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President Barack Obama doesn't deserve the reputation he's had for his style and temperament and for being gracious, civil, bipartisan and post-racial. He is often ungracious, uncivil, hyper-partisan, race-oriented and vindictive. He mocks and ridicules almost for sport. More than any president in my memory, he often does not comport himself presidentially.

Why does this matter? Well — if I even have to answer that — he is the face of America. The left constantly talked about George W. Bush's swagger and his cowboy diplomacy and how that damaged our "image" in the world and our relations with other nations.

But George W. Bush was nothing if not circumspect, discreet and respectful in his dealings with foreign leaders and his dealings with his political opponents. He was exceedingly presidential, demonstrating an extremely high respect for the office he held and what it represented.

How the president presents himself does matter for all the obvious reasons, but I believe Obama's behavior and the public's perception of it are relevant for other equally important reasons. He came into office with a reputation for being sophisticated, gentlemanly, above the political fray and open-minded. But it was a facade, facilitated by good looks, a seemingly pleasant demeanor and an extraordinarily fawning — and forgiving — media. He has been getting a pass on his unseemly conduct for way too long, which partially explains the disconnect between his personal likability and the unpopularity of his socialist agenda.

I believe that if the public were fully attuned to how unpresidentially he has consistently behaved, it wouldn't be as approving of him personally, and in turn, politicians wouldn't be so afraid to call him out on his Machiavellian and brutish behavior, the exposure of which would have an electoral impact. If more people understood what I believe to be this man's actual character, they wouldn't — in the face of his consistently highhanded tactics in pushing each and every one of his destructive agenda items — reflexively assume he's such a nice guy who means well. Then, they might be more vigilant, and heaven knows we need megadoses of vigilance these days.

I have theories about why Obama is consistently getting a pass, beyond the media's corrupt liberalism and the allies he's created through his racial and class warfare, but that's another column. The point for now is that he is getting a pass, and his behavior is increasingly indefensible.

We talk about Obama as a graduate of Saul Alinsky's school of thuggish street agitation, but it is more than just a casual charge.

He is Alinsky personified with a disarming smile. It's not just a matter of his having embraced a political strategy that involves hitting below the belt and abusing power to help his friends and hurt his enemies. His behavior is not just a tactic; it's part of who he is. It is apparent that he has been coddled so long that he simply has zero tolerance for any opposition.

Indeed, he is exactly the opposite of who he billed himself to be: "I will bring a new type of politics to Washington." As a committed liberal ideologue, he is neither a uniter nor one willing to consider both sides of an issue. But it's not just his extremist views that are divisive. He is also often personally divisive, petty and mean-spirited.

From the time he cavalierly dismissed Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate with "You're likable enough, Hillary," I knew some cold blood ran through his veins. As president, he has been gratuitously nasty with people who have dared oppose him, and he has affirmatively targeted and demonized entire industries to advance his agenda.

