November 3, 2012

Irrelevant benefits to Obama's losing the election, #1.

I write "#1" with confidence, as if I know I'll have additional reasons and this post is the first in a series.

"Irrelevant," because these will not be reasons that ought to have any influence on whether you should vote for Obama or not. (If you want to know what I'm doing and why, that post was yesterday.)

So here's the reason: It will be interesting to see what Obama does with himself if he is suddenly plunged into the circumstance of not being President. If Romney loses, no one will watch him, seeing what he does. He'll melt back into the general population. He's 65 years old. His accomplishments are accomplished. And if he never makes it to the presidency, he'll be a former candidate, not a former President. He doesn't even go back to an existing public office.

When's the last time a major party candidate lost without having a political position to which he could return? Not McCain. Not Kerry. They went back to the Senate. Oh, no! It was Al Gore! He found things to do to interest, entertain, and torment us. He would not be ignored. But he was a young man — young for a presidential candidate — only 52. It's possible that Romney will undertake some grandiose project, but it's nearly impossible to picture him going Gore on us. It's safe to predict that if Romney loses, he'll gracefully concede, wish us all well, and retire into private life, within which he'll be a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, doing manifold good works that will receive no publicity.

But Obama! He's only 51. He was too green to have become President when he did, and he stumbled and lost — if he loses. He had so much promise that he hit the top early, and now all that ability, brought to bear too soon, goes forward into prime years... for what?! That's what's so interesting. We'll get to see what. We only get to see what's down that path if he loses: an irrelevant benefit to Obama's losing the election.

114 comments:

Clyde said...

If Obama loses, he should be exiled to Oahu, like Napoleon was to Elba.

Jay Retread said...

Gore left office and made foolish predictions like NYC could be buried under water.

Michael K said...

He'll become another Jimmy Carter. A constant scold and annoyance who will be used by the Islamists to attack our policies and make themselves feel good. Unless Romney fails, and I doubt that, and the election is close, I also doubt that, he will not run for office again.

He is too narcissistic to do what John Quincy Adams did and enter the Senate or House and do useful work for the country.

dbp said...

Obama will still be young in 4 years, so either way we will eventually see if he makes anything of himself.

DavidD said...

I predict more community organizing, only with a louder bullhorn.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are probably looking forward to retirement, anyway.

phx said...

e is too narcissistic to do what John Quincy Adams did and enter the Senate or House and do useful work for the country.

How useful our congress people are these days.

Pogo said...

Either way, Obama's gonna get a dog and name it Revenge.

And it will be served cold.

Forthenri said...

My first thought was he'd be relieved, since I suspect he thinks the job is entirely too much work (not that he actually does it) and he'd much rather be golfing. But I think he'd also try to stay active enough in his party to keep his 2016 options open. Can you imagine another Obama run for the presidency? Just shoot me, now.

ooonaughtykitty said...

Clyde has the right answer. :D

edutcher said...

As a benefit, not hearing what a swell dresser Moochelle is tops the list.

Ann Althouse said...

He had so much promise that he hit the top early, and now all that ability, brought to bear too soon, goes forward into prime years... for what?!

What promise?

He was/is all flash and no substance. There was an item somewhere that his GPA was only 2.6 with a lot of incompletes (this, I can believe). You really can't point to any real accomplishments in his life.

Unless you like that $6 T in debt.

MartyH said...

Gear up to run for President in 2016.

The Senate will probably still be controlled by Democrats, and Reid has already stated that he will not work with Romney. So gridlock will continue, and the economy may suffer as a result.

Who on the D side would run against him in the primary? Biden? Hillary?

The press could fawn over the Second Coming.

Axelrod is probably already making plans...

Pogo said...

Uhao was I 'ere I saw Oahu.

Simon Kenton said...

I think he'll have to get busy. Real busy. He and Michelle have developed a real taste for living large on the rest of us. If that's cut off, he's going to have to earn large to keep up the conspicuous consumption.

Shanna said...

He's going to Hawaii and he'll give speeches to anyone who will have him.

Mostly he'll just eat his waffles.

john sager said...

