Well no shit, Sherlock

Newsweek Editor Admits: Obama ‘Wasn’t Ready’ to Be President

During an appearance on Morning Joe, Tuesday, Newsweek editor Tina Brown made an off-hand remark about Barack Obama, conceding that the politician “wasn’t ready” to be President. Brown has previously attacked Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives for daring to oppose the Obama

While discussing whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will change his mind and run for President, the former New Yorker editor blurted, “Actually, I just hope he doesn’t, because in the end, you know, his tremendous misgivings, maybe he is right. I mean, We had this with Obama. He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.”

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40 Responses to Well no shit, Sherlock

  1. Dario says:

    Obama. He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.”

    What Tina is saying sounds racist. Obama is transforming after all.

  2. Dario says:

    Hillary was rare in that she would have been ready from day one. But Obama’s problem is not that he wasn’t ready because I think that Bill Clinton wasn’t ready also. Obama’s problem is that professionally he was a failure and brought zilch to the presidency, I have no clue how he got as far as he did. Why did the Democratic Party establishment, Pelosi and Ted Kennedy, support him? Mature politicians who should have known better lined up to support an empty suit. I have my guesses, but it would be nice to know the truth.

    • jjmtacoma says:

      I’ve seen that happen at work, where somebody who isn’t very good gets promoted super fast and never held accountable for any screw-ups.

      There was a saying, “He must have caught somebody in a closet with a goat!”

      • Dario says:

        You might be right. Maybe his Chicago connections had a dossier on lots of important people with goats.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Yup, the Peter Principle. Related behavior: as soon as someone starts a new job, he begins planning or looking for the next job or move.

        • imustprotest says:

          Yeah. I’m tired of the “he wasn’t ready”…..he’ll never be ready. He’s a lazy, thin-skinned, slacker narcissist. Nev-VER will be ready.

    • The Democratic ruling class never forgave Bill for the blowjobs, and they took it out on Hillary. It was as petty as that!

      • myiq2xu says:

        They didn’t like him before that.

        • Dario says:

          Yup. Bill was seen as white trash. Teddy was envious that Bill became president and not him.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Can’t see the country electing anyone perceived as being from the elite establishment next year. Of course the establishment is steering the general for a Obama-Romney matchup so people have no choice.

      • Dario says:

        I knew Obama would be a catastrophe as president. That has huge repercussions for the party, as we saw with G.W.B. and the Republicans in 2008 and Carter and the Democrats in 1980. Why would the establishment support someone who would be so destructive to the party?

    • djmm says:

      I think the Democratic Party was afraid Hillary would kick a– and take names. They knew Obama would keep the party rolling.


  3. insanelysane says:

    Shedding the cloak of Racism.

    Some people go so far to prove they are fair and open minded to the detriment of their wisdom and the truth. Ted K needed to lead the “black man” to the throne. ( Presidency that was his legacy given history)

    Geesh. I can see the bad movie that will be made in 2021 about the Lion ( of the Senate) and the king. ( small K)

    Oh wait, I think I already saw that one.

    It is so transparent.
    The real racists don’t even recognize it. Like those who say, well, I have good friends that are ____________ fill in the blank.

    This old democrat isn’t buying any of it.

    They just all look foolish and overly concerned with melanin. They all forgot to read his resume.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Funny, all the left and right pundits are calling everyone “not ready” in the GOP primary field. Of course The View ladies don’t think we’re ready for a “fat” President (Christie) either.

    Cain’s not ready, he has no political experience. Sarah’s not ready, she quit. Perry’s not ready, 10 years as a governor’s not enough.

    But, Obama was ready? For what?

    • insanelysane says:

      For what, you ask…

      To sell out.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Too bad, it’s probably too late to save print media, and the lefty blogs are probably feeling the pinch supporting Teh Won.

        As Obama stays in his hamster wheel of campaigning, will the serious media notice he’s not a leader?

      • Mimi says:

        Yep only selling out implies he was honorable at some point which he wasn’t. Obama went to them and sold himself. He went to Chicago to get in on the action. As a Harvard law review grad he could have gone anywhere if he was willing to work his ass off and learned. He wasn’t willing so he went where the pickings and schmoozing were easy. Then he did it all over the country when he was in the Senate to run for Prez. He is a suck up, kick down climber. He sucks up to the elites and we have been seeing him kick down recently when supporters and contributors don’t fall in line like he demands. He is going to get really nasty when the money doesn’t roll in easily and he keeps sliding in the polls. He was as ready to be president as his type ever is which is never. So shut up Tina.

        • Tina should keep talking. She’s going in the right direction.

          Also she hasn’t been editor of Newsweek very long. First thing she did was run good stories on Sarah and Hillary, iirc.

  5. Three Wickets says:

    Looks like Chelsea joining the IAC board is already rubbing off on Tina. 🙂

  6. Three Wickets says:

    Chris Christie is apparently giving a speech (at the Reagan Library maybe). May jump into the race. Some eastcoast Repubs and also some Wall Street types seem excited. I know RD did a thorough negative assessment of him last ago, but I’ve forgotten.

    • ralphb says:

      Apparently Christie, or his brother or whatever, announced again that he wasn’t going to run. Isn’t a suicide threat enough to get those gop billionaires to leave you along about running for president?

      I just listened to Sarah Palin for a few minutes on Greta. I don’t know if she will run or not but she sure sounded like she was talking herself out of it to me.

