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Obama schooled by Romney: why he has no passion

If you haven't watched the first U.S. presidential debate that took place in Colorado yesterday, maybe you should:



A vast majority of folks on both sides (including the Guardian, CIPig, various left-wing power groups and individuals including Michael Moore, Bill Maher, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and almost 70% of people in polls) agree that Romney has won. He was more prepared, more aggressive, more connected with general principles, unusually emotional for this de facto technocrat. He demolished ideas about his trying to abolish taxes for the rich and similar nonsense – instead, he presented a realistic picture in which tax rates are lower but the exemptions are reduced, too. Obama was subdued, discontinuous, confused, and wasting lots of time with irrelevant details and technicalities, and he reminded us of a boy who is being chastised and accepts the criticism, regardless of what his naughty boy friends who also and especially need to be spanked (I mean the Democratic Party here) will say.

It looked like Romney wants the job but Obama doesn't. Why is it so?




Well, I have expressed this idea – which is partly a result of an analysis, partly a wishful thinking óf mine – before. Obama has actually understood that the left-wing attitudes are wrong. They don't work. He's not stupid, he had 4 years to study this issue from a rather powerful reference frame, and he has learned a lot – even though he began to have a clue before he became a president.

He was manipulated into a position of a president from whom the extreme left-wingers expected a lot. They have "made him" but he has never been genuinely and internally one of them. He knows that the pro-freedom principles that Romney – partially – represented make sense while the opposition to them doesn't make sense. He just realizes he's in a rather sensitive position and if he admitted everything he already knows, he would create a lot of hassle for himself and the U.S.

So Obama will do everything he can to lose (without making his intent totally obvious) the November elections. Then he will come out of closet as a conservative and will write a book on how the nasty politically correct left-wingers have been manipulating him for years to be another obedient left-winger.

By the way, if you need an accurate 2-minute summary of the debate, here is a Chinese animated one, you will understand it:

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reader Ritvars Eglājs said...

LOL.


reader HenryBowman419 said...

Initially I thought you were serious about B.O. wanting to lose, but then I appreciated the parody.


reader Luboš Motl said...

I am mostly serious!


reader Neill said...

Have watched a lot of prez debates -- never seen anything like it. O got schooled. Try on 'President Romney'.


reader John said...

Lubos my friend, you are seriously deluded! He is seriously hardcore. Your usually terrific incisive analysis fails you here! John


reader Luboš Motl said...

Thanks for your feedback, John. Well, he doesn't have 5% of the left-wing vitriolic emotions of dozens of folks I have met in my life and he has 10 times more desire to say things that just OK for a conservative or a libertarian - and I still think that what he actually feels about those things is much more than meets the eye. He's just placed inside some infrastructure (created out of the Democrat Party powerful groups and individuals) that requires him to play the game.


reader metamars said...

This is off-topic, but I think you'll find it worthwhile. Michael Mann will do an online Q&A about his new hockey stick book this Sunday, 2pm Pacific time. If you register at FDL, you can at least put some questions to him. Typically, not all questions in this type of online events get answered, so don't hold your breath.
http://fdlbooksalon.com/2012/10/07/fdl-book-salon-the-hockey-stick-and-the-climate-wars-dispatches-from-the-front-lines/

P.S. Did you read "Bacteria for Breakfast"?


reader chris y said...

I think Obama is voting 'present' in this election because he doesn't care, and it is a drag. He already has his 'equal outcomes' share of income redistribution, capped by the purchase of a $35 million oceanfront estate in Kailua, the “Beverly Hills of Hawaii,” on the northeast shore of the island of Oahu. Obama's campaign finance chairman and heiress to the Hyatt fortune may pay for half of the bill. It will be available in January 2013.

Besides, the US is far too small a venue for his sweeping societal reforms to be enacted, and in particular various regulations and treaties that properly punish the US for its historical plundering of other countries. Being appointed lifetime head of an unelected UN global governance politburo provides a lot more flexibility.


reader cynholt said...

