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Chiefshrink
06-09-2010, 10:49 PM
continues to grow:shake: A great read!:thumb:


The Alien in the White House
The distance between the president and the people is beginning to be revealed..

By DOROTHY RABINOWITZ
WSJ

The deepening notes of disenchantment with Barack Obama now issuing from commentators across the political spectrum were predictable. So, too, were the charges from some of the president's earliest enthusiasts about his failure to reflect a powerful sense of urgency about the oil spill.

There should have been nothing puzzling about his response to anyone who has paid even modest critical attention to Mr. Obama's pronouncements. For it was clear from the first that this president—single-minded, ever-visible, confident in his program for a reformed America saved from darkness by his arrival—was wanting in certain qualities citizens have until now taken for granted in their presidents. Namely, a tone and presence that said: This is the Americans' leader, a man of them, for them, the nation's voice and champion. Mr. Obama wasn't lacking in concern about the oil spill. What he lacked was that voice—and for good reason.

Those qualities to be expected in a president were never about rhetoric; Mr. Obama had proved himself a dab hand at that on the campaign trail. They were a matter of identification with the nation and to all that binds its people together in pride and allegiance. These are feelings held deep in American hearts, unvoiced mostly, but unmistakably there and not only on the Fourth of July.

A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.

.One of his first reforms was to rid the White House of the bust of Winston Churchill—a gift from Tony Blair—by packing it back off to 10 Downing Street. A cloudlet of mystery has surrounded the subject ever since, but the central fact stands clear. The new administration had apparently found no place in our national house of many rooms for the British leader who lives on so vividly in the American mind. Churchill, face of our shared wartime struggle, dauntless rallier of his nation who continues, so remarkably, to speak to ours. For a president to whom such associations are alien, ridding the White House of Churchill would, of course, have raised no second thoughts.

Far greater strangeness has since flowed steadily from Washington. The president's appointees, transmitters of policy, go forth with singular passion week after week, delivering the latest inversion of reality. Their work is not easy, focused as it is on a current prime preoccupation of this White House—that is, finding ways to avoid any public mention of the indisputable Islamist identity of the enemy at war with us. No small trick that, but their efforts go forward in public spectacles matchless in their absurdity—unnerving in what they confirm about our current guardians of law and national security.

Consider the hapless Eric Holder, America's attorney general, confronting the question put to him by Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas) of the House Judicary Committee on May 13.

Did Mr. Holder think that in the last three terrorist attempts on this soil, one of them successful (Maj. Nidal Hasan's murder of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, preceded by his shout of "Allahu Akbar!"), that radical Islam might have played any role at all? Mr. Holder seemed puzzled by the question. "People have different reasons" he finally answered—a response he repeated three times. He didn't want "to say anything negative about any religion."

And who can forget the exhortations on jihad by John Brennan, Mr. Obama's chief adviser on counterterrorism? Mr. Brennan has in the past charged that Americans lack sensitivity to the Muslim world, and that we have particularly failed to credit its peace-loving disposition. In a May 26 speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr. Brennan held forth fervently, if not quite comprehensibly, on who our enemy was not: "Our enemy is not terrorism because terrorism is just a tactic. Our enemy is not terror because terror is a state of mind, and as Americans we refuse to live in fear."

He went on to announce, sternly, that we do not refer to our enemies as Islamists or jihadists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam. How then might we be permitted to describe our enemies? One hint comes from another of Mr. Brennan's pronouncements in that speech: That "violent extremists are victims of political, economic and social forces."

Yes, that would work. Consider the news bulletins we could have read: "Police have arrested Faisal Shahzad, victim of political, economic and social forces living in Connecticut, for efforts to set off a car bomb explosion in Times Square." Plotters in Afghanistan and Yemen, preparing for their next attempt at mass murder in America, could only have listened in wonderment. They must have marvelled in particular on learning that this was the chief counterterrorism adviser to the president of the United States.

.Long after Mr. Obama leaves office, it will be this parade of explicators, laboring mightily to sell each new piece of official reality revisionism—Janet Napolitano and her immortal "man-caused disasters'' among them—that will stand most memorably as the face of this administration.

It is a White House that has focused consistently on the sensitivities of the world community—as it is euphemistically known—a body of which the president of the United States frequently appears to view himself as a representative at large.

It is what has caused this president and his counterterrorist brain trust to deem it acceptable to insult Americans with nonsensical evasions concerning the enemy we face. It is this focus that caused Mr. Holder to insist on holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan, despite the rage this decision induced in New Yorkers, and later to insist if not there, then elsewhere in New York. This was all to be a dazzling exhibition for that world community—proof of Mr. Obama's moral reclamation program and that America had been delivered from the darkness of the Bush years.

