July 7th, 2014

What kind of illusions does Obama have?

From Peggy Noonan:

“The world seems to disappoint [Obama],” says the New Yorker’s liberal and sympathetic editor, David Remnick.

What kind of illusions do you have to have about the world to be disappointed when it, and its players, act aggressively or foolishly? Presidents aren’t supposed to have those illusions, and they’re not supposed to check out psychologically when their illusions are shattered.

Noonan’s column operates on the assumption that Obama was once engaged and now has “checked out” psychologically. Would that he had, but I don’t think so. As I read his behavior, he’s become angrier and more impatient, but that’s not at all the same as being disengaged. His disengagement is with even giving the pretense of going through the motions of trying to talk with the opposition, or talking respectfully about them, or caring about the will of the people of the United States, or reining in his intention to transcend the limitations of his constitutional powers.

But I will nevertheless try to answer Noonan’s question about what kind of illusions Obama has, because I think she is correct that he labors under certain illusions and that Remnick is also correct that Obama is disappointed with the world.

If you’re Obama, first and foremost is the illusion that you are always the smartest person in the room. That you can charm the birds off trees, that your mere presence will make things will work out (whatever your goal might be), that the public will always approve of you, and that none of this will require a whole lot of effort, hard work, or change in your way of operating or in your perceptions of things.

You have this illusion (expressed by Obama in 2006, so it wasn’t the result of getting a swelled head from having been president for a while):

I think 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.

And you have this one, expressed by Obama during the 2008 campaign:

Ironically, this is an area—foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.

It’s ironic because this is supposedly the place where experience is most needed to be Commander-in-Chief. Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world. This I know.

…So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa–knowing the leaders is not important–what I know is the people.

To Remnick, who seems a bit puzzled by Obama’s disappointment in the world (although probably not as puzzled as Noonan, who seems perpetually puzzled these days), I’d say that Obama has always been disappointed in the world, and bored by it, because it doesn’t always work the way he wants or validate his perception of himself. This boredom is not new, either. Valerie Jarrett, who knows Obama better than anyone in the world with the possible exception of his wife Michelle, has said it very clearly:

I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So, what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.

Or even too “talented” to do what ordinary presidents do.

[NOTE: Here’s a video of the Remnick quote.]

67 Responses to “What kind of illusions does Obama have?”

  1. BurkeanMama Says:

    Obama can not be any more delusional than Noonan was when she endorsed him in 2008. His narcissism, arrogance and radical leftism was there, for anyone who cared to look honestly, to see.

    Noonan is now like everyone else that allowed themselves to believe the Obama myths. She is trying to explain away what rational people saw clearly 6 years ago. She must find a way that Obama has changed or checked out or something to keep from simply having to say the obvious; she was wrong in 2008, completely delusional and 100% wrong.

  2. neo-neocon Says:

    BurkeanMama:

    Yes. That’s what I was referring to when I wrote that Noonan seems perpetually puzzled these days.

    She not only has to explain Obama’s illusions (which she cannot do), she must also explain her own (which she also cannot do).

    She is such an odd combination of insightful and clueless.

  3. M J R Says:

    Regarding: much of the content of the quotes in this piece . . .

    Pardon me while I vomit, pausing only to softly sob.

  4. Soviet of Washington Says:

    Well, an upper-class lady like Peggy always did admire a well-creased pant.

    (Yes, I know that was David Brooks…but it fits Noonan as well.)

  5. waitforit Says:

    Gag me with a spoon. No, gag them with a spoon. At least that’s “doing stuff.” So sue me.

  6. Sgt. Mom Says:

    He’s always floated through life, having everything handed to him on a silver salver, and the way made smooth before him. G*d knows who arranged all of this for him, I hope I live long enough to find out. But now it’s not working any more, he’s being openly mocked and argued with, and he’s not even pretending to put up an appearance of doing the job any more.

    I have a very strong resentment of the well-paid, professional journalist insiders like Noonan, whom I would have thought had enough smarts to see the gorgeous empty suit of Obama for what he was – one of those charming fast-burners who schmoozed their way up the ranks without ever actually doing anything, and were always gone by the time that the damage they did was evident.

    I’m a retired AF vet and sometime scribbler, living in Texas, only involved in politics (until 2009) as a semi-informed voter – and I could see all the way from Texas exactly what Obama was. But dear Peggy and Brooksie and all the rest of the credentialed journos, they just fell in looooove like teenaged girls with a crush on the latest boy band. As I see it, the national press vacated their duty to perform their jobs with due diligence when it came to Obama, and I hold them all in the same deep contempt.

