Sufferin’ Sycophants!

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Obama the Lie-Bringer


Todd S. Purdum at Vanity Fair is losing his religion:

The Lonely Guy

When Barack Obama arrived in Washington almost five years ago, the universal assumption was that the young president—who had, after all, won office by exploiting every connective tool of the national social and electoral network—would run his White House in sharp contrast to the bunkered, hunkered-down George W. Bush.

Like so much conventional wisdom, that impression has proved dead wrong. In fact, Obama’s resolute solitude—his isolation and alienation from the other players and power centers of Washington, be they rivals or friends—has emerged as the defining trait of his time in office. He may be the biggest presidential paradox since Thomas Jefferson, the slaveholder who wrote the Declaration of Independence: a community organizer who works alone.

[…]

Self-containment is not simply Obama’s political default mode. Self-possession is the core of his being, and a central part of the secret of his success. It is Obama’s unwavering discipline to keep his cool when others are losing theirs, and it seems likely that no black man who behaved otherwise could ever have won the presidency.

But this quality, perhaps Obama’s greatest strength in gaining office, is his greatest weakness in conducting it. And as he ends the first year of his second term, that weakness seems to dog him—and to matter—more and more. At a time when the abrasions of office leave any president most in need of friends, Obama is the capital’s Lonely Guy.


In goes on and on (and on) in that same vain for another page and a half.

There is a crisis among the faithful. The curtain is finally being pulled back to expose the fake wizard behind it. But the Koolaid junkies, like all addicts, are trying desperately to keep swimming in denial.

They can’t blame the Obamacare clusterfuck on George Bush. Purdum tried manfully to blame it on the GOP and was widely mocked and jeered. Racism can’t explain it.

How is it possible that their god could fail them so?

The answer is quite simple, yet painful for them to accept. Obama is a mere mortal. He’s not even particularly skilled or talented. Like the Wizard of Oz he’s a second-rate con man who got in way over his head. Except Obama doesn’t have Glinda to bail his ass out of trouble.



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118 Responses to Sufferin’ Sycophants!

  1. The Klown says:

    When Purdum says “universal assumption” you know immediately he’s been living in an echo chamber.

  2. The Klown says:

    FYI: “Vain” was not a typo.

  3. t says:

    Makes you sad, doesn’t it? That tortured face on ’em when they realize there is no “Obama-Claus”

  4. Lulu says:

    Obama is a creepy weird dude. He lies, lives in an adolescent fantasy world (he actually said he wanted an iPod government!), has no social skills, doesn’t like to work, and loves drones and remote control murder. To compare this ass who is not an expert on anything except himself and lying to Thomas Jefferson (who was a genuine polymath genius) is insulting and whiny ass covering for this writer who is a world class sucker.

    • t says:

      It is no accident they used a Pepsi logo for this guy. He is the perfect analogue to a bottle of useless if not harmful dissolved chemicals that they sell you for $2.00.

    • swanspirit says:

      He IS a creepy weird dude , and he keeps to himself and people who feed his ego , and he only comes out of his lair when he hears / expects applause .

    • left_VA_&_Dems_for_TX says:

      “He may be the biggest presidential paradox since Thomas Jefferson, the slaveholder who wrote the Declaration of Independence: a community organizer who works alone.”

      Of course he compares him to Jefferson – we little folk have to be reminded by the elite and those truly in the know that THIS president is historic. He’s the best speech-giver evah, the smartest (too smart, really) president evah, and the list goes on and on….

      I just have to shake my head in bewilderment when he goes on about THIS president’s (supposed) coolness. THIS president seems to get visibly pissed off to me – but only when it involves criticism or even simple questioning of him. I guess that means he has the biggest glass jaw of any president evah too.

      • The Klown says:

        Any decent historian can tell you Jefferson wasn’t a paradox. He was a product of his times.

        Moral hindsight is 20/20 but it doesn’t tell you much about people who lived over 200 years ago.

        • left_VA_&_Dems_for_TX says:

          Exactly. And what times they were – people TRYING to move past the thoughts and ideas of their forefathers, meeting with amazing success and also some major failures.

