I decline (again) to accept responsibility

I can’t stand Stephen Sondheim, but I’ve always found rather amusing one of his songs from Into the Woods, the one that tells the boring and pathetic tales purportedly behind the fairy tales).  The song is called “Your Fault,” and sees each of the lead characters passing the buck, disclaiming any responsibility for all the myriad things going wrong about them.  Here’s a video of the blame-passing game:

Barack Obama seems to have made a life study of that song.  In his world, everyone else is always to blame for anything that goes wrong (which is, I made add, I typical narcissist trait).  The latest example is his insistence that he was “hustled” by the German reporter who oohed and aahed over his pecs and sweat-free hip.  By the way, please note as you read the following that this is one reporter who is unimpressed by Obama’s tightly controlled and scripted media appearances:

Barack Obama knows how to handle the media. His appearances are strictly choreographed, as if they were held on movie sets, and you only get access to the star if you fit the marketing concept. During his visit to Berlin, for example, he only allowed hand-picked journalist to interview him — with one exception.


Now Obama has revealed how he experienced the encounter. “She hustled us,” he told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

“We walk into the gym,” Obama told Dowd. “She’s already on the treadmill. She looks like just an ordinary German girl. She smiles and sort of waves, shyly, but doesn’t go out of her way to say anything. As I’m walking out, she says: ‘Oh, can I have a picture? I’m a big fan.’ Reggie takes the picture.” Reggie Love is Obama’s personal assistant.

So, according to Obama, he didn’t know she was a reporter.

Poor Obama — an unmediated encounter with the public and look what happens! By the way, he wasn’t hustled.  She didn’t lie to him.  She wasn’t unduly aggressive.  She just was there, saw her opportunity and took it.  If that’s all it takes to hustle Obama, can you just imagine the games the world’s bad guys will play with him?

This man is just a pathetic example of someone who can neither take a joke or take responsibility for his own actions.  I really shudder when I try to imagine an Obama presidency.  I leave it to witty satirists such as Iowahawk to envision such a future possibility and spell it out for you.

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  • JackMayo

    I really shudder when I think about the last 8 years of GW Bush and reading your opinion in 04 and 06 when all you did was make excuses or even denied the countless # of real mistakes and the real-life consequences of the Bush administration which you supported and continued to support.

    In your world, the liberals are always to blame for everything that goes wrong while neo-cons accept no personal responsibility, no fiscal responsibility, no thought for adequately planning for a war, no thought for the lives of American Military, no thought for the taxation without representation of future generations when it comes to the national debt or global warming and pollution, no thought for whether America really is a safer place, no thought for how giving billions and billions in no-bid government contracts to the company previously ran by and still paying the vice-president might be ILLEGAL, and no thought for the Constitution and the rights guaranteed to each American within it.

    Whether it be Bob Barr, or more likely Barack Obama elected President, I am happy that your candidate will not win this time and that your philosophy is finally considered extremist again after a 5 year stint as nearly mainstream (something that would have never been possible if it wasn’t for the fear that 9-11 created and the way neo-cons took advantage of it)

    You were the people, and still are the people telling everyone what they need to be afraid about. I am glad people are finally realizing it was YOU and other neo-cons that they should have been afraid of. Your ignorant and ill-thought philosophies on government have been a disaster for America and the world!

    There are many problems that need to be addressed in this country, and Barack isn’t going to be the perfect President, but he is a hell of a lot smarter and better person than GW Bush ever was, and he’ll easily be a better President.

  • Quisp

    Comparing himself to Paul Newman in The Color of Money probably wasn’t his best defense.

  • Ymarsakar

    which is, I made add


    by the German reporter who oohed and aahed over his pecs and sweat-free hip

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the popular rumor that German women really see blacks as exotic sex symbols?

  • suek

    >>This doesn’t have anything to do with the popular rumor that German women really see blacks as exotic sex symbols?>>

    I don’t know about the “exotic sex symbols”, but that German women find blacks attractive for _some_ reason is not just a rumor. We were in Germany for a total of 7 years in the ’60s/early ’70s, and marriages/liasons between German women and black enlistees was a common thing. It was particularly noticeable because in that time period it was so _uncommon_ in the US.

    I’ve even wondered if it wasn’t that phenomenon that made interracial marriages more acceptable in the US…

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Just a quick comment, Jack: Assuming everything you say about Bush to be true (which I don’t, but we’re assuming), those things were not obvious before the election. They are painfully obvious with Obama. Despite his thin resume, we’re getting a very clear picture of corruption, extreme politics, bad friends and even worse character. If you hated it in Bush, why are you forgiving it in Obama?

  • expat


    If your German isn’t too rusty, do a search for Corinne Hofmann at Amazon.de. Her book about marry a Massai was on the bestseller list here forever, and it was even filmed.