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It’s Obama’s world; you’re just living in it

I’ve not blogged or read political articles for the last 3 weeks, for several reasons. One reason was that I got a little overwhelmed by (disgust at) the sheer volume of the Obama administration’s negligence and dishonesty, on issue after issue. You just can’t blog it all.

Well “I’m back”, presently scanning the last few days’ news on HotAir. There it is again! The sheer volume of Obama negligence and/or dishonesty. Any of these could make a blog post.

What, only four items? Here’s a bonus: What happens to your city, when Democrats run it for generations?

UPDATE: An Obama advisor allows, in tortured fashion, that the “sequester” cuts were their idea. So why have the Obama crew recently been pretending the opposite?

UPDATE: Via Ace and the New York Post, more tales of the Obama administration’s techniques for shaping reporters’ discourse:

“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c–t, a–hole.”…

UPDATE: WaPo upgrades one of Obama’s sequester lies from two Pinocchios (run-of-the-mill political lie) to four (indisputable, big lie).

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  1. It’s only a cut in the increased overall spending. The Federal Government is still going to spend more in 2013 than in 2012….so how much can it really hurt. And if the Nation can survive with 800-thousand (??shocking??) DoD workers 4-days a week, then just cut 160-thousand permanently.

    And I’m not-buying thgeir excuses on why the USN’s carrier is delayed going into drydock for scheduled long-term maintenance. That’s just a “self-inflicted wound” for PR’s sake.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — March 4, 2013 @ 11:41 am - March 4, 2013

  2. Ted, exactly. It’s mostly PR, trying to panic people into supporting the government spending *increases* that Obama wants.

    They even rolled out Janet Napolitano to try to fan public fears of terrorist attack. Item #32,788 in the list of things that lefties always accused Bush of doing, except that he didn’t, and lefties accused Bush only because it’s what they would have done are now doing, in his place. Note: Even with the sequester, Janet Napolitano’s budget is up this year.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 4, 2013 @ 11:44 am - March 4, 2013

  3. If the economy looked like it was going to turn up in January, Obama would have “compromised” on the sequester and taken the credit for good economic news. Since the economy looks like it is going to slow down, he decides not to “compromise” so he can try to blame the Republicans for the coming bad news.

    What bothers me most about this administration is how politics is everything and they are making economic decisions for political reasons no matter what the cost to the people. We have not seen such a cynical gang in DC for over a century, maybe never have. They really don’t care if it hurts the people as long as it can be blamed on his political opposition. He’s a gangster. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his gang.

    Comment by crosspatch — March 4, 2013 @ 12:21 pm - March 4, 2013

  4. He and his gang lie, cheat, steal, throw blame, obfuscate at every turn and every issue.
    He doesn’t care about governing.
    He doesn’t care about the economy or Americans.
    He doesn’t care about the “optics.”
    He is in a class by himself in being self centered.
    He has this country and world in chaos and could care less.

    Listening to Rush at lunch, while eating Chickfilet, the ever positive Limbaugh is close to throwing in the towel. He said the country is “hanging by a thread” and close to the tipping point. For a man like Rush to admit to that, it must be even getting to him.

    He, Rush, is convinced that all of obama’s actions are geared toward 2014. An unchecked obama, in his opinion, would literally put the last nail in the coffin that has been 50+ years in the making of burying our country AS founded. I for one subscribe to that theory.

    Damn, I hate being negative – but this piece of $hit in the White House – like Crosspatch states:

    “We have not seen such a cynical gang in DC for over a century, maybe never have. They really don’t care if it hurts the people as long as it can be blamed on his political opposition. He’s a gangster. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his gang.”

    Comment by mixitup — March 4, 2013 @ 4:50 pm - March 4, 2013

  5. Today, Laura Ingraham played sound bites where 1) Obama lists the draconian consequences of the sequester and 2) Obama says it’s not that big a deal.

    As a pessimist by nature (we live longer), I’ve found myself in the Steynian – Derbian “We Are Doomed” camp for sometime. I suppose that I should feel some satisfaction that I’m in the right camp – but I don’t.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — March 4, 2013 @ 5:13 pm - March 4, 2013

  6. In addition to being a narcissist I have decided Obama is a drama queen who must constantly have a crisis to campaign about. He isn’t all that interested in fixing the crisis-he just wants to travel all over the US and give speeches so people and the media will pay attention to him while he rants about the crisis he isn’t actually willing to fix.

    Just like the drama queens in high school-if there isn’t some drama to be the center of, they will manufacture the drama so everyone will pay attention to them.

    Comment by Just Me — March 4, 2013 @ 6:14 pm - March 4, 2013

  7. The 10 core beliefs of the modern-day Tea Party movement are clearly laid for all to see and examine and scrap over. [Click on the link and examine them.]

    The reality of “It’s Obama’s world; you’re just living in it” can be measured by taking each of the Tea Party core beliefs and comparing them to how Obama is conducting his presidency.

