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Meacham: Obama 'In The Wrong Business, Doesn't Particularly Like People'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/22/2011 5:28:10 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

When it comes to the MSM, it's hard to get more mainstream than Jon Meacham. Former Newsweek editor. Current Random House editor. Picked for a Pulitzer Prize.

So when someone of Meacham's genteelly liberal ilk unloads on Barack Obama in such stark terms, it's newsworthy. On today's Morning Joe, Meacham flatly stated his belief that President Obama "doesn't particularly like people and politicians who don't like people are kind of in the wrong business."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; billclinton; jonmeacham; ronaldreagan
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1 posted on 11/22/2011 5:28:17 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Seems like maybe he hit a nerve somewhere in Mr. Ford.


2 posted on 11/22/2011 5:32:11 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Rats. Ship. Obama. Ping to Today show list.


3 posted on 11/22/2011 5:33:51 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Is he the one who was suspended recently for saying BO was “acting like a d***?”


4 posted on 11/22/2011 5:35:16 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’ve been reading “Intellectuals” by Paul Johnson.

“Intellectuals” throughout history tend to be leftists, because their tendency to think that they should run everything runs hand in glove with leftist/communist thought.

Some commenalities of these “intellectuals” of history include
“love of humanity” as a concept, but despite/antipathy for individual humans,
sexual immorality and illegitimacy,
personal financial irresponsibility leading to borrowing without repayment,
and antipathy towards money lenders due to the previous.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 5:36:37 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: truthkeeper

That was Mark Halperin back in June.


6 posted on 11/22/2011 5:37:52 AM PST by wideawake
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To: truthkeeper

That was Mark Halperin, but another good example of the phenomenon.


7 posted on 11/22/2011 5:37:57 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They are turning Obama into the underdog while prepping the battlefield for the drafting of the Hildebeast.

If he doesn’t run for reelection, Hillary will be elevated in the emotional psyche of the left. If he does run, the media will have the “overcome adversity” card to play.

How come ordinary Americans can see this and the Ivy League grads have no clue?


8 posted on 11/22/2011 5:38:38 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Its not that he doesn’t “like” people. He just feels so superior to them.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 5:39:22 AM PST by ibytoohi
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think Mark Halperin and Jon Meacham are the same person. They used to go by the name Michael Kinsley. /s


10 posted on 11/22/2011 5:40:00 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...politicians who don't like people are kind of in the wrong business.

Not sure I buy this: I think I could stand a politician who didn't like people but did like responsible government. Not that Obama does, of course.

11 posted on 11/22/2011 5:41:53 AM PST by Grut
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Meacham: Obama 'In The Wrong Business, Doesn't Particularly Like People'

I think he is better suited breaking big rocks into small ones on a chain gang.

BTW this person doesn't like him AT ALL!

FUBO GTFO! 425 Days until Noon Jan 20, 2013
If the Country can survive that long!

12 posted on 11/22/2011 5:42:43 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-to-make-obama-like-us/


13 posted on 11/22/2011 5:45:39 AM PST by MustKnowHistory
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Politicians who don’t like people. I can think of a few: Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Mao tse Tung, Pol Pot ...... Obama seems to stand in a distinct tradition.


14 posted on 11/22/2011 5:45:55 AM PST by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government's footprint!)
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To: John W

He is, essentially, saying the same thing that Chris Matthews said a few days ago in his rant.


15 posted on 11/22/2011 5:46:55 AM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: wideawake; governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, of course...thank you for the correction. For some reason I always get those two mixed up.


16 posted on 11/22/2011 5:48:25 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

it’s ok... because people don’t particularly like 0failure either


17 posted on 11/22/2011 5:48:37 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: MrB

Your description also contains traits commonly found among those possessed of a narcissistic personality disorder. No surprise.


18 posted on 11/22/2011 5:51:59 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Mostly he loathes America.....


19 posted on 11/22/2011 5:52:49 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: MrB

Good book, Not his best but his point is valid.
Try “The birth of the Modern”


20 posted on 11/22/2011 5:53:01 AM PST by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: ibytoohi
Its not that he doesn’t “like” people. He just feels so superior to them.

It's hard to like stupid people, so it's logical that you won't like people if you think you're smarter than everyone else. He'll either be smarmy or condescending, depending on the circumstances and audience, but won't enter into a conversation with someone else as an equal.

There is no genuine spontaneous social interaction, just calculated resonses and manipulations.

