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Obama Fist Bumps The Occupiers

President Obama is intensifying his identification with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

This is truly frightening.

It would be one thing for Obama to practice benign neglect, to communicate that everyone has a right to protest without really commenting on the movement itself.

But it must be unprecedented for a president of the United States to suggest an affinity for radical leftists who despise capitalism and seek to upend the economic and political system.

I’ve watched enough video and seen enough commentary out of the Occupy Everything crowd to understand who these people are. They are not average people out of work who want jobs, or mainstream Democratic Party reformers who believe in more regulation and government programs.

These are stereotypical leftists who want wrenching change that cannot be achieved by democratic means and that would require the type of government or third party intervention into the economy and people’s lives that is incompatible with democracy.

But Obama has thrown in with these people, starting with his press conference statement earlier this month that they are expressing “the frustrations that the American people feel.”

Sunday, during his dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, he cozied up further.

As was true 50 years ago, as has been true throughout human history, those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as “divisive.”  They’ll say any challenge to the existing arrangements are unwise and destabilizing.  Dr. King understood that peace without justice was no peace at all; that aligning our reality with our ideals often requires the speaking of uncomfortable truths and the creative tension of non-violent protest.

But he also understood that to bring about true and lasting change, there must be the possibility of reconciliation; that any social movement has to channel this tension through the spirit of love and mutuality.

If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain.

Sure, he talks about the need for “love and mutuality,” but that’s a fig leaf. These hate-filled extremists are not going to start feeling love and mutuality for corporate America, and Obama knows it.

What exactly does Obama mean when he speaks approvingly of a “challenge to the existing arrangements” and “peace without justice is not peace at all.” These are very provocative things for a president to say, particularly while aligning himself with hard core leftists.

As if to make sure things were perfectly clear, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Sunday adopted the phraseology of the movement and suggested Obama would fight for its goals.

The president will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares about the need for Washington to do more to support our economic recovery and to ensure that the interest of the 99 percent of Americans is well-represented.

Obama is a former community organizer who was rated the most liberal member of the Senate. These kinds of protests are in his blood. He is no more able to condemn them than he is able to reject himself.

It’s disconcerting that this president appears to harbor some radical notions. What scares is when he is supportive of those who would make such ideas reality by toppling the system he presides over and has pledged to defend.

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82 Responses to Obama Fist Bumps The Occupiers

  1. Another of his straddles–they are justified, but just sort of, you know, some, well… Sure- he will try to harness this until he realizes they don’t vote — I think less than a third. He has tro decide–destroy the country, get re-elected, destroy the country, get re-elected…how to straddle that one..toughie….Oh, well, his bus is coming.

  2. Saw pictures of some of the OWS going into banks to close their accounts,
    That’s smart not that it will catch on or they even have enough money in the
    accounts to make a difference. But even a hint of them setting off a run on
    banks is very bad. As they don’t understand what a run on bank would do to this fragile economy. And Obama supports this so is he trying to fix the economy or wait for it to fail? Now he’s off on our dime playing on the bus a
    fact that the OWS folks should really be angry about but they just say feel
    sorry for me the 99% cry me a river they are pathetic life ain’t easy as your
    Mother undoubtedly you many times.

  3. Keith, great analysis that echoes my sentiments exactly.

    I agree that the President of the United States to even tacitly, let alone overtly, support this group of malcontents and miscreants as something that should be admired is without precedent. I cannot identify that this is MY President: a President of all the people.

    I pray that sanity will return to politics. I am by no means rich nor influential, but I do know that these ccupiers are not representing what I want America to become.

  4. Lady Fingers is correct – who is surprised by this? Is BO not trying to destroy this country from the inside? Hasn’t BO shown time and again his disdain for the USA, the Constitution, and everything America stands for?
    I count BO as an enemy on par with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and muslim radicals in the al qaeda and taliban-type movements.
    I just hope Americans wake up before it’s too late.

