Robert Bennett: Obama has his own 'killer rabbit' moment

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  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 11:31 p.m.

    Even Maureen Dowd. left wing zealot MAUREEN DOWD, acknowledges that Obama's behavior gives credence to what many people already believe: Which was the point of the Bennett article.

    Face it, Myopic Obama supporters have NOTHING to defend, so they continue the ostrich act and try to rationalize it by accusing everyone else of making things up.

  • Bob K Davis, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Oh, the disrespect!

    Sept. 2, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Re: lost in DC

    So the question I suppose might be, does the country benefit more if tearing him down at all cost in an effort to keep him from getting anything done, or is the country better off building him him up in hopes something gets done? Even the most zealous of us whether Right, Left or independent, understands that no one is all right or all wrong!

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    Senator Bennett forgets other presidential incidents of insignificance: George W Bush giving Angela Merkel a massage and dancing with the band's rhythm section, George HW Bush amazed watching common folk buy groceries, Ronald Reagan's befuddlement moment at press conference, Gerald Ford falling down, Bill Clinton jogging into a McDonald's...all funny stories used by the opposition and signifying nothing.

    Now is the time for serious people discussing serious issues. Please, Senator, weigh in at any time about the outsourcing of America, police militarization, corporate inversions, pros and cons of military intervention, and a replacement for Obamacare. You are a senator with perspective. Let's focus.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    To "RC in WJ" what is the point of giving people health insurance (not care) that can't afford to use it? The ACA is like giving violins to people with no arms. Yes, they now have instruments, but they can't use them.

    With health insurance not only has the cost of insurance gone up, but benefits have gone down plus a record number of doctors are retiring.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    I did not say anything about BO golfing

    Why did you say I did?

    is your argument so weak you need to twist the truth?

    I see you also have no problem using the IRS to go after political rivals. That is dangerous.

    BO doesn't care about the other side, or he tried to work with the other side. Which is it? you cannot have it both ways. Oh, I forgot, liberals ALWAYS get it both ways

    RC in WJ
    more office desk than show window - correct. Too bad all BO gives is the latter.

    Obamacare has been a disaster for those who lost their insurance, those who saw their insurance rates increase, those who did not want to buy it, cancer patients who do not have access to the best clinics but did previously, religious employers who are still fighting the misadministration and demagogue roused-rabble who picket or boycott their businesses, dems in 2010, liberty loving people everywhere.

    face facts, your support for Obamacare has nothing to do with anyone who may or may not have benefitted from Obamacare, but because you worship BO and will grasp at any straw to defend or praise him.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Sorry, Bob, but your premise is beyond ludicrous. The Washington establishment has gone into full panic mode because the neo-cons and other sheep in DC think the only way to deal with the various problems in the Middle East is to rush into war - most certainly ill-planned, unfunded and without much advance thinking. Sometimes things have to take their course, particularly as circumstances change. The U.S. has notoriously rushed in and supported one side, and then later supported the opposite side. We have had a ridiculously short-sighted approach and it has rarely turned out well. The Middle East is a cauldron of intra-religious warfare, and in many of the battles, there is no correct side. I applaud the President for his patience, long-term thinking and cautiousness. He is thinking more strategically than prior administrations. If there is going to be fighting between faction of Islam, why should American lives be sacrificed for it. Believe it or not, the President has acted with great wisdom.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    airnaut said "Face it, The Obama critics have NOTHING to go on, so they make stuff up"

    That's exactly what Riverton Cougar did.

    Slow economic growth and a the national debt number completely ignore the worst recession in American history and the fact since the recession the trend of national debt increase has been cut drastically (increases of over a trillion a year under both Bush and Obama to increases of under 500 million) Let's see save the economy and then cut the debt increase rate by over 75%. Hummm horrible, just horrible.

    Scandals; "when the investigations get deeper it looks worse and worse for the democrats (like the IRS scandal). There is no point in denying it."

    Ahhh yes it is worth ignoring now after two years it still hasn't moved past a middle level manager. You have a bunch of lost emails with no idea what's in them, but their lost so they must involve Obama. Baloney.

    BTW if it was found out Bush was behind the terrorist attacks I'd hope Republicans would be calling for his head..however just another made up fantasy..Bush wasn't in cahoots with the terrorists.

    Sept. 2, 2014 6:13 a.m.

    Re: Lost in DC

    Calvin Coolidge also made the following statements "We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight. And " We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once". Something would be better than NOthing which is what the Republican Party has become known for, in their unending effort to stymie and obstruct the POTUS. This at a great cost to the Country!

