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Barack Obama “doesn’t do chastened”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:01 pm - November 3, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Arrogance

Perhaps the main reason former Clinton aide Gigi Georges has bucked her party’s nominee to back Mitt Romney is that the incumbent Democrat doesn’t learn from his mistakes as Bill Clinton did.  As Peggy Noonan put it in her column yesterday:

He doesn’t do chastened. He didn’t do what Bill Clinton learned to do, after he took a drubbing in 1994: Change course and prosper.

He made a number of mistakes from the get-go, pushing his health care overhaul even though people were more concerned about “jobs, the economy, all the coming fiscal cliffs”

The Democrat seemed to have a huge chip on his shoulder, confident that his presence alone will serve to accomplish the change he seeks to effect:

Because he had so much confidence, he thought whatever he did would work. He thought he had “a gift,” as he is said to have told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He thought he had a special ability to sway the American people, or so he suggested to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

But whenever he went over the heads of the media and Congress and went to the people, in prime-time addresses, it didn’t really work. He did not have a magical ability to sway. And—oddly—he didn’t seem to notice.

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. It’s another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

And that really was the problem: He had the confidence without the full capability.   And he gathered around him friends and associates who adored him, who were themselves talented but maybe not quite big enough for the game they were in. They understood the Democratic Party, its facts and assumptions. But they weren’t America-sized. They didn’t get the country so well.

Read the whole thing.  No wonder Obama is closing his campaign on a negative note.

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5 Comments

  1. Knowing what a narcissist that Barack Obama is, this loss will crush him personally.

    The Secret Service detail that will be protecting him for the next few years should monitor his activities so that he doesn’t try to use his knowledge of the inner workings of our government to undermine US policy. I don’t trust him for a second!

    He’ll have a worse chip on his shoulder than Jimmy Carter did. To this day, Carter is still trying to undermine US policy. I’m just afraid that Obama’s hatred of the people that rejected him will be so great that it will pass the legal boundary.

    Legal boundaries have never concerned him before.

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 3, 2012 @ 10:53 pm - November 3, 2012

  2. Win or lose on Tuesday: since 2010 or so, Obama has learned the hard way that the American people expected Him to do more than just mouth the words, “hope” and “change”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 4, 2012 @ 1:43 am - November 4, 2012

  3. No he doesn’t do chastened at all. He also doesn’t do humble, or even empathy.

    Most of the time when he tries to play empathetic and compassionate he comes across as condescending or bored.

    The sad thing is if he does win, he is going to be he first president to win re-election with a smaller percentage of the popular vote and fewer electoral college votes (because lets face it he likely isn’t going to take NC or FL and I have serious doubts NH is going to vote his direction this time as well).

    But will Obama see this as an electorate who wants action and a change of direction? I doubt it, he has already said through his spokesperson Valerie Jarrett that he won’t be working with Republicans and he is going to make things hard for anyone who opposed him. Yep, just what I want in my president another round of petulant child who wants to get back at the adults who try to set him on the right path by throwing an even bigger tantrum.

    Comment by Just Me — November 4, 2012 @ 9:29 am - November 4, 2012

  4. I try to stay mad at her because I think she lost her composure over Sara Palin. However, she really moves me with her writing. She makes fantastic observations and her style goes down like some smooth whiskey and warms me from the inside out.

    Comment by Belasarius — November 4, 2012 @ 6:18 pm - November 4, 2012

  5. There is reason to believe that Valerie Jarret is even more vindictive that Barry.

    Is she still angry about something in her ‘Persian’ upbringing?

    Valerie Jarret – “After We Win This Election, It’s Our Turn. Payback Time.” (WSI)
    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/01/valerie-jarret-after-we-win-this-election-its-our-turn-payback-time-wsi/

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:38 pm - November 4, 2012

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