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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Obama paraphrased

"I should have told better lies." Joseph Farah on Obama's illuminating answer to a question about the biggest mistake of his first term:
“The mistake of my first term . . . was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right,” he said. “And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

What’s so hilarious about this answer is it’s Bart Simpson-like juvenile appeal: Imagine Bart up to his neck in some kind of mischief. He gets caught. The principal of his school asks him if he has any regrets. He responds, “Yeah, I wish I had a better story to tell. I wish I could talk my way out of this.”
I would say the biggest mistake of Obama's first term wasn't his failure to present better fairy tales to the American public. That's not even in the top ten. But number one was failing to endorse Ron Paul's attempt to audit the Federal Reserve. A close second would be his nomination of Ben Bernanke to continue as Federal Reserve chairman. Concerns about policy and the popularity of the White House policies are considerably less important than having absolutely no idea if the information upon which those policies are based even has any basis in reality.

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Anonymous E. PERLINE July 22, 2012 7:50 AM  

No matter what Obama says his followersm won't consider it. They're in a state of hypnosis.

Blogger wrf3 July 22, 2012 7:56 AM  

The problem with having accurate information is that it's usually too depressing and you don't want to deal with the actual causes of the problem, anyway. So it's better to have a good story.

Anonymous Conrad The Crazed July 22, 2012 7:59 AM  

No way would Barry even consider RP's fed audit bill. The very shadow government that gave Barry his shot at history is the entity most harmed if a fed audit* were to ever happen.

*I fully expect a whitewashed/redacted/totally fabricated 'audit' to be accomplished at some point. Even then, results not released until 2018 or something.

Anonymous The Great Martini July 22, 2012 8:11 AM  

I wonder if Farah ever read Shakespeare's St Crispin's Day speech in Henry V? Or listened to FDR's fireside chats? Narrative and motivation have always played a part in leadership.

Anonymous jm July 22, 2012 8:32 AM  

I'm surprised he's being so transparent about the nature of his job.

Anonymous Weak July 22, 2012 8:45 AM  

Actually, from his perspective, it is probably that he didn't do enough to implement socialism. No single payer. Not enough citizens on food stamps. Too many entrepreneurs. He should have pushed harder the first two years when he had zero roadblocks

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler July 22, 2012 8:54 AM  

Any president is not free. Obama is not free to pick anybody at the Federal Reserve. Every President has had his "Handlers". There is always, always a coterie of the Hidden Hand around the President, or Presidents elect to make sure that he is "guided" in the right direction. Obama is surrounded with the Hidden Hand handlers. He does, what George Bush did, was follow the advice given him by his Hidden Hand handlers.

Anonymous Seriously... July 22, 2012 8:57 AM  

Any president is not free. Obama is not free to pick anybody at the Federal Reserve. Every President has had his "Handlers".

Umm, do you care to back up any of these obnoxious claims with truth?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler July 22, 2012 9:12 AM  

OT, Vox have an interesting Econ news:
August Default from Rico

What does this mean and what are all these acronyms stand for:

MF Global was a precursor to PFG Best, and the LIBOR debacle may well be the precursor to PM-rigging blowing up.
- The COMEX has been paper settling already because it has little-to-no physical.
- When the LBMA openly does this, it's game over.


It sounds interesting but in layman's terms what does this mean and who is doing what?

Anonymous aero July 22, 2012 9:31 AM  

When you believe everything on the teleprompter you are no different from those that believe they are part of a movie.
The News media and the elected politicians are no different then the idiot shooter. They have twisted the facts so much that their minds have become as twisted.

The reason the news media thinks Obama is smart is because he can read the teleprompter and talk better then them.

Anonymous Godfrey July 22, 2012 9:33 AM  

His biggest mistake was to not end the empire's various wars of expansion. If he had ended the wars, the "Patriot" Act and the TSA he would have been reelected by a large margin. However that would have gone against the vary nature of a totalitarian sociopath.

Anonymous Mike M. July 22, 2012 9:34 AM  

The biggest mistake of his first term was seeking it at all.

But while I'm not a Paulista, auditing the Fed is a good idea.

Anonymous III July 22, 2012 10:00 AM  

The AmeriKan people deserve to get it good and hard. They are the political mirror. And someone has to worship the Beast.

G. Washington and the rest won the war for independence against all odds that God may show mankind that he isn't fit for liberty. As, without God, there is no liberty.

Anonymous aero July 22, 2012 10:14 AM  

Why do most of the people elect the Idiot too rule over them?

Why do most of the people get their news from the glorify idiot that reads the news from a teleprompter?

