I have never understood this whole meme about how even-keeled Obama is, how eloquent, how brilliant, how “likeable,” how “unflappable,” blah, blah, blah. All evidence to the contrary does not seem to sway our “intrepid” media.

Fortunately, though, some people (besides us) are seeing Obama for who he is as this article highlights (h/t to LisaB), “Obama, The Thin Skinned President“. I have been saying it for ages – Obama is an incredibly petulant, immature, arrogant, narcissistic person who seems to want the perks of the job, and none of the responsibility. Hell, if Bush had said something like this, it would be ALL OVER the headlines. I would have been writing about that, too. But Obama? You know the drill: “Leave Barry ALLOOOONNNEEEE!”

Spare me.

Except these guys didn’t, thank heavens:

In their book “The Battle for America 2008,” Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz wrote this:

[Chief political aide David] Axelrod also warned that Obama’s confessions of youthful drug use, described in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, would be used against him. “This is more than an unpleasant inconvenience,” he wrote. “It goes to your willingness and ability to put up with something you have never experienced on a sustained basis: criticism. At the risk of triggering the very reaction that concerns me, I don’t know if you are Muhammad Ali or Floyd Patterson when it comes to taking a punch. You care far too much what is written and said about you. You don’t relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty. When the largely irrelevant Alan Keyes attacked you, you flinched,” he said of Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate opponent.


I thought of this memo after reading the comment by Sen. Pat Roberts after he and other Senate Republicans had a contentious 80-minute meeting with the president on Tuesday. “He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans,” Roberts said. “He’s pretty thin-skinned.”

Sen. Roberts is being too generous. Obama is among the most thin-skinned presidents we have had, and we see evidence of it in every possible venue imaginable, from one-on-one interviews to press conferences, from extemporaneous remarks to set speeches.

The president is constantly complaining about what others are saying about him. He is upset at Fox News, and conservative talk radio, and Republicans, and people carrying unflattering posters of him. He gets upset when his avalanche of faulty facts are challenged, like on health care. He gets upset when he is called on his hypocrisy, on everything from breaking his promise not to hire lobbyists in the White House to broadcasting health care meetings on C-SPAN to not curtailing earmarks to failing in his promises of transparency and bipartisanship.
In Obama’s eyes, he is always the aggrieved, always the violated, always the victim of some injustice. He is America’s virtuous and valorous hero, a man of unusually pure motives and uncommon wisdom, under assault by the forces of darkness.
It is all so darn unfair.

Not surprisingly, Obama’s thin skin leads to self pity. As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard pointed out, in a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama said,

Let’s face it: this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s. (Emphasis mine)

Really, now? Worse than the period surrounding December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001? Worse than what Gerald Ford faced after the resignation of Richard Nixon and Watergate, which constituted the worse constitutional scandal in our history and tore the country apart? Worse than what Ronald Reagan faced after Jimmy Carter (when interest rates were 22 percent, inflation was more than 13 percent, and Reagan faced something entirely new under the sun, “stagflation”)? Worse than 1968, when Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated and there was rioting in our streets? Worse than what LBJ faced during Vietnam — a war which eventually claimed more than 58,000 lives? Worse than what John Kennedy faced in the Bay of Pigs and in the Cuban Missile Crisis, when we and the Soviet Union edged up to the brink of nuclear war? Worse than what Franklin Roosevelt faced on the eve of the Normandy invasion? Worse than what Bush faced in Iraq in 2006, when that nation was on the edge of civil war, or when the financial system collapsed in the last months of his presidency? Worse than what Truman faced in defeating imperial Japan, in reconstructing post-war Europe, and in responding to North Korea’s invasion of South Korea?