It was why this administration tapped officials like Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Among his better known contributions to political discourse was a 2005 address in which he compared the treatment of Muslim-Americans in the United States after 9/11 with the plight of the Japanese-Americans interned in camps after Pearl Harbor. During a human-rights conference held in China this May, Mr. Posner cited the new Arizona immigration law by way of assuring the Chinese, those exemplary guardians of freedom, that the United States too had its problems with discrimination.

So there we were: America and China, in the same boat on human rights, two buddies struggling for reform. For this view of reality, which brought withering criticism in Congress and calls for his resignation, Mr. Posner has been roundly embraced in the State Department as a superbly effective representative.

It is no surprise that Mr. Posner—like numerous of his kind—has found a natural home in this administration. His is a sensibility and political disposition with which Mr. Obama is at home. The beliefs and attitudes that this president has internalized are to be found everywhere—in the salons of the left the world over—and, above all, in the academic establishment, stuffed with tenured radicals and their political progeny. The places where it is held as revealed truth that the United States is now, and has been throughout its history, the chief engine of injustice and oppression in the world.

They are attitudes to be found everywhere, but never before in a president of the United States. Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views. But there can be no doubt by now of the influences that have shaped him. They account for his grand apology tour through the capitals of Europe and to the Muslim world, during which he decried America's moral failures—her arrogance, insensitivity. They were the words of a man to whom reasons for American guilt came naturally. Americans were shocked by this behavior in their newly elected president. But he was telling them something from those lecterns in foreign lands—something about his distant relation to the country he was about to lead.

The truth about that distance is now sinking in, which is all to the good. A country governed by leaders too principled to speak the name of its mortal enemy needs every infusion of reality it can get.

Ms. Rabinowitz is a member of the Journal's editorial board.

HonestChieffan
06-09-2010, 11:13 PM
He has fallen so far, so fast.

When Pence hits the Israel issue, it widens the gap since America has never abandoned a true ally like Obama has.


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Chiefshrink
06-09-2010, 11:21 PM
He has fallen so far, so fast.

When Pence hits the Israel issue, it widens the gap since America has never abandoned a true ally like Obama has.


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Thoroughly Agree!!! Obama hates Israel just like his buddies Wright, Farrakan, Ayers etc.....

Actions speak louder than words and Obama thinks he is sly but his narcissism just drips with hatred for Israel. He thinks the American people don't see it but then that is what "unchecked narcissism" will do for you is that it prevents you from seeing the "Big Real Picture" that everyone else sees BUT YOU!!

You know the "King has no clothes" syndrome. This is what Obama suffers from!!:thumb:

HonestChieffan
06-09-2010, 11:25 PM
Thoroughly Agree!!! Obama hates Israel just like his buddies Wright, Farrakan, Ayers etc.....

Actions speak louder than words and Obama thinks he is sly but his narcissism just drips with hatred for Israel. He thinks the American people don't see it but then that is what "unchecked narcissism" will do for you is that it prevents you from seeing the "Big Real Picture" that everyone else sees BUT YOU!!

You know the "King has no clothes". This is what Obama suffers from!!:thumb:


We are in much greater danger today than anytime I can recall

Mr. Kotter
06-09-2010, 11:32 PM
:rolleyes:

Chiefshrink
06-09-2010, 11:48 PM
:rolleyes:

You would be wise to get your head out of the sand for a change Mr. Kotter:thumb:

Iowanian
06-09-2010, 11:53 PM
It's because he's a fraud and the Hope-A-Dope campaign can only work so long before people figure out he's full of shite.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:03 AM
It's because he's a fraud and the Hope-A-Dope campaign can only work so long before people figure out he's full of shite.

:thumb::thumb::thumb:

cannon1988
06-10-2010, 12:07 AM
Nothing like a biased article to set the mood for tonight's Obama bashing.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:14 AM
Nothing like a biased article to set the mood for tonight's Obama bashing.

Well, then why don't you set the mood for some "honest praise" that is if you can "HONESTLY" find any.:rolleyes:

Seriously man, find something praise worthy and with substance that is not an O-bot empty statement.

