"A Restless President Weary Of The Obligations Of The White House..."

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

What’s so amusing about this week’s article from the New York Times titled, At Dinner Tables, Restless President Finds Intellectual Escape, is that the author appears to be quite sympathetic to Obama. She seems to want to portray the President as a real statesman; one who is so far above politics and the pedestrian task of being Commander in Chief that he finds it necessary to flee his responsibilities in order to find intellectual escape while dining extravagantly with “elites” in Europe. In contrast, he merely comes across as the arrogant, disconnected, oligarch coddler he is.

The article also seems to say something important about the New York Times’ own disconnectedness, particularly considering the paper’s Pentagon correspondent recently referred to the American public as children, with the government and mainstream media playing the role of parents.


While none of the statements within this article are quotes from Obama, you have to wonder if he is voicing these sentiments to the people who surround around him “off the record.” If so, it appears he is indeed what many have suspected. A community organizer desperately leveraging the Presidency in order to reach that final rung on the ladder to oligarchy.

Now from the New York Times. Read it and weep serfs:

WASHINGTON — President Obama had just disembarked from Air Force One and was still on the tarmac in Rome when he turned to his host, John R. Phillips, the American ambassador to Italy, with an unexpected request: How about a dinner party tomorrow night?

Nice to see he has his priorities straight. When he’s not golfing or trying to start another war, he throws dinner parties at 15th Century Italian estates.

In a summer when the president is traveling across the country meeting with “ordinary Americans” under highly choreographed conditions, the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama. As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.

No, more accurately, he prefers “intellectuals” to the people he was actually elected to serve.

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated. Freewheeling, with conversation touching on art, architecture and literature, the gatherings are a world away from the stilted meals Mr. Obama had last year with Senate Republican leaders at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

This probably wouldn’t read much differently from a hypothetical press release issued by the court of King Louis XVI in the 1780′s

One Saturday night in May, Mr. Obama was up well past midnight at the White House for a dinner that included Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, and his wife, Julie; Anne Wojcicki, the chief executive and a co-founder of the personal genome testing company 23andMe, who brought her sister, Susan, the chief executive of YouTube; and Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager and Democratic donor. Mrs. Obama was also there, but was not on the trip to Rome. The dinner there was first reported by Politico.


The dinners often carry over into Mr. Obama’s day job — and his fund-raising. At a White House meeting on working families last month, Mr. Obama included Ms. Wojcicki — who has two young children with her husband, the Google co-founder Sergey Brin, from whom she is separated — in a discussion of workplace policies with other chief executives. Less than two weeks before, Ms. Wojcicki hosted a technology forum and fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee at her home in Los Altos, Calif., which was attended by Mr. Obama and 25 guests who paid $34,200 each.


In Paris, the president was up again until nearly midnight enjoying, among other things, Drappier Champagne.

This sounds like a President who has simply given up. Then again, he may see the past six years as an unqualified success. He protected and further enriched the thieving oligarch class, while polishing up his resume in anticipation of the hundreds of millions he will chase like the Clintons after leaving office. Michelle in 2032? Why not.

It just goes to show. Nero was a piker. Instead of wasting his time fiddling, Obama protects Wall Street with one hand, while washing down ribeye steaks and Drappier Champagne with the other.

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It seems once again that having dictated to the citizenry - "Do not get cynical. Hope is the better choice," this week, we thought the following cartoon was particularly appropriate... 


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angel_of_joy's picture

Give the guy a break !

He's an idiot. Everybody and his dog knows it by now. What else do you expect from him ?

Shad_ow's picture

The cool, aloof, careless attitude is an act.  IT buys time by excusing his f-ups, which are intentional.  All part of the plan.  Cloward-Piven.  Alinsky would be so proud.

Four chan's picture

the manchurian president has carried out his orders, and now it is bored. is that so hard to understand?

AlaricBalth's picture

Barack Obama, Rennaissance Man. The transcendent President.

Sees himself as an historical figure, much like Henry VIII. Obama, like Henry, expanded their power through the theory of the divine right of kings and does not believe he is subject to the will of the people. Extravagant spending during each mans reign was an entitlement, despite government coffers being nearly depleted.

