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Obama: America Has Gone Soft

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:40 am

We need a hard-bitten tough guy like Barack to pull us through, is what we need:

Granted, we don’t have the full context here, so I don’t know quite what to make of it. But it’s just so funny!

Thanks to AZBob.

82 Responses to “Obama: America Has Gone Soft”

  1. I suppose there’s some truth to this. After all, we did vote in a community organizer for President of the United States. Clearly, something happened to our little country along the way…

    Dana (4eca6e)

  2. The left caters to those who are soft but as soon as the people footing the bill complain, “America has gotten a little soft.”

    Is this the Carter Malaise Moment?

    AZ Bob (f67ff0)

  3. Uh uh uh uh uh uh we need a leader uh uh uh uh who is uh uh uh willing to uh uh uh eat his uh uh uh uh peas.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  4. WSJ looks at this a bit more…apparently the President in his attempts to point out our softness, neglects to mention unemployment at 9.1% under his watch, as well as taking Gov. Scott of Florida to task for canceling a high-speed rail train running from Tampa to Orlando who rejected the funds amid concerns about the plan’s viability and the potential for cost overruns.

    I guess a governor holding himself accountable and responsible to voters is considered part of this going soft business.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  5. Comment by daleyrocks — 9/30/2011 @ 7:48 am


    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (652ab2)

  6. it’s like he’s standing in the rose garden with a whistle round his neck yelling walk it off walk it off as our pitiful little country becomes increasingly mired in recession and fail

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  7. What this country needs are more real men like Barney Frank and Anderson Cooper to lead us to victory!!!!

    Nobody Knows That I Am A Dog!!! (74cbec)

  8. Yes, and when the bank you use initiates Debit Card Usage Fees, you can really celebrate the manhood of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (652ab2)

  9. You mean the persons in the pay of all the major players in the subprime mess, didn’t solve the problem, the shreds you say.

    ian cormac (ed5f69)

  10. Sometimes I get Barack Obama mixed up with Eli Wallach or Kirk Douglas. He’s so damned BUTCH, you know?

    Mitch (341ca0)

  11. Barcky, the President that throws a baseball less manly than Liberace, is talking about America getting soft?

    JD (17012e)

  12. Our President who gets photographed riding a girls bike with flat tires is calling America soft?

    JD (0b8a2b)

  13. jD, a question:
    Was it a “girl’s bike”, or was it the new-style, “Y-frame” mountain bike, with a rear swing arm?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (652ab2)

  14. AD – it may not technically have been the former, but was absolutely not the latter.

    JD (ac417f)

  15. Comment by daleyrocks — 9/30/2011 @ 7:48 am

    I’m reading Confidence Men by Susskind. Slow but very good read. His description of the staff meetings makes me think of this song. safe for work

    vor2 (6c8528)

  16. Presidents who wear Mom Jeans = Not Soft

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. Frank/Dodd’s credit card rules were made to protect the “soft” people who can responsibly use credit cards.

    B of A (and soon the rest of the banking industry) has no choice but to charge $5 a month for debit card use. Eat your peas!

    AZ Bob (7d2a2c)

  18. American has gone soft. So how much more did the Democrats want to extend unemployment benefits? How far are they cutting medicare and social security? How much did they want for disaster relief, with no offsets?

    Amphipolis (b120ce)

  19. Isn’t leading from behind soft?

    AZ Bob (7d2a2c)

  20. Aren’t there prescriptions for that sort of thing? I see them all the time on television.

    “Hey, doc, I can’t quite get the little guy up, can you help?”

    “Sure,” replies the doc, “here’s a prescription for Nobama2012, and remember to vote for the Republican.”

    Honestly, why isn’t THIS the sockpuppet thread?

    509th Bob (4ae072)

  21. i hope he knows that this will go down on his permanent record

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  22. Isn’t leading from behind soft?

    Depends on what yer packin’, AZ Bob.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  23. We became soft as soon as we decided to prosecute wars with less than our full capability just this side of nukes.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  24. “goddam soft America! America’s chickens are coming home… to lay soft-boiled eggs!”

