Stop Picking on Me

Remember back in 2008, when 84,000 people gathered at Invesco Field to hear then candidate Obama give his nominating acceptance speech.  Apparently, another 40 million people watched it on tv – I was not one of them, by the way.  But back then, everyone waited with bated breath for the Messiah to speak.  It seems like fewer and fewer people are listening these days.  Well, maybe they’re listening, but they’re certainly not hearing.

When he’s not campaigning, which he hasn’t stopped doing since 2008 (someone forgot to tell him he won), the President is telling everyone to be civil.  Hell, he doesn’t even listen to himself.

At one point, he suggests we all learn to “disagree without being disagreeable,” but a few months later, he accuses the Republicans of holding the public hostage by blocking extended unemployment benefits.

While pandering to his Spanish-speaking constituents, he tells them “we should punish our enemies and reward our friends” and then sarcastically attacks those, like myself, who want a stronger border, by saying, “maybe they’ll need a moat.  Maybe they want alligators in the moat.”  Ridicule me all you want, Mr. President, but it doesn’t make you look like much of a leader.

And, of course, another call for “civility” came in February after the killings in Tucson when he urged all of us to “debate in a way that heals.”  Yet, his own administration is suing the state of Arizona over its immigration law, enacted because the federal government won’t do its job.

Accusing Republicans of abandoning families with children with autism or Down’s syndrome or others with severe disabilities to “fend for themselves” doesn’t sound very civil to me.

All this talk about “civility” is B.S.  It has nothing to do with civility because Obama’s rhetoric is anything but.  I don’t buy into his whole “Rodney King look-a-like ‘why can’t we all just get along’ act.”  If he really was sincere, he’s had ample opportunity to call out people like Maxine Waters, Andre Carson and James Hoffa about civility.

What I think it’s all about is that Obama doesn’t like criticism.  Plain and simple.  Most of us don’t, but we’re not politicians and politics is a dirty business and criticism is to be expected.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t much criticized before the election.  John McCain refused to run any ads about Obama’s cronies like the America-hating bigot, Rev. Wright, or the terrorist, Bill Ayres.  And he had the media in his pocket from the get go.

He had a free ride and we’re finally seeing how thin-skinned he really is because every time he calls for civility he’s actually saying, “stop picking on me.”

His latest campaign effort called “Attack Watch” was set up for people to report “attacks” and to “provide supporters with the facts they need to fight back against lies and distortions about the president’s record.”

It smells like desperation to me and doesn’t sound very statesman-like.  You’re either for him or against him.  It’s always “us against them.” And people thought George W. was divisive.

Mr. Obama is supposed to be the President of the United States and all her people – not just those who voted for him.

Instead, I’m the enemy because I want a stronger border, oppose Obamacare, and want significant cuts in government spending.  Because these are the things I want, his supporters brand me “racist” because they’re the policies of a black man.  But, you don’t hear him admonishing those folks.

None of this makes him look Presidential.  Instead, he looks like a petty, incompetent, overly-sensitive, thin-skinned cry baby who hasn’t a clue how to lead a nation in very trying times.  If I had the opportunity, I’d have two words for the President.  “Man up.”

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • chief98110

    When Bill Clinton was in the middle of his zipper gate problems, I felt like throwing up every time I heard him speak. Well, I never thought any president could top that low point in our history. I was wrong. Mr. O is even more nauseating than Mr. Bill. Sad.

  • Roger Ward

    Although there is a great deal to dislike about Obama and his mannerisms (and I do !!), the basis of my dislike is that Obama believes that, no matter what the problem, the answer is more and bigger and more intrusive government. I don’t impugn his motives, just his policies. Any casual observer of Obama and his policies would wonder when … and if … the POTUS will recognize that his socialist directions have never worked !! A strong move toward socialism is what sent Greece careening out of orbit … and Greece’s failure could well result in a dissolution of the European Union. There is ample evidence that socialism doesn’t work, yet Obama keeps going to that polluted well. We need a leader who believes in free market principles …. not socialism !! (I don’t think Romney is that leader; maybe Cain?)

  • Ron F

    I do not listen to the rhetoric of politicians. I have not seen one that was not hypocrital in some way except for possibly Ronald Reagan. I am not sure the attacks on President Bush were worse than the attacks on President Obama or President Clinton. President Obama has been accused of deliberately trying to hurt the country. I disagree with almost everything he does but I do not believe that he is deliberately trying to hurt the country. His religious beliefs have been questioned. If he says that he is a Christian, I will take him at his word. And look at the attacks by the Birthers. I judge a President simply on what he does and accomplishes. I disapprove of almost everything President Obama has done and there have been no accomplishments and I believe his policies have actually harmed the country. As for the rest of it, I don’t care.

    • Glen Stambaugh

      I agree with you that Obama is doing as he sees best for us, however demonstrably flawed his view of that best may be. I agree that focusing on his person rather than his failure is not only classless but helps legitimize him. I disagree that the personal bile approaches what GW endured from his critics.

  • Will Swoboda

    Always a pleaure. Please continue to write what you think. I tell my wife the same thing as your husband does but it usually pertains to my behavior. I check in with you just to make sure I’m thinking right.
    Thanks, Will

  • Clarence De Barrows

    Bravo, Leona. Very good take on the child in the Oval Office.

    • Megane

      Reynolds’ Fifth Law: “Deficit Spending is Evil.Reynolds’ Sixth Law: “Any lierbal plan, if enacted, will eventually result in an unintended cock-up”. RCR

  • Vince Ricardo

    “Instead, he looks like a petty, incompetent, overly-sensitive, thin-skinned cry baby who hasn’t a clue how to lead a nation in very trying times. If I had the opportunity, I’d have two words for the President. “Man up.””

    Quoted for truth.

    Occasionally, every once in awhile, I wished that George W. Bush would actually fight back against all of the ridiculous, vile filth that people were constantly (CONSTANTLY) spouting off about him. He never did, and I’m glad he didn’t. While I may not have agreed with all of his policies, at least he acted Presidential, not like a whiny baby, and Lord knows he had plenty of reasons to do so. To quote Don Vito Corleone, responding to Johnny Fontane’s whining: “You can act like a Man!”

    • Nancye

      When I recall the names, etc. that George Bush was called for eight years, with no comments or whining from him, I have to wonder why when Obama is criticized, we’re called racists.

      Oh yeah – I just remembered !!!

  • Robert A. Hall

    I did watch his 2008 Victory speech on TV. As I told a liberal friend here in Chicago who went, it reminded me of Nuremburg. Every time the crowd chanted, “Yes, We Can!” in lock step, I heard, “Seig Heil!” Same technique. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
    For a free PDF of the book, write tartanmarine(at)

  • Joel

    Excellent article, only slightly too civil. He is a child. His intellect and emotional level is that of a 12-14 year old. Watch him dismount from Air Force One next time. He doesn’t come out with a smile and dignity, rather he prances down with his eyes on the next step, hands bouncing with each undignified step. Some day, he’ll make a misstep and come up a better man for it.

    And he loves to catch or squash flies in the Whitehouse, which is in there from the manure on his wife’s garden. Seriously, that is where houseflies hatch…manure.