"His contemporaries considered Henry in his prime to be an attractive, educated and accomplished king, and he has been described as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the English throne. "

And like most charismatic leaders, their myriad insecurities are masked by a grand, aloof ego. Domestic enemies are to be dealt with harshly. Henry VIII was particularly bloodthirsty with thousands of beheadings to his credit. Obama has claimed to his aides that he is really good at killing people, and drone strikes on civilians, including children, will haunt his legacy.

Manthong's picture

"A Restless President Weary Of The Obligations Of The White House..."

is entitled to a relaxing round of golf.


InjectTheVenom's picture

go suck a bag of dicks barry

SoberOne's picture

I'm sure he'd be happy to oblige! 

DJ Happy Ending's picture

The first black, gay president.

fockewulf190's picture

I will gladly trade him a hamburger tomorrow for a resignation today.

johngaltfla's picture

I disagree with the premise. He would declare war on one of the enemies of the state if pushed too hard:


The Only Enemy Obama will Declare War On
InjectTheVenom's picture

What's a 'constitution' ? ? ;>)

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

president of what?

call me snake.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Ahh what the hell.  POTUS is as much a ceremonial position as the Queen nowadays.  He can play 36 holes, blow cocks, and smoke crack everyday...His Zio handlers have the policy set already.

ugmug's picture

Obama is Journalistic porn to the mainstream media. Reporters and editors dress Obama up in verbal lingerie and fantasize about having political sex with him on a golf course and in Air Force One.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ZH threads are full of daily pre-occupations on

the figurehead's imagined sexual escapades.


working as intended.

Wait What's picture

more like Richard III.

"Tell them that God bids us to do evil for good;
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With odd old ends stolen out of Holy Writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil."

oudinot's picture

Actually, Richard III was not a bad man or King.  He was a brave warrior and had a solid , though brief tenure 1483-1485, as King. And he was not severely crippled as we have just now discovered finding his body about a year ago under a parking lot in England.  The 'crippleness' was  Tudor propaganda.

Why he is so maligned, like Shakespeare's quote above, is because when Henry VII beat him in battle and became the first Tudor King,  The Tudors, like Elizabeth I, liked to use propaganda against the Yorkists; Shakespeare was writting when Elizabeth was the monarch.

Jumbotron's picture

So Shakespeare was a typical journalist.  Writing to please his master(s). 

A Nanny Moose's picture

"...finding his body about a year ago under a parking lot in England."

Mob hit.

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

Does that cast Hillary in the role of Queen Mary?

GeezerGeek's picture

Barack Obama, Rennaissance Man. The transcendent President.

I guess I misunderstood him; I thought I heard him say his would be the most transparent administration ever. Or maybe TOTUS misled him and he really wanted to say "most transcendent administration". 

At any rate, he's clearly transcended the Constitution and the limits to power it includes.

A Nanny Moose's picture

"does not believe he is subject to the will of the people."

Divine right of kings began to fail, because the mythology behind it began to fall apart. As fear of god waned, a new god-less strateeegery was required. Divine right of the Majority.

In reality, there is no "people", hence no will.

Nick Jihad's picture

No, this is just the time-honored "It's not failure, if you didn't really try" gambit. Obama has given up.

jeff montanye's picture

i want to know why the hell i have to wait until 2032 to vote for michelle. two terms for hillary and i reckon michelle's due.  because obama.  and, in the meantime, because clinton too. well at least because hillary.

Jumbotron's picture

HA....a Chelsea / Moochelle matchup........Keeping the Hate Legacy between those two families should be REALLY fun to watch.

Eahudimac's picture

Hillary or not, we will be forced to choose between a vagina and a neocon in 2016. My bets are on the vagina to win. After that we will have to choose between a cross dressing shemale and another neocon. Probably another Bush.

drendebe10's picture

"There aint nuthin uglier than an old white woman."  Fred Sanford 

Cathartes Aura's picture

but endlessly regurgitating the same tired old memes?


needle stuck in the mind grooves, dig that Pavlovian trench. . .