          Show me a person who isn’t at least a little hypocritical, or complicated/conflicted, and you’ll be showing me a liar, a zealot, a crazy person, or some combination of these.

          It appears that at least in some things Jefferson recognized his moral dilemmas, reflected upon them, remained relatively humble, and tried as a representative of the people to act on their behalf and in their interest, even if it challenged his own principles (the Louisiana Purchase, for example) – meeting with many more successes (which were amazing and truly historic) than failures. As you stated, he was “a product of his times” and a rare, remarkable mind, but also thoroughly human. Not exactly what I’d call a paradox.

          Forgive me if I don’t see any of these inspiring attributes in our current leader – or a paradox for that matter. Frankly, his supporters wish he was a paradox because that would mean he had at least some of the positive attributes they projected onto him…. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the sad conclusion that our current president is just a liar and a zealot for the cause of himself.

          —–

          Specifically during Jefferson’s time there was the Enlightenment, robust philosophical debate and introspection, revolution, American leaders not only coming from the elite class but modest circumstances, American elections and legislators deciding who would hold office in tied/contested elections (and opponents accepting this without starting a bloody coup), the presidency changing with an election and resulting in different party leadership bloodlessly, the beginning of a more independent and robust judiciary, North American geographic exploration, the creation of secular college education, the list goes on and on.

          Many great philosophers throughout history lived, and benefited, in societies based on slavery, coerced labor, and/or limiting citizenship (and its accompanying rights). I’m not saying “yeah” to this – it is just a fact going all the way back to ancient Greece. It sucks if you’re on the bottom of the totem pole at the time but chances are somewhere back in time your group probably did something similar to some other group. Hopefully, as there is better communication, selective cultural cross-pollination engendering empathy and appreciation, and if we adopt the gambler’s philosophy (know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away, know when to run) we can inch away from this pattern.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    After spending a few days with some very, very, very liberal family and friends, I’m convinced more than ever our media is destroying this country. Some random verbal brain farts …. I chose not to engage which would ruin an otherwise pleasant visit by having to kill them :

    “Obama is doing the best he can”
    “Republicans want to destroy this county”
    “I just love Michelle Obama”
    “Finally, health insurance I can afford, so I’m going to keep trying that site and phone number”

    My fav: “The new NYC Mayor (DEM) wants to transform the city that those terrible (GOP) mayors just ruined for the past 20 years”

    Yep, just headline popping stupid and just about chewed off my lower lip. Fortunately not vile progs, no hate, just clueless.

    • lyn says:

      You are right about the media and their love for anything Obama. When someone comments out of the blue that the Tea Party is crazy, I know it’s the media’s fault. Obama killed our nation’s watchdog press.

    • The Klown says:

      “Obama is doing the best he can”

      Sad but true.

    • Apparently “logic” has gone the way of “blacksmithing”. Agree it’s a media fail, but that might not be quite accurate because a case can be made it was intentional – a result of the application of their super-smartness.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I find it more a bad case of lack of intellectual curiosity that people are getting all their information from carefully crafted sound bytes and photo ops. Some never get past the headlines or squirrel news 😀

  6. LiVo says:

    My head exploded today about the ACA but it could be about any of the clusterfucks Obama has foisted on us, i.e., Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and so on. I can’t post my rant on facebook because I have stupidly friended family who turned into Obots and co-workers, so I’m inflicting it on you. Feel free to filter or delete.

    It is tragic that millions of people have lost and more will lose the health insurance that they liked and were promised over and over and over again they’d be able to keep. This will have, and already is having, a real and negative effect on the health of many of the former policyholders, and some of these will be catastrophic and even fatal.

