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  • THe White House “Insider” Series

    Posted by Michael Kennedy on September 21st, 2010 (All posts by )

    Roger Simon has links to a series running on another blog that is alleged to consist of interviews of a White House insider in the Obama administration who has become disenchanted. The interviewee is, of course, anonymous and there are doubts about the authenticity but it rings true to me. I will make comments about some of the statements.

    The first installment is here.

    White House Insider on Obama: “the President is Losing It.”

    Quite a title.

    When I asked this insider if the media gave candidate Obama an assist throughout his campaign, it elicits a sly smile. Sure – we definitely had people in the media on our side. Absolutely. We went so far as to give them specific ideas for coverage. The ones who took that advice from the campaign were granted better access, and Obama was the biggest story in 2008, so yeah, that gave us a lot of leverage.

    Could Obama have succeeded without the media’s help? Yeah, I think so. As I said, on the campaign trail he is very-very good. The opposition didn’t have near the energy, or the celebrity attraction that Obama brings. Plus, the country was burned out after eight years of Bush. We knew that going in. We knew that if we won the Democrat nomination, we were likely going to cruise our way to the White House – and that is exactly what we did.”

    This sounds authentic to me. I’m not sure Obama could have won without both the press and the flow of anonymous money that has yet to be explained but he was good with a teleprompter and Bush was unpopular. McCain was a weak candidate although he certainly would have been a better president.

    But after Obama was sworn in, things began to change? Almost immediately. Obama loved to campaign. He clearly didn’t like the work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire White House staff within weeks after the inauguration. Obama the tireless, hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us. And the few news stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to care about. He absolutely obsesses over Fox News. For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned. He takes everything very personally.

    And you state he despises Joe Biden? Oh yeah. That is very well known in the White House. Obama chose Biden for one reason – to have an older white guy with some international policy credentials. Period. If Biden has all of this international experience that Obama found so valuable, why has he buried him under the pile of crap that became the stimulus bill? What does Joe Biden know about budgets and economics? Not much – but Obama didn’t care. Give Joe a job and get him the hell out of my hair – that pretty much sums up the president’s feelings toward Joe Biden.

    Read the rest. This is only the first segment.

    What about Hillary Clinton? Obama is scared to death of Hillary. He doesn’t trust her – obsesses over her almost as much as he does Fox News. He respects her though, which might be why he fears her so much as well. He talks the game, but when it comes down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and Obama knows that.

    I include this only because I think the anonymous interviewee is a Hillary staffer or former staffer. Watch his comments on the Clintons. For example:

    How about Bill Clinton? I never heard Obama say anything about Bill Clinton personally, though I was told he has cracked a few jokes about the former president since getting into the White House. I have heard that Bill Clinton does not like Barack Obama. That really started when Obama played the race card against him during the primary campaign. Apparently Clinton was apoplectic over that and still hasn’t gotten over it. If there is one thing I have learned in this town – don’t make an enemy of Bill Clinton.

    So if Obama doesn’t appear interested in the job of president, what does he do day after day? Well, he takes his meetings just like any other president would, though even then, he seems to lack a certain focus and on a few occasions, actually leaves with the directive that be given a summary of the meeting at a later date. I hear he plays a lot of golf, and watches a lot of television – ESPN mainly. I’ll tell you this – if you want to see President Obama get excited about a conversation, turn it to sports. That gets him interested. You start talking about Congress, or some policy, and he just kinda turns off. It’s really very strange. I mean, we were all led to believe that this guy was some kind of intellectual giant, right? Ivy League and all that. Well, that is not what I saw. Barack Obama doesn’t have a whole lot of intellectual curiosity. When he is off script, he is what I call a real “slow talker”. Lots of ummms, and lots of time in between answers where you can almost see the little wheel in his head turning very slowly. I am not going to say the president is a dumb man, because he is not, but yeah, there was a definite letdown when you actually hear him talking without the script.

    That sounds like you are calling Obama stupid to me. No – I am not going to call him stupid. He just doesn’t strike me as particularly smart. Bill Clinton is a smart guy – he would run intellectual circles around Barack Obama. And Bill Clinton loved the politics of being president. Obama seems to think he shouldn’t have to be bothered, which has created a considerable amount of conflict among his staff.

    The second installment is here and just as interesting.

    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.

    This again rings true to me. And this next is a revelation to me.

    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.

    That is quite an interesting admission if the interview is legitimate. The third segment is here.

