June 4, 2018

"In order to understand the shattering surprise that gripped team Obama, it is necessary to appreciate the sensation of absolute moral superiority that wafted them along."

"This was no mere election. It was a fight between good and evil. And they were in no doubt that they were the good guys. 'Cuba, climate, Iran,' Rhodes says, what will happen to those things now that Donald Trump is in charge? Note that he puts forward those items as if they were triumphs for the Obama administration and not disastrous missteps. 'The irony of the Obama years,' Rhodes mused, 'is going to be that he was advocating an inclusive global view rooted in common humanity and international order amidst this roiling ocean of growing nationalism and authoritarianism.' Got that? 'Inclusive' and 'common humanity' on one side versus 'nationalism' and 'authoritarianism' on the other.... The fascinating thing of 'The Final Year' is the glimpse it affords into the engine room of a certain species of elite bureaucratic presumption. It is earnest, articulate, educated, well-meaning, and utterly, dangerously na├»ve. When you review the series of foreign policy disasters over which Obama presided—the names Libya, Syria, and Iran offer a good start—and then contrast it with his warmhearted rhetoric, you begin to understand why Graham Greene could warn that 'innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.'"

From "A Clueless 'Final Year'" by Roger Kimball.

103 comments:

David Begley said...

One movie. Two screens.

Obama and Rhodes are now on the ash heap of history and it only took 500 days.

Earnest Prole said...

Obama's innocence wandering the world is a mirror image of GW Bush's; the difference is that Bush eventually learned from his mistakes.

Bay Area Guy said...

Ben Rhodes - not a deep thinker, not an accomplished man, kind of an empty suit.

Top adviser to President Obama? Yikes.

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

I think innocence in foreign policy is like the Boy Scout in some of the P.G. Wodehouse stories (Bertie Wooster and Jeeves): the Scout is determined to do good deeds for or to other people; unfortunately there is a tendency for innocent people to get hurt. This makes the Scout determined to magnify his scope: now I owe you five good deeds. Please, people are soon asking, please, no more good deeds.

rhhardin said...

The Obama is a piece of shit analysis is better. Who does a guy like that hire.

I'm Full of Soup said...

When we were college age, we'd go out drinking on a week night and end up outside an American Legion Hall after their last call at 3AM and we'd spend an hour or two discussing how we'd fix the country. I know now our booze-fueled ideas were mostly dumb and impractical; Obama has never come to grips with the fact that his ideas were dumb too.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Obama is an utterly malicious and calculating asshole whose greatest delight was sticking his middle finger into American eyes. He was able to surround himself with a shadow government full of like-minded anti-American assholes, and that is a disgrace and shame of our nation.

Curious George said...

"Barack Obama - not a deep thinker, not an accomplished man, kind of an empty suit.

Leader of the free world? Yikes."

Earnest Prole said...

When we were college age, we'd go out drinking on a week night and end up outside an American Legion Hall after their last call at 3AM

University of Oregon?

Robert Cook said...

Innocence? Obama was never the agent of change he apparently truly--astonishlyly--believed himself to be, but was always simply another agent of the status quo, with delusions of grandeur.

CapnJim said...
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Ignorance is Bliss said...

...innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.

Bad analogy. Leprosy is actually not particularly contagious.

Rory said...

"...he was advocating an inclusive global view rooted in common humanity...."

Yeah, that describes a religion, better implemented by persuasion than through the police power.

h said...

Bay Area Guy makes a really good point. Watch that video of Rhodes's mental and emotional collapse on election night, and then consider that he would have been a leading character in the "war room" or in making response action decisions in the case of an attack on the US at home or abroad. I want better people with stronger minds in those positions (regardless of their policy preferences) and I want a President that can recognize when a person is too weak to hold such a position.

CapnJim said...

Most of us have gotten to the point that we want the Clintons and Obamas to go away and lead quiet lives outside the constant media attention they so desperately crave. Now the Obamas hope to gain an audience on Netflix. When will it end?

Fernandinande said...

Dear Colleague - Bite me.

ddh said...