    I am disgusted — but not the tiniest bit surprised — by the lapdog media outlets that have twisted themselves into unrecognizable pretzels to protect the perpetrators of this horrible debacle. We, the American people, were lied to, repeatedly. Some of us knew they were lies, because we were paying attention, and as we watched the words come out of the moving lips, realized, “This cannot be so! It is made up out of whole cloth! Surely no one believes this!” The lies are not even debatable, and yet there are fish wrappers (NYT editorial board and WaPo’s Ezra Klein, to name just two) who have the unmitigated gall to say outright that the ACA did these people a favor by precipitating the cancellation of “bad” policies.

    Are We The People really so lackadaisical and stupid that we won’t rise up and call the lie a lie and demand not only honor and honesty from the administration but also from the press? If we are that somnambulant, we deserve what we get. Correction: some of us deserve it, all of us will get it. If we can’t have honor and honesty from our administration and we refuse to have eyes and ears for the truth that is begging to be seen and heard, then, as a nation, we are screwed. Thoroughly and royally screwed.

    Here’s a big, sarcastic thanks to all the naive and low information voters who think it’s just fine to pass the biggest bill ever to find out what’s in it because 1) you hope it’s got the change you want, and 2) it’s easier for you to trust the lying liars shilling it, most likely because you are too much of a coward to think for yourself. Were you laughing along when the cool kids mocked those who tried to tell you the truth? Did you bully into silence your friends on social media with posts and tweets about how wonderful things would be and how stupid were those truth tellers, punctuating with “‘Nuff said!” as if there could be no debate? If it hasn’t already, the law of unintended consequences will nail not just you (unfortunately), but most of the rest of the working poor and middle class — essentially anyone not among the political or creative elite.

    If you think you deserve a pass because “all [you] wanted was for everyone to have access to medical care,” think on this: Blithely wishing for good while allowing bad actors to cause harm has precisely the same effect as causing the harm; it doesn’t make you a good person, so stop patting yourself on the back. Right now. Stop it. If you aren’t sobering up, opening your closed little brainwashed mind and preparing to cast your future votes for the good of this country instead of your sheep-like allegiance to tribalism, fuck you. Seriously.

    • driguana says:

      Sad about the FB thing, too. I’m the same way….if I put up something mildly questioning about Obama, my progressive friends pounce, quoting the likes of Rachel Maddow….sad sad sad….

      • lyn says:

        You also have to love those “ThinkProgress” links.

      • cynic says:

        One day, I was so disgusted with “Morning Joe”, that I posted on my f/b, ‘So long Morning Joe, I’ve had enough’.

        An old friend, who retired out West, commented by saying, “Get your head out of the sand. Turn off Fox.” I’m thinking, WTF?

        • The Klown says:

          FOX is the Vile Prog’s Emmanuel Goldstein. They not only dismiss anything that gets reported by FOX, they blame anything bad that happens on them too.

          I don’t watch any network news shows.

        • Somebody says:

          Yes if you say anything the least bit critical the instant reply has to do with Fox news. Vile progs also ask if you heard about whatever it is from Sarah Palin and now Ted Cruz.

          When I was in CA back in early June I tried to avoid any political talk with my liberal leaning family there. I did get into a conversation about job prospects for my daughter who had just finished up her MLIS. I casually remarked that I was surprised the federal government didn’t seem to be in a hiring frenzy to staff the new NSA facility in Utah. It was an innocent remark and I was not being political, just chatting about jobs my daughter was applying for.

          OMG you’d have thought I mentioned something about aliens or that the sun rises in the west or something. I was called crazy, a Fox news junkie, teabagger, conspiracy theorist, etc. I was told no such place existed and that I was completely wrong and crazy. They piled on, refused to look at anything I pulled up on my smart phone no matter the link, nope I was just a teabagging conspiracy nut. They piled on calling me everything you could think of, I was glad we were leaving the next morning.

          Funny thing, I don’t remember the exact reason for the breaking news, perhaps it was Snowden??? I don’t recall. All I know is the next morning as we were loading up the car, breaking news came on CNN and then talked about the big NSA facility in Utah. Well since CNN reported it, then it was clearly true and I wasn’t so crazy after all. Poor little things were in shock.

          There was so much I wanted to say, but I didn’t. We said our goodbyes and headed out on the road for our vacation.

