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The Root of Obama’s Imperious Presidency

Let’s continue on our theme of pop psychology today, even though I promised to stop, and discuss one of the main reasons Obama wants to rule, to the greatest extent possible, from the Oval Office.

Sure, contempt for Congress and the Constitutional process – as well as the absolute certainty that his motives and agenda are unquestionably right and just – all plays into it. But there’s another critical piece to this: Obama is, for a politician, a relative loner who doesn’t want to be bugged by members of Congress. Of either Party.

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He has no famous chums in Congress. He has few relationships of any sort with lawmakers. Really what he wants to do is make his decisions in the Oval Office, have a few meetings, give some speeches on college campuses and at high schools, and play golf. And then send Jay Carney out to talk about how Republicans are intransigent, politically motivated hacks who don’t even wear deodorant.

Well, yes, the Congress was in fact designed to include people committed to principles and also worried about getting reelected. The trick is to use various carrots and sticks to get them to do you bidding.

The grunt work of legislating is not for him. That’s why he passed through the Illinois legislature and the United States Senate leaving not a trace of evidence he was ever there.

As I’ve mentioned before, I covered both the Clinton and Bush White Houses. Routinely, with each of them, there was line of cars on the West Wing driveway belonging to members of some committee or faction of Congress that had dropped by to meet the president. If they wanted the gathering to remain below the radar, they “snuck in” the side door, and then the camera guys who were always in a position where they could see the entrance there told us about it.

With Obama, almost never. Nothing. No meetings. If you ask around on Capitol Hill, no phone calls either. Obama, expostulating about the uncooperativeness of Republicans, does nothing to get them to cooperate. It’s not in his character. And then he attacks them for his own paucity of results. He’s like a high school football player who never comes to practice and then whines that he’s warming the bench.

Unfortunately, Obama’s temperament will now have serious consequences for the nation. We’ll be in a constant state of Constitutional subversion for the next three years as Obama issues edicts and bullies the private sector into doing his bidding. At any point, with some particularly outlandish act, he can kick things up to a major Constitutional crisis. It’s a sad thing to see.

I have no love for politicians. But the Founders designed this system for politicians, who must schmooze and battle their way toward getting something done – or preventing something from being done – all while watching their political asses back home.

It’s not pretty. But it’s a lot better than having the nation run by a cabal of philosopher-kings who think they know what’s best for us.

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      1. No more like when is Obama going to golf next….our good ol Golfer-In-Chief couldn’t care less about anything except his next game of golf….

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  2. You have to wonder if the Founders envisioned that we’d ever elect a president like Obama. Perhaps not. That’s why the Consitutional safeguards that were designed are being so seriously tested right now.

    The real question is: can America get through the next three years without additional serious damage? Our future depends on it.

      1. May-The-Gods-Help-Us…
        We need to get rid of Boehner and Reid, and the rest of the ‘535’ turds in the “US House” and “US Senate”

        1. You do remember the way Obama reacted after the 2010 election where we took the house back.
          He looks liked he had been jap slapped.
          I say we do it again in 2014.

          1. Obama needs to be more the “jap slapped” in 2014…

            (“jap slapped”, I like that :-) I havent heard that since elementary school… when we could say stuff like that.
            -dont ask me what we called ‘ringing a door bell & running away’ )

        2. Boehner barking about immigration again, and some poll, Gallup I think, says that only 3% of the public thinks it is a frontline issue.

          1. Johnny boy doesn’t care what we proles think about granting amnesty to illegal aliens. He’s marching to the tune of his big money campaign donors in the Chamber of Crony Capitalism (h/t Mark Levin).

      2. Regarding throwing the bums out.. That is no longer as effective as it once was and still should be. I tend to side with Milton Friedman on this issue:

        “It’s nice to elect the right people, but that isn’t the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.”

        And that is where conservatives, even rational moderates, are failing. We elect someone who “promises” to do everything we want them to do… We then go about our lives only to find out the bum is not doing anything we want them to and actually doing just the opposite, so we whine and moan that we need to throw this bum out…. rinse and repeat.

        We on the right need to put our Congress creature’s phone numbers in our phones on speed dial… And add to that the Speaker of the House as well.

        Then we need to call them regularly and tell them in clear, passionate and rational terms what we expect of them and reminding them of the consequences if they fail to do so.

