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    He might be arrogant and thin-skinned, but he’s our arrogant and thin-skinned candidate

    He might be arrogant and thin-skinned, but he’s our arrogant and thin-skinned candidate

    In their initial endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008, the editors of the Washington Post concluded:

    Mr. Obama’s temperament is unlike anything we’ve seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment.

    I never saw these qualities in the candidate. I’m not convinced that the editors of the Washington Post saw them either. But he was their ideal candidate, so they projected the qualities that they’d ascribe to an ideal candidate onto Barack Obama whether or not he really demonstrated them. How do I know that this glowing description is phony?

    I know it from the Washington Post’s endorsement of President Obama for a second term this past October.

    Mr. Obama alienated Congress and business leaders by isolating himself inside a tight White House circle that manages to be both arrogant and thin-skinned. Too often his administration treats business as an obstacle rather than a partner.

    The descriptions “arrogant and thin-skinned” contradict “master of substance and detail” as well “eager to hear opposing points of view.” But the editors, in no way acknowledge that their earlier characterization was wrong. In fact their primary concern for the 2012 election was:

    MUCH OF THE 2012 presidential campaign has dwelt on the past, but the key questions are who could better lead the country during the next four years — and, most urgently, who is likelier to put the government on a more sound financial footing.

    Even as they acknowledged President Obama’s flaws and his inability to work constructively with Congress, the editors of the Washington Post endorsed him primarily for his supposed ability to right the country’s financial situation! But those flaws, as we are now seeing is what made the President ill suited to that task.

    One person who’s noted these flaws has been Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. For his troubles, he’s been bullied.

    There’s that arrogance and thin-skinned-ness again.

    Professor Jacobson blogged about this last night. It’s also the major item in memeorandum.

    President Obama has benefitted from a compliant media. who created a myth. As we see from the Washington Post’s second endorsement, even once the myth was shattered, the media still supported and shilled for him. The contrast to its treatment of Republicans generally, especially the previous President, is striking.

    I’m sure that Bob woodward appreciates the irony.

    [WAJ note — this was originally published at about 8:15. I then made a mistake and thinking I was scheduling another post for 10 a.m. actually ended up scheduling this for 10 a.m. which had the result of removing it from publication for a while. That was not my intent, it was just an error.]


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    NeoConScum | February 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Flim-Flam, Shuck & Jive, Agitation, Golf, Golf, Agitation, Golf, Agitation, an occasional night in the White House, Blather, Lies, Flim-Flam, Saul Alinsky Meditations and explicit obedience, Trips Abroad, Some MORE Utterly Unnecessary Trips Abroad, Cairo Hugs to Radical Islam Speech, Dissing Bibi, Golf, Shout-outs to fans while Ft.Hood Bleeds(from ‘workplace violence’, don’tcha know), Agitation, Perpetual Campaign 2009-2013 and counting, Golf and Effete Superiority to Common Work, much less solid accomplishment, Nobel PEACE Prize…

    Are we not Blessed, America???

      NeoConScum in reply to NeoConScum. | February 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Con’t.. Think of the Trouble, Disaster, Chaos we’d be in IF The Boy King worked for a living!? Ya know, like a full week of 10-hour days in the Oval Office, for Gawdsakes.

      Consecutive days of WORK would require some discipline, executive gifts, LEADERSHIP, moral muscles and absence of sloth & laziness.

      Again, America, ARE WE NOT BLESSED?!?!

    This is all due to a media that fell so in love with the candidate that they now cannot believe they fell for the lies without properly vetting the man. Now it’s a matter of “Saving face” (as the chinese would put it.)

    Great post! You nailed it.

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