Several months ago I flagged an Instapundit quote about the President and his team that may prove even more insightful in the coming days:
“He hasn’t had a lot of practice dealing with criticism and frustration. And — judging by the whole constellation of actions coming out of his operation — they know something I don’t that’s got them genuinely nervous.” (5)
That was in April and while the greater context was referring to his anger, I now suspect that the polling will start to show what Team Obama’s internal polls have been indicating for quite some time…and I think the near future will ring more of desperation and draw even more attention to the smallness of the man. Some are already (correctly) touching on that theme after tonight’s debate. I’ll take the opportunity to repost my take on it from two months ago from where I stole the above title quote:
The Smallest of Men… (August 17, 2012)
[…and really just a reason to post a few jabs that make me giggle at the expense of the most powerful “man” on Earth]
If memory serves, it was still relatively early in 2009 when comments were made on the Hugh Hewitt radio show to the effect that “no incoming President is as big as the office he is entering but most grow into it…and that it was clear even then that this President was going to shrink the Presidency to fit him.”
Even after he had posed confidently behind a toy “President-Elect” emblem for more than two months, I don’t think many of us were quite sure how little this man really was.
Two years in, smart people were still taking the time to craft linguistic gold to mock the obviously shallow “Constitutional academic”…such as this “direct shot at [President Obama’s] ruling class elitism and rather arrogant and simplistic ‘not Bush’ approach to leadership (think Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, etc.)” (1):
“Wanting something to end, and being the right sort to want something to end, surely were to be synonymous with something ending.”
Even earlier this year, a modicum of (undeserved, in my opinion) respectfulness remained as actual smart people weighed in…such as this from Richard Epstein via Instapundit (2):
“I like Obama but I reject the suggestion that he is an intellectual. He is an activist merely mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual.”
Things seemed to nose dive rather quickly from there. Earlier this month, a real Law Professor put it rather bluntly (3):
“It is becoming clear that Obama is not only intellectually, but also morally unfit to hold the office of President.”
And, finally, earlier this week The Chicago Tribune…the home town news!!!!…chimed in with this via Instapundit (4):
“Team Obama tried to defend Biden, but it was nonsensical babbling.”
I dare say that none of this is radical right wing ranting…and the fact that people with real resumes can so easily say such biting but true things about a President and the administration that will carry his name into the history books has got to irritate the thin skinned to no end. (Sure, the media said some really nasty things about Mr. Bush – who, by the way, was thick skinned to a fault – but that was really just the crass left-wing political Dadaism of those mid-decade years. It sure had destructive short term electoral impacts but it will not define the man in our history…he went a lot further in that realm with his own words.)
Then again, I could be wrong. It’s hard to gage those that do not see the shame in advancing “Leading from Behind” as their foreign policy doctrine.
I do think history will not be kind. Given the shortage of notable Presidential speeches, the words of others will fill the void. I suspect the smart people have already got a jump on preparing those texts.
I can think of no better prize for such a small, small man.
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The real kicker for me is an American President who continually holds his head high while telling of “ending” the war in Iraq and “ending” the war in Afghanistan as if the mere thought of “winning” such a conflict had never crossed his mind.
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