They Weren’t “Just Words”



Do you remember those heady days of the 2008 campaign when Obama was a super intellectual with mad political skillz and godlike wisdom? Not only that, but he was the greatest public speaker ever. Ezra Klein called it “Obama’s Gift“:

Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

As usual, Young Ezra was wrong.

The Gotham Gazette:

To Mr. Obama’s critics, the disparity between the president’s previous statements and today’s reality reflects not simply poorly chosen words but a fundamentally misguided view of the world. Rather than clearly see the persistent dangers as the United States approaches the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, they said, Mr. Obama perpetually imagines a world as he wishes it were.

“I don’t think it is just loose talk, I think it’s actually revealing talk,” said Peter H. Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush now at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “Sometimes words are mistakes; they’re just poorly put. But sometimes they’re a manifestation of one’s deep belief in the world and that’s what you really get with President Obama.”

White House officials said the president’s opponents distorted what he said to score political points or hold him responsible for evolving events that were not foreseen. They also say Mr. Obama’s past statements are hardly on a scale of Mr. Bush’s unfounded assertions about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, not to mention Mr. Bush’s May 2003 speech in front of a banner that said “Mission Accomplished,” meant to signal an end to the major combat in Iraq.

“There is context or facts that explain what the president meant at the time, or things change over the course of time,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama. “The people who try to beat us up over these things will continue to do so.”


Other statements by Mr. Obama look different today as well. When the president pulled American troops out of Iraq near the end of 2011 against the urging of some Republicans, he said the armed forces were “leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with a representative government.”

Aides defended the conclusion, saying that was the president’s hope and it was up to the Iraqis to make good on that promise, an opportunity they squandered, leading to the emergence of ISIS as a major threat.

Just a few months before that, Mr. Obama told the United Nations that “the tide of war is receding.” Aides said that statement had to be viewed in the context of two wars fought with hundreds of thousands of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 13 years. Even with new airstrikes in Iraq and potentially in Syria, they noted, just a fraction of those troops were still overseas.

I think my favorite part is where they invoke George Bush to defend Obama. After six years of Obama, “Bush was worse” is pretty lame.

I think it’s hilarious that they are reduced to claiming that Obama is a lousy communicator to explain his idiotic statements.

As for his poor foresight and judgment, it’s pretty hard to claim that “nobody could have predicted” when lots of people predicted exactly what is happening.

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25 Responses to They Weren’t “Just Words”

  1. leslie says:

    What’s the matter with everyone???
    Doesn’t anyone remember, “They’re Just Words” ?

    • leslie says:

      I think my brain is on vacation today. I had car trouble on my way to work and now, I’ve noticed this is the second time I echoed 1st, what Dandy said, and now the title of this post. Apologies to all………….

  2. votermom says:

    There’s a poll out today that shows that 52% of Americans think Obama’s presidency is a big FAIL.

  3. The Klown says:


    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa’s staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder.

    The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.

    According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”

    Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.

    Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”

    “At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.

  4. gram cracker says:

    Ezra Klein was just 23 years old when he wrote that fairy tale in Jan. 2008. Somebody watched too much Rainbrow Brite when they were a kid. The hope dope must be powerful, long lasting stuff.

    This is the kind of drivel that influenced Claire McCackles kids. I listened to his greatest speech evah about his raycist grammy’s fear of darkies at the bus stop. Grammy was one of his composite characters too, probably based on the honorable Rev. JJ’s speech about being relieved to turn around and see white faces, not black, when he heard voices behind him.

  5. leslie says:

    Ted Cruz has been speaking against the proposed bill to change the First Amendment. I’m so glad my tires went flat today so that I was able to stay home and listen to him speak. He is awesome. You can watch the video on c-span. Got to go…..

  6. 49erDweet says:

    The utter humiliation they must feel (obviously speaking of only those that CAN feel) over the irony of the “greatest communicator ever” being repeatedly unable to communicate – or else just dead wrong about something or other he has communicated – but then he’s so smart….don’t-cha-know… THAT can’t be it.

  7. The Klown says:
  8. mothy67 says:

    Little One got her red belt yesterday. I went to the yogourt store to buy her a cake. My card got declined. I am stupid. REALLY STUPID. I thought I lost my card but it was actually in a pack of gum. . You know those packs where you have to push the tablet to get a piece of gum. Anywho they make perfect wallets. Scary thing is I know my card has several thousand on it but I have auto pay on all of my bills. Sadly they do not get paid they charge me.

  9. mothy67 says:

    The experience was agony. I knew I had the money. Sucks ass to be standing at TCBY and have your card declined.

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