    Why is he doing this ?

    I am doing it for me, for my party, and for my country. In my own small way – maybe it’s insignificant, maybe not, I want to see Democrats move ahead of this mess that we are in right now. It is a mess of our own making, so we need to be the ones to clean it up. If we don’t, this country is going to continue hurting, and too many people out there are really hurting these days.

    Ok…but how does giving me some apparent insider information going to help the country, or help your political party? Simple – it lets others know it’s time to start talking. It’s time to get the word out. It’s time to challenge the inept status quo that is currently running things. People are scared – hell, I’m a bit scared myself. But enough is enough – this political train has got to get back on its tracks. And I’ll tell you this, my talking to you, and your little blog stories, is already helping. More people are ready to talk. It’s already happening. And more is coming. The media won’t be able to ignore it anymore. This administration, the leadership in Congress, they need to account for how they have totally mishandled the responsibilities given to them. That accounting is coming soon enough in November – we are going to get what we deserve. But I am still hopeful it is not too late to save 2012.

    He is talking about Congress and I agree that somebody has to. The Democrats have lost whatever credibility they had by following Pelosi and company to the cliff.

    We are literally killing our political futures out of some need to keep supporting an administration that has in no way, shape, or form shown itself to be worthy of that support.

    Those are strong words – but what exactly to do you mean by that? What do I mean!? (Voice rising) What I mean is exactly this – we got Congressmen and Senators running for re-election right now whose political careers are about to be ended because they supported a president and a Democratic Party leadership that told them to do so. They trusted they would be politically protected, that the American people would agree with the agenda. Well guess what? That hasn’t happened. Good people, good Democrats, are being tossed aside like so much trash – and this White House DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN. In my eyes that is absolutely unforgivable. You just don’t do that to your own people. And some of these politicians are talking. They are – but for the most part the media is ignoring them because they don’t want to hurt the administration. To that I say enough! Do your damn job. Report what is going on within the Democratic Party. We need to clean up this mess, and it starts by getting the truth out there. That is my motivation.

    The shift of independents to the Republicans is evidence that he is correct. Hell, I don’t even trust the Republican party after the past ten years. The 1994 revolution petered out in politics as usual. Tea party people are cringing in anticipation of the new “Contract” that the Republican leadership is preparing to release tomorrow. The tea parties, I believe, are mostly libertarian and that will win the next series of elections until we get out of this economic crisis.

    This White House doesn’t give a damn for the concept of loyalty, dedication, sincerity. This White House is the most self-centered, arrogant, and ignorant…they just don’t care to know what they are doing. And when they do it – consequences mean nothing to them. NOTHING. And that is not to say it’s all bad at the White House. There are some very bright people working there. But you know what, those people have been marginalized, pushed aside, and are now leaving. You watch – the exodus from this White House will prove to be of historical proportions.

    The exodus is already starting. It will be interesting to see how large it gets. Even the interviewee is frightened of what Obama could do to the country.

    For most of the last year, you want to know what question keeps playing in my head?
    What question was that? WHAT THE HELL HAVE WE DONE? Now that may come off terribly disrespectful to the president, but so be it. What have we done? We were led to believe this man was one thing, but everything I have seen, heard, and understand, points to the indisputable fact he is not what we hoped for. Not what we were promised. Maybe he might have been. Maybe a full term or two in the Senate and he would have had the experience and maturity to handle the job of President of the United States. But right now – the man is simply not up to the task, and yet it is loyal Democrats who are paying the price for his incompetence and incoherence. The health care bill? Do you know I was told he has never read the bill? Not one part of it? NOT ONE. Sounds like something you would hear on one of the talk radio shows, right? And I wouldn’t normally consider such a possibility, but this came directly from one of those good Democrats who might now see their political careers ended because they supported that bill and now its being used against them like some political sledgehammer. How is that supposed to make someone who put their career on the line feel? Betrayed. A whole lot of us are feeling betrayed these days and it just pisses me off.

    As for all the accusations that the Congress hadn’t read the health care bill ?

    they pushed it a bit further – suggested the president could do some town meetings and answer questions about the bill, alleviate all the concerns and fight back against the conservative chatter that was being put out there. Guess what they were told regarding that? They were asked one question – did they read the bill? This Congressperson admitted they hadn’t. Like a lot of them, they had voted for it, but hadn’t read it. That was a mistake, sure, but the thing is over 2000 pages, right? Well, after admitting they didn’t read the bill they are told in a laughing way mind you, “That’s ok – neither has the president, so you can’t expect him to take on a bunch of town meetings on it, right?” So that was it. Nice, huh? Bye-bye, thanks for playing, and good luck with the -explitive- storm coming your way this summer.