    As for " too bad Obamacare got through – it has turned out to be a disaster." Who has it been a disaster for? Certainly not the millions that have health care who couldn't before now receive it because of pre-existing conditions, my wife included! Oh I know; health care costs went up! When have they ever stopped going up? Lets be honest "Lost in DC" the real reason it is a disaster in your opinion is because its called Obama-Care and has little or nothing to do with the positives or negatives of the program!

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

    @ pragmatist

    You are right, that both these incidents are minor and I think not worth harping someone over. But you are wrong about what you are saying is that it's only Republican's who are feeling like Obama is checking out. Obviously Ms. Dowd and others Democrats that I feel or are starting to feel this way.

    Personally, I hope he's not becoming disconnected and standoffish. In many ways, I appreciate his step back and wait attitude to some of these crises. I wish he had held this attitude earlier with the Islamic uprisings in Egypt and Syria (instead of supporting them vocally, especially in Syria!). Certainly not supporting the rebels in Syria has turned out to be a smart move. It took them awhile but they've splintered and those of the radical rebel groups are showing their true colors.

    But ignoring the press is certainly not a good sign of transparency and that is something that his administration has sometimes both done well with and and struggled at. We will certainly see going forward if he continues to ignore the press and how he deals with situations that the majority view as a crisis.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    George Soros - Barack's puppet master undoubtedly told Barack that things would be easier - the governing part that is and all he had to do was ram his extremist leftist ideolgy through and all would be well. Well the big ticket - Obamacare - blew up in his face and the governing part has been a disaster from day one in office. Some people when faced with disaster change course and others play golf and block it all out. I really doubt Barack has ever had to solve anything hard in his life and he simply has no idea. Barack's entire political career has been hand groomed for him teleprompter speeches and all. For heaven sake he was said to be able to effect the ocean tides and so many bought into the nonsense. Now the king clearly is seen to have no clothes and all people can do is hope the next two years pas quickly.

  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Congress needs to support the POTUS, it has been ridiculous how lame congress has been.
    The congressional members are mostly made up from highly educated individuals, most are lawyers. It could be that our educational system is falling behind in teaching civics and politics or they are simply ignoring their expert knowledge. We read everyday that there have been misconduct on both side of the aisle, it appears that they have been hiding their misfortunes and trying very hard not to show it. When the public finds out, they pout and whine about it, rather that facing the truth, the truth does hurt.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    Hey Lost –

    “BO has NEVER cared what the other side thought . . . ”

    You’re projecting again. Obama has repeatedly reached out to America’s vast Right Wing, but they consistently rebuff him . . . So what’s the point?

    Obama learns from his mistakes, and many other Americans have learned from their mistakes as well.

    We have learned not to believe the exaggerations, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of Republican leaders.

    Hey Riverton Cougar – “So you think all is well in the United States?” . . you asked.

    Absolutely not . . . The Republican Party has mutated into an entity that can and will do NO good for the people of this nation. The once Great Party of Lincoln has lost its way.

    So no, all is not well in the United States.

    The numerous Republican-manufactured non-scandals “Conservatives” try to attribute to Obama serve instead to demonstrate the glaring deficiencies within the GOP, not in Obama’s administration.

  • djofraleigh raleigh, NC
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    ...add in that the beheading was done as a message to President Obama and as a response to his ordering bombing of ISIL.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    It is quite worrisome that Republicans complain that Obama "should do something", but then they themselves can offer no solution at all. Drum up complaints about the President? They are champions. Offer their own solution? They are failures.

    I hate to see the foreign policy of this nation driven by whatever Fox News decides is an issue.

  • P Bundy Albuquerque, NM
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:32 p.m.

