The Man Who Never Was


Ezra Klein is still wishing for that pony:

Why Obama won’t give the Ferguson speech his supporters want

President Obama’s statement today on Ferguson began with the words “I also want to address the situation in Ferguson. Earlier this afternoon I spoke with Governor Nixon…” It didn’t get much more passionate from there. The president’s tone was clinical. His delivery was understated. He seemed to be trying to avoid headlines. Even the setting was banal: Obama spoke from the White House Press Briefing Room; not from, say, St. Louis.

The main news in Obama’s remarks was that Attorney General Eric Holder will be traveling to Ferguson — which mostly highlights that Obama has not traveled to Ferguson, and has no plans to do so.

Obama’s supporters aren’t asking for anything Obama can’t do — or even anything he hasn’t done before. Obama was elected president because he seemed, alone among American politicians, to be able to bridge the deep divides in American politics. The speech that rocketed him into national life was about bridging the red-blue divide. The speech that sealed his nomination was about bridging the racial divide. That speech, born of a crisis that could have ended Obama’s presidential campaign, is remembered by both his supporters and even many of his detractors as his finest moment. That was the speech where Obama seemed capable of something different, something more, than other politicians. In the White House, it’s simply called “the Race Speech.” And there are no plans to repeat it.

The problem is the White House no longer believes Obama can bridge divides. They believe — with good reason — that he widens them. They learned this early in his presidency, when Obama said that the police had “acted stupidly” when they arrested Harvard University professor Skip Gates on the porch of his own home. The backlash was fierce. To defuse it, Obama ended up inviting both Gates and his arresting officer for a “beer summit” at the White House.


Making matters worse, Obama’s presidency has seen a potent merging of the racial and political divides. It’s always been true that views on racial issues drive views on American politics. But as political scientist Michael Tesler has documented, during Obama’s presidency, views on American politics have begun driving views on racially charged issues.


And the second showing that since Obama’s election, racially charged controversies have begun to sharply split Republicans and Democrats. Note, in particular, the massive divide on the Zimmerman verdict, which came after Obama, speaking in unusually personal terms, said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago”


This all speaks to a point that the White House never forgets: President Obama’s speeches polarize in a way candidate Obama’s didn’t. Obama’s supporters often want to see their president “leading,” but the White House knows that when Obama leads, his critics become even less likely to follow.


If Obama’s speeches aren’t as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It is as likely to infuriate conservatives as it is to inspire liberals. And in a country riven by political polarization, widening that divide can take hard problems and make them impossible problems.

President Obama might still decide to give a speech about events in Ferguson. But it probably won’t be the speech many of his supporters want. When Obama gave the first Race Speech he was a unifying figure trying to win the Democratic nomination. Today he’s a divisive figure who needs to govern the whole country. The White House never forgets that.

There probably won’t be another Race Speech because the White House doesn’t believe there can be another Race Speech. For Obama, the cost of becoming president was sacrificing the unique gift that made him president.

Poor, deluded Ezra.

Obama was never a uniter. He may have pretended to be, but the facts say otherwise. He is a divider. Before he won was given the nomination Obama divided the Democratic party. His campaign against Hillary Clinton depended heavily on the use of the Race Card.

Is it any surprise that he has been a racially polarizing president?

As for the “Race Speech”, I prefer to call it the “Throw Grandma Under The Bus Speech.” I remember that speech very well. I’ve written quite a bit about it before. Like Obama himself, it is really overrated. All his speeches are.

The media loved it. So did the rest of Obama’s supporters. But after the speech was over Hillary kept winning primaries and delegates, eventually catching up and even overtaking Obama.

What I want to know is exactly what Ezra thinks Obama could possibly say that would satisfy his liberal followers and not be racially polarizing?

The “unique gift” that made Obama president (besides a bazillion dollars in fat cat donations) was his ability to be all things to all people. The key to that ability was the fact that his resume was empty. He had no record to defend, and his policy ideas were all vague. The media enabled his bullshit by not calling him on it.

This allowed Obama to be simultaneously for and against everything. When he spoke to environmentalists he was opposed to coal mining, but when he campaigned in Kentucky and West Virginia he supported coal mining.

