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Proving that there are some things he can do by himself (provided they are meant to hurt rather than help people) Obama screws the federal workers

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It was Digby’s headline as posted by Memeorandum that woke me up this morning with a start

With friends like these —  When the only people who defend you are the Villagers, you know you’re on the wong track

Mind you, it’s not digby’s headline, it’s Memeorandum’s extract of the  salient idea in an otherwise pretty good piece about the Federal workers freeze as sold by the pundits.

What woke me up was the large “villagers” headline sending me to a Digby piece.

I used to be a regular reader in the Bartcop Forum days, the blog during Bush years. Until 2008 that is.

It is ironic that the Villagers named in the piece are from MSNBC and CNN.

Because starting with 2008, Digby’s blog – and all the others that feared being called “racist” practically merged with MSNBC and CNN and they all became an arm of the Obama campaign.

From sexist attacks on Palin to feeble defense of the Heritage Foundation bill, they’ve been all a happy village.

So Digby cannot shower disdain on the villagers as she is one of them now. Best keep your dirty laundry in the family.

Success has a hundred midwives and failure is an orphan.

I do understand why Digby would now want to dump the orphan and  distance herself from her former allies. But credibility is something that once you lost, you don’t get just because you admit you lied before.

As for Obama, I have news for Digby: It was always just the Villagers selling them.

The Os – they were just the wholesale buyers.

You – village. They-idiots.

I thought I was awake, but not until I read this tweet

Of all the reactions to the documents leaked by wikileaks, this takes the cake

It’s from a Moonie Times writer, and was re-tweeted by David Axis of Evil Frum.

And it shows the basis of “American exceptionalism:

Our liars are bigger than your liars!

It’s the point of arrogance where everything “us” – or rather US is great. Crimes, lies, wars, corruption – we do it better than anyone else!

The latest Wikileaks release had the appropriate media exposure. Even the NY rags got it

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What woke me in the morning was this NY Post riff from Richard Wolffe’s book about Obama

This being NY Post, I am amused by the “Nanny President” – and immediately wonder: who are the babies?

The anecdote illustrating this is largely irrelevant and picked to fit a talking point:

Obama orders an overweight staffer to eat the salad for lunch.

To me, this is actually a bit surprising, to see Obama notices someone else than himself.

It’s the  other excerpt that feeds into Obama’s personality

While talking about his researching the White House library for the wisdom of his predecessors, Obama delivers a Reagan quote which he mis-attributes to Lincoln (isn’t it interesting how he draws all his inspiration from the Rs?)

And it gets better:

In fact Obama later admitted to Wolffe that he had found the quotation while reading one of his own diaries, in which he had mistakenly attributed the Reaganism to Lincoln.

So: In times of worry and strife, Obama looks for comforting inspiration in the sacred, timeless words of . . . Obama!

Presidents are often accused of surrounding themselves with yes-men and retreating from the world. This president doesn’t even need the yes-men. He lives in a hall of mirrors, and he’s awed by the view.

Isn’t interesting how even in his own diaries, he can’t find a D quote, mis-attributed or not!

The author makes a few Jr.jr good points as well

Obama evidently feels that his tireless brainwork tidied up the war-peace problem for the ages in his Nobel Prize speech (peace, we learned, is desirable but war is sometimes necessary) and that he wrought a profound new balance on civil liberties by largely retaining Bush anti-terror policies with the major fix being that, this time, he is the one in charge (a position Wolffe ably summarizes as, “In other words, trust me”).
All this gleaned from a fluff up book!
It’s possible that keeping W’s policies is a plus for the NY Post writer and he’d just like an scknowledgment of this.
You know, like Reagan/Lincoln got.

Not Your Sweetie

November 2010