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October 23, 2013

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narciso

Schrodinger's website, seems to be unusually, opaque, perhaps because it's concealing the Norwegian Blue, on it's perch.

daddy

Sweet Baby James.

Don't like his politics, but love his crisp, clean guitar playing.

Jane-Rebel Alliance1

You know Capt - all I can think of is how "Boston Strong" is a result of the private sector, starting with the Red Sox who have been unbelievable. Taylor is a socialist from the word go. I am not happy that he was invited.

daddy

From Rick's 10:20 AP link on the Hearings of the ObamaCare website contractors (which I haven't sen any of):

But he and other Republicans wasted little time in castigating the administration for having repeatedly assured Congress before the launch that everything was on track.

"Are they simply incompetent, or were they lying to the American people?" said Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa.

Good question.

Jane-Rebel Alliance1

3-2 good guys!

Careful Henry.

Beasts of England

Had the pleasure of taking to family to see JT in our concert hall a few years back. His voice was spot-on and his finger picking and guitar tones were sublime.

BB Key

Sweet Baby James, his dad was in charge of the Med School at Chapel Hill ...when did Livingston die ?

Dave (in MA)

Livingston is still kicking around.

daddy

OL,

Thanks for the kind words, but it is easy to do the travelogs since almost every day something interesting and unusual happens, and all you have to do is put it down on paper. Yesterday for instance we did Tokyo to Shanghai in the afternoon, and it was neat to see the first cloud bands of Typhoon Francisco off to our left getting nearer and nearer before we veered westward across the East China Sea. Hopefully we can avoid them on the trip home later tonight.

Then we dashed over to a local Hamburger/Sports Pub (Big Bamboo), to quaff a brew and catch a Rugby match, and whatdoya' know they were having a pole dancing contest!

Big laughs at the gals trying to drag me off my barstool to be a contestant, but I turned 'em done and watched some drunk Aussies do it it instead before the local talent came in.

And now I wake up and here in China I've got live World Series on a big screen Hi Def TV in my hotel room, and having an easier time of posting on Typepad than probably any of you guys back home---the world is crazy:)

Captain Hate on the iPhone

I never understood the appeal of James Taylor's music. Maybe if I'd had electo shock therapy...

BB Key

my mistake , I thought Liv was the one who OD

narciso

Clapton would probably better any day of the week, but he did focus on the lyric,

Miss Marple

Night, all!

Neo

Norn Ornstein, who has been around DC forever, has this wonderful snipet ...

Go back, first, to Max Baucus's famous and widely distorted and misused "train wreck" comment in a hearing to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in April 2013. Contrary to Ted Cruz and countless other Republicans, Baucus did not call Obamacare a train wreck—he was referring directly to its implementation through the website. He said, "I understand you've hired a contractor. I'm just worried that that's going to be money down the drain because contractors like to make money more than they like to do anything else. That's their job. They've got to worry about their shareholders and whatnot.

They knew back in April that the web site was going to be a "train wreck."

If Sebelius, the president, the leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other White House officials were unaware before that hearing about the implementation problems, they could not be unaware afterward. And, as we are now hearing, the stark internal warnings from tech experts of deep-seated problems in the programs came months ago and went unheeded.

HHS secretary Sebelius has been lying her ass off since the healthcare.gov rollout claiming the the "Sargent Schultz defense" for her hapless incompetent boss.

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Congrats to the Redbird fans and condolences to the Sox fans.

Listening to Levin's show I hear what narc's Latourette reference was about. If he'd spent as much time attacking donks as he did conservatives he might still be in office. This strategy of attacking a component of the base is dumb even for the party of stupid.

Ignatz

A couple of questions and an observation;
1. What is with the Pearl Jam vomit at the WS?

2. Could someone please, please for the love of God run over Tim McCarver as he's leaving the stadium one of these days? At least run over his larynx so we don't have to listen to him tell us ever again that the next run in a tied game just might possibly be the deciding factor or that the runners will of course be going with two outs on a 3 and 2 count. If it's "of course" why do you have to tell us 500 frickin times, idiot!

3. James Taylor has an appealing voice and his guitar work is quite clean and soothing. His music bores the crap out of me and always has.

Threadkiller

"This strategy of attacking a component of the base is dumb even for the party of stupid."

Jindal understands that you have to sacrifice some of the 100% if you want to appeal to the 100%.