    Anybody who has been around legislatures knows that bills are written by staff and lobbyists but you could at least expect them to read it before voting. Why health care ?

    Was everyone on his staff on board with the president pushing so hard for healthcare? Absolutely not. There were some who voiced concerns. Some who pushed for a more clear economic agenda. Apparently Obama wanted none of it – he was obsessed, absolutely obsessed with getting some kind of healthcare legislation. And the ones who did voice concerns…they are, or will be, among the first to go. And it’s coming sooner rather than later.

    And now, what may be the motive for this interview.

    Any ideas as to an acceptable alternative? Hillary Clinton perhaps? (Smiles) The Clinton angle was not missed in your last two articles, was it? I make no attempt to hide my admiration for President Clinton. Unfortunately, Bill Clinton cannot run for another term as this country’s president. As for Hillary, I do not know her as well, but I do admire her – a lot, and now regret not having been a part of her own run for president. My ties to the2008 Obama campaign feel more and more these days like a dishonorable victory.
    But would you like to see her run in 2012 if President Obama, as you put it, fails to improve? Yes. I would support Hillary Clinton over Obama in 2012 if the need was still there to help ensure President Obama was given only one term. But Hillary Clinton is not the only possibility for the Democrats. We are a party with many fine leaders – many, many potential candidates for president who I would gladly support.

    Personally, I think Hillary is no more competent than Obama to be president and I think she is just as far left but it is interesting to see the developing split between the progressives and what is left of the Democratic Party.

    Read all three installments. I have only posted the sections that most interested me. There is a lot more, including some about Michelle that is interesting.

     

    17 Responses to “THe White House “Insider” Series”

    1. Engineer Says:

      It’s too easy to fake something like this. Best to ignor it until it has a name attached to it.

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      This is the Clintons prepping the battlefiend to take Barack out in 2012.

    3. barely human Says:

      Yep, blood is in the water.

      (“Battlefiend” is an apt typo for the anti-military but politically martial Clintons [acc to my insider source.)

    4. Bill Says:

      I have never heard any Democrat refer to his/her party as the “Democrat Party.”
      That alone makes me believe that this is fake.

    5. cjm Says:

      of course hillary is cut from the exact same cloth as obama, so i don’t see her getting any traction — ever. still, these leaks will result in obama savaging his own team trying to find the mole.

      revelations like this will only affect dem voters and supporters, as it isn’t exactly news to the rest of the electorate.

    6. Michael Kennedy Says:

      The “Democrat party” also bothered me but here are some other discussions with links about the series. I thought it should be read here even if the validity is in some doubt.

    7. Lexington Green Says:

      Based on nothing but gut instinct, I don’t think this is what it claims to be.

      It is clearly a hit piece. How true it may be is another question.

      I think this is a Black Op by someone in opposition to Obama.

      Could be the Clintons, could be someone on the GOP side, could be a complete free-lancer.

      It reminds me of the British use of psuedo-operations to disrupt the enemy and get them fighting among themselves. This would be a political equivalent, to get Obama and his people to be suspicious and engage in purges and infighting, weakening them politically in the process. Also, if it gets widely circulated, it puts Obama in the position of having to deny all these otherwise baseless accusations, i.e. “I do so read the Health Car Bill!”

      If it is real, the person will let the interest build up, then disclose his identity at a moment of maximum impact, possibly at the time a forthcoming book is announced.

    8. Retardo Says:

      Bill has a point. “Democrat Party” rang false to me as well, though I suppose it could be a transcription error, or maybe some Democrats do talk that way, but I just haven’t happened to meet them.

      The bits about Sarah Palin didn’t sound like a real Democrat to me either.

      I’d really love to believe it’s for real (which is reason for caution in itself), but too much of it sounds too much like what a conservative might hope an “honest liberal” would think. Is there anything in there that you don’t want to hear? Anything at all? How plausible is that, really?

