Obama's Sheer Level of Incompetency.

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OccupyThis, May 14, 2012.

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    The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House
    By Ed Lasky

    Edward Klein's new book on Barack Obama, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, is a withering portrayal of a radical adrift, in over his head, drowning in his own incompetency -- while being weighed down by a small circle of "advisers" who are compounding the problem of the Amateur in the White House.

    Klein's book begins with a talisman-like quote uttered by Barack Obama when his recently appointed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tried to boost Obama's ego by telling him, "Your legacy is going to be preventing the second Great Depression." To which Barack Obama responded, "That's not enough for me."

    As all of America knows by now, Obama has aggressively sought to "fundamentally transform" America -- one of the few promises he has kept from the days of 2008. Five trillion dollars of borrowing, ObamaCare passed over the objections of the majority of Americans through legislative legerdemain and special deals made with resistant politicians, failed stimulus, green programs failing left and right as taxpayers are left holding the bag, a recovery that is the most anemic on record, an America that has been sundered by the man who promises to unite us, America weaker abroad and at home -- yes, America has been fundamentally transformed. Mission Accomplished.

    But how and why did Obama succeed in such a catastrophic way? That is the question that Klein successfully answers in his extremely readable and enjoyable book, with enough spicy details to satisfy the craving of anyone interested in how President Obama and those closest to him have driven us to the condition we find ourselves in as we approach November.

    One of the motifs that runs throughout the book is Barack Obama's sheer level of incompetency. He has the fatal conceit of many politicians: an overweening ego. That may be a prerequisite for politicians and leaders, but when it is unleavened by a willingness to consider the views of others, it becomes a fatal conceit. And Obama has that trait in abundance.

    Stories tumble out that reveal a man who believes he is all but omniscient -- unwilling to give any credence to the views of others (especially but not limited to those across the aisle). Experts in management are interviewed who point out that he lacks essential qualities of leadership. Indeed, the book gets its title from an outburst from Bill Clinton, who was trying to encourage Hillary to take on Obama in the Democratic primary of 2012: Obama doesn't know how to be president. He doesn't know how the world works. He's incompetent. He's...he's...Barack Obama's an amateur.

    But Klein does not rest there. He delves into associates from Obama's career in Cook County politics, his stint as a state senator, and his rise to the United States Senate. There is a common pattern: Obama likes to campaign, but once he is elected and actually starts working, his interest flags, and he starts looking for the next "big thing" -- electorally speaking. He had few if any accomplishments or professional standing in any of his previous positions. Even when he served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, he avoided any encounters with other faculty who enjoyed discussing the law. His reluctance to engage them is revealing in and of itself, suggesting he had a reason for his lack of confidence.

    His disdain toward working with others is manifest. He has gained a reputation over the last few years as being cold and distant, refusing to engage, as have other presidents, in the give-and-take of politics, in the social niceties that help grease the wheels in Washington. Liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen recently advised him to read Robert Caro's newest volume on the life of Lyndon Johnson as a primer on how to be president. Johnson, of course, was a master at pulling levers of power, but he also knew how to persuade individual politicians on both sides of the aisle to work with him on legislation. But, of course, LBJ also had the common touch and, having risen from humble beginnings, never considered it beneath him to work with those underneath him. Not so Barack Obama. He complained to foreign leaders that he had to waste time talking with "congressmen from Palookaville." At another time, he switched locales and said he was tired of dealing with people from "Podunk."

    His campaign trail comments regarding small-town America as being populated by "bitter" people who cling to guns and Bibles was not a one-off. They are reflective of his views.

    But the high and the mighty also come in for the Obama treatment. Klein reveals dismay among former Obama supporters who feel they have been mistreated, maligned, and thrown under the bus. Obama's most generous early donors have been all but ignored; early mentors in the black business community have been sidelined if not completely ditched; people don't hear from him or his staff unless a fundraiser is coming up. But there is more: Caroline Kennedy is angry at the way she and her family were used for campaign purposes in 2008 and then summarily dismissed and stored away like so many movie props have been (the latter is my description).

    Even Oprah Winfrey has been stiff-armed by the Obamas. According to the book, Oprah took a big risk in supporting Obama in 2008 and campaigning for Obama in Iowa, being a big boost in his campaign. The ratings for her show weakened significantly (and her new network has been a huge disappointment). But when she has tried to visit the White House, she has been all but treated as persona non grata. Apparently, Michelle Obama is a possessive person who fears the influence Oprah may have over Barack Obama (more on this below). Oprah blames it on Michelle's anti-obesity campaign. She is quoted as saying, "Michelle hates fat people and doesn't want me waddling around the White House." Klein digs up a quotation of Michelle Obama's from a White House source that seems to confirm Oprah's suspicion:

    Oprah only wants to cash in using the White House as a backdrop for her show to perk up ratings. Oprah with her yo-yo dieting and huge girth, is a terrible role model. Kids will look at Oprah, who's rich and famous and huge, and figure it's okay to be fat.

    Oprah, Caroline Kennedy, Pastor Jeremiah Wright (who merits a chapter), and Obama's former long-time doctor (who feels Obama is distant and lacks feeling, passion, and humanity) all join a long list of people whom the Obamas have used, abused, and then cast aside once they moved into the White House.