Dave (in MA)

1. TwitchyTeam ‏@TwitchyTeam 3m
'World Series time machine': No, Joe Buck, that wasn't Pearl Jam's 'new song' http://bit.ly/Hix4i8

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Iggy, Joe Buck professed liking Pearl Jam which should effectively close the book on them.

Frau Sarkasmus

For some reason--Clinton cleanup conspiracy?--I cannot get the You-Tube video to work on my favorite Shrillary! quote which loses much when the vocal version is not heard. It's seared, seared in *my* auditory memory. You all remember her screaming, screeching, no, bellowing, blowing the audio system with the following:

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."

Hillary! Clinton in 2003. She probably did not write this and obviously does not believe it.


bgates

Here's a YouTube with working audio of Hillary! screeching that quote.

So, I gave you a chance to listen to Hillary Clinton. Don't say I never did anything for you.

Say you wish I never did anything for you.

jimmyk

So the future does not include yelling, but the past certainly does.

daddy

Could someone please, please for the love of God run over Tim McCarver as he's leaving the stadium one of these days? At least run over his larynx so we don't have to listen to him tell us ever again that the next run in a tied game just might possibly be the deciding factor

Iggy,

Great thing about getting the game from a Japanese station, is that you can still hear all the live crowd noises but no Tim McCarver. Instead its simply low key Jap announcers who hardly say anything, and since you don't understand a word of what they're saying anyway they don't distract, and you wind up just getting the game with all the good crowd sounds but no annoyance.

Gus

The current GOP disagreement and GIVE and TAKE on this blog is heartwarming. TK, NK, DANUBE, Miss Marple and several others, I want to thank you. This blog has never been better.
On the other hand, I made a fool of myself yesterday by SUPPORTING the ST LOUIS CARDINALS, and HENRY. I feel dirty. Not about supporting Henry, but about calling it 4-3 Cardinals. BUT!!!! I bet Henry will buy me BEER when the Cards win it!!!

daddy


The Future does not include Yelling!!!

daddy

And G__-Dammit I mean it!!! No yelling!!!

Janet

- our air is clean, we've got plenty of choom to smoke, nobody is yelling, nobody is slandering the prophet of Islam,...

Manuel Transmission

JiB, sorry for the late response.

You mean the ASRS managed by NASA?

They developed and ran the program for NASA. The servers were in Cowlumbus. (Back in the mainframe days.) Not sure for how long. I left in the mid-80s.

Gus

Daddy, the "rehearsal", the Clinton machine knowing that Rodham is a loser who allowed 4 American Patriots to die, because she was in "over her head", the "script" that was oh-so-ready to be "deployed", when Senator Ron Johnson politely called her out, is SICK. These mutherfu@#ers have ZERO shame and even less class and morality. Hillary Rodham, LIED in front of the Benghazi victims CASKETS at ANDREWS. Rodham "YELLED" that SHE/U.S. had nothing to do with "THAT VIDEO". It was all CHOREOGRAPHED. Think about that DADDY. Hillary Rodhams lying BULLSHIT, was focus grouped, planned and CHOREOGRAPHED. WHO DOES THAT??? What kind of PERSON, ...,... DOES THAT???

daddy


I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not yell at Bill Clinton for having sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to yell, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the...

...Uhhhh, what was the question again, Congressman?

Gus

Daddy, anyone who has taken the time to read about Her Royal Thighness Rodhams Tragical History tour vis a vis the Watergate committee, can see CLEARLY, the PATH of lies, dishonor and Deceit that Hillary Rodham has LIVED her ENTIRE miserable shrewish life. This "person" is a pathologically dishonest pile of REFUSE.

daddy

nobody is slandering the prophet of Islam,

Janet,

Did you see that story I posted the other day where it is now illegal in Malaysia for anyone who is not a Muslim to use the word "Allah"?

Malaysian court rules non-Muslims cannot use 'Allah'

Non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah while referring to God, even in their own faiths, a Malaysian court ruled Monday while overturning a 2009 lower court ruling.

And Malaysia is supposedly the benevolent Islamic country of South East Asia.

daddy

I guess that means if I was in Malaysia and happened to say "Allah be praised", they would put me in jail. Ha!

But don't worry. You won't catch me saying that in Malaysia.

Or anywhere else.

Gus

{{ benevolent Islamic country }}
Oh MY GAWD MAGNUM!!!! Benevolent Islamic Country!!! That is HILARIOUS.
We've come to a point in history, where our people are too STUPID to recognize RIGHT vs WRONG because of PROPAGANDA/INDOCTRINATION.
Libtards HATE any sense of Religion OR DEITY, unless the RELIGION or DEITY is POLITICALLY advantageous to them.
It's NUTS.