Way back in 2008 I said that the worst thing that could happen to Obama would be if he won because then he would have to make decisions, and no matter what choices he made he would piss some people off. What I never expected was that he would make every wrong choice he could possibly make.


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117 Responses to The Man Who Never Was

  1. The Klown says:
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  3. The Klown says:

    I almost posted about this instead:

    Based on my attempts to use Google and Bing to find a copy of the video or pictures from it I strongly suspect that they were involved in blocking search results.

    That’s censorship, and I find the implications disturbing.

    Yes, I realize that these are private entities and that the 1st Amendment does not apply.

    • DandyTIger says:

      They shouldn’t censor. But also, gross.

    • WMCB says:

      I have zero desire to see the video, but this bothers me. What if these entities were doing the same thing for, say, pictures of war dead? The same argument could be made: it’s graphic and disturbing. But we’d rightly say that if it’s happening, it’s happening – don’t censor it.

    • votermom says:

    • driguana says:

      Lots about this today, especially about the authenticity of it. Regardless, I watched the video yesterday, as difficult as it was and was appalled. Even if it is somehow photoshopped or craftily edited, it is still a message, and an evil one. I posted a comment about it yesterday on my FB and this was one response from a prog associate (I was going to say friend)….”Blowback I would say. Don’t occupy Muslim countries. Sorry, for the guy, but he was in Syria. And probably killed by the same people we supported, ISIS, or ISIL, in our attempt to oust Syria’s government. Support bad people, bad shit happens…Al Queda was created, funded and armed by us in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia and Israel funds them all. You reap what you sow. Sorry, outrage doesn’t work for me on this one.” I’m astounded…

  4. DandyTIger says:

    Ezra is so delusional that I almost feel sad for him.

    • Lulu says:

      I don’t. They wanted this and so they have it. They wanted a symbol and a tin pot dictator to implement their imagined agenda. They didn’t say he had to be any good at it. They wanted drama, racial unrest, the excitement and anarchy of riots, the perversion of hundreds of years of common law and due process, the death of western civilization. They forgot the part about needing something to replace it with and someone who can do something besides spew pre-written drivel. So, when are Holder and this idiot “civil rights” governor going to lynch a cop? Who needs probable cause, investigations, or even a trial? Who is next on their list to be prejudged by the howling pigs in the media like Klein?

    • abc says:

      I don’t think Ezra is delusional. I think Ezra is trying to delude.

      Our media right now (more than ever) is making a special effort to shape opinion. I am actually shocked by the current wave of propaganda, and I thought I’d seen everything.

      Ferguson, Obama, Obamacare, the wars, etc. And I think those who say that Ferguson is about distracting from the horrors in the ME and the horrifying economy are correct.

      • leslie says:

        This, too.

      • elliesmom says:

        I think so, too. I have a friend who lives near Ferguson. She says most of the mayhem is being done by people who are on their first visit ever to Missouri. Brought in from the outside to agitate, and when they can’t get residents to loot, they do it themselves. She has a family from Ferguson staying with her because they are afraid to be in their own home.

        • Jadzia says:

          Seriously. And you know why? Residents don’t want their neighborhoods looted! Who wants to live in the middle of that? Outsiders don’t need to GAF.

      • lyn says:

        ^This^ Local stories become national news for a reason.

      • Constance says:

        Agree. I want the media to tell us who the people arrested in Ferguson are, where they come from, who do they associate with?

        • Anthony says:

          Good luck with that….

          Eric “Martin Luther” Holder and ValJar are going to put the final nails in the coffin today….

        • leslie says:

          If “they” want to know all the details and feel they have the “right” to know about the shooting, then I have the right to know all the details about who is getting arrested for agitating this crowd and stirring up all the sh*t.

      • foxyladi14 says:


    • Lulu says:

      Collective guilt is so 2008. It is also what children do when they are afraid to name who broke the living room lamp.

      • Lulu says:

        There were so many broken lamps in my house in a 5 or 6 year period that we started just duct taping light sockets to sticks and setting them on tables. I also had 5 out of 8 dining chairs that were broken for a couple of years. Having stair step sons who are close to 6′ at age 12 is hell on home furnishings. Their father made them sit on metal stools at the dining table. He said if they were going to “flop” down they could break their ass instead of the furniture. Good times!