  7. Oldflyer Says:

    Refreshing to read this thread.
    At times I thought I was the only one who viewed Peggy Noonan negatively. I always read and heard how she was so intelligent, such a wonderful word smith, and chronicler of the correct view.

    Aside from her inexplicable flirtation with Obama, I felt that she damaged the GOP because she held every candidate to the impossible standard of her mythical image of Reagan. It is hard enough to take on the Democrats, and their traditional shills, even if you are not disparaged by those who purport to speak for your own side.

  8. Ymarsakar Says:

    I’m disappointed in humanity. The only question is whether Noonan is still part of it.

  9. Ymarsakar Says:

    I always read and heard how she was so intelligent, such a wonderful word smith, and chronicler of the correct view.

    They say the same thing about Krauthammer and Ryan.

    Being in DC and being credentialed, is two good ways to become a zombie.

    Noonan has always been looking for a God leader to serve. For her, it was Reagan. Now she found Hussein, her replacement. Same religion, different god template.

  10. T Says:

    A decade ago at a local fundraiser, a local celebrity news anchor gave a presentation. She spoke about how easy her life had been. For instance, she noted that a friend of hers asked her to help make a broadcast audition tape for an on-air position. Inadvertently, she (not her friend for whom the tape was made) unintentionally attracted the attention and was hired instead.

    She continued on to list several similar examples and noted how easy it was for her to go through life. She said she thought this was the way life was. She finalized her story by saying that when she was in her forties, she was brought to realize that this wasn’t the way life was; she had just been damn lucky that things worked out so smoothly. For her that was a real eye-opener.

    Obama is the first half of that experience. Yet, the “smartest man to ever sit in the oval office” was never smart enough to have such an epiphany. He’s never recognized (and I’d bet he’s had multiple opportunities) that it’s just not all about him.

    One final note. It’s easy to be the smartest man in the room; surround yourself with dunces and sychophants. No skill there.

  11. neo-neocon Says:

    Ymarsakar:

    I guess for Noonan, Obama is the god that failed.

    I was very surprised at her praise for him in 2008. She fell under the spell, like so many others. I had previously not paid a whole lot of attention to her, but I did think her more insightful than she proved to be.

  12. George Pal Says:

    It’d be one hell of a revelation – the spell power of Obama – since he hasn’t any. He hasn’t charm with which to beguile. There is no charisma. He is as conspicuous a pretense as I have ever heard of. He is papier mâché and papier collé . The fault then is not in the star but in Noonan and Brooks themselves and the legions like them, all salivating over the alchemist’s promise. David Brooks gets a load of Obama’s pants crease… and squirts his own pants. Obama mentions Niebuhr… Brooks has to clean up again. I would think a man that had such very public embarrassment would slink away to a hermit’s life. Instead, he and Noonan, and more and more others, are given over to explaining why Ophilia had been such a major disappointment to them when they should be giving themselves over to some serious introspection.

  13. BurkeanMama Says:

    Neo, I am sorry but at this point I think Noonan is nothing but cluelessness. There are mistakes you can make and still claim insight. Endorsing such an obvious socialist as Obama is not one of those mistakes.

  14. BurkeanMama Says:

    George Pal, yes, that’s been driving me crazy since his “great” speech in 2004. What charm, what charisma? I am no admirer of JFK, but when I look at the old videos I can see why the shallow were swept off their feet. JFK had tons of charm.

    But Obama? His alleged eloquence was vapid, meaningless buzzwords. His great speaking was filled with ums, ers and you knows. He had the charm of a teenager who thinks he knows way more than all those people who work for a living.

    I don’t get it. I will never get it.

  15. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Narcissists always end up disappointed with the world. How could reality measure up to fantasy?

    As for Jarrett, narcissists value the sincere “yes man” above all else. Jarrett needs her object of worship and an object of worship needs to be adored. It’s a perfect symbiotic relationship.

  16. neo-neocon Says:

    BurkeanMama:

    I try to explain the appeal of his “charm” to some people here.

  17. Francesca Says:

    The arrogance and total lack of reality in some of those quotes is breathtaking. (Obama, Jarrett)

  18. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    “He had the charm of a teenager who thinks he knows way more than all those people who work for a living. I don’t get it. I will never get it.” BurkeanMama

    Never say ‘never’.

    As neo points out, Obama does think that he knows more than everyone else. Combine that with liberal white guilt and you have Joe Biden’s reaction; “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Out of the mouths of babes and fools can come truth.