Ignatz

--Iggy, Joe Buck professed liking Pearl Jam which should effectively close the book on them.--

One of the most overrated groups in history.
Maybe they could team up with James Taylor and do the Grunge/Folk Bore Me to Tears world tour. :)

Ignatz

--Iggy,

Great thing about getting the game from a Japanese station, is that you can still hear all the live crowd noises but no Tim McCarver.--

He's like that uncle you actually kind of like but who you hope to God never corners you at a family get together and tells you everything you never wanted to know about the latest corn report and his bunions.

Gus

Ignatz, Tim McCarver won the World Series in 64, with BOB UECKER as his back up.

daddy

I've finally caught up with the thread and learned:

1) about the almost complete collapse of the Healthcare.gov Internet website,

2) that the contractors who created the website are in Congressional Hearings telling us they know how dicked up it is, and that they need another billion dollars or so to fix it,

3) that we're beginning to hear the Left tossing around reckless, ass-covering, conspiracy allegations that it was Tea Party guys who maliciously overloaded the Healthcare.gov internet site in order to sabotage Obamacare,

4) and lastly we're hearing from Harry Reid, (who previously told us that Paying Income Taxes is voluntary), is now saying that anybody in America over 50 doesn't even know what the Internet is.

That last really sticks in my craw, because you'll recall how much mockery Senator Ted Stevens took from everyone in the Media and Congress for saying that "The Internet is a series of Tubes." They damned him for that something fierce.

So all that said, lets put up Ted Stevens "Internet Tube" quote and see if it doesn't sound like a decent analogy for why the Healtcare.gov Internet site is so dicked up:

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially...

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Sounds right on the money to me. But Uncle Ted was a moron of course, and Harry Reid is a genius.

Hey, the genius just said something else today---'Everybody...(is)… willing to pay more' taxes!

Pure genius!

daddy

Oh MY GAWD MAGNUM!!!! Benevolent Islamic Country!!! That is HILARIOUS.

Gus,

I'm comparing them to their Indonesian cousins, who IIRC from a few years back, had a bunch of Clerics wanting to ban the letter "T" in their books and newspapers, because it resembled the Christian Cross and therefore might lead good Muslims astray.

Gus

Daddy, you are priceless. I think you are so fantastic, my friend.

Gus

Daddy, Reid is evil. He is. He does not care what price America has to pay, so as to keep himself in power. We are in a new era. Obama is a disgusting pile of crap, and the LIBTARDS have hitched their wagon to him. It's no different than Nazi Germany, or whomever is Britney Spears NEWEST, BESTEST MANAGER. They hitch up and profit, and do not care what CARNAGE they leave. The war is coming.

daddy

I think you are so fantastic

Gus,

You just used 3 Christian crosses! Go directly to jail and I'm placing a Fatwa on your head:)

Chow time! Later.

peter

OMG great thread. Iggy @ 1:50 TFFW.
My thoughts on Hillary's brilliant riposte to the heckler: if Bush had said it it would have been front page proof that he opposed free speech.

narciso

So the Journal chooses to go with Batailles's self serving account, over Slavitt, because what does he know?

narciso

Nothing to see here, move along;


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/24/mcauliffe-silent-on-union-connected-loan/

narciso

Einstein says 'remember what I said, you thought I was kidding;


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/24/Moneyed-Republicans-Try-to-Neutralize-Tea-Party-Ahead-of-2014

pagar22

"nobody is slandering the prophet of "

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/10/ohio-religious-school-of-mosque-.html

"Listen to the girl describing how kids are beaten, as she begins to cry."

Kids in America have to put up with this? WHY?
Everyone in American can see the horror this religion brings.

Miss Marple

Good morning, all.

One would think that Reid's value to the casino bosses has about expired, and they would do something.

Perhaps he has blocked an investigation or something, and they feel obligated to leave him in place.

It seems to me that the continuing poor economy and Obaacare cannot be good for the casinos.

But then, I don't travel in those circles.

BR

Daddy, really enjoyed your early Greek music link from the previous thread.

The Malaysian thing is amazing! If they only knew Alla was the household Hindu god of Mohammed's father. It'd be funny if the Hindus forbade the Moslems from using the word.

Danube on iPad

James Taylor makes my skin crawl.

Marlene

Red Sox :( James Taylor messed up the National Anthem. Have a good week-end everyone,going to NH to spend the week-end with Mom.

