May 3rd, 2012

Obama and the brag/slam routine

Two days ago I wrote a post about Obama’s and his campaign ads’ bragging about the killing of Bin Laden and insinuating that Romney would never have done it. Towards the end of the post I wrote, “I’m not sure why this particular episode has galled me so much.”

But today, on reading this piece, I had an insight that helped me understand the reason: it’s the fact that it’s a four-pronged assault. There isn’t just one outrage, there are four:

(1) the bragging, which is unpresidential and unworthy of someone with true valor

(2) the hypocrisy of using the incident for campaign points, after criticizing others for doing so

(3) the misrepresentation of what Romney had actually said, with carefully- and mendaciously-truncated quotes

(4) the fact that despite all this, so many voters still consider Obama above the political fray.

Obama has always been audacious, all right, and so far he’s always gotten away with it. That’s one of the reasons why the Alice Palmer incident galls me so. It was nasty, it was ruthless, it occurred at the beginning of Obama’s career when he was supposedly untested and relatively naive—and he got away with it, because most people haven’t a clue that it occurred, or what it revealed about his most-definitely-not-a-nice-guy character.

9 Responses to “Obama and the brag/slam routine”

  1. Perfected democrat Says:

    People shouldn’t underestimate just how criminal Obama could become given the opportunity, similar to other notorious socialist/left-wing icons in history, ie. Castro, Che, Stalin, Mao, and yes, Hitler…

  2. Perfected democrat Says:

    “There is no way to know whether Romney would have been as decisive,” she said. “And to actually speculate that he wouldn’t be is, to me, not the way to run campaigns — on either side.”

    What a joke, we all know that Romney would have handled it better, especially afterward.

  3. Parker Says:

    “It was nasty, it was ruthless…”

    It was and will remain the Chicago way. BHO fits the definition of braggart perfectly: one given to loud, empy boasting. Deep down inside this man there must be an insecure, timid boy for if he was truly confident in his abilities he would not spend nearly every second before the microphones bragging about his competency, his decisiveness, and his intellect.

  4. Sally Says:

    I loved what my Soldier son had to say about the whole episode: “It was an American victory; not a partisan victory.”

  5. expat Says:

    I agree that there are some huge empty spots in Obama’s childhood development. Unfortunately, instead of dealing with them, he chose to rise above not only them, but also everything and everyone else. The man cannot connect with normal human beings, but he has learned how to fake it. Has anyone ever seen a smile in his eyes, or a twinkle? His boasting is based on his crappy assessment of how he thinks others will react, but that assessment is not based on real human experience.

  6. Sgt. Mom Says:

    There’s something dreadfully fake about him, I’ve always thought. A fake, expensively assembled, thuroughly coached, and carefully doing an imitation of a human being, but not quite getting it right in the eyes of people who are good judges of real human beings.
    I was revolted by the duplicity of the Alice Palmer thing, when I first read of it. And I was shocked right down to the bottom of my otherwise cynical soul when the recorded sermons of the so-called Reverend Wright did not spell an instant end to Obama’s presidential aspirations.
    I forgot about the establishment media functioning as his public affairs arm. Silly me. Sometimes I feel like the last representative of the Roman republic, staring the full horror of the imperial Julio-Claudians in the face.

  7. Parker Says:

    “Silly me. Sometimes I feel like the last representative of the Roman republic, staring the full horror of the imperial Julio-Claudians in the face.”

    Julio-Claudians? We don’t need no stinking Julio-Claudians.

  8. Nolanimrod Says:

    Well, he did once note the bravery and self-sacrifice of white people. In his book he gave a shout-out to the white people who would walk their dogs all the way to a neighborhood that scared them just so their dogs could poop on Obama’s grass.

  9. Sam L. Says:

    The lame stream media has been very careful to not Go Ask Alice, or tell us about her.

    And then there was that Governor whose divorce decree, securely closed, got opened up anyway…

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