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5/25/2010

Unflappable

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 2:28 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post has punctured the myth of Obama as calm, cool, and in control:

“Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command.

But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama’s clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.

“Plug the damn hole,” Obama told them.”

The well blew out 35 days ago, so either someone didn’t get his message or he isn’t in control.

— DRJ

15 Responses to “Unflappable”

  1. It’s easy to look inflappable when you always get what you want. IMO Obama’s temper is only as steady as his ability to get his way, not only unthwarted but actually unchallenged, every time. Call it the “I Won”/Middle Finger Temperament.

    The man IMO is a classic passive-aggressive egomaniac. Am waiting patiently for the narcissisic meltdown which I am convinced will come. The only question is when, and over what.

    no one you know (14208b)

  2. It’s a very bad thing that inspectors in 2008 accepted tickets to sports events, allowed oil company owners to write their own reports in pencil as the inspectors wrote over them in pen, etc., as reported today by the NYT regarding findings of a report by the inspector general:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/us/25mms.html?hpw

    Dwight (25a0c1)

  3. inflappable = unflappable

    no one you know (14208b)

  4. He’s caught like a deer in the headlights, lacking the experience to plot a course of action, or to jump one way or the other for fear of being publicly wrong, and all that’s left is to clench his jaw and insist on a solution rather than leading the way to one.

    I sure hope he never gets a 3am phone call.

    ras (88eebb)

  5. Will “Plug the Damn Hole!” be the cry of gay service members when DADT is repealed?

    eaglewingz08 (1e4d33)

  6. Just imagine if Bush had said something this stupid in regards to an oil spill.

    Come on guys just plug the hole!

    What a freakin idiot, wtf does he imagine they could just make a gigantic bathtub stopper and shove it in there?

    Mr. Pink (bb8267)

  7. “Plug the damn hole,” Obama told them.”
    [“I’m already late for my tee-off”.]

    What a punk.

    nk (db4a41)

  8. Heckuva job Barcky!

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  9. Just further example of the consequences of electing someone without experience to the office of President.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  10. What are they going to do when Adm. Allen leaves town?

    AD - RtR/OS! (bd3d6c)

  11. Obama doesn’t understand that there’s more to being an executive than just telling people what you want done. It’s understandable, he has no experience in actually solving problems under the constraints of reality. But that lack of experience (that and his nutty socialist ideas) is exactly why I voted against him. He’s not up to the job — and, even more frightening, he doesn’t know he’s not.

    Socratease (02c2d9)

  12. But, he’s got terrific ‘self esteem’.

    AD - RtR/OS! (bd3d6c)

  13. Jeez

    Plug the damn hole?

    I can do that…

    It’d be hard to draw together a small group of the best experts within the first days and take sharge.
    Obama is lost without his teleprompter and really just wants to get back the the NBA semi finals on the huge hi def screen at the White House

    Steve G (7d4c78)

  14. “Plug the damn hole!”

    Oh, if they could only shut Biden’s mouth. That might prove they could do anything!

    Icy Texan (380c78)

  15. He’s not in control.

    If the feds took over from BP, it’s the White House that would be responsible. As long as BP remains in charge of sealing the well, it’s their responsibility.

    Since the feds have no particular expertise in sealing oil wells and BP does, this is a good decision, but that’s not the basis for it.

    LarryD (feb78b)


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