Dowd lashes Obama

August 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

writes in the NY Times:

As he has grown weary of Washington, has shed parts of his presidency, like drying petals falling off a rose.

He left the explaining and selling of his signature health care legislation to Bill Clinton. He outsourced Congress to Rahm Emanuel in the first term, and now doesn’t bother to source it at all. He left schmoozing, as well as a spiraling Iraq, to Joe Biden. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, comes across as more than a messagemeister. As the president floats in the empyrean, Rhodes seems to make foreign policy even as he’s spinning it.

But the one thing it was impossible to imagine, back in the giddy days of the 2009 inauguration, as Americans basked in their open-mindedness and pluralism, was that the first African-American president would outsource race.

He saved his candidacy in 2008 after the “pastor disaster” with Jeremiah Wright by giving a daring speech asserting that racial reconciliation could never be achieved until racial anger, on both sides, was acknowledged. Half black, half white, a son of Kansas and Africa, he searchingly and sensitively explored America’s ebony-ivory divide.

He dealt boldly and candidly with race in his memoirs, “Dreams From My Father.” “In many parts of the South,” he wrote, “my father could have been strung up from a tree for merely looking at my mother the wrong way; in the most sophisticated of Northern cities, the hostile stares, the whispers, might have driven a woman in my mother’s predicament into a back-alley abortion — or at the very least to a distant convent that could arrange for adoption. Their very image together would have been considered lurid and perverse.”

Now the professor in the Oval Office has spurned a crucial teachable moment.

He dispatched Eric Holder to Ferguson, and deputized Al Sharpton, detaching himself at the very moment when he could have helped move the country forward on an issue close to his heart. It’s another perverse reflection of his ambivalent relationship to power.

He was willing to lasso the moon when his candidacy was on the line, so why not do the same at a pivotal moment for his presidency and race relations? Instead, he anoints a self-promoting TV pundit with an incendiary record as “the White House’s civil rights leader of choice,” asThe Times put it, vaulting Sharpton into “the country’s most prominent voice on race relations.” It seems oddly retrogressive to make Sharpton the official go-between with Ferguson’s black community, given that his history has been one of fomenting racial divides, while Obama’s has been one of soothing them.

Dowd is one of the most prominent liberal writers at the NY Times. When she is savaging Obama, you know things are bad for him.

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23 Responses to “Dowd lashes Obama”

  1. tom hunter (4,898 comments) says:

    …. back in the giddy days of the 2009 inauguration,

    And who contributed to those “giddy” days Ms Dowd, hmmmm?

    Nothing about this twit’s “outsourcing” of anything has come as a surprise to people who refused to buy into the “giddiness” (actually it was damn near insanity) of 2008. Nothing!

    He was only ever good at campaigning and fundraising and he always preferred sitting around jawboning about Niebuhr and the like with wealthy members of the American gentry.

    For a counterpoint to this shame-faced, revisionist crap from Dowd you could not do better than read the following from historian, Victor Hanson: The Madness of 2008

    Still, as back then, and especially after 2012, I’m less concerned about Obama than the contingent of Americans who voted for him. In a little more than two years he’ll be gone but they will remain.

    Let’s hope that Churchill’s aphorism about drunks and America continues to be true.

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  2. radvad (767 comments) says:

    Obama is an empty suit. His Senate record (or lack of it) alone confirms this and some of us have been saying it from day one. Partisan pundits like Dowd have been licking his boots all the while and they owe their country a huge mea culpa for not doing their job. It was their cheerlleading in the guise of journalism that enabled this charlatan to become POTUS in the first place.

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  3. radvad (767 comments) says:

    And as for this “racism” stuff, what could be more racist than voting for someone purely on the basis of the colour of their skin? Oh, and before knickers are twisted over that comment, that applies whatever that skin colour may be.

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  4. Lindsay Addie (1,532 comments) says:

    In the 2008 campaign the most common critique of Obama as a presidential candidate was that he didn’t have experience on the world stage. Anyone who agreed with this idea was shouted down double quick by those who lapped up the ‘Hope and Change’ message. But it has turned out to be true. His foreign policy has been a failure because of his inability to grasp what is happening in the Middle East and also not standing up to the Neo-communist bully boy Vladimir Putin.

