American Elephants


Facing Reality Can Be Really Hard by The Elephant's Child

trump-crowdsAn article in Britain’s Daily Mail about Valerie Jarrett moving into the new home the Obama’s have rented in one of the tonier districts of Washington D.C., just two miles from the White House, has caught a lot of attention. An anonymous family friend reported that “No longer the most powerful man in the world, Obama was just observing Trump and not liking what he saw.”

He was weary and burned out after eight years in office. But Valerie convinced him that he didn’t have any choice if he wanted to save his legacy. And, as usual, he bowed to Valerie’s political wisdom and advice.

In his only public comment against Trump since leaving the presidency, Obama came out in support of the protests opposing President Donald Trump’s executive order to restrict immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

A spokesman said the former president thinks they’re ‘citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.’

Former president Obama is ready to assume his role as leader of the opposition against President Trump, and he’s going to use his skills as a community organizer to bring Trump down, and get him impeached, beginning with his 30,000 strong OFA campaign organization. This is unprecedented and one would assume — unthinkable. America has always been a country of peaceful transition of powers, as the Constitution envisions.

Obama is mistaken if he thinks they are just citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, etc, etc. He is forever a former president. His successes, if any, and failures will be judged by historians, not by his self-serving books, and for the rest of his life he will be watched and judged for his behavior. Jimmy Carter has been judged harshly for meddling in governmental matters after his term was over.  And all of Obama’s mistakes will be chewed over by historians, and the results of his policies will become clear.  Happens to all of them.

The Left has gone certifiably nuts, and apparently the Obamas have as well. People become Democrats because the Left keeps telling them that the Republicans are mean. It seems to be true because the Left achieves the power they crave by giving people goodies with other people’s money. It doesn’t work, because as Margaret Thatcher used to say “Sooner or later you run out of other peoples money.” Republicans are mean like your father telling you that you can’t have the toys you want because we can’t afford them. You may be mad at your dad for years, but sooner or later you realize he was right.

Republicans talk too much about economics, but they have to because if you don’t get it close to right, millions of people suffer and some die. In eight years, Obama never achieved the average 3% economic growth. He added $10 trillion to the National Debt, decimated the military and put the nation at risk with his misguided Iran Deal. Iran is working with North Korea on nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Obama apparently believed that the shouts of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” were just PR for the locals. We have been at war with Iran since 1979, a simple fact Obama never understood.

The Left were so proud of themselves for electing the First Black President that they never managed to figure out that his programs didn’t work, and endangered the country. They were so sure that Hillary would be elected to continue the Obama years that they simply didn’t grasp the anger and unhappiness of the country. Tom Sowell wrote:

The vision of the Left is not just a vision of the world. For many, it is also a vision of themselves—a very flattering vision of people trying to save the planet, rescue the exploited, create social justice and otherwise be on the side of the angels. This is an exalted vision that few are ready to forego, or to risk one roll of the dice, which is what submitting it to the test of factual evidence amounts to Maybe that is why there are so  many fact-free arguments on the left, whether on gun control, minimum wages, or innumerable other issues—and why they react so viscerally to those who challenge their vision.

They were bewildered, shocked, when Hillary did not win the election. Nobody seemed to understand that people knew she was a compulsive liar, that the email scandal threatened the security of the country with her carelessness and graft. They could not imagine that the American people chose the man with funny hair and an orange tan. They lost 13 Senate seats, 69 House seats, 910 state legislative seats, and 30 legislative chambers.  All their leading people are in their 70s or older. They have no bench.

Donald Trump, who they consider an uncouth joke, just gave a magnificent speech to Congress. He has selected an outstanding cabinet, and is working hard to undo some of the most damaging last minute poison pills Obama inflicted on the next administration. All they can think of is to blame it all on the Russians.

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First, I’ll just note that Obama wasn’t really that organized as a community organizer. He was more of a community agitator, and he is simply reverting to type. Remember, his only real political success was getting himself elected. Everything else he has tried to influence has been one failure after another (The Chicago Olympics? Netenyahu’s reelection? Brexit? Hillary’s election campaign?).

Obama is attempting to take advantage of a level of hysteria that simply cannot be maintained for any extended time; it’s just too exhausting. The reason why Obama and the Democrats are pushing so hard on all of these ideas is because they have a shelf life. Already, many of their “protests” (which are actually just political theater) are drawing fewer and fewer participants (the last LGBT alphabet soup protest in DC had fewer than a dozen and a half. Only two local news media covered it, an no national). And Obama is a self-confessed lazy person, that just got a $65 million dollar book deal (Obama once said that at some point, you’ve made enough money; apparently, $65 million is not at that point!). That’s why he has his OFA training people how to protest at these town hall meetings (for which some people have already noticed that several of those “concerned citizens” in “grassroots protests are the same people over and over again).

Obama may be concerned about preserving his legacy, but he’s also going to try and cash in before he wears out his welcome with the Democrats and the DC crowd. And he simply doesn’t have the focus and the energy to do both well. When push comes to shove, he’s going to go for the money. He doesn’t have political power anymore (not that he ever wielded that power well), so he’s going to try for wealth.

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Comment by Lon Mead

I hope you’re right Lon. Obama’s made such a mess of things that it’s going to take some doing to fix them. I am really encouraged by the quality of Trump’s cabinet appointments, and his speech to Congress was well done. The leftist caterwauling is getting to me.

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Comment by The Elephant's Child

Obama is / was never stupid or incompetent. He did exactly what he was told to do by his masters. Watch he will be rewarded by the Deep State for his fealty. The book deal for $60 big ones is just the start.

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Comment by Mal Reynolds

Of course Obama is/was incompetent. He’s even incompetent at being incompetent. Look at all the things he tried to do to “fundamentally transform” America that will be reversed by the end of this year. Obama tried to hamstring Trump with a series of executive orders that he thought would keep Trump busy for years. They barely made it a month.

I hate conspiracy theories. Obama is a shallow egotist who had an agenda and rather slavishly tried to follow it. Apart from getting elected, his presidency was nothing but a catalog of embarrassment. Hanlon’s Razor states “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”. And the central stupidity of the Obama administration isn’t that he didn’t follow the will of the people, it’s that Obama didn’t even acknowledge the will of the people. He simply couldn’t put his ego and desire for personal adulation aside for them.

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