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Whining in Iowa–Obama complains about criticism

The first thing I have to wonder is where Obama was during the George W. Bush era if he thinks the criticism he’s getting now is bad.  In Iowa yesterday, Obama complained that he took more criticism than Abe Lincoln.  A presidential scholar says that is laughingly absurd.  Actually Alvin Felzenberg  said it “is hysterical … that is really laughable in many respects.”

Why?  Because what was said about Lincoln by the opposition is still unprintable today. 

But as mentioned, the tone and rhetoric deployed against Obama doesn’t begin to reach the vitriolic level that was leveled at Bush 43.  And certainly not Lincoln. 

The exchange in which the comment came out was during a little town hall pity party:

“The Congress doesn’t seem to be a good partner. You said so yourself, they’re more interested in seeing you lose than [seeing] the country win,” the questioner lamented.

“Democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this,” Obama responded. “When you listen to what the federalists said about the anti-federalists … those guys were tough. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

Obama’s always been sensitive to criticism.  To the point of assuming the Presidency, he’d heard little of it, having essentially spent his life teaching, doing community organization and running for office.  Suddenly, he’s in charge and under fire.   And, given his record – something until this point he’s never had – the criticism is both warranted and mostly on-target. 

Obama’s sensitivity to criticism is bound up with his progressive ideology, which sees political disputes as best resolved by experts, said Michael Franc, vice president for government studies at the Heritage Foundation. Obama believes “he has discovered the truth and if you disagree with him, it’s not only against the country, its unpatriotic and anti-Obama,” Franc suggested.

Eric Dezenhall, a former communications aide to President Ronald Reagan, went ever further in an interview with The Daily Caller: Obama’s complaint, he said, “is more grandiose than narcissistic … It’s equating any form of push-back with some sort of giant historical crime.”

Thus the comparison with Lincoln who was president during an incredibly tough era, even compared to this one.  And while he won’t say it, it seems clear that Obama and his supporters do indeed think that criticizing him is “against the country…unpatriotic and anti-Obama.  This is a guy who walked into office having done nothing and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.   As was clear, he felt it was his due.  Now after almost 3 years and an obviously failing presidency, he’s beginning to whine about criticism and acting as if it is unwarranted.

One thing is for sure, given the economic, fiscal and unemployment situation in this country, the criticism isn’t going to lessen.  He signed up for the big-boy job and now he has it.  Let’s see if he can actually manage to act like a big-boy and quit whining about criticism.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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17 Responses to Whining in Iowa–Obama complains about criticism

  • Obama’s sensitivity to criticism is bound up with his progressive ideology, which sees political disputes as best resolved by experts, said Michael Franc, vice president for government studies at the Heritage Foundation. Obama believes “he has discovered the truth and if you disagree with him, it’s not only against the country, its unpatriotic and anti-Obama,” Franc suggested.

    Please insert my usual boilerplate here about the post-modern basis of leftist ideology, which denies the concept of objective truth in favor of a socially constructed narrative. Just to emphasize, a leftist such as Obama reserves to themselves and their allies the ability to define the truth.

    We can not argue with such people. It’s pointless. They have their own constructed version of “reality” and they refuse to consider the opposing view that it isn’t real. And, to them, you’re mean, selfish, ignorant, upatriotic, and possibly a terrorist if you don’t get that.

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    Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”


    Notice that he’s not even willing to give up anything for Lincoln?  Even compared to Lincoln he insists on elevating himself.

    • Yep.  What’s next?  That he’s suffering like Washington at Valley Forge?

      I gotta wonder how he’d do if he caught the kind of flack that Bush did.  Maybe somebody can make an award-winning film about how Obama was behind the financial meltdown.  Maybe somebody else can make a film about his assassination.  Perhaps some deranged woman who lost her son to a car crash involving a GM car can become a media darling by haunting his vacation home(s).  Maybe the GOP candidates can make prosecuting him and members of his administration a central plank of their election campaigns.  Etc., etc.

      Bah.  Dingy Harry called George Bush a loser.  It didn’t apply to Bush, but it’s sure looking more and more appropriate for President Pathetic.

      • The news is out today the the Blunder Buses were built in Canada.
        Even as Obama was talking about Kias and other foreign name-plates…
        You really CANNOT make this stuff up…!!!

        • Dana Loesch referred to it as “Dark Helmet”, and pointed out that nothing says Jobs like the mortuary coach of doom.

