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Does Charles Krauthammer Read Patterico?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:37 am

Almost definitely not. But since he probably doesn’t, this is an interesting coincidence.

Krauthammer has a piece making the point that Obama’s current “anger” over the CDC’s scattershot handling of the Ebola mess seems feigned — and ignores that he is in charge of the government that is making him so angry. Krauthammer cites historical examples of Obama supposedly being angry about various matters, in this order:

  • IRS scandal
  • ObamaCare rollout
  • VA scandal
  • Secret Service incompetence

Thing is, I already wrote that post. And cited those four examples, in that same order.

I’ll go ahead and quote liberally from Krauthammer’s post and mine. I’m not accusing him of anything; these are pretty obvious examples, and a great pundit would know the most effective order to put them in. (And a not-so-great blogger might stumble into it.) Here’s Krauthammer:

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday.

There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

The IRS? “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” he thundered in May 2013 when the story broke of the agency targeting conservative groups. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.”

Except that within nine months, Obama had grown far more tolerant, retroactively declaring this to be a phony scandal without “a smidgen of corruption.”

Obamacare rollout? “Nobody is more frustrated by that than I am,” said an aggrieved Obama about the botching of the central element of his signature legislative achievement. “Nobody is madder than me.”

Veterans Affairs scandal? Presidential chief of staff Denis McDonough explained: “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki said yesterday . . . that he’s mad as hell and the president is madder than hell.” A nice touch — taking anger to the next level.

The president himself declared: “I will not stand for it.” But since the administration itself said the problem was long-standing, indeed predating Obama, this means he had stood for it for 5½ years.

The one scandal where you could credit the president with genuine anger and obliviousness involves the recent breaches of White House Secret Service protection. The Washington Post described the first lady and president as “angry and upset,” and no doubt they were. But the first Secret Service scandal — the hookers of Cartagena — evinced this from the president: “If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry.” An innovation in ostentatious distancing: future conditional indignation.

These shows of calculated outrage — and thus distance — are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government.

And here is Patterico from five days ago:

We saw recently that Obama is mad about how the feds are handling Ebola:

“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach, particularly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said.

I thought I would review some other stuff he’s been mad about.

He was mad about the IRS Scandal:

“Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” Obama said.

“It should not matter what political stripe you’re from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity,” the president said.

He was mad about the ObamaCare rollout:

“Nobody’s madder than me that the website isn’t working as it should , which means it’s going to get fixed,” he said.

He was mad about the VA scandal:

President Barack Obama is “madder than hell” about the problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs but still supports its embattled chief, Secretary Eric Shinseki, according to the president’s chief of staff.

“Nobody is more outraged about this problem right now” than the president, said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in a Friday interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

He was mad about the Secret Service fumbling on security:

The first lady was still upset when her husband arrived home five days later from Australia. The president was fuming, too, former aides said. Not only had their aides failed to immediately alert the first lady, but the Secret Service had stumbled in its response.

“When the president came back . . . then the s— really hit the fan,” said one former aide.

All these examples share one characteristic: they are screw-ups in the executive branch — for which Obama is responsible. If he wants to get mad, he should start with himself.

This is one of those cases of: Great Minds Think Alike — And Sometimes, So Does Mine.

19 Responses to “Does Charles Krauthammer Read Patterico?”

  1. All of those were Bush’s fault.

    JD (d10a47)

  2. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Obama does none of the preceding.

    David Lentz (be9e6c)

  3. I don’t believe Obama ever got angry over Fast and Furious. Probably because he’s effectively shielded his administration from the scandal. Maybe he’ll get an opportunity to get angry over that one if more documents get released.

    Dejectedhead (a094a6)

  4. Patterico: Almost definitely not.

    Considering that Rand Paul linked to Patterico, maybe more people are reading Patterico than you think. Also, somebody could havew repeated the argument, or e-mailed a link, or mentioned the post somewhere on Facebook etc.

    Come to think of it:

    But somebody probably had to supply Krauthammer him with the links. Did you search for them, or did you get them from somewhere else?

    these are pretty obvious examples

    •IRS scandal
    •ObamaCare rollout
    •VA scandal
    •Secret Service incompetence

    They are also in chronological order of Obama saying things.

    It may be pretty obvious – and the secondhand report of ebola anger was maybe leaking this same thing once too often.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  5. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Obama does none of the preceding.”

    Yeah, his style is more like; Dither, Hold Back, or Stand in the Road.

    C. S. P. Schofield (848299)

  6. #3: The MFM has been doing its best to ignore Fast and Furious, so maybe Obama hasn’t commented because he doesn’t know about. He hasn’t seen it on the nightly news yet.

    edoc118 (8b952d)

  7. “Yeah, his style is more like; Dither, Hold Back, AND Stand in the Road.”

    May seem counter-intuitive at first, but he’s proven these three are not mutually exclusive.

    Dan (00fc90)

  8. and Big Zero is campaigning in competitive races… just ask Debbie Poodleman Shultz…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. I frankly don’t care if Obama gets all wee wee’d up about his multiple failures. Little boys can stamp their feet and hold their breath until their face turns a light caramel color and their hair gets gray.

    Eastwood was right about the empty chair. There are some bosses (and Obama has never known such a one) who are prone to ask their employees, “Are you going to give me some more excuses or are you going to tell me what you’ve accomplished.”

    Get er dun was never and will never be in Obama’s mindset.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  10. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 10/24/2014 @ 12:40 pm

    What a train wreck she is!

    felipe (40f0f0)

  11. You know they made a talking DWS doll, right? When you pull the string it says: “Again with the string”?

    Apologies to some comedian – I forget who.

    felipe (40f0f0)

  12. Agreed felipe!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. I guess we can just call him President Strangelove, what with the way that pesky hand of his keeps doing stuff that upsets him.

    Peter B (9955a4)

  14. This strikes me as a natural convergence of views — clear-eyed assessments shared by many, but articulated well by only a few, including both Dr. K and Patterico.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  15. Good to read it here first.
    Thanks, Mr. D.A.

    mg (31009b)

  16. Listen to Jethro Tull’s “We Used To Know” – this mashup with “For A Thousand Mothers” was their encore song until the success of Aqualung. Or find the original studio version and listen to that, doesn’t matter. The song highlighted Martin Barre, the guitarist who joined the band after their first studio album (which was more blues/jazz).

    Then listen to the Eagles’ “Hotel California.”

    Interesting thing: on Tulls first US tours before Aqualung, their opening act was the original Eagles.

    Asked if his song was plagiarized, Ian Anderson shrugged it off. Sure, it’s similar, he said, but there are only so many possible combinations of notes.

    Similarly, there are only so many takes on the stock BS of Obama.

    Estragon (ada867)

  17. “It’s not tight”?

    Who says it’s not tight when they’re angry?

    Patricia (5fc097)

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