Shave his head and join a convent?

Ali Karim Bey said...

Obama should have lost. Romney is correct here:

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/156624/

BUT, it is over for Romney. This speech should have been at the American Red Cross all day Monday through all day next Tuesday.

Obama is a Photo-OP POTUS. He has gotten lots of free love from Press.

Nate Silver has said that Sandy helps Obama through the finish line.

This is weird, but I knew this on Sunday. I actually saw all events this week through my minds-eye.

Why must I do all thinking for the GOP?

Forget you, my vote for Romney last Friday is now an official waste. Who needs you? I am going to cry like no one has cried next Tuesday.

dbp said...

Al Gore is a genius: How could he possibly have guessed we would get hurricanes up north?

New England Hurricane of 1938 Category 5 Category 3 1938 September 21, 1938

1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane Category 4 Category 1 1944 September 15, 1944

Hurricane Able Category 2 Tropical Depression 1952 September 1, 1952

Hurricane Carol Category 3 Category 3 1954 August 31, 1954

Hurricane Edna Category 3 Category 1 1954 September 11, 1954

Hurricane Diane Category 3 Tropical Storm 1955 August 18–19, 1955

Hurricane Cindy Category 1 Tropical Storm 1959 July 11, 1959

Hurricane Donna Category 5 Category 2 1960 September 12, 1960

pm317 said...

Good riddance and don't let the door hit you on your incompetent ass.

He will collect his retirement and whatever else. He does not have to work ever at all. That is the very relevant benefit to him. The only silver lining for us is that he will not have any lingering influence -- nobody will want him and nobody will listen to him. He will be a has been, kind of Al Gore.

bagoh20 said...

Maybe he'll finally go help out his poor brother. Naaaa, why bother now.

The Drill SGT said...

Unfortunately, Napoleon came back from Elba. It would be Obama '16.

Put him on St Helena. In our case, Maybe Shemya Alaska. We still have a base there. Teh Won could get lots of use out of his bomber jacket, though I doubt the locals would be impressed. Michelle could shop for local crafts.

The Drill SGT said...

BTW: Romney 300+

furious_a said...

"But Obama! He's only 51. He was too green to have become President when he did, and he stumbled and lost — if he loses..."

... he can go back to Altgeld Gardens and finish the asbestos abatement.

edutcher said...

MartyH said...

Gear up to run for President in 2016.

He's going to re-align the country politically, losing states the Demos shouldn't lose.

Add that to the truth coming out about Benghazi and he'll be as popular as Fritz Mondale in '85.

Ditto Hillary.

Biden? He'll be doing stand-up at The Villages.

Andy Cuomo might have gotten the nod, but Sandy's the Demo Katrina and he's Kathleen Blanco.

Kchiker said...

Are the Althousians still predicting a Romney landslide? This will get interesting.

edutcher said...

john sager said...

Shave his head and join a convent?

Monastery. Maybe he'll start a bathhouse.

Willie would join a convent.

Bryan C said...

Mitt Romney probably won't run for office again, though there's always the possibility of a cabinet appointment or something in 2016. His father remained active with private charities until he died at 88, so I doubt he'll disappear completely.

When Obama steps down in January I expect he'll go golfing a lot, fly all over the world apologizing for the US, and work very closely with shady organizations run by dangerous men with dubious plans for our future. So, really, from his perspective it'll be like he never left office.

Mumpsimus said...

And think of all the great insider tell-all books that will come out next year, if he loses.

Michael said...

The thing is, Obama never really has been President. The President should lead the whole country and stand up to his own people now and then. He or she should instill some kind of vision of what the country is and where it should go. Obama sub-contracted policy out to Reid and Pelosi, thought giving some accommodating speeches amounted to a foreign policy, and generally carried on like your classic academic anti-war leftist. He could be in the very post-modern position of having lost the office without ever having occupied it.

Pogo said...

Obama's got UN job for the asking.

Perfect, too, heading an organization dedicated to verbiage over praxis.

Or via Steyn, all jacket and no bombers.

Ali Karim Bey said...

