Barry the Bear and the Potemkin Village People

Presidential Overreach

Presidential Overreach

Crummy News Network:

Obama, the ‘Bear,’ is loose and trying to reconnect with voters

President Barack Obama first said it two weeks ago during an impromptu walk from the White House to the Interior Department and then again during a quick coffee run to Starbucks just last Monday.

“The bear is loose,” he said.

And now he’s modified his new-found catch phrase. At a town hall event in Minnesota on Thursday, he added for emphasis: “I’m feeling super loose today.”

More than five years into his presidency, with its bubble-like quality that insulates office-holders from both security threats and opposing points of view, Obama has a sudden urge to free himself from the White House gates and the Beltway noise.

In other words, it’s becoming clear what this bear wants – not an escape back to the wilderness, but some quality time with spectators standing just outside the fence.

“Look, I’ve been really looking forward to getting out of D.C.,” Obama told the town hall crowd. “With Secret Service, I always tease them that I’m like a caged bear and every once in a while, I’ve got to break loose.”

That means breaking loose to a Chipotle, as the President did earlier this week, famously reaching over the sneeze guard, breaching another barrier between him and everyday Americans.

After initially characterizing the fast food stops and walks as a president working through a little cabin fever, White House spokesman Josh Earnest hinted at a desire to reconnect with voters.

“He is looking for as many opportunities as he can to try to get some access and some insight into what are the challenges that people are facing,” Earnest said.

That hunger to engage with voters was evident in Obama’s comments on Thursday.

After fielding more than an hour of town hall questions ranging from gun control to pay for federal workers, Obama vented his own anger with Washington.

“We’ve got a Congress that’s dysfunctional, I’ll be honest with you. You’ve got a party on the other side whose only rationale, motivation seems to be opposing me,” Obama said.

But with several recent public opinion polls finding the President’s approval ratings approaching record lows, the “bear” is not the popular exhibit he once was in the nation’s political zoo.

“The more President Obama gets out and spends time with real people, the more it highlights the dysfunction in Washington,” former deputy White House senior adviser Stephanie Cutter, a CNN political analyst, said about his trips beyond the bubble.


During his two-day trip to Minnesota, Obama spent a few hours with Rebekah Erler, who wrote a letter to him lamenting her struggles to make ends meet.

Obama and Erler sat down for lunch before the town hall meeting and other stops for ice cream and groceries prior to his fundraiser Thursday night.

Obama told the town hall audience that he ran for office because of people like Erler, whose difficulties, he insisted, mirrored his own as a young man.

“I don’t want you to ever forget that and I don’t want you to be cynical. Cynicism is popular these days but hope is better,” Obama said, echoing the themes that launched his political career, before the White House fences started closing in on him.

It turns out (surprise, surprise) that Rebekah Erler is a former campaign staffer for Democratic Senator Patty Murray. I’m sure that wasn’t just a coincidence.

There are a couple things wrong with this article, not counting the fellatious slant the writer put on it.

The first and most obvious flaw is the Potemkin Village nature of all of Obama’s interactions with “real” people. It’s a safe bet that the only people invited to that Minnesota town hall were Obama supporters and that every one of the people who was allowed to ask questions was carefully screened by the White House and/or local OFA staffers. It’s a good bet that the questions were submitted in advance so Obama would have time to prepare his answers.

If one of us showed up at an Obama town hall anywhere and tried to get inside the closest we would get would be a “designated free speech zone” half a mile away. We would be lucky to see his motorcade whizz by.

When either Barack or Michelle make a “surprise” visit to a store or restaurant the Secret Service knows in advance and sweeps the place before he arrives. Some of those “customers” you see in the background of photographs are undercover Secret Service agents.

What you typically don’t see in those pictures is the presidential entourage. In addition to a team of Secret Service agents, the president always has several staff members, drivers, reporters and the guy who carries the “nuclear football”. He usually has the official White House photographer with him as well.

The whole idea that Obama wants to “reconnect” with voters is bullshit too because he was never connected in the first place. His campaign did a great job of convincing people he was some kind of populist with a connective superpower but it was all fake. Bill Clinton has that natural ability to “feel your pain” but Obama has no empathy for other people.

Last but not least, Obama never “struggled to make ends meet.” At the leanest parts of his life he was solidly middle-class. Most of his life has been one of privilege. For the past six years he has lived in luxury every single minute of every single day.

