what are barack obama's flaws?

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not good at speaking for 10 second clips on the 6 o clock news

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

hard to say but i think he believes his own hype at this point

messiah complex (likely to evolve into martyr complex)

elmo argonaut, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah what max/tombot/elmo said fourthed.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

might not be able to tame congress and end up like Clinton in 1994

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Also a bit of what deez said - I'm worried he's setting himself up to disappoint everyone.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

has convinved people like me to be largely uninterested in this question

gabbneb, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

He has a bit of this tendency to come off like "I fully understand this problem because I've read many essays about it." Which makes me like him and wince at the same time.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

if he gets elected, pulls us out of iraq, closes gitmo, and restores civil liberties to their pre-9/11 status, and then ta-da something actually blows up, how many times is he going to say "uh um" during the press conference in which he capitulates to the chickenhawks in both parties screaming for his head

It's hard to see how staying in Iraq is helping to prevent domestic terrorism. Even McCain wants to close Gitmo. I doubt civil liberties will go all the way back to pre-9/11 status, and not sure if Obama is even suggesting that they should

o. nate, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 20:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

has convinved people like me to be largely uninterested in this question

-- gabbneb, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:55 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

shock of shocks

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

what elmo and tom said, basically--the dude comes across as too trusting in america's ability to be smart about shit

-- max, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:48 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

i really want to believe this is true, but it sounds the kind of bs that be lipped by his supporters - his flaw is that he's TOO right about everything? ill take that.

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

foreign policy naivete. biggest thing that worries me about him by far. if he gets elected, pulls us out of iraq, closes gitmo, and restores civil liberties to their pre-9/11 status, and then ta-da something actually blows up, how many times is he going to say "uh um" during the press conference in which he capitulates to the chickenhawks in both parties screaming for his head

-- El Tomboto, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:45 PM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

this is more lol gwb put u in a jackpot sry!

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

i am really curious as to what hes gonna do w/the gitmo dudes who we have evidence against thats inadmissible due to torture tho

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:10 (8 years ago) Permalink

i wonder about his ability/willingness to get his hands dirty and wrestle things to the ground. saying you're willing to talk to iran/hamas/whoever is all well and good, but if you go into those situations you have to go in saying, "here's the deal: you can get this and this, you can't get this and this, and we're going to have to fight about this and this -- but if the fight goes on too long, you get nothing." the bushies have been terrible at that stuff, so it's not like the bar is set particularly high, but it would be nice to have someone who can actually get some things done. (wouldn't have to be him personally, but he'd need some hardball players around who knew how to do that.) (same applies in dealing with congress, obviously.)

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

deex -- i didn't say he's overly correct, but i think he may be presumptuous that America will be eager or grateful about implementing the changes he wants

elmo argonaut, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

also I am dead serious that his uh um uh tic that he has when you can tell he's thinking on his feet is really not reassuring at all

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

he actually comes across as a guy who would be an absolute expert at that kind of stuff to me tipsy

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

yah he def should cut that out xp

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

nodding slowly and looking thoughtful is the way to go

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

his uh um uh tic that he has when you can tell he's thinking on his feet

this doesn't bother me so much -- it's campaign season and he has to be excruciatingly calculating about his diction. when he speaks off the cuff he gets in trouble, but really only because he running for office

elmo argonaut, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

or alternatively quit being so optimistic about your fellow humans that you keep getting surprised by shit, like Wright dropping an atom bomb on you on national television

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

xp Still, I think Hillary is a better extemporaneous speaker.

jaymc, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

his almost musical hand-gesture of 'conducting' a discussion / 'putting a fine point' on an argument

it's like the new bubba remote

elmo argonaut, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't think Tom's point is that Obama is going to cause terrorism to happen, just that when it does he's going to look bad.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

you guys all seem to think obama waaaaaaaaay less pragmatic than i do, i guess

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

I actually HOPE he's more cynical and pragmatic than I'm giving him credit for.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

eh tom did begin his post w/"foreign policy naivete." soo...

