that out going in, but by "hiding the button" and lying about his actual plans, Obama fooled enough people to get elected. Lincoln had something to say about fooling "all the people, all the time". The fooling and foolishness is coming to an end.

The irony, as Betsy points out, is not that Obama is seeing merely a subset of what was directed by him and the rest of the left toward Bush, but that he complains about how he is being treated while he bashes Bush and the Republicans. The cognitive dissonance just drips off Obama.

LarryD said...

Common narcissistic trait: highly critical of others, can't handle criticism themselves.

Left Coast Rebel said...

I totally agree that his behavior is incredibly un-presidential. For a lighter side view on this stupid comment, check out the 1980s "Vacation" parallel:

Skay said...

Has he forgotten his comments?

"When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: "We are sort of a mongrel people."

"I mean we're all kinds of mixed up," Obama said. "That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."

pumping-irony said...

This guy is a loser. He is the antithesis of everything I was taught as a child that being an adult was all about. He whines, he blames, he cries, he pouts and then he gives pompous lectures to everyone about THEIR faults. I cannot wait until 2013, assuming the rest of America has had enough of this twerp and rejects him for a second term (not a given these days, I grant you.)

tfhr said...

I heard it said that Obama can stop worrying over being "talk[ed] about like a dog", when he stops treating America like a fire hydrant.

tfhr said...

Obama is a whiner - but that is to be expected from a beneficiary of the culture of complaint. The left has used divisiveness - racial discord, class warfare, "multiculturalism", and political correctness to divide, conquer, and silence opposition. It is what they do and we can expect nothing less (or more) from Barack Obama.

Not only is he whining but LISTEN to the tone and the cadence. If that doesn't remind you of Jeremiah Wright's style, just keep listening as Obama's numbers continue to tank. Stay tuned because there's more on the way.

Pat Patterson said...

Jimi Hendrix, even though later he defended the US Army, lasted only one year before being discharged. So maybe the President quoting him is simply a hint of things to come,

Bachbone said...

Obama has recommended HuffPo as preferred reading. Obviously, he hasn't taken his own advice, for had looked there even once, he'd know what has been said about him doesn't scratch the surface compared with what the Left said there for eight years about Bush. And it was worse at DailyKos. Even Al Gore had some pretty nasty comments he didn't bother to couch in the usual "non-dogish" politicalese.

tfhr hit the nail on the head. Obama and his Three Ring Circus are out of spending "ammo" - Democrats are scared to vote for more "stimulus" bills - and reduced to whining, whining, whining. Even poor little sheep who had lost their way could say, "Baa, baa, baa."

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

Would that be a "Stone Free" reference for "dog" or the Hendrix cover of "Hound Dog"? Because if it's the latter, there's ample use for the phrases:

1. "When they said you was high classed, well, that was just a lie."

2. " ain't no friend of mine."

3. "...lyin' all the time"

Plus there's the rabbit reference in "Hound Dog" which would be a Jimmy Carter reference. Maybe Jimi was trying to warn us about Jimmy and we didn't listen. You'd think we would've learned from Jimmy and could've avoided avoided this new version of Carter.