This’n’That; August Twenty-Second #1; The Amateur-Finale

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obama Campaign Reaches ‘Way Back!’
    “The Amateur‘s” 258 pages went by really quick!  Maybe it is the topic at hand; maybe it’s my complete and utter dislike and distrust of America’s current exalted ruler, “Clown Princeobama.  The final chapter (#22) of the book is titled “The Low Road” starting with a quote from Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
“I’m troubled by rhetoric that pits people against each other….  We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots.  We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and people who will make it.  And that’s who we need to remain.”   —United States Senator Marco Rubio
    In Chapter #22, David Axelrod lays out the only course of action available to “Clown Princeobama‘s re-immaculation efforts, given his complete lack of positive accomplishments.  With neither Governor Romney nor Representative Ryan having ever been divorced, Axelrod is forced to formulate new tactics to discredit the opposition to another four-years spent in an economic downward spiral.  To that end, Axelrod apparently researched President Harry S Truman‘s come-from WAY-behind victory over Thomas E. Dewey and came away with Clark Clifford‘s “The Politics of 1948,” memo to President Truman.  I quote from “The Amateur:”
Faced with these poll numbers [Feb 24, 2012; Gallup; 51% say obama too liberal, up from 37% during 2008 campaign], David Axelrod, obama‘s political Merlin, has waved his magic wand again and conjured up a new persona for his candidate in 2012.  Gone–poof!–is the American Messiah of 2008, who promised “hope and change.”  Gone–poof!–is the self-righteous figure who once proclaimed,
If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.  If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Gone–poof!–is Mr. Nice Guy.

    Axelrod ripped a page out of Harry Truman’s 1948 playbook and fashioned a campaign for obama in which he demonizes his opponents and runs against a “Do-Nothing” Republican Congress and its wealthy supporters.  You can hear an echo of “Give ’em Hell Harry” when obama declares:
“This Congress–they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing.”  Or when he says,
“My attitude is, get it done….[but] if they don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear.”
    Axelrod‘s strategy is virtually a copy of a sixty-five-year-old memorandum written by Harry Truman‘s political guru, Clark Clifford, and titled “The Politics of 1948.”  The gist of Clifford‘s memo was the need to divert attention from Truman‘s domestic and foreign problems and make the contest a conflict between Congress and the president.  In such a battle, Clifford argued,
“[t]he presidency is vastly more flexible than Congress…. There is little possibility that [the president] will get much cooperation from the Congress, but we want the president to be in a position to receive the credit for whatever they do accomplish while also being in a position to criticize the Congress for being obstructionists.”
   “It is obvious that Team obama is deliberately following the Clark Clifford strategy,” E. Michael Young wrote in American Thinker.  “Like Truman, obama called a special session of Congress to propose his American Jobs Act, knowing in advance that the Republican-controlled House would reject.  Like Truman, obama used an executive order to effect social change in the military (by allowing gays to openly serve) to prop up his liberal base.  And like Truman, obama is giving speeches all around the country, saying the obstructionist ‘do-nothing’ Republicans in Congress are blocking his jobs bill, hurting the economy, and currying favor with the wealthy elites.”
    Mr Klein goes on to enumerate some of the problems the re-immaculation campaign faces with the ‘Clifford‘ approach.  All-in-all, this book was a great read although it ‘went by’ way-too-fast!  You’d do yourself a favor–no matter your place in the political spectrum–to read “The Amateur,” to find what I see as the actual facts in a failed presidency.
Til Nex’Time….

[Blogger Note
I added the link to Mr Clifford‘s original memo.
I added the link to Axelrod‘s ‘divorced’ shenanigans. 
I added the photo of President Truman with the ‘Dewey Defeats Truman‘ newspaper. 
I added the ‘racist-idiot’ billboard photo.]