While we point our finger at Obama mistakes, their are three pointing at ourselves.

Anonymous Cinco July 22, 2012 10:18 AM  

I respectfully disagree. His biggest mistake was not ending the wars immediately. Then he could still be seen as the peace candidate, and he would probably have the election locked up.

Blogger IM2L844 July 22, 2012 10:24 AM  

No matter what Obama says his followers won't consider it. They're in a state of hypnosis.

I have to agree. Trying to talk to them is just like it was when I tried to tell Bush supporters that he was setting some dangerous precedents that would still be in place and aid their opponents when the leftists eventually took control of the government. They didn't want to consider it, but such is the nature of groupthink.

Anonymous Roundtine July 22, 2012 10:35 AM  

So attacking the rich and the Republican Congress is bad. OK. Or should we read this as meaning the opposite, and take it to mean Obama thinks he should have blamed the Jews instead?

Anonymous Russell July 22, 2012 10:46 AM  

The post turtle speaks,
no one can understand why,
but please reelect!

Anonymous Stilicho July 22, 2012 10:47 AM  

Obama meant to say: My biggest mistake was working so hard for you that I did not have time to tell you how hard I was working for you.

Blogger Galt-in-Da-Box July 22, 2012 10:54 AM  

If you do not deliver what you promise, you suck. That's it. Period!
I was a bit flummoxed to see Wheeler making sense, but I'm sure the moment of clarity will pass: If DumB-0 strayed from course, he would be assasinated, and probably his family, too.
The Owners do not tolerate insubordination, as Kennedy and Lincoln discovered - though Lincoln got whacked because his usefulness had been expended.

Anonymous zen0 July 22, 2012 11:16 AM  

It sounds interesting but in layman's terms what does this mean and who is doing what?

Fraud is rampant, buy gold and silver.

Blogger Huggums July 22, 2012 12:01 PM  

Well, at least this has been a particularly transparent and illuminating presidency, though not in the way Obama's voters had hoped.

Anonymous Stilicho July 22, 2012 12:14 PM  

In the beginning, there was Gov't... Via instapundit: You Didn’t Build That: Readings From The Book Of Barack.

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2012/07/you-didnt-build-that.html

Anonymous Gen. Kong July 22, 2012 12:55 PM  

Ironically, D'Won is being sort of truthful here. As WLW mentioned, his magical negretude has no actual authority but merely carries out orders from those who must not be named. Keep in mind that the last teleprompter reader who tried to do something on his own was named John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Thus, in terms of what his actual job is, his biggest failure has indeed been the inability to pull off the series of lies convincingly enough to a sufficient percentile of the proles, zeks and helots - a number of whom are now restless. Contrast this with the absolutely superlative lying abilities of a previous reader, Beelzebubba the Lord Hee-Haw of Arkansas. Those who must not be named want an entertaining MC for the party barge regaling the flock as they are completely fleeced - it keeps them from hearing all that roaring water just ahead.

Blogger Galt-in-Da-Box July 22, 2012 1:24 PM  

It's much easier to believe DumB-0's primary implosion IS his narrative:
Every time he opens his piehole away from the teleprompter, communism comes out; he overplays his hand with devastating transparency when the mask slips.
"govern from the barrel of a gun"
"freedom never worked"
"you didn't build that!"
For any thinking person, dumping this douche is job 1.

Blogger Gilbert Ratchet July 22, 2012 3:23 PM  

Which is complete bullshit, because he was nothing but "story" in the 2008 campaign - he represents in himself the union of black and white America, hope and change and coming together after that divisive warmonger George Bush. It even won him a Nobel Prize.

Anonymous PM July 22, 2012 4:07 PM  

Such a nebulous statement belies what's really between those big ears of his.

Anonymous Military Insider July 22, 2012 5:48 PM  

By Any Means Necessary

"While I find most politicians distasteful…I find the man calling himself Obama to be something else entirely."

Vox, the man you criticize for failing to do such things, in his first term; the man was incapable of, to the degree most will not comprehend. A Manchurian Candidate, is DESIGNED to implement a specific agenda...

Anyone recall the recent film Salt, and what was portrayed of Oswald? Consider that "the man calling himself Obama," made a similar trip to Moscow in his youth. The "man calling himself Clinton," also made the trip...

We haven't discussed Mittens yet. Let's first see if there will even be an election...

Anonymous Saint Revolution July 23, 2012 2:42 AM  

Obama's first mistake?
Obama.

Obama's second mistake?
Michelle.

Obama's third mistake?
Taking the job.

Obama's fourth mistake?
Keeping the job.

My mistake?
Wasting my time caring enough to even write this.

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