That isn’t “thin-skinned” – that is DELUSIONAL. He honestly thinks he has had more to deal with in the past 80 years than Roosevelt during a little thing he may have heard of, World War II??? Or how about Vietnam? The WORLD TRADE TOWERS??? Seriously? Wow. Yep, I’d say he’s delusional. Back to the article:

In his autobiography “Present at the Creation,” Dean Acheson wrote about the immensity of the task the Truman administration faced after war ended in 1945, which “only slowly revealed itself. As it did so, it began to appear as just a bit less formidable than that described in the first chapter of Genesis. That was to create a world out of chaos; ours, to create half a world, a free half, out of the same material without blowing the whole to pieces in the process.”

For Obama to complain that the problems he faces are so much worse than any other president in the last 80 years is stunningly self-indulgent, to say nothing of ahistorical.

With Obama there is also the compulsive need to admonish others, to point fingers, to say that the problems he faces are not of his doing. Oh, sure; on occasions there are the grudging concessions, like in Thursday’s press conference devoted to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where Obama says, “In case you’re wondering who’s responsible, I take responsibility” to ensure that “everything is done to shut this down.” But those words are always pro forma, done reluctantly and for tactical political reasons, a rhetorical trick that is meant to get him off the hook. As recently as last week, Obama, in the Rose Garden, was implicitly blaming the previous occupant of the White House for the explosion of the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon [Obama remarks linked here].

The president’s instincts are by now obvious to all: deflect blame, point fingers, and lash out at others, most especially his predecessor. We know from press reports (see here and here) that the strategy for the Democrats in 2010, two years after Obama was elected president, is to – you guessed it – blame George W. Bush.
What explains all this is hard to know. But it’s clear he has adopted an image of himself as something rare and remarkable, a historic figure of almost super-human abilities. “I am absolutely certain that generations from now,” Obama said during the summer of his presidential run, “we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”
“We are the ones we have been waiting for,” Obama and his aides said constantly during the campaign.

Hmmm. Yes, this simply adds credence to my contention that he is delusional. He really does seem to think he is some kind of Messiah figure. The whole “rise of the oceans began to slow” (because it was loaded down with oil, apparently) thing is just scary shit. There is no other way to describe it. And yet his “Resistance Is Futile” Obots didn’t bat an EYE at this Messianic statement. What does that say about them?? Oh, I think we all know that, too. And they walk among us. That’s pretty damn scary, too. They think he’s dreamy, after all, because they haven’t bother to really look, or to believe their own eyes and ears when faced with a ton of information to the contrary. So here we are, stuck with this man:

President Obama’s more unattractive personal qualities probably won’t wear well with the electorate. Americans tend to tire of those who are look back rather than ahead and are always blaming others for the problems they face.

Barack Obama — a man who was as unprepared to be president as any man in our lifetime — has over the last 16 months shown that he is overmatched by events. His poll numbers continue to drop, his health care proposal is becoming less rather than more popular, the oil spill in the Gulf is badly eroding his image for leadership and competence, and his party has been battered in election after election since November. We have now reached the point where Democrats are running against Obama and his agenda in order to survive (witness Mark Critz in Pennsylvania).

We can hope that Obama, an intelligent man, learns from the errors of his ways. But the great danger in all of this is that in the face of his troubles Obama and his aides become increasingly defensive, display a greater sense of entitlement and even a touch of paranoia. When arrogant men lose control of events it can easily lead to feelings of isolation, to striking out at critics, to bullying opponents, and to straying across lines that should not be crossed.

And so the president needs to surround himself with people who can tamp down on the uglier impulses within his administration, who are willing to tell Obama that the lore created by him, Axelrod, Plouffe, and Gibbs during the campaign has given way to reality, that cockiness is not the same as wisdom, and that spin is no substitute for substantive achievements. And Obama needs someone who has standing in his life to tell him that the presidency is a revered institution that should not be treated as if it were a ward in Chicago.

The ingredients are in place for some serious problems down the road. Those who care for the president need to recognize the warning signs now, sooner rather later, before it becomes too late, for him and for the nation.

