You can’t spell “Boob” without “B.O.” The Boob was abroad for close to two weeks to escape the election results. Now the Boob is back, but not stone cold sober as a matter of fact. Indeed a drunk hobo would have done better than the American BoBo.
“WASHINGTON – President Obama is coming home from his overseas trip pretty much empty-handed.
After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn’t able to secure even a symbolic victory on a trip that was expected to give him plenty of opportunities to claim a win.
“This certainly was the worst 10 days of his political life,” said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. “Given that he’s not going to be able to get any domestic achievements with the Republicans in control of the House … if he doesn’t do it in foreign policy that’s a big problem for him.
“He came back with bupkis [Yiddish for 'nothing'].”
Back in April 2009 we wrote “World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: “Sucker“‘ In those days it was evident that Obama was a boob but most of Big Media praised him to high celestial choir heaven. We knew better. This is what we wrote that April:
“The BOob is a pushover – that is the message from Barack Obama’s European vacation. The news from Asia is not much better as North Korea sizes up Obama and sees a dwarf.
World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.”
So who was right? Big Pink or Big Media? Last week world leaders treated the boob like the boob he is with a minimum of celebrity glad-handing. Soon even those displays of good will shall disappear and the Boob will be both literally and figuratively slapped in the face. It appears that Big Media has caught up to our analysis from way back. Here’s more from Bazinet on the missed opportunities and the boob in chief:
“Obama’s inauspicious 10-day, four-nation trip included a failure to land an anticipated slam dunk free trade agreement with South Korea.
It also included a botched effort to rally Western allies to press China to budge on a monetary policy that threatens to keep the U.S. economy in the tank.
Yet Obama appeared to shrug off the lack of results during summit meetings with the world’s most powerful leaders.”
This weekend Saturday Night Live added to the insults, citing Obama’s Chinese debt and even citing Glenn Beck’s gold promotion as wise.
By November 2007, we knew that Obama the Clown is a narcissist. By 2010 it was plain as the clown nose on his face that “Obama is a harmful Narcissist“. That once controversial analysis too is no longer absent from front pages. Indeed the front pages these days are loaded with insights from these Pink pages:
“Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly? Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic? Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president? Or is it possible that Obama’s failures stem from something simpler: vanity. Politicians as a class are particularly susceptible to mirror-gazing. But Obama’s vanity is overwhelming. It defines him, his politics, and his presidency.”
This latest article on Obama’s narcissism is filled with retreads of questions we raised years ago (such as why a barely 30 year old man writes, not one but two, autobiographies). There is the story about the “Obamameter” – a pretentiousness yardstick; the laughable “seal” from November 2008; the “Lebron” story; the reassurance that 2010 would be an electoral victory unlike 1994 because “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.”
The latest article on Obama’s narcissism does expound on the complete lack of understanding Obama has about the world as it actually is. Whether it is the history of the Cold War and the “Evil Empire” Obama somehow prefers to think of those events as somehow attached to his ascension.
As anecdotaly interesting as American Narcissus is, it pales when compared to this quote, from our own efforts, citing Marty Peretz:
“What I suspect is that the president is probably a clinical narcissist. This is not necessarily a bad condition if one maintains for oneself what the psychiatrists call an “optimal margin of illusion,” that is, the margin of hope that allows you to work. But what if his narcissism blinds him to the issues and problems in the world and the inveterate foes of the nation that are not susceptible to his charms? [snip]
I know that the president believes himself a good man. My nervy query to him is: “Does he believe America to be a good country?”
“Despite Setbacks, Obama Confident on World Stage
President Says Relationships with Other Leaders Strong, Even as He Fails to Secure Trade Deal, Currency Agreement
President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, failure to get a free-trade agreement with South Korea and lackluster international support for his get-tough policy with China on trade and currency disputes.
“It wasn’t any easier to talk about currency when I was first elected and my poll numbers were at 65 percent,” Obama argued at the close of the G-20 summit, after bluntly accusing Beijing of undervaluing its currency.
The president flew to Japan for the APEC summit without the coveted trade pact with Korea or a united front with other countries against China’s currency policy. He also endured a gusher of criticism from other countries about a decision by the U.S. central bank to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy, something China, Germany and others believe could weaken the dollar and lead to inflation. [snip]
Even so, the president contended that his standing with world leaders is not diminished.
“When I came into office people might have been interested in more photo-ops,” the president said, because of the “hoopla surrounding my election.”
