He’s depressed – well he should be

obama depressed

What are we to make of this, from Fox even: Greta van Susteren blasts Obama’s press conference: ‘You just want to slit your throat almost, it was so depressing’. This is how the story starts:

Fox News host Greta van Susteren expressed dismay Sunday over President Barack Obama’s performance at a Friday press conference, calling it ‘pathetic.’

‘You just want to slit your throat almost, because it was so depressing,’ she declared.

Susteren visited ABC’s ‘This Week’ to comment on the White House’s latest Obamacare rule change released earlier this week. But what started as a conversation on the healthcare law’s prospects soon turned into an attack on Obama’s messaging.

President Screwup is finding that people don’t like what he’s done. I am astonished that the disgust with him and his party has gotten through to him but if it has then that’s something. But if you are looking for pathetic, try this on for size:

‘The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to inspire — that’s his greatest strength,’ Susteren began. ‘And then he comes out last Friday in the press conference. He was depressing, he was pathetic, he sucked the oxygen out of the room. The media beat up on him, the media had bad questions, they kept punching him. I mean, he ends the year where you just want to slit your throat almost, because it was so depressing. He’s completely lost his ability to inspire.’

The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to get various measures enacted into law and to take other actions as needs be. Obama’s problems is that as an executive and leader he is as bad as anyone has ever been, totally unfit for the job he has. Susteren’s comments are so stupid that this woman should be shown the door and sent to work for our ABC.

UPDATE: You might wish to supplement the above with the views of Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit who wrote about Obama’s Average Year. The averaging comes from an old Soviet joke which he quotes:

Ivan: So how was your day?

Boris: Average.

Ivan: What do you mean, average?

Boris: Worse than yesterday, better than tomorrow. So, average.

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98 Responses to He’s depressed – well he should be

  1. C.L.

    Miserable failure.

    Worst President ever.

  2. This is up there with the loss of the school bullying program due to Tim Wilson being born.

    World’s smallest violin.

  3. Hugh

    “The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to get various measures enacted into law and to take other actions as needs be.”

    Understood, SK, but, end of the day, I’m highly relieved Obama is so bad. Imagine if he’d been able to prosecute his ideas successfully! Ditto Rudd-Gillard-Rudd.

    Merry Christmas & thanks for superb work!

  4. JohnA

    ‘The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to inspire — that’s his greatest strength,’ Susteren began

    Vacuous – he apparently has the ability to inspire without content.

    No specifics like say a Churchill (“We will fight on the beaches…”) , or a Jack Kennedy (“Ask not…” and “A man on the moon within the decade”).

    So people can say “Oh, he’s so inspiring” but then wonder what the hell to do about it.

    He’s worse than a loose cannon – more dangerous to your side than to any enemy.

  5. H B Bear

    America’s black Kevin Rudd.

  6. A sheep in sheep’s clothing? (Apologies to Winnie.)

  7. Blogstrop

    Those who couldn’t be bothered voting for Romney can suffer and wait three more years. But the next round of reps and senate elections will be interesting..

  8. Ant

    He’s only got half an orange halo around his noggin. What gives?

    Still, his ‘left’ side has always been his ugliest.

  9. Jannie

    Well the bleeding heart honeymoon was going to end sooner or later, but it seems like a long time. It might be too late anyway. The 47% are probably the 51% now. Poor Bloody Yanks.

  10. stackja

    The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his colour.

  11. johanna

    Susteren would fit right in at Fauxfacts’ “Daily Life”. What an airhead.

    As for “The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to get various measures enacted into law and to take other actions as needs be” – in that case he is a roaring success. He got Obamacare up, and spends a lot of his spare time getting around the legislative process by enabling and supporting agencies like the EPA, in pursuit of his agenda to close down the coal industry and control private property.

    Or else, as he did recently when a few more tiles fell off the roof of Obamacare Towers, killing innocent passers-by, he just announces changes by decree.