Despite what you say, Lubos, I still believe that the Republicans would
actually like to get Obama re-elected so that they can come up with
something worse -- both in terms of foreign and domestic policy. We saw
Snow White, err Michele Bachmann, and the Seven Dwarfs, and they
distilled it down to Mitt. We remain in a tenuous economic cycle and
they, the Republicans, don't want to be in the office because they saw
the ship go down with GWB at the helm. The economy probably won't get
any better in the next four years. So let O, who goes along with most of
their policies anyway and is red meat for right wing contributors, take
the heat. That is what I believe.


reader Peter F. said...

After you, Lubos, pointed out B.O's half-heartedness, in this blog-post I too ['as usual I am half-asleep and get woken up by you' :-)] have tuned in to the same "vibe" that he gives off. Especially after watching the first debate. It looks like you are more perceptive on this point than maybe even you realize! ;->


reader cynholt said...

In the future, when we take a historical perspective looking at
president Barrack Obama's actions, not simply his words, and comparing
them to that of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he'll
be viewed harshly.


When a realistic assessment is made of President Obama, we will see
that his administration was one of the most (if not THE MOST) corrupt,
warmongering, and destructive to the Constitution of the United States
(along with that to our civil liberties). That is, if we as a country
can even survive and not implode from the corrupt, kleptocratic network
of bank regulators, staffers, lobbyists, think tank denizens, and
corporate officers who worked together to undermine efforts at reform
(using a cover of partisanship, of course), and can finally jettison
these sociopaths from American politics!



The Kleptocrats pose for a shot

They smile for the money they've got

They smile for their power

That grows every hour

They smile for the world they just bought



The Limerick King



http://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/7786465632/


reader aaron said...

Your cynacism is weak. He may want to lose, but its because his back channel deals have assured his familys social position. he has no need to win.


reader Ann said...

That Chinese video is a riot! Obama isn't used to being confronted by real opposition, and no teleprompter for the debate. I've never thought he was so smart and glib on his feet as many have claimed. Interesting analysis, Lubos, completely new idea to me. While we focus on economy (very important) and terrorist accomplishments (no bin Laden) we may be in for nasty stuff soon in Middle East -- Syria and Turkey are now shelling each other on the border. Iraq is unraveling and Iran wants nuclear weapons. Obama has not had to make really hard military decisions in the past 4 years, just carry on what was there. But next four may be very different -- maybe he is scared and knows he won't get by with just voting 'present' then. My two cents. I hope Romney wins for all sorts of reasons.


reader Richard deSousa said...

Lubos: you apparently haven't seen Dinesh D'Souza's 2016: Obama's America!


reader cynholt said...

Obama wasn’t engaged in the debates last night because he’s only a great
speaker when it’s all about him. That’s where his interest lies. This
is, after all, a guy who wrote not one, but two autobiographies.



I know I deprecate psychologizing, but this one sticks out a mile.
And it makes delicious red meat for Obama skeptics such as myself. ;~)


reader neutrino said...

cynholt, your description of Obama's government fits well with the government of many UE countries, and the European Commission as well...


reader Ann said...

And now we have Al Gore's explanation of Obama's lackluster debate -- the air in Denver! Really, Al? At least he didn't blame it on global warming. :-)


reader Jeffrey said...

So we presume you'll be voting for Romney - just to stick it to the Republicans.

Please, PLEASE don't throw us in that briar patch, cynholt!


reader cynholt said...

..."we may be in for nasty stuff soon in Middle East -- Syria and Turkey are now shelling each other on the border."


This appears to be a false flag operation, Ann. Syria is far too entangled in other
disputes to create a war, with first strikes using mortars, against NATO
via Turkey. Ryan Dawson does a good breakdown here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...


reader HenryBowman419 said...

LM, I think he wants the job, but he remains fundamentally very lazy, and simply not willing to work hard to think about or study any issues except in very shallow terms. It is pretty clear from his history that he simply won't work hard, which is in big contrast to his opponent. So, he wants the job, but hasn't actually worked hard for much of anything in his life, and frankly doesn't know how at this late stage.


reader YeOldeMoptop said...

I think he is just ADD, which makes him say interesting things occasionally, but is no engine to drive a president.


reader Gordon Wilson said...

