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Even Politico.com, an increasingly left-wing political news site, has blasted Mr. Obama for being so out-to-lunch during the pivotal “super committee” deficit-reduction talks that ultimately failed in a fireball of intransigence.

In an article titled “Obama’s rules of disengagement,” Politico opined:

“President Barack Obama prides himself on being a clutch player, but he sat happily on the end of the bench as the clock ran out on the supercommittee. Then he took his shot after the buzzer. ...

“Critics from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Democratic budget expert Alice Rivlin chided Obama for sitting out the talks, and a stock market expected to shrug off the committee’s failure plummeted on hearing the latest leading indicator of Beltway dysfunction.”

Republicans predictably lambasted Mr. Obama, including presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who noted “the president’s utter abandonment of leadership on our debt crisis,” and Michele Bachmann, who compared the president to the disappearing children’s book character “Where’s Waldo?” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., bluntly said “The commander in chief is absent from battle,”

In a more erudite summation, conservative writer Michael Gerson said in The Washington Post, “Budget deals get done because presidents prod, plead, cajole, demand and threaten. A few phone calls and tepid public statements do not count. It is the executive, not the legislature, that gives the budget process energy and direction.”

They’re right. This president abdicated. He went on a campaign swing, then an Asian trip while the deficit battle raged on.

But criticism of his lack of leadership has blown in just as forcefully from the left of late, with left-wing commentator Howard Fineman intoning, “There’s no leadership anywhere in this city” – including in the White House. Far-left MSNBC bomb-thrower Chris Matthews – who once talked of getting a tingle up his leg at listening to Obama – also seems to have turned on the president.

“There’s nothing to root for,” Matthews complained in a recent interview. “What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term, would he tell us? What’s he going to do in his second term, more of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going? Are we going to do something his second term? He’s yet to tell us. ... He should be sitting late at night now with senators and members of Congress and governors working together on how they’re going to win this political fight that’s coming” in 2012. I don’t have a sense that he’s ever had a meeting. I hear stories that you would not believe. Not a single phone call since the last election. He never calls — that’s the message. Members of Congress, I keep asking, ‘When did you hear from him last?’”

It’s also of note that Mr. Obama has been AWOL during other leadership opportunities. He never went to bat, for instance, for the recommendations of his own Simpson-Bowles debt reduction commission. And after praising Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for making “a serious proposal” on deficit reduction, he dismissed it out of hand. The president has also given the Democratic Senate a complete pass on its failure to even propose a budget for two years running now.

Those of us who paid attention before the 2008 election were troubled by this man’s record of voting “present” so often in the Illinois state Senate – some 130 times. Now he’s “governing present.”

“President Obama faced a tough political decision this week on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada,” writes The (Washington) Examiner. “He could order the State Department to approve it, thus alienating his environmental activist supporters, or he could kill the pipeline, thus angering his union allies.

“Obama chose to do what he had done 130 times while he was in the Illinois state Senate. He voted present.” (He ordered a second, unnecessary environmental study to delay a decision beyond the next election.)

Mr. Obama has also blocked both job and energy growth by sitting tight on the domestic energy industry.

To their undying credit and credibility, two Democratic pollsters, Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, wrote in The Wall Street Journal recently that Mr. Obama should forgo a second campaign and step aside for Hillary Clinton in 2012. His anticipated negative campaigning will only further divide the country and mar his second term, they say.

“By going down the re-election road and into partisan mode, the president has effectively guaranteed that the remainder of his term will be marred by the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity, common purpose, and most of all, our economic strength.”

Paradoxically, this president, while missing in action when it comes to leadership, has quietly led the most power-grabbing executive branch in memory. More on that later.

For now, it’s clear, from what he’s hearing from both the right and the left, that he either needs to step up or step down.

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copperhead
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copperhead 11/27/11 - 02:37 am
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Mr.hussein is THE god and

Mr.hussein is THE god and works in mysterious ways. He will save us. Pray to him and you will receive collective salvation. Praise and glory to him. Any that doubt him will be doomed and will be cast into the lake of fire. Repent infidels and be saved!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 06:41 am
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I hope the Democrats don't

I hope the Democrats don't find a way to replace their abject failure with Hillary. She would be a tough candidate to beat with her much more middle of the road credentials. Can you imagine Bill once again in the Oval Office all day with the jailbait interns as an aging, lamp throwing, ovaryless Hillary rules the country?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/27/11 - 07:48 am
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This president...STEP UP? AC,
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This president...STEP UP? AC, you're so funny!