    It’s a good question, though – what is (or should be) the role of the US President today?

  12. Luke

    The American media is pissed because when Obama goes he takes the whole facade of their credibility with him.

    They have carried so much water for this guy. Got him elected twice. Since their influence and power grow to its zenith and now its all down hill from here.

  13. Alf

    Perhaps if the Republicans weren’t unelectable he wouldn’t be president. Oh, but they are unelectable, poor losers and clueless. With the Tea Party pulling their strings they’ll be in the wilderness for a while yet. Obama may not be perfect but he hasn’t yet started an unnecessary war or drained the treasury doing it. Take your blinkers off haters. Wise up.

  14. johanna

    Obama and his Dem pals haven’t drained the Treasury? What set of debt figures are you looking at?

  15. stackja

    It’s a good question, though – what is (or should be) the role of the US President today?

    The U.S. Constitution – Article II – Executive Branch
    SECTION. 1. The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.
    SECTION. 2. The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
    SECTION. 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
    SECTION. 4. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

  16. .

    Is this Mickey F?

    You know the Democrats can’t win after Obama?

    “Obama hasn’t drained Treasury”

    Fighting the Taliban and al Qaida was unecessry after 9/11?

  17. The Pugilist

    I’m highly relieved Obama is so bad. Imagine if he’d been able to prosecute his ideas successfully! Ditto Rudd-Gillard-Rudd.

    What leftist morons fail to realise is that their ideas are bound to fail. They always do…

  18. Alf

    I meant Bush drained the treasury, not Obama. Fighting the Taliban and Al Quaida may have been necessary, but neither group were in Iraq. I think the Democrats can win after Obama, we’ll see.

    Yeah, damn those leftist morons whose ideas always fail. Medicare anyone?

  19. johanna

    Thanks, Stack. Nothing about “inspiration” there, I notice.

  20. jupes

    … but neither group were in Iraq.

    Nor are the US.

    Yet funnily enough, the treasury continues to drain. Go figure.

  21. red breast

    It’s Abbott’s fault!
    It’s Murdoch’s fault!
    It’s Alan Jones’ fault!

  22. Up The Workers!

    The man’s biggest achievement so far is that within one week of first being elected as President, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his skin colour.

    I have also got a skin colour, but nobody awarded me the Nobel Peace Prize.

    I guess my skin colour is just not the “politically correct” colour.

    Can I sue my parents, or should I lodge a claim for compensation with “Obamacare”?

  23. The Pugilist

    Yeah Alf, those moronic ideas about redesigning society. Leftist morons fail to acknowledge how ordered societies evolve and always think they can do better. Their flawed logic is always exposed with the passage of time.

  24. johanna

    Alf, Obamacare has the unique quality of not only costing more than what they had previously, but achieving less. It will drain the Treasury for as long as it exists – and it’s his baby.

    As the quote above demonstrates, The President’s primary role is to see to the protection of the country. If it costs, it costs. Imposing a dysfunctional health system on top of a previously dysfunctional health system, at public expense, is not at all the same thing.

    As for the next President being a Democrat, perhaps some of our commenters who are in touch with the markets could give us odds on that. I’d certainly be prepared to make a modest bet against it without even knowing the odds.

  25. Can someone please explain to me the difference between the modern ‘Tea Party’ and, say, the China Lobby/Doug MacArthur is our Man republicans of the late 40′s and 50′s?
    Or, to put it another way, has there ever been a time when the Republicans have not had a ‘wet’ v ‘dry’ – for wont of better terms – volcano bubbling just beneath the surface?

  26. .

    Yeah, damn those leftist morons whose ideas always fail. Medicare anyone?

    Medicare blows out costs for no or little demonstrable benefit. You have just assumed it worked and declared it a success.

  27. Zatara

    “… he hasn’t yet started an unnecessary war..”

    Not only unnecessary, but completely unauthorized and totally illegal by US Law.