    In the social environment of the liberal, it would be unforgivably racist to suggest that Obama is nothing special, much less quite mediocre. It would be so because it would be an implicit challenge to the entire liberal world-view.

    And the liberal environment is exactly the one in which Peggy Noonan exists. Occasionally watching her, I suspect that respect as a ‘serious’ commenter lies at the base of her personal motivations, just study her demeanor. But how seriously could she be taken by her fellow pundits, if she refused to take Obama seriously?

  19. neo-neocon Says:

    Francesca:

    Really, one would think that all people needed to hear back in 2008 were those quotes and they’d realize that (a) this person was not ready to be president, and (b) this person’s arrogance would actually be dangerous if he became president. And if a person also knew Obama’s record of inexperience, it should have made it even more alarming. And I say that whether the people were Democrats or Republicans: the quotes are alarming on the face of it.

    So, why were so many people not alarmed? I offer several explanations. Some are in this post of mine from 2011. Another is that most people never heard those quotes and others like them.

  20. Ann Says:

    You know, I’m not so sure Noonan ever fell under Obama’s “spell” or was ever clueless about his bad qualities. I think it’s very likely she saw his arrogance, illusions, etc., in 2008 but chose to ignore it all simply because he would be the first black president and she wanted to be on the “right” side of history.

    Noonan is very smart and a pretty tough cookie who’s been in the political game for a long time, and I really just can’t see her ever being truly puzzled about anything.

  21. neo-neocon Says:

    Ann:

    I’ve read Noonan quite often since 2008, and she seems very unsharp to me. Sort of wandering around observing this and that, but not making sense of much of anything, not putting it together. And almost always giving Obama the benefit of the doubt.

    In 2008 Noonan was almost entirely fooled by Obama’s fake persona. Read it and see what you think.

  22. NeoConScum Says:

    ‘Nuff on Peggums. Now, how about Colin Powell?? Anyone know how that once impressive man is handling Mr.Transformative’s shipwrecked administration, pathological weakness in foreign affairs at our hugely dangerous time, the tidal wave of illegal alien kiddies at a whilst Radical Islam is licking its chops, 12+% REAL Unemployment and far higher for his black voter chorus, etc. Uummmm…Colin…’Yo..!! The dreadful moral pigmy in the White House is indeed “Transformative”, isn’t he?

  23. NeoConScum Says:

    Note**Regrets for “…at a..” in 5th line above.**

  24. Sgt. Mom Says:

    Yes, I would be curious about Colin Powell … he once had a lot of respect among those of us in the conservative-libertarian-mil-blog corner of the blogosphere. He was even suggested in posts and comments about what a good Republican presidential nominee he would be. IIRC, his wife was a bundle of nerves over the prospect, so he declined the honor … and then went all goo-goo for Obama. One can only assume it was on the grounds of racial solidarity. Pity for him – he coulda been a contenda … now, he’s just another Obama-worshiping Quisling.

  25. OlderandWheezier Says:

    I agree that Kennedy was very charismatic. My family had an LP with a collection of his public speeches, and I’d listen to the inaugural address again and again. I wonder whether the majority of Americans today would honestly support the notion that we can be great by asking not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. That phrase implied willingness and trust. I question whether we as a whole have the character anymore to mirror such sentiment. And I doubt that this nation’s present leaders are worthy of such trust.

  26. neo-neocon Says:

    Sgt. Mom:

    I never saw what the big deal was about Powell. Of course, I was still a Democrat in his heyday. He seemed competent and calm. But what was the big attraction?

  27. Ann Says:

    Thanks for the link to that 2008 Noonan piece, Neo.

    She certainly does come across as wandering in that one. But I do think she looks to be reaching for good things to say about Obama and that she reveals her main reason for going for him with this:

    On Feb. 5, Super Tuesday, Mr. Obama won the Alabama primary with 56% to Hillary Clinton’s 42%. That evening, a friend watched the victory speech on TV in his suburban den. His 10-year-old daughter walked in, saw on the screen “Obama Wins” and “Alabama.” She said, “Daddy, we saw a documentary on Martin Luther King Day in school.” She said, “That’s where they used the hoses.” Suddenly my friend saw it new. Birmingham, 1963, and the water hoses used against the civil rights demonstrators. And now look, the black man thanking Alabama for his victory.

    This means nothing? This means a great deal.

  28. Cornhead Says:

    Neo’s third paragraph is spot on.