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 11/27/11 - 07:55 am
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We as republicans need to

We as republicans need to find a candidate and quit worrying whom the democrats will give us.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 08:24 am
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************************Break

************************Breaking News*****************************

William Jefferson Clinton approved by Senate for newly created position of Whitehouse Intern Czar.

In this 3rd month of Hillary Clinton’s presidency, the Senate approved the former President by a surprising vote of 61 to 38 with 1 not voting. Anonymous sources on the Hill say the Clintons reached into their legendary Pearl Harbor files, threatening to release photographs to the press. The undisclosed photos are said to include multiple salacious liaisons of Republican Senators involving mistresses, professional escorts, and boy toys.

subdoc679
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subdoc679 11/27/11 - 08:25 am
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As an independent I have

As an independent I have problems with both parties. The Republicans have swung so far right they are trying to put a theocracy in place and the Democrats need a reality check. Aren't there any moderates left in America?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 08:35 am
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Wait a minute, BJPhys. There

Wait a minute, BJPhys. There are no gay Republicans. Some just have a wide stance in the stall.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 08:51 am
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Toe Tap Larry was funny but

Toe Tap Larry was funny but did nothing for the economy; unemployment was already low. Anthony Weiner gets no credit for saving 100’s of standup comics from layoff. He had it all; tweeting, the gift of a comic contextual name “Weinergate” and live action photos. Not only did he stimulate in cyberspace, he stimulated late night comedy.

“I did not have sext with that women.”

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 08:57 am
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Jeez, BJ, What happened to

Jeez, BJ, What happened to Albert?

allhans
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allhans 11/27/11 - 09:44 am
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subdoc..NOt that extreme, you

subdoc..NOt that extreme, you know that already, but worshipping God would be a good thing in our lives today.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/27/11 - 10:14 am
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par´a·dox, n. 2. a statement

par´a·dox, n. 2. a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may actually be true in fact.
4. (a) something inconsistent with common experience or having contradictory qualities; (b) a person who is inconsistent or contradictory in character or behavior.

ACES tells us it is a paradox that President Obama does not use his energy to engage Congress, yet instead is bent on increasing the power of the executive branch. Here is the quote from above:

Paradoxically, this president, while missing in action when it comes to leadership, has quietly led the most power-grabbing executive branch in memory.

Paradox? Hardly. Obama has been most consistent in his quest for power over redistribution and regulation. Even though he tries to lull to sleep the mostly non-political center position with frequent quotes of Ronald Reagan, Obama is channeling another politician from the past – Benito Mussolini. Il Duce would smile at the women and babies, all the while stabbing his political enemies in the back. And the middle class of America, my friends, is the political enemy of Obama.

Fascism is no paradox at all.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/27/11 - 11:15 am
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All we really need to do to

All we really need to do to understand Obama is look at his record as a community organizer. Agitated and sued to help inforce the Community Reinvestment act. Lined himself up with corrupt politicians like Rezko and Blagojivich. Used under handed tactics to get elected to office. Every thing Obma touched turned out worse when he left than when he arrived and when questioned about his actions he lied. Look up born alive act and Obama response to it. What do you expect from a radical agitator, a tingle up the leg?

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/27/11 - 11:36 am
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Our Dear Ruler is AWOL

Our Dear Ruler is AWOL because he is in way,way over his head.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/27/11 - 12:26 pm
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CplGripweed is 100%

CplGripweed is 100% correct.

And who said that back during the Democratic Primaries? I did, that's right.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 12:36 pm
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With all due respects

With all due respects ,Corporal Gripweed, I think that our dear ruler is in his element. Every move that he makes or doesn't make has convinced me that he has an agenda to take this country apart limb by limb. No one could be as incompetent as he appears to be. Certainly, not one with his education. I think that he feels that if he gets people to protest with violence that he will have an excuse to declare martial law and take over the country by controlling the military. Far fetched?, maybe. Possible?, you can bet the farm on it. Is he a Marxist?, probably. Just look at his former and present associates.

