Apr
22
2013

Actually, Maureen Dowd: Barack Obama IS a bully.

And – contra your rather bitter apologetic for him – Barack Obama did his level best to use his bully pulpit to BE a bully.

Just one problem: this is The United States of America.  We know how to deal with bullies.

18 Comments

  • Cameron says:

    He tried every trick he could from breaking out dead children, using fake statistics and outright lying about the gun control laws. And he still lost.

    • acat says:

      It’s very tempting to call this a proof that the centralized (read: Dem/Lib) media is losing its’ ability to persuade.
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      I’m not sure that’s *accurate*, but it’s tempting…
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      Mew

      • Cameron says:

        It’s a crack in the foundation, but they are slapping the concrete into it as fast as they can.

      • jbird says:

        It would be more tempting if Mitt Romney had won the election. I wouldn’t bury them just yet.

  • Spegen says:

    I think Sorkin did more damage to the media than we ever could. Movies like American President and shows like Westwing created a belief among the media about how things are done in DC. They failed to seperate reality from fantasy.
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    Its like watching ER or Grays Anatomy and assuming that is what medicine is like (my favorite is House- he would have lost his license and thrown in jail for the crap he pulled).

    • Cameron says:

      My brother is a Flight Nurse and ER Nurse. He despises the show House and told me that the man would have been beaten bloody with his cane long ago by at least one Nurse.

    • acat says:

      http://accordingtohoyt.com/2013/04/17/being-normal/
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      Hoyt has some interesting thoughts that run parallel to yours, Spegen.
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      Mew
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      p.s. note that House losing his license and being thrown in jail was a plot point at least once …

      • Spegen says:

        yeah, but it was only played with. Couldn’t watch the show more than a few times, the basis alone irritated me. Also Hugh Laurie will always be the foppish twit from Blackadder, can’t take him seriously as a “genius” (that was a grossly unappreciated show, much better than Mr Bean)

        • acat says:

          Mr. Bean always struck me as too over-the-top, like the lesser works of Jim Carrey or Robin Williams, where they didn’t have a director to say “No!” to them.
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          That said, I enjoyed “House”, not for the characters or soap-opera bits, but for the problem-solving…
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          Mew

          • BigGator5 says:

            Really? Mr. Bean was awesome, because I love how he really didn’t talk. It was pantomime at its best. In a world where comedians swear up and down to get a laugh, it was refreshing to let the actions tell a story.
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            I also enjoyed House, mainly because I enjoyed how House abused everyone.

          • acat says:

            Different people find different things funny, ‘Gator.
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            I found Bean to be less funny than classic Charlie Chaplin, personal taste.
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            I’m sure someone from the appropriate ministry or agent will be around to denounce me for deviancy shortly.
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            Mew

          • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

            Re: acat 12:51

            Heretic! Traitor! Armadillo!
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            Next you are going to tell us that you don’t enjoy Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei! Or that you’ve never even heard of it!
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            *Never really got into Bean or Chaplin.* I think my knowledge of comedy, like so many other areas of entertainment, is neither particularly broad nor particularly deep.

  • BigGator5 says:

    I just read the article and I think that was far from apologetic. The title is all wrong, but the article was an scathing indictment on how President Barack Obama cannot govern. She even notes how soaring speeches is not going to do anything for Obama.
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    I will blast her for her references to Aaron Sorkin, but I am going to tweet the article.

  • Spegen says:

    Walter Mead’s take down of her supposed hardball tactics is a good read.

  • Luke says:

    By golly, they’ve finally figured out that their messianic figure has feet of clay.
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    This should be fun to watch.

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