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This’n’That; August Twenty-Second #1; The Amateur-Finale

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obama Campaign Reaches ‘Way Back!’
    “The Amateur‘s” 258 pages went by really quick!  Maybe it is the topic at hand; maybe it’s my complete and utter dislike and distrust of America’s current exalted ruler, “Clown Princeobama.  The final chapter (#22) of the book is titled “The Low Road” starting with a quote from Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
“I’m troubled by rhetoric that pits people against each other….  We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots.  We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and people who will make it.  And that’s who we need to remain.”   —United States Senator Marco Rubio
    In Chapter #22, David Axelrod lays out the only course of action available to “Clown Princeobama‘s re-immaculation efforts, given his complete lack of positive accomplishments.  With neither Governor Romney nor Representative Ryan having ever been divorced, Axelrod is forced to formulate new tactics to discredit the opposition to another four-years spent in an economic downward spiral.  To that end, Axelrod apparently researched President Harry S Truman‘s come-from WAY-behind victory over Thomas E. Dewey and came away with Clark Clifford‘s “The Politics of 1948,” memo to President Truman.  I quote from “The Amateur:”
Faced with these poll numbers [Feb 24, 2012; Gallup; 51% say obama too liberal, up from 37% during 2008 campaign], David Axelrod, obama‘s political Merlin, has waved his magic wand again and conjured up a new persona for his candidate in 2012.  Gone–poof!–is the American Messiah of 2008, who promised “hope and change.”  Gone–poof!–is the self-righteous figure who once proclaimed,
If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.  If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Gone–poof!–is Mr. Nice Guy.

    Axelrod ripped a page out of Harry Truman’s 1948 playbook and fashioned a campaign for obama in which he demonizes his opponents and runs against a “Do-Nothing” Republican Congress and its wealthy supporters.  You can hear an echo of “Give ’em Hell Harry” when obama declares:
“This Congress–they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing.”  Or when he says,
“My attitude is, get it done….[but] if they don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear.”
    Axelrod‘s strategy is virtually a copy of a sixty-five-year-old memorandum written by Harry Truman‘s political guru, Clark Clifford, and titled “The Politics of 1948.”  The gist of Clifford‘s memo was the need to divert attention from Truman‘s domestic and foreign problems and make the contest a conflict between Congress and the president.  In such a battle, Clifford argued,
“[t]he presidency is vastly more flexible than Congress…. There is little possibility that [the president] will get much cooperation from the Congress, but we want the president to be in a position to receive the credit for whatever they do accomplish while also being in a position to criticize the Congress for being obstructionists.”
   “It is obvious that Team obama is deliberately following the Clark Clifford strategy,” E. Michael Young wrote in American Thinker.  “Like Truman, obama called a special session of Congress to propose his American Jobs Act, knowing in advance that the Republican-controlled House would reject.  Like Truman, obama used an executive order to effect social change in the military (by allowing gays to openly serve) to prop up his liberal base.  And like Truman, obama is giving speeches all around the country, saying the obstructionist ‘do-nothing’ Republicans in Congress are blocking his jobs bill, hurting the economy, and currying favor with the wealthy elites.”
    Mr Klein goes on to enumerate some of the problems the re-immaculation campaign faces with the ‘Clifford‘ approach.  All-in-all, this book was a great read although it ‘went by’ way-too-fast!  You’d do yourself a favor–no matter your place in the political spectrum–to read “The Amateur,” to find what I see as the actual facts in a failed presidency.
Til Nex’Time….

[Blogger Note
I added the link to Mr Clifford‘s original memo.
I added the link to Axelrod‘s ‘divorced’ shenanigans. 
I added the photo of President Truman with the ‘Dewey Defeats Truman‘ newspaper. 
I added the ‘racist-idiot’ billboard photo.]

This’n’That; August Sixteenth #1; ‘The Amateur’

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Passages From ‘The Amateur:’
    I found a couple of ‘interesting’ passages in “The Amateur‘s” Chapter 6, “Drinking The obama Kool-Aid,” but let me set the stage for those passages.  On June 30, 2009, “Clown Princeobama invited nine leftist historians
[Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, Robert Caro, Robert Dallek, David Brinkley, H.W. Brands, David Kennedy, Kenneth Mack and Gary Wills]
to dinner and drinks in the barackingham Palace family quarters.  This conclave was to be private, confidential and off-the-record!  Both Rahm Emanuel and Valarie JarrettThe Bilderberg Group‘s representatives in the Regime–were in attendance, presumably to keep obama on the Bilderberger message.