    “President Barack Obama spoke passionately in 2007 about the need for Congress to challenge the Bush administration over violating the War Powers Act — the very charge he is now facing from lawmakers in both parties over U.S. military involvement in Libya.”

    “Enacted in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto, the War Powers Resolution may or may not be wise. It is, however, unquestionably a law, and Barack Obama certainly is violating it. It stipulates that a president must terminate military action 60 days after initiating it (or 90, if the president “certifies” in writing an “unavoidable military necessity” respecting the safety of U.S. forces), unless Congress approves it. Congress has been supine and silent about this war, which began more than 70 days ago.”

    His massive depletion of US credit, credit rating, and the treasury has already been addressed, many many times.

    Here’s hoping Santa will fill your stocking with nice fresh socialist memes this year because you certainly need them.

  28. Jim Rose

    obama is a rather early lame duck president. his inability to build centralist coalitions has come back to hurt him.

  29. Combine Dave

    Obama may not be perfect but he hasn’t yet started an unnecessary war or drained the treasury doing it.

    Aren’t the Tea Party against big government and big government spending? Why would they want to start a war, like Obama advocating for war with Syria?

  30. ChrisPer

    Alf is partway right – Medicare hasn’t failed yet.

    And there must be several other socialist ideas that while a problem, are accepted now as core functions of Government. Socialist ideas like the aged pension, universal access to education – and the use of state media, snitches and false evidence to launch ‘morals’ campaigns against political opponents – are all successful features of the Australian way of life.

  31. Rabz

    Medicare blows out costs for no or little demonstrable benefit.

    Wadda we want?

    Co-payments.

    Whenna we wan ‘em?

    Now.

  32. .

    The aged pension has left a generation struggling and dependent after paying huge tax bills to ‘fund’ it, whilst Medicare has massive corruption, moral hazard and there are better models out there.

  33. ChrisPer

    Combine Dave:

    Aren’t the Tea Party against big government and big government spending? Why would they want to start a war, like Obama advocating for war with Syria?

    Not THAT tea party – he means the one in the projections of media and leftist hacks, that are all raaaaaacists and reactionaries.

    Honestly, sometimes I think leftism is a mental disease.

  34. cynical1

    “Honestly, sometimes I think leftism is a mental disease”.

    What? Are you in some doubt?

  35. C.L.

    Obama may not be perfect but he hasn’t yet started an unnecessary war or drained the treasury doing it.

    LOL. Libya was illegal.

    Plus he is the worst fiscal deadbeat in human history.

  36. ChrisPer

    Cynical1: “What? Are you in some doubt?”

    THIRTY FRICKEN PERCENT of the electorate voted for more years of Rudd-Swan-Gillard-Greens. Mental disease seems too glib an explanation when so many nice people are apparently infected sufferers. Its as though they have the zombie virus – and after infection they only want brains to eat, not use.

  37. Can someone please explain to me the difference between the modern ‘Tea Party’ and, say, the China Lobby/Doug MacArthur is our Man republicans of the late 40′s and 50′s?
    Or, to put it another way, has there ever been a time when the Republicans have not had a ‘wet’ v ‘dry’ – for wont of better terms – volcano bubbling just beneath the surface?

    Should I re-word the question? C’mon guys, I need to know these things and the clock is ticking.

  38. stackja

    Shossmeister
    #1121662, posted on December 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    US people have to decide if they want a Republican as president. If the US people are happy with Democrats then so be it. Eventually the money will run out and the Democrats will not be able to buy any more votes.

  39. stackja

    johanna
    #1121595, posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Thanks, Stack. Nothing about “inspiration” there, I notice.

    What we now call the USA was formed because of George Washington. The US Constitution was written with George Washington as President in mind. George Washington was trusted to rule correctly. A completely rogue president was not allowed for and a totally partisan press was not expected.

