President Obama was urged by the few White House insiders from whom he
still takes advice to leave the country on his ten-day Asian trip, his
longest trip abroad since becoming president, in order to not inflict any more
damage to the Democratic Party in the wake of one of the worst electoral
defeats for the party of an incumbent president in recent history.
According to sources close to the White House, who put themselves in great
danger by even talking to members of the media, the plans to have Obama
leave for a visit to India, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan are
an attempt to get Obama out of the country while top Democrats can sort
through the political disaster created for the party by Obama's increasingly
Virtual political guerrilla warfare has broken out between Obama's inner
circle on one hand and senior Democratic officials, including outgoing
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party strategist James Carville, former
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, and, behind-the-scenes,
Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, on the other.
Top Democrats are still reeling from Obama's bizarre behavior at a
$7500-a-plate fundraiser at a stately mansion at Brown University in Rhode
Island on October 25. The fundraiser, organized by the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee, was supposed to highlight Democratic
Party unity. However, while Obama endorsed Democratic House candidate David
Cicilline for outgoing Representative Patrick
Kennedy's seat, the president failed to endorse Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Frank Caprio over
Republican-turned-independent former Senator Lincoln Chafee. Obama's lack
of an endorsement for a Democrat over a former Republican prompted Caprio to tell a radio show host that Obama "could
take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I’m concerned."
Later that day, Obama briefly appeared at the fundraiser at Brown
University, where Democratic loyalists paid $7500 to hear Obama speak, but
departed after only twenty minutes, telling the assembled guests that he
had to go back to the White House to "tuck in my daughters, walk the
dog, and 'scoop the poop.'" The Democratic faithful were appalled and
shocked at Obama's quick departure and one of the three reasons he gave for
it: to scoop up dog turds as if the President of
the United States actually performs such tasks with a phalanx of White
House staff and Secret Service agents at his disposal.
Vice President Biden knows too well about Obama's lack of attention to his
daily tasks of being president. The details of the fiasco at Brown soon
were conveyed to Biden by his two old Democratic Senate colleagues from
Rhode Island: Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. Biden was not amused about
Obama's dissing of the Democrats in Rhode Island.
A week later, Chafee defeated Caprio for the
Rhode Island governorship, thanks largely to Obama's less-than-neutral
stance in cutting a secret deal to support Chafee against Caprio.
White House leaks about the ineffectiveness of Obama's presidency are expandng beyond the revelations attributed to a former
high-level Obama administration insider and which have been reported by a
blogger named "Ulsterman." Some White House staffers have
described a "reign of terror" in the White House over continued
leaks and a troika of leadership that is making decisions without any input
from the president. The troika reportedly consists of First Lady Michelle
Obama, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, and the president's
mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, who resides in the White House.
Not to be deterred, some White House staffers have sought out journalists
and have arranged to meet them at nearby Starbuck's cafes to discretely
convey to them inside information about the current disarray within the
Obama administration. Some staffers have personally born
the brunt of Obama's temper and witnessed his extreme narcissistic
behavior. WMR has also learned from White House sources that Obama is
taking presciption anxiety medication.
Vice President Biden, under intense pressure from some Democratic Party
officials and Cabinet members to invoke Article 25, Section 4 of the
Constitution and have Obama temporarily or permanently removed as president
because of his mental incapacity to fulfill his constitutional oath as
president is reluctant to take such drastic action. Biden feels that the
country would "become unglued" after such action and he doesn't
want to be the one who would be responsible for "picking up the
pieces," according to a source who works within Biden's office.
Some staffers have said on deep background that the revelations by the
ex-White House official to "Ulsterman" are not even half of the
story about what is actually occurring in the White House.
However, Biden and other Democratic and adminstration
do believe that if Obama were to display some of the same reckless behavior
publicly as many White House personnel have witnessed privately, there may
be wide support for enactment of the provisions of the 25th Amendment.
Such a public display by Obama that could trigger succession action might
involve a public outburst, including the use of
foul language or a statement that Obama believes there is a conspiracy
On October 5, Obama was addressing Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women”
summit in Washington, DC. During the middle of Obama's speech, the
presidential seal fell off the podium. Publicly, Obama took the incident as
a joke, but WMR has learned from White House insiders that Obama went on a
tirade after the incident, accusing White House staffers of purposely not
anchoring the seal to the podium. The White House supplies all the podiums
and seals at all presidential addresses and the seal is usually
well-anchored with four screws affixed to the podium. Obama reportedly
"freaked out" and accused White House staffers of engaging in a
conspiracy against him. The presidential tirade over such a trivial matter
was not lost on senior administration officials who have witnessed Obama's
lackadaisical behavior during the consideration of much weightier issues,
for example, the war in Afghanistan.
Although some observers believe African-Americans would react negatively to
the invocation of the 25th Amendment, WMR has learned that members of the
Congressional Black Caucus would reluctantly go along with such a move.
Many in their ranks, including outgoing House Judiciary Committee chairman
John Conyers (D-MI) were outraged over Obama's lack of interest in Haiti
after that nation's devastating earthquake. For many black caucus members,
it was their first indication that there was something very wrong with
Obama and his grasp of reality.
With Obama intent on running for re-election and seriously considering
sending White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to the Democratic National
Committee (DNC) to replace former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine,
the potential Democratic challengers to Obama in 2012 are beginning to
stir. WMR has learned that former DNC chairman Howard Dean is seriously considering
a challenge to Obama as is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will
reportedly depart Foggy Bottom after Defense Secretary Robert Gates leaves
his position, possibly in January.
Several top Democrats consider Obama's chances to keep the White House in
2012 as slim and they find it fanciful that White House policy adviser
David Axelrod is moving back to Chicago to work on Obama's 2012 re-election
campaign, an effort many Democratic officials find a "fool's
Obama also is disengaged from the plight of his former Senate Democratic
colleagues in the wake of their near loss of the Senate with a much-reduced
majority. There is pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to step
down as Majority Leader. However, Charles Schumer (D-NY), who has been
mentioned as a replacement, reportedly has let it be known that he will not
carry Obama's water as Majority Leader and may not want the job after all.
The Majority Whip is Dick Durbin (D-IL) but he is seen as part of the Obama
Chicago Mafia and almost every Democratic senator agrees on one thing: they
do not want Durbin as their Majority Leader. Obama, the titular head of the
Democratic Party, has refused to weigh in with any effective leadership as
congressional Democrats pick up the pieces and lick their wounds.
Meanwhile, a team of ex-CIA officers are traveling the globe assembling a
dossier of documents on Obama's past, including his education, passport,
travel, and residency records. The team has scoured Kenya, Indonesia,
Pakistan, and other countries collecting documents that are not already mantained in the CIA's own files on Obama's past. There
is a possibility, according to WMR's sources, that any "smoking
gun" documents may be released while Obama is in Asia in order to
elicit a public and, perhaps, irrational enough response from the president
to prompt the public to begin raising questions
about Obama's suitability for office. Such an incident would make it easier
for Biden to begin the succession process that was previously considered
when President Richard Nixon was drinking heavily and taking prescription
medication during the final days of his administration, twice during the
Ronald Reagan administration -- after the attempted assassination and in
1987 when he demonstrated early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and during
the Bill Clinton administration, when Clinton's self-destructive sexual
antics had Vice President Al Gore considering taking similar steps.
Wayne Madsen (Washington)