Bring back Benghazi: Let us talk Benghazi.

" You keep lyin' when you oughta be truthin' "
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww

(then watch, http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/156624/)

Calypso Facto said...

Al Gore is a genius: How could he possibly have guessed we would get hurricanes up north?

Thanks, dbp. I was about to respond to Jake's snark that Gore was AMAZINGLY able to predict something that's only been going on consistently since, oh, the last ice age or so, but I see you've got it covered.

ds5929 said...

What promise? What ability? He's a Chicago hack/thug. Never was anything more. Never will be. Anything else is nothing more than projection of what you want to see.
Oh yeah- One relevant benefit. We have at least a chance to go back to being a non-EU constitutional republic. That'd be nice.

Bob Ellison said...

I've been wondering about the same thing. Jimmy Carter pretty quickly established himself as "the best ex-President ever", and then transformed himself, over a period of years, into "the worst-ex-President ever". Obama might follow a similar path.

I'm growing more convinced, though, that he really doesn't care for fame unless it adores him. If he loses, he'll be sneered at. He might just fade away to the wealth of boardrooms and inflated honoraria.

john said...

If he had the fortitude and the drive, which I doubt, he should run for governor, maybe of Illinois. Or mayor, somewhere.

Or maybe he should work retail for a while; he might actually do well.

The guy really needs to get some work experience.

Sorun said...

He and his black and lefty supporters will blame the election loss on racism. Obama is going to become more radical, and will give racially divisive speeches to black groups.

I can't imagine what Obama could do that would be productive (unlike Carter with Habitat for Humanity).

Renee said...

In four years, when Romney is defeated, he will be nominated by the next President to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Renee said...

I'm just playing along, this could be a short lived list if Obama wins on Tuesday.

Renee said...

Sorun, yeah that would depress me if that would occur.

Carnifex said...

Liberals will start a movement to make him either a Supreme Court Justice, Pope, or just go straight to Moonie godhood.

pm317 said...

Maybe he will become David Letterman's sidekick, a la Ed McMohan. He can be on TV every night.

AprilApple said...

Have you seen this?

Kelly said...

I don't see Obama running again. He would have to have people who believed in him enough to prop him up and I just don't think there are that many remaining.

The Democrat party will want to forget him, they'll pull back to the center after a four year long war within the party. 2016 will see a more moderate candidate, not Hillary, who will have been done in by Benghazi.

Obama will become Carteresque and a thorn in future Presidents side for years to come. He'll rake in speaking fees to keep Michelle in the style to which she has become accustomed. I could see Michelle having a future in politics. Her speech at the democrat convention was very polished and well done.

Michael K said...

" phx said...
e is too narcissistic to do what John Quincy Adams did and enter the Senate or House and do useful work for the country.

How useful our congress people are these days."

That is not the issue. JQ Adams was a patriot and, in spite of losing the election, he chose to try to work within the system to do what he thought right.

That is not Obama.

Sorun said...

"The guy really needs to get some work experience."

His signature "accomplishment" is Obamacare, and he let Congress do it. It's funny, he was POTUS for four years but still doesn't have any work experience. All he can do is read speeches and collect accolades.

bagoh20 said...

It was very unfortunate that people did not wait for the first Black American President to also be a qualified man and one who revered and advocated freedom rather than plantation living. If Obama loses we may still get that some day. If he wins, we may never try again, because like I've been saying, he could be much worse and probably will be in a second term. If he loses now, we can just rack it up to the bad timing of when he came in, but after eight years it will be entirely his fault, and frankly I don't want that on the first Black President. Again, the left blows it on the unintended consequences. They always do.

Michael K said...

" MartyH said...
Gear up to run for President in 2016.

The Senate will probably still be controlled by Democrats, and Reid has already stated that he will not work with Romney. So gridlock will continue, and the economy may suffer as a result."

Romney can turn the economy loose by repealing regulations and reversing executive orders. If the economy takes off, as I think it will, even Democrats will be afraid to try to block him in 2014. I remember Reagan very well.

Saint Croix said...