  40. I’d be very depressed if I’d racked up US$124 Trillion dollars of debt.

  41. So, if we accept that history repeats, who is the modern day Henry Luce?

  42. Martin W

    Gee Mr Kates, is this an example of you picking a range of reviews and responses? One (1), G van Susteren, was there nothing more on offer, you know something a little more upbeat perhaps, just to you know add some balance as it were.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/21/us/politics/president-obama-news-conference.html?_r=0
    “President Obama’s news conference on Friday was full of banter and holiday wishes, in keeping with the year-end White House ritual. But Mr. Obama’s demeanor and words were often downbeat, leaving no doubt that the gathering was not, as he said at the beginning, “the most wonderful news conference of the year.”
    You see, some would call that a balanced view.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/12/20/press-conference-obama-reviews-and-looks-ahead/rCvJdXFbkgiwWQyAESJWvO/story.html
    “Obama does have some reason to be optimistic. He spoke hours after the government announced the economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed. And he heralded a modest bipartisan budget deal that cleared Congress this week, saying that while it’s too soon to declare a new era of bipartisanship, Washington is ‘‘not condemned to endless gridlock.’’
    Or how about the Boston Globe’s outlook on it, another balanced view maybe.

  43. gabrianga

    What does Greta expect? Obama can’t use his autocue during a White House press conference and his “amazing communications skills” are down the dunny.

    Even with his “tool of trade” his “mastery of public speaking” has headed south

  44. stackja

    Shossmeister
    #1121713, posted on December 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm
    So, if we accept that history repeats, who is the modern day Henry Luce?

    Google!

  45. Alf

    Thanks Martin, but people generally don’t come to this site for balance.

  46. .

    Yep sure Alf.

    Democratic socialism is balance, and social democrats are on the right.

    You are so freakin predictable.

  47. Alf

    As is almost everyone else here. Then, you probably knew I’d say that.

  48. Alfonso

    They voted for him cos a racial / societal brown Pres genre “Leave it to Beaver” fantasy is embraced by the the Crips, the Bloods, Rev Wright, RINOS and Democrat America.

    If Hilary gets up for two terms…the Republic may well break at the seams.

  49. feelthebern

    Hey-Zeus
    1) if Obama-care is so good, why did so many unions get waivers (which were shrouded in secrecy).
    2) look at the level of US federal debt when G.W.B came to office versus when he left (8 years) & compare that to the 5 years of Obama.

    Sure these aren’t the only 2 measures (probably not even the best) but they should focus the leftards on how bad Obama is.
    Leftards are typically:
    1) sucking on the government teat;
    2) rich kids looking for purpose;
    3) those who are past it & never made it & want to blame someone for their laziness;
    4) if they are in private business, they tend to be the rent seeking type.

  50. .

    The difference is Alf, we’re not bullshittting that we’re unbiased.

    You’re not an honest broker.

    You’re a brain dead lunar left troll with nothing of substance to add.

  51. JC

    Marty

    The Kenyan fucked healthcare insurance and now as a result has completely fucked healthcare good and proper. It’s fucked and no amount of bullshit is going to change it. The economic growth we saw is despite the the Kenyan, not because of him.

    Take the “balance” and shove it up yours and Alfie’s backside.

  52. Google!

    I assumed I shouldn’t have to. After all, I have a repository of the world’s collected wisdom right here – a collective that is happy to heap shit on anybody who doesn’t measure up. If I make an outright statement at odds with the Cat orthodoxy, I’m a cretin, if I ask a question I need to ‘google’.
    I’m starting to think I’ve been sold a pup, by a mob of charlatans.

  53. Carpe Jugulum

    Take the “balance” and shove it up yours and Alfie’s backside.

    They only see balance when it’s from Matthews or Maddow.

  54. Percy

    NY times, balanced……anyone else see the problem here?

  55. JC

    I see the Shosslester is going the way of Septic and Lucille. Whining way to final oblivion.