        Since I got lectured about this very thing, I’m now calling/emailing my congress weenie at least 2 to 3 times a week…

        Squeaky wheels and all that. But it works far better than just voting for someone who’s telling you what you want to hear and then going away and expecting a politician to do what they promised….

  3. Corrupt Ag Holder and Prez BHO believe they are ‘untouchables’ as they have insulated themselves from any ‘legal’ or with NSA from any ‘public’ scrutiny and accountability!

    The POTUS has just ‘stacked’ the DC Fed Court of Appeals with two left-leaning judges because he didn’t like decisions of that Court!

    We are becoming an ‘Oligarchy’ – a Nation ruled by the ‘few’ in the WH Adm by appointed czars, advisers, and BHO court appointees. jb

    1. I cannot understand how the title Czar came to be here in America, and excepted.
      I always knew the definition: Monarch or Ruler
      I looked up the word Czar
      Monarch / Ruler
      Emperor or King
      Autocratic Ruler or Leader
      Any person exercising great authority or power in a particular field.
      They slapped the title on these people, and is has been excepted. It has upset me since. I was not born in Russia, and the title did not seem fit here.

        1. I understand that. At that time and now I don’t know why anyone would except a title as compared to a Russian Ruler.
          I guess I am the only one than and now that does not like anyone taking government postions in America with that title.

          1. You must not have been paying attention, then. The term “czar” got its start in U.S. government during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, the famous progressive Democrat who brought us the Federal Reserve and the income tax. Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed many czars during the war.

          2. Czar the word means essentially nothing.
            What they do is the critical element.
            They are not elected, they are appointed, no congressional oversight.

  4. Wonderful portrait of a misanthropic narcissist Keith.

    No chums in Congress, no relationships with lawmakers, no cars in the WH drive-way, no meetings, phone calls. Wow! Scary! At least the WH janitorial staff doesn’t have much to do, except dust off the Resolute desk every once in a while.

    From my imaginary shrink’s armchair,, I would say Obama never really believed he would be elected POTUS. I think he was testing the waters more from the standpoint of escaping the hum-drum, boring life he led on Capitol Hill where he usually voted ‘present;.
    He used to grouse about the white-haired ‘geezers’ in the Senate and how it took them so long to get anything done.
    I think a light-bulb just went off in his arrogant heat one day, and he said to himself: H*ll, I’m just going to run for POTUS ! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    His secret weapon is the teleprompter ‘speeches’. He was never content to merely make a statement – it had to be a ‘speech’.
    He had one for every occasion. The speech of his lifetime at the Convention was his ticket to the WH. It worked. The only thing he was totally unprepared for was what he would do when he got to the WH. Not a problem – let Valjar worry about it.

    Fast forward five years. ANOTHER speech today. Any one keeping track of how many in the last 5 years? Anyone listening? He sounds lke he is having a hissy fit b/c he got caught – keeps sniping at Snowden, lol. Can’t blame Bush or Congress for this one!

    As psychiatrist would have a field day trying to analyze this tinpot dictator, but I am only curious about one thing: Who has been writing the speeches all these years? The books? Nothing matches up when he tries to string two sentences together without the TOTUS. And why would he marry a woman who is borderline illiterate and seemingly unedcated in matters other than racial politics? Doesn’t add up!
    Didn’t mean to blab on so long, but Obama is a continuous enigma, among other thngs.

    1. more from the standpoint of escaping the hum-drum, boring life he led on Capitol Hill where he usually voted ‘present;.

      I take another view. I think he was plucked from obscurity by someone–Reid is mentioned, Ted Kennedy–to be a figurehead, to stop Hillary. I don’t think he came up with this on his own–he is pretty lackadaisical and all this took huge effort. Also, I think the present votes were in the Ill legislature.

      1. I also agree with Keith–he had no “passion” quests or projects. He was not a joiner–did not appreciate the rare Club of 100 the Senate represents. He did not care. He likes to be a Club of One.

      2. I agree Star. There are so many well respected people that could have ran for this position that people at least knew of them. Powell comes to mind. If you would have voted for Powell or not at least he is respected for his service.
        I was born in 1961 grew up with the burning of the bra, etc…
        I would love to see a woman as President. However if they stuck some woman with no birth certificate, and she went to church with things being said that was not called for in a church.
        I would not have voted for her. So I do not want the racial card thown in my face anymore. Our Country is being taken over.
        I am risking even typing on here because the government has a huge data base. Lenin, Hitler, etc would be so jealous of the NSA trash. Please read not article on drudge. Thank you for letting me vent Keith and fellow readers.

