look into the two outstanding flaws in Obama’s executive leadership:
1. How he vastly overrates his capabilities.”
And here’s a pull quote from the New York Times story: “But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities. The cloistered nature of the White House amplifies those tendencies, said Matthew Dowd, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, adding that the same thing happened to his former boss. ‘There’s a reinforcing quality,’ he said, a tendency for presidents to think, I’m the best at this.”
And, “2. How he spends extraordinary amounts of time and energy to compete in — trivialities.”
And again from the New York Times piece: “For someone dealing with the world’s weightiest matters, Mr. Obama spends surprising energy perfecting even less consequential pursuits. He has played golf 104 times since becoming president, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who monitors his outings, and he asks superior players for tips that have helped lower his scores. He decompresses with card games on Air Force One, but players who do not concentrate risk a reprimand (‘You’re not playing, you’re just gambling,’ he once told Arun Chaudhary, his former videographer).
“His idea of birthday relaxation is competing in an Olympic-style athletic tournament with friends, keeping close score. The 2009 version ended with a bowling event. Guess who won, despite his history of embarrassingly low scores? The president, it turned out, had been practicing in the White House alley.”
The story goes on to quote from the New York Times how Obama is devoted to inconsequential things. Highly competitive in all kinds of inconsequential things.
there’s a quote in the story that two weeks into the presidency he’s telling people that he’s really good at it. Two weeks into office he was running around telling people how much he likes being president and how good at it he is. So Rich Karlgaard here I guess is theorizing the people who read the New York Times are Obama voters. I mean, they are in the tank for Obama. They’re going to read this and they’re going to see that Obama’s devoted to all these trivialities and inconsequential things and not spending any time whatsoever on things that truly affect the country. While everybody thinks he’s got his sleeves rolled up and is working hard on this stuff, this story in the New York Times actually does convey the impression he doesn’t care much.
The New York Times’ Jodi Kantor airs complaints from loyal Obama associates … ‘He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.” He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is a surprisingly good pool player, he informed an interviewer — not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.’”
These are the things he’s telling people in the White House, and they told Jodi Kantor at the New York Times. He’s bragging about how good he is at all of these trivial things. “The article reports Obama’s associates characterize this bluster and political zeal as ‘cockiness.’ Further, Washington Democrats say he is all too eager to offer unsolicited advice — on handshakes, writing, and parenting, among other topics.” Well, that follows, doesn’t it? Mr. and Mrs. Nanny thinking nobody knows how to do anything?
Dulis says, “Obama reportedly dedicates considerable time to practice, no matter how trivial the pastime,” and it talks about the golf and the card playing and the bowling. And that Obama even “rates and ranks others around him,” always elevating himself to the position of superiority. Here’s how the Breitbart piece ends: “Despite a strong push to negatively define Mitt Romney, Obama finds himself neck and neck with [Romney] two months before the election — even falling behind in some polls.
the story points out: He’s not all that likable. You’ve got his own so-called associates in the White House talking about how irritated they are at the way Obama conducts himself inside the White House with this hyper-competitiveness on trivial things. He rubs people the wrong way.
He’s not likable.
Not cool but, rather, kind of chilly. Kind of cold.