Perception deception: Obama argues with the world

According to Buzz Feed reporting, Obama had those terse words about the world and it’s relativity to social media. If my critique sounds condescending that is not my fault. It is the only suitable way to respond to Obama’s inflammatory rhetoric.

Speaking at a private Democratic fundraiser in Purchase, N.Y., the president told donors, “if you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart … And I can see why a lot of folks are troubled.”

But, Obama lectured, “the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy.”

“In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through,” the president told donors, who paid up to $32,400 a plate to attend the event. “The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world.”

Now that we see real “hardships that people are going through”… like having their heads chopped off for their faith. Yep, we missed all that gory stuff before. Just maybe it is because it’s so prevalent now that it is impossible to ignore – unless you are Obama.

Imagine how many brutal beheadings we missed all because social media hadn’t focused our attention on it until now. They’ve been lobbing off heads for decades, where in the hell have we been? Oh we didn’t know about those other genocides before now.

If it is explanation time with Obama, it must be lecture time. That’s how he rolls. Bush used the 9/11 term “let’s roll”. Under Obama, roll out deceptive lectures

(Hot Air)Americans are waiting, too. Instead of clarity, we get condescending lectures, like the one Obama gave rich supporters about a messy world and social media.

Obama widened his blame of social media and our consciousness of hardships, which apparently color our vision and thought process. Call it the social media – hardships worldview. He’s quite the psychologist at diagnosing us. We’ve never had an Oval Office therapist before.

Sure, we are not reading the PDB(briefings) but we do have some command on the condition of the world. Is Obama really reading those, or putting them in the classified hopper? We may never know, but if he was reading them, he is once again playing fast and furious with the facts. Or he knows and hopes we’re stupid.

No one can now say that we are a relatively safer world now than when he took office. One cannot say people feel we are. And confidence in or approval of his “leadership” is swirling in the toilet. I guess that is where social media rears its ugly head in this.

He is telling us the world is still the same but our perception is tainted by social media. We just think the world has gotten worse – nastier. It is a good thing when we are more aware as opposed to being passively ignorant. There can be no denying that the world is bad and his policies haven't helped. Blame media

Obama said “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.”

That's one hell of a comforting thought. No strategy like a delayed strategy. Hopefully we are ahead of Obama, who relies on network reports for his information, as to what is going on. Right, there was that lecture about our cable news addiction – just turn it off.

As Obama contemplates using a 5 iron or 7, we’re suppposed to be confident in his decisions. After all, he didn't start playing golf till he was president either. No, the thing about Obama is he always requires a lot of faith or hope. He thinks as long as he has that 30% of hope-sters that pay no attention to his score, everything will be hunky dory. They'll keep on believing and he'll keep on deceiving.

It’s a good thing he referred to social media. He couldn’t have meant MSM. If we had to depend on them, they would continue their candy-coated coverage of the world Obama wishes it was, instead the world as it is. But “social media” is always butting up against his utopian narrative.

Then along came the perception problem

Remember when Janet Napalm Napolitano insisted there was no problem on the southern border. She said the real problem was a perception one. Even then it set off a firestorm of debate and outrage on, where else but, social media. She continued on her perception that the border was never more secure than ever, yada yada.

“There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been. That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been,” she said.

We had similar denials and lectures about the state of the economy and effects of Obamacare. It’s just those critics beating away at Obamacare that made it appear bad. Similarly, it was critics and their perception who made Benghazi a “phony scandal”. IRS, spending, gun control, the border, and we’re just global warming deniers.

Now that we have freshened our memories, we don’t have to review every episode of his reign only to find the problem is always us. We have perceptionitis. And that is no doubt what is causing social media cancer to spread throughout our consciousness. Besides we are just suffering those ill-effects of an economy which was supposed to be in full-bloom recovery. Again, our perception.

So the jayvee team is out on the court ready — regardless what uniforms– and Obama’s A-team is on the bench still planning their game strategy. That is not just our perception.

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Obama’s G-8 Summit trip

How’s “failure” for pithy? Some word’s can’t be shortened.