    A few have survived the winnowing process, of course. There is Michelle, who might be described as the living and real-life descendant of Lady Macbeth. The book provides some history of the early days between Barack and Michelle: marked by some tempests, yet also marked by Michelle's overwhelming push for Barack to win power and wealth. Insiders are reluctant to tangle with the First Lady, and with good reason. Michelle, like her husband, has a proclivity to blame others for her husband's failures. Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs felt her sting when it was revealed that Michelle had complained about life in the White House to the then-first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Gibbs acted to control the damage by arranging for the Élysée Palace to issue a denial.

    But the response did not come quickly enough for Michelle, and she arranged for Valerie Jarrett -- close to the Obamas for years, and who has an omnipresence in the White House that makes the unelected and unconfirmed czar issue seem trivial -- to deliver a stern rebuke to Gibbs, who counter-attacked. Anyone heard from Robert Gibbs lately?

    The role of Valerie Jarrett has prompted much speculation. As Edward Klein notes, she has a mouthful of a title -- senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement -- that "doesn't begin to do justice to her unrivaled status in the White House." Valerie Jarrett apparently has a role in most major decisions: she often appears in meetings the president has with major political leaders from Capitol Hill and with foreign leaders as well. She often stays behind to have private discussions with the president. Obama admitted that he ran every decision by her.

    That is worrying since, as Klein notes, Jarrett's own career is not one that would prepare her to assume such a prominent role. Hers is no rags-to-riches story that would give her the "chops" to have such a Svengali-like influence over the president of the United States. She was blessed with a wonderful set of advantages -- descended from a highly regarded political family in Chicago. Jarrett was a force to be reckoned with in the Daley administration and then capitalized on her political connections to land a job heading up a real estate company in Chicago where she oversaw, among other developments, properties that under her company's management degenerated into slums. Business leaders are aghast that she has such a powerful role in the White House. A donor is quoted as saying that not only is Valerie Jarrett a liability, but others in the White House concur with his views. Jarrett has butted heads with Rahm Emanuel, who felt that it was wrong to focus on passing ObamaCare when the economy and jobs should have been higher priorities...

  2. if doubling the stock market, restoring the 401k of average americans,saving the auto industry, ending the iraq war, all in the face of a republican campaign to destroy you, is incompetency we should have more.
    dont forget. we had a choice between mccain and palin or obama. a person would have to be delusional to think mccain and palin would have done a better job.
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  4. pspr


    I think everyone is beginning to understand that Obama is nothing more than a community organizer and campaigner with an uncommon lack of depth on national issues.
  5. The title and ccover photo of the book ought to signal quite clearly the author's intent on doing a hatchet job. Every 1st term Presidency is accompanied by a bevy of blistering polemic biographies. These are invariably published after the presidential honeymoon period is over and the opposition has arrived at a thematic counter strategy of simplistic portrait painting with the aim of ultimately recapturing the White House by appealing to the rational and irrational: young, inexperienced, socialist redistributionist, possible Islamist, foreign born, etc. It is then that the seeds of doubt, dislike, and hatred are sown among the opposition party members and a ready audience is at hand to buy books marked by one dimensional attacks on the President. It has occured with every President since Reagan and if Romney wins, you will see more of the same.
  6. Max E.

    Max E.

    The book may be a hatchet job, but that doesnt take away from the fact that its Amateur hour at the whitehouse, and anyone with a half a brain can see it.

  7. Doubling the stock market is bullshit.

    Have you ever traded a thin stock with very little volume and how easy it is to see it fly? It is exactly what has happened but in the general market. You yourself have posted that the NYSE floor is dead, liquidity is at an all time low, order flow is practically non-existent, no of IPO launches lower than then 90's. In general volume is now lower than what it was 5,7 years ago.

    We all know what has happened to the labor participation rate, unemployment is still sky high, studies show mean household income of middle class families have deteriorated in the last 4 years at a faster pace than any time in American History.

    1/2 of all college graduates today will not be able to find a job. Entrepreneurs are giving up their US citizenship in anticipation of further Obama tax hikes.

    Time to wake up from the Obama dream, it has simply not worked out for America.
  8. Max E.

    Max E.

    Indeed, by himself, Obama made the stock market double..... He is so creative that he took a brand new "innovative" approach to making the market go up, whereby you kill jobs, and kick people out of the work force, because THAT is actually what is good for the Stock market.....

    He did such a good job managing the country that he isnt even going to run on his own record..... all because he doesnt want to "show anyone up."
  9. pspr


    Quote from Free Thinker:

    if doubling the stock market, restoring the 401k of average americans,

    I'm pretty sure you can credit Burnanke and his QE1-3 for any movement in the stockmarket. Just about everything Obama has done has created a drag on the economy and the market.
  10. Really(?!?!) half the college grads will not find work?? Ya just have to laugh at this. Try looking in the unemployment data to find the rate for college educated people and their respective fields, it is still low.

    One would think the simple minds would figure out the problem with the participation rate given the big clue earlier in the year regarding those million people dropping out of the labor force. I know they still won't be able to process this clue so I'll make the clue a little more clearer: people are living longer.
    #10     May 14, 2012