    — Reverend Jeremiah Wrong

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  25. I’m thinking it would be great if Americans sent the White House cans of peas. But then we would no doubt get arrested.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  26. I want to speak to you … about a subject even more serious than energy or inflation. I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy…

    It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

    The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us… [A] majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.

    As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the truth and it is a warning.

    Jimmy Carter, 1979
    Barack Obama, 2011

    aunursa (33da2f)

  27. Somehow I’m reminded of an old New Yorker cartoon back from when that Bobbitt lady became notorious for her act of snippery…

    Two guys are sitting in a dive bar with blank, loser-ish looks on their faces. One guy says to the other: “I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Heck, I cut off my own penis about 12 years ago.”

    d. in c. (cae88c)

  28. pus nuts is projecting again…

    my 6 element has more stones than the SCOAMF, and she could take out Moochelle too.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  29. Someone get this President a CARDIGAN!

    Mitch (341ca0)

  30. “As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government…”

    Nah. I never had any respect for it in the first place.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  31. Our mom jean wearing leader who can’t bowl, complains about the price of arugula and complained we weren’t sensitive to the rest of the world calls us soft.


    Hawkins (eb0f8d)

  32. Sounds like a “malaise” moment to me: blame the electorate for the president’s failings. Worked for Carter, right? 😉

    baby giraffes (3914b8)

  33. Ironic.

    How long before Obama’s truther base blame wall street for 9-11?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  34. Barack Carter FTNW?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  35. Obama 2012: America Has Gone Soft, I Will Regulate Us Back To Toughness!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  36. We have a president who rides a girls’ bike?

    Man, we are soft. Tough guys wouldn’t tolerate that kind of nonsense for one second.

    If we were badasses, our president could at least throw a baseball, and he’d be riding a Harley.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  37. We have a pres who rides a girls bike and he says we’re soft?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  38. hey Dave S.: he’s not *our* President…

    at least not at my house he isn’t.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  39. he is, however, the SCOAMF.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  40. “If we were badasses, our president could at least throw a baseball, and he’d be riding a Harley.”

    Dave – He’s probably a soccer fan, too. Heh.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  41. he’s not *our* President…

    at least not at my house he isn’t.

    That attitude pissed me off when I read about Annette Bening and Warren Beatty doing that with their kids when GWB was the Prez. But maybe that’s just me.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  42. Agreed. He’s our President, even though there are times I have to grit my teeth to say it.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  43. He’s my President like the drunken, ex-biker sonofab is my brother in law.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  44. Palin is toxic for everyone

    don’t speak for me palin skeptics………kay thanks.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  45. I think his budgets and entitlements give net taxpayers a load we can’t carry… so he figuratively… is starting to whip us.

    SteveG (e27d71)

  46. “He’s our President”


    That’s nasty.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  47. “America Has Gone Soft”

    Maybe that explains our declining birthrate.

    Yeah, I know. Stupid joke.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  48. It’s his fault. He’s the one who sent the bust of Churchill back to Britain.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  49. Michael Jackson didn’t have to die you know it was a senseless tragedy not unlike the Obama presidency

    it didn’t have to happen

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  50. I was wrong. I thought Obama’s Moment of Malaise would precipitate a flood of posts. Maybe there is a malaise over conservatives?

    AZ Bob (f67ff0)

  51. Let’s abolish captialism…………….yes leftys you engage in capitalism but want to abolish it.

    How does that make sense?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  52. Let’s abolish Leftism, instead.
    Just think of what a nicer place this would be without The Nation – and its readers, NPR – and its viewers/listeners, Code Pink, ACORN, Marxism-Leninism, 99.9% of the MSM (have to keep a few tokens around for comic effect), …just add to the list….Oh, and the LaRouchies.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (652ab2)

  53. You assume, elissa, that I care.
    I’ve put Van on my Christmas List for a Hellfire.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (652ab2)

  54. It’s the damn “malaise speech”

    A. Weiner (d1c681)

  55. elissa – The scary part is that there are still probably a lot more people like Van still left in Obama’s Administration.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  56. I forgot.

    FREE MUMIA!!!!!!!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  57. daley–Valerie for sure. She is a menace, and “ooooh Van Jones” a big fan of the commie.

    elissa (b569d6)

  58. So, all of The Lightworker’s failures have been OUR fault?

    Whoops. My bad, dude!