        1. I lost all respect for Powell when he held up the fake anthrax, then he shilled out for Obama based, I guess, on being the same race.. But your pt is well taken that we need someone who can win!

          1. I agree with your point of the anthrax. I should have used someone else as an example. Someone who at least understands the Constitution.

      3. I think Obama initiated the relationships. Lugar was the first one he glommed onto. Went to Russia with him.
        I remember two senior senators who complained that he would rush out at the end of the sessions, looking for TV cameras. If the senators happened to be talking to reporters, he would horn in and take over the interview – even taking credit for legislation he had nothing to do with. They were livid,
        Obama learned early on how to manipulate the media. If nothing else he is cunning.

        I did read that he was frequently tardy in the US Senate and actually gave a formal apology.

      1. I could never pin down who got him the 2004 convention speech opportunity–which was a springboard–but I pretty much got the idea that all this was not his idea.

  5. A thought in considering the Imperial One. This is from the Bookworm blog.
    In a New York Times article about Obama’s reaction to Snowden comes this priceless line:

    Mr. Obama was angry at the revelations, privately excoriating Mr. Snowden as a self-important narcissist who had not thought through the consequences of his actions.

    If you didn’t find that statement as priceless as I did, it’s because you haven’t been operating for years on the same assumption that I have; namely, that Obama is a malignant, self-important narcissist, whose guiding principle is his own ego

    1. “privately excoriating Mr. Snowden as a self-important narcissist who had not thought through the consequences of his actions”


    1. “And what I’m going to keep on doing is plot away, very persistent.”

      Why in the world didn’t Romney or some PAC run ads with this video clip?

  6. Really what he wants to do is make his decisions in the Oval Office . . .

    That in a nutshell is the extent of his leadership style. His orders to others constitute him naming the outcome he desires and then telling them to make it happen. If it happens, he takes full credit for bringing it about since he was the one who gave the order. If it doesn’t happen, then it was somebody else’s fault.

    The press has even been compliant in this by suggesting that maybe Obama is too brilliant for the job, and that the failings of his underlings is because they are too stupid to grasp his overlying vision.

    Suspiciously absent in all of this is any mention of anyone leading the underlings to the stated outcome by instituting an actual cohesive plan of action. It’s like a sales VP issuing an order for everyone to increase sales, but not giving them a plan of action to follow which will achieve that goal. Just the fact that the VP issued the order absolves him of any negative consequences in the event of failure.

    This is what America has been stuck with for the last 5 years, and will continue to be stuck with for another three. As for the economy, do not look to the White House for solutions. They have none. They have already ordered the economy to improve, and because it still hasn’t, it is obviously someone else’s fault. Bush, Cruz, Palin, you name it. But the buck never gets to the Oval Office. Never.

  7. I don’t agree that our Founders designed our system of government for politicians. Having won a violent revolution against a tyrannical monarch, they did everything they could to avoid the possibility of another tyranny in America. Our founders feared the mob rule of a democracy, yet that is where we have evolved. The biggest mistake this country ever made was ratifying the 17th Amendment allowing for the direct election of senators. This amendment destroyed the balance of power in Congress and silenced the voice of the states in our system of government. Nowadays, senators do the bidding of their campaign donors, and have no fealty to their state legislators.

    While the origin of this quote has been disputed, it is very prophetic:
    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.

    The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence:
    from bondage to spiritual faith
    from spiritual faith to great courage
    from courage to liberty
    from liberty to abundance
    from abundance to selfishness
    from selfishness to complacency
    from complacency to apathy
    from apathy to dependency
    from dependency back to bondage.”

    1. Our Founders designed the Constitution to hinder politicians from becoming dictators.
      Present case, Harry Reid is a dictator. (Rules change in the senate).
      John Boehner is a dictator. (No select committee to investigate Benghazi).
      Barack Obama is a wanna be dictator if he can get away with it.

