“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned;

if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

Ezekiel 33:6

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."

Proverbs 25:26

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White House Insider: The President needs to grow up

Published by Ulsterman

Once again we have the privilege of speaking with someone from within the Obama team – a former member of the Obama campaign and transition team, and longtime Washington DC political insider.  This is the follow up to our original discussion that took place a few weeks ago.

So you still wish to keep your name hidden from the public? Why?  I intend to remain working in this town for a bit longer.  A public disclosure might complicate that just a bit given who is in power right now.  But I won’t be the last one from the current administration coming forward.  After the midterms, there will be a number of us speaking about what is really going on in the Democrat Party, if for nothing else because it’s such a damn mess right now.

What do you mean “it’s a damn mess”?  I mean just what I said.  The Democrat Party is the most chaotic I have ever seen it – and that goes back almost 30 years.

So who is to blame?  We all are.  By we I mean those of us who were working within the party power structure the last ten years or so.  We got so caught up in the hate Bush mentality, we let the party get hijacked by our own far left.  That was disaster the moment it happened.  The disaster that will be the midterm election in 2010 started in November of 2006 when Pelosi and Reid took over the Democrat Party.  Those two have only brought trouble to the Democrat Party since day one of that time.

How do you mean?  (A long pause…) Look, I’ve been in the Democrat Party in one way or other, be it campaigns, fundraising, lobbying, whatever…we lost our way in 2006.  We put in place a Speaker of the House who is an absolute public relations train wreck.  The lady is a… She’s tough. Yeah, she’s real tough. But outside of the halls of Congress, forget it.  She’s a nut to the American people because America was and is a right of center country.  As a Democrat I say that, because I understand it.  Bill Clinton understood it.  Pelosi, Reid, Obama…they don’t accept that fact.

You mention Clinton a lot.  Yeah, I do because Bill Clinton was the very best politician of our time and I got to see it up close for a period of time and I am still amazed at just how good he was.  Second, I think Bill Clinton was a damn good president. He should be recognized more for just how good he really was.

And you don’t place Obama in the same league as Bill Clinton? (Laughter) Hell no.  Obama has only been in office a couple of years, so that isn’t even a fair question right now.  But what I have seen of Barack Obama has not left me with the confidence to say he will be as good a president as Bill Clinton.  Maybe he will get it figured out before 2012, and I sure as hell hope so because the Republicans are getting some real oddballs running their own show over there and that scares me too.

What scares you more as president – Sarah Palin or Barack Obama?  (Hands to head) Oh boy.  What a choice!  People would kill me for saying this – actually you know what, there are more and more of us Democrats saying what I am going to say in one form or another…  Sarah Palin understands America more than Barack Obama.  Yes, she has a minority of our far left who hates her, and some in our media are part of that group, but overall, she seems to get America.  Americans aren’t a complicated people, and neither is Sarah Palin, so that probably works in her favor.  But President Obama is just out of touch.  He really doesn’t understand what America is. What it’s about.  Or who it is.  And that is a real problem for him – and the Democrat Party at this moment in its history.

Are you saying you would vote for Sarah Palin over Barack Obama?  No, I don’t think I could do that.  As much as I admire Palin’s ability to connect with the American people, I just can’t stand her politics.  I am a pro-choice Democrat.  I support unions.  I support welfare programs.  Sarah Palin understands America, but that doesn’t mean she understands the best parts of America.  That being said, I think President Obama understands hardly any of America.  That is probably a big reason he appears so lost these days.

Last time you mentioned trouble with the Obama marriage. I am not going to ask you to elaborate on that specifically, but could you tell us if you like Michelle Obama?  Like is not a word we use in D.C. very much.  Do I respect the First Lady? Sure. She seems like a strong woman, a good mother.  I wasn’t around her really enough to say anything more than that.  Or, at least, I would rather not.

Were you afraid of her?  No – not anymore than anyone else who was around her as briefly as I was.  Here is what I get from the First Lady.  She is very much the Chicago ideologue.  Nancy Pelosi is the far left of the Democrat Party, right?  Well, Michelle Obama might be to the left of Nancy Pelosi.  She really doesn’t care for how things work in the country and she wants to see it all changed.  I can respect that, though I would guess she is far too liberal even for me – and I consider myself a liberal Democrat.

Could she be mean?  Mean?  She’s the First Lady. She is a strong, influential woman in America.  I don’t know what you are trying to ask me there – though I suspect what you are trying to get at and all I will say to that is, “Don’t go there.”

If you had President Obama here right now and you could give him some advice that he would follow, what would that advice be?  (Long silence.  Eyes closed – long sigh)  Man, that’s a tough question right there. I have thought about it a lot lately.  I know I’m not the only one who left that White House feeling really let down, but maybe that wasn’t fair to the President.  Maybe our own expectations got so high that he had no choice but to let us down…some advice, huh?  Hopefully without sounding disrespectful, I would tell the President to pull his head out of his ass.  To man up, grow up, and start to pay attention to what the American people want and need.  That is a big-big flaw with this president.  He comes at it from the position of thinking he knows what we need because we don’t have the ability to know for ourselves.  And he doesn’t respect any opinion that is different from his own.  He just doesn’t care to know any other side to any given issue.  I really believe it’s a maturity thing.  I think our president needs to grow up.  I hate to put it that way, but there it is.  President Obama – grow up.




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