#2 Comedians can be funny again

#3 Black people can complain about the government again

The Drill SGT said...

"Irrelevant benefits to Obama's losing the election, #1."

USNA able to relabel the bust of Jimmy Carter as "No longer the worst President evah..."

rhhardin said...

A line of bomber jackets.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"all that ability" - you still think that, after the last four years?

Inga said...

Yes, losing would be such a great thing for Obama, he has so much potential, but not enough to be President. He should lose for his own good.

exhelodrvr1 said...

The first male host on the view!!

edutcher said...

Bob Ellison said...

I've been wondering about the same thing. Jimmy Carter pretty quickly established himself as "the best ex-President ever", and then transformed himself, over a period of years, into "the worst-ex-President ever"

Jimmy Carter pretty quickly was established by the media as "the best ex-President ever".

FIFY

bagoh20 said...

It seems to me that Obama has never actually done any productive work in his entire life. I don't even know many homeless for which that's the case. And no, I don't generally consider politics to be doing productive work. It mostly wastes more resources than it creates, at least in a mature republic. And, writing two autobiographies about such a life is not my idea of productive work either, if he even wrote them.

gadfly said...

Althouse is wrong.

But Obama! He's only 51. He was too green to have become President when he did ...

"Green" means immature, which he remains, but he was truly unqualified to rise to the level of president.

Remember Peter's Corollary which says in effect that in time, every post tends to be occupied by someone who is incompetent to carry out his duties? Well, those of us not enamored with the election of our first black president knew (before the election) that Obama was unqualified to be president. What we didn't know was that he was incapable- as a result of his ideology - of ever rising to the challenge of the office.

bagoh20 said...

"He should lose for his own good."

I bet that, except for the feeling of being rejected, that Obama would love this to be over. I don't know how anyone would want that scrutiny 24/7. I don't think he's driven by a sense of overwhelming responsibility. If he was, how could he spend so much time on the golf course? Once you have lived in the White House and you know you can't stay forever anyway, I would want the hell out, and don't follow me.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Benefit #1, we won't have to listen to his droning, dull voice on the television or radio and eventually, every other word gushed by the MSM will not be Obama.

Downside. The negative news and constant Romney bashing will begin.

Either way. I'm not turning on the television for quite some time.

garage mahal said...

Nobody really thinks Obama is going to lose on Tuesday, do they? C'mon.

I'm more curious what Paul Ryan is going to do post-loss. His people are already talking to the media about it.

Renee said...

Hang out with Sen. Scott Brown, because he may be out of job as well.

Obama could take Professor Warren job at Harvard Law, too.

cubanbob said...

Michael K said...
" MartyH said...
Gear up to run for President in 2016.

The Senate will probably still be controlled by Democrats, and Reid has already stated that he will not work with Romney. So gridlock will continue, and the economy may suffer as a result."

Romney can turn the economy loose by repealing regulations and reversing executive orders. If the economy takes off, as I think it will, even Democrats will be afraid to try to block him in 2014. I remember Reagan very well.

11/3/12 10:40 AM

Forget Reid. It's a bravado. All Romney has to do when Reid tries to pull that stunt is to quietly pass the word that he will sign a permanent national waiver to the Davis-Bacon Act and Reid's bosses will set him straight.

PackerBronco said...

He had so much promise that he hit the top early, and now all that ability, brought to bear too soon, goes forward into prime years... for what?!

All of what abilities?

Ability to read off a teleprompter?

I see a sparkling future for Obama as a game show host.

bagoh20 said...

"Nobody really thinks Obama is going to lose on Tuesday, do they? C'mon."

You do, but I appreciate the stiff upper lip ,old boy.

We know first hand how excited the right is, and we see the left not real proud of what they have. Among every single constituency or demographic you can identify Obama is doing worse than last time and some, like independents, are double digits moves away.

cubanbob said...

Micheal K

Romney can turn the economy loose by repealing regulations and reversing executive orders. If the economy takes off, as I think it will, even Democrats will be afraid to try to block him in 2014. I remember Reagan very well.

