Patterico's Pontifications

3/8/2009

Obama: In Over His Head

Filed under: Obama — Patterico @ 2:50 pm



Ace says it’s time to turn the page and talk about the things Obama doesn’t want us to talk about.

I think the debate over Rush has been valuable, if contentious and difficult. But at this point, Ace’s suggestion sounds good to me.

How about the way Obama botched British prime minister Gordon Brown’s visit . . . because he’s overwhelmed?

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister. …

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”. …

The American source said: “Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

Yeah, I think that’s worth talking about.

66 Responses to “Obama: In Over His Head”

  1. …the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

    He should have read the job application more carefully.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  2. of course Ear Leader is “overwhelmed”….

    the MFM sold 52% of the US a line of BS, and *surprise*, now that the pressure is on, it’s squirting out all over.

    TOLD YOU SO!

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  3. In business, I have not only see people be over-promoted to a position for which they aren’t ready. I once was myself, and I was lucky, had a solid team and was able to marginally succeed. I know of a few others that were able to step back to a more junior role for a few years and then get back on track. Most people just fail spectacularly.

    carlitos (3f0da9)

  4. I think I liked it better when it was an intentional snubbing, not the incompetent bumbling of idiots…

    As an aside, that stack of DVDs that Obama gave Brown? Yeah, they won’t play in the UK… The UK is “region 2″, we’re “region 1″.

    Scott Jacobs (90ff96)

  5. Hmm. Guess maybe running a campaign (or being in a campaign–more accurate) isn’t all that helpful in running the country? Who was to know???

    ManlyDad (75cbfe)

  6. I agree the battle has to be directed to the White House and Obama’s policies, which are wrong.

    Joe (17aeff)

  7. Hey, redc1c4, I know it was a typo, but “Ear Leader” works on so many levels. On the other hand, maybe you meant it that way—if so, hats off!

    Seriously, this is probably the hardest the fellow has had to work since…well, forever. His work as Senator was not precisely 24/7 as I recall.

    Oh, I forgot: running for office is a huge experience.

    SIgh.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  8. Eric: Well, he’s running the US economy the same way he ran his campaign — just spend, spend, spend and assume “the rich” will never stop writing him the checks he needs to keep it going.

    Here’s what scares me. He’s only 47 days into his job. He has 1,414 to go. If he’s this “overwhelmed” now…

    Sean P (60ebeb)

  9. You know, as much as I’d like to jump on this bandwagon, I can’t, because it’s just plain not fair. Of course Mr Obama wasn’t prepared to be president, because no one is! Mr Obama had even less preparation for the job than most, never having held an executive position, but we chose to elect him anyway. Considering that our party’s nominee didn’t have much more executive experience, it can’t be said that we offered a tremendous alternative.

    He may or may not be able to turn it around as he gains more experience; he’s not stupid, and he can get the top talent to help him — at least, if he can find any Democrats who’ve actually paid all their taxes.

    Hillary Clinton campaigned on the notion that she’d be ready on day one, citing her experience as the wife of a president; I doubt she’d have done any better, and would probably have done worse.

    Even the greatest president of the 21st century, George Bush, took a few days after September 11th to figure out where he was going.

    The somewhat forgiving Dana (556f76)

  10. Barack Obama: Potentially ready from Day 100.

    Techie (9c008e)

  11. This should be above the fold headlines in every paper, and the lead on every news program. How can he be worn out when he has already taken a vacation and a trip to Hawaii since the election? Good Allah, we are well and truly fucked.

    JD (db0f14)

  12. Somehow, Mr Blair, I don’t think that redc1c4’s “Ear Leader” was a typo! :)

    The very amused Dana (556f76)

  13. This also doesn’t look good for HRC, who, if nothing else, was supposed to bring experience as Secretary of State.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  14. In discussing this over at Hot Air, one poster pointed out that the likely source for this information is Colin Powell. The article cites a prominent African American whose support Obama courted for two years. Sounds like Powell to me. No wonder Obama wants us battling over Rush, scales are falling from the eyes of his supporters in droves.

    Mary (1dc631)

  15. Is the Presidency too big for just one man?
    The last time that was a serious topic of discussion was under Carter. The election of Reagan and his performance made it apperant that it just depends who that one man is.

    kaf (3e4877)

  16. Don’t miss Mark Steyn on Obama’s uh, exhaustion and note to PM Brown that he’s just not than into you.

    Regarding Mr. Obama’s exhaustion, I’m sure he’s planning his vacation as we speak.

