Is this a true interview? I have no idea, but it sure rings true….

This came to me via email and I have no way to verify its validity, or to whom to attribute it to.  So here it is, for what it’s worth:

A longtime Washington D. C. insider, and former advisor to the Obama
election campaign and transition team, speaks out on an administration in
crisis, and a president increasingly withdrawn from the job of President. 
2008 gave America an incredibly charismatic candidate for President of the
United States. Speech after speech showed a candidate with increasing
momentum as primary race after primary race concluded. And then came the
nomination, more speeches, culminating in an election night victory.

According to the person sitting across from me, those were incredibly
exciting times, even for one who had been a participant with three previous
presidential hopefuls. Barack Obama appeared to move from one city to the
next effortlessly, gaining confidence and motivation with each campaign
stop. 


A: He was remarkable to watch. He took the script, elevated it with his
oration, left the crowds screaming for more, and then would do it all over
again, time after time after time. On the campaign trail, Obama is a
machine. 


When I asked this insider if the media gave candidate Obama an assist
throughout his campaign, it elicits a sly smile. 


A: Sure – we definitely had people in the media on our side. Absolutely. We
went so far as to give them specific ideas for coverage. The ones who took
that advice from the campaign were granted better access, and Obama was the
biggest story in 2008, so yeah, that gave us a lot of leverage. 



Could Obama have succeeded without the media’s help? 


A: Yeah, I think so. As I said, on the campaign trail he is very-very good.
The opposition didn’t have near the energy, or the celebrity attraction that
Obama brings. Plus, the country was burned out after eight years of Bush. We
knew that going in. We knew that if we won the Democrat nomination, we were
likely going to cruise our way to the White House – and that is exactly what
we did.” 



But after Obama was sworn in, things began to change?



A: Almost immediately. Obama loved to campaign. He clearly didn’t like the
work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire
White House staff within weeks after the inauguration. Obama the tireless,
hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us. And the few
news stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to
care about. He absolutely obsesses over Fox News. For being so successful,
Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned. He takes everything very
personally. 



And you state he despises Joe Biden?



A: Oh yeah. That is very well known in the White House. Obama chose Biden
for one reason – to have an older white guy with some international policy
credentials. Period. If Biden has all of this international experience that
Obama found so valuable, why has he buried him under the pile of crap that
became the stimulus bill? What does Joe Biden know about budgets and
economics? Not much – but Obama didn’t care. Give Joe a job and get him the
hell out of my hair – that pretty much sums up the president’s feelings
toward Joe Biden. 



What about Hillary Clinton?



A: Obama is scared to death of Hillary. He doesn’t trust her – obsesses over
her almost as much as he does Fox News. He respects her though, which might
be why he fears her so much as well. He talks the game, but when it comes
down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and
Obama knows that. 



How about Bill Clinton?



A: I never heard Obama say anything about Bill Clinton personally, though I
was told he has cracked a few jokes about the former president since getting
into the White House. I have heard that Bill Clinton does not like Barack
Obama. That really started when Obama played the race card against him
during the primary campaign. Apparently Clinton was apoplectic over that and
still hasn’t gotten over it. If there is one thing I have learned in this
town – don’t make an enemy of Bill Clinton. 



So if Obama doesn’t appear interested in the job of president, what does he
do day after day?



A: Well, he takes his meetings just like any other president would, though
even then, he seems to lack a certain focus and on a few occasions, actually
leaves with the directive that be given a summary of the meeting at a later
date. I hear he plays a lot of golf, and watches a lot of television – ESPN
mainly. I’ll tell you this – if you want to see President Obama get excited
about a conversation, turn it to sports. That gets him interested. You start
talking about Congress, or some policy, and he just kinda turns off. It’s
really very strange. I mean, we were all led to believe that this guy was
some kind of intellectual giant, right? Ivy League and all that. Well, that
is not what I saw. Barack Obama doesn’t have a whole lot of intellectual
curiosity. When he is off script, he is what I call a real “slow talker”.
Lots of ummms, and lots of time in between answers where you can almost see
the little wheel in his head turning very slowly. I am not going to say the
president is a dumb man, because he is not, but yeah, there was a definite
letdown when you actually hear him talking without the script. 



