Newsweek speaks the unspeakable: Obama is an empty suit

by editor on September 29, 2009

Linguists and liberal Democrats have just discovered that "Barack" is the Swahili word for "empty suit."

Linguists and liberal Democrats have just discovered that "Barack" is the Swahili word for "empty suit."

Howard Fineman takes to the pages of Newsweek to say the words Obamaniacs do not want to hear, especially not from another lib:

 Barack Obama is an empty suit.

The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story.

There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush. It was the winning theme of the 2008 campaign, but that race ended nearly a year ago. The ex-president is now more ex than ever, yet the current president, who vowed to look forward, is still reaching back to Bush as bogeyman.

He did it again in that U.N. speech. The delegates wanted to know what the president was going to do about Israel and the Palestinian territories. He answered by telling them what his predecessor had failed to do. This was effective for his first month or two. Now it is starting to sound more like an excuse than an explanation.



Members of Obama’s own party know who Obama is not; they still sometimes wonder who he really is. In Washington, the appearance of uncertainty is taken as weakness—especially on Capitol Hill, where a president is only as revered as he is feared. Being the cool, convivial late-night-guest in chief won’t cut it with Congress, an institution impervious to charm (especially the charm of a president with wavering poll numbers).

Welcome to the party, Howard, but you’re a little late. Check your invitation. It started back in 2007.

Source: Newsweek

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Ray September 29, 2009 at 7:12 am

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As they say in Texas, he’s “all hat and no horse.”

Pittsburgh Z September 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

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Thank you Pittsburgh and Philly for giving this jerk Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Z September 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

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Fineman didn’t realize this DURING the campaign?

Seriously, Fineman is part of the problem.

Road Warrior September 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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Wow. Maybe I’ll subscribe to Newsweek again. Na.

Pat from Michigan September 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

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Is it just me or is this one scary ass picture of Michelle?

danybhoy October 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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Obama = emtpy suit
Biden = stuufed shirt

Michelle is scary, & I feel she is the real believer between the 2 of them.

BTW, the photo reminds me of something I saw at a recent GWAR concert in Minneapolis. They “behead” people on stage, many over the years, from Steve Wilkos( Jerry Springer’s bald security chief) to George W Bush. Whatever is current, it does’nt matter, & Obama got it when I saw them. It’s basically an excuse to spray the crowd with fake blood, & they do it all night. Low brow humor to be sure, but GWAR has nevber claimed to anything but.

flashingscotsman July 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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Note To Self: Do NOT Go To See GWAR.

Tom July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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Removing Osama give the president a lot of content..