Consider: his command that "the folks who created the mess" not "do a lot of talking"; his endless scapegoating of George Bush; his rude treatment of foreign leaders, from Britain's Gordon Brown to France's Nicolas Sarkozy; his abominable treatment of Israel and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his character assassination of inspector general Gerald Walpin for blowing the whistle on his friends; his demonization of surgeons and primary care physicians as dishonest mercenaries, Republicans as "liars," secured creditors as "speculators," tea partiers as "domestic terrorists," Arizonans as "irresponsible," rural Americans as bitter clingers and America itself as being "dismissive," "arrogant" and "derisive" and as having "a responsibility to act" because it is the only nation to have ever "used a nuclear weapon"; his vilification of Wall Street "fat cat" bankers, big pharma, big oil, insurance companies, big corporations, corporate executives, Cambridge policemen, conservative talk show hosts and Fox News; his snubbing even of the liberal press pool; his egomaniacal behavior at the health care summit; and his administration's flirtation with criminalizing Bush-era officials for their legal opinions.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His book "Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party" was released recently in paperback. To find out more about David Limbaugh, please visit his Web site at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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this is typical example off butthurt republican bullshit. you're mad because no respected Bush (because he acted like he had he education of a kindergartner) so you try and smear Obama. Next time, how about you prepare some actual quotes instead of taking things out of context or just putting quotation marks around shit you just made up. This author should go back to high school and relearn the basics, such as "research", "sources", "citation", and "argument".
Comment: #1
Posted by: sherlock
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:48 PM
shylock, er, mean sherlock
Prove anything you just said. What David said that Obama said is all up on youtube,as well as the rest of the internet.Maybe it's you that should do a little research? You may be surprised, and embarrassed at your own remarks here. Read, and learn. (and stay away from Huff or Kos, where apparently you get your juvenile opinions)
Comment: #2
Posted by: shanecomeback
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:28 AM
I think Mr. Limbaugh is spot on. And Democrats have proved once again that their people sense is nil and that their taste in people is appalling. As for the msm, they have proved once again their unfailing ability to come down on the wrong side of every single issue.
Comment: #3
Posted by: joinamerica
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:33 AM
Glad David agrees with me. However, David left out Obama giving the finger to those who oppose him. He thinks he is doing it on the sly but when he uses his middle finger to scratch his face while he is giving a speech and he just happens to be mentioning at the time his opponent (one case it was Hillary Clinton another case it was John McCain), and the spectators at that speech "get it" and are laughing and whispering to those around them, then Obama is getting his point accross but also has deniability -- "I was just scratching my face". Tell me how many people do you know who scratches their face with their middle finger? Look the videos up on Youtube.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Karen
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:59 AM
Mr. Obama is a thug in gentlemen's clothing. It's obvious he wants to rule the world, and he's convinced he should.
Comment: #5
Posted by: donnaclaire
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:52 AM
Bush is way smarter than Obama and every time the muslim opens his mouth he removes all doubt of how ignorant he really is. I am smarter than your muslim.
Obama is a joke as a president, a man and a human being and he will be impeached and then thrown in prison for treachery as will all dems.
The obama rregime as well as the communist democrat party is a criminal organization and they will all go to prison as soon as the real american people ( not you sherlock, troll POS ) TAKE BACK our COUNTRY FROM THE MUSLIMS AND THE SCUM BAG TRAITORS CALLED DEMS.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Watson
Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:44 AM
Sherlock: So that last paragraph of Mr. Limbaugh was just sour grapes? obama didn't do any of that. He is the innocent victim of crazed right wingers. You need treatment post haste. Your grasp of reality is loosening as I write.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Jobe
Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:56 AM
Re: sherlock
As we say in Texas, you sir are a DumbA$$.
Comment: #8
Posted by: BWHawk
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:13 AM
Excellent article! Only those who slobber around the black thugs ankles are making excuses for his 'no class' behavior because he is black I believe there was a black man who stated: Judge not by the color of their skin but by their character. Those who still defend this immature adolescent amateur in the White House, do wake up and try to use what little gray cells you possess.If a white man behaved as this slob does the screaming would not stop!
Comment: #9
Posted by: alexandra
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:14 AM
To paraphrase the theme song from "Hee Haw" (I know none of the libs will recognize that),

"If it weren't for low class he'd have no class at all".

During the Healthcare Summit, he was referring to "Lamar", "Paul", "Mitch", etc. One of the Republicans should have Boxered him and said "Excuse me, Mr. President, you don't know me well enough to address me by my first name. Please refer to me as Senator, I've worked hard to get to this position."
In fact, he recently appeared at a fund raiser for Boxer, and it was "Barbara and I" whenever he mentioned her. Guess she didn't mind it coming from someone trying to help her raise money, like she resented it coming from the General at the Senate hearings.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Nick_in_Virginia
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:00 AM
Now, let's not call Sherlock a dumba$$... He can't see Nancy's wrinkles for the Botox. "'re mad because no respected [sic] Bush (because he acted like he had he [sic] education of a kindergartner) so you try and smear Obama."... OK, if O is such a brilliant man, why is he hiding his college records? What does he fear? (Forget the birth certificate thing... hiding college records is a far more tangible indictment of character, and that's far more important than anything else.) Likewise, we engage in "smear" tactics and O doesn't? Check out Limgaugh's list again, Sherlock (it's the last paragraph of the article; oops, you didn't read that far, did you? Sorry, my bad). I guess they're disguising The Left-Wing Kool-Ade by putting in your Coors, eh?

Comment: #11
Posted by: Tomas
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:45 AM
Excellent. And, like everything else this administration does, none of it can be contradicted with facts.
Comment: #12
Posted by: ReaderRedux
Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:34 PM
Bush was not perfect but he never embarassed me or our country.clinton and his loud foul mouthed goon carville gave us low class buffoonery on a weeekly basis for eight years. now we have this snide and sarcastic pretender insulting all america on daily basis because of his inability to stay away from tv cameras and his need to criticize americans like a third world dictator which he resembles more each time he speaks.Do i miss Bush yet? yes and i have since this thug was installed in my countries highest office.clinton used it as a brothel and and obama has made it a mud room where he wipes his chicago filth on the rug with the seal of the united states.
Comment: #13
Posted by: CLYDE
Sat May 1, 2010 7:47 AM
Bush was not perfectbut he never embarassed me. Clinton and his loud mouthed goon carville appalled me on a weekly basis with there contempt for the law and we are forced to listen to snide and sarcastic remarks on a daily basis because obama con not stay away from tv cameras and he feels it his duty to criticize america like a third world dictator which resembles more each day.Clinton used the highest office in the land as a brothel.obama uses it as a mud room where he smears filth on the emblem seal of the united states on the carpet of the oval i miss bush yet? yes, and every day since this thug was installed in our capitol.he uses the buuly pulpit cast slurs , aspersions and lies on the world.He says we should be thanking him for his boorishness.
Comment: #14
Posted by: CLYDE
Sat May 1, 2010 8:14 AM
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