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Miss Bush Yet?!

As I was scanning my tweeps on Twitter (that’s social media for you other twits…) (I’ve always wanted to say that – ha!) I came across a re-tweeted post from stephenkruiser about this great article in the UK Telegraph, and indeed it is a good one.  I’m posting the entire article for your reading pleasure.  Please be so kind to address whether you think BO has enough “fire in his belly” or if he should be “a bit more like Mr. Bush.” 

Bloodless President Barack Obama makes Americans wistful for George W Bush

Barack Obama’s reaction to bad news is to play it so cool that Americans yearn for a bit more drama – and some even for his predecessor, writes Toby Harnden in Washington.

Toby Harnden’s American Way
Published: 5:57PM GMT 07 Nov 2

During the election campaign, Barack Obama‘s cool detachment was a winning quality, the “No Drama Obama” a welcome contrast with the “Mr Angry” John McCain, never mind the hot-headed “I’m the decider” President George W Bush.

A year into his presidency, however, Mr Obama seems a curiously bloodless president. If he experiences passion, he seldom shows it. It is often anyone’s guess as to whether an event or issue truly moves him.

He has spent more than two months considering a troop increase but do we know how he really feels about the Afghan war?

In a sign that the Obama honeymoon truly is over, I began to hear this week the first stirrings of a wistfulness about Mr Bush. “I never thought I’d hear myself say it,” one Democrat told me. “But Obama makes you feel that at least with Bush you knew where he was on something.”

When Mr Bush’s Republicans were defeated in the 2006 mid-term elections, it was the President himself who stepped up and declared that his party had received “a thumpin'”. The Democratic defeats on Tuesday were not on anything like the same scale but Mr Obama acted as if nothing at all had happened.

Mr Obama had campaigned for Jon Corzine, New Jersey’s Democratic governor, five times, twice just last Sunday. But when Mr Corzine lost by four points in a state Mr Obama won by 15 last year – a 19-point swing to Republicans – White House aides just shrugged.

In Virginia, which Mr Obama won by six points last year, prompting Democrats to declare an historic political realignment in the state, the Democratic candidate went down by 17 points in the biggest landslide since 1961 – a 23-point swing to the Grand Old Party.

It took Senator Mark Warner of Virginia to admit that his party “got walloped”. For three days, Mr Obama maintained a studied silence about the results while his aides blamed them on local factors that had nothing to do with the President. And to think that it was Mr Bush who was always accused of being “in denial”.

More serious perhaps was Mr Obama’s strange disconnectedness over the Fort Hood massacre of 13 soldiers by an Army major and devout Muslim who opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had praised suicide bombing and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

Maybe Mr Obama had been reading the American press, much of which somehow contrived to present the atrocity as a result of combat stress due to soldiers going on repeated war deployments (though Major Nadal Hasan had not been on any) and therefore, no doubt, Mr Bush’s fault.

When the television networks cut to the President, viewers listened to him spend more than two surreal minutes talking to a gathering of Native Americans about their “extraordinary” and “extremely productive” conference, pausing to give a cheery “shout out” to a man named Dr Joe Medicine Crow. Only then did he briefly and mechanically address what had happened in Texas.

On Friday, when most of the basic facts were available, Mr Obama tried again. It was scarcely any better. He began by offering “an update on the tragedy that took place” – as if it was an earthquake and not a terrorist attack from an enemy within – and ended with a promise for more “updates in the coming days and weeks”.

Completely missing was the eloquence that Mr Obama employs when talking about himself. Absent too was any sense that the President empathised with the families and comrades of those murdered.

It was a reminder that for the past 16 years Americans have had two Presidents who would often extemporise and express emotion. President Bill Clinton could certainly “feel your pain” while Mr Bush sometimes struggled to hold back tears. Mr Obama is more like President George Bush Snr, who famously communicated his concern for people by blurting out: “Message – I care.”

The White House argues that Mr Obama was not on the ballot last week and there is therefore no need to fret. The problem with this complacency is that voters were angry about the state of the economy, which Mr Obama can’t keep blaming on his predecessor. With unemployment now above 10 per cent, Mr Obama needs to show Americans that he can relate to what they’re going through, and take responsibility.

It could do him good to show he has a bit of fire in his belly. Perhaps he might make a decision or two based on gut instinct and deep conviction. In other words, maybe he should try being a bit more like Mr Bush.

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November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Culture, Jihad in America, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, Politics, propaganda, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , ,


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  2. Lisa, I was no big fan of George Bush. I do respect the man,and believe that he always acted in a manner that he believed was the best that could be done for our nation.

    That said, after a year under this… Puke of a President?

    I am almost ready to vote for another Bush!

    And yes, I got your email,and will be responding soon. It’s a rather big list that you asked for! 😀

    Comment by Patrick Sperry | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. The only time this guy shows any emotion is when they criticize the immense size of his ears. He is a big narcissist and it is all about him, anything else falls by the wayside. Criticize him or disagree with his policies and you may get the whiner to react. Anything else and although some may think he is cool he is just befuddled. It’s better to look cool than lost. Good evening Lisa.

    Comment by Joey | November 19, 2009 | Reply

    • I still think he’s really a Vulcan Joey…

      Comment by Patrick Sperry | November 19, 2009 | Reply

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