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 12:19 AM
Well, then why don't you set the mood for some "honest praise" that is if you can "HONESTLY" find any.:rolleyes:


Well, I for one, think one of the good things about Obama is that he hasn't started a war with Iran.

cannon1988
06-10-2010, 12:23 AM
Why should I devote time and research so that I can copy and paste such an elusive article to prove my point? I would rather clear up the fact that I do not support Obama much more than many of you on this forum; rather, I believe that his approach is far too lenient and that he should have instituted government control of all aspects of our lives, seized free market practices, and dismantled the capitalist system.

It's a laundry list, but if he wanted to accomplish anything it he should have set that precedent his first day in office.

I would rather have seen an intellectual take on the situation, and not Dorothy Rabinowitz' repetitious slander that has been written one million times over.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:26 AM
Well, I for one, think one of the good things about Obama is that he hasn't started a war with Iran.

This is where you and I will probably differ. But if Iran attacks Israel do you as POTUS step in to assist Israel militarily 'if needed' or do you stand back and let the "chips fall where they may"?????

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:29 AM
Why should I devote time and research so that I can copy and paste such an elusive article to prove my point? I would rather clear up the fact that I do not support Obama much more than many of you on this forum; rather, I believe that his approach is far too lenient and that he should have instituted government control of all aspects of our lives, seized free market practices, and dismantled the capitalist system.

It's a laundry list, but if he wanted to accomplish anything it he should have set that precedent his first day in office.

I would rather have seen an intellectual take on the situation, and not Dorothy Rabinowitz' repetitious slander that has been written one million times over.

Facts hurt don't they my Marxist friend.:D

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 12:30 AM
This is where you and I will probably differ. But if Iran attacks Israel do you as POTUS step in to assist Israel militarily 'if needed' or do you stand back and let the "chips fall where they may"?????

I really doubt Iran's going to do that. Not with a blatantly obvious choice of weapon with a clear address on it back to them. Nope! I think some people are playing the fear card too hard here. I think this is really about regime change just like it was with Iraq.

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 12:31 AM
rather, I believe that his approach is far too lenient and that he should have instituted government control of all aspects of our lives, seized free market practices, and dismantled the capitalist system.

What capitalist system? Where? Hong Kong perhaps?
America had slipped into 4th place a few years ago on the free economy scale.

cannon1988
06-10-2010, 12:32 AM
Facts hurt don't they my Marxist friend.:D

What facts?

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:35 AM
I really doubt Iran's going to do that. Not with a blatantly obvious choice of weapon with a clear address on it back to them. Nope! I think some people are playing the fear card too hard here. I think this is really about regime change just like it was with Iraq.

I guess we will see in due time but I assure you that 'if' Israel is attacked by Iran Obama will do nothing based on his actions to Israel to date.

But in reality I see Israel striking first if they know for a fact that Iran is literally days away from having a nuke.

Who really knows at this point.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:37 AM
What facts?

Facts in the article that you seem to deny:rolleyes:

cannon1988
06-10-2010, 12:38 AM
Facts in the article that you seem to deny:rolleyes:

Well, yeah, the "facts" would hurt if I was praising Obama.

I thought we had already established this.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:39 AM
Going to bed folks. Enjoy it as always. Will continue later.

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 12:40 AM
I guess we will see in due time but I assure you that 'if' Israel is attacked by Iran Obama will do nothing based on his actions to Israel to date.

But in reality I see Israel striking first if they know for a fact that Iran is literally days away from having a nuke.

Who really knows at this point.

I dunno! I don't really see him pulling us out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also bombed Yemen. I don't see him as quite the pacifist he's made out to be.

Don't worry, Israel has plenty of nukes to handle it anyway. Prolly a lot more than Iran. Why would Iran risk that? MADD works.

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 12:41 AM
What facts?

Good night, you cute cuddly fuzzy-wuzzy widdle bear with an American Flag over your hearbeat.

cannon1988
06-10-2010, 12:42 AM
Good night, you cute cuddly fuzzy-wuzzy widdle bear with an American Flag over your hearbeat.

It's morning, guy.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 12:51 AM
I dunno! I don't really see him pulling us out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also bombed Yemen. I don't see him as quite the pacifist he's made out to be.

Don't worry, Israel has plenty of nukes to handle it anyway. Prolly a lot more than Iran. Why would Iran risk that? MADD works.

I don't buy the pulling out of the war either in 2011 like he said he will do. It's a Guantanamo Bay move for his leftist base buying time. He knows he can't close Guantanamo politically and he knows it would be political suicide to pull out of the war too soon when the job isn't done only for it to come back and bite you in the ass literally and politically?????.

