JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/11/first-runner-up-for-qotd.html (22 comments)

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jsid-1226580245-599113  Earl at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 12:44:05 +0000

Does anyone in media understand "Public Servant in Chief"? Imperial Presidency has been their cry since Camelot. They, Public Servants, work for me, and you. Kind of the Building (Nation?) Janitorial/Maintenance/Security team, maybe they should dress in coveralls, lab coats and aprons until they get off duty?

jsid-1226583977-599114  Myles at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:46:17 +0000


jsid-1226584286-599115  Eagle 1 at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:51:26 +0000

+2 Amen!

Eagle 1

jsid-1226595429-599132  John Stephens at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:57:09 +0000


jsid-1226597722-599134  Bill Waites at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:35:22 +0000

Oh so true!!!

jsid-1226603653-599141  mulligan at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:14:13 +0000


jsid-1226610534-599145  Farnsworth at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:08:54 +0000

If only we had the tax burden our forefathers did in 1775. Give me monarchy!

jsid-1226611627-599146  tweell at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:27:07 +0000

I am a citizen, not a subject!

jsid-1226611698-599147  Oldsmoblogger at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:28:18 +0000

I don't even care much for "led," except under specific circumstances. I prefer to be represented.

jsid-1226612300-599148  Roland at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:38:20 +0000

I think I agree with Oldsmoblogger. From my representatives I would prefer representation.

The president however, stands astride a "Bully Pulpit" and his function is to inspire us to our better natures, not to drill for oil in our wallets, steal our substance away and give it to those whow would rather just vote for him and not work.

I'm not too happy with all this Hope Changey crap that we are seeing. But then again, he is a chicago democrat and wouldn't know change if you hit him with a silver dollar.
The most consistent chicago voters are all democrats and all dead.

jsid-1226620055-599153  Unix-Jedi at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 23:47:35 +0000

Does he have the controlling legal authority to rule?

jsid-1226620662-599155  Matt at Thu, 13 Nov 2008 23:57:42 +0000

Unix-Jedi, if he thinks that Bush's executive order authority would allow him to do it, I think he might give it a try and see how far Congress and the Courts squawk. One of my fears is will utilized this usurped, newfound power under Bush for "good ends".

jsid-1226627399-599159  mthead at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 01:49:59 +0000


jsid-1226632009-599161  Terry at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 03:06:49 +0000


I lived in a totalitarian country for nearly a year. People disappeared, were spied on and were scared shitless most of the time. I see in BO a striking resembalance to Hitler and Stalin in idealogy. A lust for power at ANY cost.

jsid-1226633604-599165  Al at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 03:33:24 +0000

I'll give ya an amen, and one for Earl and one for Oldsmoblogger. The rest of you ain't chopped liver either.

jsid-1226633630-599166  DJ at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 03:33:50 +0000

"A lust for power at ANY cost."

It's interesting to compare Obama and Clinton in that light. It seems to me that he is a crusader who lusts after power for the purpose of transforming this country into a socialistic utopia, while she lusts after power for the sake of power, i.e. as gratification for her monumental ego. At the beginning of the election cycle, she was a known commodity, but he became known to us only as the vote drew ever closer.

jsid-1226697010-599188  Greybeard at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 21:10:10 +0000


jsid-1226697860-599189  El Capitan at Fri, 14 Nov 2008 21:24:20 +0000

Hey, don't sell short the overwhelming ego of The Chosen One. After all, how many of you felt the need for not one but two autobiographical works before the age of 50?

jsid-1226711971-599196  emdfl at Sat, 15 Nov 2008 01:19:31 +0000

DJ -
"...known to us..."

Even the lying media pimps are admitting that they don't have a clue about what he is going to do.

jsid-1226720447-599200  DJ at Sat, 15 Nov 2008 03:40:47 +0000

"Even the lying media pimps are admitting that they don't have a clue about what he is going to do."


The voters who voted for him don't know what he is going to do. Recall from his book:

"I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views."

They bought a mirage, i.e. they think they bought what the want him to be.

I've said it many times now. I think he looked into a mirror after he'd won the election and asked, "What the hell do I do now?" I think even he doesn't know what he is going to do.

Hmmm ...

Perhaps that's why he's hiring so many Clinton retreads?

jsid-1226788398-599225  Ed "What the" Heckman at Sat, 15 Nov 2008 22:33:18 +0000

"I've said it many times now. I think he looked into a mirror after he'd won the election and asked, "What the hell do I do now?" I think even he doesn't know what he is going to do."

I don't think I can agree with that. We know Obama buried his beliefs during the campaign, but that was only so he could win the election. His actions, on the other hand, have been very, very consistent. Obama knows what he wants to accomplish and he is picking people who are A) likely to want to accomplish the same things, and B) already know the political ins and outs that can be used to accomplish those goals. If I had been elected President, I would have done something very similar.

I don't see Obama as stupid or naive at all. I see him as a true believer, very intelligent, very charismatic, usually a smooth talker, and therefore, incredibly dangerous.

Remember, we called Bill Clinton "Slick Willy" for a reason. If anything, Obama is even more smooth than Clinton ever was.

jsid-1226793453-599227  DJ at Sat, 15 Nov 2008 23:57:33 +0000

No argument here, Ed. I think your observations are spot on.

My comment originates from the notion that I don't think he expected to be elected when he began his campaign, rather he expected to make a showing, get exposure, gather campaign experience, and lay the groundwork for a serious run later. Thus, he found himself thinking, as he began to surge during the campaign, "Holy shit, what do I do if I win?"

I have commented on this before. I'll re-post that comment here:


I laughed my ass off when I read this headline. Y'see, on Fox News front page, it read

"Obama Seeks $$$ Advice"

I thought, golly dude, don't you have all the answers?

Then I clicked to the story and found the headline to be:

"Obama Meets With Team of Economic Experts"

And I laughed some more, for the same reason.

Now, look at the first sentence of the story:

"President-elect Obama is calling on economic experts to discuss the first steps ..."

Yup. He needs help right off the starting blocks.

I can imagine him standing in front of a mirror, right after the election was over and he'd won, thinking, "What the hell do I do now?"

Damn, but it's gonna be a long four years.

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