This vain useless boob is dangerous to America. Not aware that his craving for celebrity is mocked by foreign leaders and employed as a doggie “treat” to distract and amuse him while real business is carried on without his boobish presence.
For Obama, American acquiescence is a good thing and powerful foes growing more powerful something that cannot be helped so therefore Obama applauds. ‘”We are now seeing a situation where a whole host of other countries are doing well and coming into their own and naturally they’re going to be more assertive … and that’s a healthy thing,” the president said.”
Bitterly clinging to the mistaken notion that he is popular, Obama is damaging American interests abroad.
Barack Obama is not only a Dangerous Narcissist. Barack Obama is a get “no respect” Rodney Dangerfield in a very dangerous world:
“But for the most part this was a shadow of the president who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 on the mere bet that he would somehow deliver the “old America” back to the world. And along the way, when it came to substantive issues such as trade, capital imbalances, currency policy, and Middle East peace, Obama encountered a faceful of rebuffs from allies and future rivals alike.
Much of the commentary in Washington has focused, predictably, on the devastating midterm election losses suffered by the Democrats, widely interpreted as a repudiation of Obama and his policies. But there is a much deeper dysfunction at work here.”
That “deeper dysfunction” is a dangerous blinding narcissism which Big Media enabled for years. Instead of scrutiny, Big Media offered adoration. Instead of vetting, Big Media fluffed pillows. Instead of reality, Big Media and the Blogger Boy auxiliaries, wove dreams and hallucinatory hopes. At the New York Times the Hopium induced flashbacks are the rule, reality is the rare breach past the incense smoke:
“I have faith in Barack Obama. Of course, I also have faith in the New York Mets.
I believe Obama is going to get his groove back and be the leader we elected, even though he is testing us sorely. This week he went to South Korea to negotiate a trade agreement, and the agreement fell through. The administration says this is because he was being a tough bargainer, but you don’t send the president overseas to fail to get an agreement. Wasn’t anybody taking notes when he went to Denmark to fail to get the Olympics for Chicago?
Hope springs eternal in the Times of New York. At the Post of Washington D.C. however, the Hopium is running low and the reality of a dangerous boob in charge is running high:
“President Obama asserted Friday that the punishment his party took in midterm elections has not damaged his ability to advance U.S. interests overseas, saying his Asia trip has shown that many countries still want to work with the United States.
In a news conference following the Group of 20 summit, Obama said the United States, while still the world’s most powerful economy, can no longer dictate the terms of how the world does business, especially after a global economic turndown that many blame on American policies.
But he said his relationships with fellow heads of state have evolved during his two years in office - relying less on the novelty of his election and the enthusiasm it generated than on a shared view of where the global economy should be heading. [snip]
It rests, however, on an untested premise – that nations are willing to act against their short-term interests for the good of other countries, in order to promote steady and persistent economic growth that will be better for the world overall.
The premise speaks to the president’s faith in a multipolar planet - that China, for example, might free some of its trillions of dollars in reserves in a way that puts Americans back to work and boost global growth. But Obama himself called some of the most important elements of the agreement “a work in progress.”
This is dangerous narcissism of the worst sort. It is the type of naivete Hillary Clinton lambasted in 2008. It is “no preconditions” Obama damaging America on a daily, nay hourly, basis. Even Nancy Pelousy’s home town newspaper recognizes the damage done:
“Shellacked at home, shellacked abroad. President Obama’s Asia trip is extending a losing streak with the latest setback - a refusal by other major financial powers to follow his lead to revive the global economy.
The president’s nostrums, which began with a call for stimulus-style pump priming by other nations, had evolved into a plan to ease wild swings in currency values and overboard trade imbalances. But he got next to nothing in showdown meetings with other leaders of the G-20 nations, or major economic powers. U.S. leadership, once taken for granted, has all but vanished, and no one’s in charge. [snip]
The mighty United States, abetted by Obama’s considerable charm, couldn’t crack Korea’s stubborn resistance to American exports.
A more profound dispute followed at the G-20 gathering. The president pitched other countries to hold down trade imbalances and avoid the temptations of tweaking currency rates to gain advantage in a sickly global marketplace. This argument took aim at China, which keeps its currency cheap to encourage exports, and Germany, which does much the same.
The fight was going to be difficult enough, but it got even tougher when the Federal Reserve Bank – which isn’t beholden to the White House – decided to dump $600 billion into the economy to spur growth. Well-intentioned as that sounds, it brought gasps overseas: Washington was in effect printing more money, weakening the value of the dollar, and then asking everyone else to behave.
