File this as worrisome Statement # 7,853 from White House. The New York Times reports this disturbing quote from David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior adviser. Turns out, that Axelrod might be a lot more comfortable living in a dictatorship. Huh. Who’d a thunk it? Axelrod said:
“I would love to live in a world where the president could snap his fingers or even twist arms and make change happen, but in this great democracy of ours, that’s not the way it is.”
Reading that Axelrod would “love to live in a world” where Obama twists arms you’d have to imagine that Axelrod is pretty frustrated with Obama about now. Check out this telling part of an article in today’s New York Times that said that the reason President Obama stinks as President is that he’s just…way too nice.
As the clock neared 1 a.m., the two sides were at an impasse. Mr. Obama stood up.
“‘See what you guys can figure out,’ ” one participant remembers him saying, adding that the failed effort left the president mad.
That’s not called being nice. That’s called voting present, right? You gotta’ love Obama. When the going gets tough, just punt so you can blame everyone else later.
It’s funny. I’m starting to think the biggest ally we’ve had in preventing Obamacare from being passed might just be Obama.
February 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm
What's the larger context of that quote?
February 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm
click the link.
February 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Is he actually calling for a dictatorship, or is he simply venting his frustration?
February 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm
So you're taking the ol' "The White House official didn't mean what he actually said" defense.
That one's been used a lot this past year.
February 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm
This is totally against the American way and the Constitution. I hope the agencies are watching this threat to national security and making the necessary contigency plans. In case of martial law, the State guards will not go along with the Army and not all the commanders will go with Obama either. But we should not wait until it reaches that point.
February 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm
Yes Virginia, there IS a reason for the 2nd Amendment!!
February 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. THOMAS JEFFERSON letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush (9/23/1800)
February 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm
I am no fan of Obama, but I think it is kinda jumping the gun to say Alexrod is in favor of an Obama dictatorship. Sounds like he is just frustrated.
February 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm
He probably IS just frustrated, but that's a pretty asinine thing for a senior advisor to the POTUS to say. Anyway, I can't blame people who get the back of the neck hairs standing when they hear this kind of thing after all the messianic crap the left cranked out to get "Uh O" elected.
February 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm
I don't find this to be a worrying statement. Didn't Bush say something similar at one point? The "twist arms" thing is odd, but not scary.
Heck, I've said something similar: Everything would be so much better if everyone would just listen to me and do what I say.
This just looks like that kind of statement, with an acknowledgement that our democratic process takes time.
The only frustration I see coming out is that the arm-twisting being done by the Obama administration hasn't been effective.
February 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm
1st, Somebody needs to tell the moron that we don't live in a freakin' democracy, we live in a republic. (That fries me!)
2nd, Axelrod wants to be the dictator as he has been trying to all along with PBO as his well-paid mouthpiece. And he would be, too, if he could, but he's too unpleasant, both in inward and outward constitution.
February 25, 2010 at 12:44 am
We have a dictator in Chicago who has his office on the 5th floor of city hall and has run the city like his own fiefdom for over two decades. So why should it come as a shock that a gollum like Axelrod, who comes from that fair and windy city, would crave a dictator? In fact if President BHO should (heaven forbid) get re-elected in 2012, look for a serious movement to repeal the 22nd Amendment.