Talk About Your “Poor Crisis Management Skills” *Open Thread*


The other day, Jennifer Rubin had a good column in the Washington Post about President Obama’s Management skills, or rather, the lack thereof.

I’d say Rubin hit the nail on the head with her column, beginning by addressing a comment David Axelrod made recently:

[…] The candidate who modeled his presidency on Abraham Lincoln, who accepted the Democratic nomination in Denver beside Greek columns and who ran on “Hope and Change” knows a thing or two about theatrics and symbolism. Axelrod would have us believe Obama is just too smart and too methodical for his own good. (“He responds in a very rational way, trying to gather facts, rely on the best expert advice, and mobilize the necessary resources.”) Oh, puleez.

Let’s look at three other explanations that correspond to reality.

First, Obama has surrounded himself with sycophants who won’t tell him he is wrong. As Ron Fournier pointed out, “What of the two advisers without a specific portfolio: Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer? They’re blindly loyal to Obama, gatherers of power, shielded from blame, and accountable to nobody but the president. Their biggest admirers acknowledge privately that Obama won’t change course unless Jarrett and Pfeiffer change work addresses.” If you don’t know trouble is coming, your closest aides say reaction is just carping from Republicans and you have an exaggerated sense of your own skills, you tend not to expect trouble or take it seriously when it comes.

Ain’t that the truth?? Obama has surrounded himself with a bunch of sycophants, many of whom have exhibited their arrogance through a lack of decorum (think the “gifts” they gave then-Prime Minister Brown, or the iPod loaded with Obama’s speeches to the Queen of England), or pettiness (think leaving Benjamin Netanyahu cooling his heels while Obama went off and had dinner with his family), or mean-spiritedness, or worse, like they did to intrepid reporter, Sharyl Attkisson. I could write a book on all of the possible examples from Obama and his brownnosers. I am sure you could, too (and feel free to add your favorites in the comments below).

But it isn’t just Obama’s sycophants that are a problem. Rubin continues:

Second, as Joshua Green points out, Obama’s ideology leads to crises and keeps them from being solved expeditiously. “It didn’t require extraordinary foresight to anticipate the public freakout once the [Ebola] infection spread beyond [Thomas Eric] Duncan. Obama, who’s better acquainted with Washington dysfunction than anybody, should have anticipated the partisan acrimony. The crisis required more of him than he seemed to recognize. But he was hampered by the same things that have plagued him all along: a liberal technocrat’s excess of faith in government’s ability to solve problems and an unwillingness or inability to demonstrate the forcefulness Americans expect of their president in an emergency.” The guy loves government, and when it fails, he is at a loss. Likewise on foreign policy, Obama’s excessive belief in “soft power” leads him to ignore sage advice, make moves that signal weakness and react with amazement when things go wrong. In short, he is a prisoner of liberal ideology that doesn’t work in the real world and therefore he does not assess risks, make adjustments or see the world for what it is.

The Ebola issue is a perfect current case in point. Every single day, there is something the Administration is saying. Today, it is a change in quarantine parameters – unless you happen to be in the military. Then you will be out of commission for 3 weeks.

One final point from Rubin on Obama’s “management skills,” such as they are:

And lastly, he can’t stand to be associated with failure. He blames the Iraqi government for his troop pullout. He blames the CIA for the Islamic State’s rise. He denies he promised that people could keep their health-care plan. It is a long list of excuses and blame casting. He reflects on problems (inequality, poverty, anything really) as if someone else had been president for the past six years. In other words, he hides from blame. Hence, we see his refusal to go to the Texas border to see the immigration surge for himself. Much of crisis management is accepting responsibility and laying out the solution; you can’t do that if you deflect blame and don’t have a clue as to what to do when government bureaucracy doesn’t work as designed. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Accepting responsibility for ANYTHING that doesn’t paint Obama in the best light is just not in his field of vision. Nope, somehow all of these bad things just seem to happen out of thin air, not because they are part of his policies (“Fast and Furious,” Solyndra, Dream Act/opening of the borders, Ebola on our shores, IRS targeting groups, NSA spying, etc., etc., etc.). For someone who is supposed to be SO brilliant, he is pretty damn clueless about these things, isn’t he? Or rather, he thinks WE are clueless and don’t realize that so much of what is going on in this country, and in other countries (think Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq), are SPECIFICALLY because of his programs. We get it, though. At least some of us do, that is.

