Last week saw an avalanche of commentary and news reports all painting Obama and his Administration in a less than favorable light. There are so many examples it would be difficult to cite them all but here's a sampling:
- “We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”
- David Rohde writes a column in The Atlantic titled "How Obama Has Contributed to His Own Aura of Scandal," in which he concludes "the president's biggest sin is being aloof and disengaged."
- "Obama, the uninterested president" by By Dana Milbank in the Washington Post says "President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency."
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews says Obama is "a ship with the engine off."
- “‘It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,’ a former senior Obama administration official said. ‘When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.’” (Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, “D.C. Turns On Obama,” Politico, 5/14/13
- “This White House’s Instinctive Petulance, Arrogance And Defensiveness Have All Worked Together To Isolate Obama At A Time When He Most Needs A Support System.” (Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, “D.C. Turns On Obama,” Politico, 5/14/13)
- "In the current atmosphere of multi-ring uproars, it is easier to make a case that a mindset of inattention to governing detail and excessive attention to politics was at work in the State Department on Benghazi, and the IRS on investigation of tea party groups, even if Obama isn’t shown to be directly involved.” (Alexander Burns and John F. Harris, “Obama’s Dangerous New Narrative,” Politico, 3/15/13)
- National Journal ‘s Ron Fournier Says He Doesn’t Know Whether Obama’s Late Realization Of The IRS Scandal Is Due To His Insulation Or Simply “PR Incompetence.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 5/14/13)
- “President Obama And His Insular Team Are Violating Almost Every Principle Of Crisis Management. Shoot Straight. Ditch The Spin. Don’t Feed The Fire. Restore Trust.” (Ron Fournier, “Does Obama Need Staff Shakeup To Manage Scandals,” National Journal, 5/14/13)
- Democrats also criticized the president for not being more aggressive in responding to trouble within the government. Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former White House press secretary, said the president should have appointed a bipartisan commission of former IRS officials to look into the issue of targeting political organizations. And Gibbs gently chided his former boss for using passive language when he first addressed the political targeting during a White House news conference Monday.” (Julie Pace, “Obama Tries To Regain Control Amid Controversies,” The Associated Press, 5/15/13)
- "The Obama administration is making the case for conservatism better than Mitt Romney ever did."By John Dickerson Slate.Com 5/14/13
- "In Obama’s case, the narrative emerging from this tumultuous week goes something like this: None of these messes would have happened under a president less obsessed with politics, less insulated within his own White House and less trusting of government as an institution." Politico, 5/15/13
Remember that just six weeks ago news outlets were running stories like "Obama Takes Control In The Second Term," and "no question who’s in charge." Now Obama's top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, is running around saying that the government is just too big and it's not possible to control it. Yet Axelrod, with the willing help of many of the media sources cited above gladly put out the myth of Obama in 2008 as some sort of superhuman who could do it all!
Well, I still remember the words of Harriet Christian, a Hillary supporter from New York who delivered an angry rant in 2008 trying to warn us all that Obama as "inadequate" for the job. Her words seem mild in hindsight.
Ignorant, Insular, Incompetent, Idiotic. Obama's friends are describing him using many of the same words Republicans have for years!