    But to be apolitical about it, I don’t rate his predecessor George W Bush as being any better. His foreign policy wasn’t workable for the opposite reasons to Obama. Bush also didn’t get to grips with the US economy at a crucial time.

    Back to Obama, if the GOP take control of the Senate in November (as looks likely), his last two years in the White House will potentially not do much to enhance his legacy.

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  5. kiwi in america (2,454 comments) says:

    Obama has turned out to be as bad (if not worse) than his critics knew he would be. An empty suit whose only talent is for vacuous speeches, fundraising and winning elections. He’s just phoning it in now. It’s marvelous watching the buyers remorse of moderates who voted for him and the disappointment of the left.

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  6. radvad (767 comments) says:

    Guess who predicted that, because of Obama’s pathetic take on Russia’s actions re Georgia, that if he became POTUS, Russia would then try to annexe Ukraine. This person was mocked mercilessly for this prediction.
    Why it was none other that “airhead” Sarah Palin. Ouch.

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  7. Redbaiter (9,123 comments) says:

    “I’m less concerned about Obama than the contingent of Americans who voted for him. In a little more than two years he’ll be gone but they will remain.”

    Too true.

    Shame is the same bunch of ignorant fools exist in most western countries.

    Victims of the left’s control of education and media they are a swarm of locusts devouring everything that was good about the West and leaving us with empty fields.

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  8. JC (958 comments) says:

    Yet America still hasn’t gotten over him as he’s still polling better than 40%.. thats the scary bit.

    JC

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  9. Fletch (6,410 comments) says:

    Can I say it now?

    I told you so

    To all those people in 2009 when Obama won who said to me, “isn’t it great?”

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  10. Fletch (6,410 comments) says:

    Obama has also been criticized for saying that he simply doesn’t have a plan for the problem of ISIS.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/29/politics/obama-isis-strategy/index.html

    At the same time, U.K PM Cameron is taking steps –

    The contrast between Friday’s press conference in London by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday’s White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker.

    Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world.

    He told journalists assembled at Downing Street that “what we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.”

    He made it clear that ISIS must not be allowed to establish an Islamist caliphate in Iraq. If they succeeded, “we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO member.”

    In announcing his government’s decision to raise the UK terrorism threat level to “severe,” the PM announced a series of measures to combat the Islamist threat within Britain itself, including tough new measures against British-born, self-styled “jihadists,” hundreds of whom have traveled to Iraq and Syria in recent months to fight with ISIS.

    Cameron addressed the Islamist menace head-on, declaring that “the root cause of this threat to our security is clear: it is a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism that is condemned by all states.”

    In contrast, President Obama’s remarks to the White House press corps Thursday were weak-kneed, meandering and confused, sending mixed messages both to America’s enemies and the American people.

    Mr. Obama revealed that his administration currently has “no strategy” for dealing with the ISIS threat, words that no doubt reassured the group’s murderous leadership, currently waging a campaign of terror across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/29/isis-threat-david-cameron-stands-up-to-islamists-lesson-for-barack-obama/

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  11. Urban_Redneck (93 comments) says:

    Obama is a Marxist radical. Class warfare and racial division – balkanizing the country into competing groups – angry and competing with eachother for resources is the way leftist radicals retain power. Dowd, like all Haight Ashbury liberals really thought Obama would “heal” the planet, lower the sea levels and usher in a new epoch of global peace, love and understanding.

    Radicals like Obama know how to do one thing. That is to destroy the established order and and at some point declare victory in amongst the rubble.

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  12. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    And what’s that crap about Obama “soothing” race relations, bullshit. He’s deliberately inflamed them over and over again; it’s been the most potent weapon in his defence for years. Any criticism of Obama and his ham-handed handling of almost everything was met by accusations of racism, this blog not excepted. Even now I’m surprised that we haven’t seen Stephieboy turn up to blame us all of straight-up racism for daring to criticise that wonder of the ages, Nobel Peace prize winner Barack Obama.

    Surveys all seem to agree, Americans now regard race relations as significantly worse than they were before Obama came into office.

    It’s way too late for the “I told you so” line, but Sarah Palin would have made a far superior President to Obama.