That was the liberal San Francisco Chronicle. The conservative Washington Times editorial is not much better:
“Margaret Thatcher once said that being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, President Obama asserted that the results of the midterm elections have not diminished his power internationally and that in some ways, he is even stronger, thanks to the friendships he allegedly has developed with world leaders.
World leaders may indeed like Mr. Obama on a personal level, but that has little to do with his stature as a national leader. Machiavelli’s dictum that it is better for a head of state to be feared than loved still applies, and it is clear that there is no reason for any country to fear the affable Mr. Obama.
The president again casually confirmed his belief in the decline of America’s “outsized” influence in world affairs, noting, “We are now seeing a situation where a whole host of other countries are doing well and coming into their own and naturally they’re going to be more assertive.” The president thinks this greater assertiveness is “a healthy thing” but did not elaborate for whom it was healthy – certainly not the United States. For some inexplicable reason, Mr. Obama welcomes the decline of America’s role on the international stage. It is his most notable accomplishment.
Mr. Obama defended the relative lack of progress at this G-20 meeting by lecturing the press on the importance of maintaining perspective. “We should not anticipate that every time countries come together that we are doing some revolutionary thing,” he said. “Instead of hitting home runs, sometimes we’re going to hit singles. But they’re really important singles.” His Nobel Peace Prize notwithstanding, Mr. Obama has yet to prove that he is a power hitter in the league of nations. The world awaits his first home run. Mr. Obama’s Mideast peace effort hasn’t reached first base, he has achieved little of substance in dissuading Iran from pursuing nuclear-weapons capability, his trade policy is a slow-motion train wreck, and his vision of a nuclear-free world remains empty rhetoric.
The question is not whether Mr. Obama’s influence on the world is increasing or decreasing. It is rather whether he has any meaningful influence on important world events at all.”
Shorter Washington Times editorial: Obama is a boob, a dangerous boob.
Obama fluffing Time Magazine calls our previously dismissed reality a “New Reality”:
“A week after one of the biggest political wipeouts in nearly 60 years, the West Wing is conducting political triage, trying to figure out what can be saved and what must be discarded. Just two years ago, the Obama team arrived in Washington on a great wave of promise, with control of Congress and what it imagined was a limitless mandate. Now it finds itself trying to pick up the pieces after what Obama aptly called a “shellacking.”
The new reality — it is perhaps a measure of this White House’s way of looking at things that one aide called it “the new constellation” — means Obama’s team has to do several things quickly. [snip]
But amid all the efforts is a clear sense among senior staff that the midterms were not just another bad news cycle but a major obstacle that must be surmounted on the road to re-election in 2012. [snip]
As incoming House Speaker John Boehner put it on Nov. 4, “There seems to be some denial on the part of the President.”
No surprise here. We’ve long known that Barack Obama is The Queen Of Denial. The surprise is that so many agree that Obama’s performances of late are increasingly dreary and glum and not worthy of applause. The Wall Street Journal:
“Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at this week’s G-20 meeting in Seoul? We can’t think of one. President Obama failed to achieve any of his main goals while getting pounded by other world leaders for failing U.S. policies and lagging growth.
None of this should be cause for celebration, because a world without American leadership is a more dangerous place. The U.S. is still the world’s largest economy, the issuer of its reserve currency, and its lone military superpower. No other nation has the will or capacity to lead the way the U.S. has for 70 years, so faltering American influence will produce a vacuum in which every nation can seek narrow advantage.“
A narcissistic boob in charge is dangerous. A peripatetic boob who will travel long distances at any time for applause is dangerous and pathetic:
“After his meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday, Obama will head out of the country once again as he departs for a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The two-day Portugal trip will be another opportunity for the president to demonstrate that his foreign clout has not been weakened in spite of his party’s political defeats back home.”
This wandering boob is apparently not aware of the reality he faces, of the reality America faces. Or perhaps he is aware and is engaged in “get away from it all” vacation therapy. In Washington however, there are culture of corruption trials – defendants ready or not, lawyers ready or not. The heath scam passed against the wishes of the American people and to benefit Big Insurance and Big PhaRma is breaking apart under a blizzard of waivers. Those waivers are for the SEIU and some of the most vocal health scam advocates.
It seems some days, with the boob in charge, that indeed the terrorists have won.
As we wrote long ago, “Abandon Ship! The Captain Is A Boob.”