21 posted on 11/22/2011 5:56:56 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’d bring Mr. Meacham (and others) back to the Obama’s very first “White House Christmas Card” family photo. It tells us all we need to know. Each of the Obama’s had a hand touching another. Except Barack, who sat with his hands in his lap. He is incapable of showing genuine affection even for his own family. It’s just not in him. He does the ‘man hug’ as established by Clinton ONLY because it is politically expedient.


22 posted on 11/22/2011 5:56:57 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: ibytoohi
Its not that he doesn’t “like” people. He just feels so superior to them.

I haven't figured out what it is; nothing makes sense. Often I wonder if he despises people because he thinks the rest of us are as shallow, hateful, and selfish as he is. Other times I wonder if he went into politics specifically because he hates people and his political office gives him the power to harm far more people than he could hurt as a local community organizer. Or does he like people, just not productive people and especially productive Americans who hold jobs and cling to God and to guns? I don't know if he feels so superior that he thinks he is blessing us by attempting to seize control of every aspect of our lives, or if he feels like an incompetent fraud in over his head and assumes the rest of us are as bad. All I know is that whatever is happening inside his head should frighten every sane person in the world.

23 posted on 11/22/2011 6:00:52 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It’s sure as hell obvious that he doesn’t like the USA, he’s made that perfectly clear.


24 posted on 11/22/2011 6:02:15 AM PST by izzatzo ( Anybody but Obamney and Huntsman. Cain looks better and better.)
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To: andy58-in-nh; MrB
Your description also contains traits commonly found among those possessed of a narcissistic personality disorder. No surprise.

Absolutely! Like Obama, a narcissist will put down others to improve his own image...it's everyone else's fault. Obama envies others because he is not self-reliant, another trait of narcissists. They have a sense of entitlement, and confuse hate with fear. Obama believes he is feared by those who disagree with him, including the American people, and foreign countries. Just the opposite is true. To Obama, people are objects, to be used for self-promotion. People like narcissists in the beginning, but soon see through the veneer. Even the democrats are catching on.

25 posted on 11/22/2011 6:02:15 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Urk. I hate having something in common with the Clown-in-Chief. I don’t like people either.


26 posted on 11/22/2011 6:02:21 AM PST by wbill
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To: ibytoohi
Its not that he doesn’t “like” people. He just feels so superior to them.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23


27 posted on 11/22/2011 6:04:02 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: tacticalogic

Anyone he feels superior to, he dislikes and views as inferiors,

but I’m sure he REALLY loathes those who DEMONSTRATE intellect superior to his own.


28 posted on 11/22/2011 6:05:22 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Jaidyn
Obama envies others because he is not self-reliant, another trait of narcissists.

Ever heard a lib/leftist speak about rural people, or even "preppers"? They LOATHE others who are self-reliant. Probably because they know they can't control the self-reliant.

29 posted on 11/22/2011 6:07:11 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
I think he is better suited breaking big rocks into small ones on a chain gang.

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I AGREE WITH THAT

Throw Mo in there too!

obama
Same back at ya!

 He'll give you everything you need-o
 Even though it's all wee-weed-o
 He's planned this all along
 To keep the economy down
 Until we end the rule of Zer0

obama-jail-2012a

30 posted on 11/22/2011 6:07:19 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Pollster1

“he thinks he is blessing us “

another commonality with historical “intellectuals” - they tried to make others think they were doing THEMSELVES a favor when they financially supported the intellectual.


31 posted on 11/22/2011 6:09:01 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Pharmboy
He is, essentially, saying the same thing that Chris Matthews said a few days ago in his rant.

I smell some DemocRATS setting the table to a Hillary run. It's obvious - even with Obama's billion dollar war chest that he won't likely win re-election. Since this next election is literally for all the marbles - the Supreme Court and our VERY WAY OF LIFE - I wouldn't be surprised if the 'powers that be' had Obama bow out to someone many think is electable - (choke) Hillary.

32 posted on 11/22/2011 6:10:53 AM PST by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: MrB
I liked that book. You know, it's interesting, after you read it, to read Florence King's With Charity Toward None, a Fond Look at Misanthropy. In it, she makes (or reiterates it from Irving Babbit) a distinction between what she calls "misanthropy of the naked intellect" and "tender misanthropy." The former tends to be curmudgeonly conservative types who consider mankind imperfectable and best left to its own devices provided it can at least behave with a modicum of decency. Jonathon Swift, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, that sort. The latter, however,

despises humanity in general but is ever ready to make an exception for "the real people." He feels certain he could love them if only he could find them--or failing that, transform existing false people into his idealized "real" people through social and political programs of his own making...

