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Barack Obama lacks the temperament, management skills and vision to tackle the job.

  • May 28, 2012
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David Scheiner, MD has been Barack Obama's personal physician for the past 22 years. And he is none too happy with the health care program that was championed by his most famous patient. "I look at his healthcare plan and I can't see how it can work. He has no cost control. When Barack Obama planned this health program, he didn't include anyone who actually practiced medicine in the trenches the way I do. My main objection to Barack Obama is that he is a great speaker and a lousy communicator. He's got academic University of Chicago-type people around him who don't care."  These candid remarks found on page 16 of Edward Klein's best-selling new book "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House" really do help to set the stage for the authors' stinging 258 page indictment of the man who would be king Barack Obama. Culled from nearly 200 interviews with the people who know Obama best "The Amateur" paints a portrait of an aloof, divisive, stubborn, arrogant, ungrateful and rather thin-skinned President who believes that he alone possesses all of the answers to our nations ills. For those of us who have followed the Obama presidency closely much of what is disclosed in "The Amateur" really comes as no great surprise.  Still, to find all of these incidents and stories enumerated in a single place can simply be mind-blowing.  For a good many Americans what Edward Klein has to say in this book should prove to be a real eye-opener.

Politically, as the 44th President of the United States prepares to launch his re-election bid, he is confronted by a whole host of problems, quite a few of his own making.  Mr. Obama has managed to alienate a good many of the people who supported his candidacy four years ago including the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy and the "First Day People"--African-American leaders in Chicago who helped to pave the way for his political ascent. I was amazed to discover that Rev. Wright agreed to be interviewed for this book. Wright recalled the first time he met Barack Obama in 1985:  "what I remember is that he came to talk to me as a community organizer, not in search of Christ".  I found that remark to be very telling indeed. Of course we all know the rest of the Reverend Wright story and how in spite of their deep-rooted relationship Barack Obama abruptly disowned him when he became a political liabililty back in 2007. Then there is the American media mogul and talk show host Oprah Winfrey who went out on a limb to support Barack in the 2008 Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton.  Oprah's support cost her a significant share of her audience and yet despite her determined efforts to help  elect the first black President of the United States it appears that she has been largely been ignored by the Obama's since the election.  Hmmm....there seems to be a pattern developing here.  Trust me, there are plenty of other examples of this sort of thing chronicled in "The Amateur".

Barack Obama has now been President for nearly 3 and 1/2 years.  According to many observers quoted in the book his adminstration is still rather amateurish. Some go so far as to say that it is in total disarray. Why?  Many attribute it to the cadre of idealogues Obama has surrounded himself with, most notably his senior advisor and most trusted aide Valerie Jarrett.  According to Klein "the White House official responsible for "public engagement" has conspicuously failed to engage." Klein goes on to say "I heard this complaint about Jarrett from practically everyone I interviewed for the book--Republicans and Democrats, African-Americans and Jews.  They all blamed Jarrett for keeping the President isolated from those whose good opinions he needed the most."  It is no wonder that Obama does not have a close relationship with any member of Congress.  The truth is that the President is a loner who seems to prefer his own company to that of others.  One has to wonder if Mr. Obama possesses the suitable psychological make-up to be President.

Prior to reading "The Amateur:  Barack Obama in the White House" I read a new book by Bill Lane called "Losing It:  Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers".  Lane was the head speechwriter for Jack Welch when he was the CEO of General Electric.  In the book Lane points out a host of character flaws and mindsets that if left unchecked can torpedo promising careers.  Frankly, I could not help but think that many of these personality flaws--arrogance, a lack of preparation, wishful thinking, incuriosity and landing a big job for which you may not be qualified are latent in our current President. For many Americans it is frightening to contemplate that such an unqualified individual could ever become our President and commander-in-chief. For conservatives like myself Edward Klein is merely preaching to the choir. But if you are an independent voter I urge you to do your homework and read a few books about the candidates and the important issues facing our nation before the upcoming election. By all means, one of those books should be "The Amateur:  Barack Obama in the White House". You will discover lots of pertinent information you just won't find in the mainstream media.  This is an engaging and well-written book that those in the White House sincerely hope you will not read.  Very highly recommended!

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October 28, 2012
Hurricane Sandy may be pivotal in creating just enough havoc to tip a number of states to the Romney ticket. Power outages can take up to 10 days to manage and this will go right through the election cycle. Essentially, 60 million voters could be preoccupied with the aftermath of the storm and it will be interesting to see how they will vote if they vote at all. Many of these voters are in states that would favor the Obama ticket. i.e. NY, NJ, Pa and others
 
June 02, 2012
"arrogance, a lack of preparation, wishful thinking, incuriosity and landing a big job for which you may not be qualified are latent in our current President." Our previous president had all of those also and we survived two terms of his administration.
 
May 31, 2012
Good review. I've read a few books of this nature in the past year or so, but I'm looking forward to this one. Maybe I'll Kindle it this weekend. Thanks!
 
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