The thing about being President of these United States is that it requires an effective manager. Someone with experience and knowledge in that arena. Obama has neither of those in his resume, and does it ever show…

One more week to make our voices clear if you haven’t voted early. Time to send a message that we do see what these policies are doing to our nation.

Okay – that’s it for me. What’s on your mind?


104 Responses to “Talk About Your “Poor Crisis Management Skills” *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    I am really scared about what is being taught to our kids today. they are the future of this country and they are being taught to hate this country.
    In the last 6 years how many stories like this have come out. Maybe home schooling would be the best thing to happen to them at least they would be taught some values

    today’s educational system is disfunctional. between the government wanting to take control of our kids and what they are being taught we will not be a free nation too much longer.
    Hitler said ” give me the children of a country, and I will have the country”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I was STUNNED when I saw that report this morning. How in the HELL did they get those handouts, especially since the school said they weren’t supposed to have them?

      Like the DC teacher who had the assignment abt George Bush and the Nazis, this kind of thing from the Nation of Islam, the thing abt the Islam conversion prayer in another school, it seems our educational system has been infiltrated. The unions need to be held accountable for this since they are the ones who represent teachers. SOMEONE is getting this crap in there, after all.

      Really, really disturbing.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Btw, according to a link in the TPNN story (, the principal claimed this was something the teacher had downloaded, but had set aside on a table and wasn’t going to use it. He claimed the student TOOK that piece of paper.

        So many questions are begged from his response – if it was trash, why the hell didn’t the teacher throw it away? Could the teacher not tell BEFORE PRINTING IT OUT what it said?? I find his explanation just a tad suspicious, but then again, I have gotten mighty cynical over the past few years…

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    Good leaders do NOT surround themselves with yes men. They need to hear opposition and truth to make good decisions . Backtrack never learned that maxim. They also surround them selves with smart people. Backtrack’s ego could not stand that

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Spot on Amy. 😀
    and this is as true today as it was then. 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Foxy!

      And thank you for the video. I admit, I did not listen to Reagan back when he was President. I was too close minded (in all honesty) to do so. When I hear some of the things he said, like the piece abt “government programs being as close to an eternal light as we will see on earth,” (or words to that effect), I regret that I did not pay better attention hen. I will chalk it up to being young.

      Anyway, thank you for this!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    One of the things I come to believe after watching politics for a long time is that all those supposedly “smart” people aren’t very smart at all. In fact most of them fit that old definiation of insanity – “Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result”.

    The Dems get in power – tell us that the GOP is done for all time and proceed to force a socialist agenda on us. They can call it many things but that’s what it is. Once people see that it doesn’t work very well they usually throw the Dems out and send in the GOP.

    Then once the GOP has the power – they tell us the Dems are done for all time and then they proceed to try to force their social agenda on the country. An agenda that even many of those in their own party are against. Others, Independents and such are aghast. And the GOP is voted out and here we go again.

    If all these people were as smart as they think they are and as we are told they are they would not behave so foolishly. They are, for the most part, self-agrandizing nincompoops who have egos much large than their competence.

    Thanks to a mindset and a media that helps the mudslingers attack anyone and everyone who even thinks about running for office many good, decent, smart people will never run. Why would they when they see the abuse good, decent, smart people take for the high crime of daring to run for office. There is something seriously wrong with our system and the mindset of our voters. We won’t have better people in office until we have better people voting for them.

    The death of Ben Bradlee recently reminded me of how sadly our media has devolved.

    • HELENK3 Says:

      very true and very sad

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent comment, Marge. Thank you for those insights. Brava!

      And the cartoon was absolutely spot on. Just perfect.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I should have “spellchecked” before posting. Sometimes when the “spitit” moves me I just post away. Fortunately you folks are smart enough to interpret my rants. And when it comes to cartoons I have so many of them that it’s usually easy to find one that fits my narrative.

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    off topic
    just took a look out my patio door and there are beautiful clouds over the lake. the first one I saw looked like an angel. soo cool

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    maybe this guy will be the first of many to bring the democratic party back to putting country first. hope springs eternal

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Indeed – he sounds like a good man. Heaven knows, we need ALL of our politicians to put the country first. What a concept, huh?

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      I could vote for this guy. 😀
      like what he said.

