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Intro: "Remember back when Barack Obama talked about being a transformational president? You know, how Reagan was one, Clinton wasn't, and Obama himself would be? Whatever happens in the ongoing whatever happens in the next election, we already know that this is a fantasy. The news that Obama is willing to place Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid on the poker table reveals yet again, and more starkly than ever before, what's most important to him. It's not to lead. It's not to fight. It's not even to win. It's to be the most reasonable and unflappable person in the room."

President Obama delivers a statement on the monthly jobs report, 07/08/11. (photo: Susan Walsh/AP)
President Obama delivers a statement on the monthly jobs report, 07/08/11. (photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

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+35 # rm 2011-07-09 15:58
I don't think it is all that complicated. There's no need to psychoanalyze Obama. He's a careerist. That's all. He was recruited at Columbia to work for the American ruling elite (perhaps CIA) in just the same way Bill Clinton was at Georgetown. His year after Columbia working with the CIA front company Business International proves the career path he chose.

Obama just lied in his campaign. He works for the ruling elite just as Bill Clinton did.

It will be interesting to see how he campaigns this time. He sure as hell can't promise "change you can believe in" or "yes, we can." I just hope ALL of this past supporters dump him where he belongs -- the sewer for traitors. At least GW Bush was honest about where he stood. Obama is certainly smarter and a better person than Bush, but betrayal just cannot be forgiven in a politician.
+8 # J.Lindsley 2011-07-10 04:23
Quoting rm:
I don't think it is all that complicated. There's no need to psychoanalyze Obama. He's a careerist. That's all. He was recruited at Columbia to work for the American ruling elite (perhaps CIA) in just the same way Bill Clinton was at Georgetown. His year after Columbia working with the CIA front company Business International proves the career path he chose.

Obama just lied in his campaign. He works for the ruling elite just as Bill Clinton did.

It will be interesting to see how he campaigns this time. He sure as hell can't promise "change you can believe in" or "yes, we can." I just hope ALL of this past supporters dump him where he belongs -- the sewer for traitors. At least GW Bush was honest about where he stood. Obama is certainly smarter and a better person than Bush, but betrayal just cannot be forgiven in a politician.

And Bush's two wars that brought this countries economics to the present state which went global?
This wasn't "betrayal"?

I beg to differ.

And the second betrayal from the RepublicanTeaBa gparty never admitting that B's betrayal is the base of our problems AND refuse to "compromise" in setting a budget and raising the debt ceiling?

I don't buy it.
+11 # rm 2011-07-10 08:37
Lindsley -- Bush/Cheney never betrayed the class that they represented. They never claimed to represent the american people. In fact, they had noting but contempt for the american people. The represented american capital and their class of Oligarch friends.

Obama promised to change all that and restore a people-centered presidency. He said he would listen to the people. He said that Bush/Cheney had taken the the US in the wrong direction and he was going to change all of that. Turns out that Obama lied.
+2 # tomo 2011-07-10 13:08
I'm with rm, Lindsey. The American people have traditionally loved: "MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!" They have loved the idea of pocketing all the marbles, and the idea of never apologizing to anyone. They are deeply attracted to the notion of "Let the law go hang itself!" Those who voted for Bush, got what they wanted.

When Obama came along and suggested that diplomacy is better than war, that transparency is better that secret government, that the poor and middle-class of America need a break, the glow of the Bush/Cheney/Yoo years had dimmed, and many voted for a change. When no change came--and the lawless activities of Bush/Cheney/Yoo were accepted by Obama as business-as-usu al, those who voted for him had and have a case for outrage that no voter for G. W. has had.