The Rhodes to Hell are paved with good intentions.

Larry J said...

rhhardin said...

The Obama is a piece of shit analysis is better. Who does a guy like that hire.


First rate leaders hire first rate staff. They aren't afraid of being undermined or outclassed - they simply want the best people they can find. Second rate leaders hire third rate staff so they can appear the best and brightest in any room. It isn't hard to know what kind of "leader" Obama was. His "lead from behind" strategy tells us all we ever needed to know.

ddh said...

CapnJim said,

"Most of us have gotten to the point that we want the Clintons and Obamas to go away and lead quiet lives outside the constant media attention they so desperately crave. Now the Obamas hope to gain an audience on Netflix. When will it end?"

When will it end? When you change the channel. That's an option we will have that we didn't have before.

William said...

When you stop to think about it, the differences between Lutherans, Anglicans and Catholics were really not so significant and yet people were willing to murder their opponents because they thought their side was good and the other side was evil. That Rhodes takes such a starkly Manichean view of the policy differences between Obama and Trump makes me question his wisdom and tolerance. He's an evil person and his kind should be eradicated from the earth.

Francisco D said...

All the conditions found in Groupthink.

Unexpectedly.

madAsHell said...

I think it was one of my first comments here in 2008......Obama is the guy that does below average work, but will argue for an 'A' at the end of the term.

hawkeyedjb said...

Several nations of the world, just like the USA, have chosen quite a few empty lightweights to lead them in recent years. Mr. Obama gives the impression of never having thought deeply about anything. He talks to like-minded people, and they reinforce each other, and pretty soon they've convinced themselves that their ever-repeated platitudes are actually wisdom. Then the world comes along and intrudes, and it turns out that your wisdom is embodied in a legacy that can be blown away like a feather by a vulgar non-politician. Trump's great value is in demonstrating just how insubstantial the "accomplishments" of the lightweight class truly are.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

When you are morally superior, when you know the fight is good versus evil, and you know the fire of righteousness burns within you and only wickedness and evil lie down the road your opponent suggests then everyone and everything must be cast in that harsh light of "Good" opposing "Bad," as the Light casting out the Dark. When you are the one bending the arc of history toward justice, so what if it takes an extra pound of pressure? Using any means necessary, to achieve that bend, to move the arc, to push society toward the One True Vision will be rewarded in the end. We are the ones we were waiting for.

Orwell46 said...

Orwell, among many others, stressed the evils that arise from over-abstraction. Clearly the Obama people believed in their cloudy abstractions and never checked to see how real they were. "Inclusive global view rooted in common humanity and international order" -- indeed.

James Jones said...

Larry J said

First rate leaders hire first rate staff. They aren't afraid of being undermined or outclassed - they simply want the best people they can find. Second rate leaders hire third rate staff so they can appear the best and brightest in any room.


“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. 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.” --Barack Obama

madAsHell said...

Now the Obamas hope to gain an audience on Netflix.

Good!! Keep the spotlight on Obama, and draw attention away from the likes of Gavin Newsome.

When will it end?

When they run out of other people's money.

Ann Althouse said...

"One movie. Two screens."

I know the phrase, but it doesn't make sense... unless "screens" refers to the screen we put up in our mind. One movie is on one screen, but we all see it through our own eyes and think about it in our own mind.

Does that phrase help?

I think it's a Scott Adams term, and notice that he puts his terms on things so that he can trace where his ideas go. That makes the off-ness of the term a virtue, because someone else wouldn't arrive at that term, so Adams knows it's from him.

MayBee said...

Hahahahhaha Cuba.

Where our diplomats have some unexplained terrible affliction from something the Cubans did to our embassy. What a success!!

They were the most surface-level administration ever.

Sebastian said...

"inclusive global view rooted in common humanity"

He should have run on that: "I want to be president of our common humanity."

Hey, Ben, how did you "include" the people of Libya and Syria?

But the Netflix deal is only secondarily about shows and audience. It's prog protection money.

Clyde said...

Actually, I think that Scott Adams' phrase was "two movies, one screen." One side sees a horror movie where all of their most cherished plans have been thwarted, the other side sees a heroic battle to take their country back and make it great again.