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  13. tranquil (971 comments) says:

    @Urban_Redneck – “Radicals like Obama know how to do one thing. That is to destroy the established order and and at some point declare victory in amongst the rubble.”

    Agreed.
    Obama is utterly evil and his possible successor (Hillary Clinton) is every bit as evil as he is.

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  14. Rightandleft (663 comments) says:

    Many of us who have lost all faith in Obama have actually done so because he is not actually on the American left. All the people attacking him for being a socialist sound nuts to me. Many of his policies fit well in the Act Party or even to the right of it. He’s certainly well right of Key. He abandoned the public option in his healthcare reforms, dooming the entire thing and instead recreating the Republican Romneycare system instituted in my home state. He claimed he was all about transparency and ending the secretiveness and spying on citizens of the Bush era, then he took that spying to all new levels. I don’t blame him as much for the economy though, he didn’t have a hand in creating the GFC that he had to deal with. Blaming him for the economy is no fairer than the left in NZ blaming National for running up a deficit and rising unemployment here during the same era. I voted for Obama again in 2012, but not because I liked him. I didn’t, I thought he was damned awful. I voted for him because in America’s awful FPP system it was either him or Romney and I remembered Romney as the governor of my home state. He was worse than even Obama, flip-flopped on every position he ran on and totally untrustworthy.

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  15. DJP6-25 (1,388 comments) says:

    0 can’t have a third term. Watch the MSM fall in behind Hilary Clinton, or whoever the Democrats choose.

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  16. Fletch (6,410 comments) says:

    I voted for Obama again in 2012, but not because I liked him. I didn’t, I thought he was damned awful. I voted for him because in America’s awful FPP system it was either him or Romney and I remembered Romney as the governor of my home state. He was worse than even Obama, flip-flopped on every position he ran on and totally untrustworthy.

    Yet Romney has been right on Russia and many other things.

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  17. MH (762 comments) says:

    Does this mean he’ll be playing golf with Key at the Grange,NZ instead?

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  18. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    I wonder what took her so long……lockstep liberals know not to hobble their own till it’s too late to do anything about them.

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  19. BlairM (2,341 comments) says:

    Many of his policies fit well in the Act Party or even to the right of it.

    The only people who ever say things like that are people with no clue of what they are talking about. The US Democratic Party make NZ Labour look frugal and well-balanced. They support openly flouting immigration laws, voter fraud, and the world’s most pointless bureaucratic health system. They think it’s perfectly acceptable to abort a baby after five months gestation, and are so far off the scale of sane it’s not funny. There is nothing remotely ACT Party about Obama. In fact, I can’t think of a single substantive policy he would be in agreement with them on. (no, gay marriage doesn’t count) He is certainly no fan of charter schools, since his Attorney General keeps suing States that implement them.

    No, Obama’s main problem is not his policies, but his competence. If he actually bothered to deliver on what he believes, he would be a more respectable President than he is considered to be now.

    Sadly, Obama was not elected to be President of the United States, but Prom King. There are several black women at my workplace who actually hang photographs of him and his family on their cubicle wall. Can you imagine any other politician getting that treatment? It makes me ill.

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  20. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    After reading socialist rightandleft’s epitaph on the prog loon Obummer, I’ve decided his nom de goon is actually an anagram for what leftists are really all about “theft in drag”.

    Yeah I know I couldn’t fit the l in.

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  21. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Can you imagine any other politician getting that treatment? It makes me ill.

    Stalin, Mao, several Kims , …

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  22. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    The United States is paying a hefty price for electing the Kenyan Messiah!

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  23. tom hunter (4,898 comments) says:

    Many of his policies fit well in the Act Party or even to the right of it.

    Agree with your counter to this Blair, and very time this line gets trotted out I invite the person making the assertion to provide at least a few examples.

    They never do.

    … who actually hang photographs of him and his family on their cubicle wall.

    Mickey (cough) Savage (cough)

    I wonder what took her so long……lockstep liberals know not to hobble their own till it’s too late to do anything about them.

    Battlespace preparation for Hillary’s shot. If Dowd and company kept defending the Messiah even the Low Information Voters would notice by 2016.

    But in the age of the Internet there are no memory holes, so I think the attempt is doomed.

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