You know it’s pretty bad when even the sycophant media can’t find a positive side of it. Even Google can’t find them if they aren’t there. Here was a headline from HuffPo:

Michelle Obama Ireland Trip: G8 Summit Offers First Lady, Daughters Chance To Explore European Roots

Oh yes, those European roots? Good punch line, but I must have missed the set up. (it usually blows the joke) What was she wearing for the homecoming excursion?…always of interest. What does one wear to a post-colonial, homecoming reunion anyway?

After arriving in Belfast with her husband on Monday, Obama crossed the border to Dublin to speak to university experts on the president’s ancestors, attend a show of traditional Riverdance step dancing and visit the nearby Wicklow mountains.
“It’s good to be home,” the first lady told a cheering audience of schoolchildren before the Riverdance performance. “You are surrounded by such a beautiful country.”

Riverdance? Ah yes, how absolutely quaint. Maybe Barry can learn some new moves to sidestep those pesky scandals.

The first lady has enjoyed a steady positive approval rating over the past four years, even at times when her husband sank in the polls.
“I think it would be a good opportunity to introduce someone who accompanied me here today – as I let him travel with me now and again,” she joked in Belfast, before her husband’s speech.

That explains it, enter Michelle’s approvals.

Oh the Summit, no doubt the ‘Outfit’ in Chicago is working on the correct narrative for that. They should roll it out any day now. It was the time zone difference and Obama didn’t get enough sleep, the food was bad and there was a virus going around. Then in the Berlin speech, the sun was in his eyes. (hat tip to Matthews, man he can think quick)

Possibly news has caught up with the gallivanting golfer that 50% of the people do not believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy”. But can they trust him on the golf course?

Obama in Trauma

Over the last weeks we’ve seen the roll out of scandals like a parade. I’m not sure if it is all coincidence or not, or maybe all his offenses are just catching up with him.

In the IRS series, we found there was a planned effort, between Lois Lerner and Steven Miller, to break the news by having a question planted before the investigation broke it. Sure they were trying to soften the blow; but it was also an effort to get ahead of it and a scheme to say ‘we had this problem and we’re already working to fix it and are putting it behind us.’ That is offensive, since it was going on until recently, and it was an IRS problem.

That little ploy is just like the campaign tactics Obama uses. Is that by coincidence? But they had done little if anything to fix it. Then we find a key operative “sat in” on every employee interview the I/G did.

Polls released show Obama’s approval has dropped, especially among younger demographics. Even more important his credibility and honest has really taken a dive. I don’t think that bounces back so easily.

Charles Krauthammer called him a “bystander” of his own presidency. I’d say he acts like Chief Spectator in all these events. When the scandals break one by one he claims to be just as shocked as we the people. Then he claims he will get to the bottom of it. So we hear his administration is investigating it. Its better than a circus act.

The media continually calls it a trifecta of scandals, completely leaving out Fast and Furious. But its more like an avalanche of scandals and no one knows when it will end. Obama is sitting right in the middle saying “what avalanche?”

(Wall Street Journal)

Obama’s Credibility Gap and the 2014 Midterms

There’s an opening for the GOP—if it offers a growth agenda and is not just obsessed by scandals.

By Karl Rove

A June 2 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the damage. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed say the Benghazi and Justice Department scandals “raise doubts about the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama Administration,” while 55% say the same about the IRS targeting.
A plurality holds Mr. Obama responsible for each scandal. A combined 41% say he is either “totally or mainly responsible” for mishandling the Benghazi attack while 19% say he is “not responsible at all.” On the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records, 37% believe he is “totally or mainly responsible” versus 14% who say the president is “not responsible at all.” On the IRS targeting of conservative groups, 33% hold Mr. Obama “totally or mainly responsible” while 24% say he is “not responsible at all.”
The president’s overall job approval has been adversely affected. According to a Gallup poll on Wednesday, his standing is at 45% approve and 47% disapprove, compared with 52% approve, 44% disapprove in January. With congressional investigations in their early stages, the scandals will continue to be in the news, and the president’s approval numbers are likely to fall further.
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Mr. Obama is being hurt by more than the scandals themselves—there’s also the administration’s hapless messaging. Stories change and high-ranking officials continue saying things that are patently untrue, even after the facts have come out.
More: http://rove.com/articles/478

Even if Obama fashions himself a “bystander” president, more and more people directly connect his leadership and credibility to the scandals — and the problems with Washington. Maybe its like when a person is in the state of shock, he/she does not feel the full effects.