WillyGroper's picture

And I thought "ugly" was to the "bone".

NoDebt's picture

I always cut the guy some slack for being an idiot.  Just like I did for GWB.

He goes beyond incompetence and idiocy.  

He is the clear and present danger to the Republic.  He needs to be removed from office.  I could make the case on mental instability alone.  Throw all the unconstitutional actions on top and it's a duty, not a choice.

jeff montanye's picture

honestly why cut him some slack, or gwb?

clinton was picturesquely, pyrotechnically bad.  impeached for lying about invitations to and actual blowjobs?  getting them while negotiating with the palestinians?  even a bad writer wouldn/t dare.

and taft, wilson, harding were impressively bad.  the historians always whip up on the ones before lincoln who didn't dare plunge the country into civil war (what fools they).

but, for my money, no one can touch the tagteam of gw bush and obama for worst presidents ever. that they are consecutive is likely not a good sign.

Nick Jihad's picture

Sounds like you come from the school that says a good president is one that gets at least 50,000 american boys killed in a war.

Jadr's picture

I hope that is sarcasm as his post said nothing of the sort.  He didn't state that the "good" presidents were those who were wartime presidents.  And he is correct that GWB and Obama are among the worst presidents this country has had.  They have both done more to destroy the constitution than probably any president since Lincoln.

BigJim's picture

If Volker hadn't raised rates, the USD would have collapsed.

That is what the rocketing gold price signified; it was only 9 years since the US had come off the (kind of) gold standard of Bretton Woods; people thought the paper dollar was reverting to its intrinsic value. Once rates hit a level that other governments and investors thought compensated for inflation and default risk, they bought dollars again.

I'm sure there was a lot of back-room dealing and threats to help the buyers choose 'wisely', too. And they did; if you bought 10-year treasuries in 1981 at 15% you were laughing all the way to the bank.

A Nanny Moose's picture

What Republik? It's not the man, it's the system. Government needs to be removed. Period.

NoPension's picture

There is an old saying;
"A" students work for "B" students, and "B" students work for "C" students.

This is what happens when you put an "intellectual " in charge. They can't make a fucking decision if their life depended on it.
And I'm not selling the idea this guy is too bright. But I think he sure fancies the idea.

Totentänzerlied's picture

Did you just call him an intellectual? ... and I thought I'd heard everything.

InjectTheVenom's picture

He's about as much an 'intellectual' as I & my 3.5 incher am a porn star .....

Harbanger's picture

That makes the name Inject the venom extra funny dude.

Serenity Now's picture

The way I've heard the saying is that A people hire A people, and B people hire C people.  It's a good saying.

And by the way, NoPension is saying that he's NOT intellectual.  

SilverRhino's picture

Go ahead and let the scumbag quit.   

Problem Is's picture

Stupider Than Bush, Stupider Than Ford
It doesn't get any stupider than this...

We expect the toilet paper of record, the worthless NYTimes, to quit printing propaganda drivel about this empty suit, useful idiot, Wall Street puppet LOSER, Obama Bin Lyin'.

This piece of shit is the worst we've ever seen. God only knows what idiot is lined up to top this moron...

-1 for you angel_of_joy

cavedigger's picture

It really doesn't matter, does it? Just like it wouldn't've mattered if we had elected Mitt R a couple of years bag. The modern crop of bought-and-paid-for shills will not and can not fix the budgets, destroy the Fed, and set us on the right track. It will take a big reset to find someone who will actually fix things. We just aren't there yet. It makes the whole election thing, apart from truly local elections, easy to ignore once you understand it just doesn't matter whom you vote for. Obama is no worse than any other clown who could have made it to that level nowadays. The same applies to 2016. It just doesn't matter yet who wins what. Nothing will get fixed yet because nothing truly broke hard enough.

Jumbotron's picture

And if it breaks.....it's because the Powers That Be want it broken.  Even if this is not the case....only the Powers That Be are in a position to take advantage of the situation and mold it back into any shape that they want and any shape that benefits them.

Welcome to The Matrix.  Where Freedom is simply an illusion.  Welcome to Prison Planet.