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Something Strange Afoot in the Obama Campaign

Mary Laney 18 August 2011 32 Comments

Something strange is afoot in a Presidential campaign. To be specific, something odd is going on within President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

It’s enough to make a person wonder if — with the President’s approval numbers now at an all time low — there’s an escape plan being hatched for the 44th President.

Consider Obama’s remarks in June on the Today Show when he said his family is “not invested” in a second term. He told the interviewer “If I said, you know guys, I want to do something different, they’d be fine with that.”

Realize that everything that is said in interviews is planned and rehearsed in the White House. Nothing is just off- the- cuff in White House interviews. The same is true with White House spokespeople.

So consider what Obama’s campaign spokesperson (and former press secretary) Robert Gibbs said this month. On the same day that Obama’s approval numbers dipped to their lowest, Gibbs said Obama is “quite comfortable” being a one-term president in order to address issues he is concerned about.

The two comments are not merely coincidental. They are planned, formulated, tested and have a goal in mind. Is that goal to make President Obama appear to be less ambitious for power? Is it to make more people rise up and support the President? The answer is a “no” to both theories.

No President who is campaigning for reelection suggests – or has his spokespeople suggest – that he doesn’t need another term. Can you remember another President, in the midst of a reelection, suggesting that he doesn’t need another term?

There is only one – President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Which raises several questions: Could Barack Obama be planning to pull a Lyndon Johnson and say he will not run nor will he accept nomination for another term? Could he tell the nation that he has accomplished what he wanted to accomplish in passing his Health Care program and now wants to step down to do other things? Could he be planning an honorable exit rather than face defeat in November 2012? Could his approval numbers be so low that he has become unelectable and toxic for the entire Democratic slate? Is there a move afoot to have him step down and name a new Presidential candidate?

These are reasonable questions in light of the recent – and well-planned –comments of Obama not needing a second term.

This White House has been diligent in focus testing all rhetoric. It has kept Obama on Teleprompters in town hall meetings, speeches to groups, addresses at Universities and before foreign assemblies — even in a grade school classroom. It has masterfully limited the number of spokespeople and controlled access to the President. It has eliminated uncomfortable questions in the White House Press Room by preselecting those correspondents it will call upon when the press conference is held. It has been in campaign mode for months, carefully planning every move – most recently having the President take a bus tour through three states, ostensibly to answer the people’s questions about the economy.

So why now are the President and his campaign spokesman making comments saying that he doesn’t need a second term?

It isn’t mere coincidence. It is all planned. It appears to be laying the groundwork for an easy out. It is a clear signal that something is changing and that something may be a plan to allow Obama to leave office early and save face rather than face a dismal loss at the polls.

President Obama has us fighting in three wars, an economy that is in the tank, a much-devalued dollar, high unemployment, and – for the first time in history – a lowered credit rating to AA+.

The office of Management and Budget has found that his health care law – which the majority of Americans oppose –will actually raise costs, not lower them.

As for his record in office, President Obama has broken his promises to close Gitmo, and to end the practice of sending prisoners to foreign countries, and to veto the Patriot Act. He has not lived up to his promise to keep unemployment under 8% and now has more Americans living on food stamps than at any time in history. And now he tells the nation that he will have a jobs plan…next month.

With a record like this it is no wonder he is blaming Congress, and Japan, and Europe, and the Arab Spring, and anyone else for the nation’s economic woes.

But, just in case the nation doesn’t buy his arguments to displace blame, could he be planning to pull a Johnson?

It’s something to think about.

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Mary Laney is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer

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32 Comments »

  • Bill Baar said:

    I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing.

  • al ronan said:

    We can only hope.

  • Stephen Jordan said:

    If you’re right, there is a merciful God.

  • Rufino Torres said:

    Meanwhile, Rahm Emanuel is doing a good job of embarrasing his old boss. Rahm also “inherited” a desk with intractible problems. Unlike Bo, however RahmBo is facing these problems head on, offering quick action and leadership. I don’t agree with too much of what Rahm is doing, but for gosh sakes, here’s a man who is doing SOMETHING besides talk.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    President Obama is only the suit reading the scripts; like the Old Bewitched TV Show, the DNC/Soros/Journolistas writing each of the daffy episodes America witnessed ( Beer Summits, Teaching Moments, Finger Wagging the Supreme Court, Bowing to Tin-pots, Araba Spring Soap Job, Uncle Janet Napolitano, Race Card Holder’s Cross the Border Guns Giveaway.Vacations Aplenty, Nobel Prize but No Olympics) will find a new Darrin.

