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.
Obama vs Fox News
- Obama vs. Fox News | Mediaite
Mediaite called the showdown between Fox News and the Obama administration back in mid-August. Now that it's officially here, heralded by an attack-dog performance by White House Communications Director Anita Dunn on Reliable Sources, what does it me
Sarah Palin Nuclear Expertise
- President Obama questions Sarah Palin\'s nuclear acumen | Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Palin, the former
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Barack Obama - The Think Skinned President
- Barack Obama: The Thin Skinned President
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...