      1. Since O is making changes on his own to the Health Mess.
        Why isn’t it being scratched?
        They claim they need this NSA data base of all of our personal information to protect us. God Bless Boston but a man in a backyard smoking a cigarette found the man in a boat.
        Even if were able to make them destroy the database, were two far gone. I promise you there is another secret database for backup.
        This Pen and Phone issue. I do not like being threaten by a P.
        It sounded cute and non threatening. I have a human being in America telling me I will do as I please regardless of what the American Citizens think, and regardless of what Congress thinks.
        I know two people who were layed off because of this O Health Mess. Than there are thousands of people loosing their insurance. These responible people paid their insurance and got slamed.
        What are they going to do next?

    2. 1. Term limits for Congress (“US House & Senate”)

      2. ‘Voter IQ’ laws; you have to be a US CITIZEN and be able to pass a basic US Civics/History/Current Events (high school level) test to be allowed to “vote”

      1. Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments” suggests congressional term limits and repeal of the 17th Amendment. Politicians have been paying lip service to term limits as long as I’ve been around, and there is no way they will impose limits on their own power. Our Founders gave us another way to amend the Constitution – an Article V convention of the states. That’s they only way to fix our broken and corrupted system of government.

  8. So what about the NSA changes—seem nominal to me. And what is this about net neutrailty where the internet could get bundled like cable–you want fast? You want not to be kicked off? You want certain sites? You pay!

  9. What a friggin’ joke — Podesta to head NSA and intelligence review.

    There has not been one “review”, “investigation” or “look into” done by this Administration that has not been a blatant scam.

    Benghazi, F&/F, IRS and now NSA.

    Just a bunch thugs who are too damned cowardly to act on behalf of the nation.

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  12. I think you missed the implications of his ‘community organizer’ background. When I was a kid they were called ‘agitators’. He sees his role as a lone voice to rally a set of people against a perceived wrong and push for a fix. He comes in with a world view that is steeped in people/situations that are aggrieved and in need of intervention to fix it. Usually the fix is to petition some government segment. To achieve maximum ‘fix’. requires someone at ‘fault’. He has to create an enemy. This is the opposite of good political ebb and flow. Getting some things at the sake of others. He wants all or none and if he doesn’t get it, it’s either: they are bad and evil or he drops the issue and is on the the next.

  13. Barry Soetoro has a low IQ and is comically insecure. He is where he is because his white liberal masters put him there through deceit and demagoguery (if you don’t vote for Barry you’re a racist was essentially his campaign slogan). America is paying a terrible price for this cynicism and incompetence.

  14. Keith, I love the blog. Would be great if you could eliminate the “We recommend” Taboola ads… I know they’re the rage right now, but you can’t possibly be “recommending” most of those “articles”.

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  16. the gay commie and his adoring acolytes will try to overturn our 22nd amendment to enable him to continue the train-wrecking of America for more than two terms.

  17. I wish nothing but the best for the President of the United States, it is my hope that he receives all those things that he hopes for, and all he deserves to receive in this life.

  18. It’s much worse than people want to admit. What were the distractions during the lead up to, and during, the Third Reich? 1) Sex 2) Sports 3) Intoxication, drugs and alcohol 4) Social gossip.

    Notice the parallels? They’re HARD TO MISS.

    This is all well documented. You can read about it in Richard Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich, and The Third Reich in Power.

    Hitler used the Wiemar Constitution when it was convenient, and worked around it when it was not. He talked about a higher responsibility to the German race than the law, as written, would allow. He denounced his opponents as enemies of progress. He was popular among who? Women and young people (really… this is true!).

    And who did he fund throughout the Middle East? The Muslim Brotherhood. Yup, exactly.

    Scared yet?

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  24. This is all part of Obama’s “I’m a nice guy so you should trust me” persona. He always loves to tell us how he came to a decision because he thought really long and hard about the pros and cons of every possible position. So, because he thought really long and hard that means you should trust him. Because when he thinks really long and hard about something; he invariably always comes to the correct position/solution. So, in his mind he doesn’t need congress or congress people to consult or debate with. He’s already made up his mind and then thought about it really hard and then, yeap, agrees with himself that his decision is the right one. And the media just gives him a pass on all this by always buying into the, “he’s such a pragmatist” line of baloney. Despite a overwhelming preponderance of evidence that he isn’t always right, and in fact quite often makes the wrong decision. But hey, he thought really hard about that poor decision so he gets points for trying. It’s the purple ribbon society that we’ve cultured where failing with the best of intentions actually counts for doing the right or correct thing.

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