Yes, Romney dominated that debate, but I didn't believe much of what he said. He is a chameleon who changes color with his environment. I do not believe that, as he said at a fundraiser, that basically he wants to throw 47% of Americans under the bus. I believe he wants to throw 99% under. His comments that he is the great supporter of the middle class are ludicrous given his business history. The middle class is in the process of going extinct, and neither party is taking it seriously.
When I hear that the US military needs even more money that it even wasn't requesting to keep the US the number one power in the world, I get very nervous.
Having said that, Obama seems weak and unable to make decisions and support them. He should have stuck with universal medicare instead of accepting an eviscerated version. He caved to the Wall St. banks.
He didn't close Guantanamo, etc. etc.
I would not be surprised if he is not enthusiastic about being re-elected given the out-of control money printing and bond buying of the Fed. The financial ponzi game being played has to collapse soon.


reader Gordon Wilson said...

Yup, the Wall St. banks and the Fed have both parties in their pockets. I wonder how many people know that the Fed is a private bank.
For fun, chart out the placement of former Goldman-Sachs senior management in the US govt and the Fed, and, for that matter in other countries' Central banks.
And Obama has been surprisingly bellicose, but Romney would be the same, perhaps more-so.


reader random said...

romney is using an esoteric scheme actually. regulus moved in to virgo, but is still on the virgo-leo cusp. he is acting tidy, precise, has buzz words like workers, work (house of work and health), budget, calculation, seperating wheat from shaft (discrimination). those are all virgo traits [ed witten is a virgo]. what regulus in virgo denotes is the shift from Leo masculine golden power (roman empire jupiter phase) to modest service. this election like the 2000 elections is surrounded by a mercury retrograde (elliptical orbit stage). this in november is going to cause a technical break down in a different fashion.


reader cynholt said...

Our financial “system” effects everyone in this country, including the
homeless. Obama saved the corruption WITHIN the financial system through
bailouts, programs designed to enrich the financial institutions, and a
complete breakdown of judicial responsibilities. After all, in Obama’s
world, Timothy Geithner, who was literally front and center of the
financial crisis and part of the problem would become Secretary of the
Treasury. CEO’s of financial institutions, which continue corrupt and
fraudulent practices, are “savvy businessmen” according to Obama. He
didn’t save the system, he saved the corruption within the system.
Actually saving the system would have meant justice for the citizens of
this country and going after corruption.


reader cynholt said...

As I've said before, Jeffrey, there is very little fundamental difference between
the Dems and Repubs. It's like getting a burger fries and soda at
either McD's or the B'King. They taste a little different, both are
basically bad for you, but inevitably you end up with a burger, fries
and soda. This year's election is about choosing which set of social
issues you would prefer to live under. The powers behind the curtain are
not going to allow the people to choose on any meaningful issue, only
on the issues which are immaterial to those in power and which they will
make money off of regardless which choice is made. The 3rd party will
not win. So the choice will be either the socially regressive Republican
candidate and party or the Democrat who will maintain the status quo.
If Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein managed to get into office things still
would not change since the true power brokers would not allow it (look
what happened to Obama and his change). The only way things will really
change will be when the shit really hits the fan and the existing power
structure is dismantled.


reader cynholt said...

I see the presidential debates as Theater of the Absurd: A Mad Bomber vs
a Corporate Raider. Neither of them gives two wits about America,
beyond how their tribe of cannibals can raid Social Security faster.



I refuse to take this farce seriously. Voting legitimizes this fake
set of choices. Don't vote for either of these corporate tyrannies



Coke or Pepsi, it's all corporate Cola.


reader cynholt said...

Teleprompters just don't work above 1 mile Alt.;~)


reader Mike H said...

Ann: Re: not good off teleprompter. You're exactly right. If you recall, McCain/Palin went ahead in the polls by a few points just after Palin was named as V.P. He was doing a town hall and he went off the prompt. He was a rambling idiot and they never let him off the prompt again.


reader Mike H said...

Lubos:
Not sure if I agree with your he's not hard left take but I don't disagree with your take he wouldn't mind losing. The man has no idea how put in 14 - 18 hour days of constant thinking, 7 days a week. He's too used to people just agreeing with him and not pushing back. He's discovered this whole presidency thing is hard work. He sees a life, empty rhetoric speeches on the other side fighting for the "repressed" for which the gullible left will pay him $100k/speech at a min. He gets to spend time with his girls (I truly believe they are the apples in his eyes) and Michelle my Belle.