    The prime reason for this meeting was
(p57)  for the “Clown Prince” to ‘determine how he could become a ‘transformational’ president and change the historic trajectory of America’s domestic and foreign policy;’
(p57) [among other things] the “Clown Prince” would ‘pass legislation in Washington to revolutionize the country’s healthcare system and energy policy.  And he’d inject the regulatory hand of the federal government into the American economy in an effort to create a more just and equitable society.”
    (p58) ‘It was, by any measure, a breathtaking display of narcissistic gradiosity from a man whose entire political curriculum vitae consisted of seven undistinguished years in the Illinois Senate, two mostly absent years in the United States Senate and five months and ten days in [barackingham Palace].  Unintentionally, obama revealed the characteristics that made him totally unsiuited for the presidency and that would doom him to failure: his extreme haughtiness and excessive pride; his ideological bent as a far-left corporatist; his astounding amateurism.’
    (p58) ‘Those characteristics had already set the pattern of his presidency.  He conducted his own foreign policy more than any previous president, including Richard Nixon.  He made all the decisions, because he believed that only he understoood the issues.  He spent his evenings writing decision papers on foreign affairs when, instead, he should have delegated that chore to experts and devoted his time to befriending members of Congress in order to get his bills passed.  He still loved making speeches to large, adoring crowds, but he compalined to foreign leader on the QT that he had to waste precious hours talking withcongressmen from Palookaville.”‘

    NowI ask youis this the president you voted for?!?
‘Splain to me again why YOU elected this Verdammte Arschloch!?!
Til Nex’Time….

This’n’That; August Fourteenth #2; ‘The Amateur’

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Klein Reveals The REAL obama!!
    For me, Edward Klein‘s recent book “The Amateur,” barack obama in the White House, is a terrific read!!  The book verifies all the personal, professional and political NEGATIVE traits I’ve surmised the “Clown Prince” possesses.  The ‘reveals’ in the book start with the Introduction and the Prologue and–without skipping a beat–jump right into the numbered chapters with lots of ‘behind-the-scenesobama revelations.
    The prologue is BillSlick-WillieClinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussing–actually Slickranting AT Hillary–her opposing “Clown Princeobama in the 2012 presidential elections:
Hillary:  “I’m the highest-ranking member in obama‘s cabinet.  I eat breakfast with the guy every Thursday morning.  What about loyalty, Bill?  What about loyalty?”
“Slick:”  “Loyalty is a joke.  Loyalty doesn’t exist in politics.  There’s no such word in the political rulebook.  ….I’ve heard more from [President George W.] Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from obama.  I have no relationship with the president–none whatsoever.  obama doesn’t know how to be president.  He doesn’t know how the world works.  He’s incompetent.  He’s…. he’s…. barack obama is an amateur!”

The Amateur Edward Klein

      The Amateur is one of the few books I’ve read with almost ‘a quote in every sentence!’  To preclude my ‘re-publishing’ Mr Klein‘s book by quoting extensively from it, you’ll just have to buy your own copy!  I can almost guarantee, it’ll be worth every nickle!!
Til Nex’Time….

