DENVER Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing at Wednesday night’s debate: He is a president, not a king. In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting, Obama loyalists expressed puzzlement that the incumbent had done badly. But Obama has only himself to blame, because he set himself up for Wednesday’s emperor-has-no-clothes moment. For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry.
Mr Milbank it isn't just the last four years, more like the last thirty odd years. O's hidden his life's record from you guys and your lack of curiosity is disgraceful. Obama has been ducking everything and everybody over that time and been given a total pass at every juncture.
There have been plenty of opportunities for the knee-pad media to ask tough questions and they chose to shirk their responsibilities in the interest of promoting their liberal agendas. Whenever a reporter did attempt to ask a question requiring a serious answer, the media attacked him as disrespectful. In this article, Dana is still carrying his water for him. For 4 years Milbank has extolled the virtues of Obama without knowing (or caring to know) anything about the man. He and his kind are the failure here, as much as his Dear Leader. Obama has managed to destroy not only the banking system, healthcare, and the auto industry, but the American media and the democrat party as well.
The media is upset? I'll just bet they are. Obama's failure in the debate lands squarely in their laps. He's their failed hero, a phony in real life. ... THEY promoted his ignorance and called it brilliance. ... THEY applauded his ability as a speaker and shielded the fact that he could not speak without the teleprompter. ... THEY lauded his appeal, his regal aura, and treated him like a god.
Trucker Observation: Obama will come back meaner and with more lies than ever. Be prepared for more October Surprises from the Democrat Party. They have lost voters trust. Conservative will restore the economy, will restore jobs, balance the budget and protect the American people from Muslim terrorists stocking Christrians.
Mark my words. He will come to the next debate ready to re-fight the last debate. He will be so eager to get revenge that he will be unprepared to address issues or respond to a switch in tactics by Romney.
The next debates include foreign policy. It should be interesting to watch 0bama and Biden explain how all the wonderful things they have done has improved our relations with the middle eastern countries.
Gee Dana - putting all the blame on Obama. Where have you and your fellow presstitudes been the past 4 years? You and your colleagues spent more time on Romney's 47% comments than asking Obama of Hillary aboaut Benghazi.
This has been fascinating to watch. As Obama fails, some member of the press turn on him. Why? Because they can't blame liberalism. Obama was quite right to avoid being questioned. He has no record to defend. And why is that? He's a liberal and liberals fail every time. But Milbank can't accept that nor accept blame as a member of the press for NOT questioning Obama.
It’s amazing to me that these slimy media people who have helped create the monster can now say “he has no one to blame but himself.” They think they can step back from the muck they stirred up and remain clean as the wind-driven snow? They really think we are that stupid? Nice try Mr. Milbank. Try something else to save your sorry skin.
In lieu of taking hard questions, Obama has opted for gauzy, soft-focus interviews...
"...opted"??? When did ANY mainstream questioner give him a "hard question" to begin with? Milbank et al threw him softballs almost every time and those who dared question the King got taken to the woodshed for it and recanted for "misspeaking".
He's never gotten tough questions from anyone. Nor has he allowed non-scripted questioning or unscreened audiences. How the heck is he supposed to get battle-hardened if nobody holds him to any standards for which he is accountable?
Answer: never. His whole life. He really is an empty chair and thank God millions got to see that on Wednesday night.
However, it's my guess that the second debate will show a lesson-learned tougher Obama who will spout facts and figures that don't compute. Romney has to be ready to challenge every premise, every statistic such as this one today that the unemployment rate fell below 8%. We all know that's a lie.
Rush will slice and dice this poll today on air. Hope someone gets the info to Romney.
Every once in a blue moon when his inner-mensch emerges, nobody can write things you already know, better than flip-flopper Dana Milbank. Praising BHO to the skies is Dana’s day job. However, Dana also likes to occasionally keep his readers on their toes, mixed metaphor-wise, by taking BHO to task. Y’never know what Dana will write next, that loveable pixie. Perhaps he does it to bolster his journalistic bona fides and street creds and such. Yeah, maybe that’s it.
Dana, it’s high time you decide who you want to be. Once you’ve done that, be that! Being a critical lap dog just doesn’t fly.
Milbank applauds O's comeback the day after with his nonsense lines abut Romney's $5 trillion tax cut. Had O said that on stage -- rather in front of his preferred audience of 19 year-old college students -- all Romney had to say would have been, 'there he goes again.' And roll his eyes.
O goes from a serious conversation (debate) where he's utterly inadequate to silly talk where he can say aything to an audience of teenagers who don't know any better.
Here's another thought, the Media wants their "Boy" back in because if not stations like MSNBC, CNN, etc. and the Chris Matthews of the world will become irrelevant. They in effect will be out of a job. They will become old news.
Dana Milbank is a liar who shouldn't be welcomed in any journalistic endeavor.
That said, yes, it's Obama's fault, but #1 has it absolutely right. The media set the pattern of never challenging Obama so why shouldn't he have continued on with those expectations? It's the media's fault for being lap dogs.
There may be some cracks in Obama's gauzy-eyed ranks. After Obama ranted and raved yesterday about Romney, some of his followers were demanding to know why Obama did not raise those issues in the face-to-face meeting. Of course We know why - he couldn't handle such an exchange. And the WaPO and others continue to merrily report Obama's transcript without daring to question anything he spews.
It's really quite simple. Obama came out on the short end Wednesday night because he has never been seriously challenged in his entire like. Who challenged him during his previous election campaigns? He and his cronies made sure that he had NO challengers. Must be really hard to run a campaign like that. So when he finally met someone who IS intelligent, has all his ducks in a row, has not skeletons in his closet, then Obozo was at a loss as to what to do. It wasn't a case of being out of practice, it's a case of not knowing how to handle a true debate. Simple.
If they want to blame the real cause then blame liberalism and its unconstitutional affirmative action policies. Obama’s performance is exactly as expected. It hasn’t been 4 years, its been 50 years that he has ducked any accounting or truths. Sure the media is to blame for hiding the fact from the country that this guy is nothing but an empty chair but they didn't cause it.
So what is Dana Milbank's life like, Who greased the skids for him? Whare his folks and where are his records? where did he go to schools, what did he study and where are his transcripts. Lets start checking these people out. Start with Milbanks' health and his college days and how he got into schools etc...
Re: 25 - Remember the Bret Baier interview of Obama and how Brett got excoriated in the PRESS for being disrespectful of the president because he interrupted Obama to try and get Obama to answer the questions?
No big surprise. We just witnessed the ultimate result of affirmative action. Once the crutches are kicked out and the training wheels are removed, you see - barack obama, small, alone and helpless. He never belonged there in the first place.
If Dana Milbank and his buddies at the WaPo were really journalists, they might be writing about Obama's connections to hard-core socialists from Chicago's Midwest Academy and the Democrat Socialists of America (DSA). Part of the reason Obama is so tentative in his answers is that he has to be so careful not to disclose his socialists leanings. Romney feels very free to disclose his core beliefs in capitalism and the American system, so he's got an easier task in the debates.
Of course Obama was unprepared. He lives in a world where the number of unemployment claims was significantly higher than the number of new jobs created in September, but the "official" unemployment rate dropped from 8.1% to 7.8%.
Does anyone doubt that when September's rate is revised (shortly after election day) it will be over 8% - again?
Following my comment in one of the other threads, Romney's other goal last tuesday was to moon Obie's backside for him while forcing the msm to acknowledge defeat against the administration's "protect the president at all costs" narrative....all within a two-hour conversation. Who says the spoken word by a hungry presidential challenger isn't King, no?
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