Abandoning Obama

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President Obama, already confronted with his party’s grim November electoral prospects, must now face an exodus of top level advisers from his own administration. The latest to jump ship is Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, whose imminent departure to run for mayor of Chicago is just the latest example of aides distancing themselves from what appears to be a rapidly sinking presidency.

Emanuel’s decision comes on the heels of chief economic adviser Larry Summer’s recent resignation, which followed the earlier departures of budget director Peter Orszag and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer. With nearly his entire group of economic advisers headed for the tall grass, the only holdout remains Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Given that these individuals have overseen an economy with record unemployment rates and job losses, it is not surprising that Obama’s economic team members would want an early head-start on their post-White House careers. Supporters of the president say, however, it’s not unusual to have staff shakeups prior to an administration’s midterm point. They even go so far as to say it’s actually a good move because the president will be able to take advantage of these departures to bring new energy and clearer strategic thinking to his team.

Others, including some Democrats, conclude differently. They feel the president’s need to surround himself with only longtime associates breeds an inability to accurately assess and accurately respond to the roiling sea of events that have rocked his presidency and which have caused a steep decline in his and his party’s fortunes.

The Washington Post reported one such unnamed Democratic strategist who said, “They miscalculated where people were out in the country on jobs, on spending, on the deficit, on debt. They have not been able to get ahead of any of it. And it’s all about the insularity. Otherwise how do you explain how a group who came in with more goodwill in decades squandered it?”

The Obama response has been to place any perceived internal problems, not on the shoulders of unpopular legislation, but instead on inarticulate messaging, which is a strange fallback position for a man considered by his allies to be one of the greatest orators in American political history.

The latest example of this supposition at work was the president’s recent admission that he had failed to convince voters of the wonder of his healthcare reform bill. Speaking to a group of supporters at an event designed to resell the bill to a skeptical public, Obama said, “Sometimes, I fault myself for not making the case more clearly to the country.”

This healthcare awareness campaign follows his Summer of Recovery tour, a six week long public relations trek designed to highlight to Americans the incredible accomplishments his economic policies have created. Apparently, they were unaware that the loss of 2.9 million jobs and a 10% unemployment rate wasn’t obvious enough proof of its success.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    The "undocumented worker" presiding in the White House may or may not "desire another term in 2012". But the real question is how long can a civilized nation play "presidential poker" being aware that the opponent blatantly bluffs, yet not demanding to open the cards. In a civilized nation such a bluffer may have only one term – and that would be the prison term.
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    • bubba4

      You must not have a single, rational person in your life who can b*tch slap that tinfoil hat off your head. How long can a civilized nation survive when it's populated by conspiracy minded fools.

  • andres de alamaya

    Bravo, Alexander and Amen.

  • Firewalker

    Thanks for reminding us that both Cheney, Bush and their 'legal' advisers should be in prison by now, ( possibly Guantanamo? ) paying for for all the lives they have uselessly cost the U.S., Iraq, Afghanistan and who know where else…

    • wsk

      You sir, are a mucking foron!

    • Gary from Jersey

      It takes quite a bit of bitter fanticizing to make that comparison.

  • BS77

    ……watch the crew row away in their little lifeboats!!!! How pathetic….

  • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike

    Now that the radical Left has steered the Democratic ship on to the shoals, one can only wonder if the party will wake up and move towards the center. After they get massacred at the polls in November, it will be interesting to see if they do some honest soul-searching or continue down Obama's delusional path of denial.

  • MsJuJuB

    Obama is a malignant narcissist that views himself as the center of all things. He is not capable of understanding that the uproar of the American people is against his policies, afterall, who could not be charmed and resist The One. The average citizen has no value to him and he is incapable of empathy or understanding life as a real working person. Obama has never been employed at a "real" job and lacks the real world experience and ability to comprehend the anger and frustration of those that refuse to follow him into economic and social hell.You can be sure that he hears. He and the other Progressives simply do not care. Afterall, their leadership and guidance is required to keep the "little people" controlled.

    • Lori

      You Got That Right!Control! It Is Interesting! The Little Foxes are doing the Scheme Behind the scene! It Is acting!Poker? Or Maybe Trying to eat the vine? Who Knows we better be Looking! on the Watch! at what really is going on here. Let Us all be Aware Of The Foxes who try to Spoil The Vine!

  • Nick Shaw

    Your take home line Mr. Crimi is, "Obama's economic team members would want an early head start". Seriously, that's all it is. Enough of them are smart enough to realize their opinions and advice will be so discredited by the end of The One's one and only term that they would find it difficult to find work elsewhere dispensing the same crap. Even now, I find it simply amazing that Rohmer and Summers are actually being accepted back into academia to spout their therories to impressionable young students. Unless they are going to say, "Look, this is what doesn't work, I know 'cause I tried it!".