  56. Alf

    JC and Dot, entirely predictable. Schoss is right. And so am I, few people here are interested in balance, they want the echo chamber and they have it.

  57. feelthebern

    NY times.
    When Bush tapped terrorists phones with congressional & judicial oversight – bad.
    When Obama green lit the meta data program on all inhabitants of the US – he had to.

    Yep, that’s good balance.

  58. Carpe Jugulum

    few people here are interested in balance, they want the echo chamber and they have it.

    And yet they allow you to post here, a rather self defeating argument you purport Alf.

  59. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Please note, everyone, and especially A.L.F and Martin W, that US economic growth has accelerated at the same time as the sequester has been cutting remorselessly into US government spending.

    The sequester is the most magnificent fiscal policy ever devised. I wish we had one here. The Relublicans would be mad to get rid of it.

  60. .

    Alf

    You want balance, let me guess, you supported Huggy Chavez.

  61. Percy

    If we wanted balance we’d head over to the drum. Oh wait, I mean the SMH. Damn, um, someone help me out here….

  62. JC

    JC and Dot, entirely predictable. Schoss is right.

    Well yea, of course we’re predictable you clown. The countless times we’ve witnessed closet leftwing idiots like you show up here and demand “balance”… from us.

    Why don’t you “balance” be pivoting to our side of the woods, you fucking moron? The shlosster got his arse kicked from here to Sunday the other day and he’s still bruised and whiny. He’s hardly an example.

    And so am I, few people here are interested in balance, they want the echo chamber and they have it.

    Good. Great. Fuck right off.

    Look you twerp, we don’t need leftwing talking points here. We know them all. The only real debates worthy having are between the classic Liberals and Libertarians. You’re not really welcome here.

  63. JC

    Oh it’s him is it.
    Good morning TonyN.

  64. JC

    Balance! LOl.

    We’ll give you balance… ripping you another arsehole, you asshat TonyN/Alf.

    Fucking balance. hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

  65. Carpe Jugulum

    Hi TonyN – new hairstyle i see.

  66. blogstrop

    … a collective that is happy to heap shit on anybody who doesn’t measure up. If I make an outright statement at odds with the Cat orthodoxy, I’m a cretin, if I ask a question I need to ‘google’.
    I’m starting to think I’ve been sold a pup, by a mob of charlatans.

    Keep digging, Schoss.

  67. feelthebern

    I checked out for a bit because of Tony N.
    He was like a cheese grater on the ball bags.

  68. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Shoss, as any economist will tell you, ‘You get what you pay for’.

    Catallaxy, a free website, is good for some things, not so good for others.

    No use berating your cat cos she can’t speak Spanish.

    Work out what Catallaxy does well, and what it does not so well. Then work with that.

    As for the pile-ons which occur occasionally: just stand your ground and argue the truth as you see it. Sticks and stones, etc.

    From what I’ve seen, people here respect a sound argument. So, if you have an argument, ensure it’s sound.

  69. Alf

    Careful JC, you’re over heating. I’m not Tony N by the way, maybe Tony N is. Do you always threaten violence when you get annoyed?

  70. blogstrop

    I think Chris Kenny detailed the Big Echo Chamber in the Oz recently. Otherwise known as the Parliamentary Press Gallery, plus twitter ripples.

    But that’s of no concern to Cat critics.

  71. blogstrop

    Alf, every time you comment you sound even more like the uber-boring concern troll Tony N, and that’s not a good thing.

  72. Gab

    … a collective that is happy to heap shit on anybody who doesn’t measure up. If I make an outright statement at odds with the Cat orthodoxy, I’m a cretin, if I ask a question I need to ‘google’.

    Massive whine. You have your own blog, perhaps people there are more to your liking.

  73. .

    Yeah, you’re being threatened…you want balance but you don’t even know what a metaphor is.

    Why are you here?

  74. Carpe Jugulum

    Do you always threaten violence when you get annoyed?

