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  •  I guess you missed (7+ / 0-)

    his return to DC in the middle of his vacation (which you appear to think he shouldn't take) to address the issues of ISIS and Ferguson.

    When did a two week vacation with his family become "weeks on end"?

    •  He's always playing golf, not just on vacation (3+ / 0-)
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      I think he decided to give up on an active presidency sometime after the 2010 election, when he finally got how hard it is no matter how likeable you are. Adversity is not something he handles well, and he tends to sidestep it. He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for.

      A more competent and decent version of Bush, IMO, tempermentally.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:11:14 AM PDT

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      •  According to the NY Post, (5+ / 0-)

        he's played 81 rounds of golf since re-election. That's less than once a week, and since the average round of golf takes about four hours, that hardly qualifies as "always".

        I don't play golf, but people who do tell me that it's a great stress reliever, especially for people in high-stress jobs.

      •  Golf is practically a requisite for the job, (6+ / 0-)

        apparently you hadn't noticed.

        It's not even Obama's "roundball" game of choice.

        You seem every bit as preoccupied with Obama's vacation behavior as our msm, & I'm curious...what's your second-favorite game of choice?

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:43:36 AM PDT

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      •  Puzzling comment: "He's way in over his head for (2+ / 0-)
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        this job, one he was never really suited for"?

        Well, let me see, he only gave tens of millions of people access to healthcare after a century of President's tried, which includes giving women contraceptive care. Which other President did this again???  

        He's way over his head? Well of course, he only turned around a spiraling into a second Great Depression economy that was shedding 800, 000 jobs a month on average after the last President wrecked it, and helped to save the US car industry.

        Barack Obama has only helped to eradicate DADT and stopped Bin Laden from plotting to blow up American cities and is on course to ending the war in Afghanistan.

        Sure..."he's way over his head." A more than very suspicious comment I have to say.

        •  Your thinly veiled implications are wasted on me (2+ / 0-)
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          If you have proof of what you're suggesting, then offer it, or else give it a rest with the canned talking points and referring to Obama like he's some comical superhero akin to Lincoln, Washington and FDR combined already.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:40:11 AM PDT

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          •  My implications aren't veiled, they are stated (2+ / 0-)
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            clearly.... Your statement that this President, who has done more than most Presidents in the history of this nation, is WAY OVER HIS HEAD smacks of idiocy, and, in light of the President's accomplishments, so without merit it is not even laughable.

            This is a characterization that is frequently used by individuals on the Right as a way of glancing derisively at this President as one who is inferior.  Sarah Palin has been using this argument to dismiss Barack Obama ever since he first entered office. Here she is in 2010.

            “I think he’s quite complacent, and I think he’s in over his head, and he has poor advisers around him. And I think he’s really in flux when it comes to what his governing philosophy really is,” she said.

            “Some of this, though, is a result of him not having much experience,” added Palin, who left the governor’s office halfway through her first term.

            Palin blamed a “complicit media” and voters who did not demand that Obama be fully “vetted” during the presidential campaign.

            Now, I can actually give Sarah Palin a pass considering she made her idiotic statement a year into the President's term and did not have the beneficial view of the future to weigh her instinctively condescending comments against this President's record of giving millions of individuals healthcare, saving the economy that her "superior" Republican president  wrecked, or helping to dismantle a law that oppressed gay Americans in the military that a Democratic president, supposedly not over his head, codified, or even saving the U.S. car industry that was about to be eradicated, or the passing of Wall Street reform which Elizabeth Warren called:
            the strongest set of Wall Street reforms in three generations.
            Rachel Maddow addressed Wall Street Reform and the President's record in one of her earlier episodes:
            It turns out that a lot of things that have happened in the less than two years of this administration are the biggest or first or most important in generations. On the occasion of the Wall Street reform announcement today, Taegan Goddard at 'CQ Politics' wrote, 'Not since FDR has a president done so much to transform this country.'
            She continued:
            Even before today`s historic Wall Street reform agreement, President Obama, of course, did what politicians have been trying to do for more than 60 years. He passed health reform, which, for the first time, establishes government responsibility for the health care of American citizens.

            Consider also the stimulus bill. It didn`t just throw a lasso around our entire economy and yank and yank it back from the brink. It also pumped about $100 billion into the crumbling embarrassment of our national infrastructure and transportation system.

            The list of legislative accomplishments of this president in half a term even before energy reform which he`s probably going to get to is, to quote the vice president, 'a big freaking deal.' Love this administration or hate it, this president is getting a lot done. The last time any president did this much in office, booze was illegal. If you believe in policy, if you believe in government that addresses problems, cheers to that. Good night.
            You are quite different than Sarah Palin, in that you stared into the face of the President's record of accomplishments to opine condescendingly that:
            He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for
            Your ridiculously false and condescending statement has no integrity whatsoever. Still, it is to be expected, Obama hatred has never adhered to truth or logic.
            •  There is only one idiot in this "discussion" (0+ / 0-)

              You disgust me, in ways you'll never be able to comprehend, being, well, you.

              I also pity you, also in ways you can never comprehend. You are so much more like the sycophants on the other side you pretend to loath than, well, you can ever comprehend. And, again, your nonsense is wasted on me.

              Now go to Starbucks.

              "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

              by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:42:43 PM PDT

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              •  You have nothing do you? Absolutely nothing. You (0+ / 0-)

                want to know what's disgusting? This:

                He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for
                That's disgusting. You know how much denial of reality and how much hate it takes for someone to look at a President who passed a healthcare law which is now benefiting at least a hundred million people, and saved the U.S economy from a second Great Depression and claim such a President is "Way over his head" and in a job "he was never really suited for"?

                 I know what it took for Sarah Palin, a woman who couldn't even finish her term in office, to say it. What does it take for you?

                You don't even know what disgust is. Let me show you....

                Read your words....

      •  Load of nonsense (1+ / 0-)
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        First off, averaging a game of golf a week is hardly "always playing golf" -- this just seems like a parroting of the nonsense coming from the right, without any actual basis in reality.

        Second, the idea that he gave up on "an active presidency" is also nonsense -- he's accomplished plenty in that time since you say he gave up, including staring down the Republicans on their government shutdown over the ACA last fall, a very successful reelection effort, and a fair amount of activity on executive orders.

        While he's not perfect (there are certainly times I wish he were more aggressive, and I think he is not all that good at working with the congress -- he's perhaps a bit of an introvert compared to what is ideal in a president), I'd certainly not say he is "in over his head".

        If Democrats proclaim the the Earth is round and Republicans insist it is flat, we will shortly see a column in the Washington Post claiming the the earth is really a semi-circle.

        by TexasTom on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05:23 PM PDT

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        •  "He's not perfect" (0+ / 0-)

          How original. Did you get that in a fortune cookie?

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:44:30 PM PDT

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