Barack Obama: The Thin Skinned President

The Anointed One

Verbal Conflict with the Right

Believe it or not, I actually try to find good things to say about President Obama when I start another political hub. I really try. But, he doesn't make things easy for me. It was bad enough when the President and his administration decided to declare war on Fox News last year because of what the Obama Administration perceived as unfounded criticism. President Obama and his propaganda soldiers went so far as to say Fox News wasn't a "real news organization. " This went on until it finally dawned on the purveyors of truth in the Oval Office that this was "unbecoming a President of the United States." It also became crystal clear the Obamas were losing this fight. Never, never, never take on the news media. They always get in the last word. That means they win. Obama discovered this truth the hard way.

Then we had the all out war against conservative talk radio. The focus then went on Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin. Again, the president made a fool out of himself by attacking private citizens. Yes, even though these people are public personalities, they are still private citizens since they do not work for the government. How many times in the past have you seen the President of the United States respond to criticism of private citizens such as the above? Not Bill Clinton. Neither one of the Bush Presidents. It is unusual for a sitting U.S. President to respond to someone outside the political and government realm. But, President Obama seems to think it is his mission in life to respond to each and every bit of criticism, regardless of who is doing the criticizing.

This brings us to the latest dust up with Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a conservative lightning rod for liberals. Nothing sets off the left-wing like former Governor Palin. Sarah Palin criticized President Obama's recent nuclear weapons reduction initiatives, along with the pledge not to respond to a nuclear attack in self-defense. The President questioned "Sarah Palin's nuclear expertise " in another network interview. This was just red meat for Sarah Palin. She immediately went after his "nuclear expertise" as a community organizer. Again, the President looked like a fool.

What this all amounts to is a President who is unable to take criticism. This "thin-skinness" trickles down to everyone in his administration. Let the least bit of criticism come about his policy or agenda, and they immediately go into attack mode. It boils down to a lack of maturity on President Obama's part. I realize it is difficult to call a man closing in on 50 years of age immature. But, being able to accept criticism is all part of growing up as an adult. That is what i was taught as a young teen. Criticism, verbal attacks, name calling is something a President of the United States must expect. It comes with the territory. Ask George W. Bush about that. He was called everything from a war criminal to things I can't repeat in this hub. Regardless of what you think of him, George Bush took criticism like water off a duck's back. The withering attacks bounced off of him. Not so with President Obama. The criticism sticks with him and he responds. I have always felt President Obama doesn't fully understand the presence that a President of the United States holds both domestically and internationally. He was surprised at the backlash when he said the "police acted stupidly" when police arrested an old professor friend of his. He should have just stuck to his original comment that he didn't have all the facts and left it at that. But, Obama being Obama, he could never do that.

I've been around a long time. The first U.S. President I can remember is John F. Kennedy. There have been quite a few presidents since JFK died in Dallas of November 1963. I don't remember a President as thin-skinned, as immature as the one we have now. President Obama has many faults. One of his most egregious is his inability to consider other viewpoints. His way is always the right way. Those flaws are only magnified when people try to tell him (gasp ) there might be a better idea than the one he espouses. His reaction is predictable, just as we saw in the "Health Care Summit" at Blair House back in January. He is reactionary when he is criticized as the Republicans were toward him that day. I watched a lot of that meeting.That meeting only reinforced my belief that we have a "Boy who would be King " in President Obama.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I have a few more names James probably hasn't heard yet.

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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

ON 8/18/10 PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA WAS ON THE ROAD AGAIN '' A SONG BY WILLIE NELSON '' CAMPAIGNING in Columbus Ohio. The Press conference was attended by the local regular folks in a small garden atmosphere, no teleprompter was avaiable.Some of the audience were allowed to ask President Obama questions, no hardball questions allowed.

Healthcare and jobs were the main topic questions. President Obama answers were not factual as he attempted to answer questions. President Barak Obama said that insurance companies will not be allowed to deny insurance coverage to clients with pre existing conditions. Terrific, but note that does not take effect until 2014.

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RebelFollower 6 years ago

I guessing Gibbs has had enough too...I can't see any other reason why he would have done that

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

reb, I was completely amazed by Gibbs admission the Democrats could lose the House. They stick to their marching orders. Gibbs seemingly veered off party line for reasons only he can explain. Like you, I hope people have had enough of the Democrats "hope and change."

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RebelFollower 6 years ago

Writer David, great Hub...and you are right, the democrats are failing and failing miserably In recent days they have been at each others throats over issues, backstabbing and now with Robert Gibbs comment about how he believes the Dems could lose the house this Nov and Pelosi slamming him for it, it's a wonderful circus to be watching. We have had 3 1/2 years of a Democrat controlled Congress and America is waking up....I hope and pray we get the Congress back soon.

