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Obama’s Changing Rhetoric

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:33 pm - July 24, 2009.
Filed under: Obama Watch

And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.

President Barack Obama
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (March 2009)

Prez Blames Media for Cops Remark Dustup.

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  1. Today is the first day that Obama’s overall approval rating has dropped below 50% to 49%.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    Comment by Name — July 24, 2009 @ 2:21 pm - July 24, 2009

  2. I love it when reality sinks in. (Including on myself, btw.)

    Has anyone else noticed the Dear Teleprompter looking increasingly gray, harried and dour? I think it took Clinton and W a few years longer to get that look.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 24, 2009 @ 2:39 pm - July 24, 2009

  3. Oh, here’s the other thing:

    Prez Blames Media

    Left-on-left violence… mmmmmm!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 24, 2009 @ 3:54 pm - July 24, 2009

  4. I really, really want to be a Democrat, but I hate the liberal left. I can’t stand Obama. In my world, you always support the police because they have an incredibly tough job. I have yelled at policemen myself–and I was an idiot.

    What happened to the Democratic party that was about nice things like Social Security and Medicare, the New Deal, the Great Society? When did the Democrats become ranting Marxists?

    Comment by Ashpenaz — July 24, 2009 @ 3:56 pm - July 24, 2009

  5. Social Security, Medicare, the so-called “New Deal” and “Great Society” are Marxism, and always were.

    Having said that: Democrats have taken a big step down these last few years – I should know; I was a Democrat for 15+ years and even now I can only bring myself to be an Independent; never been a Republican – and I blame the baby boom / Vietnam / hippie generation for being in power (now as 50 and 60 year olds) and letting all of their own worst, most narcissistic, anti-common-sense and insane impulses run unchecked.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 24, 2009 @ 4:16 pm - July 24, 2009

  6. And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.

    I hope the audience laughed

    Comment by American Elephant — July 24, 2009 @ 5:06 pm - July 24, 2009

  7. and I blame the baby boom / Vietnam / hippie generation

    And/or the parents who read Dr. Spock and/or the parents who teach their kids that losing/failure is just as good as winning/success.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 24, 2009 @ 5:14 pm - July 24, 2009

  8. I’m having a hard time getting past this thing. Not that I liked Obama before, but this just shows exactly what he is. I thought we’d all realized how much our lives depended on guys like Officer Crowley after 9/11. I’m not the best-tempered guy who ever got a speeding ticket, but I know that I’m wrong to complain because this same cop could be the one to rush me to the hospital or save me from a robber. I just can’t imagine being President and dissing cops! I feel like hugging a cop today. Well, most days–but this time out of solidarity.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — July 24, 2009 @ 9:23 pm - July 24, 2009

  9. My own self-imposed scotoma chose to happily suspect that many academic liberals don’t actually believe the crap they spew; most liberalism isn’t really principled except the principle of the vanguard, always pushing the envelope — “Question Authority” means question anything smacking of reality and truth and a trend will earn you tenure. But Gates is a true believer; the Obama circle is of true believers.

    Comment by Ignatius — July 24, 2009 @ 9:31 pm - July 24, 2009

  10. How can this not be said: he blames Bush for everything. How many times have we heard “I inherited…” despite the fact that he was in the senate, despite the fact that his #2 was in the senate for something like 100 years, despite the fact that the democrats have been in control of the congress i.e. the nation’s internal affairs, since Jan 2007.

    Comment by Jayne — July 24, 2009 @ 10:25 pm - July 24, 2009

  11. Our Dear Leader can’t take the heat. Bush was blamed (sometimes rightly, as President) for everything from Global Warming (oops – Climate change) to 9/11, and you NEVER heard him complain. Ever. Dear Leader can’t take a miniscule amount of the scorn and hatred that the Liberals dished out on Bush. He is a whiny, spoiled brat.