My explanation for Obama’s “the bear is loose” routine is simple. In addition to the obvious public relations aspect, Obama is trying to recapture the feeling from best time of his life – his 2008 presidential campaign.

Back in 2008 Obama had no responsibility, no accountability, and adoring crowds wherever he went. For a narcissist like Obama there could be nothing better than to stand on stage and listen to the crowd chanting your name.

Barack Obama will be president for two and a half more years, but he’s already got short-timers’ disease. He has mentally and emotionally checked out and is planning his post-presidential life. If you think it’s bad now, wait until his final year. He’s gonna be acting as detached from reality as Norma Desmond before he leaves office.

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131 Responses to Barry the Bear and the Potemkin Village People

  1. Lulu says:

    I remember reading about the Obama’s “struggles” when he was running in 2007-2008. They never had an income problem. They had SPENDING problems. They made plenty for their age and where they lived. They always thought they deserved all the goodies, perks, consumer goods, nannies, travel, goof off time, etc. They struggled because they don’t know what a budget is (it is obvious that they still don’t) and have zero financial discipline. If it is shiny or diverts them for 30 seconds they want it. They will have financial problems when they are out of the WH too.

    • 1539days says:

      I have a co-worker who is in perpetual debt, even though he and his wife make more than twice what I do. He’s trying to run out the clock on student loans without paying them (approximately 30 years) while I am about 3 years from paying mine off, and I had a LATE start on doing so.

      • mothy67 says:

        I thought student loans were forever. A friend of my mother’s retired and they take it out of her social security.

        • 1539days says:

          Student loans are hard to discharge. If you are dead or permanently disabled, your family doesn’t have to pay them off. I understand that if you are so poor that you can’t pay them off after 30 years of regular payments, the government may convert the balance into a capital gain. Then you have an IRS debt equal to the capital gains tax of the loan.

          Since you can’t discharge student loans with bankruptcy, I always thought it would be a smart move to pay them off with a credit card and get the credit card balance discharged through bankruptcy if one was so inclined. My co-worker had a bankruptcy at an early age, too.

  2. Lulu says:

    “I’m feeling super loose today.” He heard that from a golfer or basketball player somewhere recently. He has never had an original thought in his head. The self referencing calling himself a “bear” is funny. Tiny, emaciated, aging, failing men should not call themselves bears.

  3. Lulu says:

    “What we just saw was so stunning. If you believe as we do that every child, that every person, has a spark of divinity in them and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling array of God’s children, worthy of respect. So … we have to use the crisis — that some view as a crisis, and it does have crisis qualities — as an opportunity to show who we are as Americans, that we do respect people for their divinity and worth,” she said.

    Are Democrats now the party of Jesus? Dems must be pretty hopeless if she is reduced to using Roman Catholic dogma to blather away at the border. After attacking, marginalizing and dehumanizing people of Christian faith for decades, this shit from Dems ain’t gonna fly.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Geesh, they boo’d God at their convention. Speaking of respecting people, how does she feel about the opposition party? heh.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Denied God three times in fact. Biblical.

      • Lulu says:

        Nancy and the Dems had their “humanitarian crisis” and “for the children!” spiels all worked out in advance by their spin doctors. And nothing is going to stop them from blabbing it even if they sound like idiots. What is really funny is that pro-slave labor Republicans are freaking out when they hear a rumor that thousands “might” descend on their local school boards to pay for educating them. Feds are not going to pay for it and certainly not in a timely (like 3-4 years) manner. Everyone learned lessons from Katrina. Bi-lingual ed is expensive as are temporary classrooms, free “Michelle” lunches, school policemen for the teenagers, etc. I am fairly certain they are getting almost no offers from Dem politicians to put them in their good liberal districts because of the looming local school funding catastrophe. It is a falling dominoes of catastrophe by faculty lounge-type ignoramuses. Stunning really.

    • fernschild says:

      Not before you’re born, though, are you worthy of respect or in possession of a spark of divinity. Democrats can’t have this both ways.

      • Mary says:

        My thoughts exactly. Nancy Pelosi can’t claim “divinity” for these children at the border while ignoring even a “smidgeon” of same for the unborn.

        And I say this as a long-time pro-choicer, old enough to remember supporting Roe v Wade as something new and necessary for women’s rights.

        Pelosi and the Dems can’t have it both ways. Their assumption that Americans are too stupid to think deeper than their political one-dimensional world is not only condescending, but deeply offensive.

        • leslie says:

          I want to know when she is going to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. I know that recently Dick Durbin was not permitted to receive communion at mass due to his support of abortion. Nancy should be denied because ………everything.

