Sunday, November 17, 2013

When Obama says he's working 24/7, he means 24 minutes and 7 seconds

If you're like me and Patterico, you're getting pretty sick of this guy telling us how hard he's working.  Oh, he's always working 24/7 and we're "working around the clock" and "as long as I’ve got the honor of having this office, I’m just going to work as hard as I can."

By his own admission, he was meeting with people working on the health care rollout "once a month."  Once a month for the single most significant legislation in his administration.  Patterico again:
So he’s meeting with “folks” about the health care Web site once a month, and playing golf more than twice a month.
It gets worse. His rounds of golf last six hours. Do you figure the health care meetings lasted six hours every month? I’ll bet my house they didn’t.
Me too.  I'll bet President Box Checker didn't spend a half-hour a month on Obamacare.  This guy has never run a major project and has never heard of a benchmark or a Gantt chart.  A normal person who is cognizant of his own shortcomings might spend extra time trying to understand what's going on but that would mean he's not the smartest guy in the room.  Can't have that.

Rest assured, though, that Mr. 24/7 - appropriately chastened by the disastrous rollout of Obamacare - is newly dedicated to the arduous labor required to make everything right.

Or not.  USA Today: "Obama has a sporting Sunday: Golf and Basketball!"  (I added the exclamation point)
President Obama is having a sporting kind of Sunday, featuring golf and basketball.
In the late morning, Obama hits the links at the Andrews military base near Washington, D.C.
Early Sunday evening, the president and his family will attend a college basketball game between the University of Maryland and Oregon State University, which is coached by Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson.
It's good to be the king President.


Anonymous said...

Universal Health Coverage Determined to Strike in U.S.

Teed off said...

The minority Democrats used to bitch and whine about Bush spending his ample vacation time clearing brush instead of handling the Iraq War.

Didn't get them anyplace, either. said...

Obama through Aug. 13, 2013: 15 vacation trips, covering all or part of 96 days.

Bush through Aug. 13, 2005: 58 vacations to Crawford or Kennebunkport, for all or part of 349 days.

Neither of these totals includes visits to Camp David.

Obama may or may not be the smartest guy in the room, but at least he's in the room.

Nigel Tufnel said...

You're going there, Vike? Please.

Turn off Fox news. Stop staring at echo-chamber web sites. Take a couple of deep, centering breaths. Go out for a nice walk. Re-read "On Liberty".

I don't believe that you believe half of this nonsense because I happen to know you're a rational person.

Eric said...


I don't doubt the Presidency is a stressful job and the guy is entitled to his 151 games of golf. But can we please catch a break from his narcissistic blather that he's "working as hard as he can" when all the evidence is to the contrary?

He met with his staff once a month on Obamacare? Such dedication. And when he's "in the room" he's watching the news to find out what's going on since the hardest working man in government seems to have no idea.

As Jon Stewart (!) said: are there any loops that he's "in"?

Nigel Tufnel said...

OK, you're getting there...

Now think about confirmation bias and how easy it is to prove to oneself that any politician is a narcissist.

With diligence you will work out your salvation, grasshopper.

Eric said...

I don't think it's possible to aspire to the Presidency without some narcissism. Then there's this guy:

"I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director."

Switching gears: IIRC you're a big fan of the Constitution. What's your take on Obama's new "enforcement discretion"? Who knew the President had those powers!

Groin amendments said...

John Yoo already has that one: The Obamacare insurance delay is illegal and unconstitutional, but crushing a child's testicles is within the president's discretionary power.

Too bad that kid won't have Obamacare.

Uriah Heep said...

"I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president—with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln."

Possible! Possibly not!

Nigel Tufnel said...

The cited quote is from an article discussing the President's tendency to go it alone when making big decisions.

The quote was self-deprecating, until it was taken out of context (gasp!) and waved around as "proof" of something some people desired to believe. Then it was repeated a bazillion times and rendered "true".

I refer you again to my original post and the advice contained therein.

A Tale of Two Cites said...

Also, Obama thinks we have 57 states! He's off by seven! The correct number is 50! But he said 57!