The Hill Baffled About Obama: ‘Who Is He?’

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

A question millions of Americans have been asking for nearly a decade now. Maybe these Washington reporters should have found out who Obama was before they foisted him upon us. Instead anyone digging around trying to find out about his past were called racist. Yet now four and a half years into his term suddenly they want to know who the guy is? Thanks for asking, folks.

Five months into his second term, allies and enemies are as confounded as ever about who President Obama really is.

Is he the dyed-in-the-wool liberal that his biggest supporters and critics suggest? Or is he a pragmatic, even cynical, politician who cares more for his popularity than taking risks for his ideological goals or living up to his rhetoric?

They might be on to something. In case they haven’t noticed, it’s all about The O.

Observers say the either-or choice between Obama the ideologue and Obama the pragmatist is simplistic and misleading. They say he is both: His principles on domestic issues in particular are on the left, but he is willing to bend those principles to rack up achievements and burnish his legacy.

“President Obama has always been pragmatic, but that’s the heart of his appeal to progressives,” said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who has advised the White House on messaging. “I think that’s part of the reason people feel his leadership is effective; he systematically pursues his agenda.”

Part of that agenda, apparently, is using the IRS to go after his political opponents. Of course they fail to even mention his targeting of tea partiers, although there’s passing mentions of his numerous scandals.

The inaugural in particular seemed to show Obama believing that “his reelection would convince Republicans that they had to deal with him, that they had to come to the table,” Jillson said. “He articulated that idea at several points during the campaign, that the fever among the Republicans will break.”

But a tsunami of scandals and controversies since then has confounded the president’s ambitions.

It probably would help if they mentioned some of the tsunami of scandals, but the readers are left to figure out what they are. Heckuva job.

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18 Responses to “The Hill Baffled About Obama: ‘Who Is He?’”

  1. megapotamus on 17/17/13 at 7:58 am

    The man is well known to all who care to know. He is no Muslim but neither is he a Christian though not the first to pretend to be one. As an Ivy League Commie, he is of course a secular humanist with cultural respect for animism and Zoroastrianism but hostility to Jewry and Christendom for reasons of political colonialism. He is also a man with a rubber ear. It seems the only influence that matters is that which lands last. Jarrett and Michelle dominate. Congressional Democrats are not pawns, but bricks. Republicans could end this whole nightmare by publicly announcing that they favor respiration but have no such courage. But above all, to understand Obama one must understand Gore. Each are men of modest talent and dubious charisma groomed for the Presidency from birth with bilious and archaic presumptions of what that should mean. Also, both are idiots.

  2. Steevo on 17/17/13 at 8:24 am

    I think you’re jumping to a premature conclusion. By and large, the media still don’t want known the real Barack Obama. I think that’s because most already know what he is about and don’t mind protecting him. They are as indifferent to principle and calculating, with any means justifying the ends.

  3. Joe Y on 17/17/13 at 10:18 am

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s that complicated. Sure, Obama has the sentiments of a Leftist, but it’s been years since he’s made any serious attempt at promulgating serious Leftist thought, let alone an actual agenda. His verbiage in the 2012 election was not about issues, but primitive scare tactics of the type that are done all across the political spectrum. Obama did not seriously think, for example, that there was a “war on women” nor did he lay any intellectual groundwork for serious Leftist policies.

    No, what he is is President Mayor Daley. Read Royko’s classic “Boss” and the mystery surrounding Obama vanishes. Every major scandal–the IRS, Benghazi, Pigford, et al–can be found in “Boss” on the metropolitan level: Destroy your enemies, enrich your friends; buy off, bully and ignore the media; to hell with people, country, and morality; and focus all government resources on the reelection of you and your party, etc, all as a means to achieve your twin goals of:

    1) Power
    2) Money

  4. Rich K on 17/17/13 at 10:43 am

    He is yesterdays news as far as the media is concerned because of his Lame Duckage. The new Hot is How to get Hillary to look good in 2016 and not have Obamacrap stick to her shoes.

  5. VoteOutIncumbents on 17/17/13 at 11:10 am

    There’s still little or no interest in his college years. He got into Occi after spending a lot of time in high school high on drugs. Left California as a TRANSFER student to Columbia…something Columbia rarely allows. No one seems to remember him in Morningside Heights…and I mean NO ONE.

    Rumors abound that he was a foreign student admittee. Spent significant time in Pakistan with his Paki roommate. Did he travel on a US passport? No one, at least in the media, seems interested in finding out.

    Got into Harvard Law…the only President of Law Review to never publish.

    Got into Chicago politics after “teaching” law at University of Chicago. Apparently, he was a critical theorist…not exactly a real legal professor.

    Many questions about his birth certificate and duplicate social security numbers. No one in the MSM seems interested in any of this.

    Deeply troubling. Raises as many questions about the media as about Obama.

  6. Martin on 17/17/13 at 12:39 pm

    Marxist by inclination and upbringing.

    Deeply sociopathic narcissist.

    Driven primarily by two things:

    Hatred of conservatives (who he just doesn’t understand, having never spent any time in any part of the real world).

    Love and veneration of himself (he believes he is the greatest human ever to walk the earth, in any field of endeavor).

    Frankly, he scares the living daylights out of me – he’s perfectly capable of mass murder, in my opinion (his dismissive response to the four expendable Americans that died in Benghazi should be illustrative – they are truly, to him, ‘bumps in the road’).

    He’s a moral monster, in short.

  7. dahozho on 17/17/13 at 12:54 pm

    And let’s not forget that he does *not* have an active law license, and Michelle “gave up” hers.

    Very, very fishy in addition to everything VOI lists. (I know how he could travel to Paki in the mid-80s– Soetero adopted him, and to adopt him he also became an INDONESIAN citizen. Came back & got the fake CT SSN#, but still used the Indonesian citizenship. Doubt he ever regained US citizenship.

  8. Oysteria on 17/17/13 at 1:06 pm

    Their question isn’t “who is he?” They’re simply playing the game of “Let’s decide on a single adjective to describe him and find the most favorable way to present it”. If you want to know who a man really is, you have to examine his past, not the collection of fuzzy objects in your navel.

  9. MassJim on 17/17/13 at 3:28 pm

    Oh, but if you questioned his background and experience before the election you were a racist. Those who blindly supported Obama are fully responsible for the situation we now find ourselves in. Sorry, the pulling of hair and rending of garments by the left is too little and too late.

  10. Moose on 19/19/13 at 9:44 am

    I love these kinds of articles. They try to sound legitimate by criticizing Obama and they can’t even do that without softening the blow.

    Is he the idealogue or the pragmatist? What kind of question is that. He’s the opposite of pragmatic and he sure isn’t an idealogue cause that would suggest he actually has ideas.

    As another commenter so astutely put it he’s a narcissistic communist, but we just couldn’t point that out 5 years ago cause that would be mean.

  11. Pieter Nosworthy on 22/22/13 at 8:56 pm

    Who we are is two fold; what we say/do AND the company we keep.

    Frank questions arose in 2008 that no one wanted to pursue. Hating the media is a cop out. The facts were there prior to his first election…and we blame the president for being a narcissist?

    We deserve this president.