          • 1539days says:

            San Fran churches are a little less particular, I guess. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church does not respect the immigration laws of its hosts countries and allies with Democrats over opening the borders, especially to Catholic Mexicans.

          • Lulu says:

            Well they are in for a big surprise because the largest fundamentalist Christian growing population is in Central America. Wait until they figure out they are importing Honduran Pentecostals! Watch Catholic Charities do a 180.

          • votermom says:

            Pelosi has already been officially denied communion, because of her persistent support of abortion despite being counseled against it by the Church.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Feel good video of the day. This Marine does not deserve a President like Obama …….

    • The Klown says:

      While Barack Obama has created a refugee crisis on our Southern Border, a Gallup poll from last week shows that only 22% of Americans want increased immigration (legal or otherwise) in the US.

      While 41% want US immigration to decrease

      Progs keep citing polls that a clear majority of voters want immigration reform. The problem is that the question does not define “reform.”

      • lorac1 says:


        I want reform, but what I want is laws followed. I’m not even sure anymore I want children born here to noncitizens to be automatic citizens.

        And if we are to have more legal immigrants, why must it all be Spanish speakers with no education and no higher skills? How about some Irish, some Australian, some German? Can’t we have some diversity?

        • The Klown says:

          Back in the 60’s or early 70’s we placed strict limits on immigration from Europe because we wanted diversity.

          • lorac1 says:

            I know, and for a long time now the group with the highest quota is hispanics, and yet they’re the ones who are also flooding in illegally. Not much diversity here in SoCal, I can tell you lol

            And maybe not coincidentally, it was in the 70s that the political term “hispanic” (grouping all Spanish speaking ethnicities together here in America for political power) was created.

  5. votermom says:

    Twitchy round up on the Obama bear is pretty funny

  6. The Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      JuiceVox must be having a slow wit day. They are assuming Obama has an average LSAT score for a Harvard student. We don’t even know if Obama took an entrance exam to get in there, considering all the shady circumstances.

    • Lulu says:

      Obama would have been in the slow class when I was in high school. 116? That was what the intentionally laggard delinquent shop boys got.

      • elliesmom says:

        When you’re a teacher, you get to see what kids’ IQ’ s are. When you find the kid with the perfect 100 score, your vision of the entire world changes.

    • leslie says:

      The teaser last Thursday was pretty Megyn Kelly-ish. I’ll probably watch it. But I can’t tell you just how much I abhorred that man in 1968 on up. He and his weather underground people gave any protesting the war an uphill battle. His/their actions tainted the anti-war movement and I can’t forgive that —- and the things they did. These days, we call those actions terrorism.

    • Constance says:

      I wonder how Ayers decided to give an interview on FOX news to Megyn Kelley. Given the audience that the interview will reach. Also Megyn is so beautiful and quick that she leaves a lot of people looking small and insignificant when they are on the same screen with her. For Ayers the visuals can’t help but be bad.

      • mothy67 says:

        Exposure. Had he appeared on messnbc it would haven’t raised any eyebrows. Kelley will gluarentee he is splashed across Drudge and every blog will comment.

        • Constance says:

          I wonder if Kelley and FOX will deceptively edit the interview like CNN did to Palin in 2008?

          • leslie says:

            I wonder if Ayers will complain about edits even if they don’t. Well, even if the edits are ” fair and balanced”. 😉

          • The Klown says:

            It was ABC that did that.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Don’t they have “their people” on the sets now to make sure they don’t edit ? I’m always skeptical of interviews since 2008.

          • Monster from the Id says:

            ABC did “Fair And Balanced”?

            I’m familiar with “Poison Arrow”, “The Look Of Love”, “Be Near Me”, “How To Be A Millionaire”, “When Smokey Sings”, etc.–but when did ABC record “Fair And Balanced”? 😉

    • Monster from the Id says:

      I know it’s not Tuesday, but I will still don a freshly-folded, outrageously stylish chapeau de Reynolds Wrap.

      Ayers was one of the firebrands for violent action, IIRC, among the ’60s protesters.

      The movement people of that period learned some bitter wisdom: “The first guy who suggests violence is always the undercover cop.”

      Maybe the government deliberately sabotaged its own prosecution of Ayers, because he was a deep-cover government agent? And maybe still is, as he still moves in hard-left circles?

      Things that make you go “Hmmm…”

  7. The Klown says:

    We should let them stay. We should invite their friends and families and let them stay too.

