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Obama Prefers Holding to his Ideology of Governing than Considering the Circumstances of his Administration

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:18 pm - June 29, 2010.
Filed under: Leadership,Obama Arrogance,Obama Incompetence

Last week, Roger Simon asked a question which has kept me thinking well into this one, “Does Barack Obama want to be president?

Ever since viewing his depressing and disconnected “energy” speech last week, I have been mulling whether Barack Obama actually wants to be president anymore. That was an address given by a man who looked very much like he didn’t want to be there, didn’t want to continue. He appeared slumped and worn, as if he aged eighteen years in eighteen months. His demeanor was oddly distracted.

I am not being metaphorical here — I am quite serious. The more I have thought about this, the more I am convinced Barack Obama no longer wishes to be president. The degree that he admits this to himself, I am not sure. But I rather suspect that in the small hours of the morning he fantasizes he were anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And who could blame him?

Now, much as I admire, respect and just plain like Roger (having met him and his lovely bride Sheryl) on numerous occasions, I have to disagree with him on this one–even as I think he’s onto something with his question and his post.  (Just read the whole thing.)

Roger’s right that Obama didn’t seem very engaged in that speech, treating it as most of us would treat a visit to a grouchy relative, an obligation we must perform to keep up appearances.  The president just plain seems frustrated by the unexpected crises a chief executive must face.  He’d rather give speeches and otherwise get the adulation of his fans (including especially various assorted celebrities).

Not just that, instead of considering the circumstances of the day, he wants to stick to the big-government agenda he’s been pushing all along.  It’s as if nothing has changed since the campaign.  (No wonder he and his fellow Democrats stick to their tired bromides about “inherited” problems and “failed [GOP] policies.”)

As Roger notes in a more recent post (one with which I agree wholeheartedly) even as the Democrats’ big-government policies fail to create jobs, they keep pushing them.  ”The only longterm solution to economic woe is free markets,” the Oscar-nominated writer observes, but if Democrats “admit it, their values and lives disintegrate.”  And Obama would rather hold to that liberal ideology he most likely picked up in college than face the unexpected crises that come along.

No wonder the president seemed disconnected in his “energy” speech.  The mere fact that he had to give it undermined the purpose, in his mind, of his presidency.

He should bear one thing in mind, real leaders are measured not by their ideology but how they face the circumstances which come their way, particularly the unexpected ones.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  alanstorm offers:

Of course he wants to be president – partway. He wants to play the role and get the perks, but doesn’t want the actual WORK that goes with the job (maybe that part wasn’t in the recruiter’s literature).

If only the public would rush to ooh and aah over his every word, and proclaim his genius over every policy statement the way he envisioned it!

Reality must be really ticking him off right now.

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  1. Dan-

    Funny Roger should write that. PatriotPartner is convinced Obama is tired of the job.

    After all, he’s only had a steady job for two years. He has constantly been looking for the next job — never ever doing well in the one he has.

    He’s The One We’ve Been Waiting For!

    Comment by GayPatriot — June 29, 2010 @ 6:36 pm - June 29, 2010

  2. so, great minds think alike if PatriotPartner agrees with Roger!

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 29, 2010 @ 6:41 pm - June 29, 2010

  3. Deciding stuff is hard! even when Rahm and Axelrod give you the answers! Who knew?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 29, 2010 @ 6:47 pm - June 29, 2010

  4. Of course he wants to be president – partway. He wants to play the role and get the perks, but doesn’t want the actual WORK that goes with the job (maybe that part wasn’t in the recruiter’s literature).

    If only the public would rush to ooh and aah over his every word, and proclaim his genius over every policy statement the way he envisioned it!

    Reality must be really ticking him off right now.

    Comment by alanstorm — June 29, 2010 @ 7:05 pm - June 29, 2010

  5. I too believe Obama is tired of the job given he has no executive experience to carry him over the several difficult hurdles such as the Gulf Oil Disaster, the stagnant economy & high unemployment.