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I wonder if he took questions when he taught at UC?

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Todd Zaino 6 years ago

This president was able to go over 300 days since his last press conference...can anyone here imagine what would have been said or written if a Republican president tried to get away with the same thing?

The light is starting to shine on Obama...and it's not pretty. November 2, 2010 is going to be will be Obama's biggest litmus test...and he'll fail that one too. No wonder his "people" are working like crazy to hide his transcripts!

Hope and Change...what a joke!

Larry Croft 6 years ago

As I compare the performance of Obama to many others I have known during my 72 years, I'm convinced those among the 53% who were hell-bent on having a black president sent a boy to do a man's job.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

NoName, I agree. It is time for the President to stop blaming all that goes wrong in his administration on Bush. It's time to acknowledge his administration, to put it politely, is spiraling out of control.

NoName 6 years ago

Thin-skinned indeed. Obama wanted this job and the country gave it to him. All Obama seems to do is whine and continue to blame Bush. If he can't stand the heat of his office, then resign and let someone with more backbone take over. His supporters should stop apologizing for him. You do him no favors and only weaken the nation.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

hglick, I'm simply waiting for President Obama to start accepting blame and stop blaming a man who has been out of office for 18 months now. It's time to step up and be a man.

If I had thought about it, when bestmommy made the comment about "nuclear;" I would have reminded her that Obama pronounced "corpmen" as "corpsemen." Actually, President Obama visited "57" states during the campaign!. hehehe...thanks for the comment. I'm more worried about that oil spill than I am Obama today.

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hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

Writer David, It seems to me that this entire administration is immature from BO to his czars, the Congress etc etc The biggest problem we have today is not really the thin skin of BO, but the media that acts as his propaganda machine. If George Bush did 10% of the things that this guy does, every news station and newspaper would cover it from dusk to dawn. For some pathetic reason this guy gets a pass. I can't wait for November. Things will change, when the people are able to get their freedoms back.

Also, have you noticed that the koolade drinkers have diminished in number. I find it amusing for someone to talk about Sarah Palin's pronunciation of the word "nuclear". Is Sarah Palin the president??

I wonder if this same critic observed BO during his campaign mentioning the "52 states" he traveled through. Does that make you worry at all, that a president doesn't know how many states there are?

Excellent Hub

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Gyspy Writer 6 years ago from Midwest

Obama is very delicate and unable to tolerate dissent. This, I believe, comes from being in crowd of yes men most of his life, no one having the guts to tell him the truth if it was something he didn't want to hear. He may outgrow this childish tendency, but then again, he may not. I am reading his book and find that he is quite self-centered.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

X, isn't it great we have such an intellectual to lead us out of the wilderness of Democracy and into the "proven track record" of socialism? We are truly blessed and don't know it. Right. Thanks for stopping by.

Tom, thanks much. I love the castrobama comment. That isn't far off the mark. I'm sure Obama has great admiration for Castro.

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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

WD, Excellent hub great castrobama picture keep on writing this was great

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Madame X 6 years ago

I love the picture you posted - kinda sums this guy up for me. I saw a whole bunch of pictures exactly like this one, all with that great view of his nose hair, all posted together in one place. It was hilarious! Great hub David :)

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

JY, thanks for the nice comments. Hope to see you around the Hubs.

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JY3502 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

David, I like your writing style and better yet your ability to defend your views. You are knowledgeable about your subject matter, which takes research. Welcome to our ranks...I'll be keeping up with you.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Big dog, do a search on John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid comments on George W. Bush. You should find a motherlode that way.

Big Dog 6 years ago

Would you please remind us of the nasty names & acusations toward GW Bush in the past (or present) & who said them? I need more ammo to debate my left-wing nut cases. I remember "war criminal" & "hitler" to name a couple, but I don't remember who said it. Great article...thank you.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Wayne, I tend to believe your point of his arrogance is going to lead to his downfall eventually. He feels he is so above anyone, that he is also above the law. I would keep a close eye on this Blago situation. There seems to be a lot more here than meets the eye. If he tried to influence who would get his Senate seat, he is in trouble publically. The Democrats would not initiate impeachment. They are joined at the hip and will go straight to hell together. led to the downfall of another U.S. President back in the mid-seventies as I recall. Thanks for the comment and kind words.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Another excellent hub with some great observations, David. I have seen Obama's type in the corporate world over the past 30 years time and again. Not only is the skin thin, there is an arrogance there that speaks, 'how dare anyone beneath my position in life question anything I do'. In the days of anarchy, that statement by the king would have been followed with 'off with this head.' We are a better country than that and we, as a whole, are a better people. It's not what is wrong with the people of America that is key here, it's what is wrong with the people Americans have chosen to lead. Somewhere along the line, we let our children down and did not teach democracy and freedom like we should have and thus we have this pretender to the throne. Thanks for a great hub!