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harley_52 11/27/11 - 12:52 pm
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Scoobydoisback, you have

Scoobydoisback, you have nailed it. Obama isn't stupid. Neither are his minions. They are all about "change." He can't come out and admit it, so he SAYS one thing and DOES quite another. They have done everything in their power to destroy America and we can only hope they won't succeed by the next election.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 01:05 pm
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Not Martial Law, Hip Hop Law,

Not Martial Law, Hip Hop Law, and then Dolomite will appoint Foxy Brown as food Czar.

Soylent Green is White People!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 01:16 pm
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Scoobydoisback: “Jeez, BJ,

Scoobydoisback: “Jeez, BJ, What happened to Albert?”

Sean Moore has new image processing software that assigns a PII (Prurient Interest Index) value to images and replaces the image with the one seen here if the PII is above the HHBL* level.

*[Hunka, Hunka, Burning Love]

harley_52
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harley_52 11/27/11 - 01:18 pm
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I think "controlling the

I think "controlling the military" will be a problem for Obama. I can't envision American soldiers killing American citizens. I don't think that will happen.

If you remember during the campaign he promised to have a civilian force funded and equipped equal to the American military and I've always thought that would be his enforcement arm. Now, I think he must believe the American people will give up pretty easily, or even go voluntarily once things fall apart.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 01:32 pm
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When the Obama shirts come

When the Obama shirts come for us, I'm hiding in Patty's attic and keeping a diary that will be famous later if I don't make it.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 01:33 pm
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Typical bad white

Typical bad white intelligence gathering, there is a secret underground complex beneath Regency Mall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFn1SZj59x8

People that used to live in Thomas Woods are well aware of this complex.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/27/11 - 01:44 pm
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Yep bj...we are meeting in

Yep bj...we are meeting in the secret complex.....but you boston butts don't have a clue........I lived there....the rednecks will rise again....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cig6br8mZKM&feature=related

we are comig

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 01:46 pm
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By several comments that have

By several comments that have been made I gather that it is felt that the old man has lost it. I hope so. I hope that the 2012 election will see a new person in the White House and my nurse will see to it that I never a make comment again.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/27/11 - 01:48 pm
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you people got exactly what
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you people got exactly what you elected.......the warnings were posted on every station but you sheep went right along and elected nothing but a social experiment a radical america hating closet muslim....the man would not even place his hand on his heart for the pledge of allegiance....his wife even said the only reason she has ever been proud of america is because they elected a bi racial (not black even tho he plays the race card) president.......total lack of experience well known to be a very MEDIOCRE student....the mans life is based upon lie after lie but you sheep ate it up.....HOWS THAT CHANGE WORKING FOR YA

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 01:48 pm
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Scooby, we love ya. You've

Scooby, we love ya. You've lost nothing.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/27/11 - 01:50 pm
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and the clintons why would
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and the clintons why would you even consider people as corrupt and immoral as these two......remember whitewater these two should be in a jail cell beside madoff......not to mention perjury.....an ivy league educated man but doesnt know what oral sex is....you folks are pathetic

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/27/11 - 01:56 pm
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harley i think you have no
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harley i think you have no idea..... have you seen what the police are doing...soldiers are mindless they take orders it matters not who they are orderd to shoot they will shoot

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/27/11 - 02:11 pm
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Scooby, I don't think Obama

Scooby, I don't think Obama IS that smart. He's probably been a "C" student who was promoted beyond his intelligence because of his self-admitted marxist leanings in college. But I do agree with you, that his mission is to take this country apart and "fundamentally tranform" it into what he believes it should be and he is performing that task admirably aided by a complicit media.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 02:17 pm
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The Corporal said: Scooby, I

The Corporal said:

Scooby, I don't think Obama IS that smart. He's probably been a "C" student who was promoted beyond his intelligence because of his self-admitted marxist leanings in college. But I do agree with you, that his mission is to take this country apart and "fundamentally transform" it into what he believes it should be and he is performing that task admirably aided by a complicit media.
My response: and a very uniformed electorate.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/27/11 - 02:20 pm
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Pay no attention to the

Pay no attention to the naysayers, scooby. You are right and they are too naive to see what's happening around them. To think it's all happening by accident, or because the Administration is so stupid as to have it happen when honestly pursuing pro-America policies, is the height of ridiculousness.

Hang in there. Don't let the *&^%$#@ get you down.

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