11/3/12 10:40 AM

Well said. I remember Reagan very well. And you are correct. Get tax reform done ASAP and repeal Obamacare and the executive orders and regulatory repeal and we will have a Reagan recovery. And in 2014 there will be another chance to run a candidate to get rid of the sleazy corrupt POS Reid.

I just hope that Romney has enough coattails to carry a lot of republicans in on the rest of the ballot.

Curious George said...

"He had so much promise that he hit the top early, and now all that ability, brought to bear too soon, goes forward into prime years... for what?!"

What a bunch of drivel. His ability is to use his blackness and con suckers...like you. Period.

What will he do? Dunno. But it will include a lifelong pursuit of changing history and firming up his legacy. Like Carter.

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

He'd probably like to follow Eisenhower and become a university president. Or commissioner of the NBA. But I'm not sure they'd want him because of the threat to other employees of having a former U.S. President come into the office every day and the need to accommodate the secret service.

So he'll do the only thing of significance he's ever done and write about himself. He's got at least two more books to write about himself. The first to document his experience in the White House. The second one in 15-20 years to reflect on what he's done in post-presidency.

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ricpic said...

Next United Nations Secretary General for sure. A perfect fit as a one world government socialist. Also perfect in that the UN Secretary General's position on any and all questions is more government, in this case more "international community" government, which is all Barry knows.

Hagar said...

He will travel around the world giving speeches to the Norwegian Parliament and likeminded organizations.

Dr.D said...

Obama will still have time to come out and advance the cause of communism openly and vigorously. It is what he has spent is life doing, and their will be no reason for him to stop just because he is a former US president. He might work to publicly unite the Dems and the CPUSA for example, and lead the new, united party in its open push to dominate America.

William said...

He will write his memoirs. As soon as the book contract is announced, the Nobel people will award him the Literature Prize. At the ceremony, he will apologize for the racism of previous American winners.

JL said...

He had so much promise that he hit the top early, and now all that ability, brought to bear too soon, goes forward into prime years... for what?! That's what's so interesting.

What's interesting to me is how much you are still enthralled by this rather ordinary man.

His ability is to con the credulous. He'll probably do like fellow Nobel Laureate Al Gore with his carbon credits scheme, and come up with some lucrative way to separate gullible progressives from their money. Maybe he and ex-mayor Bloomberg can set up a carbohydrates credit scheme; which will allow you purchase carbo credits that you can trade in for a Big Gulp.

Darrell said...

Obama--no American--can be United Nations Secretary General by the UN Charter.

Of course he can use his Kenyan birth certificate, so there's no problem.

machine said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...fantasyland.

bagoh20 said...

"He's got at least two more books to write about himself."

It will be the most thoroughly documented life in history. Talk about your filler. He should get our own champion of Lorem Ipsum (Ritmo) to ghost write.

AllenS said...

There really isn't anything that Obama can do. He has no talent. I guess that he could continue to play golf, but how good is he at that? Probably not good at all.

The Drill SGT said...

ricpic said...
Next United Nations Secretary General for sure. A perfect fit as a one world government socialist.


Please please. I can hardly wait for the shock to hit him when he and the MSM discover how little support he'd get from the nations he has been pandering to...

Tom from Virginia said...

The Hillary-Obama fight for the 2016 nomination has the potential to be the most brutal scorched-earth nomination fight the country has ever seen. But it won't be, and that's because Hillary will leave Foggy Bottom with so much damaging information on President Obama, he'll just let her have it. And he'll be just as much help to Hillary in the general election as Bill has been to him. [Maybe I'll change my screen name to Cassandra.]

MartyH said...

He's a narcissist, he hates to lose, and he hates Romney. He's going to get 47-49% of the vote, even in this economy, even with Benghazi. In four years there will be another group of 18-22 year old voters to sucker. Romney may move things in the right direction, but all will not be well by 2016.

Obama's gonna run again to get his chair back. And then he'll leave it empty (again).

bagoh20 said...

He's gonna end up the cash cow for a series of self-loathing leftist businessmen. It will be very lucrative, and include endless calls for higher taxes, while they all use every loophole available, and push for more of them. So yea, Al Gore all over again.

dreams said...

