What Does Obama Like About America?

We know all the things the Obama administration dislikes about America:
Banks, business, journalists who ask actual questions, investors, entrepreneurs, unintimidated voters, traditional alliances, military tribunals, Gitmo, the private sector, the middle class, cities that are still thriving, or trying not to turn into Detroit, people who make more than federal workers while working within the private sector, George W. Bush, transparency, capitalism and possibly the rights to free speech, the rights to dissent and tea partiers.

Also, in general, he doesn’t seem to like being president, much, and having to do more than look pretty, read the teleprompter spend money and blame Bush.

What does he like about America? As one sycophant in the WH press corp has asked, What “enchants” him? The question is worth asking as Obama seems to be declaring a war against suburbia. 77% of investors think our president is against business. Jobs? I guess we’ll all have to work for the government. It’s the only thing Obama seems to like.

It seems to me that Obama stopped enjoying being president
when the Ft. Hood massacre occurred, and Obama had to focus on something besides domestic legislation. His speech at Ft. Hood was alright, but his initial responses to it were less-than inspiring, and recent reports about the incident are less-than-reassuring. That the Obama government can put out a report on Fr. Hood that does not mention Islam or terrorism communicates that Obama is still very uncomfortable with Ft. Hood

Since that event, Obama has seemed prickly and generally in a bad mood. He looks, increasingly, like a man who wishes it would all just go away. His exposed disconnect is disconcerting, his spending habits are deplorable and his instincts about the war on terror seem, um, undeveloped. Whether it comes to who is and his not prosecuted in a court of law, Obama’s Justice Department is remarkably troubling, as is Obama’s odd suggestion that the Justice Department seems to work independently of him, and he has no control over Eric Holder’s decisions.

I mean, he only hired the guy.

Byron York writes:

It seems like a pretty simple question. Who made the decision to charge Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused terrorist arrested for trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day, as an everyday criminal, as opposed to an enemy combatant?

After all, Abdulmutallab was trained by al Qaeda, equipped with an al Qaeda-made bomb, and dispatched by al Qaeda to bring down the airliner and its 278 passengers. Even though the Obama administration has mostly abandoned the term “war on terror,” the president himself has said clearly that the United States is at war with al Qaeda. So who decided to treat Abdulmutallab as a civilian, read him the Miranda warning, and provide him with a government-paid lawyer — giving him the right to remain silent and denying the United States potentially valuable intelligence that might have been gained by a military-style interrogation?

Writes the WaPo:

The Obama administration had three options: It could charge [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] in federal court. It could detain him as an enemy belligerent. Or it could hold him for prolonged questioning and later indict him, ensuring that nothing Mr. Abdulmutallab said during questioning was used against him in court.

It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

Ah, that Eric Holder,
the rogue AG who apparently does not communicate with his president!

Obama seems very content to keep his distance from his appointments, his legislators, his allies, and the nation he wants to govern, or at least that is the impression one gets. I am not the only one who thinks that Obama is not much liking being president

Maybe it’s me; maybe I can’t see any Obama speech as a good one these days. But today in Ohio, it seemed like the president was way off his game. But I thought he was defensive, prickly, almost indignant that he’s found himself in the tough spot that he’s in.

He began by talking about how much he didn’t like being in Washington, and apparently said something about the job being stifling. Sir, you spent two years trying to get this job.

One of his rallying cries as, “This is not about me!” Yes, Mr. President, but it’s about the decisions you make and the policies you’re trying to enact.

Now that the glory and adulation have passed, now that the pageant has ended, and the presidency has become a real job, requiring real maturity and a bit of real (not faux) open-mindedness, Obama seems unhappy with most Americans (except the unions) and the feeling of unhappiness and distrust is quite mutual.

Obama is not an optimist; in his incoherence, he cannot passably communicate his love of country (or countrymen) with reliability. He reminds me of Jimmy Carter, with less bitterness but more malaise.

We need better than this, and we deserve better than this. We need a president who seems to understand who Americans are. We need a president who wants to be the president, and not the prince. We need a president who seem to actually like his country.

