The Whiner in Chief compares himself to a real President

August 16, 2011

Great Seal Seal of the Pouter in Chief

I tell ya, this guy’s penchant for comparing himself to genuinely strong presidents who faced serious crises and who –unlike Obama– didn’t constantly whine about how tough they had it is really starting to annoy me. Two articles from Byron York; in the first, Obama tries to make people believe the buck stops everywhere but with him:

“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa.  “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”  Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back.

“All those things have been headwinds for our economy,” Obama said.  “Now, those are things that we can’t completely control.  The question is, how do we manage these challenging times and do the right things when it comes to those things that we can control?”

“The problem,” Obama continued, “is that we’ve got the kind of partisan brinksmanship that is willing to put party ahead of country, that is more interested in seeing their political opponents lose than seeing the country win.  Nowhere was that more evident than in this recent debt ceiling debacle.”

I can almost hear the chorus line from CCR’s “Fortunate Son” — It ain’t me!

Sorry, sir. What’s really holding this economy down are your outdated, statist, Keynesian economic dogmas.

Oh, but just to remind you that he’s up there with the great presidents of our history, he tells us that the slings and arrows of outrageous critics he suffers are like those of a president who fought a civil war:

Obama told the woman that “democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this.”  In addition, he said, “We kind of romanticize sometimes what democracy used to be like.”

“When you listen to what the Federalists said about the Anti-Federalists, and the names that Jefferson called Hamilton and back and forth — I mean those guys were tough,” Obama said.  “Lincoln — they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.  So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.”

Pardon me while I hurl. Don’t even go there, chump. Yeah, you walked into a bad situation and your predecessor left you a mess — as if no other president has ever faced that situation. But the things you needed to do (and still need to do) to right the situation are straightforward and time-tested; you just don’t want to do them because they go against everything you believe and were taught, empirical evidence be damned.

Honestly, comparing yourself to Lincoln? Seriously? The man took over a nation literally tearing itself apart; he not only had to conquer the breakaway portion, but he had to keep the remainder of the Union intact while preventing foreign intervention.

And you think you’ve got it rough? What they said about him is “almost as bad” as what is said about you? Buster, you haven’t got it one-tenth as bad as Lincoln had it.

Narcissism and an inability to take responsibility. What a combination.

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Poor Obama. Presidents of China have it so easy by comparison…

March 11, 2011

One reason Chinese presidents have it so easy.

Jeez, what a whiner. I seem to recall he wanted the job, real bad. In fact, he wanted it so much that he started running for it after only two years as a United States senator.

But now he finds it too tough and envies the Chinese President:

How Mr. Obama manages to do that while also balancing American interests is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come. Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

(Emphasis added)

Gee, I wonder why that is? Could it be because the Chinese government has an almost unbroken history of tyranny against its own people? That Hu’s predecessors are responsible for the deaths of tens of millions? That it doesn’t give a damn about individual liberty and, indeed, as the photo shows above, sends tanks against unarmed protesters demanding their unalienable rights? That is conducting a slow-motion ethnic cleansing in Tibet? Could it be because Hu isn’t accountable to his people, nor even to the legislature, but just to an elite oligarchy of Communist Party hierarchs?

No wonder he has such an easy time of it, and no wonder no one seeking his or her liberty cares a rat’s hind end what Hu Jin Tao has to say.

Okay, Mr. President. It’s time for a basic lesson in why people in Tahrir Square (or Tiananmen Square) might care about what you have to say. Not you as Barack Obama from Hawaii by way of Chicago, but you, Barack Obama, as President of the United States.

You are the Chief of State of a nation that, over the course of the last 235 years, has:

  • Fought for its own freedom
  • Fought a civil war to end slavery
  • Sent an army to Europe to defeat the German Empire in World War 1
  • Sent armies and navies around the globe to defeat Germany (again) when Europe was nearly crushed and at the same time to crush Japan in World War 2, saving the lives and liberties of hundreds of millions
  • Fought North Korea and China to preserve South Korea as a free country (Turned out pretty good)
  • Fought to preserve South Vietnam (Okay, that one didn’t turn out so good)
  • Fought to save Bosnians and Kosovars and give Iraqis and Afghans a chance at a better life

And on and on…

But if the military angle doesn’t get though to you, how about the moral? The nation that gives you such a hard time as president also gave the world the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the radical concept that sovereignty derives from the people and not their rulers, and that Mankind’s liberty is best preserved when his government is limited. (That last one bugs you a lot, doesn’t it?)

And we didn’t just keep it to ourselves; we proclaimed it the right of all humans everywhere and acted as a shield for those wanting those rights and as a loud voice for those whose voices were silenced by the guns of the dictators. Not perfectly, not always consistently, sometimes screwing up badly, but often enough and strongly enough that oppressed people around the world look to the American president for words of encouragement and aid, not the Chinese president. It wasn’t some jumped-up autocrat from Beijing who stood in front of one of the bleakest symbols of tyranny the world has seen, the Berlin Wall, and demanded that the barbarians who built it tear it down.

No, it was an American president, one you like to compare yourself to.

And that’s why people in the Tahrir Squares of the world care what you say.

Instead of whining that dictators have it easier than you, maybe you should stop and think about the role your predecessors have played and why the world would look to them for leadership in the cause of liberty. Maybe you’ll learn something.

Maybe you’ll even grow up a bit.

via Ed Morrissey

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Whiner in Chief

May 26, 2010

Last night, while attending to what’s important, raising money for Barbara Boxer’s reelection (What Gulf Coast oil spill?), President Obama had this to say:

Let’s face it this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.

Daniel Halper is having none of it:

This is the most revealing comment Obama has made publicly in a long while. It shows his self-absorption and utter lack of a sense of history.

Sure, FDR had a tough ‘30s with the economy and all, but by the time the ‘40s hit, it was smooth sailing. (What’s worse: the Nazis and the threat of world-dominating totalitarianism or the obstructionist Republicans?) And President Harry Truman really had an easy time ending World War II, and having to nuke the Japanese. President Dwight Eisenhower only had the Korean War to worry about – and who remembers that, anyway? JFK and LBJ had Vietnam – not to mention the worry that the Russians might nuke America from Cuba, or any other place in the world, etc., etc., etc.

Callow, narcissistic, ignorant of history, thin-skinned, and now a whiner whom a real president would have told to “get out of the kitchen.”

We’ve got a good one here, alright.