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author


I'm sure Americans are aware also that the leading networks for left-wing propaganda have always been the major networks of ABC, CBS, and the American Pravda, NBC. Fox appears rightwing because those three always adhere to the party line. Fox offers know, the same type of withering criticism that the three major networks have offered anyone right of center in the political world. What did you think of the attack piece CBS and Dan Rather did on W? Did you find that deplorable? I simply don't see how you can argue the point.

As for Obama, as I said earlier, why not be presidential and be above it all. You know, how those right wingers called Bill Clinton names over Monica. Did he respond? No, he stayed above it all. Despite having personal drawbacks, Bill Clinton respected the office of the President. Or, how about people calling "W" a war criminal? Do you think he would have been justified in responding? He didn't. Like Bill Clinton, he was above it all. As for your derision about pronouncing Nuclear with Palin and Bush; what's your point there? They are stupid because they don't adhere to the socialist philosophy, right?

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bestmommy 6 years ago

Most Americans have become aware of and understand the difference between news reporting and biased political commentary shows. Fox definitely pushes more right wing opinions out to it's viewers than any other network. Everything they report on is slanted to the right and bashes the president and the democrats so I see no problem with Obama defending himself. As far as Sarah Palin goes....she may be the latest Fox sweetheart but she'll never be a credible candidate for public office again. I can't help but laugh every time I hear her mispronounce the word "NUCLEAR" as she says "NUCULAR"--so many opinions on a word she can't even properly pronounce. It's funny how GW Bush had the same problem with that word.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Gary, I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for the comment.

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garynew 6 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

Obama uses the power of his office in incredibly inappropriate ways. Great hub.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

habee, Howdy neighbor! I have been participating on those forums as well. I'm not sure what I like most, the hubs or forums.

John, President Obama is absolutely lost without his teleprompter. You saw the rambling, 17minute answer he gave this woman in PA who simply stated she was being taxed too much. He has lost his star power. Now, we need to just concentrate on kicking out his pals in the Senate and House. Thank you both for your comments.

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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


President Obama is on TV ( FOX TOO ) news daily. Have you noticed that without a teleprompter he stutters a lot, likes to filibuster the time floating from one subject to another.

His press conferences are a one way delivery with no questions allowed,if they are, preselected and programed.

Obama, the great speaker, seems to be losing his luster.

Obama has already proven to the public that he don't even knows what is in the healthcare bill except that abortion will be paid by government in one way or another.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I made the same comment about BO's thin skin the other day on the forums! I'm your neighbor, by the way - from GA!

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Sheila, all I can say is thank you very much! :)

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've seen your comments here and there and finally had time to track you down. And I agree with what you've written.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Sheri, it is President Obama's arrogance that is going to sink the Democratic Party, in my opinion. This healthcare bill is going to be an albatross around their collective necks come 2012 as well. The President Obama stated (in regard to passing the HCR bill), "It's not about me." Did anyone really believe that? Hey, thanks for the nice words and for the welcome. I intend to follow you.

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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia


I am pleased to have discovered and read this great hub. I have written a few hubs with a similar theme. This man is incredibly thin-skinned, pouty, and arrogant. I love the way he tilts his head so he can look down his nose at us and his teleprompter. Bush was vociferously protested, but he never addressed the issue. I agree that BO shows his inexperience and ineptitude when he responds. Palin scares the crap out of the left because she is a real person. Again, BO should not have responded to her remarks. He truly believes his own press, and the unceasing praise of the MSM, he is just confused and angered when ANYONE doesn't blindly follow and support all he says and does! Welcome to hubworld!!!!!!

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

James, how about acting Presidential and above it all? Did you complain when the left-wing and Democrats were calling George W. Bush a "war criminal?" I would think a President of the United States would have more to worry about than what Sarah Palin thinks about his nuclear weapons reduction program. You know, like 15 million Americans being unemployed. But, that's just me. Thanks for the comment.

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James Agbogun 6 years ago

How else do you expect the president to react to consistent bad-mouthing coming from fox and its cohorts? Please suggest! It is ache in the Ears to hear a president being called Foolish, Stupid, Naive and now thin-skinned. Is "Freedom of speech" being in parity with Insults? Wonderful!

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