    Dana (137151)

  17. C’mon, Bradley. You didn’t really believe that HRC was all that a bag of chips, did you? Her problem is a larger version of President Obama: overweening pride.

    The previous Secretary of State speaks Russian, for example. Hillary could have called Condi on the telephone and asked.

    But that would mean that she isn’t in charge.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  18. Bro. EB,
    I thought that Hillary at least had enough experience to . . .

    . . . uh . . .

    . . . well . . .

    . . . OK, you’re absolutely right. This is Amateur Hour at all levels, from The Clayfooted Messiah down to the lowliest Alinskyite community organizer.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  19. As long as we’re talking about dissing the British because we’re too tired, too incompetent, just not that into all 190 countries etc;

    a friend of mine working in England picked up a word from her coworkers: “fuckwit”. Does strike me that we’re seeing a collection of such types frantically stirring things up in Washington these days. I’ll leave it for you to decide just how far up the flagpole that particular description goes–but I’m riding with “all the way to the top”.

    Mike Myers (674050)

  20. Hillary Clinton campaigned on the notion that she’d be ready on day one, citing her experience as the wife of a president

    I’m also quite impressed by her ability to duck from sniper fire while on a tarmac in some Eastern European nation.

    Mark (411533)

  21. Wasn’t Teh One supposed to be the most tech savvy President?
    Now I know Teh One is a total teleprompter dip shit and his gift of 25 American NTSC format DVD’s proves this. Apart from the regional codes, NTSC is played at 29.97 frames per second while PAL is 25 frames per second, now I am sure the Prime Minister has a high end player that will play both and the 3:2 pulldown will still work, but what a completely classless act by Pres teleprompter.

    Now the Prime Minister gave Pres teleprompter a wooden pen holder made from the wood of a famous British slave fighting ship. I also should note a couple of models of Air Force One were giving the PM’s kids, which just adds to Pres teleprompter classlessness.

    I guess Pres teleprompter buys his gifts at WalMart, must be spending to much of our money on all the parties he is throwing. Stick it to the man, Pres teleprompter, stick it to the man.

    ML (14488c)

  22. I like Ace’s theory that it was resentment over the suppression by the British of the Mau Mau uprising.

    nk (502275)

  23. #3 carlitos:

    I once was myself, and I was lucky, had a solid team and was able to marginally succeed.

    It occurs to me that this is an idea that the average Obama voter would be unfamiliar with: being “over-promoted.”

    As you mention, having a solid team is essential to success when that happens…but just who comprises Obama’s team? I’m guessing that his close confidantes are sycophants rather than chosen for ability, and that they are just as doctrinaire as Obama. Who else, Rahm Emanuel? A solid team is who you delegate things to in order to get things accomplished, and Emanuel is not there to be delegated to~he’s there to run the revolution. Same with HRC, although she is also handicapped by not being able to delegate effectively.

    So of course Ear Leader© is overwhelmed, he doesn’t know how to delegate effectively and doesn’t have anybody to delegate to anyway! He imagined that he would just have to say the Word, and it would be so (and that’s how it should work for a President) but he lacks the understanding to discriminate between what details are important and what needs to be handled by someone else. And he hasn’t got anybody capable of handling it anyway~what’s he gonna do? Give it to Joe? Like Bush was able to do with Cheney when he had something that needed to be handled, but didn’t need his personal attention?

    Unfortunately, being President isn’t a job that allows for marginal success.

    [Ear Leader ©2009 redc1c4]

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  24. Wasn’t too big for George Bush.

    And I understand Barry H. is not too overwhelmed to party hearty.

    Or piss our future down the drain.

    And arn’t you glad their is nobody that can read or write Russian in the White HHouse? Do they still ahve the “Hot Line”. Anybody read and write Farsi?

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  25. The Obama performance is so appalling on so many levels that it’s hard to begin.

    we chose to elect him anyway. Considering that our party’s nominee didn’t have much more executive experience, it can’t be said that we offered a tremendous alternative.

    McCain had been a squadron commander so that’s 100% more experience than the community organizer in chief. Worse, the one experience Obama had that could have been compared to executive was the Annenberg Challenge which was a complete failure.

    Presidents are surrounded by staff and political appointees who have had some experience. Most of what a president does is make decisions. What is his track record on decisions ?
    Here’s one.

    The diversion of the Stryker Brigade (one of two that were then scheduled to replace the two currently in Iraq) to Afghanistan made headlines as the President appeared at Camp Lejeune to announce his Iraq drawdown and Afghanistan “surge”. As noted here at the time, that followup report – if accurate – “exposes everything you’ve heard about troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two weeks as an absolute hoax on the American public

    Why is this important ? The Stryker brigade that was schedule to deploy to Iraq had been learning Arabic for 10 months.