    The Senator is imbibing in some wishful thinking.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    The rabbit moment was a split second maneuver, never to be repeated by Mr. Carter. However, golfing is an addiction that should be dealt with now He has left our nation vulnerable since he lost integrity when mandating to the Democrats in Congress, both the Senate and House to vote and then read the ACA. He can persuade but made a real mistake there, more than the rabbit mistake of one second. The President's wife stated it was the first time in 2008 or 2009 that she was proud to be an American. For those of us who have served our country and nation in various capacities, it makes one wonder what made her not proud as a citizen. I believe the President lost integrity when he accepted the Nobel Peace award when he hadn't done anything for peace when he hd just been elected. He should have been honest with the Nobel people. Benghazi was a similar incident when he was out campaigning and not governing. The press and the lady moderator of the Romney debate misled the public that night and the President didn't stand up for integrity or defense of his employees in Benghazi. 2 1/2 years more.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    Disclaimer. I voted for Romney. With that said I believe Obama has dealt with a lot of crap he didn't deserve. The far right claims he somehow forged his birth certificate. I have yet to see any legitimate proof of that. Tune in talk radio and all you hear is never ending criticism of president Obama. I have never heard Sean Hannity or Limbaugh say one positive about the President. I am convinced the far right hates Obama and has since the day he was elected. Ted Nugent called Obama a sub human mongrel, a term once reserved for African Americans held as slaves. A mongrel is a mixed breed dog. Wouldn't have anything with the Presidents lineage would it. Some nut in Utah County has a sign in the back of his truck calling for the Presidents assassination. The far right thinks the left is uncivil. They should look in the mirror. Politics in America has sunk to lows I never thought possible.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    Economy - up
    Jobs - up
    Middle Eastern wars - down
    ACA - passed
    elected - TWICE

    Face it,
    The Obama critics have NOTHING to go on,
    so they make stuff up,
    say broad, vague statements with absolutely no supporting evidence,
    i.e., "Obama is the worst ever"
    and repeat it endlessly

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Mr. Bennett has no room to talk about "killer rabbit" moments. He was so oblivious to his moments, it cost him his office.

  • dpal Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Re: Pragmatistferlife
    Obviously, you think that Obama's insensitivity was a trivial thing. Nero fiddles while Rome burns and you stand by and applaud the music.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 6:57 p.m.


    So you think all is well in the United States?

    A growing economy? These last 6 years have shown very slow economic growth, but enormous growth in the national debt (an increase in about 7 trillion).

    And what's with the scandals? Ignoring them and pretending there is nothing wrong does not suddenly make them not important anymore. I bet that if anybody ever finds proof that Bush was actually behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, liberals would be screaming for his head. Yet Benghazi was so long ago, "what difference does it make?" is all we hear from Hillary Clinton. Liberals are just hoping that people forget about those scandals, because when the investigations get deeper it looks worse and worse for the democrats (like the IRS scandal). There is no point in denying it.

    Let's not even go to the "success" Obamacare has been. The "Affordable" Care Act is perhaps the most inappropriately named piece of legislation in the last 25 years.

    Objective observation would support the argument that it is the liberals that are out of touch with reality. Liberals are still blaming conservatives for all their failures.

    Sept. 1, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    Oh Barry - the places you go.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:23 p.m.

    Putin has said the breaking up of the former Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy to every occur. He is determined to restore as much of it as possible beginning with Ukraine. The West has to respond firmly especially all of Europe. Not only should there be real sanctions (not just rich people having travel restrictions) but banking restrictions. On top of that, NATO should declar its intent to pretect these free countrys (in not actual membership in NATO) from Russia. There should be no more ground given back to Russia. If this were to hold, Russia would disolve itself even further within 10 years after they saw the econoic growth of Ukraine and other border countrys.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    Lost in DC, Your castigating the President for playing golf after a solemn press conference, that's what's trivial. As usual you distort the conversation into your own construct of the world.

    There's a linguistic and psychological principle that describes how we develop consistencies in other words patterns. It's clear Lost and other like MR have developed consistencies to describe the world the way they want it to be ( kind of like seeing elephants in clouds).

    Problem is the reality is it's just lines angels, and perspective not elephants.

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    I agree with what you said, except where you mentioned that Obama needs to lead again. Most of the leading he has done for the US is down the wrong path. In fact some of his best moments as a leader is on the golf course.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    So Hammer just what is " our precarious situation "?

    Unemployment down 4 points

    4 years of economic growth

    millions with health care they didn't have before

    A deficit that has been reduced by nearly three quarters

    Our military not losing hundreds of young lives every month

    Just what is precarious?

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    I can't believe all of the crying going on. The conservatives don't like Obama. They won't give him everything that he wants. They want him to be a 1 term pres. They want to make him look bad. Hahahaha. Go back to about 2001. You same people hated Bush and only wanted for him to be a 1 term President. obama himself derided and was critical of Bush every chance he could

    Obama doesn't meet with congress. There is no compromise. He is a community agitator/organizer and doesn't have the skills to bring people together. That, and the fact that he's the least experienced and qualified person to ever hold the office, are the real reasons nothing gets done.