“Intelligent”? Why oh why do we keep hearing THAT meme? How has he proven this “intelligence” thus far, I’d like to know? Tell me. Oh, sure, he got the DNC to support him, or the DNC PICKED him, more like it, knowing what an empty suit he is, and could be molded to do their bidding. But that isn’t necessarily “intelligence.” He couldn’t come up with his own policies, for crying out loud, so resorted to stealing from the REAL intelligent person in the race, then got the MSM to give him the credit. Again, not “intelligent.” There are other words for that. Corrupt, unethical, morally bankrupt (oh, sorry – that’s two words), conniving, duplicitous, and I could go on. Feel free to add your own. But none of those in and of themselves are markers of intelligence.

Bottom line though, is this: What in the hell is WRONG with this man? HOW in the hell did he get the most powerful job in the world?? WHO would want him to have this much power? And how are we going to recover from him being president? These are the questions with which we must wrestle, and so, so many more. Wow. “Thin-skinned” is the very least of what Obama is…

  • FLDemFem

    One hint about his school records slipped out of Michelle’s mouth. She said during the primary campaign, I think, that she and Barack had worked their asses off for “just average grades”. My reaction was “Duh, you moron, they are Ivy League Universities, not some magnet school for politically connected kids in Chicago. They have standards. High ones.” 

    And FYI for a few NQrs who seem to think that Obama went to Harvard University.. he didn’t, he went to Harvard Law School, allegedly with a degree from Columbia University. But no one can find a single person who remembers seeing or talking to Obama during that time at Columbia. Michelle went to Princeton, and her opinions on that score can be found in her treatise. Apparently, she didn’t get treated as special while there, and it was all due to racism. Go figure.

  • FLDemFem

    So either the president is brainless, or brain damaged. No wonder his doctor wrote a one page letter saying he was in “good health” and no records of any sort were forthcoming. Imagine if “The One” had been found to have had brain damage bad enough to physically and mentally affect him. Mentally in terms of function, not the NPD which many people have without brain damage. In Obama, we have a malignant narcissist with probable brain damage. Oh joy!! <—– last part is snark.

  • FLDemFem

    After seeing the discussion of his scar earlier in one of the threads here, I went and looked some stuff up. I found some interesting things..and believe it or not, Wiki has the most succinct, non-medicalese, explanation of the functions of the two sides of the brain. Very telling….it explains the Teleprompter, and his weird way of speaking and his inability to deal with spontaneous situations. So either the president is brainless, or brain damaged.
    Left versus right

    Linear reasoning[6] and language functions such as grammar and vocabulary[7] often are lateralized to the left hemisphere of the brain. Dyscalculia is a neurological syndrome associated with damage to the left temporoparietal junction.[8] This syndrome is associated with poor numeric manipulation, poor mental arithmetic skill, and the inability to either understand or apply mathematical concepts.[9]
    In contrast, prosodic language functions, such as intonation and accentuation, often are lateralized to the right hemisphere of the brain.[10][11] Functions such as the processing of visual and audiological stimuli, spatial manipulation, facial perception, and artistic ability seem to be functions of the right hemisphere.
    There is some evidence[12] that the right hemisphere is more involved in processing novel situations, while the left hemisphere is most involved when routine or well rehearsed processing is called for.
    Other integrative functions, including arithmetic,[13][14] binaural sound localization, and emotions, seem more bilaterally controlled.
    Left hemisphere functions Right hemisphere functions numerical computation (exact calculation, numerical comparison, estimation)
    left hemisphere only: direct fact retrieval[13][14] numerical computation (approximate calculation, numerical comparison, estimation)[13][14] language: grammar/vocabulary, literal[15]

    language: intonation/accentuation, prosody, pragmatic, contextual

    [

  • FLDemFem

    Trixta, having NPD, Narcissist Personality Disorder, would also explain his “bloodlessness”, callous detachment, inability to focus on anything but what he wants to do. The idea that the President of the United States would be so detached from the horrific problems now besetting the Gulf Coast is so foreign to most Americans that they want to blame it on drugs. I say he was like that from the beginning, since childhood. And so do many others who knew him over the years. It’s always about Obama, never about anyone else. Because Obama only really cares about Obama. The rest of us are just here for decoration and to give him his applause fix. I want to see what happens if he gives a speech and gets booed. Instant meltdown, I bet. Let’s try it and see, shall we??

