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

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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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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:45 | 4961457 angel_of_joy
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Give the guy a break !

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

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:56 | 4961489 90's Child
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Fuck him.

And his dog too.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:16 | 4961540 Shad_ow
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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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:30 | 4961572 Four chan
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the manchurian president has carried out his orders, and now it is bored. is that so hard to understand?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00 | 4961623 AlaricBalth
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:07 | 4961647 Manthong
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"A Restless President Weary Of The Obligations Of The White House..."

is entitled to a relaxing round of golf.

http://obamagolfcounter.com/

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:38 | 4961693 InjectTheVenom
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go suck a bag of dicks barry

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:09 | 4961803 SoberOne
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I'm sure he'd be happy to oblige! 

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:21 | 4961808 DJ Happy Ending
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The first black, gay president.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:04 | 4961826 fockewulf190
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I will gladly trade him a hamburger tomorrow for a resignation today.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:41 | 4961896 johngaltfla
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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
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:43 | 4961961 negative rates
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I would call it more like a burden after the congress got through shredding the constitution.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:28 | 4962117 InjectTheVenom
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What's a 'constitution' ? ? ;>)

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:10 | 4962080 Chuck Knoblauch
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president of what?

call me snake.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:47 | 4961711 Hugh G Rection
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:56 | 4961868 zhandax
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Nice way of saying JP Morgue/Goldman stooge

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:32 | 4962006 eclectic syncretist
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nHqyw_KP19g

Brief summation of bo's presidency

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:59 | 4961975 ugmug
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:37 | 4962017 Andy Lewis
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Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:47 | 4962368 Cathartes Aura
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ZH threads are full of daily pre-occupations on

the figurehead's imagined sexual escapades.

 

working as intended.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:05 | 4961800 Wait What
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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."

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:56 | 4961972 oudinot
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:17 | 4962094 Jumbotron
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So Shakespeare was a typical journalist.  Writing to please his master(s). 

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:29 | 4962526 A Nanny Moose
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"...finding his body about a year ago under a parking lot in England."

Mob hit.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:39 | 4961857 Quantum Nucleonics
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Does that cast Hillary in the role of Queen Mary?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:49 | 4962377 GeezerGeek
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:26 | 4962510 A Nanny Moose
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"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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:09 | 4961735 Nick Jihad
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No, this is just the time-honored "It's not failure, if you didn't really try" gambit. Obama has given up.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:19 | 4961542 jeff montanye
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:10 | 4961736 Nick Jihad
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Don't forget Chelsea.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:19 | 4962096 Jumbotron
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HA....a Chelsea / Moochelle matchup........Keeping the Hate Legacy between those two families should be REALLY fun to watch.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:04 | 4961910 Eahudimac
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:14 | 4962089 Jumbotron
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Here's ya' choices ZeroHedgers !!!

Enjoy.....I'm out.

http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/o-JEB-BUSH-HILLARY-CLIN...

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:52 | 4961968 drendebe10
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"There aint nuthin uglier than an old white woman."  Fred Sanford 

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:53 | 4962397 Cathartes Aura
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but endlessly regurgitating the same tired old memes?

 

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

 

 

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:58 | 4962419 WillyGroper
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And I thought "ugly" was to the "bone".

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:40 | 4961893 Problem Is
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You tell'em Bernie...

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:21 | 4961996 Andy Lewis
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Which dog?  The pooch, or the Mooch?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:57 | 4961493 NoDebt
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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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:29 | 4961565 jeff montanye
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:13 | 4961742 Nick Jihad
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:53 | 4961929 Jadr
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:47 | 4961963 negative rates
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You both are wrong, it was Carter after lifting the 10% usury rate which had been in place for 2000 years. It was game on after that to reduce the lower classes to rubble.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:27 | 4962000 BigJim
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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.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:31 | 4962533 A Nanny Moose
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What Republik? It's not the man, it's the system. Government needs to be removed. Period.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:09 | 4961521 NoPension
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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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:49 | 4961618 Totentänzerlied
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Did you just call him an intellectual? ... and I thought I'd heard everything.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:41 | 4961700 InjectTheVenom
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He's about as much an 'intellectual' as I & my 3.5 incher am a porn star .....

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:30 | 4961847 Harbanger
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That makes the name Inject the venom extra funny dude.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:10 | 4961732 Serenity Now
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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.  

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