    Obama thinks he is the greatest. I read somewhere that he stated he considers himself as one of the 4 or 5 best Presidents of all time. The reality is that he is – hands down -the objective worst.

    Unless we defeat Hillary and elect a good conservative, we are going to be whacked very hard in the next ten years.

    Massive inflation, big tax increases and another mega terrorist attack are coming.

    And it was *all* avoidable.

  29. physicsguy Says:

    “This means nothing? This means a great deal.”

    And that, in a nutshell, is why so many of the boomer generation (of which Noonan is certainly a part) went along with Obama. They couldn’t get past the nostalgia of their youth and the Civil Rights movement. They totally forgot MLK’s admonishment to judge by the content of character, not the color of the skin.

  30. neo-neocon Says:

    Ann:

    Yes, it’s been clear for quite some time that was Noonan’s main reason. But hardly her only reason. She wrote not just that column, but plenty of other nice things about Obama. She seemed to see almost nothing of the truth. Her only hesitation was that he seemed a bit cool and cerebral. She didn’t do her homework on him. Didn’t perceive the duplicity and narcissism and leftism that was obvious, as well as the habit of blaming others and the immaturity (I wrote about all those things in 2008, and it didn’t take much to see them). She not only was overwhlemed by her desire to elect a black man (in itself a case of bad judgment–to elect someone because of his/her race?), but she could not see his character even though it was obvious. Even if a person wanted to elect a black person president that doesn’t mean any black person will do, does it? I also thought, on the whole, it would be a fine thing to have a black president, but I would have shuddered at Obama whatever race he had been.

    Noonan showed not even basic judgment and good sense or perceptiveness.

  31. Sgt. Mom Says:

    Neo – he was calm, competent, experienced, self-assured and of color. Principally there was that Eisenhower vibe of an experienced general officer. He might have been an affirmative action-type officer, and reaping the benefits of that, all the way along, but at least, one could be assured that he had relevant experience in managing stuff, and had cut his teeth, politically. One doesn’t get to general rank without having some kind of feeling for the political angles and strategic friendships in high places.

    Really, I don’t recall that there was no big push for him, merely that he was a viable candidate under consideration – if he had cared to work it. Obviously he didn’t … and when he threw his personal support to Obama, that kind of soured a lot of good feeling about him, especially among veterans.

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  33. Mark Luhman Says:

    He think he the smartest, yet in any room he the below average one and the least qualified. I do not understand why people have not figured that out sooner. Obama never will he not bright enough to come to that conclusion.

  34. Yancey Ward Says:

    I warned people 6 years ago that Obama was a supreme narcissist, and not a very talented nor smart one at that. The pity is that so many were and are blinded by their hopes that Obama was actually something else.

  35. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    “She [Noonan] not only was overwhelmed by her desire to elect a black man (in itself a case of bad judgment–to elect someone because of his/her race?), but she could not see his character even though it was obvious. Even if a person wanted to elect a black person president that doesn’t mean any black person will do, does it?”

    Amazingly, yes apparently it does. But I think they weren’t electing Obama per se, as much as they were electing a symbol. By voting for Obama, they got “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

    Biden the fool was absolutely right, by voting for Obama they got “a storybook, man.” and, here I think is the core motivation; earned forgiveness for any inherited responsibility for the white man’s racist sins… which is I suspect why many of the white liberals who still support him do so, not because they really like him but because support for Obama retains forgiveness. To use a Catholic expression, their motivation is the ‘expatiation of sin’. I suspect that white guilt is a far heavier burden upon the white liberal’s soul than most of us can imagine.

    Voting for Obama does not count in the racist black man’s book of course but that is an inconvenient truth for which a lifetime of penance is required.

  36. S Curtis Says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Obama is likely a psychopath. The mendacity, the destructiveness, the crafted persona to cover the lack of feeling, the completely detached from reality self confidence, it seems to fit.

  37. Oldflyer Says:

    Sgt Mom, I don’t know how old you are, but I suspect after reading you comparison of Eisenhower and Obama, you are not old enough to remember Ike.

    Eisenhower was cool and calm because he had been through the crucible. He did’t just imagine that he could unite disparate personalities and aims toward one goal he had done it. He had herded the biggest crowd of cats anyone can ever imagine.

    Not only that, Eisenhower was humbly confident. I make that judgment because he had spent decades learning his profession. Like our other of great WWII Generals, he was “seasoned”; aged 53 on D Day 1944. He had paid his dues, learned his craft, and was ready when needed. Bradley, Patton and others as well.

