Maureen Dowd, Liberal NY Times columnist on the disappointment of Obama

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    Dreaming of a Superhero By Maureen Dowd, June 2, 2012

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    On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”

    Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging.


    On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.

    The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

    Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.


    In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch.

    The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.

    As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.

    “The administration lost the communications war with disastrous consequences that played out on Election Day 2010,” Rendell writes, and Obama never got credit for the two pieces of legislation where he reached for greatness.

    The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.
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    On CNBC on Friday, Romney complained that Obama has “been more focused on his perspective of his historic legislative achievements than he has been focused on getting people back to work.”

    A president focused on historic achievements? Imagine that. But in his lame way, Romney got at Obama’s problem: The Moviegoer prefers to float above, at a reserve, in grandiose mists.
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    In some ways, he’s still finding himself, too absorbed to see what’s not working. But the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing.
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    Didn't see it but I will leave this thread. Some don't click on links and I emphasized via excerpts and bolding some key points for the tl;dr crowd.
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    freedomisntfree saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2417649

    Didn't see it but I will leave this thread. Some don't click on links and I emphasized via excerpts and bolding some key points for the tl;dr crowd.


    Of course they don't when they know it will something they REALLY don't want to read.
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    freedomisntfree saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2417649

    Didn't see it but I will leave this thread. Some don't click on links and I emphasized via excerpts and bolding some key points for the tl;dr crowd.

    Of course they don't when they know it will something they REALLY don't want to read.

    True - and I thought I would be fair and balanced by quoting something from the New York Times, especially a liberal columnist. See how fair and balanced I am. icon_lol.gif
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    freedomisntfree said
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    freedomisntfree saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2417649

    Didn't see it but I will leave this thread. Some don't click on links and I emphasized via excerpts and bolding some key points for the tl;dr crowd.

    Of course they don't when they know it will something they REALLY don't want to read.

    True - and I thought I would be fair and balanced by quoting something from the New York Times, especially a liberal columnist. See how fair and balanced I am. icon_lol.gif


    Yeah!!!!

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    Jun 04, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
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