On one hand, he's acting like he's worked so hard for the last 6 years that he can't wait to get out of his current employment.
OTOH, he's partying even more than usual.
He now fancies himself as "the bear," which justifies lumbering into any and all venues where food and alcohol are present. This includes wandering up and down the streets of DC. (????)
Most bizarre as the border is invaded by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, between photo ops Obama took the time to declare he isn't interested in photo ops.
Even the Leftist media is taking notice. WaPoo:
The president also seems genuinely impatient with the limitations of his office. He has started walking around D.C. for short stints, referring to himself in the third person as “the bear” as he walks across Lafayette Park or heads to a nearby Starbucks. In Austin this week, he reminisced about the time he roamed free in the Texas capital as a presidential candidate in February 2008.Obama's not happy with D.C., so in addition to the numerous golf outings every weekend and the fundraisers, he's planning on gettin' outta Dodge to reconnect with those people who still love him, a dwindling group, apparently.
Again from the WaPo:
“What I’ve said to my team is ‘Get me out of Washington,’ ” Obama said Wednesday night during a fundraiser in Austin. His summer schedule features out-of-town trips practically every week, including meetings between him and people who have written him personal letters.
The letters are “these thousands of acts of hope from you,” Obama told a crowd Wednesday in Denver’s Cheesman Park. “Cynicism is a choice, and hope is a better choice,” he said.We've known for a long time that Obama who is certainly NOT cynical feeds off the love of his admirers; indeed, he's probably his own greatest admirer, having said repeatedly that he's smarter than everyone in the room and he could also write better speeches than his speech writers. Aw, shucks.
Typical of a spoiled child raised by doting--however communist--grandparents, Obama seems to be unable to function for long without someone in the audience fainting with adoration or screaming his name in a religious fervor.
Obama asked some guy if he's gay the other day in Austin and then fist bumped him in glee when he said yes.
He allowed photo ops to be taken of the leader of the free world shooting pool, drinking beer and being offered a joint by some pothead.
The other day, he revealed that he's finally telling the truth (ie, not lying anymore) now that he doesn't have to run for office again; then he promptly and breathtakingly lied by saying he's not partisan.
He screamed to the crowd in Denver that they should all "have a picnic."
I mean, seriously. The last couple speeches Obama's given have been juvenile, petulant, downright bizarre and quite revealing.
Noemie Emery at the Washington Examiner is equally frustrated:
A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks about NBA ratings and where he will live when he leaves. And having stopped being president, he has also stopped being presidential -- Politico reported last week of a rally, "So punchy was he that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to 'sit down' and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. ... 'I don't have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,' he said."Ron Fournier at the National Journal notes that Obama repeatedly uses the words "I" "me" "my," so often that even Democrats are tired of him.
In one speech, he used these personal pronouns 199 times.
Considering the mess the country and world are in, is it too much to ask that the POTUS at least act concerned?
The New York Times sympathetically if somewhat skeptically views Obama's condition as "restless," and "weary" of obligations, which I guess we could term every teenager's desire to get away from their parents:
President Obama had just disembarked from Air Force One and was still on the tarmac in Rome when he turned to his host, John R. Phillips, the American ambassador to Italy, with an unexpected request: How about a dinner party tomorrow night?[SNIP]
Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated. Freewheeling...The NYT quotes Iranian Valerie Jarrett, who is increasingly open about making executive White House decisions while planning Obama's parties, explains that these parties keep Obama "fresh" and his "mind open to new ideas."
Iranian born Jarrett, of course, once said that Obama is just "bored with life" because he's so smart:
“He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what ordinary people do.”In addition to even the Leftist media realizing (stunningly) that things are not going well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the American people are more and more skeptical of the disaster that has become the Obama White House.
The question must be asked. Is he cracking up? Can he make it to 2016?
And Marketwatch puts its two cents in. Left and Right agree:.
Unfair or not, the narrative of a president who has checked out is building momentum, and not just in the opposition press. Nor is there any sign that Obama intends to do anything about it, or even wants to.