Friday, January 30, 2009

Thin Skin and Snarky

The thing is, when you're President everything you do is under a microscope. Thus it follows that if you say one thing and do another, people are going to notice, maybe even throw the H-word.

If you make promises or express your opinion it is going to get dissected ten ways to Sunday. And if you're snarky, you just made it worse.

First, a little background. A promise:
Candidate Obama spoke back in May:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
Then, on his first full day after becoming President 10 days ago we get this hypocrisy:
The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
And then finally on Thursday, we get snarky:
"We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town," Obama said this morning. "I'm saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."
This from the guy who jacked up the temperature so high he could grow orchids in the Oval Office? That's an example of "flinty Chicago toughness"?

Or perhaps he was referring to the toughness of his thin-skin by sparring with talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, or his magnanimity in rubbing the election results in the face of Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona by saying, "I won. I will trump you on that."?

To quote him: "That's not leadership."

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