The Disengaged Ditherer


The New York Times tries to buff a turd in an article about the recent White House clusterfuck on Syria policy:

A close examination of how the Obama administration finds itself at this point — based on interviews with dozens of current and former members of the administration, foreign diplomats and Congressional officials — starts with a deeply ambivalent president who has presided over a far more contentious debate among his advisers than previously known. Those advisers reflected Mr. Obama’s own conflicting impulses on how to respond to the forces unleashed by the Arab Spring: whether to side with those battling authoritarian governments or to avoid the risk of becoming enmeshed in another messy war in the Middle East.

And who unleashed the Arab Spring?

In the summer of 2011, the momentum of the Arab uprisings appeared to be sweeping all before it. Gone were the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, and in Libya, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi would fall later in the year.

How did that all work out?

Even as the debate about arming the rebels took on a new urgency, Mr. Obama rarely voiced strong opinions during senior staff meetings. But current and former officials said his body language was telling: he often appeared impatient or disengaged while listening to the debate, sometimes scrolling through messages on his BlackBerry or slouching and chewing gum.

Obama likes to give speeches. He likes to go fundraising too. He loves to golf, shoot hoops and rub elbows with the Rich and Shameless. But he doesn’t seem to have any interest in doing what he was elected to do.

Presidentin’ is hard work” is the quote often attributed to George W. Bush. And it is indeed hard work. Obama loves being the president. He loves the perks of the job. But he hates working, which really isn’t surprising to anyone who paid any attention to his life story.

Remember the stimulus? Dingy Harry and Nasty Nancy did that. Obama campaigned for it and signed it but he didn’t help craft it. He was AWOL on writing Obamacare too, even though he claims it as his signature achievement. He has to be pushed into making decisions, as exemplified by the Osama bin Laden raid and his “evolution” on gay marriage.

Obama is the guy who voted “present” as an Illinois state senator. He’s they guy who made it through Columbia and Harvard Law School without leaving any footprints. Obama is the guy who wrote two memoirs by his mid-forties despite having accomplished nothing of substance in his life.

He’s a post turtle.

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87 Responses to The Disengaged Ditherer

  1. Lulu says:

    I think he is ready to “move on” from Obamacare too. Other than fundraising I don’t think he gives a damn. This is emblematic of “climbers”. They make a mess and then get promoted or a new job leaving the chaos for others to clean up. The speed and alacrity that he turned his Syrian mess over to Putin is a prime example of this trait. Inside baseball stories from the media about the WH are just window dressing to prop up a weak, disinterested failure. Fighting staff prevents them from bugging him with anything as all of their energy and frustration is directed at each other and lets him coast along blaming others.

  2. driguana says:

    Post turtling! Love it. Also reminds me a bit of The Incredible Shrinking Man….no matter what fight or front he puts up, the smaller he gets in everyone’s eyes! Interesting that for some of us, we never liked him from the beginning. If one paid any attention to his lack of substance, you knew that he had no accomplishments other than political maneuvering….post turtling, if you will. Still I hear so many of my prog friends say what a brilliant political tactician he is…how he completely outplayed the Republicans. His speaking abilities have certainly lost luster! Post turtle, the incredible shrinking president, the empty chair, the empty suit….how true they all have become….it’s actually made a mockery of our creaky, old political system…

  3. votermom says:

  4. lyn says:

    My theory is that Obama wanted to be president so that he wouldn’t have to work for the rest of his life. He can live off his taxpayer-funded retirement and make his extra cash from speeches when he isn’t golfing or playing hoops with NBA stars.

    • votermom says:

      I agree. The question is who picked him to be their puppet and are they still pulling his strings now?

      • lyn says:

        The super wealthy who have no party allegiance is my guess.

      • Uhm 17,584,692 low info voters. Some of whom voted in multiple primaries and caucuses. And some who were paid a pack of smokes. Some of whom were named Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
        PLUS George Soros and a bunch of Stupor Delegates.
        Who pulls his strings? Soros et al is my guess.

    • fif says:

      Exactly – and don’t forget sit on corporate boards (which involves minimal attendance) at his crony buddies companies to rake in millions.

  5. The Klown says:

    I used to think that Tricky Dick Nixon was the worst president ever. Then along came Jimmy Carter. But I was sure we would never have a president worse than George W. Bush.