      One thing is the ability to work across the aisle. I didn’t have a platoon of all Democrats. We had different backgrounds, different beliefs and different politics. But we were able to set aside those beliefs to do what was best for America. I think that’s what Americans expect for Congress as well.

      I’m a Democrat and I grew up in Massachusetts, but serving in the Marines with people from all over the country and all over the political perspective helped me understand the other side much better. And you can’t work with the other side until you can understand them.

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    good news.
    the person makes women look bad

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    I love this man

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    New York boy who tested negative for Ebola had a fever from a respiratory infection, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation says – @Reuters

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    Liberia, lone wolf pack, D’Sousa’s America

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    whiny nurse goes to Maine. Maine says she agreed to their quarantine, her lawyer says no she did not.

  12. HELENK3 Says:

    looks like al qaeda wants to step up the war on us. Oh I am sorry we can not use the word war anymore.

    they are calling for targeting oil tankers and sea lanes.

    I guess we should just call this being a nuisance

  13. HELENK3 Says:

    see what happens when you do not follow the party line all the time , every time

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Can you believe that? I hope liberals are taking note of just how fast CAIR and their ilk will turn on those who don’t walk in lockstep. Fast enough to make your head spin, that’s for sure.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And to add to Obama’s poor management, and as a follow up to CAIR (in a manner of speaking), did y’all hear abt the 3 month old baby killed by Hamas in Israel? Yeah, well, our gov’t said nothing.

    MEANWHILE, as friends on Facebook noted, a Palestinian teenager was throwing Molotov cocktails at cars on the highway. He was killed by the IDF. The Obama Administration offered their condolences, despite the youth wearing a HAMAS headband when he was buried, and that he was throwing these cocktails. Yeah, that’s how this Administration rolls:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I meant to add, Marge, our “favorite,” Jen Psaki, commented on all of this in the article linked above. Ugh.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Jen Psaki is a disgusting POS who wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked her in her smug face. Where do the Donks find these fools? What do you call throwing molotov cocktails at cars – roadside violence? Especially when it is a Palestinian throwing them at Israelis. What buffons these women at the State Department are. But then look at their boss … or not depending on how strong a stomach you have.

        He’s too busy worrying about Global Warming to have any concern about terrorists or pestilence.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          “Roadside violence” – good one, Marge! Yes, no doubt that is PRECISELY the kind of crap they are calling it. It is just astonishing. Even when given the chance to revise her answer once the reporter mentioned the Hamas headband with which the teen was buried, she stuck with her, “he was no stinkin’ terrorist!” UGH.

          You are right, though – she is indicative of the person whom she serves.

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    every day it gets worse and worse with the backtrack bunch

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are they out of their minds?? Getting a HAIRCUT doesn’t threaten their health/lives. That is just insanity.

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    Bless his heart, he just talks funny

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Uh huh. So why, then, did he double down after he corrected himself, and someone from the audience called out, saying he had to tell the truth?? Spare me.

      Oh, and our Post and Courier STILL hasn’t reported this, btw. Even though they had a BIG article today abt him pounding her qith questions.

  17. HELENK3 Says:

    can’t they even get this right?

  18. HELENK3 Says:

    Joint Chiefs have recommended to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that all US service members be placed in 21-day quarantine after serving in Liberia and Senegal, Pentagon press secretary says – @NBCNews
    End of alert

  19. HELENK3 Says:

    well this says a lot

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, yes it does say a lot. Glad they are finally cluing in to how bad Obama is since so many in Europe thought he was the next best thing since sliced bread. They were hoodwinked, too.

  20. HELENK3 Says:

    think they read your post

  21. HELENK3 Says:

    got this from the crawdad hole. the klown posted it

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this. I saw Kurtz’s piece on the news this morning. Truly stunning what happened to Attkisson, and how few other journalists are coming out in support. Cowards.