  5. At some point, some excess, some bridge too far, this President will be called up on impeachment charges. Is it the support he gives to the Commies, the Marxists, the Socialists, the Nazis? Maybe sending combat troops into Africa, or bombing Libya is too much.
    Could lying about spending our money to supply Mexican drug cartels with weapons or just giving our money to his friends who are pretending to manufacture solar panels be the trigger that brings this administration to account? I don’t think so.
    He talks about bypassing Congress to use his executive power to give amnesty to illegal Mexican aliens, or just spending our money to satisfy his union supporters with mystical shovel-ready jobs. Is that enough to bring him to account in front of Congress? I don’t think so.
    When he promotes civil disobedience, or racial divides or even class warfare, that’s not enough either.

    So, we’ll just have to tough it out for a year and take care of this terrible mess ourselves by voting MrO and his minions out of office, along with the gutless, clueless, elitist members of Congress who are so afraid of losing their job that they are worthless.

    • Good pts, all… Somehow, despite the community organizer moniker, I don’t see Obama as a street guy–putting on the vaseline against the pepper gas, etc. Or even threatening banks with black boycotts if they don’t hire people a la Jesse. I see him more as a “society” type community organizer–on the phone, going with Ayers to storefronts and handing out grants, voting present, that sort of thing.

  6. I hope I’m wrong, but is it at all possible he wishes to encourage these dunderheads so that they can continue their party until the elections? Maybe even to salt the groups with more and more of his ACORN help, and the SEIU types to assure that there will always be a littyle bubble of riot stirring? Maybe even to try to fire it up next August so that the election could be set aside due to “fears of massive riots”.
    Or is it I have simply become so used to a dissembling POTUS that I believe the overthrow of current government is certainly within his thought, and especially if it can be to his benefit.

    • You are not wrong Tom.
      This is exactly what he wants.
      This gives him more alternatives.
      Disruption in America is his dream.
      He is close to accomplishing his goal, and he is not going to back off.
      Instead, he will stand on the pedal and relentlessly attack this Country until he is defeated.

  7. As I read your headline I was reminded how the POTUS gave someone a “fist bump” early in his presidency. Although subtle, that set the tone for the way he would act as president and the level he would conduct himself. It just never ends.

  8. You get it in a way too many of your associates in the press don’t Keith. These are the people he has been waiting for. Van Jones, Frances Fox Piven, and the various Soros-backed groups have been busily planning and implementing 0WS. They just needed him to step up and embrace them and the sycophant press to spread the word. Now that he has voiced his approval, it will be full speed ahead up to the election. My guess is he is hoping the mob will progress to violence and once people start fighting back it will be all out civil war. Eventually he will declare that, for the safety of the country, he’ll just have to seize power like Lincoln. The only difference — he won’t return the power to the people like Lincoln did. I fear for my family and my country more today than ever before in my lifetime.

  9. Keith’s ‘analysis’ may be the worst I have ever seen. Partisan, biased
    and just plain silly. He is simply not a serious critic. Sure, there are legitimate criticisms of any President. Any critic who is wholly one-sided you can bet is not worth reading. Keith is not ready to play with the George Wills or the Bill Kellers. Grow up and come back when you’re ready Keith.

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    • Michael,

      One might say the same thing about you. Perhaps you might want to try and REFUTE Keith’s points, rather than resort to the typical Lib tactic of ignoring the message by attacking the messenger.

    • You are dead wrong, I’ve read Keith when he has lauded the POTUS for some of his actions. I believe Keith is vastly more experienced to relate this catastrophe than you think. But you are entitled to your opinion, shallow as it might be. Pilgrim.

  10. I’ve never seen anything like this, and I hope I never do again. A so-called president backing a mob of ignorant morons that have no positive direction for improvement. What do they propose besides chaos? If these mobs had their way, our country would be torn into complete anarchy, and our society would be thrown back into the dark ages, uh, kind of like the mideast. Oh, THAT is why hussein is supporting them! Unbelievable!

    • SOMEONE in the press needs to call him out on the carpet about his encouragement of these mindless hordes. “Mr. president, can you tell me what the desired outcome specifically is with the OWS movement? If you can’t define specific goals, then why are you supporting them?” It is a rhetorical quetion, his specific goals are the advancement of his own personal desires: more golfing and lobster, and the destruction of western civilization, in that order.

