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    Obama Is Temperamentally Unfit For Office

    Obama Is Temperamentally Unfit For Office

    I’ve had a chance to read Obama’s budget speech, and have seen clips on television.

    I was right in my anticipation that Obama would play the blame Bush game, and that he would demonize the “Top 2%,” and he did.  With gusto.

    But even I could not have expected the coarse tone of the speech. More than anything, it reminded me of Alan Grayson’s speech about how Republicans want people “to die quickly.”

    Obama set up a series of outrageous arguments that trying to restructure failing programs which are bankrupting the nation reflected a desire By Republicans to leave multiple tens of millions of people “to fend for themselves.”

    This was a fundamentally dishonest speech, as Paul Ryan, tha author of the plan attacked by Obama, explained (h/t HotAir):

    Barack Obama is temperamentally unfit to be President, someone who is incapable of getting out of campaign mode even on issues of great national importance.

    (added) This was a moment when Obama could have proven that he was the uniter he claimed to be not a divider, when he could have set forth an alternative plan without demeaning Republicans.  No one could have expected Obama to stand there and say that he would agree to the Ryan plan, but no one should have expected a full frontal assault on the motives and humanity of those with whom he has policy disagreements.  If Obama had signaled a readiness to reach across the aisle, to seek common ground without guaranteeing an outcome, he would have been presidential.  Instead, there were just a few throw away lines about compromise at the end of a long screed.

    If ever there were a time we needed someone able to act presidential, this was the moment, when everyone agrees we face a debt crisis.  Yet instead of hearing a President, we heard a candidate.

    Obama did what he did on health care; he not only closed the door to serious compromise, he slammed it shut and double-locked the door.

    Update:  Charles Krauthammer’s reaction:

    “I thought it was a disgrace,” he said. “I rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But, we’re a year-and-a-half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy. He didn’t even get to his own alternative until more than halfway through the speech. And when he did, he threw out numbers suspended in mid-air with nothing under them with all kinds of goals and guidelines and triggers that mean nothing. The speech was really about and entirely an attack on the [Rep. Paul] Ryan plan.”

    And Clive Crook (who does not like the Ryan plan) in The Atlantic:

    The speech was more notable for its militant–though ineffectual–hostility to Republican proposals than for any fresh thinking of its own. It was a waste of breath.

    And none of this should come as a surprise, as I have been documenting for over two years:

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    Comments


    "Tinky" Obama. President Tinky. I wonder if that could catch on?

    I don't think I have ever been so worried for my country. I wonder how far away do I need to move, but which civilized country will be safe from the impending disaster. Yes Obama is bad, the repubs are only a small fraction better. How could a patriotic congressmen vote for the Ryan plan, when it's only a third of what's needed to stave off disaster??? Yet they vote the obama/bohner budget?? Don't these people love their country? Why would they heave such poisonous debt down our throats? Doesn't our country exist for the benefit of everyone not just the elderly and the poor?

    it's amazing it's like they want to be the last congress of the first american republic.

    Obama was throwing out some red meat to his radical leftist base in anticipation of the next presidential election cycle. Considering Obama has been in perpetual election campaign mode since early 2008, it can never be too early to feed the followers some tasty tidbits to keep them hungry for more of the same in the months to come.

    However you wish to label Obama, he is, at the very least, a statist determined to expand the roll of government in all aspects of human endeavor. Politicians that support that concept become part of the growing elitist class in America and Obama's narcissism leads him to seek the very pinnacle of such as commander-in-chief of all elitists. Obama would be king if he could only give another momentous speech of epic proportions to the peons so they could really understand his magnificence to lead us all to his promised land.

    As 19th-century economist Frederic Bastiat put it: "Government is that fiction whereby everybody believes he can live at the expense of somebody else."

    BHO = MOMMO (Man of Many Missed Opportunities)


     
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    The Ghost | April 14, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Obama is losing moderates and independents by the state load and with speeches like this one will continue to do so.
    At this rate the GOP candidate will be able to campaign as "I'm not Obama" and win.


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