        • Constance says:

          I remember those days…I had to have all lamps removed and only seriously ugly can lamps in the ceiling. The problem is once they break the lamp with their antics they don’t stop and just roll around in the shards.

          • foxyladi14 says:

            OH!! dem Chiluns and to that I survived 5 of mine plus 3 grandkids.

          • Jadzia says:

            You guys are freaking me out. My 2 middle (close in age) boys are 8 and 7. Does it help that we just moved into a house with REALLY high ceilings?

          • leslie says:

            Jadzia – I hope you have better luck than we did. But you are in Europe and probably do have really high ceiling. Our were 10 feet high and they were no problem for my 12 and 13 yr/old kids. Good luck!

          • Jadzia says:

            They are probably 15 feet high? I got the very highest stepladder from Ikea and we STILL need something a full four feet higher so that the lightbulbs can be changed. This place has been cloaked in semi-darkness for a month. Because I don’t know how to get the van out of the extremely narrow driveway.

          • Lulu says:

            Ceilings? I had 8 foot ceiling with dirty handprints all over them. I watched one of them wipe a booger on the ceiling. Then I tried to whack him but couldn’t catch him. That is when I decided that was what fathers were there for. After he stopped laughing he disciplined him. That was the year I came home from work and both boys were in their rooms doing homework. Very suspicious. Our five year old ran out to her swing, ran back in and said “The fence is gone!”. Sure enough the fence was flat but on top of it was a tree and next to it was a giant pine tree stump. The very large tree had been stuck and damaged by lightning and the oldest son (12) chopped it down with an ax after school. That is when their father put them to work! And they liked it. It was not punishment to either of them but kept them busy and learning things. But the dirty hand prints on the ceiling continued.

  5. votermom says:

    I’ve always thought it very disturbing that the WH released that photo of Obama in the mirror as one of his first official photos.
    It’s one of the early indicators of them being from a completely different world – how f’d up do you have to be to think this is a good photo portrait for a POTUS?

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Narcissists always have a team of loyal sycophants. There’s a weird and sick symbiosis at play. I mean, what about the Greek columns? In what universe could any sane person think that was appropriate?

      • Lulu says:

        The worse things get the more closed the little circle will become. Like cornered rats they hiss and spit. Even Claire “my kids want me to support Obama because they are stupid ignorant children” McCaskill doesn’t want Obama near Missouri. He is now becoming an afterthought before he is even out of office. The Dems are saying “Obama who?”

  6. driguana says:

    Guess I got to learn to pony….

  7. WMCB says:

  8. votermom says:

    I hate that it is open season on Americans abroad now.
    I am just trying to imagine Putin’s reaction if ISIS had publicly beheaded a Russian while demanding that he stop doing something.

  9. The Klown says:

    Just like Superman, Obama is going to swoop into Washington DC to a make a speech today.

    Just as soon as he is done golfing.

  10. Kathy says:

    I will never get what I want–that is for these faux educated young punks who used every brain washing technique known to push Obama on America–to admit what they did and how wrong they were.
    Also, I am stunned (but shouldn’t be) that the DOJ is putting their thumb on the scales against this cop. Truely a David vs. Goliath moment.

  11. votermom says:


    • Lulu says:

      I stood next to Rick Perry several years ago and even spoke with him. He is very good looking. He is also dumb as a box of rocks. Just saying.

      • votermom says:

        I’m just laughing at how the Dems are giving him all this free “underdog” publicity. They really stepped in it this time.

        • Lulu says:

          Yep. The man, the legend, another dumb prezzie. Just what we need. My favorite photo of Perry is when he firing off pistol rounds in downtown Austin having a blast. I have seen men doing that (not in town though) and having so much fun you think they are crazy. They look the same when setting off fireworks. Big children always.

          • WMCB says:

            That picture was from the newspaper, from a race. It was a starting pistol. WIth blanks. He was the official race-starter as governor, so he fired the starting pistol.