  • FLDemFem

    Yes, but some of the owners are sharks, and they want the money back whether the horse survives the efforts or not. If I can hold off a greedy owner, I can handle the political sharks. Besides if I were President, I would have the upper hand. If I were president, I would tell Congress, in a joint session televised nationwide, that I don’t care what party they are in. If they don’t vote as their constituents ask, then I will go to their states and campaign for their opponents in the next election. I would set up a system, on computers, where voters could enter their voter registration card numbers and vote on what they want their reps and sens to do with various bills. This would be accessible to both houses of Congress. If their votes differ markedly from that of their constituents wishes, especially if they vote to please corporations that have contributed to their campaigns, I would call them out, in public, on television and let their constituents know the person representing them is deaf to their voice. That he listens to the money men and not them. How long do you think they will last in office after that??

    I would also submit a balanced budget on the day after the inauguration, with all pork out and only necessities, which are a lot less than most people think, in the budget. Start paying down the national debt. Tax the corporations obscene profits..etc. etc. And I write great speeches too..hehehe. Better than Obama’s. I could get the entire country on my side, easily. And the politicians would be forced to listen to the will of the people, because if they don’t, the President will tell the people their elected representatives aren’t listening to them. And I would do it even if the voice of the voters was against a piece of legislation I was supporting. Fair is fair, and it can’t be fair if the opposition isn’t heard, loud and clear. So, if I ever run, you all can safely vote for me, unless you work for a big corporation in the executive area. Then you should look to taking a big cut in your bonuses, if any.

  • sowsear

    Well, she could give up her citizenship and then just re-enter through Mexico. She could get some freebies then…if she knows any Spanish.

  • bamaLV

    and all his talking head flunkies keep referring to him as a “constitutuional proffessor” when he was only a law lecturer, but no one has ever bothered to correct that.  if he is so brilliant, why is he hiding his school records?  if his grades were so great, hs flunkies would be shouting them from the rooftops. instead we get..crickets.

  • bamaLV

    ,e too!  i so tired of all obamas flunkies doing the W.O.R.M bit. (what obama really meant).  if hes so brilliant why do they all have to tell us what he really meant? or do they think we are to stupid to understand? most of us here understand what he meant the moment he first opened his mouth  and said he was going to transform america.  i kept asking ‘into what?”  now we know.

  • Diana L. C.

    Terribly frightening!

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  • leslie

    So now it will be another historic moment, this time for the Nobel committee, when Obama either resigns or is impeached and then replaced.  “What he might accomplish” heh

  • sowsear

    There is more to this letter, but you get the drift…and I will delete it soon.

  • sowsear

    But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.” 

    Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free. 

  • Breeze


    Don’t be fooled by Obama’s ‘incompetence’


    American Thinker,
    by Stu Tarlowe   

    Original Article

    6/2/2010 

    It is a tremendous mistake to think that the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will help convince Americans of Barack Obama’s incompetence. Obama’s true agenda is so insidious that even his inability to handle a crisis serves his greater strategy. And that strategy has a name: it is the Cloward-Piven Strategy. Named for the two Leftist sociology professors who formulated it, its purpose is to bring about the demise of capitalism by overloading the system, largely by making more people desperate and dependent on the government. Thus, Cloward-Piven’s goals are ….

  • sowsear

    Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes. 

    Americans, We need to wake up.

    It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about”political correctness”   that we don’t have the will to do anything about it. 

    If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know. 

    CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?

    Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage. 

    Consumers don’t want expensive produce. 

    Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs.

  • EllenD

    She is running in November. He isn’t. It is not in her interests to make any deals with him and he has to know that.

    So it must be threat time.

  • sowsear

    I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

    I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing
    funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America .. 

