Idgit Watch

Barack Obama’s Authoritarian streak reveals itself again

Posted by danishova on April 3, 2009

Previously at Danishova:

Nanny Statist Barack Obama busy micromanaging Joe Biden’s menu; working hard for the American people.

The relevant quote:

WASHINGTON — When President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meet for their standing Friday lunch engagement, Mr. Obama always picks the cuisine — a subtle break from previous administrations in which the president and the vice president typically ordered off a menu, and a reminder, if any was needed, about who is in charge.

Is this part of the Alinsky Training Manual?  In a Politico story which describes what happened behind the scenes when TARPed bankers met with Obama, we get two examples of Barack’s hardball techniques:

1.  The implicit threat

“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

2.  The power play

There were signs from the outset that this was a business event, not a social gathering. At each place around the table sat a single glass of water. No ice. For those who finished their glass, no refills were offered. There was no group photograph taken of the CEOs with the president, which typically happens at ceremonial White House gatherings but not at serious strategy sessions.

“The only way they could have sent a more Spartan message is if they had served bread along with the water,” says a person who attended the meeting. “The signal from Obama’s body language and demeanor was, ‘I’m the president, and you’re not.

Which leads to a question:  Who on Barack’s staff is charged with implementing these techniques?  Someone has to instruct the White House staff not to refill the water glasses.

Meanwhile,  perhaps the International Red Cross should lodge a complaint and request a supervisory visit.  It sounds to me that White House guests get treated worse than GITMO prisoners.


1.   Allahpundit uses the Alinksy comparison.

2.   Some germane biographical details on Saul Alinsky:

Alinsky was born to Russian-Jewish parents in Chicago in 1909. He studied criminology as a graduate student at the University of Chicago, during which time he became friendly with Al Capone and his mobsters. Ryan Lizza, senior editor of The New Republic, offers a glimpse into Alinsky’s personality: “Charming and self-absorbed, Alinsky would entertain friends with stories—some true, many embellished—from his mob days for decades afterward. He was profane, outspoken, and narcissistic, always the center of attention despite his tweedy, academic look, and thick, horn-rimmed glasses.”

Like Alinsky, Obama’s a narcissist too. Quel surprise!


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