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Obama delegates presidency

Thundering cow patties, what is going on in the White House? 

Yesterday, President Obama turned a press conference over to former President Bill Clinton.  He essentially, no he actually waived away his job’s duties in favor of attending a … Christmas party.

It’s not like he had to have the news conference when he did.  He’s the President, he can call one anytime he likes.  Instead he demonstrated what many have come to believe about him – he likes the perks of the job but isn’t too crazy about the  job itself.  It reminded me of the stories about his time as the editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He never contributed a single article and, according managing editor, loved the prestige of the title, but wanted nothing to do with the day to day responsibilities it held.

The bizarre picture of Obama leaving the press room while Clinton takes the stage is more powerful than a 1,000 words on the subject by 50 different pundits.  What was he thinking?  What were his advisors thinking?  It’s easy to say he’s been ill served by his advisors, but when Obama self-identifies as the “smartest person in the room”, you have to lay quite a bit of the blame squarely where it belongs – on him.  Politically, what he did was absolutely stupid.  I’m not sure what word better serves.

This again goes back to a constant and repetitive theme here (and now starting to grow elsewhere) – a true lack of leadership.  I’ve known real leaders in my time, I’ve been a leader in more than one instance, and Barack Obama is no leader.  He doesn’t seem to have yet even begun to grasp even the fundamentals of the concept of leadership.  When there is a battle, leaders step forward (especially when it is a battle they’ve fomented), they lead from the front and they use every weapon at their disposal.  Obama has “set a framework” (what, get into the nuts and bolts of actually helping draft the legislation?  That’s work!), given a testy presser where he talked about hostages, bomb throwers and the "purists” on the “professional left” and then, with this latest news conference, delegated his presidency to Bill Clinton while he parties.

Tom Maguire says that one of the weirdest things about Obama walking out of his own press conference was:

…watching Obama implicitly declare that while Clinton and the press talked about stimulus and the recovery and unemployment relief, he had more important things to do, namely, get to a party with Michelle.  Geez, why not announce he is getting back to the Oval Office to play Farmville?

Really.  Or why not just be honest and say, “hey, this part of being president is not what I like to do”.

Maybe, just maybe, some adults in the Democratic party are finally admitting to themselves and each other that they made a hell of a mistake with this guy.  And maybe they’ll begin what will be a painful but necessary process to find someone to run against this man in 2012.  That, in my estimation (and barring an unforeseen event which might see the citizenry rally behind the presidency and the country), may be the only chance Democrats might have – and even then it might be a remote chance – of keeping the White House.

This White House gets curiouser and curiouser as the days go by.  But it is becoming clearer, even to the “deep in denial” left, that this man just isn’t up to the job of being President of the United States.



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26 Responses to Obama delegates presidency

  • Maybe, just maybe, some adults in the Democratic party are finally admitting to themselves and each other that they made a hell of a mistake with this guy.

    You don’t understand Democrats. They are finally “admitting” to themselves that this is yet another case where they’ve been victimized by forces beyond their control.

  • Kinda puts paid to Krauthammer’s “Swindle of the Year” theory:

    If Obama thought he had just put a big one over on Republicans, he would be back to his oily, chin-upthrust self instead of ranting about hostage-takers and sanctimonious purists, then walking out of his own press conference.

  • But they’ll all still vote for Baracky’s re-election.

    Count on it

  • A few weeks back I read from a pundit or former pol who touted the idea of establishing a COO position within the White House to run the messy day to day things.    Though the tone of the article never intended to take any implied swipes at the President for his unwillingness to roll up his sleaves and get his hands dirty, that was the clear message.   Well, lo and behold,  Obama has essentially created the position of Chief Operating Officer and has named Bubba to the post.

    I thought the presser on Tuesday when the One whined his way throught the tax compromise deal was the worst I had ever witnessed.    No longer.

  • Keep in mind the last time ObaBubba was trotted out…
    Apparently, Obama uses Bubba Clinton when his dookey really impacts the blower.

  • Clinton should have in turn introduced and turned the room over to Jimmy Carter and then excused himself so that he could attend the Christmas party and maybe find a young woman to hook-up with.