As Condi Rice said, and I paraphrase, "if you've surrounded yourself with friends who just agree with you, it's time to get new friends". I guarantee you, Mitt will put people in his administration who push back. Challenge his ideas/thoughts.

I think he is the perfect man for the good ol' USA at this time. The boom that is coming to my southern neighbors if he wins will be phenomenal. The trillions of dollars sitting overseas is a tsunami waiting to see if money grabber or a pro growth administration.

Cheers


reader Franken Stein said...

Maybe you should try to understand that Barack Obama is trying to do his best as president. Unfortunately he has been road blocked by a recalcitrant and abusive republican congress. President Obama has tried to improve the health of the economy with much legislation and talking to the people but its people like you that make it impossible.

Maybe you should rethink your hate for Obama and consider all of the hard work that he's done to give america a chance to survive for just one more day.


reader Luboš Motl said...

Dear Franken Stein, I don't hate Obama at all, and if you read the actual blog entry, you would notice that I think he is actually a closet conservative, too. But leftwingers like you never read and never learn; they prefer to indefinitely repeat their convenient lies.


Obama may have tried to improve [anything] but the road to hell is decorated with "good" efforts. I know rather intimately how a country looks like after 40 years of very analogous efforts.


Your final comment about America's chance to "survive for just one more day" also shows what kind of trouble one may have if he allows hardcore scum like Franken Stein to spread and actually affect things. America as a country smoothly survived 236 years so surely if someone brings it to the position that it must think about "survival for just one more day", he must have done something seriously, seriously wrong.


reader George Christodoulides said...

well Lubos any person with brains should hate Obama. among many other things the main reason i hate him is because he is simply dumb and his votes the product of school and government brainwashing...and the fact that he lives in a developed country and was attending an afrocentrist church.
he was just receiving from western culture and instead of saying thank you, he was attending a church against that culture. in other words he is a fuckin parasite.


reader cynholt said...

For me, Franken, the debate settled a question perplexing the Left for 3+ years
about Obama. It was particularly funny/tragic to see him close with the
claim that he is a “fighter” for the “middle class.” We had just spent
90 minutes watching how he “fights” against a 1%-er.



We saw how Obama has risen so far while accomplishing so little of
substantive value for the people he claims to champion. He is quite
skilled and extraordinarily disciplined at remaining deferential to
powerful white men, even when they mistreat him -- and the truth -- with
their customary arrogance and ruthlessness.




Let us not forget that this is infotainment. Relax. The Corporate
Government has to put this show on for the dulled out, over
propagandized audience that will not demand real answers to real
questions. There is probably a rally in blood pressure medication sales,
and that's an economic plus.


reader cynholt said...

Illusions and delusions are top priority in brainwashed USA.



It's amazing to consider how many millions of people actually
perceive this grotesque charade of elections and democracy to be
legitimate, genuinely rooting their favorite 'team' on, failing to
comprehend that the same fascist interests manage both parties, manage
the outcomes, manage the so-called 'news' covering the twisted parody,
and ultimately managing the opinions of those who've swallowed the
poison that's required, essential, in buying into this transparent
fairytale.


reader Shannon said...

Americans are funny. The bigger the country the more simplistic, even simple-minded, the communication to the people.


reader Gordon Wilson said...

Too true, Cynthia. It is brainwashed fans cheering on their "team" in a game that the participants know is already "fixed".


reader YeOldeMoptop said...

You are funny, you have no clue.


reader Shannon said...

Sarcasm ? :-)
(We in France like to parody the Americans and their simplistic view of the world)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3xhjToC2ng


reader woodnfish said...

Really cynholt, you think Romney was a corporate raider? Nothing could be further from the truth.


reader woodnfish said...

I thought you said you were living in Ireland, Shannon.


reader woodnfish said...

I don't know that he wants to lose rather than the fact that everything he has ever gained was handed to him because he is black and has led a sheltered political life. He's never had to work hard for any of it. The press has coddled and protected him, but they couldn't do that at the debate and Romney exposed Obama for the idiot he really is. Also, Obama cannot run on his record.


Even after the debate most of the articles were about how Romney cheated or lied, etc. Fortunately, over 67 million people watched the debate and know the truth.


reader woodnfish said...

