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The Presidency is Breaking Obama Even As Obama Has Broken the Nation

One of the nation’s best radio talk show hosts, Hugh Hewitt, interviewed Joe Scarborough, the host of one of the best political shows on television. According to Mr. Scarborough

This is a president that does go out of his way to show that he’s not paying attention to what anybody says. He’s going to do exactly what he wants to do, and he’s going to be stubborn about it. He is politically, he is either politically tone deaf or he just doesn’t give a damn. And I tend to believe based on everything I’ve heard from people who work inside the White House, and we’ve got a lot of friends there, and based on my friends who are senior Democratic senators, this president has checked out… He wants to be the next, I hear it time and time again from his close political allies. This man wants to be an ex-president.

So the president — with crises breaking out across the globe, the economy still staggering, and unrest and despair in America rising — seems to have grown bored with the job. This is on one level an astonishing thing; on the other, it has the ring of truth. I say that in part because Mr. Scarborough is speaking to Democrats, not simply Republicans, on this matter. His sources are excellent. Yet one also sees Obama’s indifference in how he conducts himself, as well as stories leaked by the White House about his “restlessness.”

What could possibility explain this attitude? It may be that Mr. Obama was drawn to the job not for the right reasons but because he viewed the presidency as a new mountain to climb, a prize to win, as a way to feed his unusually large ego (even for a politician). It may also be that Mr. Obama, with his presidency crumbling, is like a petulant child who wants to pick up his marbles and leave. He was fine serving as president when he was adored and well liked; now that things are going south he appears to have emotionally “checked out,” to use Scarborough’s phrase.

The problem with this is that Mr. Obama is disengaging (a) after having done extraordinary damage to America and (b) at a moment when the world is convulsing because of the void left by Obama’s (and therefore America’s) diffidence and passivity. An increasingly insouciant commander-in-chief is not what’s needed at this particular time, given the multiplying threats and increasing disorder in the world.

It’s very much beginning to look at if Barack Obama saw the presidency as primarily a way to satisfy his narcissism. What’s happened instead is the presidency is breaking him, even as he is breaking the nation.


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8 Responses to “The Presidency is Breaking Obama Even As Obama Has Broken the Nation”

  1. ROBERT FIPPINGER says:

    The nation will survive Barack Obama. Hopefully in the aftermath America and the world will have a renewed appreciation for American leadership – read America as “the world’s policeman.”

    Peace.

  2. J DIBONA says:

    Maybe he really DOES want to be impeached… thinks he can bail a couple years early and really lower his handicap!

  3. WILLIAM CARROLL says:

    I kept saying early in the campaign of 2008 that this country was on the verge of electing a sociopath, pure and simple. It appears as if I was right. Who knows what he’s capable of as he heads out the door? We’re in totally uncharted waters here, Folks. With the world on fire and the worlds lone superpower is being abandoned by its leader in a fit of pique. I’m usually pretty optimistic about the fate of our nation, if for no other reason than the strength of our people and our respect for our laws. I now see those things starting to fray seriously around the edges. That’s the problem with sociopath’s like Obama, he leaves chaos in his wake. Bad for a business or a marriage. A disaster for a country.

  4. TIKI SHAPIRA says:

    The writing was on the wall years ago (actually when he was elected), but nobody wanted to read for the euphoria was crushing all the critics.

    Cheering crowds, Nobel prize, yes men & compliments and for what?

    6 years a president // 0 accomplishments!

    So blame it on the voters for (re)electing him!

  5. STEPHEN PARKER says:

    Whener, you don’t begin to understand how successful Obama has been, and will continue to be, in implementing his destructive agenda, Everything Obama says and does is well calculated and achieves its goal. Obama and his handlers have played the Conservative media with remarkable skill. Meanwhile, like your colleagues, you know that Obama is ineligible for the office he holds, and has committed felonies, but you remain silent about this, selfishly and cowardly putting your career ahead of fulfilling your affirmative obligation to expose Obama and his handlers. You and your cowardly colleagues are beneath contempt.

  6. ROBERT SALE says:

    I think he’s a fully drenched, dyed in the wool, communist who, even being all of that, was still nonetheless shocked and disillusioned to discover that America actually is everything he hates and was taught to hate, and that no matter how much he tries, he still can’t “fundamentally transform” America. And thank goodness for that.

  7. PHILIP SCHIFF says:

    Obama “checked out”? He never checked in.

  8. ORIN L RYSSMAN says:

    While it was narcissism that egged Obama on, it has been a lack of political maturity and the fact that he is an amateur when it comes to matters of the State that is getting him into trouble now. Soon, though not soon enough, he will be another Jimmy Carter….next!




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