I share many, many paragraphs.
Richard Cohen, the Washington Post today: "The President Who Doesn’t
Care" is the headline. (paraphrasing) "The crowds adored Obama, but not
as much as he adored himself."
Richard Cohen, in this piece as you read it, realizes -- and he says
as much -- that Obama is a small, politically driven president; that
he's not at all what was constructed to be. “History was draped over
Obama like a cape. His bona fides in that sense were as unimpeachable as
Bobby Kennedy’s. The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I
think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had
“Obama was not a man, but a totem. A single critical column from me
during the campaign triggered a fusillade of invective. The famous and
esteemed told me off. I was the tool of right-wing haters, a dope of a
dupe. Kennedy had huge causes. End poverty. End the war. He challenged a
sitting president over Vietnam. It could have cost him his career. It
did cost him his life.”
He’s talking about Robert Kennedy, now.
“The draft is long gone, and with it indignation about senseless
wars. Poverty persists, but now it is mostly blamed on the poor.” Oh,
speaking of that, I had this in the Stack yesterday and didn't get to
it. From the Weekly Standard: “New data compiled by the Republican side
of the Senate Budget Committee shows that last year the United States
spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that
is in poverty.”
Now, we had this last week when it came out. As usual, you're on the
cutting edge if you're here first. We mentioned this. The amount of
money that we are spending on poverty per capita in this country is
enough to wipe it out for one year. Not forever, because the new year
then starts and the people who are in poverty are not earning anything
But we're spending enough so that there should not be any poverty,
and yet there is! How is this explained? “[T]he United States spent
over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in
poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office
of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.
“‘According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of
households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795,’
the Senate Budget Committee notes. ‘If you divide total federal and
state spending by the number of households with incomes below the
poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194
“This dollar figure is almost three times the amount the average
household on poverty lives on per year,” and yet we've still got
poverty. Welfare was meant to bring people below the poverty line to a
better place, but it doesn't, obviously. And welfare reform had the
work requirement in it, and that was reducing the number of people on
welfare, but Obama stripped the work requirements out.
He also stripped the work requirements out of the food stamp program,
by the way. That doesn't get a whole lot of discussion, but he did.
The real poverty in this country right now under Obama is the middle
class. They’re not classified as poor, not getting a lot of help from
the Fed, struggling to keep a roof over their heads. One in six in this
country are in poverty, despite what we're spending. At some point,
when are people gonna get clued in that the government can't solve these
kinds of problems?
RUSH: I want to go back to this Richard Cohen piece in which Cohen
says that Obama's a small politically driven guy, small politically
driven president, that he never was what he was made out to be. "The
crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself."
Remember Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas of Newsweek, they were at Grant
Park watching Obama on election night, 2008. (imitating Meacham and
Thomas) "Boy, this guy's creepy. It's like he's above all of us. He's
up there, and he's watching us watch him. It's really creepy." And
then they thought how weird is it, you win the election, and you send
your wife and kids packing so that you're the only guy on the stage. You
don't want your family there. They're saying this, after recommending
to all of us that we elect the guy, after helping create the mythology
that was Obama.
And now Richard Cohen is coming along and he's simply upset because
he doesn't think Obama cares. By the way, if I might say so here, I
think there are a lot of people -- well, I know there are; I hear from
'em -- there are a lot of Democrats, some of them prominent, who really
think Obama doesn't want to win. He's giving them that impression.
They really fear that Obama doesn't have it in him. He doesn't want to
go through this. He doesn't think he should have to. Elections are for
plebes. He agreed to have to do it one time. He's not into it. He
really doesn't care. They're really depressed about it, a lot of
Democrats are. I think they're a little all wet. I think Obama craves
being reelected. I don't think he likes campaigning. I think he does
think all this is beneath him. But I don't buy this notion he doesn't