    I pray our nation never sees a president worse than Barack Obama.

    • DeniseVB says:

      As hard as he’s working to get more Dems elected, pray he doesn’t go for a third term if he takes back the House and keeps the Senate 😦

      • lyn says:

        Obama is too lazy for a third term. I wonder if those who were worried about a Bush third term are worried about an Obama third term?

        • Lulu says:

          Heck he was too lazy for a second term which is why he is phoning it in even worse now. He is just coasting.

        • Karma says:

          Yup, he’s coasting

          And remember those reports that went around during the 2012 elections which said the Obamas only wanted to win the second term because the speech circuit pays more for two-timers?

          I forget what site had them or if it was only a rumor but it rang true.

          His second term was only for his benefit.

        • The Klown says:

          We can rule out a new career as a website designer.

        • Lulu says:

          I’d rule out shift superviser for Kinko’s too.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I don’t think the country can survive another Bush/Obama. 16 years of shit is quite enough.

  6. The Klown says:

    Twitter was buzzing about this last night:

  7. The Klown says:
    • wmcb says:

      Penn is a pure libertarian, and I disagree with him on whether we can do that through govt. Sometimes it’s the most efficient way. But the aim of govt in the past couple decades has not been to enable and be a conduit for our compassion. It has been to gain control and become the giver – with the lnk between us taxpayers and the poor broken. It has been to stamp out the idea of private charity altogether, and become the be-all end-all.

      That is not only bad for the poor, it’s bad for all of us. It’s dehumanizing. Charity has a human face, whether giving or receiving. Great Provider Big Brother does not.

      • IMO you sorta nailed the reason Penn’s comments ring true. No matter how well intentioned, whenever gov’t hands out anything more than once, it quickly becomes a “right”, not a “benevolence”. My view is similar to his in one regard, gov’t should be about the business of encouraging charity, not competing against it and in that way buying votes. The gestation period may be longer, but even a tiny seed of gov’t “help” eventually grows into a huge monster of a “privilege” which must never, ever fail to be delivered at regular intervals else all hell breaks loose.

        And how is a citizen ever weaned from privilege toward the rewards of personal effort? Any motivation for accountability has been erased.

        • leslie says:

          Yesterday I was talking with a client about health care insurance and shared that this administration suggested that people start budgeting for health care insurance. she then said, “Well then, if they want me to budget for insurance, they better start giving me more money”.

          true story.

  8. The Klown says:
  9. helenk3 says:

    maybe this is one reason why there are so few investigative reporters anymore.
    Feds confiscate investigative reporters confidential files during raid.
    read this and see if you get the same feeling I do that the raid was an excuse to get the files

  10. helenk3 says:

    Oh the interesting things you see and hear on a train ride.

    michael hayden gives confidential interview on an Amtrack train. Another passenger tweets contents

  11. Oh MY! ROFLMAO! Wish I could remember how to put graphics in a reply post. You HAVE to see this!

  12. swanspirit says:

    If Obama were as innocuous as a turtle on a post , and if I did not love turtles ( I adore turtles ) I would wholeheartedly agree with your analogy and I do to a great degree .
    However , Obama is not just a post turtle , but also a vain, thin skinned ,vindictive ,mean spirited ,narcissistic bastard , who enjoys the trappings of power, while possessing none of the qualifications to wield it. He lacks any self awareness , has true cowardice in abundance , and I seriously doubt we will ever have a worse president , ever .

  13. wmcb says:

    Have you also heard that Ted Cruz dislikes avocados? That makes him really anglo and not Hispanic or something. These people are desperate now to trash him without ever addressing his actual policies (they don’t want to touch those with a ten foot pole.) Just like they never wanted to argue for/against what Palin actually said, only against her personally.

    • Lulu says:

      I don’t think the cage fighting thing is bad. It sounds about right actually. So does the Dems sharing marketing ideas and space with sex workers (no offense intended to sex workers).

  14. Lulu says:

    “A CBS News analysis shows that in many of the 15 state-based health insurance exchanges more people are enrolling in Medicaid rather than buying private health insurance. And if that trend continues, there’s concern there won’t be enough healthy people buying health insurance for the system to work.”
    …”But left unsaid in the president’s remarks: the newly insured in some of those states are overwhelmingly low-income people signing up for Medicaid at no cost to them.
    Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, said, “We’re seeing a huge spike in terms of Medicaid enrollments.”
    He says the numbers have surprised him and state officials.