Obama has not only retreated to Bush/Cheney/Yoo /Paulson/Geithn er/Gates/Petreu s as his default position, but he has taken up this position far more mendaciously than G. W. ever did. He impresses me as the most cynical president (among some breathtakingly cynical presidents) we have had.
+1 # spktruth200 2011-07-11 08:53
If Reagun were alive today or running for President, the baggers would stone him. They only use his name to conjur up "big ideas", but Reagun was the first repuke who ran the deficit up over $l trillion and created few jobs. His Treasury Sec. Donald Reagun helped bring america to its financial knees, both Clinton and now Obama are helping that agenda along. Its called a corportacy, all for the global elites. We no longer have a democracy america, get over it. We are now the United States of America, INC. Obama bamboozled us all, but who are we going to vote for: romney or Bachman...we got no choice, again.
+1 # josephhill 2011-07-11 14:45
"Obama bamboozled us all, but who are we going to vote for: romney or Bachman...we got no choice, again."
YES WE DO HAVE A CHOICE..! Our CHOICE is not likely to win the next election; but we still can choose to vote for him/her. I get frustrated when progressives bit*h and moan about HAVING to vote for "The Lesser Evil" AGAIN, or HAVING to stay home and not vote at all. We have a DUTY to vote...and it is our DUTY to vote for THE candidate who comes closest to representing our own political interests. If everybody who stayed home out of disgust with the two major party d if everybody who DID drag him/herself to the polls in order to vote for 'The Lesser Evil' were to go to the polls and vote his/her REAL preference, the political landscape would be totally changed. The Dems are NEVER going to change if people continue, lamely, to support whatever Republican-Lite jerk the Party hacks nominate. We owe it to future voters to make our REAL preferences KNOWN. We can't do that by staying home or by always voting for 'Lesser Evils' thereby signalling APPROVAL of the Dem Party nominees!
+1 # josephhill 2011-07-11 14:48
If we are EVER to get out from under the absurd "choices" the "two" major parties offer, we HAVE to bite the bullet and vote our consciences even at risk of a Rep victory. We survived 8 years of Dubya, after all. We are stronger than we know....and we are capable of either changing the Dem Party OR coming together to organize a genuine progressive alternative to the same old corporatist "options"!
+34 # Anna Van Z 2011-07-09 22:44
It's just beyond the pale. Today Obama's campaign wrote me a letter asking if I would recruit acquaintances to volunteer for his campaign.

Long story short, they received an explicit and detailed reply.
+13 # propsguy 2011-07-09 23:43
i did exactly the same thing! and i do it every time i get one of those irritating e-mails. do you think anybody reads them? i want my money back and my vote, i fell betrayed to the core
+21 # m 2011-07-09 22:49
''It’s to be the most reasonable and unflappable person in the room. ''


THE UNFLAPPABLE MR. O... The 'O' so cool PREZZZEEEDENT.. . bam..!

The Sultan of 'O' so cool...

Can America be in such hands now..? A guy so self absorbed in his own 'cool' that even when Rome is burning and the corporate barbarians are at the gates, he believes his 'COOL' will prevail and therefore--- all will become ~~~~~c o o o o o o o o l ~~~~~

+31 # roger Guffey 2011-07-09 22:49
Obama needs to be a lot more like Lyndon Johnson who had the fire in his belly to make his own damned party get in line and apply pressure to get things done. Medicare, medicaid, civil rights all passed despite enormous opposition from Republicans...R eagan called Medicare communism. Given the health care debate, gay rights issues and the weak economy it is time Obama grew a set and held the GOP’s fee to the fire. Make it clear to the country that we will be in default because these jerks won’t tax their rich friends fairly.
+3 # m 2011-07-10 12:31
Could not agree more..

But also feel to add that when I was a child and did not want to go to school on cold winter mornings, I used to close my eyes and WISH very hard that when I opened them.. WAH LAH.. ! 10 inches of snow would suddenly appear and school would be cancelled...