I'm Full of Soup said...

Earnest: nope. I went to a commuter school Temple Univ in Philly. Those late nights were in the summers when I was young enough to stay out all night and still get to the summer job in the morning [which started around 10AM driving a truck].

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

The irony of the Obama years is going to be that
..in matters of national security Obama so often intentionally acted against the best interests of the nation he was elected to protect, and
..in matters of internal affairs he so often intentionally acted to divide rather than unify the citizenry.

FIFY, Ben

I'm Full of Soup said...

"I think it was one of my first comments here in 2008......Obama is the guy that does below average work, but will argue for an 'A' at the end of the term."

I remember those classmates in college. They were so predictable and did the same thing in every class to every professor. You'd see them at the end of the period after a test lining up to plead their case.

tim maguire said...

Michael Fitzgerald said...Obama is an utterly malicious and calculating asshole whose greatest delight was sticking his middle finger into American eyes.

I don't think that's right. Sure, he's a jerk, immature, never advanced beyond the level of "coolest kid in high school." What I remember most from his "lipstick on a pig" episode is the way he casually scratched his cheek with his middle finger and looked around at the audience, giggling at his joke and fairly begging them to giggle back. That was classic Barack Obama.

But mostly he is a thoroughly mediocre man promoted far beyond his capabilities. He is Chauncey Gardner.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

I don't want to elect people to positions of power who want to heal the world, and I think most other people would agree with me. When I vote for someone to represent me I want them to advocate for what I think is in my best interest. Politics is a peaceful way for disparate interests to wrangle over resources and, to some extent, societal norms. At least that is what it should be. Technocratic government, which is what we have had since at least Coolidge up until Trump's election, holds that the people are a bunch of ignoramuses and must be protected from their folly by a class of educated experts. The experts will be totally disinterested in their own interests of course and will make decisions based solely on what is best for everyone. The technocrats try to hide it, but occasionally the mask slips and an advocate for technocracy will mention that the constitution is over 100 years old, and therefore outmoded. And when guys like Bill Kristol tweet that he wants a return to democratic norms as opposed to Trump, is that he is pro-technocracy. That's the truth about most neverTrumpers. They like the technocracy because they think they are part of it. The real fight is over technocracy vs actual democratic governance.

Michael K said...

Obama is the example of the late night dorm bull sessions elected to actually run things.

They are all empty suits except the shadowy figures behind them who actually did run things.

ValJar is probably one of those shadowy figures.

MayBee said...

I did see a news report this weekend that Eric Holder is exploring a presidential run.

Oso Negro said...

Maybe Obama himself was the Duck Rabbit. Where Althouse and others saw a beautiful rabbit, the rest of us saw a duck quacking out of his ass.

Comanche Voter said...

James Jones had it right. Obama was in fact the smartest guy in the room---if the room was filled with people he hired. And then when you consider how "smart" Obama actually was-----then you recoil in horror. Give me a tired old Henry Kissinger with his Mittel European world view and put him up against Obama. An intellectual heavyweight against an intellectual flyweight.

MarkJ said...

Read the Chris Wright piece linked above by Robert Cook. Very interesting.

Idle Observations:

1. The author, Chris Wright, astutely ID's Obama's failures and shortcomings....and then immediately proceeds to draw all the wrong conclusions.

2. It'd take a heart of stone not to laugh at a doctoral student who still buys into the fevered historically and empirically-disproven scribblings of a 19th Century German of Jewish descent who a) was antisemitic, b) was a racist, and c) largely sponged off his good-time buddy Engels.

3. Bright as he is, and given his intellectual and radical pretensions, Chris Wright strikes as the kind of guy who would have made one hell of a fine NKVD agent or Red Army political officer in Stalin's Russia.

4. Chris Wright is Exhibit A why guys like him must never, ever be allowed into positions of authority--especially political authority--over anyone.

tim in vermont said...

It was a fight between disgusting and distasteful and evil, thanks God evil lost.

Jupiter said...

Earnest Prole said...

