They always tell you who they are, and Obama is no exception.

I ignored the picture featured on the Drudge front page yesterday. I ignored it because I thought people were being too sensitive. The President putting his shoes on the table while talking to Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu. Hey I do that kind of stuff … ummm … OK I don’t because my Mom would have whacked me and I’ve never forgotten that. But a meaningful picture?


As it turns out, it is. It is because it is an official picture from the White House. The folks in the West Wing took it, reviewed it, and decided to release it because they felt it sent a message. But what was the message? A relaxed President hard at work? Hardly … Scott Johnson at Powerline features a commentary on this by Professor Paul Rahe. Remember as you read this post this one line … “They always, but always tell you who they are … it’s part of the game, its part of the thrill.”

If we are to comprehend what is going on, we must pay close attention not only to what Obama says but to what he conveys in other ways. His tone is nearly always moderate but what he hints at and what he intimates by way of body language often convey the opposite. Witness his warm embrace of Hugo Chavez. Behind the thin veneer of politeness, there is, I suspect, something ugly lurking. In the first of the autobiographies that he claims to have written, Barack Obama frequently speaks of himself as being in the grips of rage. We would do well to take him at his word. If we are to stop him from doing great damage to this country and to our friends and allies, we must take every opportunity that comes our way to unmask the man.

“Unmask” … that’s not necessary. The mask will always slip. Sometimes because it is too exhausting to wear it, sometimes because it is too much fun to show the real face. Just pay attention. The President is a charming and handsome man. You need to be watching and listening those times when the words and actions don’t match the looks and the charm. If that makes no sense to you … it will.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Dimsdale on June 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

    He was probably just ordering another truckload of Kobi beef.

    I suppose that feet on the desk is preferable to a "lube and oil change" by an intern under the desk…

  2. Ted on June 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm


    You have to be kidding.

  3. leannabelle on June 17, 2009 at 2:48 am

    A beautiful wood desk made by a skilled carpenter and Obama puts his filthy shoes on it with impunity; real nice and oh soooo presidential.

  4. BEA on June 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    He just seems so arrogant and overly confident.

  5. donh on June 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Killing a fly inside Mecca annuls the pilgrim's Haj. Obama has sent another powerful message to the islamic world . A fly represents a minor obstacle that must be overcome, the proverbial “fly in the ointment.” An annoying fly that keeps buzzing around your head is a signal that the obstacle, however small, will not go away on its own and requires immediate attention. Thus Obama killing the fly is a message to Israel if they fail to surrender , a no fly zone will be imposed on their air space

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