Shock: National Journal’s Ron Fournier Describes Obama As a ‘Remarkable Combination of Arrogance and Impotence’

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

He still holds out hope that Obama could do “great things” (snicker), but he may not be around to see it, given these comments.

In March, a reporter asked Obama why he didn’t lock congressional leaders in a room until they agreed on a budget deal. Obama’s answer was based on two assumptions. First, that his opinion is supreme. Second, he can’t break the logjam. What a remarkable combination of arrogance and impotence.

“I am not a dictator. I’m the president,” he said. “I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington; that somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”

Obama could still do great things. But not if he and his advisers underestimate a president’s powers, and don’t know how to exploit them. Not if his sympathizers give Obama cover by minimizing his influence. Cover to fail. Not if the president himself is outwardly and boundlessly dismissive of his critics, telling The New York Times, “I’m not concerned about their opinions.”

What’s also amazing is how long it’s taken these supposedly intelligent media types to realize what an arrogant twit Obama is.

12 Responses to “Shock: National Journal’s Ron Fournier Describes Obama As a ‘Remarkable Combination of Arrogance and Impotence’”

  1. alanstorm on 31/31/13 at 8:58 am

    This was obvious back in 2008. If the average journalist is this slow (and Ron may be above average), why exactly do they expect us to trust them to bring us the news and analysis?

  2. John W. on 31/31/13 at 9:38 am

    And they still haven’t figured out he’s dumb as a box of rocks.

    Probably because he really is smarter than they are.

  3. I R A Darth Aggie on 31/31/13 at 10:41 am

    “Jedi mind meld”? I thought this was the Smartest Man in the World, and he doesn’t get pop culture?

  4. Farmer Joe on 31/31/13 at 10:53 am

    Didn’t The Won campaign on his remarkable ability to bring people together and forge consensus? Wasn’t this a big part of his campaign in ’08?

  5. Burn the Witch on 31/31/13 at 11:48 am

    Fournier is coming from WAY left on this. Obama has already overstepped his constitutional “powers” numerous times. He and the Dems have “exploited” their advantage numerous times.

    Fournier is clearly upset that he’s not behaving even worse.

    When you really parse this, Fournier isn’t making much sense.

  6. Spams Roming on 31/31/13 at 11:55 am

    “It’s not like I can shoot out of a genie bottle and wiggle my nose to turn Congress into literal sheep!”

  7. Spamf Roming on 31/31/13 at 12:05 pm

    “Dammit, you bumbling bucket of bolts, I’m not a dictator, I’m a Doctor. Like Dr. Spock used to say.”

  8. Spamf Roming on 31/31/13 at 12:07 pm

    “Well sometimes I feel like a prisoner of Congress, like I’m trapped on this island with Mr. Howell and Ginger, and being chased by the big bouncing ball.”

  9. Vic Kelley on 31/31/13 at 1:37 pm

    What is a “remarkable” combination of arrogance and impotence? What’s remarkable about that? Remarkable is too positive a word. Substitute one of the following words for remarkable to better suit reality: pathological, tragic, destructive, divisive.

  10. Tuerqas on 1/01/13 at 11:40 am

    Vic, you forgot pathetic, incomprehensible or failing. The best, though, would be delusional. He both believes and successfully sells belief to his lib following. He really thinks he does know best and they all really believe that Republicans are what has stopped his policies rather than Dem incompetence and naivete, or just plain reality.

    For instance, really!!! The debt will not shrink if you continue to raise spending while the economy growth is at a virtual standstill.
    Really! There is a 2nd amendment still in effect in the US.
    Really! Obamacare will have no positive effect on the costs of healthcare with zero tort reform, providing disincentives to doctors to treat medicare, etc.
    Really! If you do not provide adequate prtotection, US officials will die in different areas across the globe.
    And on, and on, ad nauseum.