The man behind the shellacking.  Excerpts from a bitter article by the very liberal Elizabeth Drew in the NY Review of Books:

In the Bitter New Washington
[Nice threads.]

In their first two years, the Obamas have seemed a bit tone-deaf: there were too many vacations while people were hurting, especially Michelle’s extravagant trip to Spain. (I’m as interested in Michelle’s clothes as the next woman but at the same time think she and her staff are too focused on her looking smashing, which she does. Her wardrobe seems quite extensive for these troubled times.)

Barack Obama’s personality has been much mulled over in the past two years, but it seems inescapable that his high self-esteem often slides over the thin line to arrogance, which trickles down (with some exceptions) to much of his staff, some of whom are downright rude to all but a chosen few. Obama has seemed uninterested in anyone but his immediate group, and three of the four members of his immediate circle—Jarrett, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod—had had no experience in governing. The fourth, Rahm Emanuel, expressed himself with such flippancy, arrogance, and overuse of the F-word that he offended not just members of Congress but also would-be allies of the President.

…One of the oddest aspects of Obama’s persona is that someone who seems so confident has insisted thus far in having people around him with whom he is said to be “comfortable.”

For example, Tom Donilon, his recently appointed national security adviser (a promotion from his role as deputy), is by all accounts a capable man but is no one’s idea of a serious strategic thinker. The explanation I was given for Donilon’s being given his new position was that “the President is comfortable with him.” Just as Obama is described as pleased with himself, he has been treated with hero worship by much of his staff…

Those who supported Obama in 2008 expected him to be able to move public opinion, to get people to follow him. The fact that the Obama White House has been so poor at “messaging” baffles even his strongest supporters…

…Obama was, apparently in his own estimation, so smart and so adored that he seems to have felt no need to explain—and explain again—to the country what he was doing and to take the country along with him…

In(first)dude. Earlier:

US Congressional elections: Mesdames et messieurs, faites vos jeux


3 Responses so far.

  1. real conservativeNo Gravatar says:

    If you have drank enough communist cool aide you can do anything.

  2. POWinCANo Gravatar says:

    It looked so nice on the mannequin. Then you tried it on at home. Too bad you lost the receipt. Store credit only, anyway.

    This is where we say, “We told you so!”

  3. albertaclipperNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t heard from all the canuckleheads who were so jealous of the Americans for having a savior such as O’Bummer leading their country.

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