Canadian Columnist Calls Obama Lazy Lightweight and One Bored President
Now we know why Barack Obama uses a teleprompter everywhere, even taking it once to a photo-op in an elementary school.
Now we know why he hasn’t had a press conference in months, preferring to go on entertainment shows like The View (he told his fawning interviewers he is “eye candy”) and David Letterman’s show (first question: How much do you weigh?).
We know because of the shock of last week’s presidential debate with Mitt Romney. The 60 million Americans who watched that debate had been told a hundred times that Obama was the smartest president since Jefferson, the greatest orator since Churchill. And they had been told that Mitt Romney was a heartless gazillionaire.
What they saw was the opposite, for 90 excruciating minutes. When Obama didn’t have a cue card or a teleprompter, when he couldn’t simply skip questions he didn’t like, or talk out the clock, he was a disaster.
The 90 minutes was summed up in a plaintive appeal, a whine, really, from Obama, mid-debate, to the moderator, Jim Lehrer.
“You may want to move on to the next topic,” he pleaded. But this was one time the media could not save him.
The topic Obama wanted to move on from was the economy. It hasn’t been a strength of his presidency. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps, unemployment has been around 8% for more than three years (much higher, when you include unemployed workers who have simply giving up looking for jobs). Banks continue to fail, debt has reached
$16 trillion, including more than $1 trillion held by China. Obama might have wanted to move on to the next topic, but Americans were riveted.
It wasn’t just his lack of command of the facts, or of a plan to deal with it. It was the revelation — through his tone, his body language, his stammering — that he actually didn’t even care too much about it. It didn’t interest him. “I think there’s a laziness in me,” Obama once told Barbara Walters.
That’s not true actually. Obama isn’t lazy. He’s just lazy about presidential duties. He’s an avid golfer, having done so 104 times since taking office. He has set a record for fundraising dinners. And as a fawning biography last month in The New York Times — headlined “The Competitor in Chief” shows — he spends hours training for amateur sports. According to the Times, he’s diligent at playing pool, cooking chili, playing cards, bowling, basketball and even doodling.
The Times wrote this as praise — that Obama wants to be the best at so many things. But for anyone not in Obama’s thrall, it was a terrifying look at how unfocused Obama is on the serious work of being president.
It’s simply too boring for him. He’s never been an executive before — never run a business, a town, anything really, other than running his mouth. But being president is hard.
It’s not just economics that Obama ignores. Foreign policy is a disaster, too. But Obama has skipped more than 50% of his daily national security briefings. Including the morning after the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was ransacked and the U.S. ambassador there was murdered. Perhaps he had been staying up too late the night before — the afternoon of the attack, instead of heading to the White House situation room, he flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
The debates revealed Obama as a lightweight. But they also revealed that for four years, the mainstream media has covered up that fact.
- We have quite enough domestic freepers littering this site - we don't need the Canadian ones too with their weekly posting of columns from Toronto's answer to the New York Post.
- True, he WAS lazy. But I think it's time we let it the fuck go already and stop the Monday (and Friday) morning quarterbacking. Big fucking deal, it was one debate.
Obama also knows his place in history is secured. There will be monuments to him, schools and universities in his name, a statue on the Mall in D.C. Not only was he the first black President, he pushed through healthcare.
So, you know what? Even if he loses, he's done his job.
And and who the FUCK cares what any Canadian has to say anyway? Canadians are more and more like the moronic inbred who shows up to the party whom nobody invited, trying desperately to be a part of something they clearly aren't.
- "And and who the FUCK cares what any Canadian has to say anyway? Canadians are more and more like the moronic inbred who shows up to the party whom nobody invited, trying desperately to be a part of something they clearly aren't."
That insult really doesn't make much sense. Next time read twice and edit.
- [quote] an avid golfer, having done so 104 times since taking office?
[quote] Obama has skipped more than 50% of his daily national security briefings. Including the morning after the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was ransacked and the U.S. ambassador there was murdered. Perhaps he had been staying up too late the night before — the afternoon of the attack, instead of heading to the White House situation room, he flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
- "Even if he loses, he's done his job."
No he hasn't. The negative impacts from a Romney administration will mean that Obama DIDN'T do his job completely.
He'll go down as the David Dinkins of the White House (Dinkins was the first Black mayor of NYC and proved to be an real empty suit; we haven't had a Black mayor or mayoral candidate since).
- R4, I wouldn't take those quotes at face value.
Right Wingers do have a habit of making things up. And if that stuff was true, it wouldn't be news at this point.
- Meanwhile, Mittens is still losing.
- The info about the press conferences is true. Obama did come across as a lighweight and lazy in the debate. I dread the thought of a Romney Presidency so hopefully Obama's advisors will get him in better shape for debate #2.
I like Obama even with the negatives but the Obama worshippers turn my stomach.
- You quoted the Toronto Sun? You know they are the FoxNews of Canada right?
- Again with this Israel Firster who shits on Obama solely because he wants the US in a war with Iran?
OP, did you put up the other article by this same Likudnik idiot?
R4, that's a lie pushed by the right, as is the golf one. This idiot is using old lies.
- Obama came across like a reasonable man in the debates, not bored. Romney can across like a used-car salesman.
- Who the fuck cares what Canadians think? Although I do think Obama ought to stop performing on shows like Letterman and get serious about this. I am afraid that complacency could come back to bite him; maybe this Romney bounce was a blessing in disguise.
- Oh, Canada.
- Right wing rag.
FYI, I have seen Obama give two speeched extemporaniously- no notes, no teleprompters. Each one about a half an hour and superb.
I think he obviously did not rise to the occasion during the debate and was kind of surprised if not shocked by Romney's tack to the center. Of course he could have slaughtered him over it- but he was too gentile I guess. Big mistake which I am sure he will not do next time.
Truth is, while oration is a skill he has, debate is not. He never looked better than Hillary in the run up to 2008.
- So now, in addition to the Daily Mail Troll, we now have a Toronto Sun Troll? Must the US outsource everything? Rush Limbaugh better watch out for his job!
- You people too easily take the bait.
You should just not respond to repetitive bashing threads like these.
- I'm still not over his gift to Queen Elizabeth, an IPod with his speeches on it. Really? Even I wouldn't want that.