It’s ironic that they call the president arrogant, aloof, out of touch, etc. What they forget is that they made him that way by forcing him to wear an allegorical a protective shield of sorts. The RWNJs have been throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the POTUS (and I’m certain that sink will be tossed at him shortly.) To them, any and everything he does is either wrong or suspect.
So what I’m saying is that the press, GOP politicians, Tea Partyers, and others of their ilk need to step back and take a look at what came first, his “aloofness” or their barrage of attacks?
I love the sarcasm in Begalia’s following piece…
The Daily Beast - Paul Begalia
So the Beltway media (of which I am a card-carrying member) has decided President Obama is too aloof. And as a card-carrying member, I, of course, agree.
I mean, how could a president not know the level of scrutiny the Cincinnati branch of the IRS was applying to conservative social-welfare organizations that sought tax-exempt status under Section 501c(4) of the Internal Revenue Act? How detached. How arrogant. How disengaged.
Believe me, George Washington knew exactly what the Tea Party was doing back in his day, and even though Cincinnati was just being settled as Washington became president, you can be sure the Father of Our Country knew what the Cincinnati branch of the IRS was up to.
And don’t get me started on the Associated Press subpoenas. A year ago, 31 congressional Republicans sent a letter to President Obama demanding a tough, unsparing investigation. The GOP lambasted the president for being too aloof and casual about leaks that endanger national security. “Where is the outrage in this administration?” Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker asked. “Where is there any indication that within the Obama administration officials are outraged at the criminal leaks of classified information that put our agents and our friends at risk?” And so, the Obama administration went bananas, firing off subpoenas for the phone records of Associated Press reporters. Amazingly, President Obama was too aloof to know. This is aloofness (aloofosity? alooficity?) of an extraordinary nature. It’s not easy to both be too detached to investigate leaks and then also be too detached to care about an overzealous investigation of those leaks. But our president pulled it off.
This much we know: Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. The Gipper wasn’t aloof and detached, no siree. The fact that he called his Housing Secretary “Mr. Mayor”—that showed he was engaged in what the American people cared about, not Washington arcana like the names of the people he had appointed to his cabinet. Of course, the Gipper was also so deeply and properly engaged that he had to say he did not recall no fewer than 124 times in eight hours of testimony on the Iran-Contra affair.
Barack Obama is also far more aloof and disengaged than George W. Bush. Bush and his vice president, Darth Vader, were veritable paragons of engagement. That’s how their aides ended up leaking the identity of an undercover CIA operative. President Bush and Vice President Strangelove were so busy supervising the conduct of the IRS that they didn’t know what Karl Rove and Scooter Libby were up to. Of course, back then the IRS was accused of unfairly scrutinizing the NAACP, but you can bet your life President Bush and Vice President Goldfinger were knee-deep in the operation of the IRS’s Cincinnati branch. You betcha.
- How Obama Has Contributed to His Own Aura of Scandal – David Rohde – The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)
- Benghazi, IRS, DOJ: Squirm, Barry, Squirm (politicaloutcast.com)
- POLITICO: Behind The Curtain: DC Turns On Obama. “Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rheto… (americanbulwark.com)
- Politico Turns On Obama (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- D.C. turns on Obama (rubinoworld.com)
- Payback Time For Our Aloof President (odwyerpr.com)
- Watergate looms as Obama hurts his own cause: analysis (pennlive.com)
- D.C. turns on Obama (politico.com)
- Obama doesn’t have a ‘juice’ problem. He has a Republican problem (kstreet607.com)