Sunday, September 19, 2010

Inside look at a lazy dysfunctional Obama White House - Update

Roger Simon shared a link last night on Facebook to a three-part series on News Flavor that offers a revealing look inside a dysfunctional Obama White House.  A picture is painted of an out-of-touch, immature and lazy president as seen through the eyes of a disgusted D.C. insider with access as a former advisor to the Obama election campaign and transition team. The source, for obvious reasons, is unnamed. Much of what is revealed in the interview, however, rings true and is frequently intuitive to those who have been witness to the stunning fall to earth of Barack Obama. I highly recommed reading the entire series, which is a bit lengthy but well worth your time:
In the 3rd portion of the interview the source reveals his motivation for giving the information that is disparaging of  Barack Obama and the people who enable his dismal performace as President.  In short, the source sees a tsunami coming and lays the blame almost entirely in the laps of the terrible triumvirate of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid:
we got Congressmen and Senators running for re-election right now whose political careers are about to be ended because they supported a president and a Democratic Party leadership that told them to do so.  They trusted they would be politically protected, that the American people would agree with the agenda.  Well guess what?  That hasn’t happened.  Good people, good Democrats, are being tossed aside like so much trash – and this White House DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN.  In my eyes that is absolutely unforgivable.  You just don’t do that to your own people.  And some of these politicians are talking.  They are – but for the most part the media is ignoring them because they don’t want to hurt the administration.  To that I say enough!  Do your damn job.  Report what is going on within the Democratic Party.  We need to clean up this mess, and it starts by getting the truth out there.  That is my motivation.
What a surprise the media would ignore news that would almost surely destroy the Obama presidency or what's left of it. Still, the source believes the coming deluge of revelations from those who feel betrayed by this president will be so loud the media will no longer be able to ignore it. I wouldn't bet on that but I guess time will tell.

Nevertheless, despite the insider's perception that the coming tsunami is both self-inflicted and necessary to awaken the lazy, petulant, thin-skinned man who has proven to himself unworthy of the power bestowed upon him, the reader gets the unmistakable impression the insider is doubtful Obama has the capacity to begin listening to the American people he has chosen to ignore for the sake of his left-wing agenda. Indeed, the insider seems to believe it may be best if Obama loses in 2012:
No. Obama is not up to the job of being president. He simply doesn’t seem to care about the work involved. You want to know what? Obama is lazy. He really is. And it is getting worse and worse. Would another four years of Obama be the best thing for America? No it would not. What this country needs is a president who is focused on the job more than on themselves. Obama is not that individual. I actually hope he doesn’t run again. Looking back, as much fun as the campaign in 2008 was, Hillary Clinton should have been the nominee. Hillary was ready to be president. Obama was not ready. He had never lost a campaign. Everything was handed to him. He doesn’t really understand the idea of work – real, hard, get your heart and soul into it work. And frankly, that is very disappointing to a whole lot of us…
There are many revelations in the three-part series that not only confirm perceptions many on the right formed about Barack Obama during the election but also the naivete of those who blindly supported his election and subsequently walked the plank for his agenda.  As indignant as those who sacrificed their careers in service of Barack Obama may feel, they willingly believed he possessed some powerful magic to protect them.  They willingly believed he had the power to transform the hated health care bill into a popular accomplishment the public would suddenly adore.  Perhaps they naively believed Obama would continue convincing the public the bill would make their lives better but honestly what was left to be said that wasn't said in the many months leading up to its passage?  Where is their accountability for votes that only those who were as out-of-touch as Obama could cast with anything remotely resembling a clear conscience?