    We can measure the Tea Party and conservatism in general against the Constitution and the core beliefs. Against what standards do we measure Obama’s world? The Obama world is rife with “relativity” which is present across many spectrums.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 4, 2013 @ 6:38 pm - March 4, 2013

  8. I Love Capitalism,
    “Bob Woodward saying what others confirm, even including Clinton stalwarts: that the Obama administration actively seeks to intimidate reporters.”

    I think that when you read the actual email exchange between the two, you get a clear sense that Obama’s aide is not intimidating Woodward; and it is pretty clear that Woodward isn’t taking it that way either–at least in the initial exchange. Obama’s administration might intimidate people, but this is not an instance of it, I think.

    Comment by Passing By — March 4, 2013 @ 7:08 pm - March 4, 2013

  9. The President probably doesn’t realize that people have more reasons to NOT get insurance than ever before. The tax return penalty against having it is not even half of what coverage would cost. There’s at least three people I work with who are either paying a lump sum for a year’s insurance or dropping it altogether.

    Comment by Douglas — March 4, 2013 @ 8:05 pm - March 4, 2013

  10. PB – That’s some spin. From Politico’s account (reachable through the HotAir link that I provided):

    Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about – and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us…

    …Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” the official typed…But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out [your] claim.”

    Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. “ ‘You’ll regret.’ Come on,” he said…

    So Woodward did take it as a threat.

    I could similarly dig into the other accounts. Here’s a thought experiment for you: Imagine if this cluster of accounts about widespread Administration yelling, browbeating and “You’ll regret it”s had come out about the Bush administration.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 4, 2013 @ 10:07 pm - March 4, 2013

  11. ILC,

    If you were to entirely divorce the e-mail from the abrasive, screaming telephone call and just really, really try to see “I think you will regret staking out [your] claim” as just guidance and paternal advice from an elite given to poor, unexperienced Bob Woodward who hardly knows anything about how the game is played, then I am certain …….

    Oh, forget it.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 4, 2013 @ 10:33 pm - March 4, 2013

  12. The MSM has been heavily leaning-on Woodward to retract or at-minimum reduce the implications of this incident….or else. If it had been during the prior Administration, the MSM would have been howling to impeach the President or demanding a Special Prosecutor a’la Valerie Plame.

    The White House Press Corps is so in-the-bag.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — March 5, 2013 @ 2:42 am - March 5, 2013

  13. Yeah, the email to Woodward was no big deal, and the whole thing is a non-story… that’s why the MFM/Praetorian Guard have been demonizing Woodward relentlessly and screaming about this story for the last two weeks.

    Right.

    Comment by V the K — March 5, 2013 @ 6:27 am - March 5, 2013

  14. I have to admit that it doesn’t surprise me that the WH would try to get a reporter to back of a story or certain aspects of the story.

    The troubling part here is that the press seems to be cheerleading for the president and happily feeding Woodward to the wolves. They are unoffended and unconcerned with the fact that the WH is trying to manipulate them into providing the narrative they want.

    Bush’s White House might have tried this tactic but I seriously doubt the media would have bent over and taken it the way the current press corps does.

    The press has stopped questioning anything Obama says or does.

    Comment by Just Me — March 5, 2013 @ 9:28 am - March 5, 2013

  15. JM, exactly. Many media figures love to be slapped around by government thugs – provided the thugs work for someone so dreamy as a left-wing president. They’re in shock to find that Woodward doesn’t love it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 5, 2013 @ 10:33 am - March 5, 2013

  16. More accounts showing that Woodward was not an isolated incident: http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/beat_the_press_96lFrUNync5zuBZTiZ6aUL#axzz2Mgf7tQFS

    I just quoted one bit as an Update to the main post, but the article has even more.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 5, 2013 @ 12:31 pm - March 5, 2013

  17. Re the Woodward affair (adding Lanny Davis and Maureen Callahan); it would appear that Obama’s arrogance is finally catching up to him. Not that they’ll notice at MSNBC but still.

    Re the sequester, I’m starting to think that the Republicans might actually win this one. Again, it’s a case of Obama’s arrogant overconfidence catching up with him.

    Re Donna Brazille… sigh.

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — March 5, 2013 @ 8:20 pm - March 5, 2013

  18. The problem for a guy like Obama-when everyone treats you with kid gloves and you win every time, you start to think you can do anything and still come out on top. The media hasn’t helped in this regard.

    Obama thinks he is the smartest man in the room (and to be honest while I am sure he is smart, I do not view him as some kind of genius-I am willing to be he falls in the high average IQ and isn’t a candidate for Mensa) and he thinks he can lie, cheat and obfuscate and people will continue to fawn.

    I fully expect the complicit media to keep carrying his water, but I also think voters and some media outlets are catching on. Problem is he has a team that is pretty ruthless when you start to attack, they circle the wagons and get you ostracized or painted into the idiot corner.

    Comment by Just Me — March 6, 2013 @ 11:26 am - March 6, 2013

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