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Rats leave a sinking ship, may it sink deep and beyond recall,
    rats do what rats do but I wonder how much of our hide is still
    on that ship and if I any is left I hope it can float…………If we get
    a plus out of this the rats will drown in their own infamy……..William

  • guest

    This self-important jackass couldn't give a damn about anyone. He has the greatest disdain for Americans, and the disgusting part is that many black Americans still cannot see how much he despises them–only useful to him as voters and contributing money, and those who thought they were getting a free meal ticket are learning that no such carrot exists on the stick they chose to chase called "hussein". Self-reliance is like kryptonite to liberals, and I hope it will be their obliteration. What remains of the United States by 2012 remains to be seen if none of this effluent can be rescinded/repealed.

  • Tamako

    When this is all said and done. Then we hunt down all those who tried to subvert our country.
    There won't be a rats hole that you will be able to hide in.
    You think our prisons are full? You haven't seen nothing…….

    WERE coming for ALL of communist TRAITORS.!!!!!!!

    • trickyblain

      Wow. What a douchebag.

  • Len Powder

    A one-term Presidency would be a gift from Heaven!

    • Nick Shaw

      Better still would be for The One to hold a press conference and say we have all just been punked and he is stepping down. It might help that he say, "Wow, this job is a lot more complicated than I thought! You better not get a liberal to replace me or you're all doomed!"

  • HenryCrux

    In the Christian Bible Jesus says, "if the tree is rotten make the fruit rotten too: if the fruit is rotten make the tree rotten also." So it is with Obama. We do not have to theorize about whether or not Obama is an evil influence, because we know that he is the most pro-abortion/murder politician that ever lived. If he, or anyone at all, can advocate and support the cold blooded murders of little innocent babes peacefully asleep in their most holy beds in the middle of their most sweet and precious night – well, such a person would support any kind of evil, anyplace, anytime. All that can come from a man who loves this most petulant kind of baby murder, is more inequity and more murder. When an ocean liner is sinking there is a cry, "women and children first" – but what no one has to say is "Pregnant women first of the first – always! No one can expect real humanity from a supporter of this horror they euphemistically call "abortion", but it is just plain cold heartless Murder of the most premeditated kind imaginable.

    • http://www.lifeshaven.net Gary McAleer

      All true and well said. Jesus called the religious leaders "hypocrites!" A synonym for the term is actor. Obama publicly claims the Christian faith. But his words and actions deny it. As you know, "Thou shalt not kill" is the 6th Commandment. What Obama is blind to see is the expanded principle behind the 6th Commandment: To neglect to save life is to kill. Without repentance he's just another lost soul who will find himself standing side by side with the most sinister of men and women through history in the great judgment day when the whole human race stands before the Saviour to give an account of their words and deeds.

      • henryCrux

        Well said Gray, clear as can be – makes one wonder why a whole bunch of other people don't get it when it is so clearly expressed.

  • Raymond in DC

    "If things continue at this pace, Barack Obama may have one last final thing in common with Jimmy Carter: a one-term presidency."

    In the run-up to the 2008 election, many liberals insisted they didn't want a "third Bush term" (i.e. McCain). I'd ask if they were ready for a second Carter term. Well, we got that, only worse. The same rank incompetence, the same arrogance, the same dalliance with terrorists, the same disdain for foreign allies (especially Israel), the same love of bigger government (Education and Energy were created under Carter), the same clean energy fantasies. Obama's "malaise" speech will no doubt come in 2011.

  • Anne Guldin

    Excellent point, Mike!
    He is certainly the very worst President for the people I've seen in my not-so-short lifetime. He has, in about 2 years…made everything from bad to worse…and SOME of the issues could have at least been temporary "band-aided", not going the opposite of the people's will in a number of significant areas.
    He could care less about how we are feeling, or suffering!!

  • Nick Shaw

    Speaking of Carter, Raymond, though it's a bit off subject, I love how he deems his term a success based on the amount of legislation passed. Liberals are so funny. They love quantity over quality in their laws and regulations but, have distain for Wal-Mart over Saks. So funny.

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  • titi

    externe fesplatte
    Speaking of Carter, Raymond, though it's a bit off subject, I love how he deems his term a success based on the amount of legislation passed. Liberals are so funny. They love quantity over quality in their laws and regulations but, have distain for Wal-Mart over Saks. So funny. In the run-up to the 2008 election, many liberals insisted they didn't want a "third Bush term" (i.e. McCain). I'd ask if they were ready for a second Carter term. Well, we got that, only worse

  • john d

    The Obama administration is clueless. I can't wait until these bozos are out of office.
    4 more years is going to bankrupt us. http://www.magicvalleysaddleclub.net/apps/blog/sh

  • john d

    The Obama administration is clueless. I can't wait until these bozos are out of office.
    4 more years is going to bankrupt us.Randy Speegle

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