No, you are completely wrong, cynholt. This years election is about the economy. It is always about the economy and it will always be about the economy. And under Obama the economy sucks. He's toast in November. And for 3 months after the election he will do everything he can to completely screw us for not re-electing him because that is the kind of shallow, worthless, thin-skinned dirtbag he is.


reader woodnfish said...

Wow, that is really funny. I want some of what you've been smoking. Well, no actually I don't because it obviously makes you stupid.


reader Antisthenes said...

Odpusť, Luboši, že vzal jsem jméno Tvé nadarmo -http://www.fogofchaos.com/2012/10/08/abc-subtitles/


reader Shannon said...

Only physically Woodnfish ;-)


reader random said...

romney is using an esoteric scheme actually. regulus moved in to virgo, but is still on the virgo-leo cusp. he is acting tidy, precise, has buzz words like workers, work (house of work and health), budget, calculation, seperating wheat from shaft (discrimination). those are all virgo traits [ed witten is a virgo]. what regulus in virgo denotes is the shift from Leo masculine golden power (roman empire jupiter phase) to modest service. this election like the 2000 elections is surrounded by a mercury retrograde (elliptical orbit stage). this in november is going to cause a technical break down in a different fashion.


reader cynholt said...

Our financial “system” effects everyone in this country, including the homeless. Obama saved the corruption WITHIN the financial system through bailouts, programs designed to enrich the financial institutions, and a complete breakdown of judicial responsibilities. After all, in Obama’s world, Timothy Geithner, who was literally front and center of the financial crisis and part of the problem would become Secretary of the Treasury. CEO’s of financial institutions, which continue corrupt and fraudulent practices, are “savvy businessmen” according to Obama. He didn’t save the system, he saved the corruption within the system. Actually saving the system would have meant justice for the citizens of this country and going after corruption.


reader cynholt said...

I see the presidential debates as Theater of the Absurd: A Mad Bomber vs a Corporate Raider. Neither of them gives two wits about America,
beyond how their tribe of cannibals can raid Social Security faster.



I refuse to take this farce seriously. Voting legitimizes this fake set of choices. Don't vote for either of these corporate tyrannies



Coke or Pepsi, it's all corporate Cola.


reader cynholt said...

Teleprompters just don't work above 1 mile Alt.;~)


reader Mike H said...

Ann: Re: not good off teleprompter. You're exactly right. If you recall, McCain/Palin went ahead in the polls by a few points just after Palin was named as V.P. He was doing a town hall and he went off the prompt. He was a rambling idiot and they never let him off the prompt again.


reader Mike H said...

Lubos:
Not sure if I agree with your he's not hard left take but I don't disagree with your take he wouldn't mind losing. The man has no idea how put in 14 - 18 hour days of constant thinking, 7 days a week. He's too used to people just agreeing with him and not pushing back. He's discovered this whole presidency thing is hard work. He sees a life, empty rhetoric speeches on the other side fighting for the "repressed" for which the gullible left will pay him $100k/speech at a min. He gets to spend time with his girls (I truly believe they are the apples in his eyes) and Michelle my Belle.

As Condi Rice said, and I paraphrase, "if you've surrounded yourself with friends who just agree with you, it's time to get new friends". I guarantee you, Mitt will put people in his administration who push back. Challenge his ideas/thoughts.

I think he is the perfect man for the good ol' USA at this time. The boom that is coming to my southern neighbors if he wins will be phenomenal. The trillions of dollars sitting overseas is a tsunami waiting to see if money grabber or a pro growth administration.

Cheers


reader cynholt said...

As I've said before, Jeffrey, there is very little fundamental difference between the Dems and Repubs. It's like getting a burger fries and soda at either McD's or the B'King. They taste a little different, both are basically bad for you, but inevitably you end up with a burger, fries and soda. This year's election is about choosing which set of social issues you would prefer to live under. The powers behind the curtain are not going to allow the people to choose on any meaningful issue, only on the issues which are immaterial to those in power and which they will make money off of regardless which choice is made. The 3rd party will not win.

So the choice will be either the socially regressive Republican candidate and party or the Democrat who will maintain the status quo. If Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein managed to get into office things still would not change since the true power brokers would not allow it (look
what happened to Obama and his change). The only way things will really change will be when the shit really hits the fan and the existing power structure is dismantled.