What’s holding Obama approvals up? — hot air, that’s what.

What’s holding Obama up?

By Dick Morris – The Hill 06/05/13

Why does Obama boast an average approval rating of 48 percent when he scores terribly on each issue he is now handling? Here’s the rundown in the latest Bloomberg News poll:

Do you approve or disapprove of Obama’s handling of ______?

Economy
Approve: 42% Disapprove: 53%
Healthcare
Approve: 40% Disapprove: 56%
Budget Deficit
Approve: 32% Disapprove: 59%
Terrorism
Approve: 51% Disapprove: 40%
Economic Security
Approve: 42% Disapprove: 51%
Immigration
Approve:40% Disapprove: 49%
Benghazi
Approve: 31% Disapprove: 51%

And the focus on Obama’s scandals is cutting deep with the American people.By 48 percent to 31 percent, Bloomberg found that Americans believe that the “extra scrutiny” the IRS gave to conservative groups was “politically motivated” and not “a product of bureaucratic shortcuts.”

Forty-seven percent of Americans said Obama “is not being truthful when he says he didn’t have prior knowledge of the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to conservative groups and that he learned about it through the news media.” Only 40 percent said he was “being truthful.”(also Bloomberg)

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that the majority of voters felt that “the Administration’s handling” of each of its three major scandals “raises doubts” about “the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama Administration.”

A. On Benghazi 58 percent said it raised doubts and 27 percent said it did not.

B. On the subpoena of journalists’ phone records, it was 58 percent versus 23 percent.

C. And on the IRS targeting of conservative groups, 55 reported doubts and 26 percent did not.

So it’s logical to ask what is holding Obama’s approval ratings up at 48 percent when his approval on key issues is down in the 40 percent to 42 percent range and his handling of scandals is so universally derided?

The answer is, of course, demographics. African-Americans, Latinos, gays, students, and single white women are so frightened of a world without Obama and so alienated from Republicans that they dare not give the president overall negative ratings.

Will they ever? Yes. When the scandals reach the point where they cannot avoid it and when the Republicans stop alienating these groups.

Immigration reform will [be] the first break in the ice because it will remove the single issue that most holds Latinos captive to the Democratic Party. On abortion, the administration’s ability to wave Roe v. Wade as its banner guarantees the 2-to-1 support of single white women, about 20 percent of the electorate.

But ObamaCare offers the best option for bringing down Obama’s popularity. This signature program, so closely identified with his presidency, is becoming more and more unpopular as it nears implementation. Obama’s efforts to shore up its approval ratings are only likely to identify him more with its failings. The premium increases, the taxes and fines on young people, and the rationing of care to the elderly will become ever more apparent. And who can believe now that it ought to be administered by this Internal Revenue Service?

Bringing down Obama will take time, but the polling shows progress. Keep at it.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/303621-whats-holding-obama-up

Finding that point where his approvals reflect reality would be to find America’s ‘sweet spot’. Now that would be utopia.  That’s where reality and perception finally converge, where people admit his failures, where he is not shrouded in phony belief and perceptions, when honesty prevails. That’s when America awakes up from its slumber.

It would be a Eureka moment when America finally “gets it”, most of it at least.  Sure, there are  perpetual deniers but for the most part people would come clean about Obama. I won’t hold my breath.

That is a lot to ask of America currently, considering the hold Obama has had on it until now. We may need some anti-anxiety meds when that happens — when people realize he is not who he said he was.

All that unfounded belief of people is what made Michelle Obama “really proud of my country, for the first time in my adult life.”

Seems like the percentage who think Obama is full of BS, hypocrisy, deception, and corruption is growing daily.  But so far, the percentage that don’t care what the liar says or does seems locked… somewhere in La-La land.