      • SO why can WE, lowly Citizens & Patriots on this website think of HUNDREDS of better questions and issues to ask ‘Pres.’ Obama and his ‘administration’ than the whole elite WH “press corps” combined…???!!!

        (Keith excluded :-)

    • @ MT for re-redistribution: It is not upto the demonstrators part of the OWS to have a clear vision and outline the policies/route forward… It is simply their duty to point out that things are not right with the current capitalism driven ecomony/government/politics where greed is good! They are voicing their concerns and its upto those in positions of power to take note and do something about it!! And Obama just seems to be saying that something needs to be done here!! This world is not built for the people living at the top of the pyramid who would not be there without the base of the pyramid if you get the metaphor!!

  11. So O is a president for ONLY 99% of Americans? Why is anyone surprised at his actions? In order for him to set his National Security force, that he touted the need to create (one that was as strong and well funded as our military) our cities must collapse into chaos.

  12. This is truly frightening!
    The president is inciting violence by giving his approval.
    Keith, just heard you discussed on Megyn’s show…I agreed with Tucker Carlson but not Juan Williams.

      • Always thought his experience with NPR would be enough to show Juan the light. Unfortunately, he is still wandering around out there in the darkness…

  13. Not to divert from Keith’s insight and reporting, there is an interesting article today at American Thinker that compares the lefts embrace of OWS to the riots during the Dem Convention in Chicago.

    The author seems to think this will come back to bite the Dems on the butt. I think (hope) he may be correct.

    • The old-timers here remember those days and it wasn’t a bunch of clean-cut college coeds protesting the VietnamWar. There were anarchists, commies, radical leftists who thought nothing of setting off bombs, killing or injuring police, and setting fires to government buildings. It wasn’t ‘romantic’, it was frightening. People died and nothing good came of it.

      These occupiers are tools that are being used to further the political ambitions of those who would destroy America, who hate American values or ideals and would replace our government with government tyranny. Violence is sure to come. Maybe not now, but next summer will be the end of what we have now or the beginning of something better.

      • HA!
        Those 1960’s anti-America anarchists, commies, radical leftists and bomb throwers became Obama’s heros, role-models & teachers!

      • You are spot on srdem. I remember those days and it wasn’t rainbows and unicorns like many young people imagine. These people terrorized us during the 60’s and early 70’s and they’re doing it all over again…

        Maybe not now, but next summer will be the end of what we have now or the beginning of something better.
        I pray you are right srdem. My hope is for the beginning of something better.

  14. Keith,

    While I agree with the majority of your assessment, I would like to point out one thing that you might have missed. Yes these people are hard core leftists, but more importantly MANY of them are extreme, hardcore anarchists.

    They want NO government, and want rule of the people by who ever is the strongest and loudest – remember the John Lewis video. Obama and the other fools on the hill do not seem to understand the threat that these types present.

    While Alinsky and Piven want to tear down the structure of government and rebuild it into their Utopia, the anarchist does not want government, or societal conventions. It would literally be Mad Max time in America.

    Obama does not remember his history, or he chooses to forget/ignore, but just as Lenin turned on Trotsky after the revolution, and a rabid dog turns on its master, these same people that he is “fist bumping” will turn on him and on the other puppet masters (AKA Soros).

    All that it will take for a full fledged civil war is one little spark, and then there will be no military or law enforcement response that will be able to stop this nightmare if it is allowed to continue.

    As some personal history, 30+ years ago I would have been considered one of these OWS types. I read and understood Alinsky, and the Anarchist’s Cookbook. I believed that the government was intrinsically evil, and that the monied class needed to be destroyed at all costs. I even had a ex-girlfriend who called me “morally corrupt and emotionally bankrupt” I think that’s why she dated me.

    The beginning of my epiphany came the first time I held my new born daughter. I realized that the system, while not perfect, was the only system that would allow her to grow up into adulthood without having to worry about where her next meal would come from. Then I actually started working and realized how much of my sweat was going to those who thought as I did. When I went to work for the government is when I finally realized just how big a lie I had believed in. I saw first hand the destruction and decay the left’s lies brought.