    Like previous Stryker brigades, the 5th Brigade has put dozens of its troops through intensive, 10-month Arabic language training. They were tested in exercises last month where they had to help their commanders negotiate with native-speaker role players at Fort Lewis’ urban training center, Leschi Town.
    Tunnell has added his own adaptations as well. He sent senior sergeants to intelligence school at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., so that each of his infantry companies could do more analysis work that would typically be done at the battalion level, further up the chain of command.

    And to give his companies more know-how when it comes to bargaining with the mukhtars and sheiks they’ll encounter in Iraq, he sent senior sergeants for training in the art of negotiation.

    Then what happened ?

    Obama diverted that Brigade to Afghanistan, where they don’t speak Arabic, as part of his “drawdown” of forces from Iraq.

    The 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Ft. Lewis, Wash., will deploy approximately 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in mid-summer 2009. This Stryker Brigade and the MEB will deploy to increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

    OK, if you need them somewhere else, wasting all that training might be acceptable. However, what happened next is astonishing.

    Gen. Odierno will receive a Stryker Brigade to replace the incoming replacement brigade diverted to Afghanistan just a week ago. That means that he will continue to maintain the current level of two Stryker brigades in Iraq. The light armored vehicles are favored by military commanders for their mobility as a quick reaction force while providing greater protection for the troops.

    So the Stryker brigade that had been learning Arabic and intensively training for Iraq is sent to Afghanistan as part of Obama’s “drawdown” in Iraq.

    Then, another Stryker brigade that has NOT had any special training for Iraq is sent quietly instead.

    Why? To get the headlines about the drawdown, of course. There is no other reason for this.

    He thinks the “Profit/earnings ratio” is good on stocks so you should buy.

    He think they speak Arabic in Afghanistan, or else he would not have said in the campaign that interpreters in Iraq were needed in Afghanistan.

    And he doesn’t like Churchill because Churchill was British PM during the crackdown on Mau Mau terrorism in Kenya in the 1950s.

    Who knew we were getting a president of Kenya ?

    Mike K (2cf494)

  26. Comment by kaf — 3/8/2009 @ 3:55 pm

    Is the Presidency too big for one man?
    Perhaps the Leviathan is too big for the Presidency?
    Might it not be time to reduce the scope and size of the Federal Government?

    AD - RtR/OS (7d5017)

  27. From the original Telegraph piece:

    “Mr Obama’s gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state.”

    Bravo Obama. Bravo!!

    What a tawdry whinge-fest this story is…

    Hax Vobiscum (23258e)

  28. “Ear Leader” was not a typo. I came up with it one night, when my friends at the dreaded LGF where going on about our “Dear Leader”……

    i went to the “build your own Obama poster” web site and did “Dear Leader”, and then, in a fit of ethanol fueled snarky brilliance, did the “Ear Leader” thing… it builds on my calling him “Juggy” all this time, as in “Jug eared fu*ckwit”, which also fits.

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  29. Overwhelmed? Mad Magazine said it first:
    February Cover

    Gary P (c64d75)

  30. “…What a tawdry whinge-fest…”

    Yup. But not the way you mean it.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  31. Hey, redc1c4, I said it might not be a mere typo, and gave you kudos if it was intentional.

    Let me repeat: good one!

    It’s clever, not vulgar, and can be taken several ways at once.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  32. #27: yeah, i saw that after i posted, and i thank you for the kudos….. at least i’ve formally claimed credit so the royalty checks will reach me in the re-education camp. %-)

    BTW: did everyone see this about the Stryker Brigade that was diverted to the ‘stan, because the First Dufus wanted to declare a draw down? Replacement Strykers to Iraq

    it seems that the brigade he diverted was fully trained up in Arabic language, and cultural interactions, which took months. now they’re on their way to the ‘stan, where said training will be efectively useless, mostly because the natives aren’t Arab, and unsurprisingly, don’t speak Arabic.

    in their place, we’re sending a different Stryker unit, 7 months ahead of schedule, without time to do all the w*rk up. (insert pithy Army language here)

    some draw down.
    HOPE ’08 FAIL ’09

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  33. Change that is Hope-less!

    AD - RtR/OS (7d5017)

  34. Jesus Barack get over it. Even JFK managed not to fuck up British relations and he had a bigger bone to pick over Ireland than you do over Kenya.

    And no, I was not refering to you as Jesus.