  • Jim Ridings said:

    Well said, Mr. Hickey!

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  • Dan Miller said:

    As much as I would like to accept Ms. Laney’s insightful supposition, I think she underestimates President Obama’s ego. The President feeds off the adulation he sees in the mainstream media. He’s addicted to praise and honor, and running for president will provide his ultimate fix.

  • Bessie said:

    Frawley’s sentencing date has been postponed again, this time at his request….Don’t worry though he has the best sentencing lawyer in the country Jeffrey Steinbech and he’s working “pro-bono”…must be nice to be Daniel T. Frawley…

  • meemstar said:

    He has a casual attitude because he’s learning that he can’t run on his own merits and appear as the powermonger that he is. If he’s down in the polls come election time he’ll simply cease a moment or disaster to collapse the system, declare marshall law,suspend the election and effectively promoted himself as king (dictator). If he could do it right now without looking like he was the culprit this teflon prez would do it. Him and his czars in the White House haven’t built a shadow gov’t just to give it up. There’s a much more sinister plot building every day.

  • Bob Diamond said:

    Now that the some party power-brokers appear to realize that Obama is most surely not re-electable, who are they lining up in the wings to take his place on the 2012 ticket?

  • jbh said:

    Before all this is put into motion he has a couple of items to settle with the American people which are:

    1. Long form B/C
    2. Passports
    3. Pakistan 1981
    4. College records
    5. Doesn’t own property in ILL. but writes off on income taxes
    6. Law firm pays property taxes
    7. SS # from Conn.
    8. Fast and Furious
    9. Forged B/C April 27th

    Have 32 more but this will do.

    JBH

  • BUD DODSON said:

    Obama and Family will be the most worldly person ever due to his world wide expense paid tours at government expense which is really we the people.

    BD

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  • rangerrebew said:

    There is something strange about his entire life. Where did he get the money to go to out of state universities like Yale? He says his father fought in WWII but either one would have been younger than a teenager. How deep are his REAL connections to the radical left. The thing that worries me most, though, is the radical left assassinating him and blaming it on the right to create a race war. Don’t tell me it couldn’t happen, we still don’t know all about the Kennedy assassination which was a left wing job of some sort and that was 50 years ago. As Dan Miller said, his ego is pretty huge, and he may not want to follow orders. I think he’s somewhat delusional and believes all the lies that have been used to bolster him. The whole setup has me more than a little concerned.

  • US citizen said:

    I agree. His ego is wayyyyyyyy to big to just step aside. He is a liar, a cheat, and his IQ is something smaller than his shoe size. The sooner he leaves the better, but Im guessing not.

  • TimeOUT said:

    Hey I’m with you JBH, put the rascial in jail!! A crook no doubt!

  • Johnny D said:

    Interesting points. Yes indeed, he could be preparing for a graceful departure … after the primaries, so that his kind of delegates would have already been selected, so that the Democrats would be sure to nominate someone equally socialist in his place.

    But since we don’t know, not much really changes for the right. We must still concentrate on selecting a terrific nominee who will be electable against EITHER Obama or whoever the Dems select in his place. We must not pick a candidate who is “perfect to run against Obama” because that may not be who we face.

    And the GOP must crack down on vote fraud – every single kind – so that the Democrats can’t engage in their usually massive fraud operation.

    JFD

  • Joanna said:

    Hello, Hillary.

  • EastSideHunky said:

    Praise be upon Allah and his prophet, Imam Barrie Hussein Soetero!

  • Hub said:

    He might have an arrangement with Hillary. Maybe Michelle can’t take the “heat” and gave him a choice. Or could it be he is looking at charges of treason? Doubt it because those who would charge him are just as guilty for allowing this charade to continue.

    Meanwhile read this link:

    http://greece.greekreporter.com/2011/08/21/shariah-abolished-for-greek-muslims/
    Shariah Abolished for Greek Muslims
    Posted on 21 August 2011 by Lia Pavlou

  • Wayne Matthews said:

    Obama isn’t concerned about being relected. His plan

    Create a phony national crisis,

    Impose martial law,

    Cancel the elections,

    Install himself as Dictator.

    The groundwork for this is already in the works.

    Hold on to your guns. see: http://shutking.blogspot.com/2010/01/breaking-news-obama-signs-martial-law.html

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