We need a president who…well…actually…we need a president.

What? Too much? Too over the top? Come on, some people make a very good living by opining in just that way!

Fausta asks: What Does Obama Want?

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  • Revnant Dream

    Ive seen bums on the street with more enthusiasm than Obama for work.
    This guy is all about personnel attention, forced from anyone towards himself. All else is a distraction.
    The ego that walks.

  • Anthony

    Back during the campaign, talking to a European friend, I tried to get all classical on him and said the choice in the US was between “Cinncinatus and Grachus”. He looked at me and I had to explain it, but while Grachus won, I now change my view.

    We did not elect Grachus but Chauncey Gardiner.

  • SallyJune

    Gloria said: Obama never really had a real job before. … When he lectured at the University of Chicago, that’s all he did–he did not publish articles the way a normal professor would have done.

    I feel compelled to point out that professors who do their job put a lot of time, effort and thought into their lectures. Most likely, though, Obama just came to class and talked off the top of his head for 50 minutes, then expected students to spit back The Party Line for midterms and finals. (Anyone who has been to college knows the type.)

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  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    professors who do their job put a lot of time, effort and thought into their lectures

    SJ — I had my share of law professors who simply said, “OK open your casebook,” and then proceeded to simply read from it, occasionally interrupting to ask questions.

    Now, I doubt that Obama simply read directly from the book. Rather, he probably had the text projected onto a teleprompter.

    Moreover, when you use a pseudo-Socratic method of simply asking questions, without ever imparting any information or knowledge of your own, it is easy to look like you know what the hell you are doing, when actually, you are totally clueless.

  • Doc

    Great post and comments. I will only add that the Powers that Be which put Obama in office are the corporate media. He never would have withstood the scrutiny his record demanded. Now that they’ve put him in office, the MSM must support him, or they will appear to more and more of their customers to be the manipulators that they truly are. The corporate media are the pillars upon which this administration stands.

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  • igout

    Some years back a woman called into Click & Clack’s radio show and asked what they thought of buying her 16 year old a new BMW sports car. It was the only time I ever heard them lose it, no maniacal cackling or yuks, just variations on Are you out of your freakin’ mind??!!

    We were out of our freakin’ minds. If the brat wraps the country around a tree we have only ourselves to blame. Those who came before us, the ones who built and fought for and died for America, deserve better. We don’t.

    [What is Click and Clack? -admin]

  • igout

    They’re those whacky car guys on NPR out of Boston, where people call in with car problems and get ribbed. It’s been on for years.

  • doubled

    Doc says : “Great post and comments. I will only add that the Powers that Be which put Obama in office are the corporate media. He never would have withstood the scrutiny his record demanded. Now that they’ve put him in office, the MSM must support him, or they will appear to more and more of their customers to be the manipulators that they truly are. The corporate media are the pillars upon which this administration stands.”

    Exactly so , and so those on the left have to demonize the Supreme court for making a correct decision on ‘Corporate’ freedom of speech. To the left the only ‘corporations’ ‘smart’ enough ( read as ,willing to toe the party line) to opine on politicians are the left leaning news broadcasters ABC , NBC , CBS, etc…(‘fake’ news outfit FOX need not apply) ; the New York times and other like minded papers, university professors of Ward Churchill ilk, and slimy union outfits like SEIU. Any other corporation publishing their views is a ‘bastardization’ of democracy and will lead to ruin. Hypocrits to the core.

  • YogusBearus

    Click and Clack are classics. I’d forgotten they were still on. Hilarious yet well versed in all things automotive. They have way to much common sense to be residing on NPR.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Right on, Doc! Did you see the first line of Bob Herbert’s column at the NYT? “Who is Barack Obama?” Quick – pass the duct tape – my head is gonna explode!

    Now corporate media is asking who Barack Obama is? NOW?? If Americans have to pick up their pitch forks at some point, the first people at the pointy end should be these irresponsible, dishonest, sh** shoveling journalists.

  • mike in tn

    can’t you just let him eat his waffle?

    one campaign whine he apparently will keep making, in one form or another.