    Obama was never more than Poseur, and anyone who was paying attention could see it. He had no accomplishments to bolster his ego, or his resume. It all burst from his own imagination, and flowered in the minds of the clueless.

  38. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Oldflyer,

    My impression is that Sgt Mom was comparing Colin Powell to Eisenhower not Obama.

  39. Sgt. Mom Says:

    No, I’m not old enough to remember Ike, first-hand and politically – but that was the comparison sometimes made in the blogosphere when the subject of Colin Powell first came up. Myself, I thought Colin Powell was a bit of a lightweight in true comparison … but at the time, likely the best we might get.

  40. John C. Drew, Ph.D. Says:

    I met young Obama while he was still a sophomore at Occidental College. I can confirm that he only has an average IQ. As far as I am concerned his is just a lucky winner of the lottery…the beneficiary of an affirmative action system which mistook him for being black.

  41. Mike Says:

    Obama may be delusional; but that is but a symptom.

    The primary cause is that he is diabolical. Obama is of the type called anti-Christ – in the central meaning of that term and not the sensationalist Hollywood fundamentalist degraded meaning of it…

    He is a liar. His father is the Father of Lies who was the proverbial murderer from the beginning in the text.

    Because he is diabolical at heart, he is also delusional in his core, Dangerous as hell (literally); but still “merely” delusional.

    He is without question the most harmful thing that ever happened to America. Rather, the people who voted for the demonic to be president are the most harmful thing that ever happened to America.

    Let us never forget – 60m+ people voted for Obama.

    Twice.

    Our problems are far deeper than this mere demon of a man. There are at least 60m Orcs from Mordor who have taken over our country. Odds are long we’ll get it back.

  42. Cornhead Says:

    Clearly Obama isn’t that smart but his judgement and values are the worst.

    I have only heard and read comments from his classmates and professors. One Harvard law grad (black) said he was the smartest in the whole class or something crazy like that. The other guy said that when he spoke in class that he had this amazing arrogance that was so remarkable – even for Harvard! – that they had a special word for it. I can’t recall the word.

  43. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Mike,

    I certainly agree that the people who voted for Obama are America’s real problem. That said, “According to a new Pew Research Center study, only 40 percent of consistently liberal Americans say they often feel proud to be Americans.”

    That finding, along with “just 40% of Solid Liberals, say the phrase “honor and duty are my core values” applies well to them” reveals that 40% of solid liberals are duped and indoctrinated low-info voters… the other 60% of ‘solid liberals’ are Marxist/Progressives.

    Not all of the 65+ million who voted for Obama in 2012 are ‘solid liberals’ but of those who are, only 60% of them are Orcs from Mordor.

    Granted that’s a lot of Orcs but perspective is necessary or exaggerated hyperbole becomes your norm.

  44. Matt_SE Says:

    If Obama is becoming more impatient and petulant, it’s because his popularity is falling.

    To attack a demagogue, first make him unpopular.

    True, his poll numbers are falling because of his own actions/inactions, but that doesn’t change the calculus.

    As a community organizer, Obama can see where this is heading.

  45. Matt_SE Says:

    Like the Iraq war and hunt for WMDs, we didn’t know what we didn’t know when we went in.

    Before 2008, I’m not sure we knew what a bunch of abject lickspittles the MSM were.

    Only afterwards did the scales fall from many eyes.

  46. Matt_SE Says:

    Perhaps Washington D.C. had become such a black hole of moral nihilism that people like Brooks and Noonan needed to believe in something, too.
    The collapse of civilizations starts with moral rot, and the rot starts at the head. Only later does it manifest outwardly.

    That professionals didn’t see this is a failure of introspection on their part.

  47. Matt_SE Says:

    As far as Noonan and Brooks being ashamed at their past foolishness, I suppose they will be hectored forever over it. And that’s OK, since they need to be reminded…like the slave whispering in Caesar’s ear during the triumph “thou art mortal.”

    Whether they take that upbraiding to heart is their problem, not mine.

    After this is over, (some) Americans will need to reconcile. So I’m not going to twist the knife more than necessary. It should be enough to remind them that they were duped at least once, and should be more sober in the future.

  48. Molly NH Says:

    We who share the opinion that Obama is a demagogue, petulant, self centered & supremely unqualified for the
    *job* can *enjoy* his reaction to that *frosty* welcome he received at West Point Commencement !
    So many photos from that day show him looking peeved
    & I believe it was reported that he didn t return salutes.
    Wasn t there also an incident during the primary campaign when he surrupticiously (sp?) gave the *finger* to Hillary. Immature & wised up guy for sure
    must P O him that significant numbers of people loathe him.

