Mettle detector

As his presidency wears on, Obama reveals his true character

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We've seen the change.

Where's the hope?

After yet another vacation, and plenty of time off to soul search and hone his stump speeches, Barack Obama has come forth in recent days only to deliver more bitter, divisive attacks on Republicans. He insists we have a domestic enemy, and reminds us of it on an almost daily basis.

That's absolutely his right. But Mr. Obama's negativity and hyper-partisanship not only fly in the face of the facts -- for most of the past year and a half, Republicans simply haven't had the numbers in Congress to block much of the president's agenda, and now even Democrats are increasingly against it -- but it also runs wholly counter to his campaign persona.

He sold us on hope and optimism and post-partisanship and post-racialism and a new tone in Washington. What he's given us is the most partisan, bitter, whining presidency of our lifetimes.

"They talk about me like a dog," he said of his enemies the other day.

"The comment makes him look ridiculous," writes Daily Telegraph of London columnist Toby Harnden.

Not only because it's so beneath a president to say such a thing, but because it's patently ridiculous. Barack Obama was carried into office by adoring media like a conquering monarch, and was treated as such until his own ideological rigidity left the country and his administration in a shambles. He's got no one but himself to blame.

Not that that will stop him from trying to blame others. Straight from the despot's desktop calendar comes his daily finger-pointing at enemies and his contrived claims of victimhood.

Adversity tends to reveal character. And it's now clear that Mr. Obama's mettle is nowhere near the image portrayed in the campaign. Gone is the hopeful, uniting and inviting Obama. Today, he appears feckless, combative and whiny.

Then again, what in his work experience would have indicated otherwise? Neither he nor most of his advisers have ever run anything save for bareknuckled political campaigns. He had no executive experience from which to draw on in testing times. So he resorts -- perhaps instinctively, perhaps strategically -- to the tyrant's playbook: try to keep the people off-balance by constantly pointing out enemies in their midst.

He's hardly been treated like a dog. The truth, rather, is that criticism of Obama in his first year was muted: His opponents were restrained out of fear of being perceived as being too hard on the nation's first black president.

Now, everyone but the far left has left race behind; he is, simply, a president whose administration is crumbling from the considerable weight of its inexperience combined with its heavy-handed belief in the power of government to be all things to all people.

So instead of hope, we get class warfare and enemies of the people.

Not quite what the country was sold.

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chascush
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chascush 09/12/10 - 10:18 pm
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"They talk about me like a

"They talk about me like a dog," he said of his enemies the other day.
That is not true I like dogs too much.

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GAterp 09/12/10 - 10:19 pm
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I supported Obama in 2008,

I supported Obama in 2008, and I'll vote for him again in 2012. I believe that he is doing a commendable job under the conditions the country was in when his administration took over.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/12/10 - 10:28 pm
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GAterp - are you on the same

GAterp - are you on the same planet????

GAterp
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GAterp 09/12/10 - 10:32 pm
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You betcha, wink, wink!

You betcha, wink, wink! Truly worried? Not me. Life's a Beach. No gloom & doom for this Happy Camper.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/12/10 - 10:34 pm
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He might not be on the ticket

He might not be on the ticket in 2012. It's not automatic. The Democrat Party might decide on Hillary or Nancy.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 09/12/10 - 10:43 pm
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My BS detector is sounding

My BS detector is sounding the alarm over another ACES editorial. Campaign mode indeed! It's the post Labor Day silly season. It'll take a good killing frost after November's elections to eliminate all the roaches scurrying about in a frenetic feeding frenzy.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/12/10 - 10:45 pm
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Mike Ryan has gone nuts over

Mike Ryan has gone nuts over Obama. It's getting old now, Mike.
Please find something else to write---Please!!!!!!
Write about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas coming to Augusta for the dedication program of the Augusta Judicial Center/John H. Ruffin Court House sometime next year.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/12/10 - 10:48 pm
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Great! I would love to see

Great! I would love to see Clarence Thomas.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 09/13/10 - 02:21 am
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Where does the chronicle come

Where does the chronicle come up with this crap? It's after Labor Day. Did you just get smacked upside the head by a heavy weight prize fighter last week? Me thinks so and it stung you good. It's the mid-terms and like that little Iraq war thing that was rolled out in September, it's time to rumble. The Democrats have President Obama; who you got in the Party of NO, palin? Bring it on.

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DanK 09/13/10 - 02:39 am
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There is a reason these

There is a reason these editorials are never signed by a person. They are not actually written by human beings that work for the AC. They are penned by the far right spin factory, churning out extremist garbage for right wing rags to publish. Day after day after day of attack pieces filled with venom and hate. Is there really any purpose behind this editorial, other than being as vile and nasty as possible in a daily newspaper? It's disgusting, and an embarrassment to the city of Augusta. Shame!

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HTN007 09/13/10 - 02:47 am
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Don't forget, he also sold us

Don't forget, he also sold us on transparency but refused to produce his birth certificate while hiding behind a wall of bureaucracy in Honolulu. This included the need for special legislation to block requests from those asking "where's the beef"?

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Brad Owens 09/13/10 - 04:21 am
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I like this article but I

I like this article but I think it goes a little bit too far.

I agree that his lack of experience is what the problem is and I have always said he was not ready for the office. Look back at my comments from the Dem primary and I said that we were beng sold a rotten bill of goods.

His politics are pretty naive and he is not prepared to be president. Not to mention he has never held firm on any campaign promise ever. He has 'nuanced' 'shifted' 'adjusted' 'changed' 'revised' and 'moved' his positionon every issue he ran on or has taken a stand on.