    I consider myself a conservative libertarian, and I pray that some how we will weather this storm. Unfortunately I am getting more cynical as the days and weeks go by.

      • Where do these limo libs think they will live if this goes according to plan–on an alternative planet like the one the Dems apparently think mean old Republicans live on? We all live HERE!

        • I see the usual foaming here against the demo days of yore–I was out there! That war was an abomination. Our drafted friends were dying with no say in it. I am not ashamed to say it. I am sure some of you here will vomit. At the same time, I was an exec in the aerospace industry–they used to give me a dime and say, “Don’t get our name in the papers.” They knew the big cos would prevail, that all the raging would come to naught when it was not in someone’s best interests. My parents were very upset over my putting a flag over my shoulders–yet, my father, a doctor and a Republican, hated the war and worked a year for free so as not to contribute taxes to it! So we were all over the place. Now, I am more like my parents were then–get a job, kids, pay some dues. What goes around comes around.

  15. Hello Republican Party anyone at home? Why the silence what are you all
    waiting for before you stand up and defend us from a President who has
    made it abundantly clear on several occassions that he doesn’t care about
    any American except those who worship him and to quote good old Maxine
    the rest of us can go straight to Hell. Do we have no defenders? Are we to
    fight this battle alone? And you think this will win back the WH in 2012?
    Come on this man is doing things no President should do and get away with
    we have no media to hold him accountable so it’s up to you and we are
    waiting so start doing your job and make sure there is no more damage done
    to America we are in deep trouble! Get busy NOW!

  16. I truly believe Obama wanted to be the next MLK. He wants to be reveered like him, have a holiday named after him, have kids study him in school. When it didn’t happen in his organizing days he thought being president would get him the same result. I don’t know if this OWS was started by him and his cronies or not, or if he’s just taking advantage of it. But I’m sure he wants to be able to use it like MLK did his marches. So, yeah, I’m not surprised he’s “down with them.”

  17. This is frightening, appalling, but NOT surprising. ANyone who knew barry’s roots would know he is BFF with these anarchists. Billy ayers was his mentor.
    Look who else endorses barry http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/figures-nazi-party-throws-support-behind-occupy-wall-street-movement/#comment-465050

    Also, you will find that in barry’s home town, the communists who were leading the festivities in grant park are also in ofa! (on Gateway Pundits site too, with VIDEO)

    Barry wants riots and worse, It’s a nightmare and gonna get worse. I hope the voters see what is happening and defeat him in LANDSLIDES.

    • The Tea Party has nothing in common with the 0WS mob. It’s like comparing the American revolution with the French revolution. Unlike the 0WS mob, the Tea Party doesn’t want to tear down the whole system, just fix it following the constitution.

      Agree crony capitalism is a big problem on both sides of the aisle, but don’t trust anything the NY Times has to say. It’s always better to get the information from the source…
      http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150295067853435

  18. This has been his aim since the election. The only way he can become the ruler is to topple America, to send it into chaos then take over. He is doing to America what America did to Russia.

    It is nice to hope and believe but one MUST follow the threads of history to understand this ongoing process. He has sidestepped our Constitution at every opportunity. He put Czars in place that answer ONLY to him. Follow the dots — he WANTS anarchy so he can take over. If re-elected, he will not EVER leave office.

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  19. “Hate filled extremists?” To dismiss them as only that is the kind of narrow-minded thinking that will keep the movers from 1600 Pa Ave for a long time to come.

    • Do you mean the useful idiots? There are a lot of them mixed in with the union thugs, anit-Semites, communists, marxists, nazis, and anarchists. Heck even Iran, China, and every other tin-pot dictator in the world is on the side of the Flea Party. As Irishjack mentioned…only 386 more days. Now if we can only stop the establishment Republicans from grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.

  20. Love this article. Thanks for highlighting the significance. Obama has sworn to upkeep the constitution of USA. The occupiers he is identifying with are the antithesis of the American constitution. Why do I care? Because what happens to USA affects the world, including Asia, Singapore and because my husband and son would lay down their lives to defend this country in a heart beat. I have shared this on my site. He seem so 2 faced, getting in bed with GE’s CEO and now with occupiers.