How the Obama administration has helped debase our country

I’ve said it before:  Clinton was sleazy, but that was behind closed doors.  When he had his presidential hat on, he acted like a president.  In this way, he was precisely like LBJ, who was famously vulgar when the public wasn’t watching, but who understood the symbolism of his office.

The Obama White House, however, is a publicly sleazy White House.  Obama talks about ass kicking and bulls******s.  Biden is worse.  He calls signature legislation a “big f*****g deal,” talks about putting black people in chains, behaves like a drunk and a bully during a vice presidential debate, and deeply offends a grieving father by making crass comments about his dead son’s testicles.

Those of us in the Bookworm Room are not the only ones who have noticed how vulgar political discourse has become in the Obama years, something never before seen in American politics:

Biden seems to set the tone for the Obama White House. Presidents have used swear words before, but Barack Obama now has the distinction of using them, not in private, but in an on-the-record interview. And not in the abstract, as in, the “s*** hit the fan” but as an epithet about his opponent.

It was Barack Obama’s campaign, not a super PAC, not an independent supporter, that ran a crass ad aimed at women comparing voting for Obama with losing one’s virginity. (An idea lifted from, of all people, Vladimir Putin!)


This time, the elegance is gone, the fangs are bared, and standards of honesty are long gone. His policies failed, so no accusation against Mitt Romney is held back: He’s an enemy of women who will outlaw all abortions (no exceptions), he will raise taxes on the middle class just to cut them for the rich, he ships jobs overseas and pockets the profits, he won the first debate through lies (sheesh), he gives cancer to the wives of unemployed workers, he delights in bankrupting companies, he wants to prevent women from getting “access” to birth control, and so on.

George Washington, who was famously obsessed with public dignity, is rolling in his grave. And those of us standing on the sidelines watching are wondering how long a nation can survey when this kind of toxic behavior fertilizes the country’s roots.

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  • JohnC

    A new example just today:
    “In a speech to a packed room of Obama for America phone bank volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Special Assistant to the President Kareem Dale said that people with disabilities are going to be “absolutely killed” under the proposed policies of Mitt Romney and delivered a strong message to the crowd: “let’s win this motherfu**er.”
    Dale, who is himself partially blind, acts currently as the associate director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and as a special assistant to the president for disability policy.”

  • Libby

    It’s more than just the language that has changed, it’s the dignity of the office and the White House that have been debased. Obama is often pictured with his feet on the Resolute desk, and Michelle has held sack races and group exercises in the East Room. And then there are the many TV appearances by Barack and Michelle further reducing the presidency to mere celebrity. We see Barack slow-jamming the news on late night shows, reviewing his NCAA brackets on ESPN, and yucking it up with the Mythbusters team; Michelle is shaking her booty on iCarly and judging Food network chef competitions. I don’t want a president who is cool and conversant in the latest reality stars & Showtime production on terrorism, I want a president who is so busy fighting real terrorists that he doesn’t have time to watch TV. Being hip and pop-culturally aware takes time – time our president shouldn’t have given our current economy and the unrest in the middle east.
    Also, there’s the over-sharing of personal information by Michelle – where they had their first kiss, how her husband is messy and smelly, details on why she loves her husband. Endless chummy and casual fundraising emails are sent encouraging us to celebrate each Obama family member’s birthday, Barack & Michelle’s anniversary. It’s too much, it’s too familiar.

  • Danny Lemieux

    There is a word that encapsulates all that: punk! 

  • David Foster

    What we have here is “elite”-college people from privileged backgrounds attempting to emulate what they think blue-collar or “hood” macho is like. It works about as well as a very amateurish cross-dressing actor trying to portray someone of the opposite sex.


    The administration is an extension of “frat boy mentality” replete with hazing. Think drum major at Florida A & M and Benghazi at one end of the extreme and Anthony Weiner at the other end. In between the two extremes are variables of “pink vagina costumes, Sandra Fluke and OWS sh*t-ins.

  • Mike Devx

    If you get a chance, find a video of Obama saying, today: “Vote! Vote! … Voting is the best revenge.”

    The words alone do not do it justice.  There is a darkness around him while he is speaking this that is just damned startling.  He MEANS it.  When he was saying these words, a bitter galling cloud seemed to surround him.

    We’ve been calling this guy a narcissist for years.  I truly believe Obama cannot fathom the possibility of the rejection that is almost definitely coming his way in a few days.   Waking up on Wednesday, facing the rejection, his anger, bitterness, disbelief, the rage…  it will be something awesome in its size, yet still utterly pathetic.
    That shroud that seemed to cover him while he SEETHED out that “Voting is the best revenge” has me understanding deeply those who say that he will do anything, *anything*, so long as he does not lose.  And now I have a better understanding of those men who kill their wives and girlfriends for leaving them – because ANYTHING, for that type of person, is better than losing.


    Mike, here’s Romney’s response to the jackal…

    Romney: “He asked his supporters to vote for revenge — for revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.” 

    If it cheers you up any, Romney drew 30,000 in West Chester, Ohio Friday night. Here’s his schedule for the next three days.

    Mitt Romney:
    Saturday, November 3, 2012
    Newington, New Hampshire
    Dubuque, Iowa
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Englewood, Colorado
    Sunday, November 4, 2012
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Morrisville, Pennsylvania
    Newport News, Virginia
    Monday, November 5, 2012
    Sanford, Florida
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    Fairfax, Virginia
    Columbus, Ohio
    Manchester, New Hampshire     

  • Mike Devx

    Thank you for the Romney schedule, Sadie!  Looks like the focus is on Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia.  Some love given to other swing states.  Interesting: Nothing in there for Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan.  Hopefully Wisconsin isn’t being ignored, and others are picking up the slack there.

    One thing in there worries me: The focus on Virginia.  If things were going as well as I WISH they were going, Virginia would already be pretty much in the bag.  Yet, it isn’t.

    And the polls have not been showing the *shift* – even a minor one – toward Romney that I’d been expecting.  I don’t trust the numbers themselves at all, but I do trust detected shifts.   Whether you trust the actual numbers or not, the  polls do detect *movement*.  It looks like the race has practically frozen in place for the last week or two weeks, and I didn’t expect that.



    You know what worries me, Mike, this quote from Gen. Clark. You realize that even on the outside chance a) Obama wins and b) he’s impeached, Biden, the best insurance policy in the 21st century becomes, heaven forbid, the Gaffe-in-Chief, who like VP Gerald Ford issues pardons. A final thought, the handlers, stagers, manipulators, call them what you want delivered Obama to the WH – AND they will continue to operate with impunity.

    “Perhaps Communists had wormed their way so deeply into our government on both the working and planning levels that they were able to exercise an inordinate degree of power in shaping the course of America in the dangerous postwar era.
    I could not help wondering and worrying whether we were faced with open enemies across the conference table and hidden enemies who sat with us in our most secret councils.” – General Mark Clark (1896-1984) American general during World War II and the Korean War