    Joe (17aeff)

  35. Hey, redc1c4, do you know the old story about McNamara under JFK’s administration?

    The story I heard is that he received a briefing from the JCS about the planned response strategy to a nuclear first strike against the US.

    “Gentleman,” he told them after their presentation, “You don’t have a strategy. You have some kind of terrible spasm.”

    So it is with the current situation. The folks in office carried on about how awful and mean our armed forces are, and how just meeting with folks in other countries would turn them from opponent to friend.

    Well, now the President has seen the Manila Folder of Doom (which has the real story in it, the one we never get). And he has to figure out what to do.

    Someone who has no foreign policy experience, and a lifetime of being exposed to “Peace Studies.”

    The good news is that he can always rely on Joe Biden.

    Gulp!

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  36. Oh, and I’ll say “hi” from my own cell in the Saul Alinski Re-education Camp. If you hear me tapping out “Yesterday” by the Beatles on the pipes, you’ll know it is me.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  37. Hey, Obama was probably just being frugal in not overspending taxpayer money for a gift! The DVDs were probably a Christmas…oops, holiday gift he got two of.

    Patricia (419c68)

  38. The Stryker brigade that was schedule to deploy to Iraq

    Is it just me, or does anyone else bust out laughing when they hear ‘Stryker brigade’.

    horace (547ced)

  39. Unicorn diplomacy. The only explanations I can come up with are arrogance, incompetence or malice. What a choice.

    anne (ee680a)

  40. Apart from the regional codes, NTSC is played at 29.97 frames per second while PAL is 25 frames per second, now I am sure the Prime Minister has a high end player that will play both and the 3:2 pulldown will still work, but what a completely classless act by Pres teleprompter.

    Or perhaps not, given that he’s damned near blind.

    Pablo (99243e)

  41. Apart from the regional codes, NTSC is played at 29.97 frames per second while PAL is 25 frames per second, now I am sure the Prime Minister has a high end player that will play both and the 3:2 pulldown will still work, but what a completely classless act by Pres teleprompter.

    Or perhaps not, given that he’s damned near blind.

    Pablo (99243e)

  42. Instead of Hope and Change, I’d prefer Hope and Crosby.

    Official Internet Data Office (192d18)

  43. It is just you, horace.

    JD (db0f14)

  44. I burst out laughing when I hear “horace.”

    :-)

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  45. Obama is the empty suit President.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  46. I loved the adjective-laden Dana’s comment on this. So I am going to re-post it. Enjoy.
    You know, as much as I’d like to jump on this bandwagon, I can’t, because it’s just plain not fair. Of course Mr Obama wasn’t prepared to be president, because no one is! Mr Obama had even less preparation for the job than most, never having held an executive position, but we chose to elect him anyway. Considering that our party’s nominee didn’t have much more executive experience, it can’t be said that we offered a tremendous alternative.

    He may or may not be able to turn it around as he gains more experience; he’s not stupid, and he can get the top talent to help him — at least, if he can find any Democrats who’ve actually paid all their taxes.

    Hillary Clinton campaigned on the notion that she’d be ready on day one, citing her experience as the wife of a president; I doubt she’d have done any better, and would probably have done worse.

    Even the greatest president of the 21st century, George Bush, took a few days after September 11th to figure out where he was going.

    Comment by The somewhat forgiving Dana — 3/8/2009 @ 3:48 pm
    Comment of the day!

    Emperor7 who now sees the light. (1b037c)

  47. Hax said:

    From the original Telegraph piece:

    “Mr Obama’s gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state.”

    Bravo Obama. Bravo!!

    What a tawdry whinge-fest this story is…

    So, at least, we know what you think of our British allies. Fair enough. (That’s serious). They hated Bush, so it’s about time they got their comeuppance (that’s a joke).

    I said this at another site, but I’m going to repeat it here:

    Remember the “plastic turkey” that was actually real. Now we have a real stupid “plastic button.” And we’re the laughing stock of the world.

    But no one here in the U.S. seems to know it. Everything’s sweetness and light.

    When Bush was president, everything he did was stupid, because he was “stupid.” Now, every thing that President Obama, and his administration, does is OK, because, well, he’s Obama.

    I’m sorry, but, so far, everything he’s done has been stupid. He doesn’t know how to treat his allies and he doesn’t know how to treat his enemies. He, and his minions, don’t know how to treat the economy or health care. They are lost and they’re just hoping that they’re promises to the middle- and lower-class can lead them through.

    So, they attack a radio host. That’s not a good plan.

    So I’m waiting for a good plan. If his tax-dodging Treasury secretary has a secret plan that will work, then great. I haven’t seen it yet, and neither has the market.