    Thats not a threat(tm) it’s a colloquialism in common use. You really must try harder than on the Dumb or Shake My Head to claim victimhood.

  75. Alf

    Pretty voilent metaphor Dot. I wonder what Sinclair D thinks of having self-appointed doormen like you and JC on his site.

  76. blogstrop

    … I wonder what Sinclair D thinks …

    I often wonder what he’s thinking too, Alf, letting so many clones like you swim about here for extended periods without vaporising them. But, you know, he’s like that.

  77. Carpe Jugulum

    I wonder what Sinclair D thinks

    There are some things we mere mortals can only speculate on.

  78. .

    Err Alf…want to try adding value to the site…

  79. Gab

    I wonder what Sinclair D thinks

    I’m tipping you’re going to find out soon enough, precious.

  80. .

    Alf
    #1121571, posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Perhaps if the Republicans weren’t unelectable he wouldn’t be president. Oh, but they are unelectable, poor losers and clueless. With the Tea Party pulling their strings they’ll be in the wilderness for a while yet. Obama may not be perfect but he hasn’t yet started an unnecessary war or drained the treasury doing it. Take your blinkers off haters. Wise up.

    Romney came close to winning. He’s rich as JR many times over and his wife is good looking. Loser? The Tea Party do not control the Republican Party. If that were so, Romney would not have been the candidate. Obama is the worst President in living memory. He drained Treausry without a major war, fought in an illegal one and militarily targets his own citizens, and has given the green light to metadata.

    Now, fuck off.

  81. JC

    Alfie

    We’re not “balanced”. Get that stupid fucking idea out of your tiny brain. How did I threaten violence, pajama boy? I have no idea who you are and also have no desire to know. You could die in the next minute and it wouldn’t cause a nose itch.

  82. JC

    I wonder what Sinclair D thinks of having self-appointed doormen like you and JC on his site.

    Really, we’re self appointed? You’re the one asking for balance you dickhead. Not one of the bloggers here is balanced as their views range from Libertarian to Classic Liberal. There’s no desire for “balance”. Go to one of your leftwing site which pretend they’re balanced. As I said earlier, you ought to just fuck off.

  83. Alf

    That’s true to a point dot, but many of their representatives were Tea Party candidates and I think that is what made it difficult for people to vote for them. I’d put Bush ahead of Obama as the worst president in living memory.

  84. .

    It’s entirely true, and Obama went back on his key promises relating to why he opposed the Republicans.

    When you keep kicking own goals, give up. At least you are balanced, you aim for both nets.

  85. Tardell G

    “Alf”. Just go to buggery. Fuck off.

  86. .

    Really JC?

    Australian version at Christmas:

    Wear half unbuttoned shirt due to blistering heat
    Smash single malt with your uncle and neighbours
    Talk about what a vile, loathesome buch of miscreants the last ALP Government was.

  87. JC

    How do you feel about the OWS crowd, Alfie?

  88. Alf

    Dunno who they are. What does it stand for?

  89. What we now call the USA was formed because of George Washington. The US Constitution was written with George Washington as President in mind. George Washington was trusted to rule correctly. A completely rogue president was not allowed for and a totally partisan press was not expected.

    I think this is as correct an analysis as anything I’ve seen so far. Although it raises the question of why they gave their President any executive power at all when their rebellion was in many ways against the executive power of Royalty. You’d think they’d learned better. Then again, it wasn’t just Washington; a President of the sort Obama has turned out to be was psychologically impossible in those days. You might elect an incompetent, but you could never have found anyone who would actually set out to undermine his own country – and if he had, impeachment would have been rapid.

  90. wreckage

    Having a President was just a mistake. But then, they’ve been stable as a polity for quite a few years, so they must have done something right.

  91. SteveC

    Fox news doesn’t like Obama. Well who’d a thunk it!

  92. kraka

    ALF also posts over at Menzies under the pseudonym Arthur Dent

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