Obama Book Reveals Flailing And Uncertain Barack Obama

Since excerpts began circulating via various media and Internet sources, the Obama White House has initiated an all out offensive disputing the portrayal of a weak and indecisive Barack Obama uncertain of his obligations as President of the United States.  Of course, this same White House omits the fact they themselves invited author Ron Suskind in to observe the administration, with several senior officials granting interviews with the knowledge the material was to be used or publication.

He’s in – he’s out Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner stated Suskind’s image of a meek and muted Barack Obama leaving the job of developing an economic plan to combat the worsening economy as bearing little resemblance to reality.  Geithner’s assessment might have been enough to quell the quickly growing interest in “Confidence Men” if not for the similar versions given by other senior White House officials that appear to support the Suskind portrayal.

Perhaps most telling is former Obama economic adviser Larry Summer’s whispered admission that when it came to the Obama White House, there were “no adults in charge” – and that the staff were in effect, “home alone.”  Other former administration such as Council of Economic Advisers chair Dr. Christina Romer have had associates indicate to various news sources that her complaints in the book of an Obama administration run like a “boys club” were in fact accurate.  Romer left the White House after just one year.

Here is an excerpt of the publisher’s review:

…The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players—like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner—who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation’s crises deepened, Obama’s deputies often ignored the president’s decisions—“to protect him from himself”—while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes—between men and women, policy and politics—ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world’s toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration.

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http://www.amazon.com/Confidence-Men-Washington-Education-President/dp/0061429252

 

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5 Comments to Obama Book Reveals Flailing And Uncertain Barack Obama
    • Tom Flaherty
    • That’a because it’s amateur hour at the White House, an unqualified Frank Abagnale Jr. (“Catch Me If You Can”) in charge, with an:
      Antisocial personality disorder
      The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM IV-TR), defines antisocial personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:[1]
      A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:
      failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
      deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
      impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;
      irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
      reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
      consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
      lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;
      B) The individual is at least age 18 years.
      C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.
      D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.
      and
      Factor 1: Personality “Aggressive narcissism”
      Glibness/superficial charm
      Grandiose sense of self-worth
      Pathological lying
      Cunning/manipulative
      Lack of remorse or guilt
      Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
      Callousness; lack of empathy
      Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
      Factor 2: Case history “Socially deviant lifestyle”.
      Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
      Parasitic lifestyle
      Poor behavioral control
      Lack of realistic long-term goals
      Impulsivity
      Irresponsibility
      Juvenile delinquency
      Early behavior problems
      Revocation of conditional release
      Traits not correlated with either factor
      Promiscuous sexual behavior
      Many short-term marital relationships
      Criminal versatility
      Acquired behavioural sociopathy/sociological conditioning (Item 21: a newly identified trait i.e. a person relying on sociological strategies and tricks to deceive)

    • ExExZonie
    • This parallels the insider’s description of the goings-on – but perhaps Suskind spent more time with Bill Daley. I can’t get out of my mind the picture he painted of a disengaged, overwhelmed 0bama sitting in a recliner, staring at a football game with sound at full blast, unable to respond to a visitor’s important question. People need to know what’s going on!

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