"University of Oregon?"

That would be the Vet's Club. Not American Legion. I could tell you stories ...

David Begley said...

Ann:

I did get that phrase from Scott Adams and I think it is generally applicable. The Obama team - looking at the same facts as DDB - thought that the Iran and Paris deals were good for America and the world. I think they are idiotic and very harmful to America. One movie. Two screens. But then again, I didn't go to Harvard Law and never worked in the White House. Yet.

They are our betters. Our moral superiors. The smartest people in the room. And the vulgarian Trump has exposed them for the idiots that they are.

gilbar said...

I know now our booze-fueled ideas were mostly dumb and impractical; Obama has never come to grips with the fact that his ideas were dumb too.

our sophomoric President!

Robert Cook said...

@MarkJ:

I'm curious: what "wrong conclusions" did Wright draw from his analysis of Obama?

Also, how do you arrive at your conclusions #3 and #4 about Wright simply from this article?

glenn said...

Obama and his crowd are the 21st century equilevent of those 30’s Brits and French that through their fecklessness enabled Hitler. Same s**t, different day.

gilbar said...

Robert Cook: Obama was never the agent of change he apparently truly--astonishlyly--believed himself to be, but was always simply another agent of the status quo,

Which would go a long long way to explaining Why LLR's would support him.

tim in vermont said...

I canceled Netflix because there are a lot of options and I don't want to help fund the Obama deal. But it doesn't turn off for a little bit so I was watching "Anne with an 'E'" with a friend, they worked in Global Warming and had Anne's adoptive mother join a feminist discussion group. Click. Decision confirmed. Obama's little production company will undoubtedly be cranking out morality plays, and look for Anne to morph into Lisa Simpson.

Henry said...

Kimball should not be writing in the past tense.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

@ Tim
Re: Obama and Netflix

As long as I can get a list of which shows are produced by Obama, where I can skip watching, then, I'm ok with Netflix.

There are too many good shows that are not available elsewhere. We just finished watching the Australian version of Rake, or at least the seasons that are currently available on Netfix. NOT the cheesy American version! Many interesting TV series from other parts of the world and shows that we just missed seeing in the past.

Like the scroll wheel on your mouse, the remote control is a powerful tool to avoid unpleasantness :-)

papertiger said...

About Obola on Netflix, for seven years even his support couldn't sit through one of his rambling off topic speeches without nodding off.

Put Barry's Netflix series on at low level in the background, with a countdown timer, he'll put Sominex out of business.

Gretchen said...

If Obama had NOT acted like an authoritarian, and gotten laws passed for these initiatives (which it is doubtful he could have) or if the Democrats passed a bipartisan healthcare bill without maneuvers, Trump would not have been able to just pull out of these deals. Trump is just reverting to policy that has been in force, Obama was the authoritarian, but Dems always think they know what is best and don't see that.

Unknown said...

'One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.’

I had to laugh when I saw the scene with this idiot after he found out that Trump had won. Reality sometimes hits you like a freight train. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of Nells.

Darrell said...

Obama was too good for us!!11!!!
Ask MoDo.

Kirk Parker said...

MarkJ,

I stopped reading Chris Wright's article at "As a Marxist..."

tim in vermont said...

There is way too much good content out there to think that Netflix is some kind of necessity, but if you want to fund Obama and Michelle Wolf, feel free.

Nonapod said...

The revelations from this documentary crystalized my feelings about the various hangers-on and sycophants around Obama. Ben Rhodes at is unelected compatriotes were/are galactic level idiots who were given an enormous amount of power with little to no accountability. It's probably a miracle that more damage wasn't done.

Well meaning fools with extremely high opinions of themselves are nothing new, and unfortunately there is no shortage of such creatures throughout DC. It's also a virtual certainty that such jackasses will be given access to the various levers of power in an unaccountable manner again. It's sad but almost unavoidable.

narciso said...

Rhodes and McDonough, were general jones minders, he was too retro for them, 'noodle head' ned price, was his intern,

buwaya said...

The analysis leaves out the connections to the money.