So, lets close our eyes and WISH hard that Obama will become like FDR or LBJ and see what happens... I'm game.
+17 # DPM 2011-07-09 23:07
I am urging my Democratic representatives to come up with another candidate in their primary.
-2 # tahoevalleylines 2011-07-09 23:32
Scarier still is unimaginitive meddling in the Middle East that is a sure-fire (literally) guarantee of disruptions in motor fuel supply worse than seen during the 1970's OPEC kneejerking.

Deer in the headlights leadership could be an act, part of a game of "Chicken" with the GOP; we'll know in a few weeks. Following the research of Jan Lundberg and Richard Heinberg and Lionel Badel, we all should be more concerned with results of Middle East meltdown and what happens to motor fuel supply.

America's penchant for following events one subject at a time will prove dangerous if we do not learn to multitask, adding possibility of motor fuel rationing to problems needing attention.

Imposition of untenable "peace" solutions on Israel will prove the undoing of US ties to OPEC oil producing much faster than letting Israel and Palestinians work through their problems, unappetizing as that may seem.

The President may have hooks in his jaws drawing himself into the Middle East like a moth to a flame, so wiser heads in US strategic planning had best get started ASAP in transport upgrades. Gas rationing scenario remedies including railway expansion should include reformed US Army/Guard railway logistics units available as trucking feels impacts of rationing.
+16 # sharag 2011-07-09 23:37
Giving up Social Security and Medicare is NOT reasonable in the least. It is highly unreasonable.

Obama is NOT a better person than Bush. He is smarter, but much more devious and cynical. He should never, ever be trusted again.
+13 # sharag 2011-07-09 23:45
Even independent voters collect and use social security and medicare. Putting these programs up for cuts won't win over independent voters. I am one. It's not winning me over.
+21 # Rainphase 2011-07-10 03:07
Obama badly needs a primary challenger in 2012.
-8 # humanmancalvin 2011-07-10 06:25
Ever consider the theory that President Obama realizes daily that he governs ALL American citizens, not just Democrats? I wish like he double ll that he screamed a resounding NO to the un-American demands of the GOP. And I still keep the faith that the man will not give this country away on a silver platter to corporate America & its employees, the Republicans. I still have the faith, please don't make me eat my words Mr. President.
+27 # rm 2011-07-10 06:27
Obama could have all the support and popularity he wants if he would stand where American public opinion is --

1. against corporate and banking corruption. Clean up wall street and corporate tax avoidance.

2. Stop imperialist wars and close military bases around the world.

3. support the pro-union demonstrations in Wisconsin and other states.

4. support Elizabeth Warren, instead of allowing the republicans to push her out.

But Obama will never do this. He's a tool of the oligarchs just like the Clintons. All that is now very clear. There's only one thing to do with such tools -- dump them. The US is heading toward a 3rd party. It may be that 2012 is the year for a 3rd party. The Repubs and Dems will have no candidates worth voting for. This may be the time.
+8 # futhark 2011-07-10 06:32
Presidents Clinton and Obama have transformed me from being a 100% loyal Democrat for 35 years to being a Ron Paul supporting Republican who voted for Cynthia McKinney in 2008. Obama needs to transform himself from being a neo-neocon if he wants to retain support for the Democratic wing of the Plutocratic Party.