      • imustprotest says:

        Me too ralph. She argued too much on the side of “I don’t need a title”. What Greta should have asked her was, “Do you think maybe the only reason people are listening to you so much now is because they think you might run?” And, “If you finally announce that you’re not running, will people still care what you have to say?” I’m not saying that to bash Sarah, I think that’s really why she has an audience, because people are curious about whether she’ll run.

        • ralphb says:

          That’s exactly right. I’m very much in favor of her running and sniping from the sidelines won’t help anybody now. Someone should look her in the eye and tell her that, if they haven’t already done it.

        • WMCB says:

          Well, if she’s NOT running, then maybe her reason for not revealing that yet is this:

          If she announces she’s not running, what is going to be the very first question, and the next media obsession? Think about it. That’s right – then all the attention will immediately be “Who is she going to endorse?”

          If (I said IF) one assumes she has decided not to run, then her reasons for holding out are not, IMO, to be a tease about it. It’s to put off as long as possible the pressure to endorse – let her sit back and watch the field and see who looks good and who flames out, cops out, or goes crazy. Because she knows her endorsement will be important.

        • ralphb says:

          The only person she spoke favorably about on Greta was Herman Cain. FWIW

        • WMCB says:

          Yeah, I noticed that. I don’t know if she’s running or not, but I do think that if she isn’t, then she’s not just being coy to get attention. I think she wants to hold off endorsing, and leaving whether she’s running up in the air gives her breathing space to do that.

        • ralphb says:

          In thinking about it further, I don’t know if she’s decided to nor run or is reluctant in the same way most people would be in that case. It’s a life altering decision for everyone around you and probably everything you care about.

          If she’s not a potential candidate then interest in her in general will probably finally dissipate. I imagine that will be true of endorsements also fairly quickly. She probably won’t be as obscure as Mitch Daniels but, so what, for all the good it will do.

        • ralphb says:

          That “tease” meme drives me crazy. What do they think, she’s a high school cheerleader or something? It’s sexist to me.

        • “Do you think maybe the only reason people are listening to you so much now is because they think you might run?”

          Some of the media, yes.

          And, “If you finally announce that you’re not running, will people still care what you have to say?”

          Her own supporters and fans will care. And will keep growing that group.

          Also many in the media will care, as she still will bring a big audience. And many will keep hoping she’ll run later.

      • DandyTiger says:

        I think she’s never wanted to run. I think she was happy as a governor and would probably like being a senator or just a behind the scenes pac type organizer, writer, speaker, etc. I suspect the reason she’s hanging on is precisely the reason she’s always said would be behind a decision about whether to run or not. She’s reluctant and only wants to run if there is no good alternative. I take her at her word on that.

        If that’s the case, then her behavior should change as people she likes go up in the polls. I think Cain doing well actually made her feel like she might not half to run. Hence the talking herself out of it mood.

        I suspect if Perry runs away with it, she won’t run either because although I don’t think she likes him or wants him to run or even thinks he can win, she knows it would be very hard to beat him. I suspect if it’s Romney and Perry falls by the wayside, she’ll get in the race.

        Just my guess.

        • DandyTiger says:

          IOW, it depends on how Perry does over the next two or three weeks.

        • ralphb says:

          That makes sense to me.

        • Makes sense. If there’s a conservative candidate she likes, she can endorse and campaign for him, staying visible. If he wins, she helped, and might get a Cabinet post (Sec of Energy!). If he loses, it’s not her fault, and she’s available for 2016. Win/win.

          She’s young. It won’t hurt her to wait. Probably help. She COULD use a little more experience first.

      • votermom says:

        Someone at c4p said they think Sarah was talking to the GOP establishment. It’s an interesting take:

        Having thought overnight, my summary reaction is this:

        This interview was NOT directed at Sarah supporters AT ALL. It was directed at her main adversary — the GOP establishment who keeps pushing Christie (and perhaps others) to enter. I think she is terribly frustrated with the establishment and simply telling them:

        (1) You won’t control me — remember that once she becomes THE candidate that she must deal with that same establishment, at least to some degree, during the general election. In the primary, she can be a maverick but once the Party nominates her, she becomes the de facto face of that party. All the effort, all the refusal to accept Christie’s “No, no, no…” is simply an indication of the internal opposition she’ll face even after she’s nominated. Hence the “You won’t shackle me…”

        (2) You won’t silence me – I think this is why she was drumming the “You don’t need a title” message. She was saying that even if defeated in the Primary that she will still be a factor to be reckoned with. This is just one of the reasons that she discussed having dinner with the Israeli PM. I think she was trying to tell the GOP that she’s a force to be reckoned with — regardless of whether she has their support or not.

        Compare that whole part of the discussion, the majority of the time spent, with her tone and demeanor at the end of the interview when asked about support for Obama and whether she thought she could win. She is absolutely 100% convinced that she can beat Obama and clearly does not see any possible good that could come from 4 more years even if the economy turns around. IMO, she sees the result of the general as almost a “foregone conclusion.”

        IMO, she sees the far bigger challenge being how to defeat the GOP establishment… not Obama. If you look at her interview in that perspective, I think it changes the whole way it comes across.

        Think of it in terms of poker – she’s saying that she’s not bluffing, she’s backing up her betting position, and she’s preparing to call the Establishment. Next round, she has to show her hand…

        Never mind all the distractions and pressure such as the Random House pending suit, keeping Fox at an arm’s length (for lots of reasons), etc. and I think it is still “Game on.”

  7. DandyTiger says:

    The sound of either Obama getting another term or Romney winning:

  8. He’s not ready to be President now.

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