One interesting thing about Obama post-presidency is how much he has been collecting for doing not much, such as the Bertelsman advance for a ghost-written memoir which will not make anything close to the advance, to this Netflix thing, really an endorsement deal where he will no doubt simply put his name on things others hand him, etc. All this must amount to over $100 million by now, and probably more assuming payoffs well structured to avoid being declared. These are all I believe delayed compensation for services rendered.

What the rest of his staff has been getting, who knows, but this is probably a productive line of investigation for a curious journalist.

The point of following the money is it reveals who is truly creating policy, and very likely why.

Henry said...

I think it's a Scott Adams term, and notice that he puts his terms on things so that he can trace where his ideas go. That makes the off-ness of the term a virtue, because someone else wouldn't arrive at that term, so Adams knows it's from him.

He's bird banding. It's a way to track migrating animals.

Instapundit is an expert. His brute reduction of everything that crosses his monitor into his personal set of simplisms makes it easy to spot the birds that feed at his suet bag.


Kirk Parker said...

Nonapod,


"Well meaning fools "

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa!

Objection, Your Honor! Citing facts not in evidence.

narciso said...

one might consider the Bertelsmann deal as an inducement for the the Rhodes road show,

Bilwick said...

I enjoy the spectacle of mountebanks pushing snake-oil economics, and whose
political philosophy is based on coercion, living with the delusion of moral superiority. It would be like Helen Keller convincing herself she could be a trick-shooter like Annie Oakley.

Re the Graham Greene quote, I have my doubts that Red Diaper Barry was ever innocent.

narciso said...

instead of failing, he succeeded more than we feared,

daniel said...

There is a real world out there and then there is the image of that world that exists in your mind. The trouble with the Obama administration was that the images of the world in the minds of its members were dreamy ideals having nothing to do with reality. They dreamed of equality of all, in poverty, except of course, for the experts, themselves, who would take over the onerous job of keeping society afloat.
They had ambition to change our country into the ideal world of their dreams. And anyone who questioned those dreams was evil.
In foreign policy, they found a world in which we had friends and enemies. Helping our friends or confronting our enemies was too mundane and ordinary to excite them. Betraying our friends and supporting our enemies represented a real change that they could take responsibility.
Unfortunately, when you betray your friends in the real world, you will make no new friends, and the enemies you support will never trust you. You will head only to disaster.
Our betrayal of friends in Libya, Egypt, Ukraine, Israel, Iraq, were all actions that made sense only in dream worlds.
A problem is that when plans go awry human beings tend to retreat ever further into their dream worlds, as did the Obama administration.





Leland said...

Just the good ol'boys
Never meanin' no harm
Beat all you ever saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they were born

mikeski said...
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mikeski said...

So 45 is "authoritarian", and 44 was not?

I just had this irony meter fixed, and now it's smoking again...

FullMoon said...

The Obama years gave people permission to hate. Now the haters are blaming Trump for their hate.

Trump supporters beaten with no police interference. Evil old white men. Destroy the baker who would not bake a cake. Boycott states who do not have trans bathrooms.

narciso said...

exactly he subpoenaed reporters at least twice, (sterling, and kirikaou) ramsacked the ap switchboard (re the body bomber) investigated a fmr dcia, re stuixtnet, sent mobs to topple law enforcement in two jurisdictions,

rowrrbazzle said...

Howard Dean, February 2005: "This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/feb/26/dean_roars_into/

buwaya said...

There is the problem of taking them at their public word, or at least their similarly guarded semi-public word. In situations like this it is usual for every public expression to be aligned with the guiding ideology, the morally superior positioning of their deliberately created propaganda image.

Imagine that they are not-very-good actors playing roles.
Most "public men" are just that.

Their true nature is not revealed till much later, if at all, or it becomes evident from their actions.

It does no good to attempt analysis of a false front, except as a false front.

Anonymous said...

Bad analogy. Leprosy is actually not particularly contagious.

Maybe not by comparison to Ebola, but it most certainly is spread contagiously from person to person. It was incurable and catastrophically life-changing in the days before effective antimycobacterial treatment, so quarantining lepers was very sound public health practice from a societal standpoint, even if it was tough on the individual sufferers.

