Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Obama Leads by Ego

Let's just admit it - Barack Obama is an odd duck.  His reactions are frequently seen as strange and usually it has to do with his lack of social grace.  Plus, the fact that the man is an egomaniac, bordering on sociopath, points to an abundance of arrogance in his demeanor.  Yet, he continues to amaze his critics.  Case in point - is last appearance before the cameras, billed as a press conference.  It was, in fact, a campaign event.

President Obama appeared before the press corps flanked by campaign volunteers and those involved in his last outreach effort to voters - his #my2k effort in social media encouraging supporters to tell the White House what they would do if a tax incentive expired - and the odd part was the laughing and applause during the event.  Even the lapdog press noted how odd it was to see the supporters behind him smiling and laughing and applauding as the amen chorus to the president's boasting that a deal was about to happen to solve the fiscal cliff drama.  Mostly President Obama wanted to tell the world that he had kicked the asses of Republicans and he is the boss of us all.  There was no an ounce of graciousness in the man's statement, such as it was a statement.

With less than 12 hours to go until the United States dove off the fiscal cliff, the President took the podium to make a public service announcement: I won.
Just as sources were reporting that Senate Republicans were close to cutting a deal with Senate Democrats and the White House, but that no deal has officially been made, the President disparaged Republicans in Congress at a live event with “middle class Americans” at the White House.
President Obama’s televised campaign event on Monday did the exact opposite of help.
“There are still issues left to resolve, but we’re hopeful that Congress can get it done,” President Obama said during his fiscal cliff event. “But it’s not done.”
Obama’s press conference was expected to nudge Congress along toward a deal. Instead, the President used the opportunity to take a victory lap, blaming Republicans for the lack of a complete deal.
“I have to say that ever since I took office, throughout the campaign and over the last couple of months, my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain — whatever you want to call it — that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way,” he said.
The President added that with “this Congress” that was just “too much to hope for at this time.”

Clearly, the president has the emotional maturity of a middle school student.  Every statement is full of "I" and "me" and "my" and those mean Republicans don't like me nonsense.  He acts as a bully from Chicago with that city's political mode. His goal is to destroy the Republican party from within and he is quite effective. Republicans on The Hill are quite unorganized and unable to send a clear message to voters.

From a blog in the U.K.'s Telegraph:

When Americans gathered in December to honour the memory of Hawaii’s Senator Daniel Inouye, they probably expected the President to use his eulogy to talk about the late Democrat's service to America. Instead, he described how Inouye had done the world a big favour by inspiring a young Barack Obama to shoot for the presidency. This was illustrated with a looooong description of a vacation the Obamas took across America, during which Barack saw Inouye on TV and decided that he too – glory be! – might run for office some day. Even the usually sympathetic Slate wrote, “Someone needs to tell Barack Obama … that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood.”
The lapdog media occasionally notice that their hero is an arrogant bore who is unable to lead or even appear statesmanlike. Ever.

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