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Are MoDo, et al, finally figuring it out after 6 years?

Maureen Dowd must be a little slow on the uptake if she is just figuring this out:

ABC News’s Jonathan Karl asked Obama if he was already out of “juice” to pass his agenda, citing the president’s inability to get a watered-down gun bill passed in the Senate, Congress swatting away Obama on the sequester cuts, and the recent passage of a cybersecurity bill in the House with 92 Democrats on board, despite a veto threat from the White House.

“Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home,” President Obama said with a flash of irritation, before tossing off a Mark Twain line: “Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.”

Then he put on his best professorial mien to give his high-minded philosophy of governance: Reason together and do what’s right.

“But, Jonathan,” he lectured Karl, “you seem to suggest that somehow, these folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job. They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

He still thinks he’ll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below. That’s not how it works.

That may not be how it works, but for 6 long years, that’s how he’s pretended it worked, acted like it worked and claimed it worked.  Of course he’s not ever been a leader nor has he ever lead.  Even his foreign policy has been a position of non-leadership (euphemistically called “leading from behind”).  The great sucking sound you hear in DC these days isn’t just the GOP leadership.  It’s the leadership void of this president.

Of course, it is a bit funny that the sycophants of the press are just now getting around to figuring out how ineffective the man is. And while we’ve been pointing out this lack of leadership from day 1 of his presidency, let me note that, in a meta sense, it is probably a good thing he’s such a lousy leader. Lord knows what other abominable laws we’d be stuck with right now if he had even a clue about how to lead.


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17 Responses to Are MoDo, et al, finally figuring it out after 6 years?

  • “And while we’ve been pointing out this lack of leadershipfrom day 1 of his presidency,”
    Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back McQ! It wasn’t that hard to figure out! GOOD GRIEF!

    • That’s why were on it from day 1, Cones … unlike MoDo.

    • “They are elected, members of Congress are elected in order to do what’s right for their constituencies and for the American people.”
      This, by itself, is one amazing admission by Obama

  • Dowd should really, really re-take civics if she thinks the President’s “job” is to force congress to do his will.
    The President, in that quote, is at least paying lip service to the idea that Congress represents the people, and that the Executive’s job is to implement Congress’ policies.

    • This is somewhat an contradiction vs. his typical overreach.  The problem is that he says one thing and does another all too often.  So although he may imply he respects boundaries, it doesn’t really mean anything coming from him until he actually respects them.

      • But you’re right.  It is a different way to view the comments.  Is he talking about leadership or respecting boundaries?  I think he’s using the latter to excuse problems with the former.

  • The pres does indeed try to pass his legislative agenda and he can’t do that without getting Congress to “do his will”.  Of course, that takes real leadership, and on a leadership scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst, he’s a minus 2.

    • he’s a minus 2

      Well, aren’t we being generous today! 🙂

  • I am sure she was all about Bush forcing his will upon a democrat congress right? I mean she wouldn’t be a hypocrite right? RIGHT??

  • Actually, PERSUASION is a big part of leadership.  It involves coming to some fairly common understanding of what a given problem/opportunity is.  That, of course, never happens here.  Not really, and not truthfully.  Obama never TRIES to reach a common understanding.  He DOES straw-man and demagogue.  Which is sorta the wrong direction entirely.

    • It involves coming to some fairly common understanding…

      That would require both/all parties to be REASONABLE. Without that, you’re working/arguing with, well, with your dog.
      Welcome to post-modernism.

  • Yeah McQ, but you’re missing the point. It’s prebuilding the narrative in advance of Hillary (ie, Hillary was the one we should’ve elected all along, she’d have been able to pass her agenda unlike Obama, etc etc)
    Just you wait and watch.

    • “Old Wall-Eye” Clinton has bamaged her drain, and Benghazi will kill her off…finally.
      I fear MooOOOchelle, frankly.  A third Obama term, in essence.

      • Hillary will run and will win. In January 2013, the media was already running BS pro-Hillary stuff. “Most popular woman in the world.”
        2014 will tell us if she can be grid-locked or not.
        Though of course we may be reaching the point where even lefty leaders have to trim, cut, administer, etc. See Denmark.

  • Do you really want a guy who thinks he has a secret power to play judge, jury, and executioner to tell others how to behave?

  • Here’s to a lousy leader, may he never figure it out before he needs to, and may he never need to while in office.