    Comment by Paul — July 25, 2009 @ 12:39 am - July 25, 2009

  12. #4, Ash…you sound like you are coming to the Dark Side (less Demo and more Repub). I have enjoyed your journey over the past few weeks. #10. Way to nail it down to reality. The Democrats keep complaining about everything when they have had so much control in the Legislature.

    Comment by Duffy - Native Intellgence — July 25, 2009 @ 1:10 am - July 25, 2009

  13. The worst part for me was when that toady Robert Gibbs was trotted out by the White House to bray something about some police union somewhere having endorsed McCain.

    So. Fucking. What?

    Comment by Letalis Maximus, Esq. — July 25, 2009 @ 1:09 pm - July 25, 2009

  14. An interesting list of Obama and his blamacrats avoiding the blame game at;

    http://invinciblearmor.blogspot.com/2009/07/obama-rejects-blame-game-unless.html

    Comment by mRed — July 25, 2009 @ 1:15 pm - July 25, 2009

  15. Call me crazy, or stoopid or worse but I have a tiny bit of optimism here. Could Barry actually learn through this hard but still vicarious experience that the philosophical underpinnings of share-the-wealthism are poisonous? Or short of that, could he just for pragmatic reasons stop dressing up socialism as conservatism and instead disguise free market reforms with Marxist cant? The time may come when Governing Barack has to throw Campaign Barack under the bus. Do you think he wouldn’t do that? He could model this on his actions in the GWOT wherein he continued and sometimes expanded the machinations of the Demon Cheney but just flat denied it whenever called by his Left flank.

    Comment by megapotamus — July 25, 2009 @ 1:21 pm - July 25, 2009

  16. What am I missing here? The President wants to break the pattern of everybody looking for someone else to blame. He wants to establish a new pattern, where only the President and his selected cronies get to blame someone else.

    See? Totally consistent.

    Comment by MG — July 25, 2009 @ 1:32 pm - July 25, 2009

  17. “I hope the audience laughed”

    Personally, I hope someone in the audience coughed “blowjob”. Or at least thought it. Not likely, I know.

    Anyone? Senator Blutarsky? Anyone?

    Comment by Waffle King — July 25, 2009 @ 1:47 pm - July 25, 2009

  18. Next time you see 2 black guys with their shoulders to a door, forcing it open, immediately think HAVARD PROFESSOR! Then blame Bush for the lousy economy, blame Demint for questioning your plan, blame the Republicans for undermining your wonderfulness, and then blame the VRWC for claiming you are blaming anyone.

    Comment by Ohio Granny — July 25, 2009 @ 1:52 pm - July 25, 2009

  19. Please, everyone, please! You’re destroying his presidency!

    Comment by Jim — July 25, 2009 @ 1:54 pm - July 25, 2009

  20. OBAMA’s RHETORIC ABOUT RACE:

    When the term RACISM or RACIST is used, it is implied it can ONLY be WHITE on MINORITY (usually black).

    In order to capture the true nature of recent events, I suggest introducing TWO NEW TERMS to our vocabulary.

    One of the new terms is BLACK RACIST.

    This is where privileges are granted to one race and not to another. And, the “privileged” race uses this to their advantage over the other, including BLAME.

    For example, President OBAMA criticized the cop and defended Gates without knowing FACTS. The president further suggested ALL (white) Cops are prejudiced.

    The type of RACISM exhibited by SENATOR BOXER towards Harry Alford during Climate Change hearings is defined as LIBERAL RACISM.

    That is, a liberal holds condescending views of another race WHICH HOLDS DIFFERING POLITICAL VIEWS.

    There, you have it – Black Racism, Liberal Racism.

    There could be similar categories, but they are not to be confused with plain old Racism.

    Comment by mad-as-H — July 25, 2009 @ 1:55 pm - July 25, 2009

  21. Ash- I WAS a Democrat… and then I took a good, critical look at the people who were around me, and the ones who were supposed to be my leaders and idols.
    And I grew up.

