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How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:39:14 AM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-obamas-presidency-unravels-through-chaos-and-crisis/2013/11/22/57132e74-52de-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_print.html

How a presidency unravels
By George F. Will, Published: November 22

For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama’s suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

After Obama’s semi-demi-apology for millions of canceled insurance policies — an intended and predictable consequence of his crusade to liberate Americans from their childish choices of “substandard” policies sold by “bad apple” insurers — Scalise said Obama is like someone who burns down your house. Then shows up with an empty water bucket. Then lectures you about how defective the house was.

What is now inexplicably called Obama’s “fix” for the chaos he has created is surreal. He gives you permission to reoccupy your house — if you can get someone to rebuild it — but for only another year.

At least he has banished boredom from millions of lives. Although probably not from his.

The place to begin understanding the unraveling of his presidency is page 274 of “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.” The author, David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, quotes Valerie Jarrett, perhaps Obama’s closest and longest-serving adviser, on her hero’s amazingness:

“He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what ordinary people do.”

Leave aside the question of whether someone so smitten can be in any meaningful sense an adviser. About what can such a paragon as Obama need advice? (Although he did recently say, “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” Just to buy.) It is, however, fair to note that what ordinary people ordinarily do is their jobs, competently. Obama’s inability to be satisfied with anything so banal has plunged him into Jimmy Carter territory.

Carter’s presidency crumbled when people decided they still liked his character but had no confidence in his competence. Obamacare’s misadventures, and Obama’s response to them, have caused people to doubt both his character and his competence.

The White House, disoriented by adoration — including the self-adoration — of its principal occupant, sits in a city that has become addicted to its own adrenaline. It is in a perpetual swivet stoked by media for which every inter-institutional dust-up is a crisis.

This year began with the “fiscal cliff” crisis. (You may have forgotten, there having been so many supposedly epochal events to keep track of: All the Bush tax cuts were set to expire; the “crisis” ended when only those cuts for the wealthy were allowed to lapse.)

Then came spring and the “sequester crisis,” meaning discretionary spending “slashed” by “draconian” cuts of . . . 2.3 percent. Autumn brought the crisis of the shutdown of (part of) the government and the crisis surrounding the inevitable raising of the debt ceiling. The ostensible crisis was that the Obama administration might choose to default on the nation’s debt even though government revenues were 10 times larger than required to service the debt.

Good grief. The 1854 passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act was a crisis. As was the 1857 Dred Scott decision, the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor. But as for 2013’s blizzard of supposed crises: Arguments between the houses of Congress, or between the executive and legislative branches, about money should not be called crises; they should be called politics. The separation of powers that is the essence of the constitutional system assumes rivalrous institutions. When, however, the conflict is not about money but about the nation’s constitutional architecture, perhaps the language of crisis is apposite.

The New York Times reports that last March Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which superintended creation of the HealthCare.gov Web site, told a conference that he had worries: “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” When such an embarrassing experience occurred, Obama responded like a ruler of a banana republic unfettered by constitutionalism and the rule of law. Although no president has even a line-item veto power (which 44 governors have), this president asserts the power to revise the language of laws by “enforcement discretion,” and suggests no limiting principle.

But even this is a crisis only if Congress makes it so by supine acquiescence. Congressional Democrats are White House poodles. They also are progressives and therefore disposed to favor unfettered executive power. Republicans are supposed to be different.

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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 01:52:30 PM »
zero and the smart myth: shouldn't it be impossible for anyone to make a case this poser is in any way smart? Why aren't such suggestions laughed at outloud by the media

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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 02:23:10 PM »
On Imus in the Morning, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss said, "Barack Obama has the highest IQ of any President." Imus asked, "What's his IQ?" Beschloss replied, "I don't know."

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c50JUQohYwY
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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 02:53:55 PM »
This one's a treasure. Joy Behar and Gore Vidal think Obama is "too intelligent"

One viewer's comment: Too intelligent? Yes, I'm sure the reason he kept his grades at Columbia a secret is rooted in humility.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4O2ke-AuJkQ
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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 03:19:07 PM »
This one's a treasure. Joy Behar and Gore Vidal think Obama is "too intelligent"

One viewer's comment: Too intelligent? Yes, I'm sure the reason he kept his grades at Columbia a secret is rooted in humility.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4O2ke-AuJkQ


He admitted his high school grades were poor. Did he become a genius over night? If he got good grades, they were given to him, not earned.

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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2013, 03:24:25 PM »
He admitted his high school grades were poor. Did he become a genius over night? If he got good grades, they were given to him, not earned.

I don't think he is a genius, not even close. One thing about heavy drug use (which he has admitted in the past and I suspect continues to this day) is it affects your development emotionally and mentally.  Like someone said on another thread the man is an actor "someone" hired for the role of president...
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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2013, 03:49:47 PM »
On Imus in the Morning, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss said, "Barack Obama has the highest IQ of any President." Imus asked, "What's his IQ?" Beschloss replied, "I don't know."  :mauslaff:
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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2013, 06:22:39 PM »
You can't make this stuff up, eh, Cincinnatus. It feels like we're living in an alternate universe. Have these people no shame? Presidential historian, my foot.
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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2013, 06:36:27 PM »
On Imus in the Morning, Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss said, "Barack Obama has the highest IQ of any President." Imus asked, "What's his IQ?" Beschloss replied, "I don't know."

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c50JUQohYwY

It has been stated that Nixon was highly intelligent. Like him or not, he put in his time, to get to the top.

Came from middle class origins, military, small town lawyer, elected to House, then Senate. To VP at young age. Failed in 1960 for Potus, failed in 1962 for Governor.

Yet in 1968 when the country was in a crisis of sorts, he was there, and probably did more good then bad.

While in the Army I was in Personnel Management, and it included aptitude testing. One test was equivalent to an IQ test. Ike, Truman, JFK, Nixon, Reagan might have one on reccord.

Wouldn't Obama need a graduate schoolo exam, to get into Law School?

If Obama is so damn smart, why does he lie? Isn't he smart enough to know that is not smart?

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Re: How a presidency unravels By George F. Will
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2013, 06:42:53 PM »
Will is full of himself.  Obama's plan to destroy private insurance and force us into single payer continues unabated.


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