    While we’re at it, let’s increase welfare and food stamps, and make them easier to get.


  8. The Klown says:

    I could make a whole post with what is wrong with Boehlert’s tweet.

    • lyn says:

      Yeah, liberal “journalists” always denounce horse shit written about conservatives. :eyeroll:

    • DandyTIger says:

      But he knows best, and he’s only pushing what’s good for you, and the ends justify the means. But Obama. But racist. For god’s sake, think of the children.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Let me fix Boehlert for you: It’s telling how liberal “journalists” never denounced a horsesh*t memoir written by a pothead with composite girlfriends and no personal or professional accomplishments yet went on to help elect him President. 😉

      • Monster from the Id says:

        I saw the Composite Girlfriends once back in 1984. They opened for the Go-Gos–or maybe the Bangles; my memory is getting fuzzy. :mrgreen:

  9. The Klown says:
  10. 1539days says:

    The last time the advance team didn’t screen an entire neighborhood, Joe the Plumber got an answer from Obama that made him sound like a socialist. The press manged to get his credit history the next day, but failed to mention the letter writer’s association with the Democratic Party in this latest article.

    Of course, we all know that if a president sucks, a new slogan will cure what ails him. The bear thing reminds me of Starburst’s “the juice is loose” slogan that turned sour after it was used to refer to OJ Simpson. If an escaped bear goes and kills someone next month, he may need a new slogan.

  11. Lulu says:

    Name the first thing you think of when you hear the word “loose”.
    I will start it off.
    SCREW as in he has a loose screw.

  12. elliesmom says:

    Totally off topic. There are two decisions coming out of the Supreme Court on Monday. Most of the people in my circle of friends who speak about such things are focused on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga case, but I think the other one has just as much power to upset apple carts. It’s the case that will decide if people who work in a union environment but do not belong to the union can be forced to pay “administrative” costs to the union. It’s my understanding that the state of Illinois decided Medicaid-based home health workers are public sector employees. The SEIU decided that meant it represented them and started charging them union dues. Many of these people are family members who care for each other and have no interest in belonging to a union. I believe, but I might be wrong, that the original lawsuit was filed by someone in that situation. I have declined to join a union in the past, and the administrative costs I was forced to pay to keep my job were about 1/3 of regular dues. So for me it was about $350 dollars a year. If the Court rules against the union, this will be a severe blow to them, and a direct hit on the coffers of the Democrats. I don’t know which judge is scheduled to write the majority opinion, but most of the liberal judges have already “spoken”. While I agree HL has far reaching implications, the other case might have a more direct hit on 2016 elections.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I think the SCOTUS will rule against HL. If they don’t, that will be a shocker and big. Agree that the case you mention will be very big if they rule against the unions.

    • 1539days says:

      It would also be bad for states that allow union-only shops, since they will become even less competitive. The really scary thing for Democrats is Scott Walker being in a position to run for president. While Christie gets all the press for yelling at teachers in unions, Walker was able to dismantle the most pro-union state system into one that makes the unions justify their value to each member. If that message goes national, it could be a disaster for them.

    • angienc says:

      Alito hasn’t written an opinion yet this term. Rumor is he’s writing the SEIU case (usually each Justice writes at least *one* opinion per term) and that Roberts is writing HL. If true, the unions (and Dems) are out of luck.
      As far as HL goes, who knows what Roberts will do.

      • 1539days says:

        My gut is telling me that SCOTUS is going to smack down HHS over this broad overreach on religious freedom. If that’s the case, it would mean that Roberts’ long game is to let Obamacare stand, but to pick apart every piece of it (like the Medicaid expansion) that violates the Constitution.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Pretty sure he is Catholic. 🙂

        • leslie says:

          Very Catholic…. He is a member of that group Opus Dei – or so I’ve read.

        • angienc says:

          Both Alito & Roberts are Catholic.
          So is Scalia, btw.

        • angienc says:

          And I just Googled it — Clarence Thomas is Catholic too.
          That’s 4 of 5 SCOTUS Justices.

        • angienc says:

          Sotomayor & Kennedy are Catholic too — so 6 of 9 are Catholic.

          Kagan, Breyer & Ginsburg are Jewish.

          Not one Protestant on the US Supreme Court –I’m surprised by that to tell the truth.

    • elliesmom says:

      Look at the banner at Huffpoop. Someone’s worried about tomorrow’s decisions.