All that ability, I'm not seeing much ability and never did except in promoting himself. As to what he'll do, he'll enjoy the good life by playing golf, taking vacation trips, make a lot of money giving speeches, pontificating on the current issues which will be lots of fun for him given he won't have to make any decisions so therefore won't be held accountable. Of course, he will join the board of directors of a lot of mostly green companies where he supposedly will be doing good while making even more easy money.

Not to worry, life is going to be good for Bronco Bamma. Our concern should be for Michelle who is the one who is going miss the benefits of being the white house resident but she'll struggle on, though with less pride in our country even as she too enjoys all the benefits it has to offer.

rhhardin said...

Overflowing with inexperience

bandmeeting said...

Gore left office and made foolish predictions like NYC could be buried under water.

Good one Jay Retread. His prediction didn't come true. I've spent the last few days high and dry--the power never went off.

A also did a circular bike ride from 77th street to battery park and back. This ride was accomplished without benefit of a canoe.

Keep predicting Algore. You might get one right someday.

JohnJ said...

“All of what abilities?”

That’s closest to the mark.

Obama was pegged early by the left as a vehicle for their return to power. Dunno that much consideration was given to any actual talents he might have for leadership, vision or management.

As for what he does as an ex-president, I supposed I’m curious, but I mostly don’t care. Perhaps a more interesting question to consider is what the media will do. We’ve had four-plus years of unrelenting propaganda about our philosopher/genius President, his bestest-ever First Lady, and their adorably perfect children (I believe he mentioned once or twice that they were girls). What are the media gonna do without Obama to prop up 24/7?

garage mahal said...

You do, but I appreciate the stiff upper lip ,old boy.

Romney is leading in exactly one national poll (+1), and no swing state polls as of today. It's going to be a looooong night I'm afraid for Romney voters.

Baron Zemo said...

Next commissioner of the WNBA!

Baron Zemo said...

I mean being married to Michelle he has a lot of experience handling large angry black women.

Victor Erimita said...

If he loses, it will prove (to him and The Lovely and Talented Michelle) that the country just isn't good enough for him.

He will have plenty of work on the six-figure speaker circuit, entertaining rooms full of gullible twits who are incapable of learning anything, ever. And of course the entire rest of the world will welcome his diatribes against the land they all love to hate. He will be the petty little resentment-fueled humbug he has always been, disguised in 2008 and revealed during this desperate, last stand campaign. He will be a perpetual reminder to all who pay attention, of what the Left really is.

Hagar said...

Jimmy Redeless still thinks he was a quite successful Prsident. With this size ego there goes an equal capacity for self-delusion.

Besides, "success" depends on what you were aiming at being successful at. Since it never was Obama's intent to actually himself - you know - "govern," and he really has been quite successful as an agitator - you have to give him that; the nation is more angry and distrustful of each other now than it has been in living memory - by his lights - like Jimmy Carter - he has indeed been a great success!

bgates said...

I suppose another irrelevant benefit might be seeing whether famous leftist and Obama supporter Bill Maher was right last night when he told Romney supporters, "Black people know who you are and they will come after you."

I would also be interested to learn whether a famous Democrat explicitly claiming on his own tv show that black people will engage in widespread violence if the Democrat loses the election is considered nearly as "ugly" as a YouTube video of a belligerent woman who believed the President had purchased a cell phone for her.

phx said...

Maybe he'll finally go help out his poor brother. Naaaa, why bother now.

There seems to be something wrong with your priorities as you like so much to remind us of this.

Why do you drag the personal into this?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I suppose another irrelevant benefit might be seeing whether famous leftist and Obama supporter Bill Maher was right last night when he told Romney supporters, "Black people know who you are and they will come after you."

Anecdotal, I know. We have as business clients many very wealthy people who live in the coastal urban areas of California and who also have vacation homes in our area. (if you can call a 3000 square foot two story palatial home a vacation place). Generally, this time of year the places are shut down, water drained from the lines, pipes protected, winterized, until we are requested to open up the place for a Holiday get together or for hunting parties.