          Denise you are correct the MSM is destroying our country.

        • Erica says:

          Yeah, almost all my friends think it’s just dandy that the NSA collects info on all of us. The former trail blazers and radicals actually say “if you don’t have something to hide, then there’s no problem.”

      • t says:

        Being Liberal on FB is another good one. I often laugh.

    • It may be even worsr than that. Was recently locked out of FB for half a day b/c of my saying thinking a certain way was “idiotic”, and that “offended” some idiot. Puh-leeze! FB’s terms of service are a socialist’s dream. Since I run a couple of community group sites under my real name I was forced into silence. FB is not our friend

      • LiVo says:

        Since I have shared and liked TCH posts on FB I’m not even comfortable saying what line of work I’m in. It’s not likely that I could be identified by an astute reader but if I were it would have unpleasant consequences

    • angienc says:

      Honk!

      That’s not a rant though — way too few curse words. 😉

  7. driguana says:

    Glad you posted this. It was the first thing I read this morning and just sat still (which for me is a feat unto itself) for a while thinking….just when will the worm turn? How long will they continue to delude themselves? What I find most astounding is that while I enjoyed Obama’s nominating speech years ago, it didn’t take long to see what a sham he really was….all you had to do was a little research. I started with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, his supposed great community organizing accomplishment, looked at his top 50 bundlers and the rest was easy. No, Dorothy, we’re not in Kenya any more!

  8. foxyladi14 says:

    It has been fundamentally changed just like Barak promised. 😡

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m starting to understand why brother fought against brother in the civil war (and it wasn’t just over slavery). It’s almost as though BO is trying to create that same division in our country now. Unfortunately, I do believe Lincoln was a more competent President, but look what happened. Ugh.

  9. SHV says:

    ” At a time when the abrasions of office leave any president most in need of friends, Obama is the capital’s Lonely Guy.”
    ****
    Poor poor Barry; he just needs a friend. Watching these pundits trying to make excuses/describe what is wrong with Obama is like the blind men describing an elephant. “Obama is aloof, self involved, blames others for his errors, pathological liar, lack empathy, etc., etc.” It ain’t that difficult; they supported and are supporting a sociopath who has utter contempt for anyone but himself.

  10. The Klown says:

    Is it okay for ANYBODY to use racial slurs?

    • The Klown says:

      I don’t know about y’all, but IDGAF about the Miami Dolphins’ locker room troubles. As much as I enjoy watching football, the personal problems of overpaid millionaires leaves me quite apathetic.

  11. Apparently I’ve been bad, b/c now I’m being forced to watch the Raiders.

  12. The Klown says:
  13. The Klown says:

    The Farce is strong in this one:

  14. The Klown says:
  15. helenk3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/10/the-drift-toward-despotism/

    for the obots that are upset about losing their healthcare insurance, drive to New Mexico and get tests for free

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Here come the threats to cut the military pay and benefits ….

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/11/05/hagel-says-cuts-to-pay-and-benefits-are-needed.html?comp=7000024213943&rank=1

    I have a feeling this isn’t Hagel’s idea, probably President Stompy Feet put him up to it since not a whole lot of donations come from the young combat warriors 😉

  17. votermom says:

    OT found a simple drafting table on clearance yesterday for $50 (originally $250)
    Hubby wanted it for the kids projects and art homework

  18. The Klown says:

    WTF???

    Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension.

    But the city’s recent plunge into bankruptcy — overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit — makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what’s left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives.

    “When my 9-year-old grandson asks me, ‘Grandma, are they trying to make us slaves again?’ how do I answer that child?” Johnson said, breaking into tears during court hearings over the city’s bid to launch the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. “We do not need a slave owner, and I am not a slave.”

    Much of the trial to determine whether this onetime powerhouse of the American economy is eligible for bankruptcy has focused on such nuts-and-bolts issues as debt structuring and pension liabilities. But the issue of race has hovered persistently around the trial, which wrapped up Friday. The move to secure and sell off remaining assets — including art museum treasures and valuable real estate — was portrayed by many African American residents who showed up in court to try to halt the bankruptcy as neocolonial plundering.