In due time, he will realize he is a 1 termer and would love nothing more than to hand back over this war to the Republicans who supposedly started this war. :rolleyes:

Otter
06-10-2010, 07:59 AM
I'll go down on the record as saying Barry's biggest mistake to date was pushing health care down the throats of Americans while the rest of the country, and world for that matter, was on the brink of financial disaster.

He took over a hurting business where the employees were losing their houses, jobs, quality of life while at the same time dumping trillions of their dollars into the same people who caused the peoples problem and said "guess what's next on the agenda whether you like it or not? and if you don't like it '**** you'!"

As a leader you have to put your agenda aside for a moment, establish trust in your new position before you can expect the people to have faith in your leadership. He never did that and it may be too late. And let's not for a moment forget the dirty politics he used to push his health care agenda.

All the while he said this with a big smile while on the David Letterman show with no idea as to how he's isolating himself from his voting base.

Barry is very charismatic but not very smart. He's in over his head and hopefully the nation isn't hit with a real crisis while he's at the helm.

Whether health care reform is a smashing success or a dismal failure it will be his downfall unless he manages to pull a rainbow out his ass.

Chiefshrink
06-10-2010, 08:46 AM
I'll go down on the record as saying Barry's biggest mistake to date was pushing health care down the throats of Americans while the rest of the country, and world for that matter, was on the brink of financial disaster.

He took over a hurting business where the employees were losing their houses, jobs, quality of life while at the same time dumping trillions of their dollars into the same people who caused the peoples problem and said "guess what's next on the agenda whether you like it or not? and if you don't like it '**** you'!"

As a leader you have to put your agenda aside for a moment, establish trust in your new position before you can expect the people to have faith in your leadership. He never did that and it may be too late. And let's not for a moment forget the dirty politics he used to push his health care agenda.

All the while he said this with a big smile while on the David Letterman show with no idea as to how he's isolating himself from his voting base.

Barry is very charismatic but not very smart. He's in over his head and hopefully the nation isn't hit with a real crisis while he's at the helm.

Whether health care reform is a smashing success or a dismal failure it will be his downfall unless he manages to pull a rainbow out his ass.

The only thing Barry cares about is being "The Guy" BMOC in the eyes of his Progress Marxist peers not only in our country but those Global Power Broker Progressive Marxists around the world as "The Guy" who destroyed America.

Actions speak louder than words and I agree that the 'healthcare shafting' of the American people was Chicago politics on steriods that showed the American people they DO NOT matter. It is about getting Govt control of the people. Not showing up at Arlington in the time of war was just a reminder to the American people Obama's disdain for America and in my mind was the dot on the I. This healtcare bill needs to be repealed but even if the house and senate goes back to Republicans in Novemeber; do they have the NADS to repeal it knowing the Progressive Pravada MSM will demonize them to no end?

That is the question and I say they won't repeal it but just tweak it. I hope I am wrong!!!!

The Gulf Oil spill just exposes not only Obama's extreme lack of leadership and incompetence but also exposes the Left's ignoring of Obama's qualifications and real world experience to be President and will be the "icing on the cake" of his being the 'true fraud' that he is.

The reason he needs teleprompters every where he goes and will rarily do a true press conference is because his handlers know he can't speak to the issues specifically(healthcare e.g.-he doesn't even know what's in this bill!) on tough questions and he has extremely "thin skin" and they don't want him losing his cool.

Obama IS NOT call the shots he is only a "puppet" IMO.

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 11:15 AM
It's morning, guy.

Well then belated good mornin' to ya'!

BucEyedPea
06-10-2010, 11:16 AM
I'll go down on the record as saying Barry's biggest mistake to date was pushing health care down the throats of Americans while the rest of the country, and world for that matter, was on the brink of financial disaster.

He took over a hurting business where the employees were losing their houses, jobs, quality of life while at the same time dumping trillions of their dollars into the same people who caused the peoples problem and said "guess what's next on the agenda whether you like it or not? and if you don't like it '**** you'!"

As a leader you have to put your agenda aside for a moment, establish trust in your new position before you can expect the people to have faith in your leadership. He never did that and it may be too late. And let's not for a moment forget the dirty politics he used to push his health care agenda.

All the while he said this with a big smile while on the David Letterman show with no idea as to how he's isolating himself from his voting base.

Barry is very charismatic but not very smart. He's in over his head and hopefully the nation isn't hit with a real crisis while he's at the helm.

Whether health care reform is a smashing success or a dismal failure it will be his downfall unless he manages to pull a rainbow out his ass.

Yet, his supporters here call the righties "ideologues"!ROFL