Yeah, Obama is "cool"! Coolly keeping the arms manufacturers in business by blasting folks on the other side of the world with drone-strikes, bombs, and missiles. Coolly mandating that all Americans shell out their money to pay the outrageous premiums of private medical insurance companies. Coolly accepting a Nobel Peace Prize he didn't earn and using the occasion of the award to give a speech justifying the use of industrialized violence. Yeah, it's cool to assault and kill people with drones, use resources to keep the big corporations making big profits, while American citizens go hungry and bankrupt due to medical bills and can't send their kids to college. Cool, cool, cool!
-13 # Julie Mallory 2011-07-10 06:59
Criticism of Obama as "unflappable" and too "cool" are thinley veiled stereotypes. Being "sympathetic" to a "young black man...needing to prove himself superior in a mostly white world." How is this not an ethnocentric psychoanalysis? You think you know what Obama's experience was like? And, when you stick to the actual facts like "he said that he would never again extend lower tax rates for upper-income Americans," it appears you'd really rather dismiss his behavior, predicting negatively how he will respond in the future. Statements like "Obama would, like his brother-in-law, make a good college basketball coach." and "... could be that Obama knows what he’s doing." say more about your unwillingness to let go of racial stereotypes and their effect on your perspective than about the president's deficiencies. "Because it wouldn’t appear to be reasonable." Really? Is that a fair criticism? So, he should appear to be unreasonable? Let's not aim all of your frustration at one person, elected to undo years of decisions all with lasting impacts. Because he is level-headed and willing to compromise in bringing together two parties' politicians who are more interested in getting themselves re-elected than what's in the best interest of the majority of American people, let's check the racism parading as valid criticism.
+8 # tomo 2011-07-10 13:14
Julie: It may hurt so much you can't let in the truth: your hero (and once mine) is not on your side or mine.
+5 # rm 2011-07-10 19:17
Julie -- I too felt that Tomasky's attempt to psychoanalyze Obama was a bit racist. Essentially he is calling him an Uncle Tom or a House Negro without using those terms. Tomasky says he has learned to "step and fetch it" for the white folks and he needs to do it better than anyone else. Personally, I think it is better to go ahead and use the terms if that is what you mean. And that IS what Tomasky means.

I don't buy it, however. They said the same thing about Clinton who was said to be suffering form the adult child of an alcoholic syndrome -- as if he needed some personal weakness to account for all the bad decisions he made.

Obama is really smart and talented. This has nothing to do with race. It is all about political and moral choices he's made in his life. And career ambitions. Obama's decisions to appoint all neo-cons and bankers to his administration is not the result of his submissiveness toward whites or his determination to appear to be cool and reasonable. There's nothing "cool" about Larry Summers -- Summers is a thug and a brute.

Rather Obama is part of the neo-con and finance capital team. We just did not know that because he lied in his campaign. We know it now. None of this is about race. African Americans can be just as corrupt as Euro Americans and for exactly the same reasons. Think Clarence Thomas. Or Thomas Sowell.
+2 # Interested Observer 2011-07-10 07:17
"Reagan was one". It's not so hard when one is pushing the cart down the hill. (Following a path of least resistance aligned with the most popular myths and prejudices seasoned with steadfast denial funded by the wealthy.) Clinton and Obama are evidence (but not proof) that the hill has become too steep. It is still better to keep the down pushers away from the cart as much as possible for as long as possible.
-7 # Barbara K 2011-07-10 08:32
I believe this is just another Republibagger rumor, dirty trick, to make everyone mad at Obama, fits right into their nasty tricks to bring him down. The only thing about it that Obama has said was to cut the SS for the Millionaires. Don't you think that the Rs would be bragging and singing the praises if it were true? They are eerily quiet.
+2 # reiverpacific 2011-07-10 10:30
Face it squarely good folks of the Fragmented States; NOBODY who is a real fighter for change is ever likely to be "Selected" by the current money and lobbyist-domina ted electoral college system and an way-too-long election season full of rhetoric, jingoism and smoke-screens which only the wealthy can afford and care to prolong to their everlasting benefit.
I personally liked Obama ("Brand Obama") and his beautiful family but never for a minute had any illusions about who and what drove his career and election!
-2 # Dorian Brown 2011-07-10 10:43
Congratualation s to Lloyd Grove for his intelligent, well thought out response to the Casey Anthony acquittal. "We are an attention-defic it nation dumbed down...people cannot understand the simplest things", if 12 jurors can agree in less than 10 hours that the blaring circumstantial evidence and the brilliant closing arguments of the prosecution did not prove a guilty verdict and supercede reasonable doubt. Juror 3 proved the jury was compromised analytically, intellectually and possibly by an outside party. To allow jurors to profit financially or otherwise is a travesy of justice, ethics and weakens our trust in the viability of our trial by jury syste,
0 # brucezell 2011-07-10 11:37
What do you expect from a president of a facist country that is run by multi-national corporations? Certainly not truthfullness! It's a given that politicians would say anything to get elected. That has always been the case.
+3 # drush 2011-07-10 12:13
obama has advisors, you would think there would be some to tell him something. Does he subscribe to any news papers. People say we don't push Obama, I don't think we could pull him even. He is impressed with wealth and subservient to there power. Does a poor job of appearing like a reasonable person in the room to this person
+2 # fredboy 2011-07-10 15:57
It is distressing to admit that the nightmare partnership of Bush/Cheney were who they said they were. And Obama has failed to reflect most of the qualities he touted.