Bruce Hayden said...

“I did get that phrase from Scott Adams and I think it is generally applicable. The Obama team - looking at the same facts as DDB - thought that the Iran and Paris deals were good for America and the world. I think they are idiotic and very harmful to America. One movie. Two screens. But then again, I didn't go to Harvard Law and never worked in the White House. Yet. ”

Not sure if they really believed that the Iran and Paris deals were good for the US, but rather, maybe that they were somehow good for the world, and maybe with the world a better place, the US would be too. In the movie I see, when the choice came down to benefitting (they thought) the world is the US, Obama almost always picked the world over the US, while Trump goes the other way.

narciso said...

in the same way, the Netflix inducement, is a reward for pushing net neutrality,

bflat879 said...

The Democrats are using their same assumed moral superiority to do what they've been doing to President Trump. I don't believe it's going to serve them well in November. Actually the more people they send out to open their mouths, the better the odds that Republicans will hold the House and the Senate. Ben Rhodes? Send him out talking about all the good things Obama did, that Trump has had to deal with to straighten out. Send Bill Clinton out talking about Trump not being fair with the press and insulting people. Send Hillary out there to talk about, after going on to 2 years, she still isn't over the election. Send Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer out there to downplay the importance of Trump's policies to the success of the economy and the employment numbers. You know what? People are smarter than Democrats take them for.

Quaestor said...

Obama's was the paradigm of an authoritarian regime. His legacy was demolished because it relied entirely on Presidential fiat. Obama did not submit to the legislative process because he regarded the whole exercise as superfluous. In his estimation, the Congress represents a fickle and stupid populous whose consultation is both unnecessary and tedious. An enlightened despot like Obama would no more submit his initiatives to the Constitutional principles of advise and consent than a pet owner would consult his goldfish before changing the aquarium water.

Unknown said...

Soon, the only thing left of Obamas legacy will be the failing schools named after him

Nonapod said...

Objection, Your Honor! Citing facts not in evidence.

Well meaning is subjective I guess. They certainly believe they're the good guys, on the right side of history. And as the "good guys", they have every right to persecute who they see as the "bad guys".

In their reality, the bad guys are deplorable red staters who need to be gently educated (or reeducated) about their sinful ways... their gun having, their unawareness of their white priveledge, their large sugary soft drink enjoying, their refusal to bake gay wedding cakes, their unwillingness to "share" their hard earned plenitude with undocumented visitors just because they happen to not technically be citizens.

But they mean well, they don't want to "hurt" anyone, just gently correct them in the most beneficent and caring way.

chickelit said...

Althouse wrote: “I think it's a Scott Adams term, and notice that he puts his terms on things so that he can trace where his ideas go. That makes the off-ness of the term a virtue, because someone else wouldn't arrive at that term, so Adams knows it's from him.”

Brilliant! It’s an “isotext” labeling experiment not unlike an isotope labeling experiment used in chemistry.

Sam L. said...

Was the stench or their "moral superiority" mentioned?

Bill Peschel said...

Let me just repeat the exchange above, for those who start their reading at the bottom:
James Jones said...

Larry J said

First rate leaders hire first rate staff. They aren't afraid of being undermined or outclassed - they simply want the best people they can find. Second rate leaders hire third rate staff so they can appear the best and brightest in any room.

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. 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.” --Barack Obama

Questar added: "Obama's was the paradigm of an authoritarian regime. His legacy was demolished because it relied entirely on Presidential fiat. Obama did not submit to the legislative process because he regarded the whole exercise as superfluous. In his estimation, the Congress represents a fickle and stupid populous whose consultation is both unnecessary and tedious."

Which reminds me that I have at least one article on my hard drive from the Washington Post in which Democratic lawmakers were complaining that Obama refused to work with them on legislation.

Remember that the D's had two years in which they owned the House, Senate, and White House. They could have instituted single-payer health care like they always promised, and God knows what else. Instead, we got green programs that paid off the party funders and Obamacare. And that was the high point of the administration.