  22. HELENK3 Says:

    frat boys and their big mouths

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      True, though Goldberg seemed to be placing most of the blame on Israel. And, he is far from an honest broker if one considers some of his other writings: In September 2014, Goldberg posted a photo on twitter comparing former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to a Burqa-wearing Taliban supporter. He later deleted the post, stating that, “I don’t want to read threats made against my family.”[26] In 2010, he wrote articles entitled, “Peace-Seeking Muslims Should Refudiate Sarah Palin”[27] and “Why Sarah Palin Endangers American National Security (and Israel’s, as Well).”[28] Goldberg has also speculated upon Governor Palin’s religious views of the Rapture based upon her comment that, “more and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead.”[29] In 2008, Goldberg wrote an articles entitled, “Sarah Palin Endorses Hamas,”[30] “The Specific Danger of Sarah Palin,”[31] and “Sarah Palin: Fatal Cancer?”[32] (Wikipedia:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Btw, Dana Perino spoke abt this very article on “One More Thing” tonight on “The Five.” She was shocked that anyone in the White House would say something like this abt such a close ally. No kidding…

  23. HELENK3 Says:

    US to increase security around federal bldgs. due to increase in terror threats.
    wait they are NOT terror threats, they are wolves howling

  24. HELENK3 Says:

    Uncle Joe threw backtrack under the bus with a smile

  25. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, this is sure making that TN school superintendent look more and more like a liar (I thought his, “Blame Fox!” was a bit too convenient, and his explanation not very plausible):

    And again – WTH??? Nation of ISLAM??? WOW.

  26. HELENK3 Says:

    because an old man might argue with them they sent 24 cops and an armored vehicle.
    must be hell on the taxpayers of that town

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good. LORD. Are you kidding me with this?! How much money did they spend on that little action, huh?! Sheesh.

  27. HELENK3 Says:

    here is a real ” oh Hell” moment

  28. HELENK3 Says:

    no comment

  29. HELENK3 Says:

    ever notice they NEVER go after muslims

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Uh, yeah – isn’t that, um, surprising?? Ahahaha. Yeah. I know, not at all. It does seem that they are very specifically targeting Christians. A friend had something the other day abt how the same group that went after the stone the high school football players touched before games is going after Ole Miss and Clemson for their football programs having chaplains (at least Ole Miss). What the hell do they care if some football players have a prayer before a game?? Seriously, it is none of their business. They don’t go there, it doesn’t affect them directly, and the group is from Wisconsin. It is just ridiculous.

      Just like them going after that nurse. She had every right to thank God for her recovery. She is a private citizen expressing herself using her First Amendment rights, and they want to silence her. Talk abt intolerant…

  30. HELENK3 Says:

    does the state dept work for the US? it does not seem like it
    plan to bring ebola patients to the US even though they are not US citizens. not happening yet but the idea is being tossed around

  31. HELENK3 Says:

    it happens again, this time in Wisconsin.

    people flee instead of faint when backtrack speaks


  32. HELENK3 Says:

    NY’s Bellevue hospital so consumed with ebola care forced to transfer ICU patients to another hospital

    and the backtrack bunch want to bring more ebola patients here

  33. HELENK3 Says:

    Nightly Backtrack Crap station hails backtrack for hitting back fight over quarantines returning ebola

  34. HELENK3 Says:

    hometown not happy about whiny nurse’s return to Maine

  35. HELENK3 Says:

    I can believe this

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Roger L. Simon over at PJ Media had a good answer for that idiot Goldberg who wrote the article :

      Never mind for a moment the absurdity of an (of course anonymous) Obama official calling the Israeli PM a coward when Netanyahu has been personally under fire in two wars, volunteering for the second after having been wounded by a gun shot in the first (his brother, as many will remember, was killed during the raid on Entebbe — both Netanyahus were in Sayeret Matkal) at approximately the time the official’s boss Barry was lulling on a balmy Hawaiian beach smoking “choom” with his gang.

      What’s the right word for this? Hypocrisy is a bit weak, isn’t it? Or is it simply the desperate rumblings of a failed administration?

      Here’s a link to the rest of the article:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        But of course, we are becoming closer to the terrorist nation, Iran, under Obama. UGH – seriously, why are there so many people who still support this man?? He clearly does NOT have American citizens as his top priority.

        And Marge, thanks for the Simon piece. I am glad he took on Goldberg.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Me too Helen.
      Remember Val Jar is Iranian. 😦

  36. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you would enjoy this terrific cartoon.

  37. HELENK3 Says:

    now why isn’t this a surprise
    whiny nurse’s lawyer a white house visitor
    whiny nurse works for CDC. that we knew

  38. HELENK3 Says:

    all voters should see this

  39. HELENK3 Says:

    even joh stewart is turning

  40. HELENK3 Says:

    anybody that ever votes dem again needs their head examined

  41. HELENK3 Says:

    executive office computers down for a couple of weeks, hacked by a foreign power

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