Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in theNew York Times last Saturday.

There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

The IRS? “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” he thundered in May 2013 when the story broke of the agency targeting conservative groups. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.”

Except that within nine months, Obama had grown far more tolerant, retroactively declaring this to be a phony scandal without “a smidgen of corruption.”

Obamacare rollout? “Nobody is more frustrated by that than I am,” said an aggrieved Obama about the botching of the central element of his signature legislative achievement. “Nobody is madder than me.”

Veterans Affairs scandal? Presidential chief of staff Denis McDonough explained: “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki said yesterday . . . that he’s mad as hell and the president is madder than hell.” A nice touch — taking anger to the next level.

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3 Responses to “Barack Obama, bewildered bystander”

  1. The Audacity of Hype on 24/24/14 at 5:01 pm

    Somebody get the great man a newspaper or turn on the Communist News Network so he can hear and see how the official party line is getting out.

  2. R_of_the_H on 25/25/14 at 6:46 pm

    He cannot get out of office quick enough.
    The whole world is “on to” what a fake he is.
    You just can’t this shit up.