Research will find that most Americans are very, very confused and disappointed now. Both parties should clear their candidate ranks and start over. Before it's too late.
-3 # mylesone 2011-07-10 18:01
Whatever works: I looked up Obama's astrological chart. He has moon, plaet of emotion, in Gemini when he was born, so to him emotion is an intelledtual concept, nothing he feels; his Gemini moon is adversely aspected against his Virgo Mars, planet of energy, meaning his energy shuts down his emotional expression; his Venus, planet of interpersonal relationships and interests, hobbies, has Venus in Cancer, meaning like a crab, he approaches ideas very gingerly until safe to go forward; worse, his Saturn in Capricorn, planet of limits and wesknesses in Capricorn, sign of status, makes his limit his ideas to those approved by the status quo, meaning his Venus and Saturn make him want to believe in ideas and match thinking favored by the "ingroup' of Ivy League, Wall Street status leaders. his rising sign, time of birth and the way he appears initially to the world, is in humanitarian Aquarius, which was President FDR's sun sign. But Obama's Aquarius rising is adversely afflicted by his Scorpio midheaven.
WHAT A MESS OF INTERNAL CONFLICTS. But what also a super amount of potential if he can have some sort of therapy to resolve his inner conflicts and show the presidential potential he showed his professors and others earier in his life. He needs help. These last three presidents remind me of the Wizard of Oz characters, each missing something.
+3 # Wolfchen 2011-07-10 20:50
A viable 3rd Party is indeed one of the requisites for cleaning up the corruption in our halls of government and industry.
Someone in like Bernie Sanders, with his integrity, tenacity and intelligence would be a good start. We need a vigorous and effective campaign to convince him to run against Obama in the upcoming elections in 2012. Time is of the essence.
-2 # Jack Selvia 2011-07-11 08:31
This story is empty careerism.
0 # camus11 2011-07-11 12:33
But O is being transformationa l in his own way--by his spinelessness, he's enabling the gop'ers to transform the U.S. into a neo-fascist nation.
-1 # DLT888 2011-07-11 12:53
It was obvious to me what Obama was from the get-go. Who believes someone's words anymore without researching the candidate??!! If any voter had looked at how Obama behaved in the Senate, they would have realized he was a con man. He gives a real good talk, but it's all BS because Obama is and always has been for the rich Repukicans.
0 # giraffee2012 2011-07-12 23:39
Today Tuesday - after President Obama "worked" the TP for raising the Debt Ceiling - the Turtle gave a confusing consession to let the President "have his way" --- were you tricked too?

While President Obama's words are often "hard to understand" -- he is fighting a Mafia type of GOP/TP

I think the President will come through for "we the people" and I certainly do NOT want another "W" or any TP as president in 2012.

Look at Wisconsin. The Dems won the primary even though the Koch Brother Mafia ran 2 fake Dems -- and won by big $$$.

Register now and get absentee ballots if your state has GOP / TP Govnors / Congress bc they promised to block Dems from voting.

I have a dream that this nightmare will be over in 2012 --- ONLY if YOU VOTE Dem

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