Just look at the Islamic center near Ground Zero for the latest 'nuanced' position.

Oh well, I like being proved right.

Just call me Mr. RIGHT,

Brad

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Tigger_The_Tiger 09/13/10 - 04:36 am
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GaTerp..... "he's doing a

GaTerp..... "he's doing a great job?" Can you tell us exactly what he's done that has helped the country?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 09/13/10 - 04:57 am
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It is only pure laziness that

It is only pure laziness that makes people think the GOP only says no. They have laid out their plan for all to see if you take the time to read it, put it's easier to just claim that they don't do anything when they don't want to go along with the socialists plan.

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Riverman1 09/13/10 - 05:05 am
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The "dog" line is going to go

The "dog" line is going to go down in history as a classic.

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Rhetor 09/13/10 - 06:26 am
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A seemingly petty editorial,

A seemingly petty editorial, yes, but please do note that just after the ACES commented that criticisms of Obama have been muted, a poster on this site brought up the birther idiocy, thus reminding us all that criticisms of Obama have been repeated, foolish, evil, and malicious. Shame on you, HTN, and all of the others on this site who have supported the birther idiocy. This is not to mention the fools who have accused Obama of being a Muslim or a communist, or who depict him as a monkey, or Newt Gingrich commenting that he thinks like a Kenyan. The far right wing has flipped out, and their foolishness, ignorance, and malice have come out on display for all to see.

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CobaltGeorge 09/13/10 - 06:34 am
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Rhetor, "The far right wing

Rhetor, "The far right wing has flipped out, and their foolishness, ignorance, and malice have come out on display for all to see."

Yes and let hope they continue to do so with use of common sense and documented facts.

"This is not to mention the fools who have accused Obama of being a Muslim or a communist"

Prove he isn't and I will shut up!!

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carcraft 09/13/10 - 06:43 am
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My heavens, Joe the plumber

My heavens, Joe the plumber was treated worse than Obama and all he asked about was redistribution of wealth! Maybe that was something the mainstream media should have been interested in! Isn't it interesting that Palin's emails made it to the internet after being stolen but none of Obama's college records or legislative records form Illinois have made it into the internet or media? What did Obama expect when he said " They talk about me like I'm a dog"..that is all he has done about George Bush and the Republicans for the last three years...maybe it's karma...LOL

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maggiemae 09/13/10 - 06:50 am
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sjgraci...Patience please.

sjgraci...Patience please. When Barack Obama was introduced as a speaker at the Democrat Convention most people had never heard of him. The Republicans, the party of "no" thank goodness, have plenty of time. You won't be disappointed.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 09/13/10 - 06:55 am
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Cobalt, thank you for proving

Cobalt, thank you for proving my point. Have a great morning.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/13/10 - 06:58 am
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You're welcome!

You're welcome!

NewHere
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NewHere 09/13/10 - 07:16 am
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More garbage from the aces.

More garbage from the aces.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/13/10 - 07:20 am
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NH, I think the daily garbage

NH, I think the daily garbage smells read good. I think more should be put out on the streets.

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maggiemae 09/13/10 - 07:30 am
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Yes CG. I inhale mine every

Yes CG. I inhale mine every morning.

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dichotomy 09/13/10 - 07:34 am
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If you look at the costs of

If you look at the costs of Obamacare, the results of Stimulus I, and the fact that the Democrats STILL want Cap and Trade, then "NO" is the correct answer. Liberals are calling the Republicans the party of NO but the Republicans have not changed their views. The Republicans have always opposed socialism and social engineering through taxation. The "party" the liberals are fearing right now is the Independent voter who will also be saying "NO" in November.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/13/10 - 07:48 am
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The Democrats have changed

The Democrats have changed their talking points from the "party of no", they saw it was hurting them, not helping them, to the big, bad John Boehner. It gets better every day.

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johnston.cliff 09/13/10 - 07:55 am
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America has always been one

America has always been one to take the lead in social trends, business and innovative growth of all kinds, but we really shot ourselves in the foot with this embarrassing diversity experiment.
Everyone was being so cool, voting for the black man, that they forgot to check his credentials. They forgot to ask why so much of his past was, and is, kept so secret, they forgot to think.
Now that we're taking this incredible beating, with no end in sight, voters are finally noticing that the enemy within is in the white house.
The appropriately embarrassed Dems are either closing their eyes and minds and holding their noses while screaming CNN mantras in support of the mistake, or, if they're thinking, they are beginning to fight obama's effort to destroy America.
This editorial is right on time and only states the obvious.
The fuhrer must be removed from office.

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getalife 09/13/10 - 08:21 am
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Great article. The demorats

Great article. The demorats continue to say the Republicans are the party of no and I agree, no more taxes, no Obamacare, no cap and trade, no to another stimulus, and certainly last but not least, no more spending. The Republican, the Libertarians, the tea party, and the conservatives are saying "NO". You cannot spend yourself out of this mess. The other stimuluses have shown that money is wasted thrown at temporary jobs. The biggest lift we had in employed numbers was when the census workers were hired.

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carcraft 09/13/10 - 08:38 am
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johnston.cliff-Chris Mathews

johnston.cliff-Chris Mathews still gets uh, um, ting-uh-uls us him um up aug his err leg when ahh Obama aah umm speaks

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carcraft 09/13/10 - 08:42 am
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maggiemae-The reason they are

maggiemae-The reason they are now running against John Boehner is Bush hasn't been president for the last two years-But they are running away from the current incumbant...LOL

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