Since 2008 we have written that we are in the Age of Fake. Today we read (via the New York Times) the words of a senior WH official: Obama’s GOP outreach is a big waste of time designed to impress the media. What a shock. The “charm offensive” is a fake. The Blaze cuts through the smoke obscured by the New York Times:
“Aides say Mr. Obama will continue his outreach even if the phone calls and other overtures can “feel fake to him,” in the words of one associate.”
It’s the Age of Fake in White House quotes. The Obama “charm offensive” really is merely an offensive tactic both in the political war sense and in the contempt for the intelligence of Americans it displays:
“He is dining with Republicans after advisers openly mocked suggestions that he do so. He is visiting Capitol Hill after telling aides that such a gesture was beneath him and the dignity of his office. And, as an ultimate indignity, he is talking to reporters. What’s gotten into President Obama?
A better question might be what has left the president – and the answer would be: Much of his political capital.
Obama’s sudden burst of public outreach coincides with a drop in his approval ratings, noted first by Democratic pollsters advising the White House last week and now surfacing in a spate of public polls. This raises the uncomfortable question: Is this schmooze-a-thon a legitimate act of humility and leadership or a cynical public display? [snip]
“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”
Why the offensive charm from Obama the cobra? It’s because some Republicans have begun to fight and Americans are noticing that Obama is only interested or competent at self-promotion and the arts of a flim-flam man:
“Obama and his team declared a “grand bargain” on the nation’s long-term debt impossible and publicly predicted that voters would blame Republicans alone for the imposition of sequestration cuts.
They were wrong. While he remains vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans, the president has seen his approval rating drop to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters disapproving of his performance than approving, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. [snip]
This was predictable. The White House was warned by Democratic allies in Congress and on K Street that, fair or not, voters ultimately punish presidents for malfeasance in Washington. Even more jarring than Obama’s lack of engagement was his public protestations that there was nothing he could do to strike a deal with the GOP. “It made him look weak,” said a Democratic strategist with close ties to the White House. “It made him look – can I used this word? – impotent.”
As obviously offensive as Barack Obama is – even Obama bitten Politico asks “How serious is he?“, some Republicans continue to play along and try to charm the cobra. According to Big Pink aficionado Peggy Noonan two Republican senators (McCain and Graham barely disguised) provided not-for-attribution interviews which show how disconnected from reality these Republican senators are:
“One was heartened and impressed by the meeting while retaining his skepticism as to whether it might open the way to pronounced progress in pursuit of a so-called grand bargain.
The other was more optimistic and left the meeting moved.
Each independently mentioned one aspect of the conversation that troubled them both: The president, while friendly and forthcoming, seemed to withdraw somewhat when talk turned to continuing the process. [snip]
Senator No. 1: When pressed on the question, the president seemed to step back. “His idea of a process is, ‘You guys figure it out and work with my staff, and if you need me call me.’ But in the end, unless the president really gets engaged and forces meeting after meeting, I don’t see how you get past the logjam.” [snip]
Senator No. 2: “At the end I mentioned, ‘Share [with us] how you see this going forward.’ ” Here the president “got hazy. . . . I told him this will never work without adult supervision from the White House. I don’t think he comprehends that this is part of getting something done.”
What dolts. Every herpetologist will tell you cobras are deaf, they do not listen. They just wait for the right moment to strike and kill.
The easily gullible or purposefully stupid do their best, after guzzling gallons of Hopium, to convince themselves, us, and the American public that this “charm offensive” is anything but fake. Those that take undiluted Hopium by injection are busying conning themselves that the “partisan ice” is breaking. The only thing breaking is their credibility.
Tomorrow Barack Obama will be speaking to his pay-to-play tax deductible corrupt OAF organization. It’s the cobra before the cobra cult. The message will be ‘give me money and adulation and I’ll do what I want and still hold you in contempt for loving and worshiping me.’
Neither the cobra cult of Barack Obama nor the Republican senators we quoted above has yet to learn our mantra:
“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”
Every herpetologist will tell you cobras are deaf, they do not listen. Every herpetologist will also tell you cobras are poisonous.