…. maybe ever:
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s in over his head.”
Yes. And Taranto was wrong. It’s only “exquisitely condescending” when the target is actually ineffectual (Obama is not). In Obama’s case, Romney’s too-coy put-down was a glaring and quite possibly fatal admission of his own ineffectuality –at least insofar as his base was concerned.
I still do not see anything that supports the “nice guy” appellation.
Cowardice supported it.
A dentist friend of mine did some work for convicts, said they all were very nice. Obama does seem very nice, except when it is time for him to exact revenge. This is probably some classical symptom of a detachment disorder from his childhood displacements.
And he certainly is in over his head, as far as being an executive and understanding intricacies or ramifications of policy nuances, foreign or domestic. “Electricity prices must skyrocket … ergo, sorry poor people, some must die for my cause”. Is he just a stupid egomaniac, or cold blooded like a Stalin?
But being executive is not what Obama is IN to. Obama is a hip agitator, that has learned the agitprop of the sixties, and the language of his black liberation church of twenty years. He can religiously stick to those cult beliefs, and let others work out the presidential nitty gritty.
Obama is a nice guy (when making promises to overthrow the racist white man, in front of an ACORN group). But he’s in over his head, if he had to actually make smart decisions to benefit our country. Fortunately for him, he only has to preach his gospel of unicorns and blame, and let others cover for him.
“Obama does seem very nice, except when it is time for him to exact revenge.”
Prove it. The twirp has set a new low in the national discourse, and continues to lower the bar for behavior during campaigns. He is a major league asshole.
Yes, exactly. He is “nice” when dancing and singing with his cult members, with the subtext that the rest of us are devils that will be sent to the ovens, or in some sense burn in a hell of his making.
His church taught essentially that, in Central America. Heaven is a place on earth, where the Christ was a Sandinista soldier on the altar, killing the white devil. Obama never really left that belief, afaik.
I just meant his persona is nice. Fascism with a smiley face is how Bernie Goldberg puts it.
Romney is a nice guy who was in over his head. Obama is not particularly nice, but his saving grace was that he was in over his head.
Now that Obama has had more practice killing people, I’m not sure he still has his saving grace.
Nice guy like hell. He’s a supercilious creep.
Sorry to rain on the parade, but anyone who thinks that Øbama is a “nice guy” is over-the-top delusional.
He is a conniving, gratuitously self-centered dude who was elected and then re-elected ONLY because of the stupid Americans who carry all of this collective guilt vis à vis Black people. They feel so sanctimonious because they are voting for a Black man, no matter how incompetent.
Biden said it best: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
It defies imagination that so many people in our country buy into this crap. He’s not a “nice guy”, he’s not a good leader, he’s a lousy politician, and he’s a narcissistic opportunist.
I’m an old guy, and I’ve seen ’em come and I’ve seen ’em go. If this guy is what the United States is all about, we are in seriously deep merde.
That is all.
The second worst sentence of 2012:
“All in favor of John Boehner as House Speaker, say aye.”
Obama a nice guy?
Nice guys don’t bankrupt children. He is, at a minimum, a fiscal molester.
It takes a big person to admit to being utterly and completely wrong in something they really believed in. The country does not have lots of those people. People instead would rather self-delude themselves, and Obama voters especially so. As the election turned out to show, people would rather double down on stupid instead of admitting they made a big mistake.
So, persuading those was the challenge. And, sure, some would’ve been persuaded by a more confrontational tone pointing out Obama’s flaws, and that is about complete opposite of what one would call a “nice person”. Most would not. Patronizing or not, telling people that they are fundamentally wrong in believing Obama to be a nice person is not going to persuade them that they are wrong. They will tune you out.
This is ultimately a failure of the electorate. We don’t have anymore enough serious, responsible voters. Pandering is not something anyone wants to do, but you have to do it. If not for that tone, the election would’ve been lost by greater margins.
Ultimately, the problem is the electorate. On of my favorite recent passages is this, from Czech newspapers:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president”.
Convincing a fool that is a fool by pointing out his foolishness? Yeah, good luck with that.
I’m not sure. Maybe the problem is us.
The problem is the GOP leadership.
But then, “we,” the GOP electorate, chose them — and allow them to remain, despite their outrageous incompetence and treason against the very people who put them in power.
So are “we” fools like Obama voters are — only less so? I would say, yes.
It’s right up there with: “reach across the aisle”.
“Nice guys. Finish last.” So says Leo Durocher (and he oughta know). Obama is not a “nice guy” by any stretch of political imagination.
Obama is conspicuous in his condescending ways. He’s no ideologue. He is a just Chicago pol who’s learned slogans of Communism and socialism along the way from his “mentors” and votes present on most issues. The only thing he really knows (along with Eric Holder the Unjust) is how to skirt the law.
Obama’s policies are Johnny One-note” themed. My mother used to call any kid who sat down at our piano and banged out only one note as “Johnny One-Note.” This name fits Obama to a d-flat.
YEP…And the stupid ‘nice guy, but..’ statement could be draped across The Empty Chair. “Ya can’t do the job, ya gotta go.” Right, Clint.’Cept, he CAN’T Do the Job and is STAYING for 4-more f’ing years!!
Four Weeks and I’m still stunned, numb, grieving for our country, somewhat despondent and unbelieving that the unthinking mob of Takers-Moochers-Vapidity Huns WON.
Now, back to my Taliban Stoning Pit Fantasy…Step-up here, Mr.Holder…Mr.Axelrod….Rahm…Valerie…Eddie Schultz… MSM-Lapdogs…Soooooooooo many from which to choose… Ahhhhhh…
His not nice.
He knows what he is doing.
He uses race and class differences to create division.
He encourages the use of racism as a politial weapon.
He hates the Constitution.