            And the progs, as usual, screengrabbed it and circulated it and LIED their asses off about Perry crazy-ass willy nilly shooting guns in downtown Austin.

            So mybe everything you think you “know” about Perry isn’t necessarily so.

          • SHV says:

            “I have seen men doing that (not in town though) and having so much fun you think they are crazy. They look the same when setting off fireworks. Big children always.”
            I think shooting guns and blowing shit up is associated with a segment of DNA on the Y chromosome. :>)

          • WMCB says:

            Yes. It may have been only a starter pistol, but he WAS having fun as Lulu said. It’s a guy thing. I don’t find it negative. But then, hubs and kids had the Backyard Ballistics book, and had hours of fun making things go boom. ;-D

          • Don’t forget setting things on fire. I torched GI Joes, their tanks, matchbook cars, just about every toy my folks gave me. Set it on fire and roll it down the driveway. The only things I didn’t were things I bought with my own money from my paper route. When I learned mom’s hairspray was flammable thats when the real trouble started.

      • WMCB says:

        I don’t want him for prez. (Though I’d vote for a beagle over a Dem at this point). But I do love how he’s spitting in their faces while smiling.

      • Ann says:

        This whole thing bugs me a lot – mostly because I find myself defending Perry. SMH

        • Lulu says:

          Just tell yourself it is the principle not the person. The Dems are getting nervous because Repubs can do it back to them. The public integrity unit will be moved out of Austin because of this or made part of the state attorney general’s office. If Austin wants an alcoholic DA they are welcome to her but the rest of us didn’t vote for her.

      • The Klown says:

        He has really good hair.

      • Constance says:

        Well his puppetry team seems more able to meet the challenges of our nation than those of Obama and Bush 2.

  12. WMCB says:

  13. mothy67 says:

    Please Klown delete above post.
    Kindle is not well.
    I was talking to myself I deleted post but it showed up. I just typed I just and it was in a whole new language. Fuck fuck fuck I was just babbling. Could not sleep so I expressed my drama I hit delete but it posted.

  14. votermom says:

    • mothy67 says:

      I really want to learn Mandarin. I for some wierd reason think you can say sorry bud to hard or go for it. Portuguese I don’t think will be too tough as I can speak New York Spanish

      • votermom says:

        I am in awe of adults who learn Mandarin. I can just never hear the “tone” differences. You should totally go for it.

      • DandyTIger says:

        It’s not hard if you can get through the tones. And for Mandarin, there are only four. We won’t even talk about Cantonese. But if you can develop an ear for it, it’s easy sailing. The grammar is pretty much non existent. Just add words to indicate tense, etc.

  15. votermom says:

    Remember this Obama Admin a-hole?

  16. The Klown says:

    The Good Ol’ Days

    There’s an odd ahistoricity to some of the “militarization of the police” discussion kicked off by the Ferguson rioting. Joel, one of my wookie-suited moral compass needles, has pointed out to the people suddenly noticing that the po-po had scary guns that

    Cops have been gunning up very publicly since the seventies…

    Which is true enough, as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough back.

    In the Twenties, cops had better guns than the military. Submachineguns and self-loading rifles were widespread in law enforcement before they ever were in the Army. People need to stop getting their history from Andy Griffith reruns. Frank Hamer didn’t gun Bonnie and Clyde down from ambush with a flintlock musket, you know.

    In the Sixties, they’d have already turned the dogs and water cannons on the Ferguson protestors. In the Twenties, Andy and Barney would have broken the old Potato-Digger out of the armory and started mowing them down. The po-po used to be pretty quick to go weapons-free on unruly crowds, especially if such crowds were made up of black folk or commies.

    Realistically speaking, the rate of police violence (like all violence) is probably at a low ebb, but in this age of social media, ubiquitous cameras, and the 24-hour news cycle, you get to hear about every bit of it. (And of course the media is 100% infallible when they report on police brutality, the way they are with gun-related stuff. We mock the “shoulder thing that goes up” utterances and then Gell-Mann our way across the page to nod in sage agreement at reported use-of-force abuses.)