  13. angienc says:

    The expression is “caged lion” not “caged bear” — this SCOAMF can’t even get the metaphor right.

  14. mothy67 says:

    My seven year old bossy pants asked me for Rosetta Stone French for her birthday. Promised she will work on it everyday. No way I am saying no to that request. Tried to talk her into Spanish or Mandarin but she wants French. Anyhow they sent me an email. I can buy all 5 “evels for 5 payments of 50. 12.50/wk to build a foundation seems like a bargain. Figured I’d share because I have looked at those a thousand times but the price always put me off.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Good deal 🙂

    • votermom says:

      Has she tried Mango or Duolingo? Our county lib lets us access Mango for free – lots of languages and you can use their app to bring it along with you.
      Duolingo is free via webiste & app & I’m pretty sure has french.

      • mothy67 says:

        I tried Duolingo myself and would try to get her to, but she wants Rosetta Stone . Guess she saw a commercial. It is normally almost 500 so five payments of 50 works for me.

  15. Constance says:

    Off Topic news from the Communist Collective of Seattle regarding our mandatory $15 minimum wage that hasn’t taken effect yet….. So the very popular neighborhood diner is now closed daily at 3pm. They serve typical American breakfast and then cook a bunch of turkeys and serve turkey dinner, turkey soup and turkey sandwiches until evening. But now that they think they will have to pay everyone $15 an hour they are closing at 3pm instead because there isn’t enough business after 3. WTF! How is this an improvement for anyone? I guess the owner has her evenings free now. But it sucks for me and the rest of the neighbors because when we had an unexpectedly hard day and got home too late to start dinner we could always walk up and eat delicious food with the rest of the folks. I am so sick of Democrats F’ing up my city, soon we will look like Detroit.

    • The Klown says:

      A lot of restaurants barely break even during the week and make all their profits on weekends. Some actually lose money at certain parts of the day but they stay open anyway. Rent is only one expense and it stays steady whether you are busy or not. Labor, food cost and utilities fluctuate depending on how busy you are and how many hours you are open.

      There is a good reason that a lot of restaurants are family-owned and operated. That is the only way they can afford to stay in business.

      • Constance says:

        My gym just did the same thing! So their hours are now 6:30 to 10:30am and 4pm to 8pm, mon – fri and 8 to 12 noon Saturday. I really think this will cost them memberships. I realize they are probably right that they never had any customers during 10:30am and 4pm. But the thing is they don’t make their money by having people work out. They make their money by having people buy memberships and it is not very relevant whether they use the membership or not. So now when people are considering buying in they are thinking “what hours are you open, I’ll never remember those hours or be able to work my schedule around those, forget it I’ll walk around the lake for free”.

        • The Klown says:

          That’s why Denny’s is open 24/7/365. When people are hungry late at night they know Denny’s is gonna be open. Because people are creatures of habit when they get hungry during the day or evening they go to the same place.

    • 1539days says:

      The pizza place down the street was closed one day a week, probably to give the owner a break. Now, he changed the hours to 4-10 every day, giving up on low volume lunch orders. I assume now he can work 50 hours a week and hire a couple of part timers to cover the kitchen.

      Businesses have fixed and variable costs. Property taxes are fixed. Heating and AC are somewhat variable and where I live, snack and ice cream stands close in the Fall due to high costs of utilities. Staying open 24/7 defrays the cost of operating the most, but people mostly eat during a window of a few hours a day.

      Denny’s is famous for offering their full menu 24 hours a day. They probably break even most individual hours of the day. McDonalds has offered breakfast before every other fast food place. Burker King is making burgers during breakfast hours to hit the late risers. The more people who are being paid beyond their value to the company, the more creative they have to get about using employees sparingly. I think next we’ll see split shifts where someone works for a couple of hours, then gets three hours “off” unpaid during the slow time and has to come back for a few hours later in the day.

  16. leslie says:

    OT: Mexico just scored at. 48:01. This is an exciting game. Netherlands goalie not the best, but it was a good goal.

  17. mothy67 says:

    Nesting error oops

  18. DeniseVB says:

    Hubba, hubba 😀

  19. The Klown says:
  20. 1539days says:

    Also, Obama is violating sneeze guard etiquette in that picture.

  21. The Klown says:

    I don’t know if it was a hack or what but suddenly the language of the admin pages is now Turkish. This is not the only blog it happened to.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      The same language settings are happening to some programs on my computer. For instance when I looked up that duolingo program mentioned upthread. Would only let me access Turkish.

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