There are hints given throughout the series that the marriage between Michelle and Barack is held together by a slender thread.  I found some of this dubious at best and largely irrelevant to the larger issue of Barack Obama's competence.  Perceptions of other people's marriages are often wrong.  I do not, however, find this type of speculation unusual given the seeming dysfunction and disappointment among those who feel betrayed by Obama.  What was more interesting to me was the insider's perception of Michelle the ideologue:
Here is what I get from the First Lady. She is very much the Chicago ideologue. Nancy Pelosi is the far left of the Democrat Party, right? Well, Michelle Obama might be to the left of Nancy Pelosi. She really doesn’t care for how things work in the country and she wants to see it all changed. I can respect that, though I would guess she is far too liberal even for me – and I consider myself a liberal Democrat.
This is not terribly surprising in and of itself but it does hint why Obama may find himself incapable of heading to the center if he is handed a huge loss this November.  Obama is surrounded with those who believe as he does  they know better than the American people what they want and need.  They believe in their prescriptions and are unlikely to give them up.  Instead Obama seems to believe his policies would be working brilliantly were it not for the banks and businesses conspiring against him.  Those who might paint a clearer picture of reality for Obama appear to be headed for the door though there is no indication they would successfully change Obama's mind were  he to start listening:
Hopefully without sounding disrespectful, I would tell the President to pull his head out of his ass. To man up, grow up, and start to pay attention to what the American people want and need. That is a big-big flaw with this president. He comes at it from the position of thinking he knows what we need because we don’t have the ability to know for ourselves. And he doesn’t respect any opinion that is different from his own. He just doesn’t care to know any other side to any given issue. I really believe it’s a maturity thing. I think our president needs to grow up. I hate to put it that way, but there it is. President Obama – grow up.
While I can't vouch for the credibility of the source in the series, the series is an interesting read.  If nothing else it is consistent with depictions of Obama as the lazy President of Harvard Law Review and lazy senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.  Time will tell whether he is correct there is deep rancor among those who will pay the heavy price for their uncritical acceptance of Obama the healer of planets and oceans.  The insider suggests that "the door will be kicked open" when we hear news involving Pelosi.  This seems rather cryptic given all that has been said under the cover of anonymity.  Nevertheless, I believe we will start to see more and more desperate Democrats denying allegiance to Nancy Pelosi prior to the election.  What they say after the election is likely to fill many books.  I can't wait.

UPDATE:  Roger Simon has posted his reaction to the series and offers a suggestion to the source:

Sadly, this White House Insider, try as he or she may, still seems mired in this “reification.”  Not only does he (let’s assume a “he” for grammatical convenience) suffer from excessive  CIS – Clinton Idolatry Syndrome – he is still apparently more concerned for the health of the Democratic Party than he is for the health of our nation.

Otherwise, why hide behind this cloak of anonymity?

If you really want to make a difference, White House Insider, tell us who you are.  I know – it’s difficult. There are job considerations, friendships, etc. and we are all cowards. It’s normal human behavior.  But “man up” or “woman up” or whatever and take the plunge.  It’s not so bad.  I can attest to it.  Almost a decade ago I came out quite publicly in disagreement with my former views – in Hollywood of all places – and I’m still here.  (Well, sort of.)

Read the rest. More reactions here and on Memeorandum


  1. "Still, the source believes the coming deluge of revelations from those who feel betrayed by this president will be so loud the media will no longer be able to ignore it."

    One can only imagine what revelations are to follow. Once one or two significant Democrats pull their thumbs out of the dike, many more will quickly find the courage to do the same--including some in the media. I'll bet a lot of Dems are itching for somebody to make the first move.

  2. Nothing will give them the impetus like losing in a landslide in November. If you read the series there were a few shocking stories that reveal an incompetent man ill-equipped intellectually or emotionally to deal with the challenges of the presidency. I wouldn't be surprised if those are the tip of the iceberg.

  3. I read the articles, and I can't credit the "insider" with much more than the ability to admit to the absolutely punch-in-the-face obvious. He or she still thinks the Democrats deserve power and must lead even though they have been unthinkingly following the president and Pelosi like innocent newly hatched chicks follow the mother hen. They are upset because Obama didn't read the bill either! In their minds, he was supposed to read the bill, they were supposed to follow blindly, tell the people who voted for them any old thing (or hide from their constituents), and Obama would cover their political rear ends, i.e., their salaries, pensions, and perks. That would have been convenient--for them--but that's not how America defines responsible conduct. The Dems have a great deal more to learn.

  4. Wow. I've only read the first one and am a bit into the second one but had to come over and comment. I think, and this may be a stretch, that this "informant" is suspect, but in a PUMA-what-did-we-do-to-Bill-and-Hillary kind of way. A rat fleeing a sinking ship and trying to scramble onto the Clinton dinghy while the scrambling is still good, maybe? Or an out and out fake.

    But as you note, though, enough of this rings true with what we have seen and know and suspect . . . . I find the Clinton stuff particularly enlightening, as it too confirms many of my suspicions (Bill and Hillary loathe BO with almost as much fervor as most of America does. Those two are going to take him down if we can't manage it in the voting booth this year and in 2012, so that is heartening). One thing is pretty clear, though, from recent events: Bill Clinton is on the warpath and Hillary Clinton is gearing up to challenge BO for the 2012 nomination. And a lot of dems, if there is any truth to this source's revelations, are cheering them on . . . from the cold, dark water they flung themselves into and in which they are now stranded, treading water and struggling to survive the coming November hurricane.

    Excellent find and good reading, whatever the source or reason for his "expose."


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