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't think Tom's point is that Obama is going to cause terrorism to happen, just that when it does he's going to look bad.

-- Hurting 2, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:18 PM (9 seconds ago) Bookmark Link

isnt this precisely cuz its easy to paint him as a pussy/pushover, which you guys all seem to be buying into?? i think hes far from either of those things. and i dont mean to draw this into electability issues, just that im more interested in what might be lurking behind the 'optimist' facade

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

i mean, this guy is naive?? he comes across as a freaking borderline genius to me

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:21 (8 years ago) Permalink

The Bush adminstration has done so much to restore if not empower the executive branch that I doubt President McCain, Clinton, or Obama would be so eager to rescind those powers -- why would you?

I wish he was an atheist -- with his oratorical skills he could do lots for the millions of us who want to hear a convincing defense of godlessness put to theists. And yet, and yet, I suspect he IS less of a god-fearing man than he pretends. Something about his preternatural coolness bespeaks a kind of deism.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

might not be able to tame congress and end up like Clinton in 1994

Can't see that happening. He's got too many friends there already on both sides. Senators apparently luv the dude.

xp Still, I think Hillary is a better extemporaneous speaker.

unless you ask her about bill's position on nafta and she goes into that uncomfortable cackle that's soooo painful to watch.

kenan, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

just a little armchair psychoanalysis, let's all be cool

elmo argonaut, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

its funny how everyone buys the optimist/naivety package - its a symptom of dumb cynicism - those two really dont have to come together

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

in fact i bet that obama is closer to the optimist/cynic model

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

its funny how everyone buys the optimist/naivety package

^^^. The right wing has been all "SEE? SEE? AUDACITY OF HOPE MY ASS!" the last couple of weeks; they've accepted the narrative that Obama is a New Kind of Politician. To me he's "new" only in that he understands the importance of words and is uncommonly quick-witted.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah i dunno if thats directed at me or not but i agree -- im not saying i dont believe the guy isnt genuinely optimistic, but i def dont believe he's remotely naive, like not even remotely remotely xps to jhoshea

deeznuts, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

not directed at u in the slightest deez

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

paranoid/optimist ^^^ lol

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

More on Obama & civil liberties: he voted to make permanent all but two of the PATRIOT act provisions that had been originally passed with an expiration date - so not exactly a wide-eyed innocent on that front.

o. nate, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

i mean, this guy is naive?? he comes across as a freaking borderline genius to me

Early on I thought he came off as naive when he said that having lived abroad was a foreign policy credential. Like not only naive for thinking that (which he might not have, really), but naive for thinking it sounded good.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

i really don't think disappointments with an obama presidency will be with character flaws per se.

something that occasionally makes me uneasy about his campaign rhetoric is that he'll elide the differences between kinds of identity, most problematically ethnic and economic identities. being Latino isn't really like being rich even though there's a fair degree of mystification cast over class as culture in this country. i don't really know where i'm going with this; it fits his overall message well to talk about the poor/rich divide as bridgeable, but that's a divide that economic policy should be targeted at eliminating or at least bringing closer, it's not like the problem is, oh if only poor people and rich people could just sit down over coffee and talk.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

which i'm sure he knows and in part he's hemmed in by the landmine that is talking about class in America.

horseshoe, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

oh if only poor people and rich people could just sit down over coffee and talk.

-- horseshoe, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:48 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

(ahem, not that I've seen it.)

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

isn't the deal with character flaws you see powerfully ten years after that they're the things you saw as VIRTUES at the time

no one's going to be lookin back at president two-term obama and sayin "yes how did i not see he was naive?" -- what will piss you off abt him will be a quality you were pleased abt back when you voted for him

mark s, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

he will beat me in basketball and steal my girlfriend

jhøshea, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

maybe but i was really (maybe willfully?) blind to the bill clinton is untrustworthy thing in the 90s. i can see how it was the flipside of his charm in retrospect, i guess.