    I never bought into the charade Obama has charisma; even on the best day, he’s reading from a teleprompter, looks bored, & his words possess no passion since he doesn’t believe in anything he says. Obama is clueless.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 29, 2010 @ 7:20 pm - June 29, 2010

  6. I agree with alan (#4): he likes the idea of being president a lot more than the reality of being president.

    A Reagan or Thatcher would be tested given the state of things… Obama is just way in over his head and he’s surrounded himself with people who aren’t a lot of help.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — June 29, 2010 @ 8:04 pm - June 29, 2010

  7. Wow on day 71 Obama is finally going to accept help from foreign parties to help skim up the oil. Day 71. What is the definition of dithering?
    I tell you whenI watched his speech I knew then he looked pieved, not at the situation but that he had to be there giving a speech at all. He also looked small. In another post I listed all the things that are going poorly right now for Obama and America. It is a daunting list. Triple the size of Carters challenges. And frankly more than a communtiy organizer is prepared to handle. A double dip recession and the Dems are going to not only lose the House but get routed completely.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 29, 2010 @ 8:39 pm - June 29, 2010

  8. You can argue Obama has never really understood the nature of being president. While a certain amount of blame shifting always goes on with Presidency changes parties. The fact he is still complaining about problems he inherited.

    First off he isn’t a king so he didn’t inherit anything he choice to run for the highest office in the world to deal challenges and responsibilities of that office. While you might get to meet a lot of sports teams, preside over heads of state, and get roads named after you those things tend to happen because your the head of State.

    However the president is also the head of the government that would be part were you have to manage bureaucracy, exclusion the laws that have been passed by congress(even the laws that were passed before you became president), Create a budget, reform outdated departments command the military. And many other details of government that are aren’t public, are glamorous, and eat of lots of time.

    If you look and the UK, Obama wants to be the King, ride horse, knight people, give a speech to Parliament, and have everyone tell him how cool he is. He doesn’t want to prime minister, and deal with the real business of running government. The problem here in the US you have to be both, and he is choosing only to do the easy stuff and the expense of the hard.

    Comment by Matt — June 29, 2010 @ 9:39 pm - June 29, 2010

  9. After all, he’s only had a steady job for two years. He has constantly been looking for the next job — never ever doing well in the one he has.

    Agreed.

    And frankly, Obama has never had anything expected of him in any of his previous roles other than to be black. Why should he expect the Presidency to be any different?

    The fact that it is different, that he has to actually produce and work instead of just coast on his skin color, is his whole problem.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 30, 2010 @ 1:27 am - June 30, 2010

  10. He’s in it for the perks. He gets to play golf or shoot hoops whenever he wants and he has a big ass plane waiting for him. He can command an audience so he can tell people far and wide how much America sucks.

    The actual job is a mere roadblock to his recreational activities.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 30, 2010 @ 2:18 am - June 30, 2010

  11. I think Obama still wants to be president. I think he just doesn’t CARE about certain aspects of the job:

    Obama cares about Marxism. Period. Its what his parents cared about, its what his uncle cared about, its what all of his mentors and friends care about. Its why his wife has never been proud of the United States until it elected her Marxist husband. He criticized the Constitution and our founding fathers for not defining “what government must do for the people.”

    He wants to redistribute wealth, and transform the government as much as possible so that wealth redistribution is permanently and irreversibly institutionalized. That’s it. That is is sole focus.

    He doesn’t care about foreign policy (other than supporting Marxism abroad — from supporting a commie dictator wannabe over the rule of law in Honduras to his latest speeches at the G8 about how no country should have advantages over others). He doesn’t care about national defense. He doesn’t care about disaster response or preparedness.

    He doesn’t give a rats ass about the environment, either, he only uses environmentalism because it is the grand unifying theory of statism. It brings together both the Fascist left which is motivated by nationalism, and the Communist left which was motivated by internationalism, because environmentalism unites both. As Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic warns, environmentalism IS the new communism because when saving the planet is the goal, there is nothing government cannot justify. And as his nation is a former satellite of the Soviet Union, he ought to know.

    Obama doesn’t care about the oil washing up on shore, unless as a crisis it can be used to seize the oil industry or pass “Cap and Trade”. Indeed, there seems little explanation for withholding oil-skimmers and booms from the gulf, and stopping the efforts of states, as Obama has done, UNLESS Obama’s intent was to make the crisis bigger so he could use it more to his benefit.

