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The Petulance of a President

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by preachinjesus, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    Feb 9, 2004
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    Normally I'm a bit more charitable towards President Obama and others around here. Leadership of a slowly unwinding republic is surely no easy task.

    However, President Obama gave us ample evidence today why his voice will no last longer than a few generations. Here, President Obama replies to Major Garrett's question with a less than presidential tone. See the video of the presser here:


    Personally, the plight of four prisoners in Iran is a legitimate issue to bring and, after the initial petulance, President Obama makes a reasonable point about placing hostages on the table amid negotiations.

    The challenge is that you just can't get past his initial retort. It is unpresidential and it is unworthy of a leader who should be able to rise above such a tone.

    Maybe my point is this: this is a salient example of how President Obama just can't get beyond common rhetoric in his time in office. If he had ever wished to have a last generational voice, his tone has disqualified him from that group of leaders.

    What say ye?
  2. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2004
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    Just more of his imperious attitude. Where have you been the last 6 years?

    He handles critical questions like this one basically the same way all the time.

    He's prickly and defensive and yes , petulant. All the time.

    He will be remembered for mainly for 2 things: The first black president and his lawlessness.
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  3. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member
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    I agree with your assessment of his legacy. He's an arrogant narcissist. He thinks he's superior and can lecture people. Definitely not a person that unites people. What a wasted opportunity.

    He's also a lousy negotiator. Just look at this treaty.

    His point about not tying the hostage release to the negotiation has some merit had it been on the table since the beginning. But it wasn't. So he blew it.

    Here's what he could have done: once the deal is almost done and the Iranians realize they are going to get their assets unfrozen he could have pulled a Columbo on them, "oh, and there's one more little thing--release the hostages. Let's not leave unfinished business on the table."

    With $100 billion at stake I doubt the Iranians would have blinked an eye at that request.

    It's worth noting that Obama traded five known terrorists for one army deserter. Just another example of his negotiating prowess.
  4. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    Ya can't have a profitable "war on terror" without terrorists you pretend to be fighting.