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horseshoe, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

edwards was better at talking about class that obama, as i remember, but i also think its "easier" to talk about class as a white guy than it is as a black guy

max, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

and the flip side of that was that edwards was no good at talking about race.

max, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

uh, whatever that would mean, i guess

max, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I wish he was an atheist -- with his oratorical skills he could do lots for the millions of us who want to hear a convincing defense of godlessness put to theists. And yet, and yet, I suspect he IS less of a god-fearing man than he pretends. Something about his preternatural coolness bespeaks a kind of deism.

I kind of like to think that Barack Obama's reasonable optimism is engendering a sort of secular spirituality in the country.

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

after three of them, he starts saying "Thatsh a Shmith & Wesshon, and you've had your shix."

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 August 2015 15:33 (9 months ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

so TRUMP is his fault now too

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/opinion/sunday/from-obama-to-trump.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

in a way though this idiot is right. if O hadn't burned captain combover so mercilessly at the white house correspondents' dinner all those years ago, maybe captain combover wouldn't have been as motivated to enter the ring?

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 28 February 2016 14:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

that's a feature, not a bug

Sith Dog (El Tomboto), Sunday, 28 February 2016 15:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

keep in mind he gets to do exactly the same thing, over and over again, a few months from now, when he endorses his successor and gets into the campaign

Sith Dog (El Tomboto), Sunday, 28 February 2016 15:03 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I agree that the next one will be worse.

http://theweek.com/articles/621947/why-ill-miss-obama

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 14:42 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I would guess they have already been breaking that for a while given the involvement in Yemen.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

really, giving a medal to Kissinger is admirably consistent

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

imho restricting the ability of the President to conduct foreign policy by legislating static lists of named countries is a stupid way of doing business and will produce exactly these results every time

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's so thoroughly bizarre to denounce Obama for his foreign policy when that's one of the incredible progressive highlights of his time in office. Do people not remember what our global reputation was when he took office?

I think he's been way worse on education policy and cybersecurity but there the bar for modern Presidenting is low to nonexistent

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Libya and our involvement in the Arab Spring scream "progressive foreign policy" but I couldn't call it a success.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Obama has the best foreign policy of any American president in a loooong time, but that is a low bar. Also, he inherited a world in financial breakdown, which has made for a lot of upheaval these 8 years. He hasn't always handled that upheaval very well, and the drone program is a big blemish, but. Could have been a lot worse. Will be a lot worse, with either Clintons hawkishness or Trump/Sanders complete cluelessness at the helm.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

unceasing drone war also progressive, tho in a different sense

http://i0.wp.com/www.ghostcultmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/artificialbrain-800x800-400x400.jpg

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not the foaming Iraq-totally-has-WMDs-you-guys tool of the MIC that I was in 2003 but I don't believe the demands of statecraft in the foreseeable future are ever going to allow for a truly "progressive" foreign policy wherein everybody gets along except the bad guys and nobody ever has to be blown up

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's also important to recognize that intervention and adventuring are never going to have better than a coin flip chance of being even relatively successful at not making stuff worse; Obama did recognize this and by most accounts has done an excellent job keeping the US out of "stupid shit" where others have all been pressing for boots on the ground etc

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

we flipped the coin in libya, ukraine and syria

goole, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

'It's also important to recognize that intervention and adventuring are never going to have better than a coin flip chance of being even relatively successful at not making stuff worse;'

This is obviously untrue.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:44 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

relative to what is probably a question that needs answering there.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

sub "proceeding idiotically from lies, hubris and bad intelligence" for "intervention and adventuring", and coin-flip odds look good

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:12 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I don't believe the demands of statecraft in the foreseeable future are ever going to allow for a truly "progressive" foreign policy wherein everybody gets along except the bad guys and nobody ever has to be blown up

― bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:13 AM (58 minutes ago)

don't think this is what we typically mean by "progressive foreign policy"

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

think he means "progressively worse"

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

pimps for mega-trade deals in commencement speeches

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 May 2016 14:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

wtf is going on here

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 May 2016 14:35 (1 week ago) Permalink


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