    Comment by DaveP. — July 25, 2009 @ 1:58 pm - July 25, 2009

  22. ILoveCapitalism wrote:

    …and I blame the baby boom / Vietnam / hippie generation for being in power (now as 50 and 60 year olds) and letting all of their own worst, most narcissistic, anti-common-sense and insane impulses run unchecked…

    I understand where you’re coming from, but being in that demographic myself, I just want to assure you that some of us, at least, are on your side.

    Jamie Irons

    Comment by Jamie Irons — July 25, 2009 @ 2:15 pm - July 25, 2009

  23. Could Barry actually learn through this hard but still vicarious experience that the philosophical underpinnings of share-the-wealthism are poisonous?

    No, probably not.

    Comment by David Davenport — July 25, 2009 @ 2:59 pm - July 25, 2009

  24. To: Megapotamus
    Re: Campaign Barack

    I won’t call you crazy or stoopid because your speculation has the merit of optimism. But, if Obama does learn from these past six months it will be the most remarkable transformation in American history.

    The real question is whether Obama has the intellectual and moral wherewithal to affect such a metamorphosis. Christopher Hitchens famously endorsed The One as teachable on the subject of jihadist Islam and the necessity to defeat it by force of arms. There’s reason to think Hitch was right in his assessment – notice that Obama has quietly adopted many of the hated Bushitler’s means and methods, much to the consternation of the Left. My leftish friends never bring up the war subject anymore (heh!). I suspect Campaign Obama was never sincere about Iraq; his rhetoric was intended to cement his Left base which might have dissipated if Lord Zero was found guilty of blatant pragmatism.
    Obama’s moral fiber is rather wispy and frayed at the ends. He sought power and said what he needed to say to get it regardless of the truth. Now that he has power he’s quick to take personal credit for successes (“I won.”) and just as quick to foist the blame on others when things don’t go smoothly. This kind of avoidance of responsibility is typical of childhood, and we expect adult notions of responsibility will develop in due course. But for a 46 year old man to engage in such puerile blame shifting as we’ve seen in the last 48 hours over the Gates/Crowley matter (Can we call Gatesgate? Can we, huh? Can we?!) Well, let’s just say it doesn’t bode well for the transformation process.
    Now to the matter of Obama’s brain. During the campaign the MSM constantly beat the Smart Obama drum with a frenetic urgency and assurance that was positively North Korean in scope (Matthews and Oblermann were and remain particularly egregious mountebanks of Smart Obama propaganda). The problem is the evidence offered. Obama’s Harvard educated, therefore Smart. Idiot Bushilter is also Harvard educated – oops! Never mind, Obama was President of the Law Review! Then why wasn’t he recruited by a major national law firm for a six-figure starting salary and prospects of partnership, or snatched up an appellate judge in need of a talented clerk – the usual fortunes of a member of the Law Review upon matriculation. Where are his brilliantly argued papers, his subtle and devastating courtroom briefs, his landmark cases won against the odds? OK, forget the resume. Obama gives a good speech, therefore Smart! But Obama misuses words (invoke for evoke) mispronounces (Oh-REE-on for Orion) commits errors of fact just like Moronic Idiot Evil Bushitler the Worst President Evah!

    Thus we are led to conclude that either Obama isn’t nearly as smart or Bush isn’t nearly as stupid as the Shapers of Opinion would have us poor benighted schmucks in Flyoverland believe. My ill-informed and inconsequential assessment is that Barack Obama is a man of good intelligence who through a confluence of circumstances and a conspiracy of corrupt media mavens has been promoted considerably beyond his competence, an inherent risk of the affirmative action culture that has dominated the Academy for the last 45 years — a risk that has finally bitten us in the collective ass.

    Comment by Punisher — July 25, 2009 @ 3:27 pm - July 25, 2009

  25. I understand where you’re coming from, but being in that demographic myself, I just want to assure you that some of us, at least, are on your side.

    I know, Jamie and I appreciate it.

    Please, everyone, please! You’re destroying [Obama's] presidency!