That sounds like you are calling Obama stupid to me.



A: No – I am not going to call him stupid. He just doesn’t strike me as
particularly smart. Bill Clinton is a smart guy – he would run intellectual
circles around Barack Obama. And Bill Clinton loved the politics of being
president. Obama seems to think he shouldn’t have to be bothered, which has
created a considerable amount of conflict among his staff. 



So how bad are things at the White House these days?



A: I don’t know about right now, because I have not been there in over a
month. But I still hear things, and I know what it was like when I left.
It’s not good. As bad as it might look to voters based on what they do know,
it’s much worse. The infighting is off the charts. You got a Chief of Staff
who despises cabinet members, advisors who despise the Chief of Staff, a
President and First Lady having their own issues. 



Come again – what about the First Lady?



A: (The insider takes a deep breath) Ok, look, just like any other marriage,
folks have issues. The Obamas are no different, except of course they are
very high profile. I was told they were having issues before the campaign,
and they have even more issues now. Maybe that is why Obama seems so
detached – not so much the stress of the White House, but the stress of
personal issues. I can certainly relate to that kind of situation. 



Care to clarify some more on the Obama marriage?



A: No. That is all I will say about that. Don’t ask again. 



Ok, back to President Obama then. In just a few words, how would you
describe him these days?



A: Like I said, it’s been a while since I was last at the White House, but I
don’t have a problem saying that the president is losing it. I don’t mean he
is like losing his mind. I mean to say that he is losing whatever spark he
had during the campaign. When you take away the crowds, Obama gets
noticeably smaller. He shrinks up inside of himself. He just doesn’t seem to
have the confidence to do the job of President, and it’s getting worse and
worse. Case in point – just a few days before I left, I saw first hand the
President of the United States yelling at a member of his staff. He was
yelling like a spoiled child. And then he pouted for several moments after.
I wish I was kidding, or exaggerating, but I am not. The President of the
United States threw a temper tantrum. The jobs reports are always setting
him off, and he is getting increasingly conspiratorial over the unemployment
numbers. I never heard it myself, but was told that Obama thinks the banking
system is out to get him now. That they and the big industries are making
him pay for trying to regulate them more. That is the frame of mind the
President is in these days. And you know what? Maybe he is right, who knows?




Will Obama run again in 2012? 


A: I don’t know. That subject was never brought up again after 2008, at
least not around me. If he does, I think it would have more to do with
allowing him another year and a half of campaigning again. He just loves it
so much. He really needs the crowds, the cheering, the support of the
people. 



Can he win in 2012? 


A: Oh – absolutely. Who else campaigns as well as Barack Obama? Nobody. What
politician is more loved and supported by the media? Nobody. I don’t see the
Republicans offering up a candidate as powerful as Obama. I mean Sarah
Palin? Really? Obama would defeat her by a 20 point landslide! Romney? The
Republicans will enjoy these midterm elections, but 2012 is Obama’s year if
he chooses to run again. As a president, Obama has many flaws, but as a
candidate, he is near flawless. 



But would another four years of an Obama presidency be the best thing for
America? 


A: (Long pause) Now that is a much more interesting question right there,
and a question I think more and more Democrat Party insiders are asking
themselves these days, myself included. I am going to come right out and say
it – No. Obama is not up to the job of being president. He simply doesn’t
seem to care about the work involved. You want to know what? Obama is lazy.
He really is. And it is getting worse and worse. Would another four years of
Obama be the best thing for America? No it would not. What this country
needs is a president who is focused on the job more than on themselves.
Obama is not that individual. I actually hope he doesn’t run again. Looking
back, as much fun as the campaign in 2008 was, Hillary Clinton should have
been the nominee. Hillary was ready to be president. Obama was not ready. He
had never lost a campaign. Everything was handed to him. He doesn’t really
understand the idea of work – real, hard, get your heart and soul into it
work. And frankly, that is very disappointing to a whole lot of us.

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