          It probably has radar absorbtive paint on it as part of it’s defense mechanisms.   No one would ever notice this thing, I mean there are so many giant black buses roaming the highways of the US.

          So, anyone care to guess why he needs a bus to tour Iowa and the midwest – if he travels back east, or on the west coast, does he do it by bus, or is that supposed to make us fly overs feel at home.  Perhaps he could hire a toothless band of banjo and fiddle players to play accompany music as he drives around.

          • I dunno if a $1,000,000 PLUS bus is supposed to appeal to the double-wide set…
            but I bet it ain’t gettin’ there…

          • looker – [I]f he travels back east, or on the west coast, does he do it by bus, or is that supposed to make us fly overs feel at home?

            Exactly.  It’s really laughably transparent, almost as much so as him appearing in public in chinos and rolled up sleeves.  Standard politician fakery, really: “Look at me!  I’m one of YOU!  See!  I roll up my sleeves!  Vote for me!  And kin somebudy tell me war I kin git me a huntin’ lie-sinse?”

            Bah.

  • Quoting mysef from yesterday…

    Bad Luck Barry’s Blunder-bus Tour is rolling over America.
    If THAT isn’t an apt…and terrible…icon of this presidency, I don’t know what is…
    “Lincoln,” the president said today in Iowa, “they used to talk about him ALMOST AS BAD AS THEY TALK ABOUT ME.”
    Um…no, tender little narcissist…
    They used to caricature Lincoln as an ape and a chimp (sound familiar), and hang him in effigy.
    (That would be Democrats, btw).
    Poor little Bad Luck Barry…he is entering the “self-pity” phase of his disease.

  • … political disputes as best resolved by experts …

    … this certainlt sounds like …

    Maj. Eaton: We have top men working on it now.
    Indiana: Who?
    Maj. Eaton: Top… men.

  • I was stuck in the Delta Sky Club last night and had to watch portions of the Blitzer/Obama interview on CNN.  Absolutely amazing they didn’t get a XXX rating for that interview because Blitzer was felating Obama on national TV.  Some of this came up and I really had to channel my rage.  He is never held accountable, therefore anything other than praise is seen as personal criticism.

    • It will be that way the rest of his life. He can’t help it; I believe he is congenitally unable to see fault in himself.

      Unfortunately, I think the likely outcome, especially if he is a one-term president, is that he becomes the next-generation version of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The legacy media will always adore him, and give him an infinite amount of slack. He’ll get to be as divisive as he likes, insert himself anywhere he feels like, and say the most outrageous things, with no consequences, ever.

      He’s the living example of one of my favorite movie lines, from Bull Durham: “The world was made for those not cursed with self-awareness.”

      • DAMN, Billy…  You mean ERP gets the world…???  That’s just WRONG…!!!!

        • Yeah, to an extent. He’s certainly one of those without self-awareness that has managed to be born into an era he could sleepwalk through. 

          But at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that  he had to retreat to a fantasy world in an unknown college town to preserve his illusion of competence. We get out and engage the real world. He grades papers he pretends are written by students who actually care about the subject. 

      • The legacy media will always adore him, and give him an infinite amount of slack. He’ll get to be as divisive as he likes, insert himself anywhere he feels like, and say the most outrageous things, with no consequences, ever.

        >>>  So in other words, no change.

      • The legacy media will always adore him, and give him an infinite amount of slack. He’ll get to be as divisive as he likes, insert himself anywhere he feels like, and say the most outrageous things, with no consequences, ever.

        Billy H: I can certainly understand why you say that. That’s the way it is now and will be for some time longer, no doubt. However, we are also seeing liberalism and Euro-socialism failing all around us. That failure is baked in. Nothing can change it.

        I predict that we will see a great rejection of the entire political world that put Obama in place. Likewise the legacy media. In the future, I think that Obama will still be around but as tainted as Nixon was in his later years.

  • So Barry is unlucky, eh? Well, Napoleon is alledged to have said he preferred lucky generals to clever ones. I would assume he would have felt the same about Presidents. 

  • It’s official: Obama is a psychopath.

    Not every malignant narcissist is a psychopath, but all psychopath’s are malignant narcissists.

    When a man speaks as though he has no conscience and the truth is not in him, one is then free to assume that he has no conscience and the truth is not in him.

    But what sort of depravity does it take to defend the rotten bastard by still accusing his critics of racism, like that pile of snakes Ed Schultz did the other day?