THIS year, about 1/3 of those clients have decided to open their vacation homes for a week or so beginning the week of November 6th. Coincidence? I don't think so. They are just being prudent and getting somewhere else, safe and serene until the dust settles.

I wouldn't go near the Bay Area or any other 'urban' and 'ethnic' place for any reason whatsoever after the election.

Obama loses, riots. Obama wins.....riots.

Either way.

Will Cate said...

They could turn it into a reality TV show: ObamaWatch.

wildswan said...

Romney can make an immediate impact because he can repeal on his own what Obama passed on his own - executive orders and directives to agencies. In one day Romney could: 1. resume allowing permits for drilling in the Gulf 2. allow the Keystone pipeline 3. allow oil searches on public land. Hundreds of thousands of potential jobs, at once. More jobs later as Obamacare is repealed. Then, when Romney improves the economy it will affect Obama's prestige. So then what can he do? I did not realise until pointed out above (by Darrell) that Obama cannot run the UN as no citizen of a country which is a permanent member of the Security Council can be Secretary General. He could set up an institute in Russia, his spiritual homeland, and pontificate from there. Also he could finance books denying the realities of the Russian and Chinese famines and proclaiming his own success in ending the the Second Great Depression and so on.

Chip S. said...

Ambassador to Libya?

kcom said...

Note to Garage:

They don't count polls on election day, they count votes.

bgates said...

There seems to be something wrong with your priorities

You're saying it's none of our business if a millionaire, who tells us we're immoral if we don't turn over more money to him because he believes we're all bound by the pseudo-Biblical injunction to be our brothers' keeper, leaves his own brother to die in the street.

Barack Obama could help George Obama at literally no cost to himself. I don't mean virtually no cost, as it would be if he parted with a few thousand of his millions of dollars. I mean literally no cost, if he asked one of his plutocrat supporters - Soros, or Jamie Dimon, or somebody who profited from the Solyndra scam, or a Hollywood big shot - to send their pocket change to brother George in Kenya.

Barack Obama could lift his own brother from destitution to comfort by speaking a sentence, and he won't do it.

phx said...

You're saying it's none of our business if a millionaire, who tells us we're immoral if we don't turn over more money to him because he believes we're all bound by the pseudo-Biblical injunction to be our brothers' keeper, leaves his own brother to die in the street.

Let's hope that you don't have a personal tragedy in your family that becomes cause for all the world to look and pass judgment on without any real understanding whatsoever.

In such an instance you and I would understand each other perfectly.

Calypso Facto said...

Ambassador to Libya?

Ouch.

Cedarford said...

Pogo said...
Either way, Obama's gonna get a dog and name it Revenge.

And it will be served cold.

=================
If he loses, and that is still slightly under 50-50 odds IMO....I think both Democrats and Republicans will want to put a stake in Urkel the Narcissist. A lot of Dems are not happy with the Pelosi-Obama Team.

Expect Benghazi to be investigated if he loses, with Dems "shocked!" at the revelations and "deeply disappointed the media never uncovered the deceptions and screwups before the Hearings started".
Obama's transcripts to magically appear and Gov. Cuomo among others, to be "surprised" that someone with his poor record and heavy socialist course load got into Harvard Law.
Stories about his U of Chicago sinecures for himself and Michelle basically doing little but occasionally show up - were arraigned by 3 prominant and wealthy progressive Jewish Families that control the U of Chicago Board. (The billionaire Crown, Klutznik, and Pritzker Families)

Insider stories by Clintonistas will come....how Obama only cared about the trappings of office and had little energy for the substance..aside from campaigning or giving speeches. Many Dem insiders consider him unworthy for office, an unchecked ego, far less intelligent than he thinks himself as being.
They will look to the Democrat future and want to put a stake in him as well, but carefully, being concerned about the black voters that see him as bigger than MLK.

Carl said...

He will go teach, like Dukakis, and gather around him a small coterie of adoring nearly viciously passionate young folks, a cross between a Praetorian Guard and rock-star fan club, with a five-year turnover cycle.