    Icy Texan (c7c60e)

  59. The only thing soft in America is the heads of the voters who elected this stumbling moron in 2008.

    Comanche Voter (0e06a9)

  60. Our 44th President is exactly right: we have gone a little soft and lost our competitive edge. When we decide to teach our children that there are no winners and no losers, but that everyone is honored just for playing, we are teaching softness, we are destroying competitiveness. When we look at those who aren’t as successful in society, and say, “It’s not their fault, we must help them, by taxing the higher producers more,” we are rewarding losing and penalizing winning; what does that do for our competitive edge? When we dole out rewards based not on success but the color of someone’s skin, how does that reinforce being competitive? When we mock good behavior and excuse the rotten, because the poor babies had a rough childhood, we weaken our society.

    President Obama is right: we have gone soft and we have lost our competitive edge, but we have done so precisely because we have put the policies of liberal pencil-necked geeks like him into practice.

    If we are soft, if we have lost our competitive edge, it is because we have listened to the liberals.

    The honest Dana (3e4784)

  61. Ooopsition to illegal immigration is not nativism……………………..please eff off Perrykrishnas i’am opposed to illegals of all races.

    And yes perrytards he is weak on immigration so keep your head in the sand until it becomes obvious.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  62. right on, honest dana!

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  63. Mark Steyn writes:

    “Obama says America has “gotten a little soft.” But there’s nothing soft about a dead-parrot economy, a flatline jobs market, regulatory sclerosis, “green jobs” multi-billion-dollar squandering — and a mountain of dead Mexicans. In a soft nation, “centrist” government is hard and cruel. Only the media coverage is soft-focus.”

    If you want it all:

    AZ Bob (f67ff0)

  64. Soft in the head to elect a turd like him.

    kansas (7b4374)

  65. Look a bit more closely at his body language. He looks downward, pauses and struggles to say America is a great country. But has no problem looking the questioner in the eye when he says the country’s gone soft. In other words, he can’t bring himself to praise the nation he was elected to lead, but will condemn its citizens without hesitation.

    kyle (9d9e73)

  66. #61

    I agree with Dana 1000%.

    If we hadn’t gone soft (in the head) people like FDR or Obambi never would have gained elective office.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  67. “over the last couple of decades”: He’s indicting both Clinton and Bush.

    Beldar (4fa931)

  68. Well of course Beldar, none of his predecessors are at his exhaulted level.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (5ac6ff)

  69. Can my fist indict his face?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  70. The left indict wall street for their greed but suck up to Warren Buffett.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  71. So do the anti-death penalty activsts call for the end of death penalty for that white supremacist?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  72. Japan and all the others haven’t done away with the death penalty cleric of liberalism.

    Btw if the death penalty is racist leftys why did Texas execute a white supremacist?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  73. life is easy when you’re big in japan

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  74. OT warning, but hey

    America may have gone soft, but Bucky Badger hasn’t- Welcome to the Big Ten Nebraska, 48-17.

    Now, for the more infuriating OT bit- there was some to-do with switzerland over a famous Swiss-American who was an early Sec. of Treasury or some such (someone else can explain what I’m talking about), anyhow, this blurb on the radio today from the Fels Institute (?) at UPenn referred to the folks behind the “Whiskey Rebellion” as the “predecessors of the Tea Party“. I thought that was a pretty cheap and ridiculous shot.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  75. Small difference:
    The TEA Party advocates for smaller government, less spending, and lower taxes;
    The Whiskey Rebellion refused to pay the country’s first tax on alcohol.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (5ac6ff)

  76. Exactly, AD, i thought it was a pretty bogus editorial comment, so I decided to vent about it here….

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  77. What the MSM doesn’t know about the TEA Party would fill the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
    But, they do have nice credentials.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (5ac6ff)

  78. Why are the msm silent on inranians crackdowns on muslims?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  79. or the former crackdown?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  80. “Michael Jackson didn’t have to die you know…”

    Guess that depends on whether or not you want to off guys for cranking out crap pop music.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

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