    I've got a pen and phone. We will pass healthcare without 1 Republican vote and then we'll see whats in the law. I'll just turn the IRS into a anti Tea Party organization so that my chances of reelection are greater. The list goes on and on. Stop whining about the fact that we have a 2 party system and we all bettered hope that they don't agree on everything.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    BO has NEVER cared what the other side thought; too bad he only wants to be POTUS for those who support him, which is now less than half the population. He does not, as you said, care about me or the 150 million+ who oppose him. That is also why he has not been able to get anything done since the dems lost the house. That is not the mark of a leader, but a tyrant.

    I would not call the beheading of an American journalist a trivial event.

    What other mental gymnastics can you come up with to defend BO?

    And I see you have no problem with BO using the IRS to target and harass the political opposition? That is a very dangerous attitude.

    RC in WJ
    To paraphrase Calvin Coolidge, who turned deficits into surpluses and maintained a very low unemployment rate, “it’s better to stop bad bills than to pass good ones”. I am glad the GOP has done everything they could to stop BO’s bad legislation – too bad Obamacare got through – it has turned out to be a disaster.

  • Frank Fourth New York, NY
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    A good war would boost his ratings just fine.
    But American are fickle and then they want out fast.
    Its very tricky.

  • MWCandUtahFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    I would like a Nobel Prize winner to help mediate racism, hatred, foreign and domestic wars without starting any new ones. I would like a empathetic leader to see that our poor are provided for while providing them incentives to improve their own situation. And while we are now in that business as well.....effective, affordable health care that encourages and rewards good health habits. I really just want hope and change.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Maybe the "diehards" need to read what leaders of the Democrat Party have said about Obama. He disgraces their Party and he disgraces America. The can apologize for him, but they can't change his actions.

    Sept. 1, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    Of all people Bob Bennett should realize that no matter what the present POTUS does will be turned into a "killer rabbit" by the rabid right! In 2008 Mitch McConnell vowed that the Right Wing would do everything they could to see that Obama was a one term President, starting an unprecedented campaign of rancor, hatred and even sometimes bigotry, in their effort to demean and obstruct!

    That campaign has continued to this day! Unfortunately as does always happen with the over jealous, their campaign of obstruction over shadowed common sense and the need to produce a viable candidate for 2016! They now find themselves with the same entourage of politico's and the same demographics that lost them the last two presidential elections.

    The neo-con obsession is going to give the White House to Hillary and the Dems for another eight years!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    What I take away from the Senator's editorial is he has little to write or critize the President of, so he makes something up. The last 2 years of BO's Presidency won't be a lame duck if he just keeps the GOP Congress from hurting itself or the country.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    Re: "he made an appropriately solemn statement of resolve and sympathy concerning the televised beheading of an American journalist"

    Perhaps the president and his advisers simply thought that in these "solemn" circumstances it would be best not to take questions.

    Besides, if this were about the president making a tee time, surely they could have started the press conference 15 minutes earlier.

    Sorry, Bob. There's smoke here but no fire.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    The connection I see here is two Democratic Presidents, two trivial events, and Republicans pouncing on them and making something out of nothing.

    It's the same as the posters here who continue to list Benghazi, IRS, and Fast and Furious as Obama's "scandals".

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 1, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    “ . . . perceptions matter . . . “ Well, yes and no.

    Obama and millions of other sensible Americans really don’t care much anymore about what “Conservative” leaders prefer to perceive and believe. “Conservative” politicos, mirroring the willful confusion and delusions of their Right Wing supporters, have consistently proven themselves so out of touch with reality, that their perceptions and opinions are, by and large, given no credence at all.

    Why should any sensible person care that Bob Bennet thinks Obama golfs too much?

    It is interesting to note that this former Senator, who one would think might still bear are certain dignity appropriate to his former office, is criticizing Obama for golfing, while alluding to Jimmy Carter’s mythologized encounter with a swimming rabbit.

    It was just a Rabbit, Bob . . . Not a White Buffalo. Maybe you shouldn’t extend such significance to that encounter.

    “Perceptions matter?”

    . . . In this case? . . . Not really.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 12:16 a.m.

    The only way I see that this president can salvage our precarious situation is to turn to a higher being for help. Isn't it amazing when Lincoln implored the nation to fast and pray and then gettysburg happened. Isn't it interesting when George Washington humbled himself at valley forge. Or when FDR gave a national prayer imploring Gods help before D-Day. Obama needs to lead the nation again. He needs to humble himself and turn to God. In fact we all do. This means treating our neighbors kindly, not breaking HIS laws, fasting, prayer, holy day observance, etc.

    Hopefully humility can come before more people suffer because of pride.