    This is what comes from decades of race baiting.

  19. I haven’t read all the comments to see if this has been noted, but the big flaw in your analysis is that the author was ever a true Obama supporter. He was a Hillary supporter, and he still chafes (as do many of us). This is most evidenced by the fact that a) the author is married to Dee Dee Meyers, and b) the comment about Obama not finding us “likable enough.” There are other clues in the article, though.

    This is either a back-handed gloating article, or “get ahead of the fallout” article by Team Hillary. It could be both.

    • 1539days says:

      Purdham may or may not love Obama, but he wrote a piece a week or so ago that basically called the Republicans racist for opposing Obamacare.

      • Well yeah, but think about that. Health Care was always Hillary’s signature issue. Now it’s passed, and in the form she thought it should go with her ever-incrementalism approach, but she doesn’t have to take any of the blame. That said, she doesn’t want it repealed before she thinks she’ll take office. She basically injected Obama’s legacy with this poison. In a way it’s kind of the sweetest revenge. And if her plan goes as I think she’s playing it, she thinks she’ll get to swoop in and clean up his mess.

        And Purdum is still a Democrat. Of course he’s going to say that about Republicans. It’s a three-fer. Keeps the racist-meme alive and protects his cred with O supporters, while reinforcing the anti-Republican message from Democrats.

        They are playing some high level rhetorical chess here, I think. If I’m picking up on the clues right–and that’s always a guess until more is revealed–Hillary is planning to eat Obama and the Republicans for lunch. Which goes to show you–women and elephants, man. The question is can she execute the side of Republican with her entree of Obama. There’s no question about that. She’ll roast him and he will not see her coming.

  20. helenk3 says:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/10/look-up-in-the-skiesits-an-suv-sized-satellite-falling-to-earth-today/

    btw an SUV sized satellite is falling today going to land somewhere on earth.

    Tomorrow’s NYT headline

    Obama saves America from falling satellite
    Isn’t wonderful look how much he does for us

  21. The Klown says:
    • Just the other day I saw a Republican go up to a family shopping at Wallie-world, FORCIBLY remove healthy food items from their basket, and substitute junk food. Oh, the humanity!

    • mothy67 says:

      What about offering the choice of increased food stamps but with it restrictions on what can be purchased. Take A, get 400/mo unrestricted opt for B and get more. Sadly. a lot of people don’t even know how bad the cheap food is. So some guidance would probably be needed as well. Whole grain pasta, frozen vegies with olive oil is pretty cheap. A whole grain grilled swiss or mozz cheese is a healthy snack, but store brand processed American on white bread is not so much. How do you educate an adult parent to feed a kid when they may not have any clue how to feed themselves?

  22. SHV says:

    “How the food-stamp diet is hurting the people..”
    *****
    Next time in a Wal-Mart or grocery store just look in an obese persons shopping basket. The frozen pizzas, frozen high calories dinners, cakes, etc., etc., all have one thing in common; high profit margins for the multi-national “food” processors and the retail grocery stores. Follow the money and see who is paying the bribes to expand SNAP and block any legislation to encourage more healthy food purchases. The banks are also making a killing with EBT cards.

    “Food Stamp Inc.: How SNAP Benefits Enrich Crony Capitalists”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/19/food-stamps-inc

    • 1539days says:

      As someone who hates to cook, there is something attractive about the concept of a pre-assembled meal. Part of the problem with food stamps is that they take out the concept of budgeting. You get a certain amount of money for food every month. You can’t use it for rent, or car payments or a new computer. You can only buy food. So you eat food up to that dollar amount. It is also entirely possibly to be “malnourished” by some standards depending on what you eat.

  23. The Klown says:

    Be very wary of the mainstream media’s new favorite Republican

    […]

    Still, the media love affair will end the second Mr. Christie wins the nomination. And you always have to wonder: If the media loves him so much, just what’s wrong with him?