  49. notsoheavyd Says:

    “Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at”

  50. T Says:

    “But I think they weren’t electing Obama per se, as much as they were electing a symbol.” –Geoffrey Britain (8:29 PM)

    IMO this is typical of the progressive left. They’re all about symbols. The ivy league degree, the tony neighborhood, these are the measure of their ilk. They are Frazier and Niles Crane writ large.

    Metaphorically speaking, they worry more about the hood ornament on the car than about how well it’s built or where it’s headed.

  51. rickl Says:

    I think the people who were talking up Powell as a possible Republican presidential candidate were deluding themselves into thinking that he must be conservative because he was in the military.

    I saw the very same people touting Petraeus a few years later. I said, “Wait a minute. I don’t know anything about his political philosophy. He could be a New Deal Democrat for all I know.”

  52. Oldflyer Says:

    My apologies to Sgt Mom. I clearly missed the point. Probably started typing my brilliant response before my brain was fully engaged.

    Yes, we agree. My impression is that Colin Powell punched his ticket in Vietnam, and made his rank as a White House Fellow.

    But, I will still say that he is the anti-Ike in most every way.

    Although I had some qualms about his stance during the First Gulf War; I still thought at one point he would be a good choice for George W. Bush as a running mate. I confess, that the idea of a Black General on the GOP ticket was the attraction; so in that sense I am akin to some of the Obama folks.

    I recognized the error in my thinking because I thought his performance as Sec of State was mediocre at best; and see his more recent aplogia for Obama as transparent racism. (Actually, I rate him as abysmal as Sec of State, because State supposedly took the lead in the restoration of Iraq, and he pretended that he had no culpability.)

  53. California Steve Says:

    Obama does not care what you think or how any American perceives him. He only is concerned with what the progressives of the World Wide Socialist Movement think of him. He’s accomplished his goal of controlling Americans through all powerful government and the use of the health care system to get rid of the oldsters that hinder his new world order. Move.

  54. M J R Says:

    neo-neocon, 5:53 pm — “I’ve read Noonan quite often since 2008, and she seems very unsharp to me. Sort of wandering around observing this and that, but not making sense of much of anything, not putting it together.”

    Here’s a Peggy Noonan sentence from the WSJ piece cited (and linked) by neo-neocon, in that response:

    “In his campaign, Mr. McCain rarely got down to the meaning of things; he mostly stated stands. But separate and seemingly unconnected stands do not coherence make.”

    Hmmmmmm . . .

  55. Liberty Wolf Says:

    I just knew this guy was a narcissist when I first observed him for any length of time. The “movement’ politics that sprang up around him was ominous. The Dems even sent me an Obama campaign letter going on about “the movement” and comparing his presidential campaign to the movement against slavery and for civil rights and for women to vote. I thought this was ludicrous and again, possibly dangerous. It was also true foolishness. But everyone around me were fools, apparently, the din in the streets outside in San Francisco — the night he won… I have never seen so much flag waving there. I just couldn’t believe it. He has always struck me as “nuts’ somehow, not insane – but something is wrong with that man!
    All these quotes just confirm that.

    As for Noonan, I will never understand why she didn’t “get it” about him earlier, but I think you are right that she wants to see him as changed, instead of herself as just always wrong.

  56. Beverly Says:

    Bozo has the worst case of Warty Bliggens’ Disease I’ve ever seen in a public figure.

    “warty bliggens, the toad”

    i met a toad
    the other day by the name
    of warty bliggens
    he was sitting under
    a toadstool
    feeling contented
    he explained that when the cosmos
    was created
    that toadstool was especially
    planned for his personal
    shelter from sun and rain
    thought out and prepared
    for him

    do not tell me
    said warty bliggens
    that there is not a purpose
    in the universe
    the thought is blasphemy

    a little more
    conversation revealed
    that warty bliggens
    considers himself to be
    the center of the said
    universe
    the earth exists
    to grow toadstools for him
    to sit under
    the sun to give him light
    by day and the moon
    and wheeling constellations
    to make beautiful
    the night for the sake of
    warty bliggens

    to what act of yours
    do you impute
    this interest on the part
    of the creator
    of the universe
    i asked him
    why is it that you
    are so greatly favored

    ask rather
    said warty bliggens
    what the universe
    has done to deserve me

    –Don Marquis 1878-1937
    –from Archy & Mehitabel

  57. Ymarsakar Says:

    Noonan was one of the early supporters of the Iraq conflict or liberation, against her friend Chris Matthews in a correspondence.