This’n’That; August Thirteenth #1; The Amateur

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I NEVER Buy A Book With obama on The Cover 
    But, while grocery shopping at the local “B.J.’s” I normally stop at their book display.  I’d heard about this book for some time, but had never seen it; had never even considered buying it.  Then I read the introduction, which I’ll quote for you here:
Introduction:  The Dark Side of obama
“Every man is a moon and has a [dark] side which he turns toward nobody; you have to slip around behind if you want to see it.”Mark Twain
This is a reporter’s book.
    During the past year and a half, I have interviewed nearly two hundred people, both inside and outside the White House.  Many of these people have known barack obama for more than twenty years–from his earliest days in Chicago.  Some of them were positive about obama, others were negative, but the stories they told had a remarkable consistency.
    Bound in dozens of four-inch-thick three-ring notebooks, my transcribed notes run for almost a thousand pages and tell the story of a man who is at bottom temperamentally unsuited to be the chief executive and commander in chief of the United States of America.  Here in these interviews we come face to face with something new in American politics–The Amateur–a president who is inept in the arts of management and governance, who doesn’t learn from his mistakes, and who therefore repeats policies that make our economy less robust and our nation less safe.  We discover a man who blames all his problems on those whom he disagrees (“Washington,” “Republicans,” “the media”), who discards old friends and supporters when they are no longer useful (democrats, African-Americans, Jews), and who is so thin-skinned that he constantly complains about what people say and write about him.  We come to know a strange kind of politician, one who derives no joy from the cut and thrust of politics, but who clings to the narcissistic life of the presidency.
    This portrait of obama is radically at odds with the image of a centrist, pragmatic, post-partisan leader that his political handlers have tried to create.  And it is a far cry from the obama most Americans remember from four years ago.  Many of the people I interviewed, including Republicans who voted against him, wondered what had happened to that obama–the young, articulate African-American senator who burst upon the political scene by presenting himself as a new kind of politician, a peacemaker, a mediator, and conciliator who promised to heal the rift between red and blue America?
Where did he vanish?
Did he ever exist?
Was he a figment of his own imagination, or of our imagination–or of both?
How did he turn out to be the most divisive president in recent American history?
Will Americans finally come to recognize the dark side of barack obama in the presidential election of 2012?
    These are some of the critical questions I set out to answer in this book.  My job as a reporter was complicated by the fact that obama and his advisers have gone to elaborate lengths to hide his dark side.  However, I have learned as a journalist that if you look long enough and hard enough and carefully enough, most truths are discoverable.  As you will see in the pages that follow, I chose to launch my investigation in Chicago, where obama first donned his disguise as an ideological wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    “Ever since I’ve known him, obama has had delusions of grandeur and a preoccupation with his place in history,” one of his oldest Chicago acquaintances told me.
He is afflicted with megalomania.  How else can you explain the chutzpah of an obscure community organizer who began writing his autobiography before he was thirty years old–and before he had any accomplishments to write about?” 
And how else can you explain the chutzpah of a first-term United States senator, who believed he was qualified for the most difficult job in the world–the presidency–even though he had never held a real job in his life?
     “You can explain it with any number of words:  arrogance, conceit, egotism, vanity, hubris,” this person continued.
But whatever word you choose, it spells the same thing–disaster for the country he leads.”
    obama‘s supporters claim that he has been falsely charged with a being a leftwing ideologue.  But based on my reporting, I concluded that obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead.  Which is why he has refused to embrace American exceptionalsim–the idea that Americans are a special people with a special destiny–and why he has railed at the capitalist system, demonized the wealthy, and embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    Of course, obama doesn’t see things that way.  And therein lies the challenge for conservatives.  As Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, points out “barack obama may be lousy president…. but he’s a very good campaigner.”  He is determined to get reelected and go down in history books as a transformative president who turned America into a European-style democratic-socialist welfare state.
    Shortly after obama entered the White House, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned him, “Your legacy is going to be preventing the second Great Depression.”
    To which obama boasted, “That’s not enough for me.”
It may finally have become too much for the rest of us.
    Whew!  Finally!!  Someone who appears to ‘tell it like it is!!!’  As I said before, I’ve always shied away from buying any publication with ‘obama‘ on the cover; this time I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed.
    Hopefully from-time-to-time, I’ll publish some quotes as I read the book.
Til Nex’Time….