    • Mary says:

      Setting him up to be the Repub nominee (look–he’s wonderful!) so the next Dem nominee can kick his ass —-just like they did McCain?

  24. gxm17 says:

    Had a really surreal experience the other day. I followed an FB link to a page that was inhabited by Oborg. It was mind blowing. The blogger had written a post “There is no liberal media” about how MSM hates Obamacare because they’re racist. For real. And the sych-O-phants were chugging down the koolaid like it was the nectar of the (0ne and 0nly) god and having a huge pity party about how no one appreciates all the wonderful, magical things Obama has done. Have these idiots, who call themselves “liberal,” not heard about the drone strikes?

  25. helenk3 says:

    http://reason.com/archives/2013/11/09/obamacare-leaves-doctors-on-the-hook-for

    obamacare leaves doctors on the hook for deadbeats.

    something WCMB and SHV should read

  26. The Klown says:
  27. helenk3 says:

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/11/10/barack-obama-openly-threatens-dictatorship/

    backtrack tells donors he has a drawer full of ideas and is willing to bypass congress

  28. You’ll likely want to post on this tomorrow:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115509/elizabeth-warren-hillary-clintons-nightmare

    This is how it started with Obama circa 2007.

    • underwhelmed says:

      It doesn’t matter. Political culture being what it is, there are virtually no people who are scared of being called sexist. The accusation has no currency. Nobody cares. Almost nobody’s career gets ruined by destroying women for fun or gain.

      I’d like to be wrong, but I feel pretty cynical.

    • helenk3 says:

      I would love to see a woman president of the USA in my lifetime.
      I want the best woman president who would be good for the country.
      someone like Sarah or Jan Brewer or a few others that have some experience as a governor and common sense. Both of these women live and have led border states so have some international experience. they have had to budget for a state. They have had to represent ALL the people in their state,not just one party
      Neither Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton fit that bill.

    • DandyTIger says:

      They may indeed nominate her over Hillary ala 2007. But the dirty little secret of the Dem party is they hate women. Dems won’t vote for her in the general.

  29. mothy67 says:

    I found the article above about food stamps and nutrition very unsettling. Left me feeling extremely sad. Since 08 I have become quite callous and often disgusted by the entitlement growth and the ever encroaching government. I want small government and do believe that the welfare programs have contributed to the problems. I know there is rampant abuse and I resent the Nanny bloombergs, but I feel something must be done. We are seriously looking at an epidemic. I was given two months to live last January based upon my blood work. Told I had end stage cirrhosis. I used to drink everyday but it had been years. Last December I got the flu for the first time in my life and I took everything I could over the counter to assuage the agony. Two weeks later I was in the ER(or ED never know what to call it) with severe ascites and spider like veins on my skin. Had I not had a little one I treasure I’d probably have said screw it and gotten wasted until I met my maker. As it stood I had worked too hard with da brat and wasn’t about to leave her with giving up as my legacy. Ended up on two diuretics, lactulose, high blood pressure medicine, protonix, and various other meds. Kept retaining fluid and had to be drained. Couldn’t breath properly and a trip up the stairs was hell due to low blood pressure. Docs doubled my diuretics and I went into acute kidney failure. I had been scheduled for a complete liver transplant evaluation. Decided enough was enough. Removed myself from the screening, Saw a dietician. A meld score is one of the factors used to determine placement on a transplant list. My score was 28 which put me near the top. It has now gone done to 12 last month and 8 this month. No fluid retention and spider veins are gone. Doc said it happens sometimes. Not advocating holistic/nutritional therapy over what the doc ordered just mentioned it as when I began eating differently I had no idea what I was doing and I was looking death in the face. Sure you can tell a parent sucrose can cause a fatty liver but there is no urgency. How do you teach a young mother to give what she didn’t get herself. My local grocery store has 99 cent frozen Salisbury steak dinners. Cheap. No work. Minimal clean up.

  30. Mary says:

    Bill Maher on Obama’s Obamacare Promises:

    “He didn’t lie; he evolved on honesty.”

    (snort)

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