    9. cjm Says:

      some parts of it are accurate, some are exaggerations, and some are fabrications — that we can be sure of.

      we know he takes lots of vacations, and plays lots of golf, and can’t talk about any subject without a script. these are observable traits and facts.

      we know he doesn’t care about anyone other than himself, another observable trait.

      it there anything in the articles that rises to the level of “holy s***!!”? not that i read. no mention of him being a secret muslim, or being secretly gay, etc.

      maybe the “author” is building up to such revelations, but my take is this is aimed squarely at other dems, particularly in the media. a signal to the herd that a change of direction is being made. the boy mathews (on cnbc) has already started re-calibrating his sphincter for the new leader, whomever that may turn out to be…

    10. cjm Says:

      do a web search on “the Democrat party” and see whose name pops up, as having used such a phrase. i think gingrich has used it in the past. it’s not really that signifigant, imo, as the articles themselves are not that signifigant.

    11. chuck Says:

      I think Hillary is no more competent than Obama

      “Save me, Hillary”, is what I hear. Hillary is being elevated to the status of savior on some of the lefty sites I read, hope and change incarnate. I think events have passed her by. If she wanted another run she shouldn’t have settled for Sec. State, she should have pulled a Palin and gone after the party establishment. But she is a creature of the party and I don’t see her striking out on her own after she has spent her life baking cookies for the boys. And I agree with you that she has no more qualifications for president than Obama… Wait, let me qualify that, I find her dishonest and opportunistic, but in a conventional way that is fairly common among politicians. Obama is just weird.

    12. Percy Dovetonsils Says:

      I’m calling total shenanigans on this, but I loved this part:

      “Sarah Palin understands America, but that doesn’t mean she understands the best parts of America…”

      Of which, our Deep Throat II, indicates are being pro-choice, and supporting unions and welfare programs. Sounds more like the best parts of Sweden to me, but whatever.

    13. Michael Kennedy Says:

      Here is somebody who sounds a bit like the “insider.”

      I do think she’s a resilient character. And we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free, where the experience in government is a negative,” he told me.

      “I think she’s clearly a public figure who is, who speaks well and persuasively to the people who listen to her. And she’s somebody to be reckoned with,” he said. “And she’s tough.”

      Clinton recalled when “people were making fun of her” he read about Palin’s husband finishing the last 500 miles of Alaska’s Iron Dog race with a broken arm.

      “Now, where I come from people like that. They think that’s pretty good,” he said.

      So is she qualified to be president? Clinton said the “American people can elect whomever they want.”

      Interesting. The “Insider” had a very high opinion of Bill.

    14. Shannon Love Says:

      This White House doesn’t give a damn for the concept of loyalty, dedication, sincerity. This White House is the most self-centered, arrogant, and ignorant…they just don’t care to know what they are doing.

      This was the same complaint voiced against the Clinton administration in the run up to their 94 washout. As such it has a certain ring of truth.

    15. cjm Says:

      when has any leftist, anywhere, at any time, shown loyalty or a concern for the consequences of their actions? it’s pretty much excluded by definition. leftism is ideology incarnate, so where’s the room or reason for loyalty? are you loyal to the cells in the piece of fingernail you clip off?

    16. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      I also have my doubts about the sourcing of this, and I am making a point to not to allow the tasty bait in the article to convince me of any tactical details that cannot be confirmed elsewhere. Still in all, this is such a wonderful targeted attack within the enemy’s ranks [Blue on Blue]; that I have to chortle a little bit. Someone in the opposition is engaged in fecal agitation, and watching what comes of it from the outside will be most entertaining. Just keep in mind that there are NO elected or appointed Democrats at the national level who are not collaborators in all the evil that has been done to the country, even when they themselves knew better according to this source.

      There are no “Blue Dogs” or “Moderates” and those who claimed to be such are the ones who are most likely to find themselves pondering the length of Unemployment Insurance coverage from a personal viewpoint after January. Those who will be left are the ones who are true believers and in the strongest Moonbat districts. There are none who will survive the election, even if they rise in prominence due to the kind of Putsch that the source is envisaging, who will not be just as out of touch with and hostile to the real America as Obama.

      Thus, it would not be safe or appropriate to take the source at his word. Assume that he has his own purpose that is hostile.

      Subotai Bahadur

    17. J. Scott Says:

      I passed this link around yesterday to parts of my network—most were dubious of the sourcing. Truly hard to say where the truth begins and confirmation bias takes over. This is a pretty rotten administration, so its not difficult to critics to find legitimate criticisms–it is in fact, a target rich environment even for many on the left. It is probably safe to say there are many democrats who don’t care about philosophy and care only about power who are disillusioned with the administration and Congress if for no other reason than the leadership blew the “opportunity” of a generation.