This’n’That; August Thirteenth #1; The Amateur

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I NEVER Buy A Book With obama on The Cover 
    But, while grocery shopping at the local “B.J.’s” I normally stop at their book display.  I’d heard about this book for some time, but had never seen it; had never even considered buying it.  Then I read the introduction, which I’ll quote for you here:
Introduction:  The Dark Side of obama
“Every man is a moon and has a [dark] side which he turns toward nobody; you have to slip around behind if you want to see it.”Mark Twain
This is a reporter’s book.
    During the past year and a half, I have interviewed nearly two hundred people, both inside and outside the White House.  Many of these people have known barack obama for more than twenty years–from his earliest days in Chicago.  Some of them were positive about obama, others were negative, but the stories they told had a remarkable consistency.
    Bound in dozens of four-inch-thick three-ring notebooks, my transcribed notes run for almost a thousand pages and tell the story of a man who is at bottom temperamentally unsuited to be the chief executive and commander in chief of the United States of America.  Here in these interviews we come face to face with something new in American politics–The Amateur–a president who is inept in the arts of management and governance, who doesn’t learn from his mistakes, and who therefore repeats policies that make our economy less robust and our nation less safe.  We discover a man who blames all his problems on those whom he disagrees (“Washington,” “Republicans,” “the media”), who discards old friends and supporters when they are no longer useful (democrats, African-Americans, Jews), and who is so thin-skinned that he constantly complains about what people say and write about him.  We come to know a strange kind of politician, one who derives no joy from the cut and thrust of politics, but who clings to the narcissistic life of the presidency.
    This portrait of obama is radically at odds with the image of a centrist, pragmatic, post-partisan leader that his political handlers have tried to create.  And it is a far cry from the obama most Americans remember from four years ago.  Many of the people I interviewed, including Republicans who voted against him, wondered what had happened to that obama–the young, articulate African-American senator who burst upon the political scene by presenting himself as a new kind of politician, a peacemaker, a mediator, and conciliator who promised to heal the rift between red and blue America?
Where did he vanish?
Did he ever exist?
Was he a figment of his own imagination, or of our imagination–or of both?
How did he turn out to be the most divisive president in recent American history?
Will Americans finally come to recognize the dark side of barack obama in the presidential election of 2012?
    These are some of the critical questions I set out to answer in this book.  My job as a reporter was complicated by the fact that obama and his advisers have gone to elaborate lengths to hide his dark side.  However, I have learned as a journalist that if you look long enough and hard enough and carefully enough, most truths are discoverable.  As you will see in the pages that follow, I chose to launch my investigation in Chicago, where obama first donned his disguise as an ideological wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    “Ever since I’ve known him, obama has had delusions of grandeur and a preoccupation with his place in history,” one of his oldest Chicago acquaintances told me.
He is afflicted with megalomania.  How else can you explain the chutzpah of an obscure community organizer who began writing his autobiography before he was thirty years old–and before he had any accomplishments to write about?” 
And how else can you explain the chutzpah of a first-term United States senator, who believed he was qualified for the most difficult job in the world–the presidency–even though he had never held a real job in his life?
     “You can explain it with any number of words:  arrogance, conceit, egotism, vanity, hubris,” this person continued.
But whatever word you choose, it spells the same thing–disaster for the country he leads.”
    obama‘s supporters claim that he has been falsely charged with a being a leftwing ideologue.  But based on my reporting, I concluded that obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead.  Which is why he has refused to embrace American exceptionalsim–the idea that Americans are a special people with a special destiny–and why he has railed at the capitalist system, demonized the wealthy, and embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    Of course, obama doesn’t see things that way.  And therein lies the challenge for conservatives.  As Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, points out “barack obama may be lousy president…. but he’s a very good campaigner.”  He is determined to get reelected and go down in history books as a transformative president who turned America into a European-style democratic-socialist welfare state.
    Shortly after obama entered the White House, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned him, “Your legacy is going to be preventing the second Great Depression.”
    To which obama boasted, “That’s not enough for me.”
It may finally have become too much for the rest of us.
    Whew!  Finally!!  Someone who appears to ‘tell it like it is!!!’  As I said before, I’ve always shied away from buying any publication with ‘obama‘ on the cover; this time I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed.
    Hopefully from-time-to-time, I’ll publish some quotes as I read the book.
Til Nex’Time….