Call me crazy, but George Will may be off the White House Christmas card list

Posted by: Phineas on April 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

**Posted by Phineas


A couple of days ago, George Will wrote a column that probably left our thin-skinned, petulant president crying for his binky — “TheAdolescent President.” Here’s an excerpt:

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67-percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.

Will then described how Obama relies almost solely on four argument tactics common to teenagers: the straw man; declaring the argument over; why argue, because everything is fine; and “you’re saying no because you hate me.”  Here’s what he wrote about the second:

Adolescents also try to truncate arguments by saying that nothing remains of any arguments against their arguments. Regarding the ACA, Obama said the debate is “settled” and “over.” Progressives also say the debate about catastrophic consequences of man-made climate change is “over,” so everyone should pipe down. And they say the debates about the efficacy of universal preschool, and the cost-benefit balance of a minimum-wage increase, are over. Declaring an argument over is so much more restful than engaging with evidence.

Will’s right, of course. We do have a callow, narcissistic 13 year-old in charge whose only response when opposed is to taunt, shout-down, and denigrate. He also assumes his audience is stupid (1), which is about the only explanation for the constant lies in the face of all evidence to the contrary. (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” being just one example, albeit a spectacular one.)

Do read the whole thing. I’m sure it left a mark.

PS: Yes, it’s true. I have no respect for Barack Obama. For his office, yes. For him, no. And he’s earned it.

(1) Which, to be fair, is not wholly unjustified when talking about his own supporters. They put up with so much and keep coming back for more.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “Call me crazy, but George Will may be off the White House Christmas card list”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    This particular brand of immaturity finds is way into other areas as well. In the case of Ukraine, Obhammud never mentions the Atlantic Charter, the Four-Nation Declaration, or any of the other active treaties to which Russia is a signatory and proceeding on that basis. He honestly believes his presence and personality are sufficient.

    Like a distracted adolescent , if something did not happen directly to him and within the past ten minutes then it means nothing.

    Taking a “selfie” while glamming it up with that hot Scandinavian dignitary at Mandela’s services was another mark of immaturity.

  2. Nate says:

    I swear, it’s time to send a truckload each of sippy cups and pacifiers to DC.

  3. Neo says:

    BIDEN: “Mark my words, within the next — first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge, ’cause they’re going to want to test him, just like they did John Kennedy, they’re going to want to test him, and they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.”

    I’m told that it’s Putin’s NR-40

  4. Tom TB says:

    BHO was as convincing when he said he believed “Marriage is between a Man and a Woman”, as he was later when he said he “evolved” and homosexual unions are just as legally valid.

    If this guy didn’t cost us so much, he’d be entertaining!

  5. LoopTheLup says:

    Somehow, this picture seemed appropriate.

  6. Carlos says:

    @Neo: Ya see, Slo Joe started from the wrong premise, that being that Duh-1 has a spine to begin with. He is a typical thug: spineless.