    LOL :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 25, 2009 @ 4:09 pm - July 25, 2009

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  27. mad-as-H:

    Since coining new terms came up, I would suggest “negrode”. A diode is an electrical component that allows the flow of current in one direction only. Since some lefties imply that racism can only flow from white to black, and never the opposite, I would suggest that the esteemed professor Gates would in fact be a negrode, in that his internal brain wiring does indeed reverse the flow of racism to the white arresting officer who himself acted in a non-racial manner.

    Comment by leishman — July 25, 2009 @ 5:02 pm - July 25, 2009

  28. Reminds me of Arnold the Biggest Loser in California: it’s always the fault of someone else and he won’t admit his mistakes.

    Comment by Minerva — July 25, 2009 @ 7:09 pm - July 25, 2009

  29. Punisher: I could have written your post. Probably not as well, but I’ve thought the same thing since this guy bubbled up.

    As you know, all we heard about was how bright this guy is. I kept wondering: where’s the evidence of that, beyond a flair for oratory, which I discount as a combination of performance, script and setting.

    (Want to test it? Just skip The One’s next TV speech and read only the text. I found nothing but stupid, juvenile, re-tread liberal nonsense, topped with false premise and half-truths.)

    Too, his grasp of history, especially American, is nebulous. Someone friendly should really give him an intense survey course. Someone less friendly should write an essay about his mis-statements and re-workings of historical events.

    Also, I too am weary of the whole “constitution scholar” reputation. Again, all evidence to the contrary: scholars write. So where’s the goods?

    Last, this “Pres of Harvard Review” thing is over-rated, I think. I remember a radio interview with a woman who had served on the review at the same time as The One. As I recall, her opinion was the Pres position is more a ceremonial, PR-type role, while the Editor of the Review has the real power and is the real star role. Take that for what it’s worth.

    So, I think the MSM marketed The One as hip, cool, and really, really smart, and it fooled a lot of people. I’m usually not very prescient at all, but I never bought it. He ain’t that smart, and not nearly as smart as people think he is.

    I nevertheless would not underestimate him. I consider him dangerous. He’s ruthless, arrogant, narcissistic, elitist, and drunk with power. He has shown his true lack of character quite a few times now, most notably with this Gates business.

    I’ll tell you one lesson I learned from this Gates mess that no pundit’s discussed yet, to my knowledge: I never concerned myself with the color of his skin, or the class from which he came, until now. Now it matters greatly. I think 100 years from now our historians will point to the Gates affair as the beginning of the end.

    That wasn’t a smart move at all, but again, I don’t think he’s that smart a guy.

    Bill

    Comment by William — July 25, 2009 @ 11:35 pm - July 25, 2009

  30. @punisher: haven’t you heard ? on rare occasions, barack-the-genius doesn’t “calibrate” his words as well as he might….. LOL !

    Comment by el polacko — July 26, 2009 @ 3:49 am - July 26, 2009

  31. My wan Hope for Change isn’t based on the mighty genius of Barack Obama but rather on his demonstrated ruthless political pragmatism. An Ordinary President will feel himself at least somewhat limited today by what he has said yesterday and will temper what he says today to leave himself wiggle room tomorrow. Barack is a post-modern Prez and does not feel himself constrained by anyone; not the Barack of yesterweek, not the whimpering appeals of the toddling citizens of 2K50. In an Atlas Shrugged situation where spending breeds spending until desperate rulers ask unspeakable questions, like the proper role of gub, Obama is at least amenable to persuasion. If the choice is between a philosophy and his own personal, political fortunes I think we know which way he will fall. After all, this is a guy who abandoned his religious affiliation of decades not at the first drop of a hat but at the third or fifth. Well, we’ll see. Hell, we’re in it now.

    Comment by megapotamus — July 26, 2009 @ 8:04 am - July 26, 2009

  32. I blame the youth who went overwhelmingly for Obama.

    Comment by M. Simon — July 26, 2009 @ 7:13 pm - July 26, 2009

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