Rousseau is who she's talking about in that chapter. It's very interesting.

33 posted on 11/22/2011 6:11:02 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Pollster1

I think he doesn’t love either people or this country, but he loves what he thinks he could make both into, if only everyone would cooperate.


34 posted on 11/22/2011 6:14:38 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: MrB
Ever heard a lib/leftist speak about rural people, or even "preppers"? They LOATHE others who are self-reliant. Probably because they know they can't control the self-reliant.

Yep! And self-reliant people aren't prone to being influenced by narcissists. He's have a tough time tearing down rural people individually, so goes after the big banks that supply money to single entrepreneurs. The little people lose out every time, no matter how many times Obama tells them he is looking out for them. He gets them through the back door.

35 posted on 11/22/2011 6:18:59 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I know at least one person Obama likes...HIMSELF!


36 posted on 11/22/2011 6:22:47 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: demkicker

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘powers that be’ had Obama bow out to someone many think is electable - (choke) Hillary.”

She’s unelectable. Hillary got stuck in a washing machine’s spin cycle, and it shows.


37 posted on 11/22/2011 6:26:49 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Haven’t we all sensed how Obama doesn’t like people? Michelle either? They have to overcome that inertia with polling day shenanigans.


38 posted on 11/22/2011 6:30:08 AM PST by Havisham
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The feeling is mutual.


39 posted on 11/22/2011 6:30:56 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Not so! Barry loves people as long as they’re adoring him.

Good grief, the man’s a narcissist. “People” don’t exist to him. Everything outside of himself are merely objects for him to manipulate for his own pleasure. Like a selfish child, Barry doesn’t like anything that doesn’t do exactly what he wants.


40 posted on 11/22/2011 6:32:11 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Doesn’t particularly like people, and HATES Americans.


41 posted on 11/22/2011 6:34:30 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: MrB

I buy into Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-colonialism psyche of Obama.
He resents the British (and the Western World ) for torturing his Kenyan grandfather in the 1950’s.

The man simply carries a life long grudge. He seethes within. D’Souza calls him the “last anti-colonialist.” He hates living in the White House which to him is the center of Western Imperialism. Try to imagine Rush Limbaugh being elected president of the Soviet Union and having to live in the Kremlin. Kind of like that - lol.

Explains why he returned Churchill’s bust that was in the White House and approving the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Here is a link to D’Souza’s book. The Amazon reviews are very enlightening as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Roots-Obamas-Rage-Dinesh-DSouza/dp/1596986255


42 posted on 11/22/2011 6:36:51 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Pollster1
I don't know if he feels so superior that he thinks he is blessing us by attempting to seize control of every aspect of our lives, or if he feels like an incompetent fraud in over his head and assumes the rest of us are as bad.

Both, with a slight adjustment. The former is the feelings he recognizes. The latter if you remove the "and assumes..." part. The superiority pose is compensating for how worthless he believes himself to be. Barry is one sick puppy. To him, we are all just toys to manipulate in order to make him feel better. That includes his family, too.

43 posted on 11/22/2011 6:40:16 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: A'elian' nation
There's also the "Suicidal Mindset" of liberals, as well.
44 posted on 11/22/2011 6:42:52 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They are prepping themselves for Shrillary


45 posted on 11/22/2011 6:49:51 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Tagline for rent: Inquire within!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Does that make Zero the democrat Richard Nixon?


46 posted on 11/22/2011 7:14:53 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Mark, the pressure on Obama to get out and cede to Hillary or Biden is, once again, yet another Carter Paradigm (re: the Swimmer’s 1980 primary insurgency) lining up to be validated next November. Incredible how history repeats itself.


47 posted on 11/22/2011 8:22:04 AM PST by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: MrB

Read it, too.
Great little book.

Amongst the many fascinating things about his observations, he notes that most ‘intellectuals’ tend to be only children, and narcissistic.


48 posted on 11/22/2011 8:27:31 AM PST by ColoCdn (Neco eos omnes, Deus suos agnoset)
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I;ll have to check out the book


49 posted on 11/22/2011 10:50:08 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I betcha Obama will be caught doing drugs before his 1st term is out.


50 posted on 11/22/2011 12:43:36 PM PST by toddausauras
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