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Obama’s Soaring Rhetoric/His Divisive Actions

In a little more than two hours, Barack Obama will reach the midpoint of his presidency.  And we here at GayPatriot, along with many other thoughtful conservatives across the country (not to mention perhaps a plurality of independents) either wonder or marvel at his success at staying on.

We would have thought that after his first four years, a majority of voting Americans would have seen through his sometimes soaring rhetoric and despaired at his attempts to divide us.  They would have understood that despite the narrative he created in the 2008 campaign, he was a partisan politician first and not a post partisan unifier.

Yet, the record notwithstanding, some people, perhaps a majority of Americans, still like the idea of Barack Obama.  And the legacy media certainly made it easier for them to like him, amplifying images that made the Democrats appear to be a regular guy, relaxed on TV talk shows, brewing his own beer, watching sports.  And, in the final days of the campaign, the images of him together with the Republican governor of New Jersey showed him as identical to his 2008 billing, a man, pursuing the national interest, above the rough and tumble of partisan politics.

Americans wanted to like this man.  And the media have made it easier for them.

Those who still like the idea of Barack Obama like that idea far more than does Barack Obama himself.

No sooner than he wins reelection he reverts to his partisan self, refusing to compromise with Republicans on the fiscal cliff, attacking them in word and action.  Quite a contrast from the image he tried to craft.

On the night President Obama won re-election,” the editors of Investor’s Business Daily observe, the Democrat “employed the same soaring rhetoric about a unified America that first won him national attention”, but his rhetoric shifted in his press conference a few days ago,

“Republicans, he said . . . are holding “a gun at the head of the American people,” and are threatening either to “gut Medicare” or “wreck the entire economy.”

He said Republicans are “suspicious about government’s commitments to make sure that seniors have decent health care (and) have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat.”

He described the GOP position on the debt ceiling as “either we get our way a hundred percent of the time or otherwise, you know, we are going to default on America’s obligations.”

You simply don’t bludgeon people you’re trying to work with.

(H/t Instapundit.) Obama’s actions, the editors report, match the more recent rhetoric:

Instead of living up to his campaign promise to focus on jobs, the economy and the national debt, he’s pushing hugely divisive issues — gun control, immigration, global warming — or in-your-face nominees like Chuck Hagel.

Perhaps, he will offer more conciliatory words tomorrow as he “officially” begins his second term, but as we know from his recent unifying addresses, they will be just that words, words at odds with his record.

And all too many of his admirers in the legacy media will amplify the words and downplay the record.



  1. We don’t have to wonder or marvel at 0bamas ability to stay on.
    We *know* the MSM is carrying him everywhere he goes. If the MSM was neutral or treated him like they did George Bush- his ratings would be in negative territory.

    Comment by Kurt P — January 20, 2013 @ 10:17 am - January 20, 2013

  2. […] Gay Patriot covers Obama’s soaring rhetoric […]

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  3. There is a huge divide in this country as to the role of Government. Many people think “… that the government’s job is to take care of its people.” That doesn’t just mean provide them a safe and secure environment where their liberties are ensured and they have the freedom to live life as they want. It is taking care of them from cradle to grave. Those people are willing to give up freedoms in exchange for the Government taking care of them.

    Obama represents those people. Whether it is 47% or 51% of the country I don’t know. Regardless, those people reelected him and now the rest of us are stuck for another 4 years.

    Comment by David — January 20, 2013 @ 10:57 am - January 20, 2013

  4. Didn’t Biden just say he was president?

    @David – while I agree that there are a lot of people who want to be taken care of, I think there’s a lot more to it.

    The gun control debate provides a glimpse into the leftist mindset: the government is a tool useful for punishing people you just don’t like. The vitriol isn’t directed at criminals who use guns to commit crimes (could it be because blacks are over represented as perps and victims?) but at law-abiding white males who are supposed to resent becoming a minority.

    Occupy Wall Street is beloved by the left while Tea Party people are loathed even though both share many of the same grievances. But Tea Party people just want to be left alone while OWS wants anarcho-tyranny whereby they have no rules but want governmet to do the plundering for them.

    We are spitting into tribes.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 20, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - January 20, 2013

  5. David and SCR, I think you’re both right.

    The core of the Obama Party is what were called nomenklatura in the Soviet Union: in exchange for loyalty and obedience to the party, they expect to be given key administrative positions in which they can a) lord over others and b) feather their own nests.

    And the ways they get people to put them into those positions are promising to a) punish their enemies and b) take stuff from others to give to them.

    That’s pretty much it. Barack Obama is really nothing more than a more charismatic Lenin.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 20, 2013 @ 1:43 pm - January 20, 2013

  6. We are spitting into tribes.

    Wrong tense, homey.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — January 20, 2013 @ 3:31 pm - January 20, 2013

  7. SoCalRobert the best explanation of the similarities and differences between OWS and the Tea Parties is like this: Both groups oppose crony capitalism. The Tea Party opposes cronyism, and OWS opposes capitalism.

    That is as good a description as any of the faultline in our body politic.

    Comment by V the K — January 21, 2013 @ 10:43 am - January 21, 2013

  8. And he says “divissive.”

    Comment by Ken — January 31, 2013 @ 3:49 pm - January 31, 2013

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