Presidential Leadership

 

From “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” to this, in 5 short presidencies:

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  1. Crow's Nest Inactive
    Astonishing: I will never get why people think Obama is some great orator. 

    Mostly because they’ve consumed a diet of platitudinous speeches from actors portraying Presidents in popular entertainment which, when coupled with some soaring orchestral music here and there, reminds them that “this is inspiring.”

    Well, that and the fact that every time he opened his mouth from 2006-2008 the press asked questions like:

    “Is Barack Obama the best orator who ever lived by 10x the nearest man, or by 20x?”….

    “Well, John, I think its closer to 20x…..”

    Ridiculous.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 2:39 AM PDT
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  2. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Is there someone less likable than a coward? Oh, wait, I found one:

    A self-loving coward.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 3:14 AM PDT
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  3. Peabody Here Member

    I can’t believe the hashtag used wasn’t #GOPShutdown. Fire the staffer who posted that!

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    • October 3, 2013, at 3:43 AM PDT
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  4. Marion Evans Inactive

    So, he’s in fact saying : “Retreat if you want this shutdown to end”?

    Pseudodionysius
    Rob Long: No president should ever use the word “retweet.” · 1 hour ago

    That’s how Tweety Bird says Retreat. · 5 hours ago

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    • October 3, 2013, at 4:24 AM PDT
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  5. The Mugwump Inactive

    Add to this his recent outreach to Iran and we can coin a new phrase: a dhimminished presidency.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 4:54 AM PDT
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  6. J.Maestro Inactive

    Put on your cardigan sweaters and bust out the Whip Inflation Now buttons, your country needs you.

    “Reporting for duty!”

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    • October 3, 2013, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  7. billy Inactive

    It is an odd contradiction.

    Obama is simultaneously aggrandizing the power of the presidency, (selective enforcement of the law and the like) while also diminishing the stature of the office itself.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 6:03 AM PDT
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  8. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Hedley Lamarr would be a step up.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 6:47 AM PDT
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  9. Omid Moghadam Member

    I think VDH put it best: “Obama, the man who never was”, but hey, a majority of our people voted for him. So who is the schmuck now!?

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    • October 3, 2013, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  10. Larry3435 Member

    I just a headline that reads: “Obama to Wall Street: You Should Be Scared.”

    Great. Just great. The President tries to start a financial panic.

    FDR: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”BHO: “You should be scared.”In fairness, FDR was only facing an existential threat posed by the Nazis and the Japanese Empire, while Obama is facing what he thinks is a much greater threat – Republicans. Which gives one a sense of the perspective of the left.
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    • October 3, 2013, at 6:53 AM PDT
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  11. J.Maestro Inactive
    billy: It is an odd contradiction.

    Obama is simultaneously aggrandizing the power of the presidency, (selective enforcement of the law and the like) while also diminishing the stature of the office itself. · 50 minutes ago

    Crank up the power, dial back the legitimacy.

    (Holding ourselves to the “standard” Democrats use for themselves, is there any reason anyone, anywhere should have any respect for the law?)

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    • October 3, 2013, at 6:58 AM PDT
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  12. Vance Richards Member

    At least he has a plan. Too bad he didn’t think of this last year.

    “Retweet if you don’t want our ambassadors slaughtered in the middle of the night #whatdifferencedoesitmake”

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:06 AM PDT
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  13. J.Maestro Inactive
    Larry3435: I just a headline that reads: “Obama to Wall Street: You Should Be Scared.”

    Great. Just great. The President tries to start a financial panic.

    FDR: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” BHO: “You should be scared.”In fairness, FDR was only facing an existential threat posed by the Nazis and the Japanese Empire, while Obama is facing what he thinks is a much greater threat – Republicans. Which gives one a sense of the perspective of the left. · 8 minutes ago

    Sssshhh! Don’t ruin it — I got some cash on the sidelines waiting for a purchase opportunity. My recommendation: buy into Barry’s panic dip, sell into Ben’s QE bubblery.

    The arbitrage of Obamunism.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:06 AM PDT
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  14. Kay Ludlow Member

    There is a company, the name of which is not CoC compliant so let’s just call it “Number Twitter,” which will print a twitter feed of your choice onto a roll of toilet paper. This is the only productive use of the President’s rhetoric that I can think of, maybe the Blue Yeti would be so kind as to stock the Ricochet store with a few rolls?

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:26 AM PDT
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  15. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Chance the Gardener would be a step up.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:28 AM PDT
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  16. J.Maestro Inactive
    Fricosis Guy: Chance the Gardener would be a step up. · 1 minute ago

    Asked about his approach to day-to-day governance Obama was quoted as saying, “I like to watch.”

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:33 AM PDT
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  17. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Ding…ding…ding

    J.Maestro
    Fricosis Guy: Chance the Gardener would be a step up. · 1 minute ago

    Asked about his approach to day-to-day governance Obama was quoted as saying, “I like to watch.” · 1 minute ago

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:42 AM PDT
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  18. flownover Inactive

    I am pretty sure that Valerie Jarrett has issued a fatwa forbidding the shutdown . 

    so there !

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  19. GKC Inactive
    GKC

    Worst. President. Ever. 

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    • October 3, 2013, at 7:54 AM PDT
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  20. DocJay Inactive

    Budgets are like a garden. There is a season to grow…..and there’s some other seasons I’ve avoided by printing money and destroying your future for my own self-aggrandizement. As far as destroying the future, I like to watch.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:02 AM PDT
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  21. J.Maestro Inactive

    So far today it looks like King Canute’s entreaties are indeed pushing down the market tides.

    I’m feeling bullish!

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:03 AM PDT
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  22. das_motorhead Inactive

    Obama: “You should be scared”

    Wall Street: “Ok.”

    Screen-Shot-2013-10-03-at-10.01.05-AM.png

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:03 AM PDT
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  23. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Can someone send the White House a Moe Norman DVD so Obama can start working on a new golf swing?

    I’m starting to think Biden’s a better bet to get a reasonable deal done.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:10 AM PDT
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  24. Liver Pate Inactive
    Omid Moghadam: I think VDH put it best: “Obama, the man who never was”, but hey, a majority of our people voted for him. So who is the schmuck now!? · 1 hour ago

    T.S. Eliot’s Hollow Man.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:19 AM PDT
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  25. DocJay Inactive

    The stuffed man. Headpiece full of straw. In some form of recompense, at least the hollow men are in hell.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  26. J.Maestro Inactive
    Rob Long: No president should ever use the word “retweet.” · 11 hours ago

    No president should ever use the word “enemies” in reference to law-abiding Americans either.

    Obama’s been a trailblazer all along.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  27. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Agreed, and it’s a great sign of what’s bad about this president’s rhetoric. But I have to share that my favorite response to this was that Ted Cruz retweeted it without comment.

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:44 AM PDT
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  28. SteveS Inactive

    He is certainly “fundamentally transforming” the stature of the presidency Rob.

    To quote Shakespeare; 

    In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em. 

    While still others……

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  29. Hammer, The Member

    oh, there is not much I can say to that but to bury my face in my hands. 

    Mollie, I agree. A re-tweet from Ted Cruz is very funny. In fact, all conservatives should follow suit. What better way to point out how meaningless the president’s words, however loaded he (or some random writer) intends them to be?

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  30. Rob Long Founder
    Rob Long Post author

    No president should ever use the word “retweet.”

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    • October 3, 2013, at 8:52 AM PDT
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