BR

You never really know - great blues music to accompany the 404 meltdown. They'll never really know who they can trust to fix it :)

Jack is Back!

A preview of the upcoming 60 Minutes segment on Benghazi:

"We're here to kill Americans"

So, who gave the order that the local guards not carry arms?

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Kimberley Strassel has a good article on how all the Senate donks up for re-election are filling their depends at being linked to 404Care. But poor Kim can't stop doing Rupert's crony capitalist overlord's bidding and snarkily criticizes "GOP antics" in causing the distracting shutdown. Kim's a smart girl who knows which side her bread is buttered, so I'll connect the dots that she's valiantly trying to obfuscate: Every GOP challenger to thse turds now has a campaign theme of why didn't you jump on board when we gave you a chance to do what you now claim to want to do? Why did you not bang on Harry Reid to bring this to a vote? Why should the voters ever think you'll put them over party loyalty?

I don't think even the party of stoopid can screw this up.

jimmyk on iPad

"- our air is clean, we've got plenty of choom to smoke, nobody is yelling, nobody is slandering the prophet of Islam,..."

But they didn't have "single payer."

Sandy Daze

Update on the "new" USMC covers, as received in a forwarded email originating from:
LtCol. David Nevers, USMC
Public Affairs Officer
Office of the Commandant
Quote
Just spoke to CMC. He wants to aggressively debunk the Post/Fox stories. 3 key points:

1. The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.

2. We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: the former manufacturer went out of business.

3. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.

Please disseminate as widely as possible.

Standing by, should you have questions.

S/F
UNQUOTE


None of the above is to excuse Amos (CMC) who sycophantic politic idiot and, much much worse, and who should be relieved from the position of the CMC, but that is a topic for another thread.

windansea

Kerry: Damage to US Image Abroad Stems From Shutdown; No Mention of Spy Scandal

Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov't Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

Rep. Rangel: ‘No Question’ Members of Congress Are Entitled to Obamacare Subsidies

all the above at cnsnews.com

Beasts of England

Good luck at the golf tournament and the tables, Stephanie!

Old Lurker

Tipping Point? You want a Tipping Point?

Census reports today that the US has 108,000,000 individuals receiving means tested welfare of one form or another.

Census reports that the US has 101,000,000 people with full time jobs.

AND that 101,000,000 includes government workers.

Neo

Now this defines "TOO FUNNY" ...

Nigerian ambassador demands Cruz apology

The Nigerian ambassador to the United States on Thursday decried Sen. Ted Cruz’s joke earlier this week that “Nigerian email scammers” built the government’s health care exchange website, saying his comments are offensive and demanded an apology.

... I'm sure Cruz will apologize when they stop sending those e-mails and return all the scammed money

LUN

Jack is Back!

Happy St. Crispiin's Day

Click of the speech.

pagar22

"Who gave the order that the local guards"

Probably the same ones that thought it would be a good idea to have same sex domestic partners in a Muslim country.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/330021/who-needs-marines-when-youve-got-same-sex-domestic-partners-government-employees-secur

Asking for serious trouble IMO.

Jane

Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/exclusive-feds-confiscate-investigative-reporters-confidential-files-during-raid/#ixzz2ijwbBWgi

We are no longer free.

Jack is Back!

Click for the speech. Grrrrrrrrrrrr

Sandy Daze

JiB - DoS contracted a Brit company, Blue Montain Group http://www.bluemountaingroup.co.uk , under some discretionary account, rather than through the usual procedures, through the usual Diplomatic Security accounts. Blue Mountain Group was hires with specific instruction not to be armed, iirc.

Worth rereading prior to the 60 minutes piece:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9549126/Benghazi-consulate-attack-was-targeted-assault-says-security-guard.html

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/contractors-benghazi/

A number of structures were put into place, several as a consequence of PSC use in Iraq and Afg (some pre-existing, but strengthened), including the ISOA (US), the BAPSC (Brit), SIA (Brit), the PSCAI (Iraq), the International Code of Conduct for security providers (SWISS). The Blue Mountain Group was not a member nor signatory to any of these efforts. This is the company that DoS contracted for Benghazi.

Hillary should hang (...her head in shame).

rich@gmu

***I don't think even the party of stoopid can screw this up.

Posted by: Captain Hate on the iPhone***

Just give them a chance Captain Hate. Just give them a chance.

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Even the Nigerian spammers don't want to be associated with 404Care.

