Barack Hubris Obama


Joel B. Pollack:

Fox News vs. the Cult of Obama

It is impossible to understand the Obama administration’s uniquely hostile treatment of Fox News without understanding the self-image of the Obama team. On the one hand, the targeting of Fox News for isolation and surveillance suggests an administration so lacking in competence that it cannot tolerate criticism or scrutiny. On the other, the attacks suggest hubris, a confidence that few would ever object to its conduct.

That contradiction has a religious quality to it. Indeed, President Barack Obama has led an administration that has, at times, been more of a religious movement than a governing body. Obama has made miraculous promises of political and planetary transformation; he has encouraged a cult-like following, even among formerly skeptical journalists; and he has constructed a demonology of his opponents, real and imagined.

Most of all, the Obama administration preaches a millenarian idea of history that places it at the apex of a process of moral evolution. In that view, the “long arc of history” that Obama cited in his victory speech in 2008 does not just bend towards justice in a moral sense, but towards him in a political sense. He and his supporters see his election as both the culmination and transcendence of everything that came before him.

Accordingly, Obama and his supporters refuse to be judged on normal criteria, such as the president’s actual record in office. Though he is quick to claim credit on the rare occasion–such as the bin Laden raid–when things go right, President Obama typically adopts a prophetic distance from the office he holds that insulates him from criticism and allows him to attack the very Washington he leads, the very political games he plays.

The heresy of Fox News is not just that it criticizes the Obama administration or that it provides a platform for conservative opinion, but that it rejects the attempt to place Obama beyond politics and accountability. It refuses, in other words, to endorse the idea that Obama inhabits a unique category, beyond the obvious (and, for most governing purposes, meaningless) historic fact that he is the nation’s first black president.

The problem with religion is there are no shades of grey – everything is either black or white. In a theocracy to disobey the state is to sin against God and God is infallible.

Look at Obama’s method of negotiating. His underlying premise is not just that he is right but that everybody knows he’s right. So if you don’t agree with him you are intentionally blocking him for nefarious reasons. His offers of compromise aren’t compromises, they are demands for capitulation.

It doesn’t help that his followers are all true believers. You can’t argue with religious fanatics. Right now many of them are like the people who, convinced that the end was near, sold everything they owned and went to wait on a mountaintop for Judgment Day. Well “doomsday” came and went but we’re all still here, so now what?

This is what separates the fanatics from everyone else. Most people would realize they made a mistake, but fanatics become ever more convinced of their righteousness.

He’s just testing our faith!

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33 Responses to Barack Hubris Obama

  1. votermom says:

    Aw, man, I put my tweets in the wrong thread

  2. votermom says:


    • DeniseVB says:

      How do you and ‘hawk come up with these things. You guys are hysterical 😀

    • Constance says:

      I have to say that as a Mother I find this constant “I forgot/I don’t remember” narrative from the Obots worse than irritating. I just feel like saying “really? you forgot?! well I guess we will have home made fish and broccoli pizza on whole wheat crust for dinner for the next week as I’ve read that will improve memory”. My children were far more creative than the “I forgot/don’t remember” BS. Frankly when someone doesn’t even make an effort to come up with a reasonable story I find it twice as offensive as I find the original offense because the original incident was probably caused by bad planning or accident but giving stupid excuses means the kid/political party thinks you are simple enough to believe the stupid excuse.

  3. HELENK says:

    this fits right in. they really do not have a clue

    • DeniseVB says:

      Good article ! I especially liked:

      Fox News’ Red Eye — a show Fox airs at 3 in the morning — had more total and 25-54-year-old viewers in April 2013 than “Morning Joe” did.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Alex Pareene is a putz. MSLSD is fading for the same reason Salon is dropping like a rock.

      They suck.

    • jeffhas says:

      “But it is still pretty bad, considering that last year MSNBC was challenging Fox for ratings dominance some nights. Now, it’s once again far behind the conservative cable news leader. And worse, CNN has finally, apparently, caught up.”

      When was MSNBC ever challenging Fox News for ratings dominance?

      … and when did CNN catch up?…

  4. votermom says:

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I think we all agree, Romney was right, Obama’s never going to lose that 47%. Notice, he doesn’t seem to fall below 47% in the favorables polls 🙂

    DOJ is now saying it did give Fox News a subpoena for Rosen’s phone records, Fox is responding no they didn’t. As the local radio guy asked, well who are YOU going to believe, your government or the batcrap hater crazies over at Fox ? He was joking, but he said that will shore up Obama’s supporters to believe him and not those lying Fox pukes.

    Also, releasing all these scandals at once are going to cause scandal exhaustion and people will start to ignore them. By 2014, they’ll all be forgotten.

  6. votermom says:

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    Oh My that is terrible.

    • HELENK says:

      truck on the tracks. do not know if it got stuck on tracks or was in a hurry and could not wait for train to pass

  8. votermom says:

    • myiq2xu says:

      They are going to put a health clinic in every store.

      • swanspirit says:

        That is what hospitals should do , it actually lowers costs . I have been saying this for such a long time , that instead of mandating the population under penalty of law to acquire health care insurance, mandate hospitals to include urgent care or ambulatory care centers .

        Emergency Room Costs
        They were determined by calculating the average number on claims submitted in 2010 to the Medica Choice Network, a system of more than 4,000 medical offices, clinics and hospitals across four Midwestern states:

        Allergies: $345
        Acute bronchitis: $595
        Earache: $400
        Sore throat: $525
        Pink eye: $370
        Sinusitis: $617
        Strep throat: $531
        Upper respiratory infection: $486
        Urinary tract infection: $665

        The following costs are from Medica Choice Network estimates for nine common ailments treated at urgent care centers:

        Allergies: $97
        Acute bronchitis: $127
        Earache: $110
        Sore throat: $94
        Pink eye: $102
        Sinusitis: $112
        Strep throat: $111
        Upper respiratory infections: $111
        Urinary tract infections: $110

        • swanspirit says:

          I did the math , on these nine common complaints , the total savings is $3560.00 . Extrapolate that to say , one million occurrences in the country , the total cost savings would be 3,560,000,000.00 Just in these instances the savings would be fantastic.

    • HELENK says:

      not sure if they still do this, but they take out life insurance on employees with walmart as the beneficiary

    • votermom says:

      So last October, Wal-Mart announced that employees who needed certain pricey surgeries would have the option of traveling to one of the six best hospitals in the country that specialize in those procedures. Cashiers in California and store greeters in Alabama could fly to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota—all expenses paid. The model, sometimes called “centers of excellence” or “travel surgery,” has caught on among a few large corporations and their employees. Unlike in retail stores, where the cheapest item is probably the shoddiest, this program is premised on the idea that cheaper health care is to be found at the nation’s very best providers.

      The approach builds on research showing that for certain procedures, volume and outcomes are related. Surgeons who rarely do something struggle more than those who do it all day long.

      Very true – practice makes perfect in surgery.

    • leslie says:

      My favorite comment from the article is:

      Thank God for President Obama. No matter how bad my day is, I can look at the things he has said and done and I think to myself “Wow I am smarter than than the President of the US”. Picks me right up every time.”

      Someone named “ohio” wrote that. Made me grin.

  9. HELENK says:

    here we go again. how long before princess nancy tells us they will have to pass it to know what is in it

  10. HELENK says:

    unions are now complaining about obamacare. want it repealed.
    hey guys you got screwed with out being kissed. WE TOLD YOU SO

  11. HELENK says:

    Iowa Hawk

    David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

    Washington: you can either say goodbye to (1) Eric Holder, or (2) the consent of the governed.

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