    So that was her cause, between Reagan and Hussein O’s period. When the Democrats poisoned that well, Noonan must have felt really guilty and needed to discharge that guilt by proving her liberal credentials and faith. And thus Hussein O was there, conveniently placed.

  58. Lon Mead Says:

    What brought Obama to the forefront was a speech. It about unity and everyone working together. And as a stand alone sppech it was pretty good. Unfortunately, the problem is that the speech he gave wasn’t who he was and what he was about. By the time 2008 rolled around, there was enough known about Obama that should have raised questions about his abilities in ANY field of endeavor. But there were those like Noonan who only saw the speeches, isolating them from the rest of who and what he was. Why I think Noonan and her kind are foolish is not that they are only now claiming to wonder why the man doesn’t match the rhetoric, but rather why they separated the two in the first place.

    And despite whatever lofty descriptions and attributes his supporters have heaped upon him, it isn’t that Obama was (or is) bored by being President. It’s that the work of being President distracts him from what he perceives is his real job – fundraising and campaigning for Democrats. It’s the only thing he knows how to do well. The work of being President was always beyond him.

  59. SCOTTtheBADGER Says:

    dont laugh too hard at warty bliggens, boss. too often the same thought has lodged in the folds of the human brain

    archy

  60. Chuck Burns Says:

    B. Hussein Obama is not delusional. He is a Progressive Liberal aka Marxist Socialist Communist ideologue zealot who told us exactly what he would do as president. No delusions about it, His goal was and is the fundamental transformation. He unilaterally passed the Affordable Care Act, has his agency Czars writing hundreds of regulations a week, virtually ignores the Constitution, usurps the power of Congress to rewrite laws, has a Justice Department that is complicit in his lawlessness, has a Liberal press that supports his fundamental transformation agenda, used the IRS as a political weapon, Used Fast and Furious as a political weapon, and on and on.

    Obama and his Progressive Liberal machine have learned that is easier to ask forgiveness or in most cases just ignore the law, than it is to get permission.

    No delusions, just a group of ideologue zealots implementing their Marxist Socialist Communist agenda. Makes no difference which “isim” they are all collectivist and anti-American, anti-Constitution, and anti-individual freedom.

  61. Ymarsakar Says:

    Since I haven’t seen this weapon mentioned as being used by the Left, hear this.

    Research NLP or Neural Linguistic Programming. It’s a very useful tool the Left uses to brainwash people who are weak to Suggestion or other forms of hypnosis.

    The people who are weakest to hypnosis are those that lack Willpower or that want to believe in an Authority to take care of them (children and Noonan likes apply).

    Learn the Left’s weapons, learn to use them, and then use em against the Left. See how effective it is.

  62. NeoConScum Says:

    N-Neocon & Sgt. Mom: It’s worth remembering that General Powell was President Reagan’s last Nat’l Security Advisor. Very memorable during the Operation Desert Storm period as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Also, I simply loved it when he went to Pakistan after 9-11 and explained very clearly what their fate would be if they didn’t cooperate with us fully(logistacally)in the upcoming war with al Queada & the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Aaahhhhhhh….Mr. Powell, then came…. “the Transformative One..”!

  63. Ymarsakar Says:

    The general at the time of Desert Storm had interesting things to say about Powell.

  64. Jim Kearney Says:

    YMarkasar–You beat me to the punch. Obama has trained in speech and uses cadence and NLP in a very hypnotic manner. As for myself, I was stunned at Peggy Noonan going weak at the knees at his speaking prowess. I saw nothing but cotton candy coming out of his mouth, meaning nothing but oh so sweet. He knew what people wanted to hear. He knew how to present himself as a “safe black man”. A con artist can only con those who want to be conned. I saw a narcissistic sociopath on parade and couldn’t for the life of me see how everyone else was missing it. I felt the same about Bill Clinton who is also a gifted narcissist, but much more intelligent and politically gifted.

    I am wondering if there is actually a level of Spiritual Discernment necessary to pierce the illusions of beauty in these evil men. Without sounding like a Religious nut, I think they have accessed an evil force and channel that. These men and their minions are “People Of The Lie”. And Americans have become morally numb enough to fall prey to a pretty cadence and go faint at the cotton candy words, Hope and Change. God help us, we elected him twice. What does that say about US?

  65. Ymarsakar Says:

    Jim Kearney,

    As Neo Neo here may know, I’ve been researching psychological defense and psychological warfare since a long time ago. Certainly before the Left used it against us in 2004, to win their war against humanity.