Jeff Dobbs

I'd like to apologize for bringing this up, but I won't. That's just how I roll...

I'd like to hear more about Anne's theory of the JOM Headquarters organization "Tom Maguire" is running that she described at 2:44 yesterday.

Her ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to her newsletter.

sbwaters

OL, Link to the census info?

NK(tryin'2.0)

ObamaCare-- it's all about the MediCaid $$$ to payoff SEIU, AFSCME thugs and devalue medical training for Drs and Nurses so we all get Third World quality of care under 'National Health' services: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/25/video-medicaid-enrollment-spike-threatens-entire-obamacare-house-of-cards/

BR

Then this will cheer you up, Jane :) Reverse-prism.

Train eavesdropper turns tables and spies on ex-NSA chief’s off-record chat

Threadkiller

"Census reports today that the US has 108,000,000 individuals receiving means tested welfare of one form or another."

You see lemons, I see lemons-aid.

What do you call 108 million persuadable voters that want handouts?

I'm not sure, but I don't think "a good start" is the correct answer.

rse

NK-

Did you see my point earlier in the week that the political docs I subscribe to so I can quote the schemers directly are now using the term "adequate health care for all?"

adequate education for a Corporatist/Public Centric Economy

adequate health care

adequate housing

Unfortunately, I think the becoming ubiquitous trolleys are deemed adequate transportation.

Threadkiller

"Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid"

Do not worry, Jane. If we let the oppression roll out on its own, while cowering behind the speakers gavel, the lack of conservative fingerprints on the keys to the gulag, when the oppression falls under its own weight, will assure a GOP victory.

NK(tryin'2.0)

nativist surrenderism is not an attractive combination.

Threadkiller

Let me know when you see it, NK.

DrJ

Wretchard, on the Spiegel quote below:

Spiegel is putting it to Obama personally, explicitly finding fault with his character and by extension, his integrity and honesty.

Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under US President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world.

Obama raced through Dresden. After their visit inside the church, Merkel had to shake hands with visitors by herself. The president had already disappeared.

On this day, at the latest, it must have dawned on diplomats that this US president was different from his predecessors. He was someone who did not attach value to diplomatic niceties nor to the sensitivities of his close friends, which he already had proven as a presidential candidate. At that time he put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position by wanting to make a campaign speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate. This site was traditionally set aside for sitting presidents, which Obama also knew.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/merkel-cell-phone-affair-fits-obama-neglect-of-personal-diplomacy-a-929871.html

Jane

BR, that's a start..

Old Lurker

SBW LUN via Drudge

BR

Voodoo from Nigeria:

At Ace: New Hotness On The Left: Obamacare Was Sabotaged!!11!

'If a group under siege can demonstrate “that there has been a conspiracy, which has transformed politics and society,” the British writer David Aaranovitch, astutely observed in Voodoo Histories, then they can convince themselves that “their defeat is not the product of their own inherent weakness or unpopularity, let alone their mistakes,” but is instead “due to the almost demonic ruthlessness of their enemy.” '

Account Deleted

"He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world."

How much time could he spend with someone minimally competent before the extent of his "special needs" became glaringly apparent? Laurence Tribe picked up on it fairly quickly and kept Obama tucked away in his office with coloring books and six piece puzzles to pass the time.

NK(tryin'2.0)

TK@945-- heh

RickB@9:57-- HEH HEH

pagar22

"Census reports today that the US has 108,000,000 individuals receiving means tested welfare of one form or another."

IMO, this does not count all the illegals that the IRS sent 4 billion dollars of taxpayer money.

jimmyk

Census reports today that the US has 108,000,000 individuals receiving means tested welfare of one form or another.

And yet we have brilliant Republicans who want to means test Social Security, thereby further tipping the balance with tens of millions more.

Threadkiller

"And yet we have brilliant Republicans who want to means test Social Security, thereby further tipping the balance with tens of millions more."

It isn't as easy as it looks to be the party of the 100%, jimmy.

Ignatz

--I'd like to hear more about Anne's theory of the JOM Headquarters organization "Tom Maguire" is running that she described at 2:44 yesterday.--

I may be the last one to have this thought but Anne is sounding more and more like Sylvia, except for the lack of a H&R obsession.
Sylvia also accused TM of running his own sock puppet parade here with no real commenters.
Either they are one and the same or they are a textbook example of the similarity of symptoms in certain mental illnesses.

DrJ

Sylvia came to my mind too, Iggy.

