“The Cobra” Strikes at Obama

MoDo: Natural state.

NYT’s favorite gossip op-ed columnist MoDo, nicknamed “The Cobra” by President Bush because she “lives near towns where mice and rats abound,” has struck at President Obama in a way can only help characterize him as…Carteresque. In “The Ungrateful President” she tries to draw parallels between Obama and Paul Newman, but all I could think was all the complaining from Washington insiders I saw in that PBS Carter documentary I watched a few weeks back. To wit:

“You can make the case,” Weinstein said of Barack Obama, “that he’s the Paul Newman of American presidents.”

I interviewed Paul Newman. I knew Paul Newman. Paul Newman was an acquaintance of mine. Mr. President, except for the eyes, you are sort of like Paul Newman.


The star scorned the hoops he was expected to jump through in his profession and did not like feeling beholden. He said he dealt with fame by developing “selective insensitivities.”

“With film critics and fans, you have to be selectively insensitive to their insensitivities,” he told me. “If people start treating you like a piece of meat or a long-lost friend or feel they can become cuddly for the price of a $5 movie ticket, then you shut them out.”


Stories abound of big donors who stopped giving as much or working as hard because Obama never reached out, either with a Clinton-esque warm bath of attention or Romney-esque weekend love fests and Israeli-style jaunts; of celebrities who gave concerts for his campaigns and never received thank-you notes or even his full attention during the performance; of public servants upset because they knocked themselves out at the president’s request and never got a pat on the back; of V.I.P.’s disappointed to get pictures of themselves with the president with the customary signature withheld; of politicians disaffected by the president’s penchant for not letting members of Congress or local pols stand on stage with him when he’s speaking in their state (they often watch from the audience and sometimes have to lobby just to get a shout-out); of power brokers, local and national, who felt that the president insulted them by never seeking their advice or asking them to come to the White House or ride along in the limo for a schmooze.

Care and feeding has been outsourced to Joe Biden, who loves it, but it doesn’t build the same kind of loyalty as when the president does it.

Delicious, no? Hate the MoDo, love The Cobra, I guess. The whole thing is worth the read, for once, and there’s a lot more “there” there.

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32 Responses to “The Cobra” Strikes at Obama

  1. carol haka says:

    Heart breaking! 👿

  2. yttik says:

    “He comes from the neediest profession of all, except for acting, but he is not needy and he doesn’t fully understand the neediness of others; it’s an abstraction to him,” says Jonathan Alter…”

    LOL, oh stuff and nonsense! Obama is incredibly needy and must have constant adoration and praise. It’s not that he doesn’t fully understand others, it’s that he’s so self absorbed, he simply doesn’t care.

  3. HELENK says:

    this am I saw a story about the voter registration forms going to welfare recipients in Mass. then I just saw this


    • HELENK says:

      there are times when you do not use certain phrases.

      you do not greet your buddy on a plane by yelling Hi Jack.

      you do not use the words bank robbery while walking into a bank

      these owies are not the sharpest tools in the shed are they

  4. Myiq, that family made the HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/dead-baby-found-in-backyard_n_1752839.html?utm_hp_ref=crime

    Edit: Jesus! According to HuffPo, neighbors are trash talking a girl who lives in the house. Grrrr.

  5. Lulu says:

    This idiot like so many others try to intellectualize Obama’s narcissism:

    ““He’s not an ungracious person, but he can be guilty of ingratitude. It’s not a politically smart way for him to operate.” Horseshit! He is a snide, nasty ingrate. He is also a boor and a poser. He lacks common courtesy because he thinks he is above it.

    “Newman wanted to be an actor, not a movie star. Obama wants to be a policy maker, not a glad-handing pol.”
    This is preposterous. Obama has never been anywhere near a serious policy development in his entire life. He steals others hard work, takes credit when none is due, and climbs the ladder as he thinks he deserves. A glad handing pol would be a step up for this fraud.

    “There are people who’ve worked with him for years who don’t understand why he gives so little back.” Obama thinks the divine right of kings applies to him. Despots don’t send thank you notes.

  6. HELENK says:


    this happened six months ago and now the congressional black caucus has decided to be insulted

  7. freespirit says:

    MoDo could have used someone other than Paul Newman for comparison to Dacrock.

    There are other well known figures who lack manners, and who prefer not to be in the limelight (not that Obama has ever ducked any opportunity to get attention). Daffy Duck, Jack the Ripper, The Joker (batman), just about any type of snake you can name.

    A lot of losers are like Obama. The same could actually be said for MoDO. But, I wouldn’t consider O on the same par with Cool Hand Luke.

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