    Cult recruiters personally have testified to one source, that they will ignore the rednecks and people who cling to their guns and bible authorities, because you don’t go anywhere with them. They already have an authority that they have faith in, such as God, country, firepower, or their family. You can’t replace it with something new or foreign or alien. So what cult recruiters go for are the intellectual ones, that think the cult recruiters are stupid ignorant savages. Then layer on praise and respect, get the intellectual in one cult meeting, and then over six months, they’ll be easily taken over. Their opinion will shift from “these crazy cultists would never convince a master of intellect like me” to “these people are my new family, I’ll do anything for them”.

    So people who are naturally resistant to manipulation or cons exist, but it helps to have training or a source of authority to rely on against foreign invasion.

    The Left is a death cult. It’s a religious dogma. It’s not a political system, as people ignorantly think.

  66. Ymarsakar Says:

    Without sounding like a Religious nut, I think they have accessed an evil force and channel that.

    It’s merely an emotional manipulation tool. It can certainly be used for evil, as they do, but I’ve also used it against blacks when they started talking about white bias and unfairness, and I wanted them to shut up. However, to avoid a fight, instead I chose to internalize the hate for these dupes, by talking about how Kennedy killed him a woman and because he was white, he didn’t get executed like a black man would. They started nodding at me and being quiet, instead of making that ghetto face that says “boy don’t know what he talking about” to their fellows.

    That’s one form of emotional manipulation. De-escalating a potential fight with ghetto gangs by raising an open palm, is another example of emotional manipulation I’ve used on the wretched weaklings of humanity.

    The fact that I even have to use such tools, shows how weak and despicable humans are, and I feel exactly that, even as they move to my play.

    I first heard of NLP from the usual PUA crowd, the ones who devote much of their time to seduction techniques of females.

    Since I knew such predators were out there, my first priority was defense, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to use the same tricks.

  67. artfldgr Says:

    obama has the illusion that he is NERO

    which is interesting given that nero is whom they think revelations is about…

    however i am referring to the artist emperor…

    Nero fancied himself an artist. He never really wanted to be emperor, but his mother had other ideas. Her machinations led to Nero’s installation and reign. The emperor concerned himself more with his art than governance. His focus on foreign affairs and Roman cultural life led to the perception of an uncaring emperor. Nero’s inability to comprehend the populace or the military eventually led to his suicide.

    but the key thing you guys are missing is that the great leader is the living embodyment of the ideology, his wishes are to be equivalent…

    In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.

    Marx, German Ideology (1845)

    the illusion that Obama has is that he is the man that Marx said we would all become…

    i am still waiting for ppl to get up to the point of 1930… seems that they have not remembered their ideological teachings and so rather than talk about the familiar which is well defined and such… and something that the people who are ‘into’ this stuff believe about themselves for 100 years… we get the rubes wondering about narcisism, and about illusions and so on… there are none… there ARE definitions of things one must ‘be’

    The New Socialist man
    By theodore hsi-en Chen

    this you can read about in “chicago journals” vol 13 no 1 feb 1969

    the period they are stuck in… eh? i said read the stuff, and the pol sci stuff of the period and you would know all about them… instead, lets ignore the history, erase it, stalinistically delete it, and bid the public to invent the best stories to fill its place… how? by asking silly questions they will answer without regard to the past..

    this is how we paste over the hole in history an elephant would fall into!!!

    the communist revolution is a total revolution aiming to establish a new society and a new way of life. a new society presspposes new men with new minds and new ideas, new emotions, and new attitudes. befeore a new way of life can prevail, the old way of life must be abolished. while the new generation is being molded according to communist ideology, the older people wiht old minds and hearts, must be remolded. the making and remaking of new men therfore becomes fundemental task of the communist revolution adn the central aim of education

    i would dare say that this leftist political cathedral (not bull dogs), has a well defined process, its goals are well defined, and only the illiterate rubes that are its victims dont know…

    you can tick off all that he is doing and can tick of what is coming, by just knowing the history of the earth with man…

    accordnig to the communists the old society breeds individualistic and selfish persons motivated by feudalistic and bourgeois loyalties…they think of personal benefit and personal ambitions. their narro family loyalities encourage selfishness and the neglect of what is good for the general public. the new man must be a collectivist, utterly selfless, and ever mindful of his oblications to the revolution and the party. until the old man is replaced by the new, the proletarian way of life can not prevail and the new society must remain a dream

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