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Edsel Obama

Via Politico, the Smartest President Ever:

President Obama: ‘Campaigning is different than governing’

President Obama offered a lesson for Republicans that he learned the hard way during his first two years in office.

“Campaigning is different than governing,” Obama told reporters Sunday when asked about his meeting with GOP leaders later this week.

“They are flush with victory after a campaign of just saying ‘No,'” he added. “But I’m sure the American people did not vote for more gridlock.”

The president was speaking to reporters when he made a surprise visit to the press cabin of Air Force One during his flight home from Asia. It’s rare for Obama to come to the back of the plane to talk to reporters, but he’s done it twice in the last month.

Obama, who said in India that Republican gains in Congress will require him to make some “midcourse corrections,” blamed his mishandling of politics for his Democratic losses – not his policies.

He vowed to work to make sure his policies are better understood by Americans.

Suuuuuuuure, that’s the ticket! More speeches and Potemkin townhalls. That’s like the CEO of Ford saying:

“The Edsel isn’t selling, we need to increase the advertising budget.”

What a dumbass!

19 Responses

  1. I can remember, back when Jerry Ford was Preznit, MAD magazine joked that “this Ford may turn out to be another Edsel”. 😛

    • While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

      Eventually the topic got around to Obama and how he was doing as President.

      The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘post turtle’.’

      Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was. The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.’

      The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain.

      ‘You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what he’s doing up there, and you just gotta wonder what kind of dumbass put him up there in the first place!.’

  2. Krugman: Obama wasn’t ready to deal with the world.
    Duh, we knew that.
    (emphasis added)

    The World as He Finds It

    On Wednesday David Axelrod, President Obama’s top political adviser, appeared to signal that the White House was ready to cave on tax cuts — to give in to Republican demands that tax cuts be extended for the wealthy as well as the middle class. “We have to deal with the world as we find it,” he declared.The White House then tried to walk back what Mr. Axelrod had said. But it was a telling remark, in more ways than one.

    The obvious point is the contrast between the administration’s current whipped-dog demeanor and Mr. Obama’s soaring rhetoric as a candidate. How did we get from “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” to here?
    But the bitter irony goes deeper than that: the main reason Mr. Obama finds himself in this situation is that two years ago he was not, in fact, prepared to deal with the world as he was going to find it. And it seems as if he still isn’t.
    In retrospect, the roots of current Democratic despond go all the way back to the way Mr. Obama ran for president. Again and again, he defined America’s problem as one of process, not substance — we were in trouble not because we had been governed by people with the wrong ideas, but because partisan divisions and politics as usual had prevented men and women of good will from coming together to solve our problems. And he promised to transcend those partisan divisions.

    • ‘Told you so’ isn’t enough.


      Hillary 2012

    • I guess Krugman is surprised that Obama governs as an organizer, but not a leader, but just as part of the body in the organization.

      • Obama is a climber and a bully. There is nothing leader-ish in his entire personality or background. He sucked up, toadied, lied, conned, and coasted his entire life. He and the Mrs. are the political gravy train hoppers from hell. Play poker with lobbyists and always win, give my wife a job, buy me a house. give me the closed divorce records of my opponent if you know what is good for you, give me a book contract, screw over the legislators who voted for my shit legislation, etc is the history of his life. Krugman has been in the ivory towers too long if he did not see this two bit Chicago hack for what he is. Now he will try to suck up to the Republicans after being hostile and arrogant to their Congressional leaders after his great mandated election in 2008 which the Republicans have wiped out. Creepy Darrell Issa is going to depose the majority of the population of Chicago because he sees though him. We are going to be horrified at tiny amounts of money it takes to buy Chicago hacks. In the overall scales of things they work cheap.

    • Not so much “wasn’t ready” as “was not, nor is he today” interested.
      It was all about the cool AF1, the seal and the title.

  3. Waaa…waaa…presidenting is hard!

  4. Campaigning is different from governing? Shouldn’t he try governing before he says something like that?

  5. Ever had a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich?

    Ocean Beach shimmered more than usual this weekend.

    Not from the natural beauty of sand, surf and sea, but from a great slick of dead jellyfish that mysteriously washed ashore near Pacheco Street.

    More than 10,000 of the gooey invertebrates, each about the size of a dinner plate, drifted onto the beach Friday evening. By Sunday, they had attracted hordes of the curious, the repulsed and the fascinated.

    Kids stomped them. Dogs rolled in them. Surfers tossed them at each other. Some people tiptoed fearfully around them, while others pressed in with cameras for close-ups.

  6. The Morning Sneeze: not the headline but the responses woke me up this morning with a start

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