    He is an Alinskyite (if you havent read Rules for Radicals, yet, please check it out of the library and read it — it reads as a primer on Obama and his tactics) Marxist ideologue on a mission, and EVERYTHING that detracts or distracts from his mission annoys, bothers and bores him.

    Comment by American Elephant — June 30, 2010 @ 2:35 am - June 30, 2010

  12. I believe the Obama team never expected to get the Dem nomination in the first place.

    It was a trial run by a newbie politician – a very typical training exercise that party higher-ups like but generally quash in the end. However, due to the poverty of leadership in the Dem Party, this academic experiment was successful – and surprised everyone – including Obama.

    So, Team Obama went on to phase two of the school project: winning the election – just to see if they could. Being a bright guy, Obama knew exactly what to say to get an ‘A’ on this project – not that he particularly believed any of it – but he wanted that ‘A’.

    So, he read the temper of the times fairly accurately and said the right things. He got elected. In the process, knowing he manipulated EVERYTHING for his own ‘A’ grade and success (as Ivy Leaguers are wont to do), he lost respect for the teacher / electorate / country. He’s so much smarter than them!

    This contempt is visible in just about everything he says and does. This contempt also frees him from everything that’s gone before: This American System is no big deal! This rich, powerful country is no big deal. This dynamic citizenry is nothing to me. I won! I can do what I want. Let’s change things and see what happens!

    Now, maybe the seriousness of his position and the world situation is dawning on him and maybe not. He may just be weary of the little people sniping and belly-aching….

    Comment by BBC — June 30, 2010 @ 8:54 am - June 30, 2010

  13. Hear! Hear! American Elephant. Obama is doing the Presidency his way and it is his way or the highway. He fully expects his party to take a drubbing, but he has spread both socialism and the executive power tentacles and emptied the treasury in short order. It is not unlikely that he could win a second term. He has endless stimulus cash to use as walking around money.

    The Republicans like Chris Christy are far and few between. The Obama damage needs dedicated root canal work and few politicians have the courage for performing radical surgery.

    Obama uses and enjoys the toys and trappings of the Presidency in the same way Bernie Madoff played his suckers. Obama golfs while the Gulf is poisoned by an oil well run amok. He could order all manner of things to address the mess, but why should he? It does not promote his agenda one iota.

    The man lies as a matter of principle. When he is challenged (and he seldom is) he simply lies about what he previously lied about.

    He knows that he can fool enough of the people enough of the time to keep on doing what he keeps on doing. That is the basis of his morality and his guiding principle.

    It is not enough to elect people who will “return dignity” to the Congress and the Oval Office. We need actual Minutemen who will fight the cancer that is eating up our Constitution and our republic.

    Eventually, saprophytes weaken and kill the host that supports them. Knowing that means that the host must rid itself of the saprophytes or bide its time until it comes crashing down. Even then, more saprophytes will appear to consume the carcass.

    Comment by heliotrope — June 30, 2010 @ 10:07 am - June 30, 2010

  14. knowing he manipulated EVERYTHING for his own ‘A’ grade and success (as Ivy Leaguers are wont to do), he lost respect for the teacher / electorate / country. He’s so much smarter than them!

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it fits.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 30, 2010 @ 11:28 am - June 30, 2010

  15. knowing he manipulated EVERYTHING for his own ‘A’ grade and success (as Ivy Leaguers are wont to do), he lost respect for the teacher / electorate / country. He’s so much smarter than them!

    Agreed, ILC. Obama treats the rest of the country the way he does because he is surrounded by liberal racists who will spin any lie he tells, do any stupid thing he demands, ignore or cover up any mistake he makes, and so forth, all because of his skin color.

    Obama hates people who judge based on the content of character, rather than the color of his skin.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 30, 2010 @ 11:41 am - June 30, 2010

  16. BBC,

    Dont forget that Obama only won the Democrat nomination because party insiders manipulated the so-called “superdelegates” in his favor. He would not have won the nomination without them.

    Comment by American Elephant — June 30, 2010 @ 3:42 pm - June 30, 2010

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