Not perhaps in Chicago. In the end, I think Obama was and still is too delicate for Chicago politics and Chicago itself. Not because he lacks the essential amorality, but because he lacks the fire in the belly, the grit. I see Boston or New York City as more likely, with frequent visits to LA to bask in the glam lifestyles of his Tavis Smiley friends and groupies.

An interesting question is what happens to Michelle. She's always struck me as the harder of the two, and perhaps even the more ambitious.

Clyde said...

If Obama loses, after the 2013 Congressional Benghazi hearings, we'll hear Obama swear that he will search every golf course in America until he finds the real killers.

Just like O.J.

sdferr said...

"A line of Bomber jackets"

I've been harboring a vision of Barry and Michelle building a business of a hip-hop clothing line called Wear On Women. Bomber jackets in pink would be a nice addition to peddling mom-jeans to gangstas.

PatCA said...

Benefit: I will not miss Michelle's weird belts one little bit.

Cosmic Conservative said...

Obama will continue to be Carter on steroids and will inject his unwelcome and unwise "advice" into every national or geopolitical issue, doing everything he can to undermine Romney.

Anything else he does will be irrelevant. That's all that will matter.

bgates said...

Let's hope that you don't have a personal tragedy in your family that becomes cause for all the world to look and pass judgment on without any real understanding whatsoever.

OK. Let's hope you don't get a blister from wearing the wrong sized shoes.

In such an instance you and I would understand each other perfectly.

I think we understand each other well enough already: I'm disgusted by the moral preening of a rich selfish bastard, and you're desperate to talk about something else.

Chuck Currie said...

The irrelevant benefit if Obama WINS, is I will get the spend the rest of my life saying, "I told you so".

Cosmic Conservative said...

Chuck, well, I can't say that it surprises me to see an Obama voter all primed up in lip-smacking anticipation of heaving out the "I told you sos..."

If Obama loses I'll satisfy myself with the realization that the nation is back in the hands of the adults.

Blair said...

I'm not worried about whatever Harry Reid has to say. Expect Joe Manchin to become Romney's new best friend.

Mom said...

All WHAT ability? In four years, what ability have we seen? Any? Hmmm???

Good God.

Dante said...

Uh. I just had a nasty thought. Jerry Brown came back from the dead to become governor in CA again. Somehow these guys simply don't get it. When the till is empty, they continue to want to spend more on massive programs. Obama Care/Energy at the federal level, and Brown it's stupid green energy, more taxes, and a choo choo train for $100B.

Stephen Monteith said...

I'm surprised, guys. Couldn't you tell that "all his abilities" was spoken in sarcasm? Even irony?

As for what the president will do if/when he loses, I have a string of temporary solutions to his personal job crisis (in some order):

- Speaking circuit; not just lectures, but interviews around the world, augmented by a brief resurgence of his career as an autobiographer;

- Board member for various organizations, possibly even a chairmanship; these would last a bit longer, since he wouldn't have any real responsibilities, but they wouldn't count as "work", either, so eventually even he would feel compelled to "do" something;

- Public face of various causes, again taking him around the world to speak up in defense of the defenseless, possibly in Africa; the southern part of the continent, though, far away from anything that might remind others of his presidency; he may even net himself another Nobel Prize;

- DNC Chairman; every couple of years, he'd be trotted out to campaign for various candidates, anyway (never for himself, though, since he'd never run for anything again), so why not just make him the official Divider-in-Chief instead of the de facto one?

- Professor, either at Harvard or one of his other alma maters; once he has tenure, though, he leaves that, too;

- Finally, he's a professional retiree, writing one or two more memoirs, one based on his post-presidency career and the other about the general arc his life has taken, and popping up every now and then on television in ... some capacity;

phx said...
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phx said...

You aren't one to show mercy.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Althouse:

Irrelevant benefit to Obama losing the election #2:

Malia and Sasha can have a measure of privacy to finish growing up during their teen years


Irrelevant benefit #3
My kids' Happy Meals can have a full small serving of french fries and not, as I call them, Michelle O'Fries.