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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I Have No Trouble Believing This

Had he not been snorting cocaine when he should have been in history class, he wouldn't be operating under this kind of illusion today:

"New Obama ad featuring Morgan Freeman: Few presidents have inherited so many challenges."

In truth, every president has faced challenges equal to those Obama faces.  In breadth, scope, and severity.

But none has whined about it. It was the gig.  They all knew it.

Only Obama has sought sympathy for his plight.

How did it come to this?

Go back to the blow, Barry.  We need someone in the White House who is up to the task.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

"He's not half as smart as he thinks he is."
-- Charles Krauthammer --

The fact that he would never release his college transcripts was a telltale sign:
The Wizard of Obama
The president didn't just lose a debate. He lost an entire image of genius and control.
By William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

Perhaps Barack Obama can ... reassert himself in Tuesday evening's town hall in Long Island. But his problem is this: In Denver he didn't just lose a debate—he lost the carefully cultivated illusion of a larger-than-life figure who was Lincoln and FDR and Moses all wrapped in one.

Mostly this image was the making of his own immodesty, starting the night he clinched the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mr. Obama might have simply declared victory and congratulated Hillary Clinton on a valiant fight. Instead it became the backdrop for one of his more infamous egoisms. History, he said, would look back at his victory as the moment "the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

This was no aberration. A man who interviewed for a job on the campaign was told by Mr. Obama: "I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm gonna think I'm a better political director than my political director."

Everything about his campaign fed that idea. The Styrofoam Greek columns at the Democratic convention when he was nominated. The faux presidential seal with its own Latin motto. And before the campaign, the two books he authored about—himself.

The press, far from exhibiting any skepticism about this immodesty, bowed before it. Leave aside the NBC reporter who conceded it was hard to remain objective in the face of all the "infectious" energy emanating from Mr. Obama's quest for the White House. Or the New York Times commentator who knew Mr. Obama was meant to be president by the crease in his pants leg. Or the historian who told radio host Don Imus that Mr. Obama's IQ was "off the charts"—but when asked what it was could only answer that he was probably "the smartest guy ever to become president."

An editor at Politico (and veteran of the Washington Post) put it this way: "I have witnessed the phenomenon several times. Some reporters need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama's political skill."

None of this abated after Mr. Obama was elected. He arrived in Washington for his inauguration in a train to provoke comparisons to Lincoln. Soon he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for—well, it's still not exactly clear what he was awarded it for. He affected unworthiness, but it is more telling that he didn't decline it.

In short, Mr. Obama was the man who declared that he would change the thinking of the Muslim world by the mere fact of his election, restore science to its rightful place, and win what he called the "necessary war" in Afghanistan.

And then came this month's debate in Denver. [link]
The thrill is gone.

Only question is: Why did it take so long?

Clinton 'Takes Responsibility'

But doesn't resign, apparently.

The latest:
"I take responsibility" for Benghazi: Clinton
By Andrew Quinn, Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assumed responsibility on Monday for last month's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which has become an issue in the hard-fought U.S. presidential campaign.

"I take responsibility" for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN during a visit to Peru, adding that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would not be responsible for specific security instructions for U.S. diplomatic facilities.

"I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world," Clinton said.

"The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."

Clinton's comments followed stepped-up criticism of the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack, which Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney has sought to use to dent Obama's foreign policy credibility before the November 6 election. [link]
The way I read that, Hillary is, at best, taking partial responsibility for the decisions that "security professionals" made. That's something of a dodge.

And, that leaves three unanswered questions:

1) Why didn't she resign if she takes responsibility for this tragic debacle?

2) Regardless what she claims is the President's realm of responsibility, wouldn't it have been wise for a good commander-in-chief to question security measures in one of the most volatile regions on the planet if he were at all interested in the well-being of his charges?

3) Who are those security professionals who need to be fired?

See "Hillary's 'Responsibility': As the White House blames State for Libya, the Secretary says little."

See "When Did Obama First Meet with NSC After Benghazi? White House Isn't Saying"

The obfuscation goes on.

They Try To Wish It Away

This is pathetic:

CNN Anchor Questions If Libya Should Even Be a Campaign Issue

I wonder if she felt the same way about Abu Ghraib.

Sure ...