Does Presidential Work Ethic Matter?

Has anyone else noticed how our I-will-not-rest president circa 2009 through 2011 has lately become the no-liberal-social-issue-left-behind insurgent campaigning to stop George W. Bush’s fourth term?  Perhaps President Obama can be excused for acting like the challenger rather than the incumbent given how little time he spends performing presidential duties.

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  1. Fricosis Guy

    Just think how much more damage he would cause if he were diligent.

  2. DocJay

    He has so much energy for activism and finding audiences to adore him but so little energy for doing mundane issues or anything else that has no interest to him.

  3. DocJay

    To the tune of puff the magic dragon.. Barrack the lazy socialist, lives in DC. And frolics in the fresh cut greens with a handicap of 40. Kailua beckons and then Hyannisport. He swims and laughs, lays in the sand, and makes a pretend fort.

  4. Richard VanderHoek

    Mr. Savage, you a racist for insinuating that our first African-American president is lazy.  Why, everyone knows that G.W. Bush worked a lot less than Obama, yet you never bothered to post about it here in Ricochet.  

    [sarcasm/off]

  5. Fred Cole

    Now, c’mon here.  Do youwant him doing things?

    I’d be okay if he took the next five years off and did nothing.

  6. George Savage
    Fred Cole: Now, c’mon here.  Do youwant him doing things?

    I’d be okay if he took the next five years off and did nothing. · 18 minutes ago

    Fred, I’m inclined to agree but yet… Wouldn’t it be better for our president to get some actual data about the economy?  Perhaps he could actually convene meetings with his cabinet secretaries.  Why not sit down with Commerce, Interior, and Treasury to brainstorm initiatives to kickstart hiring?  

    The permanent campaign leaves very little room for new information, which may explain why Obama’s geopolitical mindset seems so rooted in 19th century class preoccupations.

  7. Chris Johnson

    He was a community activist, riling people up, not actually doing things.

    He was the president of the law review, not the editor.

    As chairman of the senate subcommittee for Afghanistan, he never once convened a committee meeting.

    As a “constitutional law professor”, he was an adjunct instructor that never did any research or publishing.

    Think there may be a pattern?

  8. Arahant
    George Savage Overoptimistic me, I was hoping for someone, anyone, in the administration to weigh-in with real world experience…

    My dear Mr. Savage, What is this real world experience you speak of in relation to the Obama Administration and appointees?  Have you yet to see the graphs comparing his appointees’ non-academic experience with other administrations?

  9. Frozen Chosen

    We can argue about whether Obama is truly intelligent or not but I think there is little doubt that when you look at the man’s history he is about as lazy as you can get and still hold a job.

    On the plus side he is probably convincing the slackers of our country that they too can be president someday despite their lack of achievement.

  10. Ronaldus Maximus

    Obama has the work ethic and self aggrandizing ego of an honorary mayor of a small incorporated city. 

    We don’t need a President who does nothing. We need one who will manage and reel in the bureaucracy in which he is in charge. Unfortunately, many of us on the Right had him sized up in 2008. He is not a manager. Nor is he a worker. He is a ditherer and a dreamer.

  11. iWc

    When the President is a liberal, I want him doing nothing.

    When he is a conservative, I want him tirelessly tearing down bureaucracies.

    I think a good case could be made that if George W. had been lazier on domestic policy, we would be better off. Nationalizing the TSA, anyone?

  12. Fricosis Guy

    Yeah… though they’re not disciplined enough to be real Commies.  After all, their leader’s full name sure ain’t Barack Stakhanov Obama.

    George Savage  However, I now concede that each and every Obama cabinet secretary has enough ideological bubble wrap to merely hear a faint popping noise each time the administration’s Marxist dialectic collides with the sharp edges of reality. · 1 hour ago

  13. David Williamson

    The country is effectively running without a government at the moment.

    It’s better than a functioning Democrat government, to be sure, but a functioning Republican government will hopefully be an improvement.

    I’m sure Mr Romney will have a good work ethic – he has, after all, done real work for a number of years.

  14. Fricosis Guy

    Given the results of past brainstorms — Obamacare, ObamaMotors, and ObamaSolar — he’s done enough.  I’m sure if he gets reelected they’ll get busy again and dust off the collective farming playbook.

    George Savage Why not sit down with Commerce, Interior, and Treasury to brainstorm initiatives to kickstart hiring?  

  15. George Savage
    Fricosis Guy: Given the results of past brainstorms — Obamacare, ObamaMotors, and ObamaSolar — he’s done enough.  I’m sure if he gets reelected they’ll get busy again and dust off the collective farming playbook. · 17 minutes ago

    George Savage Why not sit down with Commerce, Interior, and Treasury to brainstorm initiatives to kickstart hiring?  

    Overoptimistic me, I was hoping for someone, anyone, in the administration to weigh-in with real world experience sufficient to penetrate the ideological reality distortion field.  However, I now concede that each and every Obama cabinet secretary has enough ideological bubble wrap to merely hear a faint popping noise each time the administration’s Marxist dialectic collides with the sharp edges of reality.

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