    How are the states that opted in to the Medicaid expansion going to afford this enormous expansion long term? Short term the feds are contributing but it tapers off rapidly. The medical outcomes of Medicaid have been studied and are very mixed at best. I think these states are going to rue the day they cooperated with Obamacare.

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    • Lulu says:

      The Democrats are having trouble keeping up. They are pushing extensions for enrollment when everyone else has zeroed in on cancelled policies and skyrocketing costs of new ones. I think we are seeing a “preference cascade” and they can’t stop it.

      • Constance says:

        So what did Obama shut down government for? Did he have no idea the web site sucked? He should have acted all statesman like and very reluctantly agreed to a delay in mandated insurance in the interests of The People and the economy. But now the damage has been done to the economy and for what? Delaying Obama care is the best option at this point but in getting to this point he has looked incompetent.

        • Somebody says:

          I think that was the plan Constnace until Ted Cruz stole his thunder. Agreeing to a delay at that point would have made it look like Cruz, et al won.

    • trixtat says:

      About the wallets and status of the elites….

    • abc says:

      “Non- Czar’s” are saying it will take a year to get the 834 issue alone worked out…

      • Lulu says:

        Gee I heard that many of the twenty year old systems that are supposed to interface with the new one never will. It is simply not possible as they are stand alone data systems like that of Social Security. When these old systems were designed they were not expected to do anything but calculate and send data to the Treasury to send out checks. What is being required now and patches etc will not make them interface. If this is true they should have known it three years ago but since they started working on this mess only in the last 6-8 months they must have chosen to ignore the antiquated systems problems.

        • Somebody says:

          Oh trust me I’m sure they know that, what you say about the stand alone antiquated systems is very true. Most of those systems are unique and custom made for the government. What is more if patches are created that allow information from those systems to flow two ways then it seems to me that would make all of our information less secure.

    • Constance says:

      I’m really surprised that since Obama care is really a corporate welfare bill for insurance companies that the computer departments of the major insurance companies did not design the Obama care site so it would actually work and they could get on with raking in their profits.

      • Lulu says:

        The Medicare and Medicaid IT federal bureucrats were made responsible supposedly. I would guess it was to save money and because they could boss them around and make them do whatever they wanted and now of course blame them for the fuckups. I’m told these are very old computer systems for Medicare and Medicaid so the IT people who run them are like antique maintenance people or something. The insurers would not have IT staff who know how to interface them either. I also am thinking that Obamacare to some extent has been conning the insurers and did not want them day to day involved. Obama double crosses or cons everyone especially allies.

        • Somebody says:

          Most of the computer systems within government are old and antiquated. Hell the FAA still uses vacuum tubes, they no longer use them for sector suites thank goodness but my husband spent half of his career or more working on 1950’s technology.

          The government spends money on gee whiz military stuff but a lot of the nuts and bolts kind of stuff is antiquated to say the least. In fact they could eliminate a lot of jobs just by buying out dated 10 year old technology. You’d be amazed at some of the hobbled together crap they keep running, antique maintenance indeed, LOL

  18. The Klown says:
  19. helenk3 says:

    are democrats trying to make congress obsolete? it seems like every week some democratic congress critter want to give the power of congress to backtrack. Why?

  20. trixtat says:

    Yeah, the unions’ resistance to this is unbelievable!

  21. The Klown says:

    I am making Albino Chili in the crack pot. I am using a store-bought chili mix but I substituted cubed pork for beef and used white kidney beans instead of red. I browned the pork and onions in a fry pan then dumped everything in the CP. So far it looks and smells good.

    It’s actually a light-brown color.

  22. helenk3 says:

    CNN anchor admits team backtrack can be quite nasty to deal with.

    combined with the story today of a government raid on a journalist’s home and taking her confidential files seems like the backtrack bunch DO own the media through fear

    remember James Rosen the Fox News journalist

  23. The Klown says:

    I seem to be on the same wavelength as a couple other people.

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  26. elliesmom says:

    I have been completely off the communications grid for a week except for nightly updates of how the Red Sox are doing, and absolutely nothing has changed. I didn’t miss a blessed thing.

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