    I know the President’s defenders will say, “but Bush was horrible, too.” OK. But what is the plan? A $3 trillion deficit? That’s the plan?

    Ag80 (3e2c59)

  48. And one more thing: The “$3 trillion dollars.”

    How can it be possible that our national debt, or the world debt, has reached this height simply because of the bank bailout and bad loans on homes?

    This is a serious question. I know that a lot of bad loans were made. I know that many people bought homes they could not afford. But $3 trillion dollars? Something is not right here.

    Maybe I got the figure wrong. Correct me, please.

    Ag80 (3e2c59)

  49. Ag80 – Given how Leftist government would work, it is probably cheaper to just buy all of the troubled mortgages as opposed to what they have proposed.

    JD (db0f14)

  50. JDsaid:

    Ag80 – Given how Leftist government would work, it is probably cheaper to just buy all of the troubled mortgages as opposed to what they have proposed.

    Amen, brother.

    Ag80 (3e2c59)

  51. And one more thing: The “$3 trillion dollars.”

    How can it be possible that our national debt, or the world debt, has reached this height simply because of the bank bailout and bad loans on homes?

    Relax . . . the national debt isn’t anywhere close to $3 trillion.

    It’s a mere $10.9 trillion.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  52. Is it just me, or does anyone else bust out laughing when they hear ‘Stryker brigade’.

    Comment by horace

    Aside from your ignorance, which causes me to burst out laughing once in a while, no.

    Were you born this stupid or have you been working on it?

    Mike K (2cf494)

  53. Obama’s budget is for $3.6 trillion, of which $1.75 trillion is deficit.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  54. This is all a distraction from Barcky’s failed policies.

    JD (db0f14)

  55. #47 Ag80:

    He doesn’t know how to treat his allies and he doesn’t know how to treat his enemies.

    Well, they’re foreign. And that’s what foreign policy is for, is to deal with foreigners. Because, like, they’re, uh, foreign & stuff. And, its’s not like they can vote, so who cares, anyway? They live in another country! Because they’re foreign!

    EW1(SG) (e27928)

  56. brother bradley said:

    Obama’s budget is for $3.6 trillion, of which $1.75 trillion is deficit.

    How is that even possible? Our debt to our children will be in the trillions. And nothing President Obama can do is going to correct this, except to immediately reduce taxes and cut government.

    There is no other choice. I mean that sincerely. Only the individual and private enterprise can increase wealth If the government does it, it is only to continue to print money and raise inflation.

    Ag80 (3e2c59)

  57. One
    Big
    Ass
    Mistake
    America

    Roy Mustang (776c16)

  58. I’ve been tormented by an even scarier thought.

    When(not if) the depression sets in, the population is nowhere near as prepared to handle it, on an individual basis, as the people in the ’30 were. The people were MUCH more self sufficient, and there wasn’t the entitlement mentality of today.

    Also, for further amusement, here are some interesting quotes from Thomas Jefferson a couple of hundred years ago:

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
    we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
    who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
    A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
    government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered

    Then, there is this gem from Mark Twain:

    If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

    lee (97da21)

  59. EB…You should read “Surviving Hell” by Leo Thorsness, so you’ll know the ‘tap code’.

    AD - RtR/OS (7d5017)

  60. “Obama: In Over His Head”

    SHOCKA!!!!!

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  61. AD: those were tough people. I’m a wuss by comparison. Big time.

    Eric Blair (8d54e0)

  62. Obama is clearly not in control.

    Amphipolis (fdbc48)

  63. lee — 3/8/2009 @ 9:32 pm

    More good quotes making the rounds. Too bad Obama reads Alinsky and not Lincoln. From the Daily Breeze, Letter to the Editor:

    Obama is no Abe Lincoln

    President Obama espouses the virtues and greatness of Abraham Lincoln. Tell me why then, everything Obama is doing is the exact opposite of most of the following written by Lincoln:

    “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men, permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
    ——-

    Vermont Neighbor (229b93)

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  66. Over his head? Overwhelmed? Well, surprise, surprise! The messiah and savior can’t quite the mustard, can he! On hearing this, I hope his brain has a meltdown at least of the proportions of the economic collapse. And when he starts babbling to himself, he’ll be removed from office and his incompetency will be revealed for once and for all to the American public. The gullible who bought his line of bs will have to reevaluate what they want and need in a president and that someone like BO isn’t it. Ditto for Reid, Pelosi and Chris Dodd. Old Biden? He’ll just fold!

    joanieT (8ace18)


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