Janet

That St. Crispin's Day speech should be the rally call for America.
Those that didn't stand up to the government taking over our lives & their out-of-control spending...should think themselves accursed.

Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us...to save the United States of America.


Dave (in MA)
Sylvia came to my mind too, Iggy.
That's exactly the kind of thinking that you'd expect from a cybot troll.
Extraneus

Anne was having a bad day yesterday. She seems back to normal today.

Extraneus

Good point, Janet!

jimmyk

I don't see the similarity to Sylvia, who kind of rambled on with weird theories, and as I recall only attacked after being attacked herself.

DebinNC

BOzo getting 2 NYC tax-payer funded campaign events tonight by stopping off briefly to give "remarks" at overwhelmingly black P-Tech Early College High School, an IBM affliate:

http://www.ptechnyc.org/domain/23

Ironic given the IT Obamacare debacle.

Jim Eagle

Part 1 of 2:

Jonah Goldberg:

"King Obama

Charlie Cooke has a great column today making a very similar point to what I had intended to start the G-File with: Obama's not a dictator; he's a king. And when I say he's a king, I don't mean the dictatorial kind of an absolute monarchy. I mean he's like the king in a parliamentary democracy where the prime minister has all of the power and the monarch is supposed to mug for postcards and inspire elementary-school children. He's less Longshanks and more King Ralph. At least whenever he's expected to take responsibility, he becomes a figurehead who gives voice to the public's outrage over the problems he himself created. "Nobody is angrier," Obama routinely insists, about the crap people should be angry at him about. As Charlie puts it, "Obama is less Julius Caesar than he is a tribune of the plebs -- an Oprahfied avatar that has been custom-designed both to indulge and guide the public sentiment like so many Bill Clintons feeling your pain."

He's always changing costumes to play the role that political necessity requires of him, which means he has more wardrobe changes than a Vegas drag queen's one-"woman" tribute to Cher."

Jim Eagle

Part 2 of 2

More Jonah:

"Always Running for a Job He Already Has

The only thing Barack Obama knows how to do is be Barack Obama. He thinks that's his job, like a king whose only real responsibility is to be kingly. The problem is that the one person (who matters, at least) who doesn't understand this is Barack Obama. As he once said, Obama believes his own bull***t. Charlie offers some good examples of Obama's own Olympian self-regard. For instance:

"I think I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters," Obama told him. "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."

Though I immediately thought of this bit from New York magazine:

Emanuel's ad-hocracy, meanwhile, didn't faze Obama. The president's friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett sometimes pointed out that not only had he never managed an operation, he'd never really had a nine-to-five job in his life. Obama didn't know what he didn't know, yet his self-confidence was so stratospheric that once, in the context of thinking about Emanuel's replacement, he remarked in all seriousness, "You know, I'd make a good chief of staff."

Those overhearing the comment somehow managed to suppress their laughter.

Obviously, Obama always has a healthy ego, in the same way Godzilla had a healthy physique and the sun has a healthy mass. But part of the problem stems from the fact that he cannot see the difference between campaigning and governing. That would be bad enough, if it were not for the fact that Obama seems to think that he ran his campaign. As I noted the other day in the Corner, here's Obama's response to the charge that Sarah Palin had more executive experience than he did:

Barack Obama: Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin's town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we've got 2,500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I've passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates the extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.

The remarkable thing about this is that there's no real executive experience in his explication of his executive experience. Yes, the candidate can fire people from the campaign. But being the candidate and being the campaign manager are as different as being the lead singer for Spinal Tap and being the band's manager. On the campaign trail, Obama's job was to "be Barack Obama," to sound smart and charismatic and rev up the crowds. He's still playing that part rather than fulfilling the job description.

And no one will tell him. That's why, I suspect, when he went to check on the progress of the site's development he had no idea how to ask questions that would get at the reality of the situation. Bureaucrats, apparatchiks, and contractors blow smoke. That's what they do. Obama has no idea how to cut through the smoke. He thinks being president involves constantly going out and giving speeches to crowds that love him about how hard he's working rather than actually, you know, working. It's all very meta. He's playing president Obama because he doesn't know how to be president Obama. I think that when he went out on Monday and did his infomercial schtick in the Rose Garden -- Operators are standing by! It's not just a website; it's a floorwax! etc. -- he honestly thought he was fixing the problem. Well, I've done my part!"

BR

Maybe BB King will be there to entertain him with The Thrill is Gone.

Janet

Where is that Goldberg quote from, JiB?

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