    Sure, in the old days, Officer Flatfoot walked a beat and said “Hi!” to the kids and helped people carry their groceries in. He also “tuned up” the occasional vagrant with some brass knuckles for giving him lip or helped a black guy ensure that the sun didn’t set on his back in Pleasantville, and everybody just shrugged and went on, because that’s how things were.

    Let’s everybody be thankful that, so far, Ferguson 2014 hasn’t turned into either Los Angeles 1992 or Tulsa 1921.

    • WMCB says:

      Yes. I have to be careful, even though I have legit concerns, to not let the outrage factor go to eleventy over everything.

      There are not more school shootings now – we just hear about more. There are really not more child abductions per capita, we just know about them now, Etc, etc.

    • swanspirit says:

      Absolutely . My cousin Marie ( I was a flower girl in her wedding and I adored her ) was married to one . I can still remember the drop dead silence at our dinner table when her husband was relating a “cop story” about beating up a black guy , and laughing about it , saying , “when we turn him in we just say he walked into a pole ” He went on to abuse her and terrorize her , even after she divorced him , and because he was on the police force , nothing was done about it for decades.
      More recently ,on the other hand , one of my children’s uncles worked his way up the ranks in the local county police force and is a very well respected captain with a stellar reputation, who would never tolerate abuse of any kind.
      Things have changed , but of course people who profit from race baiting would not want to acknowledge that , and the vile progs aren’t interested in facts .

  17. mothy67 says:

    Any body else have Verizon Fios and think it is going wierd? ‘I thought at first it was just another glitch on Windows 8 ‘ because my desktop was acting strange. It would close tabs and Not acknowledge my Amazon Cloud. MY laptop that is 10 years old and needs a thingamaggig to connect wirelessly connects and then stops. My kindle reverted back to factory settings and my Tv keeps going to go. I have never used Nov. I have netflix and Amazon Prime my Tv is not even setup for mpg.

  18. The Klown says:

    These two tweets came just like this in my timeline:

    Maybe if those Christians were journalists the media would GAF about them.

  19. WMCB says:

  20. votermom says:

    Wait, doctors in Sacramento treating a patient for suspected ebola?

    • Lulu says:

      And a woman collapsed in a German “jobs center” and now 600 people are quarantined for possible exposure to Ebola because she wasn’t kept out of the country. One person’s convenience to traipse back and forth versus 600 people having to be quarantined. Does anyone have any concept of the common good anymore?

    • Somebody says:

      I read yesterday or the day before that a teacher was being investigated for possible ebola in Albuquerque, NM. She had recently returned from Sierra Leone and became ill after she returned. What the article didn’t say was whether or not school had started and/or what potential people may have been exposed if she in fact tested positive.

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  23. mcnorman says:

    Jeebus, poor Exra cannot recognize a trainwreck even when he’s in the midst of it.

  24. WMCB says:

  25. Lulu says:

    A grand juror who indicted Perry gave an interview to the Houston Chronicle. Grand jurors are sworn not to talk about the jury’s work. She was also a Dem delegate while empaneled on the grand jury. And finally “More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.” “Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury.” You cannot make this shit up.

  26. mcnorman says:

    Dear Klown, I think I am in Spam Hell. Please release me. Thanks.

  27. votermom says:

    • leslie says:

      O.M.G. Seriously? I ought to have expected it but this is just not acceptable.

      • votermom says:

        Greta says Obama is golfing today with Alonzo Mourning, Glenn Hutchins, and Cy Walker. Had to google these names

  28. Kathy says:

    Stunned, again.. I need a better word.

  29. The Klown says:

    Megyn Kelly: Mo. Governor ‘Knows Damn Well’ That’s Not How the Justice System Works:

  30. votermom says:

    I haven’t been following the Ferguson thing, so I just saw the report that the cop in the shooting had an eye socket fracture?

    • Anthony says:

      Yes he did, and the NYT admitted there was a scuffle in the police car and the gun was discharged in the car before Saint Michael split. Took a pic of the article, wish I could include it in this response

  31. threewickets says:

    He was always a joke puppet who swallowed the narcissist bullshit his Wall Street puppet masters fed him. They don’t need him anymore. I don’t feel sorry for his dickish Obot cult zombies either.

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