  • Iowahawk called it two years ago:

  • This is one of the more clueless moves I’ve seen by a president … well, ever. The “optics” of it, as they say, are terrible. Obama created (literally) his own “looking at his watch moment,” the kind of thing that voters remembered George H. W. Bush doing in a debate with Clinton and Perot in 1992. The image stuck to “42,” and Bush was never able to out-run the “I’m too bored to pay attention to my important job” meme. It cost him big time with independents at the polls. But, besides that …
    Not only did Obama turn over the press room to Clinton to explain that, er … the rollback of the Clinton tax rates by Bush was sound economic policy …
    Not only did he leave a press corps sick of Obama’s petulance and arrogance see how it’s done by a professional (i.e., one who is smart and savvy enough to hide his petulance and arrogance) …
    Obama has now probably made Michelle even angrier at him than she might have been if he kept her waiting another 30 minutes.
    By his body language, words and decision to ditch the presser, Obama announced this message to the world: “My wife has such a controlling personality — she has me so ‘whipped’ — that she’d yell at me for making her wait while I do one of the most important jobs I have: communicating my policies to the public.”
    In other words, my wife is a bitch.
    If I used my wife as an excuse at work — something along the lines of, “I can’t attend that important meeting because she has dinner waiting” — she’d be furious with me. Knowing what we know of Michelle’s … er … assertive personality,  she just has to be steamed at him right now.
    Obama publicly embarrassed his wife by using her as an excuse to get out of a basic duty of his presidency. I pray for the lamps in the White House residence.

  • Martin’s got it right…this Neroistic moment has “Tales of the Darkside” written all over it.

  • It was astounding to watch.  And the moment certainly was not lost on Clinton.  He knew what a rookie mistake Obama was making.  If you go back and watch the video clip, you see Clinton give a very brief handshake and then snap back to the (more important) press.  Unreal.

  • Is this really such a bad thing, in this case?

    • It does look amateurish, but:

      1. It looks much worse to those who live and breathe politics than it does to those who don’t pay attention except around election time, and

      2. Given the air support from the legacy press, I think it will fade pretty fast and end up being rather inconsequential.

      We’ll know pretty soon though. If Leno, O’Brien, and possibly Stewart make it a running gag, then it’s done some real damage. (I leave out Letterman since there’s zero chance that he would – he’s just too in the tank for leftism, and is all too somber about it compared to Stewart.)

      • Well, I wasn’t referring the how it reflects on Obama.  But rather that Obama is acquiescing control.  Granted its Bill Clinton, but at the moment I consider that a small step up.

      • How does it look to Iran, China and North Korea?  Yeah, exactly.  Like a guy who doesn’t care that much and can be rolled

        • Was that a secret?

          • Hardly. But it is clear he isn’t learning.

            JFK learned from his initial meeting with the soviet premir. He did poor in that meeting, and that likely led to trouble later as he was tested, but it was a learning experience.

            Obama is verifying to everyone that he hasn’t learned.

      • You have a good point, but the flip side is that this could become part of a 2012 election add. So it could end up with an extended shelf life.

    • You mean one malignant narcissist letting another malignant narcissist have the microphone?

      I think you would be hard-pressed to find an angle on this where it was anything short of farse.

      • This may be the most puzzling part of it all (well, not that puzzling if you agree with Bruce regarding Obama’s lack of leadership and unwillingness to actually do the job he was elected to).  If there is anyone who is more self-absorbed than Obama, it’s Clinton.  And by ceding more and more of the stage to Clinton, he’s handing him a heck of a lot of political clout, which costs Clinton nothing to wield but which comes at considerable expense for Obama.  Does he think that Clinton won’t use that clout to bludgeon him when the opportunity arises?
        Obama has placed both feet firmly on a rug and allowed Clinton to grasp the edges.  That may be the single biggest mistake he has ever made, and I can’t imagine that it won’t cost him at some point.

  • BH:
    I understand your discount foundation but there are other players out there. Billiam is not going to let this go by (and did not!) and neither will Madam Secretary.
    What will be interesting is the resurrection of this repeated display of incompetence in the last six months of the ’12 election cycle, again, and again, and again.
    If I were a republican PR type, I would only now be recovering from my swoon.

  • The guy who never held a real job in his life is struggling to handle the duties of President Of The United States?  Who could have seen that coming?

  • I wonder about the sanity of involving Clinton. After all, every time he’s gotten involved with trying to rally the left, (particularly during the election) the opposite has occurred.

    • The other thing, as Rush was pointing out today, is that this was about retaining the Bush tax rates and not going back to the Clinton tax rates. Having Clinton push this is, uh, ironic. And of course, the press didn’t go there.

  • I think that Billy Hollis nails it: most people won’t even know thanks to the continuing support (propping up?) of MiniTru, who will bury this story faster than a dog buries its favorite bone, and even if it does get wide play, most people won’t care, being rather more concerned just now with Christmas, looking for a job, paying an underwater mortgage, etc.

    It’s just one more bit of evidence of how feckless and inept The Dear Golfer is.  Any bets on when he’ll just quit?