Ritchie The Riveter said...

innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm

Or like a bull(shitter) in a china shop ...

BJM said...

Bay Area Guy "Barack Obama - not a deep thinker, not an accomplished man, kind of an empty suit."

It makes sense that a man who considered himself the smartest person in the room, refused to listen to opposing advice, and is quoted as having said at one point to his staff, "I can do every one of your jobs better than you can" would surround himself with vapid and willing tools such as Rhodes and Rice.

I've always felt that Obama is more than a money hungry, ego-driven empty suit, he (and Jarrett) was a front man, but for whom? Who was pulling the levers of power for eight years? The media has never asked that question...out loud or in print.

gilbar said...

Fetching Gretchen said: If Obama had NOT acted like an authoritarian, and gotten laws passed for these initiatives

HOW ON EARTH would they have been able to get laws passed ?
You'd need a majority in the house, and 60 votes in the senate....

Oh, wait; never mind

gilbar said...

BJM said: "Who was pulling the levers of power for eight years?"

probably the same people that were pulling the levers that got
O'Bama made a senator with all of his opponents getting sealed court docs released;
the same people that got O'Bama made a state senator without opposition;
the same people that bought his house
the same people that paid for his schooling

questions, questions

Christopher said...

Scott Adams

http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/02/12/good-example-of-our-two-movie-reality/


Good Example of Our Two-Movie Reality


I have been saying since Trump’s election that the world has split into two realities – or as I prefer to say, two movies on one screen – and most of us don’t realize it. We’re all looking at the same events and interpreting them wildly differently. That’s how cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias work. They work together to create a spontaneous hallucination that gets reinforced over time. That hallucination becomes your reality until something changes.

This phenomenon has nothing to do with natural intelligence. We like to think that the people on the other side of the political debate are dumb, under-informed, or just plain evil. That’s not the case. We’re actually experiencing different realities. I mean that literally.

I know, I know. When you read something like that, you probably shake your head and think I’m either being new-agey or speaking metaphorically. I am being neither. This is well-understood cognitive science...


Detailed example at the link.

stevew said...

Wow, their delusions of grandeur, and sense of self virtue, were significantly greater than I ever would have imagined.

-sw

askeptic said...

Something for Little Ben to ponder:
"What if we're the baddies?"

Leland said...

When you review the series of foreign policy disasters over which Obama presided—the names Libya, Syria, and Iran offer a good start

Lest we forget the very first disaster, backing the Muslim Brotherhood coup in Egypt that resulted in the slaughter of tens of thousands and a 2nd coup led by the military to restore peace. The 2nd coup was not supported by Obama though it created a government generally more friendly to the US.

hawkeyedjb said...

"The 2nd coup was not supported by Obama though it created a government generally more friendly to the US."

Though? Embrace the power of "because"

Kirk Parker said...

Sorry, Nonapod, lusting after power over others it NOT well-meaning in any of my books.

Achilles said...

buwaya said...

“The point of following the money is it reveals who is truly creating policy, and very likely why.“

Netflix.

Net Neutrality.

Corrupt and obvious about it.

Achilles said...

It is interesting watching people here discuss Obama as if he was some sort of loveable idiot.

He was a mediocre mind for sure but he was deep into spying on his political opponents for years.

He used the federal bureaucracies to attack his political opponents for years.

He knowingly and openly spied on the press.

He sold guns to Mexican gangs so they would kill people and he could push for more gun control.

He shipped pallets of cash to the leading terrorist country in the world.

Obama was a traitor and a calculating evil human being.

narciso said...

I described him as alinsky's sorcerer's apprentice, he had the spell casting books, but not enough ability to handle them,

narciso said...

yes, the irony is crunchy

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbarone/2009/09/14/tom-friedman-hails-chinas-one-party-autocracy-n957246

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Achilles@1:53 A-fucking-men! The name Obama should be the contemporary equivalent of Benedict Arnold.

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OGWiseman said...

Sometimes Althouse is so sensitive to writers assigning inner states to people they don't know well.

Then other times, she posts crap like this.

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