    I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, here in the country less then 3 months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas”(whores) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears. 

    Free medical, free education, free food, free day care etc., etc, etc.  Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

    To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs. 

  • bamaLV

    yes but is he “likeable enough?”

  • sowsear

    My bot friend who is the friend of Joe Biden’s sent me this on illegal immigration this morning. The worm may have turned…

    [This is an eye-opener re how much illegal immigration is costing us.  Besides the illegal nature, it also seems to be a matter of a different culture.  Can that be changed?  Should the spigot be turned down, or even off?  Should all illegal aliens be returned?  And if so, how can we do it?  These are all thought-provoking questions which require some time, effort and man/woman-power!]
     Cheap Tomatoes  

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE PASSED ALONG TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OR WE WILL ALL GO DOWN THE DRAIN BECAUSE A FEW DON’T CARE.

    This English teacher has phrased it the best I’ve seen yet. 
    Tomatoes and Cheap Labor

    CHEAP TOMATOES?
    This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent 

    From a California school teacher – – – 

    “As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

    I am in char ge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

    Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools. 

    Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

  • Breeze

    Elected officials say no thanks
    to Obama invite

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
    by Mike Wereschagin   

    Original Article

    6/2/2010

    Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.The rest of the region’s top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.

  • Breeze

    Liberals Say Gulf Oil Spill
    Will Help Them in November

    Human Events,
    by Michelle Oddis   

     Original Article

    6/2/2010 1:24:58 PM    

    I turned on the TV Sunday morning just in time to hear TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein on the “Chris Matthews Show” claim that Obama’s approval ratings won’t be affected negatively by the Gulf oil spill. He is “incredibly lucky in his opposition — the oil spill is a great example,” said Klein. “The Republicans look worse on that than the Democrats do.” A chuckle was shared between Klein and Matthews.

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  • Trixta

    References to his “intelligence” are sprinkled here and there as “proof” that they’re not racists.  It’s a cynical discursive ploy.

  • felizarte

    Obama may be terrified of the prospect:  it will be like being called on the carpet by his grandmother or mother–both white. Which might explain why he initially recoiled from the first request to meet with Gov. Brewer. 

  • Trixta

    Given the carbon tax scenario as described by lorac, I wonder what the allowance will be for flatulence per person? Better stock up on Beano….

  • Diana L. C.

    I’d certainly vote for you over O; but since I also have empathy, I would feel really bad about sending you to deal with sharks.  Horses are much more noble creatures than those sharks in DC.

  • No Longer Banned in Beantown

    Obama is not someone I would want to have a beer with.

    He is someone I would like to pour a beer on, after I have had the pleasure of running it through my kidneys.

  • Trixta

    People who appear emotionally disconnected as Obama are most likely under the influence of anti-depressants … perhaps he’s under more than one of these medications.  This  could explain his “bloodlessness.”  

  • Trixta

    One of BO’s otherwise fawning reporters actually described his demeanor at the press conference as “bloodless.”  Yikes!!

  • Trixta

    Terrific article, RRRA!

  • Trixta

    You are soooooo right, SHV!! He is a symptom of all that has gone wrong in our political system — corporatism!

  • Diana L. C.

    What angers me most is watching two women sitting behind him laugh as they notice what he is doing.  I really hope someday the women who sat in that audience realize that he was flipping them off, too.  

  • Diana L. C.

    ApigailAdams,

    No, and when Geraldine Ferraro did point out how his race was the central point of the DIM’s backing of him despite Hillary’s knowledge and experience and that their misogyny was showing, she was “let go” from the campaign.  Hillary took the “high road” of not making her gender central to her campaign.  On the campaign trail she did often mention the many, many, many women who told her how much they longed to see a woman in the WH before they died.  

    If she wanted to emphasize how aggrieved, violated, and treated unjustly she and most all women in this country, she could have made a damned good case.  Instead, she ran on her credentials, which were so far above his, but did the idiots who pushed for O or the idiots who voted for him care?  Stupid is as stupid does.